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Gina R Snape - Jan 23, 2005 1:35 pm (#1401 of 2956)

Thanks for the tip, Chemyst. Though the pronunciation feature doesn't seem to be working on my computer. Maybe it's a Mac/PC thing.


Prefect Marcus - Jan 23, 2005 1:59 pm (#1402 of 2956)

It's a down-right balmy 60 degrees here in Seattle. Any chance some of you guys could send some of that lovely winter weather our way?


Steve Newton Jan 23, 2005 2:04 pm (#1403 of 2956)

Loony, you aren't trying to say that you think that "The Muppet Movie" was a bad movie, are you?


Accio Sirius - Jan 23, 2005 2:11 pm (#1404 of 2956)

Happy Sunday all. Another long day here, even though the roads and skies are clear. Hubbie is hopelessly stuck in CT! Hopefully he can get a flight out tomorrow morning.


Betty are you excited for the game?

As far as quotable movies, Young Frankenstein and This is Spinal Tap and just about any Monty Python is what comes to mind in our house. All of our electronics go to eleven.


Detail Seeker - Jan 23, 2005 3:07 pm (#1405 of 2956)

After reading about all that snow across the broad river full of envy, I can announce, that snow has reached Germany at last. We had nearly a centimeter of it today in Berlin and more is announced. I hope it will stay, tough, as it is around the freezing point, not safely below (Thus avoiding any °/°F/K discussions... evil grin)

Have a good star of the week, everybody !


Loopy Lupin - Jan 23, 2005 4:09 pm (#1406 of 2956)

Loony, you aren't trying to say that you think that "The Muppet Movie" was a bad movie, are you? -- Steve Newton

(Pssst. It's "Loopy") No, no. Recall that in "The Muppet Movie," the film starts out with all the muppets in a theatre ready to watch the movie. In the middle of the movie, the film breaks down (or maybe it was sort of an intermission) and we cut back to the theatre and, in particular, the two hecklers, Statler and Waldorf. Statler says "So, what do you think so far?" and Waldorf replies "I've seen detergents that left a better film."

But in direct response to your question, The Muppet Movie is an all time favorite.


Steve Newton Jan 23, 2005 4:38 pm (#1407 of 2956)

Sorry about the Loony slip-up.

I'm a big fan of the MM and missed the reference. “Duh” seems to be my word of the day.


Helen Potterfan - Jan 23, 2005 5:40 pm (#1408 of 2956)

Septentrion, I always tell my college students they can get whatever dictionary they want as long as it's a collegiate dictionary because collegiate dictionaries have more literary words and definitions. I have The American Heritage College Dictionary, but I know Webster's and others also have collegiate dictionaries. They're bulkier, but I prefer a big hardcover one because it will stay open where I turn it! I hope this helps! Helen


Gina R Snape - Jan 23, 2005 5:50 pm (#1409 of 2956)

The muppet movie rules!

“It's not easy being green.” **sigh** I wonder if the Snape doll thinks that.


Steve Newton Jan 23, 2005 5:51 pm (#1410 of 2956)

“It’s a good thing frogs can jump or I'd be gone with the Schwinn.”

One of the great lines in movie history.


Marie E. - Jan 23, 2005 8:07 pm (#1411 of 2956)

Great! Now I have "Movin' Right Along" in my head. We sang it in our eighth grade choir thingy. I love the Muppets, especially the Swedish Chef. Are the episodes of the tv series on dvd?

Our girl scout service unit is doing a lock-in in two weeks and somehow I got volunteered to organize the activity booths for the Brownies. We wanted to have the girls complete one of their try-its (badges) that night so I picked the Puppets one. I hope the girls have fun.

My boss' two year old son was running around the daycare center Friday night yelling "Expecto Patwonum" and pointing pencils at people. It was so darling.


Daioma Dumbledore - Jan 23, 2005 8:33 pm (#1412 of 2956)

G'Day Everyone!!!! Well it's been a while since I popped in here, I've been on holidays, I didn't go away but instead had a very relaxing time at home, and am now trying to get back into the swing of work, it's not easy!

I'm still smiling uncontrollably whenever anyone mentions my engagement or impending wedding, which we still haven't set a date for, but there's not great rush, we'll get it organized I just have to get Ben and go and look at some venues but he's been so busy with work this past month as we've had a bit of a re-shuffle with the trucks and it's been a bit crazy, but good crazy, so once I can organise to go look at venues then we can set our date, it's all sooooooo exciting

Hope you are all wonderful, and for those that aren't I'm sending you some of my very cheer filled hugs! I'm marking everything as read as there is no way on earth I'm going to be able to catch up on everything so I don't know whose up to what so:

Happy Birthday to those who require it

Congratulations to any new parents, aunties/uncles, anyone else who needs it

Happy New Year to all

And cheers to cover everything else!


Denise P. - Jan 23, 2005 9:10 pm (#1413 of 2956)

Sounds nifty, Marie! Our SU just did a Brownie lock in on Friday. The girls earned two Try-Its but I would have to go look to see which ones they were. They were up until 1 am (lights out) and back up by 6:30 (lights on) :::shudder::: Have you seen this Try It, it is fairly new. It is not in the book but still pretty easy for the girls to do. Wave The Flag Try It There is also this patch that they can do: Ms. President Patch It may not work for a lock in but they are both easy enough that you can work with girls to get it.

A friend of mine either has the Muppets series on DVD or is getting them so I think they are out.


Julia. - Jan 23, 2005 9:27 pm (#1414 of 2956)

LOL Marie, you've got me singing the Swedish Chef song. It's a good thing I don't have a roommate, or she'd be totally making fun of me right now! I shall have to look for the Muppet show on DVD. We have the two cast albums (yes, albums, you know, vynal) and I'd love to have the show. My dad would love them too.

*waves to Daioma* Lovely to see you again dear! Glad to hear that things are going well, and I hope you set a date soon!

Well, having spent the whole afternoon reading fanfic, I think it's time I check back into reality and read the threads.


From Venus - Jan 23, 2005 9:36 pm (#1415 of 2956)

Hello, all. I just wanted to tell you that my lovely sister gave me a Gryffindor t-shirt today and I just love it. Aren't sisters great?


Ydnam96 - Jan 23, 2005 11:14 pm (#1416 of 2956)

From Venus, so jealous! Your sister must be a wonderful person Smile


septentrion - Jan 24, 2005 1:47 am (#1417 of 2956)

Snow has reached here during the night. This morning, while coming to work, I found out my car can move by itself. By luck, nothing wrong happened to me but everyone were driving very carefully.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary online here proposes free pronunciation for those who are interested. Thanks Helen for your advice, I'll have it in mind when time to choose will come.

Nice to see you back Daioma !


The giant squid - Jan 24, 2005 1:58 am (#1418 of 2956)

Great! Now I have "Movin' Right Along" in my head. We sang it in our eighth grade choir thingy.--Marie E.

Gee, so did I...you'd think we went to the same school or something. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 464751818

As for Muppets on DVD, I know they've released "best of" compilations but I don't think they've done a season-by-season release yet. If they have, let me know--I'm there!

As for Septentrion's dictionary woes, I'm surprised no one's mentioned the Oxford English Dictionary--especially considering the setting of our beloved subject matter. Then again for all I know the OED could be a big joke across the pond & we Americans just haven't been let in on it yet. Personally I'm with Gina--I always hit dictionary.com if I'm near the computer or use the miniature Merriam-Webster I got as a gift a while ago if not. It doesn't have a lot of the words I usually get tripped up on, though. Another thought is to try to find either a Crossword Puzzle dictionary or a Scrabble Dictionary; both will be full of words not usually encountered in everyday life (and thus less likely to have been translated for you before).



dizzy lizzy - Jan 24, 2005 4:09 am (#1419 of 2956)

I found a thesaurus that was arranged like a dictionary a great big help. Its more work than a crossword or scrabble dictionary. But it helps you work your way through the different meanings of words.

The Oxford English Dictionary is good, you just have to be careful about which version you need. The Australian brand called the Macaquarie is, like the Merriam-Webster, focussed on a particular dialect of English (American/Australian) but has the variety of types of dictionaries like the Oxford English Dictionary

hey Diaoma! welcome back! I am glad your holiday was good.

Catherine, that puppy you had the link for - it's cute. I hope he gets some good tucker and a wonderful owner. (I hope it's Catherine that had the link!!! )

Weather update warm at 24deg cel. and raining.

Have a wonderful day/night afternoon/evening everyone.



Catherine - Jan 24, 2005 5:35 am (#1420 of 2956)

Mike, never worry. I love my OED. The only problem with it is that it is huge, and not very portable, so I have gotten in the habit of using online dictionaries. No workout required.

Denise, those Brownie lockdown hours are indeed worth a shudder. Excellent work on the badges, though. Good luck to Marie! What great moms. All this talk of Scouting makes me really wish that our Girl Scout Cookies were here. Yum!

Hope that the start of the week isn't too painful, especially for those who got tons of ice and snow. I'm sure that Loopy Lupin will make it to IHOP, at least!

Happy Monday.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 24, 2005 6:40 am (#1421 of 2956)

Happy Monday to all. Mmmm. IHOP. Now that you mention it..............


Julia. - Jan 24, 2005 8:05 am (#1422 of 2956)

LOL Loopy, have a good breakfast.

As for dictionaries, my English teacher suggested the OED as well. She also suggested the American Heritage Dictionary. That's the one I'd get.

*goes off to read threads before class*


Ydnam96 - Jan 24, 2005 9:07 am (#1423 of 2956)

Does the OED have just "proper" words or does it also have colloquial terms as well? I've often wondered about that. I should get one. I need a good dictionary as well. I've used this terribly old Websters that is falling apart or Dictionary.com.

Happy Monday all! I hope that those of you in the colder climates are staying warm. Smile


Elanor - Jan 24, 2005 9:20 am (#1424 of 2956)

Hello everybody! I have great news for you all: I have just read on Mugglenet that yesterday 23th January, Jo has given birth to a healthy baby girl! It says also that more information will appear on her site soon!

Congratulations Jo!


Sirius Lee - Jan 24, 2005 10:00 am (#1425 of 2956)

Well, after hiding in my apartment for two days, I finally had to emerge for work. It was sort of fun to stay inside eating junk food and watching tons of movies, but the aftermath is not nice. NYC is still pretty gross. The city requires people to shovel out their sidewalks, but no one bothers to clear off a spot to get ON the sidewalk! Needless to say, I arrived at work with soaking wet socks....

Can I vent for a moment? Would one of my fellow Americans explain to me why in the world do I keep watching Desperate Housewives?! It frustrates me to no end, I'm always yelling at the television and I always swear I'm never going to watch it again. Yet, every Sunday, after Extreme Home Makeover, I can't bring myself to change the channel. The madness must stop.

Off to catch up on two days’ worth of posts. Best of luck to everyone battling the snow!


Julie Aronson - Jan 24, 2005 10:01 am (#1426 of 2956)

Conratulations, Rowling-Murray family!!!



Helen Potterfan - Jan 24, 2005 10:15 am (#1427 of 2956)

Ydnam96, The OED has some colloquial terms (it depends on how widespread the usage is). It has more information on more words than any other dictionary. It also has the history of the words, including root origins and historical uses of the words. For that reason it is HUGE and very expensive. I never make my students buy it, and I don't own it myself. I always show my students how to access it online, but you have to have an account, so that's not feasible unless you're at a college that pays for a subscription. I always use the OED in my academic work, but I just look online. For everyday use, the American Heritage College Dictionary is a good choice.

BTW, in case you haven't heard, JKR delivered a healthy baby girl yesterday! CONGRATULATIONS J0!!!!!! The announcement on CBBC (BBC for children, I assume) also says that her name will be released on the web site!

EDIT: Elanor, you beat me to it!


Loopy Lupin - Jan 24, 2005 10:32 am (#1428 of 2956)

Would one of my fellow Americans explain to me why in the world do I keep watching Desperate Housewives?!-- Sirius Lee

Well, perhaps the answer lies in the show you watch prior to Housewives . Personally, I am so sick of reality shows that I am likely to give anything fictional a fighting chance. What's more, since I've never been too fond of cop dramas or legal "dramas," this narrows my options quite a bit because I consequently don't give a hoot about any of the CSI's, Law and Orders, or Boston Legal. I like Housewives myself. Typically, my tv stays on Comedy Central except to watch The Simpsons .


I was always under the impression that OED was fairly comprehensive of most words that are used in English.


Gina R Snape - Jan 24, 2005 10:42 am (#1429 of 2956)

Woohoo! Congratulations Jo.

I do not watch any reality tv. It holds less than no interest for me. I've never watched Desperate Housewives, but I hear it is addicting. Best for me to stay away. . . My most recent favourite show 'Dead Like Me' was cancelled. So aside from QAF on Showtime (which has gone down in appeal for me), there's really nothing on tv right now that I enjoy except for reruns of Friends, SiTC and Will & Grace. Good thing I've got my computer!!!


VeronikaG - Jan 24, 2005 11:35 am (#1430 of 2956)

Hi guys.

Still pretty cold in southern Norway, but not much snow. Just ice. Neat... About the expert predicting no more snow in our area, it's not one but many. Most of the respected Norwegian meteorologists say that the change of climate is final, and that from now on we can't expect much snow in the lowlands south of Oslo.

Speaking of high heeled shoes; My mom tells me I could never be a lady. I just can’t walk in them (while she can run). Once I borrowed her highest pair, with heels like 4" needles... and got stuck on the lawn.

Flame? Where are you lady?

It took me more than 3 months to finish LotR, while I read OotP in about a week. OK, I'm no speed reader.

And may I please have the link to the instructions on how to put a picture in a post? Thanks


kabloink! - Jan 24, 2005 11:50 am (#1431 of 2956)

Okay, finally caught up enough to post. Here in Michigan, we have about 2 feet of snow-give or take a bit given the drifts and such. Saturday was crazy. I had went to my parents’ house, which is in Port Huron, quite close to the river and only about 5-6miles from the base of Lake Huron, on Thursday night so that on Friday I could hang out with my friend who had just turned 21 (in addition to spending family time and getting my hair dyed-I go to a cosmetology college, whose owner I've known since I was 8 or so). SO on Friday we hung out and talked (no, we weren't drinking any Firewhisky...we got to the restaurant and she decided she didn't feel like drinking) til about 4 in the morning, at which point it wasn't snowing. When we left for breakfast at 10:30am, we had a good 6 inches. I didn't make it back to Lansing like I was supposed to at all, given Blizzard conditions all day long. I was, however, out all day long, riding in my sister-in-law's boyfriend's 4-wheel-drive Trailblazer. We went to lunch, the mall, then the local UHL Hockey game-which we won! GO Beacons! And after that, I went out with some family. Yep out in it all day, but wouldn't drive home...

I feel like such a bad friend. I'm supposed to be the maid of honor for a friend of mine whom I grew up with. She asked me because she wanted someone to stand up for her that had known her mother, who died in August of 1996. We're not very close anymore, but when we were really young, we were inseparable. Anyway, I thought her wedding was October of 2006. WRONG! It's THIS year! SO now I have a bachelorette party and a shower to plan, that I so wasn't prepared for! Not to mention that my maid of honor is getting married in August, and the friend with whom I hung out this weekend is getting married Sept of 2006, and I'm not even in her wedding, but I volunteered to throw her a shower in Port Huron, because her mom and bridesmaids all live near Detroit, and can't really afford to throw a big enough one to encompass everyone from both areas! I think I'm just crazy.

Anyway, happy Monday to everyone. Sorry about the ranting, just had to share with someone. Good luck to everyone else who is wading through a couple feet of snow today!


John Bumbledore - Jan 24, 2005 11:51 am (#1432 of 2956)

Squid Mike, hope you’re feeling better soon. Oh, wait, "nice" pills probably means you are feeling better... BTW, there is now scientific evidence that Mom's have the power of healing. Seems that "kiss the boo-boo" practice is beneficial in that it makes you feel loved which in-turn boosts your immune system. Same for morning kisses from your spouse. So seems you can't go wrong with an Rx of more snuggles and hugs, with rest.

S.Newton, Must have been a college like mine. Many of the other students there has a similar practice, with beverages.

Veronika: Is it true that if you go swimming with ear drain water will flow into your brain and kill you? Well, don't know if it would be that bad but, you can get a nasty infection from any ... erm, impurities, in the pool or bath water. Best to use earplugs, and keep your head above water. Now I would definitely not let my son swim in wild water like a lake or stream, so many nasty microscopic 'critters' in that water, and possibly get a parasite in there.. Awe, now I'm thinking of poor Chekov in the Star Trek III: Wrath of Khan movie...

Julia, congratulations! on getting in to Bill's class...

And congratulations! to Mr. Ep. on getting a Job.

And to anyone whom I may have missed: Thank you, happy Birthday, get well soon, sympathies, congratulations, good luck, or other ___________. (pick what applies and then remind me again.) I'm finding I need more reminders as time goes on.

<)B^D= (John) Bumbledore


Sirius Lee - Jan 24, 2005 12:05 pm (#1433 of 2956)

To whomever mentioned Dead Like Me - I so loved that show the first season (second season went wayyy down) but was totally bummed when I heard it was cancelled. And I agree with QAF, which incidently is the only time I've ever thought the American version was superior to the British one.


Gina R Snape - Jan 24, 2005 12:28 pm (#1434 of 2956)

That was me, Sirius Lee.


Catherine - Jan 24, 2005 1:06 pm (#1435 of 2956)

Woo-hoo! Congratulations to Jo and her family! It's so nifty that her youngest shares my youngest's birthday.

Just to chime in on the TV addictions, I will say that I am currently on the TV wagon. I'd say for about the past 2-3 years, there's been no show that I feel like I have to watch, which is great . My friends have tried to hook me on Desperate Housewives, but so far I haven't seen a single episode. I kind of like the freedom. There was a time when I was a sucker for the NBC "Must See TV" lineup, and the home makeovers on HGTV. One of the very last shows I used to watch regularly was Law and Order **waves to Loopy Lupin** and Will and Grace **waves to Gina**

There was a period of time in college when a group of us were unnaturally obsessed with Guiding Light and The Young and the Restless, but thankfully that's all behind me now.

Now, I've probably replaced those addictions with Harry Potter and the Forum, but hey, I never claimed to be addiction-free!


Julia. - Jan 24, 2005 1:32 pm (#1436 of 2956)

Wooooooo!! Mazel tov Jo on the birth of your daughter!! Have a butterbeer on me! *hands Jo butterbeer*

Oh, TV addictions. The only shows I really watch compulsively are ER and West Wing. I can't stand reality TV. When I was in high school I was all about 'Real World' and 'Road Rules,' but thank G-d, I've passed that phase in my life. Now, I'm not sure how this happened, but I've managed to get myself hooked on Project Runway on Bravo. This is a terrible reality show, that I don't particularly like, yet there I am, watching it every week.

I'm on IM with Veronika sorting her out with putting pics in posts. After that, I'm off to buy colored pencils. If I ever want to have a shot at understanding the Royal Genealogy of England (Edward III to Elizabeth I) I have got to make one gigantic family tree.


Sirius Lee - Jan 24, 2005 1:59 pm (#1437 of 2956)

With the anti-reality shows vibe around here, I feel I must defend my love of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I have never been able to stomach any reality shows (Survivor, American Idol, etc) until this one. Most reality shows are based on manipulation, cat-fights, greed and portraying the worst of people. Home Makeover is just the opposite. For those who don't know, it's a show where a contractor and crew have one week to build a VERY deserving family a brand new home. These are people who have overcome great odds or are battling their children's deadly disease etc and have homes that are unlivable. It brings me to tears almost every week to see these amazing people crying or screaming with joy. Communities coming together to support and build each other up is the basis for THIS reality show.

The only problem is, I'm still wiping the tears away when Desperate Housewives starts and by then it's too late - I'm hooked. Thankfully, Sunday is the only night I'm glued to my TV (Will & Grace is a must, but usually only if I'm already home)


VeronikaG - Jan 24, 2005 2:02 pm (#1438 of 2956)

Here is the result. A million thanks to Julia for showing me how to do it! Like she has a series of LM Rourkes pictures for her avatars, I plan on using pics from the old Pooh comics I loved as a kid (and still love), This one shows Piglet having a small mishap after stepping on a "catapult" during an honest(?) attempt at being a detective.


Eponine - Jan 24, 2005 2:46 pm (#1439 of 2956)

Exteme Makeover: Home Edition always reduces me to a pile of blubblering goo at the end. I will watch American Idol occasionally, and I watched one season of The Amazing Race, but that was only because I knew one of the teams. Once they were off, I quit watching.

Well, I start teaching Wednesday. I went by the school today to see if I could find some lesson plans. There was not a one in sight. I'm hoping the current sub just took them home, and they will be back tomorrow. One of the teachers is going to e-mail me if they find them. I just don't want to show up Wednesday morning with no idea as to what the students are doing.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


Accio Sirius - Jan 24, 2005 2:48 pm (#1440 of 2956)

Does Jo's new daughter share the same sign as Severus? That would be quite interesting!


The giant squid - Jan 24, 2005 3:21 pm (#1441 of 2956)

Bumbledore, I did indeed receive plenty of cuddles & hugs from the missus. They do help in the healing process.

When it comes to TV, I'm a sitcom junkie. I'm not a big fan of reality shows--I watch TV to escape reality. My current new fave is "Committed" on NBC. It's quirky, funny and smart, so naturally it'll be cancelled soon.

Eponine: No worries, you'll do fine. The key is that the kids don't know that you don't know. Bluff 'em. If the missing lesson plans don't show up, you can always ask the class what they were studying--there's always a Hermione that'll speak up ("But we're not supposed to study werewolves util after Christmas!").


P.S. Congratulations, Jo!!


Sirius Lee - Jan 24, 2005 4:19 pm (#1442 of 2956)

I've spent my life as a sitcom junkie too, and only recently expanded the genres a bit. But I must say (and my best friends hits me whenever I say this), I hate Committed. It just feels like it's trying waaaay to hard and is yet another cookie-cutter sitcom. It's not original; it's been done and cancelled oh so many times before. (Plus the main girl’s voice drives me up the wall!) It reminds me too much of the AMERICAN version of Coupling, which was terrible. However the original British verision - now that's good comedy!


Ydnam96 - Jan 24, 2005 4:34 pm (#1443 of 2956)

Congrats Jo, although I doubt you will be reading the forums anytime soon Smile Can't wait to hear the name!!

I LOVE Extreeme Makeover Home Edition. It's so uplifting. It's the one show I watch that I don't feel extreemly guilty for watching. (Although...I love Alias too...but that show isn't as redeeming).


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 24, 2005 5:14 pm (#1444 of 2956)

Accio Sirius--No, Snape is a Capricorn. Who would've thought? Jo's daughter is an Aquarius. Which, I know from experience, produces simply fantastic people!


Penny Lane. - Jan 24, 2005 6:21 pm (#1445 of 2956)

I remember the one episode of Coupling! (American Version - on NBC)

I hate to admit it, but i've fallen into the Reality TV trap. I never used to watch it, and I swore up and down on my mother’s grave... er.. when she dies?... that I would never ever watch it and like it. Well, this year my roommate has gotten me hooked on "Project Runway", "Love in in the Heir", and "Celebrity Fit Club" .. all of the shows are terrible, yet I think we like them because they are so bad and cheesy. We also watch Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal and Law and Order SVU. And then the DVD's come out, and we've been known to watch "Roswell" compulsively.

Oh, and there's a new show on the E! channel, where Wayne Newton picks the next great Vegas entertainer. It was actually fairly entertaining, i just with they would have shown more of the performances and less of the "drama" that people had in the preparation.

I don't really like sitcoms much, besides "NewsRadio" and "Arrested Development". Mostly, I find it easier to watch serial shows on DVD too.

Oh, and my dad is out of the hospital again, home and feeling much better. He has slight paralalsis in his right hand and is very tired and weak most of the time. Thank you all for your support, it really meant a lot to me.


Madame Librarian - Jan 24, 2005 6:25 pm (#1446 of 2956)

Woo hoo for Jo!! You go, girl! Having had a high risk end of pregnancy/delivery as a mid-30s mom, I'm always a little nervous now for others who are past that age 35 point. All seems well. Hooray.

Yeah, I can't put my finger on the appeal of Desperate Housewives. My husband and I are hooked, too. I wonder if it's the oddball mix of over-the-top, give-me-a-break comedy that borders on slapstick (think I Love Lucy) that entails some tongue in cheek over acting with downright good acting when the subject shifts to a serious, not funny side. There seems to be a sophisticated playing off of these two extremes of mood. A balance is achieved. The fact that there are at least two or three murders that may have been committed (and a few more to come?) is part of the appeal for me--I love mysteries where you have a really good idea of whodunit, but can't quite pull the threads together.

The Shorter OED (in two volumes, but still heavy) is what we have at the librarian's desks. Of course, the huge one is on the reference shelf along with a bunch of others. I find the S-OED excellent. It's surely contemporary enough for me, but admittedly I am no skateboarder or techno-geek. I wonder if you could find a website that reviews and rates dictionaries. I'd take that tack if a library patron asked me about what's the best. Do a Google with a subject line like "reviews ratings english dictionaries." If memory serves, I remember reading a wonderfully helpful article in the NY Times Book Review a few years back that compared the major ones. Poke around on the Net, you may find good stuff to guide you.

Speaking of websites, Mr. Madame Librarian just introduced me to one--Answers.com. It's a free site that offers all kinds of information and...well, answers to just about anything. It does it's own thing plus offers links to well known sites like IMDB. It takes a few seconds to load each time, so beware of that slight delay. Worth it, according to my husband. I've just used it once or twice so far, but haven't put it through it's paces yet.

Ciao. Barb


The giant squid - Jan 25, 2005 12:41 am (#1447 of 2956)

Sirius Lee, I admit Committed is a bit cookie cutter-ish (although how many previous shows have featured a dying clown living in a closet?). Then again, I was a big fan of a show called "Misfits of Science" back in the mid-80's...it ran 6 episodes and is notable only for being Courtney Cox's first acting gig. I just have a habit of liking shows with a limited shelf life.



Elanor - Jan 25, 2005 12:50 am (#1448 of 2956)

It works! Phew! When I tried and log in this morning, the Forum didn't work anymore, I was fearing it had something to do with my computer but I saw Kip's message trying to log in via the Lexicon forum's button. Any idea what happened?


septentrion - Jan 25, 2005 12:59 am (#1449 of 2956)

Congrats Jo ! You achieved your dream of being a mother of three !

Thanks everyone for your nice advice about dictionaries. I'll certainly use your tip, madame Librarian.

About reality TV, we have those shows here. Most are imported (not only from the US)and adapted to the french audience. Each time I tried to watch one, I got bored within less than two minutes. Yet there is currently one show which sounds interesting but I never manage to watch it. It's about a young chief to whom the channel paid his own restaurant (or helped him to pay it, I'm not sure). Now he has several apprentices and the show is about how he teaches them, what happens. That could be the way to learn about work in restaurants but maybe because it's relating to cooking, I just never watched it.

edit : Hi Elanor !


Caput Draconis - Jan 25, 2005 1:20 am (#1450 of 2956)

Hey, is that restaurant show the one with Jaimie Oliver, the Naked Chef? I watched bits and pieces of that one, I think the restaurant they all started is still going...I heard they just got sued for overcharging on beans, or something.

Just to say that since the first Survivor I am a helpless reality tv junkie. Love it all. We get imports, then if they're successful some foolish person has the idea of making a local version, which more often than not is really bad. Current example: Australia's Next Top Model. And local Queer Eye. Sigh. We're just about to enter ratings season again, the hype for Desperate Housewives (everyone in the US is addicted thus you should be too etc etc) is quite intense. Lost is being hyped too, yay for JJ shows. It all begins next week...
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Elanor - Jan 25, 2005 1:34 am (#1451 of 2956)

Hi Sept! And Caput Draconis!

I am like you, Septentrion, I never watch reality shows because I get bored at once and I have the feeling that I'm watching a 2 hours long add, for which I would have to pay moreover!

The only show that hooks me is ER, I'm addict, hopeless, for years. And we won't have the next season before next September... **sigh**

So, I don't watch TV very often, though today I will maybe watch a DVD or 2 because I am stuck at home with a nasty little virus. Nearly half of the kids of my class got it those last weeks and they finally gave it to me. That's an occupational hazard! I feel peaky but I know it should only last for 2 days. At least, I will have some time for catching up with the threads!

Have a great day/night everybody!

Edit: Eponine, about the lessons plans, one thing that works very well for a first day is revisions. If you manage to know what they studied in the last weeks, then you will be able to do one or two lessons of revisions without problem.

I will give you the advice an experienced teacher gave me when I started to teach: to always have some written work handy to give to the kids, it is the best way for having a class under control for the first hours or when the kids start to become fidgety and you fear you don't know how to calm them down. I tried it when I started teaching and it works! But you will see that after some time, it becomes easy to see when the cauldron starts to bubble a little too much and how to reduce heat under it. Another thing that works is to take a book and start reading them, it always work!

Another advice I can give you is not to talk too much. It was a fault I made when I started, the way you move, the way you look at the kids is at least as important as what you tell them. When one goes too far, I just stop what I was doing (talking, writing on the blackboard), I fix my gaze on him without saying a word but looking very severe. Very often it is far more efficient than yelling and it is less energy consuming for you.

I hope it will help! I'm not worried, you'll be perfect!


Marè- Jan 25, 2005 1:46 am (#1452 of 2956)

::waves to all people currently online...::

Sep, thank you for the FNAC adress, I wouldn't have taken it for a bookstore on sight. (The books are in the back, the DVD's and technical gadgets are what you see when you enter the store)
But yeeey! I found books I can read! (as opposed to, have to translate )

I am currently in a "have no tv" period. And allthough I'm doing fine I miss my favourite shows. I help myself with transcripts...
What do you mean completely spoiled when I will be able to see them.

And as for high heels (love the image you put in my mind Veronika, stuck in the lawn? LOL!) I'm no doctor, but I don't think it is healthy for a child in it's "growing" years to wear high heels as normal everyday shoes. The muscels (mucsels?? whatever) which go from your leg to your foot are at their longest when your foot is flat on the ground. Walking around a lot on your toes, so to say, is not really healthy for the development of that muscle. (hey I got it!)
Mine where short be nature... and operation and revalidation is not fun.
Man takes of the plaster. Little Steffie is all excited: "Now I can run and swim and join in gymnastics again!" Man:"I don't think so. Little Steffie:"Sure I can!" and jumps of the table to prove it. My mum and the man weren't fast enough to catch me... How was I supposed to know that after 2 months of having my legs in plaster they wouldn't be able to carry me anymore??


septentrion - Jan 25, 2005 4:06 am (#1453 of 2956)

Sorry for you, Elanor ! being ill is always a nasty thing. I think your advice with children would fit with adults too. They can be as poisonous as kids, especially when they forget they're no more kids. In fact, I often happen to forget I'm an adult BTW what's ER ? I don't know a TV show with that name.

Caput Draconis, that restaurant isn't the one with Jaime Oliver. The show I was speaking of is a family-friendly aired at prime-time, so you're not supposed to see a naked chief.

Hi Marè ! I'm glad you found books to read. Am I to understand you once had troubles with your legs ? No fun when it happens to you and when you have to relearn how to walk.


Julie Aronson - Jan 25, 2005 4:53 am (#1454 of 2956)

One of my favorite TV shows right now is "Monk." I finally got to see the season premier last night, and while it was a bit predictable, I'm pleased that I still like it now that it's in the third season and even though they've replaced a main character.



Elanor - Jan 25, 2005 7:07 am (#1455 of 2956)

Septentrion ER is "Urgences" in French (stands for Emergency Room I think). And I agree, some adults sometimes deserve what I call the "à la" McGonagall look... It snows again a little here and it is very cold, is it the same in the North?

And you Marè, did you have some snow in Brittany? I do believe that the reeducation of your legs was not fun at all. I'm sure you appreciated the day it was finished!


Essidji - Jan 25, 2005 7:34 am (#1456 of 2956)

Monk... this a definitely good program IMO.

Thanks for the links about dictionnaries, they're very useful.

Talking about the weather in France, here in Lorraine it's rather cold (-4°c / around 25°F?), and snowy enough to pour the fields of white dust. Maybe in the mountains of the Vosges there is enough snow to allow the opening of all the skiing stations...

Edit : Hello Sept, Elanor, Marè!!!!!


septentrion - Jan 25, 2005 7:36 am (#1457 of 2956)

No snow here, just a cold, icy and sunny weather (yes, sunny).

edit : *waves to essidji !*


Helen Potterfan - Jan 25, 2005 7:53 am (#1458 of 2956)

Hi everyone, glad the forum's back up!

HBP News: The American edition will be 672 pages. There is also a "Deluxe Edition" going for $42 with 32 enlarged illustrations. It has 704 pages. Page numbers are now listed on Scholastic, BN.com, Amazon, and other book sites, and confirmed on TLC. I'm wondering if that means 32 chapters. We'll see!

TV...I, too watched "Dead Like Me." I didn't watch every week, I'd wait for a lazy weekend (i.e., when I felt lazy, not when I had nothing to do, because that never happens) and play half a season at once from Showtime on Demand. I agree, "QAF" has gone downhill. I don't watch anymore. I loved the first season of "Gilmore Girls," and I still watch it, but it's not as good now. My husband watches "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", so I get sucked in every weekend. One of my friends has been trying to get me to watch "Desperate Housewives", but so far I've resisted because I don't have time to be addicted to another show!


Winky Woo - Jan 25, 2005 8:14 am (#1459 of 2956)

Hey Guys!

JKR has named the baby....! Id never have guessed that name in a million years!


Julia. - Jan 25, 2005 8:17 am (#1460 of 2956)

Wooo! I went to sleep last night, forum was down. I wake up this morning, forum's up Yay!

Royal genealogy is very confusing. I'm making a gigantic family tree of England's royal family going from Edward III to Elizabeth I. This is not going well. Everyone is named Edward, Richard or Henry, and there are lots of cousins marrying each other. Very confusing.


Madame Librarian - Jan 25, 2005 8:20 am (#1461 of 2956)

Boy, Accio, you are quick. I was going to post that yesterday but the Forum went all wonky. Sigh. At least it wasn't just my computer.

If you visit the Leaky Cauldron, the "what's new" for Jan. 24, has a link to the Scholastic Customer Service page which tells the full story on the various editions.

I wonder if the 706-page expanded special edition with the black and white drawings are ones done by Mary Grandpré. Probably says who on the website and I just missed it.

Have a good one today.

Ciao. Barb


Ydnam96 - Jan 25, 2005 8:22 am (#1462 of 2956)

Julia, it is difficult. I was doing a little personal research and I got so confused. I believe the royal website has a pretty good tree there. I'm sure you've looked there though Smile


VeronikaG - Jan 25, 2005 8:31 am (#1463 of 2956)

I can't believe I forgot to say it... Congratulations Jo!

The one thing I know about royal families is that they are inbred. They couldn't have any, you know, half-blood princes. And as they all are named after the grandparents, and they all have the same grandparents, the names are sort of similar. Good luck on the project, Julia!


Helen Potterfan - Jan 25, 2005 8:36 am (#1464 of 2956)

Barb, I also tried to post last night, but couldn't get on.

In other Potter news, PoA was nominated for two Academy Awards: "Best Visual Effects" and "Best Score".


Marè- Jan 25, 2005 8:49 am (#1465 of 2956)

Hi everybody,
No snow here, just clouds... Sad

And about reeducating my legs (nice expression) It went so gradually that you don't really notice. I can't remember when wheelchair or crutches had to go back, I do remember being very happy when I could jump again and when I could (sort of) run again... Must have looked silly though...

And Julia, royal genealogy is really very simple: take one name and tag several numbers to it when you get further down the tree! That's all there is to it, really.      Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 1003735042

Veronika, I like your avatar, even though piglet’s bottom half is the only thing we see, he still manages to be cute!

And on a last note: sending well wishes to Elanor!


From Venus - Jan 25, 2005 8:49 am (#1466 of 2956)


What wonderful news! I'm so happy for the Rowling/Murray family. New babies are sooooo great!!

I REFUSE to watch any reality shows. When I watch TV, I want to see a GOOD show with GOOD actors and a GOOD script. I don't want to see some quasi-real show with a quasi-real premise done by people that aren't even professionals. My two favorite shows right now are Monk and Joan of Arcadia. They both have great writing, great acting and they can both surprise me week after week. The only other things I currently watch on TV is sports (football and baseball), and the weather.

Speaking of the weather, it looks like here in southern Indiana we will be having a peachy week! The sun is shining and the temperature is going to be in the mid to upper 40's. Not bad at all. Well, have a great day everyone!


Catherine - Jan 25, 2005 8:57 am (#1467 of 2956)

How wonderful that JKR has shared her new baby's name with us. Welcome to Miss Murray, and please let your mom get some sleep!

Elanor, feel better soon.

Hope everyone in the Northeast has dug themselves out of the snowdrifts. **waves to Lupin is Lupin who shoveled lots of snow yesterday!** Accio Sirius, hope that Mr. Accio is home soon, if not already.

Julia, those pesky royals! I think your project sounds fun, actually. **ducks the rotten tomatoes**

Have a good Tuesday.


kabloink! - Jan 25, 2005 9:10 am (#1468 of 2956)

As far as TV shows go, the only reality show that I am REALLY into is American Idol. My husband and I both love to sing, and we are karaoke junkies, so it is a fun show for us. I don't have cable anymore, but last week we bought an antenna so that I could watch the premier of AMerican Idol. The shows that I am really missing, though, are Sex and the City (The TBS version) and Charmed.

As for the British family tree...I used to have a beautiful family tree of the British monarchy that went all the way back to before the Norman Conquest, but I have since lost it, or as it wasn't laminated, it has been ruined. I am, however, taking a British history class on the government of Britain. Given that up until the Glorious (heh) Revolution of 1688, the monarch WAS the government, I have a couple of geneaologies that My prof has handed out. Julia, if I could help you at all, feel free to email me-the British monarchy (especially the Tudors and Stuarts) is an obsession of mine, not to mention my area of specialization in my history major!

EDIT: Congrats JO!!!


Loopy Lupin - Jan 25, 2005 10:11 am (#1469 of 2956)

Julia, I'm positive there must be some sites or books that have done the tree you speak of already. I don't know if this is a project you are doing for credit or something you're using for personal reference, but I can't believe it hasn't been done before. Anyway, my point is, there ought to be reference materials out there to help you.

Yay for the POA nominations!


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 25, 2005 1:15 pm (#1470 of 2956)

Julia, if you ever get stuck on any question on the royal family of England let me know. My mother-in-law is a fanatic on the subject. She has researched it for years and years. She has more chart and graphs on the subject than they do. Never has the time come when she hasn't answered a question on the subject that beyond sufficiency.

Yeah to JK and her family!! Babies really are so wonderful!


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 25, 2005 1:45 pm (#1471 of 2956)

I couldn't get to the forum last night, either. It made me wonder if I spend too much time here when I thought, "what am I going to do now?"

Congrats to Jo and hubby.

Elanor, you said that it snowed where you live. You live near Lyon, don't you?


Elanor - Jan 25, 2005 2:00 pm (#1472 of 2956)

Yes, I live in the Lyon region, about 100 km north-west far from Lyon, in a very small town. In fact, we're on the border of different regions: Auvergne, Burgundy, the Lyon region: here, exactly. Do you know this region?

Julia, when I was an history student I loved to make charts because I always thought it was easier to learn something you actually wrote than just read. I also loved to do chronological "stripes" because it is the best way for connecting events, people, works with their time and evolutions in the long term. You could even say I was a chronology freak! Good luck for your chart!


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 25, 2005 2:11 pm (#1473 of 2956)

Elanor, I don't know the region yet, but I am going to visit my nephew, who is doing an internship in Europe this winter, next month. I'm going to meet him at The Three Valleys, which is not that far from Lyon. Needless to say, I'm hoping for lots of snow. I think where I'm going to be is due east of Lyon, but it's still not far from you.


Julia. - Jan 25, 2005 2:31 pm (#1474 of 2956)

Thanks for all the help offers guys! My professor would never assign something this long and complicated. I'm making the chart for my own personal reference, but I'm going to try to talk her into giving me extra credit. They have the chart in the back of my Shakespeare text book, but it's in three different parts. I want to combine them into one uber-chart, and this is proving difficult. However, as much as I appreciate the offers of places to look, I want to figure it out on my own. My inner Hermione (see avatar) is telling me that it's the best way for me to learn it.

Well, off to check the threads, set up my new printer, do some reading and back to the genealogy chart!


Elanor - Jan 25, 2005 2:36 pm (#1475 of 2956)

That's great Vlad! This is a beautiful region, but I visited it only once, though it is only about 250 km far from my town (I'm scared on skis). But I know a lot of people who often go there and have a lot of fun skiing and hiking there.

Do you know this site? Les 3 vallées (they have an English version of the site). It will give you a lot of details about the region, the activities, the weather... A LOT of snow felt there those last days, actually they even fear avalanches in the region, and I have no doubt there will still be a lot of snow there in February. Even if it should melt a little, these are famous mountain resorts and they have some snow cannons when there is not enough real snow.

I hope you will have a lot of fun! If you need any information about the region, just ask! Before being a teacher I worked in a Tourist Office and I still know where the right information is.


Catherine - Jan 25, 2005 2:47 pm (#1476 of 2956)


You're scary sometimes. Brilliant, but scary. Next thing we know, you'll be telling us all about Hogwarts, A History!

**tips hat to Elanor of the uber-knowledge!


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 25, 2005 2:52 pm (#1477 of 2956)

Thanks for the link, Elanor. I read about the avalanche danger last night (when I couldn't get on the forum). If I need any info, I'll Email you, but right now all I have to do is learn to speak French in 30 days and somehow make the dollar recover.


Catherine - Jan 25, 2005 2:55 pm (#1478 of 2956)

I'll be really impressed if Elanor can pull THAT out of the hat, Vlad!


Elanor - Jan 25, 2005 3:08 pm (#1479 of 2956)

LOL Catherine! Well I'm afraid you're right and there is nothing I can do about that... Except maybe give you that French sentence Vlad: "S'il vous plait, parlez-vous anglais?" (please, do you speak English?), if you add a nice smile, it should be enough for surviving... This one: "où est l'Office du Tourisme, s'il vous plait?" (where is the Tourist Office, please?) is handy too because you will always find someone who speaks English there and more, someone who will be able to help you whatever you need! Don't hesitate to email me anyway.

As for Hogwarts, a history, if only... LOL!


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 25, 2005 3:46 pm (#1480 of 2956)

"S'il vous plait, parlez-vous anglais?" If it's enough for surviving, it's all I need to know.


From Venus - Jan 25, 2005 5:05 pm (#1481 of 2956)

Vlad, you might also want to find out how to ask for the restroom.


Tomoé - Jan 25, 2005 6:18 pm (#1482 of 2956)

Congratulations for your Shakespeare class, Julia!

I'm glad Sirius was adopted Catherine.

Mike -> It was elective surgery, but somehow that doesn't make it hurt less.

I sympathize with your pain, I got a car accident three years ago and cut myself to the bone on the forehead in the process. They sewed it back, but the main goal was to keep me alive not to do the best looking work. The result was pretty good, but a bit rough, the scar was bumpy. Two years later, they propose to correct it, so I said yes, it couldn't hurt. For two weeks after the operation, I was asking myself "What I was thinking! It wasn't that bad before! I didn't need the surgery at all! Why did I stupidly say yes?". A year later, I'm glad I did say yes, it's almost invisible now. My pirate look is ruined, but it won't get in the way if I try to get a new job. So I hope you'll get better soon.

Marie E, no one was left out at boop's meeting last year, well, maybe Moaning Myrtle's dad, but he was there mainly to keep a eye on his daughter.

Edit: Here's how to ask for restroom in French, Où sont les toilettes, s'il-vous-plaît? or S'il-vous-plaît, où sont les toilettes?


Catherine - Jan 25, 2005 6:41 pm (#1483 of 2956)

Où sont les toilettes, s'il-vous-plaît? or S'il-vous-plaît, où sont les toilettes?

Bless, you, Tomoe! Or....Bouilliobaisse?

**just kidding, I know how to find the restroom most places I go**

Have a good night.


Gina R Snape - Jan 25, 2005 7:34 pm (#1484 of 2956)

I don't know about the usefulness of learning just a handful of foreign phrases. If you ask someone in french 'Where is the bathroom?' they will think you understand french and answer back in french! Then you will not only not understand the answer, but you will have wasted time talking when you've really got to go!


Amilia Smith - Jan 25, 2005 8:22 pm (#1485 of 2956)

Pray they just point.



Mrs. Sirius - Jan 25, 2005 9:24 pm (#1486 of 2956)

A trick I learned when in France (I didn't speak French). When I approached someone, I first asked in French,

"do you speak Spanish"? When they said no, I would ask in French,

"do you speak English?"

I found that people were more helpful and likely to respond in English when I did that rather, than to ask if they spoke English first or to ask in English.


The giant squid - Jan 26, 2005 1:03 am (#1487 of 2956)

   I know how to find the restroom most places I go

I've found that crossing my legs and putting a look of extreme urgency on my face usually works. For difficult people you can hop up & down a bit as well.

My crowning acheivement in college was when my roommate taught me how to say, "I'm sorry, I don't speak French"...in French. You know, just to confuse people. Alas (earwax), I've since forgotten the phrase.

Apparently this Forum outage occurred after I logged off last night, because it was fine while I was here. Just goes to show, I miss all the exciting stuff!



Elanor - Jan 26, 2005 1:43 am (#1488 of 2956)

LOL Mike! "Je suis désolé, je ne parle pas français" should be the phrase you forgot... It reminds me of a sentence I had learnt by heart for a German exam when I was in High School (I was hopeless in German), it was something like "Ich habe nicht verstanden, konnen Sie wiederholen bitte?" (I have not understood, would you repeat please?). Actually, it is nearly all that I remember in German now!

Vlad, don't worry, you will find a lot of people willing to help you. Well, we often butcher English when we speak it, but speaking with the hands helps a lot!

It started to snow again about half an hour ago and the streets are already white whith snow. Brr..

Have a nice night/day everyone!


septentrion - Jan 26, 2005 4:22 am (#1489 of 2956)

Hi everyone !

No snow here but it gets colder every day.

I remember more German than you, Elanor : ich habe Deutsch gelernt (I've learnt German), but I can't come with more than that, except for some magical words such as Danke (thanks) or bitter schön (please).


Phoenix song - Jan 26, 2005 4:45 am (#1490 of 2956)

Hello everyone! I've been missing out on your excellent posts and great company lately...again. I hope that you can all forgive me if I've marked the "read" button, as there are over 200 posts here alone for me to catch up on.

As many of you know, I've been helping to take care of my ill father for some time now. He passed away last Friday morning after an extended battle with cancer. We're all heartbroken but very relieved that he's not living life in such suffering any longer.

We've been living with his dying for so long now that it will take some adjusting for us to begin "living" once more. I'm sure that anyone that's been in a similar situation can understand. So much of your time and energy can be spent helping out an ill loved one that you lose touch with those things that most people take for granted... like shopping, going out to movies/restaurants, seeing friends, watching TV.

I want to express my deep appreciation to all of those members that helped me last fall when I first disclosed my father's condition. Your support has made it easier for me to accept and speak about such a painful matter. Thank you all so much. I'm looking forward to moving on to happier times and more pleasant memories in the future, and to sharing them with all of you. THANKS!



septentrion - Jan 26, 2005 5:06 am (#1491 of 2956)

Welcome back Barbie ! I'm sorry for your father, but I too understand your relief not to see him suffering anymore. Live your life to honour his memory !


Catherine - Jan 26, 2005 5:13 am (#1492 of 2956)

Welcome back, Barbie. I'm sure that this is a busy time for you and your family, but we hope to see more of you when you have time. I'm sorry that your father was so ill for so long, and I am sure that you miss him very much. I'm very sorry for his loss.

My local newspaper tells me that today is "National Compliment Day," and that to observe this holiday, I am to compliment (not complement **waves to Chemyst**) at least five people. So I'll just say how much I enjoy everyone's company here on the Forum, and now I only have four more to go.

Of course, the same newspaper also says that it is 'National School Nurse Day." Perhaps I should issue a compliment to all of the excellent school nurses out there and have three more to go...

Happy Wednesday to everyone.

EDIT: How cool that I have post # 1492.


Pinky - Jan 26, 2005 5:56 am (#1493 of 2956)

Ah yes, Catherine - in 14hundred and 92, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.... I assume that's why that post is cool?

Barbie, many hugs to you and your family.

Like others, I learned one of the best lines was "nu vorbesc romenishta (I don't speak Romanian), do you speak Anglais?" Also, "that" is a very good word to learn in the foreign language - it comes in handy while shopping. Oh - and if you plan on using a debit card, make sure you know your password numbers. I had learned mine according to the letters that correspond with the numbers, and when I went overseas, the ATMs didn't have the letters - just the numbers! So I had to figure out what letters went where, and then learn the numbers.


Catherine - Jan 26, 2005 6:07 am (#1494 of 2956)

Ah yes, Catherine - in 14hundred and 92, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.... I assume that's why that post is cool? –Pinky

Yes, but isn't it also Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington's birth year as well? Oh, well, I didn't mean to lose my head with the excitement.

Have a great day, everyone.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 26, 2005 7:00 am (#1495 of 2956)

Yes, but isn't it also Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington's birth year as well? – Catherine

No, that would be his death year. Sheesh!

Hey Julia! I'm trying to remember a Jewish dish a friend made. (At least it was presented as a Jewish dish.) I think it was called "health salad" if that rings a bell. It has cabbage (softened with kosher salt) and other veggies. I'm trying to find a recipe to make for my Grandmother's 80'th birthday party. I thought a Jewish salad would be good to serve in a Methodist Church (where the party is) especially since her first husband was Catholic. Very Happy


mollis - Jan 26, 2005 7:03 am (#1496 of 2956)

Barbie ~ I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.


Catherine - Jan 26, 2005 7:14 am (#1497 of 2956)

No, that would be his death year. Sheesh! --Loopy Lupin

Oopsie. Looks like I really did lose my head. How silly to type the word birth instead of death.

May I compliment you on your swift correction, Loopy? Now, just three more to go....


Loopy Lupin - Jan 26, 2005 8:05 am (#1498 of 2956)

You may compliment me, certainly. Very Happy Sorry, if I was being more insufferable than "know-it-all" there. Razz

(I'm lost. Three more what to go?)


Julia. - Jan 26, 2005 8:09 am (#1499 of 2956)

Good morning everyone.

Barbie, I'm so sorry for your loss. I think you've got the right idea in being relieved that he lead a full, happy life, and that he is no longer suffering. *hugs*

Loopy, I have no idea what you're talking about. Health salad with cabbage in it? Nothing about Jewish cooking is healthy. Can you ask your friend what it was called and what else was in it?


From Venus - Jan 26, 2005 8:13 am (#1500 of 2956)

Barbie, I am sorry for your loss, and I am also happy for your father that his suffering is now over. My mother died of cancer back in 1998, and my father took care of her at home for about a year before she died. We all took turns spending some time with them to give Dad a break, but he did almost all the caregiving. It was very hard. Her death was bittersweet, we missed her dreadfully, but were also so relieved that her suffering was over and she was at last at peace.

I take care of my invalid mother-in-law in my home now. She is not dealing with any life-threatening disease, but she cannot walk or talk or do anything for herself due to a number of ailments, and so it is a full time job caring for her. I am the one who must get her up and washed and dressed and fed and then put back to bed in the evening. Sometimes there seems to be no end in sight. It is very hard because I wish her wellness, and long life, but how much longer can I do this? It's been 4 long years now, and although she is 84 years old, she could live to be in her 90's. Her mother was 98 when she died. I just hope that I am up to the task.

So, Barbie, I feel for you and your family, I will remember you and your Dad in my prayers. Peace be with you.

EDIT: I don't have a recipe for health salad, but I have gotten it from the deli section of the grocery store. It is mostly cabbage with just a little oil and vinegar dressing, kind of dull tasting I thought, but then, most healthy things are, aren't they?
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Ydnam96 - Jan 26, 2005 8:33 am (#1501 of 2956)

Barbie, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

So, I woke up in the middle of the night because I was hearing this really strange noise from my bathroom. My cat was in there trying to dig (fruitlessly) through the bathtub. I shooed him out of the bathroom but still hear noises. I have come to the conclusion that there is some sort of animal living underneath my modular unit (I live/work as a Residence Director on a college campus and we live in modular homes- think trailers- so they are not on solid foundations but raised up a bit). I know we have racoons around here and I have heard it is not strange for animals to live under there...so now my cat is in the bathroom attempting to attack whatever is under there because he can hear it scratching but can't see or smell it. It's quite humorous actually. Smile

I just heard that there was a horrible accident this morning near here in LA with a metro train. I am going to go watch the news.


Elanor - Jan 26, 2005 9:04 am (#1502 of 2956)

Barbie, I'm so sorry for your loss too (I've just emailed you), you're in my thoughts and prayers.

From Venus, my mother did what you're just doing with her mother-in-law so, believe me, I understand perfectly how you're feeling. I wish you strength and patience and I hope you manage to find some moments just for you, outside the house. I remember well how my Mom appreciated those little "escapes" she managed to do from time to time. They gave her the strength to carry on.
Take heart!


Catherine - Jan 26, 2005 9:19 am (#1503 of 2956)

(I'm lost. Three more what to go?) --Loopy Lupin

My first post today mentioned that it is, supposedly, "National Compliment Day" Observances requires one to give 5 compliments.

By the way, I never knew that salad could be religious, but live and learn! Although, now that I reflect upon it, my friend does have a breakfast casserole that she calls the "Methodist ladies' casserole." So maybe that is, by default, a Methodist casserole.


Julie Aronson - Jan 26, 2005 9:44 am (#1504 of 2956)


If you want a Jewish dish that is good for a potluck, may I recommend Lockshen (noodle) Kugel (pronounced with a hard "g")? It's excellent hot or at room temperature, and any leftovers (not that you should expect any) freeze great!

1 lb extra wide egg noodles

1 8 oz brick of cream cheese, cut into 1/4" chunks (lowfat neufchatel works well here)

1 32 oz container of cottage cheese (I use 1% or Light and Lively)

1/2 c sour cream (again, I use light, but not fat-free)

2 large eggs, gently beaten

half a stick of butter (use real butter here)

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400. Boil noodles according to directions on package. Drain them, but do not rinse. Using the pan you boiled the noodles in as a mixing bowl, combine noodles, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, eggs, salt, and pepper. While you're mixing all this together, melt the butter in the oven in an appropriately-sized casserole dish. Use a flat one for more crust, or a deep one for more of the soft inside stuff. You want a beurre noisette, or browned butter, but be careful, as it will go from a warm, nutty brown to miserably burnt quickly.

When the butter is properly melted and browned, pour it into the noodle and cheese mixture, but leave a little bit in the casserole dish. There is no need to measure here, just don't be too careful about getting it all out! Mix the butter into the noodles and them dump the whole mess into the HOT casserole dish--it should start to sizzle immediately. Place the pan into the center of the oven and bake for about 60-75 minutes, but start checking at 45 minutes. It should be crusty and a dark golden brown.


Note: Many traditions make this as a sweet item, but my Russian/Lithuanian background offers this as a savory dish.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 26, 2005 9:44 am (#1505 of 2956)

Oops. That's what I get for hitting "recent" and skipping a bijillion posts. Let me compliment you, though, on trying to compliment everyone. Razz

I also noticed that "The Village" was nominated for an Oscar for its score. After I regained consciousness, I had forgotten what made me pass out in the first place and thought maybe checking the Oscar site for a full list of nominees would make me feel better. Needless to say I hit the deck again and now have a cold compress on my head. So, now this piece of crap will have "Oscar nominee" splathered on its DVD box. I can't take it.

EDIT-- Thanks for the recipe. Sounds savory. Smile


Julie Aronson - Jan 26, 2005 9:45 am (#1506 of 2956)


My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family at this difficult time.



Julie Aronson - Jan 26, 2005 9:47 am (#1507 of 2956)

Man, The Village stank! I was so appalled by the movie that I can't remember anything about the music. I just get a static-like buzzing in my brain...


Julie Aronson - Jan 26, 2005 9:48 am (#1508 of 2956)

You're welcome--let me know how it works out if you decide to try it!


Sirius Lee - Jan 26, 2005 9:52 am (#1509 of 2956)

Barbie, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Having been there myself with my own father and recently my grandmother, I understand the emotional swirl you're going through - happy they are out of pain, but missing them so. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you begin to heal and reemerge into the outside world. God bless you and your family.


Marè- Jan 26, 2005 10:20 am (#1510 of 2956)

Hi Julie,
one tip, if you have multiple things to post in a short time frame, use the "edit" button to add text to an older post. (It's on the right of your name, first of the little line of buttons)

You can edit up onto 30 minutes after your initial post. Seeing how you’re not a premium member, you can only make ten posts a day Sad
So adding text to your previous posts allows you to make more posts!

As we always love to hear from people... more posts is definitely better!

Hope that helped.

PS Barbie, my sympathies. One of my best friends lost her mother in the christmas holidays. Her mother has been very ill for five years, so their situation is similar yours. Sad and relieved at the same time.
Strength to you!


librarian314 - Jan 26, 2005 10:34 am (#1511 of 2956)

Hey all!

Barbie - Having lost several loved ones to cancer, I can fully understand both the sadness of the loss and the relief that they are no longer suffering. I find comfort in enjoying the things they enjoyed. When I garden I remember my mother, grandfathers, and grandmother-in-law; when I sew, my mother and grandmother. I also try to remember to laugh. It often seems inappropriate to laugh whilst in mourning, but laughter is good for us and our loved ones would want to see us happy. So pick your favorite comic strip/sit-com/comedy movie and watch it in honor of your dad (or pick his favorite as another way to remember the good times.) and laugh away. I hope you and yours find the comfort you deserve during this trying time.

To those taking care of elderly relatives: You are angels! Looking after the elderly is so much harder than looking after little kids, primarily because there is usually no end in sight and often things just keep getting worse. Remember to ask for help and to take care of yourself. I often helped my mother-in-law care for her mother. I'd run errands, cook, tidy, or just visited my grandmother-in-law, so that my mother-in-law could get other things done or get out by herself occasionally.

Now on a much lighter note: I was pretty disappointed in the movies this past year. There seems to me to be years where there are a bunch of really great movies and so ones that deserve to be recognized, aren't and then years like last year, where in some categories it seems that people will be celebrating the best of a mediocre lot.

It's also possible for movies to be bad but still have parts that deserve recognition. Having studied to be a theatrical costumer as part of my undergrad, costuming is one of those categories. There have been some pretty awful films that have had great costumes/been nominated in the costume category. (How the Grinch Stole Xmas and 102 Dalmatians to list a pair of recent ones.)

Anyway, y'all take care and hugs to those that need them!

**michelle the librarian**


Accio Sirius - Jan 26, 2005 10:37 am (#1512 of 2956)
Edited by Jan 26, 2005 9:37 am

Barbie, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts. Glad to see you out and about on the forum.

Loopy, Funny you should mention a cabbage recipe. I just bought the stuff for such a dish for tonight, although I don't know if it is a Jewish recipe or not. My brother-in-law made it for us a while ago and it was surprisingly good. It's fairly simple too, just chopped fresh cabbage sautéed in a big pan with olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, a splash of malt vinegar and peeled and chopped granny smith apples. It's a nice winter side dish.


mike miller - Jan 26, 2005 10:42 am (#1513 of 2956)

Barbie - My deepest sympathies. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. My mother-in-law took care of her husband for some time and it is both painful and a kind of release when a loved one no longer suffers.

CONGRATS Jo & Family on your new little bundle of joy!

On the reality TV front, I refuse. About the only thing I watch on network television is the news and sporting events. However, I'm a sucker for the science and history programs. My nine year old daughter just loves any of the home fix it shows. I don't let her watch Clean Sweep as I think those people have no respect for a persons memories.

It would seem I've painted myself into a corner when it comes to pot luck food events. We're having a Super Bowl thing next week at work and I've been asked to make my special chili again! I take it as a compliment, but I can make other dishes! Now I know how my wife feels when everyone asks her to bring her cheesecake.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 26, 2005 11:39 am (#1514 of 2956)

Barbie, my condolences on your loss.

Catherine, I wish you success in your mission.

Loopy, I was so happy to hear The Village received a nomination. Thanks for passing along this news.

More snow today! My minivan was rather hopeless in the snow--a plow! a plow! my kingdom for a plow!--but later I got my hands on my husband's Wrangler and boy, oh boy! Fun and fabulous! But alas! He's taken it to work.

EDIT: My family is in the market for a kitten. Do you realize how hard they are to come by? What with all the spaying and neutering programs kittens are scarce. My mother-in-law used to say that back in the day one just stuck one's head out the window and yelled, "Anybody got a cat!" Sooooooo....Anybody got a cat?!


Penny Lane. - Jan 26, 2005 12:10 pm (#1515 of 2956)

I don't know about kittens, our humane shelter always has them "in stock" when I go "window shopping". My parents have been looking for a poodle, but for some reason they seem to be only available for $400 and up. Every time they go to the shelter/humane shelter to check for new arrivals, they think about getting a new kitten but still hold out for that trained toy poodle.

I still haven't seen "The Village". I almost bought it the other day though - instead I bought "The Forgotten" which I haven't watched yet. My roommate bought "Catwoman" and it wasn't horrible - just seizure inducing.

Barbie- I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts.

Oh - a while back someone had a quote that was close to : "Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup" who was it, and where was that from? It's been driving me insane all day.


Catherine - Jan 26, 2005 12:26 pm (#1516 of 2956)

"Anybody got a cat!" Sooooooo....Anybody got a cat?! --Lupin is Lupin

Wow, Kim. Boston must be SUCH an elightened place that the local shelters don't have homeless animals. I envy you that! Try Petfinders! You can search by age, gender, breed, zip code.

Penny, I think Schoff here on the Forum has the dragon-meddling quote as a tagline. I think, though I am unsure, that the inspiration for that comes from the Tolkien quote of, "Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger." I'm sure that I will be corrected quickly, if this proves to be an incorrect assumption.


Ladybug220 - Jan 26, 2005 12:33 pm (#1517 of 2956)
Edited by Jan 26, 2005 11:34 am

Kim, check the local shelters. Some of them will keep your name and number and call you if any come in. Like Catherine's shelter, one of the shelters in Birmingham takes their animals to a pet store for the weekend - that is how I got my second cat Lizzie. The animals are just too cute to resist and I almost ended up with several cats that way (the threat of murder from my then roommate stopped me). You could call the larger stores around you to see if they do that. Also, many shelters will give discounts for spaying/neutering the cat. I personally recommend having the cat fixed as soon as the vet feels that it is old enough - especially for a male so that he doesn't learn to mark his territory.

Edit: well catherine beat me but we both have good ideas.


timrew - Jan 26, 2005 1:04 pm (#1518 of 2956)

Barbie, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your father. When I lost my Dad, in July last year, I (and my mother) got a lot of relief from messages from the people of this Forum.

I hope it is some small comfort to you to know that a lot of people are thinking about you and praying for your Dad at this moment.



dizzy lizzy - Jan 26, 2005 2:10 pm (#1519 of 2956)

Barbie, I am also sorry to hear of your loss. It can be really confusing to feel relief and sadness at the same time so I always try to give this quote a run in a situation like this.

"Everyone reacts to death and grieving differently, no-one mourns in the same way, so the best we can do is give them space to mourn in their own way..."

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone. It is 8.10am here and if I want to get to work on time, I'd better get moving.



Helen Potterfan - Jan 26, 2005 2:12 pm (#1520 of 2956)

Barbie, I, too, am sorry for your loss, but celebrate with you that he is no longer suffering. I'm sending you hugs and smiles and peaceful thoughts. Helen


The giant squid - Jan 26, 2005 2:22 pm (#1521 of 2956)

A huge hug for Barbie in her time of sorrow. We've missed you around here, and I hope you and your family are able to get your lives back on track. Like Tim said, if you ever need a pick-me-up, just swing by here, we're more than happy to help.

Elanor, thanks for the reminder. It'll come in handy the next time I travel to France (shortly after I win millions on the slot machines...).

Catherine, may I compliment you on your eagerness to be complimentary?

"Academy Award nominated film 'The Village'"...ugh. It makes my tongue taste nasty just thinking about it. I've always been annoyed by the Academy's insistance on billing anyone who's been nominated as such, no matter which movie they're in. Nicolas Cage may have won an Oscar(tm), but it wasn't for Con Air even though the video jacket says, "Starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage". It's tantamount to false advertising.

Penny, I've seen that "Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons" line for years, long before HP (gasp!). I think Catherine is right in that it's a LotR reference/parody as I most often saw it at D&D-related events (we liked Tolkein before Tolkein was cool ).

Finally (huzzah!), I was wondering something recently that perhaps Catherine might be able to help with. Is there an online veterinary resource, similar to WebMD? I don't know why I thought of it as I have no pets, but I was thinking it would be a really good thing to come up with if someone hasn't already. That, and I know a pretty good web designer who is owned by a pair of cats...



Ladybug220 - Jan 26, 2005 2:36 pm (#1522 of 2956)

Going back to an old topic....

My sis-in-law got her long black hair cut off today and had 16 (yes that is 16) inches of hair to donate to Locks of Love. Not only does her new cut look great but she did it for a very worthy cause. Just had to share that since it had been mentioned.

Barbie - my deepest sympathies for you and your family.


Catherine - Jan 26, 2005 2:48 pm (#1523 of 2956)

Mike, thanks for the compliment, and right back at ya!

As for the online vet resources, I've used a few here and there. VetInfo comes to mind, but I have not been there in a while, mostly because my poor older dog gets the same old thing over and over, and there isn't much to research.

For shopping purposes, I really like Drs. Foster and Smith. They have a website and a print catalogue, and you can even buy, with proper prescriptions, pet injections and medicines and anything that your pet might need at very reasonable prices. If you want to compare medicines, they have handy charts that can help you make a good choice.

Drs. Foster and Smith also do aquarium supplies and fish under the guise of LiveAquaria.com, also with its own catalogue, and you can buy medicines, supplements, etc. for your fish, too.

EDIT: Yay for sis-in-law, Ladybug! And yay for adopting your kitty at an adoption event. I know it is hard to not to bring everyone one of them home. Mr. Catherine always looks worried when I set off for the shelter, or to an adoption event, because he knows that I will want them all.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 26, 2005 3:10 pm (#1524 of 2956)

Let me add my condolences to Barbie and her family. Sorry to hear about your loss.


Helen Potterfan - Jan 26, 2005 4:17 pm (#1525 of 2956)

I have a question for others in NYC. On the HP6 thread, Catherine mentioned that people who did not reserve their copy of OoP at Barnes and Noble were not able to get the book during the midnight release. She also said that one's place in line was determined by the date of the reservation. I've called a couple of BNs in the city (Union Square and Fifth Avenue), but they don't know whether they will stay open. Since I didn't get into HP until after the release of OoP, I don't know where people here waited before. Has anyone in NYC already reserved somewhere, or do you remember where you waited for OoP? It's sad that I'm getting frantic about this in JANUARY, but I also don't want to stand in line for hours if I can get my name in now and be closer to the front (assuming other BNs conduct their line according to Catherine's experience)! Thanks! Helen


Ladybug220 - Jan 26, 2005 4:18 pm (#1526 of 2956)
Edited by Jan 26, 2005 3:19 pm

Well, Catherine, if I end up with Kitty #4 then I am laying the blame entirely on you. When you suggested Petfinder, I decided to visit the site since it had been awhile. I may end up with another cat but I think that I am going to volunteer at a local shelter instead even though that will probably be more dangerous. And it's all because of you.

I didn't think that you would mind


Sirius Lee - Jan 26, 2005 4:43 pm (#1527 of 2956)

Accio HBP -I had my little cousin in town so we took her to Toys-R-Us in Times Square. They were having the biggest to-do that I could find, plus it was a fabulous experience for a 12 year old to be hanging out in the middle of Times Square (in a huge line though) dressed up and having a blast. However, I had my book reserved at the Barnes & Noble on 66th. I picked it up when they opened Saturday morning though, because the line was still really long when we finally made it out of 42nd Street. They weren't doing it by name or date, just a good old fashioned first in line method and we didn't feel like waiting.

If you're unsure who's having a release party, you can certainly count on the Scholastic Store in Soho (Prince and Broadway) and the Times Square Toys-R-Us as having something. I'm pretty sure the Union Square B&N and the 72nd Street B&N (they have a large events room) will stay open as well.


kabloink! - Jan 26, 2005 4:49 pm (#1528 of 2956)

Barbie, my condolences to you and yours. I also send them out to From Venus. My parents and I lived with my grandmother all of my life, and we were very close. AS she got older, however, her quality of life went downhill, and she couldn't leave the house much. As I got older and was busier and busier at school, she got lonelier and lonelier. She died three years ago, three days before Mother's Day, at 89. While we were all very sad to see her go (she hadn't really been sick, simply old), it is nice to know that she is with my grandpa again. I only realized after she died just how much she loved him and must have missed him. We were going through her closet and found every single card of any sort that he had ever given her. It was very sweet.

Geez, I'm tangent girl lately. Anyway, about kitties. This time of year isn't all that great for obtaining a kitty, but come May or June, you'll have to turn down people trying to get rid of kittens. At least that's what I had to do last summer! If, by summer, you haven't found yourself a little motor, let me know. I could use an excuse to head to the East Coast!


Catherine - Jan 26, 2005 4:49 pm (#1529 of 2956)

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha, Ladybug! I will take the blame!

Yes, Petfinder is an excellent resource! I actually get emails from them daily about shih-tzus and shih-tzu mixes, so that if one ends up in a "kill" shelter around here, that I can get it into foster care (usually me) or into the Humane Society. Fortunately, the cute **yes Kim, they are CUTE!** shih-tzus without major problems usually get taken right away once they are on Petfinder, so it's all good.

Volunteering is a great idea! Our local HS really appreciates those folks who come in and help, especially those who will snuggle the kitties and clean litter boxes--ick!

I am compelled, in my fretful mom fashion, though, to warn Forum members that if you do this, to PLEASE wash your hands before and after visiting the shelter, and make sure that your own pets have their proper vaccinations. Change your clothes upon coming home, as some weird viruses have been going around, and you don't want to infect your own sweeties with something that there is no shot for at the moment. I hate to lecture, but some shelters have been lax about sanitzing, and animals suffer for it one way or another.

Oh, and for dog lovers, never fear. There are so many ways to be involved. One thing that our HS has done is have the dogs take basic obedience, (as unruly behavior may have caused them to be surrendered/abandoned in the first place) and they always need warm human bodies to be the handlers for these occasions.

Bwa ha ha ha! Another pet-obsessed person **waves to Loopy Lupin whose parents have given him six dog siblings!**


Bathilda - Jan 26, 2005 5:07 pm (#1530 of 2956)

I saw a past posting about high heeled shoes on young girls, and I give a whole hearted Hear, Hear! My four year old is very small and skinny, so I may be able to send her to Kindergarten in 3T clothes! I hope they make the uniforms that small. Just wanted to say hey to fellow Harry Potter fans. I'm trying not to make this web-site too much of an obsession. The vast number of posts in all of the subjects is daunting to say the least. But sometimes I need to escape this reality and enter the magical world!


Catherine - Jan 26, 2005 5:15 pm (#1531 of 2956)

Welcome, Ginerva,

I hope you can find some magic here. Many of us have found some good friends here with whom we feel a real connection.

For me, it's great to be able to discuss the minutiae with other folks who have read the books, done their homework, and know what JKR has said. That, and some of the kindest, wittiest, and well-meaning people I've ever "met" are here on the Forum. **waves **

It's good to see you posting on the chat thread.


Eponine - Jan 26, 2005 5:25 pm (#1532 of 2956)

Well, I survived my first day teaching. The students were mostly well behaved, and I didn't flub anything up too badly. It's different than just normal subbing because I'm going to be there for so long. At least they won't be able to lie to me about what they're working on.

I got to see the baby today, and she is beautiful as almost all babies are.

Ginevra, my niece is four and a half and she still wears 3T. Her two year old brother wears the same size shoes as she does and weighs about 5 lbs. less. She's tiny, and he's big for his age. They're often mistaken for twins.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


Chemyst - Jan 26, 2005 5:33 pm (#1533 of 2956)

I've been a lurking slacker on this thread. **returns wave to Catherine**   I'd started to post about three different times but never made it all the way to the "post message" button. When the topic was snow cover, I'd typed up a sentence about feeding the birds. When the topic was chili, I'd started to add that my "secret" ingredients are 1 Tbl. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon per pot. Then, when the discussion turned to TV shows, I realized there haven't been any shows worth fighting for the remote since Tru Calling, (which last I heard is a solid 'maybe' to return this spring.) And I have nothing to add to kitten discussions except to standoffishly observe that they will eventually become cats– so I've warned you all.
But I had post tonight to pass along condolences to Barbie. May your memories of the happy times help you get back in touch with those little things that most people take for granted.

A Woo-Hoo for Eponine.
Yes, Ginevra,  ...obsession, daunting, escape... those are words nearly everyone can identify with here! Welcome.


Helen Potterfan - Jan 26, 2005 5:47 pm (#1534 of 2956)

Thanks, Sirius Lee! Welcome, Ginevra and Chemyst!


Catherine - Jan 26, 2005 5:53 pm (#1535 of 2956)

Chemyst, you might be a lot of things, but a true Slacker isn't something that I can confirm. Thanks for the chili hint, though.

And W00T! to Eponine. You got through your first day. One day at a time, just one day at a time...I'm really proud, by the way.

Sorry to post again so soon, but hey, might as well wring out that premium membership.

My compliments to all, and hopefully I have exceeded five for the day.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 26, 2005 6:00 pm (#1536 of 2956)

Barbie, I too am so sorry for your loss. you and your family are in my thoughts. Glad to see you back on the forum.



Eponine - Jan 26, 2005 6:02 pm (#1537 of 2956)

Barbie, my condolences to you and your family. You will all be in my thoughts.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 26, 2005 6:05 pm (#1538 of 2956)

Barbie, I'm sorry to hear about your father.

As for my French, or lack thereof, Dr. Pimsleur is now helping, so I should be fine.


boop - Jan 26, 2005 6:18 pm (#1539 of 2956)

Barbie sorry for the loss of your father. At least he is done suffering and at peace. MY prayers are with you and your family. Big HUGS




Julia. - Jan 26, 2005 7:14 pm (#1540 of 2956)

*waves back at Catherine*

Congrats on surviving your first day of teaching Eponine.

Well, off to check the threads and then attack the mountain of reading.


Helen Potterfan - Jan 26, 2005 8:25 pm (#1541 of 2956)

Eponine, the first day is always the hardest, congratulations!!!

I just had another thought. If I can't preorder at a BN store for the discount price, I could pre-order at Borders online for in-store pick-up. I almost never go to Borders, so sometimes I forget about it! I had thought about going to Scholastic, but I assume they'll charge full price and I don't want to pay more than $18! I don't have to have a big event, I just want to be able to get the book.


Madame Librarian - Jan 26, 2005 9:59 pm (#1542 of 2956)

Barbie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you are finding comfort with family and friends. I'm glad you can think of the Forum as a place to express your feelings and share your thoughts.

I, too, have never heard of Jewish salad, other than things that really aren't veggie dishes such as herring salad, beet salad, egg salad and so on. Israelis eat a very fresh, crisp chopped salad as a breakfast dish, but I don't think salad as we know it was ever high on the preferred list of most European Jewish cooks. As Julia said, there's hardly anything healthy about Jewish food (old style, that is) since it is a schmaltz-based cuisine. The recipe for noodle kugel has many, many variations, but none of them use less that 1/4 pound butter or margarine and fewer than four eggs. Most contain at least two kinds of cheeses just in case there wasn't enough cholesterol to your taste. Heart attack in a casserole dish, that's what we call it in my family. A delicious way to go, though.

Ciao. Barb


From Venus - Jan 26, 2005 10:08 pm (#1543 of 2956)

That noodle kugel recipe sounded delicious, buy since my new years resolution was to eat more healthy and serve healthier foods to my family, I decided not to try it. (At least not right away...better let the resolutions get a little stale first...)

By the way, Eponine, congrats on surviving your first day of teaching. You're on a roll now!


The giant squid - Jan 27, 2005 1:47 am (#1544 of 2956)

I have nothing to add to kitten discussions except to standoffishly observe that they will eventually become cats—Chemyst

You say that like it's a bad thing... I offer a quote from Robert A. Heinlein: "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." I always get along with cats--we have a mutual ignorance pact between us; dogs always seem to want attention at inopportune times.

Eponine, congrats on surviving the first day against the horde--er, students. Just keep an eye out for spitwads & you'll be fine.



septentrion - Jan 27, 2005 2:25 am (#1545 of 2956)

madame Librarian : Israelis eat a very fresh, crisp chopped salad as a breakfast dishes

Fresh, crisp chopped salad is eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, whether you go to Israeli or Palestinian restaurants/hotels. Very healthy indeed, plus you can hardly find decent pastry there. A stay in Israel is good for diet !


Julie Aronson - Jan 27, 2005 2:47 am (#1546 of 2956)

For what it's worth, I do modify my kugel recipe to make it less unhealthy...sniff...



Catherine - Jan 27, 2005 5:38 am (#1547 of 2956)

Happy Thursday.

I chuckled this morning while reading the comics. Dilbert featured the angry secretary acting in a manner that many of us here on the Forum might recognize: she fires off an angry email with a link to an online dictionary. Very amusing! Yesterday's episode, with the secretary high on the power of "know-it-all-ness" also gave me a giggle.


Madame Pomfrey - Jan 27, 2005 5:41 am (#1548 of 2956)

Barbie,I'm so sorry to hear about your father. I too have lost my mother in law to cirrhosis and my step mother to cancer this past year. It is tough losing the ones you love because you miss them so much. My grandmother has been dead for 13 years and I still think of her almost on a daily basis. The real comfort is knowing they are at peace and no longer suffering. God blessed us with memories and with that your loved ones live on. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



Marie E. - Jan 27, 2005 6:37 am (#1549 of 2956)

Barbie, my deepest sympathies for you and your family.

Lovely Colorado weather we're having. It was in the 70's on Monday. Today? Possible snow. Bah humbug!

I went to the most pointless training yesterday. I was so mad at the end of the day that I actually wished I had been working instead. We're having a teacher training day on President's Day (Feb. 21) and I've been asked to present the kindergarten curriculum information. The training, first of all, only went over the school age information and it was so boring. The whole training boiled down to: use flip charts for visual aids, watch the time, and add your own comments if you'd like. I didn't have to drive to Denver to figure all that out. I also think I'm presenting the information to the kindergarten teachers, who should already know all this information. **rant over**


Amilia Smith - Jan 27, 2005 6:56 am (#1550 of 2956)

I have decided to celebrate my raise by buying an avatar. I don't really post enough to justify buying it while my bank account is still recovering from Christmas and unexpected bills, but as it will now be recovering faster . . .

Barbie, you have my condolences. I lived with my Grandfather the year before he died, which is not the same, but maybe I can sympathize in some small way.

Weather report from Utah: foggy, cold and gray. However, it started raining last night, so hopefully that will clear up some of the yuck.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work I go.

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Catherine - Jan 27, 2005 7:16 am (#1551 of 2956)

Marie, rant all you like about teacher training workshops. They can be amazingly boring, pointless, or insulting to one's intelligence.

I once had to attend an assembly for an in-service day in which a very silly woman wearing too many crystal beads gave a "talk" about how we should think of our students as caterpillars awaiting butterflyhood. She actually flitted across the stage at the end of the talk, proclaiming that she had overcome her horrid education and was now a butterfly. Watching someone pretend to be a butterfly when you are desperate to finish setting up for the first day of classes is pure Crucio.

I'll leave the rant at that, although I am sure that particular workshop cost me at least 5 I.Q. points.


Denise P. - Jan 27, 2005 7:36 am (#1552 of 2956)

Marie, I can sooo relate. It is just like some Cub Scout training I recently went to. It was an all day training event. We were handed a huge packet of information and then sat while the instructor basically read it to us. Uhm, I know how to read by myself. An 8 hour class could have easily been condensed down to about 2.

Today is the day that strikes fear in every woman's heart...it is the day I have to go for the tri-weekly grocery shopping. My coupons are in order, my list is at hand...and here I sit reading the Forum Anyone wanna come do my shopping for me? I only have to bring the almost 2 year old with me so it should be relatively easy today. Actually, I don't mind the shopping, I don't like the unloading and putting things away while curious kids poke through it. "How come you didn't get any of this? Why did you buy this, I like that better!"


Gina R Snape - Jan 27, 2005 8:24 am (#1553 of 2956)

Hey everyone. Gee, don't check this thread for two or three days and it explodes!

Barbie, my condolences. Though, I can fully understand the sense of relief your family must feel. Being in the caregiver role has both joy and immense strain. And the death of a loved one can be sorrowful and yet a good release at the same time.

Accio HBP, last time the book was released, TLC posted links for HP events in every city. You will have no problem finding somewhere to reserve the book. Equally, you will not need to reserve the book if you do not intend to pick it up at midnight. My hope is that our NYC crew will plan a get-together for that night. Last time, I was in the UK and queued up at a WH Smiths in Nottingham.


Essidji - Jan 27, 2005 8:28 am (#1554 of 2956)

Sorry for asking something that might have been told several times (I must have missed it), but what's that Locks of Love thing?

Today we have very beautiful sunny day. I really love those bright, though very cold, winter days. Dry cold is definitely much easier for me to stand than snowy weather.

EDIT : Hi Gina, we posted almost at the same time!


From Venus - Jan 27, 2005 8:31 am (#1555 of 2956)

I hear you, Denise. Unpacking and putting away is indeed the worst part when kids are present. When I go shopping, I like to buy some goodies for the grandkids and hide them so that I can bring things out at opportune moments and surprise them with something yummy. But if they have their little noses in everything before it's unpacked, they know what I have, and then they end up begging for it and trying to eat up a week's worth of goodies in one day.

EDIT: Essidji, Locks of Love is an organization that takes peoples donation of their long hair and gets wigs made for children that have lost their own hair due to cancer or other illnesses. It's a very worthy cause.


Julia. - Jan 27, 2005 8:36 am (#1556 of 2956)

I'd love to Denise, but I have classes to go to and a royal genealogy chart to do.

It's still really cold here. We got quite a bit more snow yesterday. University canceled all classes after 4:00. Guess when my last class ended. Yep, 3:50. I love that they finally canceled classes and it had no effect on me. Grrrrr.

*sigh* Must go read the threads and then do some reading before class.


septentrion - Jan 27, 2005 8:44 am (#1557 of 2956)

Hi Essidji ! Today you gets the sun and we gets the snow, although it was a very weak snow. I can't wait for the warming of temperatures !

Denise, I fear to be a little too far from you to be some help. Well, I can be psychological support.

Julia, I understand you. Why not cancel a whole day class ?


Gina R Snape - Jan 27, 2005 9:39 am (#1558 of 2956)

*waves back to Essidji*

Hey, Accio HBP and anyone else in the NYC area *koff-Jack-koff*

I've created a yahoo group for anyone in the NYC area who would like to be part of our sort-of-monthly meetings/gatherings. Email me if you are interested.

