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T Brightwater - May 18, 2005 6:01 am (#2101 of 2981)

Phoenix song, it sounds like you need the entire Hogwarts kitchen staff for that one, not to mention a Strengthening Solution, a few Cheering Charms, and a large bottle of aspirin. Yikes! How big is this wedding anyway? Is the entire trucking company coming?

Julia, I'll echo the recommendations for comfy shoes. Good luck, and I hope it gets easier for you. Obnoxious customers have to be the worst part of the job; I hope you don't have too many. (Visualize turning them into ferrets and bouncing them around a few times!)

Lina, glad to hear it! We get to read more of your great posts!

fleur-de-lys, hang in there and keep us posted.

Thanks for the recommendation, Mike. I was rather disappointed by "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," except for Alan Rickman, who does a great depressed robot. (Was he the original Marvin on the radio series, does anyone know?) Oh, yeah, the Vogons were good, too.


Loopy Lupin - May 18, 2005 6:25 am (#2102 of 2981)

I've been so busy last week and this week that I threatened to get doughnuts from Krispy Kreme and arrange them decoratively on a cake stand and call it a day—Catherine

If that is what you are actually going to serve, can I join your book club? Mmmmm Krispy Kreme..........

Ruthlesspenguin--- We sang a lot of songs in middle school that, upon the reflection of time, seem to be rather odd choices such as all the Village People hits. I must admit, though, singing along to the Time Warp takes the cake. Mmmmm Cake...........

Also, while I'm not overwhelmed by the new Star Wars movies, I feel good for all the Star Wars goobers who must be too excited to speak. (I should disclose that I haven't seen Sith yet and Mike's review is encouraging.) In years past, this would be an opportunity for me to, perhaps, be a little snarky and have a little fun. However, since I will most likely be pushing 9 year-olds out of my way at the Barnes & Noble this coming July, I have no room to talk.

Have a good Wednesday all!


pottermom34 - May 18, 2005 6:42 am (#2103 of 2981)
Edited May 18, 2005 7:14 am

Let's see where to start,
Well gas is finally starting to come down its been as high as 2.45 and as low as 1.98 lately. It will go from 2.05 to 2.29 within 3 days around here.

I have a co worker who is in theatre and has been doing Rocky Horror, so I mentioned the forum to him and he started singing Time Warp for me. That was fun.

Squid Mike--I think some of the stores around here still have Hagrid's Hut on the shelves, I can double check.
My high school band used to play the imperial march at graduations

Denise, my daughter still has 2 or 3 more weeks of school. when do yours start?

birthday wishes and cheering charms to all who deserve them.

Julia, just think of all the tips you'll make to ease the aches and pains of waitressing. I hear your pain about every customer coming in at once. If it makes you feel better at the zoo, this is the time of the year for school groups and we've had 300-400 kids coming in ALL AT ONCE also. I heard they were all in line at once for camel rides yesterday. And we get groups of 20 people in the gift shop all at once, and it's not a very big gift shop either. Good Luck to you, gotta love summer!


Edit : I forgot to add ONLY 6 MORE MONTHS (from today)TIL GoF MOVIE!!!


Chemyst - May 18, 2005 7:33 am (#2104 of 2981)

I usually read this thread with a notepad or word processor window on stand-by, but today It's just memory ...so I'll see how that goes.

Julia, the first week is always the most tiring, so take heart. You'll find your groove. And do like Lina says about the shoes; it helps.

Lina, I don't think you realize how much your Croatian-flavored comments spice up the forum, but your postings have added many bright moments to my days. And I'm probably 110% wrong on this, but I so identify you with your old avatar of Molly that she is what you "look like" to me.

Catherine, never feel guilty about serving doughnuts, especially for a morning meeting. I have been to meetings where the hostess's idea of proper refreshment was diced celery in jello with a dollop of mayonnaise. Trust me, doughnuts are fine.

Gina, that's a cool little southpark studio thingy. I've never had cable, (and the only thing I know about them is that, when it comes to southpark, 'potty mouth' does not refer to talking about Harry Potter,) but it's still fun to build one's own cartoon characters.

Mike, StarWars - It's nice to know it rates a couple of 'Squees"   Except for the darkside M&Ms, I haven't caught the excitement, but, on your recommendation, perhaps I'll catch a matinee in a couple weeks.

Barbie, 70 pounds of powdered sugar, 30 lbs of Crisco ~ Doing the math; over a 100 pounds of icing! You are going to need the semi-truck just to transport the cake from the kitchen to the reception! (Watch for pot holes!)

Cheering charms & prayer to those facing trials, loss, and summer vacation.
To all others not mentioned by name, I did read your post!


Sirius Lee - May 18, 2005 7:40 am (#2105 of 2981)

Mike, I feel for you, it's gonna be nuts for a while! I am on the opposite side of the film business on this one and couldn't be happier. I work for a studio that is not involved with Star Wars, and so we're all expecting to just sit around for a few weeks twiddling our thumbs (and playing with the pingpong table the big boss insisted on getting!). Our next release isn't even until June 10 because we don't want to even attempt to compete. With award season over and Cannes wrapping up, we're all looking at Star Wars as a nice break!


mike miller - May 18, 2005 8:10 am (#2106 of 2981)

Happy belated birthday to Fawkes, Phreaker and Lauren! I guess we all fall under the sign of the bull as my birthday was yesterday. I had to go in and update my profile to reflect both mine and my daughter's birthdays.

A combination of work and physical therapy (PT) are continuing to make it difficult to keep up with this thread among others. I've been going to PT 3 times a week for pain in my right shoulder that was preventing me from playing softball. The situation is improving. I played last evening although did not have to make a throw that would test my arm.

Well, already late for my 11am meeting. I'll try to get back later...


Phoenix song - May 18, 2005 8:11 am (#2107 of 2981)

T Brightwater: "Phoenix song, it sounds like you need the entire Hogwarts kitchen staff for that one, not to mention a Strengthening Solution, a few Cheering Charms, and a large bottle of aspirin. Yikes! How big is this wedding anyway? Is the entire trucking company coming?"

Thanks for the Cheering Charms and Strengthening Solutions. I could sure use them! The wedding is going to be moderately large, around 250 people. The cake wasn't picked according to the size of the wedding, it was picked according to the pickiness of the Bride. I've told her that the cake that she's chosen is graphed to serve around 450 people, and asked that she modify the size a bit. It was a definite no-go with her. She's very sure of what she wants and won't let facts modify her stance. (Read that she's quite stubborn and a bit selfish. **OOPS! I didn't mean to let that slip out! Sorry!** )

Her response to my telling her that she is having me bake and decorate twice as much cake as is needed is that she's currently dieting, so she'll be able to eat all of the left overs when she returns from her honeymoon. What can I possibly say to that?

Catherine, yes... about 100 pounds of icing. (Estimated of course, but according to my calculations right about spot on.) The size and weight of the cake are quite a concern for me. I'm only a semi-"professional" cake decorator, and have quite purposefully steered away from wedding cakes because they're so much bother. I'm going to have an ulcer the size of Texas before I've delivered this cake.

It doesn't help me too much that I'm hearing all of these stories from my husband, (who used to deliver wedding cakes when he was a manager at a grocery store), about how often the cake doesn't make it to the reception hall in one piece. All that I need is to spend the next month preparing this cake and have it all fall apart on me during the 15 minute drive to the church!

On a lighter (and less caloric) note, I've recently adopted two kittens. One looks so much like Professor McGonagall's Animagus form that I'd have called it Minerva if it wasn't a male. I settled on "Snitch" instead. The other kitten is black, and I was all set to name him "Snuffles" when he went ballistic and began hissing and spitting at my dog. He was so vehement and ticked off that I decided, right then and there, that only one name would ever do for him... I call him "Snape".

Have a good day everybody!

Happy Belated Birthday to Mike and to everybody else that I've missed. I hope that you all had great ones! Mike, I hope that the PT works wonders for you!


Shannon aka Brammwell - May 18, 2005 8:22 am (#2108 of 2981)

Happy Birthdays to everyone celebrating in May and Congratulations to all the graduates!

Pheonix Song - that is one amazing cake, will have to take pictures to show us all when it is done. As for the groom's cake it reminds me of Steel Magnolia's when they'd made an armadillo cake with gray icing and red velvet cake inside! Must be something about groom's cakes that they are very unique and not in form with the wedding theme?

Julia - I remember my waitressing days well and like everyone else the best suggestion that I can give is in the foot wear. If your feet are happy then the rest of you will be happy. As I am the Queen of Warts and Hobbit Feet I can empathize with sore feet.

As for me I'm finally going back to work after my surgery next Tuesday.  It's been nine weeks so I'm ready to return. That and I've now scrapbooked 50 pages; next I'll be scrapbooking the cat having a nap!

Also it is my daughter's birthday tomorrow, we're having the official party on Saturday at a local pool. For all those mothers out there can somebody tell me where the time has gone, I can still remember it like it was yesterday when I'd had her and now she's six!


Denise P. - May 18, 2005 8:29 am (#2109 of 2981)

I have a 10 year old who can't believe how unreasonable his dad and I are being. Can you believe it? We will not go camp out in line to catch a midnight showing of Sith or allow him to skip school to go see it. @@ You know every other parent in the world is allowing this. We have told him that he will get the chance to see it within the next few weeks but we are not going anywhere near a theater for at least 10 days.

My kids will start back to school August 11th, if I am not mistaken. That is about the time they normally go back. It is a big switch from where I grew up in CA. We started school after Labor Day and ended in mid June.

Wow on the wedding cake! The bride sounds a bit....interesting. Twice the amount of cake she needs and she thinks she will eat it all? Yeah, okay. Even if she freezes the top portion, that sounds like a whole lotta cake!


Eponine - May 18, 2005 8:30 am (#2110 of 2981)

My husband's aunt partially made our wedding cake in North Carolina, and then drove it to Tennessee for the wedding. She didn't fully decorate it until she got it there, but I was still very worried about the cake though. That's a lot of cake you're making. Good luck!

Edit: we're going to see Return of the Sith Thursday evening. My favorite tagline for the movie has to be 'Sith Happens'


Marè - May 18, 2005 8:31 am (#2111 of 2981)

but I so identify you with your old avatar of Molly that she is what you "look like" to me.
Me too! And Fawkes looks just like Hermione, for that matter...

. . . doesn't help me too much that I'm hearing all of these stories from my husband, (who used to deliver wedding cakes when he was a manager at a grocery store), about how often the cake doesn't make it to the reception hall in one piece. All that I need is to spend the next month preparing this cake and have it all fall apart on me during the 15 minute drive to the church . . .

I know nothing about wedding cakes, sorry, but if they are made of layers, isn't it possible to move them in pieces and put them together at the destination? Anyway good luck on baking. And I'd take the bride on her word: let her eat all the leftover cake! I remember an episode of Friends about that, they made Joey eat a very big turkey I think...


Loopy Lupin - May 18, 2005 9:02 am (#2112 of 2981)

We have told him that he will get the chance to see it within the next few weeks but we are not going anywhere near a theater for at least 10 days. – Denise

Awwwww. You're no fun.


Denise P. - May 18, 2005 9:08 am (#2113 of 2981)

Darn right I am no fun! I recall standing in line for 90 minutes to see Episode I. The theater was jam packed and 10 minutes into the film, the air went out. There is no way I am risking that again right now LOL

I am a paranoid mom and I just can't let my 10 year old and his buddy go into a theater without an adult with them. I KNOW they would be fine but I would worry so unless an adult is with them or sitting on the bench reading while they see a show, they are not going.


Loopy Lupin - May 18, 2005 9:19 am (#2114 of 2981)

Well, actually in that respect, I don't think you're being paranoid at all. I don't think a 10 year-old or even two of them should be allowed to go to the movies alone unless an adult is in the same building somewhere. Even saying that, I only let my then-11 year-old nephew even see a different movie than me and his then-12 year-old brother because he was accompanied by his then-15 year-old sister. The boys are a year older now and I still wouldn't go for that and certainly wouldn't drop them off and pick them up later. It is not that I have concerns about them; whoever might kidnapp them would bring them back within an hour. Rather, I would be afraid that the theater might not still be there when I got back.


Fawkes Forever - May 18, 2005 9:19 am (#2115 of 2981)


Fluer, just to let you know I'm thinking of you *sending you a great big squishy hug*

And Fawkes looks just like Hermione, for that matter...

LOL Marè - maybe a 'few' years ago (try 15).

ydnam96 - I'm not going to mention how much my car cost to get fixed... (for fear of bursting into tears or a fit of rage), It's bit of a sore point right now! But hey... I like beans & I like toast... so I'll last til pay day *muttering incantations of curses to send to the nasty 'rip-off merchants' from the Ford garage*

Thanks for the belated birthday wishes...

Actually, I'm in a giddy mood right now. One of my American colleagues just sent me a video clip from SNL. Apparently at the weekend, SNL did a skit on the company I work for. It's very funny... & scarily true... I wonder did the dementors watch it! Hee hee

Hope you had fun watching Episode III, Audrey


T Brightwater - May 18, 2005 9:24 am (#2116 of 2981)

Phoenix song, has anyone warned your husband's brother about this woman? She sounds like bad news to me! (In fact, she sounds a bit like Lady Schrapnell in _To Say Nothing of the Dog_, which I would recommend as a restorative when this is all over - it's a hoot.)

I've played weddings like that, and they're a nightmare, especially for someone with a very soft instrument. I usually have to be in costume because someone wants a "Renaissance theme," but most of the time when I get there the musicians are the only part of the decor that is remotely recognizable as Renaissance. Then I have to smile at people with more money than brains who ask me if I'm playing a mandoline, or ask why the neck of my guitar is broken, (if they were really interested it would be one thing, but usually they just think they're being funny) and since I don't know whatever charm that the lute player in the Weird Sisters uses to make himself audible, nobody can hear a note - sometimes not even me!


VeronikaG - May 18, 2005 9:35 am (#2117 of 2981)

Happy Birthday, Fawkes, Lauren, Phreaker and Mike. Better late than never.

Ponine must indeed live in Norway. Not did I know she did. Nothing in her posts or even her profile reveals where she comes from. At least now it will be easier for me to mentally separate her from Eponine.

I've missed out on so much information going on around here. You've had your baby Denise?

And about going to the movies alone, I was 12 first time ever I was allowed to go into town in the evening to see a film without adult supervision. Off course all my friends were allowed out alone years before, but you know what the parents in my neighbourhood was like.... Never let your children do anything that seems like a bad idea even if all the other kids are allowed to. There are just too many bad parents out there.


Good Evans - May 18, 2005 9:40 am (#2118 of 2981)

Happy birthday Mike

loads of strengthening potion for Fleur, sent with a hug

cheering charms to those who need them

Loopy - I fully understand your compassion for the theatre, when I take my kids anywhere I always think about what damage can be done!!!

re wedding cakes : Mine was made by a friend who lives in Dorset - I lived in Sussex so a three hour drive to transport cake on "interesting roads". She had a sign "cake on board" and was really nervous about the transport - no problem all got here safely, delivered to the hotel night before the wedding - hotel moved it 50 feet from the kitchen to the reception room for the wedding and ....... dropped it!!!!

My friend was livid, but luckily it was only a bit cracked on the icing and wasn't noticable unless you really looked at it, but as I say my friend was so angry with the hotel!!!


mike miller - May 18, 2005 9:40 am (#2119 of 2981)

Fawkes - Thanks for the birthday wish! I hope you enjoyed your day away from the dementors. As s birthday present to me, I just orderd Harry's PoA wand from Noble Collection.

On the car repair bill issue, here's a tip from my grad school days. You don't need milk or butter to mix up a box of macaroni & cheese if you don't drain all the water out of the macaroni! I know how the car repairs can go. Two cars ago, I was so excited to have paid off the loan only to spend nearly as much over the course of the next year to keep it running.

EDIT: Thanks Julie (Good Evans II)


Denise P. - May 18, 2005 9:40 am (#2120 of 2981)

Nope Veronika, I still have a looong ways to go. This baby is not set to be released until the end of August Smile


Phoenix song - May 18, 2005 9:46 am (#2121 of 2981)

Mare, usually you can make the cake in separate layers and then separate it for the transport. The cake that my future sister-in-law has chosen, however, is a "stacked" and tiered cake. When a cake is stacked, it has two or more different sized cakes placed directly upon each other. These cakes, (being notoriously difficult to center, decorate, and transport), have to be kept together during transport and decoration. I'll be able to take it apart at the separation plates. It will then be in three separate pieces, the top tier is no big deal. The middle and bottom tiers, though, will consists of 2 separate sized cakes (as large as 14 inches in diameter) with 4 layers of cake each. It will be tricky to move 8 layers of heavy cake without having any shifting. I think of it as being about as much fun as trying to move a sand castle.

Denise, I TOTALLY agree with your decision not to let your 10 year old go to the theater unsupervised. I would never allow my kids to do that either. Sure, chances are they'd be totally fine. But it only takes a fraction of a second for something irreversible to happen.

You remind me of this plaque that I got for my mother the year after I married. The title of it was "My Mother is the Meanest Woman in the World". You should have seen the look on her face when she first saw it! It went on to talk about how she never let us do all of the things that other mothers allowed their children to do, like go to friends houses without knowing their parents, or staying out as late as we wanted, eating what we wanted, doing what we wanted. We were grounded, punished, and held accountable for our actions. We had responsibilities/chores at home when our friends did not. We were not allowed to stay out all night with our friends in order to buy tickets to concerts, or go to parties that were unsupervised by trusted adults. The poem ends by thanking this "mean" woman for raising us up to be responsible, civilized, centered people. My mom still has the plaque hung beside her bed to remind herself of what a great job she was doing. There's old saying that you're on the right track in raising your children when they think that you're being mean and unreasonable... not at all like "everyone else's parents".


Edit: Good Evans, I would have been SO upset with the hotel that dropped the cake as well. It's a good thing that it wasn't that noticeable... but STILL!!


Denise P. - May 18, 2005 9:56 am (#2122 of 2981)

Boy Barbie, that could have been written by my own kids! Glad to know I am not the only mean mom out there

My now 23 year old thought we were grossly unfair for not buying her a car when she turned 16. She bought her own car, with money she saved, when she was almost 19. Now, in looking back, she thanked us for sticking to that because she valued her car much more, knowing the effort and time she spent in saving the money, than if we had just handed her a set of keys.


I Am Used Vlad - May 18, 2005 11:00 am (#2123 of 2981)

Denise, my sister will not let her 10-year-old see Star Wars tonight at midnight, either, even though he will have relatives there.


The giant squid - May 18, 2005 11:04 am (#2124 of 2981)

Denise, I'd like to add my support to your decision to wait (poor kid, he's getting no help at all ) Besides the crowds, Episode III really did earn its PG-13 rating. There's some stuff you'll want to see with your kids.

Happy birthday, Mike M!

pottermom, the Hagrid's Hut set I'm looking for is from the first movie (item # 4707). It's been off the shelves since before PoA came out because they came out with a new version. I appreciate all you guys checking for me--who knows there might still be one out there somewhere, tucked behind the latest Bionicle or something.



Elanor - May 18, 2005 11:41 am (#2125 of 2981)

WOW!, "oh my G-D!" and "I'm all shaken" is nearly all that I could say for a while after seeing Episode III! Mike, you're right, it really worth it (and your calculation was very good BTW! ). To be honest, I even shed a tear sometimes. Actually, the simple fact of seeing "a long time ago..." and "STAR WARS" appearing on the screen at the beginning gives me goosepimples so I guess I am a real SW freak (sorry about that! ) but really, you won't be disappointed, even if you didn't like the Episodes I and II.

After the movie, that I saw with my brother (another freak), we couldn't stop talking about it (between "wows" and "oh my G-d" and stupid grins). It does so much good to feel like that! I can't wait for July 16th to come! But if I was in that state today I really wonder what it will be then... Do you think St Mungo has a special ward for that?

Have a great day everybody!



Chemyst - May 18, 2005 11:46 am (#2126 of 2981)

Denise, your daughter's car ownership story has some hard-nosed insurance statistics to back up your decision. I read them a while back and, unfortunately, forget the exact numbers, but they were impressive. Teens who buy their car with their own money are several times less likely to have an accident than those whose cars are given to them. And if anyone knows how to look up that exact number, I'd appreciate it.


librarian314 - May 18, 2005 12:19 pm (#2127 of 2981)

Hey all!

I think I'm probably going to be a candidate for one of those mean mom plaques as well. I regularly fuss at our 6 year old about manners and speaking English. We use ma'am and sir in our house, as well as thank you and please and proper English grammar. I have been heard to say, "We speak the Queen's English in this house not Grunt language, child!"

I survived a similar upbringing and really appreciated it when I started to travel abroad and then again when I went college.

My husband and I have yet to decide when we are going to see the new Star Wars. We still need to find a baby-sitter.

Phoenix Song - Good luck on the cake thing. Have you thought of doing a scale model of the cake, so you have to work less? You could make it look mostly like the one she wants, just not as big. Done right, she'd only know the difference were she to get out calipers and start measuring. Even three-quarters the size she wants would be some help.

The cake really isn't all that important. I can't tell you what the cake looked like at anyone's wedding except my best friend's which looked like a castle with ivy trailing up the side. I barely remember what my wedding cake looked like. (I remember the groom's cake, because it wasn't decorated with the same flowers as the wedding cake. In fact, it wasn't decorated at all, just frosted. I didn't freak out because there wasn't anything that could be done about it and it wasn't worth getting into a tizzy over.) It gets all cut up and eaten anyway.

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Ticker - May 18, 2005 12:44 pm (#2128 of 2981)

Grooms are supposed to get their own cakes? So many things I never knew...


GryffEndora - May 18, 2005 12:47 pm (#2129 of 2981)

Fawkes - Do you work for Oracle? That skit was Hi-larious!!! As a theatre person I think the best part is when he yells have you people ever heard of Glo-tape?

Phoenix Song - Good Luck with the cake! I like the idea of scaling it down in an unnoticeable way. Although, depending on the bride she just might whip out the calipers so you be the judge.

Julia - good shoes will make all the difference in your feet and back. A good pair of shoes can get you through an entire day with the aches that cheap shoes get you in a couple of hours. Remember your entire body is being supports by your feet. Start with a good foundation and the entire building is more stable and stronger.

fleur-de-lys - my thoughts are with you and your Mom.

Elanor and Mike - I'm so glad to hear Episode III is good. I waited in line for the midnight showing of Episode I and was so disappointed after my second showing (that I had to see cuz I was so tired from finals and midnight that I didn't really take it all in the first time) that I only saw Episode II on DVD and then repeated several times on Cable. Had to see Yoda fight. I am getting excited again. I'm starting to feel the old Star Wars Love coming back. Thanks!


septentrion - May 18, 2005 12:48 pm (#2130 of 2981)

Star Wars will be this week-end for me, I don't want to be exhausted from a day work when I watch it.

Happy birthday Mike !

Julia, how brave from you to take a job as a waitress. It seems to me to be one of the most difficult jobs in the world.


Ladybug220 - May 18, 2005 1:29 pm (#2131 of 2981)

Ticker, I think it is mainly a Southern tradition, but many times the goom's cake will be some other flavor from the bride's - especially when the bride's cake is white.


Catherine - May 18, 2005 1:31 pm (#2132 of 2981)

I like the idea of scaling it down in an unnoticeable way. Although, depending on the bride she just might whip out the calipers so you be the judge. –GryffEndora

LOL! How subversive, to subtly change the dimensions of the cake. You know, Barbie should do it just to send the bride sideways.

I have this horrible image of Barbie buying a kazillion pounds of Crisco to the stares of the checkout clerk. Your lion cake looks really good; I hope your sis-in-law appreciates your efforts.

Well, Mr. Catherine is itching to see Sith, but I have no intention of beating the crowds today. Tickets went on sale here at 9 a.m. for the midnight showing. I may be a nerd, but I'm not that much of a goober!


applepie - May 18, 2005 1:42 pm (#2133 of 2981)

Ladybug/Ticker - I am from the South and our groom's cakes are traditionally chocolate.....just a little f.y.i.


Denise P. - May 18, 2005 2:31 pm (#2134 of 2981)

There's some stuff you'll want to see with your kids.

Mike, there is that aspect as well. I feel better seeing a film first to see exactly what earned the rating and if I need to prepare the kidlets for anything prior to the film. I think he can deal with a lot and not be bothered but I like to know exactly what he is seeing.

Can you be a bit more specific on details, like is it language, violence or the blushing parts that may have earned the rating? He has seen all the other films and I know when not at home, he watches movies I would never allow him to see (like Predator!)


VeronikaG - May 18, 2005 2:41 pm (#2135 of 2981)

Just a piece of information I've been forgetting all along. If any of you have read a Live Journal by a girl called VeronikaG, that's not mine. Discovered to my surprise that user name was taken. I'm not responsible for anything she has written there.


fleur-de-lys - May 18, 2005 3:03 pm (#2136 of 2981)

WOW, 42 messages since last night. I couldn't go through them all yet, as dinner is bubbling merrily in the cauldron, but I wanted to update everybody real quick.

First, thanks so very much to everyone for your prayers, words of encouragement, info and magical pick-me-ups. It’s so wonderful to be a part of a community that cares so much. I really appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.

Mom is home. She was released today. She's doing quite well, although she is tired. We cleaned out her kitchen of all evil food, so she's set on that aspect. Her catheterization (sp? again) went well and there were no blockages, praise God! So that's a good thing. She's supposed to be able to go back to work on Monday too, she's a school bus driver. So, I think that's a good sign. She's got a whole new pile of medication and they'll be doing blood work every so often to see how the medication is working. All in all, things are looking pretty good. It will be a major lifestyle change for her. She's dieted well in the past, but the low sodium and diabetic diets are a new thing for her. The hubby and I are going to start to follow similar diets as well, seeing as how both heart problems and diabetes run rampant in both of our families.

So, that's the update. I'll read through all the new posts and see what else is being discussed soon. Thanks again, everyone for all your prayers and support. Its great to know you care and that I'm not alone in this. To know others have gone through this and know what its all about is a great comfort. Thanks again and cheers to you all. I'll be in the Three Broomsticks soon to buy a round of butterbeer and firewhisky!

PS: Barbie (Pheonix Song), I did get your email, thanks so much and will be replying very soon. You're a sweetheart!!!!!!!


Catherine - May 18, 2005 3:13 pm (#2137 of 2981)


What good news that your mom is improving and will be able to resume her old life, although with different choices.

Not to sound preachy, since I am not exactly a model of extreme fitness and slimness, LOL, but Mr. Catherine and I really enjoy many of the recipes from the publication Cooking Light. What's great about most of the recipes is that you are not trying to change an old favorite into something healthy, but they provide a lot of flavorful and interesting foods that are good in their own right. My children have grown up on many of these recipes, having no idea that they are "lighter" than other foods, and many of them are favorites. When my husband takes leftovers to reheat at work when he's working late, or busy in lab, everyone always comments on how tasty things look and smell. They have special sections on "Quick," "Vegetarian," and "Techniques." Not to mention that the alphabetical index at the end is quite handy.


Lina - May 18, 2005 3:29 pm (#2138 of 2981)

Phoenix song, your Griffindor lion is great! I tried to do some themed cakes for my children's birthdays but I was never patient enough to make it so accurate. No wonder they wanted you to make the Wedding and the Groom's cake. I'm sure you will do a great job (again). It is normal to get a little panicked (I like the phrase from the CoS movie "Can we panic now?") about the great amount you have to make, but you can't fail it! And, as I can see, you are getting very well along with your, what she is exactly, sister in law in law? (We have a very wide variety of expressions for the in laws here...) I like the way you named your cats! I hope Snape will make friends with your dog, it would be a good omen...

Ponine, I showed your remark on Prof. Balthazar to my daughter and she said "Where is she from? I know that he is known in Scandinavia..." Well, i don't know where she picks all those strange facts from? I lie. She picks them from the Tv. She is my Dudley daughter. She found out about HP from the tv too.

Chemyst: And I'm probably 110% wrong on this, but I so identify you with your old avatar of Molly that she is what you "look like" to me.
You are not 110% wrong. Only about 30%. I do like to think of me the way I looked many years ago, but, you know, I do have some mirrors on my walls...

Happy belated birthday Mike Miller! I hope you feel better soon. *** Sending some healing charms...

Happy birthday to Shannon's daughter, too. I can only tell you that my youngest is also almost six and I don't have the feeling as if I had her yesterday, I'm just glad that those kids grow up! My eldest is 12 right now and I think I would let her go to the movie, some early show, with her friends, if she asked. But she doesn't ask. They have their aunt (my sister) who was so happy to have nieces who she could take to the cinema to watch films she wanted to watch but was too embarrassed to watch them by herself. So, when she wants to see a movie, my daughter goes straight to her aunt. I have a friend who was allowed to go to the rock concert in Austria when she was 16. Her daughter is 16 now and she (my friend) accuses her mother that she didn't love her when she let her go to that concert...

I'm glad the news about your mom, fleur-de-lys, are so good. Just take care!

And, yes, this thread became "normal" for a while and it boosted up again! I keep deciding to go to bed earlier, but it is just not possible with this forum...

At least, I know that if my English is not always correct, it is amusing. I just hope that it is understood.

Hugs to all!


mike miller - May 18, 2005 3:41 pm (#2139 of 2981)

Thanks for the birthday wishes Giant Squid Mike, Septentrion and Lina. The shoulder is getting better, it's just frustrating not being able to do the things you enjoy. I refuse to accept that it might be the fact that I've been playing softball and volleyball for 20 plus years now. I did play last night and plan to continue, hopefully soon at 100%.

Fleur-de-lys - Glad to hear the news about your mom. I hope she continues to improve. Make sure you understand all of the medicines she is being given. It is very easy these days to have issues with different medicines in combination and even changing responses to the same medication.


dizzy lizzy - May 18, 2005 5:18 pm (#2140 of 2981)

It is amazing how many posts get posted while I am curled up in a warm bed sleeping the night away. Although perhaps I should rephrase that...I had Thai takeaway last night and was up and down all night with a blocked up nose and a thirst. This is a normal response to Thai/Chinese for me even if they don't use MSG.

Happy birthday Mike!

Fawkes: I can totally sympathise with you over the car repair bills. I took my car in last week for a service prior to doing my workload and walked out with a $500 repair bill. Given my car was made in 1991 and has done close to 200,000 km, I am not complaining as the repairs were needed. Let me put it this way I'm not at all sure where the $500 is going to come from, but as long as I pay a little each week, I should be fine.

Barbie: I hope that cake actually survives being made, let alone transported! I just hope the structure of the cake is strong enough to hold all that icing and all the other cakes. A cheering charm and a strengthening charm for you.

I also like the names Barbie gave her cats. I do hope Snape learns to be friends with the dog.

Fleur-de-lys - Good to hear the Good news about your Mum. Hope all goes well with the re-adjustment of your diets.

Talk to you all later



T Brightwater - May 18, 2005 6:02 pm (#2141 of 2981)

fleur-de-lys, the American Diabetic Association also puts out a great cookbook. (can't remember the name offhand) A friend of mine got it for her mother, and says that the healthy recipes are actually very tasty! Anyway, glad to hear your mom is doing well, and I hope she continues to improve. Cyberhugs, prayers, and best wishes for both of you.


Gina R Snape - May 18, 2005 7:13 pm (#2142 of 2981)

*sniffs uncontrollably* I wanted to be the first to name a kitten after my darling Severus! Waaaaaaah. Well, I did actually want "Severus" and not "Snape" so I suppose I'll live. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 464751818

fleur-de-lys, glad to hear about your mother.


boop - May 18, 2005 7:30 pm (#2143 of 2981)

Happy Belated Birthday Mike M. I Hope you feel better really soon.

hugs always



Julia. - May 18, 2005 8:02 pm (#2144 of 2981)

Happy birthday to Fawkes, Lauren and Mike. Have butterbeers on me! *hands Fawkes Lauren and Mike butterbeers* Hope you've all day great days and will have amazing years! By the way Fawkes, I answered you on the JKR thread.

Fleur, I'm glad to hear your mum is doing better. I really hope that things will only continue to get better from here.

Barbie, good luck on your cake! I'm very impressed at your bravery in being willing to take this on. I have no doubt that you will produce an excellent cake (any way I can get a piece from the half of the cake that will be left over?). I'm a bit worried about the moving it though. I've watched way too many cake competitions on the Food Network not to get a nervous feeling in my tummy when it comes time to move your creation. If anyone I know comes up with a sort of stabelizing charm, I'll send it your way.

Thanks for all the kind words guys. I'll look into getting good shoes. In the meantime my mum bought me Dr. Scholls inserts for my sneakers. I can now claim to be "gellin.'" On a completly different note, I'm so excited for Star Wars. Just waiting to hear back from a friend and then I'll have solid plans to see it. Can't wait, even though Hayden Christianson is supposed to be horrible in it.


Mrs. Sirius - May 18, 2005 9:54 pm (#2145 of 2981)

Fleur, I hope your mother stays on the path to recovery.

Gina sometime back you asked about student loans, as I'm years from having paid off my student loans, I had nothing to add. But today I heard that the government is going to allow students to consolidate Stafford loans before the rates rise in July. They said this move is designed to help students save thousands of dollars.

Julia, oh your poor aching feet! If you can wear socks, I found that cushy socks also help. By the way, are you at home or at Storrs? I still hope to make it to New Haven with the kids, maybe we'll see you.

I just saw a preview of this week’s SNL (Saturday Night Live) episode, it looks like they are doing a Harry Potter sketch. I am pretty sure that someone was dressed up as Hagrid.

These last 2 days I've felt quite off kilter. My friend's husband just died. She just returned from Iraq after more than a year of service, last week she had an operation and was home recovering. Two days later her husband, while getting ready to take their children out, collapsed. We immediately thought heart attack as he was a very large man. But the vagaries of life, it was an embolism. She survived more than a year of a war zone, he survived a year alone with 3 young children and working full time and they were just getting into a normal life again. He was younger than me.

Happy May to those celebrating the beginning of their life.


scully jones - May 18, 2005 11:41 pm (#2146 of 2981)

My mom and her friend had a cake-making business, and we made an 18-wheeler together for an 8-year-old's birthday. It was one of my favorite cakes to make, since we had to make all of the little accessories on it edible. We had a lot of fun in the candy store finding all the little parts. Oreos for tires, but we had to open them carefully so the white part would be undisturbed on one side to make it more tire-like. It was a lot of fun, but very difficult to transport. You know the cords that connect the trailer to the truck? We used taffy that we cut thin and wound into springs. That was a lot of fun.

I just finished writing a 6 page research paper that's due in the morning *cough* Slacker *cough*. I always wait last minute on these things, such as the English paper I wrote last night that was due today. I've still got one more to do, but that requires sitting in on some grade-school children first for an observation. That should be fun...

Brandon and I are going to see Star Wars at 9 in the morning on Friday. We put off buying tickets too long, so we have to wait a couple days. We're going to wake up super-early just in case there's a long line. I'm hoping this third one is worth it, I've heard it's all mainly fight scenes so it should be visually stimulating.

Well now, sorry I haven't been around, sorry I don't reply to everything everyone's said, but believe me, I wish I could.



Cornelia - May 19, 2005 3:05 am (#2147 of 2981)

Mrs. Sirius - I´m sorry to hear about your friends husband. You think just everything is going back to normal after a hard time and then live just hits you right in the face.

Barbie - Good Luck with the cake! Are you going to post a photo when it´s ready?

Julia - I hope your feet will get better soon!

Star Wars will start tomorrow here. So we will comfort ourselfes with Orlando Bloom today.

Saturday the Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Kiev! This year two estonian girl-groups will sing (we hope), last year the estonian group was kicked out in the pre-final. And there is a scandal because the producer/manager of the German singer is accused of buying many, many CD´s of his singers/groups himself to manipulate the charts (by the way, he is managing the estonian group Vanilla Ninja as well but they won´t sing at the contest).


The giant squid - May 19, 2005 3:28 am (#2148 of 2981)

Can you be a bit more specific on details, like is it language, violence or the blushing parts that may have earned the rating?--Denise P.

It's the violence, mostly, and what the MPAA calls "Adult Situations". We all know (well, those of us who've seen episodes 4-6) that the Jedi are killed off. In Episode three, we see how, and it's rather brutal. That and just the overall tone of the film--usually things get dark before the bright spot at the end; this time things get dark, then really dark, then the lights go out completely, then there's a hint of a flicker. If you have any depressive tendencies I'd make sure you take your meds before going to see Revenge of the Sith.

Can't wait, even though Hayden Christianson is supposed to be horrible in it.--Julia.

Actually, I thought he did a good job. He had a lot more depth than in Episode II. That and...well...George Lucas has never really been known for writing snappy dialogue or "natural" scenes.



Catherine - May 19, 2005 4:25 am (#2149 of 2981)

That and...well...George Lucas has never really been known for writing snappy dialogue or "natural" scenes.--Squid Mike

LOL, too true. Harrison Ford managed to carry the first three films, in my opinion. Without his sly cowboy persona, much of the dialogue falls flat, in my opinion.

I read in our morning paper that Sith sold out yesterday in 20 minutes for three screens in our town. We only have one movie theater, so it looks like Mr. Catherine will have to wait to go see it. The tickets for this weekend go on sale in a few hours, and I'm sure they will be gone quickly, too.

Busy weekend ahead. Claire is in two ballet performances this weekend, and Hayley is in one. The costumes are adorable, though. **has girly moment**   We've had rehearsals every afternoon this week, and a dress rehearsal today. So the show I've been more concerned with than Sith is Alice in Wonderland.

To Julia, at least you don't have to wear what I had to wear back when I waitressed. I had to wear white shorts with knee socks and rainbow suspenders! I was too humiliated to care how badly my feet hurt....


Marè - May 19, 2005 4:33 am (#2150 of 2981)

I just saw episode II...

Can't wait, even though Hayden Christianson is supposed to be horrible in it.

Actually, I thought he did a good job. He had a lot more depth than in Episode II

He had depth?

....Anyway, not liking it very much, the romantic scenes were horrid. And O dear! Mamma can speak five clear sentences but when she wants to tell her only son that she loves him, she drops dead. Gasp!
So cliche!

My highlight of the movie was definitely Obi Wan going to see Yoda and the wee little Jedi's because he "lost his planet" (How embarrasing!).
If I don't go and see movie 3, they don't have to die, right?
(PS Elected queen? Somebody forgot to look up the definition of queen... and if Padme was only an elected queen, why is Leia still a princess?)

On a no star warsy note: Belated congratulations to Mike. And some strengthening charms to Mrs Sirius and her friend!
And is it Eurovision time again? I completely missed that, not even sure if we are participating?

Ah check, we are... and it could be worse, this time it is some-one who seems to be able to sing.

Edit: on a star wars note (again), the news said yesterday that 5 million people are taking the day of or calling in sick to watch Star wars, there by costing the economy 6 and a lot of zero's for money.... How rude!
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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 19, 2005 4:41 am (#2151 of 2981)

I had to wear white shorts with knee socks and rainbow suspenders!---Catherine

Nanoo, nanoo.


Catherine - May 19, 2005 4:47 am (#2152 of 2981)

Nanoo, nanoo. –Kim

Alas, I looked more dork than Mork. Nanoo, nanoo.


Denise P. - May 19, 2005 5:48 am (#2153 of 2981)

if Padme was only an elected queen, why is Leia still a princess?

Because she was adopted by the Aldaran ruling family and raised as a princess.

Mike, I had to laugh about taking meds (not that depression is a funny situation, I realize that...it is a serious thing, I just found it amusing advice) Thanks for the tip on what made it get the rating. Ryan should be okay but I am still gonna see it before any of the kidlets go see the movie.


Marè - May 19, 2005 5:49 am (#2154 of 2981)

Because she was adopted by the Aldaran ruling family and raised as a princess.

Okay, I obviously saw the last 3 movies too long ago. I really can't remember everything. Thanks Denise!


Loopy Lupin - May 19, 2005 6:02 am (#2155 of 2981)

if Padme was only an elected queen, why is Leia still a princess?

You know I've always been a little confused by exactly what kind of political structure is at work in the Star Wars galaxy. The notion of an elected queen is a little oxymoronic.

Have a good day all. ****waves to Kim**** ***snaps Catherine's rainbow suspenders****


Ladybug220 - May 19, 2005 6:10 am (#2156 of 2981)

Hi Everyone! I need some help. I need to get a graduation gift for an 18 y.o. male cousin and I have no idea what. I am looking at $30 or under (one of my co-workers tried to suggest that I get him an ipod, but I would buy one for myself first). So, I will 'listen' to any ideas that y'all have. Thanks!!


mike miller - May 19, 2005 6:30 am (#2157 of 2981)

Ladybug - When in doubt, the appropriate gift certificate can be a good choice. As an outdoor enthusiast, I would never look down on a Bass Pro Shops or Cabela's gift certificate. I'd try to focus on something he's interested in (hobby) or is very common so he can combine your gift with others to get what he wants. An iPod could be "in the cards" with the help of enough relatives!


kabloink! - May 19, 2005 6:45 am (#2158 of 2981)

SOrry I've been away for so long guys, being the only one working (and only for $8/hr) has put a lot of stress on me for the last week or so. I skipped about 150-175 posts, so bear with me, please.

Happy Birthday to all those whom I've missed, and any other congrats that need to go out.

Squid Mike-my husband attended Hamburger U. last October. He officially has a bachelor's of Hamburgerology! Okay, off to get ready for another day at work (my last day off was last Wednesday, and my next day off is next Monday).


Phoenix song - May 19, 2005 6:53 am (#2159 of 2981)

Ladybug, this isn't an exciting gift, but I usually find that it's safest to get people between the ages of 10 and 23 gift certificates to a store (on-line or on site) that you know that they'll shop. If they're athletic, for example, try a sporting goods store. If they're into video games or computers, try Circuit City or Best Buy. If they're a reader, try a book store. I find that gift certificates from Amazon.com are usually the best "fits". They have a wide range of stuff to chose from: books, music, DVDs, clothing, accessories, toys.

Mrs. Sirius, I am so saddened by your friend's loss. How awful to return from oversees and have your young husband to die suddenly. I'm sure that it must be devastating for her and the children. Please know that we're sending Cheering Charms, prayers, and love to them all.

Thanks so much to everyone who has expressed confidence in my ability to produce this cake! It means quite a lot to me. I will post a picture when it's completed.

Julia, do you think that a nice Stabilizing Charm for the cake during transport might be "Stayus Togetherus"? We should probably try... just in case.

Catherine, I had to laugh out loud with your comment about seeing me buying tons of Crisco to the astonishment of the sales clerk. Actually, I had those same thoughts! How mortifying would it be to buy an entire buggy full of Crisco at my local store? I can just see them telling me, "Did you know that it's not exactly healthy to be ingesting so much shortening?" I decided, quite sneakily and cleverly, that I would begin purchasing a can at a time several weeks ago. No clerk is going to blink an eye when a customer buys one 6-pound can of Crisco. They would laugh for weeks afterwards, though, if a customer came in and purchased SIX 6-pound cans of Crisco.

Michelle: I am going to seriously consider if it's possible to cut down this cake. I'm actually already utilizing the smallest pans manufactured, so it might be impossible when you factor in the separation plates. I'm going to think on it, though. Thanks for the idea! If I manage to pull it off the bride will definitely notice! I'm sure that, like Catherine suggested, she will absolutely notice and have a total COW! She is so super, super picky about these wedding details. Fortunately for her, though, she's told me there won't be any more problems between her and her beau after the wedding is over with. I'm so pleased for her! (**read my sarcasm and enjoyment at her naive thoughts on marriage!) Who would ever have known that it's only the wedding planning that causes problems and never the actual marriage! I wish that someone had told me that 12 years ago.

Actually, we get along fine. It's just that for a 29 year old woman she is terribly, terribly immature and naive. Her parents were able to fully pay for everything that she's ever had in her life, including 8 years at college. She never even had to take a part-time job in the summer for spending money. It's left her a tad bit selfish and ignorant about the world. The "entitlement attitude" has always rubbed me the wrong way.

Fleur-de-lys: I'm glad that your mom is doing fine. I'm sure that she can have many more healthy, happy days ahead. Feel free to ask for tips and support, though! We're always around!

Sorry for the super-long post! I must have had lots on my mind this morning! Have a great day!



Ydnam96 - May 19, 2005 7:35 am (#2160 of 2981)

Well I'm off to see the Star Wars movie today AND my work is actually paying for us to go!!!! We are having an end of the year road trip (retreat) and that is our kick-off. (have I ever said that I LOVE my job and the department I work for? They take such good care of us and make sure we are appreciated. We live at our jobs, so it means a lot for someone to recognize all the work we do). After the movie we are headed up to the mountains for a little R&R, fun games, good food, and just some good fun. Yay.

Although, I'm super tired from a poor night's sleep.

Happy Birthday to all those who are having birthdays in the next few days. Cheering and health charms to all who need them.

See you in a few days.

P.S. I filled my gas tank up, finally, yesterday. For 13 1/2 gallons it was over $30. I almost cried.


mollis - May 19, 2005 7:54 am (#2161 of 2981) Reply
Edited by May 19, 2005 7:55 am

Okay, I am popping in briefly to wish my old buddy Mike a Happy (very-belated) Birthday!

I have been trying to keep up with you all here. During the next 4 weeks I have to be out of town for 3 of them. So I'm not sure how well I'll be able to keep up. But who knows, maybe I'll surprise myself and spend my nights in the hotel room on the forum. I can sure think of worse ways to spend my time.

Oh, and Barbie - on the cake front. How about creating a false layer? Simply use a piece of styrafoam and frost and decorate it just like the rest of the cake. The bride gets the cake of her dreams, but without having twice as much actual cake. You could actually do the bottom of both the stacked layers in styrafoam. More stability for the real cake on top. Just a thought to try and save some of your sanity in the coming weeks.

My best friend is getting married this weekend, and work is crazy - but I'll try and check in again soon. Thanks for the report on Star Wars III, Squid Mike. I really was dissapointed in Eps. 1 and 2. We'll probably wait a couple weeks before seeing the third, but at least it might be worth seeing this one.


Elanor - May 19, 2005 9:01 am (#2162 of 2981)

Oh, it is worth seeing! Actually, I still have stars before my eyes since yesterday and some haunting music in my ears. Lucas really did a great job, and John Williams as well. The new musics are wonderful, I especially loved one, very different from the others but so beautiful (in white: "Padmé's ruminations"). And Anakin is really good actually! And Ewan McGregor perfect, as usual **sigh**.

So, it seems some people here needs intergalactic politics remedials... No problem!

The titles of "queen" on Naboo and "princess" on Alderaan are very different. Naboo was once a monarchy, that became a democracy in which a person was elected as head of state but that person (who couldn't do more than 2 mandates if I remember well) was still called by a royal title. This title is only honorary but is seen by the inhabitants as a symbol of the responsibility he has, as are the "royal clothes" the queen has to wear. Before being elected, Padmé came from a very "normal" family that had nothing to do with power.

Alderaan is very different since, though it is a democracy, the planet is in fact ruled by very old and powerful families that have the confidence of the voters. Leia was adopted by the Organa family, a powerful and aristocratic one, and raised as a princess because this title was linked to this family. As the Organas were very involved in politics, she was immersed in it all her life, that's why she became a senator very young. Does it help? Sorry about the length, the SW freak in me can't help it...

Good luck for the cake Barbie! Happy birthday Mike! and big ((((((hug))))))) to Mrs Sirius and anyone else who needs it!

Edit: Marè, have you heard something from Accio about the T-Shirt and covers contest? **keeping my fingers crossed**


mike miller - May 19, 2005 9:02 am (#2163 of 2981)

Thank you Mollis! It is always a joy to see your avatar anywhere on the Lex. I can relate to the travel schedule. I've gone through a few weeks like that myself. In fact, I'll be out 4 days next week. The high speed access in most hotels is wonderful.


fleur-de-lys - May 19, 2005 11:06 am (#2164 of 2981)

Thanks again for all the prayers, well-wishes and support for mom and I. It has really helped. She is doing well, although a bit overwhelmed with all the new meds. I'm sure it'll take a few weeks to get used to.

Barbie, good luck with the cake. I absolutely love being volunteered for things. **heavy sarcasm drips like venom from the Basilisk's fang**   I was volunteered once to lead the kids meetings at a church reivival. Talk about pressure. Luckily, I had some puppeteering experience to fall back on. But the false layer is a good idea. I have heard of that being done before. I wish I could decorate cakes. I've always wanted to try, but am just too timid. Someday, maybe.

I am looking forward to the new Star Wars movie, now that I hear everyone on here talking about it. I must admit, I am reading the spoilers. I'M SORRY!!!!!! I have no willpower. But, seeing as how we had the middle of the story already, we know what's gonna happen. Its like reading SS after you've read PoA, GoF and OoP. But I'm looking forward to it. So, does anyone thing the GoF movie trailer will have its own trailer like Star Wars? I hope so, but I'm not holding my breath. Hollywood just doesnt' understand us Potterheads.

T Brightwater, I'll be thinking about your mom as she attempts her driving test. For a while in the fall, my mom couldn't drive. She's been have some severe nerve pain in her leg. She's gotten some relief, enough to drive and shop. But it was difficult when she couldn't. She's very independant, so its hard for her to ask and accept help. I often have to tell her that I'll do things for her. Then she lets me. But its tough to see your parents, who were always strong for you, become weak in some way. Mom also had a battle with breast cancer a few years back. That's going very well, almost 5 years. So she's been through the mill recently. I lost my dad when I was 10 and she sacrificed so much for me over the years. She's always been such in amazing mom, I'm glad that I can be here for her to help and support her. Its tough and draining, but its also a blessing to be able to care for a loved one like this.

So, thanks again to everyone. I appreciate all the support and tips and hints more than you'll ever now. You all are so great. I am so happy to be a part of such an incredible community of people. Thanks!


Gina R Snape - May 19, 2005 12:18 pm (#2165 of 2981)

Thanks for the student loan tip. I will definitely investigate further.


Lina - May 19, 2005 12:19 pm (#2166 of 2981)

Mrs. Sirius, what happened to your friend is really sad and I am afraid that there are no words that can bring consolation. (((((All I can send you are hugs.)))))

Phoenix song, I think that your Stabilizing charm is excellent! You have to use it. After all, I don't believe it can do any harm...
Well, I know that the wedding day is just one day compared to years of trying to jointly solve the problems that no one would have if they didn't get married, but I still think that it is a special day that should stay forever in the pleasant part of the memory. I have very nice memories of my wedding, I didn't have to worry about almost anything and I could enjoy the happening. Well, I guess that me not being picky helped (even though my parents let me go to the university for 7 years, i admit, those were different times, they had to pay just the house rent, and I did get married before I graduated...). I wanted to say that I think it is very nice of you that you took care of the cakes and that the bride does not have to worry about that (if I know, she should know that too) and I really hope that she enjoys her wedding day despite her pickiness. I wish a great wedding day to all the Forum brides too.


T Brightwater - May 19, 2005 1:05 pm (#2167 of 2981)

My mom got nervous and flunked her test (putting the car into reverse instead of drive is an automatic fail) so I got her to practice a little and we'll try again tomorrow. She hadn't been under the wheel for over six weeks, and she'd lost the feel of the car somewhat. I think she'll be okay tomorrow.

fleur-de-lys, I'm so glad to hear your mother is doing better! Don't forget to look after yourself too.

My wedding (17 years ago this month!) was lots of fun - there were 19 people there, I made my own dress, my mother baked a German chocolate cake (her specialty) our landlady made spinach pies from a 15th century recipe (_her_ specialty) and my husband's brothers got press-ganged into cutting up vegetables to have with dip. We had the ceremony in a park right on Lake Michigan, had the reception in a picnic shelter, and a good time was had by all. My father was a little disappointed that I didn't want a big extravaganza, but after he'd endured a few of my cousins' weddings, he told me we had the right idea after all!


fleur-de-lys - May 19, 2005 1:34 pm (#2168 of 2981)

T Brightwater, you're a good daughter to be so patient with you mom. Please give her my best and let her know I'll be sending her special memory charms tomorrow. I just hope I don't get mixed up and send charms that will make her car fly like the Ford Anglia. Would that be a pass or fail? :goofygrin: Anyway, she'll do better tomorrow. We'll all be pulling for her. I once heard that someone was failed, after taking the entire test, because they didn't ask the tester to put on her seatbelt in the beginning. How frustrating. Also, CONGRATS and Happy Anniversary this month. 17 years is very impressive. We had a couple in our church who had been married at least 70 years, but he passed on this year. Sometimes I wonder if we'll make it to 6. Your wedding sounds like it was beautiful. Ours was inside at Christmas time, with lots of pointsettas, Christmas trees and candles in the church and a Christmas tree and roaring fire (thanks to our pastor) at the reception. It was lovely.


Phreaker - May 19, 2005 2:55 pm (#2169 of 2981)

Hello all! Thank you for the Birthday greetings. I'm sorry I wasn't here to thank you earlier, but it's been a busy week! I finished book 4, and went right on in to book 5. Last night I got around 100 pages read! Also, if anyone needs a low level web developer or highly trained computer tech, let me know, I am in the job market. My youngest(twin) sisters Graduated on Sunday, and Shepherdess got me THE coolest birthday present! So thanks to all who said happy birthday, and special thanks to Boop!!! You rock girl!


Phoenix song - May 19, 2005 3:33 pm (#2170 of 2981)

Hello all! Thanks for letting me vent earlier about my future sister in law. I shouldn't have, though. I'm sorry... large weddings and stress bring out the worst in me! My own wedding was a lot like T Brightwater's. We only had around 18 people there, I made the cake myself (before my decorating days, though, so it was just a regular cake). We married at our church and then went out to have a nice Seafood Buffet. No muss, no fuss, no fighting.

I shouldn't have vented about the bride's attitude, either. Again, I apologize. I just needed to get it off of my chest, and didn't want to complain to my husband since he's already upset with the amount of work that she's placed on my shoulders. If I'd have complained to him, he would have insisted that I not bake the cake at all for her... thereby "teaching" her to appreciate what others are willing to do to make her day special. I hope that you can all forgive my uncharacteristic level of resentment and feelings of ill-use. I'm certain that the day will go off beautifully, despite all of the turbulence in the time leading up to it.

I feel much better after having spent the majority of the day playing around on the South Park website that Gina pointed out to us. Thanks, Gina, for giving me something that took my mind off of family squabbles and onto something fun! How do you like my new avatar?

Lina, I think that I will try my "Stayus Togetherus" Stabilizing Charm. Maybe it will be more effective if we both agree to do it on the same day? Two wands are better than one!

Again, I'm sorry for being so petulant earlier. Have a great day everybody!



timrew  - May 19, 2005 3:36 pm (#2171 of 2981)

Happy Birthday to all who have had birthdays recently!

Saw Wordsworth's grave in Grasmere recently, and saw this grave behind it, small Celtic cross, name hard to make out......on looking made out the name 'Hartley Coleridge'.

Turns out to be Samuel Taylor Coleridge's eldest son. A poet in his own right, and a damn good one, too! Overshadowed by his dad, I must admit; but Hartley, I'll champion your cause. Good on yer, son!!


Amilia Smith - May 19, 2005 3:42 pm (#2172 of 2981)

Aloha, everyone!

I am writing to you from a computer in the Sinclair Library on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. I'm actually here! The humidity is wonderful! You would not believe how curly my hair is here. Classes start Monday, and in the meantime, I have been getting settled and looking for a part time job.

Your cake sounds wonderful, Barbie. Lots of luck. I remember when my aunt got married. I was 8 or 9. One of my mom's cousins was decorating the cake. I remember being very surprised that she decorated styrofoam rounds for most of it. I asked her what she was going to do with all of the frosting, and was shocked when she said she would be putting it in the shower and melting it down and rinsing off the rounds. Such a waste! I offered to eat the frosting for her, but she didn't take me up on it. :-)

I am looking forward to seeing Star Wars, but not quite so much as I will have to go see it alone. I hate watching movies alone. No one to share the experience with if it is a good flick, no one to make snide comments to if it is cheesy.



Detail Seeker - May 19, 2005 3:45 pm (#2173 of 2981)

On elected queen:

In Germany, we had elected Kaiser for several centuries - elected by the seven "Electoral Dukes" as some "President for life" of this association of smaller and larger royalties. Formally this ended in 1806, though the title had stayed in one family (Habsburg) since more than 400 years, then, but before, there were rather hot competitions for the title.


Madam Pince - May 19, 2005 5:19 pm (#2174 of 2981)

Belated Happy Birthday to Mike Miller (and anyone else I missed)! Hope it was happy!

Barbie, I think Mollis' idea of using styrofoam layers for the cake is an excellent one. It's very commonly used. I mean, it would just be totally silly to waste all that cake if it can't possibly be eaten. If the whole issue is that she wants a certain "look," then using fake layers is the perfect solution, I'd say. Plus it will greatly reduce the weight that will be on the bottom layers and the support columns (if you're using columns.) Are you going to be using any fresh flowers? If it "passes muster" with the bride, it might be a good idea to order some extra flowers from the florist doing the bouquets to have on hand -- if the cake gets "scuffed" in transport you can cover up an amazing amount of icing with artfully and "randomly" arranged fresh flowers. And if you don't use them for that, you can always just arrange them around the edge of the cake table or something. I used to decorate cakes like you do -- just on a volunteer basis for friends, etc. It's a lot of fun, but can be stressful for a big event like what you're facing. A bride on her wedding day with an "entitlement attitude" is definitely someone to run and hide from! Don't feel bad about unloading -- that's what we're here for!

Congrats on being in Hawaii, Mills! Wish I was with you!

Mrs. Sirius, I'm so sorry about your friend's husband. There are just no words. I will be thinking of her and hoping that she will find the strength to get through the upcoming difficult days. I know your friendship will be a comfort to her.

Julia, I agree with whomever said something about socks. (Socks is one of my favorite Harry Potter pet theories by the way -- they pop up so often in JKR's world, don't they?!) Anyway, Thor-Lo socks absolutely rock! They are about $11 a pair but worth every cent. Very thick and cushy and nice to wear if you are on your feet all day. And no, I do not make a commission.

Tim, that sounds like such a neat cemetery. I know people think I'm weird, but I'm one of those who thinks cemeteries are cool and interesting places. Fortunately Mr. Pince thinks like me ... we have spent many hours just happily poking around old headstones and making up fascinating and completely fantastical stories about how this one or that one lived or died. The cemetery in Lexington, VA is one of our favorites, as it has loads of people famous in Virginia history. Another favorite one has photographs of the deceased on the headstone -- they are from the early 1900's and I have no idea how they were done. They appear to be photo-screened onto a porcelain-type white oval, which is set into the stone. That particular cemetery had a rather severe-looking physician, who was surrounded by about six wives -- it seemed that one would die, then he'd re-marry in about a year or less, then the next one would die, and so on. Since he was a doctor, we had a lot of fun speculating on what types of potions he studied up on in Potions Class....

Has everyone in all the various parts of the world seen the "Survivor" finale yet? Can I do my little dance yet without spoiling it?


Gina R Snape - May 19, 2005 6:15 pm (#2175 of 2981)

Hey, Barbie. Glad you enjoyed the South Park thing. It is fun! Nice Harry.

As for cemeteries, I love them! I once spent an entire day with a friend visiting cemeteries in Berlin as we endeavored to track down Marlene Deitrich. It was great. I saw some incredible stone statues, family mausoleum structures and other relief artwork.


Choices - May 19, 2005 6:57 pm (#2176 of 2981)

There is a fascinating and beautiful old cemetery in Savannah, Ga. The big old oak trees are all draped with Spanish Moss - beautiful in the daytime, but I bet it is scary at night.


Mrs. Sirius - May 19, 2005 7:06 pm (#2177 of 2981)

Ladybug, this may sound corny, but I like giving "Oh, The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss as a graduation gift. You can personalize with a cd, gift certificate, or current book . I still feel misty when I read that to my young kids.


Ticker - May 19, 2005 9:54 pm (#2178 of 2981)

There's no one I can't shop for in our local chocolate shop for under $30. I mean, who doesn't want a brick of chocolate with Mt. Rushmore stamped on it? If you can't do sugar, there's coffees & if you can't do the caffeine, there's caramels & other stuff. It's my favorite place to shop for people I don't know very well (and a few I do...). Mrs. Sirius' idea is really wonderful, but I'd recommend personalizing it with the chocolate brick... and maybe a box of Kleenex.


scully jones - May 19, 2005 10:20 pm (#2179 of 2981)

I am speechless. I just saw THE most intense season finale that I've ever seen. C.S.I. speechless I tell you. Yep. Even Brandon was brought to tears. It was amazing.

That's all I have for now. Sarah out.


Lina - May 20, 2005 1:28 am (#2180 of 2981)

Barbie, I don't think you have to apologize, if you can't complain here, then what can you do? And I do think that the bride should be able to appreciate you and all the people who are trying to make this day special for her. I was just saying that it is nice that you are one of them even though it is not being easy at all. She should be aware of it and help someone else when the time comes (oh, how happy I would be if I could organize my sister's wedding!) And yes, the most important is to enjoy the love of people who have gathered to celebrate the wedding.

We have different parts of Croatia. Some have a very rich land and it is not normal to have wedding under 200 people. The others are on the poor land (rocks) and it is not normal to have weddings with more than 20 or 40 people. The problem comes when two people from different parts decide to get married, then they get comments "Oh, what a poor wedding, only 100 people!" or "Oh, how extravagant, 100 people!" depending on which side they come from. I was lucky to choose husband with the same taste, so we were 35 of us. But before that, we were at the wedding with around 200 people and the newly-weds wanted to organize all by themselves. They say that it was the day they were the most tempted to get divorced.

About the "Stayus Togetherus" (I just love it!), count on my wand!


Marè - May 20, 2005 1:44 am (#2181 of 2981)

Oh, don't spoil CSI for me! We just saw the Sherlock episode over here. I already accidentally read some things about what's going to come, but I don't want to know... (but it's good to know that it is good!)


The giant squid - May 20, 2005 2:04 am (#2182 of 2981)

So, does anyone think the GoF movie trailer will have its own trailer like Star Wars?--fleur-de-lys

I'm a little confused by this, but I'll try to answer it anyway. The GoF traielr out now is what's known as a "teaser"--it's just there to whet your appetite. In a few months another, longer version will be released (when the movie is closer to completion/release). Sometimes there are multiple versions (Cinderella Man just released trailer #7) but usually it's one teaser and one or two "final" versions. Yes, I have actually seen a trailer labelled "Final version #2" Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 1242194059

Elanor, thanks for explaining the Naboo/Alderaan political systems; it saved me from doing it.

Barbie, we had a styrofoam layer on our wedding cake (like Mollis mentioned). The design we wanted required a large base but we couldn't afford that much cake, so the cake lady (not sure what the "official" title is) iced a block of foam for the base then put the cake on top of it. It seemed to work just fine--at least I didn't hear any complaints.



Catherine - May 20, 2005 4:25 am (#2183 of 2981)

The cemetery in Lexington, VA is one of our favorites, as it has loads of people famous in Virginia history. --Madam Pince

Yes! It's very cool. I like old cemeteries, also. Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA has lots of famous people, and is very beautiful, besides.

Barbie, I don't blame you for ranting about Bridezilla. If she continues to act like this, maybe the marriage might need a "Stayus Togetherus" charm, not just the cake! Only joking...mostly. The faux cake layers sound ingenious. I'd love to serve her a nice slice of styrofoam.

The thing about the cake is...I never got but one piece of mine, and it was delicious, but I was too nervous to eat. Some glitch prevented us from getting that top layer--I can't even remember what happened, but something did. I figured if that was the worst thing that happened, then I got off pretty well. Even if it was a white chocolate cake with toasted almond filling....

Back to the start of my post, it looks like Mr. Catherine and I will be taking a trip to Lexington and Charlottesville in early June. Yay! As part of the journey north, we're also looking to visit my brother-in-law in D.C. It's been a long time since we visited the Smithsonian, so we're going to try to work that in.

Have a good Friday.


fleur-de-lys - May 20, 2005 4:52 am (#2184 of 2981)

Mike, looking back at that question you responded to, I can see how it would be confusing. I'm not sure I even understood it, reading it a second time on your post. Oh, it been a long week. What I meant was, around here, they were advertising and starting the hype to tell when the trailer for Star Wars was first going to be shown during some show, it might have been a showing of one of the Star Wars movies. But it was like they had created a trailer or teaser for the trailer of the movie. I said to my husband that they would never do that for Harry Potter. I love Star Wars but hate it when something gets hyped so incredibly much. So, hopefully that clarifies the question a bit, but I understand your confusion completely! Thanks for attempting to answer. And also, you're right, the trailer/teaser (I have never quite understood the difference) is already out. DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Since I haven't seen it officially on TV, I guess I hadn't put it together. I know they hyped the footage they were gonna show from GoF, but I don't know that they mentioned the trailer/teaser at all. So, I won't be looking for any hype over the trailer of GoF since its already out there. Tee hee, how silly of me. Thanks Mike


PS: Barbie, I agree with Lina and Catherine...if you can't rant to us, what's the point of being here? We're all here for you and want to support you with anything. I know I've appreciated the support given. This is a wonderful community of people. Its nice to be able to post about problems in our lives and recieve such love, support, encouragement and info! So rant away, Barbie, we're here for you!


Ladybug220 - May 20, 2005 5:03 am (#2185 of 2981) Reply
Edited by May 20, 2005 5:03 am

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I figured I would be getting him a gift certificate but I just didn't which store would be best. I have sent an email to his sister and my aunt to find out which places are his favorites. I was thinking a music store but I need to find out what stores they have locally as they live in Maine.

I'd love to serve her a nice slice of styrofoam. – Catherine

Snort! Thanks for the laugh Catherine! Barbie, I suggest you do it.


Eponine - May 20, 2005 6:12 am (#2186 of 2981)

Sarah, I had to TiVo CSI last night since we went to see Episode III, but when we got home, and I watched it...WOW! I was curled in a ball on the couch with the blanket ready to pull over my face at any minute. It was a very good episode.

Episode III (which I keep wanting to call Return of the Sith) - I liked it a lot. Some of the dialogue was a bit awkward, but overall I really enjoyed it. You know how everyone's been saying it's not a movie for kids? Well, there was a kid about 9-10 years old sitting on the other side of my husband who kept covering his eyes and ears and got up and left quite a few times because it was too scary for him. Why don't people listen?

I insisted on having chocolate cake at my wedding. My husband's aunt who made the cake never cuts the pretty cake at weddings, but she makes big sheet cakes just to serve. So we had both chocolate and white cake, but I have always hated wedding cake icing, so I just ate my chocolate cake. Well, besides the bit we cut off the big pretty cake. Did anyone here actually eat their cake topper on their first anniversary? We didn't.


Cornelia - May 20, 2005 6:44 am (#2187 of 2981)

I´m just back from the cinema. Couldn´t wait and watched Star Wars! It started at 11:45am and the cinema was totally full of people! Oh, it was wonderful, I really liked it. Now I´m a bit sad because I´ve seen all films...

Here too, were little children watching the film, even younger ones then you mention Eponine. I´m sure they will not sleep good tonight! But here like anywhere else some people will not listen or know it better...

Yesterday we saw Kingdom of Heaven with Orlando Bloom. I liked it too,(even if it was a littlebit bloody) especially Orlando...

I think it´s quite funny, there are times when nothing really brings me to go to the cinema and then there seem to be 100 films I would like to see at the same time...

Are you getting Bread and Salt too at the wedding? Where I come from some bakers make special decorated bread wich is given together with a bag of salt to the bride and groom.

Detail Seeker - CC? Whitsun and Coburg lead to this (at least for me)


fleur-de-lys - May 20, 2005 7:16 am (#2188 of 2981)

Eponine, just read your post and can't figure out why you can't call Episode III Return of the Sith...oh...wait a minute...its REVENGE of the Sith. OOPS!!!!! Tee hee, see, it happens to the best of us.

Now you've all made me want to start watching CSI. I'll have to check out the reruns this summer. Hope they're not on after my bedtime.

Catherine, that happens to me all the time. I'll go months not wanting to see any movies that are out, then a bizzilion come out, all at one time, that I want to see. Its not possible to see all of the before they leave. Oh well, guess that's what's happens when you have good taste in movies, like we do, right? {=^)


VeronikaG - May 20, 2005 9:51 am (#2189 of 2981)

{{{{{Hugs for Mrs Sirius}}}}}

I have heard scary stories about wedding cake that can be eaten years after the actual wedding, but the whole idea of historical cake puts me off.

Oh yes, I'll have chocolate cake in my wedding. If I find someone stupid enough to marry me.

Wheee! We just got back the TV channel that airs CSI in Norway, so Now I can watch that and Lost. :-D What series is it that had the intense ending? Miami, NYC or Vegas?


Phoenix song - May 20, 2005 10:42 am (#2190 of 2981)

Veronika G: "Oh yes, I'll have chocolate cake in my wedding. If I find someone stupid enough to marry me."
Don't sell yourself short! Your future spouse will be super blessed to have you! The only stupid one in that scenario would be the decorator that agreed to decorate a traditional wedding cake in chocolate. Oh the horrors of trying to cover a chocolate cake with super-white frosting and having NO crumbs peeking through!! I shudder at the thought! I love chocolate cake, and much prefer it to the white variety. But, believe me, there's a reason that wedding cakes traditionally consist of white cake. It's easiest to cover without any "imperfections"! The best way to have chocolate cake at the wedding it to do as was suggested earlier, and serve chocolate sheet cakes.

Catherine, I simply adore your suggestion that I serve the Bride a nice piece of styrofoam cake. I got this mental image of forcibly stuffing a large piece of styrofoam in her mouth. It was a quite satisfying thought!

I have come to realize that I really do have qualities of each of the four houses within myself. The two that are predominant are Gryffindor and Hufflepuff. This whole wedding has pushed my Hufflepuff/quiet worker quality to it's absolute limit. You'd think that my other predominant nature (of a Gryffindor) would take over. What a surprise to me that I discovered that when pushed to my limits, it's actually the Slytherin in me that takes over!

I have decided to make the 4-layer, 14 inch cake at the bottom a false one (called a cake dummy) out of styrofoam, as you've all suggested. I've actually heard of this process before, and considered it. The Bride didn't want it, and kept assuring me that she wanted to have lots and lots of cake left over.

The Slytherin in me has come forth and decided that I'm going to go ahead and do what I want and make the false bottom... and I'm not going to tell her about it until it's already done! If she's unhappy about the amount of left-over cake that she's going to have, I've decided that I'm going to offer to re-pay her for all of the money that she's paid me for all of my labor. (Since she's not paying me at all, I could even double that amount!)

When I told my husband my plan, he very sneakily suggested that I make the top layer out of Styrofoam as well. He thinks that it will be the ultimate repayment for all that I've been put through if we keep the "fake cake" a secret for a year, allow them to freeze and protect the cake top, and then go to cut into it and find a little "surprise".

Cornelia, the bread and salt are traditional gifts in the U.S. when couples purchase their first homes. Bread so that they never know hunger and salt so that life always has flavor. It's a really nice gesture.

Thanks again for everyone's support in letting me rant!


Madam Pince - May 20, 2005 11:00 am (#2191 of 2981)

Catherine, I knew you'd appreciate the Lexington thing since that's your old "stomping grounds." It would be nice to do a Charlottesville get-together maybe!?! We are planning a vacation to Williamsburg and Va. Beach June 11-19, but other than that are free in June I think. Wonder what Loopy's schedule is like for then? Anybody else in the vicinity? We could do a mini-gathering!

Eponine, Mr. Pince and I ate the top layer of our wedding cake on our one-year anniversary, and it was delicious! It tasted exactly like it did on the day we got married. From what I understand, this is pretty unusual since cakes frequently get kind of dried out, but we were fortunate and ours was great! I had a very organized and got-it-all-together wedding coordinator, and she swooped down on that cake like a duck on a June bug the minute we were finished with the whole cake-cutting/picture-taking/feeding-each-other fiasco. She had them to double- and triple-wrap the cake with Saran Wrap, then put it inside a really good double-freezer bag, and then boxed it on top of all that. She froze it right away and we picked it up from her house when we got back from our honeymoon, so it never thawed out. As I say, it tasted great! I was pretty surprised actually.

On the topic of "historical foods," we have a fruitcake at my Mom's house that is older than I am (41 years.) It is the family joke. My grandmother made it and gave it to Mom and Dad for Christmas sometime before I was born. Mom put it in a pan and set it aside in a cabinet and forgot about it, then about a year later, noticed it and thought "Wow, that still looks OK. Wonder what it'll look like in another year?" So she kept it, and so on, and so on. You would think it would have molded or looked petrified or whatever, but remarkably, it looks pretty much like any other fruitcake looks. Hard as a rock, but looks great, and doesn't even smell funny. We are not going to put it to the "eating test," but it is kind of cool to still have a cake that my grandma made even though she's been gone for almost 20 years. If I only had some of her homemade rolls and applebutter....

Talking about season finales -- the final "ER" had the Molly/Mommy in me all upset. Carter leaving didn't bother me, but the final scene with that sweet angelic little boy getting into that car on the highway with some total stranger just about put me under. I would've never reacted like this before I became a Mom, but it just really bothered me for some reason. I was actually yelling "Nooooo!" at the screen.

So I've had this headache off and on for about a week now. Yesterday I had just about thrown it off, and then when I was putting Baby Pince to bed last night, I misjudged the distance to the corner of the headboard of the bed and smashed the top of my skull on it. Saw stars and the whole bit. Now the headache's back again. Sigh.....

All right, I suppose I'm off to start building an ark. It's been pouring a heavy steady rain for about the past 20 hours. On the plus side, we could now advertise our home for sale as having a backyard in-ground pool. Happy Weekend everybody!

Edit: Barbie, you go girl!!!! The bride probably won't even notice if she's busy visiting with her guests and dancing and all like any self-respecting bride should be. You can always just bat your eyes innocently and go "What can I say? It must've been delicious, because the guests ate it all up!"


scully jones - May 20, 2005 12:41 pm (#2192 of 2981)

It was the Vegas one with the awesome episode. They really had the secondary characters played up the last few episodes, so the whole cast really participated in this one. Except for the random blonde chick they added recently, she was nowhere to be found. I dind't mind of course.

Brandon just stabbed himself with a pencil. He claims it was an accident......

Just got back from Star Wars... John Williams IS AWESOME. There were a couple parts where the acting disappointed me, but there were just as many where it impressed me, so I'm counting it even... I'll wait until later someday to really say what I liked, I'm no good with spoilers....

Off to eat now, food is good!



T Brightwater - May 20, 2005 1:18 pm (#2193 of 2981)

My mother took her driving test again today. She passed! She passed! She passed! (imagine Fred, George, and Ginny doing their war dance...) Thanks for all the good thoughts!

Bridezilla - I love it. And yes, the temptation to feed her a large slice of frosted Styrofoam might be too much for me...

One friend of mine had a carrot cake for her wedding - yum!

Madame Pince, if you miss your grandmother's apple butter, it's pretty simple to make, though time-consuming. Let me know if you want the procedure.


fleur-de-lys - May 20, 2005 1:37 pm (#2194 of 2981)

YEAH T BRIGHTWATER'S MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be sure to congratulate her for me. Butterbeers all around, or perhaps this deserves a round of fire whiskey. But seriously, congrats to both you and your mom. That's really great. I'm happy for you both!


Acceber  - May 20, 2005 1:44 pm (#2195 of 2981)

Teens who buy their car with their own money are several times less likely to have an accident than those whose cars are given to them.-Chemyst, ~75 posts ago. Then it's a good thing the money in my bank account's sole purpose is for buying my first car. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2752390508

I usually find that it's safest to get people between the ages of 10 and 23 gift certificates to a store (on-line or on site) that you know that they'll shop.-Barbie, ~30 posts ago. As someone who falls into this age category, I don't think gift certificates are that personal, and I enjoy an actual present better. But that's just me. I do like Amazon though .

Happy Belated Birthdays to All!

Congrats to your mom T Brightwater!

Cakes--we got a HUGE rectangular one for my bat mitzvah that we only made a dent in at the meal. We put it in the basement for a week or so, and then my mum remembered it was down there, so I tried a slice. It had gone bad and we had to throw it out. I hope we don't make the same mistake for my sister's.

Life is very hectic here. Today, I took the last portion of the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System--how do I know that?) in school. It's a standardized test that sees how well our teachers are teaching us what they need to teach us. Wednesday and Thursday, we took the math portion, which was ridiculously easy. Today, however, we took science. Half of the questions covered material that we hadn't learned yet. It just goes to show how good my math teacher is and how bad my science teacher is.

As some of you know, I'm an avid crossword puzzle doer. One of the best parts of my day is coming home from school and attempting the Boston Globe's crossword. It gets steadily harder as the week goes on. Most days, I get more than half of it, but almost never all of it. This week, it was like someone injected all this knowledge into me. I completed the puzzle on Monday and Tuesday, got a good chunk of it Wednesday, all but two squares yesterday, and a lot of it today. I am so insanely proud of myself . My ultimate goal is to complete Sunday's issue of the New York Times magazine's crossword.

Only 24 more days of school, but five or six don't really count because of field trips, graduation, and step-up day. I can survive!

Going to read the rest of the threads, especially the JKR site thread, because I know she updated, but I have no idea what information we got.


John Bumbledore - May 20, 2005 2:23 pm (#2196 of 2981)

Popping to the end with a reply I've only read up to "Sirius Lee - May 18, 2005 7:40 am (#2105 of 2195)." Please forgive me if I have missed something important in between there and here. I will be going back (that is why I put the link in there.) **points to his own head and thinks, "Kidneys!"**

Julia, just think of all the tips you'll make to ease the aches and pains of waitressing, PotterMom34.

Hem, hem. I am sure you mean waiting table.

Julia, I have one tip about the aching legs (I bussed tables one summer during college as a second job) and that is to raise your feet each night while you sleep. If you have an extra pillow, place it under your legs as you get in bed (I think a folded blanket under the sheet also would work.) This made a world of difference for me at the time. My first job was in a metal frame fabrication plant (made cases for personal computers, frames for floor sweepers, etc.) and that was standing all day on concrete.

When you stand for long periods, especially when you are stationary, the blood does not return as well. Exercising the legs while they are elevated helps get the tired blood out of your legs and back to your heart where it can finally get re-oxygenated and also cleansed by the liver and kidneys.

Well, that at least is my layman's understanding of what a Doctor friend told me. Good luck, Julia; and may your customers tip well.

To the member with the mom with the heart trouble, I send my prayers. I was at university when my mom had a "mild" heart attack. She made it through that, and has not had trouble since (it was back about 1987).

<)B^D= John Bumbledore

Edited to check spelling. Only caught a missing apostrophe in Layman's and objects to waitressing. Go figure.

2nd Edit: Missed the  paragraph tag between my "Jump" paragraph and the quote from PotterMom. Sorry.


Denise P. - May 20, 2005 2:32 pm (#2197 of 2981)

the final scene with that sweet angelic little boy getting into that car on the highway with some total stranger just about put me under.

Hee hee Don't watch ER much if you classify that child as sweet and angelic LOL I was yelling at the screen too. Only someone with nefarious ideas would pick up a child in that situation. I was telling Mr. P that I would have pulled over nearby to keep an eye on him, called 911 and waited for police but I would not have picked him up.


Julia. - May 20, 2005 3:26 pm (#2198 of 2981)

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you to whoever it was who bought me a premium membership!!!!!!!! This has obviously made my week and I appreciate it very much!!! By the way, if you identify yourself, there might be some chocolate involved!) I feel kind of bad now. All my posts from the past 6 months, or however long it's been since we switched over to paying will now have my real avatar and my fake avatar. I really wish there were some way to remove the fake ones, but as that would involve a host going over all my posts and manually removing the codes, it would be more than a little bit ridiculous.

Thanks again for the advice John. I'm elevating my feet as much as I can, but not when I sleep. I move around a lot when I sleep, so probably not a good idea to have an extra pillow.

Heh, I share your feelings about ER as well. The last scene with the kid (who is definitely not sweet or angelic at all) getting into the car was not good at all. I was thinking the same thing as you were Denise. I thought the last scenes with Carter were good, but not nearly as good as when Mark Greene died.

Well, off for Shabbos. Have a good one everyone!


Thora - May 20, 2005 3:28 pm (#2199 of 2981)


Ever worked with fondant? I did a cake with it for my sister's bridal shower, but I'll never do it again because I didn't like the texture. It sure looked cute though! Who knew all those years of play-dough practice would pay off?

I'm in Yuma Arizona this week visiting friends and old haunts, this is where I met Mr. Thora so this town is chuck full of memories for us. We went to the territorial prison on the hill the kids thought of it more as a castle, and though it has a rather dark history I found it more beautiful than anything.

Well today is my daughter Jordan's 1st birthday, so cake, burgers and hotdogs for dinner. I'm going to try hard not to cry, she's my youngest and I'm none-to-pleased with her not being a baby anymore. I guess it's getting to be time for a dog, if I can find one I'm not allergic to.....



Finn BV - May 20, 2005 3:35 pm (#2200 of 2981)

This thread is always posted in! How does everybody do it? I'm at post 2200 right now… wasn't it about 3 days ago that people were posting at around 2005 and other years they were graduating…?

Ok, let's see if I can keep up with everything. I'm trying to join the Forum Family so I think I'll start off by wishing a happy birthday to all those people: Mike, Lauren, Fawkes, Phreaker, and I'm sure there were more, so… happy birthday!!

Mrs. Sirius, I express my condolences to you over your friend. Fleur-de-lys, I express my sigh of relief to your mother. T Brightwater, I express my congratulations to your mother. Julia, I express my excitement with you about your premium membership (now if somebody could just do that to me…… ). Thora, I express my best wishes to your daughter. Now, enough expressing!

Hmm, on something happening to me… Hurrah! I finished seventh grade today! Finals next week and then I am out of there!
Whew, that was exhausting. Let's see if by the time I come back in an hour there will be less than 200 new posts to read…

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Catherine - May 20, 2005 3:40 pm (#2201 of 2981)

I guess it's getting to be time for a dog, if I can find one I'm not allergic to..... –Thora

There are a few breeds that do not bother allergic people as much. That is one reason why I have shih-tzus, but I would advise doing what my friend Tamara did when her kids begged incessantly for years for a dog. She went to all of our houses (those of us with Bichons, Poodles, Shih-Tzus) and played with them inside, and let them lick her and rub their fur on her. Turns out that she had no problem with shih-tzus or poodles, and when a "Shizoodle" came available at the Humane Society, she snapped little Roxie right up. Of course, Tamara had the added advantage that Roxie had been temperament tested with kids by "Yours Truly," so she felt good about getting her.

FYI, Chinese Cresteds are supposed to be OK for dog-allergic people, but they don't appeal to me much; in NC they are a victim of puppy mill breeding, and I don't know much about their personalities, so I didn't mention them. Sorry if I offended.

Long term members of the Chat Thread will know that I am passionate about dogs although as Mr. Catherine says, I am the weird Shih-tzu lady.

Happy Friday.


Phoenix song - May 20, 2005 3:51 pm (#2202 of 2981)

Catherine, Oh my! I'm afraid that I may have to have my laptop worked on now since I've literally had my first SPEW moment! Your tagline is way too funny! And now that I've seen your "Bridezilla" mug, I won't have to wonder what I'm going to get the Bride for a gift! You've managed to not only make me laugh, but also provided a meaningful gift-idea service to me! My deepest appreciation!

John, it's not uncommon here to term the serving of patrons in restaurants as "waitressing". Waiting on tables is what we would normally do when we've arrived at a popular restaurant on a busy Saturday night!

