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Finn BV - Nov 2, 2005 5:51 pm (#1501 of 2980)

LOL kaykay.

I won our sixth and final meet of the year today. And they handed out medals too. I'm quite elated because the pressure is off now! Although I have to go into Freshman XC next year with quite the burden on my shoulders…

I saw the trailer to Prime but it looked really weird. Meryl and Uma are certainly attractions, but I can't say the storyline looked anything interesting.

Adios everyone!


Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2005 7:06 pm (#1502 of 2980)

68 degrees, Viola!!! Lawsy me -- I'd freeze to death! If I had my say, it would be set at 75 year-round. I freely admit to having very thin blood -- a sweater just doesn't do it for me, and I refuse to go around inside my own house looking like the little kid from A Christmas Story in his Michelin-Man suit. This is, of course, a constant source of battle between Mr. Pince and I and is probably the one reason we might get a divorce someday. As soon as he leaves in the morning, I turn the thermostat up (usually to 72, but maybe 74 if I'm feeling rebellious), and as soon as he gets home, he turns it down. I also find that when I'm tired, I feel the cold more, too. I suspect that my thyroid is wonky -- it did weird things when Little Pince was born and that probably contributes, but the Dr. says no worries. He doesn't see me wearing sweats and sweatshirts during the summer when Mr. P has the A/C cranked up, though. I can honestly say that I don't ever remember a time in my life when I have ever been too hot, but plenty of times when I've been cold. I once told an employer who made fun of me for wanting a spaceheater in my office that I didn't care what else I had to do without, I would pay my electric bill so that I could turn the heat up in my house as high as I pleased. He thought I was nuts.

I am a devoted fan of The Waltons and am buying the DVDs as they come out. I figure when Little Pince is old enough to watch "real TV" rather than cartoons, rather than having him watch the stuff that's on now that's not very well-suited for kids, we can always watch re-runs of the Walton clan. One reason I like it so much is that I always felt like I was watching my Mom's family when she was growing up -- there were seven kids, they lived in the mountains of Virginia and grew up during the Depression, and the family ran a sawmill / lumber business. Pretty darn similar!

I liked Little House at the time, but after reading the books, the TV series paled in comparison (although Nellie Olsen still remains as one of the greatest TV villains ever, in my opinion.) I still re-read anything by Laura Ingalls Wilder to this day (she wrote a lot aside from the "Little House" books.) She lived through an extraordinary period of American history and did such a great job of recording it through her observant writing. You'd be surprised how often her tidbits of "prairie wisdom" I end up using in my everyday life even today!

Congrats on the track and field medals, Finn! Woo-hoo!

Good idea on the cookies, Jenn! Aaron will be very pleased, I'm sure!

Way to go, Shayla and Lexie, for doing so great in school! You must be doing something right, Marie!

Denise, great parenting job on the Halloween thing! Mean Moms Unite! LOL. Actually I haven't had to be too mean lately; Little Pince has been well aware of Halloween. But I'm convinced he is in training to be a lawyer -- I told him not to touch the candy until after dinner, and then he went all "wide-eyed" on me when I caught him holding a Milky Way bar. He said quite earnestly "I didn't touch the candy, Mom, I was only just touching the paper."


Viola Intonada - Nov 2, 2005 7:36 pm (#1503 of 2980)

Hubby keeps a space heater at his desk at work. He also keeps a jacket at his desk year round (so he can wear it in the summer when they over-aircondition the office)

Tonight at dinner, we were both shivering. We may pay the extra money to turn it up a couple of degrees. Meanwhile our children are sitting there in short sleeves looking at us like we are nuts for being cold. Alas, to be a kid again and not be bothered by being cold.

Way to stick to your guns, Denise. My kids have been fighting a lot lately. I told them if they fight any this week, half of their candy is mine. I'll keep taking half of what they have left every time they fight. They have been behaving much better since Halloween. (Dash it all, the one time I was looking forward to carrying out my threat! )


kaykay1970 - Nov 2, 2005 8:53 pm (#1504 of 2980)

I was only touching the paper. That is so cute!!


Amilia Smith - Nov 2, 2005 9:22 pm (#1505 of 2980)

Welcome, Tazzygirl. Woo-hoo!!! I have another forumer near me now!

They keep the air-conditioning on way too much in Hamilton Library, where I work. The thermometer says it is only down to 65, but we don't believe it. You should see us. We all bring jackets and hoodies in to work. One of my co-workers insists on sitting near the wall so that she can plug her heating pad in. And our noses still turn bright red and start dripping. I tell you, it doesn't take long for your blood to thin.



Tazzygirl - Nov 2, 2005 11:14 pm (#1506 of 2980)

Wow Amilia! I thought I was the only one here in Hawaii. How many other people are here in Hawaii? How much longer are you at UH? I was born in Utah, but I only lived there until I was 6. How long have you been out here? Hamilton Library is really cold- wait, so are the classrooms now that I think about it. There is a classroom up in George Hall that seems to be in the negatives. You think they would set the thermostat to a more comfortable temperature. At least Hamilton has an excuse- keep it cold so the books don't get all mildewy! Smile


The giant squid - Nov 3, 2005 12:36 am (#1507 of 2980)

Puck, like I said, when the average temps over the last few months have been in the 90s, 68 is just too cold. When I was growing up in North Dakota, I'd be running around in a t-shirt at that point; now they only come out to be worn under my work shirts...

Madame Pince, it's a known fact that the two things married couples argue about most are money & the thermostat. I keep seeing these ads for a dating service that boasts "29 degrees of compatibility"; I wonder if one of those is "temperature comfort zone"?



Catherine - Nov 3, 2005 5:50 am (#1508 of 2980)

He said quite earnestly "I didn't touch the candy, Mom, I was only just touching the paper." --Madame Pince

I think Baby Pince and Hayley will have to set up a law practice together. If confronted about misbehavior, Hayley will ask, "Did you SEE me do it?" Next thing you know, she will call in an expert witness.

Hayley says quite amusing things all the time. Yesterday after school, she launched into the stories about who got in trouble that day in Kindergarten (this is a favorite topic for Hayley). She said, "Those boys need to be focused on their learning" (this was a common phrase from her Montessori preschool). Yesterday, Hayley said, "They are not focused on their learning; they are focused on being 'astracted' (distracted)."

Poor Hayley was offended when I laughed at her paradoxical statement. But I knew exactly how those boys were acting if they were "focused on distraction." Unfortunately, sometimes I feel like I am focused upon distraction....


Lina - Nov 3, 2005 7:05 am (#1509 of 2980)

Yesterday I caught my 6 year old in a lie. I really can't stand lying or a feeling that I couldn't believe my kid, and I'm not used to her lying, so we had a little talk. I asked her: "How about telling me the truth?" She said: "I don't understand it. Could you explain me what does the truth mean?"


Loopy Lupin - Nov 3, 2005 7:15 am (#1510 of 2980)

I don't understand it. Could you explain me what does the truth mean? –Lina

I think I spent three semesters of graduate school trying to answer that question.


Madam Pince - Nov 3, 2005 7:25 am (#1511 of 2980)

Lina, that's so funny! I've been trying to explain that same abstract concept to Little Pince, too! It's one of the things about parenting that you don't really think about until your kid really sincerely asks you something that they don't understand. It would never occur to me to have to explain to someone what "truth" is, until I realized that of course a 3-year-old wouldn't know. So I tried saying, "Well, it's when you aren't telling a fib, then you're telling the truth." Naturally, next came "What's a fib?" OK, start over. "Truth is when you say something that is correct." Blank look. "Or when you say something that is right." Then I got "Right like my shoe?" (We're working on left vs. right.) Ummmmmm.... no not quite. It's like playing that board game "Taboo" where you try to give clues to a word without using the words that are most closely associated with that word. Arrrrghhh.... This parenting thing is over my head sometimes....

Catherine, Hayley sounds so adorable! Has she seen The Incredibles by any chance? When that kid was confronted about something he did at school, the Mom said "You SAW him do this?" and he ended up getting out of it. Maybe Hayley thinks if it worked for Dash, it might work for her! And the "'astracted" is too cute! It's so funny when they get the words almost right! I try to look at it as a mind exercise for me to keep me from getting Alzheimer's as I try to figure out what word he's trying to say -- they are pretty funny sometimes!

Edit: I think I spent three semesters of graduate school trying to answer that question.

LOL, Loopy! And I love your avatar -- go Seabiscuit! Another weepy movie for me... at the end I thought the former jockey was just holding back so Seabiscuit could beat at least one horse and would feel good about himself, and that started the flood.

Edit again: I'm so glad Tazzy and Mills found each other! I soooo wanted to post in the "Introduce" thread and tell Tazzy "Ooh, Oooh, you have to meet Mills!"


Ydnam96 - Nov 3, 2005 9:48 am (#1512 of 2980)

I have nothing relevant to say, I don't have children and well my cat hasn't learned to lie just yet Wink I think he's still a little young for that. He's only 3. Although he does give me that "you can't prove it was me" look sometimes.

Speaking of kitty. He's been throwing up again. I know it's nothing serious, he just has a sensitive tummy. But my whole apartment is carpet and it's hard to clean up. You know, I thought a cat would be easier than a kid...

Well...I should get ready for work. Have a great Thursday.


T Brightwater - Nov 3, 2005 10:06 am (#1513 of 2980)

Mandy, I feel your pain; I have two 18-year-old Siamese and they get hairballs no matter how often we brush them. Also, they seem to prefer upchucking on carpet or upholstery instead of linoleum. :-(

Lina and Madame Pince, when you figure out how to explain truth to your kids, would you mind taking a little trip to Washington DC and explaining it to a few more people?

Madame Pince, what part of VA? My (adoptive) father's family was from around Bassett and he grew up around the same time.


Catherine - Nov 3, 2005 10:10 am (#1514 of 2980)

Although he does give me that "you can't prove it was me" look sometimes. –Ydnam

My Daisy tried that last week. I got home from work and there was an unholy mess in the bathroom. Someone had shredded the tissues from the trash can into teensy confetti bits. What was amusing is that both dogs were in their dogbed, and sleeping in the same position they had assumed before I left for work.

Daisy raised her head to greet me, and there was a piece of tissue stuck to her face. She acted so innocent, but the evidence suggested otherwise.

Of course, Phoebe may have plotted to frame Daisy for this crime.


azi - Nov 3, 2005 10:17 am (#1515 of 2980)

Woohoo, I have premium membership-ness! Discovered a friend had paypal...couldn't resisit...

Hope your cat gets better soon, Ydnam! I can't think of anything to suggest other than covering the whole of the carpet with some wipable plastic or something, and that's a silly idea really!

Kids say the funniest things. I don't have any examples, except my little cousin's reaction to discovering the concept of cremation at a funeral - 'You can't bake her, she'll burn!' (she was told that the person would be baked in a big oven). Morbid, but I couldn't help laughing to myself.

Congrats Finn! I'm sure you'll live up to your reputation next year!

Horrible weather today, and a bad day also. I was forced to go up to the blackboard in maths to write the answer to an equation, even though I told the teacher I didn't know the answer or how to work it out. I was in tears by the end of the lesson.

Hopefully everyone will have a much better day than that!


Lina - Nov 3, 2005 10:21 am (#1516 of 2980)

Loopy Lupin: I think I spent three semesters of graduate school trying to answer that question.

Lol, Loopy. Somehow, I didn't feel like I had the time to wait for her to go to the graduate school and then spend three semesters looking for the answer, so I had to do something immediately... I asked her, should I go to the teacher to ask what happened? She said: "No." So I asked her to tell me what would the teacher tell me if I asked her. Well, I explained, this is the truth. It was cute, actually, because she didn't try to lie when she was supposed to tell the teachers version, maybe because she knew that I could ask her. Madam Pince, my husband told me that he read somewhere that the kids up to the age of 5, actually never lie. I don't know if that is the truth or if he interpreted it correctly, but something like they don't see the purpose of lie, if they don't say the truth, that's just because of the imagination, not because they want to gain something by telling the lie. As a matter of fact, that is the age that I had to deal with the subject with each of my girls. I usually tell them: "I'm used to believe you when you tell me something, I would like it to remain this way." Then I spend some time in checking everything they tell me and it usually helps. Except with one kid that liked to go back to lying from time to time, not that I see the reason for that. I had to make a really big threat to make it stop. I just hope it worked. So, if little Pince doesn't understand the concept of truth, it seems normal for his age.

Ooooh, I really didn't plan to make such a long post when I started! Sorry! I just got carried away...

Edit: Woohoo, congratulations, Azi! And healing charms to your kitty, Mandy!


Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 3, 2005 11:21 am (#1517 of 2980)

I don't have much to say on the children telling lies subject, as I don't have kids, but good luck to all of you trying to explain it to them!!

Finn, congrats on yet another CX win! That's awesome! and don't worry, I'm sure you'll have no problem living up to your reputation next year!

Mandy, I hope your cat starts feeling better. But I know how hard it is to clean up the carpet after a sick cat. I have two cats (at home at my parent's house) and they get sick a LOT!

So I got some awesome news this afternoon. The Channel 3 news up in Cleveland (ABC's local branch there I believe) is doing this thing called Salute to Service for Christmas. Family and friends of service men & women over in Iraq can tape Christmas greetings for them and Channel 3 will send the tapes over to them. Anyway, there was a very limited number of taping slots and I got a call this afternoon that I got one! The man who called said that I could bring anyone I wanted to with me, such as Aaron's family or some of his other friends. I was thinking maybe I'd try to get on his mother's good side, by inviting her and his sisters to come with me. I know it would mean a lot to him if they came with me. Now the hard part is just getting up the nerve to call and ask her!!

Not really too much else to say. Have a good day everyone!!



Puck - Nov 3, 2005 11:58 am (#1518 of 2980)

I admit, though usually we try to wait until November, we did turn the heat on a couple of weeks back. We would have suffered through, but the house was down to 55 degrees, which seemed too cold for a newborn. I had her in onsie, with a sleeper over that, and leggings and a fleece sweater covering the lot.

My son told his first lie around age five. Told me he had eaten all his fruit, and was ready for dessert. He seemed to have eaten quickly, so I asked if I should look in the trash can and got "NO! DON'T!" I let him know it's wrong to lie, and Mommy will always catch him. He's been truthful since.

I get to go out to dinner with friends tonight, so excited. Natalie is coming too, so they can meet her. (One is driving up from New Jersey.) Daddy is just not ready for 3 kids on his own at bedtime.

Well, I hear a basket of laundry calling me- it's been waiting a couple of days to be folded.

Oh, and just to be a total geek, Almanzo was the youngest of the Wilder Brothers. It must have been Royal who lost the presents.



Madam Pince - Nov 3, 2005 12:13 pm (#1519 of 2980)

Jenn, that's great! What a wonderful holiday gift to send to Aaron! Great opportunity to score major points with "Mom" too, no less.

Azi, congrats on the star! And the great avatar! Is that you?

Puck, have fun with your dinner tonight!

Little Pince has already done that bit with me -- I ask him something like "Did you finish your snack?" And he says "Yes" and then when I say "Great! Let me just go and see your nice clean plate!" and he runs in front of me going "No, no no!!!" Soooooo.... Lina, unfortunately I think he already knows when he's fibbing, he just wasn't exactly sure what it was called! Actually, that was a good learning opportunity -- I turned it into "Now, see, when you told me that, that was a fib, and that was wrong. It's very bad and makes Mommy and Daddy very sad. Don't ever do it again." Sigh.... it's neverending I guess.

Just like hairballs -- also never-ending..... I miss my kitty-cat so much (he died right before Little Pince was born) but the one thing I don't miss is stepping in the hairballs in the dark...

LOL about poor Daisy with the tell-tale tissue stuck to her face! A dog just can't get away with anything these days!

I don't remember the Royal / Almanzo Christmas story -- Farmer Boy was my least favorite of the series and so I re-read it less often. It sounds about like them, though.


Julie Aronson - Nov 3, 2005 1:33 pm (#1520 of 2980)


FYI, Channel 3 is the local NBC affiliate.



Tazzygirl - Nov 3, 2005 1:48 pm (#1521 of 2980)

The series of Little House on the Prairie is waaaaaay different than the books- I am also a die hard fan. Smile The brother that Almanzo showed the christmas presents to was not Royal- it was another brother according to the show. Farmer boy was also my least favorite. Don't have cats or kids- but I am a nanny to a two year old girl and a six month old boy. Neither one has the telling a lie down yet! One can only hope... Smile


haymoni - Nov 3, 2005 1:50 pm (#1522 of 2980)

Jenn - you might want to call his mom and let her think that you did this for HER.

A news station will send a tape to Aaron of his family and friends. I thought of you and thought you might like to do it and YOU WON!!!

The only problem is that she could take the opportunity and not include you, but you could let Aaron know later that it was all your doing!


Denise P. - Nov 3, 2005 2:45 pm (#1523 of 2980)

Madam Pince, that Christmas story was never recounted in either the Little House series of books or in any of the several biographies I have read of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Probably like a good portion of the tv series, it was pure TV. (Mary...married...with a baby??!!! Don't get me started on Albert. And Almanzo called her Bess or Bessie, not Beth...)

I actually liked Farmer Boy and I even have a Little House Cookbook. You know ginger water, that Laura raves about being such a wonderful treat? Blech!!! I have made the snow candy too. Blech!! Part of it is that today, our tastebuds are so used to a load of refined sugar that the coarse sugars used back then don't taste as sweet to us.


Finn BV - Nov 3, 2005 2:50 pm (#1524 of 2980)

Jenn, that's great! What a great present for Aaron!

Azi, congrats on the pretty little star next to your name!

Tazzygirl, I do believe Mills also grew up in Utah unless I'm much mistaken…

Not much to say here, have a good evening, all!


Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 3, 2005 3:25 pm (#1525 of 2980)

Thanks Julie! I couldn't remember which it was and all the channels are different down here in Columbus!

Haymoni, you're probably right about letting Aaron's mom think this is for her. But I'd hate to think she'd take all the credit. But, I wouldn't put it past her! I think I may just have to suck it up and take my chances though! I'd really like to get on her good side!

Well, I'm busy chatting it up in the Chat room, so this is all for now!



The giant squid - Nov 3, 2005 3:29 pm (#1526 of 2980)

azi, congrats on your membership, and condolences on your awful day. Why do some teachers insist on publicly embarrassing their students? If, as you said, you clearly had no idea what the answer was and how to get it, what point is there to have you stand in front of the class other than humiliation? Let someone else who does know do it so you can see how it's done. It's the old "honey vs. vinegar" thing.

Jenn, that's great news, and I think haymoni's on the right track to getting Mom in on it. If she does squeeze you out, though, make sure you smile and be polite, and when you tell Aaron keep it nonchalant and all "it's a good thing". The last thing you want to do is bad mouth his mother to him (even if he does it himself). Guys are touchy about that sort of thing.

As for the lying thing... I swear I never fibbed to my parents. But then, I could be lying now...you never know.



Amilia Smith - Nov 3, 2005 3:53 pm (#1527 of 2980)

Hey, Tazzy! As far as I know, we are the only ones out here. And I've only been here since May. I was so excited to see that there was another forumer in Hawaii!

Congrats on your gold star, Azi.

Great Christmas present, Jenn.

And I have class in 7 minutes, so I will see you all later. :-)



Tazzygirl - Nov 3, 2005 4:03 pm (#1528 of 2980)

Mills- Are you going to the midnight showing of GoF?

Denise P.- I had the same reaction to Mary being married and with a baby as you did. (shaking head). And the way Laura and Almanzo met and got married- talk about way off the books!


Stephanie M. - Nov 3, 2005 4:12 pm (#1529 of 2980)

Wow, we have been very chatty today!

First off, Congrats on the pretty little gold star next to your name Azi! And too bad about your math experience.

Today I spent 2 hours and 20 mins doing math IN SCHOOL! Since I decided to meet with my teacher for extra review, she gave me 2 extra math packets that is due tomorrow for only me!

Jenn, the present for Aaron sounds great!

Sorry about everyone's cats that are/were sick! I don't have a cat or a dog because my dad is allergic, but I would find it a pain to clean up after it! I really want an animal though... I used to have a fish name Henry, and that was the most I could handle. Hey, it was hard cleaning his 12 inch bowl!


Madam Pince - Nov 3, 2005 4:22 pm (#1530 of 2980)

And Almanzo called her Bess or Bessie, not Beth...)

Ooooo! I know! That little error always aggravated me to no end! I mean, what's the difference -- why not do it right? It's like putting Hermione in a pink Yule Ball dress instead of a blue one... grrrrrr...

And the "Mary married with a baby" bit was very far off from reality, but I must say that the episode where the Blind School had the fire made me a soppy mess for days... and I didn't like Albert either, but that fire episode was so heart-wrenching.

OK, so I'm a total sap...


Finn BV - Nov 3, 2005 4:40 pm (#1531 of 2980)

And I've only been here since May. –Mills

Whoa, really? I thought you had been here way before I got here, which was in April! The things you never knew…

Since I decided to meet with my teacher for extra review –Steph

That is, since your math teacher memorized your schedule and tracks you down during every free, you had an extra review session.


Chemyst - Nov 3, 2005 4:53 pm (#1532 of 2980)

focused on distraction – Haley[
Catherine, you need to give that kid an extra hug tonight. She earned it by brightening our day.

If it is not too late to get in on the temperature discussion, I achieved a first-ever victory this past summer. I got to control the air conditioning at 78° and finally had a comfortable summer.

kids up to the age of 5, actually never lie. - hearsay contributed via Lina's husband
I'm betting that was originally said by a four-year-old.

Jenn - you might want to call his mom and let her think that you did this for HER. [...] I thought of you ... and YOU WON!!!" – Haymoni[
Is it safe to assume Haymoni is older than 5? ...or just a bit Slytherin?

Jenn, for my two knuts, you'd be better off telling the truth and telling his mom that you want to share this with her. If this 'ship does turn into a marriage and she ends up as your mother-in-law, and then around some big family dinner some one lets it slip that you had tried to manipulate a situation to alter her feelings about you... well, it could backfire.


I Am Used Vlad - Nov 3, 2005 5:06 pm (#1533 of 2980)

azi, congrats on your membership. It's nice having unlimited posting privileges. I don't post that much, and joined mainly so I could have an avatar, but that is another story.

I used to watch Little House, but can't specifically recall anything that happened on the show.

Finn, I thought you were a vegetarian. That turkey should be safe.

Edit: I agree with Chemyst. Honesty is usually the best policy. There are a few exceptions that are commonly known as politeness.


Julie Aronson - Nov 3, 2005 5:19 pm (#1534 of 2980)


I keep my AC at 78F in the summer, too. I like it there! Also, I agree with your advice to Jenn. Honesty is best, but there's nothing wrong with an advantageous presentation...



Finn BV - Nov 3, 2005 6:03 pm (#1535 of 2980)

LOL, Vlad, I am a vegetarian, 10 long years running, so I have changed my second line of info.


Amilia Smith - Nov 3, 2005 7:00 pm (#1536 of 2980)

Mills- Are you going to the midnight showing of GoF? –Tazzy

Well . . . and I know I may have to give up my membership for saying this out loud . . . but right now I am kind of leaning more towards a Friday matinee. Cheaper and I will actually be coherent. However, if I had someone to go with . . . (How's that for shameless hinting? I just hate going to movies on my own. There doesn't seem to be anything more pathetic.)

Whoa, really? I thought you had been here way before I got here, which was in April! –Finn

Sorry for the confusion. I have been here in Hawaii since May, but here on the forum since July last year. I got into the internet fandom thing during the build up to POAm.

I don't post that much, and joined mainly so I could have an avatar . . . –Vlad

Same here.



Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 3, 2005 7:58 pm (#1537 of 2980)

Chemyst, Vlad, and Julie, thanks for the advice. I wasn't really thinking I'd let her take the credit or even think this was all about her, but just that I would invite her and his sisters to join me in wishing him Happy Holidays for the sole reason that it would mean the world to him! (I would die if she knew I also wanted her to like me more, but I am being truthful if I tell her it's for Aaron. As it is!!)

Azi, congrats on your star! Isn't it great to post as much as you want every day without a limit?

So, I was really excited today, because I was watching TV and I saw 3 commercials for GoF! I was so happy!!

I just got back from giving blood and I'm still feeling a little weak. I have given blood five or six times before this and never had any problems, but today I passed out right after I finished giving. It was kind of scary! I feel better now that I've had something to eat and laid down for a bit though!

I hope everyone has a great night!



Marie E. - Nov 3, 2005 8:01 pm (#1538 of 2980)

I had a massive panic moment today. A friend at work told me that some of the opening night shows of Goblet of Fire were already sold out. I raced into the office after work and conferred with my fellow HP-obessive friend Nikki. She talked me into going to the midnight showing and then booking IMAX tickets for Sunday the 20th. Mr. E will watch Lexie. She still can't make it through Babe without bawling. I don't think she can see Cedric die.

My cat Samantha always threw up on the carpet. She would actually walk herself from the kitchen linoleum to the carpet.

I think I have kids in my class who are "focused on distraction". At least one for sure.


Finn BV - Nov 3, 2005 8:21 pm (#1539 of 2980)

Ah ha! Sorry, Mills. I was going to say…

Nighty night everyone! I'm going to a local high school production of Noises Off tomorrow; I'm interested to see how teenagers will pull it off. For those of you who haven't seen it, it is a play othat is centered upon timing. It should be pretty cool.


Marie E. - Nov 3, 2005 8:23 pm (#1540 of 2980)

I saw the movie version of Noises Off. I would love to see the theater version sometime. It was hilarious.


Elanor - Nov 3, 2005 10:34 pm (#1541 of 2980)

It is 6.30 am here and I pop in to say hello before I go! It is going to be a very looooooooonnnnnnngggggg day since I have to be at school at 7.30, work till 4.30 pm, grade exercices and notebooks afterwards and then attend the school council at 6 pm, which means that (with luck) I should be back home by 8.30... So I really needed my "dose" of forum before going this morning!

Kids lie? Really? Nah... I've experienced a lot of strategies with them and finally found out that the "a la McGonagall" glance added to a "I know this is a lie, don't make things worse for yourself" usually works till they're 7 or 8. But don't worry, if one of them is ever found on the school roof, I'll know it was emotional magic... (Funny no kid ever thought of saying that till now BTW, you know "I don't know what happened, it must have been emotional magic").

I loved watching "Little house" when I was a kid! I cried, and cried and cried the day Mary became blind. It was great!

Congratulations Azi and Jenn!

Have a great night/day everyone!


Tazzygirl - Nov 3, 2005 11:54 pm (#1542 of 2980)

Mills wrote- "However, if I had someone to go with . . . (How's that for shameless hinting? I just hate going to movies on my own. There doesn't seem to be anything more pathetic.)"

If I am interpreting this correctly- Mills- would you like to go to the opening? I have one friend that is already going with me- all the other fanatics are out of town... You are more than welcome to come!!! The more the merrier!!! I know the feeling about going to movies by yourself- I never go unless someone is with me! I have class that night until 7, and as soon as the class ends I am going straight to the theater to get tickets (pathetic, I know! I just really want to go to the first showing!)


CatherineHermiona - Nov 4, 2005 6:17 am (#1543 of 2980) Reply
Edited by Marie E. Nov 4, 2005 5:19 am

There are three girls in my class: Aleksandra (Alexssandra), Nikolina and Matea. That are three "popular" girls in my class. They always stick together. They aren't really so bad in private life, and only two of them talk big, and only in school. One of them really acts "popular", second one sometimes just goes on nervous, but the third one seems like she doesn't belong there. She is kind, she cares about others. She is the only person I can never reject to help on exams. Because, as my (let me count) fifth homeroom teacher says: "You can get anything if you know how to ask." She knows how to ask and she always says: "Don't you dare to say me the answer before you wrote yours." So sweet of her. There is only one more person who can do the same to me.

Congrats Azi! I would like to have premium membership. I ran out of posts twice and I would like to have an avatar. My mum has hers because someone paid hers.

As you see, I changed my color. Kate

Edit: I just changed a little spelling error, Kate. Marie E.


kaykay1970 - Nov 4, 2005 6:35 am (#1544 of 2980)

I am so mad. Some people can be so stupid. Someone had the nerve to ask my sister if she really planned to put her daughter through another heart surgery. What does she think the alternative is anyway? Let her veins continue to dump blue blood into her heart until it completely over works itself? She thought that because my niece "feels ok" that the surgery is unnecessary. She acted as though my sister is actually being cruel to her child.


The giant squid - Nov 4, 2005 7:00 am (#1545 of 2980)

kaykay, I've found that the best way to deal with that sort of person is to smile sweetly and walk away. They've already decided what is "right" and no amount of evidence to the contrary will convince them otherwise.

Frankly, I think that anyone who makes a habit out of sharing their opinions on things when they don't have all the relevant facts should be slapped. Hard. With a brick.

But that's just me...Miss Manners would likely disagree.



Denise P. - Nov 4, 2005 7:26 am (#1546 of 2980)

kaykay, people just don't think. When Devin was going through his transplant, Ryan was actually happy to donate bone marrow (and two others cried when they didn't match and could not do it...weirdos). I had someone ask me what I would have done if Ryan had not been willing to do it on his own. I am sure I looked at them like they were not using their brain. "He had no choice, we would have forced him." Hmmm, let's think. Let a 7 year old decide to not have surgery so he can exercise his free will but gee, sorry, the 5 year old has to die now. Some "options" really are not options and you do what you have to do.

Today is showing me why I prefer to not go walking with others. Last night, a friend said she would like to come along when I go out for my morning walk today. I said sure and suggested 9. She said she would like to go earlier, I said anytime after 8 is good. She said she would call me after the bus left. It is now 8:30, I have been ready for 30 minutes and no call yet. **:sigh****


Finn BV - Nov 4, 2005 7:38 am (#1547 of 2980)

Yes, Marie, I saw the movie version too. I'm looking forward to it.

kaykay, there are some people who just are inconsiderate, but others who don't realize the negative meaning of what they're saying. It's too bad that this person doesn't understand the impact of what they're saying, as I understood it. I'd let it be and have them think it off themselves.


Puck - Nov 4, 2005 8:04 am (#1548 of 2980)

Kaykay, I understand. I worked with a woman who thought that just about any health problem could be solved naturally without medical intervention. She commented that she didn't know what she would have done in my situation, as if it was wrong to get a pacemaker. I simply told her "You accept medical intervention, or you die. That simple." Another time she balked at my saying I was ready for a second child. She thought it was horrible that I would take the chance, after Parker getting the heart condition. (He's not limited in any way, simply takes a pill.) Of course, I had to take her with a grain of salt, as this was the same woman who said the reason she spent her money so unwisely was because the toilet was in the money corner of her house, causing her to "flush" it away.

Ask the vet about milk of magnesia or Pepto for the cat. A friend was told to do this for her cat and it put an end to years of excessive vomiting.

Never thought of going to see GoF by myself. I just may have to do that and let Daddy try juggling 3 kids for an afternoon! (When you're Mom, going anywhere alone is wonderful, even the movies!)



haymoni - Nov 4, 2005 8:39 am (#1549 of 2980)

kaykay, I'm sure that woman is just concerned that your daughter has had to go through so much at such a young age. It isn't right, it isn't fair and it sucks that she needs to have another surgery - does she really need it???? The woman was probably hopeful that it really wasn't that necessary or that it was something that could be put off until she was older.

But even the most well-intentioned folks can be bone-heads!

I agree with Mike, smile sweetly and hit 'em with a brick!


Chemyst - Nov 4, 2005 12:25 pm (#1550 of 2980)

I had to take her with a grain of salt, as this was the same woman who said the reason she spent her money so unwisely was because the toilet was in the money corner of her house, causing her to "flush" it away. – Puck

Isn't she just a little Human Dynamo of Geopathic Stress! ...but she may have a point about the "flushing." For a philosophy/lifestyle that claims to be as simple and down-to-earth as feng shui does, they have a lot of expensive high-tech ways to take one's money.
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Good Evans - Nov 4, 2005 12:56 pm (#1551 of 2980)

Kaykay, definitley feeling for you and your sister. Some people have no idea when to keep their opinions to themselves!!!

Ok - I have changed my Avatar - and yes I know it’s a bit early - but so what!!! I can start getting excited about christmas can't I?

I have finished writing the christmas quiz for work this week. its 100 type of "7wotw = 7 wonders of the world" type quiz, so if anyone wants a copy let me know! But you have to promise not to sell it to anyone who works for me - or I'll have an expensive time with the prizes!!!

We had our Halloween party on monday night - and for those that asked I will post here the picture of me in my witches outfit (normal dress - yes thanks I know) once I work out how to do it!! And as I have said in the chatroom, it was the lady that told me that I made a very good witch that I havent been able to forget - just what did she mean!!!!!

anyhow - take care, belated happy halloween and all saints day and any birthdays I may have missed. Oh well done Finn on the Xcountry medals - yay you!!!

Julie X


Loopy Lupin - Nov 4, 2005 1:39 pm (#1552 of 2980)

LOL, Vlad, I am a vegetarian, 10 long years running, so I have changed my second line of info.—Finn

Does this mean you decided to be a vegetarian at age 3? Or are your parents vegetarians and you sort of had no choice?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 4, 2005 3:39 pm (#1553 of 2980)

If it is not too late to get in on the temperature discussion, I achieved a first-ever victory this past summer. I got to control the air conditioning at 78° and finally had a comfortable summer.---Chemyst

When our AC was installed, the man said not to set it below 70 degrees (I totally spaced the whole degree thingy discussion--forgive me) or it could freeze the pipes. It never saw above 68 the entire summer and the pipes survived. Silly man.

As for the vegetarian discussion, I'll quote my friend (who very well may have been quoting someone else), "If God wanted us to be vegetarians, why did he make animals out of meat?"


The giant squid - Nov 4, 2005 3:57 pm (#1554 of 2980)

Lupin is Lupin, your AC guy was full of...hooey (edited for content). Unless you live above the Arctic Circle 68 deg will not freeze your pipes... You'd have to be running it at 40 deg in 100+ deg weather for that kind of thing to happen, unless he used really shoddy equipment.

Now, if you keep it between 70 deg and 78 deg you'll save a lot more money over the summer but that's a whole other thing.

edited because I apparently don't remember how to do the degree thing either


Catherine - Nov 4, 2005 5:52 pm (#1555 of 2980)

I actually liked Farmer Boy and I even have a Little House Cookbook. --Denise P.

I liked that book as well. I remember pitying Almanzo that he had Eliza Jane as a sister, but I also remember how she covered up the "black mark on the wallpaper incident." Perhaps she was not so awful after all.

I've reread that series as an adult, and part of me just wants to advise Pa to find a job that doesn't require moving all over the country every few minutes. Guess I would have made a bad pioneer.

I also disliked that Laura and Almanzo did not have a festive wedding just because of Eliza Jane and his mother's sensibilities, and I still dislike reading that part of Our Happy Golden Years.

I did enjoy the "over the top" villainess that was Nellie Olsen in the TV series, though.


Tazzygirl - Nov 4, 2005 6:44 pm (#1556 of 2980)

I did enjoy the "over the top" villainess that was Nellie Olsen in the TV series, though- Catherine

I have to say I didn't really like Alison Angrahm (sp?) as Nellie in the series. She was a bit annoying... but then again, I didn't like the Nellie in the books either...

I've reread that series as an adult, and part of me just wants to advise Pa to find a job that doesn't require moving all over the country every few minutes. Guess I would have made a bad pioneer. –Catherine

I thought Pa moved the family around a lot (in the books) because he didn't like living in populated areas- that was the reason they moved from the 'Big Woods'. Michael Landon (I think) turned Pa into a person that liked living in towns and being around many different people. I could be wrong though.


Finn BV - Nov 4, 2005 8:04 pm (#1557 of 2980)

Does this mean you decided to be a vegetarian at age 3? Or are your parents vegetarians and you sort of had no choice? –Loopy

Well, yes and no. I was still 2 (summer I was turning 3). I decided I didn't like the taste anymore of meat, so I quit. It was later that I changed my reasons from taste to moral. My parents are not vegetarians.

Noises Off was pretty good tonight, done by an amateur crowd. It was really long though, about 2 and a half hours! The set changes took forever, as those who have seen it know, the second act requires the set to be completely flipped, and the third needs it to be reversed back to the original state! The kids were great; they really got into their roles. If you haven't seen it, you will laugh your head off. I saw it once when I was 5 or 6, and I'm still laughing. It is truly great.

Good night, everyone!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 5, 2005 3:34 am (#1558 of 2980)

Hi all! Sorry I haven't been on this planet for a good long time now but my unlivable house and order to vacate within 60 days, promised trailer from FEMA still a pipe dream... yeah, I been AWOL.

But, I talked to landlord of 15 years today and I DON'T have to VACATE! I think I dropped 50 years off my life with that news!

Kate? "She is the only person I can never reject to help on exams."

I know this is going to sound crass, insensitive, rude, etc before I ever say it, but I have to ask a smart young lady such as you are...

What part of “helping anyone, for whatever reason on exams is still cheating" do you not understand? That you are doing that person a disservice by giving them the easy way out instead of helping them to study and learn for themselves?

Sorry Kip and hosts, ban me if necessary, but I could not in good conscience let a statement such as Kate's slide. This forum is family, and I'd ask my daughters the same question.

...toddles off somewhere, somehow...


Lina - Nov 5, 2005 5:01 am (#1559 of 2980)

TBE, it's so great to see you again! And with so wonderful news that you don't have to leave your house! It calls for a celebration!

I can't imagine that the hosts would ban you for the advice given to Kate. It just happens that she seems to like to turn on this kind of discussions on this thread, she has even done worse... Now, the fact is that I used to be in a similar situations when I was at school and I can say that it is really hard, when you are asked to give the right answer, to say no. The teachers keep telling us (parents) that it is not their job to raise our kids and that only parents can teach the kids what is right and what is wrong. Now, I happen to disagree with that opinion, but if it is not teachers' job to teach right from wrong, it is even less a teenage friend's job to do that. Then, I have met some teachers who think that no cheating can help a kid who has no clue on the subject and that this kind of "helping" makes no difference. Although, an interesting story comes to my mind... My aunt came one day to school without he Latin homework and copied it from her friend. The teacher saw her copying and called both of them to show their homeworks. It turned out that my aunt's homework didn't have any of mistakes that her friend's homework had, and a teacher had a big problem...


CatherineHermiona - Nov 5, 2005 6:16 am (#1560 of 2980)

TBE, I do help them. And when they come to me, I see how much they know. And then I ask: "Wouldn't it be much easier to pay attention on class then coming all the way over here (I live pretty away from others)!?". But it doesn't help. And I can't be the right person to tell them that, I'm the same way. And sometimes when they come, we study, and study, and study, but it doesn't help. Then becomes too late and they have to go home. So it can't be either mine or their fault. BTW, glad you managed to keep the house and great to 'see' you around again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Catherine - Nov 5, 2005 6:17 am (#1561 of 2980)

I thought Pa moved the family around a lot (in the books) because he didn't like living in populated areas- that was the reason they moved from the 'Big Woods'. –Tazzygirl

I know. I was making a funny and it looks like my little joke went awry. Sorry for any confusion.

Lina, I can see how frustrating it is when parents and teachers don't agree on their responsibilities. I remember teaching high school years ago, and I called a parent about the rude language and disrepectful, disruptive behavior her son exhibited. She said, "It's not my job to teach him manners; that's your job. Besides, I work, and I don't have time." EEK!

I think it is definitely the teacher's job to enforce academic honesty in her class. I believe that students won't engage in dishonest acts if they believe that the teacher takes such behavior seriously, and is vigilant, and will enforce consequences.

Mr. Catherine has a brilliant system for deterring cheating in his college class. He gives out two copies of the exam. It is very amusing to grade these exams and see the answer copied verbatim from a question three on the first test which has NOTHING to do with question three on the other test. It's self-punishing behavior, and it penalizes those who sneak peeks onto someone else's test. It also gives Mr. Catherine the evidence he needs to prove that someone did cheat, especially if the "other" answers are on multiple questions.

Off to work "Black Dog Day" for the Humane Society. Wish us luck in our fundraiser/adoption event.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 5, 2005 6:19 am (#1562 of 2980)

Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking

Choices...doing what's right, or what's easy?



Puck - Nov 5, 2005 7:56 am (#1563 of 2980)

Not much to say. beautiful day here, so will toss the kids out soon. They've been watching Saturday cartoon's and eating Halloween candy this morning. Baby falling asleep laying on my lap. She was pretty restless last night. Not crying, just not sleeping very peacefully. Likely needs a bit more rest, sweet little thing.



TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 5, 2005 9:08 am (#1564 of 2980)

Kate - "Then becomes too late and they have to go home. So it can't be either mine or their fault."

...Pam puts on her half moon glasses and in her Dumbledorish way says...

Yes, and no. Yes things happen that you and your friends can not control. But there are also things you can control.

Please don't get me wrong and I am not trying to pick on you, just trying to show you another way of seeing things.

Who is responsible for what you do, think, feel, or learn? And who is responsible for what your friend thinks, feels, or learns?

Trying to come up with example... ok, you and your best friend both took say, a first aid class. Friend passed exams because of your help, just for the grade, but friend never really learned and retained the material. Say you and your friend were hiking, you get hurt, can't talk, maybe knocked out, but you were in danger of bleeding to death. When the REAL test comes up, do you think your friend will be able to help you?

At some time you will not always be able to help your friend, at some point they will have to learn to stand on their own, like a momma bird pushing baby out of nest to learn to fly.

Do you understand what I am trying to say? If I didn't care I wouldn't have to do all this typing :-)


CatherineHermiona - Nov 5, 2005 12:00 pm (#1565 of 2980)

Listen, TBE, I understand, I do. It's only that I............... Well, I do really help them. I teach them. It's only I sometimes lose patience. And I just say: "As they are going to need when Karlo III. was born or whatever." I mean, they certainly don't want to be teachers. But what you are talking about, I would teach them main things, that they really need in life.

I'm now in the chat room. Kate


Tazzygirl - Nov 5, 2005 12:28 pm (#1566 of 2980)

Catherine- Sorry I misunderstood your funny thing about Pa! It's hard on here to distinguish the funny from the serious on here sometimes! (I'll get better, I promise!) :bashful:


Elanor - Nov 5, 2005 12:39 pm (#1567 of 2980)

I just pop in to say how happy I am to 'see' you again here TBE and to hear about your house!

Catherine, I love your husband's method for "enforcing academic honesty in his class". As a teacher, I'm doing the "don't give the answers to your friend because it won't help him in the end" speech at least twice a week (with variants from time to time as "and don't threaten your neighbour so that he gives you the answers" or "next time, be kind enough to put your two names on both papers so that I won't waste my time marking the same thing twice", etc, etc...). I hope that, if I start when they're 6 or 7, it will pay off eventually!

Have a great day/night everybody!


Good Evans - Nov 5, 2005 12:48 pm (#1568 of 2980)

TBE - great to see you back - pleased that the house situation is settling down, hopefully we will see more of you again on the lex!

having diffciulty with the witch picture - a bit of a techno pygmy, if I sort it out I will post it !

happy Guy Fawkes night everyone in UK - stay safe!!

Julie X


Tazzygirl - Nov 5, 2005 12:49 pm (#1569 of 2980)

I 'helped' a friend once on an exam- it was just one question, and at the time I thought it was harmless (what was I thinking???) and my teacher instantly swooped down and we both had our tests taken away. That was the last time I ever did that! (I think I was in grade school). When we were just working on homework and stuff I helped my friends and they helped me though...


Lina - Nov 5, 2005 1:34 pm (#1570 of 2980)

Catherine, I can see your frustration as a teacher as well. There are some parents that, well, all I can do is shudder thinking of them. (*shudders again*) Actually, I don't expect anybody to raise my children for me, it is just that I know that not all parents care about how their kids behave and there I expect the school to protect my children. I could talk mountains about this subject, but this is probably not he right place.

TBE, I appreciate very much your concern and must say that I agree with you. All I can add to the discussion is that I would never go hiking with "friends" who never do the effort to learn their own knowledge.

Elanor: "don't give the answers to your friend because it won't help him in the end"
Does it rhyme in the French too?

Well, yes, "helping" in the exams, could not really be called help, although a little hint could sometimes help the person to remember what they actually know. Helping with homework is help, but doing the homework for someone else, that is not help at all. Yet, it is a person who asks that should feel it wrong.


I Am Used Vlad - Nov 5, 2005 2:24 pm (#1571 of 2980)

Welcome back, TBE. I hope things work out so you have a lot more time to spend on the forum soon.


azi - Nov 5, 2005 2:32 pm (#1572 of 2980)

Welcome back TBE!!! I hope everything is turning out ok now.

I would never help a person on an exam. If they haven't bothered to learn it, it's their fault. However, if someone was struggling to understand something (such as me with maths) then I would certainly try to explain it to them (such as my friends with Maths A-level who I am extremely grateful for).

Thanks for the congrats. everyone. I don't usually post much, but now I'm less careful about counting. I also missed having an avatar.

Happy Bonfire Night! I've been into York and seen the Minster lit up again, stood on the riverside to see some wonderful fireworks and then watched a nice bonfire burn down for a while! A lovely day!


Finn BV - Nov 5, 2005 3:34 pm (#1573 of 2980)

Welcome back TBE! Hope all new developments about your house are good.


Ydnam96 - Nov 5, 2005 3:56 pm (#1574 of 2980)

Good to hear from you TBE. Glad to hear you don't have to move out. That would just add insult to injury!

Off to walk to the store. I gotta burn some calories.


Marie E. - Nov 5, 2005 7:15 pm (#1575 of 2980)

Sort of on topic, there was a new report tonight about internet sites that sell essays and reports. I had to chuckle a little.

Well, we're sick again at the E. house. We're thinking about just moving Lexie and I into a giant plastic bubble. It started Thursday night when Shayla put herself to bed at 6:30, which scared me. She said she had a headache so I gave her some Tylenol and water in case she was dehydrated (happens a lot here). She woke up 8:30, ate dinner, and was fine the next day. I woke up Friday with a horrible stomach ache and spent the whole day feeling like I'd be sick. I wanted to call in sick to work but I already knew we were short two staff. I have this silly commitment to work thing. By 3:00 I was practically asleep and then Lexie saved the day by throwing up. I'm really sorry she got sick too, but we both got to go home. Poor baby was sick a few more times at home and I went to bed and slept from 6pm to 6am. I'm better today but she's barely eaten and has been sleeping for the past five hours. I've checked on her a few times to make sure she's not feverish or dead.

Now that the new movie is coming soon all the older kids at the daycare are pumping me for plot info. Most of them haven't read the books. I'm not letting anything out. For some reason a lot of them think Hermione dies, which I don't understand. I ordered a GoF poster book from a Scholastic book order and had to wrestle it away from the kids.

We had a freak snowstorm this morning which almost ruined the Veteran's Day parade. The clouds broke right before the parade started. It's supposed to be in the 60's for the next four or five days, very warm for this time of year. I'll take it!


Chemyst - Nov 5, 2005 7:42 pm (#1576 of 2980)

The story of Mr. Catherine ( and why does that sound OK but Professor Catherine sounds wrong? ) reminded me of an earth science professor I had (and for whom I am just now making this connection, but he did look a lot like Alan Rickman +25 lbs.). Anyway, one of the fraternities had purloined a copy of the mid-term. Ah, but the professor was no procrastinator and had already begun grading the first class's tests before the second class was scheduled to take the test that afternoon, and so, discovered what had happened. So the professor had made a new test over lunch but kept the form similar. Apparently some of the frat guys in the second class still answered the questions for the first one. How dumb is that?

We had gorgeous weather today and I spent a good four hours out in it working on a retaining wall along the creek bank. We had so much rain the first part of the summer that erosion had been especially bad this year. We can't, and wouldn't want to, wall in the entire creek, but there are a couple of trees whose roots were being undercut that are worth trying to save. With all the leaves turning golden now, it wasn't hard to imagine our stream as a tributary to the Silverlode in Lothlorien. If the weather continues this spectacular tomorrow, I will have to lie in the hammock and review GF as prep for the movie release.

there was a new report tonight about internet sites that sell essays and reports. I had to chuckle a little. –Marie
You know, I always thought it might be fun to supplement the income by writing essays and then letting others fret about the grade I mean, you'd get paid for doing the fun research & writing part and let your client take the fall if it didn't work, but, that wouldn't be right...


Tazzygirl - Nov 5, 2005 8:16 pm (#1577 of 2980)

I mean, you'd get paid for doing the fun research and writing part and let your client take the fall if it didn't work, but, that wouldn't be right...- Chemyst

Think of all those poor little students who worked hours to find the perfect ready- made essay, and just when they are so proud of their 'work', the teacher hands it back with a big red 'D' (or lower!). I can just see their faces now, upset because they just knew they would get an 'A'. heeheehee ... do you think there are people out there who actually do that? I would have to say I would not feel the slightest bit sorry for the student!!


Eponine - Nov 5, 2005 9:31 pm (#1578 of 2980)

I discovered tonight that you can buy Shakespeare papers on eBay. Does that go against their policies?

I mean, you'd get paid for doing the fun research & writing part and let your client take the fall if it didn't work, but, that wouldn't be right...

That would be fun. Especially since they probably wouldn't read it you could make all sorts of outlandish claims like Shakespeare wrote about cyborgs and Jane Austen wrote westerns.

Today at work, I was helping someone with the microfilm reader (first time for me) and somehow ended up with half the roll of microfilm in a large pile on the floor. I couldn't get the machine to stop spinning the microfilm off the roll so I had to yank it off as it was spinning. It was quite amusing. Thankfully, I didn't ruin it.

I hope everyone is having a great day.


Amilia Smith - Nov 5, 2005 11:24 pm (#1579 of 2980)

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! I have internet! Did you hear that? I am writing to you from my very own room. No more sneaking minutes here and there on the library computers! I can come on in the middle of the night; on weekends; in my pajamas! I can go in the chat room! Use Messenger! Yes, yes, I know . . . I've been here for almost 6 months, and am just now getting internet. "Hi, my name is Mills, and I am a procrastinator." But at least I have it now.

Very glad to hear you don't have to move after all, TBE. How horrendous are the repairs going to be?

I'm a little confused, Kate. Are you just helping your friends with their homework, or are you feeding them answers on tests? I don't see anything wrong with helping them study before hand. But once the test has been handed out, I agree with everyone else. You have to practice tough love and let you friends take what they can get on their own. I feel your pain though, as I am also "a girl who can't say no." And your mother's right. It is not fair that you should feel guilty for helping them instead of them feeling guilty for asking. However, since you are the only one you can control . . .

Tazzy, are you sure you wouldn't mind if I horned in on your group for GoF? I feel really tacky inviting myself like this. But I really hate going to movies alone. Especially this one, where I have built myself up to much.

Speaking of movies, some of you may or may not remember my story about the local film crew coming to my Deli. Well, I thought the film was only going to be released in Utah, but guess what? It opened this weekend in Pearl City! So I may get to go see my Deli before Christmas after all. :-)

Happy Bonfire Night!



dizzy lizzy - Nov 5, 2005 11:39 pm (#1580 of 2980)

Hey Amilia that's great news on the internet connection. I have to admit it is good to be able to use the net whenever you feel like it.

I went thru a rough patch in October (kinda like - Huh? where did October go???) and I couldn't sleep very well. I normally sleep 8-9 hours a night but for most of October it was 3-4 hours per night - pure torture .

Believe me it was great to be able to catch up all the changes to the lexicon and I cleaned out two fan-fiction sites of all their completed works that I was interested in reading (not including the HPL Fan-fiction forum which I completely forgot about in terms of reading fan-fic! ). All while I was in my Jammies. I do not want to see my internet usage stats for October .

Now that I am over my rough patch, I am finally catching on other things like email and posting in forums . Next week is another busy week for me and then I will have the rest of November off. This is not good money wise, but after October, I think I could use some more downtime.

Have a great weekend everyone!



Tazzygirl - Nov 6, 2005 1:00 am (#1581 of 2980)

Tazzy, are you sure you wouldn't mind in I horned in on your group for GoF? I feel really tacky inviting myself like this. But I really hate going to movies alone. Especially this one, where I have built myself up to much.—Mills

I really don't mind if you come! In fact, I insist that you come! I wanted to ask you before, but as I was new I didn't know if you would want to or not. It is not a big group going- it is just me and my friend, Scott. You can't possibly go to the premiere of GoF by yourself!!! (it's just not done... ) and it will be great to have another big fan of HP (Scott doesn't get as excited as I do about such things ) What most likely is going to happen is we will meet at Ward at around 7:30 pm (my class gets out at 7), and then kill the four hours waiting at Buca de Beppo's, getting something to eat. I just checked online, and I am going to go ahead and get three tickets (just so then we are guaranteed a spot in the theater!) So you have to come, no matter what! Let me know if that works for you. Feel free to email me, or I could stop by Hamilton Library (I am on campus Wednesdays and Thursdays).


Lina - Nov 6, 2005 2:00 am (#1582 of 2980)

Tazzygirl: Think of all those poor little students who worked hours to find the perfect ready- made essay, ...
LOL, indeed, that's a very hard work and many hours that could have been spent other ways...

Marie, I hope you and your girls will be feeling well soon.

Lizzy, I'm glad you will finally get some rest.


The giant squid - Nov 6, 2005 3:44 am (#1583 of 2980)

I'm a little confused, Kate. Are you just helping your friends with their homework, or are you feeding them answers on tests?—Mills

After Kate's last post, I was wondering the same thing. if we're just talking about homework, then I think the group's been a little harsh on the poor girl. Her friends still should be learning the stuff themselves instead of letting Kate do the thinking for them, but tutoring is perfectly acceptable. Here in the states (and, I think, in the UK as well) "exam" refers to the actual tests. You know, "Put your books away and pick up your #2 pencil. You have 1 hour to complete this..."

Marie, is it "sick" time already? Have you had your annual bout of bronchitis yet? I'm a little under the weather myself, having come down with a severe case of ennui It's not that I don't want to go to work, I just don't want to go anywhere. My ultimate goal in life is to do absolutely nothing and get paid obscenely well to do it!



Amilia Smith - Nov 6, 2005 3:50 am (#1584 of 2980)

That sounds wonderful, Tazzy! I have class till 7 on Thursdays too, so that would work perfectly. I'm looking forward to meeting you in person! :-)



Chemyst - Nov 6, 2005 5:50 am (#1585 of 2980)

I'm a little confused, Kate. Are you just helping your friends with their homework, or are you feeding them answers on tests?--Mills [...
...] After Kate's last post, I was wondering the same thing... Mike

I think Kate meant both. Her English is very clear. She starts out helping her friends study (which is good) but then as they run short on time, they ask her to finish their homework for them, (probably appealing to her pride in being a good student,) and she often gives in and does it. (A truly good friend would not abuse the friendship by getting the other person to do their work for them.) Sometimes her friends get grades on homework she has done or had partially done for them; so when they get grades for her work, that is also cheating, even if it is not a test or exam. She has also given them test answers sometimes, (which is definitely cheating.) So she needs to either learn how to say 'no' to her friends' requests to do their homework for them, or find some better friends that don't ask her to cheat.

Have I got that right, Kate?
And then there had been a separate but related question about plagiarism; I think if you translate someone else's work, you should still put in a footnote that you used their idea, but then add "Translated by Kate" in the footnote so you get full credit for that.


CatherineHermiona - Nov 6, 2005 7:10 am (#1586 of 2980)

You got that right, Chemyst. And I really should start to practice word 'no', you are right. But, as Amilia, I sometimes 'can't say no'. And if that doesn't work, new friends. But there are pupils I wouldn't help on exam even if my life depends on it. There is pupil in my class that just comes and tells me: "Give me the answer!" or "Give me your homework!". Then I can without thinking say: "In your dreams!". But when they say magic word 'please'........

And on plagiarism thing, when I translate it, it's pretty much my work.

I'm in the chat room now. Kate
no, no, no, no, no, no, no,................


Catherine - Nov 6, 2005 7:38 am (#1587 of 2980)

LOL about "Professor Catherine," Chemyst, and about the frat guys who were so clueless that they wrote the answers from the wrong test.

Mr. Catherine is always amazed when someone does this. He gets an almost fiendish enjoyment when he passes back the first test and says, "We'll go over version A of the test first." What's great is that even if the alleged copying was only on a few questions, (and harder to prove) they lose points anyway. Mr. Catherine also appreciates that the students cannot try to weasel partial credit (which he gives on longer problems) without drawing attention to the fact that their answer is from the other version of the test and has absolutely nothing to do with the question at hand.

** sends bubble-head charms to the Marie E. family to stop the spread of germs ** Stay well!


Solitaire - Nov 6, 2005 9:09 am (#1588 of 2980)

I just wanted to post and tell those of you who know him that I've been in touch with MickeyCee. His name came up in a search I did for something last week, at which point I realized I had not seen him around for a while. A further search showed me he had not posted since before HBP. I remembered that he lived in Louisiana, so I crossed my fingers and emailed him.

I have since heard from him a couple of times. The condensed version of things: Although Katrina missed their home, a tornado that spawned inside Rita completely wiped out their neighborhood and destroyed their home. The only things they were able to save were his computer and a dining room set. He told me that he and his wife have relocated to Houston and are seeking new jobs and looking for a new home.

Mickey said he is not up to posting just yet, but he is trying to keep up with the forum. I am sure he probably checks this thread, and I thought there might be some others who want to post greetings.

Hang in there, Mickey! We're pulling for you, TBE, and all of the other "Forum-ers" who've been hit. You're in our prayers!



Madam Pince - Nov 6, 2005 9:25 am (#1589 of 2980)

Welcome back, TBE! So glad to hear the good news about your house, and I hope that you can soon get things more settled! It's so awful to contemplate -- a storm can only take hours to ruin people's lives, and it can take months and months or even longer to fix... arrrrgh. Anyway, sending out good thoughts your way!

And the same good thoughts go out to Mickey Cee! Thanks for that research, Solitaire!

Marie, sorry to hear about the "sickies" already! Ugh, what a yucky way to spend a weekend. Hope everyone's well soon!

She said, "It's not my job to teach him manners; that's your job. Besides, I work, and I don't have time." --parent in Catherine's class.

That just totally floors me! I cannot imagine what I would say to a parent who said that to me, but I'm sure it probably would have ended up in my being fired. What in the world did you do? I mean, someone chooses to be a parent but then "doesn't have time" to teach them manners???? Wonder where the kid learned his rude behavior? Oh that's right -- that didn't take any extra time to teach, did it?

My ultimate goal in life is to do absolutely nothing and get paid obscenely well to do it! --Squid Mike.....  

Mike, I am laughing so hard! I was once on a panel of people interviewing someone for a job, and that's actually what he told us when we asked him what he could see himself doing in the position five years from now if we hired him! And he was dead serious -- he wasn't even trying to just lighten the mood of the interview or something! We all just sat there and looked at him -- none of us knew what to say! After we politely told him "not to call us, we'd call him," I wanted so badly to run after him, grab him in the hall, shake him, and tell him to wake up and learn some interview skills! He was probably one of the fraternity boys who copied on his exams!

I'm not going to step in on the "helping / cheating" debate too much here -- I agree with what seems to be the general consensus: helping or tutoring shows great friendship and support and is to be encouraged; doing work for someone or giving answers during a test is absolutely not cool. Another similar real-life example is one that is going on in our community now -- the local fire departments are being pressured to "lower" the physical requirements for being a firefighter so that less-physically-strong applicants can be given jobs. For example, if "normally" the firefighter must be able to lift and carry 125 pounds, there are people who think that's just "too much" and it's "not fair" to those who aren't able to carry that. All I can say is, if I'm unconscious in a burning house and the firefighter who comes in to save me is unable to lift me, then I'm going to be pretty bummed out! Now if that fire dept. employee is being interviewed to be a dispatcher or whatever -- fine. But the powers-that-be are seriously considering reducing the physical requirements for the firefighter jobs that actually require physical ability. Arrrrrgh.... don't get me started. I'm all for equality -- just be sure that you can actually DO the job! Every job has different requirements -- find one that fits your abilities rather than adjusting the job requirements to fit your ability, particularly if it's a "life or death" kind of job! It's not a discrimination thing, it's a practical thing! OK, /rant.

***Is happy that Lizzy and Mills are having things go right for them and are happy, too!***

Lina, I love your avatar! Mihaela looks like she's apparating through a bunch of balloons!

Everyone have a good "remainder-of-weekend!"


azi - Nov 6, 2005 9:27 am (#1590 of 2980)

Good luck Micky! Sounds like a terrible time you've been through! I can't comprehend what it's like, but hopefully you'll get a job soon!

Marie, hope you and your kids get better soon! It seems like you have a lot of illness at the moment. Good health charms all round!

I just this moment got a text from a friend boasting that he's at the HP film world premiere. I admit I'm not jealous - it's cold and I don't like the films. I told him to have fun.

Edit - I forgot about writing more about the cheating/lowering standards stuff! I can't think of anything more to add to be honest.

Everyone have a great day/evening!


Solitaire - Nov 6, 2005 10:00 am (#1591 of 2980)

Please tell Mr. Catherine I like his style! I teach junior high and am currently seeing more cheating and copying than ever before. Last week we were listening to the CD of The Highwayman in my language arts classes. The kids had an in-class assignment to do immediately following it, so they were supposed to be reading and doing my work.

As I trolled through the room, I noticed one of my best students working away on her social studies assignment. I quietly picked up that book and put it under her desk, opened her language arts book to the appropriate page, and then took the papers she'd been working on back to my desk. After class, I noticed that she had another top student's homework and was copying it. She was irritated when I would not give back the work; I told her I'd give it directly to the social studies teacher myself (I did) with an explanation of how I came to have it. We all have consistent policies on such things, so I knew how she would react.

The student was upset the next day and said it was my fault she got a zero on the assignment, because I would not let her leave the room and get her own book so she could do the work herself! She couldn't seem to own the fact that she should not have been doing other work in my class when she had LA work to do. (I do let kids work on other things when they satisfy me that they have finished what I've given them and are caught up on all other things we are doing ... but this was not such a case.)

The next day, in another class, I saw that one student had put his quiz paper face up on the corner of his desk, and the student sitting in the next row was blatantly leaning over and copying his answers! The copier was extremely indignant when I took both papers and told the kids they had a grade of zero. He informed me that he hadn't copied all of the answers ... only about half of them. So he should get half credit! I just looked at him and tried hard not to say what I was really thinking. Two weeks before, I'd caught a student red-handed with a cheat-sheet under her test paper. I guess the time has come for me to do the Version A, Version B thing, too.

When I am looking at homework and see word-for-word answers from several students, I call the culprits back to my work area for a chat. I tell them that one person has obviously done the work, so there will be one set of points assigned to the whole group. I then open my gradebook, get out my pen, and ask how they would like the points divided. At this point, the one who has actually done the work usually rats out the others. It's kind of a cheap trick, but it often gets results.

I am greatly bothered by what I perceive as a complete lack of ethics among kids. What is worse, I teach in a rural school that has high parent involvement (almost like a private school), no gangs, and generally good kids. If it is like that here, what must it be like in other schools?



Madam Pince - Nov 6, 2005 10:03 am (#1592 of 2980)

I tried to edit but it won't let me for some reason....

I just had one other thought, Kate. Back in my day (egads that makes me sound old!), we used to go up to the teacher's desk and beg her for "hints" during tests, but we didn't ask each other for hints! Could you suggest this to your friends? Let the teacher make the decision as to what "hints" would be acceptable or not. Lina is right that the people who "ask" should certainly be feeling guilty, too. Also, perhaps the teacher could be made aware of the situation so that he/she could exercise some influence? That might take some of the pressure off you to say "no." You wouldn't have to name names necessarily.

Solitaire, I share your concern. It is really troubling -- more so not even that it's happening period, but that they don't even see why it is a problem. Lack of ethics really carries through into all areas of life, and it is very worrisome to me.

Maybe it's sappy, but perhaps the "Little House" books should be required reading in all schools. They didn't seem to have the same ethics dilemmas back then!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 6, 2005 11:17 am (#1593 of 2980)

They didn't seem to have the same ethics dilemmas back then!---Madam Pince

LOL Yeah, well, that's just because she left them out! As long as there's been temptation, there's been cheating. Unfortunately, there seems to be a dearth of role models in today's society. Then again, there is Paris Hilton.


Elanor - Nov 6, 2005 12:18 pm (#1594 of 2980)

Mickey, I was so sorry to hear what happened to you, you're in my thoughts and prayers too!

I love your method Solitaire!

Marie, I hope you and your daughters will feel better soon! Since yesterday, I've got a nasty cold that makes me feel really "under the weather" or, as we say here, "not in my plate" (**waving to Kaykay, did you know this one? **)

I wish you all a great Sunday!


Finn BV - Nov 6, 2005 1:13 pm (#1595 of 2980)

Solitaire, you've got some naughty students in your class!

Best to Mickey – how awful!

Mills, what a cool story! Do you know what movie, or is it something minor?

As I was reading back to your linked post, I must chime in I also love the movie Clue. …so she ran down the hall and stabbed the cook! … Husbands should be like Kleenex: soft, strong, and disposable. … Well, I had to stop her from screaming! … Mrs. Peacock was a man?


Tazzygirl - Nov 6, 2005 1:21 pm (#1596 of 2980)

Mills- Yeay! I can't wait to meet you too. When it gets closer to the premiere we'll hammer out the details...


Solitaire - Nov 6, 2005 3:27 pm (#1597 of 2980)

Finn, you can't even begin to imagine! However, I also have some wonderful and very charming kids, too. In fact, the majority of my students are good; it's just that a small minority can make teaching a big headache some days.

I am more fortunate than many of my friends who teach. For one thing, we have a wonderful principal who has tremendous respect for our teachers. He likes our input, and he usually heeds what we say. I also like our location (except for the heat in summer). I teach in a relatively small rural school in central California. We are surrounded on all sides by almond and pistachio orchards, cotton fields, and alfalfa fields.

Although some of our rooms are in dire need of refurbishing, our outdoor campus is beautiful, if somewhat older. We have lots of basketball courts, a football and a soccer field, a regulation track, a swimming pool, baseball diamonds, tetherball courts, swings, monkey bars, and lots of grassy areas and trees. We have a wonderful after-school sports program with talented and generous coaches and lots of parent volunteers. Friends of mine who teach in urban areas of Los Angeles and Orange County are envious.

The ethics issues among our kids, however, are troubling. But it is so difficult to address anything like values in schools these days, given new laws and restrictions.



Lina - Nov 6, 2005 3:27 pm (#1598 of 2980)

Mickey Cee, some settling charms sent your way! And repairing charms to all who need it!

I could agree that the ethics is becoming weaker day by day, although I thought it was happening only here, because of the war and some other circumstances. It is just that I don't remember anybody in my class expecting me to do their work for them (helping, a lot, but doing something for them???) and now I do meet a lot of people at my work who do expect other people to do their jobs. When you know that the boss is well aware of the fact and doesn't seem to care, and you know that you will feel the consequences if the job isn't done, you don't feel as you can do much to change it... You can just hope for a wiser boss. You can change a job, of course, but then you have to weight the pros and contras.

When it comes to cheating, I do blame it on the teachers. They have the power to stop it or to encourage it. There will always be the kids who will think than they can outsmart the teachers. As with puppies, you have to show them that they can't do it right from the beginning. We have had the A and B (sometimes even C and D) groups of tests since forever. Kids know that they can copy just from the kids who sit in front or behind them and not from the kids who sit at the same desk, but still, there are kids who do both the tests and pass the answers to the others. There must be something wrong with that kind of tests. Some kids just do get a poor education at home and teachers can do wonders with them. The parents should be included, if possible. Some time ago, in my town, one father came to the school and broke the nose to the teacher who expected his daughter to learn his subject well enough to get the passing grade. So, all you teachers without such experience should consider yourselves lucky!

A great new week to everybody!

Edit: Solitaire: The ethics issues among our kids, however, are troubling. But it is so difficult to address anything like values in schools these days, given new laws and restrictions.[
I have to agree, indeed.


Catherine - Nov 6, 2005 4:07 pm (#1599 of 2980)
Edited Nov 6, 2005 5:41 pm

The ethics issues among our kids, however, are troubling. But it is so difficult to address anything like values in schools these days, given new laws and restrictions. –Solitaire

I agree that it can be very difficult.

Mr. Catherine has relatively few cheating issues, thanks to his own vigilance and his communication to the students that "If I see you cheating, I will burn out your retinas with my laser pointer." But some of the professors have rampant cheating because they don't proctor their tests, or "look the other way." This makes him, and many students, positively furious.

Mr. Catherine has actually gotten praise from his students that he "encourages" honesty and "discourages" cheating. Thank goodness some students realize the value of integrity.

He is lucky to be in a situation where he can set the rules and the standards.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 6, 2005 6:39 pm (#1600 of 2980)

Thanks for all the warm welcome back and prayers guys! It means a lot to me.

Your right Soli, the lack of ethics, sense of responsibility, and values lacking in such a large percentage of youth is scary. And it has been coming for 30+ years. Like Lina pointed out, is common in the work force now too. Liberal laws that have taken all control from parents and teachers began the slide down a very slippery slope. Can't offend or hurt the little darlings feelings dontcha know? ;-)
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Madam Pince - Nov 6, 2005 7:11 pm (#1601 of 2980)

Yes, it is certainly not a new thing. And Kate, please don't feel like anybody's "singling you out" or anything, because you're certainly not alone -- it's just that you're here within earshot. You are just a good soul who wants to be kind and helpful.

Another way to look at it that might help you a bit is to think that these people are really taking advantage of you. They know you are kind and helpful, and they are pressing that to their full advantage. Besides the fact that it's basically wrong, there's really nothing in it for you, either. (How's that for being Slytherin? ) Things like this have been happening for years. When I worked outside my home, probably in the mid-1990's, we had an onslaught of young newly-hired employees who thought they were "entitled" to the same salary as the people who were department heads, even though they were working at an office assistant position. They felt that they were just as "smart" and just as "educated" so they should make the same salary. It would have been laughable if it hadn't been so pitiful. They just didn't get it that you need to DO THE WORK to earn the pay. These friends of yours, Kate, will need to learn the same lesson.

Although, maybe not. As Lina noted, sometimes bosses don't really care if some employees slack off, as long as another employee is conscientious (dumb?) enough to take up the slack -- the work is getting done, so why does the boss care exactly who does the lion's share? I know -- I've been in the "dumb" category before. I worked with a lady whose job was ordering the product needed in our department, and my job was paying the bills after the fact. Her job absolutely had to be done, or else our dept. would grind to a halt. My job was not as crucial time-wise (to us, anyway.) So whenever she would go on vacation, I was forced to do her job, as well as mine, and she would come back from vacation all refreshed and with a clean desk. Whenever I would go on vacation, she would not pay one single bill, and then I would return to a desk piled high with unpaid bills that needed to go out ASAP. It was so totally unfair, but because I was young and meek and inexperienced and felt the responsibility, I ended up getting dumped on. So this is just the voice of experience, Kate!

***Suddenly feels very very very old....*** ((((Gives Kate big hugs))))


Loopy Lupin - Nov 6, 2005 8:36 pm (#1602 of 2980)

Mr. Catherine has actually gotten praise from his students that he "encourages" honesty and "discourages" cheating. Thank goodness some students realize the value of integrity.- Catherine

My question is what is the penalty for getting caught in Mr. Catherine's class? I mean other than the blinding by laser point. It is here that I think the Honor Code at me alma mater, UVa, deserves some praise. Expulsion is the penalty and the only penalty. This certainly doesn't mean that cheating does not occur at UVa or any other school with a single penalty system. It doesn't even mean that cheating occurs, necessarily, with less frequency. But, it did and, I'm sure, still does make one think twice about it.

I'm also confused by what laws and restrictions are in place that hamper one from teaching "values" or "ethics" in school today. I'm not a teacher, so I'm honestly more curious about those statements than I am trying to start an argument. (I would never do that of course ) Certainly, there are laws and restrictions that would prevent one from placing "values" into a particular religious context. All things considered, that is as it should be. But, what prevents today's teachers from explaining that lying, cheating and stealing are wrong?


I Am Used Vlad - Nov 6, 2005 9:11 pm (#1603 of 2980)

I would never do that of course

No comment.

I think the current topic could easily erupt into a political debate. We all probably think that "values" and "ethics" are important, but discussing how they should be instilled into children, or laws that prevent us from doing so, could easily get out of hand. This is, of course, just my opinion, which I am well aware holds no sway here.


Pigwidgeon - Nov 6, 2005 9:14 pm (#1604 of 2980)

Allow me to chime in on this from another angle.

I do not for a moment condone cheating or slacking off at a job. But consider our society now. 30 years ago, most of your population worked at one place and stayed there, retiring after their allotted years. Nowadays, that is nearly impossible. You have children growing up with fathers who have been laid off, grandparents losing their pensions, aunts and uncles seeing their jobs outsourced and older siblings or cousins having a hard time finding anything beyond low-wage service sector jobs. Why should the younger generations care about doing a good job? With a few exceptions, company loyalty doesn't mean anything anymore, so why should their employees feel obligated to go above and beyond the minimum? It certainly isn't rewarded.

Today, children are taught to proficiency tests and other standardized exams. If they pass, all is well. If a school system does poorly, it is penalized and never mind the possible reasons for the poor performance. There is little time to teach students to become lifelong learners, only the cookie-cutter curriculum is doled out. Education, for even the honest young people, is a means to an end. This is not the fault of the teachers, but of the nincompoops at the state and federal level who fancy themselves education experts without ever setting foot into a classroom.

The problems with ethics go beyond the classroom and even the home. Those are only two small pieces of the puzzle. If corporate America gripes about the younger generations not being up to snuff, the leaders need to take a long hard look in the mirror and acknowledge that they are a big part of the problem. If cheating has become more prevalent and even accepted, we need to look at the underlying reasons why. Are students encouraged to learn on their own, in the way they learn best? Or are they force-fed a state/federally mandated curriculum emphasizing high-stakes test scores over real learning?

And what are the younger generations learning from the so-called leaders of society? The executives who let companies go belly-up while collecting million dollar bonuses? Sports stars and celebrities who get a slap on the wrist from the law because they can afford the best lawyers?

Let's face it, the society has become dog-eat-dog, where the ends justify the means. And we are all the poorer because of it.


Ydnam96 - Nov 6, 2005 11:38 pm (#1605 of 2980)

So to change the topic rather abruptly...

I had a rather productive weekend. I cleaned my entire apartment, did some shopping for birthdays coming up and some much needed clothes. I also did some work for work. I'm pleased with myself Smile

The weather has been strange here in Southern California. It's been in the 70's during the day but super hazy/smokey/foggy-like. But it's great at night. It's getting chilly enough to wear long sleeves and cuddle up in a blanket. I love it.

Did anyone see tonight's Extreeme Makeover Home Edition? I thought it was a good one. They donated all the good stuff from the house to Habitat, which I think is great.

Okay, it's pretty close to bedtime. Have a great week all!


Amilia Smith - Nov 7, 2005 12:25 am (#1606 of 2980)

Glad you had a good weekend, Mandy.

Finn, the movie is called Mobsters and Mormons, so yeah, it is pretty much a niche movie, which is why I was so surprised to see it released outside of Utah. The basic premise is that a New York mafia type turns state evidence, gets put in the witness protection program, and moved to Utah. Culture shock ensues. The reviews I've read say it is predictable, but still funny.



The giant squid - Nov 7, 2005 2:39 am (#1607 of 2980)

Madame Pince, if it helps any I'm right behind you on the job restriction thing. There's a reason firefighters are required to lift that much, as you pointed out. It kinda goes with the ethics discussion--rather than find a job they can fit (or work to make themselves meet the requirements) people are demanding that standards be lowered to fit them.

Bread & circuses...it's all downhill from here.

I'll leave the classroom ethics discussion alone, except to say that I wish I'd had Mr. Catherine for a teacher when I was in school, and that most kids these days need to be spanked.



Lina - Nov 7, 2005 3:13 am (#1608 of 2980)

Loopy Lupin: I'm also confused by what laws and restrictions are in place that hamper one from teaching "values" or "ethics" in school today.

Forgive me if I think that I can answer the question without starting a political debate. The aim of the "laws and restrictions" that are discussed, is to prevent teachers like Umbridge to do as they wish. I can really talk about Croatia, but as I see some comments of the teachers here, it seems that it is similar all around the World.

“Expulsion is the penalty and the only penalty.” For one thing, this is not possible here until the kid is 16. Next, it is not allowed to punish the kid for a misbehavior with a bad mark. It is not allowed to raise your voice or give a kid detention like staying in the corner for 5 minutes (which is quite helpful with younger kids). There are just so many things that are not allowed that the teachers rightfully wonder what they may do? It is not impossible to enforce the "values" or "ethics", it just requires much more energy and, well, not all the teachers have that energy, so some just give up, say what they have to say about their subject and don't try to influence kids on the values that actually exist regardless of the religion or anything else.

It is so nice to have a school, like Solitaire, where the principal cares about the children's welfare and supports the teachers in their efforts to help this kids become respectful people. It is not the case with all the schools. My experience, having two children in two different schools, shows that it is possible that two schools, only few hundreds of meters far from each other, can be diametrically different and all I can do at the moment is cry that I ever set my foot in the first one. That's why I feel so much like discussing it, because it is bothering me very much at the moment. And I wish I could do something to change the situation and I feel so helpless. So forgive me again.

The fact that TBE made her remark on Kate's post, shows that she cares and that she believes that the things can be changed and that's what brings some optimism in life.

Pigwidgeon, I must say that I agree with most of your post except for localizing it only to America. I used to blame communism for that. So, if it is any comfort to you, these things don't happen only in America. My humble opinion is that we still can change it just by caring about our neighbors for the beginning and doing things like They donated all the good stuff from the house to Habitat, which I think is great. (Mandy)

Glad about your weekend, Mandy. My wasn't bad, but not as productive as yours...


Chemyst - Nov 7, 2005 5:16 am (#1609 of 2980)

I'm also confused by what laws and restrictions are in place that hamper one from teaching "values" or "ethics" in school today. [...] what prevents today's teachers from explaining that lying, cheating and stealing are wrong? – Loopy

Loopy, if we had a gagging smilie, I'd use it on you now. That inquiry was phrased in vintage lawyer-speak. You need a good swat on the behind, except I'm not allowed to do that. Well then, drop and give me twenty push-ups, except I'm not allowed to make you do that. I suppose I could give you detention, but I've got a million things to do and really don't want to stick around and watch a smarty-pants* like you.

*Denotes family-friendly version.

(Yeah, the lawyer is confused, riiiight.)    'Not buying it for a minute, Loopy!


Good Evans - Nov 7, 2005 5:54 am (#1610 of 2980)

Ethics: The trouble is that everyone is looking for what they can get away with - the dodge or the quick win, unfortunately ethics come from inside and if you honestly think you can get by on someone else’s work some folk will. Its funny we had a long discussion about plagiarism and now about helping with tests and giving answers / homework for others rather than them doing it themselves. Isnt it all the same thing!

Clue: isnt that the movie with Alec Guinness as Bensonmum .. mum ? love that movie - the blind butler and the mute cook trying to have a conversation - great fun! (or is that not PC these days ??!!!)

Mandy and Finn and Marie E - love your avatars!!!

Mills - welcome to the sunday morning, posters in jammies club!!

have a nice monday everyone

Julie x


Catherine - Nov 7, 2005 5:59 am (#1611 of 2980)

My question is what is the penalty for getting caught in Mr. Catherine's class? --Loopy Lupin (still standing in the corner with his nose pressed to the blackboard)

Well, his university doesn't have the lovely single-sanction consequence for cheating as did your alma mater and also mine (we had a trial by peer; if guilty, you were expelled. Period.) so it is a time-consuming morass of rules and regulations. Almost lawyer-like in their complexity and language.

Mr. Catherine bypasses all of these little problems by confronting the student with the evidence and requesting an immediate and permanent drop from his class. It has worked beautifully. They all have admitted to being "busted" and they are thrilled to drop the class and not have formal issues brought against them. This is not a perfect solution, but it is more severe (getting an F and having to repeat the class and delay completion of school) than what would probably happen on the formal disciplinary level through official channels, assuming a consequences was even imposed. It also helps that Mr. Catherine's Organic Chemistry class is a requirement and pre-requisite for many majors, so the loss of that credit hurts. In addition, I always imagine the students having to explain to their parents (assuming that they are paying for the education) why they dropped such an important class.


Ydnam96 - Nov 7, 2005 6:13 am (#1612 of 2980)

Mr. Catherine sounds like a very smart man, both practically speaking and well in the literal sense. Organic Chemistry? Wow. I never got past Human Bio. That was hard. Wait, that's not true. I did take Biology of Psychology which was harder, but more specialized in an area of my interest, but still. Organic Chem...to be able to teach that. (I'm not a science person and well, I am impressed by those who are).