EDIT: I get almost all of my groceries delivered by Fresh Direct which is a blessing for those of us in NYC who live up several flights of stairs. Alas, I do not have wee kiddies or grandkids nosing through the bags. But Faberge and Nymphadora get a kick out of playing with the boxes when they are emptied!


Madame Librarian - Jan 27, 2005 9:39 am (#1559 of 2956)

Denise, I second and third the hated task of grocery schlepping. Schlepping from the store to the car (trying to roll a wonky cart over a pot-holed, slushy parking should be an Olympic event, methinks), schleppping the bags from the cart into the trunk (boot) of the car, schlepping them out again and traipsing from garage (unattached) to mudroom, ungracefully trying to remove slushy boots and switch to clean slippers, schelpping bags to kitchen, and then, last but not least, putting everything away. It's a toss up whether I want help from Mr. Madame Librarian or not. He's a bit forgetful (oblivious?) to where things go--"Hey, Barb, which shelf is the one for milk?"--or very innovative--breadcrumbs in the fridge ("I thought it was Parmesan!").

Anyhow, thanks for the chance to rant on my definition of most-detested hausfrau task. Well...there are a few others....

Ciao. Barb


Helen Potterfan - Jan 27, 2005 12:19 pm (#1560 of 2956)

Gina, I'm definitely interested and will send you an email. I have a Fresh Direct order being delivered tomorrow! I LOVE Fresh Direct! They have the best produce. I live on the ground floor so that's not my problem, but the supermarket near me has very poor produce selection, tiny aisles, and almost no organic products. Plus, I can shop at 2 in the morning in my PJs!


Phoenix song - Jan 27, 2005 12:56 pm (#1561 of 2956)

I want to thank you all so very much on your condolences for the loss of my father. It means a lot to me and my family, as Tim pointed out earlier. It is wonderful to be able to find people with whom you can share without being judged harshly.

It is a relief to know that he is no longer suffering, the body can go through more pain that I'd ever anticipated. And it was both a pain and a joy to be there to help him through the passage from life to death. In my mind I'm able to equate it somewhat with the pain of childbirth. I've heard that we should weep at births and celebrate at deaths, since births are the beginning of human suffering and deaths are the end of that pain. I now understand that poignantly. We are saddened, but we understand more fully now.

From Venus: You have my deepest sympathies for what you are going through in your care giving responsibilities. I understand how you feel... the hopelessness of wanting the best for your charge and the need to also see an ending of your own personal trauma. I took refuge on this forum, as I believe that you may have as well. It's a lonely and disheartening job. I hope that you can find joy and peace amongst us Potties and those others that you reach out towards.

Again, I must thank you all for your support and kindness. It is very meaningful for me. It helps to know that there are others that have been through similar situations as my own. Thank you all for sharing and for caring.



Catherine - Jan 27, 2005 2:08 pm (#1562 of 2956)

That was a very nice thing to say, Phoenix Song.

I was checking the news, and saw that Boston has set a record for the snowiest January. **waves to Boston Forum members** Good luck to the moms up there in getting the kiddies back to school! **waves to Lupin is Lupin**

Hope you get shoveled out soon.


From Venus - Jan 27, 2005 2:20 pm (#1563 of 2956)

Penny Lane, a good while back you asked about a quote that a forumer used concerning dragon affairs.

Well...here is the quote: Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

It is the second line of information belonging to a forum member named schoff. I just ran across it on the Riddle Diary thread.

Just thought I should let you know; you said it was driving you crazy, and I figured St. Mungo's had enough loonies to worry about.

BIG EDIT!!! Phoenix Song, thank you so much for your words, you seem to understand me perfectly. I do dive into this forum as an escape from reality, but in doing so I have been delightfully surprised at how wonderful all the people are here. You are becoming a group of friends that I can talk to, think with, and laugh with. I find myself talking about you to other friends of mine; I SO enjoy being a part of your company. You are all really great!

So now, go on with all of you. That's enough seriousness for one day. SIRIUSLY


dizzy lizzy - Jan 27, 2005 2:25 pm (#1564 of 2956)

The one thing I don't like about the grocery shop is that although I don't have kids to go through the shopping bags, My dogs are just as bad. They have learnt to crowd around the garage door and stick their noses into everything! Then when I do try and walk to the back door, they follow so closely they have tripped me.

I now just put the bags on the ground, let them sniff and then quietly pick them up after a minute and start walking.

Good to see you back Phoenix Song. Have a wonderful Friday everyone. I only work 4 days per week so Friday is a day off for me. But today is lawn-mowing day and I really would prefer not to do it at all.



Bathilda - Jan 27, 2005 2:59 pm (#1565 of 2956)

Lawn mowing day?!?! Our yard is still snowy, but that's Indiana for you. Argh, thought I had a minute, and now the wee ones want paper airplanes... I really wanted to vent about full day kindergarten to anyone who gives a fig!!


Chemyst - Jan 27, 2005 3:12 pm (#1566 of 2956)

I once had to attend an assembly for an in-service day in which a very silly woman wearing too many crystal beads gave a "talk" about how we should think of our students as caterpillars awaiting butterflyhood. She actually flitted across the stage at the end of the talk, proclaiming that she had overcome her horrid education and was now a butterfly.

'Sorry about your loss of IQ points Catherine, but... SPEW! That is a woman who seems to have realized her full potential and is now merrily taking revenge upon all her horrid teachers!


Ydnam96 - Jan 27, 2005 3:25 pm (#1567 of 2956)

I love grocery shopping! I wish I lived near those of you who don't, I would gladly do it for you. I don't have kids, just my kitty, and it's the only kind of shopping I don't feel guilty about when I'm done. But, I can imagine that with little ones in toe and coupons and all that it would be a chore. I'm kinda wierd (I also like to vacuum) Smile

Today has been a very blah day. I'm off to read some threads. Watch some Stargate. And take a nap.


kabloink! - Jan 27, 2005 3:31 pm (#1568 of 2956)

Accio HBP-you mean you can't go grocery shopping at 2am in your pj's otherwise?

I have been known to do this with regularity...at actual grocery stores, like Meijer.


Denise P. - Jan 27, 2005 3:34 pm (#1569 of 2956)

Shopping itself was not too bad. Kierynn actually left the coupons alone this time. She normally finds it great fun to get into the coupon folder and merrily rearrange them. I had just pulled into the garage to unload when the cell phone rang. The youngest boy at school was not feeling good so I had to go get him. This meant a drastic rearrangement of the unloading and putting away protocol. It is all done though and I am set for about 3 more weeks before I had to go endure this again.


Catherine - Jan 27, 2005 3:35 pm (#1570 of 2956)

Sorry about your loss of IQ points Catherine—Chemyst

Thanks, Chemyst. I regret their loss very much.

As I was in kindergarten when she was a tortured caterpillar, I did not appreciate being on the receiving end of her metamorphasis lecture.

Now, if she wants to round up all her bad teachers, and show them how she is now a crystal-clad butterfly, complete with wing flutters, heck, I'm all for it! I'll even put the Full Body-Bind on them just to make sure that they watch the entire performance.

EDIT: Denise, whew! Good for you. I love the luxury of grocery shopping sans children--not that it happens often. I can't imagine how long it must take you to shop for your whole crew, especially if you are stocking up for three weeks.


The giant squid - Jan 27, 2005 3:45 pm (#1571 of 2956)

I want to thank you all so very much on your condolences for the loss of my father. It means a lot to me and my family, as Tim pointed out earlier. It is wonderful to be able to find people with whom you can share without being judged harshly.--Phoenix Song

Awww...*hugs Barbie*

Marie, I just want you to know that it's not just teacher training that leaves something to be desired. Last August I went to a one week training course to be the District Booth Certifier for my theater chain (nutshell: I make sure all the projectionists in town are competent; no easy task). Aside from some wonderful Powerpoint presentations our hands-on training consisted of learning the workings of some projectors--the very same models I've been using since I started with the company! I flew from Las Vegas, Nevada to Knoxville, Tennessee just so they could show me how to do what I already know how to do. Well, at least they paid for everything...Krystals burgers are even tastier when they're free. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 2752390508

As for that snow in Colorado--bring it on! As long as it all melts into the Colorado River, anyway. I'd really like it if they could end the water rationing this summer. (The CO River feeds into Lake Mead, Las Vegas' primary source of water.)



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 27, 2005 3:45 pm (#1572 of 2956)

For all you Yankees fans out there--Julia, I'm talking to you--I'd ask you to take a close look at my avatar. There you'll see my husband holding a certain something. My, my...how did he get his hands on that thing? Oh yes, it could be because...WE WON!

Sorry to gloat, but it isn't everyday you get to see your husband holding the World Series trophy. Nifty!


Julia. - Jan 27, 2005 3:52 pm (#1573 of 2956)

AH! *says nothing* How did hubby get his hands on the world series trophy?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 27, 2005 3:57 pm (#1574 of 2956)

How did hubby get his hands on the world series trophy?---Julia

Wellllll....First, your team has to win.


Catherine - Jan 27, 2005 4:55 pm (#1575 of 2956)

Kim, I'm impressed. And that is saying something!

Oh, and the trophy looks handsome as well.

I'm killing time until I go to dinner with Mr. Catherine to wine and dine a faculty candidate. I'm going to be the only woman, the only non-chemist/scientist, and the only spouse at the table. I'm not sure how I get asked to these things, but I'm not complaining since we're going to my favorite restaurant! They make the most divine shrimp served atop garlic cheese grits, and the have a Maple Creme Brulee for which I would prostrate myself.

Have a good night, everyone.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 27, 2005 4:58 pm (#1576 of 2956)

and they have a Maple Creme Brulee for which I would prostrate myself.---Catherine

Is that legal?

As for the other, I laughed out loud.


Ydnam96 - Jan 27, 2005 6:00 pm (#1577 of 2956)

To complain about horrible training sessions today I had to sit through three hours of someone reading to us word for word out of the student handbook here. Doesn't sound so bad right? NO, if you have read a student handbook at a college you know it's mostly in a legalese type style, incredibly boring, and something we've read a lot. We were supposed to be learning how to deal with Sexual Assaults as the first responder team...which would have been incredibly useful...but this was kinda a waste of time (only because we could have read the stuff on our own and gotten more training on the things they can't write in the handbook). I did learn one thing: you shouldn't put anything that could be used as "evidence" in a plastic bag. It is supposed to be in paper. Didn't know that. Any science type want to explain why???

But other than that I guess I shouldn't complain. The college I work at is amazing and does a lot to make our jobs much, much easier and they support us a lot. This is really the first thing in 6 months that I've had to complain about. So I'm happy.

Off to sleep some before I have to go work again.


Helen Potterfan - Jan 27, 2005 6:13 pm (#1578 of 2956)

Kabloink said, "Accio HBP-you mean you can't go grocery shopping at 2am in your pj's otherwise? I have been known to do this with regularity...at actual grocery stores, like Meijer. "

Kabloink, Actually, no, I can't. I've found that the title "The City That Never Sleeps" can only be applied to Manhattan. When I lived in NC, I would often do my shopping after midnight at a store. In my Queens neighborhood, the supermarkets near me close at 9. I would have to walk almost a mile to get to a 24 supermarket. I don't even have a 24-hour drugstore nearby! Plus, there's the added joy of carrying my groceries home, or pushing a cart there and back (no car here). I had no idea how different living in NYC would be. Even grocery shopping is different here!


Marie E. - Jan 27, 2005 6:37 pm (#1579 of 2956)

I think the worst hausfrau task has got to folding hundreds of teeny socks. They all settle to the bottom of the laundry basket and I spend about fifteen minutes just doing socks. I can't even imagine the sock fiasco at Denise's house.

I'm glad I'm not the only one with a bad training story. I would like to teach everyone something new, not rehash old stuff.

I wish we had grocery delivery here. By the time I get the kids out of the daycare and into the car, the last thing I want to do is drag them into a grocery store. Sometimes I get to go shopping by myself on the weekends, and that is extreme bliss. The closest we have is the Schwan's man, and mostly he just brings me ice cream.


Catherine - Jan 27, 2005 7:44 pm (#1580 of 2956)

I think the worst hausfrau task has got to folding hundreds of teeny socks.—Marie

You are correct. That is a horrible task. That is, if you actually DO it!

I lump socks all into the "sock basket" and make the kiddies figure out what goes with what. It started when we had two dozen "white" sock pairs, and my oldest child kept claiming that they "didn't match." So I solved the problem, sort of, by NOT pairing the socks and letting my daughter arrange their marriages instead.

Now we have a cozy foot/sock unions, and I don't end up folding socks. Now, if I could just get the laundry to do itself.....


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 27, 2005 10:15 pm (#1581 of 2956)

He he he, socks, I buy only one color and style of socks, and then they always match! It's great for my son because he really like the style he likes. For the girls it's a little less fun. I buy 21 pairs of white knee-hi's which they wear with, pants, skirts, boots...

Ginerva, vent against all day kindergarten? We have only 1/2 day kindergarten here. In 2 1/2 they have to fit in gym, music, art, library and Spanish and of course, snack! On the days that I drove the girls to school, by the time I got home and have lunch, the bus was in front of the house, school was out. They girls didn't seem as tired coming home from all day kindergarten as coming home from first grade though.

Denise, do you really get food shopping done for 3 whole weeks? We food shop more like three times a week from the supermarket! We order once a month from the food coop, and about once every 6-8 weeks from the bulk warehouse place. But we just can't seem to keep fresh fruit in the house though.


Marè- Jan 28, 2005 2:03 am (#1582 of 2956)

I did learn one thing: you shouldn't put anything that could be used as "evidence" in a plastic bag. It is supposed to be in paper. Didn't know that. Any science type want to explain why???

My best bet: Plastic doesn't breath, paper does. If your plastic baggie is sealed tight, there is only limited oxygen. So when the circumstances in which your evidence is change... Your evidence could change as well. And that's not good. I also think it could have a bit of a greenhouse effect, plastic that is.

Now I'm curious if I'm correct or not. Let me see if I can google some experts opinion!


Madam Poppy - Jan 28, 2005 2:22 am (#1583 of 2956)

I thought I'd fly by and say a quick hello. I think of my Potter friends often but just don't have alot of time right now to keep current on all the posts. My daughter is in her 5th month of a very difficult pregnancy and I even flew down to see her for a couple of days the beginning of December. She was put into the hospital for a week due to dehydration. My Mom also became ill the end of December with Temporal Arteritis Disease which has left her permanently blind in her right eye. I am working full time and keeping busy also with my activities at church. (A special hello to Denise P. and Kip.)

Madam Poppy


septentrion - Jan 28, 2005 2:32 am (#1584 of 2956)

We don't forget you either, Madam Poppy ! I hope your daughter will get through her pregnancy and give birth to a beautiful child in 4 months and your mother will recover completely.


Essidji - Jan 28, 2005 2:59 am (#1585 of 2956)

Phoenix song, tears were filling my eyes when I read your post about the way you felt when you were with your father during his last moments. Thank you so much for the emotion you gave me. It's hard to explain in subtle terms (well, it would be in French anyway) but I had the feeling we were sharing the same opinion about life and death.

Poppy, my best thoughts to your daughter and your Mom.

On a much happier note : WEEKEND!

Edit : *waves to Septentrion*


Marè- Jan 28, 2005 3:13 am (#1586 of 2956)

Madam Poppy, so good to see you again! I'm sending over some best wishes for your daughter, her baby to be, your mother and you.

On a completely different note:

From http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net/evidenc3.html

Most items of evidence will be collected in paper containers such as packets, envelopes, and bags. Liquid items can be transported in non-breakable, leakproof containers. Arson evidence is usually collected in air-tight, clean metal cans. Only large quantities of dry powder should be collected and stored in plastic bags. Moist or wet evidence (blood, plants, etc.) from a crime scene can be collected in plastic containers at the scene and transported back to an evidence receiving area if the storage time in plastic is two hours or less and this is done to prevent contamination of other evidence. Once in a secure location, wet evidence, whether packaged in plastic or paper, must be removed and allowed to completely air dry. That evidence can then be repackaged in a new, dry paper container. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD EVIDENCE CONTAINING MOISTURE BE PACKAGED IN PLASTIC OR PAPER CONTAINERS FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS. Moisture allows the growth of microorganisms which can destroy or alter evidence.

And from: http://www.leineshideaway.com/EvidenceTechnician.html

An ET must be responsible for insuring that all evidence collected is packaged properly. One of the cardinal rules of evidence collection/preservation is NEVER package and seal anything that is wet. There is nothing worse then collecting blood soaked clothing, and then putting that clothing in a plastic bag which does not breath (allow air inside) after being sealed. With no air, the blood on the clothing can deteriorate very quickly. If this happens, the evidence is now altered and may be useless at trial.

The best way to package this type of evidence would be to place it in a paper bag for transport. Once at the station, the clothing can be removed and placed in a drying locker (locker with inside fan) or left out to air dry. After the clothing has dried, it can then be packaged back into the paper bag and sealed. The paper bag even sealed, allows air to flow in and out of the bag. Therefore, the clothing and blood would not deteriorate as it would in a plastic bag, and the evidence is preserved.

Plastic bags: not breathing. Seems I have some facts stored in the chaos that is my brain! Hope that answers your question Mandy.


septentrion - Jan 28, 2005 3:45 am (#1587 of 2956)

Waves back to essidji and to Marè ! Thanks for your explanations. As I love suspense novels, that was all benefit for me !


Marè- Jan 28, 2005 4:42 am (#1588 of 2956)

::Waves back to Septentrion, Essidji and all lurkers out there!::

I like suspense novels too. Off all the detectives, investigators and private eyes out there, I still love Miss Marple best!

One of the moderators on the accio forums posted a link to a tourist site: Brittain for Americans.
Opening sentence; under a picture of Great Brittain:
This is Britain.

We live here. We are called British people.

Well what do you know! and I always thought that the Chinese lived there! Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 1242194059

Edit: checked the site, explained a lot...


Winky Woo - Jan 28, 2005 5:25 am (#1589 of 2956)

Hello! *waves at Mare* I am one of the lurkers just trying to get up the nerve to join in the conversation!

I just had to say something on the subject of Pajamas. This morning Mr Winky Woos train was cancelled so he called me for a lift to work. As I was in bed I threw on a jacket over my pajamas, and the nearest pair of socks(I say pair loosely- one red and one black) so I wouldn't waste any time as he was going to be late, and headed off to the station. Imagine my horror when I arrived to discover that he had bumped into a colleague and had offered him a lift!!!

Mr Winky Woo was yapping to his colleague and didn't appear to notice...it could have been worse because I can't drive in slippers I had put on shoes at least.



septentrion - Jan 28, 2005 5:33 am (#1590 of 2956)

Winky Woos, it happened something on those lines to me : my husband arrived late in the evening at the station because of troubles which prevent trains to leave the town where he worked. So he had no buses anymore to transport him from the station to our home and he called me. I put something random over my pajamas but he happened to have proposed a woman to get her to her home, and she insisted then to give us a drink ! Oh my, what embarrassment I felt !


Catherine - Jan 28, 2005 5:39 am (#1591 of 2956)

Oh, dear. Septentrion and Winky Woo have cured me.

I hereby resolve to check my feet before dashing out to drive the kids to/from school. Many a time, I have had slippers on and forgot (ala Mrs. Figg) to exchange them for shoes.

Once we were running SO late to get the kids to school by 7 a.m. that I threw my coat on over my PJs and drove them. Now I'm thinking about how embarrassing that could prove to be.

**runs off to put proper clothes on**


The giant squid - Jan 28, 2005 5:43 am (#1592 of 2956)

You mean you're not supposed to run errands in your pajamas?

As for socks, I use the same method as Mrs. Sirius--buy all the same kind of sock, and they all match. Actually, I have two kinds: black for work and white for not-work. Then again, I'm a guy--I don't have to worry about whether or not my socks match my outfit.

(Especially since my "outfit" is always jeans & a t-shirt.)



Marè- Jan 28, 2005 5:54 am (#1593 of 2956)

Hi Winky Woo!

There is nothing to be nervous of. You jumped into the conversation just fine. (If in trouble, the topic "weather" always gets a good response too. Good thing it changes every day!)

As for pyjamas and driving. I have yet to have my first pyjama drive!
I do remember that when my mother had to drive my brother and me to the 6 o clock extra morning swimming lessons (we actually choose to have them... there weren't many others) she always had the same dilemma: Do I leave my pyjama's on so I can get in bed for a little while when I get back... Or do I put my clothes on, because you never know if you might have to get out of the car...
Other mothers knocking on the door and proposing to get a cup of coffee together was a good one...


Kip Carter - Jan 28, 2005 6:03 am (#1594 of 2956)

Catherine, a suggestion that my wife started using many years ago and I have been practicing for a long time too. When I go to bed, I jump into one of my running outfits (active-wear type). If I have to get up quickly and go outside, most people will think I have been working out. Now the shoes are a little more complex, I do have quick-release type running shoes which can be put on or taken off quickly. Yes, I do sleep with my running socks on.

It may not be a fashion statement for those who also want to look absolutely beautiful (or handsome for the men), but it does simplify having to exit the house quickly.

And by the way, running outfits are very comfortable sleep outfits. If you ever go camping, you will really find out the benefits of sleeping in active-wear apparel.


Marè- Jan 28, 2005 6:20 am (#1595 of 2956)

If you ever go camping, you will really find out the benefits of sleeping in active-wear apparel.

I have to disagree here. I'm going to assume you're talking about temparature benefits for a moment... So...
I once had to go camping in march and it was cold! So when we went to sleep, the entire group put their sportsclothes on. Now they were thermo-clothes, so normally they keep you warm, no matter what. However, because of the layer of clothes, the sleeping bag did not get warm.
Because normally your body temperature heats the inside of the sleeping bag so it gets warm and cosy.
So after a cold night and some research, we found out that in chilly weather, it is actually advised to sleep in as little as possible when it comes to clothes. So basic underwear and no more.
This off course assumes you have a decent sleeping bag (I have a mummy) or else the heat doesn't get preserved but is simply lost.

Sleeping in active wear is however, much easier if you happen to be one of those persons that needs to go to the bathroom a lot during the night. Running over the campsite in your underwear doesn't sound like a brilliant plan to me...


Kip Carter - Jan 28, 2005 6:33 am (#1596 of 2956)

Marè, I fully agree that you should not wear thermo-clothes when using a sleeping bag. My active-wear is nothing like thermo-clothes being that the fabric is porous and allows your skin to breathe so that body heat helps warm the inside of the sleeping bag.

Note: Thank you for copying part of my post because when I saw the "every" instead of "ever", I had time to edit my post within the 30-minutes allotted for edits.


Chemyst - Jan 28, 2005 6:46 am (#1597 of 2956)

Never a dull day on the forum!  I'll bet there are others for whom the odd juxtaposition of proper storage of wet evidence and the benefits of sleeping in active-wear apparel was not lost.


Marè- Jan 28, 2005 6:48 am (#1598 of 2956)

Yes, thermo clothes especially turned out to have been a huge mistake!

Edit: I'll bet there are others for whom the odd juxtaposition of proper storage of wet evidence and the benefits of sleeping in active-wear apparel was not lost.

Conclusion of the day: Never store wet evidence in sleeping bags?

Okay, you know what?  I obviously need to start my weekend!


Essidji - Jan 28, 2005 7:03 am (#1599 of 2956)

LOL, Marè. You may well be right : you need rest! ;-)

How strange that movies always show people pulling out evidences from (well, the place where they are stored) carefully wrapped in plastic bags. I figured this was close to reality. I would never have guessed it was only for the public to understand what is in the bag! This kind of upsets me!


Loopy Lupin - Jan 28, 2005 7:23 am (#1600 of 2956)

They make the most divine shrimp served atop garlic cheese grits, and the have a Maple Creme Brulee for which I would prostrate myself. – Catherine

It is funny, but even with that lovely description, it seems to me that you are still eating "shrimp 'n' grits" with dessert of "burnt pudding." Very Happy
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mike miller - Jan 28, 2005 7:31 am (#1601 of 2956)

Madame Poppy - I hope that all goes well for your daughter; and, that your mother suffers no more complications. Seeing your post has reminded me to call my 95 year old grandfather as he is home alone in Sunnyslope while my parents galavant around the desert Southwest for the winter. It sounds like he's had several opportunities to play with one of his favorite toys, the snow blower!

I'm wrestling with several computer related issues; together with the current demands of my work are making it increasingly difficult to keep up with the forum. I have someone coming to look at the home PC today, so at least I can get the technical issues resolved.

The biggest HP issue I'm working through is when to begin the re-read so that I finish close to the release date of HBP. Being a slow reader I have to plan these things; and, with the PA gathering slated for 7/30/05 I will not be able to waste any time.

Also, does anyone know if Amazon will be shipping HBP to arrive on the release date or will we be faced with the normal delivery delays as many experienced with POA DVDs? I can reserve a copy at Barnes & Noble and pick it up at the Bel Air, MD store; however, they do not seem to be offering the deluxe edition with added illustrations.

Well back to work.


Julia. - Jan 28, 2005 7:34 am (#1602 of 2956)

Good morning everyone! Wow, I leave you all for the night, and Kip posts twice! Wow!

Madam Poppy, lovely to see you dear! I really hope everything goes well for you and your family. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

On the current topics...Pajamas are just for night wear? Really? I wear my pj pants out all the time, especially in the summer when it's warmer. I mean, I never leave the house in the tank top I sleep in, for reasons of modestly, so I always throw a t-shirt on over it. But I'm really not supposed to wear my pj's out? *sigh* One of those lessons mum tried to teach me that never sunk in I guess, although if any of you happen to see my mum, kindly don't tell her that my pj's have been making appearances in places other than my dorm. She would not be pleased.

Socks: I prefer to be like Dobby and I almost never wear socks that match. So long as I have an even number of socks in my sock drawer, I'm good to go.

Camping: One night in October a friend and I were planning to sleep in the Sukkah. For those of you who don't know, a Sukkah is a three walled structure with a thached roof, through which you can see the stars. Whilst getting ready to sleep in the freezing cold of an October night, I was planning to wear as many layers of the warmest cloths I could get on. Fortunately, a friend came by and told me that I was stupid if I did that. He loaned me his nice, warm, army issue mummy sleeping bag, and so I was nice and warm.

OK, that took a lot longer than I expected, so I'm going to check a few threads and then head off to class. TTFN!

EDIT: Cross posted with Mike. I have no idea about Amazon's shipping, as I didn't preorder the book, and I preordered the PoA DVD from Barnes and Noble. If you really want your book on time, it's probally something like three extra dollars to have it shipped overnight.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 28, 2005 7:37 am (#1603 of 2956)

I fail to see the difference between what people might call "pj" pants and sweat pants. Sure, sweats are thicker, but I wear "pj" pants in public all the time.


Winky Woo - Jan 28, 2005 7:45 am (#1604 of 2956)

I find that having a layer of dogs on top of the sleeping bag does the trick too! Not that I usually have any choice in the matter as they curl up pretty much where they want to.

I went camping in Canada in January a long, long time ago in January for 10 days in Wilderness of the Algonquin(sp?) National park. Our guides gave us the advice to just sleep in our thermal underwear too, which I really found strange in tempretures of minus 10 and 2 foot of snow- but it really works!

Edit: Loopy mine are fleecy with pictures of bunny rabbits on them! Whilst I have no claim to being a fashion icon I do draw the line at these! Just for the record they were a christmas present so no choice in the type/design!


From Venus - Jan 28, 2005 7:55 am (#1605 of 2956)

Oh, you people are such a delight! I LOVE starting my morning off laughing! Chemyst, I do believe you are right about us; we do appreciate the finer points of evidence collection and the time, labor and face-saving tips for dressing for success. (If you count success as not being embarrassed in front of your/your spouse's peers, wearing matching socks, and keeping your sleeping bag warm.) Thank you everyone for being such a knowledgable group of people willing to share your wealth of information with the rest of us. You are all helping to make the world a better place.

I have a pajama story. Years ago, I lived next door to a woman who ALWAYS left the house in the morning wearing a skimpy nightie or baby doll pajamas under a hastily fastened bathrobe to drop her kids off at school. It always made me shake my head and mutter under my breath. Then one day, as I was driving back from the school myself, I saw her on the side of the road trying to change a flat tire. She looked ridiculous, to say the least. I was very bad...I didn't stop to help. I figured she needed the life-lesson.

On grocery shopping: When my kids were small, I used to wait until late at night when they were sleeping, and do my shopping at a 24hr. store. That way I saved money; I didn't have to buy all the junk food and toys they would always beg me for when they were with me. (BTW...There should be a LAW against having toys in a grocery store. Also, there should be one against having candy right next to the check-out counters!)

Well, have a great weekend everyone! I'm off to sort socks! (BTW...buying all the same socks works well until you have to buy more, and then you find out that you have to match the newer socks together and not mix newer and older, because the older ones look different because they are faded/stretched/worn out!)


mollis - Jan 28, 2005 8:02 am (#1606 of 2956)
Edited by Jan 28, 2005 7:05 am

"Never a dull day on the forum! I'll bet there are others for whom the odd juxtaposition of proper storage of wet evidence and the benefits of sleeping in active-wear apparel was not lost."

Oh my gosh Chemyst! People in the nearby cubies were all looking at me as I laughed out loud to my computer screen. Now, how am I going to convince them that I'm working, when I'm laughing at my computer?!? And this after showing up 20min late due to the long line at the coffee shop... Oh well, at least it's FRIDAY!!!

Oh, and on the grocery-shopping front, I hate it! I try and do it once a month, but it is the worst. I don't mind the shopping so much, but as someone earlier said, its the shlepping of bags from cart to trunk to kitchen and then the endless putting away of the groceries. And I have to do it all myself, because Mr. Mollis has no regard for the organization of the pantry or fridge. I've been putting off the shopping all week. Its going to have to be done tonight though. Or maybe tomorrow...


Ladybug220 - Jan 28, 2005 8:36 am (#1607 of 2956)

Mike Miller,

Amazon has this message about delivery of the book:


They will probably ship it via UPS or FedEx to get it to you in time. I know that they used FedEx for GOF as I had it sent to my sis-in-law, but I don't know what they did for OOP.

I hope that every one is having a good Friday and there are only 3 more days until I can start moving into my apartment.


mollis - Jan 28, 2005 8:53 am (#1608 of 2956)

I pre-ordered OOTP from Amazon. When I ordered they guaranteed deliver on the Saturday release date. I got mine on the release date, at around 2pm. Considering that I was out in the boonies of Virginia, that was a pretty standard time for my first thing in the morning deliveries. But now that they aren't guaranteeing delivery on the release date, and the fact that I'm in a real city again, I think I'm going to reserve at the bookstore and pick it up Sat morning. Unless I find a midnight release party and someone cool willing to go with me. I don't think my hubby would enjoy doing it.


Sirius Lee - Jan 28, 2005 9:09 am (#1609 of 2956)

For all you Yankees fans out there...I'd ask you to take a close look at my avatar. ... Oh yes, it could be because...WE WON!

Eeee *Sqeals with excitement and jealousy!* Oh my goodness, that's FANTASTIC!!! I'm a huge Red Sox fan and would give anything to get my hands on that even for a moment! I went to Boston for the parade afterwards and was thrilled just to see it. Prior to the premium-members-only avatar rule, a Red Sox symbol was mine, during the warmer weather I'm rarely seen without one of my many baseball caps, and I screamed like a lunatic in Times Square when we won!! Yup, Times Square - did I mention I live in NYC. Fun place to be a Sox fan Years back when I was working at a Starbucks, I had a regular storm out as soon as he walked in, pausing to tell my manager that he would "NOT be served by a Red Sox fan"! Even my boss thought it was funny he passed up his morning coffee over a sports dispute!

Eh, sorry folks, I know its been months, but I'm still so excited and end up rambling with glee


Ydnam96 - Jan 28, 2005 9:21 am (#1610 of 2956)

Thanks for the info on the plastic vs paper bags for evidence collection! Smile

As for PJs: one day after church I got super cold so I changed from my church clothes into some nice comfy sweats. I was still cold a little later so I decided to run to the grocery store and get some hot chocolate. Now I had always promised myself I would not go out in such attire but I figured it was just a short trip and it was just a grocery store. What I didn't know was that the store, which had just opened, was having a celebration for it's opening and had invited some famous tv stars to sign autographs. There were tons of people there and one of the stars (from a soap opera that I watched in college) was someone I really wanted to get an autograph & picture of. So despite the fact that I looked like a bum I got in line and went for it. After that experience I have tried to never go in public in PJs. (and I must say I've only done it once since, but I was sick with the flu and had to get some medicine so I went to Walmart in a pair of PJ pants and a t-shirt that was about 2 sizes too big).

The sleeping bag thing...you know the whole “wear less clothes it will be warmer” thing never worked for me. I went on a backpacking trip last summer in the high Sierra's in Yosemite/Sierra National Forrest. We were out for around 10 days, no tents. It was hard core. I froze some nights. I mean, we had frost on our sleeping bags in the morning one morning. I tried one night to wear just my shorts and tanktop and I thought I was going to get hypothermia. I have a better sleeping bag now and I sweat profusely in it. I can't win Smile

Well, as I'm going to be late for work I should go. Have a great weekend everyone.


Catherine - Jan 28, 2005 9:26 am (#1611 of 2956)

It is funny, but even with that lovely description, it seems to me that you are still eating "shrimp 'n' grits" with dessert of "burnt pudding." Very Happy --Loopy Lupin

Mmmmm....the "burnt pudding" tasted wonderful. And the contraction of "and" to "n" didn't change the taste of my shrimp and grits one teensy bit. If you change out of your PJs and wear real pants, I just might take you to that restaurant sometime.

Kip, it's great to see you posting. You made a very good suggestion, and I think for these chilly months, I just might try it for the 7 a.m. carpool. Plus, if people think I was working out, then I have an excuse for the "bed-head" hairdo.

As for the sleeping bag issues, Mare, you don't think I really go camping, do you? My idea of roughing it is staying in a hotel without wireless internet. The only think I ever enjoyed about Girl Scout Camp, aside from torturing the camp counselors, was making and eating S'mores.

You all have a great day. My mom is showing up in about 10 minutes from Richmond to celebrate Hayley's birthday belatedly. She got snowed in last weekend, so it'll be great to see her. It's wonderful that she feels up to driving these days, so it looks like she's really getting back to her old self.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 28, 2005 10:13 am (#1612 of 2956)

If you change out of your PJs and wear real pants, I just might take you to that restaurant sometime.—Catherine

How about if I just don't wear pj's that have bunnys and stuff on them?


kabloink! - Jan 28, 2005 11:21 am (#1613 of 2956)

I stand firm on the going out in Pj's thing. I am still a lazy bum of an overstressed college student, and will often pick my husband up from a closing shift (at 2am) or drop him off for an opening shift (at 4am) in my pj's. While I have not yet attended actual classes at MSU in my pj's (only because I live 30 min away), I have taken exams in them and spent library days in them. At U of M when I lived in the dorms, however, I would roll out of bed 10 min before class started, pull my waist length hair into a ponytail or baseball cap, brush my teeth throw some water on my face and run to class. Oh yeah, I would typically throw on shoes or flip flops, too. Maybe when I have kids, taking them to school will have a different effect on me, but as of right now, I don't care who sees me in my pj's.


VeronikaG - Jan 28, 2005 12:18 pm (#1614 of 2956)

LOL, I have yet to be spotted shopping in my nightwear.

Barbie, I'm so sorry for you. Take comfort in your friends at the Forum, we're here for you lady!

Suspense and crime... I really like detective novels and -films. I watch most everything, from the classics like Colombo and Inspector Morse to modern series like Wire in the Blood, Waking the Dead and Midsomer Murders. It's hard to pick a favourite. I like trying to be as smart as the detective, noticing things that can give clues to who did it and why. I never get it right.


Helen Potterfan - Jan 28, 2005 12:35 pm (#1615 of 2956)

During my freshman year, most freshmen were assigned an 8am Writing Class that was required for everyone. Since many of these classes were on the campus where we lived (all freshmen were required to live on campus, and all on "East Campus"), it became fashionable to come to class in PJs. It was not at all unusual to see several members of the class show up complete with robe and slippers! My dorm was beside the Cafeteria where we were all forced to have meal plans, and most mornings before 9 or so there would always be people hanging around in PJs. That was 10 years ago, so I'm not sure it still happens, but I imagine so.


Catherine - Jan 28, 2005 12:55 pm (#1616 of 2956)

How about if I just don't wear pj's that have bunnys and stuff on them? --Loopy Lupin




Gina R Snape - Jan 28, 2005 1:09 pm (#1617 of 2956)

I don't think of sweatpants/track suits as pj's. So I see no problem wearing them in public.

I usually sleep in a long t-shirt, or once in awhile those PJ bottoms from Old Navy with a sleeveless shirt. I will answer the door and walk in the hallway of my building in that (but not a t-shirt alone). Otherwise, I have to get dressed to go out. But since I don't have kids, don't drive a car, and don't go to school full-time, I can think of no situation in which I'd have to run out in my PJs unless (merlin forbid) there was a fire in my building.

But if there is a weekend where I am feeling lazy and/or ill and don't really want to 'get dressed' I will put on a pair of sweatpants like I use for yoga and potions brewing and exercise.


Eponine - Jan 28, 2005 1:43 pm (#1618 of 2956)

I have stolen my husband's jammie pants which are red and covered with Dr. Seuess's Horton the elephant. They are quite comfortable, but I have not yet worn them out of the house. I have worn others out on late night store runs, but that's about it. Oh, when I flew back from Alaska (leaving Anchorage at 1:00 AM), I wore very comfortable pants that could be considered pajamas along with a tank top and a pair of fuzzy slipper flip flops. It was a seven hour flight, and I was going to be comfortable!

Regarding re-reading the books before HBP. I have decided that I am going to read a chapter a day up until July 16. I've figured out that I will need to start reading March 6 to finish OotP on the 15th. If I'm only reading one HP chapter a day, I'm more likely to be reading other things as well.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 28, 2005 1:59 pm (#1619 of 2956)

Years back when I was working at a Starbucks, I had a regular storm out as soon as he walked in, pausing to tell my manager that he would "NOT be served by a Red Sox fan"!---Sirius Lee

Well, I can't fault him for his faithfulness. All team fans should be so steadfast. I'm glad your boss supported you, though. I would have loved to witness it.


Tomoé - Jan 28, 2005 2:56 pm (#1620 of 2956)

I've been quite busy last few days, I have a lot to catch up, so beware, it will be a long post.

First, even if I'm a bit late, I'm very sorry about your father, Barbie. I never lost someone that close to me, but I did lost an aunt to mutiple sclerosis and a grandmother to repeted cerebrovascular accidents. Sure, you miss him, but it's hard time to deal with your loved ones in pain and so vulnerable, it's sain you're relieved his suffering is over. There's really no reason to be ashamed over the fact you're relieved to have time again to do whatever you wish. He knew you were sacrifying a lot to support him, he knew you all had much pleasant stuff you could have done instead, but you stuck to him until the very end and that's what make the difference. He knew he was loved, even if he was a shadow of his former self, even if he couldn't give you back as much as you gave him. That's the only thing that matter in the end.

Venus, you have all my admiration for taking care of your disenabled mother-in-law. I have really no idea what you are going through, my grandmother and my aunt were placed in institution, they both were too sick for anyone but nurses to take care of them, and that was quite demanding already for my mom (she was the ones who took care of finances, invoices, medical stuff and she made sure she spend a afternoon a week with them). I sounds to be one of these thankless job no one won't even mention unless you do something wrong.

While being on difficult topic, I read Accio Sirius's profile the other day and the newspaper article that was linked to it, I was deeply moved, you have all my admiration as well. It's been a year since the article was printed did the ketogenic diet worked?

Madam Poppy, I'm sorry for your daughter, I hope she'll get better soon. I'm sorry for your mother as well, to lose an eye is near the top of my "hadicap I don't want to get" list.

Eponine, congratulation for your first teaching day (even if it's getting a bit old).

Mike Miller, Mireime did order DVDs from amazon.com and she get her order a day before the release date more than once. I'll ask her if she used the standard shipping or the express one.

dizzy lizzy, lawn-mowing already? I don't expect my parents' grass to need mowing befor May, it sounds so surreal.

If I need to get out of bed quickly to go outside of the house, I never were pj, I prefer taking any pant plus upertop of any kind even if they don't match at all. I sometimes put socks as well, sometimes not.

Edit : Marè from jkr website thread -> Anyway I can fly you over to do some of my statistic tests?

Oh! I didn't take statistic related class for 6 solid years, so I'm not sure what my answers will worth. ^_~


Acceber - Jan 28, 2005 3:43 pm (#1621 of 2956)

"Anybody got a cat!" Sooooooo....Anybody got a cat?!"-Kim. Try Alliance for Animals in Arlington. That's where we got our two male cats. They are neutered (or spayed, I can never remember the difference), so no hope for offspring.

Congrats to JK on the birth of her new baby girl!

Kim, your husband must feel so lucky! I'd love to touch the trophy. (Aside to Kim and other Sox fans: They traded Mientkiewicz! Aaaahhhhhhh!!!!!) On that note, has anyone seen/heard from/emailed Leila lately?

Barbie, my condolences on your father's passing.

I ranted about my part in the school play about a month ago (I'm the cow in Into the Woods) and the time has come for me to rant some more. Constantly kneeling hadn't been that annoying, until I woke up this morning with two huge bruises right below my knees. A lot of my friends are also in the play, and after seeing the bruises, they yelled at the director for me. Very kind . I'm getting knee pads this weekend.

Pajamas-I don't wear pajamas out of the house, except at pajama day at school, and that was just the bottoms. Pajamas for me are an oversized T-shirt and too-short bottoms with dragonflies on them. Very comfortable.

I'm done, I think. My Forum anniversary (one year) was last Monday and my birthday is next Monday. w00t!


Bathilda - Jan 28, 2005 3:44 pm (#1622 of 2956)

Yes, vent AGAINST all day Kindergarten. I just don't feel that a five year old with a full time parent at home should be in school for 35 hours per week. The only additions to the half day curriculum are "quiet time", free play, recess, and review. I agree that the 2.5 hour day isn't the answer either. However, my daughter's school is going to have an option to take the kids home after lunch. So it's technically 67% of the time as the full day. (I know it's 67%, because that's the amount of tuition they are charging. There were too many parents threatening to leave if they didn't give some options. ARGH! I've been going grey over this whole school thing!

Madam Pomfrey--I am sorry to hear about your daughter's pregnancy. Her condition sounds horrible! I've had two pregnancies where I couldn't stop vomiting, and also became dehydrated to the point of hospitalization. It thoroughly sucks! BUT BLIND in one eye!? I have a friend who had a condition where she couldn't pee--had to self cath, and later when she was huge; her husband had to do it. But at least it went away. Your daughter has a lot of courage, and obviously a lot of love for her baby! Good luck and God Bless.


dizzy lizzy - Jan 28, 2005 4:54 pm (#1623 of 2956)

Oh I love coming onto this site in the mornings. I spend most mornings giggling away getting my dose of laughter for the day.

On the PJ thing, I cheat now. I just wear T-shirts and shorts in summer and trakkie daks (tracksuit trousers) and jumper in winter.

As I live in Shorts and T-shirts or trakkies and T-shirts (except for the work clothes), there are times when they just miraculously become PJ's with a wave of the wand!!!...more often than not. There have been times when I've been so tired, I've crawled into bed in jeans and jumper in winter and been deliciously warm. I won't use electric blankets and I don't have a human hot water bottle living with me, so I'm glad our winters aren't as bad as yours.

The lawnmowing was not pleasant. The grass was wet, temp was 24deg cel. and it was a humid morning. However, it had to be done, the littlest dog was getting lost in the grass.

So now I get to spend the rest of the day recovering. Sausage curry for tea tonight as the reward



mike miller - Jan 28, 2005 5:28 pm (#1624 of 2956)

Ladybug, Mollis, Julia and Tomoe - Thanks for the insight on Amazon. I had pre-ordered the CoS DVD and, as I recall, it came the afternoon of the release date. I just could find anything on their website giving me the option for "faster" delivery. I would not mind going down to the bookstore in the morning to pick up my reserve copy, but I'm leaning towards the deluxe edition.

Have a great weekend everyone! Oh, by the way, the computer seems to be fixed!


Madam Poppy - Jan 28, 2005 5:37 pm (#1625 of 2956)
Edited by Jan 28, 2005 4:38 pm

Thanks one and all for your comments and encouragement. Generva, my daughter is expecting the and is sick as a dog . My Mom is recovering from her illness and lost the sight in one of her eyes. It has been hard to be so far away from my family. They count on me daily for support too. All I can do is or mail Care packages.


Marie E. - Jan 28, 2005 7:08 pm (#1626 of 2956)

Oh, Madam Poppy, it's so good to see you again. We've really missed you. I hope your daughter and mother improve. I know it's hard to be away from family when they need you. Then again, you could have family members like mine who announce to the forum they're having surgery but fail to tell their sister!!

An update on Shayla: after consulting with her pediatrician we've decided to try a medication for her ADD. We are also looking into some other things she's having trouble with that are not "attention" related. I think she may have a reading comprehension problem related to writing. She starts the meds tomorrow so I won't be sure if they're working for about a week. We've also done some diet modification and a progress chart at home to monitor her behavior better. Her doctor was giving me a website to check out and she paused to ask "do you have internet?". I tried hard not to laugh in her face.


Catherine - Jan 28, 2005 7:33 pm (#1627 of 2956)

For the record,

I am not arguing against loungewear. After all, I have two Shih-tzus, so lounging is part of the game.

I might have ventured out in loungewear to get the paper while waving at my best friend dressed in her pink piggy PJs, and saying hello to my across the street neighbor in her T-shirt and baggie flannnels. We really used to laugh at what people would think about us in our un-lovely and comfy sleepwear. So, I have been seen, by neighbors, utility men, construction workers, and carpool buddies attired thusly.

That said, I have reconsidered my stance on driving in said manner, as the idea of being stranded on the side of the road in my lounge pants (printed with shoes and purses) is NOT attractive. **Waves and respectful salute to Eponine with Horton pants** Greenville is a small town, after all, and it is a lot to live down. I imagine from now on if I wouldn't want to be filmed changing a tire in it, I shouldn't wear it for carpool!

From now on, it will be athletic wear, even if I am not athletic in the least, and even if the people who know me well know that I was NOT working out! Thanks, Kip!

EDIT: Marie, good luck with that. If she is having trouble, I'm glad that you caught it early.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 28, 2005 8:33 pm (#1628 of 2956)

This is truly a special day, Kip and Madame Poppy posting. Nice to hear from you. Poppy best of luck with your daughter, I'll keep some of my best thoughts for her.

On the food shopping, why I am inspired to tell embarrassing stories here I don't really know, but here goes...

A couple of years ago when the my son was about 5 and the triplets were 3, I went food shopping with all four because I really needed some staples. I thought that the self-checkout lines wa moving faster so I went on the self check out. As fortune would have it, my kids were on their worst behavior that day. They were pulling things of the shelves, "mommy can I have..." pulling the bags, climbing in and out of the cart and so on. I told them to get into the cart, paid up, grabbed my receipt as I told them how disappointed I was in their behavior. We drove home, an 11 miles trip, when my son asked, "Mommy where are the groceries?" I had grabbed my receipts and stormed out of the store with my naughty kids but I left all of my groceries on the belt.

I called the store and yes they did find a checkout counter with nearly $50 worth of groceries left behind. (They had restocked everything so I had to re-shop)


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 28, 2005 10:05 pm (#1629 of 2956)

"it seems to me that you are still eating "shrimp 'n' grits" with dessert of "burnt pudding." Very Happy"

Loopy, I would like to thank you for saying what I was thinking, and also for reminding me how badly my screen and keyboard needed cleaning!


Julia, "Socks: I prefer to be like Dobby and I almost never wear socks that match. So long as I have an even number of socks in my sock drawer, I'm good to go." If you end up with an odd number you can always pick your cleanest dirty one to match it when need demands.

"Forum anniversary"...is there a way to find the date you joined?

Catherine - "the idea of being stranded on the side of the road in my lounge pants (printed with shoes and purses) is NOT attractive." The idea is not attractive, but it sure helps in getting a prince in shining armor (his view) aka male of the species (our view) to stop and offer assistance. :-)

Frost on sleeping bag - I thought that was what tents or shelter halves were made for? S'mores now, and a crackling fire...pure heaven!

Mrs Sirius, you have my full admiration, respect, awe, and sympathy! Triplets! I thought I had it made surviving my twins and their older sister, (she was 13 months when twins were born) with some semblance of sanity. My hat is off to you!


Gina R Snape - Jan 28, 2005 10:44 pm (#1630 of 2956)

TBE, that would be fun, to find out one's exact date of joining.

Unfortunately for me, when I first joined I posted as Gina without registering for a month or so (back when you could do so). Then when I finally went to register the name Gina was taken and, alas, I had to give my full married name...

I'd be curious to get stats on number of posts too. I sometimes wonder about that, after Kip gave us that posting averages info before the changes at WX.


The giant squid - Jan 29, 2005 2:27 am (#1631 of 2956)

   Then again, you could have family members like mine who announce to the forum they're having surgery but fail to tell their sister!!

Why, who would be so insensitive as to do something like that??  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 266347159

I'm glad to hear you've had some progress with Shayla; let's hope this first try works so you don't have to play the "Okay, how about this..." game.

One hand: I've often wondered what my actual "Forum anniversary" is and think it would be kinda cool to be able to look it up. Other hand: I've only seen Kip post one non-admin post in the last thre months (at least) as it is. Give the man anything more to do and he may just explode!



Pinky - Jan 29, 2005 5:55 am (#1632 of 2956)

Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised at all if Kip has every single one of our forum anniversaries. I've wondered as well - I know it was after GOF came out and SS on movie - as I saw the movie first, then read all the books right after. Beyond that, I don't know. But I have learned that Kip, for some reason, absolutely delights in keeping meticulous records about these forums, and has been able to come up with amazing statistics. He spends hours every day working behind the scenes on the fourms, even though you don't see him post very often.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 28, 2005 9:28 pm (#1633 of 2956)
Edited by Pinky Jan 29, 2005 4:58 am

Pam, I moved this post from the Introduction thread - please keep all welcome type posts here in the chat thread. The Introduction thread is for introductions only. ~Pinky

Welcome to the forum Lisa. Harry and this forum have helped a lot of us here through the "rough moments".



TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 29, 2005 6:15 am (#1634 of 2956)

Thank you, I get lost sometimes. Is nice to have a harbor light.

Ok, I'll fess up, I knew that and just slam forgot! :-)


Denise P. - Jan 29, 2005 9:09 am (#1635 of 2956)

Wow, I am suitably impressed! Saturday is cage cleaning day at our house. We have 6 guinea pigs and 2 birds that get cleaned. One of our guinea pig cages is about 2.5'x5', the other two are marginally smaller. I normally take a dustpan and scoop out the used bedding, scrub it and then replace it. To clean all three guinea pig cages normally takes me about an hour to 90 minutes...depends on how much "help" I have. Today, I decided to try the shop vac to do it. I am never using a dustpan again! That shop vac sucks it up in a flash, no mess, no bags and in a fraction of the time. Call me a geek (Don't try it Kim!) but wow, how much easier!


Marie E. - Jan 29, 2005 10:04 am (#1636 of 2956)

Isn't technology wonderful, Denise? I wonder if the shop vac works on the kids clutter in their rooms...

It's snowing here in Colorado Springs. It's that pretty, light, fluffy kind of snow. I hope it lets up a little for tomorrow. Our Brownie troop is going to the Museum of Nature and Science in Denver and I don't have anything else planned. Just in case, I've just been online looking for some quickie crafts. If any members in the Denver area are interested, the museum is doing a free admission day tomorrow. You still have to pay for the IMAX movies and such.


mike miller - Jan 29, 2005 10:06 am (#1637 of 2956)

Denise - As Tim Allen would say, there's no substitute for POWER!


Gina R Snape - Jan 29, 2005 10:16 am (#1638 of 2956)

Hey, Denise. Would you go so far as to say...'It's Like Magic!'?


Loopy Lupin - Jan 29, 2005 1:21 pm (#1639 of 2956)

I'll bet Denise was at least thinking if not saying "Scourgify!"


Catherine - Jan 29, 2005 3:09 pm (#1640 of 2956)

Or Evanesco!


Doris Crockford - Jan 29, 2005 3:15 pm (#1641 of 2956)

About Forum anniversaries, I figure mine is approximately August 14, since that was the day I got an email from WX confirming that I was an official member.

I was just at the Queen's University website (I applied there and am hoping to go there in September), and I was looking at the FAQs for residence. One of the questions was: "What do I do if I drop my room key down the elevator shaft?" It's even funnier that that's a question since there's another question about losing your keys in general, and since only a few residences actually have elevators!


From Venus - Jan 29, 2005 3:51 pm (#1642 of 2956)

Yeah, Denise, the shop vac is the way to go, so long as you've remembered to remove the critters first!

(Sorry, couldn't resist it.)


Catherine - Jan 29, 2005 3:57 pm (#1643 of 2956)

Oh, we weren't vanishing the guinea pigs? Oopsie.

Just kidding. We love our shop vac. It can hold many gallons of water at one time, which is wonderful during floods. It's a great idea.

Perhaps I should suggest it to Mr. Catherine for changing the fish tank water? Of course, I can see the fish accidentally getting sucked up into the vac....Ick.

So Denise, how are the little piggies doing these days? I feel like I haven't seen them in ages, although your current avatar is just too adorable.


boop - Jan 29, 2005 4:06 pm (#1644 of 2956)

Hi everyone, I went to see Hide and Seek. It was really good, with a surprise. IF you like scary movies then this one will be a movie for you.

hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Hugs Always



Denise P. - Jan 29, 2005 4:57 pm (#1645 of 2956)

All the piggies are doing well. Regulus and Sirrius are about entering the teenaged boar years and Sirrius wants to make sure Regulus knows he is the boss. Regulus is very laid back and just lets Sirrius have at it. Petunia and Luna occasionally chatter at one another but for the most part, they get along fine. Cinnamon and Spice have always gotten along and are doing great. If I could trust Petunia around the others, or Luna or the boys, I would get a group shot but if I tried to put them all together, we would end up with squealing and fur flying. We have way too many alphas and alpha wannabes.

I can tell you my Forum anniversary, it was after Lexicon Steve posted his welcome at 9:07 am PST Wednesday 2 October 2002. I posted at 10:26 am PST (almost an hour and twenty minutes later). I have the dubious honor of being the first to post on WX. I was also on Bravenet and the place before but I believe Kip and Marcus were there as well.


From Venus - Jan 29, 2005 5:29 pm (#1646 of 2956)

My forum anniversary is September 3, 2004. I'm still kinda new.


Penny Lane. - Jan 29, 2005 5:33 pm (#1647 of 2956)

Wow. I'm not loving this lack of a personal macintosh computer deal. I keep forgetting to check in, and then I come back than there are 100+ messages on this one thread for me.

thanks to everyone who helped with the Dragon quote.

Socks: My best friend grew up in a home with 7 sisters and 2 brothers, and they solved the sock problem by writing their initials on the bottoms with a permanate - argh, i have serious spelling issues- marker.

PJ's: I can't believe we are discussing what we wear to sleep in, but I tend to wear either shorts or pj pants - flared, of course - and a tank top. I dont' care who sees me in it, as I am not the most modest girl in the world, nor do I care what people think of me. I find it comfortable to lounge around in, and thats that. I don't, however, ever wear PJ's to class. 4 days out of 5, I will dress up, just because I'm at the stage in my academic career where I have to be looking for instructor recommendations. Also, I just don't feel comfortable in class all scrubby. I have afternoon classes, so I guess that might be part of the reason.

I don't know my Forum anniversary, but I remember when it started. I lurked, and started posting sometime in December of 02, I believe.

Has anyone read "The Golden Compass"? I started it last night, and at first it was hard to get into and confusing and I was annoyed at the spelling of various words, dœman included, but now I'm curious about it, and if the rest of the series is completed.


Denise P. - Jan 29, 2005 5:43 pm (#1648 of 2956)

I have read that triology, Penny. I didn't particularly like it but it was okay.


Julia. - Jan 29, 2005 6:56 pm (#1649 of 2956)

My forum anniversary is December 21, 2003. My first post was on the Flitwick thread.


The giant squid - Jan 29, 2005 11:28 pm (#1650 of 2956)

Doris, the funniest bit about the elevator/key issue is that for it to be part of the FAQ it has to have happened often enough to be a frequently asked question! Me, I always used a keychain...

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septentrion - Jan 30, 2005 4:26 am (#1651 of 2956)

Julia, we nearly share our forum anniversary because I received my confirmation mail for subscribing around Dec 8th 2003.

Mike, keychains aren't the ultimate solution against losing your keys. What if you lose your keychain with the bunch of keys you use for your car, home work ? Of course, a keychain makes it difficult to lose your keys in the gap between the door and the lift itself.


librarian314 - Jan 30, 2005 7:53 am (#1652 of 2956)

Hey all!

It's snowing here in the greater DC area, again. The weather people are calling for 1 to 3 inches. I'm so glad we got our friends moved yesterday. I'd hate to have to be out in the yuck today.

I didn't start wearing sweat pants out in public until after I became a mom. :-P I'm a morning person and always have been, so there was no problem getting to breakfast before my eight o'clock classes. These days though, I'll toss on the sweat pants easiest to find and go out and about no problem. I'm still a morning person, so I do tend to miss the crowds and lessen the number of people that see me less than put together. (Though most people who "put themselves together" would think me horribly incomplete, as I don't wear make-up and doing my hair consists of pulling it back in a scrunchy, for a long pony tail. ;-) )

When I'm camping, I always take a pair of wool socks and a hat to sleep in. (Depending on the time and location, I may just sleep in my flannel nightgown or a T-shirt and leggings.) The socks are only for sleeping as sleeping in the socks you wore all day long can actually make your feet colder.

I did some reconnoitering recently and it seems that the Barnes and Noble in downtown Bethesda and the Borders in Gaithersburg on 355 are both going to be open at midnight for the release of HBP. I've not yet decided which one I want to go to, as neither have anything definite planned yet. The Borders is closer but the Barnes and Noble is bigger. Good thing I've got time to decide! :-)

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Elanor - Jan 30, 2005 1:17 pm (#1653 of 2956)

Hello everybody! I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Here, it has been a very cold one: something like -10°C (14°F) in the morning and only -5°C (25°F) during the day. Brr... To think some people mow their lawn in the sun... (**waving to Lizzy**)

About my forum anniversary, I remember I first posted on the "tell about yourself thread" last July, the 15th I think. I will have a great present for my first anniversary next July!

As for pyjamas, well, since I once opened the door to the postman who was selling calendars when I was wearing Daffy Duck pyjamas (I thought it was my Mom coming), I try and wear sweat pants when I want to relax at home instead. To keep a dignified air with an angry duck on your chest is NOT that easy, especially when a postman, looking at you with eyes like saucers, shows you ugly calendars with horses or the Mont-St-Michel on it...

For camping, it is easy: I don't camp, my back just can't do that. I would need a wizard tent for trying it again someday...


septentrion - Jan 30, 2005 1:43 pm (#1654 of 2956)

My, I'm glad not to live in Burgundy ! (waves to Elanor) I couldn't survive with such temperatures.

Well, before I can open my door to anybody, I have to make them wait outside to wear something decent because I wear all my old and comfortable stuff at home, and of course trousers (old remember) don't fit with the jacket or the tee-shirt (old too). Of course, I learnt to take precautions the hard way, after I opened my door wearing something worse than Daffy Duck pajamas once.

I can hear the sweet noise of hubby doing the washing-up in the kitchen. Isn't he a darling ? Who told the feminine for sitting in front of the computer was standing in the kitchen ?


Elanor - Jan 30, 2005 1:59 pm (#1655 of 2956)

**Waves back to Septentrion**

So, I guess it is milder again in the North today... We still have snow on the roofs and it shows no sign of melting yet. I hope mildness will come back soon!

Your husband is a gem indeed! Does he cook too?


Julia. - Jan 30, 2005 3:44 pm (#1656 of 2956)

Merlin's beard, where is everyone today? Are your fingers all too cold to type?

Happy birthday to MoaningMyrtle101. *hands MM butterbeer* Hope you have a great day and an amazing year. I want the record to show, that I was totally the first person to wish MM a happy birthday, as we were chatting on YIM when the clock struck 12.

My inner Hermione is very happy today. Not only did I do all my reading for tomorrow, but I did all my reading for Tuesday as well. I'm such a dork. Thank G-d that works for me! I talked my Shakespeare professor into giving me extra credit for my genealogy chart, so tonight's activities will revolve around John of Gaunt.

Note to self: Get a life!!!


Catherine - Jan 30, 2005 4:19 pm (#1657 of 2956)

Must...thaw...fingers....to....type....! **waves to Julia**

The chat thread is quiet today, stiff fingers or no. So I can read it quickly and easily.

Thanks for the update about the piggies, Denise. With a house full of females, my husband can definitely identify with the problem of "alphas and alpha-wannabes!"

Our afternoon was a nice escape from dreary, drizzly gray weather. Hayley celebrated her birthday at the local Gymnastics place with her friends, and it was very amusing to see how grateful the other parents were to have their kids attend a very active party on a day in which they would otherwise probably stay indoors. I heard more than one parent say wistfully that they wished that we as parents could go do the games on the trampolines and in the foam pit. Too bad they don't host "grown-up" parties!

We had such a nice visit with my mom, and an exciting announcement. She is feeling so much better that she is taking the girls to Disney World over Easter break. They almost swooned from the excitement.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend, and I sure hope this latest storm in the East hasn't caused too much inconvenience for everyone.

Good luck with upcoming week! **waves to Sunday Wayne, hoping that Sunday Wayne is not too angry with Friday Wayne! **


Julia. - Jan 30, 2005 4:43 pm (#1658 of 2956)

*waves back at Catherine* Can I go to Disney World with the girls? I promise to be as excited about it as they are!!! I've never been and I'm suddenly quite jealous of your girls!

mike miller - Jan 30, 2005 4:52 pm (#1659 of 2956)

Julia - Sorry for leaving you with few posts to read. I haven't been frozen today, just engrossed in a little computer gaming.


Chemyst - Jan 30, 2005 4:55 pm (#1660 of 2956)

Merlin's beard, where is everyone today? Are your fingers all too cold to type? – Julia

As for me, I've been victimized by power outages caused by crashing icy tree limbs. One lasted an hour, but the other half-dozen have been annoying blinks. I finally took my daughter's advice and didn't reset the clocks last time– and that seems to have cured it. ... which also answers Catherine's wondering about this latest storm in the East.


Catherine - Jan 30, 2005 5:52 pm (#1661 of 2956)

Sorry about your ekeltricity issues, Chemyst. It's good to see you with **hopefully** full power.

I know that we escaped without even the minimum weather promised by our local meterologists, but I know that to the west, it was quite a different matter. Hope that you all are comfortable and safe and back with us soon.

I posted this on the "You Know You Are a Fan" thread, but I thought you all might get a kick out of it. As you know, my mom was visiting this weekend, and I was (in my constant quest to get family members involved in HP) showing her around the Forum. She said, "So what is it that you all DO here? I don't get it." Much later, when we talked about a Patronus, I joked about my dogs, who are shih-tzus. I told mom, "I have a Shih-tzu Patronus, don't you know."

Now, this is supposed to be funny, as shih-tzus are fuzzy, lazy, loving, and small. She said, "So is that what was wrong with Daisy's hair back in July? What have you done to it now?"

Grrrr. I don't think she's paying attention.


Gina R Snape - Jan 30, 2005 5:57 pm (#1662 of 2956)

Well, it was never my intention to add work to Kip's plate. But something tells me he does have the stats on everyone's anniversaries.

The best I can come up with is late October or early November 2002. This is because I know I started posting before the CoS movie was released (11/15/02). And I can say with about 99.9999999999999% certainty that my first post was to the Snape thread.

Please, nobody faint from surprise... Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 1003735042

I am so grateful we thawed out in NYC today. The deep freeze we've endured has been enough for me to start fantasizing about living in warmer climes. Except, of course, now I hear even Georgia had a frost spell!

Sorry to hear about your power outages, Chemyst! How incredibly annoying.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 30, 2005 7:23 pm (#1663 of 2956)

The thread I first posted on no longer exists, so I don't know exactly when my anniversary is. I'm not complaining, though, since it was an incorrect prediction.

Happy birthday, MM101.


Amilia Smith - Jan 30, 2005 8:14 pm (#1664 of 2956)

Hi all! Just getting back from a looooong weekend. Had an order for 200 breakfast sandwiches Friday morning, so I had to be in to work before 4. Then I took off for Vegas, where I had a dance workshop and ceilidh Saturday. After which I took off for home, so I could sing in church this morning. Very glad this week will be back to normal. ***knocks on wood***

What would be considered my anniversary: my first post, or when my membership was approved? Because Kip had to talk me through signing up over a series of several emails, and I was so embarrassed by my lack of computer savvy it took me almost another month to work up the nerve to post.

About wearing PJs in public: I have a pair of flannel bottoms with ice-skating penguins that I will on occasion wear in public, much to my mother's dismay. I rationalize by saying that they are not really PJs as I do not wear them to sleep in. :-)

About grocery shopping: I work in a grocery store, and by the time I am done with my 8-9 hour shift, I want out. I say to myself as I am leaving, "Is there anything you can't live without till tomorrow? Nope." As a result, I often find myself going days without milk as can't bring myself to go back to the store when I am off.

I was just watching a nature program on PBS (Public Broadcasting System). Did you know that when a hummingbird is nesting, her body temperature lowers? A lower body temperature requires less fuel. Less fuel requires less time away from her eggs. How clever is that?



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 30, 2005 8:23 pm (#1665 of 2956)

As you know, my mom was visiting this weekend, and I was (in my constant quest to get family members involved in HP) showing her around the Forum.---Catherine

That was your first mistake.


Ydnam96 - Jan 30, 2005 8:50 pm (#1666 of 2956)

I've tried to explain the forum to my family and I think they just think I'm a crazy internet junkie who also is obsessed with Harry Potter. Smile I'm just glad there are other people in the world who understand!

I too have no clue what my anniversary date for joining would be. I have changed email addresses so I don't have the email anymore from when I signed up and when I search my posts the search function only works back through November. Bummer. But it's okay, because our wonderful staff members have enough work today without trying to figure that out for all of us either. It seems as if I've been on the forum for ever Smile


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 30, 2005 8:59 pm (#1667 of 2956)

lol Denise, sometimes taking that extra minute to do something we always do, differently, can make such a world of difference.

Ohh, anniversary dates...I found Lexicon soon after buying my "new" computer (which I bought because I knew there was more info on HP on it), that was the beginning of October 2002. I lurked for about a month before I dared post. I posted before joining for several weeks, under my full name, Maritza M. I believe I joined formally on my mother's birthday January 16, 2003.


Gina R Snape - Jan 30, 2005 9:30 pm (#1668 of 2956)

Wow, Maritza. Isn't it weird to think we've 'known' each other for a little over 2 years?!


Julia. - Jan 30, 2005 10:06 pm (#1669 of 2956)

Well, it's just turned midnight here on the East coast, thus, I want to be the first to say ...HAPPY BIRTHDAY BECCA!!! (You might know Becca as Acceber) *hands Becca butterbeer* Hope you have an great day and an amazing year!!!

Gina, I shall try not to faint from the surprise that your first post was on the Snape thread.

Chemyst, I'm sorry to hear you were having power issues, Glad you're ok and back on the fourm.

Well, I am the biggest dork on the planet. I said that I was going to work on my genealogy chart tonight. A few hours later, it's finished.


scully jones - Jan 30, 2005 10:18 pm (#1670 of 2956)

Happy birthday Becca!

I'm finally caught up on my homework! That's counting the four written labs that aren't really due until next month, and one extra credit paper. I was just starting to feel good about myself until Brandon shows me that he's written all of the chapter papers up until chapter 9! Chapter 6 is due tomorrow, and that's all I've written up to. He's showing me up! Ah well, I'll catch up during the week.

We've got practically fifty terms to know by thursday, and I know a few of them already. Problem is, this teacher's tests are confusing. She words some of the questions really weird. Ah well..

I can't wait until Valentine's day! My first V-day with Brandon and the whole family and us (and a few friends) are all going to Tahoe! Ski! Yay! Yep. I haven't seen snow since I left Idaho in 2001. I'm excited!

Well it's late and I must be going now. Bye!


Julia. - Jan 30, 2005 10:25 pm (#1671 of 2956)

SARAH!!!! *runs up and bearhugs Sarah* Glad you've gotten caught up on your homework. It takes a while, but it's quite lovely when it's all done. Brandon is such a show off. Give him some root beer and see what happens. Your Valentines day sounds awesome. I wish I were going to Tahoe with you guys, but alas, I will be doing homework.

You know, if you wanted snow you could have come visit me, I have more of it than I know what to do with!


Elanor - Jan 30, 2005 11:07 pm (#1672 of 2956)

Happy birthday Becca!

I have some really great news that I want to share with you all! Some of you have maybe heard of the Accio conference that will take place in Reading next July. They organized a call for papers and I had submitted them an abstract about Alchemicals symbols in HP. And I received this this morning:

"The Accio Programming Team is pleased to let you know that we've accepted your submission "Alchemical Symbols" for this summer's conference. You will be sharing a one hour time slot with another presenter."

OH MY G-D! I am too shaken to really think for the moment (it is also very early 7 a.m.) but I am so pleased! The more because it is the work of a team, down there, on the alchemy thread!

I also wanted to thank Kip and all the Lexicon forum staff for letting the Alchemy thread work. We have so much fun there doing some researches and also thank Marè who told us first bout Accio. Thank you so much everybody!

I'm so happy that I wanted you all to know at once!


dizzy lizzy - Jan 30, 2005 11:16 pm (#1673 of 2956)

Eleanor, congrats on the Accio paper! I hope you have fun presenting it and getting your ideas out to lots of people I had lots of ideas and comments I wanted to make on the weekend to other posters, but it was way too hot to allow my brain to exert itself.

I have quite recovered from my weekend exertions of lawnmowing. We are due to get storms every afternoon this week according to the weather people. That means that I will be out there again...very soon.

I am only going to do a quick tour of the threads tonight. We have a severe thunderstorm alert with strong winds. Nonetheless the storm will contain thunder and lightening which my dogs hate.

Have a wonderful Monday everyone



From Venus - Jan 30, 2005 11:38 pm (#1674 of 2956)

Happy birthday Acceber! Hope your day is great!

Congratulations Elanor; very impressive.

Gina, you are just too cool. Of course your first post was on the Snape thread! Where else? You know, it's because of you that I have been taking a new look at Severus, thanks for the cool new view.


septentrion - Jan 31, 2005 1:38 am (#1675 of 2956)

Elanor, congraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats ! It makes Accio more attractive (not that it wasn't attractive before). ***try not to dance in front of the computer at work***
And yes hubby is a gem : he also cooks. In fact, I don't know if I could have married a man who couldn't cook. I want to eat decent things !

Happy birthday MoaningMyrtle101 and Becca ! Have a great day.


Winky Woo - Jan 31, 2005 1:39 am (#1676 of 2956)

Congratulations Elanor that is just so cool! I'm sure you will do a wonderful job of it! I'm trying to arrange it so I can go, it conflicts at the moment with Mr Winky Woo's family coming for their summer holiday(He's Dutch) but they are coming for a few days in Feb as well so I'm hoping to suggest that the August weather in England is so much better than July! (May be I do have Slytherin traits on occasion...)


VeronikaG - Jan 31, 2005 1:58 am (#1677 of 2956)

Congratulations Elanor. Sounds cool!

Happy Birthday Becca and Myrtle!

I still have the mail I got from WX when I registered, it's dated November 17th 2003. I think my first post was the day after, November 18, which is a good anniversary, since it's one of my best friends' birthday. My first post was in "Tell about yourself", my first regular post was in the Lupin thread. I think Fawkes was the first to reply to my post. Funny how I remember things like that, but not the names of the data communication protocols.


The giant squid - Jan 31, 2005 2:33 am (#1678 of 2956)

Happy Birthday, Becca! I have it on great authority that Jan. 31 is an excellent day to have a birthday!

   Of course, a keychain makes it difficult to lose your keys in the gap between the door and the lift itself.

Septentrion, that was what I was going for. Although one of my coworkers (my immediate superior, actually) managed to drop her entire keychain through the gap once. It took her a few days to live that down. On the other hand, having a keychain means you have to replace a bunch of keys when you accidentally leave them sticking out of your mailbox lock... Thank the Maker I'd just pulled all my work keys off that set & given them their own keychain. I only had to replace our house locks & the mailbox lock and make sure my car wasn't left outside the garage overnight (I've since replaced the car, but not because of that).

Yeesh...I've been out of school for a decade & a half, and Julia, Scully & Brandon are still making me feel guilty about slacking on my homework! I was always one of those people that did just as much as I needed to for a passing grade...of course, by "passing" I mean at least a B...



Essidji - Jan 31, 2005 2:36 am (#1679 of 2956)

Elanor : this is great, congrats!

Veronika, my first post was very close to yours in time : it was on Ginny Weasley's thread, on Nov 13, 2003.

"What do I do if I drop my room key down the elevator shaft?"

LOL, this reminds me something : when I was a student, I once rushed out of my appartment (I was very late to attend classes), dropped in a hurry my litter bag in the rubbish chute, took the lift, ran to catch the bus... and only realized when I was back and wanted to open my door that I must have dropped my keys with the rubbish! Fortunately, it was Friday evening, and my boyfriend (my husband now), who had a key, could open the door. As I had spare keys inside, I was prevented from scavenging to find the lost one!


boop - Jan 31, 2005 5:01 am (#1680 of 2956)

I want to wish Becca a Happy Birthday. I hope you had a great day.

Happy Birthday Mike the giant squid. Have a wonder day.

Hugs to Becca and Mike

Hugs Always



Catherine - Jan 31, 2005 5:11 am (#1681 of 2956)

Elanor, congratulations on the acceptance of your paper. We're proud to have one of our own presenting her work!

Reading between the lines, it looks like it might be the Giant Squid's birthday, so I better say, "Happy Birthday, Mike" just in case.

Have a good Monday, everyone.


VeronikaG - Jan 31, 2005 5:19 am (#1682 of 2956)

Happy Birthday Mike!


Marè- Jan 31, 2005 5:29 am (#1683 of 2956)

Happy birthday Becca, Myrtle and Mike!

I don't know when I first posted, quite some time ago, me thinks. I do know that I lurked for a long time before I first posted, and that my first post was an entire new thread (bad Marè,bad!). It was about the question why Moody did so enthusiastically teach Harry so many things which would come in handy while facing Voldemort...

On another note: You know you spend too much time on this forum when you, catperson that you are, see a little dog and instead of thinking: "Oh, a little dog"... You think: "Oh, a Shih-tzu"...
Drat! I'm not even supposed to tell the difference between a poodle and a husky!
You people have a bad influence on me!

Edit: Oh! I didn't take statistic related class for 6 solid years, so I'm not sure what my answers will worth. ^_~
Too bad! I might have to go and learn how to do it myself after all...


septentrion - Jan 31, 2005 5:56 am (#1684 of 2956)

Happy birthday Mike !


mike miller - Jan 31, 2005 6:06 am (#1685 of 2956)

HAppy Birthday Becca, Myrtle and Mike!!

Looks like the end of January is a great time for a birthday. I wonder who's birthday we'll be celebrating in six months?


Marie E. - Jan 31, 2005 6:45 am (#1686 of 2956)

Happy birthday to my "little" brother!!! Happy birthday also to Becca and Moaning Myrtle! My brother was almost born on Feb. 1st; he made his appearance just before midnight.

When I was planning my January activities for my kindergarten class, I saw on my daughter's school lunch calendar that Chinese New Year was January 21st. They even had a "Chinese" lunch planned that day with sweet and sour chicken, rice, etc. So now that I've already celebrated it with my class I've seen reports that Chinese New Year is actually February 9th. I am so confused! I think that our school district lunch people must have looked at last year's calendar because last year Chinese New Year was on January 22nd. Someone must not have noticed that the Chinese calendar is lunar and the dates change. None of my parents said anything so I'm going to just let it go. Next year I'll do more research before making any lesson plans!


Chemyst - Jan 31, 2005 7:02 am (#1687 of 2956)

Good Morning, All.

Happy Birthday Becca!
Happy Birthday Mike! (Um, is there some good reason the nickname "Squiddy" never caught on for you?)

Congratulations Elanor.

I used to visit the Harry Potter Lexicon most weekends, always clicking on the "What's New" button. Eventually there came the day when I'd read nearly the entire site except for the "Forum" part. I had avoided that because, frankly, I didn't want to be tempted to waste my time on such a mindless pastime. I restrained myself for months. Then I lurked; and, I guess when you play with fire.... Anyway, the old LotR places I used to visit were diminishing into the West after the release of RotK movie, so I tried to rationalize that if I registered for the HP forum I wouldn't really be wasting any more time than I already was, but....   Well, I suppose you guys know how that goes.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 31, 2005 7:05 am (#1688 of 2956)

This site lists February 9, 2005, as the Chinese New Year.


Happy Birthday all who have birthdays today.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 31, 2005 7:18 am (#1689 of 2956)

Happy Birthday, Becca, Mike and anyone else I may have missed. (I always thought that having a birthday at this time of year year is good because it's an opportunity to celebrate an otherwise dreary time).

Yes Gina, it's true, we've been friends for over two years, although we've never met!

Edit: Hi Sarah!


Gina R Snape - Jan 31, 2005 7:48 am (#1690 of 2956)

Happy birthday Becca and Mike! Congratulations Elanor!

Well, Mrs. Sirius, you will just have to come back to NYC some point so we can rectify that situation. Just leave our literary husbands behind, eh?


Julia. - Jan 31, 2005 8:11 am (#1691 of 2956)

Woo! I congratulated Elanor over on the Accio thread, but it's such great news that it deserves to be congratulated again. Mazel tov Elanor!!!!

Mike! It's your birthday and you didn't tell me? Not nice! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! *hands Mike butterbeer* Hope you have a great day and an amazing year.


From Venus - Jan 31, 2005 9:49 am (#1692 of 2956)

Good Monday morning everyone. Happy Birthday Giant Squid! I love it. How many times in your life are you able to wish happy birthday to a giant squid? (Note to Chemyst...I was thinking maybe we could call him Squidward.)

It's a pretty decent day outside today, the sun peeps out from behind a cloud occasionally and it's amazing how this little bit of light can lift the spirits. I had to bring my grandson to the doctor this morning for a breathing treatment and some medicine. He has a bad cough that he has not been able to lick all winter. I hope this does the trick for the poor little guy. Of course, he doesn't mind missing school too much....

Have a great day everyone. I'm going to try to finish taking down my Christmas stuff today. Yeah, well, at least my husband hasn't offered to decorate it for St. Valentine's Day yet. Last year, I think it was almost March before I had it all down. I still think it would be easier to just leave it up all year, but throw a blanket over it when it's not Christmas.


Helen Potterfan - Jan 31, 2005 9:28 am (#1693 of 2956)

Happy Birthday Becca, Myrtle and Mike!! Congratulations, Elanor! That's exciting! Happy early St. Bridget's Day!

I reread CoS last night and laughed out loud at the end of it! My husband asked what I was laughing about (he's read all of the books as well, and couldn't remember the end of CoS being quite so funny). I had forgotten that at the end of CoS they have a feast to celebrate and everyone is in their PJs!!! As I read that last night my mind connected with our discussion of PJs on this thread, and in my mental image of the Great Hall, there was a giant squid and various other people wearing the PJs we've discussed on the forum! lol. It was a great mental moment. OK, I have to get to school to turn in dissertation fellowship applications, but I had to share that with all of you first!


kabloink! - Jan 31, 2005 11:39 am (#1694 of 2956)

Happy birthday to MoaningMyrtle101, Mike and becca! Congratulations Elanor! One day when I am finally Graduated, I might get around to writing something, but I doubt it.

My official forum anniversary is actually coming up, February 5, 2003. I think I had posted before then, and lurked even before that, but that is the day that I got my email confirmation. So two years...wow. Okay off to do homework and search for a career, just had to put in my two knuts worth!


mollis - Jan 31, 2005 11:58 am (#1695 of 2956)

Okay, you guys made me curious enough to put aside the mountain of work I should be doing and research my forum anniversary. I am pretty sure that it was May 2003, just before the release of OOTP. I registered (I think)just before the release, and found my way to the temporary home and back. I may have posted at the temporary home. Not sure. All I know is some innocent research to find the release date of the next Harry Potter book landed me squarely in the lexicon. With that level and detail and analysis, I was hooked. I found my way to the forum a week or so after that. Never in my life had I even imagined a place like this existed! I must have been more sheltered than I thought...

Happy Birthday to Becca, Myrtle, and of course, Mike!


Ladybug220 - Jan 31, 2005 12:36 pm (#1696 of 2956)

Happy Birthday to all those celebrating - whether or not it is your birthday or just a friend's

Well, there are less than 24 hours until I can start moving into my apartment. My cats are going to be very happy in the new place as will I. My friends have been wonderful but it is time for me to have my own space.

Elanor - congrats on the paper submission!


dizzy lizzy - Jan 31, 2005 2:10 pm (#1697 of 2956)

Happy birthday to Mike, Becca and Moaning Myrtle101.

Happy birthday also to me for the 24th Jan. I didn't tell anyone because I've been having terminal relationship problems with my sister and despite all my hard work, she didn't call to wish me a happy birthday. So I was pretty down last week.

I just checked my welcoming email and I only joined on October 28 last year. Has it been that long???

Can anyone also give me an opinion on "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost"? I watched the first episode of Desperate Housewives last night and "lost the plot" slightly. Is it worth sticking around for?? If so I will by some blank tapes and tape them (If I watch a show the second time, I generally pick up what I missed the first time!) and also tape the repeat of the first episode tonight. "Lost" is coming to my TV screen on Thursday night.

Have a wonderful Tuesday - I think today is the day to write those job applications before the due date comes around...



Elanor - Jan 31, 2005 2:12 pm (#1698 of 2956)

Happy birthday Mike! Joyeux anniversaire!

Thank you so much everybody for your congratulations! My head has been in the clouds during all day long. Too bad I had not to produce a patronus today, it would have been spectacular! What makes me particularly happy is that we worked on those ideas as a team, here, on the forum and it is a daily joy to search about them. Now, I have six months to "eemprove my Eeenglish" accent (and there is some work to do believe me)...

Have a great day! Butterbeers for everybody, it's my round!

Edit: happy belated birthday Lizzy! I do hope everything will work out all right, take heart!


Catherine - Jan 31, 2005 2:38 pm (#1699 of 2956)

I realize that I neglected to tell Acceber and Lizzy "Happy Birthday!"

Oh, and Happy Belated Birthday to anyone else I might have missed!


Denise P. - Jan 31, 2005 2:43 pm (#1700 of 2956)

Can't answer about Deperate Housewives since I have not seen it. I will admit to being a Lost fan though. It is a weird show but a good one. We get a repeat this week but a new one next week. If it is just starting there, I would watch it a few weeks before giving an opinion. It is the kinda show that leaves you saying "Whaaattt???" at the end and puzzling over exactly what X meant or if it meant anything at all


Eponine - Jan 31, 2005 4:07 pm (#1701 of 2956)

Happy Birthday to everyone who is celebrating today!