It's a tough job, Julia, I hope that on the whole it's very profitable and enjoyable for you. Don't worry about your double-avatars. I'm sure that we'll look back and remember your ingenuity at providing your own avatar despite the change.



Ponine - May 20, 2005 4:03 pm (#2203 of 2981)

oook - I was going to try to plow through all the other threads I have not been able to read as of late, but I HAD to add something to what Catherine was saying above.... I have a Chinese Crested - a powderpuff, to be precise... (A hairy one, in other words...) They are known to be good for people with allergies, as they have hair and not fur, but most people with severe allergies still react to him, albeit not nearly as strongly as they normally would. I could write volumes on his personality, but I will spare you all - well - actually - for all non-dog people - skip this paragraph Smile

My Mio is extremely bubbly, with a great sense of humor. They are generally needy dogs, and do not take well to being left alone every day to themselves. Depending on the coat, powder puffs may need A LOT of grooming, and while Mio's coat is show dog perfect, it is a pain in the butt... In some ways they are catlike in their approach to strangers, but love company, and will truly schmooze their way into anyone's heart, whether they initially are welcome there or not... They are fussy eaters, and may overeat, or decide that they only want truffles with cranberry sauce, and rather starve than eat anything else... Overall, I would say the cresties are an awesome, fun, odd breed, but not for everyone, and I would not reccommend them as a firt dog or for a family with very active children. They are always up for fun, but small, after all... Smile (Prettiest picture in the world available on request...) (Yes, I am sickeningly obsessed with him... **blushin**)

Ok. ahem... Enough about my puppy... Smile Congratulations to Brightwater's mom, best of luck on styrofoam baking (I really think you should buy all the Crisco at once and say it is for a back yard wrestling match, just for fun), yey for upcoming graduations, and Lina - I can't believe your daughter!?!? How in the world would she know that?!? I mean, I have not seen that show for - what - fifteen, twenty years? But I loved it, and it is such a catchy tune ***humming Balt - Balt - Balthazar....***

Oh, and I am aware of the fact that my profile is lacking, but I can't figure out how to change it Sad I have repeatedly tried to change it and add little things, but it just makes me go around and around, never allowing me to actually save anything and leave my page. I am consequently very aware of the fact that my page does not indicate that I am Norwegian (But, you know -I don't want to brag, either... Wink

Oh - speaking of Norwegian pride - any of my fellow Europeans in here catch the Norwegian Wig Wam....? I am not sure whether to laugh or cry, but I suppose at least we will be noticed this time around... All attention is good attention...right...??

Hugs to all who need it, next round of butter beer on me Smile


dizzy lizzy - May 20, 2005 4:11 pm (#2204 of 2981)

Julia :congrats on your membership.

Barbie, my aunt had a similar experience with the bride whose wedding I attended in January. She wanted a real cake and a chocolate cake covered in that white icing. The result, one very unimpressed aunt.

She has made all the wedding cakes in our family and according to her, this brides behaviour over the cake was not good. At the reception she could be heard telling Joanne and I (the two cousins not married) not to ask for a complicated cake.

Its a lovely Saturday morning here, a crispy 10 deg cel. and clear skies. Perfect for drying clothes, but we need rain....badly.



Catherine - May 20, 2005 4:14 pm (#2205 of 2981)

See? On the Forum--help will be given.

Ponine knows way more about Chinese Cresteds--and I have a feeling that in your country, dog breeding isn't as, um, irresponsible as it here. I know from my experience with dog rescue that Chinese Cresteds (along with other sweet companion breeds) can be victimized by ignorant or uncaring people.

Anyway, to back up to my previous post...good research and thought is the key to enjoying a pet. I'm pleased that our pets at the Humane Society undergo obedience training before they are adopted, and I am grateful for the funds and contributions of time and resources that make this possible. It means that we place pets well most of the time, and get a good reputation for doing so, so we have earned a level of trust that helps future placements.

Enough. I occasionally rant about animals, and I've been boring long enough.


Penny Lane. - May 20, 2005 4:40 pm (#2206 of 2981)

Julia: I was a server at Red Lobster for about a year. Horrible job. I feel your pain. Also, the leg/feet/back pain does go away once you are used to it.. so about the time you go back to school, you should be pain free and loving your job. :-) J/K, it's more like a week. If you have money to spare on shoes, check out "Shoes for Crews." They have great non-slip shoes that are designed specially for people in the food industry who are on their feet all day. Some of them are even almost stylish. My mom wears mine to church sometimes.

RE: movie trailers: Why is it a trailer, if it's in the middle of "Smallville" or before "Spy Kids 3: Revenge of the Teens"? Shouldn't it be a TV advertisement or a ... well some other term that makes more sense?

I am seriously going insane at home here. I need it to be august so I can go back to school. Well, actually first I need it to be next week Wednesday so I can watch "Lost", then I need it to be August. I'm SO bored.

Dogs: I really want a poodle, a shiz-tzo (Catherine, I can't spell), or a Bishion Frise. But, first I need my own place. I didn't know they had poodle/shiz-tsu breeds. My old neighbors had a Labradoodle, and it was the worst dog ever. I would go over to watch their 8 year old, and would spend the entire night dealing with the hyperactive dog of doom.

I like cake, but I don't like frosting. And I don't really like wedding cake, so maybe I'll just get some sort of desert tray thing when that time comes. I dont' think my family really likes cake much either, because the last few wedding i've attended for family member I remember conversations about the pointlessness of wedding cake. Yes, they would actually discuss the fact that no one liked the cake and yet all felt obligated to eat it. So rude.


Chemyst - May 20, 2005 4:44 pm (#2207 of 2981)

... since you asked about saving the wedding cake
 We had our cake top on our first anniversary, but since we'd moved twice, and since one of those moves was a hour and a half drive, and since we didn't have a really cold freezer - just the refrigerator/freezer combination, the cake dried out and shrank away from the icing so that as soon as it began to thaw, it started calving. (No, not giving birth to little cows, but breaking off chunks of icing.) The wedding cake itself had been three layers. The largest bottom one was German chocolate. The woman who made it for us said if we wanted chocolate, it had to be German chocolate, not dark chocolate because that would avoid most of the aforementioned crumb problems. The middle layer was a traditional white. I trusted the cakemaker for the right size for 80 guests – the chocolate was completely gone and there was so little of the white left that it easily fit on a standard dinner plate; she'd figured that right down to the margin of safety! I remember it because the cake lady would give us a refund for returning the white columns and supports and I had to get those collected and given to a family member before leaving on the honeymoon.


Denise P. - May 20, 2005 4:44 pm (#2208 of 2981)

A friend of mine has the most titled Crested (Powderpuff) in the US. I have not seen her in a few years but at 11 years old, Sage was out running agility and earning more titles. He was a breed champion, obedience, tracking and agility titled. He was bred locally by a well known breeder (who no longer has Cresteds) and if I ever got a Crested, I would want a Powderpuff.

Be realistic when speaking to a breeder, shelter, humane society about what you want in a dog and they can match up better with a dog that will suit you and your family. There are many, many, many purebred dogs waiting for homes and their only "crime" is that the OWNERS were at fault, not the dog.

Do research on the breed you are interested in and know what you are getting. I grind my teeth when I see apartment dwellers get a herding breed and go to work all day. A short time later, that dog ends up in a shelter for eating the couch. You can't get a working breed and expect it to be a couch potato. On the other hand, you can't get a lap dog and expect to take the agility world by storm.


Amilia Smith - May 20, 2005 4:47 pm (#2209 of 2981)

My grandpa wanted to make my mother a traditional wedding fruit cake. She put her foot down, and said, "No way." My folks had a carrot cake wedding cake, and served rootbeer and popcorn balls at their reception.



Finn BV - May 20, 2005 5:08 pm (#2210 of 2981)

W00T! Go Norwegians! (and Irish) My name is Finn Vigeland (I am 12, live in NYC, born in Buffalo, NY) but my heritage is Irish and Norwegian.

PS - No I am not related to Gustav Vigeland but there is a long story behind that, Ponine…


Emily - May 20, 2005 5:57 pm (#2211 of 2981)

Hey Ya'll!

Wow, It's been like forever since I've been on here. For some reason I'm just really happy, so don't mind me. Here, I'll list the reasons:

1)I've been on the Lex Forum at least two hours today catching up

2)It's a weekend

3)10 DAYS OF SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, It's great to see you here, there's usually like 20 billion posts so I don't bother.

All this talk about dogs is interesting, but I have to put in: I have the cutest kitty in the world!. Of course that's up for debate, but it is my personal belief.

So I've been rambling for a while now and I'll just go back to my normal threads.



Ponine - May 20, 2005 6:26 pm (#2212 of 2981)

Finn Vigeland... Now that is a good Norwegian name if I ever heard one... but not related, eh? lol - I assume it has come up a time or two before, then... Smile


Penny Lane. - May 20, 2005 6:43 pm (#2213 of 2981)

You can't have the cutest kitty in the world. I do.

We had a poodle before, and I do know how to do research. Catherine also showed me this petfinder.com site which helped me to find my friend a "used" purebred dog.

Is anyone else watching this Muppet Wizard of Oz thing? Heheh. It's cute.


B]Pinky[/B] - May 20, 2005 7:47 pm (#2214 of 2981)

Squeeeeee!!!!!! Penny - I want it! Is it actually good? It's coming out on DVD 2 days after my birthday. (I just looked it up.) I love the Muppets. Let me know if it really is good, so I can add it to my birthday list.

I really think you should buy all the Crisco at once and say it is for a back yard wrestling match, just for fun

I absolutely agree with Ponine. If you can say it with a straight face, you'll get a priceless look from the poor clerk. My mother-in-law who also bakes cakes, tried to get me to agree to a part styrofoam cake. I had never heard of that before, so I looked at her as if she had 2 heads. As she was driving to NC from Canada, she wasn't the one making the cake. My cake was all cake, but it was also an appropriate size, and somewhat simple. We ate our topper on our 1 month anniversary to avoid possible freezer burn ruining a delicious cake.


Denise P. - May 20, 2005 8:10 pm (#2215 of 2981)

My MIL chose the cake we had at our reception...cherry nut cake BLECH!! I don't really like cherry in the first place and add in there it was a nut cake and you can see I barely managed to choke a teeny bite down. She saved the top for us but fate smiled upon us. Her freezer went on the fritz and it was ruined before our first anniversary!! Yay! The kicker of the story is that SHE picked out the cake and then asked Mr. Denise for a check to cover the cost! It was a beautiful looking cake, it just tasted awful (to me).

Now, 6 months later, we had a second reception in California with my family (We got married in KY, his family was in MI, mine in CA). That cake was wonderful (and I got to pick it out!). It was a white sheet cake with fresh raspberry filling. I would have gladly eaten some on our first anniversary had there been any left.


Elanor - May 20, 2005 11:33 pm (#2216 of 2981)

Hello! Time for me to wish you a great weekend since it is Saturday morning here. Yesterday was a perfect summer day but storms came in the evening and it is likely the whole weekend will be stormy. I don't mind though because I have so much work to do, both for school and the Accio paper, that I won't be able to go out much anyway.

Today I should receive the Episode III soundtrack I ordered, it should really light up that cloudy day. Sarah, you're right, John Williams is awesome! I can't wait to see the DVD that goes with it too, with musics and videos from the whole saga. Has any of you seen it?

I hope things are not too crazy for you at the theater Mike! BTW, is your theater a digital one? It must be great to see it in that kind of theater!

About cemetaries, I love visiting them too. Especially very old ones around old churches. They are so peaceful and you can read the history of a region in it if you look carefully, I love that!

Have a great night/day everybody!

Edit: as it is already the 21rst here, I can wish your son a very happy birthday Denise!


dizzy lizzy - May 21, 2005 12:14 am (#2217 of 2981)

I'll second Elanor's birthday wishes for Denises' Iain. Happy Birthday Iain!!



Lina - May 21, 2005 3:11 am (#2218 of 2981)

Happy birthday to Jordan and Iain!

TBrightwater, congratulations to your mom!

John Bumbledore: I was at university when my mom had a "mild" heart attack. She made it through that, and has not had trouble since (it was back about 1987).

It reminds me my grandfather: he had Tuberculosis when he was around 20, he lost all the teeth when he was around 35, he almost died because he couldn't eat, he had a heart attack when he was around 50. They discovered he had a cancer when he was 90. He asked a doctor if he had to stop smoking and the doctor replied that he was allowed to do whatever his wishes were, they never met a person who started to have a cancer at that age. He died when he was 97. Is there anybody able to say what caused it?

Julia, I know exactly how you feel (jumping out of happiness) and I'm so happy for you, congratulations! You are one of the members on this Forum that I thought deserve it more than I do.

Thora, I read somewhere about Mexican dogs - very special dogs that have no fur at all but I don't know anything more about them. And I do believe that dogs that need to have their fur cut (like puddles) are less dangerous for allergic people.

Catherine: I'm pleased that our pets at the Humane Society undergo obedience training before they are adopted...
Oh, I think that's great! That's something that would really make a person come there to pick a dog. We were planning to go to our local shelter to take a dog at the time that I started to need one, but before we managed to do it, we found our dog at our doorstep. Before that I wanted to have a male dog because you don't have to worry about puppies, but this one was female and now I'm glad about it. Our first dog was male and it was a real shock to me because it was my dad (who never wanted to have a dog) who persuaded me to take it. We had a yard at that time. But yes, he stayed alone at home too much and liked to run away. One time he never came back and I decided not to have a dog until my children don't start going to school. We have schools working in shifts here, so the dog wouldn't be alone any more. And female dogs don't like to run away from home, at least it is my experience. And we moved closer to my mum and my sister who have a female dog too, it would be a great problem now if we had a male dog.

Ponine, my daughter says that she watched a show on tv where they talked about prof. Baltazar and there she gathered all information about it. It seems that they are doing a new series now with 3D animation. I'm always skeptic about it because I'm afraid that the good part might be ruined. Well, this daughter of mine is really crazy about useless informations. The more useless they are, the easier she memorizes them, that's why she has problems with Science. And she watches tv way too much, but I don't have the heart to forbid it to her because she is doing well at school (except for that Science part). The point is that she learned English and Spanish quite well too, just by watching tv shows and soap operas. When she started to learn english at school (4th grade - 10 years), the teacher was surprised with her knowledge, she knew it better that the children who started to learn English in first grade. So, tv is not as useless as it seems. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2752390508

Sorry for the long post. And all of you I haven't addressed in it, don't think that I didn't enjoy reading your posts too.


Detail Seeker - May 21, 2005 5:41 am (#2219 of 2981)

Cornelia (some 40 posts ago), you asked CC ?
Yes, since 1985 I was there every year.


Catherine - May 21, 2005 5:55 am (#2220 of 2981)

Happy Birthday to Iain!

On the other hand, you can't get a lap dog and expect to take the agility world by storm.

Tee hee! Shih-tzus are notoriously inconsistent in obedience and agility. Books about shih-tzus are filled with funny stories about how such dogs will stop in the middle of a trial and walk over to a stranger to be petted, or will flop down and refuse to finish.

Denise, I grit my teeth about people who get the wrong breed for their needs/lifestyle. We've had our share of Border Collies in our shelter whose only "crime" was that they acted according to their nature and chase pets, kids, and cars. One Border Collie who was left alone all day used to unmake all the beds in the house, which I thought was hilarious, but the owner was not amused. (I thought a the owner should teach the dog to make up the beds instead! ) He has a good home now, and rumor has it that he's doing agility trials, so it sounds like a happy ending.

My girls have ballet performances at the university theater today and tomorrow, so it looks to be a very girly weekend. Their costumes are so cute! The only bad thing is that despite tutoring and links from Pinky, I am still not exactly skilled at french-braiding their hair with excellent results. I tried to bribe my babysitter to return from the beach to do their hair, but no cigar. Let's hope that I can rise to the occasion today.

Have a good Saturday!


boop - May 21, 2005 7:00 am (#2221 of 2981)

Happy Birthday Iain! have a wonderful day!

Everyone have a great weekend!


Loopy Lupin - May 21, 2005 7:18 am (#2222 of 2981)

........... I've been boring long enough.--- Catherine

Promise? Razz

Hello everyone. Whew! Been a couple of long days this week in depositions. (For those who don't know, "depositions" are a pre-trial type deal where an attorney gets a crack at asking questions of the opposing party. It is done live, face-to-face, and in person.) Anyway after about 9 hours of depositions yesterday, my client and the other party got together without us attorneys and settled part of the case. Sheesh! If this type of thing becomes a trend, I might have to find something productive and useful to do with my life.

Happy Birthday to Iain. By the way, is that pronounced "e-un" or "een" like on Seinfield . Very Happy


Sirius Lee - May 21, 2005 7:23 am (#2223 of 2981)

Penny Lane RE: movie trailers: Why is it a trailer, if it's in the middle of "Smallville" or before "Spy Kids 3: Revenge of the Teens"? Shouldn't it be a TV advertisement or a ... well some other term that makes more sense?

Trailers got their name because they were originally shown AFTER a newsreel or supporting feature. They were attached to the end of the reel to make it easier for the projectionist. The name stuck even after making the move to TV.


Denise P. - May 21, 2005 7:28 am (#2224 of 2981)

Happy Birthday to Iain. By the way, is that pronounced "e-un" or "een" like on Seinfield . .  Very Happy

Ian is the traditional Irish way of spelling the name while Iain is the Scots version. Mr. Denise suggested the name and I agreed if we used the Scottish spelling.

Iain Niall= E-in Kneel


mike miller - May 21, 2005 8:10 am (#2225 of 2981)

Happy Birthday Iain!

Denise - Just out of curiosity, you can tell me to skiv off if it's too personal, but what is the longest gap between birthdays at your house?

In case anyone is interested, I spent some of my recently acquired birthday money on a PoA replica Harry's wand from Noble Collection. I give it a 4 Star rating; easy to order, quick to deliver and great product quality. However, it must be missing it's core because it does not seem to work.    scratch  Maybe I need proper training....


T Brightwater - May 21, 2005 8:25 am (#2226 of 2981)

Happy birthday, Iain and Jordan! Thanks to everyone for their congratulations to my mother, I'll pass them on.

Catherine, you should copyright that mug design - do you have any idea how many musicians, caterers, florists, photographers, etc. etc. would love to have one of those?

Congratulations Julia!


Winky Woo - May 21, 2005 8:27 am (#2227 of 2981)

Just a quick hello to everyone! It's the big build up to the Eurovision Song contest, which promotes European harmony as people all vote for their neighbouring countries songs regardless of whether the song is any good! Old feuds still run deep and without straying into politics there are certain countries which most certainly won't be voting for each other! Its really great fun and I will be glued to my TV to watch some of the best and most awful tunes to come out of Europe with Glamourous/trashy costumes. Is anyone else watching it?

Edit Poine, I didn't catch Wig Wam, but I'll certainly think of you tonight when they come on!


Catherine - May 21, 2005 9:09 am (#2228 of 2981)

Sheesh! If this type of thing becomes a trend, I might have to find something productive and useful to do with my life. --Loopy Lupin

What a loss for the Forum! Worst idea ever!

By the way, I googled "Bridezilla" and found the mug used in my avatar. Sadly, I can't take any credit for it.

Off to primp Claire for her performance. I had to explain "break a leg" to her when someone said that to her today, as she hadn't encountered that saying before.


Denise P. - May 21, 2005 9:29 am (#2229 of 2981)

Mike, naw, it is a fair questions. This is no secret

Kristen and Alex have 18 months between them.
Alex and Nicholas have not quite 10 years between them but I didn't give birth to Kristen or Alex so I kinda discount that gap. We only had Kristen and Alex in our home 3 years before Nicholas.
Nicholas and Ryan have 14 months between them
Ryan and Devin have not quite 18 months between them
Devin and Kaitlyn have just over 14 months between them
Kaitlyn and Iain have 4 years, 3 months between them
Iain and Kierynn have 22 months between them
Kierynn and Baby P will have 2 years, almost 6 months between them

The largest gap between one sibling and the next, barring Alex and Nicholas, is Kaitlyn and Iain. The gap between child #1 and child #9 will be between Kristen and Baby P..there will be 23 years, almost 9 months between them. Kristen has been asked since she was about 16 if the younger siblings were her babies. She laughs, they look at the person in disgust and say "No! She is my sister!" She also thinks that since there is a large gap, they should give her the respect they give an adult. They give her the same respect they give any other sibling, much to her dismay.


Madam Pince - May 21, 2005 9:39 am (#2230 of 2981)

Happy Birthday, Iain!

Denise and Julia, yes, I know that child in "ER" certainly does not act very sweet and angelic. I should've been more specific -- I was referring only to his face. His little face just looked so innocent and vulnerable as he was standing there beside the highway. Kinda like a little baby harp seal awaiting the club or something. Or maybe it was just the Molly in me coming out.

Speaking of facial expressions, I've been meaning to mention this for awhile -- was it just me, or did Willard on "Survivor" remind anyone else of a big silverback gorilla? They kept showing a scene of him sitting in the hammock and observing everyone else, and I just cracked up every time because it looked exactly like the expression on one of those big huge gorillas sitting behind the glass at the zoo and looking out at all the people looking in at him. Denise, congrats on your Katie getting as far as she did -- I never would've thunk it. I read her bio on the website and listened to her pre-show audition tape, and I thought "Man, she's gonna be one of the first ones out." Good on her.

TBrightwater, congrats on your Mom's driving test! and thanks for the offer of the applebutter recipe. I know how to make it, but there's just no substitute for Grandma's. She never wrote any of her recipes down, so the best we can do is just take a stab at it and hope for the best. Her rolls warm out of the oven with real homemade butter --- oh, they were just divine! I remember as a kid asking her how to make them, and she was so funny... "Oh, just a little bit of such-and-such" "How much, Grandma?" "Oh, I don't know, just until it looks right." Great.... And her cinnamon sweet rolls, and apple dumplings, and oh my gosh I'm really hungry.....


Denise P. - May 21, 2005 9:46 am (#2231 of 2981)

Now that you mention it, I can see what you mean about Willard! LOL I thought for sure my Katie was a goner too. After reading her bio when I first was awarded her as my partner, I said I thought she would be gone quick. I also agree, on ER, he is a cute kid but boy, the character (and the mom). Yikes!


Madam Pince - May 21, 2005 9:54 am (#2232 of 2981)

Yeah, what is up with that lady? She should be all over staying together with Luka and confronting the truth with her kid about her ex. Now look where it's got her. Silly woman!


Denise P. - May 21, 2005 9:56 am (#2233 of 2981)

Knowing that the kid has a HUGE blind spot about Dad and knowing Dad is little more than a 11 year old trapped in a man's body, WHY did she allow that letter to go to Alex without screening it? I bet Dad encouraged him to find a way out. I know I would have been screening the letters.

I know it is tricky to give info about a dead beat spouse to a child but at his age, he is old enough to listen and accept some truths about his dad.


Ydnam96 - May 21, 2005 11:08 am (#2234 of 2981)

Denise, did you adopt two of your children? I have always thought adoption was the coolest thing. If I ever marry, I think that is the way I will go, I have no desire to have children of my own, but I feel strongly about leaving children in foster care. When I was a child my parents were foster parents for two cousins of mine. We did not want them to be put into the foster system in CA.

Anyway...your description of your children's ages made me wonder Smile

You sure are super mom!


Denise P. - May 21, 2005 11:11 am (#2235 of 2981)

Mandy, yes. They were 6 and 8 when they joined our family but the adoption was not finalized until they were 10 and 11.


Penny Lane. - May 21, 2005 11:11 am (#2236 of 2981)

I'm curious about when their birthdays are: Do they all cluster together over 2-3 months, or are their birthday parties spread throughout the year? Unless, of course you take on the attitude of my parents and think that birthdays are pointless, and that the child should make the parent a gift . . .  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 1242194059. Hopefully no. I always wanted a party.


Denise P. - May 21, 2005 11:23 am (#2237 of 2981)

Not in birth order but in calender order:

January 7, February 28, March 4, April 24, May 21, June 23, June 25, (August....not born yet), December 12

We don't do birthday parties until they are in school and once they hit about 12, we don't do birthday parties. They can invite a friend to a movie or something similar but no more 12 kids, cakes etc. They do get a family birthday party, with cake and they also choose where they want to go out to eat or what they want me to fix. Tonight, Iain chose IHOP for dinner.


I Am Used Vlad - May 21, 2005 11:33 am (#2238 of 2981)

Happy Birthday, Iain.


mike miller - May 21, 2005 11:53 am (#2239 of 2981)

Well Denise, your calendar is pretty full! At least you get a break in the Fall.


Chemyst - May 21, 2005 11:57 am (#2240 of 2981)

I had to smile at your Grandma's Recipe story Madam Pince. With my grandmother, it was her "pioneer cake" (which was called that because it did not use any refrigerated ingredients). When questioned about how to make it, she always gave the "just until it looks right" answer too. Then when my mom and her sisters were planning for my grandma's 80th birthday, they forced her to write down a recipe for it. She did, but the ingredients list has things like two handfuls of raisins, a big spoonful of cocoa, 1 1/3 cup water?? if water, then warm water, a small spoon of (baking) soda, you may wish to add nuts, etc. So even though she left us with a recipe, it is still an adventure to make it!

Very cool Denise, so even the two that are only four or five days apart (leap years) still get their own months!


GryffEndora - May 21, 2005 1:15 pm (#2241 of 2981)

Hey All!!!

It's been a few days since I've posted here but I've been reading every day.

Mrs. Sirius - My deepest sympathy to you and your friend.

Fleur-de-lys - I'm happy to hear your mom is doing better. It might be worth it to ask the pharmacist if there is a recommended time of the day for each pill. Some work best if taken in the morning before breakfast, some with a meal and some before bed time. My Grandmother switched pharmacies and the new pharmacy gave her all these tips on how and when to take her meds and she actually had some improvement just by changing when she took the pill.

Ydnam96 – where do you work? Are they hiring?

T Brightwater - I'm so happy to hear that your mother has regained her independence. I know from experience. When my mother had to stop driving, it was painful. She just kept saying, but I can just run down to the store etc... Finally I had to keep her keys with me so she wouldn't be tempted. The last thing you want is someone driving a car who has no problem solving skills, is easily confused in stressful situations and has a bad memory.

Julia & Lina - the memberships are sooooo cool. This place is the best! Congratulations!

Happy Birthday to Jordan & Iain

We've had a lot of rain here lately, but then the sun will peak through for an hour or two. One of the most popular pastimes in Minnesota is complaining about the weather. It usually doesn't bother me though. I figure if the weather gets too predictable then we'll get soft and forget why we love living here. Wait, why do we love living here? I don't know. Something about nature and 4 seasons and Mosquitos and road construction I think. Anyway, even though it's been rainy I've been in a great mood! I made a big change in my life style after my recent illness and I'm really happy about it. I've stopped drinking pop/soda and stopped eating fast food. I'm drinking a lot of water and eating a lot of vegetables. I think the nutrients are making me happy! Yay nutrients!

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend and that summer break comes soon for those wishing for it.

To the person who wants to watch next week's Lost and then wants August to get here because they are bored may I just say, how about Lost then July? Surely HBP will relieve the boredom between July and August!


Denise P. - May 21, 2005 1:34 pm (#2242 of 2981)

Chemyst, we have a chili sauce recipe from a great, great grandmother that is similar. It called for 2 apple sized onions. Well, what kind of apple and what time of year? LOL I ended up sitting with Mr. Denise's grandmother and quizzing her about it to get more modern measurements. I have the original recipe written down with modern measurements on the side. That chili sauce is really a basic tomato sauce that can be used to make chili, sloppy joes, lasagna or spaghetti. One thing that was not clear to me, a novice cook at the time, was that the tomatoes needed to be peeled. I made the first batch with peels and had little curls of tomato skin in it.


Catherine - May 21, 2005 1:56 pm (#2243 of 2981)

One thing that was not clear to me, a novice cook at the time time, was that the tomatoes needed to be peeled. I made the first batch with peels and had little curls of tomato skin in it. –Denise

Mmm...tomato skin curls...at least it was chock-full of fiber.

My great aunt's recipe for rolls is like that--you have to actually watch the person make it once, and estimate the amounts of liquid and solid ingredients. My grandmother's pound cake is likewise imprecise, as it's hard to know in modern terms what a "slow" oven is. The first time I made the cake it fell and was as dense as a fruit cake. About as tasty as styrofoam, actually.


Madam Pince - May 21, 2005 2:51 pm (#2244 of 2981)

I am convinced that that is the difference between someone who is truly a "good cook" and someone who can get by -- whether or not you read a recipe, or if you ever get adventurous enough to just throw some things together and see what happens. I feel like I am just now starting to learn and retain the things that my Grandma probably knew from childhood -- things like exactly how much flour to put in and how long before the gravy starts to thicken, etc.

Catherine, I made a pound cake like that once. The recipe was from yet another older lady who listed several types of flavored extracts as ingredients, then put "add flavoring" in both the cake recipe, and the recipe for the topping. I wasn't sure if you were really supposed to put all that flavoring in the cake itself, but I did. In retrospect, it was probably just for the topping. Anyway, the cake fell, and although it looked awful and was quite dense, it actually tasted pretty good. I am the sort of cook who doesn't get too upset at stuff like that -- good thing, because I had a houseful of Mr. Pince's guests over for a cookout, and I just dumped the cake on a plate and said "You can either eat it, or not!" They did.

That reminds me -- remember awhile ago when we were talking about beer-can chicken? A friend of mine just introduced me to "dishwasher salmon." If you google the name the recipe will come up -- and the same site has the beer can chicken. I have not tried it yet, but my friend swore it was the best salmon she'd ever had. I plan to try it soon.


Penny Lane. - May 21, 2005 3:51 pm (#2245 of 2981)

Gryffindor... I'm ashamed that I forgot all about July. At least I'll have something to look forward to in between the "Lost" finale and going back to school.

Denise: I made similar mistake with an apple pie. No one made it clear that I was supposed to peel the apples before cooking. Pie was still good though.

Catherine: I'm kinda curious as to what a slow oven is.


timrew  - May 21, 2005 3:58 pm (#2246 of 2981)

I'm kinda curious as to what a slow oven is.

All I know is that it's a lot slower than a fast oven.


Loopy Lupin - May 21, 2005 4:04 pm (#2247 of 2981)

LOL Tim.

Oh, Catherine, much luck to Hayley and Claire. Break legs!!


Ydnam96 - May 21, 2005 6:10 pm (#2248 of 2981)

So I forgot to tell all of you about my Star Wars experience!

For my job we went on a retreat and they paid for us to go to see the movie. When we got there, it was in an IMAX theater!
It was hard to watch at first because it is so big that you can not see the whole thing at once, you have to move your head around. But man was it awesome!
Yay Yoda! Smile I won't say anything else though because I don't want to ruin it for anyone else.

As far as passed down recipies. I got a recipe from a friend for the best peanut butter cookies ever. They are SO simple:
1 egg
1 cup of peanut butter (smooth or chunky your choice)
1 cup of sugar
Bake at 325 until they look "done." Which means just before they start to look burned and are a little more solid/dry looking than when they started.

They are so yummmmmmmmmy.


Catherine - May 21, 2005 6:52 pm (#2249 of 2981)

Catherine: I'm kinda curious as to what a slow oven is. --Penny Lane

Well, judging by the cake's outcome, I didn't know, either. Or maybe I'm just slow.

Actually, I think it means "not hot," which is still unhelpful. Numbers, in fahrenheit, is what I understand. Also, exact baking times and clues to determining doneness help, also.

On the ballet front, it went well for Claire. Tomorrow, they both dance in the afternoon show. Did I mention that the costumes are too cute? No broken legs yet.


fleur-de-lys - May 21, 2005 7:28 pm (#2250 of 2981)

I think a slow oven is what ours was when it bottom element wasn't working right and it took half an hour to preheat to 350 degrees. How annoying that was. I had to adjust all my recipe times and stuff still wasn't getting done right. And the hubby is very finicky about how his chicken is done. But its fixed so now we have what you would call a normal oven, I guess. I danced a jig the first time i used it afterwards. It took only a few minutes to preheat. It was amazing.
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Marie E. - May 21, 2005 7:30 pm (#2251 of 2981)

I have some of my Grandma's recipes where it calls for a "pinch" of this or that. Very fun to interpret.

It was soooo hot here today. It hit 90 and where were we? We were at my friend's apartment complex in the pool. The sunscreen stood up pretty good, except on Lexie's face. She's a bit pinkish on the cheeks. I stayed in the shade mostly. We cut up bunches of fruit and snacked on it all afternoon. Mmmmmm.

I am also wondering how my brother is holding up under the strain of constantly showing Star Wars. I imagine we won't hear from him until Monday. My mom is also in Las Vegas with him this weekend, probably spending a lot of quality time with my sister-in-law. Heehee.


fleur-de-lys - May 21, 2005 8:24 pm (#2252 of 2981)

Marie, I've seen measuring spoons labeled "pinch", "tad" and "smidge" or something like that. I know pinch was in there. I always wondered how accurate they actually were. But I've never found a recipe yet calling for them.


Matt Allair - May 21, 2005 9:47 pm (#2253 of 2981)

Hi everyone, It seems like I'm never have the time to post anymore. :-( Yet, I have been real curious to see some of the reactions to that i other fantasy franchise, Star Wars. I saw "Sith" and really enjoyed it, personally, I can't say I think it's better than any of the originals, in my humble opinion, but a good, dark movie all the same.

I have to agree with several other posters. The scenes on the volcanic planet when Anakin is set ablaze, was just way too intense for children under a certain age. I could see that sequence giving young kids nightmares.

I'm humored that people have seemed to be so surprised that "Revenge of the Sith" was going to be so dark. Kenobi's explanation to Luke in "New Hope" about what happened was very sober and grim, so I'm puzzled. I'm showing my age here, but I remember that article in 1978's 'Starlog' when Lucas explained how Vader became what he was, he mentioned Kenobi's and Vader's fight on a volcano.

Some of the dialogue in "Sith" made me cringe, but not bad at all. Okay, back to discussing all things Potter. :-)


Cornelia - May 22, 2005 2:26 am (#2254 of 2981)


Last night we were with some friends and watched the Songcontest. Oops, Germany last place, the only act with single-figure points, well, not that I hadn´t expected that... And Estonia was kicked out again in the pre-final. The other estonian group who started for Switzerland did quite well. We came home at five in the morning, our children were sleeping were the party took place, they really enjoyed it, the party-hosts daughters are our babysitters and the kids just love them and the other way round.

On the recipe front, I just wanted to ask if the American cups are the same size like the German ones, because I would like to try the peanut-butter cookies. Now I looked in my cook-book because I didn´t know how big the German cups are and the book said "a generous one-eighths liter" aaaaaaarg...now maybe I should not ask if the cups are the same size, but just how many millilitres an American cup has...

Have a nice Sunday!


Winky Woo - May 22, 2005 4:50 am (#2255 of 2981)

Hi Cornelia

I had a good time watching it too! The only reason the UK never came last was sympathy votes from our friends! (*waves at Irish, Maltase and Cypriot forum members*)

It is always good fun, and I did actually like the winning song so thats always a plus...sometimes you wonder if they have watched the same performers as you though....

The Norwegian entry (Wig Wam???) was more to my taste though, slightly more Glam Rock with a proper tune etc!


Elanor - May 22, 2005 5:42 am (#2256 of 2981)

Hi everybody!

I'm so happy to be able to post today because, since yesterday afternoon, my internet doesn't work anymore **mumbling against muggle technology**. So, as I am at my brother's this afternoon, I borrowed his computer and it does so much good to read your posts! I can't help it, when there is a problem with internet, I panic! Actually, I spent 45 minutes talking with the hotline guy this morning and he doesn't know why it doesn't work. It may have something to do with the storm we had yesterday, maybe... **sigh** They will "diagnose" my phone line tomorrow or the day after and I should know more by then. But I'll try and read the forum from work tomorrow.

Sorry for the rant! On a more cheerful thought, has any of you seen the Cannes ceremony that ended the film festival yesterday? All along the ceremony, musics from movies were heard, when prices were announced, and amongst them there were PoA musics! When Ralph Fiennes came on stage to give the best actress price, there was some HP music first. I couldn't believe my hears! And couldn't help imagining him playing Voldemort... But the nest thing was when the "palme d'or" was awarded and that the beautiful HP theme (the one heard when Lupin and Harry are on the bridge) was heard! Cannes is supposed to show boring serious films and to hear a HP theme there is some kind of recognition, isn't it?

Ydam, you saw SW in an IMAx theater? I'm so jealous! BTW, I haven't received the CD yet **mumbling again** but I'll tell you how it is as soon as I will receive it (and that my internet will work again... )

Miriam, have you heard that Paul Ricoeur you were talking about recently has just died yesterday?

Have a great day everybody! See you soon! (I hope)


PS: RPS and marè, I'm so sorry, I had planned to write you this weekend but it will have to wait a little I'm afraid...

Edit: please forgive my English, that must be even worse than it usually is, because, as I'm not at home, I don't have my dictionary at hand, sorry!


Chemyst - May 22, 2005 6:10 am (#2257 of 2981)

Cornelia, 1 cup = 237 ml but my dual measurement measuring cups round that to 240.
Of course, that is technically for liquid measure, but it is used for flour, sugar, etc. anyway. I've never been picky enough to weigh the dry ingredients as is suggested in some fancy cookbooks.


Julia. - May 22, 2005 7:41 am (#2258 of 2981)

Don't worry about your English Elanor. It is as wonderful as ever.

Unfortunately, I have absolutely nothing to add to the recipe front, or the wedding cake front, so I shall leave you with a question. Is it weird that three weeks after my Shakespeare exam my book still looks like this?


Ydnam96 - May 22, 2005 9:02 am (#2259 of 2981)

Chemyst I'm glad that you know that cup ml stuff, because I really don't. Corniela: good luck with the cookies. MMMM I might have to make some. But I don't have any eggs...

Julia, nah, it's not a problem that your book still looks like that! Smile I always leave all the sticky notes in my books. I'm too lazy to take them out.


VeronikaG - May 22, 2005 10:20 am (#2260 of 2981)

Happy Birthday to Jordan and Iain!

So you liked Wig Wam did you, Winky? I thought the song was cool when I first heard it. That bands are so bad taste it's fun. A bit like the Darkness, except Wig Wams lead singer is a bit fatter. Didn't he look lurvely in that silver cat suit? Norway has had a history of sending really awful, dramatic ballads to Eurosong, so I thought it was fun that these long haired, heavy make-up guys went to the final. But since then I've heard the song about 250 times. A guy in class has even been singing it to us. Uh!

Ponine, where do you live? I'm from Arendal. I can assure you it's not as bad as rumors have it.

I'm feeling a bit silly not realizing the historical cake was for the one-year anniversary. In Norway the first anniversary celebrated has traditionally been the 25th, and the idea of cake that old makes me squirm. I've heard stories about some kind of cake that never goes stale. It can just lie in the kitchen cupboard for months and years. I thought we were talking that kind. Frozen 1 year old cake I have eaten several times. Mum likes to bake 4-5 cakes in a go to save time.

Phoenix Song, (and thanks for calling my future spouse lucky) chocolate wedding cake won't be a problem. We don't use the kind of frosting you use in the US. The cake will most likely be covered in marzipan, with whipped cream around the edges. No dark materials showing through.

And what is Crisco, by the way. American groceries are interesting. I don't know about half the food items you talk about.


Denise P. - May 22, 2005 10:42 am (#2261 of 2981)

Crisco is a brand of shortening sold in the US. There is also butter flavored Crisco, people use it in place of butter in some recipes. I know I call any brand of shortening Crisco, even if is a store brand just because in the US, pretty much everyone knows Crisco is shortening. I actually don't use it often so I don't buy it but occasionally.

Next is more than you ever wanted to know about shortening. I was curious about what, exactly, shortening is so I found this:

Shortening is a fat used in food preparation, especially baked goods, and is so called because it gives a "short" texture (as in shortbread). Shortening can be made from animal fat (lard), but is more commonly a hydrogenated vegetable oil that is solid at room temperature. Shortening has a higher smoke point than butter and margarine, and it has 100% fat content, compared to 80% for butter and margarine. Crisco, a popular brand, was first produced in 1911.


Madam Pince - May 22, 2005 10:54 am (#2262 of 2981)

Julia, your book looks quite "Hermione-ish."

I think terms like "slow oven" came about from back when people had wood-stove ovens. It would be "slow" when the coals had burned down to a smouldering pile, as opposed to a fast-burning, roaring fire. You can't bake very well when there's a roaring fire. That being said, I don't know how it translates numbers-wise. For some reason I'm betting it's somewhere around the 350-degree mark, because it seems like you can bake almost anything at 350 -- it's pretty universal.

I read something today about a terminology that is different in different countries. So here's a question: In Great Britain, (or elsewhere, for that matter) what do you call the part of the car where you would carry around your baggage? It's funny, because if the answer is what this book said it was, then that's what my Mom has called it all her life. This book seemed to think the term was purely British. Anyway, I'm curious to know....


Dumbledore - May 22, 2005 10:59 am (#2263 of 2981)

Hi, everybody!

I've been reading all the posts here lately, but, like Julia, had really nothing to add to the conversation so I held my tongue, for what some may attest to is probably the first time in my life.

Boring day for me today. My parents went to a family friend's Bat Mitzvah, so my sister and I have been stuck home for the day. It's good though because it's raining, so I have been getting a lot of schoolwork done. I probably will begin my Harry Potter paper later on...

I actually talked to my old sleepaway camp counselor from Australia today. Every few months we talk and catch up, which is really nice considering I haven't seen her in five years.

Elanor, I just want to let you know that your English is superb! I've always been amazed at how great the people who don't speak English as a first language write. I don't even know that it's not their first language until I find out they're from another country.

Have a great day.

Always, Lauren

Edit: P.S. Julia, my Order of the Phoenix book looks like that! I mark it up with post-its when I see something I want to write on the forum, and I forget to take them out. Not to mention the random post-its and index cards around my house and bulletin board that I place in obscure locations so I remember to post my thoughts here. Oh, the sacrifices to be a Pottie..


Miriam Huber - May 22, 2005 11:01 am (#2264 of 2981)

Yes, Elanor, I heard about M. Ricoeur´s death. I was sitting in the kitchen preparing my supper and listening to Europe1, the French radio programme, when they announced it. It is a bit curious. Although I only met Ricoeur once very briefly during a conference, I have read so much written by him or written about him that it is almost as if I had lost someone I knew. But, he was 92, his wife who he dearly loved had died several years before, he died in his sleep... I suppose he met death more like a friend. You know: "For the well-organized mind, death is only just the next adventure" - oh, this is the first connection between HP and Ricoeur I have ever made. But I believe for him it is kind of true.


T Brightwater - May 22, 2005 2:14 pm (#2265 of 2981)

In Great Britain, (or elsewhere, for that matter) what do you call the part of the car where you would carry around your baggage?

I think that's the boot, if you mean what we would call the trunk. (I'm American but I lived in London for a couple of years.)


timrew  - May 22, 2005 2:28 pm (#2266 of 2981)

It is, indeed, the boot, T. Brightwater. And 'boots', that we pull on our feet, are called 'trunks'.........

I'm only kidding about this..........


VeronikaG - May 22, 2005 2:52 pm (#2267 of 2981)

Tim's joke reminded me of a useless fact. In Norwegian the grain you call "rye" is called "rug" (pronounced rewg), while a rug to put on the floor is called a "rye". Funny, eh?


Catherine - May 22, 2005 3:03 pm (#2268 of 2981)

Does that mean that J.D. Salinger's novel would be the The Catcher in the Rug in Norwegian?  :goofygrin:

Excellent day. Both girls performed their small parts admirably; I took cute pictures; we're all basking in the glow of a project finished and a job well done.

HbP, where the heck are ye?


timrew  - May 22, 2005 3:16 pm (#2269 of 2981)

The Catcher In The Rug...............Nice book! And hello, Catherine!


Catherine - May 22, 2005 3:19 pm (#2270 of 2981)

Howdy, Tim!

Good to see ya, mate, good to see ya!

How's the King of Spew these days?


I Am Used Vlad - May 22, 2005 4:31 pm (#2271 of 2981)

The way Salinger is about publishing, you never know. He may have a book about a prematurely balding baseball player hidden away somewhere.

I love stories involving translation errors. I ordered something in a French restaurant without knowing what it was because the English description of it was "crudities." I was hoping the waiter would come out and swear at me, but it turned out to be an assortment of vegetables. One "i" can make a big difference.


Madam Pince - May 22, 2005 5:03 pm (#2272 of 2981)

Thanks for the info, guys. "Boot" was what this article said, and I thought it was interesting that my Mom, who has never been to Great Britain in her life, has always used the term "boot" for the back of the car. This article seemed to think it was an exclusively British term. Oh well, it must've made it across the pond at some point or another.

So, what do you call the things you put on your feet when it's muddy outside, Tim?

I remember when we were discussing awhile ago about "cookies" vs. "biscuits," and I was so appalled to discover that there is no food in England which is equivalent to the American version of "biscuits" (unless you count scones, which isn't quite right but almost.) My dear granny wouldn't know what to think! However, I'm sure there must be "boots" in Great Britain besides in the backs of cars, right?!

*****Laughing at Vlad's waiter shouting curses at the customers....****


fleur-de-lys - May 22, 2005 6:46 pm (#2273 of 2981)

Dumbledore, you need to take a picture of your OoP book and put it on the "You know you're a fan when..." thread.

Madam Pince, I've never been to GB, but I think they call their boots wellies. Am I right, Jim?

Julia, I think the fact that your book still looks like that shows that you're taking a nice, well-deserved, rest and enjoying it.

Julia, Mischa Fan, Wormse, Boop and Demonic Kitty, I wanted to post this earlier, but haven't been on. It is now Sunday evening and I wanted to thank you for all the creepy images last night. I just thought you'd all like to know that i dreamt about a huge army of headless chickens and other birds. They came through my town and into my house and confiscated all my Harry Potter books, my DVDs, my calendars and every other Harry Potter item. Then they piled them in the middle of the lawn and burned them. It was horrifying. Then they tied me up and made me watch hours and hours of Desparate Housewives, Scrubs and Survivor. (Sorry to the fans out there, but I don't like those shows.) But seriously, I didn't really dream that. I just wanted to give you guys a hard time. Tee hee. It was fun last nite. We'll have to do it again real soon.


dizzy lizzy - May 22, 2005 7:43 pm (#2274 of 2981)

I've always called a "trunk" a boot.

Boots are also short for Gumboots (wellies) or any kind of shoe that isn't fancy and designed to be used (and not as foot decoration!).

Good to hear the girls went OK Catherine.



Julia. - May 22, 2005 10:32 pm (#2275 of 2981)

It's nearly 1:30 in the morning here (I should really get to sleep, I'm sick!) which means that I get to be the first to say...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDSAY!! (AKA Wormse) *hands Lindsay butterbeer* Hope you have a great day and an amazing year!!!!


Mrs. Sirius - May 22, 2005 11:30 pm (#2276 of 2981)

Thanks for your support and sympathy over the past few day folks. The funeral was yesterday, it was quite an experience. Watching young children lose a parent is so very difficult to watch. It makes me feel that I need to be a better person and work harder at parenting because you just don't know when it will be you.

Happy Birthday to Iain Linsey and all the others.

T. Bright congrats to your mom. I too, got my drivers license, uhm uhm, later in life. Growing up in NYC I never need to drive. When we moved to Connecticut, I was much dismayed to learn that people got around by driving!

I am no great cook, I don't enjoy being in the kitchen trying to come up with healthy balanced and creative meals my children will eat. My mother on the other hand was a brilliant cook. Give here a couple of pots and pans, some cooking oil and a vegetable or two and little else and she'd would whip up a fabulous meal that had you begging for more. However you could not ask her for a recipe, because she never used one. At Christmas she made pastelles, an elaborate end year dish. She deemed to let my husband work with her one year so that he might write down what she did. Subsequently, she permitted me entry into her kitchen. When we compared notes, everything was "a bit of this", "a pinch of that" and "some of this other stuff", all in Spanish of course. When we tried to make the pastelles, it was comical, "ok that looks like what she may have add" "no add a bit more". They weren't bad though.

The differences between the British English and American can be really surprising if not downright comical at times. In London, I was once asked for "a lend of your Biro", my husband was asked if he had "a fag I could puntz" and I may have been slow but the lady who liked my "caddie" was a bit frustrated by my lack of understanding. But the winner for me was the look of horror on my co-workers face (we worked in a dry cleaner) when I was explaining something about my favorite pair of "pants" in the middle of the shop with other people around. (She later explained why I should discuss my "pants" in public thankfully.) You would think that it's the same language - - how far wrong can we go?


septentrion - May 22, 2005 11:39 pm (#2277 of 2981)

But the winner for me was the look of horror on my co-workers face (we worked in a dry cleaner) when I was explaining something about my favorite pair of "pants".

LOL what a nice thing to begin the day with a good laugh ! The "crudities" thing was a good one too. They just made a French word sound more English ! When I tell you the French are horrbile with foreign language !

I saw Star Wars yesterday and I found it to be the best of the series, even better than The empire strikes back. Not too many special effects, not too much focus on strange creatures with no purpose to the story.

Back to work now, and a good day to all, happy birthday Lindsay and all whom I missed these last few days, big hugs to those who need it (you seem in need of it Mrs Sirius).


fleur-de-lys - May 23, 2005 4:49 am (#2278 of 2981) Reply
Edited by Catherine May 23, 2005 5:25 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDSAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When I first started reading books set in England, i had a hard time with the term biscuits. In America, biscuits are doughy rolls that you put butter and, sometimes, jelly on and are served either at breakfast or with dinner. Everytime I read about someone eating a chocolate biscuit, all I could think about was how horrible a chocolate (American) biscuit would be with dinner. Finally, I realized what they were talking about, but it took a long time to get used to thinking "cookie" instead of "doughy roll".

Edited for famiily friendliness. Fleur-de-lys, if you have a question about why I removed your comment, email me.--Catherine


Marie E. - May 23, 2005 5:22 am (#2279 of 2981)

I remembered that it was Lindsay's birthday because it is also my youngest daughter Lexie's birthday. She's six today, which I can't believe at all. Where did the time go? When I joined this forum she was only three and a half. We're having a party for her tonight so send me some calming vibes. Happy Birthday, Lindsay!

I went on a picnic with Lexie's Daisy troop yesterday and got a nice sunburn on my arms. It's not too bad, but still not fun. They bridged to Brownies and it was so cute. They had painted a box to look like an oven and a newly bridged Junior troop pretended to cook something and all the Daisys came out of the oven door as new Brownies.

Everyone have a good Monday!


Catherine - May 23, 2005 5:32 am (#2280 of 2981)

They had painted a box to look like an oven and a newly bridged Junior troop pretended to cook something and all the Daisys came out of the oven door as new Brownies. --Marie E.

That's very cute, although I was reminded of the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel where the witch baked small children in an oven.



fleur-de-lys - May 23, 2005 5:32 am (#2281 of 2981)

Oh Marie, what a very cute and creative bridging ceremony. I am impressed. Happy Birthday to your daughter. ::sending calming and strengthening charms to Marie, not to mention healing charms, and cilling out charms to all the 6-year-olds destined for Marie's house tonite:: Hopefully that will do the trick! Good luck. Is there a theme for the party?


T Brightwater - May 23, 2005 5:42 am (#2282 of 2981)

The differences between the British English and American can be really surprising if not downright comical at times.

I was already a fan of Dorothy L. Sayers' mysteries before I went to England, so I was slightly prepared, but not for my landlady offering to knock me up in the morning (that is, awaken me by knocking at my door) and the friend who asked me if I was going to be Mother (that is, would I like to pour the tea?)

The scones I remember from England (and especially from a few trips to the Channel Islands - split and smothered in Guernsey cream...oh, dear, I'm getting hungry!) don't really have an American equivalent (though they've since been imported and naturalized) but when I asked a friend from New Zealand for her scone recipe, it turned out to be what I call biscuits.

What I found most hilarious about London was the way a half-inch of snow would bring the city to a complete halt. I'd walk into the local greengrocer and hear the ladies complaining, and sooner or later one of them would ask me "Isn't this weather just awful?" at which point I would smile serenely and say "I'm from Chicago" which would cause a moment of silence.

I'm away for a week, so Happy Birthdays to all who are due them, cyberhugs to all who need them, and I'm looking forward to hearing what happens with Bridezilla! (Catherine, thanks for the lead; I can think of a few people who need those mugs.)


Loopy Lupin - May 23, 2005 6:02 am (#2283 of 2981)

Hello all and best wishes for the week.

I managed to see Sith over the weekend. I thought it was pretty good, especially in comparison to the other two. However, I do have to admit to not really knowing what was going on throughout much of the flick. It's all a bunch of laser lights to me but interspersed with stiff, wooden dialogue. Still, pretty cool.


Snuffles - May 23, 2005 7:00 am (#2284 of 2981)

Phew, what a busy week. I dont post on here much but I do read it so Happy birthday to whoever it relates to and cheering and calming charms to those in need!. My 2 year old daughter came down with Chickenpox last week so I had to stay at home and look after her, she is over the worst and isn't infectious anymore. She only had a mild case but it was enough!

Lol T. Brightwater, us Brits do love to moan about the weather. If the sun shines it will be too warm, if it rains the country floods and we have snow and everything grinds to a halt! Good old blighty!!

I know what Americans call Jelly we call jam but we also have a jelly, which is very nice with icecream but is that Jello? There are lots of differences but alas, I cannot think of any at the mo! Hope everyone has a good week. Julie


Pinky - May 23, 2005 7:07 am (#2285 of 2981)

Jam is a spread made with the fruit (usually mashed up in the process of making it). Jelly is made from the juice of the fruit. Preserves contain big pieces of the fruit. Marmalade has bits of fruit rind. Jello is a dessert made with flavored gelatin and can be served with whipped cream. I've never tried it with ice cream.


librarian314 - May 23, 2005 7:30 am (#2286 of 2981)

Hey all!

Y'all have been busy over the weekend. I had almost 200 posts to read through!

My favorite language story happened soon after my stepmother moved here after marrying my dad. My stepmom's sister and her husband came for a visit and toured around the coast of the Mid-Atlantic. They were quite surprised that many of the hotels offered weekly "shag" parties. I had to explain that "shagging" is not the terribly rude word found in the UK but in fact a kind of dance done to East Coast beach music.

I have done research into both scones and American biscuits and have decided that major difference may be the amount of kneading done and perhaps the addition of an egg. The two basic recipes are really similar.

I come from a long line of cooks and tend to do things by eye and handfuls and it took me comparing scone and biscuit recipes side by side to finally figure out the difference. It's hard to believe that the addition of an egg changes the texture so much. American biscuits are supposed to be light and fluffy, not dense like scones.

My husband and I were able to have our top layer of our wedding cake on our first anniversary. My Stepmom wrapped it in several layers of cling film and it was fine. We shared it a week early at a cook out for our local medieval group because our actual anniversary took place whilst we would have been on vacation camping and I didn't want to drag my cake there.

I know this is quite a few posts back but Catherine, let me know when you come up to Washington, DC! I work downtown, about 1/2 mile from the Mall for one of the research facilities of the museums you mentioned. It would be great to get together for lunch or something and meet in person.

Denise, your birthday calendar is as full as mine is with the extended family. The majority of the birthdays in my family fall between Jan. and May, with both Feb. and March being really full. My husband and I share the same b-day and my sister's husband's is on Groundhog Day. Two of the three March B-days are a week apart. We tend to do group celebrations.

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Julia. - May 23, 2005 8:18 am (#2287 of 2981)

Good morning everyone. Mar. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Loosing someone is very hard, and seeing them buried is often harder. I hope that you and your friend are doing all right.

I love the differences between American and Brittish English. My mum hates it that I call her mum, and that I refer to the mail as 'the post.' A friend of mine was once doing an exchange program in Bridgewater. She was there for quite a while, so she had to go to school there. One day she misplaced a pair of her school 'pants.' She was looking all over the house, and the mother of the family she was staying with was horrified when she suggested they might be in her exchange brother's room. Good thing the sister came buy and suggested that she meant 'trousers.'


fleur-de-lys - May 23, 2005 9:49 am (#2288 of 2981)

Ok, please enlighten me. I've heard "pants" refered to a few times now as meaning something different in England. What does it mean over there? I understand the confusion because Brits call them trousers, but I don't know why it would be horrifying to suggest they are in the brother's room. Please set me straight. Goodness, I really thought I knew a lot about British culture, but after this and the Budgie question, I realized that I still have a lot to learn! I'm glad I have you guys to set me straight. Thanks!


Marè - May 23, 2005 9:51 am (#2289 of 2981)

I think pants are underwear in Brits English.


Denise P. - May 23, 2005 9:54 am (#2290 of 2981)

We went and saw Sith last night. There were maybe a total of 20 people in the theater...very nice! Of the three newer SW films, this one was probably the best. Ugh, talk about a whiney, petulant adult that Annakin was! Mr. Denise is taking the older kidlets to see a matinee in about 30 minutes, I think they will like it although I do think Kaitlyn, who is 8, may find some bits a bit much but if we left her out, she would have a holy fit.

If I am not mistaken, "pants" in England refer to undergarments . . . something most people usually don't discuss in public often

My jaw dropping moment came in high school. I went to an international school so we had many nationalities. My seat mate was an Australian girl who casually asked to borrow my eraser one day....only she didn't say that, she used the Australian term for it. It is not a forum friendly term but it is easy to google what it is (I typed in Australian term eraser...first hit). My jaw dropped and I sputtered until she pointed to the eraser and repeated "Can I borrow that?" I can giggle now but I had never heard it before, in that context, and I was horrified she would think I had one! LOL


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 23, 2005 9:56 am (#2291 of 2981)

Just popping in to say hello and to ask who's taken the sun? I checked our 10 day forecast and the little sun symbol doesn't pop up until a week from Tuesday. And even then it's marred by a cloud. This is quite possibly the worst Spring on record.

**waves to Loopy** Has Catherine told you my embarrassing story yet? **buries head in hands** Words cannot express.

EDIT: Cross posted with Denise. ***waves to Denise*** I'm off to google Australia/eraser.


Loopy Lupin - May 23, 2005 10:17 am (#2292 of 2981)

Hiya Kim. I'll be on the lookout for your embarrassment. Razz


Catherine - May 23, 2005 11:56 am (#2293 of 2981)

Loopy, it's a fabulous piece of blackmail. I hope that Kim or I catch up with you soon to relay the horror!

Denise, I've had that experience with alternate terms for erasers, too. I think I also sputtered.

I played tennis today for the second time in a year. Ouch! I'm so out of shape, and it was scorchingly hot. At least this time, unlike last week, I wasn't playing with people a dozen years younger than I am. That was pathetic.

Off to do Humane Society scut work....and attend a pity party for myself....


VeronikaG - May 23, 2005 12:22 pm (#2294 of 2981)

LOL!! In my awful imagination I had imagined that the Aussie word for eraser was just horrible. Then when I looked it up I saw that it was the word we learned for "eraser" when we started learning English at 10. Good thing I had my English Americanized within a a few years. But in our school textbooks, used for teaching small children English, it says that word. Yes, I know it can also mean something else... but in our liberal Norwegian schooling that is not a forbidden word either, so I suspect I found a wrong list of Australian terms.


Madam Pince - May 23, 2005 12:38 pm (#2295 of 2981)

I was almost afraid to ask the earlier question about boots, because I was sure somebody would say they wear Australian erasers on their feet when it rains.....

undergarments . . . something most people usually don't discuss in public often – Denise

One would think so, wouldn't one? Much less wear them as an outer garment.... But alas, this weekend I saw a lady wearing a satiny lacy strappy camisole as her only top garment, and she was probably in her 50's, was attending a family-friendly smalltown festival at 1:00 in the afternoon, and ...well...let's just say... well, nope, I don't think there's any way I can say it. It truly warranted the "Mr. Spock Eyebrow" treatment. I'm afraid she'd been watching too much "Desperate Housewives."

On a nicer note, the Mama and Papa Robin who built a nest just outside my pantry window have finally hatched their eggs this weekend and become the proud parents of three (I think) baby robins! They are so cute to watch! We have been anxiously watching as she sat on the eggs, and then when she would take a break to go eat, Papa would stand beside and guard the nest but wouldn't sit on the eggs. Now they are both going back and forth bringing tasty bug tidbits to the little babies. It was fun to watch them pick out the pieces of eggshell and discard them after the babies hatched. Baby Pince is enthralled! (Who am I kidding, so am I! This is the first time I've ever had such a good vantage point -- the nest is directly below the window so I can look right down into it anytime!)


librarian314 - May 23, 2005 12:45 pm (#2296 of 2981)

Hey all!

This last week was a bit of a milestone week at our house. I had a mom/daughter talk with my six year old. (She wanted to know the names for various body parts which either have very clinical names or really vulgar slang terms.) She also cooked supper for the first time.

She made chicken nuggets, cheesy broccoli, salad, and macaroni and cheese. I let her cook this because all of it was fairly simple; nothing to chop, no raw meat to handle, mostly stirring and adding ingredients.

They had been working at school on writing out instructions recently, so I thought this was a decent adjunct activity. Overall, it was a great learning experience. She got to think about planning, nutrition, portions, following directions, time management. I helped, but not much, mostly putting things in and out of the oven and dumping the water out of the macaroni. She's asked to get to cook supper again.

It makes me realize that my baby isn't one any more but that she's growing up. (It also lets me look forward to the day where cooking once or twice a week is one of her regular chores. ;-) )

I have never been one to wear my underwear as outerwear. I've spent quite a lot of time shopping for clothes this year and found that basically, camisoles are now acceptable outerwear and wrinkly ones, at that. I'm glad I'm old enough to ignore the idiocies that fashion designers foist off on an unsuspecting public. :-P

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Madam Pince - May 23, 2005 12:55 pm (#2297 of 2981)

Michelle, that sounds like such a fun weekend! At six she's already cooking??!! She's well on her way to being a gourmet!

This lady I observed was old enough to ignore those idiocies, too, she just chose not to. And if only it was only the camisole that was wrinkly.....

What was that quote about having to wash your eyeballs?


Catherine - May 23, 2005 1:43 pm (#2298 of 2981)

What was that quote about having to wash your eyeballs? --Madam Pince

I believe that Loopy Lupin started the trend of eyeball-washing last summer. On the Forum, I've seen, "I have to wash me eyballs now;" "I have to wash my eyeballs now;" and "Pass me the eyewash."

Sometimes it takes several applications of eyewash before the offending image is removed.


fleur-de-lys - May 23, 2005 1:44 pm (#2299 of 2981)

Cute, sounds like something Moody would say, especially when you put it "I have to wash ME eyeballs now." I can just hear (read) him now.


wormsé - May 23, 2005 2:26 pm (#2300 of 2981)

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, guys!
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The giant squid - May 23, 2005 2:27 pm (#2301 of 2981)

I am also wondering how my brother is holding up under the strain of constantly showing Star Wars. I imagine we won't hear from him until Monday. My mom is also in Las Vegas with him this weekend, probably spending a lot of quality time with my sister-in-law. Heehee.--Marie E.

You don't know the half of it...

In addition to the 10-12 hour days at the theater & Mom being in town, we also have no air conditioner during a weekend of "unseasonably hot weather" (Kim, I found your sun--it's hanging out over Las Vegas. Come get it. Pretty please...). It's been over 100F (38C) all weekend. It's supposed to cool down later on this week--after the new AC unit has been installed, of course. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 1242194059 The worst part is, we did it to ourselves--we needed to replace our AC unit but wanted to put down concrete where it was sitting, as over the years the old one had sunken into the dirt from water runoff. So the old one was disconnected Friday, the concrete was poured Saturday and the new one will be installed Wednesday (the earliest they could get here). In the meantime, I'm melting.

Elanor, our theater doesn't have any digital projectors. We're still running good ol' 35mm film. I haven't heard anything from "civilians" who've seen it digitally, but other film buffs aren't too impressed with digital projection yet. Have you ever downloaded a low-resolution trailer off the net & noticed the heavy pixelation? That's what happens a lot with digital projection--when you're blowing the image up to 50+ feet across, small imperfections become very obvious. They haven't got a system together yet which can reliably project a picture that looks as "clean" as film. Once they can do that (and guarantee the theaters won't have to upgrade their systems every six months) digital projection will become much more common. And I'll be out of a job.

One final note, as I've forgotten the rest of the 120 posts I had to catch up on: My wife & I saved our wedding cake topper until our first anniversary. It was a little dry, but still edible...although we both ate only one piece. We came back the next day and it had passed that fine line between "dry" and "done for".

Marie, congrats on your baked Brownies!



John Bumbledore - May 23, 2005 2:34 pm (#2302 of 2981)

What is all the ado? Tires are made of black rubber. In olden days before anti lock breaking systems, a sudden "panic" stop would leave black, rubber, skid marks on the road. Ernie of Sesame Street has a rubber ducky. Apparently, what Lizzie (or Lizzy?) might call wellies, I would simply call rubber boots? We have a pop song called rubber biscuits (clearly an American use of the word biscuits, too). Please don't let some one's slang definition tarnish a perfectly unassuming word.

Don't forget the Ant that moved the rubber tree plant. It is the sap of such a tree that grows in Africa that is the source of all natural rubber. Oops the tree is also found in Central and South America and Asia.

Wasn't it the singer, Madonna, that started all that about under garments as outer garments? Oh, well, we (many some Americans) like to blame her for it anyway.

<)B^D= John Bumbledore

P. S. Shall we move on to those partial "neck sweaters" that are worn under a shirt to make it look as if you are wearing a turtle-neck sweater under an oxford shirt? I expect not.


Catherine - May 23, 2005 2:48 pm (#2303 of 2981)

P. S. Shall we move on to those partial "neck sweaters" that are worn under a shirt to make it look as if you are wearing a turtle-neck sweater under an oxford shirt? I expect not. --John Bumbledore

Oh, dear. Amongst the "worst gifts ever" from my grandmother (and there were quite a few contenders) was a monogrammed dickey. Unfortunately, it was someone else's monogram.

We gave a joke gift to my friend who is the Humane Society president when she had thyroid surgery--a dickey to cover her scar. Fortunately, she fell out of her seat laughing.

This is not to impugn dickeys--I'm sure they are wonderful, but my experience with them hasn't been wonderful.


timrew  - May 23, 2005 3:07 pm (#2304 of 2981)

Who was it who called the UK and the USA two countries divided by a common language?

It strikes me as funny that in the UK, we have people who want to keep 'Americanisms' out of the language.

In Bill Bryson's excellent book, 'Mother Tongue', he writes.........

.....you can find authorities in Britain attacking such 'Americanisms' as maximize, minimize and input, quite unaware that the first two were coined by Jeremy Bentham (English) more than a century ago, and the last appeared over 600 years ago in Wycliffe's translation of the Bible......

Oh, and that famous English phrase that you hear in all the British movies of WW2, "Stiff upper lip".........that's American, too!


boop - May 23, 2005 3:49 pm (#2305 of 2981)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDSAY!!!! Sweet Sixteen, have a great day Lindsay.


Catherine - May 23, 2005 3:56 pm (#2306 of 2981)
Edited May 23, 2005 5:00 pm

Who was it who called the UK and the USA two countries divided by a common language? –Tim

This has been attributed to both Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. If anyone knows otherwise, let us know.

Edited for horrendous grammar.


mike miller - May 23, 2005 4:24 pm (#2307 of 2981)

Happy Birthday Lindsey! Sorry I didn't get my birthday wishes in sooner but I've spent the majority of the day travelling. I'll be in Palm Desert, California for most of the week.

Squid Mike - I second your comments about the heat. It's well over 100F here in Palm Desert. I went to college in Tempe, Arizona but my body has adjusted to the Mid-Atlantic weather of Baltimore.

Have a great week everyone!


dizzy lizzy - May 23, 2005 4:28 pm (#2308 of 2981)

What a laugh!!!! That was an excellent read over the last 30 posts or so.

Got all the tension out of my system with all that laughing...

You know, I still can't get over the difference between American Biscuits and Australian/British biscuits (or Bikkies to me). But I do love my scones. My favourite are Parmesan Cheese and Onion scones.

I like the creativeness of the Brownies and their bridging ceremony. I don't think we were ever that creative when we were kids. I think our brownie and guide leader (the same lady) had her creativity skills removed at some point. It was fortunate the Assistant Guide leader was an avid camper and encouraged a lot of us to go for our camping and bushcraft badges.

She must have done OK with me as once I was too old for Guides; I went on to Venturers (scouting for 14-18 boys and girls) and had a ball with all the camping and rough and tumble.

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone.


PS: Bumbledore: I'm essentially lazy when it comes to language, wellies and gumboots are called boots by me. Riding boots are called boots; steel capped work boots are called boots...you get the drift...the challenge is to work out what pair of boots is being talked about... .


Ponine - May 23, 2005 6:11 pm (#2309 of 2981)

**still giggling** I love language blunders. I was an exchange student many, many (many) moons ago, and a Swedish friend of mine and her host mother came over to our house to visit. Jess was a lovely girl, but her accent was fairly heavy, and the expressions on our host families' flustered faces when she innocently mentioned how she had been lying on the 'coach' (=couch) when a friend suddenly came in, were priceless...

My most humiliating language blunder pains me to this day, and it is actually the first time I have shared it... I hope it is not too crude, if so, I trust it will be removed. I heard someone call someone else a particular word one day in school, and I thought it was kind of cute, especially as it included some of my favorite fruits. You know, one of those words that gets the point across, but is not offensive (in my book), like fruitcake or dingbat or chump (just you wait, maybe I am mistaken when it comes to one of these, too...). I must have used for a good two months, until someone cooly asked me if I knew what it literally meant... I am blushing as I am typing, and what made me feel even worse is that it is pretty much the exact same word in Norwegian... I am sorry if I shared too much, but I figure that other people's embarrassment are often good sources for a giggle..


Madam Pince - May 23, 2005 9:44 pm (#2310 of 2981)

*****is totally clueless as to Ponine's word****


Ydnam96 - May 23, 2005 10:44 pm (#2311 of 2981)

Madame Pince, so am I. I just thought it was because I'm a little slow sometimes.

I think though that a lot of things just get lost in the translation process. Frankly though, I am quite amazed at our friends on the forum who write in English although it is not their native language. I can't even write in English well Wink


dizzy lizzy - May 23, 2005 11:59 pm (#2312 of 2981)

I think though that a lot of things just get lost in the translation process. Frankly though, I am quite amazed at our friends on the forum who write in English although it is not their native language. I can't even write in English well Wink –Mandy

Mandy; I so totally agree with you. I thought my writing skills in English were bad, but I have slowly come to realise that I am actually getting better. The words are coming easier, fewer grammar errors and punctuation boo-boo's (although apostrophe's and comma still cause me to get flustered at the editing stage).

Most importantly though, I'm not having to spend so much time getting each word out onto the screen little bit by little bit. So in a roundabout way JKR has done me (and probably all of us) a big favour, by reminding us of the power of the written word no matter what form it is written in.


Ponine; I've no idea what your word is, but never mind. It has happened to me a few times in my own language when I was younger. I would pick up a new word or two and use them in the wrong context (very easy for a deaf person to do) and get embarrassed by others laughing at me. If I find a new word now, it is "out with the dictionary" before I even dare repeat the word! Smile


Ydnam96 - May 24, 2005 8:03 am (#2313 of 2981) Reply
Edited by Denise P. May 24, 2005 12:32 pm

Yay, I finally got onto the Forum. It wouldn't load for a while and then I saw the message from Kip about the technical difficulties going on.

(My question for Kip is: do you ever sleep? Seriously I am so thankful for the work you do here, but you need to make sure you are taking care of yourself! I saw that the message was posted at 6am Eastern time...and aren't you on the West Coast?)

Well I should go get my day started. Happy Tuesday everybody.


Snuffles - May 24, 2005 8:10 am (#2314 of 2981)

I was thinking the same thing about Kip. Its 4.08pm here and I’ve been trying to get on since about 8.00am!

I have read the story in the paper about that certain person and I’m hoping it’s just hype by the bookies to get more bets!

Hope everyone has a happy tuesday. Julie


Marè - May 24, 2005 8:15 am (#2315 of 2981)

Ok Ydman, thanks for putting that in white. I don't want to be that spoiled!

For discussion of people dying in the books... go here: Steve Newton, "Who will die in books 6/7?" #, 20 Jun 2004 11:34 am
At the start of the discussion though, it is nice if you put again a spoiler warning and use white text... It is a speculation thread and other people might not want to spoiled either.

On another note, happy to have my forum back.


Phoenix song - May 24, 2005 8:54 am (#2316 of 2981)

Hello everybody! **Waves frantically to all of my Forum Friends!** I've been missing you all while busy work has kept me away.

I wanted to announce that I am quite pleased to have just ordered a special item, called a "cake dummy", that I will be using on Bridezilla's cake. It's a dense styrofoam layer that substitutes for the "real deal". I decided to take all of your wonderful advice and do what is right instead of what she wants. I'm not going to tell her, either. I'm hoping that when she goes to delve into the left-over cake, (all piggy-like in typical Dudley style!) that she'll be quite startled when the knife just won't "cut it"! My husband thinks, though, that she's liable to just eat all of the icing off of the styrofoam cake anyway. We shall see. **Cackles gleefully at the thought!** I estimate that just replacing that one cake layer will save me around 4 hours of baking and prep time. (It is going to replace a 4-layered 14 inch cake.) I promise to post a picture of it when it's done. (Late June)

I am getting so excited about the release of the new book! I can practically feel the reassuringly heavy weight of it in my hands!

By the way, on a note that ties in both of my topics... Bridezilla considers herself to be a fan of the series. However, I recently discovered that she's not nearly the fan that she claims to be. On my computer's desktop background, I've done a neat job of adding the cover of the next book. She saw the cover art and said, "Gee, I guess that I need to re-read the books again, because I can't remember who the Half-Blood Prince was right now."

I quite patiently explained to her that the last 5 books wouldn't reveal to her that answer, because that information is in the next book. She looked quite blankly and asked me if I was "sure" that we hadn't already met the HBP. Then she asked me if there was going to be another Minister of Magic in the next book, since they keep changing every year. Turns out that she was confusing the MoM with the DADA professors.

Hope that you all have really great days!


Elanor - May 24, 2005 8:58 am (#2317 of 2981)

It works!!!!!!! I didn't know about the technical difficulties on the forum since my internet was down since Saturday. It seems the phone line had a problem because of a storm we had then. The technician said he would repair it today and when I came back home (10 minutes ago) I made straight for the computer and it works!. Phew! I'm freaking out when there is a problem with internet and now it is like breathing again! Feel free to call me Loony Audrey...

Thank you so much for the compliments and for your indulgence with us, non-native English speakers. I have to say it is a lot of fun for me to write in English. Before I joined the forum, last July, I used to read books in English but I rarely wrote in it. The first posts were difficult but the more I write, the easier it becomes and, at the same time, the more I see the gaps I still have, especially in grammar. But reading your great posts is definitely the best way to learn! I love words and their history and I've always been curious about etymology, first in French of course and, now in English. When I open the Oxford dictionary, I'm like a kid entering Honeydukes!

Mike, thank you for the information about digital theaters, I was really wondering if it was perfected or not. As the film was made with a digital camera, I was curious to know how it feels to see it like this. Good luck with the heat! I can imagine what it must be because when I visited Las Vegas, in 2000, I had the feeling I was put in the oven to roast each time I was going outside, and it was at the end of September...

Here, after a very rainy and fresh weekend, the sun has come back and it is more than welcome. When I drove back home it was really great to feel it and smell the air fragrant with the smell of hay since the haymaking season has begun.

Have a great day everybody! **waving to Marè** How are you? Have you heard some news from Accio about the contest?

Sorry for the long post, but I was so happy to find the forum again!

Edit: **waving like mad to Barbie**


Loopy Lupin - May 24, 2005 9:13 am (#2318 of 2981)

This has been attributed to both Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw.—Catherine

You just couldn't wait and let me answer that question could you? Know it all!

Mmmm.... I wonder where Kim is today?, he asked quizzically.


T Brightwater - May 24, 2005 9:13 am (#2319 of 2981)

I just found out that the term "Bridezilla" has been around for years. Honestly, Catherine, I thought it was your invention! OK, so I'm a little out of touch. :-) I was probably the last person in the US to realize that "The Sopranos" was not about an opera company. (I still think _that_ would be a great serial drama.)

The weather in St. Paul is terrific!


GryffEndora - May 24, 2005 9:15 am (#2320 of 2981)

Elanor - I am so happy to hear that your Internet is back up and working. Glad to see you back!

Phoenix song - Congratulations on the dummy cake! I'm proud of you. I am also laughing at the idea of not telling the bride and imagining her trying to cut into the dummy layer. As long as she doesn't try to cut into it at the reception though it will be all right.

Ydnam96 - I also thank you for putting that info in white. I read the Leaky article about the rumor existing but I don't want to know who the rumor is about. I will firmly believe it is false unless the publishers have to pay the 5 million penalty for any leaked information. I don't want to color my view of HBP with possible lies. Thanks again for helping me avoid the rumor. I really appreciate it!

Greetings and hugs to everyone else, cheering charms to those who need them.

*edit: T Brightwater - there was actually a TV special a couple of years back called Bridezillas. I didn't watch it. You are in St. Paul? I'm in Roseville right now! *waves to T Brightwater* Does this mean you are a fellow Twin Citizen? (I know that term is wrong sorry) And yes, the weather is gorgeous today!


Kip Carter - May 24, 2005 9:26 am (#2321 of 2981)

For those who experienced problems earlier today in logging on to the Forums, I have posted full details in my post on the Questions for the Host(s)thread.

Quick explanation: World Crossing uses temporary certificates that are "supposed" to be replaced automatically every month. It obviously did not work this time. All certificates are installed and the servers are now stabilized.


fleur-de-lys - May 24, 2005 10:10 am (#2322 of 2981)

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The forum is back working. I was experiencing such withdrawal. I missed everyone. I must admit, I have absolutely no will power. Whenever I see a blank spot in a post, I know that is a spoiler and there is info there and I have to check it out. I'm so soft.

Barbie, I too love the idea of not telling her about the dummy layer. How funny that would be. You'll have to plant a hidden camera when she's going to have the leftovers. What a hoot. As for me, I wouldn't have cared about the cake in our leftovers. I would have done what your hubby predicted and eaten all the icing off the styrofoam. I love icing and the bakery who made our cake has the most incredible buttercream icing. When I sampled it, I said immediately it was the bakery we were using. YUMMMMMM!!!!!!!!

I'm glad to read that I am not the only clueless one on Ponine's word. Can not figure that one out. Ponine, please email me with some enlightenment.

In the Philly area, it is rainy and quite chilly for this time of year, but I'm not complaining. My flowers need the rain and atleast its not 90 degrees with 95% humidity like usual.

Also, I thought certain forum members, like Julia, Wormse, Misha Fan, Boop and Demonic Kitty, would like to know that, as I was working in my mom's flower bed this morning, a small bird started cause quite a ruckus in the tree above my head. I freaked me out a bit, but I was brave and stayed to finish the job, which took about 5 minutes. No bird nightmares lately, but maybe after this I'll have one tonite.

Sorry for the long post, but, as Ponine can tell you, I like to talk. Atleast I put in paragraphs. Are you proud of me Ponine? There's hope after all!!


Julia. - May 24, 2005 10:51 am (#2323 of 2981)

LOL Fleur! I'm so glad you didn't have any nightmares about strange birds...again!

Beh, I'm home sick from work for the second day in a row today. Can't say I'm too upset about it, I don't particularly like my job, and I'm happy for the chance to catch up on my reading.

GRRR! I'm so mad at myself. Curse my weakness where spoilers are concerned! I'd heard there was a rumor, and then I just *had* to highlight to see who it was. I'm just going to continue to tell myself that unless it's released by the publishers, it's not true.

Have a lovely day everyone.


T Brightwater - May 24, 2005 11:48 am (#2324 of 2981)

*waves to GryffEndora* No, I'm just here on a working holiday. I'm from the Chicago area, but I like St. Paul a lot!

I don't have a TV, which accounts for a lot of my cluelessness in some areas. I just got out of the habit in college and never picked it up again.


Catherine - May 24, 2005 11:49 am (#2325 of 2981)

You just couldn't wait and let me answer that question could you? Know it all! --Loopy Lupin

Careful, Loopy, or Kim will sort you out! **she warned him while peering at him through her quizzing glass.**

Glad to have the Forum back.


The giant squid - May 24, 2005 12:29 pm (#2326 of 2981)

Elanor, according to reviews I've read online the digital projection version of Episode III actually looks good--not surprising since Lucas is the biggest proponent of changing to digital from film.

Oh, and that famous English phrase that you hear in all the British movies of WW2, "Stiff upper lip".........that's American, too!—Timrew

Okay, all kidding aside, I did not know that and find it really interesting! How did it become a "Britishism", just due to all the Hollywood types giving the line to Brits?

Either it's cooler today than yesterday, or I'm getting used to the heat. I'm not sweating nearly as much. I'll still be very very glad when the new unit is installed tomorrow morning!

Be careful, Julia--a day off from work can seem nice, but it's definitely less so when the paycheck arrives.



Loopy Lupin - May 24, 2005 1:24 pm (#2327 of 2981)

Careful, Loopy, or Kim will sort you out! **she warned him while peering at him through her quizzing glass.**-- Catherine

Yes, I tremble at the prospect of being sorted out by Kim. Quizzing "glass" or did you mean quizzing "glasses"? The only type of eyewear I could think of that would fit that description would be some type of mad horn-rims or something like that. ****waves to Kim***

Okay, all kidding aside, I did not know that and find it really interesting! How did it become a "Britishism", just due to all the Hollywood types giving the line to Brits? – Mike

I think that is the idea. Is there a source on this tim? I might also add that I think it is usually the lower lip that quivers when one is about to start bawling.

Can't say I'm too upset about it, I don't particularly like my job, and I'm happy for the chance to catch up on my reading.—Julia

Sorry to hear that Julia. I can't say I blame you. If I were in your position, I'd just run on and do my reading too, I wouldn't worry about working too much, there's plenty of time for that later. Believe me.


Catherine - May 24, 2005 1:37 pm (#2328 of 2981)

The only type of eyewear I could think of that would fit that description would be some type of mad hornrims or something like that. --Loopy Lupin

Loopy, just so you don't stab repeatedly in the dark, here's a picture of a quizzing glass: http://candicehern.com/regencyworld/quizzing-glasses/ I found that using one of these helps me determine if someone is blushing with embarrassment.

**waves at Kim and Loopy**

Julia, I think running along and reading sounds like a fine idea. I'm off to do it meself.

Have a good evening, everyone. **waves to everyone!*


Loopy Lupin - May 24, 2005 1:39 pm (#2329 of 2981)

Ah, thanks for the image Catherine, now I've got things properly sorted.


fleur-de-lys - May 24, 2005 1:45 pm (#2330 of 2981)

Julia, I don't blame you either. Its really tough when you don't like your job. And don't be too hard on yourself for not resisting the spoilers. I can't resist either. Maybe some other forumers will create a specific strengthening potion for this problem. If anyone out there has one, please let us know!


Catherine - May 24, 2005 1:53 pm (#2331 of 2981)

Maybe some other forumers will create a specific strengthening potion for this problem. --Fleur-de-lys

Hmm. I find that a simple spell like "Don'tus Highlightus" works well for me.

If that fails, you could always try the eyeball washing.


Lina - May 24, 2005 2:10 pm (#2332 of 2981)

Happy birthdays to all that I have missed!