As you can probably see...I am up in the middle of the night/morning. Can't sleep and it's not fun. Oh well...


kaykay1970 - Nov 7, 2005 6:31 am (#1613 of 2980)

My son broke his glasses on Friday. This is a child that cannot go without his "eyes" for very long. He is very near-sighted. I called the optometrist office on Saturday and they were closed. Where is Hermoine when you need her? I have no idea what this child's prescription is. My husband carried my son to Super Wal-Mart Vision Center with his old glasses. He walked around trying out frames until he found one that my son's old lenses fit into. So he bought a new pair of frames and put the old lenses in. This is a first. I have put new lenses into old frames many times, but never the other way around!


Marie E. - Nov 7, 2005 6:40 am (#1614 of 2980)

Thanks for all the healing charms. They seem to have worked. I was my normal self again yesterday and Lexie was nearly there. I made her stay home from Sunday School and a baby shower. She was upset that I was gone so long (about five hours) but no way was I going to put her in the proximity of an expectant mother.

When I was a kid I lived in fear of breaking my glasses. I remember sitting on them once and bending them, but I never actually broke them. I'm waiting for one of my girls to need glasses. If it's Lexie, I'll need to learn that Reparo spell. She's a bit on the klutzy side.

Good luck, MickeyCee, and our thoughts are with you and your family.


Loopy Lupin - Nov 7, 2005 6:58 am (#1615 of 2980)

Loopy Lupin (still standing in the corner with his nose pressed to the blackboard)—Catherine

Hey! What did I do?


Denise P. - Nov 7, 2005 7:01 am (#1616 of 2980)

The bigger question, Loopy, is did Catherine draw you a circle for that nose or did she put a piece of paper between your nose and the chalkboard?


azi - Nov 7, 2005 7:44 am (#1617 of 2980)

Wow, did the chat thread get into complex discussion overnight! I don't really have much to add, except to perhaps agree with Pigwidgeon that schools have to get students passing their exams so they teach only what’s going to be on them.

Nice to know you're getting better Marie!

Breaking glasses is never nice. Especially when you're on your own in a busy shop, unable to see much and scrabbling on the floor for the lens that just fell out.

Ack, I got a maths lecture in half an hour. I dread these more and more every week.


Catherine - Nov 7, 2005 7:56 am (#1618 of 2980)

The bigger question, Loopy, is did Catherine draw you a circle for that nose or did she put a piece of paper between your nose and the chalkboard? –Denise

Rats! I never heard the one about putting the paper between the nose and chalkboard. I just drew the circle.

My daughter's kindergarten teacher makes the kids "walk the line" for fifteen minutes during recess if they use up two chances. Hayley is horrified by this punishment, and believes it to be extremely harsh. I always thought making kids do lines was the worst.

When I got caught lying to my mother once in second grade, she made me write 200 times, "Lying is wrong and I will never lie to my mother or my father or to anyone else ever again." To compound this misery, I was denied a friend's birthday party, TV, dessert, outdoor play, or my books until I was finished writing.

Perhaps that's why I identify with the "doing lines" in the HP series.


Solitaire - Nov 7, 2005 8:11 am (#1619 of 2980)

Today, children are taught to proficiency tests and other standardized exams. If they pass, all is well. If a school system does poorly, it is penalized and never mind the possible reasons for the poor performance. There is little time to teach students to become lifelong learners

I don't remember who said it now, but the poster is correct. So many kids are interested only in the grade and not what is behind the grade (knowledge). Lina, I believe, laid the blame on the teachers. I think some of the fault does lie with teachers who do not emphasize honesty and responsibility and look the other way on ethics issues. A lot also lies with schools AND PARENTS who emphasize grades over learning.

I am forever having parents ask me for extra credit to bring up their children's grades. The parents who ask me what they can do at home to reinforce their children's mastery of the material in areas where they are struggling are few and far between. They usually tend to be the parents of kids who already excel in all but one small area (spelling, grammar, vocabulary).

Alas, sometimes parental help is not all that helpful. I have resorted to having all essays written in class, in order to bypass the problem of parents, friends, and older siblings doing the writing for the poor writers. How can I address the problems kids are having with their writing if the only papers I receive have already been "sanitized" by Grandma, Mom, or Brilliant Older Sis? I allow rewrites--with me, during recess, study hall or a tutorial--so that students can learn to recognize their problem areas and correct them on their own. Most kids take advantage of this.

Well, on that note, I must go to school. Have a nice day, everyone!


PS I hate when teachers make kids do lines, Catherine. It teaches them to hate writing. VERY foolish punishment, if you ask me.


Catherine - Nov 7, 2005 8:55 am (#1620 of 2980)

PS I hate when teachers make kids do lines, Catherine. It teaches them to hate writing. VERY foolish punishment, if you ask me. --Solitaire.

I absolutely agree.

And on the subject of teaching peeves, how annoying is it when parents come at the end of the semester wanting a teacher to drop a missed homework assignment? I followed the homework policy to the letter; called parents or mentioned the missed assignment at carpool; still, there were parents who tried to demand that the zeroes be dropped six weeks later! Never mind that the school where I taught earlier this fall has an electronic gradebook in which parents can see their child's average at any time.

Many parents protect their children too well from the consequences of their behavior. In my opinion, it is better for a child to learn how to fail a quiz and learn from their mistakes than it is for the child to have a parent demand that the bad quiz grade go away. It is much better for a child to realize that not turning in homework results in zeroes in sixth grade than the allow that child to enter high school without the necessary preparation.

Oops...rant finished.


Solitaire - Nov 7, 2005 9:17 am (#1621 of 2980)

LOL Catherine! You have absolutely nailed the entire thing! In addition to grades online, I also post a weekly syllabus on my class webpage. It is exactly what my students get each Monday. This way, parents can see what is going on for class work, quizzes, and homework all week ... and plan ahead if it is going to be a busy after-school week for the family.

My favorite thing is when a student arrives in class on the due date of a MAJOR PROJECT (science fair or history day, for example)--which was assigned anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months before--with a parent note saying they were away last night, so the project will be turned in the next day. Don't you just want to flatten someone?



Ydnam96 - Nov 7, 2005 9:41 am (#1622 of 2980)

Haha, Solitaire, I totally agree! I work with college students and it amazes me the things they will ask their professors. One of my staff members had an assignment for about a month and a half. Two days before it was due she was going to do it (it involved travelling to a museum) but she got really sick. The professor gave her an extension. Maybe I'm mean, but if I were the professor I would have reminded the student that she had a month or so previous to the day she got sick to work on the project and that if she turned it in late she would recieve one letter grade down from what she earned on the project itself (it's better than a zero).

As for glasses. I have found I'm pretty hard on my glasses so now I only buy the ones with the flex hinges. I've seen glasses that are completely flexible so that they won't break. Well, the frames won't break which is way better than glasses a few years ago!


azi - Nov 7, 2005 10:16 am (#1623 of 2980)

I have a friend who had those flexible non-break glasses. She did a demonstration and broke them. I laughed.

The rules are very clear on handing in work at uni. 5% of the mark you get are lost every day it is late by, including weekends. You can get an extension but only under very special circumstances.

I survived Maths. Then again I had the nice teacher today.


Solitaire - Nov 7, 2005 10:43 am (#1624 of 2980)

Flexible glasses sound wonderful to me! At night--and sometimes when I am sick--I love to lie in bed and watch TV. Alas, my glasses sometimes manage to find their way off my face and get bent when I roll over onto them. After doing this a few times, I now wear only an old raggedy pair (3 pairs ago) for watching TV in bed!

I've often thought they sounded like a good idea for kids, though ... their glasses tend to take a beating.



Loopy Lupin - Nov 7, 2005 10:45 am (#1625 of 2980)

I used to have a teacher who gave 2 zeros for missed assignments. She was otherwise a kindly older lady, but her catchphrase was "I'm so sorry. Two zeros."


T Brightwater - Nov 7, 2005 11:28 am (#1626 of 2980)

Pigwidgeon, I agree with you totally. So many parents seem to be more worried about their kids "fitting in" (i.e. being just like everybody else) than about developing strong moral standards or critical thinking, much less their individual talents - and then they wonder why their kids are vulnerable to peer pressure over things like drugs and alcohol.

The most interesting and intelligent people I know were all misfits in high school to one degree or another, and those who have gotten over feeling sorry for themselves about it and focus on what they love doing are the most joyful people I know.

It was a very nice surprise to see the most recent issue of Smithsonian magazine, which features 35 people who "made a difference". All of them are driven by love for their work and a strong desire to keep learning, two things which seem to be considered "uncool" nowadays.


Denise P. - Nov 7, 2005 11:55 am (#1627 of 2980)

I agree with the difference that is placed on grades and learning. I have a son who has learning difficulties. We know he has them, he has been tested, we can see it in his daily work. His current teacher thinks he is working at grade level. I had to be pushy to get a meeting with her to discuss how best to help him. Her suggestions were to have him not read out loud as much (because he struggles with it) and rather than require him to learn 15 spelling words, he can only learn 5. Uhm, how does this help him? I declined both offers and we are currently reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe out loud. To me, the modifications suggested only gives him an easy out to be mediocre, it doesn't help him learn. Ugh, don't get me started! Here is a sample, spelling and spacing his, of his writing: I Was hard. I hade to have medise. And tare was not a lot of tv canols. In a year I Got owt (It was hard. I had to have medicine and there was not a lot of TV channels. In a year, I got out.) Now, how any teacher feels that is on grade level in third grade is beyond me. I shudder to think where he would be if I were not pushing to get him help, helping at home, doing extra stuff etc.

Catherine, the purpose of the paper between nose and board is so that in the event the unruly child moves, there is a flurry of movement to catch the paper...BUSTED!


Lina - Nov 7, 2005 2:05 pm (#1628 of 2980)

Kaykay, it's actually great that your son broke just the frames and not the lenses and that your husband could find the frames that fit! Cheers for you!

Marie, glad to read that you and the girls are feeling better!

Solitaire, I should cite the whole your post #1619 because I agree with it 100%. It is just that, when I am asked to do something that is against my ethical principles, I just refuse to do it. That would be the point. My friend got fired when he didn't want to give the passing grade to a student at the request of his boss. Eventually, that boss lost his job and my friend got his one back. There is no excuse for the teachers giving good grades for bad knowledge.

My children's home owners know that the first information I need when I come to see them is if there are any missed homeworks. Each missed homework = 1 cm of the hair off. I had big problems with Kate until I introduced this punishment, because it didn't really affect her knowledge and the teachers kept praising her. She never missed any homework ever since. While Veronika's hair started to grow only after she changed the school...

I never expect Veronika to have excellent grades, I just want her to get the knowledge that she can use in her life and to be able to choose the profession that would make her happy. I know that she is not able to show all that she knows and I expect the teachers to notice her achievements and not to belittle her for the things that she is not able to do.


Solitaire - Nov 7, 2005 2:54 pm (#1629 of 2980)

Lina, at my first teaching job--in a Catholic high school where I expected higher standards and stronger ethics--I was asked to give a failing senior a passing grade, so that he could get a full-ride scholarship (he was a star quarterback). I refused. I did give some conditions under which I would be willing to award a grade of C, if the student complied. He agreed but soon petered out.

When I found that the principal had changed the grade I gave the student to an A, I quit. I heard from a friend that the student had flunked out within 4 quarters. I've never been sorry I didn't go along with the request, but it did cost me.



Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 7, 2005 3:23 pm (#1630 of 2980)

Wow, you guys were really really chatty this weekend weren't you?

Okay, here's a college student's take on the whole cheathing/ethics dicussion: As I went through high school, I never once felt like I was being taught "for the tests" or anything like that. Nor did I feel like grades were more important than learning. My high school was very competitive. I graduated with honors and a 3.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) I also graduated 60th out of 177! The top 25 people in my graduating class had grade point averages of 4.0 or higher! (Advanced placement classes were weighted more than regular classes so it was possible to have a grade point average higher than a 4.0!!) Anyway, all of these students who had these grades (obviously) took advanced placement courses, as did I. While they were overly concerned with grades and got A's in these classes, I was more relaxed and more concerned with enjoying the material of the classes while still getting decent grades (mostly B's, and some A's)

(For those of you who don't know about the AP system, they are classes and then standardized tests for specific subject that high school students take and, depending on their test scores, can earn college credits for the classes. They are generally considered to be classes taught at a collegiate level and are, in most cases, much harder classes then even honors classes in high school!)

When it came time to take the advanced placement tests  most of the students who had focused simply on grades and then prepared for the tests by studying for a score and not to know the material found they scored about average on the tests. These tests take about 3-4 hours each, and if you don't really know the material, you easily become fatigued and can't focus well enough to do well on the test. Not to sound full of myself or anything, but I scored well above average on the test I took. The point of all this is, those students who were solely focused on grades and test scores were not rewarded for it, while those who cared more about learning the material were. My teachers had warned us about this. They spent most of the school year warning us that taking these classes just for the weighted grade would not help us in the end. They never taught us for tests or grades. They taught us for the knowledge.

I'm not saying it's the same everywhere, just letting everyone in on my take on the matter.

Anyway, that's all I really have to say on the subject. Have a great day everyone!!



I Am Used Vlad - Nov 7, 2005 5:41 pm (#1631 of 2980)

Good Evans, Alec Guinness played Bensonmum in Murder by Death, a movie quite similar to Clue. Both were funny.

Chemyst, no offense, but I took Loopy's question about values and ethics seriously. I spent the better part of my childhood being brutalized on a daily basis, and think that any morals that I have came about in spite of that treatment. As I said last night, I don't think discussing the problem of Liberal laws should be done on this forum.


Viola Intonada - Nov 7, 2005 6:25 pm (#1632 of 2980)

To those of you in the Cleveland area and would like to get together to go see "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", please email me soon. I plan to buy tickets in the next couple of days for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" for the Saturday, November 19 at 11:50am at the Regal Montrose 12, 4020 Medina Road, Montrose, OH (Route 18, btw, there are two theaters on Route 18, this one should be the one closest to I-77)

We plan to go out for a late lunch afterward to chat.


The giant squid - Nov 8, 2005 12:43 am (#1633 of 2980)

I know the secret reason Marie is feeling better--she somehow sent her sickness to me! I've had a scratchy throat all day, I could barely eat any dinner (which for someone who already weighs less than your average housecat can be traumatic), and I feel so tired & achy I might actually go to bed before 3AM!

I retract my earlier statement...the problem is that most parents need to be spanked! Demanding that their child's failing grade be "removed"... I have a mantra at work (that no one listens to, of course): "Pay Attention". If people would do this 90% of their problems would go away. Kids try to get away with things because they aren't paying attention to the consequences of their actions. Parents are oblivious because they aren't paying attention to their kids.

I'd say more, but y'all probably aren't paying attention to me anyway.



Julie Aronson - Nov 8, 2005 3:32 am (#1634 of 2980)

As an FYI for the Cleveland area GOF get-together, some good landmarks for that theater are Dick's Sporting Goods, Staples, and World Market.

I can't wait!!!



What was that, Mike? --I was distracted...


CatherineHermiona - Nov 8, 2005 3:44 am (#1635 of 2980)

Oh, those boys! They act like morons! (Not you Finn, boys in my class!) They just think it's funny to make fun with those stuff like dating. Today they asked me the same. They said like: "....... asked me to ask you if you would like to date with him." Luckily they don't know they asked about right person.( to someone) But from the very first moment I knew they are kidding. We (girls) are used to that already. Just repeat: "Ignore him, ignore him, ignore him......" Such (sorry on expression) morons!

Oh, mum, can I go to Matea tomorrow morning? She asked me for instructions in maths..............



Catherine - Nov 8, 2005 5:47 am (#1636 of 2980)

'd say more, but y'all probably aren't paying attention to me anyway.  

Hmmm..who said that? I hope you are feeling better, even if you do weigh less than the average housecat.

Off to write Squid Mike's mantra..."Pay attention. Pay attention. Pay attention...." At least it's short.

And it's better than standing at the blackboard holding paper up by my nose. **waves to Loopy Lupin**

Have a great day, everyone. I'm going to get dirty in the yard today--I have tulip bulbs and and 2 flats of pansies to plant. Yesterday I repotted my ferns so that I can bring them inside. I'm not sure they will like being houseplants, but they grew so well over the summer that I thought I could salvage them. I'm also going to divide my daylilies, and move them. They are beautiful, but they were mislabeled at the nursery, and were rather a surprisingly shocking shade of red and chartreuse when they bloomed. They looked a bit garish next to my pink roses, so they need to find a another location.

Off to get busy...


Marie E. - Nov 8, 2005 6:36 am (#1637 of 2980)

I got to spend last night doing a mad dash to the bank to deposit my Girl Scout nut and candy money. Of course it was my co-leader who was late turning in her money. The bank closes at 7pm and I made it there by 6:35pm. Whew!

My sister, She-Who-Does-Not-Read-The-Books, had her ultrasound yesterday. I wasn't going to say anything, but she says she left a message with Squidboy. They got some very good pictures and she is definitely having a boy. I know this is easy to say after the fact, but I knew it was boy. I just can't picture my sister with a little girl. And yes, she's still going to name him Cobain. **sigh**


Good Evans - Nov 8, 2005 6:48 am (#1638 of 2980)

oh whoops - I remember now - thanks Vlad!!!! I can't quite place Clue though - was Tim Curry in it? and Eileen Brennan "all pale and tragic" - I think that might have been it !!!

RE GOF movie - boo hiss I can't go til Sunday the 20th - but I will catch up on the opinions and chat just as soon as I can. If anyone is in the Crawley area and wants to see it that Sunday - let me know - we can all sit together!!!


Loopy Lupin - Nov 8, 2005 6:57 am (#1639 of 2980)

Yes, Tim Curry was in Clue and Eileen Brennan.



Julie Aronson - Nov 8, 2005 7:46 am (#1640 of 2980)

Tim Curry will always be Frank N. Furter to me.



azi - Nov 8, 2005 8:19 am (#1641 of 2980)

Ahhh, today is a lazy day! I don't have any lessons until 4.15pm, but I've been into town and spent slightly more money than I probably should have. I also bought 800 grams of Cadbury's chocolate. That'll keep me going for a couple of days...

I have a friend who claims to absolutely hate everything Harry Potter (some people may have seen my annoyance on the 'You know you're a HP fan when...' thread with this particular person trying to throw my books out the window). Anyway, last night he asked me if I'm going to see the film and said he was. I was like, 'Wait a moment, you hate the Harry Potter yet you're still seeing the film?' Methinks he's contradictory.

Hope you get better Mike!

I have no idea who Tim Curry is.

Have a brilliant day everyone!


T Brightwater - Nov 8, 2005 9:00 am (#1642 of 2980)

Solitaire, good for you! And Soul Search, thanks for reminding us that it isn't all doom-and-gloom on the education front. Fortunately, there are still dedicated, responsible, excellent teachers out there (and some of them are in here!)

I hear you, Vlad; finding a balance between abusive discipline and none at all shouldn't be that hard, but many people seem to find it so. I also don't think moral standards are the exclusive property of any political party or religious group.

Kate, you are being very mature about discussing all this! And it sounds like boys haven't changed a lot since I was in junior high, unfortunately. (Present company excepted, of course.)

TBE, great news about your house, and good to see you back!

In the eastern calendar, today is the feast of the Archangel Michael and all angels (Sept. 29 in the west) so happy name-day, Squid Mike! Hope you're feeling better.


Puck - Nov 8, 2005 11:28 am (#1643 of 2980)

You know, that parent thing extends beyond school. I had a child in my ballet class who was disturbing the other kids, running around, poking them, etc... After several reminders, I asked her to go and sit on the mats, as she had another child almost in tears. The girl’s mother storms in the room and starts yelling at me in front of my students, that her daughter is not there to be placed in time out, and she's only 2 after all. (Not supposed to take the class unless they are at least 3.) Started in on how smart and friendly her ill-behaved child was. I realized why the child was disruptive, as mother had no problem with interrupting the class.

I am glad to see the teachers who do their best to limit cheating. I had a professor in college who assigned a project on the first day of term, due at the end of semester. Everyday she started class asking if we were making progress, and if anyone needed any help. No one ever did. After exams I went to pick up my graded paper. She told me I had received an "A", but didn't have my paper because she had lent it as an example to another student who came to her on the day it was due claiming it was done because he was confused over the assignment. I was floored. I'm sure a copy is still floating around to this day. (And I'm one who never let anyone copy, because I figured if I had to do the work, so did they.)

My boy was into Harry Potter this weekend, requesting to watch SS, and play his Lego HP computer game. Mr. Puck and I had a quiet anniversary, as it is difficult to have a candlelight dinner with a newbrn in tow. Been married 7 years now. Wow, it's going fast!

Jealous of all you in Britian who get to Gof already! (Even Madonna was there!)

Feel better Mike!


Loopy Lupin - Nov 8, 2005 11:28 am (#1644 of 2980)

I have no idea who Tim Curry is.—azi

Ah, youth. You have undoubtedly seen him in a number of films even if you've never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He's probably more famous for that than anything else he's done.



Denise P. - Nov 8, 2005 11:43 am (#1645 of 2980)

He does the voice of Nigel on The Wild Thornberrys.

I see Wadsworth when I hear Tim Curry. "I buttle, Sir"


Solitaire - Nov 8, 2005 12:18 pm (#1646 of 2980)

Puck, you are correct. Friends of mine who coach club sports, cheerleading, dance, etc., have exactly the same kinds of problems as classroom teachers. Alas, they must deal with the same parental problems, too. Your friend is correct ... the acorn doesn't fall too far from the tree. This is one reason meeting parents can be so enlightening.



kaykay1970 - Nov 8, 2005 2:11 pm (#1647 of 2980)

My husband was a little league coach. One year we had a very troubling parent on our team. His son had to sit on the bench so he threatened my husband with bodily harm. This is the nice version as I cannot tell you what he said in front of all those children. The umpire and sheriff actually had to escort this guy from the park.  Anyway when there are 14 children on a team and only 9 on the field somebody is going to sit on the bench. It isn't like mine never sat there themselves. The bad thing about this is my husband was always the fair coach and made sure all the kids got playing time. I would hate to think what this guy would have thought of some of the other coaches in the league.


Tazzygirl - Nov 8, 2005 2:25 pm (#1648 of 2980)

Tim Curry also played the bad Cardinal Richelieu in Three Musketeers along with Kiefer Sutherland, and Chris O'Donnell. This movie came out in the early 90's... Tim Curry always reminded me of my friend's dad...


The giant squid - Nov 8, 2005 2:55 pm (#1649 of 2980)

Thanks for the well wishes, folks. it was nothing 10 hours of sleep couldn't fix.

Yes, I talked to our sister as well. I spent a good 20 minutes trying to explain why Cobain is not a good choice for a child's name, to no avail. So I settled for mockery--I told her I'd call the kid "Coby". Repeatedly. "Coby Coby Coby Coby Coby..." Either that or "Bain" (which she says she'd prefer over Coby). I also noted that if you take off the first and last letters the name rhymes with "obey" but I think she was getting annoyed at that point.

Like Loopy said, Tim Curry has been in a lot of stuff you've probably seen. Rocky Horror is probably the most famous, along with Three Musketeers, Clue, Legend, Stephen King's "It", Congo, Muppet Treasure Island, McHale's Navy and Scary Movie 2. I'm willing to bet everyone here has seen at least one of these... Like Denise, though, I liked his Wadsworth the butler the best. It's the heavy sarcasm ,I think.



Catherine - Nov 8, 2005 3:51 pm (#1650 of 2980)

I spent a good 20 minutes trying to explain why Cobain is not a good choice for a child's name, to no avail. --Squid Mike

At least you tried.

I am so tired tonight. I planted, dug, divided, and replanted nearly the entire day. I decided after I lifted my daylilies to relocate them elsewhere. But, that meant that I "needed" to get something else to fill that spot. Oh, darn. I had to go to the nursery.

The nursery owner is starting to rub her hands together in delight when she sees me coming. That's how you know you've spent too much time and money there.

Off to eat dinner and go to bed.
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Detail Seeker - Nov 8, 2005 4:05 pm (#1651 of 2980)

Tim Curry: Hah, at last one actor, I can relate to - as the singer of "I do the Rock". I think, I have that single record somewhere deeply buried, still.... But having seen none of the films, I have no idea about his acting.


Lina - Nov 8, 2005 4:27 pm (#1652 of 2980)

Actually, it shouldn't be a parents vs. teachers argument. It is more good parents and good teachers vs. bad parents and bad teachers argument, because I think that bad parents are quite satisfied with bad teachers. Since there are none of the latter here, there is nothing to argue about. I just think that putting no limits to the children's behaviour is as abusive as that Umbridge's quill.

Julie, **hem hem**, did you by chance get any mail? Because, you know, **hem hem** I have certain expectations... I know Halloween is over, but you could give some honor to the movie that is in the UK theaters already... Speaking of which, it is not coming here until December the first...

I'm glad that all the Marie - Squid family is feeling better.

Denise, Rhys is really growing fast! That's great! A gorgeous little boy.

Catherine, that sounds like a wonderful day!


Eponine - Nov 8, 2005 5:04 pm (#1653 of 2980)

Tim Curry in Clue is one of the best things ever. I love that movie. I can quote it all day long. If you haven't seen it, you should definitely watch it.

At work today, I was checking in magazines, and there was an article in Time about ambition. It profiled a lot of different successful celebrities and gave a few examples of their ambition early in life. It mentioned Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy) and one of their examples was that when he was in college he sold term papers. It floored me to think that they were giving an example of why he's so successful today as facilitating cheating in school and profiting from it.

Well, I hope everyone here is having a good day.


azi - Nov 8, 2005 5:05 pm (#1654 of 2980)

I have seen Rocky Horror! It's the only film out of all the ones Squid Mike mentioned that I've seen, but seen it I have.

I feel ill. I went out with some friends and ate the biggest treacle sponge I've ever seen. So big I had to give half to a friend (who had eaten a massive steak meal and also proceeded to eat a large portion of chocolate fudge cake after he ate the rest of my sponge). Think I'll sleep it off in the good old student way.


Finn BV - Nov 8, 2005 5:33 pm (#1655 of 2980)

My, we were a chatty bunch these past two days. I was out at a concert all last night, so I had no chance to catch up here!

Clue: isnt that the movie with Alec Guinness as Bensonmum --Julie (Good Evans)

Oh, no, that's Murder by Death (love the title alone! ), still good, but Clue is with Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan, and Christopher Lloyd. Whoops, I see that Vlad answered you already. This is Clue. Whoops again, I see Loopy has addressed the problem.

Glad the Marie household is feeling better.

When I found that the principal had changed the grade I gave the student to an A, I quit. I heard from a friend that the student had flunked out within 4 quarters. –Soli

Serves him right! I hate stories like those (that is, I like the stories but despise the people who change the grade – horrible administrators ).

Feel better, Mike! And you are better! Wouldn't you know!

He does the voice of Nigel on The Wild Thornberrys. –Denise

I love the nasal accent! Not that I watch TV anymore, but in days of old when I did… ah!

I see Wadsworth when I hear Tim Curry. "I buttle, Sir" –Denise

Yes again! The Colonel Mustard say: "Which means… what?" LOL!

It mentioned Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy) and one of their examples was that when he was in college he sold term papers. –Eponine

That's pretty funny considering that his son is in 6th grade at our school. Incidentally, it is just "Diddy." Really, Eponine.

Feel better, azi!

I am really excited because……… I am going to see GOF on the 14th!! How cool is that! One of my friends was going to an advance screening and he invited me. I promise I won't spoil it…… Can't wait! Less than a week!


Eponine - Nov 8, 2005 5:55 pm (#1656 of 2980)

Yes again! The Colonel Mustard say: "Which means… what?" LOL!

'I keep the kitchen and dining room tidy.'

Incidentally, it is just "Diddy." Really, Eponine.

Thanks. He's changed his name too many times for me to keep track.

Finn, I'm jealous of you now. I wasn't all that excited about the movie, but I just watched the HBO First Look posted over at HPANA, and I am once again consumed with anticipation for this film. I still won't get to see it until the 19th, though because I'll be waiting for Mr. Eponine to get back from out of town.

Edit: And Murder By Death is a funny movie as well, but I don't think it's quite as funny as Clue. Maggie Smith (McGonagal) is in it, and she has (IMO) the funniest line in the whole movie.


Madam Pince - Nov 8, 2005 5:56 pm (#1657 of 2980)

Catherine, good luck with all your planting. I planted two flats of pansies and a whole bunch of mums a few weeks ago, and the squirrels have dug up about a third of them so far. I am beginning to get hungry for that gravy we were talking about awhile ago....

Mike and Marie, congrats on your pending "uncle/aunt" status! Keep it up with the "Cobain" jokes -- she's bound to see the light eventually, don't you think? It's probably just hormones....

Denise, is that a Sirius-jailbird-suit that little Rhys is wearing?

Eponine, that story about Sean Combs is pretty nauseating. What a great example that magazine is setting if it lauds someone for cheating and calling it "ambition." Hmph. Oh, and by the way, I meant to mention before but forgot it -- I would've paid an admission to see you struggling with the microfilm the other day! Tee-hee! Where is the "Funniest Home Video" crew when you need them?

I think I am off to bed early tonight, too. I did the bi-annual (semi-annual? I always mix them up -- whatever, twice a year) "Cleaning of the Silk Houseplants" today. Ugh, ugh, ugh. I am too stingy to throw them away because they were very expensive and they look great once you clean them, but they are such a pain to clean. Plus today the squirter on the cleaner spray can didn't work right so I had to pump it, and the job took probably twice as long as it should have, so I was squatting / bending down for hours. I do not believe the human body was intended for such.

Edit: I loved both Clue and Murder by Death, and I think Tim Curry is a comedic gem! "I buttle, Sir." ***snort!***


Finn BV - Nov 8, 2005 6:25 pm (#1658 of 2980)

Eponine, which line of Maggie Smith's are you thinking of? I just remembered:

MRS. WHITE: He was deranged … lunatic. He didn't actually seem to like me very much; he threatened to kill me in public.
MISS SCARLET: Why would he want to kill you in public?
WADSWORTH: I think she meant he threatened, in public, to kill her.



Eponine - Nov 8, 2005 6:32 pm (#1659 of 2980)

The line in Murder By Death where she wonders about people stealing naked, dead bodies and her husband whispers something in her ear and she looks appalled and says, 'Oh that's tacky, that's really tacky.'

Mrs. Peacock: Everything all right?
Colonel Mustard: Yup, two corpses, everything's fine!

--loves that movie so much--


Ydnam96 - Nov 8, 2005 6:40 pm (#1660 of 2980)

Wasn't he also in one of the Home Alone Movies? I think number two when the kid is stuck in New York? I think Tim Curry would have been a WONDERFUL choice for playing the Grinch in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. He has that big evil smile. I think my favorite Tim Curry movie is Three Musketters.

I'm so tired. I'm running on less sleep over the last two days than I normally get in one day.


DJ Evans - Nov 8, 2005 6:55 pm (#1661 of 2980)

Oooo, I love both Clue and Murder by Death. Both have me giggling throughout them, with Clue out in the lead by a margin. It was funny but while I was reading those who had quoted a line or two from them, I was saying them in the characters voices -- "that's" how many times I've seen them.

I kept hoping that Tim would land a part in one of the HP movies. I thought he might would have been good as Peeves if they should have put Peeves in the movies. Oh well...... I do hope though that they never try to do a remake of Clue cause IMO I seriously doubt if they could ever do it justice.

Later, Deb


T Brightwater - Nov 8, 2005 6:57 pm (#1662 of 2980)

Mandy, what are you doing here if you're that short of sleep???? Seriously, we love your company but go take a nap, girl! :-)


Madam Pince - Nov 8, 2005 8:35 pm (#1663 of 2980)

I agree, Mandy, Tim Curry would've been a wonderful Grinch! And Peeves, too, for that matter.


Stephanie M. - Nov 8, 2005 9:38 pm (#1664 of 2980)

WOW!! You guys have been extremely chatty!

Well, I gotta run so this will be extremely short.

I love the movie Clue ... and the game too! It's fun to play in scary rooms when there are thunder storms. I once played in my cousin's old country house when they were in the process of moving, so there wasn't a lot left in the house and I was really little and I remember playing clue in the basement and there were thunder storms. It was around 7 years ago so I was 6 years old. And that's all I really remember. But the movie was GREAT! I haven't seen it in 2 years, I think. I must rent it...

Well, that was longer than I expected.

Nighty Night, everyone! Have pleasant Harry Potter related dreams!


Ydnam96 - Nov 8, 2005 11:09 pm (#1665 of 2980)

I was trying to stay awake because I had a staff meeting to go to and once I fall asleep it is soooo hard to wake up and go do more work. But I was so tired that right after I posted I did go take about an hour nap.

We just got done with our staff meeting and I was just checking my email and then I'm gonna go to bed- but it's such a habit every time I get online I have to check the forum. It's a part of my routine. I go on autopilot Smile

But you are right, it is now time to go to bed.

Night all!


The giant squid - Nov 9, 2005 3:31 am (#1666 of 2980)

Finn, you disappoint me...not one comment about me going to bed at 3AM? You're slipping, old man.

I'll keep giving my sister crud about the name, but I think it's a lost cause--she can be very stubborn when she wants to, and this time she has her husband's backing (something in the water, maybe). I figure karma will get them when he comes to them at age 14 and says, "I want to change my name. Cobain is stupid."

You know, if they'd just gone with "Kurt", I'd've rolled my eyes and gone along with it...but "Cobain"? Why??



Chemyst - Nov 9, 2005 6:26 am (#1667 of 2980)

So, her husband is in on it?  Does that make it a co-bane?

Bane - something that causes misery; something that causes ruin


Good Evans - Nov 9, 2005 6:46 am (#1668 of 2980)

Oh Lina - I havent been on my home email for a couple of days - I will go there tonight - promise!!!! and an advance thank you so much! I will post asap...

Azi - now you see, there are few of us here that can relate to how wonderful (and very naughty) 800 grams of Cadbury Chocolate is - but I am there with you, I hope it is Dairy Milk - the best!!!

as for Tim Curry - love him to death - whether he is Frank N furter or pennywise the clown in IT, a very under rated actor. I

bought the 3 musketeers simply because he was in it!!

as for Cobain - I am sorry to say that I think it sounds awful - why doesnt she call him (if indeed it is a him) Curt instead? not my favourite name but definitely better than Cobain!


Lina - Nov 9, 2005 7:35 am (#1669 of 2980)

It seems to me that you guys will have to accept the Cobain name. It doesn't sound strange to me at all. Not any stranger than many other names on the Forum. I have cousins with names Erik and Edgar. I don't know how strange those names might sound to you, but believe me, they are not common here at all. But they are two of the first things that I learned in my life and they have always sounded normal to me. I had to grow up quite a bit until I discovered that my cousins have strange names. Once that you meet this little charming guy, you will start to love his name as well.

When I saw the dragon on the GoF premiere in London, I just thought how they had to notify the Muggle Prime Minister that they are importing the dragon for the purposes of the premiere.


azi - Nov 9, 2005 7:58 am (#1670 of 2980)

Thanks Finn, I'm already better!

Julie - Of course it's Dairy Milk! It is the nicest Cadbury's chocolate, I agree.

Methinks I'm going to have to see this 'Clue' film. It sounds funny.

I don't like Cobain either, or Kurt for that matter. Maybe you should think of a good name and insist on calling the child that? (it's what my great-grandfather did; my grandad was born while he was at war and called Harold, but G-grandfather did not like that and forever called him James...)

Have a groovy day everybody!


Mrs. Sirius - Nov 9, 2005 8:09 am (#1671 of 2980)

Lina that is so funny. Eric and Edgar are not odd names here at all. although, Edgar is not as common. But that all depends on your perspective. My mother seemed never to get peoples names. She found names to be so strange and hard to pronounce. Names such as "Bob" and "Bill" or "Tom" or "Elizabeth". In the USA those have been traditionally some of the most common names. Names like "Eduvirgen" or "Mariaestella" "Marisol" are perfectly normal for my mother.

I found this particularly funny recently when in the course of work, I have to take names on the phone, and names such as "Cordova" or "Cabral" or "Balaguer" pronounced with an accent I can spell without asking. These names are not the common names in the USA.

Squid, when my girls were born, we had a tough time finding names for all those kids, so we played it safe and named 2 of the girls after their grandmothers, one of whom is named "Anastasia". We thought we had done a pretty decent job of it, but my sister called to say that was not a good name because kids would tease her and call her "anesthesia". We went ahead and called her that anyway. We've had no problems so far.

A comment on the way back post from Denise about losing valuables, I recently lost my keys to the van. I called the car company to get a new key, which they told us we would have to do when we bought it, they said no problem it's just --$35-- for a new key and ****$85*** to program the security code!!  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 793915934

Although I had done a thorough search for the keys before, after hearing that price I searched everything again and eventually found the key in the garbage where I had thrown them in a fury after cleaning out all the junk kids had left behind in the van. I was going to show them I meant business about leaving garbage the van!!


Elanor - Nov 9, 2005 8:26 am (#1672 of 2980)

Hello everybody! I've been reading this thread those last days and I loved your posts but I was too tired for posting myself because of that nasty cold. I'm just starting to feel better and reading your last posts just made me think that eating some chocolate could well help a bit too!

I don't like Cobain very much either, so Marie, Mike, we're with you!

Tim Curry... I loved the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" but I had no idea he once played Richelieu too. **trying hard not to think of Tim Curry playing Richelieu in the ROPS's costumes **

Have a great day!

Audrey **sending healing and cheering charms all around**


Choices - Nov 9, 2005 9:57 am (#1673 of 2980)

Daniel Radcliff will be on The Regis and Kelly Show tomorrow (Thursday) in the USA - 10 o'clock Central time.


Finn BV - Nov 9, 2005 10:42 am (#1674 of 2980)

Mike, please see Finn BV, "Harry Potter" #2529, 6 Nov 2005 8:56 am. You obviously are slacking, ye olde squid.

Lina, Erik and Edgar are not exceptionally uncommon here (as uncommon as Finn ) but certainly not the most frequent names here.


Denise P. - Nov 9, 2005 11:11 am (#1675 of 2980)

Cobain, by itself, is not that far out there as a name. It is the association with the name that brings up a negative reaction. Kurt would have been a better choice if one was bent on naming a child for that specific individual. But I also have to admit that I am not fond of Kurt as a name either. Who I am to talk though? I have an Iain, Kierynn and Rhys! I found another mom who has an Aidan Rhys too..how weird is that? Have never found another Kierynn, girl, spelled that way. Sigrid named her son Cieran though. Same name, just different gender and spelling (hers is correct, it is a boy name)


Puck - Nov 9, 2005 11:26 am (#1676 of 2980)

Okay, so who was saying kids under the age of 5 don't lie? My 3 year old came downstairs yesterday with pink all around her mouth. I asked if she had been playing with my lipstick she said "No." I asked why her mouth was pink and she covered it with her hand and continued to deny what she had done. I finally got her to fess up, and then explained about lies and truth. (I neglected to mention that if you are going to lie, it's best not to have the evidence on your face!)

Glad all are on the mend. Perhaps thoughts of that name were making you ill? Unfortunately, if the parents are in agreement, you will have to live with it.

Will have to watch "Clue" at some point, as it seems I am one of the few who hasn't. Went to see "Rocky Horror" many times during college, though, and "Muppet Treasure Island" is in our DVD collection. (Funny, I was confused at the started of the discussion, as I kept thing of Tim Conway.)

Finn, have fun at the early screening! I still haven't worked out when I'm going to see it, but I'm thinking of running out one afternoon and giving Mr. Puck the chance to juggle 3 kids for a few hours.

Off to grab lunch now that my girls have both eaten! Wish I had some Cadbury in the house! (Caramello my favorite.)



Good Evans - Nov 9, 2005 11:47 am (#1677 of 2980)

well I have managed to post the picture - although it is a bit small! - my grateful thanks to Lina - and I will kep trying to get it to a size that is a bit clearer!! At least you all get the idea anyway. I wish I wasn't such a technopygmy!!!

have a lovely night everyone - I have ballroom class tonight so I have to go and get my dance shoes out - altogether - one two three ....


Tazzygirl - Nov 9, 2005 12:56 pm (#1678 of 2980)

I haven't seen 'Clue' either... Guess I should go and rent it!

Baby names- I have a few that still make me wonder what the parents were thinking. I lived in Mississippi for several years- and I went to school with two kids (brother and sister) whose names were 'Orangejello' and 'Lemonjello'. You pronounce them along the lines of Michelangelo... Yeah... I think that tops the weird baby name list...


Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 9, 2005 1:24 pm (#1679 of 2980)

My we're chatty recently! I think it's been two days since my last post and I had about 30 posts to read through!

Finn- Have a great time at the advanced screening. That's so awesome! I'm so jealous! Just don't spoil it for the rest of us who aren't so lucky.

Mike & Marie-I'm with you two. Cobain just isn't the greatest name in to world. Kurt would have been a better choice!

I think I'm going to have to join those of you who need to watch Clue! I have also never seen it, although I've heard from many people (on and off the forum) that it is extremely funny! I loved Tim Cury in rocky Horror Picture Show and Three Musketeers!

Things here are getting kind of hectic around here as the Fall Quarter at school comes to as end. I haven't had nearly enough time to hang out on the forum as I'd like. Although I have been spending more and more time in the chat room recently.

I talked to Aaron yesterday, and he again sends his thanks for all the thoughts and prayers from everyone!!



Finn BV - Nov 9, 2005 1:58 pm (#1680 of 2980)

Oh, wow, Tazzy, those poor kids!

Julie, your pic is a little small – I can only make out you wearing a witch's hat… try taking the pic to Microsoft Word, right-clicking/control-clicking, and choosing "Save As Picture". Then a save window will appear. Find the picture in wherever you saved it, and find the size of it (Get Info, or whatever they call it on a PC). You can adjust the size in Word.

Glad you have heard from Aaron, Jenn. It's great he can stay in touch.


haymoni - Nov 9, 2005 2:20 pm (#1681 of 2980)

Hey all!

It's Open Enrollment time, so I am hard at work collecting forms and explaining about deductibles and co-pays and all that fun stuff.

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

I might get talk to you all again in December.


Lina - Nov 9, 2005 2:28 pm (#1682 of 2980)

Mrs. Sirius, that was most certainly a tough job, inventing three names at once. And congratulations on finding a key!

Elanor, belated healing charms your way! Here, have some tea with cookies,

Denise P. : I found another mom who has an Aidan Rhys too..how weird is that?
LOL, Denise, this sounds at least interesting! We chose a name Veronika because we thought that this is an example of a rare name that is not odd, at least here. Then we lived in a building where there were two more Veronikas! One of them is in the same day-care group with my youngest daughter.
Cobain, by itself, is not that far out there as a name. It is the association with the name that brings up a negative reaction.
That's exactly what I was trying to say. Although I have no idea about the source of the negative association, I just guess that the little boy will start to be a source of the positive associations, since the parents seem to be quite stubborn...

Haymony, an anti-Dementor shield for you!

Julie, I think we will have to have another chat...


Tazzygirl - Nov 9, 2005 2:51 pm (#1683 of 2980)


Just to let you know there are two more people joining us HP night- they work with Scott. If you know anyone who would like to go, let me know and I'll see if I can get more tickets... just one more week!!!!!! Yeay!!



Puck - Nov 9, 2005 3:20 pm (#1684 of 2980)

Escaping for a few minutes. My kids are in crabby moods this afternoon. I still haven't managed to do the dishes, and it's almost dinner! (I started a stew this morning, so at least that's done.)

And I come here to find people doing yard work and cleaning plants! Making us lazy types look bad! *grin*

Bay's done eating, going to try to get some smiles!



Herm oh ninny - Nov 9, 2005 4:41 pm (#1685 of 2980)

Hey guys! Well, as I posted in the “you know you’re a HP fan when . . .”  thread, I bought 4 tickets for GOF in Imax in NYC and also tickets for the midnight show on Thursday night!! I can barely contain my excitement!! I printed out my Imax tickets from Fandango and I was showing them to everyone at work today! LOL Two of my non HP fan co-workers/friends called me a loser! Whatever

I LOVE CLUE!!! I watch my Clue DVD at least once a week! I love Murder by Death too.

Well, off to class


timrew - Nov 9, 2005 5:37 pm (#1686 of 2980)

D J Evans:- I kept hoping that Tim would land a part in one of the HP movies. I thought he might would have been good as Peeves.....

For a moment I thought you meant me, and not Tim Curry.

Although a fat Peeves with a beard would have been an interesting concept..........


Viola Intonada - Nov 9, 2005 8:11 pm (#1687 of 2980)

*Pictures Tim in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"*

Tazzygirl, were the Lemonjello and Orangejello twins by any chance from Ohio. I know several people who have come across them. One of my friend's husband had them in class, junior high I believe, about ten years ago or so. Several people I worked with in a medical lab had come across them from time to time, too.

I worked in a medical lab for several years. I wish now that I had kept a log of all of the unusual names that we had come across. In several cases, I felt that the parents should have been made to wait 24 hours to name their child (to decrease the risks of naming a child while under the influence of drugs or the pain of the event) and receive some counseling on the life the child will bear with this name. They should also be required to spell check the name first, too. :goofygrin: (This is, of course, all tongue-in-check. What seems horrible to some, is quite beautiful to others. We are all entitled to our own opinion, as long as we don't force it down other’s throats. )


Denise P. - Nov 9, 2005 8:43 pm (#1688 of 2980)

Who remembers the episode on ER a few seasons back? A mom wanted to name her new daughter "Cher" but wanted a unique spelling so she chose C-h-a-i-r

Oh, Madam Pince....this is a different "Sirius" outfit. Iain got this as a gift in July 2001. Keep an eye on your snail mailbox! I have no doubt young Mr. P will look equally dashing with more bold Sirius stripes


Tazzygirl - Nov 9, 2005 11:02 pm (#1689 of 2980)

Viola Intonada wrote- "Tazzygirl, were the Lemonjello and Orangejello twins by any chance from Ohio. I know several people who have come across them. One of my friend's husband had them in class, junior high I believe, about ten years ago or so. Several people I worked with in a medical lab had come across them from time to time, too.'

No- they were born and raised 'Mississipians'!

My mom had tried to keep a log of the unusual names (she was a substitute teacher), but it didn't really work, she lost track!


Marie E. - Nov 10, 2005 12:03 am (#1690 of 2980)

I had always heard the story of Orangejello and Lemonjello was an urban myth. You mean it's true? Those poor people.

I'm glad Mike mentioned the nickname Coby to our sister because I was too chicken to do it. I've resigned myself to the name. It could be worse. I'll focus on the joy of the occasion: I get to buy teeny baby clothes! And those eeny weeny shoes!


The giant squid - Nov 10, 2005 12:22 am (#1691 of 2980)

So, her husband is in on it? Does that make it a co-bane?—Chemyst

Absolutely. Like Marie said, I've resigned myself to it. I'll let our mom do the guilt thing, she's so much better at it.

Maybe you should think of a good name and insist on calling the child that?—azi

I like it! "Hey, Brendan, come here." "His name is Cobain!" That's what I said, Brendan..." I'd be lucky to escape with my life.

azi, Tazzygirl, etc. you absolutely must rent Clue: The Movie. It's just that funny.



Amilia Smith - Nov 10, 2005 1:06 am (#1692 of 2980)

Sounds wonderful Tazzy! The more the merrier. I can't tell you how excited I am to have a group to go to the movie with. I am in the process of converting my coworkers to Pottiness: we have been listening to my CDs, and I've been giving out the addresses to the best websites. But the two who are most excited about GoF don't live in town . . .

They should also be required to spell check the name first, too.

That's how I ended up with Amilia. Really. My mom thought that was how you spelled Amelia. It used to bug me to no end when I was little, having to correct my kindergarten teacher on how to spell my name. Not only is it an unusual name to begin with (although there are more cropping up all the time :-)), but I had to spell it weird too. I've grown to like it though. Amilia is just so much more symetrical than Amelia. And I quit caring how my name was spelt. I will now answer to Amelia, Emilia, Amilya, or any other variation you can come up with, no questions asked.

Although I have no idea about the source of the negative association, . . .

Lina, Kurt Cobain was the lead singer of a very popular rock band who committed suicide in 1994.

Congrats on the early movie tickets, Finn! And what do you mean you won't give out spoilers? What kind of a friend are you anyway? :-) Also, are we to understand from your second line of information that you are marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, or does the "I" refer to the turkey?

I have somehow lost my fork. Just so you know, it you boil them long enough, it is possible to mash potatos with a spoon.



Lina - Nov 10, 2005 5:18 am (#1693 of 2980)

Kurt Cobain was the lead singer of a very popular rock band who committed suicide in 1994.

Ouch! I see now. It is almost like naming the kid Voldemort. There must be something you can still do, Marie and Mike... I'm sending you some persuading charms!


Chemyst - Nov 10, 2005 5:30 am (#1694 of 2980)

Seeing as how us procrastinators like to binge on low-priority activities, (to keep us from our real work,) I googled Lemonjello and Orangejello. While there are many blogs and articles that claim these guys as real, I think they would have shown up on Oprah by now if they were. The various stories put them in over half a dozen different states, sometimes employed as deputies and other times as football running backs. There are even different pronunciations: Leh-MON-jeh-low or Lem-awn-ja-LO


Puck - Nov 10, 2005 6:40 am (#1695 of 2980)

Mills, even if you use the typical spelling, people nowadays still need help. I've seen many variations of Maya, and people have been asking how we're spelling Natalie. It is the trend here to make the spelling as unique (aka complicated) as possible.

I had ordered "Disney Adventures" magazine for my son, and quickly grabbed the first couple that arrived, as they had interviews with GoF cast. There was even a part about who would win a battle between Voldy and Darth Vader! (Voldy wins, of course. He'd just AK Darth and the Storm Troopers.)

Off to read the "how to" thread to figure out how to do that smily face thing!



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 10, 2005 8:19 am (#1696 of 2980)

Martha's got Daniel Radcliffe. I wonder if he'll make Hagrid's teacakes.


Puck - Nov 10, 2005 8:41 am (#1697 of 2980)

Saw Dan Radcliffe on Regis this morning. Thanks to whoever gave the heads up! Emma Watson will be on Tuesday's show. From the scene they showed, the movie has taken a few liberties compared to the book, changing bits and pieces, not just leaving parts out.



Gina R Snape - Nov 10, 2005 8:52 am (#1698 of 2980)

I saw Martha advertising for the show at 11. It was very odd, to say the least, to see her waving a wand and saying Wingardium Leviosa. You think she's a witch or a muggle?


Ydnam96 - Nov 10, 2005 9:10 am (#1699 of 2980)

Oh, a muggle alll the way. Well, she could be a squib. (sorry Martha is not my favorite person). Love the avatar Gina. And nice to see you around Smile

So as far as weird names, well not so much weird as wrong: in my high school we had twin (girls) named Billy Jo and Bobby Jo. We also had twins named John and Jonathan. I kid you not. Their father's name was John and grandfather as well. They were identical. It was weird.

It's raining here, which is great

Happy Thursday.


Loopy Lupin - Nov 10, 2005 9:36 am (#1700 of 2980)

Seeing as how us procrastinators like to binge on low-priority activities, (to keep us from our real work,) I googled Lemonjello and Orangejello.—Chemyst

I don't think these guys are real. Snopes.com has a page on these and other names. You'll have to figure out how to find it yourselves because it's not forum friendly.
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Viola Intonada - Nov 10, 2005 9:51 am (#1701 of 2980)

Amilia, I have to say I never gave the spelling of your name a second thought. It is still recognizable as Amelia. Names have so many different spellings now a days.

My mom wanted my oldest sister's middle name to be "Anne". The nurse told her it wasn't spelled that way and so spelled it "Ann" on the birth certificate. To this day my sister's middle name is without the "e". (The church we attended in the same town as the hospital was St. Anne's Church, obviously the nurse was not a member. )

Mike and Marie, did you suggest Denephew as an alternative? :goofygrin:

My grandmother's name was Cleo June. She hated the name Cleo and so was always called June. I like the name, but, out of respect for my grandmother, I never used it for my children.


Elanor - Nov 10, 2005 10:12 am (#1702 of 2980)

Ladies and gentlemen, the weekend has started here! Yeah!!!!!!!!! November 11th is always a day off here (we commemorate the end of World War 1).

I thought of you all in class this morning. I was giving a test to my students and I asked them, once again, why it was a bad idea to try to copy the answers from their neighbours. The general answer was "his answers can be wrong!". Arrrghhhh! I sighed, took a deep breath and said "ok, we try again" before explaining again that tests were made to help them because they'll tell me what they did not understand and not to judge them. But I guess I'll have to say it again soon!

Marie, Mike, good idea to think your Mom will be able to make her feel guilty about the name, mothers are usually really experts on the subject.

Have you see the videos from the French premiere of GoF on Tuesday? The link was on Mugglenet and TLC. Dan even spoke French for his fans, that was very cute! And Clémence is definitely more Fleur-ish when she speaks French too. Too bad we have to wait till November 30 for seeing the movie here.

Have a great day everybody!


Good Evans - Nov 10, 2005 10:40 am (#1703 of 2980)

I'm on a long weekend too Elanor - on leave tomorrow and flexi day on monday - hoping to get some christmas shopping done too - I hate shopping in December!!

Thanks Lina - the picture is a better size and you can see most of the dress with the long sleeves and my wand!!! I'll leave it up til the end of the month and then it really will be christmas trees - or maybe it will be a pyramid as I'll be getting excited for my holiday!!

We had a management training day today - did you know that the type of shape that you most identify with tells you about your character? squares like regimented and conformity, squiggles are free spirits!!! I chose the triange which means I like clear lines of responibility and hierarchies (apparently) and my second choice was the sqiggle - so I like structure but am also a free spirit!!! hmmmnnnn I'll have to give this some thought!

Happy thursday everyone and I'll be in the chat room in a while


Choices - Nov 10, 2005 11:24 am (#1704 of 2980)

This was a Harry Potter morning. Daniel was on the Today Show, then Regis and Kelly and then Martha Stewart. :-) Emma Watson will be on Regis and Kelly next Tuesday (15th) but I will be watching all three shows to see if she does like Daniel and appears on them all. BTW, Daniel said he is 16 and I say he is so cute and seems like a very nice young man!!


Madam Pince - Nov 10, 2005 11:32 am (#1705 of 2980)

And those eeny weeny shoes! –Marie

Oh, I know! I am such a sucker for little teeny baby shoes and socks! I got so many for Little Pince and he hardly wore any of them, but they are sooooo adorable!

Didn't Tazzy say she actually knew the "Jello" twins? It couldn't be an urban legend if she did.... Or maybe I misunderstood...???


DJ Evans - Nov 10, 2005 12:37 pm (#1706 of 2980)

Question -- do we know if "Cobain" will have a middle name? Maybe, as Viola Intonada was talking about, you could use either his middle name or at least his initials? Marie E & Mike, remember you will be this child's aunt/uncle -- it's in the bylaws, somewhere I'm sure, that you've got the right to nickname him. Smile hee hee

Tim: "For a moment I thought you meant me, and not Tim Curry."

Hmm, our very own Tim as Peeves? Yep, now that you mentioned it, I could see that -- I mean you have been titled with "King of Spew.

Oooo put me with the group who goes all soft & mushy on the baby shoes & socks too. And the pants (jeans especially) for the little ones? How adorable are those?

Finn -- you mean you aren't going to share "any" inside info with us when you get to see GoF early? That's not right, shame on you.....brhahahahaha Nope, you must give us something in the GoF movie thread. Please....pretty please?

Later, Deb


Kerfuffle - Nov 10, 2005 1:02 pm (#1707 of 2980)

Long time lurker, infrequent poster. I just have to put in my 2 knuts about Cobain. I like SquidMike's nickname of Coby. Tell your sister you will only call your nephew Coby Teeth (variation of Toby Keith -country singer) and invent a whole persona for little Coby. Maybe he could be a hillbilly singer with bad teeth and want to play the banjo when he grows up.

Naming a child after one of your interests means that child will be asked for the rest of his/her life *did your parents like...*


Finn BV - Nov 10, 2005 1:31 pm (#1708 of 2980)

Mills – I'll be happy to say anything if you'd like, all I've been getting from my friends is to say absolutely nothing! Haha – no, the turkey is talking in my second line of info. I will be in Maine for Thanksgiving like always.

Leh-MON-jeh-low –Chemyst

Though I considered LEH-mon-jell-oh, Tazzy said it sounds like "Michaelangelo," so I went with that.

Better pic, Julie! Thanks!

Deb, ok, ok, I will see what the policy is regarding spoiler and stuff from the movie… maybe I'll give you guys one juicy tidbit. Hey, from the YKYAHPLFW thread… How do you keep a Gryffindor in suspense?


Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 10, 2005 2:06 pm (#1709 of 2980)

How do you keep a Gryffindor in suspense? –Finn

Finn, you can't just walk away without telling us the answer!! The suspense is too much! Actually, I tried that on Aaron yesterday and he just laughed at me and said "Nice try, I'm in Hufflepuff...duh!" I think he's lying! Surely anyone in the military would be in Gryffindor IMHO!

Orangejello and Lemonjello? This topic sounds familiar. Didn't we talk about these twins a few months ago as well? Over the summer perhaps? I'm not complaining, I just want to make sure I'm not going insane!

Viloa-I sent you another e-mail about GoF in Cleveland! I don't really want to get into it here, but let me know when you get it! Sorry for the late notice!

I hope everyone is feeling better! Healing charms to anyone who isn't!!

Well, I'll be in the chat room for a bit longer if anyone else wants to join us!!



Tazzygirl - Nov 10, 2005 2:13 pm (#1710 of 2980)

Yes, I knew two kids named Lemonjello and Orangejello- they are real. And Chemyst is right with the pronounciation- I am horrible at pronouncing names correctly and writing them out- I thought I would put Michelangelo so you all could somehow get the idea of it. (I might have been a little off! But the last part is true- 'angelo')Now I need to go Google them to see what comes pops up! I just did a search on this thread to see if there was a another discussion on Lemonjello and Orangejello, and one person (Ladybug220)did bring it up back in September.

As for other twin names- My name is Kristina and my twin brother's name is Christopher- needless to say people keep calling us Kris and Chris- which I can't stand. I don't know how many times I have corrected these people! (Oh, and when we were born, my parents had agreed on naming me Kristina, while Chris was supposed to be something else. Taking advantage of my mom being kind of out of it from the drugs, Dad wrote Christopher on the birth certificate!)


azi - Nov 10, 2005 2:36 pm (#1711 of 2980)

Elanor, I wish it was the weekend for me!

I just finished writing my latest report (only 1400 words though) and have 2 practical sessions tomorrow, which inevitably lead to 2 more report write-ups. Saying that, I could've done the report a week ago, I just didn't bother (last minute thing again...).

I love your witches constume Julie! Are you going on holiday to Egypt? If so, I am envious!

I think Lemmonjello etc. are actually worse names than Cobain.

I'm sure I missed someone out here, apologies if so!

Have a brilliant day everybody!


T Brightwater - Nov 10, 2005 2:38 pm (#1712 of 2980)

My father once tried to tell my mother he wasn't married to her, since the name on their marriage certificate wasn't the same as the one on his birth certificate (Alonzo Buford instead of Buford Lonza, respectively), and she pointed out that neither was hers! (Hazel Inez instead of just Inez.) And, besides being adopted, I don't use my given first name and didn't change my last name when I got married...anyone trying to figure out what my "true name" is for magical purposes would have a hard time!


Denise P. - Nov 10, 2005 3:25 pm (#1713 of 2980)

Mr. Denise has his birth certificate wrong. Someone wrote his father's name as Robert Nellos instead of Robert Nicholas When we discovered this, it was not worth the $60 to change it but someday we may. His grandmother's birth certificate is wrong too. It lists her as being born in 1896 but she was born in December 1895. I am sure the doctor just didn't record it until 1896 and didn't think much about making sure the year was correct. She died in 2001 and always insisted that she had been born in 1895, family Bible supported it.


Honour - Nov 10, 2005 3:43 pm (#1714 of 2980)

Talking about names ... my husband told me a story about how his uncle got his er quite unusual name, for a New Zealander that is ...

Seems my father inlaw (when he was a child of 9) accompanied his dad to the registrar office to register the birth details of his brand new baby brother, as so often happens, while adults are busy filling in forms, children take the opportunity to ask questions, so whilst new Dad was filling in the appropriate form, 9 year old proeeded to ask, Dad, "why is the sky blue? how do planes stay up? dad,whats the name of that statue of the lady in America? you know the lady with the torch, Dad replies, "Liberty, the Statue of Liberty son". You guessed it! My husbands' uncle's name is Liberty Charles Smile


The giant squid - Nov 10, 2005 4:48 pm (#1715 of 2980)

Question -- do we know if "Cobain" will have a middle name?--DJ Evans

Apparently he will be saddled with the name Cobain Dean Brower. I suppse I could just call him Dean for the rest of his life...



DJ Evans - Nov 10, 2005 6:28 pm (#1716 of 2980)

hmmm? Well I think I would go with the Coby, IMO it's the best out of the suggestions so far. (like I really have a say in this hee hee) One good thing, I would think, at least she isn't naming him Kurt Cobain Brower.

About the strangest name I have from a person that I actually knew & that was one of my old bosses named her daughter "January". And you might wonder but no she was born in that month, I think she was born in November? But anyhoo strangely enough, after a bit it didn't seem all that strange of a name to me.

Then there is my grandmother -- Quinnie Zula Johnson. Quinnie Zula? ouch Sorry but it doesn't do a thing for me. Of course, that's not nearly as bad as an aunt somewhere in the family tree that was named "Icie". Maybe it was a cold & icy day when she was born? Smile

All right Finn, I was hoping you would share a bit of GoF with us ahead of time. Thanks!

Later, Deb


Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 10, 2005 7:16 pm (#1717 of 2980)

one of my old bosses named her daughter January" "-Deb

Deb, I used to work with a girl named January. That's too funny. I too thought it was a weird name when I first met her, but now I find it normal. In fact, I think it's kind of pretty.

Anyway, right now I'm nice and relaxed. For the first time since I've joined the forum, I'm completely caught up on all my threads! So, I'm enjoying the about 30 seconds that's going to last!

Have a great night everyone!!



timrew - Nov 10, 2005 7:22 pm (#1718 of 2980)

Mike, aka Giant Squid:- Apparently he will be saddled with the name Cobain Dean Brower.

Commiserations, Mike. But look on the bright side........he could have been called Dweezle!..........or Rower Mower Brower.

My first name is Michael, but I've been called Tim all my life - so why they called me Mike in the first place calls up a whole raft of questions.............


Denise P. - Nov 10, 2005 8:38 pm (#1719 of 2980)

Tim, have you ever asked? :0 We have a reason why we call Rhys by his middle name rather than his first name but then it opens up why didn't we just make it his first name? LOL My dad has always been called by his middle name and we actually call my brother by his middle name now too (among family) so Rhys could be considered a third generation middle namer. Before caller ID, we could always tell it was a telemarketer when they would ask to speak to Chuck or Charles (his first name). He has always been Larry (except to his mom, she always called him Lawrence)


Viola Intonada - Nov 10, 2005 8:44 pm (#1720 of 2980)

Mike- Does your sister and her husband have an obsession with famous people who met with an early death? (i.e. Kurt Cobain, James Dean) I would really watch this child in his teen age years for signs of suicidal tendencies.

I know many people who go by their middle names, by the choice of the parents. My mom and her brother both go by their middle names.

My grandmother loved the name Timothy, but my grandfather didn't. So they named the third son Thomas, but my grandmother always called him Tim. Well, by the fifth son (seventh child) my grandfather finally relented and named him Timothy. So we had Big Tim and Little Tim in the same family. Mike is also a very common name in my family. I was not allowed to marry a Mike or a Tim, because one of my sisters married a Tim and the other a Mike.


Amilia Smith - Nov 10, 2005 10:41 pm (#1721 of 2980)

My little sister goes by her middle name. Before she was born, my folks considered several different names, including Wendy, for my mother's best friend in high school. By the time she was born, however, they had settled on Colette. At which point I, the two-year-old big sister, threw a fit, having had my heart set on Wendy. So they tacked on Wendy to please me. But as Wendy Colette just flows so much nicer than Colette Wendy . . . It has actually turned out to be rather handy. She always knows if a telemarketer is calling because they ask for Wendy. And she can honestly say, "No one here goes by that name."



Mrs. Sirius - Nov 10, 2005 11:12 pm (#1722 of 2980)

My first name is "Santa", so, no, I never use it, never permit anyone to call me that. And I get a little sensitive during certain times of the year. However it has come in handy with my kids, I have always been able to tell them truthfully, "Santa brought your Christmas gifts". My family has always called me Maritza. Which is not my legal name at all. Funny names do run in my family, my cousin was born Clara Iluminada Luna, my mother's middle name was Maria, her father was Jose and she had a brother Jesus (pronounced he-sues).

Keeping my house clean has been a challenge to say the least. So I finally acknowledged reality and got someone to help me. When we told the kids we were getting someone to clean, my youngest asked "is she our house elf?". We carefully explained that these people were simply coming to helping us to keep the house clean.

Has anyone heard about a move to eliminate the "leap second" from our time keeping method? It's a proposal that would effectively make Greenwich mean time as worthless. It seems so outrages that can't help but think I am being bamboozled.


Tazzygirl - Nov 10, 2005 11:54 pm (#1723 of 2980)

I have a couple friends who are named Winter and April (which is kind of common). I used to work with a girl named Tuesday.

And on younger sibling names- when my sister was born my brother and I weren't quite two, my brother was going through a phase where everyone was a deedle-dee or doodle-doo or something along those lines. Well, when my sister was born, my parents named her KellyAnne, but for some reason the nickname my brother gave her stuck, and it is now on her birth certificate. Her name is KellyAnne Deedlebop. When she graduated high school my parents wanted to take Deedlebop out and move Anne as the middle name, but she refused. She loves it. And our neighbor back in Utah is forever known as Doodle-doo (but her real name is Ruth). Talk about influence!


The giant squid - Nov 11, 2005 5:35 am (#1724 of 2980)

Viola, I hadn't really caught the James Dean connection--too caught up in the other name, I guess. I'll definitely keep an eye on him as he grows up...could be a bad omen.

Tim, Mrs. Sirius, I have a somewhat similar thing with my name--I'm named Michael, after my grandfather, Edward. Yup, that's right. Apparently when he was born he had bright red hair & an uncle or somebody said, "Now there's a good Irish Mick!" He was known as Mickey from then on.

An unconfirmed tale in our family is that at my grandparents' wedding the priest said, "Do you, Edward, take this woman...?" and my grandma interrupted with, "Your name is Edward?" Amid the laughter the priest asked if he should continue, or if they needed to talk first.

strangely enough, after all that I've never been called Mickey. It just doesn't fit, I guess.



Marie E. - Nov 11, 2005 7:27 am (#1725 of 2980)

Mike, I thought the "your name is Edward?" thing happened when they went to the courthouse for their marriage license. Either way, it really happened. Poor Grandma!

I just found out that Mr. E completely forgot about asking for the 25th and 26th of December off (he works Sundays). I asked for my days off as soon as my sister and I talked about doing Christmas together. I'm going to ask him every day now as he leaves for work. Oh, and there's finally an opening in the day shift so he'll be off nights in about a month. He's been working nights for almost two years now. The only down side is that Shayla has been walking home from school and now when she gets there the house will be empty. Before he was asleep, but at least he was home. Still, I'm glad he's going back to days.

one more week until GoF


Gina R Snape - Nov 11, 2005 9:18 am (#1726 of 2980)

I knew a girl named Tuesday when I was a kid. My brother Ricky has NO middle name, and people have argued with him that his first name 'can't' be Ricky. They get insistent that it must be short for Richard! And both my father and my eldest brother are called by their middle names.

Severus does not take kindly to nicknames. I've never been called anything besides Gina. No nicknames ever seem to stick to me.


Ida-ho-Potato - Nov 11, 2005 9:30 am (#1727 of 2980)

Well my first name is Ida. I have went around with the nicknames of "Idaho, Ida-ho-potato, and spud". Every now then people will call me Ida May, but that is wrong because I am Ida Rose, not May.

Most of my brothers and sister received unusual names. (i am the youngest of six) We were all named after relatives.

William (Billy) Clinton - after dad.

Bridget Adelle, First after mom, middle after Great Aunt who was a Nun.

Belinda Rose (Died at birth)- After Aunt.

Arthur Gerome - after Grandpa "Buster Arthur".

Louvena Sue - after Grandma.

Kevin Lee - After uncle who died at sea in the Navy.

Ida Rose - first name after Great Aunt Sister Adelle.(was born Ida and changed to Adelle when she became a Nun. Middle name is after Deceased sister.

I almost received a Nephew named Rock. My brother-in-law was determined that if he had a boy is name was going to be Rock. My sister saying "no-way".


Ydnam96 - Nov 11, 2005 9:44 am (#1728 of 2980)

I can understand about the "your name must me..." My mom named me Mandy, not Amanda, but people insist that must be my name.

I've often gotten teased about my last name. People are so original..”.I'm gonna Huff and puff and blow your house down.”  Like they were the first to think of that.

I have a friend whose name is Kathleen with no middle name. People think it's weird. She likes it.

I have a Great Aunty Nun. I didn't know her "real" name for 27 years! Evidently it's Sister Rose Edwards (I'm not sure where the Edwards came from...it's not a family name). Anyway. She's just Great Aunty Nun. What more do you need?


Good Evans - Nov 11, 2005 10:58 am (#1729 of 2980)

I was very nearly a "Gertrude" after my Dad’s favourite aunt, but luckily I got the middle name of Wendy from my aunt instead!!! phew!

My younger brother is Jeffery - which means it is almost never spelled (or pronounced- he is not jeff rey) correctly by others and he is also saddled with Barrington (family name) - having said that though - at least it isnt Cobain!!!


Denise P. - Nov 11, 2005 11:09 am (#1730 of 2980)

Way back, a few generations, I had a great-great-great-great grandfather (I think I went back far enough, my grandmother's great-great grandfather) who decided his girls didn't need a middle name since they could just use their maiden name once they were married. Since that time, none of the girls in my maternal family have a middle name. I don't and my girls don't either.


Ida-ho-Potato - Nov 11, 2005 11:21 am (#1731 of 2980)

My husband's Grandma Dalta and all her brothers and sisters were similar. The difference was that every one, boy or girl had the same middle name, which was their mother’s maiden name. The maiden name was Masten.

Dalta Masten Hodson

Hollis Masten Hodson

Dalta (Grandmother-in-law) once told me she dropped the Masten when she went to college. She did not want announced at graduation time "Dalta Masten Hodson". She said it sounded Masculine and did not want to be referred to in that way.

Oh get this, When she got married her last name did not change. She married another Hodson "Worth Hodson". They were distant cousins, removed 5 or 6 times. When I learned this I was going through the genealogy to see if that was what was wrong with my father-in-law. haha.


Elanor - Nov 11, 2005 12:01 pm (#1732 of 2980)

The family tradition, in my mother's family, is that everyone has the name of Marie either as a second name (for girls) or as a third name (for boys), the girls' third name and the boys' second name being the kid's godmother or godfather's name. Er... I'm afraid it doesn't seem very clear explained like that! Examples should be better:

My name is Audrey Marie Claire (Marie-Claire is my godmother)

My brother is named Luc Dominique Marie (Dominique being his godfather)

My mother is named Simone Marie Justine (her godmother was named Justine), one of her brothers is André Pierre Marie, etc...


Lina - Nov 11, 2005 12:22 pm (#1733 of 2980)

Mike: Apparently he will be saddled with the name Cobain Dean Brower.

This reminded me of the name I heard about recently. The kid was named Jamesdin (pronounced like ya-mess-din with the accent on the e). Since there live many Muslims here, people tended to assume that it was a Muslim name until they found out that he was actually named after James Dean, except his parents didn't know how to spell it or even that it is not just one name.

My great great grandfather wanted his son to be Grga (Gregor) and the first two sons who got this name died when they were still babies. So my great great grandmother became superstitious about that name and decided to name next son Blaz (Blase, Biaggio or even Blaise), but the father insisted on Grga. So he was the only one who called him Grga and everybody else called him Blaz.

Hello Ida, welcome to the Forum!

We planned to go to the puppet theatre today, but instead we went to the doctor. Fortunately Mihaela had high temperature and she looked really sick, so I took Veronika along. She complained only about headaches and I could never be sure if it is just her attempt not to go to school. It turned out that Veronika has a scarlet fever. Now she has the whole week off from school and seems to be happy to be sick. Fortunately, we didn't decide to take her to the Theatre while taking Mihaela to the doctor.


Tazzygirl - Nov 11, 2005 12:37 pm (#1734 of 2980)

Very interesting name stories! I was named after an aunt- Kristine Rae, but my parents didn't really like the sound of it so put an 'a' instead of an 'e'.

Welcome Ida!!


Eponine - Nov 11, 2005 1:13 pm (#1735 of 2980)

My niece Ruby is named after her great-grandmother, and before she was born I was not that keen on the name. Now of course, no other name would do for her.

I'm extremely glad I wasn't named after either of my grandmothers. One's name is Ahava (I don't know her middle name) and the other's name was Elsie Melvina Thelma Lou. Mr. Eponine's middle name is Malone, as is his dad's and his grandfather's and his great-grandfather's. It's a family tradition (obviously), so if we ever have a son, I've been informed that his middle name must be Malone.


Honour - Nov 11, 2005 1:26 pm (#1736 of 2980)

My paternal grandmother's name is Honoria, she was called Nora, my daughter became her name sake with a slight up-dating as well as being named after my dad's oldest sister and my mums oldest sister, hence "Honour Isabella Rose", my sons are named after their grandpa's, Rankin MacQuarrie,& Crighton Isaiah, my sisters have lovely names too, Yushane Corrina and Natalie Sophia...


Ida-ho-Potato - Nov 11, 2005 1:30 pm (#1737 of 2980)

Well it is a good thing that my husband Grandma did not pass on the tradition of making your maiden name your child's middle name. she had one son and could have been Donald Hodson Hodson or Eugene Hodson Hodson. He received the name Donald Eugene Hodson, and goes by Eugene. I have never heard be called Donald, not even by his mother.

Why would you name someone one thing and then only use there middle name. Why not make the middle first and the first middle, confusing eh.



Stephanie M. - Nov 11, 2005 3:06 pm (#1738 of 2980)

Hey everyone!! I haven't posted here in a little while!

Well, I don't have anything to say about middle names, really. My middle name is Amanda, but no one calls me that. But I hate how it starts with the letter A because my initials spell SAM. My parents thought that if I didn't like being called Stephanie of Steph, then people could call me Sam, and I thought that was a little too masculine for me, even though I like the name Sam.

This has been the last week of the trimester here, so I have had tests and projects all week. But it's over now!!!

I'm very happy that I don't have a lot to do at the moment, but I'm also very tired. But I just got upset again because I was toasting cinnamon bread (without raisins, I don't like raisins) and it was heated on a higher setting in the toaster oven, so now my toast is burnt. And I don't remember where I left my swimming bag at school. There isn't anything very valuable in there except my wet swim suit and my 2 pairs of goggles. I left it in one of four places, so I'm not happy. But it will be okay. LOL that was very random!

Finn, I'm so jealous that you are going to see GoF on Monday!!! PLEASE don't tell me anything!! I'll stay away from the GoF Movie thread for a while.

Have a good rest of the day/night everyone!!


The giant squid - Nov 11, 2005 4:51 pm (#1739 of 2980)

She's just Great Aunty Nun. What more do you need?--Ydnam96

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

Marie, I had never heard the story from Grandma herself, and the way tales change in the telling...

Lina: It's amazing how that happens sometimes, you take one kid in to the doctor to find out it's the other one that's sick! Clearly it was your "mother's intuition" that prompted you to take Veronika along, right?

Stephanie, I feel your pain. My initials are MEW. Could be worse, though--my cousin's are PEW.



T Brightwater - Nov 11, 2005 5:13 pm (#1740 of 2980)

I was called by my first name or a nickname through junior high, but when I got to high school, I decided I liked my middle name better, especially since it doesn't appear in any Christmas carols.


timrew - Nov 11, 2005 5:30 pm (#1741 of 2980)

Okay, Denise, I'll ask - never thought of doing it before!

Will report back............


Finn BV - Nov 11, 2005 6:15 pm (#1742 of 2980)

Ah, yes, everyone comes up to me and says, "So Finn is short for Finnigan, right? Or Phineas?" I need a sign posted to my forehead that says "IT'S JUST FINN!"

Welcome to the forum, Ida.

Gee, Audrey, your parents sure liked the name Marie, huh?

Lina, "cheering" charms () to Veronika. Whole week off from school, that's just devastating… Hope she gets better! How horrible!

Your toast is burnt, Steph? What a tragedy! Yes, the trimester is finally over! I've been so exhausted!

It's about 8:15pm here and I've been exhausted since 8:15am. The entire day has just been moving along so slowly! I nearly feel asleep in History, which is basically impossible because I love my teacher and she is by far the most energetic person you have ever met – even she was tired! I think I'm going to go to bed now… it took me about ten minutes to write this post… *yawn* Good night, all!


Chemyst - Nov 11, 2005 7:58 pm (#1743 of 2980)

T Brightwater, Don't you know someone named Moreorangejello?  (Morrongiello)


DJ Evans - Nov 11, 2005 8:39 pm (#1744 of 2980)

Jenn, seriously you knew a January too? You're right that is too funny. I thought it was such a unique name but maybe not. Well, not unless it happens to be the same girl? hmmmm, wonder? And though I liked it on her, I still have a hard time in thinking that it would fit on anyone else.

Anyhoo, I was reading the obituaries this morning (I know sad but you never know who you might know in there) and there was a young woman listed and her first name was "Sunday". Now two things popped in my head -- 1) Sunday for a name? (weird) & 2) Must tell the gang.

Lina -- Hope the girls get to feeling better soon. Healing charms sent your way.

Later, Deb


Stephanie M. - Nov 11, 2005 8:44 pm (#1745 of 2980)

Your toast is burnt, Steph? What a tragedy! –Finn

LOL I was so tired when I wrote that my toast was burnt! I went out to dinner and came back around 8:20pm and I was reading some of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings for English and I fell asleep for about 40 mins and now I'm awake, but pretty tired. I'm going to go to bed soon.

Tomorrow, I'm going to the Live PotterCast/MuggleCast with my sister. I plan to take a ton of pictures, if I can get a good spot. We are leaving out house around 4pm and we should leave Barnes & Noble around 10pm, I think.

**Time to sleep**

Good night everyone!!


dizzy lizzy - Nov 11, 2005 9:00 pm (#1746 of 2980)

The story goes in my family that when my sister and I were born, our mother was "so exhausted" she couldn't think of any middle names...

Mind you when the brother was born, guess who got a middle name then .  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 1242194059

I've always been known as Liz or Lizzy. Very few people call me Elizabeth (generally my Mum, and businesses etc) and only my orthopeadic surgeon calls me Eliza.

However when I am talking to strangers or people I don't know (either in a personal or work related capacity), I use my full name and don't allow it to be shortened until I've sussed the person out. To this day I still have people I know who still call me Elizabeth.

I went out to my remote area workload last week. Along the way, there and back, I saw 5 pelicans, dozens and dozens of Galahs and parrots, One Bearded Lizard(type of lizard) and nearly ran into a Goanna, a Sheep, and a Kangaroo. It must be the rain we've been having. It is not enough to break the drought, but what run-off there has been, has allowed some animals to flourish after about 4 years of very little moisture around.

Have a nice weekend everybody



Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 11, 2005 11:16 pm (#1747 of 2980)

Hey everyone! You guys get chattier and chattier every day I think!

I don't really have any "funny/unsual names" stories. If I were a boy I was going to be Ryan, and if I was a girl, I was supposed to be "Danielle", but when I was born, my dad looked at me and just said "Jennifer Lynn". My parents had never even discussed either of those names, but my dad insisted I looked like a Jennifer, not a Danielle, and my mom agreed. He said came up with Lynn because it just came naturally after Jennifer to him.

Then, when my brother was born, they knew he was going to be a boy (my mom refused to let the doctor tell her with me) and had decided on Eric. But my neighbor's had their son a few months before my mom had my brother, and they named their son Eric. So, my parents, at the last minute, decided to change Danielle into Daniel and my brother became Daniel James (James after my father!)

That's about it for my name stories!

This weekend should be an interesting one. I'm home in Cleveland until Sunday night, hanging out with my brother and trying to get my focus back. My parents are in Boston for the weekend and have no idea I'm at the house. Things have gotten really stressful and hard for me recently and I just needed to get away from school for a bit. The interesting part is that, I have no idea when my parents are due back from Boston, and neither does my brother (they didn't tell him so he wouldn't be tempted to throw a party or anything while they're gone. He is 17 and has the house to himself for the weekend so it's understandable they'd be worried about that!) So now I have to pray I'm out of here and on my way back to Columbus before they get home!