I have a question that I wonder if someone could answer. How is it possible to run up $28,000 worth of parking tickets/fines? My hometown has started putting the boot on cars of people who have unpaid parking tickets, and there is one woman who owes $28,000. I don't understand how that could happen.

School's going okay, but they just don't appreciate literature. It frustrates me that they're so opposed to work. A couple of pages of reading and some questions aren't going to kill them.

Elanor, congratulations on your paper being accepted for Accio!

I hope everyone is doing well.


Ydnam96 - Jan 31, 2005 5:24 pm (#1702 of 2956)

Lizzy, happy Belated Birthday!! It can be hard when someone you love forgets or whatever. But know there are plenty of people who care!

As for LOST. I'm a big fan, in the I need to know kind of way. I'm not sure if I like it per se as much as I want to figure it out. Anyway, I'm enthralled with it and Alias. I don't get much done on Weds. nights around here Smile

I'm having a pretty rough day so I'm going to go call my mom, curl up on my couch, and watch the first season of Alias for a while.


Chemyst - Jan 31, 2005 5:42 pm (#1703 of 2956)

Can anyone also give me an opinion on "Desperate Housewives"...? I watched the first episode of Desperate Housewives last night and "lost the plot" slightly. – dizzy

Maybe you didn't lose the plot; I'm not sure it has one! 'Just a loosely connected "how did the narrator die?" theme that won't be answered for quite some time. If you like satire and can plan your bathroom breaks to fall during the overly-hyped bedroom scenes, you'll probably love it. If you are looking for real-life drama, save your tape.


timrew - Jan 31, 2005 6:13 pm (#1704 of 2956)

Happy Birthday Becca, Myrtle and Mike!! And also to anyone else who has had a birthday in the days that I've not been on here!

Good luck and God Bless to you all.............


Catherine - Jan 31, 2005 6:37 pm (#1705 of 2956)

If you like satire and can plan your bathroom breaks to fall during the overly-hyped bedroom scenes, you'll probably love it. If you are looking for real-life drama, save your tape. –Chemyst

Oh, dear. SPEW!

So sorry. No time for a warning, everyone. I'm mopping up the mess, and hope everyone else can do the same.

My friends have used a time-worn excuse that I love reading too much to indulge in Desperate Housewives. That excuse is very satisfying to the ego, but frankly, I just haven't done my homework yet. I haven't watched.

**I admit to reading some Romance Novels at this time, though! "**

I was a latecomer to the HP novels, as I only started reading them in 2001. If Housewives is a new classic, I daresay it can wait. If not, then, I probably didn't miss too much.


Acceber - Jan 31, 2005 7:01 pm (#1706 of 2956)

PSSSTTT!!!! I shouldn't be here. I don't let myself go Foruming on weekdays. *clears throat and looks around innocently* I just wanted to check if anyone remembered my birthday. And they did. So thank you Julia for the early morning greeting and thank you everyone else who wished me a happy birthday.

Congrats Elanor on your Accio accomplishment.

I'm still 13 for another hour and forty minutes, so I'm off to live it to the fullest before I officially turn 14. Tata!

EDIT: Thank you so much Catherine! That made my day!


Catherine - Jan 31, 2005 7:13 pm (#1707 of 2956)

PSSSTTT!!!! I shouldn't be here. I don't let myself go Foruming on weekdays. –Acceber

I only Forum the carpets every week or so. Also, I only visit the Forum to buy things like groceries and personal items. Oh, wait, I mis-heard that word.

OOPS! Obviously I've incorporating the Forum into daily life too much. So, Rebecca, I applaud your self-control in general; your intelligent posts; and your sense of humor.

PSSST! Acceber! You just might be the brightest witch of your age that I've met, and Happy Birthday! Many more, dear; many, many more!
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dizzy lizzy - Feb 1, 2005 12:10 am (#1708 of 2956)

Ta for the tips chemyst and Ydnam96. I've decided to tape the shows and watch them at my own pace. The "whoodunnit" angle of both shows in their blurbs kinda intrigues me.

Lizzy (never mind the fact I'd rather curl up in bed with a good book right now )


From Venus - Feb 1, 2005 12:46 am (#1709 of 2956)

Ladybug, congratulations on your own apartment. How exciting! Unfortunately, I went right from living with my parents and 5 siblings to living with my husband, so I have only dreamed of living on my own. ahhhhhhh.....

Lizzy, Happy belated birthday. I'm sorry about your worries. I pray that things get better for you. Smile and laugh. It is the best medicine when you're down!

Remember when we were talking about quoting movies? Well, my sons and their cousins and friends have been quoting for the last couple of days from a movie called Napoleon...er... somethingorother. It's all very strange. They want me to watch the movie with them. Should I be afraid?


septentrion - Feb 1, 2005 1:26 am (#1710 of 2956)

Hi all ! Have a good day !

Lizzy, you should have told for your birthday, here we would have celebrated it. So happy belated birthday ! BTW I understand how you feel given the fact I have problems with my family too and the only ones to wish me my birthday are my husband and you guys.

Napoleon ? Is it about "our" Napoleon ? Or is it something else ?


VeronikaG - Feb 1, 2005 1:47 am (#1711 of 2956)

Happy belated birthday Lizzy! I hope everything works out well for you in your new year!

Desperate housewives... It has just started in Norway too, and I find it kind of fascinating but not really addicting. I guess I can't really relate to it, because it portrays a kind of women I have never met in real life. Housewives in Norway are NOT like that, I assure you! (Actually housewives barely exist here anymore.) The fun is mostly in the seeing the contrast to everyday life as I know it.

I have never heard about "Lost". What is it about?


The giant squid - Feb 1, 2005 2:31 am (#1712 of 2956)

Um, is there some good reason the nickname "Squiddy" never caught on for you?—Chemyst

Yes. Yes there is.

Mike! It's your birthday and you didn't tell me?--Julia.

You didn't ask.

As for Lost, I'm a fan. Veronika, the basic plot is that a plane flying from Australia (not sure exactly where) to Los Angeles crashes on a mysterious island. Only forty-something people survive. In the process of figuring out what's happened, it is revealed that there is some sort of monster roaming the island as well. The show basically follows these people as they try to survive, figure out where they are and how (or if) they can get home, and how the island reacts to their presence. They show the characters' histories through the use of flashbacks.

As the others have said, it's very involved--you almost have to take notes to know what's happening--but it sucks you in. Like Mandy said, you may not like it, but you want to know what happens next. When I first saw the promos for it, I said, "Interesting idea, but there's no way they can make it last for more than a season." Now, after 14 episodes, I'm not so sure...and I like it.

From Venus, if the movie in question is “Napoleon Dynamite,” RUN!  Run far, run fast, just run! It is, in my opinion, the worst movie of 2004. Curiously, there are only two opinions of this movie: people either love it or hate it, no middle ground. It's about a loser in high school who ends up as...a loser. Some say it's a "realistic look at life as a geek in school." I say that's the problem.



Essidji - Feb 1, 2005 3:58 am (#1713 of 2956)

Bonjour, tout le monde!

Bargains! The end of sales period is really the best time to buy clothes and stuff : I can't believe I could buy so many things for that price! Now the question is : will hubby like them?...

Have a nice day, everyone!


septentrion - Feb 1, 2005 4:02 am (#1714 of 2956)

Now the question is : will hubby like them?...

Too late, no ?


Essidji - Feb 1, 2005 5:58 am (#1715 of 2956)

True, Sept, it was definitely too late! ;-D He does like my new clothes, anyway!


librarian314 - Feb 1, 2005 7:22 am (#1716 of 2956)

Hey all!

Happy birthday to all my fellow Aquarians! (My husband and I are Feb. 6.) Hope you've gotten/will get to do something fun!

In bopping around the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/ I found something way cool! The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy is coming out as a movie this spring and Alan Rickman and Warwick Davis (Prof. Flitwick in the movies) are going to play Marvin the Paranoid Android!!! Mr. Rickman is the voice and Mr. Davis is the body. I can't wait to see the movie! (I suppose I will have a new movie to add to the ones to quote as I used to quote things from those books constantly. We named our first lap top computer Zaphod in honor of those books!)

This is looking to be a great year! Spamalot!(Monty Python stage show)Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy! HBP! What more can a geekette want!

**michelle the librarian**


From Venus - Feb 1, 2005 7:28 am (#1717 of 2956)

From Venus, if the movie in question is Napoleon Dynamite, RUN!. Run far, run fast, just run!-The giant squid.

Thanks for the warning, Mike, I'll try to dodge that one if I can. Although my sons have been known to force-feed movies to me, insisting that I will like them and that I have to watch them. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised. Most of the time though...

As for Lost and Desparate Housewives I have not watched either one. I don't do a lot of TV watching; the shows I concentrate on are Joan of Arcadia and Monk.

EDIT: Yes, I heard about The Hitchhiker's Guide coming out. It's going to be awesome. I can't wait. You're right, Michelle, there's a lot of good quotes from those books. I hope the movie is as hilarious. (What's so bad about being drunk? Ask a glass of water.)


Madame Librarian - Feb 1, 2005 8:28 am (#1718 of 2956)

Veronika, there aren't many American women who can live like the women in "Desperate Housewives," save for the truly hassled one who has 4 wild kids--I do know women who have had that experience. And, maybe in the Sun Belt (California, Florida) women dress with such...ahem, decolletage...all the time, but not here, no ma'am. It's very camp (does anyone still use that term?), though it edges over to serious moral and ethical issues and good thriller stuff every now and then. I like the murder mystery part. The voice-over narration of the truly omniscient missing friend who knows them all so well is the saving feature. Without it, the show would be a flop. Her tone is just right--sardonic, forgiving, slightly vengeful. Nice mix.

On the socks issue from ancient history (a few days ago discussion): Get this--I married a gem. No, he is not a obssessive-compulsive, just a sweetie. He uses those teensy little gold safety pins and when he takes off his dirty socks at night, he pins the pair together. Voila! They are already matched up when they come out of the dryer. We are sloppy enough that we just jam them in his sock drawer 'cuz when he pulls out one, the other comes with. Brilliant, no?

Ciao. Barb


Ydnam96 - Feb 1, 2005 8:47 am (#1719 of 2956)

From Venus & Giant Squid: I was forced to watch Napolean Dynamite. I HATED it. I felt that I lost two someodd hours of my life. I felt dumber after I watched it. Truly painful. What I really don't understand is how anyone likes it. But I work at a college and I only know one other person that hates it. Everyone else loves it to the point of obsession (not that I know anything about obsession) Wink

Barb: That's a great idea about the socks, unless you forget to take it out and either you can't walk because your feet are attached or you get poked (is that how you spell that?) with the needle!

I'm officially late now. Gotta run.


Catherine - Feb 1, 2005 8:59 am (#1720 of 2956)

This is so interesting about Napoleon Dynamite. A Forum member suggested to me only last week ***waves to You-Know-Who! ***that I should watch it in order to increase my street credibility with the younger generation.

The reactions provoked by this movie seem to be nearly equal to the reactions to the movie The Village ***waves to Loopy Lupin*** Hmm

I haven't seen either one of these films; perhaps I should keep it that way! So far, I've managed to stay away from Desperate Housewives, even though all this chatter about it has made me even more curious about the show.


Doris Crockford - Feb 1, 2005 10:43 am (#1721 of 2956)

My brother saw Napoleon Dynamite when he was home for Christmas. He thought it was the funniest movie ever. So funny, in fact, that he would be doing the dishes or eating dinner, and would burst out laughing because he was remembering that movie. It actually kind of scared me. I don't think I'm going to watch it, but I will definitely see the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as a treat once I finish exams.

I've only watched one episode of Lost, and I thought it was really interesting, but I'm never home on Wednesday nights, so I might watch it in the summer when they show the reruns.

Happy belated birthday to Mike, Rebecca, Myrtle, and Lizzy! And Congrats to Elanor!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 1, 2005 10:55 am (#1722 of 2956)

I have seen Napoleon Dynamite and, as you all know, lost two hours of my life sitting in a theater debating whether or not to walk out of The Village . (I didn't walk out. I had to sit there because I was convinced that the surprise ending I suspected was coming couldn't possibly be the real ending. It couldn't possibly be anything that dumb. I should have walked out.) Anyway, I was rather disappointed with Dynamite as it seemed to me to be manufactured "geek chic," a purposeful attempt to create a "cult hero" or "cult following." Those sorts of things aren't supposed to happen on purpose. That said, it could be that I didn't like it because I am way on the other side of 20 years old. Were I twenty again and if I had seen it in my usual state back then (watery, red eyes-- I used to suffer from many allergies in those days), I may have thought it funny. Alas, not today.


EDIT-- I am reminded that I did laugh out loud in Dynamite when during a school election, one of the candidates, Pedro, had made a pinata in the likeness of his cheerleader opponent and was inviting students to take a whack at it. It occurred to me that he had essentially hung his opponent in effigy and that the other students were beating her with a stick. I found kind of funny, but I'm not certain that the filmmakers intended the same kind of humor I was getting out of the scene.


John Bumbledore - Feb 1, 2005 11:23 am (#1723 of 2956)

Hello all,

This is a general call for assistance in finding travel information to Finland from Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Yeah, I know, not very HP related, so that is why I thought to put it here on the chat thread. Edit:I know this is just on a whim of an idea, a small world idea.. *winces as the ear worm song "It's a small world after all, It's a small . . ." begins to burrow deep into my brain*

So, interested in hearing the story behind this? A friend and co worker will be traveling to Amsterdam soon and thought they may look up a friend of theirs in Finland, (somewhere there). So first, they asked how far was it from Holland to Finland... I guessed 400 miles, and another co-worker guessed 3,000 miles. I mean it is only 1,041.4 miles (about 1,666 Km) between the there and Helsinki, that's not far compared to from USA to Holland. Next, they would need to find where their friend is in Finland. So, is Tuominen a common sir name in Finland? Ah, so many question and I though some of my friends here might have some helpful answers.

And I, well I said I might know someone in the *general* area (of Finland). So, do I?

<)B^D= (John) Bumbledore

P. S. Is there an equivalent to an AT&T AnyWho lookup for Europ or Finland? Gee, you can tell I never travel. We used mapblast for the distance and general geography (since we Americans hadn't much more than them both being in northern Europe)


mollis - Feb 1, 2005 11:44 am (#1724 of 2956)

Okay, I'll admit to having watched both Desperate Housewives and Lost. And I like them both. Housewives is sort of a guilty pleasure. I feel like I shouldn't like it, but I really do. I can't believe some of the stuff they do on that show. It is one where you really have to see every episode. Which I like. Lost is a good show. I had the same "how are they going to do a whole season out of this" reaction, but they sure seem to be doing it. I guess it is this generation's Gilligan's Island.

"He uses those teensy little gold safety pins and when he takes off his dirty socks at night, he pins the pair together. Voila! They are already matched up when they come out of the dryer. We are sloppy enough that we just jam them in his sock drawer 'cuz when he pulls out one, the other comes with. Brilliant, no?"

Barb - WOW! Not even in my wildest dreams would I have hoped for such a thing! I'm happy if the floor isn't covered with the socks that have been taken off...


Phoenix song - Feb 1, 2005 12:18 pm (#1725 of 2956)

I haven't really watched Desperate Housewives (after all, if I wanted to see one I could also visit my own mirror.. ), but I have seen snippets here and there.

The first view that I had of the show was quite original and funny though. The narrator was explaining that whatever Mrs. Whatever-her-name-was did to care for her lawn, it was never quite as green as Mrs.-Next-Door's lawn. (As in, the grass was always greener on the other side.) Then a jogging neighbor happens along and has a heartattack on her lawn. The gardening lady knows that she needs to call 911, but sees an opportunity to "even the playing field" a bit first. So, she hauls this dying, grown man into a wheel-barrow, and drags him across the way to dump him on her neighbor's lawn. She then alerts her neighbor that someone has passed out on her lawn and to call for help. As you can imagine, the fire department and paramedics DESTROY Mrs.-Next-Door's yard when they arrive to save the poor jogger. The jealous gardener feels justified for jeopardizing this man's life because now her lawn looks nicer.

I have to admit it, I found that to be a disturbingly accurate portrayal of the selfish way that people's minds can work. I just hope that it's not the way that MOST people's minds do work.

Based on the reviews that I've read lately, I think that I'm going to stay away from both The Village and the Napoleon movie. Thanks for the heads up on those two. I really don't like to waste my time or my money on movies that aren't any good. I'm still disappointed over Tom Hank's Lady Killers.

Have a good day everybody. (Hope that you are all drier than we are!)



dizzy lizzy - Feb 1, 2005 2:00 pm (#1726 of 2956)

Bumbledore, I can't help you with regards to finding your friend's friend in Finland, but I can tell you that the name Tuominen was a blast from the past!

From Year 3 to year 6 (8-11yrs/primary school) I had a good friend who's last name was Touminen. We fought like anything, scrappy little girls we were, but we generally spent most Saturdays and holidays in each others company.

The friendship died down after her dog (called Nita, one of my favourite names) bit me in the face. I was lucky only one tooth made an impact and that was literally inside my mouth in my gum line. My mother was most unimpressed to have to take me to the doctor the next day for a Tetanus shot.

The dog was a German shepherd and to this day I will avoid ALL German shepherds. Even so far as to cross the street and walk on the other side.

I watched the re-run of Desperate Housewives last night and it is that kind on funny show. I think I'll be watching just to see who does something outrageous next. The narrator is a nice touch and yes it does save the show.

Small world after all!



Winky Woo - Feb 1, 2005 3:32 pm (#1727 of 2956)


A site I find very useful is www.lonelyplanet.com click on the Thorn Tree logo, on the left hand side and it takes you to a forum, not dissimilar to this (but no where near as addictive or fun!) Lots of travellers post questions and answers about... well traveling. The info is pretty much up to date all the time, as people who are on the road use it. I used it constantly when I was in South America for 7 months, but I've used it to check info for Europe, for weekends all over the place and even to get ideas of what to do with the in-laws when they came to England from Holland!

Anyway I'm off to sleep in my active wear! Smile its 22:32 here and I've got an early start. Ta Ta


Julia. - Feb 1, 2005 3:54 pm (#1728 of 2956)

Happy belated birthday Lizzy!

Neoplean Dnyamite. Not one of my favorite movies. Let's just say that after seeing it I felt like much less of a nerd. No matter how much of a geek I am, I will never be as bad as that guy.

I hurt myself today I fell on the stairs just after my last class. My ankle did something it wasn't supposed to, leaving me on the floor on Monteeth. Two guys who were there called an ambulance for me and I went to the infirmary. The lovely part of this was that while I was there two of my professors saw me sitting on the floor there. So, ambulance the came and took me to the infirmary. They X-Rayed. Turns out my ankle isn't broken, just sprained. So my ankle has swelled up the size of a baseball, and I'm on crutches until it gets better. Gee, getting up three flights of stairs in my dorm is going to be fun. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 1242194059


Ladybug220 - Feb 1, 2005 3:58 pm (#1729 of 2956)

Sorry about your ankle Julia. Just remember this for using crutches on the stairs: up with the good and down with the bad. And it really helps to put both crutches in one hand and use the handrail for the free hand. Also, if you have friends with you, have them carry your bookbag. I spent many months on crutches with my 3 knee surgeries and several sprained ankles so I completely sympathize.


Catherine - Feb 1, 2005 4:01 pm (#1730 of 2956)


I wish I could Accio an elevator for you. **Muggle moment of the day: my daughter used to call an elevator an alligator. So, I guess I should, ala Arthur Weasley, hope that Julia comes into contact with many Alligators in the next few days.

Feel better. **tosses chocolate frogs to Julia** Oh, well, if you don't want to go out, there's always the Forum.....

EDIT: I was just thinking...why, when Julia sprains her ankle, no dashing rogue ala Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility comes at the crucial moment? Ah, fiction....and Jane Austen....where are you when we really need you?

Cool avatar, Ladybug!


Eponine - Feb 1, 2005 4:14 pm (#1731 of 2956)

Oh, Julia, I definitely feel for you. My freshmen year in college, I fractured my foot and was on crutches for 4 months. Let's hope your time spent on them is much shorter than mine. I'm glad it's just a sprain and not anything more serious. Have some butterbeer, it should help you feel better.


John Bumbledore - Feb 1, 2005 4:21 pm (#1732 of 2956)

Oh, Julia,

I empathise with your ankle misfortune. Long long ago, when I was at university, I was running down the residence hall stairs (two or three at a time--guess I was asking for it). Seems I was late for a class and even 8 flights of stairs was faster than the 'vador.

Some how I caught my heel on the edge of a step and my toes tipped under and I put my weight on the top of my foot on the next step down... similar to you I was suddenly upon the landing and unable to use my leg. My ankle was sprained, but I did have the elevator available when I got the crutches.

I send a strengthening drought your way. Keep your foot raised when ever you can and ice the first night. I hope it heals well and fast for you. Don't know when or if you should work on nobility and range of motion with such injures. Is there a nurse in the forum?

Anniversary? Hmm, I think my membership and first post started in October of 2004. I'll have to check.

Birthdays, happy days to all. I had to skim the 150+ post so, I have no idea now who is when. My best to you all. And my day is coming up on the 24th.

And thank you to whom ever it was gave the address of the travel site/forum that I didn't have time to read but am looking forward to reviewing tomorrow. I will thank you again properly then.

(John) Bumbledore


Phoenix song - Feb 1, 2005 4:57 pm (#1733 of 2956)

Oh Julia, I am SO sorry about your accident! That had to be both painful and embarrassing for you! If you want a "silver lining" at least your ankle is the size of a baseball, since you're a baseball fan. You may be surprised at how quickly the swelling will reduce with icebags. The pain may linger a bit longer, so be prepared with some Muggle Medicine like Advil or Tylenol. Good luck and best wishes. (And remember, Chocolate really does help things out a lot...have some chocolate frogs on me.)



mike miller - Feb 1, 2005 5:29 pm (#1734 of 2956)

Julia - Sorry to hear about your fight with the stairs. I echo the advice you've already received, keep it elevated and ice can do wonderfully things. One small tip, if you place a damp washcloth on your ankle before the ice pack it will help protect your skin and let you keep the ice on longer. I'm speaking from experience here. I'm no stranger to ice packs, jacuzzi tubs, heating pads, etc.


Madame Librarian - Feb 1, 2005 7:07 pm (#1735 of 2956)

Julia--Alas, ankles are dodgy things. Stairs are dodgy things. College coeds in a hurry are often dodgy things. It seeems you have had a confluence of dodginess, my dear (sounds like something DD would say). I am sorry that you have to struggle with crutches. Hope it's only for a short time, and that you have many opportunities to milk it for all the sympathy and treats you can get.

If you are in pain, just dial 1-800-NO-PAINS for quick delivery of an evening's supply of firewhiskey (butterbeer being insufficient for anything more serious that a papercut).

Speedy recovery!

Ciao. Barb


kabloink! - Feb 1, 2005 7:21 pm (#1736 of 2956)

Julia-that's awful, I hope you feel better soon! I have a tendency to step off a curb, or simply on a standard, level, piece of pavement, have my ankle go out, and wrench my foot. I don't think I've ever actually sprained it, but twice in the last year I've been immobile for a day or two with a twisted foot (right across the top-its kinda weird).

Anyway, I saw The Village this past week. I can see a nomination for the score-it wasn't too bad. I think the story line of the movie had a great deal of potential, but was a horrible failure. The acting reminded me of a junior high school reading of a play. I was very disappointed. All in all, it was a bad movie, but it COULD have been good....grrr


Ladybug220 - Feb 1, 2005 7:32 pm (#1737 of 2956)
Edited by Feb 1, 2005 6:33 pm

Thanks Catherine! I decided that it was finally time for me to have my avatar match my forum name.


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 1, 2005 7:34 pm (#1738 of 2956)

Julia, I hope you have a speedy recovery. I do not envy you with all those stairs.


Ydnam96 - Feb 1, 2005 7:43 pm (#1739 of 2956)

Julia, I hope the weather cooperates while you are on your crutches. It is horrible to be on cructches in the snow! Be safe.


Helen Potterfan - Feb 1, 2005 7:45 pm (#1740 of 2956)

Julia, I'm so sorry about your ankle!

Catherine said: I was just thinking...why, when Julia sprains her ankle, no dashing rogue ala Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility comes at the crucial moment? Ah, fiction....and Jane Austen....where are you when we really need you?

Don't forget, Willoughby didn't turn out to be such a great guy. Sure, he was cute, but he's kind of like leprechaun gold: shiny and exciting, but short-lived! Of course, I'm not sure Colonel Brandon or Edward Ferrars were the best of catches either! **don't shoot, please!** Willoughby was probably much more fun! He could be good enough for Julia during her injury, especially if he'd carry her up three flights of stairs!


Julia. - Feb 1, 2005 8:29 pm (#1741 of 2956)

AWWWWWW, you guys are the best!!! *passes out butterbeer* Thank you all for the well wishes an healing charms you've sent my way. The weather is not cooperating. There's still plenty of snow and ice on the ground from the last storm, but at least it's melting now. I still hate the stairs, and we're not even going to talk about how interesting a time I had taking a shower tonight.


Amilia Smith - Feb 1, 2005 9:16 pm (#1742 of 2956)

Julia: I feel your pain. I have loose ankles and am rather notorious among the Highland dance community for spraining them. My right ankle has now been sprained so many times that it pains me quite a bit, especially after the first six or so hours of my shift at work. So, with that recommendation, are you ready for some rehabilitation exercises? :-) Stay off your ankle for a day or two, then try these:

Soak your ankle in a bucket of ice water. Much more effective than mere ice packs. Once your foot is so numb you can't feel it anymore, pull it out of the water. Write out the ABCs with your foot. Once the pain starts coming back, stick your ankle back in the ice water. Repeat as many times as you can handle. This will help get your range of motion back.

Sprains tear the ligaments in your ankle. As they heal, they lose their sense of place in the world, making it hard for you to keep your balance. They need to be retrained so they know where they are in space. The next two exercises help with this. (There is probably a much more scientific way to describe this, but this is what I am remembering from the sports therapist who worked with me.)

Stand balanced on your injured foot, with your good foot up in the air. Once you can balance that way, start moving your good foot forward and backward and to the side. Once you can keep your balance while doing that, have someone throw things at you to catch, still while balancing on your bad ankle.

Jump from side to side over a line (a crack in the floor, a string pulled straight, a line of masking tape, whatever). Start with both feet. When your bad ankle is strong enough, hop back and forth on it alone.

Strengthening exercises:

Stand on the edge of a stair with your heels hanging off the edge. Lower your heels below the stair, then raise up onto the balls of your feet. Start by holding on to the bannister. Once you can keep your balance, let go of the bannister. As soon as your bad ankle is strong enough, raise and lower on it alone.

Stand with your feet together in parallel. Raise up onto the balls of your feet. Balance there for as long as you can. Once this is easy, close your eyes.

At any rate, I hope these help some.

About Napoleon Dynamite: It is very fun to hear about a local movie being talked about by people from all over the world (or at least the US). It was made by local Utahans, and shot in our neighbor to the north, Preston, Idaho. Although I probably should not admit this as it seems none of you cared for it.

It wasn't my favorite movie, and I didn't really enjoy it all that much while I was watching it, but it has grown on me. It becomes funnier the more I think about it. My brother, who is 16 and doesn't speak to us, actually had a conversation with full sentences telling my mother about this movie. My grandmother went to see it with her sister. She said that as they walked out of the movie, she turned to her sister and said, "That was the most pathetic thing I have ever seen." However, she couldn't quit laughing as she told us about the movie.

I apologize for the length of this post, but the conversation had turned to a subject that I actually had something to say about. And it helped get my mind off of my royally stinky day at work long enough for my stomach to unclench enough to eat. I love you guys.


PS. Congratulations Elanor! It is funny how excited I got to read your news yesterday when I don't actually know you in real life. :-)


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 1, 2005 10:39 pm (#1743 of 2956)

Julia, slow down! Well, I guess you will be slowing down now. While you covalence remember the important things, chocolate (makes everything better), butter beer, Harry Potter (maybe even some muggle chicken soup).

Gina, the kids have winter break in a couple of weeks. I'm planning to take them into the city for a couple of days, maybe we could rectify our omission of not having met over these years.


From Venus - Feb 2, 2005 12:20 am (#1744 of 2956)

Julia, I hope you're ankle recovers quickly. Everyone gave great tips, but I'd like to add one more...Remember to put your weight on your forearms when you are walking with your crutches, and don't have the pads pushing against your armpits. You will end up with very sore armpits.

Thanks for all the warnings on Napoleon Dynamite. I think I'll dodge that one.


Elanor - Feb 2, 2005 12:31 am (#1745 of 2956)

Oh Julia! I'm so sorry about your ankle! Believe me, I know what pain is (my ankle is swollen for more than a year now) so I truly sympathize. I send you cheering and healing charms- and chocolate, one has never enough chocolate when it hurts. By the way, Willoughby wasn't the worst you could have met when you fell, imagine if Lockart had been here and willing to help?

Thanks Amilia! It's funny because when I read the email from Accio, the first thing that came to my mind was to tell you all about because, though I don't know you in real life, I feel very close to you all. It was after I posted about it that I thought I should call my Mom and tell her... Thanks again everybody, you guys are great!


The giant squid - Feb 2, 2005 1:22 am (#1746 of 2956)

Poor Julia! You never realize how hard it is to "keep your weight off it" until you have to, eh?

A Forum member suggested to me only last week ***waves to You-Know-Who! ***that I should watch it in order to increase my street credibility with the younger generation.—Catherine

Trust me, you don't need street cred that much. Actually, I've noticed (and a couple of you touched on it a bit) that the line between "loved it" and "hated it" seems to fall somewhere around age 18. Teens think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, thirty-somethings think the bread's gone mouldy. The way I see it, if geeks need a "hero" they have to look no further than Gary & Wyatt in Weird Science. At least they accomplished something.



VeronikaG - Feb 2, 2005 1:49 am (#1747 of 2956)

Awwww. Poor Julia!

I've had sprained ankles too, but they were no worse than I could still walk on them (or limp more like it). My mother who had a baddy of a leg fracture at 14 had very little empathy for my minor injury.

And I'm truly relieved to discover that my suspicions that most American women are NOT like the Desperate Housewives was right.

“Lost” sounds cool. I bet we'll get it in a year or two, when it's finished airing in the US.


The giant squid - Feb 2, 2005 1:57 am (#1748 of 2956)

Veronika, I'm not sure how overseas distribution works, but I know that syndication (when they can start showing reruns on other channels) starts after 3 seasons have run (there's a specific number of episodes but it escapes me at the moment). I know certain shows like Friends and The X-Files were 3 or 4 years behind the US when they ran in England.

I hope you don't have to wait three years for Lost, though...it's too good, and it'd be too hard for those of us in the US to keep some of the secrets secret that long!



Marè- Feb 2, 2005 2:44 am (#1749 of 2956)

I think overseas distribution has something to do with how many the channels here are willing to pay for it, and if they have a time sloth in which they can broadcast it.

Also, if they wait a bit, they can see if it is a good show or not, if people will watch it and stay watching it.

Another reason for getting it a bit later is because we don't have delays. If a show is aired, it gets an episode every week (unless off course in summer and during soccer games... GRRRR!) We don't have weeks with gaps because there isn't a new episode finished yet, like you do.

But this is all from a viewers point of view. I'm pretty sure though that there isn't a 3 or 4 season gap. The German channel RTL and SAT1 always had american shows relatively fast, and I know in the Netherlands that Friends and CSI are/were not far behind from the original shows (friends is finished and CSI is airing season 4)

And as for going from Amsterdam to Finland... I wouldn't call that a short distance... But I can see how it seems like one if you come from even further...

I hope you don't have to wait three years for Lost, though...it's too good, and it'd be too hard for those of us in the US to keep some of the secrets secret that long!

Oh , I gave in a long time ago, I have no tv currently and am a curious person and some-one else had recommended lost to me some while ago... So if I have nothing to read or do, I search the internet for transcripts to take home with me as "literature". I'm completely spoiled for CSI season 5... And have experienced "Lost" so far in a read only kind of way. It is a whole new way of experiencing TV! Interesting for sure...


Catherine - Feb 2, 2005 5:27 am (#1750 of 2956)

Don't forget, Willoughby didn't turn out to be such a great guy. Sure, he was cute, but he's kind of like leprechaun gold: shiny and exciting, but short-lived! --Accio HBP

Oh, I haven't forgotten that Willoughby needed to sort out his priorities. I was not suggesting that Julia marry Willoughby, just use him for sprained-ankle services. Now, about Colonel Brandon, I hope Gina didn't see your comment about him!

Hope you finally made it up the stairs, Julia.

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Loopy Lupin - Feb 2, 2005 6:46 am (#1751 of 2956)

Trust me, you don't need street cred that much.—Mike

Indeed, street cred is overrated. Sorry about the ankle Julia. Here, let me give you a butterbeer.......

Have a good Wednesday everyone.


From Venus - Feb 2, 2005 7:45 am (#1752 of 2956)

Good Wednesday morning to all of you. It's very gray and still over here this morning; they were promising sunshine and 50's. We'll see if that pans out. In the meantime, I'll just sit here with my coffee and try to convince myself that I need to get some housework/laundry done.

My grandkids are really getting into reading. My grandson Alex is in the 3rd grade (he'll be 9 in April) and he really likes the Goosebumps series. Are you familiar with them? My granddaughter, June, who is in 1st grade (age 7), is getting into the Junie B. Jones series. I would really like to keep their love for reading alive. Do any of you have any books and/or series that you would recommend for their age groups? Also, my youngest granddaughter, Penny, who'll be 5 in April, is already learning to sound out words. She'll start Kindergarten in the fall. I think she'll be a reader too. I love this reading kick they're on; it makes for a nice quiet house at times when you usually hear a lot of noise coming from the TV; cartoons or video games. I'd like to make some good interesting books available to them to keep this love for reading alive. And I have found all my forum friends to be a wonderfully intelligent group of people who would never steer me wrong. (After all, you did steer me away from seeing Napoleon Dynamite! )


Catherine - Feb 2, 2005 9:15 am (#1753 of 2956)


My daughters love the "Junie B Jones" series. Mr. Catherine and I quote from them quite often. I remember loving "The Boxcar Children" as a child, and my oldest daughter enjoys them. Another series, the "Great Brain" books by John D. Fitzgerald is really enjoyable; I like them as much now as I did when I was nine. The "Encyclopedia Brown" books are great for budding detectives, and while some people consider Judy Blume controversial, her "Fudge" books are very popular, beginning with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. There's no adolescent themes in those, and my daughter really enjoys those, too. My friend's son really used to like "The Magic Treehouse" series, too.

Happy reading.

**waves to Lupin is Lupin and says "Oops! Check your email for full apology" **


Loopy Lupin - Feb 2, 2005 10:01 am (#1754 of 2956)

Another series, the "Great Brain" books by John D. Fitzgerald is really enjoyable; I like them as much now as I did when I was nine.—Catherine

You know, I was about to give those to my nieces and nephews, but I re-read them. I dunno. Some of the themes and "morals to the story" sort of really started to bother me. They're rather dated and, in some senses, offensive. Case in point, there was the episode of the "wild" girl who was raised in the mountains by her father. Ultimately, she gets turned into a "proper lady," wearing dresses and such. Frankly, I liked her better when she rode horses and punched the other boys in the nose.

Don't get me wrong, I'm so not a book-banner type. I fully understand the need to put older works in their proper context. Nevertheless, when I re-read those books, it was like one thing after another that smacked me in the face.


Catherine - Feb 2, 2005 10:31 am (#1755 of 2956)

Oh, come on, Loopy! Fitzgerald had inherited a lot of the Victorian morality of his childhood, and it shows in the gender roles of his characters. That's not a fatal flaw to me.

I can see why you'd be concerned about gender stereotyping, but it is a matter of fact that how kids dress can influence how their peers see them. So, as a historical artifact, you can see that a girl wearing boy's clothing would be something that would cause the girl to be ostracized. Your concern, to me, is what makes that episode an excellent jumping point for discussion with kids about clothes and identity and being a tomboy.

I still think these books have a strongly moral messages about religious and ethnic tolerance, and the characters, like in HP, operate in a very moral universe.

Oops, this is gettting to be more for the "reading suggestions" thread. Maybe we should put our recommendations there?

EDIT: Oh, and the girl in question still rode horses after she became a proper lady! **waves to Loopy**


Loopy Lupin - Feb 2, 2005 11:49 am (#1756 of 2956)

Yes, perhaps we are digressing into a different type of discussion here. Very Happy


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 2, 2005 12:07 pm (#1757 of 2956)

I'll say.


VeronikaG - Nov 24, 2004 8:39 pm (#1758 of 2956)

After chatting with Steffie today I suddenly understand the meaning of the sign the Giant Squid is holding in her avatar. It means no moustache for Lupin! I couldn't agree more.

Guess what. We don't have to wait two years for "Lost". It started airing today... at a channel we can't get right. A stupid hill disturbs the signals.


Elanor - Feb 2, 2005 1:35 pm (#1759 of 2956)

Hello everybody! I hope your Wednesday is nice! Mine was hard. I told you about my ankle swollen for now more than a year, well I tried something new this morning, hoping it would help. It's called mesotherapy and that means that a doctor gives you about 12 little anti-inflammatory injections in a swollen and already painful ankle. Not fun, believe me... And I will have to go again 3 more times in the next weeks for the same thing, boo hoo...

Speaking of ankle, how are you today Julia? I do hope you're feeling better!

Yesterday my computer had also a huge bug and I had to reinstall XP, that is to say that I lost everything that I had not saved and, of course, I didn't save my documents recently... I also lost a lot of softwares. Fortunately, I was able to connect my laptop to the DSL. Now I am here and ready to forget all that on the forum! Sorry for the rant!

About series, a new one starts tonight on the French television: it is called "The 4400". I think it is produced by F.F. Coppola. The papers say that it is even better than X-Files. I've recordered it and will give it a try one of those days. Do you know it? Is it good?

Have a great day!


Eponine - Feb 2, 2005 1:49 pm (#1760 of 2956)

From Venus, I will have to recommend for the girls The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett. It was one of my favorite books growing up. I don't know if it's a book many boys would be interested in.

I hope everyone is well.

Edit: *waves to Catherine* Yes, I am safe from another day. They're starting to grow on me a bit.

The book A Little Princess has a completely different ending from both movie versions. The movies are much happier. Cuaron's version is beautiful.


Catherine - Feb 2, 2005 2:00 pm (#1761 of 2956)

Eponine, good to see you back safe from another day of teaching!

Yes, The Secret Garden is just lovely. As an adult, I find the book A Little Princess by the same author, Frances Hodgson Burnett a little precious, but still enjoyable. The modern film version (the original starred Shirley Temple) was done by PoA's Alfonso Cuaron, and I really liked that film. Anyway, I tried to tie it into Harry Potter!

I think I will dash off to the Recommended Reading thread and make a list of things that I think are good.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 2, 2005 2:27 pm (#1762 of 2956)

The modern film version (the original starred Shirley Temple) was done by PoA's Alfonso Cuaron, and I really liked that film.---Catherine

I've seen both, Catherine, and while the second one is enjoyable (if overly stylized) it can't compare with the original. No one brings me to tears like Shirley Temple. When she, nearly hysterical at the threat of being permanently separated from her newly found father, starts crying out, "Daddy! Daddy! It's me! Don't you remember me! Oh Daddy!"--I am, quite simply, done. Cuaron's film never grabbed me like that. Although it should have a byline that reads "Shot in Glorious Technicolor".

***runs off to see what Catherine recommends***


Denise P. - Feb 2, 2005 2:29 pm (#1763 of 2956)

"My Sara never cries..."

"But I AM your Sara! Look at me, Daddy!"

:::sniffle::: I agree, you can't beat ole Curly Top for Little Princess.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 2, 2005 2:37 pm (#1764 of 2956)

***sniffle, sniffle*** See? It never fails.

Catherine - Feb 2, 2005 2:38 pm (#1765 of 2956)

Oh, I really like the original!

I just thought that the second one would appeal more widely to the Forum since Cuaron did it. I was trying to link it to HP, but inadvertently left the wrong impression of my opinion of the original.

No, no, the original is a real tearjerker. I become a sobbing mess, alas earwax.

I'm just an old softie. **waves to Denise and Kim**


kabloink! - Feb 2, 2005 3:07 pm (#1766 of 2956)

I LOVE the original "Little Princess" with Shirely Temple. I used to watch it with my grandma. Now, I'm taking a seminar course on South Africa (I topic I know NOTHING about) and everytime he refers to Mafeking, all I can thing about it Shirley Temple saying, tearfully, "But my DADDY's at Mafeking!" Ahh childhood memories.


Julia. - Feb 2, 2005 3:44 pm (#1767 of 2956)

Awww, I feel so left out because I haven't seen the origional Little Princess, just the Curon one, which I liked.

My ankle's feeling a bit better today, but not much. At least the swelling's gone down. It no longer looks like I have half a baseball sticking out of my ankle.

Elanor, you get 12 little anti-inflamatory thingies? How's that workning?


Denise P. - Feb 2, 2005 3:48 pm (#1768 of 2956)

Anyone that can watch the Shirley Temple version and not sob along with her while she is trying to get her Daddy to recognize here...well, your heart is more shriveled than the Grinch. :::sniffle:::

"This is my daddy!"


Elanor - Feb 2, 2005 4:12 pm (#1769 of 2956)

I think I saw the Shirley Temple version when I was a kid but it was more than 20 years ago and I don't really remember it, but your posts make me feel like watching it again maybe!

I'm so sorry about your ankle Julie! I hope it will be better soon. As for the injections, well it's done with a single syringe but the doctor doesn't prick it only in one place in the ankle but in several places (everywhere it is swollen in fact) in which he injects some of the medicine. Believe me, you are relieved when he says it is the last one!

BTW, I forgot to tell you about, it's Candlemass (la Chandeleur) today here! It is a very old feast and we talked recently about it on the JKR site's thread. For the Celts it was a feast of light and it became a christian feast afterwards. The tradition here is to eat some pancakes on that day.

It is a very old tradtion and, once, the pancakes represented the sun because days are becoming longer at this time of the year. There was another tradition: you have to try and toss a pancake with the pan in a hand and a gold coin in the other one. If you succeed to do it right (with the pancake inside the pan and properly tossed) then it is said that you will become rich during the year! I didn't toss them but I ate some pancakes today. Some traditions are really good... Marè is lucky because she lives in Brittany and Brittany is very famous for its "crêpes"/pancakes. The cider they make and you drink with the pancakes is really good too. Have you tried it Marè?

BTW, it is "Groundhog Day" today as well, isn't it? How was Phil today? Did he see his shadow? (I love the "Groundhog day" movie...)


Chemyst - Feb 2, 2005 4:21 pm (#1770 of 2956)

From Venus, please check out my post on the "Recommended Reading" thread. In the meantime, this is a great little educational (& fun ) book for roughly fourth-grade reading level, but still interesting far above that – Archimedes and the Door to Science, by Joanne Bendick.

'Glad your ankle is showing signs of improvement, Julia.

Yes, Phil saw his shadow.


Ydnam96 - Feb 2, 2005 5:17 pm (#1771 of 2956)

you know, I watch The Little Princess with Shirley Temple as a child. I can't watch it any more. It makes me too sad. I can't handle it. It's just horribly sad.

But I don't like a lot of movies that other people do because they are so sad. I don't like Wizard of Oz, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. They are all really sad.

Please don't hate me. I like happy uplifting movies. Smile

Congratulate me! I have finished my MA degree after what seems like forever. Thank goodness!

Off to nap.


Eponine - Feb 2, 2005 5:21 pm (#1772 of 2956)

Congratulations, Ydnam! That is quite an accomplishment. What was your degree in?

I like happy movies too. I watch sad movies as well, but a good happy movie that leaves you feeling like everything is right with the world is just the thing.


Ladybug220 - Feb 2, 2005 5:53 pm (#1773 of 2956)

I also recommend the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder - those were some of my favorites as a child as well as The Chronicles of Narnia.


Ydnam96 - Feb 2, 2005 8:04 pm (#1774 of 2956)

Thanks Eponine. My degree was supposed to be in Clinical Counseling, but I changed to Human Relations (hence the 4 1/2 years) because I decided I don't actually want to be a counselor (too depressing) [BTW: Eponine is my favorite character in Les Mis. Smile]

About childhood books, I couldn't get enough of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Amazing books. I'm not sure if they would interest young boys though. The Chronicles of Narnia I didn't actually read till I was an adult. But they are amazing and I now own them. I think they have great parallels with HP. (but then I think a lot of things do). And for older children (like High School aged) Lord of the Rings is a great book, the Hobbit is okay, not my favorite.

Julia, you will be so happy when your ankle heals and you can stop using crutches! And, a happy side effect is that your arm muscles really develop Smile I was on crutches for a long time as a youngster, I fell out of bed and broke the growth plate in my knee. Then the day they took off my cast I fell (I was still on crutches) because I hit a patch of just polished marble floor. I had to ride back to the hospital in an ambulence and was on crutches for a few months more. So I sympathize. I think it may be a right of passage Smile You will find an new appreciation for the ability to do things without assistance.


Julie Aronson - Feb 2, 2005 8:28 pm (#1775 of 2956)

Congratulations, Audrey!!! Knock 'em dead at Accio!



From Venus - Feb 2, 2005 11:56 pm (#1776 of 2956)

Thank you, thank you for all the book recommendations. Some I know, some I will definitely check out.

So now, I guess I'll check the other threads and then off to the Recommended Reading thread.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 3, 2005 12:22 am (#1777 of 2956)

Julie, I hope your ankle is going better now.

We had the unfortunate luck to have a dust storm yesterday. We were supposed to get the very nasty cold change that was moving through. For us in the North-West of NSW and Southern Queensland, we ended up with a dust storm.

I'll tell you what though, it highlighted the sorry state of my lounge room and the fact all horizontal surfaces need polishing and dusting (red dust does not look good with the decor!). Now the last time I did the polishing as well as the Vaccumming must have been...I can't remember!

Oh well I'll go thread hopping to see what you've all been up to.



Essidji - Feb 3, 2005 1:39 am (#1778 of 2956)

Julia, I'm so sorry for your ankle, I hope the pain is lessening little by little.


The giant squid - Feb 3, 2005 1:49 am (#1779 of 2956)

From Venus, I'd like to second the recommendation for Encyclopedia Brown. I loved those books growing up. Also, I know it's kinda cliched and, like Loopy said about another book, rather dated, your grandson really can't go wrong with The Hardy Boys. Once you get past the fact that they had 58 separate adventures in the span of one year (it's always "Joe, 17, and his brother Frank, a year older...") they're well written stories. Just make sure you get the originals; the later stuff by different writers just isn't the same. Of course, they all use the same pseudonym, so the numbering is important.



septentrion - Feb 3, 2005 5:25 am (#1780 of 2956)

I've just caught up, now my two knuts :

Julia, sorry for your ankle. Take good care of it and don't try new experiences such as crutches on ice

Elanor, mesotherapy sounds as a last chance thing to do. I really hope it'll be enough for you.
I've taped the 4400 too ! I'll try and watch it this week-end, as I'm a huge x-files fan, I could'nt miss this one.
I tried the tossing of pancakes with a coin in my other hand when I was younger, achieved it and am not rich yet.

Ydnam, congrats for you MA !

About the little house, I was a big fan of the show when I was a kid, and I own all the books.


Winky Woo - Feb 3, 2005 5:37 am (#1781 of 2956)

In the UK its Pancake day next Tuesday I think, the day before Ash Wednesday when Lent starts. The idea was originally to use up all the food that wasn't appropriate for the fasting period of lent.

We have a lot of silly tradtions too, such as pancake racesT and tossing Pancakes (pancake racing). The most famous one takes place at Olney. According to tradition, in 1445 a woman of Olney heard the shriving bell (A church bell, called the the ‘Shriving Bell’, would have been rung signalling the start of the holiday and to call people to church to confess their sins.) while she was making pancakes and ran to the church in her apron, still clutching her frying pan.

The Olney pancake race is now world famous ( Well so they tell us! Smile). Competitors have to be local housewives and they must wear an apron and a hat or scarf. Traffic is stopped whilst the competitors make their dash from the Bull Hotel (old coaching Inn) to the Parish Church of St.Peter & St. Paul, a distance of 380 metres.

Think of the colourful 5 day Carnivals around the world, (Rio, Mardi Gras etc) to celebrate before the start of lent, and all we Brits can do is toss a pancake!


Marè- Feb 3, 2005 6:29 am (#1782 of 2956)

After chatting with Steffie today I suddenly understand the meaning of the sign the Giant Squid is holding in her avatar. It means no moustache for Lupin! I couldn't agree more.

Yes ! I can only hope they improve that in the next movies ! (That would be OoP, I guess.)

It's called mesotherapy and that means that a doctor gives you about 12 little anti-inflammatory injections in a swollen and already painful ankle.

Okay then I’m just going to cross my fingers and hope that it helps. 12 Injections ! Has to be good for something, right?

There was another tradition: you have to try and toss a pancake with the pan in a hand and a gold coin in the other one. If you succeed to do it right (with the pancake inside the pan and properly tossed) then it is said that you will become rich during the year! I didn't toss them but I ate some pancakes today. Some traditions are really good... Marè is lucky because she lives in Brittany and Brittany is very famous for its "crêpes"/pancakes. The cider they make and you drink with the pancakes is really good too. Have you tried it Marè?

Wait! I can toss pancakes with a pan, and they don't even remain sticking to the ceiling afterwards! Now if only some-one could lent me a gold coin...

And yes I love the cider! My supervisor told me it was custom to drink the cider with the crepes, so as a result I have dragged every-one who came to visit me to a creperie to eat crepes and drink cider!
The companies restaurant didn't have crepes today, bye the way, but I have some in my room, so I can always eat them tonight. (They are premade, put in the microwaves, one's: Cheating, I know.)

Now on to the odd things you never expected to see today: A submarine just passed by, and it wasn't even yellow!


Catherine - Feb 3, 2005 6:43 am (#1783 of 2956)

Mmmm...Crepes....pancakes....must have breakfast before I read the Chat thread...

I send a puncturing charm to those suffering swollen, painful sprains and luck charms so that the accidents won't happen again!

As for me, I'm injury and pain-free today and quite pleased about it!

Happy Thursday to all.


Winky Woo - Feb 3, 2005 6:48 am (#1784 of 2956)

Since you asked so nicely Mare *passes her a gold galleon*

I wonder if the pancakes would taste as good with Butterbeer...mmmn

Edit: A submarine??? In broad daylight???There is a small yellow one in Liverpool, for some reason that I cant think of...hmmm... along side a sculpture called the Super Lamb Banana a 20 foot high bright yellow object which is  . . . well . .  half banana/ half lamb....Possible inspiration for a future half-breed in HBP. Sorry I cant do links yet but if you google it you'll see what I mean!


kabloink! - Feb 3, 2005 7:06 am (#1785 of 2956)

I have to second the recommendation of "THe Hardy Boys" I LOVED them when I was younger. I devoured all of my dad's original copies, plus what I could get in the library. "Nancy Drew" books were also a favorite when I was in the reading stage. Caroline Keene (if it isn't someone writing for her, she must be quite old by now), has actually began writing new Nancy Drew books, and last I knew, the first one was only 99 cents. I also greatly enjoyed the Beverly CLeary books.


Ladybug220 - Feb 3, 2005 7:26 am (#1786 of 2956)

I have to second the Encyclopedia Brown books that the Squid mentions. My brothers and I all loved those growing up. They also had all of the Hardy Boys books; in fact, I think that my mom still has them boxed up in the attic.


Marè- Feb 3, 2005 7:35 am (#1787 of 2956)

Edit: A submarine??? In broad daylight???There is a small yellow one in Liverpool, for some reason that I cant think of...hmmm... along side a sculpture called the Super Lamb Bannana a 20 foot high bright yellow object which is welll half banana half lamb....Possible inspiration for a future half-breed in HBP. Sorry I cant do links yet but if you google it you'll see what I mean!

Accompanied by several navy vessels, yes... Don't know where it went to, but it wasn't an every day thing, because everybody stopped to look.

You can't help but wonder what the artist was thinking when he made this...

It's so... yellow!


Catherine - Feb 3, 2005 7:51 am (#1788 of 2956)

You can't help but wonder what the artist was thinking when he made this... –Mare

I guess he was hungry for bananas. That picture will wake you up in the morning, Mare!

**off to rinse my eyeballs!**


Julia. - Feb 3, 2005 7:58 am (#1789 of 2956)

Do I really want to know what's going on with that banana thing?


From Venus - Feb 3, 2005 8:13 am (#1790 of 2956)

Yes...OK...Ummmm...well.....Nope, can't think of anything...best just leave this one alone.

Sure BRIGHTENS up the street corner though, doesn't it?


Loopy Lupin - Feb 3, 2005 8:34 am (#1791 of 2956)

I notice that there are two family businesses on the same corner that make sails. I didn't realize that sailmaking was such a competitive business. I suppose it is a good thing that the Lamb family expanded to flags.


librarian314 - Feb 3, 2005 10:56 am (#1792 of 2956)

Hey all!

It snowing again in Gaithersburg, MD! Glad I'm done going out for the day!

I think the Super Lamb Banana is cool! (I have a thing for art that makes me laugh.) It gives me another reason to go to Liverpool!

The most amusing art I've seen here in Washington D.C. lately was the Dan Steinhilber exhibit at the Hirschorn. He did interesting stuff with garbage bags, hangers, and racks of colored water filled soda bottles.

Here's a link to the image of his garbage bag creation: http://hirshhorn.si.edu/exhibitions/description.asp?Type=past&ID=23

There was also a work that consisted of geometrically arranged hazelnut pollen that I thought was pretty bizarre.


I never considered pollen as an art medium! (It also made me want to sneeze since I've got hay fever! :-P)

Those with bum ankles, feel better soon and take it easy!

**michelle the librarian**


Doris Crockford - Feb 3, 2005 11:58 am (#1793 of 2956)

Mmmmmmmmm, crepes. I acctually just got back from having a crepe (my friends and I went out to celebrate the end of exams), and it was delicious. It had peanut butter ice cream in it, and it was served with bananas and whipped cream and this really, really rich chocolate sauce. It was so good, but I'm stuffed. But I kind of feel bad because we didn't invite one of my friends, and we usually take the bus home together, and I didn't tell her I was leaving. I wonder what she's going to say when I see her tonight...

Those are some interesting pictures. Especially the banana lamb. Wow. I've thankfully never seen anything quite like that before. The garbage bag design was actually pretty cool, though.

Julia, I'm glad your ankle is less swollen today. I've never actually hurt my ankle, but I've hurt my knee enough that I know what it's like to have to walk on one leg. It's not fun.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 3, 2005 3:55 pm (#1794 of 2956)

Right!!! Now I can stop spluttering coffee all over the place...That Banana Lamb sculpture sure is funny. It does seem to brighten the place up. Sure brightened my day .

Off to check the threads and then to go put a job application in. I would dearly love to get this job and get out of the one I'm in. I'm one of those people who prefer to "work" when actually at work. I don't have enough to do. I work about 6 hours of the 32 I'm employed and do pretty much nothing for the rest of the week.

There are not a lot of jobs going in the town where I live that are suitable for me (I have a fused spine (due to scoliosis/khyphosis) and all physical work is ruled out)so it is a matter of sitting tight until suitable admin type jobs become available.

A new job would also help pass the time waiting for HBP to go faster too.

Have a wonderful day everybody.



Marie E. - Feb 3, 2005 7:29 pm (#1795 of 2956)

Julia, I'm glad your ankle is feeling better. I sprained my ankle when I was in college, too, but mine was even more graceful. I had to cross the street behind the college, slipped, and fell in a puddle.

I love the children's book series you all have mentioned. My favorite was the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. It was this series that broke me in to talking to strangers online. I also have a lot of the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. I remember reading those in the third grade. Ah, book nostalgia!


Catherine - Feb 3, 2005 7:38 pm (#1796 of 2956)

If I haven't "seconded" the Beverly Cleary books before now, please know that I meant to!

Ramona made me laugh even when I was a second grader. Now that I am a mom, let's just say that my oldest daughter is channeling Ramona all too frequently! **loved that Ramona named her doll "Chevrolet" after her aunt's car**

I spent the last hour watching Pride and Prejudice to lift my mood. It worked!

Have a good evening, all.


Winky Woo - Feb 4, 2005 1:50 am (#1797 of 2956)

I loved everyone reactions to the Super Lamb Banana!

You can imagine the looks of shock/horror/puzzlement when it was first unveiled in the centre of the city... apparently its a warning about genetic modification and symbolizes the playful nature of the city. They have moved it several times... it would pop up in random places before they found it a permanent home by the docks (hence the sail makers shops in the background as there is a large marina)

Right, I have a million and one things to do today so shouldn't really be in here. Have a great day/night everyone *Waves and toddles off still smiling at peoples reactions*....


Madam Pince - Feb 4, 2005 2:15 am (#1798 of 2956)

Marie E, you beat me to it with the Beverly Cleary books -- I loved those too! But now I'm going nuts; was it Henry Huggins? or Henry Higgins? Now that I see it in print, I'm sure it was Huggins...

I agree with Ladybug too that "Chronicles of Narnia" and the "Little House" books are up there in my top 5 favorites. To this day, I still re-read the entire "Little House" series every year at Christmastime. Something about winter -- she wrote very well and with amazingly detailed recall about the winters on the prairie. Apparently in March there is going to be a TV mini-series called "Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie" which I'm hoping will be more true to the books than the Melissa Gilbert series. Not that it wasn't a good show and all, but not a lot like the books.

I've been offline for about ten days again -- we bought a new computer and just as we were about to transfer all our settings and data etc., we discovered we had a bad case of spyware. So we had to pay to get the old computer all cleaned up first so as not to transfer "yuck" to the brand-spanking-new computer. (I tried to do it myself but was unsuccessful.) What a drag. But, now we're all set up, and the new computer is wonderful, and the new !!NON-DIAL-UP!! internet service seems lightning fast! Woo-hoo! Now if I could only figure out how to make the fonts / type appear as big as it did on the old one....

Sorry I am so belated, Phoenix Song, but sincere condolences on the loss of your father. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Pince's aunt passed away this week, and it was a very similar situation to your father. She had been hopelessly ill for four years, and her husband and her husband's sister had been caring for her tirelessly during that entire time, and she could not speak or walk or eat or anything. So bless your heart, and yours too, For Venus, because there is a special place in Heaven for caregivers. Nobody knows unless they've been there. In fact, for this aunt who recently died, her husband actually predeceased her last spring -- we think he simply wore himself out being a caregiver. I know exactly what you feel about the "relief" because we all were beginning to fear that the sister-in-law was going down the same path very soon, if this blessed relief had not finally come. So anyway, you both (and anyone else who's been a caregiver) have big hugs from me. For what it's worth, For Venus, you might want to try out a support group for caregivers in your area. I went to one while caring for an aunt with Alzheimer's, and it was sooooo beneficial, if for no other reason than the comfort of hearing that others are sharing your experiences. Good luck.

Elanor, I liked "The 4400" even though I have not finished watching it yet. I got busy with other stuff for the last few episodes, and so they're still on a tape waiting to be watched! I suspect I would like "Lost" also but since I missed out on it from the beginning, I think it would be hard to jump into mid-stream. I am also a fan of "Desperate Housewives" -- the mystery of Dana is the best part, I think.

This is going waaaaaayyy back in posts, but about reality TV -- some of them are really horribly awful in premise (Who thought up "The Will?" and all those "getting-married-to-a-stranger" ones?), but I must say I enjoy "Survivor" and occasionally "The Apprentice" -- I think it's the Psychology major in me. And it really gripes me to hear the professional actors and actresses turn their noses up at reality TV because they simply can't believe that anyone would want to watch such "fake" stuff over their shows. Oh please. A good actor is wonderful to watch, but after all, it is simply a profession like any other. I get very very tired of actors who think they have some more enlightened view of the world than we poor, unwashed masses, simply because they are known to a lot of people. Hooey. Of course reality TV is largely staged. So what? Being staged makes it less entertaining? What then, pray, are we to think about all the other TV programs and movies? Frankly, sometimes I think the professional actors are just a little jealous that the public can be as equally entertained by a Rudy or a Rupert as they are by an "Actor's Studio" pro. So it might not be high-level art, but sometimes we just want to sit on the couch in our PJs and eat cheddar worms and watch something silly.

OK, rant over.

P.S. Julia, hope your ankle feels better!

P.P.S. Why am I still up at 4:15 am? Could it have something to do with the almost-full bag of maple-sugar-coated pecans I ate at about 11:00pm? Why did that seem like such a good idea at the time? Guess I'll go read a chapter or two of OotP.


The giant squid - Feb 4, 2005 5:48 am (#1799 of 2956)

   Now if I could only figure out how to make the fonts / type appear as big as it did on the old one....

Without knowing anything about your setup, I'd guess that the screen resolution is different on your new computer. For instance, if your old one was set for 800 x 600 pixels and the new one is 1024 x 768 pixels, all the icons, fonts, etc. will seem tinier. The first setting I mentioned was kinda the standard up until a couple years ago when larger monitors became affordable, so if your old computer really was old that's probably it.

Julia, I'm glad to hear your ankle's improving. Just try to take it slow getting back on it--if you rush it you'll only end up injuring it more. If you're anything like me waiting is a supreme form of torture, but do your best.

That Super Lamb Banana is definitely very...yellow. Like Michelle, it just gives me another excuse to want to visit England.



Catherine - Feb 4, 2005 5:59 am (#1800 of 2956)

But now I'm going nuts; was it Henry Huggins? or Henry Higgins? Now that I see it in print, I'm sure it was Huggins...--Madam Pince

It was Henry Huggins, you are right. Wasn't Henry Higgins the Professor in My Fair Lady? **looks out the window and is reminded of the "Rain in Spain" song. **

Hoping everyone is well and accident-free today--it's Friday, yay!

See you all around the Forum.
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Denise P. - Feb 4, 2005 7:13 am (#1801 of 2956)

I always found Ribsy to be a more memorable character than Henry. I guess I have always been partial to dogs


Essidji - Feb 4, 2005 7:15 am (#1802 of 2956)

Isn't Higgins the name of Magnum's major-domo? (Aaahh, Magnum * dreamy looks*).


Dizzy, good luck to finding a new job.

Winky : I thought this sculpture was in fact an original way for the "LAMB BROTHERS SAIL MAKERS" to advertize, as this superlamb banana is just next!(well, rather in the background) This is pretty amazing, isn't it?

Edit : waves to Denise


librarian314 - Feb 4, 2005 7:37 am (#1803 of 2956)

Hey all!

Higgins is indeed the name of Robin Master's major domo. Magnum lived in one of the guest bungalows on the estate. I used to watch this show all the time when I was in grad school. It was a great way to relax for a few minutes between studying and baby care. (I had my daughter in the middle of study for my MLS (Masters of Library Science))

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Julia. - Feb 4, 2005 7:39 am (#1804 of 2956)

Good morning all.

Welcome back to the land of the Forum Madam P. Sorry to hear about your old computer having a bad case of spyware. Mine contracted a trojan about a year ago, and although it's gone now, it was not fun. Also, welcome to the world of high speed internet.

Good luck finding a new job Lizzy!

Beverly Clearly books are always fun. I loved that Ramona had a doll named Chevorlet. Although when I was in 3rd and 4th grade I was far more into the Babysitter's Club. I don't know, I thought they were cool. Thank G-d I soon grew out of them.

It snowed again last night. I have no idea how much we actually got, but looking out my window it doesn't look like much. I have no idea why, but the university canceled all classes before 10:00. Just my luck, that's when my first class starts.

Ankle is feeling a little better. I'm being slow getting back on it. Believe me, if it were up to me I'd have been off these stupid crutches yesterday. But everytime I try to walk without them my ankle still screams out in protest, so I'm still using them. Hoping to be off them around the middle of next week.


Julie Aronson - Feb 4, 2005 8:15 am (#1805 of 2956)

Yippee! I just got into law school! I know it's a bit goofy, but I had to share the moment...



Catherine - Feb 4, 2005 8:21 am (#1806 of 2956)

Congratulations, Julie Aronson!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 4, 2005 8:32 am (#1807 of 2956)

All this talk about Little House on the Prairie got me thinking. Little House = Michael Landon = Bonanza = Candy = mmmmm, Candy = The Big Valley = a young Lee Majors = mmmmmm, Lee Majors = The Rifleman = Lucas McCain is SO COOL!

Those were some great shows.


From Venus - Feb 4, 2005 9:05 am (#1808 of 2956)

Good Friday morning everyone. The sun is shining and they are promising 40's today so we're happy. The kids are listening to Veggie Tales music as I type and so my attention is divided since I know all the words to all the songs. (Right now we're listening to The Wheels on the Bus over and over because this is our favorite. )

Thank you, Madame Pince, and thank you again to everyone's kind words towards me and my fellow caretakers. I haven't blushed so much since Madam Pomfrey told me she liked my new earmuffs.  smile: But seriously, I never appreciated what these people do until I was doing it myself. But, you know what? It's a wonderful thing to be able to do. And I am truly grateful for your thoughts and prayers. And so is my Mom-in-law, Anna!

Well, it's off to laundry and cleaning (getting ready for a super bown party!) and getting Grandma off to the doc for a look at her sore hip and then pick up more kids from school. Have a great Friday and weekend!


Phoenix song - Feb 4, 2005 9:51 am (#1809 of 2956)

Thank you for your kind words Madam Pince. I have been able to wrap myself in the kindness and compassion of my fellow forum members during this difficult time. Just like From Venus, I have a new appreciation for people who care for their loved ones for an extended period of time. It's truly difficult to see once strong and independent people slowly decline. For a while, it was difficult to remember my dad as the person that he was before the cancer took over our lives. As the shock is receding, we're able to remember and grieve more for the person that he was before the illness.

From Venus, you've done me a great injustice by bringing to mind the Veggie Tale songs (just joking, of course). My crazy inner voice has been battling back and forth with some of their all-time favorite hits. "Oh where...is my hair brush? Oh where...is my hairbrush?" and "My yummy cheeseburger, my yummy cheeseburger, I'll be back for you...I'll be back for you..." Gotta love the Veggie Tales and their Silly Songs. Like who could ever forget, once they've heard, "Ukulele".

The sun is finally out today. YEAH! It's been so rainy, cold, misty, foggy, and yucky lately. The lack of the sun can really affect my mood even if I'm not actually out in the sun for very long. Why is that, I wonder?

Elanor, Congratulations on your Alchemy presentation. You've done some great work on there, and I'm so pleased that you're able to share the knowledge with others.

Julia, Congratulations on getting into law school! I'm so pleased for you!! Please always share the happy stuff with us. It's always neat to be able to feel happy for the achievements of your friends, even if you haven't actually met in person. The people here feel so much like family, that it wouldn't be right not to let us celebrate with you!

Hope that everyone has a great day!


Ydnam96 - Feb 4, 2005 9:52 am (#1810 of 2956)

Julie A. glad to hear you made it in to Law School! That's quite an achievment! Now I'm sure there will be moments you regret it though (on those late nights when you are trying to cram your head with more information than you ever thought possible) Smile Just keep going. (I'm not a law student, but have heard through the grapevine it is way hard) Smile But congrats none-the-less!

Wishing it were Saturday, cause I have no inspiration to go to work today. Bleh


Julie Aronson - Feb 4, 2005 10:24 am (#1811 of 2956)

Thank you, thank you...

Yes, Ydnam, the reality of my situation is just beginning to settle in. I'm hoping that my inner Hermione will come to the fore and keep me in line!



Ydnam96 - Feb 4, 2005 10:40 am (#1812 of 2956)

Smile I can sympathize. I just found out I could graduate with my MA without taking anymore classes if I just switched to a smaller degree (I've taken something 21 some odd extra credit hours) but I just wanted to be done. So I transfered to a new program. I'm so happy to be done with school I can't even describe it. I loved school in undergrad, but something about continually doing reading and papers while working a full time job just got really old really fast. Maybe one day I will feel differently and go for that EdD degree, it would be nice to be Dr. Mandy, but right now if I never had to write another paper again I would be so happy!

Well...maybe now I should actually get ready for work. Happy Friday everyone.


Loopy Lupin - Feb 4, 2005 10:57 am (#1813 of 2956)

All this talk about Little House on the Prairie got me thinking. Little House = Michael Landon = Bonanza = Candy = mmmmm, Candy = The Big Valley = a young Lee Majors = mmmmmm, Lee Majors = The Rifleman = Lucas McCain is SO COOL!—Kim

Did you every play "6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon"?

I would have to throw myself into the injury/pain-free camp today! Yay! Happy Friday everyone!


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 4, 2005 11:19 am (#1814 of 2956)

Congratulations Julie that's great news!

Edit: a tip, my husband said that they try and scare you in the first year, so don't let them intimidate you.


Doris Crockford - Feb 4, 2005 12:02 pm (#1815 of 2956)

Today has not been a very good day. There were 10 people at school (out of the usual 45), so I did nothing all morning (and was wishing I was on the forum), then I got home (there was no point in even staying at school since I would have had supply teachers the rest of the day), came online, and found out that the concert I was supposed to be going to tonight was cancelled. I was really looking forward to it, too, since it would have been my first concert, and SUM 41 is the first band whose CD I ever bought with my own money. They rescheduled it, but April seems like a long time away.

Hope the rest of you had a great day!

Congrats, Julie!


Marie E. - Feb 4, 2005 12:30 pm (#1816 of 2956)

Congrats, Julie!

Wish me luck, tonight's the Girl Scout lock-in. Send me some "keep your sanity" vibes.

I forgot to mention before that my daughter Shayla loved the Junie B. Jones books last year. I used to call her Shayla B. Jones because of certain similarities (Junie gets sent to the principal a lot.).

Happy Friday everyone!


Elanor - Feb 4, 2005 12:48 pm (#1817 of 2956)

Congratulations Ydnam and Julie, these are some great news, I'm really happy for you! I hope you will celebrate that as it should be this weekend.

Lizzy, I hope that you will soon celebrate some good news about your job as well. (**crossing my fingers**)

Marè, I knew you would love the Brittany cider... About the submarine, it is possible it was heading for St Nazaire if he went South, I know there is a base for submarines there, I visited it some years ago (though I don't know if it still works). Actually, I think that everybody here has already seen it without knowing it. It was used for a scene of "Indiana Jones- The Raiders of the Lost Arch". When you see the submarine entering a base supposed to be on a Greek Island, in fact it is the StNazaire base that you see.

Madam Pince, I truly sympathize since my computer crashed this week. I had to reinstall XP and lost all my documents, it is not fun.

I'm happy you're feeling better Julia, I hope the weekend will help you to recover even faster.

Phoenix Song and Julie, and every other member I could have forgotten, thank you so much for your congratulations, they went straight to my heart. The week has been hard so I truly appreciate them. I wish you a very sunny weekend, Barb!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 4, 2005 1:37 pm (#1818 of 2956)

Ahhhhhhh! My son came home from school today with his corrected homework. Either the teacher, the aide or the student teacher marked as incorrect the word 'sate'. **looks shocked** Heaven help me. Do I need to send this back with a note explaining the definition of the word 'sate'?


Catherine - Feb 4, 2005 1:55 pm (#1819 of 2956)

Heaven help me—Kim

Saints preserve us! I really hope it was a careless error to mismark the word "sate," and not a moronic one.

I fear the latter versus the former, alas earwax. I've had to ask to have Claire's work regraded before. One time, five answers on a social studies test were marked incorrectly. She went from a "D" to "B" on the test overnight. You should definitely bring it to the teacher's attention. **places bet on Kim to win this round** Perhaps the teacher can use a link to a good online dictionary? We've found them so helpful here on the Forum!

Marie, sending all the mental wellness I can summon your way. Hope that "lock-in" does not equal "break-down!"

Since I accused the teacher above with idiocy, I will leave you with this little incident of about thirty minutes ago. I was chopping onions to make chili, and decided to light a candle to reduce the crying effect of the onions. I reached across the counter, and accidentally knocked an entire roll of paper towels into the lit candle. Let's just say that I was reminded of Fawkes' Burning Day. I was happy to see that although I am not as young as I used to be, my reflexes are quite good when the situation demands it.

Now, if I could just air out the kitchen before Mr. Catherine comes home...


Julia. - Feb 4, 2005 2:20 pm (#1820 of 2956)

Woo! Mazel tov Julie and Ydnam!!!! *hands Julie and Ydnam butterbeer*

Kim, yes, I think you need to send the teacher/aide /student teacher a note with the deffination of the word 'sate.' *also places bet on Kim to win this round*

Catherine, nice analogy to Fawkes burning day. This is why I love this forum. Not a single person here won't get the reference. Good luck getting the air out of the kitchen before Mr. Catherine's arival home. I suggest open windows and a good fan.

Do not talk to me about silly songs. I'm listen to Monty Python as we speak, er, as I type. *I'm a lumber jack and I'm ok*


Penny Lane. - Feb 4, 2005 2:30 pm (#1821 of 2956)

Sorry, I just HAVE to jump in the recommended books discussion.

When I was growing up I loved and I mean, obsessed over, drooled over, and couldn't put down The Baby-Sitter's Club. While many people say they aren't really good literature, I just have to defend them, as I did learn many things from them. They first introduced me to many thing that I didn't know about before, like different ballets, different artists, different types of socioeconmical situations, ecology, different people, etc. I also liked the American Girls books. - Mum would never buy me a doll, but I loved the books. Also, I liked the first 2 Anne of Green Gables books, more so than the Little House books. I think my favorite Little House book was "Farmer Boy" because it wasn't about the Ingalls, per say.

I also liked "The Three Investigators", a sort of alternate Hardy Boys. In my pre-adolecent mind, they were way better. I have no idea why, actually. Maybe I just didn't get into the whole spirit of Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew.

I'm glad you are feeling better Julia.

Catherine! I'm glad you survived "Bonfire Afternoon", as kitchen fires can be quite dangerous. If I could remember the name of that giant bear thing that used to do fire safety - I'd put a picture up.


Ladybug220 - Feb 4, 2005 2:36 pm (#1822 of 2956)

Penny, I enjoyed the Babysitter's Club books as well and Sweet Valley Twins. I may be dating myself but those series were just coming out when I was in 6th grade (or so, I don't remember exactly not that I am getting old Smile.


Amilia Smith - Feb 4, 2005 2:36 pm (#1823 of 2956)

If I could remember the name of that giant bear thing that used to do fire safety –

Are you thinking of Smokey the Bear?



I Am Used Vlad - Feb 4, 2005 2:37 pm (#1824 of 2956)

I read all "The Three Investigators" books, too. They were great. I also liked the series that started with The Book of Three. I can't remember the name of the series itself, but they were written by Lloyd Alexander. The Narnia books were among my favorites, as well.


Amilia Smith - Feb 4, 2005 2:40 pm (#1825 of 2956)

The series by Lloyd Alexander was The Chronicles of Prydain. I also loved his Westmark Trilogy.


Edited to correct the name of Alexander's series. That's what I get for trying to be an insufferable know it all.


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 4, 2005 2:46 pm (#1826 of 2956)

I knew someone would come up with the name within 5 minutes. Thanks, Amilia.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 4, 2005 2:48 pm (#1827 of 2956)

Congratulations, Julie Aronson! on getting into law school.

About 5 years ago I was trying to decide what to do with my extra credits from university as I no longer wanted to finish the Graduate Diploma (equivalent to 1 year full time study) in Town Planning I was trying very unsuccessfully to complete. I just did not have the interest and the literary skills to do the 10,000 word project thesis the diploma required for graduation.

So I switched diploma's and miraculously (with a wave of the wand!) I ended up with having completed a different diploma (in Humanities). This one didn't require a thesis so without taking another subject or writing another word, I graduated yet again.

So I understand very well the relief Ydnam at finally finishing!

I had a wonderful Friday and got the job application in and did some more lawn mowing. Today's job is to clean the house after the dust storm on Wednesday.



Catherine - Feb 4, 2005 5:33 pm (#1828 of 2956)

..."sneaky, peeky" update: **waves to the Junie B. Jones fans**

Mr. Catherine just loved the chili, and didn't notice that a huge fireball had been in the kitchen two hours prior to his homecoming. I managed to semi-obliviate the kids' memory on the matter by pure bribery. Thank goodness for skylights that open--the fumes just went up, up, and away!

I was actually planning on taking them to a movie tomorrow anyway, but they don't need to know that!

So...mum's the word!


Chemyst - Feb 4, 2005 6:54 pm (#1829 of 2956)

Congratulations Julie!

Marie, I would love to send you sanity vibes, but I've not many to spare. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 464751818

Kim, I do believe you need to sate your urge to let the teacher know.

Catherine, for what it's worth... on your next chopped onion adventure, America's Test Kitchen tested the candle-burning technique and found that wearing a scuba mask was more effective.  (This is not a joke.)

Mills, I have to be an insufferable know it all– it is Smokey Bear, without the the. Picture here: http://www.smokeybear.com/   I learned that when he turned 50. ...ten years later and the new slogan is "Sixty Years of Vigilance."  So, how does that compare with Moody?


Gina R Snape - Feb 4, 2005 7:20 pm (#1830 of 2956)

WOW. I had 122 messages to catch up on. Phew!

Julia, I hope your ankle is getting better.

Martiza, indeed you should let me know when you are coming to NYC.

Accio HbP, how could you even begin to talk down Colonol Brandon?! Severus may make my head race and my heart pound. But Colonol Brandon is enough to make any grown woman's knees weak! Willoughby? Feh. Hack-ptoui.

Mare, as promised, here are your Lexicon designs:



EDIT: I nearly forgot! One of the writers on Will and Grace *must* be a HP fan. Because I was half-watching yesterday while cooking dinner and Grace said "I wish I had a magic spell and I could just wave a wand and turn him into a ferret." Coincidence? I think NOT!!!!


Catherine - Feb 4, 2005 7:31 pm (#1831 of 2956)

Catherine, for what it's worth... on your next chopped onion adventure, America's Test Kitchen tested the candle-burning technique and found that wearing a scuba mask was more effective.  (This is not a joke.)—Chemyst

NOW you tell me? Note to self: take up deep sea diving!


Julie Aronson - Feb 4, 2005 7:41 pm (#1832 of 2956)

Thanks for all the congrats and good advice! Well-wishes back to everyone who needs/deserves them! I'm just glad that HBP is coming out a month before my classes start--that way I can read it, and then reread the entire series again before I dive into the bottomless pit of reading and outlining I've been led to expect from my Paper Chase year. (OOH is my age hanging out with that one!)



Helen Potterfan - Feb 4, 2005 8:10 pm (#1833 of 2956)

Well, I don't think Colonel Brandon is a horrible person. But he is almost 20 years older than Marianne (Marianne is 16 and Brandon 35 when the novel opens, 19 and 38 when they marry), and I do think she settled for him (and lucky she was to snag such a good catch at 19 with no money!). I admit to having a rather radical reading of Austen's novels (she's one of my favorite authors), but I think that Austen made it clear that Marianne was settling for Brandon. This is how Austen describes it: "Marianne Dashwood was born to an extraordinary fate. She was born to discover the falsehood of her own opinions, and to counteract by her conduct her most favourite maxims. She was born to overcome an affection formed so late in life as at seventeen, and with no sentiment superior to strong esteem and lively friendship, voluntarily to give her hand to another--and that other, a man who had suffered no less than herself under the even of a former attachment, whom, two years before, she had considered too old to be married, and who still sought the constitutional safeguard of a flannel waistcoat! But so it was."

She does say a paragraph later that Marianne's "whole heart became, in time, as much devoted to her husband as it had once been to Willoughby." But that doesn't really convince me. I would argue that it's not really supposed to.

But enough about Brandon. We'll have to get together and debate Austen so I don't bore the rest of the forumers to tears!


Gina R Snape - Feb 4, 2005 8:14 pm (#1834 of 2956)

Indeed, we will have to get together to discuss! Maybe next Thursday...


Eponine - Feb 4, 2005 10:21 pm (#1835 of 2956)

Hello, All! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

I have just returned from my Christmas present from my wonderful husband. I saw Josh Groban tonight. There were quite a few squealing girls there, but his voice was amazing. The guy who opened for him was a great jazz trumpeteer (is that the right word?) named Chris Botti, and his (Josh's) accompanying violinist was incredible. She played Bohemian Rhapsody on the violin. I've heard that song done in a number of ways, but this was unique and beautiful. I've had a lovely evening full of lovely music.

Julie, congratulations on getting into law school!

Marie E., I'm sending calming spells to you to help you through the night.

Catherine, I'm glad you didn't burn your house down, and that Mr. Catherine was none the wiser to the incident.

I'm off to catch up on threads. Have a great day!


From Venus - Feb 4, 2005 11:51 pm (#1836 of 2956)

Lupin is Lupin, I found your post about having to correct a teacher interesting. There was one teacher in particular that comes to mind; she would constantly send notes home with my son, complaining about something or other that he did or did not do. Every one of these notes were full of blatant grammatical errors and misspellings. Finally, one day I had had it, and I got a red pencil and "corrected" the note, graded it, and sent it back to school with my son...I never received another note from her. Am I bad?

Catherine, oh my gosh, you made me laugh so hard, but it's NOT FUNNY! I almost set fire to my living room one day by burning something in the fireplace with the floo closed. I thought I had opened it but it wasn't. I got the fire out, made a HUGE mess, and had a black wall and ceiling for months until I got around to painting. At the time that it happened it scared the living daylights out of me, but every time someone would ask me what happened in there, I couldn't get through the story without laughing. It was quite ridiculous, after all. We all have done dumb stuff and have lived to tell the tale. I hope I stay lucky enough to keep surviving!

Julie, congrats on making it into law school. Good luck. Here's hoping your inner Hermione stays alive and well.


kabloink! - Feb 5, 2005 12:46 am (#1837 of 2956)

Well, it is officially my 2 year forum anniversary. Hooray! Anyway, I am totally stressing as I wait for my husband to get home. About three years ago, I lost my mickey mouse watch, for my birthday after that, my husband bought me a watch. The leather band on the watch broke about a month later. SO for our 6 month wedding anniversary last August, he bought me a beautiful gold and white gold watch with hearts for links, I think its a Bulova...and now I can't find it! I KNOW I took it off here at home, I'm just praying that I dont have to go garbage diving to find it.

I loved Babysitters CLub, too. I am very sad over how difficult it is to find them nowadays. I never read too many of the Sweet Valley Twins, but I read quite a few of the Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley University. Ok, I think hubby just got home, so I'll talk to everyone later!

EDIT: Found it! IT figures, I panic and cry while searching for it for 2 hours, then as I give up and put in a DVD for the night, I see it on top of the DVD player...such is life, right? Oh, and here's a movie quote for ya, "Ladybugs, Katherine, LOTS of Ladybugs." Its from "Under the Tuscan Sun" for non chick flickers.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 5, 2005 5:34 am (#1838 of 2956)

Good morning everyone! It is just breaking daylight here and I'm getting ready to crank up my motorcycle and go to parade and PARTY!

Happy Madri Gras everyone and have a great day!