I've always liked to choose the words in Croatian, some are usually more accurate than the others. My grandfather worked as a language editor in some newspapers, once he returned to my dad a letter all corrected with a red pencil. My dad never wrote him back, but the tendency to prefer some words over the others (something like Timrew described the avoiding of Americanisms in the UK) remained. When it comes to English, it is much easier, I just have to choose among the words I know. I use the spellchecker, but it doesn't help much if you choose the wrong word, so there were moments when I was laughing at myself when some kind members have explained to me the meaning of what I wrote. I must say that my English vocabulary has expanded since I joined this Forum. I do have to use the dictionary to understand some posts, but I like it. And I am sorry that I didn't use it to find out what is a shortening (I thought that I know what "short" means, I just couldn't figure out why would somebody try to shorten a cake?). So, thank you, VeronikaG for asking what is Crisco, and special thank you, Denise, for explaining what is shortening. We just don't use here some special term for this.

Well, I do have a large dictionary, but it is just too big and I use it when I can't find a word in my on-line dictionary or in the little one that is always near my computer. The on-line English <--> Croatian dictionary I use, has recently expanded to more languages, even the English <--> Latin, so if someone is interested, you can have a look here.

Once we've got some flour for making a pap for the babies (now I'm aware that I might have chosen some wrong words here, I've never used them before, I just hope you will understand what I wanted to say) and it had no instructions in Croatian. We thought we could understand the instructions in English or Spanish and they both advised to put some number of soup spoons of the flour in some amount of milk. Well, the soup spoons here are really huge, it seemed too much of a flour to put in the small amount of milk, but we tried, and quite soon we found out that soup spoons should mean something else. Later we watched to my sister's dictionary with pictures and it turned out that soup spoons are supposed to be what we call a tea spoon, just with a longer handle.

Congratulations, Barbie, on the decision you made! What can I say but repeat what was already been said - what a great community we have here!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 24, 2005 2:17 pm (#2333 of 2981)

Careful, Loopy, or Kim will sort you out! **she warned him while peering at him through her quizzing glass.**---Catherine

Yes, I tremble at the prospect of being sorted out by Kim. Quizzing "glass" or did you mean quizzing "glasses"? The only type of eyewear I could think of that would fit that description would be some type of mad horn-rims or something like that. ****waves to Kim***---Loopy Lupin

Ah, thanks for the image Catherine, now I've got things properly sorted.---Loopy Lupin

I found that using one of these helps me determine if someone is blushing with embarrassment.---Catherine

Are you two finished now?

EDIT: For those of you wondering what this is all about, I had a rather embarrassing incident take place during my HP class. Unfortunately, I can't give details as it's not Forum friendly material...hence the problem, but as you can tell, Loopy and Catherine have been brought up to speed and it's brought endless hours of amusement to their heretofore dull and meaningless lives.

***waves to Catherine and Loopy*** Glad you're having fun.


Catherine - May 24, 2005 2:29 pm (#2334 of 2981)

Loopy and Catherine have been brought up to speed and it's brought endless hours of amusement to their heretofore dull and meaningless lives. --Sometimes Kim


Well, I can't let you take ALL the credit for providing meaning in my life. I'm still waiting for the moment when Bridezilla realizes that Barbie made a fake cake.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 24, 2005 2:36 pm (#2335 of 2981)

I'm very happy to share the credit as I see you're not disputing 'dull' or 'meaningless'.


Catherine - May 24, 2005 3:02 pm (#2336 of 2981)

I'm very happy to share the credit as I see you're not disputing 'dull' or 'meaningless'.--Sometimes Kim

**peers at Kim through quizzing glass**

I feel certain that, as long as we are Forum members, we shall find endless entertainment and amusement where we can.

Cheers, everyone.


Phoenix song - May 24, 2005 3:10 pm (#2337 of 2981)

Well, I can't let you take ALL the credit for providing meaning in my life. I'm still waiting for the moment when Bridezilla realizes that Barbie made a fake cake. Catherine

**Giggles and snorts abound** I've decided that I'm going to wear my tennis shoes (also called "trainers" by many outside the U.S.A.) to the wedding. It may make me look a bit odd to be wearing my Nike's with a dress, but I need to be prepared to make a quick run for it if she decides to begin cutting the cake from the bottom layer up instead of the from the top layer down. (It's the bottom layer that's going to be made of styrofoam.) Besides, I may be too tempted to feed a bit of the styrofoam cake to her myself if I hang around too long!

Lina, I'm sorry that it didn't even occur to me to explain what Crisco was when I made my original post about it. I'm from the South, and we generally tend to use the name of the leading brand for all of the other brands in that category... and we usually tend to leave out the description of the product altogether.

For example, here it is not uncommon for someone to ask "Do you want a Coke?" If they respond with a yes, the question is usually followed by "What flavor would you like? I have Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Barq's Rootbeer and Creme Soda." The correct way to have asked the question is by asking your guest if they would like a "soft drink" or a "carbonated beverage". We just stick to the name of the leading brand regardless of which company manufactures the item. Even if it is what we call a "store brand" or generic product.

I could also say something to the effect that I needed to go to the store and buy some Dawn. I'm sure that to you it would sound as if I wanted to buy a little bit of morning. But that's what we Southerners generally call all forms of liquid dish detergent. I'll try to be a bit more concise in my future posts. Please, though, always feel free to e-mail me and I'll try my best to explain away any overt "Americanisms" that may slip into mine or other member's posts!



Denise P. - May 24, 2005 3:19 pm (#2338 of 2981)

For example, here it is not uncommon for someone to ask "Do you want a Coke?" If they respond with a yes, the question is usually followed by "What flavor would you like? I have Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Barq's Rootbeer and Creme Soda." The correct way to have asked the question is by asking your guest if they would like a "soft drink" or a "carbonated beverage". We just stick to the name of the leading brand regardless of which company manufactures the item. Even if it is what we call a "store brand" or generic product.

You know, when I grew up, this is what we did. "Can I have a Coke?" "Sure, what kind do you want?" It drove my husband batty to have me doing that. I would ask him to pick up some Coke, meaning please pick up the soda of choice that you always see me drinking (and at the time, it was NOT Coke but Diet Pepsi) and he would actually bring home Coke! I still call all pain relievers "aspirin" "Do we have any aspirin?" "No, we have Tylenol" LOL I have gotten better but I tend to revert easily.


Catherine - May 24, 2005 3:30 pm (#2339 of 2981)

Does anyone need a Kleenex? (or a hankie, a tissue, something to wipe your eyes upon and blow your nose)

Or to Xerox anything? (Makin' some copies)

LOL, we do that, too. Too much, probably, but it is amusing to realize it.


dizzy lizzy - May 24, 2005 3:38 pm (#2340 of 2981)

I'm glad the forum came back up. It actually went down in the middle of me going through the threads, one minute I was giggling away at something funny, then I press the "read new" button and I get this strange message. It was very upsetting to have to go to bed without reading all these wonderful posts .

Denise and Barbie; I have the same problem with people asking me what to drink. In some restraunts in Australia, they serve either pepsi OR coke. As a result when I ask for a drink of coke, I get an answer that says: "but we only have pepsi, would that do?". I always say yes, because what I was looking for was a black caffeinated non-alcoholic drink and my tastebuds don't care whether it is pepsi or coke.



Lina - May 24, 2005 3:39 pm (#2341 of 2981)

Please, Barbie, or anyone else, don't feel uncomfortable for using your normal language! It is just interesting to learn every day something new! I think that using the name of a brand to name a category is a normal thing that happens everywhere. I even managed to make a connection between Crisco and shortening, but what shortening was, remained a mystery. Well, thanks to Denise, not any more. The point is, we have a word for butter, fat or margarine, but not for a shortening. At first I thought it was a sort of food emulsifier or flour. It should be something that makes something shorter, right? O.K. I'm just kidding now. It is just a new word in my vocabulary. Before the Forum time (like B. C.), I was able just to talk English within my profession. The first time I make one of the recipes that get posted on the forum, I'll be able to say that I know English!

To be honest, sometime I'm afraid that you, English speakers, might impoverish your English by hanging out too much with us, non English speakers.


Catherine - May 24, 2005 3:49 pm (#2342 of 2981)

To be honest, sometime I'm afraid that you, English speakers, might impoverish your English by hanging out too much with us, non English speakers.

Poppycock! (means ridiculous)

It's that experience in which we realize the richness and fullness of our language, and you do, too.

Also, we English-speaking types realize just how difficult and beautiful our language is (hopefully), and we should appreciate it anew.

My daughter, as many folks now know on the Forum, has an autistic-spectrum disorder, and through her eyes, I realize how funny, strange, and full English language can be.

--"raining cats and dogs" (it's pouring rain outside)

--"hold your horses" (wait a minute)

--"catching some Zzzzs" (sleeping)

--"in hot water" (in big trouble)

--"down in the dumps" (very sad)

--"apple of my eye" (my favorite)

See what I mean? It's nuts (crazy)

Good night.


haymoni - May 24, 2005 3:52 pm (#2343 of 2981)

Hi all - hope everyone is having a lovely evening.

Hubby and Ungrateful Son are at baseball practice. Daughter is watching "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" - Disney version.

I am patiently waiting for 8:00 pm EST so that I can watch the final episode of "The Contender". I found a way to pick up the Yahoo stream at work, so I was able to see the Undercard bouts this afternoon - very good.

Go Sergio! Go Peter! I really don't care who wins - they are both great guys and deserve to win $1 million.

Have a good evening all!


Madam Pince - May 24, 2005 3:53 pm (#2344 of 2981)

Several people have thanked Ydnam for posting some type of spoiler in white. I have gone back several days worth of posts and can't find what they're referring to. Did her post get moved or deleted or something, or am I just not looking properly? (Yes, it is true: I have no self-control. All somebody has to do is tell me "Don't look at that!" and I'm off! My mother tells me I once got a very nasty burn on my fingers as a child because she told me "Now don't touch that iron while I answer the phone!" She says she should've known better and just kept her mouth shut, because she knows that the best way to get me to do something is to tell me not to do it.)

Edit: Haymoni, I too am looking forward to "The Contender" final match. They are both good boxers. I'm thinking it will be Sergio, though.


Denise P. - May 24, 2005 3:59 pm (#2345 of 2981)

I thought I had mentioned I removed it, apparently not. Or WX ate my post.

In any event, with HBP fast approaching, no kind of spoiler at all should be posted on the chat thread, white or not.

There are specific threads to discuss the book itself or speculation on who may or may not die.

Sorry I didn't check to be sure my post went through. I was interrupted and just figured it went on.


dizzy lizzy - May 24, 2005 4:02 pm (#2346 of 2981)

Denise, I could tell you had modified Ydnam's post because there was no spoiler there and your name was up at the top of the message. I think we were looking for the spoiler you successfully removed



Denise P. - May 24, 2005 4:06 pm (#2347 of 2981)

I believe Mandy said she got it from Mugglenet so it should be there for those interested.


Catherine - May 24, 2005 4:14 pm (#2348 of 2981)

Indeed, Mugglenet has it.

So does the Leaky Cauldron.

If one can't resist the "Spoiler/Imperio" spell!


Chemyst - May 24, 2005 4:26 pm (#2349 of 2981)

For those of you wondering what this is all about, I had a rather embarrassing incident take place during my HP class. - ~ Kim
Thank you for that explanation, cryptic as it is.

**goes off wondering if "cryptic" will give our non-native English speakers a trip back to the dictionary**


Catherine - May 24, 2005 4:49 pm (#2350 of 2981)

For those of you wondering what this is all about, I had a rather embarrassing incident take place during my HP class. - ~ Kim—Chemyst

Well, far be it to ME to gossip, BUT....

Kim "might" have had a teensy glitch in her HP class

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fleur-de-lys - May 24, 2005 4:57 pm (#2351 of 2981)

Hmm. I find that a simple spell like Don'tus Highlightus" works well for me."—Catherine

How very cute. It made me chuckle and guffaw (another puzzler for those non-Englishers out there) and caused the hubby to come and see what was so amusing. Thanks so much for the tip. I'll have to try it.

**throwing and tantrum and pounding heels into the floor because I don't know Kim's story**    Feel free to email me some enlightenment.


Amilia Smith - May 24, 2005 6:50 pm (#2352 of 2981)

Woo-hoo! I have an interview for a part-time job on Thursday.

I am very glad as I have been feeling a bit at loose ends with no job, no school, no dance classes, no family, no friends, no computer.

But all that is about to change. I have a job interview. Classes started yesterday, and although they are not yet in full swing, they will be taking up more of my time soon. I met a lot of very nice people at church Sunday, and am getting to know my roommates better. And my computer is coming in about 2 weeks . . . (It is following me through the mail via parcel post. If anyone would like to send charms to it that it makes it here all in one piece, they would be appreciated.)



Finn BV - May 24, 2005 6:51 pm (#2353 of 2981)

Yeah, I was completely left in the dark (is this another quick trip to the translator?) when Loopy and Catherine were throwing off jokes about Kim… hmm…

*examines empty hole in Lexicon Forum history in his brain*

I'm going to be so busy this week with finals and a solo piano recital… ooh… ***waves to anybody who says ooh back***
All righty then, have a great rest of Tuesday or - if you're already 2 hours ahead of me - rest of Wednesday! ~Adios

Edit: *Venio Amilia's computer in oneus pieceus*


Julia. - May 24, 2005 7:30 pm (#2354 of 2981)

Yes, the English language is very hard and it's so easy to confuse words with each other *coughprinceofwhalescough*

Now I'm very curious to hear exactly what happened in Kim's class. Curse me for not being able to get online at a descent hour when Kim's on!


Puck - May 24, 2005 7:45 pm (#2355 of 2981)

Hello all! I haven't been on the computer much lately. Been home over a week. Have skimmed the posts, but not much more than that. Trying to get things organized. We have to plan and move kids around bedroom-wise to make room for baby.

I survived my days away from my children, but missed them much and couldn't wait to hug them once I got home.

Okay, so last night I had this dream that I met JKR. I was so excited, then I woke up and realized I hadn't really had a conversation with her.

Off to bed. Want to get up before the family to get out for a walk in the morning -if it's not pouring. Really, cold and rainy is not the weather I ordered for the end of May! Where's my warm temperatures and sunshine?



Ydnam96 - May 24, 2005 8:01 pm (#2356 of 2981)

Sorry I didn't realize that the info I put on here about the news from Mugglenet was a spoiler. Smile

Today has been the most frustrating day. My VCR broke. So I tried to go get a new one. Well, that is near to impossible, just to get one that is a VCR. I finally find one at the third store (2nd Walmart) and bring it home...it doesn't work with my perfectly good dvd player!!! So I have to take it back. I end up getting a vcr dvd combo. I bring that home and the antenna that I have (because I have no cable, for many reasons #1 is I live on campus and we aren't allowed to have it, so the antenna is a must) won't fit into the new dvd player. The pokey thing inside the plugy thing is too thick. So I have to go get a new antenna. FINALLY it all works.

Offfff go out and think you are going to spend around $40 for a cheap vcr and end up spending around $100 for the whole lot. Bleh.

Plus my kitty is sick Sad I had to take him to the vet. He's been throwing up and generally not feeling well. Come to find out he has Irritable Bowell Disease. Poor baby. Now I have give him pills twice a day (there went another $100) it's been a long 24 hours.

Now I'm looking forward to a quiet evening of the Season Finale of One Tree Hill. Yes, yes, I haven't watched all season. But I am feeling like I need to indulge in some bad-for-you tv.



TwinklingBlueEyes - May 24, 2005 8:04 pm (#2357 of 2981)

Barbie, before you leave running in your "trainers" in fits of hysterical laughter, make sure someone gets a picture! And run down the bayou, I need a good laugh!

Lina, no one can possibly butcher the American language worse than Americans, so no worries, you get your points across really well!

** . . .toddles off to later daze, er, days . . .**


The giant squid - May 24, 2005 8:24 pm (#2358 of 2981)

Kim "might" have had a teensy glitch in her HP class –Catherine

Well, thank you so much for clearing that up...

Where's my warm temperatures and sunshine?—Puck

They're still in Las Vegas. Apparently the shippers ran out of funds halfway there.

To be honest, sometime I'm afraid that you, English speakers, might impoverish your English by hanging out too much with us, non English speakers.—Lina

Far from it. If anything, you help us improve our English by pointing out things that don't look "correct". That, and those of you typing from a dictionary often use more correct grammar than we native speakers do, and thus show us how to do it right!



Daioma Dumbledore - May 24, 2005 8:33 pm (#2359 of 2981)

Hi All! Haven't popped in for a while, I've been busy at work and exhausted, this growing a baby business is hard work! Although I'm told I will begin to feel a bit less tired soon as I'm now 12 weeks! But I can't complain about anything as I've escaped morning sickness, I did get car sick once, but that's it, and after that I thanked my lucky stars I didn't have to go through something like that each day, so any of you expectant mums out there who have had to suffer through it, you have my sympathies and admiration for being able to carry on!!

Happy Birthday, Congratulations, and all that to all those that deserve it, I must admit I hit mark as read as there was just too much for me to catch up on.

I hope everyone is well, and I'll try to pop in more regularly, I miss you guys!!


Mrs. Sirius - May 24, 2005 9:21 pm (#2360 of 2981)

Amelia good luck on the job interview.

Lol, in NYC we call all sweet fizzy drinks "soda". First time I left the city and ordered a soda with my lunch I got a "club soda". The other one is pizza. You can order a "slice" in any pizzeria in New York City. Ordering in Connecticut, it took a while, but I learned not to ask for a slice, but say pizza, small, medium or large!

Lina was it you who posted that math web site a little time back? I went into it that first time navigated and thought it interesting. When I went into it today it had the home page and page explaining policy, licensing etc. but I couldn't find the games.


Phoenix song - May 24, 2005 9:26 pm (#2361 of 2981)

Barbie, before you leave running in your trainers" in fits of hysterical laughter, make sure someone gets a picture! And run down the bayou, I need a good laugh!" TBE

Sure thing, Twinkles. I'll have someone who's "in the know" keep a look out for me. If I have to make a run for it, maybe I can just make a beeline over to your place to hide out for a few days? I'm a really tough woman, but I think that I'll just try to duck her punches on that first night. You know what Will Shakespeare said, (tidied up a bit for forum viewing) "Heck has no fury like a woman scorned". It's probably even worse when that woman is wearing enough yards of satin, lace and beads to decorate a Mardi Gras Float!

Actually, I can see that she is really trying to create her "dream wedding", and I don't want to take that away from her. I actually find it a bit amusing that she's still so naive about life and marriage. I've had a talk with my brother-in-law, (her future husband). He voluntarily admitted that she's been a bit uncompromising. He's told me that I should only do what I can comfortably accomplish, because he wouldn't have me to stress out over it. She's actually quite lucky in her choice of mates.

I'll talk to you all in the morning! I've been wearing out my telephone dialing and re-dialing into the American Idol phone lines trying to cast enough votes for my favorite... and it's literally worn me out. Even with three phone lines open for each contestant I've really struggled to get through!



TwinklingBlueEyes - May 24, 2005 9:36 pm (#2362 of 2981)

make a beeline over to your place to hide out for a few days? You know you always welcome! As for Hell "hath no fury", ...no problems, you in your sneakers and her in "enough yards of satin, lace and beads to decorate a Mardi Gras Float!", you got it made, can outrun and get lost in the swamp at the same time...

Maybe by the time you decide to return, she'll have joined the "real" world?

Best hopes and wishes always, Pam


Lina - May 25, 2005 1:39 am (#2363 of 2981)

Chemyst: **goes off wondering if "cryptic" will give our non-native English speakers a trip back to the dictionary**

Well, "cryptic" is one of those international words and one of those professional words, at least for a woman as old as I am. The food and the plants... well, that is another pair of shoes...

Amelia good luck on the job interview!

Mrs. Sirius, here is the link to the page with downloads so you can check it again. I hope 11 MB is not too much, you can let it download while you read the threads on the Forum...

Barbie: It's probably even worse when that woman is wearing enough yards of satin, lace and beads to decorate a Mardi Gras Float!

There is a lucky point at it: you will escape easier!

Thank you all who have comforted me with my English. I have cleared it up enough in my head not to get offended if someone is correcting me, on the contrary. Sometimes I just need more time to make a post than average posters do and eventually i give up when I'm too tired.

I have a friend that comes to me to help her with her math exam that she has to do. I do not have the heart to tell her that I don't have the time for her, but I am really happy when she doesn't have the time to come, like today. So I could spend some more time with my beloved Forum!


Fawkes Forever - May 25, 2005 4:26 am (#2364 of 2981)

Mrs Sirius... sending a great big hug to you!

Gryffendora, yes indeedy I do work for 'they who must not be named ' aka Oracle... but I prefer to call them 'the dementors'

Finn.... just by posting you're a part of the Forum Family.. welcome by the way

Sorry Julia, I haven't been ignoring you honest, I'm just mental busy here at work. Thanks for your reply of the JKR site thread. Most enlightening As for the waitress job, fingers crossed that the customers are good tippers. Talking of tips, after work, try a bit of lavender oil in a basin of warm water & soak your feet in it. The pillow under your legs also works, oh & of course... really comfortable shoes, or if you can get away with it... trainers.

I waited tables whilst I was at university, (one of my many jobs), & well, I wasn't cut out to be a waitress, (had a hard time being cheerful to obnoxious customers). Most of my waitressing jobs where fine... long tiring shifts, but fine all the same.

However, this one restaurant I only lasted one night. When I arrived for my first shift the guy in charge duly informed me that my skirt was (wait for it), too long... it was at my knee! I was affronted, however I needed the job, so I said nothing (unlike me), & started my shift. I had to wait on a party of 30 on the upper deck of the restaurant, on my own (typical), whilst the rest wandered around on the ground floor, doing very little. But it was ok, the table I was waiting on where a nice bunch of people (teachers I think), who left me a fabulous tip of 35 pounds sterling (50 euro or 60 US$). However, at the end of the night the slimy boss guy told me that all tips where pooled (shared amongst the staff). Normally I wouldn't have had a problem, but no way was I going to share my hard earned cash with those lazy people. My inner Hermione broke through at that point... so I held unto my tip, & walked out the door... unemployed, but a heck of a lot happier!

Opps, sorry for rambling on, haven't been on the forum for about a week & I missed you guys!

Oh, Irish TV has finally started to show LOST! The first two episodes where shown on monday night, & I'm hooked already!

Well done to Lina & Julias benefactors That was real sweet of you. Talking of membership... that reminds me, I must sort out a new credit card, one that will hopefully work when I try to purchase WX membership. It will be a belated birthday gift to myself

OK, the dementors are swarming again... better get back to work.

TTFN ~ Fawkes

EDIT : Hey Catherine, I'm not sure what a twinkie is, but they look yummy! Hmmm, yummmy food..... *checks watch* great it's lunch time over this side of 'the pond'

EDIT 2 : Oh yeah, and did I mention I have a head cold (curse the stupid mental weather), so I'm grumpy & feeling very sorry for myself. Especially since one of my more 'sensitive' male colleagues just informed me that I "Looked like I'd slept outside"... hmmm, exactly what I needed to hear (not)


Catherine - May 25, 2005 4:28 am (#2365 of 2981)

My local newspaper tells me that today is the 75th birthday of that American icon of junk food, the Twinkie.

This article was most informative. It seems that Twinkies, contrary to urban legend, do not have a shelf life of 132 years, merely 25 days. I also learned that Twinkies orginally were made with banana cream, but a banana shortage in WWII made it necessary to change to vanilla cream.

The "scary" fact in the article is that Hostess uses 40,000 miles of cellophane to wrap up the 500 million Twinkies it makes every year. Do people really eat that many Twinkies?



Snuffles - May 25, 2005 4:42 am (#2366 of 2981)

Catherine, What exactly are Twinkies? We don't seem to have them in the UK.

Is your picture of a Twinkie?

Ooh I feel so ignorant!!


Catherine - May 25, 2005 4:53 am (#2367 of 2981)

Snuffles, I don't think the UK is missing out on much if you don't have Twinkies!

Yes, the picture in my avatar is a Twinkie, which is a sweet spongy cake filled with vanilla cream. Personally, I find them not very appetizing or appealing, hence my shock when I read that Hostess makes 500 million of them every year.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 25, 2005 5:05 am (#2368 of 2981)

Snuffles, I don't think the UK is missing out on much if you don't have Twinkies!---Catherine

For shame, Catherine.

a sweet spongy cake filled with vanilla cream---need I say more?

Besides, I thought Twinkies were the Southern Regional Dish.


Catherine - May 25, 2005 5:16 am (#2369 of 2981)

Besides, I thought Twinkies were the Southern Regional Dish.—Kim

Only when they are deep-fried.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 25, 2005 5:21 am (#2370 of 2981)

My mistake then.


librarian314 - May 25, 2005 5:29 am (#2371 of 2981)

Hey all!

I used to devour Twinkies as a child. They were my favorite. Then, almost over night, about the time I was 15 or so, I couldn't eat them any more. Just thinking about Twinkies makes me a tad queasy.

My best friend's mom worked for the Patent and Trademark office here in the States and so, by extension, I've gotten to be very careful about not using brand names for everything, because she used to correct us. So I say "photocopies", "tissue", "hot tub" (as opposed to Jacuzzi), "soda", etc.

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Springtime - May 25, 2005 5:42 am (#2372 of 2981)

all sweet cakes are twinkies to my husband. When he gets up in the morning he has a "coke & twinkie" he's does not drink coffee so he get's his morning caffine with his pop.

When I met him my kids never had a twinkie they were about 5 & 3 at the time and my daughter (demonic kitty) was not sure about trying them. Now when new foods up for them to try we remind them about how they use to say we do not like twinkies until they tried them and now they like them. Therefore now they will try any food once.

So Happy birthday to the twinkie!


Phoenix song - May 25, 2005 5:47 am (#2373 of 2981)

TBE, thanks for the offer to stay at your place if Bridezilla goes "mental". I just might "pass on by"!

By the way, since Pam and I are both from southern Louisiana, we both know that people here do not say that they're going to come to your house, or come to visit you. Here we say, "We're gonna pass on by your house." And if you're inviting somebody over to your home, you ask them to "Pass on by and spend a good time". "L'aissez lez bon temps roullez" is the unofficial theme for New Orleans, "Let the good times roll". If you're going grocery shopping, we say that you're "Making Groceries", as if you're literally producing them. And for those old-fashioned domestic-types, like me, who still hang clothes outside to dry... You don't take your clothes off of the clothes line, you "save de clothes".

Just random tidbits of information since we're talking about funny expressions and twists on the English language!

Catherine, do you know that I heard there was an entire cookbook FULL of recipes devoted to the Twinkie? I don't own the cookbook personally, but I "heard tell" about it. Supposedly the almighty Twinkie can be used in hundreds of recipes, including Baked Alaska.

Speaking of people who use prepared snack cakes in the "recipes"... My middle sister, who doesn't cook at all, has a "special dessert" that she "cooks" when she's feeling rather froggy. She takes a few Little Debbie Fudge brownies (the kind with chopped nuts on top), microwaves them for about 30 seconds, places a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, and squirts Hershey's Chocolate Syrup all over it. She calls it Brownie ala Mode (which it technically is, I suppose) and considers herself quite the accomplished baker.

Have a great day everybody!


fleur-de-lys - May 25, 2005 5:55 am (#2374 of 2981)

Catherine, I hear ya on the Twinkie front. I was never a big Twinkie fan myself. They're a bit too sweet--if there is such a thing. But I'm not surprised at the number of Twinkies consumed. I'm sure my Pastor is responsible for a large part of that number.

Good luck on the interview, Amelia. I'm glad to hear you're getting settled in. I'll be sending some sort of stickus togetherus and not getus brokenus charm as soon as I'm done posting.

On a more serious note, mom is back in the hospital. We went last nite around 10 o'clock. It was scary. She was terribly weak, couldn't stand on her own and her speech was slow and week too. I was afraid she was having a stroke. What we found out is that her heartrate had dropped drastically. In the ER they said it was down to 10 at one point. We were at the hospital most of the night. (“We” being myself, the hubby and my aunt mom's sister). She had a temporary pacemaker put in and will have a permanent one put in today or tomorrow. What a scary situation. It’s not easy seeing your mom go through something like that. I'm waiting for an update from her nurse as to how she is this morning and then I will be heading down there. So, I won't be on much today. Prayers and thoughts are greatly appreciated. I'm so glad to have such a caring community to share this with. Thanks again for being such a wonderful group of people. I'll keep you posted.


Phoenix song - May 25, 2005 6:05 am (#2375 of 2981)

Fleur de lys, I am so sorry that you and your family have had such a rough time. It's devastating to see a parent scared and in pain. We're going to be praying that you will all have peace, strength, and the ability to make the right decisions regarding your mom's health. We'll be thinking of you with warm thoughts and love. My own special Patronus will be patrolling from time to time. You'll recognize it because it's a rather large stuffed Care Bear!



Catherine - May 25, 2005 6:06 am (#2376 of 2981)


I'm sure everyone hopes that you have good news to report later. Best wishes for your mom's improvement, and I'm truly sorry that your mom and your family have had such a difficult night.


Loopy Lupin - May 25, 2005 6:16 am (#2377 of 2981)

Here are some links to some twinkie fun:



I have a hard time believing that Hostess makes 500 million of those things a year. While they are iconic in the States and probably everyone would point to them as a prime example of "junk food," I really don't seem to see many people eating them.

And, yes I, too, would like to thank Kim for helping bring some meaning into my otherwise dull life. She seems to be ever the expert on how to spice things up.

EDIT-- Oh, yes, and I'm done now.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 25, 2005 6:23 am (#2378 of 2981)



Lina - May 25, 2005 6:25 am (#2379 of 2981)

Oh, Fleur-de-lys, I'm so sorry to read this about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope and believe that the pacemaker will solve the problem.


applepie - May 25, 2005 6:35 am (#2380 of 2981)

Pam and Barbie, I'm from the New Orleans area too. Nice to know there are some southern bells on the forum...lol


Snuffles - May 25, 2005 6:39 am (#2381 of 2981)

Thanks for the explanation Catherine, I have to admit they do sound nice.(Anything sweet will do for me!!)

Fleur-de-lys my thoughts are with you, I hope your mum is fine soon.


T Brightwater - May 25, 2005 7:28 am (#2382 of 2981)

fleur-de-lys, my prayers are with you and your mother. Hope the pacemaker does the trick! By the way, did they check her sodium levels? My mom passed out once because she had a sodium deficiency - people who have high blood pressure are always being told to avoid salt, but too little sodium can be worse than too much.


Denise P. - May 25, 2005 7:37 am (#2383 of 2981)

fleur, sorry to hear about your mom but hope she makes a swift recovery!

I saw a show about an older man, who was in fantastic health. He ate 3 twinkies and fried bologna sandwiches with mayo daily. Ookkaaayyy

Barbie, you could fill up a book on southern expressions. Where else do people cut the lights off? (Turn them off) One that drove me nuts when I first moved to the south was people saying they were "fixing to go to the store" as they headed out. No, you are not "fixing" to, you made up your mind and you are leaving already... Fixing to do the wash, fixing to go watch TV...


Phoenix song - May 25, 2005 7:59 am (#2384 of 2981)

LoL Denise! You're so right. But actually, we say that we're "fixxin' teh" go to the store. I'd never actually considered that it was odd to "cut" off the lights. Hmmm... Well, you're right about that one, too!

Yes, we're a unique bunch down here. **waves to apple pie and TBE** I mean, where else can you find an entire population of people that like to "shake Tony Chacere's" seasonings over just about everything that they eat? And it was only a few years ago that I realized that most people don't call that grassy strip that lies between two lanes of street as a "neutral ground". (Also known as 'The Median'.)

I've thought of a few more odd little local expressions: Here we are known to tell stories about "The Gris Gris" instead of telling ghost stories. And if somebody has given you something extra or something "free", it's known as "gettin' Lagniappe". And we don't politely inquire as to your family's well being, we say "How's your momma and dem?" (It's good to be able to laugh at yourself!)



applepie - May 25, 2005 8:28 am (#2385 of 2981)

**waves back to Phoenix Song** I've been reading about your cake for "Bridezilla"........so funny! Nice alternative with the "fake cake" Is she a local too? I make cakes for family parties and birthday parties for the kiddies, but I wouldn't dare attempt a wedding cake, to scary for me. So, I'll send you some luck your way...just hope road construction doesn't hold it up too long.

All your cajun talk has made me hungry. I'm beginning to crave a shrimp po-boy for lunch, but need to be sure I have some Tiger Sauce or Tabasco at work, because it's not worth eating without it.

You are so right about our "odd little local expressions", but that's what makes it home. Every time we go on vacation, people ask where we are from. I keep thinking to myself...."Is it that obvious", but I guess it is.

Have a good day in this "melting pot" of ours.


Ydnam96 - May 25, 2005 8:34 am (#2386 of 2981)

Fluer, I'm sorry about your mother.

On the subject of Twinkies. Bleh. They are sort of gross. Like eating a sponge with creme in it. (just my personal opinion)


Phoenix song - May 25, 2005 8:40 am (#2387 of 2981)

All your cajun talk has made me hungry. I'm beginning to crave a shrimp po-boy for lunch, but need to be sure I have some Tiger Sauce or Tabasco at work, because it's not worth eating without it. applepie

Hmmm... Shrimp Po-boy. Sounds good to me. And I won't tell anybody that you don't keep a supply of Tabasco with you at work. Gee, that would be scandalous! You know, it doesn't need to be refrigerated. My husband drives a tanker truck cross country, and he carries a large bottle of Tabasco Habanero sauce in the side pocket of his truck's door. Keep a bit tucked away somewhere for these emergency occasions!

The bride lives here now, but she's from "Up North" originally. I've never made a wedding cake except in decorating class, either. I'm as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a rocking chair factory about making such a large cake for an actual wedding. I'll never be roped into this again, though. My 5 year old asked me the other day if I'd make her wedding cake when she gets married. I told her only if I got to choose the style, size, and color. She beamingly agreed. (She'll regret that later, because I'll make her stick to her agreement or force her to pay a professional!)



applepie - May 25, 2005 8:54 am (#2388 of 2981)

Seeing as though my 5 year old wants to marry his Pre-K girlfriend (and sweetheart since age 1) so he can "get a new girlfriend"...I don't think I'll be making his wedding cake too soon....lol

In any case, I think I'd rather pay Gambino's to do the "dirty work".

I do have some Tiger Sauce in the desk drawer. That's my personal favorite...(but don't tell McIlhenny I said so).

I'm off to the office kitchen to "grab a Barq's".


Julia. - May 25, 2005 10:03 am (#2389 of 2981)

Fleur I'm so sorry to hear about your Mum. I really hope the pacemaker will sort her out, I'm sure she'll be alright in the end. I'll say some Tehillim for her in the meantime.

On the subject of twinkies, like Michelle I liked them until I was about 15, then they became a bit too sweet for my liking, so I gave up on them.

Still sick here. I went to work for about three hours this morning, but my head did not agree with all that standing up, so I headed home for a long afternoon of being horizontal. This evening I had better be feeling better, as I've got plans with a good friend to see Star Wars!!

Oi, Squid Mike! Send some of your sun my will, will you?! It's freezing over here!


librarian314 - May 25, 2005 10:37 am (#2390 of 2981)

Hey all!

Even in the South, there are differences in turns of phrase. Being from the great state of Virginia, with a heavy dose of western North Carolina (both grandfathers were North Carolinians (one from outside of Mocksville, the other from the mountains around Asheville)), many of the of phrases Phoenix song uses I've never heard. I am occasionally "fixin' to go to the store", refer to people as being "touched in the head" (pronounced in the South as "tetched ina hayid" ;-)), when things are weird say, "tain't natural" and make my daughter say, "Yes ma'am/sir".

Julia, hope you feel better. Tell your parents congrats on making 25 years!!!

Fleur - hope your mom gets better soon. It can be very trying on everyone involved when the docs are trying to figure out what's wrong. Make sure you pay close attention to what the doctors say; ask lots of questions and push them to do all they can.

I've not made a wedding cake, but I did make my sister's wedding gown. She is one of a few people for whom I would do that. Luckily she wasn't a Bridezilla!

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Puck - May 25, 2005 11:02 am (#2391 of 2981)

Fleur, sorry to hear about your mom. The pacemaker can be amazing. I have a heart arrythmia and had my first one implanted at age 25. My heart rate had slipped to 9 on occasion. I was amazed how much more energy I had once I actually had a pulse! The new devices can function as a defibulator as well, which means they can shock your heart back into rhythm if it stops or starts getting into a dangerous rhythm. (I now have one of those as well.) I know it can be scary facing the surgery, but living a full life with such a device is possible. Gee, since I had my pacer I've climbed a glacier to reach the Continental Divide, gone sky diving and rock climbing, and am currently on a third child. (Not that your Mom is likely to jump from a plane or have another baby, but she can still lead a full life.)

About Twinkies -I am fairly particular about what I feed my kids. Whole grains, organic yogurt, lots of fruit and veggies. I make waffles and pizza crust from scratch so I can use wheat flour. So, when my first child was one we went to visit the Grandparents. My faher-in-law as excited to tell me that since I didn't believe in giving babies chocolate he had pick out Twinkies to feed my son. I hope I didn't look at horrified as I felt. I'm sure he did get a Twinkie or two that week, but assure you he hasn't tasted one since!



Springtime - May 25, 2005 11:45 am (#2392 of 2981)

Fleur we are thinking of you. My great grandmother had a pacemaker put in at the age of 90 and lived to be 99. Hope all goes well.


Madam Pince - May 25, 2005 11:52 am (#2393 of 2981)

Fleur, so sorry to hear about your Mom's difficulties -- we'll be keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. I'm sure it will all work out fine.

Twinkies, bleah. Actually, any kind of those pre-fab-gas-station type cakes, bleah.

Had an interesting HP moment recently. I was sitting at the kitchen table, reading the paper and drinking my coffee and sub-consciously listening to "Blue's Clues" which Baby Pince was watching in the next room. Steve the Host was going through a spiel about colors and what they mean, and he asked the question: "There's a green light...what does a green light mean?"

I answered automatically "A green light means Avada Kadavra," without even looking up. Only when Baby Pince yelled "No, Mama, a green light means GO!" did I realize what I'd said.

Oh. Yes. Right-o. (I'm such a geek.)


Phoenix song - May 25, 2005 12:37 pm (#2394 of 2981)

Hello everybody (again, I can't keep away today!) I just noticed that Lina's daughter posted on the "Tell about yourself" thread. Welcome Catherine Hermonia! We're pleased to have you, and we're sure that you won't embarrass your mom one little bit. (Psst... we all just love your mom here!)

I hope that my own children grown up to be Forum members as well!

Madam Pince, you gave me a real chuckle with your "green like means Avada Kadavra". I've found myself in circumstances like that where the "potter-type" answer flies out of my mouth without me even thinking about it. Q: "Mom, what kind of tree is that?" A: "It's a Whomping Willow... I mean, it's a Weeping Willow."

Julia, I'm so glad to see your family pictures back!



Elanor - May 25, 2005 12:39 pm (#2395 of 2981)

Barbie, I love your sayings! They have a funny echo here, it seems that some of my compatriots brought some local expressions when they moved to La Nouvelle Orléans... "L'aissez lez bon temps roullez", the spelling is curious but the meaning crystal-clear and a "gris-gris" sounds very familiar too. It is really funny!

Catherine, thanks for explaining the curious cake that is in your avatar. When I spent some holidays in your country I tried and tasted everything I could but I'm sure I never tried that, I would remember I think... BTW, there's a few things I learnt about american food during that trip:

- that after some days the Tex-Mex food has funny effects on the body but there was still nothing that could prevent me from tasting "The Hungry Coyote" restaurant's food, it was just too funny...

- I would go back to San Francisco just for tasting the clam chowder again.

- but I can't remember what I ate in Las Vegas, too much "interesting" people to observe for noticing what was in my plate (I have no memory of a walking Giant Squid though...)

- people owning restaurants must think I ate nothing for days to serve people with portions that huge.

- one should not trust her friends when they say the travel guide says there is a store at the bottom of the grand Canyon so you don't have to bring a lot of food with you because you find the way back very long when you discover the said store was closed and you spend the climbing dreaming of the thousands of calories bars sold up there, on the rim of the canyon...

- I have fond memories of all sorts of cakes bound to places you visited **dreaming of brownies and cheesecakes and...**

Fleur, I'm so sorry about your mother. I'm thinking a lot of you!

Have a great day everybody!

Edit: Welcome Catherine Hermonia!


GryffEndora - May 25, 2005 1:01 pm (#2396 of 2981)

Fleur, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours!

Fawkes, I too got hooked on Lost just after the first episode. You will truly love it! Getting ready for the season finally tonight. I won't give you any spoilers but I will say that you have to watch every episode closely and look for clues especially in the flash backs. Sometimes something that happens to one character in a flash back is happening in the background of a different character's flashback. By the end of the season some things start twisting together in really fascinating ways. It's a great show!

Elanor, I vaguely remember something about how the Cajun-French that is spoken in Louisiana came down from Canada. I believe that is why it's so different from traditional French. The language travelled from France to Canada to Louisiana and changed a bit in every location. I'm sure the people from LA can explain it better though.

Twinkies - used to love 'em, not so much any more. It's very rare if I crave one and I usually can't find just one, I have to buy a whole box. It's also pretty rare for me to crave a sweet that doesn't involve chocolate or dairy. Since I'm allergic to dairy that can be dangerous. I must say that the rice and soy people are very good to come up with good substitutions, but until they open up a Tofutti Queen next to the Dairy Queen so I can get a Peanut Buster Parfait that doesn't make me regret it later, I'll have dairy demons to battle. My dog loves it when I indulge my Dairy Queen cravings cuz they make her a free "Doggy Cone" (a little vanilla ice cream cone with a milkbone dog biscuit in it).

Kim, I'd love you to e-mail me the story from HP Class I must say I'm intrigued.

*edit - CatherineHermonia, welcome to the forum! I'm sure you'll be as great a member as your mom!


John Bumbledore - May 25, 2005 1:22 pm (#2397 of 2981)

For me, Twinkies were replaced by what Mrs. Bumbledore and I call "chemical cakes" (other Americans call them Suzy Q's) But if you read the ingredients on the label you will understand our name for them! See the link for package images of several products recently mentioned in this thread. That link will show you Hostess cakes, these are the sweet treats that established these shapes, flavors and forms know as Twinkies, Suzy Q's, and Ho Hos.

I have since changed my object of compulsive eating to the Hostess cup cake. I can not pass them by without checking my pocket for the change (coins) to buy one.

Oh, and on the soft drink (carbonated beverage) topic. This beverage is properly call "pop" as in soda pop. At least that is what it is called in the western portion of Pennsylvania. Pop is made in colas and un-colas. Colas are: Coke, "Coca-cola;" Pepsi, "Pepsi Cola;" and others. The Un-colas are: 7-up, Sprite, Sierra Mist

That is a different shoe, Lina. That was a speed bump in my reading. (Here is an image of a wider traffic calming device, we would call a speed "hump" here in the US.) So I have to ask if that is a translation of a Croatian saying? But I think your meaning was, (from "The Wizard of Oz") "a horse of a different color" or was it another matter entirely? Well, you made me stop and think about it.

Now the following may be "old hat" (meaning: "so 5 minutes ago" or well known or even archaic) rather than news, but "what else is News?" (meaning: Tell me something I didn't already know.) The word "News" was constructed from the English initials of the four cardinal directions when read from left to right, and top to bottom. N. E. W. S. From the phrase, "All that is fit to print from the N.E.W.S." (meaning north, east, west, and south). This explanation may be fiction. I am not sure. I have heard it from many friends.

Oh, I have gone on too long. Sorry.

<)B^D= John Bumbledore

P. S. Heavily edited for missing HTML elements such as quote marks brackets and an ending tag like .


Lina - May 25, 2005 1:47 pm (#2398 of 2981)

Thank you for welcoming my daughter so warmly. She was so persistent to join the Forum (What might have attracted her?) and I was so afraid that she might make some silly question, and she is only on her third year of learning English... Well, I'd better let her live her life on the Forum. We'll see how long will that last. She is in bed now, I'll tell her to check here the first thing in the morning.

It just made me think: Barbie, are you sure your sister in law to be is not a member of the Forum too? O.K., I guess she would not be asking questions like "In which book we read about the HBP?" if she were...

We watch here many American films and series(es?), so some expressions you mentioned sound familiar, but I don't remember Twinkies being mentioned. I like the Montana sandwiches though. Just by their name I assume they come from America, as well as McDonalds...

Happy anniversary to your parents, Julia!

And yes, Bumbledore, you understood "another pair of shoes" quite correctly, and yes, this is a translation, I just thought it was imaginable enough to be used. I was just thinking how would it look if I translated some expressions from Croatian and I wasn't aware that I already did it. If I tried to think of something, nothing would have come to my mind. Lol.


applepie - May 25, 2005 1:48 pm (#2399 of 2981)

Welcome CatherineHermonia. I'm pretty new myself.


applepie - May 25, 2005 2:04 pm (#2400 of 2981)

Have any of our Louisiana members heard of any bookstores that might be doing Potter Parties. I read that Barnes and Nobles gave a press release saying that they are planning parties, but when I look at potterparties.com there is nothing listed in Louisiana at all. I am sincerely hoping that Barnes and Nobles (at least) does some type of party, but I've had no luck finding anything so far.
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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 25, 2005 2:27 pm (#2401 of 2981)

Kim, I'd love you to e-mail me the story from HP Class I must say I'm intrigued.---GryffEndora

I'm sorry GryffEndora, but discretion seems the better part of valor here. (In as much as I can be discreet at this point.) I think I'll stuff this one back under my hat. Besides, I think Catherine and Loopy have enriched their lives sufficiently to stop having fun at my expense ****she said, casting a quizzical look**** so everyone who didn't hear the story will no longer feel left out. Believe me folks, although it was spectacular, it's just not fit for general publication.

The rain is endless. Given the state of the weather, my house should be spotless. Need I state the obvious?


Catherine - May 25, 2005 3:10 pm (#2402 of 2981)

Besides, I think Catherine and Loopy have enriched their lives sufficiently to stop having fun at my expense—Kim

No one is THAT enriched! I'm sure that longer-term readers of the Chat thread will have noted that Kim sometimes needs her own "enrichment" and that I usually have a bulls-eye painted smack dab in the middle of my forehead (think Harry's scar). I apologize if anyone felt left out of the fun, and I will try not to do that again. Kim so rarely is in a vulnerable position that Loopy and I quite forgot ourselves.

That's how you know the Forum is really a family! Speaking of which, I should add my own welcome to Lina's daughter CatherineHermonia. So, welcome, CatherineHermonia, and love your name.

I just got back from watching Sith and I did enjoy it much more than the first two movies in this trilogy. What I couldn't enjoy was that a young couple brought their two year-old to this film! The child whined and cried throughout the movie, AND they kept gettting up and walking ACROSS THE SCREEN at least six times. I'm sure this poor kidlet was terrified of the images on the screen, and I am sorry for it, but I was annoyed that I was paying a babysitter to keep my kiddos at home and she was letting her child disrupt the film. The management did nothing about it, as I know that someone did complain.


I did get some good news--Claire is getting the 4th grade "Terrific Kid" award. Yay! She is being recognized for how hard she works, how kind she is to everyone, and that she is a 100% kind of girl. I cried when I opened the note from her teacher. ::sniffs and dabs eyes::

So, all in all, a good day.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 25, 2005 3:13 pm (#2403 of 2981)

Hey Catherine, that's great news. Congratulations to Claire and to you! You must be doing something right. (Oops, there I go enriching myself again. )

EDIT: I just had a strange man pound on my front door wanting to sell magazines. I, of course, did not open my door as I'd never seen this man before in my life. (We had a strained and awkward conversation through the closed door.) Who are these people? And does anyone really buy anything from them???


Catherine - May 25, 2005 3:16 pm (#2404 of 2981)

Oops, there I go enriching myself again.--Kim

Like I said....BULLSEYE!

Here. Have a deep-fried Twinkie.

EDIT: No, Kim, you did the right thing. I lived in an apartment complex one time where someone who opened the door to "magazine salespeople" was attacked.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 25, 2005 3:17 pm (#2405 of 2981)

Mmmmmmm......deep fried Twinkie.....hello Dixie.


Phoenix song - May 25, 2005 3:54 pm (#2406 of 2981)

It just made me think: Barbie, are you sure your sister in law to be is not a member of the Forum too? O.K., I guess she would not be asking questions like In which book we read about the HBP?" if she were..." –Lina

Too funny, Lina, too funny! Actually, I introduced her to the forum when we first met, she took a five minute look at it, gave me a glazed-over look, and said something to the effect that we were pretty deeply "involved" in the books. "Well, DUH!!" Guess it wasn't for her, huh? But I wouldn't be too surprised if she was the person that posed the question: "Does anybody know what's in the Chamber of Secrets?" a few months back.

We're glad to welcome your daughter. I hope that we don't pollute her quite good English with the way that we like to butcher up the lovely language!

Speaking of which, Elanor, I thought that I was spelling the "Laissez Lez Bon Temps Rouilleaux" improperly (and probably am still doing so), but I spelled it the way that I usually see it printed locally. I don't know about French migrating here from Canada, although that is quite possible. The densest population of "Cajun Americans" migrated from France to an area known as Acadiana. I'm ashamed to say that I don't remember much of my Louisiana history, but these were mostly a group of very poor people that were pushed out of France. I believe that the prejudice against them was mostly religious based, but I'm unsure of the steps that led to their displacement. (My ancestors were mainly Indian from Mississippi, so I don't know too much.) Possibly another, more informed, Forumer might know...

I do know that Louisiana law is the only state that is based on what is known as "Napoleanic" or "French" laws. We have many traditions and laws in common with the French as a result. For example, we are the only state that is comprised of "Parishes" and not "counties".

One of the largest attractions in New Orleans is the French Quarter, of course, and the greatest tourist attraction is the annual Mardi Gras. (French for Tuesday Fat) Many streets, parishes, and cities are named for things French.

I'm sure that the spellings and the language has been "altered" in the transition between France and the U.S., though. If anyone is interested, I believe that the story of "Evangeline" is a love story based on the Cajuns leaving France and making a new life in America. It's a story that I need to check out and read again. I haven't read it since the 7th grade. (And that's been a while, folks!)

Hope that I didn't bore you all with too much information!


Dr Filibuster - May 25, 2005 4:00 pm (#2407 of 2981)


LIVERPOOL EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS. They've just won their fifth European Cup in a thrilling match....and I don't normally watch football.


PS: Twinkies, I spent 20 minutes in a huge K-Mart last year looking for twinkies with my best mate (who moved to the Sates five years ago). Somebody had asked her to send a box over to the UK. We knew they were edible. We'd heard them mentioned on US tv programs (didn't "Buck Rogers of the Twenty First Century" have an annoying robot called Twinkie?). We had to get a sales assistant, "Excuse me, do you sell Twinkies?" "Yes, over in aisle 22". "Thanks", "You're welcome". "Now could you tell us what they are please?" She looked at us like we were as nutty as a fruitcake..


Catherine - May 25, 2005 4:05 pm (#2408 of 2981)

She looked at us like we were as nutty as a fruitcake.. --Dr. Filibuster

Uh-huh. Put DOWN the fruitcake and slowly back away!

Actually, I would much rather eat a Twinkie than a fruitcake. But that's not saying much!

I had this bizarre epiphany a bit ago, thinking about Denise's post this morning about the guy, very long-lived, who ate many fried bologna sandwiches (with mayo) and Twinkies.

My conclusion is that Alchemy is useless (waves to Elanor ) because the nitrates in the bologna and the preservatives in the Twinkies have turned this guy into Nicholas Flamel.

You have to love science.


Penny Lane. - May 25, 2005 4:42 pm (#2409 of 2981)

I'm so excited! Only 19 minutes until the season finale of "Lost"! (It's supposed to be soooo good).

I was watching "Arrested Development" today, and there was a subplot involving "Hot Ding-Dongs" (DingDongs are another Hostess Snack Cake). Has anyone here ever actually heated them up? It sounds kinda gross to me.

The strangest thing I really like is Peanut Butter, Banana, and Honey sandwiches. It's good, I swear.


fleur-de-lys - May 25, 2005 4:44 pm (#2410 of 2981)

Welcome to the forum, all those newbies out there! Its a great place to me.

Mom is doing better. The pacemaker they are putting in is a double one. They don't do that surgery at her hospital yet, so they're going to move her to another hospital in the city either tomorrow or Friday. She's doing better, but hasn't gotten completely off the meds they're giving her. They're trying to wean her off, but her blood pressure drops a bit and they have to bump it back up. So, we'll see what tomorrow brings.

Puck (and others), thanks for your encouraging words about living with a pacemaker. Mom's heartrate had dropped to 10 last nite and they were amazed that she was still talking at that time. I'm glad to hear all the things you've done since recieving your pacer. However, at the age of 68, I doubt mom will be climbing glaciers or having another baby. But she may hear Tim McGraw's song and decide to go sky diving. But I doubt it.

Thanks again to everyone out there. I appreciate your prayers, your thoughts, your advice and your love. You guys are really great and I thank you for caring, not just for me, but for everyone else on the forum. Its really is like a family. Thanks again and I hope you all have a good rest of the week. I'll keep you posted as to how everything goes.

Luv N Stuff, Lori


applepie - May 25, 2005 4:48 pm (#2411 of 2981)

Fleur, I'm glad your Mom is doing better. I'm sure it has been an agonizing couple of days for you. I know I'm kind of new to things here, but I will definitely keep her in my thoughts and prayers. A few extra prayers never hurt anyone. Take care.


Eponine - May 25, 2005 4:49 pm (#2412 of 2981)

Penny, my husband and I are so addicted to Lost. You can regularly find me yelling at my TV on Wednesday nights.

Fleur, I hope your mother recovers and that the pacemaker is a success. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Almost time for Lost!


Ladybug220 - May 25, 2005 5:03 pm (#2413 of 2981) Reply
Edited by May 25, 2005 5:40 pm

I wish that I was able to watch TV and see Lost. Oh well, I will just wait until September when it comes out on DVD and get it from Netflix.

Thanks to the monster, I mean cat, in my avatar, I have a new keyboard. Monday night, he knocked a glass of water onto the keyboard. There was hardly any left but it was enough to make the whole keyboard start doing funny stuff. If I hit the 'W' key, the internet explorer help window popped open. I just wish I had a new computer to go with the keyboard. Someday soon I will....

Fleur, I hope your mom recovers. It is amazing what medicine can do nowadays.

edit: I like twinkies but I like Swiss Cake Rolls by Little Debbie better as I am a chocoholic


Amilia Smith - May 25, 2005 5:15 pm (#2414 of 2981)

The professor of my Mon, Wed, Fri evening class was joking about letting us out early today so we could all catch the season finale of Lost. Well, we'll see if she really was joking or not . . . (it is still only 2:00 here).

When I was in elementary school, we went on a class tour of a twinkie factory. We were very excited as word around the school was that you got a free twinkie after the tour. Alas, they were out of sample twinkies that day, but they promised to send our samples to the school at a later date. They never did. I haven't been able to eat a twinkie since. Moral of the story: kids will remember your promises, and they will remember if you break them.

Fluer, my prayers are with you and your mother.



Denise P. - May 25, 2005 7:14 pm (#2415 of 2981)

Wow, Lost was good. I was surprised at one event, since I got a different impression for a TV Guide interview. I was not really surprised about another part, even though I didn't have any hints it was coming. Too many unanswered questions, too many new questions now!! Auuuggghhh!!


Madam Pince - May 25, 2005 7:17 pm (#2416 of 2981)

Well, I just saw the season finale of Lost. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! If the previous record for best TV cliffhanger went to Dallas for the "Who Shot JR?" summer, then I'm betting it's about to be eclipsed....

Edit: Me, too, Denise!!!! What in the world was TV Guide thinking about???


Puck - May 25, 2005 7:38 pm (#2417 of 2981)

Okay, Lost is on the TiVo, so I guess I will be watching tomorrow night. Hubby is busy, and we always watch together.

Lori, yeah, my point was more that the pace maker shouldn't change quality of life stuff. My son (and likely baby under development) have my condition also, but has no restrictions. He will likely get a pacer when he gets older. By a double, do you mean one that functions as a defibulator, or that it has two leads? They are amazing. They can even do check-ups over the telephone.

Catherine, wonderful about your girl!

When I was a kid, soda was "tonic". My grandmother once got yelled at down south for asking for one at a family establishment. "We don't serve alcohol here!" I switched to calling it soda during college. My hubby's family says pop. And the vaccumm is a sweeper, and they say toasted cheese instead of grilled cheese.



Eponine - May 25, 2005 7:43 pm (#2418 of 2981)

Lost. Excuse me while I go die. Holy cow! There was much screaming from me. Some things surprised me, but didn't shock me. Others left me gasping. I dislike cliffhanger endings, but at least we don't have to wait as long as we do between HP books.

Edit: I solemnly swear that I will not spoil Lost


Ponine - May 25, 2005 7:46 pm (#2419 of 2981)

PLEASE - no LOST spoilers!! Smile


applepie - May 25, 2005 8:44 pm (#2420 of 2981)

I am so out of the "TV - loop" that I have NO IDEA what Lost even is.

On that note, I am off to bed. Sweet dreams to all of you "Potties" out there. See you all in the A.M.!



Julia. - May 25, 2005 9:10 pm (#2421 of 2981)

Oh man...just saw Star Wars. It was excellent, much better than I expected, although I couldn't quite put my finger on it. something seemed a bit off to me. I'll have to see it again. I had a lovely time though. My friend who I saw it with is to Star Wars what we all are to Harry Potter.

Fleur, again I hope your mum gets better soon. I hope that tomorrow they'll be more sucessful in wein her off her meds.


Penny Lane. - May 25, 2005 10:21 pm (#2422 of 2981)

OMG - "Lost". I watched it twice. People on my Lost boards are split, about half hated it and are all angry about the lack of answers, and the others (heh!) loved it.

I also got a different impression from that same tvguide interview (are you talking about the one with the underwater spectatular footage?) I hear there is going to be a "deleted scene tommorrow on Good Morning America. I set my TiFaux.


Chemyst - May 25, 2005 10:26 pm (#2423 of 2981)

I apologize if anyone felt left out of the fun, and I will try not to do that again. ~ Catherine

Humph... I should hope not! And I noticed Miss Manners was conspicuously ... well, I just won't say it.

I'll just shrug it off and assume that the quizzical looks you were giving each other were clues that something went awry when Kim was doing a quiz in her HP class. I haven't quite pieced together the "at my expense" and "enrichment" clues yet, but we Potter fans are great at coming up with theories so, well, you never know. We may just imagine something even better than the truth!

John <)B^D= , That was a very cool soda pop map and I know several people who will enjoy getting that link. Thanks.

Fleur, best wishes for your mom's recovery. One of my son's friends has a pacemaker, which is a little unusual for someone so young, but it is amazing how he can have it checked over the phone and his most recent one has some sort of extended battery boost thingy too, so he his hoping for a long stretch with no repeated surgeries.

CatherineHermiona, welcome!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Well, I've been reading STAR WARS EPISODE 3: REVENGE OF THE SITH SCRIPT over at the Internet Movie Script Database, and it does not read like a break-the-box-office movie! I knew from the other movies that the dialogue wouldn't be the greatest, but reading it without pictures is really bad. Lines like:

PADME: Anakin, all I want is your love.
ANAKIN: Love won't save you, Padme. Only my new powers can do that.

had me laughing out loud. Same with the life/death scene shifts between the Coruscant-Imperial Rehab Center and the Polis Massa-Medical Center. And the cliche sunset ending! No wonder StarWars is so easy to spoof!

The magnolias are in bloom here, which I think of as the transition marker from spring into summer


Ydnam96 - May 25, 2005 11:29 pm (#2424 of 2981)

The Lost finale was quite amazing. Won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of seeing it yet.

BUT the Finale of Alias?!?!?!??!?!?! I am in shock. I will not make it till January. I hope so much that they bring it back in the fall.

At least HBP is coming out soon. (on my birthday to boot).


The giant squid - May 26, 2005 12:00 am (#2425 of 2981)

Oh, Irish TV has finally started to show LOST! The first two episodes where shown on monday night, & I'm hooked already!--Fawkes Forever, 60-something posts ago

Oh, have you got a lot to look forward to...  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2752390508

Julia, I'd love to send you some of our heat. Unfortunately it appears the "cooldown" we were supposed to get tomorrow won't be here until next week sometime. At least our new AC has finally been installed.

Chemyst, George Lucas' dialogue has always been joke-worthy--"Once I was the learner, now I am the master." (from Episode IV: A New Hope [what the uninformed simply know of as Star Wars]}. Who the heck uses the word "learner" in regular conversation?? It does work better with the visuals, though.

Fleur, here's some healing charms for your mom. I hope that the pacemaker helps.

Welcome, CatherineHermonia! Don't tell anyone, but your mom's actually pretty cool!



Lina - May 26, 2005 12:58 am (#2426 of 2981)

Oh, yes, Catherine, sometimes I see parents torturing their little babies the way that couple that you described did (Probably they couldn't arrange the baby-sitting and wanted to see the movie). Then I just remember your advice for the parents: Just follow your instinct! Not all parents, not all! But you should! Congratulations to Claire! That's really great!

Kim, I always open the door. Once there was a man with calendars and pictures and he said: "You see, I'm just collecting charity for myself. If you would be so kind to acquire some of these and help me... I found it to be so cute and honest so I couldn't help, I had to make a donation.

You see, Barbie, my daughter's first reaction to the Forum was similar: "What, you take any sentence from the books and then make a dissertation about what did JKR mean by that?" (almost like saying - how stupid!) But I think she was attracted by a great community and a possibility to practise her English.

Dr Filibuster, (and someone else who I noticed is from Liverpool but I can't remember the name now), congratulations on the European Cup! My husband watched the game and it was really, really great! Almost as great as your story about looking for Twinkies! Lol.

Fleur, your mom seems like a very strong woman to me! I keep thinking of you!

Kathy, your story about pacemaker is fabulous! You make sound having a pacemaker like having glasses! It is really amazing what medicine can do these days.

Chemyst, are you suggesting a new thread "What happened at Kim's class?" or you think it should be discussed under existing "Ideas for Harry Potter class" thread?


Miriam Huber - May 26, 2005 1:17 am (#2427 of 2981)

LoL Catherine! (Some 80 posts ago) You wrote as an example: "Hold your horses".

See what HP does to us non-English speakers?

I DID know "hold your hippogriffs", of course! And I quite realized that it was not common English.

But I never knew it was taken from "hold your horses", as I never knew THAT expression! So, "hold your hippogriffs" is more "normal" to me..


Snuffles - May 26, 2005 2:35 am (#2428 of 2981)

Good morning everyone.

I’ve just noticed that on TLC you can buy the Marauders t-shirt at last! The only thing is, it costs more to ship it than to buy!! I'm gutted, I wanted one but I'm now having an internal fight with myself! Do I cough up the $40 or not! Does anyone know if there are any WB shops in the UK?


CatherineHermiona - May 26, 2005 3:26 am (#2429 of 2981)

First, I'm not CatherineHermoina, I'm CatherineHermiona. I made my name English and Hermione is Hermiona on Croatian. I don't mind it Phoenix song, because I'm doing same mistakes. Only Chemyst writes good so congratulations Chemyst.

P.S: I hope you like my youngest sister's drawing that my mother has as avatar.


Catherine - May 26, 2005 4:03 am (#2430 of 2981)

PADME: Anakin, all I want is your love. ANAKIN: Love won't save you, Padme. Only my new powers can do that.

Yes, this exchange made me wince. Although I'd like to nominate the line, "Hold me like you did on Naboo" as even more awful. Worst line ever. The movie was immeasurably improved by the lack of a speaking part for Jar-Jar Binks this time around.

Chemyst brings up a good point. Miss Manners, where were you? I think we need Miss Manners' presence every so often so that we don't fall off the manners wagon.

Have a good day, everyone.


Marè - May 26, 2005 4:15 am (#2431 of 2981)

Hello CatherineHermiona! Welcome aboard. I should really get my nephew (or is it cousin? we only have one word for that) to join this forum. I already got him so far that he asks me everytime I see him if the door has opened yet!


Good Evans - May 26, 2005 5:22 am (#2432 of 2981)

Julia - so pleased with your comments - I thought I was the only person not overly impressed with revenge of the sith. Sorry but it wasnt a patch on the original three movies and all the reviews said it was up there with empire strikes back and nearly as good as the original (now called episode iv). I enjoyed it and want to see it agian, but I though the dialogue was a dire logue!!!

Dr Filibuster - well done You reds!! but that aside - I think Buck Rogers' robot was tweakie not twinkie - made me laugh though "beberbede another cholesterol shot Buck?"


Pinky - May 26, 2005 5:26 am (#2433 of 2981)

Steffie, a nephew is the son of one of your siblings. (A niece is the daughter.) A cousin is the child of one of your parents' siblings.


Loopy Lupin - May 26, 2005 5:59 am (#2434 of 2981)

Chemyst brings up a good point. Miss Manners, where were you? I think we need Miss Manners' presence every so often so that we don't fall off the manners wagon. – Catherine

Even Miss Manners likes to have fun once in awhile. Plus, as Catherine says, I completely forgot myself. Wait, who am I?

I must say that I agree 100% regarding Lucas/Star Wars dialogue. Eeesh! Best to just put the brain on "impulse power" while people are talking on the screen. Soon enough, they shut up and lasers start flying and light sabers start swinging again.


Eponine - May 26, 2005 6:04 am (#2435 of 2981)

On Star Wars. I agree that the dialogue between Padme and Anakin was awkward at best, but Lucas's strength has never really been dialogue. Except for some of the exchanges between Han and Leia, I've always got the giggles at his 'romance' scenes. However, Episode III has really changed my perspective towards Vader in the original trilogy. I hate him and pity him at the same time, and it takes good storytelling to be able to evoke those feelings. One thing I found really interesting about Episode III was the scene where **spoilers** Anankin took the first conscious step towards the Dark Side (Mace Windu's death. I thought it was interesting how it parallelled his redemption scene in Return of the Jedi

Okay, I'll stop talking about Star Wars now. Does anyone know where I can find the special Lost scene online? I missed Good Morning America.


applepie - May 26, 2005 7:33 am (#2436 of 2981)

Good Morning to all! Just wanted to drop a line to say..... 50 days to go...50 days to go...50 days to go...

Have a wonderful day!


librarian314 - May 26, 2005 7:48 am (#2437 of 2981)

Hey all!

I second applepie! I've been dancing and squealing all morning because there're only 50 days left. I started counting when there were over 200. Unfortunately, I think these last 50 are going to be the hardest because I want it now!! By the time July 16th gets here I'll be bouncing off the walls!

Oh well, back the the sewing machine. (Darling daughter has outgrown all of her medieval clothing, and since were going to an event this weekend, I get to sew!)

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


applepie - May 26, 2005 8:07 am (#2438 of 2981)

michelle the librarian - Happy sewing!

That is one of the things my Mother never taught me to do. I can manage a button, but anything else suffers horribly.


Madam Pince - May 26, 2005 8:16 am (#2439 of 2981)

This isn't really a spoiler, so..... did anyone catch the reference to Twinkies in the Lost episode last night? When Hurley and Locke were walking through the jungle speculating on what they might find, and Hurley says something like "I hope it's lots of TV dinners, and some TVs with remotes, and some Twinkies, you know -- for dessert after the TV dinners. I hear Twinkies can last for like 18 years or something."


Snuffles - May 26, 2005 8:19 am (#2440 of 2981)

I have to admit, my husband is the one that can do alterations. He can have a long pair of trousers one week and the next he has decided to make them into shorts!!! I've lost count of the times t-shirts with short sleeves suddenly don't have sleeves at all.

I'm like you applepie, I can manage a button but have no artistic flair for things like that at all!


Madam Pince - May 26, 2005 8:20 am (#2441 of 2981)

Mr. Pince does that, too, but I wouldn't term his "alterations." It's more like "ripping."


applepie - May 26, 2005 8:30 am (#2442 of 2981)

Madam Pince, your husband and mine seem to have the same style.

He once called me to say he was going to fix dinner and asked me, very matter-of-factly, where the directions were on a can of corn.

I said very calmly.....Step away from the stove.


Phoenix song - May 26, 2005 8:30 am (#2443 of 2981)

First, I'm not CatherineHermoina, I'm CatherineHermiona. I made my name English and Hermione is Hermiona on Croatian. I don't mind it Phoenix song, because I'm doing same mistakes. Only Chemyst writes good so congratulations Chemyst.

CatherineHermiona, I'm sorry about the mix-up. As our other Forum members will tell you, I'm prone to frequent and often hilarious mistakes. Chemyst is quite good at catching all of the details, which I'm sure makes her an excellent Potion Maker! **wink, wink** I'm more like Harry, mixing my potions while doing 20 other tasks... it leads to sloppy writing and sometimes disastrous results. **blush**

Actually, while I was looking at your name I was contemplating an Alchemical theory that Round Pink Spider and I have been discussing termed "Harmonia". It's concerns bringing into "Harmony" all four of the elements (fire, earth, wind and water) that seem to symbolize the four houses (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin respectively). Harmonia, the harmony of the 4 elements/4 houses, seems to foreshadow how the four houses must "Unite inside" of Hogwarts or else all crumble from within the castle walls.

Long story short, though, as I was typing your name I was thinking too much about other things and therefore failed to properly spell it. I'll try to do better next time! (But feel free to overlook me as a very chatty and ditzy blonde when I slip up again!)


P.S. Catherine, I meant to send you an e-mail with my Congratulations on Claire's award... but have let too much time pass by. I'm sorry! I think that it's simply wonderful and I'm so pleased for you both! By the way, Chemyst is right! What we Chatty Forumers have been imagining as being the "embarrassing and enlightening" event is probably much worse than the actual incident. The only way to quell the rumor mill is to "fess up"!


Puck - May 26, 2005 9:56 am (#2444 of 2981)

Actually, the pacemaker is less troubling than my glasses on most days. Though I do have a funny story. Last spring I heard this beeping noise, and thought of the kids toys and was checking around but couldn't find it. Next day, I hear it again, and it seemed to be coming from the TV remote. I decided it had a low battery. Next day, again I hear it, but now I'm out in the yard away from such objects -which is how I finally realized it was coming from me! Turns out my defibulator needed an adjustment, and was sending out a signal of a problem. Now, whenever I hear beeping, I always check to see if it's coming from my chest.  :goofygrin:

The pacer with a low battery just gave me this odd twitchy feeling. I had both batteries replaced in December, so I should be good for another 7 or 8 years.



Elanor - May 26, 2005 10:03 am (#2445 of 2981)

Hello everybody! Well, if someone needs some heat, I can lend you some. It was 32°C here today (about 90°F) and tomorrow should be even hotter (about 35°C, 95 °F!). It was really hard to make the kids work today, the more because they knew we were going to the swimming-pool this afternoon. I don't know if you ever watched and tried to teach how to swim to 25 kids about 7 or 8 at the same time under a burning sun but I can tell you it is not fun at all. I feel really better now with a fresh drink at hand, though I left my voice near the swimming-pool and just realized I had a sunburn behind my neck... Sorry for the rant, but it was such a hard day!

It was really a joy to read all you posts! Barbie, thank you so much for the information about Lousiana. I would love to visit it sometime. Actually, I may even have some distant cousins there since I know that about a century ago some members of my family moved there, 2 brothers who settled in St Martinville and married British girls. They gave some news for some years and then stopped. I don't know if they ever had children, it would be funny!

Catherine: "My conclusion is that Alchemy is useless (waves to Elanor ) because the nitrates in the bologna and the preservatives in the Twinkies have turned this guy into Nicholas Flamel."

LOL Catherine! I read your post while drinking tea before going this morning and nearly choked with it! Hmm... bologna as a rubedo symbol... not bad! And I do see a stone in his stomach afterwards... (congratulations to your daughter BTW!)

Dr Filibuster, I'm so happy for Liverpool! Journalists kept talking about it today saying how the match was great and that is was the victory of heart and courage.

Eponine, I do agree about the Star Wars scene! I also liked the previous one very much (when Padmé waits in her appartment and Anakin also waits at the jedi council and there is this beautiful and haunting music. The conflict, inside Anakin, is palpable!).

Chemyst, I agree that Lucas' dialogues are not always that good. I wish he would have hired Timothy Zahn for writing them, this guy really knows how to make the SW characters talk! But finally, isn't it amazing to see how great the movies still are despite some dialogues? For me, Lucas is indeed a great wizard. Okay, I'd better stop before I bore you all to death with SW! I really have trouble hiding the SW freak in me, sorry...


The giant squid - May 26, 2005 11:54 am (#2446 of 2981)

I think Buck Rogers' robot was tweakie not twinkie

Actually it was Twiki...which still isn't "twinkie" but sounds funny nonetheless.

Eponine made a comment about some of Han & Leia's dialogue being the only "love speak" that didn't grate on the nerves. The secret: Lucas didn't write it. He had a screenwriter on both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. If only he'd done the same with episodes II and III.



CatherineHermiona - May 26, 2005 12:54 pm (#2447 of 2981)

Yesterday was the football game between Rijeka and Hajduk (finale). We (Rijeka) won the game and Croatian Cup after 26 years. We had the goal advantage and hit one more. In both games, the final result was 3-1. Today is a fireworks here on Korzo (main street). Everybody are celebrating. Maybe tomorrow we won't have the exam (math). Boys will wreck the school with water balloons.

GO RIJEKA!!!!!!!!!


applepie - May 26, 2005 12:57 pm (#2448 of 2981)

CatherineHermiona, Congratulations on your victory. Happy celebrating!


Catherine - May 26, 2005 1:43 pm (#2449 of 2981)

The only way to quell the rumor mill is to "fess up"! –Barbie

I'm too scared of Kim to tell tales out of school.

Thanks for the congrats for Claire. I'll pass them along tomorrow when she gets her award. So far, she doesn't know she's getting one!


Chemyst - May 26, 2005 1:55 pm (#2450 of 2981)

I'm too scared of Kim to tell tales out of school. – Catherine

Is that The Wrath of Khim?
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Good Evans - May 26, 2005 1:57 pm (#2451 of 2981)

Catherine - I hope you have a lovely time watching your daughter get her award, dont forget your hankie!!!



Loopy Lupin - May 26, 2005 2:00 pm (#2452 of 2981)

Yay for Claire!!


Ydnam96 - May 26, 2005 2:04 pm (#2453 of 2981)

I forgot how much I hated crutches. I swear they were easier when I was a kid. Julia, how did you survive them up there in the winter? I only have to be on them for two weeks and I think I'm going to spend most of it right here on my couch. Bleh, stupid sprained foot. Julia, did you feel like your arms were going to fall off the first day?

Wow. Only 50 days left till the 16th? That means I'll be turning 27 in 50 days. I think that officially means I'll have left middle twenties and will be in the late twenties stage of my life. I hope the late twenties are better than the early and middle twenties!!! At least I know the first day will be great! Smile


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 26, 2005 2:13 pm (#2454 of 2981)

I'm too scared of Kim to tell tales out of school.---Catherine

Smart girl. (Glad to see that Duke education isn't going to waste. Oops, was that another enrichment??)

Is that The Wrath of Khim?---Chemyst

Whatever works.

By the way Chemyst, I sent you an email and I'm wondering if you've received it.


John Bumbledore - May 26, 2005 2:15 pm (#2455 of 2981)

Last spring I heard this beeping noise, I finally realized it was coming from me! Turns out my defibulator needed an adjustment, and was sending out a signal of a problem. Now, whenever I hear beeping, I always check to see if it's coming from my chest. Puck

As long as it doesn't beep simply because you are walking backward. ** Ducking and running, before the dungbombs are thrown. **

Actually it was Twiki...which still isn't twinkie" but sounds funny nonetheless." The Giant Squid.

Looking even funnier with "Dr. Theopolis" hanging around Twiki's neck like a giant medallion.

<)B^D= John Bumbledore


Loopy Lupin - May 26, 2005 2:16 pm (#2456 of 2981)

Glad to see that Duke education isn't going to waste.—Kim

Is it even possible for a Duke education to go to waste?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 26, 2005 2:18 pm (#2457 of 2981)

Is it even possible for a Duke education to go to waste?---Loopy Lupin

I don't know. Let's ask Catherine.


John Bumbledore - May 26, 2005 2:27 pm (#2458 of 2981)

I am guessing that Chemyst was on the right track, that enlightened refers to something seeing the "light of day" (that normaly shouldn't in public) during a quiz in the HP class?

Kim? Any comments?

Now, I'm back to being confused.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 26, 2005 2:31 pm (#2459 of 2981)

Kim? Any comments?---John Bumbledore


You're on the wrong track.


John Bumbledore - May 26, 2005 2:54 pm (#2460 of 2981)

way back, some Days ago, PonIne alluded to a word that proved embarrassiNg. with part of it beinG a reference to fruit that she LikEd? one word came to my mind was ___-berrys.

Ponine, am I close to guessing?


Amilia Smith - May 26, 2005 2:55 pm (#2461 of 2981)

Oh, wow. I really, really, really, want this job. It is in the preservation part of the library. They have a lot of work right now as there was a flood here last fall (read: years' worth of work) and they are getting ready for a special collections exhibit this fall. You would not believe some of the books they have up there. I got to see one of the first known examples of printing. When Buddhism first came to Japan, the Empress Shotoku, after the successful suppression of an insurrection against her Buddhist-oriented court, commissioned 1 million little wooden pagodas to be made. They were hollowed out, and a tiny scroll containing a Buddhist sutra was inserted. This is the earliest dated example we have of printing (770 CE), and I got to touch one! If you are interested, you can see a picture of a similar pagoda, or read more about the history.

I also got to see maps of the Pacific from the 1500s that feature New Guinea prominently, and in which Hawaii is no where to be found.

Also several large life science books from the 1700s featuring absolutely amazing etchings of various flora and fauna. Did you know that there are people out there who buy these rare books, cut them apart, touch up the plates, or pictures, frame them, and sell them???!!! I hope you can hear the indignation in my voice coming through your computers.

Sorry to go on and on, but this would be the dream place to work. I find out Monday. Wish me luck.


Edit: Crossposted with about 10 people while I tried to look stuff up on One Million Pagodas. :-)

Mandy, you have my sympathies. How did you sprain your ankle? Or did I miss that?

Ponine's word and Kim's story have been bugging me too, Bumbledore.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 26, 2005 3:11 pm (#2462 of 2981)

Ponine's word and Kim's story have been bugging me too, Bumbledore.---Amilia Smith

Ah, well. Mystery is good for the soul.


Madam Pince - May 26, 2005 3:23 pm (#2463 of 2981)

Amilia, good luck on the job -- I hope you get it! It sounds fascinating! I know what you mean about people cutting up old books for the illustrative plates. I collect the bound editions of Godey's Lady's Book, Peterson's Magazine, etc. (they are basically the 1800's equivalent of today's Better Homes and Gardens or Ladies' Home Journal or similar.) The bound editions usually contain six months' worth of the monthly publications. Each month was illustrated with beautiful wood or steel-cut engravings; some illustrate the stories, and some are "fashion plates" that go along with the ladies' fashion updates. These fashion plates are usually the things that cause the ruination of the books. People cut them out and frame them and sell them. It absolutely makes me crazy.

I think you guys might as well give up on Kim's secret. I asked her in chat last night and she pretended not to hear me.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 26, 2005 3:25 pm (#2464 of 2981)

You did? I'm sorry. I didn't hear you.


Catherine - May 26, 2005 3:25 pm (#2465 of 2981)

Is that The Wrath of Khim?---Chemyst

Oh my goodness, I wish I had an emoticon that shows me falling off my chair and crying with laughter.

Kim as Ricardo Montalban (minus the grey chest hair, natch) is too delicious to even contemplate. But, like Khan, I wouldn't underestimate her.

So, while it might be Fantasy Island time, telling all the goodies on her to the Forum, my Duke education might well be wasted when she sends the brain-eating slug to devour my brain, ala The Wrath of Khan.

Well, it might be wasted anyway, but I wouldn't want to be premature.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 26, 2005 3:28 pm (#2466 of 2981)

Kim as Ricardo Montalban (minus the grey chest hair, natch)---Catherine

Says you.


Madam Pince - May 26, 2005 3:29 pm (#2467 of 2981)

Please pass the eyeball wash.


Ponine - May 26, 2005 4:07 pm (#2468 of 2981)

John Bumbledore - I had to wipe diet coke of my screen after reading your post (2460), it was hilarious.... Smile and yes, *bowing my head in shame* you are indeed correct. Still feel icky when I think about it... I am just stunned that people seem to not get what I was alluding to - I was so sure that my post would be edited since it was so glaringly crude...! I would love to hear about the incident in class as well, but I certainly do understand how some stories are easier to share a good fifteen years after it happened....

I am so excited about everything! Summer and book number six and going to school in the fall, and, and... now, of only my girl would show herself, it would all be good. (Fleur, hon, where are you, how are you doing??) hugs.


Madam Pince - May 26, 2005 5:17 pm (#2469 of 2981)

Oh! Now I get it! Don't feel bad, Ponine. Years ago somebody used that word while a group of us were sharing butterbeers at Happy Hour, and none of us had ever heard it before either. But it was amusing to hear the uptight, straight-laced vice-president of our company explain it.

Fifty points to your house, John, for figuring out the clues!


Denise P. - May 26, 2005 5:28 pm (#2470 of 2981)

Question for those in the US. Who all has seen the Holiday Inn commercial where all the hotel guests, in all parts of the hotel, are playing Marco Polo with a little girl in the pool?

Mr. Denise saw the commercial and didn't understand it. In questioning him further, he never heard of the game Marco Polo and never realized that his own children play it in our pool. So, is Marco Polo a dying game or do any of you recall playing it as a child?


Finn BV - May 26, 2005 5:39 pm (#2471 of 2981)
Edited May 26, 2005 6:40 pm

Denise, I am 12 and I still play Marco Polo! It is a big thing in our extended family (and trust me, extended=BIG). I think lots of kids (as well as adults) still are big fans of it. At many of my friends' pool parties that's a big game. I haven't seen the ad but if I do I will let you know.

Ok, on a personal note, this Saturday is my solo piano recital and I have to basically practice every single second I'm not doing something else… so… just wanted to get a whole bunch of luck from my special forum friends!! Thanks in advance -- I will be back with you all Sunday probably!

Edited for typos and an html tag error.


Marè - May 26, 2005 5:54 pm (#2472 of 2981)

I would love to tell you if we play Marco Polo... If somebody explains what it is...

And I´m having a bit of a problem here... my keyboard is not functioning, I might have hit something, I don´t know but every time I hit shift and a special button, the sign that gets typed is two keys off... So now I´m boring black because I can´t create the brackets for my normal blue... It would look like this ;font color°dodgerblue face°arial: See makes no sense... Anybody know how to solve this thing= thats supposed to be a question mark bye the way.


Denise P. - May 26, 2005 5:56 pm (#2473 of 2981)

Marco Polo is like a hide n go seek game for a pool. One person is Marco, the rest of the people in the pool are Polo. Marco closes their eyes and calls out "Marco!" Everyone else calls back "Polo!" The object of the game is to move around the pool and avoid Marco. Marco has to find someone with their eyes kept closed based only on hearing them call out Polo. If Marco gets you, you become Marco and he becomes Polo and the game continues. In my house, it is usually cut short by accusations of cheating by opening eyes under water to get a fix on the other players LOL


Ladybug220 - May 26, 2005 5:58 pm (#2474 of 2981)

Denise, my brothers, cousins, friends and I all played it when we were in a pool. I haven't played it in years because, well, I refuse to be seen in a swimsuit.