Anyway, only a week until GoF!!!

Have a great night everyone!!



Ydnam96 - Nov 11, 2005 11:40 pm (#1748 of 2980)

Jenn, would your parents be mad that you are at home? It seems that you could make quite a good babysitter for your brother Smile

Nothing too much to report here in my life. But I wanted to let you know about James, the little boy who I told you about several weeks ago who was diagnosed with Leukemia. They've run more tests and unfortunately he is considered a "high risk" case...but his doctors give him a 90% chance of making it through which is amazing. He has been going through chemo which they administer at home, but he has been running a fever and his red cell count has been low as well as having a compromised immune system. That resulted in another blood transfusion. His family is doing the best they can. His mother is pregnant and his brother is having a hard time because his dad has been staying at the hospital all the time with James. So their family could use prayer. They are doing surprisingly well. They have made some connections and friends in the hospital and that seems to be helping them as well. I appreciate all of you who have been praying for them

And. Thank goodness it's the weekend. I need a break. Smile


TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 12, 2005 12:27 am (#1749 of 2980)

My "Darl'n son-in-law wanted to name my youngest grand-daughter "Journey On". He settled on Stormy, after the storm he went through on that light bulb idea. Both names would have suited this child!

...toddles off making no more contributions to the name game...


Honour - Nov 12, 2005 12:55 am (#1750 of 2980)

One of my elderly neighbours, very lovely lady in her mid 70's with the christian name of "Shadow" and her surname is Black. Mrs Black has a pet dog called "midnight" :-)
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CatherineHermiona - Nov 12, 2005 3:14 am (#1751 of 2980)

Well, I don't have many funny/unusual name stories, but my sister has (Talking about it, I need more healing charms then her. She acts like she is fine, even better.). I have one. When I was going to Èabar with Religion teacher, I met a girl named Katarina, same age as me. Then I found out she has a sister named - Veronika. That was funny. We talked a lot and we saw we have a lot similarities. That was funny.

My initials with my middle name would be KAÈ. My middle name is Ana. Now I'm called Kaèa. It's funny but I'm already used to it so I don't want to change it. But I want to say I like Kate more, only it spells old fashioned on Croatian.

I'm still in the chat room. Kate


Puck - Nov 12, 2005 9:48 am (#1752 of 2980)

Mandy, many thoughts with this young boy and his family.

Mike and Marie, now I don't feel so bad about Mr. Puck asking me what my middle initial "E" stood for when we were filling out some paper work before our wedding! I mean, at least he knew my first name.

Stephanie, I read that book this summer. Maya's name came from the author, so I thought it would be good to read the book. I saw Ms. Angelou being interviewed by Oprah right after discovering I was having a girl. I liked the name, and was impressed with this strong, intelligent, inspirational woman.

Parker mentioned that the baby's nickname could be "Nat", and I told him that a "gnat" is a pesky bug, and his sister's name is Natalie.

Glad for those enjoying the long weekend. I have all the kids home for 4 days, so I am looking forward to Monday! We did get to visit my Mom yesterday. She works weekends, Parker has school during the week, and she lives 1 1/2 hours away, so we don't get to visit often, and she's been aching to hold the baby!

Have a good Saturday!



haymoni - Nov 12, 2005 10:09 am (#1753 of 2980)

Hey all!

My mother once told me that she always wanted to have a daughter and name her Julie. Then she married my father. Our last name is Romeo and she just couldn't bring herself to curse her daughter with Julie Romeo.

I am eternally grateful.


Finn BV - Nov 12, 2005 12:58 pm (#1754 of 2980)

All the best to James, Mandy.

Kate, how is È pronounced? "Ay-a"? Is Kaèa actually a name in Croatian or just your initals?

Maya's name came from the author, so I thought it would be good to read the book. –Kathy

Actually, from what our English teacher told us, the book is semi-autobiographical, yet it is not intended to be "The Autobiography of Maya Angelou: Renamed." It's a little boring coming right off To Kill a Mockingbird, but it's an interesting story (so far).

Have a good day everyone!


Ida-ho-Potato - Nov 12, 2005 4:17 pm (#1755 of 2980)

My prayers are with the little boy and his family.

I love the Nat/Gnat thing. That was a good one.

I am going this friday to see GoF. Can't wait. I even told my husband, to save money for christmas we was not going to go, then he says "What!(mind you he has not read a single HP book)I want to go." I asked him well who paying you or me (my money christmas money). He goes, well I planned to pay, so I said OK then we will go. I want to take my kids but I am a little worried as to how scary it might be. Movies can be more scary at theater than at home, and at home you can turn off the movie. No, way am leaving the theater because my kids are scared, so I will not take them. Oh well ramble ramble ramble, i just seem to ramble on.

Well got to go.

Oh, Thank you everybody for the Welcome.

Have a Happy Weakend!


timrew - Nov 12, 2005 6:05 pm (#1756 of 2980)

Twinkling Blue Eyes:- He settled on Stormy.......

Just as long as their surname isn't 'Nateecup'


Chemyst - Nov 12, 2005 6:12 pm (#1757 of 2980)

Tim, the American version is a little different... See World Wide Words ...so it took me a second.


Viola Intonada - Nov 12, 2005 7:34 pm (#1758 of 2980)

Haymoni, are you any relation to a Bill and June? Have you moved yet? If not, you should come see GoF with us.


Gina R Snape - Nov 12, 2005 8:32 pm (#1759 of 2980)

Well I went to the GOF premiere today and it was dreadful. Aside from there being no Alan there this time, the crowds were rougher and ruder and generally just awful. There were no decorations like at the Leicester Square premiere. And I am only just now--6 hours later--beginning to feel a reduction in pain from all the standing and pushing. Grrrr.

<----- One of maybe 3 decent photos I got from the entire day. Sorry it's not so clear but you know, 10kb is not a lot to work with...


Herm oh ninny - Nov 12, 2005 8:39 pm (#1760 of 2980)

I wanna join in the name game! Greek tradition dictates that you name your children after their grandparents. More specifically, the firstborn after the fathers side, and the second after the mother's side. I am named Kaliopi for my dad's mom, and my sister is Zinovia for my mom's mom. My youngest sister was named Maria for the virgin Mary. Needless to say, this tradition often causes many cousins with the same name. My cousin's side of the family has 6 Angela's and 7 Semos's, many with the same last name! It gets very confusing.

Also, the tradition on my father's island is that your middle name is your father's first name! Thus, my full name is Kaliopi Haralambia Hatzipetros!!! Try saying that 3 times fast!!!

Oooo put me with the group who goes all soft & mushy on the baby shoes & socks too. And the pants (jeans especially) for the little ones? How adorable are those? - DJ Evans[

You must have read my mind! For Christmas I bought little Perry (named after his grandpa Lol) these little jean overalls with little Ralph Lauren workboots, red socks, a red hoodie, and a brown and red stiped onesy! I can't wait to give them to him so he can wear them!


Stephanie M. - Nov 12, 2005 9:24 pm (#1761 of 2980)

I went to the MuggleCast/PotterCast (aka The Leaky Mug) and it was amazing!! It was so much fun! All of the MuggleNet guys are extremely friendly and charismatic. Melissa was a little shocked at how many people were there. We talked to her and Eric Scull for a while. It was just amazing!! I really need to tell the stories in person, but FAN GIRLS were absolutely going crazy!! Let's just say that some things were shouted at the boys that weren't very forum friendly. My sister and I took 162 pictures. And we got autographs from Emerson, Eric, Melissa, and Andrew.

Too bad the premiere was dreadful, Gina. I didn't pass by it, so I don't really know what it was like.


Gina R Snape - Nov 12, 2005 9:30 pm (#1762 of 2980)

Glad you had a good time at the PotterCast, Stephanie. I have met Melissa before (when I met Chris Rankin) and am not enamoured by her. I see no reason why people would want to get autographs from other fans just because they run a website. But I'm glad you had a good time.


Finn BV - Nov 12, 2005 10:12 pm (#1763 of 2980)

That's not a bad picture at all, Gina! Before I read your post and I looked at your avatar, I had for a fleeting second a thought that Dan had taken the time to write this, but, alas, it was not so.

Rrrr! I am so mad, I really wanted to go to the Leaky Mug Podcast, but, oh, well, tennis comes first I guess . Steph, you chatted with Melissa too? That's so cool. Sorry, Gina, it's a little incredible what we will consider celebrities at our age, but, that's the way things are. I answered two trivia questions over the phone, but I guess one Steph's sister got a second before me (Cedric's wand core) and the other was just to help out some people a couple of rows back? (Hermione's middle name – Jane – same as Umbridge's. ) Well, in less than 48 hours I will have seen the movie, so I'm pretty excited nonetheless!

Good night all!


Stephanie M. - Nov 12, 2005 10:28 pm (#1764 of 2980)

I talked to Eric again after he sat next to us. A girl asked him to sign her chest and he was kinda embarrassed, but he made it really funny.

The woman who was asking trivia questions didn't come back over to us, but my sister and I both got TLC stickers. They raffled off a TLC T-shirt with the main cast members from GoF autographs on them, and the number they called was so close to my number, so I was upset. I think I'm going to order a MuggleNet t-shirt, though.

I'm going to post some stuff on the GoF thread now, so everyone have a good night!


The giant squid - Nov 13, 2005 2:31 am (#1765 of 2980)

Thus, my full name is Kaliopi Haralambia Hatzipetros!!! Try saying that 3 times fast!!!--Herm oh Ninny


Gina, the pic is fine, and goes well with the "note".



azi - Nov 13, 2005 5:49 am (#1766 of 2980)

Ack, everyone talks so much!

I don't have any interesting names so nothing to add.

I went home this weekend to have a nice break from uni before a hectic week next week (lots of assignments plus my room is being redecorated so I have to pack everything away!). I *hate* living where I spend my days working. You can never get away!

Glad to know you had a good time at the Podcast, Stephanie!

Hope everyone has a nice day!


Puck - Nov 13, 2005 10:52 am (#1767 of 2980)

Azi, try being a stay-home Mom! We never get to leave work behind, either. As the baby won't sleep in her own bed, currently my work even sleeps with me.

Was that the NYC premiere I saw a clip of on the news that you went to, Gina? The line seemed to go on for blocks.

Martha Stuart is so a Muggle, and obviously didn't know much about HP. She thought Wingardium Leviosa did something like make things disappear. Young Mr. Radcliffe pointed out that is not what the spell does. She did feed him some yummy looking French Toast/Eggy bread.

My girl needs lunch -back to living where I work and the job never ending.....



azi - Nov 13, 2005 11:57 am (#1768 of 2980)

I would hate to be a mum, let alone a stay at home one! Mind you, some people (in fact, a lot of people) actually enjoy looking after children. I avoid them at all costs! Hopefully, your baby will get less fussy about where they sleep soon, Puck!

Hmmm, I can hear some opera music from somewhere. Not sure whether it's the person next door singing (they study music) or them listening to it. It's not bad anyway.


Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 13, 2005 12:59 pm (#1769 of 2980)

Stephanie, I'm glad you enjoyed Podcast! It sounds like you had a great time!

Gina, I love the new avatar. The picture isn't really that bad!

Azi, I feel your pain about living where you work at school. It's so hard to relax in the same place you do everything else. I always feel like there's something else I should be doing and end up going over to a friend's room just to relax! Maybe the redecorating will help make your room seem like a different space and you can relax a bit more! :crosses fingers for you:

Well, that's really all there is from me. I've got to go help my brother clean up the house before my parents get home from Boston or they're going to have both our heads! Have a great Sunday everyone!!



Gina R Snape - Nov 13, 2005 2:17 pm (#1770 of 2980)

Puck, people were lined up all up and down the block, along one side of the pavement. There were at least a thousand people there, I would say.

btw, I posted a link to the clearer picture on the GoF film thread. I think I did pretty good getting that shot.


Amilia Smith - Nov 13, 2005 9:39 pm (#1771 of 2980)

Very funny story, Herm-oh-ninny! Makes the joke in My Big Fat Greek Wedding about everyone being named Nick or Nikki that much funnier.

Tazzy: They're showing PoA at Sunset on the Beach on the 26th!



I Am Used Vlad - Nov 13, 2005 9:50 pm (#1772 of 2980)

Gina, a long time ago, we were talking about Scrabble. You said no one would play against you because you never lose. I played today and scored 449, by far a personal best for me. All I want to know is if I would stand a chance?

Sorry, everyone else, for jumping back 15,000 posts or so.

And yes, the main purpose of this post is to gloat.


Gina R Snape - Nov 13, 2005 9:57 pm (#1773 of 2980)

Sorry Vlad, but I do not remember what was my highest score. However, your score sounds pretty impressive! Let me know when you next floo over to NYC and we can try playing a game.


Solitaire - Nov 13, 2005 11:00 pm (#1774 of 2980)

Herm-oh-ninny, your post reminded me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, when the groom's parents come to meet Toula's family. When her father was introducing everyone, it seemed like all of the Portokalos cousins had the same three names!


Tazzygirl - Nov 13, 2005 11:23 pm (#1775 of 2980)

Mills- we should go!!!! I have not been to a movie on the beach yet- and yes- I have been here two years!! (it is also about a two minute walk from my house! pathetic, I know...)

Info for the GoF midnight premiere- Scott has work, so he and his friends will meet us at Buca's (do you even like Buca? If you don't we can meet someplace else over there! I just assume Buca cause it is right there, plus it has awesome Italian food. ) at around 8:30pm. I don't know what area you live in, or rather how far you live away from Ward and UH, so if you want, you can either go home and then meet all of us at Buca's at 8:30, or I can meet you at Ward Center at 7:30, and we can walk around the shops until 8:30. Whatever you decide is fine with me. OH- and I already went and picked up the tickets!! (Can you tell I am a little excited? ) Also, if you want I can email you my phone number so we don't have to keep posting messages, and it is a quicker way to get in touch!

Mike- Did you say that the seating is vertical?! I am TERRIFIED of heights! The things I do for Harry!  :goofygrin:


The giant squid - Nov 14, 2005 12:19 am (#1776 of 2980) Reply

Vlad, congrats on proving your vocabularic superiority. I don't know what my highest score was but I'm pretty sure that one knocks it out of the water. I rarely won, though...no matter how good I did my cousin would always manage to somehow use all seven tiles, including X and Q, over a Triple Word Score. At that point I would usually throw something at him and go watch TV.



Amilia Smith - Nov 14, 2005 3:31 am (#1777 of 2980) Reply

Tazzy, I have sent you an email.

I am reminded of a Garrison Keillor skit about Scrabble playing, whiskey drinking Cowboys. Very funny, but I can't find it on line to share with you all, unfortunately.



Pigwidgeon - Nov 14, 2005 4:25 am (#1778 of 2980) Reply

I rarely won, though...no matter how good I did my cousin would always manage to somehow use all seven tiles, including X and Q, over a Triple Word Score. At that point I would usually throw something at him and go watch TV.

Heh, that sounds like my best friend and me playing Scrabble. She'd always clean my clock because she nearly always got the Q and U tiles, then managed to place her word on the double or triple word score. I keep threatening to take the Q tile out so that I might have a fighting chance


azi - Nov 14, 2005 7:20 am (#1779 of 2980) Reply

I usually get over 100 in Scrabble, but I play against myself. Avoids being beaten. I do remember the discussion about Scrabble, though!

Thanks, Soul Mate! I'm sure I'll get used to everything eventually. Hope you had a nice weekend at home!

Everyone have an amazing day!


Puck - Nov 14, 2005 10:06 am (#1780 of 2980) Reply

Daniel Radcliffe was on the Early Show this morning...guess he stayed in NYC over the weekend. He was quite funny, talking about how hopeless Harry is when it comes to girls, and how all guys are pathetic about such things at that age. The interviewer (who is named Harry) said he thought that Harry and Hermione seemed to be moving toward romance, but Daniel told him no. Obviously Harry Smith, like Martha Stuart, has not read the books.

I notice that GoF is showing on IMAX screens in some places. Hoping to find one near me, though will likely go to the local theater. (I can't leave the baby for that long.)

Movie's on the beach sound wonderful! I want to go to Hawaii!




Loopy Lupin - Nov 14, 2005 11:45 am (#1781 of 2980) Reply

Well, I got my Sirius radio dealy installed in my Jeep (waves to Kim ) this weekend. It is quite possibly the best thing ever. Unfortunately, while I was waiting for Beavis at Circuit City to install the contraption, I went to the movies and saw Derailed with Jennifer Aniston. It is most assuredly not the best thing ever. Don't worry, The Village is still the biggest dungfest I've ever seen, but Derailed is in the top ten. The "plot twist" was visible from a mile away and came with whistles, bells and flashing lights.


Gina R Snape - Nov 14, 2005 1:01 pm (#1782 of 2980) Reply

I'll be going to an IMAX to see GoF. PoA was 1000 times better on IMAX, so there was no question for me when it came to GoF. And, can you believe it, IMAX tickets are sold out for the Thursday midnight and all the Friday showings in NYC now. I'm so glad I bought my tickets as early as possible!


Tazzygirl - Nov 14, 2005 1:01 pm (#1783 of 2980) Reply

I have to say I have never played scrabble. I don't even know how the game works...

The movies on the beach are pretty cool, or from what I gather from driving by- there is a huge screen set up, kind of like a drive-in movie screen, and vendors set up food booths. The whole thing is set up right at the end of Waikiki, so there are lots of people who go. They usually do two movies every other weekend. Yup, I think people in Hawaii are a little spoiled!


Snuffles - Nov 14, 2005 2:15 pm (#1784 of 2980) Reply

Sounds like a great way to watch a movie Tazzygirl

I don't think we could watch movies outdoors in the UK. We would probably get rained on in the summer and frozen to our seats in the winter Eating popcorn and nachos inside does seem boring in comparison though!


The giant squid - Nov 14, 2005 3:25 pm (#1785 of 2980) Reply

Loopy, that echoes what my coworker said when he screened our print of Derailed. He said he had their big twist figured out an hour before it happened...

Movies on the Beach sounds like a fantastic idea! Too bad we don't have any beaches around here (Mandalay Beach doesn't count, it's just a pool with sand around it). And Movies in the Desert...well, that's just a drive-in.



Lina - Nov 14, 2005 3:36 pm (#1786 of 2980) Reply

Thank you all for the healing charms. Kids are feeling better which is probably worse than when they feel like sleeping all day. They are still not allowed to go to school and will be home all week. Since Veronika has a lot to study, Mihaela decided that she has to learn how to read and write. She has no problem with letters, but connecting them into a word, that's something else... So I told her that she should sing while reading, I ment pronouncing long vowels to connect the consonants. But she understood me literally and invented her melody for reading. It is really funny to listen to her, but it works! She is able to read words up to 5 letters now.

Mandy, our prayers are with James!

Haymony, I think that Julie Romeo definitely sounds better than Alfa Romeo for a name...

Finn, I'm just glad that you asked about È (or Ž, or Æ, or Ð, or Š for that matter)! I tried to explain Kate not to use these letters because they don't show correctly on other people's computers. If you ever find something strange in her posts, you can use View --> Encoding --> Central European and thus at least get the right picture of the letters.


T Brightwater - Nov 14, 2005 4:47 pm (#1787 of 2980) Reply

(jumping back a few dozen posts...)

Chemyst, well spotted! Actually the name is pronounced as moron-jello, which I suppose is even worse. :-)

Elanor, did you say you were from Clermont-Ferrand or near there? I've met someone else from there!


Doris Crockford - Nov 14, 2005 5:43 pm (#1788 of 2980) Reply

Hi everyone! I was reading the Forum while eating dinner tonight in my room, so I figured I should post and let you all know how I'm doing (I did a quick search and I think my last post was Sept 4). I have been so incredibly busy the past few months, both with school and meeting people and generally having fun. Frosh Week was amazing, and the best part of it was climbing the grease pole, even if it did take us 3 hours and 9 minutes. (it's a tradition for first-year Engineers at my school to try to pull a tam off the top of a 30 foot tall pole that has been greased with lanolin. We basically build a huge human pyramid tall enough for someone to reach the top and pull the tam off. But we took so long getting it that the upper-years came in and helped us get it. It was such an amazing bonding experience, and it was so much fun to talk to alumni at Homecoming about the pole. You probably think we're crazy for thinking that's fun, but it was amazing.) I also started playing rugby, which is actually a lot of fun, and I didn't hurt my knee again, which is good.

I have to say, I don't really like scrabble, and haven't played it very much. I think my personal high score is about 85, so 449 is very impressive, Vlad.

I haven't been to see a movie in such a long time. I actually don't know when I'll get to go see it, since there's no theater doing a midnight showing in town, and I have class/a party I'm sort-of organizing that night.

Well, I'm off to go do some homework- I have two tests tomorrow morning. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up with the Forum a little from now on.


Madam Pince - Nov 14, 2005 7:06 pm (#1789 of 2980) Reply

Good to hear from you, Doris Crockford! The students at the Naval Academy here have a very similar tradition -- they climb up this big greased statue to remove a cap from the statue's head. Great fun!

DJ Evans, I had an Aunt Icie, too! Actually it was my great-aunt. She was a fantastic lady. I never even thought about her name being unusual - it was just her name! Hmmm... wonder how it came about? Now I'm curious.

I'm recovering from a yucky sore throat. We went to our cabin this weekend and I think it was a combination of long hours of travel, campfire smoke, not enough sleep, and quite possibly picking up some sort of virus from going to the Dr. office before we left to get my flu shot. Seems like every time I go to the doctor for a "well" visit I end up getting sick. Bleah. But we had fun roasting marshmallows!

Sounds like everyone's had good times at the various premieres / events surrounding GoF! I am hoping to be able to go this weekend, but Mr. Pince may have the chance to work overtime, which would be great for some extra Christmas money, so he'll probably do that instead. I suppose we can wait a week if we absolutely have to. Waaaahhhh.

Squid Mike & Pig, your friend(s) playing Scrabble sound exactly like Mr. Pince. It infuriates me, because the man honestly can't spell at all -- he is constantly asking me how to spell things, but yet he whips me every time playing Scrabble. He is very creative at seeing how to add onto existing words and covering Double and Triple tiles. I am bad about getting focused on one word and then I can't see any other options. Grrrrr....


Finn BV - Nov 14, 2005 7:38 pm (#1790 of 2980) Reply

Doris, good to hear from you. Hope we'll see you around more often now.

All I had to say is…… IT WAS AMAZING!! If you blink you'll miss something, everything goes by so fast, the PG-13 rating is absolutely appropriate, and Neville has a (relatively) huge part. Ok, if you want anything else, please email me and ask for me to send you my observations.

Good night, all!


Stephanie M. - Nov 14, 2005 10:39 pm (#1791 of 2980) Reply

AHH Finn!!! I have no idea if I want you to tell me anything!!

I'm glad that you thought it was AMAZING!! I can't wait! I think I'll die!!! Finn saw it, my other friend is seeing it on Wednesday! And I am probably seeing it at midnight, technically on Saturday. And I can't wait that long!!!

Good to see/hear you again Doris!

I really have to go to sleep, but I have been so excited that I can't fall asleep, so I decided to go onto the Forum.


The giant squid - Nov 15, 2005 4:16 am (#1792 of 2980) Reply

Okay, I'm a little bummed. It turns out the GM of our sister-theater won't be cancelling shows to screen GoF prior to the midnight shows. That means I'll have to wait until midnight & see it with the "civilians"! Oh, the horror...

I'm really glad you liked it, Finn. Apparently the industry guys (aka "them") are predicting a $99 million opening weekend. Why they didn't go nuts & bump it to $100 million I don't know, but still...that's a good thing. Proof that they're expecting more than just the freaks to show up.



Amilia Smith - Nov 15, 2005 4:29 am (#1793 of 2980) Reply

Well, this freak is definitely showing up!

Lina, your story reminded me of when one of my little sisters was learning to read. She was having trouble grasping the concept, and it was music that finally made it connect for her. My mother would hold her on her lap during choir practices and point to the words as she sang. The combination of the music (right brain) and the fact that when words are sung they are slowed down enough for a beginning reader to follow made all the difference in the world.

Movies on the beach are great fun. And they're free!

Glad to see you again, Doris!

Good to hear you are recovering, Mdm Pince. Your weekend sounded fun anyway . . .



kaykay1970 - Nov 15, 2005 6:19 am (#1794 of 2980) Reply

My daughter received her ACT scores yesterday. She is disappointed in them. The way I understand it a 25 is a fairly decent score. She can always take it again. She is taking chemistry this year, so she has a good chance of bringing up her science grade (22)next year. She only made a 23 on the math but the funny part is she scored highest on trigonometry and then geometry with her lowest score for math being elementary algebra. How did that happen? She did really well on english (29) and reading(26). Considering that she wants to be an English major, she should be happy with those scores at least!


Loopy Lupin - Nov 15, 2005 6:51 am (#1795 of 2980) Reply

Loopy, that echoes what my coworker said when he screened our print of Derailed. He said he had their big twist figured out an hour before it happened... – Mike

An hour sounds about right to me.

And, "freaks" Mike? How dare you! You know good and well that you are "one of us! .........one of us! ........one of us!"

(Psst, to everyone but Mike and Vlad, that last line is an inside joke reference to the 30's film "Freaks.")


Good Evans - Nov 15, 2005 10:22 am (#1796 of 2980) Reply

kaykay, I dont understand the scoring system that you use in the states, but if 25 is good, she has nothing really to moan about. She has done well. keep reassuring her that you are proud of her, I am sure it will turn the frown to a smile!


kaykay1970 - Nov 15, 2005 10:49 am (#1797 of 2980) Reply

I don't really know myself how they score the ACT's. You can only make 36 points total on the test and at 25 she scored as much or better than 82% of the other U.S. students that took the same test. She scored in the 98th percentile on the english part, so she shouldn't have expected to do much better on that part.


Elanor - Nov 15, 2005 12:39 pm (#1798 of 2980) Reply

T Brightwater: "Elanor, did you say you were from Clermont-Ferrand or near there? I've met someone else from there!"

I don't live very far from Clermont-Ferrand indeed, it is about 100 km far from here. Here is a link to a site (in English) about my town, Charlieu. http://www.amisdesartscharlieu.com/version_anglaise/index_anglais.asp If you click on the map of France on the left of the page, you'll see more precisely where I am.

Some years ago, when I was a PhD student (maybe I should say "am" since that doctoral thesis is still to be finished, that makes me feel younger ) I was going to Clermont quite often since my "supervisor" (is it the right word?) was a teacher of Clermont's university. It is a beautiful town, in an amazing region where you can see old (extinct) volcanoes everywhere. That's really funny you met someone from there!

Finn, I'm so happy for you (and so jealous )! Thanks for the review, it was great!

I wish you all a great day/evening and I hope your daughter will feel better soon Kaykay!


Herm oh ninny - Nov 15, 2005 2:15 pm (#1799 of 2980) Reply

Gina, which IMAX showing are you going to? I got tickets for Saturday night at 9:15. I bought them last week. (We wanted to go Friday but they were all sold out already!) Oh, well, I still have my midnight tickets for Thursday night at my local theater to hold me over. How is IMAX by the way? I have never been to an IMAX theater before but everyone told me that we should definitely go.

Hmmm... I don't have much else to say. I'm in my computer lab in school for class and I decided to sneak on and read some posts! LOL


The giant squid - Nov 15, 2005 3:26 pm (#1800 of 2980) Reply

kaykay, the ACT scores are somewhat difficult to decipher. Generally I just go by the percentages, and your daughter's are good. One of the guys I went to school with actually aced the ACT. He got a 35, because 36 is 100% and you can't be better than 100% of people who took he test, as that would mean he did better than himself. It's a weird logic loop. Made my 32 look weak by comparison.

Why am I not surprised that Loopy's a Tod Browning fan? Freaks is probably required viewing in law school...

Herm oh ninny, IMAX is...big. Really big. And you're closer to the screen than in a regular theater, so it looks even bigger. If you have a problem with heights you might not like the seating setup (practically vertical) but the viewing experience is worth it.


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Puck - Nov 15, 2005 3:56 pm (#1801 of 2980) Reply

Is there a website I can go to to find an IMAX in my area that is playing GoF? I

Emma Watson on Regis stated that they start filming OotP in February. So now we can look forward to that one, too. (And by then there shouldn't be any infants in the house to tie me down.

Natalie is 2 months today. and I think she's already started teething. She's chewing on her hands and quite fussy. Making for long days and longer nights. Yeah, I definitely need to escape to a good movie!



Tazzygirl - Nov 15, 2005 5:45 pm (#1802 of 2980) Reply

Puck- go to http://www.imax.com/ImaxWeb/welcome.do

There is a box in the left corner of the screen that asks for your zip code. You can also look for IMAXs in other countries and stuff. It is pretty simple! If that doesn't work just type IMAX in your search engine and you should be able to find a site.


kaykay1970 - Nov 15, 2005 6:29 pm (#1803 of 2980) Reply

Thanks Giant Squid, the percentile is all I had to go on, too. 25 didn't mean too much to me.

To those of you who were in chat earlier, I am obviously still here. The tornado didn't come directly through here. It got pretty darn ugly though.

I hope Denise P. posts pretty soon. I was watching the news while hiding in my sister's basement and it got scary where she is.


Gina R Snape - Nov 15, 2005 6:35 pm (#1804 of 2980) Reply

Herm oh ninny, I am going on Friday to the 8pm showing. I bought my tickets as soon as they went on sale and it sold out very quickly! The tickets were $15 at the cinema on Broadway and 68th St. in Manhattan. I don't know if IMAX tickets would be cheaper in NJ or even in other IMAX locations.

Do you come into NYC often? I am planning on going again the weekend after Thanksgiving with a couple of friends who cannot go this Friday.

Oh, and http://www.fandango.com is a place where you can buy tickets for movies across the U.S. I love the Fandango puppets. If you go to the website, in the fan section someone made Fandango puppets of the Trio!


DJ Evans - Nov 15, 2005 9:35 pm (#1805 of 2980) Reply

Madam Pince -- What a small world! I think my Aunt Icie lived in the mid 1800's? (too lazy to go & look up how many great's that would have made her to me....) I think if I had known her personally then her name wouldn't have sounded so unusual. But in just reading a list of past names in my family tree & seeing it...well it just popped out at me as unusual. With you having an "Icie" in your family too then maybe the name is as uncommon as I thought?

We had a bit of excitement this past weekend. My brother has been helping out our older sister & her husband in the building of their house. Well, he had a slight accident over there Saturday. He was splitting a board in half (length wise) using a table saw. The board got hung up & before he knew it, it came free & caught his finger. Yep, poor thing cut his finger up pretty bad. ouch! The small hospital we have up here wasn't able to do anything for him except clean it & bandage it up, so they had him go to a hand specialist yesterday. Luckily, after looking at it, they are going to try & let it heal on its own & see how that goes. If it doesn't heal right then they might have to go another route. I got to see it for the 1st time yesterday & it looks to be doing pretty good I think.

I think winter might finally be on it's way here. Up until today we've had temperatures above normal, but after the current bash of storms finally came through today & brought in a cold front. The wind definitely has a winter "nip" to it now. I was really beginning to wonder if we were going to be able to still wear shorts in December. sheshhhhhh

Have a wonderful night/day everyone!

Later, Deb


Herm oh ninny - Nov 15, 2005 10:21 pm (#1806 of 2980) Reply

Gina, I am going to the Lincoln Square IMAX on 68th street as well. That is the only IMAX in the area that will be playing GOF. You were lucky to get Friday tickets! I go into the city at least 2 or 3 times a month. I am Greek so I have to visit Astoria! LOL The Friday after Thanksgiving I am actually going to watch GOF again with a bunch of girls who used to work for me at the theater. They are coming home from college for the holiday and they e-mailed asking if we can have a "Second Annual Harry Potter Night" (we all went out to dinner & to see POA last year) How could I refuse! LOL

Mike- Did you say that the seating is verticle?! I am TERRIFIED of heights! The things I do for Harry

Stephanie M. - Nov 15, 2005 10:27 pm (#1807 of 2980)

I have finally figured out when I'm seeing GoF! I was talking to a couple of my friends and they somehow got tickets for a preview tomorrow night! So now I'm going with them and I'm so excited!! I can't wait!

Well I have to go to bed now...

Have a good night everyone!!


The giant squid - Nov 16, 2005 2:44 am (#1808 of 2980)

Herm oh ninny: IMAX seating is definitely different from regular theater seating. basically each row is directly above & behind the previous, so that the back of your seat is even with the floor that the next row sits on. (Any other IMAXers feel free to chime in here...I don't think my Describer is working tonight...). The picture is right in front of you, though, so as long as you don't look down too much you should be fine.

Gina, you may like the Fandango puppets, but after having to see the same ad every 10 minutes for 6 hours a day...well, I could do without. The theater chain I work for is a part owner of Fandango, so we've got their stuff up everywhere...



Amilia Smith - Nov 16, 2005 2:51 am (#1809 of 2980)

And once you are sat down, in your seat, feet flat on the floor, with armrests to hold onto, it's not so bad. It's just the filing in and out of your seat where you have to concentrate on breathing. Or that has been my experience with IMAX, anyway.



Tazzygirl - Nov 16, 2005 3:21 am (#1810 of 2980)

Sitting in an IMAX theater is like sitting in a baseball stadium- obviously minus the field . The room is usually about medium size (the two I have been to were), with the screen super close, but far enough away so you don't hurt your neck. It makes you feel like you are in the movie. It's wonderful!


kaykay1970 - Nov 16, 2005 6:18 am (#1811 of 2980)

On the funny names thing can't believe I didn't mention this one before. I know a lady named Carol that married a man whose last name is Carroll. So when you say her name it is like an echo Carol Carroll.

Yesterday during the storm I was imagining that my van was getting pretty banged up. My sister has a carport off of the back door of her basement. It has a tin roof and all you could hear were these loud POW POW noises on top of the roof. We all thought it was hail. Turns out the tree was getting blown so hard that black walnuts were falling from it and hitting the roof.


Puck - Nov 16, 2005 8:10 am (#1812 of 2980)

Glad you're alright, kaykay. Hope the van damage isn't bad.

Thanks Tazzygirl. Turns out PoA is now playing in IMAX in my area, so perhaps I can seeGoF on the real Big screen next year and go to the regular theater this weekend. I sooooo need a sanity break from my house!

Parent-teacher conference today - my first time on the parent end of things. (I've done many as a teacher.)



Ydnam96 - Nov 16, 2005 10:28 am (#1813 of 2980)

The only thing I've seen in an Imax theater is Revenge of the Sith. It was pretty cool, except the screen is bigger than your field of vision so you have to turn your head to see what is happening on the sides of the screen. In a movie like Star Wars we were constantly turning our heads. We loved the movie but most of the people in my group came out with a headache. It was like watching a tennis match.


azi - Nov 16, 2005 11:29 am (#1814 of 2980)

I've never been to Imax. The closest to me at home is difficult to get to without a car. Ah well.

Today had a beautiful sunset and a clear sky with a lovely full moon but by golly is it freezing! Luckily I finally managed to get hold of a radiator key today so I let all the air out of it (which was about half of the entire capacity) and now have a lovely warm room.

My room hasn't been redecorated yet, but looking at everyone else’s, I'm going to have a bright purple door! Hehe, definitely looking forward to some colour around the place!

Glad to know you are ok after the tornado, Kaykay!

Everyone have a nice day.


Tazzygirl - Nov 16, 2005 11:32 am (#1815 of 2980)

The only two things I have seen in an IMAX were documentaries- Sharks, and Space. I would love to see a movie in one- there is one IMAX theater here, but it is at the Polynesian Cultural Center, which means it is used for tourist stuff (history of the islands, the reefs, etc...) Your welcome Puck!

Glad you are OK, Kaykay!!


Madam Pince - Nov 16, 2005 12:06 pm (#1816 of 2980)

Tazzy, what a beautiful sunset (sunrise?) in your avatar! It's gorgeous! You're lucky to be living in such a beautiful place. Being the late riser that I am, I wouldn't recognize a sunrise if it bit me on the nose...

Kaykay, glad to hear the storms missed you and hope everyone else is all right. Look on the bright side -- you can now make a lovely black walnut cake with all those nuts that fell! We have high wind warnings for this evening but it's hard to imagine since it is a lovely day outside right now. I suppose the cold front is coming, though. I spent the morning pulling up the last of my tomato and pepper plants (I got 3 late-season peppers!) and putting the lawn chairs and umbrella and planters and such into the shed for the winter. I did leave out a few planters because the weather has been so warm that everything is still blooming (the things that the squirrels haven't dug up yet, that is...) There were even two new tomato plants coming up in the garden -- they looked like the first tomatoes of spring! I think they're confused....

Puck, wish I could see baby Natalie! I bet she's adorable, teething and all. I know it's hard on them, and parents too.

DJ Evans, your table saw story made me pull my hands off my keyboard and stick them under my armpits! Why do we humans do things like that? It's not like the saw was approaching me menacingly or something...

As a former Washington D.C. tour operator, I've seen almost all the movies at the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum on their IMAX screen, but no "real" movies -- they are all documentary-types. It is really cool, though -- the one called "To Fly!" with the scenes of the hot-air balloon make you feel as if you're actually in the balloon! When the balloon flies over a cliff edge you can't help sucking in your breath because you feel as if you're falling over the cliff.


Tazzygirl - Nov 16, 2005 12:13 pm (#1817 of 2980)

All my pictures are of the sunsets, Madam Pince! I am never up in time to catch the sunrise ... This one was taken on the Big Island. I had to wake up this morning at 7, and it was reaaaaaaaallllly hard!


Madam Pince - Nov 16, 2005 12:19 pm (#1818 of 2980)

I loved the Big Island! It was so natural, and lots of history there too! I could've skipped Oahu altogether except for seeing Pearl Harbor, which was very interesting. Well, I guess I shouldn't say that -- Diamond Head was neat, too.

Is there still a restaurant on the Big Island called The Palm? I think it was in Kailua-Kona, but I'm not sure. We had the best meal there! Opah with some kind of mango salsa... ummmmmm... it was so good we went back twice in one week. Of course, this was about ten years ago, so it's probably gone now....

***is really wanting to go to Hawaii and go to see GoF with Tazzy and Mills....***


Tazzygirl - Nov 16, 2005 2:13 pm (#1819 of 2980)

Your welcome to come, Madam Pince! I'd send you a ticket, but my Gringott's gold card is missing... I have only been to one part of the Big Island, and I don't remember what side it was on. I think it was Kona side... and I was working, so I couldn't go explore- I had to stay at the resort. By the way, you didn't take a volcano rock back with you, did you??? Oahu is definitely not the Hawaiian experience- people usually come here for shopping (which is super expensive might I add), and Pearl Harbor (which I still have yet to see!)


Lina - Nov 16, 2005 2:45 pm (#1820 of 2980)

Thank you, Kaykay, for letting us know that you are O.K. I just hope that tornado has missed Denise too.

We went to visit the doctor today and my kids got the green light to go back to school. Which is good. I just don't know what is Veronika so disappointed about?

Everybody, have a good time! Where ever.

And Tazzy, I wouldn't compare my sky with your sky, I just think that they look charming together!


Tazzygirl - Nov 16, 2005 3:43 pm (#1821 of 2980)

And Tazzy, I wouldn't compare my sky with your sky, I just think that they look charming together!- Lina

They do, don't they Lina? They look like postcards...


kaykay1970 - Nov 16, 2005 5:24 pm (#1822 of 2980)

I found a newspaper website for Denise's area. It says that there were only minor injuries and that all the missing persons have been accounted for, thank goodness. They are still assessing the property damage.


Denise P. - Nov 16, 2005 5:41 pm (#1823 of 2980)

I am here, just busy today.

Yep, we had wild weather last night but where the damage in my town is, I am well north of it. We had the lights, the sounds, the wind and the rain but no damage near me. We never even lost power or cable (although a show I recorded has a HUGE weather map in the corner...grrr) North of me, up in KY, there was damage as well. Even so, I was up until the wee hours, watching the weather.

Schools were open today...yay!!

Thanks for being concerned.


Kowalla - Nov 16, 2005 5:43 pm (#1824 of 2980)

Hello all!!! I know I'm not on here very often, & most of you more than likely do not know me, but I've got some really exciting news! Well, I think mostly I'm going to brag on my mom, Shepherdess, who is now a proud new Grandmommy!!! My little sister just had a beautiful baby girl! 6lb 10oz, 19in long, born Nov. 10 at 6:19pm. She's gorgeous with a full head of brown hair. Once we get pictures sorted & placed, shepherdess should have some available. (slightly surprised that she hasn't posted the news yet herself) We are, however completely excited & thrilled to welcome little Chloe to our family!


kaykay1970 - Nov 16, 2005 5:55 pm (#1825 of 2980)

Great news, Denise! I was watching the news about missing children from mobile homes and seeing school buses turned over. It was really freaking me out. I was saying, "Oh my! Denise lives there!" So glad that you are safe!

Congratulations Kowalla and Shepardess!


Finn BV - Nov 16, 2005 6:03 pm (#1826 of 2980)

Congrats to Kowalla and Shepherdess! That is fantastic news. Hope to see some pictures soon.

Kaykay and Denise, glad you two are okay!


Madam Pince - Nov 16, 2005 6:25 pm (#1827 of 2980)

Oh, both "sunset skies" avatars are gorgeous! It's amazing how the colors are almost exactly alike! Wow!

No, Tazzy, I did not bring back any volcanic rock! State park and all that, doncha know. I've spent enough time in state parks where they drill it into your head to "take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints." I did take a picture of myself standing at the very southernmost point of the United States, which is the very southern tip of the Big Island (good trivia question, there.) And I built a little rock haiau (sp?) there also in memory of my Dad.

Lina, glad to hear that the girls are better today! And glad to hear the wonderful news from Kowalla and Shepherdess!!! Congratulations and welcome Chloe! I know she is so precious!


boop - Nov 16, 2005 6:36 pm (#1828 of 2980)

Congratulations to Kowalla and Shepherdess.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nov. 17th APPLEPIE!!!! Bec, hope you have a great day.

****waves to Madam Pince, Mike, Michelle*****

hugs always



Finn BV - Nov 16, 2005 6:50 pm (#1829 of 2980)

Happy Birthday, applepie!

**waves to Boop**

Lina, sorry, I had to rush down to dinner there last time I wrote, glad the girls are in better spirits!

Good night all!

**has been staring at a computer screen for too long today to say anything else**


Stephanie M. - Nov 16, 2005 8:43 pm (#1830 of 2980)

IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!! The best one yet!!!

**Off to do homework that is do for Friday**

Oh, and Happy Birthday Applepie!!!


Herm oh ninny - Nov 16, 2005 9:55 pm (#1831 of 2980)

Wow guys! Thanks for all the IMAX info! I must admit that I am more than a little scared now! I'm afraid to simply go up & down a normal flight of stairs(I fell down a flight of stairs in High School once) You should see me trying to get on an escalator that is going down! LOL Well, I'll make sure that I wear some nice comfortable sneakers instead of the heeled boots I was planning to wear! :PBPT:

Happy Birthday Applepie and Congrats to Kowalla and Shepherdess!

I went over to my cousin's house today and I got to spend 3 whole hours playing with my future godson. I loved it! He is almost 10lbs already! Babies sure grow fast.


Mrs. Sirius - Nov 16, 2005 10:29 pm (#1832 of 2980)

most of you more than likely do not know me. (Kowalla)

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to you and Shepardress

I think you will be surprised how many of us old timers are still here. lurking, trying to keep up with the news.

waves to boop, excited about tomorrow. There are only two movie theatres in within 25 miles of my house, I don't think either one offers IMAX. Well you take what you can get, we are going to the 10pm show. I may go again on Sunday with my son. I won't let the girls see it until they have read the book.


Lina - Nov 16, 2005 11:54 pm (#1833 of 2980)

Denise, glad to hear that everything is O.K. (and that the schools are open )

Congratulations to Shepherdess and the family!

Applepie, :hpb:


Tazzygirl - Nov 17, 2005 1:48 am (#1834 of 2980)

Madam Pince- the other reason why they tell you not to take volcanic rock is because it is supposed to bring you bad luck. Lava rock is supposed to be part of the Hawaiian Goddess Pele, and she 'supposedly' gets upset if you take it. There have been all sorts of stories about people who end up sending the rock back to the state park because of all the bad luck they get! So glad you didn't take any!

Happy Birthday Applepie!


The giant squid - Nov 17, 2005 1:54 am (#1835 of 2980)

**waves to boop**

Congrats to your family, Kowalla, and Happy Birthday to Applepie!

Herm oh ninny, you only notice the height like Mills said. If you go with someone, just put your hand on their shoulder and stare at their back until you sit down & you'll be fine. Once the movie starts you won't even notice. I've seen two movies in IMAX, Spider-Man and Attack of the Clones, and saw PoA in an IMAX theater but it wasn't an IMAX print. They just showed the regular print on the really big screen; there were big black bars at the top & bottom of the screen, like watching a widescreen movie at home on a regular TV. It wouldn't have bugged me so much but they charge a dollar extra for the IMAX show and didn't give me an IMAX print. And that's why I no longer go to Brendan Theaters...(that, and I work for a competing chain).



azi - Nov 17, 2005 6:40 am (#1836 of 2980)

Congrats to Kowalla and shepheress!

Happy birthday applepie!

Everyone have a great day!

**Rushes off to do the two assignments due for tomorrow**


Marie E. - Nov 17, 2005 6:59 am (#1837 of 2980)

Congratulations Shepardess and Kowalla!!

I've been sick again and missed about three days of comments. I really am considering spending the rest of the winter in a giant bubble. I have another sinus infection but am now taking antibiotics. I'm seeing the movie tonight with two friends. I got my boss to let me come into work late tomorrow so I can get a little sleep before work and I'll nap a little before I go. I'm seeing it again on the IMAX on Sunday. I love seeing movies at the IMAX. If you sit in the back of the theater you don't have that "watching a tennis match" feeling so much.

We've had snow and cold weather this week so when I go to the midnight showing tonight I just know it'll be freezing. Brrrrr!


Loopy Lupin - Nov 17, 2005 7:26 am (#1838 of 2980)

Good to see you Denise.

I'm going to a midnight showing of GoF. w00t! And, I'll be taking the nephews to GoF tomorrow night. Double w00t! What's more, if they really want to, I could probably be persuaded to go again on Saturday. Triple w00t!


Chemyst - Nov 17, 2005 7:26 am (#1839 of 2980)

I've never seen a "Hollywood" kind of movie on IMAX but like a couple other posters, I've seen the PBS-Nova type (Public Broadcasting nature show) movies on space, the Rocky Mountains, the veldt, etc. The most amazing was at the Tennessee aquarium where thay had a 3-D IMAX of ocean life. There was one point where about half the audience reached out to try to touch the seaweed we were "swimming" through in the movie!


Herm oh ninny - Nov 17, 2005 8:10 am (#1840 of 2980)

Hey guys! Thanks again for all your IMAX viewing tips. Mike, I'll take your advice and grab onto my sister's or cousin's back! LOL

I was driving to work this morning and I was listening to the Z-100 morning show. They started to talk about GOF and they said that it got 3 1/2 stars and that it is supposed to be great. (YAY!) Afterwards, they started to talk about Daniel Radcliffe and said that he is dating a 28 year old woman??? Has anyone else heard this? They didn't seem like they were joking around either! I almost drove onto the curb! LOL


Eponine - Nov 17, 2005 8:34 am (#1841 of 2980)

Well, I've just ordered my tickets for GoF. I'm seeing it on Saturday with Mr. Eponine. I'd like to go tonight, but he's out of town and making me wait for him.

Chemyst, the 3-D films at the TN Aquarium IMAX have always been really cool. (I assume you're talking about the one in Chattanooga and not the one in Gatlinburg) I remember when they first opened, and everyone in town had to go see the 3-D fish movie. I tried to reach out and grab the stuff too. The only IMAX movies I've seen have been educational, but GoF is showing in Raleigh and that's only an hour away from here so I might try to go see it there sometime in the next month.

Herm Oh Ninny, there was a rumor that Daniel Radcliffe was dating his stylist(? maybe it was his hairdresser) who is 23 (I think), but they've both denied it.


Kowalla - Nov 17, 2005 8:42 am (#1842 of 2980)

Hello all! Thanks for all the congrats. I got my own computer now, so I might be on here more often now. **YAY** =D (don't know how to do smileys yet) Hope everyone's doing well. Glad to hear that Denise made it through the storms safely. Herm oh ninny, hope you have a great time at the IMAX. I've never had the chance to see one myself, but I'm sure that seeing GOF on there would be absolutely amazing! Is that a picture of your godson that you mentioned? He's adorable! Looks a bit like Chloe, except maybe a little more masculine. Amazing how much newborns can look alike. Can't wait till she starts to really develop her own characteristics. Right now I may have to wait a couple days till I see her again. = ( Of all times to catch a stupid flu bug! ARGH! Luckily it was just a 24 hour bug, but that one days was definitely enough for me! I am feeling better now, which means that I should probably be taking advantage of my time to clean the house & disinfect everything so Chloe can come back over. Hope everyone has a great day!


T Brightwater - Nov 17, 2005 9:23 am (#1843 of 2980)

Kowalla & shepherdess, congratulations! Belated Happy Birthday, applepie!

I'll be seeing GOF sometime in the next couple weeks, when crowds calm down a bit.

Some of you may remember that my mom had eye surgery last summer. Guess what! Now she's got cataracts, and the doctors can't see into her retina well enough to keep track of what's going on. So, she gets the right eye done two days after Christmas; fortunately, this is a really straightforward procedure. Maybe she'll be able to read this time - that would be a terrific Christmas present for her!


Gina R Snape - Nov 17, 2005 10:12 am (#1844 of 2980)

Herm - oh - ninny, do you want an IMAX ticket to go with our group this Friday? Email me privately.

Say, is anyone else here dressing up to go see the film?


Elanor - Nov 17, 2005 10:49 am (#1845 of 2980)

Gina, your post so made me feel like joining you! Too bad I live soooooo far away but my thoughts will be with you all who will be lucky enough to see GoF tomorrow and I thought it would be fun to wear my Beauxbâtons' cloak again in the honour of the movie, even if I'm wearing it only "virtually" here, in my forum's avatar! Go Beauxbâtons! Come on Fleur!

T Brightwater, I do hope your mother will be able to read again. It would be wonderful!

Denise, I'm so happy you're okay!

Lina, it is great your daughters are feeling better too.

Congratulations Kowalla & Shepherdess, Chloé is such a cute name.

And happy birthday, Applepie!

I wish you a great day. **sending healing charms on Marie's way**


Gina R Snape - Nov 17, 2005 11:32 am (#1846 of 2980)

Oh, I would love a Beauxbâtons representative at our GoF outing!!!! Pity that darn international apparition office is so inefficient, not to mention my floo is *STILL* down. Grrrrrr.


Ladybug220 - Nov 17, 2005 11:58 am (#1847 of 2980)


My parents and I are going to the IMAX on the saturday after Thanksgiving at 6:45 if you and your hubby want to meet us there.


Elanor - Nov 17, 2005 1:03 pm (#1848 of 2980)

LOL, Gina! Indeed... Technology, even magical, always fails us when we need it... Typical.

BTW, what are you going to wear? Your Slytherin uniform or one of the beautiful dresses you were wearing at Accio?


Gina R Snape - Nov 17, 2005 1:40 pm (#1849 of 2980)

I'll be wearing my slytherin finest, of course! My only question now is whether to go home after work and change or just wear it to work and carry the robe/cape!

Oh, and this week I put in a special request with a company to knit me a hat to match my old style slytherin scarf. I can't wait to get it!!! They custom order HP wear (knits).


Madam Pince - Nov 17, 2005 2:06 pm (#1850 of 2980)

Oh Squid Miiiikkee!!!??? ***waves arms*** This shows how little I go to the movies, but what is the difference between "In Digital Projection!" and just regular old movie? Apparently our theatre offers a choice....
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Detail Seeker - Nov 17, 2005 2:25 pm (#1851 of 2980)

Audrey, your Beauxbatons robe will look good in the Cinema !


The giant squid - Nov 17, 2005 2:43 pm (#1852 of 2980)

Madame Pince: Digital projection differs from standard film projection in one main way: no film. A digital presentation is stored on a hard drive and is basically a really big .mpeg (not really, but close enough for now). If you're the type of person who notices splices, scratches and film jitter you'll probably enjoy the digital show better. Mostly it depends on how well the projection booth is run--if the operators have a tendency to trash prints, go digital. If they run a tight ship (like myself) you'll hardly know the difference.

The industry is moving toward replacing all film projectors with digital, since they can save money in the deal--no cost for printing & shipping the film, no cost for replacing damaged film...no need to pay a projectionist. Needless to say, I'm conflicted about the whole thing. Luckily, they're taking it very slowly.



Madam Pince - Nov 17, 2005 4:14 pm (#1853 of 2980)

Thanks for the information! I'm generally not too picky of a viewer, unless the quality is so bad that the film actually skips or jumps or something, which doesn't seem to happen to me very often. So either our theatre does things right, or I'm just oblivious...

I can see where it would be less expensive for the industry than film, but hey, they'll still need somebody to start the thing, right? You're probably the best "movie starter" in the biz...


Stephanie M. - Nov 17, 2005 4:57 pm (#1854 of 2980)

There is something huge going on at the movie theater on my block! I don't think GoF is playing there. But I was walking by just now, and there are white lights flashing in circles in the sky and on the theater, and there is a little red carpet with a canopy over it. I was wondering what it was, and then I looked inside the theater and they were taking pictures of some girl, and behind her was a huge Gryffindor poster!!!

I'm about to go out to see what is happening.


Eponine - Nov 17, 2005 5:19 pm (#1855 of 2980)

Ladybug, unfortunately, I am going to be in Chattanooga the weekend after Thanksgiving. I would love to go, but I've got to see my family. If you wouldn't mind seeing it a second time in IMAX, maybe we could meet up some other time. Or even at Southpoint if you don't want to see it in IMAX again.


Finn BV - Nov 17, 2005 6:56 pm (#1856 of 2980)

Haha. I've only seen one movie in IMAX and that was "Everest" – a documentary I went to see with my day camp about 8 years ago. While we were waiting outside the theater (not knowing what we would be seeing) I saw the poster and read "Eve -- rest. Eve rest!" (Like evening rest.) I then came home to tell my parents I had just seen Eve rest, and they had no clue what I was talking about! Obviously I had yet to perfect my reading.

I think my parents are actually quite excited to see the film ( My dad will refuse to read them though he enjoys the movies and respects JKR and my mom's only on page 12 of CoS ). And I believe my mom will be taking me (and dad, hopefully) to see it in IMAX this Sunday, or, to avoid crowds, Thanksgiving weekend (ha – I just realized it was. Oh well, maybe the next weekend), since I've already seen it.

To think that some of our British folk are having a good time right now!


I Am Used Vlad - Nov 17, 2005 7:30 pm (#1857 of 2980)

Finn, someday you're going to have to tell us what you were up to when you were a one-year old.

Gina, your floo is always down. I'm beginning to think you're not even on the network.

I still don't know when I'm going to see GoF. As long as it is by Sunday, I'll be happy.


Gina R Snape - Nov 17, 2005 7:34 pm (#1858 of 2980)

I agree Vlad. I think my affiliation with Snape has biased the floo network administrators against me! I can see and speak with other people, but not physically get through. I've heard other people with webcams and YIM or MSN experiencing the same thing.

btw, my friend Jill still has two tickets available for the Friday night IMAX viewing of GoF at 8pm in NYC if anyone is interested.


Stephanie M. - Nov 17, 2005 9:13 pm (#1859 of 2980)

I have yet to figure out what was happening on the movie theater on my block. I think a company rented out the theater for tonight and asked them to play GoF or something weird like that. Maybe they just had a Harry Potter party...... I have no idea.

Well, I'm going to bed! (Pretty early for me!)

Have fun everyone!!!


The giant squid - Nov 18, 2005 4:42 am (#1860 of 2980)

Just got back from the midnight show (putting me a couple hours behind everyone else but the Hawaii contingent)... All I'll say is that it's worth the effort. :Smile: My wife agrees, and she has to get up in 4 hours for work!

Madame P.: Actually, with everything on a hard drive & no moving parts, they just set a timer and the digital show starts itself. I do plan on segueing into the technical division, though, so that when the revolution comes I won't be up against the wall.



CatherineHermiona - Nov 18, 2005 6:22 am (#1861 of 2980)

Yay! Yay! Yay! I've got the new rifle. Better rifle! Finally! And I shoot a lot better. Great for the first time on the new rifle. I will put the picture here in my second post, when my mother comes home.

That would be it for now. I'm so jealous on all of you who already managed to watch GoF! Kate


Amilia Smith - Nov 18, 2005 6:27 am (#1862 of 2980)

The Hawaii contingent is back, and it was marvelous!

Congrats on the new rifle, Kate. Do you have to get used to a new gun? I have no idea, having never gone shooting before . . .



jose043 - Nov 18, 2005 6:53 am (#1863 of 2980)

Hi all

HoG doesn't come out till the 1st December, my daughter Anne is taking me for my birthday 17th December to one of the Gold Class theaters she has done this with all the movies takes me for my birthday.

Josephine & Anne


Tazzygirl - Nov 18, 2005 6:55 am (#1864 of 2980)

Oh Mills! You beat me to it!!! LOL. It was great seeing you! The other half of the Hawaii Contingent just got home (3:54 am). Just had to write before collapsing in bed... so in three words- It was AWESOME!!!!


Julie Aronson - Nov 18, 2005 7:41 am (#1865 of 2980)


If you live near the Ziegfield, you saw the "Rent" premiere--they just did a piece about it on the Today Show.



Marie E. - Nov 18, 2005 8:40 am (#1866 of 2980)

Sorry I didn't jump on the computer when I got home like the others, but I was exhausted! I have to say I was very impressed with the movie. I'm glad I went even though I only got a few hours of sleep. Luckily my boss asked me to come in late today so I can close for her. We'll see how I'm about 5 o'clock tonight. I only coughed a few times (I was worried about being that annoying coughing person) and only because something in film made me laugh. Can't wait to see it on Sunday!


Loopy Lupin - Nov 18, 2005 9:09 am (#1867 of 2980)

w00t!-- Loopy said very quietly.

Loved the movie, but Loopy's working on 3 1/2 hours of sleep today. What was Loopy thinking?


Ydnam96 - Nov 18, 2005 9:19 am (#1868 of 2980)

I don't think I'm gonna go see this one (I know, gasp). I didn't go see PoA when it came out. I watched it on video. I didn't like it. To be honest the only one I really liked was the first one. They've strayed too much from the look and feel of what the books present in my opinion. Plus, I don't have ten dollars to spend...and I had to choose between this and Narnia. Narnia won out. But I'm glad you all seem to be enjoying it.

I lost a filling yesterday :sad: and I've got a killer headache from it. My appointment isn't until next Wednesday. I think I may have to go buy that temporary do it yourself filling stuff at Walmart. I hate hate [/[size=14]hate the dentist. I have panic attacks. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 793915934

I don't know how long it's been since I've been this happy for the weekend to come. Only 7 hours and I'm done with work for the day (unless some emergency comes up) I keep telling myself I can make it.

Glad to hear everyone is safe from the tornadoes.

Happy Friday!


Esther Rose - Nov 18, 2005 9:27 am (#1869 of 2980)

Loopy has priorities. Harry is worth suffering sleep for.

I saw the movie on IMAX. The quittitch scenes... The movie is worth seeing in a theater for the quittitch scenes alone. =) The movie was AWESOME. Even though some of my favorite parts in the movie didn't quite make it.


Puck - Nov 18, 2005 9:45 am (#1870 of 2980)

Mandy, Sorry to hear about your tooth!

Congrats on the new baby in the family! My Natalie was about that size when she was born, but has already grown by 3 pounds and 4 inches!

Parker home sick from school. He's got a tummy bug. Trying to keep him away from the baby, and washing my hands between kids.

Well, a friend asked me to go with some friends to the movie on Sunday, but now hubby is saying he wants to come with me. I asked him his babysitter plans, as he doesn't want to leave the baby with a teenager. So, I may be waiting to see it, which is going to bug me.

I saw that Everest IMAX, too. The only theater like that that I've been to is in the Boston Science museum, so it's only that kind of film they play. It is cool that they have the film projector in a room with glass walls, so you can see it as you wait in line. It's huge. Once I was with a friend who knew the projectionist, and we go to go in the glass room. Had to "suit up" and put those protective bootie things on over our shoes.

For a "Hollywood" type IMAX, I would have to go to the theater at the furniture store -no kidding!

Got to check on the sick one!


Madame Pince, if you send me an e-mail I can send you a picture. I tried to send to you, but your e-mail is private.


azi - Nov 18, 2005 9:50 am (#1871 of 2980)

Don't worry, Ydnam, I'm not intending to to see GoF either. Nor have I seen see PoA. The first two films taught me a lot about wasting money. Hope you feel better with your fillings soon! I personally love visiting the dentist - even having 4 teeth pulled out when I was awake was fun!

Poor Loopy. If you thought the film was good then the lack of sleep was worth it.

I finished my assignments with 2 hours to spare before handing it in. Naturally, I did have a 10 hour sleep break in-between. Went to town and almost collapsed due to lack of food, so sat in Starbucks for an hour or so. I like days with no lessons.

Yey, it's the weekend!!!!!!!!!

Everyone have a brilliant day!


Loopy Lupin - Nov 18, 2005 11:58 am (#1872 of 2980)

Yes, it was worth it. I am also going to drive down to VA Beach and take the nephews to a showing tonight. ***waves to Kim****

Finn, someday you're going to have to tell us what you were up to when you were a one-year old. – Vlad

My guess is algebra. I'm sure he could've read War and Peace but I think that tome would've been a little much to expect a toddler to carry around.


Madam Pince - Nov 18, 2005 1:14 pm (#1873 of 2980)

Loopy, you are a dedicated uncle.... driving on the Interstate after having, what, about 3 hours of sleep and then working all day? Stay safe!

***giggles at mental picture of Toddler Finn staggering under the weight of War and Peace.***

Mandy, sorry about your fillings! And may I just say that I love your avatar, although it makes me slightly sad. I miss Richard Harris!

Puck, hope everyone in your house is feeling better soon! It's no fun to have sick people around with a new baby! You need to borrow Marie's plastic bubble to put around her....

Esther Rose, you said something about Quidditch scenes -- I thought there weren't any Quidditch scenes? Or did you mean the dragon task with Harry flying around on the broom? Or maybe there are Quidditch scenes? I hope so! I liked them....

At Little Pince's school they have started teaching them how to do stuff on the computer. Now every time I turn my back he's over here clicking merrily away without a clue as to what he's doing. I've been turning it off when I'm not using it now because of that, but this morning Mr. Pince left it on, and now Little Pince has somehow managed to move my Taskbar over vertically to the right instead of horizontally on the bottom, and I've spent over an hour fiddling with every possible thing I can think of, and I still can't get it changed back to the way it was. Seems like it should be simple, but I can't find anything to change its orientation. Sigh......


Loopy Lupin - Nov 18, 2005 1:25 pm (#1874 of 2980)

Loopy, you are a dedicated uncle.... driving on the Interstate after having, what, about 4 hours of sleep and then working all day? Stay safe! -- Madam Pince

Thanks. I'll be fine. I've had enough caffeine today to keep me going for a while. Plus, remember that I'm an attorney. I've been at work all day, but this is not the same thing as "working all day."


Finn BV - Nov 18, 2005 1:31 pm (#1875 of 2980)

MP, I'd guess Esther Rose means the escape of the dragon from its chains, because I didn't see any Quidditch! Maybe I blinked…

***laughs even harder at Finn staggering under weight of War and Peace because I know what I look like, and, I suppose, that it's me***

Mandy, sorry about your fillings! **cheering charms to you (and your teeth)**

Kate, congrats on the new rifle!! We hope to see some more pics of you shooting soon!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 18, 2005 2:28 pm (#1876 of 2980)

Yes, it was worth it. I am also going to drive down to VA Beach and take the nephews to a showing tonight. ***waves to Kim**** ---Loopy Lupin

Please. I stood in line for Book 6. Isn't that enough?

Loopy, you are a dedicated uncle.... driving on the Interstate after having, what, about 3 hours of sleep and then working all day? Stay safe!---Madam Pince

Thanks. I'll be fine. I've had enough caffeine today to keep me going for a while.---Loopy Lupin

Now that he's got Sirius, he's unstoppable.


Gina R Snape - Nov 18, 2005 2:30 pm (#1877 of 2980)

Kim, your new kitty is so cute!


DJ Evans - Nov 18, 2005 3:34 pm (#1878 of 2980)

Madam Pince = Have you gotten your taskbar back to where you want it yet? If not, while your mouse is positioned over it , "left" click on it (keeping/holding the click down) & move it to the position you want it. I don't know what OS (Operating System) you have but I have Windows XP & when you "right" click (while mouse is over the taskbar) you can lock the taskbar so little Pince won't be able to move it on you again. I hope this helps you?

By the way -- way to go Little Pince!!! hee hee Keeping his Mum on her toes like that.

I have heard nothing but good things on GoF. So can't wait till I can see it -- which won't be till Sunday afternoon. ***drat & double drat that it isn't sooner*** But I'm thinking about taking some Kleenex/tissues with me, as I am such a sap at crying at movies. I just know I will at the very least tear up at Cedric's sad ending.

Later, Deb


Amilia Smith - Nov 18, 2005 3:37 pm (#1879 of 2980)

Mandy, you want to see this movie on the big screen. If you can't afford to see it in a first run theater, which I totally understand, catch it in the dollar theaters. Don't wait for it to come out on video.

And Azi, it's much better than the first two films.

No peer pressure or anything . . . :-)



The giant squid - Nov 18, 2005 3:38 pm (#1880 of 2980)

Deb had the right advice re: the taskbar. It's just drag-and-drop; easy to mess up, but easy to fix.

Mandy & azi: you might want to reconsider not seeing GoF. It's a lot more faithful to the book than PoA was, and the changes actually fit.

Loopy is fine with his caffeine. Loopy needs to stop talking about himself in the third person, though, or his partners will start to talk...



DJ Evans - Nov 18, 2005 3:43 pm (#1881 of 2980)

Thanks Mike! I sat here for the longest & for the life of me could "not" remember what the step was called. (drag & drop) Even banging my head on the desk a couple of times wouldn't jog my poor ol' little pea brain. lol

Later, Deb


Puck - Nov 18, 2005 4:49 pm (#1882 of 2980)

Glad to hear this movie is fairly true to the book. All the clips I've seen have definitely been changed from the text. Still excited to see it, though still have no idea when.



azi - Nov 18, 2005 5:15 pm (#1883 of 2980)

The changes fit???? How weird. I can't comprehend that...*shrug* I've had a lot of peer pressure before and rarely given in to it. Including today when I was being dared to down vodka. Wouldn't do it. I can be very stubborn when I want to be!

I'm going to a juggling exhibition thing tomorrow. Hopefully they'll have poi and diablo (the only two things I can actually do related to circus skills....)

Have a nice day everyone (again)!


dizzy lizzy - Nov 18, 2005 5:29 pm (#1884 of 2980)

Hi everyone!

I get to see GoF in December. It doesn't get released in Oz until the 1st December and I "may" have the opportunity of seeing it on the 11/12th December. If not I will wait until I visit Brisbane to spend time with my Mother and Brother for Christmas and see it then.

I've been busy over the past 2 weeks. I have finally got 2 workloads signed off and the pay claims submitted (which means I will get paid, just when is the problem...) and I should finish the 3rd workload this afternoon.

After that I have 1 workload in December and 1 in January and then work then starts getting busy again (**rubs hands with glee at the thought of more work**)

Enjoy your Saturday!



Ydnam96 - Nov 18, 2005 6:03 pm (#1885 of 2980)

Thanks for the healing charms for my tooth.

I might just change my mind about the movie if you all are sure it is that good. But I'll probably wait till it gets to the cheap theater.

Off to nap.

Edit: I got the avatar from mugglenet, I just had to change it to a jpeg. I miss Richard Harris as well.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 18, 2005 6:37 pm (#1886 of 2980)

Thank you Gina. She's a doll. And she's got a purr that sounds like a small jet engine. It makes up for the meow that sounds like a floorboard squeak.


I Am Used Vlad - Nov 18, 2005 6:56 pm (#1887 of 2980)

azi, that was smart not to drink the vodka, especially if you were on the verge of collapsing from hunger. Bad combination. But you may want to reconsider watching PoA and GoF. I still haven't seen GoF, but have heard nothing but good things about it both here and elsewhere, and PoA was much better than the first two movies.

I was thinking about starting to refer to myself in the third person, but Loopy beat me to it. I'm always a day late and a dollar short.


Madam Pince - Nov 18, 2005 7:05 pm (#1888 of 2980)

Thanks for the advice on the taskbar re-location, guys! I would've sworn that I had tried to drag-n-drop and it didn't work, but apparently I didn't try properly, because now it's at the bottom of the screen again. Yay! However, it still doesn't look like it used to -- it was a little skinny ribbon of a line, yet it seemed to have all the info in it. Now it's this big fat blue bar with not nearly as much info in it. Ah, well, I'll just keep playing around with it and I suppose I'll eventually figure it out...

DJ Evans, I'm sure Little Pince appreciates your praise -- how is it that a 3-year-old can do stuff like this? Oh, remember how I mentioned before that I keep my mind active by trying to figure out what he means when he "mis-speaks" sometimes? Here's the latest: (spoken in a moderate whine-tone sort of like the one that accompanies "Mom, I'm hungry.") -- "Mom? ***big sigh*** I have a thorax." Sooooo.... still trying to figure that one out, too.... I just smiled and said "That's nice, dear."


Marie E. - Nov 18, 2005 7:09 pm (#1889 of 2980)

At least Loopy got three and a half hours of sleep. I'm running on about two and a half. I don't know how I made it through the day. I've been going over the movie in my head all day, and I think this one may be my favorite so far. I do have a soft spot in my heart for the first one, being first and all.


DJ Evans - Nov 18, 2005 7:41 pm (#1890 of 2980)

Madam Pince: ...how is it that a 3-year-old can do stuff like this?

hee hee! For 2 reasons M. Pince, one, he's 3 & two, he's not scared. Plain & simple - the younger they are the quicker they learn computers it seems. Or that has been my experiences. lol Kids are amazing. I've tried my best on just what "I have a thorax" could mean. If you ever find out, please pass it on -- would love to figure that one out myself.

For your taskbar? Just "click & drag" it to the size you want. Put your mouse on the very top edge (my mouse changes to the little hand thingy when I have it on the very edge) & then "click & drag" it down - that should resize it to just the single bar.

Vlad = I too have heard only good things on GoF. I have yet to hear anything bad on it. About the "only" negative things that I have heard was a person or two might have been disappointed cause a favorite part of theirs from the book wasn't included. But then they would admit that they didn't really expect it to make the cut anyway. I can't wait to see how the money figures stack up for this weekend. Hope GoF breaks all kinds of records......

Later, Deb


Tazzygirl - Nov 18, 2005 7:54 pm (#1891 of 2980)

My two year old cousin is going through the whole 'gotta touch the computer' moment too. She knows how to spell her name, but on the keyboard she only knows where the 'S' is (her name is Sydney) and if she is with me when I am typing, she insists on sitting on my lap, and I am not allowed to touch the 'S' because it is "her S". So when I type and I need to put in an 'S' I have to stop, tell her to push the 'S' and then continue on. I have tried to sneak it in so I don't have to pause, but she watches the computer screen and automatically can tell when the 'S' comes up. For a while I had the problem solved by putting my old computer on the ground with the keyboard so she can push the 'S' to her little heart's content, BUT when she realized that the moniter never turned on, she came back to pushing the 'S' on my laptop. but so far she doesn't move things around or delete anything!

By the way- Mills said there are a bunch of you on here that are into the show LOST. I am also a fan of LOST- and a couple weeks ago, I had two people come over to my house to take pictures. They were scouts for LOST, and were looking for a house to film a scene with Jack (they are going to film a flashback scene). They said the house was an ideal 'doctor's house' but the street my house is on is not friendly to the film crew and trailers... so no luck! I was this close to meeting some of the actors! They were supposed to start filming this week!


Ydnam96 - Nov 18, 2005 9:17 pm (#1892 of 2980)

Tazzygirl, I am soooo jealous! I would have freaked out if the producers had come to my house. I love that show!


Herm oh ninny - Nov 18, 2005 9:28 pm (#1893 of 2980)

Hey Gina, sorry I didn't get to answer your post in time. Yesterday I went straight from work to school where I studied for an exam, had class until 10:30, and then went to the theater for the midnight GOF. Thank you very much for the ticket offer, but I couldn't have made it anyway. My whole family went over to my aunt's for her birthday. I hope you guys all have a great time!

I am also going on 2 1/2 hours of sleep, and I must say that GOF was well worth it! Definitely the best movie so far! I can't wait to see it again!

Mike - you know, I never used to notice anything wrong when I went to the movies. Now that I run them, I notice every scratch, splice, if the masking is off by a centimeter.... you name it! It is very annoying. Makes me wish I could go back to my oblivious bliss! LOL

Kowalla - Yes, that is my future godson Perry in his superman Halloween outfit.


Mrs. Sirius - Nov 19, 2005 12:02 am (#1894 of 2980)

I just got back. Woooa! This was intense.

I am going back on Sunday with my 9 year old son and his classmates, but I am going to drill him first, scene by scene. The only reason I am permitting him to go at all, is that he has read all 6 books. This was definitely intense, so emotional. Woohooo.


The giant squid - Nov 19, 2005 3:41 am (#1895 of 2980)

Mike - you know, I never used to notice anything wrong when I went to the movies. Now that I run them, I notice every scratch, splice, if the masking is off by a centimeter.... you name it! It is very annoying. Makes me wish I could go back to my oblivious bliss! LOL --Herm oh ninny

I give this warning to every projectionist I train. "You'll never be able to 'just watch' a movie again". I also tell them that if they do their job well they won't have to look at those annoying scratches...

Tazzygirl, I would be horribly jealous if you'd managed to get your house on Lost! I love that show. I don't care what's happening in the world, if it's Wednesday at 9 I'll be glued to ABC (and heaven help them if they pre-empt it).



Madam Pince - Nov 19, 2005 7:44 am (#1896 of 2980)

Oh Tazzygirl, that would've been so cool! What a shame that they couldn't use your street. Arrrrgh! I love Lost too. Every time I think I'm starting to figure things out, they go and bring a whole new angle into it. You'd think that with castaways on an island, there would be a limited number of places they could go with it, but they keep bringing in new castaways! I'm glued to the screen like Squid Mike. It's like the first season of ER used to be -- riveting. You can't miss a second of it.

Deb, thanks for the advice -- I had tried the "dragging in the edge" thing to re-size the bar but it doesn't get any smaller. I think probably there's some things in it that didn't used to be there and that's why it won't go smaller -- either I did it during my "repair" attempts or else HE did it. I am beginning to think that "thorax" stems from having read a story about ants at school, or I think he watched A Bug's Life recently, so maybe they mentioned it in that, and so he knows the word but just not what it means maybe. Too funny.

I'm so glad everyone's enjoyed Goblet of Fire so far! I'm really looking forward to seeing it now!


kaykay1970 - Nov 19, 2005 8:03 am (#1897 of 2980)

I was going to wait until next weekend to watch GoF so we could go with my sister's family. My 11 year old has been pestering me intensely about going this weekend and now the girls are joining him. So we are going to get tickets for tonight! My 11 year old is wearing the Harry Potter quidditch robes to the theater. It is a little large for him but he will be so cute!


Stephanie M. - Nov 19, 2005 9:21 am (#1898 of 2980)

Hey everyone! I just skimmed though a ton of posts so healing charms and happy whatevers (fill in the blank) to everyone!

The movie theater on my block actually is playing GoF!! It has never played any Harry Potter movie before so I just assumed that it wouldn't be playing there.

Well, I'm off to go eat something.


Puck - Nov 19, 2005 9:52 am (#1899 of 2980)

Madame Pince, I once knew a woman who's 3 year old daughter who had managed to get into her dad's flight simulation program and had a fun time playing "crash the airplane". The big problem with this is he was an actual pilot and this program was used by him in addition to actual flight time to keep his license in good standing, and he now had multiple crashes on his flight record!

Happy Weekend! My bigger kids are healthy and have been given hats and kicked outside. Ahhh, a bit of peace.



kaykay1970 - Nov 19, 2005 10:25 am (#1900 of 2980)

I called my sister to tell her that we were going to the theater tonight. She wasn't upset at all. She asked if her daughter could ride with me to the movie because she is driving her crazy about waiting, too. Anyway now my husband will get to see the movie too. He was taking the 2 year old to watch Chicken Little. But since my sister has offered to baby sit him in order to make room for her daughter in my van, that won't be necessary. And my daughter's boy friend and his family are going with us. So now Hubby has to pick up 11 tickets!
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Finn BV - Nov 19, 2005 2:13 pm (#1901 of 2980)

Gosh, kaykay, your family will single-handedly be the cause of the top box office spot for GoF this weekend. Well, and the rest of us here too.

Mandy and azi, as the others have been saying, this is definitely not a film to miss. If you're the type that's either mad at the producers for all the cuts and changes or scared at how the book could have been massacred (it seems so), try to view the film as a separate operation. Go see it, because it's a movie, not because it's a Harry Potter movie. Think of them as something else and try not to relate them. I believe I would thoroughly have enjoyed it had I not the read the books; try to keep the books out of your mind so you can enjoy the "edited" version.

I think Steph and I are going to go again on Wednesday. Woohoo!



dizzy lizzy - Nov 19, 2005 2:30 pm (#1902 of 2980)

Finn: I think what you said about the movie (and any movie adaptation of a book) is good advice for all of us :smile .

It has been confirmed I am going to Coffs Harbour in mid-December for a day’s training. So guess who is going to see GoF then??? Can't wait.



Finn BV - Nov 19, 2005 2:46 pm (#1903 of 2980)

Thanks Lizzy.


Julie Aronson - Nov 19, 2005 3:01 pm (#1904 of 2980)

Well, I just got back from seeing GOF with Viola Intonada (Hi Michelle!) and it was really fun. It was worth seeing for the weasel and Voldemort scenes alone, but overall, the movie was much better than I expected!

I think I would like Mike Newell to do another one...



timrew - Nov 19, 2005 6:11 pm (#1905 of 2980)

Well, I'll be going to the cinema probably next weekend, maybe the weekend after - gives the queues time to die down.

I'm getting to that age now where I can't stand crowds, squawking kids, long queues etcetera...........so can I stake my claim now, for being the last person to see GOF?


Viola Intonada - Nov 19, 2005 7:43 pm (#1906 of 2980)

*Waves back to Julie* Hi! Julie.

I was thrilled with the movie. I was very disappointed with PoA, but I love GoF. I can't wait to go see it again next weekend. My kids were grilling me about it, and whether I will let them see it, (with proper preparation).

Hope everyone is having an excellent weekend, I am!


Stephanie M. - Nov 19, 2005 7:45 pm (#1907 of 2980)

I saw GoF again today.... and it was EVEN BETTER the second time!!!

It flowed better, and I noticed more detail! It was so good! There was more talking during the movie, but I did see a preview the first time and not a lot of kids were there, if any.

I cried twice this time, and I didn't cry the first time. I cried in 2 scenes that I didn't want to cry in before. If that makes sense.

And I probably am seeing it Tuesday with one of my friends and then again on Wednesday with Finn.

And now I'm going to continue watching CoS on ABC. It's at the part where someone trashed the boy's dormitories, and took the diary.


I Am Used Vlad - Nov 19, 2005 10:14 pm (#1908 of 2980)

tim, I still haven't seen it. So you're not last...yet.


Loopy Lupin - Nov 19, 2005 10:18 pm (#1909 of 2980)

Loopy is fine with his caffeine. Loopy needs to stop talking about himself in the third person, though, or his partners will start to talk... -Mike

I was wondering if anyone was going to call me on that. I did make it to Va Beach and rounded up the nephews for a 10:50 p.m. show. So, I saw it twice in, more or less, 24 hours.

Not to change the subject, but did everyone also take note of the King Kong trailer. Looks pretty sweet to me.


kaykay1970 - Nov 19, 2005 10:59 pm (#1910 of 2980)

Just got back from the GoF. In my opinion it is the best movie thus far. I really enjoyed it. We let the 8 year old go and she was not the least bit scared. She was more afraid of the dementors in PoA and the spiders in CoS than she was of anything in GoF. We didn't see a King Kong trailer. We had Happy Feet which was a bunch of singing,dancing penguins. Then a Superman trailer and Lady in the Water.


CatherineHermiona - Nov 20, 2005 1:50 am (#1911 of 2980)

Wait, I haven't seen GoF either. Here it doesn't come out until 1st December. We are going to watch it at 3rd December probably. I'm going to see it with my friends second time, around Miriam's birthday, 17th December. And then again, on my birthday, I hope.



