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Post  Lady Arabella on Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:56 pm

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 1, 2006 12:21 am (#2698 of 2980)

Happy New Years to my forum family!

We are not old! Just tired of the old year and resting up for the new one

*toddles off to see where I parked my drink...*


Lina - Jan 1, 2006 1:15 am (#2699 of 2980)

A very happy new year to everybody!

I won't wish you that all your wishes come true, because it might not always be safe (look at Kate and her wishes for snow... ). But I wish you peace, happiness and joy!

We have a friend with her son visiting us, we welcomed the new year in a nice chat (live, not on line ), I slept enough, and the New year has not come yet to all the parts of the world...

Cheers to everyone!


Madam Pince - Jan 1, 2006 9:45 am (#2700 of 2980)

Happy New Year, everyone! A healthy, happy, and prosperous 2006 to all!

Belated Happy Birthday, Kate! I must've been in a fog -- I totally missed it! Hope you had a wonderful day! It sounds like your party was fun; isn't it great to get together with old friends you haven't seen for awhile? But I'm sorry to hear that you fell on the ice and got hurt -- that's no fun at all. Hope you feel better soon.

Tim, you're so right about that Narnia line about Eustace! It's a classic. I agree with you, I actually think Lewis is pretty funny. Puddleglum the Marsh-Wiggle cracks me up with his gloomy prognostications all the time. And outside of the Narnia books, I think The Screwtape Letters is great for dry humor. I'm currently re-reading it, and the little human observations are so funny, and tragic at the same time, if you know what I mean.

Mandy, I'm so glad you posted that on here about the Rose Bowl Parade! We've been frantically channel-switching trying to find it, and I finally said "Oh, I'll look it up on the computer," so, naturally, I had to check the Forum first! Now I don't have to go looking for Rose Bowl Parade info! You're right though, sad about it being tomorrow -- it's just not tradition. I suppose nothing gets in the way of the almighty NFL, though.

Boop, glad to hear you've had a nice little break / vacation! You deserve the rest! Dealing with all those kids that you do must really take it out of you! Hope you have a great 2006!

We had a fairly quiet New Year's Eve at home -- we stayed up to watch Dick Clark and drink a glass of (really bad) champagne, and then that was about it. We did have some steamed shrimp like Vlad had for dinner, though, so that was nice! Also, apparently it's a tradition here on the Eastern Shore to fire off blank shotgun shells to ring in the New Year, so Mr. Pince had to confirm our Redneck-ville status by participating Chat & Greetings 2006 1242194059 -- Little Pince thought it was very cool and joined in by banging pots and pans. Today I think my Mom is going to take us out for brunch at this fancy-schmanzy Inn up the street, if Little Pince can behave himself during it. At least we're all feeling well enough to sit through without coughing too much, I hope!

****Joins rest of Forum in having no desire to see King Kong, and shudders at the thought of Peter Jackson directing a HP movie****

Marie E, you should try "Goo-Gone" for the Silly String stains. It takes off almost anything! You can get it at a hardware store or Wal-Mart probably, or if you watch TV closely you can probably get 2 gallons of it plus a free super-duper-eggplant-slicer for only $19.95, if you call in the next 20 minutes.

...the first books I read in English were the LotR ones. I really had trouble with the first one... --Elanor.[

Funny thing, Elanor, I had trouble with LotR in English, too. Never have gotten through them all. I tried valiantly for several years, then finally gave up.

Stephanie, if you have tiny shoulders, it's a pity you weren't growing up during the 1980's. Those shoulder pads did wonders for skinny shoulders! I probably have something in my closet that you could borrow, should you ever want to try them out.

****Is hoping to go see The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe tomorrow maybe, and glad to hear that it might be OK for littler ones!****


Tazzygirl - Jan 1, 2006 11:26 am (#2701 of 2980)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I stayed up to watch Dick Clark (even though the ball had already dropped New York Time), and I was kinda sad that the stroke that he had hit him so hard. When he talked it sounded like he was trying really hard. Oh, well. At least he managed to count down this year!

I think I am going to wait to see King Kong when it comes to video. Then I can lay down comfortably on a couch, and fall asleep if I feel the urge... . I think I am going to take my parents to see HP today, I have been trying to get them to see it since I came to California, and between the holidays and the surgery, haven't had a chance. The sad thing is that it is now playing at one theater in the area, and there are only two showtimes! So sad...

Hope everyone has a fantastic day/ night!



septentrion - Jan 1, 2006 12:23 pm (#2702 of 2980)

Happy New Year everyone !


Stephanie M. - Jan 1, 2006 12:41 pm (#2703 of 2980)

Happy New Year!!

LOL. My mom has some dresses that have built in shoulder pads in them. I should try them on just to see what I look like.

Last night I stayed up for the ball to drop. Then I listened to 2 MuggleCasts and then I read some more of a book. I wound up going to bed after 4 a.m. I should have posted this last night because my post would have said 1 a.m. I usually go to sleep (when I'm on vacation) around 2 to 2:30 a.m, but if I post on the Forum it won't seem as late. Oh well.


Marie E. - Jan 1, 2006 12:56 pm (#2704 of 2980)

Viola, my HP Legos are never on the floor. Heehee.

Madame Pince, we use Goo Gone at work all the time. Why didn't I think of that?

We spent last night with a bunch of friends. Very fun! We played Texas Hold 'Em and listened to 80's music on satellite radio. We set off fireworks and poppers (plastic tubes where you pull a string and confetti comes shooting out). The hosts had bought crackers, not knowing they are for Christmas, I think. I got a funny joke in mine: What animal is gray, has a trunk, and a tail? A mouse going on holiday.


Elanor - Jan 1, 2006 1:17 pm (#2705 of 2980)

Bonne année!

Happy new year everyone!!!

I've just come back from my brother's where we had a great party! The champagne was delicious and I thought very hard of you all at midnight!

May you all have a wonderful year!



I Am Used Vlad - Jan 1, 2006 1:26 pm (#2706 of 2980)

Happy New Year to all. If I am not mistaken, 2006 will be the first year since the forum began without a new HP book or movie. What, pray tell, are we going to talk about all year? M. Night Shyamalan does have a new movie coming out, which should keep us occupied in July.

Marie, a game of Hold 'Em for HP prizes would be a good idea for the CO Gathering.


Marie E. - Jan 1, 2006 1:31 pm (#2707 of 2980)

That is an awesome idea, Sam!!


Ydnam96 - Jan 1, 2006 1:42 pm (#2708 of 2980)

Well, I read an article that the Rose Parade is never held on Sundays. Not since like 1893 or something like that. Go figure. Anyway. It's okay because coverage here in LA starts at 6am and if it had been this morning I would have totally missed it. I slept until 11:30am! I'm not sure I have ever slept in that long before. It was wonderful

Kitty is sick. Poor guy. I was cleaning my carpet at 11:30 last night. Thank goodness for carpet cleaner.

I also have no desire to see King Kong. Not because of Peter Jackson (I love LOTR) but the story itself just does not interest me. I do on the other hand want to see Munich. I have heard wonderful things about it.

Anyway, have a wonderful New Year's Day everyone!


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 1, 2006 1:56 pm (#2709 of 2980)

Thanks, Marie. Your brother will have the advantage since he probably hangs out in casinos all the time.

I think I'm going to finally see King Kong tonight.


Netherlandic - Jan 1, 2006 1:59 pm (#2710 of 2980)

ah. Finally back after four months. Lovely to see you all again.


Detail Seeker - Jan 1, 2006 2:01 pm (#2711 of 2980)

Welcome back, Netherlandic.


Puck - Jan 1, 2006 2:08 pm (#2712 of 2980)

My 5 year old likes to help vacuum, but I am careful of that since the day he stopped and yelled he had hit a Playmobil piece. I pulled out all the dirt and dust and cat hair and finally found the precious toy at the bottom of the bag.

Need to get the house clean for the in-laws arriving tomorrow. I ran out this afternoon to get gifts for them, as Mr. Puck didn't do a very good job of it. We'll celebrate Christmas with them tomorrow. Snow-free charms, as we have people flying in both tomorrow and Tuesday, and the weather predictions aren't grand!

Happy first day of 2006.



Netherlandic - Jan 1, 2006 2:13 pm (#2713 of 2980)

Thanks, Detail Seeker.


boop - Jan 1, 2006 2:41 pm (#2714 of 2980)

Welcome Back Netherlandic

Happy New Year

hugs always



Tazzygirl - Jan 1, 2006 3:25 pm (#2715 of 2980)

Welcome back Netherlandic!

It is really cold and rainy today. Parents have this thing about not turning on the heat. Have no idea why. Glad to be going to see HP again...

We took all the Christmas stuff down a little while ago- and this is probably the one time a year I really wish I could say Scourgify (I think that is it, for cleaning) and snap my fingers and everything gets put away. When my brother heard we were putting stuff away, he innocently said he would move my mom's car to the driveway so we could get the boxes out of the garage, and next thing we knew he was on his way to lunch with some of his friends. So we saved the vacuuming for him... Although I am pretty impressed- my parents usually have us take everything down the day after Christmas, so Jan. 1st is a HUGE step!!! lol

Lina- that is a great picture of Kate and her cake!



timrew - Jan 1, 2006 5:28 pm (#2716 of 2980)

Madame Pince:- I had trouble with LOTR in English, too. Never have gotten through them all. I tried valiantly for several years, then finally gave up.

Persevere, Madame Pince! JRRT does, in fact, change the way he writes for a whole book, almost; and I think it's at this point that most people give up. It's the bit involving the battle before the gates of Minas Tirith, and then the bit where Faramir is recovering in hospital with Eowyn.

For some reason, JRRT slips into an almost archaic, chivalric English - I think he got carried away! For example, he has Eowyn, on the battlefield, cry to the Lord of the Nazgul, "Begone, foul dwimmerlake!"

Now, apart from looking up 'dwimmerlake' in my Shorter Oxford Dictionary, and then thinking, 'How would that translate into French?', I warn people in advance who are going to read LOTR for the first time, to persevere through this bit. It does come back to normal English eventually!

I mentioned this to my son, and he commented after, that if I hadn't warned him, he would have put the book down and never read it again. And I do think it's worth reading!


Stephanie M. - Jan 1, 2006 5:59 pm (#2717 of 2980)

Welcome Back Netherlandic!!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 1, 2006 6:28 pm (#2718 of 2980)

Happy New Year everyone! Mr. Lupin is Lupin and I had a wonderful time eating Chinese and finishing The Sopranos Season 5. I hate going out on New Year's. I like to be snug at home.

We've been spending the day helping our son assemble his Lego Hogwarts (man, that Owlery was tough), and catching episodes from The Twilight Zone marathon on the SciFi Channel. Has anyone else caught this? Outside of the episodes themselves, it's great fun to play "God, who is that???" We've seen Jack Klugman (3 times), Elizabeth Montgomery (no, she didn't twitch her nose) with Charles Bronson, Burgess Meredith (twice), Martin Landau (before Space 1999 (does anyone remember that show?), Dick York (or was it Dick Sargent?), Agnes Moorhead (believe it or not they were all in different episodes), Jeanne Cooper (before The Young and the Restless), Billy Mumy, Claude Akins, Robert Duvall...well, it's endless really. I can't believe home many notable actors were on it.

I hope that for all of you who had an exciting time last night your recovery today has gone smoothly. The report from Mr. Lupin is Lupin is that church was practically empty this morning. Ooops.


Springtime - Jan 1, 2006 6:42 pm (#2719 of 2980)

Happy New Year Everyone.

I had a great evening with friends Very Happy

Hope everyone has a great year a head of them Very Happy


Madam Pince - Jan 1, 2006 6:48 pm (#2720 of 2980)

Tim, thanks for the encouragement about LotR. How's this: I will make a New Year's resolution that I will try again to read them before the end of 2006. Hey, I sat through Kill Bill, Vol. II the other day, I ought to be able to manage LotR.

Welcome back, netherlandic!

Had to tell you guys about the Harry Potter Quidditch game that I got for Christmas. It's actually pretty cool! I promised Little Pince that if he behaved himself at the fancy-schmanzy brunch, then we would set it up and play this afternoon, and he did, so we did. There are only two players, Harry and Draco, and no bludgers, but it's still pretty neat! The goals rotate around so it makes it harder to score, and that darn Snitch jumps out randomly when you're concentrating on your Quaffles and so nobody's ever caught it except once (I finally got enough of a lead that I quit "shooting" and just waited for the Snitch.) The only problem was that the scorekeeper shouts out "Gryffindor leads! 30 points!" or whatever, and I kept waiting for him to yell out the Slytherin score (which he never did) so I thought Draco was broken for a little while. Then I couldn't understand why the Gryffindor score would be 30 one time and then 20 the next time he yelled out. I finally figured out that it gives you the net score and only yells out the leading team. After we got that little wrinkle ironed out there were no worries. Little Pince wants to be Draco all the time so he can sneer "Scared, Potter?" It's so cute.

OK, so back to playing the game.....


Puck - Jan 1, 2006 9:07 pm (#2721 of 2980)

Sounds fun, Madame P.! Isn't funny how little boys always want to be the "bad guy"?

Taking a quick break. I haven't even started cleaning the disaster of a kitchen, and it's 11pm here. Must get it clean before tomorrow. Got the baby's room clean to make room for the air-beds the relatives will be using. Bathroom is clean as well. I'll make Mr. Puck vacuum tomorrow, as it is his family coming. Once they're here they're dead helpful about dishes and such, so it will be a bit of a break.

Okay, off to face the mess!



dizzy lizzy - Jan 1, 2006 10:44 pm (#2722 of 2980)


I'm back from my travels.

Christmas was a wonderfully hot breezy day with a nice refreshing storm thrown in. This year I asked for donations to enable me to buy a small chest freezer. As I am a casual worker, my income is erratic and I really want to be able to stock up when I have the money. Tomorrow I am going to buy it! (and pick up the doggies from the boarding kennels).

After spending 4 days with my Mother, I went to spend four days with a friend of mine from Uni and her family. On the Wednesday (28th?) we went shopping at Spotlight (mega big fabric and craft store) and I went a little crazy at the sight of all that lovely material. I did get 4 skirts and 4 shirts, 1 vest and 2 pairs of sleeping shorts made in 3 days (guess what we were doing on New Years Eve????). My friend did the sewing and I did all the cutting out.

I also saw GoF (2nd time), Narnia (slow, but good. Soundtrack is even better!) and King Kong. I agree with Mike that the movie could be cut by a good 30 mins, its just that we have different ideas over what should be cut.

It is currently 40 degrees (cel) with a relative humidity of 13% and I am feeling very hot, tired and sticky. Brisbane was very hot and humid. I had a hard time keeping my ears dry. The last thing I wanted was a moist ear and my hearing aid keeping the moisture in and giving me an ear infection. I really do appreciate the dry air we get here!

Glad to see everyone had a safe christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Off to hit the magic button!



Troels Forchhammer - Jan 2, 2006 1:24 am (#2723 of 2980)

A bit belated in this thread, but still:
Harry New Year!
Godt Nytår!

Best wishes,


The giant squid - Jan 2, 2006 3:07 am (#2724 of 2980)

I agree that Tolkein can be hard to slog through in parts...though I found the Silmarillion much more difficult than Lord of the Rings. Partly because of the piecemeal nature (it was compiled by Christopher Tolkein from his dad's notes) and partly because it's hard to follow some of the characters when they live for ages (literally).

Thanks, Marie. Your brother will have the advantage since he probably hangs out in casinos all the time.--I Am Used Vlad

On the contrary, my only exposure to Texas Hold 'Em is on Celebrity Poker Showdown. Most people who live in Vegas tend to stay away from the Strip and other casinos except to work...either that or they learn the true meaning of "broke". Besides, I don't get paid enough to play poker. The best I can do is the occasional nickel-slot.

Happy New Year, all. I see that everyone is still going to the movies during the winter break (we had over 3300 people tonight at work--about 3 times our usual Sunday crowd). Apparently this Friday (Jan. 6) we'll be getting Brokeback Mountain. I can hear the cranky old ladies complaining already...



dizzy lizzy - Jan 2, 2006 4:07 am (#2725 of 2980)


It must be the weather that is sending everyone to the movies. While I've been in Brisbane, there has been a bit of a heatwave in over the whole eastern half of Australia (and some nasty bushfires).

It was 44.2 deg cel in Sydney yesterday (2nd highest maximum temp since 1939) and people have been flocking to see movies in the cool cinemas.

Can't say I blame them.



Elanor - Jan 2, 2006 7:04 am (#2726 of 2980)

Timrew: "Now, apart from looking up 'dwimmerlake' in my Shorter Oxford Dictionary, and then thinking, 'How would that translate into French?',"
Er...Actually, the guy who translated "The Return of the King" must have had trouble with that one too because he just translated it by: "Va-t'en, immonde dwimmerlaik, seigneur de la charogne". I still have no idea what a "dwimmerlaik" is BTW ("lord of carrion" in Rohirrim language maybe? Or another way to call a disgusting nazgul names in the language of Rohan, but certainly not "sweetheart", that's certain!).

Anyway, madam Pince, I'll second Timrew: don't give up, it is really worth it! I nearly wore out my French-English dictionary on it (the "W" section was never the same afterwards) but it was a great experience.

Glad to see you again Lizzie! How funny weather is! It is 40°C where you live and here, 3 days ago, it was - 16°C (3°F) in the morning, with freezing rain in the afternoon. Today is just rainy and cold (2°C / 35°F).

Have a great night /day everybody!


Good Evans - Jan 2, 2006 9:10 am (#2727 of 2980)

I'm a little late but just wanted to wish everyone a very happy new year. I must confess I went to bed new years eve about 11.30 - I was just beat, so I wished everyone a happy new year, hit the hay and then got up at 7 am to peel veggies for the turkey dinner we had with friends on Sunday - had a lovely New Years day and hope that all the forummers did too. Still got some packing to do, but I have tomorrow, so I may well get on to the chat room in a bit....




Springtime - Jan 2, 2006 9:16 am (#2728 of 2980)

Happy New Year !!

Today will be spent taking down the decorations Sad

Hope everyone has a great day Smile


Gina R Snape - Jan 2, 2006 9:54 am (#2729 of 2980)

Happy New Year, everyone!


Finn BV - Jan 2, 2006 9:55 am (#2730 of 2980)

Sorry everybody, 144 posts and a very exhausted me (having not received a lot of sleep on New Year's Day) caused me to skip to the very end on this thread, so a very happy new year to all of you and cheering charms, happy birthdays, and everything else on their way from here!


Tazzygirl - Jan 2, 2006 10:54 am (#2731 of 2980)

It is still pouring rain, and the wind has decided it wanted to blow... I don't think it let up at all since yesterday afternoon. Parents finally did turn the heater on! I guess they finally broke down because the theater we went to had the air conditioning on and we were sitting directly underneath it. (!?!?!?)

Glad to hear you are back Lizzie!

Hope everyone has a good day/ night!



azi - Jan 2, 2006 11:22 am (#2732 of 2980)

Tim and Elanor - a Dwimmerlaik is a sort of haunting spirit, according to the superstitious people of Rohan. They included the Ringwraiths and the Men of Dunharrow etc. plus even the Elves of Lothlorien and the Ents! The advantages of having a Tolkien world dictionary...

Hope everyone has had a cool new year! I finished my trilogy of books at exactly midnight...interesting coincidence!

Need to start revising for January exams...grrr! I hate education at times. Not helping is the fact I'm becoming nocturnal, no sleep at night, can't wake up in day.

Welcome back Netherlandic!