Pinky - Feb 5, 2005 5:51 am (#1839 of 2956)

Kabloink, just a suggestion for keeping track of your watch. Make it a habit to ALWAYS put it in the same place, no matter how inconvenient. I do this for my rings. Whenever I take them off, I always take them directly to my jewelry box, or if I can't do that (not at home, etc), I place them on my watch band, fasten the band (duh!) and put it in my pocket to keep it secure. I am sometimes tempted to do something else with them, quite sure that I'll remember and they'll be safe, but as long as I stick to the 2 above options, I will always know they really are safe.


Catherine - Feb 5, 2005 7:12 am (#1840 of 2956)

Oh, yes, Pinky and Kabloink, I am quite the same way about my car keys. The only times I have ever lost my keys (excepting the time Hayley hid them under the sofa when she was two years old--I pulled out my hair for hours looking for them) is when I don't put them in their special place. I have a tray on a chest in our side, "family" entrance from the garage and keys go there first thing. On the way out to the car, the keys are the last thing I pick up.

Those ring holder things are handy, too. My mom gave me one, and I keep it close to my bed, then I don't have to worry with the jewelry box if I'm just wearing my rings and watch.

It's worth it to be a bit compulsive to avoid that horrible, panicky, "Did I throw away my wedding ring" feeling! I've never done that, but I have had to root around in a vacuum cleaner bag looking for a lost piece of jewelry, and I hope never to do it again.

EDIT: Denise, I like your purse's snap-on function. No digging to find them when you are out and about!


Denise P. - Feb 5, 2005 7:18 am (#1841 of 2956)

Many years ago, as I was taking a child out of the van, I put my keys on the roof. I merrily walked away and since I didn't drive back, I didn't realize I left my keys there. Needless to say, those keys were lost (along with my favorite leather keychain in the shape of my dog). Since that time, I have a hook in the kitchen that my keys go immediately on when I get home. My purse has a place where I can snap my keys on it when I take them out of the ignition. In the 10 years since I lost that set of keys, the only time my keys have become misplaced is when I failed to snap them on my purse or put them on the hook.


Madame Librarian - Feb 5, 2005 7:26 am (#1842 of 2956)

L is L, and all others who get disappointing notes from teachers--

I can be a member of the "Who Taught the Teacher Club." When my son was in first grade, his young teacher (a newbie) had the daunting task of teaching a roomful of 7-year olds to read and write. A few of them already knew how, but unfortunately, this class happened to have two very BD (behavioral disorder), disruptive kids, plus she was newly pregnant and probably not at her best. However, my son brought home a spelling test one day with a couple of errors--marked with a red checkmark and the comment, "be more carefull." Oh, dear.

My very smart son, who went on to have excellent grades, and get into a top-notch school (Tufts in Boston) never did master spelling as well as some people, but he never, ever failed to check his work. He was totally conscious of his...ahem, lack of talent in that area. He even proofs his e-mails and IMs to me which, I understand, is unusual given that Internet communication mode is simply more relaxed. (Wait--I'm not starting a debate here on that, I get it, I get it.)

That's all. Have a great weekend everyone. Seeing as how it's going to be 55 F or so here in Chicagoland, I hope to shed the muffler, boots, heavy gloves and hat. Right now (8:30am CST) it's darn sunny and the snow is melting like crazy. I know, false spring. But I'm a sucker for it every winter. (Sigh)

Ciao. Barb


Sirius Lee - Feb 5, 2005 9:03 am (#1843 of 2956)

Julie, congrats on getting into law school. I made it through almost 2 years at a school in Boston before running out of money, but I remember the totally thrill I felt getting accepted. The Paper Chase isn't really showing your age because it's practically required viewing for anyone even thinking about attending! Sadly, it's pretty darned accurate.

Anyone who isn't Julie may want to skip down to the next post now. Some unsolicited advice? There was a saying floating around Suffolk - "First year, they scare you to death. Second year, they work you to death. Third year, they bore you to death." This is soo true. The most important thing for a first year is to always be prepared for class. My contracts class was one where it was almost better to skip class than come without reading the cases because he had no problem making people cry or kick them out (and did both). The first month is the worst because you have too look up every other word in a case in a law dictionary (and half those words in a regular one Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 2752390508), but once you get the terminology down, it's smooth sailing until finals (which are VERY Paper Chase-ish).

Everyone always expects second year to be a breeze after being a 1L, but it's not. Teachers are a lot easier on you, and there isn't as much Socratic Method and yelling etc, but you're expected to read twice as much. We were all shocked by how much more cases you had to cover for each class. You usually have a year to cover everything as a first year, but after that you have only one semester to get it all down, so you have to cover everything twice as quickly. On the bright side, the finals tend to be easier!

I haven't made it to third year yet, but all my friends kept commenting on how dead it was compared to the rest of it all. Class time is less because you tend to do clerkships or moot courts etc.

It will be tough sometimes, but you can do it! Stick with it, and don't get discouraged when you start to feel overwhelmed (because you are, but everyone else is too!). Also, make sure to factor in fun time. Too many people do nothing but study because they feel like they're supposed to. Almost my entire section would go to the pub next door after class on Friday and have a few drinks and play pool for a few hours before heading home to work all weekend. It really helped with the morale. Best of luck and keep us posted!

On a side note, I owe my HP obsession to my law school friends. Once they talked me into reading it, we'd sit around at lunch debating story lines! We also cut out Corporations class early the day CoS premiered so we could get to the first showing! (But don't tell Prof. Stansbury!)


From Venus - Feb 5, 2005 9:06 am (#1844 of 2956)

Madame Librarian, as a former Chicagoan, I can relate to those "false springs". The sunshine and warmth are like a shot in the arm to get you through the rest of the brutal Chicago winter. But since I don't like the summer at all, no matter where I live, I'm never very happy to see the spring.

Anyways, the weather here in southern Indiana is warm and sunny also, and it's supposed to stay this way for a few days, so I can't complain since I have missed the sunshine all those gloomy gray days. Enjoy you're weekend, everyone. I'm off to get ready for tomorrow's Super Bowl party. (Ah, football and junk food, two great American traditions!)


kabloink! - Feb 5, 2005 9:14 am (#1845 of 2956)

Thanks for all the great advise, everyone! I have been trying to institute a few of these habits in my house, being relatively newly out on my own (with hubby, of course...). Unfortunately after I found my watch last night, I left it right on top of my laptop, knowing that I wouldn't lose it there. Well, I came in here this morning, and my watch was nowhere to be found on my desk. Lo and behold, it appears my cat thought it was pretty and knocked it onto the floor.

Being from Michigan, I am also very familiar with false springs, which I am taking advantage of today to show off MSU to my parents. I don't like summer much anymore, myself. SInce I have, ahem, outgrown most of my good summer clothes, and can't afford new ones, I simply find it too hot and uncomfortable. I do, however LOVE spring and fall, where it's just warm enough to wear a light jacket or no jacket at all, but cool enough to still wear jeans.


Penny Lane. - Feb 5, 2005 2:41 pm (#1846 of 2956)

As another Michigander (I really dislike that phrase, ugh!) I am also familier with false springs and early summers. It is usually a good thing when it thaws enough in Feb./early March so that the bugs wake up early, only to be frozen again. When it doesn't do that, the summers are usually miserable hot, humid, and "insect heavy". So, I personally prefer spring/fall weather. And of course that verge of freezing, no wind, early winter days. I just really like how the air feels cool and crisp.

Kabloink! I have also outgrown my summer clothes and don't really have any amition to buy new ones. It's sad, because I used to love summer, and most of my clothing is summer related. This whole covering up the extra pounds is a bit depressing.


Julie Aronson - Feb 5, 2005 3:06 pm (#1847 of 2956)

Sirius Lee,

Thanks for the advice! I will take it to heart. Actually, I can credit one of my attorney friends for both suggesting law school and strenuously recommending that I read Harry Potter. I'll have to thank him again for both suggestions!



Marie E. - Feb 5, 2005 8:23 pm (#1848 of 2956)

I should have asked for a "stay awake" vibes rather than sanity vibes. At 2am the girls were still going strong and playing basketball in the gym. I bullied them into brushing their teeth and going to bed. The bad part was we had to be out of the high school by 7am so they sent two perfectly bossy Juniors to wake everyone up. We had to roll Shayla out of her sleeping bag as she is definitely not a morning person. We came home, took a four hour nap, then drove to Cripple Creek for a birthday party. I am still utterly exhausted!


Julia. - Feb 5, 2005 10:13 pm (#1849 of 2956)

Awwww, I hope you get lots of sleep tonight Marie. Sounds like you've had a very long day!

I don't know if any of you have heard of Shlock Rock, but I just got back from their concert in Springfield Mass. They were awesome. My friend and I want to become Shlock Rock groupies. Granted, most of their fans are 8 years old, but they were still amazing. They parody popular songs with Jewish lyrics. Right now I'm listening to a parody of 'Livin' La Vida Loca' by Rickey Martin (remember him?) with lyrics about learning to dance the hora.


The giant squid - Feb 6, 2005 1:18 am (#1850 of 2956)

Marie, I'm glad you survived, albeit a bit frazzled.

To all of you who felt the need to correct a teacher: you go, girls! Anything we can do to improve the state of education these days is a good thing. I've often suspected it's a "blind leading the blind" situation in a lot of schools these days. Heck, they'll give anyone an education degree--just look at my sisters! (KIDDING!  Marie, put that wand down...I don't want to be a ferret...)

Julie A., congrats on getting into Law school. Hopefully your instructors don't fall into the above category.

Julia, keep an eye out for a band called Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. They're a cover band that does punk versions of non-punk songs. In particular they have an...interesting version of Hava Nagila (I KNOW I spelled that wrong) that I found rather cool.

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Good Evans - Feb 6, 2005 8:05 am (#1851 of 2956)

Hi (I used to be Good Evans but I am now Good Evans II )

I just want to say that I have been unable to post for sometime and it is sooo good to be back, I've been reading your posts and desperately wanted to join in, but I was locked out (something weird happened to me when world crossing was updated at the end of november / december time and I couldn't get back in). So I just wanted to say I have missed you all and have been reading even if I could'nt share.

well done to all who have achieved, millions of happy birthdays and love and suport to all of you who have had hard times. I now know what it is like to be the "silent majority" !!!!

And for those of you going to Accio in July, I hope to finally meet some of you there.

Good Evans XX


Detail Seeker - Feb 6, 2005 8:16 am (#1852 of 2956)

Welcome back Good Evans ! You are well remembered, so it is fine to see you again. I hope, we will meet at Accio.


Gina R Snape - Feb 6, 2005 10:04 am (#1853 of 2956)

Welcome back, Good Evans. But why the II?


Doris Crockford - Feb 6, 2005 12:22 pm (#1854 of 2956)

Good Evans, nice to see you back. Just curious, is your avatar about a specific Harry Potter 'ship or just a Valentine's themed one? I like it in any case.

Mike, I've heard of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Their video for "I believe I can fly" was pretty popular on Muchmusic (probably because of the guest stars in it and because their version was a whole lot better -in my opinion- than the original)


Julia. - Feb 6, 2005 1:37 pm (#1855 of 2956)

Good afternoon everyone. I'm taking a break from my endless pile of reading to listen to Shlock Rock and post here. My Rabbi has finally sent me some pictures from September, and some of them are just too good not to share. Thus, without further ado I present...



Swing again

With Rabbi

Post swing breakfast with Julie and Brandon

Hope you like them!


Penny Lane. - Feb 6, 2005 1:40 pm (#1856 of 2956)

Is that a real chicken????

Catherine - Feb 6, 2005 2:13 pm (#1857 of 2956)

Is that a real chicken???? --Penny Lane


I'm hoping it's a rubber chicken from one of Fred and George's joke wands.

Really hoping....


Ydnam96 - Feb 6, 2005 3:15 pm (#1858 of 2956)

Julia... What are you guys doing with the chickens? Sorry, I think I might have missed something somewhere that explained it...but I am rather curious. Smile


Julia. - Feb 6, 2005 4:32 pm (#1859 of 2956)

LOL, you guys are too funny. Of course that's a real chicken.

I explained in September (which is when those pictures were taken) about Kaporus. Of all the crazy things Jews do, this one is my favorite. On the morning befor Yom Kipur we swing live checkens over our heads. This is for a few reasons. First is a transfer of sins. By swinging the chicken over your head you transfer your sins to the chicken. The chicken is then killed and given to chairty. The second reason is that it represents Yom Kipur sacrafices we made in the days of the Temple.

So yes, we're crazy, yes, it took my rabbi four months to send me these pictures, yes, that was a real chicken.


Denise P. - Feb 6, 2005 6:56 pm (#1860 of 2956)

This has absolutely nothing to do with anything but I have to share. It is science fair time and my 10 year old has been working on his. We were putting together his information tonight to print and this is what he found. His topic: Which Brand of Microwave Popcorn is the Best Value

We used five brands (Orville Redenbacher, JollyTime, PopSecret, PopWeaver and Act II)

All brands cost the same (.88 for 3 bags), were the ultimate/massive/more than the law should allow butter kind and all were popped for 2 minutes.

Most volume popped: Orville Redenbacher with 12 cups
Most unpopped kernals left: JollyTime with 32
Largest piece of popcorn: JollyTime and PopSecret with 1.30" piece
Overall best popcorn size: Orville Redenbacher

His conclusion: Orville Reddenbacher is the best buy based on his criteria.

Personally, I think Orville tastes the best but that is just me.


Catherine - Feb 6, 2005 7:09 pm (#1861 of 2956)


I am envious of "your" science project, since "ours" is about weather... .

Purely anecdotal evidence, but we prefer Orville Redenbacher's popcorn as well.

I have a feeling that I'm going to be a sport's widow tonight. Darn that hubby who grew up just south of Philedelphia.

I think I will do something else, thanks! **waves to anyone NOT watching the Super Bowl right now!**

Happy Sunday!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 6, 2005 7:17 pm (#1862 of 2956)

Waves back to Catherine! What's a Super Bowl? Just kidding, but wanted to stress my disinterest. :-)


Catherine - Feb 6, 2005 7:35 pm (#1863 of 2956)

What's a Super Bowl? Just kidding, but wanted to stress my disinterest. :-) --Twinkling Blue Eyes

Oh, I think it's what you eat your Orville Redenbacher's out of!

I made sure that I called my mom on 6:30 p.m. on the dot to express our mutual relief that we were NOT attending a Super Bowl party this year. She hates professional sport events, so I knew that she was, between ACC College basketball (Carolina and Duke won this weekend! W00t!) and the Super Bowl, a dedicated sports widow this weekend.

It would be great if the Eagles would win. I think Mr. Catherine would be quite happy at the prospect.

As for me...I'll see you around the Forum.


Loopy Lupin - Feb 6, 2005 7:51 pm (#1864 of 2956)

Post swing breakfast with Julie and Brandon – Julia

Mmmm. I wonder what was for breakfast.

Hiya Catherine. I don't know if you were technically waving at me because I am watching the game with friends, but have goobered off to the computer. Hope you're dealing with widowhood well. Smile


Catherine - Feb 6, 2005 8:03 pm (#1865 of 2956)

I don't know if you were technically waving at me because I am watching the game with friends, but have goobered off to the computer.—Loopy

Hiya. If you are not watching the game, then I was waving at you.

At least it's only once a year...


Loopy Lupin - Feb 6, 2005 8:07 pm (#1866 of 2956)

Well, the computer is in the same room as the tv. Yes, I understand Miss Manners would not approve of hopping on the computer while visiting friends. But, these friends are more like family than friends. This doesn't make rudeness ok, of course, but I'm bored. Smile


Phoenix song - Feb 6, 2005 8:08 pm (#1867 of 2956)

Hello everybody else that doesn't give a fig about football!! I'm also a sports widow tonight. I have no interest in the game and was rather hoping that since this was the first time in our marriage (nearly 12 years) that our family didn't invade us for the game that we could "veg out" in front of the TV with a nice, romantic DVD.{It'd be doubly nice since the husband won't be home for Valentine's Day this year.} Unfortunately, he turned down flat my offer to watch "Dance with Me" with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon to watch the game. Can't win them all, can you?

I live north of New Orleans and it's wild around here. Tomorrow is Lundi Gras (the Monday before Mardi Gras) and the people around here and getting revved up for some serious revelling on Tuesday. I'm not especially into the whole parade scene, but I think that I'm one of the rarest of exceptions. I just don't care for the mess and muck. I hope that everybody that IS going will have a great time, though. Stay safe!!

Have a good night everybody!


Catherine - Feb 6, 2005 8:14 pm (#1868 of 2956)

Well, it looks like Phoenix Song, Loopy Lupin and I are the Super Bowl Casualties.

Deep Sigh. Bed soon...


True Love - Feb 6, 2005 8:15 pm (#1869 of 2956)

Greetings folks. Haven't been on this forum in ages. Just want you to know I am alive and well and surviving yet another Canadian winter (in the part of Canada that has a real winter). Hope everyone is enjoying the game. I personally would like to be in New Orleans right now. I managed to visit in August 2002 and loved it, even with the extreme heat and humidity. But there weren't any crowds or line-ups for the tours. And the prices were right too. Now if only the tour books told us about the Southern Decadence festival we would have been better prepared. LOL


TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 6, 2005 8:34 pm (#1870 of 2956)

"the Southern Decadence festival" SPEW!!!!!!!!!

The best descripion of Madri Gras in New Orleans I have heard in a long time. My hat's off to you True Love!

...chuckles all the way back to St. Mungos...


Loopy Lupin - Feb 6, 2005 8:42 pm (#1871 of 2956)

Well, it was New England again. Ah, well. Oh wait, I don't really care one way or another. Oh wait, football being over means it's time for college basketball to heat up. Yay!


Amilia Smith - Feb 6, 2005 10:04 pm (#1872 of 2956)

Thanks for the correction, Chemyst. **grins sheepishly** I did indeed mean Smokey Bear. (Side note: whenever I hear his name, "On Top of Old Smokey" starts playing in my head. However, I don't know the words to that song, so it quickly turns into "On Top of Spaghetti," which I do know the words to. Ah, elementary school.)

I am going to San Franscisco this week for the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of San Franscisco's Valentine's Ball. We have been working very hard to get ready for this, and I am very excited. Scottish Country dance is similar to square dancing, but you get a closer image if you picture the dancing in the background of a Jane Austen movie.

So, while I don't get to be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, I do get to be in China town for Chinese New Year.

Weather report: it has just started snowing here in Utah. Not sure how much is expected, but am very glad I only work about a mile away from home.


PS. While I didn't watch the Big Game either, my brother-in-law was disappointed that New England won.


Madam Pince - Feb 6, 2005 10:18 pm (#1873 of 2956)

Well, for all Boston-type Forumers, I have another movie quote:

"There'll be no living with (you) now...." --Capt. Jack Sparrow

I mean really - the World Series and the Super Bowl BOTH??? Sigh...


dizzy lizzy - Feb 6, 2005 11:28 pm (#1874 of 2956)

Well your superbowl references went by a little fast for me. That is until I remembered that my favourite TV channel was screening promo's for the live telecast (10am our time on Monday 7th February) all last week.

Then I remembered yet again (with the help of my trusty time zone converter) that you weren't watching this match on a Monday, but a Sunday.

I don't think my memory is the best this week. Perhaps I should go sit under the air conditioner and cool down some more??



The giant squid - Feb 7, 2005 4:18 am (#1875 of 2956)

Madam Pince, for me on Superbowl Sunday there's another appropriate Pirates quote: "But why is the rum gone?"

Seriously, I was one of the folks Catherine was waving at. Technically it's because I had to work tonight, but I probably wouldn't have watched anyway, since my team got knocked out in the NFC finals by the Eagles...

Welcome back to Good Evans(II) and True Love. I'm glad you were both able to make it back to the Forum.



Catherine - Feb 7, 2005 5:31 am (#1876 of 2956)

Oh wait, football being over means it's time for college basketball to heat up. Yay! --Loopy Lupin

I second that! So how's UVA doing these days?

Mr. Catherine is the lucky one; he gets to go to the NCAA Tournament with my dad. How cruel is Dad to his own flesh-and-blood? Do I get to go? Nope. The guys have some "No Girls Allowed" rule.

Glad to see I wasn't the only one not watching football last night! **waves to Barbie and Mike and Loopy, among the others!**

Happy Monday, everyone.


Loopy Lupin - Feb 7, 2005 6:39 am (#1877 of 2956)

I second that! So how's UVA doing these days?—Catherine

Ouch! Now that's a low blow. Razz~~~~~~~~~~

Do I get to go? Nope. The guys have some "No Girls Allowed" rule.-- Catherine, again.

Maybe they don't want to hear about how cute J.J. Reddick is or something. Razz~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Accio Sirius - Feb 7, 2005 7:51 am (#1878 of 2956)

I for one will miss football. My Steelers made a pretty good run for it and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. As for college basketball, that's when I become the "widow." In fact my daughter was born during March madness and there I am getting ready to deliver and the doctor is yelling at the hubbie to turn off the basketball!! Happy Monday everyone!


librarian314 - Feb 7, 2005 7:56 am (#1879 of 2956)

Hey all!

I too ignored the Super Bowl. I was annoyed that it was on my birthday!

I spent the day hanging out with friends (we finally got to have a 12th night party that was postponed due to weather.) and family. When I found out this morning that Arthur Weasley shares my birthday (as does my husband) I laughed out loud. I love Arthur; he's so cool!He is such an Aquarian!

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Phoenix song - Feb 7, 2005 7:56 am (#1880 of 2956)

"Do I get to go? Nope. The guys have some "No Girls Allowed" rule."

Hey, that's no fair! Perhaps you should fix them up a "special batch" of brownies to share at the game? My mom was the fifth child of nine, so needless to say, there was a lot of meanness and picking on the younger sister type of stuff going on. Once my mom and a cousin made up a special batch of brownies with some chocolate ex-lax for the meaner older brothers that would never allow her to go with them on their outings. I don't know if they learned a lesson about being mean, or if they learned a lesson about taking along a younger sister, but they sure did learn that the meanness could travel in two directions...and to never accept brownies from a person that they had recently made very angry.

Today is the beginning of the end...of Mardi Gras. The day before Mardi Gras (Tuesday Fat) is known as Lundi Gras (Monday Fat). There are always special traditions observed on this day that kick off the major party tomorrow.

I'm not big on the parade scene. In fact, I haven't been to a single one in years. But I always look forward to watching them from the safety of my living room, since they're broadcast on our local channels.

Here's one little tid bit of information regarding New Orleans and the whole Mardi Gras scene. The city judges how many people were present and how "successful" the Mardi Gras season was by how many tons of garbage the Sanitation Department collect on midnight Tuesday night. Apparently they have determined the weight of the average amount of trash that a person leaves. How would you like to have that job?

Have a good day everybody! I need to go and get some work done. **sigh, responsibilities**


Edit: Happy belated birthday Michelle the librarian! I hope that you had a good one despite the Super Bowl!


Catherine - Feb 7, 2005 7:57 am (#1881 of 2956)

In fact my daughter was born during March madness and there I am getting ready to deliver and the doctor is yelling at the hubbie to turn off the basketball!! --Accio Sirius

LOL about March Madness! Ah, it can afflict the best of us. Perhaps the doctor was having trouble concentrating because he/she really wanted to watch basketball, too!

Chores await....see you all around later.

EDIT: ..and to never accept brownies from a person that they had recently made very angry. –Barbie

Oh, dear. That makes the Bat Bogey hex look rather tame!


Julia. - Feb 7, 2005 8:02 am (#1882 of 2956)

I have only one thing to say about college basketball. GO HUSKIES!!

Catherine, how mean of Mr. Catherine and Father Catherine. Next time you get the tickets and don't let them come,

I would like it known that I only watched the Super bowl for the comertials, which by the way, weren't all that great. If it'll make you all feel better, I was doing work during the game, and although I was invited, I didn't got to the party they were having at Hillel.

EDIT: Cross posted with Barbie. Thank G-d I'm not in New Oleans right now.

SECOND EDIT: Also cross posted with Michelle. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! *hands Michelle butterbeer* Glad to hear your day went well, and I hope your is just as lovely.


Ydnam96 - Feb 7, 2005 8:30 am (#1883 of 2956)

I went to a Superbowl party, less for the football more for the fellowship Smile I left in the middle of 3rd quarter cause I wasn't feeling well (too much food?). My favorite commercial: the diet Pepsi one with Puff Daddy and the Pepsi truck. Runner up: the one with the guy, the cat, and the tomato sauce. Smile

Kip: I was on reading a website when you popped in the chat room and you left as I was responding. Didn't mean to be anti-social. I have my computer on mute, but are there sounds that would alert you when someone enters or sends a message?

Anyway...Monday. woooooooo. (note sarcasm)


librarian314 - Feb 7, 2005 9:33 am (#1884 of 2956)

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

I had a co-worker who once worked for the Environmental Protection Agency sorting garbage. He was working on a study to see what sorts of things were getting chucked. It has to be the nastiest job I've ever personally known anyone to have done. I'll take my old, mind-numbingly boring job of sorting contact lenses into numerical order by prescription any day over going through trash.

**michelle the librarian**


Sirius Lee - Feb 7, 2005 10:02 am (#1885 of 2956)

Ydnam96, the commercial with the guy, cat and tomato sauce was probably my favorite! Runner-up, the Lay's one where MC Hammer gets thrown over the fence with the rest of the lost stuff - best part of it...They Threw Him Back! AHAHAHA! Half the people at the party nearly fell off the couch!

Must admit, as a born and raised Bostonian, I was thrilled with the World Series AND SuperBowl victories! After soo many years of being a sports joke (any football fans remember the 80's?), it's about time Boston really gets their turn!


Elanor - Feb 7, 2005 10:03 am (#1886 of 2956)

Happy birthday Michelle, joyeux anniversaire! It is indeed great to share your birthday with Arthur!

No Superbowl here of course, but the rugby Six Nations Championship has begun on Saturday. I love watching it! We won at home against Scotland but it was close. Next weekend, we play England, in England, and it will be harder because the English team is very good. They lost against Wales and they will want to prove they are as good as before. The French fifteen will want that too because everyone says it is mere luck we won and there is a lot of work if we want to keep the cup this year!

So it will be the Cockerel against the Rose, and it promises to be exciting! Any English rugby fan around here, so that we could share a virtual (butter)beer after the match?

Phoenix Song, I always wished to see the Mardi gras in New Orleans one day, it must be spectacular! It will be Mardi Gras here too tomorrow but the feast is very simple in my region. We will allow the kids to come to school dressed up and will share some cake with them. But the " Carnaval" is always beautiful in Nice, near the Mediterranean cost and I believe the feasts in the North of France, where Septentrion lives, are great too.

In my region, the "Mardi Gras" is above all culinary. After the "crepes", it is "bugnes" time! My dictionary says "sweet fritter" for bugnes. Those fritters are very special because flavored with lemon peel and dark rum, yummy! I love them but I will wait till next weekend before eating some because it takes a lot of time to prepare them.

Have a good Monday everyone!


Good Evans - Feb 7, 2005 11:23 am (#1887 of 2956)

Happy Mondays!!!!

Gina - the II is because I have had to re-register with world crossing in order to get back on (as I said soemthing very weird happend)

Thanks for the remembrance folks - you are sweet, and the avatar is just a valentine one - (also I do ballroom dancing and it looked a bit like that to me)

Denise - I love "your" project. We got a popcorn maker for christmas from my brother and have eaten about a ton since!!!

How thick am I? I didnt even think that mardi gras referred to Tuesday at all. dim dim dim.... I guess my French is not so good afterall!!!

as for superbowl, as it started here at gone 11pm on a sunday night with work next day - no chance, but then again I am a Redskins fan so wouldn't have been that interetested. Seems like it was a good match though what was it 24 to 20 or something.... any excuse for butterbeers all round.

Sorry Elanor not much of a rugby fan, but the kids are so no doubt I will be "forced" to watch, maybe I will sneek for some PC time instead!!!!

have a great evening all


Chemyst - Feb 7, 2005 11:28 am (#1888 of 2956)

Poor Denise, no one responded to your electrifying Popcorn news. I'll remedy that– The store I shop most often sells only one brand of individual-serving size microwave packets. But for the regular size that pops a bowl at a time, there is quite a pricing disparity. Pop Weaver costs 18¢ per bowl/bag, while Orville's is 35¢. But for our microwave, optimum popping time is 3 min. 9 sec. for Pop Weaver and 2 min. 55 sec. for Orville.
Are we all bored now? I stand firm in my assertion that even corn prices are more interesting than football.

Happy B-day Michelle!

Added: Oops, Good Evans talked about popcorn while I was doing the math.


Good Evans - Feb 7, 2005 11:34 am (#1889 of 2956)

Ah, but not quite so interestingly as you Chemyst!!!!!

being non US, I cant compare prices and bowl sizes, but I have found a nice cheap source for popping kernals (wey hey!!)


Denise P. - Feb 7, 2005 11:44 am (#1890 of 2956)

All the prices of popcorn were the same but the amount of actual popped corn varied from 9 to 12 cups. The number of kernels left unpopped varied from 32 to 17. We normally just hit the popcorn button on the microwave but for this, we only popped each bag 2 minutes (since at that point with the first bag, it was done and the first bag had the most unpopped kernels left). I would have guessed that all of them were about equal and after measuring each piece of popcorn, you can see the difference. Just an FYI...we did not actually sit and measure all 56 cups of individual popcorn pieces, we took 1 cup of each brand to measure. Even within the 1 cup, the number of popcorn pieces varied from 29 to 47 pieces. Okay, we are geeks here but it was more interesting than what papertowel is the strongest or what cleans a dirty penny the best

Maybe he should retitle his project to All You Ever Wanted To Know About Popped Popcorn


Catherine - Feb 7, 2005 11:57 am (#1891 of 2956)

Just for the record, I replied to Denise's popcorn project right away!

I also agree that popcorn popping time, kernels popped, anything about popcorn is probably more fun than watching football.

Unfortunately, this does not solve Claire's science project woes, which is not about popcorn, but about weather.

**waves to Lupin is Lupin and wondering how the gluing is going?**


Helen Potterfan - Feb 7, 2005 12:13 pm (#1892 of 2956)

Happy Birthday Michelle!

ACC College basketball (Carolina and Duke won this weekend! W00t!)—Catherine
Hey Catherine, are you a Duke or Carolina fan? I'm a Duke Fan. I can't wait for Wednesday's match-up! Carolina is good this year, so the game should be great!

My husband and I watch college basketball together, so we have a good time (this does not transfer to other sports).

Julia, my saddest college basketball memory is standing in Cameron (Duke's home court to all those non-basketball fans) my senior year and watching Duke lose the national championship to UConn! I cried like a baby. It was the last game I watched in Cameron as a student. Both the men's and women's teams were in the championship game that year (1999), and both lost!!!


septentrion - Feb 7, 2005 12:26 pm (#1893 of 2956)

Hi everyone ! I haven't post much these days because I was dealing with a new computer and was busy with some other things. Happy birthday to those I missed, congrats for all that deserve it.

Julia, I'm glad I'm not Jewish : I could never touch a chicken, I'm much too afraid of them ! I'd have to keep my sins

Elanor, LOL. I thought of you Saturday, I was sure you were before your TV. Yes there's a great carnival in Dunkerque (a town near the North Sea) but I never attended it. I don't want to suffocate ! See by yourself

The rule is : you form a line in front an other people form a line behind a group of people, then you move with the music but of couse the music changes and then you have a "chahut" (uproar dixit my dictionary), ie the front line goes backwards and the rear line goes forwards. And in between, you try to survive !


Julia. - Feb 7, 2005 1:54 pm (#1894 of 2956)

Wow, sounds like Carnival is uber fun! Maybe I will make it over there one day...

Oh and about the chickens, you can use money too, but I prefer chicken. Much more fun that way, and it makes for very interesting stories.

Accio HBP, I feel for you watching your team lose, it's a feeling I'm quite familliar with. However, as your resident UConn student, my Husky Blue tends to show a bit more than usual this time of year.


Eponine - Feb 7, 2005 2:12 pm (#1895 of 2956)

Hello, All!

Happy Birthday, Michelle! I hope you have a great day.

On the microwave popcorn thing, for approximately the first year I was in NC, I was working as a nanny for a couple who both work at the EPA. The mother was testing the emissions from microwave popcorn bags. Piece of advice: don't work in a microwave popcorn factory, and don't open the bag close to your face. The fumes aren't going to be dangerous unless you're around them constantly, but it's safer to hold the bag away from your face when you open it.

Yes, everyone here is worked up about the Duke UNC game. This one is at Duke, so we don't go to that one. Mr. Eponine and Eponine-in-laws are big big UNC fans, so that's who I pull for, but I'm more indifferent than anything.

Teaching is still going okay. Nothing horrid has happened yet, so that's good. One of my students is the son of a family friend, and he told his mother that I was doing a good job. That was nice to hear.

Anyway, I'm off to catch up on the threads. Have a nice day!


Catherine - Feb 7, 2005 2:25 pm (#1896 of 2956)

Teaching is still going okay. Nothing horrid has happened yet, so that's good. One of my students is the son of a family friend, and he told his mother that I was doing a good job. That was nice to hear. –Eponine

It's great to hear your good news! Here's to keeping the "horrids" away and continuing to get positive feedback!

I'm so jealous of all the Carnival activities. Mr. Catherine went to Mardi Gras several times in college. Back then our school had a three term system (two 12 week terms and one 6 week Spring term), with a week off in February, that seemed to coincide all-too-frequently with Mardi Gras. He always swore that he didn't have any fun, though. Yeah, right!

Julia, I'm relieved to know that money can be substituted for the chicken-swinging. Otherwise, my sins might be sticking with me for a long time!

What a relief. Now I just need to get some money to swing over my head.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 7, 2005 3:11 pm (#1897 of 2956)

Happy birthday Michelle.

Elanor, I follow Rugby Union in the winter, but only so far as to when the Wallabies play and who they play. If the match is televised at a reasonable hour, I will watch it. I'm pretty indifferent most of the time to many sports - especially if there is a strong commercial focus.

I can't be bothered buying microwave popcorn. I do the popcorn the other way and heat it up in the saucepan. Which reminds me to put some more popcorn back on the shopping list.

I am very pleased you can use money instead of chooks (chickens) Julia.

Have a wonderful day everyone.



Loopy Lupin - Feb 7, 2005 3:18 pm (#1898 of 2956)

Otherwise, my sins might be sticking with me for a long time! – Catherine

Mmm. Finger-licking good sins! Sacrelicious!


Eponine - Feb 7, 2005 3:25 pm (#1899 of 2956)

I keep forgetting to post that after our discussion of wearing pajamas outside the house, I nearly left for school wearing my slippers the other morning.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 7, 2005 3:34 pm (#1900 of 2956)

Epione: I can think of better excuses for wearing slippers, than for wearing pyjamas (Brit and Australian spelling!). I'm sure you would have come up with something to convince your class that wearing slippers was deliberate.

I am also pleased to hear the teaching going well. Many wishes that it continues that way.


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TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 7, 2005 3:37 pm (#1901 of 2956)

Happy birthday Michelle!

Around here we just pop popcorn in the nuke machine, eat all we want, then feed leftovers to horse. No muss, no fuss, no worries with unpopped kernels!

Thirty-seven and a half more hours of party time! Later gators. Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!


The giant squid - Feb 7, 2005 3:58 pm (#1902 of 2956)

  I was annoyed that it was on my birthday!

Happy Birthday, Michelle! I can totally relate to the "Superbowl on my birthday" woes. It's usually played the last weekend of January, and my birthday is the 31st. Try getting a decent present from your friends when they've spent their entire paycheck on steaks, hot dogs and nachos...

   I also agree that popcorn popping time, kernels popped, anything about popcorn is probably more fun than watching football.

An addendum: it's more fun than watching football when your team isn't playing.



Madam Pince - Feb 7, 2005 4:14 pm (#1903 of 2956)

"But why is the rum gone???"

(**snort**) That's one of my favorite movie lines, too. In fact, I pretty much laughed through that whole scene.

Thanks for the advice on screen resolution, etc., Mike. I shall play around with it as soon as the opportune moment presents itself.

OK, now I'm lapsing into pirate-ese...

Super Bowl commercials -- I liked the one where the airplane pilot jumped out of the plane to retrieve the case of beer.

Oh, and Catherine? on your UVA observation. (True though it is...sadly enough.) ***wanders off to commiserate with Loopy with a Grillswith and a butterbeer***

(P.S. a "Grillswith" is the divine creation of an all-night diner just off the Grounds of our hallowed halls....it's a grilled doughnut topped with ice cream.)


haymoni -Feb 7, 2005 4:54 pm (#1904 of 2956)

I LOVED the SuperBowl this year!

I won $100 on one of those grid things. I had 7 & 7 so I had the half-time score. Whoo Hoo!

I liked the Diet Pepsi commercial with Cindy and Carson. Very funny!

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday so we're going out to lunch. I have no idea what I will be giving up for Lent yet, but it will probably involve sugar.

Take care all!


Catherine - Feb 7, 2005 5:05 pm (#1905 of 2956)

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday so we're going out to lunch. I have no idea what I will be giving up for Lent yet, but it will probably involve sugar. --Haymoni

I know. I'll give up watching football! **waves to Haymoni**

I suppose if I was to give up something addictive, then I would have to give up the Forum or Harry Potter or chocolate....ooh, I could give up television.

That's it! I will give up Desparate Housewives.


boop - Feb 7, 2005 6:32 pm (#1906 of 2956)

Catherine, Its just not fair. Your dad needs to give you the tickets next time. It could be a girls night out.

Michelle, sorry I missed posting your Birthday. I wrote the wrong day. I put the 16th down instead. Happy Birthday to you

Denise, I found your popcorn study very interesting.

Epione, Glad your teaching is going good. I hope it keeps going that way.

Haymoni, wow that is great winning that money.


Madam Pince - Feb 7, 2005 7:27 pm (#1907 of 2956)

****waves to Boop!****


Gina R Snape - Feb 7, 2005 8:56 pm (#1908 of 2956)

Hey everyone!

Mare, did you see the link with the Lexicon squid drawings? I never heard from you.

Anyway, some of you might know my elderly kitty Faberge has been ill. After another round of visits to the vet this weekend, it seems she either has kitty Crone's disease or a very slow acting cancer in her intestines. She'll now be on a few pills a day, indefinitely. She hates to be pilled, but at least she doesn't have renal failure or diabetes.

Here are two links to pictures I took of her in my bed. She is trying her best to ignore me because I just put some ointment in her ear for a minor skin infection.



And here at last is the cake I decorated at Thanksgiving for Severus (don't ask)...



Helen Potterfan - Feb 7, 2005 10:16 pm (#1909 of 2956)

Gina, Faberge is so cute! I'm sorry she's been ill. I hope the medicine helps! BTW, if that was Severus's Thanksgiving cake, I can't wait to see what you do for Valentine's Day! He's a lucky man!!!


Julia. - Feb 7, 2005 10:34 pm (#1910 of 2956)

Awwww, poor Faberge! If she'll let you get close enough, hug her for me please! I hope she feels better soon, she's such a sweetie pie.

Woo, I'm slowly building my Shlock Rock collection. My friend is sending me their albums one at a time, which I'm loving. However, he's gone to sleep for the night, so I'm stuck for now. *sigh* I guess I'll read the threads then.


Ydnam96 - Feb 7, 2005 10:35 pm (#1911 of 2956)

Gina, I'm so sad to hear about your kitty being ill. I truly hope that the medicine will help her to feel better.


kabloink! - Feb 7, 2005 10:40 pm (#1912 of 2956)

I have to admit, I worked during the SUperBowl, as did my poor hubby. I, however, did not care. While I LOVE going to football, baseball, or hockey games, the only one of those three that I can stand to watch on TV is hockey. But alas, none of that this year. Also, I typically do not follow basketball, but I was mildly interested last week when #11 MSU (my school) played #1 ranked Illinois, alas, we lost 81-68, I believe. But we beat Iowa a few days later. Also for all you actual college basketball fans out there, I don't knkow leagues aside from the BIg Ten, but as there are only 11 teams in the Big Ten, I am really hoping that those are NCAA rankings and not Big Ten rankings, but I really don't know.

EDIT: GIna I am also very sorry to hear about your kitty. I hope she(?) feels better soon.


The giant squid - Feb 8, 2005 12:47 am (#1913 of 2956)

Big hug for Betty

Gina, give Faberge a scritch from me as well. I don't care how sick a cat is, if you start scratching it just behind the ears, it'll let you continue.

I'm going to continue my tradition this year and give up eating liver for Lent. In fact, I tend to overdo it--I haven't eaten a piece of liver for close to 20 years now.



boop - Feb 8, 2005 5:06 am (#1914 of 2956)

~~~Wave's back to Madam Pince~~~

~~~~Hugs Mike Back~~~~

Hello everyone, My one granddaughter is really sick with Ammonia. Sheila is taking care of her home. Called last night and her fever is broken. Well got to run for work. Have a great day!!




VeronikaG - Feb 8, 2005 5:06 am (#1915 of 2956)

Awww, I can't look at a picture of a cat without wanting to reach into the computer and hug it!

Happy birthday Michelle! I hope it was a good one.


mike miller - Feb 8, 2005 6:02 am (#1916 of 2956)

Happy belated birthday Michelle!

Gina - I hope Faberge feels better.

Betty - I hope your grandaughter is over the worst of it. It's always difficult for young children in that they can't always tells us what's wrong. *Hugs to you and your family*

We're still suffering with home computer problems. The guy from Geeks on Call was out a week ago and thought he had it fixed only to have the problems resurface. They came and took the computer over the weekend to watch it and the problems remain difficult to correct. The current diagnosis is there may be something wrong with the motherboard. So I'm checking in from work which has been "off the chart" for far too many weeks. I feel like Frank Longbottom being attacked by a group of DE's. Enough complaining, back to work...


Chemyst - Feb 8, 2005 6:55 am (#1917 of 2956)

a "Grillswith" [...] it's a grilled doughnut topped with ice cream.) - Madam Pince
Now there is a fine nostalgia-buster if ever I read one! Thank you Madame Pince. If ever I start pining for the good old college days, it's nice to have fine folk like you around to give me a happy grip on reality.

Just for the record, I replied to Denise's popcorn project right away! – Catherine
mea culpa   Indeed, you did.

It's good that your granddaughter's fever broke, Boop. Now on to plenty of bed rest while her mom reads HP to her, right?

Faberge is so lucky to own you, Gina.


librarian314 - Feb 8, 2005 7:42 am (#1918 of 2956)

Hey all!

Thanks again for the b-day wishes!

Gina hope your cat feels better soon!

Boop! I hope your granddaughter recovers quickly. Pneumonia can take a while to get over. My husband had it a couple of years ago and it took over 6 months for him to feel entirely better.

Catherine - Don't give up chocolate or the Forum, both are essential to life and have medicinal properties. ;-) TV is okay, though. :-) I gave up chocolate one year in high school and it was one of the hardest things I'd ever done up until then. I had no idea how much I ate it or that I really did self-medicate with it. These days giving it up is not an option as I do use it to stave off headaches (the caffeine) pretty regularly.

Y'all take care and may you have your own personal Lupin handing out chocolate as needed ;-)

**michelle the librarian**


Gina R Snape - Feb 8, 2005 8:07 am (#1919 of 2956)

Hey, thanks everyone! Faberge is indeed feeling more energetic. She even tried to wake me up this morning, which she never does. Her fur is not looking so good, but I'm hoping that will improve with her health. Whenever she gets sick, I always see it first in her fur.

She luuuuurves to be skritched behind the ears, Mike. Will do!!!


Ladybug220 - Feb 8, 2005 8:27 am (#1920 of 2956)

Faberge is a beautiful kitty, Gina. My cats like to be scratched behind the ears too but they love to have their chins scratched more. So, I send chin scratching to Faberge since Mike has sent the ear scratching.


kabloink! - Feb 8, 2005 8:37 am (#1921 of 2956)

Boop, I am glad to hear that your granddaughter's fever broke. It has been a long time since I have had pneumonia, or at least since I've had it diagnosed, but I had it all the time when I was little and I know it wasn't any fun. Children usually do bounce back from these things much quicker than do adults, however. I think what would take an adult 6 months to recover from, it would take most children 6 weeks. I could be wrong though. At times I think my many bouts with pneumonia as a child have left me with no breath when I try to run or exercise for long periods of time.


Julia. - Feb 8, 2005 8:43 am (#1922 of 2956)

Gina, I'm glad to hear Faberge is feeling a bit better.

Betty, I'm glad to hear your Grand daughter's feever broke. I hope she feels better soon. Hug her for me!

Well, Mount Reading is screaming for me. TTFN!


From Venus - Feb 8, 2005 10:09 am (#1923 of 2956)

Well, I just got finished catching up on 77 posts, and all I can think of saying is "poor chicken."


Denise P. - Feb 8, 2005 10:24 am (#1924 of 2956)

Ugh! Skunk attack part deux! If you recall (or maybe not) over the summer, my dogs managed to kill a baby skunk and in the process, the back door to our garage was sprayed. It missed the dogs but the inside of the house was absolutely horrid for a few days. It was summer so we could open windows and circulate the nasty out.

Well, we got woken up at 6 am by burning eyes and the inability to breathe easily. Skunks are out a bit early since it has been so warm and apparently one was near the front of our house, got scared, sprayed and ran off. Our house reeks again! It is only 56ºF out but I have windows open, fans going, potpourri going, house fan going ...all in an attempt to circulate the foul air out and get fresh air in.

It smells fine outside but walk in and eeewwww!! We close the crawl space under the house so we know it is not under there but still.....I am walking around with a wet washcloth over my nose to breathe without smelling that horrible smell.


Catherine - Feb 8, 2005 11:00 am (#1925 of 2956)

Evanesco Skunk Musk!

Denise, how did you get so lucky as to have two skunk incidents in the space of a year? Ewwww! You have all my symapthies and aromatherapies.

That happened to us about ten days ago. I went outside and realized that a skunk had obviously been made VERY angry by something. Fortunately, we could not smell it in the house, but if you opened the back door, the smell would make your eyes water. Ick.

In the meantime, Accio gas mask! Hope the critters don't bother you any more this year.


Madam Pince - Feb 8, 2005 11:10 am (#1926 of 2956)

Oh, Denise and Catherine! Eeeeeccccckkkk! So sorry to hear about your skunky stinks. That is just no fun. And there's not much you can do about it, either, until it just goes away. Sympathies.

Gina, hope Faberge is feeling better soon! I know that's tough on you, too. Keeping fingers crossed for you and her! (By the way, you have lovely taste in bed linens! They look very familiar to me...)

Boop, hope your granddaughter feels better also! Sounds like she's at least starting down the road to recovery.

Mike, I can empathize with your computer woes, having just gone through similar things also. Hope the Geeks can figure it all out!

Chemyst, I can't decide if you're feeling that a Grillswith would be yummy, or totally disgusting. Anyway, at the time, it was pretty yummy! It all depends on if you're a "sweets" snacker, or a "salties" snacker, I suppose.

Baby Pince wandered through the living room this morning, waving the wand that Mr. Pince made for him and muttering "Fwish and Slick! Fwish and Slick! Ingardumb Leviosa!" Too funny.


librarian314 - Feb 8, 2005 11:35 am (#1927 of 2956)

Hey all!

Last night when I told my daughter that Mr. Weasley's birthday was the same day as both of her parents, she insisted that we sing him happy birthday. I think that may have been the first time I've sung happy birthday to a fictional character. Little kids are great!

**michelle the librarian**


Chemyst - Feb 8, 2005 12:01 pm (#1928 of 2956)

Chemyst, I can't decide if you're feeling that a Grillswith would be yummy, or totally disgusting.

Perfectly understandable. I meant that I would have loved it at that age, but find it trending toward stupid-youth now.

My story: There was a bakery about four blocks from my campus that used to open their backdoor at 4:30 a.m. when the first batch of doughnuts came out of the oven. We'd go buy them still warm before the icing was even set. Walking nearly 2 miles round-trip for doughnuts at 4:30 a.m. ! ! ! We put the "nuts" in doh-nuts.

Loopy Lupin - Feb 8, 2005 12:38 pm (#1929 of 2956)

There was a bakery about four blocks from my campus that used to open their backdoor at 4:30 a.m. when the first batch of doughnuts came out of the oven.—Chemyst



Catherine - Feb 8, 2005 12:55 pm (#1930 of 2956)

Walking nearly 2 miles round-trip for doughnuts at 4:30 a.m. ! ! ! We put the "nuts" in doh-nuts. –Chemyst

Nothing like "hot doughnuts now!" Now these days, I wouldn't think it was nutty to walk 2 miles for the fresh doughnuts, but that someone would actually get up/be awake at 4:30 a.m. if they didn't have to!

Our college "wee small hours of the morning" tradition was to go to an open-all-night truck stop for "breakfast" or "3 a.m. snack." That establishment wouldn't have earned a dietician's seal of approval, but it was cheap, it served breakfast 24 hours a day, and it was good.

Darn this chat thread. Now I'm starting to think about breakfast food...


Helen Potterfan - Feb 8, 2005 3:00 pm (#1931 of 2956)

Duke's fun campus tradition: on the night before the first exam day, at midnight, students on campus go outside and scream at the top of their lungs, and then the cafeterias serve free midnight breakfast! It's a great stress reliever and one of my favorite traditions!

I remember my freshman year being completely stressed out and worried, but when I went outside and heard the screams rolling toward east campus from west and central campuses, I realized that I was not alone in my worry. By the time I had midnight "breakfast" with my friends, I was fueled for several more hours of study!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 8, 2005 3:46 pm (#1932 of 2956)

UVa yelled too, but somehow we got gypped on the midnight breakfast!


Chemyst - Feb 8, 2005 4:31 pm (#1933 of 2956)

"Campus"? - Loopy Lupin

Yes, dear, it is an area of land that contains the main buildings and grounds of a university or college. (As if he didn't know!   Hmph!)

There are daffodils blooming today in the next door neighbor's pasture. I believe this is the earliest I've seem them bloom here.

Phoenix song - Feb 8, 2005 4:54 pm (#1934 of 2956)

Madame Pince and Michelle the Librarian: AWWWW!! Aren't kids the best? Doesn't it make you feel all warm and fuzzy when the kids begin to pick up on your love of Harry? I nearly melted last year when one of my girls came whining that she had been hurt by the other one. It turned out that they had both been playing "Whomping Willow" too close to one another. Apparently the 3 year old had gotten hit by one of the 4 year old's "branches".

Denise and Catherine: You have my deepest sympathies with the skunk issue. I've never (thankfully) smelled a skunk's odorous emissions, but I've heard about them. My husband drives tanker trucks cross-country and I have heard him complain often about being the unlucky driver that happens to be the first one to pass through a recently squashed skunk. Yuck! He says that the smell lasts in the cab of the truck for hours.

To add to the discussion about delicious breakfast-type sweets, I have to tell you that there's nothing quite as tempting as fresh beignets from the French Quarter. Hmmm...yummy. And speaking of the French Quarter, Happy Mardi Gras everybody!



Catherine - Feb 8, 2005 5:37 pm (#1935 of 2956)

Happy Mardi Gras to everyone.

Yes, Loopy Lupin, a campus is exactly what I remember from my college days. **waves to Chemyst and those individuals who had a campus** as opposed to grounds, which sound like something you throw out from the coffee pot....

I have wonderful news from the pet-obsessed front. My parents may be adopting a rescued shih-tzu. She is currently undergoing eye surgery to remove a damaged eye, and then this dog may be joining our family. **waves to Loopy Lupin who has many bassett hound siblings!**

My parents have become, over the years, staunch lovers of shih-tzus. The loss of our old terrier, Sandy, hit them so hard that, until now, which is eight years later, they weren't willing to risk their hearts again. I am so hopeful that this will go through.

So I am posting, most wishfully.


Madam Pince - Feb 8, 2005 8:39 pm (#1936 of 2956)

"Campus"? - Loopy Lupin

"Yes, dear, it is an area of land that contains the main buildings and grounds of a university or college." –Chemyst

Ah, grounds! Now I know what you're talking about!!!

Denise, Mr. Pince just this minute came home from a painting trade show with this magic goop stuff that is supposed to remove every type of strong odor -- paint, pets, smoke, fumes, etc. So while I wouldn't exactly call a skunk a "pet," it might still be effective. I took it away from him and dragged it over to the computer; told him "Denise needs this!" Anyway, it's called "Natural Magic Odor Absorbing Gel." Apparently you just take the lid off and the brown gel stuff inside absorbs any and all odors, then "converting them to non-toxic compounds." Mr. Pince thinks you can get it at places like Home Depot or perhaps a paint store. There is a website naturalmagic.com -- for what it's worth I hope this helps. Wish I could send this over to you by owl delivery....

Please note that I am not endorsing this product personally, as I've never really used it. However, skunk odor is the kind of thing that makes you want to try almost anything!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 8, 2005 8:50 pm (#1937 of 2956)

"Ah, grounds! Now I know what you're talking about!!!"

Isn't that whats left in the filter of my coffeemaker? :-)


Madame Librarian - Feb 8, 2005 9:28 pm (#1938 of 2956)

This may be an old wives tale or maybe it works. I was told that if your dog wrangles with a skunk and gets ubersmelly, you give the dog a bath in tomato juice. Huh? Yeah, tomato juice.

I've never had a dog, let alone a dog that tussled with a skunk so whether someone was pulling my leg I can't say. They swore it worked, assuming you could get the dog to get in the tub filled with tomato juice. (I hope this is at least producing some hilarity at the image of poor dog, smelling like...well...um, skunk, being dragged kicking and whimpering into a bathroom, then being dumped into a tub filled with what looks like blood and smells almost as bad a skunk).

But, Denise's problem is not merely a smelly dog, is it? I don't think it'd be a good tactic to try to swab down the house with tomato juice.

Now, V8, that's another thing altogether....

Ciao. Barb


TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 8, 2005 9:31 pm (#1939 of 2956)

Tomato juice, trust me, it helps. Will not get rid of the smell, but it helps, and is a starting point for more aromatic scented baths to come...



Denise P. - Feb 8, 2005 9:43 pm (#1940 of 2956)

You get a dog smelling like a skunky tomato. When the dogs got a bit of the smell on them from killing the skunk, the thing that worked the best was a mix of baking soda, Dawn dishwashing soap and perioxide. Two rinses with this and they smelled normal again. Now, it did resurface faintly when they got wet but I rinsed them again with no problem. I got the recipe from a dog groomer here in town, he deals with skunked dogs many times during the year. You can also used some feminine products and they work well too but the groomer says the mix of Dawn/soda/perioxide is the best.

The smell is almost gone from the house, I am the only one who still smells it.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 8, 2005 9:57 pm (#1941 of 2956)

See, told you more aromatic scented baths would come... (smiles at Denise). A skunky smelling tomatoe is preferable over a skunky smelling dog anyday!


Helen Potterfan - Feb 8, 2005 10:33 pm (#1942 of 2956)

To add to the discussion about delicious breakfast-type sweets, I have to tell you that there's nothing quite as tempting as fresh beignets from the French Quarter. Hmmm...yummy. And speaking of the French Quarter, Happy Mardi Gras everybody!—Barbie

Barbie, no fair!! I can almost taste beignets. Accio beignets... Accio beignets. Oh, well; guess I need to practice that one a bit more. I'm imagining myself sitting at Cafe du Monde on a lovely spring day...... Great, now I'm starving and I have a sweet tooth! I brought some of the mix back with me last time I visited, but somehow it's not the same!

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!


Ydnam96 - Feb 8, 2005 10:59 pm (#1943 of 2956)

A warm donut with ice cream sounds heavenly. I'll have to try that some day. I went to Disneyland for a few hours today. I went to meet some friends who were up from San Diego. It I think, because of traffic, that I may have spent just as much time in the car as I did in the park. But I did get to ride the Peter Pan ride, which I love.

On the way in from the parking garage to the park (it's so far now that everyone must take a 5 minute tram ride, wasn't like that when I was a kid) I was thinking how incredibly cool it would be to have a HP themed park. You could have the Gringotts cart-roller coaster, the Shreiking Shack, Flying Ford Anglia ride (thinking like the Star Tours ride for those of you who have done that), Hogwarts express, a Zoo with a reptile house, a fun house "castle" with moving staircases and paintings that talk. Some sort of fireplace ride a la floo powder. The possibilities are endless! It would be so fun.


Julia. - Feb 8, 2005 11:13 pm (#1944 of 2956)

Good evening everyone. I hope you all had a pleasent Mardi Gras. I was surprised to be greeted with many beads this evening when I walked into the dining hall.

I cannot even begin to tell you all how much my ankle hurts right now. It is, however, being slightly relieved my Advil, and Shlock Rock.

I'm going to sleep as soon as I clear the threads, so good night and sweet dreams all around!


The giant squid - Feb 8, 2005 11:31 pm (#1945 of 2956)

Chemyst, Loopy, stop the bickering or it'll be grounds for Denise to break out Thumper...

What a day...from cats to skunks to Schlock Rock. Mike, I hope they manage to figure out your computer problem. More than likely, though, they'll respond with, "You need to upgrade. Everything. Immediately."

Baby Pince with his "fwish and slick" is probably the cutest thing I've heard all day. You actually got an out-loud "Awwww!" from me. I love children, as long as they're not mine.



Marie E. - Feb 9, 2005 6:43 am (#1946 of 2956)

We ran over a skunk once in our car. It was not fun, let me tell you. I hope the smell leaves soon, Denise.

I always found that the popcorn that pops the most (leaving the fewest unpopped kernals) was the brand sold by the Boy Scouts. I don't think their price would work for the Science experiment though.

An update on Shayla's ADD: We started her on Concentra, which she takes once a day. After only four days there was a noticable difference. She's doing much better in school behavior-wise and it's taking a fourth of the time to do homework at home. Last night was the first time all school year that she did her homework without any help at all from me. Well, she asked what punctuation to use with a certain sentence, but that hardly counts! Normally I had to sit next to her and coax each and every word out of her. I am calling her doctor today because she's been complaining of abdominal pains since Sunday. She says the pains are right below her belly button. I'm thinking either constipation or maybe a UTI. We'll see what the doctor says.


Denise P. - Feb 9, 2005 7:22 am (#1947 of 2956)

Marie, it is funny. We actually had a slew of Trail's End Popcorn (the Cub Scout stuff) because I had 2 boys selling it and I was in charge of the money for the pack. We ate it in short order and my kids did prefer that over the other brands. Had I known Ryan planned to do this, I would have secreted away a bag to use.

Right now we are in the midst of Girl Scout Cookies. Last year was a lackluster year for our troop, less than half the girls sold cookies and it was a cool response at best. Between 8 girls and 2 booth sales, only 26 cases were sold total. This year, all 15 girls have sold. We orginally ordered 96!! cases and so far, I have had to go get an additional 21 cases for additional orders they have. We have a booth sale this weekend so I need to go get a few more cases of the popular cookies to be sure we have them. We are putting the girls with lower numbers at the booth first in order to boost their total and get them a patch. I am the Cookie Mom and it is crazy how often my phone is ringing to get more cookies. We made little reciepts for people that had the girl's name, number and what they ordered on it and people have been calling to get more and more and more!

The skunk smell is almost gone from the house, I am the only one who can still smell it...lucky me!

My almost 4 year old has a field trip today, to Chuck E. Cheese. He is already pinging off the walls waiting for his bus to come get him. I bet that will be a FUN time ....NOT! I am so glad that I don't have to go along.


Catherine - Feb 9, 2005 7:28 am (#1948 of 2956)

Yay, Shayla and Marie! If you've found something that helps on the first go-round, then you are very fortunate. Many times people have to "shop" around and until they find what works for them.

We tried Concerta for Claire, and it just didn't do the trick in the classroom setting for us. This was so disappointing because Concerta doesn't inhibit appetite like the stimulant ADD/ADHD medicines do. We found that a lot of these medicines can make your stomach hurt, though.

I have to admit that I smiled at your description of some homework sessions. We've had the marathon, pulling teeth words out one by one. I was actually able to get Claire's assignments modified, as a lot of it was busywork. It seems ridiculous to me that a child who is an excellent speller who has other learning disabilites that make homework slow going should have to write 20 spelling words 10 times each when she already knows how to spell them. I managed to convince her teacher that Claire should take a pretest with me on Mondays when the words are assigned and only have to write the words she can't spell 3 times each. The child always makes a 100% on her spelling tests; it seems ridiculous for her to be spending so much time writing the words over and over. Pure Crucio, if you ask me.

Well, I hope everyone is recovering from the revels of Mardi Gras. Have a good Wednesday.

EDIT: My almost 4 year old has a field trip today, to Chuck E. Cheese. He is already pinging off the walls waiting for his bus to come get him. I bet that will be a FUN time ....NOT! I am so glad that I don't have to go along. –Denise

I'm glad for you. That place can give you a migraine withhin one minute of walking in the door. Congrats to the Cookie Mom and your troop for the big numbers!

Come to think of it...our cookies haven't been delivered yet....


Denise P. - Feb 9, 2005 7:33 am (#1949 of 2956)

Catherine, that is one thing I like about the way my 2 in second grade have spelling tests. They take a pretest on Monday. If they miss less than 3 words, they only test on those words they missed and 5 bonus words. If they miss more than 3 words, they test on all the words and NO bonus words. It has never made sense to me to make kids learn, write out and test on words they showed they know already.


Catherine - Feb 9, 2005 7:48 am (#1950 of 2956)

That is a very good system for spelling, in my opinion, Denise.

I just couldn't resist reporting this bit of news here, given this summer, many members shared their opinions of appropriate dress for children.

I got a giggle when I read the news this morning that my home state of Virginia has proposed a bill to prohibit the wearing of very low-slung pants. I had an image of pant-vigilantes running amok and yanking people's pants up!
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Marè- Feb 9, 2005 7:57 am (#1951 of 2956)

Gina: Mare, did you see the link with the Lexicon squid drawings? I never heard from you.

I'm here, I'm just now checking the chat thread. (I don't have internet in the weekends and have been quite busy...) I grabbed them! Thank you so much.
And Faberge looks lovely, (don't all cats do?) I hope she will be allright!

Good Evans II: And for those of you going to Accio in July, I hope to finally meet some of you there.
Oh yes you will, our group is growing quite nice! Be sure to check here for any information on fun things we are planning to do and if you are coming alone, the "kitchen group" might be an idea!

Fawkes Forever sends all of you hugs and hello's, she's currently very busy warding of Dementors and trying to get people to fix her roof... poor girl!


Sirius Lee - Feb 9, 2005 10:17 am (#1952 of 2956)

I was thinking how incredibly cool it would be to have a HP themed park.

I've thought the same thing! On my last visit home, my brother had this computer game called "Rollercoaster Tycoon" where you design a theme park. NATURALLY mine was called "Potter's World" or something like that and all the rides had HP themed names and colors (A red and gold rollercoaster named 'Fawkes' Flight' and a haunted house called 'The Riddle House'). I so wanted to jump into the screen and play all day!


Penny Lane. - Feb 9, 2005 11:54 am (#1953 of 2956)

I just caught up with 90ish posts since the chicken thing... and EWWWW!!! I feel slightly quesy now, but it's probably because I have to fast for Ash Wednesday. I still haven't figured out what to give up, it may be TV, or soda. I could give up junk food, but then what would I eat? It's not like we have a vast selection of healthy, non fried, low carb, vegitarian food on campus.

I'm going a bit insane, I have tons of homework to catch up on, and no laptop, so I have to use the school's computers, which are a pain and a half. Most of them are really slow, the lab is noisy, and the only ones open are next to a printer where people keep walking buy. I don't know about any of ya'll, but I have issues with people walking buy and looking at my screen - even when I'm not looking at anything wrong.

Chuck E. Cheese's frightens me. When I was 17, my friend and I drove there to go to her little brother's birthday party. They wouldn't let us in until we called her mother over to tell them that we were legit. Later, we had to leave early to go shopping and do other things that high school girls did in 1999, and they wouldn't let us leave. They said we had to leave with a parent. I know why they have the rules, and how they don't want children running in and out and pediphiles and kidnappers, but really - use some common sense. Also, they had a coupon, but the place didn't want to honor it for some stupid reason. Anyway, I liked the place when I was little, but now it just seems dirty and gross.

Oooh good news! I had the greatest day yesterday. I was all paranoid because I thought I had a french test that needed to be studied for. I have class from 2-3:15 then 3:30-4:45, and the test was at 5:30. I tried to finish my lab and study during the other classes, but it turned out that no one wanted to teach, and I got out of both classes early. I went to study, and finally I went to take the test, when I found out that it wasn't even yesterday. It's on Thursday, but... the instructor has to go to france to say good bye to his dying mother! So the test might not be until Monday, which is good for me, but bad for him. Oh, and I also have a test in my Poli Sci 450 class tomorrow, and on tuesday this guy came up to me after class and asked me on a study date! I'm so happy, cause he's like preppy cute, which is not normally my type, but it's nice! Yay~!


Accio Sirius - Feb 9, 2005 12:36 pm (#1954 of 2956)

Catherine, as someone currently living in Virginia, I can say that we need to get our priorities straight!

As for the popcorn, I was paying close attention to your experiment Denise, as that is a favorite after school snack at our house. My daughter loves the Kettle Corn stuff which has a zillion calories, but I agree, the Boy Scouts rule as far as taste and popcorn to kernel ratio.

And because I am a child of television..wasn't there an episode of The Partridge family about an errant skunk and having to take baths in tomato juice???


VeronikaG - Feb 9, 2005 1:20 pm (#1955 of 2956)

Hi there, everybody.

Marie, I hope Shayla gets better, and that the medication that seems to do the trick for her won't have to be replaced because of side effects.

Reading the descriptions of Shayla and Claire's homework nightmare scarily reminds me of how my mother fought to get me to do my homework from first to third grade. I hardly had an attention span at all, and just writing one small page could often take me two hours. Mom had to sit with me all the time, and even then I lost focus between every line. All kinds of toys, comics or other thingamajigs that could catch my attention had to be removed. In class I would very often get nasty surprises because the teacher had given information I had not heard because something had distracted me. I was never diagnosed with attention disorders, probably becaused I was a "good" kid and didn't make any noise in class. I was also at an advanced level for my age when it came to reading and spelling, so most adults, including my own parents blamed it on me lacking discipline. (My parents thought they hadn't been strict enough on me, as if... LOL) Still I wonder if I should perhaps have been checked. There are still strange "bugs" in my attention abilities, like I can only listen to one voice at a time. If somebody in the room speaks to me while I'm on the phone, I completely lose track of who is saying what. And when I manage to concentrate on one thing everything else is blocked out. While I'm reading people can shout my name and I won't hear it. :-s

I was on a trip to Denmark last night. It was a "there and right back again" sort of trip only meant to have fun. As I was literally up all night, I'm still a bit sleepy now. I was the only one planning on sleeping, and I ended up being the only person not sleeping. After getting perhaps ten minutes of sleep my room mates came in and made a lot of noise, announcing they were going to stay up. I got dressed again, and followed them. Only a short while later almost everybody disappeared, and we later found them passed out in the room. By then it was only an hour left before we had to be out of the rooms, so no point in going to bed. Grr.

On the happy note, I discovered that one of our exchange students is a potential Potter head. I'll try to have him look into the forum.


Good Evans - Feb 9, 2005 1:41 pm (#1956 of 2956)

I really liked the idea that Michelle sang happy Birthday to Mr Weasley, I bet he felt all warm inside!!!!! Yeay children and yeay JK for the characters!!!!


Madam Pince - Feb 9, 2005 4:40 pm (#1957 of 2956)

I wanna go to "Potter's World", I wanna, I wanna! Are we almost there yet????

Julia, I'm so sorry your ankle is still hurting. Bad ankle! I hope it feels better soon!

Mike, glad to have provided your daily entertainment. Today Baby Pince was doing the same charms, except this time he used a wand made of Legos chained together to about a 15-inch length. He's also started using "Bespecto Patronum!" (without the fwish-and-slick, of course.)

Marie, hope Shayla feels better soon too. It's great that her meds are helping so well!

About that proposal to outlaw the big baggy pants: I was wondering what they're going to do about all the plumbers, etc.? The guy who was over here on his hands and knees hooking up the cable line for my new ISP the other day would've been arrested for sure! However, I did once see a "public service announcement" or some such that demonstrated a perfectly normal-looking teen wearing those type of pants, and then he started pulling out an arsenal of weapons which he had stashed therein. I was absolutely amazed at what could be concealed in there. So perhaps that has something to do with the proposed law? Except that Virginia has a "right-to-carry" law, too, so I don't know....

I've been moping around the house most of the day nursing a sore throat and general malaise. Bleah. I didn't even feel like reading, and that is saying something. I have been re-reading OoP, and I am finding that I am not nearly as annoyed by Harry's attitude as I was the first time around. I think the last time I was so pumped up by the ending of GoF and was thinking "Hooray! Now they're really going to get down to brass tacks and start battling Voldemort!", that I felt that Harry's attitude was hindering the book going forward. How silly of me. Anyway, now I'm enjoying this re-reading much more.


kabloink! - Feb 9, 2005 4:48 pm (#1958 of 2956)

Wow, 31 posts and so much to respond to!

As far as skunks go, I can't imagine never having smelled on before. In the spring, you can rarely drive on ANY 2 lane (or larger) highway in Michigan without smelling a skunk at least every other day. WHen I used to park my car in Ann Arbor, I used to see them near the cemetary and arboretum as I was walking back to my dorm. I would, of course cross to the other side of the road as to avoid it... I have also heard of the tomato juice bath from my grandma, I would also suggest vinegar. It gets out a lot of other amonia-based smells.

I think I have decided to give up soda (pop for fellow midwesterners...) for Lent. Which is really difficult right now, as the only beverages we have in our house are pop, and our water is of very poor quality here. It also appears that I was the only one in my family that celebrated fat Tuesday by eating Packi's yesterday. Oh well, their loss.

Finally, I am heading out to Vegas tomorrow night! My parents are taking my husband and I out there for our anniversary, which is Monday. I'm so geeked! I haven't been to Vegas since I was 11, and in all honesty, it wasn't a whole lot of fun then, as I couldn't do much. I'm dying to see the Treasure Island street show again. Who knows, maybe we'll even get to eat at Bobby Flay's Grill...I doubt it though. Okay, well, off to go pack. Have a great weekend everyone!

EDIT: Oh yeah, I had wanted to comment on the pants thing too. What would happen if you were wearing reasonbly waisted pants, but high waisted underwear? Or if the waistband on your pants simply is too big for you(though the rest of the jeans fit fine), and thus shows you underwear when you sit down? I used to have both of these problems in high school, but I never wore ridiculously low-riders. Madame Pince, maybe I misunderstood the news, but I was assuming that the law was for people who wore the extremely tight-fitting, low-cut pants that showed off your tush. I totally agree with the people who wear their pants 5 sizes too big and hanging off their tushes, though. THat drive me nuts. I'll be sitting in the mall, watching people go by, and I always find one or two guys that I swear their pants are about to fall off.


Eponine - Feb 9, 2005 5:48 pm (#1959 of 2956)

Speaking of interesting laws, I read that someone in Georgia was proposing a bill that would allow parents to suspend their child's license. That's quite the ultimate threat for teenagers. Parents would just have to pay $15 to the DMV, and the kid would get their license suspended for either 60-90 days (don't remember which) or until they turn 18 (it's up to the parents).

I hope everyone is doing well today.


Chemyst - Feb 9, 2005 5:59 pm (#1960 of 2956)

(Virginia) House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday authorizing a $50 fine for anyone who displays his or her underpants in a "lewd or indecent manner." The measure was approved 60-34. It now goes to the state Senate. - Fox News

...stay away from the topics of religion and politics in our world [...] someone may be offended - Lexicon Steve, Philosophy of this Forum

Forum philosophy prevents me from commenting on this issue beyond the general observation that political power is the privilege of using force on persons who have not harmed anyone.

Gina R Snape - Feb 9, 2005 6:05 pm (#1961 of 2956)

Wow. In NYC it's the trend for some girls to wear very tight low-waist jeans with the straps of their underwear (usually they type with the letter 'G') deliberately hiked up over their hips (I am not one of them...). You could never outlaw the visibility of underwear here!

Someone, was it Barb?, complimented me on my linens and I meant to say thank you before. Long live the white sale at Macy's! I got embroidered sheets and 'bed in a bag' (including that blanket) for cheap cheap cheap!

I am surprised, but nobody noticed my copy of GoF on the windowsill behind Faberge.

Anyway, I'm in a good mood today. I heard Elizabeth Hurley will not be playing Bellatrix LeStrange. :phew:

Woke up this morning with "Welcome to the House of Fun" by Madness in my head for some completely unknown reason. Weird, huh?


Catherine - Feb 9, 2005 8:20 pm (#1962 of 2956)

Chemyst, your restraint is noted and Accio Sirius, your concerns about priorities seem very close to my own. Since JKR hasn't seen fit to legislate wizards' display of underpants, I will restrain myself. **hoping that underpants displays stay firmly in the Muggle world**

Any Forum members with info about radio advertising please see my profile and email me. Currently, our Humane Society has TV spots once weekly, but I think that radio adverts would do the trick as well, at least with alerting people to our very presence and location. I welcome your input.



Julia. - Feb 9, 2005 8:30 pm (#1963 of 2956)

This is not fair. It's raining now, then all the water on the ground is going to freeze and become ice. Then it is going to snow. I've heard everything from 1-6 to 8-12 inches. Dude, I'm on crutches for G-d sake! How am I supposed to move?!

OK, rant over. We now return to your regurlarly (sort of) scheduled chat.


Madam Pince - Feb 9, 2005 9:00 pm (#1964 of 2956)

Oh Julia, that is really not fair. Please do be careful while you're hobbling around out there -- you don't want anything else broken!

Gina, that was me who had the similar bed linens.

I wrote a whole paragraph on the "underwear law," but I just deleted it because of Forum philosophy. Also, well really, it's just kind of ridiculous, isn't it? It's difficult to legislate manners and/or good taste....

Catherine, JKR did write about Sirius exposing Snape's greying undies, and also the poor Muggles at the Cup, although no laws were passed! But I don't suppose that would mean we could go onto that tangent too much, except to say that it seems that Jo is not much in favor of viewing people's underthings.


Helen Potterfan - Feb 9, 2005 9:24 pm (#1965 of 2956)

I'm so happy! Duke beat Carolina 71-70!!!! That was a great game!

Julia, I'm sorry about the snow. I guess I don't have to tell you to be careful Smile. Too bad you can't just ride your broom to class! We're only getting a dusting in NYC, but I saw that New England is getting blasted. I'll be thinking about you tomorrow.



Madam Pince - Feb 9, 2005 9:38 pm (#1966 of 2956)

Shoot, too late to edit...

Oh, well, I just wanted to tell you, Denise, that I was looking over the Survivor contestants' previews, and I hate to tell you, but I'm thinking your Katie might not go too far....

Double shoot, I should've watched that game, Accio! Sounds like a good one!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 9, 2005 9:40 pm (#1967 of 2956)

Ash Wednesday today. I'm always caught unawares by everyone walking around with such dirty foreheads. Had to tell my husband and son to stay off the good furniture until they get cleaned up tomorrow.

So now we start Lent. I was going to prepare ribs tonight before I remembered--no meat. I think I'm going to have to break out my fish cakes recipe. Mmmmmm, fish cakes. Say it with me now, Old Bay Seasoning. Everything's tastier with Old Bay.

I don't know what I'm going to give up for Lent, but I better think of something...fast.

And for those who weighed in, I still haven't sated my desire to educate my son's vocabulary-challenged teacher. But I will!


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 9, 2005 9:49 pm (#1968 of 2956)

Julia don't panic, well not just yet anyway. They now think it will likely stay all-rain in Connecticut.

Oh Marie, I'm glad the medication has worked for you and Shayla. We have one more trip to the naturalpath, and if we don't get marked results I think we are going to try traditional drugs.

Gina so sorry about Faberge, my last 2 cast needed lots of medical care towards the end (one had diabetes and the have kidney failure). You just want to whatever you can to make them comfortable and pain free.

I remember the skunk episode of the Partridge family. They tried to check into a hotel afterwards but made the hotel clerk back away from the desk before they would get close to it themselves. So funny to a 10 year old New York kid.

I told my kids that for Lent we are giving you screaming and shouting. he he he


Ydnam96 - Feb 9, 2005 10:57 pm (#1969 of 2956)

today was a horrible day Sad I'm just waiting till I can go to bed. I'm really wishing there were a Potter World right about now where I could escape to. I'm too tired to even read through the rest of the new posts...


Elanor - Feb 10, 2005 1:32 am (#1970 of 2956)

Ydnam, I'm so sorry! I do hope that a refreshing night will make you feel better on tomorrow morning. I also send my cheering charms to everyone who needs them: Julia, Madam Pince, I do hope you will feel better soon; Marie, I hope your daughter will feel better soon!

Gina, Faberge is so cute! I hope she will be better soon too.

When I read about your skunks stories, I am SO happy not to have them in the neighbourhood here! "Odorous" animals are pretty rare here, the billy goat is probably the worst we have in countrysides. There are some polecats too, but they are so rare that the probability to meet one is very low. Phew!

About those pants, I know that some high schools here have forbidden them because they noticed that the boys's visual field had the curious tendency to narrow and avoid the blackboard for more interesting sights...

It's been a hard week till now because we had school 3 days in a row (here elementary schools work on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only but kids stay at school longer, till 4.30) because of the winter holidays that start TODAY!!!! We celebrated Mardi Gras at school and some kids came dressed up on Tuesday, there were 2 clowns, 2 witches, several princesses, one musketeer, a ladybug, a "little red hooded" and some "armed" ones from all history periods that we desarmed at once... It was funny but also difficult to make them work dressed like that!

I made them make some masks they will use during the holidays. I had found owl masks patterns and it was very cute to open the door of the "birdcage" yesterday at 4.30 p.m. and see them fly back to their parents (good luck to them for the holidays!). We will be on holidays till the end of next week and I badly need them! for now, the weather is better than it was, still very cold in the morning when everything is white with frost but afternoons are far milder, it should be about 10°C (50°F) this afternoon. I'm planning to have a nice walk in the sun, if my ankle agrees because I had those injections in it yesterday again and for now it really hurts.

Good Evans, I'm so happy you will be at Accio too! And I will think to your sons while watching the match on Sunday! It should be great.

Lizzy, I love to see your rugby team playing, they are fantastic and the last World cup there was perfect!

Bonjour to my fellow European members, good night America, good afternoon Australia! I wish I forget no one.


VeronikaG - Feb 10, 2005 1:39 am (#1971 of 2956)

I can't find the post about the baggy pants. Who's was it?

Low ride jeans with hiked up thongs are high fashion in Norway too, and I guess it's quite a worldwide trend. After all they sell some models complete with decorated thongs designed to be shown off. It doesn't upset me if it's simply the underwear that is hiked up too high, it's worse when the pant's waist line is too low (like the guy who was sitting in front of me at finals in December, the one with the zit).


The giant squid - Feb 10, 2005 3:22 am (#1972 of 2956)

I am heading out to Vegas tomorrow night--kabloink!

Cool! If you're at all interested in meeting up with a giant squid, e-mail me (it's in my profile) & let me know when & where. 'Bout time someone from the Forum came to my neck of the woods.

Julia, do your crutches have those little rubber "feet" on the bottom? If so, just get a few thumbtacks, take off the feet, push the tacks through from the inside and put them back on the crutches. Voila! Snow crutches! Hey, it's the same process behind snow tires, and after you've avoided a slip or two you won't mind the "click click click" of tacks on the floor.

Marie, make sure you give Shayla a hug from me. Getting a 7-year-old to accept having to take a pill every day deserves a big hug.


septentrion - Feb 10, 2005 3:44 am (#1973 of 2956)

Every one have a great day ! (or night)

I've spent my entire afternoon yesterday trying to find how to "flash" the firmware of my DVD-writer on my new computer to dezone it (not a good way to begin Lent BTW) and no recipe I found on the web worked for me. It was frustrating : how am I supposed to watch my DVD zone 1 if my computer is blocked on zone 2 ? How is it computers give us woes so easily ?

Everything else is fine for me thank goodness.

Julia, how long will you have to go with your crutches ? I agree the weather's cruel to be snowy when you'd need a dry floor.

So Elanor, you're at least on holiday. I like when it's holiday time, even if I work, because there're lesser cars on the road, much room on car parks...


Catherine - Feb 10, 2005 5:40 am (#1974 of 2956)

I'm so happy! Duke beat Carolina 71-70!!!! That was a great game! -Accio HBP

Mr. Catherine felt a bit blue after that! I'm sure Loopy Lupin and Madam Pince won't crow too loudly about Carolina's defeat last night. Perhaps I'll send sympathies to Mr. Eponine and Eponine in-laws.

Mmmm....Old Bay Seasoning....that could even make fish cakes sound good! Hope everyone at Kim's house was sated when they left the dinner table.

About the low-riding pants law, the picture that I saw on CNN.com showed a male torso with pants so low that about eight inches of boxer shorts were showing. In the report about the bill, everyone seemed to assume that this bill affects males. No one mentioned the issue of young ladies displaying their undergarments publicly!

Madam Pince, you are correct that JKR does have underwear displays, but the ones in the books so far have been involuntary! Choices, that's what it's about!

More from the pet-obsessed front **waves to Gina and Faberge**. It appears that my parents will become pet owners again after a hiatus of nearly eight years. Our old dog, who looked amazingly like Dizzy Lizzy's dog in her avatar, died at age 17 1/2 and her loss was just devastating to all of us. I thought they were content to have "granddogs," but now they want to be dog parents again! I am scheduled to meet the new dog sometime this weekend or early next week.

I couldn't resist emailing my brother (who pretends to pout that my kids and my dogs are "higher" in my parents' esteem than he is) the news of the new arrival. Bwahahahaha!

Enjoy your Thursday!

EDIT: Edited for glaring typos. If I left any, apologies. I'm not feeling myself today!


Helen Potterfan - Feb 10, 2005 5:47 am (#1975 of 2956)

Ydnam96, whatever happened, I'm sorry. Your chat companions support you and send you hugs.**sending Ydnam96 butterbeer and chocolate frogs**

About the low-riding pants law, the picture that I saw on CNN.com showed a male torso with pants so low that about eight inches of boxer shorts were showing. In the report about the bill, everyone seemed to assume that this bill affects males. No one mentioned the issue of young ladies displaying their undergarments publicly!--Catherine

If this is true, I'm quite interested in the originators and goals of the bill. While I don't find low-slung pants with baggy boxers particularly appealing, that is much better than VeronikaG's experience (I'm still cringing jut from reading that, Veronika)!

Mr. Catherine felt a bit blue after that! I'm sure Loopy Lupin and Madam Pince won't crow too loudly about Carolina's defeat last night. Perhaps I'll send sympathies to Mr. Eponine and Eponine in-laws. --Catherine

I hope I didn't sound like I was crowing...I was seriously trying to refrain from crowing on this forum because I don't want to offend any of my new fans. I can't send my condolences because I may be perceived as "rubbing it in". Can I buy everyone a round of butterbeer??? For Mr. Catherine, Loopy Lupin, and Madam Prince: there's always the Dean Dome! I'm so glad that Carolina is a good team this year. It makes the rivalry much more fun when both teams are nationally ranked in the top 10.