CatherineHermiona - Nov 20, 2005 6:03 am (#1912 of 2980)

I forgot to ask in my last post, Julia and Viola Intonada. Didn't Jenn go with you? I thought you three get a deal.



Marie E. - Nov 20, 2005 7:58 am (#1913 of 2980)

I saw the King Kong trailer. It does look "pretty sweet". My friends who were with me berated me for admitting I've never seen the original. I'm still trying to get over the image of Jack Black being in that movie. I kept expecting him to pull a guitar out from behind his back and start jamming.

We're going again today at 2:20pm with our kids (not Lexie). Woo Hoo!


Good Evans - Nov 20, 2005 9:18 am (#1914 of 2980)

On a very cold November morning - going to see GOF was a fabulous idea - we mixed in with the yule ball scene very well. Any excuse to wear my Gryffindor scarf!

The best of the movies for sticking to the book, yes some bits had to go and there are a few disappointing omissions, but I loved it and can't wait to see it again. Have we got a release date for DVD?

We had the King Kong trailer too, wasnt the worlds best movie to start with and two remakes seem a bit tired, no I doubt I will bother to drag myself up for that, however the narnia chronicles do look good - only concern - why are they starting with the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe? Why not the Magic chair?

Julie x


Julie Aronson - Nov 20, 2005 9:21 am (#1915 of 2980)

Hi Kate,

Yes, Jenn was supposed to see the movie with us, but she couldn't make it.

You have excellent skills of observation!!



Ydnam96 - Nov 20, 2005 10:24 am (#1916 of 2980)

Good Evans, the Magic Chair actually takes place after The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe in the time line of the books. It's the Magician's Nephew that happens before TLTWTW (new abreviation via me) but I think it's not as well known and they want to start up the series with a well known book to get people into the series (at least that's my guess). I can't wait.


Good Evans - Nov 20, 2005 10:26 am (#1917 of 2980)

LOL Mandy - clearly not as well known for the fact that I managed to prove the point by quoting the wrong book, of course it is the magicians nephew - silly me!!!!!!


kaykay1970 - Nov 20, 2005 11:42 am (#1918 of 2980)

I am going Christmas shopping today. So I was going over my 8 year old's list with her. She added to her list a punching bag with a picture of Voldemort on it.


Good Evans - Nov 20, 2005 11:59 am (#1919 of 2980)

LOL Kaykay, excellent !!!! happy shopping


Elanor - Nov 20, 2005 1:38 pm (#1920 of 2980)

Oh, you all so make me feel like watching GoF! Still 10 days to wait though...

Yet, I've seen the King Kong trailer some weeks ago and it sounds great at first sight! It also means something very important, IMHO: Peter Jackson is now free to start making "The Hobbit"! He has to to do it, I do want him to do it, actually he'd better do it! I think he said, when "Return of the King" was released, that he would do it soon. Has anyone heard something about it lately?

Here, it has been a sunny but very cold Sunday: -8°C in the morning (17.6°F) and about 2 or 3°C only in the afternoon (36°F), brr... It was great to be inside the house!

I hope your weekend is/was great!


Herm oh ninny - Nov 20, 2005 2:32 pm (#1921 of 2980)

Hey guys! Well, the IMAX theater wasn't as great as I expected it to be. It was just like a giant theater with stadium seating. The screen was very big but looked pretty much like a regular movie screen. I pictured it different I guess. I thought that the screen was huge and above you...like on the ceiling and all around. Oh, and the GOF print wasn't an IMAX print. It had the big black lines on the top & bottom like a widescreen dvd. Oh well, at least the movie itself was great, even better the second time! On the plus side, Melissa from Leaky Cauldron was there and right before the movie started she did some HP trivia. Instead of prizes, Jamie Waylett (Crabbe), and Matt Lewis (Neville) came out to greet the winners!! They said that they came to see the show because they can't see it in IMAX in England. They sat right in the middle of the theater and it was really funny because whenever they showed a scene with Neville in it, the entire audience would start clapping and whooping at him! Afterwards, they stayed for a little bit and shook people's hands, signed autographs, and posed for pictures. They were really nice. I found them outside the theater signing some more autographs and I managed to snap this picture with my cell phone Neville Crabbe


Puck - Nov 20, 2005 2:34 pm (#1922 of 2980)

Goonies playing on the cartoon network tonight at 7pm, Eastern Standard time, if anyone is interested.

Tim, I think I'm in the running for being last to see the movie. *sigh* My friends are there now. I wanted to go with, but Mr. Puck likes me or something and wants to come with me, and we still haven't worked out a sitter. (Personally, I suspect hubby is just afraid of being left with the kids for 4 hours.)

It was a lovely day here. Only needed a light jacket. I tossed the older 2 out while the baby napped this afternoon, so the house was quiet, and I actually got a few things done. Still wish I got to the movies, though!



azi - Nov 20, 2005 2:42 pm (#1923 of 2980)

Kaykay, I think your son’s present idea would make good stress relief Harry Potter merchandise!

Elanor, fortunately it wasn't that cold where I am today! I hate to admit it (since I prefer warmth to cold) but my room is too hot! I've had to open the window...in November! I don't know anything about if The Hobbit is being filmed soon though. However, I do hope Peter Jackson is directing!

Nice to know you had a good time at the GoF film Herm oh ninny! And Puck, if the reviews are anything to go by, the film will be worth the wait!

Everyone have a fun day/evening!


Puck - Nov 20, 2005 3:06 pm (#1924 of 2980)

Did anyone see on NOVA that Sir Isaac Newton was an alchemist? Thought some here would find that interesting.



timrew - Nov 20, 2005 4:23 pm (#1925 of 2980)

ydnam96 It's the Magician's Nephew that happens before TLTWTW (new abreviation via me).

Although events in The Magician's Nephew happen before events in TLTWTW (nice abbreviation!), C.S. Lewis wrote this book about third in the series (I think!), to show how Narnia came about the way it was...........


Madam Pince - Nov 20, 2005 4:33 pm (#1926 of 2980)

I just recently got another edition of this series of "fan-magazines" called Movie Magic - Life Story or some such nonsense (it's pretty dreadful, I get mad at myself everytime I buy one yet I keep buying them for the pictures of the Harry Potter films! ) -- anyway, in this magazine they also did a review and some stories about The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. The thing that was so annoying was that they kept referring to it as The Witch, The Lion, and The Wardrobe. It drove me nuts (nitpicky editor that I am) and is one of the reasons that I dislike that magazine -- the proofreading is horrible. Yet, I keep buying it. Sigh....


Chemyst - Nov 20, 2005 4:45 pm (#1927 of 2980)

A Hobbit Movie? I haven't heard any reliable buzz since last summer when Jackson was upset about the way DVD sales for LOTR had been handled. Something about Warner Bros. not taking competitive bids and doing it themselves??? At that time they were saying a Hobbit movie was at least three years away. Also NewLine did not own full rights to make the movie and the other company that had an interest in the rights either sold or merged... I should probably try to look this up so that it doesn't veer over into rumor. Anyway, Jackson is adapting the novel, The Lovely Bones, as his next project, so I guess he is keeping busy while lawyers thrash things out on The Hobbit.
Some props were stored tor the possibility of reusing them and some have been sold. And everybody wants a Hobbit film, it's just that they want paid for it, imagine that!

Yes, Puck, I caught a bit of Newton on Nova, it seems the definition of alchemist is   ... a bit fluid.

The original order in which the Chronicles of Narnia were written is:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - 1950
Prince Caspian - 1951
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - 1952
The Silver Chair - 1953
The Horse and His Boy - 1954
The Magicians Nephew - 1955
The Last Battle - 1956

The order in which the events happened on the Narnia timeline is:
The Magicians Nephew
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Horse and His Boy
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle


The giant squid - Nov 20, 2005 8:40 pm (#1928 of 2980)

The last I heard on a Hobbit movie was as Chemyst said--New Line doesn't own the rights, so they can't make it yet. Jackson put the idea aside to do Kong (or, as I refer to it, "The big monkey movie") but he may start to go after it again now that he's done.

The new King Kong trailer debuted with Jarhead, so I saw it a couple weeks ago. It is, as others have said, very sweet. The shot of Kong jumping off the top of the Empire State Building to bat at a plane...

Herm oh ninny, I'm sorry your IMAX experience wasn't actually IMAX, but it sounds like the extras were worth it!

As for Narnia, TLTWTW is the first movie because it was the first book published, and it was the title of the previous (animated) version; it's the most recognizable title of the series. Most everyone at least recognizes that, but if you ask them if they've read The Horse and His Boy, they'll look at you blankly (even folks who've read the series).

I'm going to see GoF again tomorrow, this time with the Mother-In-Law as well as the wife. Should be interesting.



Gina R Snape - Nov 20, 2005 8:54 pm (#1929 of 2980)

Herm-oh-ninny, what a lovely surprise! From all accounts they seem like lovely boys and I bet it was loads of fun to meet them and have them in the audience. I wonder how it felt for them to see their faces so HUGE on the IMAX screen! Heeee.

I really liked what they did with Neville's character in this film. But I'll leave my review for the GoF film thread...


Viola Intonada - Nov 20, 2005 8:54 pm (#1930 of 2980)

After seeing GoF in a regular theater, I'm tempted to go see it at an IMAX. The only thing that worries me is that I seldom make it through the commercials and previews before I have to avert my eyes to keep from getting sick. My only hope is that GoF wasn't originally filmed to get the "ultimate IMAX experience" that it might not make me motion sick. Anyone else with this problem see any of the HP films on IMAX?

My children and I are anxiously awaiting TLTWTW, I am currently on the next to last chapter of "The Last Battle" of reading to them at night before bed. My youngest loves "The Magician's Nephew" and keeps asking why that one isn't coming out first. Now I will have an answer for her. Thanks!!

I have to say I have had a pretty great weekend. I got to see GoF with a fellow Forumer, saw friends and their new baby, and finished a quilt top that I started last Christmas. Yeah!!

I hope everyone has a good Monday! At least it will be a short work week.


Gina R Snape - Nov 20, 2005 8:57 pm (#1931 of 2980)

Viola, GoF was shot and shown in 2-D. You will not feel ill from seeing it in IMAX. The advantage is the HUUUUGE screen, which allows you to see film details better.


Viola Intonada - Nov 20, 2005 9:18 pm (#1932 of 2980)

YEAH! That is good to know. I might just have to go see it at an IMAX!


T Brightwater - Nov 21, 2005 9:03 am (#1933 of 2980)

Saw GOF yesterday - good movie but, of course, not a patch on the book. My biggest disappointment was the maze - if they hadn't mucked around with the dragon scene so much, they might have had time to do it justice. However, the ferret scene was terrific and Neville just about stole the show.

I was surprised at how many people in the theater gasped when Lucius took his hood off - you mean, people go to these movies without having read the books? **shakes head in bewilderment**


Ydnam96 - Nov 21, 2005 9:19 am (#1934 of 2980)

My sister really didn't like the movie...and she's liked the others. I was surprised after what you all had said about it. I think I'm gonna wait...

So it's Monday again. At least this week is short!

Have a great Monday everyone.


Herm oh ninny - Nov 21, 2005 9:33 am (#1935 of 2980)

you mean, people go to these movies without having read the books? **shakes head in bewilderment** - T Brighwater

Sadly, a lot of people come to see the movies and they have never even seen what the books look like. As I was waiting for the people to leave the theater last night so that I could close up, I heard a group of teenagers talking about GOF. They were like "I don't get it, why did ghosts suddenly appear at the grave yard scene?" I had to use a lot of self-control to keep myself from going up to them and saying "Well, if you actually read the books, you would know!" LOL


Elanor - Nov 21, 2005 10:48 am (#1936 of 2980)

Herm oh ninny, that must have been a great surprise! Too bad there were not only real HP fans there to appreciate it.

Thanks for the information about "The Hobbit" everyone! I so hope he'll be able to do it soon.

Today was another very cold day: -8°C (17,6°F) in the morning and about 0°C (32°F) in the afternoon, and that was where you were protected from the cold wind that came from the north! But this morning was beautiful since there were some freezing fog and every herb and twig was covered with frost. That was magical! Later in the morning, it even snowed a bit, which we didn't expect at all. And teachers wonder why kids were so excited all day long... Azi, you should really send us a bit of your milder weather!

Have a great day everybody!


Denise P. - Nov 21, 2005 11:26 am (#1937 of 2980)

For those librarians out there, is there a place I could search for a book giving a brief synopsis? I am looking for a book I read when I was probably less than 10. It was an oversized book, loads of illustrations and I am guessing it was published in the late 50's, early 60's...maybe sooner. I have no idea of the author or title or even main character names but I remember a side character name LOL


Steve Newton - Nov 21, 2005 12:17 pm (#1938 of 2980)

Denise, well of course, my first advice would be to call your local public library.

There is a database called NoveList which would be a help since you can search key words. Again, your local library may have this on their home page. The side characters name could be a help. What is it?


Puck - Nov 21, 2005 1:00 pm (#1939 of 2980)

My 3 year old is currently singing and posing for pictures. She has decided she's a rock star. It's a great show!

So jealous of those who've seen the movie multiple times already. No fair!

I have several family members who only watch the movies. I don't understand it. I guess the movies are done well enough that they don't feel like they are missing a ton, even though they are.

Viola, good for you for finishing that quilt top. I can't wait to get back to my sewing machine. Have to wait until baby is in her own room, as my sewing table is in my room.

Going to check the threads.



Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 21, 2005 1:27 pm (#1940 of 2980)

Hey everyone! I've gotten a little behind on the posts!

Julie and Michelle, I'm so sorry about Saturday! I got in a car accident near my house on the way to the theater. I sent you both an e-mail explaining what happened, so for now I'll just leave it at that. I was really looking forward to meeting you guys!

I haven't seen GoF yet, but I think I'm going tonight with my friend Liz.

Anyway, this weekend was really crazy. I just started a new job and had to miss two shifts because of this stupid car accident. I know it wasn't my fault, but I still feel bad about missing work so soon after I got the job.

I'm happy to hear everyone had a good time in their GoF outings, and that the majority of you liked the movie! I have a lot of threads to catch up on and a particular forum member to catch up with in the chat room, so this is all from me for now.

Have a great day everyone!



Mrs. Sirius - Nov 21, 2005 1:47 pm (#1941 of 2980)

Help! I am stuck doing Thanksgiving dinner. "Someone" else has always made the turkey, this year I have to do it! Finding a recipe I thought would be easy. In fact, I did find one on-line but was unable to print it, now I can find a single decent one. I know I can drop the turkey in the oven covered in butter, but I need herbs and spices in my food, anyone have a recipe they'd like to share???


Gina R Snape - Nov 21, 2005 2:02 pm (#1942 of 2980)

Have you tried going to http://www.epicurious.com or http://foodtv.com for recipes? I am addicted to those sites for my personal potions making recipes culinary adventures.


Madam Pince - Nov 21, 2005 2:10 pm (#1943 of 2980)

Jenn, hope you're OK after your car mishap! And also hope that your car is OK! ***crosses fingers***

***Waves at boop because I think I forgot to wave back at her awhile ago and I just remembered...***


Finn BV - Nov 21, 2005 2:50 pm (#1944 of 2980)

Jenn, hope all is okay and that no one was hurt!!

Just realized, as it's 3 days to Thanksgiving I better give a fair warning I'll be away Thursday through Sunday, up in Portland, Maine, with my dad's family, as we always do. My aunt runs a store in Portland (do we have any Maine members?) and I always help out, which is really fun because this weekend is the best Christmas shopping weekend.


Stephanie M. - Nov 21, 2005 2:59 pm (#1945 of 2980)

I hope everything is okay Jenn!! I was in a small car crash once... But no one was hurt and that car wasn't that dented.

I have been pretty busy lately. Not too much homework or anything, but little projects here and there.

If I don't see GoF tomorrow after school, I think I'm going to go and see Rent at midnight.... Except I don't know if anyone will come with me, so that might be a bummer. I might go with my parents or something.

Well, I'm off to do my homework.


timrew - Nov 21, 2005 4:17 pm (#1946 of 2980)

I heard Andy Serkis is starring as King Kong. I wondered if, when he dives off The Empire State Building, he cries, "Preciou-u-u-u-us!"

Still, he makes a big hit on Broadway............


Finn BV - Nov 21, 2005 5:49 pm (#1947 of 2980)

LOL Tim!!! Stop making me SPEW!!


dizzy lizzy - Nov 21, 2005 5:51 pm (#1948 of 2980)

Since I've never read or watched the LOTR movies/books; it took me a while to get Tim's reference...

LOL...thanks for the chuckle Tim!



Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 21, 2005 6:33 pm (#1949 of 2980)

Hey guys!

Thanks for the concern about the accident. I'm fine. I've got some bruised ribs and a broken wrist and I had a mild concussion. Nothing too major. My car, on the other hand, wasn't so lucky. It can be fixed, but it's going to be expensive. Good thing the guy who hit me had insurance!

I saw GoF tonight with my friend. It was AWESOME!!

Hope everyone has a great night.



Ponine - Nov 21, 2005 6:50 pm (#1950 of 2980)

Hey everyone! I haven't been around forever, and I have gotten to the point where I look forward to Christmas so I can catch up... but - I read something disturbing news the other day in a Norwegian national paper - they are planning to make movie number seven before the book comes out?!?!? Can this possibly be?? Has anyone heard anything, and if at all possible, can you tell me everything is going to be ok, and that they can't possibly do that? Have a splendid long weekend for those who have a celebration coming up, and for those who do not - have a great week!! Hugs from Ponine who only gets to be here in spirit these days.
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Amilia Smith - Nov 21, 2005 7:10 pm (#1951 of 2980)

They can't possibly do that! I haven't heard any rumors about such a thing, but I am sure they won't. I have heard that they are glad to have Steve Kloves back for HBP because it means that they can have two scriptwriters going at it simultaneously, and can therefore film OotP and HBP back to back. Besides, Book 7 will likely come out 2007 (my guess), which is when Movie 5 will be coming out. So unless Book 7 is alot later than I am expecting it to be, there is no way they could make the movie beforehand.

Good to see you, by the way.

I have a stupid question for our resident Movie Gurus. Why didn't they release the movie all over the world on the same date? Had they not made enough prints to go around yet? I can understand that it might take more time to get the ones where they had to add subtitles or dub-over in another language out into theaters, but why do Australia and New Zealand have to wait?

OK, so I have 4 papers due this week. And where am I?



Finn BV - Nov 21, 2005 8:13 pm (#1952 of 2980)

Ponine -- good to see you! I haven't heard anything of that nature, and I think Mills' answer is pretty reasonable.

I also have been wondering why Australia and NZ have to wait. Muggle Mail isn't that slow, is it?


Madam Pince - Nov 21, 2005 9:50 pm (#1953 of 2980)

Oh, poor Jenn! Bruised ribs, broken wrist, and a concussion .... and you think it's nothing major??!! Ack! I'm so sorry you got hurt! And also sorry your car got hurt! Hope all is better soon!


Elanor - Nov 21, 2005 11:14 pm (#1954 of 2980)

I'm so sorry about your car accident Jenn! I hope you'll feel better soon too! (((((((hugs)))))))

It is Tuesday morning here which means it is "St Cecile" (Cecilia?)'s day today and I wanted to wish a wonderful day to all the musicians of the forum before I go to work! **waving to T Brightwater **

Have a great night/day everybody!


Tazzygirl - Nov 21, 2005 11:36 pm (#1955 of 2980)

Wow Jenn! I'm glad you are OK! Sounds like it was a pretty big wreck... (((((hugs!))))) How is the other person doing?


CatherineHermiona - Nov 22, 2005 12:38 am (#1956 of 2980)

Firstly, Jenn, glad you are okay and it's nice to see you. I had a car accident when I was four. There were no other cars involved. We had a dog at that time. My dad says a dog disturbed him, he lost a control and we made half loop and stayed turned upside down (I think, I was little). My sister Veronika wasn't hurt at all, I broke my arm and I still have a scar and I don't know about my mother and father, I think few scratches.

Ponine, I'm glad to see you. I'm also glad to see Troels, although he didn't yet write here.



The giant squid - Nov 22, 2005 2:35 am (#1957 of 2980)

I have a stupid question for our resident Movie Gurus...--Amilia Smith

From what I can tell from previous times worldwide releases have been done it's a matter of logistics & "personal" choice on the studio's part. I remember for one of the Matrix sequels (I think it was Matrix Revolutions) they not only released worldwide on the same day but at the same time--your time zone determined what time your first show of the day had to start (ours was 8 AM, I think...some ungodly early hour). So the short answer, I guess, is "because they didn't". 🤷

Lina, I just saw your newest avatar. Congrats to Kate for her excellent marksmanship!



Lina - Nov 22, 2005 3:15 am (#1958 of 2980)

CatherineHermiona: (I think, I was little).
Yes, indeed, you were little, you were two at that time! Which was good because you had to wear a plaster only for 2 weeks. I'm just wondering if this was a provocation to make me show off your target on this thread... And we didn't turn upside down, but on the side. And it was not the dog that distracted your dad, the dog just freaked out because he felt what was happening before us humans. And your dad got some bruises because he tried to stop the car from sliding by putting his hand through the window, he was quite lucky, he could have lost his hand.

I was quite busy recently with solving the GoF game, so I didn't have the time to be regular on the Forum. I didn't come to the end, though, just to some difficult places and I need a break. Didn't have much to comment either, just noticed that several healing charms are needed, so I'm sending them to everyone in need, and some Reparo charms, and some cheering charms too.

I never had big expectations about the HP movies, when a book is good, it is difficult to make a movie that is up to it. I didn't like PoA, I don't think that I have seen it for the second time yet. But I saw some clips that are available on line of the GoF, read your comments, and this is the first time that I really expect a good movie and I can't wait for it to come to our cinemas! Tim, I'm just wondering if you are going to wait that long (9 more days) to see it? I'm surely not going to watch it on Thursday.


kaykay1970 - Nov 22, 2005 6:02 am (#1959 of 2980)

Lina, I couldn't wait until Christmas for GoF game either. I don't know about the pc version but the Playstation 2 version is multi-player.  This makes those difficult parts almost too easy. I had someone controlling Hermoine and Ron for me instead of the game A.I. characters who not only don't help sometimes but actually get in the way! We finished it up last night. It is short but fun because I got to play it out with my children.


T Brightwater - Nov 22, 2005 8:40 am (#1960 of 2980)

Happy St. Cecilia's Day wishes from me too! **waves to Elanor** She's patroness of music, Finn, so you should be celebrating, too.

Healing Charms to Jenn and anyone else who needs them.


Ydnam96 - Nov 22, 2005 9:23 am (#1961 of 2980)

I'm glad you weren't more seriously hurt Jenn!

I'm gonna try and see if I can buy a new car today. It all hinges on how much they can give me for my current car. I need them to give me as much as I owe...We'll see. You know, if you buy a Saturn you get a $500 gift card to Target. I love that store Smile (I know, not a reason to buy a car. But still)

And I have to go to the DMV today to start working on my Class B passenger license. To drive one of those 15 passenger vans in California you have to have a special license and I have to get one for work. It freaks me out. I mean, they are illegal in some states!

Only two more work days to go till T-day. Thank Goodness.


Denise P. - Nov 22, 2005 10:45 am (#1962 of 2980)

I drive a 15 passenger van, it is not hard. It really doesn't drive differently from a regular van. The only difference is that it has a much wider turning radius and I can't park in parking garages (too narrow to move around in) We had to hunt to find this van too....it was brought down from Michigan when we bought it. Here, I don't require any special license to drive it but it is for our own use, not a commercial van.


Loopy Lupin - Nov 22, 2005 11:26 am (#1963 of 2980)

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I'm outta here tomorrow and trekking down to see the parents and dogs.


azi - Nov 22, 2005 11:30 am (#1964 of 2980)

Glad to know you're ok Jenn!

Elanor - I would send the (relatively) warm weather, but we're due to snow and generally bad weather in a couple of days’ time. Shame I'm living where there aren't any hills for sledging...I'll send warming charms instead.

Good luck buying a new car, Ydnam!

Wow, Lina, Kate's aim is really good. The closest I've used to a gun is doing archery, and I'm nowhere near that good!

Amilia - I really hope book 7 will be out in 2007. However, I don't have high hopes (it's got to be massive!).

Well, I've got to run and get ready to go bowling with some people on my course. We *were* going to go to the cinema, but we couldn't agree between Wallace and Gromit and GoF (guess which one I went for for...). Only one person out of the 6 of us has seen GoF, a fact which surprised me. Oh yeah, I finally have my room and computer back, complete with paint smells.

Everyone have a great day!


Good Evans - Nov 22, 2005 1:30 pm (#1965 of 2980)

Jenn - so sorry to hear of your accident, glad you aren't badly hurt!!!

What happened about the christmas message that you "won" to send to Aaron? I dont remember you telling us who and what you did??????

Happy Tuesday everyone, I am off to the chat room shortly!


Madam Pince - Nov 22, 2005 2:50 pm (#1966 of 2980)

Wow, Kate, such terrific marksmanship! Congratulations! I know your Mom is proud of you! That really is great shooting.

And your dad got some bruises because he tried to stop the car from sliding by putting his hand through the window --Lina

Isn't it so funny how we automatically do those kind of things in emergencies? Like he was really going to stop a sliding car by putting his hand out! Mr. Pince without fail puts his right arm out protectively across me every time he has to put on the brakes suddenly when he's driving. I asked him last week what he thought he was going to accomplish, since I had my seat belt on and we were going something like 60 m.p.h. anyway, so if we hit something and the seatbelts fail I am undoubtedly going to go flying through the windshield whether his arm is there or not.... he just laughed.

So I had a really weird dream last night. I had watched the HBO "Making of GoF" last evening, so I had a dream about this Nagini-like snake which was going after someone, and so I grabbed it by the neck and the tail and then didn't know what to do with it -- as I tried to throw it away it wrapped around my arm and was squeezing to try to break my arm. (OK, leave the Freud dream interpretations alone.) Then I heard something walking above me (like upstairs) and I actually woke up to hear what sounded like something walking in our attic! I was only half awake, and it really scared me! I finally decided it was just the wind blowing rain and leaves on the roof. But now it was 5:00 am and I had all this adrenaline running through me so I couldn't go back to sleep. I got up and read awhile, then fell back asleep, and this time I dreamed about Denise, and that she had a foster baby, and there was some sort of problem with the washing machine and there was water everywhere and then the baby was throwing up and it was just a mess, and there was a whole lot more but I can't remember all of it. Denise, I truly hope none of that comes true!

Everyone have a nice week and holiday, if you celebrate. We will be going "over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house" for the next 10 days or so -- it will be a nice visit and we should get to see several family and old friends that we don't see often. Also hope to see "Goblet of Fire" so yay for that! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


Lina - Nov 22, 2005 3:10 pm (#1967 of 2980)

Yes, Madam Pince, my mum does the same thing with her right hand too. She was taught so at a driving school at the time that not every car had the safety belts and she can't get rid of that instinct. The fact is that people don't use to think in such moments... But to stop a sliding car with an elbow...


Madam Pince - Nov 22, 2005 3:13 pm (#1968 of 2980)

Ouch! It makes me hurt just to think of it!


Tazzygirl - Nov 22, 2005 4:04 pm (#1969 of 2980)

Wow, Kate- you really are good with the rifle! Good job!

I totaled my car a couple months ago, but no one got hurt- thank goodness! One and only wreck I have ever been in!


timrew - Nov 22, 2005 4:06 pm (#1970 of 2980)

Sorry to hear about your car crash, Jenn. But glad to hear you came off better than the car! That can be fixed; I know it's a drag that your car will be off the road for a while, but at least the other guy had insurance!

Have a good thanksgiving, Loopy; and also all you other guys from the USA!


Ydnam96 - Nov 22, 2005 7:15 pm (#1971 of 2980)

No luck selling my car, but that's okay. I got a Thanksgiving bonus, a rather sufficient one, from work today. Perfect timing! Amazing.


Finn BV - Nov 22, 2005 7:40 pm (#1972 of 2980)

Congrats on the bonus, Mandy! Nice T-Day present, huh?

She's patroness of music, Finn, so you should be celebrating, too. -- T Bright

Thanks! I was wondering…  *celebrates*

Kate, excellent job at your shooting! That is such a cool picture your mom has in her avatar!

Steph and I are going with like a million other people to see GoF tomorrow… I am also conducting my mom's firm's chorus (she's a VP at an architecture firm, so there are only like 8 people in the chorus… ) in a rehearsal for our Christmas/Holiday Party Concert on the 19th. Should be interesting and exciting! By conducting, I guess that just means organizing the group, and making up random choreography. I think I might be suggesting music too, and I have a whole bunch of carols in a packet my chorus teacher gave to me today. Let you know how it goes, but we're going to a pre-Thanksgiving party tomorrow night, so I may not be able to post until Sunday! Well, if I don't see you all, have a great long weekend for those celebrating, and have a great week () to those not!


Doris Crockford - Nov 22, 2005 8:38 pm (#1973 of 2980)

That's great news, Mandy! That really is perfect timing.

Jenn, it's good to know you're OK. Sounds like it must have been really scary. Hope it's not too much trouble to sort out insurance.

Finn, that sounds like it'll be a lot of fun conducting the chorus. Hope you have a good weekend if you don't get to post.

And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating! (since I may not get online on Thursday)

I'm in a very good mood today, since I got my calc midterm back, and I got perfect on it! So I'm definitely happy. Plus, I have very little homework for tomorrow, and the only thing due is a geology lab, which I really enjoy doing (yeah, I'm kinda a nerd ). Have a good night, everyone!


Tazzygirl - Nov 22, 2005 8:39 pm (#1974 of 2980)

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it!! Hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday! (Thought I would say it now, since many of you are going to be away for the next couple of days...)


dizzy lizzy - Nov 23, 2005 12:45 am (#1975 of 2980)

Way way back on the 21st November (post No 1951) Amilia asked why Australia and New Zealand have different release dates for the GoF release. I have one theory...

December the 1st is a Thursday in Australia. December is also the end of the School year as well. By now most exams are over (including the HSC which is equivalent to NEWTS) and schools start to wind down their programs. All States and Territories of Australia will finish their 2005 school year sometime between the 9th and the 21st December of this year.

As I doubt anyone would be happy (including JKR and WB) for GoF to earn notoriety for extensive truancy caused if it was released earlier; they do need GoF to have good PR and ride off the back of the US and UK releases. So Dec 1st is probably the latest they can release it without losing too much money or goodwill.



Amilia Smith - Nov 23, 2005 2:35 am (#1976 of 2980)

I like your explanation better, Lizzy. :-) And here I am playing truant from my papers . . . (one down, three to go)

About Book 7 in 2007: well, I can hope. But even if it doesn't come out till 2008, they still won't have time to make the movie before the book is released. So I still think you can sleep easy, Ponine.

Way to go on the shooting, Kate. So, is this with the new rifle you were telling us about?

Congrats on the perfect midterm, Doris! Are we a smart bunch here or what?

Jenn, what an awful time to get in an accident! Not that there ever is a good time, but while you are on your way to GoF, and just after starting a new job . . . Hope things start looking up for you.

Mandy, don't you love it when things work out just perfect like that?

Did you all see the news item over on Leaky? It seems Uncle Vernon told some lady off because her cell phone kept going off in the middle of his play. Go Uncle Vernon!

OK, back to the grindstone.



haymoni - Nov 23, 2005 6:09 am (#1977 of 2980)

Madam Pince - I have visions of the "He stopped short with me!" episode of Seinfeld.

I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving Holiday.

(I was going to call it "Turkey Day", but I realize that not all of our Forum Members celebrate Thanksgiving in that fashion!!)

Anyway, have a great one! And safe travels!


azi - Nov 23, 2005 8:48 am (#1978 of 2980)

Hello everybody!

Congrats on your bonus Ydnam!

Hmm, nothing more to say...

Everyone have a lovely day!


Stephanie M. - Nov 23, 2005 8:59 am (#1979 of 2980)

Congratulations on the bonus, Mandy!

Good job shooting, Kate!

Congratulations on the perfect Calc midterm, Doris!!

Well, as Finn said, we are seeing GoF today with about a million people (Well, only 7 people ). It should be a lot of fun!! This will be my third time seeing it.


Finn BV - Nov 23, 2005 9:09 am (#1980 of 2980)

Doris, great job on your midterm! That is incredible!

I'm at my mom's firm and I've just experienced an incredible stapling, collating, duplexing copy machine. I am in love.

Haymoni, not to worry, I say happy Turkey Day and I'm a vegetarian.


Julie Aronson - Nov 23, 2005 11:36 am (#1981 of 2980)


All I can say is, "Geology rocks!"  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 1003735042

Yes, I am a geek.



Stephanie M. - Nov 23, 2005 11:37 am (#1982 of 2980)

LOL Congratulations on your new found love, Finn! You know Valentine's Day is coming up.... Maybe you can write the incredible stapling, collating, duplexing copy machine a Valentine's Day card and it will copy, and staple it for you....

Some of the new balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are:

Baseball, Scooby-Doo, and DORA THE EXPLORER!!!

My science teacher has been making a huge deal about that one!!

Edit: Cross-posted with Julie!

Geology rocks! –Julie

LOL! My mom is a geologist.


Choices - Nov 23, 2005 11:43 am (#1983 of 2980)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May your table be filled with good food, lots of family and friends and a great deal of LOVE!!! {{{hugs}}}


The giant squid - Nov 23, 2005 1:17 pm (#1984 of 2980)

Congrats on the midterm, Doris...calculus is no easy thing to ace!

Lizzy, your explanation of release dates in Australia/NZ makes sense...which is why I doubt it's what they go by. Seeing as the studios are known to open blockbuster movies on a Wednesday, I doubt truancy is high on their list of considerations.

For my American Forum compatriots, have a Happy Thanksgiving; for everyone else...Happy Thursday.



azi - Nov 23, 2005 2:17 pm (#1985 of 2980)

Today is Thanksgiving? Wow, you learn something everyday.

Of course Geology rocks! An ace subject if there ever was one. In other words - Geology is Gneiss...be tuff, do Geology...ok, going too far now!

Doris, I don't know if I already congratulated you on your good midterm things (I assume they're exams/assessments?), but if I haven't I will take this opportunity to say well done!


Elanor - Nov 23, 2005 3:40 pm (#1986 of 2980)

Congratulations Doris! I'm really happy for you.

As I'm still deprived of GoF for one more week () I thought I needed something to cheer me up so, tonight, I watched the "Revenge of the Sith" DVD I've just received, yeah!!!!!!!! I've also seen the deleted scenes, a pity Yoda arriving on Dagobah or the scenes with Mon Mothma and Bail Organa weren't kept in the final movie, they're brilliant! Really, there's nothing like a good lightsaber duel or a space battle to make me have patience. **waving to Good Evans, next time we'll fence in the chatroom we should use lightsabers, what do you think? **

I wish a wonderful Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!


boop - Nov 23, 2005 6:49 pm (#1987 of 2980)

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving to all that celebrate!!!

Jen, glad you didn't get hurt worst then you did. I sure hope everything works out for you.

Doris great job!!

hugs always



I Am Used Vlad - Nov 23, 2005 8:04 pm (#1988 of 2980)

For people keeping score, I finally saw GoF today, so I'm not going to be last. It was great.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Viola Intonada - Nov 23, 2005 8:19 pm (#1989 of 2980)

Hope you are feeling better, Jenn. I know how you feel about missing your first day of work. Two of my previous jobs I had to call in sick on my first day of work. Oh well.....

Today I made pumpkin bread and an apple pie in preparation for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I'm just glad I don't have to make the turkey!

I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving!


Ydnam96 - Nov 23, 2005 8:26 pm (#1990 of 2980)

Mmm...I just made French Toast (why do we call it that?) with egg-nogg instead of milk. It was so yummy!

I went to the dentist today. I feel bad for Dentists. They must have a hard time, I hate going and I know that lots of other people do too. I did not enjoy it, but she may be the best dentist I've ever been to!

Viola, pumpkin bread sounds marvelous. I'm making Pumpkin Custard for tomorrow. I don't have to make turkey either!

Happy Thanksgiving or Thursday to all.

[edit: I just talked to my mom back in Virginia (King George for all of you who live out that way- it's near Fredericksburg) and she said it's snowing. I'm glad I live in Southern California, but I do miss the first snowfall/]


Puck - Nov 23, 2005 9:04 pm (#1991 of 2980)

MMMM, french toast made with egg nog...never thought of it, but will have to give it a try. I usually just add almond extract and a touch of nutmeg.

A Dora balloon! My 3 year old will be thrilled!

Doris, you rock! I lasted in calculus all of 2 weeks. I understood everything in class, then went back to my dorm and stared blankly at my homework. Then I came to the conclusion that kindergarten teachers don't need to learn calculus.

Jenn, so glad you’re doing alright. You certainly are an optimistic spirit! That will help you heal quickly.

Baby actually let me get away with making pumpkin and apple pies. (Okay, I did cheat with pre-made crusts). Made fudge on Tuesday, so I am set to head to my aunt's tomorrow. Unless the weather is bad, in which case I have a small turkey breast in the fridge so I can cook here.

Okay, so I guess it's down to myself and Tim for those who will be last to see the movie. Hoping if I mention it tomorrow my Mom will volunteer to drive down on Friday to babysit.

Well, Happy Thanksgiving to whom it applies. Going to get some sleep before the baby wakes up!



Ydnam96 - Nov 23, 2005 11:16 pm (#1992 of 2980)

Oh man, just watched Lost. WOW. So glad they had a new episode this week. What a great way to start the break!

Bummer there's no new Alias this week. I guess Charlie Brown will have to do Wink


Lina - Nov 24, 2005 12:07 am (#1993 of 2980)

We've got the tickets! **happy dance**

It is snowing here too. Not in my town, but quite close to it which means we have a strong cold wind. That's what I call winter. There is a cat that decided to live around the place I work at. He came there as a little sick kitty. Someone took him to the vet, but nobody took him home. So he has a box in front of the building with a blanket and many people bring him food. Since it became really cold, someone let him into the building. We have a place with some ground and palm trees inside and he found that to be a nice place to have a rest from the wind outside.

Happy and joyful Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!


Ydnam96 - Nov 24, 2005 12:09 am (#1994 of 2980)

Oh, Lina you should bring him home. Kitties are so great!


The giant squid - Nov 24, 2005 12:15 am (#1995 of 2980)

azi, tomorrow (Thursday) is Thanksgiving...everyone's just getting their good wishes out there early, presumably because they'll be spending the day with family instead of online (the only forgivable reason ).



CatherineHermiona - Nov 24, 2005 12:22 am (#1996 of 2980)

Yes, Mandy, Lina should really bring that kitty home. Kitties are so nice.  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 2752390508

Well, happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate! As it's Thursday here already.

That's all I have to say. And congratulations, Doris. Kate


Lina - Nov 24, 2005 2:16 am (#1997 of 2980)

Oh, Mandy, I couldn't take the kitty home, for few reasons... I know that cats and dogs are able to learn to get along well, but we live on the fifth floor and I don't think it is a good place to live for a healthy cat. At least I've never seen a cat being walked the way that dogs can be walked at certain times of the day. Cats like to go out and come home at their own terms. It seems to me that this particular cat has found a nice home at the faculty, it is just fun seeing him trying to get into the building when nobody watches him and conquering a territory of his own.

I got angry with my youngest yesterday and she started to cry. Then she asked her daddy to take her out with him (when he was going to buy the tickets for the movie) and he told her that it is too cold outside and that she'd better stay at home. She started to cry even more and so he agreed to take her with. I asked her if she earned to go out and she answered me that she is going out so that she wouldn't make me angry any more. Oh, those children, there is no way to outsmart them...


kaykay1970 - Nov 24, 2005 6:57 am (#1998 of 2980)

Happy Thanksgiving!!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 24, 2005 7:25 am (#1999 of 2980)

Happy Thanksgiving!


Ydnam96 - Nov 24, 2005 10:22 am (#2000 of 2980)

My cat is an entirely inside cat. Believe me, he gets his exercise Smile

Lina, you've got some smart children there!

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azi - Nov 24, 2005 11:26 am (#2001 of 2980)

Ahhh, so it's on Thursday! I still thought it was sometime in December...(probably because in the Friends episodes they always had Christmas decorations up). Well, Happy Thanksgiving to the people who celebrate!

I am extremely disappointed. The snow that was predicted has not appeared. It's just windy! All the warnings of extreme weather were wrong! Silly weather forecasters, getting my hopes up like that...

Have a nice day everybody!


Good Evans - Nov 24, 2005 12:42 pm (#2002 of 2980)

Happy thanksgiving American cousins - hope you all have a great day!!!

Azi - me too, I live in the south of England but we had hopes of snow! darn it!! we have had such sever frosts that have lasted all day it has almost been like snow, but today was mild - other than my suit jacket I didnt wear a coat to work today (ok I drive but you get the idea anyway!)

I'll be off to the chat room shortly - happy thursday, nearly the weekend!!!


The giant squid - Nov 24, 2005 3:26 pm (#2003 of 2980)

How odd...I normally stay logged in on this computer, but when I came by just now I was logged off. I was wondering why there were so many "new" tags on threads I've read before... I'm just glad I was able to remember my password.

Sorry you didn't get your snow in England. I kinda miss snow here (doesn't happen often in Vegas). That is, until I remember having to shovel it at which point I think of Marie, counting the days until her girls are big enough to handle the snow shovel by themselves.



Tazzygirl - Nov 24, 2005 5:35 pm (#2004 of 2980)

I am glad there is no snow here- although I do miss it! Snow in Hawaii- people here would probably have heart attacks... Except for on the Big Island, where they get snow at the tippy top parts of the mountains.

Ydnam96- I am happy they stopped doing repeats of Lost- it was driving me crazy. Last night's show was pretty good, but I get the feeling they have to slow everything down and overlap the episodes a lot more to make the season stretch. That is a little frustrating.

Here's a question for all you Lost fans: How many of you can't stand the main character from the back end of the plane- Anna Lucia (I think that is her name)? Her attitude and the way she assumes she is the boss DRIVES ME UP A WALL!!!!

Hope everyone has a great day/ night!


Stephanie M. - Nov 24, 2005 7:04 pm (#2005 of 2980)

Happy Thanksgiving for all who celebrate!!

I barely watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade because I felt like I was getting a cold and I wanted to sleep late. I'm feeling a lot better now, but still a little head cold ish.


Elanor - Nov 24, 2005 10:25 pm (#2006 of 2980)

Happy Thanksgiving again to all who celebrate!

There is a weather warning about snow for the region I live in too. Actually, it did snow last evening but fortunately the snow didn't stay on the road. I was really worried about that since I have to go to work at 7 am. I just hope there won't be any on the road near the town I work in either: its altitude is higher and snow always lasts longer there. Forecast says we should have snow till Sunday and I know I'll really appreciate it as soon as I won't have to drive!

Have a great night/day everybody!


Herm oh ninny - Nov 24, 2005 11:07 pm (#2007 of 2980)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I just got home from my aunt's house and I am still stuffed! I don't know how I am going to sleep.

Tomorrow I am going out to dinner and then to watch GOF (3rd time YAY!) with my sisters and 5 other friends. Cheesecake Factory and GOF.....can you get any better than that? LOL

After dinner tonight, my sisters, some cousins and I all went to the movies to go see Just Friends. (it was pretty good) Well, first off two of the trailers that were played were using the wrong lens! They looked like scope trailers being played on a flat lens....so that the faces of the people were all stretched out! Also, the projectionist didn't frame the film right! You could see a thin line at the top of the screen showing the bottom of the movie! This annoyed me soo much that I couldn't even pay attention to the movie.... I was ready to go up and frame it myself! LOL Mind you, this was a big multiplex (AMC) You would think that things like that wouldn't happen there.


The giant squid - Nov 25, 2005 1:15 am (#2008 of 2980)

Tazzygirl, Ana Lucia is overbearing, opinionated & impulsive, but I have a feeling that after this week's episode she'll start calming down a little bit.

Either that or she'll tick everyone off so much she gets added to the "former castaway" list.

Herm oh ninny, were the faces stretched too wide or too tall? Too wide would be Flat through a Scope lens, tall & skinny would be Scope thru Flat. If the movie was in Flat & was framed down so far that you could see the bottom of the frame up top, the main action would have been taking place in the bottom third of the screen and there would have been a lot of "wasted space" at the top... And that was more than most of you cared to know about the subject.



Tazzygirl - Nov 25, 2005 2:05 am (#2009 of 2980)

Squid Mike- I hope Ana Lucia does shape up! grrr... I can't take it! Yeah- after the last episode I think things might be different. crossing fingers

I just got back from three Thanksgiving dinners, all one after the other. I don't think I will go to three dinners ever again, ever... I am so full I can't move... Grooooooaaaaannnn...


Amilia Smith - Nov 25, 2005 3:29 am (#2010 of 2980)

Woo Hoo! Just emailed the last of this week's papers off to my professor. The rest of my papers aren't due for another 2 weeks!

Did you ever see the episode of Dharma and Greg, Tazzy, where they think they are not going to get real food at any of the five or six places they have been invited to for Thanksgiving, and so eat a giant breakfast. And then everyone they visit serves them a full Thanksgiving dinner. Even Dharma's vegetarian parents cook a turkey for them.

Anyway, hoping you all had a lovely day!



azi - Nov 25, 2005 3:43 am (#2011 of 2980)

Congrats on getting your papers handed in, Amilia! It's always nice to meet deadlines.

I don't watch Lost so I can't really comment on it.

Hope you get better Stephanie!

I've come down with a chest infection so I may go home over the weekend to recover.

Everyone have a relaxing Friday!

(Still in hope for snow)


Chemyst - Nov 25, 2005 5:46 am (#2012 of 2980)

Herm oh ninny, the aspect ratio was messed up at the 22 screen REGAL theater our family went to last night too. Using the Squid's diagnostics, I'd say it was scope through flat because the characters all looked anorexic except for the horse who was just bizarre. My daughter went to complain and they got on their walkie-talkie and had it fixed before she could get back to her seat. Other than that, The Legend of Zorro was the perfect after-dinner family movie with a good mix of comedy and action and never a time when you were in awe of the computer-generated effects at the expense of the story.


Ydnam96 - Nov 25, 2005 7:00 am (#2013 of 2980)

Well...it's official. My mom and sister are crazy. They live in VA, just south of the DC metro area and they decided to go sit outside a Best Buy at 8:15 last night! But they were first in the store and they got two $200 laptop computers, two flat screen tvs, a dvd player, and other assorted items. Crazy I tell you. It's freezing, literally, there.

My friend wants to go shopping early this morning, and I was gonna call her and tell her I didn't want to go. I hardly slept at all last night...but I slept so little that I'm wide awake so I figured I'd go anyway. I called her shortly after five (I waited till then because I figured calling at 4 was just wrong) and she wants to wait till 7. We don't really want anything. We're just going out for the experience.

Anyway. Thanksgiving was okay. Lots of good food. First time for green bean casserole for me. I've never had it, as I hate green beans. But it was good. One of the guys there made homemade noodles and they were so yummy. I made pumpkin custard which is my favorite holiday food. But for some reason no one else is brave enough to eat it. So I brought it back and I have eaten it all myself. Yum. It's just the inside of a pumpkin pie without the shell. I don't understand what people wouldn't like about it. Oh well.

So I've been listening to PoA on CD when I can't sleep. I noticed something this morning. The scene where Percy is patrolling all of the students in the Great Hall while the professors are searching for Sirius in the school: you can see the beginning of the disdain for DD from Percy. If you pay attention you can tell Percy doesn't agree with DD's decisions about the Dementors and all that. I had not noticed it before.

Anyway. Off to shower and such. Have a great Friday.


Good Evans - Nov 25, 2005 11:17 am (#2014 of 2980)

still no snow in Sussex, most of the country seems to have had something - the traffic over Bodmin moor is at a standstill and they have had two inches in Great Yarmouth within 3 hours.

for those of you in the "big Freeeze" keep warm and well, and for those who just want to see a snow flake - best of luck!!

Pleased to hear Thanksgiving was the usual overeat- well done all of you!!!! the food sounds yummy, Mandy I like pumpkin so pumpkin custard would have at least been worth a try !!!! Not sure about green beans though - what are they (besides beans that are green!!)? and what do they taste of?


Puck - Nov 25, 2005 11:22 am (#2015 of 2980)

We had about 3 inches of snow for Thanksgiving. Luckily it cleared up early enough for us to get to my aunt's house to celebrate the holiday. Between my brother, my aunt, and myself we have 7 kids under 7, so it was a loud and lively holiday! I came home with plenty of leftover pie, though my brother was quite happy that I left the fudge for him to take home. (I have some here already.)

So, Mandy, did your relatives have to sit out overnight? People here camped out for days before the 1st local IKEA store opened last month.

Must be careful about discussing LOST, as those overseas are behind us in their viewing.

I mentioned our babysitting situation to Mom, but she didn't bite. I was so hoping she'd volunteer to come watch the kids. Oh well, time to hit up my friends.

Kids found Daddy's Ren and Stimpy cd as I pulled out the holiday music. They have deemed it "icky" and "gross", and thus they love it! (Songs include "Cat Hair Balls" to the tune of Jingle Bells and the like. Lovely.)

Okay, I think I'm going to change the music and try to my family under the pile of newspaper.



Chemyst - Nov 25, 2005 1:14 pm (#2016 of 2980)

The green bean casserole that I am familiar with tastes much better than it sounds or looks. There is a website called Cooking for Engineers that has pictures.


Tazzygirl - Nov 25, 2005 1:19 pm (#2017 of 2980)

Mills- I did not see that episode- but I know how they feel!

Pumpkin custard sounds delicious!!

I am one of those people who steer clear of all stores the day after Thanksgiving. I worked in retail, and the first day of one job was the day after Thanksgiving. That experience alone scared the living daylights out of me!!! LOL


Denise P. - Nov 25, 2005 3:21 pm (#2018 of 2980)

I make a green bean casserole but it is not the "traditional" one with the onion things and mushroom soup. Mine has cream cheese, brie cheese, butter and bacon. Of course, green beans too. Guess what I am having with dinner tonight??

I had a crummy last few days, a jerk stole my purse out of my cart at the store so I had to spend the day cancelling cards, getting a new driver’s license etc. Luckily, my keys, cell phone and checkbook were NOT in my purse. The scumbag even got my Darth Vader lego pen but not my Harry Potter one. eBay is great, I have a replacement Darth coming and while I was there, I found something I have been searching for!

Growing up, we had a plush Santa that my mother said came from a gas station promotion or something. In any event, it was a ratty Santa from us playing with it every year and somewhere in the mists of time, it was either thrown out or lost in a move. We knew that Santa had a bottle of Coke in his hand at one point so I went looking on eBay and there are several of them there!! I don't care if it has the coke bottle but a few do. I am hoping to win one of them so I can have a reminder of childhood Christmas time.

I braved going out this morning for a short period of time since I wanted to get a TV/DVD combo. They were sold out but I did get a larger TV and a separate DVD player for only $15 more.


timrew - Nov 25, 2005 5:01 pm (#2019 of 2980)

Sorry you got mugged by a lowlife scumbag, Denise. May his toes drop off when he's at the swimming pool; and while he is asleep under the palm trees at noon, may hard and knobbly coconuts descend upon his head.


Ydnam96 - Nov 25, 2005 6:00 pm (#2020 of 2980)

Denise, that's horrible! May he get coal in his stocking! I hope he pokes himself with your Darth Vadar pen!


Tazzygirl - Nov 25, 2005 7:21 pm (#2021 of 2980)

I'm sorry, Denise! I hope the jerk gets caught (did the store you were in have cameras?)! My mom got her purse stolen about a year ago, and right when she was going to report her purse stolen, the police caught the person. Talk about luck! Her cell phone was taken by someone at Disneyland, and she notified the security there. The security at Disneyland were wonderful, because my mom got her cell phone back a couple hours later!

If the jerk doesn't get caught, hopefully your Darth Vadar pen gives him trouble!


Viola Intonada - Nov 25, 2005 7:26 pm (#2022 of 2980)

My condolences, Denise. I know how difficult it is after your purse has been stolen. It makes you wonder how we survived before credit cards and ATM cards. How did our parents and grandparents do it?!?!

I'm glad you didn't lose your Harry Potter Lego pen!


Chemyst - Nov 25, 2005 8:43 pm (#2023 of 2980)

What a bummer, Denise! (Fully realizing that the use of "bummer" horribly dates me, I fearlessly opt to use it anyway because it fits the occasion so well.) Replacing a driver's license is such a major pain; were Dante alive today, he'd probably add another ring to hell for such ilk. Perhaps winning a Santa on an ebay auction will help you feel better soon.

And your green bean casserole sounds wonderful. The traditional version entered our family on my in-laws side where it showed up at nearly every family gathering. They are open-a-can-and-heat people. As a consequence, my husband has almost no palate for real food. The first year of marriage was frustrating until I figured that out. (I'd mistakenly thought his "taste" in food was a bachelor thing.) I guess the culinary deprivation during his formative years has left him unable to appreciate the combination of artistry and love that goes into truly great cooking. Today, if I want to spend hours fixing something fancy, I do it for myself and the kids – he prefers eating pumpkin and tamales right out of the cans.


The giant squid - Nov 26, 2005 12:49 am (#2024 of 2980)

Let me add my somewhat considerable will to Tim's curse, Denise. Some people just need a good thwapping.

Chemyst, all I can say is that I'm sorry my district doesn't extend to your area. While I will admit to starting a show with the wrong lens in place, it has never stayed that way long enough for anyone to get up, much less get to another manager to complain. Clearly that operator (I refuse to call him a projectionist) doesn't follow my mantra: Pay Attention. I would use CONSTANT VIGILANCE! but I don't want to scare people off...



Elanor - Nov 26, 2005 12:53 am (#2025 of 2980)

Denise, that's awful! I do hope he will get caught soon! One year and a half ago, some people stole my car radio (and broke my car's door). I had no hope they would be caught but some weeks later the police called me to tell me that not only had they caught them but also found a lot of things stolen, amongst which there was my car radio!

It has snowed again last night and this morning everything is white with snow, that's beautiful, the more because sun has come back this morning and everything glitters. The old Abbey and the dungeon, across the street, look gorgeous. I wish you could see it! This is going to be the perfect weekend for enjoying being inside, cooking and reading while drinking a nice cup of tea. I love that!
I wish all those who're waiting for the snow that it might fall soon. Forecast says the weather should be like this till at least next Thursday. **sending weather charms to the UK**

I wish you all a great weekend!

Edit: Yesterday, I forgot to wish Kate and Catherine a happy name day, so belated happy name day ladies!


Good Evans - Nov 26, 2005 4:21 am (#2026 of 2980)

hmph - still no snow here!!

Denise - really sorry to hear about the handbag theft, I had mine stolen a few years ag and it was a nightmare, The police found my purse (wallet) some weeks later- but other than taking the photos out of it I didnt want it anymore so threw it away. It is such a personal violation and I can wish only bad luck on those desperate enough to cause such misery on another person.

I still dont know what a green bean is - but anything with brie and the way you have described the dish sounds wonderful. I hope you enjoy it!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 26, 2005 4:29 am (#2027 of 2980)

What a bummer, Denise! (Fully realizing that the use of "bummer" horribly dates me, I fearlessly opt to use it anyway because it fits the occasion so well.)---Chemyst

They are open-a-can-and-heat people.---Chemyst
You say that like it's a bad thing.

Denise, I'm sorry for your bad luck (***still shaking head that you feel the need to replace your Darth Vader pen*** ). But isn't it obvious? The thief was merely heeding the call of his master.


Julie Aronson - Nov 26, 2005 6:20 am (#2028 of 2980)

Good Evans,

A green bean is what the French call an haricot vert. Does that help? They are really good almost any way you can serve them, but I have to admit an interest in Denise's recipe, but without the bacon, since I don't eat pork. (hint?)


That really sticks about your purse. We've had a rash of car break-ins around here and one of my friends had all of her pictures and memorabilia from a recent trip to Paris stolen--she was taking it to get framed the next day. I hope they at least find some of your stuff. What a hassle!!!


Pumpkin bread--yummy *hints for another recipe ;-)*

I cooked the big dinner on Thursday, and appallingly, with as stuffed as I was Thursday night, I woke up hungry Friday morning!

Congrats, Sympathy, and Well-wishes to all!!!



Denise P. - Nov 26, 2005 8:08 am (#2029 of 2980)

Kim, you mean you wouldn't replace a Darth pen??!! Yeah, I was hoping they would just dump my purse once they saw nothing of real value was in it but no such luck yet.

Julie, I sent you the recipe via email.


Loopy Lupin - Nov 26, 2005 8:49 am (#2030 of 2980)

Kim, you mean you wouldn't replace a Darth pen??!! – Denise

No, I'm sure Kim is too busy keeping track of all of her Frodo pens to notice a Darth Vader gone missing. Then again, with a new Peter Jackson movie coming out soon, Kim is probably making room on her shelves for the merchandizing onslaught.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 26, 2005 9:36 am (#2031 of 2980)

Then again, with a new Peter Jackson movie coming out soon, Kim is probably making room on her shelves for the merchandizing onslaught.---Loopy Lupin

How that man gets financing is beyond me.

What are you doing here, anyway? Shouldn't you be off doing something 'vacationy'?

Denise, I'm just curious....when, exactly, do you use the Darth Vader pen? ***imagines Denise popping ole Darth's head off to sign documents at her numerous parent-teacher conferences*** How they must talk about you in the conference room.


Denise P. - Nov 26, 2005 9:48 am (#2032 of 2980)

Denise, I'm just curious....when, exactly, do you use the Darth Vader pen?

Surely you jest... Darth is used constantly. I sign checks, write shopping lists, sign papers at school, scouts, hospital etc. Darth was very well used. I switch between Darth and Harry. I would use my Geico lizard pen too....if I could find it. I can make my Harry pen into a Hermione pen if I really want to.


Good Evans - Nov 26, 2005 10:04 am (#2033 of 2980)

Oh Denise - the idea of a trans gender (harry to hermione) pen is too much for me !!!

many thanks Julie A for the definition of a green bean - haricot - now that means somehting to me !!!

Denise can I ask for the recipe too, it sounds lovely - and I will use the bacon! (but sparingly as bacon is almost taboo on the diet!) my email is on my profile.



Stephanie M. - Nov 26, 2005 10:40 am (#2034 of 2980)

I Hope you get your purse back, Denise! That's horrible!

Pumpkin bread also sounds like a good recipe! I also really like banana bread, but bananas aren't as seasonal as pumpkins.


Ydnam96 - Nov 26, 2005 11:20 am (#2035 of 2980)

Elanor, can you take a picture of the snow on the abbey? I would love to see it!

Mmmm...Pumpkin Bread. Alas, I don't keep that kind of food in my house. It's just me and Kitty. And I eat at least one meal a day in the University's cafeteria. So I only keep the easy "open-a-can-and-heat" types of foods: stuff for quesadillas, frozen burritos, cereal, yogurt, occasionally a frozen pizza or two, and some tea. So I'll have to go to Starbucks for some pumpkin bread

Well off to start my day. Some of my coworkers and I are heading out to Yucipa for an Apple Butter festival. It's at a "you pick your own" apple farm. They will be lighting their trees tonight. Hopefully it will be sort of "fall" like there. We all miss fall, even though I LOVE southern California.


Loopy Lupin - Nov 26, 2005 1:16 pm (#2036 of 2980)

How that man gets financing is beyond me. – Kim

Well, he gets some money from me. For example, I will probably see King Kong by myself and then take about 3-4 kids with me for the next viewing. At least that was my typical schedule for all of the LotR's.

What are you doing here, anyway? Shouldn't you be off doing something 'vacationy'?—Kim

You say that as though my posting on the forum is an indication that I'm at work or something.

I can make my Harry pen into a Hermione pen if I really want to. –Denise

Now that's talent. In my day, you had to ship your pen off to Sweden to do that.

Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all ze week.


Doris Crockford - Nov 26, 2005 2:37 pm (#2037 of 2980)

Thanks for all your congratulations, everyone! When I told my Dad about it, the first thing he asked was if I ever left my room.

Denise, that really sucks that your purse was stolen. One of my friends' wallet and keys were stolen from his room while he slept, and I know it was a huge hassle it was to replace it all. I hope you get your stuff back.

If anyone wants any snow, I've got plenty here. There's also a lot of ice on the sidewalks, which makes it dangerous to walk anywhere. Which is a problem since there's no other way to get around campus. But it feels very Christmas-y, helped by the fact that the convenience store has started selling eggnog. I'm almost done the carton I bought yesterday night. Mmmmm, eggnog...

I hope you feel better, Steph! I have a bit of a cold myself, so I understand how icky you feel.

Hope everyone has a good day!


Stephanie M. - Nov 26, 2005 2:53 pm (#2038 of 2980)

Thanks for the getting better wishes!

I think it was a 48 hour cold because I kept feeling better throughout the day, but then my head ached late at night. It lasted about two days, so I'm feeling a lot better now.

Doris, I hope you feel better!

It was supposed to snow here, but instead there is freezing. There is a fire hydrant near my apartment building and I always noticed when I was walking from my bus stop that it was leaking, but since it's so cold here, the leaky hydrant is now completely covered in ice!

I saw Pride and Prejudice with my mom last night. I thought it was extremely good for being only about 2 hours long compared to the 5 hour one that came out a while ago. I really have to reread Pride and Prejudice, it was a really good book.

I think I'm off to see RENT later tonight. I can't believe I haven't seen it yet because I am such a huge RENT-Head! LOL

Have a good evening/afternoon everyone!


Detail Seeker - Nov 26, 2005 3:48 pm (#2039 of 2980)

Doris, you might send some spare snow and ice my way. We have adequate temperatures now, but the bit of snow we got is just some sort of icing on the ground, so at least I could do with some more - not to talk of the children, who could start playing with their sledges. A pity, that all the snow was going down 500 km west of my place, where the definitively have too much of it right now.


timrew - Nov 26, 2005 4:44 pm (#2040 of 2980)

Denise, does your Darth Vader pen turn into a light-sabre? If so, I hope your thief uses it to sign something, and gets lasered up his left (or right, I'm not fussy) nostril.

That would be one in the eye (er, nose) for him!


Marie E. - Nov 26, 2005 4:52 pm (#2041 of 2980)

We've had some unusually warm weather here for the end of November. This scares me because it means the really cold weather is just around the corner. We had a fairly quiet Thanksgiving with just the four of us plus my friend Amy and her youngest son. I tried something different and stuffed the turkey with chopped onions and apples and it was delicious. We didn't go shopping at 5am or anything but we did go out yesterday for awhile. We were at Toy R Us and Mr. E threw the Durmstrang LEGO ship in the cart and said "Merry Christmas". The kids can't believe I'm going to wrap it and wait for Christmas. I have to say that the two Target stores nearest to me are decidedly lacking in GoF LEGOs. Toys R Us were practically sold out, I noticed.

Lexie has three loose teeth across the top. I'm hoping she'll lose them before Christmas so we can sing "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth".


haymoni - Nov 26, 2005 5:48 pm (#2042 of 2980)

Hope you all had a happy Turkey Day. I spent it at my mother-in-law's with her bland, bread-cube-only stuffing. I make the green bean thing, but I use broccoli. I had 3 glasses of wine, so it was a pretty good day!

Saw GOF for the 2nd time on Friday. This crowd appeared to be made up of people that had actually read the book. I think I heard someone crying during Dumbledore's speech, but they could have just been choking on popcorn.

I've spent most of today doing laundry and watching TV. We rented the remake of "The Longest Yard". It wasn't too bad. I couldn't get the deleted scenes to run so I don't know what else was supposed to be in the movie.

Have a good evening all. See ya on the threads!


Puck - Nov 26, 2005 6:13 pm (#2043 of 2980)

Ahhh, "My Fair Lady" was on this evening, so I had some lovely background music as I made dinner. ("Could've danced all night").

So sorry Denise! During the holidays, too. How evil!

Okay, so how many times do I have to say "Put on your pajamas" before someone actually listens? Well, at least Natalie is cooing at my sweetly. I still have time before she turns on me.

I think I'm going to end up eating most of that apple pie myself. I can't spend the holiday season eating like this or I'm going to put all that baby weight I lost right back on.

Only one more day until the biggest one is back at school, and I have many hours without fighting.



dizzy lizzy - Nov 26, 2005 8:08 pm (#2044 of 2980)

Sounds like everyone enjoyed the eat-a-thon

I've had a nice quiet weekend here. Two summer storms, plenty of lightning but not much rain.

I had my wallet stolen about 2 years ago. The worst part is replacing the Driver's License. I went through all the rigmarole to replace only to have the police knock on my front door at 11pm on a Thursday night 2 weeks afterwards with the "lost" license and a couple of other cards....

The DVD's of Season 1 of Lost and Desperate Housewives are now on sale in Australia. I've got them on mail order and should get them in about 2 weeks. Season 2 will no doubt start sometime in the new year about late February/Early March.



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 26, 2005 10:57 pm (#2045 of 2980)

You say that as though my posting on the forum is an indication that I'm at work or something.---Loopy Lupin

My mistake.

As for the other: priceless.


Mrs. Sirius - Nov 26, 2005 11:02 pm (#2046 of 2980)

Belated Thanksgiving greetings. Thanks for the link for the recipe Gina. At my age this was my first Thanksgiving dinner, such a novice at cooking, me with four kids.

All things considered it went off rather well, the turkey was moist and tasted good. I did forget to make gravy (I've never liked it anyway) and I forgot the green salad -  other than that it was great. Oh and Mama Stanberg's cranberry relish is quite good despite sounding horrible.

Denise that really does suck, having to put in all that time and work to reclaim your life for some idiots quick pilfering. I learned recently that many home owners policies will either provide assistance or advice on getting everything you need to do if your financial information or history is stolen. May that never happen to you.


azi - Nov 27, 2005 10:14 am (#2047 of 2980)

Sorry to hear you had your purse stolen Denise. Fingers crossed it will turn up!

Still no snow, although Firefox says it is currently snowing...hmmm, methinks they don't know what they're talking about! I wouldn't mind lightning storms either...

Hope you feel better Doris!

My train back to uni was 40mins late. I froze in the cold and then had to stand up because another was late and they both went to the same station so loads of people got on it. Fortunately, my room is nice and warm.

Everyone have a lovely day!


Elanor - Nov 27, 2005 12:58 pm (#2048 of 2980)

Well, it snowed again today and I wish I could share that snow with you Azi! There was also ice on the road so I'm a bit worried for tomorrow morning. I really hate driving when the road is slippery. Well, we'll see!

I have taken pictures of the abbey under the snow BTW and just sent you one Mandy, I hope you'll like it!

Have a great day everybody!


CatherineHermiona - Nov 27, 2005 1:30 pm (#2049 of 2980)

At least you are supposed to have a snow, azi! I was supposed to go to Cabar this weekend. It was canceled because of snow storm. Yeah, snow storm there, rain storm here! Bleh.

Healing charms to everyone who need some.

Yay! We've got the tickets!



Puck - Nov 27, 2005 1:50 pm (#2050 of 2980)

So I went online thinking of getting my brother and his wife tickets to a show for Christmas. Monty Python's Spamalot is coming to Boston, and that seemed a fun possibility. And who's in it? David Hyde Pierce and TIM CURRY! Now I'm definitely getting the tickets once on sale. I just hope the NYC cast all come to Boston.

Hope you're all enjoying the last part of the weekend.

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The giant squid - Nov 27, 2005 2:32 pm (#2051 of 2980)

I'm waiting impatiently for Spamalot to come to Vegas...I've been dying to see it ever since I first heard of it.


azi - Nov 27, 2005 3:04 pm (#2052 of 2980)

I also am wanting to see it. Not sure it's visiting UK waters though.


Stephanie M. - Nov 27, 2005 3:39 pm (#2053 of 2980)

My friend Amelia, **waves to Amelia, even though I doubt she really visits the Forum anymore** loves Spamalot!! I haven't seen it though, but I also really want to see it.

Today was my cousin Jason's first Birthday party. (He turns one on the 30th) So I was out in Westchester all day.

I saw Rent last night and I was literally crying through most of the movie because I saw the musical and I knew what was going to happen so in the second song (which was very upbeat) I started crying. And then as the movie progressed I cried even more. But that was seriously one of the BEST movies I have ever seen. I would gladly see it anytime. It was just so good.

Well, I'm off to do last minute homework and studying that I didn't do during the rest of my little vacation.


Ydnam96 - Nov 27, 2005 5:49 pm (#2054 of 2980)

Elanor, got the picture, it's beautiful!

So- I finished my Christmas Shopping today! It involved a trip to Downtown Disney. Oh my goodness, it was crazy. But now I'm done (I think, unless I forgot someone) shopping. I just need to send things off in the mail and finish crocheting (is that how it's spelled?) a baby blanket for a friend.

Denise, any luck with the purse snatchers?


kaykay1970 - Nov 27, 2005 6:12 pm (#2055 of 2980)

Wow! I just read 37 posts!

So sorry about your purse being snatched Denise.

My husband was brave enough to go to the after Thanksgiving sales. He managed to purchase everything on my list. Plus he bought a tv/dvd combo because it was a steal. It will be perfect to keep the kids entertained on long car rides.


MickeyCee3948 - Nov 27, 2005 7:57 pm (#2056 of 2980)

Well Hello Everybody, I haven't been on the forum for almost 3 months. First it was Hurricane Katrina and relief work in N.O. and then I got chased from and lost my home in Hurricane Rita. My wife and I relocated to Houston and I just got my new computer yesterday. Boy it looks like I have a whole lotta reading to catch up on. I am so glad to be back with all of you fellow HP readers. Can't wait to catch up on all of the news.



Ihavebothbuttocks - Nov 27, 2005 8:06 pm (#2057 of 2980)

Allow me to be the first to welcome you back, MickeyCee.


boop - Nov 27, 2005 8:49 pm (#2058 of 2980)

I want to welcome back Mickey and Chris. Glad you are both safe.

Hugs boop


Stephanie M. - Nov 27, 2005 10:13 pm (#2059 of 2980)

Welcome back MickeyCee! I'm glad everything is doing better now. And I hope you enjoy the new computer!


Elanor - Nov 27, 2005 11:10 pm (#2060 of 2980)

Welcome back Mickey! It is great to hear from you and I'm happy to see that things start to be better for you.

Glad you liked the picture Mandy! Fortunately, it didn't snow again last night and I'll know very soon if there is ice on the road or not this morning **keeping my fingers crossed there is no ice**

Have a great night/day everybody!


Ydnam96 - Nov 27, 2005 11:44 pm (#2061 of 2980)

Mickey, I'm glad to hear you are relocated. Sad that you lost your home. I hope that you will be settled enough to enjoy a nice holiday season!


The giant squid - Nov 28, 2005 2:07 am (#2062 of 2980)

Welcome back, Mickey! I'm afraid we've been a little chatty in your absence...

((hugs boop))



azi - Nov 28, 2005 4:04 am (#2063 of 2980)

Welcome back Mickey!!!!!!

It's finally snowing!!!!!! **jumps up and down excitedly** Hehe Don't think it'll settle, but it's cheered me up!

Everyone have a (safe) snowy day!


Chemyst - Nov 28, 2005 4:57 am (#2064 of 2980)

Welcome back, Mickey. Solitaire had posted awhile back that you'd been caught by a Rita-spawned tornado and weren't up to posting. 'Glad to hear that at least part of the situation has improved and I'm sending a getting resettled charm to help with what is left.


Good Evans - Nov 28, 2005 5:55 am (#2065 of 2980)

boo hiss - still no snow in sussex or surrey!!!!!!

welcome back Mickey, glad you are safe and sorry that you lost your home.

happy mondays everbody!!


Julie Aronson - Nov 28, 2005 5:58 am (#2066 of 2980)

Welcome back, Mickey!

Mrs. Sirius,

I'm glad to meet another NPR fan! I've been curious about Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish, but been reluctant to try it. Maybe now I'll give it a shot. I'm glad your first Thanksgiving dinner worked out--it will only get easier if you keep doing it. Actually, with planning and practice, it's probably one of the easiest large dinners you can make.

Happy Monday, all!



haymoni - Nov 28, 2005 6:37 am (#2067 of 2980)

Best Wishes to you, Mickey! Glad to have you back!

(Hit "Mark as Read" - it's OK - we've all done it!)


Puck - Nov 28, 2005 7:14 am (#2068 of 2980)

Welcome back Mickey! So sorry about your home. Hope you are starting to feel at home in your new place.

Spamalot is scheduled to move to Boston, Chicago, And Washington D.C. after leaving NYC. I was trying to see if it was going to Denver, so I could get Jim's brother tickets as well. Now I'm wondering if Mr. Puck and I should get tickets for ourselves. It does sound like a hoot!

Waiting for a holiday delivery, hoping to keep the kids from seeing the box. (It's Maya's kitchen set.) So, I have to keep them inside and away from the door. What makes it harder is that school was cancelled, which means Parker is home. (There was a problem with the heating system and anti-freeze leaked into the classrooms.)

Going to read a few threads.



Denise P. - Nov 28, 2005 7:22 am (#2069 of 2980)

Welcome back Mickey! Sorry to hear about your house but glad that you and your loved ones are safe.

I am trotting off to the post office to mail a slew of packages....


Lina - Nov 28, 2005 3:52 pm (#2070 of 2980)

MickeyCee, I'm glad that you are back on line and I hope that your life is going to become more calm after all disasters you've been through.

Denise, I hope that the guy was caught.


Tazzygirl - Nov 28, 2005 4:33 pm (#2071 of 2980)

Nice ticket, Lina!! Hope you, Kate and the rest of the family enjoy GoF!

MickeyCee- sorry about your house. But I am happy you and your family are safe!


Marie E. - Nov 28, 2005 7:24 pm (#2072 of 2980)

Welcome back, Mickey. I'm glad that you and your family are safe and sound. And they were right-there's no shame in hitting "mark as read".


Viola Intonada - Nov 28, 2005 7:46 pm (#2073 of 2980)

Mickey, welcome back!! Mark as Read is a most wonderful thing.

Julia, I'll email you the pumpkin bread recipe soon.

Overall we had a great Thanksgiving Holiday. It started off with a simple trip to the Dealership to get the oil changed. I ended up also needing new brakes (I knew it was due soon) a wheel cylinder, tie rods and a new water pump. My husband set up the webcam so that we could keep an eye on the hermit crabs. Tom Riddle didn't move the entire holiday. He had molted two weeks ago. When we got home, we discovered he had indeed died. My youngest is very upset, because she didn't get to say good-bye. (She is so sentimentally sweet)


Puck - Nov 28, 2005 7:59 pm (#2074 of 2980)

That is the problem with hermit crabs- they don't last long. My classroom lost several before we gave up on them. (They prefer death to moving into a shell that doesn't quite please them.)

Ahh, the baby is asleep, so I can go to bed as well. She never took much of a nap, then was so over tired she couldn't quite get to sleep. She finally went out. Whew.

Have a good night (or morning, afternoon)



Finn BV - Nov 28, 2005 8:17 pm (#2075 of 2980)

Welcome back Mickey!

Glad there's no shame in hitting Mark as Read, because I did after Thanksgiving, and I don't have time to go through everything that went on around here, but I did notice that Denise's purse was stolen so, a little story time: In December, my mom's purse was stolen, and she noticed about an hour and a half after it happened. She was able to stop all the credit cards, but in the meantime the thief had gotten away with about $350 from a Duane Reade. Mom was nice and hoped for the best, that it was some Christmas presents for a needy family.

Then, in January, her purse was stolen again. This time, she was able to stop the credit cards after $278 had been stolen from various stores. The weird thing was that the purse showed up in a post office (probably meaning, the cards were taken out of the purse, and the bag itself was thrown down; a good Samaritan put it in the mailbox, and it was taken to the post office – it still had ID in it). So, now my mom just carries bills and coins in a small purse, which she keeps in her front pocket, and her cards go in a case that goes around her neck, which has her work ID in it.

Ok, end of story time. Good night everyone. Oh, I'm helping out in the sound effects of the school play this week (Little Mary Sunshine – don't ask), so I'll be away a little bit, as the rehearsals run after school, and the performances are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Good night!


Amilia Smith - Nov 29, 2005 12:23 am (#2076 of 2980)

Story of computer woes: Suddenly the enter key, the space-bar, and the back-space key quit working last night. So I went and bought a new keyboard today. When I plugged it in, the T, Y, back-space, tab, and left shift keys didn't work. Long IM discussion with my computer genius brother followed, in which he was very good at deciphering what I meant to say. We couldn't figure out what was wrong. I was ready to go back to CompUSA for an exchange (which is a bit of a bike ride) when they suddenly started working again. And then they quit. They've been blinking on and off all through typing this post. I just go back through and fill in the Ts and Ys when they are working. If I've missed some, please forgive me. Very frustrating. This is not the best time for my computer to go on the fritz.

But I am being petty. It's very good to see you again, Mickey!



Tazzygirl - Nov 29, 2005 3:02 am (#2077 of 2980)

Oh my gosh!!! I went to the movies tonight with my sister (third time seeing GoF!) and while I was waiting for her to show up, guess who walked out of the theater?????

Dominic Monaghan and Evangeline Lily from LOST!!!!!!!!! (I am just a little excited, can't you tell?) They were so close I could have reached out and touched their shoulders! It was kind of funny, because there was maybe 10 people standing around, and when they walked out of the theater, I glanced at Dominic and thought "He looks familiar..." and then glanced at Evangeline and thought "Woah! It's them!!" I smiled at them, he looked straight at me (eyes connected! LOL) and they stood there for several minutes. I wanted to take a picture of them, but by the time I got my phone out to take the picture, they were walking down the stairs and their backs were to me... so it would have been pointless... oh well. I might see them again! (It is a small island, you know! )

Thought all you Lost fans would be interested...


The giant squid - Nov 29, 2005 3:19 am (#2078 of 2980)

That's pretty cool, Tazzy! Despite the fact that a lot of celebs live in or frequent Vegas, I haven't seen any in the 4 years I've lived here. Well, that's not entirely true...I did tear Rita Rudner's ticket when she went to see Fellowship of the Ring, but that's it.

Now if I'd seen Dominic Monaghan going to FotR, that would have been interesting.

Finn, I see you've taken another picture of some unsuspecting 13-year-old. Give up the charade already, old man!



Ydnam96 - Nov 29, 2005 9:11 am (#2079 of 2980)

Tazzygirl, that is amazing. I am very jealous. I was at Disney's California Adventure last August (not this past one, the one before) and Dominic was there with the cast of LOST before it came out, they were doing advanced press for it (as Disney owns ABC). Anyway, I missed the bit where he was talking with the audience and signing autographs and such and showed up just as they were ushering him away. He was about 30 yards from me I think, but there were probably hundreds of people in between us. Your story is MUCH better. I love LOST and I love LOTR. So jealous.


Viola Intonada - Nov 29, 2005 9:52 am (#2080 of 2980)

Congrats Tazzygirl! If it was me, I would have been too shocked to even think about taking a picture until they were totally out of sight.

Amilia, I understand your misery. A couple of years ago we had a key board go bad, it started with the T and Y key. You never realize how often you use a key until it doesn't work anymore. Hubby went for a year copying and pasting periods(.). He was working on his Ph.D. at the time. This was during an age when you couldn't just go out and buy a new keyboard. He finally bought a new computer when he started the final drafts of his thesis.

I need to clean my house and I don't want to. Oh how I miss the days when I would clean in order to procrastinate from studying for a test. Well, on second thought, maybe not, but I did keep a much cleaner living space at the time.


Finn BV - Nov 29, 2005 2:37 pm (#2081 of 2980)

Whatever, Mike. I've changed it. So it's more exciting.

Great picture, Tazzy!


azi - Nov 29, 2005 3:00 pm (#2082 of 2980)

Hope your computer keyboard stops playing up soon Amilia!

Nice example of rock strata there, Finn!

Viola - tidying your room is so the best way to avoid revision! Plus any work in general!

Have a lovely day everyone!


Stephanie M. - Nov 29, 2005 5:19 pm (#2083 of 2980)

Amilia, I hope your keyboard stops acting up! One of the shift buttons on my computer doesn't always work, but I have another shift key, so it's okay, just a little bit more inconvenient to type.

Well, I'm off to do some more homework. I just needed a break so I can check up on threads.


I Am Used Vlad - Nov 29, 2005 8:40 pm (#2084 of 2980)

Finn, do you have a handlebar mustache in that picture? There's something sticking out from both sides of your head. Where is that, anyway? Wyoming?


haymoni - Nov 29, 2005 8:54 pm (#2085 of 2980)

Hey all! It's 10:36 EST and I am a bit tired.

Worked - did benefit meetings - came home to my mother-in-law - made a quickie dinner - and learned how to light the pilot light on the furnace!