Madam Pince - Jan 2, 2006 11:52 am (#2733 of 2980)

Gina, who's that hugging Severus in your avatar??? Too cute!!! I love his expression!


Gina R Snape - Jan 2, 2006 11:58 am (#2734 of 2980)

Thanks, Madam Pince. It's supposed to be a slytherin student, not one from canon specifically. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the artist, but I always love that drawing.


Catherine  - Jan 2, 2006 12:24 pm (#2735 of 2980)

A belated Happy New Year to everyone.

We had unexpected company at the end of December; my in-laws decided to come pay an unannounced visit.

They gave my husband a gift that I could not wait to share with the Forum. They bought him a sweater that I assumed (half correctly) was wool.

The other half is....oppossum fur. **waves to Loopy Lupin and Lupin is Lupin**

Just when you think you've heard of everything...you realize that you can still be surprised.



Ydnam96 - Jan 2, 2006 12:39 pm (#2736 of 2980)

Catherine, that's hysterical. Is it soft? Is it a nice sweater? I know, you should take a picture and post it so we all can see. I am so curious.

I'd have to agree with Tazzy about the weather here. It's crazy. Very reminiscent of the weather we had when I lived in Mississippi and we were having tropical storms. I'm kinda enjoying it

I'm ashamed to say that I woke up early to watch the Rose Parade but fell asleep during it. I'm sooo tired. It's my last day off work so I'm off to enjoy it (as much as possible).


Netherlandic - Jan 2, 2006 1:08 pm (#2737 of 2980)

Thanks everyone. It is good to be back. And happy New Year as well. I have a lot of caching up to do. Over a thousand post on the Snape tread. Oops. (That one is my favorite).

Nice fireworks, Gina.

Opossum fur? Would I love to go to Australia and see al these funny animals for myself.


Catherine  - Jan 2, 2006 1:34 pm (#2738 of 2980)
Edited Jan 2, 2006 4:06 pm


I've seen an oppossum (named Blossom) in my basement here in North Carolina. Trust me, seeing them up close does NOT flatter them!

I think Mr. Catherine's possum fur sweater needs to have a tragic accident. Or perhaps I should call animal control to come trap it.

What's funny and awful about this sweater is that I knew there was something "else" in it, and I asked Mr. Catherine, "What is that in the sweater? Rabbit?"

He quite truthfully replied, "No, it's not rabbit." He remembers quite well the "Blossom in the basement" trauma and did not wish to relive it every time he wears the sweater.

He wasn't happy when my mother -in-law told me it was possum fur "recycled because they have a big problem with oppossums in New Zealand, you know."


Netherlandic - Jan 2, 2006 1:41 pm (#2739 of 2980)

Catherine, haha. What a story.

About tragic accidents; isn't there a pregnant cat or dog that needs to make a nest/bed/place of birth? A nice opossum fur would be warm and comfortable for kittens or puppies.

Or just trough it in the washing machine with something new in the colour of orange/red...


dizzy lizzy - Jan 2, 2006 2:04 pm (#2740 of 2980)

The pesky little possums, in New Zealand, that are now donating their fur to sweaters originally are the native variety from Australia. We call them possums, but I would assume they are fairly close to the US variety.



Gina R Snape - Jan 2, 2006 2:11 pm (#2741 of 2980)

Catherine, how do you know it's name is Blossom?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 2, 2006 2:29 pm (#2742 of 2980)


There once was a possum named Blossom,
People 'round here thought she was quite awesome,
But Catherine demurred, shouting "Get rid of that cur!"
And that's when the Animal Control Officer saw some.

Any excuse to trot out that old ditty.

***Waves back vigorously to Catherine--I'm over here!!!***


Springtime - Jan 2, 2006 3:32 pm (#2743 of 2980)

I have sort of reclaimed my house from the christmas decorations.

Tree is down. and decorations are put away for another year. Just need to do the clean up.

Have a great evening everyone.


timrew - Jan 2, 2006 5:07 pm (#2744 of 2980)

Thanks for the definition of 'dwimmerlake', azi. Much appreciated!


Catherine  - Jan 2, 2006 5:17 pm (#2745 of 2980)

Catherine, how do you know it's name is Blossom?—Gina

I call all oppossums "Blossom" after the apocryphal possum in the limerick by our own "Lupin is Lupin. Natch." The heroine of said poem is a much-maligned marsupial who sparked a veritable war between husband and wife, woman and county, dog and mistress.

Kim, thanks very much. I never thought I could EVER find possums so amusing again, but Mr. Catherine can attest that I was indeed "tickled to death" as we say in the South. Which is to say, I laughed a whole bunch, and loudly.

Perhaps I do like the ending to the story. Blossom as a sweater.

How fitting.


Gina R Snape - Jan 2, 2006 5:44 pm (#2746 of 2980)

Cute, you two.


Marie E. - Jan 2, 2006 5:50 pm (#2747 of 2980)

I went to see Pride and Prejudice today as an early birthday thing. I am still in "swoon" mode. I couldn't believe how moving the scene where Mr Bennett asks Lizzy about marrying Mr Darcy was. My friend Melissa actually cried, which made me cry, of course. Lovely, lovely.

I took the girls to Toys R Us to use Uncle Mikey's gift cards and then on to Barnes and Noble for my gift card. I love gift cards.

It's back to work tomorrow, bah! The girls don't go back to school until Jan. 10th.


Stephanie M. - Jan 2, 2006 5:59 pm (#2748 of 2980)

Gina, I love your avatar!

We go back to school on Wednesday... one more day off. I miss my friends though, so it will be pretty good, until all of the stress and work pile up.


kaykay1970 - Jan 2, 2006 6:08 pm (#2749 of 2980)

Hmmm......possum sweater? I live in Tennessee so I see possums quite often and can't imagine the appeal of a possum sweater. One night a few years back my chow was barking in the middle of the night. I thought there was a cat right outside the fence. I walked right up to it before I looked down and noticed it was in fact a possum "grinning" up at me with all it's little sharp teeth showing. Not a pretty sight at all!!


Tazzygirl - Jan 2, 2006 6:29 pm (#2750 of 2980)

I think I will pass on the whole possum sweater... :shudder:

Ydnam96- Very reminiscent of the weather we had when I lived in Mississippi and we were having tropical storms. I'm kinda enjoying it.

When and where did you live in Mississippi? I lived in a little town called Picayune for about three years in the early 90's.

It is still pouring rain...


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boop - Jan 2, 2006 6:37 pm (#2751 of 2980)

Jan. 3rd HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR MARIE!!!!! Have a wonderful day!!

My tree is down too!

hugs always



jose043 - Jan 2, 2006 7:06 pm (#2752 of 2980)

dizzy lizzy here in the West we have had the coolest start to summer since 1922, we didn't get over 23 deg cel. This week we may get into the low 30's if lucky. We have seen the horrible weather that you have been having on the east coast on the news. We hope that no fires are near you.

Josephine and Anne


jose043 - Jan 2, 2006 7:09 pm (#2753 of 2980)

Gina R Snape

We love your aviator.

But Draco does make a good ferret in the movie.

Josephine and Anne


Ydnam96 - Jan 2, 2006 7:10 pm (#2754 of 2980)

Kristina, I lived in a small town (Gautier) near Biloxi on the coast. My dad was in the Navy and his ship was being built down there at a ship yard. I think it was in '88. We moved there in June then moved to Los Alamitos, CA in December. So, we weren't there long, but long enough to experience a hurricane or two.

Happy Birthday a day early Marie!!!


Springtime - Jan 2, 2006 7:37 pm (#2755 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Marie Very Happy


Madam Pince - Jan 2, 2006 7:48 pm (#2756 of 2980)

Catherine, that story is too funny! The only thing that could be better (worse?) would be a ferret/opossum sweater....

Just finished watching Secondhand Lions again for the fourth or fifth time. I love that movie!

Happy Birthday a day early to Marie E! Have a great day reading your stash from Barnes & Noble! What a perfect birthday -- get a box of leftover Christmas candy, settle down on the sofa, and let everyone else fend for themselves!


kaykay1970 - Jan 2, 2006 8:28 pm (#2757 of 2980)

The whole possum conversation reminds me of Jeff Foxworthy. You know you’re a redneck when......


Finn BV - Jan 2, 2006 8:38 pm (#2758 of 2980)

LOL Catherine. I can't say I'm too in on the inside opossum joke, but the sweater story was funny nonetheless.

Happy Birthday tomorrow to Marie.

Welcome back, Netherlandic. I didn't see you in my skipping of the posts while I was on vacation.


Puck - Jan 2, 2006 9:17 pm (#2759 of 2980)

Wool and Possum fur? I imagine that would shrink in the dryer.

Tree and decorations down, and the living room looks much bigger!

Kids will likely get an extra day of vacation, as a storm is moving in as I type. In-laws are flying in from Colorado tomorrow, so I'm hoping they are not horribly delayed and land safely. They are traveling with children, which makes it even harder.

We open gifts with my hubby's parents today, and he (who does not read the books) got a Harry Potter Statue! I (who have read the series multiple times) got no HP gifts.  :mad: My son got these gross "dolls" from the movie "The Mummy" his uncle picked up at Universal. They are some kind of "undead", and they totally creep me out. They are currently staring at me from across the room. *shudder*. I'll be dreaming of inferi tonight!

Must get to bed. Likely won't be on-line much with weeks with everyone in town. Have a great week!



Stephanie M. - Jan 2, 2006 10:07 pm (#2760 of 2980)

Kathy, I hope you have pleasant dreams that don't involve inferi! (That part of HBP really creeped me out.) Maybe you should sleep with a night light.

We haven't taken our tree down yet. I want to though because I'm still on break and I know my mom will make me help take it down, and I will be more willing to do it if I don't have a lot of work to do.

Sleep tight everyone!


Tazzygirl - Jan 2, 2006 10:30 pm (#2761 of 2980)

Ydnam96- I was lucky when I lived in Mississippi- we didn't really have anything serious, and when we did, we were always out of state! Picayune is about an hour or so away from Boloxi.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIE!! Hope you have a fantastic day!


Elanor - Jan 2, 2006 11:07 pm (#2762 of 2980)

Happy birthday Marie! I hope you'll have a wonderful day too!

Thanks for the info Azi! The funniest is that I have a Tolkien's universe dictionary and I didn't even think of searching that word!

Here, it is 7 am, it is still night outside, probably freezing too, and I am going to go back to work in some minutes. ***huge sigh*** As soon as the first day will be over, that will be easier I think! (I hope).

I wish you all a good night and a wonderful day, hoping things will go well, without too much stress, for those who go back to work on Tuesday as well!


PS: loved the sweater story!


dizzy lizzy - Jan 2, 2006 11:12 pm (#2763 of 2980)

We hope that no fires are near you - Josephine and Ann

The closest fire to me has been the big Pilliga Scrub fire near Narrabri. And I'm still a fair way from that. I have relatives living in the Gosford area so I've my fingers crossed. It's has been another scorcher (40 deg cel/104 far) today and the dogs are not impressed.

I spent most of today recovering from my very busy holiday and I'm hoping to get back into the sewing tomorrow.

Happy Birthday Marie!



Troels Forchhammer - Jan 3, 2006 1:12 am (#2764 of 2980)

*Exclamation of disappointment*

There's been a discussion of The Lord of the Rings and I didn't get to join

I will then just quote what Graeme Thomas said about the subject in rec.arts.books.tolkien in 1996 (1996/04/04, Message-ID: llt;<3163E357.FF6@insignia.co.uk>)

   I looked this up some years ago. `Dwimor' means magic, illusory, or sorcerous. `Laik' is derived from the same word as `lich', meaning a wraith or animated dead body. Thus `dwimmerlaik' is a magic-using wraith, which quite adequately describes the Witch-King.

This is elaborated upon by ‘Natman’ in 2005 (11 Jan 2005, Message-ID: <41e3378d.30161429@netnews.comcast.net>)

   Dwimmerlaik means "sorcery-body" from the Old English "gedwimer" - sorcery. I don't know the *exact* derivation of "laik" but the Dutch word "lijk" (pronounced "like") and the OE word "lic" both mean body or corpse. I think what Eowyn is shooting for is sorcery-corpse. A colloquial English equivalent might be "zombie".

Given Tolkien's own professional work, it is hardly surprising that the Tolkien newsgroups are graced by a number of very knowledgeable linguists and philologists — in particular experts in Germannic languages.



The giant squid - Jan 3, 2006 2:01 am (#2765 of 2980)

It's after midnight now, so I can say: Happy Birthday, Marie! Expect a phone call tomorrow.

((hugs boop))



CatherineHermiona - Jan 3, 2006 4:51 am (#2766 of 2980)

Happy Birthday, Marie!!!!!!

It's after midnight now, so I can say: Happy Birthday, Marie! – Mike

My friend has tradition to wish happy birthday to her friends exactly in midnight.

Uh, three parties in one week, three days in a row. And on New Year's night I fell asleep at 3:30 a. m. and woke up "already" in 11 a. m. (well, it is 'already').

Oh, all I want for my birthday is premium membership! So many times I spent all ten posts before the end of the day.

I'm so happy because it snowed here, exactly on my birthday!

Imagine what I got for my birthday?! Action Man cartoon! I just said: "This is for you, Mihaela." You know, same as Ron told for his dress robes. I mean, what do I need Action Man for? And I saw that it was free sample. She gave me that to get rid of that.

We are going to Zagreb! In Thursday! I think we'll watch The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe there in my favorite cinema - Cinestar. But so far they have Cinestar only in Zagreb. And I hope we'll go to see GoF again as well, because Cinestar has all movies for very long time. They had Racing Stripes for over three months!

In Zagreb we'll also get belated Christmas presents and I'll get belated birthday presents.

Oh, I was jealous of you that your holidays started before my. But my school starts on 16th 1st.



Lina - Jan 3, 2006 5:00 am (#2767 of 2980)

Marie!  Chat & Greetings 2006 1609556105

Catherine, I thought it was very cool - having opossum fur in the sweater - at least you know it is not wandering in your basement and it is not grinning at you . I was sure that they brought it knowing about the visit months ago...

Azi, interesting avatar!

I'm glad that you Australian members are not in danger of the fire. I hope it will be extinguished soon. Sending some cooling charms to you... Or should we just take some of your heat and move it to Elanor and take some of her cold and move it to Australia? Just hoping for the good news from all your relatives.


The giant squid - Jan 3, 2006 5:52 am (#2768 of 2980)

Well, the credit card payment has finally cleared, so the squid swims again!

Actually, I'm just posting at 4:50 AM to annoy Finn.



Tazzygirl - Jan 3, 2006 5:53 am (#2769 of 2980)

It is 4:47 IN THE MORNING and I can't go back to sleep. The dog woke me up... grrrrr... so I thought I'd check the threads!

Hope the fires are stopped soon- we had a HUGE fire here in California about three years ago or so. Stretched from down by San Diego and ended all the way up here. The community college I went to (Moorpark College) before transferring to Hawaii was this close to being fried. If there wasn't a parking lot and a road between the fire and the buildings, it would have disappeared. We all ended up getting a week off of school for smoke problems in the classrooms. I'll send all our rain down to all the Aussies!

Good morning and good night everybody!


EDIT- WOAH! I am posting when Squid Mike is up!


Marie E. - Jan 3, 2006 7:26 am (#2770 of 2980)

Thank you for the birthday wishes, everyone. We went out to dinner last night at PF Chang's and we'll do cake tonight with our friends. I have to go to work today, bah! There should be some sort of national law that you get your birthday off, with pay of course!

We're supposed to have a very blustery day here in Colorado Springs. They say the wind will be 30-45 mph with gusts up to 60. I told Shayla she should tie herself to deck if she goes out to play today.

I forgot to mention yesterday that I thought the actor who played Mr. Wickham in Pride and Prejudice resembles my brother quite a bit. Especially with the ponytail he wore.


haymoni - Jan 3, 2006 7:39 am (#2771 of 2980)

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday and Welcome Back and anything else I may have forgotten!

Back to work - another short week, which will be awful, I am sure!

Watched the ball drop with Ungrateful Son (Hubby fell asleep!). I wish Dick Clark all the best! Had my Asti Spumante and went immediately to bed.

Hubby and Ungrateful Son went to the Browns game on Sunday. Not that the game mattered or anything, but it was nice to go out with a win!

I'm thinking of all of you who may be caught in rain, mudslides, fires and mine shafts.

Watta way to start the year!


Gina R Snape - Jan 3, 2006 7:41 am (#2772 of 2980)

Marie, let us hope your brother only resembles the actor in face, and not Mr. Wickham in character!


Marie E. - Jan 3, 2006 7:42 am (#2773 of 2980)



Springtime - Jan 3, 2006 8:22 am (#2774 of 2980)

Good Morning everyone

Looks like it's going to be a quiet day around here.

The kids still have another week of school off.

Have a great Birthday Marie.


Finn BV - Jan 3, 2006 8:39 am (#2775 of 2980)

Actually, I'm just posting at 4:50 AM to annoy Finn. –Mike

You know, I was actually awake at some godforsaken hour this morning, like 4 or something, and I thought of posting, but that would only get it to show up at 1 or something, which isn't anything that extreme.

But, please, Mike, I post at 4:50 forum time all the time when I'm at school, since I arrive there are 7:45 (EST) and the first thing I do is turn to the forum. So, really, you've failed to impress me at all.


Good Evans - Jan 3, 2006 9:08 am (#2776 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Marie

Gina -I do love that avatar - brilliant!

Everyone have a great day, in 24 hours I will be arriving in Luxor!!!! jumping up and down with much excitement!!!!! catch you all when I get back, I will mosey in to chat room in a bit though if anyone wants to join me



Snuffles - Jan 3, 2006 9:18 am (#2777 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Marie.

Good Evans, Lucky you! just looked at the weather for Luxor and its a lovely 28 degrees Celcius for the next few days, have fun!

I admit, there was over 150 posts to catch up on and I hit the magic button

So Happy Birthday, anniversary, etc that I have missed and healing charms to all those who need them!.



Gina R Snape - Jan 3, 2006 9:23 am (#2778 of 2980)

Many of us hit that magic button, Snuffles.

I love magic.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 3, 2006 9:35 am (#2779 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Marie!


Stephanie M. - Jan 3, 2006 10:06 am (#2780 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Marie!!!! I wish you many more happy and healthy years ahead of you!


kaykay1970 - Jan 3, 2006 10:55 am (#2781 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Marie!

My great nephew is doing much better. They are releasing him from the hospital today.


azi - Jan 3, 2006 11:50 am (#2782 of 2980)

Happy birthday Marie! Hope it's an ace day!

Tim and Elanor - no problem, glad to be of assistance! Anything to get out of revision, you know!

Troels - I'm sorry you almost couldn't join in the quick discussion! Your information was really interesting though! Plus you made it sound intelligent, something I never quite manage!

Lina - Thanks about the avatar! It was taken at a friend's birthday party a couple of weeks ago. We immediately agreed that the photo (in full size) was one of the best pictures ever. I think it's quite a sweet photo.

Good Evans - hope you have a brilliant time in Luxor!

Today I did nothing. Had to get up early to go supermarket shopping and spent the morning as a zombie because I'm slowly turning nocturnal.

Have a great day everybody!


Steve Newton - Jan 3, 2006 11:52 am (#2783 of 2980)

Over the Christmas holiday, yes I had a week off, a strange thing happened. My wife started to sneeze. My son started tapping the top of her head with a finger. My wife didn't sneeze. Is this weird?


Finn BV - Jan 3, 2006 12:07 pm (#2784 of 2980)

Have a great time Julie!