Mare, did anything happen to get spilled on your keyboard? Mine went wonky when my cat got some water on it and I had to replace it.


Amilia Smith - May 26, 2005 6:08 pm (#2475 of 2981)

Lots of luck, Finn. I believe that we do make our own luck. As you are practicing hard, you should be plenty lucky and play perfectly at your recital. :-)



GryffEndora - May 26, 2005 6:11 pm (#2476 of 2981)

John Bumbledore - I am so glad you figured out that word, I was so lost.

Lost was great! I will be watching it again to see if I can figure anything out. Does anyone know what the extra scene on Good Morning America was about?

Catherine, what a treasure you have. You must have been "fit to burst" with pride when you learned of Claire's award. I'm glad you got the letter because the award is just as much for you as it is for her.

Amilia, good luck with the job! I'm rooting for you!

I remember Marco Polo from when I was a kid playing at my friends pool. My favorite game of Marco Polo ever is from a TV Show. There was a show called Bosom Buddies that starred Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. The guys were in advertising and they did a fish stick commercial, one of them was dressed as the Gorton's Fisherman in a kiddie pool. After the shoot the 2 guys and their gal pal all stood in the kiddie pool while one of them closed his eyes stuck out his arms and called "Marco" to their "Polo". Totally silly but it still makes me smile.

I wish everyone on the forum a moment of totally silly very soon, it will help keep you young, or at least smiling!

*edit: Finn - good luck with the recital!


Marè - May 26, 2005 6:21 pm (#2477 of 2981)

Mare, did anything happen to get spilled on your keyboard? Mine went wonky when my cat got some water on it and I had to replace it.

Nope I had no drinks near my just brand new not a month old computer, thank you very much. And I have no cats... and no idea what happened unfortunately.

Thanks for explaining Marco Polo Denise. I´ve never heard of it before, but I wish I had known that game when I was still giving swimming lessons. It sounds like a good way to teach children to be confident in the water, only I would change it so they can look under water because so many little kids have problems with that...


Denise P. - May 26, 2005 6:28 pm (#2478 of 2981)

It works well for even non swimmers, my 4 year old can play it with his siblings. Granted, he is usually caught first but he still enjoys playing it. When he is caught, he doesn't become Marco (he can't touch the bottom of the pool yet and hasn't quite mastered directed motion while on a noodle)


Finn BV - May 26, 2005 6:43 pm (#2479 of 2981)

You might add that works even BETTER for non-swimmers. It's not much of a swimming game as it's pretty hard to swim with your eyes closed… :wishes there was an "eyes closed"/Marco Polo smiley:

Thanks for the luck everyone!!



Stephanie M. - May 26, 2005 6:54 pm (#2480 of 2981)

It always helps if you are a good swimmer, because if you think you know where a person is in the pool, then you can swim as fast as you can and tag them. Especially if you are faster than them. LOL I'm on my school's Swimming Team and I have a pool in my building so I have a huge advantage over some people.


Stephanie M. - May 26, 2005 7:10 pm (#2481 of 2981)

FBV you'll do fine!!!! Don't worry! If you mess up just think of me and how I asked someone earlier today what this instrument was and she responded,"Um, Stephanie thats a microphone stand." So no matter what you have more musical skills than I do. Good Luck on the Math final! Then on Wednesday we have our Espanol final! ¡Olé! I will see you at your recital.


Catherine - May 26, 2005 7:13 pm (#2482 of 2981)

OOHHH! Major nostalgia moment. Thanks, Denise et al....

(calling from a long way away through cupped hands....."Marco!")

We played this game ad nauseaum at the pool. I was especially privileged because my best friend Hillary W. was an an amazing swimmer who made otters and fish look dumb and clumsy (by the way, she's an attorney in D.C. now; I wonder if Loopy Lupin has encountered her?? She did go to UVA after all... )

I was never very good at this game, as my voice is distintctive, and I wasn't fast enough to disguise my diving origins. Nor am I a talented swimmer, but I suppose that isn't really the point, even if my playmates were the junior olympic swimmers from our area, and I was the geeky one on the swimming team whose mom "made" her participate just so she could be a team player and appreciate the value of coming in last every time! Losing builds character, sweetheart! Yay! We still love you!

Ooops. Maybe you hear my embarrassment coming through. Did I mention that I wasn't a good swimmer? No matter. Oh, well....

Nonetheless, the game "Marco Polo" is darn fun, and I regret that "grown-ups" don't get to play it at the local pool.

....(hears "Polo" from a long way away....maybe even from way up north...strains to hear....)


KWeldon - May 26, 2005 7:19 pm (#2483 of 2981)

In our version of Marco Polo, the people who aren't "it" can even get out of the pool, but if the person who is "it" suspects that they are out of the pool, he can say, "Fish out of water!" and the people out of the water have to say, "No fish" and immediately get back in.


On a Star Wars note (huge fan!!), I absolutely loved it. The lightsaber fight between Anakin and Obi-Wan was so beautifully choreographed. Of course, the dialog left much to be desired, but that's not what I see a Star Wars movie for.

The only thing that had me scratching my head was what Yoda said at the end to Obi-Wan about someone we haven't seen in a while, and I have to go look up how to put it in white font so I don't spoil it for anyone! I didn't understand the purpose of that.


Denise P. - May 26, 2005 7:33 pm (#2484 of 2981)

I had totally forgot about the fish out of water clause! We have an above the ground pool so it is a bit difficult to do that part anyway.


Puck - May 26, 2005 7:58 pm (#2485 of 2981)

Polo! -I believe I am a bit North, Catherine, here in Massachusetts.

John, did you just comment about me -six months pregnant- being as big as a truck? "Beep". LOL

Have fun at the recital, Finn!

Denise, love the new avatar!



applepie - May 26, 2005 8:05 pm (#2486 of 2981)

Denise, the picture of the baby is wonderful. I wish they would have had that when I had my kids. I'm always a day late and a dollar short...lol

Good luck and congratulations to all of you with special events/tests/recitals/etc. going on. We are just getting back from the ball park...baseball game tonight for one of the kids. Now I'm just trying to catch up on e-mail and stuff before straightening up and going to bed. Thank God tomorrow is Friday.

I hope everything is ok with Fleur's Mom. Has anyone heard from her?

I'm sending out prayers and well wishes to all of you. Have a good night!



Julia. - May 26, 2005 8:10 pm (#2487 of 2981)

Catherine: Polo!! Mazel tov on Claire's award. I'm all proud of her!

I used to play Marco Polo all the time when I was a kid. Funtimes.

I forget who it was who asked if after my first day on crutches my arms felt like they were falling off. They definitely felt like they were falling off, but it'll get better with time.

Chemyst, George Lucas' dialogue has always been joke-worthy--"Once I was the learner, now I am the master." (from Episode IV: A New Hope [what the uninformed simply know of as Star Wars]}. Who the heck uses the word "learner" in regular conversation?? It does work better with the visuals, though.--Squid Mike

*waves* Actually, I say "learner" in regular conversation. When Chabad Jews refer to studying, they usually say "learning" for example: "I just finished learning some Torah, now I think I'll learn some Talmud."

On Star Wars, I really did love the movie. I got a weird feeling during most of it though, so I'll definitely have to see it again to sort out exactly what it was. I loved the music. John Williams always does a good job. You guys are definitely right about the dialogue. George Lucas is a creative genius, but not such a great writer. The romance dialogue was absolutely horrible, and the "Hold me like you did on Naboo" was terrible, but for me, the worst was in Episode II. "I'm dying Ani. I've been dying, slowly, a little bit more each day, ever since you came back into my life." Let us never speak of these things again. The lightsaber fights were brilliant, as always. I loved the Anakin/Obi Wan one, and Yoda, well, I have a special place in my heart for him with a lightsaber.


Ydnam96 - May 26, 2005 8:43 pm (#2488 of 2981)

Denise the picture is a great one!

Someone asked (I can't remember who) what happened to my ankle. I sprained it a few weeks ago. Last Thursday I did something to it, not sure what, but since then I've been in terrible pain. I finally got into the doctor today. No broken bones, although my foot is swollen and purple-ish, my doctor says I must have re-damaged my foot.

I just spent 5 hours asleep on my sofa. I'm thinking it might be a little hard to sleep tonight!

As for Marco Polo. We were never allowed to get out of the water! That was considered cheating. Smile


Round Pink Spider - May 26, 2005 8:46 pm (#2489 of 2981)

Hello again, everybody!Can I join the game? We used to play Marco Polo when I was a kid...

At least Yoda with a lightsaber didn't cause giggles this time, like it did in the last movie. I enjoyed the movie, but being totally obsessive about details, I couldn't help thinking over and over about those continuity problems that were being overlooked. (Wish I wasn't like that... It's useful for writing, but it's a pain when you want to just sit back and enjoy a movie.)

Last week of school! Last week of school! Last week of school! (Check back with me in two weeks, and see if I'm still cheering after a week with all the kids bouncing around... )



Eponine - May 26, 2005 9:07 pm (#2490 of 2981)

Julia, that Naboo line was pretty bad, and the whole 'You're not like sand' (paraphrased) from Attack of the Clones cracks me up every time.

We played Marco Polo in the pool, but we also occasionally played it out of the pool too. The 'Marco' person would stand still, and everyone else would run past screaming 'Polo' and try not to get caught. It wasn't as fun.

Edit: Ydnam, it is from Labyrinth. I love that movie.


Ydnam96 - May 26, 2005 9:09 pm (#2491 of 2981)

Eponine, what is your Avatar of? It reminds me of the movie Labryinth...(David Bowie should never have been allowed to be an actor...or a singer for that matter...but I still liked the movie).


Elanor - May 26, 2005 10:08 pm (#2492 of 2981)

KWeldon:"The only thing that had me scratching my head was what Yoda said at the end to Obi-Wan about someone we haven't seen in a while, and I have to go look up how to put it in white font so I don't spoil it for anyone! I didn't understand the purpose of that."

I think I can help you on that one! I have the "official guide" of the movie, which includes a summary of it, and I think we didn't see the entire scene in the final version of the movie. This is what it says (in white): "The guide mentions a scene during which, on Polis Massa, before Obi-Wan arrives, Yoda meditates and hears Qui-Gon's voices explaining that a Jedi can merge with the Force and defy death as the Sith say but only for himself and thanks to compassion, not greed. Then Yoda accepts to become Qui-Gon's "student". This is what he is explaining to Obi-Wan at the end of the movie. IMO it explains Obi-Wan's sentence in Ep.IV (from memory) "if you strike me down I'll become more powerful than you can ever imagine" and why Obi-One, and Yoda, can "reappear" afterwards". The translation is mine, sorry if it is not that good! Anyway, I'm sure I've read somewhere that Lucas said we would find out why they reappeared like that in ep.III so it must be that. Hope it helps!

Congratulations for all the good news here! Good luck with you ankle Ydnam I truly sympathize since mine is swollen for (counting...)16 months now...

The Marco Polo game sounds great, I'll try it with the kid next time at the swimming-pool!

You know what? It's Friday here! YIPEEEH! It is 7 a.m. and it is already hot outside, we're really going to roast today! Have a great night/day everybody!


John Bumbledore - May 26, 2005 10:29 pm (#2493 of 2981)

Well, Puck, I have to say congratulations! I didn't know, else I never would have written that. Now I feel bad for picking on a pregnant lady.

Polo! ** back to RPS ** Yeah, I've played the game and I even remember the "fish out of water" bit. Wow! What a blast from the past. I had forgotten about that part. My children play Marco Polo every time they're in a pool.

Eponine, Love the Labyrinth, not the movie with David Bowie, just the maze. Mandy, I agree that Bowie shouldn't be an actor, but I do like some of his music. Well, I can't think of anything right now.

Anyone still wondering about Ponine's word? You may notice the capitalization is all wrong (and one mistake, subtract the capital P of Ponine's name), the caps complete the word. Maybe I shouldn't have revealed that secret message?

John Bumbledore <)B^D=

P. S. yeah, I've been lazy with my little siggy lately.

P. P. S. cross posted with Elanor, but thank you for the reminder...

Mandy, hope your ankle gets better soon. I also send prayers for those with ailing family members. And now I must turn in and get some sleep. Oh, my 1:33 AM! Night-night!


Lina - May 27, 2005 12:21 am (#2494 of 2981)

Oh, Amilia, the new job sounds great, I hope you get it!

Good luck on your piano recital, Finn!

And Mandy and Elanor, take care of your ankles!


CatherineHermiona - May 27, 2005 2:58 am (#2495 of 2981)

16th July is not so important date for me as for you. I wait autumn when is coming Croatian edition and fourth HP movie. I can't wait this summer, 6th August. I'm going to Gardaland. For the ones that don't know where it is: Italy, Garda lake. That is a fun-fair with roller coasters, some water attractions, etc. Like ay other fun-fair. And I hope I'm not boring and that I have good ideas.

Katarina Calogovic (my name on my language)


The giant squid - May 27, 2005 5:12 am (#2496 of 2981)

Actually, I say "learner" in regular conversation. When Chabad Jews refer to studying, they usually say "learning" for example: "I just finished learning some Torah, now I think I'll learn some Talmud."—Julia

But do you actually say "I am/was/will be the learner?" I always thought "student" or "apprentice" would have worked much better in that line.

We never played Marco Polo when I was a kid. Then again, growing up in North Dakota we only had about 2 weeks a year that were warm enough to even get in a pool.

Actually, I rather liked David Bowie in Labyrinth. The rest of his "acting", on the other hand... *shudder*   Still, he's no worse than Mick Jagger in Freejack.



fleur-de-lys - May 27, 2005 5:34 am (#2497 of 2981)

WHEW!!!!!! I just read through 85 posts. I couldn't believe how many there were. I started writing things down that I wanted to remember to respond to. So, I'm warning you now, this will probably be a long post. Don't worry, Ponine, I'll make sure to put a paragraph in every now and then, love.

Mom is doing pretty well. Sorry I wasn't able to get on yesterday for an update. She was transported to a hospital in Philly (about an hour away). The hubby and I went down with her and didn't get home till 11 o clock. I was exhausted. We talked to the doctor at 8 p.m. The procedure for the pacemaker will either be this afternoon (Friday) or Tuesday, as we have a holiday on Monday. She started with a fever yesterday afternoon, so they're doing some tests to check for infections. She was very overwhelmed after talking with the doctor. It was good news that she was transferred yesterday. That meant she came of the meds for her heart rate and all vitals were still looking good.

Kathy, thanks for the "beep" story. I will definitely pass that on to mom. I believe her pacer will have a defibrulator (sp?). Its a special kind, dual chamber I think. That's why she had to go to Philly. There will be three leads. Because of the heart failure, a pacer could actually weaken her heart, but this kind will pace both sides to help with that. They also said that it will monitor not only for a slow heart beat, but a fast one, which she can get with her condition. So, it sounds like they're taking all precautions necessary. I'm glad for that. I asked if this will guard against another episode like we had Tuesday nite (TERRIFYING!!!!!!). The doctor said her heart will not be able to drop low like that again. Praise the Lord. I never want to go through that again. It was really scary!

Lina, you had commented that my mom seems very strong. She is and that's why this is all so shocking. I was telling a good friend of hers what was going on and she was speechless. As we talked, she kept saying how vibrant mom is. Heart problems to run in her family, but she's never had anything and has had great cholesterol. With that, we never considered heart trouble. But she is strong and pretty resiliant. She's been through so much in her life, both physically and emtionally. She's still strong, full of life and has her wonderful sense of humor. I think she'll be fine.

Ponine and others who inquired. Thanks so much for your concern after not hearing from me. Yesterday was a long day, actually its been a long couple of weeks, and I knew I couldn't face a bizillion posts on the forum last nite. I appreciate your caring anc concern. Its so comforting to know that so many people out there are praying and thinking about us. I should know in a few hours about when her surgery will be. I'll let you know and then I'll be off to the hospital. I'll have to look for an internet cafe or wi-fy hot-spot near the hospital. Don't know if I'll be on to update tonite. If the procedure is today, I'll get on and let you guys know how it went. If its not till Tuesday, I may wait till tomorrow to get on. Depends on how I feel tonite. But thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers.

Oh, Kathy and Chemyst, I wanted to thank you for the info that they can be checked over the phone. That is so neat. It really is amazing what doctors can do now. Its nice to know that pacers can be convenient and not a terrible hassle. Thanks again.

Now for other business, congrats CatherineHermiona, on your team winning the Croatioan Cup! I know how frustrating it is to cheer on a team that can get so close. I'm a big Eagles fan (American football). We went to the Superbowl in January, but lost. It was just incredible to be there. We hadn't been there in over 20 years (lost then too). We made the playoffs the last few years, but were eliminated. We're looking to make the Superbowl again this year and hopefully win! Last year, they said that the week before the Superbowl, the hosting city became a sea of green because of all the Eagles fans. Their colors are green and silver. Philly has some of the best and most unique fans in the country and possibly the world. Congrats on the cup and GO EAGLES!!!!!

Mills, good luck with the job. I really hope you get it. It sounds real neat. Its so wonderful when you have a job that you love. Sending intelligence charms to those in charge of hiring so they know to hire you.

Denise, I played Marco Polo as a kid and plan to play it with my son when he's old enough and any other kids we may have. So, fear not, the game is not dead. I'm glad to hear that fbv807 still plays. Then my son won't look at me like I'm really weird trying to teach him such an old fashion game.

Thanks again to everyone for your love and concern. I really appreciate it. I'll try to make sure to update every day. Going into the weekend, things will losen up a bit more and time won't be so tight. Don't know when I'll get in the chat room again though. Depends on how long mom will be in the hospital and what kind of care she'll need when she gets home. Take care all and thanks again.

Luv N Mush, Lori : )


Finn BV - May 27, 2005 5:42 am (#2498 of 2981)

Wow! I had some spare time before the math final and… so many posts!

Amilia, good luck in that job interview! Three close friends of the family have recently all just made good jobs or are having good interviews, so I hope the vibes are sent your way.
Fleur, it sounds like your mother's in good hands. Looking forward to hearing more good news.
Stephanie, I will see you at my recital!
Thanks again everybody… now off to some y=mx+b and ax2+bx+c!!



Loopy Lupin - May 27, 2005 5:49 am (#2499 of 2981)

But do you actually say "I am/was/will be the learner?" – Mike

Let's hope not.

Good Luck Finn. Break a leg!


Eponine - May 27, 2005 6:16 am (#2500 of 2981)

The only time I actually used the word 'learner' was in my education classes in college. My professors would always refer to the students as learners, and we were required to begin every objective with 'The learner will...' I wasn't very fond of writing objectives.

I hope everyone is having a great day today.
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KWeldon - May 27, 2005 6:40 am (#2501 of 2981)


Thanks so much for the information. That makes sense to me now. I was thinking that Lucas threw that in there so the fans wouldn't be so sad for Obi-wan because he would have someone to communicate with during the next two decades!

BTW, where did you get the official guide?



Lina - May 27, 2005 6:40 am (#2502 of 2981)

Wow, Fleur, this was a long post. It was nice to read that things should be good for your mom! You are right, when a person is strong, it is much harder to accept their illness. I'll just keep having you in my prayers and hoping everything ends up well.

Mare, I think that the point of the Marco Polo (did you know that he is from an island in Croatia?) game would be that "Marco" keeps his/her eyes closed. If he would have his eyes opened, then what is the point of shouting "Polo!"? Everybody else are free to have their eyes wide opened... I have never been much of a swimmer, like swimming long routes or swimming fast, but as kids, we used to play many games in the sea that were including diving.

I was watching my daughter at the Forum today. It might be bothering that she asks me to translate for her too many things, but the fact is that she can improve her English this way and that I don't have to worry about what is she going to read and if it is going to be appropriate or not. Therefore, I think I could repeat around 10 times a day, thank you hosts for keeping this Forum being so wonderful and making it such a nice place for all of us! Thank you to the members to for helping in it. I must admit that I am surprised that there are not more parents of 12 year old members of the Forum attracted to it. I would not allow my daughter to participate on a forum without reading it for a while. And how can somebody read this Forum without falling in love? O.K. I admit that reading "The philosophy of the Forum" might be enough to trust it. But that is exactly the way that I got hooked to the Harry Potter, by checking what is my daughter so eager to read?

I know that I am not exactly invited to say something about it, but I actually like the word learner and the way I imagine the terms learning/learner and studding/student is not quite the same. Now, I find it hard to explain, but studding would be something that you do in school and learning something that you do in life. Not to mention that we used to learn English while I was at school much more than studding it. The studding started at the university. Feel free to disagree.


Madam Pince - May 27, 2005 7:29 am (#2503 of 2981)

I think President Bush just flew over my house! (Now that doesn't happen every day, does it?) I know he is scheduled to speak at the Naval Academy graduation today, and I just heard a very large noisy helicopter fly over, so I'm assuming that was what it was. Although it's kind of the wrong direction, but maybe he wasn't coming from D.C. or something. Yesterday the Blue Angels (the Navy's air aerobatics unit) were doing their annual airshow over the Academy -- normally I hear that since the noise from those jets is deafening, but for some reason I didn't hear them. I had the windows open and everything! Oh well.


applepie - May 27, 2005 7:33 am (#2504 of 2981)

Lina, I'm glad you found a place for your daughter to "feel at home" on the internet. Being new here myself, it is a bit intimidating at times. But, isn't everything new a bit intimidating? It is for me, at least. So, please bear with me. This seems to be a pretty tight-knit community of fans, and I look forward to becoming a part of it.

I am so happy that it is Friday, though our weekend is a bit busy as well. I am just ready to get out of this office and have some time with family and friends. This forum is a great refuge for me during the day at work. When I have a few moments of time to spare, I can see what new theories are developing in the minds of my fellow "Potties".

So, thanks to all of you for brightening my day a bit and I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

49 days...49 days...49 days


applepie - May 27, 2005 7:39 am (#2505 of 2981)

Wow, Madam Pince...that doesn't happen every day!

My kids love the local Air Show. We usually have one around October/November. They love the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds, and were most anxious to sit in one of the "model" Blue Angels for a photograph. My husband gets pretty excited about it too. He is like a kid in a candy store. But, he likes the C-130...which I can't imagine getting off the ground it is so huge.

Well, wave to our "Commander-in-Chief" for me.


pottermom34 - May 27, 2005 7:54 am (#2506 of 2981)

Hi guys, haven't been here in a while my computer had a defective video card and is in repair. I'm using our old win 95 one and a free aol disc til I get mine back. It's amazing how much you depend on your computer and miss it when it's gone. I see there are 400 new messages on this thread. Sorry, not gonna read them all too much for my attention span.

Anyway, happy birthday, anniversary, get wells, etc. to all I may have missed in the past week.

I'll have to find another aol disk or two. they say it'll only take 5 days but I just don't know if I trust that. Please pardon any typos this old keyboard is sticky and something new to get used to.

Well off to catch up on more posts. Michelle


KWeldon - May 27, 2005 8:12 am (#2507 of 2981)

Air shows rock!! We go to our local one every October. I absolutely love seeing the fighter jets fly by. Actually, I'd love to leave my family at home so they can quit interrupting my viewing! They could take it or leave it, especially the noise. One of my favorite parts is when they re-enact Pearl Harbor. The Japanese planes come in for a while and do some "bombing," (fake explosions on the ground) and then the American planes come in later to save the day. The C-130 is cool, too!!


Penny Lane. - May 27, 2005 8:25 am (#2508 of 2981)

I must be the only person around who never really liked/understood "Marco Polo". We would always play for like 5 minutes, then be bored and go back to diving/falling off the diving board. I don't know if the pools were the wrong size or we didn't have a right amount of people, or what. I don't remember the "fish out of water" clause either, but we might have called it something different. Speaking of pools - our city's new proposed recreation budget is closing all the city pools, taking away all the senior and adult activities except arobics, and cutting way back on the youth classes. I don't remember ever going to the city pools, but I'm sure a lot of people do, and it's just so sad to think about all those poor kids running around on the street all summer.

Michelle: I went to the zoo and applied. They didn't call me back though. So sad. We should find another way to actually meet.

I think we have an air show somewhere around here in August. When I was really little, someone took me to one and (as the story goes -- i have doubts) apparently I was surprised because no one explained that air show meant planes, not HAIR. I was much happier when I saw the planes instead of a haircut.

Oh: Lost fans... ABC now put up a website with a preview for season 2. Since I can't link you to it, you will have to find the web-site for Oceanic, find the seating chart, and use the numbers. Oh, and the Oceanic site is not google-able. It's fairly simple though. The site is cool, it has all sorts of easter eggs.


Loopy Lupin - May 27, 2005 8:25 am (#2509 of 2981)

Well, have a good Memorial Day everyone.

I'm off to Virginia Beach to see the nieces and nephews. Something tells me more Star Wars is in my future. ***shudders at the thought of concession stand prices****

See everyone Tuesday!


applepie - May 27, 2005 8:27 am (#2510 of 2981)

Have a safe trip!


Eponine - May 27, 2005 8:42 am (#2511 of 2981)

Penny, can you give me a hint as to where to find that site? I'd appreciate it quite a bit.


Penny Lane. - May 27, 2005 9:01 am (#2512 of 2981)

Eponine, I emailed it to you.


Lina - May 27, 2005 9:27 am (#2513 of 2981)

I know how you feel, Applepie, I felt the same way. Like you said, everything new is intimidating, at least a little bit, but it is a challenge all the same. And you (at least I did) keep thinking - what will those people think of me? And you know that you like some of them already and you would just like them to like you too. It takes a little while to find out that this is just a great bunch of people and you are already part of this bunch. You always find some that you like more and get to know better, and some who don't share the same interest, just like in a real life. Except, all the people here are polite! I must admit that I am surprised at how brave CatherineHermiona is and has decided to post here. I wouldn't be this brave at her age and in foreign language.


applepie - May 27, 2005 9:35 am (#2514 of 2981)

You are exactly correct, Lina. CatherineHermiona seems to be a wonderful girl and she posesses many qualities I am sure you are very proud of...(definitely a brave Gryffindor).

Thank you for making me feel welcome.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 27, 2005 9:40 am (#2515 of 2981)

***shudders at the thought of concession stand prices****---Loopy Lupin

That's why you hit the local drugstore ahead of time, buy your goodies and smuggle them into the theatre.

In fact, back in the day when big, straw tote bags were all the rage, I know of one person who smuggled in a KFC bucket of chicken. ***looks around innocently*** You'd think the smell would have given the game up but the usher didn't even blink.


applepie - May 27, 2005 9:46 am (#2516 of 2981)

Lupin/Kim... I am laughing so hard, I wonder if my co-workers will want to admit me to St. Mungo's. A box of chicken, you say... That is hilarious. I used to think we were tight because my Grandmother would wrap canned drinks in aluminum foil, and bring snacks in her purse. I would look around when I popped the top of the can to see if the "movie police" would take me off to the concession stand to do community service hours...lol

Thanks for the laugh. I needed it!


Julia. - May 27, 2005 9:48 am (#2517 of 2981)

Good afternoon everyone.

Fleur, I'm glad your mum is doing better. I really hope she'll be all right.

Loopy, have an excellent weekend. I too see more Star Wars in your future, and, thank G-d, mine as well. Very Happy

Mike, you've got me, we usually don't say "learner." Normally when someone is a student, we usually either call them students, or they say "I go to school, I learn at place x"

Mills, that job sounds excellent! I'm so excited for you, I really hope you get it.

Speaking of jobs, I have just been unceremoniously sacked from mine. Apparantly things are 'very slow' and my bosses cannot 'affort to retain me.' So now I'm back to square one. GRRR!


Denise P. - May 27, 2005 9:57 am (#2518 of 2981)

It is a time honored tradition to smuggle snacks into a movie. Can't say I have ever snuck in a bucket o' chicken though. A friend of mine is in the entertainment business and at one specific place where she goes to screenings, no food is supposed to be allowed. She said it is hilarious during quiet bits in a movie, everyone trying to not rustle the wrapper of the stuff they bring to snack on.


John Bumbledore - May 27, 2005 10:05 am (#2519 of 2981)
Edited May 27, 2005 10:54 am

Lina, I think you may wish to stick with learn/learner/learning and not study/student/studding Link. I know you meant to use studying, because I am a poor speller ( and this is my only language! ) This is one of those English words that doesn't always follow the common rule about dropping the letter y before adding an ending. Because there are two different words "stud" and "study" that have completely different meanings. I grew up in the country (farm land) and got quite a chuckle out of the misspelling. If you look up the root word with the link above you will see the agricultural meaning that gave me the chuckle.

<)B^D= John Bumbledore

P. S. Lina, I hope you can laugh with me. My point is that English is such an "evil" language that I am still misspelling words after 40 years. You (and all other forum members with two or more languages) earn my highest respects. I remember very vividly, a time in fourth grade (about 9 years old) when I couldn't find the correct spelling among these: esle, esel, else, eles? I was mortified when I had to ask the teacher which was the correct spelling of "else." I think it was just that I am a visual learner and we were beginning cursive "joined-up" writing. I still have to stop and think about which of the "witch" words means a "choice" or the woman that rides a broom. See! The Engilsh language is "evil" and greedy, it steals words from about every other language and claims it for it's own.

Edits: Spelling mistakes, of course1


Lina - May 27, 2005 10:20 am (#2520 of 2981)

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, John Bumbledore, it just happens to me all the time. Just when I start to think that I became more cautious, I do it again! As if this was a problem to check and as if something wasn't telling me to check... No, I'm the smart girl, you know. Thank you. Must admit to like the explanation. Off to bake my fingers in the oven.


Good Evans - May 27, 2005 10:38 am (#2521 of 2981)

Julia - yuck - horrid to be sacked - cheering charms to you

Can anyone tell me what memorial day is? Loopy mentioned it in his / her? post.

Fleur - pleased that things are looking more postiive for you and your Mum now.

GryffEndora - May 27, 2005 10:48 am (#2522 of 2981)

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. This is a national holiday in the US when many people go to visit war memorials, or cemeteries where vets are buried, or to VFW events etc. It is simply a day set aside to remember the people who have died for our country.


Eponine - May 27, 2005 10:48 am (#2523 of 2981)

 here  is the history of Memorial Day.

The gas station by my house is currently priced at $1.93, and it's a madhouse over there. Cars were all over the place, and some people just parked in the middle of the lot, but I got cheap gas!


Chemyst - May 27, 2005 10:53 am (#2524 of 2981)

Thoughts on learnin' from The Wind in The Willows

The Toad, having finished his breakfast, picked up a stout stick and swung it vigorously, belabouring imaginary animals. `I'll learn 'em to steal my house!' he cried. `I'll learn 'em, I'll learn 'em!'

`Don't say "learn 'em," Toad,' said the Rat, greatly shocked. `It's not good English.'

`What are you always nagging at Toad for?' inquired the Badger, rather peevishly. `What's the matter with his English? It's the same what I use myself, and if it's good enough for me, it ought to be good enough for you!'

`I'm very sorry,' said the Rat humbly. `Only I think it ought to be "teach 'em," not "learn 'em."'

`But we don't want to teach 'em,' replied the Badger. `We want to learn 'em—

PS John, your link sends me to an architectural/construction verb definition. The agricultural meaning was listed as a noun.

Best of luck with finding a better job, Julia. The summer is still young.


Good Evans - May 27, 2005 10:58 am (#2525 of 2981)

Thanks Gryffendora and Eponine - may I wish all the Americans on the forum a nice / but reflective memorial day on Monday.

Thanks for the link



John Bumbledore - May 27, 2005 11:12 am (#2526 of 2981)
Edited May 27, 2005 12:28 pm

Chemyst, yes it does. But buried near the end of the last paragraph was the suggestion to look up the root word (four letters) at the same site. Maybe it was that I was thinking of students, and had co-workers telling me about adolescents and young adults that lead me first to the meaning about animal animal husbandry and the slang. Well, maybe it was just me. ** goes off to wash brain and iron hands. ** Sorry.

Maybe Tim, Squid, Mike or Loopy would understand why the construction verb was not what first came to my mind?

<)B^D= John Bumbledore

Edit: Correcting spelling again, and some phrasing.

Edit again: Just to see how long I can keep coming back to edit a post!


Catherine - May 27, 2005 11:19 am (#2527 of 2981)

Thanks to all who congratulated Claire. It was a good experience for her, and I'm so proud that she got this award, and it meant a lot to all of us.

I must rant, however. The awards ceremony was combined with "fifth grade graduation." It lasted, no kidding, for three hours. Unbelievable.

This "graduation" ceremony lasted longer than my high school graduation and even longer than my college Baccalaureate service and graduation ceremony combined. What the heck?

I'm sure that finishing fifth grade and moving on to middle school is a big transition, but a three hour ceremony? We were sitting on teensy metal folding chairs the whole time. I couldn't leave, because Claire hadn't gotten her award yet.

They kept filing the entire fifth grade up, and back to their seats. Up and back. Sing a song, go sit down. Get up, and get a certificate for something minor, like remembering to comb your hair. Sit down. Then have the entire fifth grade stand up and move to the front to sing another song. Then wait for them all to file back to their seats. They allowed 5 different fifth graders to give Valedictorian like speeches!

Patience is not my virtue, and while I don't begrudge a little atta boy/atta girl stuff, this was way over the top.

And those chairs were pure Crucio!


Puck - May 27, 2005 11:40 am (#2528 of 2981)

3 Hours for grammar school? Better bring your sleeping bag to her high school graduation! Plus an extra pillow (to sit on.)

John, no worries, I thought it was hilarious. I finally stopped laughing, then came to your comment about "studding vs. studying" and found a few giggles still lurking.

Fleur sounds like a standard ICD to me. The only reason I have two devices is the technology wasn't the same back when the pacer was put in, and I was pregnant for the second surgery, so they just put in the one lead to keep it simple. Often, rhythm problems are purely electrical and have nothing to do with the heart muscle itself. I'm actually the healthiest of my friends. Low pressure, cholesterol, etc...



John Bumbledore - May 27, 2005 11:41 am (#2529 of 2981)
Edited May 27, 2005 1:04 pm

My empathies, Catherine. My oldest son's school had his ceremony on Tuesday; it lasted merely an hour, and I thought that was Crucio! But then, Mrs. Bumbledore and I also had our nearly six year old (kindergarten) twins on our laps and fidgeting for most of that hour. Now I realize (remember?) why my "sit-upon" has been so achy.

<)B^D= John Bumbledore

P. S. Have you ever heard the suggestion that one of the signs of getting old is that when you find an ache or bruise, you no longer remember how you got it? At only 40, I am only a third of the way to my goal (do I hear accusations that I am overly ambitious? No, merely that G-d isn't done with me yet, and I am so far behind that I'll need all those years to complete the tasks He has for me.)

Edit: for clarity of phrasing.

P. P. S. Thank you, fbv807 for noticing, it started out as BD because someone asked if they could call me DD as in "D"umble"D"ore. Then another member pointed out that it should be "BD"

Well I am a visual thinker, and the BD looked like a smile wearing half-moon glasses. So, I added the cap "<)" nose "^" and beard "=" and I had <)B^D= ! I thought it was a suitable icon for my avatar name of Bumbledore! The avatar came later as a capture and rotation, I am pleased that you and a few others have made comments on it. So don't feel bad, since only a few others have commented on my "siggy" and avatar, you may rate among the top observers!

I just finished reading "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown and now I appreciate my cleverness with multiple meanings in the image. ** perhaps, too much! ** **Or, I delude myself!**


Finn BV - May 27, 2005 12:34 pm (#2530 of 2981)

Yes, Catherine, I remember my fifth grade graduation two years ago. Both of the head of the Lower Division and the Head of School spoke, and they were about 10 minutes each. Pretty hard for a 10-year-old to endure… Especially because you received your diploma in alphabetical order and my last name is Vigeland… there were in our grade at the time, a W and a Z. I was third to last. Ouch. Painful.

Yeah, anyway… John Bumbledore, I finally get your avatar and signature. It took me forever! I finally stopped thinking of letters and saw it. *smacks self on forehead*

*goes back to practicing for recital*


John Bumbledore - May 27, 2005 1:40 pm (#2531 of 2981)

Oh, JOy! I got to talk with Elanor, Lina, Stephanie M. and Springtime in the Chat room. First I've seen anyone in there.

But alas, earwax! I must go home now.

I understand that you can select either a java or an html chat in your worldcrossing profile (change password or preferences). I'll ahve to look for comments on that.


P. S. I think they are still chatting at this time. (as I just left.)


Lina - May 27, 2005 2:39 pm (#2532 of 2981)

Catherine, what can I say but ouch! Was Claire able to enjoy her award after waiting for such a long time? I'm glad tat you found the right school for her, where they can appreciate her values. And I'm surprised that they arranged such a long ceremony. But every rose has it's thorns. (did I mess something again?)

Just for Chemyst and John to know, I found the explanation of a noun and that is the one I liked. My vocabulary gets enriched from day to day, only if I would learn when to use each of those words...

We are going to the little village by the lake in the mountains for a weekend. We are going to take a computer there, and we have the Internet connection, but I doubt I will be able to stay too much on line there so I might just pop up here and there.

Good night...


Ydnam96 - May 27, 2005 2:56 pm (#2533 of 2981)

Thanks to whomever (I've forgotten) posted the info on the LOST website. OH, it's soooo much fun!


GryffEndora - May 27, 2005 3:52 pm (#2534 of 2981)

Could someone e-mail me the info on the Lost website. I haven't been able to find it. Thanks!


Julia. - May 27, 2005 4:30 pm (#2535 of 2981)

Three hours!!! Yikes! You have the patience of a saint, Catherine. Good job. *hands Catherine butterbeer*

When I graduated from Hebrew high school the ceremony was probably about that long, maybe a bit shorter. They insisted that every member of the class do something, so the parents could have a photo-op. There were people reading poems, singing songs, talking about their time in Israel, talking about their experiences in school, ect. It was really horrible. Thank G-d I managed to be one of the two people (my friend Glen was the other) who got out of having to do something.

Well, off for Shabbos. Have a good one everybody!


Catherine - May 27, 2005 4:58 pm (#2536 of 2981)

You have the patience of a saint, Catherine.—Julia

Though I share my name with a saint, I am definitely NOT one. Surely you all know that by now? If anyone deserves the award, it is Hayley (age 5) and the young kids held hostage by that nightmare graduation. I took Hayley out to lunch to her favorite restaurant (and she has expensive taste, alas earwax) and she said, "Mommy, do I have to go to that school where they take way too long to do things?"

I told my hubby tonight that when Claire actually finishes fifth grade next year, I don't know if I can "handle" the ceremony. I'd rather eat a bug than do it again. Thank goodness that Hayley, as a kindergartner, won't have to attend, as it was a grade 3-5 ordeal event.

...And now...the clean toenail award goes to.....(muffle, muffle....)


Eponine - May 27, 2005 6:16 pm (#2537 of 2981)

GryffEndora, check your e-mail.


Amilia Smith - May 27, 2005 6:23 pm (#2538 of 2981)

Thank you for all your good luck charms. They must have worked. I got the job! I go in next week to fill out paperwork and finalize things.

Memorial Day was always quite an event back at home. My mother would save up milk jugs and tin cans for weeks before hand, and then fill them all with flowers. Usually we took iris and snowballs, sometimes lilacs if they were still in bloom. Then we would all load up in the car and visit the graves. There are two graveyards we always visit, where my grandparents are, and three or four others with more distant relatives that we visit on occasion. The graveyards are beautiful on this weekend, all covered with flowers. And we always ran into relatives whom we see very rarely, so it is a wonderful occasion to visit. As children, we used to play tag around the headstones.

Although my brothers and sisters and I used to grouse about having to go the graves (it is very uncomfortable riding in a car trying to holding two or three cans of flowers, complete with water, on your lap, while trying to keep the jugs at your feet from spilling), I was feeling a bit melancholy about missing it this year. Thank you all for reminding me that the holiday started as a way to remember the veterans. Now I know what I will be doing on Monday. This is the perfect time for me to visit the USS Arizona.

Good luck finding a new job, Julia. Rather odd that they laid off a waitress. You'd think that they would be able to afford your $2 an hour no matter how slow they were. You might not be able to afford to keep working there if they are that slow, though, so it may be all for the best . . .

About sneaking food into movie theaters: I am the oldest of 6. We always had a diaper bag that we emptied out and filled with popcorn. (By telling this story, I realize that I am exposing myself as one of those evil people we were railing against recently who take their babies to movies. My defense? It was a long time ago, and it was always G rated movies. I promise to repent.) Once the last baby got so big that we could no longer do this without looking silly, we were at a loss. About that time, though, I read an article that said that the cost of the ticket only paid for the rental of the film. Concessions were the way movie theaters were able to pay their employees. (Squid Mike: is this true?) So after that, I quit begrudging the price of popcorn, and started buying movie theater concessions.



The giant squid - May 27, 2005 6:29 pm (#2539 of 2981)

That's why you hit the local drugstore ahead of time, buy your goodies and smuggle them into the theatre--Lupin is Lupin

Just a friendly reminder...movie theaters make all their money from the concession stand. If no one buys concessions, the employees can't get paid, the place closes down and there's nowhere to watch movies anymore. Do I think $6 is a reasonable price for popcorn? No. But since it pays my paycheck, I'll accept it as a necessary evil.

I'm not trying to "call anyone out" here, just explaining the actual reason behind the "no outside food or drink" rule. It's all the studios' fault for taking 99% of the box office money, forcing the theaters to look to other sources of income (that's also why we have those godawful ads before the movies...).

Maybe Tim, Squid, Mike or Loopy would understand why the construction verb was not what first came to my mind?--John Bumbledore

Can't help ya there...I rarely hear the other definition of "stud" in my everyday life, more's the pity.



Acceber  - May 27, 2005 6:55 pm (#2540 of 2981)

Wow. 296 posts in one week. I think that's a record.

Happy Birthday Linz! A little late, but I still mean it.

I don't really have much to post about, but I wanted to reassure you all that I'm alive and I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth. Life is busy, what with school, drama, softball, piano, and various end-of-the-year events. I took my Social Studies final yesterday and I know I got only one question wrong, which wasn't clearly worded in the first place, so I'm hopeful.

Oh no. A three hour graduation ceremony. That's exactly what I need the day before school ends: to sit on the wooden bleachers in my school gymnasium listening to my principal and assistant principal blabbing about what an experience high school will be. We had to write graduation speeches for English that only one or two of us are going to give. Maybe I should make mine a little shorter.

I'm listening to the Red Sox-Y****** game as I type and it's not going well for my end (Red Sox). We need this win. I'm going to go watch as soon as I finish reading all the threads, which promises to be a task.

Talk to you all later. Happy Memorial Day to all who celebrate.

EDIT: Oh yeah, almost forgot. As some of you may recall, I post occasionally about our summer house in Upstate New York and that we're knocking it down and building a new one. Well, it's DONE and tomorrow, my mom, sister and I are heading up to unpack the stuff we saved from our old house. Should be fun. We don't have the Internet plugged in up there, so I'll be in denial for three days. I plan on bringing a lot of reading material.


Ydnam96 - May 27, 2005 7:00 pm (#2541 of 2981)

GryffEndora, I sent you an email with the links as well...I sent them when I saw your post and then after I sent it came back and saw that Eponine had sent them as well Smile


I Am Used Vlad - May 27, 2005 7:21 pm (#2542 of 2981)

I feel for all who have recently had to sit through a graduation ceremony. My niece graduated from college a few weeks ago, but luckily for me, she didn't have enough tickets to invite me. I was at her high school graduation four years ago(at your Alma Mater, fleur), and only survived the speeches by remembering an episode of All in the Family and pretending to hang myself with my tie.


Madam Pince - May 27, 2005 7:27 pm (#2543 of 2981)

Catherine, sympathies on the looooonnnngggg ceremony, but congratulations on the award for your little one! You must be very proud!

Mills, I think you will really enjoy the USS Arizona memorial, if you are used to celebrating Memorial Day the way you describe. It is a beautiful spot, the memorial is very well done, and it gives you a great opportunity for quiet reflection. Years ago you could bring flowers to lay at the tablet over the wreckage site where all the names are engraved, but I don't know if you can still do that today. On Memorial Day weekend I would bet it will be a busy spot.

Mike, thanks for the info about studio percentages at the movie theatres -- I wasn't aware of that, but it makes perfect sense. I just wrote about a ten-line rant about over-paid movie star "celebrities," but I went back and deleted it, because it just made me tired to even think about it. 'Nuff said.

I've been spring-cleaning today, and my back hurts and I think I'm off to bed. *****Joins ranks of grumpy old codgers****


fleur-de-lys - May 27, 2005 7:51 pm (#2544 of 2981)

Mills, congrats on the job! I'm excited for you and can't wait to hear how it goes.

Julia, what a bummer to be sacked. That's really a shame. Hopefully, you'll find something much better and find it very soon. ::buys a round of butterbeer and then fire whisky for Julia::

As for mom, we were told that the procedure was going to happen this afternoon and that she should go home the next day. So the hubby rushed over from work to get there and my aunt started down too. After the hubby had been there a few minutes, a physician's assistant came in and said they had found bacteria in her blood and couldn't insert the device until it was gone. So now we're looking at Tuesday, probably. Mom was extremely cranky all afternoon and this just added to all her stress and frustration. Its been a very trying and exhausting day for all of us. One nice thing is that, since she has to be there for the extra days, they moved her to a nice suite that has free tv and free phone. Its kind of back out of the way and is more quiet than the other rooms. We'll be traveling back and forth over the weekend, taking her only grandson down to see her. So, the trial goes on. But we perservere. Hopefully, her mood will improve and she'll feel a bit better. Again I appreciate all the prayers, support, info and concern. Its very encouraging. Thanks again.

And, Puck, I'll be paying close attention to your info. Its extremely encouraging to hear from someone who has been through all this and knows so much about it first hand. Mom enjoyed your "beep" story. Thanks again and hope to talk to all of you soon. I think I'll check out the chat room now real quick.

Luv N Mush, Lori


Ydnam96 - May 27, 2005 10:38 pm (#2545 of 2981)

Lori, I will be praying for your mom's procedure. My Grandfather, actually I think both of my grandfathers and my great grandmother, have all had the pacemaker/difibulator put in and it has made such a wonderful difference. What's cool about my one Grandpa's is that should they ever need to change it's setting or adjust anything they just put his chest next to this computer thing and it communicates with the device inside his body without having to do any invasive procedures. It's pretty cool. They can regulate exactly the rate of his heart at any time. I'm sure that this will be a positive step for your mom. I do hope that the bactirial infection goes away quickly!

Julia, sorry to hear about the job. You didn't like it much though did you? Maybe there's a perfect job out there just waiting for you. Have you thought about applying at a Borders or a Barnes and Nobles? I have some friends who have worked at those book stores and have loved it.


Elanor - May 27, 2005 11:03 pm (#2546 of 2981)

Fleur, I'm so sorry about your Mum, I send you all the strengthening charms I know.

Julia, I hope you will find another work soon, and a work that you will like for a change!

Mills, that is great! Congratulations.

John, you're right, it was really great to talk in the chatroom! I wonder why I never tried it before.

KWeldon, I'm happy I was able to help you but I'm afraid you won't find the informations I could give you about the guide I bought very useful since I own the French official guide. I think I have seen ads about an american official guide on the SW official site (starwars.com) but I really don't know where you could buy it. Maybe Squid Mike would know, wouldn't you Mike?

About food in theaters, I didn't know that! Here, in small theaters as in my town, there are only ice-creams and candys to buy. In bigger theaters you can find popcorn and things like that. When "Return of the King" was released, I went to Lyon to see it in a very good theater and they were selling popcorn. The guy who sitted next to me had bought some and I have to say that to hear him chewing on his popcorn really got on my nerves, it is horrible! I kept looking daggers at him and, after some time, he didn't dare going on, I bet I spoiled his appetite, heh, heh... ::evilgrin:: I understand perfectly theaters need money but why don't they sell something people can eat in silence, honestly!

It is Saturday morning here and it is already hot outside again, it should be around 35°C, 95°F again today but at least I will be home. I have a lot of work to do. I'm a bit nervous actually because I have finally finished the preparatory work and decided the plan of the Accio paper and I'm planning to really write it this weekend. Time to take the plunge I guess! This is exiting and terrifying at the same time. I have so much to say but only 4000 words allowed in the paper and it has to be comprehensible, logical and not too boring, a real challenge!

Have a great night/day everybody!


TwinklingBlueEyes - May 28, 2005 12:47 am (#2547 of 2981)

Whew! Finally made it through all the posts. Got to get up in two hours for horse show tomorrow. Wish me luck! Not on getting up, on show!

** . . . . toddles off and falls into bed...ker-plunk!**

Prayers and thought are with you Fleur!


The giant squid - May 28, 2005 2:08 am (#2548 of 2981)

Mme. Pince, Elanor--I didn't know about the reason behind the high concession prices until I started working for the theater. Rules might be different in France, but it's pretty much the same everywhere in the US. It's just a question of how strict the individual theaters are about it. Some are really strict about it, some don't really care; ours is more toward the strict side. we'll make an exception occasionally, but for the most part we stand firm. Of course what really sucks is that we're attached to a casino with a food court, and folks just don't understand that Panda Express is considered "outside food". The secret at my theater is that the more you complain, the less likely you are to get away with it.

Fleur, I haven't mentioned it in all my ranting about movies but my thoughts are with you and your mom as well. Think good thoughts!



Finn BV - May 28, 2005 6:13 am (#2549 of 2981)

Would have posted yesterday but had exceeded the 10 post limit. Errrr…

Anyway, today's the day of the concert so I probably won't get back until tomorrow. Just a head's up that if there's anything like in the Trivia thread (where I have the current question), just give me a chance till tomorrow morning. I'll try to post the winners now, though.

Fleur, my prayers are with you and your mom.
Mills, congrats! That was fast! You'll have a great time working there.
Julia, that must be hard for you. I'm sure that you'll get a new job soon. Maybe Mills can give you some pointers. Good luck!
TBE, good luck at the horse show! We'll be thinking of you. PS Good luck getting up too.

All righty then – off to the Trivia thread and the piano. :-D



Elanor - May 28, 2005 6:13 am (#2550 of 2981)

Oh my G-d!!!! I've just seen something that gave me a nasty shock! I was checking the Accio site for any news and just saw, not in the "news" section where news precisely are to be seen logically but in the "call for paper" section that I only checked by chance, that the papers were now due for June 12th, though when I asked them some weeks ago they said "June 21rst". I find it really weird that I didn't receive that information from them so I just wrote them about that. What if I had not checked that section? What a fright they gave me! I would have thought they would have written us about that, wouldn't you? Sorry for the rant but I had to tell somebody and I know you will understand.

Good luck TBE! Edit: Good luck Finn too!

Mike:"The secret at my theater is that the more you complain, the less likely you are to get away with it." Thanks for the humour! I really needed something to make me smile!

Okay, back to work now since I have even less time than I thought I had for finalizing the paper!

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Sirius Lee - May 28, 2005 7:32 am (#2551 of 2981)

The giant squid - Just a friendly reminder...movie theaters make all their money from the concession stand. ... But since it pays my paycheck, I'll accept it as a necessary evil. ...It's all the studios' fault for taking 99% of the box office money, forcing the theaters to look to other sources of income (that's also why we have those godawful ads before the movies...).

Ok, I have to step in and defend the studio side of things (since that box office % pays MY paycheck). The theatre has other ways of making money other than ticket sales (food, ads), but the studio only has box office returns to cover making the movie, promoting the movie, paying the crews, talent and in-house staff, etc. Ok, the percentage may be off a bit, but we still need to make our money too. If the theatres took all the grosses, then I'd be out of a job! Sure, my boss may be painfully overpaid, but I need my teeny-tiny little check.


Shannon aka Brammwell - May 28, 2005 8:53 am (#2552 of 2981)

Julia - so sorry to hear about your job loss; hopefully this turns out to be something positive and you can replace it with a job that you'd really like to do.

Julia and Betty - I apologize for having to go so quickly Thursday night but my poor six year old was having a meltdown about her needle and I had to try and calm her for the umpteenth time. Unfortunately this did not help at the doctors office on Friday. So, there I am in the doctor's office, my daughter sees the needle and goes nuts, then my one year old decides to join in the chaos and starts crying and ends up on the floor between my legs balling. There I am holding my daughter down, trying to turn her head away . Thus she's screaming, Blake's crying, and I'm praying that it will all be over soon. The needle goes in and my daughter immediately stops crying, looks at me, and says, "that didn't hurt very much!" Kids!  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 1242194059  Needless to say that my husband will be taking her to her next doctor's visit.


Catherine - May 28, 2005 9:36 am (#2553 of 2981)

Needless to say that my husband will be taking her to her next doctor's visit.

You know, I firmly believe that Dad should experience the meltdown. My husband didn't believe me about Claire until HE had to take her. Equal opportunity parenting at work here.

Actually, Claire does much better at the dentist when Mr. Catherine takes her, so that is now officially "his" job.


Phoenix song - May 28, 2005 9:49 am (#2554 of 2981)

Shannon, was your daughter just having regular immunizations or is she diabetic? I've missed two days, and just quickly read the numerous posts, so might have overlooked something. Regardless, I understand how difficult it is to hold your child down for a shot. It goes against the maternal instinct to hold down your child while someone else inflicts pain upon them... even though your logical side knows that the pain involved is necessary for the good that is achieved. I liked your little pun about your daughter being upset about the needles and you saying that “needless” to say your husband would be taking her to her next visit.

Chemyst, I loved your excerpt from "Wind in the Willows" about teaching and learning. It gave me my first real smile of the day. By the way, I have thought of a time when "Learner" is considered to be the appropriate term. Whenever the speed at which someone picks up knowledge is discussed, they are usually described as being either a "slow-learner" or a "quick-learner". Of course, I've also heard people being called a "quick-study".

Fleur, I know that it can be difficult to wait for the slow wheels of the medical community to turn. I can't tell you how often my father was scheduled for a procedure or a test that, after waiting for several hours, was cancelled... and often without explanation!! It can be quite frustrating. Here's hoping that your mom's procedure will go off without a hitch next week! We're thinking of you often and warmly.

Julia, I'm sorry that you were "sacked". I'm sure that something much better, and more pleasing, will turn up. Possibly you can get a job in a book store and gain a little pre-July 16th peek for us? Just joking!

I've also been known to sneak in snacks to the Movie Theaters. We usually buy our drinks there, though. When the kids were still babies, I'd take in their diaper bags (minus the normal kiddie supplies) with drinks and stuff. NO theater employee is going to "buy" me coming in with a diaper bag when my youngest is 4, though. I've never snuck in a bucket of fried chicken, that's an interesting concept. When my husband and I were still newlyweds (ages ago) we went with another set of newlyweds to see a movie, and managed to sneak in large daiquiris. Funnily enough, (or not considering the alcohol,) I can't even remember what the movie was now.   Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 1437562208  I do remember having fun, though.

Catherine, I am so sorry for your 3 hour graduation torture! I feel your pain! I thought that I had it bad sitting through 1 1/2 hour Kindergarten graduation for my nephew. He goes to the school in my church. It was horrible sitting through 90 minutes of 5 year olds trying to recite lines, (with every child mumbling and fidgeting), while sitting on a hard wooden pew and trying to make my three Fidgeting Midgets behave. You had it much, much worse! Congratulations on Claire, though. I'm so pleased for you all!

Twinkling Blue Eyes, good luck with the horses today! I hope that you're able to nap this afternoon while clutching lots of blue ribbons in your hands!

Lina, we're so pleased to have both you and your daughter. She is quite brave to be posting in a foreign language, as are you! It quite "enriches" and "enlightens" us. (To harken back to Catherine and Kim's cryptic codes... which I still haven't let go of!)

Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to catch as many of you as I could!


Ydnam96 - May 28, 2005 9:54 am (#2555 of 2981)

Oh, last night I was watching Star Wars Episode IV and Darth Vader uses the word Learner when he encounters ObiWan for the last time. I thought immediately of the forum


Lina - May 28, 2005 11:05 am (#2556 of 2981)

Congratulations, Amilia and Acceber! I'm so happy for you!

I'm sorry about the complications with your mom, Fleur, but I'm sure it will be fine at the end.

I send you whatever charms you need to make the Accio paper this weekend and be satisfied with it, Elanor.

Good luck with your horses, TBE.

We are having a nice day in the mountains. Actually, it was quite cold in the house that we had to open all windows and doors to make it warmer. We had an unpleasant surprise because the water heater broke during the winter and we have no hot water and the walls are pretty humid. But still no great damage. We can survive a day and half without a hot water and we will manage to repair all until next weekend. It is always so nice when we come here and we always regret tot to come more often. The girls went riding bicycles with their father and we had a nice walk.

Oh, yes, about the shots! When my hero daughter Katarina was being checked about tuberculosis at the age of two, she was sitting so quietly and all she said was "Mum, kiss here!" I was so proud and thought how well I have raised this girl! Next year, when it was Veronika's turn to take the test, it was quite the opposite. She wouldn't stop screaming. So I figured out that not all the secrets are in the way the kids are being raised.

(now, if I used few wrong words, try to figure out what I ment )


Shannon aka Brammwell - May 28, 2005 11:35 am (#2557 of 2981)

Thanks Lina, Catherine, And Pheonix Song for sharing your "needle" stories with me; it's good to know that I'm not alone. Paige doesn't have diabetes, this was her immunization shot and because of how badly it went she still needs one more........and as I stated before her dad is doing this one! And the brilliant thing is that now that she knows that it won't hurt he won't have any problems...why is it that's it's always the mothers who suffer?


Denise P. - May 28, 2005 2:11 pm (#2558 of 2981)

It was a beautiful day here. We spent the morning at a local cemetery placing American flags on the graves of various veterans. We had them from the Civil War on up. There were about a dozen of us in our group and we covered 4 sections, over 100 names. The only names we don't place flags on are those who are Confederate Veteran's. An organization called Sons of the Confederacy place Confederate Flags on those. We do check them off our list after making sure they have a flag out. The oldest Vets we actually placed a flag on were Spanish American War Vets (1898) It is always interesting to do this, seeing the names and inscriptions. Sometimes it is very frustrating though. We walked by one headstone numerous times looking for it. It is very weathered and only because I happened to look at it from a specific angle could we see it was the name we had just spent 30 minutes finding.

Tomorrow, we are doing the traditional BBQ...maybe Monday though. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


Catherine - May 28, 2005 3:22 pm (#2559 of 2981)

Denise, your Memorial Day ritual sounds lovely.

Thank you.

We have brand new flag to fly out front, in honor of the occasion.

If I can complain a bit, at Claire's award ceremony/fifth grade graduation, many people did not properly honor our flag and say the "Pledge of Allegiance." One older grandmother praised me that I made sure that Hayley held her hand over her heart as she did recite correctly.

I have always made sure that my kids strictly adhere to propriety where patriotism SHOULD be a fact. My dad is a decorated veteran, and it always rubbed him raw at ball games when kids and those who should know better do not attend to the details, and seeing their parents be disprespectful--talking, laughing, not paying attention--during the anthem and flag display.

Perhaps I have overstepped here, but Memorial Day is here, almost, and I think it is important to reflect on its meaning.


Ponine - May 28, 2005 3:32 pm (#2560 of 2981)

At the school I graduated from in the states, they would always sing the American national anthem before any game, but at the very end, they would belch out home of the 'Sioux', instead of 'brave' (Fighting Sioux being the *hemoffensivehem* school logo). It just always made me wonder, it would feel very weird to something like that to my national anthem, but perhaps it is common practice among colleges in the states?

On another note (why does all my life's more painful moments end up here in writing???), it is not easy being a foreigner and a leftie in the states... I was in a school choir, and we were on stage with a packed audience, and singing the US anthem. I still shudder to think about how long it took me to realize that everyone else had lifted their RIGHT hand to their chest, and not their left.... *sigh*...


Catherine - May 28, 2005 3:41 pm (#2561 of 2981)

I still shudder to think about how long it took me to realize that everyone else had lifted their RIGHT hand to their chest, and not their left.... *sigh*... –Ponine

Truly, don't worry about it. I went to multi-national camp for many years with many children acting polite, and trying to fit it, although the hand choice wasn't correct.

My "issue" with the ceremony I witnessed at Claire's school was that some people absolutely refused to sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" or recite the pledge who were clearly Americans citizens by birth and privilege. Oh, well, they have the right to be as dissenting as they wish. I just wish they would notice and appreciate that they can.

But I do not want or intend to raise a political point about the whole thingy.

EDIT: The whole point of using one's left hand is to place the opposite hand--the right, across the heart region of the chest--the left. Supposedly, one is covering one's heart during the pledge.


Ponine - May 28, 2005 3:48 pm (#2562 of 2981)

I think too Catherine, that there is a very big difference between those who are taking an active and well-educated stand against something for some reason or another, and those who simply can't be bothered, who does not care. Of course that goes for many areas in life, and not just this particular one...

And it is my notion that when in Rome, so to speak, it is - appropriate - to respect and honor the culture you visit, as long as it does not go directly against your own religion or custom for some reason.


Catherine - May 28, 2005 3:55 pm (#2563 of 2981)

And it is my notion that when in Rome, so to speak, it is - appropriate - to respect and honor the culture you visit, as long as it does not go directly against your own religion or custom for some reason. –Ponine

Very much so. I still remember those kids at camp, and wondered if they understood what they were saying. Probably most, if not all, of them are citizens now, and understand what they said. They all took it seriously, what they pledged, and that commitment remains with me to this day, that they cared and chose what they said.

But I still become annoyed at ballgames and "ceremonies" where people are talking, cracking gum, and, ALA Snape, "not paying attention" when they should.

But we all know that I am a huge grump.


Ponine - May 28, 2005 3:59 pm (#2564 of 2981)

I don't see having values and caring about them as grumpy, Catherine Smile (Particularly when some of them pertain to the welfare of those who do not have a voice of their own!)


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 28, 2005 4:38 pm (#2565 of 2981)

But we all know that I am a huge grump.---Catherine

I don't see having values and caring about them as grumpy, Catherine---Ponine

Neither do I. But she's still a grump. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2775603007


Ponine - May 28, 2005 5:16 pm (#2566 of 2981)



Denise P. - May 28, 2005 5:46 pm (#2567 of 2981)

And it is my notion that when in Rome, so to speak, it is - appropriate - to respect and honor the culture you visit, as long as it does not go directly against your own religion or custom for some reason. –Ponine

Well said Ponine! I lived in an Islamic country for a few years. Normally, I did not have to cover my hair, but during specific times of the year, I did cover my hair out of respect. More than one time, the guys who manned the gate into our compound, commented to my husband (who speaks Arabic) that they appreciated my respect for their customs. We had many others who refused to wear head covering just because they didn't HAVE to wear it. In most cases, it is no skin off my nose to conform to local customs and putting a scarf on my head is not quite the same as tattooing my face.

As for the left hand on the heart...I have 2 lefties so far, 4 right handed kids. 2 of the right handed kids switch hands when they say the pledge. Sometimes I see the right hand, sometimes the left. I always give the Mom glare and raise my hand to indicate they need to switch. Most kids switch until they are a bit older so I am sure no one even noticed you were using your "wrong" hand


Chemyst - May 28, 2005 6:20 pm (#2568 of 2981)

Mills, that is wonderful news about your job.

I'm glad you enjoyed the Wind In The Willows excerpt, Barbie. That has always been a "re-center your focus" passage for me.

My Brownie troop did the flags in the cemetery thing one year. I'm not sure I came away with the proper attitude though, and Denise's earlier story reminded me of the lesson I learned that day: Order granite, not marble.

I'd feel too guilty to try and sneak food and drink into the movies, however, I can do a fairly decent job of rationalizing that chewing gum does not count since it is not swallowed. (And neither is it stuck under the seat!) The diaper bag subterfuge would not have worked well for me anyway because I didn't like the bulk of a diaper bag. I always used a men's travel shaving kit, which was just the right size for a couple diapers, some wet-wipes and a receiving blanket.
Now, ballpark food pricing rip-offs? Whole 'nuther story; which I've solved by vowing to never attend again as long as I live.

**Makes mental note that at this rate, Catherine will need a new soapbox by Christmas...


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 28, 2005 6:29 pm (#2569 of 2981)

**Makes mental note that at this rate, Catherine will need a new soapbox by Christmas...---Chemyst

At this rate, she's gonna need a dais. :goofygrin:


fleur-de-lys - May 28, 2005 6:48 pm (#2570 of 2981)

Well, mom got a good nite's sleep last nite and was feeling MUCH better today. She's enjoying her suite with the two tvs. I feel much more relaxed now, knowing that she's more comfortable. There were so many things bugging her, the most of which was that she's never been sick and needing surgery that far from home. But she's settled in and has come to terms with the waiting. She's determined to relax, rest and let the staff do for her anything she can get them to do. We took the munchkin down today and that perked her up immensely. Thanks again for all the prayers and support. i look forward to reading more posts everyday and am enjoying all the info and stories about pacemakers.

I'm also enjoying the stories about sneaking in food, especially the bucket of chicken. Just shared that with the hubby and he was impressed. I'll have to remember to tell mom tomorrow. She'll appreciate is seeing as she's (and me too) done her fair share of smuggling. Two stories I wanted to share...for my 15 birthday, she took myself and 4 friends to the movies. Can't even remember what we saw, but we took cans of soda from the party in our pockets. When we sat down, my cousin put her soda in the cup holder in the arm of the seat and it fell right through. It wasn't open, but we were afraid to open it after it fell and rolled to the front. Then, (you'll all be proud of this) when mom and I went to see PoA for the first time, in the IMAX theater, she smuggled two McDonald's fruit and yogurt parfaits in inside her pocketbook. We often smuggle food in because the prices are so high. If I thought about it hard enough, I'd probably find out that, atleast around here-Philly area, a popcorn and soda costs the same as a movie ticket and movie tickets cost around 8 or 9 dollars. Highway robbery! So we sneak stuff in and don't feel guilty! Go ahead, book me!

Luv N Mush, Lori <)B^D= (sorry John, took me FOREVER to figure out what that was, so now I had to try it. I promise not to steal it, just wanted to try it once-thanks)

ps: Julia, is that what I think it is in you avatar? Thanks a lot, nightmares tonite! tee hee


Finn BV - May 28, 2005 6:51 pm (#2571 of 2981)

Well, thanks for the luck everybody. It seemed to pay off. I was so nervous before I started and then I started to think off all the people who were coming, and unfortunately all the people who weren't coming. Then I started to imagine all the Forum members who look exactly like their avatars starting to arrive! It was funny.

Anyway, one of the highlights of the program was a piece I had been writing since about November, called Paths of Footprints. Everybody came up to me afterwards telling me how much they really imagined the details I had given in the program notes come to life in the piece itself. They placed it higher than the Kabalevsky, Bach, Debussy, Poulenc, and Stravinsky that were also up there with my name Vigeland! It felt so good.

So, thanks again for the help and now I'm ready to POST again… and it will be in my customary blue color as soon as my HTML font tag errors are fixed… Thanks for the help, Catherine…


Eponine - May 28, 2005 6:59 pm (#2572 of 2981)

I remember going to the movies when I was little with my older sister and her best friend. We had eaten at Chik-fil-a before the movies, and for some reason, her best friend thought it would be a really good idea to put the drinks (styrofoam cups with a lid) in her purse. Well, we didn't get to finish those drinks, but she did have to wash her purse out afterwards.

We went to a wedding today, and after all this talk of wedding cakes we've been having I noticed the cake at this wedding was leaning rather badly. It didn't fall, but it had a definite tilt to it.


Ponine - May 28, 2005 7:04 pm (#2573 of 2981)

Denise said: In most cases, it is no skin off my nose to conform to local customs and putting a scarf on my head is not quite the same as tattooing my face... I am sure no one even noticed you were using your "wrong" hand

Denise - I could not agree with you more; so often, little things go such a long way, and your story ties in with Catherine, I think, with what you do in public can affect others in so many ways you don't even think about... hm...Which again ties into mine - I am sorry to say that in a crowd of fifty right arms on the podium, my left one stuck out like Hagrid at a midget convention... (No offense intended to little people) but thank you for cheering me up about it - it is at least nice to know that I am not the only one...

Fleur - great to hear about your mom - I am sending prayers and thoughts your way Smile (Even if you do sneak snacks into theaters...)

Oh, and I have a question for all you US language/history buffs out there - I was watching the first episode of Deadwood yesterday, and while I am a sucker for US history (and Young Riders . . .remember them?) I must say I was a bit shocked by their language! I consider myself to have a fairly - colorful language - but, let me track down my point - Did they really use those sorts of words back then? Those QUITE derogatory terms for various anatomical parts as well as for any joining of these parts? (Trying hard to remain respectful and pg in terms and descriptions.) It just seemed so wrong for Cowboys from the 1800s to say things I associate with certain rappers and stand-up comedians...

Oh - And I was watching a taping of He's a Lady, and thought of you guys... There was a very pretty wedding cake on there, and I would NOT be surprised if they had a styrofoam layer...


Catherine - May 28, 2005 7:18 pm (#2574 of 2981)

**Makes mental note that at this rate, Catherine will need a new soapbox by Christmas... –Chemyst

ROFL, Chemyst! I've stomped out the old one, for sure.

That will teach me to be a grump!

We've spent the last several weekends "redoing" our front landscape. Which is to say, we removed weeds, installed new plants, and mulched.

Boy, have we mulched. Over the last two days, hubby and I have spread 9 cubic yards of mulch--which is an enormous amount, and I'm tired and grumpy.

Did I mention that I'm grumpy?

**decides how to best construct new soapbox. Thinks that automatic rising dais, per Kim's suggestion, would be optimal for best effect.**


Julia. - May 28, 2005 8:18 pm (#2575 of 2981)

Julia, is that what I think it is in you avatar? Thanks a lot, nightmares tonite! tee hee –Fleur
Yes Fleur, my avatar is exactly what you think it is, provided you think it's me swinging a chicken (full sized pic is here). Sorry, didn't mean to give you nightmares! Glad your mum's doing better.

I didn't realize how much it bothers me when people don't stand up or pay proper attention and respect during patriotic events. I grew up going to minor league baseball games and my parents always made clear that I was expected to take off my hat, put it over my heart and pay attention when they played the national anthem. I realized how much it bothers me when people don't act this way a few years ago. I was at Yankee Stadium in New York (this was post 9/11) and there was a player for the visiting team who did not come out of the dugout and stand during "G-d Bless America." That really annoyed me, and it seems many other people, as this player was showered with a chorus of boos after that.

Elanor, good luck finishing your paper! I'm sure you'll get it done in enough time. You're right about the chat room, by the way. It's an excellent way to meet your fellow forumers and we use it all the time.

As for sneaking food into movie theatres, I never did it. I was always a good girl and bought my Snow Caps there. I've found that people don't chew as loudly, or as often when the movie is good. My friend Heather once told me that she judges a movie by the box of Snow Caps. If the movie's good she'll forget about them and when the movie's over the box is nearly full. If the movie is terrible she'll eat them and by the time it's over the box is nearly empty.

Sorry for such a long post. I just got an email from my Shakespeare professor, which put me in an excellent mood, and when I'm in an excellent mood I'm more long winded than usual.


Madam Pince - May 28, 2005 8:33 pm (#2576 of 2981)

One of these days I'm really going to get into trouble, because I absolutely cannot stand it when someone does not take their hat off during the national anthem. My father was a veteran, all my uncles were veterans, my Mom worked at the Pentagon during WW2, and I was never left in any doubt as to the proper procedures for showing respect during the national anthem or the pledge of allegiance. So I have frequently had to almost physically restrain myself from reaching forward and knocking the offending hat right off someone's head. I fear that someday I will be having a very bad day, will think to myself "Oh what the heck, go ahead and do it," and then the person will slug me.

Anyway, that's one of my biggest pet peeves. Ranks right up there with people who don't take their grocery cart back to the cart corral after they've loaded up their car, but rather leave it sitting right there in the middle of a parking spot. Man, that really frosts my bananas.

Denise and Ponine -- regarding the "When in Rome..." I agree so totally. I wish the world could just be a bit more tolerant of other people's beliefs and just have the common decency to show respect. It doesn't have to be a political thing -- it's just a politeness thing.

Yeah, right, I'm preaching tolerance and here I am ready to knock someone's baseball cap right off their heads.... Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 1437562208

Anyway, Denise, I meant to tell you the other day that I just adore your latest ultrasound. That yawn is so cute!

Ponine, I am not sure about the "accuracy" of Deadwood's language, but I agree with you. I know it shocked quite a few viewers here in the US -- Mr. Pince and myself included. We were all excited to watch it when we heard the previews since we both like Westerns, but we watched about ten minutes of it, looked at each other and said "We don't want to listen to this!" and haven't watched it since. I read an article (TV Guide, maybe?) that said the network had been bombarded with complaints, and the writers defended themselves by saying they had done extensive research and found that the language they were using was very accurate. I still don't know. It is extremely raw, in my opinion. I have no doubt that raw language was used, but just not in such a constant stream, perhaps? And you know what? Even if it was, I still don't see why the TV show has to do it as well. It doesn't "add to the authenticity," it's just yuck.

****Joins Catherine in looking for materials for a soapbox for grumps****


Penny Lane. - May 28, 2005 8:39 pm (#2577 of 2981)

On the topic of food being snuck into theatres. I never really considered it, until this one time when I was 17 or so. My friend and I were starving, and we wanted Subway. But there was a big hold up for some reason, and by the time we got our sandwiches we had to race to make our movie. That was a fun time - subs are NOT easy to eat in a theatre.

The only other time I brought food in was on a date. This guy I went to community college with picked me up and we stopped at a gas station. He asked what I wanted and said that he wasn't paying movie prices for food, and that it was nice that I brought a big purse. On top of him being a cheap (*insert word here*), we saw the worst big budget film ever made. No, not Waterworld. The Matrix, part deux. Or Three. I don't really remember.

I've never been too concerned with people not holding up their hand for the anthem, but I do think that they could take their caps off. Actually, I don't understand why people feel the need to wear hats indoors anyway. It just seems odd to me.

Anyway, off to the threads!


Madam Pince - May 28, 2005 8:43 pm (#2578 of 2981)

It is odd, Penny. And it's extremely poor etiquette. ***Looks around for Miss Manners****


Loopy Lupin - May 28, 2005 9:40 pm (#2579 of 2981)

The rules on hats developed during a time when men actually wore hats as part and parcel of their business/formal attire. Unless the sun and sky are over your head gentlemen, the hat comes off. Ladies may wear hats whenever the mood strikes them.

My personal opinion, however, differs a little bit. ****glances furtively for any surveillance from the Etiquette Mavens High Council*** Today, the things one would properly call "hats" are virtually non-existent. Men wear baseball or skull caps as part and parcel of their casual attire. And being casual, it is not atypical that the hair underneath that cap is as unruly and unkempt as one might expect during an 8:00 a.m. trek to the Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast. I personally think that showing up in public with one's coiffure in such a state is somewhat more disrespectful than keeping the hat on or, at the very least, equally so.

Thus, I really think the Rule should be that if etiquette requires to you "get ready" to go to your destination, which is to say, requires a shower and a shave, then there should be no cap involved at all or one's hat should come off as etiquette usually requires. If I didn't need to bathe before going, the cap stays on my head. So, I will continue to wear my cap at the grocery store, but I'll make sure I'm groomed well enough to not need a hat for Court. Applied to baseball games, I would think that a shower would be a good idea before mingling with a crowd at a game. So, while a baseball cap is common at the games, the head underneath it should be in a sufficient state that it could be exposed long enough to show a little respect.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't remind everyone that certain religions require a head cover at all times. Even some of the more backwater Virginia Courts are hip to this and recognize prayer caps. Funnily enough, when I go to temple with my nieces and nephews from time to time ****waves to Julia, but waves off impending butterbeer*** it would be rude not to wear my baseball cap, unless there's a spare kipah laying around.

Edit-- Yes I did manage to sneak on some friends' computer while visiting Va. Beach. It's nice here weatherwise. I babysat for these friends today so that they could go see Star Wars , so I spent the day racking up Karma points and indulging chidren with cookies. Very Happy


Julia. - May 28, 2005 10:29 pm (#2580 of 2981)

*waves back at Loopy and sends firewhisky from secret stash* (Thank my Shakespeare professor for that one. You see what happens when I'm in an exceptionally good mood. ) There's always a spare kipah lying around in a Shul, so no worries about the baseball cap. Actually, I have a friend who is really into fashion. He always wears a kipah that matches his shirt, his favorite being his Red Sox kipah. He often wears his Sox hat which he takes off to reveal a kipah. By the way, if anyone happens to come across an orange kipah, please send it to me, my friend has been looking for one.

I pretty much agree with you Loopy, although I think it would be kind of cool if you wore, say, a top hat to court.


Ydnam96 - May 28, 2005 10:47 pm (#2581 of 2981)

I too am one who gets annoyed when people aren't being respectful during the anthem or pledge of allegience. My dad was Navy so I guess it was just understood that was something you did. I remember as a kid, we would go to the movie theater on base and they always played the anthem before the movies and we would all stand and put our hands over our hearts. Anyone in uniform would, of course, salute.

But, I even find it highly irritating when people are not respectful of other nation's anthems. I know I hate it when I watch the olympics and the US team members who say have won a silver or bronze, are up on the platform and they are talking or whatever while the national anthem of the gold winner is being played. To me that is just rude.

I'm also big on Flag etiquette. I HATE seeing people's flags all torn and battered or faded. It really, really bothers me when I see people who let them sit crumpeled up in a corner somewhere. I was walking downtown the other day and saw in a shop window the US flag just tossed in the corner. It took a lot of self restraint to not go in the shop and give the owner a thought or two (but being as that I live in the greater LA area I thought it would not be wise).

Anyway. I am glad that I am not the only one who feels strongly about these things. Sometimes I feel like it is something that our culture is losing.

Just finished watching Empire Strikes Back. It's so funny, because now when I watch them I see soooo many correlations to Harry Potter. Smile

Hope everyone had a great Saturday.


Elanor - May 28, 2005 10:47 pm (#2582 of 2981)

Thank you for your words of encouragement about the paper everybody! Julia, I'm so happy to see you're in such a good mood! I still have trouble accepting that they changed the rules without notifying the players but the work is going on well.

It is Mothers' Day here today so I wish a great day to all the Moms! I know Mothers' Day takes place on another day in most countries but Moms can always do with more celebration, don't you think so? It is also an election day here, a referendum is hold about the European Constitution. So, I'm off voting and then back to work!

Have a great day everybody and a good Memorial Day to those who celebrate!


septentrion - May 29, 2005 2:08 am (#2583 of 2981)

It seems I really can't keep track of this thread....

Elanor, what's about the rules changing you're speaking about ? Is it about accio ?

Happy Mother's day and Memorial day to all people concerned. I'm off to vote as well. The result should be known around 10 pm French time.

Everyone has a good Sunday !


dizzy lizzy - May 29, 2005 3:00 am (#2584 of 2981)

I can't keep track of this thread either Sept. I've decided its better if you don't try to keep up with the thread. Just jump right in and go with the flow.... . Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2752390508

I've had a rather busy week. I am in the middle of my first "additional" workload and it is not as easy as the "normal" workloads. However, it pays more and I have a little more time to go around getting the interviews. I also got extra work for my second job and that is going OK. My back is starting to cope better with all this exercise I have been giving it. I need to do more and get back into shape and lose a little more weight.

I've just realised I'm working for all but two weeks in between now and HBP. I can't believe the time is so close for HBP to be out. Even worse the book comes out in the middle of my workload and I will be coming back home for the weekend especially to do my washing and to read HBP. The dogs will be at the boarding kennels that weekend so no barking to drive me to distraction.

Congrats on your job Mills, it sound like serendipity had a hand in getting that Uni offer to you just in time .

Sorry to hear about your job loss Julia, I hope your search for a new job goes OK.

((Hugs)) to all who need them - fleur and her mum for starters - and congrats to the piano player and here's hoping TBE enjoys her horsie show!



Chemyst - May 29, 2005 5:21 am (#2585 of 2981)

Julia, does your friend have a Harry Potter kipah?

Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 Harryp10


CatherineHermiona - May 29, 2005 6:23 am (#2586 of 2981)

I haven't written quite long because I was going out with bikes while we are here in mountains. Besides, now there isn't PC for mum so I'm sharing laptop with her. I fell down the bike yesterday and hurt my: both legs, four fingers of my left hand and a face. But you probably know it already because my mum probably told you. My sister just wants to take laptop and I can't even write normaly.



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 29, 2005 7:07 am (#2587 of 2981)

I'm also big on Flag etiquette. I HATE seeing people's flags all torn and battered or faded.---Ydnam96[

My husband, who's a vet, also has an issue with this. Years ago, he worked at a business park where the flag was displayed, but not with the respect with which it is due. He would routinely call the management and complain, "My flag is out in the rain" or "My flag is out at night, unlit" or "If you're not going to take care of my flag, take it down."

As for hats, my 8-year-old son has been taught to remove his cover the moment he breaks a threshold. It's endearing---not to mention the fact that it makes a wonderful first impression.


Lina - May 29, 2005 7:46 am (#2588 of 2981)

I am not really good in understanding why would people have to eat or drink in a movie theater? Is it so hard to survive 2 or 3 hours without food or your shows last longer? But I can understand that it is a kind of habit... By reading about the prices of your tickets and the food inside the theater, I'm just wondering how are our movie workers managing to survive?

A little rant from my side: There is a nice walking path along the lake. We went to walk there with the bicycles this morning. But someone came to the brilliant idea to let the cars drive through that path too. I can't understand what the authorities that allowed it were thinking. It was not allowed only a year or two ago. Now people take their cars to the walk by the lake. And they close their windows so that air conditioners could bring the fresh air to them. They only need the "pino alpestre" perfume to have the feeling that they are walking through the forest. Except, in that case they don't need to drive their car through the forest! This kind of enjoying the forest they could have done at home. Now I understand why I can not find any more frogs by the lake. They have ran away from the cars.


fleur-de-lys - May 29, 2005 7:49 am (#2589 of 2981)

fbv807, congrats on the concert and the original song. Wish I could have heard it. I love piano. I'll be looking for your album soon.

Well, now that its Sunday and others should have seen the last episode of American Idol, I can celebrate. CARRIE WON!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!! I liked Bo too and, had he won, he would have deserved it too, but I liked Carrie just a bit better. And since my hometown boy and favorite, Anthony, was out, I really wanted Carrie to win. We're going to see the finalist tour in July, so it will be neat to see them all again. I can't wait.

I have to align myself with all the patriotic forumers out there. Everything you guys have said really bugs me too. My dad was a in Vietnam and I have a cousin back in Iraq for the third time (first was Afganistan and then Iraq and Iraq again), so supporting our current troops and those who have fought before is very important to me. I have a yellow ribbon tied around an oak tree in our front yard that will stay there until either we move, or Jonny (cousin) comes home for good. Its very nerve racking. I really like when I'm watching a sporting event and they show the players singing with the person performing the national anthem. It gives me chills. In NASCAR, they often have teams that will hold flags during the national anthem. Its really neat.

Gee, now I feel I need to go look for soapbox materials as well. Maybe we should just pull together and contruct an indestructible box and just share it around. What do you think?


Catherine - May 29, 2005 7:59 am (#2590 of 2981)

Excellent link with the HP kipah, Chemyst.

Now I've seen everything.

About hats--I got in trouble for hats when I was a teacher. It was a school rule that no head coverings be allowed (yes, Loopy, really) of any kind. A girl in my class worse a scarf over her hair (bad hair day, apparently) on a day when I was being observed.