We keep it pretty cool here, but I occasionally like to hear the darn thing go on and NOTHING happened when I played with the thermostat. Is it me or is there a plot to keep women in the dark about things like lighting pilot lights?

(This isn't like my earlier ranting about the Clothing Size Conspiracy - which I think is a well-documented fact - they are definitely making clothes smaller than they used to!)

Hubby is out of town, so I had to learn on the fly - turn this knob, hold in a button, light a thing that doesn't look like something you should light, release the button and turn the knob AT THE SAME TIME (that only took me 4 tries to figure that one out!) all while holding a flashlight and praying that the whole thing wouldn't explode!

Then I dropped Ungrateful Son off at wrestling practice, took Daughter to the grocery store, unloaded $113 worth of groceries - not even a cartfull, mind you! - went to pick up Ungrateful Son only to find that the coach wants to give a pep talk to the parents in a stinky, smelly, ring-worm-filled wrestling room.

I collapsed in front of the TV flipping between the Biggest Loser and the Amazing Race. (I just realized upon re-reading this post how I can identify with both of those show titles right now!) I have the satellite locked down and I was too tired to enter the code for anything else. The BaBa WaWa special is going on right now, but I can't take any more.

Harry! Take me away!


kaykay1970 - Nov 29, 2005 9:06 pm (#2086 of 2980)

I just got home from Nashville and I have the most amazing news. The results of my niece's surgery are wonderful. Her oxygen level has been around 70% her entire life and if she was sick and feverish would drop as low as 50%. After surgery her oxygen was 96% for the first time ever! Her fingers and toes were pink instead of their usually purple and she has great blood return. Her little feet were actually warm. I am so excited! The surgery started at 7:00 a.m. and wasn't finished until 3:45 p.m. The enlarged veins that she had all connected to the same artery, so they only had to re-route the artery itself instead of each vein separately. They had no problem removing the blood clot and they removed the heart valve instead of stitching it open. The only problem they had was placing the pacemaker. Her chest was too small to place it there. They ended trying different positions in her abdomen until they found a spot that allowed for all the wires to be attached to the appropriate heart muscles. The doctor says if all goes well she will be home in two weeks. The only bad news is that she will be in isolation for two more weeks after returning home to protect her from catching any illnesses. So it looks like we won't be able to spend Christmas with her!


Pigwidgeon - Nov 29, 2005 9:06 pm (#2087 of 2980)

My parents spoil me. Rotten.

They got me this Harry Potter tree for Christmas. It was one of the many trees donated for the local tree festival, which raises funds for our local children's hospital.

For a better image, go here: https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v141/Ningerbil/HarryPottertree_edited.jpg

Wow, I'm still floating! It is soooo perfect. My parents are the best in the world!!!


haymoni - Nov 29, 2005 9:21 pm (#2088 of 2980)

Pig! That is so cool! Akron Childrens or Rainbow???

kaykay - I am so happy for you and your family. What a great present!


Pigwidgeon - Nov 29, 2005 9:23 pm (#2089 of 2980)

Akron Children's Hospital. The fest just ended Sunday.


Ydnam96 - Nov 29, 2005 9:28 pm (#2090 of 2980)

Kaykay that is amazing!


Tazzygirl - Nov 29, 2005 9:29 pm (#2091 of 2980)

Haymoni- you sound like you had a fantastic day! Hope tomorrow is better for you!

I had to light a gas fireplace once- that was an experience. You have to stick the lighter into the fireplace, and then turn a nob that you have to reach for (spread your arms out as far as they go on either side of you, crouch down on the floor, and you will know exactly how difficult it was). If you turn the nob too fast, the fireplace will explode with fire, and your hand has a high chance of getting burned. Needless to say, I managed to turn up the gas too much and my hand and face got a little hot (not burned, though!). I haven't done it since.

Kaykay- I am glad your niece is doing much better!

Pigwidgeon- The tree is awesome! I'm jealous!


Denise P. - Nov 29, 2005 9:48 pm (#2092 of 2980)

kaykay, fantastic news! I was down at Vanderbilt today as well. Maybe we passed one another on the elevator

I had a mild attack when, after looking at his chart, Devin's doctor asked if we could stay awhile. I was sure he had seen something and needed to run some tests. After seeing my face, he assured me it was nothing. There was a 4 year old girl who recently had a transplant and fell in love with Devin via his video. Devin filmed a hospital tour that loops on the hospital channel and she watched it constantly. Since she was due in the clinic, they wanted us to stay so she could meet Devin. It was the sweetest little thing, she is a tiny 4 and Devin was very nice to her. He has his own fan club! He is due to shoot another film for the hospital and also get a photo taken for a hospital website. He is our own little star...

Pig, cool tree!!


Pigwidgeon - Nov 29, 2005 9:56 pm (#2093 of 2980)

Awww, Denise that is sweet! And Kaykay, wonderful news. Hope your niece continues to do well.


Lina - Nov 30, 2005 12:01 am (#2094 of 2980)

Good news about your niece, Kaykay. That's so wonderful.

Pigwidgeon, that's a really cool tree. Lucky you!

Denise, may I have Devin's autograph before he starts limiting their number? But I can imagine the feeling when the doctor told you to stay a little longer. I got a phone call from an elderly woman yesterday, and her voice was so sad when she told me that something awful has happened. I already imagined her husband at the hospital at least. It turned out that she lost some documents on the computer and she needed my help to find them. Oh please, I know that those documents were months of her and her husband's work, but that was not at all such an awful thing! She had them backuped. And we found them after all, just by talking on the phone - a slippery mouse.

Since we are all excited about the GoF movie, and playing the GoF game, my youngest (6 yr) wanted to play the PS/SS game. And yesterday, she ran into the Bloody Baron. Then she told me that she wanted to read the book and find out more about the Bloody baron. She is improving her reading very much, but this is still something that I will have to read to her. Anyway, it seems to me that we are about to welcome one HP fan more...


Amilia Smith - Nov 30, 2005 12:27 am (#2095 of 2980)

Well, I think all of your good luck charms worked. The keyboard hasn't acted up all day. ***knocks on wood*** (Incidentally, I have heard that the reason you knock on wood is so that the wood sprites who live there won't hear what you are saying and will therefore not be able to jinx you. So it does absolutely no good to knock on wood after the fact. But that's still the way everyone does it.)

That is wonderful news, Kaykay! You will have to have a special 12th Night Celebration or some such, when she is finally able to come out of isolation.

As Scarlett would say, "Tomorrow is another day." (Hey, that rhymes!) Hope things go better for you, Haymoni.

That sounds like great fun, Lina, reading HP out loud to you kids. That is one of my favorite memories, having my parents read aloud a chapter of a novel every night before bed. This was back in the day before HP, of course, but we read the Little House books, The Wizard of OZ, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. And every year at Christmas it would be Maggie Rose. In later years, I took over reading Maggie Rose to everyone, but it just doesn't sound right when it is not in my mother's voice. But then, she says it does not sound right if it is not in her mother's voice. Tradition!



Good Evans - Nov 30, 2005 5:48 am (#2096 of 2980)

Kaykay - really pleased for you and your neice, I know how worried you have been.

Haymoni - I had to laugh at your post - it just sounds like my life!!! Totally lost if a fuse goes when hubby isnt at home, spend many happy hours with a torch and screwdrivers!!!

Lina - hooray for Mihaela, I am so proud of her, always room for one more HP fan!!!

Pigwidgeon - love that tree!

Denise - Devin has his own fan club, - reminded me of when Hagrid (?) remarked that Colin should meet Ginny and set up their own HP fan club. its nice that the little girl was able to meet him, its lovely that he has done so much to help the hospital too. Good for him!

have a great wednesday everyone


azi - Nov 30, 2005 6:21 am (#2097 of 2980)

Brilliant news about your niece Kaykay! I hope everything carries on going so well!

Pig - I wish I had that Christmas tree in my room!

Ahh, more HP fans, definitely needed!

Hope you feel better after that horrible day, Haymoni!

Yey, the healing charms worked on Amilia's keyboard!

I am really tired because the person next door had friends around last night and they were making loads of noise until 2am. Then I couldn't sleep and was waking up every few minutes. They're making more noise now so I can't concentrate on my work! Argh!!!!!

Hope everyone has a nice quiet day!


kaykay1970 - Nov 30, 2005 6:33 am (#2098 of 2980)

Denise, it would have been so cool to run into another Lexiconer. I spent most of the day on the 3rd floor in the surgical waiting room. I thought we were going to have to bring my 2 year old along, but my father-in-law stepped in to babysit (eternally grateful.) Anyway if he had been in tow I'm sure we would have spent alot of time playing with the train set near the lobby. It was hard enough to pull my sister away from it! In any case I'm sure I would have recognized you from the gathering photos. I am so proud that your little Devin is an inspiration to the children that are in the hospital. My niece used to go to LeBonheur Hospital in Memphis. They had a similar support system. My sister was often asked to talk to new parents about congenital heart defects.

Thanks to all for your prayers and thoughts over the last few weeks. I am so grateful!


Puck - Nov 30, 2005 7:00 am (#2099 of 2980)

So happy to hear, Kaykay! She must be tiny, as pacemakers are much smaller than they used to be -about as big around as a half dollar. Between the pacer and the increased oxygen she'll have lots more energy once healed.

Sweet story, Denise!

I understand, Azi. I had some neighbors during graduate school who spent the year having one big party. Lots of noise and the smell of questionable substances. Quite frustrating when you have a paper to write.

Okay, lots of work to get done. Nowadays I wish I had had a paper to write so I could avoid cleaning my house!



kaykay1970 - Nov 30, 2005 7:54 am (#2100 of 2980)

Puck you have me kind of baffled now. My niece is actually larger than the average 9 year old. The only thing I can imagine caused the problem is that her circulatory system has loads of extra veins and arteries that are oversized and her heart is completely surrounded by tiny spider veins. Maybe they did not want to place the pacemaker too near them. The only explanation that they offered was that her chest cavity was too small.


CatherineHermiona - Nov 30, 2005 10:21 am (#2101 of 2980)

I've got great news!!!! You all know we are going to see GoF at Friday. Today at school Matea told me her dad won (or something like that) two tickets for GoF at Saturday. Guess who she invited to go with her? Me!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!! I'm going to see GoF at Friday and Saturday. I'm so happy! I can't wait.

I had shooting practice yesterday. I shot 107. 107! And my record is 160! I didn't shoot 107 even in 5th grade! For those who are still confused, 107 is bad. I shot 154 a week ago. But the good news is also that my school team even with two replacements was 3rd on the school competition this Sunday! I wasn't able to shoot and Andrea was sick. Tena saved us. She shot 184. Ivana (my replacement) shot 130 and that was her first serie in her practicing. The girl that was replacement for Andrea shot 93. Good for the beginning.

Kaykay, congratulations on those great news.



Elanor - Nov 30, 2005 10:32 am (#2102 of 2980)

Kaykay, I'm so happy for your niece! How relieved you must all be!

Denise, what a cute story!

It has been a cold and very busy day, that included an afternoon spent in a gymnasium with about 100 excited kids between 6 and 8 years old (not what I usually call "fun"), but that really doesn't matter since nothing can erase the stupid grin I have on my face since this morning: it is GoF release day here!

In one hour and a half now, I'll be at the cinema! yeah!!!!!!!!!!! I feel as if I was something like 10, ok 12, but not much more...

I wish you all a great day!

PS: too many exclamation points in this post, I know, but I can't help it, I'm too excited!


Puck - Nov 30, 2005 12:00 pm (#2103 of 2980)

A lovely friend has offered to watch all 3 kids, so I may get to see GoF on Sunday! Smile

(Still haven't figured out those smiles. My e-mail does it automatically if I type the colon and parentheses together.)

I'm sure it was just an off day, Kate. Next time YOU'LL shoot 184.

Kaykay, is it a defibrillator-pacer combo? They are slightly bigger than a regular pacemaker. Back in the late 80's it was regular practice to implant the in the stomach, as they were much larger then. As the years pass they keep shrinking in size. (Make and model may be a factor. I have metronic.)

Cheers! Kathy


T Brightwater - Nov 30, 2005 12:47 pm (#2104 of 2980)

Kaykay, great to hear about your niece! Hope she continues to improve.

MickeyCee, sorry to hear about your displacement, but it's good to see you back. How's Houston?

So, Lina, how long do you think it will be before Mihaela joins us on the Forum?


Tomoé - Nov 30, 2005 1:22 pm (#2105 of 2980)

Just a few words to tell you all I'm doing fine, but I'm just a bit busy these months (more work then expected from school and my cousin's boyfriend feel kind of lonely, away from his own friends, so he's taking a lot of my time). One subject I was taking was cancelled, so I thought I would get more free time, but they make it work in the end, by doubling the number of hours a week to pass the whole subject before christmas, so instead of a subject off I get extra works these weeks.

I also felt for Hagaren no Renkinjutsushi (Fullmetal Alchemist in English) first for the animation series, then the comics, which turned to be exactly the story I wanted to be read, so I kind of put a lot of my spare time in it since August. But I did see the new Harry Potter movie and I still quite good with HP trivia (though the day of the release, I couldn't remember who Victor Krum was, the shame o.O)

Anyway, I really miss you guys. -_-
I hope to be back around Christmas's vacation.



The giant squid - Nov 30, 2005 2:50 pm (#2106 of 2980)

Good to see you around, Tomoe. I've missed "The Winking Madame"...

Puck, if you go to the "How Do You..." thread, the smilie rules are there--quite early on, I think. For instance, for a smile just type "smile" but replace the " with : I find I use the one a lot...

Kate, don't feel too bad about your low score. They have to happen every once in a while to make the high scores more impressive.



Stephanie M. - Nov 30, 2005 2:55 pm (#2107 of 2980)

Kaykay, that is wonderful news!! I'm so happy for you and your family!

Denise, as Rita Skeeter said, "Young love!"

Azi, I hope you get to have a peaceful night sleep tonight!

Kate, I hope you have a lot of fun seeing GoF on Friday and Saturday!

I'm also very tired. I have had a lot of work in the past 2 days. My arms are so soar[sic] from swimming. We have been doing power 50's in swimming which is swimming 25 yards (one length of our pool) underwater without breathing, then pulling yourself out of the pool (about a foot above the water is the block), doing 5 push-ups, and then sprinting 25 yards back. So I am very soar.

Well, I'm off to do my homework.


azi - Nov 30, 2005 3:04 pm (#2108 of 2980)

Nice to know you're ok, Tomoé! Hopefully your workload will get cut down soon! I can't believe I only just realised your avatar winked...

Stephanie, I hope I get nice sleep tonight too! I actually have to be up early (i.e. by 9am instead of the usual 12 noon ). Hope you feel better soon! Swimming is a horrible thing (am biased mainly because I have a fear of drowning, I'm sure you don't have that problem) but to do something so strenuous is excellent! And it keeps you in good health.

I'm sure you'll do better next time Kate! It's like my lowest ever ten pin bowling score the other day - 36. I was...shocked...to say the least, but vowed to do better next time.


Lina - Nov 30, 2005 3:13 pm (#2109 of 2980)

Oh, Tomoe, don't worry, we miss you too! I was just thinking of you these days and I'm glad that you found the time to let us know you are OK. Sending some strengthening charms to help you deal with the extra work!

T Brightwater: So, Lina, how long do you think it will be before Mihaela joins us on the Forum?
LOL! I imagine sooner that I can imagine. I thought that kid was going to have problems with reading and writing, but she is so determined to master it that it is becoming a little scary. And she will have the possibility to learn English since the first grade (next year), but we'll see about that. We started to read it today. (not in English ) She keeps asking about professor Snape. Why?

Azi, have you tried putting cheese in your ears? Maybe it is a good time for you to start practicing the Silencio charm.

Kathy, that's great to have such a lovely friend! Make sure to buy her some chocolate!

Relaxation charms to you, Stephanie!


Stephanie M. - Nov 30, 2005 4:41 pm (#2110 of 2980)

LOL Thanks for the relaxation charms and sleeping wish! I am really happy at the moment, but I'm not sure why. I don't have that much to do homework wise, but I have a test tomorrow.

Kate, I'm sure you'll do better next time! Remember, it was only one time and you have had really good past records!


Chemyst - Nov 30, 2005 5:34 pm (#2111 of 2980)

Wonderful news about your niece, Kaykay.

**waves to winks at** Tomoé

My arms are so soar from swimming.    So, Stephanie, they are teaching you to be flying fish? That would be a sight for soar sore eyes!


Stephanie M. - Nov 30, 2005 8:48 pm (#2112 of 2980)

Oops, that was a typo. But I do swim the butterfly... So you never know.  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 2752390508

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Chemyst - Dec 1, 2005 3:56 am (#2113 of 2980)

Aw, shucks. "Butterfly" makes a much better joke. My bad.


kaykay1970 - Dec 1, 2005 6:25 am (#2114 of 2980)

My niece is still doing great! She had a little trouble with her blood pressure when the ventilator was removed. The doctors have that under control with medication. She is completely weaned from oxygen and her level is still at 94%. It is simply amazing. It is funny how a slight change in a child's complexion gives them a much healthier appearance. She had a surgery when she was six and we were amazed to find out she had freckles on her nose!

Anyway, I couldn't wait to get home Tuesday night to tell you all how it went. It is funny because I forgot to post an update on myfamily.com until this morning. So I guess I'm trying to say that I have connections here that are as strong as family although I've never met anyone! Thanks again to my chat room family.


Ydnam96 - Dec 1, 2005 9:51 am (#2115 of 2980)

kaykay, I'm so glad to hear about your neice. That is amazing!


Puck - Dec 1, 2005 10:31 am (#2116 of 2980)

Lina, she is a lovely friend. Actually, as we plan to go in the afternoon and come home around dinner time I figure we'll pick up take out and bring back enough for her to take home, so she doesn't have to worry about cooking when she gets home.

I finally got the doctor's office to agree to give Maya a flu shot. They start with kids with health issues, so Parker got his right away. Then, then did a lottery for the other kids, and Maya didn't get picked. It seems fair, but the baby has heart issues and could get quite sick but is too young for the shot. I figured the best way to keep her healthy is to immunize the rest of us. I have called on several occasions to explain this. I just got a message that I can call today to make an appointment to bring Maya in for hers. As my friend Bonnie says, "I may be a pain in the *neck*, but I get what I want!"

Thanks Mike. I will look over on that thread at some point. I tried before, but someone started crying, and I couldn't find the right post.



CatherineHermiona - Dec 1, 2005 11:07 am (#2117 of 2980)

Next time YOU'LL shoot 184! – Puck

Yeah, whatever....

Gee, I found out that the show is at Saturday at 10 a. m. Mum says it's good because my dad celebrates his birthday afternoon. That is not a regular show, it is only for workers of 3rd May or something like that. There will also be Kristijan, only his father took 5 free tickets, probably his family plus more someone. I'm really pleased that Matea invited exactly me. Mum says that's not a surprise as everyone knows who is real HP fan in our class.



Finn BV - Dec 1, 2005 4:35 pm (#2118 of 2980)

Hi everybody, sorry it's been a while since I've been posting, this play schedule is hard to keep up with!

Vlad, that's part of the landscape on the left and the strap of the video camera I'm holding on the right. Surprisingly, at fifty years old 13 I haven't grown a mustache.

Cool tree, Pig!

kaykay, what wonderful news! My best to your niece!

LOL, Denise, Devin the movie star!

Oh, gosh, guys, if you can send healing charms to Mills' keyboard, can you please send them to my computer! Since about January of this year it's been having freezing problems, and we've taken it countless times to Apple (hoping they'd eventually replace it), and it's just starting to work well now. **knocks on wood before saying the point** So, if it could just stop freezing whenever it wakes up it would be perfect!! Also, glad your keyboard is working now Mills!

Sorry it was such a bummer day at shooting, Kate! I'm sure you'll do better next time. And I'm quite sure I could hardly shoot 107 at all. Have fun at GoF!

Tomoé, so good to see you, hope to see more of you soon!

Puck, instead of scrolling through the How do you? thread you can always go to the ** Navigating the Forum thread and look at the bottom of the post there.

We had our first performance of the play today, and I think it was a hit! Though Little Mary Sunshine itself isn't the greatest of plays, the cast did really well, the audience enjoyed it, and the director was pleased. I also was very good in my percussion parts. Hope to be back to this thread a bit more once the play's over!


kaykay1970 - Dec 1, 2005 5:11 pm (#2119 of 2980)

I just talked to my sister. They moved my niece from ICU to a room. Her stats are running high 80's to lower 90's. She was very unhappy with her cardiologist. He is making her sit up because she has a little rattle in her chest. He then gave her a choice between liquid restricted diet or low sodium diet. She chose the latter but is not thrilled that she can't have a happy meal.


Stephanie M. - Dec 1, 2005 6:42 pm (#2120 of 2980)

Kaykay, that sounds great even though she wasn't that happy. I'm glad that she is in a room now!

Finn, I'm sending you one HUGE computer fixing charm!

Well, I'm off to finish my science homework.


Puck - Dec 1, 2005 8:47 pm (#2121 of 2980)

Let's see if this works. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 2752390508 I tried the smile after Mike's post, but it didn't work. :sad:

Oh man, I don't think it worked.  Well, I'll try posting to see if it changes anything.

Kaykay, glad to hear your niece is out of ICU. You may be able to find some yummy low-salt treats in the natural food section of the grocery store.

edit, I went back to that table, and I don't get it. I type a colon, the name of the smile, then another colon. Is that all? Apparently not.

Have a great night, Kathy


Loopy Lupin - Dec 1, 2005 10:21 pm (#2122 of 2980)

Apparently not.—Puck

You seem to have the hang of it now Puck. At least, I see a smilie in your post. Don't you?


Tazzygirl - Dec 1, 2005 10:59 pm (#2123 of 2980)

Puck, instead of putting :sad:, type 'frown' instead. (of course leave out ''!) There is a list of smilies and codes somewhere on the How do you... thread.


Amilia Smith - Dec 2, 2005 12:14 am (#2124 of 2980)

Finn, I am sending along healing charms and luck charms. May your computer continue to speak to you.

Absolutely amazing Storytelling class tonight! We are presenting our final projects now, and since mine is over with, I just get to enjoy the stories. Everyone was so excited and passionate about the stories they had chosen, and that makes all the difference in the world.



Tazzygirl - Dec 2, 2005 4:00 am (#2125 of 2980)

Anyone here good with Powerpoint???? I am creating a digital book for my Technology class, and at the very end I have to put a video clip in of myself. When I go through the steps of inserting a media clip through Powerpoint, for some reason, my video clip is nowhere to be found. But when I go through the normal way of finding clips (click on My Documents on the desktop, then the Pictures folder, then the Video folder) my little video clip is there! Why is the clip only shown when you are not trying to putting it into something such as Powerpoint? I have no idea if what I just said makes sense, but it is 1 o'clock in the morning, I am really tired, and it is driving me NUTS!!! So, I thought I would bring my question to you all! (I even went to the 'Help' section of Powerpoint and they didn't help me at all... sigh.)


The giant squid - Dec 2, 2005 5:14 am (#2126 of 2980)

I haven't done anything in Powerpoint, Tazzy, but when you try to add it through that is ther a drop-down menu below the filename line that says "file type"? Sometimes there's a default filetype & you're looking for something else (i.e. default .wmv when you want to add .mpg). Other than that, I got nuthin'...

Finn, I know how to fix your computer--ditch the Mac & get a PC

kaykay, I'm glad to hear your niece is doing well (whether she thinks so or not). Tell her that having to sit up may seem silly to her, but it could mean the difference between having to go through this again or not...she'll probably change her tune.



kaykay1970 - Dec 2, 2005 6:31 am (#2127 of 2980)

I am visiting my niece tomorrow. I'm trying to think of a gift that she can have fun with while also using her fine motor skills. I was thinking of large colorful wooden beads that she can string together using a heavy fishing line. She could make a garland for her Christmas tree. Does that sound totally stupid? Anyway any suggestions would be great!


azi - Dec 2, 2005 7:34 am (#2128 of 2980)

I think that sounds great Kaykay! When I was in hospital many years ago, (5 years old) I was given colouring books to try get my motor skills working again. But maybe your niece is too old to find that interesting. Hmmm, puzzle books to help with writing? I do really like the beads idea though!

I always liked Mac computers - they look cool and apparently work better. Unfortunately they don't seem to be compatible with *anything* and I wasn't going to go through the Acorn scenario again!

Tazzy, I'd go with Squid Mike's suggestion. It's all I can think of as well!

I just had the funniest health and safety lecture ever. How that lecturer was made health and safety officer I don't know! People do the most ridiculous things during experiments...including putting their hands into 800°C furnaces and doing Tarzan impressions while up trees.

Woohoo, it's Friday everybody! Have a great day!


Puck - Dec 2, 2005 7:39 am (#2129 of 2980)

That sounds great, Kaykay. Also, what about one of those magnet drawing toys? They even come in travel sizes that are great for the car. And there's always latch-hook rugs!

Turns out Spamalot tickets are not going on sale until after the new year, so I guess I need a different ideas for my brother's gift.

I do see it, Loopy! I guess it showed up after I posted. I thought it would appear after I hit enter. Now I just have to memorize that chart...


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kaykay1970 - Dec 2, 2005 10:30 am (#2130 of 2980)

Thanks for the great suggestions. I talked to my sister. The PT therapist had just left the room. I didn't dream they would start her therapy so soon. Now that my gift does not need to be some sort of physical therapy in disguise I feel free to purchase a new Brats doll. I think she will appreciate that much more than beads and string!


haymoni - Dec 2, 2005 11:05 am (#2131 of 2980)

OK - Daughter is doing a little Santa play at school where the kids decide to give Santa a break by giving toys to other kids themselves.

She has to say, "I'm going to give this doctor's kit to someone. It's time I retired from medicine anyway!" She didn't know what "retired" meant! It really will be cute - they'll sing songs - she's been doing the actions all over the house!

However, a note just came home today saying that I have to find the doctor's kit!

I haven't seen one of those in years!

Maybe I can just find a black bag with handles...


Tazzygirl - Dec 2, 2005 1:43 pm (#2132 of 2980)

Squid Mike and Azi- thanks for trying to help! I guess I will play around with it some more and see what happens...

Haymoni- they should have those Dr. bags at a toy store. I went in to a toy store a couple months ago, and they had the same black bags from long ago... I think it was KB Toys.


haymoni - Dec 2, 2005 1:50 pm (#2133 of 2980)

I will check! Thanks!

The thing that gets me is that this is the same play she does every year. I think I'm just going to donate the thing to her.


The giant squid - Dec 2, 2005 2:52 pm (#2134 of 2980)

haymoni, that was always my mom's gripe too. "We're doing this play in school with a really odd & elaborate costume--oh, and you have to make it." Way back in first grade I was Mr. Quail in our school production of Bambi (no, I don't remember him from the movie either). My mother got the wonderful task of designing & making a quail costume, as if that's the sort of thing one does all the time...Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 1242194059

I wish I could have been more help, Tazzy. Unfortunately my MS Office skills are pretty much limited to Outlook, Word & Excel (and I only know enough of them to check my e-mail, write a letter or read a spreadsheet from work).



Chemyst - Dec 2, 2005 3:38 pm (#2135 of 2980)

I'm glad you checked with your sister, Kaykay, which, incidentally, was going to be my suggestion.   My daughter has cycled in and out of enjoying beads - thinking they are babyish - enjoying beads - thinking they are babyish - enjoying beads many times. The first time she loved them she was still so young that I was at risk of getting safety lectures from busybodies about letting her play with such tiny objects. And now as a nearly-adult, she likes to make jewelry; but in between times, beads were blech! 'Same cycling with the dolls. There was the role-playing - thinking they are babyish - making clothes - thinking they are babyish - a collector's item stage - and currently thinking they are probably not a sure-fire investment after all.

**Thinking how cute a squid in a quail costume could be... wondering if he had a tail... or a preference for animal names containing the letter Q...**


haymoni - Dec 2, 2005 5:21 pm (#2136 of 2980)

Well, thank goodness it wasn't Mr. Quail because she wouldn't be going! I can hardly sew a button. I'm sure Mom Squid's quail costume was great.

Ungrateful Son had this same teacher for kindergarten 7 years ago and the kids love to do the same play that their older siblings have done. However, I would have thought that after 7 years she would have gotten all the props together!

Oh well! I'll call K-B to see if they have one. I have pictures of my younger brother playing with one of those doctor sets. They even came with a pair of red plastic spectacles to put on the edge of your nose.


kaykay1970 - Dec 2, 2005 5:23 pm (#2137 of 2980)

Chemyst, my niece cycles between liking Brats, liking Barbies, Brats, Barbies. She is currently in her Brats phase. I usually tend to buy Mattel products and it is because of her. Some of you might remember a few years ago Mattel made a Barbie in a wheel chair. She had to have BiaWC for Christmas. The local retailers apparently thought BiaWC would not be such a hot seller as they kept very few in stock. My sister gave up on finding one. She contacted Mattel as a last resort to find a retailer that might stock them. On Christmas Eve my sister recieved a UPS package. Guess what? It was a BiaWC courtesy of Mattel! She actually recieved 2 that Christmas. Her occupational therapist had driven 3 hours to Arkansas to buy it for the Kiwanis Center Christmas party.


Tomoé - Dec 2, 2005 5:41 pm (#2138 of 2980)

Oh that's so nice of them, both Mattel and the occupationnal therapist. So, your niece is 9 years old, maybe you could buy her color pencil, a block of paper and a "how to draw" book (one intend for people around 9 years old, of course, not a 200 pages long book about the theory of perspective ^_~). Ok, maybe your niece is not as much a fan of drawing as I am, so maybe it's not that good an idea ... (oh, if you do think it's a good idea, don't forget to bring a sharpener).

Only 28 messages in two days? You slacked down a bit from the 100 something messages a day I was used to ...

Thanks giant squid, azi, Lina, Chemyst and Finn, I'm glad I wasn't forgotten in the hiatus.
**winks back at Chemist ^_~**

Ooooh, that was a sweet story Denise! (the one about Devon and his video)

Oh my, Stephanie, you're much tougher than I am for swimming. o.O
The best I did was 2km in an hour and I cheated doing half of the lengths with flippers. (1 mile, 427 yards and 8 inches for you imperial folk, it was a semi olympic pool so it's easier in metrics ^_~)

Tazzzygirl, what's the extention of your video? (what's the letters after the dot)

Edit: are the extentions of your files even viewable?


haymoni - Dec 2, 2005 5:49 pm (#2139 of 2980)

My husband has an unhealthy appreciation for the Bratz dolls. I think they look like tramps, which explains his unhealthy appreciation.

Barbie may have an unrealistic figure, but she usually doesn't look like she belongs in the early scenes of "Pretty Woman".


Tazzygirl - Dec 2, 2005 6:26 pm (#2140 of 2980)

Tomoe- it is '.mov' after the clip name. When I play it, it is in Quicktime. Does it need to be a .wav file or something? If so, do you know how to change it?

Squid Mike- I just tried your suggestion, and there isn't a 'select file' anywhere. Thanks for the suggestion though! I am definitely not a Powerpoint, Outlook or Excel. The only program I use everyday is Microsoft Word.


Tomoé - Dec 2, 2005 6:52 pm (#2141 of 2980)

Hum, my powerpoint sees the .avi, .mpg/.mpeg, .asx and .wmv, though it doesn't see the .rm and .mov.

I don't know if you have a different quicktime from my version, but mine only plays .mov. If yours works the same way, your file should be a .mov.

If your computer doesn't show extension, you can make them appear, here's how (ok, I have a French Windows so I hope I'll have the right names):

Click on
tools >
file options >
err ... view? (well, the thumbnail that is not General, file type or Offline files) >
in the Advanced parameters box, uncheck the "hide known type of extention" (or something like that), the options are in alphebetic order

With this you should be able to see the extention of your video file.


Puck - Dec 2, 2005 7:19 pm (#2142 of 2980)

Kaykay, I spend much time helping my 3 year old dress her Barbies, and I can tell you it does take a fair amount of fine motor skills!

I'm with you, Haymoni. I don't care much for the Brats dolls. Have fun with the school play. Wish you were closer. I have a couple of toy doctors kits around. (Though I agree, she should have gotten props together by now.) Our kindergartener has a holiday concert on the 21st. Fun!

Mr. Puck wants to watch a movie, so Cheers for now, Kathy


Marie E. - Dec 2, 2005 7:19 pm (#2143 of 2980)

Welcome back, Tomoe!

Haymoni, I have the same feelings about the Bratz dolls re: Pretty Woman. My girls do have a few of them, but I make sure there is some clothing on the dolls that covers most body parts.

My cough is finally gone! It only took five weeks. Tomorrow night we're riding on a float for my company in the Festival of Lights parade. It's supposed to be cold and snowing. I expect to be coughing again by Tuesday. There is a Starbucks along the parade route. Noone would notice if I hopped off for a Peppermint Mocha, would they?

I am crying tears of laughter at the memory of my baby brother dressed as Mr. Quail. If I recall, mom squid used white material and drew feathers on with brown marker. So far my children haven't been involved in any plays involving ridiculous costumes. Shayla does have a choir concert on the 13th, but she has a uniform (polo shirt with choir logo and black pants).

-hums "drip, drip, drop little April showers" from Bambi


Tazzygirl - Dec 2, 2005 11:04 pm (#2144 of 2980)

Tomoe- I think the French version of Windows is slightly different. I tried to do the steps you posted, but I only have the 'Tools' part. Thanks for trying to help!

I just finished talking to my brother, and after sending the files to and from our computers (he is in Georgia), he managed some how to get the video clip on the slide. But now the video clip doesn't play when it is in Presentation mode... So, I guess I can wait until Thursday to have my Tech. teacher help me. I really wanted to get it done and over with!

Thanks to everyone that tried to help me! I really appreciated it!


The giant squid - Dec 2, 2005 11:21 pm (#2145 of 2980)

Marie--you forgot the pompom of yarn on top of my head to simulate the quail's feathers. Ah, the good old days...I'm sure she still has that thing in a box somewhere.

Wish I could've been more help, Tazzy.



Elanor - Dec 3, 2005 1:04 am (#2146 of 2980)

Tomoé, good to see you again! I didn't know you were a manga fan! I like some of them too. My brother has hundreds of them and he makes me read some from time to time. My favourite author is Hojo, I love everything he did, especially "City Hunter" ("Cat's Eyes" was great too but I didn't like the end of the series). I like his new series, "Angel heart", very much too (the 11th book has just been released here). I like some CLAMP series as well ("Sakura", but above all "Wish", too cute!). Do you know them?

He also made me read a book lately that I really liked: "Le cheminot" (the railwayman), from Jiro Asada and Takumi Nagayasu. Its atmosphere was brilliant. I have heard of "Fullmetal Alchemist" and the title sounds promising, I should ask him if he plans to buy it sometime...

I'm so glad the weekend has come! It is going to be interesting since it is the beginning of my town's "Christmas market". Each year, a country has the place of honour: last year it was Canada, the year before it was Finland and this year it is Byelorussia. On one of the town's squares a "village" of wooden chalets has been put up and decorated. Craftmen (Byelorussains and local ones) will present their products in them for more than a week, there are also music, activities (around husky dogs this year) etc. It is always fun!

I wish I could have helped you Tazzy but I'm afraid I'm hopeless with PowerPoint. I hope you'll find a solution soon!

I wish you all a great weekend!


Tomoé - Dec 3, 2005 5:04 am (#2147 of 2980)

**wave to Elanor and Marie**

Oh my, Tazzy, I didn't tell you - -  you have to use the tools menu from Windows Explorer, not from powerpoint ... Sorry *embarassed*

So Windows Explorer is the viewer program that runs the visualisation of inner files of your computer. To access this menu, go to My Documents then look up and click on tools > file options > View > Advanced Parameter box to then uncheck the "hide known extention from file names" (or whatever that part may be). I hope it will work this time.

Edit: I haven't read you last posts carefully enough, the extension of your file are already viewable, as you told me it was a .mov, so forget about my last posts ... ¬_¬ *blush in deep red*

Oh, Elanor, of all people on earth, you are really the one I'd like to have a critic for Fullmetal Alchemist from, please, make you brother buy it! (and go read it the rest on internet, there are only two volumes out in French, while 12 are out in Japan [ok, I really need someone to talk of Fullmetal Alchemist with that says more constructive stuff than "Mustang rules", "Scar is so sexy" or "Hawkeye is the ultimate babe", this HP forum really spoiled me with intelligent conversations ^_~]).

Yes, I'm big on manga (well, I'm a very visual person and I had always liked to read comics. I began with my oncle's Asterix). But since you didn't know, I suppose you didn't read my profile. ^_~ My favorite mangaka are Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist), Clamp and Urasawa, talking of Urasawa, if you haven't read his Monster or 20th Century Boys series, bully your bother to get them, he's really the plotting master. From Clamp, my favorite series are Tokyo Babylon, then Clover, Shirahime Syo and X, though I like Card Captor Sakura's anime a lot, I don't like the manga that much and Wish was way to sweet for my taste. I remember Cat's Eye anime dearly, I used to impersonate ... er ... what's the middle sister's name, the one that is in love with the police inspector ... and Miréimé was doing the elder one. I never tried City Hunter so maybe I should try to find it in a library around (I can't affort a big series like that in the moment).

But enough rambling about manga or I'll bore the muggles to eternal slumber, I should write you a quite long mail soon. ^_~


CatherineHermiona - Dec 3, 2005 6:55 am (#2148 of 2980)

Gee, movie was nice! I really liked it both times, it was even better second time. Only second time we didn't find too good places and there were some jerks sitting behind us that were talking all the time and they were throwing popcorns in our hair. We also saw Kristijan, but only in passing.

Yesterday I had a shooting practice. Well, not exactly 184, but 157. Good. I was in hurry to be done as soon as I can so I come to the movie on time. I was in front of the cinema for an hour before movie started.

Tomoé, I forgot to welcome you back. Mickey Cee, also.

Okay, that would be it. Kate


Puck - Dec 3, 2005 7:36 am (#2149 of 2980)

What wonderful holiday traditions towns have. Our "Chain of Lights" is today. Trolleys bring you around town to various churches, businesses and farms. There are crafts, gingerbread houses, shopping, singing, and visits with Santa. Bringing the kids to get pictures of Natalie's first visit with the Big Guy. Strange, because there seems to be one less trolley route this year. Perhaps fuel costs.

Glad you liked the movie, Kate. Can't wait until tomorrow so I can read the GoF thread.

Watched "Pirates of the Carribean" last night. Usually I get bored during long fight scenes, but fencing is much more fun. More graceful or something.




kaykay1970 - Dec 3, 2005 8:24 am (#2150 of 2980)

Wow! If you keep discussing manga, perhaps I can talk my 16 year old into at least checking out the forum. She is a huge fan! Her favorites are Fruits Baskets, Ranma 1/2 and Tsubasa:RESERVoiR CHRoNiCLE. Her favorite anime series is Inuyasha. She loves all the anime movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

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Tomoé - Dec 3, 2005 11:30 am (#2151 of 2980)

**wave at Catherine**

Oh, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is getting good these weeks, does your daughter know Chibi Yuuto's live journal? if not, she better gives a look at it, especially the Room of Requirement (just google chibi yuuto, his journal is the first to show [an yes, it is about manga, not Harry Potter, but chibi yuuto is a big fan of HP too]). ^_~

I haven't read Fruit Basket or Ramna½, though one of my sister friend liked Ramna a lot, well it's on my "to read" list.

That sound lovely, Puck.


Finn BV - Dec 3, 2005 12:07 pm (#2152 of 2980)

Tazzy, I just tried inserting a random mpg into PowerPoint and it worked fine. Make sure it's a valid extension and go to Insert > Movies and Sounds > Movie from File. Then find the file. Edit: I see that Tomoé (and your brother) was helping you as the thread progressed. If the file can get in there but it's not playing, then that means it was inserted with the option to not play it automatically. When you present it, you have to click on the image of the movie, and it should play. However, to avoid that, you can insert it and choose the "automatically play" option, which it should prompt you for.

Finn, I know how to fix your computer--ditch the Mac & get a PC –Mike

I'm not laughing. And on a side note, I happened to have created a really brilliant project in Excel on a Mac (not that you couldn't do it on a PC, but whatever), so ha. Actually, if anybody's interested it's a traffic light problem on Broadway: http://mail.horacemann.org/~finn_vigeland/LightAverage.xls.

Happy your niece is continuing up, kaykay!

Well, the play is going well. 2nd performance tonight. I went to my school last night to for an Upper Division band/chorus "Pops" concert, which was great. It was really funny, a million high schoolers recognized me, which felt pretty cool. I will be back a lot more after the play!! Come on, Little Mary Sunshine, hurry up!


The giant squid - Dec 3, 2005 1:07 pm (#2153 of 2980)

  I'm not laughing.

That was just my dig to all the Mac users who use that response ("Fix your PC-buy a Mac") when someone mentions viruses or somesuch. Use what you like and ignore the naysayers!

I saw GoF for the third time Thursday. It was good up until the point where I stood up, got a major head rush and fell down. On a related note, if you ever get the opportunity to get a rug burn on your ear, pass. I've got a nice scrape/cut on the left side of my face now; I tried telling my coworkers I was attacked by rabid wolverines but they didn't believe me...



Elanor - Dec 3, 2005 2:04 pm (#2154 of 2980)

Mike, how awful! I do hope you're feeling better now! **sending healing charms on your way**

Tomoé, I can't wait to read "Fullmetal alchemist" and talk about it with you! I've already passed it on to my brother, who was just calling when I was reading your post, what you thought about it. Something tells me I won't have to wait very long before reading it... It is funny you mentioned the "20th Century Boys" series because he's been badgering me for weeks to read it, though the first 3 books are still waiting for me on my bedside table. I guess I should start reading them then! If you haven't read "City Hunter", you should really try and find the series, it is, IMO, the best series Hojo has done so far (and the first manga that made me shed tears of laughter).

Yes, I'm big on manga (well, I'm a very visual person and I had always liked to read comics. I began with my oncle's Asterix). But since you didn't know, I suppose you didn't read my profile. I certainly read it some time ago but that's true that I had forgotten that detail, sorry! BTW, I love Asterix too! I nearly learnt how to read in Franco-Belgian comics.

Kaykay: "She loves all the anime movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki". Me too! I am a huge Miyasaki fan. Actually, each year I make the kids of my class watch "My neighbour Totoro" because I think every kid should be lucky enough to see it one day. It is such a masterpiece!

Good luck for the play Finn!

Hope everyone spends a great weekend!

Edit: Too many emoticons in this post I know... Sorry!


Tazzygirl - Dec 3, 2005 2:39 pm (#2155 of 2980)

Tomoe- It didn't work! I did the steps you had written, and then went into powerpoint to see if it worked, but it didn't. I'll keep working on it though... maybe by just some pure luck I'll get it! *fingers crossed* Thanks for trying!

Finn- Thanks for trying to help! I have been trying the Insert> Movie or Sound> Movie from file thing for several days now. My video clip doesn't show when I go that route- it just comes up when I exit out of powerpoint and go through 'my documents' from the desktop.

Maybe I could just put a picture of myself on the slide instead and then just record my voice... I know how to do that! (But I am not sure if my teacher would be ok with it... hmmmmm)

Poor Squid Mike! That must have hurt! Hope it feels better soon!


timrew - Dec 3, 2005 6:18 pm (#2156 of 2980)

Catherine Hermosa:- there were some jerks sitting behind us that were talking all the time and they were throwing popcorn in our hair.

Happens to me too, Catherine......all the time. That's why I leave it for at least two weeks after a movie comes out before going to the cinema.

I saw GOF today for the first time, and really enjoyed it. The cinema was only about a quarter full, so I didn't have the usual annoyances. Just a few kids going to the loo every ten minutes, having drunk far more Coke than was good for them. And a mother with a three year old girl, who left about halfway through the movie, having damaged her daughter for life.

But we put up with these little things. I look forward to seeing, "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" some time in the new year.


haymoni - Dec 3, 2005 8:49 pm (#2157 of 2980)

Mike - You should have told them it was "zee grindylows"!

Poor Quail Squid!

Glad you got to see the flick, Tim! Too bad about the 3 year old. People really are idiots.

Puck - "Pirates" is great fun! I try to find a way to say "Savvy?" as much as possible. "Pirates II" is coming out soon. I watched a trailer last night. Seems as though Jack is the one with a curse this time!

One thing though - if Bootstrap Bill was cursed with the rest, how could he have died when they strapped the cannon to him and sent him to "da depths"? Wouldn't he have just been stuck for awhile until he figured out how to lose the cannon? i.e. Will Turner's father may still be alive, no?

I saw that someone is playing Bootstrap Bill on the cast list. I just don't know if it is a flashback scene or if Will's father comes to the wedding?


Lina - Dec 4, 2005 2:53 am (#2158 of 2980)

Marie, I'm glad that you got rid of the health problems! We haven't. Mihaela keeps going to the daycare for two days and then getting the high temperature. I'm just looking forward to the real winter, nice cold and dry.

As you know, we saw the movie. I remember that some things were bothering me during the movie, but I cried like a rainy year (we say it so here) at the end, so this would mean that I liked it. I should see it few more times to be sure that I like it more than the previous films. I guess I'll wait for the DVD version. There was the applause at the end of the showing which is something that never happened to me in my town. OK, I know I go to the cinema rarely. But it was not the premiere and I never go to the premieres. I wouldn't dare waiting more than a week to see the movie because you are never sure that the movie would be playing a week later (again in my town). We missed a movie that we really wanted to see, this way. There were some little kids too and I can really not understand those parents, they must have not read the book, they just thought that HP is children stuff. My cousin told me that his son's teacher is taking the whole class of 10 years old to see the movie. I wouldn't dare do that either. There were some moments that I wondered how is my 11 yr old taking that - she was gripping her aunts hand and her aunt gripped her hand back. Kate was baiting the popcorn box. She says that she can't watch that movie without a popcorn box.

Sending healing charms to Mike.

We are planning another family event this week, this time the 6 yr old included. The rock group that signed our youthhood is celebrating 30 years of activity and making their last tour. This is one of the rare groups that our children are listening too. This is supposed to be their last concert in our town and something that shouldn't be missed.


azi - Dec 4, 2005 6:26 am (#2159 of 2980)

Wow, hope you enjoy the rock concert Lina! I've always wanted to go to a concert but never been allowed. I wasn't allowed to see MeatLoaf at the age of 8 (for my birthday), nor at 18. I'm still very annoyed at that! Ok, the tickets for this year were extremely overpriced, but he's old now, how much longer will he tour the UK?

I also hope you daughter gets well soon! Sending healing charms your way.

Mike, I think the image of you in the quail suit is very amusing. Glad to say I never had to do anything like that in my schooldays!

Kate and Timrew - shame about the silly people ruining the show. Hopefully next time it will be nicer! **crosses fingers**

I never read comics as a child. It was Enid Blyton for me!

Everyone have a great day!


Chemyst - Dec 4, 2005 6:58 am (#2160 of 2980)

School play confession time:
I was once a stalk of celery. But all I had to do was wear light green and hide behind a cardboard cutout.


azi - Dec 4, 2005 7:02 am (#2161 of 2980)

LOL, Chemyst! I shouldn't laugh, but I can't help it! I hope you weren't scarred for life.


Marie E. - Dec 4, 2005 8:16 am (#2162 of 2980)

In second grade I was one of Peter Rabbit's sisters, Flopsy I believe. I just had to wear a dress, bunny ears, and pin a tail in the back.

Hope you're feeling better, Mike. Aren't you a little young to be falling over? Do I need to buy you a medical alert bracelet?

Well, I didn't go to the parade last night. My director, assistant director, and another teacher all didn't go either. We got up to eight inches of snow yesterday and it was cold! My girls didn't want to go and I wasn't up to driving by myself. The parade route is about 20-25 minutes from my house. I figured with all the health problems we've had the last thing we needed was to be out in the cold and snow for an hour or more. The sun is shining today but it's only supposed to be 25 F. A nice day to stay in and reread some HP, methinks.


Denise P. - Dec 4, 2005 8:46 am (#2163 of 2980)

I only went to a few concerts, after I was 18. For her 18th birthday, we got our oldest daughter tickets to see 'N Sync (or as her brother called them We Stink)

Marie, yuck on the snow! I would call my sister, who lived near the airport there, but she up and moved to Washington State a few weeks ago.


Ydnam96 - Dec 4, 2005 10:24 am (#2164 of 2980)

So my most embarrassing moments on stage: in 6th grade I was at 6th grade camp (here in California they used to take all the 6th graders to camp up in the San Bernadino or San Gabriel mountains for a school week...now that I think about it I think it's quite strange. I went to public school) and we had to do skits as cabins. For some reason I still had those footie pajamas (you know, the ones that are all one piece with the plastic like feet so you don't fall) and one was green and I think I was a tree. The girls in my cabin only had me do it because they thought it was funny I still wore that kind of pajamas (It was cold up there!) and wanted to make fun of me in front of the entire 6th grade. It worked. They made fun of me for the next three years. All the way through middle school. I was scarred for life.

This isn't really embarrassing but it's cute. When I was in third grade we did a play about Cabbage Patch Kids. I got to dress up as one and I still remember my mom putting freckles on my cheeks with her eye liner. Which is funny because I have tons of my own freckles but I guess they don't show up from stage.

Love the picture Denise Smile


CatherineHermiona - Dec 4, 2005 12:54 pm (#2165 of 2980)

We won Davis Cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lina - Dec 4, 2005 2:11 pm (#2166 of 2980)

I was looking for the opportunity to use this smiley, so I guess this would be the right one. And everybody who lost the matches from Croatia should not feel bad, because they lost from the winners. Anyway, this afternoon was quite bad for anything else because we spent it watching tv.


TomProffitt - Dec 4, 2005 3:44 pm (#2167 of 2980)

Hey y'all, I've been away (figuratively speaking) for quite sometime now. I'm going to re-read book 6 (it was unlike what I expected in many ways) and catch up on the posts and try to get active again. I look forward to sharing bytes with y'all again.


kaykay1970 - Dec 4, 2005 4:09 pm (#2168 of 2980)

My niece is doing good. The doctors have a couple of concerns, but they don't think it is a major problem yet. She is just as mean as ever! I sat at the foot of her bed and she would pinch me with her toes and then just laugh. Anyway I was very glad that I got my kisses when I went in. She did not allow any good-bye kisses because she did not want us to leave.


timrew - Dec 4, 2005 4:57 pm (#2169 of 2980)

The Davis Cup? What is that exactly.......?


Finn BV - Dec 4, 2005 5:26 pm (#2170 of 2980)

LOL, Tim, Davis Cup is international tennis play, where countries compete against other countries. As it seems, Croatia won! Congrats, guys! USA will win next year…

Yay! The play is over! I can come back to the forum! We had a really fun time, and I hope I can be involved in a minor crew part like I did for this one next time, because the rehearsals are too much. *off to see the threads I've missed*


CatherineHermiona - Dec 5, 2005 2:28 am (#2171 of 2980)

I was watching short replays of Davis Cup between first and second match yesterday, Finn. See, you were close...... 3:2. But we won doubles against the best doubles players on world - brothers Bryan.

Yesterday against Slovakia, it was very tense. We had 2:1 at the beginning, then Ljubièiæ lost and it was 2:2. And then we all watched Anèiæ and Anèiæ won. Davis Cup is ours for at least a year, hopefully longer.



Stephanie M. - Dec 5, 2005 5:13 am (#2172 of 2980)

Yay Croatia!! Congratulations you guys!

Kaykay, I'm glad your niece is still doing well, even though there are some smaller concerns. And I hope she continues having fun pinching people with her toes!

I saw the play on Saturday night, and everyone was really good in it! And Finn, was also very good playing various instruments.

It snowed here yesterday, and we are expecting even more snow. But yesterday the snow stuck, but it didn't really last after it stopped snowing. It was too warm. Then it was raining a little bit, so all of the snow washed away. Over night, is started snowing again and now there is a little bit of snow left.

Well, I'm off to school. Have a good day everyone!


Steve Newton - Dec 5, 2005 6:52 am (#2173 of 2980)

Welcome back TomProfitt.


Puck - Dec 5, 2005 7:48 am (#2174 of 2980)

Just a bit to the East of Stephanie and our snow did not melt, and more is expected tomorrow. The woods behind my house look lovely.

We got a lovely picture of the kids with Santa. Only made the one stop on the chain of lights tour, as it was too cold for the little one, and the other two wanted to get home to put up our tree.

I was Little Miss Muffet, I believe, in second grade. I was in varoius high school productions, usually one of the dancers.

I FINALLY got to see GoF yesterday! I was concern when I noticed that there was a 9 and a 10 yearold birthday party in the theater, but they were well behaved. (Though I think a bit young.) There was some annoying dirt or something on bits of the film, and I kept wishing Mike was around to fix it! I liked the movie, but, as usual, felt the need to fill my huuby in on all the bits he missed by not reading the books.

Go Croatia! Congratulations on winning the Davis Cup!

My weekend highlight, not the movie. Natalie laughed for the first time! I guess I make good funny faces!

Happy Monday!



kaykay1970 - Dec 5, 2005 9:14 am (#2175 of 2980)

Maybe we will be seeing some snow as well. If you look out and really strain your eyes you can see a tiny piece every now and then.

My 12 year old was always afraid of Santa. I have only one picture of him with the big guy. I was standing behind Santa holding him while the two older children sat in his lap.

I never had a major part in a school play. I remember in Hawaii they would have a "royal court" comprised of older students dressed in traditional Hawaiian garments. My 2nd grade class (dressed in white kimonos)did some kind of dance routine right before the conch shell was blown to announce the arrival of royalty. Then in Kentucky I taught some classmates a simple hula that we performed in grass skirts. Other than that I always seemed to end up in the choir. One year I did receive a solo of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, but to my immense relief I came down with a sore throat and had to be replaced. I have never understood why my music teacher chose me for that part as I have no talent!


azi - Dec 5, 2005 9:18 am (#2176 of 2980)

Welcome back TomProffit! Hope you get more time for foruming soon!

No snow here. It's always forecast, but never arrives. Ah well.

Congrats to Croatia on winning the Davis Cup!

Glad to know your niece is still doing well, Kaykay!

Have a lovely Monday everyone!


Tazzygirl - Dec 5, 2005 11:02 am (#2177 of 2980)

Congratulations to Croatia- that is pretty exciting!


Soul Mate for Sirius - Dec 5, 2005 12:02 pm (#2178 of 2980)

Hey everyone. Things have been really crazy around here since my accident and I haven't had any time to post at all! I just had to read through about 250 posts! You guys really are a chatty bunch!!

Anyway, Denise, I'm really sorry to hear about your purse getting stolen, but your story about Devin was really sweet.

Kaykay, I'm so glad to hear that your niece is doing so much better. I hope things keep improving for her and your family!!

Welcome back MIckey Cee! I'm so sorry to hear about your home, but glad your family is safe. I hope you're settling into Houston okay.

I'm glad everyone who celebrates had a good Thanksgiving!

I have recently had to find a new job. After my accident, I was fired from my job because of all the work I missed and because even after I went back to work, I wasn't very efficient with a broken wrist and sore ribs! But alas, I love my new job so much more, so I guess it was a blessing!

I'm feeling a lot better now. Obviously I still have a cast on my wrist, but my ribs are feeling as good as new and the goose egg that was my concussion is gone finally! The garage that my dad took my car to was able to fix it up for less than the estimate the insurance company's garage gave us, and my dad was a major sweetheart and took care of all the insurance stuff for me. I'm so hopeless at that sort of thing, and probably would have let them get away with making me get my car fixed at the garage they chose instead of the one my dad normally goes to. But, as of yesterday, I have my car back and that's what's important.

I haven't been able to talk to Aaron as much recently, as his unit has been really busy, but this morning he told me that they got in their first "firefight" a few days ago. He was excited because he felt like he's finally made a contribution to this war, but I wasn't so happy. No one from his unit was killed but one of his buddies was shot in the arm! According to him, "no one was seriously hurt" but IMO, being shot in the arm constitutes as a serious injury!

That's all from me for now really. I'm hoping to have more time now to post..but who knows!!

Healing charms and snow charms to all in need!!



TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 5, 2005 12:12 pm (#2179 of 2980)

Wonderful Monday here today, cold, raining, and a freeze warning tonight. About to run out of pots to catch leaks. Still waiting on a FEMA trailer...

Oh well, going out to enjoy what's left of my birthday. Have a great day all!


Elanor - Dec 5, 2005 12:31 pm (#2180 of 2980)

Happy birthday TBE!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish you the most marvellous day! **raising my glass to your health and happiness**

Same weather here BTW, you're sure you're not living in South Burgundy, aren't you?  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 464751818

Jenn, it is great to hear from you! I'm so sorry about your wrist and your job, fortunately the new one seems better than the first one.

Welcome back TomProffit!

Glad to hear that you liked GoF Lina and Kate, I still have mixed feelings about it, but I'm planning to go and see it another time during this week, maybe I'll like it better this time! Well done Croatia about the Davis Cup too BTW.

I'm happy the play went well Finn, we never doubted it would!

I wish you all a great day/evening! **cheering charms and congratulations to everyone needing/deserving some**


Steve Newton - Dec 5, 2005 1:01 pm (#2181 of 2980)

Now that TomProffitt is back does that mean that I have to tell when I ste..., er, borrow one of his ideas?


TomProffitt - Dec 5, 2005 1:19 pm (#2182 of 2980)

Of course not, Steve.


Tazzygirl - Dec 5, 2005 2:06 pm (#2183 of 2980)

We had a big Thunder/Rain storm yesterday- the power was out at my house for about 2 hours. AND then my ceiling had a huge leak- which is something weird because I live in a basement... What was even weirder was that it started in the middle of the ceiling, not next to the wall. Within 15 minutes I had a 5 gallon bucket halfway filled with water, and another leak beginning. Couldn't figure out where the water was coming from, because there was no flooding, and my ceiling is about a foot and a half above my walkway. Turned out that the fishtank in the main part of the house started overflowing from the power outage (don't ask me how, it just did ) and the water from the tank had seeped between the cracks of the floorboards and into my apartment. I now have a three foot long soggy crack in the middle of my ceiling and it looks like it will be getting longer... Sounds like fun, heh? It is nice to know that if the ceiling gives way, I have the entire contents of Sydney's (the little girl in my avatar) room on top of mine (and probably part of the attic, along with the rooms on either side of Syd's.)

Happy Birthday TBE!

Jenn- sorry to hear you lost your job- you would think they would have been a little more understanding and had been patient. Hope your new job is ten times better! I am glad to hear Aaron is OK!


Lina - Dec 5, 2005 2:19 pm (#2184 of 2980)

Thank you for the congratulations, guys. It might sound stupid, but it really meant a lot to us. Something we almost touched 15 years ago and now it's here.

Congratulations to Finn! when you put so much hard work into something, it has to come out great.

Congratulations to Kathy. That's really a special feeling - the first smile. Well this reminds me, when I had only two daughters, once I told them - You are my two suns and I'm the planet that's spinning around you. And my mum commented - And gets dizzy from the spinning.

Congratulations for the new job, Jenn! That's really nice how bad things can turn into good. Reinforcing the Stay safe charms for Aaron.


I was hoping to say that it is nice when you have to post only about congratulations, but then I met Tazzy's post. I'm sorry about your ceiling. Sending some urgent Repairing charms and hoping it will get fixed soon.

Rainy weather here too. It was raining so much last night that I hoped that the clouds would be exhausted until this morning, but they didn't. It stopped at noon and started again tonight. There should be the law that forbids leaving home with such weather.


Finn BV - Dec 5, 2005 2:39 pm (#2185 of 2980)

Happy Birthday TBE! And thanks for the congrats guys.

Welcome back TomProffitt!

Everybody's hoping for a snow day tomorrow, most of the teachers sounded like we would have one… **crosses fingers**


Good Evans - Dec 5, 2005 2:46 pm (#2186 of 2980)

Happy birthday TBE

glad you like the new job Jenn, protego charms for Aaron

keep partying Lina and Kate - well done on Davis cup and enjoying Gof

glad the play went well Finn, healing charms for your PC

Welcome back Tom Proffit - I remember your posts well

Kaykay, pleased your niece is well on the road to recovery, if you are still looking for useful gift ideas, how about scoubidoos or make your own friendship bracelets, they have been so popular this year in UK.

Been to Scotland again this weekend, Edinburgh airport is fabulous. Because it is so small with the christmas deccies it looks really magical - however it meant I had no weekend practically as I got back at five pm on saturday and then had all the housework and we bought and decorated the tree on sunday, phew, back to work for a rest.

Yay me, despite the christmas party on saturday night( and a few glasses (read bottles!!) of red wine, I still lost another 1lb this week. That is 22lbs in total - just another 100 to go !!! (LOL)Another two christmas parties this weekend, so must try to be very good and not lose the plot!! I have lost every week since the middle of september and I dont want to spoil it now!

off to check other posts - have a nice evening everyone


Loopy Lupin - Dec 5, 2005 3:31 pm (#2187 of 2980)

Well, it's snowing here!!!! I'm really rather indifferent to snow. It doesn't really do anything for me so I don't care.

Has anyone seen Catherine?


Soul Mate for Sirius - Dec 5, 2005 3:43 pm (#2188 of 2980)

just popping back in really quick to say:




boop - Dec 5, 2005 5:07 pm (#2189 of 2980)


Welcome back Tom.

Congrats to Jenn, Finn

***waves to Finn, Mike****

hugs always



Stephanie M. - Dec 5, 2005 5:09 pm (#2190 of 2980)


I hope you have many more happy and healthy years to come!

And Welcome back TomProffitt!!

And I'm proud that you are losing some weight especially before all of the holidays come, Great Evans!

Well, I'm off to go eat dinner!

Edit: I just went into the chat room to see if anyone was there, but then my computer started acting very weird and the last time I was in the chat room, my computer totally messed up. I just thought it was very weird.


azi - Dec 5, 2005 5:19 pm (#2191 of 2980)

Wow, 11 posts in a few short hours! Getting chattier!

Happy birthday TBE and AccioHBP! Hope everything goes well for you!

Loopy Lupin - I don't think Catherine has been around for a few days, I hope she's ok!

Jenn - Glad to know everything is sorting itself out. Hopefully it will continue to do so! Healing charms for your wrist!.

Good Evans - Have a great time at your Christmas parties! And good luck with the diet!

Lina - That sun and planet story is really nice!

Everyone have a groovy day!


Finn BV - Dec 5, 2005 7:55 pm (#2192 of 2980)

Happy Bday again to TBE, and Accio HBP, who I think is now named Helen Potterhead, though I haven't seen her around lately.

Jenn, glad good fortune is finding you.


Viola Intonada - Dec 5, 2005 8:53 pm (#2193 of 2980)

Happy Birthday TBE and Accio HBP!

Jenn, I'm glad to hear that you are recovering alright from your ordeal.

This weekend we purchased another hermit crab so that Rubeus Hagrid (Ruby) wouldn't be too lonely. After a couple of days of debating, we settled on calling our new hermit crab Minerva McGonnagal, Minnie for short. Since I paid for the hermit crab, I was quite insistent that we carry on with the tradition of naming them after HP characters.

We also finally got around to putting up our Christmas tree. Believe it or not, I have had the same Christmas tree since I was 4 years old. Now I have to clean up from all the boxes. I really wish I could perform a cleaning charm on my house. Alas, earwax...


Puck - Dec 5, 2005 9:00 pm (#2194 of 2980)

Happy Birthdays, though I may be a day late by now.

Jenn, I hope Aaron doesn't have any more excitement. Think positive thoughts! Did you ever tape that video for him?

Good for you GoodEvans!

Lina, by the 3rd kid you get used to all the spinning and "dizzy" feels like a normal state of being!

I'm off to bed. Wondering if the kids will have a snow day tomorrow.



Ydnam96 - Dec 5, 2005 11:49 pm (#2195 of 2980)

Happy Birthdays TBE and Accio HBP!!

Puck, I think you said earlier that your little one laughed for the first time, congrats on that!

Jenn, I'm glad Aaron is "safe" hopefully he stays that way. Congrats on the new job.

I'm jealous of all you that have snow...not that I don't like the nice warmish weather here in LA...but I do love the first snowfall. Actually, I like snow. I just don't like driving in it, having to clean it up, and watching it melt. And I don't like the bitter cold either. I'm more of a let it snow outside and I'll look at it and take walks in it but that's all it's good for kind of person.

Only a few more days till Narnia!!! Which will be better than Christmas for me this year; I'm spending it alone. Just me and my kitty. It's okay though!

Have a great Tuesday everyone.


CatherineHermiona - Dec 6, 2005 12:27 am (#2196 of 2980)

Happy birthday, TBE and Accio HBP!!!!!!!!!

Shooting was well yesterday. To be precise, second two targets. First two targets were 71, one 37, one 34. The second two were way better, twice that and I have 172. First target there was 41, second 45 (maximum is 50 on each, 200 totally). Well, it was 157 at the end.

I know I have something more to say, but I don't know what.



CatherineHermiona - Dec 6, 2005 1:17 am (#2197 of 2980)

I remembered! But time for editing message was over. And I'm not a premium member.

Well, Good Evans, you know, scoubidou was very popular here this year as well. I still have whole box full of them. When I don't feel like doing anything, I take those 2 m long and I just role them around my hand. It does look nice. I can also do those to be as hands and so on. Cool.



The giant squid - Dec 6, 2005 2:05 am (#2198 of 2980)

Do I need to buy you a medical alert bracelet?--Marie E.

No, I'd fallen but I could still get up. Thanks for the well wishes, everyone. My face is healing up pretty well, although the rug-burn part has scabbed over so it hurts when I squint...

Congratulations to all our Croatian friends for their country's unprecedented Davis Cup win! Okay, I don't know if it was really "unprecedented", but it sure sounds cooler that way, doesn't it?

Congrats also to Finn for surviving the "drama" of putting on a play. Ahh, the theatre...

Happy Birthday to TBE & Accio HBP, and a big squidly hug for boop!

Jenn, you could probably get away with a wrongful termination suit against your previous employer...I'd think that medical reasons would be acceptable for an excused absence. Loopy might know more on that tack, but regardless it just sounds mean (there were other words I wanted to use here, but this is a family forum...). I'm glad the new job turned out to be better; it's a karmic thing. As for Aaron, don't worry; a bullet in the arm is serious to us, their medics are definitely trained to deal with that sort of thing. I'd be willing to bet the soldier in question considers it to be the coolest thing that's ever happened to him. Like Keanu Reeves said in The Replacements, "Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory is forever." At least he didn't get shot in the butt.



kaykay1970 - Dec 6, 2005 5:54 am (#2199 of 2980)

Don't feel too bad Ydnam, the only snow we received was the very few specks I described yesterday. We do have a heavy frost on the ground. So it is extremely cold but with no snow.


Puck - Dec 6, 2005 10:31 am (#2200 of 2980)

Our promised snow didn't arrive, as the system passed to the south. So, there was school today, and I managed to get my errands done.

For any interested, Barnes and Noble is having a program for the holidays to get books to kids. You choose a book mark with a child's name/age, purchase an appropriate book, and leave it at the store for delivery to that child.

Target was fun, as they had a live string orchestra playing carols when I arrived. The kids all looked about junior high age (10-14 years). I thought of Finn as I listened to them. It was a treat for shoppers as well as the kids (who got out of school for the morning).

Glad your face is healing, Mike. Not a good idea to have bruises in the holiday photos!

Mandy, perhaps there is someone else in your area that can't make it home for the holiday either, and you could celebrate together. (I'm on the other coast, or you'd be welcome here.) I used to know people during college who did that. Or perhaps a quiet day with kitty would be happily peaceful.

Time to read the threads!

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Lina - Dec 6, 2005 10:40 am (#2201 of 2980)

Loopy Lupin: Has anyone seen Catherine?
I was wondering about that too. Did she get another teaching job?

Helen Potterfan! (You were close Finn )

Puck: Lina, by the 3rd kid you get used to all the spinning and "dizzy" feels like a normal state of being!
Indeed. Now we should ask some other mothers how it looks with more children. Maybe some extra heads and hands grow up?

The giant squid: Congratulations to all our Croatian friends for their country's unprecedented Davis Cup win! Okay, I don't know if it was really "unprecedented", but it sure sounds cooler that way, doesn't it?
Yeah, it sounds cool for sure, although I'm not sure that I understood the meaning. But it probably was.


The giant squid - Dec 6, 2005 3:10 pm (#2202 of 2980)

Unprecedented: without precedent; having no previous example. It's similar to unexpected, but with more flair.

Puck, there's no bruising but I have a wide pink "smear" running from the side of my eye all the way back to my ear. I look like something out of a Patrick Nagel painting...

(If you don't know who Patrick Nagel is, track down Duran Duran's "Rio" album; he did the cover.)



T Brightwater - Dec 6, 2005 4:20 pm (#2203 of 2980)

Welcome back, Tom Proffitt; I was wondering where you'd got to.

Happy belated Birthday, TBE and Helen!


Puck - Dec 6, 2005 8:57 pm (#2204 of 2980)

Lina, another set of hands would be great! (A magic wand would be better. Imagine sitting and watching the dishes wash themselves.)

Victoria Secret's fashion show is on the tele. I think I'll let Mr. Puck keep on with his computer game and tell him later that he missed it.

Mike, my 3 year old could give you a nice matching smear on the other side. She loves her markers and does not like being limited to paper. (Said markers have currently been removed from her reach for this reason. Her excuse is that she "doesn't know what she's supposed to draw on.")

Happy Birthday to Helen.



Viola Intonada - Dec 6, 2005 10:19 pm (#2205 of 2980)

Pink?!?!?!?! Mike, pink isn't a very Christmassy color. You should rub that side of your face really hard so it turns red, to show your Christmas spirit!

Several weeks ago there was chat about thermostats. We have ours set at 66º, well yesterday the temperature outside dropped and it was getting unbearably cold in the house. I was ready to turn up the thermostat. But hubby said we should check the floo. I jiggled the chain a bit, some leaves fell down, then the chain fell down! Hubby had to stuff the floo shut. It is so much warmer in our house now! The floo has probably been partially open for quite a while now. Glad we discovered it before being further into winter with the high heating costs.

Here, we have had a few inches of snow on the ground since the beginning of the weekend. The leaf collecting dudes were frantically trying to gather up the leaves on Friday before the snow got any deeper. Our leaves had been sitting on the tree lawn since the weekend before Thanksgiving!


The giant squid - Dec 7, 2005 2:42 am (#2206 of 2980)

Yeah, I'm disappointed with the pink smear, too. It started out as an angry red, which was fine...I was hoping it'd bruise up so I'd have that cool purplish-green thing going on, but no such luck. It's just...healing. How boring.

I appreciate the offer, Kathy, but I think I'll pass. I kind of prefer being asymmetrical. It goes with my off-kilter personality.



Stephanie M. - Dec 7, 2005 5:24 am (#2207 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Helen!


Marie E. - Dec 7, 2005 6:44 am (#2208 of 2980)

All I can say right now is...BRRRRRR! It is currently -2 F, without the windchill. I hear it got down to -13 F last night. We had a snowstorm yesterday afternoon into the evening, but my part of town didn't get much accumulation, only 1-3 inches. Some school districts are closed, but ours is only doing a 2 hour delay. It was so cold last night that my husband's car, a Saturn, wouldn't start. He took my Tahoe and has to be back in time for me to go to work. The Saturn started at first, but it was shaking violently so he turned it off and tried to start it again. That's when it decided it wasn't in the mood to go just yet. The last thing Mr. E said as he left for work was "I hope I didn't do anything to the motor. That happens sometimes when the engine gets too cold." That's a cheery thought to worry about for the rest of the day.

I'm very excited about my brother looking like a Duran Duran album cover. Heehee.


Steve Newton - Dec 7, 2005 6:57 am (#2209 of 2980)

Well, it is now December 7. We all know what that is, right?

That's right, its Delaware Day.

On December 7, 1787 Delaware became the First State.


Catherine  - Dec 7, 2005 7:43 am (#2210 of 2980)

Has anyone seen Catherine? Loopy Lupin

I don't think so--I've been AWOL for a bit. I'm glad to know that you noticed. I have been teaching, and applying for full-time teaching work, which has taken a lot of my "free" time.

Brrr. It's finally gotten VERY cold for Eastern NC. I'm almost relieved, as 80 degree weather in November is strange, not to mention that it rained for about 2 weeks running. The weather shift seems to have helped my migraines, so I'll add an extra sweater and be glad. It had been so warm here that two of our Japanese maples hadn't even turned color yet at Thanksgiving, and some of my tulips have already sent up shoots. EEEK! I have confused tulips.

Is it just me, or does Christmas seems to start earlier than ever? I've already had two winter concerts/recitals for the girls, and two Christmas parties, and it's only the first week of December, with more to later in the week. Perhaps someone used my Time-Turner to speed things ahead a bit...

Forgive me for pressing the "Obliviate" button (Mark as Read) and hope that you all have been well.

Cheers to all.


Kowalla - Dec 7, 2005 8:04 am (#2211 of 2980)

Catherine, I understand exactly what you mean as far as Christmas getting earlier. People seem to be in much more of a rush this year. Of course, I'm sure it seems like that every year around this time. This time of year always make me wish I had a career outside of retail.

Well, for those of you experiencing winter weather, count me in that list. The first snowfall of the season! (insert distraught face here) Another reason to dislike retail. People in Oklahoma really don't know what to do with snow, & start to freak out a little. Once they hear the awful four-letter word, they all flock to Wal Mart to stock up on groceries, and maybe a sled (as if there's any chance to actually get enough snow to sled on!). well, it's just after 9 & there's already flurries coming down, so I'll probably be having a pretty fun day today.

Happy Wednesday to everyone & if anyone has some warm weather, please send it my way! (or maybe a plane ticket to send me to you!!!!)


T Brightwater - Dec 7, 2005 9:48 am (#2212 of 2980)

When I lived in London, my one chance to feel superior was when it snowed and the whole transit system ground to a halt. I'd walk into the local grocers and listen to everyone complain about the weather, and when someone asked me "Don't you think this is just awful?" I'd just smile and say "I'm from Chicago." That was usually good for a moment of silence...


azi - Dec 7, 2005 10:02 am (#2213 of 2980)

Hehe, T Brightwater! Unfortunately for me, that moment of silence would involve me thinking, 'What's the weather usually like in Chicago?' But yes, the shutting down of everything due to a millimetre of snow is pathetic, albeit extremely amusing.

Christmas is always getting earlier, while I put off everything until the last minute. My experience of bag packing in supermarkets near Christmas (raising money for Scout group) has taught me that retail work is horrible at this time. Glad I don't do it!

No snow here. Not even forecast.

A friend from high school visited yesterday and today. Realised that I missed her a lot more than I thought. It was brilliant to see her again, and I was introduced to a friend of hers who explained some of my maths to me so I understood it! Granted, it was the supposedly easy stuff (i.e. polynomials) but it's a start! The girl has told me to ring her and she'll help me, because she absolutely loves maths! I'm especially grateful for that, because she has 35/40 hours a week of lectures and lab work! On top of that, she's a massive HP fan! We were sat in the bar randomly quoting the book, it was so fun!


TomProffitt - Dec 7, 2005 10:09 am (#2214 of 2980)

Speaking of the millimeter of snow thing, I live just far enough south to understand why that happens. We do have winter in Virginia and we slow down a bit in the snow, but not everything shuts down. But when you talk about a little snow in Atlanta (for example) their problem is that they don't have any equipment for it. They not only don't have salt for the roads, they don't have the trucks to put it on the roads. A bit of ice on the roads and everything shuts down, because they don't have anyway to get rid of it.

I guess it still seems a bit pathetic, but it's not because they don't know how to drive or they panic or anything.


Lina - Dec 7, 2005 12:55 pm (#2215 of 2980)

Well, Mike, it means that it was unprecedented, because it happened never before. That's why it was so sweat.

Marie, hope everything ended well with the car.

Catherine, good luck with the full time teaching job!

Azi, beautiful avatar! It is so nice that you met your friend! Those are real friendships when you meet someone after a long time and feel like you were together all the time. And math improving with the help of Harry Potter sounds great!

Tom, you are right, I know exactly how it is. It snows here once in few years. It is ironic because I go to work with a car every day, but when it snows, I go walking. It is much simpler when you slide walking then with the car. That's why I hope it will not snow here.


haymoni - Dec 7, 2005 1:42 pm (#2216 of 2980)

Feeling very dumb because she can't remember what a polynomial is....


azi - Dec 7, 2005 1:57 pm (#2217 of 2980)

Lol, Haymoni, I don't know either - it's just what they're called! It's things like (4?²+3?²+5)+(5?²+4?+7), if that helps!

Thanks for the compliment on my avatar, Lina! I like yours as well - the cat is so cute! Are it's eyes green? It looks like a playful one, but maybe that's just the pose it's doing!


The giant squid - Dec 7, 2005 3:49 pm (#2218 of 2980)

but it's not because they don't know how to drive or they panic or anything.—TomProffitt

Well, your explanation works for the city shutdowns, etc, but it still doesn't account for people sliding off the road and causing accidents with only an inch of snow on the ground. It's the same out here with the rain--a little sprinkling on the windshield and they lose their minds! I don't understand why Drivers' Ed courses don't cover "unusual or inclement weather" in places like this. It does happen, why not actually tell people what to do when it occurs?

Polynomials are just equations with more than one variable...simple.

I knew Marie would like the Duran Duran reference...



Marie E. - Dec 7, 2005 6:26 pm (#2219 of 2980)

The Saturn still won't start, but Mr. E is convinced that it's just because of the cold weather. It made it up to 10 F today, but now it's back down to -2 F. We're expecting a low tonight of -11 F and it's supposed to make it to 28 F tomorrow. Incidently, right after I posted this morning they cancelled school completely. I still had to work. Blarg!

-having algebra flashbacks...


Ydnam96 - Dec 7, 2005 6:45 pm (#2220 of 2980)

OH math. I'm not a fan of math. Mostly because Math does not like me.

I got a very good Christmas present in the mail yesterday: my sister sent me book 6 on CD!!! I have of course opened it and have already started listening. Yay for Christmas presents.

I went to the dentist this morning and got two fillings (one had fallen out). The appointment went well. But now my mouth hurts a lot and I remember why I don't like going.

Lina that cat is cute!


Puck - Dec 7, 2005 9:25 pm (#2221 of 2980)

Mandy, that always gets me. Your teeth feel fine, you go to the dentist who fixes them so they hurt!

Hope the car gets better soon. My husband's doesn't do well in bad weather, so he takes mine with all wheel drive to work those days and I'm stuck home.

I had one morning last year that I woke up to find we had gotten a dusting of snow during the night, but the sky had cleared. This IS New England, so we're used to that sort of thing, so I never thought to check the news report, but just got my son into the car for school. After sitting in the empty parking lot for a bit I realized school had been cancelled! Apparently it had been icy driving early in the morning when the decision had to be made. Now, I always watch the morning news.

Night to all! It's late. I just came to have a few quite moments to myself, as I have been running around the house all day.



Madam Pince - Dec 7, 2005 10:31 pm (#2222 of 2980)

Urg... dentists.... It has always confunded me -- they poke around hard in your mouth with sharp pointed metal implements that look like they came from the Inquisition, then observe with deep surprise "Oh look, your gums are bleeding!" Really? No kidding! Wonder why?

Kathy, I had a similar snow experience many years ago when I was working. I was a bit concerned about driving to work following a big blizzard, but it was more because of the "other drivers" than anything else. I was so pleasantly surprised "Hey this isn't so bad!" until I finally realized that the reason it was so easy was because I was the only moron out driving on the road -- everyone else stayed home and the roads were therefore completely empty. I got to work, couldn't find a parking place because the lot hadn't been plowed, so I turned around and went back home and drank hot chocolate all day.

Well, I've been gone ages and just now got caught up reading posts, but I am so exhausted that I've got to get some sleep now. (It took me four tries to correctly spell "dentists.") So, later gators....


(Edit: Hey! Post #2222! I don't think I've ever done anything like that! Well, when I worked with the basketball team we were always pleased with ourselves when we managed to stop the clock at exactly a :00 increment, but still..... OK..... rambling.... go to bed....)


Viola Intonada - Dec 7, 2005 10:34 pm (#2223 of 2980)

Yes, Christmas does seem to get earlier each year. I am a procrastinator. I just can't bring myself to Christmas shop much before Thanksgiving. It is just the first week of December and I am amazed at how many things (at least the things I want to buy) are sold out already. (such things like sleds)

I love snow. *ducks from all of the flying snowballs coming her way* I was just thinking today about how miserable I would be living somewhere that doesn't get snow. *Dodges more snowballs* My only gripe about Cleveland is that they handle the snow too well. My children rarely get snow days. I think that they have had two snow days in the past 6 years. I don't think there is anything more fun than a snow day. It is like winning the Time lottery. All of a sudden you get a day off from the regular mundane routine, to do whatever you wanted without having to go anywhere. Ahhh, the good ole days.....