Steve, I will try this next time my mom is sneezing, which happens quite often, because of allergies, etc. I hope not to prove your son wrong.


haymoni - Jan 3, 2006 12:52 pm (#2785 of 2980)

How hard did he tap????


Catherine  - Jan 3, 2006 1:20 pm (#2786 of 2980)

How hard did he tap???? –Haymoni

Oh, dear. **giggles**

I guess if one "taps" hard enough, it will cure the sneezing, LOL.


Steve Newton - Jan 3, 2006 1:28 pm (#2787 of 2980)

Lightly. Legitimate tapping.


Stephanie M. - Jan 3, 2006 1:35 pm (#2788 of 2980)

If you poke/press yourself under your nose/above your top lip then it usually stops you from sneezing. It really depends how badly you have to sneeze.

That is very weird, Steve. I must try that trick too. I always sneeze.


Finn BV - Jan 3, 2006 2:15 pm (#2789 of 2980)

Well, Steve, I see this has sparked a whole new enlightened discussion. You may want to ask the hosts if we can have a whole thread on this. Chat & Greetings 2006 1003735042

Hey, I just realized we're less than 200 posts away from our new Chat Thread, and, knowing us, that should take about an hour and two minutes to finish this one off. Let's go!


Detail Seeker - Jan 3, 2006 2:47 pm (#2790 of 2980)

This chat thread seems to be one of the longer living ones, Finn, and the remaining 192 posts might be enough for another week on this thread.

If you are able to connect the anti-sneeze tapping phenomenon reasonably with HP-canon, then you may start that thread. From the sporting side, I am interested in seeing, how you will do it. But if we do not feel the connection to be reasonable, the Kippendo button will be handy.... (Hey, first time I use smileys! Am I gone mad ? )


Finn BV - Jan 3, 2006 3:10 pm (#2791 of 2980)

Wow, you're right Detail Seeker, since August 31… come on guys, let's chat!

Anyway, I think that tapping one's head to stop sneezing has to do with the fact that Dumbledore, who is the giant squid, is the brother of Aberforth, who put a charm on a goat, which is the first word in goat cheese, and some people are allergic to cheese, and perhaps goat cheese, so maybe tapping one on the head will reveal if Dumbledore is the Giant Squid or not! I'm taking this over to the DIGS thread right now…


Detail Seeker - Jan 3, 2006 3:14 pm (#2792 of 2980)

Now, that is a bold connection, Finn. From the backside though the breast into the eye, as it would be said in german. Congratulations !


Finn BV - Jan 3, 2006 3:16 pm (#2793 of 2980)

Well, thanks Detail Seeker. I think I'm going to email TLC and MuggleNet and have them put this as "bold new discovery about DIGS."

Anyway, Steve, glad your wife's stopped sneezing, finally. It did us some good!


Netherlandic - Jan 3, 2006 3:41 pm (#2794 of 2980)

Finn, I used to like goat cheese but now I am not so sure...!


Finn BV - Jan 3, 2006 4:05 pm (#2795 of 2980)

I would like to offer my written apology to anybody who is mortally offended at my goat cheese put-downs (henceforth known as GCPDs), and should I spew forth (no pun intended ) another GCPD I shall… throw myself from the Astronomy Tower and not provide any foreshadowing clues in doing so.


Netherlandic - Jan 3, 2006 4:37 pm (#2796 of 2980)

LOL! Finn, I wouldn't like to have your death on my conscience; it would split up my soul.

But I do think I will turn to brie instead.


Stephanie M. - Jan 3, 2006 5:04 pm (#2797 of 2980)

Hey Netherlandic, if that would split up your soul, then you could make horcruxes!! (You don't really need to kill people to make horcruxes!! )

Finn, I think you are on to something! Keep up the good work!

School tomorrow....


Chemyst - Jan 3, 2006 5:22 pm (#2798 of 2980)

I had some chocolates for Christmas where sweet sentiments were printed inside the wrapper. One said "Friendship is a gift in itself." I feel like that is a gift everyone who posts on this thread gives to everyone else everyday.
So, Thanks for the gifts everyone!

Happy Birthday Marie!

Madam Pince, did you ever get to see the Rose Parade on TV? We ended up watching Desfile de las Rosas on the Spanish station because NBC dumped out of the parade an hour early for the football game. I think I actually enjoyed it more that way, but I can't tell you why because it would involve making disparaging statements about Al Roker.   (For those outside the US, Roker was NBC's emcee.)


Ydnam96 - Jan 3, 2006 6:02 pm (#2799 of 2980)

Thanks guys for making me laugh I needed it. Haha, squids and goat cheese and head tapping. This is what we should be talking about all the time!

First day back to work is done and it was painful. I'm gonna need to nap.

Kaykay, great news about your nephew! I'm so glad.


Madam Pince - Jan 3, 2006 7:37 pm (#2800 of 2980)

Yes, Chemyst, we did watch the Rose Parade -- but I switched the channel over to HGTV because the cameras they were using had less rain-blur on the lenses than the national networks did. It was actually very good coverage, with a minimum of those pre-arranged "cutesy" remarks which drive me mad. It was a shame for those marching and for those in attendance that the weather was so yucky, but we thoroughly enjoyed watching it -- the rain wasn't so much of a distraction on TV. They showed the parade until 1:00pm Eastern, so I think that was about the longest coverage of any of the stations. I am just amazed at what those float decorators can do with floral / natural materials -- they were fantastic! And lots of horses -- I love horses in a parade!

I keep forgetting to tell you guys about the coolest gift Little Pince got for Christmas -- he got this dragon (a model, I suppose you'd call it?) apparently there's a whole set of them; it's called a McNaughton Dragon (never heard of whatever that's based on) and his is the "Komodo" version although it looks nothing like a real Komodo dragon. What it does look like is a very realistic-looking version of Harry's dragon from GoF! It really is quite neat!

***Is restraining self from having small Harry figurine run around the dragon and climb on Little Pince's plastic medieval castle trying to grab a Silly Putty egg...***
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Tazzygirl - Jan 3, 2006 9:26 pm (#2801 of 2980)

That was a very interesting conversation you all just had... goat cheese, head tapping... all right!

Off to drop my brother off at the airport. Feels like he just got here.

Finn- your avatar is beautiful!

Good night/ day everyone!



Denise P. - Jan 3, 2006 10:05 pm (#2802 of 2980)

Aw, what a cute guinea pig! We love guinea pigs here.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 3, 2006 10:50 pm (#2803 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Marie!!

Madame Pince I did see those dragons at the toy store. I wanted to get one form me.

In my house we have ended the drought! For the past 8 years we have not had pets here! Life has had too many traumas, deaths, births, etc. But this Christmas we gave my son 2 Betas, Inky and Bluey. The girls got a Chia pet (well, it does have to be watered!) It's a really small step but it ends the longest period I have ever gone with any pets, other than those omnipresent dust bunnies.

Wish us luck


Tazzygirl - Jan 4, 2006 1:02 am (#2804 of 2980)

Thanks Denise!

Mrs. Sirius- Good Luck! I had a Beta fish that lasted me almost 8 years... I have had animals in my house for soooo long, I don't think I could live without them. Two dogs and two guinea pigs in California and four fish in Hawaii. We did go through a similar faze with all the animals dying (my hamsters when I was younger) that my mom couldn't take it anymore and we upgraded to longer living rodents. I was rather pathetic as when one hamster died, that very same day I would run out and buy a new one. Yup. I think pathetic!



CatherineHermiona - Jan 4, 2006 3:28 am (#2805 of 2980)

Oh, funny conversation about tapping and giant squid and goat cheese. And horcruxes. Then DD could maybe make horcrux out of Flamel's death. Because DD destroyed Philosopher's stone and it's his fault and his soul should split.

Tazzy, that is really cute guinea pig. Only, it seems somehow... giant. But why not, we have giant squid, why not giant guinea pig?

Mrs. Sirius - Good luck with your new pets!

Friendship is a gift in itself. - Chemyst

I definitely, totally agree. I experienced it.



The giant squid - Jan 4, 2006 3:42 am (#2806 of 2980)

I forgot to mention yesterday that I thought the actor who played Mr. Wickham in Pride and Prejudice resembles my brother quite a bit. Especially with the ponytail he wore.--Marie E.

Marie, let us hope your brother only resembles the actor in face, and not Mr. Wickham in character!--Gina R. Snape

Gosh you've almost got my interest piqued enough to actually watch P&P long enough to see who this fella is. Almost. Instead I'll just do a little happy dance that the thing goes away this weekend. I saw the last half hour and wanted to gouge my eyes out with a spoon...

Finn, I got a response from you, that's enough. I don't have the energy to impress anyone these days so I have to settle for grudging acceptance.



Loopy Lupin - Jan 4, 2006 6:45 am (#2807 of 2980)

Rented Bob Roberts last night; it had been years since I'd seen that movie. It would be impossible to discuss the movie without discussing politics so I'll just say it has proved to be quite prescient and leave it at that. The reason I bring it up though is because I totally forgot that Alan Rickman was in it. ***waves to Gina***


Steve Newton - Jan 4, 2006 6:57 am (#2808 of 2980)

My son, tap tap, was very, tap tap, amused by your sneezing, tap tap, comments. I, tap tap, haven't, tap tap, had a chance, tap tap, to try out the, tap tap, procedure myself, tap tap.


Catherine  - Jan 4, 2006 7:15 am (#2809 of 2980)

Tazzygirl, that is one cute guinea pig. I'm impressed by your account of an eight year-old beta fish; ours only lived three years, and I thought that was pretty good until I read your post. Denise, how goes things with your "piggies?"

Mike, I am inferring from your "gouging with a spoon" comment that you are not a Pride and Prejudice fan? **has girlie moment about P & P**

Have a great day, everyone.


Marie E. - Jan 4, 2006 7:54 am (#2810 of 2980)

Poor Mike! The last half hour of P&P is "Tell me if you love me, dearest Elizabeth, etc, etc...". Is it really leaving theaters this weekend? Then I caught it just in time, eh? **joins Catherine in a girlie moment**

Yesterday morning I kept waiting for this horrific wind they had predicted. I was saying "Wind, what wi-" and then my hair blew off. Well, not literally, but holy cow! we got some wind. It really did gust up to 60mph. My poor Tahoe was nearly attacked by the largest tumbleweed I've seen. It must have been three feet tall. It was more like a tumblebush.

I did get my Harry Potter cake, chocolate of course. My darling husband gave me the GoF Gamecube game. My best friend gave me While You Were Sleeping, which I've been whining that I want. All in all, a good day.

I have allergies so maybe I should have someone try that tapping thing on my head. Or I could just sneeze and get it over with.


Springtime - Jan 4, 2006 10:06 am (#2811 of 2980)

Good morning all!

It's raining here in southern Ontario. Sad (looks to make sure it is Jan and not April) It was a sleep in very late day. Well off to go get coffee # 2

have a great day.


azi - Jan 4, 2006 12:58 pm (#2812 of 2980)

Wow, I thought tumbleweed wasn't real! I assumed it was just a way to show quietness... That's so cool!

Went shopping today. Sales never have anything good, although I did get a groovy green cord jacket (at full price) and a nice top.

There seems to be a weather discussion starting here so I'll add that it's foggy outside for me.

That tapping thing did not stop my sneezing. I'm not getting enough warning before I sneeze to start! Then it makes me want to sneeze more...

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Tazzygirl - Jan 4, 2006 1:27 pm (#2813 of 2980)

I'll join Catherine and Marie in the girlie moment for P&P! I love that movie!! (I like the one with Colin Firth more though!)

Thanks Catherine!

Kate- She is a giant Guinea Pig!

Springtime- I think all the rain we had in Southern California has gone up to you!



Elanor - Jan 4, 2006 1:42 pm (#2814 of 2980)

It was really fun to read all your posts!

Wonderful new avatars everyone!

Here night has fallen but it was another quite cold (-1°C/30°F this afternoon) and grey day and it should remain like this till this weekend, though we may see some snowflakes on Friday. How spring seems far away sometimes!

Hope everyone has a great night/day!


Gina R Snape - Jan 4, 2006 2:23 pm (#2815 of 2980)

Loopy Lupin, the only reason I watched Bob Roberts was for Alan Rickman!


Viola Intonada - Jan 4, 2006 7:41 pm (#2816 of 2980)

Happy "belated" Birthday, Marie!!!!

The kids and I started back to school today. I'm exhausted now. Christmas break went by entirely too fast. What happened to the good ole days when I remember actually getting bored during break?


The giant squid - Jan 4, 2006 9:17 pm (#2817 of 2980)

Is it really leaving theaters this weekend?--Marie E.

Well, it's leaving ours, anyway. Your mileage may vary.

**toddles of picturing Marie with her hair blown off...**



Denise P. - Jan 4, 2006 9:37 pm (#2818 of 2980)

Catherine, all the piggies in the house are doing well. Luna and Petunia are both turning 2 this month, Cinnamon and Spice will be 2 in about May and Sirius and Regulus will be 2 in August. Sirius recently moved from a third story apartment (cage) to a second story apartment. We did a shuffle of cages and moved Sirius to the second floor of the Condiment (Cinnamon and Spice) cage. Regulus remains on the second floor of the Harry Potter cage (Luna and Petunia)

Devin, Rhys and I just spent 2 days filming down at Vanderbilt for a video about children who are diagnosed with cancer. It is for the patient and the parents. Devin worked a total of about 11 hours and the finished video will be less than 10 minutes long. There is a whole lot of waiting around and reshoots of the same thing over and over and over and over again. "These butterflies list the names of the sponsors. The names of people who donated to the hospital are on these butterflies." and every variation you can think of. Since it was shot over two days, we had several of the same shirt on hand, had to be sure that he didn't wear his watch (since he didn't yesterday) The big continuity question today was: did he have his shirt buttoned yesterday or not? Since I had nothing to do while filming went on, I got a Su Doku book and learned how to do those.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 4, 2006 10:32 pm (#2819 of 2980)

Hey Denise did this give you a better appreciation for the kids in the cast of all the HP movies now?

I discovered the SuDoku recently too. I got a couple of books for Christmas and do the one in the newspaper. I am afraid that being home and stress out about the lack of clean house was making my brain too dull. I'm hoping SuDoku will save me.

Tazzy, I must confess to being confused. Those beautiful avatars of yours, I thought you lived in Hawaii and were in California only for a short time. So are you now mainland bound?


Ydnam96 - Jan 4, 2006 11:26 pm (#2820 of 2980)

Denise, I think it's great that Devin gets to do that, despite the long hours

Well, this week had been drama filled at work and tomorrow we leave to take all the resident assistants on a retreat. Fun fun.

Have a great few days. I'll be back over the weekend.

Oh, PS: I'm a girl, a pretty girly girl, and I hate Pride and Prejudice. Just thought I'd through that out there


Loopy Lupin - Jan 5, 2006 6:40 am (#2821 of 2980)

Loopy Lupin, the only reason I watched Bob Roberts was for Alan Rickman! -- Gina Snape

“Excuse me, I have to go pray”--Lukas Hart/Alan Rickman

Hehehehehehehehe. I doubled over the first time I heard that line.

Is there going to be a way we could see the video Denise? I love hunting for continuity errors.

I am feeling myself drawn to Sudoku, but am resisting so far.


Springtime - Jan 5, 2006 8:37 am (#2822 of 2980)

Just a quick good morning to everyone!

Have a great day!


Tazzygirl - Jan 5, 2006 9:43 am (#2823 of 2980)

Mrs. Sirius- I live in Hawaii, but am currently in California visiting family. I took a three week vacation for the holidays! Monday coming up is when I return to Hawaii.

Denise P.- I take it Cinnamon, Spice, Luna and Petunia, Regalus and Sirius are your guinea pigs? Piggies is a cute nickname. I call my two the Guinea Girls. Tazzy is getting old- she is about 5, and the other, Edith Cavy, is still a baby. I think she is almost 2.

I dragged my sister with me to go see Pride and Prejudice, and she wanted to die. Kept pretending like she was poking her eye out...kind of annoying really. But I did appreciate her coming with me!

Hope everyone has a great day/ night!



Elfcat - Jan 5, 2006 11:19 am (#2824 of 2980)

Wow, this thread moves fast.

Thanks for offering to help, Elanor! First question: how does the punctuation work when people are talking in French text? Apparently what I think of as quotation marks do not exist.

Froid de canard? Now that's an expression I had never heard before...


Elanor - Jan 5, 2006 12:24 pm (#2825 of 2980)

Froid de canard (duck's cold, meaning very cold) is unfortunately used daily here for several weeks now, along with another colloqualism: "ça caille!" (for "it's freezing"). It was snowing again this afternoon...

Quotation marks do exist in French, thought they don't look like the english " ", but like this: « » (hope they will appear correctly on the screen, I typed them in a French Word document and pasted them here) and "-" are used to show this is another person talking. Here is an example (an HP one of course!) with this dialogue between Molly and Arthur in the HBP but written with French punctuation:

«Yes,» came Mr Weasley's weary voice «But I would say that even if I were a Death Eater, dear. Ask the question!
- Oh, honestly...
- Molly!
- All right, all right...what is your dearest ambition?
- To find how aeroplanes stay up.»

So, in short the « » (quotation marks, "guillemets" in French) are opened when the dialogue begins and are closed only when it ends (or when the person who's talking don't talk anymore) and the "-" (do you call them dashes or hyphens? They are "tirets" in French) show when someone else starts talking. Does it help?

Have a great night/day everyone!


azi - Jan 5, 2006 1:01 pm (#2826 of 2980)

The quotation marks are like you have in German, except the other way round. I thought it was a curious thing when I came across it. When I was taught German we used the same puncutation as you would in English and were never told it was different. Same with French, come to think of it.

Tazzy - your guinea pig is very cute! They're one animal I'm not scared of! A friend had one called Guinea when I was younger and I spent all my time feeding it dandelion leaves so it squeaked.

Haven't started revising yet! Not good, can't focus. Will trail into town tomorrow and sit in the library where the only distraction is mobile phones going off everywhere. My friends are, as usual, in exactly the same position as me. I could be revising now...I'm just discussing with one of said friends how we never learn to start work in plenty of time. Have just agreed that we won't learn until we mess up extremely bad and can't reverse it.

Hope everyone has a nice day!

*Goes to try make self work*


CatherineHermiona - Jan 5, 2006 1:09 pm (#2827 of 2980)

We just came to Zagreb. We immediately opened presents (for my sisters for Christmas, for me for Christmas and birthday).

I got first three books of Narnia!!!!! Of course, in order they happened. So I got Magician's nephew (sorry if wrong spelled), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and The Horse and His Boy (sorry if wrong translated). And full Colin McRae Rally game.

Can anyone tell me how long is TLTWTW (movie)? We will probably go to see it tomorrow, but we need to know how long it is.

For Christmas we (all together) got steering wheel for PC. Now we can play the Colin McRae Rally that we got as well. And probably we can play multi-player GoF game.

(I'm still in the chat room. Kate)


kaykay1970 - Jan 5, 2006 2:36 pm (#2828 of 2980)

Denise, did Devin mention that what the kids like best about the butterflies is that they can totally annoy their parents by stopping to spin every single one as they pass them?


Detail Seeker - Jan 5, 2006 2:43 pm (#2829 of 2980)

Talking about Typography:
The main differences between german and english quotation marks are :
The opening marks´upper end is on the level of the base line of the characters, while the closing mark are on the same level as all english speaking people know them.
They are slanted so, that they seem to form a diagonal line through the text they enclose.

In contrary to the french custom, they enclose each speaker´s text - just like in English.