EDIT: Did you hear that Prince Charles is marrying Camilla Parker Bowles?


Julie Aronson - Feb 10, 2005 6:11 am (#1976 of 2956)


Cheer up and hang in there!


I hope your ankle injections work. Constant pain is a real bummer. I guess it's good that you have a few days to take it easy...



Catherine - Feb 10, 2005 6:13 am (#1977 of 2956)

Accio HBP, I didn't think you were crowing at all! **waits to see what Loopy Lupin will say ** All's fair in love, war, and ACC basketball. I'm sure that the next time my dad sees Mr. Catherine, he will really pour salt in the wounds, if he hasn't emailed him something already!


Pinky - Feb 10, 2005 6:28 am (#1978 of 2956)

I am surprised, but nobody noticed my copy of GoF on the windowsill behind Faberge. ~Gina

Gina, I think we would have commented had it not been there!

Helen Potterfan - Feb 10, 2005 7:23 am (#1979 of 2956)

Hi All, sorry to post again so soon, but I think some of you may be interested in this CFP (Call for papers) that I received for a Harry Potter Conference in Salem, Massachusetts. I imagine scholars will have priority, but non-academics seem to be welcome to apply. It sounds really interesting! If you're interested, read below. If not, forgive the long post.

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE WITCHING HOUR Salem, MA October 6-10, 2005 Deadline: May 15, 2005 A Harry Potter Symposium presented by HP Education Fanon, Inc.

UPDATE: Keynote Speakers: Henry Jenkins, John Cech Special Guests: Marleen Barr, Vicky Dann, Eliza T. Dresang, Tamora Pierce, Nancy Farmer, Charles de Lint, Ellen Datlow, Holly Black, Charles N. Brown

The Witching Hour is an interdisciplinary symposium designed to allow scholars and adult enthusiasts of the Harry Potter series to gather and share research. The conference programming will engage attendees in a broad exploration and understanding of the Harry Potter texts and phenomenon, as well as foster dialogue between academics and fans. The theme of the symposium - as befits the season, locale and current tone of the series - is choice, moral ambiguity and the darkness within everyone. While we shall warmly receive submissions dealing with our theme, we wish to stress that we welcome proposals on any and all topics - whether academic, creative or fan - relating to Harry Potter, including examinations of writing, art and young adult fantasy literature. Suggested topic tracks include, but are in no way limited to:

Literary: critical issues concerning the novels themselves, as well as the wider arena of children's and young adult literature, including structural analysis, genre considerations, and the response of the academic establishment and publishing industry

Social Sciences: critical responses to the texts through the lenses of anthropology, sociology, psychology, folklore, and so forth

Education: The use and abuse of the novels in the classroom and libraries, censorship controversies and teachers' and librarians' guides

Creative: Examinations of the writing or artistic creative process

Legal: Analyses of legal issues raised by the text of the novels, including wizarding law as set forth therein, and legal controversies relating to the phenomenon or the fan community

Fandom Studies: Studies of the fan response to the novels, including discussions of specific fan activities (e.g., vidding, artwork and fanfiction), and critical examinations of fanfictional tropes

Guides: Examinations of subjects such as the history of the wizarding world, a beginner's guide to the online fandom, and an overview of the numerous Harry Potter "companion" encyclopedias

Film: Critical responses to the Harry Potter films

Music: Studies of the use of music in the Harry Potter books, films and fan culture, such as analyses of the John Williams score or an examination of fans' musical activities

In addition to formal papers, The Witching Hour is seeking a variety of presentation models, including pre-organized critical panels, round table-style discussions, and craft-based workshops. We intend that the round tables and workshops, in particular, focus on audience participation and interaction. Finally, our website contains a list of panels for which we are seeking participants. Please visit our website, http://www.witchinghour.org, for more information on these elements and the conference itself, as well as an overview of our review process for submissions and biographies of our review board members.

All submissions must be made electronically via http://www.witchinghour.org by May 15, 2005. Applicants should be prepared to provide a 400-500 word abstract, a 50-100 word summary for program schedules, and a brief 50-100 word personal biographical note. Presenters must be registered for the conference by August 1, 2005. Please direct all queries regarding academic programming to Catherine Tosenberger at programming@witchinghour.org. To subscribe to our conference newsletter, please e-mail updates@witchinghour.org.

HP Education Fanon, Inc. (HPEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2002 to promote and produce educational, Harry Potter-themed symposia on an international scale. HPEF produced its first event, Nimbus - 2003, in July 2003. More information can be found at http://www.witchinghour.org/who/hpef.html.

Gina R Snape - Feb 10, 2005 7:52 am (#1980 of 2956)

Hey, Accio HBP. I am thinking of going if I can get away that weekend. Isn't Lexicon Steve speaking there as well? Or just at Accio?

*waves at Catherine* I am not surprised they want another dog. When you're used to the sound of little four-legged pats on the floor it's hard to have an empty house.


From Venus - Feb 10, 2005 8:19 am (#1981 of 2956)

Hello everyone. It's snowing and blowing over here today, but I'm still in a crummy mood. (Snow usually cheers me up.) Can't really put my finger on it, I think it's a number of things all piling up; a few bad days in a row with nothing cheerful in between. (*Commiserates with Ydnam96*) Oh well, nothing a little Lenten soul-searching shouldn't be able to sort out.

Catherine, I love your little pooch avatar. What a cutie! I miss dogs so much. I love them, and they love me, but my husband won't allow me to have one. I ache when I see one, I want one so much. I have 3 cats and I do love them all, but they are NOT dogs.....

Speaking of ADHD; my grandson has been diagnosed with it, and Adderall XR has been prescribed. I brought the prescription to the drug store yesterday. Now, this morning I've heard on the news that Canada has taken the drug off the market and warned people to return what they have to their drug stores for proper disposal. They said that it is causing stroke and sudden death. Has anyone else heard this? The US hasn't followed suit, but that's understandable, since Americans don't like to cut their profits over a little something like stroke and sudden death. Enough said, I might get deleted. Anyways, now I'm unsure whether I should give it to him or not. I guess I'll call the doctor and ask her. *Sigh*

Julia, it sounds like someone doesn't like the way you've been treating his chickens...


Phoenix song - Feb 10, 2005 9:17 am (#1982 of 2956)

From Venus and Ydnam 96: I'm sending my strongest cheering charms your way and throwing in a few Patronuses to protect you both from whatever gloom is attempting to settle upon you. Perhaps Madam Pince will allow Baby Pince to perform a few of his extra special "Bespecto Patronums" for you both? Who wouldn't be charmed and uplifted with those?

From Venus, how mean of your husband to "not allow" you to have a dog! I'm sure that a cute little puppy would help to lift your spirits. On a different topic, call the pediatrician if you have any questions about your grandson's medication. (It's better safe than sorry.)

Congratulations Catherine on your new "sibling puppy". I'm sure that your folks will be happy. How did he do in the surgery for his eye? (Love your avatar, by the way. Is she one of your puppies?)

Have a great day everybody!


librarian314 - Feb 10, 2005 10:04 am (#1983 of 2956)

Hey all!

I'm definitely going to the Witching Hour in Salem this October. I'm really very excited. I'm already planning my wardrobe, since I've got lots of sewing to do.

Well, y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Catherine - Feb 10, 2005 10:08 am (#1984 of 2956)

Love your avatar, by the way. Is she one of your puppies?—Barbie

Thank you! No, that dog isn't mine. That is what Daisy looked like before her infamous scalping grooming in July. Speaking of grooming, my two pups are at the groomer today. Don't worry, though, this not the same moronic misguided fiend individual who was the cause of the sad state of affairs last summer. I'm crossing my fingers that I will at least recognize both dogs when I pick them up. I even took pictures of appropriate doggy hair-"dos" and hair-"don'ts" this time. Let's hope for the best.

Gina, you are right about missing the sounds of paws. I came back from running errands, and was struck the by absence of my dogs. No one came running to greet me. It feels like I am not really at home. Even when they are just sleeping, their presence is very comforting.

I got an email this morning saying that the new pup is undergoing her eye surgery this morning, several days early. I don't know when my parents will be able to get her from the "foster mom," but I think it's an exciting new chapter in our lives.

EDIT: Michelle, are you sewing costumes for Witching Hour? The only reason I bring it up is that I thought most of the events were designated "costume-free." I might be mis-remembering, but I didn't want you to go to all the trouble for nothing! Perhaps I should look again.

EDIT #2: Cool. I got post #1984. How Orwellian!


Julia. - Feb 10, 2005 12:04 pm (#1985 of 2956)

YAY! I get post 1985!!! I've always wanted 1985, being that in September of that year, I was born!!! *dances*


Loopy Lupin - Feb 10, 2005 12:33 pm (#1986 of 2956)

Post 1986! w00t! That was a year after Julia was born and it was during that year that I was, for the last time, a minor. Stupid adulthood.

"Campus"? - Loopy Lupin Yes, dear, it is an area of land that contains the main buildings and grounds of a university or college. (As if he didn't know! Hmph!) – Chemyst

Oh, I knew. I'm sorry, I thought you went to UVa and just funning you a bit. Stupid memory.

Lupin is Lupin-- One year I gave up religion for Lent. Oddly enough, I haven't had to worry about the Lenten season since. I was in DC for most of the day yesterday and I had been wondering why so many people had been bonked on the forehead hard enough to leave bruises, but then it dawned on me. Stupid cluelessness.

Catherine-- Ah. Any day in which Carolina looses is a great day. You would think the purported #2 team in the country would have, at least, gotten a shot off in the final seconds when it counted. Stupid dribbling.


VeronikaG - Feb 10, 2005 1:10 pm (#1987 of 2956)

Loopy, you are dating yourself. LOL

1987, the year I started school.

Don't worry Accio HBP, I got an A on that final, even with that staring me in the face. One of my rare and much appreciated A's. I actually had the flu all the time during finals. Maybe laughing of him in my mind during the hour or so he sat there (left early) cured it a bit, as laughter is the best medicine.


Elanor - Feb 10, 2005 1:33 pm (#1988 of 2956)

Let's see, 1988... I turned 16 in 1988 and I went in England for the first time that summer. I had a penpal there, who was a little older than I was. She lived in the Wiltshire, near Bath, had an hundred-years-old tortoise and a lovely grand-mother who was nearly that old and knew Esperanto. I learnt a lot then, and not only the language! She loved parties and showed me what real ones were (and how cute English boys could be. I can tell you, the "eemproove my English" method works!); we were listening U2 and Depeche Mode... What a great summer it was! (and what terrible headaches too... She loved vodka...).


Catherine - Feb 10, 2005 1:53 pm (#1989 of 2956)

Lovely avatar, Elanor. What an interesting summer! No wonder it was so memorable, the "headaches" notwithstanding!

Loopy, you are dating yourself.—VeronikaG

I've been telling him for ages that he needs to embiggen his social circle!

Valentine's Day has come early to our household. I picked up the pups from the groomer, and they are decked out with red and pink ribbons and heart-printed bandanas. I am relieved to report that they still have their fur and look like little clouds of fluff. They look so cute! **waves to Kim**


The giant squid - Feb 10, 2005 2:25 pm (#1990 of 2956)

1990...the year I graduated from high school & entered the real world. I still haven't recovered.

Catherine, it's good to hear your "children" survived the trip to the groomers. If Daisy's fur had been butchered again I don't know if we'd be able to talk you down like we did last time.

Elanor, I have to say your summer of '88 was a heck of a lot more interesting than mine. Sounds like you had a blast.

I noticed Julia's last post was rather short. She must be having trouble balancing on her crutches long enough to type.



John Bumbledore - Feb 10, 2005 2:35 pm (#1991 of 2956)

Can you believe it?

Mike, The Giant Squid (isn't he living in a desert?) giving advice on how to modify crutches for snow/ice is... ironic. No?

But, I agree. Studded crutches would improve your grip in snow and ice, but watch out for scratching hardwood and vinyl floors. Funny, I grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania, (is Squid-Mike from a Dakota state?) and I didn't think of that solution nor had I ever heard of it before. Mike, take a bow! Julia, get a two footed friend to test it first! But it sounds like an excellent idea to me.

<)B^D= (John) Bumbledore.

Edit: P. S. Hmm, in 1991 I was married just one year and moved to South Carolina (now in NC and completing 15th of marriage and looking forward at least twice as many more!) How long can we all keep this post# year going? Elanor?


Elanor - Feb 10, 2005 2:41 pm (#1992 of 2956)

LOL Mike! Yes, it was great! (though no one will never be able to make me eat "fish and chips" when it is 30°C (85°F) in the shade again...)

Mike, I graduated from high school in 1990 too, would you be another 1972 child? I always loved the idea to have been born during the "peace and love" period. The pictures of that time are a nightmare but so cool at the same time.

Catherine, I'm happy about your lovely babies! Thanks about my avatar, it is a kind present from Solitaire, she does wonderful avatars!

Edit: 1992? let's see... I was 20, I was studying history at the university and first worked as a guide in the monuments of my town during the holidays. I was fun too, you can't imagine the weird people you I met there! I remember a guy with a pendulum who wouldn't get out the cloister because he was searching the Templar's treasure there...


Denise P. - Feb 10, 2005 2:52 pm (#1993 of 2956)

Lets see....in 1988, I had been out of the Army for 2 years, been married for 4 years and about to start college. I graduated from college in 1991, had 2 children and been married for 7 years.

Since I am post #1993, my sister moved in with us, expecting her first child. I discovered that I was expecting first born baby (previous two were adopted) and we visited my parents for the first time in several years out in CA. My neice just turned 12 and our first born baby, home sick today, will be turning 12 in April.


Ladybug220 - Feb 10, 2005 3:01 pm (#1994 of 2956)

Well, Denise got 1993 which was when I had graduated from high school and had 2 of my 3 knee surgeries. 1994 marked the end of my freshman year of college and the only summer I went home in college. Since then I haven't been at my parent's house longer than 2 weeks for a visit.

Elanor - I think you started a trend!

Good news! I am now fully in my apartment and my new DSL service has been turned on. I knew that after living with friends that had cable internet service that I would never be able to go back to dial-up. Also, the cats are much happier now that there isn't an 80-odd pound golden retriever puppy trying to chase them around the house. Now, I just have to get the mountains of boxes unpacked.


Elanor - Feb 10, 2005 4:00 pm (#1995 of 2956)

LOL! But I should have reread what I wrote when I edited my previous post because now it is too late for editing it again though I should have written: "It was fun too, you can't imagine the weird people I met there! I remember a guy with a pendulum who wouldn't get out of the cloister because he was searching the Templar's treasure there...". Sorry! It must be a sign I should go to bed instead of reading the forum (it is nearly midnight here)!

Except that now, I have to find something for 1995... I was still buried in history studies, the nose on 17th century's parchments in several Regional Archives or in the Hospital Museum of my town, not very exciting... Wait! It was also the year I visited Egypt, that was great! Two weeks on a cruise on the Nile, from Cairo to Assouan, another fantastic souvenir!

Ladybug, I'm very happy about you apartment! I do agree, it is difficult to use something else when you have tried DSL!


Phoenix song - Feb 10, 2005 5:04 pm (#1996 of 2956)

Let's see...If I'm post # 1996, then the only memorable thing that I can remember about that year was that I was declared "unable to conceive" without surgery by my ob/gyn and found out a month later that I was expecting. (The doctors aren't always right, are they?) Child #1 was born at a whopping 10 pounds on Feb 16 of '97.

I can't believe that my "baby" will be 8 years old next week!!



Accio Sirius - Feb 10, 2005 5:50 pm (#1997 of 2956)

Well I just had to post in 1997, the year my daughter was born! It was a good year!


Ladybug220 - Feb 10, 2005 6:18 pm (#1998 of 2956)

Thanks Elanor. I have to say it is very nice being in my own place and having all of my stuff around me.

1998 - the year I graduated from college after spending an extra year getting a second major.


Pinky - Feb 10, 2005 6:27 pm (#1999 of 2956)

I had been out of the Army for 2 years,  Wait a second... Denise? You were in the Army? I know your husband is, but you too? *view of Denise shifts abruptly*

Hmmmm.... 1999 - I began dating the man I would marry the following year. Literally one of the worst and best years of my life: worst because we had a hard time getting together at first, and best because we finally did!


Eponine - Feb 10, 2005 6:32 pm (#2000 of 2956)

Post 2000! W00t!

Hmm...what happened in 2000? I was in college, and I wasn't dating anyone seriously. Computers stayed okay, so no one was living in the dark ages again.

School is still going okay, but I am sick today so that made things quite a bit harder. Although, kids can surprise you sometimes. They knew I was sick, and they were better today. Maybe I should be sick every day.

I hope everything is going well for everyone.

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Denise P. - Feb 10, 2005 6:38 pm (#2001 of 2956)

Woo! 2001! The year the Lexicon Forum was started!

Yes, I was in the US Army from 1983-1986, where I met my husband. I did boring admin type paperwork for a transportation unit.


Gina R Snape - Feb 10, 2005 7:42 pm (#2002 of 2956)

Post 2002! HEY!!! That's the year I joined the forum and married Snape.


Julia. - Feb 10, 2005 8:59 pm (#2003 of 2956)

2003, I graduated high school, started college, joined the forum, and met my first real boyfriend.

My last post was so short because I was so excited to get 1985 that I didn't think of much else to say.

Mike, that's good idea, except I'm far too lazy to do it. I like John's idea of having a 2 footed friend test it out.


Helen Potterfan - Feb 10, 2005 9:22 pm (#2004 of 2956)

2004: I read the Harry Potter books, joined the forum, passed my oral examination, became ABD, and started writing my dissertation. A big year!!! Helen


Denise P. - Feb 10, 2005 9:53 pm (#2005 of 2956)

What? No one has said it yet? 2005.....Half Blood Prince comes out!!


dizzy lizzy - Feb 10, 2005 11:07 pm (#2006 of 2956)

Unfortunately I'm not a seer, so I have no idea what is going to happen to me in 2006.

But I finally got my other hearing aid repaired and I picked it up today. The audiologist then did another hearing test only to find out I have lost hearing. As my hearing aids are digital ones, he re-programmed them to boost the volume and the bass and cut out some of the distressing high pitched noises. Just as an aside I travelled 300km to the audiologist and 300km back today and I'm exhausted.

I'm going to jump around in years here, but 1987 was a good year for me. It was the year I finally had my back operated on and straightened. It did wonders for my self esteem.

And in 1989, in my first year of University, I got a new set of hearing aids. The amazing thing about these ones is the technology back then was new; and for the first time I could hear the knives and forks scraping across plates as people ate dinner. I was living in college at the time and it was an excruciating couple of weeks hearing all this high pitched scrapes until I adjusted.

Hope everyone is having a good day. Cheering charms to all those who need it and Get Well charms for those who aren't feeling the best.



Elanor - Feb 11, 2005 12:29 am (#2007 of 2956)

Hello everybody! Lizzy, what a trip you made today, no wonder you're exhausted! I send you Strengthening Charms and I hope everything will go well with your hearing aids this time.

It was a funny game with the posts numbers! I wish I knew what 2007 will bring me. Who knows, maybe I will have met Mr Right then and I would be expecting flowers for Valentine's day for a change?

Have a great Friday everyone!


septentrion - Feb 11, 2005 2:09 am (#2008 of 2956)

Lizzy, I hope the 600 km journey will be worth it !

As we're talking about biography :
1988 : I graduated from high school and began university
1990 : I met my husband
1993 : I got married
1995 : I began working
2000 : I got the 1st car of my life
2002 : I discovered the Potterverse
Since then, I subscribed on the forum, began to look for any news about the books etc

I don't work this afternoon, so week-end will begin early...so to speak because I think I'll take advantage of it to do my ironing.

Everyone have a great Friday !


The giant squid - Feb 11, 2005 6:04 am (#2009 of 2956)

600km? Suddenly my 35 mile round-trip for work doesn't seem so bad.

Mike, The Giant Squid (isn't he living in a desert?) giving advice on how to modify crutches for snow/ice is... ironic. No?—Bumbledore

Ah, but I grew up in the snowy wastes some refer to as North Dakota (and others call "South Canada"). I've navigated my share of icy sidewalks. My share, and your share and Lizzy's share...

Elanor, I was indeed born in '72--33 years, 10 days and an odd number of hours ago. Now I just need to find a 111 year old hobbit to give me a magic ring.



Marie E. - Feb 11, 2005 6:33 am (#2010 of 2956)

Ah, but you really don't want that magic ring, do you Mike?

I'll bore you all quickly since I missed the fun yesterday. 1988-graduated high school and entered college 1991-got married, moved to Georgia 1995-graduated college, moved to Colorado 1997-first daughter 1999-second daughter

That's boring enough, eh?


Loopy Lupin - Feb 11, 2005 6:57 am (#2011 of 2956)

Loopy, you are dating yourself.—VeronikaG

Yes. As you can see, my social standards are not particularly high. At least I'm a cheap date.


Catherine - Feb 11, 2005 7:44 am (#2012 of 2956)

As you can see, my social standards are not particularly high.--Loopy Lupin

HEY! What are we, the next door neighbors?

Gosh, you'd think we were some kind of uber-goobers or something!


Denise P. - Feb 11, 2005 7:58 am (#2013 of 2956)

Yesterday, my almost 12 year old came home sick. He slept the day away. Since he had a fever yesterday and school policy is you can't send them within 24 hours of a fever, he is home today as well. Everyone else has been gone for less than an hour and he just said to me, "What do you do all day? It is boring!" I want to be bored today! I guess if he is feeling bored, he can help me sort the laundry, he can sweep while I do the dishes and then he can keep the two wee ones out of the way while I mop. Then we can have the fun, exciting task of getting dinner out and ready to cook. After fixing lunch, half of which will end up being thrown on the floor, we can remop the floor. Hey, since he is here, I can show him how to clean the bathroom upstairs. I think maybe I should keep kids home more often...

“Heh, what do I do all day....” Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 1242194059


Elanor - Feb 11, 2005 8:08 am (#2014 of 2956)

Mike "Elanor, I was indeed born in '72--33 years, 10 days and an odd number of hours ago. Now I just need to find a 111 year old hobbit to give me a magic ring.

I know what you mean, though I still have some months'grace before the fateful day next September... Come to think of it, I would rather use the Philosopher's Stone, I am not really fond of the Ring's sides effects personally... As for 1972, it was a great vintage year for Champagnes here, I always thought it was a good omen! (and according to the Lexicon, it is also Charlie Weasley's year of birth, cool too!)

Septentrion, I went to the station this morning searching for informations about the trains going to England (for Accio) and it is very interesting. There is a bus which leaves at 7 a.m. less than 5 km from my town and takes you to Le Creusot, the TGV (high-speed train) station not very far from here. I used to take the Paris TGV there and thought I should do the same but there is a better solution. From there, leaves another TGV, the one that goes to Lille and, in Lille, I can take the Eurostar to London. If I leave from here at 7 a.m., I can be in London before noon (thanks to the one hour of time difference). If, fortunately, you're able to come to Accio then, we could meet in Lille and travel together, what do you think?

Have a great Friday everyone, here a cold and dull rain is falling since this morning, so if you are lucky enough to have a beautiful and sunny day, enjoy it for the ones who are freezing!

And Marie, it is not boring at all! I just loved Colorado when I visited it, especially Durango.


Gina R Snape - Feb 11, 2005 8:23 am (#2015 of 2956)

Oh, Denise. Something tells me he will live to regret those words, in a manner of speaking!

I am exhausted just reading your list. I don't think I could ever live your life without needing a potion stronger than coffee to make it through the day...

I really am a career girl/scholar. Oh well. At least there are house elves to clean the Hogwarts dungeons.


Catherine - Feb 11, 2005 8:34 am (#2016 of 2956)

Heh, what do I do all day.... –Denise

I had someone ask me that once, and I didn't bat an eyelash. I said, "Why, I lay on the couch all day, eating bon-bons and sipping tequila." Come to think on it, he may not have known that I was being ironic....

Something tells me that your son will not be "bored" for long....


septentrion - Feb 11, 2005 8:48 am (#2017 of 2956)

Hi Elanor ! That's a great idea you have ! Let's keep fingers crossed.

I think I couldn't do all you do Denise. When I have choice between moping or lurking on the forum, the forum wins in 99% of the cases.


From Venus - Feb 11, 2005 8:49 am (#2018 of 2956)

2018...let's see, I'll be in my 60's, my youngest granddaughter (will she be my youngest then?) will be close to graduating from high school, my mother-in-law will be in her 90's and probably VERY ornery, and...WE WILL ALL KNOW HOW THE HARRY POTTER SERIES ENDS!!! How's that for a year!

BTW...I'm in a much better mood today. The sun is shining again. I do believe I'm one of those people who need a certain amount of sunshine in the winter, or I go kinda loopy. It's strange, since I always hide from the sun in the summertime.

Have a great Friday everyone!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 11, 2005 8:53 am (#2019 of 2956)

Mmm. I think a certain 12 year-old is learning why curiosity is deadly to felines.


Phoenix song - Feb 11, 2005 9:14 am (#2020 of 2956)

Denise, your days sound remarkably similar to my own, except that I have to add in "school lessons" since I teach my 3 at home. I cringe inside each time some insane person looks at me with that horrified "You're-a-housewife?" look and asks the inevitable questions... "What do you DO all day?" followed quickly with an "Aren't you BORED?" Yeah, as if!!



librarian314 - Feb 11, 2005 9:41 am (#2021 of 2956)

Hey all!

Catherine, not to worry, I'm not making costumes for the Witching Hour. I read the fine print! ;-) There's a formal dance one evening and since I've not attended a proper formal since college, I need a dress. I'm thinking a midnight blue velvet/satin strapless number with a full skirt and a bolero jacket. I'm trying to decide if the jacket should be velvet or satin and if velvet, whether or not should I bead it.

Then there are the shirts. As a run of the mill government employee in an arts organization/wife/mom my daily wardrobe is not terribly interesting. Long skirts and plain tops for work and sweats/skirts and t-shirts at home. Not exactly what I want to wear at an academic conference. So I've got two linen shirts I want to make. One royal blue with silver embroidery around the neck reminiscent of the branches on the Tree of Gondor as seen on the livery worn by Gondorian soldiers in Return of the King. The other in white linen with a Celtic knot work pattern embroidered in blackwork at the collar and cuffs.

There is also the Mrs. Weasley sweater (from the breakfast scene in the film version of CoS)I'm crocheting. That's the closest thing to "costuming" as I'm getting.

With all this work to do, I've got to get started if I'm going to be anywhere near finished by Oct. (Not too mention all the sewing I need to do for my daughter for our other hobby...)

Hmmm....let's see in 2021, I'll (hopefully) be 52 and my daughter will be 22 and maybe graduating from college!

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**

P.S. If anyone has some Pepper-up Potion I could sure use some. The cold germs have descended leaving me pretty muddle headed. :-P


Catherine - Feb 11, 2005 10:12 am (#2022 of 2956)

Michelle, I am in awe of your ability to create the clothes you wish to wear. I can sew on buttons, though!

Sewing is something that I never learned to do, and it seems like it would be handy to know. There's a mom at Hayley's school who makes window treatments that look like something you'd see in a high-end design magazine.

Sigh. Did I mention that I can sew on a button? **passes Michelle the Pepper-Up Potion**


From Venus - Feb 11, 2005 10:43 am (#2023 of 2956)

Catherine, sewing buttons on is great. A very good beginning. I know how to sew, but haven't done it in years. I just can't seem to find the time. I'm even behind on my buttons...

Librarian314, if your daughter is anything like my son, don't count on her graduating college in 2021. My youngest son is in his 5th year of college and figure he'll still be at it for the next few decades.

On housewifeing...no one knows what we do all day, but, BOY, do they notice when we DON'T do it!


Ladybug220 - Feb 11, 2005 11:08 am (#2024 of 2956)

Well, I can't sew on buttons so Catherine you are waaayyy ahead of me. My mom has tried to teach me on several occasions but it seems to leak out of my head as soon as it goes in. She tried to show me how to do simple seams as well but it stuck less than the button lesson.


Chemyst - Feb 11, 2005 12:02 pm (#2025 of 2956)

'Just checking in after morning grooming, walking dog, feeding dog, unloading dishwasher, making breakfast, clearing kitchen counters, emptying trash & replacing bag, checking email, 1st forum check of day, 45 minutes of C.S. Lewis, pre-treating laundry, preparing writing class, chocolate snack, mopping kitchen & bath - includes shaking out throw rugs, fixing lunch, reminding son to take dog out again, beginning dishwasher reload, fixing hinge on bathroom door (required removal of door & power tools were involved), 2nd forum check of the day, and now I'm headed off to do algebra. So, Denise, if your son gets too bored there, you can always send him over here, we'll be dong valentines and Aztec history and cleaning the sun porch before starting dinner. All button sewing was completed last week.


Gina R Snape - Feb 11, 2005 12:02 pm (#2026 of 2956)

I know how to sew and mend...I just never get round to doing it!


librarian314 - Feb 11, 2005 12:03 pm (#2027 of 2956)

Hey all!

Yeah, I know I'm being hopeful when I think my daughter will finish school in 2021 but her dad and I each finished in 4 years, so I hope she will too.

My mom and both grandmothers taught me to sew, embroider, knit, and crochet when I was little. Sewing (and fiber arts in general) is just one of those things that I do. By the time I'd finished high school I'd already made three formal dresses, not to mention countless other garments.

In college I studied theatrical costuming and loved it but realized that I didn't have the temperment to be a costume designer. (I put too much effort into my outfits and get pretty annoyed when others treat them badly. I told my sister I'd re-posses her wedding gown if I saw her mistreating it! ;-) )

Mending...that's one of the things I hate. I'm pretty awful about sewing on missing buttons or fixing hems. That's too much like work. ;-)

One of things that I kind of miss about the HP series is that their outfits aren't very interesting/JKR doesn't go into a lot of detail about what they are wearing. Not a lot for a costume designer to focus on.

Thanks for the Pepper-up!

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Penny Lane. - Feb 11, 2005 1:38 pm (#2028 of 2956)

Speaking of sewing - I've been meaning to sew the buttons that fell off of my coat last week - unfortunatly, there is no where within walking distance that sells sewing needles and thread. Also, I've had laundry to do for 3 weeks now, and I'm just now running out of clothing completely. The only problem is that it's now midterm time, and I'm starting to spaz. My mother told me to just send everything out that needs cleaning and mending so I don't have to worry about it, but apparently this city doesn't have a pick up laundry service.

On the plus side, I did finish knitting my first hat. A bunch of girls (and a few guys!) started a knitting club/circle on Wednesday nights. I learned how to knit back in 2000, but I've never been motivated enough to finish more than a dishrag/half a scarf. Working with other people, I learned that I've been doing it wrong, and there is a much simpler way. Anyway, I finished a hat! I'm so excited that I managed to finish it just as spring was beginning.


Winky Woo - Feb 11, 2005 3:16 pm (#2029 of 2956)

Talking of housework, there is a reason I chose the name Winky...At this moment in time I am letting all my house work slip and feel like I'm an awful self pitying house-elf who feels she should be punished. I have been working free-lance and part-time, so naturally all the house chores fall to me. Till recently I've been quite career focused, long hours and all house hold duties split fairly down the middle, or we got someone else to do it. Now suddenly I find that everything from shopping, cleaning, laundry, cooking paying bills, dog walking etc etc is up to me! Whereas previously if the house got a little messy or we ran out of something it was no big deal. Now I feel like a failure! It is by far the hardest thing I've done, being a home-maker. I have to be fair to Mr Winky, when we both worked full-time he would get up at 6am, put the coffee on, turn on the shower for me, then make me breakfast as I showered and even make me a packed lunch,even though he didn't need to get up till 7.30!

I do appreciate being able to take the dogs on long walks, and must confess to having spent more time than I should on this wonderful forum.

Sorry for off loading. I know that its a small thing but I think people like Denise are wonderful, I wish I had a third of her energy!~I just couldn't cope, I think I would go/have gone into complete melt down!

Thanks to everyone here for putting a smile on my face, it really lifts me up when I get down



Pinky - Feb 11, 2005 3:27 pm (#2030 of 2956)

Penny, if you're desperate, try the checkout aisles in a grocery store, or even at a convenience store. They may have little sewing kits available. They usually come with a couple needles, safety pins, buttons. and a few lengths of several colors of thread.


Acceber - Feb 11, 2005 4:11 pm (#2031 of 2956)

...it's about time Boston really gets their turn!-Sirius Lee, a while ago.
Couldn't have said it better myself.

I'm going to try and remember everything I wanted to comment on from the past 203 posts, but if I don't remember within 30 minutes, you have my sincrest apologies.

Spelling tests/words--Anyone who moaned about spelling tests, I feel your pain. When I was in elementary school, which wasn't too long ago, we had a pre-test on Monday with a set number of words. There were about 10 in the earlier grades, which gradually increased to 20 by fifth grade. Whatever words you didn't get right on the pre-test became your words to learn for that week, as well as pre-set words by the teacher. When I got 100% on the first few pre-tests in second grade, I wanted harder words than what the teacher was assigning us. So my parents complained and I got challenge words like soothsayer, cantankerous, and probability. In fourth and fifth grades, we got to choose our own words. Also, I take great pleasure in correcting teachers who can't add long strings of numbers or use apostrophes in the right places.

I'm Post #2031, and in 2031 I'll be 40. I hopefully will have graduated college and grad school and be happily married with kids.

Cats--I have two furballs, and right now they are happily enjoying dinner (does anyone find it weird that pets eat virtually the same food for every meal, yet humans need more variety?). One of my friends is mildly allergic, so we have to shut them in a room when she comes over.

One of the worst parts about having a birthday at the end of January is that your birthday inevitably falls on a playoff weekend of some sort. A few years ago, we had the game on during my party so my friends who were football fans wouldn't miss it.

Happy Belated Mardi Gras and a belated congratulations to the Pats for their third Super Bowl victory in four years.

rant beginning; skip if necessaryI DIDN'T GET ANY HARRY GIFTS FOR MY BIRTHDAY OR FOR CHANUKAH!!!!! Does no one know that I'm a Harry addict? Don't they realize that I don't have the PoA DVD yet *dodges tomatoes* and I want it? Can my mom remember that I explicitly asked for the 2005 Harry desk calendar? I'll just have to use my Barnes & Noble and Borders gift cards to buy the items mentioned above.rant over

Happy Friday to all. Only one more week until vacation. We're going skiing!


Madam Pince - Feb 11, 2005 4:36 pm (#2032 of 2956)

I have found an excellent way to deal with mending. You just pile it all up in one place, waiting for an opportune time to deal with it. Eventually, this pile will get moved to someplace in your house where you can't find it, and voila! There is no mending to do.


Catherine - Feb 11, 2005 4:43 pm (#2033 of 2956)

Also, I take great pleasure in correcting teachers who can't add long strings of numbers or use apostrophes in the right places. –Acceber

I'm certainly with you on the apostrophes, dear, although I'm sure I would need your help with the long strings of numbers!

I was amused by Acceber's observations that her cats eat the same food every night. My dogs seem to require variety, judging from their pleading looks and little whimpers that they try to issue when we eat dinner.

As for me, I tried to "keep track" of my housewifely activities today, so skip ahead, it is not that exciting: Wake up, dress, prepare lunch for child, forcibly awaken child from slumber, feed both children, take one child to school, come home, empty dishwasher, fill dishwasher, take other child to preschool, collect dirty laundry, do 3 loads, fold 2 loads, check Forum, respond to email, read paper, cup of tea, return phone calls, pick up child from preschool and prepare her lunch, clean up kitchen, brush dogs, take child to Valentine's Day party, pick up other child from school, pay 4 bills, organize tax info--BLECH, write 20 "thank-you" notes from the Humane Society and take to the Post Office to mail, update new Humane Society database--blech, I hate spreadsheets, check Forum, clean master bathroom, pick up child from party, cook dinner except for the fish (done by Mr. Catherine), clean up from dinner, feed dogs, take out trash, take dogs out for evening constitutional, check Forum. And here I am. This is my too-faithful account from 6:15 p.m. to present.

Looking over the previous paragraph, I wish I was studying Aztec history with Chemyst and her son! **waves to Chemyst** Perhaps you can study the origins of chocolate? I know the Aztecs drank a beverage made from cocoa beans.

But tomorrow is our day to tackle Valentines. We have 44 to do if you include both the children's classes. I also have to prepare for the adoption event at the Humane Society on Sunday, so if anyone has Good Luck spells, we can use it.

Have a great weekend, everyone.


Accio Sirius - Feb 11, 2005 5:04 pm (#2034 of 2956)

Yikes. Thanks for the reminder Catherine. Gotta work on the valentines this weekend as well. Plus pick up the girl scout cookies too. Hubbie is helping with transport of said cookies. You know he's just in it for the thin mints.

Denise, your tell of your 12-year-old reminds me of a story. A few years ago, my sister went to her daughter's back to school night only to see the wall covered with drawings the kids made about what their mothers do. In between the doctors, lawyers and homemakers was my niece's picture which had the caption: "My mom rests on the couch all day." Not true of course, but my sister still had to slink out of the room anyway!


Catherine - Feb 11, 2005 5:14 pm (#2035 of 2956)

In between the doctors, lawyers and homemakers was my niece's picture which had the caption: "My mom rests on the couch all day." Not true of course, but my sister still had to slink out of the room anyway! --Accio Sirius

**still holding sides and laughing** Oh, no! Perhaps I should just tell my kids to represent me artistically as a potato on a couch.

Kids do write hilarious/embarrassing things about their parents, given the chance. Hayley, on Mother's Day last year, wrote on a sheet that my favorite restaurant is "McDonald's," my favorite color is "pink," and that my favorite activity is "to clean the house." All of these are SO false that my friends laughed when they saw them. My friend's son topped everything, though. He claimed that the best thing his mommy cooked was "Domino's Pizza." We ALL got a chuckle out of that one.


Madame Librarian    - Feb 11, 2005 7:04 pm (#2036 of 2956)

From the mouths of babes...

A pre-school teacher was going around the room asking her students if they knew what jobs their parents had. So she gets to little Johnny, "What does your daddy do, Johnny?"

Little Johnny stands up, thinks for a minute and says, "Nothing. My mommy does all the work. My daddy gets up every morning and leaves. When he comes home at night, everything's done!"

I love this "Reader's Digest" moment.

Ciao. Barb


Ydnam96  - Feb 11, 2005 8:08 pm (#2037 of 2956)

Thanks for the good wishes the other day. It's just been one of those weeks. Today I dumped my ceaser salad on my lap and computer at work. Ick. Oh well. I laughed at it, you have to right?

It's raining like crazy here. I really don't like this much rain, the whole of Southern California is going to fall into the ocean.

At least it's the weekend.

2037 I'll be 59. Hopefully I'll be smarter, have my school loans paid off, be married, be ready to *almost* retire from a career I have truly enjoyed, and have visited England (and Peru, and Central Mexico, and Isreal) at least once.


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 11, 2005 9:20 pm (#2038 of 2956)

Boy you folks are making me feel old! Julia, born 1985, I was a flight attendant in my own apartment in New Jersey. 1982- graduated college.

Denise, oh good for you! My school has a 24 hour policy too and it and it is tough having an otherwise healthy child at home when you have a full schedule because contrary to what our children and husbands believe, we are not sitting around eating bon bons and watching Ophra. I have, in fact, not watched a single talk show or soap opera since my children have gone of to school all day.

I pile clothes for mending but I still just can't get to that pile of chores. I have however, just finished polyurathaning 5 cabinettes in our kitchen, and am painting my bathroom. I also painted my son's room and built built-in shelving for his room.

Venus, I've heard more about the Adderal recall. Canadian officials have pulled the medication because they have become aware of 20 deaths of children and adults from strokes and heart problems. U.S. authorities are not pulling it because they have years of data that it's safe. The deaths were in people who had histories of heart problems or were exherting themselves physical.

The school nurse at my children's elementary school however has given parents a copy of this story and advised them to see their pediatrician as a child at the school did report heart problems. The child was taken of the medication and is fine.

EDIT: Did you hear that Prince Charles is marrying Camilla Parker Bowles? Accio HPB If I don't have something nice to say I don't say it:-)


haymoni - Feb 11, 2005 10:18 pm (#2039 of 2956)

I think the line is...If you don't have something nice to say...come sit next to me!


dizzy lizzy - Feb 12, 2005 3:09 am (#2040 of 2956)

I'm on late tonight. It's Saturday here and a friend (Candice)and I went to visit my Dad and Stepmother. Believe it or not it's a 400km round trip. So in a little under 2 days I've travelled close to 1000km. And I am really exhausted now. Candice doesn't like driving other peoples cars, so I ended up doing the driving.

It was a lovely day and good to see my Dad. I try and make the round trip every two months as Dad is slowly bringing up the property up to scratch (bought 8 months ago) and barely has time to travel away as yet. So it's easier if I do the travelling and he pays me petrol money.

I do a bit of sewing. I've recently come to like long skirts and dresses and they are difficult to buy in shops when they are not in fashion! So I have bought some nice patterns and material and have sewed a couple of skirts and one dress.

Then my sewing machine died for want of a service, so I have the material and patterns and I have to wait another 6 weeks, because I missed the travelling sewing machine repairman by one day. Grrrr!!!

Yndam: I hope you are feeling better. and you have been able to clean your laptop up.

From Venus: I am fond of sunshine in winter to as it stops the glooms descending on me.

For everyone: Have a lovely weekend.



Kip Carter - Feb 12, 2005 4:30 am (#2041 of 2956)

Lizzie, I do understand the long trips. My daughter, her husband plus daughter (my granddaughter) live some 720 miles (approximately 1160 kilometers) one-way takes us about 12 hours including the stops for gas and other necessities. When we get there, we're somewhat beat for the rest of that day. Then the trip home is always taken one day early so we can have a day to rest at home. But it is always worth it!

Now for your sewing machine problem, many problems with sewing machines can be fixed with a small brush to clean out the lint that accumulates around the various movement areas. Once cleaned, you should slightly oil the movement area where metal is touching metal. Run the machine for a while to allow the oil to penetrate. Always use sewing machine oil (a light clear oil).

The two other problems deal with the improper tensions: one on the bobbin thread (especially when you change thicknesses of thread) and the second with the feed tension (generally adjusted on the front of your machine). Both are real easy adjustments.

One last problem that many seamstresses have is regulating the stitch distances. Certain threads require a change in the stitch distance.

You should at least try to correct the problems before spending the funds to have someone else correct something simple. Even if you wait, ask the repair person to show you what he does to correct the problems so you can possibly avoid them in the future.

Have fun!


Ydnam96  - Feb 12, 2005 6:57 am (#2042 of 2956)

Kip! Is there anything you don't know something about? You really are multi-talented. Smile

Dizzy Lizzy, I dumped my salad on my work computer. Opppssss...  a colleague and I were talking and I went to turn my salad container around (as the lid was getting in my way) and boom. Salad all over the keyboard and my pants. It was a Ceaser salad, so I smelled a bit for the rest of the day. I think I got all the dressing and cheese out of the keyboard :sheepishgrin:

Well it's super duper early in the AM here for me to be up on a Saturday. But for some reason I can't sleep. Off to watch The Two Towers, Extended Edition.

Happy Saturday.


Madame Librarian    - Feb 12, 2005 7:34 am (#2043 of 2956)

I know we have a bunch of dog lovers on the Forum, so I'll direct your attention to the "HP References in Pop Culture" thread, post 246:

or click here

Have a nice weekend.

Ciao. Barb


Catherine - Feb 12, 2005 8:12 am (#2044 of 2956)

I know we have a bunch of dog lovers on the Forum—Barb

**looks around innocently**Hmm...whoever is Barb talking about? Interesting reading about the movie Fang's breed.

Kip, maybe I should be surprised that you know how to fix a sewing machine, but I'm not! Too bad I didn't go to you about my broken garage door.

Hello to everyone, and have a great Saturday. We're off to do Valentines.


Denise P. - Feb 12, 2005 8:40 am (#2045 of 2956)

Today is the great Girl Scout Cookie Booth sale in front of a local store. My van is packed with several hundred little multi colored boxes in the hope that we can unload sell these yummy treats to people and get them out of my garage. We have a two hour slot but I have to go a bit earlier to wrangle a trade for 6 boxes of a specific cookie we need to fill an additional order. Fun! Fun! Fun! Then, this evening, I get to switch uniforms, trading my Girl Scout one for the Cub Scout one and go to a District Banquet. I don't believe I am getting any award but it is still one of those events that it is good for Council and District to see you at.

Have a great day all!


Marie E. - Feb 12, 2005 8:47 am (#2046 of 2956)

You have cookies already? Ours aren't being delivered until this Thursday. Our booth sale is on February 20th. Since this is our first booth sale and we have a small troop we're only doing one booth. There is a very good chance that my co-leader will be out of town that day for her anniversary (bah! Forsaking cookie sales to spend time with her husband.) so it may be just me and Shayla for most of that sale.

As far as sewing goes, I wish I'd been blessed with some of my mom's sewing skills. I can sew buttons and do some minor mending. We are actually having a Junior Girl Scout troop come and help our Brownies earn their sewing Try-It because we are so inept at it.

Have a fun Saturday!


Denise P. - Feb 12, 2005 9:21 am (#2047 of 2956)

We got out cookies on the 3rd, this is our one and only booth sale. Our money is already due next week...eeek! My heart thuds every time I have to sign for more cases since I know I am responsible for the money, meaning I have to hound the parents to turn it in.

Bored son from yesterday is feeling kinda surly today every time I ask him to help me with something. He is feeling much put upon that he has been asked to empty trash cans and take it to the outside trash, wipe down toilets, sweep floors, bring laundry to the washer and pick up assorted items from the floor. Wanna bet he won't ever ask what I do all day again? In all fairness, the other kids are also being asked to do things today as well (normal Saturday stuff), he just thinks he should be excluded since he helped yesterday as well. Even the 3 year old and almost 2 year old help out by picking up stuff, putting things in the sink and throwing trash away.


Gina R Snape - Feb 12, 2005 9:48 am (#2048 of 2956)

I think the line is...If you don't have something nice to say...come sit next to me and I can just tell you're a slytherin.

Oh,  and Denise? I'll take a box of samoas and a box of thin mints, please.


Marie E. - Feb 12, 2005 10:05 am (#2049 of 2956)

There's a local ice cream parlor that is selling Girl Scout cookie flavored ice cream. They have Thin Mint, Peanut Butter Patty, and Carmel Delight (Samoa). Mmmmmm...

We may have to stop by there after shopping today. We're off on a mission to find jeans that actually fit Shayla. She's a bit on the skinny side so most jeans slide right off of her. I'm going to try to talk her into some of those jeans with the adjustable waistbands. Wish me luck!


Madam Pince - Feb 12, 2005 10:26 am (#2050 of 2956)

Denise, tell "Bored Son" about the last time Mom got excluded from having to do chores just because she did them yesterday also.

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Catherine - Feb 12, 2005 10:34 am (#2051 of 2956)

MMmmmm....that ice cream sounds delicious.

We have a fundraising contest here in which local chefs make desserts from Girl Scout Cookies. As if Girl Scout cookies weren't already yummy enough on their own! The prize-winning recipes get printed in the paper, so I hope they do it again this year.

We haven't gotten our cookie delivery yet. I hope Mr. Catherine ordered some of the Peanut Butter Patties along with the required Carmel Delites and Thin Mints.

Good luck to the Cookie Moms, and I hope you get all your money without having to rattle the collecting tin under the parental noses!


Ydnam96  - Feb 12, 2005 11:01 am (#2052 of 2956)

Hey Denise, if you have any left over cookies I would seriously buy some from your troop! Samoas and Thin mints are my fave. So email me if you have extras Smile

By the way, how is it that you get so much done? I constantly read your posts about your family, your responsibilities, and I see that you are all over this forum all the time doing your mod job (which you do quite well). I'm wondering if you have some magical abilities which you are keeping from us. I've also seen the website in your profile and I am even more in awe of you and your family. You truly are amazing. You make me feel so lazy, just taking care of me and my cat (well and of course my 145 wards here in the Shire- the living area I am in charge of at the college I work at).


Eponine - Feb 12, 2005 12:22 pm (#2053 of 2956)

There was all this talk of Girl Scout cookies, and guess what we saw today at the grocery store. Mmm...Thin Mints. I was disappointed to find they weren't selling the Double Dutch cookies this year. So, I got online to find out about them, and I learned some things about Girl Scout cookies. I didn't know that the bakeries make different cookies each year. They are only required to make Thin Mints, Do Si Do's/peanut butter sandwiches, and Trefoils/shortbread. The other five types they bake are up to the individual bakeries. One of the bakeries had made the Double Dutch, so I'm hoping I might be able to find them somewhere else. I liked those last year, but if not, I'll just have to be satisfied with frozen Thin Mints.

I hope everyone is doing well today!


Dr Filibuster - Feb 12, 2005 1:53 pm (#2054 of 2956)

Hi all,

Just popped in to say that Azkaban has won the public vote for best 2004 film in tonight's BAFTAs (British Oscars).

I'll put more details in the "3rd Movie" thread.


Denise P. - Feb 12, 2005 3:24 pm (#2055 of 2956)

**blushing and scuffling feet**     You make me sound like some super woman, which I am not! LOL I have had literally years to come up with a routine to get things done in the house but still allow me to have Denise time as well as the kids to get to their activities. I don't overschedule (often) and we didn't go from zero to numerous children overnight so we had time to adjust and work with each addition to the family and schedule. I wish I had a magical secret or formula for you. I really don't, I just don't put a high priority on having a Home and Garden house, my house looks like we have 6 kids that run wild through it.

Little Brownie Bakers, one of the two authorized cookie bakers in the US, is the one who makes Double Dutch. They did bake them this year, they are supposed to be "softer". I think they are marginally less rock hard than last year. ABC Bakers, the other baker in the US, does not do Double Dutch cookies. It depends on which baker services your area on what cookies you get.

We sold out of ALL of our cookies in less than 90 minutes. Horror upon horror, one of my children (sweet children!) inadvertantly added in an order that had been placed and we sold those too. Ack! I have to call now and get more cookies and trade around since I only need 2 boxes of this, 1 of this, 3 of that... We also have almost a dozen donated boxes to give to the Red Cross, our charity of choice.


Marie E. - Feb 12, 2005 3:51 pm (#2056 of 2956)

Mmmm...we have the ABC Bakers here and we don't get Double Dutch. They look really good. Maybe Denise and I could work out a trade. Heehee. Are the Lemon Coolers any good? In addition to the "regular" flavors we have Animal Treasures, Pinatas, and Lemon Pastry Cremes.

My mom just called and said she found the Hogwarts Castle at her Walmart for $50 and asked if I wanted it. Hmmm...let me see. I will, of course, be paying her back.


Caput Draconis - Feb 12, 2005 6:09 pm (#2057 of 2956)
Edited by Feb 12, 2005 5:10 pm

Cookie selling sounds fun! I'm adding it to spelling (I just spelt spelling 'speeling', how ironic) bees as a reason I wish I was a US kid. *hugs Denise* And you still find time for Survivor...you are my hero. I love Lost, by the way, the first two eps have hooked me.

I've been in Queensland, sun and surf and all that, but more importantly MovieWorld, a big Warner Bros. themed park. I walked in the gate, and ran into Severus Snape. Literally. I just made a spluttering noise, then...

Me: "Hello Professor."

SS: "Hello...(I hug him, he hugs me in a restrained Snape-like fashion)...you're shaking, my dear." (ha)

Me: "Well...you're Snape..."

SS: "Nothing to be afraid of..." (gah)

Me: "Ah, just a big teddy bear on the inside, right?"

(McGonagall wanders up, smiles and nods)

SS: "Exactly."

*grin* Then off he went. I yelled at him later as he and McGonagall were going to the teacher's lounge, he swooped around and waved at me, again in a Snapish fashion. Needless to say I was very chirpy for the rest of the day. The actor was really cool, more book Snape than movie Snape, but still...gah.

Geekiest story ever. I'll put the photo up later. Hope everyone's well!


Gina R Snape - Feb 12, 2005 7:05 pm (#2058 of 2956)


Good on you, Lauren.


boop - Feb 12, 2005 8:11 pm (#2059 of 2956)

Denise, Hello, wow that made me tired just reading what goes on in your household. What a busy mom, who also gives herself the time which is well deserved!!!! That was so great you guys sold all those cookies.

Capat Draconis, Hello, Yes it will be fun when Survivor comes back on. There is a former student of Penn State on the show. Sounds like you had a great time at the Movie World. What makes it even better is meeting Snape, and getting a hug!!! Can't wait to see the picture

Hugs Always



Ladybug220 - Feb 12, 2005 8:18 pm (#2060 of 2956)

How did we know that Gina would demand the photo? Ok, well I second the demand for the photo!


Ydnam96  - Feb 12, 2005 8:58 pm (#2061 of 2956)

Oh, my has anyone noticed the cherubs on the Lexicon? Smile WOW.

very festive.


Gina R Snape - Feb 12, 2005 8:58 pm (#2062 of 2956)

Speaking of photos... Mischa Fan must be dying when he sees this posted on TLC.


Denise P. - Feb 12, 2005 9:19 pm (#2063 of 2956)

I just got back from the Boy Scout District Banquet. Guess what?? This message is being typed by the 2004 Cogioba District Trailblazer Award winner for Outstanding Participating Parent! A committe of 8 chose from those nominated from 3 counties and the local military installation and it was meeeeeee! Can you tell I am a wee bit excited, I thought I had been put in for a certificate, never expected this!


haymoni - Feb 12, 2005 9:42 pm (#2064 of 2956)

Denise - I'm not surprised in the least!

After all - you are OUR Outstanding Participating Parent!


From an Envious Slacker Mom


Gina R Snape - Feb 12, 2005 9:44 pm (#2065 of 2956)

Congratulations Denise!


Denise P. - Feb 12, 2005 9:45 pm (#2066 of 2956)

Gina, I have always loved that quote because I can so relate to the man at that moment :::giggle::

Haymoni, you are making me blush! Thanks!


Ydnam96  - Feb 12, 2005 9:55 pm (#2067 of 2956)

Congrats Denise! Well earned.


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 12, 2005 10:00 pm (#2068 of 2956)

Denise, you are a hero super mom! Congratulations!


dizzy lizzy - Feb 12, 2005 10:00 pm (#2069 of 2956)

Congrats Denise!!

As far as I know, our Cub scouts, Scouts and Girl Guides, don't run any big fundraisers like yours do. So I am a little envious of those that have the chance to try those cookies out. Especially the thin mints.

Kip, ROFL! that was an amazing response of yours! - I will try those suggestions of yours before I book the machine in for a service/repair.

Caput Draconis: I've taped both of the "lost" episodes so far. They are pretty good and much better that I expected. The same goes for "desperate housewives", I like it much better than I expected as well.

Of course it helps that I cheat and get the episode summary off the net and read up on it before the relevant episode goes to air. One benefit of having the shows aired in the US before Australia!

Have a wonderful day everyone.



Elanor - Feb 13, 2005 12:09 am (#2070 of 2956)

Hello everybody! Congratulations Denise!

There is nothing better than a Mom! Since yesterday, I have the flu (not fun: fever, aching all over...) and yesterday afternoon, I saw my Mom coming with some dinner because she thought I would not feel like cooking (which was true) and lovely flowers to cheer me up. She is such a sweetie!

As I couldn't sleep this very early morning, I thought I'd better turn on the computer and read the posts instead of looking at the alarm clock every five minutes and it was a very good idea: your posts are more efficient than vitamin C for fighting the flu! Thanks!

Have a great day everybody!


Ydnam96  - Feb 13, 2005 2:26 am (#2071 of 2956)

I was just woken up with the worst case of hiccups, painful ones. Anyone know if hiccups can be a sign of side effects for new drugs or anything? My doctor just put me on a new medicine and I've only been taking it a few days. I've never really had hiccups before. It seems weird that they started while I was sleeping!

Alas...well happy Sunday.

Off to find someone still awake that may want to scare the hiccups out of me!


The giant squid - Feb 13, 2005 2:44 am (#2072 of 2956)

  Heh, what do I do all day....

Congrats, "SuperMom"! Lucky for you, you had an assistant the other day, allowing you the extra oomph needed to become the 2004 Cogioba District Trailblazer Award winner for Outstanding Participating Parent. (I love copy-and-paste. )

As for sewing, that falls under the same category as cooking, cleaning and laundry for me: I know how, I just choose to let my wife do it instead. Actually, I made dinner tonight, and neither of us died or got sick so I must have done something right.

Becca, that's horrible that no one got you any HP gifts! Maybe if you ask real nice and bat your eyelashes, Marie will give you her new Hogwarts Castle Lego. Okay, probably not.

Mandy: BOO!!



Detail Seeker - Feb 13, 2005 3:58 am (#2073 of 2956)

Congratulations to that hard earned title, Denise. May your children always remember that.


septentrion  - Feb 13, 2005 4:05 am (#2074 of 2956)

Lauren, I too support the demand for the photo.

Congrats Denise for you award.

Elanor, I hope you're getting better today. My husband got the flu last week-end, and now he has bronchitis and a new red skin color due to allergy to one medicine. So I'm to play the mothers again this week-end.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 13, 2005 6:35 am (#2075 of 2956)

Congratulations Denise! You've earned it!


boop - Feb 13, 2005 6:43 am (#2076 of 2956)