Good night All!


Tazzygirl - Dec 7, 2005 10:49 pm (#2224 of 2980)

Kowalla- I'll send you some Hawaiian sun!

I had a busy two days. Forced myself to not check the forum because I needed to work on end of term papers and projects... I was up until 3:30 am last night trying to finish video taping myself teaching, and then writing a 7 page paper to accompany it. Woke up at 7:30 this morning to finish the paper and then start and finish another 5 page paper. Both were due this afternoon. With that over with, I now need to record a 90 page book for my class tomorrow night. The sad part is that I have constantly been doing these projects and papers for the last three weeks, and I still ran until last minute. I am so tired now I can barely see straight! The good news is that I only have one class tomorrow night, and then I have a break until next Wednesday. Then my school semester is over and I can finally breathe normal!

Now I am off to check the rest of the threads...


Elanor - Dec 7, 2005 11:16 pm (#2225 of 2980)

Winter weather is back here as well. Yesterday, it was half raining, half snowing here but only 5 kilometers from here, in the hills, it was real snow. I don't like very much driving on snow, mostly because of the others who never learnt how to drive properly, but the worst, IMO, isn't snow on the road, the worst is freezing rain. 3 years ago, I was working in another school and to go there I had to take a winding road that goes through a pass. One morning, there was some freezing rain and the road, though salted, was awful because black ice was keeping coming back on it: it was like driving on an ice rink! I kept telling myself "careful, careful, you must not brake" for more than an hour, trying hard not to panic when I was feeling the car skidding. I arrived well at school but I think I lost 2 pounds during the travel! LOL!

I'm happy the worst of your work is done Tazzy!

Love the new avatars Lina and Azi!

Maths... I don't think I did any since high school. I wasn't that bad at it but I never understood the passion some students had for it. I was doing some because I had to, period. And the only words "probability calculus" still make my head hurt...

Have a great night/day everybody!


The giant squid - Dec 8, 2005 2:32 am (#2226 of 2980)

Math has always liked me, and vice versa. Just one of my many geeknesses. I never did much with probability & statistics (unless you count making up D&D characters) but I breezed through calculus in college. Good thing I went into a job where that comes in handy a lot. Wait, that never comes in handy...my teacher lied to me!

I know Marie will be jealous of our "heat wave", but it's getting pretty cold here in Vegas. We've got lows in the mid-to-high 30's (for Celsius think 0-10). That, and I think one of our downstairs windows has a bad seal...a few minutes down there & I lose all feeling in my toes. Consequently I have yet to watch my DVD of Fantastic Four. Sure, I could watch it on my computer's DVD-ROM drive, but the surround sound system is downstairs...

I still haven't done any Christmas shopping yet, thought it'll be easier this year as I've decided to just give gift cards to everyone. They're smaller, easier to ship and everyone gets exactly what they wanted!



TomProffitt - Dec 8, 2005 5:47 am (#2227 of 2980)

Where I work the management doesn't like to tell us what the weather is like outside. We might want to go home before the roads get bad or something. I once came out of the plant to eight inches of snow on the road, once to three inches of water on the road at the bottom of the hill (the only way out by the way), and once to six inches of water on that road.

So, I bought myself a four wheel drive pick up truck. It sometimes is unreliable getting me the six miles to work, but it always gets me home.


haymoni - Dec 8, 2005 6:26 am (#2228 of 2980)

Mike - why do they have to say "polynomials"? Why can't they just say - well - whatever you said???

I eeked through Calc with a D - I have had no practical use for it at all whatsoever. I really don't know why business majors have to take Calc - other than it weeded out a few folks and made it easier for me to take my other classes because those that failed had to change their major.

Gift cards are wonderful!!

ABC Family Channel is having a Harry Potter weekend. They are showing SS and COS.

Has POA been shown on anything other than the movie channels?


Soul Mate for Sirius - Dec 8, 2005 6:37 am (#2229 of 2980)

Hey everyone. Thanks for all the healing charms for my writs and positive thoughts for Aaron!!

Michelle, I know what you mean about Cleveland handling snow too well! I think I had a total of 2 snow days throughout my entire 12 years of school in NE Ohio!! In fact, my senior year of high school, we went to New Jersey to visit my aunt over Christmas break, and there was a snow storm that hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, and most of the North East. Pennsylvania and Jersey completely closed down every road in both states and we were stuck at my aunts for two days. When we finally got back to Cleveland, I found out school hadn't even been cancelled even though Cleveland had gotten more snow and ice then Pennsylvania AND New Jersey! My mom hadn't even thought to call the school to tell them I wouldn't be there, we just assumed that if the entire state of Pennsylvania was closed, as well as most of the North East, school would be cancelled!

Anyway, I have to run to work. I must say, I work at an American Eagle that is in an outdoor shopping center, and it amazes me how busy our store gets every day even when it's only 12 degrees outside and snowing! I know if I were out shopping in this weather, I'd be headed to the indoor mall that's 15 minutes away from the outdoor one I work at!

Anyway, Happy Birthday to those I may have missed!!



Viola Intonada - Dec 8, 2005 7:20 am (#2230 of 2980)

Tazzy, experiences like yours is what taught me to be a procrastinator. I discovered that, for myself, I would get the same grade on a paper whether I would spend three weeks on a paper or two days. Probably not the lesson that my professors wanted me to learn.

Ah, calculus. Two semesters of it in college and I have never used it since. Other than calculus teachers, I think hubby is the only person who actually uses calculus regularly. I've actually have had to use my statistics course quite a bit. Now the most difficult math I do in my job is to count to 100.


Ydnam96 - Dec 8, 2005 9:32 am (#2231 of 2980)

The only math I had to take in college was Statistics. For some reason they didn't make me take anything else and I wasn't complaining. My Music Theory classes counted as my "data analysis" gen ed requirements. In high school I had to take Algebra II twice! I just didn't get it. I never took Trig. (I would spell the whole word but I don't know how)or Calculus. I don't even know what they are about. Which is fine with me. To be honest; I have never used math beyond simple division and multiplication since I graduated.

My mouth still does hurt some but it's better than last night thank goodness. I had the hardest time getting out of bed this morning. I just want to go climb back in...not go to work...

Oh well. Happy Thursday all.


haymoni - Dec 8, 2005 10:38 am (#2232 of 2980)

Hey! I just read that London is getting rid of the red double-decker buses.

That's just not right!

I really hope we'll see the Knight Bus again!


VeronikaG - Dec 8, 2005 10:49 am (#2233 of 2980)

Getting rid of the double deckers?? What? I though the British loved everything traditional. Look how they fought for the Pound. And the big red buses are such a famous symbol of London. Maybe people will start buying them and using for private transport. Would have been cool to have one. Loads of baggage space.

I'm officially on holidays. Merry Early Christmas to you all.


Puck - Dec 8, 2005 11:03 am (#2234 of 2980)

Tazzy, sounds like YOU could use a snow day. Pity Hawaii doesn't have those. (though movies on the beach are a great trade.)

I liked geometry in school. Like solving a puzzle. It was imaginary numbers that messed me up. Math is supposed to straight forward and logical, nothing imaginary about it.

Hoping to get a gingerbread house made this weekend. Bought lots of candy today for the decorating. (Maya eats more than she puts on the house.) I'm sure I'll be up late Saturday baking after baby's in bed, but the kids love doing it -and I'm hoping to get some of that licorice myself!

Mike, warm socks and a fleece blanket should make it bearable to watch your movie.

Going to grab lunch while baby is happy!



Finn BV - Dec 8, 2005 2:02 pm (#2235 of 2980)

Wow, I've been avoiding this thread. Haven't posted for 3 days!

Enjoy your Delaware day, Steve.

That's why it was so sweat. –Lina

Forgive me for correcting you Lina, but I'm sure you'd want to know this: "sweet," which is the word you're looking for, means great, nice, happy, yay! But "sweat" is perspiration, the liquidy stuff that comes off your body when you exercise.

Math has been very good to me. I am in the year above me math, honors, and doing very well. Speaking of math, let me rant. Tomorrow we have parent/teacher conferences at school, so no classes for Middle School. The Upper School still has to come like a normal day – and thus the ninth graders, part of the upper school, have to go to math. So unfortunately I have to come in tomorrow for Math! Although I have it from 1:35 – 2:20, which means I won't have to get up early. And at least it overlaps with my parents' conference, at 2. So, that was disappointing but, oh well.

I'm so tired... not much else to say... only one more week until winter break!! Woohoo!!


Puck - Dec 8, 2005 2:09 pm (#2236 of 2980)

Oh, poor Finn! What a pity being so smart as to take advanced math.



The giant squid - Dec 8, 2005 2:23 pm (#2237 of 2980)

Now the most difficult math I do in my job is to count to 100.--Viola Intonada

Heck, with the money counter machine we have I don't even have to think that hard! Still, whenever someone's total doesn't match up with the computer record I'm always the one they come to for the recount. I guess the fact that I'm usually right the first time has not gone unnoticed.

In my job the math happens subtly...like looking at the running time of a movie and figuring out how many reels it'll be (and thus how long it'll take me to build it). I'm not looking forward to Tuesday--at least 4 prints of King Kong at 9 reels each (an hour & a half per print to build)...two of which need to be ready to run by midnight for early screenings...plus we have a special advance screening of Memoirs of a Geisha that night which I'll have to build up, run & break down all in one night. To top it all off, apparently one of my projectionists has just decided to join the Army. I'm all for patriotism & defending one's country, but his timing sucks!

*ahem* Rant over, move along, nothing to see here...



Detail Seeker - Dec 8, 2005 2:26 pm (#2238 of 2980)

If imaginary numbers scare you, try "complex" ones. It sounds much more impressive to be able to say "I mastered complex numbers" while this is just another (and very useful) application of simple 2D-trigonometry.

Maths is often enough just an impressive word, behind which simple straightforward logic is hidden, that wants to scare you...


Tazzygirl - Dec 8, 2005 4:38 pm (#2239 of 2980)

Math never liked me, and I really never liked Math. So, I chose a career that I only basically need 2+2=4. I could never master polynomials or anything along those lines- but I did take the class, and I have never had to use them since. I am taking a math class as an elective next year (everyone who knows me thinks that is a shocker, since I normally steer clear) but it is a math course that helps soon-to-be teachers learn how to explain why 2+2=4. So I thought that would be good for me!

A snow day sounds wonderful!!! Actually, at Sydney's school today they hauled in 'snow'= a mass quantity of snow cone ice. So technically some people in Hawaii had a snow day! I think it melted within an hour.

Yeay! I am almost done! One more project and two exams, and then Winter Break!! Yippeeeee!


Lina - Dec 8, 2005 4:39 pm (#2240 of 2980)

Well, I like to say that Maths is not a science but a way of life. Either you take it, either you don't. Anyone can tell that it is my passion? Although I don't have to use almost any of Maths that I had in college, for my job, when I see a good problem, I feel like Golum near the Ring.

It obviously doesn't help my mixing the spelling of the words. But it won't prevent me from posting when I'm sleepy. We just came home from the concert. It was great, I enjoyed every minute of it. Well, the kids got sleepy by the end but they enjoyed it too. The singer collapsed at the previous concert, that must be one of the reasons for making it their last tour. They started all sitting on the chairs, but soon they were jumping and dancing all around. I was just hoping that he wouldn't collapse again. And he didn't.

I had to check the cat before answering the question. Yes, the eyes are green. And yes, he is really playful. He acts like a real boss on the Faculty, goes to the teaching rooms and everywhere. Now, there is a Christmas tree and we have to keep an eye on him because he likes to play with the balls on it. It is luck that the bosses don't mind it.

**Waving to VeronikaG**


azi - Dec 8, 2005 5:10 pm (#2241 of 2980)

Glad you enjoyed the concert Lina!

Detail Seeker - I'd rather not think about imaginary numbers!

I have 5 'things' due in for the end of term (Friday 16th). Three projects and 2 maths questions. I got given 3 of these this week! Not a happy bunny with so much work close to Christmas! Then, for after Christmas, I have 2 exams to revise for, another maths coursework, a talk to prepare on 'War is environmentally friendly', practical risk assessments, questions on current topics in environmental science and an economics project in which I somehow have to interview someone (in person) from one of the 50 poorest countries in the world. Slight problem that I don't know anyone from those countries...grrr!

Don't think this will be a good holiday. If I disappear for a wee bit, you may guess where I've gone.

Hope everyone has less work than me!


Amilia Smith - Dec 8, 2005 6:51 pm (#2242 of 2980)

Help!!! My keyboard went on the fritz again, and so I am back in the computer lab trying to deal with Evil Word. Does anyone know how to convince it to keep my footnotes on the same page that references them? For example: the place in the text where footnote #11 is referenced is about 3 lines up from the bottom of page 4. However, since I already have 4 footnotes on page 4, Word has bumped footnote #11 down to page 5. How do I tell it, "NO! Bump the last line of text down, but keep my footnote on the same page as the text that references it!"?

Thanks! (I hope I am making sense . . .)



Finn BV - Dec 8, 2005 6:59 pm (#2243 of 2980)

What a pity being so smart as to take advanced math. –Puck

LOL, very well said Kathy!

Mills, go to Insert > Footnote and make sure it's on footnote, and not endnote. Then go to Options in that window and make sure that Place at: is "Bottom of page." That's the best I can do… hope it helps!


Amilia Smith - Dec 8, 2005 7:09 pm (#2244 of 2980)

Wow, you're quick! Unfortunately, those are all things I have already tried. Thanks, though.



Finn BV - Dec 8, 2005 7:23 pm (#2245 of 2980)

Darn it. I'll keep looking…


Puck - Dec 8, 2005 8:05 pm (#2246 of 2980)

Tazzy, that's funny because when I was in school it was just the opposite. We'd haul in sand, turn up the heat, and have an indoor beach party as winter winds gusted outside!

Azi, good luck getting through your pile of work. The odd thing is, someday you'll look back fondly at this time in your life.

here's hoping we sleep in tomorrow due to snow. Perhaps I can get Mr. puck to finally take down those Halloween decorations for me. They clash with the Christmas tree.



I Am Used Vlad - Dec 8, 2005 8:10 pm (#2247 of 2980)

Why does math come up so often on a forum about Harry Potter? It was my strong subject, but I always found it boring. Like many others, I have never needed to find the area under the curve at my job.

Finn, it could have been worse. They could have made you show up at school just to take Physics.


Tazzygirl - Dec 9, 2005 12:19 am (#2248 of 2980)

Azi- What classes are you taking?!?! They all sound so incredibly complicated! I have it incredibly easy compared to you... How are you supposed to interview someone in person from one of the poorest countries? You would think your teacher would be a little lenient on who you could talk to. Good Luck!

Mills- Sorry! I wish I could help!

Oh some good news (for me anyway!): My tech teacher cancelled the Final Exam!!! So now I only have one exam next week...

Now I am off to decorate the Christmas tree... my aunt does themes, so this year it is a Disney characters theme. I personally like the 'cluttered and disorganized' theme for a tree...


CatherineHermiona - Dec 9, 2005 3:07 am (#2249 of 2980)

It was great at the concert yesterday. Only I fell asleep at 12:30 a. m. and I had to wake up at 8 a. m. because I had a class in the morning. Then back home, write a homework. And then at 12 back to school. Now I'm waiting for my grandma to invite me to go to lunch. It's great school is done at 5 today.

As for maths, I was always the best in my class. I was once 4th at maths competition of Rijeka (I don't know how to say it). On Kangaroo last year I get a cap, I was one of two students awarded in our school, as it's international competition. Anyway, in maths I'm 'still' 7th grade.



Marie E. - Dec 9, 2005 6:26 am (#2250 of 2980)

I think Tazzy would love my tree. Messy and disorganized is usually the theme of our tree, despite my best efforts.

Our cold snap finally left us. Yesterday it got to 29 F and today is supposed to make it to 41 F. There was a lot of reports on the news of businesses with burst pipes. One that affects me is another daycare of ours which is just five miles away. The pipe that burst was in the ceiling and affected four classrooms. They had to close the daycare down completely and those kids are coming to our center today. Luckily we get all the teachers, too. I am sooo not looking forward to today.
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azi - Dec 9, 2005 6:29 am (#2251 of 2980)

Tazzy - thanks for the good luck! I'll need it! My course is called Environmental Science and basically encompasses biology, geography, geology, chemistry and a tiny bit of economics and law so far. All with a view on the environment of course! Nice to hear your exam got cancelled!

Puck, I do so hope I'll look back fondly! I look back fondly on college anyway, and that was worse than this at times! Sending snowy charms your way!

Mills - I have no idea how to do footnotes so can't help you, sorry! Hope things get better!

Have a lovely Friday everybody!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 9, 2005 6:38 am (#2252 of 2980)

They called off school on account of snow! Let me tell you, Santa so had other plans.


Eponine - Dec 9, 2005 6:47 am (#2253 of 2980)

I enjoyed math in school and was really good at it. When it came time to choose my major, I was torn between math and English. I ended up going with English because I had utterly no patience in helping other people with math problems. I would get so frustrated at my friends who would ask for help and then wouldn't understand it after I'd explained it to them. So I decided that math was probably not the best field for me to go into. Now, the only math I do on a daily basis is making change for people who print things out at the library.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


TomProffitt - Dec 9, 2005 7:00 am (#2254 of 2980)

I didn't understand why people thought Math was hard until I ran into multiple integration calculus. Never did figure it out.


Elanor - Dec 9, 2005 10:00 am (#2255 of 2980)

I always thought I should have liked maths more than I actually did because of... my date of birth. I have a very mathematical date of birth. I kid you not, see: I was born on September 8th, 1972, that is to say 8/9/1972 (or 9/8/1972 depending on how you're used to write dates) and 8 x 9 = 72, easy date to remember, isn't it?
More, if you add 8 + 9 + 7 + 2, you have 26, 2 + 6= 8, the number of my day of birth, and if you add 8 + 9 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 2, you find 36, 3 + 6 = 9, September's number. Funny, isn't it?

Now, what is not logical is that just to read "trigonometry" in Detail Seeker's post starts to make my head hurt...

Tazzy: "I am taking a math class as an elective next year (everyone who knows me thinks that is a shocker, since I normally steer clear) but it is a math course that helps soon-to-be teachers learn how to explain why 2+2=4. So I thought that would be good for me! "
I hope so! The course I had about that at the teachers' school didn't help me a lot because they couldn't teach us the most important thing about teaching maths: patience. And that part is hard, believe me! There are kids who will understand everything at once (fortunately!) but there are others who could wear down anyone! You explain them again, and again, and again, each time trying to use another way of explaining things. You work with them, just watching, they seem to have understood, so you let them work alone, then you come back and... you find out you're going to have to start again... **sigh** Can you tell I've just come back exhausted from school? Sorry, I really shouldn't try and talk about education after 10 hours spent with excited kids!

But the good news is: the weekend has started!!!!!!! So I wish you all to spend great weekend!

Audrey **sending cheering charms to Azi and to everyone else needing some**


Puck - Dec 9, 2005 10:40 am (#2256 of 2980)

Now, Elanor, was it you who sat and figured all that out? Impressed that someone would even think of doing all that birth date math!

My tree is also disorganized. Most of the ornaments hang on the lower branches because the kids can only reach so high. Mr. Puck says we are accidently patriotic with our tree, as all the green lights went out for some reason, and now it blinks red, white and blue!

My favorite thing about the tree are all the memories. I have collected ornaments with my travels since college, so as I hang them I think about Ireland, Rome, etc.... Now, I also get to add all the ones made by my children. My favorite is one that was made for my hubby by a girl who had a crush on him back in fourth grade. It says "To Nutzy Jimmy Love Erin" on the back. It's so cute!

Well, we are having that snow day. One storm moving in from the west, another from up the coast. They will both hit today, so we are expecting about a foot of snow. Mr. Puck is working from home, though I don't know how he gets stuff done with the noise of the kids who are home from school. I'll have to toss them out to play after lunch.

Threads to read!



Denise P. - Dec 9, 2005 11:20 am (#2257 of 2980)

We had school cancelled yesterday because snow was forecast We didn't get a flake and the stinking roads were clear all day. Today, we woke up to iced over roads but school was in! I made it to Home Depot so I could get supplies to make 4 marshmallow guns to give as gifts. Woo hoo...got a bag of stale mini marshmallows to use as ammo too.

Catherine, good to see you!

I won't even go into math. ****twirls a lock of hair**: Math is hard.


Tazzygirl - Dec 9, 2005 12:29 pm (#2258 of 2980)

The tree actually turned out ok! White lights, red balls, and Disney Characters. But I still can't wait to go to California to put a 'real' tree together! We were up until about 2 am trying to finish getting the whole house done. I think I am officially in the Christmas spirit!

Elanor- Needless to say I was one of those kids you had to explain Math to in fifty million different ways and I still wouldn't get it. So I think this class next semester will really help me...

Have a good day/ night everyone!


T Brightwater - Dec 9, 2005 1:30 pm (#2259 of 2980)

When I took Driver's Education in high school, there was a special session for driving at night, and mine took place during a blizzard. The teacher's attitude was "Well, we get this kind of weather here, may as well learn to deal with it."

I liked Math until I got to trigonometry. It still doesn't make any sense to me; fortunately I don't need to use it in any of my jobs. :-)


Catherine  - Dec 9, 2005 3:02 pm (#2260 of 2980)

Maths is often enough just an impressive word, behind which simple straightforward logic is hidden, that wants to scare you... --Detail Seeker

Call me scared. I have subbed often enough for math class that my students already ask me, "Do you have the teacher manual handy? I have a question."

One of my students asked me, "What is an irrational number?" I said, "The number of dollars you overdrew your checking account" or "the number of times you have to ask a child to do his homework" or "the number of cookies you ate straight from the bag, which doesn't actually count."

Then one of the math prodigies had to actually come up with the real definition, which still left me saying, "Huh?"

Hmmm....I liked my definition better. Stupid maths. Where ARE those cookies?

EDIT: Lupin is Lupin and Denise, I hope school gets on track again. Silly snow.


The giant squid - Dec 9, 2005 4:31 pm (#2261 of 2980)

Tazzy, I have to ask: did anyone have a Hermione-like reaction to the cancelled exam?


Tazzygirl - Dec 9, 2005 5:31 pm (#2262 of 2980)

Squid Mike- Surprisingly no one did a Hermione. We were all actually doing the happy dance in our seats. Our teacher told all of us at the beginning of the semester that we would all get A's if we showed up to class, participated, and attempted all the projects (like the digital book that caused me problems). So there really was no need to take the Final. He told us he would use our midterm as the Final, and as I got full points on it, I really can't complain, now can I???


Chemyst - Oct 21, 2005 8:40 am (#2263 of 2980)

...it is a math course that helps soon-to-be teachers learn how to explain why 2+2=4. So I thought that would be good for me! and I think this class next semester will really help me... – Tazzygirl

You don't know how happy that attitude makes me. I used to think I hated math. Then I home schooled my kids. Along about fourth grade level, I started discovering gaps in what I'd been taught. I could go on for a four-page rant, but I'll spare you and just give you the short version. I'd thought I'd had good teachers because everyone always told me I did. But in hindsight, I think most of my elementary teachers chose to teach the lower grades because they weren't all that hot at math and such themselves. (Another clue: my fourth grade teacher taught science only three times all year; one day for each reporting period. Someone should have reported her!) My seventh grade teacher knew his math, but he didn't know kids. It wasn't until eighth grade I had a teacher who was good at both knowing and explaining. Anyway, taking my kids through high-school algebra was one great "I'm learning it again for the first time!" experience; and, "Wow! this is just like solving puzzles!"
So, good for you! because even though my teacher chose to teach second grade so she'd never have to deal with long division, she shouldn't have inadvertently taught her students to fear math just because she hated it..

Urrg... what a downer... if my mini rant was too depressing, you are all welcome to go back and re-read Catherine's definition of irrational numbers.


Doris Crockford - Dec 9, 2005 6:35 pm (#2264 of 2980)

Well, I really like math. Which is good, since I just had my calc midterm this morning! I think it went very well, especially compared to what I heard from some other people. I was in the math club in high school, which was fun because you solved actual problems, instead of doing the more boring, mechanical part of math. But I was kind of disappointed that the exam wasn't cancelled, since I woke up to quite a bit of snow on the ground, and my friend heard several minutes' worth of bus cancellations. But it really wasn't that much snow, just an inch or two.

Nope, Tazzy, I definitely wouldn't complain if I were you! Good job on your midterm!

Not much else to tell you guys, I've been studying my butt off, since I still have 3 exams next week. But next Wednesday, we get our jackets! I'm not sure if I've told you about the jackets. The engineers almost all get jackets, and we dye them purple and then slam them on the ground in the middle of the intersection on campus to celebrate the end of exams and becoming a year. My friends and I are planning to line up super early, to be the first to get our jackets. I'm so excited!


I Am Used Vlad - Dec 9, 2005 7:17 pm (#2265 of 2980)

I saw The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe today and loved it. I've always been an Edmund fan because I happen to have a brother and two sisters and probably would have sold them out at the drop of a hat for Turkish Delight, and I don't even know exactly what it is. When MacReady first appeared, a little kid behind me asked if she was the witch, and continued to ask questions and make comments throughout the movie. When it ended, I discovered the culprit was the child of a guy I have known my entire life. I guess it was my fault for seeing it the day it opened.


Denise P. - Dec 9, 2005 7:23 pm (#2266 of 2980)

Based on the book, I thought for years that Turkish Delight was some uber candy that was delicious and I would never find anything to equal it. I was so thrilled when, a few years ago, I got some Turkish Delight. My mouth was watering in anticipation and when I bit into it, I sprayed it right back out. It was vile! It tasted like perfume! Yeeech! I don't know if I had a bad one or what but I don't find anything that tastes like perfume appealing. Even my kids spit it back out.

I always thought it was something like Divinity. Yummmm....I should make some of that with the kids. The first year I ever made any kind of candy, I had no clue how truly hot it gets. I used my finger to test the temperature. I use the water test now.

Edit Ah ha! In reading recipes, the culprit is rosewater...that is why I think Turkish Delight tastes like perfume.


I Am Used Vlad - Dec 9, 2005 7:29 pm (#2267 of 2980)

I'm glad to know that, Denise. I will now be able to enjoy the story without feeling guilty.


timrew - Dec 9, 2005 7:57 pm (#2268 of 2980)

Yes, Denise. Turkish Delight tastes of perfume. Edmund must have been under some enchantment!


Tazzygirl - Dec 9, 2005 8:39 pm (#2269 of 2980)

Chemyst- thanks for the encouragement! I am sorry you had such bad teachers. One of my main goals in becoming a teacher is to not be like all the bad teachers combined, but all the good ones!

Doris- ...good job on your midterm... Thanks! The jacket slamming on the ground sounds exciting!

Off to eat dinner...


Puck - Dec 9, 2005 9:02 pm (#2270 of 2980)

So today's snow totaled about a foot. At one point we could barely see the house across the street. It was one of those storms where the wind is blowing in every direction at once, and the snow is swirling around in the sky. It lasted until mid afternoon, then all the kids popped out of their houses to play. As the baby is too small for such outings, I had an excuse to stay inside (though I do love a good sled ride.)

Perfume candy sounds about as wonderful as flower flavored tea. :closed:

Vlad, I feel your pain. My five year old questioned me about every detail of "Polar Express". I was glad we watched it at home, at least it was just me being annoyed.

Happy Saturday!



Ydnam96 - Dec 9, 2005 9:11 pm (#2271 of 2980)

I also saw The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. I too loved it. Except the children who were obviously left unattended in the theater. I really think it should be outlawed to drop children off on their own in a public place with no parental supervision. Not just because they are so annoying when they start yelling during the movie "The Dogers Suck" "No You Suck" "SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" but because it's also really unsafe.

But it was wonderful Smile


dizzy lizzy - Dec 10, 2005 12:33 am (#2272 of 2980)

Hi all!

Happy birthday to all who have celebrated since the last time I posted (which was when???...). Get Well Charms and Cheering Charms to all those who need them.

I've been on holidays (just at home doing nothing except reading and keeping up with the lex) and I have also been away for work. I have 24 hours at home and then I go to Coffs Harbour (drive over tomorrow - Sunday) for a days training on Monday. I'm hoping to see GoF over there as well.

The weather has been very hot, dry and lots of thunderstorms. I hung my jeans out on the line to dry at 1.30pm today (it's now 6.30pm) and by 3.30pm they were dry. And so is the rest of the washing . I was way behind on the washing...I'm not anymore!

For those who have their end of semester exams/assignments (azi, tazzy, gina etc) coming up - Good Luck!

My only contribution to the Maths conversation is that Maths is the reason why my moniker is dizzy lizzy .

Maths makes my head spin faster than anything I know!

Enjoy your weekend everyone



Amilia Smith - Dec 10, 2005 3:04 am (#2273 of 2980)

Just because I am curious, how are you going to argue that war is environmentally friendly, Azi?

Tazzy, has your ceiling recovered from its electrical storm trauma?

I am very glad to hear good reports of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I'm probably going to wait and see it with my folks over the break. That book was such a part of my childhood that seeing it without my family just doesn't seem quite right.

Well, I finally finished that paper. Only one more to go!!! I shouldn't complain, after seeing everyone else's end of term projects, and I only had about 12 papers spread over 3 weeks . . . but I really, Really, REALLY, HATE writing. Hate it with a passion! Imagine, people having passionate feelings about research papers. Kate, I think you said somewhere that once you start writing, you can just keep going and going . . . Let me tell you, girl, I envy you. It's like pulling teeth for me. (Posts don't count! :-P )

Now math I was soured on in Elementary School. Timed tests. The teacher would pass out the tests and I'd start to panic. My mind would go blank, I'd start to hyperventilate and rock back and forth on my chair. "6x8,6x8,6x8, come on, Mills, you know this, 6x8,6x8,6x8." Finally my teacher just let me pass off my times tables with flash cards. But I never liked math after that. Which is a shame as I wasn't bad at it when I was not being timed. Never really understood Calculus, but I was able to plug numbers into the formulas, pass the test, and never take a Math class ever, ever again. Although, if I was in a Math program, I might not have to write so many papers.

On a lighter note . . . we have been on a Harry kick at work recently. We listen to my CDs while we mend books. I pass out addresses to all the best fan sites. One of my coworkers is discovering Harry for the first time ever, and listening to the CDs in his car as well as at work (and then comparing Jim Dale to Stephen Fry). He even caught the wand order mistake at the end of GoF on his own the first time through! Anyway, for the department Christmas Party on Monday, he made Christmas Crackers for all of us!!! He bought the supplies on-line, and we had HP Christmas Crackers, complete with paper crowns and magic tricks.

All Ts and Ys in this post are courtesy of Lizzy, from whom I stole them. Thanks!



Eponine - Dec 10, 2005 6:49 am (#2274 of 2980)

I also saw The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe yesterday. Mr. Eponine got to come home Thursday night instead of Friday night when his boss found out I had Friday off. (He travels a lot with work) So we got to spend all day together. We were going to go to the earliest showing, but when we got to the theatre we saw four or five school buses waiting. We asked and decided it was best to wait for the 1:00 showing due to the massive groups of school children at the first two shows. We both really enjoyed it. I thought it was very well made. And I love Mr. Tumnus.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


azi - Dec 10, 2005 7:29 am (#2275 of 2980)

You know, Amilia, I have absolutely no idea how war is environmentally friendly! The only ideas I have written down right now are nuclear weapons, biolgical weapons and political issues - none which support the statement! Eeek, 12 papers over 3 weeks? That's worse than my situation!

Everyone will be glad to know I'm halfway through my first project. Just the easy discussion of carbon dioxide and effects of increasing levels etc. to go. I can rattle that off in my sleep, even if I can't do the maths!

My multiplication tables I can do. Long multiplication and the addition/subtraction where you set it out similar to long multiplication I can do (can't remember what that's called). Trig I can actually do. Algebra never quite got there...I also blame bad teaching and lack of explanation.

Everyone have a great day! I envy those with snow!


VeronikaG - Dec 10, 2005 11:49 am (#2276 of 2980)

In the maths discussion I'll have to join the "It's hard, hee hee" camp. It was the one subject I really struggled with.

If Turkish delight is the ick that tastes like perfume... then what is that gross stuff that looks like small pieces of sugar coated jelly but tastes like pine fragrance spray? It must be related. Yuck.

Have a nice week end. Hugs.


Ydnam96 - Dec 10, 2005 11:50 am (#2277 of 2980)

I'm watching White Christmas, the one with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. I love this movie. I watch it all year long as it's not strictly a Christmas movie. But it is a family tradition thing. If you haven't seen it; you should. It's amazing!

Happy Weekend!


Chemyst - Dec 10, 2005 1:46 pm (#2278 of 2980)

I have absolutely no idea how war is environmentally friendly! The only ideas I have written down right now are nuclear weapons, biolgical weapons and political issues - none which support the statement! – azi

Since the purpose of war is to kill people and break things, it seems like a rather ridiculous assignment - unless - they are trying to get you to "think outside the box."

Offhand, I can think of four different approaches:

study If you want to give a serious answer, try googling "green munitions"
study Another approach is to begin with the thesis that "People are Pollution" and run a search on ZPG.   zero population growth
study Attempt to argue that the technologies developed in war time can ultimately benefit the environment;
   (In the US, some use a similar argument to justify NASA's budget.)
study Argue it from a vulture's perspective: ancient wars were low tech, bodies left on the battlefield became a food source for buzzard and scavenging beetle populations. If you were a vulture, war was very friendly to your environment.


azi - Dec 10, 2005 2:17 pm (#2279 of 2980)

Oooo, wow thanks Chemyst! I quite like number 3 you suggested and it shouldn't be too hard to find examples that fit the criteria. I will have to find the other 2 people from my group and suggest it to them. I have spoken to one already, but she didn't have any ideas. The other it took 2 days for us to work out who he was.

Anyone find they can't write with a pen anymore after they've spent hours typing on a computer? I just tried to write some information out and can't do it. It's holding my progress up!

I like the song White Christmas, but I don't think I've seen the film.

Turkish Delight was one of those things you see when you're a kid, which looks nice but is expensive, and then you buy it one day and it doesn't taste as nice as you thought it would. Disappointment. I do absolutely love Floral Gums though! (I used to call them Soap Sweets because that's what they taste like)

Everyone carry on having a lovely day!


The giant squid - Dec 10, 2005 3:38 pm (#2280 of 2980)

I also blame bad teaching and lack of explanation.—azi

This really is the crux of the dilemma. As Detail Seeker said, math is just logic & common sense hidden behind a facade of jargon & funky drawings. The trick is to find a teacher who a) understands what they're teaching and b) enjoys passing knowledge on to others. Everyone has a story about how there was some subject they just couldn't get until "this one teacher" explained it in such a way that it just made perfect sense. That's why I didn't go into teaching like my sisters--I knew I didn't have that ability to create the "light bulb" moment.

Attempt to argue that the technologies developed in war time can ultimately benefit the environment; (In the US, some use a similar argument to justify NASA's budget.)—Chemyst

Don't get me started on the NASA budget...if the bean-counters spent half as much on space exploration as they have on trying to convince us it was unnecessary & costly, we'd have self-sufficient colonies on Mars by now. Heck, if it weren't for the space program none of us would have these nifty little computers to waste time on...the miniaturization technology that took computers from "huge room" to "laptop" was developed for space capsules.



timrew - Dec 10, 2005 6:20 pm (#2281 of 2980)

War is environmentally friendly for the arms dealers, in that it is in their interest to have a war going on all the time, somewhere.

This way, they can make a fortune selling their 'weapons of mass destruction' to the highest bidder.

Like they say, it's an ill wind......................


Denise P. - Dec 10, 2005 6:29 pm (#2282 of 2980)

We are straying into territory that can cause problems. Let's try to steer away from anything that can create a heated debate.

I am gearing up to make loads of cookies to leave on doorsteps. This is the annual kids and mom making cookie deal. This year we are making:
santa Monster cookies (oatmeal with M&M's, raisins and chocolate chips...thanks Paula Deen!)
santa Hidden Mint cookies (a sugar cookie with a Girl Scout Thin Mint hidden inside..Paula again)
santa Mice Cookies (a teardrop shaped sugar cookie with eyes and a licorice tail)
rendeer Reindeer Cookies (Nutter Butter dipped in chocolate with pretzel antlers, mini M&M nose, teeny choc chip eyes)

I just finished a batch of marshmallow frosted brownies to take to a party tomorrow.


Ydnam96 - Dec 10, 2005 6:38 pm (#2283 of 2980)

I am going nutso or was there not a post on this thread earlier today about a Snape My Space page? Someone was asking for help on it...I went to the site and thought it was pretty good and wanted to congratulate them on their pictures. But now I can't find the post. I've done a search with the words "My Space" but can't find it. Was that post deleted?

Anyway, the pictures on there of Snape when he was in school and his first day teaching were quite good. I was impressed.

Denise those cookies sound great. My mom was telling me about a recipie with Nutter Butters where you can make them look like Santas. People sure can be creative.

As far as teachers making the difference in subjects that are hard to grasp I think Mike is right. I had a professor in college that taught Anatomy and Physiology of Psychology and she was just a touch crazy. She was explaining a chemical reaction process within the body and she started dancing around pretending to be particles and such. It was pretty funny. Made it easier to remember. I was so excited in that class to finally learn and understand what an MAOI was. You know, that thing they say in all the medical commercials that you shouldn't take their medicine if you are on a MAOI? (By the way people on MAOIs can't really take anything else). For all of you who are curious MAOI is Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor. I would explain what they do but it takes a while. But I love that I know what it is Smile

Okay off to find some dinner. I'm hungry.

Okay, well


Puck - Dec 10, 2005 7:53 pm (#2284 of 2980)

Denise, how do you get such things done? Good for you.

I actually have to go make my house pattern, as my gingerbread dough is chilling in the fridge, and is about ready to roll out. I have to start such projects around 9pm, after Natalie is in bed. So, I'm sure to be up late, but I really want the kids to get to decorate their house. (Well, Maya mostly eats the candy, but Parker had fun putting it on the house last year.)

Back to baking...



Stephanie M. - Dec 10, 2005 8:07 pm (#2285 of 2980)

Hello everyone! I haven't posted in a while... just been really busy here lately.

My sister finds out if she got into Penn early decision this Wednesday, so everything in my household has been very stressful.

One of my sister's best friends found out this passed Thursday that he got into Columbia early decision, so we were all very happy about that.

We had a snow day on Friday, but we would have had off for Parent/Teacher Conferences anyway, but instead EVERYONE got off for the snow. So I wasn't very happy that we "missed" the snow day. We deserve another day off now.....

This upcoming week is our last week of school until Winter Break. So it will be one LONG week. I'll counting down the minutes.... But I have to make my holiday presents for all of my friends.

Well, I'm going to finish watching PS/SS.

Have a good night everyone! Say warm, and dry! (And cool and comfortable if you are in warmer weather!)


haymoni - Dec 10, 2005 10:08 pm (#2286 of 2980)

Hey all!

Last night I went crazy baking. I made chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies and fudge.

Don't be impressed.

The fudge was some sort of mix thing - all I had to add was a stick of margarine and some milk. I have no idea how to make the real thing.

The cookies were the kind where the dough is already mixed and it is cut into squares. All I had to do was pull 'em off and stick 'em on the cookie sheet.

I did dip the sugar cookie squares into red and green sugar so now they look like the lit up circles on a traffic light.

I want to make those peanut butter cookies with the chocolate kisses in the middle of them - I won't tell you what Hubby calls those cookies - but I want some of those Brach's star kisses instead of the plain Hershey ones. I may have to settle, but I won't go down without a fight!

I have to go to Ungrateful Son's wrestling match on Sunday. The good news is that I won't have to watch the Browns lose again, but the bad news is that I have to sit around all afternoon with nothing to do. Maybe I could write my Christmas cards!!!

I have not received my usual avalanche of Christmas cards this year. Are most folks holding off until they've written the perfect Christmas newsletter or have they all become procrastinators like me???


Tazzygirl - Dec 10, 2005 11:20 pm (#2287 of 2980)

Had a busy Saturday. I helped at a garage sale from 8:30am to 3:30pm, and all of about 10 people showed up. Then I went to another friend's house to try out a new line of makeup, which turned out to be way to expensive for a starving college student to buy. Got home at 8 pm. Tomorrow I get to go Christmas shopping, and then hopefully relax. I like it when I have nothing planned on the weekends. When I am busy, I don't feel like I had a break from the week. (which I really need, especially from what was going on for the last three!)

Mills- my ceiling has slightly recovered! There is still that wrinkled wet look about it, but it is dry! Whew!

I used to do Christmas baking every year, but since I started at UH, I havn't had time, not to mention I don't really know any of my neighbors. When I go home for Christmas, (like last year) I bought a bunch of stuff to make cookies and brownies and such, but it ended up sitting in the cabinet because I then didn't feel like baking.

Haymoni-I have no idea how to make the real thing. Fudge is really easy to make!!

1-2 bags Chocolate Chips (like nestle. They might even have a recipe on the back of the bag.) 8 oz. Condensed Milk I like to add a little bit of almond or cherry extract for a really nice taste and smell. And you can also add other things, like walnuts.

You combine the chocolate and condensed milk into a microwaveable container, put it in the microwave, and then heat until it melts when you stir it with a spoon (or when there are no chunks of chocolate). When it is all melted, I then add the extract and the nuts. Mix it all up and then pour it into some type of container and let it cool. There's your fudge!


Diagon Nilly - Dec 11, 2005 12:11 am (#2288 of 2980) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Dec 11, 2005 3:58 am

Ah, the Snape page was mine... I didn't think anyone would be interested in that kind of tomfoolery so I deleted the post. But the existing Snapes on MySpace are all these crazy, overly emo, bedhopping roleplayers, and I felt there should be ONE Snape on there who represents a more canon variety. That's why I needed help...I mean, what would Snape say on his internet page? I'm stumped, honestly. I want to treat his character with respect, yet make it fun.

Anyway, here's that URL again:

URL removed by Kip. See my note below.

I would love some help on it. I was thinking something along the lines of Snape being a fugitive in hiding and is tinkering with these electronic thingies just to have something to do to while away the time knowing that other wizards wouldn't be doing the same things.

My thinking was of people who've been in prison for years then they're released and they don't know what the internet is, or an ATM, or DVDs...all that stuff. I theorize that Snape knew something of muggle comforts through his dad, so he might have been privy to TV, 8 tracks, and betamax at best, being a child of the 60's and 70's and all. So my Snape would be all about the "I barely understand this contraption! It lacks all the efficiency of a portrait, and I don't know who the bloody hell this Paris Hilton is, but she needs a date with a lethifold!" Corny, yes but I can't think of any other reason for Snape using a computer... And it would be fun insulting people who try to flirt with him. Hehehheh!

Thanks for complimenting the photos. Some are mine and some are ones I found. The 7th-year pic is mine and I'm SO in love with that picture. Young Alan Rickman in a Slytherin uniform. *drool*

Note from Kip ~
Diagon Nilly has been active on the Lexicon Forum since near inception three plus years ago and I was somewhat reluctant to delete the link to "her" or "Snape's" web page; however I cannot allow the link to stay being that our Hosts have no control over what could be posted there. This action on my part is keeping within the practices we have established on links within post. I am sure you understand.

I have no objection to you posting the link as your home page in your profile. It is your decision and if you care to use that method, you can make the changes in the Change password or preferences, located on the right side of the teal-colored toolbar.


Elanor - Dec 11, 2005 3:11 am (#2289 of 2980)

Hello everybody! I hope everyone is having a great weekend, full of funny Christmas stuff!

Puck: "Now, Elanor, was it you who sat and figured all that out? Impressed that someone would even think of doing all that birth date math! "
LOL! Actually, I figured out the 8 x 9 = 72 part of it when I was a kid, to see 08-09-72 written everywhere (in notebooks etc) must have "clicked" eventually. But the other part I figured out only on this site, when I was playing with the HP characters birth dates and thought of playing with on my own too.

Squid Mike, may I ask you for an advice? I've been re-reading Timothy Zahn's "Survivor's quest" lately (I love that book!) but I've never ventured to read any of the New Jedi Order series' books so far. I've seen that the guy who wrote the first one, "Vector Prime", was the one who also wrote the "Attack of the Clones" novel, which didn't really mark me when I read it, so I was wondering how good "Vector prime" could be. Have you read it, or any other New Jedi Order books by any chance? There is everything in the SW books, the worst and the best, and I would rather avoid the worst if I can, but Zahn's "Outbound flight" is only to be released on January 31th and I was looking to something good to read during the holidays.

Have a great Sunday everybody!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 11, 2005 5:29 am (#2290 of 2980)

My husband has always said the date of his birth is the year of his birth. 1-9-53. (1953). And yes, he's a LOT like Snape!


CatherineHermiona - Dec 11, 2005 5:40 am (#2291 of 2980)

It's always easier to remember some important dates in History if you compare them to something. For example, I remembered year when America is discovered because that happened exactly 500 years before I was born. Then, James Watt made first steam engine 200 years before my mother was born. And so on.



Ydnam96 - Dec 11, 2005 9:49 am (#2292 of 2980)

Diagon Nilly, Thanks I thought I was going crazy


Lina - Dec 11, 2005 12:30 pm (#2293 of 2980)

Denise P.: We are straying into territory that can cause problems. Let's try to steer away from anything that can create a heated debate.
As much as I agree with you, I can't help noticing that the war was environmentally friendly to my town. It was an industrial town with a port, a very polluted sea and an ugly river. I remember, when I was a kid, elderly people used to tell us stories about how the river was clean and clear in their childhood. During the war, there were no battles near my town, no buildings were destructed, but the industry was. Now we have a nice and clear river and I tell my kids stories about how dirty it used to be. When I was a kid, I never considered visiting any of the town beaches and now it is a normal thing going there in the summer. The number of animals and plants has been increasing considerably ever since the war. Well, the number of unemployed people must have increased too, but they are not endangering the environment. Now, there is some room left for the debate if the failure of industry has caused the war or the war has caused the failure of industry, but the fact is that the environment is much cleaner after the war than it was before. I hope it was not too politically because it was not my plan. I just thought that you might find it interesting. That would be another proof that there is something good in anything bad.

I agree with everybody who say that bad teachers help children hating any subject.


Loopy Lupin - Dec 11, 2005 12:43 pm (#2294 of 2980)

Yes, Denise. Turkish Delight tastes of perfume. Edmund must have been under some enchantment! – Tim

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought Turkish Delight was less than delightful. I have trained myself so that when I hear the words "Turkish Delight" these days I picture "fudge squares" instead. Works for me!


Steve Newton - Dec 11, 2005 12:48 pm (#2295 of 2980)

Yesterday we had the 15th annual Newton cookie bake. 20 people showed up and over 100 dozen cookies were baked. As an encore we will have a more humble bread bake next Saturday.

Would you believe that the spell check didn't like the word 'Newton?'


Diagon Nilly - Dec 11, 2005 12:50 pm (#2296 of 2980)

Turkish Delight... I've never had it, but after watching the cartoon version of Lion, Witch & Wardrobe as a kid, It seemed like the most delicious thing ever. See, that is what effective foley can do. Mayor Adam West on Family Guy does the same thing to me when he loves his taffy.


Finn BV - Dec 11, 2005 12:54 pm (#2297 of 2980)

Finn, it could have been worse. They could have made you show up at school just to take Physics. –Vlad

Ahhhhhh!! I would definitely call in sick if I had to come in just for Mr. Wood. Oh, well. We ended up having a snow day anyway, and they had phone conferences for the P/T conferences. Yay!

LOL on your math explanations, Catherine and Chemyst!

Yay/good luck for tazzy and azi (haha – they almost rhyme! ) on your exams. Funny, our school goes in trimesters, so we got loaded with stuff a little bit before Thanksgiving, then we will get more "trimester tests" at the end of February, then around the middle of May, and then finals in the end of May/early June. But this week, which is our last week before break, is just a week where the teachers and students alike sit back, relax, and learn minimally. For example, in English we're watching the movie of To Kill a Mockingbird all week, in Chorus (after our concert which is Tuesday night) we'll probably do a bunch of Karaoke, etc. So, this is one of those "easy street" weeks.

Oh dear, Mills, I thought my computer was bad! Imagine trying to say "Harry Potter" and ending up with "Harr Poer"!

Looking forward to Narnia, not this week but the week after… It's been a while since I read them, so hopefully I can start afresh. I've been reading The Magician's Nephew of late but obviously not the right installment of the series, is it?

Mandy, I've always wanted to know why the fourth person billed is "Vera-Ellen." Doesn't she have a last name or something??

Denise, your recipes are making my mouth water!

I know, I've been avoiding this thread like crazy! I really need to find some time to get back into it, but lately I haven't had a lot of time in general to be at the forum anyway. Once break starts I'll be back more!


Stephanie M. - Dec 11, 2005 1:05 pm (#2298 of 2980)

So, this is one of those "easy street" weeks.-Finn

Are you kidding me? I have so much work this week. Well, not too much work if it was spread out but I have so much on Wednesday and Thursday, which makes life more difficult because I can't just study during the weekend and get the tests and quizzes over with on Monday, but instead I have to wait until Wednesday and Thursday. Plus I have to make my gifts for my friends later this week.


azi - Dec 11, 2005 1:16 pm (#2299 of 2980)

In my school experience, the last week was always an easy week. Except for college where we had a biology test on the last day after a LOTR film was released (I revised in the cinema beforehand!). Ahhh for the days of films, free sweets and science blockbuster!

Good luck with all that work Stephanie!

Finn - thankyou for the good luck!

Wishing I had some of these cookies that keep being mentioned! Denise, I think you're a supermum!

I got *no* work done today. Felt really tired and then collapsed outside my room. Never a good thing. Am now eating lots of satsumas to make me feel better.

Hope everyone has a nice day!


The giant squid - Dec 11, 2005 2:10 pm (#2300 of 2980)

Squid Mike, may I ask you for an advice? I've been re-reading Timothy Zahn's "Survivor's quest" lately (I love that book!) but I've never ventured to read any of the New Jedi Order series' books so far. I've seen that the guy who wrote the first one, "Vector Prime", was the one who also wrote the "Attack of the Clones" novel, which didn't really mark me when I read it, so I was wondering how good "Vector prime" could be. Have you read it, or any other New Jedi Order books by any chance?—Elanor

I did read Vector Prime and some of the other New Jedi Order books. VP was okay, but the quality went down from there, in my opinion. Part of it was that I had trouble getting into the whole overaching storyline--it doesn't have the "Star Wars" feel to me. That, and the multiple authors in a specific setting end up leaving holes that kept pulling me out of the story. You may find it differently, but hey, you asked.

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Tazzygirl - Dec 11, 2005 3:10 pm (#2301 of 2980)

I have never even heard of Turkish Delight, and for some reason, it doesn't sound appetizing...

Thanks Finn for the luck! I think I will need it as my final is based on 200 terms of psychology...

I was planning on doing my Christmas Shopping today, but- sigh- they do this stupid Ironman Competition every six months or so, and my street just happens to be one of those that is blocked from driving. Which means I am stuck in my apartment all day looooooooong.

Ironman for those of you who don't know, is a competition they do at the Olympics- participants swim, run, and then ride a bike all in one race. They start at the edge of Waikiki, and then race to a neighboring town, Hawaii Kai, and back again. It also starts at about 4 am and runs until about 5 pm or so. The participants also come from all over the world to do this race.


Catherine  - Dec 11, 2005 3:15 pm (#2302 of 2980)

It's been a weekend of movies. We saw GoF again and went to see Narnia yesterday afternoon. Whew. Two of my favorite book series made into film showing at the same time--talk about holiday excess! That's even without the Turkish Delight, which is decidedly NOT on my list to Santa this year.

I'm hoping that my sister and brother-in-law get me the same birthday gift as last year. They bought these amazing hand-made chocolates that were truly the most delicious things I've ever tasted. Those chocolates are what I imagine as "Turkish Delight."

I think I enjoyed watching Narnia more so than the rest of our family. Eponine, I totally agree with you about Mr. Tumnus--he was perfect. I think that Tilda Swinton has become the White Witch for me, just as the actor who plays Stan Shunpike in PoA is Stan Shunpike in my mind whenever I reread the HP series. Mr. Catherine and the girls were a little restless during the second half of the film; I think it ran about 20 minutes too long.

Only five more days of school until the start of break. I have a lot to do before the kids are home all day and my babysitter goes home for her holidays. We are preparing for a trip to NYC, and there is much to do, as we are celebrating Christmas with both sets of grandparents early.

Early! EEK! What's a die-hard procastinator to do?


Finn BV - Dec 11, 2005 3:21 pm (#2303 of 2980)

Catherine, having lived just outside of NYC for all of my life, I assure you that you will, believe it or not, find a store or two in Manhattan.  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 1003735042


Catherine  - Dec 11, 2005 3:25 pm (#2304 of 2980)

I assure you that you will, believe it or not, find a store or two in Manhattan. –Finn

I can't wait, she said gleefully....


T Brightwater - Dec 11, 2005 3:52 pm (#2305 of 2980)

Commercial Turkish Delight doesn't do anything for me, but I tried making some from a recipe in The Joy of Cooking and liked it a lot. Maybe too much. My roommate was always quoting "That disgusting sweetmeat on which you have been gorging yourself, in a manner, I may say, entirely unsuited to your age and position..." at me.

The closest thing I've ever had to my homemade Turkish Delight is a fruit candy called Applets and Cotlets; fortunately for my waistline it's not easily available in this area. (DO NOT give me a website address where I can order it; I mean it!)


Diagon Nilly - Dec 11, 2005 5:40 pm (#2306 of 2980)

Brightwater, my mom had The Joy of Cooking when I was growing up... you just brought back a flood of memories - though of things like turkey loaf and stuffed cabbage...blech!

I'd give my right arm for some Godiva amaretto truffles right now.

And I LOVE Tilda Swinton! "Constantine" was an alright movie, but she was a great Gabriel. Cool outfit too. All rave-like.

Speaking of Rave like - if anyone is around a newsstand, read Toyfare's "Twisted Toyfare Theater" Rave Troll comic. Priceless.


Tazzygirl - Dec 11, 2005 9:35 pm (#2307 of 2980)

I managed to talk the police officers into letting me drive at about three pm today! So I managed to get my Christmas prezzies. It was actually really nice- for being a Sunday, there wasn't a lot of people in the stores. Maybe they were all at the Ironman Competition...

Here is a depressing news flash in my world- I went to renew my car registration a couple of days ago, and the people at the Department for Motor Vehicles won't renew it until I pay an outstanding ticket. As I have never gotten a ticket (parking or speeding) in my life, it was kind of a shock. Turns out the person that I had bought the car from (almost a year ago) had gotten a ticket while owning the car and never paid it. The state of Hawaii then passed a law several months ago stating that if you buy a car with outstanding tickets, you would then be responsible for paying. So, now on top of registration, I get to pay for a ticket that I wasn't even around for. I don't even know how much or what it was for- I just recieved a notice in the mail yesterday. Happy Holidays to me...  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 3276373137


kaykay1970 - Dec 11, 2005 11:05 pm (#2308 of 2980)

My niece came home from the hospital Saturday and is doing very well. Thanks again for all your prayers.

Last year we made mouse-trap cookies at Christmas. These were not like the ones Denise described. We dipped cherries into melted chocolate and placed each on it's own graham cracker (mousetrap). The cherry stem served as a tail for the mouse and we used small candy for the eyes.


Tazzygirl - Dec 11, 2005 11:13 pm (#2309 of 2980)

Kaykay- are these mousetrap cookies supposed to look like the mouse was 'caught'? The mental picture I got from the description is not a pretty one! Especially if they are marashino cherries... Although that is pretty creative!

Hope everyone has a good week!

off to watch Narnia now...


Elanor - Dec 11, 2005 11:16 pm (#2310 of 2980)

Mike: "I did read Vector Prime and some of the other New Jedi Order books. VP was okay, but the quality went down from there, in my opinion. Part of it was that I had trouble getting into the whole overaching storyline--it doesn't have the "Star Wars" feel to me. That, and the multiple authors in a specific setting end up leaving holes that kept pulling me out of the story. You may find it differently, but hey, you asked.

Thanks Mike! It was what I was afraid of when I read the titles of those books. Zahn's "Survivor's quest" is, IMO, so good, imaginative (loved the so-called "Geroons" and the Chiss political problems), with the right SW feel that it made me feel like reading what happens afterwards, but if it has not the right "feel", I should really avoid it! Maybe I'll have a look at "Vector prime" eventually but I'd better start and read the rest of the X-Wing series instead of the New Jedi Order then. Thanks again, it really helped!

Turkish Delight: I've eaten some when I visited Turkey and one word comes to me from the memories I have of them: sticky.

OK, it is 7.15 Monday morning here, I should start to move if I want to be in my car in 15 minutes, or at least start to de-ice the windscreen since I see from here that there is a lot of frost on it. The last week before the holidays, yeah!!!!!!!

Good night or good morning, have a great Monday everybody!


Diagon Nilly - Dec 12, 2005 12:04 am (#2311 of 2980)

Tazzy, that's total bull. Can you take the former owner to small claims court for the money?


The giant squid - Dec 12, 2005 2:00 am (#2312 of 2980)

That was my thought as well, Tazzy...is the previous owner still around? While legally the responsibility may now be yours, ethically they should have at least disclosed that information to you. It's...is there a word that fits between "rude" and "illegal"?

Glad I could help, Audrey. I will say, though, that I only read the first 4 novels that came out after Vector Prime. Since there have been another couple dozen or so since then they quality may have improved... I do need to track down Zahn's new stuff, though. Him, I like.

I've never had Turkish Delight, and after all this I doubt I ever will.



Loopy Lupin - Dec 12, 2005 6:51 am (#2313 of 2980)

I saw "Syriana" over the weekend. It was pretty good. My only advice to anyone would be not to bother trying to follow the plot, just watch the movie. You sort of need a spreadsheet to keep up with what's what and who's who. ***waves to Catherine***


CatherineHermiona - Dec 12, 2005 7:59 am (#2314 of 2980)

Ah, you are all talking about only one more week of school. We have two more weeks of school. In other words, until 23rd December, only day before Christmas Eve. But I also assume you are going back to school at 3rd or 10th January, during we are home until 16th January.

It is, anyway, almost the end of first semester (not exactly semester, I just don't know how to say it). So we are having a lot of exams and face to face questioning (I don't know how to say that either). In History I have only 3 grades and I have to have 6 by the end of semester. Today I get 5 grades in total. A and B in History, A in Art, B in Technical Education and A in English (BTW, 40/40 (the only one)).

That would be it in school. Oh, yes, one more thing. We are doing some project in English. Me and Martina get the task about Detective of the year award lesson. She, of course, is playing Sweet Sue and I have to play Smart Alec. But it's easier, I have less to talk about.

Uh, I'm finally home. OK, I already had lunch and went out to give something to my friend, but since now I have free afternoon.



azi - Dec 12, 2005 10:28 am (#2315 of 2980)

Wow, well done on your excellent grades Kate!

Tazzy, I don't think it's fair you should have to pay the ticket. It wasn't anything to do with you!

Last week, last week, last week! It's time to get excited and Christmassy...and have all-nighter work sessions!

Everyone have a lovely day!


Elanor - Dec 12, 2005 12:55 pm (#2316 of 2980)

Well done indeed Kate!

Tazzy, that is so unfair! Aren't there consumer/drivers associations in Hawaii who could help you?

Mike: "I do need to track down Zahn's new stuff, though. Him, I like."
Yes, there are definitely very few authors in the SW "universe" who can match him! If you haven't read "Survivor's quest", you really should, it really has the right SW "taste". As, for example, when Mara tells Luke their enemy (whose name I will not say so not to spoil the surprise for any of you who would want to read it) has incapacitated some ships, including theirs, and he answers:
Of course", Luke agreed, eyeing her face and wincing for ****'s chances if Mara ever caught up with him again. Messing with his wife's ship was not a healthy thing to do."
See what I mean? Admittedly, I only had to open the book, see the drawings of the Outbound Flight's dreadnaughts and the dedication of the book: "For Vader's Fist: The Fighting 501st" to already be on my way to another galaxy! I'm a hopeless case, I know, I know...

Azi: "Last week, last week, last week! It's time to get excited and Christmassy..."
Count me in!


Puck - Dec 12, 2005 1:05 pm (#2317 of 2980)

tazzy, if you bought your car BEFORE the law changed, then that's a loophole that you may be able to use to get out of paying the ticket.

Haymoni, you can make wonderful fudge using the recipe on the back of the "Marshmallo Fluff" container. You just have to have about half an hour to do nothing but stand at the stove and stir.

The kids had fun decorating the gingerbread house, though as predicted, more went into their mouths than on the house. I did forget to make the door and windows, so all the ginger people are trapped inside.

Kids here go to school until the 23rd and start back January 3rd. Only one week off for the holidays.

Mr. Puck's family comes to visit after the New Year, so at least I can put off some of my holiday shopping. (And the sale prices will be lower by then!)

Cheers, Kathy


haymoni - Dec 12, 2005 2:06 pm (#2318 of 2980)

Kathy - my mother-in-law gave up years ago trying to coordinate all the Christmas traditions amongst the in-laws. We celebrate Christmas at her house on New Year's Eve - everybody spends the night, so we don't have to worry about too much partying and driving - we get up on New Year's Day and have Christmas #2. I love it because, just as you said, the sale prices are FANTASTIC!

I have a friend who gives her teenagers gift cards on Christmas Day and then they shop the week AFTER Christmas to get the best deals.

I still haven't bought the Brach's stars yet. I'll probably go out tomorrow.

Tonight we have a dinner at church. My mother-in-law is coming with us. Is there a Patience Charm????


Lina - Dec 12, 2005 2:27 pm (#2319 of 2980)

I had the most interesting request today: - Mum, I want to eat Calcium. - Wow, did you learn that Calcium helps growing up at the daycare? - No, I saw it at the commercial. Now, who says that commercials can't be educational? There was another request for Daddy: - Don't be angry with me. Then I have to be disobedient and I don't like to be disobedient!

Tazzy, I like the Kathy's advice best. Go with it!

Kathy, I wouldn't worry about the gingerpeople, they will be freed once that you start eating the house.

Have a good week everybody!


Catherine  - Dec 12, 2005 3:05 pm (#2320 of 2980)

Is there a Patience Charm???? –Haymoni

Mums-in-law usually require more than mere charm(s). I find that, erm, certain potions can be quite helpful.

I think I need a Patience Charm meself. I find myself wanting to hex complete strangers for their manners infractions---such as adult men wearing their hats inside the school auditorium during the Winter Concert, for example. Or that horrid woman who kept up a running dialogue during Pride and Prejudice. Or that college-aged girl who ran into the back of my foot with the cart at Target today, taking my shoe off along with several layers of skin and who offered no apologies whatsoever.

I'm off to get some chocolate.


Lina - Dec 12, 2005 3:24 pm (#2321 of 2980)

Oh Catherine, I agree that a good wand and well practiced nonverbal spells would have been handy in all those situations you mentioned... But I'm sure chocolate will do.


Finn BV - Dec 12, 2005 3:29 pm (#2322 of 2980)

Good job on your grades, Kate! I got mine the other day, with B+ in History and Science, A- in English and Math, and A in Spanish and Latin, and I'm quite pleased with Science, considering, as you all know, how much I thought my teacher despised me! Yay!

Tazzy, how distressing. If Kathy's advice doesn't work, my suggestion would be to cry your heart out and say that if you have to pay this ticket, your poor, poor family won't get any Christmas presents this year, and you won't be able to eat, and… Well, let's just hope Kathy's works.


Loopy Lupin - Dec 12, 2005 3:46 pm (#2323 of 2980)

.... such as adult men wearing their hats inside the school auditorium during the Winter Concert, for example. Or that horrid woman who kept up a running dialogue during Pride and Prejudice. Or that college-aged girl who ran into the back of my foot with the cart at Target today, taking my shoe off along with several layers of skin and who offered no apologies whatsoever.—Catherine

Goodness Catherine. I'm sure that you had to go for the cold compress after your shopping excursion today. I've previously set forth my opinion about hats v. caps. Given your geographic location, I don't imagine that those "hats" at the Winter Concert were fedoras. I rather imagine a lot of black baseball caps with big number 3's. Either that or a sea of blaze orange since the Winter Concert no doubt interrupted lots of huntin' time. Although I've lobbied for a more lax attitude about caps (worn backwards or otherwise), I must say that even I would frown on caps for school functions.

Here's an idea to combat dialogue in the movie theaters. Join in on the conversation! For example, undoubtedly one might hear the following loud comment-- among others -- during a certain upcoming movie: "Didn't Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams get married after doing this movie together?" Rather, than be annoyed, PARTICIPATE! Turn around in your seat and say: "No, no. You're confused. Michelle Williams married Heath Ledger , the other cowboy." Then, don't turn back around. Continue to engage them in conversation! "Gee, that was a lot of previews to sit through, don't you think?" or "Don't you think this movie is going pretty well so far?" or "I hope this movie is a hit for this director; he really needs one after that terrible comic book movie!" What are they going to say? That you're being rude by intruding in their conversation?

As far as people hobbling others at the Target, I think that would give the hobblee perfect license to spout some mild profanity very loudly but at no one in particular. Something along the lines of "OWWWWW! My leg! My leg! I can't feel my freakin' leg!!"

Just because the holidays are such a stressfull time, it should not mean that we lose all sense of decorum.


boop - Dec 12, 2005 4:35 pm (#2324 of 2980)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHERINE ALLEN, hope you have a great day!!

hugs always



Tazzygirl - Dec 12, 2005 5:53 pm (#2325 of 2980)

Thanks guys for all the support! I called the DMV (Department for Motor Vehicles) this morning and found out that there are FIVE parking tickets that were accumulated within the three weeks prior to buying the car (which I bought in April). Which makes it a total of $225. The guy said I could just pay it, or go in tomorrow morning at 7:30 to Contest it in court. I chose to fight. I would call the guy who previously owned the car, but he moved to California (supposedly) a couple days after I bought the car. And considering he did not tell me he had the tickets on the car, I don't think he would help pay. Of course all this has to happen a week before I leave for vacation!!

Happy Birthday Catherine!


Stephanie M. - Dec 12, 2005 6:40 pm (#2326 of 2980)

Great job on your grades, Kate!

Same to you Finn!

Tazzy, I hope everything with the ticket goes in your favor. I like Finn's idea.... to cry your heart out and say that if you have to pay this ticket, your poor, poor family won't get any Christmas presents this year, and you won't be able to eat, and…

Happy Birthday Catherine!!

Well, I'm off to go finish my homework. I thought that today would be a really bad day, but it turned out really, really well. (I got my math test back and I didn't think I did well on it, but I guess I was wrong.)


Finn BV - Dec 12, 2005 6:46 pm (#2327 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Catherine! (Was it today or is is tomorrow?)

Tazzy, go and fight them! I've always wanted to do that in court because I imagine myself in a really high witness box and everybody looking at me funny and me yelling my heart out about how unfair stuff like that is. Yeah.


Diagon Nilly - Dec 12, 2005 7:04 pm (#2328 of 2980)

...or stuck in a little cage with pokers poking at you.


I Am Used Vlad - Dec 12, 2005 7:15 pm (#2329 of 2980)

Happy birthday, Catherine. Mine is next week. Is it just me, or have they been coming much too rapidly lately.

Loopy, I'm glad I am not the only one who feels I have the right to wear a cap when I'm inside a building. I found myself down your way a couple of months ago, and felt compelled to take it off when I entered an upscale eatery. Then I notice that a side salad would cost me ten dollars, and at that point decided to put it back on. With those prices, I'll throw decorum out the window.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 12, 2005 7:57 pm (#2330 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Catherine!


Denise P. - Dec 12, 2005 8:03 pm (#2331 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Catherine! You share this fantastic day with my very special Devin. He turned 10 today.


dizzy lizzy - Dec 12, 2005 8:10 pm (#2332 of 2980)

Back again!

I drove home this morning and then promptly mowed my back lawn. This is so that when I pick up the dogs from the vets shortly, they will not get lost in the long grass. So I'm nicely relaxed, exercised and feeling pretty tired. I think I'll leave the rest of the threads for tomorrow.

I went to Coffs Harbour for training as it was quite fun. I had a lovely Christmas lunch with all my other workmates (who, incidentally, live nowhere near me. The closest is 90 mins away and the furthest is 6-7 hrs drive away), so it was good to catch up with them and get to know them a bit better.

I saw GoF!!!! I absolutely loved it! There were 9 people in the theatre, so there were no problems with noisy kids etc. I will put my comments in the GoF thread tomorrow. It's amazing how my perceptions of the movie were influenced, by reviews and comments that I read prior to seeing it. But what was funny were the really interesting ideas and theories on the movie that popped into my head during the movie!!

I was so pleased to be able to sit back and relax and see the "whole picture" (for want of a better word) without getting all stressed out that I was missing something. I can't wait for the DVD.

Mills; it took me a while to work out your Cryptic statement Must be all the driving I've done today.

Happy Birthday Catherine!


EDIT! I spent so long typing my post that Denise posted. Happy Birthday Devin!


Eponine - Dec 12, 2005 8:23 pm (#2333 of 2980)

Happy Birthday, Catherine! May your ankle heal quickly. I'm wondering how you felt about Pride and Prejudice. I'm not sure if I want to see it or not. I've read a lot of mixed reactions from Austen-lovers, and I'd be interested to know what you thought of it.


Mrs. Sirius - Dec 12, 2005 9:10 pm (#2334 of 2980)

Happy Birthday to Devin and Catherine.

Today is my 25! anniversary with my husband. I cannot believe that we have been together for that long, (we've been married only 15. In my typical style I planned the perfect day, sitter, dinner and a movie. But yikes, I forgot to actually -call- the sitter! Oh well, we were able to spend time together as I worked from home and he was too had an early day.

Yesterday we saw Narnia. It was really good. I never cheer the bad guys but loved Tilda Swinton as the witch. She was just great.


Tazzygirl - Dec 12, 2005 9:30 pm (#2335 of 2980)

I loved Pride and Prejudice! But I have to say, nothing beats Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy! >sigh<

Narnia was also really good, I never read the books, so I can't compare. I think I will wait to see it again when it comes to video. By the way, are they planning on making the entire series into movies, like Harry Potter?

Finn, I hope you never have to go to court and yell for people to listen to you- it is definitely not the greatest feeling in the world! Especially when you are the one trying to win. If it starts to look like I am going to lose, then I will pull the 'cry my eyes out and say that my poor, poor family will have no Christmas presents this year' bit. Although I don't think that will work as my court date will most likely be set for next year. Tomorrow morning at the district court is to file the claim. yuck.

Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Sirius! May you have many more to come...

Happy Birthday Devon!


Ydnam96 - Dec 12, 2005 11:15 pm (#2336 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Devin and Catherine and happy Anniversary Mrs. Sirius!!

Yes, they are planning on 6 more movies. They are moving to Prince Caspian next. Smile Yay. If you haven't read the books, you should. Every library has them, they are easy reads, and they are fabulous.

Catherine I can't believe someone ran into you that hard and didn't say anything. How RUDE!

Tazzy Good luck! Please let us know how that goes. I live in California...if you want I'll track the guy down Wink

Off to bed. I have a feeling this is going to be a very long week.


Lina - Dec 12, 2005 11:54 pm (#2337 of 2980)

Catherine and Devin!

Happy anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Sirius!


Tazzygirl - Dec 13, 2005 12:32 am (#2338 of 2980)

Ydnam96- Tazzy Good luck! Please let us know how that goes. I live in California... if you want I'll track the guy down Wink

Thanks and I will definitely keep you all posted! Supposedly the guy moved to the San Francisco area... If I have to pay the $225 dollar fine, then I will definitely take you up on the offer! LOL .

By the way Lina- remember when we were talking about cats and if you feed them they will keep coming back, hense the two cats at your work? Well, the cat I told you I fed once a couple days ago came back tonight when I was taking out the trash and followed me around. I went to wash some dishes, heard a knocking sound on my door about 20 minutes later and the cat was still there, waiting, it looked like it was trying to figure out how to open the door. I think I made a mistake! heeheehee... I am not sure if I want it around or not.


The giant squid - Dec 13, 2005 3:23 am (#2339 of 2980)

It certainly seems suspicious that he sold the car & moved out of state so soon after racking up the tickets. Almost as though he planned it that way...

I must respectfully disagree with Loopy's review of Syriana...I found it slow, pedantic and confusing. The only high point was when Matt Damon's character went all angry & sarcastic. I still haven't seen Narinia, but by this time tomorrow I'll be knee-deep in monkey--our booking agent just added a sixth copy of King Kong to our line-up (that's six out of a total 10 screens). And I, of course, am the only one available to build all the prints up (at roughly an hour & a half per print). I expect to be very grumpy by 2AM tomorrow.



Pigwidgeon - Dec 13, 2005 3:49 am (#2340 of 2980)

TazzyGirl, good luck to you, and Happy Birthday (belated, sorry!) to Catherine and Devin!

Tazzy, I'd take it a step further and find out who your local, and even state representative is and send them a letter (written) explaining your situation. Frankly, I find the whole idea of the law smells, especially if you weren't notified by the car dealership about the outstanding tickets (although, as someone mentioned before, if you bought the car before the law went into effect, I smell loophole ). Someone wasn't thinking when this law was written.


Julie Aronson - Dec 13, 2005 4:07 am (#2341 of 2980)

Happy birthdays, happy anniversaries, and condolences to the Denise family about Cinnamon.

Well, back to studying for more finals!



Stephanie M. - Dec 13, 2005 5:19 am (#2342 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Devin and happy Anniversary Mrs. Sirius!!!!!


CatherineHermiona - Dec 13, 2005 5:54 am (#2343 of 2980)

Happy belated birthday to Catherine and Devin!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy anniversary, Mrs. Sirius!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulation on those grades, Finn! Are that all your subjects? Then you have 6 subjects and I have 13!

I wanted to thank whole forum because they helped me the most for having my As in English.

So, all grading is almost done! I'll have an A in English, P.E., Music, Geography, History, Religion, Physics, Maths (can't believe I almost forgot that one) for sure. B in Technical Education for sure. In Biology, Chemistry, Art and Croatian I'll have either A or B.



Loopy Lupin - Dec 13, 2005 6:28 am (#2344 of 2980)

I must respectfully disagree with Loopy's review of Syriana...I found it slow, pedantic and confusing...—Mike

I said don't try following the plot!!!!

Happy Birthday Catherine and Devin! Sorry to see that Piper has flown on to the Happy Hunting Ground Denise! And Happy Anniversary Mrs. Sirius!

Yes, Vlad, we must stick together if the rampant discrimination against baseball caps is ever to change!!!

And, I know that everyone is excited (especially Kim) that King Kong starts today!!!!!!!! w00t!


jose043 - Dec 13, 2005 6:33 am (#2345 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Cathrine & Devin, Happy Annivesary Mrs Sirius & Mr Serius


Marie E. - Dec 13, 2005 6:40 am (#2346 of 2980)

**picturing my brother knee deep in monkey**

The third graders at my girls school just got the results back from the gifted and talented tests they took. Three of Shayla's classmates were invited to join G&T classes next year. Shayla didn't understand why she didn't get a letter since her grades are all very good. I had to explain what they mean by "gifted" and that they use the test as a way of selecting participants. I didn't tell her that her grades from last year may have played a part in this. Her grades didn't improve until the third quarter when she started her ADD meds. I just hope next year her friends don't rub it in or anything.


Good Evans - Dec 13, 2005 7:15 am (#2347 of 2980)

Happy Birthday all those I missed and a lovely anniversary to Mrs Sirius.

Catherine - I cant get over how rude some people are and not only sympathise but empathise with your examples. Last night I dropped off ungrateful elder child, indicated and pulled in to the side of the road. Dispicable person in car behind who was driving too close and obviously thought I was indicating to turn in to a road rather than to pull up before it (and before the double yellows might I add) honked horn very loudly as he sped past.

I suggest he gets a copy of the highway code, I did nothing wrong!!!!!! Honestly people are rude, illmannered and rude again!! perhaps we should insist that everyone in the world be Harry Potter fans, we all seem to have polite and decent manners, even if we do let off steam from time to time!!

Tazzy, best of luck with the defence, do you have much hope? Unlike Finn who imagines himself fighting justice from the witness box, I have been to court many times and know only too well, that unless the law recognises that your defence is valid, you are wasting your time shouting the odds from the witness box. An example I can give is taxes. The fact that you think it unfair or unjust in the levy or the fact that you are a pensioner / disabled/ hardworking mother of 4 or whatever it may be - are simply not recognised by the court as a defence and you are doing little except wasting your time. It does not make you feel better, I have seen people more angry once told that the law does not allow for their situation and there is nothing that can be done... so.. frustration

Anyhow, I wish you luck, and will keep my fingers crossed for you, if this law is rigid and you can't get the tickets absolved as you did not incur them, it is a poor law and perhaps needs lobbying, however this will not take place in the court I am afraid.

have a nice day everyone


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 13, 2005 7:45 am (#2348 of 2980)

And, I know that everyone is excited (especially Kim) that King Kong starts today!!!!!!!! w00t!---Loopy Lupin

I'm sure it's just a matter of time before Kong starts battling some Orcs.

Besides, nothing can hold a candle to Mighty Joe Young. **:sigh**: I haven't seen that since they did away with Creature Double Feature on Saturday afternoons. But I'll never forget that bandaged finger.


Diagon Nilly - Dec 13, 2005 10:23 am (#2349 of 2980)

but by this time tomorrow I'll be knee-deep in monkey

Good one, Giant Squid! All I could think about what the Simpson's when Mr. Burns hires monkeys the write the greatest novel: "It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times? Stupid monkey!" Heehee.

Okay, question: What the heck is "Max the Magician"? It seems Harry Potter trolls on other boards seem to think that this Max character "rulz!!!1!1!"


haymoni - Dec 13, 2005 10:50 am (#2350 of 2980)

Marie - Ungrateful Son tested "gifted" in science. So when the "gifted" math kids went to their class, he was left behind. Fortunately, his 5th grade teacher could see that he was bored to tears with what she was doing in the regular class and she sent him along with the others.

Perhaps you might be able to speak with her teacher if you think she would benefit from the classes. You certainly don't want her going in there just because her friends go, but if she could truly benefit from the enrichment, it certainly doesn't hurt to ask.

Now that Ungrateful Son is in middle school, he has to be present during his parent/teacher conferences. Ha! Ha! Talk about squirming! He was sooo nervous.

I mentioned my concern to his math teacher that he would not be placed in the "gifted" math program, since that was not the subject in which he had tested "gifted". His teacher told me that he would give him some extra enrichment questions and oh, by the way...that's when I found out that my son had been tutoring other students in math during their study halls.

Did Ungrateful Son even remotely hint at the fact that his teacher thought he was doing well enough to tutor other students???? Of course not!! I pointed out to my CLEARLY Ungrateful Son that this was the kind of thing that I wanted to hear about when I ask him what he did at school.

Sheesh! 12-year-olds!!!
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Finn BV - Dec 13, 2005 2:39 pm (#2351 of 2980)

I expect to be very grumpy by 2AM tomorrow. –Mike

Hmm… at 2AM tomorrow I expect to be… asleep.

Unlike Finn who imagines himself fighting justice from the witness box –Julie

Yes, fighting an Umbridge-esque judge.

Well, Kate, most of your subjects (like Geography, History, and Religion) are all combine into one course here. In high school they start to branch out into their own courses more.

I have a chorus concert tonight at school! We'll see how that one goes! I think we sound really good this year!


Finn BV - Dec 13, 2005 3:39 pm (#2352 of 2980)

Whoops – I forgot – Happy Birthday Devin and Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Sirius (weird saying the Mrs. twice – but cool! ).


timrew - Dec 13, 2005 4:16 pm (#2353 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Catherine & Devin, Happy 25th, Mrs Sirius & Mr Sirius!

I'm glad to hear that Disney is planning to film all the Narnia books - even though I've not seen the first one yet. But I have read the reviews, and can't wait to see it.

Considering all the fuss about the first, as to whether it is overtly Christian or not (that was Jack Lewis's idea, btw), I fail to see how they can avoid the Christian links in the final one, "The Last Battle". I, personally, look forward to them all. And hang the "liberals" they offend!

Oh, and I just want to add.........I applaud free speech, and will defend anyone's right to say what they like. I deplore people who thrust their opinion on others, and expect them to go along with it!


Tazzygirl - Dec 13, 2005 4:45 pm (#2354 of 2980)

Just spent my entire morning at the district court. I had to post the 225 dollars for a bond, and when they reach a decision, I will either see a check in the mail or a note saying sorry no-can-do. I just did a written statement because I wouldn't be able to show up in court- I will be off island until January 9th. You know, you would think they would notify me that there were several tickets on the car when I went in to transfer the titles. I wouldn't be in this mess right now!