Tazzygirl - Jan 5, 2006 4:15 pm (#2830 of 2980)

I was in my mom's classroom today, helping with her students, and the word of the day that she posted on the board was Lupine- to have characteristics of a wolf. I instantly thought of Lupin!

Azi- Thanks! As for the squeaking- mine do it every time I rustle a paper or plastic bag (they think it is food). I love the guinea pigs because they don't bite or anything.

I took German for three years, and never once was I told there were different quotation marks. Very interesting!

Kate- Sounds like you had a fun time in Zagreb! I forgot you were going there... As for the TLTWTW- it is 140 minutes (about 2 hours and twenty minutes.) Hope you all enjoy it!

That is a beautiful avatar, Lina!!



boop - Jan 5, 2006 4:29 pm (#2831 of 2980)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PONINE!!!!! I hope you had a great day!!

My football team won the Orange Bowl, now just got to get the Steelers to win their game this weekend.

hugs always



Steve Newton - Jan 5, 2006 5:33 pm (#2832 of 2980)



Finn BV - Jan 5, 2006 6:13 pm (#2833 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Ponine!

LOL Steve, I don't follow football (except for an occasional Bills score -- yay Buffalo, my birthplace), but Lions are our school team, so yay Lions!

Denise, how does it feel to be the mother of an actor? That's really cool, I hope the pay was decent.

Kate, glad you're having fun in Zagreb.

On grammar, may I add that Spanish only uses quotation marks, « and », for titles, songs, etc. Dialogue is set off by — in the beginning and end.

e.g. Finn said, "I saw The Sound of Music last night and I love the song 'Edelweiss.' " would be
—Vi La Sonida de Musica anoche y me encanta la canción «Edelweiss». —dijo Finn.

Good night all!


Tazzygirl - Jan 5, 2006 6:16 pm (#2834 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Ponine!


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 5, 2006 6:39 pm (#2835 of 2980)

The Sudoku puzzles in my local paper are generally easy, but I hear that some of the books have tough ones.

Cool, more French lessons. Elanor does come in handy. Just don't ask her to do anything about the exchange rate, Elfcat.

Finn, what is it with you and Julie Andrews?


Denise P. - Jan 5, 2006 9:25 pm (#2836 of 2980)

Rattling a plastic bag or making a kissing noise will get all the guinea pigs here wheeking. One of our birds wolf whistles so I get the wheeeeek and then the bird going.

kaykay, we rarely go over by the butterflies since he generally is seen in the doctor's tower. If we get near the butterflies, then they all want to go down to the train on the next floor...which means we are there until each and every one of them makes the train do each thing. Those butterflies get noisy when you have 12 of them being twirled at one time ...each kid twirling 2!


Tazzygirl - Jan 5, 2006 10:08 pm (#2837 of 2980)

Denise- Wheeeeeeeek sounds about right! I just call it a siren. When Taz was younger, she used to wheek when she heard me call her name or walk into the room. Talk about a greeting!

I'm getting sad... I leave to go back to Hawaii on Monday, which means all the legal stuff going on with my car gets back into full swing. yeay. Really not looking forward to it!!

Good night/ day everyone!



CatherineHermiona - Jan 6, 2006 2:35 am (#2838 of 2980)

Happy birthday Ponine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the information about length of TLTWTW, Tazzy.

I'm learning languages from TV soap operas. I learned German from Dr. Stefan Frank and Powder Park. I learn also Spanish and Italian from soap operas. I learned a bit of Portuguese as well. But so far I didn't find French soap opera. But I do have French PS/SS (thanks, Elanor!).

I also have a poster of Narnia that I got with the books.

Actually, I find quotation marks the hardest in Croatian language. I don't know where to put comma and where not. I use "-" and "-" mostly because then I don't need to think about commas.



Stephanie M. - Jan 6, 2006 5:17 am (#2839 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Ponine!

I will post more later except I have to get ready for school now.

Have a good day everyone!


The giant squid - Jan 6, 2006 5:27 am (#2840 of 2980)

Happy Birthday, Ponine!

do you call them dashes or hyphens?—Elanor

While there are differences, for our purposes they're pretty much the same thing. The way you use them we would call them dashes, but if used to separate a compound word (such as semi-circle) it's a hyphen. If that doesn't make much sense, well...that's because English is a very confused language. I've been speaking it for 33 years & I still don't know how it all works.



TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 6, 2006 5:31 am (#2841 of 2980)

Happy birthday Ponine!

Today is also the birthday of one of my grandsons.

Have a great day all!


Lina - Jan 6, 2006 5:44 am (#2842 of 2980)

Happy birthday, Ponine! May you have a wonderful day! And Happy birthday to TBE's grandson!

Good luck with the pets, Mrs. Sirius! May your pet family grow up and be safe!

It is a holiday day here today, so we are spending the long weekend in Zagreb and there is still one more week of school holidays, I like it.

Although just reading this Forum means learning the foreign language for me, I love how much we can learn about different languages here...

Nice weekend to everybody!


Springtime - Jan 6, 2006 8:07 am (#2843 of 2980)

Happy birthday Ponine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, I need to go and clean up and the start making cabbage rolls. I have company coming for the weekend. Have a great day everyone Very Happy


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 6, 2006 8:56 am (#2844 of 2980)

Lina, what Holiday is it Zagreb?

Today we celebrate The Kings Day. My kids woke to find that the Kings did remember to bring their presents (despite behaviors). Maria was thrilled with her gifts, Anastasia cried because she wanted what her brother got and the youngest had no reaction! Alas.

Elanor, do you celebrate Three Kings in France? and kids receive gifts today? I was surprised to learn yesterday that Brazilians do not celebrate the 3 Kings.

Apparently only Spanish speaking cultures do. I thought all "Latin-language" based cultures did. (I used the English quotations and not the Spanish quotes here because I think it is a little clearer)

Happy Birthday Ponine, TBE's grandson and the other Happy Januarys.


haymoni - Jan 6, 2006 9:09 am (#2845 of 2980)

The only thing I remember about 3 Kings was that we weren't supposed to take our Christmas decorations down until then.

I remember St. Nicholas Day - December 5? - putting out our shoes and finding candy in them.

But that's about it.


Elanor - Jan 6, 2006 1:21 pm (#2846 of 2980)

Happy birthday Ponine!

Mrs Sirius: "Elanor, do you celebrate Three Kings in France?"
We do! Though we usually celebrate it on the Sunday after January 6th. The tradition is to eat a delicious cake, called the "galette des rois" ("the Kings' "galette" ") on that occasion. The galette is a round and flat biscuit, filled with frangipane (almond paste) and with 2 little figurines called "fèves" hidden in it: the king and the queen. If you find one in your piece of cake, you have to buy the next "galette" or bottle that is usually drinken with it (cider is perfect with it!). A great tradition!

Thanks for the details about the hyphens/dashes Mike! I was really wondering!

Vlad: "Cool, more French lessons. Just don't ask her to do anything about the exchange rate, Elfcat"
LOL! Don't worry, French grammar, history or alchemy, ask at will! But exchange rate, nah...

Haymoni: "I remember St. Nicholas Day - December 5?
Quite close! It is on December 6th! It is still very celebrated in regions like Alsace here and kids still receive little presents on that day because he traditionally is the protector of children (he is said to have saved some). Did you know "St Nicholas" actually gave the name "Santa Klaus"? I've always found it was a perfect date of birth for Hagrid.

Have a great day/night everybody!


kaykay1970 - Jan 6, 2006 1:39 pm (#2847 of 2980)

The baby has gotten used to having everyone home for the holidays. When he awoke this morning he said "I want Daddy." I had to tell him Daddy is a work. Then he asked for each sibling in turn (all at school of course). Poor little guy! Then he says "Mommy's home, the baby's home."


haymoni - Jan 6, 2006 1:50 pm (#2848 of 2980)

I'm the baby - gotta love me!


Springtime - Jan 6, 2006 2:03 pm (#2849 of 2980)

aww KayKay that is cute story. I hope he will get use to everyone out during the day again. I am also the baby haymoni and I love saying "gotta love me" especially to hubby Very Happy


Lina - Jan 6, 2006 4:35 pm (#2850 of 2980)

Yes, Mrs. Sirius, "The 3 Kings" is a holiday in Croatia. But we work on the 2nd of January. As far as I know, Italian kids get presents on "The 3 Kings" day too. It is also a Christmas Eve for the Eastern Christians, so Happy Christmas to our members who celebrate it tomorrow!
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Tazzygirl - Jan 6, 2006 6:40 pm (#2851 of 2980)

Elanor-...with 2 little figurines called "fèves" hidden in it: the king and the queen. If you find one in your piece of cake, you have to buy the next "galette" or bottle that is usually drinken with it (cider is perfect with it!). A great tradition!

When I lived in Mississippi we celebrated Mardi Gras- which I guess comes from the Three Kings day because it is celebrated around the same time. I don't know the whole story behind Mardi Gras (I think it originated in France- New Orleans and the French Quarter- so I am assuming this!) And we had something along the lines of the "galette des rois". We called it King Cake. It looks like a giant doughnut (of a sort) that is filled with pudding or fruit, and topped with different colored sugar (usually green, purple and yellow). We also had a hidden baby in it, and whoever got the baby had to buy the next King Cake.

Kaykay- that is so cute! How old is he?

Denise P.- Your kids are so cute! I like your avatar!



Chemyst - Jan 6, 2006 7:02 pm (#2852 of 2980)

The last of the Christmas stuff is packed up for another year, the kids are out for the evening, I have time to spare, and so I looked up the hyphen and dash in my son's typography book. I now know more than I'll ever need to, but briefly...

A hyphen - is usually used inside words to make compounds; a well-known fact. It can be used to separate words between syllables to make long words wrap around and fit at the end of a line. Hyphens are also used when you want to show a word being spelled out letter by letter.   s-p-e-l-l   And they are used to indicate stuttering speech.   b-but

An en dash – is a short dash that is used in place of the word "to" when indicating an interval or range. 3 to 5 is written as 3–5 or London to Paris as London–Paris. Some style books prefer it in place of the hyphen when showing contrast, such as a true–false question.

The hyphen and the en dash connect letters or words. In some styles and kinds of print, the hyphen and the en dash look the same.

An em dash — separates ideas or parts of a statement to show an abrupt change in, or termination of thought or speech. It can also be used in place of commas to set off a parenthetic remark for emphasis. It is twice as long as an en dash.

The book also went into a bunch of stuff about non-breaking hyphens, minus signs, and horizontal bars, but this is a chat thread, so I'll skip most of that. The only other salient point was that when you do not have an em dash in your "available character repertoire," you can substitute with two hyphens --

Different style manuals have different rules on some of the usage; some choice is left to personal preference. I find that when I use old-fashioned handwriting, I use a lot more dashes and squiggles to express the flow of words on the page than when I am limited to a keyboard.


Madam Pince - Jan 6, 2006 7:07 pm (#2853 of 2980)

Ohhhh, kaykay, that was so cute! Poor little thing....

Happy Birthday, Ponine, and many, many more!

Phooey, Tazzy, I had forgotten all about your car problems -- so sorry that you have to start enduring that again! to that bad guy!!!

We just got back from a quick trip to Charlottesville for my mom to see her Dr. there for annual checkup. She has been having high blood pressure problems so he added some new medicines, so we hope that will do the trick. It was a good visit -- I got to see several of my old friends from when I used to live there (for only a few minutes, but still...) and I got to drive by my old house ***sniff, sniff*** which I still miss, but it was cool to see that the hardy begonias I planted there probably 15 years ago are still there! (I really really wanted to go up to the withered plants and pull the seed pods off and drop them around on the ground like you're supposed to do to help them re-seed, but I decided that maybe the current owner wouldn't appreciate it if he/she happened to glance out the window or something....)

Totally exhausted now after two days of 4 hours driving, so nighty-night!


Finn BV - Jan 6, 2006 8:33 pm (#2854 of 2980)

Great avatar, Denise! But don't you have 8 kids? Is one missing?

Finn, what is it with you and Julie Andrews? –Vlad

Yay! Somebody picked up on it! Didn't you have a childhood obsession?

Later everybody.

Edit: Sorry, I had posted at 6:59 PM Forum time, and I came back to add something, and just as I remembered it turned 7:30 PM, and the server was mean and didn't let me edit just a minute past the time, so I deleted my post. Hope that's okay!


Stephanie M. - Jan 6, 2006 9:53 pm (#2855 of 2980)

Wow! Lots of posts since this morning. I skimmed through them all because I'm very sleepy and my internet connection just got fixed.

I hope everyone had a great day! I don't have anything really to add to anything except I have also learned a lot about other languages and other parts of the world thanks to the Forum!

I had/have a childhood obsession with everything Winnie the Pooh, but that's very different from Finn's obsession with Julie Andrews.

Well, I'm off to bed. Good night everybody!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 6, 2006 10:25 pm (#2856 of 2980)

I had/have a childhood obsession with everything Winnie the Pooh, but that's very different from Finn's obsession with Julie Andrews.

Inquiring minds want to know...more...different?

...toddles back to St Mungo's...


Stephanie M. - Jan 6, 2006 10:37 pm (#2857 of 2980)

Well, I have collected many Winnie the Pooh type things (I have a Winnie candle). (I've also had birthday cakes with Winnie on it.) So I'm sure Finn doesn't collect random Julie Andrew things (or birthday cakes with her on it).

So in that sense I guess it's different.

I guess I am finally off to bed.


Amilia Smith - Jan 6, 2006 11:17 pm (#2858 of 2980)

When I was home over break, I found that my mother had gone on something of a Winnie the Pooh binge. She has had this wonderful idea that now that she has grandchildren (er . . . grandchild), she will create a library/menagerie. Stuffed animals to go with all the children's books. Velveteen rabbits, Frog and Toad, Jungle Book creatures, Curious George, we've got them all. And most importantly, Winnie the Pooh. She then carried the idea a little further, and decided to give Pooh books and animals to all the little kids in the nursery class she teaches at church. So, prior to giving them away, our house had become a refugee camp for escapees from the Hundred Acre Wood. We were overrun with Pooh, Piglet and Tigger. Also Eyeore and Rabbit, but to a lesser extent.

The funnest part of this exercise was choosing which books to give each kid. They each got a Disney storybook and an A. A. Milne book. And of course we read them all before wrapping them. :-) The Disney storybooks weren't so hot, but the original Milne tales are an absolute hoot.



Ydnam96 - Jan 6, 2006 11:24 pm (#2859 of 2980)

Well, that's a lot to read after a very long, yet short, retreat with my staff...

Happy Birthday Ponine!

You know, I think that Three Kings Day is the same thing as Epiphany. I learned about it in church but we never did anything in our family to celebrate it. I wonder why, it's a perfectly valid reason to celebrate. Maybe I should start observing it!

So while at the camp we went to I got to see llamas, goats, peacocks, chickens, pigs, ducks, hawks, and a Californian Bobcat. In fact I got close enough (he was in a cage but I was able to get him to come over and play near enough to me that I could just reach through with a few fingers) to pet him!!! His keeper said that he likes women and has never been a problem with them he just likes to play, but that he does not like men and that he will hiss and swat at them. It was soooo cool. He was absolutely beautiful. Scary, but beautiful. I also picked some sort of nettle plant, I didn't know it before obviously, but the second I even came close to coming in contact with this plant my hand started to sting and hurt. It's been about 11 hours and my palm still hurts and I still have 5 tiny little pin holes in my hand that hurt like a bugger. They really really hurt. I've washed them a million times, put lotion on them, ran them under really cold water. They were feeling slightly better but then I drove one of the vans back and I think that irritated it. All in all though the trip was enjoyable. My staff and I had a marshmallow war. You know, thrown forcefully at a close range those things can hurt!

As for childhood obsessions...I don't think I had any. I do now...Harry Potter, Alias, Lord of the Rings, Lost, and pajamas. I love a comfy pair of pajamas.

Well, I'm starting to get a headache so I'm gonna call it a night.

All my little college kiddies come back tomorrow because it's move in weekend! Yay.

Night (morning, mid-day) all!


The giant squid - Jan 7, 2006 1:58 am (#2860 of 2980)

We were overrun with Pooh, Piglet and Tigger. Also Eyeore and Rabbit, but to a lesser extent.--Amilia Smith

Alas, Owl, Kanga and Roo always get short shrift...

Chemyst, thanks for the extra info on hyphens and dashes. I knew someone would come along and prove that I really don't know what I'm talking about most of the time.



Tazzygirl - Jan 7, 2006 2:02 am (#2861 of 2980)

I went and saw TLTWTW again tonight and noticed that Edmund wore a hearing aid. Did anyone else notice? The one spot that was super noticeable was when he was talking to the Witch for the first time (and got the Turkish Delight).

I guess I should go to sleep now... Good night and Good day!!


(Thanks, Madame Pince, for the , the guy definitely deserves it!!!)


Honour - Jan 7, 2006 2:24 am (#2862 of 2980)

Just a quick Hi to everyone before I jump on the forum, hope everyone is well, and are all recovered from the Holiday break. Mr Honour and I are "Home Alone" for the week, my 3 children have gone on a wee vacation (their very first!) with my brother and sister-in-law, crazy people! - and to tell the truth Mr Honour and I are missing our babies terribly, but we have agreed to be strong ... Thank god for Lexicon!


Ydnam96 - Jan 7, 2006 5:10 pm (#2863 of 2980)

Oh goodness...I haven't been able to get to the Forum all day. Looks like no one else could either!

So glad it's back.

Tazzy, I did not notice that! Hmmmm Makes me want to go see the movie again just to look for that.


Madam Pince - Jan 7, 2006 6:50 pm (#2864 of 2980)

Poor Mandy, pelted with marshmallows....

I also confess to something of a minor Winnie-the-Pooh obsession. I think it started because my aunt thought I should like Pooh stuff when I was very little, so she had this very talented lady hand-make all the Pooh characters as stuffed animals (even Owl, Kanga, and Roo!) Kanga and Roo were especially cute as Kanga had a pocket for Roo to fit into. She gave me all the A.A. Milne books. I had a Pooh birthday party when I was six and we played Pin-the-Tail-on-Eeyore. I love the books even more now that I can be all adult and philosophical about them (The Tao of Pooh is great, by the way.) Little Pince's baby room was all done in Winnie-the-Pooh, and my old stuffed Pooh characters decorate the top shelf in there. And I currently have a fleecy Pooh robe, a Pooh-embroidered denim shirt, and I got an Eeyore sweatshirt for Christmas this year. So, yeah, I'd say that counts as a minor obsession, right?

OK, who's going to make the first U-No-Poo joke???? ***looks quizzically at timrew and Giant Squid Mike***

And why do so many British authors go by their initials? C.S. Lewis, A.A. Milne, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, etc....etc.... There must be a reason....


Ydnam96 - Jan 7, 2006 7:09 pm (#2865 of 2980)

Haha, I was the one who initiated the marshmallow throwing And I wasn't the one who got hurt, one of my RAs got pelted in the eye and it really hurt her. Who knew??

Haha, Madame Pince, my extra bedroom is my "what I missed in childhood room" it has a Pooh bedspread, all my stuffed animals, and my Harry Potter stuff so I think you're okay Smile I wish I had a robe like that.


Denise P. - Jan 7, 2006 7:29 pm (#2866 of 2980)

My kids all got marshmallow guns as a present. Devin brought them down to his filming so on breaks, the camera man, the sound guy and Devin ran around blowing marshmallows at one another. Slightly stale mini marshmallows work the best. At one point, Devin used Rhys as a human shield (and me) and Casey (sound guy) accidently shot Rhys. It didn't hurt him though, he just looked over to see what Casey was doing.