Denise you got a well deserving award. With all your hard work at home and away from home. You earned ten of those awards. Congratulation Denise we are very proud of you.

~~~waves to Mike~~~


Catherine - Feb 13, 2005 6:45 am (#2077 of 2956)

Denise, Congratulations!

I'm proud to "know" you and the Forum is lucky to have you, also.


Chemyst - Feb 13, 2005 7:32 am (#2078 of 2956)

Oh Denise, I'm not surprised in the least either. Your enthusiasm for scouting spills over into the forum so much that you're teasing me with guilt complexes for not doing more myself. (Actually that is a good & positive challenge and I have to get to I remind myself that I already am involved with three organizations that keep me nicely balanced between helping-out and over-extended.) It is wonderful that the Cogioba District recognizes you as outstanding too.

Elanor, you've discovered the secret of Vitamin Cheer!


Madam Pince - Feb 13, 2005 9:07 am (#2079 of 2956)

Congrats, Denise! And here you were thinking that you weren't going to get any awards.....

Caput, that sounds like such a cool theme park! I'm so jealous! Did they have anything else Potter-related besides the characters walking around? It's the closest we've gotten to a "Potter World" so far....


Good Evans - Feb 13, 2005 9:09 am (#2080 of 2956)

wey hey Denise - well done you !!!

On a somewhat nerdy note, for anyone who ballroom dances, I discovered on Friday night that you can viennese waltz quite well to hedwigs theme.... DON'T ASK

Congrats to prisoner of Azkaban, it won the BAFTA orange award for most popular film last night. Emma and Dan ( I think ?) picked up the award, I saw the piccies of Emma but wasn't clear if it was Dan with her. What great taste the British public have!!!!!

roll on oscars..


Gina R Snape - Feb 13, 2005 9:12 am (#2081 of 2956)

I read on TLC that Dan wasn't there because he was revising for his OWLS GCSE exams.

Ydnam96, try drinking some water. That might cure your hiccups. I've never heard of a drug that causes hiccups, but anything is possible.

EDIT: Question. Did the GCSEs replace O levels or A levels? I can never remember. I'm assuming O levels based on Dan's age. But I just thought I'd ask.


Denise P. - Feb 13, 2005 9:16 am (#2082 of 2956)

How appropriate after discussing the Supermoms vs the Slacker Moms, that someone on another board of mine posted a link about the Supermom phenomenon. I saw a link that caught my eye and I read it. I love it! It was called Slacker Mom Manifesto I put the URL to the article behind my picture if you are interested in reading it. I think the Slacker Mom shows a lot more common sense than the moms profiled in the Supermom article but if one has it in them to be Supermom, go for it.

Down near the end of the Slacker article is the link to the Supermom one, called Mommy Madness


Good Evans - Feb 13, 2005 9:25 am (#2083 of 2956)

Gina - GCSE's replace O levels - you are right - A levels are still there and follow GCSE's if you get good enough grades to carry on(as I am telling my 15 year old at the moment!!)

Denise - ha ha -love the idea of a slacker mom manifesto - I need to go and have a look ......


Julia. - Feb 13, 2005 9:42 am (#2084 of 2956)

Woo!! Mazel tov Denise!! We always knew you were an outstanding parent!! *hands Denise butterbeer* Congrats again to our bestest supermom ever.

Lauren, I too would love to see pictures of you and Snape.

Gina, I'm sure Misha Fan (Jim) has seen the pictures or Misha and Emma on TLC. I'm sure Betty wouldn't let them slip under his radar.

Did anyone in the US watch Shakespeare in Love on Bravo last night? It was on, and I had a marvelous time watching it, although it was kind of difficult watching my boyfriend kissing another woman.

Speaking of Shakespeare, Henry IV part 1 is calling my name, so I'd better to answer him.


Catherine - Feb 13, 2005 10:12 am (#2085 of 2956)


Thanks for the link to the Manifesto article. I also enjoyed the Mommy Madness article. Some of it made me realize that I don't really hate being a "Slacker" mom after all!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 13, 2005 11:50 am (#2086 of 2956)

Leave it to WalMart to show me something I've never seen before. Today I saw the ChickCan Rack--a wonder of engineering if ever there was one. It allows one to place the chicken vertically in the roasting rack but has a nifty cylindrical center that holds a can of beer (or tonic, should one be abstaining) inside the chicken's cavity. As the chicken cooks it's infused with the evaporating beer. Mmmmm, beer. I must say, I've never seen quite this setup but given the regional food items mentioned here, I'm betting some of our Southern brethren have. ***waves furiously at Catherine***

Denise, thanks for the Supermom/Slackermom info. I'm going to check it out now.


Catherine - Feb 13, 2005 12:29 pm (#2087 of 2956)

I must say, I've never seen quite this setup but given the regional food items mentioned here, I'm betting some of our Southern brethren have. --Lupin is Lupin

**Waving to Kim!**

You know, I don't think I've ever seen a chicken upended and forced to chug beer filled with beer. I guess we do some pretty crazy things to chicken, like frying it or putting it with dumplings, but so far I don't know anyone who has hazed their dinner.

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B]Eponine[/B] - Feb 13, 2005 1:21 pm (#2088 of 2956)

I know of people who make use of such a device, but I have never personally witnessed it being done. I've lived in the South my whole life, and I have seen some strange things being done to food, but not that.

Congrats to Denise on your award. I liked the Slacker Mom/Supermom articles. I'm betting that when the time comes for me, I will be a proud Slacker Mom.


Denise P. - Feb 13, 2005 2:06 pm (#2089 of 2956)

I have never cooked a chicken that way but my local stores (in the South) stock that little gizmo year round. I will have to see how much it is, I never really looked.


Madam Pince - Feb 13, 2005 3:27 pm (#2090 of 2956)

I have heard of that cooking method, also -- I think maybe I saw it in one of Mr. Pince's hunting-type magazines/catalogs. I've never used it, though. I have roasted venison with beer and other assorted things as the marinade. Betcha Mike Miller has a good similar recipe...


Gina R Snape - Feb 13, 2005 3:31 pm (#2091 of 2956)

I'm still trying to fathom why someone would want to marinade their chicken with beer.


Denise P. - Feb 13, 2005 3:33 pm (#2092 of 2956)

A lot of people make beer batter chicken, I suppose it is not too far a stretch marinade it with beer as well. My dad soaks chicken in white wine before he puts it on the grill. I don't like it that way but a lot of people do.


Catherine - Feb 13, 2005 3:43 pm (#2093 of 2956)

Actually, we are having chili tonight that is made with 12 ounces of dark beer. I don't like to drink it, but it does add a rich, dark flavor to the chili.

Beer-battered onion rings are delicious, although I have never had any poultry or meat marinated in beer. Somehow, I don't feel like I've missed out.


Gina R Snape - Feb 13, 2005 3:48 pm (#2094 of 2956)

Yes, I've had beer-battered onion rings too. I've cooked with wine before. But I don't often.

Well, I guess if there is a way to do things with beer, a beer lover will find a way! It's all a bit like potions-making, really.


Ydnam96  - Feb 13, 2005 3:52 pm (#2095 of 2956)

Thanks for the hiccups advice. I read some stuff online, no of which really worked except for drinking excessive amounts of cold water. I was able to sleep, but had to get up bunches of times to go to the bathroom Smile Oh well, that's better than the hiccups. They hurt.

I've seen the beer-chicken thing at Walmart as well...seemed weird to me, since the taste of beer well...I think it is gross. So. To each his own I guess.


librarian314 - Feb 13, 2005 4:46 pm (#2096 of 2956)

Hey all!

Congrats Denise on the scouting award! My mom was big into scouting when we were kids (brownie leader, day camp counselor, cookie mom, and troop mediwitch ;-) (okay, first aider) ). Being active in scouting takes a lot of time but is so great for the kids.

Eleanor - here's some pepper-up potion! (It helped me maybe it'll help you ;-) )Feel better!

Dizzy Lizzie - something else to try with your sewing machine is to use the proper sized needle for whatever you're sewing. Thin fabrics need thin needles, thick fabrics thick needles. Also use the best sewing needles available. The cheap ones just break too often and are worthless. Also change your needles regularly. A general rule of thumb is to change your needle every time you start a new project. Sharp needles go right through the fabric causing few problems.

A note on slacker moms: One person's slacker mom is another person's super mom. When I was in Grad school, I met lots of people who thought I was crazy/amazing when I told them I had a little baby (I started school when I was two months pregnant and finished when my daughter was 2.) I was only going school. I knew mom's who had little babies (and other kids) and were going to school and working full time. I thought they were amazing because I couldn't do it. (I quit my job because that would have been too stressful to me. I wouldn't have been able to give my school work, my job, or parenthood the attention they deserved and they would've all suffered. I felt blessed that I had enough family in the area that I could give up my job and still go to school.)

Y'all take care! Happy Valentine's Day!

**michelle the librarian** slacker mom extraordinaire ;-)


Gina R Snape - Feb 13, 2005 5:26 pm (#2097 of 2956)

Ydnam96: Thanks for the hiccups advice

You're welcome!


haymoni - Feb 13, 2005 5:56 pm (#2098 of 2956)

Denise - your comment about white wine made me smile.

Every Thanksgiving my folks would make 2 turkeys - 1 in the oven (Mom was in charge of that one.) and 1 on the rotisserie over the grill outside (This one was Dad's.) Both were great. Mom's was stuffed and Dad's was basted with butter and white wine.

Mom passed away in May of 1998. Dad still wanted to have Thanksgiving like we always did (20-25 people!), so I stayed the night before at his house to help get everything ready for our first Thanksgiving without Mom. He was determined to do everything like she did and he broke down a couple of times, but we had fun remembering her as we followed her recipes as best we could.

The phone rang at 8:00 am Thanksgiving morning. It was someone named "Tom", asking for my dad. Who would be calling that early on Thanksgiving that wasn't family?

My dad took the call and I heard him say, "Just put the bar right through it's hole and tie it on if you have to."


I looked at him, trying to figure out what he could possibly be talking about. Then he said, "Once it's anchored tight enough, go ahead and baste it with the white wine and butter mixture."

He walked "Tom" through the whole process. He sounded much more confident than he had the night before trying to make Mom's stuffing.

The grilled turkey always made the neighbors crazy because its smell wafted all over the neighborhood!

I have a stand for cooking chicken - used it only once. There isn't room for a can of beer, though.

Happy Sunday all!

Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow!


Denise P. - Feb 13, 2005 6:52 pm (#2099 of 2956)

Gripe ahead, feel free to skip.

Why does everyone assume because we have a bunch of kids that we want the rest of the cake, the extra cookies home with us? The person always says "I don't want my kids to have the sugar" Well, what makes them think *I* want all mine to have it?? I realize they are trying to be nice but it makes me nuts when I refuse and they plead with me to take it. :::insert big eye roll here::::


boop - Feb 13, 2005 6:59 pm (#2100 of 2956)

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!!!!!

Now Taysha is getting better and now Dustin has it, goes back to the doctors tomorrow.
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haymoni - Feb 13, 2005 7:41 pm (#2101 of 2956)

Warning! Sarcastic response to Denise ahead!!!

Denise - Do you REALLY think these people are worried about their children???

The parents don't want the extra cake and cookies around their houses because they are afraid that THEY might eat them, not their kids!!!

To save themselves, they are "generously" giving them to you, a busy, involved, Non-Slacker Parent.


Gina R Snape - Feb 13, 2005 7:44 pm (#2102 of 2956)

haymoni, that sounds about right to me. And very slytherin, I might add...


haymoni - Feb 13, 2005 7:56 pm (#2103 of 2956)

Thank you for the compliment, Gina.

I have never taken one of those House tests to see into which House I would be sorted, so I don't really know where I would end up.

Denise - a less sarcastic response, and probably more on target, is that these other parents are in awe of you, as the rest of us are, and want to thank you for your efforts by giving you the extras.

Or...they are Slacker Moms like me and just feel guilty.

Sorry! That Slytherin bit just sneaked back again!


Denise P. - Feb 13, 2005 7:58 pm (#2104 of 2956)

I ask people to take extra cake and stuff but at least I am honest. "I don't want it around because I will end up eating some of it!"

And hey, I proudly count myself as a Slacker Mom, just one with a boatload of kids.


Gina R Snape - Feb 13, 2005 8:11 pm (#2105 of 2956)

You're welcome haymoni.

If you are bored and curious, click behind my picture and you will find two different (but similar) sorting hat tests to try out. And of course, aside from that is the question of which house would you like to be in. But I digress.

Denise, as a last resort you can always send the kids off to school with the extras to give as gifts to their teachers...


Marie E. - Feb 13, 2005 10:14 pm (#2106 of 2956)

Hey! Who says the teachers want all those calories? Who am I kidding? Of course I'd eat the cookies if a student brought them!

Congratulations on your award, Denise! I'm sure you deserved it and then some!

(Apparently I've gone exclamation crazy today. Hmm...)

As a proud Hufflepuff, I can say that I've never handed off unwanted cookies and cakes. This means that I'm the one getting all the unwanted cookies and cakes. Exhibit A: the fudge cookies left by my friend Amy last night. I took them to Brownies today as our snack.


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 13, 2005 10:26 pm (#2107 of 2956)

Oh Denise you are so right. If I can't shake the gracious offer, I accept and then ditch the stuff at the first convenient trash can.

In our school the kids trade Valentines, the teachers actually send home list with student names broken by gender and all the teachers, and aids' names. They come home with a bag full of candy. I let them have a piece or two the first night, the next day it's tucked away then mysteriously disappears. That's my Slyerthrin slacker mom side.


Elanor - Feb 14, 2005 12:44 am (#2108 of 2956)

Thanks for your wishes and pepper-up potions everybody! I still badly need some potion today since the fever is still here. It is not fun when you are on holidays. Come to think of it, it is never fun to be sick. Sept, I hope your husband will feel better soon, I send him healing charms!

Since yesterday, it is snowing again here. It started in a weird manner with lightnings and snow showers, as for a winter storm. Today, there are only snow showers. It is very pretty but really cold too.

I wish a romantic Valentine's day to everyone who is in love and a Valentine's day full of nice surprises for the single ones, let's hope an update on Jo's site! It would be a great Valentine's present for everyone.


septentrion  - Feb 14, 2005 1:53 am (#2109 of 2956)

Happy Valentine's day everyone !

Hi Elanor ! See the bright side of things : you don't have to go working being sick and to drive on snow. Take care of yourself ! My husband feels better except for the allergy : he spent the night scratching himself. Not fun I tell you. I begin to cough too much to my taste, I hope not to get something nasty.

This week-end I achieved something I've been working on it for hours : to rip the audio on a DVD and convert it in MP3 to listen to it in my car (much more interesting than cooking ). And it's nothing compared with making a DivX. But now I know how to do.


The giant squid - Feb 14, 2005 2:30 am (#2110 of 2956)

A round of pepper-up potions to all those under the weather! It's just not right to be sick on Valentine's Day...

An extra special hug for Boop--Denise may be winning awards, but you're still our Forum mom!

Of course I'd eat the cookies if a student brought them!--Marie E.

Sure, sure...blame it on the students...



Catherine - Feb 14, 2005 5:14 am (#2111 of 2956)

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

If I can add to the "griping," let me say that Mr. Catherine bought one of my favorite treats this weekend in honor of Valentine's Day--chocolate covered pretzels. I don't know what happened, but I ate the lot in a day. And the candy-eating hasn't even really begun in earnest. Yikes!

We're going out to lunch for a Valentine's Day treat, which will be fun.

Oh, and dog-lovers, the Westminster Dog Show begins today and will be on TV tonight and tomorrow night.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 14, 2005 5:22 am (#2112 of 2956)

Happy Valentine's Day all!


Fawkes Forever - Feb 14, 2005 5:56 am (#2113 of 2956)

Hello... anyone here? *echo echo*

Well hello there... haven't been here in a long long time... & boy have I missed this place. Did anyone miss me? Or are you all wondering who this new mad poster is

I'm afraid I'm incredibly busy with work at the moment, I'm even working at weekends, (nasty). We had a few people leave, so theres two people trying to do the work of five I'm also having problems with a leaky roof on my house, so when I'm not working, every other spare moment is spent trying to follow up with the builders on that. Stupid builders... wish I could jinx them (joking... or am I ).

So all in all, I haven't had a spare minute to even have a quick peek in on the forums. Which has made me very sad as I miss calling in for a little chat now and again. So I'm having a quick peek here, so I'm typing here whilst looking over my shoulder to keep an eye out for the dementors. (think they are at lunch ) Opps was nearly caught there... *whistles innocently as a dementor floats past*

I have been in touch with Maré (Steffie) by mail, and like me, she's pretty busy at the moment herself. Thanks for the mail Steffie... it really cheered me up!

In saying that, I just couldn't not call in today, I just had to call in & say HAPPY VALENTINES EVERYONE

'Fraid I haven't even attempted to read the 700 odd posts on this thread alone... I did a quick skim of some, but seeing as my time is limited.... I had to skip to the end. Sorry .... so I'll just wish belated happy birthday & congrats to all.

One thing I did catch was a post from Doris. Doris... when you mentioned Queens University, where you talking about Queens Uni in Belfast? If so, *gets excited* thats my old University & I'd be more than happy to impart some of my wisdom (???) unto you about the 'ol place ....

And so, back to the dementors.... Hope to be back posting more regularly soon, until then, I'll keep casting my Patronus Charm, (carefully disguised as a mail from Amazon confirming pre-order of my Half Blood Prince).

Big Hugs


Catherine - Feb 14, 2005 6:00 am (#2114 of 2956)

Fawkes, it's great to see you, and you have been missed. Hope the dementy-whatsits didn't catch up to you today!


Chemyst - Feb 14, 2005 6:27 am (#2115 of 2956)

Catherine, you'd mentioned earlier the history of the Aztecs and chocolate...   I do have a bit of trivia for you there: Sharing a frothy cup of chocolate was part of the 12th century marriage ritual for Mezoamericans. Their mythology holds that the gods of Paradise sent cacao seeds (or a cacao tree in some versions) to man for wisdom and special blessing. (Of course, that misplaced human sacrifice requirement raises some serious doubt as to how such gods define "wisdom")

Glad to see you could get back, Fawkes.  Maré had told us last week that you were having dementor problems. Hopefully they'll have a good lunch and then leave you alone for a while.

(What is this about unwanted cakes &cookies? Do such things exist?) **leaves for next thread in wonderment**


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 14, 2005 7:08 am (#2116 of 2956)

A round of pepper-up potions to all those under the weather! It's just not right to be sick on Valentine's Day...---The giant squid

Hey Mike, how'd you know? And you're right, it's just not fair to be sick on Valentine's.

Catherine, thanks for the Westminster update. I may have to geek out and find the "Best in Show" in me tonight.

Chemyst---nice chocolate trivia. Mmmmmm, chocolate.

Speaking of mmmmm's, this is for Loopy Loopin: I recently acquired Schott's Food & Drink Miscellany (a companion to Schott's Original Miscellany) and included in its endless trivia is a list of some of Homer Simpson's 'Mmmmms....'. They include: mmmm....donuts, mmmm....money, mmmm....the Land of Chocolate, mmmm....invisible Cola, mmmm....free goo, mmmm....bowling-fresh, mmmm....caramel, mmmm....organized crime (that's a puzzler), mmmm....unprocessed fishsticks, mmmm....elephant-fresh, mmmm....hog fat, and mmmm....footlong chili dog. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY LOOPY!


librarian314 - Feb 14, 2005 7:14 am (#2117 of 2956)

Hey all!

Gina, I loved you sorting hat quiz! It's the only one I've ever taken that has ever put me in Gryffindor! I've taken about a dozen or so from the instasort kind to the really long (100+ question psych test kind) and all have plopped me into Hufflepuff. And I'm really very happy as a 'puff. Maybe I'm a really brave 'puff.

Well, it snowed here this morning, which was quite a surprise, as I didn't think I'd have to clear off the car this morning.

Y'all take care and may your day be filled with Valentine Happiness but devoid of Gilderoy Lockheart. (You may have all the Kenneth Brannagh you like though ;-) )

**michelle the librarian** and devoted Kenneth Brannagh fan ;-)


mollis - Feb 14, 2005 7:48 am (#2118 of 2956)
Edited by Feb 14, 2005 6:50 am

Okay, I've been quietly lurking for the past week or so, mainly because you all have been so chatty lately that it takes most of my spare moments to catch up on the posts with no time to come up with my own clever(?) posts. But I just had to pipe up on the subject of beer-can-chicken. I haven't actually done it myself, but I have a friend who has and says its delicious. Basically, the beer just provides moisture and some minimal flavor so that when it's done the bird is crispy on the outside and really juicy on the inside. You could also use the can insertion thingy with a can of apple juice, which would probably also be good. If you couldn't tell, I'm very fond of cooking with beer or wine. Also very fond of drinking the leftovers. You know, sometimes a recipe calls for 1/2 cup of red wine. What's a girl to do with the leftovers??? Actually, I am making Mr. Mollis Guinness stew tonight for V-Day. Its a recipe I brought back with me from Ireland **waves to Fawkes** Yummy stuff! (And great leftovers! )

So, Happy Valentine's Day to everybody. I you are intelligent enough to be on this forum and reading this thread - You are loved by me! (and probably many others here!) So have some gifts from me - take your pick: (couldn't find a box of chocolates, so let's just pretend that there's a smilie with chocolates here. okay?)


Gina R Snape - Feb 14, 2005 7:54 am (#2119 of 2956)

Hey, Michelle. Glad you liked the quizzes! I definitely lean towards Ravenclaw, but am still a slytherin (Slytherclaw). It's entirely possible that you are a Gryffinpuff!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 14, 2005 8:05 am (#2120 of 2956)

included in its endless trivia is a list of some of Homer Simpson's 'Mmmmms....-- Lupin is Lupin

Hehe. My favorite is when Homer is golfing. Mr. Burns suggests that he use "an open face club, the sand wedge." To which Homer replies: "Mmmm. Open face club sandwich....."

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO EVERYONE ***waves to Lupin is Lupin and Catherine*** ***hands butterbeer to Lupin*** Razz


Denise P. - Feb 14, 2005 8:08 am (#2121 of 2956)

No surprises here, both of the sorting quizzes put in Ravenclaw.

Happy Valentine's Day!!


Ydnam96  - Feb 14, 2005 8:29 am (#2122 of 2956)

Well, for me today is just another day as a Singelton (taken from Bridget Jones' Diary). It's started out gray and icky and with little sleep.

Does anyone know what station will be carrying the Westminster Dog Show? I only get the basic stations through antenna (Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, UPN, and WB) so hopefully one of those stations will have it. Although my favorite show, Extreeme Makeover Home Edition has a special tonight I want to see. I love that show. It's so uplifting.

Well, happy V-Day to all that celebrate. If not, happy Monday to all who are just starting another week.


Denise P. - Feb 14, 2005 8:34 am (#2123 of 2956)

USA network usually carries Westminster.


Ladybug220 - Feb 14, 2005 9:03 am (#2124 of 2956)

I'm with you Ydnam96 - I will be spending the evening with my cats and it is gray and icky here in NC too.

Denise, congrats on your award - you definitely deserve it.

Happy Valentines Day to everyone.


Madam Pince - Feb 14, 2005 9:28 am (#2125 of 2956)

Boop, hope your other little one feels better soon!

I ended up like Denise -- sorted into Ravenclaw. I think I took another quiz one time before and it put me into Ravenclaw also.

Today is Mr. Pince's and my anniversary! At the time, it seemed like a very romantic idea to get married on Valentine's Day. Now, it just means that roses and hotel reservations and dinner reservations are harder to get and more expensive. So we celebrated last night instead.

Fawkes and Mollis, welcome back! We've missed you! Mollis, I think you're right about the chicken/beer thing -- you can't really taste the beer flavor, it's more about keeping the chicken moist inside. Something about cooking with beer or wine does that, but to me, I can never really taste the flavor of the liquid. (Unless, like you, I am finishing off the extra 1/2 cup....)

I took the First- thru Fifth-Year Exams on that website, too, Gina. I did pretty well with the first two, but it seemed that I got steadily worse. I really flunked out with the ones "Educational Decree Number 24 stated ______." I didn't pay any attention to what number Decree it was! I also flunked out pretty badly on the ones about "which ingredient goes into a ____ potion / charm / hex." I'm afraid I skimmed over that info too. Sigh....it doesn't take many mistakes to bring one's grade crashing down, does it?

Happy Valentine's Day, everybody!


mike miller - Feb 14, 2005 10:36 am (#2126 of 2956)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Congrats Denise on your award, if you keep pushing that bar higher, the rest of us will never have a chance.

I echo Squid Mike's statement.."Boop your still OUR Forum Mom"

Hey Lauren, we're still wating for the Snape Snaps from Movie World

Fawkes - Good to see your post. I can really relate to the work "load" (and I choose my words carefully).

Congrat to the Pince's!! and your right about my recipes. Actually, both Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's (on-line and catalog sporting goods suppliers) have the one can and the "double" can chicken roasters.

EDIT: I'm in Gryffindor, and I'm supposed to have died 25 years ago!


Phoenix song - Feb 14, 2005 10:41 am (#2127 of 2956)

Happy Valentine's Day everybody! I'm not a "singleton", but might as well be since hubby is somewhere about Oregon right now.

Gina, I took your sorting quiz. That was definitely the most interesting sorting quiz that I've ever taken. Thanks! No surprises, though, like all of the other tests I've taken have confirmed, I'm a GRYFFINDOR!

Ydnam, there are medications that can cause hiccups. My dad was on some meds that caused hiccups. They were so prolonged and severe that he had to take med for the hiccups that were caused by other meds. (The medical profession is paved with frustration!) Unfortunately, the meds for the hiccups that were caused by the meds for the seizures led to other side affects that led to other meds, that led to other meds, and so on, and so on, and so on.

My sincerest advice to you is to just check out your medication online and see what side affects are common with it. If the hiccups are bothersome, then you may want to discuss with your doctor (or with his nurse, more commonly) if there are alternative medications that provide the same benefits without the same side affects. You may be surprised at how many different medications can be used to treat the same problems, but react differently on the body. It's worth a call. Good luck!

Recalling the beer in cooking issue, it's widely believed that beer acts as a tenderizer when cooked with meat. That's why it's common to parboil a rack of ribs with a can of beer prior to grilling. It helps to break the meat down, thereby making it more tender, and gives it a good flavor. I don't like beer in the least, but the taste that beer gives to meat as it's cooked is not the same flavor as drinking the beer itself.

I have heard of sitting a turkey upright in a roasting pan and putting a can of opened beer inside of the cavity with a few sticks of butter and baking it. When the beer reaches a certain temperature it begins to bubble out of the can and coats the chicken. I haven't cooked one that way, but there are many that swear by it. I also have to assert that fried turkey is AWESOME. Everyone should try some at some point in their lives.

Have a great day everybody! Since it's pretty gloomy, gray and wet here, I hope that others are enjoying the sunshine!



megfox - Feb 14, 2005 12:12 pm (#2128 of 2956)

Mmmmmm, beer brined chicken... With a husband who was a chef/worked in kitchens for about 12 years, and then has been a butcher for the past year or so, and roasted chicken being my favorite dinner EVER, I have had the fortune of eating almost every known preparation of said roasted chicken, including the beer-brined variety. It does have something to do with the chemicals found in alcohol acting as a meat tenderizer. Basically, you can cook the snot out of brined chicken (or other types of meat) and you will still end up with really moist meat. The can-in-the-cavity method is just another way to get the beer into the meat. One of the ways my husband does it is to take our large stockpot, and put either a small roaster, or two Cornish game hens in, cover them with beer (Bud is the best for this - it doesn't have to be expensive), some kosher salt, some sugar, some fresh ground pepper, and a bay leaf or two, and lets this sit in the fridge overnight. The next day, he takes it out, puts it over carrots, onions, celery, and a stick of butter in a roasting dish, and roasts it. It is sooooo good. I am actually salivating right now...

Anyway, wanted to let you all in on the little secret. The meat is so tender, it practically falls off the bones. And as long as you don't use some really heavy tasting beer (hence, the Bud) you shouldn't taste the beeer in the chicken, and the alcohol should cook out, too.

I also hope to be a Slacker Mom, but I think that this is because the best thing my mother ever did for us kids was to make us be responsible for ourselves. If I wanted to have any type of lessons or activities, I had to be responsible for showing up. My mom would drive me if I asked, but she never signed me up for anyhing that I didn't ask for. And as soon as I stopped following through, I was done. And in the summer, as soon as breakfast was done, we went outside, and we only came in for lunch or to go to the bathroom, until my dad got home. My mother had better things to do than to entertain me. And frozen pizza hasn't killed me yet.


Helen Potterfan - Feb 14, 2005 12:28 pm (#2129 of 2956)

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Re the beer chicken: I've never had chicken, but I grew up with my mother using beer when roasting turkey. As someone who doesn't like the taste of beer, I can assure you that you don't taste the beer. As megfox and others have mentioned, it really does make the meat more moist. I even saw the beer can thing on a cooking show once! Now that I'm cooking Thanksgiving Dinner, I prefer cooking sherry Smile, but mom still uses the beer at Christmas.

Since it's Valentine's, I have to share my latest chocolate discovery with my fellow New Yorkers and any potential NYC visitors. You probably already know about this place and will laugh at my naiveté. I've been living here for 3 1/2 years, and I just visited The City Bakery for the first time this week! I will never have hot chocolate anywhere else again!! They use real chocolate instead of cocoa powder, so it's like drinking liquid chocolate. During February, they have a Hot Chocolate Festival and serve a different flavor of hot chocolate every day! So far I've tried Bourbon Hot Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate. I'm going to try to get to the Vanilla Bean, Ginger, and Darkest Dark. Mmmmmmmm. They also have amazing cookies and tarts and an excellent (but expensive) salad bar. Tip: the chocolate is extremely rich. I ordered a small the first time and couldn't finish it, so I've ordered a "Shot" since. Be sure to get a (homemade) marshmallow with it!! The City Bakery is at 3 West 18th Street near 5th Avenue. So, if you need a special treat, and don't want to bother Snape (unless you're Gina, who can bother him all she wants), go there today and get some Love Potion Hot Chocolate!

Gina, I took your sorting test and again ended up in Ravenclaw; but the caption says I'll one day rule the world, so I guess that's OK!


Gina R Snape - Feb 14, 2005 12:43 pm (#2130 of 2956)

LOL. Well who knows, maybe Ravenclaws will rule the world one day.

Glad you're all enjoying the quizzes.


librarian314 - Feb 14, 2005 1:09 pm (#2131 of 2956)

Hey all!

My husband has taken a bunch of the sorting quizes and he comes out as a Ravenclaw. When I asked my daughter if she was a Huffleclaw or a Ravenpuff (dear hubby thinks that sounds like a breakfast cereal ;-) ) she said, "No Mommy, I'm a Ravenclaw." which, knowing her is probably where she would end up.

I like the idea of being a Gryffinpuff. Of the Gryffindor's I'm mostly like Hermione. I'm a really hard worker but feel that everyone deserves a fair chance.

Deep fried turkeys are the best. It is so great to watch my Dad, husband, and brother-in-law stand around outside in the back yard sipping scotch (that's what it was this year ;-) ) watching the turkey cook whilst my sister, step-mom, daughter, and I watch whatever we want on tv and only have to get busy about an hour before dinner, rather than working like house elves the whole day. Dad also gets to clean the turkey pot, so we only have to do the usual clean up rather than nasty turkey pans.

The only drawback is that you don't get enough of a decent carcass to turn into soup. I've tried a few times and it just isn't as satisfactory as I'd like.

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Julia. - Feb 14, 2005 1:44 pm (#2132 of 2956)


Wow, I've not been on the forum all day what what happens? Fawkes, Mollis and Meg make apperances!! *waves*

I'm finally off my crutches, thank G-d. I've still got the air cast on, and stairs are a pain, but at least I no longer have to use my arms to walk.

*sigh* Well, I guess it's back to reading (my Valentines day plans include a romantic date with Will Shakespeare) and writing my Valentines day fan fic for the Rev challange.


Catherine - Feb 14, 2005 2:40 pm (#2133 of 2956)

Meg, your description of drunken beer-brined poultry was very tempting.

I think I am off to the store to buy the ChickCan Rack straight away. I think I will buy two extra and send them to Loopy Lupin and Lupin is Lupin for Valentine's Day, as a token of my esteem. **throws pink and red heart-shaped confetti in the air**

Enjoy your Valentine's Day, and remember to root for your favorite breed tonight. The Westminster Show airs on USA this evening.


The giant squid - Feb 14, 2005 4:12 pm (#2134 of 2956)

A hearty hello to Fawkes, Meg & Mollis! Glad to see you were able to tear yourselves away from the "real" world long enough to say hi!

mmmm....organized crime (that's a puzzler)

Strangely, while I've never seen the Simpson's episode that comes from, it doesn't shock me in the least. It was only a matter of time, really...

Julia, congrats on your freedom from crutchdom.

Movie quote of the day, in honor of the Westminster Kennel Show: "Totally off the subject...how much do you think I can bench press?"--Fred Willard, Best In Show


Edit: Sorting-hat.com says I'm a Ravenclaw, and sortingquiz.com says I'm a Hufflepuff. Ravenpuffs of the world, unite!


Catherine - Feb 14, 2005 4:19 pm (#2135 of 2956)

Mike, LOL about "Best in Show!"

I liked, "Hundreds?...I didn't know that."

That movie is just hilarious. For those who haven't seen this movie, it features shih-tzu owners, so naturally I find it quite enjoyable.

**still tossing heart-shaped confetti over everyone**


mollis - Feb 14, 2005 4:29 pm (#2136 of 2956)
Edited by Feb 14, 2005 3:30 pm

Okay guys, don't faint. Two posts in one day. I think some of the slacker-talk is rubbing off...

Meg - That drunken chicken recipe sounds fabulous. I wrote it down and will try it soon. Have to go buy a chicken...

And I took the new sorting quiz, Gryffindor again. I guess I'm okay with that. Once I got Ravenclaw, but I think I'd rather have more fun. I'm sick of all this working and intellectual stuff...

Speaking of which, it's 5:30 and way past time to head home. Got to make my hubby Guinness stew for dinner. Mmmmm, yummy.

Have a great night all!

Edit: Thanks for the confetti Catherine. Better make sure it gets out of my hair before I get home or hubby will wonder what I've been up to!


From Venus - Feb 14, 2005 7:54 pm (#2137 of 2956)
Edited by Denise P. Feb 14, 2005 7:07 pm

The only thing I ever cooked with beer is bratwurst. I'd simmer it in beer for a while and then put them on the grill. Everyone says they are delicious that way...I wouldn't know, since I'm a vegetarian.

Sortinghat.com put me in Hufflpuff, but the Hogwarts sorting site put me in Gryffindor. But it also told me I should be dead by now. (Actually, for about 32 years!) I guess I've beat the odds!


Edit: I just corrected the HTML so you could see the smilies. Denise P.


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 14, 2005 8:19 pm (#2138 of 2956)

Shrimp cooked in beer and seasoned with Old Bay is delicious. That is, as far as I know, the only food I've eaten that's been cooked in beer. The chicken sounds good, though.


Madame Librarian    - Feb 14, 2005 9:21 pm (#2139 of 2956)

Beer...um...not my drink of choice, but for some odd reason I like it with spicy Szechuan (sp.?) food. Just a sip or two to calm the heat. Go figure.

But--as a condiment for cooking, I know of it's many uses. One recipe that I like is Flemish Beer Stew. A hearty beef stew with pearl onions, mushrooms and a thick gravy enhanced with beer and brown sugar. Gosh, it smells soooo good when you start up the recipe and first add the beer. People wander into the kitchen from all over the house (next door even) and ask, "What smells so good, and can I have some?"

I have also heard of a sweet and sour meatball recipe with grape jelly as an ingredient, and there's one where you baste a turkey with Pepsi (not Coke). This is making me hungry, all this talk of yummy food, despite the big supper I had. I will stop now.

Denise, slacker or super, congrats for your honor.

Happy Valentines Day to all you (HP Forum) lovers out there.

Ciao. Barb


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 14, 2005 9:29 pm (#2140 of 2956)

It's a bit late to say Happy Valentines but I was just at the Leaky Cauldron that referred us to the Bloomsbury site new calender. If you click on today's date a window pops up with a picture of who Harry hearts. I can't c-l-i-c-k it, who does harry heart??? Is it too late? 11:30pm EST 2/14 is 4:30 am GMT, right? If someone saw could you please either let us know or (for you who are truely clever) provide a link. Thanks.

Happy Valentine's day for those that still have time.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 15, 2005 12:01 am (#2141 of 2956)

I'm more than a bit late...its way past Valentine's day now, but I hope everyone had a lovely Monday.

I read about that as well Mrs. Sirius, but I too missed out because of the time zones.

Today has been a deadly boring day at work and I'm so tired from the lack of work. I think it will be a night for the leftovers and curl up on the couch watching the TV.



Elanor - Feb 15, 2005 12:21 am (#2142 of 2956)

Hello everybody! It is still snowing here this morning (everything is white with snow and it is very pretty) and I am still fighting the flu but today, finally, I think (hope) it could be better.

I tried both Sorting-hat tests and both told me Gryffindor this time. That's fortunate because I love the red colour and towers...

It was a very quiet Valentine's day for me, first because I was sick and, well, as I am a "singleton" too, it doesn't help on that day... But the French TV was giving Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" movie, I love that version and its music is so beautiful, so it was nice.

As for cooking with beer, well it is used here too though cooking with wine is more common. A few drops in the waffles' mixture and they will become much more lighter. My Mom has also a jugged hare recipe using beer that is delicious.

I hope everyone will have a great Tuesday! Fawkes, Molly, it was great to hear from you! Septentrion, I send you a lot of healing and cheering charms.


septentrion  - Feb 15, 2005 2:10 am (#2143 of 2956)

Hi every one !

Well, wine may be mostly used for cooking, except in "beer regions" such as Northern France. Try and put some beer in your crêpes !

It was nice to see returning people round here.

Thanks for your cheering charms Elanor, but I think I my husband need something stronger like a potion.

Have a great Tuesday everyone !


Marè - Feb 15, 2005 2:43 am (#2144 of 2956)

The only receipe I ever heard of that used beer was pancakes. I never used it before and still don't, but some people apparently always put some beer in the dow for lightness-ness ( :§ )

I love cooking with wine though, both the wine that's left over and the actual diner Hmmmm, Pasta with gorgonzola and white wine. Might have to make that again this weekend!

And sending some general health charms around France for Elanor and Septentrion (And Sep's husband).


Essidji - Feb 15, 2005 4:12 am (#2145 of 2956)

I am very creative for cooking, so I am not surprised at all to hear about recipes with beer. I fact, I have already made successful experiences such as pigeons cooked with brown beer, lardons and pruneaux (dry prunes), or roast pork with mushrooms cooked in red beer.

Hey guys, I am soo hungry! It's quarter past midday here, and talking about this food just makes me starve!


Fawkes Forever - Feb 15, 2005 4:39 am (#2146 of 2956)

Hello hello... *looks over shoulder to make sure no dementors are lurking*

Thanks for the welcomes back guys ... *sending out BIG HUGGLES* I missed you all... I feel all loved now... plus all those Vally's Day greetings Seeing as I'm another singleton... it was nice to get some messages Hey... I'm not worried though. I did get a joke e-mail card from some friends... for those in the UK it was a picture of a mock 'Tesco Value Range' card... very funny! (Tescos is a supermarket chain in the UK & Ireland... the 'Value' range is exactly that... non branded shops own stuff.... & very cheap indeedy )

Mollis, Guinness Stew is something I've never ate, but sounds lovely... Guinness Pie is delicious... which I suppose is basically stew in a pie, so maybe then you could say I've eaten Guinness Stew (hmmm, perhaps I am working too hard... I'm beginning to ramble on about utter nonsense... either that or I really am turning into Bridget Jones )

Julia... didn't know you where on crutches.... poor pet.... *big hug for you*. I'm in a bit of a 'pickle' myself. I was attempting some DIY at the weekend in my house and I managed to slip & fall backwards unto the skirting on the wall & wacked the base of my spine. (don't ask... I'm still trying to work out how exactly I did it) So I'm in a bit of pain at the mo.... hurting your 'tail bone' is not funny... and whoever designed these (bloody) seats in this office.... deserve a jinx on them... ergonomic design my eye!! My mum suggested that I get a cushion and sit on it... a doughnut shaped cushion at that! Hmmm, I'm sure my co workers would love that... you can imagine the conclusions they would draw... and I think they get enough entertainment at my expense right now... seeing as I'm so tired I've taken to just spouting out random statements (see above paragraph for further examples ) So I'm just sitting here suffering in silence..

Oh but mustn't grumble... it's just nice to get two minutes peace from the dementors to check up on this thread.... haven't got a chance to get near any of the others.... oh well... Have a nice tuesday everyone..

All this talk of food has made me hungry... it's another hour til lunch.... and my tummy is rumbling... My sandwhich is now looking at me, I swear it wants me to eat it.... hmmm, I knew I should have put it in the fridge... Ok, I'm off to do some work & try not to eat my lunch before time.... TTFN


septentrion  - Feb 15, 2005 5:36 am (#2147 of 2956)

Marè, when I wrote "crêpes", I meant pancakes. I don't know if beer make them slighter but it give them a nice taste. And thanks for your healing charms !

Fawkes, i just know how it's painful. I had some surgery round the basement of my spine when I was 18 and the 4 following days have been real torture (I couldn't even sit).

Waves to Karine !


Marè - Feb 15, 2005 6:19 am (#2148 of 2956)

Marè, when I wrote "crêpes", I meant pancakes

No no no, trust me, there is a difference between pancakes and crepes, there is also a big difference between those strange fluffy thingies that Americans eat for breakfast (??!!) and real pancakes.

But for that matter, I think that the addition of beer can't top the addition of vanilla essence when it comes to taste!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 15, 2005 6:32 am (#2149 of 2956)

Happy Tuesday everyone.

As Catherine noted, the Westminster dog show is on. I didn't get a chance to watch much of it last night, but I did see the "new breed" intros. One was a Neapolitan Mastiff named "Belagio" (sp?). Most of us would see this doggy and say "Fang!"


Essidji - Feb 15, 2005 6:32 am (#2150 of 2956)

*waves back to Sept*

Fawkes, it's so nice to hear from you. I understand so much the pain you feel. A few years ago, as an unexperienced and poor skier (which I still am), I slipped over a plate of ice and fell on my coccyx. I took at least three weeks before the pain would vanish completely. I really wish it wouldn't last so long for you!
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Catherine - Feb 15, 2005 6:51 am (#2151 of 2956)

Hello, everyone.

I enjoyed watching the Westminster Dog Show last night, but admit that I went to bed after the judging of the Toy breeds. But, Loopy and others, you can still watch the Hound and Sporting Groups tonight, along with Best in Show. I hope the Bassett Hounds do well in honor of Flash, Roscoe, Lulu, Cooter, Daisy, and Jesse! **waves to Loopy Lupin's dog siblings**

We got some good Valentine's Day news last night. My parents are officially getting the little shih-tzu I mentioned last week. She has come through her eye surgery, and getting a little spunkier every day. My mom wants to change her name, and I submitted a list, most of which were Harry Potter-related. Sshh! They don't need to know!

Fawkes, I've had a bruised tailbone, and it is a right pain. I'm sending some Levitation Charms so that you can float just above your chair!

See you all around the Forum.


Elanor - Feb 15, 2005 6:52 am (#2152 of 2956)

Fawkes, I really hope that you will feel better soon, to be hurt there is NOT fun. *waving**

About "crêpes", my grandmother used to put some orange-flower water in them and it was delicious too!

Good afternoon to my fellow europeans and good morning America!


mollis - Feb 15, 2005 7:10 am (#2153 of 2956)
Edited by Feb 15, 2005 6:11 am

Good morning all. I've decided to try and keep my priorities straight and take the time to post. Maybe even try and get my money's worth out of this premium membership.

Fawkes, I too have injured myself in the past (similar to Essidji. It did indeed take up to 3 weeks to heal. People may give you funny looks for sitting on one of those donuts, but if you are working that hard and that stressed out, I'm willing to bet you could shoot any laughers a look that would scare even the dementors away.

And Mare, my husband makes the best "strange fluffy thingies that Americans eat for breakfast" I've ever tasted. With plenty of Vanilla, brown sugar, lemon juice, and a few other things. Yummy. The orange flower water sounds interesting, Elanor. I've only used that before in one other recipe - Ramos Fizz (also has gin ). Grandpa makes them Christmas morning.

I am starting to fear that I am giving the impression of being an alcoholic - please be assured this is not the case. I just love experimenting with all the different flavors it can give to recipes. Oh, the Guinness stew last night was very good. So were the leftovers...


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 15, 2005 7:11 am (#2154 of 2956)

About "crêpes", my grandmother used to put some orange-flower water in them and it was delicious too!---Elanor

Leave it to the French to put orange-flavored water in anything. ***goes off to drown her pancakes (those "fluffy" things) in maple syrup to disguise the bland taste and feels, if possible, worse about her lame cooking skills than she did before reading this***


Ydnam96  - Feb 15, 2005 8:31 am (#2155 of 2956)

What is a non-fluffy pancake like? Being an American I didn't know there was another kind Smile I have had crepes before, but to be honest I wasn't a fan (must be the Yankee in me) or maybe they just weren't very well made. (We had French Belgian exchange students who made them for us when I was a child...they did bring us goooooood chocolate and little statues of a man who is.... well you can figure it out, I guess it's famous in Belgium)

It's 7:30 am and I don't want to go to work. I'm just telling myself that I can take a nap when I get home, it's the only way I think I will make it through the day.

And, there is NO SHAME in a donut seat. I think that if you are in pain you should just get one. Who cares about your coworkers if you are in pain. We'll send them bat-boggie hexes if they make fun of you!


Julia. - Feb 15, 2005 8:31 am (#2156 of 2956)

Good morning everyone.

Fawkes, I'm so sorry you've hurt your tail bone. I hope you feel better soon! *sends huggles and healing charms your way* Yeah, the donut is going to make you look a bit silly, but it will make you feel better.

Ummmmmmmmmm, pancakes. I love those fluffy things we Americans eat for breakfast. The dining hall always makes them with chocolate chips, but I like them better without them better.

Well, I'm off to clear the threads, then giving blood then class. Have a good day everyone.


septentrion  - Feb 15, 2005 8:48 am (#2157 of 2956)

and little statues of a man who is.... well you can figure it out, I guess it's famous in Belgium)

LOL It's indeed very well known !

goooooood chocolate

Living near the belgian frontier, i can tell you it's sometimes difficult to keep good resolutions think of Leonidas chocolates ...hhhmm

Leave it to the French to put orange-flavored water in anything.

Not in everything. And the arabs use it still more.


megfox - Feb 15, 2005 1:26 pm (#2158 of 2956)

Fawkes, I can soooo sympathize with the tailbone issue. Because of my two car accidents this summer/fall, and now being almost 8 months pregnant, my tailbone is scraping against the top of my pelvic bone (it has something to do with the ligaments being loose, in preparation of pushing). It hurts so bad. Every time I sit down or stand up, I can feel it move. And I can't take any pain medsbecause they aren't good for the baby. OUCH! I could use one of those levitation charms too! I hope that you heal fast - I will still be in pain for at least another 5 weeks!


VeronikaG - Feb 15, 2005 1:30 pm (#2159 of 2956)

Hello lovely people. Hope you have a nice Tuesday.

Fawksey, here is a healing charm for you:

*~*~*~*~*~*Get Better*~*~*~*~*~*

To go back a LOT of posts, what I meant to say was that Loopy was revealing his age, and ended up accusing him of having a rather poor romantic life, he he. And I thought I could speak (write) good English...


Catherine - Feb 15, 2005 1:55 pm (#2160 of 2956)

To go back a LOT of posts, what I meant to say was that Loopy was revealing his age, and ended up accusing him of having a rather poor romantic life, he he. And I thought I could speak (write) good English... –VeronikaG

Oh, you do write very well in English. We just couldn't resist taking the opportunity to tease Loopy Lupin! Forgive us if we caused any hard feelings!

Meg, your woes made me wince in sympathy. Wingardium Leviosa! I hope that charm lasts well after your child's arrival!

I'm feeling light-hearted at the moment. My "little brother" got some long-awaited and much-anticipated news today: He was accepted into graduate school to pursue his MBA! He only applied one place, so what a relief for him. He's really excited, because he gets to stay in Charlottesville. **waves to Madam Pince, Loopy Lupin, and Accio Sirius**

Well, I have dinner to prep and homework to check. See you all later.


Julia. - Feb 15, 2005 2:17 pm (#2161 of 2956)

Wooo! Mazel tov to your brother Catherine!!

Awww, poor Meg! I'm so sorry you can't take any pain meds for your tailbone. *sends baby-safe healing charms your way*

Well, my Thursday afternoon had been much nicer than my Thursday morning. *waves to Veronika* I gave blood this morning, and as a result was pretty light headed for a while. I also managed to leave my cell phone at the blood place, so after walking half way across campus to eat, I had to walk back to get my phone. So after all this I was still feeling rather light headed and yucky, so I decided to skip my Latin American history class and take a nap instead. My Inner Hermione is not very pleased, but I am feeling a lot better and will get the notes from a friend.

Off to attack the mountain of reading. *waves to forum*


VeronikaG - Feb 15, 2005 3:02 pm (#2162 of 2956)

Waves back to Julia* Good job giving blood.

Catherine, of course I have no hard feelings. I just wondered if I had been funny on Loopy's account without realizing what I had said. And I had...

Awww Meg. Here is my healing charm:

*~*~*~*~*Get Better*~*~*~*~*


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 15, 2005 5:23 pm (#2163 of 2956)

Not in everything. And the arabs use it still more.---septentrion

I can't tell if you're annoyed or not but to clarify, that was my rather awkward way of offering a compliment and acknowledging the superiority of French cooking.

At the risk of offending further I have to pass along what I'm watching on the Food Network. Alton Brown's Good Eats is a hilarious and educational (he explains the science of cooking) show and today's episode involves a character called The Mad Frenchman, who's sort of an evil genius with food. Alton Brown is determined to best him and so he and his partners follow The Frenchman around to steal his secrets. There was even a very bad pun (the show's full of them) about the "gall" of The Frenchman. The reply was, "Of course he's a Gaul. He's French." Well, I thought it was hilarious.


Pinky - Feb 15, 2005 6:26 pm (#2164 of 2956)

Mare: there is also a big difference between those strange fluffy thingies that Americans eat for breakfast (??!!) and real pancakes.  

Ok, so what is a real pancake?????? :curious:


Eponine - Feb 15, 2005 7:08 pm (#2165 of 2956)

I LOVE Alton Brown. Good Eats is such a fun, fun show. You can watch a cooking show and learn things at the same time. Yes, the show is full of awfully bad puns, but it's such a good show I usually overlook the cheesiness.

I'm currently watching the Westminster Dog Show. I'm so fascinated by these dogs. They're just so cute. I love the long-haired ones because when they run, it looks like they're gliding. Question for anyone who knows...when they show the dogs' names down at the bottom of the screen and it's preceded by CH, what does that stand for?

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.


Denise P. - Feb 15, 2005 7:12 pm (#2166 of 2956)

CH stands for Champion. Each breed competition (think dog show) has a certain number of points awarded to the winning dog (used here to indicate both male and female) of each breed (they get no points for winning the entire show). In order to become a champion, a dog has to win a total of 15 points, including 2 shows that are "majors" under two different judges with the remainder of the points coming from judges other than the major judges. A major means that 3 or more points were awarded (1-5 pts is the range). These are difficult to get in certain breeds because it requires a huge number of dogs to be entered (Labs, for example, need almost 200 animals entered). It is actually a little more complicated but I would have to use a bunch of dog show related terms that make no sense out of context.

For example, in my breed, Rottweilers, a 5 pt major requires 20 females to be present, 23 males to be present. A 3 pt major requires 14/18 split. In Catherine's breed, a 5 pt major can be obtained with 10/13 where a 3 pt major is only 7/8. Majors are hard to come by and nothing upsets people more than someone breaking a major....not showing up which messes up numbers. It can be very frustating to choose a show for the major and then the last moment, the number changes and it becomes a 2 pt show.

The number of dogs required for a major vary by location and breed.

More than you ever wanted to know...


Eponine - Feb 15, 2005 7:25 pm (#2167 of 2956)

Thank you so much, Denise. It's not more than I wanted to know. I love learning about new things of which I previously had no knowledge. So, can you tell me why they usually have such fancy names for the dogs? Does it have anything to do with breeding like in horses? At least, I think horses are sometimes named according to the sire and (insert proper horse terminology for mommy here).


Denise P. - Feb 15, 2005 7:34 pm (#2168 of 2956)

Yes, there is usually a kennel name involved or a sire/dam name involved. In some cases, the breeder also has either a theme or a letter they require the new owner to use. For example, one of my dog's is Stone Fort's Eternal Hope, CGC, CD.

Stone Fort is the breeder's name, all of her dogs use the Stone Fort prefix. My girl came from the "E" litter, all of the dogs in her litter are Stone Fort E... I could have chosen to name her Stone Fort E Susie. I chose Eternal Hope but it had to be an E name. We call her Daria. CGC is Canine Good Citizen (a test she had to pass) and CD is Companion Dog, an obedience title. Not all breeders require you to use their name or theme, it varies. There is also a limit of ....25 letters, I think.

How do I get Daria out of Eternal Hope, no one asks I like the show Highlander, where immortality is a theme. With immortality, you can have eternal hope. Daria is named for a priest on the show, Darius.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 15, 2005 7:51 pm (#2169 of 2956)

Yes, the show is full of awfully bad puns, but it's such a good show I usually overlook the cheesiness.---Eponine

Overlook? OVERLOOK? Geez, those awful, abysmal, appalling puns are the best part.

Hey Denise, the Irish Terrier was robbed!

My hopes rest with the Bloodhound, my son's favorite. Go Knotty!


Eponine - Feb 15, 2005 8:14 pm (#2170 of 2956)

Lupin is Lupin, the show would not be the same without the puns and the cheese, and I do love his horrible jokes. Don't you just love his nephew? His sister is quite a character as well.

Denise, thanks so much for the dog show information. That's what I love about this place. Just ask a question, and someone will know the answer or where you can find one.


Denise P. - Feb 15, 2005 8:15 pm (#2171 of 2956)

dog geek AND HP geek Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 2752390508


Catherine - Feb 15, 2005 8:25 pm (#2172 of 2956)

Count me in for Dog Geek and HP Geek!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 15, 2005 8:25 pm (#2173 of 2956)

Eponine, I've missed both the nephew and the sister. I can't believe it! Does he name them as such? I'm usually doing something else as I watch him so it would be easy for me to miss stuff. I'll have to watch more carefully.

Did anyone notice the Corgi named Harry Potter? HP is everywhere!


Eponine - Feb 15, 2005 8:36 pm (#2174 of 2956)

Yes, he is usually teaching his nephew how to cook something, and his sister comes in and protests her sweet little boy using sharp knives or grating things or using a stove. The sister is portrayed as quite an annoying know-it-all who doesn't know a thing about cooking. They're on the show occasionally, but not terribly much. Good Eats comes on every weekday at 7:00 PM on the Food Channel, so I catch a lot of reruns.

And yes, the dog named Harry Potter was great. I love the cute little terrier named Coco. All the dogs are so precious, though, I don't know which one I want to win.


Denise P. - Feb 15, 2005 8:40 pm (#2175 of 2956)

I saw one of the working group last night was named Chamber of Secrets, although it could have been a dog profiled on one of the little outspots.

Well I was rooting for the little Norfolk, she was working the crowd but the winner was very lovely as well and moved so nicely.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 15, 2005 10:10 pm (#2176 of 2956)

Thank you Eponine. I will keep my eye out for them. He makes cooking fun--and that's saying something for me.

Well, I thought the Border and the Pyr were both eye-catching but the German Shorthaired Pointer never put a foot wrong. Her poses were amazing.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 16, 2005 12:13 am (#2177 of 2956)

Thank you Denise P. for your run down on dog shows. I had no idea it would be so complicated to get the points.

I have been trying to reduce the photos of my other two dogs in order to use them as avatars. No go so far. I only have the photo editor that came with the computer and haven't felt the need to get a better photo editor. Now might be the time to start looking.

I have suddenly discovered another time consuming "hobby", creating my own web page! I had started using a shareware program that did most of the work for you, except I found it difficult to work with.

So in my spare time at work (lots of it), I went hunting on the net for HTML code sites etc. There are a lot. I printed off heaps (on the laser printer) of tutorials, articles, lists etc and now I am having lots of fun doing it the hard (easier) way by hand.

It took two hours to get the dog photos up. It pays to proofread everything and look for errant spaces.

Pancakes have never been popular within my family, piklets won out every time. The only pancakes I make are the ones which you stuff and put a sauce on the top. The only variety I make is Zucchini and Carrot, with a tomato based sauce, for when I don't want to eat meat.

Have a wonderful day on Wednesday


EDIT: spell check decided piklets should be piglets


The giant squid - Feb 16, 2005 12:40 am (#2178 of 2956)

Denise, with all you do you still find time to follow dog shows & rattle off that litany? I bow in further awe.

either that or I really am turning into Bridget Jones--Fawkes Forever

For heaven's sake, girl, stay away from goofy, stammering editors, then!

As for your coccyxal misfortune, I can empathise. Last July my wife slipped on the stairs and broke her tailbone--not bruised, not fractured, broke. For the next three months(!) she was hobbling around, wincing at the slightest movement and, yes, sitting on a doughnut-shaped pillow. Actually, since it happened during the summer she got a bunch of kid-sized pool floats; they're the same size as the "medical doughnut pillow" but cost 99 cents each versus 40 dollars. If one springs a leak, it's a lot cheaper to replace! They'd probably be tough to get this time of year, though, unless one of our Aussie friends wants to send some to you...



Elanor - Feb 16, 2005 12:59 am (#2179 of 2956)

Lupin is Lupin, don't worry, you didn't offend the French cook in me at all! Your show sounds fun BTW! If they want to show all our weird culinary habits, they've got a lot to do... Even the sayings have often culinary references here: for example "they've got a lot to do" would be said "ils ont du pain sur la planche" ("they have some bread on the board") here... See? And I don't tell you about "quand l'appétit va, tout va" (when appetite goes well, everything goes well)...

Eating and cooking (or cooking and eating, it depends) are really a national pastime here. It's not good for our weigh but it is very pleasant during grey winter weekends. Too bad I am still sick and can't eat anything but soup or tea those days... Just typing this was enough for my breakfast today! LOL!

Have a great Wednesday everybody! Here, the day promises to be snowy and cold again, enjoy the sun if you have some!


dizzy lizzy - Feb 16, 2005 1:24 am (#2180 of 2956)

Elanor: I'll send some cheering and get well charms your way. I noted the last Rugby match was very close and France won. I am looking forward to seeing a few matches on TV this year.

Also some get well and cheering charms to Fawkes and Meg for your sore backs. I hope they settle down soon.

Mike: thanks for the suggestion regarding the kid sized pool floats. I might go get a couple and stash them away for when I do my lower back in again.



Elanor - Feb 16, 2005 1:42 am (#2181 of 2956)

Thanks Lizzy! This flu is a real nuisance.

I watched the match last Sunday and it was very close indeed! To be honest, at half-time, I thought it was over (we have another culinary saying here for saying that: "les carottes sont cuites", "carrots are cooked") but we were luckier with the penalties than the English. Did you notice that the English team had a player named Moody? Well, as the other players, it was only at the end of the match that he started to look like the "real" one... Next time, we'll play Wales and it promises to be a tough match too since the Welsh won their first matches as well. Fortunately, we will play "at home", I hope it will help!


septentrion  - Feb 16, 2005 1:57 am (#2182 of 2956)

Lupin is Lupin, no offense for me either. In fact, I just meant ordinary, everyday cooks don't use that much orange flavored things. My mother, who cooks very well, never uses them. Yet it's tasty in crêpes and pastry.

Elanor, some healing charms from me too. My husband doesn't feel so well too. His allergy seems to get worse. If he isn't better this evening, I think I'll take him to the hospital. He's scratching himself so much that he had begun to take dots of skin off.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 16, 2005 2:56 am (#2183 of 2956)

Hmmm, no dementors about... hee hee... think I'll have a quick post there then...

See, thats what I love about you guys.... Cheering & Levitation Charms a go go Meg.... you poor pet.... I'm sending all my charms your way, as I think your need is greater than mine. Hope all is going well with you and junior When are you due by the way?

As for the great pancake debate. My way of looking at it was, the fluffy things are pancakes, whereas the thin ones are crepes? Perhaps thats an over simplification on my behalf? Either way, I'll eat both However the pancakes I make tend to fall somewhere in between on the thickness scale... just to confuse the issue that little more

As for the Belgian Statue... is it the one on the Fountain in the Grand'Place in Brussels? The Mannekenan- (I'll not say the rest of the name) If so, I've seen him (my sis used to live near there).

Mike (aka Giant Squid)- For heaven's sake, girl, stay away from goofy, stammering editors, then!

Hee hee, that was a 'spew' moment! It's a good job I don't work in publishing then... but I don't think I'd have no problems steering clear of any Hugh Grant lookalikes ... now Colin Firth.... just kidding... I'd have to find one first

Good call on the kids floats as a cushion, I may pop into the local pound... opps I mean Euro store on the way home (discount store). They have all sorts of odd things for sale at various time of the year... so who knows!

Got some good news yesterday. A friend of mine living in England had a baby boy & she's called him Harry (I don't think after the books however), but her surname begins with a P, so he's Harry P He's even got dark hair!

OK, the dementors have arrived... (they must have slept in this morning) so I'd better get back to work & back to silently cursing the manufacturers of this chair... (Mutley Style) I'm in a bad enough mood that I'm missing my BasketBall practice tonight... just when I was getting into it too.... *insert grumpy.. I'm feeling sorry for myself face*

Oh yeah... I'm enjoying the 6 nations rugby at the moment too... especially that we're not doing so bad Going to try & get tickets for the Ireland Vs England match on the 27th... should be an interesting match

Oh... dementors floating close by.. got to go... TTFN


septentrion  - Feb 16, 2005 4:10 am (#2184 of 2956)

You've got it right for the statue Fawkes.


boop - Feb 16, 2005 4:49 am (#2185 of 2956)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ozymandias!!!!! I hope you have a great day.

Everyone have a great day!!!


Steve Newton - Feb 16, 2005 7:01 am (#2186 of 2956)

Hey, can you hear the horsehide hitting the leather? YES! Spring training is here! The season of rebirth is here, again.


Denise P. - Feb 16, 2005 7:12 am (#2187 of 2956)

Mike, although I knew how many points and the breakdown of judges to get a major, I had to go look up the specific numbers for a major. You give me too much credit.

After two beautiful days, the cold wind is back here. Brr!

I am off to mail postcards to a certain child of a certain Forum member today. Got to go and deposit the rest of the cookie money so we can close that out even though husband asked me last night to get another case of somoas.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 16, 2005 7:40 am (#2188 of 2956)

I am off to mail postcards to a certain child of a certain Forum member today.---Denise P.

Thanks Denise. We really appreciate it!

Elanor and septentrion, I'm glad you weren't offended. Elanor, I LOVED those sayings. They got my mind going and I'm hoping other people's as well. Does anyone have a favorite saying? The more parochial the better. I would especially like to have any non-English speakers translate their sayings. When I grew up, if I got upset my mother would admonish me not to "take a bird" but when I went out to Colorado, they said "have a cow". Recently, I've been using the expression "tell 'em where the dog died" to express the exercise of telling someone off. Growing up, a friend's father could endlessly reinvent the phrase "whatever floats your boat". I can't remember them all but the two I do remember might not be fit for all forum readers so I'll keep those to myself. I'm also terribly fond of "come to Jesus meeting" which happens when someone is going to be re-educated as to how things are done.

I bet this group can come up with some truly unique, regional expressions. I'll admit to a prejudice that the Southerners in the crowd, with their rich, literary heritage, can do well here. And I'm hoping Fawkes will pass along some authentic Irish sayings and not the lame ones that are plastered everywhere I go in Boston.

No pressure though folks. I just thought it might be fun.


Julia. - Feb 16, 2005 8:15 am (#2189 of 2956)

Good morning everyone.

Oh, favorite sayings. There are so many. A few favorites in my house are "When in Florida, do as the old people do," (I appologize to any non-old Floridians I may have just offended) "Nu, you're turning this into a MushkaGupin," for when someone is making mountains out of molehills, and of course, "The cat's among the pixies now."

Happy birthday Ozy! *hands Ozy butterbeer* Hope you have a great day and an amazing year.


Denise P. - Feb 16, 2005 8:20 am (#2190 of 2956)

“You're about as thick as molasses in winter” is a way of insulting someone around here. Another popular one is “That dog don't hunt” which pretty much is calling someone useless and lazy. Who can ever forget “You need to be drop kicked through the goal posts of life!” when the lack of common sense is displayed.

A non regional one but a favorite around here comes courtesy of a popular cartoon character. “You are such a maroon!” Wow, most of these are insults...just saw that.

In the south, you can get away with a lot if you just add a few little words to the end of the insult, “bless her heart.”  “She is about as thick as molasses in winter, bless her heart.” Somehow, those three little words at the end seem to take the sting out and make it okay. It can come at the beginning too. “Bless his heart, he just doesn't fire on all his pistons.”


Ydnam96  - Feb 16, 2005 8:51 am (#2191 of 2956)

Denise, I've always heard "you are as slow as molasses in winter!" from my grandfather. Interesting difference, as he was actually referring to someone's speed (for instance at getting ready to go somewhere).

So my goal of the day is to call one of my school loan lenders and argue with them about supposedly missing a payment, which I am 100% certain I posted online. They never took the money out of my account. Now I have a late fee and have lost some sort of interest deferment option. I tried talking to them last night, but I was so angry I started crying and hung up on them. (I hate it when I cry!) So I need to try again today. Bleh. Makes me wonder if college was really worth all the money and mess afterward.

Well I'm late for work again...should go.

Happy Wednesday, almost to the end of the week!


mike miller - Feb 16, 2005 9:03 am (#2192 of 2956)

Denise - Have you discovered some way of modifying the space-time continuum? How do you fit everything you do into the day? I only sleep about 5 to 6 hours a night and still fall way short of getting everything done!

On the "expression" front, for someone who has a run of unexpected good luck - "Even a blind pig finds a acorn now and then." Come to think of it, it's all good luck unexpected?

EDIT: Has anyone replaced a "motherboard"? Still having home PC issues.


Elanor - Feb 16, 2005 9:37 am (#2193 of 2956)

I love those sayings too! Okay, here are some more that come to my mind:

- "arriver comme un cheveu sur la soupe": "to arrive as hair on soup", meaning "to turn up at the most ackward moment"

- About hair, those ones are famous too: "se faire des cheveux blancs", "to have your hair going white", that is to say to be very worried and: "avoir mal aux cheveux", "to have a hair-ache", for "to have a hangover"...

- There are also several ones for saying "to die" that I find funny: "avaler son extrait de naissance" (to swallow one's birth certificate), "manger les pissenlits par la racine" (to eat dandelions by the roots) or "passer l'arme à gauche" (to put one's weapon in the left hand - I believe it wasn't a good omen...)

Fawkes, you'll be very lucky if you can go to the Ireland/England rugby match, it promises to be a great one too! I've seen part of the Ireland/Scotland match on Saturday and your team was very impressive!

Sept, I hope your husband will feel better soon!

Ydnam, I send you cheering charms and I hope everything will work out all right.

Ozymandias, happy birthday! And a good Wednesday to you all!


Madam Pince - Feb 16, 2005 9:37 am (#2194 of 2956)

“Well, shut my mouth and call me Shorty!” (to express surprise)

“It's cold as a welldigger's arse in January!” (Man, is it ever cold today!)

“What do you want me to do, stand on my head and spit nickels?” (I'm not sure exactly what this means, but Mr. Pince says it a lot when I ask him about some sort of problem....)


Chemyst - Feb 16, 2005 10:23 am (#2195 of 2956)

Elanor, your "manger les pissenlits par la racine" (to eat dandelions by the roots) reminds me of our "pushing up daisies." Another death one is "assumed room temperature."

On a more pleasant note; Happy Birthday Ozy.


Loopy Lupin - Feb 16, 2005 10:42 am (#2196 of 2956)

Mmm. Expression, eh? Some of these are regional and some are just expressions that have taken hold in my little circle of friends.

“You shot who in the what now?-- What?” or I didn't understand a word you just said.

“Christmas gift!”-- A greeting one states as they walk through the door; not really said on Christmas day as that would be redundant.

“ 'I see,' said the blind man”-- I never really got this one myself and I've seen various web sites give different explanations. I understand it to be used when someone is expressing understanding but with some measure of reservation.

What are you doing? Response: "Bluing. Wanna buy a box?"-- I don't really hear this much ever. It refers to "Bluing" laundry detergent which used to be sold door to door. The point of the stinging retort, I suppose, is to tell the inquisitor to stop being so nosy. (You see, the South is not always marked by rapier wit or cleverness.)

ABC-- This means "Anybody but Carolina" and expresses the correct attitude towards any University of North Carolina sports team, but especially the basketball team. Razz

I'll see if I can think of some others.

Anyway, hello to all. And, "Go Hoos!"


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 16, 2005 11:23 am (#2197 of 2956)

I always say, "I see,' said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw." I have no idea what it is supposed to mean.

Happy birthday, Ozy.


Gina R Snape - Feb 16, 2005 11:38 am (#2198 of 2956)

My father used to say "'I see,' said the blind man to the deaf mute."

I think he thought he was being funny. But the quote is about a complete lack of communication and a degree of pointlessness. I wonder, Vlad, if your quote is another version of the same thing.

Happy birthday, Ozy.


Denise P. - Feb 16, 2005 11:45 am (#2199 of 2956)

I have a good friend who grew up in Georgia. She had two sayings that she used frequently.

“He is busier than a one armed paper hanger with an itch.”

and the ever popular

“That is as ugly as the day is long . . .”


Catherine - Feb 16, 2005 11:54 am (#2200 of 2956)

Some of my phrases have already been taken by others.

Some of these may be specific to my family:

“Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.”

“I'm going to wear you out.” (Irate parent threatening a spanking)

“Well, excuse me for living, but the graveyard is full. “(when someone is not appreciative of your efforts, or has snapped at you, or is in a cranky mood)

“I'd like to snatch her bald.” (When someone has irritated you so much that you want to pull all their hair out)

“Were you raised in a barn?” (Implies that you are acting in an unmannerly fashion; at my house it was said if you slammed the door too hard)

“They won't buy the cow if they get the milk for free” (What my elderly babysitter said about moral behavior)

“You are getting on my last nerve.” (said when a child or situation is so exasperating that it is actually painful)

“I got thrown under the bus.” (when someone betrayed you, or made you look really stupid, or otherwise ruined something for you).

Hope you enjoyed these. I had fun writing them down!
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Loopy Lupin - Feb 16, 2005 12:15 pm (#2201 of 2956)

“Thrown under the bus . . .” Oooh, that's also an office phrase around here. For example, when I come into the office expecting a leisurely day pushing paper and maybe checking out the Forum once in a while **ahem**, but find out that I have to cover a DUI case at 9:30 a.m. where the defendant had a .25 blood alcohol level and caused a 3 car accident, I have been "thrown under the bus."


Ozymandias - Feb 16, 2005 12:54 pm (#2202 of 2956)

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the birthday wishes. I can't believe you remembered! I feel so special now.

It's been way too long. Im going to have to mark the whole forum as read.

Hopefully I'll be able to log in more often now.


Madame Librarian    - Feb 16, 2005 1:05 pm (#2203 of 2956)

I love those expressions! You've all given me a chuckle. Here are some of my favorites.

“He's (or she) about as interesting as watching cement dry.” About a very dull person.

“She jumped on her horse and dashed off in all directions.”  About someone who panics easily.

“Vachs wie a tzibele mit dem kopf im drerd. “Yiddish insult--Make like an onion with your head in the ground--get lost, butt out, etc.

A variation on the "you think life is hard, listen to how it was when we were kids"—“Life was so tough when we were kids, there was no such thing as water. We had to take two hydrogen molecules and smash them into an oxygen molecule.”

As the phone rings, call out, "Better get that. It might be the phone!" Gives people, especially kids, a pause.

“Don't hock me a chinick.” More Yiddish/English (Yinglish)--to prattle on like a boiling kettle--that's "chi" as in china--your jabbering is making me crazy, or you're really trying my patience, or yeah, yeah, I'm not buying it; you're speaking complete nonsense...or telling lies.

Ciao. Barb


Essidji - Feb 16, 2005 1:07 pm (#2204 of 2956)

A few more French expressions related to food:

“Faire chou blanc” (to make a white cabbage) : to fail

“Avoir la frite” (or la pêche or la banana)  (to have the fry/chip, the peach, the banana) : to be on form, in a (very) good mood

“Noyer le poisson” (to drawn the fish) means to elude a question for me. My dictionnary says "to tire out one's opponent", however.

“Faire le cake” (to do the cake) : to show off


John Bumbledore - Feb 16, 2005 1:20 pm (#2205 of 2956)

Girls Scout Cookies, I can get the Double Dutch. Well I think they still have more as deliveries just started on the 12th.

Fang, is one mastiff dog all-right. ** hears chirping crickets **

Don't know what else I was going to say..

(John) Bumbledore

P. S. Sayings:

“Does this train-of-thought have a caboose?” (Insulting comment to a long-winded talker.)


Loopy Lupin - Feb 16, 2005 1:32 pm (#2206 of 2956)

“Does this train-of-thought have a caboose?” (Insulting comment to a long-winded talker.) – Bumbledore

Oooh. I like that.

I thought of some others:

“Slow as dirt.—“This is a reference to someone or thing, such as service in a restaurant, that is not very fast.

“Old as dirt—“ A variation on the above to refer to someone not very young.

“Old as Methusaleh—“ Same as the above, but with a Biblical slant. Methusaleh was a person in the Bible who was, reportedly, about 900 years old.


John Bumbledore - Feb 16, 2005 2:17 pm (#2207 of 2956)

“Loopy, "'I see,' said the blind man"-- to his deaf son. “(I am not sure if that is a response to the first part or a correction to include the full quote. I think there is a third part, but alas, Mrs. Bumbledore is the one who knows the complete phrase.)

The following comments do not reflect the opinion of this poster.

“A few bricks short of a full load” or "a few cards short of a deck" (Implies insanity or a lack of intelligence or common sense..) Have you ever notice how uncommon, common sense seems to have become?

“he/she has lost his/her marbles” (gone crazy or acting insane)

“Beauty maybe skin deep, but ugly goes to the bone.”

“Suicide blond”   one who dyes his/her own hair. (as in the chemicals have left them a few bricks short of a full load.)

“Kivorkian blond” one who's hair is dye with assistance.

“Darwin awards” this can be found on the Internet, usually given to someone who has pruned their own family tree, so to speak.

(John) Bumbledore


Julia. - Feb 16, 2005 2:30 pm (#2208 of 2956)

I forgot about a few.

“Gay red tzum der vont,” Yiddish for "go talk to the wall" when someone is endlessly blabbering.

“Shlug kopf in vont und shrai 'Bravo!' “Also Yiddish, meaning "Bang your head against the wall and scream 'bravo!'" My dad says this is used when I want do so something stupid, and he tries to talk me out of it, and I won't budge, and he ends up telling me to bang my head against the wall and scream bravo.

Perhaps one of the French members can help me out with this one. I believe there is a phrase in French used when someone has taken leave of his/her sences. I think it translates into "*insert person's name here* is out of the dish."


Chemyst - Feb 16, 2005 2:36 pm (#2209 of 2956)

You lie like a rug. ...said to someone who has just told a major falsehood.


Elanor - Feb 16, 2005 2:54 pm (#2210 of 2956)

Julia, maybe the saying you're searching is ""a name" n'est pas dans son assiette" ? It means "not to feel quite yourself". It can also be said "être à côté de ses pompes" (to be next to one's shoes) or, meaning also "to be crazy", "il a une araignée dans le plafond" : he has a spider on the ceiling (of his head)- not a good sign... Ron would like this one .

Edit: I've just remembered a funny one you can say to someone who is too familiar with you and you don't like it: "dites donc, on n'a pas gardé les cochons ensemble!" (we didn't look after the pigs together, honestly!)


dizzy lizzy - Feb 16, 2005 2:55 pm (#2211 of 2956)

Ooh this is interesting. I love the French ones to do with pushing up the daisies (death).

First of all, happy birthday Ozymandis

“That's the way the bikky crumbles.” Meaning that's what life has thrown you; now get on with it. There are a few variants of this.

“Were you born in a tent?” Usually said to a person to continually leaves the door open when they enter or exit a room. Meant to be sarcastic and in my town (where many of the older indigenous population (50-65+ years) were born in tents or tin huts) - it is also an insult.

“Take the time to smell the roses now, cause you can't when you're six foot under.” I can never get this one right, because there is so many variants. It basically means slow down, you are taking life too fast.

If I think of any more I'll post them later.

Have a great day everybody.



mollis - Feb 16, 2005 2:55 pm (#2212 of 2956)

“This is about as exciting as watching grass grow.”

“(s)he's got a screw loose” (a little bit crazy)

“(s)he got hit with the ugly stick” (not very attractive)

“(s)he got hit with the whole ugly tree” (really not very attractive)

“(s)he fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down” (you don't want to know!)


Loopy Lupin - Feb 16, 2005 3:22 pm (#2213 of 2956)

“He has a hair piece, but he should have bought the whole piece”-- A comment on a particular bad and obvious toupee. Think of Benny Hinn.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 16, 2005 3:55 pm (#2214 of 2956)

Oh, I'm so happy to see people taking the ball and running with this.

My husband (the lawyer) gave me a couple:

“I don't have a dog in this fight.” (meaning one has no stake in an argument)

“That doesn't pass the sniff test.” (to make a bogus argument)

My mother would often say, "You're quite a card. Fifty-one more and you'd be a full deck." A mild insult to someone who thinks they're funny but is not and may have a screw loose.

Another version of the death themed sayings, this one commonly said by a local radio show host, so-and-so "won't be coming down for breakfast."

How about "a few sandwiches short of a picnic" for someone not right in the head.

I'm beginning to believe all French sayings do involve food, as Elanor (I believe) said. They are very amusing.


Catherine - Feb 16, 2005 4:04 pm (#2215 of 2956)

My dad likes to use the phrase, "Coyote ugly."

My brother and I have always joked about "Don't dip your toe into THAT gene pool."

Lastly, we like to say about unfamiliar/exotic food, "Tastes like chicken."


Madame Librarian    - Feb 16, 2005 5:42 pm (#2216 of 2956)

Here's one that I think I came up with by myself:

“This _____________(whatever) is about as exciting as a speed bump...and as annoying.”


“He's reading on a different page of the book.” For someone who's out of touch with the real world.

“A real double-bagger.” Horrible frat boy comment about a someone who's so ugly wearing one bag over her head is not sufficient. (Sorry, this one is just too tasteless. Bad Barb, bad Barb....)

Ciao. Barb


Marie E. - Feb 16, 2005 5:54 pm (#2217 of 2956)

I love these little sayings. How about these I heard in Georgia:

“She was dropped on her head when she was just a child.” (Somebody is not thinking quickly.)

“She's meaner than a striped snake!” (Apparently the striped ones are mean.)

My dad called me last night. For those of you who have been here awhile, you may remember me mentioning that Dad is a bit of a packrat. (I can hear squidboy sniggering.) Another beloved trait of Dad's is remembering what a person likes and buying them stuff until they are utterly sick of it. My sister collects Coca-Cola items. She now has an entire bedroom full of Coca-Cola. I mentioned 10 years ago that I liked unusual-looking salt and pepper shakers. I have so many now that I have some in boxes. The latest is, luckily for me, HP Legos. I mentioned earlier that my mother bought the Hogwarts Castle on sale. It was actually my father who found it. He also found Hagrid's Hut. So yesterday's phone call was "Do you have Professor Lupin's Classroom? I saw it today at KMART." Mike, if you want a piece of this action, call Dad. NOW!

Sorry for running on a bit. Happy Wednesday!


scully jones - Feb 16, 2005 6:49 pm (#2218 of 2956)

“I see, said the blind man, and he picked up his hammer and saw.” That's what I remember from that one...

So how is everyone? We just got back from Tahoe and are both very stuffy and sick and coughing and sneezing. We feel wonderful!


Julia. - Feb 16, 2005 7:08 pm (#2219 of 2956)

Hey there Sarah! I hope you and Brandon feel better soon! Glad to hear that you two had a good time in Tahoe.

I'm in a bit of a mood right now. I had a run in at dinner with someone who is, as Marie said meaner than a striped snake. If you really want the details you can check out my LiveJournal. The link is in my profile. Click on my name to get there.


Eponine - Feb 16, 2005 8:24 pm (#2220 of 2956)

I have just returned from the UNC/Virginia game. It was a decent game, but not all that exciting.

I wanted to note that the trailer for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is on Amazon.com now. It looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. Go check it out if you're interested.


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 16, 2005 8:43 pm (#2221 of 2956)

Thanks for the heads up on the trailer, Eponine. It looks pretty good, although I'm afraid that some of the humor won't translate well to film. I was happy to see that the whale is listed as a character.


Amilia Smith - Feb 16, 2005 8:51 pm (#2222 of 2956)

Hi! Back from San Francisco (great fun all around) and finally caught up on this thread.

Julia: I'm sending cheering charms your way. What a time for a run-in: dinner. I have trouble eating for days after confrontations.

Question for all of you good cooks out there: Do you have any good recipes for Brie? I work in a deli, and we had a LOT of Brie go out of date on us, so we can't sell it, but I can't handle throwing it away either. It's still perfectly good. I just don't know how to do anything other than spread it on French bread.

I've really enjoyed reading all of the different quotes. Some of them I'd heard before, and some of them were completely new.

The version of the blind man quote that I've always heard goes as follows (slightly edited to make sure I am forum friendly): "I see," said the blind man as he spat into the wind. "It's all coming back to me now." You say this when someone has had to explain something very simple to you that you should have already known.

“Running around like a chicken with its head cut off.” Trying to do too many things at once and accomplishing none of them.

“Up the creek without a paddle.” Boy, you sure got yourself into a mess. Now let's see you get out of it.

“Life's tough. Then you die.” Get off your soapbox and quit complaining.

“Would you like some cheese with your whine?” Same as above.

“You better spray your bangs up a little higher tomorrow.” That just went completely over your head. Maybe you would have been able to catch it if your hair was bigger. I actually haven't heard this one much anymore since big bangs went out of style.

And finally, my favorite from my high school Russian class, spelled phonetically as I don't know how to post Cyrillic letters, "Potomu shto pochemu, a konchi'etsa na u." Because I said so! Literally: "Because it ends in u."



Denise P. - Feb 16, 2005 8:55 pm (#2223 of 2956)

Oooh, there is a really yummy veggie dish you can make with brie cheese. Use any green veggie, green beans, asparagus, broccoli. Melt in a pan 8 oz Brie, 8 oz cream cheese and 4 oz of butter. Stir well until melted nicely. While that cooks, crumble some bacon on the veggies. Pour the cheese on top and bake at that universal 350 F until the cheese starts to just brown. I steam my veggies prior to baking to speed the process up. If you are baking the veggies too, I would cover the mixture. I loooove this stuff!


Madame Librarian    - Feb 16, 2005 9:06 pm (#2224 of 2956)

You can simply bake the brie and then schmear it on whatever tasty breads or crackers you like. The baking will stop the further aging and prevent spoilage for a while.

As for exact baking time, well...I can't remember exactly, so what I'd do is visit epicurious.com and search for baked brie recipes. This site really has loads of good stuff on it. It's sponsored by "Bon Appetit" or "Gourmet" magazine (I get them mixed up, but they're both wonderful).

Denise, your recipe sounds heavenly, but ohmigosh, quite loaded with calories! However, it is a veggie dish, so I suppose that's a redeeming feature. I'll keep it in reserve for when company's comin'.

Ciao. Barb


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 16, 2005 9:07 pm (#2225 of 2956)

I am completely baffled,I got this e-mail today:

Greetings from Amazon.co.uk

You previously signed up to be notified when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) became available. Unfortunately, our suppliers have told us that this item will not be available in the foreseeable future.

But don't give up yet. Have you returned to Amazon.co.uk recently to see whether the item is available from another seller? One of our Merchants or Marketplace sellers might have it in stock, either new or used. If so, it will be listed on the product's information page, and you'll be able to . . .

What does this mean?

“I see said the blind man as he took his hammer and saw” is my sister's favorites, she says it ad-nauseum. My mother's was "why is there never time enough to do things right the first time but plenty of time to do it over again".

This one falls more to the movie quote: man: "Hard to believe I'm wearing a toupe?" audience: "wig!"


Denise P. - Feb 16, 2005 9:28 pm (#2226 of 2956)

I forgot to mention an important step in the cheese stuff. Before melting the Brie, you do have to remove the coating.

The recipe was given to me by a friend of mine who is a cook with SCA. She will only cook authentic dishes from her time period, which I believe is 15th century. The recipe is actually called Savory Toasted Cheese. If you do a google search, there are all kinds of variations.

When I make this, usually only on special occasions, there is a fight to see who will do dishes since the one doing dishes hides the leftovers and then acts innocent later. "I don't think there was any left" while sneaking it out to eat themselves later.

Amilia Smith - Feb 16, 2005 10:04 pm (#2227 of 2956)

Thank you Denise! It sounds delicious. I have written the recipe down and will try it tomorrow.

Thank you as well, Barb. I hadn't thought to bake the cheese to make it keep longer.



dizzy lizzy - Feb 16, 2005 11:05 pm (#2228 of 2956)

Mills; our family often used to add to this quote:

“Up the creek without a paddle and the boat.” It still has the same meaning and often the first person says "we're up the creek without a paddle" and the second person replies thus "and the boat".

Now that we are spread so far apart it doesn't get said much anymore.



Essidji - Feb 17, 2005 1:47 am (#2229 of 2956)

Hello everyone! First post of the day!

One of my friends made me laugh a lot recently : she has expressions of her own that are full of imagery , see : il a un pèt' au casque (he has a crack on his helmet), an equivalent for "he has lost his marbles".

Two very simple recipes with Brie :

- Slice cooked potatoes in a dish, salt, pepper, and then put slices of Brie above(you can remove the coating or not). Put in the oven until the cheese has melted. Serve with bacon, delicatessen, and with dressed green salad.

- Toast slices of bread. When they are slightly coloured, gently rub a peeled clove of garlic on the surface (the clove should suffice for about 6 slices of bread). Then put one or two slices of cheese onto the bread and put back into the oven to melt the Brie. You can also try this recipe with goat cheese or gruyere. I also recommend a green salad to serve with.


Marè - Feb 17, 2005 3:34 am (#2230 of 2956)

A receipe with brie?

Try putting some of it in dough. (this premade kind: Can't find the correct english word...)
Add a spoon of honey, if you have some you could add some rosemary or thyme if you like that. Wrap the dough around the whole thing, close it well (don't want the honey leaking out) and put it in the oven till it's good.


Julie Aronson - Feb 17, 2005 4:46 am (#2231 of 2956)

Mare, that is very similar to my favorite Brie recipe:

Wheel of Brie


Frozen puff pastry

Sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 400F (or whatever temp. is recommended on the pkg of puff pastry) Depending on the size of the cheese...thaw pastry and roll it into a square apporximately 1/3 larger than its original size. If you are using a kilo-sized wheel, place one sheet of the pastry in a 9-inch pie plate, set the scraped (if you want) cheese on the crust, brush the edges of the crust with egg wash, place the other sheet on top, seal the two sheets, folding them decoratively toward the top, brush with more egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake until golden and let stand for 20-30 minutes so you don't get scalded by hot cheese.




The giant squid - Feb 17, 2005 5:42 am (#2232 of 2956)

I can hear squidboy sniggering.--Marie E.

I did not snigger! Okay, maybe a snort. Possibly a scoff, but not a snigger! I'll have to give Dad a call tomorrow.

As for pithy sayingth, I have a couple:

“You did what to who, for how many cookies?”--similar to Loopy's "You shot who in the what now?", indicating I either didn't hear or didn't understand the speaker

When I lived in Georgia a common one was "I heard that!", meaning "I agree." I adapted it to "I heard that with both ears!" to mean I agree a lot.

Here's one that was in the movie Sweet Home Alabama; I still don't know what it means, but I've been assured that it's an actual phrase: "If I'd known company was coming, I'd have put on the dog." Now I get the image of Catherine walking around with a shih-tzu on her head tidying up...

As for "'I see' said the blind carpenter as he picked up his hammer and saw," it's a pun. Think of "saw" as a verb instead of a noun.



Catherine - Feb 17, 2005 6:09 am (#2233 of 2956)

Now I get the image of Catherine walking around with a shih-tzu on her head tidying up... –Mike

Ok, I did snigger at this! It would probably look like one of those huge Russian fur hats people used to wear in the 60s and 70s, except with eyes and a plumey tail.

I remembered one more saying from a friend in college: "I'll just stay home and lick the cat." This is useful when one feels left out of something, or one is stuck at home with nothing to do, or has boring or repetitive tasks to complete.

We have a teacher work day today and tomorrow, so the kids have no school for two days. Naturally, this coincides with a cold snap in which our lovely 60-70 degree weather has dropped to the 20s, 30s, and 40s. They're just gonna have to bundle up, and go outside and play, to avoid getting on "Mom's last nerve."

Enjoy your day, everyone. Now...where is the cat?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 17, 2005 6:26 am (#2234 of 2956)

I thought up some more overnight.

“A Chicago bankroll.” --a roll of bills which looks like a lot of cash but is mostly ones.

“That boy has a face like the map of Ireland.”---to describe someone who's very Irish looking.

“He's all that and a bag of chips.” ---to describe an extremely attractive man.

EDIT: I almost forgot one of my favorites. “Get behind me, Satan, and don't push.” What one says when faced with a temptation which shouldn't be indulged.


Elanor - Feb 17, 2005 6:50 am (#2235 of 2956)

I love those expressions! For a very attractive man, here you can say:

beau (or "belle" for a girl) à faire damner un saint : so handsome that even a saint would be damned (he would not resist)

or, more familiar, il (elle) est canon: he/she is canons (a pun with canon=cannon too in French)

and, to stay with the food ones j'en ferais bien mon quatre heures... He/she would make a perfect snack for me...

For someone not too bright, I like this one from a famous movie here: "Je ne voudrais pas dire du mal, mais, effectivement, elle (il) est gentille (gentil)": I would not speak ill of her (him) but, indeed, she (he) is nice...

About the Brie recipe, I like to put some in a quiche too instead of gruyere, it is very tasty like that!

Have a great Thursday everyone! I'm still fighting the flu's side effects (I'm really exhausted) so I have decided to try another therapy for boosting me: the chocolate-therapy, as we say here too il n'y a pas de mal à se faire du bien...: there is nothing wrong to do yourself good...


Chemyst - Feb 17, 2005 7:03 am (#2236 of 2956)

“Put on the dog” means to get fancied up.
I knew that, but I checked it out for you anyway, (thanks to a great web site that Madame Librarian once referenced.)
See World Wide Words: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-put1.htm "It has been suggested that it developed out of the rise in popularity of ladies’ lap dogs in the period after the American Civil War. Such animals were presumably pampered and beribboned, and this might have suggested that to put on the dog was to show off."


Ydnam96  - Feb 17, 2005 8:34 am (#2237 of 2956)

See I always thought the "If I knew company was coming I would have put on the dog" meant that they didn't want company and they would put out their mean growly dog to scare people away.



septentrion  - Feb 17, 2005 8:49 am (#2238 of 2956)

Hi everyone !

Happy belated birthday Ozy !

Some other expressions :

“il a un poil dans la main” (he has a hair in his hand) means being very lazy

“croire au père Noël” (to believe in Father Christmas) is to expect something which won't probably occur (such as a pay raise)

“regarder l'herbe pousser” (to watch the grass growing) means to do nothing

“brasser du vent” (to brew wind) means to act as if you were busy but doing nothing at the end

“avoir le beurre et l'argent du beurre” (to get the butter and the money for the butter) is said about someone who wants more than they're due.

“avoir une langue de vipère” (to have a viper tongue) is told of someone who speak ill of everybody.


librarian314 - Feb 17, 2005 11:40 am (#2239 of 2956)

Hey all!

I must second Denise's love of Savory Toasted Cheese!! When I read the description I knew immediately what it was and made the appropriate Homer Simpson noise, "mmmmmmmmmmmm...savory toast cheese...gurgle, gurgle, gurgle. (please excuse me as I jump to one of my other geekdoms ;-) ) It is almost considered Atlantia's (the SCA kingdom that encompasses MD, most of VA, NC, SC, and a tag of GA.) national dish, it shows up at so many feasts. It's so good I cook it at home for my family. For a whole meal, try adding some ham to your veggies and smothering the lot with Savory toasted cheese.