I got an admonition on my evaluation for not stopping class and requiring the girl to remove her headscarf. I mean, some of these kids were in 9th grade, couldn't really read, and they were more concerned about whether I made her uncover her hair.

After that, I made a Slytherin-type deal with my students. I wouldn't harass them about hats unless an administrator looked into class, during which time they were to immediately remove them. We even had a "take off your hat" signal. It was rather sweet to watch them police each other when the assistant principal peeked into my room one morning to say hello.


Denise P. - May 29, 2005 8:03 am (#2591 of 2981)

Kim, good for you on teaching your young man to remove his hat. I have to admit, that is one of my biggest pet peeves. It really annoys me to see men and boys inside with hats on. Maybe it is because I was in the military and I am surrounded by military but hats are not made to be worn indoors. My oldest son is almost 22 and we have words over this constantly. He finally will remove it when he walks into the house but if we are not around, he leaves it on. I would rather see hat hair than hats on while inside.

We fly our flag nearly every day. Since it will bleach out fairly quickly, we have a stack of flags each June that we take to the Vets when they do flag burnings to dispose of old, worn out flags. In fact, I told Mr. Denise yesterday it was time for a new flag since this one is starting to fade.


Ydnam96 - May 29, 2005 8:49 am (#2592 of 2981)

Lina, that's horrible! Letting cars into a setting like that. I would be upset as well. Your daughter said she fell and got hurt, is she okay?

Denise, the songoram in your avatar, is that from the Dr. or one of those professional picture places for expecting mothers? It's a wonderful picture. My friend is pregnant and she sent me a picture of her sonogram. I swear it looked like a fuzzy tv screen with a vauge outline of what appeared to be a potato with antenna.

Happy Sunday all!


Denise P. - May 29, 2005 9:07 am (#2593 of 2981)

Mandy, it is from one of the professional places. I had a few photos from my doctor but they are the standard fuzzy, black and white 2D images. The place I went to does the traditional 2D, 3D (like in my photo) and then what they call 4D...3D video. The yawn is basically a screen capture of a real time motion where Baby P turned, yawned, smacked lips and then arched backwards. We got to see Baby P try to suck fingers, wiggle, turn totally around to show us the back and lots of yawning and arching. We managed to capture that on the DVD. We didn't do this with the others so it is pretty cool. What is even more amazing to me is that we can see some very clear similarities between Baby P and one specific sibling. It will be interesting to see if it holds true once Baby P. is born.


Catherine - May 29, 2005 9:12 am (#2594 of 2981)

What is even more amazing to me is that we can see some very clear similarities between Baby P and one specific sibling. It will be interesting to see if it holds true once Baby P. is born. –Denise

Well, now that is cryptic.


Denise P. - May 29, 2005 9:15 am (#2595 of 2981)

How about "Baby P looks amazingly like either Nicholas, Ryan, Devin, Kaitlyn, Iain or Kierynn! I can't say which specific sibling without revealing gender. Even family friends, who did not see the sibling as an infant, thought Baby P looked amazingly similar. It will be interesting to compare baby photos once Baby P. is born to see if we are correct."


Catherine - May 29, 2005 9:52 am (#2596 of 2981)

I can't say which specific sibling without revealing gender. --Denise P.

Foiled again!



Julia. - May 29, 2005 10:47 am (#2597 of 2981)

Chemyst, I love the HP kipah. I will have to make sure that any future sons I have will be well equipt with several HP kiphas. Unfortunately, my friend is all muggle, so no HP kipah for me.

Ahhhhhh, I love Sunday. It's 1:50 in the afternoon and I woke up only 20 minutes ago.


The giant squid - May 29, 2005 11:16 am (#2598 of 2981)

Sirius Lee, I meant no disparagement against studio workers in general (well, not *much* ) just the bigwigs and lawyers that negotiate the split. Besides, I understand that the studio needs to pay back millions of dollars, whereas the theater only needs a few thousand to run effectively, so the split is more or less fair.

Ponine, you mentioned the "Fighting Sioux"--did you go to the University of North Dakota? Or has someone else stolen our mascot? I happened to be attending UND when the "PC Patrol" took offense at the mascot (curiously, none of the native Americans in attendance had a problem with it...) and we were subjected to "Thunder, the Bleacher Creature"--a pink & green gorilla. Thankfully, the alumni association overruled that one quickly...



Sirius Lee - May 29, 2005 11:52 am (#2599 of 2981)

Mike, the bigwigs and the lawyers do make WAY too much (and seem to do so much less work)! As much as I love it, it's certainly a highly flawed industry. But if it makes you feel any better, I ALWAYS buy my snacks inside the theatres for your very reason!


GryffEndora - May 29, 2005 12:29 pm (#2600 of 2981)

Fleur - I'm glad to hear your mom is taking advantage of her situation. I hope she gets well rested so the bacteria clears up and the procedure goes smoothly.

I agree with everyone about respecting the culture you are in. And I also think hats are an outdoor accessory unless it is a part of your faith. The HP Kipah was cool!

Denise P. - Thank you for placing the flags, you have a wonderful Memorial Day tradition.

Lina, I hope your daughter is ok. I feel for you with the cars in the forest. But, on a HP aside, was there a Ford Anglia hiding anywhere in the forest? :goofygrin:

Cheering Charms to all who need them, Butterbeer to the picnickers, best wishes to all!

I changed my avatar temporarily. I found a soap box for all of the grumps. Hope you like it!
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Lina - May 29, 2005 1:17 pm (#2601 of 2981)

Mandy, thank you for your concern, but CatherineHermiona is O.K. Unfortunately, we have got used to all those bruises on her. Actually she has improved lately. When she was in kindergarten, she used to come home with the bruises, we would ask her how it happened and she would say "I don't know." I was afraid that the social workers would come to accuse me of abusing my children. Now at least she knows how she got the bruises. And the thing that bothers her most about them is that she doesn't look good so she is more cautious lately, too. But as we concluded, she is brave, if we add a little clumsiness, the bruises are something that can't be avoided.

I saw an advertisement about 4D ultrasound recently, and I was wondering what should it mean. Thank you Denise for explaining. I expected it would have some connection to your avatars.

We are home and we are hoping to spend the next weekend the same way.


Catherine - May 29, 2005 1:52 pm (#2602 of 2981)

I changed my avatar temporarily. I found a soap box for all of the grumps. Hope you like it! –GryffEndora

Looks sturdy enough for this old grump. Thanks, GryffEndora. :: tests out the new platform ::

Hmm..it is time to implement my evil plans? Bwahahaha! First on my list is....

...beep... beep...buh buh ...beep... beep...   We regret that this program has been interrupted due to an overload of rotten tomatoes....,


Puck - May 29, 2005 4:25 pm (#2603 of 2981)

Denise, mentioned that cool ultra sound pic to my hubby, but he didn't go for it once learning he'd have to pay for it. Oh well. Before we started telling baby's gender JIm told people that "It's the same as one of the kids we already have."

My wardrobe pet peeve? Seeing belly bottons in church! My of my cousins friends actually showed up in a hot pink belly shirt to my aunt's wake last fall. I was appalled! How completely disrespectful!

My boy had his shots last week as well. I didn't even tell him he had a doctors appointment until we pulled into the parking lot. He was so good. He got teary, but held still and tried to be brave. I sat there teliing him he could have a popcicle the moment we got home.

I had a lovely day yesterday. We had a girls day to celebrate a friend's upcoming wedding. Went to the spa for some pampering, then out to dinner. I highly recommend a maternity massage for all you pregnant women out there.

Lori, glad my stories are helping. I know it's actually harder to be part of the family than the one going through it at times. I had always taken my condition in stride, but was a bit of a mess dealing with Parker having it also. Not looking forward to going through all that again with number three, but it looks like we will be.

Off to get the kids to bed!



Ponine - May 29, 2005 6:07 pm (#2604 of 2981)

Puck said: My of my cousins friends actually showed up in a hot pink belly shirt to my aunt's wake last fall. I was appaulled! How completely disrespectful!

- Puck - That is AWFUL! I am not too familiar with American customs around wakes and funerals and such, but here, hot pink would be a definite no no, and belly baring at that.... I am sorry, but that to me, is tacky and tactless...

And Mike - yes, that is indeed the institution I am talking about. I find it interesting to see that you say the Natives were not against the logo when you went there - when did you go?? When I was there, the vast majority of the Indian population, as well as the individual tribes and reservations all protested it... not that it matters, when money and sports is involved...


fleur-de-lys - May 29, 2005 7:16 pm (#2605 of 2981)

Kathy, what a appalling story of your cousin. I would be shocked to see that too. But I'll be thinking of you and praying for you and your family as you look to dealing with a child with a heart problem. Its hard enough for me to be dealing with my mom going through it. I can't even imagine having a child go through it. It takes a very special parent to go through something like that. And an extroardinary parent to go through it twice. You are truly amazing!

Gryffendora, your avatar is perfect. I love it! Thanks for the chuckle. Except that, every time I laugh at something on here, I have to explain it to the hubby, how annoying. He keeps threaten to go on here to read and post. But I keep telling him he can't cause he hasn't read all the books yet. Sometimes I wish he would so I wouldn't have to go over everything I find amusing. MEN!

I meant to mention earlier. Someone was asking about hats and wondered about the urge to wear them, especially inside. They are great at covering up a bad hair day, especially when you have short hair, as I used to do. I have frequent bad hair days and would often wear a hat to cover it up when I had short hair. Not so many bad hair days now that its longer.

Now I have a question for the forum. Hopefully its not too political or personal, so it won't get yanked. But if it does, I understand. I am an organ donor and am wondering how others feel about the subject. I, personally, can't understand not being one. I'm hoping someone out there can help me better understand those who chose not to be. I'm very interested to hear what you all think.

Today has been better with more time for relaxation and family. Even if my NASCAR Fancar team isn't doing well right now. Go Tony!!!!!! Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day, even if you're not in the US. And Happy Mother's Day (sorry if its late) to Elanor and any others celebrating the day!

Luv Till Niagara Falls, Lori


I Am Used Vlad - May 29, 2005 7:40 pm (#2606 of 2981)

I am being completely serious here. I know some people who refuse to be organ donors because they're afraid they will be murdered if they're a match with someone rich and powerful who is in need of a transplant. I have no such fear, and I am an organ donor.

On the hat issue, I pretty much completely agree with Loopy.


Denise P. - May 29, 2005 7:41 pm (#2607 of 2981)

The reasons that I have most often heard for not being on organ donor, without going into specifics, is due religious reasons. There are also those who can't bear the thought of cutting up a loved one and harvesting organs like crops planted in the field. It is a very personal choice to make and it comes right on top of losing a loved one. There are also those who are not as well informed on the benefits of organ donation and don't see the tremendous need for it. Oh yeah, the fear factor is there too...not helped by urban legends like waking up in a bathtub full of ice after your kidneys are stolen.

I, personally, am all for organ donation and for those women who chose to not bank cord blood personally, cord blood donation. I just spent nearly a week tracking down someplace that would accept the cord blood from Baby P. for research donation since I am not banking it and I can't donate it for public use due to another child with a life threatening illness (it can't be used). I support regular blood, platelet or plasma donation too.


Eponine - May 29, 2005 7:49 pm (#2608 of 2981)

My dad was an organ donor, and because of him there were several people who got to live.

I'm all for blood donation, but it's extremely difficult for me to give because I apparently have small veins. You wouldn't know it from looking at my arms, though. They're extremely visible at the bendy part.

I don't ever wear hats, but my husband does when he's having a bad hair day. He does take them off for the national anthem and the pledge. He wore his hat the day he went to get his license changed to our new address, and they made him take it off for the picture. It's a funny picture.

I hope everyone's having a great day!


Julia. - May 29, 2005 8:41 pm (#2609 of 2981)

I'm all for organ donation. Judiasm has conflicting views on the issue. It says that you should be buried whole, but it also says that if you have a chance to save a life you should take it. If you can save several lives, than the better, so I'm all for it. Blood donation is good too, but the last time I went to give they didn't let me do it, something about not enough iron in my blood.


Cornelia - May 30, 2005 3:25 am (#2610 of 2981)

Vlad - that sounds as if the organ donors dates are somewhere listed/registered, is that so in the US/Canada?

In Germany you get a little piece of paper which declares if you are or not. You should, of course, carry it with you because as far as I know organ donors are not registered.

I have heard, I´m not 100% sure, in Austria you are automatically donor, you have to declare specially that you are not. (Edit: I did a search, it is indeed like that, there is a special register where all non-donors(?) are listed)

Hubby and I are organ donors. Our parents aren´t, as far as I know. I think there is not enough information about it in the media, most people don´t know how important it is and how long the waiting lists are to get a new organ. And they have to inform themselfes, all the doctors I know didn´t tell me about that possibility, and people are lazy...

Lori - I hope everything will go well for your mom tomorrow!!

Julia - May I ask why you did swing the chicken? And I hope you find a nice job soon!

Hope you all have a nice (Memorial-) Day!


Lina - May 30, 2005 4:43 am (#2611 of 2981)

In my country, the things are quite simple, you have to sign the paper if you don't want to donate the organs. Anyway, when it comes to the crucial moment, the doctors usually ask the family if they want to do it because they assume that the people are not well informed. Therefore, I just make sure that everybody who might be in charge, if such a moment comes, know that I am willing to donate, although I'm not sure that I take a good care of the organs that could be donated. My husband's blood type is 0 - and he feels that it is his obligation to be a blood donor.

There are some religions, though, that think that a person must come whole to the Creator and are not willing to give up an organ even if it is for their own health reason. My mother had a patient who had cancer on his vocal chords, and didn't want to have them removed. He didn't mind chemotherapy, though, because his religion wasn't saying anything about it. I need to mention this man because he was healed at the end and I must say that I admire him even though we don't share the religion. It is just not possible to feel bad about the people who think that they would betray their religion by donating organs.


Catherine - May 30, 2005 5:35 am (#2612 of 2981)

Happy Memorial Day.

This discussion of cord blood donation and organ donation reminded me of an interesting book I read recently, My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. It's a fictional account of a child conceived as a genetic match for her terminally ill sister. It raises some interesting ethical issues and it's a good read. I suggested it for our Book Club, and I think they will enjoy it if they actually read the book.

I must say that I didn't realize that one can donate cord blood to research. Perhaps I just assumed that is what happened if one didn't specify one's preference to have it banked or donated to an individual. I know that when I was pregnant with Claire, my OB did research and we were always asked if we would donate an extra vial of blood to his program every time we had blood tests. I always did, but I knew from waiting room chats that some women resented being asked and did not contribute. It was their choice, of course, but it's not like the doc was asking for their right hand.


Good Evans - May 30, 2005 5:45 am (#2613 of 2981)

There was a real news story recently about a family with a son who has a disease and the parents were having another child to try to have a match to help him. This got the ethical debate well and truly started about is it right - will the second child be loved, were they really wanted? I dont want to start such a debate here, but looking at Catherines post about a book it just reminded me of the news story from about a year ago.


septentrion - May 30, 2005 6:36 am (#2614 of 2981)

I'm also for organs donation. Several years ago, I knew a girl who lost her mother at the age of 15 because her mother couldn't get a lung in time and I think this is unfair, it shouldn't have happened. So I have in my wallet a small paper indicating I'm a donator. Just in case. Yet all not people are ready to do this. My husband, although he is moved by the story of people who are saved by organ donation, can't bring himself to sign that small paper and was quite shocked to find out I was a donator. Humans can be complicated !

I'm on a training day today, as well as tomorrow. The trouble is I slept too little last night and I have a hard time to listen. Glad I could escape a few minutes to say hello !

Everyone have a good day !


applepie - May 30, 2005 6:42 am (#2615 of 2981)

I used to be a regular blood donor. My blood type is 0- also and I have the Rh factor, so the Blood Center would call me every 8 weeks to come in. Literally on the day that I was eligible to donate, they would call me. My husband was upset that they weren't calling for him and wondered why his blood wasn't "good enough". I cannot donate any longer because of iron problems as well. However, I am an organ donor, and if I ever get these iron problems sorted out, I will start donating blood again too. I did have trouble donating because of small veins too. Not that they turn you away for that, but it does make for a painful process. Mine are also visible, but the ones that are visible are too superficial to take blood from. They go deeper and it was usually a painful digging process before getting the vein.

Congratulations to all with special events, new jobs, etc. Happy Mother's Day to all of you celebrating that as well. It is Memorial Day today and I am sitting at work (only 3 of us here today) while the sky is falling. It has been raining hard since yesterday evening, but it is very much needed.

I have been doing some online training over the weekend, so I was not able to post, but I will try to catch up today.

Lina, glad to hear your daughter is ok.

Fleur, I'm still keeping your Mom in my thoughts and prayers.

Julia, good luck with the job search.

Well, I'm off to check the threads. Hope you all have a wonderful day!


Denise P. - May 30, 2005 7:06 am (#2616 of 2981)

Catherine, most cord blood banks are set up for private storage with perhaps 2 in the US that are set up for public donation...meaning you donate cord blood for someone else to use if the need arises (although you can use it yourself if the need arises and the blood has not been used already). I hunted a week, talked to the Red Cross, Bone Marrow Registry, 4 different banks and our oncologist about finding a place to accept our cord blood for research. I was told there was no program within the US. I stumbled across a Canadian stem cell researcher who linked me to a page that had a link to a company that DOES accept for research. If this cord blood was suitable to be used for the general public (which is can't because a sibling has leukemia) then I would be all over donating it for public use. Since that is not possible, I wanted some good to come from it rather than just discard it. In most cases like ours, the family is encouraged to keep the cord blood for the child with the disease but in our case, again, it can't be used even if it is a perfect match (long story but his oncologist said it is pointless to store for our use).

Sooo...long story short (too late!) if anyone who is pregnant and not going to store cord blood for your family's potential use, consider donating it. Most doctors will waive their collection fee if you are donating so there is no cost involved to the family.


I Am Used Vlad - May 30, 2005 7:45 am (#2617 of 2981)

Cornelia, where I live, they ask if you want to be an organ donor when you're renewing your driver's license, and organ donor is printed under your picture if you say yes. I don't know if this is done everywhere in the US, or if it varies state by state.


applepie - May 30, 2005 8:41 am (#2618 of 2981)

Oh, I could think of numerous better ways to spend this rainy day. Work is incredilby boring right now. The receptionist has had about 2 or 3 phone calls all morning and I have been catching up on reading all the posts. Something I needed to do, mind you...but I would much rather be at home, on the sofa, in my pajamas, reading a book!


Puck - May 30, 2005 9:51 am (#2619 of 2981)

Good afternoon all!

I am happy to donate organs, and should do the blood thing as I'm type O. In my younger days I couldn't donate as I was under the weight limit, plus taking meds. I have found recently that I am able to do so now, but have been either pregnant or nursing most of the time for the last 6 years.

I would love to bank the cord blood, but heard it can be a bit expensive to do so. Really, if it's that great a thing they should just do it and not charge you for it! I was asked to give it during my first pregnancy, but because of my heart problems, etc..., it was questionable whether it would be accepted for donation.

Denise sorry to hear one of your little ones is sick. How are you all holding up with that? It must be overwhelming at times, especially with so many others to care for. Bless you for doing it, you brave woman!

Lori, thanks for the support. We are lining up the doctors and developing a treatment plan now, so all will go more smoothly this time.



Catherine - May 30, 2005 9:54 am (#2620 of 2981)

I was told there was no program within the US. I stumbled across a Canadian stem cell researcher who linked me to a page that had a link to a company that DOES accept for research—Denise

What one does learn on the Forum!

It seems amazing to me that there is no such program in the US, and that you would have to jump through such hoops to find a program. Thanks for the information, Denise.

So now we know what Denise really does in her spare time in addition to spinning straw into gold.


Denise P. - May 30, 2005 10:44 am (#2621 of 2981)

Boy, don't I wish I could spin straw into gold!

Puck, Devin is doing very well. He is coming up on his second anniversary post transplant and in remission. Woo hoo! For the most part, we don't make any real adjustments for him or dealing with him since we have been doing this for 4 years now. He gets treated like any of the other kiddies, has chores, gets in trouble etc

Just an FYI about organ donation, even if you sign your drivers license, still make sure that your family is aware of your wishes. It may depend on the state but your family can refuse to donate your organs even if you sign it. It never hurts to let them know what you want and leave legal documentation stating that.

We spent the morning fishing. I actually managed to catch a bluegill. The kids caught bluegill, crappie (pronounced croppie) and pumpkinseed sunfish. There are bass where we fish but it is rare to snag one. It is all catch and release but they enjoy it.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 30, 2005 11:06 am (#2622 of 2981)

The kids caught bluegill, crappie (pronounced croppie) and pumpkinseed sunfish.---Denise P.

Funny, my husband pronounces it crappie.

Denise and Catherine, there's a (very) little something coming in the mail for you both.


CatherineHermiona - May 30, 2005 11:26 am (#2623 of 2981)

I am a fan of Britney and if there is anyone else, please, tell me.

Thanks to everyone's good wishes about my fell which happened last Saturday. But I would appreciate if you would talk to me directly and not over my mum.


Catherine - May 30, 2005 11:33 am (#2624 of 2981)

The kids caught bluegill, crappie (pronounced croppie) and pumpkinseed sunfish.—Denise

I'm very hoppy about your catches and hoppy to get a little surprise in the mail.



Ticker - May 30, 2005 2:26 pm (#2625 of 2981)

A special thank you today to all those who have put their life at the service of my country, particularly those in the military.

I have been randomly popping in & out of this thread and my out times are becoming more pronounced, so I know I'm missing all sorts of great posts but I read back to Lori's (fleur) post wondering why people wouldn't become an organ donor (very good & intriguing input posted). I had wondered the same thing. Besides reasons dealing with the body & the afterlife, I hadn't run into anyone who was not for it. That is, until one of my teachers in nursing school explained her rationale. I don't remember it exactly but it went something like this:

Advances in medicine & medical treatment have often made our lives longer without making them better. Especially for those who don't believe dying is really the final adventure, why should we make extending our time here the priority, no matter the cost? Organ transplants, besides the financial aspect (which is very significant) do not always improve one's life. It is usually changing one set of very difficult health issues for another very difficult set. When an organ fails, it damages the rest of the body, though not always (but often) permanently. Organ transplantation is not a cure but a treatment.

I know this is a very controversial answer, but you did ask. After graduating, I went to work in a kidney specialist's office and worked daily with people who were seeking kidney (& sometimes pancreas) transplants & people who had had them. I can say with certainty that some people did very well & were able to live happy & productive lives after their transplants. Others struggled with the medications & complications severely. There are other ethical issues brought up as well, such as what if the person who recieves the organ trashes it through poor decisions & irresponsibility? What about age? Who gets to decide if one is suitable for transplantation? How should they be paid for? What if the transplant fails shortly after surgery? Who decides how the organs get distributed?

My own views on organ donation are mixed. I donate blood periodically (and have no issue with its use, nor issues with bone marrow) & I have helped people get an organ transplant. It's a complicated issue & until I resolve some things in my own mind & heart, I have elected not to be an organ donor. I'm sorry if I have offended anyone. That has not been my intention.


Lina - May 30, 2005 2:28 pm (#2626 of 2981)

Happy Memorial day to all who celebrate!

Elanor, it seems that you are working hard on the paper! I hope you will be satisfied soon! Some enlightening charms your way!

Fleur, I hope you have some good news about your mother. My prayers are with you.

Finn, I wanted to say it before, but i got carried away. I'm so glad that you made a great music and that people liked it. I would like to hear it too.

applepie: Congratulations to all with special events, new jobs, etc. (...) Lina, glad to hear your daughter is ok.
There is more: we went to do the eye check today. Katarina started do wear glasses when she was 13 months old and she became nearsighted at the age of 10. I was afraid that she would develop high dioptry because my father had it. But her dioptry hasn't changed for two years and it makes me very happy. Mihaela started to wear glasses when she was 4 (actually she noticed that she needed them before we made the first eye check) and she had the operation (her eyes were "running" toward the nose, I don't know the right word) when she was 5, last autumn, and her eye results are much better now. So, I'm just as happy as I can be!

The weather here is total summer, but I like it.


Ydnam96 - May 30, 2005 2:33 pm (#2627 of 2981)

Ticker, I do not think you have offended anyone. I believe that all of us here feel that this is a very personal decision, and a moral one, that each person needs to make for themselves. I applaud you for not only bravely stating your decision, but making an informed one at that. You have obviously done research about the issue.

I myself have elected to be an organ donor. It is a religious decision for me...if given the chance to help I should. Plus, my body will be dead anyway.

I did not know about cord blood donation or even that it could be harvested and kept for future use. Why is this a better option than just getting donated blood from a family member or another compatible person? I'm not very "sciency" but does it have to do with the stem cells and all that in the chord?

Happy Memorial Day to all. Especially all those who have served their countries.



Lina - May 30, 2005 2:55 pm (#2628 of 2981)

Ticker, I really don't think that your opinion is offending and I find it interesting. When I was talking to the doctor about my melanoma, he told me that medicine can treat me and help me, but the most important thing in the process of my healing is my attitude. Sometimes I just wonder if I picked this doctor because his point of view is so similar to mine? I think that the attitude is very important for the quality of life no matter if it is long or short. But if just one of my organs can give one person a chance to do something good in his/her life, I think it is worth it. I know that not everybody is able to use this chance and that not everybody has a good attitude, but it is not something that can be measured and I don't feel invited to make this decision. Some things depend on luck or on some unknown plans, if you like that better. I really liked your post, Ticker, and I'm not trying to change your mind, just explaining my point of view. After all, like Mandy said, I don't care what happens with my dead body, I'd like people to have me in their memories, not in grave.

I hope I didn't offend anybody.


Denise P. - May 30, 2005 3:18 pm (#2629 of 2981)

I did not know about cord blood donation or even that it could be harvested and kept for future use. Why is this a better option than just getting donated blood from a family member or another compatible person? I'm not very "sciency" but does it have to do with the stem cells and all that in the chord?

Cord blood cells are very different from regular blood cells or even bone marrow blood cells. I am not a scientist so I can't tell you specifics but I can tell you the following. In my immediate family, all of us are blood type O+. You would think being we all are the same blood type, that any of us would match in bone marrow for Devin. That is not the case. Of his 5 siblings and 2 parents, only 1 is a match. When looking at bone marrow for transplant, they look at a different set of markers, called HLA (no clue what it is). Ryan is a 6/6 match for Devin, the rest are 4/6 match, his parents are 3/6. That is not good enough for a bone marrow transplant, the 4/6. Cord blood stem cells are different though, you can transplant without being a 6/6 match. You can go as low as a 4/6 match with good results (meaning the person will engraft and usually survive). This is because umbilical cord blood contains blood stem cells that are even more primitive than the blood stem cells found in bone marrow.

Ticker, no offense taken. It is a big step to consider and not everyone comes to the same conclusion. That it is why it is important that your loved ones know your wishes.


Catherine - May 30, 2005 3:56 pm (#2630 of 2981)
Edited May 30, 2005 4:41 pm

It is a big step to consider and not everyone comes to the same conclusion. That it is why it is important that your loved ones know your wishes. Denise


I have legal documents, specific letters to family, and I talk about what I would like. We did this as a part of "making our will" when our first-born came into the world, and now I realize that we should have done it as soon as we married.

Oh, well, better late than never, but better sooner than a problem.

One good thing is that I absolutely understand my parents' wishes, so that little "bother" aka "brother" can't disagree. It is a gift that they gave us both, and while it was uncomfortable to hear it, we both know, and in the end, we will be on the same page to do what is right.

SO....Memorial Day...am I alone in wanting home-made icecream? (Vanilla with home-made hot fudge sauce....mmmmm)

EDIT: Ryan is a 6/6 match for Devin, the rest are 4/6 match, his parents are 3/6.

How wonderful as sibs to beat such odds! The more I thought about it, the more amazing it seemed.

Ryan and Devin are special, indeed.

About odds, and maths...it takes me a minute, but when I realize it...yay.


Denise P. - May 30, 2005 4:01 pm (#2631 of 2981)

Catherine, we have the mix made up to freeze after dinner. Yum, vanilla! I should have gotten some fresh strawberries to put on top though.


Catherine - May 30, 2005 4:28 pm (#2632 of 2981)

Yum, vanilla! I should have gotten some fresh strawberries to put on top though.


It's our tradition (usually, as we are with my parents) on national holidays to mix up and freeze our own ice-cream.

I missed it today, but good to know that Denise and Co. have it going on!

Mmm...so, for the 4th of July...I should get ready....


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 30, 2005 6:13 pm (#2633 of 2981)

It's our tradition (usually, as we are with my parents) on national holidays to mix up and freeze our own ice-cream.---Catherine

Hmmmmm.....I thought that was what Ben & Jerry's was for?


Catherine - May 30, 2005 6:26 pm (#2634 of 2981)

Hmmmmm.....I thought that was what Ben & Jerry's was for?

For patriotic holidays? Think again...

Unless it's about "Chunky Monkey" or "New York Chocolate Chunk"........

Ben and Jerry's is all about being chunky.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 30, 2005 6:35 pm (#2635 of 2981)

Unless it's about "Chunky Monkey" or "New York Chocolate Chunk"........---Catherine

I'm a 'Chocolate Fudge Brownie' girl myself.

For patriotic holidays? Think again...---Catherine

I have to say I've never heard of this tradition. Is this a southern thing? It sounds crazy enough to be.


Denise P. - May 30, 2005 6:51 pm (#2636 of 2981)

For all that we actually live in the south, neither Mr. Denise nor I am *from* the south. Since we have been married, we always do up ice cream for holidays, birthdays or just because. We just like homemade ice cream.

I like Phish Food myself Wink


Catherine - May 30, 2005 6:58 pm (#2637 of 2981)

Baby P, keep them guessing--from here and beyond.

Mmmm....Phish food....mmm...

Oh, wait, are we still talking ice cream?

EDIT: I make a wonderful dark chocolate sauce, I do. Think about it...


Julia. - May 30, 2005 7:17 pm (#2638 of 2981)

Cornelia, I was swinging chickens for a religious thing. The day before Yom Kipur we swing a live chicken over our heads for a few reasons. The first is a symbolic transfer of our sins to the chicken so that we start the year sin-free. The second is we do it to symbolize the sacrafices we used to make in the days of the Temple.

Hmmm, we don't make homemade ice cream in my family. We're quite content to go out and buy Ben and Jery's (I'm a big fan of Half Baked), My dad put together the new grill today but we didn't use it. Good thing too, as I had Subway with a friend after seeing Star Wars for the second time.

Catherine, is that Snidely Whiplash in your avatar? Because if it is, that's awesome.


fleur-de-lys - May 30, 2005 7:35 pm (#2639 of 2981)

What an interesting discussion about organ donation. I'm really enjoying reading everyone's thoughts. I do understand people's religious reasons for refusing.

Thanks, Ticker, for sharing that thought from your teacher. Its a very interesting view point and I certainly understand the reasoning behind it. I guess that's also something for the doctors and family to think about for the recipient. I know I look at as, perhaps I can help some child have their mom or dad around longer if I donate. I lost my dad at age 10 and, though there was nothing that could be done for him, I know it would have been wonderful to have him around longer. I would love to help a child have more years with a parent, if I were not able to be around longer. But I certainly see your teacher's point as well. You certainly don't offend me by your choice to wait and research more. I know everyone has their own views and they are entitled to them.

I had asked because a few loved ones have refused and I can't seem to get an answer that is acceptable to me. They are entitled to their views and I love them dearly, but, until they give me an answer like some I've read on here or one that seems acceptable to me, I'll still question them on occasion. But I would only ever do that with my very close loved ones. I'm certainly not going to get up in anyone else's face and preach to them. Just my loved ones. Tee hee

Lina, I'm glad to hear your daughters' eyes are good. That can be a scary thing.

Julia, thanks for the enlightenment as to why you are swinging a chicken. More nightmares tonite. Yippee.

Homemade ice cream. YUMMMMM!!!!! We had been making lots, but our bum freezer doesn't freeze the tub for the maker well enough. Time for a new freezer.

Mom's procedure is a go for tomorrow and, if everything goes well and she ahs a good nite, she should be home on Wednesday!! Yeah, the end is in sight!!!!! I'll be back to update tomorrow.

Nitey nite all and have a nice week.

Luv till the kitchen sinks, Lori


Catherine - May 30, 2005 7:44 pm (#2640 of 2981)

Catherine, is that Snidely Whiplash in your avatar? Because if it is, that's awesome. –Julia

Indeed, Julia, indeed.


Ydnam96 - May 30, 2005 9:31 pm (#2641 of 2981)

Catherine, for a while I thought it was a picture of the Purple Pie man from Porcupine Peak from the Strawberry Shortcake cartoon series. Smile
In my defense they do look similar

Oh, on the subject of homemade ice cream...have any of you made the kind where you kick it around in a coffee can? We used to make it like that. Yum. You put all the ingrediants in a small sized coffee can, then seal it up really well with duct tape, then put that can in a larger can filled with ice and rock salt. You tape that up really well and kick it around the yard for a while. Pretty soon you have yummy home made ice cream, and you've already worked off the calories Smile


Ticker - May 30, 2005 9:37 pm (#2642 of 2981)

Thank you all for being gracious with my differing opinion in regards to organ donation. It's a good issue to discuss - especially with family. We discussed it in the kitchen before dinner. "I discussed organ donation on the internet tonight. What are your thoughts about it?" makes a great opening.

Denise those 3D photos are really neat, and not that I expect an answer, but what is that under Baby P's leg?

Mmmmmmmmm... Homemade ice-cream. Sounds yummy except it's like 50 deg F outside & raining here. Well, by now it's probably in the 40's. Maybe next weekend. Could be why it's not our family tradition.


The giant squid - May 30, 2005 11:32 pm (#2643 of 2981)

Ponine, I went to UND from fall of 1990 to spring of 1992--at which point I ran out of money & decided to work for a living instead. When I went there most of the Native Americans were against changing the name, while the rest didn't care one way or another. I have never understood why the UND "Fighting Sioux" was offensive but the Notre Dame "Fightin' Irish" isn't...

Ticker, I am down as an organ donor. As others have said, if someone else can benefit from my (admittedly abused) organs after I'm done with them, more power to them.



Chemyst - May 31, 2005 5:24 am (#2644 of 2981)

Several years ago, an associate of mine had a heart transplant. He turned out to be one of those cases where one set of medical problems is traded for another. One reason that organ donation is such a complex issue is that there is no way you can put a price tag on love. I have come to believe that the best you can do is to live so that at the end of each day you can say, "no regrets." If you can do that, you've made a good choice.

I haven't kept up with recent developments in legislation, but at that time, quite a few states had some sort of option to declare yourself an organ donor when you got your driver's license renewed. But only 10 states linked the names directly to any registry, so unless someone asked to see your license at that moment, it was unlikely that your organs would be donated. Even among the states that did have registers, there were many problems with the information being available; some could be accessed only during normal business hours, some released information only to law enforcement, some would link to some organ banks but skip eye banks, etc. I'm sure some of that has changed because a lot of folks have worked to make improvements, but if it is important to you to become an organ donor, you are going to have to tell people and fill out some paperwork in advance.


Good Evans - May 31, 2005 5:34 am (#2645 of 2981)

fingers crossed for your Mother, Lori, that everything goes well. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

I have sad news, My Grandmother died yesterday afternoon, peacefully in her sleep (she felt tired and went and had a nap, she was 93). I could seriously do with one of Ron's drought charms, as I am a bit leaky everytime I think about her.

I was so sad when she couldn't come to my wedding three years ago, and now I am doubly sad, as she has now gone. I'm filling up again and I am at work so I am going to leave it there. Suffice to say she was a wonderful lady and I loved her very much.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 31, 2005 5:44 am (#2646 of 2981)

It's a complicated issue & until I resolve some things in my own mind & heart, I have elected not to be an organ donor.---Ticker

Ticker, it was commendable of you to voice the lone dissenting opinion. (Budge up, mate, and make some room.) I, too, am not an organ donor. (In the interest of full disclosure, I would probably be unacceptable even if I wanted to be.) As others have said, it is a very personal decision and both sides of the argument have merits.

Good Evans, my condolences on the loss of your grandmother. We should all pass so peacefully.


Loopy Lupin - May 31, 2005 6:05 am (#2647 of 2981)

It was a school rule that no head coverings be allowed (yes, Loopy, really) of any kind.—Catherine

No, no, no, no. I think I need a cold compress.

As for donating organs, I'm all for it. I don't anticipate using them again once I'm through.


Denise P. - May 31, 2005 6:05 am (#2648 of 2981)

Denise those 3D photos are really neat, and not that I expect an answer, but what is that under Baby P's leg?

Fingers or toes! Baby P was sitting on hands so what you think you may see, are fingers or toes and not necessarily what you think it may be The baby was sitting criss cross with one hand in the lap, one hand on the side. The tech took that picture because you could see the head, torso, arms and legs all in one shot. I would not have put it up if it had some identifying gender feature LOL


Catherine - May 31, 2005 6:34 am (#2649 of 2981)

I would not have put it up if it had some identifying gender feature LOL –Denise

Foiled again.

No, no, no, no. I think I need a cold compress. --Loopy Lupin

I think that qualifies as a head covering. It'll have to go.


applepie - May 31, 2005 6:39 am (#2650 of 2981)

Good Evans - I am so sorry for the loss of your Grandmother. I will keep your family in my thougths and prayers.

Lina - I'm glad that everything is good with Michaela's eyes. I've never heard of "running". But, I'm glad that is resolving itself.

Fleur - Wonderful news about your Mom. I hope the procedure goes well.

Just as yesterday, my posting today will be very limited. We have a few people on vacation in my office, and I will be filling in for one of them while doing my own job as well. So, I'll be pretty busy this week.

I saw Love Actually last night and enjoyed it, but I was a bit disappointed in the end. I wanted to see some major making up done by Alan Rickman. But I was left waiting...It was like my DVD was missing the last 30 minutes of the movie. But, it did make me laugh.

Well, hope you all have a nice Tuesday. It's still wet over here, and I am wondering if my youngest will have his baseball game tonight, or if it will be cancelled.
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Finn BV - May 31, 2005 8:12 am (#2651 of 2981)
Edited May 31, 2005 8:46 am

Wow, how conversation topics change! From organ donation to ice cream flavors… this certainly says a lot about our posters. (Not sure exactly what it is that it says but if you do please let me know! )

Lori, I still have your mother in my prayers. Good luck with the procedure
Julie, I am so sorry about the loss of your grandmother. At least it was peaceful and – so it appears – she was happy as she went.

Well, as for me, I'm off to study for my Spanish final tomorrow! And then, after that… NO MORE SCHOOL UNTIL SEPTEMBER! W00T!
Have a great Tuesday everyone…

Edited for clarity of my phrasing.


applepie - May 31, 2005 8:34 am (#2652 of 2981)

Best of luck, fbv807!


Ticker - May 31, 2005 8:37 am (#2653 of 2981)

Just checkin' Denise.

So sorry for your loss Good Evans. I'm glad you have some really priceless memories to fill your tears with love. Leak all you need to.

I'm crossing my fingers for your mom Lori. Hope today's procedure goes well.

fbv807 - Good luck!!!


librarian314 - May 31, 2005 8:42 am (#2654 of 2981)

Hey all!

Good Evans II - sorry to hear about your grandmother. I know she'll be missed.

I recently saw Love, Actually and really enjoyed it, except for the Rickman/Thompson story line. I really didn't like his character at all and felt no sympathy for him. He was a first class bean head (to be really polite). I have a thing against marital infidelity (You just don't do it! You took vows, in front of everyone, and you are going back on those. You want to fool around, get a divorce and then do it, not the other way around. Ooops! Sorry about the soap box :-)). I disliked the English Patient because I thought that some of the main characters got what they deserved. I felt the worst for the jilted husband.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Julia. - May 31, 2005 8:45 am (#2655 of 2981)

Good Evans, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I know how hard it is to loose someone you love, and Unfortunately there's nothing that can make it better. My thoughts are with you and your family. *hugs*

Fleur, good luck with your mum's procedure, I hope everything goes well.

Good luck on your exam fbv, and congrats for finishing school.

I loved Love, Actually. *sigh* I'm such a hopeless romantic. Alan Rickman was quite horrible to poor Emma Thompson. I like to think that after they got home there was some serious groveling going on. I also like to think that he didn't *actually* go there, although it's likely that he did.


applepie - May 31, 2005 9:18 am (#2656 of 2981)

Michelle the librarian...I agree with the fidelity opinion. That is a major MAJOR issue with me.

The only reason I really wanted him to make up is because I like Alan Rickman, but I think Emma Thompson played a wonderful role. She keeps it together much better than I think I could. And, although they only hint at the "extra-curricular activities", the embarassment that he brings upon his wife in such a public place made me embarassed for her.

I have often told my husband that if he even thinks that he wants to cheat, to please leave me first, and let me save my dignity...but I hope I never come to that end. We are both pretty passionate about the fidelity issue and our committment to our marriage. We both come from broken families and the fidelity issue was the reason my parents divorced.

Julia...I am a hopeless romantic too. She did get her "digs" into him at the Christmas play...but I felt so bad when she got her gift on Christmas Eve. I wanted to reach through the screen and hug her.


Doris Crockford - May 31, 2005 9:35 am (#2657 of 2981)

Hi, everyone! I’m finally done exams! It’s kinda sad, though, since that means the end of high school, and I don’t know if any of my friends will be going to university anywhere near me. But we’re still going to see each other a bunch- we’re going on a school trip to Stratford tomorrow to see “The Tempest”, and prom is on Friday night. But I finally found shoes for prom on Saturday afternoon. I’ve been looking for several months, since I have size 10 feet and I didn’t want a big heel, being the tallest person in my grade already.

Good Evans, I'm really sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother. My best advice for you is to spend time with other family members, as my cousins, grandparents, and immediate family were a huge help when my great-uncle died at the start of May, even when we were not talking about him.

Fleur, I hope your mom’s procedure goes according to plan. I’m sure it will, and your mom will be healing well at home soon.

fbv, I wish you the best of luck on your Spanish exam. I recently finished my exams, and it feels really good not to have to worry about any studying or homework for 3 more months. Except now my dad's bugging me constantly to get a job.

Have a good day, everyone!


GryffEndora - May 31, 2005 9:44 am (#2658 of 2981)

Good Evans II - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Organ Donation - I am an organ donor, but now that I live alone I need to tell some other family members so that is covered. I give blood when I can but have had low iron lately. The nurse recommended trying to time the donation exactly between 2 monthly visitors. I'm hoping that will work. They also do platelet donation but apparently I am to short to donate. They have a height and weight requirement and I am too short. Oh, well. My other debate is whether or not to get my ears re-pierced. I never really took good care of them when I was young and finally let the holes close but if I want them pierced mow it will effect if I can donate. Decisions, decisions.

I love Love Actually! I thought Alan Rickman's character was a real bone head but I also felt he was being played by the young thing. I never got the feeling that it went beyond the necklace. Frankly I'm glad Emma found it when she did or else it could have gone further. While I wish their story was more fully resolved I liked that she addressed it, he admitted his folly and seemed to change his behavior and more fully commit to his family. Or, maybe that's what I wanted to see.

Fidelity is sacred to me also. When there is a celebrity that I like and then they get married my thoughts about them change. Where it was "He's so handsome, I just love him, isn't he dreamy" it becomes, "I really enjoy his work, He's a very talented actor, His wife is very lucky." I just can't think about someone else's husband that way. It feels wrong.

(If you haven't seen it yet JKR has a new FAQ Poll Question on her website, the discussion is on the Official thread )

*edit: Fleur - I hope your mother's procedure goes well, I'll be thinking of you both!


applepie - May 31, 2005 9:56 am (#2659 of 2981)

Thanks for the tip Gryffendora. I may try the "between 2 monthly visitors" idea. That may be the key! If you get your ear re-pierced you will probably have to wait a year to donate...At least that is the way it is here.

I agree that Alan Rickman's character was seduced by "Mia" (I think). I disliked her so, that I don't even remember her name. Alan Rickman is one of my favorite actors. I think his voice is what really sends me into another dimension. But, that's not to say that I imagine him whispering sweet nothings in my ear.

I think the world could benefit in a big way from a few more "fidelity-sacred" minds. People don't seem to see marriage and relationships as sacred any longer. I truly hope I can instill those morals and values in my children.

(Sorry, off the soap box now!)


Madam Pince - May 31, 2005 9:59 am (#2660 of 2981)

Good Evans, my sympathies on the loss of your grandmother. I know you are very sad, and hope that the good memories of her will help to ease your sorrow.

Fleur, my fingers are crossed for best wishes for your Mom's surgery today!

I agree with all of the above in terms of fidelity -- I didn't like Alan Rickman's character in Love Actually, and also disliked The English Patient and Dr. Zhivago and The Bridges of Madison County for those same reasons. And I don't buy the thing about the young chickie being the main "bad guy" -- I have nothing but contempt for those who seem to get a thrill out of "stealing" someone who's married and have no respect for marriage vows, but it takes two to tango! There's just no excuse.

It's funny, when I first met Mr. Pince, somebody had told me that he was married, so my attitude towards him was just that I thought he was a nice-looking, friendly, interesting person. However, once I found out that he was not actually married to but only dating the person, and that they had now broken up anyway, my attitude adjusted slightly. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2752390508 Thankfully, he feels exactly the same way!

By the way, speaking of Mr. Pince, I can now write what has been occupying me for the last month or so -- his 50th birthday was this weekend, and I planned a big surprise birthday party for him Saturday. It was a roaring success -- he was totally surprised! I was so paranoid about him finding out that I didn't even want to write anything in the Forum, lest he should happen to suddenly decide he wanted to check it out and come across my plans. We had a great time and had almost 70 people at the party. It was great. And now I am completely exhausted! But happy!


GryffEndora - May 31, 2005 10:12 am (#2661 of 2981)

Madam Pince - Congratulations on keeping the surprise a surprise! That is a great accomplishment! Hope you get some time to recover! *hands Madam Pince a Butterbeer for her and one for the Birthday Boy*

I do agree that it takes 2 to tango I'm just not convinced that they did tango or that he would have gone through with it in the end but again, maybe that is wishful thinking. I love the character played by "Mr. Bean" (can't think of his name right now). He shows up twice and both times pushes the character in the right direction. If he didn't take so long wrapping the package, Rickman would have purchased it sooner, maybe the wife wouldn't have found it, maybe the situation would have gotten a lot messier and marriage ended, then he gets in the way at the airport allowing the kid to run through. I love him as a plot device! He's just great!

Ok, enough for me, Jenifer the Hopeful Romantic! (bonus points if you know what that phrase is from)


applepie - May 31, 2005 10:13 am (#2662 of 2981)

Madam Pince - I'm so happy your party was a success. My father-in-law will be 60 this year and we are trying to begin planning that party. I am quite sure I will be pulling my hair out by the time it is here.

On the fidelity issue...you are right. It does take two to tango. But, I think that he would not have had the thought pursue her if she hadn't been so forward with him. I have tried to explain the same issue to my sister who has not fully forgiven our father for his infidelity. I first blamed his wife (then his mistress), but realized that he was just as much to blame. I came to the conclusion that he would have to answer for his actions, and that I am here to judge no one. And, because I want a relationship with my father, I have chosen to put that behind me. Not that it doesn't bother me when those feelings surface because of a discussion, or when I think of my childhood. But, if you carry all of that with you, and never forgive, you are doomed to a miserable life. I choose to be happy.


Catherine - May 31, 2005 10:18 am (#2663 of 2981)

Ok, enough for me, Jenifer the Hopeful Romantic! (bonus points if you know what that phrase is from) –GreffEndora

May I assume that it was not said by the celebrity Ms. Aniston?

Obvously, I have no clue.

Madam Pince, Happy Birthday to Mr. Pince, and excellent work on executing such a big party in secrecy.


GryffEndora - May 31, 2005 10:23 am (#2664 of 2981)

Catherine, sorry for the confusion. Jenifer is my name, I'm just wondering if anyone knows where I got Hopeful Romantic from. And Ms. Aniston has 2 Ns in her name


Ydnam96 - May 31, 2005 10:33 am (#2665 of 2981)

Good Evans, I'm so sorry for your loss. A peace draught would be in order I believe. I wish I were smart enough to whip one up for you.

Fluer, is today your mom's procedure? I wish you all the luck in that! I'm sure it will be such a good thing for her.

My days and weeks are so messed up right now. I keep forgetting that this is the last few days of May. I feel so much like today is Monday.

Well my kitty says hi to you all, as he just jumped up in my lap and is currently making it extreemly difficult to see the screen of my computer


Good Evans - May 31, 2005 10:45 am (#2666 of 2981)

Thanks everyone for your support, this forum is lovely - I was feeling really awful and just thought I would share - a trouble shared is a trouble halved and all. I can't take away my sorrow but I can at least still smile at the other posts and your goings on (esp your kitty Ydnam - give her a hug from me). Thanks for that.

GryffEndora - doesn't Kathleen Turner say that she is a hopeful romantic in the film "Romancing the Stone" - I forget the character - Joan Wilder???

Finn - best of luck in that exam tomorrow - fingers crossed for you

love to you all

Julie x


GryffEndora - May 31, 2005 10:50 am (#2667 of 2981)

Good Evans II - I am happy to halve your trouble. You are indeed correct, Kathleen Turner plays Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone and just before leaving her publisher to walk down the street and find Michael Douglas waiting for her with the yacht, she tells her publisher that she is not a hopeless romantic but a Hopeful Romantic! I have preferred that phrase ever since.


septentrion - May 31, 2005 11:02 am (#2668 of 2981)

Sorry for your loss, Good Evans II. I know how it is to lose one's granparents (I only have a grandmother left) and they always leave too soon.


CatherineHermiona - May 31, 2005 12:08 pm (#2669 of 2981)

Sorry for your lose, Good Evans II. I know too how it is to lose grandparents because I lost both grandfathers (one in my second and other in my eighth year). I can imagine how horrible you feel and I hope that this forum really helped you at least a little bit. Hope you will recover soon. Hold on.

I would like to ask if there is anyone from Slavic countries? Who did visit Croatia? Which part? What do you like most? Please answer.



Elanor - May 31, 2005 12:33 pm (#2670 of 2981)

Good Evans, I'm so sorry for your loss too. My grand-mother died exactly as yours did, peacefully, in her sleep, when she was 94. I was very sad but I knew that, if she had had the choice, she would have wanted to pass on like this and that thought really comforted me then. May it comfort you too.

CatherineHermiona, I never visited Croatia but I would definitely love to do so, it seems lovely! I love your mother's new avatar, this place seems really beautiful.

I am so tired tonight. Today was a field-trip day for my class and another one and having to watch very excited 48 kids about 7 or 8 years old first in a bus, then seeing a show, having picnic and visiting a medieval city is NOT exactly restful... But the kids loved it, so it was worth doing it!

BTW, I had some goods news waiting for me on my computer. Accio answered me saying that the deadline for the paper was still June 21th, that there was a mistake on their site that the staff didn't want to correct first, though they might do it now (well, they'd better!). Phew! What a fright they gave me! Not that the paper wouldn't have been ready for the 12th, it will be ready even before I think, but I really worked like crazy during the last weekend to be sure to be on schedule, though I would have needed to relax a bit too. Well, the good thing is that the work done is not to be done anymore but I still think there is some weaknesses in their organisation!

Have a great day/night everybody!


applepie - May 31, 2005 1:04 pm (#2671 of 2981)

Elanor, your trip sounds eventful, but very tiring. I'm glad it went well. Also, glad to hear your deadline isn't as close as you thought.

CatherineHermiona, I've never been there, but I would definitely like to travel more after my children are grown.

Finn, Good luck on your exam tomorrow. Study hard tonight! It will pay off in the end.

Fleur, I hope the procedure went well. You are in my thoughts.

The sky is still falling and I feel sure tonight will be a "rain-out" at the ball park. I can't say that I'll be disappointed as I would very much like to curl up on the sofa with my book and read the night away. I am trying to start my little ones on a summer reading program to keep them away from the "electronic demons" being the Gamecube, Playstation, Computer, etc... Otherwise, they will waste their Summer away.

My 8 year old doesn't like to read much. Any suggestions on how to motivate him, or some titles that might grab his interest from those of you with boys that age??? I would greatly appreciate any direction that any of you could give.


Finn BV - May 31, 2005 1:20 pm (#2672 of 2981)

Applepie, when I was 8 I was really into series books, so (besides Harry Potter, of course) I would recommend the Boxcar Children series (by Gertrude Chandler Warner) and the Magic Tree House series (by Mary Pope Osborne). I've always sort of been a big mystery person… Is he more into sports? Because there are lots of books about sports out there. Roald Dahl is also very fun. I highly suggest The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (especially to get in tune for the movie), as well as numerous others.

CatherineHermiona, I have never visited Croatia before but I haven't exactly done much extensive traveling out of the United States (only Canada, Spain and Italy – and an hour flight transfer in France – hey, I saw the Eiffel Tower from the plane, so it counts! ). Still, the Slavic countries and the rest of Eastern Europe sound great, so I hope some day we'll be able to make it out there.

Thanks everybody for your (unexpected) wishes on my exam! Spanish was by far my best subject this year (for the first two trimesters I got an A+, third trimester grade I don't know yet, and our Oral Exam, which is 50% of the final, I got a 99.5 – of course I'm annoyed I missed that .5 but oh well! ), so I'm not sure I'll even need it, but thanks anyway. It's really hard to study for a cumulative test in a language when you think you know it all, but I'll keep trying. I actually want to be a Spanish teacher when I grow up, or an English teacher in Spain. We'll see, I guess…


GryffEndora - May 31, 2005 1:26 pm (#2673 of 2981)

Elanor - I'm so happy that you now have all the time you want to revise. I'm sure in the long run you will be happy to have this head start instead of the headache of 1 less week to write. Good Luck! I hope you get some well deserved rest after your adventure filled day. Have a Butterbeer on me!


Catherine - May 31, 2005 1:26 pm (#2674 of 2981)

My 8 year old doesn't like to read much. Any suggestions on how to motivate him, or some titles that might grab his interest from those of you with boys that age???

I don't have boys that age, but here goes:

A while back, in a "retired" Chat thread, we mentioned some children's books that we liked. The Encyclopedia Brown series was fun, as I remember. I also liked the Soup series by Robert Peck. Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and the Fudge series that follows is very entertaining, and don't contain the *ahem* mature themes of some of her other books.

For the less mature reader, we all agreed that the Junie B. Jones books are a hoot. Claire used to enjoy the Magic Treehouse books, too.

Hope this helps.

EDIT: Here's a link to some suggestions by Chemyst, Denise, Kim, and me: http://wc6.worldcrossing.com/webx?7@702.HcVxaVQ4T3p@.1dde141b/360


Marè - May 31, 2005 1:42 pm (#2675 of 2981)

Who did visit Croatia? Which part? What do you like most? Please answer.

I visited Istrie once in a very, very last minute vacation. Medulin, if I remember correctly. (in the south) It was one of those all in vacations with (inexperienced) travel guide, excursions and disco nights. I am not really a fan of those kind of vacations... (And a costume ball, I packed my bikini, not my dress up box!)

My friend and I made it fun though, we brought snorks and flippers and swam a lot, loved the clear water and the view (the North Sea is rather brown. Greyish on a sunny day at best). However we did make one of the excursions to Plitvic (very Beautiful lakes and waterfalls for those who don't know) and I loved that! I would love to go again because I haven't even seen a tiny bit of it. Half of the day was spent in the bus and the other half our travel operater, or whatever he liked to call himself, had us stay put because he lost most of the group... *snort*

He found me very annoying, because waterquality is my speciality and I kept asking questions he couldn't answer.

Anyway before I start a rant on our guide.. I loved Croatia. don't know much about the people, because of the kind of vacation that it was I really only met dutch people :rolls eyes: So much for experiencing new things...

But hey, if the people on the forum are an indication, I'm sure that Croatian people are all very very nice!


See, now who doesn't want to go there?


I Am Used Vlad - May 31, 2005 1:44 pm (#2676 of 2981)

Catherine, are the Soup books about kids in the early 20th century or something like that?


applepie - May 31, 2005 1:53 pm (#2677 of 2981)

Thanks Finn and Catherine. I'll definitely look into those titles. He loves sports, but I can't find a subject that interests him enough to read about. He loves to go to the bookstore or library, but can't seem to finish any one book. He has read a few books for book reports for school, and he enjoys them when he is done, but it is pure agony to get him through.

My mother didn't push us to read for pleasure, so I didn't until I was an adult. Now I find it so rewarding and relaxing, that I want my children to know that there is an alternative to television and the computer. I try to get him to understand the pleasure that reading gives you and the way the characters develop in your imagination, but he doesn't seem interested. We have quiet time for independent reading at least one night a week, and usually visit the local bookstore every one or two weeks, but he gravitates toward books with quick facts about one topic. Is this just his reading style, or am I doing something wrong???


Catherine - May 31, 2005 2:02 pm (#2678 of 2981)


If I remember, the Soup books were set in Depression-era Vermont.

Applepie, some people really enjoy non-fiction, and your son may be that kind of person. He may like books about science or nature better than fiction. Or history.

Good luck.


Lina - May 31, 2005 2:22 pm (#2679 of 2981)

Lupin is Lupin. Natch.: Ticker, it was commendable of you to voice the lone dissenting opinion. (Budge up, mate, and make some room.) I, too, am not an organ donor. (In the interest of full disclosure, I would probably be unacceptable even if I wanted to be.) As others have said, it is a very personal decision and both sides of the argument have merits.

I need to say that I agree totally. When you meet several people thinking differently, you need to be brave to say you don't agree. Still, I think it is a bit easier on this Forum. (Did I tell you how much I admire this Forum?) You just deserve and meet respect. This forum doesn't just enrich my vocabulary, but it enriches my life too, with different, but still respecting and respectful, points of view.

Good Evans, I'm sorry about your grandmother. I think that it is nice that it happened in her sleep. (My great grandmother wanted to die in her sleep and she succeeded too.) Your grandmother will be with you forever in your memories.

Happy birthday to Mr. Pince!

Applepie, I think you made a good choice to forgive your father. It is a great burden to live keeping resentment to the parents. And I do think that it needs two to tango. It is a rule in the bad marriages as well. I don't think that you could blame only the part that committed adultery. When my parents were considering divorce, I was just not able to take anybody's side. The result was that they started to talk and they found what was wrong that each of them was doing, what each of them could change to make their marriage better and I am happy that they were able to spend their last years together in harmony. Marriage is something that has to be cherished by both sides, many people take it as granted and stop doing efforts. (I think everybody have that phase at some point.)

About the 8 year old children... Well, my Katarina started to read HP at that age, but I'm not sure that counts, she is really crazy about reading. I'm thinking of talking her into reading PS/SS in English this summer, she already knows it by heart in Croatian. But my younger daughter is quite different. She is 11 and still doesn't like to read. But I discovered that she feels more attracted to the shorter stories. If she sees a thick (I hope this is the right word) book, she gets panicked and is not able to read. So, new books are better than old, because they look thinner. More stories of 3 to 5 pages are better than one long story. She liked Erich Kästner, but I am not sure if it is for age of 8 or rather later (9-10) just because those are not so short stories. I don't think that you are doing anything wrong. There are indeed many kinds of reading preferences. I can tell you, I have three children and the only thing they have in common is their gender. I used to read Agata Christie when I was a little elder than 8 and that is about all non obligatory literature that I read until university. Then the things changed. It was my philosophy that every child has to evolve it's own personality until I discovered that this personality could do harm to a child. So this is a fact: some children need to be pushed, some don't. It is your job to use the method of ineffectual attempts and mistakes until you find the right way for your child. What works with one of them, doesn't necessarily work with the other.

I know that CatherineHermiona will be angry with me, but you guys made me blush, especially you, Mare. What can I say but thank you. I would like to be able to invite you all here. I should start working on it.

Talking about her, I mentioned here that I would let her go to the movie with friends before she became a member. Now, I seriously doubt that she read it, but she asked me today if she could go...

Sorry for the long post.


GryffEndora - May 31, 2005 2:27 pm (#2680 of 2981)

They may be too young for him or you may not like the genre but I have a cousin who really got into the Goosebumps books when he started reading. They are spooky gross kid stories. They really appealed to him and he would ask me to read to him every time I came over. The nice thing is you can find a lot of them at libraries now so if it's a series he likes he can read a lot for free. My cousin finally learned to read chapter books on his own and reads everything, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and now he's into Japanese comic novels.


applepie - May 31, 2005 2:41 pm (#2681 of 2981)

Lina, I agree that a good marriage takes effort and love from both parties. And by allowing myself to forgive my father, I enabled another emotion to fill my life...happiness. It took me a long time to trust my husband, or any man for that matter, because of the events of my past. I kept wondering what made him love me, and waiting for the bottom to drop out, but he hasn't let me down since...and I hope I never let him down.

Thanks for your words of encouragement. I will keep pushing him to help him along. I think he is intimidated by long stories as well. He seems to do fine with the facts books and shorter stories that he can read in one short sitting. That may be the only way to keep him reading at the present time, but I hope he progresses and tries new areas. My husband does not read fiction. He loves non-fiction books, mainly history related. I guess it is possible that my son will be like him. Maybe fiction isn't his "cup of tea". My younger son is in Pre-K and he wants to read so badly that I believe I am going to dedicate my spare time in the summer to helping him achieve that goal.

The rain has finally stopped, but the baseball game is definintely cancelled. My youngest just called me and asked, "When you coming home?" He wants to go to Burger King but my husband said he had to wait until I got off of work. I think he wants the Star Wars toy from the kid's meal....


applepie - May 31, 2005 2:45 pm (#2682 of 2981)

Thanks, Gryffendora. He actually picked up a few Goosebumps books at the bookstore Sunday, but settled on a book about magic tricks instead. I was so skeptical about buying the Goosebumps books for fear he wouldn't finish them. But, I think I'll take him to the library tonight and we can look at the ones they have. Maybe he needed a little more time to settle on a particular one.


Ydnam96 - May 31, 2005 4:04 pm (#2683 of 2981)

I'm a girl, so I can't necessarily say I can give a good opinion about what 8 year old boys like to read...but when I was his age I loved history (still do) so I would read some short autobiographies they had of historical people at my school library. One sticks out in my mind of Mrs. Washington, from when she was a child until she was the first First Lady. I really liked it. If he is more into non-fiction that might be the way to go. Smile


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 31, 2005 4:23 pm (#2684 of 2981)

When you meet several people thinking differently, you need to be brave to say you don't agree.---Lina[

Following along that vein (not that I've ever been a wallflower ), I have to disagree with all those who didn't care for the Alan Rickman character in Love Actually. I LOVED him. Granted, he was a bit of a blockhead, but he was human. I really liked the fact that he wasn't an awful man, but a man with weaknesses. (Puts me in mind of Sirius' quote, "The world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters.") He'd been married a long time, things had grown a bit dull, a bit predictable and here comes this saucy young thing who's got him in her sights. I thought they realistically portrayed how incredibly stupid otherwise good people can be. Emma Thompson's character stood up for herself beautifully. Her setdown couldn't have been improved upon. As for how it ended with them, it was what it was. Obviously, they decided to forge ahead and there was genuine affection between them. I found satisfaction in the fact that their affection for each other had taken a beating yet they were still committed to their marriage. (Sorry for the rant. I really, really liked the movie. )


GryffEndora - May 31, 2005 4:38 pm (#2685 of 2981)

Lupin is Lupin. Natch. I agree with you 100% Love Actually is on HBO tonight and I may just watch it again.


Catherine - May 31, 2005 4:50 pm (#2686 of 2981)

not that I've ever been a wallflower –Kim

I must agree. Somehow, shy and retiring do not come to mind when your name comes up.

Your analysis made sense to me, Kim.


Madam Pince - May 31, 2005 6:01 pm (#2687 of 2981)

Applepie, congratulations on your very healthy attitude! You are right -- harboring bad feelings does more harm to the person doing the harboring than it does to anyone else.

Lina, a fellow Agatha Christie lover! Yay! I have every single thing she's ever written (in a hard-back matched set, no less.) I just think she's the master of hiding clues. I don't know if you will have access to the PBS "Mystery!" series that is currently showing in the U.S., but it is very well done -- Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple. I didn't think I'd ever like anybody in that role as well as Joan Hickson, but Ms. McEwan does a great job. Of course, the books are the best!

Funny how there are such differing viewpoints about the ending scenes of Love Actually. I thought that the final airport-arrival scene with Rickman and Thompson was very bleak. The impression that I got from the expression on Emma Thompson's face was one of brittle sadness that something within their relationship had been irreparably broken. Yes, maybe they are going to stick it out and stay together, but it will never be the same. Bit depressing, actually. I agree with you, Kim, that the movie and the actors did an excellent, realistic job of portraying an all-too-frequent occurrance. It still didn't make me like the two dishonest characters much, though. And Colin Firth's wife and brother too -- honestly! That was pretty rough on him! Definitely an excellent movie overall, however. I loved the scene with Hugh Grant's assistant when they first met, and she kept letting "bad" words slip out by mistake, and then "Oh, ____! I did it again!"


Marè - May 31, 2005 6:06 pm (#2688 of 2981)

Lina, a fellow Agatha Christie lover,

Oh I join in with that! I haven't read all the books though, and most I read in translation, but my mum has a great Agatha Christie collection. she stopped buying the books at some point, but sometimes I buy one for her collection (Here mam, have a book, now can I borrow it?)

I found a great site which had all the books in chronological order, so I should really go and see which one we have and which ones I still have to find. Allthough I'm not such a big fan of Poirot... I'll buy those last...

And on the "love actually" front, I thought there were a bit much stories. They could have left the Keira Knightley one out. And I think that the one with Liam Neeson was a bit odd.
-We are so sad because our lover & mother died, but hey lookie lookie there is a Claudia Schiffer look-a-like (cleverly played by Claudia Schiffer) let's hook up with her-
Personality? Character? Getting to know each other?


I Am Used Vlad - May 31, 2005 6:14 pm (#2689 of 2981)

If I remember, the Soup books were set in Depression-era Vermont.

Thanks, Catherine. I vaguely remember them from elementary school, but it's been a while, so I can't really comment on how good they are.

I love the Miss Marple mysteries on PBS, although I prefer Sherlock Holmes to any of Christie's detectives.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 31, 2005 6:15 pm (#2690 of 2981)

The impression that I got from the expression on Emma Thompson's face was one of brittle sadness that something within their relationship had been irreparably broken. Yes, maybe they are going to stick it out and stay together, but it will never be the same.---Madam Pince

What you saw as brittle sadness I saw as disillusionment. That's not always a bad thing. And while their relationship might never be the same, they might seek out something better. I enjoy the fact that you interpreted it completely differently. I think it was played that way just so the audience wouldn't quite know.

I thought the truly sad storyline was Laura Linney's. It was simply heartbreaking. And I say no light at the end of the tunnel for that poor girl.

EDIT: And I think that the one with Liam Neeson was a bit odd. -We are so sad because our lover & mother died, but hey lookie lookie there is a Claudia Schiffer look-a-like (cleverly played by Claudia Schiffer) let's hook up with her- Personality? Character? Getting to know each other?---Mare

Mare, shame on you. And on a Harry Potter website no less. Couldn't you see? It was magic.


Finn BV - May 31, 2005 6:15 pm (#2691 of 2981)

Count me in with the Agatha Christie lovers! But please, get over Miss Marple! Poirot is by far the better of the two! Also, if you haven't already seen them, the movie versions are very good. My favorite is most definitely Murder on the Orient Express with an all-star cast and excellent plot development.

Guess I'll have to go out and see Love Actually before I can join in any more of the conversation…


Madam Pince - May 31, 2005 6:18 pm (#2692 of 2981)

Hurrah, Mare! Another fan! I took a course in Mystery Novels in college, and three Poirots made the list of classics in the genre: "Murder on the Orient Express," "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd," and "Curtain." Personally I liked "Roger Ackroyd" best -- you will be absolutely kicking yourself at the end when you find out the clues that were right there in plain sight! You should save "Curtain" for the last one you read, if you haven't already read it, as I think it was the last one she wrote (in chronological order, at least.) The Tommy & Tuppence ones are very cute, and I just adore Miss Marple's razor-sharp acumen, coming out of that sweet little old lady!

***Edit: cross-post with fbv....we should start an AC Club!***


I Am Used Vlad - May 31, 2005 6:32 pm (#2693 of 2981)

The Murder on the Orient Express movie was great, but I like the TV Poirot better than Albert Finney.


applepie - May 31, 2005 6:33 pm (#2694 of 2981)

Madam Pince, I got the same impression with Emma Thompson's face. She seemed like she was broken and was just going through the motions to keep the family together. I was sad for her. I loved the movie. I loved the parts with the little boy trying to win the love of his life. I may just put the DVD on again.

Mandy, thanks for the advice on the books. We went to the library tonight and picked out some Pokemon chapter books. He is presently on the sofa reading....HOORAY! I hope it lasts. He also got a Jackie Chan chapter book. I asked him not to get too many as we can only rent the books for 3 weeks and I didn't think he would be able to finsih more than three in that time. But, he wanted 5 books, so I endulged...trying to be optomistic. He wanted all Pokemon books, but I asked him to get another of a different type in case he didn't like the Pokemon ones after starting them. Hopefully we are getting on the right track. Thanks to all of you for your help. I appreciate it.

I am so sleepy that I could just fall over on my laptop right now. But, I'll check some of the posts to see if I can put my two cents in.

Agatha Christie...haven't read that. But, I might check into it after I read some of the others on my list.


Denise P. - May 31, 2005 6:51 pm (#2695 of 2981)

I have to relate this because I am sure there are other people who can relate.

As already stated, we decided to make some vanilla ice cream. I was not present when the mix was being put together but assumed (bad thing, that!) that Mr. Denise followed the recipe.

I just scooped some up for the kiddies and tasted it. I immediately turned to Mr. Denise with a frown. "You know I have asked you to not add more vanilla to the mix." He protested his innocence, said it was just a little more. Now, I know how this ice cream tastes normally and I know what I just tasted and it was not a little splash more. "Come on, you know this is a lot more. How many times have I told you more is not better?" He looked abashed and then admitted, "I accidently used tablespoons rather than teaspoons" Ack! The recipe called for 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract, he used 3 TABLESPOONS! No wonder I could immediately tell he used way too much.

Next time, I am mixing it up. It still tastes okay but it would have been better with the correct amount of vanilla.


mollis - May 31, 2005 7:03 pm (#2696 of 2981) Reply
Edited by May 31, 2005 7:05 pm

LOL Denise. My hubby is the same way! We go through more vanilla in our house than I can hardly believe. He puts it in everything - ice cream, pancake mix, french toast, doubles the amount in any cookies he makes. Sometimes I think he is actually hungry for the vanilla, not whatever it is going into!

Oh yea - One Sweet Whirrled is my fav. Love that coffee ice cream.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 31, 2005 7:04 pm (#2697 of 2981)

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Catherine - May 31, 2005 7:16 pm (#2698 of 2981)

Ack! The recipe called for 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract, he used 3 TABLESPOONS!—Denise

That's a lot of vanilla. That's actually starting to get a real alcoholic content, there! Mr. Catherine did something similar a while back. He was making waffles, and I usually add a bit of vanilla extract to the mix. He did this high, long pour ala a bartender and the waffles were nigh unedible. What was he thinking???

Kids are invariably honest, and Claire's autism makes her doubly so. She definitley let him know that his waffles didn't taste as good as mine: "Daddy, next time you should let Mommy pour in the vanilla. Promise you won't do it by yourself, okay?"

Music to my ears.


Marie E. - May 31, 2005 7:31 pm (#2699 of 2981)

For some reason I have to remind Mr. E. not to add pasta to the water until the water is boiling. How hard is that to remember?

We had a lovely barbeque yesterday, hampered only slightly by the fact that it was 49 and misty/drizzly all day. The kids still went outside but had to wear jackets. I definitely didn't want to go back to work today after spending all day chatting with my friends.

My six year old, Lexie, decided to give her bangs a little trim last Saturday night. She came downstairs already crying and confessed to the whole thing. I wasn't very hard on her since it was only the bangs and this was her first time. We did discuss how you need a license to cut hair professionally and lots of special training. For anyone who's seen the movie To Kill A Mockingbird, she now has "Scout" bangs.


Marè - May 31, 2005 7:43 pm (#2700 of 2981)

I didn't see that movie, but as a little girl I did cut my own bangs once. They went from fairly long to non-existent....
I tried to hide the hair I cut off and myself behind my grandma's chair so that my parents wouldn't find it and me. Didn't work.


Denise P. - May 31, 2005 8:06 pm (#2701 of 2981)

When I was about Lexie's age, I decided it was really cool to put gum in my bangs and take it out. It worked several times before it didn't. I calmly took scissors and cut the offending wad of gum out. My mother came home and took a look at me and shrieked. Now, my grandmother had been watching me and my grandmother often trimmed my bangs so I, with 6 year old logic, confessed "Grandma said my bangs needed a trim." I was convinced my mother was a mind reader or something because she stated absolutely that Grandma didn't come near me with scissors. What a talent, to tell that! I can laugh now because I have no doubt I had a huge scalped hole in my bangs right up on my forehead that screamed to anyone with eyes that a 6 year old cut her own bangs.


Madam Pince - May 31, 2005 8:09 pm (#2702 of 2981)

Vlad, you are so right about the "TV Poirot." David Suchet is Poirot Perfection. I really didn't like Albert Finney -- nor Peter Ustinov. Suchet is so excellent.


Elanor - May 31, 2005 10:38 pm (#2703 of 2981)

Count me in the Agatha Christie's fans club! I don't know exactly how many of them I own, about 70 I think. I was a huge fan when I was a teen. I first read all the Hercule Poirot novels, then the Miss Marple ones, the Beresford ones and finally nearly all the rest of the series... I have not read them for a long time now but I have great memories of those hours spent hunting clues in those books.

Come to think of it, it was certainly a good training for the HP clues hunting we're doing here, don't you think so? Would Poirot be a Potty, I'm sure he would say something like this: "if there is a detail that does not tally with the other ones, then the whole theory has to be rethought." But Miss Marple would certainly open an inquiry at once on the "Mystery of the White Wizard's Socks" that would lead her straight to Harry's fate...

Have a great night/day everybody!


Ydnam96 - May 31, 2005 11:34 pm (#2704 of 2981)

So for all you cat owners/lovers out there...a question for you. My cat has recently started acting aggressively towards me. Swatting at my feet when I walk by, or swatting and even biting at my arm while I was laying on the couch. This isn't normal for him...he's about 3 years old and he's been fixed since he was 6 months. Does this happen from time to time or should I be worried?


Amilia Smith - May 31, 2005 11:52 pm (#2705 of 2981)

I seem to remember something about guys, vanilla and pheromones from my required Health and Wellness course. . . .

I finally saw Star Wars on Saturday. I really enjoyed it. Lots of severed hands :-), and the color scheme was almost right. Still more color than the original trilogy, but I'll take what I can get. (I should probably explain that, as I seem to be the only one bothered by it. Star Wars is a morality play. Good vs. Evil. And the color palate in the original movies matched that. Everything is in blacks, whites and nuterals (sp?). Yes, I know not everyone in white is a good guy, but still, the colors work so perfectly with the themes. Then I went and saw Episode I, and was very upset to find that it was in Color!!! This bothered me even more than Jar-Jar, and that is saying something!) I have a question for our resident Star Wars gurus, one that has been bugging me since Episode I, and still has not been resolved. If Anakin is an only child, where did Luke's aunt and uncle come from?

I had lots more to say, but it will have to wait as the Library is closing. See you all tomorrow.

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Marè - Jun 1, 2005 12:06 am (#2706 of 2981)

If Anakin is an only child, where did Luke's aunt and uncle come from

Now I may not see Star Wars 3 till tonight (if I stay awake that is) but I paid a lot of attention during part 2 because this bothered me as well.

In part 2 Anakin goes to find his mother, who got sold, married to a good man and abducted by these mask wearing sandcreatures. In his search for her he finds her new husband, her husband’s son and his girlfriend. So this son is his stepbrother and that son and his girlfriend are going to be Luke's Uncle and aunt. The house where Anakin and Padme stay is the same where Luke gets to grow up.
Why Luke ends up with people his parents hardly knew and only met briefly and aren't even really family with is beyond me. When I saw the trailers for part 2 I suspected his mother remarried and got children in her new marriage. That way the uncle would have been Luke's real family, but alas, I was wrong.


The giant squid - Jun 1, 2005 12:14 am (#2707 of 2981)

I could seriously do with one of Ron's drought charms, as I am a bit leaky every time I think about her.--Good Evans II

Consider it done! Losing a family member is hard, even when it's as peaceful as you described. Just remember that it's okay to cry, and anyone who says differently needs to be introduced to the Whomping Willow.

Marie, I haven't seen To Kill A Mockingbird (it came out before I started working for the theater ) but I seem to remember (at least) one sister doing something very similar...

If Anakin is an only child, where did Luke's aunt and uncle come from?—Mills

Go back & watch Episode II. Shmi (Anakin's mom) is bought and then married by Mr. Lars. Anakin meets his son, Owen, and Owen's fiancee Beru before he heads out after her. So technically they're Luke's step-uncle & aunt, but what's one more omission when you're hiding the kid to begin with?

Speaking of which, if you're trying to hide a child from his father, is it really wise to take him to the father's uncle...on the father's homeworld...and give him the father's last name (which is different from the uncle's)? It's a wonder Vader never found him in all that time.


EDIT: cross-posted with Mare.


Lina - Jun 1, 2005 2:47 am (#2708 of 2981)

Is it just my feeling or the boys do like Poirot better, and the girls like better Miss Marple? I like her too. Another thing that I like about Agatha Cristie is that she was dyslexic. That might be the reason why she made such good plots and clues not visible to a "normal" eye.

applepie: We went to the library tonight and picked out some Pokemon chapter books. He is presently on the sofa reading....HOORAY!
Just as I was reading this post, my 11 year old, the one with the reading issue, was eating her breakfast and reading Pokemon picture book! And complaining of how much homework she has to do...

Waves to everybody!


Cornelia - Jun 1, 2005 3:13 am (#2709 of 2981)

Good Evans - condolences, we think of you! And Squid Mike is right!

By the way, Mike, had luck with Hagrids Hut somewhere?

Nice Day!


fleur-de-lys - Jun 1, 2005 5:01 am (#2710 of 2981)

Hello, everybody. WOW, 70 posts and I've just sorted through all of them. This is gonna be a long post, but atleast I'm warning you in advance. I feel bad that I didn't get on with an update last nite, but as everything went well and I was completely exhausted, I told myself it will have to wait for the morrow.

But first, Good Evans II, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I know how it feels to lose a loved one. It is never easy. I am praying for special comfort for you and your family. It sounds like she had many wonderful years with you all and that's something to cherish. If you need or want to talk, let me know. You can always email me.

Applepie, and other, I too was disappointed at the ending of Love Actually. But I think I got it after watching a few times. I love the movie and love seeing Snape in the role as wandering husband and father. And the whole Snape/Trelawney story (Rickman and Thompson) was interesting. That's the whole reason I watched the movie, to see Profs Snape and Trelawney married. Wouldn't that be a kicker for the end of HP? But that's for another thread. Yes, librarian314, he was a bean head (love that term, must remember it). But its good for a laugh and does have a few happy endings.

Reading for the 8 year old. I am an avid reader, its my favorite hobby. The hubby hates to read, unless its a website. Some people just don't care for reading. Be sure not to push him with it if it really isn't his thing. That can push him away from it even harder and make it difficult for him when he has to read for school. A good way to start is to join a local library. That was, he has a wide variety of books to choose from and can find out what kind he likes. Summertime is a good time for that, as there is no school work afoot. Another thing is to make sure he's not having problems reading. If he's saying he doesn't like to read, it may be a line to cover that he's having trouble of just isn't up to where he should be. I don't want to be the bearer of gloom and doom, but I know that's sometimes a problem. Also try reading together, that may peak his interest as well. Now that I'm done the 70 posts, I am glad to hear you've found something that interests him in the book are. Sometimes that's all it takes. One book to show what a wonderful world reading can be. Good luck!

Kim, thanks for your post on Rickman in Love Actually, you said a lot of what I was thinking too. When infidelity happens, or divorce or thoughts on infidelity, there are always two sides to the story. I know, as I've seen a few things like this in my church, I am inclined to blame who I think is the guilty party, but I try to remind myself that there are two sides to every story. One party may look good and the other terribly guilty, but what is the other's reasoning? I'm not trying to say its right or excuse it, but there are human weaknesses and, because of that, we aren't always able to completely satisfy the other's needs. That's where communication, understanding and compromise comes in. That's when marriage becomes a whole lot of work that a lot of people aren't willing to do anymore. But, if its the right person, the work is definitely worth it!

Ok, update on mom. The procedure went well and she should be coming home today. She came back into the room awake and laughing, joking with the nurses that brought her back. Everything went well, so its almost finished. She got tears in her eyes toward the end of the procedure because it was almost finished. A light at the end of the tunnel. It has been an ordeal these past few weeks. Thanks so much to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. It has really meant a lot to both me and her. I am so glad to be a part of such a caring community. Well, time to go get the day started. This took longer than I thought. Thanks again to everyone. Hope you all have a great day!

Luv till Niagara Falls, Lori


Catherine - Jun 1, 2005 5:02 am (#2711 of 2981)

It's a wonder Vader never found him in all that time. –Mike

That always bothered me in episodes IV-VI, but that's been settled for me. I have new questions after watching Sith: How did Chewbacca and Han Solo hook up as a team? Why doesn't Vader do that lightning thingy with his hands? Why do Padme and Leia wear their hair as cinnamon buns? How fair is it that so many perish and Jar-Jar Binks lives?

LOL about the “bangs” stories. I didn't ever cut my bangs, but I did, according to family lore, cut off my eyelashes and blamed another child. I'm sure I looked very odd for a long time. ** looks around quizzically **

Looks like we are going to have an inside day. Very cloudy and stormy, and Claire woke up sick. She's a tough cookie. She's thrown up twice this morning already and still insists she can go to tennis camp. I think not.

Have a good Wednesday.


Ladybug220 - Jun 1, 2005 5:23 am (#2712 of 2981) Reply
Edited by Jun 1, 2005 5:24 am

Mandy, is the cat doing anything else like not using the litter box properly?

I hope that everyone had a nice holiday weekend. I went to see the 'rents. It is always good to go home and have mom cook for you!

Fleur - glad to hear that your mom came through the surgery well.

Good Evans - I am sorry to hear of your loss, but just remember all of the good times and she will still be with you.


Springtime - Jun 1, 2005 5:48 am (#2713 of 2981)

Glad everything went well with your mom Lori. Take some time for yourself now, and rest.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 1, 2005 5:55 am (#2714 of 2981)

I'm sure I looked very odd for a long time.—Catherine

Why do you say this in the past tense? Razz Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2775603007

Denise-- Whew! Three tablespoons of vanilla extract? It sounds like the next thing that should have gone into the recipe was Kaluha and rum. Perhaps next time you can just dole out a little cream, some ice and a vanilla bean for the kids. They can mix all that up in their mouths.


librarian314 - Jun 1, 2005 6:03 am (#2715 of 2981)

Hey all!

Applepie - Glad to hear your son is finding something he likes. Finding what you like to read can sometimes be rather difficult. For most of my reading career (since I was six and got my first library card) I read Sci-fi/fantasy but in the early 1990s I stopped and switched to history because the genre went really downhill; all the stories were the same. I started back up again in the early 2000s when there was a resurgence in decent writing.