Tazzygirl - Jan 7, 2006 9:55 pm (#2867 of 2980)

I almost had a meltdown this morning when I realized the Forum was down and I couldn't check the morning threads... Shows how much I depend on the forum, eh?

Marshmallow fights sound like fun! I've never heard of a marshmallow gun though...

I never was into Winnie the Pooh. Tigger was always my favorite, but I never collected or decorated my room in Pooh motif. When I went to Disneyland about 8 years ago, Tigger chased me in and out and around the main street. Since I am petrified of people in costumes (even Ronald McDonald), that episode really ended anything I had with Winnie the Pooh and his friends. The crowd that surrounded us were laughing, but I guess it would be funny seeing a 14 year old girl running and screaming hysterically away from a person in a costume...

Good night/ day everyone!



Loopy Lupin - Jan 7, 2006 10:24 pm (#2868 of 2980)

Finn, what is it with you and Julie Andrews? –Vlad

Now, now. As you should well know, Vlad, Finn can't help it if the hills are alive with the sound of music.


Stephanie M. - Jan 7, 2006 11:26 pm (#2869 of 2980)

I have Winnie the Pooh bed sheets with Piglet and Pooh on them and clouds and stuff. (I still sometimes sleep with them... now that I've mentioned that... I haven't had them on my bed in a while. **Looks in drawers to find Pooh sheets**) I also have every single Disney episode of Winnie the Pooh (I was born in 1992, so I was a Disney person. Not as much of an original Pooh person.) I also have all of the books. I used to have shoes with Pooh, Piglet, and tigger on them. I had a dress with Pooh on it, with a matching hat (that also went with the shoes). Mac Donalds had Happy Meals that had Winnie the Pooh stuffed key chains in them, and my family doesn't really eat Mac Donalds, but I made my mom buy Happy Meals just so I could have the entire collection. I'm sure I could go on about what I have, except I have to look and remember what I have and don't have.

Piglet was always my favorite because Piglet's pink and short. Plus Piglet is a cute pig and always does what other people do. When Piglet's BIG Movie came out, I saw it with one of my friends and we were the oldest people there besides that parents taking their 3 year olds. It was so funny! We had so much fun! Pooh was my second favorite.

I just got back from the last Bar Mitzvah for the people in my grade. And let's just say, I'm never going to wear 3 inch stilettos for a very long time. (With my shoes I'm only 5"3'. But I actually think I'm 5"1' and my doctor is just really wrong because when my mom measures me I'm taller. LOL)

TTFN ta ta for now!


The giant squid - Jan 8, 2006 12:20 am (#2870 of 2980)

See, there are advantages to only posting late at might...I had no idea the boards were down! Saved myself some stress there.

Wow, Madame Pince, that's quite a bit of Pooh. Since you are so well versed, I'm sure you know what "ther" means. (For those who have only seen the Disney-fied version, his actual name is "Winnie ther Pooh". And according to Christopher Robin, "Everyone knows what 'ther' means.")

I'll leave the U-No-Poo joke to Tim...

I'd never thought about the monogram thing before, but you're right: a lot of British authors use(d) their initials. Weird.



Amilia Smith - Jan 8, 2006 2:05 am (#2871 of 2980)

I just dropped over $300 dollars buying textbooks. And I didn't even buy all of them -- am hoping to get a few from the library as needed.

And let's just say, I'm never going to wear 3 inch stilettos for a very long time.

Ah, man, Stephanie, what's the point of being short if you're not going to wear heals? I adore 3 inch stilettos, but I look like Monster Amazon Woman when I wear them. Which does not stop me, of course.

And I highly recommend picking up The House on Pooh Corner et al from your library. Like Mdm. Pince said, you'll enjoy them now more than you would have as a toddler. You'll get the jokes. And they are very clever.

Alas, Owl, Kanga and Roo always get short shrift...

Ain't that the truth. The stuffed Kangas are the cutest in the set, but they are the hardest to find and the most expensive to buy. If we run across one again, we're keeping it, not giving it away!



Lina - Jan 8, 2006 3:10 am (#2872 of 2980)

Mandy, here people use nettle to prevent or cure rheumatism. It seems that there is something good in the pain that it causes...

And I am joining the club of people who were not obsessed with the books in their childhood (I was with math, to be honest) but are making up for that now...

And yes, Mandy, 3 Kings is the same thing as Epiphany. The only custom that we have related to this day is taking the Christmas decorations off.

I had a friend who was very tall (even taller than me) and liked to wear heels. Once she came to visit me and my sister, who was still a kid, went to open the door. She came back announcing: - There is a giant at the door!

I'm just looking forward to go home!


Madam Pince - Jan 8, 2006 7:02 am (#2873 of 2980)

LOL, Mike -- I was going to type "ther" in my post but I thought it might be read as a typo. Silly me! Of course we all know what "ther" means!

I love the Pooh-joke about "living under the name of Sanders" too -- it's such a typical "isn't that just what a youngster would think?" kind of thing. I remember when I was a little kid and they were building a wooden footbridge across the river at my babysitter's, and the workmen kept talking about "burying the dead man" at the edge of the river, and my cousin and I were absolutely enthralled and kept creeping up to the construction to try to see this phenomenon. Of course we had no idea that it referred to a big log or stone weight that was hooked to the bridge and then buried to serve as a sort of anchor for the bridge -- I'm clearly not an engineer so I'm kinda fuzzy on the details, but we kids thought "burying the dead man" was very thrilling.

Stephanie, you and I can be yin-yang, because you're a Disney-Pooh and I'm a Classic-Pooh! But I love the voices for Disney-Pooh.

* ***Really, really wants a marshmallow gun, and knows a little boy who would love one, too! **** That sounds like such fun, Denise! I'll bet the video shoot was very exciting. A long day, but exciting!

Lina, now that you say that about nettles, that sounds familiar to me too. Maybe it's sort of like acupuncture or something?

In my "office days" I used to wear heels constantly, doing lots of walking and running around airports all day, and never could understand why people complained about them -- they never bothered me at all. Now that I mostly wear tennis shoes, I can wear heels for a couple hours and they're killing me. I wore a pair of boots yesterday with just mid-size heels and I was very sorry by the end of the day...

Edit: Loopy Lupin, have you been back to Ch'ville lately? I was shocked to see that Aunt Sarah's Pancake House is gone and has been replaced by a Best Buy!! Oh the humanity.....


Loopy Lupin - Jan 8, 2006 7:41 am (#2874 of 2980)

Edit: Loopy Lupin, have you been back to Ch'ville lately? I was shocked to see that Aunt Sarah's Pancake House is gone and has been replaced by a Best Buy!! Oh the humanity..... Madame Pince

Noooooo!!!! Well that's just disturbing. Next thing you know, the White Spot will be replaced by a Starbucks.


Madam Pince - Jan 8, 2006 7:53 am (#2875 of 2980)

Perish the thought! No, the Spot was still there, but I did see a Starbucks sign on the side of that building on the Corner beside the Lucky Seven. I think maybe they've put a Starbucks on the side along Elliewood where the yogurt shop used to be? Next to the Biltmore Grille? I may be wrong, but I think there's one somewhere down there, unfortunately... And, did you ever have a Riverside burger? It's now a CVS Pharmacy.

Oh, I remembered another piece of Pooh paraphernalia I own -- a set of bookends depicting the scene where Pooh gets stuck in Rabbit's doorway. One bookend is the front of Pooh, and the other bookend is the backside of Pooh. It's too cute!

****Is now reading Winnie The Pooh to Little Pince, who just woke up. "Ouch!" "Did I miss?" "Well, you didn't exactly miss, but you missed the balloon!" ****


Finn BV - Jan 8, 2006 8:51 am (#2876 of 2980)

Now, now. As you should well know, Vlad, Finn can't help it if the hills are alive with the sound of music. –Loopy

Thank you. I couldn't quite think of anything else to say here.

I love Pooh, and when I thought I had seen enough, I read The Tao of Pooh, too, which is hilariously funny for the first chapter or so, and then I got tired of it. But I was probably too young to actually appreciate the religious thoughts in the book, so I think if I read it now it would be good.

I missed the Lex yesterday! Glad it's back now! Yay!


Catherine  - Jan 8, 2006 9:33 am (#2877 of 2980)

Thank you. I couldn't quite think of anything else to say here.—Finn

Loopy does have a way with words.

I missed the Lex yesterday! Glad it's back now! Yay! –Finn

Yay, indeed!

The one toy that Santa did not bring our family is a marshmallow gun. I now feel a little cheated. Hayley, though, is such a marshmallow lover that she would, stale or not, probably eat all her ammunition.

I have this image of marshmallows falling on the floor and the shih-tzus eating them. They'd be like a CSI team that destroys forensic evidence.

Watching a shih-tzu eat anything sticky or chewy is quite amusing. Hmmm...I wonder if there are any marshmallows in the pantry?

EDIT FOR RANDOM COMMENT: For some reason, I am reminded that I saw Peeps in the store at Christmas this year. I remember thinking that Peeps are just not for Easter anymore.

EDIT: "Peeps" are molded, sugared marshmallow candy, for those Forum members who have not encountered them before. It has come to my attention that there are various websites devoted to this particular treat.


Puck - Jan 8, 2006 9:59 am (#2878 of 2980)

Catherine, we had pumpkin peeps for Halloween.

Our Epiphany was appropriately celebrated with our baby's baptism. Now we are celebrating all the relatives being back in their own states, and our house being relatively quiet.

My daughter was given the A.A. Milne collection for her 3rd birthday. She didn't seem quite ready to sit through a chapter book, so it's been shelved. I wrote my first term on the subject back many years ago. I, too, have the robe and various other items, including a tea kettle and a cookie jar that stays full as long as Pooh's hunny pots!

We have marshmello guns made from PVC piping by Mr. Puck's grandfather. I don't let them put marshmellos in, as I'm afraid they will accidently suck one in and choke. (I'm a bit neurotic about choking.)

Mr. Puck is not much taller than I, and has requested I not wear very high heels. I happily comply.

*wondering if Finn had a Mary Poppins-like babysitter as a child*



Marè - Jan 8, 2006 10:16 am (#2879 of 2980)

Aaaand... the discussion is back at peeps, again. Feels familiar!

Anyways, I got a nudge from Veronica to take a look at the latest at artdungeon. If you haven't done so, go take a look, it's impressive!


Marie E. - Jan 8, 2006 10:30 am (#2880 of 2980)

The Lex chat discussions tend to be a bit circular, don't they? I do think that the Peeps discussions was brought on by the marshmallow gun discussion. My favorite Peeps site is Lord of the Peeps. Someone has taken bunny Peeps and used them to tell the story Fellowship of the Ring. Quite funny!

Speaking of obsessions, I went to see Pride and Prejudice again last night. It is now showing at our discount theater. I went with my best friend Amy, who cries at almost everything, so we were both boo-hooing anytime anyone in the movie teared up. Amy cried when Amidala died in Star Wars, for heavens sake! I love this movie, despite my sibling's "eye-gouging" opinions.

Our family is very big on all things Pooh. I think it may have started with our aunt and then trickled down to everyone else. My mom has given each of my girls a set of the books in hardcover. I have read "Now We Are Six" to each girl on her sixth birthday. It held special meaning for Lexie because she always says she never wants to grow up. Sadly, I think that also means she never wants to move out of my house. Oh, and Lexie's room was also done up in Pooh until she was four. Then it was all Dora the Explorer.


Catherine  - Jan 8, 2006 11:16 am (#2881 of 2980)

Aaaand... the discussion is back at peeps, again. Feels familiar! –Marè

Oops-a-daisy. Did I do that?

I'm excited that we're going out to dinner for a surprise birthday for a friend. It doesn't hurt that it's in a tasty restaurant about 20 miles out of town, so it feels like we're really on a date. Cloth napkins and no crayons! W00T!

Perhaps that makes me giddy. Where's the cold compress when you need one? (Speaking of needing a cold compress, Mr. Catherine is strictly forbidden from wearing the possum fur sweater this evening. )


Finn BV - Jan 8, 2006 11:18 am (#2882 of 2980)

wondering if Finn had a Mary Poppins-like babysitter as a child* --Puck

Nope, I'm a Sound of Music kid. But thankfully my babysitter wasn't studying to be a nun, either. Phew.

Loopy does have a way with words. –Catherine

I'm glad to know it's not only I who think that.

EDIT: Oh, and Lexie's room was also done up in Pooh until she was four. Then it was all Dora the Explorer. –Marie

Dora! My teacher! Yes, I finally had her for my two-month science elective which began last Wednesday. She's a little spacey but better than my last science teacher (who I return to in March). (*waves to Vlad*)


Puck - Jan 8, 2006 12:45 pm (#2883 of 2980)

lol, Catherine. We went to dinner the other night while the grandparents were in town to babysit. I commented to hubby about how we didn't need to ask for crayons!

Saw "King Kong" after our dinner. I enjoyed it. Mr. Puck commented about there being alot of girly parts, but I spent enough time saying "Eew, gross! Eeeww!" to make up for it. All in all a great movie, though I was rooting for the monkey!


Denise P. - Jan 8, 2006 12:50 pm (#2884 of 2980)

You can find directions for making a PVC marshmallow gun online. You can buy them on eBay to but really...I made 5 of them for under $10.

Puck, if you put the marshmallow at the end of the pipe rather than where you blow in, smaller kids won't inhale it and it will go further since they don't have the lung power to shoot it all the way through.

Mr. Denise called last night from Spain. He was supposed to be in already but delays have pushed his arrival time back several hours. I leave to go pick him up from work shortly. Yay! Since he will be passed out from jet lag, maybe I can sneak out to see GoF finally.

We did the insane thing of getting all 9 kids picture taken. What a nightmare....made worse by a 22 year old son who wanted to make an issue on several things which had me and the 24 year old daughter ready to choke him in public. Grrrr!!! The pictures did come out nice but it sure reminds me why we don't do it often. I am already dreading the family one that we will get done during the summer sometime.


azi - Jan 8, 2006 1:03 pm (#2885 of 2980)

Just popping in to say hi! I'm back at uni and my revision is going slightly better. Not the best however.

Nothing wrong with Julie Andrews. Mary Poppins is one of my favourite films! Never actually seen Sound of Music.

Mmmm, peeps sound yummy.

My childhood obsession was Enid Blyton books, particuarly the Famous Five. I even wrote my own Famous Five story called 'Five Visit Kidnappers Gate' with the word 'station' spelt wrong many times!

Hope everyone has a great day!


kaykay1970 - Jan 8, 2006 1:05 pm (#2886 of 2980)

Denise, where do you have your family portraits made? Wal-Mart photography only allows 6 people per photo, which makes it difficult for a family of 7.


Madam Pince - Jan 8, 2006 1:14 pm (#2887 of 2980)

Yay on Mr. Denise coming home! Woo-hoo!


Springtime - Jan 8, 2006 3:44 pm (#2888 of 2980)

Hi everyone have a great evening!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 8, 2006 5:12 pm (#2889 of 2980)

Catherine, the minute you mentioned stale marshmallows I thought, "I feel another Peeps discussion a-coming on" and lo! there it was.

I've been car-less for 2 weeks now, going on 3. Perhaps I'll follow Denise's lead and check out GoF tonight. Otherwise, I'll have nothing to sustain me while I'm stuck in the house for another week with no excuse not to reorganize the basement as I pack away the rest of Christmas.

We had dinner today at an inn immortalized in a poem by Longfellow:

The scroll reads, By the name of Howe."
And over this, no longer bright,
Though glimmering with a latent light,
Was hung the sword his grandsire bore
In the rebellious days of yore,
Down there at Concord in the fight. "

It's not every day I have a door opened for me by a man in breeches and a tricorn hat and my dinner served by a woman in a mobcap. Gosh, I sure do hope the pay is good.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 8, 2006 5:36 pm (#2890 of 2980)

Nope, I'm a Sound of Music kid. But thankfully my babysitter wasn't studying to be a nun, either. Phew.

So it's a Sound of Music thing. That's good. I've always liked that movie but have never cared for Mary Poppins.

Dora! My teacher! Yes, I finally had her for my two-month science elective which began last Wednesday. She's a little spacey but better than my last science teacher (who I return to in March). (*waves to Vlad*)

Finn, I like scatological humor as much as the next guy, but we're in mixed company here, so I won't make a Physics joke.


Pigwidgeon - Jan 8, 2006 6:16 pm (#2891 of 2980)

That's wonderful, Denise, about Mr. Denise coming home! I'm glad for you

*sigh* I took my Harry Potter tree down today. My house looks sooo empty now without it. But...I kept out a pair of the glasses on the tree and the hat that tops it. I figure, the next HP event, I'll be stylin'! I hate "de-Christmasing," though, it is so depressing!

*goes to have a Butterbeer, and more caffeine-enhanced Coke!*


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 8, 2006 6:21 pm (#2892 of 2980)

A family of 7? Remind me to catch up on posts...from several years back...

...toddles...remembering van for 16 is not an option...


Madam Pince - Jan 8, 2006 7:14 pm (#2893 of 2980)

Hey, boop!! Congratulations on your Steelers win!!! Best of luck next week, too!

Pigwidgeon, I love your HP tree!


Denise P. - Jan 8, 2006 7:27 pm (#2894 of 2980)

kaykay, this specific picture was taken at K-Mart (Olan Mills) and we also use Sears. We went today to get the one at Sears.

Mr. Denise is in the house! His flight was delayed several times so Rhys and I hung out for a few hours waiting for it to land. The kids have swarmed him and he is unable to move without numerous shadows.


Puck - Jan 8, 2006 7:41 pm (#2895 of 2980)

The Steelers won? Weren't they playing the Patriots today? Bummer!

Lupin, is that restaurant at a big white Inn in Concord center? I believe I once had dinner there as well.

So glad Mr. Denise is home! Yeah! And good for you for getting a photo done of 9 kids! We did one of my kids and their Colorado cousins this week. Five kids between the ages of 3 months and 5 years. We did get one shot where you can see all the faces and no one is screaming. Cheers to Denise for going through this with almost twice as many kids!

Off for a quick thread read before bed. Tomorrow we get back to normal. Kids in School, holidays over, visitors gone. Ahhhh.....



kaykay1970 - Jan 8, 2006 7:58 pm (#2896 of 2980)

Denise, so happy for you that Mr. Denise is home. Thanks, I'll try Sears for our next family photo. I haven't had one done since the youngest was born because a lot of photographers will refuse such a large group. He'll be 3 in March so I really need to get one done!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 8, 2006 8:07 pm (#2897 of 2980)

Kathy, I think you're thinking of The Colonial Inn. It's in Concord center although it's grey (perhaps it used to be white?). We were at the Wayside Inn. But you know, once you're within 5 miles of Paul Revere's ride, mobcaps just start popping out of the woodwork.

Denise, glad to see Mr. Denise is home. Make for the movies while you can.


Puck - Jan 8, 2006 8:19 pm (#2898 of 2980)

Yes, I'm pretty sure it was the colonial. I used to teach in Lincoln, but haven't been out that way in many years. I remember swimming in Walden pond after work in the summer. Such a lovely area, filled with history!


Finn BV - Jan 8, 2006 8:35 pm (#2899 of 2980)


so I won't make a Physics joke. –Vlad

Well, you won't, but we can always revisit October 25 of the past year: Finn BV, "# Chat and Greeting Thread for Members" #1295, 25 Oct 2005 6:01 pm. (Surprisingly, that post is on this thread. Detail Seeker is right, we haven't been very chatty lately!