Hmmm....sayings I have heard/used: “The porch lights on but no one's home” (meaning that the person isn't too bright)

On a similar note: “person X is as bright as a 10 watt bulb.” (Similar to the above. My dad's an electrician, what can I say :-) )

One my dad has been known to use: “about as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs”

And my personal favorite (as in I use it all the time): screaming idiot as in, "Well isn't that person driving like a screaming idiot." It's similar to running around like a chicken with it's head cut off.

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Meanie Mom - Feb 17, 2005 12:13 pm (#2240 of 2956)

Some more expressions: “You look like an unmade bed” (self-explanatory)

“Its not my(his/her) first time to the rodeo” (means they have been around the block before)

“Not room to swing a cat “(meaning a very small space) sorry to all cat-lovers.

“If Jimmy jumped off a bridge, would you too?” (to a teenager sure that every other kid is allowed to do something stupid)

I am sure I can think of more, in fact I have but didn't write them down.

Mary Kay


Madam Pince - Feb 17, 2005 12:48 pm (#2241 of 2956)

“What - do you think I just fell off the turnip truck?” (said to someone who has just told you something that's probably not true, and you're not stupid enough to believe it.) Also known as: "Do you think I was born yesterday?"

“Were you born in a barn?” (similar to above variations -- meaning "It's cold in here, why are you standing there with the door wide open???" -- said often by Madam Pince to Mr. Pince. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 1242194059)

“You lie like a dog in the summer sun.” (Similar to Chemyst's 'lie like a rug.' Means "Oh, did you ever just tell a whopper!")

“She's five years older than God.” (She's really really old.)

Denise, I always heard "That dog won't hunt" as meaning something like "That just isn't gonna happen." (For example, if Sirius had been from rural Virginia instead of England, when Snape told Sirius to remain at 12GP instead of going to help Harry at the DOM, Sirius would've told Snape "That dog won't hunt!")

Loopy, my Mom says "Christmas Gift!" on Christmas morning, and I have also read of this tradition. Supposedly, when everyone gets up Christmas morning and comes into the room together, whomever chimes out the words "Christmas Gift!" first is the one who is supposed to receive a small token from everyone else.


Phoenix song - Feb 17, 2005 1:26 pm (#2242 of 2956)

Oh! Regional expressions, what fun! I think that what I hear most often isn't regional so much as gender-oriented. "Humph! Well, who does she think she is?" Which is often directed by women to other women about another woman who has dared to "step out of line".

My dad always liked, "Well, they must have went to different schools together." It indicates two people (usually dishonest) who aren't related but who have similar ways of thinking.

Another favorite one is, "If you'll buy that I've got some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you..." For anybody that doesn't know US geography very well, there isn't any ocean front property in Arizona for sale or otherwise. It means that if you'll believe his/her story, then you're pretty gullible.

When my relatives drop in without notice, which happens often, I've been known to say, "Well, if I'd've known you were coming I'd have baked a cake." Which is a nicer way of saying, "Gee, it's good to see you, but I wish you would have called me first."

I agree about the how Southern woman can often "sweeten" up an insult by adding "Bless her/his heart" to the statement. Such as, "He's such a redneck that he probably goes to family reunions to pick up women...bless his heart" Then there's always the oh-so-tender, "She's as wide as she is tall, bless her heart."



John Bumbledore - Feb 17, 2005 1:43 pm (#2243 of 2956)

I have to post some more sayings that I remember. This time I am focused on being positive. I do hope it works...

“(S)he is as sharp as a tack.” Meaning: The person is smart or intelligent.

“quick as a whip! Meaning:” Intelligent or clever person.

“quick as a wink!” Meaning: completed quickly or immediately.

“(S)he was dressed to the nines.” Meaning: Well attired, in an elegant, formal, or fashionable manner.

“You’re a mess!” Meaning: Nearest I can determine from the usage (in the Carolina states) is that the person addressed is very humorous in action or statement.

“Go rid-up your room.” Meaning: to clean or rid the room of mess or clutter. I believe it is regional to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“Six to one, half-dozen to another.” Meaning: the two items are the same just expressed differently, or that they are nearly the same in distance, or time such as for comparing two routes of travel. I don't know it that is regional.

(John) Bumbledore


Loopy Lupin - Feb 17, 2005 1:49 pm (#2244 of 2956)

My brother and I have always joked about "Don't dip your toe into THAT gene pool." – Catherine

In my line of work, you often **cough** find yourself surrounded by people whose genetic make up or place on the evolutionary scale is somewhat questionable. In such situations, we say, "I felt like I was in Darwin's waiting room."

”That boy has a face like the map of Ireland.”---to describe someone who's very Irish looking.-- Lupin is Lupin

That reminded me of another one which "The Simpsons" deserve credit for but which also became a part of my friends' lexicon, as it were:

“You think you could Irish-up this coffee”-- to inquire whether one has any whisky.


Catherine - Feb 17, 2005 2:01 pm (#2245 of 2956)

LOL, everyone!

Thanks for the "Bless your heart," Barbie. That is definitely one I hear all the time.

I'll have to remember the "Darwin's waiting room."

Bless your hearts! I do declare that y'all are just as funny as you can be."


Kip Carter - Feb 17, 2005 2:14 pm (#2246 of 2956)

I have always liked the put-someone-in-their-place off-handed comments like:

“I don't care what everyone else says, I like you!”

“If someone gave you a million dollars, I think you would amount to something.”

“You are so ugly that the stork that brought you into the world should be arrested.”

“You are so ugly that you have to sneak up on a glass of water to get a drink.”

“Don't let the door hit you in the rear on your way out!”

And definitely what some mothers have uttered when angry, "I brought you into this world and I can surely take you out of this world."

“My way or the highway!”

“You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind! “ (courtesy of Jim Croce)

“Pay attention now ... your other right foot!” No, this is not directed with someone with more than two feet.


Phoenix song - Feb 17, 2005 2:33 pm (#2247 of 2956)

Thanks for the Bless your heart," Barbie."    You're welcome. Always glad to give a giggle.

I've remembered a few more:
“If you don't __(insert instructions to your children here)__ I'll be all over you like white on rice”! Which is a threat meant to encourage their swift, effective and prompt responses.

And how about this one... "He so ugly that I bet as a baby his momma had to tie a porkchop around his neck to get the dog to play with him... Bless his heart."

My mom use to say this about an acquaintance of mine that thought she was "All That and a Bag of Chips"...
“If you could buy her for what she was worth and sell her for what she thought she was worth you'd be a millionaire!"



Elanor - Feb 17, 2005 2:50 pm (#2248 of 2956)

LOL everyone! Kip, your last one reminds me of one we're saying here for someone very clumsy: "tu as deux mains gauches ou quoi?, (have you two left hands or what?)

There is also: "avoir été bercé trop près du mur" (to have been rocked too close to the wall), hence intellectual after-effects... Or "Il/elle n'a pas inventé l'eau chaude" (he/she has not invented hot water), the same exists with "le fil à couper le beurre" (the cheesewire).

For a long and useless work, we say "faire ça ou peigner la girafe": "to do that or comb the giraffe"...

For something very unlikely, we say it will happen "quand les poules auront des dents (when hens will have some teeth).


Catherine - Feb 17, 2005 3:18 pm (#2249 of 2956)

Elanor's and Kip's posts reminded me of a few more. I particularly liked your "superman's cape," Kip. My dad is particularly fond of that phrase!

“Fell out of the ugly tree” (implying that the person is the ugly fruit of the tree; not that the tree itself is ugly)

“Does a chicken have lips?” and "Does a snake have ears?" (said when the answer is no, or when you really want to frustrate the person asking the question)

“If it rained, she'd drown” (implying that the person is very snobbish and stuck up, with her nose in the air)


Detail Seeker - Feb 17, 2005 3:40 pm (#2250 of 2956)

It was hilarious to read all your sayings. So let me bore you with some german ones For a slow person: “Man ihm /ihr beim Gehen die Schuhe besohlen” (you can fit soles to his/her shoes while walking)

For a notorious liar: “Lügt wie gedruckt” (lies, as if is was printed)

For a very ugly or nasty person: “Dein Vater mußte Dir ein Steak (Kotelett, Schnitzel) um den Hals binden, damit wenigstens der Hund mit Dir spielte” (Your father has to tie a steak (or some other part of meat) round your neck, so that the dog agreed to play with you

To show that somebody tells you really old news: Das wußten wir schon, als du noch nackt mit der Trommel um den Weihnachtsbaum ranntest (we knew that already, when you were still running naked with a drum round the christmas tree)

Uh, why did I remember only negative sayings ? (Runs off to find some positive ones - or find the words to translate them properly)
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Meanie Mom - Feb 17, 2005 4:02 pm (#2251 of 2956)

“I was born at night, but not last night” (I am not that stupid)

“I don't know, some cereal”  - answer to Whats that? especially if you have no way of knowing what it is. (referencing the famous Life Cereal commercial with Mikey)

“If momma ain't happy, Ain't nobody happy”   Bad grammer for a lesson in family dynamics.

“I'll show you where the bear went through the buckwheat” -  offering to prove your point in the face of skepticism.


Madame Librarian    - Feb 17, 2005 4:29 pm (#2252 of 2956)

“Where does he live?
Oh, pretty far out...you know, where God lost his (her) shoes.”

[obviously, for someone or someplace that's really a long drive or in a remote 'burb.]

Ciao. Barb


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 17, 2005 9:58 pm (#2253 of 2956)

Kip, that left one is one of my favorites. “Take the next left. (turning right) Oh, I guess you didn't like that left"

also “I can't meet anyone new until some of the people I know die.”   “Can't add any new names to my address book until some of the people in this one die.”

I said both of these all the time when my kids were young.


Amilia Smith - Feb 17, 2005 10:10 pm (#2254 of 2956)

Thank you Essidji, Mare, Julie and Elanor for sharing your recipes with me. I have copied them all down and will be trying them in the next few days. :-)

Denise: The Savory Toasted Cheese was wonderful. We did it for our lunch special at work, and it was a huge hit. All my coworkers copied down the recipe to make for dinner as well. Thanks again.

Lizzy: I am going to add "and the boat" the next time someone says we are up the creek without a paddle. Love it.

In case anyone hasn't seen it yet, TLC posted a mention about the strange email Mrs. Sirius (and many others, apparently) received.

In closing, here are a couple more sayings I have thought of:

“Is the Pope Catholic?” Yes. Of course. Need you even ask?

“You put the accent on the wrong syl-lab'-ble.” One of my dad's favorites. We are all readers in my family, and we tend to use words that we have only read, not heard, and therefore mispronounce horribly.



Good Evans - Feb 18, 2005 1:13 am (#2255 of 2956)

one of my favourite saying is

“he / she /you’re a funny onion”

always makes me smile.

“now't as queer as folk” another good 'un

and not quite a saying but a cornish regionalism is the reference to the "Grockel box" - any non Cornish who know what it is?


The giant squid - Feb 18, 2005 5:40 am (#2256 of 2956)

Chemyst, thanks for explaining "putting on the dog". I figured it meant something like that, it just sounds so...odd to me.

Kip, your list reminded me of "If I promise to miss you, will you go away?"

Finally (okay, stop cheering), I have this exchange to share... My uncle, the youngest child on my mother's side, was complaining about getting old. Specifically, he said he was "older than dirt." This made my aunt, the oldest, ask "What does that make me?" My uncle's response was "older than water." It was only a short leap of logic (or what passes for it in my family) to determine that my mom, the middle kid, was merely "older than mud." So I now use that term for something that's old, but not *that* old.



VeronikaG - Feb 18, 2005 5:59 am (#2257 of 2956)

Seems Ozy has had a B-day since last time I was posting. Happy birthday Erin!

Some sayings from Southern Norway:

“(S)He's tallest lying on his(her) back!” about a really fat person.

“So mean/stingy that you cry when you crap.” Self explainatory.

The One posted this lovely proverb on Revelation a few days ago:

“You need some style said the old woman, she got a Mahogany splinter in her butt.”


Madame Librarian    - Feb 18, 2005 7:47 am (#2258 of 2956)

On a fish theme--

“...like a fish out of water.” (Totally out of one's element. This is a very common idiom.)

“...he/she needs this like a fish needs a bicycle.” (Referring to something that will not help the situation; a useless idea.)

Maybe we could alter these and substitute squid for fish. Ah, but if the D.I.G.S. theory is proven, these might not be so apt.


“To put a bug in one's ear. “(To make a subtle suggestion, whisper a secret, give a hint. Rita Skeeter, anyone?)

“To have ants in one's pants.” (Nowadays many people just say "antsy." To fidget, not be able to sit still, often used to refer to little kids. In Yiddish, we say, "He has shpilkes, pronounced shpil-keys.)


Remember the old saying "opposites attract" when speaking of romance? My mom used to say, "Honey, boy and girl is opposite enough."

Ciao. Barb


John Bumbledore - Feb 18, 2005 7:54 am (#2259 of 2956)

Family sayings
After a particularly aggravating day of dealing with disobedient children (we have four Edit: children, ages: 10, 9, 5 & 5), Mrs. Bumbledore will say, "I know why some animals eat their young!" After having used that phrase more than a few time, she built upon it with the following response for when asked how the children behaved. "I could eat them and burp contentedly."

Then when something or someone is particularly annoying or aggravating, one may say "(S)he/It is driving me nuts (or buggy)." Nuts or buggy in this phrase means crazy. Mrs. Bumbledore has formed a combination of these two with, "They are driving me bug-nuts!" Bless her hart! ** Waves to Song **

My contribution to our family phrases is, "oh, it is an egg misunderstanding." You see Mrs. Bumbledore likes them over-easy with the yoke still runny and not broken (a bubble-egg, as she calls it). She strives to turn the egg without breaking the yoke, and is most happy when this is accomplished. She is also very unselfish, so while we were still newly married she would always take the eggs with the broken yokes and give me the "perfect" bubble-eggs.

One day, after four years of dating, a year of engagement, and two or three years of marriage, we were visiting with Mrs. Bumbledore's parent. My mother-in-law was cooking eggs for breakfast and asked me how I wanted my egg. I replied with my preference for them to be cooked "over-hard" (meaning the yoke broken before turning and cooking until firm.)

Mrs. Bumbledore objected with both surprise and some outrage saying, "No you don't! You like them over easy!" After some convincing, she asked why I had never told her this. It was because she had never asked. To me it was always a special treat to have her cook breakfast for me and I do not dislike "bubble-eggs" so was quite happy to receive them.

Since that time, if I suspect or discover a similar lack of communication between us or amongst our friends, I refer to it as having an "egg-misunderstanding."

<)B^D= (John) Bumbledore

Edit: P.S. Oh my! I did not intend to imply that all my children were disobedient all the time but that first paragraph may lead one to that conclusion... No, they are well behaved at least in equal portion to when one or more are not. We often receive complements on how well they are behaved when not in our presence; so we are quite pleased with all four of them.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 18, 2005 7:59 am (#2260 of 2956)
Edited by Pinky Feb 18, 2005 2:40 pm

Edited one quote to make it family friendly. I sent you an e-mail. ~Pinky

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, brie! (Homer Style)

Happy Belated Birthday OZY!

I'm laughing at all these sayings. Think we have pretty similar ones the world over, but I thought I'd add in some Irish ones (mainly Northern Irish). Most are colloquial to say the least... You've probably heard most before....

'Are your hands painted on'? – question to someone who is very lazy - likewise ‘the dead lice are falling off them’ or 'He/she has two speeds, dead slow & stop'
'So sharp she/he will cut themselves' – rather intelligent person
'There are no slows on you'? – someone who is rather crafty / intelligent
'Serpent Tongue' – one who makes caustic remarks at others expense
'And pigs may fly' – it’ll never happen
'She/he is so tight, they wouldn’t spend Christmas' – a miserly person
'Since Adam was a boy' – a long, long time ago
'Mutton dressed as lamb' – older person (normally female) dressing too young for their years
'Done up like a dogs dinner' – Overly done up male / female
'You make a great door but not a window' – said to someone blocking your view of something e.g. TV (mostly said by siblings). Also said as ‘You may be a pain, but you’re still no use as a window’
'Don’t meet the devil half roads… make him come the full way' – When tackling a problem, look at the whole picture
'Cross that bridge when we come to it' – don’t worry about something that might not happen
'Would you take my grave as quick?' – someones retort to another sitting in their recently vacated chair
'You’re as well raving there as in your bed' – to say to someone when they are acting silly or giddy
'A fool and his/her money are easy parted' – self explanitory
'A face only a mother could love' – an unattractive person
'You couldn’t like him/her even if you were after having (giving birth) to them' – a nasty person whom no one could like
'Looks like the back end of a bus' – unattractive person
'Broc' or 'Badger'(Broc is Irish for Badger) - horrible teenage boy name for an unattractive girl
'Up there for thinking' point to head), 'Down there for dancing' (point to feet) - said mostly in jest after you have a good idea

'The best thing since sliced bread' - Brilliant
'The Craic was 90' - it was great fun
'That took the biscuit' - to top something, good or bad, or in my house we’ve added 'That took the biscuit & came back for the cookie jar'
'He/She's so twisted they’d never be laid straight in their coffin' – describing someone nasty
'They would steal the eye out of your head & come back for the socket' – Someone with criminal intent
'He/She would have been bought & sold you without you knowing you’d changed hands' (changed owners) – describing a crafty / sneaky person, must date back to when people were sold into service
'He/she is in everything but the christmas crib' - someone who is involved in everything going
'Happy as a pig in muck' - very merry/happy
'Sober as a judge' - completely sober
'Jober as a Sudge' - not sober
'Not playing with the full deck' or 'The lights are on, but noone is home' - About someone who is not too bright
'Completely knackered' - Tired - or cream crackered in rhyming slang
'I’m in the middle of my dinner' - love that one… basically means I’m in the process of eating my dinner, however the visual image of sitting in your dinner is funny
Another strange one is,'Wet the tea' - To make a pot of tea
'Now you’re cooking with gas' - whatever you’re doing or working on is going well / successful
'Dead On' – Great. Perfect, Really nice. Often used to describe people and can be used in sarcasm as well when everything is not perfect
'Catch yourself on'! - Wise up
'Away in the head'. - Someone who has lost their senses / stupid
'Do you think I came up the river in a bubble'? - Do you think I was born yesterday? (This phrase varies depending on which river you were brought up by.)
'He/she/that/this, does my head in.' Drives you up the wall – alternatively – 'My Brain is Melted'

One of my all time favourites is this next one, to be honest I've no idea of it's origin... To be said in jest of another person, it's just a funny way of saying.... 'Who do they think they are?'
'Whos like me since leather face died & paper legs flew to America'
It always makes me laugh, especially the version where 'face' is replaced by another word for derriere

Gosh thats a lot.... hee hee. Enjoy!


Marè - Feb 18, 2005 8:06 am (#2261 of 2956)

Okay HELP!

(going to disrupt the flow of conversation with a very befuddled post)
I'm writing a rather serious and important mail and I have to use one word. And I can't remember what it is.

If you want to apply to a project/job and you need to know if you "fit" all the requested thingies... how is that called?
Meeting the...


librarian314 - Feb 18, 2005 8:08 am (#2262 of 2956)

Hey all!

I love all the sayings, especially the German ones that are so similar to ones I use all the time. (I'm half-German, both grandmothers were either the children or grandchildren of German immigrants.) I also love the French ones because you can tell that agriculture played a big part in daily life (all those references to hens and whatnot).

I thought that one comment about drowning in the rain was more commenting on a person's lack of intelligence rather than snobbishness. Domesticated turkeys are rumored to be stupid enough that if they are caught out in the rain they will look up into the sky with their mouths open and drown. (I went to college in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where poultry processing was one of the big industries.)

A few more that are less insulting...

To describe something as very expensive: “That'll cost you an arm and a leg, and an elbow.”

To describe someone as sneaky and intelligent: “As crafty (or sly) as a fox”

To describe someone as appearing very confused: “The deer in the headlights look.”

One my husband uses that Julia might like: “as sharp as a baseball” (to describe one's lack of intellect)

Another from my husband: “A mind like a steel sieve” (again not very complimentary to one's brain power)

I like reading JKR's books because it reminds me how close my Southern accent is to British English. There's a point in OotP, just after Harry has arrived in Grimmauld Place and he is talking with/yelling at Ron, et al. when he asks if Hermione thinks that Sirius is, "touched in the head". (Not quite right mentally.) I had to stop reading and laugh because thinking of Harry with a thick, Southeastern Virginia accent was just too bizarre.

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Fawkes Forever - Feb 18, 2005 8:10 am (#2263 of 2956)

Mare - 'Meeting the Criteria' -

This would fit - I hope... good luck with the letter


Marè - Feb 18, 2005 8:14 am (#2264 of 2956)


Thank you so much Fawkes! I knew some-one on here would help
Mail is away and I wish every one a very good weekend. I'm signing off!


Julia. - Feb 18, 2005 8:16 am (#2265 of 2956)

'Meet the Criteria' sounds about right. *thumbs up to Fawkes*

Well, I'm off to New York for the weekend, Brooklyn to be exact. Some friends and I are going to Crown Heights, the very Jewish section. I'm all excited. Have a good weekend everyone!


Fawkes Forever - Feb 18, 2005 8:20 am (#2266 of 2956)

Hey Guys *waves like an eejit* (hee hee, clever way to work in another saying ... eejit means Idiot in Northern Ireland)

Have fun in New York Julia.
Michelle, they say 'touched in the head' over here too... or it can be shortened to say 'A wee bit touched!"

Have a good weekend folks... I'm supposed to be doing work here... but posting sayings instead... the dementors will not be pleased... hee hee!


John Bumbledore - Feb 18, 2005 9:04 am (#2267 of 2956)

Oy Vey! I need to make my coffee stronger. I just mistakenly poured it into my drinking glass in stead of my coffee mug.

** Toddles off to drink pee-warm, diluted coffee and grimaces with each swallow. **

** Too embarrassed to sign my "name"...

Why would Fawkes post remind me of the term "scotch" for being stingy, with something? Wrong Island entirely. ** Waves at everyone! So as not to be "scotch" with the greetings. **

P. S. Yes, I know I do need stronger coffee and a bucket of water to go with my "dry" humor.

P. P. S. Marè, I was thinking requirements but criteria sounds better to me, also.

P. P. P. S. ** cross-posted with Fawkes earlier and Gina later (during the edits) ** Gina, your phrase reminds me of an extension of a similar one in English.

S/He has "foot-in-mouth" disease. or "I/S/He puts my/her/his foot in his mouth so often I/s/he has athletes tongue."


Gina R Snape - Feb 18, 2005 9:18 am (#2268 of 2956)


Well, in response to Kip's 'don't let the door hit you..'

A variation of that I've heard is 'Don't let the doorknob hit you where the good lord split you.'

The only german expression that comes to mind right now is (and I KNOW the spelling is incorrect but perhaps someone can correct it for me) is 'Er/sie ist ins fettnaepschen getretten' meaning 'S/he stepped in it' or 'put his foot in his mouth' (said something stupid).


Ydnam96  - Feb 18, 2005 10:06 am (#2269 of 2956)

nothing really insightful to add to the conversation. However when I was in High School we had several interesting phrases (I lived in Rural Virginia): “She thinks she's all that and a bucket of chicken.” To imply that a person thinks very highly of themselves. You could add "and a bag of chips and a grape soda" if the person reallllly was a snob. Or you could say "he's all that and a bucket of chicken” to refer to someone you thought was pretty amazing. Smile a versatile saying.

I'm sure there are others but I'm too tired now to try and think of them.

Today we have the day off. My place of employment is observing Presidents Day today. So my goal is to lay on the couch, watch some movies, and crochet a bit.

Happy Friday.


Eponine - Feb 18, 2005 10:18 am (#2270 of 2956)

I have the day off as well. It was quite nice to sleep in this morning for a little longer. Actually, the school system is doing teacher workshops today, but since I'm only doing this temporarily, I didn't have to go. So on my day off, I'm cleaning the house. We were going to have Monday off as well, but they have to make up a snow day.

So Happy Presidents Day to everyone!


Denise P. - Feb 18, 2005 11:15 am (#2271 of 2956)

Following the variation of exasperation involving children. There is the classic Bill Cosby line, said to a child who is walking a thin line and about to push you over.

“I brought you into this world, I can take you out of it!”

Not Bill Cosby but still involving children.

“Don't make me beat you in public, then I would be arrested for child abuse.” (usually said when they are not behaving well)

Normally said from one spouse to another, first one taken from It's A Wonderful Life "Why did we have to have all these kids??!" and "You know, we can have more children" (implying if you can easily replace any child who you have taken out)

And just so no one thinks I go around vowing violence on my children, if one of these lines is uttered, I usually get a grin in return and they say "You know you love me, Mom!"


Detail Seeker - Feb 18, 2005 11:26 am (#2272 of 2956)

Gina, you nearly got it right, just two letter too much: "Fettnaepfchen" (little pot of fat) and "getreten" (has stepped).


John Bumbledore - Feb 18, 2005 11:51 am (#2273 of 2956)

Ydnam96, yours it the first mention of crocheting that I have seen in the forum, but then I wasn't especially looking either. So I just had to respond since, when I was home with two (on Monday and then all four on Tuesday) of my children sick with the flu, I picked up my long forgotten crochet bag and started on a new winter hat.

When I returned to work on Wednesday, I did a quick Internet search for patterns. Seems that I had lost all my pattern books. I did find a pattern for Harry's scarf, but I didn't save the link.

Any other knitters or crocheter in our forum family? Has anyone made a Harry Potter themed crafts? **Scans the forum to check for any source of sniggering laughter** Yes, I've been laughed at before for being a male that knows how to knit and crochet. My mom taught me when I was in grade school. I understand our UK members may have a more enlightened view. I was told that Sir Winston Churchill knitted or crocheted.

I find it relaxing and good for the dexterity of he fingers. I'm thinking that Mike - the Giant Squid - would make an excellent knitter or crocheter with all those tentacles... What do you think Marie E?

<)B^D= (John) Bumbledore

P. S. I like your avatar, Ydnam96. Is that the door to Bag End?

P. P. S. Oh, and thank you Denise P. for your post about "varation of exasperation involving children." I didn't count, but it sounds like your "brood" is larger than mine, so congratulations and sympathies as well.


Penny Lane. - Feb 18, 2005 12:17 pm (#2274 of 2956)

I wouldn't laugh at you for being a male who knits/crochets. In our knitting circle at university, we have lots of male knitters/crocheters. It's really cute right now, because everywhere you look, people have hand knit hats and scarves. A few of us are starting on sweaters and blankets too, but I am still working on scarves, hats and mittens to match everything I own. I find it to be very entertaining. Anyway, my point was simply that I doubt it would be too hard to make a Harry-centric scarves. Although.. if anyone has an offical pattern... I'd be interested as well.


Gina R Snape - Feb 18, 2005 12:19 pm (#2275 of 2956)

Thank you, Detail Seeker. I knew I could rely on you.


Elanor - Feb 18, 2005 1:06 pm (#2276 of 2956)

John, I think it is really great that you knit and crochet! I am not a very good knitter but I have managed to knit a Gryffindor scarf this winter (as I have a black coat, it fits very well with it!). I was inspired by Hermione's scarf in PoA but with the real Gryffindor colours. I love it, though I am still waiting for someone asking me "Is this a HP scarf?", so that I could answer "No, this is a Gryffindor scarf" in an indignant manner... **sigh** Muggles...

Which reminds me another expression: "Qu'est-ce que tu crois que je fais? Du tricot? : "What do you think I'm doing? Some Knitting?". You say that, in an indignant manner too, when you are doing something difficult, usually that gets on your nerves, and someone asks you naïvely if it is finally done...

As for kids who get on your nerves, there is the classical but efficient: " Continue comme cela et tu vas voir comment je m'appelle" : Continue like this and you will know what my name is...

or: " Continue comme ça et tu vas voir de quel bois je me chauffe" : this one is difficult to translate, maybe something like : "continue like this and you will see what wood I use for heating".

or, more familiar but even more efficient: "Tu veux mon pied quelque part? : you want my foot in some place? EDIT: or, same inspiration, "J'ai mon pied qui me démange...", "I have my foot that is itching" (to kick you in the behind implied).

or (from a friend of mine): "J'en connais un qui va se faire chanter la Marseillaise en Corse" : "I know someone that will hear the Marseillaise sang in Corsican". Not a very good sign (don't ask - I don't want some trouble with Corsicans that would read that..) BTW, works also with "qui va se faire appeler Léon" (I know someone who is going to be called Leon soon...).

I wish you all a great weekend! I am used Vlad, if you read this, more snow is likely to fall all weekend long in the Alps, are you coming soon? The ski runs are very good now I have heard!


Good Evans - Feb 18, 2005 1:10 pm (#2277 of 2956)

re this morning’s post ... if anyone was interested a "grockel box" is a caravan or caravanette. grockel being the west country word for a holiday maker. A particularly fine insult ... but always conjured up thoughts of cockles for me.


mike miller - Feb 18, 2005 1:41 pm (#2278 of 2956)

“I brought you into this world, I can take you out of it!” - Bill Cosby via Denise P.

Denise - You forgot the next line, "and I'll make another one that looks just like you!"

This week has completely drained by brain. I'm actually having difficulty typing this post. I'm now off to enjoy a long 3-day weekend.

Have a great weekend everyone!


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 18, 2005 3:03 pm (#2279 of 2956)

Thanks for the update, Elanor. I leave a week from today. I've really enjoyed reading all the French sayings, although I'll fail to remember most of them and not be able to properly pronounce the ones I do. Foreign languages are just not my forte. I have enough problems with English.


boop - Feb 18, 2005 3:42 pm (#2280 of 2956)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Madame Librarian and DJ Evans!!!!!!!! Have great day!!!!

Sorry it’s being posted late, but couldn't post before work.


Ydnam96  - Feb 18, 2005 4:13 pm (#2281 of 2956)

You know, I know quite a few men who crochet and knit. I work at a college and there is a crocheting club, and it's not made up of just "geeks" and it is mostly guys. NO LIE.

It's en-vouge now I think. Smile


Accio Sirius - Feb 18, 2005 6:32 pm (#2282 of 2956)

Happy Birthday Madam Librarian and DJ Evans!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

I loved reading all of the sayings. My favorite being: "He lies like a rug."

Denise, loved the Brie recipe. It sounds really yummy. For a quick appetizer, you can throw a wheel of Brie on a cookie sheet, sprinkle liberally with brown sugar and chopped apples or figs and bake until slightly melted. It's great on sliced baguettes!


dizzy lizzy - Feb 18, 2005 6:42 pm (#2283 of 2956)

Hello everyone!! Happy Birthday Madam Librarian and DJ Evans. I hope you both have a wonderful day.

I have had a bizarre Saturday morning. I got up earlier than usual (for a Saturday) and let my dogs outside and fed them. Then I decided I'd go back to bed with a bowl of Cornflakes and a cuppa tea. All was well until at about 7.50am there were two very bright red flashes accompanied by loud bangs and a puff of smoke right outside my window about 30 seconds apart. Needless to say I jumped up in shock (and knocked the tea over) at the first bang to see a car drive past and thought 'oh its backfired.'

Then when I went to get a cloth (to mop the tea up), I noted my clocks weren't on. Strange I thought, so I put the dogs back inside in the laundry and opened up the garage to go and look at my meter box. Well what do you know, the power pole outside my place was alight. And burning quite brightly. It was burning from the top down.

So I dashed inside and called the fire brigade and then spent the next four hours waiting for electricity to be restored.

No-one quite knows how the power pole decided to catch alight, but it means on Monday I will have no electricity again as the electricity people remove the burnt one and put a new pole in its place.

On the topic of men and knitting and crocheting, our local doctor used to knit and he was quite good at it. Knitting and crocheting seem to be coming back in style now.

Enjoy your weekend



Acceber - Feb 18, 2005 6:56 pm (#2284 of 2956)

“My way or the highway!”-Kip. My fourth grade teacher said that way too much.

I really like this topic of phrase-a-ma-jigs, but I can't think of many. Here's one...never mind, now I've forgotten it. That must be because it's VACATION! We're going skiing in beautiful northern Vermont! I hope we'll get to pass (and perhaps stop in) the town where my camp is. The only downside is that I don't know if there's a computer in the hotel, or if we're bringing the laptop. We'll have to designate times for the four of us to use it, though.

Happy Belated Birthday Ozy and Happy Not-So-Belated Birthdays Barb and Deb!

Knitting--I've tried to knit before, but all I got was a sad piece of fabric that looked more like crocheting than knitting and could serve as an ear warmer. My mom, her two sisters, and their mother all knit with a passion. I got an afghan for my birthday a few years ago, and all of my sweaters when I was a baby were handmade.

Spring training has officially started. I can't wait until Opening Day, Sox vs. Y****** (if you want to know what that means, ask Julia). For those who don't follow baseball or reside in the United States, I'll be brief. The Boston Red Sox and the New York Y****** have a bitter rivalry, particularly because the cities are so close geographically. In 2003, both teams made it into the playoffs and to the best-out-of-7 games. The series went to the seventh game, and the game into extra innings. We lost, after a hard-played battle. This past season, both teams again made it to the same series. The other team won the first three games, and all odds were with them to win the fourth. But the tides turned and Boston won four games in a row to win the series. They went on to win the World Series. At the first home game of the season, the Sox will be presented with their World Series rings, right in front of the team that they won four straight against. OK, maybe not brief, but not long.

I'm done, I think. That was a long post. I'm going to go read the threads. Happy Weekend! Talk to you either tomorrow, in Vermont, or in March!


Madame Librarian    - Feb 18, 2005 7:24 pm (#2285 of 2956)

Thanks, all, for the b-day wishes. Today's the actual day (18th), but I'm keeping mum on the number of years. (Boop, I'm charmed that you knew the date.)

My best friend took me to lunch to P. F. Chang's--a trendy Chinese bistro. The food was sooo good and plentiful. I had ordered won ton soup and the bowl was so big, I took the leftovers home and my husband and I each had a bowl for dinner. Yum. I am so full now that I feel like a beached whale just letting the waves roll over me. Bizarre image, no?

The sharing of these expressions is a kick. I think some of the funniest are when someone--usually a sweet, ditzie airhead--jumbles up the expression, taking half of one and half of another to finish the phrase, not even realizing what she's done. Of course, just at the moment I can't think of an example (and I just read an article about someone whose aunt did it all the time, darn). Something like, "My gosh, she just up and ran around like a chicken who crossed the road. "Not quite it, but you get the idea.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, enjoy your day(s) off.

Ciao. Barb


Madam Pince - Feb 18, 2005 7:41 pm (#2286 of 2956)

Bumbledore, I think that ScullyJones knitted quite a lovely Gryffindor scarf last year -- she may have a pattern or something!


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 18, 2005 8:45 pm (#2287 of 2956)

Happy birthday, Madame Librarian and DJ Evans.

Have fun skiing, Acceber. Out of curiosity, where do you guys go. Jay Peak is my favorite place in Vermont.


Chemyst - Feb 19, 2005 12:00 am (#2288 of 2956)

Since you said you like them, here is a spoonerism for your birthday, Barb:

I hit my bunny phone   ~~~  I hit my funny bone

And for the few of you who may not know, there was a preacher named William Archibald Spooner who would get his tongue tied during sermons and say things like, "Our Lord is a shoving leopard," (for loving shepherd). The big word is metathesis, but "spoonerisms," where the sounds are switched around in a word or phrase, are named after him.  ..indulging my inner Hermione tonight

And DJ Evans, if you are out there, happy birthday to you too!


Elanor - Feb 19, 2005 1:00 am (#2289 of 2956)

Happy birthday, Madame Librarian and DJ Evans! With the time difference, it should be still the 18th for you I think. (Edit: oops, no, it is just the 19th beginning for you too, so happy belated birthday!)

Here, it is already Saturday and, for once, the forecast guy was right: it is snowing! Well, it snowed more or less all week long already, but today, this is some serious snow, with a very white sky. Brr... Vlad, the ski runs will be just perfect when you will arrive! A lot of people are expected in the ski resorts this weekend and next week (it is the turn of the Parisians to be on holidays), so a lot of feasts and other activities have to be planned there for the next weekend. I hope you will have a lot of fun there! Don't worry about your accent, it will just be perfect!

The holidays are nearly finished for me, weird holidays spent nursing the flu. I still don't feel well at all but school starts again on Monday so I guess I will have to open the schoolbag today nevertheless. Okay, I stop complaining! Some more expressions about that:

- "ça sent le sapin...", "it smells fir", you say that ironically when someone is complaining about his health (the fir smell refering to the coffin's wood).

We have a lot of expressions about the weather too:

- "Il pleut des cordes" : "it rains ropes" or (sorry, a little vulgar but kids love that one) "Il pleut comme vache qui pisse" : "It rains as a cow peeing" for pouring rains.

- "Un vent à décorner un boeuf: "a wind that could dehorn a ox", a very strong wind.

- "Il fait un froid de canard": "It is a "duck's cold" ", very cold.

- And more general and very used: "Il fait un temps de chien" : "It is a dog's weather", very bad weather!

Have a nice weekend everybody!


Ozymandias - Feb 19, 2005 3:24 am (#2290 of 2956)

Happy Birthday Barb (Madame Librarian) and DJ Evans!

I'm glad to see a few knitters here. My grandmother taught me to knit a few years ago, and I've gone crazy with it. You're right, Bumbledore, it's incredibly relaxing. And I think it's wonderful that you're a knitter. I've only known one guy who knits, and that's because I taught him.

If anyone wants to make a Hogwarts scarf, it's super easy, and a great first project if you're learning. Just cast on 30-odd stitches (or however wide you want it) and knit in garter stitch (all knitting, no purls). Then, when it's time to switch colors, cut off the yarn and tie the new color on with a regular overhand knot. I just bought some lovely blue and bronze yarn to make a Ravenclaw scarf.

Off to make a smoothie and browse the other threads. Have a good weekend, everybody!



Good Evans - Feb 19, 2005 4:01 am (#2291 of 2956)

morning all - oh goodness Lizzy what a start to the weekend!!!!

I hope it all sorts itself out for you.

happy belated birthdays to DJ evans and Barb. Hope that you had good ones.

I am at work this morning - its that time of year - annual billing so we work all this weekend. However we have cake and a bit of a laugh so its not all bad, and for once I can log on to lexicon during work hours woo hoo!! inbetween checking computer runs etc.

ok best do some work - but just wanted to drop in and say hi.


boop - Feb 19, 2005 6:44 am (#2292 of 2956)

My mom tried to teach me how to knit. I found it to take to long to see results of what your making. I taught myself how to crochet. I am making a Layette for my new grandbaby that is coming in April. I have made many gift for other. I love crocheting because you can see results within a few rows. I would love to learn how to knit, because the patterns are so pretty.

I have loved reading all those saying some I heard before and some were new to me. I had to laugh at some of them they were funny. Here is one I thought of " When you can't beat then, join them."

I had my granddaughter and grandson over night. Dustin is walking most of the time. They both feel so much better. They are being so good for me.

have a great weekend very one!


Julie Aronson - Feb 19, 2005 7:16 am (#2293 of 2956)

I like knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint. I might just have to try a striped scarf--I just never got around to it before...



septentrion  - Feb 19, 2005 7:31 am (#2294 of 2956)

Hello everyone !

Lizzy, it's indeed a very strange and annoying thing that happened to you. I hope everything will be fixed soon.

Happy belated birthday to Madam Librarian and DJ Evans !

Elanor, I hope you a quick recovery since you're to be at school Monday.

About knitting, crocheting and any stuff including a needle, I simply can't do it due to a lack of patience. I can't concentrate on things so small and so precise. Guess I'd do better at crushing beetles to powder


Madame Librarian    - Feb 19, 2005 7:45 am (#2295 of 2956)

Chemyst, yes, Spoonerisms. I've read that the original one was spoken at the end of a wedding ceremony: "And now it's kisstomary to cuss the bride." The image that invokes is just too funny. There's that guy with the Capitol Steps (political satire cabaret comedy group) who does the long shtick which is all Spoonerisms, producing such twisted phrases as Billary and Hill, Lonica Mooooo-insky, Imbos in the Boffice, Yubble-Doo, Lirty Dies, and so on.

The malapropisms (literally, bad apropos, or incorrect used of words or phrases for the situation, or a general misuse of words) I was referring to is not the flip-flop of initial consonants, but the blending of two totally different sayings that have the correct rhythm to hook up, but create a meaning that is nonsensical.

Both, however, are hilarious.

Ciao. Barb


librarian314 - Feb 19, 2005 9:10 am (#2296 of 2956)

Hey all!

Happy b-day to Madame Librarian and DJ Evans!

I am an avid fiber artist. I prefer crocheting to knitting as I tend to feel rather awkward when I knit. The needles are too long and I feel like I'm flapping like a large winged bird. I'm currently crocheting a Ms. Weasley sweater inspired by the one she wears in the movie version of CoS. (in the breakfast scene after Harry is rescued by Ron and the twins.) I've got one sleeve finished and have started the next. If anybody else is interested I can write out the pattern after I've finished (I'm making it up as I go along.)

Some of my other upcoming projects may well be some HP socks. There are several really cool ones mentioned in the books and socks are about the only thing I knit, aside from mittens. I, too, find that knitting takes too long to see results and so I do small projects like socks.

I don't know any men that knit or crochet but know one who does counted cross stitch and another who is taking up bobbin lace.

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


dizzy lizzy - Feb 19, 2005 3:09 pm (#2297 of 2956)

As some of you will remember, I have been applying for jobs, so I can leave the one I'm in (the obnoxious boss is getting worse by the week!). I haven't had any luck so far but I will keep trying and hope to pick up something soon.

Anyway the lack of electricity yesterday meant I got time to sit and spend time with my dogs and myself and a chance to recharge my batteries.

Two more phrases:

“I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole!” meaning there's no way I would get anywhere near "it". "it" can be a person, thing, object etc.

“madder than a cut snake” completely mad/psycho person.



megfox - Feb 19, 2005 3:19 pm (#2298 of 2956)

My best friend Jenny from college (the one that got me into Harry Potter) learned how to knit and crochet during our senior year, when we lived in an apartment together. She would do it for hours on end, and everything always came out slightly bumpy and not really shaped right (think the description of Hermione's house elf clothes). She made a hat that winter, and she couldn't figure out how to close the hole on the top, so she just made this HUGE pom-pom and sewed it to the top. It was really funny looking. I used to tease her a lot about it. Well, she was at my baby shower last weekend, and she made the most gorgeous baby hat, with these cute little bunny ears on it, and little baby booties. I was very impressed. And a little sheepish .

I would love to learn how to knit, but I always drop the "stitches". I have crocheted one thing in my life, a "popcorn" garland with red beads to look like cranberries. I drape it around an evergreen garland on my banister at Christmas. It took me almost 2 months to make, but is only about 10 feet long! I don't know if I have the patience to do it again!


Elanor - Feb 19, 2005 3:20 pm (#2299 of 2956)

I'm so sorry about your job Lizzy! I really hope you will find another one soon (**keeping my fingers crossed**).

We have nearly the same phrase than yours, except that it says: "Je ne le toucherais pas avec des pincettes", I wouldn't touch it with tongs or, same meaning, "je ne le toucherais pas/je ne le ferais pas pour tout l'or du monde", I would not touch it/I would not do it even if I should receive all the gold of the world for that.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Edit: hello Meg! We posted nearly at the same time!


Madam Pince - Feb 19, 2005 3:30 pm (#2300 of 2956)

Meg, I meant to tell you earlier -- best wishes as you go into this last month! It won't really be as long as it seems! We'll be thinking of you! Just think, soon you will have a new little one to cuddle and love!
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Catherine - Feb 19, 2005 4:15 pm (#2301 of 2956)

Speaking of having a new one to cuddle, my parents have successfully adopted "Belle," a rescued shih-tzu from a neighboring county.

Her story is sad, but the ending is very happy, I think. Apparently, her clueless owner delivered her to the groomer emaciated, with a severe eye infection, and matted to the skin. The groomer intervened by calling the Humane Society, who convinced the owner to give up the dog in exchange for providing the appropriate medical care (spaying, removal of the eye, shots, and food).

My folks saw her picture, and were smitten, and at this very moment Belle is snoozing on my father's lap like a princess. I will post a link to her photo for interested persons.

I wish them all the best, and I hope I haven't been too boring by sharing this.

EDIT: I have put the photo of Belle in my profile. My mom is holding her at the foster mom's house right before taking her home.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 19, 2005 5:49 pm (#2302 of 2956)

Belle looks pretty happy in your Mum's arms Catherine. I also reckon your two dogs are pretty sweet as well. I also like your tulips (the pinky/purple one's?).

I'm pretty mad about dogs, you could never bore me about dogs and Harry Potter. Put them both on the same page and I'll be glued to it!

Its good to see Belle has found some nice new parents to keep her safe and warm.



Marie E. - Feb 19, 2005 5:49 pm (#2303 of 2956)

Oh, Catherine, Belle is so adorable. I'm glad her story has a happy ending.

My little kitty isn't doing very well. Samantha is 17 so I guess it's to be expected but...you know. She's had some blood in her stool and today she was "leaking" blood onto the carpet. I'm preparing the girls for the possibility that Samantha may be very sick. Lexie isn't taking it very well. Right now she's under our bed, where she usually sleeps during the day. I'll keep you all updated.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 19, 2005 5:53 pm (#2304 of 2956)

I'm rather hoping it is Samantha under the bed, not Lexie. Nonetheless I send you and the girls and Samantha some cheering charms, get well charms, and some fortifying charms for the day/evening ahead.



Catherine - Feb 19, 2005 6:02 pm (#2305 of 2956)

Thanks, Lizzy. Your avatar always makes me smile because that dog looks almost exactly like our beloved family pet who died seven years ago at age 17 and 1/2. Her name was Sandy, and through her own particular neuroses and gifts (and she had plenty of each), she made our lives more wonderful every day.

As for the flowers, I must admit that I planted purple and yellow pansies for the local university's school colors, although I love pansies, and don't think that you can plant too many, especially as it's really hard to kill them.

The pink tulips were an afterthought, as Claire was at the nursery with me, and really wanted to plant some. She dug the holes, put the bulbs in, and charted their growth. We enjoyed them more than I ever thought I would. I would put those tulips down as the best short-term investment our family ever made.

Most of them are coming back this year, too, so that will be fun to see. After that, it will be another trip to the nursery. I wonder what color Claire will pick this fall?

EDIT: Marie, you posted while I was posting. I'm so sorry about Samantha. I hope she's not in pain, and I know what it is like for a dear family pet to be ailing. Best wishes to you.


Gina R Snape - Feb 19, 2005 7:23 pm (#2306 of 2956)

Marie! Don't despair.

My Fabergé (who is 16) had the same symptoms and I took her to the vet straight away. Your cat might have an ulcer and/or inflammatory bowel disease--both of which are very treatable!


Denise P. - Feb 19, 2005 8:25 pm (#2307 of 2956)

I guess blood/personality does tell. I have two boy guinea pigs, Sirrius and Regulus. They have been together since they were itty bitty piggies. In the past two weeks, Regulus has shown his little DE tendancies. He chases poor Sirrius screaming around the cage and has bitten him. I took all the expert advice to let them work it out since they are in their piggy teenaged years. Tonight, I decided poor Sirrius has had enough. I put them in separate cages, something not done lightly since they are social little beings but my vet won't neuter pigs since there is a high rate of death from being put under. Regulus is not happy with the new set up, he is looking for a way out. Sirrius, I swear, has perked up and looks very content and happy now, not huddled in a scared heap any more. Since my vet won't neuter, I don't have much options beyond having two solo pigs.

Marie, I hope Samantha gets better. Did your Brownies have Thinking Day already? We had ours today and our troop did Lebanon.


John Bumbledore - Feb 19, 2005 10:20 pm (#2308 of 2956)

I too would like to wish a happy birthday to Madame Librarian and DJ Evans!

Catherine, by short term investment did you mean you didn't expect them to come back? My father-in-law grows the biggest and most beautiful tulips I've seen. He digs them up each year and will place them in a very cool, dry spot in his basement/garage. I believe he suggested a short period of storage in the refrigerator because of our mild winters. But then again, maybe I'm just headed for St. Mungo's?

Marie E, I hope the best for Samantha, and that it may be like Gina's experience and treatable like her 'fancy-egg-art' named cat.

Well all, I must say good night (good morning after-noon to Lizzy, I think.) I hope your eclectric has been restored and remains stable henceforth.

(John) Bumbledore


Ydnam96  - Feb 19, 2005 10:39 pm (#2309 of 2956)

Denise could you get more guinea pigs? One that Regulus won't beat up and one that will get along with Sirius?

It's rained all day here. To the point where after running to the grocery store upon returning it was necessary for me to take off my shoes and socks, roll up my pant legs, and wade through calf high water to get from my car to my house. The water was freeeeeeezing cold. I think that I should be constructing an ark, for real.

I did crochet a small blanket for my cat. Well really it's to put on my couch so that less cat hair gets on it. I'm quite proud of myself. It's the largest thing I've ever crocheted. It looks like one of those ovalish Amish rage rugs (in shape). It was supposed to be a square. Go figure.

So any of you Alias fans out there, any idea how to get an Alias ring tone on my phone? Right now I've had HP (from Mugglenet) and it's been there for quite a while and I'm ready for something different but I can't find one where I would just program in the notes like I did the Harry Potter one.

Well, it's about time for me to hit the threads and go to bed. Night all!


dizzy lizzy - Feb 19, 2005 10:56 pm (#2310 of 2956)

Bumbledore you got the afternoon bit right. Right now it is 4:56pm in the afternoon. I've been meaning to get a guinea pig or two. I've been hesitant because my two boys - Macca and Sami (they're dogs) don't like cats and small fluffy things. They chase after them growling like anything. The neighborhood cats learn pretty quickly my yard is a no go zone.

I'm in the middle of crocheting another rug. Lots of smallish squares to "sew" together into one big rug. Not easy in the middle of summer with sweating hands, even when you are sitting under the air-con.



The giant squid - Feb 20, 2005 12:50 am (#2311 of 2956)

Ree, I hope Sam's okay. Like you said, she's getting up there; give her a scritch from me.

“Why did we have to have all these kids??!”

Denise, this reminded me of another Bill Cosby-ism: "Why did we have four children?" "Because we didn't want five."

Happy YesterBirthday, Barb & Deb! Barb, would an example of a malapropism be "Make like a tree and get outta here!" (a corruption of "make like a tree and leave")? It's not the best example, but it's the only thing my brain would squeeze out...


P.S. Despite my numerous tentacles , I don't crochet. I do however have enormous respect for anyone with the patience & self discipline to do so.


Madame Librarian    - Feb 20, 2005 7:44 am (#2312 of 2956)

Thanks, guys, for your good b-day wishes, and those hacked apart malaprops. Listening right now to Sunday Weekend Edition on NPR radio (it's 8:38 am Chicago time-CST-on 2/20). They're about to do a feature story on John Williams and his music score for PoA. Hope some you can catch a listen. I'll report anything interesting on the pop culture thread.

The promo for the piece came on with the lilting intro theme. My head popped up from the newspaper, and I got all wobbly in my tummy. That music really gets me all in the HP mood. Ooooh, I thought, they're going to do a meaty story on the new book (please, oh, please). Well, not quite. But it'll be interesting to hear about the music stuff. This guy, Trudeau, reviews all the music nominees for the Oscars.

Uh oh, here it is. "Shush!" as Harry would say.

Ciao. Barb


Madam Pince - Feb 20, 2005 10:26 am (#2313 of 2956)

Marie, I hope Samantha is going to be OK!

I was watching "The Green Mile" last night on TV, and they used another little regional quote which I haven't seen here yet:

“I think that boy's cheese has slipped off his cracker.” (He's gone crazy!)


Loopy Lupin - Feb 20, 2005 5:13 pm (#2314 of 2956)

As for the flowers, I must admit that I planted purple and yellow pansies for the local university's school colors, although I love pansies, and don't think that you can plant too many, especially as it's really hard to kill them. – Catherine

I can't believe Marcus let this slide by. Very Happy


mollis - Feb 20, 2005 5:40 pm (#2315 of 2956)

I am so glad to be back with you guys. This has been one heck of a weekend. We got a virus in our computer and had to completely delete everything and start over. Somehow it managed to mess up our IP address and we could no longer get on the net. So that took most of yesterday and today (when I was supposed to be doing our taxes - not sure if I'm upset about not getting to do them or not...) Then, in the midst of the computer repair - our TV up and dies. Just poof! dead! So dear hubby decides he can't survive a minute without a TV in the living room (we have one in the bedroom, but apparently it's not big enough and he must have one in each location for his life to be worthwhile and heads to the store. Decides that we must spend what I consider way too much money on a TV with no consideration for the bills we have to pay and all that other financial stuff. Just frustrating to have to reach an agreement with someone when the priorities are different. Thanks for letting me vent...

On a better subject, I love knitting. Have knitted many blankets and afghans and a couple of baby hats. I do want to try a layette or even a sweater, but I'm a little bit nervous to try it. I'm afraid of putting all the time into it and then it won't fit. I'll probably take the risk one of these days though.

Okay, I'm going to go try and relax now. Its just been a really cruddy weekend for much more significant reasons than the superficial ones I complained about here. Maybe I'll hit some threads and cheer myself up. I post a cute, cheerfull smilie here, but they are all gone to computer heck. I'll have to transfer them over from the secret file of them I have stashed on my work computer. Shhh, don't tell.


Catherine - Feb 20, 2005 5:42 pm (#2316 of 2956)

I can't believe Marcus let this slide by--Loopy Lupin

Me, either. I'm a little disappointed that his work takes him away at just the wrong time. **waves to Marcus**

But at least you are here, Loopy, to carry on Marcus's work in the Uniting the Houses" thread, and in poking me about pansies.

For the record, I tried really hard to get Mom and Dad to name the new doggy "Pansy" or "Poppy," in terms of HP names. Other choices were "Willow" and "Dahlia," to be called "Dolly." Alas, earwax, her name is "Belle." I happen to like her name, as I suggested it also, but so far I've managed to give the puppy rescues HP names so far. My parents thwarted me, as they love to do.

Hope you all have a good night, and Loopy Lupin, I hope that your weekend was full of health salad, meatballs, and every other good thing!


Denise P. - Feb 20, 2005 5:57 pm (#2317 of 2956)

The time was coming and it has finally arrived. My 7 year old has never had a hair cut, other than tiny trims and bangs. Her hair is long enough to sit on. She said she wants it cut off. Luckily, she has enough hair that we can compromise between the shorter cut she wants and my wanting some length on it. We are going to donate her length to Locks of Love. Just measuring here at home, I think it will be 13-15" that we are going to donate. I just need to call the salon here tomorrow and get her an appointment. Even getting all that cut off, her hair should still be touching her shoulders. After years of seeing her with long hair, it is going to take getting used to seeing her with significantly shorter hair.


Catherine - Feb 20, 2005 6:52 pm (#2318 of 2956)

How wonderful for your daughter to donate her hair, and she still has hair to spare. **didn't mean to sound like Dr. Seuss just now.**

But still, it's a lovely thing to do, and very grown-up of her. What a wonderful person to be at age seven.


Denise P. - Feb 20, 2005 7:20 pm (#2319 of 2956)

I grew up with the much hated Pixie cut and then the equally hated Dorothy Hamill cut. I always swore I would not cut my daughter's hair unless she wanted it done. My dad watches me brush her hair (and her contortionist faces) and always advises me "Cut it short, let her grow it when she can take care of it herself" Kaity and I just smile and ignore him but she has reached the point where she wants it shorter now. I am going to get a before and after picture from her back, so you can see how long it was. She is wanting me to just hack it tonight but I convinced her to wait for an appointment.


Catherine - Feb 20, 2005 7:34 pm (#2320 of 2956)


I so appreciate your feelings in the matter. I was a formerly long-haired girl who was forced into a Dorothy Hamill cut overnight. I was very skinny and tall at the time, and everyone thought I was a boy. I'm still not over it, and it's probably one reason why I reacted so viscerally to Daisy's scalping haircut this summer.

So I, too, have a child with longish hair who does the contortionist faces, and all I have to do is say, "You sound like you want a short haircut" and that does the trick, at least for now. Both my girls have shoulder-length hair, and that is plenty for a pony tail, a "bun" for ballet, and to feel "girly" about.

I look forward to seeing any before and after shots. It's quite a to-do for her hairdo!


boop - Feb 20, 2005 7:39 pm (#2321 of 2956)

Mollis, Sorry to hear your weekend didn't go well. Hope you have a good week, and welcome back.

There are TWO Birthdays tomorrow. I am posting them tonight, because I might not get a chance before work tomorrow.

FEB. 20th Madam Pince, and Ladybug 220. Happy Birthday!!!! Have a great day.

Denise, that is great thing for your daughter to do. I am sure many people are waiting for wigs with real hair. I am very proud of your 7 year old to do this..

Its snowing here tonight. Then late tonight it is changing to freezing rain and sleet. We are supposed to get 3 to 5 inches of snow first. Will make it interesting getting to work in the morning.

Good night and take care, Hugs Always.



Gina R Snape - Feb 20, 2005 7:57 pm (#2322 of 2956)

Denise, shoulder length is still *quite* long hair! I had the dreaded Dorothy Hamill cut too, when I was about 9 years old. But I confess, after getting that first cut, I loved experimenting and cutting my hair.

After years and years of going back and forth between an inch from my scalp and below the shoulders, I can firmly say whatever the hairdresser does...her hair will grow back!


Daioma Dumbledore - Feb 20, 2005 8:33 pm (#2323 of 2956)

G'Day everyone!

Once again I have been missing in action for a little while, but for now I'm back. We've had a couple of dramas to contend with, the biggest one being a couple of weeks ago we had huge storms here and my house got very very very flooded!!!! My whole lounge room was destroyed, but thanks to Elvis the Wonder Cat, who banged on our bedroom door until it opened and then jumped on top of Ben and meowed in his face until he woke up, at 5am mind you, to let us know that there was a waterfall in our lounge room, so I was able to move my week old beautiful suede couches (sofa for you in the u.s!) out of harms way. We then put a 90 Litre (almost 20 gallons) tub under the main water entry point & went back to bed as that's about all we could do, but then when we woke 2&1/2 hours later the tub was FULL! Just about to overflow plus there was now another entry point and we had at least an inch of water almost covering the entire floor, which is floating floor boards so they are now all completely buckled and all have to be replaced & my ceiling is being held up by wooden supports put up by the emergency men that came out the next day! So I have to get a new ceiling too, as well as painting all through the living areas!!! The worst part of it all is we had almost EXACTLY THE SAME THING happen just 12 months before!!!!!! And if the insurance company had of fixed it properly rather than just patching the damage we wouldn't be in this situation!!! You could say I am rather peeved at the whole situation.

But other than that and work stress everything else is going well, we are having our engagement party on the 19th March and are organizing that at the moment & I went to my first ever bridal fair the other week-end and got VERY excited!!

I hope everyone is wonderful, I've missed talking to you all. Talk soon


Madam Pince - Feb 20, 2005 9:22 pm (#2324 of 2956)

Oh, Daioma, that is such a bummer. So sorry to hear. But what a great cat you have! Thanks to him, the couches were saved, and you can't say that about a whole lot of cats -- usually it's the cat that destroys the couch. (I say "couch" instead of sofa, too. My Mom says "davenport.")

Denise, can't wait to see the new hair-do. Tell Kaity we all think she is a wonderful young lady for being so generous!

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Betty! ***blushes*** You are so sweet to always remember birthdays! A lot of my "real-world" friends apparently forgot ***Madam Pince has a "Harry-in-OoP moment" of feeling sorry for herself...*** No really, I had a very nice birthday -- my father-in-law called to wish me a "Happy 39th!" (Ha -- I wish -- he was just being nice.) I was brought back to earth, however, by Baby Pince coming into the room, scrutinizing me closely, and then saying "You don't look fifty, Mama!" I think he'd had some coaching from somebody who thought he was being very funny.

Extra points were scored, however, by a totally decadent dinner of crab & mushroom casserole, lobster, champagne, and Mud Pie for dessert. Yummmmmmmm, yum. Thank goodness we only have birthdays once a year, though!


Daioma Dumbledore - Feb 20, 2005 9:33 pm (#2325 of 2956)

Happy Birthday Madam Pince!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday, much deserved I'm sure.

As for Elvis saving the couch instead of destroying it, your very right in saying he is an oddity in the cat world! Such a lovable little mite though!


Madame Librarian    - Feb 20, 2005 10:13 pm (#2326 of 2956)

Gaaa! The flood sounds awful, but the cat sounds like a level-headed pet. Handy to have around, aren't they?

Denise, give your long-haired beauty an "atta girl" for her donation. And, one for you, too, for being a supportive mom on the whole issue. I had a major haircut to a pixie when I was nine. My long hair was always up in a tight, tight ponytail or bun (for ballet class) and I was actually getting horrible headaches from the pull and stress. My mom almost didn't believe that kids could get headaches ("What do you kids have to have headaches about?"--she was very old world about things like that), and when she finally got me to the doctor, he suggested it was the weight of my long hair. We both stared at him like he was nuts, but since I wanted to have short hair anyway, we cut it all off, and voila! the headaches disappeared. Happy ending for all (except my slightly shocked ballet teacher).

Happy B-day to Madam Pince. Hey, the two madam(e)s have birthdays right next to each other.

G'night all.

Ciao. Barb


Gina R Snape - Feb 20, 2005 10:44 pm (#2327 of 2956)

Daioma! Thank heavens for the love of a good kitty. Your flood sounds dreadful. I hope the insurance pays for a proper cleanup and repair this time.

btw, Happy Birthday Alan Rickman! He's 59 today (21 Feb).


dizzy lizzy - Feb 20, 2005 11:55 pm (#2328 of 2956)

Happy Birthday Madam Pince and Ladybug!!!

Daioma, welcome back, I was waiting to hear if your were affected by the wild weather Melbourne had. It sounds as though you got enough water to keep you busy for a while. Has it done anything for the drought situation and water restrictions?

Mmmm Denise, I'm rather impressed by the young lady's decision to donate her hair. Well done. PS I'm really pleased you write in pink, helps me keep track of who said who. I get you confused with Catherine - no idea why.

Have a lovely day everyone.



septentrion  - Feb 21, 2005 2:05 am (#2329 of 2956)

Happy birthday Madam Pince and Ladybug !

Daioma, seems you had a busy week. Good luck with the insurance company, I hope they'll fix things properly this time.


The giant squid - Feb 21, 2005 2:10 am (#2330 of 2956)

Happy semi-centennial, Madame P! Look at it this way: you're only a third as old as Albus. Birthday wishes to Ladybug as well.

Denise, your daughter sounds very level headed indeed. Can't imagine where she gets it. I've thought of donating my locks to Locks of Love when (if) I finally cut it off, but I don't know if it'd qualify. It's typical "guy" hair--more split ends than strong hair. Most women take good care of their hair; I take "just good enough" care of mine.



Catherine - Feb 21, 2005 5:19 am (#2331 of 2956)

Denise, I'm rather impressed by the young lady's decision to donate her hair. Well done. PS I'm really pleased you write in pink, helps me keep track of who said who. I get you confused with Catherine - no idea why. --Dizzy Lizzy

Poor Denise, to get confused with me! Lizzy, simply put, Denise is the mom who is not a Slacker!

I'm flattered to be mentioned in the same sentence as Denise. You made my day, Lizzy.


haymoni - Feb 21, 2005 5:26 am (#2332 of 2956)

Morning all - It's President's Day, so being the lucky government employee that I am, I will be home lounging all day.

What does one do on President's Day? I don't think that there is an official way to celebrate it - no special meal or tree to put up - I don't even think there is a parade.

Stores always have President's Day sales, so if the weather behaves, maybe I'll drag the kids out and see what's what.

Probably not though!

Have a great day all!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 21, 2005 6:36 am (#2333 of 2956)

Catherine is the one who usually has an avatar of a very cute breed of dog, just ask Lupin is Lupin. Denise, on the other hand, alternates avatars. One week it's the catcher, one week it's the first baseman, another week it's the left fielder. Have you sent the team to Florida for spring training yet, Denise?

Have a good week everyone. I don't know what one does on President's day, haymoni, as I've never had the day as a holiday in my working career. I suppose you could sit around and giggle that people like me are working.


Julia. - Feb 21, 2005 8:38 am (#2334 of 2956)

Oy gevalt!!! I go away for the weekend and I come back to 70 new posts!

Happy birthday to Barb, Deb, Madam Pince and Ladybug. *passes around butterbeer* Hope you had amazing days and will have an amazing year.

Denise, you are the best for not wanting to cut your daughter's hair until she did. I was forced into a short hair cut as a kid, and I hated it. It looked horrible, and I really wanted it long. As a protest I have my hair long today, even though it would look much better short.

John, as for your question about anyone making HP designs, I know Sarah (scully jones) knitted a Gryffindor Scarf, and wore it to the Gathering last year. She posted a picture of it somewhere, but I can't be bothered to look for it now.

Catherine, I love the pictures you put in your avatar. Belle looks quite happy with your mum, and Daisy and Pheobe look very pretty among the pansies. Just out of curiosity, was that picture taken pre or post scalping, er, grooming?

I had the most awesome time in New York this weekend. We were in Crown Heights, which is the Chassidic section. I bought lots of Judaica, met some amazing people, participated in a random dance, got slobered on by a seven month old, and got made fun of by a five year old for buying an Aleph Bet jig-saw puzzle. I should have bought a kvart also. Oh well, can't think of everything I guess.

Classes are canceled today because of the snow. Thank G-d, I really need the day to catch up on all the work I should have done this weekend but didn't.


Marè - Feb 21, 2005 9:05 am (#2335 of 2956)

Denise, you are the best for not wanting to cut your daughter's hair until she did. I was forced into a short hair cut as a kid, and I hated it. It looked horrible, and I really wanted it long. As a protest I have my hair long today, even though it would look much better short. – Julia

I'm just copying the above and that pretty much says it all.
Everytime I look in the mirror and think "I should have it cut short again". I realise that I promised myself I would grow it really long when I was "old" everytime my mother forced that short haircut she really liked on me...


Catherine - Feb 21, 2005 10:31 am (#2336 of 2956)

I realise that I promised myself I would grow it really long when I was "old" everytime my mother forced that short haircut she really liked on me... >--Mare

Count me in on that one, too. I have finally accepted that my mother will never really approve of my hair. As a child, I was forced to have it cut ala Dorothy Hamill, and later endured a home perm at the tender age of 9 once I grew that cut out.

Since young adulthood, she has urged me to highlight my very dark hair. I tried multiple techniques, and my hair just wants to turn brassy red, so I quit. Now I have gray hairs popping up every once in a while, and she wants me to color those. Now the big thing is that I am too old to have "long" hair, which isn't long at all. It touches my collar bone; it's not like it's half-way down my back.

I just smile and ignore her when she makes her suggestions. They almost don't bother me anymore.


Helen Potterfan - Feb 21, 2005 12:05 pm (#2337 of 2956)

My mother never wanted me to cut my hair. She could never get hers to grow very long, so she lives vicariously through my hair. I'm 28, and she still gets upset when I cut it to my shoulders! My mom has naturally curly hair, which she hates. I have naturally straight hair, which I hate. Are we ever satisfied?

My one perm experience was self-induced early in my teens. At the time I had hair well past my waist. It took the poor woman 5 hours to roll it because I wanted spiral curls (remember those?)!

Happy Belated birthday to Barb, Deb, Madam Pince, and Ladybug! **hands out chocolate frogs and every-flavored beans***


Good Evans - Feb 21, 2005 12:12 pm (#2338 of 2956)

dorothy hamill cuts !! - at least you weren’t forced in to a Princess Di at the age of 10! My hair is very thick, very single minded and did not like the Princess Di cut at all!! I have for the first time since I was 10 finally got rid of a fringe, its kind of weird and kind of cold!!

snow today in the South East. First proper snow we have had, hoping for lots tonight in order to work from home tomorrow but we'll have to see!

Daioma, really sorry to hear your story, and a bummer as it is on a repeat!! I do hope you get it sorted, can you sue the insurance company for the distress???

happy birthday (passed) for those over the weekend mmmm lobster sounded nice madam pince!


Eponine - Feb 21, 2005 1:51 pm (#2339 of 2956)

Hair. When I was younger I had short hair cut in what I believe you would call a pageboy style. I started growing it out when I was about 12-13 and had the occasional trim and sometimes cut. My senior year in high school I could sit on my hair. I kept it between my waist and halfway down my back for about 6 years from the time I was a freshman in h.s. until I was a sophomore in college. Since then it's varied between right above my shoulders and a few inches below my shoulders. It's currently just above my shoulders, and it's much easier to take care of than long hair.

Anyway, I had a message from a parent today, so I had to make my first official teacher call. Thankfully, it wasn't anything bad. They weren't calling to say their child hates me. =)

I hope everyone is having a great day today! Happy Presidents' Day!


Penny Lane. - Feb 21, 2005 2:16 pm (#2340 of 2956)

Thanks to all the other knitters out there! I received bunches of patterns in my email box, and I'm very greatful. Now, if only ya'll wanted to send me the supplies. Wink

As for hair, when I was 6, I was traumatized. My mom insisted that the "hairdresser" (it was back in the 80s) cut my hair into a short 'bob' like hers. It was not a bob, it was a modified dorthey hamel style that made me look like a little boy. I pretended to be sick for a week so I wouldn't have to be seen in public. Mom still thinks it's funny too. I still get angry when she tells the story and until recently I would leave in a huff.

By the time I was 10, it had grown out. So she made me get a spiral perm, and I spent a few years looking like a poodle. By the time that was over, I grew it out, and finally my hair was good. In 8th grade, I brought a picture of the 'Jennifer Aniston cut' from the early friends episodes, and somehow the styalist interpeted that into "I want a BIG UGLY MULLET". If I curled it, I looked just like Carol Brady in the Brady BUnch Movie.

Now that I'm older and wiser, I only go people I trust, which is either places where my friends have gone, or Panopolous Salons. I will pay the extra money to be sure that I won't come out looking stupid. It may grow back, but if i'm interviewing for a job, I can't not look my best. It will tear at my self confidence, and I don't want to look unprofessional because the colorest turned my highlights orange.

EDIT: Does WC still have smilies built in?


Lina - Feb 21, 2005 2:32 pm (#2341 of 2956)

I was thirteen when I was allowed to choose my hairstyle for the first time. So I have decided to let my children choose their hairstyle as soon as they started to show their opinion which happened when they were around three.

Well it's not practical when a five years old says "I want my hair cut," and if you don't do it immediately, she takes scissors and does it by her own...

I have introduced a new punishment this year: 1 cm of hair gets cut for each not written homework. One of my daughters has long hair...

Edit: well, about a perm, I was two when I had it for the first time. And, yes, it is truth, after I was allowed to cut my hair when I was 13, I had to have a perm done for years after that. That's why my hair is straight now.


Madam Pince - Feb 21, 2005 4:13 pm (#2342 of 2956)

Mike, important note -- it was NOT actually my semi-centennial (but thanks for the positive spin anyway!) Baby Pince was just repeating something Mr. Pince had told him to say to me, probably to make me feel like 41 (my real age) is not really so bad as I make it out to be. Thanks, everyone, for the birthday wishes!

Went car-shopping today. I have no idea why, as we have no intention of buying a car for at least a year yet, and probably longer than that, even. Mr. Pince just had the day off, and so we spent it checking out the new Nimbus 2005s....er....well, new vehicles. We were quite disappointed that we had no snow -- we were expecting to be shoveling all day!

Caput Draconis, are you out there? Have they aired the first "Survivor" episode yet? I thought of you the other day and wished I'd invited you over for a big bowl of popcorn and a wallow in Survivor-world!


Chemyst - Feb 21, 2005 4:43 pm (#2343 of 2956)

I am so there on all the long hair stories. Not only have I suffered kindred tales of woe myself, but I have also seen my daughter victimized by a stylist who must have received her diploma from the same Online College of Snipping as Catherine's ex-groomer. My daughter hasn't set foot inside a clip joint since then and now has hair long enough to sit on. About three years ago I decided to do the same. I now look like one of those old pony-tailed women the "make-over experts" would drool over because there is so much "potential" but, hey, I won't give them a chance to get close!.

Belated Happy Birthdays to Madam Pince and Ladybug.


Julie Aronson - Feb 21, 2005 4:52 pm (#2344 of 2956)

RE: Bad Hair

I, too, have suffered the indignities of a hair-don't. Sadly, it was self-inflicted. I have brown hair that naturally falls into spiral curls, but, while in a personal rut about 15 years ago, I had it changed to short, red, and asymmetrical--complete with a step in the back! It took me YEARS (and many sets of barrettes and headbands) to grow that monster out. Now it is one length and nearly down to my waist. I highlighted it once (gently) and might consider doing it again once cost is no longer an option.

RE: Locks of Love

I think this is a wonderful program...I really do! In fact, I think the ponytail from my misadventure described above ended up there. However, in the past few years I have encountered several people who are almost evangelical in their zeal about it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it's totally out of line to shout at someone in the grocery store or park or other public place about how selfish they are to "keep all that hair" for themselves.



Catherine - Feb 21, 2005 5:09 pm (#2345 of 2956)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it's totally out of line to shout at someone in the grocery store or park or other public place about how selfish they are to "keep all that hair" for themselves. --Julie Aronson

Ooh, boy, where is Loopy Lupin..I mean Miss Manners...when you need her?

Julie, I admire your self-control not to reply back to the shouter that you appreciate their generosity in donating their brain to science prior to death.

Chemyst, Iet's hear it for pure potential! Let the makeover shows salivate. I'll hand them a handkerchief and remind them to dab their lips occasionally.

If only we Forumers had the ability to grow our hair back at will after a bad haircut...it would change everything. JKR is obviously attuned to "bad hair" insecurity!


Amilia Smith - Feb 21, 2005 5:19 pm (#2346 of 2956)

I cut bangs when I was in high school. Biggest mistake I ever made. I have a baby-face to begin with, but then with the bangs, I look younger in my sixteen year old pictures than I do in my twelve year old photos. Unfortunantly, my hair grows incredibly slowly (can't tell you how much I envy you, Gina, being able to go from short to long to short). I worked on growing those bangs out for over 10 years. It was only with this last cut (finally gave in and got layers) that I feel satisfied that those old bangs are finally worked in.

As a result of this story, I have yet to dare to cut my hair short. The aforementioned layers are about as brave as I get. What if I cut it short, hated it, and it took 20 years to grow it back?????



Accio Sirius - Feb 21, 2005 6:26 pm (#2347 of 2956)

I've done many a bad bang job on myself, but have finally learned the better of it. Once in junior high school, I did decide to "trim" my eyebrows, having read about it some silly magazine and managed to clip a big hole in one. I was filling it in with eye liner every day until one day I was home sick from school and hadn't had a chance to do a quick fix. My mother was none too pleased. At least I hadn't shaved them off like one of my cousins did. Of course, that still haunts me today as Mr. Accio Sirius always wants me to trim his hair with this ridiculous hair trimming (perhaps dog grooming???) set he bought and it just terrifies me!


Catherine - Feb 21, 2005 6:40 pm (#2348 of 2956)

Mr. Accio Sirius always wants me to trim his hair with this ridiculous hair trimming (perhaps dog grooming???) set he bought and it just terrifies me! --Accio Sirius

That reminds me of the "Flow-bee" of late '80s and early '90s fame. I remember people in infomercials just absolutely loving cutting their hair at home. Recently, I ran across a new shih-tzu owner who proudly announced that she trimmed her dog with a "Flow-bee" and I am chagrined to say that this dog looked much better than Daisy did after her infamous butchering haircut. So who am I to judge?

Good luck, Accio Sirius. May a steady hand and a talent for Transfiguration be upon you when you trim Hubby's hair.

See? Hair cuts seem more scary than the graveyard scene in GoF. No wonder Voldemort is bald....plus, who would agree to trim his hair, even if he had any?


boop - Feb 21, 2005 7:39 pm (#2349 of 2956)

I had short hair until I was 12. My mom always wanted it short. I left it grow down to the end of my back. I didn't know about locks for love or I would have done that. My hair is just passed my shoulders. I have thick hair, done care for it being so thick.

My daughter got a puppy on Friday. Its all white and is a Bichon. Very cute puppy, was scared of everything at first, they weren't held at all.

This past weekend Penn State held its annual Dance thon. The Inertfraternity Council/ Panhellenic. The 704 and dancers were on the dance floor 48 hours straight. They do this to raise money for kids with cancer. They made $4,122,483, this is $575,000 more then last year. The dorms were really quiet today, students must be catching up with the sleep they lost.

Hugs Always

Betty (boop)


Denise P. - Feb 21, 2005 8:02 pm (#2350 of 2956)

It has been a crazy day today, this is the first chance I have had to get here and check things. Eeek! The number of unread threads. This morning, I had to take one of my boys down to Nashville so he could tape some radio promos for an upcoming radio-a-thon (to benefit the Children's Hospital). Daughter wanted her hair cut TODAY and would not wait until Wednesday (when we had an appointment) so we took a chance doing a walk in. It was not bad, only a 45 minute wait. The ponytail is gone, we ended up taking 13" off the length of her hair. It is a cute cut but looks much darker now that her sun bleached hair is not there any longer. She also has a little bit of a wave in her hair, which was never apparent due to the weight of her hair. She is very pleased with the cut, Mom and Dad are taking a bit longer to get used to it.

I am off to start catching up on all the threads for the day...or I may just go to bed Smile

Glad to know that I was not the only one to suffer childhood trauma related to bad hair.
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Gina R Snape - Feb 21, 2005 8:07 pm (#2351 of 2956)

Oh, now, Denise. It's not the end of the world! In fact, it amazes me that people think of shoulder-length hair as short at all. My hair grows like weeds, but doesn't get any longer than mid-back. To me, anything two inches below the ear and on is long.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 21, 2005 11:58 pm (#2352 of 2956)

I've been see-sawing over the years between long hair and short hair. I have come to the conclusion that my hair just will not grow longer than shoulder length. My hair is just so fine and thin that it cracks and spilts and breaks once it hits my collar bone.

Nonetheless, I like it that length and every now and again I go and get a drastic haircut and grow it all out again.

Lizzie with the Yo-Yo hair


The giant squid - Feb 22, 2005 2:14 am (#2353 of 2956)

Ooh, long hair... let me sound off on the "guy" side:

For the first 11 years of my life I was forced to wear the regulation military cut--what I refer to now as "Congress hair"--short on the back & sides, long on top, parted on the left & flopped over to the right--because my dad was in the Air Force. Look at any member of the US congress & you'll see what I mean. At age 12 I vowed to grow it out a bit; I ended up with a mullet for a while, but since I grew up in hockey country that wasn't so bad. Once I got to college I just stopped getting my hair cut--partially for the look, but mostly because I didn't have the money for the stylist. It's been long ever since, except for a brief time in teh early 90's when I had a choice between haircut or unemployment. I would've chosen unemployment but my sister was relying on my share of the rent. **waves at Marie E.** The last "official" haircut I got was in September 1994 (not counting the occasional trim). I held a mini party last year for my coif's 10th anniversary.

Yes, long hair can be a problem, especially at work. It's tough to get the respect of most management types when your hair goes past your shoulders, even (or especially) when you're better at your job than they are, but I've managed to get by. I've resigned myself to the fact that the better position will often go to the guy with the "corporate" look rather than me. As long as I can afford my HP Legos, I'm fine with it.



Good Evans - Feb 22, 2005 5:33 am (#2354 of 2956)

Oh Mike, love the priorities, You are absolutely right, HP legos rule!



Catherine - Feb 22, 2005 5:47 am (#2355 of 2956)

I ended up with a mullet for a while, but since I grew up in hockey country that wasn't so bad.—Mike


You're not the only Forum member who had a mullet a while back! **waves to "you-know-who!"

Speaking of mullets and parental hair tyranny, I saw this family a few months ago in the hair salon, and they ALL had mullets: Mom, Dad, two boys, and a girl. The stylists called them "The Mullet Family" behind their backs. What was sad was that the oldest boy was begging the stylist to cut his hair in a non-mullet manner, and the dad wouldn't hear of it.

This poor kid is probably going to end up with "Congress hair" when he's older! **waves to Mike**

Denise, Kaity's hair looks so thick and healthy and pretty. I like her cut!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 22, 2005 6:16 am (#2356 of 2956)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it's totally out of line to shout at someone in the grocery store or park or other public place about how selfish they are to "keep all that hair" for themselves. --Julie Aronson

Ooh, boy, where is Loopy Lupin..I mean Miss Manners...when you need her? –Catherine

Miss Manners is lying down with a cold compress after hearing that one. Bullying people into charity is quite uncharitable.

Congrats to your daughter Denise. That was very sweet.

Wow, Betty, that's a boatload of moolah for the dance thing. I couldn't imagine 48 hours of all that dancing and spinning around; I would surely lose the battle with inertia.

And let me just speak of in defense of the mullet......On second thought, let me not. ***runs off to hide pictures of 18 year-old self***


librarian314 - Feb 22, 2005 7:04 am (#2357 of 2956)

Hey all!

No terrible hair horrors here. My mom let me do what I wanted with my hair when I was younger, so I got a really short bob when I was about 7 and it stayed short until I was about 14 when I decided I wanted long hair. Throughout the 80s I had the ever popular feathered hair-style, which didn't look too goofy.

I haven't had a "proper" hair cut in well over a decade, just the occasional trim. My hair now hangs well below my waist. I've had to put up with my mother-in-law trying to get me to cut my hair, luckily I'm pretty resistant to "peer pressure". I either pull it back in a ponytail, braid, a bun, or with a barrette. It take me less than five minutes to do my hair in the morning and I like how it looks. I've not had to muck with a curling iron since the 80s were over.

The only thing I would like to do to my hair more often is henna it. I like the red highlights it brings out but I've just got too much hair and no friends close enough to help. I'm looking forward to when my daughter is old enough to help me!

My daughter likes to wear her hair in a darling 20s bob (Think Pansy Parkinson from the movie PoA). She won't however let me put one of those huge bows on her head that are so cute. Her dad takes her to get her hair cut as I find haircuts unsettling. I always notice when someone I know has gotten a haircut. I've gotten better as I have aged. Severe haircuts used to cause me to go into vapors. Once in college I swooned when one of my friends shaved his head. ;-)

I'd really like to be a metamorphmagus because I'd love to be able to play with my hair like Tonks does. I'd love to wear violet spikes one day, auburn curls that hang to my back the next, and then blue braids the next.

Anyway, y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Madame Librarian    - Feb 22, 2005 8:53 am (#2358 of 2956)

Um...OK, I give. What, pray tell, is a mullet? You cannot imagine what the name conjures up in my mind, but I'm sure what you will describe is worse. Also, where does the name come from? (Am I that out of it, she asks herself.)

I am a short-haired person, probably forever now unless some dire brain function thing kicks in and I simply eradicate things like hair/appearance from my consciousness. I am short, slight (well...I have some hips, but let's not focus on that), and my face is narrow, my features easily obscured by bangs and longish hair on the sides or below my ears. Even with a medium bob, my face gets kind of swallowed up. A pixie cut works, but I really like to gel it and spike it a little--kind of how I picture Tonks only not pink or purple. I'm lucky in that my husband actually likes me better in short hair, even very short. My last attempt to grow it even a little was a disaster. I was miserable during the growing because I detest fussing--I barely use a comb now, just fingers and a bit of gel, no dryers even, but to just look halfway presentable I was playing with blow dryers, diffusers, curling irons, special brushes and such. Gaaaa! When I caught a sideways glimpse of myself in a mirror somewhere, and wondered who that dreadful looking woman was, I was horrified it was me, and within 24 hours had my pixie cut back. Many, many people told me how much better they could see me, how my eyes stood out now. I was convinced to stay a shortie. The only issue is regular haircuts--I get one very 3 weeks and luckily the stylist is near my home and work, quick and very inexpensive ($25). It's a no-fuss deal and I can be in and out in 15 minutes. I barely tolerate his blow drying it, but I don't like to hurt his feelings.

Now as to color. Well, I started going grey (though I prefer the term silver) very early as did my mom. It was so gradual and kind of neat in my late 20s to have a streak of it that I just left it. I'm mostly silver now mixed with a few hints of the brunette I used to be, some areas like the very front is almost white, and I think it's an OK look, though it has completely changed the color lipstick and foundation I wear when I put makeup on. I do look a teensy bit washed up without at least some lipstick, but that's much preferable to have my hair colored regularly (hate the smell).

OK, enough. Mostly I want to know about the mullet.

Ciao. Barb


Catherine - Feb 22, 2005 9:12 am (#2359 of 2956)

OK, enough. Mostly I want to know about the mullet—Barb

Much googling has still not yielded a definitive answer about how the mullet hairstyle was named, alas earwax, as a mullet is a stout, elongated fish. However, the same googling will lead you to a number of sites which can tell you more about mullets than anyone would ever want to know. Some sites portray photographs of this style, and some sites even allow one to rate the mullets within them.

In general, a mullet is a hairstyle that is very short on the top and sides, and long to quite long in the back. Think Michael Bolton way back, or early Billy Ray Cyrus.

Hope we didn't get your hopes up for something really fabulous!


Madame Librarian    - Feb 22, 2005 10:13 am (#2360 of 2956)


(*toddles off to google as advised)

Ciao. Barb


Chemyst - Feb 22, 2005 10:29 am (#2361 of 2956)

Googling also turned up a picture of Homer Simpson with a mullet. I shall now sit back and watch to see if a certain forum member changes his avatar.


Elanor - Feb 22, 2005 11:28 am (#2362 of 2956)

Hello everybody! Tuesday evening has finally come, phew! School started again yesterday and, as I was still so tired because of the flu, they were not easy days. Fortunately, I will work at home tomorrow so it should be better (I already foresee a great nap...). We still have a lot of snow (about 15 or 20 centimetres in the playground). It was not funny because there was some snow on the roads too but the kids loved it.

About hair, mine is actually half Lupin, half Harry style. I am a brunette and my hair has always been very untidy. It was a nightmare to comb when I was a kid and my Mom gave up the idea of letting them growing long quite soon, so I spent my childhood with some kinds of untidy bob haircuts. Now, I wear my hair short, and still untidy, but now I just put some hair gel on it and pretend I do it on purpose...

White hair is a family heritage and I had my first one when I was 14! Now I'm 32 and I have more than half of my hair white. I started to have it colored when I was about 25 because I was fed up with people telling me "oh, you have so many white hairs". Most of the time it was at work (when I worked in tourism) and those people who were asking for historic informations just stopped me in the middle of a sentence for saying that sort of things. I thought it was very rude and very irritating too. But now I don't really care what people think when they meet me, if my hair bother them, well I miss nothing not knowing them! (it must be the "thirty age" effect).

Have a great Tuesday everybody!


Julia. - Feb 22, 2005 11:31 am (#2363 of 2956)


Mullets are described as the 'business in the front, party in the back' hair cut. I think they're disgusting on both ends.

I was forced into a 20s bob when I was 8. It took until I was 11 to get rid of it. I still curse my mother for making me have such a ridiculous hair cut that looked horrible on me. She seemed to think it looked cute. But she was the only one. If I ever do that to my daughters, I need for someone to break out an old picture of me in 4th grade.


Steve Newton - Feb 22, 2005 11:39 am (#2364 of 2956)

I also had my first white hair at 14. By mid thirties it was almost all white. Now it has some darkness in the back but mostly white. Of course, its been several years since I was prematurely gray. Sigh.


Eponine - Feb 22, 2005 2:13 pm (#2365 of 2956)

Today, we had a bomb threat at school. We had to evacuate the school and stand on the football field for an hour while the school was searched. The kids thought it was great, of course since they were missing class. This is the third bomb threat this school has had this year. The one today was apparently called in to every middle school and high school in the county. So there were quite a lot of students missing some classes today in Alamance County. As far as I know, nothing actually happened anywhere, so that's good.

So, other than that, my day went pretty well. How are you?


Lina - Feb 22, 2005 2:44 pm (#2366 of 2956)

Amilia Smith: Unfortunantly, my hair grows incredibly slowly (can't tell you how much I envy you, Gina, being able to go from short to long to short).

Well, I found out some simple facts about hair: when you want it long, it grows extremely slowly, but when you want to keep it short for a while, it grows incredibly fast. But the fact is that it grows and any mistake can be repaired in time. I have decided not to take too much care about my hair because if it gets ruined too much it can always be cut. I like to change colors and that is something I can do by myself. I manage to see a hairdresser at most twice a year and then I chose some style that doesn't look too bad when it grows longer. I took a look at the mullet style, and I must say I like it. I tried to explain it to my hairdresser when I was much younger, but she wouldn't understand. Too bad I didn't have those pictures at that time.

We had a bomb threat at the faculty I work at, few years ago. And it is just ridiculous how we were all cool about that. We had a dean at that time who was a sort of dictator and nobody dared to evacuate the faculty until he said we may. Even policemen came and said that we may not evacuate until he says so, because they had to do some exams with him. I had a business meeting at the same time and we moved to a bar when we were allowed to evacuate. Of course, it turned out to be a false alarm, we suspect some students who didn't want to have the exam that day.


vanessa cave - Feb 22, 2005 2:50 pm (#2367 of 2956)
Edited by Kip Carter Feb 22, 2005 2:49 pm

Hi, everyone! I didn't quite know where to post this question so I'm trying here but feel free to move it. Before I start I'm addressing all UK residents really. I am wondering where to go to buy my copy of HBP? I intend to go to a midnight opening but the question is where? When OOTP was released I went to WHSmith and the book came in a lovely brown paper bag with the cover art from the book on it. Also I got a free Harry Potter pen and other bits. Well my question is did anyone go to an Ottakers midnight opening and did you get any "extras" with it, or does anybody work at either of these shops and know anything about what is planned? Sorry for rambling.

vanessa cave, Welcome to the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum. One of the section of the Philosophy of this Forum deals with following the rules of capitalization. The personal pronoun "I" is capitalized. I have edited your post to correct for these errors. I also made a number of other edits shown in italics. I will not do it again, but will delete your post if you choose not to abide by the Philosophy.


Madam Pince - Feb 22, 2005 4:35 pm (#2368 of 2956)

I've never been one to bother about my hair too much -- I've taken the philosophy that "it'll always grow back." The only time I ever had a major problem was when a friend of mine used one of those home versions of highlights on me -- the kind you paint on. She worked her way around from left to right, and went way too slowly. So the left half of my head was highlighted almost white, and the right half still looked dark. We tried to repair it, but I ended up looking like a comedian of the day named Yahoo Serious (trust me, you do NOT want to look like him.) I sat by my phone calling my stylist's number every five minutes from 7:00 the next morning until he answered, when I begged him "You've got to take me today, please!" He laughed so hard when he saw me. So I've never attempted any home-coloring jobs since then.