Squid Mike- yes it was very fishy when the guy took off several days later, but, it is a common thing in Hawaii- many people cannot afford to ship their cars to the mainland, so they end up selling them very quickly. I even thought I got a good deal- he sold me the car $1000 cheaper than what he was asking. I actually took a photo of him with the car, made him give his name and phone number just in case something goes wrong. What I realized later was that the number he had given me was his home number here in Hawaii, not a cell phone or anything else. Also, he told me the car was in perfect condition- so after I bought it, I took it to a mechanic and found out it had a massive oil leak (the previous owner said there was no leak, and as we were in a parking lot, I couldn't tell if there was one or not), the timing belt and water pump were bad, the control arms needed to be replaced and the list goes on and on and on... So overall, I think I was hugely taken advantage of!

Good Evans- It is also a common thing in Hawaii to not pay the parking tickets. That is why they passed the stupid law. There is such a huge demand for parking, that people tend to ignore all the signs. I think I have a pretty good chance of winning, because I have the date of when I bought the car, and that date is almost one of the main keys. I also bought the car before the new law was in effect, so I technically shouldn't count towards that law.

Word of advice to anyone thinking about buying a car from a private party- if you get the slightest feeling that something might be wrong with the person or the car, DON'T purchase the car! If you have the means, take a mechanic or someone who is experienced in cars so you can get a second opinion. I was in a rush to get a car and I missed all of the warning signs... So take your time!

Again, thanks for all the support everybody! Now I am off to find a happy place to forget all that has happened. (yeah right.) Reading Harry Potter sounds good right about now... Oh, wait. I have to study for the one and only final test I have tomorrow. :sigh: I can't wait for Monday to come! (That is the day I fly back to California for a much needed break...)


Pigwidgeon - Dec 13, 2005 7:27 pm (#2355 of 2980)

YEEEHHAAAAAAH! Just finished my final final for the semester! YAY! I think I aced it. So, if I did, I got an A or A- in this class (Library Management, and A- in Young Adult Lit and Materials, a B in FOundations and a *yuck* C in Organization. (Most of my friends would think that last grade was fitting, ha ha ha, considering my lack of organizaitonal skill). Not too bad, overall, for a first semester back after a 7+ year hiatus from school!


Ydnam96 - Dec 13, 2005 8:51 pm (#2356 of 2980)

I just read an article in About Campus (a scholarly journal about Higher Education) from 2000 that uses Hogwarts as a framework for Living and Learning communities. It was quite good. I was going to put a link but it's one of those journals you have to belong to read it so I thought that would be a bit unethical. But if you ever come across an About Campus from the winter of 2000 it's got a great article in it Smile


T Brightwater - Dec 13, 2005 8:59 pm (#2357 of 2980)

Belated birthday & anniversary wishes to Catherine, Devin, and Mrs. Sirius! Congratulations on the grades, Kate and Pigwidgeon! (I'd count myself lucky to get a C in Organization...)


Tazzygirl - Dec 13, 2005 9:45 pm (#2358 of 2980)

Congratulations on the grades Kate, Pigwidgeon and Finn (I think you posted them a little while ago, Finn, but I am too lazy right now to look)! To join in the grading- I will have an A in Technology for Children with Disabilities, A in Curriculum Implications for Multicultural Education, and hopefully a B in Educational Psychology (the class I have a test in tomorrow.) I'll be doing a YEHAW tomorrow afternoon...


Pigwidgeon - Dec 14, 2005 3:28 am (#2359 of 2980)

Hee hee, T. Brightwater! Actually, with my organization skills (or lack thereof) I have been told by at least one person (jokingly) that a C fits! At least one other person made a heroic effort not to make such a joke.


Good Evans - Dec 14, 2005 6:03 am (#2360 of 2980)

Kristina - you go girl!!!!!

I didnt want to put you off(my post read a bit negative - sorry!), I just wanted you to be sure of the law and whether you were wasting your time, it sounds like you might have a chance to overturn those horrid tickets, lets hope so.


The giant squid - Dec 14, 2005 6:58 am (#2361 of 2980)

It is now 5:55AM (After Monkey). I got home from work about 25 minutes ago, having arrived there shortly after 2PM yesterday. All this fuss about an oversized gorilla... Actually, the movie was pretty good, though it's kind of slow to get going. He probably could've cut it down to 2 1/2 hours if he had to, but it works as is.

On that note, I'm going to find something to bludgeon myself to sleep with...I seem to have reached that point where I'm so tired I can't go to sleep.

Oh, and a horribly belated birthday/anniversary wish to those who qualify. I apologize for forgetting earlier--it's all Kong's fault.


((hugs boop))

EDIT: Hi, Sis!!


Marie E. - Dec 14, 2005 7:01 am (#2362 of 2980)

I had a very crazy day yesterday. It began when I was dropping Shayla off for choir practice at 7:15am and accidently locked my keys in the car while it was running. I don't have a spare set so I had to call Mr E, who was at work. He works about 30 minutes away and couldn't get off work until 8:30. I was also parked in the "kiss and go" lane, which is supposed to be used for slowing down and shoving your child out, not parking. I was standing by the car trying to figure out what to do when the principal came up and said, "Who's parked in the Kiss and Go Lane?" She's says that's what I get for parking there, sort of joking but I think sort of not-joking. I had left Lexie at home because I was only supposed to gone a few minutes. By the time I got back home she was hysterical. She thought I had forgotten her (as if!) and she was getting ready to walk to school by herself and tell them at the office that I had left her alone. Can you imagine that fiasco?

There was more craziness at work as I found out that something happened last Friday and my boss will no longer be with us. Our regional director spent most of the day at our center helping out and so did our former assistant director. Apparently there's a rule that there has to be someone who is director qualified in the building 60% of the day and they want me to find out if I'm qualified so I can fill that need. Not that I want to director of the center. I much prefer teaching to running a business.

Lastly I had to rush from work over to Shayla's school for her choir concert. It turns out it was a band/orchestra/choir concert and it lasted from 6:30 to 8:00pm. I hadn't had anything to eat since 1:00 and was ready to keel over by the end. Of course choir was last so we couldn't skip out early.

Here's hoping today is very uneventful!


Loopy Lupin - Dec 14, 2005 10:35 am (#2363 of 2980)

Good to hear your favorable review Mike. I didn't make it to a midnight showing since I remembered how miserable I was the next day after seeing GOF at midnight. I will be sitting in a seat around 7:00 p.m. tonight though. Shall I save you a seat Kim?


haymoni - Dec 14, 2005 11:04 am (#2364 of 2980)

Kiss and Go Lane - too cute!

Daughter had her kindergarten Christmas show this morning. Yippee!! No more songs around the house!!! "I am a lit-tle Chrissss-masss tree - glit-ter-ing, glit-ter-ing merr-i-leeee...a star at my head and gifts at my feet...on all of my branches...candy canes and sweets." Whoo Hoo! They were really cute, but I was ready to kill her.

Mike - you made me laugh. "After Monkey" I really like Jack Black. I picture him in this movie similar to his "School of Rock" role when he is in the trance, describing the nuances of his "The Legend of the Rent" song. "...and then the smoke comes up...Roadies! Dry Ice! We'll talk about that later..."

My 1:00 appointment just cancelled! I can get back to the stack on my desk! I may leave on time today!


Catherine  - Dec 14, 2005 11:13 am (#2365 of 2980)

Shall I save you a seat Kim? --Loopy Lupin

** snort **

You may have to pass Kim a cold compress before she can sit through that one.

Thanks to all for the birthday wishes, and happy belated birthday to Mr. Devin.

I did enjoy Pride and Prejudice as a film, Eponine. I could pick some nits over a few things, but it was a good time. Mr. Collins, the toadying cousin, was quite good, but I thought Donald Southerland was too "doddering" in this version, and his chiclet-white teeth were quite a distraction to the character he portrayed. Bingley's character also seemed sillier and more bumbling than how I read him in the novel, and I also didn't really feel any "heat" between Elizabeth and Darcy until much later in the film. Perhaps I just like Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy too well to accept any subsitutes.

During Narnia I did see the trailer for the new Pirate movie with Johnny Depp. Ahhh...pirates....


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 14, 2005 11:49 am (#2366 of 2980)

Shall I save you a seat Kim? --Loopy Lupin

Living, as I do, so close to Boston, I can see pretty much any movie I want. If I lived in a more, how shall I say, southerly clime, I might be more limited in my choices. **waves to Loopy** Happily, that's not the case.

That whole "Kiss and Go Lane" is adorable. Can I steal that?

Loopy your conversation stoppers for the movies were brilliant. Of course, now I'll be on my guard in case someone uses them against me.

Oh and a general word of warning. CVS has a singing, light-up angel. Buy it at your own peril. I've been listening to "Silent Night" for 48 hours straight now. How long before a 6-year-old gets sick of a Christmas song?

OMG, there it goes again.


Tazzygirl - Dec 14, 2005 1:00 pm (#2367 of 2980)

Lupin is Lupin- I remember for Christmas one year my siblings and I recieved a little plastic merry go round that put out a high pitch version of a Christmas song when you push a button. Since there were three of us, I think the song was played every day, several times, a week. We now have a common law not to push the button, because it got really annoying by the fifth time through. So I know how you feel!

I think I will wait to see King Kong with my parents, my dad is a huge fan of the 1933 version, so I think it would be a fun family thing to do. Incidentally, I am actually watching the old version as I type! Love the visual effects...soooooo realistic!

Hope everyone has a good day/ night!


T Brightwater - Dec 14, 2005 1:02 pm (#2368 of 2980)

How long before a 6-year-old gets sick of a Christmas song?

Don't hold your breath. A harpist friend of mine was stuck doing a mall gig at Christmastime, and her comment was "How many times can a person play "Frosty the Snowman" before they throw up?"

Another harpist told me that her way of dealing with that issue was "That song is still under copyright; I'd have to get permission and pay royalties if I played that." Unfortunately, that doesn't work for "Silent Night"...


Loopy Lupin - Dec 14, 2005 2:49 pm (#2369 of 2980)

If I lived in a more, how shall I say, southerly clime, I might be more limited in my choices. **:waves to Loopy**: Happily, that's not the case. –Kim

Well, even living next to the bustling metropolis that is Boston, I'd imagine that there are some movies, every once in a while, that no amount of back breaking effort would accomplish you seeing them until they decide to trot on into Beantown. You'd think, living next to DC, I wouldn't have that problem. Alas, sometimes Muhammed has to wait for the mountain.


VeronikaG - Dec 14, 2005 3:05 pm (#2370 of 2980)

*Just read posts for the past 4 days*

Belated Happy Birthday to Catherine and Devin.

Congratz on good grades to Finn and Tazzy.

Belated Happy Anniversary to Mrs. Sirius.


Finn BV - Dec 14, 2005 7:27 pm (#2371 of 2980)

Mike, the moment has come. I've been waiting for you to post at a time where I am awake… and have completed the sleep cycle you have yet to do. You and my history teacher, who's 25 years old and is doing grad school amidst teaching us – she claimed she did a take-home final this morning from 1:30-3:30. I'm so not a midnight oil burner. At least she gets 2 weeks to catch some red-eye. Gosh!!!

Have a great evening everyone! Two more days until break!! Yeahh!!

Edit: This is really random, but I just found out there is actually such a thing as the Order of the Phoenix: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Phoenix_%28Greek_medal%29


Julie Aronson - Dec 14, 2005 11:35 pm (#2372 of 2980)

Boy, Finn! It's just amazing what you can find on Wikipedia. Sometimes it's even more informative than the web pages of the search topics.



Tazzygirl - Dec 15, 2005 3:15 am (#2373 of 2980)

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYY!!!! I am through with all my classes for this semester! I am not sure how I did on the final today- it was the hardest multiple choice test I have ever taken in my life. But I did get A's for my personal philosophy in teaching and the project I had been up until 3 in the morning working on (which I posted about in last week’s discussions...). Now I can sit back and take in the realization that I get to go on vacation in four days!


azi - Dec 15, 2005 3:49 am (#2374 of 2980)

Wooo, go Tazzy! Have great relaxation time!

I *finally* finished my work, writing up all 3 projects in a space of twelve hours! However, there is no let up in my 'busyness' - I still have lessons and have been persuaded by my college friends to travel to my home town for the college reunion tonight, before which I will have around 1 1/2 hours do all my Christmas Shopping. After the reunion, I'll be coming back to uni and starting packing ready for my mum to take me home the next day after my last lecture and the handing in of aforementioned work (they don't like you handing things in early for some reason...). *sigh*

Congrats, Happy Birthdays and Anniversarys to those who require them. I did read all the posts, my brain has just temporarily switched off! Or at least switched off to anything that doesn't involve the environment.

Have a great day everybody!


Loopy Lupin - Dec 15, 2005 9:13 am (#2375 of 2980)

King Kong rocked!!!!!

That being said, I did have a question for mike the squid which I'll put in white. Don't look everyone as it is a possible spoiler:

(originally in white ~Ok, I liked the movie, but was it just me or did the brontosaur chase seem incredibly, incredibly fake? Perhaps I'm becoming immune to CGI, but for a minute I thought I was watching Land of the Lost.)


Diagon Nilly - Dec 15, 2005 11:51 am (#2376 of 2980)

WTG, Tazzy! What's your major?

Okay, I think I want to go to a movie tonight with the hubby. What should I see, Narnia or King Kong?

...has anyone seen Memoirs of a Geisha yet? It's in limited release, so I'm unable to see it yet.

Loopy, this is for you: http://www.simpsonsmpg.net/images/s04e05b.jpg


Tazzygirl - Dec 15, 2005 12:51 pm (#2377 of 2980)

I am pretty excited, if I say so myself! Diagon Nilly- I am majoring in Special Education. I cannot wait to graduate and get my own classroom! (Only two more years to go...) I loved Narnia- so I would say go see Narnia. Haven't seen King Kong yet...

Good for you, Azi! Doesn't it feel like a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders?

Hope everyone has a good day/night!


Loopy Lupin - Dec 15, 2005 1:51 pm (#2378 of 2980)

Thanks Nilly! How could I have forgotten Homer Kong?


azi - Dec 15, 2005 4:25 pm (#2379 of 2980)

Tazzy - a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders! I can breathe once more!

Reunion went well, apart from it taking an hour to get to the train station from uni (a grand distance of less than 2 and a half miles!!!). The bus didn't turn up for 20 minutes and then it took 40 mins to get there. I therefore missed my train (I had only allowed 45 mins for the bus, with a journey that should take 10 mins). Ah well...

Really need food.

I'd choose to see Narnia, purely because the thought of a giant ape scares me. Homer kong was very funny though!


Diagon Nilly - Dec 15, 2005 5:35 pm (#2380 of 2980)

Actually, I think I'm seeing King Kong - I forgot my hubby has a free ticket.

You're welcome, Loopy!

Azi, Why didn't you just apparate? :goofygrin:


I Am Used Vlad - Dec 15, 2005 6:19 pm (#2381 of 2980)

Loopy, I have not seen King Kong yet, but I read your question anyway. I think I heard somewhere that *it was meant to look fake as an homage to the original movie*


azi - Dec 16, 2005 2:43 am (#2382 of 2980)

Diagon Nilly - Ack, that was such an obvious solution I forgot all about it!

Have a lovely Friday everyone!


Loopy Lupin - Dec 16, 2005 12:13 pm (#2383 of 2980)

Interesting theory Vlad. That would explain it.


Catherine  - Dec 16, 2005 4:13 pm (#2384 of 2980)

Vlad, your theory sounds great.

As an English teacher, I can just see my students saying, "Oh, yeah, I meant for it to look like that!"

That reminds me of an truly horrible moment earlier this week. I was subbing for the physics teacher (Kepler's third law--don't EVEN ask), and was spending the planning period in the teacher's lounge.

The first-grade moms had a get-together that morning, and there was a lot of leftover food. I happened to notice, while chatting with my friends, that there was a particular bag of cookies left untouched. When I investigated, I realized that the cookies were charred to a crisp on the bottom, and looked unappetizing.

I showed my friends the bag and said, "Gee, I wonder why these are still here?" Several people abused these cookies, noting that they would never bring such cookies to their friends. Many joking comments were made until finally the school counselor spoke up and said, "Um, those are mine. I made those."

Dead silence. Oops. Ouch. Eeek.

I should have thought, "What would Miss Manners do?" before I opened my mouth.  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 3906177977

I hope Santa doesn't bring put switches or coal in my stocking for this.


TomProffitt - Dec 16, 2005 5:42 pm (#2385 of 2980)

Catherine, one of the reasons I stay rather quiet and subdued in large groups of people is that I excel in the kind of faux pas you had there. I guess it's never too late to apologize.

Good to be back. Three days, no Internet. I love my ISP.


Puck - Dec 16, 2005 6:39 pm (#2386 of 2980)

Hey all! It's getting crazy, trying to find time to shop, wrap presents, etc.., and still not let my house get to the point of being questionable by board of health standards.

Marie, I worked at a center before I started my Mom gig, and we also had to have someone "director qualified" there all the time. You don't actually have to leave the kids to sit in the office, it's just so there is someone who can answer questions and/or take charge if a crisis arises. I agree, I'd rather in in the classroom. Teachers take care of kids, but the director has to take care of the parents!

Many well wishes and congratulations all around.

Some bulb on our tv broke. Now Mr. Puck is ordering a replacement, but it'll take several days. We are a one tv household, and it will be a lovely experiment to go without for a few days. Just hope the weather clears. (School was cancelled again today due to icy weather.) The natives will be restless without Saturday cartoons!

I should go make a batch of fudge. I want to bring some to teachers, neighbors, etc... But, perhaps I'll go to bed early and do it in the morning. Staying up late to do chores once Natalie is in bed is starting to catch up to me.




Diagon Nilly - Dec 16, 2005 8:42 pm (#2387 of 2980)

Whoops, Catherine. I'm with Tom - I've tasted my foot enough times that I tend to be quiet in mixed company.

Speaking of eating feet, my little MySpace Fanfic experiment Snape character got a death threat today. And not some other character player giving him Snapish guff, I mean an actual, real, live death threat from some very weird, angry non-HP-fan who threatened to do my personhood egregious harm.

The funny thing is, he called me a "dirty old man", not knowing I'm a young(ish), married, female. HA!

**:laughs**: I guess I'm doing a good job of writing for him if random people want to see him dead.


azi - Dec 17, 2005 7:03 am (#2388 of 2980)

Eeek, Diagon Nilly! I hate people who make death threats to you over the net - they're very scary!

TomProffitt - I can also not survive without my Internet! Terrible, terrible times when it's not around!

Went to a friend's birthday party last night - it was brilliant! Some great pictures were taken, mostly of me smiling manically for some reason. It's great to be home with my friends! Am now extremely hyper!

Have an amazing day everyone!


Elanor - Dec 17, 2005 9:06 am (#2389 of 2980)

The holidays have just started for me here as well! It has been such a tiring week at school that, this morning, it took me some time to truly realise I was in holidays!

To celebrate that, I've just finished decorating my Christmas tree. And guess what? It is just starting to snow! I love Christmas!

I wish a wonderful birthday to everyone I would have missed those last days and send you all cheering charms, hoping you're having a great time preparing Christmas!

Audrey **singing "let it snow, let it snow, let is snow"**


Ydnam96 - Dec 17, 2005 9:23 am (#2390 of 2980)

Audrey, I'm jealous of your snow. Smile

This week was also exhausting for me. Yesterday was a super long day, over 12 hours straight. In fact it's a good thing that in general I like my job or I might have quit last night. Bleh.

I still have to work through Thursday then I have till the third off. Only I've become the person who takes everyone to the airport. So far I'm taking 4 people either to or from or both to the airport in a ten day span. Bummer about gas being so expensive. I'm hoping they will be generous to me and pay for gas or something.

Well...I'm off to go do some more work. It's checkout weekend here at the University and I have to go check people out of their dorm rooms.


Marie E. - Dec 17, 2005 10:27 am (#2391 of 2980)

We have snow right now, too. It's the light, fluffy type that I don't mind at all. It's the traffic-stopping heavy stuff that I don't like. I feel very guilty right now as I haven't mailed out a single holiday card or gift (yeah, sorry about that, squidboy ). They're all going out today, I promise! I swear that time just snuck up on me. Maybe it's a sign I'm getting older. Or maybe I'm just a busy person.

All I have to do today is a Brownies meeting for Shayla's troop at noon and maybe a few last minute gifts. I'm looking forward to curling up on the couch and watching tv tonight. Our high temp for today is not even supposed to hit 20 F. Brrrrr!


Julie Aronson - Dec 17, 2005 11:28 am (#2392 of 2980)

I just thought I'd share the moment...

I finished my final final of my first semester in law school (Civil Procedure, if anyone cares) and the very first question had a Harry Potter reference, discussing the propriety of serving Lavender and Cormac MacLaggen with a lawsuit while they were on vacation, blah, blah, blah. Actually, I think it distracted me to the point that I stopped paying attention to the question. I guess I'll find out when my grades are posted!

I'm actually dizzy with freedom right now!!



Diagon Nilly - Dec 17, 2005 11:55 am (#2393 of 2980) Reply
Edited by Dec 17, 2005 10:56 am

Julie, that's a sign of good luck! Plus, it means your professor is a super-cool fan if he/she references characters from the latest book. I'm sending you good-luck vibes to you through the string theory connections the binds all of us Harry fans together. Keep us updated.

My Cognition professor was like that too. He'd give us memory and perception tests in class, and while trying to remember lists of words and numbers he'd discuss Harry Potter to distract us. It was very hard not to get derailed.

And I'm very jealous of everyone who's getting snow. I love snow! - big snow, sissy snow, snow that falls on rocks... Very Happy

Yes, I blocked the death threatener. Hopefully that's the last I'll hear from him. I mean, what can he do? Upload a bullet with my name on it? Not even MY name? The guy thinks I'm a 45-year-old retiree from Northern England.

The guy gave me THREE DAYS to apologize to him for whatever it was Snape said that set him off. What happens in three days? Will the creepy dead girl climb out of my TV and kill me? Oh, now I'm freaking myself out. *laughing*.


Julie Aronson - Dec 17, 2005 2:24 pm (#2394 of 2980)

Thanks, Diagon!!!! I think I need any good luck vibes I can get! When I started this thing, I decided I would try for top o'the class. Now I'm just hoping for nothing lower than a C and for someone else to be the bottom when the rankings come out! I figure if I set my expectations low enough I won't be as disappointed.

We have some snow on the ground here--it's pretty.

Stories like yours about the threatening wing-nut really DO make me appreciate the efforts of our moderators...



Puck - Dec 17, 2005 2:25 pm (#2395 of 2980)

Well, I managed to get my cards out, but had a bit of an oops. I always save the cards from the year before and use them as a guide of who to send them out to. Anyway, I accidently sent a friend the card she sent me last year, instead of the picture of my kids from this year. She called to laugh at me and ask for a real card. Looking through the mail I discovered that another friend from the same playgroup had sent me a blank instead of an actual card. Guess we're a flaky group! Embarassed

Diagon, why would someone take your Snape-ish character so seriously? "perhaps he should turn off the computer and visit reality!

Hope all you students enjoy your holiday breaks. My kids have school concerts and parties all week, so they should be either all worked up or exhausted come Christmas.

Time to check the threads...



Loopy Lupin - Dec 17, 2005 3:02 pm (#2396 of 2980)

I finished my final final of my first semester in law school (Civil Procedure, if anyone cares) and the very first question had a Harry Potter reference, discussing the propriety of serving Lavender and Cormac MacLaggen with a lawsuit while they were on vacation, blah, blah, blah.—Julie

Ahhh, lawschool exams. How I miss them! For what it is worth, Julie, in the real world, the only thing that matters is the statutes of the state in which you practice. In Virginia, for example, as long as you are serving someone within the boundaries of this state, it doesn't matter what they are doing at the time. If they are out of state at the moment, just post it on the door.


Tazzygirl - Dec 17, 2005 3:46 pm (#2397 of 2980)

Diagon Nilly- You can also send an email to Tom or whoever is in charge of that stuff. My sister recieved a bunch of emails from this one guy who broke all the rules and regulations of Myspace. I am part of Myspace, because it is one of the only ways I talk to my friends in California, but sometimes I feel like I want to close out my account though because there are people on there that really shouldn't be there. I'm really surprised Tom and the administrators haven't come down on people.

Although there will never be snow here, the temperature lately has been around 76 degrees Fahrenheit for the last couple weeks, and at night it was down to a whopping 68 degrees! I think I am going to freeze when I get back to California...

Hope everyone has a good weekend!


Diagon Nilly - Dec 17, 2005 6:18 pm (#2398 of 2980)

Thanks Julie, Puck and Tazzy! I read the FAQ, and it just suggests blocking bullies. So, that's what I did. If he harasses me again after my three-day limit (!?), I'll start playing dirty. Yeah though, it would be nice if the MySpace mods were as attentive as the mods here. Especially concerning netspeak and spam. That stuff drives me crazy and makes poor Snape foam at the mouth with rage. Smile

To answer your question, Puck. Crazy-guy was posting creepy comments on a 17-year-old's picture page. He's 29. She asked Snape what he thought of that guy 'cause he was freaking her out. Snape stated that the guy seemed like a great, dirty pedophile and she should just ignore him. Crazy-guy freaked and told Snape to keep his dirty-old-man nose out of other peoples' business. The letter (and Snape's response to it) is posted on his "Hall of Shame" blog. So, there you go.

Egads! I'm talking about Snape in the third person! MPD, here I come! Heh!

Julie, a word of comfort: Last year I was getting all depressed because I was having a hard time in one of my classes and was worried about my grade. My sister, who's an MD said to me, "you know what they called the person who finished last in med school? 'Doctor.' "

So worry not, future Julie Aronson, Esquire.

Tazzy, where are you that has such lovely weather?


Tazzygirl - Dec 17, 2005 7:21 pm (#2399 of 2980)

Diagon Nilly- Tazzy, where are you that has such lovely weather?

I live in Hawaii! The weather is wonderful, I just wish I didn't have to fly...


Ydnam96 - Dec 18, 2005 12:08 am (#2400 of 2980)

Diagon Nilly, my best friend is a doctor as well and she told me that on her first orientation day in Medical School they told all the students not to freak out about their grades because "C = MD" I laughed a lot...but then when you think about it I thought to myself, I would not want a "C" doctor. I want a doctor who got A's!

Diagon, what is your Snape's myspace name? I was trying to find it earlier and when I put in Severus Snape only three came up and none of them was yours.

Tazzy, you probably will freeze when you come back because California has been quite cold lately. It has been getting down to the 40s at night. I live in the foothills east and a tiny bit north of LA proper. The high tomorrow is only 64!
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Diagon Nilly - Dec 18, 2005 12:32 am (#2401 of 2980) Reply
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Edit: A link was removed from this post. Kip had done this already on December 10th and this is what he said then. Denise P.

Diagon Nilly has been active on the Lexicon Forum since near inception three plus years ago and I was somewhat reluctant to delete the link to "her" or "Snape's" web page; however I can not allow the link to stay being that our Hosts have no control over what could be posted there. This action on my part is keeping within the practices we have establised on links within post. I am sure you understand.

I have no objection to you posting the link as your home page in your profile. It is your decision and if you care to use that method, you can make the changes in the Change password or prefences, located on the right side of the teal-colored toolbar.

I have a new avatar up - an original creation making use of my Augurey Patronus theory.

...And it's sexy *blush*

I thought so, Tazzy? Do you usually live in CA?

Ydnam, whereabout? I moved here to Washington from Monrovia...


Ydnam96 - Dec 18, 2005 12:35 am (#2402 of 2980)

I'm in Azusa! Smile


Tazzygirl - Dec 18, 2005 12:50 am (#2403 of 2980)

Diagon Nilly- I did live in California for about 10 years, now just my parents live in California. I moved here to Hawaii two years ago to go to school.

Ydnam96- I am totally looking forward to the freezing! I love cold weather... (I am in the opposite climate, I originally wanted to move to Washington State.) I talked to my mom today and she said it was freezing. My parents live up near Ventura.


Soul Mate for Sirius - Dec 18, 2005 2:51 am (#2404 of 2980)

Hey everyone! So I just read through about 200 posts! You guys have been sooooo chatty recently!! So, I'll start with my responses to everything I missed!

Happy very belated birthday to Devin and Catherine and a belated happy anniversary to Mrs. Sirius!!

Congrats on the good grades to Finn, Kate, Tazzy, and anyone else I'm forgeting. (sorry, it's almost 5 am here and I just read 200 posts, my brain isn't really working right now!!)

I saw King Kong today. It was really good. I must admit, I've never seen the original 1933 version, but I think I'll have to rent it now to compare. I must say, I thought Naomi Watts was really good, and I'll admit, I cried at the end!

I haven't seen Narnia yet, because I promised my Grandmother I'd see it with her when I go out to New York to visit her at New Year's. She read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to me when I was younger, so she really wants to see it with me. Although, unfortunetly, I was too young when she read it to me, and I really don't remember the story at all!! I guess that just means I'll have to get myself a copy of it before New Year's and read it!!

So I have been so busy recently. I just started another new job at a Spanish restaurant near my house called Viva Barcelona. It's a really really fancy restaraunt and I have to wear a tux to work, but I love it and it's fairly good money (at least, it is for a broke college student!!). The only problem is that I'm working there full time and for those of you who have never worked in a restaraunt before, full time means 12-14 hour days with a 30-45 minute break! Needless to say, I've been too exhausted even for the Lex after work these days!!

My dad and my brother set up our Christmas trees the other day. (Yes, that was tree s!! We always have one in our family room and one upstairs in the loft! The only bummer is that we have fake Christmas trees, not live ones, and I miss the smell of pine trees! But, it is much less mess, as there are no pine needles to pick up!! We decorated them yesterday before I went to work. I always love decorating our trees! The one in our family room gets decorated with all my mom's fancy ornaments and is really pretty and classy, but the one upstairs gets decorated with all the ornaments from my childhood. That's my favorite tree! There are ornaments that my brother and I made when we were younger, as well as ornaments we've collected to commemorate special events in our family's history, like my and my brother's births and my parents' first Christmas together and such. So many good memories!!

I'm so excited, I get my cast off next week. My wrist healed much quicker then the doctor thought it would and he's taking the cast off earlier than expected! It will be so nice to be able to serve tables at work without having to ask the other servers to help me carry things!!

Speaking of doctors, I'm so glad to hear your neice is doing well Kaykay! I've been keeping her in my prayers!

Anyway, I need so sleep before I go back to work tomorrow, so that's all from me for now I guess! Have a great day or night everyone!!



Honour - Dec 18, 2005 4:05 am (#2405 of 2980)

Hey there everyone, it has been such fun to read your posts! I am always amazed when you all talk about the weather, snow especially. Here in New Zealand our Christmas is in our Summer, so its hot, hot, hot, hot, hot! So bar-b-ques are the go. Today is our Wedding anniversary, and Mr Honour's birthday tomorrow. Last day for school tomorrow for my children. Prize giving concert, my two little boys are reindeers, my daughter has a flute recital, and they can't wait to hit the beaches... so it will be "slip, slop, slap" and sand in everywhere. I won't be posting on this particular thread till after the New Year so, you all keep safe, have wonderful times with your loved ones, for those who are or have family who are sick sad or lonely, we will send out the most loving and blessed charms, Happy holidays everyone! :-) Honour and family ...


Puck - Dec 18, 2005 7:03 am (#2406 of 2980)

Happy Anniversary, Honour!

Jenn, good to hear from you! I was wondering where you were. THinkig of you the other day. THere was a song on the radio about missing a loved one overseas during the holidays.

Yes, 64 degrees. How cold.  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 1242194059

I've been sending my son to the school bus in air that is 7 degrees.

Baby is happy. Going to go play peek-a-boo.



Diagon Nilly - Dec 18, 2005 8:21 am (#2407 of 2980)

Azusa! *sob* How I miss Claim Jumper! Oh, and how I hate the stupid Santa Anita mall for putting in a super-massive bookstore AFTER I moved to Washington!

Tazzy, how are you liking Hawaii? I've heard from a few people that it's great at first but gets a little boring after a while. You should move to Washington! It's awesomly freezing here right now. I had my first skid on some black ice in about a decade! I saw my life flash before my eyes. It was so boring, I fell asleep at the wheel. Then it flashed before my eyes again in reverse-slow motion. It was like the movie "Momento", so I bought some popcorn and wrote an entry at IMDB about how poorly acted it was.

# nod nod* True story.


Ydnam96 - Dec 18, 2005 10:28 am (#2408 of 2980)

Haha, I've been here for about a year and a half and I have yet to go to Claim Jumper (it's a little expensive for me) and I have yet to go to the Santa Anita Mall either, I go to the one in Covina near the Barnes and Nobles or sometimes Ontario Mills. I have heard Claim Jumper is amazing though, especially their desserts. I'll have to head out there sometime.

Jenn, so glad to hear from you! Did you secretly drink some skelle-grow or something? Awesome about the cast coming off early. Can't imagine being a waitress with a cast. Well, I just can't imagine being a waitress. That, to me, is one of the hardest jobs ever. Or it would be for me. I'm an introvert so having to be a "people person" all day long would kill me. Plus that is a really long day... So how is Aaron? Did you ever get to do that Holiday Greeting thing for him?

Well I'm off to go back to bed. I'm still tired. It's a week till Christmas and Hanukah! Yay.


Chemyst - Dec 18, 2005 2:50 pm (#2409 of 2980)

I would not want a "C" doctor. I want a doctor who got A's! – Ydnam
I think I'd be happiest with one who got B+'s and then had several years of experience to round out the bumps. Some of the "A" types think they are perfect and don't listen to the patient very well.
I once walked out on a doctor who answered my question with, "Don't worry," (said in a “you-don't-need-to-know” tone) and "I'll take care of it." (said in a “your-choice-does-not-count” tone) Leaving was one of the best choices I ever made.

True story. - Diagon Nilly


Diagon Nilly - Dec 18, 2005 3:25 pm (#2410 of 2980)

Ydnam, Claim Jumper serves slices of chocolate cake the size of your head. No kidding either. Save up for your next choco-fix and bring a roll of paper towels - it's SO worth it.

Chemyst, you don't believe me and my believable story, you non-believer? *grin*


boop - Dec 18, 2005 5:26 pm (#2411 of 2980)

Brithday Greetings for Dec. 20th: I AM USED VLAD(Sam), and ZELMIA. I want to wish you both a great day.

**** Hugs Mike****

hugs always



Tazzygirl - Dec 18, 2005 6:24 pm (#2412 of 2980)

I am having a busy day... Cleaning and packing for my three week trip home!

Diagon Nilly- When you first get to Hawaii, it is wonderful. I was in the disbelief (thinking "I can't believe I am here!) and about six months after moving here I was ready to move off island. It is a little crowded and everything is super expensive. And I am sorry to say, but Hawaii is a little over-rated (IMO!!!). I am thinking when I am done with school here, I would move back to the mainland to teach somewhere. So far my list is Washington State, Oregon, or Alaska. Sounds like you had a fabulous adventure with black ice... (Glad to hear you are ok after the ordeal too! I personally would have freaked out and had missed the flash of life before my eyes. )

Happy Birthday I am used Vlad! Hope you have a great one!

Off to finish packing now...


Finn BV - Dec 18, 2005 6:57 pm (#2413 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Vlad and Zelmia!

Sorry I've been in and out guys! We had a party yesterday for family and we were busy all day!

I saw Narnia today and thought of you guys and that delicious Turkish Delight. It was excellent: the VFX were incredible (I must admit – I would vote for them over GoF ), the children were magnificent, and Tilda Swinton was stunning. (What sappy adjectives I just used.) The cinematography was also a masterpiece. (There I go again! )

I don't remember if I've told you guys already, but here goes: at my mom's firm there's a Christmas party, and the firm has a chorus which has been on and off for the past few years. There was a call-out for a director in October, and I accepted. I've only met with them once, and that was only 3 people since it was the day before Thanksgiving and everybody was off, but they've been getting together on their own and I hear they sound great. So tomorrow is the party and I'm in all day, and we have 2 hours of rehearsals! And I am in charge of it all! Exciting! Let you know how it goes…


Stephanie M. - Dec 18, 2005 7:07 pm (#2414 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Vlad and Zelmia!! I wish both of you many more happy years!

I have also been in and out. On Tuesday Wednesday night, my sister found out that she got in early to her first choice school, University of Pennsylvania, so we have been celebrating with various family members this weekend. Plus, I went holiday shopping for my cousins and I bought a new winter jacket (I've been wearing a lighter jacket because my winter jacket from last year was broken... the zipper was beyond repair).

Today I was going to buy a few books to read, but when I went to the bookstore, they didn't have any of the books I wanted.

Well, that's about it. I have to check up on all of the other threads now.


Puck - Dec 18, 2005 9:06 pm (#2415 of 2980)

Good luck, Finn!

Tazzy and others on the move this week, safe journey!

Congrats to Stephanie's sister, and Happy birthday's to Vlad and Zelmia.

I need to get to sleep. I've had many late nights trying to get stuff done once baby is in bed. She doesn't nap well, so I don't get much done during the day. She's fine when we're out, but once home wants to have my constant attention. (And since I know that someday she'll want little to do with me, I'm taking advantage )




The giant squid - Dec 19, 2005 2:42 am (#2416 of 2980)

Happy post-Anniversary to Honour, and Happy pre-Birthday to Zelmia & Vlad. Speaking of whom...

I did have a question for mike the squid [...]--Loopy Lupin

I hadn't heard Sam's explanation for it but I thought exactly the same thing you did. It looked to me like the CG guys were hurried & put the sequence together in about half an hour (as opposed to the months a sequence like that would usually take). Even if it were an homage it pulled me out of the movie, and that's unexcusable in any fantasy setting, be it Skull Island, Narnia or Hogwarts Castle. After that I spent the rest of the film looking for more "mistakes". There are a few, but I won't point them out to the rest of you & ruin your experience.



Good Evans - Dec 19, 2005 5:59 am (#2417 of 2980)

best of luck Finn! hope it goes well

happy birthday for yesterday to Vlad and Zelmia.

My poor little baby girl (aka the dog!!!) is at the Vet. We took her last week as her glands were up and the Vet said to give her anti B's over the weekend and bring her back this morning. Vet says they want to do tests to make sure they are treating her right. So my poor little baby is all on her own at the Vet and I feel wretched, how can we do this to the animals in our family, drop and go... We can pick her up about 4pm. I shall make super fuss of her tonight when she comes out of anaesthetic, not the nicest christmas present for her though!

Anyhow, on lighter matters, everything is wrapped and under the tree, freezer is stuffed with food, and only one pre christmas party left, have a lovely day everyone and remember the fastest way to spread christmas cheer is to sing loudly for all to hear.... or something like that!


Julie Aronson - Dec 19, 2005 6:26 am (#2418 of 2980)

Hey all!

One of my friends also had words of reassurance for me, "A students make professors, B students make judges, and C students make money."

An all of this is even before my grades come out!




Loopy Lupin - Dec 19, 2005 7:43 am (#2419 of 2980)

Even if it were an homage it pulled me out of the movie, and that's unexcusable in any fantasy setting,-- Mike

Indeed, it is. After that sequence, I found myself very conscious of instances that were being filmed in front of a green screen instead of on location. It was very annoying. All that being said, I must say that I had no qualms about Kong himself. He ruled!

Julie, I think I've heard that phrase before or something similar. I can tell also that one of the more common grumblings about judges who make bad decisions (i. e. decisions that are bad for your client) is that they "couldn't make it in private practice, so they had to become a judge." Similarly, I know a few attorneys who, quite seriously, have turned down suggestions of being nominated to the bench because they don't want "to take the pay cut."


Puck - Dec 19, 2005 8:03 am (#2420 of 2980)

Good Evans, hope you pup is on the mend.



azi - Dec 19, 2005 8:05 am (#2421 of 2980)

Happy birthday Vlad and Zelmia!

Finn - wow, you are one responsible tennager! I couldn't organise anything now, let alone when I was slightly younger!

It's always the people with lower grades who make the money. Intelligent people work at universities and get rubbish pay but stick with it because they love their job.

Good Evans - hope your dog gets better!

Mmmm, chocolate cake the size of my hand...delicious!

I got rid of my brace!!! Unfortunately I now have a retainer, which is worse because I can't eat with it in. I suppose it stops me snacking, but at the moment I don't want to eat at all because it hurts so much to take out! Also paranoid about breaking it because I saw how much it would cost for a replacement (you get the first one free on the NHS).

Have a lovely day everyone!


Loopy Lupin - Dec 19, 2005 9:09 am (#2422 of 2980)

OH, how could I forget!!! Happy Birthday Sam and Zelmia!!!


Ydnam96 - Dec 19, 2005 10:18 am (#2423 of 2980)

Happy Birthdays to those I missed! (Sam and Zelmina I believe)

When I finally do go to Claim Jumper I will let you all know how the cake is Maybe I'll take a picture. You know, you can buy it in the freezer section at the Stater Brothers (a grocery store here). But I would venture to guess that it is not the same.

Okay, well back to work.

Happy Monday.

edit: Oh, I forgot. I watched March of the Penguins yesterday. It was good, but soooo depressing It made me want to cry all the poor penguins that die. But the babies are adorable.

Just thought I'd share.


Elanor - Dec 19, 2005 1:26 pm (#2424 of 2980)

Happy birthday Zelmia and Vlad!

A great day to everyone else here too!


Diagon Nilly - Dec 19, 2005 1:30 pm (#2425 of 2980)

Let me know Ydnam. They also have an eclair the size of a football - no kidding.

King Kong did rock. I found myself fighting tears towards the end because he has the saddest CGI face I've ever seen. It even made me sadder than the dead baby penguins, and those were real. I NEED to straighten out my priorities.

Poor sad monkeeeeeee!

Tazzy, I remember the days of my retainer. Be careful not to chew on it, I bit clean through mine. I should've asked for a squeaky toy for Christmas that year. Dang nervous chewing habit. Psh.


The giant squid - Dec 19, 2005 2:02 pm (#2426 of 2980)

Yeah, the ape looked phenomenal...but then I would hope they spent the most time & effort on the title character! There were only a couple moments where I could tell Naomi was acting at nothing; the rest of the time it seemed like there really was a 25-foot-tall gorilla on set. But those dinosaurs...

Finn, you are the first 13 year old I've ever heard of wanting to lead a choir, much less being able to do so. Kudos to you for being willing to do your own thing and risk looking weird in front of the other kids your age. Or are you like Mitch in Real Genius: "Actually, I scare other kids." (Dr. Hathaway's response: "Good boy." )



Solitaire - Dec 19, 2005 2:27 pm (#2427 of 2980)

Boo-hoo! I see others have lost their pictures, as well. I hope things are sorted out soon. I just made a new Christmas avatar, and now I can't use it. Bummer!

To those on vacation ... enjoy your holidays! I know I plan on doing so. Good luck with the choir, Finn. I wish we had your talent in our school choir.

BTW ... Happy birthday Zelmia and Vlad! Here's hoping your families don't try to cheat you out of your birthday dues by giving you "combination presents," as continues to happen to some of my friends.



TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 19, 2005 2:41 pm (#2428 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Sam and Zelmia! Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and Happy Holidays to all the rest!


Loopy Lupin - Dec 19, 2005 2:46 pm (#2429 of 2980)

Yeah, the ape looked phenomenal...but then I would hope they spent the most time & effort on the title character! – Mike

Indeed, indeed. I read Ebert's review before seeing the movie and he made a big deal about Kong's eyes. He was right. There's a lot of expression and emotion being conveyed there.

There were only a couple moments where I could tell Naomi was acting at nothing; the rest of the time it seemed like there really was a 25-foot-tall gorilla on set.—Mike

I read that Serkis was actually in front of the other actors doing his Kong thing for them while they were saying their lines.


Lina - Dec 19, 2005 3:06 pm (#2430 of 2980)

Happy birthday Sam and Zelmia!

Congratulations to all the students for a successful ending of the term!

Cheering charms to everybody who need them!

Joyful, peaceful, lovely and enjoying holidays of any kind to everybody!

Let me just say that I don't envy anybody who has snow, I might envy only the members on the South part of the Globe right now.

Having full house of ill children and hoping that they will get well until Christmas...


kaykay1970 - Dec 19, 2005 3:24 pm (#2431 of 2980)

Today is my children's last day of school until January 4th. Hooray!! They have to go an hour tomorrow to exchange gifts. Hopefully, the 3rd grade math teacher won't send 100 pages of homework to do during break.


Springtime - Dec 19, 2005 6:25 pm (#2432 of 2980)

It's been a while since I've posted in the chat thread. But Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season no matter what you are celebrating this time of year. Very Happy

I have been very busy getting ready for the holidays and such but will try to pop in more often now that things have settled down some.


Ydnam96 - Dec 19, 2005 6:59 pm (#2433 of 2980)

Real Genius -  I love that movie. So fun.

Well, my premium membership ran out. No pictures Sad It's okay though. I have to admit. I have become a slacker when it comes to the forum. I got behind on the threads and once you fall behind it gets a little overwhelming to jump back in. I have definitely not been posting more than 10 times a day.

Maybe I'll start getting back into the threads over Christmas Break. We'll see


I Am Used Vlad - Dec 19, 2005 7:28 pm (#2434 of 2980)

Happy birthday, Zelmia.

Solitaire, I have been known to recieve "combination presents" at times. But thirty-four years ago I arrived home from the hospital on Christmas morning, quite possibly the worst gift ever. I deserve the combos.

Avatars seem to be dropping like flies.


boop - Dec 19, 2005 7:32 pm (#2435 of 2980)

HI Sam give him a birthday hug


Tazzygirl - Dec 19, 2005 8:39 pm (#2436 of 2980)

Lina- Hope all the kids get better soon! Did you find out what Mihaela was coming down with?

I am now in California- and it is sooooo cold! I thought I would be ok, that I wouldn't be that cold, but I am waaaaay wrong! I am currently in a long sleeve shirt, a sweatshirt, thick sweats, socks, and super warm slippers. And it is only about 70 degrees (last time I looked!) I think coming from constantly nice warm weather makes you feel the cold more. But I am loving it!! By the way- the plane trip over was actually pretty smooth- we arrived in Los Angeles an hour early.

Hope everyone has a good week! (and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!)


Ydnam96 - Dec 19, 2005 9:39 pm (#2437 of 2980)

It is cold here

So I want to get a Lego Hogwarts Castle...but they don't make them anymore...and they are expensive on Ebay. Anybody know where to get one cheaper?


Elanor - Dec 20, 2005 12:00 am (#2438 of 2980)

Tazzy, you would really freeze here then! It was - 7°C / 19°F last night and something like 3°C / 37 °F in the afternoon, the perfect weather for staying home, making Christmas decorations and reading a good book while drinking hot chocolate. I love that!

It snowed again on Sunday and last evening, not enough to really whiten the roofs but only to see those snowflakes fluttering about lazily put me in a great Christmas mood.

Vlad, I do sympathise about combination presents, or at least my Mom would do: her birthday is on January 2nd and she received only one present when she was a kid, the more because in the 1940s, when she was a kid, Christmas was seen as a religious feast only and kids received their presents on January 1rst, when they were brought by "Father January".

A very happy birthday to you and Zelmia again!

It is December 20th here already, maybe we'll have an update on Jo's site tonight, now that the Christmas decorations are back on her site: it will be the Winter Solstice night. Remember last year, on the same day, when the door opened to tell us her publisher will announce the release date of the HBP? We were so happy!

Have a great night/day everybody!


CatherineHermiona - Dec 20, 2005 1:34 am (#2439 of 2980)

Happy birthday, Vlad and Zelmia!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To me, holidays begun as well. I will only go to pick my student book(?) at Friday. I have a throat ache(?). It's nice to sit here and write, then read, then think,........ My friend says that they anyway do nothing at school. So, I missed nothing.

Happy Tuesday! Kate


The giant squid - Dec 20, 2005 3:28 am (#2440 of 2980)

Avatars seem to be dropping like flies.--I Am Used Vlad

Well, it's been a year since they instituted the premium membership, and Kip asked that those of us up for renewal hold off a bit (the whole post is in the "Changes in Progress" thread"). I'm not bothered too much, as like Mandy I haven't been coming close to that 10-post limit either.

Mandy, I can't help with the LEGO thing, but if you do find a Hogwarts Castle set cheap, see if they have the first Hagrid's Hut set too--it's the only one I'm missing! By the way, remember that there are 2 Hogwarts sets--1 from SS (4709) and one from PoA (4757).

Marie got a few combination gifts over the years, as her birthday is the day after Elanor's mom's birthday I do remember that we tended to get a joint birthday party in mid-January since her birthday's at the beginning & mine's at the end. Our other sister had to be different & have her birthday in August...



Marie E. - Dec 20, 2005 6:48 am (#2441 of 2980)

Combination gifts...bah humbug! It's such a cruel thing to do to a child, unless the present is a big one and is really worth two presents. You have my complete and utter empathy, Sam.

I'm turning 36 soon, or as my 30 year friend said last night "almost 40". I'm not worried about getting older. I work with little kids and get to act silly and childish all day. It keeps me young.

It finally warmed up here after our weeks of frigid temperatures. We got 4-6 inches of snow this week and it stayed near 15 F, but yesterday it shot to a balmy 41 F. Some of the snow actually melted! Heehee. Would you believe that for Christmas day it's supposed to be almost 60 F? I'll be in Missouri this weekend where it'll probably be even warmer. I'm going to visit my sister, she of the August/non-holiday intruding birthday and horrible baby name. I keep referring to the baby as "Coby" in front of the girls so you know they'll mention it in front of her. Can't wait .


Loopy Lupin - Dec 20, 2005 7:02 am (#2442 of 2980)

Well, it's been a year since they instituted the premium membership, and Kip asked that those of us up for renewal hold off a bit (the whole post is in the "Changes in Progress" thread").--- Mike

Well, I renewed already without being smart enough to read Kip's email. However, I don't seem to have an avatar at the moment. Mmmm.

I'm turning 36 soon, or as my 30 year friend said last night "almost 40". – Marie

Excuse me, this has been addressed at length ages ago. You are about to turn "twenty-sixteen." There, that should make you feel better.


Lina - Dec 20, 2005 7:14 am (#2443 of 2980)

Thanks for your concern, Tazzy (I wonder if we will be able to meet in the chat room, now that you have moved into different time zone). The doctor said that she might have to have her tonsils removed. We will see about that after holidays.

Avatars seem to be dropping like flies.--I Am Used Vlad – Mike
Now we can really see who does and who doesn't deserve to be in the Procrastinators Anonymous!

Mike, does it mean that She-who-does-not-read-Harry-Potter is actually Leo in horoscope? I know that she might be Virgin as well, but probability...

Waving to Kaykay and Springtime.


Tazzygirl - Dec 20, 2005 9:26 am (#2444 of 2980)

Lina- Wow! Tonsils... I hope it doesn't come to that! I have never got my tonsils out, but that is my worst fear ever. I think I will be able to get in the chat room while I am in a different time zone. If I plan it right, I will still be able to chat at the usual time I was in Hawaii. Which means I would probably be talking to Kate in this time zone at around 11 am, and you would be about an hour later. I am now in the same time zone as the forum, so I don't know if that helps any with the times?

All right I guess I should tell you all now- Lina and Kate already know... but I am having surgery tomorrow to help my back. Right now I am currently rushing to post on the threads, because in half an hour I have to leave to have my pre-operation appointment. It is nothing serious, the procedure is only a couple hours, and then after they observe me for several more, I will be coming home. So just a day. Bad timing because of Christmas and all, but it was the only time the doctors could fit me in! So I might not be posting for about two days...


TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 20, 2005 9:38 am (#2445 of 2980)

Mike, does it mean that She-who-does-not-read-Harry-Potter is actually Leo in horoscope? I know that she might be Virgin as well,...

Sorry, couldn't resist...

...toddles off ROFL!!!...

Edit: Lina, I knew what you meant, but that was just too much fun to pass up!


kaykay1970 - Dec 20, 2005 9:55 am (#2446 of 2980)

Lina,I hate to disappoint you but my March birthday will not necessarily bring on Spingtime. There was a late snow storm in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri the year I was born. According to my parents they drove to the hospital in a blizzard. My sisters had to hunt Easter eggs in the house that year.

We will be thinking of you tomorrow Tazzy. Sending healing charms!


Mrs. Sirius - Dec 20, 2005 10:22 am (#2447 of 2980)

Julie, I am happy that you have already heard that little law school grade predictor, I meant to post it for you (**procrastinators don't get it done**). My husband is very fond of it.

Happy birthday Marie and others I have missed.

My kids’ birthdays are nowhere near the Christmas holiday, but they just have soooo much stuff! plus we celebrate the Three Kings Day, when again the receive gifts from the 3 Wisemen. They are just getting one toy and one game each and small stocking stuffers! In addition they have to find toys to share with kids who don't have any!!:-))

To all New Yorkers, my heart is with you today. Hope our Lexi friends aren't too inconvenienced.

Congratulations to all who finished their finals.


Stephanie M. - Dec 20, 2005 11:38 am (#2448 of 2980)

I hope everything goes well, Tazzy!!


zelmia - Dec 20, 2005 12:11 pm (#2449 of 2980)


Thanks to all for the Birthday greetings! You're simply wonderful.
And, for the curious, "combination" presents were always strictly forbidden when I was little. Although, my family would usually go pick out the tree as part of my birthday ritual. But the older you get, the greater the "combination" if you take my meaning, so I tend not to mind
Actually, to be perfectly honest, the only thing that bothers me these days is that if I want to do anything special to celebrate I have to organise it myself. People are so busy and all...


Loopy Lupin - Dec 20, 2005 2:09 pm (#2450 of 2980)

Whew! Finally, my avatar is back. I felt like Harry in the Prefect bathroom without it.
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Lina - Dec 20, 2005 2:32 pm (#2451 of 2980)

I'm sorry, Kaykay, for the misunderstanding, I was waving to both of you: you and Springtime. Because I haven't seen you both for a while, well, haven't seen her for a little longer while, but noticed your absence as well. I hope that your niece is doing well.

While, TBE, I could have expected such reaction, but I couldn't find the better way to show the surprise that a Leo is not reading Harry Potter (everything about lions there) and yet, what if she is not a Leo??

Finn, I wanted to congratulate on your "new job" in my previous post but I forgot. So, way to go!

Tazzy, you are in our thoughts! As much as we would like to know that you are doing well as soon as possible, just make sure not to do anything that you are not allowed to!


Julie Aronson - Dec 20, 2005 2:41 pm (#2452 of 2980)

Mrs. Sirius,

Thanks for the encouraging thoughts. The way I figure it, this semester is where I can set my learning curve. Things can only go up, right???


Good luck with your surgery. Also, I love your new avatar! Diamondhead stands as the most beautiful place I've been on this earth!


A tonsillectomy is not that bad. I had mine a little late in life--the summer after 7th grade, which meant that I was 13. I was pretty much back to normal (such as I am!!) within a week.


Good luck with the concert--I'm sure you'll do great!!!


Happy birthdays, well wishes, and etc, wherever appropriate.



The giant squid - Dec 20, 2005 3:00 pm (#2453 of 2980)

You are about to turn "twenty-sixteen." --Loopy Lupin

Does that mean that in 4 years when she hits "twenty-twenty" her eyesight will improve? Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 2775603007

Lina, She-Who-Chooses-Weird-Baby-Names is a Leo. I think TBE's giggle came from the fact that we refer to the next astrological sign as Virgo here in the states..."virgin" has different connotations and is not normally used to refer to one soon to give birth (with one notable exception!).

Well, I'm off to renew my membership. I had to wait until the rest of you did it so I could maintain my chairmanship of Procrastinators Anonymous. EDIT: It seems I get to procrastinate a little longer...my PayPal credit card is at its limit, so I'll have to wait until my next payment clears. Darn this holiday season!



Springtime - Dec 20, 2005 3:03 pm (#2454 of 2980)

waves back to Lina yes I have been very busy since the middle of summer. With traveling to Sturgis in August, and working from home. I got to far behind in the threads and only now that I am somewhat organized have been able to catch up a bit. I hope to be around a bit more now that things have settled down. Hope everyone is doing well.


Madam Pince - Dec 20, 2005 3:35 pm (#2455 of 2980)

Well, hey everybody! I've been AWOL for quite awhile -- there's been lots going on and then when you get behind it takes forever to get caught up!

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to everyone who celebrated recently, and Happy Anniversaries, and such like. And congratulations to all our uber-smart Forumers who do so fantastically well in final exams!!! What a clever bunch!

Let's see -- I still have too much stuff to do to post much, but let's try to hit the highlights:

Thanks, Kip and hosts, for all the work you've done lately and in fact do all year-round! You are a fantastic group and we appreciate all your time and effort!

Turkish Delight -- I took a C.S. Lewis class my first year in college and the teacher brought in a box of Turkish Delight so we could see what it tasted like. I agree with T. Brightwater, it's sort of like Aplets and Cotlets (jelly-ish center with powdered-sugar coating) but I do seem to recall sort of a perfumey-flavor. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't something I'd betray all my siblings for, either. (Of course, I'm an only child so that isn't saying much. And T. Brightwater, I get an Aplets & Cotlets catalog every year if you'd like to know how to get them!!!)

Catherine, your "teachers' lounge cookie story" is almost like the one we drag out annually to torment Mr. Pince. At Thanksgiving at his brother's house one year, he had mentioned that he likes corn pudding, which I had never had. But I looked up some recipes and found a corn casserole which I assumed would be reasonably the same. It turned out fine, everybody ate and seemed happy, and we're in the car on the way home. I commented to Mr. Pince what a lovely day it had been and how tasty all the food had been. He replied, "Yeah, it was all good except for that corn crap -- it was awful. Who made that???" I gave him the appropriate withering look and told him "Ummm... that would be ME." Poor guy. He has to hear that story every year. I've probably told you guys before also -- if so, apologies!

Tazzy, so sorry to hear about the troubles with the new car! May the previous owner be cursed with unexplained slow drips of boiling oil onto his upper lip! Hope your upcoming surgery goes well!

Jenn, congrats on the wrist healing so quickly and on the new job -- it sounds great!

We are sooooo not ready for Christmas -- it's quite depressing really. Mr. Pince's sister just bought a beach house, and we promised her some of our old furniture. So we've been moving and re-arranging furniture instead of decorating. All the shopping is done, but no cards and the only decoration is a wreath so far. Mr. Pince informed me on the weekend of the 10th that he didn't want a real tree, he wants a fake silver aluminum one like he had when he was a kid. (First off, I hate those kind of trees, but I understand "nostalgia," so I was OK. But secondly, thanks EVER so much for waiting until last-minute to tell me so that I have to way overpay on eBay and then wait for our tree to arrive in a box from somewhere in Kansas before I can start to decorate! It's still not here yet.) Sigh.... I was looking forward to roaming the Christmas Tree Farm and having cookies and hot cider while the guy shakes the needles off the "perfect tree".....

Final insult -- Little Pince has been sick as all get out for about a week, and has missed two family parties and basically been just miserable, which absolutely STINKS for the week before Christmas! We had to finally go see the doctor last evening and they're running a strep test. I actually almost hope he has it because then they'll give me antibiotics and we can knock this out in a day -- as it is, he has been stuffy and hacking coughing and feverish for what seems like forever, and with an infection in both eyes. Putting drops in his eyes is a nightmare -- you would think I was cutting off his arms with a butter knife the way he goes on. It takes both of us sitting on him to get it done, and even so I don't know if any of the drops are actually getting in those squinched-shut eyelids! Poor guy, he's absolutely miserable, and it's so hard to see him feeling like that when it should be a great week! This is the first year he's really understood about Christmas, and now to feel so yucky. ****mini-rant coming**** We decided to take him out of his daycare/pre-school -- he was going only 2 days a week anyway and it's so expensive, but we thought it would help him to learn to socialize with other kids his age since we have nobody else in our neighborhood his age. BUT, (and I know this is just something you have to face eventually) it seems like none of the other parents have any concept of keeping their kids HOME when they're sick! We went through this last winter, and Little Pince was sick almost constantly all winter. My 80-year-old Mom lives with us over the winter, and she picked up his colds last year and is already hacking over this latest one, and we just can't risk her getting pneumonia or something -- those two days at school just aren't worth it! I am really upset with the parents who take their sick kiddoes to school -- I was at the school two days last week volunteering with some stuff, and I was appalled at the number of kids I saw with snotty noses and obvious fevers -- they looked miserable! (I'm not talking just a little sniffles -- I'm talking huge globby disgusting snots hanging out all over the place!) Bleah! So we decided to take him out of school for the winter at least. We usually end up paying the full price and he can only go about half the time because of being sick anyway, and it's just not worth the hassle. (This decision was reached after three nights of almost no sleep because of listening to hacking coughs, and several tantrum-episodes of trying to put eyedrops in, so you experienced parents out there please tell me if I'm making a stupid call here.)

Well, I suppose instead of wailing about being behind I should go work on Christmas cards and do some wrapping. Thank goodness at least all the shopping is done with the exception of a bit of last-minute groceries. Hope everyone else is doing great and will have a wonderful holiday of whatever sort you celebrate!

Oh, can't recall if I posted but we saw "GoF" and loved it! I have to try to get to the movie thread and post thoughts, but I will just say that I didn't think Ralph Fiennes was very scary as Voldemort, but the dragons were awesome!


Chemyst - Dec 20, 2005 3:39 pm (#2456 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Sam.
Happy Birthday Zelmia.  ... and apologies for not recognizing you right away. Now if they'd said the red dwarf was having a birthday...


Lina - Dec 20, 2005 4:15 pm (#2457 of 2980)

Julie Aronson, thank you for your consolation. I know that tonsillectomy is not that bad. Her father had it, so it might be hereditary... I'd certainly rather have her have another surgery (she had one on her eyes a year ago with satisfying results and after surviving that, we can survive anything now) than have it ill more than half of her life. We were considering similar surgery with Kate years ago and the doctor told us that he wouldn't recommend it and it turned well. So the specialists will have their last word on this too. I'm very obedient to doctors.

Mike, oh, thank you for providing me with the right word. We don't use latin names here, it is just that I know about Leo because I am a Leo. It seems that it is easier to learn some things only after messing them up. I just hope I don't become too boring with my messing. I promise I don't do it on purpose. Although, someone could copy me for fun... Maybe I should copyright my mistakes?

Springtime, I'm not sure I can remember why ( ), but this summer had quite a boom with posts and everybody were mentioning some useful "Mark as read" button... So you might find it useful too? Never mind, as long as you have more time now.

Madam Pince, I know exactly what are you talking about! Although I couldn't say that I don't feel sympathy with those parents who bring sick children to the daycare because they are afraid to lose their job and do not have anybody to help them. But it is a pain to watch your kid being ill more often that being healthy. I was just hoping that a year before the school, Mihaela would become more immune. She didn't, but I hope that Little Pince will. Sending immuning charms!


kaykay1970 - Dec 20, 2005 4:22 pm (#2458 of 2980)

Lol Lina, I had read the rest of your post referring to zodiac signs and thought that you expected an Aries such as I am to know some special springtime magic of some sort. It is actually the fault of this forum that I now tend to over analyze everything I read. Oh, and my niece is doing very well. She went back to the doctor Thursday and her oxygen is still staying in the 90's.

It is good to see you back Madame P. I hope Little Pince is well soon. You have obviously had better experiences with strep throat than I have. When my eldest daughter gets it she runs a high temperature for two weeks!


azi - Dec 20, 2005 4:46 pm (#2459 of 2980)

Welcome back Madam Pince and springtime! Madam Pince - I hope your son gets better soon!

Hope your daughter(s) get(s) better Lina! I seem to remember they were all ill, but that may have been a few days ago now...

Good luck with the surgery Tazzy!

Wow, everyone seems to becoming ill at a most inconvenient time!

I decorated the tree all by myself today. Still surprised mother let me do it. It looks lovely (if I say so myself ). Listened to LOTR while I was doing it, very fun!

No snow here. No forecast of it or anything. Feel deprived.

Everyone have a brilliant day!


Madam Pince - Dec 20, 2005 4:53 pm (#2460 of 2980)

Thanks for the "immuning" charms, Lina! I think you've hit the nail right on the head -- I certainly do understand the plight of families where both parents have jobs and have a hard time missing work, so I am sympathetic to that, but you're right -- it is just really hard to see your kid sick more often than he's healthy. I was willing to go through it last year to hopefully "build up immunity," but I wonder sometimes how much of that is reality and how much is just a bunch of hooey. Let's hope for the best from the immuning charms! And good luck with your little one's surgery!

kaykay, glad your niece is doing well! I don't know about the strep -- Little Pince has had it twice apparently, and his temperature went down and he felt "like new" almost immediately after taking his first dose of antibiotic. Of course, he still had to take the stuff for a week or whatever, but still, it was ...just like magic! (said in "Lockhart-voice" )

****Sending snow-charms to azi, and keeping a few for myself -- we had a great snow a couple weeks ago but it's all gone now...sigh...)****


I Am Used Vlad - Dec 20, 2005 8:22 pm (#2461 of 2980)

Boop, thanks for remembering my birthday. Everyone else, thanks for the birthday greetings. Loopy, I had forgotten about that twenty-whatever business, but I'll happily admit to being thirty-four. At least no one can say I'm almost forty yet.


Viola Intonada - Dec 20, 2005 9:31 pm (#2462 of 2980)

Ah, Madame Pince, it wouldn't be Christmas if someone in the household isn't sick! Two years ago we made three trips to doctors' offices from Dec. 20 to the Dec. 23.

Our newspaper has been printing some rumors about the world of HP, I wonder if anyone else has heard (read) them. The first one I came across was about a girl asking JKR about Harry and Hermione after the seventh year and that JKR said she just may kill them all off. Another article said that OotP was going to be the last Harry Potter film.

Oh, so much to do and so little time. This is definitely one time of the year I kick myself for being so much of a procrastinator. I think all of our friends would think something was wrong if they actually received their Christmas cards before Christmas. My kids had their last day of school today, maybe I will catch up now......

Btw, Madame Pince, I recommend finding a preschool that only last a couple of hours a day (like the one I work at). Being just a couple of hours, parents don't have time to go to work (or they have a babysitter that takes them) anyway, the parents don't hesitate to keep their children home when they are sick (for the most part, I did end up with Strept last year).


Tazzygirl - Dec 20, 2005 10:43 pm (#2463 of 2980)

Thanks for all the good wishes!

Hope everything in New York works out soon! (I heard about the transit strike today while sitting in a waiting room for an hour and a half...)

Happy Birthday Zelmia! (Sorry I didn't say it earlier, I didn't recognize who you were until someone said the Red Dwarf. )

Hope everyone has a good rest of the week and I will talk to you all again real soon!


dizzy lizzy - Dec 21, 2005 12:34 am (#2464 of 2980)

Well I've finally run out of time!

In a little over 12 hours I will be on a bus to Brisbane for my holiday. I'll be away for about 10 days or so. My brother is driving me home, hence to fluidity of my return date.

I'm looking forward to spending some family time with my Mum and Brother and to catch up with friends. Never mind the fact it is shaping up to be a very hot Christmas.

So, the doggies are at the boarding kennels, the lawns mowed and all that is left is to pack the suitcase (oh...maybe about 20 mins work) and clean up the house. I hate coming home to a messy house so a quick tidy up vaccumm and mop needs to be done before I go to bed tonight.

I'd just like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and/or holiday season. Healing Charms to all who need them, belated birthday wishes for Zelmia and Sam, and cheering charms to any who require them. Enjoy.



The giant squid - Dec 21, 2005 4:18 am (#2465 of 2980)

Mike, oh, thank you for providing me with the right word.—Lina

You're welcome. Don't worry about your mistakes; I'm absolutely certain that your English is better than my Croatian. If I can't be bilingual myself the least I can do is help someone else.

Suddenly I'm feeling special for knowing who Zelmia was without the hint.



haymoni - Dec 21, 2005 6:19 am (#2466 of 2980)

OK - Computer Helpers and Digital Photo Experts - Please Help!!

I've had our digital camera for some time and I can take photos and get them off the camera and email them to all my loved ones. I have yet to actually print them out on photo paper to pass them off as "real".

Hubby wants to send a photo with our Christmas cards - yes - I know I'm late - Slacker Mom strikes again!

I've sent the school pictures to family, but he wants a "cool" picture to send to his buddies - you know, people who plan in July what their Family Christmas Photo will be.

Anyway, I took said "cool" photo and I'm printing it out, but it either is too dark or too light or you can see the printing lines. The photo looks great on my screen, but when I print it out, it just doesn't look right.

I am guessing that it is a brightness, contrast thing. Any advice?

Or is this just a trial & error kind of thing and I should plan on investing in multiple packs of photo paper?


azi - Dec 21, 2005 8:48 am (#2467 of 2980)

Sorry, Haymoni, I have no idea on the picture thing! I'd probably just end up emailing the picture as a card!

So what is going on in New York? It doesn't seem to have appeared in the UK media.

Have a great time with your family, dizzy lizzy! It still seems so weird to hear people talking about a hot Christmas!

Viola - I think those rumours are definitely just that! Hopefully...

Thanks for the snow charms Madam Pince! Unfortunately I only have rain so far! Fingers-crossed for snow!!! They're sort of snowy clouds...

I can't believe it but I'm bored. My mum won't let me get my Lego out of the loft and there's nothing else to do apart from work! Ack. Maybe I could do some baking...

Have a lovely day everyone!


Ydnam96 - Dec 21, 2005 10:04 am (#2468 of 2980)

Happy (belated by now I'm sure) Birthday Vlad!

Madame Pince, I think you made the right choice. With this nasty strain of flu and cold (or whatever it is) going around it probably isn't a good idea to have your child in a pre-school unless it is necessary. I think there is a difference between day-care that plays itself off as a "pre-school" and actual pre-school. I would send my child to the latter. Most actual pre-schools have rules about children coming in with fevers and such. In fact I know of a few that if your child has had a fever in the last 24 hours they cannot come in. You have to wait a whole day before they can come back. I think that's a pretty good idea.

So it's shaping up to be a pretty warm Christmas here. It's supposed to be in the upper 70's for the rest of the week. I looked to see if there was any snow in Southern California at all (in the mountains and such) and the closest snow is north of Fresno! (That's about 4 hours away). I was hoping to find someplace to drive up to and enjoy for a bit. But alas, no such luck.

Dizzy, have a great break!


Puck - Dec 21, 2005 12:04 pm (#2469 of 2980)

Azi, there is a transit strike in NYC, which means no trains, buses, taxis... People are having to walk everywhere in temperatures well below freezing.

Madame Pince, I understand. I worked at a center, and I remember this one boy coughing so horribly I thought his lungs would land on the floor. Sadly, his Mom was changing jobs, and so had the week of in between, and still brought him. I follow the 24 hour rule. If they vomit or have a fever one day, they stay home the next. Though as I am home full time it is easier for me.

Sam, I'm sure your homecoming was a delightful gift!

Tazzy, healing charms!

Okay, I must tell you. My 3 year old had her preschool holiday "show" The kids lined up and sang 3 or 4 songs. I guess Maya had asked the teachers if she could do a special dance number. So, as the others sang "jingle Bells" she was out front dancing and twirling, relishing her solo! I had tears streaming down my face from laughing. So glad I had my video camera!

Okay, I must go change a diaper.

Cheers, Kathy


haymoni - Dec 21, 2005 12:20 pm (#2470 of 2980)

A star is born!

Congrats, Kathy!


Puck - Dec 21, 2005 12:30 pm (#2471 of 2980)

Azi, there is a transit strike in NYC, which means no trains, buses, taxis... People are having to walk everywhere in temperatures well below freezing.

Madame Pince, I understand. I worked at a center, and I remember this one boy coughing so horribly I thought his lungs would land on the floor. Sadly, his Mom was changing jobs, and so had the week off in between, and still brought him. I follow the 24 hour rule. If they vomit or have a fever one day, they stay home the next. Though as I am home full time it is easier for me.

Sam, I'm sure your homecoming was a delightful gift!

Tazzy, healing charms!

Okay, I must tell you. My 3 year old had her preschool holiday "show". The kids lined up and sang 3 or 4 songs. I guess Maya had asked the teachers if she could do a special dance number. So, as the others sang "jingle Bells" she was out front dancing and twirling, relishing her solo! I had tears streaming down my face from laughing. So glad I had my video camera!

Okay, I must go change a diaper.

Cheers, Kathy


Puck - Dec 21, 2005 12:40 pm (#2472 of 2980)

Sorry about the double posts. Weird computer stuff.

Haymoni, have you tried "Shutterfly.com"? You can e-mail the photo, create a card, and if you send a list, they'll even mail them for you! They're usually fairly quick, too.



kaykay1970 - Dec 21, 2005 4:04 pm (#2473 of 2980)

I just got word that I have a brand new great nephew. Mother and child are doing well. He is tiny, only 5 pounds 6 ounces but he wasn't expected to arrive until January 12th.


Stephanie M. - Dec 21, 2005 4:33 pm (#2474 of 2980)

Congratulations on having a new grand nephew, Kaykay!


I Am Used Vlad - Dec 21, 2005 6:48 pm (#2475 of 2980)

Congrats, kaykay.

And for the official record, I still think Coby's mother should be slapped, even if it is too late for a name change.


Viola Intonada - Dec 21, 2005 9:19 pm (#2476 of 2980)

Haymoni, you can also put the picture on a disk and take it to Ritz Camera or even Target and get the picture copied. Otherwise it is trial and error until you get used to your printers color quirks. (I still haven't completely mastered my printer’s color quirks yet.) Btw, you call yourself a procrastinator? It's not even Christmas yet, you have plenty of time. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 1003735042

Congratulations KayKay!

I finally finished all of my Christmas shopping today. My kids were fighting with each other again today. I'm very tempted to wrap up a box of rocks with a note inside saying "This was supposed to be ________, but you chose to pick a fight with your sister." Today was their first day home from school. I hope this isn't how the rest of their Christmas break is going to be.


Ydnam96 - Dec 21, 2005 10:43 pm (#2477 of 2980)

*The following is a paid advertisement. Okay, not really...it's just a call for help*

Just popping in to ask a quick question. Do any of you know of a good book that examines the differences and similarities between Calvanism and the Wesleyan Tradition? It can include other church doctrines but I'm looking specifically for those two and I'm having a hard time. It's not for anything academic; I'm just curious. If you do know something (maybe there is a Theology for Dummies out there?) can you email me? Thanks.

*You may now return to your regularly scheduled chat thread*


Julie Aronson - Dec 21, 2005 10:54 pm (#2478 of 2980)

Mike and Marie,

Have you considered trying to call Coby "Beef?" You know, Coby, Kobe. I know it's kind of stupid, but I'll bet it could be pretty annoying!

Congrats, KayKay!


The box of rocks idea is hilarious!!! Even if you just do it just to prove a point, I'll bet you get their attention!



The giant squid - Dec 22, 2005 2:09 am (#2479 of 2980)

And for the official record, I still think Coby's mother should be slapped, even if it is too late for a name change.—Vlad

Well, he's not due to be officially saddled with the name until March, but there's little hope of changing our sister's mind. Maybe Marie and our mom will be able to double-team them and make some headway...

Coby, beef... LOL

haymoni, are you using a photo ink cartridge? A photo printed with "regular" color ink will show those lines you mentioned (or at least they have for me). I don't know what the actual difference is between them but I have noticed that there is a difference. Other than that my only advice would be to buy a better printer, which is probably unlikely to happen.



Madam Pince - Dec 22, 2005 3:42 am (#2480 of 2980)

Finn, I came online here to post just for you, so you could be proud that Squid Mike has another member of the Posting-In-The-Middle-Of-The-Night-Club. Well, NOW it's not quite middle of the night (it's 5 am) but I've been reading emails and posts for awhile. Little Pince had an hour-long coughing fit that started at 3 a.m. and woke me up, although he seemed to sleep through it fine. So I opened some Christmas cards, debated writing some of my own (I'm also in Viola's Post-Christmas-Card-Club), but decided nah, I'd rather read Forum. We are so baaaaaadddd....

I spent about three hours yesterday in an optician's office picking out new eyeglasses to replace the ones that fell apart in my hands this past weekend. Sooooooo not what I wanted to spend time doing right now, or spend money on either. I cannot believe how expensive glasses are! Ack! Special blessings on the poor girl who was helping me pick out glasses -- she has the patience of a saint. I am so indecisive about stuff like that. I ended up not really happy with what I got, but I was so sick and tired of being there that I just said "Fine, whatever...." So no more "librarian glasses" that earned me my username. Now I shall have to change my name to "Rita Skeeter" because all the glasses that the saleslady assured me were hip and cool and flattering looked to me like only the 'Skeet would wear them......

Thanks for all the advice about preschool/daycare and sickness, guys! Mandy, his school DOES have the 24-hour fever rule, but unfortunately it seems that there are a lot of parents who don't follow it. When I was there volunteering last week, I saw a couple kids that I KNOW had a fever. Today when I went in to tell them I was taking him out of school, his teacher told me that the one kid who looked the worst, who she said had been sick a week at least, was finally kept home today by his parents and she was hoping they'd keep him the rest of the week. I just don't understand why the director hadn't made them take him home earlier -- maybe he wasn't running a fever. Oh well -- not my problem anymore! I feel sorry for that little guy, though, because he looked miserable a week ago! So anyway, the Dr. office said the 48-hour strep culture was negative, so no antibiotics but just wait it out and keep putting in eye drops. Happy happy joy joy. Anybody have a straitjacket? If it won't hold Little Pince still for the eyedrops, maybe I could use it.......

kaykay, glad to hear the news about the new baby in your family!

Vlad, hope you had a fantastic birthday!

Lizzy, I hope you have a wonderful holiday away! Have a safe trip!

Viola, your "box-o-rocks" idea is hilarious! I think you should do it! If nothing else, it would be worth it to get their expressions on videotape when they read the card!

Speaking of videotape, Puck, your daughter's performance sounds so precious! That's definitely one that will go on the "wedding rehearsal dinner" montage!

Azi, if you're bored, I bet you could get a part-time job addressing Christmas cards for Forum members.......

Our silver tree arrived in the mail! Today it goes up! Yay! Actually, I suppose I could go do that right now, and then it would be like this "magical" overnight arrival or something for when the rest of the house wakes up.....yeah, I think I'll do that! Or do cards. Or sit here debating which would be better and end up doing neither. Or go have a glass of eggnog and crash on the sofa....... hmmmmmm......


Snuffles - Dec 22, 2005 3:43 am (#2481 of 2980)

Hi all

I don't post on this thread much as I don't seem to have anything interesting to say!

I would just like to wish everyone at the forum a happy, healthy Christmas. I hope you all get the pressies you wish for and don't over indulge too much!

Happy Birthday to all I have missed and for any celebrating over the festive period.

I'm finishing work today for the holidays and after sitting on a bean bag and futon for 9 weeks!! I am finally getting my new suite delivered tomorrow! Hooray! I can't wait to finally sit on a proper chair!.

Merry Xmas everyone xxx



Kerstin - Dec 22, 2005 4:43 am (#2482 of 2980)

'... brand new great nephew ... wasn't expected to arrive until January 12th.' (Kaykay)

See what they do for Christmas presents...!

Congratulations to the whole family.


Loopy Lupin - Dec 22, 2005 5:49 am (#2483 of 2980)

Have a great Christmas everyone!


Springtime - Dec 22, 2005 6:17 am (#2484 of 2980)

Good Morning All

Hope everyone is having a great Thrusday Very Happy

Only 3 shopping days left people.

Have a great day.


Puck - Dec 22, 2005 6:55 am (#2485 of 2980)

Congrats, Kaykay!

Here's one for you Madame Pince. I went to my boy's holiday concert yesterday. (Cute, they had red on their noses and wore paper antlers.) Anyway, waiting for things to start, a woman brings her 2 year old grandson to see the baby. That's fine, but then she told him to TOUCH MY BABY. I quickly moved her away and inquired about the boy's health. It's just a pet peeve of mine. I've always taught my kids that you only touch your own baby, not those of random strangers! *rant complete*

fussy baby. must go cuddle.



Tazzygirl - Dec 22, 2005 7:09 am (#2486 of 2980)

I will join the early typers... It is almost 6 am, and I can't sleep anymore. The meds the doctors gave me yesterday seem to have worn off. I don't have any pain, a little twinge now and then, but not unbearable. I have to stay in bed until tomorrow, and only get up occasionally. So, the surgery went fabulous! The entire procedure lasted three hours, and then I was in recovery for about two hours. The doctors said when I was coming out of the anesthesia, I talked about Hawaii a lot which of course I don't remember...

I like the whole box of rocks for Christmas idea- my siblings and I should have recieved one each several years ago, because my parents caught us red- handed peeking at our presents. Needless to say, I have never felt the urge to peek again!

Hope everyone has a good day/night and I apologize for not responding to everyone's posts...

edit- I just posted this and it made me realize it took me twenty minutes to write just a little bit. Talk about sloooooowww...