I went into the city today to see a movie at MoMA, and I passed the Ziegfeld (sp?) theater and thought of the HP premieres! Just a little Harry moment there!

Have a good… Monday?? Those two words don't go together. Have a good rest-of-Sunday while it lasts!


Ydnam96 - Jan 8, 2006 8:59 pm (#2900 of 2980)

Glad to hear Mr. Denise is back home.
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Loopy Lupin - Jan 8, 2006 9:12 pm (#2901 of 2980)

Loopy does have a way with words. --- Catherine

Glad to see that my English major wasn't a total waste of time.

Yay Mr. Denise!


Stephanie M. - Jan 8, 2006 9:32 pm (#2902 of 2980)



TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 8, 2006 10:15 pm (#2903 of 2980)

Welcome home! And Thank You!


Sometimes I wonder if they'd give such an enthusiastic farewell.

Again, thank you Mrs and Mr D!


Madam Pince - Jan 8, 2006 10:16 pm (#2904 of 2980)

No, Puck, the Steelers beat the Bengals today. The Patriots won yesterday. And I can't believe how badly the Giants stunk the place up in their loss... amazing.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 8, 2006 11:26 pm (#2905 of 2980)

Yeah Denise, hope you can sneak out to see GOF while Mr. D is home.

About Julie Andrews, if there is a production of the "Boyfriend" in your area, you should try to see it. Ms. Andrews is has directed a production and has it on the road. It was in our area this past summer and she stayed in our town. She is a very nice lady. She spent the summer next door to a friend and she was as gracious and classy as they come.

Today Jan 9, is Snape’s birthday, Capricorn, that explains a lot.


Tazzygirl - Jan 8, 2006 11:42 pm (#2906 of 2980)

Welcome home Mr. Denise!!

School starts for me on Tuesday, which means I am supposed to be packing my suitcases right now for my flight back to Hawaii instead of being on the forum... Oh well.

Christmas Holidays are officially over for me! :so sad:

Hope everyone has a good week!



Troels Forchhammer - Jan 9, 2006 2:28 am (#2907 of 2980)

Ninth of January — a day of ill omen!

In Denmark it started innocently with a routine systems service, which only happened to paralyze all credit-card transactions (except for those using the old carbon-paper-copy-of-the-card machines [we call them ‘flyswatters’ in Denmark]).

Perhaps I should just have stayed in the safety of my bed



The giant squid - Jan 9, 2006 2:41 am (#2908 of 2980)

I love this movie, despite my sibling's "eye-gouging" opinions.--Marie E.

It could be that I only saw the very end, with whats-his-name taking a full 15 minutes to walk across a field, then having another long conversation with Keira Knightly. Imagine four men sitting in the theater screaming, "Get on with it!" I'll stick with Grandma's Boy...very funny, but not family friendly...



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 9, 2006 6:04 am (#2909 of 2980)

Today Jan 9, is Snapes birthday, Capricorn, that explains a lot.---Mrs. Sirius

OMG! Today's my mother's birthday. Now that explains a lot.


Eponine - Jan 9, 2006 7:16 am (#2910 of 2980)

Welcome home, Mr. Denise!

I finally got all our Christmas decorations down. I don't like de-Christmasing either, Pigwidgeon. Now I just have to carry all the boxes up to the attic. Or get Mr. Eponine to do it.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 9, 2006 7:30 am (#2911 of 2980)

Lupin, he he he, my mother's birthday is also January. I deleted that part of my message because I thought it would be mean. Thanks for freeing me to say "that DOES explain a lot!!!"

Amelia and Tazzy are you two anywhere near each other in Hawaii? It's a shame if you are not.


Marie E. - Jan 9, 2006 7:53 am (#2912 of 2980)


Does he get to stay this time, or is he just on leave? *pictures Mr. Denise trying to get around the house with a child attached to each leg.*

We have almost all our decorations down. There is just one strand of icicle lights across our garage that someone else :cough Mr. E cough: needs to take care of. He did take down our light-up deer last night.

If anyone remembers, back in October my dear Mr. E was supposed to clean out the garage and build me a bookcase or else I was allowed to buy one. Well, the one I bought is now put together and standing proudly in our office. It makes such a difference from the piles and stacks of books. And what did Mr. E say? "That's a nice solid bookcase. You should go see if they have another one." Picture me with steam coming out of my ears like Harry in PoA.


Springtime - Jan 9, 2006 8:04 am (#2913 of 2980)

Good Morning all

Hey the kids are back in school after being off for 2 weeks Very Happy

Anyways spent the weekend watching HP movies 1, 2, & 3. Need to do laundry today Sad Oh well have a great day.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 9, 2006 8:36 am (#2914 of 2980)

Lupin, he he he, my mother's birthday is also January. I deleted that part of my message because I thought it would be mean. Thanks for freeing me to say "that DOES explain a lot!!!"---Mrs. Sirius

For the record, my mother could not be less like Snape. ***she said, hauling herself out of self-dug hole***


Puck - Jan 9, 2006 10:26 am (#2915 of 2980)

Marie, Mr. Puck has been talking about building a kitchen set for our daughter for years. Whenever I talked of buying one he emphatically said no, that he wanted to make it. She began asking for one this Christmas months in advance. One arrived courtesy of Sears, as in the end he decided it would be easier. I join you in the grumbling.

I think Mr. Denise will have at least 2 children per leg, and some on his arms as well.



haymoni - Jan 9, 2006 11:42 am (#2916 of 2980)

Hey all!

I'm here at work again. We actually have a 5-day work week. I don't think I can make it!!

Should be a quiet night at home tonight. Hubby will be working and Ungrateful Son does not have wrestling practice.

I will probably do laundry. My life is sooooo exciting! I wish Tonks would show me some of those householdy-type spells she mentioned.


Amilia Smith - Jan 9, 2006 11:48 am (#2917 of 2980)

Amelia and Tazzy are you two anywhere near each other in Hawaii? It's a shame if you are not.

Yep! :-) We're both in Honolulu, not all that far from each other.

Classes start today for me. **sigh** Back to the grindstone.



Finn BV - Jan 9, 2006 3:33 pm (#2918 of 2980)

Mrs. Sirius, I envy your friend, and you, if you got to meet her. I heard about the production, originated in Chicago, I think. I hope it comes to New York!

*pictures Mr. Denise trying to get around the house with a child attached to each leg.* --Marie

*pictures Mr. Denise with 9 legs!! *

Monday… ah. Over. Yay.


kaykay1970 - Jan 9, 2006 3:35 pm (#2919 of 2980)

Maybe Mr. Denise is the giant squid! Sorry, just joking of course! I couldn't resist.


Finn BV - Jan 9, 2006 3:38 pm (#2920 of 2980)

Oh my gosh! That means Mr. Denise=Dumbledore!! Denise, have you been holding out on us??

I forgot, we celebrated 3 King's Night last night. I always remember it being the 6th, but my grandmother said the date was changed. Hmm… Anyway, don't know if anyone else does this, but we stick a penny, nickel, and dime into a cake/brownie/cookie (it was a cake last night), and try to cut the pieces so that each slice has a coin, and I got stuck with the penny!! Oh, well. I suppose that signifies gold in the three-word mantra that I can't remember.


Catherine  - Jan 9, 2006 4:20 pm (#2921 of 2980)

Welcome home to Mr. Denise!

Kim, I agree that any employee who must wear a mobcap should be well-compensated. I personally think that I would look better in the tricorn.

Fortunately, I de-Christmased the house last week. I was hired last night at 5 p.m. to take over some English composition classes at our local university. Nothing like last minute preparation and terror.

The students who saw me today were displeased that I was not the original instructor. I made sure to give them a big assignment tonight. It's part of my plan to cull the herd. I'm hoping that that I can get the class size down if I'm mean enough during the drop/add period.

Perhaps I should wear a mobcap on Wednesday. That'll make 'em wonder.

Have a good night, everyone.

EDIT: Loopy Lupin has made my night with his Ralph "unpossible" avatar. Thanks.


Julie Aronson - Jan 9, 2006 4:29 pm (#2922 of 2980)

Welcome home, Mr. Denise!!!

Mike, I was wondering about Grandma's Boy, so thanks for the commentary...

Kim, was the food good at said historical inn?


boop - Jan 9, 2006 4:30 pm (#2923 of 2980)

Madam Pince, Thank you!!! It was a good game. When football is over I will go through withdraw.

Welcome Home Mr Denise!!!!

Kim, tell your mom Happy Birthday for me. I hope she has had a wonderful day.

hugs always



Madam Pince - Jan 9, 2006 4:31 pm (#2924 of 2980)

Catherine, you wicked, wicked girl! Cull the herd! **snort**


kaykay1970 - Jan 9, 2006 8:54 pm (#2925 of 2980)

My niece went for a check-up at Vandy today. She is doing great! She has one more day with the home-bound teacher then she is back in school Wednesday.


The giant squid - Jan 10, 2006 1:05 am (#2926 of 2980)

*pictures Mr. Denise trying to get around the house with a child attached to each leg.*--Marie E.

Finn beat me to it, but I too got an odd mental image of a man in military uniform with an extremely odd number of legs... Kaykay, Mr. Denise may be a giant squid but he's not THE Giant Squid.

Mike, I was wondering about Grandma's Boy, so thanks for the commentary... --Julie Aronson

You're quite welcome. It doesn't seem to be doing much business at our theater, but that may be because Brokeback Mountain is stealing all the press. I highly recommend it, but I can't stress enough that it is a hard "R" rating--grown-ups only, please.

**The giant squid does not condone or endorse drug use, profanity or pre-marital relations...but he does find it quite hilarious at times.**



Tazzygirl - Jan 10, 2006 1:35 am (#2927 of 2980)

Mrs. Sirius- Amelia and Tazzy are you two anywhere near each other in Hawaii? It's a shame if you are not.

We also go to the same school! Poor Mills! She starts today and I start tomorrow...

Mills- How many classes are you taking? I am only taking three. Finally somewhat of a break!

Hope everyone has a good night/ day!



Lina - Jan 10, 2006 4:21 am (#2928 of 2980)

It is wonderful that Mr. Denise is home.

Puck, congratulations on the baptism of the baby. Very nicely chosen day.

Marie, I think you just should see if they have another one bookcase.

Happy Bairam to all that celebrate.
That reminds me that we went to see the Narnia movie and I liked it very much. After watching it, I decided to buy some Turkish delight to my kids, but we got invited to visit some Muslim friends tomorrow, so I guess we will have the opportunity to try it there. Actually, we have two kinds of Turkish delight here. One is made of roses and this one indeed tastes like perfume. But the other one is made with walnuts and I must say that I like this one.

It is great to hear the good news about your niece Kaykay.

Everybody, have a wonderful day!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 10, 2006 6:44 am (#2929 of 2980)

Julie, the food was great. However, I don't know if I'll ever be able to try their Jerusha Peach Mold, strictly for the 75+ crowd--it's half a peach covered in Jell-O with whipped cream dressing. I...well...I'm at a loss for words.

Catherine, your mobcap avatar (delightful by the way ) reminded me of a Far Side-like card a friend gave me for Thanksgiving. It shows a Pilgrim woman surrounded by Pilgrim men. Off to the side are two other Pilgrim women and one's saying to the other, "I could attract men, too, if I wore my bonnet pushed up so far you could see my whole forehead!" It's entitled "Pilgrim Jealousy".

Good luck with the herd.

As for Loopy's tagline, yesterday I heard a news reporter refer to something as making people "unhappier". Unhappier? ***dashes about for smelling salts***

Betty, thanks for the birthday wishes but I see you passed over Professor Snape. Poor man. He's so misunderstood.

Poor Mills! She starts today and I start tomorrow...---Tazzygirl

Unfortunately, the study/empathy factor decreases in direct proportion to the loveliness of the collegial setting. I'm afraid you and Mills are now in negative numbers.


Springtime - Jan 10, 2006 6:56 am (#2930 of 2980)

Good Morning All

Well today will be spent doing book - keeping (lots of year ends to do Sad Smile ) mmmmmmmmm someday i will figure out how to put he real smiles in. (lol)

for all who are good back to school Good Luck

Have a great day.


mike miller - Jan 10, 2006 7:25 am (#2931 of 2980)

Good Morning Everyone! I've been gone for some time, but work has finally eased enough for a quick stop into the Forum.

Welcome Home Mr. Denise! I was thinking more spider than squid myself.

Eponine - I love the avatar. By the way, you can always tell a witch because they're made of wood. The look on John Cleese's face as he screams "Burn Her" is forever etched in my mind. Come to think of it, his portrayal of the Minister of Silly Walks is quite clear also.

Well, I hope to check in more frequently now and I'll try to keep up with all of the comings and goings.


Springtime - Jan 10, 2006 7:35 am (#2932 of 2980)

Welcome back Mike Miller I know what it's like to be away for a while. I've just came back into the picture a few weeks ago. And it's not easy catching up on all the going ons.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 10, 2006 8:23 am (#2933 of 2980)

Yesterday I went to BJ's (a big box store where food comes in the MEGA size), they had a box set of the 6 available HP books. It was so tempting! I told my husband that we'll wait until we get all 7 and then we'll get the British editions since we already have several copies of all the books now.

Unfortunately, the study/empathy factor decreases in direct proportion to the loveliness of the collegial setting. I'm afraid you and Mills are now in negative numbers.

Oh, yeah! The ground was frozen here this morning, it'll be warm today (low 40's)and then we will have melting snow all over!

I am however enjoying life as I never have before. My kids are back at school, my husband is gone to work, I have not returned to work yet. I honestly don't know where to start, I feel at such a loss as to what next. I haven't been this free since junior high school vacations.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 10, 2006 9:44 am (#2934 of 2980)

I'm glad everyone appreciates the return of Ralph.

It doesn't seem to be doing much business at our theater, but that may be because Brokeback Mountain is stealing all the press. I highly recommend it, but I can't stress enough that it is a hard "R" rating--grown-ups only, please. – Mike

Mike, are you referring to Grandma's rating? Or Brokeback Mountain's ?

Speaking of grown-ups, I can't stress enough that Sirius Radio is da bomb. I'll never listen to regular radio again.


haymoni - Jan 10, 2006 10:00 am (#2935 of 2980)

Loopy - Were you a Howard Transfer or had you already joined the Cult of Sirius?


Tazzygirl - Jan 10, 2006 10:41 am (#2936 of 2980)

Haymoni- I thought the same thing after Loopy's "Is da bomb!" statement. LOL.

Lupin is Lupin. Natch.- LOL!

Alright. I'm off to get ready for school. Have to catch the bus because yet again my car is having problems. grrrrrrr...

Hope everyone has a good day/ night!



azi - Jan 10, 2006 10:58 am (#2937 of 2980)

Woohooo, one exam down, one to go! Ok, so I locked myself out of my room just before the exam, got the wobbly table as usual, hurt my back leaning too much when I was writing and know I got something wrong already, (I put 'Rhizoplethra dominica' instead of 'Rhizopertha dominica') it went ok.

'...Sirius Radio is da bomb.' - Loopy Lupin.

Sounding like my 13 year old cousin there! (j/k, although she does say stuff like that...)

Tazzy - your car seems to be terrible! Makes me glad I don't own one! Hope it starts behaving soon!

Great to hear your niece is doing well Kaykay!

I would dearly love to have another book case for my room at home. Books everywhere. Unfortunately there isn't space for one...

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Loopy Lupin - Jan 10, 2006 10:58 am (#2938 of 2980)

Actually, I got the equipment as a gift after I was very taken with a friend's car unit a couple months ago. I quickly became convinced that it was the best thing ever and posted that on this thread. I do confess, though, that I was prompted to remind everyone that Sirius is da bomb by Howard's debut yesterday and do confess that I was toying with the idea of getting this satellite just for Howard. However, without my friends giving me the gift, it probably would've been one of the many things that I'm always intending to "get around to doing."


haymoni - Jan 10, 2006 11:10 am (#2939 of 2980)

Those are the best kinds of gifts! Things that you would never do or go to or buy for yourself!


Springtime - Jan 10, 2006 12:14 pm (#2940 of 2980)

Tazzy I can understand your car problems my van is sitting in our drive way for the last week and half and will not start. Was going to be looked on last week-end but there was no time. Oh well maybe our friend will have time this week-end.


Netherlandic - Jan 10, 2006 2:57 pm (#2941 of 2980)

Elenor, St. Nicolas day is indeed on the 6th of December, but is usually celebrated on the evening before, called St. Nicolas' night. It is not only celebrated in France, but throughout Belgium and the Netherlands and in some parts of Germany. St. Nicolas (or Sinterklaas, as he is usually called) even arrives officially and is greeted by the mayor. His arrival is even broadcasted live on television in both Belgium and the Netherlands. Shops are discouraged to have Christmas trees and stuff before the 6th/7th of December. The Royal Mail knows where to find Sinterklaas and makes sure children get a response to their letters.

PS. Does anyone know where the "was it Snape at Godric's Hollow that night" thread has gone? I can't find it.


Detail Seeker - Jan 10, 2006 3:23 pm (#2942 of 2980)

Netherlandic, look in the Theories Group Section Folder. This thread is a permanent thread, that did not get a post for more than 30 days and thus went into the back row. But it is still there.


Netherlandic - Jan 10, 2006 3:35 pm (#2943 of 2980)

A butterbeer for you, Detail Seeker. I will go there now.


boop - Jan 10, 2006 3:49 pm (#2944 of 2980)

Welcome Back Mike Miller!!!


Amilia Smith - Jan 10, 2006 3:49 pm (#2945 of 2980)

Tazzy, I am currently taking 5 classes. I had to beg my advisor to let me. Assuming I don't have a nervous breakdown, I want to graduate this summer semester. Start making money instead of spending it. Oh, yeah! Children's librarian, big money! :-)

Although, yes, the setting does make up for a lot of stress.

Great day at work today. My boss took me into the Rare Book room. I got to see all sort of really cool stuff. Like a couple of Edgar Allen Poe's personal copies of his first editions. He went through and edited them. Changed spellings, punctuations, rewrote lines, etc. Incidentally, Poe had great handwriting.

Off to class now.



azi - Jan 10, 2006 4:05 pm (#2946 of 2980)

Wow, Edgar Allen Poe? Cool, I really like that raven story of his...despite the fact I only ever watched it on The Simpsons...keep meaning to read it though...

Wish I was in Hawaii right now, rather than the dampness of Yorkshire.


The giant squid - Jan 10, 2006 4:06 pm (#2947 of 2980)

Mike, are you referring to Grandma's rating? Or Brokeback Mountain's ?--Loopy Lupin

I was referring to Grandma, though Brokeback deserves its rating as well.

Welcome back, Mike Miller. I'd been wondering where the other Mike had gone...



Tazzygirl - Jan 10, 2006 5:14 pm (#2948 of 2980)

Springtime- Hope your car gets fixed soon!

A very tall cliff is looking really good right now for my car. Just forget to take it out of Neutral, get out of the car, and give it a slight push. Car Problem solved. I think I am going to try and sell it soon, and go the route of a car dealership. I don't know. All I want is to come back to Hawaii and not have immediate car problems.

Mills- Good Luck with the semester! I still have two more years of he College of Education program... Wow- you got to see the old old books. I think that is so neat.



mike miller - Jan 10, 2006 7:18 pm (#2949 of 2980)

Hi Betty!! I hope all is well up in PA.

Thanks Squid Mike, it's nice to have been remembered by a few folks.

It's really a drag when work intervenes in life and you can't do all of the things you would like to do. I guess we have to do what we have to do, at least if you don't want to make sleeping "under the stars" a habit.