My parents always let me do whatever I wanted with my hair when I was little, so it was just long and straight until I went to college and tried the perm route. After that phase, I went back to long and straight. Mine is sort of like Kaity's though, in that when the weight of the length is taken off, it gets kind of wavy. There are wispys around my face which just absolutely won't grow, so they always look untidy when the weather begins to turn damp and rainy.

I usually go to get a cut and tell the stylist "Do whatever you want without going too terribly short" and they look at me as if I'm nuts. I went to a pretty pricey salon a couple years ago when I thought I was ready for a change, and told them to do whatever they thought would look best -- after all, part of the reason for their high price is supposed to be that they analyze your face shape and all that and come up with something unique and stylish. Well, basically they charged me a huge fee, and did next to nothing other than a little trim. I thought it looked pretty much like it looked when I went in there -- long and straight. So anyways, it looks like I'm destined to have boring hair...


Helen Potterfan - Feb 22, 2005 4:38 pm (#2369 of 2956)

Eponine, I went to high school in Randolph County (NC), and I remember quite a few bomb threats. They were always done by students who thought it was funny or wanted to get themselves or someone else out of a test. I remember being angry because they always seemed to happen during my lunch period or chorus. I was never really afraid since I didn't think anyone would bother to bomb my high school, which was literally across from a cow pasture. Of course, things have changed quite a bit in the decade since I graduated. I'm sure the threat was much more stressful and inconvenient for the teachers than for us, so I feel for you.

During the post-9/11 anthrax scares, my NYC graduate school was evacuated for what turned out to be sugar or sweetener spilled on a table!!

Regarding hair: like Gina, my hair grows quickly. I was amazed by the cost of a haircut in NYC. It took me three years to find a stylist, but I finally found someone I like and trust enough to do layers (I've had really bad experiences in the past).


timrew - Feb 22, 2005 5:55 pm (#2370 of 2956)

What is a 'Colourist'? Is hair-care breaking down into separate hair-caring factions? I think we should be told.......

Will there eventually be a hair-stylist to care for each individual hair? With the 'Colourist' breaking in at every point to decide what colour each hair should be?

I think I can do without 50,000 people giving me a haircut........

(diminishing rapidly as I shed hair).........


Gina R Snape - Feb 22, 2005 5:58 pm (#2371 of 2956)

Tim, there are stylists and colourists and even shampoo girls. Don't think on it too much, though. I doubt you have much to worry about. :evil grin:


Ladybug220 - Feb 22, 2005 6:11 pm (#2372 of 2956)

Hi everyone! I want to thank you for the birthday wishes; I have been out of town, otherwise I would have done it sooner. I spent my 30th birthday with my immediate and most of my extended family and it was great. We were together for my grandfather's memorial service but it was definitely a celebration of his life which is what my grandmother wanted.

As for all of the hair talk, my sis-in-law just donated around 15 inches of hair a couple of weeks ago and my cousin is growing her hair out so that she can do the same. She has almost enough hair now but she is going to wait another 6 months or so to get the cut. I was also forced into short haircuts but my mom did let me start growing it out once I went to school. So after kindergarten, my school pictures looked much better. Onto the mullet talk: one of my other cousins has a mullet and has had it for at least 15 years. My brother, grandmother and I tried to cut it this weekend, however, we were thwarted by his wife (yes I said wife). The rest of the family was ready to hold him down so that the deed could be done but it was not to happen. Ok, we wouldn't have done it really but it is always fun to threaten him with a haircut just to see the look of panic on his face.


Catherine - Feb 22, 2005 6:19 pm (#2373 of 2956)

Oh, Tim, I am assuming that you are joking with us, or not married to a "high-maintenance" kind of lady.

My mom is such a person. She recently told me she was going to scale back her salon visits. The result? She will now go every four weeks in winter (when your hair grows more slowly) instead of every three weeks.


No wonder she thinks I am a barbarian for getting haircuts only every six weeks!

She also despairs about my nails and lack of manicures/pedicures.


Poor Mum!

EDIT: Ladybug, good to see you. Good to see you back from the Memorial service. Perhaps you should submit the "mullet-head's" picture to the site Loopy posted!


Ladybug220 - Feb 22, 2005 6:41 pm (#2374 of 2956)
Edited by Feb 22, 2005 5:42 pm

Thanks Catherine! Hmmm....I wonder if I should submit his picture..... :evil grin: hehehehe.....I might have to do that....


mike miller - Feb 22, 2005 6:55 pm (#2375 of 2956)

Happy Belated birthday to Barb, Deb, Madame Pince, and Ladybug!

I apologize for my lateness; work and computer problems have been a plague of late. I successfully replaced the motherboard and all seems well for the time being *knocks every piece of wood within reach*.

Hope everyone has a great week!


Julia. - Feb 22, 2005 8:18 pm (#2376 of 2956)

Oh, we used to have bomb threats all the time in high school. They could be fun, but only if you were on the A wing side when the alarm went off. If you were on the A wing side you could go across the street to the park, where you could play basketball, play on the swings, or work on your tan if the weather was nice. If you were on the B wing side, you had to go to the parking lot where you could do none of those things. Not so fun. The absolute worst was when we would have them in the middle of winter, which we often did. It was freezing outside, and we were never allowed to go to our lockers to get our coats. One day we were out there for a few hours with out our coats, in maybe 10 degree weather. Thank G-d I had the foresight to keep my coat with me that day.

UUGH. I just got back from a meeting with all the students who live on my floor, the RAs, and the hall director. Last night someone gave my RA a flyer with a swastika on it. Apparently they were tired of being told to keep the noise down. So I lost an hour of studying time for the meeting. The person fessed up and apologized, which was good. We had a talk about what exactly is meant by living in a 24 hour quiet dorm. It turns out that I'm in the minority of people in this building, which is those of us who actually wanted to live here. *sigh* Back to Shakespeare now...


The giant squid - Feb 22, 2005 8:50 pm (#2377 of 2956)

Julia beat me to the "classic" definition of a mullet. I would like to note that mine was a minor variety mullet--the "party" only reached to my collar.

I must admit I'm rather dismayed at the blasé attitude toward bomb threats these days. Is this the 21st century version of pulling the fire alarm to get out of class? If these kids put half as much effort into their classes as they do getting out of them, they'd be valedictorians!



Mrs. Sirius - Feb 22, 2005 9:09 pm (#2378 of 2956)

Tim, not only are there stylist, colorist, prep and shampoo girls, there is also the tricologist! And he was a Brit! Of all these specialists, the tricologist was the most unusual. He's like a hair doctor who examines and diagnoses your hair for "problems". When I was living in New York and hair mattered, I spent an arm and a leg fixing my hair.

The only thing I've ever really liked about my hair is the color, jet black. In summer after too much sun it gets very reddish and now I have generous amounts of gray. It's always been short except when I was about 9 years old and wore 2 pony tails. If I try to grow it out now, the right side grows slowly and the left side gets long and I have to keep cutting it, so I just don't bother now and keep it short.

Happy Birthday Oxy, Madame Pince and all the others that I have missed.


Penny Lane. - Feb 22, 2005 9:37 pm (#2379 of 2956)

Julia - we also had bomb threats at my high school. In my case though, as with fire drills, we would just sneak around the school to our cars and leave like any self respecting senior would. A few times we were chased by security guards, but we never really got in trouble.

There was a woman on "what not to wear" the other day who had a mullet. My roommate and I spent the entire hour laughing at her, until the end. Finally they cut it off, and gave her some moisturizer and she looked SO much better. It's really amazing what a good hair cut and color will do to a person. It can make them look YEARS younger, and with that comes that nice boost of self-esteem and energy.


Gina R Snape - Feb 22, 2005 9:41 pm (#2380 of 2956)

Hairdresser every THREE weeks? Four to six even? Wow. I have an excellent hairdresser. I see her about 3 times a year. She gives me a great cut which grows out looking great as it grows. I get my nails done for weddings and maybe twice a year on a whim. When I was younger I'd see a hairdresser more often because I was frequently dyeing my hair and changing my look. But I gave that up ages ago when I took a real job after finishing my Master's degree.

Isn't it funny how varied people's habits are?


Marie E. - Feb 22, 2005 10:45 pm (#2381 of 2956)

I'm thinking we should start the Dorothy Hamill Haircut Support Group. There's a lot of trauma around here concerning that particular hairdo. It took me years to grow it out to something I could live with. Right now I have fairly long hair but I tend to yo-yo between long and short.

Samantha has an appointment at the vet's tomorrow. Since reading Gina's post I am a bit more optimistic. (Thanks, Gina!) I confess to being a bit more indulgent with her ie: sleeping on my pillow, eating a bit of forbidden yogurt, etc. Thanks to everyone who sent good wishes to "Sammie".

Denise, I bet Kaity looks adorable in her new haircut. I know someone here that donated their hair to Locks of Love. Shayla's had drastic cuts in the past, but they were due to her doing some "home haircutting" and not any thought out decisions.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 22, 2005 10:54 pm (#2382 of 2956)

I visit my hairdresser every 8-12 weeks, partly for the money issue A$25-30 every time (more for wash and style afterwards) and partly for the same reason as Gina. I get my hair cut in such a way it can grow out nice. I trim the fringe myself every two weeks and that's that. No colouring, no styling.

I have some good news, I have been successful in obtaining another job. It is only part-time and starts out a One week per month and you work your way up to Two+ weeks per month. The job is the statistical surveying done by our Bureau of Statistics. So I'm pleased. It will pay my mortgage, health insurance, car insurance and house insurance. I now have to find extra work to pay for the food (grow a veggie garden, girl!) and electricity.

I am very relieved, the interview took an hour and a quarter and it was fun. The best interview I have ever been to.

It seems sometimes, the more we see we are all different people, the easier it is to see the common thread of humanity in us all.



Julia. - Feb 22, 2005 10:56 pm (#2383 of 2956)

Wooo! I'm all excited, I have to share this with you! My review of our weekend in Crown Heights is online for the whole world to see!! *dances* You can read it here. Actually, this is the version edited by my Rabbi. The better one, that actually has the full story is here. Gerg's (the boy I have an uber crush on) is here. Hope you have as much fun reading this as I did having the experience!

EDIT: Cross posted with Lizzie. Mazel tov on your new job!!!! *hands Lizzie butterbeer* I'm so happy for you!


dizzy lizzy - Feb 23, 2005 2:15 am (#2384 of 2956)


Thank you for your kind wishes. I have a few questions (curiosity) about some of the words/concepts used in your report. I have emailed you. PS it was a good report! If you check my profile, you will see the email address you need to look for.



Julie Aronson - Feb 23, 2005 3:58 am (#2385 of 2956)

Congrats on finding a job, Lizzy!

Hopefully your luck is contagious, since I'm looking too...



septentrion  - Feb 23, 2005 4:14 am (#2386 of 2956)

Congrats Lizzy for your new job !

Seems Julia had a great time !

I googled for the Dorothy Hamill haircut, I think in France we'd call it more a "Mireille Mathieu" haircut (she's a French singer) : link here.


Catherine - Feb 23, 2005 5:12 am (#2387 of 2956)

Hi, my name is Catherine, and I survived the Dorothy Hamill haircut.

Happy Wednesday to everyone.


Acceber - Feb 23, 2005 5:16 am (#2388 of 2956)

Hi all. I'm in Stowe, Vermont at the moment and up at 7:00 in the morning because the floor became very uncomfortable after about 9 hours of sleeping. I've never skiied before, and I'm really enjoying it. I just read about 100 posts on this thread, but I've saving the others for when I get home. As this thread piles up the most, I felt the urge to read it.

Happy Birthdays to anyone that came into the world during these past few days however many years ago!

Congrats Lizzy! I'm glad you had fun at your interview .

I don't feel like typing in my hair story again, because we were sharing them after Catherine's dog Daisy got a shaving rather than a haircut. Here's mine. Just a note: I've decided to cut my hair next October or November, so people at camp can see how long my hair grew and people I get to know at high school will see me with long hair.

I'm going to go find my fanfic for the writing contest and hopefully finish it. Nice talking to you!

EDIT: Thanks Sept for finding out what a Dorothy Hamill haircut was, because I didn't know and was too lazy to find out.


Accio Sirius - Feb 23, 2005 7:56 am (#2389 of 2956)

I'm sure we can only glean bits of pieces of everyone's personalities from these posts. That said, I can't decide if I am shocked or not surprised in the least that Loopy Lupin once had a mullet.

My name is Laura and I survived the Valerie Bertinelli haircut.


Julia. - Feb 23, 2005 8:23 am (#2390 of 2956)

Hi, I'm Julia, and I survuved a 20s bob haircut.

Hey there Becca! *waves* Hope you're enjoying Vermont. I suddenly feel a bit old. I can understand Sept now knowing what a Dorothy Hamill haircut is, but you? I thought every American knew about that! I guess this means I'm getting old.

Lizzie, I got your email and responded.


Good Evans - Feb 23, 2005 8:46 am (#2391 of 2956)

Hi Vanessa (about 20 posts back)

Welcome to the forum, as you must have guessed there are not as many UK forum members as other nationalities (especially when put together ... not that thats a bad thing everyone!! but that is why no one answered your question).

I cant answer your question, as like you I went to WHSmith and I intend to do so again on July 16th. So I am afraid I cannot say whether other retailers will give the promo packs, my instinct is that each retailer will do as they please. There is no guarantee that you will get anything other than the book anywhere. Perhaps you should contact your local retailer and ask if they are planning to do anything (you might sow a seed!)

Addressing the Q to the other forum members, did your retailers have a Harry Fest when OOTP went on sale? as Vanessa says, WHSmith (in the UK) staff dressd in costume, and gave out bags with pens, pencils, bookmarks etc. It made the queueing very worthwhile, especially the mulled wine and butterbeer that was served too.


Ydnam96  - Feb 23, 2005 9:01 am (#2392 of 2956)

Greetings from Southern California, what's left of it anyway. It's been pouring down rain for days. I started feeling like I should be building an ark. The sun is shining at the moment, but I am not going to believe in it...it could just be a decoy to get me to leave without my umbrella.

Things at work are really stressful right now. I'm not sure I'll have a chance to get online for a while. I'll miss my HP fix. So Happy Birthday, aniversary, haircut, weekend to all!

PS: when I was a child I had my hair cut into a "boy" cut, it was horrible. It was really really short and I would have much preferreed a bob. No lie. And the ONE hair style I despise (and I hope I don't offend anyone in this) is the Rat Tail. Mostly this is seen on young boys for some reason. They have a normal short hair cut except for one bit in the back which is kept in a long ponytail or even braided. It litteraly looks as if the boy is a rat (from the head perspective). I always want to sneak up with a pair of scissors and cut it off. I have to restrain myself.


Madame Librarian    - Feb 23, 2005 11:59 am (#2393 of 2956)

I'm loving all this hairstyle memoir/confession/recovery stuff, but just remember, the fella with the absolutely, no-holds-barred, worst hair in the cosmos is...a little fanfare, please...THE DONALD! Aiiieeee!!!

Wanna see? Click here

What's it called--the Executive Combover? Gaaaa.

Ciao. Barb


Penny Lane. - Feb 23, 2005 12:29 pm (#2394 of 2956)

I don't know... Donald's hair isn't THAT bad. At least it's clean and all. Also, I think he keeps it around now as more of an image thing. He could fix it if he wanted, but then people would talk. I bet that when ratings for "The Apprentice" start to slip, he'll do something different with his hair. If I gambled, I would bet on it. He knows how to sell his name and use his well known image to his advantage.

I'm also very amused by this conversation - I think it's starting to show people's personalitys traits, little by little. Now, if only we all had those pictures of us with our "Dorothy Hair"... *cackles*

Today was another "interesting" day in EMUland. By interesting, i mean BORING. I was up late last night finishing my midterm for a class. When I got to class this morning (12 a.m. - it's my earliest class) on time, for the first time in weeks, I was greeted by a professor who came running in 25 minutes late. He claimed that he put on his "Central Time" watch, and thought it was 11 am, instead of 12. He makes me so frustrated, because he puts these pages and pages of notes on the overhead and expects us to copy them down, even though he refuses to make the font any bigger, or put white space o nthe page. Then he doesn't even test us from the notes. OOH... sorry about the mini-rant.


Accio Sirius - Feb 23, 2005 12:33 pm (#2395 of 2956)


I'm sure there are pictures. It's just that someone may want to run for public office some day--or at the very least, post on the forum with a shred of dignity left!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 23, 2005 12:39 pm (#2396 of 2956)

....but just remember, the fella with the absolutely, no-holds-barred, worst hair in the cosmos is...a little fanfare, please...THE DONALD!---Madame Librarian

Well Barb, at least it's his own hair....or is it?


dizzy lizzy - Feb 23, 2005 1:31 pm (#2397 of 2956)

Hi I'm lizzy and I survived a bowl haircut done in 1982! ouch!!

Thank you for providing a link of a Dorothy Hamill haircut Sept (even if it was a french lady). Now I understand why none of you liked it. It's the haircut that my Mum wears now and I think it suits her. Her face has rounded and matured over the years and now she can wear the cut. But on a child...urrrgh!

Have a good evening everyone.



The giant squid - Feb 23, 2005 2:44 pm (#2398 of 2956)

Hi, my name is Catherine, and I survived the Dorothy Hamill haircut. –Catherine

(in unison) HI, CATHERINE!

It's pretty much a foregone conclusion that no one likes what their hair looked like in the 80's. And for those of you too young to remember the 80's make sure you have plenty of photos of yourself from ages 8 to 18 so that twenty years later you can look back and do what we're doing. :sick:

In the interest of full disclosure, Mandy, I had a rat tail, too. It was an intermediate step between the mullet and a real haircut.



I Am Used Vlad - Feb 23, 2005 3:03 pm (#2399 of 2956)

I must protest. I avoided all the hair-don't and fashion mistakes of the 80's. You will find no pictures of me with a mullet or wearing a red leather jacket with dozens of pointless zippers.


Elanor - Feb 23, 2005 3:11 pm (#2400 of 2956)

The 80s... I remember I even tried to have my hair permed. I should burn those pictures... And clothes were not really better than the haircuts. Is there someone here that was lucky enough to go through the 80s without ever wearing clothes with shoulder pads? I hated those things and a lot of times I tried and take them off the clothes and it was tricky, they were often sewed inside the linings... Fortunately, at least the music was good then! For me, U2 was never better than then. And I don't mention my cult series of that time... I still have fond memories of McGyver (he was so cute!). There was also that series, I think it was called "Growing pains" in the original version. I loved it! **sigh**

Lizzy, congratulations for your job! I hope that you will enjoy working there.

Julie, good luck for your job research too! I hope you will have the same luck than Lizzy.
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Denise P. - Feb 23, 2005 3:29 pm (#2401 of 2956)

I look through my high school year books and giggle at all the hair and the tuxedo shirts on girls. I look through my husband's and giggle at the polyester shirts and long hair (he is a child of the 70's, I am early 80's)

Wowzer, I finally got a new computer, all set up and what a difference! I am zooming with all this memory I have in it now.


timrew - Feb 23, 2005 4:50 pm (#2402 of 2956)

I have to admit, I haven't been to a hairdresser's in years. When I need a haircut I go round to my Mother's.

She does a brilliant "Full Metal Jacket" haircut, and I don't need another one for about four months! I hate going to the hairdresser's............(hence the hat in the photo!)


Helen Potterfan - Feb 23, 2005 5:25 pm (#2403 of 2956)

When I think of 80s hair I think one one word: BANGS!!! There seemed to be a competition among middle school girls to see who could get their bangs to stand up the tallest. Of course, if you were really cool, you had a major blow out and feather on the sides to make the bangs seem even bigger! The  bathroom in middle school reeked of Rave hairspray (do you remember that sticky, syrupy spray?)!

I tended to pull my hair back on one side, and tease the bangs up and over on the other !


boop - Feb 23, 2005 5:53 pm (#2404 of 2956)

This is a Birthday wish for Feb. 24th.

Happy Birthday Bumbledore(John)!!!! I wish you a great Birthday. Have a wonderful day.

I talked to Jim(mischafan), he is really busy with studying. Has not had time to stop in. Jim is doing great in school, just needs to take some tests. Just thought I would let the forum know what he has been up to.

Have a good evening everyone, and a great Thursday!!

Hugs Always



dizzy lizzy - Feb 23, 2005 10:59 pm (#2405 of 2956)

Since it is now the 24th over here I will wish Bumbledore a happy birthday!!

And clothes were not really better than the haircuts - elanor

The only good thing about the eighties (apart from some good music!) is that baggy (loose fitting styles) clothes and shoulder pads helped a very self conscious teen (me) cope with her scoliosis/khyphosis (curvatures of the spine) by being able to cover up.

But no more shoulder pads now!!! But you know they are starting to make a comeback!! yucckky

Enjoy your Thursday everyone, I certainly did.



Elanor - Feb 23, 2005 11:12 pm (#2406 of 2956)

Lizzy: "But you know they are starting to make a comeback!! " Oh my, what a scary thought so early in the morning Lizzy!

As it is already the 24th here too, happy birthday Bumbledore! Joyeux anniversaire!

Good afternoon, morning, night wherever you are!


The giant squid - Feb 24, 2005 2:01 am (#2407 of 2956)

  You will find no pictures of me with a mullet or wearing a red leather jacket with dozens of pointless zippers

Hey, no one mentioned zippered jackets! You've outed yourself, Vlad; thou dost protest too much.

As much as some 80's stuff is coming back, I think we're still stuck in the 70's revival. I swear I saw some kids walking home from school today that could have been plopped down in 1975 and no one would have batted an eye. well, until they whipped out their cell phones, iPods and Sum41 t-shirts...



septentrion  - Feb 24, 2005 2:29 am (#2408 of 2956)

Bettyn you're really our mom, to have a kind thought for everyone always.

Happy birthday Bumbledore !

Can't say I regret the 80's that much too. Bad haircut, bad clothing, although good music. BTW, Elanor, U2's latest album is great.

It's been snowing since yesterday and it'll do for most of the day. We say here the sky is full (of rain, snow...). By luck, the snow melt on the floor. I've always thought snow is beautiful on Sunday afternoon, when you're at home with a pile of nice books and videos.

Everyone have a great thursday !


librarian314 - Feb 24, 2005 6:17 am (#2409 of 2956)

Hey all!

I didn't mind the mid to late 80s. I had a decent haircut (long with feathers) that grew out nicely, I filled out a wee bit, and actually took decent school photos. The worst things were my eye glasses. They were huge, plastic frames that made me look like I had owl eyes. I started shopping for my frames at antique stores to get the silver wire rims (think Radar O'Reily from M*A*S*H*). Once I got the eye glasses figured out, I was pretty happy with how I looked.

I too avoided shoulder pads like the plague. When you are as petite as I was in my teens, shoulder pads like were worn in the 80s just made me look riduculus, so they got ripped out of everything I wore. Luckily the shops in the Richmond, Va. area were fairly conservative, so I could usually find something I liked.

I look back through my yearbooks and I am so happy that I didn't succumb to various fads. Those that did and had over-permed, big hair, or "Flock of Seagulls" style swoopy hairdos just look goofy. My fairly quiet hair looks almost classic.

Y'all take care!

Happy Birthday Bumbledore!

**michelle the librarian**


Catherine - Feb 24, 2005 7:17 am (#2410 of 2956)

Michelle, I grew up in the Richmond, VA area also, in Chesterfield County. My parents now live in Richmond's far West End in Henrico County. Small world on the Forum.

Along with big '80s hair, I also sported the shoulder pads. However, I am pleased to report that I did not wear jackets with multiple zippers, nor did I ever sport the "single glove" look, thank goodness.

In general, I was ridiculously preppy, which is almost as embarrassing to remember as the shoulder pads. Remember The Preppy Handbook, or whatever it was called?

I'm sure that these fashion excesses will all come back to haunt us anew.

Have a great Thursday.


Steve Newton - Feb 24, 2005 7:20 am (#2411 of 2956)

librarian314,They were huge, plastic frames that made me look like I had owl eyes."

Your real name wouldn't be Sybill would it? Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 2 2222139670


Madam Pince - Feb 24, 2005 8:14 am (#2412 of 2956)

I can see Catherine now, tripping along Shockoe Slip in her pink oxford with her green sweater, wearing her duck shoes and carrying her L.L. Bean tote bag.....

Don't worry -- I had about the same look, except I couldn't afford the L.L. Bean tote bag. And I had the huge plastic-rimmed eyeglasses too. I actually liked the shoulder pads. I have very narrow shoulders and the pads sort of filled me out a little. When we wanted to "walk on the wild side," we played dress-up with punk-ish type clothes. I have a photo of some of us with very teased hair, wearing colored tights and those long tee-shirts / sweatshirts that served as a mini-dress when belted with a wide leather belt. My choice that evening was a navy blue and gold tiger stripe pattern. Lovely, eh? I still remember that some girl came up to me in the club that night and said "Wow! I just want you to know that I really admire you for having the guts to wear that! I wish I did!" At first I was pleased, then the more I thought about it, I was afraid it was something of a back-handed compliment.... Never was too daring about my clothes after that.

It's snowing here, too, Septentrion! It's been snowing for a couple hours, and I'd say we have almost 1 1/2 inches already. It's supposed to be a fairly substantial amount before all is said and done. It is beautiful, but I wish Mr. Pince didn't have to drive to work in all this. Other than that, we have nowhere to go today, so we'll stay in by the fire. ****Madam Pince toddles off, feeling the urge to bake something****


Julia. - Feb 24, 2005 8:27 am (#2413 of 2956)

Wow. Thank G-d I was born in the middle of the 80s. I spent the part of the 80s that I was alive for in cute little baby cloths, and then cute little kid cloths. The only shoulder pads I ever wore was when I was playing dress up with my mum's cloths.


mollis - Feb 24, 2005 8:50 am (#2414 of 2956)
Edited by Feb 24, 2005 7:50 am

shoulder pads...tights/leggins...aqua net hairspray...banana clips with side pony tails...legwarmers...plastic bracelets(at least 12 at a time)...peg-rolled jeans...cuffed t-shirts (sleeves rolled up at least twice)

So many painful memories, so little time...

Happy Birthday Bumbledore!


Julia. - Feb 24, 2005 9:06 am (#2415 of 2956)

Oh my gosh! I nearly forgot...

Happy Birthday John!!! *hands John butterbeer* Hope you have a geat day and an amazing year!!

By the way, Yay, I got my Smiley Central working again!!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 24, 2005 9:44 am (#2416 of 2956)

Along with big '80s hair, I also sported the shoulder pads. However, I am pleased to report that I did not wear jackets with multiple zippers, nor did I ever sport the "single glove" look, thank goodness.—Catherine

Ah, the glove. I'm happy to say I avoided that as well. I didn't really want the zippered jacket, but even if I had, it was a few hundred bucks as I recall, so that wasn't happening. I was quite sporty with the parachute pants and upturned collar though. Very Happy


Chemyst - Feb 24, 2005 10:31 am (#2417 of 2956)

I look back through my yearbooks and I am so happy that I didn't succumb to various fads. [...] My fairly quiet hair looks almost classic. **michelle the librarian**

Good for you! With each passing year I have an increasing gratitude for having made a similar decision when I had my senior portrait made. Now I'm encouraging my own kids to do the same.

...and the big clothes & shoulder pads of the 80s had an advantage when shopping for maternity wear. You know something is grossly oversized when you can still shop in the regular women's department well into your 8th month! As they used to say, I "lucked out" on that one. (lucked out meant having good luck)

Ah yes, the single glove... I remember seeing a display in a department store once and marveling that they were able to sell one glove for more than the cost of two. This was the same store that also had a display of pricey Coca Cola apparel; of which I thought Coca Cola ought to pay me to advertise for them, not charge me more for that "privilege." I guess it is good that I never majored in marketing.

Happy Birthday <)B^D=


Helen Potterfan - Feb 24, 2005 11:05 am (#2418 of 2956)

shoulder pads...tights/leggins...aqua net hairspray...banana clips with side pony tails...legwarmers...plastic bracelets(at least 12 at a time)...peg-rolled jeans...cuffed t-shirts (sleeves rolled up at least twice) --mollis

Banana clips! I had forgotten about those! My grandmother still wears them and occasionally gives them to me. I don't know where she gets them from. Peg-rolled jeans with cool scrunch socks (hopefully not too big). The big thing in my middle school was to wear two different-colored t-shirts so that when you rolled the sleeve, the cuff would be a different (often clashing) color. We haven't mentioned the most offensive late 80s early 90s style: bicycle pants!! I remember many guys at my school wearing these things (for those of you not in the know, picture shorts made out of shiny spandex that fit like speedos). Girls wore them too, with long t-shirts; but I still remember how bad the guys looked. Shortly after that was the windsuit. I remember my freshman year of high school as very colorful, and very noisy. That horrible fabric made so much noise as hundreds of students brushed past each other!

Happy Birthday <)B^D= !!


Madam Pince - Feb 24, 2005 11:59 am (#2419 of 2956)

Happy Birthday, Bumbledore! Many happy returns!


Julia. - Feb 24, 2005 12:15 pm (#2420 of 2956)

Behhhhhhhh. I'd gedding siiiiiiiiick. I was dying in statistics today, so I've decided to skip Latin American history and get the notes from a friend.

What exactly does 'Many happy returns' actually mean?


Good Evans - Feb 24, 2005 12:31 pm (#2421 of 2956)

Happy b'day bumbledore - have a great day

may I wish you many happy returns of the day - does that make more sense Julia?


John Bumbledore - Feb 24, 2005 12:50 pm (#2422 of 2956)

Quick post, before reading over 112 posts... how long have I been away?

Thank you all for the B-day wishes (I saw a few when I used the recent link). I am happy to be remembered (like I kept it a secret ) Well, XX years isn't so old for a Hobbit, thank you!

Wanted to tell you all I just got PoA on DVD today! Woot! Can't wait to watch it .. I also got a game for the Game cube from my four children. LOTR, rated T for teen (blood & violence).. hmm how to take that Even though Hobbits refer to twenty something years as twent-teens, I am still past that.. LOL

Well, now, sorry if I missed anything. I'm headed back to scan or skim those 100 plus post I missed. Catch up with you in a few (I read slow, like a ____; Ask for understanding.)

(John) Bumbledore


Penny Lane. - Feb 24, 2005 1:18 pm (#2423 of 2956)

The 80's had many redeeming qualities to override the "flock of seagulls" hair, the "aquanet" rave, and the lovely exercise videos of supermodels with teased hair, thighmasters, and those "step aerobics" craze....

Remember John Hughes films? Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, St Elmo's Fire? Oooooh Don't forget "The Goonies"!!!!

80's were SO much cooler than the early 90's.


Madame Librarian    - Feb 24, 2005 2:57 pm (#2424 of 2956)

Many happy returns --

In our family we joked that if you got a lot of questionable birthday gifts and went to exchange them or return them, you wish for...

(fanfare and drumroll, please) many happy returns!

Well, I never said my family was all that funny, but we amused each other.

Happy Birthday Day, Bumbledore!

Yikes, the 80s! Big tops over leggings--a pear-shaped woman's dream that was really a disaster. The shift in formality that allowed one to wear gym shoes (trainers) everywhere (as long as you had on big, droopy socks). Ah, shoulder pads--how to look like a football linebacker with one easy wardrobe change. My cousin was so hooked on them even her bathrobe had shoulder pads. My brain refuses to dredge up any more memories.

Ciao. Barb


Lina - Feb 24, 2005 4:43 pm (#2425 of 2956)

Well, I must say, I have 80's in my best memories, the most pleasant time of my life. I was a student, away from home, not too much responsibility, but enough not to feel useless, never watched tv (I couldn't understand my folks when coming home for a visit why are they watching those series? It was Santa Barbara at that time on our tv), and I had around 30 kilograms (60 pounds?) less than today. And eventually, I got married at the end (1989). Really special time of my life. I never cared too much about trends so I don't have the fashion traumas from that time. And I had some great friends at that time, some of them are still my best friends. I like to remember the 80's.

But this global heating is starting to worry me. It has been a lot of snow this winter all around us. There are some places in my country that have snow once in 15 or 20 years, some hotels even give a day free of charge when it snows, and they had some major snowing even twice this year. But it hadn't snowed in my town. Not until few days ago. My children were hilarious. But it didn't last for long.


Catherine - Feb 24, 2005 5:07 pm (#2426 of 2956)

I was quite sporty with the parachute pants and upturned collar though. --Loopy Lupiin


Loopy just loved reminding us of the parachute pants, I bet.

Pure Crucio just thinking about it. **waves to Loopy Lupin** I'm sure that it looked positively spiffing with his mullet. Absolutely corking, in fact!

Waves to the '80s fashionably-challenged, including self.


timrew - Feb 24, 2005 5:17 pm (#2427 of 2956)

I was quite sporty with the parachute pants and upturned collar though. --Loopy Lupin

I went the other way...........

The upturned pants and the parachute collar.


Catherine - Feb 24, 2005 5:42 pm (#2428 of 2956)

The upturned pants and the parachute collar.—Tim


Oh, Tim...I have no words for that image.

Thanks, though....


Gina R Snape - Feb 24, 2005 7:00 pm (#2429 of 2956)

Here, here, Penny! The 80s were amazing for some of us.

My fond memories of the 80s were the music and the immense creativity. Sure, there were kids with banana clips and coca-cola t-shirts. Then there were some of us who made our own clothing out of things and created crazy punk haircuts and fashioned jewelry not unlike dear Luna Lovegood. I had a ballet costume with a flowy skirt (NOT a tutu) I dyed black which became my standard club-wear for awhile. It looked amazing and nobody else had one.

Equally, I spent a good 8 years or so wearing black leggings and funky t-shirts as regular daywear and nothing was ever more comfortable! I worked at a student union full-time and got away with wearing that as the office secretary, with pink hair!


Julia. - Feb 24, 2005 9:15 pm (#2430 of 2956)

Behhhhhhhhh. I'm officially sick. I was dying in class today, and this evening we had a speaker, and I felt horrible, in more ways than one. Not only did I physically not feel well, but I felt horrible because the crowed was so small, and I was snuffeling and blowing my nose throughout the whole thing.


scully jones - Feb 24, 2005 10:08 pm (#2431 of 2956)

I've been snuffeling and coughing for two weeks now. We had a speaker in class today as well. Her name was Sarah Jones. I seem to meet so many people with my name it hardly fazes me anymore.

Speaking of Sarah Jones's... My other friend Sarah G. has been a happy mommy since December. I forgot to tell you all. And my brother Tim's going to have a baby boy sometime soon. Already got a name picked out and everything. Michael David Lee... Weird... So... Normal... I should name my kids weird names just to be different when I have kids. How about Xavier and Spinella? Hehehehe....

Sorry... Too many thin mints... Girl scouts finally brought us our truckload of cookies.

Buh bye now!


Phoenix song - Feb 24, 2005 10:46 pm (#2432 of 2956)

Scully: "I should name my kids weird names just to be different when I have kids. How about Xavier and Spinella? Hehehehe...."

What?? You're not going to name your kids after Harry Potter characters? Aw, come on, that's one of my greatest regrets...that I didn't have a chance (or the nerve with the last one) to name my kids after HP characters. Wouldn't your child be a true individual if you named her Nymphadora Tonks Jones or named him Severus Snape Jones? Promise us you'll think about it, okay?

Just for the record, I loved the 80's. I thought that the clothes were comfortable and the music was awesome. I still love to get nostalgic watching movies like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club." Those were truly "the days" for me... Oh, if I could only get my hands on a time turner!!



Lina - Feb 25, 2005 12:03 am (#2433 of 2956)

Well, speaking about children's names, my husband and I agreed on them before we got married, but since the way of choosing the names was that I should suggest and he would accept or reject the name, I kept on suggesting even when I was pregnant. And I was suggesting names such as Felicita (female for Felix, but I swear I knew nothing about the HBP 13 years ago), Hijacinta, Perpetua and so on. My parents were desperate. My father gave us a dog saying "Com' on, exercise your weird names on him!", and my mother said "Poor your child, he/she won't know her/his name for years!" Then my husband said "Oh, it's already set up! If it is a boy, he will be Ivan (John) and if it is a girl, she will be Katarina (Catherine)." Well, my mother sounded so disappointed when she said "Oh, I like it". She had nothing more to quarrel about!

And even though I expected my daughter Katarina to meet many girls with the same name, it didn't happen. It seems that there were more parents willing to give their children some original names.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 25, 2005 4:36 am (#2434 of 2956)

Hey Guys, hmmm, been a bit busy at work, so I see I missed quite a few birthdays... so Happy belated birthdays Betty how do you remember?

Lizzy... congrats on the job. Hope all goes well for you.

Denise, wow, you must be so very proud of your daughter. To donate her hair was such a sweet and selfless act.

To all those with colds, especially Julia, Elanor & Scully ... big hugs & hope you all feel better soon. Sending you all some PepperUp Potion via owl... however with the current weather & winds over here I hope it gets to you by this time next week

To go back a 'few' posts, re. the hair scare stories. Oh thanks for clarifying what a Dorothy Hamil was For a while as a kid I had a page boy haircut (bit like a Dorothy). Luckily by the time of my First Communion (aged 7), it had grown out a bit, so at least those photos weren't too cringey... although, I think I was missing a tooth or two My Mum also insisted on cutting a fringe (bangs) for me. Sometimes it was straight & well other times... nowhere near it. It also started from waaaay back on my head... a great big wedge of a fringe... lovely!

Both my parents don't like long hair... so when I was 11, I had it all chopped off... (cropped right up) which I hated, 'cus I looked like a boy. It was short until I was 13/14, when I made a stand that I wanted to grow my hair... which was such a painful process. The bottom grew much quicker that the top, so I had to keep getting regular trims to make sure it didn't turn into a mullet. I ended up with the 20's bob for about a year... which probably wasn't a good look considering the Hermione tendencies of my hair.

I mostly had a bob of varying lengths through high school. It did change colour to red & back a few times. I also had a hair dye disaster. Lets just say... a blonde home dye kit My mum cried when she seen it... which let me know how bad it was... think Gerry Halliwell post Spice Girls... I wore a beany hat for days before I could get an appointment with the hairdresser to 'fix it'. Now I've long hair... (since I discovered layers there was no going back) & have not experimented with hair dyes professional or otherwise for a long time. I'm thinking that I don't know how long I've left with my natural hair colour ... so I'll appreciate it for as long as possible

I was considering getting a fringe cut again... but after reading all these stories... have remembered there is a very good reason why I grew out my fringe in the first place.

I've always maintained, if I ever have a daughter, I'll let her have her hair whatever way she wants... however I will try & advise her to stay away from any dye 'paux fas'.

Talking about 80's clothes... does anyone remember the florescent socks? Pink & yellow/green. All the kids on my street wore them & you were 'really cool' if you wore one of each... a pink one & a green one at the same time.... hee hee! Thankfully I never wore any ra-ra or puffball skirts. However I did try to knit my own leg warmers once. Those knitters on the forum... I'm in awe... I can bearly cast on without some kind of a disaster. My Mum is great at knitting... however, that meant that she always made us our 'Weasley Jumpers', every year & mine was nearly always pink... I hated pink back then

As for 70's clothes... 'fraid I'm guilty of that one. Converse trainers, layered t-shirts & I love bootcut jeans. A friend of a friend (hee hee), runs her own clothes store & she was telling me that when buying next seasons stock, she couldn't buy any bootcut or flared jeans anywhere! Nooooo... I refuse to go back into those straight legged ones... Stupid fashion industry trying to make us conform.. well I refuse... I refuse I tells ya!

Anyways.. enough ranting... it's friday... it's nearly the weekend... the snow storms seem to have subsided slightly... (well it's not as bad here as in the UK). So things are looking up. Have a good day everyone

EDIT : Opps sorry for the long post


Pinky - Feb 25, 2005 6:03 am (#2435 of 2956)

LOL Fawkes, when I see your name, I think, "Oh goodie - a long post!" Your posts are so fun, there's no need to apologize for the length!


Catherine - Feb 25, 2005 6:28 am (#2436 of 2956)

Good Morning. If it is a good morning, which I doubt.

I walked sleepy-eyed into my kitchen this morning, and found ANTS. Grrrrr. Yesterday, no critters in my kitchen. This morning, a population explosion.

Spring may be a month away by calendar, but obviously it has arrived in eastern NC. Just about the time the tulips poke out of the ground, ants decide to wake up and make their presence known, too.

The battle has begun.


Madame Librarian    - Feb 25, 2005 7:23 am (#2437 of 2956)

Catherine, I HATE ANTS!

I cannot figure out why they intermitantly (sp?) take up residence in my kitchen. Radical temp changes outside seems to be the key factor. They are persistent little buggers. They seem resilient to squishing--they just sort of un-kink themselves and proceed on their mysterious quests for food. They hate Raid, but so do I, especially in a kitchen. The ant traps work eventually, but I think they get resistant to the poison and it takes twice as many traps as the label says so your kitchen looks very odd with their black octagons all over.

Gaaaa! I'd better stop, my blood pressure is going up. I HATE ANTS!!

Ciao. Barb


Albus Silente - Feb 25, 2005 7:24 am (#2438 of 2956)

as in the 70's i still had to be born and in the 80's i was i child (i just can remember al those shocking-colour sweat-shirts and leggins) i don't have anything to say here. don't even know if fashion in germany was the same as in the us...

but i would have a question: How do you manage to put in all those smileys? didn't find a hint on how to do it anywhere. sorry.


Phoenix song - Feb 25, 2005 7:38 am (#2439 of 2956)

Albus, there is a thread devoted to your very question! Go to the "How do you..." thread and it will teach you all kinds of neat tricks! Use the "search" function to find the information on smilies. It's easy, I promise. Enjoy!

Also, you might find that you need to capitalize your posts, especially the letter "i". It's easier to read that way and there are times that an uncapitalized "I" will cause your entire post to be placed in italics. I hope that I've been helpful!



Julia. - Feb 25, 2005 8:46 am (#2440 of 2956)

Good *cough* morning all *sneeze*

Sarah, since you're the only one I can get close enough to to hug, *huggy huggy* Lovely seeing you again. Please don't give your kids weird names. Thank of how much they'll get beaten up by all the other kids on the play ground. HP names are totally the way to go.

Beh. I feel yucky. I've skipped two classes today. I'd skip my third, but I can't do that to my dear Will.


Albus Silente - Feb 25, 2005 9:33 am (#2441 of 2956)

Phoenix song, thank you very much! From now on I will use caps, it's just that I am not used to that:-) sorry!


Phoenix song - Feb 25, 2005 10:31 am (#2442 of 2956)

Albus Silente, You're welcome! I wouldn't worry too much about not having used the capital letters. It doesn't bother me very much to see posts without them, as I know that many forums don't require their members to be so grammatically proper. I knew that someone would eventually have to tell you our requirements for capitalization, though. It makes the posts easier to read and understand. Many of our members are using English as their second language, (as you might if you live in Germany?) and it enhances their understanding if we're more alert to these things. I hope that I haven't upset you.

By the way, were you able to understand how to use the smilies?



librarian314 - Feb 25, 2005 10:37 am (#2443 of 2956)

Hey all!

I hate to admit it but I do tend to favor the dear divination professor when it comes to apparel choice. I have some pictures from my semester in London from 1989 where I look like I could be Sybil's cousin or something. ;-) The glasses though were more like what Dustin Hoffman wore as Dorothy in Tootsie. Luckily, the lenses weren't thick so they didn't distort my eyes.

I, too, sewed quite a lot of clothes in the 80s and they tended to be very conservative. Never had club clothes, as there were no clubs to go to. If I'd lived somewhere more fashion aware than southeastern Virginia, I'd've probably leaned more towards being punk.

I have though recently given in to one of my teenage fashion fantasies. I loved colorful tennis shoes as a teenager and never got to have any. They weren't sold in the shops near where I lived and even if they had been they were too expensive. About a month ago I bought myself a pair of purple Chuck Taylor All-Stars. (A pair of tennis shoes/trainers.) The only way they could have been better was if they'd been high tops. I figured that now that I was 36 I didn't care what others thought about my shoes, so I'd get what I wanted. I love them and wear them all the time.

I also will take the 80s any day over the early 90s grunge. (Music was fine, clothing wasn't.) Growing up rural, grunge was what people wore during hunting season, so it wasn't new and wasn't fashionable.

When my husband and I were dating we came up with a name for our potential kid just to freak out the parents. We were going to call our son Thingfrith Eorpvald after a couple of Anglo-Saxon kings before Alfred the Great. We ended up calling our daughter Micaela. (We thought about spelling it McKayla to go with our last name, McDaniel but that was a bit much, even for us.)

There are quite a lot of great names in Harry Potter. I like it that Prof. McGonagall is named after a favorite aunt. (Yes, one of my aunt Ruby's middle names was Minerva and I've thought it would be a great name to pass on to a girl.)

As a cataloguer that does a lot of work on personal names, I've started a collection of interesting one I've come across. These are real names of real people found primarily in the Library of Congress' catalogue but also from the data base I use at work. Recent favorites include Sophinistra (definitely a witch's name), Euphemia, and Arathusa, all female names.

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Julie Aronson - Feb 25, 2005 11:04 am (#2444 of 2956)


Euphemia reminds me of a fabulous restaurant in Longboat Key, Florida. It's called Euphemia Haye. YUM!!!!



Madam Pince - Feb 25, 2005 11:59 am (#2445 of 2956)

Oh, Julia, you sound like you feel terrible. So sorry. Wish I could send you some home-made chicken soup or something. Take it easy and drink lots of fluids! Sarah, too! And tell Brandon "Hi" and tell him he needs to come on and say hello sometime!

For those with ants, I have one word -- "Terro." (Assuming they're the little tiny sweet-eating ants.) It's an ant poison stuff. It's a clear sticky fluid; you put a drop of it on a piece of cardboard and put it near where you see the ants, and then you force yourself to look away and resist the urge to squish the ants when they come crowding around to eat it, because the point of the whole thing is that they take it back to their nest and it kills the whole bunch. At first you will see way more ants, then within a day or so they will all be gone and should stay gone for about six months or so. I have had the same problem as Catherine and Barb for the last several years, and I paid big bucks for an exterminator once, who told me confidentially about the 'Terro' and also basically said that there's no way on earth to get rid of them once and for all -- the best you can do is keep using the 'Terro' whenever they come back. At least it is fairly inexpensive and it sure doesn't take much of it to do the trick. Good luck!


Catherine - Feb 25, 2005 1:27 pm (#2446 of 2956)

Thanks so much for the "Terro" advice. Someone here in town recommended it today also, so it sounds like it is worthwhile to try.

I'm gonna Terro those ants right outta my house! Bwahahaha.....**Catherine runs to the store gleefully anticipating ant demise**


dizzy lizzy - Feb 25, 2005 2:01 pm (#2447 of 2956)

Good luck with your ants Catherine. I have them all over my kitchen all the time (summer and winter) and "Terro" or Ant-Rid as I know it; just doesn't work with these cheeky little critters.

They go for anything and water. So I've learnt to put the dirty dishes in the fridge if I'm too lazy to do it straight away.

Since I live in a single person household I have trouble motivating myself to wash one bowl/spoon from brekky (breakfast) (especially when there's another 8 clean bowls in the cupboard!!!).

The things I do to delay the household chores - lucky no one else shares the house.



Accio Sirius - Feb 25, 2005 2:51 pm (#2448 of 2956)

Catherine, I have the same problem right now too--little tiny ants all around the kitchen! Funny too since we are blanketed with snow right now. Usually it is only in warm weather, but I think everyone is confused as the temperature keeps changing so fast. Thank you Madam Pince for the Terro advice. I had read up on ants since this is a recurring problem for us too. I find them fascinating and irritating. But after I read that they often come back to claim their wounded and dead, I thought maybe if I squash one and leave it there, I'll be sending a little message, ala The Godfather. Apparently, they haven't seen the movie!

Julia, Hope you feel better soon. I have friends who swear by Alka Seltzer cold medicine, although I am a big fan of Linus Pauling and always go the extra Vitamin C route. You read his theories about it here: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/


Helen Potterfan - Feb 25, 2005 3:49 pm (#2449 of 2956)

Spring may be a month away by calendar, but obviously it has arrived in eastern NC. Just about the time the tulips poke out of the ground, ants decide to wake up and make their presence known, too. –Catherine

Catherine, I'm sorry about the ants, but I do envy you. It snowed here last night, and I am missing Spring in NC. I know the daffodils must be popping up everywhere. They were always the first sign of spring for me when I was in NC. In NYC, I never really "feel" the season changes the same way because there aren't the same visual cues. I was surprised at how much that affected me. Every time the season changes, I have a desperate urge to escape the city for a day or two. Good luck with the ants.

Julia, I'm so sorry you're sick. At least it's Friday and you've recently had a "fun" trip, so you can stay snuggled up in your dorm room and get better. **sends Julia butterbeer and kosher soup**


Albus Silente - Feb 25, 2005 4:33 pm (#2450 of 2956)

Hi Phoenix Song! Actually, English is my third language. Yes,I am German but I'm living in Italy since 6 years.

Today my account was moderated for some hours (or maybe it still is, I will discover that posting) because of my "i"s well, as already the good old Romans knew: errare humaum est!

It took me quite some time finding out how the smileys worked, but I think I'll be able to manage it from now on

Edited: I'm no longer moderated, thanks for making me notice that! Until now, I don't have any other questions, but I am sure there will be in future! Thanks again to all!
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Catherine - Feb 25, 2005 4:48 pm (#2451 of 2956)

Albus silente,

I see no evidence at this posting that your account was moderated. Right now, as I post this, you have full participant status, and I am unaware that you were moderated for lowercase "i"s.

Perhaps one of the "higher-ups" has more information for you, but it looks like you are just fine!

Feel free to email any further questions that you have.

Happy posting!


Chemyst - Feb 25, 2005 6:13 pm (#2452 of 2956)

While you all were dealing with ants, I saw my first snake of the season. I usually relax my lookout during the winter months, but today I was walking along the creek bank with the dog when, slither & plop, five feet ahead of us one took a three foot plunge into the water. (Betcha didn't know our snakes have three feet, huh?
Anyway, I suspect there is a beaver dam upcreek because our neighbor's pasture is still flooded while our downstream water level is nearly normal. So someday soon, while all your ants are nibbling contentedly on their sweet Terro, I shall be out in my rubber boots whacking away at a tangle of sticks.

Julia, get away from your computer and go take a nap! I know your inner-Hermione is probably stressed with all those missed classes, but you need to rest first, study second, and (at the risk of sounding sacrilege,) the forum really does come third.


Catherine - Feb 25, 2005 6:44 pm (#2453 of 2956)

While you all were dealing with ants, I saw my first snake of the season. –Chemyst

First snake? Oh, dear. We think ourselves lucky (if the creek don't rise) to only see one or two on my side of the neighborhood by July. After that, all bets are off, alas earwax, and ICK.

I don't really like reptiles, to tell the truth. I'm kind of a mammal/canine kind of person, actually.

Ants are not a favored sector, either, by my calculations, but at least I can trap and smush 'em. Go Terro!

I do envy Chemyst her tramping about in boots in almost-spring, surveying her grounds and deciding what needs to be done. It feels invigorating to just read about it, never mind actually doing it!

My own spring boot-walkings reveal an enormous number of winter-hardy weeds, a tender jasmine vine that did NOT survive 18 degree (fahrenheit) weather, and some tulips that, despite benign neglect, have decided to visit us again and perhaps spread their wide pink smile one more time.

So I have some cullings, and proper burials to do, but I am very excited about the camellias blooming (white and pink and red, oh my!) and the tulips, and the pansies and, finally, the weeping cherry that I planted on my retaining wall. My girls are excited also, and they, more than anyone, make me aware of the least progress afforded by these plants. Young eyes, you know...

I'm looking forward to Spring, obviously.


Madame Librarian    - Feb 25, 2005 7:05 pm (#2454 of 2956)

Madam Pince, thanks for the tip on Terro. I suspect it's the active ingredient in those ant traps. They pitch the product as "food the ants love, and take back to the nest to kill the lot" (well, obviously, I'm paraphrasing). Is Terro sold at hardware stores? I love the name. It sounds...um...retro-scientific. You can just hear an old fashioned announcer voice on late-night TV--

“Ladies, Terro is so powerful that no crawling insect can withstand its power. Clean, safe around toddlers and pets, unlike other insect traps it does not announce its presence to your friends and neighbors. Yes, ant-free living is yours with Terro!”

Something like that.

Ciao. Barb


The giant squid - Feb 25, 2005 9:25 pm (#2455 of 2956)

Barb, I could hear that announcer perfectly. Of course, me being a comic-book geek (along with my HP fanatacism) I saw the name and thought, "Hmm, a guy with earth-based super powers."

   Talking about 80's clothes... does anyone remember the florescent socks?

I know at least one poster who does...unless my sister has blocked those memories. What I was always amused by is how the term changed over the years--from Day-Glo to Neon to Flourescent. All terms for the same shade of bright, eye-straining green!

Tim, I hope you still have one of those parachute collars in your closet, because I'm going to need a picture. I don't think I want to see the upturned pants, though...

Get Well wishes for all of you under the weather!



Amilia Smith - Feb 25, 2005 10:49 pm (#2456 of 2956)

About different names: my mother decided that with a last name like Smith, we all had to have interesting first names. I remember when she was expecting my little brother and we were choosing names. I really liked the name James, but my mom said, "Sure. Join the Jim Smith Club of America."

As for my name, Amilia doesn't seem too bad, and I like it now, but I hated it in elementary school. I spent years being called Amelia Bedelia or Manille. I really hated Manille. It doesn't look so bad in print, but that is because you can't hear the intonation grade school boys would use. "Hey, Manille!" I remember bawling one morning and refusing to go to school over this. My dad tried to convince me that boys only teased girls they liked, but I didn't buy it then, and I'm not sure I buy it now.

Whenever I read books and come across names that I like, I run them through that test. If I could send my kid to grade school with that name, it goes onto my list of names for future children.

About cuts of jeans: I'm with you Fawkes. I will be sad to see the boot cut and wide leg pants go. (Remember the jeans with the zippers at the bottom so that you could still get your foot out the bottom even though they were fitted to your calf?) However, I won't be at all upset to see waistlines move a few inches closer to the waist.

To all those of you suffering with colds: tell yourself firmly and severely that you don't have time for a cold and that you don't believe in being sick. Granted, this doesn't always work. But the mind does have amazing control over alot of things that you wouldn't ordinarily think of. In the meantime, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep. (That was my mother's cure for all ills. "Oh, you bumped your head. Let's go get a drink of water." "You have a headache? Go get a drink of water." "What if, instead of eating a cough drop every time you want to cough, you got a drink of water every time you want to cough.")



Mrs. Sirius - Feb 25, 2005 10:52 pm (#2457 of 2956)

Oh, Julia! You do sound just miserable. Take lots of chicken soup, water, o.j. and one more thing that many will consider wacky. I just used this one for my son and myself and I think it really did help.

When you feel a cold is about to start, take two pairs of socks, dampen the toes of the first pair, squeeze it out well so it's just damp. Put on the second, dry pair over the dampened pair just as you head off to bed. The theory is that the blood flowing to warm your toes, keeps the antibodies moving as you sleep. My son and I felt terrible Sunday night and I did it for him and myself, didn't feel great Monday but we didn't get a cold either. I felt lousy again on Tuesday night did it again and again wasn't great the next day but I didn't 't get the cold either.

On the '80's, that was my second favorite decade of my life. The music wasn't great, but it was either upbeat or political. And the clothes, oh, the clothes! '80-'81 it was the punk-new wave looks, black clothes with very bright accents, lots of safety pins, some chains. Then mid to late '80's, I was out in the working world in the fashion industry. I wore either all black wool or silk fabrics or knits. All body contoured. Then there were those great suits in wool and silk. Great shoulder pads in the jackets, small waists. I had this one gorgeous cobalt blue silk suit with brass buttons. The skirts on the suits didn't have to be very short to look great. Oh, I had a Stephen Sprouse jacket that was a shade of orange that was hard to find not plugged in. This off course I wore over a black knit turtleneck sleeveless dress! All this was worn with the perfect, leather or suede pump. (By way of excuse I did live in New York City.)

Now that I have kids, I haven't seen a pair of pumps since my son's pregnancy, I don't own a dress, and I wear jeans or khakis with a turtleneck!


Elanor - Feb 26, 2005 12:43 am (#2458 of 2956)

I can't wait for spring to come as well! Usually, at this time of the year, crocuses and daffodils are in bloom everywhere but those last weeks have been so cold (it snowed each and every day for two weeks now) that they stopped their growing. The only flowers I've seen so far are timid snowdrops and Christmas roses. Today, the sun is back at last, but it is a cold one, - 9°C (15°F) outside this morning, brrr... The only good part of it is that I don't have to watch for snakes or ants, they're frozen!

But I'm sure that Marè, in Brittany, has already seen flowers there, the weather is much milder near the ocean. And what about you Septentrion? BTW, you're right, the Oxford Dictionary is really huge! I love it.

I am so happy to be in weekend! After the flu, it has been a very difficult week at work because I was so tired and I can't wait to do... nothing during this weekend, I really need some rest. It will be great! Thanks for your wishes Fawkes! Are you going to the match tomorrow finally? The 6 Nations Championship (rugby) continues this weekend: today France plays against Wales and tomorrow, there is the eagerly expected Ireland vs England match. It should be very interesting!

About the 80s, I remember that my favourite jacket was a denim one, with a lot of "badges" pinned to it, I don't know their real name in English, but it is the kind of badges you can see on a page of JKR's biography on her site, see what I mean? And of course, there was also the inevitable bandana tied on it. A lot of teens wore some because of a French singer, Renaud, who wore some all the time, a kind of "rebel", I loved him!

Julia, I send you healing charms! I do sympathize! I'm just starting to feel better so I know how you must feel. Some rest and to be patient is the best I have found for fighting it!


septentrion  - Feb 26, 2005 5:22 am (#2459 of 2956)

Hi all !

The weather is still cold. The temperature is around 3/4° C at the best of the day. We had sun yesterday but today seems to be dull and grey.

Elanor, I'm sure you'll be in front of your TV this week-end ! I'm glad you're recovering and I encourage you to do nothing. That's something I do pretty well and you should find yourself better on Monday.

Healing charms from me too, Julia ! I dislike colds because you're not ill enough to skip work but ill enough to work as if you weren't there. Stay at bed and rest well.

Everyone have a good week-end !


Phoenix song - Feb 26, 2005 8:28 am (#2460 of 2956)

Elanor, I'm so sorry that it's so cold there! We're wet and muddy, as usual. The temps vary from day to day here. Sometimes we're in the high 70's with a humidity that will kill you. Other days we're in the 30's with a humidity that will kill you. It seems like every day we're encountering rain and mud and muck. YUCK! We really do need spring...but maybe we should be wishing for summer, when HBP comes out!

Also, I don't know if there is a more "appropriate" name for the badges that were on jean jackets back in the 80's, but we called them either "badges" or "pins". I had a huge collection of them as well. Now, I can't even remember what most of them said. The ones that I do remember probably aren't appropriate to share. I loved the 80's, though. My favorite decade hands down.

Julia, I hope that you're feeling much better. If only we could buy some "Pepper-Up Potion" at our local pharmacist!

Have a good weekend everybody!


Acceber - Feb 26, 2005 8:30 am (#2461 of 2956)

I guess this means I'm getting old.-Julia, a few days back.  Happens to everyone, no need to feel discouraged.

I had a great time in Vermont (Stowe, for those who are wondering). I'd been on skis a grand total of one time before last Monday, and I had no idea if I'd like it or hate it. If I hadn't enjoyed it, I purposely brought five books (including OoP) to keep me entertained. But I loved cross-country skiing. We went for about two hours every day, and each day I got better. By our last day, Thursday, I didn't get nearly as much snow on me as I did the first day, and I kind of mastered going down hills. Woooo hooooo!

Happy Belated Birthdays to Anyone Celebrating!

No ants here, just a lot of snow that doesn't want to go away. It looks pretty from the window over my computer, but it's quite annoying when you're in it.

Off to catch up on the threads. *goes away whistling and hoping no one notices she didn't contribute to the 80s conversation because she has nothing to contribute*


Gina R Snape - Feb 26, 2005 9:51 am (#2462 of 2956)

Mrs. Sirius: haven't seen a pair of pumps since my son's pregnancy,

*snort*I think you mean when you were pregnant with your son, not that HE was pregnant, right?

Julia, don't worry about getting older. Just think of the alternative! Hope everyone is either feeling better or facing better weather as the case may be. NYC is still cold and we are expecting yet more snow in the coming days. Waaaaaaaah.


Lina - Feb 26, 2005 11:32 am (#2463 of 2956)

Catherine: I don't really like reptiles, to tell the truth. I'm kind of a mammal/canine kind of person, actually.

Since we live on the fifth (and last) floor, ants usually find some food before they come to us. But therefore, bats (mammals) like to settle above our windows. Once, one of them entered my mum's and sister's flat (who live next to us). My sister freeked out (I still don't understand why). We didn't manage to make it fly out through the window, but I managed to catch it. So I had to call my children to see it (before I let it out) because it is really rare opportunity in the life to see a bat this close. And I really find them so cute. My children too. They wished to keep it at home with us. I had to explain them that we should have a good tall tower to be able to keep bats with us and still make them feel happy. So we decided that we will build a house with a tall tower once that we become rich.

And about the flu, there is a guaranteed recipe: you take an apple, cut it precisely in seven equal parts, eat one part every day, and when you eat the last part, you will be healthy.

And, Albus Silente, my second language is Italian too, even though I haven't lived in Italy but I live close to it. You might find it practical to use the "Check spelling" button before posting. Not only to make your posts more proper, but to learn something new too.


mike miller - Feb 26, 2005 12:39 pm (#2464 of 2956)

Julia - Sorry to hear you're under the weather. My wife fought her bug all of last week. Home made chicken soup, you could probably get by with something out of a can if it has lots of veggies, really does help. If all else fails, rub Vicks all over your chest, put on an old t-shirt and stick your face under the collar. Those vapors always help me.


Phoenix song - Feb 26, 2005 12:53 pm (#2465 of 2956)

Julia, are you feeling any better now? I hope so. Like others have said, don't feel discouraged about feeling older. It sort of sneaks up on a person, but there's nothing to be done about it. I'm just really realizing that tomorrow I'll turn 35. Yikes! I'm afraid that I've become a grown-up without even noticing it! Now, how did that happen?



Madam Pince - Feb 26, 2005 1:00 pm (#2466 of 2956)

Happy Birthday a day early, Barbie! "How did that happen???" is one of my most-used lines lately as well!


Madame Librarian    - Feb 26, 2005 1:03 pm (#2467 of 2956)

From Barb to Barbie--

Happy Birthday! 35 can be the absolutely most perfect age to be, I think. Enjoy.

Ciao. Barb


Catherine - Feb 26, 2005 1:52 pm (#2468 of 2956)

Happy Birthday, Barbie. We're the same *cough* age. How is it being 29 for the sixth time?


boop - Feb 26, 2005 1:53 pm (#2469 of 2956)

AN Early Happy Birthday Barbie. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!!

The sun is out, but not for long. Sunday evening into Monday we are to get more snow. We just had a storm that gave us 6 inches. They say this one could give us more. I have been told that March will be a very busy winter month. I sure hope they are wrong. They say we are to get Five major snow storms, with little snow falls in between.

Everyone have a great weekend!!!!

hugs always

Betty (boop)


septentrion  - Feb 26, 2005 1:58 pm (#2470 of 2956)

Happy birthday Barbie ! You were born the same year than me !


Sirius Lee - Feb 26, 2005 2:46 pm (#2471 of 2956)

I stumbled across this while cleaning out my email box today and thought it was went along well with our current line of 80's chatter. Please forgive the great length, but it's quite a chuckle!

You know you grew up in the 1980's if...

1. You ever ended your sentence with "psych"

2. You solved Rubics cube.....by peeling off the stickers (OR the PYRAMID)

3. You watched the Pound Puppies

4. You can sing the rap to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

5. You wore biker shorts under your skirts and felt stylish

6. You yearned to be a member of the Babysitters Club and tried to start a club of your own.

7. You owned those little Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls

8. You know that 'Whoa' comes from Joey on "Blossom"

9. Three words: M.C. Hammer.

10. You thought it would be great to have a friend named "Boner"

11. You can sing the entire theme song to "Duck Tales"

12. If you played the chipmunks Christmas album all year long!

13. Remember reading Kool-Aid man comics

14. You ever watched "Fraggle Rock"

15. You had plastic streamers on the handle bars of your bike

16. You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.

17. You wore a ponytail to the side of your head

18. You saw the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the big screen

19. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day on the new Apple computers with the black screen & neon green type in computer class at school

20. You made your mom buy you one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side

21. You had a Kirk Cameron poster on your bedroom wall

22. You played the game "MASH" (Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House) with friends at school.

23. You wore a Jordache jean jacket and you were proud of it

24. L.A. GEAR

25. Kids Incorporated....."K-I-D-S!!"

26. Your mother wouldn't let you have Garbage Pail Kids

27. You wanted to change your name to Jem in Kindergarten

28. You remember reading "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and all the Ramona books

29. You know the profound meaning of "Wax on,Wax off"

30. You wanted to be a Goonie

31. You ever wore fluorescent, neon if you will, clothing

32. You wanted to be on StarSearch

33. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off

34. You took lunch pails to school

35. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the ONLY female smurf

36. You remember the craze, and then banning of, slap bracelets

37. You still get the urge to use "NOT" at the end of every statement you make

38. You remember hypercolor T-shirts

39. Barbie and the Rockers was your favorite band

40. You remember Punky Brewster & her cool bedroom

41. You loved Howard the Duck

42. You thought She Ra and He-Man should hook up

43. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged friendship bracelets

44. You ever owned a pair of Jelly Shoes

45. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you couldn't stop saying "I know you are but what am I...infinity"

46. You remember "I've fallen...and I can't get up!"

47. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates

48. You ever got seriously injured on a Slip and Slide

49. You know not to mix poprocks and soda (but did it anyway!)

50. You have played with a 'skip-it'

51. You had or went to a birthday party at McDonald's

52. You learned oldies songs by watching Alvin and the Chipmunks

53. You had a Glow Worm or watched the cartoons

54. You remember dancing along with the Bangles in "Walk Like An Egyptian"

55. If you remember Heathcliff, the orange cat

56. You saw the California Raisins Christmas claymation special

57. DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!

58. You wore socks over tights with high-top Reeboks

59. You wore like 8 pairs of socks at once, scrunched down


61. You remember boom boxes instead of CD players

62. You remember watching both "Gremlins" movies

63. You remember the Transformers

64. You know what it meant to say "care bear stare!!" and you had a favorite

65. You remember Rainbow Bright and My Little Pony Tales

66. You remember watching TV thinking Doogie Howser was hot!

67. You remember Alf, the little furry brown alien from Melmac who tried to eat cats

68. You remember the large amounts of hairspray used

69. You remember those very stylish headbands

70. You remember Vicky the Robot (a.k.a. Small Wonder)

71. You remember the beginning of New Kids on the Block

72. You remember watching The Cosby Show

73. You remember Mr.Belvedere

74. You remember Michael J. Fox in "Family Ties" and "Back to the Future"

75. You know all the names of the gang from "Saved by the Bell"

76. You know all the words to Bon Jovi's "Shot Through the Heart" song...bonus points if you've ever sang it at a karaoke bar...


Gina R Snape - Feb 26, 2005 3:28 pm (#2472 of 2956)

Ok, I know they aren't metal anymore...but don't kids still take their lunches to school in lunchpails with matching thermoses?


Denise P. - Feb 26, 2005 3:48 pm (#2473 of 2956)

Gina, yes. My kids all have lunchboxes but we generally don't use the thermos. Much easier to slap a Capri Sun in there than to wash the thermos every night.


Elanor - Feb 26, 2005 4:10 pm (#2474 of 2956)

Happy birthday Barbie! Joyeux anniversaire! I wish you joy and happiness all year long!

Lina: I too find bats cute. A lot of them live in the abbey that is across my street and I often see some flying during summer nights. They are small ones actually and I love the way they fly, with such precision!

During the summer, there are medieval shows in the abbey at night and for two years now I played in them as an extra. It is very funny! The first year, I was a poor medieval peasant and last summer a bourgeois (with a beautiful 15th century silk dress, I loved it), that is some social advance, next year, I bet I will be the Lord's wife... But I wander. The point is that during those shows, bats were flying everywhere, music and sounds had to scare them, but you should have seen the people watching the show! A lot of them were scared by them too, though they are very small and would never touch them. Actually, I pitied more the bats than the people, poor little things!


dizzy lizzy - Feb 26, 2005 4:23 pm (#2475 of 2956)

Happy Birthday Barbie. Have a wonderful day

There's nothing much happening this week. I have come down with a crash from the high induced by the new job news, but that's OK because I expected it. Now to organise the finances and the house and car loan repayments around the new pay dates of the new job.

The weather has consistently between 32-35 deg. C the last week and the temperatures at night are slowly starting to drop off to between 15-20 deg. C. Hopefully by Easter I can switch the Air-conditioner off for the year and get it serviced ready for next summer.

The worst bit about the weather at the moment is that its being trying to storm for the last week and as a result we are sweltering in 40-70% humidity, instead of our usual 15-30%.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Lizzy


Gina R Snape - Feb 26, 2005 5:05 pm (#2476 of 2956)

Aaaah, yes. The juicebox/juicepouch truly was a great invention.


Phoenix song - Feb 26, 2005 5:17 pm (#2477 of 2956)

Aw, shucks, guys! It looks like my birthday tomorrow is already shaping up to be a better one than it usually is! Thank you all!

Sirius Lee, I LOVED your 80's list. It brought back so many fond memories. Would you mind terribly if I copied your list and sent it to my old high school buddies? I think that they'd get a real kick out of it. It's amazing how a person can forget wearing their pony tail to the side and those little plastic circles with the slash across the middle that was used to artfully tie your T-shirts to your side. Or how about those large scarves with the long fringe that was tied around your waist with the pointy end on one side? (To one side must have been important and fashionable in the 80's, though I can't remember why.)

Again, thank you all for your pre-birthday wishes. I'm trying to look at 35 as a blessing, but it is easy to go a little bit into shock when you hit the big milestones.

Catherine, I think I'll join you instead in celebrating my 29th birthday (again) tomorrow. It sounds like a good idea to me!



The giant squid - Feb 26, 2005 7:53 pm (#2478 of 2956)

Sirius Lee, I only counted 45 of those 76 things for myself, although if you take out all the girl-specific stuff I'm probably sitting at about 80%...

Happy Birthday, Barbie. With your username, I now have a mental image of Fawkes singing "Happy Birthday". To quote George Carlin, "It's thoughts like these that kept me out of the really good schools."



Helen Potterfan - Feb 26, 2005 8:30 pm (#2479 of 2956)

GenXers of the world unite! Thanks, Sirius Lee, that was fun (though a bit embarrassing)!
1. yes 2. yes 3. yes 4. yes 5. yes 6. yes 7. yes 8. I was too old 9. yes 10. no (but I know the reference Wink 11. yes 12. yes 13. yes 14. yes 15. yes 16. yes 17. yes 18. yes 19. YES! 20. yes 21. yes 22. yes 23. yes 24. yes 25. yes 26. yes 27. I was too old 28. yes 29. yes 30. yes 31. yes 32. yes 33. yes 34. yes 35. yes 36. yes (ouch!) 37. occasionally 38. yes 39. I was too old 40. yes 41. NO (I hated Howard) 42. yes, even though they’re cousins! 43. yes 44. yes (a pair?) 45. I was too old 46. yes 47. yes 48. yes 49. yes 50. I was too old 51. yes 52. yes 53. I was too old 54. YES 55. yes 56. yes (soulful Rudolph plays in my head) 57. yes 58. yes 59. well, maybe not 8… 60. I was too old 61. yes (but I also remember 8 tracks…) 62. yes 63. yes 64. yes 65. yes 66. YES (brains are still hot!) 67. yes 68. yes (my lungs still haven’t recovered) 69. yes 70. no 71. yes 72. yes 73. yes 74. yes 75. yes 76. yes (no bonus points) 66/76=87% Shameful!


Pinky - Feb 26, 2005 8:32 pm (#2480 of 2956)

Vicky the Robot!!!!!! For ages I have been trying to remember who she was, and have described the show to people who just give me funny looks and think I'm making it up. She really did exist! Hooray! You can't possibly understand how fulfilled that makes me feel. *contented sigh*


dizzy lizzy - Feb 26, 2005 8:45 pm (#2481 of 2956)

Sirius lee;

That is one good list. Sadly, even though I was a teenager during the 80's only a handful of these statements actually made sense. How about 19/76=25%??? I wonder if it is because I lived in a remote area of New South Wales or because the list itself is US centric? Nonetheless it is interesting to see how much difference's there are between the countries.



Mrs. Sirius - Feb 26, 2005 8:58 pm (#2482 of 2956)

Happy Birthday Barb. 35! that is the age I look forward to as the perfect age. You are completely grown up and can make your decisions without having to be apologetic to anyone and still have time before reaching the point where you pick up speed going downhill!

Mrs. Sirius: haven't seen a pair of pumps since my son's pregnancy,

:snort: I think you mean when you were pregnant with your son, not that HE was pregnant, right?

*evil grin* heh heh,  ain't English great.


John Bumbledore - Feb 26, 2005 10:15 pm (#2483 of 2956)

Hey All, I finally caught up on reading... okay, just this chat thread but hey. You all are the best! Well get ready for a long post and a lot of references to old post. And speaking of old, that list sure made me feel that way, and I'm just 40 years and two days. (oops three days, after midnight here.) Good afternoon Lizzy! Good morning to Elenor, Sept, and Mare!

Ydnam = Mandy, oh, that is so clever! Wish I'd thought of it... on second thought *nhoj* no I don't!

Vanessa, oh to get a Kipendo on your first post. Never the less, welcome to the forum and have a butterbeer. **passes a butterbeer to Vanessa** **Waves at Catherine and Eponine ** Are you too out there?

Lizzy, kudos on the new job. Now are you going to be doing both at the same time or just switching over? Either way, good luck and success.

Denise P., I am jealous. My PC is one of those still running with only 16 MB of memory. Big hard drive but slow. Give an at'ta girl to your daughter for the hair donation. My daughter is nine and growing hers for the same cause.

I guess I have what Mike TGS would call a congress cut. Back in high school I did wear it longer, a David Cassidy hair cut. Always wore t-shirts, even in winter (snow belt of northwestern Pennsylvania, may I remind you.) ** Waves at Boop Mollis and Julia ** Thank you for the birthday wishes, and Mollis gave me a nice cake too! Thank you Julia! A surprise party and a butterbeer! And Chemyst and Accio HBP, how cute you both were to use my <)B^D= wizard smillie! Thank you Madam Pince, for the "many happy returns" **though that does sound like an after Christmas slogan**

Penny, I do remember Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, St Elmo's Fire? Oooooh Don't forget 'The Goonies'!!!!" A short while after St Elmo's Fire, John Parr did a concert at the University I attended and I was part of the student security detail. Alas, the University was in a "dry" county, meaning there was no bar or pubs, only a state store for liquor and a distributor for beer (nothing smaller than a case). So, one of the bands first request was for "refreshments" and I had to explain this to them. I very nearly got a couple friends to help with a beer run with plans to smuggle it onto campus for them, but realized the concert woudl be over before we would get back. Ah, the stupid luck of youth.

Happy Birthday to Barbie. Oh, I know I have missed someone else.. Madam... Librarian was it your day a few days before mine on the 24? Hmm or Madam Pince? Oh Betty, help! You must tell me how you do it. But then I have always felt lucky to just remember my 5 siblings, and parents birthdays. Alas, earwax!

<)B^D= (John) Bumbledore.


Julia. - Feb 26, 2005 10:37 pm (#2484 of 2956)

Good morning all! Well, it's after midnight here so I can say that.

Happy Birthday Barbie!!!

Thank you all for the healing charms and care packages. The chicken soup was delicious!!! I'm feeling slightly better, but not much. I was blowing my nose all day today, and the Sudafed I took isn't working too well. Sorry for not responding until just now, but I posted my last message right before Shabbos, and I was offline until after sundown today. Once I was finally allowed to come on, I went to hear a speaker with some friends.

Sirius Lee, I loved your 80s list. So many things I'm guilty of on that list, even though I didn't count. Plastic bike streamers, the pealing the stickers off the rubix cube. I just want to go on record and say that slap bracelets were the best, and that Bon Jovi is still my favorite band, next to The Beatles.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 27, 2005 12:30 am (#2485 of 2956)

Lizzy, kudos on the new job. Now are you going to be doing both at the same time or just switching over? Either way, good luck and success. – bumbledore

I have thrown the old job away. I gave 2 weeks’ notice as soon as I found the new one.

Julia, it's great to see you back again. Hope you are feeling a bit better now!



Elanor - Feb 27, 2005 1:59 am (#2486 of 2956)

Good morning / evening wherever you are! You won't believe it but it is snowing again this morning with a nice - 7°C / 20°F outside... And the forecast says the weather will be colder for the week to come with, from tomorrow, some "refreshing" air coming straight from Siberia!

It is a nice test Sirius Lee! I had 31/76, 40%. All the series / cartoons questions reminded me of great hours spent in front of the TV but a lot of the other ones were connected to sayings that didn't cross the ocean till here. BTW, does anybody here remember a series called "Dick Turpin"? It was a British series I think, I loved it!

BTW, I didn't tell you about some great news I heard yesterday. I finally met my "publisher"! I don't know if you remember but some times ago, a guy from the town council here told me that a publisher wanted to publish my master's thesis (about the old general hospital of my town during the 17th century). Since then, the publisher had the thesis for reading it and I finally met him yesterday. He said he wants to publish 200 books first, that is not much but I am so happy just the same!

I will have to work on it first because it has about 200 pages and he wants me to cut about 30 pages off it. As I will be very busy till the summer holidays preparing Accio, I told him I needed some time for doing it and he said that if I could give it back to him by the end of August, it should be perfect. So, a lot of work awaits me but I don't mind, it is rather exciting in fact!

Have a great Sunday everybody and happy birthday again Barbie since it is already Sunday morning here! Enjoy your day!


Good Evans - Feb 27, 2005 5:00 am (#2487 of 2956)

Sirius lee - like Lizzy I think some of your "fads" passed me by, but I think you should have included Dungeons and Dragons !! I was 11 in 1980 so was definitely there!! - I loved the movie references (Gremlins I remember having to sludge through the snow and Ice in my calf high boots with leg warmers poking out of the top (yiiiiicccckkkkkk)and then meeting my little brother to take him to see the movie, i guess he must have been just old enough I cant remember the rating!. And yes I did want to be a Goonie! But more so I wanted to be in "The Breakfast Club".

Anyhow great memories...

Julia I am sending you some pepper up potion !!

Have a great birthday Barbie



mike miller - Feb 27, 2005 6:57 am (#2488 of 2956)

Sirius Lee - As a child of the 70's I know about most of your list, although not that many directly apply. I did enjoy some of the music of the 80's. After all, SRV recorded all of his music during the 80's.

Good Evans II - D&D got it's start in the 70's. I remember all day sessions while I was in college. There were 2 of us that had worlds and could be the DM and another 2 that just played. The books available at the time could only take us so far, we ended up creating many of our own charts and table to make AD&D play possible.

Happy Birthday Barbie


Ozymandias - Feb 27, 2005 8:07 am (#2489 of 2956)

Hello again, everybody!

Well, so much for my promise to log on more frequently. I tried to take too many classes this semester and was having problems with stress and not sleeping. I finally dropped one, but I'm behind now in a few of my classes. It's going to be more difficult to make up the work, too, since I just found out I might have to go to court to testify against a creepy guy who was bothering me last year. It has the potential to take as much as two days out of my week, and I don't get advance notice. Sigh.

I have been arting it up again, though, which makes me really happy. Knitting (I have the easiest sweater pattern in the universe if anyone is interested) and writing. I'm hoping to find the time after this whole court thing blows over to do a reread of either HP or Sherlock Holmes.

I can (with some relief) say that I've never played D&D. However, I recently went to a meet-up for an online game I play often. We got dressed up in costumes and ran around a hotel just being nerds. It was great fun.

Well, off to read some other threads, and then hopefully get caught up in school. Breakfast would probably be a good idea too.

Oh, and Happy Birthday to Barbie and anyone I missed during my absence!



Phoenix song - Feb 27, 2005 9:45 am (#2490 of 2956)

Thank you all for your wonderful birthday wishes! They're much appreciated and have cheered me up.

I think that I should take the excellent advice that I've been provided and consider 35 to be the perfect age. It's young enough to still get around and have fun. Yet 35 is old enough that I've learned to let go of all of the petty trappings of youth, such as caring what other people would think if I decided to go for a jaunt to the store without perfectly done hair and make-up. I used to obsess about every trip out of the house. Now my hair and make-up is never perfect anymore, but I'm too much of a mom/wife/adult to much care what some strangers think about me. Yeah for 35!!

Ozymandias, you have my utmost respect on the knitting thing. I've wanted to knit since I was little, but don't know anybody that actually knits to teach me. I've tried to learn from a book...but was rather frustrated (Hermione style) that I wasn't able to "get" how to knit from a book. I'm impressed with anyone that is able to do so.



Good Evans - Feb 27, 2005 9:51 am (#2491 of 2956)

whoops - sorry Mick - I thought that it was V early 80's - but then you are older than me so I will bow to your wisdom.... slinks off tongue in cheek before Mick can hex to another thread!!!!!!


Gina R Snape - Feb 27, 2005 9:56 am (#2492 of 2956)

Happy birthday, Barbie.


Lina - Feb 27, 2005 10:44 am (#2493 of 2956)

Happy birthday, Barbie!

Enjoy being 35! I'm 40 and only 2 years ago I started not to feel like a little girl any more.. (maybe I am retarded ?) Now I can say I feel old in a pleasant way and I see my children grow up and I'm happy.


mike miller - Feb 27, 2005 11:20 am (#2494 of 2956)

Good Evans - Never a hex! I played D&D quite a bit in '78 and '79, before most of the AD&D books and etc. came onto the market. Really, it was only a couple of years earlier.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 27, 2005 3:46 pm (#2495 of 2956)

Happy Birthday Barbie! I just returned from my oldest daughter's birthday party, she's 25. Hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday.


timrew - Feb 27, 2005 5:36 pm (#2496 of 2956)

Congratulations with your book, Elanor!

Happy Birthday, Barbie.........


Albus Silente - Feb 27, 2005 5:36 pm (#2497 of 2956)

Happy Birthday Phoenix song- presumably Barbie!
*humming Happy Birthday to youuuuuuu- Happy Birthday to youuuuuu....*


scully jones - Feb 27, 2005 6:34 pm (#2498 of 2956)

Let's see if I can do this...

1. Yes

2. Yes

3. Of Course! Pound puppies rock1

4. Ever word of it!

5. I only wore the shorts under the skirt because my mom wouldn't let me out of the house with a short skirt on.

6. Icky on the babysitter's club... Never liked those books.

7. I always wanted a strawberry shortcake doll...

8. Yes

9. Funniest performer... Not intentionally...

10. Hehe...


12. My brothers would of killed me.

13. Yes, at a friend's house.

14. One of my favorites!

15. If I had a bike, yes I would have.

16. Yes, Saturday cartoons were the best.

17. I would of, but it was very unfashionable in MY part of the country.

18. First movie I ever saw in Theater.

19. YES! But I skipped on the Trail and chose Pharoah's Tomb.

20. I knotted my shirt on my own.

21. I wasn't interested in guys yet.

22. I expanded on Mash, made it 50 questions long.

23. I had a generic jean jacket.

24. I had a couple different ones.

25. ?!?

26. Actually my mom thought garbage pail kids were cool.

27. Not really.

28. YES!

29. Yes again!

30. My lifelong ambition.

31. Yes for a while, but it looked horrible with my complexion.

32. Not really.

33. I actually can.

34. My brother did.

35. It's a conspiriacy!

36. They never got banned at my school!

37. I do, I do.

38. Not sure.

39. They suck!

40. I remember, but I wish to forget.

41. Not particularly.

42. I did, yes. My brother had a Skunkor action figure and he even smelled! We left him on the heater once and he smelled up the whole apartment.

43. I knew they wouldn't leave for other reasons.

44. Why yes I did.

45. Endlessly!

46. My brothers did that all the time.

47. Yes, on a school trip.

48. My brother did... hehe..

49. Yep.

50. I held the neighborhood record for most skips!

51. Yeah, a friend of mine.


53. My friend had a glow worm and I loved it.

54. Yep.

55. I do remember heathcliffe.

56. I did.

57. Yep.

58. I would of if I had any.

59. Yes, but for warmth, not fashion.

60. I know a few more of these too.

61. Yep, I remember when my friend got a cd player for the first time. I was entranced.

62. I love Gizmo!

63. My brothers had these.

64. Night time bear!


66. I thought he was cute, but I was a little young.

67. I disliked Alf to the nth degree.

68. I remember trying to breath through the hairspray clouds at school.

69. I had a favorite pink one with silver plastic jewels.

70. Not really.

71. My friends had all of their merchandise.

72. Yep.

73. Nope.

74. Watched Back to the Future in class ALL THE TIME!

75. I do. Screech was cool.

76. My friend Bonnie made me memorize it with her.


Round Pink Spider - Feb 27, 2005 8:03 pm (#2499 of 2956)

Happy Birthday a second time, Barb... I'm here wasting time instead of writing...

Aw, gee, Sirius Lee, your list made me feel old. *sigh* I remember about half of those things, but I was born in '62, and I was in college in the '80s. My husband and I watched "Wax on, wax off" on one of our first dates! And, heck, I remember Michael Jackson as a kid in the Jackson 5 before his voice changed. (They even made a cartoon out of them -- anybody else remember that?)

Anybody else born in the 60s? I got such giggles seeing the fashions in the stores a few years ago -- belts with peace-symbol buckles, cut-off jeans with the thready bottoms (neatly sewn off!), and a jacket with appliqué... I told my kids that the kids of the sixties would have been scandalized, because you were supposed to do the appliqué yourself. It showed your inviduality. My sister had a jacket like that. Oh well...

Congratulations, Elanor!


From Venus - Feb 27, 2005 8:11 pm (#2500 of 2956)

Well, I've just read hundreds of posts; I haven't been on the forum since before Valentine's day, I think. Anyways, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all the birthday people I have missed since then and cheering charms and healing drafts to all who need them. I've missed you all; I've been very busy and have not had much time for fun stuff.

All I remember of the 80's was trying to get my boys to survive them. I was a 50's child and so I was a teen in the 60's. I think I've worn the same thing my whole life; jeans and t-shirts. Although for a few years I wore them patched and repatched and ragged; and my shirts were usually tie-dyed. Also my hair has just about always been long and straight and stringy. With bangs; until I was about 16 when I grew out my bangs. I have recently got my hair cut, because in my (ahem) maturity my hair has thinned out quite a bit and doesn't look good that way any more. I still wear jeans and t-shirts, though. I have a few nice outfits, though, mostly for church and fancy do's.

This topic was abandoned a long time ago; but while I was reading all your "expressions" and "sayings", I thought of ones that I use that I got from my mom and dad and grandparents, and I hadn't noticed any of them so I thought I'd share them...

If your child complains to you that he/she's bored and has nothing to do you tell him/her to "go sit on the floor and let your feet hang."

If your child complains that he/she has nowhere to sit you tell him/her "Just sit where your mother sat when she was a bride" i.e. on your rear end.

If your children are being very wild and noisy and you need to get their attention you shout “Quiet down or I'll rip off your arm and beat you with the bloody end of it" My sweet little old grandmother used to holler that at us when we were misbehaving; believe me, it got our attention!

Well, I'd better go and put my mother-in-law to bed, she's fallen asleep in her chair. Hope you all have a great week!

Oh, by the way, I LOVE bats. They are soooo cute and I love watching them fly. In the summertime, they fly around my backyard near an outside light I have, catching the bugs that have been attracted to it. Their aerial acrobatics are amazing![/color]
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Phoenix song - Feb 27, 2005 8:17 pm (#2501 of 2956)

Thanks everybody for their great birthday wishes! I really do appreciate it very much. All in all it was a great day, even though my husband was several states away and it was just me and the 3 kids. I cleaned house and listened to HP on audio CD all day. (The Steven Frye versions are so great!)

Round Pink Spider, I DO indeed remember the Jackson 5 cartoons. When cable TV was first available in our area the shows re-ran on the Chicago station. We would watch the cartoons after school everyday. Before school we would watch the Bozo the Clown show. I don't think that they show that anymore. Does anybody remember that one?

Elanor, I'm so happy for you! Congratulations on your success with the book!

Well, I need to get going. There's "miles to go before I sleep..." Good night, all!



Gina R Snape - Feb 27, 2005 8:44 pm (#2502 of 2956)

Waaaah. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban didn't win for either of the two Oscars for which it was nominated.


Doris Crockford - Feb 27, 2005 9:00 pm (#2503 of 2956)

Ha! I've finally caught up on reading this thread. One thing I can't forget to do (because someone asked me about two weeks ago so I don't want to seem rude for not answering): Fawkes Forever (I think it was you that asked) I didn't mean Queen's University in Ireland, I meant Queen's University in Canada. It would be very interesting to go to school abroad, but a bit too expensive.

Happy belated birthday, everyone! Especially Barbie! Sounds like you had a good, relaxing day.

As for that list, I remember 36 out of 76. Almost 50% isn't bad, seeing as I was born in the late 80s.

I'm off to bed now, since I know PoA didn't win any Oscars. Talk to you later!


Helen Potterfan - Feb 27, 2005 9:44 pm (#2504 of 2956)

It's 11:39, so I still have time to wish Barbie a happy birthday, even though she's probably gone to bed.

Too bad PoA didn't win any academy awards. I'm just glad The Aviator didn't win best picture. I think Hotel Rwanda should have won, but it wasn't even nominated Sad.

By the way, in defense of my high percentage on the 80s quiz, during many of the fad-type questions on the quiz I was in middle school, so it was hard to miss them! (that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!)


Marie E. - Feb 27, 2005 11:03 pm (#2505 of 2956)

I thought for sure PoA/John Williams had a chance on winning for score. Ah well, there's two more movies to go.

Happy Birthday, Barbie! Guess we have a lot of 1970 babies here on the forum. I don't mind being 35 until I remember how close to 40 it is.

Excellent quiz, Sirius Lee! Even though I didn't directly do some of those things, my siblings did so I can still remember them. For example, Strawberry Shortcake scented dolls. I was already too old for them but my little sister had all of them. She would line them on her headboard. Since we had bunkbeds her headboard was under mine. I would spend the night smelling those dolls and getting sick to my stomach.


Pinky - Feb 27, 2005 11:22 pm (#2506 of 2956)

Some of you may remember Dumbedore II (Sigrid). She has not been able to visit the forums for some time, but she has some great news that you all should hear. Sigrid had her first child on Jan 4. His name is Ciaran. Ciaran is a Celtic name, and it means "the little dark one." He was 9lb 12 oz. Sigrid says they are fine (despite the sleepless nights) and that they "love him to bits."


Essidji - Feb 28, 2005 1:33 am (#2507 of 2956)

What a beautiful baby! Congratulations to Sigrid.


The giant squid - Feb 28, 2005 2:13 am (#2508 of 2956)

If your children are being very wild and noisy and you need to get their attention you shout “Quiet down or I'll rip off your arm and beat you with the bloody end of it" My sweet little old grandmother used to holler that at us when we were misbehaving; believe me, it got our attention!--From Venus

My mom, aunt & grandmother used that one, too, but they embellished on it. The Faust family version is: "I'll rip your arm out by the roots and beat you over the head with the bloody stump--and then I'll get vicious."

It's amazing what parents could get away with saying then that they can't now. If someone were to say that in public they'd get run in to Soc