Fleur - glad to hear that your mom's come through her procedure with flying colors. Here's to a full and quick recovery.

I really enjoyed the entirety of Love Actually and thought the actors did a wonderful job of portraying the characters. I just didn't like the person that Alan Rickman portrayed and thought that the way he treated his wife was abysmal. I don't know how the characters worked things out. It could have gone either way. I'm hoping that they did work it out because I hate to see marriages fail, especially ones that have been around a while.

Well, y'all take care on this first day of June (hard to believe it's already June!)!

**michelle the librarian**


applepie - Jun 1, 2005 6:22 am (#2716 of 2981)

Thanks for all the advice on reading. I am happy to report that he finished the book he started in one sitting. It was a simple chapter book about 55 pages long, but he did it. I was so excited. I grabbed the summer reading sheet from our local Barnes and Noble store and had him log the book on it. I signed it and explained that if he read 8 books, he would get to pick a free book from the store. My little one was excited about this too and I read him two different books which he thoroughly enjoyed and made me repeat one of them 3 times. He had us all laughing hysterically.

I understand about pushing him away from reading by being to forceful, so I have tried to encourage him without pestering him. That is precisely why I let him get the book on magic tricks this past Sunday, instead of the Goosebumps books he decided was too "wordy". The last thing I want to do is make the situation worse. When he was in second grade, he picked F is for Freedom, a book about the underground railroad and slavery. It was a difficult book for him to tackle, and I remember my husband reading a page or two then making him read a page or two, just to get it done on time. Hopefully we are past that now.

Fleur - That's wonderful about your mom's procedure. I am so happy that things are looking up for you!

Well, I'm off to work. Lots to do... I hope everyone has a wonderful day.


Ydnam96 - Jun 1, 2005 7:58 am (#2717 of 2981)

Ladybug, no he's been using the box fine. Could it be that I'm just not playing with him enough? Like he has pent up energy or something?

Fluer, I'm so glad to hear that your mother's procedure went well!!

Applepie, that's great about your son! Someone a few pages back (I'm sorry I don't remember who) said something about paying attention to his reading habits because it may be more than just not liking reading but having trouble. So true that is. I have dyslexia, yet I LOVE reading. Having trouble reading is an indicator for some people. Luckily I was diagnosed in kindergarten!

Off to work...


applepie - Jun 1, 2005 8:10 am (#2718 of 2981)

I don't genuinely think he has trouble reading. He is an honor roll student and does very well in school, but I do think he becomes a bit befuddled by complex plots and learning new characters. I try to explain that the beginning of a book is usually a bit slow to help the audience understand the characters and story line, but if he isn't interested almost immediately, it's a lost cause. I am trying to prepare him for next school year when he will have mandatory summer reading.

Our local library has a lot of interesting summer activities for the kids, so I think we will make that a priority this summer. He has had a library card since he was five years old (as soon as he could write his name) and my youngest is practicing with getting his letters a little smaller so he can get his card as well. There is something intriguing about that little plastic card and the ability to leave the library with an arm full of books.

Mandy, good luck with the kitty trouble. I have a dog, so I am of no use to you there. I have a friend at work who's older cat will bite her son on the head when he wants attention. She said the cat knows that if her son screams, she will come running....so if the cat is ready to go out in the early morning hours, he bites the 11 year old boy while he is in bed. I think I'd buy my kitty a muzzle if that were the case.


Ladybug220 - Jun 1, 2005 8:20 am (#2719 of 2981) Reply
Edited by Jun 1, 2005 8:21 am

Mandy, that may be it. Some cats need more attention than others. My male cat use to bat at me when he wanted to play so I got a laser light for him to chase, but he didn't want affection. My girls just rub against me or 'talk' when they want attention or play time. Knightly is mellowing as he gets older (he's now 7) and now wants affection like the girls. He's slowly turned into a lovebug.


GryffEndora - Jun 1, 2005 10:12 am (#2720 of 2981)

Fleur - so glad to hear all is well with your mom. I hope you get some time to recover yourself.

Applepie - HOORAY!!! Congratulations for you and your son! I'm so happy he found something and finished it! I hope the rest of the summer goes well and hope he earns more than one book!

Have a great day everyone!


Julia. - Jun 1, 2005 10:36 am (#2721 of 2981)

Fleur I'm so glad to hear your mum's procedure went well. I hope things continue to be on the upswing.

Applepie, congrats for your son finishing a book! If he's into sports you might want to find a book about it. I can recommend some good baseball ones if he's into that. Shoot me an email or an IM.

Well, of to the Judiaca store. Have a good day everyone.


Penny Lane. - Jun 1, 2005 11:08 am (#2722 of 2981)

Yes, take Julia's advice on baseball books. She gave me a few last semester when I got into a tight spot, and needed to learn things like what a shortstop is for, and why the runner doesn't get tagged out when he runs past first base. It's a long story, but I needed to know things about baseball and fast. She recommended some great fictional books and some non fiction. I was entertained. Now I work at a ballpark selling concessions. Last week I got out before the game was over and managed to chat with this guy and his daughter and they all thought I was smart. It was cool.

Wow, that was a lot of words for something so pointless.

Kitty trouble: There was this time when my cats just went crazy and attacked my legs and bit me and were really, really mean. I thought something was wrong, until it was pointed out that I was out in the garden, and we have catnip out there. I must have rubbed up against it, and since they don't normally have catnip, they reacted strangely. Not much help, I know.


applepie - Jun 1, 2005 11:25 am (#2723 of 2981)

lemonbalm&bees - Welcome! What a sweet gift to give your father on his business trips. That is wonderful. I am kind of new here too, and I hope your time spent here will be as rewarding as mine has been.

So, again.....WELCOME!

Julia - Thanks for the interest. I'll be sending you an e-mail.


Good Evans - Jun 1, 2005 11:57 am (#2724 of 2981)

Hi everyone

Your support is overwhelming - thanks again. I rang my Dad tonight as it is his Birthday, so if I feel bad imagine what it must be like losing your mum 2 days before your birthday. Poor Dad needed lots of cheering up, we just chatted for a bit. I'll see him next week at the funeral, he is going to get the biggest hug.

I don’t want to be depressive as this site is full of such fun and upbeat people. Just wanted to say I appreciate you all.

Lori - I m so pleased your Mum is on the road to recovery. Hugs, thoughts and prayers are still with you.

I am a huge Colin Firth fan so Love Actually was a must. I love it - I sympathise with Alan Rickman's character, I don’t dislike him, but everytime I watch it I hope Emma Thompson will open the necklace, but it’s always that CD! Oh well like Gryffendora, the hopeful romantic in me always fights through!

Love Agatha Christie novels, and occasionally I come across one I haven't seen or read - absolutely love 'em. my favourite is the ABC murders. Very clever. On TV I prefer Joan Hickson to Geraldine Mackeowan (who will always be the Crone in Robin Hood to Alan Rickman’s Sherrif of Nottingham to me!!)

anyhow - going to catch up on the posts - keeping busy, and reading is a good one, is the best thing to do right now.

love to you all

Julie X


Madam Pince - Jun 1, 2005 12:28 pm (#2725 of 2981)

Fleur, glad to hear about your Mom's successful procedure! I'm sure her recovery will be all smooth-sailing from here on out! Give her our best wishes.

Lina, you may have a point about males preferring Poirot, and females preferring Miss Marple. I hadn't thought about that. I think I like them both equally -- maybe Poirot just a tad more. They are both such excellent detectives, although they approach things using a different method. Poirot is the ultimate in logic (which is a stereotypically "male" trait -- ) and Miss Marple is always using that "Oh, the murderer reminded me so much of young Gladys Philpott, the maid I used to have who could never stop her eye tic when she was telling a lie," which is more of a stereotypical "female" trait. They both always get the bad guy, though, don't they? I never knew that about Agatha Christie being dyslexic -- how interesting!


T Brightwater - Jun 1, 2005 1:22 pm (#2726 of 2981)

342 posts since the last time I was here?! I need a Butterbeer!

Finn, congratulations on your recital, especially the reaction to your composition! A cyberhug to Good Evans, I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. Fleur, glad to hear your mother got through the procedure and is doing well. I'm a registered organ donor, and I like Agatha Christie, but not as much as Dorothy L. Sayers. I've recently been reading Ellis Peters' George Felse mysteries, which are very good but haven't had as much attention as her Brother Cadfael series.

Lina, I've never been to Croatia but I'd love to go! (Are there any Renaissance/Baroque music concert series there?)

Michelle, sounds like you're in the SCA - may I ask which kingdom?

The recording session in St. Paul was exhausting but went pretty well; I think we got good takes of everything we needed, and we only had one string break, which with four people, five instruments and 68 strings, mostly gut, is a pretty good average. Our concert in Boston will be easy by comparison - I hope.

Edit: Forgot to say: Welcome, Catharina Hermiona and all other newcomers!


Marè - Jun 1, 2005 1:45 pm (#2727 of 2981)

Quickly jumping in before I am going to bed! (Finally)
I saw Star Wars 3, I even saw it digitally by the way, I looked for pixels () but it just looked great.
Julia, there were several definite **Hug Obi Wan** moments, and now I will have to go and find Elanors post explaining the "conquer death" lines that yoda said to Obi.
I am more positive about the actor playing Anakin, Romance is not for him, but he does the evil glare part very well.
However star of the movie is, without a doubt, R2D2! He rocks! (I will not go so far as to say that he is hot, although in the beginning he had this whole fire thing down pretty well...)


Catherine - Jun 1, 2005 1:48 pm (#2728 of 2981)

I will not go so far as to say that he is hot, although in the beginning he had this whole fire thing down pretty well...) Mare


R2D2 is a cute little droid, and he did light a fire under everyone.


Lina - Jun 1, 2005 2:00 pm (#2729 of 2981)

Fleur, I am so glad that your mom is so well. I just hope that she doesn't have problems in adjusting to a new situation and that you enjoy your time together!

Applepie, congratulations on your sons achievement! That's so nice. Just have patience!

T Brightwater, nice to see you. I'm glad that your recording went well. Now, I wouldn't be pushing, but since you asked, I feel I owe some answer. I think that the most popular and probably the most beautiful town in Croatia is Dubrovnik. They organize the Dubrovnik Summer Festival every year and I'm pretty sure that beside some theater shows and folklore shows it includes some Renaissance music too. As for the Baroque, the most popular are the Varazdin Baroque Evenings that are in autumn. I think that both happenings are international so you can check the links if you are interested.

I know that I might be boring, but reading this Forum is a pleasure even if a person doesn't feel as posting. I will go back to work in less than two weeks, and then I will probably post less. Until then, bear with me. (Chemyst, I would ask you if you notice my using of some words, but I am a little afraid that you might find some other mistake... )


The giant squid - Jun 1, 2005 2:01 pm (#2730 of 2981)

By the way, Mike, had luck with Hagrids Hut somewhere?—Cornelia

Not yet, but I really haven't been looking that hard. I figure if we're meant to find it, it'll show up somewhere. I hadn't been looking for it on eBay last time either, so there you are.

Why doesn't Vader do that lightning thingy with his hands?—Catherine

Because it would short out his breathing apparatus? Electronics and high-voltage arcs usually don't mix well.



Catherine - Jun 1, 2005 2:48 pm (#2731 of 2981)

Why doesn't Vader do that lightning thingy with his hands?--Catherine

Because it would short out his breathing apparatus? Electronics and high-voltage arcs usually don't mix well. –Mike

Darn that science logic. Here I was wondering if it was because he had artificial limbs, or somehow didn't rise that high, or sink that low.

I never considered the ekeltricity component.


T Brightwater - Jun 1, 2005 2:59 pm (#2732 of 2981)

Lina, thanks!!! I will definitely check those out. One of the members of the group I play with is Croatian-American, by the way. And you are not boring in the least!


librarian314 - Jun 1, 2005 3:33 pm (#2733 of 2981)

Hey all!

T Brightwater - You've discovered my secret identity! :-) Yes, I'm in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, an international medieval re-creation group), Kingdom of Atlantia, Shire of Roxbury Mill.

**michelle the librarian** aka Aelfwynn of Whitby


fleur-de-lys - Jun 1, 2005 4:05 pm (#2734 of 2981)

Hi guys and gals! Well, mom is home and resting comfortably. The next few days will be a bit of an adjustment with her figuring out just what she can and can't do. But she's happy to be home and so am I. I really appreciate everyone's good thoughts and prayers over the last few weeks. Its been a very trying time, but we're through and now we can rest and catch up. Don't worry, Springtime, I plan to sleep for a month!!! How about a round of butterbeers? I'm buying!

Applepie, sounds like your son has caught the reading bug, reading an entire book in one sitting. No matter how long or how simple, that's very impressive for an 8 year old boy. Harry Potter, here we come. We'll be looking for him on the forum soon. Tee hee. But I am glad to hear he's enjoying the written word. With all the video that's out there, tv, games and the computer, I'm always afraid kids aren't getting enough reading. Good job, turning him on to it! You're a great mom!!! I'm writing this as I go through the new posts, so it may sound a bit disjointed, but I wanted to say that, if he's reading a book in one sitting, it doesn't sound like he has a problem reading. I posted that not wanting to read could be an indicator, but sounds like he's ok. Sometimes, its just a matter of finding something that interests him. I haven't found that with the hubby, so I've just about given up hope. Oh well.

T Brightwater, very impressive job sorting through all the new posts and responding. I'm buying this round of butterbeer, so have an extra on me. I think I'd give up if I saw that many new posts.

Lina, I'm right with ya. The forum is GREAT and the people are GREAT! I love it.

Again, thanks for all your prayers and support everyone. I was telling my mom how nice it is to come on the forum and see so many people sending thoughts and prayers and well wishes. You all are so kind and thoughtful. Thanks again. I hope the forum never changes.

Luv N Mush, Lori


KWeldon - Jun 1, 2005 4:08 pm (#2735 of 2981)

Why doesn't Vader do that lightning thingy with his hands?—Catherine

But, doesn't he do the lightning thingy at the end of ROTJ, when he is killing the Emperor? It's been a long time since I watched it, I'll admit.


timrew  - Jun 1, 2005 4:14 pm (#2736 of 2981)

Lori, the forum has never changed since the day I first set 'foot' here.

The people are great, the atmosphere is great, and everything is great! You certainly picked the right place. BTW, glad to hear your Mom is okay!

Anyway, to finish......I belong to one Forum on the Internet. This is it. Of all the millions of sites on the Web, you found the right one. I echo your sentiments..........I hope the forum never changes.


Penny Lane. - Jun 1, 2005 4:28 pm (#2737 of 2981)

Speaking of reading, I saw a stirt today about Paris Hilton. Apparently, she was at lunch and threw her menu down and said "I hate reading" and she proceeded to throw a fit until someone read it to her.

I also like this forum, and even though I've been here long enough to see it swell to unrecognizable size, it's always remained somewhat the same with the same "Everybody knows your name/avatar" feeling. *GROUP HUG*

Even if I disagree with the star battles talk. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2752390508

ETA: OMG I DID IT! After how many years here, I finally figured out the code to a smilie!!


Catherine - Jun 1, 2005 4:33 pm (#2738 of 2981)

I belong to one Forum on the Internet. This is it. Of all the millions of sites on the Web, you found the right one. –Tim

That's me, too! **does Hermione's really know-it-all hand raise**

Like Luke's "million to one shot" in Star Wars, I hit the target when I wandered here.

My involvement here has led, ala Harry, into another magical and fun world, and I appreciate it so very much. **waves to all the "You Know Who's" out there**

I do hope that newer members find as much pleasure in the Forum as I have enjoyed.

EDIT: Congrats to Penny's smilie--you did did it!


Chemyst - Jun 1, 2005 5:17 pm (#2739 of 2981)

Great news about your mom, Lori.   Also, your signatures remind me of a book I had as a kid. I guess we could add, "yours 'til Potter fans."

...the forum has never changed since the day I first set 'foot' here. – Timrew
I agree for the most part. It did seem to hiccup for several weeks after the Lexicon was awarded JKR's site of the month, but with a few nudges from our top-flight moderators, it proved to be remarkably resilient and recovered quickly.

Why do Padme and Leia wear their hair as cinnamon buns? – Catherine
To keep their ears warm? I don't know, but you have to respect it as a stroke of genius in creating a memorable 'do.
('hope Claire is feeling better.)

Chemyst, I would ask you if you notice my using of some words, but I am a little afraid that you might find some other mistake... – Lina
Nonsense! By the time we get to Book Seven, your English will be better than mine.

Ben & Jerry's never makes mistakes. – Kim
They do lip-smack of political correctness.


Catherine - Jun 1, 2005 5:59 pm (#2740 of 2981)

They do lip-smack of political correctness. –Chemyst

Ah! Kim is proven oh-so-slightly mistaken. I'm sure it won't happen again.

But she wasn't wrong about the Brownie-Fudge flavor. YUM.


dizzy lizzy - Jun 1, 2005 6:04 pm (#2741 of 2981)
Edited Jun 1, 2005 6:51 pm

I had a day of complete and utter "blankness" yesterday. No matter how many times I tried, I just couldn't get any words out to write down as a post. So if this one turns out to be long, sorry .

A hug to you Good Evans on your loss, I no longer have any grandparents left, but I still remember them and miss them.

I have registered as an organ donor here in Australia, however, like some, I have so many medical/health issues, I doubt any of my organs would be used anyway. It is the thought that counts for me though. I have benefited immensely from medical science and would like to think I can give someone else that opportunity to benefit.

I've not watched the 3 most recent Star Wars movies. I liked the first 3 fine and have no desire to check out the "prequels". But "Love Actually" is on my list of movies to get. Along with the DVD's of "Lost" and "Desperate housewives". I really want subtitles on these shows, in order to see the episodes again and enjoy them.

I splurged last week and bought the Incredibles on DVD. I liked it I loved Edna and her steamroller tactics of dressing her superheros.

I started reading when I was five and I still read about 3 books a week. Usually one new and 2 re-reads. I have a very overactive brain and I can never get it to sit still and just relax and let the day go by. Reading does that job for me. I often finish a book refreshed and alert as though I had meditated for the 1-2 hours it has taken me to read either the whole book or half of it.

Today is a gorgeous winter day, clear blue skies, slight breeze and the perfect day to finish hanging out the washing. It is not good for our farmers... about 95% of the state (New South Wales) is either "in drought" or is "marginal (close to it)" . It is heart breaking to see the dry earth and to hear of the hand feeding and watering that has to be done. The papers are now starting to call this the worst drought we've ever had, but I take that statement with a grain of salt. I'll need to some more investigating first to see if they are right.

Have a wonderful day everybody.


Edited for punctuation EDIT: Fleur, I am so happy to hear about your Mum. Some "rememberall" potion would be nice about now


applepie - Jun 1, 2005 6:28 pm (#2742 of 2981)

Fleur - I am so excited that your mom made it home and is doing much better. I know you all are extremely relieved to have some normality back in your lives.

Thanks so much for the great compliment. I have the sneaky suspicion that you aren't to shabby yourself. You sound like a very family-oriented and caring person. I think that is why I like the forum so much, everyone seems to share to come together as a great big extended family, wrapping the world in its security blanket of friendship and love.

I just finished my book Good Grief. I loved it. A very talented writer, an easy and sentimental read for "hopeful" romantics everywhere.

I think tonight I am going to start Eats, Shoots & Leaves. I reserved some books from the library but they haven't called on any of them being available yet.

My 8 year old just got home from a scrimmage game a little while ago. He is eating dinner and has already picked out the book he wants to read this evening. I'm going to read a few posts until he's ready, then curl up on the sofa with him for some quiet time.

Mr. Pie is at a baseball meeting for the age group. They are starting kid-pitch this weekend and the coaches have to meet to discuss rules, etc.

I have half a mind to put in the Love Actually DVD after the kiddies go to bed. I just can't resist those British accents. Although I would like to see Sense and Sensibility again. Either way, I get Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson, so I can't go wrong.

Well, I'm off to read the posts. Hope you all have a wonderful evening.

P.S.: Lina...you are in no way boring. I really enjoy talking to you, and thank you for making me feel welcome.


Puck - Jun 1, 2005 6:52 pm (#2743 of 2981)

Wow! I just sifted through over 80 posts! This place is hopping!

Glad to her your son is finding something to read. Kids magazines lying around may be good as well. That way even if he only has a few minutes, he can read something. The more complicated books you want to do together. I'm almost done reading my 5 year old "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator", then on to SS/PS for our next one. Hoping by the time he can read he'll be used to the whole chapter book -delayed gratification thing. I'm starting AA Milne with my girl once she turns 3 this summer.

I've always loved to read, but had a hard time when teachers made me. If allowed to choose the book myself, I'd fly through it, but having it forced upon me turned me off and reading was like pulling teeth.

Lori, glad to hear Mom is doing well. Just to let her know, she will likely set off airport metal detectors. I never used to, but apparently they've been made to be more sensitive since 9-11. I went on a plane last month for the first time in 6 years, and set them off. Now, I get to look forward to being frisked every time I get on an airplane. Family finds it quite amusing.

Off to finish my quilt block and get some rest. Had my sons entire prsechool class plus Moms/ siblings here for a lunchtime picnic this afternoon. Been postponed twice for rain, but we finally had a decent day. It was fun, but the kids and I were quite ready for some quiet time by mid afternoon.



applepie - Jun 1, 2005 6:56 pm (#2744 of 2981)

Kathy, thanks for the advice on the magazines. He has read some of his subscriptions, mainly Disney Adventures. They are very short stories, so it didn't take up too much of his time. I think the routine of setting time aside a few nights a week is going to be out best bet. Make time for independent reading so it's not an option to play on the computer or gamecube. I'm just trying to find his little niche so I can guide him accordingly.


Puck - Jun 1, 2005 7:14 pm (#2745 of 2981)

Apple pie, Obviously you read alot, and supposedly that is the best influence. I use that theory when I feel like sitting around reading a book instead of doing dishes, etc... "It's important for my children to see I enjoy reading."   Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2222139670  Come July, they will see much enjoyment!



Eponine - Jun 1, 2005 7:15 pm (#2746 of 2981)

The Lost pilot is on. I've never seen it, so whoo-hoo!

My best friend is going to be here on Monday! I haven't seen her since last summer when I went to see her in Alaska, and she's going to stay with us for a month and a half. We went to get OotP together at the midnight release, and we went to the PoA midnight showing together. So we decided we had to be together for the HBP release too. I still have quite a bit to do before she gets here though.

FYI, Katie Couric is interviewing JKR in a couple of weeks, and they're taking submissions for questions from fans. You can submit a question here.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


T Brightwater - Jun 1, 2005 7:32 pm (#2747 of 2981)

applepie, you are in for a treat with _Eats, Shoots & Leaves_. Hilarious!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 1, 2005 8:05 pm (#2748 of 2981)

Ben & Jerry's never makes mistakes.---Me

They do lip-smack of political correctness.---Chemyst

Are they political? I hadn't noticed. I was too busy eating.

Ah! Kim is proven oh-so-slightly mistaken. I'm sure it won't happen again.---Catherine

See above.

EDIT: Which reminds me, I'm hitting Vermont for two weekends in a row in June. I feel a trip to the Ben & Jerry's plant acomin' on.


The giant squid - Jun 1, 2005 11:20 pm (#2749 of 2981)

But, doesn't he do the lightning thingy at the end of ROTJ, when he is killing the Emperor? It's been a long time since I watched it, I'll admit.—Kweldon

Actually, the Emperor is shooting the lightning. He was zapping Luke, but switches when Darth Vader picks him up. Vader takes the brunt of it (you can even see a skull outline flash over his "face").

I really am sorry to keep talking about Star Wars on a HP forum, but...y'all keep asking questions I can answer. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2752390508



Ydnam96 - Jun 1, 2005 11:31 pm (#2750 of 2981)

So Mike, how many times have you watched it so far? I want to go see it again...but I'm waiting for it to come to our $3.00 theater. Smile

You know, I realized while watching episodes 4, 5, & 6 that there are a lot of similarities between HP and SW. We could open a whole thread Wink

My cat is still acting funny. He nipped at me earlier this evening. I've tried playing with him more. There has been a cat outside that comes by and really upsets him. The cat hasn't been around the last two days...but maybe he's just upset. I wish he would start acting normal again. I'm gone to a conference next week and I'll have someone else taking care of him...I don't want him to snip or bite them! Aaaak

So I saw at Target yesterday that you can buy, for $10 a card that says you have pre-ordered a copy of HBP and I guess you turn it in on the 16th and pay the rest? There's just this little box in the book section. That seems kinda wierd to me. I mean, I didn't have to pay to pre-order at Barnes and Nobels.

Well, off to bed. Gotta killer head ache. Good evening/morning to all Smile
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Lina - Jun 1, 2005 11:49 pm (#2751 of 2981)
Edited Jun 2, 2005 12:36 am

Mandy, maybe your cat is just sensing that you are leaving and he doesn't want to let you do it! My great grandmother had a cat that didn't use to leave the house, but when she had to leave, the cat followed her all the way to the ship and didn't want to let her go. Some people thought that it was a bad omen, but nothing happened. We left our dog with a friend when she was a puppy and we went away for a hollyday. I'm pretty sure that he treated her well, but even today, three years later, she gets upset when he comes to visit us, I guess it is because she thinks that he could take her away.

timrew: I belong to one Forum on the Internet.
Actually, I did not understand why some people spend so much time on the forums (I still don't understand it for many forums that I met) until I met this Forum.

Chemyst: Nonsense! By the time we get to Book Seven, your English will be better than mine.
I don't think it would be possible.


fleur-de-lys - Jun 2, 2005 5:09 am (#2752 of 2981)

Chemyst, what was the book that I am reminding you of? I am taking them from a childhood book and an interested to know if its the same. Also, where did the fifth sorting hat put you, out of curiosity?

Lizzy, I'll try that rememberall potion. What a good idea. Pity I never thought of it before, because I could definitely benefit. Now...what was I doing? **wanders off scratching her head and gazing around the house for inspiration**

Applepie, it is nice to be back on a close-to-normal schedule. I think the munchkin was starting to forget where he lived. But its great to be back and able to relax for a while. But soon time to plan a birthday party. BTW, please tell me how the new book is, "Eats, Shoots and Leaves", when you're finished. No hurry. I'm interested because I spewed when I read the title and it sounds good. Also, who is the author? Is it a murder mystery? I'm with you on the British accents. Give me a British or Australian accent and I melt. I love 'em. Irish and Scottish too. I like many others, but those are my faves.

Puck, we already checked out about airport security, since mom is scheduled to vacation in Vegas in July. She has a card that she carries and will show anytime she's required to go through a metal detector. She also was told that she will be fine around and operating her cell phone and her microwave, things we never thought could be an issue. How interesting. I like your philosophy on reading instead of dishes. I must remember that one. Especially when the hubby gets on my case about reading so much, as he sometimes does, since he's not a reader himself. He just doesn't understand.

Thanks again to everyone for all your well-wishes and prayers. I've been on two other forums, but none of them were anything like this one. It is like and extended family. Its great. When I'm sleeping or away, I can't wait to get back to the computer to read and post again. Now I have a reason to use an internet cafe on vacation when the hubby does. He can't have it all to himself. HA HA on him!

Yours till Bear Mountain has Cubs, Lori


KWeldon - Jun 2, 2005 5:26 am (#2753 of 2981)


So, what kills the Emperor then? I don't have time to go watch it again.



fleur-de-lys - Jun 2, 2005 5:44 am (#2754 of 2981)

KWeldon, Vader picks him up and tosses him down that center shaft of the room they're in. He seems to fall forever. I'm assuming that's what kills him, since we don't hear from him again. But I have learned from watching Soap Operas (yes, i have watched them) that, unless you see the body, don't count the person dead. Sometimes, even when you do see a body, they bring someone back. I guess they have more magic in Soap Operas than HP has. But, having not read the books, I wouldn't necessarily count the Emperor out. Perhaps someone else has read them and can shed some light on whether or not the Emperor is heard from again. But they probably won't share it, making us read them ourselves. That's what I would do. Yes, I can be evil. **said as an evil "mwa ha ha ha ha" laugh rumbles from her throat**


Loopy Lupin - Jun 2, 2005 6:03 am (#2755 of 2981)

The people are great, the atmosphere is great, and everthing is great!—timrew

I beg to differ. The Forum is pretty good. I, on the other hand, am quite great and it's about time you people starting recognizing it.


fleur-de-lys - Jun 2, 2005 6:10 am (#2756 of 2981)

Loopy Lupin, you certainly have an extremely humble opinion of yourself, don't you? How very timid and realistic you are. Tee hee. The forum wouldn't be the same without you. I'll admit that.


Catherine - Jun 2, 2005 6:34 am (#2757 of 2981)

How very timid and realistic you are.--Fleur-de-lys

Well, one out of two ain't bad. (wink)


Loopy Lupin - Jun 2, 2005 6:46 am (#2758 of 2981)

Loopy Lupin, you certainly have an extremely humble opinion of yourself, don't you?-- Fleur-de-lys

It ain't bragging if it is true. Very Happy


Snuffles - Jun 2, 2005 7:13 am (#2759 of 2981)

The forum would certainly be more dull without you Loopy!!

Can you stop changing your avatars so often? Every time you do, I have to look at your introduction to see what you have writte!  Lol


Lina - Jun 2, 2005 8:00 am (#2760 of 2981)

Snuffles, you can go to your Forum preferences and turn on "Show second line of author information in messages". Then you can read the second line of information even when you don't want to.

Loopy Lupin, you certainly have an extremely humble opinion of yourself, don't you?-- Fleur-de-lys
Well, many people think that being humble means thinking bad about yourself, but I think that real humility is being realistic. So, if somebody is perfect, he just can't help it.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 2, 2005 8:01 am (#2761 of 2981)

Can you stop changing your avatars so often?—Snuffles

Sorry, that is my modus operandi . So many Simpsons so little time.


Snuffles - Jun 2, 2005 8:11 am (#2762 of 2981)

Thanks Lina, I have done just that! Change away Loopy I can keep up now!


Finn BV - Jun 2, 2005 8:16 am (#2763 of 2981)

Lori, great to hear about your mom. Sounds like things are certainly rising up.

Applepie, you are in for a real treat with Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Being the grammar and punctuation nut that I am, I thoroughly enjoyed her unusual yet perspective sense of writing. (That certainly sounds nice as I read it back.)

Well, off to check the threads.


applepie - Jun 2, 2005 8:31 am (#2764 of 2981)

Puck, I know exactly what you mean. I wasn't always a reader, but I do thoroughly enjoy it now. I used to stress over tidying the house after the kids went to sleep, now I just curl up on the sofa with a book. Reading relaxes me and helps my body wind down to get ready for sleep. Sure, I might wake up with dishes in the sink, or a pile of dirty clothes to tend to, but I think I deserve some time to myself. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that snuffs off housework occasionally for some peace of mind.

Fleur, I am still so excited for your mom being home. I can understand the confusion your little one must have been going through. They are too young to understand the complexity of the situation. Eats, Shoots & Leaves is about the history of English punctuation written by former literary editor Lynne Truss. I will let you know how it is when I am done.

Well, my son finished another Jackie Chan book last night in one sitting YIPEE!!. I sat on the sofa with him for about an hour, both of us engrossed in our reading. He asked if we could buy the books from the library, and I had to explain that the library doesn't "sell" books, but that we could certainly get them elsewhere. I reminded him that there are others in the series, and I think I will login to our local library online catalog this evening to let him reserve some of the others he might want to read. He will get a kick out of that since he loves working on the computer. He is also a bit of an artist, and I would like to teach him to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator this summer since we have given him our old computer.

Well, I'm up to my neck in paperwork, so I'd better get back to work. Have a wonderful Thursday, everyone. Tomorrow is Friday...YAY!!!. I'm ready for the weekend.


Catherine - Jun 2, 2005 8:51 am (#2765 of 2981)

Sorry, that is my modus operandi . So many Simpsons so little time. --Loopy Lupin

Tempus fugit.

It ain't bragging if it is true--Loopy Lupin

Ipsi dixit!



Loopy Lupin - Jun 2, 2005 9:15 am (#2766 of 2981)

Veni, vidi, vici.

Very Happy


Marè - Jun 2, 2005 9:22 am (#2767 of 2981)
Edited Jun 2, 2005 11:08 am

Tempus fugit = Time flies

Ipsi dixit = He said it himself.

Veni, Vidi, Vici = I came, I saw, I was victorious.

Because not everybody knows Latin... (translated freely, my latin is very rusty)


Ydnam96 - Jun 2, 2005 9:29 am (#2768 of 2981)

Are we all just randomly putting down latin phrases Wink haha I only know one, carpe diem. Seize the day. Thanks to Dead Poets Society.

Nothing too exciting going on here. My foot is still sore, so I'm still keeping it up as much as possible. Darn, I have to sit and watch movies. It's tragic really

Off to read some threads.


Springtime - Jun 2, 2005 9:54 am (#2769 of 2981)

welcome to the forum lemonbalm&bees. Hope your dad enjoys the tapes you made for him. I hope to see you in the chat room some time.


Steve Newton - Jun 2, 2005 9:58 am (#2770 of 2981)

Latin slogans from the Stumpers Archives:

In the words of Dufus Maximus, Julius Caesar's little-known and seldom-quoted dimmer brother: VENI, VIDI, ERRAVI (I came, I saw, I blew it).

Or, in the alternative: BURSA VESTRA, BURSA NOSTRA -- CONFIDITE NOS (Your wallet is our wallet; trust us).


Penny Lane. - Jun 2, 2005 10:00 am (#2771 of 2981)

Tabula Rasa: Blank Slate.

Three years of Latin, and I can tell you John Locke's philosophy thingy and the Hail Mary. I think. It might be the Padre Nostrum (spelling is off). I suppose there are a few other random things, like Carte Blanche, which might actually be French. And a bunch of boring legal terms like quid pro quo and stare descious. Oh Latin class, how I miss you.

Catherine, What is your avatar from? It's driving me crazy because I KNOW I’ve seen that cartoon but I can't place it.

Is it July 16 yet?


lemonbalm&bees - Jun 2, 2005 10:04 am (#2772 of 2981)

What I always remember best from latin (back when I was eleven... why on earth was I studying Latin at eleven?) is our less-than-grammatical. SEMPER UBI SUB UBI which technically translates into "always where under where," Spoken aloud, it was cause for many giggles in the sixth-grade hallway. Wink

All of my useful Latin, however, has left me...


fleur-de-lys - Jun 2, 2005 10:16 am (#2773 of 2981)

Mare, thanx for the translation. I was really stumped on that one.

Lina, I agree with you that being humble means being realistic. I also think it means realizing that there are people, and probably lots of them, who are better than you at certain things. This doesn't mean you necessarily think bad of yourself, just that you are realistic...aaahhhh really the same thing...about how good you are or aren't at whatever it is you are doing. So, if Loopy Lupin is fantabulous at everything, then she (he?--sorry, i'm not sure. don't mean to offend) is being humble by saying she (he?) is great. I don't know though. I think all Loony Lupin is good at is picking on Catherine. Tee hee. I'm glad no one was offended by my picking on Loony. Just had to give a few digs. : )

Love till Niagara Falls, Lori


Denise P. - Jun 2, 2005 10:20 am (#2774 of 2981)

Unless I am mistaken, Catherine's avatar is Snidely Whiplash, from the cartoon Dudley Do Right, the Canadian Mountie. There was a horrible live action movie done not that long ago.


Catherine - Jun 2, 2005 10:22 am (#2775 of 2981)

Because not everybody knows Latin... (translated freely, my latin is very rusty) –Mare

At least you have rusty Latin. I had to go to a Latin phrase website and scroll down until I found what I wanted.

About my current avatar, it is Snidely Whiplash. He's not very good at being a villain.

Here's a link to information about the show: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rocky_and_Bullwinkle_Show


Denise P. - Jun 2, 2005 10:26 am (#2776 of 2981)

I always liked Rocky and Bullwinkle. I always wanted to see Mr. Peabody and Sherman or Aesop's Fractured Fables. Ah, those were the days of good cartoons.....


Catherine - Jun 2, 2005 10:40 am (#2777 of 2981)

One of the memorable quotes at the site I linked to reminded me of Loopy Lupin:

Bullwinkle: "When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest!"

Ridendo dicere verum

(Translation: "To tell the truth while laughing" (i.e., joking))

**waves to all the Latin-impaired like myself**


I Am Used Vlad - Jun 2, 2005 11:00 am (#2778 of 2981)

Now that is something I can *wave* about, Catherine.

Applepie, what is a Jackie Chan book? Is it based on the cartoon? (right you are about the good old days, Denise) Although he is no Buster, I like Jackie.


Good Evans - Jun 2, 2005 11:01 am (#2779 of 2981)

But I have learned from watching Soap Operas (yes, i have watched them) that, unless you see the body, don't count the person dea. Sometimes, even when you do see a body, they bring someone back. - Fleur De lys[

Oh Fleur - how right you are - We can only hope the Emperor is gone - however with the Sith there are always two - no more no less - one master and one apprentice. In the hope that there can't possibly be another willing apprentice, lets assume he is gone!!

Pleased to hear your Mum is home and things are looking better.



applepie - Jun 2, 2005 11:02 am (#2780 of 2981)

Yes, Vlad. Jackie Chan Adventures is the title of the series. I am not sure how many are in the series, but he has read two in two nights. So, I am thrilled!


I Am Used Vlad - Jun 2, 2005 11:06 am (#2781 of 2981)

Thanks for the (very) fast response, applepie. Today, Jackie Chan. Soon, hopefully, Harry Potter.


Elanor - Jun 2, 2005 11:49 am (#2782 of 2981)
Edited Jun 2, 2005 12:21 pm

Hello everybody! So many great posts, so much work and so few time for writing here... But I can't resist answering the Star Wars questions!

Fleur: "Perhaps someone else has read them and can shed some light on whether or not the Emporer is heard from again. But they probably won't share it, making us read them ourselves. That's what I would do." Not if you want to become a Jedi, my young Padawan... From what I have read, yes the Emperor really died in the Death Star explosion (between the fall inside that pit and the explosion of the Death Star, all that remained of him was dust, foul dust, sure, but only dust). In "Dark force rising" (T. Zahn), Leia, inside the Millenium Falcon in orbit above Endor, passes through the position where the Death Star blew up and feels a kind of "emotional print" (rage, hatred, despair...) left by the emperor dying.

I believe there is a sequel in which a clone of the Emperor appears but I have not read that one (and I don't remember its title either, sorry!). But I do know that Leia's "buns" are a typical Alderaanian hairstyle, though this time I don't remember who asked the question (sorry again!).

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement about the paper GryffEndora, Lina... It means a lot to me! You guys are the best!  Timrew is right, this place is definitely the best place on the internet!

((((hugs)))) to everyone needing some!


Edit: about Latin, I have a little riddle for you, this is a sentence I had to know by heart for a Latin class once, ever heard of it?


A fresh butterbear on me to the ones who find out what it means!


Madam Pince - Jun 2, 2005 12:13 pm (#2783 of 2981)

*twangy voice*
Oh Lord, it's hard to be humble....when you're perfect in ev-er-y waaaay....I cain't wait to look in the mirror....'cause I get better-lookin' each daaaaayyy!

*hand to ear*
Is that Loopy Lupin I hear singing????


Julia. - Jun 2, 2005 12:19 pm (#2784 of 2981)

Good afternoon everyone.

Applepie, I got your email and I will respond when I have a bit more time on my hands.n Going on a walk with Daddy now, TTFN!


Catherine - Jun 2, 2005 12:27 pm (#2785 of 2981)

s that Loopy Lupin I hear singing???? --Madame Pince

Gosh, Loopy sings, too? He really does deserve recognition.

On a completely Loopy-free topic, I spent a little while compiling questions to submit for Katie Couric's interview with JKR. Thanks for the link, Eponine.

Can I just say that I hope they don't pick the kind of question that is really a waste of air time? I can see myself throwing something at the screen if Couric asks a question like, "What is your favorite flavor of Bertie Bott bean?" I know that we at the Forum will make our submitted questions count, but I hope that everyone else does, too.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 2, 2005 12:37 pm (#2786 of 2981)

On a completely Loopy-free topic, --- Catherine


Gosh, Loopy sings, too? He really does deserve recognition. – Catherine

Finally! Someone seeing things my way.


Eponine - Jun 2, 2005 12:58 pm (#2787 of 2981)

Can I just say that I hope they don't pick the kind of question that is really a waste of air time? I can see myself throwing something at the screen if Couric asks a question like, "What is your favorite flavor of Bertie Bott bean?"

Oh me too! And no more shipping questions! She's not going to answer them! If there's one more question about the books she read as a child, how she started writing, if Ron and Hermione are ever going to snog, whether Harry's going to die or what's going to happen to Voldemort at the end of book 7, I'm definitely throwing things at the screen.

I asked, 'Does a Pensieve show an unbiased, omniscient recollection of a memory, or is it affected by the person whose memory it is?'

I'm going to try to come up with some more questions that might actually be answered. But we know she's not going to tell us who the Half Blood Prince is or anything of the sort. So I hope that the powers that be at the Today Show (is that it?) pick some decent questions.

I was at the mall today, and walking past Gap Kids, I noticed a huge sign in the window that had the rules for Marco Polo on it. One of the rules was, 'Don't get caught.'

I love this forum. There are a few others I belong to online, but this was the first one I joined, so it will always be first in my heart.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


T Brightwater - Jun 2, 2005 1:09 pm (#2788 of 2981)

Elanor, you little mischief-maker, that's going to make me crazy until I figure it out! Aaaack! Is there a free bed in St. Mungo's???

*walks off muttering to self*


The giant squid - Jun 2, 2005 1:27 pm (#2789 of 2981)

Loopy, you're truly a prince among men. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but it sounds impressive, doesn't it?

Mandy, I've only seen Episode III all the way through twice. I've seen hundreds of snippets, though--we have ten screens at our theater & Star Wars is on six of them. It's kind of fun to watch one of the big lightsaber fights then walk down two projectors & watch it again. Sadly, I have to stop occasionally to actually work...

As for the returning Emperor question, he didn't return in any of the novels, though the comic book series Dark Empire and Dark Empire II (catchy, huh?) involved a clone of the emperor coming back & taking over. It's alluded to briefly at the beginning of Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy Which is why Elanor thought she'd heard of it).

Catherine/Elanor: I'm right with you on which questions shouldn't be asked. If anyone wants to know what sort of books JKR read growing up or how she came up with the idea for Harry Potter there are hundreds (at least!) of articles, chat transcripts and whatnot available with that information. Tell us something we haven't heard already!



T Brightwater - Jun 2, 2005 1:36 pm (#2790 of 2981)

Got it! Let's see if this works:

mnemonic of Roman Emperors from (Julius)Caesar to Marcus Aurelius

Hey, that's my first try at HTML! Maybe I'll get an avatar someday.


applepie - Jun 2, 2005 1:41 pm (#2791 of 2981)

No problem, Vlad. I try to sign on whenever I have a spare moment, so I am glad I caught your question quickly.

Julia, take your time. He's got enough to keep him busy for now.

I'm exhausted. This has been a day, and it's only 3:35pm here. I still have 1 1/2 hours of work left......(sigh)

On Star Wars, count me out. I've seen them all except the newest one at the box office, but I'm not as crazy about Star Wars as I am about Harry Potter. I just know that I tried on a pair of enormous headphones that my father-in-law bought because they were sooo comfortable, and I recall asking my husband if I looked like Princess Lea (sp?). He surprisingly agreed.

Well, I'm off to check the posts.


Julia. - Jun 2, 2005 1:44 pm (#2792 of 2981)

Applepie, it's Leia. I think I'd like to see a picture of you with bun hair.


applepie - Jun 2, 2005 1:46 pm (#2793 of 2981)

Julia, I assure you that you wouldn't! Unless you wanted a great big laugh.


GryffEndora - Jun 2, 2005 1:52 pm (#2794 of 2981)

Here is a "Latin" phrase that we hear every year around the fishing opener Carpe Carp - Seize the carp!

Have a good one!


Elanor - Jun 2, 2005 1:57 pm (#2795 of 2981)

Bravo T Brightwater! Have a butterbeer on me!

Actually the "ces" part of it wasn't in the "phrase" first but I always added it to the list, though he wasn't an emperor, because I thought it sounded better like that. The weirdest thing about it is that I still know it by heart years and years after... It comes to be handy sometimes. Well, not that often but if they're questions as "who succeeded to Galba?" in a trivia game, I'm unbeatable!

Mike, thank you so much about the clone emperor reference! I knew I had read about it somewhere. Great to know I'm not completely crazy (though I know I certainly would do with a stay at St Mungo... Is there room left, T. ?).

Bonne nuit! Good night everybody!

Edit: Thanks Applepie!


applepie - Jun 2, 2005 1:58 pm (#2796 of 2981)

Elanor, sweet dreams.


Lina - Jun 2, 2005 2:08 pm (#2797 of 2981)

My youngest didn't cut her bang, she cut her hair this winter. I don't expect her to do it again soon because she was not very satisfied with the outcome. But there are still so many things to cut. She uses to paint something and then cut all the paper around the artwork. Then she takes this paper and cuts it in small pieces, then cuts those small pieces into smaller and so on. She has even cut two pairs of earphones (is it the right word - what you use to listen to the walkman). I got worried - is she going to cut everything? Well, today I found the explanation: We went to school where the kids had a recital. There was a story about the sea and the sea animals, and a crab came wanting to cut something. At that moment I finally understood - she is astrological cancer, she is supposed to cut! I'll just have to keep an eye on her!

About Latin: I was in a church few days ago and was watching a date on some stone, something like XXX IVNII MCMDXII, and I was watching it for some time and trying to figure out what kind of number would that N be? Only when I raised my sight and spotted another date, containing AVGVSTI, I found out that N is not a number... (June)

Believe me, Loopy, although we don't "speak" much, I can totally see things your way...

Oh, T Brightwater, I thought that you were too serious to have an avatar! If you need help, e-mail me at lina@pravri.hr!


Amilia Smith - Jun 2, 2005 2:58 pm (#2798 of 2981)

Two days later . . . thank you, Mike and Mare for answering my question about Luke's aunt and uncle. I guess now would be the time to admit to only seeing Episode II once.

Lina: Then she takes this paper and cuts it in small pieces, then cuts those small pieces into smaller and so on.

You reminded me of a Baby Blues cartoon I read a while back. I can't find it on their website to link to it, but the jist is as follows: Wanda (the mom) is going through the mail. There are lots of credit card offers, which she says she will put in the paper shredder. Darryl (the dad) asks, "Since when did we have a shredder?" Wanda replies, "Since Hammie learned how to use scissors."

(BTW, yes, "earphones" is the correct word. "Headphones" would also work.)

The library here has a very large Russian collection. Well, larger than the libraries back home. As I walk through the stacks, past rows and rows of Russian literature, I have started to think that I need to brush up my Russian in order to make use of all of this wonderful material. And trust me, it needs a lot of brushing up. So I decided to check out a book in both English and Russian and read both together. I chose Babbi Yar, mainly because there was both a Russian and an English copy sitting right next to each other on the shelf. However, I think I have bitten off more than I can chew. I can only make it through about three or four paragraphs at a time. While I am probably going to finish the book in English (for all I chose it at random, it looks to be a very interesting book, about the German occupation of Kiev, and the massacre of some 200,000 in the ravine called Babbi Yar), I now need something else to brush up my Russian with. Does anyone know of some short Russian children's stories that have good English translations? I'll ask down in the Recommended Reading thread as well.

On another note, my computer came in yesterday (yay!), but the hard drive had come loose and was bouncing around (boo!). So the computer is currently not working. After a long phone session with Dad, I have decided to let it sit until one of the genius brothers who put it together is available to help. One is at Scout Camp, and the other works graveyards, so he won't be up for another few hours. At least with the four hour time difference between Hawaii and Utah, I am now up at the same times he is.



Ydnam96 - Jun 2, 2005 3:04 pm (#2799 of 2981)

Oh, I am very sad. I'm going away next week to a conference and I'm going to have to board my cat at the vet's. He has been acting strangely and he is on some medicine so I don't want to just leave him and have a friend look in on him. But I hate that I have to take him somewhere and leave him there. And I hate that even though I leave on Monday morning I have to take him on Saturday because I leave so early on Monday and they aren't open on Sunday to accept animals. So he has to be there for 6 days because I don't come back till late Thursday night. Plus, I don't really have the money. Oh well.

I know some of you all have boarded your animals before. Is it really an okay thing to do? Is someone there with the animals all the time or are they left alone? It makes me so sad. Sad


timrew  - Jun 2, 2005 3:31 pm (#2800 of 2981)

The people are great, the atmosphere is great, and everything is great!-- timrew

I beg to differ. The Forum is pretty good. I, on the other hand, am quite great and it's about time you people starting recognizing it.-- Loopy Lupin

Sorry I left it so late, Loopy. But what he says is quite true, folks. Whoever heard of a modest lawyer?

........I believe those are the kind that ride bicycles........
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Chemyst - Jun 2, 2005 3:57 pm (#2801 of 2981)

Fleur, the 5th sorting hat was Hufflepuff. I'm not sure what the title was to that book, only that it began "Yours til..." It could have been Niagara Falls. I remember the publisher better than the title, Scholastic Book Services. I did a short search and could not find it. I am guessing that sometime after the mid-80's they reorganized that service, but back in the day, they would reprint children's books on something akin to newsprint paper (it would begin to yellow within a year) and sell them very cheaply. When I was nine years old, every dime I did not spent in the vending machine after swimming lessons went to buy books from SBS. When I went off to college, my mother thought she would "help out" by de-cluttering my room when I was away. The end of it is that today I have only one of those books left, an abridged copy of Little Women that originally sold for 50 ¢


Madam Pince - Jun 2, 2005 3:59 pm (#2802 of 2981)

Ydnam96, we have to leave our dog at the kennel when we go on extended vacations, and although I'm sure she doesn't like it as much as home, we've always been very satisfied. I take her to the place where we did her Puppy Kindergarten and all her obedience training classes, because I like the lady and because she knows all the dog's quirks, etc. I think it depends on the individual place as to whether or not they are with the animal all the time. In our case, the woman's house is about 50 feet from the kennel, but of course the dogs do stay in the kennel and not in her house. Have you considered getting someone to come to your house? That's a booming business now, I understand, and the people are bonded with insurance and everything so you don't have to be so nervous about strangers in your house. I personally wouldn't go that route unless I knew the person, but you may want to think about it.

Update on the baby birds: sadly, only two of the three are still with us. On the other hand, I feel fortunate that we still have the two. Apparently Evil Killer Dog was right there when the little ones decided to venture out into the world, and one of them got a rude welcome. I was very angry at the dog, but she clearly thinks she'd defending her home and "pack" from any and all intruders. Yeah, those wicked baby birds are such a threat.  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 1242194059  . Anyway, one of them is out of the nest but still in the bush where the nest is, and the second one is in a tree in the neighbor's yard, being coaxed by Mama and Papa Bird to try to fly more. So, everyone keep your fingers crossed! I will not be letting Evil Killer Dog out without her leash until I'm satisfied that the birdies are all grown up and flying.

I had such an enjoyable evening last night, listening to the "Eagles Farewell Tour" that was being broadcast from Melbourne, Australia. They are just my all-time favorite band. I am not much of a music-lover, but I know all their songs by heart. It was my kind of concert -- no fancy costume changes, no pyrotechnics or spectacular light show, just beautiful singing and absolutely fantastic harmony. The only problem was my throat was a little sore by the end of it, because I hardly ever sing for two straight hours!

Edit: Hey! One of the birdies is flying, albeit only about two feet off the ground! I took Evil Killer Dog out on leash, and we surprised the birdie who was sitting on the woodpile, and then it flew off. So they are progressing! Yay!


T Brightwater - Jun 2, 2005 4:13 pm (#2803 of 2981)

Lina, thanks for the offer - I've e-mailed you to take you up on it.

Chemyst, I remember those SBS books too. I don't know what became of my collection. I think I donated them to a library book sale or something.

One house I lived in for a while had a pair of kestrels (small falcons, also called sparrowhawks) nesting in the eaves for three years straight. One year they fledged four young ones, and it was so much fun to watch them! After they came out of the nest they spent the next couple of days on the roof of the house next door, practicing flying and mobbing the adults whenever they came in with food.


Ydnam96 - Jun 2, 2005 4:28 pm (#2804 of 2981)

Madame Pince, thanks  - that does make me feel better. But my cat is on medication and he's been acting strangely so I think that it's the best decision. I just hate it.

It is totally awesome you got to hear the Eagles. Did they sing Hotel California? I love that song. Happy to hear that some of the birds made it through their first out-of-nest experience.

T. Brightwater, that must have been a wonderful experience to see those baby birds.

Goodness Gracious my cell phone keeps ringing. I swear I'm going to get rid of it one of these days. (I'm ignoring for the moment.)

Happy Thursday.


Catherine - Jun 2, 2005 4:47 pm (#2805 of 2981)

Did they sing Hotel California? I love that song.—Ydnam

Hmm..Is the Forum the Hotel California? ** hums "you can never leave..."**

a modest lawyer—Timrew

Now that's funny!


Penny Lane. - Jun 2, 2005 5:21 pm (#2806 of 2981)

Everyone posts a lot.

Catherine/Denise: Thanks. I knew that I had seen that non-villain before. I was right! *does happy dance*

My parents found a townhouse, and they are moving on the 13th. I wish I wasn't going with them, I do think it's time I found my own place. Alas, I guess we can't always get what we want.

Was that Eagles concert on TV last night? I swear I was flipping around and heard that one song that I like by Joe Walsh, but was really confused because it was on Network TV and they don't usually play concerts.

Glad to hear that the birds made it out safely.


Ladybug220 - Jun 2, 2005 5:33 pm (#2807 of 2981)

Mandy, how long has your cat been on the medication? Does it coincide with his aggression? He may not like taking it or rather being forced to take it and that is why he is acting out.

Loopy and Tim, thanks for all of the laughs!


Accio Sirius - Jun 2, 2005 6:16 pm (#2808 of 2981)

Hi all. Not to come out of left field with this, but does anyone here having any experience making their own Hogwarts cloak? Halloween is a long way off, but I meant to make a cloak for my daughter last year and I'm not the best with a sewing machine. Anyone recommend any particular patterns or have any hints? I figure it will take me all summer to get my act together.


Puck - Jun 2, 2005 6:18 pm (#2809 of 2981)

Lina, my little is also a cancer, and I am constantly cleaning little bits of paper off the rug since she learned to use scissors! I never realized this was her inner crab coming out! Luckily, she has thus far limited her cutting to scrap paper.

Lori, I have cards also, but they still frisked me. I guess in theory someone could blame the pacer for the detector going off, but then smuggle something else in. Just so your Mom knows she may be patted down.

Oh, so my son likes this cartoon called "Cyberchase". It's this great educational show that teaches math concepts. The math is over his head, but he enjoys the stories. Anyway, today the characters were solving fraction problems in this wizarding school known as "Frogwarts". The head wizard is a guy with a long beard. And, it's the first time I heard anyone on the show with a British accent. I was washing dishes and overheard some of the show, enjoying the whole reference to Harry Potter.

Long day. Early to bed.



dizzy lizzy - Jun 2, 2005 7:12 pm (#2810 of 2981)

Mandy: I board my dogs all the time when I go away. I leave them at the local vet clinic which has very basic but secure runs for the dogs. I think they make a lot of money out of boarding.

My dogs bark the whole time as they get over excited with everything that is going on. But if I was to go away and leave them at home, I'm sure I would end up with a noise pollution fine from the local council.

I'm feeling pretty crook today. Not sure why, but a bug has been going 'round town so that’s hopefully what I've picked up.

Off to read the threads and to finish that FF on the FFF on the lex.



Marie E. - Jun 2, 2005 7:33 pm (#2811 of 2981)

My kids watch "Cyberchase" sometimes if we get home early enough. It won't happen much this summer since my hours are now 8:30-5:30. We started field trips this week, which is my favorite part of the summer. We have a really good group of kids-always a plus!

I'm finally going to see Star Wars tomorrow night. I am very proud of myself for actually acquiring a babysitter last week, rather than the night before I need one.


Thora - Jun 2, 2005 7:36 pm (#2812 of 2981)

Accio Sirius- patterns by Simplicity are quick, easy, and cute too. I'm sure they have something, otherwise just watch out for anything that looks cool in the picture, trust me if it looks nifty it's a pain in the neck to sew. I wish I could tell you a pattern to try but I'm much more one for making my own or puting elements together from different ones. I keep around my mother's heavey plastic t-shirt and sweat pants patterns in various sizes and create from there, you can do anything with them (ie our costumes last halloween).

As I am about 400 post behind on my reading I thought I'd just jump back in here and catch up later.

I have missed the forum sooooo much while on vacation, it's so nice to be home.



Denise P. - Jun 2, 2005 7:41 pm (#2813 of 2981)

Gina posted a fairly easy cloak pattern some time back. It is a Fellowship Cloak from LOTR but could be easily modified to be a Hogwarts robe.


Ydnam96 - Jun 2, 2005 9:53 pm (#2814 of 2981)

Denise, I was just checking on Devin's website and I see that you and your family has had some great news! That is amazing! I hope that things continue in this direction!!!!

About the cat..Yes, the aggressiveness seems to coincide with the medicine...but there is a lot of other things going on that may be adding to the situation. I'm moving soon, so there is stuff being packed up which he doesn't like. There has been some random cats outside that have been bothering him. He hasn't felt well. So I think it's just been rough for him. I'm trying to baby him and play with him more and he'll be with the vet next week so maybe they can help me figure it out. Thanks for the advice on the boarding though. I am going to ask a lot of questions when I take him in, and I'm going to take in his favorite blanket and toy.

In fact he's meowing at me now so I should go. I hope everyone has a good Friday.


Lina - Jun 3, 2005 12:20 am (#2815 of 2981)

Thank you, Mils, for comforting me about my "paper shredder". My sister remembered yesterday that two years ago her friend asked my daughter what she liked, expecting her to answer - chocolate or juice or something like that, and she replied "Cutting". She didn't take it seriously at that time. Puck, I feel better knowing that I'm not the only one with this problem.

Thora, I hope you had a great vacation. Although I can very well understand you about missing the Forum. I chat with you guys all the time in my mind. Then I write down on the Forum just about a tenth of that.

Mandy: Denise, I was just checking on Devin's website and I see that you and your family has had some great news! That is amazing! I hope that things continue in this direction!!!!

I second Mandy, Denise, that's great!


CatherineHermiona - Jun 3, 2005 3:20 am (#2816 of 2981)

Thanks everyone that answered me on my last post (which, by the way, was few hundreds posts before).

I'm very happy because we are going to Fuzine this weekend again. But real reason why I'm even more happy is because my best friend (I will have to show her this message because she doesn't trust to me that she is my best friend) comes with us. We are going to have a great time.

My best friend that I mentioned before want to be a famous lawyer, married to a football player, live in America and go to Harvard. Pretty ambitious, ha?



The giant squid - Jun 3, 2005 5:08 am (#2817 of 2981)

Elanor and Mills, you are both welcome. Hey, it's kinda fun to be able to be an insufferable know-it-all in this group--when it comes to Harry Potter I'm kinda the slow kid with the helmet.

Welcome back, Thora! How was your vacation? Did you see Star Wars?

Marie--actually planning ahead with the babysitter? Shocking! You keep this up & you'll lose your Slacker Mom status for sure.



Catherine - Jun 3, 2005 5:35 am (#2818 of 2981)

Hey, it's kinda fun to be able to be an insufferable know-it-all in this group--when it comes to Harry Potter I'm kinda the slow kid...—Mike

I can't decide if this is a compliment or not....

Accio Sirius, you definitely won't qualify for Slacker Momhood if you are already planning Halloween costumes! Good luck with sewing. I can honestly say I have never used a sewing machine, and, as a stated nearly a year ago on the Chat thread, can barely manage buttons.

Now, Mike, I can join the "slow kids." "


Accio Sirius - Jun 3, 2005 6:53 am (#2819 of 2981)

Thanks for the info Denise and Thora. Catherine, I'm a novice when it comes to sewing, but it's one of those things I told myself I want to be able to do--you know, if I'm stuck on a deserted island that has electricity and a sewing machine! Buttons are another thing entirely. I actually purchased the Buttoneer from the As Seen on TV site a while ago. Big disappointment. I couldn't even load the cartridge. I have a friend who is constantly lured in by these "must have" products. I was sad to hear that the Space Bags weren't quite as miraculous as they appeared on TV! She now has them stored unused next to the Panini maker and food dehydrator.


applepie - Jun 3, 2005 6:54 am (#2820 of 2981)

Welcome, Griselda Marchbanks! I hope you enjoy the forum.


applepie - Jun 3, 2005 8:05 am (#2821 of 2981)

Happy Friday everyone! We had a baseball game last night which prevented me from posting, so I'm just catching up on reading everything and trying to respond a bit while at work.

Mandy, good luck bording your kitty. I have never had to do that with my dog or rabbit. I was always able to find someone to look after them, luckily. It does sound like the problems are a culmination of everything that is going on right now, so hopefully that will all sort itself out and your kitty will be back to his (her?) normal self.

Accio Sirius.......no way I could help you with sewing, sorry. I wish I could, but I have a hard time re-applying buttons. Good luck, and kudos to you for attempting the unknown....

Dizzy Lizzy, I hope you feel better. It's no fun to be sick. I've heard that laughter is the best medicine, so maybe we can tempt some of the people on the lexicon to keep you laughing....doesn't seem like a difficult task to me.

Thora, glad you had a safe trip, though I don't think we've been properly introduced. So, "Hi!"

Kate, your dreams are pretty ambitious, but I see no reason why they can't be achieved. Perseverence is key.

when it comes to Harry Potter I'm kinda the slow kid with the helmet. – Mike

Mike, if that is the case, I'm the one trailing behind you in the shadows, with her head down, and her fingers in her mouth.

I will be popping in and out all day, but I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a very relaxing weekend.


applepie - Jun 3, 2005 9:10 am (#2822 of 2981) Reply
Edited by Mare Jun 3, 2005 9:47 am

I just got an e-mail that is just hilarious. If anyone is interested in seeing the flash site, here it is...

It is someone's interpretation of what happens when you forget to shut down your computer at night. Just a friendly little battle between icons.

Hope it is ok to post the link...sorry if it isn't.

I did edit out the link. Your link was funny, applepie... but one of the other stories on the same site wasn't so appropriate.


Professor V - Jun 3, 2005 9:22 am (#2823 of 2981)

applepie - that link was very cute, a good laugh - Thanks!


Ydnam96 - Jun 3, 2005 9:27 am (#2824 of 2981)

applepie, that was cute I enjoyed it. In fact, I sent it to all my coworkers Smile

I do know that the Forum has a position on posting links within your posts. I'm sure that if it is inappropriate I'm sure one of the mods will let you know. They are pretty quick about this stuff Smile


applepie - Jun 3, 2005 9:30 am (#2825 of 2981)

I thought of that after I typed it and wondered whether or not to go through with it. Glad you all enjoyed it.

Again....sorry if I was wrong in posting it.


Kip Carter - Jun 3, 2005 9:38 am (#2826 of 2981)

applepie and Ydnam96, normally the Hosts discourage the posting of links to other sites because we have no control over what is provided at the other site; however I immediately checked out the link as soon as it was posted to determine if I needed edit the link. I thought that it was humorous enough and did not conflict with our guidelines.

There are times when a Host may not be available to quickly check out a link and that is one of the main reasons links are discouraged. I hope you both understand.


applepie - Jun 3, 2005 9:42 am (#2827 of 2981)

Kip, I completely understand the reasoning behind this, and in no way want to compromise the privilege of being able to post on this forum. I appreciate your swift intervention, and am sorry if I caused you any inconvenience. Thanks so much!


Marè - Jun 3, 2005 9:49 am (#2828 of 2981)

Kip, I did edit out the link. I always check the link, the site where it comes from and the other links on hat site. This site had 3 flash stories. One of them was not so appropriate.


Springtime - Jun 3, 2005 9:50 am (#2829 of 2981)

that was just tooo cute. Edit: posted before I saw the link was taken out.


Kip Carter - Jun 3, 2005 9:56 am (#2830 of 2981)

Marè, thanks for checking behind me. I missed the other two flash stories in my hurry to answer a phone call. That is just one of the reasons I am so proud of our Hosts. Even if one Host makes an error, another Host is there to straighten things out. My hat is off to you, Marè!


Ydnam96 - Jun 3, 2005 9:57 am (#2831 of 2981)

Wow, you guys are fast Smile Thanks for keeping the Forum the way it is!!


applepie - Jun 3, 2005 9:57 am (#2832 of 2981)

Mare, sorry to be a bother. Thanks for your correction.


Marè - Jun 3, 2005 10:04 am (#2833 of 2981)

Wow, you guys are fast

Ah yes, being a host of this forum comes complete with purple superhero cape with lime green dots so we can wizz through all the threads at high speed!! **cough cough**
:sigh: I wish, my computer was pretty slow today.

And I wasn't checking behind you Kip, I think we were just checking at the same time. But thanks for all the nice words.

And don't worry applepie, you're not a bother, the icon story was funny. (And now all the people who read all these posts are just dying to know what it was about... Awww)


Good Evans - Jun 3, 2005 10:14 am (#2834 of 2981)

Evening all

well, my week is getting worse.

My Grandmother’s Funeral is set for next wednesday - and this is where I will sound really selfish, but I just can't believe my bad luck...... I had tickets for Guys and Dolls next wednesday, going with a friend who has been really ill and is now on the road to recovery. I just knew when my mum rang up last night that she was going to say wednesday. So I will be giving my ticket up the the mother of the other friend who was going with us. Yes, you've guessed it, it is the West End production starring Ewan McGregor, Jane Kakowski and Jenna Russell. Opened last week and I bought the tickets in March.

Obviously I will be at the funeral, and I don’t begrudge missing the show (not really) but I am really sad about missing my friends big day out after her op and just having a girlie day out. I will be honest I thought the day would cheer me up too.

One break this week - I found POA on CD at Amazon for £22. So that is due to be delivered tomorrow. How much do you want to bet it gets delayed in the post????????

Anyhow - keep smiling - its either that or go nuts!

Julie X

PS Mare - does that outfit come with the underwear on the inside or out??


Catherine - Jun 3, 2005 10:29 am (#2835 of 2981)

Ah yes, being a host of this forum comes complete with purple superhero cape with lime green dots so we can wizz trough all the threads at high speed!! **cough cough** --Mare

Hey! I thought Prefect Marcus said, "No capes!"

But yes, Mare and Kip are pretty heroic.

My morning has been horrid. Our Shelter Director is out of town for the month (she's from Finland, and is visiting for a month), and naturally, when the boss is away, everything falls apart. In our case, it's the entire septic system for the facility. I just spent an hour on the phone discussing our sludge issue with the financial person.

Some genius, when the facility changed hands, removed the screens from the system, so that when the runs are hosed down, the drains clogged with dog hair. So a small thing like a screen which would have been pocket change at the hardware store has caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

Not to mention that I will probably have to go out there this afternoon and deal with it because the financial director is newly pregnant and strong odors make her ill, and she was in tears about having to go back.

Today would be a good day for a bubble-head charm.

EDIT: Good Evans, best of luck to you.


Good Evans - Jun 3, 2005 10:38 am (#2836 of 2981)

uurggh - Catherine - I do not envy you the sludge conversation, nor the exploration, sounds revolting!


librarian314 - Jun 3, 2005 11:16 am (#2837 of 2981)

Hey all!

Accio Sirius! - Circular cloaks are pretty easy to make and are exactly what they sound like. There are some pretty good websites out there describing them. Just do a Google search on "circular cloaks" and the first hit has a decent explanation. If you use something like polar fleece, you don't even have to get anywhere near a sewing machine as it doesn't fray like woven wool would.

Hope everyone is having a nice day! Here in DC it's pretty soggy. There's been a fine mist all day long.

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


KWeldon - Jun 3, 2005 11:16 am (#2838 of 2981)

Good Evans, I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother.

I posted this in the HBP thread, but TLC is reporting that two HBP books have been stolen and recovered.


applepie - Jun 3, 2005 11:17 am (#2839 of 2981)

Good Evans & Catherine, sorry for your streak of bad luck.

My day has been pretty un-eventful thus far. I just got back from lunch with my better half, and am back at work now, hoping to get off early. I am thanking my lucky stars that next week we will be back to full office staff, and I will not have any extra duties forcing me to pull my hair out.

I am looking forward to the weekend and hope it will be un-eventful in a relaxing and productive sort of way. We have the usual Saturday baseball games and I have to "make groceries" but that is bare minimum compared to our normal weekend schedules, so I am welcoming the break.

Well, one last thing on my mind before I head to the posts.... 42 days, 42 days, 42 days!


Catherine - Jun 3, 2005 12:04 pm (#2840 of 2981)

I got a little something in the mail today.

Thanks, Kim.


CatherineHermiona - Jun 3, 2005 12:49 pm (#2841 of 2981)

Those are not my dreams. Those are dreams of my friend. I really hope her dreams will come true.

We don't have good soaps but series and TV shows are great. We have Our little clinic on Tuesday, Take it or leave it on Tuesday and Wednesday, Spives and princesses and Evening school on Friday. Now we have pleasant Friday evening watching TV. Hope you will have good time this evening too.

Good night!


applepie - Jun 3, 2005 12:53 pm (#2842 of 2981)

Good night, CatherineHermiona. If this work day would ever end, I would have a good evening myself.


fleur-de-lys - Jun 3, 2005 12:58 pm (#2843 of 2981)

I'm really too tired to post much today. Boo hoo, but I've been meaning to ask. Can someone please explain something to me that I saw, briefly, on the news the other night? What is up with this Cheese race I saw? People running down a steep hill, many of them falling on their faces or tumbling and bouncing (literally) down the incline. When I saw this, I said "Wait till I get on the forum." Then had to explain that there are a lot of Brits on the forum. Please enlighten me. It was a bit disturbing but terribly amusing to see. What is it all about?

Luv N Mush, Lori

ps: T Brightwater, I think the book you're referring to is "Love till Niagara Falls, Abby". It’s about a girl who has to go to camp all summer without her best friend. If that's the book you're thinking of, that's the book I got them from. I read it many times as a kid and still have it, I believe. I've kept most of my books from little on up. Its very hard for me to let a book go, even if I don't particularly care for it. Just ask the hubby.

Hope everyone's having a better day than I am. I need some rest! Have a great weekend, everyone!!!!


Steve Newton - Jun 3, 2005 1:03 pm (#2844 of 2981)
Edited Jun 3, 2005 1:36 pm

It was a bit disturbing but terribly amusing to see. What is it all about?

Fleur, I think that just about sums it up. I'm not British, by 2 generations, so I guess I may be missing something, too.

Edit. Actually, as I now count, its 3 generations. My grandfather haled from Kidderminster.


fleur-de-lys - Jun 3, 2005 1:10 pm (#2845 of 2981)

I'm glad it wasn't just me, Steve. Thanks. I get Monty Python, but I didn't get that.


Ydnam96 - Jun 3, 2005 1:13 pm (#2846 of 2981)

Good Evans and Catherine, I'm sorry to hear things are not going well. Sending cheering charms and bubble head charms your way.

Cheese? Race? Hills? Sounds interesting. Of course, I think anything with Cheese is great. Sound a bit like Extreme Elimination Challenge. The Spike Channel plays it here in the US (or used to back when I had cable). It's an old show from Japan in the 80s I believe that has been dubbed in English and it's people doing extremely silly and painful things to themselves (obstacle course like stuff) so that their team can win. I loved watching it, it never failed to make me laugh.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 3, 2005 1:25 pm (#2847 of 2981)

I got a little something in the mail today.

Thanks, Kim. --- Catherine

Hey! Sad


Lina - Jun 3, 2005 1:43 pm (#2848 of 2981)

Accio Sirius, I wish you luck with the cloak!

Marè: And don't worry applepie, you're not a bother, the icon story was funny. (And now all the people who read all these posts are just dying to know what it was about... Awww)

Yes, indeed. :brighteyes:

Good Evans, you might never find out why it was better for you not to go to that show Wednesday. Yet, maybe you will (find out).

Well, Catherine, to you I cannot say the same. Some strengthening charms and a Patronus against smells (pong) your way!

CatherineHermiona: We have Our little clinic on Tuesday, Take it or leave it on Tuesday and Wednesday, Spives and princesses and Evening school on Friday.

Now you know what I mean by "My Dudley daughter".

T Brightwater, I replied you.


applepie - Jun 3, 2005 1:45 pm (#2849 of 2981)

Lina, if you would like the link, simply e-mail me and I will send it to you.


Lina - Jun 3, 2005 1:46 pm (#2850 of 2981)

I will.
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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 3, 2005 1:54 pm (#2851 of 2981)

I got a little something in the mail today.

Thanks, Kim.--- Catherine

Hey! Sad ---Loopy Lupin

I'm sorry, Loopy, but they were freebies and I felt guilty enough asking for the second one and didn't want to push it. (The other one went to Denise). Besides, I don't believe you have any plans to attend The Witching Hour.


applepie - Jun 3, 2005 1:58 pm (#2852 of 2981)

Loopy, I was feeling a bit like a red-headed step-child myself. But, I have no plans to attend The Witching Hour, so I guess I can't complain...


Catherine - Jun 3, 2005 3:37 pm (#2853 of 2981)

To those who didn't get a handout on Witching Hour:

Loopy likes to pout. He's an only child (except for his SIX! dog siblings) and needs a lot of positive reinforcement. Way to say "Hey!" Loopy! Give Roscoe, Flash, Jesse, Daisy, Lulu and Cooter a big hug from me!

As for me, I only got sent the handout b/c I'm a major Slacker and Kim knows that I need a strong mentor to make decisions and make plans. As a longtime member on the Chat thread, Kim knows that some of us here founded "Procrastinators Anonymous" (membership is free, and wide open; join any time, day or night) and that she doesn't want me to screw this up.

So, I know that Mike and I are charter members of Procrastinators Anonymous, but I'm sure that, given that we don't get anything done, we could use more members.


Ydnam96 - Jun 3, 2005 3:42 pm (#2854 of 2981)

Catherine, is there a goal or aim for you group? Do you have a manifesto? I only ask because it sounds like a group I would like to join, but you have to be careful these days about such groups if you do not do a little investigation. Also, how often are your meetings? I have a lot of time this summer dedicated to playing on the forum, so I'm not sure I would be able to make a lot of meetings Wink


timrew  - Jun 3, 2005 3:45 pm (#2855 of 2981) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Jun 3, 2005 10:58 pm

Loopy? Lighten up, mate!

Where are you, you blot on humanity?

Sorry about this Forum people........I'm just looking for my mate......


Catherine - Jun 3, 2005 3:54 pm (#2856 of 2981)


It's hard to answer your very intelligent questions because Procrastinators Anonymous haven't looked up any answers.

Also, we're still waiting for someone to take charge and proclaim a manifesto, which should be fabulous and wonderful, and better than any manifesto ever seen or written. Except we haven't written it yet.

We're too undecided to think about membership, so right now anyone who wants to be a procrastinator and anonymously so, can join.

As for meeting times, that has not yet been decided by anyone. We all have so many committments and things to do, so it's hard to make time to attend a meeting.

Long live Procrastinators Anonymous!


Ladybug220 - Jun 3, 2005 4:21 pm (#2857 of 2981) Reply
Edited by Jun 3, 2005 4:22 pm

I have been meaning to join PA; however, I just haven't gotten around to it yet.


Catherine - Jun 3, 2005 4:39 pm (#2858 of 2981)

We understand, Ladybug, we understand.


Ponine - Jun 3, 2005 4:53 pm (#2859 of 2981)

Can I join Procrastinators Anonymous even if I am not anonymous anymore?? I came out of the closet years ago, and have been consistently referred to as the Queen of Procrastination for at least a decade (A bow to your Queen (when you get around to it, of course) would be appropriate... )

I am completely overwhelmed with all the posts in here, and I had (ironically enough) prepared a list of posts that I was going to answer specifically, but they are hopelessly outdated already... alas, earwax...)

First - Lori - YEY!!! My fingers and toes are aching from crossing them so long, but who cares - I am so glad to hear things are well.

Finn - I hope your Spanish final went well!

Mike - There is nothing more I would like than to discuss our alma mater's dubious logo - email me if you want!

Good Evans - I am so sorry - I lost both my wonderful, sweet grandmas in 2004, and even if I feel SO fortunate and blessed and lucky as I got to keep them until age 29, it still hurt. I still miss them, some days more than others, but I have taken to heart what my dad wrote his homesick exchange student daughter one spring.. "We can decide to stop missing each other, and start looking forward to seeing one another again instead". On most days, I can look forward to seeing them again now, but it takes some time...

Lina - Your 'region' has been mentioned quite a bit on our news these past days - I have little understanding of what, who, where, and why, but everytime I see it, I think of you and your family. I wish you all happiness and healing.

Elanor and Gina - I wish, so much, that I could be at Accio and cheer you on - I know it is an awful lot to ask, but do you think that some of it will be taped? I know I would love to see your presentations any way I can!

For everyone else - Have a great weekend, healing charms for kitty, cheering charms, butterbeer, hugs and a secret stash of fire whisky to those in need... hugs, Ponine


Marie E. - Jun 3, 2005 5:40 pm (#2860 of 2981) Reply
Edited by Catherine Jun 3, 2005 5:45 pm

I got a disturbing phone call from my husband this afternoon. As I've mentioned before, my kitty is very old and has gotten into the habit of going to the bathroom in places other than her litter box. As a proud member of the procrastinator's club, I keep forgetting to make her an appointment at the vet. Well, my hubby called to tell he caught her going "potty" on my Harry Potter poster. Needless to say, I freaked out and immediately called to make her an appointment. Now I know what it takes to motivate me. It turns out the poster she ruined was just a Lego poster I was going to hang up just for fun. At least she has an appointment tomorrow morning.

EDIT: Marie et al, I posted here by mistake. Apologies.--Catherine


Catherine - Jun 3, 2005 5:41 pm (#2861 of 2981)

(A bow to your Queen (when you get around to it, of course) would be appropriate... )

You may join whenever you choose. We don't have a ruling body as far as a I know, and being elected from outside (aka, the non-procrastinators) doesn't count.

We're very free-form about politics, as we've never decided which ruling body would suit us. Anyone can be Queen, as we don't keep track of genealogy. A simple declaration and intent to rule benignly and procrastingatngly will do, I suppose, if I only bothered to get in touch with the other members of the group....

EDIT: Marie has shown that pets motivate us to act. Best wishes, Marie. I meant to post this here, but accidently "edited" your post above, hence the extra comments. Very sorry.


Puck - Jun 3, 2005 6:35 pm (#2862 of 2981)

Hope you all had a good day! It's finally warmed up, and the kids celebrated with a neighborhood water fight. Parker got some cool squirt guns for his birthday, and had much fun soaking the older kids. I never got to the grocercy store, as we were having too much fun enjoying the long awaited sunshine.

When is that JKR interview airing? Need to set my TiVo.

Accio, I usually go to Simplicity and Butterick websites. I find it easier to search on line and bring a pattern number to the store rather than search through all the books once you get there. Other than quilts, I stick to Halloween costumes, as clothes frustrate me, and I figure Halloween costume don't need perfection. Also, check to see if any local sewing shops have open classes where you can bring your own projects. That way they can walk you through any tricky parts.

Oh, where is it we go to get/post e-mail addresses? People keep mentioning it, and I have no clue.



Catherine - Jun 3, 2005 6:41 pm (#2863 of 2981)

Oh, where is it we go to get/post e-mail addresses? People keep mentioning it, and I have no clue. –Kathy


Good question.

Click on a member's (or your own!) profile, and you will see one of two things. You may see that the member has chosen to cloak their email address in secrecy, or you may see an actual email address. Either way, it is understood that members do not abuse other members' addresses.

The fun thing is that you can write you own profile, tag line, mention your own home page, etc. Good possibliites to have fun with your own profile.


Ydnam96 - Jun 3, 2005 6:50 pm (#2864 of 2981)

OH NO Marie! I'm glad that *something* motivated you to get your kitty to the vet. It's not a very good thing that it involved destroying Harry Potter paraphanalia. eeeek. But at least she is now going and you can see what is wrong!


Puck - Jun 3, 2005 6:58 pm (#2865 of 2981) Reply
Edited by Catherine Jun 3, 2005 7:16 pm

Thanks Catherine! Now, where is this profile? (Not very computer literate. Amazing that I figured out how to join this forum without hubby's help.)


edit: I found how to get there, but after I type the information it just disappears again. How do I make it stay? Do I click the okay box on the bottom of the page, because that seems to be for something else.

Puck, I'm not "computer literate" either, but if you make changes to your profile, you need to click "OK" to save it and make it so. Unless you click it, it will not count. Hope this helps. --Catherine


Catherine - Jun 3, 2005 7:13 pm (#2866 of 2981)

Puck, for yourself:

Click on your underlined name to see how you look "in the mirror" to other members. This is what you do to everyone else to see what their email address (assuming they provide it) is.

BUT, to change you own profile, on the Forum home page, in the upper right hand corner of the big teal bar, click on "Change preferences"

This will take you to a page in which you can make/change an avatar, change your profile, tagline, whatever.

For me, I had some photos, saved small enough, that I used as an avatar. Other times, I haved "Googled Images" and gotten the "under 10K" images I need to use, since I have a premium membership with World Crossing.


Finn BV - Jun 3, 2005 7:23 pm (#2867 of 2981)

Wow, just read through 48 posts…

Kathy, click OK at the bottom of the page. It applies to everything you do on that page. Then there's sort of a confirmation page, and click OK again. Also, I think I'm probably the only soul in the world who uses it () but everybody has an email @worldcrossing.com. For example, I'm fbv807@wordcrossing.com. Kathy, you would be puck@worldcrossing.com. To access your mail, click on, in the teal bar, "Your forums," and then click on "Read and send e-mail."

Ponine, thanks for the luck. I think I did really well. I got a 99.5% on the oral exam, which was half of the grade (don't ask why I lost that .5% ) Anyway, on Monday they have a final exam reading day where you can see your grades. That's cool – it's the first year they've done it.

A week from today (next Friday), my family and I are leaving on our trip to go the west of the US. We're doing a national parks tour, but more north, like Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Crater Lake. Last year we did Bryce, Zion, and lots more in Utah. Looking forward to it, the only thing is I'll be away from the forum for two weeks! I think I'll ignore the 1529 posts on the chat thread that I'll miss, but other than that I'll see if I can toddle through the rest of them… Last year, though, when we arrived in San Francisco to finish out the trip we bought some free AirPort service so my laptop could access online. Funny, that was when I really got hooked on Harry Potter. (Ok, here comes random story…)

We had bought this book earlier on the trip called "Muggles and Magic" and I had read all this cool stuff on the world of Harry. I had read the books before, and seen the movies, but never really been hooked like I am and you all are now. So, with that Internet access, I immediately went to harrypotter.com, which I had never been to before, and looked at many cool sites like that. (Unfortunately, the book didn't have the Lexicon or any other Floo Network sites , but I found those by myself )

So, sorry for the long post, and I hope I make it through those weeks without all my HP friends! Now, off to the threads (it's 10:23 at night and I should be in bed but, hey, it's Friday )!

Edit: cross-posted with Catherine.