Finn BV - Jan 10, 2006 7:45 pm (#2950 of 2980)

Welcome back mike miller!

I'm really tired everybody and still have to do my history homework, so I didn't really read through most of the last 20 posts or so! More tomorrow.
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Puck - Jan 10, 2006 7:49 pm (#2951 of 2980)

mrs. Sirius, so jealous of your time alone. Last year one of the best gifts I got was when Mr. Puck took the kids out shopping for my birthday. The gifts were nice, but the time alone was priceless!

Mike M., I just caught the Minister of Silly Walks a week ago! Had never seen it before. Quite funny!

Loopy, your avatar reminds me of my 4 year old niece sitting on my lap and announcing "I like picking my nose." I asked her to please not do that "now".

My hubby is enjoying his new satellite radio in his car. You remind me I need to choose some CD for him to load into my new MP3 player. A bonus Christmas gift, as Mr. Puck won it in a raffle.

Okay, I should go do my Yoga before bed, as I have already been slack in my resolution to exercise. However, as babe has been waking several time a night I am tempted to just

Oops! Sorry! must have dozed off...



Stephanie M. - Jan 10, 2006 7:55 pm (#2952 of 2980)

Welcome back Mike Miller!

I really want to see Brokeback Mountain! My sister was going to see it, but the two times she was going to go, something came up so I might see it with her.

I got back from my first swim meet of this season a few hours ago. I swam in 4 events. I swam the Butterfly in 200 Medley Relay, the 50 Butterfly individual, the 100 Free relay, and the 200 free relay. We cam in second for all of those events, but my other team members came in first for those events. I'm pretty sure we beat the other team. I know that the girls did, but I'm pretty sure the boys won too. We will find out the exact score of the meet tomorrow.

See/talk to you all tomorrow!

**Is very tired and in pain from swimming 4 big events.**


Eponine - Jan 10, 2006 8:12 pm (#2953 of 2980)

Mills, I am extremely jealous of you right now. I'm such a geek over rare books, and any exposure to them turns me into a squealing idiot. And Poe? I'm just about to faint dead away with envy.


Amilia Smith - Jan 11, 2006 12:41 am (#2954 of 2980)

I was extremely geeked out myself. Apparently anyone can look at the books, but you can't just browse the shelves. You have to ask for a specific title, and the librarian will bring it to you. And while the catalog record does say, "Poe’s private copy of Eureka ; extensive penciled text changes," who would know to look? Also, you can't tell from the catalog record just how cool The Sphere of Gentry (1661) really is. But I would go to your local university library's Special Collections department and ask what they have. They probably have all sorts of treasures hiding in the back rooms that no one ever asks for. Worth a try, anyway.

I just finished reading the new JKR interview. Tazzy, did you see? She came to Hawaii on vacation, And We Missed Her!!! Yes, I know she was trying to have a family vacation without everyone gaping at her. And I certainly support that idea. And it was probably the outer islands anyway, not Honolulu, if she was trying to go incognito. But still . . . So Close!!!



Tazzygirl - Jan 11, 2006 1:51 am (#2955 of 2980)

Mills- I missed it!!! I can't believe she was here! I'm thinking she went to Maui or Kaua'i. Everybody goes there! (I guess we Honolulu-ans aren't good enough) So sad!

On old books- I get excited when picking up a book printed in 1907, so being able to look at a 1660 book would just top the icing on my cake. Imagine what that particular book has gone through these hundreds of years... :shakes head:



Chemyst - Jan 11, 2006 6:14 am (#2956 of 2980)

I've read all the posts of the last few days, but am at a bit of a loss as to where to jump in— Although I think I can eliminate Stephanie's pool. No, Vlad, that is not meant as scatological humor.

A line so well stated I must resort to copy & paste: Unfortunately, the study/empathy factor decreases in direct proportion to the loveliness of the collegial setting. I'm afraid you and Mills are now in negative numbers. — L=L Natch

Rare books and a potential JKR sighting too? Definitely negative numbers!

Good to see you back Mike Miller; I was beginning to wonder if you'd gone hunting and got lost in the woods.

Catherine, did you need to be congratulated on your new job as cowpoke? It is a good thing, right?


Denise P. - Jan 11, 2006 7:08 am (#2957 of 2980)

Loopy, I am crushed...you deleted my email!Tears

Seriously, I sent you something non HP related so if you would please look at it, I can stop sobbing over my hurt feelings.


Springtime - Jan 11, 2006 7:10 am (#2958 of 2980)

Good Morning all. Well last night was a horrible night sleep I was awake about 3 times during the night. Sad *yawn*

Thanks Tazzy I hope my van get fixed soon also. this not be able to go anywhere during the day is nasty.

Anyways have a great day all.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 11, 2006 7:43 am (#2959 of 2980)

I just finished reading the new JKR interview. Tazzy, did you see? She came to Hawaii on vacation, And We Missed Her!!! Yes, I know she was trying to have a family vacation without everyone gaping at her. And I certainly support that idea. And it was probably the outer islands anyway, not Honolulu, if she was trying to go incognito. But still . . . So Close!!![

Yes, she was here but did you read that she has finished a children's book, a fairy tale? and some short stories? I want to know when those are coming out and under what pseudonym

Hey Mike welcome back!


azi - Jan 11, 2006 9:13 am (#2960 of 2980)

Have I said welcome back to Mike yet? I thought I had, but if not, I'm sorry and it's great to have you back!

Second exam went terrible. Fortunately it's only 60% of the module and 0.04% of my entire degree. My coursework should be good enough to pull the module up to a pass at least. For some reason I just got completely confused over what the questions wanted. Plus they used 'there' when it should have been 'their' - that really got me annoyed! Overall very bad exam. Glad it's over.

That JKR interview scared me. It was like, I dunno, weird. It's the sort of thing you get in women’s magazines, not the nice interviews I'm used to. I hate women's magazines with a passion.

Hope everyone has a better day than me!!!


Ydnam96 - Jan 11, 2006 10:17 am (#2961 of 2980)

Azi, hope your day turns around

I did my first workout at Curves yesterday, it was actually kind of fun, but now my chest hurts. Right where that bone is in the middle of your chest. Mostly when I breathe in off to the right a little. I think it may have been from the work out. Either that or I'm having a prolonged heart attack at the age of 27, let's hope not!

Question for you all: I am seriously debating spending some money on the iPod Shuffle but I have some questions...do any of you have one? What is your opinion on it? Is it easy to get the CD's you already own onto the Shuffle? Do you think it was worth the money? Last year I bought a PDA because I thought I just needed it and spent way too much money and ended up not needing it...so I don't want to invest $100 in something I might not appreciate. If you have any opinions and would be willing to spare a few minutes please email me. Thanks

And, just curious, for the parents out there...do your children have iPods? Here at the college it seems everybody has one and they constantly have it on and in their ears. All the time, even while having conversations with people. It's astounding really. I would probably just use it while I'm doing work on my computer or working out.

Well I'm gonna try and jump into some threads for a while. Happy Wednesday.


mike miller - Jan 11, 2006 10:25 am (#2962 of 2980)

Thanks for all the "Welcome Backs" (this includes you Azi); it's good that people even remember me much less wonder where I'd gone.

Chemyst - One of the nice things about hunting in suburban Maryland is you can't really get lost. If you walk 15 or 20 minutes in any direction, you'll come out somewhere you recognize. It seems to have been an "off year" with warm weather early, a very wet October and not as much time after that.

Congrats Stephanie M. on the swim meet results! I hope everything ends up the way you thought it would.


Denise P. - Jan 11, 2006 10:53 am (#2963 of 2980)

IMO, you are paying more for the iPod name than what the player is worth. I got a nifty little mp3 player that holds about a billion songs, 4 GB, and it was not even half the price. Check epionons and other places online to get comparisons of various mp3 players.


azi - Jan 11, 2006 11:14 am (#2964 of 2980)

Ydnam, I wouldn't get a iPod. Like Denise said, there are plenty of cheaper ones out there that store much more music. Although I don't have an iPod myself, my friends who have complain that they've had it less than a year and it's breaking - switches on by itself, runs out of battery quickly etc. I got mine for a third of the price of an iPod for the same amount of music capacity and haven't had any problems yet. An mp3 player is definitely worth the investment in my opinion, but an iPod possibly isn't.

Thanks for the better day wishes - talking to people in the chat room definitely cheered me up!


Loopy Lupin - Jan 11, 2006 11:51 am (#2965 of 2980)

Loopy, I am crushed...you deleted my email! – Denise

Eeeeeek!!!! I certainly didn't mean to do that!!!! I must have not noticed the email address or not recognized it. I get so much spam that I am forever deleting much more than I read. (I only keep the darn AOL account because I like "hutzz" for a screen name since it refers to a Simpsons character.) Please accept my red-faced apologies and resend the mail. Put "Don't Delete Me You Moron--This is from Denise" in the subject line. That'll get my attention. In the meantime, maybe I can still retrieve it from the "recently deleted" file. Ooops.

Edit-- Ah, I see you've already resent the mail, without the "moron" part.


VeronikaG - Jan 11, 2006 1:02 pm (#2966 of 2980)

I'm so green on the topic of mp3 players that I'm almost embarrassed. I know that they are used to store music files, but that's about it. I kind of want one, but it would be no use for me. My internet connection is so terribly slow that I can't download music. Nad I'm already fed up with the music on my CD's. And wasn't there something about copying your own CD's over to your player/your computer being made illegal?


Catherine  - Jan 11, 2006 1:59 pm (#2967 of 2980)

Catherine, did you need to be congratulated on your new job as cowpoke? It is a good thing, right?—Chemyst

It is a good thing, thanks, Chemyst.

It was a difficult situation--a long-timer resigned over the weekend, and I was hired Sunday night. I teach four composition classes in a row to (mostly) freshmen. My preparation and delivery were not optimal on Monday, but I think today went much better.

The herd didn't get culled, sadly. In fact, my afternoon classes had several added students. I'm going to be spending a lot of time grading papers. EEK!

What's this about Loopy Lupin deleting Denise's email? ** hears the ominous background music ** I thought it was just my posts that he skimmed.

EDIT: As Chemyst referred to my new job as "cowpoke," I decided to "Google" cattle prods, just to see what they look like. Amazing, one can buy a basic model for under $60. Who knew?

Now, if they only made them to match my outfits....


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 11, 2006 2:23 pm (#2968 of 2980)

I suggest you start branding them, Catherine. That's bound to result in a few drops.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 11, 2006 2:40 pm (#2969 of 2980)

What's this about Loopy Lupin deleting Denise's email? ** hears the ominous background music ** I thought it was just my posts that he skimmed. – Catherine

I resent that accusation!! How dare you!! So, anyway, what's new with you Catherine? How goes the job hunt?


Tazzygirl - Jan 11, 2006 6:13 pm (#2970 of 2980)

Ydnam96- I have an iPod shuffle, and I really like it. As I am not a computer person, it was relatively easy to figure out how to download your CDs to your computer and then to the iPod. What I like even more is if you have a problem with the iPod, the staff at the Apple Stores are very helpful. (My dad messed his iPod up, not sure how, but the staff corrected it!) There are cheaper Mp3s out there, so I guess it just depends on really how much you want to spend...

Ok, off to class...



Finn BV - Jan 11, 2006 7:29 pm (#2971 of 2980)

Eponine, I watched the Holy Grail the other day, and thought of you.

I don't have an iPod, and I don't really feel the need for one. Of course, if I was given one, I surely wouldn't throw it out the window, but I don't listen to music incessantly that I need to have such a convenience. I run a lot, as you all know, and I find that music distracts me, and will only make me run to the beat, which of course, if it's a slow song, ain't that good!! I basically only have time to listen to music at night, when the light's out and I'm done for the day.

Off to finish an article for my school newspaper that's due in half an hour! Ahhh!


Stephanie M. - Jan 11, 2006 10:07 pm (#2972 of 2980)

I never used to listen to music incessantly, but then I got an iPod and I have started to listen to all different types of music. (Plus, Muggle and Potter Casts) I only really listen to my iPod when I'm traveling to and from school. Otherwise I'll just listen to music on my computer.

Whenever I swim, I get a really fast passed song, or I will speed up a song and sing it to myself in my head. But it only really works during work outs or long distance races. I don't have enough time to remember to get a song stuck in my head before I swim short distances. Maybe it will work better next year when I swim the 100 Fly.

I've never seen the Holy Grail... That is something that I would really like to see though.

Have a great night/morning everyone!


Snuffles - Jan 12, 2006 1:56 am (#2973 of 2980)

I don't have an ipod so I can't comment. My friend does though and she loves it, although she doesn't do any exercise and travels everywhere by car so I'm not sure when she uses it, as the stereo is used in the house or the radio in the car!!

While travelling to work this morning in slow moving heavy traffic, I suddenly felt I was going to sneeze. I always seem to sneeze 3 or 4 times in a row and was worried the car in front would need to break and if I was in the middle of my sneeze fest I would bump into it. I pondered on whether to start tapping my head as recommended by Steve N but as everyone in the surrounding cars would see me and think I had a problem as I was smacking myself, I finally decided to sneeze and see what happens. Well I sneezed 3 times, no cars braked and I made it to work in one piece!! Phew!! at 7.55am, my brain isn't functioning well enough for such dilemmas.

We are celebrating my daughter’s 3rd birthday on Saturday. We are taking her ice skating which should be fun(!!). As neither her or my husband have been before, I think one of them is bound to come home with bruised knees. Personally I think Olivia would be the most brave out of the pair!!. With only 3 weeks gone since Christmas, and the house already bursting with her presents, I hope most of our family have taken the hint and got her vouchers so she can spend them when she needs something. I wouldn't bet on it though!

Hope everyone has a good Thursday.



Good Evans - Jan 12, 2006 3:49 am (#2974 of 2980)

Hi all - Im back, had a great time, waved to Lina and Kate as we flew over Croatia (well it was a bit of a calculated guess but I am sure we were over the right country!!!)

Luxor was having a heat wave, up to 90 every day when it should have been about 74 - it was great and meant a lot of time in and around the pool. Celebrities spotted = 2 (Richard Geere and Simon Cowell) three bags taken - two returned to Gatwick!! hope to get the other one in a day or two when it turns up!!!!

anyway pleased to be back - will be in the chat room at some point this evening I suspect, got to go to a meeting for work this afternoon. I have read some of the chat thread but skipped to the end when ther was still 100 messages to read!!! happy days to all who celebrated!!

Whats all this cold weather about? freezing fog here this morning - yuck!!!

speak later



Shamrock - Jan 12, 2006 3:54 am (#2975 of 2980)

Might be a bit late in replying to the Ipod query but I do find if you’re a lover of music you should definitely get one. I’ve a relatively good mp3 on my mobile (cell) phone but would prefer one with a bigger memory. With a daily 5 hour commute to and from work I find 40 songs not enough. And I also agree with getting a mp3 rather than an ipod.

I can’t wait for the new "Reader" to come out though (it will do to books what the Ipod has done for music)

Oh by the way I’m new here. Hello to all!!


Lina - Jan 12, 2006 4:07 am (#2976 of 2980)

Well, I couldn't resist this: two Julies in a row...

Snuffles, happy birthday to Olivia! I'm sorry you didn't try the tapping thing, I was just wondering if it works when a person does it to herself/himself? Maybe you should have stopped one of the cars next to you and tell them: - Would you, please, tap me on my head?

Good Evans, nice to see you back! Looking forward to meet you in the evening!

Hello, Shamrock!

Talking about i-pods, we use our one a lot in the car, we just tune the radio to play the i-pod.


Marie E. - Jan 12, 2006 6:29 am (#2977 of 2980)

Welcome back, Mike! I completely understand about life getting in the way of things. I've had meetings every day after work all week. It seems like I haven't slowed down since I woke up Monday morning.

Shayla's school choir sang at a Martin Luther King, Jr. event yesterday. I couldn't go but Mr. E attended. He said she did great, except for a little bit during "This Little Light of Mine" when everyone was clapping and swaying side to side. Shayla got offbeat and was the only one swaying in the opposite direction. It's going to air on a cable access channel this Saturday, but Mr. E wasn't sure what time.

I had asked Lexie's teacher about possible testing for ADD/ADHD, mostly because first grade is when all Shayla's troubles started and I wanted to be proactive about it this time. She said that she's noticed some things ("zoning out", talking to neighbors) but that she's able to stay on top of it all. Instead of testing, the teacher is just going to do a Child Study, which is basically just a note for Lexie's file saying "this is what I observed and this is what I did for it". I thought that was a good idea, just in case it got worse next year or something. I still have a lot of trouble with Lexie at her Girl Scout meetings (acting out, being silly, not sitting still), but I wonder if it has more to do with fact that her Mommy is the leader.

It's been warmish here and windy, but they're predicting snow for tonight. It was 61 F yesterday.


Springtime - Jan 12, 2006 8:01 am (#2978 of 2980)

Good Morning!

happy birthday Olivia! have a great party on Sat.

Have a great day.


Madam Pince - Jan 12, 2006 8:35 am (#2979 of 2980)

Welcome back, Mike Miller! ***waves furiously*** I was wondering where you'd got to! We've missed you! Mr. Pince had a slow year hunting this season, too; did OK, but not as well as some other years.

Tazzy, I'm sooo sorry to hear about your car woes again! Such a bummer. And Springtime too?! What a shame. Hope they all get fixed up soon.

Welcome, Shamrock! Hope you find lots of fun threads and theories and stuff!

***Wishes azi a better day today!!!***

# ***Is envious of Mills' antique book peek (Poe attended Loopy Lupin's and my alma mater, didja know?! Briefly, but still...) and is also envious of the Hawaii academic setting, Good Evans' recent holiday, Mrs. Sirius' time of peace and quiet, hmmmmmm.... what else?***

***Is still giggling at the idea of Mr P. with a kid or so attached to both arms and legs, and at Snuffles sitting in traffic patting herself on the head***

I'm with you, Finn, I don't listen to music all that much because for some reason I find it distracting. But I can have a TV on in the background with no problem whatsoever, which makes absolutely no sense. I guess it's all in what you grew up with. We lived in the mountains 'way out in the country and could only get two or three radio stations when I was a kid, so I wasn't very into music even then. And I am sooooo out of the loop when it comes to discussions about iPods, mp3 players, satellite radio, etc. I'm not even entirely sure what they do. We still played our Julie Andrews and Perry Como Christmas albums on LP records this year! Of course, if I'd had them on CD....

edit: Hey, got the last post! Is that a good thing or a bad thing? ***waves at Kip too***


Kip Carter - Jan 12, 2006 8:36 am (#2980 of 2980)

I have closed out this thread. I will leave it here for an undetermined amount of time to give those who could possibly be interested in what has happened since this thread was created. Just think 2,980 posts in 135 days, way down from the previous 2,963 posts in 87 days; however that thread began June 6, 2005, and included the release period of Book Six, which should explain those figures. I hope everyone enjoyed having this thread available.

The new thread is #9 Chat and Greeting Thread for Members. Have fun and enjoy the Forums!
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- Chat and Greeting Thread #9 (12 Jan 06 to 12 May 06)

Edited May 27, 2006 6:51 am

This thread is established 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 ninth 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. The seventh -- Chat and Greeting Thread (6 Jun 05 to 31 Aug 05) had 2967 when closed down August 31, 2005. The eighth -- Chat and Greeting Thread (31 Aug 05 to 12 Jan 06) had 2980 when closed down January 12, 2006. Eventually the eighth thread will join the first seven threads in the = Archived Discussion Between Members Group Folder!