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 22, 2005 7:11 am (#2487 of 2980)

Only 3 shopping days left people.

Have a great day.---springtime

Well, that's just mean.

Mandy, regarding your Calvinist/Wesley question: Although I have several survey books on the world's religions (Does The Handy Religion Answer Book count? ) none go into a detailed comparison. However, another one I have delves into the temperament of Calvin while the other focuses on Wesley. Neither breakdown the differences between the two sects. And, there does happen to be a Religion for Dummies as well as The Complete Idiot's Guide to World Religions and Christianity for Dummies. Good luck.


haymoni - Dec 22, 2005 7:59 am (#2488 of 2980)

The only way I know to get eye drops in a child's eye is to have them lay on their back with their eyes closed.

Put a drop in the corner of each closed eye and then tell the child it is OK to open their eyes. The drops go right in.

You still probably need a helper to hold their head straight, but it isn't as bad as the straight jacket.

One of my IT employees told me to change the settings on my printer to "glossy paper" - I didn't even know that I HAD a "glossy paper" setting!

The pictures came out OK - the colors weren't exactly right and it took FOREVER to print out, but the "cool" pictures are in the mail!

Thank goodness!


Viola Intonada - Dec 22, 2005 8:16 am (#2489 of 2980)

Oh, poor Madame Pince. 3am?!?!?!?! Ouch. I always found Disney movies very helpful for falling back asleep. (I love Disney movies, but I know them all so well) We have plenty of straight jackets over at St. Mungos.

What Haymoni? You mailed your Christmas cards! We just might have to revoke your membership to Procrastinators Anonymous! (When we get around to it . . . . . . .   Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 1003735042 ).

Tazzy, I hope you continue to recover well.

I'm so bummed. It is going to warm up over the next 3 days and melt all of our snow. So much for a white Christmas, it will be more like a soggy, brown Christmas.

Have a great day everyone!


kaykay1970 - Dec 22, 2005 9:17 am (#2490 of 2980)

My sister e-mailed me a picture of her new grandchild. He certainly doesn't look tiny. He has little round cheeks. Instead of the traditional hospital knit cap, he is wearing a Santa hat. Very adorable. He still has no name. My niece and her husband can't agree on anything. Anyway looks like they all have some last minute Christmas shopping to do.

Madame Pince, have you tried casting the full body bind before administering the eye drops?


Loopy Lupin - Dec 22, 2005 10:31 am (#2491 of 2980)

Although I have several survey books....Kim

Speaking of books (gotta love a nice segue), Miss Manner's Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior has been freshly updated and appears to be in bookstores everywhere.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 22, 2005 11:04 am (#2492 of 2980)

Maybe Santa will bring it to you. But only if you're good.


azi - Dec 22, 2005 11:25 am (#2493 of 2980)

Congrats Kaykay! A very good Christmas present!

Hmm, a part time job addressing card envelopes...interesting. I think the last Christmas post had already passed here, but not sure...

Wasn't as bored today. Had a friend come over and we watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail (wow, I love that film! ). I've got to start having friends over more often - my mum gave us posh Marks and Spencer jaffa cakes and real Coca Cola! I was impressed!

I get what was going on in New York now! Thanks for telling me! Apparently the London Tube people are now thinking of striking on New Years Eve. I think the drivers get paid too much already, but maybe that's just me...

Everyone have a brilliant day!


kaykay1970 - Dec 22, 2005 12:09 pm (#2494 of 2980)

I finally got my copy of HBP back from my daughter's friend who borrowed it a week after it was released. It came back without the jacket but that is better than not at all.


Loopy Lupin - Dec 22, 2005 12:19 pm (#2495 of 2980)

Maybe Santa will bring it to you. But only if you're good.—Kim

Not to worry, I elbowed a nice lady out of the way for the last copy at the Barnes & Noble near me. I did it politely though.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 22, 2005 1:12 pm (#2496 of 2980)

I'm sure Judith Martin would be flattered.


Grindylow - Dec 22, 2005 1:24 pm (#2497 of 2980)

Hi everyone! I have a question for you all....do you prefer Jim Dale or Stephen Fry (for those who have heard both). Also, I am in the states and would love to know where I can get my hands on any of the audiobooks by Stephen Fry. I found one on Amazon.com but not any of the others. There seems to be a set on the UK version of Amazon but that is like $400.00+ which is a little steep! I appreciate any suggestions you all are willing to give.



Tazzygirl - Dec 22, 2005 2:55 pm (#2498 of 2980)

Kaykay- whenever I loan out my HP books, I tell the person that the books better come back in the exact same shape that I loaned them out in or they get to pay on the pains of death! (So far it works! Although, one of my friends has had GoF and OotP since last December...)

Azi- what is really sad is that the bus drivers in Hawaii get paid more than the teachers do. Now is that just wrong, or what???

Grindylow- I have only heard Jim Dale, so I guess I wouldn't count on helping to tell you who is better!

Ok, now I am off to nap... But I am doing ten times better than what I thought I was going to be!


azi - Dec 22, 2005 3:17 pm (#2499 of 2980)

Grindylow - I personally prefer Jim Dale as Stephen Fry tends to make me fall asleep. However, a lot of people prefer Mr Fry.

Tazzy - Bus drivers get paid more than teachers??? I understand we really need bus drivers to live our everyday lives and they are a valued member of our society etc., but I would rank education as more important! Actually, the tube drivers earn more than my father and he's been a teacher for about 30 years now. That is very worrying.

The HBP book back without it's cover? Eeek, I wouldn't like that at all! Then again, I would never lend out my HP books...


Chemyst - Dec 22, 2005 4:00 pm (#2500 of 2980)

Miss Manner's Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior has been freshly updated and appears to be in bookstores everywhere. [...] Not to worry, I elbowed a nice lady out of the way for the last copy at the Barnes & Noble near me.   -   Loopy

...but wouldn't that make it in bookstores everywhere except one?
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Madam Pince - Dec 22, 2005 4:52 pm (#2501 of 2980)

Tee-hee, Chemyst!

A full-body bind! Now that's what I need! Thanks, kaykay! I can't believe I haven't thought of that before now! Actually, what we do is a muggle version of about as close as you can (legally) get to the full-body bind, I think -- we lay the kidlet on his back on the floor, then Mr. Pince sits/crouches (not mashing him of course) across his chest with his knees sort of holding Little Pince's arms stationary, and letting the legs flail away harmlessly (hopefully) behind him. He also uses his hands to hold his head still. Then I sit on the floor facing Mr. Pince with my knees on either side of Little Pince's head, thereby further immobilizing the back-and-forth frenzy of the head and leaving both my hands free to attempt to pry open the eyelids at least a bit and put the drops in the inside corner of the eye. Then we both tell him that we won't let go until he opens his squinched-shut eyes. He's a remarkably stubborn little 3-year-old, and quite wiggly. I would be amazed if any of the stuff is actually getting in there. We are supposed to be doing this every two hours (HA!!!) but so far it's only twice a day -- once in the morning before Mr. Pince leaves for work, and once again in the evening when he gets home. I tried to do it by myself and it was just a total waste of the eyedrops. Apparently some must be getting in, though, because the eyes look better. And he felt well enough today to argue with me about something, so he must be getting better. He's now watching E.T., or as he calls it, "E.P.T."

Viola, you will be disappointed in me. I did and mailed about 3/4 of my cards today. ***hangs head in shame at semi-failing the Procrastinator's Club*** But on the brighter side, I had forgotten that a friend had asked me two weeks ago to pick up a gift certificate for her from a restaurant that's on our side of the bridge (Mr. P has to deliver it to her when he goes to work across on her side of the bridge) so she had to call me today to remind me, and I had to get it when I went out to mail the cards, because tomorrow's the last work day before Christmas. Thus today was the last possible day I could've done that task, so maybe that counts?

Tazzy, glad you're feeling so much better! Isn't it disconcerting, though, when you wake up from anaesthesia and they tell you all the stuff you were talking about but you have no memory of? I hate that!

Well, Loopy, at least you got the last book, right? Take the Slytherin viewpoint that the ends justify the means, or something like that.....


Puck - Dec 22, 2005 7:24 pm (#2502 of 2980)

Tazzy, so glad you're healing well. Take advantage of the chance to lie around and sleep.

Madame Pince, I understand. Similar measures need to be taken with a 3 year old in my house when she needs medicine for a fever. Yet, somehow she sat stone still while getting her flu shot. Kids are strange.

Mr. Puck came home early today, and so came along to swim class for our son. He was thrilled Daddy would watch, and swam all the way across by himself for the first time! He was simply beaming with pride. Papa comes in a couple of weeks, and for him Parker will probably backflip into the pool!

Oh, just FYI, I have been officially informed by my Maya that I "rock."

Off to bed early, will wrap gifts, fold laundry, clean kitchen...later. (Still waiting for my procrastinator badge. Who's in charge of mailing those out anyway?)



Stephanie M. - Dec 22, 2005 8:41 pm (#2503 of 2980)

I don't think I ever had problems with people putting things into my eyes (I have contacts now...). I'm not very squeemish... But when it came to getting shots....

I have always loved going to the dentist. I've had one tooth pulled (I got 2 shots of novocaine, and I was fine with that... kids are weird.) and I've had a couple cavities filled (the grooves in my teeth were too deep so my tooth brush couldn't fit into the grooves, so they had to SAND DOWN my teeth. So whenever I pass construction areas and here drilling, I'm in pain.). But getting strep tests and shots at the doctors office, really bothers me.

Tazzy, I hope you get lots of peaceful rest!!

I hope Little Pince continues to get better so he can be even happier during the holidays.


Finn BV - Dec 22, 2005 9:07 pm (#2504 of 2980)

Hi everybody! Reading through 89 posts is not fun, but of course I chose against reading them the past few days. I read through them lightly, so excuse me if I miss anything…

First off, azi and Kathy, the taxis are not striking, thankfully. They operate on a different schedule: they will now pick up more than one person and pool them in together. There are also now zones and fixed rates, so going anywhere within your zone is $10, and each additional zone is $5. Only the subways and buses are striking. Between 6am and 11am, all cars who wish to enter the city must have 4 or more people in them, or they will be turned away and forced to either turn around or wait until 11.

Thanks for all your thoughts on the chorus, guys. The 10 people (plus me) sang excellently, though unfortunately, because it's a large Christmas party and not meant for any focused action, everyone continued to talk through us and nobody clapped (probably because they didn't know they were supposed to). We had a really fun time, though. The woman who founded the chorus said she had never had a more enjoyable time with the chorus (which has been around for three or four years but never with an official director). So, thanks for your well-wishes!

Healing charms to all who need them and imaginary picture charms to all those missing their premium license!

Welcome back Madam Pince and thanks for thinking of me for coming on early! Whenever I try to post at "extreme" times, the forum time always changes it to nothing special (e.g. I posted at 1 sometime ago, and all it said was 10pm, and I post around 8 often, and it says 5, so I never quite make that 2-3 am range). Good job, sorry that the reason was Little Pince's illness!

Steph and I and a few other friends of ours went to see King Kong today, and the entire time I was thinking about Sam's comment about the nods to the original version. Thank you, it helped in my assessment of the film! I agree, much of the time it looked fake, but good fake. It was way too long though. Gosh, those disgusting worm-like things from the sea that sucked the guy's head and arms were so gross and a waste of time and money. That could have been easily cut. Ugh. Naomi and Adrien were great, and Jack Black was fair – he needs to lose his reputation as a comedian before he can play these dramatic roles.

Happy Holidays all! I know I'm forgetting lots of things I wanted to say so please forgive me!


Viola Intonada - Dec 22, 2005 10:03 pm (#2505 of 2980)

Azi, I envy you being bored around the holidays. Ah, the good old days.... Enjoy the boredom while you can. My children are learning to not tell me when they are bored. I start assigning them chores. hehehe. No fighting today, though I might still do the box of rocks to get my point across.

I also envy anyone who has mailed any of their Christmas cards. We do have ours addressed and signed but still need to add the girls school pictures for the relatives. We had to forgo the usual family photo, ended up we never took a decent one this year. Oh well.

Only one more day left to clean the house before company comes!!!!! I would really like to lobby to add a few hours to each day.


Tazzygirl - Dec 22, 2005 11:34 pm (#2506 of 2980)

Madam Pince- My mom told me the last thing I said before passing out was "Mousse, move!" As Mousse is my aunt and uncle's dog in Hawaii, I have no idea why I chose to say those particular words. hmmmm... I hope that is all I said and didn't let out anything I didn't want my mom to know about! (Not that I ever do anything wrong. ) I wonder if I said anything about the Forum. Wouldn't surprise me if I did!

Feeling better more and more! It is all starting to itch though! (Very frustrated on that level!)

I wear contacts, so the only way I can put drops in my eyes is either to put the drop in my contact and then stick it in my eye, or take the contact out, put a drop on my finger and then into my eye. It is weird, but it works!

Azi- I depended on buses a lot when I first moved to Hawaii, and when I read they made more than teachers I was incredibly shocked. It is amazing that none of the governments realize that without teachers, there wouldn't be doctors or lawyers or presidents or anything like that!

Finn- glad to hear the concert went well, but since no one clapped for you, I will! **Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap!**


Amilia Smith - Dec 23, 2005 12:17 am (#2507 of 2980)

Well, I am back in Utah for the holidays! :-) It is rather cold, but what is really getting to me is the dry air. My lips are currently rather chappy, and it doesn't seem to matter how much water I drink. But I am very glad to see my folks. Especially my nephew, who is almost 2 and is growing up while I've been gone.

My brother got tickets to the Nutcracker for tomorrow night, so we are all going. I am very excited.

Since I procrastinated getting my avatar in the first place, I can retain the Bonnie Prince and my membership in good standing with Procrastinator's Anonymous. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?

Tazzy, I am very glad to hear that your surgery went well. Here's to the itchy stage not lasting too long!

Stephanie, did I hear you right? The dentist causes you so much pain that just hearing similar sounds makes you mouth hurt, but you still like going there? More power to you, girl!

Grindylow, I have sent you an email.



Tazzygirl - Dec 23, 2005 11:05 am (#2508 of 2980)

Mills- I have the same problem with dry air here in California! I can't stop drinking enough water, and my lips seem like they are permanently raw. Just comes to show how moist and humid it is in Hawaii, huh? Thanks for the thoughts!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day/ night!


azi - Dec 23, 2005 11:29 am (#2509 of 2980)

Dentists are fine, needles are fine, but I do not let anyone go anywhere near my eyes! I can't stand touching them or putting eyedrops in. When it's hayfever season I have to put the drops onto the bit below my eye and lean back to let them run in and I still hate it! Once they went straight onto the eye and I freaked out and rolled about for 5 mins because it hurt so much...or appeared too...

Not as bored today - made buns and a cake and just need to add buttercream. Wishing I could have a load of rocks as a present though! Mind you they'd have to be interesting rocks like mica or a shist or something. Sandstone wouldn't exactly get me excited unless it was displaying some awesome cross bedding.

Hope transport miseries are coming to an end in New York!

Have a groovy day everybody!


Ydnam96 - Dec 23, 2005 12:12 pm (#2510 of 2980)

You guys should try a humidifier or vaporizer. I have to use one and it helps a lot.

I hate trips to the dentist, but I'm cool with putting things in my eyes. I wasn't till after I got contacts. I don't wear them anymore (too lazy) but I'm still okay with putting things in my eyes.

Making cookies today...too bad they aren't for me.


haymoni - Dec 23, 2005 12:53 pm (#2511 of 2980)

Hey all!

I doubt seriously that I will be able to make it to the Internet over the next 2 days.

I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe, knargle-free holiday!


Finn BV - Dec 23, 2005 1:09 pm (#2512 of 2980)

azi, the strike is over, after 3 days. Hallelujah!


Elanor - Dec 23, 2005 1:12 pm (#2513 of 2980)

Like Haymoni, I'm not sure I'll be able to post here tomorrow so let me wish you all already the most wonderful Harry Christmas!

Joyeux Noël!



Loopy Lupin - Dec 23, 2005 3:16 pm (#2514 of 2980)

Oh, I disagree with your comment about King Kong, Finn. I thought the part you suggested cutting was one of the cooler parts. Gross and disgusting, yes. But cool nevertheless. People were squealing in the theater which, I suppose, is the reaction Peter Jackson wanted.


The giant squid - Dec 23, 2005 3:30 pm (#2515 of 2980)

re: the bug scene--I'm with Loopy. It was supposed to make you say "ugh". I described it as going to that point where you can't stand it anymore...then going just a little further. I was actually starting to feel things crawling on me, though that may have been fatigue (it was around 4am at that point).

Happy Christmas, all. I, of course, get to work... Oh, well, at least Sunday is time-and-a-half. And I'll have enough time to open gifts with the wife, so all is not lost. I wish I could get one of those corporate level jobs where they get the whole freakin' week off with pay, though...that'd be nice.



Finn BV - Dec 23, 2005 6:07 pm (#2516 of 2980)

Point well taken, gentlemen. I have to say that I didn't turn my head there but I did in the scene with Naomi in the log or whatever with the scorpion thingy (right before the [way too long] dinosaur chase) and her mouth is WIDE OPEN. How tremendously stupid. I was freaking out there, like I would have to sleep on top of a million of those things for the rest of my life. It just didn't seem necessary, that's all.

Happy Holidays to all, if we don't talk until afterward!


kaykay1970 - Dec 23, 2005 7:41 pm (#2517 of 2980)

I took the 2 year old to the doctor. He has an ear infection in both ears. I guess I'll try Madame Pince's muggle full body bind technique to make him take his amoxil.


Ydnam96 - Dec 23, 2005 8:56 pm (#2518 of 2980)

Oh how horrible kaykay. I can totally sympathize. I spent the first three years of my life with ear infections. Seriously. They were so bad I remember them and the trips to the hospital. My eardrum burst once! Haha, I got to the point where I actually liked taking the 'pink stuff' as I called it. Do they still make liquid antibiotics for kids? I loved that stuff. It tasted like the blue gum balls. I hope the medicine helps so that you guys can have a wonderful Christmas.


Stephanie M. - Dec 23, 2005 10:40 pm (#2519 of 2980)

The scene with Naomi in the log or whatever with the scorpion thingy—Finn

I think it was a VERY large millipede. I've had very bad experiences with centipedes... I don't think I'll go into that story.

Kaykay, I hope your little one doesn't squirm a lot so it's easy for you! And I hope he feels better!

Happy and healthy holidays to everyone in case I don't talk to you all before then! (I'm here for Christmas, but I'm gone for Chanukah all day on Monday.)

Nighty Night!


Elanor - Dec 24, 2005 12:18 am (#2520 of 2980)

That's it guys! It is Christmas Eve here, let the fun begin!

I wish you all the most wonderful day!


Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas to all!


PS: oh, oh, oh!!!!


Lina - Dec 24, 2005 12:20 am (#2521 of 2980)

Kaykay, I hope you are not going to have problems with Amoxil, that's the only medicine that my kids liked and always asked for more, never satisfied with one or two spoons that they were supposed to take. But ear infection, that's really not pleasant. All I can say - how good it is that you don't have to take the baby to the day care. Mihaela had them 3 times only in her first year of life...

I woke up this morning and saw white ground, thought that it snowed, but then I saw a shiny clear sky and found out that it was just a hoarfrost. It melted already. I just like the sunny holidays even if it is Christmas.

So, of whatever kind in this time of year!

And this one is just for Audrey:

Off to prepare the place for the tree.


CatherineHermiona - Dec 24, 2005 12:51 am (#2522 of 2980)

So, I just want to wish you all:

Merry Christmas!!!!

And very Happy Holidays!!!!



timrew - Dec 24, 2005 2:11 am (#2523 of 2980)

I would just like to take this opportunity to wish everyone on this forum a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

And to those of you who don't celebrate Christmas, I wish you Love and Peace and Happiness for whatever Festival you celebrate; and a Happy New Year, whenever it falls for you!


jose043 - Dec 24, 2005 5:22 am (#2524 of 2980)

Merry Christmas to you all, Hope you get all the gifts that you asked for.

Josephine & Anne


kaykay1970 - Dec 24, 2005 7:05 am (#2525 of 2980)

I think the baby must feel a little better. He slept all night anyway. He is taking the amoxil very well. Keeping it down is something else. The doctor says he is probably experiencing a little vertigo.

Sometimes I wish I could put him into day care just for the experience. Ok, he's only taken antibiotics 3 times his whole life. But he doesn't know how to interact with children his own age. I have a great niece that shoves and smacks and this is his main exposure with the 2 year old crowd. He prefers to play quietly in a corner.

We have a White Christmas in the forecast, however right now it is merely raining.


Springtime - Dec 24, 2005 7:54 am (#2526 of 2980)

Happy Holidays everyone not matter what you are celebrating may it be a happy one Very Happy

I have a few last minute stuff to get for tonight’s dinner then it's off to finish wrapping and then tidy up. And about 3 put the ham in the oven to cook.

Lots to do better go.


Steve Newton - Dec 24, 2005 8:13 am (#2527 of 2980)

It's early on Christmas eve morning. Everyone have a very happy Christmas.


Troels Forchhammer - Dec 24, 2005 8:37 am (#2528 of 2980)

Happy Yule!

Just a short greeting before the rest of the guests arrive.



Finn BV - Dec 24, 2005 9:03 am (#2529 of 2980)

Kaykay, healing charms to your already healing son! Make Santa bring him the right medicine!

Happy Holidays all!


Tazzygirl - Dec 24, 2005 9:55 am (#2530 of 2980)

Happy Holidays everyone!

Healing Charms to anyone who needs them!

Snow Charms to anyone who wishes for snow-

Here it is a nice clear day with some wind, and a little cool. Can't complain!


Choices - Dec 24, 2005 11:07 am (#2531 of 2980)

Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!! I look forward to another year with you here at the HP forum - may we all come up with wonderful theories to keep us occupied until book 7 arrives. LOL {{{hugs}}}


Ydnam96 - Dec 24, 2005 11:26 am (#2532 of 2980)

Joyous Christmas Eve!

It's sunny and warm here in Azusa (have I ever told anybody that I live right on the Historic Route 66? I do. It's kinda cool.) Anyway. I think I'm gonna cook a ham today. For the first time ever. It should be interesting. We'll see...

See you all around. I'm not going anywhere for the holidays so I'll be checking in all the time.

Have a great day.


boop - Dec 24, 2005 12:42 pm (#2533 of 2980)


Peace on Earth!!!

Have a safe trip where ever you may be heading.

Hugs Always



azi - Dec 24, 2005 12:44 pm (#2534 of 2980)

Woohoo, Christmas eve! I put all the presents out and decided I have 4 books, 2 DVDs and other unidentifiable things. Couldn't resist shaking the presents!

Kaykay, hoping your baby gets better soon!

Tazzy, very glad to have the snow charm! Unfortunately, they say it isn't going to snow!

Everyone have a great holiday!

I'll probably still be around tomorrow though...


kaykay1970 - Dec 24, 2005 1:15 pm (#2535 of 2980)

Thanks for the healing charms! The baby is definitely feeling better. He has run no fever today. His ears were hurting some this morning but don't seem to be now. He even initiated a "pillow fight" which consists of throwing the pillow on my face then throwing himself onto the pillow. Good thing I had my bubble-head charm handy!

Snow is no longer in our forecast which is just as well considering I have a sick child. Not that the rain is much better!

Our new addition to the family was supposed to come home from the hospital today. However they are keeping him because he is not regulating his body temperature properly. It is nothing serious, just a side effect of being a bit premature. He has to stay under heat lamps for now.

Wow! I still have a turkey to cook tonight and a peach cobbler in the morning, floors to mop, dishes to wash and cookies to bake for Santa. WooHoo! I love Christmas!


The giant squid - Dec 24, 2005 3:39 pm (#2536 of 2980)

A quick Happy Holidays (and an extra hug for boop) before I head to work & lose the last of my Christmas spirit.

I think it was a VERY large millipede.--Stephanie M.

A micropede? (Micro- being the next smallest metric measurement after milli-.)



Finn BV - Dec 24, 2005 4:36 pm (#2537 of 2980)


Oh, that was a terrible attempt at wit by you!

Happy Holidays again to everybody! It's a tradition in our town to put out, on the curb, paper bags full of sand with a lit candle in them to "guide" the way for Santa. So our whole street will be lit up in a few hours! It always looks really nice!


Gina R Snape - Dec 24, 2005 4:49 pm (#2538 of 2980)

Happy Holidays, everyone!



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 24, 2005 5:24 pm (#2539 of 2980)

Gina, that was quite cute. Did you draw it yourself?

Merry Christmas everyone.

Best Wishes for a Wonderful New Year.


Stephanie M. - Dec 24, 2005 6:25 pm (#2540 of 2980)

Take a picture of the candles, Finn! It must be beautiful!

It was 56ºF today, which was sooo warm! And a couple years ago (either last year or 2 years ago) it was snowing!!

We just finished decorating (we've been sooo lazy this year!) and our tree looks very pretty. We just need to put our menorah out.

Today, my sister and I went last minute shopping for ourselves, and each other. So now I just need wrap her gift.

Well, I'm off to a very late dinner.


Amilia Smith - Dec 24, 2005 6:44 pm (#2541 of 2980)

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannakah, and Happy New Year! May you all have lovely holidays.



Choices - Dec 24, 2005 7:03 pm (#2542 of 2980)

We're having a warm Christmas Eve in south Alabama. It was sort of rainy today, about 70 degrees and then we had thunderstorms at sundown. When my oven gets heated up tomorrow, I may have to turn on the air conditioner. LOL!

We opened a few gifts tonight and already it is a HP Christmas - I received the Gringott's Bank Set (from Noble Collection) in a nice glass-top display case with a galleon, a knut, and a sickle, and my daughter got a replica of Hermione's wand. They are neat!! Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!!!


Gina R Snape - Dec 24, 2005 7:11 pm (#2543 of 2980)

Yes, Kim. I did draw that.

NYC has been quite warm today as well. I think I prefer it to white Christmas!

I purchased the Noble Collection Snape wand for someone dear to me and it's gorgeous. I can't wait to give it to her.


Choices - Dec 24, 2005 7:20 pm (#2544 of 2980)

Oh, that is another one I want. We have Harry's wand and now Hermione's. I want Snape's and Dumbledore's and I must admit Voldemort's wand looks interesting, and of course Lucius Malfoy's walking stick/wand is a beauty.


Gina R Snape - Dec 24, 2005 7:21 pm (#2545 of 2980)

Oh, yeah. I wouldn't say no to Lucius' snake cane!


Eponine - Dec 24, 2005 7:30 pm (#2546 of 2980)

Merry Christmas!

We opened our presents this morning, and my wonderful husband got me a digital camera. I've been longing for one for many months now, and he bought me a very nice one. My in-laws got me a British edition of HBP, so now I have American and British editions of all the books!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!

Oh, and Jo's updated her site! Go look.


Mrs. Sirius - Dec 24, 2005 11:11 pm (#2547 of 2980)

Merry Christmas everybody!!! I hope it's a good one without many tears!

JK has updated her site and mentioned that she has a "plan" for work. This is really exciting, I was expecting that she wouldn't start working until January. So we know there is a plan in place, yeah!

For those I missed, Happy Birthdays and congratulations. To New Yorker's congratulations, you were great troops.


Tazzygirl - Dec 24, 2005 11:41 pm (#2548 of 2980)

Finn- the street tradition sounds wonderful! You should take a picture of it!

We actually had Santa Ana winds (hot wind) today- making the 80 degree weather even hotter. My parents were suffering, but I was perfect!

Just finished watching A Christmas Story. I love that movie!! Now I am off to try and sleep- ever since I had the surgery it has been really uncomfortable to sleep.

Again, Happy Holidays everybody!


The giant squid - Dec 25, 2005 1:15 am (#2549 of 2980)

Oh, that was a terrible attempt at wit by you!--Finn BV

Thank you, thank you very much.

Back from work; surprisingly, I seem to have a little Christmas spirit left. Luckily I get to work tomorrow night to squeeze that out of me. I did get to screen our print of The Producers, the film adaptation of the stage play based on the movie (didja get all that?). I dug it. Not being anywhere close to New York, this was the only chance I'd have to see it, especially with Lane & Broderick in the lead roles. Sheer genius. If Matthew Broderick doesn't win some kind of awards for this I'll eat my hat!

(Luckily, I don't own a hat...)



kaykay1970 - Dec 25, 2005 4:48 am (#2550 of 2980)

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Madam Pince - Dec 25, 2005 5:15 am (#2551 of 2980)

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to everyone, and Happy Kwanzaa tomorrow I think it is! Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

****clap-clap-clap-clap**** (Joins in applauding Finn's chorus' performance.) I bet it was great -- congratulations!

Kaykay, sorry about the little one's ear infection, but glad it seems to be clearing up. ***knock on wood*** We've been very fortunate in that Little Pince has never had a single ear infection yet in almost 4 years; I was so dreading that because I'd heard that boys were way more susceptible. LP is fine with taking "mediss" as he calls it -- he very readily takes liquid meds. When he got his flu shot the other week he was perfectly fine until he saw the needle, then he said (in a very offended tone) "What is that thing? I don't like that thing.....Mommy, she... OUCH!!!" and he looked at the nurse in a highly affronted manner. It was pretty funny. It took two nurses plus me to hold him down to take the strep test, though. I'm OK with needles -- I just look the other way and pretend it's not really happening -- and dentists are fine too, but I cannot stand for someone else to put something in my eye. I can do it myself no problem, but I used to have this one eye doc who insisted on inserting and removing my contact lenses himself; I tell you, I left a very deep full-body impression in his leather chair.

Everybody in the house is starting to feel a little better -- thanks for the healing charms! -- so naturally, now I'm getting sick. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 9 1242194059 I actually almost made it to the "finish line" before I came down with it -- just had a few more presents to finish wrapping and run the vacuum and do the sweet potatoes before everyone arrived last night, and suddenly I felt like a great big pile of hippogriff dung. Thankfully Mr. Pince finished stuff up, and we had a great dinner although I couldn't eat much. But I'm awake early yet again (even after two Tylenol PMs!) and waiting for everyone else to wake up. Bleah.

On the bright side, there is one package under the tree for me that says "From Harry" so that's a hopeful indicator! Last Christmas one said "From Hermione" and it turned out to be a time-turner, so I'm dying to know what this one could be! It's pretty big, not wand-shaped. Hmmmmm, I'm trying to remember what I verbally admired in the Noble catalog!


Tazzygirl - Dec 25, 2005 7:44 am (#2552 of 2980)

Healing Charms to you all again!

My dad came down with a bad cold, so I get to steer clear of him until he gets better. My doctor said that if I got a cold, it would be really bad and I could be hospitalized. So I think I will do as the doctor says!

Hope you all got what you wanted! I think I am going to try to go back to sleep... (yeah, right!)


CatherineHermiona - Dec 25, 2005 8:07 am (#2553 of 2980)

Well, it was great yesterday! We got a lot of presents and for me that's only the beginning. I like winter holidays the most! First Christmas, then my first birthday, then my second birthday, New Year and then we go to Zagreb and then we will get belated presents for Christmas and my birthday.

Busy holidays. Kate


Tazzygirl - Dec 25, 2005 8:38 am (#2554 of 2980)

Ok, couldn't go back to sleep.

Wow Kate! That is why my sister likes the holidays too- I think I told you, but her birthday is the same day as yours! Hope you got everything you wished for!


Catherine  - Dec 25, 2005 9:38 am (#2555 of 2980)

We're enjoying a quiet Christmas morning. Hope that everyone is enjoying their holidays as well.

Our NYC trip was tons of fun, despite the mass transit strike that caused taxi fares to quadruple overnight. We still did all our sightseeing and took in our shows and ate way too much food. It's a relief to be back home, and I don't think I will ever return from vacation on the 24th of December again. Talk about suffering from Procrastination Syndrome!

Have a great day, everyone! :waves:


Springtime - Dec 25, 2005 10:05 am (#2556 of 2980)

Happy Holidays everyone.

I'm in a quiet spell right now while I wait for us to head over to my sister-in-laws for dinner. Last night’s dinner with my family went very well. the kids got us up at 7 to open gifts. I think everyone is happy with what they got.

Have a great day


Denise P. - Dec 25, 2005 10:26 am (#2557 of 2980)

Insert Christmas floral arrangement

I almost made a HUGE boo boo in the world of getting a gift. I got a gift from a friend, it is not something I like...in fact, I dislike the specific item with a passion. I didn't say anything, I thanked her for the gift and still used it. I will continue to use it since a friend picked it out, thinking of what I may like. I *almost* said something to a group of different friends along the lines of "I don't know why X got me Z. We have known each other D years and I know this comes up every year that I don't like them." I am sooo glad I didn't because a different friend in the second group gave me a similar item!! Same style of item, different specifics of it. I would have been so embarrassed and it would have hurt her feelings so badly to think she sent me something I didn't like.


Ydnam96 - Dec 25, 2005 10:49 am (#2558 of 2980)

Happy Christmas to everyone.

Denise, those flowers are beautiful. Does that mean that Mr. Denise is away? It's good that you kept quiet

Mike, have you seen The Family Stone? I am going to go this afternoon maybe and want to know if it's worth it.

Catherine I'm glad that your trip was good, too bad you were there during the strike.

Kate, your second birthday? Is that your name day?

Well, I'm on the phone with my family (I'm by myself this year). So I'll go now.



Catherine  - Dec 25, 2005 11:15 am (#2559 of 2980)

Thanks for the beautiful Christmas graphics, Denise. Merry Christmas to you and Mr. Denise and all the little Denises.

I am sooo glad I didn't because a different friend in the second group gave me a similar item!! Same style of item, different specifics of it. I would have been so embarassed and it would have hurt her feelings so badly to think she sent me something I didn't like. –Denise

I'm so glad that you escaped the "open mouth and insert foot" moment with the gifts.

Mmmm....foot....**off to check on Christmas dinner**


CatherineHermiona - Dec 25, 2005 11:31 am (#2560 of 2980)

No, Ydnam, that would be birthday with family and birthday with friends. My name day is 25th November.

Merry Christmas again. Kate


Choices - Dec 25, 2005 12:12 pm (#2561 of 2980)

My family and I had a great Harry Potter Christmas - all together we got - replica of Snape's wand, replica of Hermione's wand, two beautiful display stands for the wands - a lightning bolt shaped wood base with mirror top, with "Harry Potter" etched in the glass and two little arms that hold up the wand, a Gringott's Coin Set in glass-top wooden display case, CD music from GOF, a book about Daniel Radcliff, two HP calenders - desk and wall, a book with pictures of all the characters from GOF with bios of the actors, a set of three DVD's of the HP movies out so far, a HP Triwizard Tournament watch, two HP figures - one of Harry holding up his wand and one of Harry riding his Firebolt, a figure of Dumbledore (or could be Merlin) wearing blue robes with gold stars and holding a crystal ball, and a small crystal ball held up by a wizard and a dragon. Our curio cabinet is full of HP stuff - last Christmas we got Harry's wand and the time-turner. Can you tell we are all HP fanatics? LOL Hope Santa was very good to everyone and you all had a very Happy Christmas.


Tazzygirl - Dec 25, 2005 1:34 pm (#2562 of 2980)

Sad to say but I didn't get anything Harry Potter! We might go see the movie today, though. Would make it my fourth time!

I did get an iPod shuffle and the extended edition of Lord of the Rings part 1! I didn't get much else, because my mom will be taking me to get new clothes in a week or so- I love the after Christmas sales!!

Hope everyone has/ had a good day!


Lina - Dec 25, 2005 2:06 pm (#2563 of 2980)

Gina, that was a wonderful greeting card!

I spent the Christmas day in straightening / zigzaging the hair to all my girls (I wonder whose brilliant idea was to put the hair straightener under the tree? ) Now, you can imagine me: always envying people with the curly hair, envying parents of children with the curly hair - having to straighten the hair of the only child that have some waves in the hair, the closest I could have come to having the curly hair in the family...

It was so funny... We open the presents at the Christmas eve, when all the (extended) family is together and Mihaela still thinks that little Jesus is bringing the presents. We brought them under the tree while she was at her grandma's for a moment. Then she came back and didn't notice the presents, singing something about her cousins coming. You should have seen her face when she finally saw them!

Fortunately, we were all healthy enough to go to the church together. Thanks for the charms!

Denise, they say here that silence is gold. I think you are a living proof. I'm glad that you didn't hurt anybody, but maybe you really talked too much about the thing that you don't like that people thought that you wish to get it. Maybe DD had to talk more about the socks...

Peace on Earth!


Stephanie M. - Dec 25, 2005 3:03 pm (#2564 of 2980)

Choices, all I have to say is WOW! I envy you!

I, sadly, didn't get anything HP for Christmas, but tomorrow I have a Hanukkah party, so maybe.....

I hope everyone has a good holiday night!!!

I'm off to do last minute cleaning around the house before my grandparents come over!!


Viola Intonada - Dec 25, 2005 7:24 pm (#2565 of 2980)

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

We had a wonderfully healthy Christmas in our house. I received HP-GoF for Gameboy and the Durmstrang Lego set. Daughters received the Graveyard scene and the Mermaid Challenge (gee, who do you think bought those for them? ) In their stockings they received Lego Hagrid and Dumbledore keychains and cockroach clusters.


Chemyst - Dec 25, 2005 7:54 pm (#2566 of 2980)

I once heard of a kid who had a Christmastime birthday getting an Alice In Wonderland theme Unbirthday party on their six-month birthday in June. 'Seemed like a great idea.

Thanks for the artpad greetings, Gina. You know the scene in GOF where Harry says 'I love magic!' – I got a similar rush playing with the artpad: I love digital canvas!

Sometimes I wish I could put him into day care just for the experience. Ok, he's only taken antibiotics 3 times his whole life. But he doesn't know how to interact with children his own age. I have a great niece that shoves and smacks and this is his main exposure with the 2 year old crowd. He prefers to play quietly in a corner. – kaykay

Uh oh. I feel the preach coming on...
I wouldn't worry about that too much, kaykay. The only important social skill for a two year-old is "No biting, no hitting." (includes no shoving or smacking) Which, when you think about it, has more to do with controlling their own body than interacting with others. Learning that skill does not require a roomful of practice victims.

Some of the best social training for a two year-old is being around people who speak distinctly, with good grammar and vocabulary, and without a lot of distracting background noise. Such early experiences in language development give them the tools to socialize properly as they grow. (...just one of the many reasons they say the family dinner table is one of the best places to learn socialization.)

A lot of parents worry about "sharing" but most toddlers are not yet capable of grasping the concept of freely giving from a generous motive. I'm reminded of a friend who thought her five year-old had mastered 'sharing' until one day, from an adjacent room, she overheard a younger sibling ask for something and the five year-old replies, "No, mom's not here now."   Busted! The kid was sharing only to make herself look good; not from choosing altruism.

There is nothing wrong with playing quietly in a corner; kids develop at their own pace. You don't have to succumb to the pressure of parents who fail to see the irony of pushing their kid to be the "best team player."
...Steps down from soapbox.


Finn BV - Dec 25, 2005 8:10 pm (#2567 of 2980)

Choices, you and your family sure made out like a bandit! Maybe we could have Christmas together some time……

Well, I got the CD AND sheet music to GOF, which is really cool, plus CoS on DVD (I only own that and SS), in terms of HP. Most of my gifts were put towards the school trip to Spain I want to go on in the end of the year, but I also got some other stuff, including a complete Narnia collection (yay! I've been dying to fill my incomplete section, long before the movie was released, so finally it is!), the almanac I like to get every year, tons of new clothes, and three different forms of Sudoku, a book, a travel game, and an electronic version (from three different people, all of whom guessed at presents, not knowing that I had even heard of it Still, I'm very good and I guess I better get going!).

So, I'll be out and about until the 1st, though I may get internet access in Buffalo, where my family hails from and where we're going. But adios until then!


Tazzygirl - Dec 25, 2005 8:38 pm (#2568 of 2980)

Glad to hear everyone is having a fantastic time!

Lina- your tree is pretty!

It was so cute- I went over to a neighbor's house today, and their little boy was on the internet, tracking to see where Santa was heading. The last time I heard Santa was somewhere in South America. I don't know the website the little boy was on, but it was really cute to see him coming running out to tell us where Santa was.

Now it is on to Happy New Year!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 25, 2005 10:18 pm (#2569 of 2980)

Tazzy, that was probably NORAD he was watching. http://www.noradsanta.org/index.php aka North American Aerospace Defense Command. This makes 50 years they been tracking Santa's route.

I had a very Harry Christmas and hope all of you did too!

May the upcoming year bring everyone peace, joy, health, and that most powerful kind of magic, love!


Ydnam96 - Dec 26, 2005 1:05 am (#2570 of 2980)

Happy Chanukah to all those who celebrate. And Happy Boxing Day (I'm not British so I'm not sure if you wish someone a happy Boxing Day or not).

I did go and see The Family Stone and I really enjoyed it. In fact, I may go see it again. It was better than I expected. I also rented Mr. and Mrs. Smith which I have enjoyed as well. I would recommend them to all (although Mr. and Mrs. Smith has adult subject matter which I would not take children to).

The NORAD site is pretty cool. Smile

I hope everyone has had a wonderful day.


Madam Pince - Dec 26, 2005 2:09 am (#2571 of 2980)

Glad to hear that everyone seems to have had a great Christmas! The "From Harry" gift turned out to be a Quidditch game -- it looks really neat! I have not set it up yet, though, because I felt so awful that as soon as we finished opening gifts, I went straight back to bed and have been there all day and all night. I think I have the flu -- sudden onset, achy all over, fever, fatigue, no appetite, etc. What a lovely Christmas! Mr. Pince was going to go to our cabin today with his Dad for a week but he put it off for a day to hopefully take me to some emergency care/nighttime place to see if they can do anything for me. I am not optimistic, but we'll see. I tried to call them yesterday but got answering machines everywhere, although the recordings said they were open on holidays, so I don't know. I am trying very hard to count my blessings and realize how fortunate my family and I are.

Little Pince was so funny -- he went straight to check out the plate with the cookies/milk for Santa and the cheese for Santa Mouse before he even noticed all his loot. He was very happy for the most part, but he had asked for a "supersuit" (from The Incredibles) and I was so excited to have found one for him, but the only comment he made was "Where are the gloves that go with it?" and then he decided to "Save it for after Christmas." He was not even impressed that it is machine washable -- that's a new feature, dahlink.

Denise, I'm sorry that Mr. Denise is away again -- I had been wondering when he was going back but didn't want to ask. I know everyone misses him mucho. The flowers are lovely, though! I would love to be a fly on the wall at your house on Christmas morning -- that's a lot of happy kids! That's so funny that you caught yourself before commenting about the dubious Christmas gift -- I almost did a similar; I almost re-gifted a Christmas ornament that somebody gave us last year (it's lovely but not really in the style of my other stuff) and I was just ready to wrap it up when I thought, "Hmmmm, I'd better double-check; I'm almost certain it was from X and I'm giving it to Y, but better safe than sorry." Sure enough, when I looked at my list from last year, it had been given to us by Y. That would've been ...ummmmm... awkward. We have an elderly family friend who I have always been led to believe all my life that she liked lighthouses -- my aunt always gave her lighthouse ornaments and knicknacks, etc. Recently when I was talking to her I mentioned something about her liking lighthouses, and she said "No, your aunt thought I should like lighthouses." I felt so terribly for the poor woman! Bless her soul, she never said a word all those years, and her house is absolutely crammed with lighthouse stuff from my aunt (and me, too!) She wouldn't say anything because she didn't want to hurt any feelings. What a sweetheart!

Kaykay, that was the reasoning I had for sending Little Pince to daycare twice a week, too, but I have since re-evaluated. I think he learned a lot, but I don't think it would've hurt him to miss it either.

Finn, I've been doing the "word" version of Sudoku that TV Guide prints every week, and I love it! I haven't done a numerical version yet. I think I'd like the letters better anyway.

Well, I think I'm off to go back to bed again (it's 4 a.m.) and hope that the second dose of NyQuil kicks in. I just looked at the disaster all over the floor around the Christmas tree (I was in bed all day, so chaos reigned apparently) and it makes me even more tired than I already was, so I'll just pretend I don't see it. Oh, and the computer screen is all re-sized again and different fonts and shortcuts missing and all -- I thought I had selected "Lock Desktop" option but apparently it doesn't do what I thought it would.... Hmmmmmmm.....

Anyways, Happy Holidays to everyone!


kaykay1970 - Dec 26, 2005 9:36 am (#2572 of 2980)

We had a wonderful Christmas! The children were all happy with their gifts. The 2 year old is having so much fun sitting in his jeep, playing with all the controls and steering wheel. I can't wait to see his reaction once the weather warms and we actuallly put the battery in!


Gina R Snape - Dec 26, 2005 10:04 am (#2573 of 2980)

Glad to hear everyone had such a lovely Christmas. Yes, Chemyst, artpad does feel a lot like magic!

Ok, I had to chuckle about this, but how often in one's lifetime would someone be happy about getting a Graveyard Scene toy for Christmas?! Heeee.


azi - Dec 26, 2005 10:26 am (#2574 of 2980)

Ack, I didn't get online yesterday, not due to being busy, but that our Internet wasn't working! However, it is great to see that everyone has had fun seeing family/friends etc.!

Madam Pince - I do hope you get better soon! Having never had flu **bangs wooden desk quickly, (touch wood...)** I can't really sympathise with how bad it is, but I'm assured it's horrible!

Went to see cousins yesterday. Two were 'normal', as I remember them. The other turned 13 in the last month and I have rarely met such a demanding, narcissistic, materialistic, annoying teenager! She spent all night on MSN and had to change because the clothes she was wearing didn't make her look good on the webcam. My aunt is not impressed with her behaviour and even more so that of the friends she has found (alcohol drinking and nightclub visiting). She was a sweet little girl when I last saw her in April...it's honestly like Kevin from Harry Enfield!

I got 5 whole books for Christmas!!! So happy! Nothing Harry Potter, but then again I didn't ask for anything HP.

Hope everyone continues having fun!


Puck - Dec 26, 2005 11:48 am (#2575 of 2980)

Ahh, I survived the holiday -though we get to celebrate again next week when the Illinois relatives arrive. I have a week to clean this disaster and find homes for the new loot. (My mom always manages to get Maya some huge thing that won't fit into a toy bin or closet.)

Nothing HP here, but I did get the Eragon/Eldest book set, as well as complete Narnia collection. *waves to Finn* I was happy to find some little tourquise boxes from Mr. Puck. They always have good stuff inside!

Hope you feel better soon, Madame P! My 3 year old had a similar gift reaction. Her play kitchen was all set up for her, she took a minute to notice it, then asked "Why didn't Santa bring me the Barbie one?"

So Marie, any chance you sent Mike a hat this Christmas? You know, in case he needs to eat it later...

Now, for a quick check of the threads...



kaykay1970 - Dec 26, 2005 12:42 pm (#2576 of 2980)

My son didn't notice his jeep to start with and instead ran straight to his sister's doll house. Once he decided to investigate the jeep he snatched and ran off with one of the doll house pieces(a toy choo-choo belonging to the doll house children).


Denise P. - Dec 26, 2005 3:07 pm (#2577 of 2980)

You know what was the surprise hit gift in our house this year? Wooden Jacob's Ladders that I got at Pier One for $1.50 LOL I hear that clacking noise constantly from them being played with.


Catherine  - Dec 26, 2005 3:30 pm (#2578 of 2980)

Well, one of the gifts has been a "mixed" hit at our house.

Claire asked for, and received, a "fur real" pet named "Scamps" who is a battery-operated, obedient pet.

Daisy (our younger shih-tzu) has raised MANY objections to this interloper. Claire said, "Daisy is just sad because she knows that Scamps knows more tricks than she does."

Every time Claire turns that darn dog on, Daisy goes into a barking frenzy. I think she is disappointed that Scamps doesn't run. She really wants to give that toy a chewing-out, literally.

Come to think on it, if Scamps's batteries don't run out soon, I may need to give Daisy her fondest wish.


azi - Dec 26, 2005 4:15 pm (#2579 of 2980)

Eeek, Catherine, that toy must be annoying!

Jacob's ladders are so cool! Always wanted one!

Currently suffering from the cigarette smoke and dog allergies found in the local pub. Think I'm going to spend all night wheezing and coughing my guts up. Roll on smoking ban, please! Never going to happen though...


Springtime - Dec 26, 2005 4:42 pm (#2580 of 2980)

Well I did not get HP Scene it but I did get my Adult GoF Very Happy

I also bought the gift set of 4 HP computer games for my daughter.

Hope everyone had a great holiday Very Happy


Tazzygirl - Dec 26, 2005 4:42 pm (#2581 of 2980)

Glad to hear everyone is having a fun time with their presents!

Finally figured out what I was doing wrong when loading my iPod shuffle onto my computer. I really don't get along with technology...

Hope you feel better soon, Madame Pince! I used to get the flu right on schedule every single year. I always got it about the first week of December. So far though it has been a couple years since I last had it. Pretty happy about that!

I am so excited! I get my bandages from the surgery off tomorrow! Yippee!!


Viola Intonada - Dec 26, 2005 7:14 pm (#2582 of 2980)

Glad to hear you will be getting your bandages off Tazzy, hope all goes well.

Madame Pince, I hope you feel better soon.

I forgot to tell about one present yesterday. I did give my kids a box of rocks. I wrapped it in a very nice box, with a beautiful bow. It was the first gift the girls wanted to open on Christmas morning. Since it was addressed to both of them, they were very good about cooperating and opened it together. They burst out laughing when they discovered what it was. Of course, there was a not inside that said, "Just a reminder!"

I finally mailed my Christmas cards today! And bought next years at the post Christmas Hallmark sale. Maybe I should have everyone sign them now before I put them away.....


Gina R Snape - Dec 26, 2005 7:22 pm (#2583 of 2980)

Catherine! I must confess I saw those in Toys R Us and I was very nearly tempted to buy one of the Fur Real cats just to see what my kitty Nymphadora would do to it! Heee.


Puck - Dec 26, 2005 8:58 pm (#2584 of 2980)

Gina, love the kitty's name!

Viola, you win the procrastination award! I think they are now officially New Year's cards.

Azi, I sympathise. I was so excited to find a smoke free pub (years ago when I used to go to such places.) Were there dogs there as well? (pictures a shepard and lab sitting at the bar enjoying a butterbeer)

Tazzy, good luck with the bandage removal. How long until you can resume normal activity?

Cheers, Kathy


Tazzygirl - Dec 27, 2005 12:21 am (#2585 of 2980)

Puck- I have to take it easy for about three weeks (which is now two weeks, which is basically when I fly back to Hawaii ) and then I am not supposed to do any heavy lifting or exert myself too much for the next 6 weeks. My doctor just wants me to be super careful, since he won't be there in Hawaii if something goes wrong. As of right now though, I feel fine. I even slept through the night until 8 this morning (the last couple of days I have been waking up every hour, and then getting up between 5:30 and 6:30.)!

Wow Viola! Definitely the Procrastinator of the Year award! I mailed mine on the monday last week, and I was surprised everyone got their cards two days later- perfect timing, huh? Although I have yet to get my aunt her present... On my mom's side of the family we do the 'secret santa' thing and draw names. With the surgery and all, I haven't had a chance! I think I will do that tomorrow...

Catherine- I make a point every year not to get a toy for a child that I would be around everyday that makes lots of noise- I have had way to many experiences growing up in wishing certain toys would mysteriously get quiet! Although now it is hilarious to see my mom's dog go crazy...

Denise P.- I meant to say earlier that your flowers are beautiful!

OH! Speaking of really cute Christmas episodes with kids- my 7 year old cousin drew my name in the 'secret santa' thing. She sent me the present with a card saying (in really bad cursive!) "Merry Christmas Kristina! In the inside of this card I wrote some hints to what your present is. Love, 7 year old cousin." flip open to the inside of the card, and it has a picture of a ring (with the word 'ring' in cursive), a DVD disc (with word 'DVD' in cursive), a sword (with word 'sword' in cursive), and then a picture of a person with 'Hobbit' written underneath. Guess what that gift was? I thought it was sooooooo cute!


Elanor - Dec 27, 2005 12:25 am (#2586 of 2980)

It was great to read your Christmas wishes everybody (loved the little Rudolph, Lina! ) and that you're all enjoying your presents.

Christmas was great here as well with delicious dinners, wonderful presents and a lot of fun with the family. My mother and I went to a Christmas mass on Christmas Eve that was really charming: it took place in a 12th century old Romanesque church, in a very small village right in the middle of the country. They had tried to heat it a bit for the occasion but our feet were like ice after 15 minutes still. Which didn't really matter because it was fun to be there (there was a wonderful Nativity scene) and to drive back in the countryside seeing wonderfully decorated houses.

It wasn't a white Christmas, though we still saw some snowflakes in the afternoon on Christmas day: it only lasted 5 minutes but it was great! When I woke up this morning though, I discovered that everything was white with snow! It is very pretty, too bad it happens 2 days after Christmas. It should snow more during the week, so it is likely we'll have a White New Year's Eve instead.

Azi, I hope you'll feel better soon, Tazzy I hope everything will be okay for you too!

Have a great day everybody, enjoy your presents!

PS: **waving to Tazzy** you posted when I was writting.


The giant squid - Dec 27, 2005 12:27 am (#2587 of 2980)

Sorry I didn't get to you in time, Mandy. Just as well, though, since our theater didn't get The Family Stone anyway.

Marie didn't send me a hat. Actually, there was a potential mishap--she sent the wife the Rescue From The Merpeople LEGO set; it arrived the same day as the one I ordered. Luckily I had enough time to take mine to Wal-Mart, "return" it and buy the next thing down on her list--Mannheim Steamroller CDs. Actually, my wife ended up with all 4 LEGO sets, a HP 2006 calendar and Lilo & Stitch dolls with hand-sewn wizard robes & hats from my mother-in-law. I got an electronic monkey that does naughty things. My family knows me so well...

As for procrastination, I just bought my cousin's birthday present today. His birthday was December 12th.



azi - Dec 27, 2005 6:09 am (#2588 of 2980)

Puck - yes there was a dog in the bar. The barman had no clue whose it was, it was just trotting around happily while I was there! Not sure what breed - it was grey with darker spots.

I'm feeling better. Still woozy though.

Got very excited this morning. Woke up to discover the tiniest veneer of snow on the ground! Finally! A mile down the road there is no snow and unfortunately it's just about melted now here, but more is forecast! I had checked outside about 7am to see if it had snowed because I heard someone scraping ice of their car and got excited - but no snow! Then, a few hours later, it was on the news it had snowed in West Yorkshire and I was like, 'Eh? No it hasn't,' so I checked outside again and there it was!

Glad to know you're doing well Tazzy! Your cousin sounds so cute!

Have a fun day everybody!


Madam Pince - Dec 27, 2005 9:01 am (#2589 of 2980)

Well, of course there are dogs in pubs! Where else can they get together to play poker?   :goofygrin:

***sympathizes with azi on coughing one's guts out***

Thanks for the get-well wishes! I feel some better today - the whole family went to the dr. yesterday and got antibiotics so hopefully that will help. (Actually, they still wouldn't give Little Pince any antibiotics. He's getting better but still coughing.) The doc didn't think I had the flu, so I don't know what all the achy stuff was about.

Catherine, love the new avatar! I so miss Calvin and Hobbes!

Tazzy, good luck with the bandage removal and I hope all goes well with your recovery!

All the "kid Christmas" stories are so cute! Aren't they funny?!

Oh, forgot to mention one of the coolest gifts we got -- a "fake" aquarium. You do put water in it, but the fish and plants are plastic and the water just bubbles up although there isn't really a filter. It looks very realistic, though! The fish "swim" around and the plants wave gently and it is quite relaxing to watch.

Hope everyone's doing well today!


haymoni - Dec 27, 2005 9:23 am (#2590 of 2980)

Hi all! Survived Christmas!

Christmas Eve we went to my father's and did the traditional Italian all-fish meal - scrumptious! We don't do it old school - we got rid of the eel and cod fish ages ago, but the shrimp and crab were really good!

The kids got waaay too much stuff, although Ungrateful Son had a reality check when he noticed that his pile of presents was significantly smaller than his sister's - she's 5 - easy to buy for. He's 12 - impossible! He received a lot of gift cards, which made his pile seem less impressive. He got over it.

Christmas morning, the reindeer food was gone and Santa drank all the milk and ate half of the cookie. Daughter was disappointed that he didn't eat all of it. I reassured her that the reindeer wouldn't be able to pull Santa for very long if he ate ALL of the cookies that folks left him. She seemed satisfied with that.

We bought her one of those Fisher Price karaoke machines that lets her watch herself on TV while she sings. I'm going to regret that one, I can see it now.

Ungrateful Son is pleased as punch with his Poker Set (we got him the twirly holder kind) and his "007 From Russia With Love" game for the X-box. Hubby has said that he will learn to play that game, so our son is doubly excited.

Lots of Bond movies on this week. I think we'll be saturated when the 008 days are over.

Took the kids to see Narnia yesterday. The theater was packed! It was the first show (4:00 pm) on the Monday after Christmas. You'd think they would have had a 1:00 pm. We really enjoyed it. I might actually read the book now. Oh, I can hear the gasps from here. Yes - "My name is Monica and I've never read the book."

I'm back at work - Congrats to those who still have days off. I am jealous.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 27, 2005 11:21 am (#2591 of 2980)

Speaking of Narnia, how scary is it? I'm contemplating taking my 6-year-old but she's been pretty sheltered and this would be a HUGE step up in the "scare" department. I've read the books to her and she loved them (in fact, Santa splurged and bought the CD's as I couldn't imagine retackling them and the kids were begging for a reread). So, for those of you who took your young children, how was it? Were they scared? Nightmares? Asking to be taken out of the theater? Truthfully, I get a chill every time I catch a commercial with the wolf who turns to the camera and says "Get them." Then again, those flying monkeys from Oz give me the chills, too.


Ydnam96 - Dec 27, 2005 11:32 am (#2592 of 2980)

Hmm...I think that there are some scenes in the movie that would be scary. If she is very familiar with the story and knows what is coming it will be less of a shock, but the characters themselves are pretty gruesome looking (the evil ones). WETA, the company that did Lord of the Rings did the costumes and make-up for this movie...and if you've seen LOTR you know they do an excellent job. The scene where Asland is at the Stone Table with the witch and her crew could be quite scary. I would suggest going to see it without her then if you felt comfortable taking her with you. Or you could wait for it to comeout on video, she would be a year older then...

I get chills from the monkeys in Oz as well. In fact, I'm not a fan of the movie all together (I know, that's horrible). The whole crushed witch under a house and the green witch showing up and scaring everyone. It was too frightening for me as a child when I watched it and now it has been spoiled for life. But I have to say the sequel, Return to Oz, is much, much more disturbing. Has anyone seen it? It's got these roller monkey things and the witch is headless and chooses her head everyday from a hallway filled with the heads of people she has turned to stone. Dorothy's friends get turned into glass ornaments (teapots and cups and little figurines and such) by this rock guy. It's all quite scary. I watched it as a teen and will never be able to watch it again. It gives me the collywobbles.

My cat is furiously scratching at the glass on my entertainment center trying to get into it. It's quite funny (he is clawless so it doesn't do any harm) but he is quite disappointed he can’t get in. :grin


Tazzygirl - Dec 27, 2005 12:22 pm (#2593 of 2980)

In Narnia- the wolves made me jump- but I never read the book, so I didn't know what to expect.

Wizard of Oz- it is my dad's favorite movie, so I think it would crush him if he found out any of his kids didn't like the movie. He was lucky- we all like it. He quotes the movie all the time. As for Return to Oz- I watched it when I was younger, and I don't think I was scared. I don't remember much of it, though. Is it the one where I think it is Dorothy, and she is admitted into a hospital? I think I was a little spooked on that, since it was the old style hospitals. hmmmmm....

Have a good day/night everyone!


Gina R Snape - Dec 27, 2005 12:59 pm (#2594 of 2980)

I think seeing Aslan die might be extremely traumatizing to a small child, who does not know it's coming or know what happens next. I've read that suspense is what affects children the most at that age, and there is a small amount of that in Narnia. But other kids might be scared by the fighting or how ugly some of the dark creatures look. You would know what your child finds scary best. Maybe you should see it first before deciding whether or not to take her?


haymoni - Dec 27, 2005 1:01 pm (#2595 of 2980)

Lupin - my daughter is 5 and she didn't seem to have a problem. It is one long movie, though - we were there 2 1/2 hours.

I jumped at the wolf bit. I wanted to take Mr. Thomnas (? spelling) home. The shearing of Aslan was humiliating. The battle scenes were rough, but not gory. I was more upset at the kids having to leave their mom than I was at anything else. Although, the White Witch & Voldy would make quite a couple.

I think your daughter will be OK, especially since she knows how the book ends.

I didn't let my daughter see GOF because of Voldy coming back to life, but now that I think about it, she probably could have handled that. I don't know how she would have handled seeing Mr. Crouch & Cedric dead though. There are lots of frozen people in Narnia. I can't think of anyone who dies that doesn't actually deserve it.


Chemyst - Dec 27, 2005 1:34 pm (#2596 of 2980)

So, for those of you who took your young children, how was it? Were they scared? Nightmares? Asking to be taken out of the theater? Truthfully, I get a chill every time I catch a commercial with the wolf who turns to the camera and says "Get them." Then again, those flying monkeys from Oz give me the chills, too. - Lupin is Lupin

I saw it with a church group where ages began with age 8 & up, unless the parents attended too, so there were only a handful of younger kids, but no one complained or found it uncomfortably scary, though most kids found it thrilling-scary. There were a couple 'group gasps of shock' among those who were not familiar with the story.
As you would expect, many critters are turned into stone. There are some mythical animals* that savagely leap on other characters. There is a small amount of blood from wounds; it's not dripping-gory. The death scene of Aslan might be tough for small children, especially if they don't know the story that he is resurrected, but your daughter does, so...   From what I know of kids, I'd guess two-thirds of six year-olds would be able to handle the scary scenes just fine and another percentage chunk would be OK if they were prepared beforehand and sitting with their parent. It is really a case where parents must take the responsibility to make the call as to how their kids deal with this stuff and how well they can separate fantasy from reality.

* mythical animals - One difference for me was that when I read the books, I had imagined mostly pasture and woodland animals. Most of the movie animals looked as if they came straight from a medieval bestiary. Apparently my imagination is not very exciting, but the animals are scarier than what I'd imagined as a kid.

Another thing that totally went over my head and I'd never have caught it if some fussy-buddy hadn't felt the need to bring it up, is that in Lewis's day, "Turkish Delight" was their slang term for marijuana candy. I'm not sure that it was intended as a drug reference...


haymoni - Dec 27, 2005 1:48 pm (#2597 of 2980)

I don't know, but some of you were describing Turkish Delight and it looked kind of gross to me.

It was like powder-sugar covered squares of jelly-candy. Yuck!


timrew - Dec 27, 2005 4:48 pm (#2598 of 2980)

Chemyst:- ......in Lewis's day, "Turkish Delight" was their slang term for marijuana candy.

LOL, Chemyst! I'm sure C. S. Lewis didn't mean it this way. I can see him turning Edmund to the dark side, but to also turn him into a drug addict would, I imagine, be 'a bit much' for the time. I'm sure it was your 'regular' Turkish Delight.


Loopy Lupin - Dec 27, 2005 4:53 pm (#2599 of 2980)

Truthfully, I get a chill every time I catch a commercial with the wolf who turns to the camera and says "Get them." – Kim

I haven't seen Narnia yet, but I was curious if your daughter has seen Lion King ? That scene can't be as disturbing as Scar telling the hyenas to "Kill him."

WETA, the company that did Lord of the Rings did the costumes and make-up for this movie...and if you've seen LOTR you know they do an excellent job.—ydnam

LOL!!!!!!!! I cannot tell you how much that is not a selling point here for our dear Kim.

I'm sure it was your 'regular' Turkish Delight.—Tim

I agree with Tim, although having tasted "regular" Turkish Delight, I cannot imagine anyone eating it unless he were consumed with the "munchies."


timrew - Dec 27, 2005 6:02 pm (#2600 of 2980)

Ah, but these were wartime kids, Wayne. Probably not tasted a sweet for years! So Edmund got something chewy with lots of sugar in it. It must have made his day................
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Gina R Snape - Dec 27, 2005 7:52 pm (#2601 of 2980)

This is a good point, Tim. I've always wondered why a child would ask for turkish delight when he could ask for anything at all. Maybe Lewis had a perverse liking of the stuff. Blech.

In the book, the Queen bewitches the sweets so that Edmund keeps craving them, and is compelled to return to her. So, she is a drug pusher of sorts!


Ydnam96 - Dec 27, 2005 8:20 pm (#2602 of 2980)

Haha, yes that is one way to look at it. Actually, I thought they looked rather good in the movie; but I've never had them so I can't really make a judgment.

I bought a steam cleaner thing at the store today. It says it cleans grout and all that. It does not. So tonight on my way to the airport to pick someone up (at 11pm what is wrong with me?) I'm taking it back. So much for being domestic.

Well off to watch some tv.

Night all.


Puck - Dec 27, 2005 8:52 pm (#2603 of 2980)

I'm trying to remember how old I was when I watched the cartoon version of the movie. I was easily scared as a child, but handled it fine. Of course, the new one looks much more realistic.

I'm feeling a little misty as the babe is out growing her clothes and needs to move up to the next size. Since we don't plan on any more kids, it's hard to pack them away and get rid of them. *sigh* She's growing so fast. I love watching her learn new things, so it's so bitter-sweet.




Gina R Snape - Dec 27, 2005 8:58 pm (#2604 of 2980)

See, Mandy. It doesn't pay to be domestic. I hear if you don't dust, for example, the dust doesn't get any thicker after four years!


Ydnam96 - Dec 27, 2005 10:47 pm (#2605 of 2980)

Gina, you are so right. I just jumped in the shower and get this: when I tried to use the steam cleaner earlier today to clean the grout and stuff in my tub I guess I broke the seal or something. I got out of the shower and my entire bathroom was flooded. I can't believe I broke my bathtub with a steam cleaner. Now I'm having to wash my bathroom rug and then try and get it in the dryer before I head out to the airport. Geeez.

Kathy, I would be careful about getting rid of baby clothes. Most women I know who get rid of the baby clothes because they "aren't having any more" end up needing them


The giant squid - Dec 28, 2005 2:44 am (#2606 of 2980)

You'd think they would have had a 1:00 pm.—haymoni

Well, I know our company policy is usually to close early Christmas Eve and open late Christmas Day. This year because the holiday fell on the weekend we opened normally on Sunday, but some theaters may have stuck with the "standard" plan. It's the closest we theater folk get to having a holiday off; movie theaters are a 365-a-year business. besides, you're supposed to be spending the day with family and all that mushy stuff.

Gina, the dust does have a thickness limit, but if you let it go longer than 4 years it starts to change colors. Very surreal... Thankfully(?) I have a wife to remind me that I'm supposed to dust occasionally.



haymoni - Dec 28, 2005 6:40 am (#2607 of 2980)

Mike - I would never begrudge you family time. Especially if you had to dust first.

I was just so surprised at how packed that show was. Narnia has been out for a while. It had even been moved to one of the theaters they use before a movie disappears completely.

Folks were actually using the ushers to find a seat. I haven't seen that in a long time.

Harry Potter folks have enough sense to get to the theater early to find a decent seat when the lights are still up!


Puck - Dec 28, 2005 7:32 am (#2608 of 2980)

I worked at a movie theater years ago, and it never occurred to me I had to ask for time off over Christmas. My Mom was horrified to hear I was scheduled on Christmas Eve, as that is when our family all came over. I did find someone who wanted to switch, and I worked Christmas day instead. Until then, I never realized movies were always open. (Unless a huge bolt of lightening knocks out the electricity.)

Mike, your wife gets YOU to dust? How does that work? Need to try that trick on my husband. Actually I find it's much easier to just vaccumm the dust. Not that I've done it lately.

Mandy, hope you get the shower fixed quickly.

I just asked the boy if his new magnet toys were picked up. Yes, he said, but you can't go look since you're busy. When I informed him that I can and would go look, suddenly he runs down the hall to his room.

The problem with keeping the baby clothes is I've run out of room to keep years of kids clothes. I've already purged the boy stuff. If I do need them again *shudder*, the grandmothers will be happy to provide.



Springtime - Dec 28, 2005 8:08 am (#2609 of 2980)

Hi everyone, have a great day.


haymoni - Dec 28, 2005 8:12 am (#2610 of 2980)

I've kept the clothes that the kids were wearing when I had their photos taken - birthdays, Christmas, etc. - other than that, they get passed on to relatives or donated.

I'll take any clothes anyone wants to give me for my kids. I keep them in the attic until they fit. Hand-me-downs are great!


timrew - Dec 28, 2005 8:36 am (#2611 of 2980)

I read in the paper yesterday, that JKR has promised book 7 will come out in 2006.

I know it's not done to believe everything you read in the papers, but this time I hope they're right!


Marie E. - Dec 28, 2005 8:54 am (#2612 of 2980)

I didn't get Mike a hat, but his birthday is coming soon. Kind of funny about he and I buying his wife the same gift. I can't believe she got all four LEGO sets. I only got two. They are very hard to find here in Colorado Springs. Do you suppose it's because there are only four sets and they didn't want to lose any space on the Bionicles shelf?

We spent the weekend in Missouri with my sister and we had a great time. We went to see Narnia on Saturday. Her town is pretty small so the theater was fairly empty. My six year old didn't get scared, but she's so tenderhearted that she cried about four times. She's heard the story before, in picture books, but had forgotten it. I ended up telling her what was happening next to calm her down. My brother in law cooked the dinner while we were at the movie so it was ready for us when we got home.

I believe what JKR said about book seven is that she's going to begin writing it in 2006. I don't think it will be published until 2007 at least. Wouldn't it be nice, though?


Gina R Snape - Dec 28, 2005 9:13 am (#2613 of 2980)

I read on HPANA that July 7, 2007 was the projected release date. I highly doubt the book will be written, edited, published, marketed and shipped by the end of 2006. But it's nice to imagine!

Actually, July 31st would be a great date to release the book. Harry's birthday for the last book. Wouldn't that be poetic?


Chemyst - Dec 28, 2005 9:43 am (#2614 of 2980)

Gina, why would you want to wait another 24 days? Dash the poetic!


Gina R Snape - Dec 28, 2005 9:52 am (#2615 of 2980)

Ha ha ha ha. Well, Chemyst, the drawback to having it sooner is that the series ends that much sooner. But I was only thinking of the poetics.


azi - Dec 28, 2005 9:57 am (#2616 of 2980)

I can wait for book 7. I mean, after that, what will I do with my life? I'd say 2007 at the earliest the book could be released, perhaps even 2008 is more probable! It will be a big book!

I have some of my baby clothes somewhere, but only special ones like my first pair of shoes. From a young age I purged my clothes myself and gave them to charity. I can easily produce a full bag everytime!

Still snow around, but not deep enough for good sledging. Ah well, I actually have something to do with my life for the next few days. Meeting with old friends, sales shopping, parties etc.

Have a nice day everyone!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 28, 2005 10:16 am (#2617 of 2980)

Thank you all for the Narnia recommendations. I'm still mulling over the suggestions. In the meantime, I had the six-year-old watch The Wizard of Oz. She cried during the hourglass scene (she's the sensitive type) but was nonplussed by the monkeys. My eight-year-old said they were "lame". Geesh, don't kids even know what's truly scary these days?

I can wait for Book 7 as well. I'm still getting over my disappointment in Book 6.


haymoni - Dec 28, 2005 10:32 am (#2618 of 2980)

I still get creeped out when the witch turns towards the audience in the crystal ball.



Tazzygirl - Dec 28, 2005 11:04 am (#2619 of 2980)

When I watched Narnia and I saw the Turkish Delight- my first thought was "So that is what they were talking about on the forum!" and then when Edmund bit into one, I got grossed out. It looked like some sort of Jelly thing wrapped in Powder sugar. No thanks!

As for baby clothes- my mom kept all the outfits that were sentimental. She did keep one outfit that I used on one of my dolls that I got for Christmas- I think it is still on her. My aunt (the one I rent from) drives me nuts with her kids' baby clothes. She wants to keep them all, no matter what. And she is still trying to get the two year old to sqeeze into 6 month old outfits. It's sad. She is big time denying that her kids are growing up. I clean out the two year old's closet when my aunt is out of the house, taking down the clothes that are too small. I then stuff them in a bag and hide them in the attic. Being the nanny, I have certain influence!

As for book 7, I can't decide if I want it to come out now, or in several years. I want to find out what happens, but I don't want the series to end. I seriously think the world will stop turning when book 7 comes to the stores...

Ydname96- sorry to hear about your bathroom troubles!  That is weird that the steam cleaner did that...

Hope everyone has a good day/ night!


Loopy Lupin - Dec 28, 2005 12:44 pm (#2620 of 2980)

I read in the paper yesterday, that JKR has promised book 7 will come out in 2006. – tim

What she promised was that she'd write it during 2006. I got excited about that promise until, reading closely, I realized that being done would be a long way off from being published. Alas. Still, that's much better than a 3 year gap. Like Kim, I should be over my Book 6 disappointment around July of 2007.


haymoni - Dec 28, 2005 1:53 pm (#2621 of 2980)

I have a lovely screensaver that I downloaded from Mugglenet with about 60 scenes from POA.

I have grown tired of Muggles asking me if those are pictures from the new Harry Potter movie. Amateurs!

Anyway, I have sent Mugglenet 2 different emails asking if they are planning to put out another one for GOF.

Did I miss it? Anyway, has anyone out there seen anything


The giant squid - Dec 28, 2005 5:00 pm (#2622 of 2980)

Mike, your wife gets YOU to dust?—Puck[

Now, I never said that...I said she reminds me when I should. She reminds me again a week later, then sighs loudly and does it herself, bemoaning her horrible lot in life and how much drudgery she must endure.

Marie, I got all four sets for her through sheer perseverance (and paying extra for shipping). I went to 8 different stores here in Vegas and none of them had any sets at all. I finally ordered them from legoshop.com, figuring they'd at least have 'em. Turned out even then the Durmstrang Ship set was "backordered". It showed up in time for Christmas, though, so we still got a happy ending to the tale.

Now I have less than a week to come up with something for Marie's birthday... Expect a package somewhere around Flag Day.



timrew - Dec 28, 2005 5:48 pm (#2623 of 2980)

Loopy Lupin:- Like Kim, I should be over my Book 6 disappointment around July of 2007.

So, it's right not to believe all you read in the newspapers!

2007 it is, then. I'm only putting Loopy's quote with this message, because that's what I think, too.


Madam Pince - Dec 28, 2005 5:59 pm (#2624 of 2980)

Perfect! Book 7 coming out on 07/07/07!

Now, I know there used to be something in a thread somewhere that talked about the importance of the number 7 in the series...


Loopy Lupin - Dec 28, 2005 6:47 pm (#2625 of 2980)

I hadn't thought of that. I really hope she can manage to keep all those 7's going. It will give those who are convinced that JKR really is a witch and out to destroy the world so much to talk about.


Ydnam96 - Dec 28, 2005 7:00 pm (#2626 of 2980)

Yay. My shower/tub is fixed. I can't use it until tomorrow but that's okay. I'm just glad it's fixed. And, the new caulk is all pretty white and clean!

The 7th of July would work for me. I will be off for summer break then and will probably have to be back at work on the 16th (my birthday, fun fun). That gives me plenty of time to read and re-read. This year it came out on the 16th and I had to be at work on the 18th. Not as much time. But I wouldn't complain if it came out sooner though Smile

Mike, Flag Day? That's in June. That's quite the procrastination there. If that turns out to be true I think you would win some sort of award!


Puck - Dec 28, 2005 7:44 pm (#2627 of 2980)

Mike, I am familiar with giving up and doing things myself. We once had a stand-off over an apple crisp. He went to get a piece the day after I made it, but discovered it was already molding. I later found it still in the kitchen and asked why he hadn't thrown it away. He playfully told me it was my job, he had a wife now. It was there for days until I finally gave in and tossed it myself.

I do save a few special outfits, but the rest will go. I have a friend whose son is a few years younger than mine, and she happily takes things off my hands. She has an older daughter, so we often trade jackets, etc... and pass them down.

Went to an armory museum today. Knights, swords, etc... There was a demonstration we went to, and the man who sat near the kids commented on how good there were, as they sat without a peep the whole time. So proud.

G'night to all, Kathy

Oh, does anyone think it matters if I read my Narnia books in order of how they were written or in chronological order?


Pigwidgeon - Dec 28, 2005 8:36 pm (#2628 of 2980)

Oh, does anyone think it matters if I read my Narnia books in order of how they were written or in chronological order?

No, not really. I've heard most people prefer the order they were written. But each story, although a continuation of a previous book, stands on its own pretty well.


kaykay1970 - Dec 28, 2005 10:05 pm (#2629 of 2980)

Puck I would read them in the order they are written. Then when you read The Magician's Nephew there will be moments of "Aha! Now I see...."


Ydnam96 - Dec 28, 2005 10:07 pm (#2630 of 2980)

I agree with kaykay. It's kinda fun Smile


Stephanie M. - Dec 28, 2005 10:10 pm (#2631 of 2980)

Hey everyone!

I've been really busy lately with Christmas, Hanukkah parties, doctor appointments, and sofa shopping!

So I wish everyone the best!

I read the first Narnia book (I'm not sure if I finished it), but I read it when it first came out (I think I read it when it first came out...) and I wasn't very into it, so I might have stopped reading it. (I really don't remember. I pretty much blocked it out of my mind.)

And I haven't seen the movie yet either, but I really want to. Maybe that will make me want to try reading it again.

Christmas and Hanukkah were great for me and my family. I think everyone got most of what they wanted.

Then I went to my doctor yesterday, and whenever I go, they always find something wrong with me. Last year, I had a small bump on my collar bone and they made me get x-rays and CT Scans to see what it was. But they found nothing wrong with me, but if I didn't like the bump, then I could always have surgery to remove it. (I decided that I really didn't want to have unnecessary surgery.) But yesterday, they thought that I might have a heart murmur, so now I need to go see a specialist to see if I actually have something wrong with me, and if I do then they have to see if it's "innocent" or more serious. Since my doctor wasn't sure it's probably innocent because she would have noticed it.

To prevent anything from happening to me in case I do have a heart murmur (i.e. heart disease, increased blood pressure, etc), I had to get a flu shot, so I'm either flu free this winter, or a side effect will be actually getting the flu. Plus, my arm is still very sore from the shot.

Today, we went sofa shopping for our living room, and I fell in love with these 2 sofas that go well together. We all decided that we were going to get them, and we had all of the colors picked out and everything. But then we had to take measurements. And to make a long story short, the sofas that I fell in love with are way too big for our living room. So now I'm kind of bummed out.

I think GoF is supposed to come out around April 6th (might be a rumor, but they are pretty sure that it will be in April) so that would be very convenient if it came out then because my Birthday is April 9th. (I've been too busy to really check out the other threads and other websites.)

I REALLY hope book 7 comes out in the 7th month on the 7th day in year '07! That would be so cool! (But if it comes out earlier than that, I will gladly go out at midnight and buy a copy. )

Edit: My entire family kept telling me that I was growing, and I looked so much taller, but then my doctor measured me and I didn't at all. But the good news is that for not growing I didn't gain any weight. (I gained .2 of a pound). But that also means that I probably won't grow at all (Well, at least I made it to 5"1/4' that's taller than a lot of people out there!)


Viola Intonada - Dec 28, 2005 10:33 pm (#2632 of 2980)

*Proudly totes around "Procrastinator of the Year Award" *   Sorry, Mike, maybe you'll win it next year. But, in all fairness, Christmas lasts until Three Kings Day. I still would have had plenty of time to mail my Christmas cards.

I had a similar story of panic with the Harry Potter Legos before Christmas. I ordered a set for each child a couple of weeks before Christmas. Then when we took them separately to buy gifts for each other, they wanted to get the Lego sets. Fortunately for me, all the stores were sold out by then. So I didn't have to blow any Christmas surprises. whew.

Yesterday, the kids and I went to an afternoon party. We had a great time, except that I picked up one of my friends 2 year old and hurt my back. Today was spent lying on the couch telling the kids to keep the laundry moving along. The worst thing about it was having to have my ten year old put my shoes and socks on for me. I can't bend over with out extreme amounts of pain.

Dust?!?! But that would destroy the "Shrieking Shack" effect that I have been so carefully trying to achieve with my house.  :goofygrin:


Elanor - Dec 29, 2005 1:08 am (#2633 of 2980)

Hello everybody! I hope you're all well. **sending healing charms just in case and sending all the good charms I know to Stephanie**

Weather of the World column news: it's been snowing here, a lot for a couple of days and more snow is still falling this morning, though the wind that was making it swirl and created quite big amoun