Chemyst - Jun 3, 2005 7:46 pm (#2868 of 2981)

Also, I think I'm probably the only soul in the world who uses it ( ) but everybody has an email @worldcrossing.com. [...] To access your mail, click on, in the teal bar, "Your forums," and then click on "Read and send e-mail." - fbv807

...  ...  ...  ...  I'm dumbfounded! (better than plain dumb, but not by much)  All right then, another email address for the Katie Couric Questions JKR suggestions. Why didn't I know this? Of course, I'd never have checked so it wouldn't have done any good for someone to try to use it. But still...


Amilia Smith - Jun 3, 2005 7:50 pm (#2869 of 2981)

Finn: don't ask why I lost that .5%

My last semester of college, I handed in my Senior Thesis as my term paper for my History of Britain class. It was really quite the spectacular paper, all about the romanticizing of Bonnie Prince Charlie, complete with pictures (see avatar). I had been working on it for a year, and had three other professors reading it and making suggestions and corrections. Anyway, my History of Britain prof gave me 99, and then added in parentheses, "because no one should get a perfect score." (So humble, aren't I?)

There is a man just outside the window, here at the library, photographing the birds. I was quite amazed at first, as he was able to get the birds into the positions he wanted just by waving his arms. It was like magic. Then I realized that he was throwing bread crumbs to them . . .

On Mugglenet, I noticed that Desert Star is doing a Harry Potter spoof. Just when I move out of state! (In case you did not notice that news article, Desert Star is a local Utah playhouse that does spoofs.)

Squid Mike: I have some more Star Wars questions for you.

1) How were they able to build the Death Star II so fast? Am I right in assuming that it took 20 years to build Death Star I?

2) How was Padme elected Queen at 14? Who voted for her?

3) This one is more subjective. I find I do not care about Anikin like I care about Luke. Is this due to user failure (I grew up with Luke, have seen his movies more often, already know Anikin is going to become Darth Vader and therefor don't let myself get close to him), or system failure (Luke is just more likable than Anikin)?

Anyway, I have class in 10 minutes, so I'm off.



Acceber  - Jun 3, 2005 8:52 pm (#2870 of 2981)

I'm hitting Vermont for two weekends in a row in June.-Lupin Kim,  a while ago.

Where? When? My camp's in Vermont. You could come and visit.

Ack! The recipe called for 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract, he used 3 TABLESPOONS!-Denise, even longer ago.

That's like when I made pumpkin cookies and used the whole jar of pumpkin mix stuff instead of just a cup. They were mushy, but still edible. Mmmmmmm.....pumpkin cookies.....

No birthdays this week. But tomorrow (almost today) is the anniversary of PoA coming out in movie form. Happy Anniversary PoA!

My condolences Good Evans.

Organs--I know my mum has a card thing in her wallet that says she's an organ donor, but other than that I don't know very much about that topic. I also know that I can't donate blood because I'm a minor and way under the weight minimum, but I really would love to.

The only time I've ever made ice cream was at camp using one of those huge old-fashioned ice cream tubs, but boy, did it taste good!

One of my friends is on an Agatha Christie run. It's one of the only things she's read this entire school year. I have Hickory Dickory Dock on my bookshelf, which I plan to read when I'm done with Exodus.

Today, my whole grade was bussed to the high school for Step-Up Day. We listened to speeches for about an hour (yawn) before getting into groups and being led around the building. This place is huge. I plan on getting lost at least as much as Harry and Ron did their first week at Hogwarts. It's also disgusting and falling apart and OLD. It needs rennovation. Badly. At one point, a new building was going to be completed by the time I reached high school, but now it's scheduled to be done a few years after I leave . At night, we had Surf the Turf, where we swam in the pool and played basketball. Lots of fun. My only problem was that I'm blind as a bat without my glasses, so swimming could be a lot more fun if I wasn't so scared of contacts.

I probably should go to sleep now. I'll finish the rest of the Forum tomorrow. *huge yawn* Good night all .


lemonbalm&bees - Jun 3, 2005 9:25 pm (#2871 of 2981)

Amilia, I know I'm not Squid Mike, but here's my take on why we don't care about Anakin:

1-We saw him over the course of his lifetime in only small spurts- lots of information missing. HIs personality kind of jumped around a lot from movie to movie, so much so that it wasn't even like watching the same character.

2-Um... he's Darth Vader. We're not really supposed to like him are we? I mean, now that we've been through this prequel thing, we can understand him, but that doesn't mean we have to like him. He was a jerk.

3-Look at the original trilogy: made in the seventies. All of those huge ships are just little toys in front of a black curtain- there was none of this computer generated stuff. Not that the correlation is direct, but I often find that the more bells and whistles a film has, the less the characters are developed.

4- Hayden Christenson.


Elanor - Jun 3, 2005 10:46 pm (#2872 of 2981)
Edited Jun 3, 2005 11:26 pm

Ponine: "Elanor and Gina - I wish, so much, that I could be at Accio and cheer you on - I know it is an awful lot to ask, but do you think that some of it will be taped? I know I would love to see your presentations any way I can!"

It would be great if you would have been able to come Ponine! Thank you so much for wanting to cheer us on! I don't know about you Gina, but I think the closer I will be of the presentation day, the more I will feel like Ron before his first Quidditch match... I don't know if the presentations will be taped (a scary thought BTW!) but I have never heard of it, so I think it is rather unlikely (unless it is one those things Accio forgot to mention us...). But all the papers will be published together. I do hope they will publish the Snape trial as well!

fbv807, thank you so much about mentioning the email address we all have, I had absolutely no idea about it!

Amilia, I'm not Squid Mike either but I can't help answering SW questions (sorry for the length in advance ):

1) It is likely that the first Death Star took a lot more time to built because they had to create a technology for it that didn't exist before and may have not worked properly first. I imagine Tarkin coming with his big toy near a planet, threatening the inhabitants to smash their planet to smithereens if they don't subdue, giving the order to destroy it and only obtaining a small puff of green smoke... Pathetic... So, when they had mastered the technology eventually, it was easier to build another one. Besides, "Return of the Jedi" takes place 4 years after the first Death Star exploded and we don't know when they really started the construction of the second one, the fact that the rebels hear of it (and us with them) in Episode 6 doesn't mean the project didn't exist before. It could well have been started before the destruction of the first one, so to have two weapons of that type in the Galaxy.

2) Padmé, since she was a young child, was a student in a kind of "political program" on her world. If I remember well, she talks about it in one of the deleted scenes of Episode 2. She said she chose to serve her planet when she was very young. So I believe the Naboo chose their leaders amongst those politicians apprentices.

3) For my part, the conflict inside Vader that we see in episodes 5 and 6 is the most fascinating part of his life, maybe because the helmet makes it more subtle: Vader telling Luke he is his father (which means the fact must have tormented him) and holding him a hand out, Vader saying "it is too late for me my son"... But I really liked to see his transformation in episodes 2 and 3 and I think Hayden Christensen did a rather good work here. Actually, I'm going to watch Episode III for the second time tonight, he, he...

But before that, I have a very busy day ahead of me, beginning with a few errands before working on the paper again, I really have fun writing it! Have a great day/night everybody! I'm sending all the comforting charms I know to the ones who need some.


dizzy lizzy - Jun 3, 2005 11:26 pm (#2873 of 2981)

what's all this about an email address???

**goes to investigate...**

**Comes back shaking head slowly*...now why didn't I see that before I signed up to my freebie email ???

Thinks some more...hey maybe its only been up since premium membership came in?

any clues anyone?



septentrion - Jun 4, 2005 12:01 am (#2874 of 2981)

Hello all ! Good saturday !

Elanor, don't forget about your moral support ! And I'm for Gina too : great Snape's defense you have written. Can't wait for July...


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 4, 2005 12:03 am (#2875 of 2981)

Nothing to do with premium membership, perk of being family...


Lina - Jun 4, 2005 2:30 am (#2876 of 2981)

Oh, Ponine, you left me imagining what are the news you hear about my country. Maybe it's better if you don't understand. But it's nice to feel thought of.

Marie, I hope your cat gets better soon.

Finn, I'm glad you are going to have a great trip with your parents! It sounds wonderful and I'm sure you will have a very good time in spite of two weeks without the Forum. Oh, enjoy and make some good photographs!

Chemyst: Why didn't I know this?
I found about it only recently, when my daughter started to post. I tried to figure out how can you log off the forum and let someone else log on. you can do it by clicking on the "your forums" link. There is the link "Check your mail". I was just surprised, how could I check my mail?

Acceber, nice to "hear" from you again! Don't worry about the old school, the company is what matters. And the youth. So, I'm sure you will have a good time in the new school.

Hope everybody is having a nice weekend!


Elanor - Jun 4, 2005 4:28 am (#2877 of 2981)

Septentrion: "Elanor, don't forget about your moral support !" I don't forget it! Actually, I'm writing the paper imagining only forum members in the room on the presentation day, it motivates me a lot! And I know you won't throw dungbombs at me if you don't like it...

I too can't wait to hear Snape's trial, it should be great, and to meet you all and discuss together for hours and hours. What a fantastic summer it will be!

Audrey **who should go back to work...**


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 4, 2005 6:13 am (#2878 of 2981)

I'm hitting Vermont for two weekends in a row in June.---Me

Where? When? My camp's in Vermont. You could come and visit.---Acceber[

Becca, I'll be in Woodstock. The first weekend is with my husband and the kids. Did you know about the Queechee Air Balloon Festival? I didn't and I can't wait to see it.

The second weekend is with my girlfriends, we've known each other since we were twelve (although, technically, they've known each other longer since their mothers shared a hospital room when they were born. Again we'll be in Woodstock but this time we'll be hitting the shops!

Where is your camp? I thought it was in New York?

I'm just hoping the rain holds out for both weekends. Today is gorgeous and we're heading for the beach. Wingarsheek here we come!


Good Evans - Jun 4, 2005 6:28 am (#2879 of 2981)

Ponine - that was really a beautiful thought - thank you, if you dont mind I think I might adopt that one from you.

Lina - that made me think too - you a probably right - there is always a reason that things happen as they do.

Fleur (Lori) - Cheese Rolling - this is a somewhat mad ancient festival that takes place every year in Coopers Hill in Goucestershire. A 7lb double gloucester cheese is pushed down a 200 yard (nearly vertical)hill and those that follow it run, jump tumble etc in order to be the first to catch the cheese or pass the finish line. broken bones and strains are not surprising quite common. The winner keeps the cheese!!!!

The history isn't really known other than it is at least 200 years old and could be part of ancient midsummer night rituals, or fertility or just someones idea of a bit of fun. Clearly dangerous but very exhillerating. Anywhey (sorry!!) you can find out more by doing a search on cheese rolling. I won’t post a link but the BBC has some good features on it.

With regards to Why???? Well we are English and that should be reason enough


CatherineHermiona - Jun 4, 2005 6:46 am (#2880 of 2981)

My mother is a bit aweless, isn't she? But that is okay, everyone has faults and virtues. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 464751818

We are having a great time here in Fuzine. Riding a bike is sometimes a bit tiring but fun. We are going to Mrkopalj this afternoon with bikes. We (me and Martina) were going to the attic and there are some really interesting stuff: few prams, one crib, few books, few things that I don't know how to tell (in English). All in all, great.


Thora - Jun 4, 2005 7:21 am (#2881 of 2981)

Squid/Mike- No, didn't see Star Wars, to be honest I was a fan until I read about the paduan slaying, now I'm hardly interested... but I did think of you several times while in Vegas.

Accio Sirius- Hey no nocking space bags, the new travel bags were the only reason I had any dry clothes at the start of my trip.

Marie E- I just about died when you mentioned the ruined poster, no giving me a heart attack before the series is finished and read Wink

Those who are interested in my vacation- The 3 kids (age 4 and under) did well traveling after the first 2 days, they kind of resigned themselves to the fate of endless driving. We got to Arizona on Monday, spent a few lovely days in Yuma with all our friends down there.

Then we went to caravan up to Circus Circus in Las Vegas and blew the engine on Mr. Thora's work car, it was the most convenient in-conveniece ever. Our friend's car fit all 9 of us and our luggage. So we left the dead car in Lake Havasu (love that place, the old London bridge is there) and finished the trip.

Then Mr. Thora's company brought up a replacement car from Pheonix on our last day in Vegas, and we made it to Logan Utah by midnight-ish. We went to the Zoo with a friend's family and our son decided the guard rails on the bridge were monkey bars (just as I went to take a picture of the Bald Eagle) so he flipped head-first into the duck poop and rocks. 5 scalp stitches later he is still not wise about what he climbs on, sigh. My youngest caught a virus from my husband and spent the next few days surprising us with runny gifts... bless her. So we used the excuse to spend a few extra days in Utah. Thanks to memorial day we had the time. I was very happy to find that my best friend from when I was "knee high to a grasshopper" is a pottie too, so it made the lack of forum a bit more tolerable as I was able to catch her up on all the rumors.

I've been so busy the last few days that I'm afraid I've been quite grumpy with everyone for cutting into my HP time. Every second that ticks by brings me closer to the release and I haven't started my re-read yet! ARRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!

Anyhow, butterbeers all around, and where do I find Gina's defence of Snape? I REALLY want to read it.



Marè - Jun 4, 2005 7:24 am (#2882 of 2981)

Elanor, don't forget about your moral support ! I don't forget it! Actually, I'm writing the paper imagining only forum members in the room on the presentation day, it motivates me a lot! And I know you won't throw dungbombs at me if you don't like it...

Nope, we won't. We might feed you a canary cream for no reason what so ever, but that will be the worst.
I wish I had a camera, so that I could tape all the performances. I will at least borrow a digital camera. I think I can make mini movies with that as well.


Phoenix song - Jun 4, 2005 7:46 am (#2883 of 2981)

Hello everybody! I've missed a few days because I've been working on creating these icing flowers for the wedding cakes. The royal icing flowers have to be made ahead of time because they're tedious, time-consuming, and need to dry before decorating.

I'm afraid that in my brief absence there have been nearly 300 posts made on this thread alone. **Gasp!!** Please forgive me for skipping ahead and giving a general greeting of well wishes and best luck all around!

Has everybody read on the Leaky Cauldron about how these 2 guys stole copies of the HBP and tried to sell them to a reporter? They were both arrested and there are 2 copies being kept in a secure location somewhere. (Yeah, right, somebody's reading them!). But the stupefying thing to me is that before it was over the thief shot at the reporter trying to get the books. I want my copy as much as anybody, and more than some. But I think that I'll wait until July 16th, thank you very much, if I'm going to have to dodge bullets to gain a copy!

Have a great weekend everybody! I'm off to rush to the store for more powdered sugar for the wedding cake! (Or as we say here in the South... "I'm fixin' teh go teh de store."



Catherine - Jun 4, 2005 8:20 am (#2884 of 2981)

Enjoy your weekend, everyone. I will be in Virginia visiting family, but I know that most of the places we stay, I will have access to a computer, so hopefully I can stay current.

**waves to everyone**


Lina - Jun 4, 2005 8:36 am (#2885 of 2981)

Thora, Gina's defence is in the "Snape" thread, where else?

Hey Barbie! I was wondering whether to ask about you or not, but I supposed that you must be busy, so better not disturbed. Does it mean that you are done with the flowers? As a matter of fact, you do have to be organized to do such a big cake. I'll keep thinking of you. Just make sure to let us know when to cast the Stayus Togetherus charm!

Have a wonderful weekend Catherine. I have let my hubby take care of the children today. It is so peacefully inside....


Denise P. - Jun 4, 2005 8:36 am (#2886 of 2981)

Psst...Kim! I got mail! Thanks so much!

Last night I spent doing Relay for Life with our Cubs and our sponsor. It is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. As a survivor, Devin was presented a medal by the mayor (all survivors present get a medal, Devin was the youngest there) and interviewed by the local paper. His picture and the article were in today's edition. We walked the track and the kids pooped out by about 11 pm. I stayed until after midnight before packing it in. It was a lot of fun.


Acceber  - Jun 4, 2005 9:05 am (#2887 of 2981)

Kim, my camp is near Rutland, VT, a not-so-far drive from Woodstock. Camp starts June 26. I hope that's one of the weekends you're in Vermont.

~*goes back to lurking*


GryffEndora - Jun 4, 2005 9:49 am (#2888 of 2981)

fbv807 - thank you for telling me how to access the world crossing e-mail. I'm here more than anywhere else so I just changed my e-mail. Anyone who wants to drop me a line feel free!

Barbie - I was watching a bit of Emeril Live last night and he had a guest chef with him. She was teaching him how to decorate cakes. I came in while he was trying to learn how to crumb coat. Needless to say it was a hoot. Later she taught him how to make "Mar-zee-pan" (as pronounced by Mr. Legasse) fruit. She showed a few beautiful cakes with drop string work and intricate piping techniques. She even had a cake in a case that was, I think 15-20 thousand dollars. I thought of this when I read about your royal icing flowers. You certainly have one up on Emeril and I know you will end up making a gorgeous cake! Good Luck!

I was going to ask about joining Procrastinators Anonymous but it seems that that discussion has ended. Oh well, I guess it can wait until later.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I'm certainly enjoying the gray skies and the rain! You'd think the bad weather would send more people shopping but noooooo. FYI: I work retail and work every Saturday. Usually bad weather means more customers, but apparently not today.

I manage an art gallery in a mall down the hall from a Barnes & Noble. We are planning a Harry Potter themed exhibit for the months of June & July if we get artwork submitted from our artists. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and will try to post images when they come in. My job has perks! Two years ago I got to help judge the broomstick decorating contest at the Harry Potter Party!

Well off to the threads!


Good Evans - Jun 4, 2005 10:34 am (#2889 of 2981)

Thora - your holiday sounds great and the kids were really good too - well done you, that couldn't have been easy. Being English when I went to Lake havasu it was a quaint home from home, but that was back in the 70's. If they haven't updated the style it would look quite alien now I suspect!!

Barbie - I'm glad that wedding cake is going well, it is a mammouth project!

i'm off to post now!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 4, 2005 11:13 am (#2890 of 2981)

Kim, my camp is near Rutland, VT, a not-so-far drive from Woodstock. Camp starts June 26. I hope that's one of the weekends you're in Vermont.---Acceber

Rebecca, Looks like you'll be heading up as I'm heading home. And I do know where Rutland is, not too far at all. It's absolutely beautiful up there. How long have you been going to camp? I never went to a summer camp myself, but one of the friends I'll be seeing that weekend did. I'll have to find out the name.

I got to do my errands in the Jeep with the top down and after a month of rain, boy! was that fun! Now, off to the beach!

[Denise, I'm glad you got it. You would have loved the shop I picked it up in. They even had wands! ]


Madam Pince - Jun 4, 2005 11:41 am (#2891 of 2981)

Thora, I hope you understand the context in which I mean this, but your son's scar is really cool! From what I can see of it in your avatar, it looks very Harry Potter-ish! (Naturally I am very sorry that he fell and had to get stitches and all that, but still... if he had to get stitches, those he got are pretty cool!)

Good luck on the icing flowers, Barbie! I actually liked flower-making best of all parts of cake decorating. The drop-string work that GryffEndora mentioned is something I found nigh-unto impossible to do. It's very difficult to keep those strings uniform in size and spacing -- ugh!

I am finding it very hard to feel sorry for that reporter who got shot at while trying to "obtain" the stolen copies of HBP. Yeah, right -- he was going to return them. Ha!   Let's hope all involved in that caper get stuck in Azkaban being guarded by dementors. (or have detention with Dolores -- which would be worse?)


Good Evans - Jun 4, 2005 11:48 am (#2892 of 2981)

hee hee madam Pince - couldn't agree more

I've just finished watching tonights' Dr Who -(Daleks next week, yeay!!) and I am more firmly convinced that Annette Badland will make a great Umbridge, and shall post so on the cast thread later. - Just thought I' d mention it !!



GryffEndora - Jun 4, 2005 12:52 pm (#2893 of 2981)

Too bad the new Dr. Who isn't on BBC America. Or it is and I haven't found it yet.


Cornelia - Jun 4, 2005 1:41 pm (#2894 of 2981)

Hallo everybody!

I just visited the New York Times homepage and discovered that they put the Crossword puzzles online. Does anybody know if they will put the HP Puzzle online? (Would be good, I wouldn´t have to ask my hubbys boss to ask her former co-workers in NY to get me one...)

I hope your weather is better than ours! Have a nice Saturday/Sunday!


GryffEndora - Jun 4, 2005 1:44 pm (#2895 of 2981)

Cornelia - Is there possibly a local paper in your area that carries the New York Times Crossword? In the Twin Cities the Star Tribune carries it. I'm so happy I started receiving the Sunday Paper!


Cornelia - Jun 4, 2005 1:48 pm (#2896 of 2981)

Sadly the only Newspaper in English here is the Baltic Times and I doubt that they have the Crossword...but thanks!


GryffEndora - Jun 4, 2005 1:53 pm (#2897 of 2981)

Oops, sorry Cornelia, sometimes I forget that I'm talking to people all over the world. You all seem so close to me. I carry you around with me everyday. You must all live where I live.


Cornelia - Jun 4, 2005 1:58 pm (#2898 of 2981)

It´s a small world and a great community we live in...


Marie E. - Jun 4, 2005 2:19 pm (#2899 of 2981)

Kitty's appointment went fine and, like I suspected, she has an UTI (urinary tract infection). The vet also had some other concerns so I'm bringing her back next Saturday for bloodwork. He also found that she has a slight heart murmur now but he said that was common in older cats. He couldn't get over how little she is and that she only weighs 4 lbs. She maxed out at 7 lbs about 11 years ago so she's never been a big kitty. My friend has a cat that is 22 lbs and he looks like a big fur pillow with paws. Heehee.

The vet gave me a sample of these amazing things called pill pockets. My cat hasn't needed meds for many years so I don't know how long they've been on the market. It's a little cat treat with a whole in the side so you can push the pill in. In theory your cat gobbles up the treat and doesn't notice the pill. In her younger days I think Samantha might have eaten the treat and spit out the pill but today she just swallowed it right up.

My hubby is sick today so we've spent a quiet day at home. It's a bit rainy and windy out so I've let the girls enjoy a day of being couch potatoes (usually I'm quite vigilant about getting them outside).

And, I saw Star Wars last night. There's been a lot said so I won't go into details or analysis, but in defense of the dialogue (hears snorts and snickers from the crowd) I did like the exchange between Anakin and Padme where he says something like "You are so beautiful" and she says "Only because I'm so in love", thus proving I am a massive sap when it comes to movies.


Thora - Jun 4, 2005 4:16 pm (#2900 of 2981)

Thora, I hope you understand the context in which I mean this, but your son's scar is really cool! From what I can see of it in your avatar, it looks very Harry Potter-ish! (Naturally I am very sorry that he fell and had to get stitches and all that, but still... if he had to get stitches, those he got are pretty cool!)- Madam Pince

Hee hee, why do you think I took the picture? The stiches are up top, the dark spot where the hair is parted, but the bruise that zig-zagged through two scratches was quite impressive in my mind. Too bad it's gone now.... sigh. My friend's son, who is 2 months older than mine, has dark hair that stands up in back, she tells me he likes to put on a fingerless glove and pretend he's Harry. So I called them both Harry for a few days. Smile
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lemonbalm&bees - Jun 4, 2005 5:17 pm (#2901 of 2981)

WHOA! I didn't know I got HBO! Off to watch Prisoner of Azkaban. What a pleasant surprise.


The giant squid - Jun 4, 2005 5:17 pm (#2902 of 2981)

is there a goal or aim for you group? Do you have a manifesto?

You know, I've been meaning to get around to that...

Squid Mike: I have some more Star Wars questions for you.—Mills[

Elanor did a pretty good job of answering those, even the Death Star one (which, honestly, had me wondering too). As for not liking Anakin, well...he's the bad guy, really. We're not supposed to like him that much. Pity him, maybe but not like.

Kitty's appointment went fine—Marie

Give her a scritch between the ears from me.



Amilia Smith - Jun 4, 2005 6:33 pm (#2903 of 2981)

Thanks for answering all of my Star Wars questions for me, Lemonbalm&bees, Elanor, and Squid Mike. I probably shouldn't keep on about Star Wars here, but you are all so knowledgeable. :-) On that vein . . . do you think Anakin would have been a more sympathetic figure if we had seen Episodes I, II, and III first, and didn't know he was going to become Darth Vader?

Darth Vader side track: When I was a kid, I had a Darth Vader night light. I thought it was the height of cool, but my Mother thought it was a very odd marketing stratagem, to have Darth Vader as something that was supposed to comfort children.

Lemonbalm&bees: I read on the introduction thread (welcome, BTW) that you are planning to be a band teacher. Some advice that you've probably heard before, but I thought I'd reiterate it. Wear earplugs. My Dad is a band teacher, and after 25 years of teaching beginning band, he is starting to go deaf. He has a constant ringing in his ears, and can no longer hear high pitched noises. When the alarm on his watch goes off, we have to tell him, he can't hear it. So, it really does happen. Be warned, and wear earplugs. :-)

I have been plugging away at my Russian self-help project, and I learned a really cool new word today! The word for curiosity is a compound word that translates literally (I think, anyway) as "love to know." Is that not the perfect way to describe curiosity?



fleur-de-lys - Jun 4, 2005 6:34 pm (#2904 of 2981)

Way to say Hey!" Loopy! Give Roscoe, Flash, Jesse, Daisy, Lulu and Cooter a big hug from me!"—Catherine

Gee, can we guess who's a BIG Dukes fan? 'Cept, I'm drawing a blank on Flash. Perhaps Loopy had a lapse and flashed to another show? NAH, Loopy would never be caught doing that. There must be some explanation.

Catherine, sign me up for Procratinators Anonymous. In college, I always used the excuse that I worked better under pressure. Now I come right out and admit it. I am LAZY!!!!!!

Good Evans, thanks for the clarity. I had forgotten I posted about the Cheese Race. Its a very interesting tradition, especially since its survived so long. We have some weird traditions here too. Not 200 years old, but in Philly we have Wing Bowl every year. Its a really odd and (to me) utterly disgusting eating contest. How many how wings can you eat in a certain amount of time. You have to perform some amazing feat to get into Wing Bowl and you wouldn't believe what some people do. This year, one guy ate an entire Yankee jar candle, baby powder scent to get in. YUCK! But the hubby loves it and follows all the pre-event news every year. Yippee, skippee! As to "why" for this...hey, its men...I think that says it all.

I wanted to post this on Friday, but was too tired so...W00T, the Phillies won!!!!! We went to the game Thursday nite, nice surprise, and it was a good game. Its always a good game when they win. But I've been wanting to use the whole "W00T" thingy, but hadn't had the chance. So I hope I used it in the correct context. Anyway, the Phillies won...W00T, W00T, W00T!!!!! Watching Billy Wagner pitch to close the game is amazing! And the munchkin always loves the Phanatic. He's cool. But enough baseball.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I'm feeling much better than I was on Friday. I think things are starting to settle down a bit. Hope I haven't jinxed myself saying that. The last thing I need is to wake up in a leg-locker curse before church tomorrow. Tee hee. Talk to ya all soon.

Luv till Bear Mountain has Cubs, Lori


Denise P. - Jun 4, 2005 6:40 pm (#2905 of 2981)

do you think Anakin would have been a more sympathetic figure if we had seen Episodes I, II, and III first, and didn't know he was going to become Darth Vader?

Well, I am not sure how much my dislike of Anakin stems from the actors or the way he was portrayed. I found him to be a petulant, snotty, arrogant, egocentric brat in Eps I, II and III. He was a perpetual 8 year old with his whining so I didn't feel much sympathy for him but felt for those who had to deal with him.

Procratinators Anonymous - I have been meaning to join this for a few months now. Maybe tomorrow, after all, tomorrow is another day. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2222139670


Doris Crockford - Jun 4, 2005 6:41 pm (#2906 of 2981)

Hi everyone!

I am absolutely exhausted right now. Last night was prom, so naturally, I went to sleep for about 2 hours at 7:30 this morning. But prom was a lot of fun, even though I didn't dance and the music kinda sucked. The after party was a lot of fun though, since it was a bunch of us just hanging out at someone's house.

Okay, I gotta go now (even though this post was really short). My dad has the Dalek episode of Doctor Who on tape (the one that aired about a month ago on CBC), so we're going to watch it.



GryffEndora - Jun 4, 2005 6:58 pm (#2907 of 2981)
Edited Jun 4, 2005 7:48 pm

fleur-de-lys - Gee, can we guess who's a BIG Dukes fan? 'Cept, I'm drawing a blank on Flash.

I think Flash was Roscoe's dog.


Julia. - Jun 4, 2005 7:31 pm (#2908 of 2981)

Good evening everyone!

Oh man, it's absolutely beautiful out here! The weather really is perfect, if only there were a baseball game to go to! If it weren't for the four hour nap I took this afternoon, I would have been out there all afternoon.

On the Star Wars front, the liking Anakin question is a fascinating one. Like Denise, I found him to be petty, arrogant and obnoxious. However, I did get drawn into the story, and I just found him fascinating. I was with him in the beginning, but as Episodes II and III progressed, I was slowly backing away, and becoming less and less fascinated. When the, shall we say, "event" with Master Windu and the Emperor happened, I was out of there, and really ready for him to snuff it. It actually, to give the English Major explanation for it, fit in perfectly with the Shakespeare model of tragedy. It was just like watching a train wreck.

YES!!! Yankees finally won a game!

Hmmmmm, I think I'd like to join PA, but I haven't gotten around to it. Perhaps at some point, eventually...


lemonbalm&bees - Jun 4, 2005 7:39 pm (#2909 of 2981)

Amilia- thanks for the concerned message. Yes, hearing loss is something we musicians fear above all else. You can bet that if the drumline ever has to have an indoor sectional rehearsal, my ears will be plugged! Always glad to hear of someone who has family in music education. Mostly because it gives the rest of us hope that it is still possible to have a life outside of your job!

A question just for you: if Amilia is in fact your real name, what are its roots and meanings? My little sister goes by that name, but spell it Amelia. As I am very interested in names, I'm curious to hear where yours comes from.


Amilia Smith - Jun 4, 2005 7:55 pm (#2910 of 2981)

Amilia is indeed my real name. I haven't the imagination to come up cool pseudonym. Unfortunately, I haven't got any interesting stories to go with it either, other than my Mother's theory that with a last name like Smith, you can't have a common first name. They got into genealogy and family names about four years after I was born, so I could tell you stories about all of my brothers' and sisters' names, but not mine. My folks just liked the way the name sounded, and my Mom thought that was the way it was spelled. She offered to get the spelling legally changed for me when I was in High School, but by then I had gotten used to and quit caring about being misspelled. And now, I kind of like it. It's different, and has something of a symmetry and rhythm to it, with the two "i"s.

It's interesting to hear different views of Anakin. I'm going to have to think about your Shakespeare analogy, Julia.



Julia. - Jun 4, 2005 8:25 pm (#2911 of 2981)

According to my baby names book Amilia means "Latin, 'Amiable.' Also possible variant spelling for Amelia or Emilia, though it comes from a different root than the latter."

Hope that helped, and yay for the Shakespeare model of tragedy. My Professor would be so proud.


Amilia Smith - Jun 4, 2005 8:27 pm (#2912 of 2981)

Amiable . . . I like that! Thanks.



fleur-de-lys - Jun 4, 2005 8:32 pm (#2913 of 2981)

Gryffendora, THAT'S RIGHT!!!! I completely forgot. How could I forget Flash? I am so embarrassed. I guess Loopy knows what he's talking about after all. I still can't believe I forgot Flash. He was the best! I can sleep easy tonight knowing that Flash is not forgotten.

Luv N Mush, Lori


Phoenix song - Jun 4, 2005 9:09 pm (#2914 of 2981)

Hello everybody! I see that you've all been busy posting while I've been out fighting the crowds and the miserable, sweltering heat while grocery shopping today! Let's see if I can remember all that I wanted to say...

*Lina, please don't ever feel like you can't disturb me. I always have time for hellos from my Forum Friends! The cake flowers are all but done. I think that I'm ready to move on to the next phase of this cake project!

*GryffEndora, I know what you mean about not even thinking about how far apart we all live. A few months ago, one of my sisters dropped over to visit. I was finishing up some e-mails to a few Forum buddies, Elanor (from France) and Round Pink Spider (from Minnesota). I'm from Louisiana. My nosy sister just had to know who I was writing, about what, and where they're from. It really hit me how far apart we all are when her eyes popped out at the thought that I actually talk to people from "Up North" and "Foreign" countries. She wouldn't have been more surprised if I had told her that I was sending e-mails to Jupiter!! I truly feel so enriched by my connections with everybody, and don't give much of a thought anymore about how far apart we all are. Belonging to this Forum has really taught me that, at heart, people are essentially the same. We all want the same things for ourselves and for our families. It is only space and borders that really divide us.

Thora, I got quite a chuckle out of your son's lightning bolt scar. I hope that if I ever receive a scar on my forehead, that it will be much like that one as well. That reminds me, I don't remember who it was, but when I first joined the Forum somebody told about their child cutting his forehead on the corner of a desk and how it left a jagged scar. I remember laughing so hard because she said that they renamed the desk "Voldemort" because it had "marked the boy as it's equal." I hope that somebody can remember that story, because it's going to drive me crazy trying to remember who posted it!

My husband and I were discussing how unique it would be to have an authentic lightning bolt scar on your forehead, and wondering whether anyone has ever gotten one tatooed. This led us into an interesting discussion on the wide assortment of tatooes that he sees in his travels. Do you know, that he actually saw, in person, somebody that had the word "STUPID" tatooed right across their forehead last week? It was in big, black, calligraphied letters. I asked him if he got up the nerve to ask the guy about his unusual "markings", he said that the guy didn't seem to be the type that would "welcome personal questions." I teased him about being a chicken, but he probably had a point there. A person bold enough to get a tatoo like that is probably not a person to mess with! Well, at least I know that there's one person that can't use the line: "Do I look like I've got 'STUPID' tatooed across my forehead or something?"

Madam Pince, I agree about the flower making being the best part of cake decorating. I love to make the flowers as well. I'm afraid that I'm a bit out of practice, though. I haven't really made any cakes since last year, because so much of my time since then was taken up helping my father in his last months. I'm quite grateful that my future sis-in-law didn't ask for drop string garlands. I'm going to have to make tripled ruffled garlands, which are difficult enough to space consistently. But those drop string swags can be so terrible! I don't mind making them, but they break off so easily in our high-humidity weather. They're just not worth it in my opinion! I'm estimating that I'll need about 300 forget-me-nots and apple blossoms, so that I'll have plenty for breakages and repairs. They're all ghastly white, of course, since she doesn't want any color on or anywhere near the cake. I'd just love to make them in pretty pale, pastel colors, but it's not my call.

Well, I hope that everybody forgives me my long post. I just had so much to say! I hope that you all have good nights!

Edited for clarity purposes! Sorry!


Julia. - Jun 4, 2005 9:54 pm (#2915 of 2981)

*waves to Barbie* I know exactly what you mean, it's hard to believe just how close this forum brings us. We really are a family around here, and it really doesn't feel like we're as far away as we all are. I've got friends here who can't believe that thanks to Harry Potter I've got friends in California, Louisiana, Texas, Spain, France, Croatia, Norway, and Maldives just to name a few. *hugs and butterbeers to my Forum family!!*

Oh man Barbie, that is quite possible the funniest thing I've heard all day, and that's including something about a flying cat.

I should really go to sleep now. I'm going into New York with my friends tomorrow for the Salute to Israel Parade. I'm all excited, I get to be on a float!!


Lina - Jun 4, 2005 11:20 pm (#2916 of 2981)

Cornelia: It´s a small world and a great community we live in...

Yes it is. And ain't it great? Our tv reporters, when going abroad, keep asking passengers "What do you know about Croatia?" And people answer so many different things, like former Russian country and so on. And I keep imagining them running into a Forum member who answers : "Oh, yes, I have friends there!"

What a great invention, pill pockets! We have always been giving the medicines to our dogs by force. If you don't put the medicine deep enough in their mouth, they won't swallow. Mixing it with the food didn't help either, so I believe that this pockets wouldn't work either. But I believe that using force with dogs is simpler than with cats. Once my sister's dog (who is at least 30 kg) took chocolate from my daughter's (who was 3 or 4 at the time) hand and she grabbed the dogs mouth screaming "Give me back my chocolate!" And the stupid dog, who didn't have to attack her, just to walk away, stood there whining an waiting for someone to save her.

Barbie, please, don't take my words too hard, you know I'm not so good in picking them. I knew that "disturbing" was not a good word but it would take me too long to think of a better one. I believe you will feel much better when the wedding will be over. And as much scary it might sound that the wedding day is coming closer every day, but the day after the wedding is coming closer as well. This is the thing that usually comforts me.


Elanor - Jun 4, 2005 11:55 pm (#2917 of 2981)

Hello everybody! It is Sunday morning in this part of the Forum world and I'm wishing a good day to my forum family! It is a great one, indeed.

I saw SW again last evening and it was great. I loved to notice all those little details I didn't see the first time I saw it, I think I even caught a glimpse of Mom Mothma at some point. I had seen a picture of her in the official guide and was wondering where she was in the movie (I bet she is in one of those deleted scenes we'll see on the dvd, but I would have loved to see her creating the rebel alliance with Bail Organa).

Julia:"It was just like watching a train wreck."

What a great analysis it is! Yes, it is just like the tragedies of old. It reminds me of "Antigone", the version by Jean Anouilh. It begins with a "Prologue" introducing the characters and saying about her: "Elle pense qu'elle va mourir, qu'elle est jeune et qu'elle aussi, elle aurait bien aimé vivre. Mais il n'y a rien à faire. Elle s'appelle Antigone et il va falloir qu'elle joue son rôle jusqu'au bout..." ("She thinks she's going to die, that she is young and that she, too, would have liked to live. But there is nothing to do. Her name is Antigone and she will have to play her role till the end..."). I see Anakin like that, "There is nothing to do. His name is Anakin and he will have to play his role till the end."

Squid Mike, thanks for the compliment! There is still something that I am wondering about the whole saga. It is about episode VI, when Luke asks Leia if she remembers her real mother and that Leia says something like she only remembers feelings, images, that she was beautiful and sad and died when she was very young. I presume she talks about her adoptive mother here but somehow I had always imagined she was talking about Padmé. Am I the only one wondering about that?

Marè: "We might feed you a canary cream for no reason what so ever". He, he... I bet I would love that!

Thora: I love your son's picture!

Have a great day everybody! Barbie, good luck with the cake decoration!


Edit: I've just realised that there will be a new chat thread very soon. Do you think it will last till the HBP release? I don't know why, but somehow this possibility comforts me, the release is not that far anymore, isn't it?


CatherineHermiona - Jun 5, 2005 1:54 am (#2918 of 2981)

I'm just so tired trying catch all posts. Every time I come to this thread there is at least 20 new posts and while I'm reading there comes even more.

It is Sunday morning here and last day that I am here (this weekend). It is raining and we can't ride a bike so I have more time to write here. I'm happy because we had, have and going to have a great time here and I hope Martina feels the same. I wanted to write same without the but Martina and my mother said that there goes the. But I still think that it is without the so help me.



dizzy lizzy - Jun 5, 2005 1:54 am (#2919 of 2981)

I reckon we'll get our new chat thread very very soon (within the next 12 hours). And yes I hope it last us till HBP. I don't think it will last much sooner past that though. There will be just too many things to talk about.

I too, cannot get over how nice our forum family is and how spread out we are all over the world. It is like going to the letter box and looking for those letters from our pen friends. And the joy and pleasure it is to read all those "letter" and laugh at the fun things.



septentrion - Jun 5, 2005 2:30 am (#2920 of 2981)

Elanor : There is still something that I am wondering about the whole saga. It is about episode VI, when Luke asks Leia if she remembers her real mother and that Leia says something like she only remembers feelings, images, that she was beautiful and sad and died when she was very young. I presume she talks about her adoptive mother here but somehow I had always imagined she was talking about Padmé. Am I the only one wondering about that?

No, you're not the only one. I know think she remembers her adoptive mother because in Ep IV, nobody ever speaks of Leia's mother but of her father, which could mean her (adoptive) mother was dead at that time.

Hee hee, canary cream, would love that too


Detail Seeker - Jun 5, 2005 3:10 am (#2921 of 2981)

Elanor, I bet, that the coming up chat thread will last until after HBP coming out- but only just. Last week, there were 420posts here from Sunday morning to Saturday morning (= the amount I had to obliviate after one week of Forum absence). Extrapolation of this amount gives us about seven weeks for the coming up chat thread, which would be sufficient. (Looking back at times, where a chat thread would last three months...)

Happy Sunday everybody !


Good Evans - Jun 5, 2005 7:06 am (#2922 of 2981)

Doris Crockford - I hope you enjoyed the "Dalek episode" - they are back next week too - so no that episode was not the last ever dalek - I hope that doesn't spoil it for you - I just knew that they couldn't be gone - they are the ultimate evil - LV or a Dalek - I choose LV to go up against - Daleks give mt the chills!

Gryffendora - I hope that you manage to catch the series and see Margaret the slytheen.(not quite a slytherin hmmn), then you will see what I mean.

Julie X

take care


Phoenix song - Jun 5, 2005 8:07 am (#2923 of 2981)

Lina, please don't think that I was upset in the least! Sometimes it is difficult for teasing to come across in written words. I was just trying to assure you that I would always enjoy hearing from you all! I don't think you're not good at choosing your words at all. In fact, I am deeply impressed at everyone that posts here that normally speak another language. I find it to be an awesome task to read, think, and write in another language, especially to so many different people!!

So, while it may be difficult for you to think of the right words, it never seems to me as if you have any problems at all. Truthfully, you write so well that I feel as if I could walk across my front yard to discover you all living right across the street from me.

When I joined the Forum a year ago, I didn't imagine that I'd be developing friends from the next state over... much less from across the world! It makes our world situation seem less impossible that we've all come together so spectacularly.

By the way, if somebody asked me what I knew about Croatia, I would definitely say that I have TWO forum friends over there! (I'd also have to add that Dr. Kovach on E.R. is from Croatia. **wink, wink**)

Have a good day everybody!

P.S. Thanks to everybody for their well wishes on this wedding cake. So far it's going well, and I am looking forward to getting it all over with!


Marè - Jun 5, 2005 9:17 am (#2924 of 2981)
Edited Jun 5, 2005 11:20 am

After a google search I found this on a SW discussion forum in a post from 11/5/02, they copied this info from the star wars databank (official site):

The Jedi hero and general, Obi-Wan Kenobi, secretly transported Leia and her mother to the planet Alderaan, where she was to be raised by Kenobi's friend Bail Organa. The boy, Luke, was taken to the distant world of Tatooine. Leia has few memories of her true mother, Padmé Amidala. All that Leia can recall is that she was beautiful, but sad.

Apparently this was the old information in the databank. The new one is exactly the same except from the bold parts. (bold is mine). So in the original trilogy Padme didn't die right away.

Now where was Mon Motha in episode III? (I love continuity... I just have a hard time spotting it... going to watch 4,5 and 6 when I get to my parents again.)

Edit: Did you know that the balls of water the senator is watching in the opera house is the Man Calamari Ballet doing "Squid Lake."


Phoenix song - Jun 5, 2005 9:21 am (#2925 of 2981)

Mare, thanks for the Star Wars information. I have a non-Star Wars related question, though. I was curious if your new avatar was a picture of you. I clicked on your picture, and found your introduction to be intriguing. Why do you think that you're not supposed to put anything into your introduction? Feel free to e-mail me if you're not comfortable answering here!



Marè - Jun 5, 2005 9:37 am (#2926 of 2981)

Barbie yes that's me. It's a picture from last year that I found somewhere and I thought it made a fun avatar.

And as for my profile, I used to have a pretty long one, but WX doesn't allow some things anymore. We had a discussion about this, Penny Lane., "-- Questions for the Host(s)" #1033, 2 May 2005 1:50 pm.
I haven't tried if it is fixed yet. The line that is there now is more of a joke, after trying for awhile this was the only thing the system accepted. So I left it at that.


Ydnam96 - Jun 5, 2005 9:40 am (#2927 of 2981)

So I have a horrible sunburn on my face. I've tried aloe-vera, after sun burn lotion, and apple vinegar. Oooof I had a yard sale yesterday with my friends and it was overcast and I got really burned. I have to go to a conference tomorrow...haha, with a tomato face.

But, I made some good money on a bunch of junk that I had Smile


Loopy Lupin - Jun 5, 2005 9:58 am (#2928 of 2981)

Way to say "Hey!" Loopy!--- Catherine

Thank you. I feel awash in positive reinforcement. Razz


Elanor - Jun 5, 2005 11:29 am (#2929 of 2981)

Thanks for searching about Leia, Marè, this is curious indeed... I hope Lucas will explain this sometime! As for Mon Mothma, she definitely is in the end credits, I checked yesterday. The picture of her that I have shows a short red haired young woman, in a long cream-colored dress. So, I particularly searched for dresses like that in the film and I think I spotted her amongst the politicians who go with Palpatine, just after Anankin and Obi-Wan saved him (just before Anankin has this little chat with Bail Organa about Grievous in that big corridor). I can be wrong though!

Thanks for calculating about the chat thread Detail Seeker! I don't know why, but knowing that we will soon post on the thread on which we will live the final countdown till the HBP release makes me truly realise it is nearly here, at hand! We've been waiting for so long a time! **Ican'twaitIcan'twaitIcan'twait**

Ydam, I'm really sorry about your sunburn! **sending anti-tomato face charms**


Edit: I have found a picture of Mon Mothma on the official SW site. It is not the same that is in the guide but is definitely the same actress! Mon Mothma. I hope it is okay to post this link, if not please forgive me.


Eponine - Jun 5, 2005 11:36 am (#2930 of 2981)

Ydnam, you should try first aid cream. It works wonders on sunburns. I got a horrible sunburn the week I did lifeguard training several years ago, and I had to be in my mother's wedding at the end of the week. A friend of mine told me to use it extremely liberally. I ended up using about 3 tubes of it on Friday night, and my sunburn was gone on Saturday. I'd recommend the Johnson and Johnson brand, but I'm sure other kinds work just as well.


Ydnam96 - Jun 5, 2005 12:03 pm (#2931 of 2981)

Eponine, do you mean like hydrocortisone? I'm not sure what first aid cream is but if it works I'll try it! Thanks


CatherineHermiona - Jun 5, 2005 12:14 pm (#2932 of 2981)

You are talking about Star Wars all the time and I'm jealous because I can't watch Episode III (not allowed to younger than 13). I remember I watched Star Wars in kindergarten because our preschool teacher was giving it to us. But I don't remember which. I have picture book about Skywalker family. Mum says that we will borrow all films and until we come to Episode III I will have 13 years.

By the way, thanks GriffEndora what you stood in my defence (in Shack on a large rock way out to sea thread). I forgot to write it there. Your guessing was right: I meant symbolism but my mum didn't say anything so I thought that was right.


Eponine - Jun 5, 2005 12:23 pm (#2933 of 2981)

Ydnam, I don't know if hydrocortisone is the same thing. My tube of it just says First Aid Cream - skin wound protectant, for minor cuts, scrapes and burns, soothing, greasless, non-irritating. I think it might be similar to Neosporin.


timrew  - Jun 5, 2005 12:50 pm (#2934 of 2981)

More news on the 'security man' who stole a copy of HBP. He phoned The Daily Mirror - a British daily tabloid, and said he 'had something' for them. When the reporter went round he said he had a copy of HBP, and it had been really difficult to get hold of (this bit I failed to grasp, because with morons like him guarding it, it should have been really easy!).

Anyway, he demanded £30,000 from the reporter for the book, and then pointed to two guns on his mantlepiece, saying that he would shoot anyone that 'shopped' him.

Naturally, the reporter went straight to the police, who went round to the security man's house and arrested him. There was no big shoot-out, because the guns were replicas.

So our friend must now be looking at 5 years inside for threatening someone with a weapon. It doesn't matter that it wasn't real.

Oh, and no secrets from the book were revealed, because he couldn't read. Sorry, I just made that up!


GryffEndora - Jun 5, 2005 1:09 pm (#2935 of 2981)

CatherineHermiona - No problem! I'm glad you could laugh about it. Keep that attitude and life will be much easier to cope with.


Lina - Jun 5, 2005 2:07 pm (#2936 of 2981)

****Just winking back to Barbie!

Oh, Griffendora, we had a really good laugh. Till tears.

Though, the weekend was not so good this time. It rained today (cats and rats - oh sorry, cats and dogs) and after installing the new water heater, we found out that a part of the plumbing, connected to the water heater and not used last time, are broken too. So some major working is needed and we will spend our weekends at home until it gets repaired. And I am going back to work next Monday. I like meeting my co-workers, I just don't like coming home at 4 p. m.

Have a nice week everybody, and Mandy, I hope your sun burn becomes a sun tan soon!


Ydnam96 - Jun 5, 2005 3:00 pm (#2937 of 2981)

Thanks Lina, unfortunatley I don't tan. I burn and the peel and I'm back to white again, although with a few more freckles Smile

Sorry to hear about your plumbing problems, that's not fun. Good luck with going back to work.


fleur-de-lys - Jun 5, 2005 3:23 pm (#2938 of 2981)

Lina, what is that pic ( your avatar) from? I only know Goran as Luka on the tv show ER, one of my favorites. But I really like his acting skill. If that's from something else he's in, I'd love to check it out.

Well, today has been uneventful. Good church service this morning, but a lot of updating people on mom. She's doing pretty good. Adjusting to home life has been a bit tough, but she's getting there. If only her ankle would let up. She's been having severe pain there for almost a year and a half. We've been to almost every doctor you can think of, but no one has come up with a solution yet. But we'll keep trying. Its getting really frustrating for me, I can only imagine how frustrated she must be.

Puck, I did warn her about being frisked at the airport. She was a bit surprised, but understood. She's glad to know in advanced and not to be surprised when she flies to Vegas this summer.

Well, hope everyone's had a good weekend. Back to the old grindstone tomorrow. Yippee. Talk to ya all soon.

Luv till the Kitchen Sinks, Lori


GryffEndora - Jun 5, 2005 4:48 pm (#2939 of 2981)

Fleur - Goran is wonderfully dark and the villain in Practical Magic with Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Stockard Channing & Dianne Weist. Great movie! I strongly recommend it. I don't think Lina's pic is from that though.


applepie - Jun 5, 2005 5:15 pm (#2940 of 2981)

Wow, what a day. It rained horribly this morning and when it finally stopped, I decided to go to the grocery since I hadn't made it there yet. I almost pulled my hair out while waiting to check out and when I finally made it out of the door to come back home, it was pouring again! That's just my luck! I got home without a dry spot on my body. It'll be a miracle if I don't get the flu!

I haven't had much time to log on since Friday afternoon and it's about 7pm on Sunday. The kiddies start camp tomorrow and they are excited about that. I'm not too excited because it costs more than their tuition for school. I just wish I didn't have to work and could keep them home for the summer.

The hubby and kids are watching Pirates of the Carribbean. I am trying to read the 50+ posts on this thread alone, so I'll start with a brief all-encompassing, "Hello" to everyone and well wishes for all of you as well. I hope all of you had a much less water-logged weekend than I. Not that we didn't need it, but all the same it is never convenient. Remarkably enough the kids got to play their baseball games yesterday. My rain dances never work when they are supposed to. I would have much rathered wake up to the thunderstorm yesterday, skip the ball games, and sleep in, but that didn't happen.

As I am typing it has started pouring again. It had stopped for about half an hour and is back full-force now.

Well, I'm going to check the rest of the threads and try to post a bit. I really have tons to do, but I am being quite lazy in light of the weather outside.

I would also like to say in relation to the conversation about the community of this forum, that I am deeply grateful that I came upon this forum, and had the guts to post. I always wanted a penpal as a child, and am continually impressed by the forum as a whole. So, from me to all of you.....Thanks!


dizzy lizzy - Jun 5, 2005 5:25 pm (#2941 of 2981)

I think a forum like this is better than any pen pal in a way. You don't have to wait for the letters to reach your "penpal" anymore (and the looong wait for the reply!) .



applepie - Jun 5, 2005 5:28 pm (#2942 of 2981)

Oh, I very much agree, dizzy lizzy. I think the forum is like the pen pal of the 21st century....


Puck - Jun 5, 2005 6:14 pm (#2943 of 2981)

I've been waiting for hours for the rain to arrive to cool us off, but it hasn't. It's the first sunny weekend in over a month hear, and 90 degrees to boot! We never really had spring weather, right from cold and damp to hot and humid. My in-laws arrive tomorrow and I have yet to clean. The house is a disaster, I'm just too hot to bother. I too, ran to the grocery store, happy to hide in the air conditioning!

Thanks for the info about e-mail and changing my settings.

Lori, glad your Mom is adjusting. Boston has regular support group meeting, though I've never attended. I expect Philly might have the same. I was part of an on line group for a while, though. More to help me cope with Parker having the condition than anything else -needed to talk to other moms.

Thora, a car trip with 4 under 4? Amazingly brave! We drove to Disney with two this fall, and I thought that was a long 2 days!

Have a good week all!



Finn BV - Jun 5, 2005 6:14 pm (#2944 of 2981)

Yes, I agree. The forum is a fantastic way to meet other people; I'm just jealous I'm not going to the Forum Meeting! If only I were older…

Anyway, tomorrow morning I'm off to find out the results of my four final exams: Math, History, Spanish, and Science. I'll let you all know how I've done.

Kinda tired… off to bed. More to chat about tomorrow…


Ponine - Jun 5, 2005 6:24 pm (#2945 of 2981)

Hei alle sammen!! I just want to point out that it is now official - due to this forum, I am lagging SEVERELY in all my emailing, downloading and all other computer-related tasks. It has come to the point that procrastination is no longer an option (it's a lifestyle.. ) I can't wait to see a picture of Barbie's cake, and as we foreigners say - 'I'll be back.'


GryffEndora - Jun 5, 2005 6:48 pm (#2946 of 2981)

I have a shameful confession to make. I have never read SS, CoS, PoA or GoF. I have only listened to them repeatedly on tape and then CD. Here is why I am confessing. Today I finally decided to use some gift cards from Christmas and treat myself to the books in paperback. It's difficult to reference & quote from a CD so I have this Forum to thank for lighting the fire under me to get out and get the books. OotP was the first Harry Potter book that I actually read before I listened to it. I already have OotP in hard cover but I purchased OotP in paperback as well. I want all the books in hard cover but I couldn't afford them today. One thing I discovered was that is was about 4 dollars cheaper to buy the paperbacks individually than in the boxed set. I guess thick cardboard is pretty expensive. Anyway, they say confession is good for the soul. I hope you all can absolve me. Again, thank you everyone for the push to purchase.

I love my Forum family. I'm delighted to have made friends across the country and the globe through Harry Potter. If he can unite the world through us surely he will find a way to unite The Wizarding World. Much love to you all!

Oh My Goodness!!! A local theatre the Theatre De La Jeune Lune just won the Regional Theatre Award on the Tonys! This is the 2nd Minneapolis theatre to win the Regional Tony in less than 5 years! W00T!!! This is a wonderful theatre. It is the first theatre I saw Hamlet in. That same year I saw 2 different productions of Hamlet by the Royal Shakespeare Company one locally and one in London. It was a great year for me and Hamlet and now this wonderful theatre gets $25,000 dollars to continue doing great theatre. It soooo cool!!! Sorry I'm a bit of a theatre geek but I just love a home town hero! Wow! For those of you who don't know Minnesota has the most theatres per capita of any state outside of New York and we have a great Theatre Community. I'm just so proud to see them get recognized! Yay live theatre!!!


lemonbalm&bees - Jun 5, 2005 6:57 pm (#2947 of 2981)

GryffEndora- well you certainly fooled me! I would never have guessed you had never actually read those books. You manage to be just as knowledgeable about them as anyone else. Because, of course, the books were read to you...

Always love to hear from someone else who appreciates some good Hamlet now and then. I confess I have never seen it live, although if the opportunity ever makes itself convenient to me, I will certainly jump up on that! However, I am probably the only dork who frequently re-visits her old marked up high school version- just for fun!


Eponine - Jun 5, 2005 7:21 pm (#2948 of 2981)

I love live theatre. It's so great. GryffEndora, I'm thrilled that your local theatre won the Tony. I like watching the Tony's, and I'm looking forward to the performance from Spamalot. I'm also just loving watching Hugh Jackman.

GryffEndora, I'm also quite surprised you've only listened to the books.

Whee! Spamalot!


Julia. - Jun 5, 2005 7:51 pm (#2949 of 2981)

Ohhhh, I love live theatre! I have a confession to make though. About three and a half years ago my family and I flew to London for the weekend. Saturday night we went to the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet. I was so jetlagged, and so tired, that I fell asleep. *gasp* I was awake for the beginning, the end and the grave digger scene, that was it. My Shakespeare professor was horrified, and I thought it was as close to blasphemy as you can get without actually being blasphemy.

Fleur, I'm glad your mum is doing better.

fbv, don't worry, we don't plan on stopping these gatherings any time soon, so when you're older we all look forward to meeting you.

Today my friends and I went to the Salute to Israel parade in New York. It was really fun, we got to march with the Hillel group, and since we had huge Israeli flags, we got to be in the front. It was an excellent day, even though we were all very hot, as it was about 90 degrees out.


Ydnam96 - Jun 5, 2005 9:18 pm (#2950 of 2981)

Julia, that sounds like it was a fun parade! It's not everyday that you get to be in a parade in NYC Smile

GryffEndora: hey I don't see listening to them as a problem. Smile I prefer reading because I find it relaxing but you know sometimes it's more realistic for people who have busy lives to listen to books. That's why having them on tape/cd is sooo amazing. I personally read them all first (I have them both in paper and hard back, US versions. I would love to get some of the UK editions...) but then I moved from Virginia to California so I bought them all on CD (well some were a gift). It was great! Plus, my mom who was one of those "Harry Potter is evil" people had to listen to them as well, cause she was in the car, and she got totally into it. Long story for me to say: you have nothing to be ashamed of. But I would recommend reading them because there is something special about that!

I'm off tomorrow morning for my week long conference near Portland Oregon. It's pretty up there...but it's supposed to rain the whole week. Oh well. Hopefully it goes well. I am NOT a fan of flying. I'm glad I'm going in a large group because it will make it a little easier (I should never have gotten into the show LOST).

Have a great week everyone! *I might pop on early tomorrow am before I head out, we'll see how late I'm running *
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Phoenix song - Jun 5, 2005 9:50 pm (#2951 of 2981)

Hello everybody! **winks back at Lina with the gorgeous picture of Goran!** (Psst... I really like him, too! )

I've had a most eventful day! This morning, I went over to help my mom with her yard work. We have 2 acres each to maintain, and it's more difficult to accomplish now that my father has passed away and my husband is only home a handful of days a month. I had finished my yard yesterday, and decided to work on her yard today as a special "help".

At noon, I went home to feed the kids lunch, and discovered when I entered the house that there had been a fire inside while I was gone. My Central Air Conditioning Unit had caught on fire. It was a miracle that nobody was hurt, (because the blind panic alone would have caused injuries if we had been home!), but it was also a miracle that there was no real damage other than the burnt air conditioner.

Evidently, flames had shot out of the thermostat on my wall, but died out before catching anything else on fire. The thermostat is located right above the desks and bookshelves that I use for my homeschooling, so there was plenty of paper, books, and wood there for kindling, but we were blessed that nothing ignited.

As I sit here typing to you all nearly 12 hours later, I'm still in absolute shock at what happened! And I'm also wondering how I'm going to get rid of the burnt plastic smell in the house! The thermostat actually melted itself into a blob on the wall! It was quite a sight. Well, enough about that, I consider myself to be blessed with my home, my family, and my friends... and I count you all amongst that number!

GryffEndora, I think that your "confession" is quite alright. I enjoy the books on tape as well. I'm glad that the audios for the HP books aren't the "summaried" types of readings that other books have. It would drive me crazy to hear the books if they were little more than book reports, but they're so enjoyable in their entirety!

Since we're confessing, I have some HP confessions as well. I am an intense reader. My husband can read a book without it even looking as if it's ever left the store's shelf. But I "dig into" a book with gusto, leaving the spine a total mess, (in his opinion). Before joining the forum, I began to notice patterns within the books, and began to mark and highlight the text. Several months ago, I began to help more with research for the Cupboard newsletters, and my poor books haven't stood a chance since. They're in literal tatters, coming apart at the seams, and PS literally has loose pages inside.

Recently there was a discussion about how careful people are with their books, and I began to feel a bit guilty about how much I abused my own books. I've vowed that I'm going to purchase a new set of books for regular reading, that I will take very good care of them, and that I will only do research on my "work" books. Whew! Confession is good for the soul. Hopefully you will all forgive me for my rough treatments of these delightful works, and will overlook my ignorant enthusiasm!

Good night all!


lemonbalm&bees - Jun 5, 2005 10:26 pm (#2952 of 2981)

Moo4Freedom- I read your post on the "Tell us about yourself thread" I'm a newcomer, too, but it's feeling more and more like home all the time. Welcome to the forum. You've got some great ideas to offer. (Incidentally, my boyfriend is also of the opinion that cheese improves any dish, except chocolate. I would have to agree, except in the case of cream cheese. Mmmmm cheesecake with a chocolate drizzle...)

Pheonix Song, oh my goodness! When I read the news about your fire, my eyes automatically scanned down searching for the part that said nobody was hurt. Luckily I found it! I am so glad neither you, your family or your house was badly damaged. My aunt's house caught fire last year. Luckily, the family was out of the house in that instance as well, but I got to experience secondhand the total curveball that a fire can throw at you. Count yourself as very fortunate indeed. I'm thankful the most you have to complain about is a nasty smell.

Oh, and don't feel too bad about being an intense reader. A teacher of mine once told me that she did not 'read' books. She 'used' them. I am the same way. Any time you want to read Harry Potter in my family's house back home, you have to search the house for all the missing pages that have come loose from the weak spine, soft with years of hard love. I have a volume of The Little Prince that has highlighted lines all through it, and my The Ordinary Princess looks like a child's coloring books. In fact, I think the shabby state of a book's exterior is only a sign of how much the actual story of the book is loved by its readers.


dizzy lizzy - Jun 5, 2005 10:37 pm (#2953 of 2981)

While we are on treatments of books, all my softcover books have cracked spines. It appears from reports of people watching me read, I "crack" the spine of the book as I read. I actually don't notice I am doing it.

I am glad however that PoA, GoF and OoP are hardbacks, because so far I haven't destroyed them. I have been unable to find hardbacks of the first two books in Australia at a decent price.

I am a re-reader. Books read more than once a year are in a shocking state now and the HP books on CD are on my wish list.

Phoenix Song - I am soo glad to hear that your house survived the "Great Air Conditioner meltdown". I hope that horrible plasticky smell goes away soon.



The giant squid - Jun 6, 2005 2:01 am (#2954 of 2981)

Those of you looking for tidbits in Episode III, keep an eye out for the Millenium Falcon--it makes a brief appearance in the background in one scene. I'm not ashamed to say that someone else saw it before I did...I didn't catch it until my second viewing. I still haven't seen Mon Mothma (that I know of).

Barbie, thank goodness your house is all right! I don't know what the odds of an AC unit spontaneously combusting are, but the odds of that combustion not spreading to the rest of the house are pretty small! Your guardian angel was definitely looking out for you yesterday...



Cornelia - Jun 6, 2005 2:32 am (#2955 of 2981)

Barbie - I´m so happy you and your family are all right and no big(ger)damage is done! Stories like your make me allways check our electric heating and our insurance police...

On the book abuse, I have to confess that I´m not treating my books good. It was said before and I would like to join the club of book "users". Every time I´m reading in the kitchen and lay down my book on the "face" (on the open pages) my hubby tells me "don´t do it, it does hurt me (and the book)". One look on our books and you can tell which one is loved by me and which one is read by Björn.


Lina - Jun 6, 2005 4:17 am (#2956 of 2981)

When I was new to the Forum, I saw comments "Oh, I like your avatar!" and even some explanations on what the avatar is, except it was already changed and I didn't understand anything. Now I have improved.

Fleur, I guess my intention was to provoke the questions about my avatar and I succeeded . Well, you know, Goran made some Croatian films too and they are the reason I like him. He uses to come home on hollyday and then make some films here. This is from the film and the series about the WW II in my country and some time after that I liked very much, but you might not find it interesting or even possible to rent. (The director was his father in law.) But the film I would really recommend is the US-Croatian joined production "The last will". It is a comedy with no political connotations, no big morals, just fun and well done.

Griffendora, your confession is much appreciated. Interesting though. I'm not sure I see what is wrong with listening to the books. Everybody have their own way of perceiving the world.

When I was young, I attended an International and Inter religious meeting that happens every summer in Taize (France - waves to Elanor and Septentrion) and my grandmother commented how these meetings are nice because people who attended them could not make war against each other. Yet, I'm afraid that people who make decisions usually do not attend those meetings or join forums like this one. Can you imagine Fudge joining the Forum?
And congratulations to your local Theatre! That's great!

Mandy, have a good trip!

Oh, Barbie, I can understand your shock! Scary. I'd rather not imagine what could have happened. Good that it didn't! I often leave the house with some appliances on and always believe that nothing would happen. I shouldn't.
And your confession is quite interesting too. I liked to borrow my books to other people, thinking that the more people read them, the better. But the outcome is quite comparable to your "work books" so I have decided to buy new books too and to choose who I borrow the books in the future. Or land?


Good Evans - Jun 6, 2005 5:28 am (#2957 of 2981)

I am an avid reader - but I must admit I listen to the CD's of HP more than I read the text, I might look something up in the book but I generally dont read them all the time now - no time!!

POA on CD arrived in post today - hooray hooray hooray.

Mandy - hope that sunburn goes down real soon

Mike - I did catch the Millenium falcon and nudged hubbys arm to the point he dropped pop corn on the kid infront - not best pleased!!

Barbie - gosh - glad everyone is ok!

Lina - if "Dr Kovic" Goran (cant remember how to spell surname - sorry) is just a sample of Croatia - there must be many more wonderful things to come!!! He was one of the voices in "Ice AGe" and I have seen him in a couple of other things too. Always worth a watch (or a listen)!!

Julia - glad you had fun at the parade

Take care all

Julie X


Finn BV - Jun 6, 2005 5:47 am (#2958 of 2981)

Moo4Freedom, welcome to forum! We hope your enjoy your time here.

GryffEndora, I too was fooled. I've tried books on tape and while they're fun and a good way to pass *long* car trips, afterwards I couldn't tell you anything that happened! (Of course, if it were Harry, I could because I have read them innumerable times, but when we listened to this one Agatha Christie I enjoyed it immensely but completely forgot the whole plot an hour later )

Barbie, glad everyone is OK! Your description of the thermostat melting "into a blob" was quite entertaining. I hope everything's all right.

Mandy, I got a sunburn myself the other day at a pool party without even knowing it. I went to tennis later and was doing stretches on my shoulders (which got hit the most) and yelped with pain (well, maybe this is slight hyperbole ). Good luck and have a good trip!

Now, off to find my final grades!


Steve Newton - Jun 6, 2005 5:52 am (#2959 of 2981)

fbv807, I do most of my 'reading' with recorded books. 50 minutes each way to work and I can get through a book pretty fast. I always pick up details that I hadn't noticed before.


Marie E. - Jun 6, 2005 5:55 am (#2960 of 2981)

Barbie, I'm glad you and your family are safe and sound. I can't imagine how scary that was!

It's supposed to be in the 80's today, thank goodness. We had a cooling trend this weekend which is depressing in June, I think. People are always saying "we need the rain, drought, blah, blah, blah" but I need sun, darn it! Heehee, mini-rant over.


fleur-de-lys - Jun 6, 2005 7:16 am (#2961 of 2981)

Gyffendora, WOW...OH MY GOSH!!!!!! I did see that movie when it was out in the theaters and never even realized it. I'll have to check it out again. I did enjoy it the first time. And congrats to your local theater. What an accomplishment!

Barbie, what a shock to come home and find out about the fire. Thanks goodness no one was hurt and the damage sounds like its minimal. I'm always afraid that I'll lose important memories, like pictures in a fire. We're working on putting them on disk and secured away, but its a long process. And don't worry about your books. I have many that are falling apart as well. I think its the mark of a good, in-depth reader to have beat up books. Just like its the mark of a great cook to have a stained and messy apron. My apron is quite stained. How about yours?

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Ours was uneventful but profitable (is that possible?). Its countdown time at our house. Two weeks until the munchkins birthday and party. Time for some serious planning. Well, have a good day everybody. If you're from the Philly area, or any where else that's having hot weather, stay cool.

Luv N Mush, Lori


Madam Pince - Jun 6, 2005 7:17 am (#2962 of 2981)

Wow, Barbie, I am so glad that the fire in your house turned out to be minor. That is so scary! How fortunate that everything is OK.

GryffEndora, I think it's great that you listened to the books on tape! I would like to try that, but the cost of the tapes has deterred me -- it's almost twice that of the books, I think! Anyway, the one time in my life that I tried to listen to a book on tape, I got all confused and couldn't focus and/or understand, so I just gave up and haven't tried again since. I think I'm more of a "visual" learner, as opposed to an "aural" learner. I know I always did better in school if I saw the topic rather than just heard the lecture -- that's why my notes are almost always verbatim of any lecture, or else I might as well not even be there. (Granted, the book on tape I was listening to was one of Tom Clancy's with a bunch of drug-cartel kingpin-type characters who all had the same Hispanic accent, so I couldn't tell which character was speaking when, but still...)


Denise P. - Jun 6, 2005 7:20 am (#2963 of 2981)

GryffEndora, my 10 year old read GoF while listening to it on audio CD. He had the book and just followed along with the CD. I have all the Potter books on CD and it is nice to have in the car and such. When OoP came out, I put it on in my son's hospital room although I had to pause anytime a specific nurse or doctor came in so they wouldn't be spoiled LOL

Off to Dental appointments this morning...whee! The two kids who are scheduled today are thrilled to bits. Sure....


Finn BV - Jun 6, 2005 8:12 am (#2964 of 2981)

OK… I got my grades back! I can't think of any other way to say them to you other than just saying them, so…
87% Science
93% History
94% Math
95% Spanish

Wheee! (sorry for copying you Denise, but "whee" is a word I use a lot anyway…) I am so happy! Now, off to read the threads.


applepie - Jun 6, 2005 8:13 am (#2965 of 2981)

fbv807, that's wonderful. Congratulations!


Doris Crockford - Jun 6, 2005 8:14 am (#2966 of 2981)

Good Evans: The Daleks are coming back? Yay! Even though that was one of the scarier episodes, I loved it (partially because I also watch Coronation Street, and one of the actors from Corrie played Adam). But with a show where they can travel in time, I kinda knew they'd be able to meet another Dalek. But they won't be in tomorrow's episode here- it's the second half of "the Empty Child" (in WWII London). But I quite agree that Voldemort would be a better enemy than a Dalek- he's is at least partially human, and probably not immune to 50 people trying to shoot him with guns.

Barbie, it's good to hear that everyone was OK after the fire. That must have been terrifying, though. It's really lucky that none of your books or anything caught fire.

Gryffendora, I don't blame you at all for listening to them on CD/tape. I'd like to try it, too, but I'm too cheap, and I don't retain things when I hear them. But I'm glad you bought the books. New books just smell so much better than new CDs.

Good luck at the dentist, Denise!

Congrats, fbv! Those are great results!


applepie - Jun 6, 2005 8:31 am (#2967 of 2981)

Whew...I've been checking through all the posts on the other threads that I missed over the weekend. You guys are ruthless....

Barbie, sorry to hear about your fire. I am so relieved that you all were safe, and that the damage was minimal. That must have been so scarry!

GryffEndora, I wish I had the books on tape. The problem is that I have no time to listen to them for an extended period of time. Also, I can imagine myself being easily confused starting a series in the audio version, as I am a visual thinker. But, knowing the stories already, it would be a nice edition.

Denise, good luck with the kiddies dentist appointment. I don't know how you do it. It is hard enough for me to manage two children. You definitely are a special person.

Well, I'm back to work now. I'll try to catch up on posting a little later.

Have a wonderful Monday everyone...as if that could happen while sitting at work...


Stephanie M. - Jun 6, 2005 8:35 am (#2968 of 2981)

fbv that's amazing!!! I didn't get my grades, but I know I didn't do that well in Spanish! I really think I guessed 30% of that Final. LOL. I know I did really well on History though, because I don't think I got anything wrong. LOL I probably some some points off the identifications though. Science I messed up the density, because I forgot to weigh the marble, but I did weigh the cube. O well whatever. My parents were going to call and get my grades, so if I get them I'll tell them to you.


Gina R Snape - Jun 6, 2005 8:41 am (#2969 of 2981)

Wow...I come back here and find I'm 324 posts behind. Sorry, guys. Too much for me to catch up on.

But I wanted to wave hello to AccioHBP and SiriusLee, who joined up with me and some others on Sunday for some HP fun. :waves:

fbv807...muy bien!


Lina - Jun 6, 2005 9:10 am (#2970 of 2981)

Good Evans II: He was one of the voices in "Ice AGe"
And he did the same voice in the Croatian translation too. Ain't it cool? I just like him as a person.

fbv, what else could you be but happy with such great results? Congratulations! Now enjoy your summer with 100.5 %!

Stephanie, I wish you better results than your expectations are, and a great summer too!


Julia. - Jun 6, 2005 9:29 am (#2971 of 2981)

Goof afternoon everyone!

Barbie, I'm so glad that you and your family are safe! Small house fires can be quite scary, so thank G-d that you were out of the house and that there was very little damage. Sorry about the burnt plastic smell, I wish I could help get rid of that, it can't be pleasant.

fbv, mazel tov on your grades! Those are outstanding grades and you should be very proud of yourself!!!

*waves to my forum family* Off to check the threads!


librarian314 - Jun 6, 2005 9:33 am (#2972 of 2981)

Hey all!

Barbie- Glad to hear that the fire was as small as it was. I bet it was still pretty upsetting, anyway.

fbv087 - Congrats on those grades.

Hearing about all y'all students out there has definitely made me happy I'm no longer in school. I love to learn, but hate tests and grades.

The first time I "read" HP, was when my hubby read them to me. I would sit at my spinning wheel, making yarn, and listen to him. He did such great voices (though no accents) that I had no problem keeping track. I'm listening to them again (I'm at chapter 14 or 15 of OotP) before I re-read them before HBP. I've checked the tapes out from our local library, so it hasn't cost me anything.

Like Steve, I tend to catch different things when I listen to the books than when I read them. When I'm reading, I tend to focus on the story. When I listen, I can catch more of the word choice, alliteration, subtle foreshadowing, etc.

As a librarian, one would think I would "take proper care of my books". I am a librarian's worst nightmare when it comes to the way I treat my books. I eat and drink whilst reading, (many of my books have tiny chocolate smears in the margins ;-) ), sometimes cook whilst reading, leave Post-It notes in books, use unconventional bookmarks (spare socks, crochet hooks, unopened bags of chips, other books) and generally really beat them up. They are my books, I bought them, and I'll treat them the way I want.

I don't tend to write or make marks in books because I find the underlining/highlighting too distracting. Just a bookmark on the page and I'll be able to figure out why it's marked. I just hate it when I'm reading it and my book marks start falling out.

I'm better with books I borrow and ones that my husband wants kept nice. You can tell which books are my favorites because they have ragged covers and lots of bookmarks.

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Elanor - Jun 6, 2005 9:36 am (#2973 of 2981)

Congratulations fbv,that is great indeed!

Lina, you were in Taizé? Do you know it is only about 60 km far from where I live? It is a small world sometime. I visited it once some years ago and thought the atmosphere was fantastic, full of "joie de vivre". I too love your avatar (I'm a big ER fan), I'm sure I would become fluent in Croatian in no time if he was my teacher... Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 464751818

Barbie, what a scary story! I'm glad everyone was okay and that the bad smell is the worst result of it.

Mike "keep an eye out for the Millenium Falcon--it makes a brief appearance in the background in one scene." Oh, I missed it! Wait! Wouldn't it be a very good reason to go and see it again?

GryffEndora, the only important thing is to have access to the books, printed or taped I'm sure that the effect is the same, as soon as you taste it, you're hooked!

Actually, I have tried to hear the English audio version of PS once but, somehow, I found it disturbing. It's difficult to explain but I felt as if someone was thinking for me. When I read the book again afterwards I was hearing his voice in my head and I didn't like that, it was as if I was less free to "travel" in the book. But pay no intention to me, I'm a bit crazy...

Have a great day everybody!

Edit: Michelle: "many of my books have tiny chocolate smears in the margins", LOL! Mine too...


KWeldon - Jun 6, 2005 10:16 am (#2974 of 2981)

Those of you looking for tidbits in Episode III, keep an eye out for the Millenium Falcon--it makes a brief appearance in the background in one scene.

Mike, please have mercy and just tell us in invisible writing? I probably won't be able to see it more than one more time until the DVD, ages from now.


applepie - Jun 6, 2005 11:28 am (#2975 of 2981)

Oh, I so wish I were Barbara Marcus of Scholastic...just long enough to read the book. If the books are printed and are ready to roll, why don't they release them already?

I'll tell you why.........they like torturing us, that's why!


The giant squid - Jun 6, 2005 11:48 am (#2976 of 2981)

For KWEldon: It's near the beginning, when Anakin & Obi-Wan have landed the remains of Grevious' ship. When their shuttle is landing at the docking facility(?) they are coming in on the upper level, and the Millenium Falcon is landing on a lower level. It's only there for maybe a second, and it's small compared to the Jedi's ship, so it's tough to catch.

I'm actually very careful with my books (my wife uses another, more colorful word ). The ones I reread a lot, though, do have creases in the spine and the occasional food/drink additive. I have a copy of Robert Heinlein's "The Number of the Beast" where the cover has become completely detached. My HP books aren't there yet, but it's only a matter of time...

Marie, you may want the sunshine, but I need it to rain on you. The Colorado River feeds Lake Mead, which is where we (in Vegas) get our water supply. So in order for us to stop hearing about "water preservation", y'all need to get rained out.



Snuffles - Jun 6, 2005 11:52 am (#2977 of 2981)

Hi everyone.

Well my 20's are finally over I turned 30 today!! my husband is away until Wednesday but I did get an enormous bouquet delivered . My 2 sister in laws thought it would be funny to put an enormous banner at the traffic lights in the village with my name and age on it!!! At least the weather was something to smile about. I took my 2 year old daughter and her friend to the seaside and it was lovely and warm, we went by train for a treat as they hadn't been on one before.

Well done fbv they are brilliant results.

Hope everyone had a good weekend.



The giant squid - Jun 6, 2005 11:53 am (#2978 of 2981)

Happy Birthday, Snuffles! Don't worry, 30 is the new 20.


applepie - Jun 6, 2005 11:59 am (#2979 of 2981)

It's all about perspective. I wasn't afraid to turn 30, and my birthday turned out to be the best one yet! Age is a state of mind. Don't let a number get you down, just sit back and enjoy the ride.

By the way.......HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!


KWeldon - Jun 6, 2005 12:07 pm (#2980 of 2981)


Oh, I think I saw that!! Seriously! I had completely forgotten about it until you mentioned where it was.

Thanks! KWeldon


Kip Carter - Jun 6, 2005 12:11 pm (#2981 of 2981)

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-- Chat and Greeting Thread (6 Jun 05 to 31 Aug 05)

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I established this thread for each of you so inclined to chat on the main discussion threads. With this thread, I hope that all chat-type posts will no longer disrupt the other threads.

This is the seventh thread provided for chat-type posts since September 25, 2003. The first Chat and Greeting Thread (25 Sep 03 to 26 Feb 04) had 2752 messages before it was closed out February 26, 2004. The second Chat and Greeting Thread (25 Feb 04 to 15 Jun 04) had 2912 messages before it was closed out June 15, 2004. The third Chat and Greeting Thread (15 Jun 04 to 2 Sep 04) had 2954 when closed out September 2, 2004. The fourth Chat and Greeting Thread (2 Sep 04 to 30 Nov 04) had 2977 when closed out November 30, 2004. The fifth Chat and Greeting Thread (1 Dec 04 to 14 Mar 05) had 2956 when closed down March 14, 2005. The sixth Chat and Greeting Thread (15 Mar 05 to 6 Jun 05) had 2981 when closed down June 6, 2005. Eventually the sixth thread will join the first five threads in the folder =+=+= Archived Threads: Since Reorganization =+=+= OR possibly not!


TwinklingBlueEyes      - Jun 6, 2005 12:12 pm (#1 of 2963)

Sorry to hear about your AC Barbie. Am so glad all are safe!

Woohoo! First post on new thread :-). Back to the barn, show season is getting to be a 24 hour a day job!

...toddles off to barn again...


Eponine - Jun 6, 2005 12:29 pm (#2 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Snuffles!

Barbie, I'm glad that you are all safe. Fires are scary.

About books. I'm a little, um, meticulous about my books. I don't often write in them except for school books, but our library does have our books divided into genres and alphabetized by author and placed in order of publication date. But if the author has written a series in addition to other books, the series is placed together, and the other books are sorted according to publication date. Although, I do have a separate shelf for my rare and signed books. Plus, there's the whole extra space for my Secret Garden collection.

No, I'm not obsessed with my books, why do you ask? I am reading a book called Biblioholism: A Literary Addiction, and while the book is humorous, it's slightly unnerving how close some of the descriptions are.

I really should be cleaning the house. I've got company coming tomorrow. Anyone know any good cleaning spells?


fleur-de-lys - Jun 6, 2005 12:49 pm (#3 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Snuffles! Don't fret about 30, its not so bad. Actually, turning 25 was a bit of a shock for me. Never though it would be tough, but it was a bit. After being in my 30's for almost 4 years (will be 33 on June 29), I can say its not that bad. Hey, you're only as old as you feel and act. In that case, I'm 70 going on 12.

Its been a busy, tiring and EXTREMELY HOT day!!! I'm not ready for this weather yet. Bring on the Rita's. Hope y'all are staying cool.

Yours till Niagara Falls, Lori (I need to think of some more of those. I keep using the same 4 from the book and they're even getting old to me. Time to put on the old thinking cap!)


Madam Pince - Jun 6, 2005 1:03 pm (#4 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Snuffles! Your 30's will be the best decade of your life! Old enough to have plenty of life experience to draw on, but not so old that you start to notice gray hairs and wrinkles! Have fun!

Eponine, the best cleaning spell I know of is the one you already have discovered: "I have company coming tomorrow!" That always seems to get the job done around the Pince household!

Hot, hot, hot today! Bleah. I wasn't expecting this and put jeans on this morning before I went out running errands -- one of which was to pick up some plants at the nursery. I nearly passed out in the greenhouses, it was so hot! I am now procrastinating going out and putting the plants in the ground.


Elanor - Jun 6, 2005 1:13 pm (#5 of 2963)

Happy birthday Snuffles! Don't worry about being 30, I've never felt so good as I have in my 30s!

Fleur: "After being in my 30's for almost 4 years (will be 33 on June 29)"  

Well, now that's old! I'll be 33 only on September 8th... (just kidding!) Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 464751818

Seriously, I really know what you mean about feeling old. When I came back from school my back was really painful and I felt as if I was at least 20 years older but as soon as I turned on the computer and start reading the posts, I felt younger and younger at once! Now, if I start and think to July 16th, suddenly I am about 12, okay 13, but no more... And that, without Elixir of Life! What a great witch JKR is!


Lina - Jun 6, 2005 1:24 pm (#6 of 2963)

Elanor, I was in Taize only once. I even "worked" as a translator between Italian and Croatian. Those were really memorable days and I have the wish to go there again with the whole family. My husband has a little problem about that - his mum was an English teacher (she is retired now), his father worked as a translator from two languages, but my husband and his siblings don't speak any foreign language. And two of my daughters are very complicated when it comes to food. So I hope that in few years we might be able to come again. Having you so close could make me only work harder on this goal!

Julie, happy birthday!

Oh, my sister reminded me today about July 16th... I have to start rereading OotP! And I am afraid that my summer vacation won't start at that moment yet (we usually get informed at Friday - you can stay home since Monday, next three week), and my birthday is soon after and I should call the publisher to make sure about when will I get my book. Procrastinators Anonymous?


Chemyst - Jun 6, 2005 2:29 pm (#7 of 2963)

I had some notes I'd made yesterday for posting, but today, most don't make a lot of sense. Someone asked a question about Anakin that sounded exactly like an essay test question or a literature class assignment– and several people thought it was "fun," or in Julia's case, found it "fascinating." To which I'd planned to reply something like, "Only on the Lexicon forum is that sort of analysis considered entertainment." (Actually, it would have been wittier than that, but time marched on and I lost the moment.)

– On to today:
I suppose you all have made some valid points about the audio books, but for some stories, HP among them, (and like Elanor) I just don't like to hear the tape in my head when I go back and read the book. I already could hear Alan Rickman and Emma Watson in their respective roles when I first read OP, so I felt like I was getting movie contamination before they'd even written a script!   ...and I've seen the movies only once each.

Phoenix Song, thank goodness for guardian angels. We don't want your new nickname to be Barbie-Q, after all. -- and what would your sister-in-law-to-be think of smoked wedding cake?

Happy Birthday, Snuffles!


boop - Jun 6, 2005 2:34 pm (#8 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Snuffles!!!!! Have a wonderful day!!!!!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 6, 2005 2:46 pm (#9 of 2963)

...and I've seen the movies only once each.---Chemyst

And we all know why that is.


Finn BV - Jun 6, 2005 2:50 pm (#10 of 2963)

W00T! It's our new Chat and Greeting Thread! And I'm post Numero 10 on it! W000000T!!

Happy birthday, Snuffles! 30 is preposterously old… yeah right!

Speaking of rereads, I am so due for a reread of CoS and GoF! Need to definitely catch up on that whole thing with the Malfoys… oh, and wasn't there something about, like, a character named Tom Riddle? Hmm… I seem to have forgotten who he was… just kidding! No, I seriously need to work on 2 and 4. Hey, I've got two weeks in a car starting Friday!

Okey dokey, off to the threads!


T Brightwater - Jun 6, 2005 3:02 pm (#11 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Snuffles! 30? Don't worry, some of us are way ahead of you...

Finally saw Revenge of the Sith - yikes! You'd think fictional characters would eventually wise up about prophecies and premonitions... :-) And I agree with those who say R2D2 stole the show! BTW, can anyone tell me what happened to the clone army and the clone-son from the 2nd episode? If there's any backstory on Han Solo in episodes 1-3 I missed it completely.

Barbie, I hate to tell you this but the smell of burned plastic is incredibly persistent. I'm glad there were no injuries and no worse damage, though.


Amilia Smith - Jun 6, 2005 3:07 pm (#12 of 2963)

Well, I am actually very grateful that I now have Stephen Fry's voice in my head instead of annoying CGI movie Dobby's. Don't know if that sentence made any sense. But I saw CoS movie before reading any of the books, and as a result, had only been able to read CoS the book twice, with a very long interval between. As a comparison, I had read the other books 4-5 times in the same time period. Since buying the CDs, I have listened to CoS three times, and it is starting to grow on me.

Since I had to fit everything into two suitcases and a carryon when I moved to Hawaii, I left my books home. I did bring the audio versions with me, though, converted to MP3s so that each book would fit onto one CD. I enjoy them immensely, but have the same problem as Gryffendora, they are very hard to quote from.

On the Anakin question: One of the girls at my church teaches elementary school, and told the following story. Her students are very much into Star Wars, but not very Star Wars literate. For example, they thought Luke was Anakin's father. So, for the last few weeks of school, she had Star Wars lessons in her classroom during recess, where they watched the original trilogy. The kids were very upset by the end of Return of the Jedi. "So Anakin dies?" "Yes, Anakin dies."

So, maybe I would have cared more about Anakin if I hadn't grown up on the Original trilogy.

I am feeling rather guilty to keep on talking about Star Wars when you haven't seen any of it, Kate. The spoiler is in white for you, on the off chance that you don't know how Return of the Jedi ends. On the bright side, you can look forward to seeing them for the first time. . . . :-)



KWeldon - Jun 6, 2005 3:26 pm (#13 of 2963)

The clone son becomes Boba Fett, right? So we don't see him until later. The clone army becomes the army that is presumably fighting alongside the Jedi. I don't want to give too much away.


dizzy lizzy - Jun 6, 2005 3:46 pm (#14 of 2963)

A new thread!!!! yippee yippee yay.

I feel heaps better today, I think my body is finally knocking over this persistent bug.

My new workload starts today so this morning is made up of Telephone Interviews and then I drive three hours to my work area and spend three days doing the Face to Face interviews.

Given I am still not 100% I think I will sleep very well tonight.

I've always wanted to go overseas and explore the world. My medical history is such that no company will insure me for travel insurance unless they double the premium and include a fat whopping excess.

So I decided it just wasn't worth it and I've yet to visit all the states in Australia. The net helps now - allows me to go visiting the world without having to worry about pesky little matters such as passports and travel insurance.

I'll see you all when I get back. Have a wonderful week every one of you and leave me plenty of posts to read!



Marè - Jun 6, 2005 4:07 pm (#15 of 2963)

Hey Lizzy, I think if you are stuck in a part of the world and you can't travel anywhere ele, australia doesn't sound too bad.
A friend and I are trying to arrange an internship there now, but it's not going very smoothly...

I'm trying not to react to all the star wars thingies, but I went to my geekie state after the seeing the movie and had lots of fun finding all kinds of nitpicky stuff on the net.

I ended up reading the original scripts of the prequel trilogy. It helped a lot. Mon motha, for example, was supposed to be in quite some scenes, but most of them got cut.


timrew - Jun 6, 2005 4:16 pm (#16 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Snuffles! 30 was 25 years ago to me, so I don't remember it at all!

But I'm still here, and still typing out these messages.

Trouble is, I don't know where 'here' is or what my messages are!


Springtime - Jun 6, 2005 7:16 pm (#17 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Snuffles. I remenber 30 it was a great year. Have a good one.


Julia. - Jun 6, 2005 8:02 pm (#18 of 2963)

T-Bright-The clone son, Boba Fett, grew up to become a bounty hunter like his father. He was the one who took Han Solo to Jabba at the end of Empire Strikes Back. The clone army continued being employed by the Empire until it's destruction. They were the strom troupers in the Origional Trilogy. I wonder what happened to the Droid army though. Perhaps Mike can shed some light on the situation?

Oh yes, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY SNUFFLES!!! *hands Snuffles butterbeer* Hope you have a great day and an amazing year. I'd put some cool smilies here, but my computer is transfering files from a friend, and uploading photos to my photobucket account, which is making everything move very slowly. So just pretend that there are smiley faces wishing you a happy birthday.


lemonbalm&bees - Jun 6, 2005 8:35 pm (#19 of 2963)

Eponine- scourgify? That seems to work for most nasty messes. Although, if all you need to do is tidy up a few things, perhaps a variant on Tonks' packing charm. Just wave around any old pointy object and I'm sure things will take care of themselves.

Well, today was an eventful day for me. I started work at a smoothie shop, and suceeded in covering the floor with blended strawberries and bananas and burning about a dozen cookies. But I'm not worried; it was only the first day, right? I'm only taking one class this summer. Students who have just completed the conducting course have the option to rehearse and conduct a piece with the band during the summer, and I just went to pick up my score today. If anyone is familiar with Percy Grainger's "Handel in the Strand," please think of me kindly. It's not a particularly difficult piece to conduct, but I am somewhat of a beginner. Practicing today reminded me of the first day we used our batons in class. Half of us twenty-something "mature young adults" were in fits of excitement shouting things like "accio John!" at witch point John would dash across the room to your side. "Expelliaramus!" meant that whomever you were pointing to had to drop their baton, and if someone "wingardium leviosa-d" you, you had to wobble slightly as you rose out of your chair. Good to know us furute educators will never really grow up.  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2222139670  

Happy Birthday to you, Snuffles. Mine is the seventh, so we can celebrate together at midnight. I'm not big on crazy celebrations, so I only plan to eat Mexican food with all of my "brothers and sisters" and grin as I hand my drivers liscense to the nice man bringing me the Margarita. My boyfriend's on vacation in Italy right now, and I find it hard not to miss him even while in the company of so many friends. Wish me luck in band tomorrow! Hope everyone's having a great week!


Phoenix song - Jun 6, 2005 8:35 pm (#20 of 2963)

Hello everybody! I thank you all so very much for your kind wishes and thoughts after my A/C fire yesterday. It means more to me than I can possibly express! I got some of my first laughs since then, and it warms me to feel so cared about and loved. Thanks!

The persistent smell of burnt plastic still lingers about the place, but not as much as yesterday. I consider myself lucky that the yucky smell is the worst of my lingering affects. I've been playing a mental game with myself regarding the smell, though. I've been wondering if this is the same type of "acrid" smell that erupted from Colin Creevey's burnt camera in CoS. It somehow seems more bearable to imagine that it is! ("You know that you're a Harry Potter fan when you have a small fire inside of your home, and you go about your day wondering if the burnt smell is the same smell that erupted from Colin's camera.") Yeah, I'm off of my rocker, but at least I'm not alone!

I had quite a nice delivery today. The shipment of supplies that I need to bake/decorate the "infamous" wedding cake arrived via UPS. I was quite satisfied to see that the "dummy cake" that I'd ordered for the fake bottom layer is of a nicely dense-consistency styrofoam. It should make for quite a laugh if the bride decides to cut into it.

I also had an unusual request from my brother-in-law regarding his groom's cake today. If you'll remember, his future bride insists that I make a cake in the shape of a semi-truck. The groom, however, has always insisted that he'd rather have a homemade Pecan Pie. She was appalled at the very thought!

This afternoon the groom called and asked me to make the Pecan pie anyway. He feels that as it's supposed to be his cake, that it should be a desert of his choosing. After some discussion, he's asked me to make two sizes of pecan pies, and tier them up like a wedding cake. Then on top of them, he wants to put one of those little mini-pecan pies (like from Little Debbie), and put a little, tiny bride and groom on top. He thinks that it's going to be hilarious to have a 3-tiered, pecan pie "wedding" cake right next to this elaborately done 5-layered wedding cake. I have to agree. I think that it'll be so funny! Let's face it, people won't remember a thing about the wedding cake except that it was very large. People will be talking about this tiered pecan pie wedding cake with little bitty lego people on top for years to come.

He wants to keep it as a secret from the bride, since she's so demanding in the wedding plans and will surely throw a fit. I'm more than willing to keep one more secret in addition to the fake-cake layer. This pecan pie cake is going to be a hoot! I'll be sure to attach a picture of that one as well.

Again, thanks for being so wonderful to me! I really appreciate it very much!

Snuffles, I hope that you've had a wonderful birthday today. I'm sorry that I didn't log on to wish it to you earlier, but we've been without electricity most of the day due to the weather. It sounds like you were able to enjoy a lovely trip, though!


Edit: Lemonbalm & bees, Happy birthday tomorrow! I hope that you have a wonderful one, and find the day blessed with luck, health and happiness!


Eponine - Jun 6, 2005 9:02 pm (#21 of 2963)

Barbie, pecan pie groom's cake? What a great idea! Don't tell the bride, though. That would just get her all worked up.

Our groom's cake was served the night before the wedding at the rehearsal dinner because it was a special recipe that only his grandmother can make, and apparently no one thought there'd be enough to go around at the reception. **whispers** It's a good cake, but I don't see what all the fuss is about. Don't tell Mr. Eponine.

Lemonbalm&bees, Percy Grainger? I suppose Hermione might be the type to make her husband take her last name. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2222139670


Madam Pince - Jun 6, 2005 9:25 pm (#22 of 2963)

From several posts ago.... "Barbie-Q" ***Snort!***

****After hearing about the pecan groom's cake, and already waiting with bated breath for the bride to cut into the styrofoam, Madam Pince is dying to be a fly on the wall at this wedding!****

For goodness sake, be sure to have your video camera with you at the reception, Barbie! Things could get priceless!


lemonbalm&bees - Jun 6, 2005 9:44 pm (#23 of 2963)

Eponine, in referencing my composer, are you insinuating that you are a Hermione/Percy shipper? Because, strangely enough, I don't think I've heard that one yet. But, yes, she does seem to be the one to (hate this phrase) "wear the pants." haha

And thanks for the well wishes, Phoenix song Smile


Lina - Jun 6, 2005 10:53 pm (#24 of 2963)

Happy birthday, lemonbalm&bees! It is your birthday already here.

I am looking forward to the pictures of the cakes!


Julia. - Jun 6, 2005 11:41 pm (#25 of 2963)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEMONBALM&BEES! *hands lemon butterbeer* Hope you have a great day and an amazing year. *insert smilies here*

On Sunday I went into New York with my friends for the Salute to Israel parade. We had a blast and took lots of pictures. If anyone's interesting, I posted my pictures on my Live Journal.


Cornelia - Jun 7, 2005 12:17 am (#26 of 2963)

Happy belated Birthday Snuffles!! Happy Birthday lemonbalm&bees!!

We go to the doctor today. Both kids have fever and red dots (spots) everywhere. First we thought it´s an allergic reaction because for two days only Quirin was spotted, but now Victoria has joind the club.

I hope we grown-ups stay healthy. I have planned to go on a horse-riding trip in South Estonia this weekend. But I might have to cancel it because hubby has a meeting on Saturday and he can´t bring two sick kids with him. But if I look out of the window and see how bad the weather is I´m almost happy to have a good excuse not to go...

Have a nice day!!


septentrion - Jun 7, 2005 12:29 am (#27 of 2963)

Happy birthday Snuffles and lemonbalm&bees ! Have a great day !


Snuffles - Jun 7, 2005 12:39 am (#28 of 2963)

Thank you everybody for the birthday wishes. I feel all warm and fuzzy now Happy birthday lemonbalm&bees, hope you have a great day.

Barbie, I think you will have to open an internet page with the wedding video on so we can all watch. I have never looked forward to a wedding so much when I'm not even invited!!!

Cornelia, hope your children get better soon. Hope everyone has a good day.



The giant squid - Jun 7, 2005 1:55 am (#29 of 2963)

sniff sniff Ahh...that New Chat Thread smell!  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2222139670

I don't often write in them except for school books, but our library does have our books divided into genres and alphabetized by author and placed in order of publication date. But if the author has written a series in addition to other books, the series is placed together, and the other books are sorted according to publication date.—Elanor

What? You mean everyone doesn't do this?

I wonder what happened to the Droid army though. Perhaps Mike can shed some light on the situation?—Julia

I have no idea, honestly, unless they were simply phased out in favor of the clone troopers/stormtroopers. Maybe cloning is cheaper than droid assemly lines? And yes, the clone troopers from Ep. II-III are supposedly the stormtroopers from IV-VI, which makes Leia's line to Luke (in stolen ST gear) "Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?" all the more poignant--if they're all cloned from the same guy, they'd all be the same size.

*hugs Betty*



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 7, 2005 3:53 am (#30 of 2963)

**looks around for Catherine and wonders if she's still dealing with the regurgitating pipes**


librarian314 - Jun 7, 2005 5:20 am (#31 of 2963)

Hey all!

Snuffles and Lemonbalm and bees - Happy Birthday! :hpb:

Phoenix song - The tiered pecan pie with the bride and groom on top sounds absolutely delightful! Glad someone has a sense of humour!

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**


Springtime - Jun 7, 2005 5:28 am (#32 of 2963)

Happy birthday lemonbalm and bees! hope it's a great one.

I also looking forward to photo's of a pecan pie wedding cake should be interesting.

Have a great day everyone:)


Chemyst - Jun 7, 2005 5:44 am (#33 of 2963)

Hey Barbie, I "tiered up" with giggles over the pecan pie. Maybe the top could be a matchbox semi with bride & groom faces painted on the windshield.
( I'm very happy to see the groom showing some spunk and saying what he wants. )

Happy birthday lemon b&b.


Eponine - Jun 7, 2005 6:00 am (#34 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Lemon B&B. And no, I'm not a Percy/Hermione shipper. I just found the name amusing.

Mike, I can't believe everyone doesn't do that with their libraries either. I also have a difficult time loaning books out. But that's probably because I have a few books in my library that actually belong to someone else.

My best friend is flying in today! Whee!


Loopy Lupin - Jun 7, 2005 6:07 am (#35 of 2963)

Fleur: "After being in my 30's for almost 4 years (will be 33 on June 29)" Well, now that's old! I'll be 33 only on September 8th... (just kidding!) – Elanor

Guys, 30 is quite easy to deal with; just don't concede to "thirty" being part of your age. Indeed, one may remain twenty-something forever. Observe: I was born in 1969. Am I thirty-six? No, no, no. I'm twenty-sixteen.

So, happy twenty-tenth birthday to Snuffles.


Snuffles - Jun 7, 2005 6:13 am (#36 of 2963)

Thank you Loopy! I feel so much better now

All I have to do now is convince my body I'm still in my twenties and not to even think of starting to head south!!!



Chemyst - Jun 7, 2005 6:17 am (#37 of 2963)

Umm, Loopy, what comes after twenty-twenty?
(Please don't say glasses.)


Marie E. - Jun 7, 2005 6:23 am (#38 of 2963)

LOL, Chemyst! I noticed that my last glasses prescription was lower than before. This is not a good thing because it means my eyes are slowly becoming far-sideded rather than near-sighted. My doctor says reading glasses are in my near future. WAH!!!!

We are taking our class to a bug museum today. This place has tons of insects from all over the world in glass cases. I think it's a pretty cool place, but I need to keep Lexie in the butterfly section and far, far away from the giant spider aisle unless I want her sleeping in my bed at 3:00am.

Happy Birthday lemonbalm&bees and happy late birthday to Snuffles!


Loopy Lupin - Jun 7, 2005 6:34 am (#39 of 2963)

Umm, Loopy, what comes after twenty-twenty? – Chemyst

Mmmm. I don't know. I haven't had 20/20 for at least twenty-twelve years. (I got glasses when I was four.)

Just kidding. Twenty-twenty-one of course. :goofygrin:


applepie - Jun 7, 2005 7:16 am (#40 of 2963)

Loopy, I would say you are 30 with 6 years experience, or 20 with 16 years experience, if you prefer that...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEMONBALM & BEES!!!!!!!! Best wishes for a wonderful day.

Barbie, the groom's cake sounds absolutely wonderful! I love the idea. Definitely keep it secret. I'd love to see bridezilla's face when she realizes you two have conspired against her while having to maintain her dignity as the bride.

Cornelia, hope the kids are feeling better. It's no fun being sick, or having sick kids for that matter. Best wishes for speedy recovery.

Off to post....


Steve Newton - Jun 7, 2005 7:20 am (#41 of 2963)

So that means that I'm thirty with 25...Oh, why drag up the past?


applepie - Jun 7, 2005 7:23 am (#42 of 2963)

Steve, the question is...Do you feel 30 with 25 years experience????? Sometimes I feel as though I am, so it doesn't make a bit of difference that I am 20 with 10 years experience.


Lina - Jun 7, 2005 7:36 am (#43 of 2963)

Cornelia, I hope your kids are O.K.!

Chemyst: Umm, Loopy, what comes after twenty-twenty?
I don't see the problem. I even found Katarina, when she was 3ish, counting twenty-twenty-one, twenty-twenty-two... (almost French) Uhm, does it mean that French do not have problems with aging until they are forty?

My daughter (Veronika) came happy from school today. They had an exam (Technical education) and she didn't know almost anything, but the boy sitting close to her didn't know either and kept asking the other boy for answers. All she had to do, was listening to them and write. The asking boy knew only one answer by himself, so she couldn't answer that question and got 4 (that would be B, 5 is A). Beside the teacher who obviously doesn't take his subject too seriously, the interesting part is that the asking boy got 5 and the answering boy got 4, it seems that he didn't know the answer to the only question the asking boy knew.

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B]Madam Pince[/B] - Jun 7, 2005 8:24 am (#44 of 2963)

I agree with Chemyst about the groom in The Wedding -- clearly he has an excellent sense of humor and very broad shoulders, else the proposal probably wouldn't have happened in the first place. I have a feeling that everything will be fine! Let's hope the bride will get over herself and see the humor in everything! (Side note: last night I was skimming channels, and on one of those "women's networks" **hate that term, by the way** they had a show called "Bridezillas." I couldn't bear to watch, but I thought of you, Barbie!)

Happy Birthday, lemonbalm & bees!

Cornelia, hope your little ones get well soon! ***sends Cheering and Get Healthy charms, since having sickeys is never any fun for Mom, either!***

For my next birthday, I think I shall be twenty-one-twenty-one, rather than twenty-twenty-two. Then I can go out and celebrate with two Long Island Iced Teas, to remind me of my first twenty-first birthday! (For those UVA grads, the auspicious occasion was held at Sophie's on the Corner, which now is some sort of sandwich shoppe a few doors below Mincer's, I believe, but at the time was THE happenin' dance place...) Oh goodness -- will I really be twice the age I was then???? Oh dear..... How did that happen???


Finn BV - Jun 7, 2005 8:43 am (#45 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, lemonbalm&bees!

I have nothing to worry about. I just say I'm 12 and that's good enough for me.

Cornelia, hope your kids recover. Thankfully, I had chicken pox when I was 3 months old and I didn't feel a thing. :-) (Not to rub it in or anything… no pun intended)


lemonbalm&bees - Jun 7, 2005 9:00 am (#46 of 2963)

I would like to thank everyone (and I'm sure snuffles would join me) for all their birthday wishes. I check the forum before I go to rehearsal, and it really brightened things up!

Cornelia, I do hope your kids turn out to have nothing serious. Although, it might be a blessing in disguise to have them both sick at the same time. I remember chicken pox as a kid: the assurance that you would get it once and only once, the younger the better. When one of us came down with it, my mom had us stay near the sick one. Eventually, we all contracted it. We stayed home from school and took turns in the oatmeal bath. It seems strange for her to want to get her kids sick, but we were the only lucky family that only had to go through chicken pox once! So good luck Cornelia!


septentrion - Jun 7, 2005 9:47 am (#47 of 2963)

Lina : I even found Katarina, when she was 3ish, counting twenty-twenty-one, twenty-twenty-two... (almost French) Uhm, does it mean that French do not have problems with aging until they are forty?

Hem, we don't count like that. We have a "forty" in French. However, we have kept a medieval way of saying numbers when it comes to seventy, eighty and ninety : we say "sixty-ten" for seventy, "four-twenty" for eighty, and "four-twenty-ten" for ninety. 99 is told "four-twenty-ten-nine". Quite tricky, isn't it ? The Belgian are more rational and say "septante", "nonante", but I don't remember if they say "octante" or "four-twenty". It comes from Middle-Ages, when people didn't count by ten but by twenty (hope that last part is understandable).


Elanor - Jun 7, 2005 9:55 am (#48 of 2963)

Happy birthday Lemonbalm&bees!

Wow, this thread starts at top speed! I'm going to try and forget nothing I wanted to say!

Lina, it would be great to see you next time you go to Taizé! I hope you will be able to convince your family one of those days. Maybe I could send you some French recipes so that your daughters get used to the food (there is nothing like a chocolate cake to appreciate foreign cooking, nobody resists that...).

Barbie, I too would love to see pictures of that wedding! Has the bride the slightest idea that her wedding is now worldwide famous?

Cornelia, I hope your children will be better soon!

Mike, about the droid army, I believe the Emperor asks Anakin to give on order to make the droids dismantled at the end of episode III, when Anakin tells him he has "finished his work" on Mustafar, just before Padmé arrives. Or at least, it is what I understood, but I can be wrong! "the clone troopers from Ep. II-III are supposedly the stormtroopers from IV-VI, which makes Leia's line to Luke (in stolen ST gear) "Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?" all the more poignant . . .

I do agree! It also makes the new clone "production" of "The Thrawn trilogy" even creepier, don't you think so?

Loopy Lupin "Guys, 30 is quite easy to deal with; just don't concede to "thirty" being part of your age. Indeed, one may remain twenty-something forever. Observe: I was born in 1969. Am I thirty-six? No, no, no. I'm twenty-sixteen."

LOL! I should do that too! Anyway, Lina is right, some French people can do that in real because, in French, you don't say "seventy" but "sixty-ten, sixty-eleven..." till "eighty", that we say "four-twenty" (quatre-vingt), four-twenty-one, four-twenty-too... and then there is not "ninety" but "four-twenty-ten" (quatre-vingt-dix), four-twenty-eleven...

Today was quiet at school because there were no kids there! A famous cycling stage race arrived today in Chauffailles, the town I work in, and schools were closed, though the teachers had to go there all the same (or try to because it was not easy to drive in town today!) Boring meetings were planned for us. And boring indeed they were... But I was able to go out of school early enough to see the finish of the stage, it was great! I love cycling! Any other cycling lovers here? My brother used to race in my region and the "tour de France" had always been sacred at home, as far as I remember. I could name more passes of the Alps or Pyrennées than anyone else at school when I was a kid thanks to the "tour"!

Today's race, the "critérium du Dauphiné" is important because it is the last long race in which the cyclists who want to make good results in the "tour de France" can test themselves, and the others... I know Lance Armstrong started it very well! He won it several times in the past, before the "tour". BTW, I hope he will be able to win the 7th tour this year, it would be unique!

Have a great day everybody!

Edit: LOL Sept! We crossposted about the numbers! **waving**


Loopy Lupin - Jun 7, 2005 9:59 am (#49 of 2963)

I have nothing to worry about. I just say I'm 12 and that's good enough for me. -- fbv807

There is a saying about "youth" and "the young," but my aging memory can't quite recall it at the moment.


T Brightwater - Jun 7, 2005 10:16 am (#50 of 2963)

Happy birthday, Lemonbalmandbees! BTW, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a great addition to green tea. Can't help you with Percy G, he's way after my (musical) time. :-)

Amilia, does your friend offer a Star Wars refresher course? It's been so long since I've seen the "first" trilogy that I've forgotten most of it. (I have no recollection of who Mon Mothma is/was, though I still remember Princess Leia telling Chewbacca "Out of my way, you walking carpet!" - surely a line that needs a "Do not try this at home" label...)
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Phoenix song - Jun 7, 2005 10:47 am (#51 of 2963)

Barbie, I too would love to see pictures of that wedding! Has the bride the slightest idea that her wedding is now worldwide famous? Elanor

Umm... Actually, no, she doesn't. And I have to admit that I'm a bit leery of her finding out! (Terrified, actually!) I can't see her finding the least bit of humor in any of this!

She's actually quite a smart, sweet, and until recently, sensible girl. I had always found her to be overly shy, moderate, temperate, and unassuming before the wedding planning began. Who'd have thought that there was an absolute tigress hidden within her meek exterior? I hope that she will revert once more to being "easy going" and less "self-serious" after the wedding is complete.

I understand the desire to have a "perfect" wedding, but there's no such thing, honestly. The best that you can hope for is to minimize the chaos and enjoy the process as best as possible. I've been using you guys for humor and the release of tension associated with this event, hoping to keep most of my bitingly sarcastic comments to myself. Laughing about this all to everyone has helped me to cope and continue without expressing my views to the betrothed. I've enjoyed laughing about it and seeing the humor in the situation. I don't think that she would be very amused, though. She doesn't seem to be anything other than dead serious and totally determined when it comes to the wedding planning.

Chemyst: You've had me rolling on the floor laughing two days in a row! The thought of you "tiering" up with laughter and changing my name to "Barbie-Q" are just too funny! Thanks for the giggles. I think that your idea of a matchbox semi with painted bride and groom is a perfect one! I'm going to have to run it by the groom. He does have a sense of humor about it all, and I am proud of him for standing up for certain things in the planning. It bodes well for the marriage that she's not the only one with a spine.

I'm afraid that I don't have a clue of how to post video of the reception. I've grown by leaps and bounds computer-wise in the past year, but I've never even posted a picture on the forum before! I'm afraid that I'll need help just getting pictures of the cakes on-line! I hope that she will be so happy and so relieved after the wedding vows are complete that she will find humor, happiness, and joy in the reception. She might as well learn to deal with her husband's sense of humor, since men are so unlikely to change! Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 2222139670

Thanks for the laughs, guys!


KWeldon - Jun 7, 2005 11:25 am (#52 of 2963)

To beat the Star Wars discussion to death, here's my question. When Leia tells Luke in ROTJ that she has memories of her mother, and that all she remembers is that she is very sad, is that just proof that Lucas was making the whole thing up as he went along?


I Am Used Vlad - Jun 7, 2005 11:44 am (#53 of 2963)

On the aging thing, I just live by the creed "You're only young once, but you can be immature for your whole life." It has worked well for twenty and thirteen years.


GryffEndora - Jun 7, 2005 11:45 am (#54 of 2963)

Hey everybody!!! *Waves to all my Forum friends*

Thank you all for the absolution and understanding about the audiobooks. I truly felt ashamed to say I haven't read the 1st 4 books. The reason I still know them so well is that I take my listening very seriously. The first time through each book all I did was listen. Well, actually the first time I listened to SS I was waiting for my mom to get out of same day surgery. I was so hooked I didn't take the head phones off until I had to get the discharge instructions. I listened in the car as I drove home, in the grocery store as I stopped to get her soup and continued the rest of the day. I fact I listened to SS twice that day then the next day and soon ran out to get the others on tape. SS was a Christmas gift I brought for mom but I listened to it first. She listened soon after and we were both hooked. I used to live 1 hour away from school and the bi-weekly trips home were always Harry Potter filled. I listen in the car, at home doing housework, and at night when I go to bed, Jim Dale reads me to sleep and continues all night until I wake up. Once I got the CDs, (which I prefer for many reasons including that the first CD editions contain all the book illustrations), I put them all in my iTunes and on my iPod. I plan on having the entire series on my iPod one day. The iPod plugs into my stereo and I just pick which book and where to start then off to bed I go. With all of that repetition it's easy to pick up on details. I know some sections by heart.

Elanor - I know what you mean about reading versus listening. OotP I read before getting the CDs. Once I heard it it took me a while before I was OK with how Jim Dale read parts. It's nice to be able to set your own pace and phrasing.

Julia - It looks like you had a blast at the parade. Now, who is this Greg? Are you dating? He's good looking, you dance well together, make a cute couple! I can't put my finger on it but something about his picture made me think that he is a "Nice Jewish Boy".

Ydnam96 - Have a safe trip.

Phoenix Song - I'm so glad everyone and everything is safe after your fire. I guess you have the right name after all! Who else but Phoenix could come out of a fire unscathed! Your book abuse is absolved. I am trying to give myself permission to mark up my books. I'm fine writing in scripts but somehow books seem untouchable unless it's a text book, them you highlight and underline away.

fbv807 - Congrats on the grades!

Denise - I bet the CDs made the hospital time more bareable. That is one of the things I love about these books. Jo has created this amazing world that is so easy to escape into. It's nice to take a break from reality every once in a while.

Snuffles & lemonbalm&bees - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Eponine - the only cleaning spells I know are "scourgify" and "call-merry-maids-ify". Hope the company goes well.

Cornelia - I hope the kids are ok. I had chicken pox when I was 3 and I don't remember much except they gave me one scar and weird dreams. I still remember being on a cruise with all of the muppet characters except the cruise ship was a giant whale but it still had windows and decks and a blow hole! When I was 12ish I got this rash of spots that were on my chest in the shape of a Christmas tree. Come to find out this is a common thing called Piti-riosis Rosia (spelling?) so if the dots form a Christmas tree it could be that.

Loopy Lupin - Thank you for the Oscar Wilde!!! You made my day!!! I played Lady Bracknell in a college production of The Importance of Being Earnest and absolutely loved it.

Well, I think I've caught up with everyone but if I missed you, have a Butterbeer on me!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 7, 2005 12:14 pm (#55 of 2963)

Loopy, nice avatar. Do you know what his last words supposedly were?


Loopy Lupin - Jun 7, 2005 12:23 pm (#56 of 2963)

Well, I have seen some dispute about that. One site says it was: "Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."

I have also seen that upon being given champagne he said: "I am dying as I lived, beyond my means."

I like the first one, personally.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 7, 2005 12:24 pm (#57 of 2963)

Me too.


GryffEndora - Jun 7, 2005 12:31 pm (#58 of 2963)

I had only heard the one about the wallpaper myself. I love that line!


Lina - Jun 7, 2005 1:20 pm (#59 of 2963)

Elanor, you can count on my notification (and hopefully meeting) when we come to your neighborhood. No way it could happen this summer, though. I have become very hard on taking trips since I got kids and started to understand my mother much better. I have decided recently that the children are growing up and that we should start moving. Therefore, my first plans are going to Venice and we started with doing passports for the kids (we haven't ordered them yet, just the documents needed to order the passports) and I expect that going to Fuzine in meantime is going to help.

I really sort of hoped that 39 in French would be vingt-dix-neuf. Maybe that's some extra old French because I think I remember the teacher mentioning something like that.

Barbie: She's actually quite a smart, sweet, and until recently, sensible girl. I had always found her to be overly shy, moderate, temperate, and unassuming before the wedding planning began.
Well, I started to gain weight when we settled the wedding date (and haven't stopped ever since), maybe she started to let her temper out? O.K. I don't want to scare you, I hope it is just a stressfull period.

I have to wake up very early tomorrow, for my last test for now. I will be gone the whole day. I'm already Forum-sick (I mean like home-sick, not like sea-sick). Good night, good day to everybody!


Madam Pince - Jun 7, 2005 1:34 pm (#60 of 2963)

Barbie, every time I read something on here about The Wedding, I am reminded of one of the funniest stories I have ever heard. It is just a bit too long to recount here, because you have to read his every word to make it work, but I would strongly recommend that you find the book "It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It" by Robert Fulghum, and read the second chapter. It is about The Perfect Wedding, and you will be crying laughing when you finish. The library should have it if you don't want to buy right away, but I guarantee you'll enjoy it and want to own it.

For those who aren't familiar with Fulghum's books, there are four or five of them, and they are all comprised of short chapters, each of which is a brief "life-morals story" that is fun and easy to read. They are very insightful, and great to read right before bedtime because the chapters are so short and you can stop at any time without losing the thread, because they are all independent of each other. In this particular story, it is the Mother of the Bride (the MOTB) rather than the bride herself who is being...shall we say....difficult. It is hysterical, but all turns out well in the end. I give it two thumbs up -- highly recommended.


applepie - Jun 7, 2005 1:45 pm (#61 of 2963)

Madam Pince, thanks for the book suggestion. I requsted it online from the local library. Hopefully I'll have it by the end of the week.


Gina R Snape - Jun 7, 2005 2:02 pm (#62 of 2963)

KWeldon, I kind of got the impression she had made-up 'sensory' memories based on things she'd heard about her mother and possibly something spiritual coming from Padme's emotional state during pregnancy. After all, the people who took Leia in knew Padme, right?


Amilia Smith - Jun 7, 2005 2:02 pm (#63 of 2963)

Elanor: I love cycling! I have followed the Tour de France on television for the past several years, and this year discovered that the same channel that shows the Tour also shows many of the other big European races. So I had been enjoying "Cyclism Sundays" before my move. To tell the truth, that is the main reason I am missing my television. It must be wonderful to be able to watch the races live.

I have done enough bicycle riding myself to be absolutely amazed at these men who can ride for 6+ hours at a time, up and down mountains, day after day after day. I think they must be the best athletes in the world.

The cable channel that shows the Tour had a contest last year to win a bike tour through France. I entered faithfully, every day. I didn't win, of course, but I got on the e-mail list so that the channel reminds me whenever they are going to show a race. Wouldn't that be the perfect way to see the country, though? On a bike? You'd be able to see so much more than you would from a tour bus window.



KWeldon - Jun 7, 2005 2:10 pm (#64 of 2963)

KWeldon, I kind of got the impression she had made-up 'sensory' memories based on things she'd heard about her mother and possibly something spiritual coming from Padme's emotional state during pregnancy. After all, the people who took Leia in knew Padme, right?

Gina, I'm sure that's an explanation, although the cynic in me is not sure Lucas can come up with such emotional depth. Wink (love his movies, by the way!)


T Brightwater - Jun 7, 2005 2:12 pm (#65 of 2963)

One of my college roommates spent the week before her wedding arguing with her dressmaker, her hairdresser, her mother, her mother-in-law-to-be, and two sets of caterers (in each case trying to make her own statement versus _their_ view of "the perfect wedding" or at least the "normal" one) while another friend and I fought with a Laura Ashley pattern (too many ruffles) and a fabric with a one-way design (takes three times as long to cut out) to make the bridesmaid's dress, which we finished 45 minutes before the ceremony, and that was only because we left off the second layer of ruffles. We told the bridesmaid she'd have to have surgery a la Cinderella's stepsisters if the dress didn't fit. Actually it ended up being quite a nice ceremony, (especially the music **smirk**) and the carrot cake at the reception was wonderful.

After the bride and groom departed, the other assistant and I played House-Elf and cleaned up their apartment, which took until 4:00 am. We were counting on being able to sleep late the next day, but the contractors who were resurfacing the parking lot across the street had other ideas. Jackhammers at 6:30 am! (Who was it who said that no good deed goes unpunished?)


timrew - Jun 7, 2005 4:18 pm (#66 of 2963)

I thought Oscar Wilde's last words were, "Why are you burying me?"

But, I must admit, I love the one about the wallpaper. In fact, I wish I'd said it forty years ago, when my parents papered the lounge.


boop - Jun 7, 2005 5:30 pm (#67 of 2963)

Happy Birthday LemonB&B, hope you had a very nice day!!

*Hugs back Mike*


Puck - Jun 7, 2005 6:45 pm (#68 of 2963)

Hello All! Happy Birthday to those I missed.

Had another ultra sound today, so fun to see my baby!

Hot and humid again. It's going to be a long, hot , pregnant summer.

Have a great day all.



fleur-de-lys - Jun 7, 2005 7:07 pm (#69 of 2963)

Loopy, "twenty-sixteen" I love it. I'm going to remember that. I should have thought of it sooner though. Whenever the munchkin counts to thirty, he goes from twenty-nine to twenty-ten. So i am now twenty-twelve. But would that make my mom twenty-forty-eight? Thanks for the boost, I do love it. You really can come up with some clever remarks sometimes. Tee hee!

Happy Birthday lemomB&B! Hope I'm not too late.

Well, our internet is up and running. We had some problems after a HUGE storm last nite, but now everything is back to normal. Well, as normal as things get around here. But, hey, normal is a setting on your dishwasher. I still have yet to get to see Star Wars, so I am skimming those posts quickly. The hubby wants to rewatch the first 5 before we go and see it, so it may be a few weeks, considering we don't own the first two (actually that last two the put out) and need to rent them. Must put them on the Netflix list. I think I'll go do that now.

Luv N Mush, Lori


TwinklingBlueEyes      - Jun 7, 2005 7:09 pm (#70 of 2963)

Robert Fulghum - I absoultely love him! Shoot low boys, they riding Shetland ponies!" I think is from "Maybe, Maybe Not"

...toddles off to look now...


Julia. - Jun 7, 2005 7:46 pm (#71 of 2963)

Julia - It looks like you had a blast at the parade. Now, who is this Greg? Are you dating? He's good looking, you dance well together, make a cute couple! I can't put my finger on it but something about his picture made me think that he is a "Nice Jewish Boy."—Gryffendora
Why Gryffendora, what could ever make you think that Greg is a Nice Jewish boy? Actually, he's a good friend of mine, and we're not dating, although I can't say I'd mind if we were.

I wonder how many different ways there are to phrase my age. Ten-nine sounds a little young, even for me. I think I'll stick with ninteen.

On the Star Wars front, I'm actually wondering if Leia knows she's adopted. Her last name is Organa, not Skywalker, and she had no idea she has a brother. Any chance that the "real mother" she was talking about is Bail Organa's wife (who doesn't actually have a name).

Kathy, it cannot be fun to be pregnant while it's 90 degrees out. I know that when my mum was pregnant with me (I was born in September, so she was very pregnant during the summer) she spent all her time either inside with the air conditioning, or at the beach in the water.

I think I'm going to go read some Shakespeare now. Have a good evening everyone.


KWeldon - Jun 7, 2005 7:52 pm (#72 of 2963)

Julia, no, Leia recognizes that she was adopted. She and Luke discuss being brother and sister in ROTJ. She says something like, "I think I've known all along," which made me gag, considering the kiss she gave him in Ep V.


Julia. - Jun 7, 2005 11:02 pm (#73 of 2963)

So, now that my Smiley Central is working again, and it's 2:00 my time...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH!!!!!!!!!!!(Scully) *hands Sarah butterbeer* Hope you have a great day and an amazing year!!!


The giant squid - Jun 8, 2005 12:09 am (#74 of 2963)

Now, KWeldon, it was just "for luck"...

I understand the desire to have a "perfect" wedding, but there's no such thing, honestly. The best that you can hope for is to minimize the chaos and enjoy the process as best as possible.--Phoenix Song

I can agree with that! Over a year of planning, preparing, replanning...and I watched the video saying, "When did that happen?" repeatedly. Of the four hour reception I remember maybe 20 minutes.

Happy Birthday, Scully! Make sure Brandon takes you someplace nice.



Snuffles - Jun 8, 2005 1:43 am (#75 of 2963)

Happy Wednesday everyone

A quick question, does anyone have any ideas on how to keep a 2 year old occupied on a 4 1/2 hour plane journey? We are flying to Cyprus on hols on Sunday (Woopee!!) and I'm dreading keeping her from destroying the plane! any advice and ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Puck, are you finding out if your baby is a boy or a girl?, I don't envy you being pregnant over the summer. At least you have the perfect excuse to indulge on icecream though!

Hope everyone has a good day



Cornelia - Jun 8, 2005 1:56 am (#76 of 2963)
Edited Jun 8, 2005 2:56 am

Julie - good question! We always take one or two favorite books and one or two new ones (as surprise) to read to them. We take also paper and crayons or paintbooks(?). Maybe she can pack a little backpack herself to take on board, ours love that and pack their favorite stuff themselfes like cars and little ponies...on longer flights we even take Lego or Playmobil (classic german systemtoy) not much, only some pieces.

We have been to Cyprus some years ago, it was a GOOOD holiday!! Hope your is at least as good as ours!!!Head reisi!

Edit: MaeMae are you still around? Where in Estonia do you live? Just found your post in the Tell about yourself thread...we live in Tallinn


Thora - Jun 8, 2005 2:37 am (#77 of 2963)

Julie-mini magna-doodles and the $100 tiny dvd player from walmart.

Puck- this sounds weird but honestly helps, try cooling off with cool water in your ear canal, that's how I survived bicycleing in 114 degree weather in Arizona.

Barbie- Put a little pure vanilla extract in water and wash your walls with it.

GryffEndora- I listen all the time too (wanted to send my kindred spirit a greeting and a smile)

And if anyone notes the time on my post, no I didn't change time zones I just had an awful dream to dispell before I could continue my night of horrible sleep. There's only one thing to do at 5 a.m. when you can't go back to sleep!




Marè - Jun 8, 2005 3:01 am (#78 of 2963)

Our paper had an interesting picture today of several "bridezilla's". Twenty brides crawling in a wedding cake to find lotterytickets. (Somewhere in New York apparently)

You know you have been on this forum too much when you see a picture of twenty brides covered in whip cream, ankle deep in cake and you think... "Hmmm, I hope that doesn't happen to Barbie's cake."


fleur-de-lys - Jun 8, 2005 4:55 am (#79 of 2963)


Sorry, just had to get out that frustration. i just spent half an hour creating a post for here and when I went to post it, our internet bailed and I got a "page cannot be displayed" message, so I lost all I had typed. I hate it when that happens. And you all know me, I tend to type a lot. Well, I'll try to remember all I had said. Here goes.

KWeldon, I was thinking about your comment about Leia kissing Luke when she says later that she thinks she knew all along that they were related. I look at that like the scene in Back to the Future, the first movie, when Marty is in the car with his mom (as a teen) and she starts kissing him. She looks surprised and says something like its weird and feels like she's kissing her little brother or something. She had no idea who he really was, but she had a feeling like they might be related. Maybe, at the time she kissed him, Leia got that feeling too and she's known it since then. Or maybe she knew it before, but still kissed him to make her point to Han. Girls can be goofy that way sometimes.

Snuffles, hmmmmm...a 2 year old on a long plane trip...hmmmm, let me think a minute. A lot of good suggestions have already been made, ones I would have made too. Our munchkin has a leap pad that we take whenever we need him to be occupied and quiet for a while. It usually does the trick. He also loves a calculator (has his own) and those little hand-held electronic games from Happy Meals at McDonalds or Burger King. They keep him occupied for a while. It really depends on the child too. You know your little one best and will be able to discern, from our suggestions, what will work best or not. Good luck and have a nice trip. I'll be interested to see how it goes.

Thora, water in your ear? How odd. I've never heard of that to keep cool. I'll have to try it sometime.

Mare, when I was engaged, I went to a local bridal show. After the fashion show, they picked about 10 brides. They were to rip through a wedding cake for a diamond ring. I forget how much it was worth, but I was glad I wasn't picked. I would rather have ate the cake. Tee hee. Its amazing what people will do for a prize.

Well, I think that's about all I said before. I'm crossing my fingers that it will post this time.

Yours till Bear Mountain has Cubs, Lori


Springtime - Jun 8, 2005 5:43 am (#80 of 2963)

hi everyone. Well my youngest who is not very young (14) anymore has just left for a 3 day trip to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with his grade 8 class. this is the first trip that he has taken without family memebers with him. Oh how fast they grow up. Hope he has a great time.

Demonic is looking forward to being only child in the house for 3 days. Smile

anyways hope everyone has a great day. I was just feeling the empty nest bit.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 8, 2005 5:53 am (#81 of 2963)

But, I must admit, I love the one about the wallpaper. In fact, I wish I'd said it forty years ago, when my parents papered the lounge.—timrew

Given that, by my count, you would have been smack in the middle of your teenage years, can you be sure what choice your parents would have made if faced with such a tough ultimatum?


Madam Pince - Jun 8, 2005 6:55 am (#82 of 2963)

Snuffles, this isn't exactly "keeping him occupied," and it may sound a bit extreme, but I swear my pediatrician told me to do it! We were contemplating a long trip (ended up not taking it, but anyway) and I just casually jokingly mentioned to the doctor about what to do to keep him quiet. The doctor looked at me like I was crazy and said "Girl, haven't you ever heard of Benadryl???" He recommended giving Baby Pince 3/4 T. of liquid children's Benadryl (the antihistimine), and said it would lull him right off to sleep. As I said, we ended up not taking the trip and so didn't use it, but I have used it on occasion (teething in the middle of the night, etc.) and it does work like one of Hermione's Sleeping Draughts.

I don't much like medicating kids unless absolutely necessary, but in this case it might be a thought. Also, I have heard that little ones can sometimes have problems with the air pressure in their ears when flying, so if yours has a tendency for ear problems, you might want to check with the doc to see what he recommends about that too. I've (thankfully) never had to deal with ears so I don't know a solution for that one.

All of the above ideas sound great also for trips! We use the magna-doodle and books for long car trips, and he also packs a little bag with all his favorite toys (Buzz Lightyear always accompanies us!)

Happy Birthday, Scully Jones! Hope you have a great day!!!!!


Snuffles - Jun 8, 2005 7:20 am (#83 of 2963)

Thank you everybody for your suggestions, I went out at lunch today and bought a little magna doodle, some books and a childs first domino set!!

Madam Pince, the medicine is very tempting, I will take some and see how she is before we board the plane! When reading your post I was reminded of the good old 80's programme 'The A Team' when they had to knock B.A. out before dragging him on the plane!!!

Take care everyone



Thora - Jun 8, 2005 8:06 am (#84 of 2963)

Sucking helps with the ear pressure, so take the sippy cup that requires the most intense sucking, and a salty snack to make him thirsty.


applepie - Jun 8, 2005 9:12 am (#85 of 2963)

Snuffles, you seem to have gotten some very nice suggestions. I hope some of them work for you. My children have never flown, so I am no help to you.

When my older son was about 5 years old, he took a train ride out of state and we gave him some Dramamaine (for motion sickness). His father has motion sickness, and he had shown some signs of it during car trips, so we used it as a precaution.

Benadryl will help him relax (and definitely puts my boys to sleep), but some kids react completely opposite to the norm. So, if you haven't used it before, I would advise against it. You don't want to make matters worse.


Julia. - Jun 8, 2005 9:17 am (#86 of 2963)

My parents always told me to swallow hard and yawn to help with ear pressure, and it rarely worked, so now I just chew gum. Benadryl is very usefull, at least it worked on my sister and I. We used to take books and Barbie dolls on long plain rides, and that usually keep us occupied.

Oh man, I am in an excellent mood. I'd better go find a good way to get out all my good-mood energy.


GryffEndora - Jun 8, 2005 9:21 am (#87 of 2963)

Thora - It's nice to know I'm in great company with my listening habits!

Yesterday, when Loopy changed his avatar I was inspired to do the same. This is a picture of me about 4 years ago in my University production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. I played Lady Bracknell, the interfering adult trying to stop the young lovers form happiness. I also got the opportunity to costume design on this play and designed both of my gowns and built one. The one pictured was the simpler one that I didn't build. On top of all that I also designed the poster for the play. Guess I was a bit of an over achiever. The entire production was staged in shades of white, cream, and pale pink with just a touch of brown, hence I'm monochromatic. Also if you can make out the red hair in the pic I'll let you know that is a wig, I'm a brunette.

I hope the plane trip with the young one goes well. It sounds like the benadryl trick might be one to test before leaving. I don't have kids but from what my friend says, baggage claim can be the worst part of the whole experience. Here's a strengthening charm for you and a cheering charm for the little one!

Take care everybody!


KWeldon - Jun 8, 2005 10:13 am (#88 of 2963)

Snuffles, I don't know if anyone mentioned this, but when we fly with our kids I pack the goodies that I've gotten them (such as your Magna doodle and dominoes), but don't even tell them about them or give them to them until we are in the air and the novelty of the flight has worn off.


Phoenix song - Jun 8, 2005 10:17 am (#89 of 2963)

Hello everybody! You have all made me laugh so much this morning! I can just imagine all of those greedy brides ravaging over and through a large wedding cake to pull out prizes! I hope that people don't try to tramp all over my cake! (The bride would surely find out about the false layer then!)

Thora, thanks for your suggestion to get rid of the burnt smell, I'll certainly try it. The Lord knows that there's plenty of vanilla extract around here with all of the icing that I'm about to start making today! And it wouldn't do to have smoke-flavored icing!

Happy Birthday Scully! I hope that it's a good one!

GryffEndora, I like your pic from the play. It must have been really fun. It sounds like a lot of work, though! (Is your middle name Hermione?)

Where's Catherine? Surely she's returned from her trip! We miss you!

I'm afraid that I've never flown and can't be too much help with that department. But I will second the caution about the Benadryl if your child has never tried it before.

It's a good solution, an excellent aid, for those kids that it works on. As my pediatrician, and others, have suggested for years now, it helps to calm them down and allow them to sleep. Whenever my son was very restless due to allergy problems or teething, we'd give him a little bit and it would help him to get the sleep that he needed.

When my middle child was around 3, we had an occasion when the entire family had been sick for days. She wasn't resting at all, and everybody needed some sleep. I gave her a little bit to help her (and us) sleep. Imagine my surprise when it had the OPPOSITE effect on her. It made her so super-hyper that she seemed to be possessed.

There was also an occasion when she had a severe reaction to ant bites and needed to be taken to the ER. The doctor was running tests, of course, but prescribed Benadryl in the meantime. He added cleverly with a wink that it would allow her to rest while they checked things out. I warned him that it wouldn't do any such thing, but he didn't listen. I guess that HE learned his lesson when she was bouncing off of the nurses' station 20 minutes later! You just never know how each child will react!

Have a good day everybody! Barbie


Madam Poppy - Jun 8, 2005 10:18 am (#90 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Jun 8, 2005 10:20 am

Greetings from Madam Poppy! It's hard to believe how the months have flown by. My days have been filled with my writer mother going nearly blind Christmas Day, my daughter having a difficult pregnancy (I made 2 trips to Reno to help) and my suffering from a work injury.

I am keeping current on my Harry Potter by wearing out several cassette players and my books on tape. I am now investing in the CD's since my husband gave me a nice MP3 player.

My daughter is due to have a girl the end of this month and I was surprised to learn that Lily is the only name so far that they can both agree on. I said that I have to like it since it is a Potter name.

I was lifting freight on March 3rd and tore both my rotator cuffs. This has meant lots of tests, physical therapy that didn't work, shots and worse of all "light duty" which means standing at the door of our store and greeting people for my 8 hour shift. People, please be kind to any door greeter!  It is a tough job and NOT a "vacation". I was moved out to the gardenshop entrance last week which has been an improvement. I can't lift anything but I can at least help out by answering plant questions instead of saying “Hello” and “Thanks for coming in” all day. (I am also suppose to be watching to make sure unpaid merchandise doesn't head out the garden entrance.)

I read through the last 80 or so recent messages on this thread and it’s nice to see that Marè, Tim, Boop, Gina, Marie E. are still here. Hello to you all. I promise to pop in more often.

Madam Poppy


Finn BV - Jun 8, 2005 10:22 am (#91 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Scully!

Wow, it's a hot day here today, 92 degrees! Same as yesterday. I couldn't sleep at all last night – it was just too hot!

Madam Poppy, glad to see you're back. I hope your tests go okm! And is there a grandmother talk I hear? Let's hope for Lily!

I'd talk more but I have to rush of to tennis… adios!


applepie - Jun 8, 2005 11:44 am (#92 of 2963)

Madam Poppy, I am so sorry to hear about your injury. Do you work at Wal Mart? When I think of a door greeter, that is the first to pop into mind. I hope you are soon back to normal and able to do your regular work.

Barbie, My kids knock out with Benadryl, but I made the suggestion because a friend's child suffered the opposite effect. I never forgot about that.

Thora, that suggesion about the vanilla extract sounds like a nice "fix-all". I might have to try it sometime.

We are soooooooooooooooo wet, I feel as though we will soon float away. I am thinking of purchasing a boat to travel to and from work. It has been raining since the weekend, and very heavy rain. It was hailing just a few moments ago. Enough to upset everyone who's cars were in the open parking lot outside. Especially those who have brand new vehicles.

I saw on the Leaky Cauldron that the Harry Potter version of the Scene-It game comes out in August. I immediately e-mailed my husband to tell him that I MUST have it. He asked who would play it with me since they had not read the books? I threw out a "not my problem" kind of reply and he thought he had made his point. Until, of course, I told my children about it. Being that they love the Disney version, they were extremely excited about it and wanted it immediately. I just flashed an "I told you so" look at him, and a huge grin, and he laughed. It's nice that he knows when he cannot win.

Happy Wednesday to all!


Stephanie M. - Jun 8, 2005 1:09 pm (#93 of 2963)

Hey everyone! I haven't looked through this thread in like 3 days, and there were so many posts! I skimmed through the ones since Sunday night, so I have missed some things.

I have no idea what it's called, but there are these red (swallow able) pills that are meant to get rid of any pressure you may feel when flying. I know they work for my grandmother and my cousin, but I have never tried them myself. I also don't know any of the side effects. I just remember that my grandmother takes them whenever she goes on a plain. O and the pills are swallow able as I've said so it might not be the best idea for a child to be taking them.

Benadryl works for everyone in my family, but sometimes it take a while to fully kick in. (once it took 2 hours for me to stop sneezing! O that wasn't fun!)

Okay back to reading everything I missed!


Stephanie M. - Jun 8, 2005 1:24 pm (#94 of 2963)

Okay I have a random question. I got a scrape on my knee last Friday, it wasn't a cut, just a little scrape. But it hasn't gone away or gotten any bit better. I've tried everything! It looks really bad, but it's really little and it isn't infected or anything. Can anyone offer me any help on how to get rid of it faster? I'm going to the Bahamas on Friday and I kind of want it gone by then. It looks like it'll never get better!


Elanor - Jun 8, 2005 1:47 pm (#95 of 2963)

Hello everybody! I hope you're all spending a good Wednesday!

I worked so much today, both for school and on the paper (that is (nearly) finished, yeah!!!!), that I'm not sure I will be very coherent tonight, assuming I am from time to time...

Amilia, it is great to know you love cycling too!
It must be wonderful to be able to watch the races live.

It is indeed! The first important stage I saw was during the 1990 Tour de France. I had often see some other races and even some flat stretch Tour stages in my region but, though the atmosphere is great, the publicity caravan funny and the cyclists amazing, everything happens very fast when they arrive. In 1990, my godfather wanted to give me a present after I graduated and asked what I would want and I answered to see a stage in the alps". He agreed at once since he loves cycling too so he took me for seeing an individual time-trial in the Alps and it was amazing! I saw another one in Burgundy 2 years ago (the Macon stage) and also a team time-trial once, which is really beautiful to see.

I hope you will be able to come and see some stages sometime! I've never been in the Pyrennées but I would love to be in the Tourmalet sometime! BTW, there was the Dauphiné's individual time-trial today, only about 20 km far from here, but I couldn't go and see it. But if you're interested in, I can tell you that Botero won it, Leipheimer is second (and new leader of the race) and Armstrong 3rd, before Landis, Hincapie and Vinokourov. the Tour promises to be interesting!

About the contest, don't worry not to have won, it is a great way to see the country, that is certain, but also a very difficult one, wherever you go, it always climbs!

Have a great day everybody, and I wish a good night to my fellow Europeans forumers!


Phoenix song - Jun 8, 2005 2:02 pm (#96 of 2963)

applepie: What city do you live in? We received tons of rain recently, too, but thankfully most of it has drained by now. But I hear that down in the Crescent City that they're still suffering with some flooding problems. I live on the Northshore. I'm assuming that you may live on the West Bank, but wanted to know for sure. It's a shame that we both have little kids that make travel, even short distances, difficult. It would be nice if we could get together to do our read on July 16th and then play the Scene-It game. (That'd hush your husband up, wouldn't it? )

Stephanie M, I have two suggestions for helping to heal your cut. I'm sure that there will be many more to come, but I've always believed in Triple Antibiotic Ointment. It's just this ordinary cream in a tube that you can get just about anywhere. It helps to keep down germs and help it to heal faster. I've also heard that Aloe Vera gel works wonders. I hope that helps!



applepie - Jun 8, 2005 2:10 pm (#97 of 2963)

Barbie, I do live on the Westbank, but I work about two minutes from the Crescent City Connection, and we have gotten soaked recently. I have a friend who works downtown who told me that huge workhorses on construction sites were floating down the streets of the Crescent City on Monday.

My father moved to Folsom about 5 years ago, so I make it to the Northshore occasionally.

My oldest son was supposed to have baseball practice, and my husband was due to umpire a game later tonight, but it looks as though it will all be rained out. Oddly enough, the electricity at work has never faltered, making our workday increasingly long!


boop - Jun 8, 2005 2:12 pm (#98 of 2963)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH, lots of hugs coming your way.. Have a great day.


applepie - Jun 8, 2005 2:19 pm (#99 of 2963)

Sorry, I must have missed that birthday....



Penny Lane. - Jun 8, 2005 2:33 pm (#100 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Sarah!
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Stephanie M. - Jun 8, 2005 2:54 pm (#101 of 2963)

Thanks Barbie!!! I can't believe I didn't think of that! *smacks hand into head* I had this horrible sunburn once so I went to a doctor and he said to put Aloe Vera gel on it. It went away pretty quickly and I wasn't dyeing in pain. I put some of the Aloe Vera gel on and I think it'll work because it's starting to tingle. I'll keep you posted on how well the Aloe Vera is working. If anyone has any other ideas of how to help my scrape please post it! I can't cover it up because it's right below where any Capris end, and it will be around 90ºF and 100% humidity. I'm not wearing jeans in that heat! LOL I can just picture myself on the beach with everyone in bikinis and I'm sitting in jeans. Well thank you again! I really appreciate this you guys!


Lina - Jun 8, 2005 3:19 pm (#102 of 2963)

Happy birthday Scully!

I haven't got much to add except that I agree with Barbie that those medicines against allergy don't work with all the children the same way.

And some sunny and drying charms to Applepie!


timrew - Jun 8, 2005 3:23 pm (#103 of 2963)

But, I must admit, I love the one about the wallpaper. In fact, I wish I'd said it forty years ago, when my parents papered the lounge.-- timrew

Loopy: Given that, by my count, you would have been smack in the middle of your teenage years, can you be sure what choice your parents would have made if faced with such a tough ultimatum?

I think they would have packed my suitcase, Loopy!


applepie - Jun 8, 2005 4:13 pm (#104 of 2963)

Thanks, Lina. Though, I don't think your charms have made it to me from Croatia yet, because it is pouring out. We have had to cancel baseball for the evening and are presently just watching the sky fall. Our plants are happy, though.


Phoenix song - Jun 8, 2005 4:30 pm (#105 of 2963)

applepie: I'll send some sunny and drying charms your way as well. When Lina and I work together we can manage to accomplish some pretty amazing stuff! **I've been practicing the "Stayus Togetherus" charm regularly in preparation for our joint efforts on this cake!**

I'm in Pearl River, just a stone's throw from the Mississippi/Louisiana border. I use to live in Westwego, and we experienced more than our share of flooding before moving. It's quite disturbing to wake up to find several feet of water in your home! I'm sure that's not going to be the case right now, but it's always possible around here.

Stephanie, I'm glad that the Aloe Vera seems to be working. My mother said that it was a good cure for most all skin conditions, and I've heard that Aloe Vera juice is really good to drink if you have an upset stomach. (I've never drank it, though, to know for sure.) The plant is a tried and true Native American stand by that never ceases to amaze me.

Good night everybody!


applepie - Jun 8, 2005 4:32 pm (#106 of 2963)

Barbie, how long ago did you live in Westwego? I practically grew up there as a child.


T Brightwater - Jun 8, 2005 5:13 pm (#107 of 2963)

Phoenix song, when's the wedding, so I can join in on the "Stayus Togetherus" charm? (Actually, if you use "Cohere" it's the same in English and Latin, only pronounced differently. :-) )


Ms Amanda - Jun 8, 2005 6:06 pm (#108 of 2963)

Hi all!

I don't usually post on the chat thread, but I'd just like to jump in and ask for some Cheering Charms (and some prayers and well-wishes to a sick kid).

I work in a two-year-old room at a daycare, and I just heard that a little girl in the room ahead of us (she's in the threes room) has cancer and her eye was removed today.

The teachers are all trying to think of cheerful ways for the children to feel like they are "doing something" to help. My little class is making cards to mail to her tomorrow. Aren't they sweet? This is one of their former classmates, but they are much too young to understand, really.


GryffEndora - Jun 8, 2005 7:12 pm (#109 of 2963)

Ms. Amanda, my thoughts and prayers go out to this child and her family. I will also send some healing and cheering charms their way. Please keep us posted on her progress as you learn more. Thank you for sharing this with us and for helping your students send happiness to this girl and her family.


Finn BV - Jun 8, 2005 7:12 pm (#110 of 2963)

Ms Amanda, that is just awful to hear about the girl. I send her all my best wishes. Close family and friends of mine have gone through the same trauma, most of them making it out okay. Again, I express my heartfelt prayers.

Thanks, Lina. Though, I don't think your charms have made it to me from Croatia yet, because it is pouring out. –applepie
This was very funny, the way you worded it with extreme gratitude, but then how it's not working. I'm sending more drying charms your way.

Steph, sure wouldn't want you on a beach in jeans in 90 degree weather! LOL. ¡Olé! We're alumni now! Go Science 7!

I think they would have packed my suitcase, Loopy! –timrew
Very funny. We just have exceptionally funny members, don't we?

Well, tomorrow's my last day for two weeks. Then it's off out west. I just found the "Mark as Read" function in the teal bar and trust me, that's going to come in very handy after this vacation.


Denise P. - Jun 8, 2005 7:24 pm (#111 of 2963)

Ms Amanda, you may want to talk to the child life specialist at where the little girl is being treated. Maybe a doll with one eye (eye patch if she wears one) would be in order from the class? Stickers are good too. I know when my son was in being treated for leukemia, the child life people were very helpful in providing age appropriate ideas for the kids being treated. I think cards/drawings are nice because it lets the child know their friends are thinking of them. We wall papered Devin's room with the cards and drawings he recieved from his class, his sunday school class and his cub scouts.


fleur-de-lys - Jun 8, 2005 7:25 pm (#112 of 2963)

Ms Amanda, what a shock to read something so drastic happening to a child. I just can't imagine going through that as a child and especially can't imagine watching your child go through all the pain and fear and not being able to do anything about it. I will definitely be praying for the girl, her family and your daycare as well. Its incredible how something like this can affect an entire community. If you ever need someone to talk to or unload on or vent to, feel free to email me. Its a good thing the daycare is doing to let the other kids do something. They can't really understand it, but they know when something is wrong. I used to work at a daycare too. I like what you're doing there.


Finn BV - Jun 8, 2005 7:27 pm (#113 of 2963)

Denise, I sure hope Devin didn't say to you, "Either that wallpaper goes, or I do." Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 5 464751818


applepie - Jun 8, 2005 7:54 pm (#114 of 2963)

Ms. Amanda, so sorry to hear about that little girl. I will definitely keep her in my thoughts and prayers. She deserves a break. That is a horrible thing for such a young child to have to endure.

Thanks so much for the drying charms everyone. I sincerely hope the begin to work at some point in time, or I'm afraid I'll have to take 10 points away from each of your houses for your inability to properly produce a drying charm....

Off to post...


scully jones - Jun 8, 2005 7:55 pm (#115 of 2963)

I've had a wonderful birthday so far. At dinner this evening Brandon proposed. I knew it was coming sometime soon (I picked out the ring) but it was very nice to go out for a nice dinner and have him ask. Brandon unfortunately thought he had me fooled into thinking he was going to do it in July so he's sad that it wasn't a complete suprise.

So I can finally wear the beautiful ring. It'll take some time before I can get used to saying "fiance" instead of "boyfriend".

So Here's the ring! Isn't it perfect? I like the mix of satin finish and normal finish. It's also not sticking out, so I don't catch the diamond on everything which is wonderful because I plan on wearing it for a very very long time.


applepie - Jun 8, 2005 7:58 pm (#116 of 2963)

Scully, Congratulations to you and Brandon. I wish you a long and prosperous life together. Maybe Barbie could make your cake?

*ducking from dungbombs*


Springtime - Jun 8, 2005 8:04 pm (#117 of 2963)

congratulations! Best wishes! Scully butterbeer for all Smile


Stephanie M. - Jun 8, 2005 8:34 pm (#118 of 2963)

Wow Scully, That ring looks beautiful!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

Steph, sure wouldn't want you on a beach in jeans in 90 degree weather!-Fbv

LOL I'm going to suffer from heat stroke out of the U.S.!!! No I probably won't. It doesn't matter too much either, but I prefer if it was gone. It was from Val's pool. lol. How's the sunburn? Robert got a really bad sunburn, and he's Italian! I didn't get burned, but I had SPF 50 on and I put it on twice! LOL. I just think ahead. On another note: YAY SCIENCE 7 ALUMNI!!! WOOHOO. Did you like how I began the post about my scrape? "This is a RANDOM question..." I think that's how I started it. Wink lol. I still haven't gotten how to put the actual smilie in!


Eponine - Jun 8, 2005 8:36 pm (#119 of 2963)

Congratulations, Sarah! And happy birthday too!


Julia. - Jun 8, 2005 8:39 pm (#120 of 2963)

If you'll bear with me, I'm going to tell you a story.

L'chyiam, l'chyiam, everybody, l'chyiam. I have two friends out in California, their names are Brandon and Sarah. Brandon and Sarah, and myself, and a number of others, actually, everyone reading this, met on this very Forum. We had a party in the chat room every night and we all became very good friends. Last February we decided that we should meet face to face in the real world. So it was settled that we would meet in the beginning of June in State College Pennsylvania, which is way the heck in the middle of nowhere, but that’s where our dear Betty lives. And so at this gathering everyone met. We spent the most wonderful weekend together, just enjoying each other’s company. When that time ended we were all as sad as a child whose best friend moved away, thinking ahead to when we would see each other again. It’s been over a year now, and for me, July 29 cannot come soon enough.

Anyway at this gathering Brandon and Sarah really hit it off. They were instantly comfortable and joking with each other. It was clear that as good friends as they were, they were going to become much closer and much better friends. Exactly how close no one knew; Sarah had a boyfriend who she was living with at the time, but unbeknownst to us that relationship was heading down hill. Shortly after the gathering Sarah broke up with her boyfriend and began dating Brandon. This was harder than it looks: she was living in Michigan while he was in California. They spoke and IMed daily, but never saw each other. But despite that the relationship grew, and Brandon and Sarah fell in love.

I was in the rather interesting position of being sort of a fly on the wall. I never knew what they said in private to each other, but every night one or both of them would IM me. Every night that summer I got to hear how much they loved each other, how much they missed each other, how they were the light of each other’s lives, how they were each other’s motivation to succeed, how the other was the only thing worth living for and how they couldn’t live without each other. I never heard so much complaining in all my life, but my days were never complete without it. All what whining was the sweetest thing I’d ever heard. It reaffirmed my faith in humanity, and more importantly it reaffirmed my faith in love. At the summer’s end Sarah finally moved to California where she and Brandon are living happily.

A few months ago Brandon told me that he was planning to propose to Sarah. The original plan was for him to ask her in July, at the gathering. But Sarah, being the very smart women that she is, figured it out quickly. Yesterday evening Brandon told me that he had changed the plan, that he would ask her today, on her birthday. Naturally I was over the moon, and I’ve been grinning ear to ear ever since. Obviously, the plan succeeded. He asked, she said yes, and now our dear forum couple is engaged.

*passes out butterbeer* *raises bottle* L’chyiam l’chyiam everyone. Brandon and Sarah, I love you both very much and I can’t wait to dance at your wedding. May your lives be filled with nothing but joy and blessings, and may you live many happy and prosperous years together. L’chyiam. *drinks*

And now for your viewing pleasure, some pictures of our first forum couple.
Watch out for the killer root beer!
At Sarah's brother's wedding
Tickle tickle!
Playing with his goatee
Head gear switch
Whip and Gun
Happy Christmas!


scully jones - Jun 8, 2005 8:42 pm (#121 of 2963)

Thank you very much Julia! I've had a wonderful birthday this year, don't you think? Later, I'll even post the poem that my mom made for me this year... Thank you all!



phaseolus vulgaris - Jun 8, 2005 8:44 pm (#122 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Jun 8, 2005 8:45 pm

(Brandon, Brandon, Brandon, I tried to warn you, now it's too late, you're stuck, and life as you know it is ov... )

uh, I mean, YAY!!!! Wishing you two a rewarding and happy life together...



T Brightwater - Jun 8, 2005 8:45 pm (#123 of 2963)

Sarah/Scully, happy birthday, and best wishes to you and Brandon! Mazel tov! (Now you won't have to be distracted by a proposal while you're reading HBP :-))


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 8, 2005 8:53 pm (#124 of 2963)
Edited Jun 8, 2005 10:14 pm

Sarah! Brandon! congratulations! (let me see if I can do it);*;!!*;;! oh, where is Abby when you need her? congratulations to the two of you.

Stephanie M-Aloe vera is excellent at helping wounds and scares heal. You may want to start with an antibacterial like Neosporine first though. Cocoa butter is also said pretty good at reducing scares.

In a couple of weeks school will (FINALLY!) be over. My son's class had pen pals in Australia, but they don't continue that through the summer. Is there anyone out there in our extended Lexicon family, with a 9 year old son who might want to have a pen pal? He, of course, loves Harry Potter, plays baseball and soccer (football). He's really easy going. The kids wrote short letters once or twice a month. It was a pretty simple exchange. (Mods if this request is in appropriate please just remove)

EDIT: WOW!!!! Chris! haven't seen you in ages!

You really need to be fast around here. I started this message right after Sarah's and look how many post!

Julia that is a nice summation. Thanks for the pictures too.


lemonbalm&bees - Jun 8, 2005 9:46 pm (#125 of 2963)

Whoa! I step away from the forum for a few hours and what happens? People start getting engaged. Double congratulations to you Scully and Brandon. If only half of what these forum-ers say is true, I am sure you will be very happy together!

I was out picking up a copy of Pet Sounds today and realized I hadn't pre-ordered HBP yet. Phew! close shave! July 16th is so near. Glad I've gotten that taken care of!


The giant squid - Jun 9, 2005 12:23 am (#126 of 2963)

Some Abby-fetti is definitely in order! Congratulations and Best Wishes to Sarah & Brandon. Am I correct in assuming that you two are the first couple to meet, date & marry through the forum? Thanks, Julia, for the pics--you can definitely tell they love each other.

I'm sure there are other things I was going to comment on, but this news blew all that out of my mind (a state I find myself in regularly ) so I'll leave it with that.



Lina - Jun 9, 2005 2:38 am (#127 of 2963)

Ms Amanda, I am sorry to read that you have to deal with such a sad situation. I don't see that any words could help. I'm putting all of you in my prayers and sending some strengthening charms.

Applepie: Thanks, Lina. Though, I don't think your charms have made it to me from Croatia yet, because it is pouring out.

I'm sorry. I was really tired last night. I'll try to make it work better today. I live on a hilly terrain by the sea, so I never had really to deal with floods. We do get some streets turn into rivers sometimes, but never had to get water out of the rooms. I just hope you won't have to either.

Congratulations, Scully! It is a beautiful ring!

Julia, thank you for the beautiful story!

Cornelia, are the kids O.K.?


Ozymandias - Jun 9, 2005 4:34 am (#128 of 2963)

Congratulations to you both! I am seriously grinning from ear to ear right now. I can't wait to see you guys in July!

Everyone else, I hope your lives are equally happy right now and always!


Marè - Jun 9, 2005 4:42 am (#129 of 2963)

Waves to Madam Poppy! Good to see you, sending healing charms your way! But it is nice to have you back.

And congrats to Sarah and Brandon.


Ladybug220 - Jun 9, 2005 5:16 am (#130 of 2963)

Hello to Madam Poppy - it is good to see you here!

And a big CONGRATS to Sarah and Brandon! We expect a website so all of us forum folk can see the wedding picts.


librarian314 - Jun 9, 2005 6:05 am (#131 of 2963)

Hey all!

Sarah and Brandon! Congratulations!!!!! The ring is very beautiful. May you have many happy years together!

**michelle the librarian**

P.S. You should invite JKR to the wedding and tell you how y'all met. I don't think she'd ever have thought that her writing these books about a young wizard lad would lead to weddings but I think she'd be touched.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 9, 2005 6:06 am (#132 of 2963)

Congratulations Brandon and Sarah!


fleur-de-lys - Jun 9, 2005 6:12 am (#133 of 2963)

Scully, congrats to you and Brandon. How exciting to hear that you met on the forum. I think that's relly neat. i met my hubby, of 6 and 1/2 year now, on the internet. We knew each other in high school, but hadn't been in contact in over 6 years when we caught up on the internet, so it can be done.

Lina, I just checked out your profile to see what you avatar and saw the pic you have on there of your town. HOW BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I was able to vacation there. That truly is an incredible pic. It needs to be framed and hung on the wall.

Yours till Niagara Falls, Lori (sorry haven't had time to think up anything new and inventive yet. If anyone has any ideas, email me)

Well, mom is still having problems. She's been trying to manage her meds and has developed some SEVERE back pain. We went to the dr's last nite to make sure it isn't her kidney's. They're pretty sure its not, but she can hardly get around or straighten up. So, she's trying some different things. I hope she gets some relief soon. I'm getting frustrated, so I can only imagine how she feels.

It looks like another scorcher here. I know its bad when the hubby leaves for work at 7:30 and he says "UGH"! Hot and humid, my two least favorite things in the world. Oh well, hope everyone else is having a better day than I am. Congrats again, Scully. I am very excited for you. Did I miss a date? Or is there not one yet?


T Brightwater - Jun 9, 2005 6:19 am (#134 of 2963)

fleur-de-lys, has your mom tried massage? It's a great help for pain and the accompanying depression.


Finn BV - Jun 9, 2005 7:15 am (#135 of 2963)

Sarah and Brandon, that is just wonderful news! Julia's story was very enlightening to those of us who just got in on it, so thanks to everybody!

*cries because it's the last day on the forum for two weeks*


applepie - Jun 9, 2005 7:20 am (#136 of 2963)

Finn, don't cry. You'll make me sad too... Have a wonderful time while you are gone. Don't worry, we'll be here when you get back. You have the lucky advantage of something else being able to take your mind off of the fact that we still have to wait 36 days for HBP. So, when you return, that number will have dropped significantly, giving us all something to look forward to....your return!


Cornelia - Jun 9, 2005 7:23 am (#137 of 2963)

Ms Amanda, we keep the little one in our thoughts!

Sarah and Brandon, CONGRATULATIONS! We wish you many, many happy days! The ring is beautiful!

Julia, thanks for the background information, sounds almost like a fairy story.

Lori, hope your mum is getting better soon! We send some Healing Charms.

The kids are feeling better again. Thank you for your wishes and thoughts!! The doctor said it´s probably Mononucleosis Infectiosa, couldn´t find it in my dictionary. At least it ends with lasting immunity.

Have a nice day everybody!

Edit: PS Finn, have a nice holiday, you will be missed!


applepie - Jun 9, 2005 7:36 am (#138 of 2963)


I need a little help. Over on the YOU KNOW YOU ARE A HARRY POTTER/LEXICON FAN WHEN... thread, we've started a "Wives of Husbands who Don't Understand Harry Potter" club. I need to find out if my acronym "WHDUHP" is correct, or if "who" should be part of it????

Yes, my I do have my fair share of grammatical issues and limitations...

Edit: I also want to let all of you know that we are accepting new members at this time.


librarian314 - Jun 9, 2005 7:48 am (#139 of 2963)

Hey all!

Applepie - from dictionary.com:

acronym: A word formed from the initial letters of a name, such as WAC for Women's Army Corps, or by combining initial letters or parts of a series of words, such as radar for radio detecting and ranging.

Over at a website called Acronym finder (I googled on acronym and it was the first hit.) most of the acronyms I could think of used all of the first letters in the word, including the conjunctions and prepositions but a couple (both of the NORADs listed) did not. I think that if you want to leave that W out, it'll be fine! :-)

**michelle the librarian** who has a B.A. in English


applepie - Jun 9, 2005 7:52 am (#140 of 2963)

Thanks, Michelle. I appreciate it!


Steve Newton - Jun 9, 2005 7:53 am (#141 of 2963)

I think that it is also necessary for the initial letters to be in pronounceable. NASA is and so is an acronym. A Federal Reserve Bank, an FRB, cannot be pronounced using standard pronunciation. It is not an acronym, it is an initialism.

In the library world, in the US, the Library of Congress is invariable called LC and pronounced Elsie. I guess that makes it an acronym.


applepie - Jun 9, 2005 7:59 am (#142 of 2963)

Steve, thanks. I immediately thought of this after writing the acronym/initialism and read it to be "what up" which sent me into a fit of giggles. I guess I was more concerned with it being an abnoxiously long title, for the sake of being comical. But, I also wanted to make sure I was being grammatically correct by not adding the "W" for the word "who". I appreciate the help.

Fleur/Snuffles: Should we have a motto?????


KWeldon - Jun 9, 2005 8:16 am (#143 of 2963)

I'd like to join that club of wives, too! I haven't figured out how I'm going to explain to my husband that I'm going to Barnes and Noble at midnight to get my HP book without him realizing the depths of my interest in HP. My kids aren't into it, although I could easily coerce my 6 yr old son that it would be cool for him to go. Wink


Loopy Lupin - Jun 9, 2005 8:44 am (#144 of 2963)

I need to find out if my acronym "WHDUHP" is correct, or if "who" should be part of it???? – applepie

I am unware of any rules applicable to acronyms. I believe that you can abbreviate a name as you see fit so long as it serves your purpose.


Kip Carter - Jun 9, 2005 9:01 am (#145 of 2963)

Scully (Sarah) and Brandon, CONGRATULATION! The ring is beautiful! I have been very aware of this relationship from inception and I wish you both the best.

I have been happily married for thirty-six years and look forward to at least thirty-six more. My wife is my best friend and my most trusted confidant. I hope that your relationships develops the strength that mine has endured.

Julia, thanks for the recap of the Scully-Brandon story and the pictures. You did a great job.

For those trying to work out an acronym: You could expand the group to spouses versus just women. The "s" may be easier to work with that "w".

To those who I have not recognized for your special days or awards: My hat is off to each of you. I try not to post very often on this thread because my posts, for some reason, stop the discussions many times or cause other problems.


Penny Lane. - Jun 9, 2005 9:11 am (#146 of 2963)

OMG I saw Kip's Red Font and nearly had a heart attack because I thought we were all in trouble! :goofygrin:

J/K. Congrats to Bran and Sarah, and to anyone else that needs it.

And may I just say thank you to whomever bought me this lovely gift of premium membership! I love having an avatar again, and I'm SOOO glad I will be able to post my heart (fingers?) out after the cooling off period when HPB comes out in THIRTY FIVE DAYS!

I'm a little excited today. My parents (and I) will be moving out of this horrible little house that we've been in for the last year, and into a brand new townhouse! It's still smaller than the house I grew up in, and I'm still a little sad that I won't be able to bring my kids to the house I grew up in, but it's much better than here. Once I finally get my own place in Saptember, They will have an office again, which they have desprately needed this past year. My mom (and I a bit) are a little disappoint that they have an electric stove, but the positives FAR outweigh the negatives.

Hope everyone has a great day!

ETA: Yes, Kip deserves an Oscar. And I have one for him Image hosted by Photobucket.com.


Lina - Jun 9, 2005 9:12 am (#147 of 2963)

fleur-de-lys: It needs to be framed and hung on the wall.

Don't worry, it is. I must say that my town is not as beautiful as the view from our apartment.
I hope your mum gets better soon!

Cornelia, healing charms your way (wait til I find Estonia on the map!)

Kip, indeed, whenever I see your brown letters, I expect some official announcement! But I will take the opportunity to tell you how great host you are! Thinking of everything! A hosting Oscar for you!

Edit: Congratulations, Penny Lane!


applepie - Jun 9, 2005 9:24 am (#148 of 2963)

Thanks, Kip. I guess we shouldn't be so selfish to assume that some of our male members might have spouses who don't understand their fascination with Jo's magical world. I will open the enrollment to all genders. Please inform me of your desire to join, so I can hand out badges and collect your dues. I'll expect you all to practice your knitting so we can assemble hats!

Edit: Shall we be named: Fans with Spouses who Don't Understand Harry Potter

Motto anyone?

Please vote. I will tally the votes and make badges.


lemonbalm&bees - Jun 9, 2005 9:43 am (#149 of 2963)

I wrote on another thread about this, but wanted to make extra-sure that I didn't get left out of the fun. Maybe the club could have a junior organization. I am very happy with my boyfriend of almost three years. Although it's certain that I love him more, it cannot be denied that I have loved HP longer. He is considerate by trying to indroduce me to other people who are as enthusiastic as I am, but I can still see his eyes roll back in his head whenever I mention the finer points of the Wizarding World. So, can I join, although I am not a Mrs.?


applepie -