Snuffles - Jan 12, 2006 8:45 am (#1 of 2983)

Nothing much to say, but "I got the first post, I got the first post!!"



azi - Jan 12, 2006 8:49 am (#2 of 2983)

Awww, I was planning on getting the first post but resisted...

Hope your daughter has a cool birthday Snuffles! (I think she looks so cute in your avatar as well, by the way!)

I feel much better today!

Had something else to say but have forgotten.

Have a great day everybody!


mike miller - Jan 12, 2006 9:05 am (#3 of 2983)

Welcome Shamrock! Wow! what a killer commute you have. It makes me appreciate my 45 minute drive through the countryside.

Hey Madame Pince!! **waves furiously** How's everything on the Eastern Shore? I hope you had a wonderfull Holiday. I'm sure little Pince is completely taken in by Santa and all of the Holiday pomp and circumstance.

My Dumbledore wand arrived yesterday from Noble Collections (very nice). I already have Harry's wand and since Santa didn't put Dumbledore's in my stocking I had to take matters into my own hands. They have really expanded their wand assortment (Snape, Sirius, Draco and the Triwizard Champions) beyond our three heros.

It looks like I'll need to order Hermione's earlier than I thought. My daughter is turning 11 in six weeks. After seeing my new Dumbledore wand has made it quite clear that she wants Hermione's wand for her birthday. I already have a Hogwarts letter addressed to her to hide in the mailbox on her birthday, so I guess the wand can help round things out from a Potter perspective.

Off to check a couple of threads...


haymoni - Jan 12, 2006 9:09 am (#4 of 2983)

Do these wand makers work with JKR on these?

Alivan's makes them and Noble - anybody else?


Ydnam96 - Jan 12, 2006 9:39 am (#5 of 2983)

Thanks for all the info on the iPods. I'll have to go look around this weekend and see what I can find.

Is it only Thursday? Man, I'm tired. Can't wait for the weekend!


haymoni - Jan 12, 2006 9:55 am (#6 of 2983)

Today has just been crazy. I thought it was going to be a really great day. We are having our quarterly luncheon - we are ordering Chinese - I am in my glory.

I am wearing my $80 outfit that I got for $8 (Reduced down to $33 and I had a $25 gift card - Merry Christmas to me!) and my suede boots that I got for $5 - yes, $5 - (Clearance rack last July). I was feeling pretty good this morning!

And then I started my car.

I have a chirping noise - it sounds like there are a bunch of crickets or birds or mice under the hood of my car. I took it to the dealer and I was going to rent a car for $15 so I could get to work.

The customer service rep took my license and insurance info to process everything, while I sat and watched "The Today Show" on their TV. He came back a few minutes later and informed me that my license had expired - back in August!!! (Must have been the shock from buying those boots.) Anyway, now he can't rent the car to me.

I had to call Hubby, who had to leave work on the first day of his new promotion - not good! On the way, the shop called and said that it would be $375 for a new cam sensor - parts & labor.

I am within the 6 month limit on my license, so I didn't have to take a test or anything, but it cost me $24 for the license.

Fortunately, the Chinese food will be arriving any minute.

Cam sensor and driver's license - $400

Extra MSG - priceless!


CatherineHermiona - Jan 12, 2006 9:56 am (#7 of 2983)

I ate Turkish Delight... I hate Turkish Delight... My sister says it is like usual Jelly Bean. I say "Washed with soap."

I met only 5 Leos, all so different. Three of them are on this forum and other two are two Marijas in our class. Did you know Daniel Radcliff is also Leo? Born 23.7.1990.? My friend told me because she has birthday same day.

I personally like Capricorns the most. We have the most Capricorns in our class... five of them. Me (30.12.), Amy (10.1.), Ivan (11.1.), Matko (26.12.). I'm pretty sure there is one more... Oh, well...

Well, I got a phone call yesterday from Melanie. I was talking about her few months ago. She came from Germany this summer and stayed for few weeks in our school and then moved to Zagreb. In that few weeks we became really good friends and together with Miriam and Martina created a group called Die Super Omas. I haven't heard from her since she moved to Zagreb. I was so happy to hear from her! If only it was a bit earlier... I went to Zagreb this week.

I went to see TLTWTW in Zagreb. It was great. Eight of us went. We hardly found seats. Then I saw your cousin crying after the movie. I asked if it is because of the movie and she said "No, it's because I'm going home now and I won't see you anymore." We told her we have a dinner at home and that she is going too. But that is for short and she was right, we didn't see her after it.



Elanor - Jan 12, 2006 10:06 am (#8 of 2983)

Hello everybody! I've been reading this thread those last days without finding the time to post something here. Well, I did chat a lot, but it was in the chatroom!

So, I'm just popping in to wish you all a great day! Glad to see some members back and welcome to the new ones too! **sending cheering charms to Haymoni and everyone else needing some as well!**


mike miller - Jan 12, 2006 10:58 am (#9 of 2983)

Haymoni - What you just experienced is what we in sales call a "low base". It should be easy for things to "go up" from here. Please pass the moo shoo chicken and the lo mein.

The Noble Collection wands are authorized replicas that match the wands used in PoA and GoF. They also carry Lord of the Rings items as well as HP. Alivans are wizard wands with no direct link to Harry Potter. I have 2 Noble Collection wands now and I am thoroughly please. They're about $36 including shipping which is only 2 to 3 days. A limited number of replica wands (1,000 to 1,500) were given out at Japanese premiers for SS and CoS and they occasionally show up on eBay. Ron's wand is particularily interesting in that it's wrapped in Spell-o-tape.


azi - Jan 12, 2006 11:04 am (#10 of 2983)

Wow, I love LOTR items! I have a character portfolio art thing with really lovely pictures and a film cell and lots more! Methinks I'm heading over to the site!

Haymoni - I hope your day gets a lot better (and quickly!)!

I remembered what I couldn't remember earlier - welcome Shamrock! I love your name! Hope you enjoy the forum!


Tazzygirl - Jan 12, 2006 11:14 am (#11 of 2983)

Welcome to all the new members!

Haymoni- Sorry about your car problems (I guess that makes it three people on here who are having car problems- me, you, and Springtime). I just passed $330 to my mechanic for the brakes, and then on Monday I get to spend another couple hundred for new tires and getting the control arms done... grrrr... I think after that, my car will be somewhat problem free. :crosses fingers:

Welcome back Good Evans! You sound like you had a fun time! (Still really jealous!)

Have to go to school now...

Hope everyone has a good day/ night!



haymoni - Jan 12, 2006 11:19 am (#12 of 2983)

I just had my General Tao's Chicken - I had to save the rice for tomorrow - it was all good!

My fortune was completely wrong by saying that I was conservative and practical and even our game of saying "in bed" afterwards didn't help, but the MSG is making me feel much better!

Thanks all!


Madam Pince - Jan 12, 2006 11:44 am (#13 of 2983)

Ack! What is it about Forum members' cars lately??? I'm afraid to go out and start mine now!

For what it's worth, I have the Noble Collection version of Hermione's wand, and it is excellent! It arrived in such a cool box, just exactly like the ones in Ollivander's from the first movie. The only time (that I'm aware of, anyway) that you can see Hermione's wand very well is in the scene in PoA where she is threatening Draco on the hillside above Hagrid's cabin just before Buckbeak's "execution" -- there's a good close-up of the wand at Draco's throat, and it looks exactly like the one I got from Noble's. So anyway, I second Mike's recommendation -- they're great!

I thought Dan Radcliffe's birthday was the same as Harry's -- July 31st? Maybe not...

#***Is not even going to ask what Haymoni's correct fortune would've been if playing the "game."***


Finn BV - Jan 12, 2006 2:18 pm (#14 of 2983)

Come on guys, we've been bad chatters lately! CHAT!

Welcome Shamrock and all other new members!

Happy Birthday to Olivia!

Welcome back Julie, glad you had a good time in Luxor, and Lina and Kate, from Zagreb!

Sorry about everyone's car woes. I'm with Madam P -- going out to check the hoods of our cars.

It's Thursday! Hooray! I thought that yesterday was Tuesday, so I'm really happy because I'm a day behind myself!

I was going to say something else but I can't think of it.... hmm. Later all!


haymoni - Jan 12, 2006 2:24 pm (#15 of 2983)

I hope some of our newbies feel comfortable enough to join in on the chatting.

Quite a few of you have posted on the "Tell about yourself" thread.

We aren't allowed to respond to your posts on THAT thread, so come on over and jump right in!

I'm thinking of Mike Myers' Coffee Talk character on Saturday Night Live - "I'll give you a topic...talk amongst yourselves!"


Catherine - Jan 12, 2006 2:33 pm (#16 of 2983)

I'm thinking of Mike Myers' Coffee Talk character on Saturday Night Live - "I'll give you a topic...talk amongst yourselves!" –Haymoni

I'm getting a little verklempt just thinking about it.


Denise P. - Jan 12, 2006 2:36 pm (#17 of 2983)

A Chix Stick contains neither chicken nor a stick....discuss.


Finn BV - Jan 12, 2006 3:00 pm (#18 of 2983)

If I knew what Chix Stix were, I'd heartily jump right in. However, I can say I'd eat it since it doesn't have chicken! And I'm a vegetarian. Discuss.

PS I suppose the new members should feel this thread is less daunting at first, considering we've just "started over" to 0 posts… but we're already up to 18 in 6.5 hours! Hmm…


Denise P. - Jan 12, 2006 3:18 pm (#19 of 2983)

Whoops....I had it wrong...It was Chick-O-Stick. It is a candy that is crunchy peanut butter and toasted coconut. No chicken or sticks in it at all. I always liked this candy.


boop - Jan 12, 2006 3:22 pm (#20 of 2983)

Welcome all new members!!

Haymoni, sorry about your bad luck today.

Mike, I bet your wands are really nice. I just have one question to ask. Do your wands really work? I have a wand from Alivans and it doesn't work.

Hi Everybody!!!

hugs always



The giant squid - Jan 12, 2006 3:26 pm (#21 of 2983)

I don't think there's any crocodile in a Chocodile either...it's jsut a chocolate-covered Twinkie. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

Snuffles, I have a feeling Olivia will be just fine on her first ice-skating trip. After all, young kids don't have as far to fall.

((hugs boop))



Stephanie M. - Jan 12, 2006 3:36 pm (#22 of 2983)

Welcome to all of the new members!

I've never heard of Chick O Stick. It sounds pretty yummy. I've also never heard of Chocodile, and I hope there is no crocodiles in the chocolate!

Finn, I also thought that yesterday was Tuesday! During lunch one of my friends said, "So I'm going home with you tomorrow, right?" and I said, "No, you are coming home with me on Friday, not tomorrow." Then she responded by saying, "Um, Steph, tomorrow is Friday." Then I proceeded to be really happy that it was Thursday instead of Wednesday.

So yay! One more day of school until the weekend!

Happy Thursday everyone!


azi - Jan 12, 2006 3:40 pm (#23 of 2983)

Woohoo, lots of posts already!

I too am a vegetarian, but I couldn't eat said Chick O' Sticks because I'm allergic to peanuts.

What are twinkies?

I'm really fancying ice skating now...


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 12, 2006 3:55 pm (#24 of 2983)

Madam Pince, perhaps you were confusing Daniel Radcliffe with JKR? JKR and Harry have the same birthday.

I'm not sure I sympathize with those having car problems or should shout out, "I got that beat. I got that beat."   ***looks around for other Jaws fans***   My car was the victim of a hit and run the week before Christmas.   ***tear***   Next week will be its fourth week away from home. I kid you not. I've had to do my grocery shopping with my husband's Wrangler. Just try fitting a week's worth of groceries for a family of 4 in that thing. Try, I tell ya!

Somebody on this forum, I'll try not to name names (DENISE), got me hooked on Qwyzzle. I've been stuck on Level 28 for 24 hours. Where's a nice, relaxing game of Sudoku when you need it?


Detail Seeker - Jan 12, 2006 4:37 pm (#25 of 2983)

Oh, Julie (Good Evans) - egyptian airports/airlines really seem to be luggage sinks. Three years ago, they sent my luggage quite far around the world. When flying to Egypt, the plane was just 23 hours late in taking off, so Egypt and flying there is quite an interesting memory....


B]Ydnam96[/B] - Jan 12, 2006 5:05 pm (#26 of 2983)

Ohhh...stressful day at work. Ever have one of those days where you would like to just go hit a co-worker (sorry if this is not family friendly, I am not condoning violence)? Today was one of those for me.

But, after work I went out and bought an iPod Shuffle with all the corresponding gadgets for it. Now I'm going to work out. Then I get to try and figure all the iPod stuff out.

At least my car is doing okay (gosh, I shouldn't have said that. eeeeek). I'm sorry for those of you who have car problems. I know how horrible that makes me feel. Hopefuly they get resolved quickly and cheaply.

Off to burn off some stress.


Viola Intonada - Jan 12, 2006 5:35 pm (#27 of 2983)

Oooo, I love Chick-O-Sticks, but they are very hard to find. I just might have to track a few done. hmmmm....

Marie, don't worry about your daughter acting out at Girl Scouts. My daughter does the same thing. I've been reassurred by all of her teachers that she is very well behaved in school. This year (my third year of being troop leader) she is finally starting to settle down and not act out during meetings. Almost every troop leader I know has the same problem with their daughters, so don't worry.

All of my car repair woes happened right before Thanksgiving. So (knock on wood) it should be fine for a while.....


Tazzygirl - Jan 12, 2006 6:06 pm (#28 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to Olivia! I meant to post that this morning, but I forgot. sorry!

I have not had my car for a year yet and it is already costing me twice what it is worth... I'm taking it as a learning experience.

L is L. Natch- I'm sorry about your car dilemma! My dad has a Wrangler also and I know exactly what you are talking about! Hope you get your car back soon!



Madam Pince - Jan 12, 2006 7:48 pm (#29 of 2983)

***Obediently discusses Chick-O-Sticks***

Hmmmmm....never heard of them. But they sound similar to a candy called Chicken Bones, which our third-grade teacher used to give us for doing something outstanding in school, and which I had totally forgotten about until I saw them recently in a catalog called "Vermont Country Store", which carries lots of old-timey things you'd have thought were extinct but apparently aren't. Then I had one of those moments: "Chicken Bones!!! Oh my gosh, Chicken Bones!!! I remember those! I loved those!"

Any Lost fans out there? Sooooo.... what was that black smoky stuff??? And is Eko cool or what? I really like his character! And... somehow I have this sinking feeling that the person typing "Dad?" isn't really Walt... Ooooo, it's just so addictive!

Ummm... yeah, I knew JKR's birthday was July 31st, but for some odd reason I thought Dan Radcliffe's was too, but I am definitely wrong. Maybe what stuck in my brain was just that it was neat that he was close to Harry's birthday or something.... who knows. There's certainly enough odd stuff stuck up there in my brain that it's no wonder I get mixed up! I'm amazed that I can remember my own birthday sometimes. Once I sent my Aunt Irene a birthday card in June, because I looked at my June calendar and saw my Aunt June's birthday noted, and the way I wrote "Ju" in June looked remarkably like the way I write the "Ire" in Irene. Aunt Irene was quite pleasantly surprised to receive those early birthday greetings, since her birthday is actually in January. (Which reminds me -- I need to send her a card......)

See what I mean???


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 12, 2006 8:14 pm (#30 of 2983)

Congrats, Snuffles, for being the first poster on this thread. I'm one of the lucky nine, also. I want to be the first to do it twice, but it seems I've missed another chance.


Finn BV - Jan 12, 2006 8:15 pm (#31 of 2983)

LOL – Madam Pince, you told us the Irene/June story before!

Congrats on the iPod, Mandy.

I don't watch TV, but does anybody watch Beauty and the Geek on WB? My math teacher's friend is on it – Tyson, the asian guy who does Rubik's Cube. My math teacher's also a Cuber, as they say, so it was really cool. I watched the show tonight and saw this guy who I indirectly know, on TV! It was a fun moment! Good night everybody!

Edit: Vlad, I am another lucky one. Yay us!

Edit again: Kip, you know you have to update the link and the post count for the most recent chat thread, right? Just reminding…


haymoni - Jan 12, 2006 8:28 pm (#32 of 2983)

Ah the horrid day is almost over.

My car is home and all is right with the world.

Now I have to get up tomorrow and do it all over again.

I think we are all messed up on our days because we've had short weeks with the holidays. Now we are back to our regular routines and we can't figure out what day it is.

I for one am very, very glad tomorrow is Friday. Mostly because it is also Pay Day.

Egad! I just realized that it is Friday the 13th! My lucky day!


kaykay1970 - Jan 12, 2006 10:10 pm (#33 of 2983)

Finn-During a season of Survivor my sister made me cheer for a particular contestant because he was the principle at her childrens' school. I didn't know him at all but it was just more fun to watch knowing that my sister did. Oh yeah and a girl from my town recorded a single with Kenny Rogers! I guess that's pretty neat. Her Mom is my 8 year old daughter's teacher. I am ashamed to admit that I have never even heard the song.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 12, 2006 10:14 pm (#34 of 2983)

Horrid car story? Well, I'm glad 2005 is over. One day not too long ago, I awoke on the bad side of luck. I was chaperoning the 2nd grade field trip for my the kids. I was horribly distracted by other events, and was in a rush to get back home. Backing out of the parking spot at the school, I hit a light pole. It made a hideous noise and left huge black tar marks and lots of denting. Ughh.

The rest of the day was just as bad. On the way home from the supermarket, I decided that the day was just so incredibly horrible, absolutely no good, that something radically different had to be at the end, so I bought a lottery ticket, which I usually never buy. Leaving that store I was backing out of the parking spot and, you guessed it, bang I hit the light pole!!!!

Never heard of Chick-o-Stick


Denise P. - Jan 12, 2006 10:22 pm (#35 of 2983)

Gretchen, from the first Survivor, is the local morning DJ on the radio station I listen to. The Survivor season in the Pearl Islands had Ryan Shoulders. His mom was my Ryan's second grade teacher.


Tazzygirl - Jan 12, 2006 11:38 pm (#36 of 2983)

I've heard of Chic-o-stick, but have never tasted them. They look kind of gross. But if I do see one now, I might just give it a try!

My 2005 car troubles all started right after I totaled my first car (was not my fault!), which in turn made me lead me to my current car... (I think I told you all this several weeks or months ago. hmmmmm...) Anyways...

Madame Pince- I am a HUGE Lost fan- partly because it is filmed on the other side of my island, partly because I saw two of the characters outside a movie theater (Dominic Monaghan and Evangeline Lily), partly because they almost filmed a scene for next season at my house and partly because you get really addicted to it. I recorded Wednesday's show, but haven't been able to watch it yet, but when I do, We can have a lengthy conversation in white print so as not to spoil it for those who are several episodes behind!

I am soooo tired! I've recovered from my surgery really well, but I am not supposed to be doing a lot of strenuous stuff or lifting for about two more weeks. Ever since I have arrived back in Hawaii, it has been none stop running about and watching the kiddies. It is definitely taking a toll on me!

Hope everyone has a good night/ day!



Solitaire - Jan 13, 2006 12:04 am (#37 of 2983)

A few weeks ago, I saw chick-o-sticks with the other hard candy at the Dollar Store down the road. If you really like 'em, you might check it out. Perhaps all Dollar Stores carry them.



Madam Poppy - Jan 13, 2006 12:20 am (#38 of 2983) Reply
Edited by Jan 12, 2006 11:24 pm

Tazzygirl, when you watch The latest episode of Lost, be sure and use "slo-mo" on the "monster" . Hidden things become visible!

Hello again. It's been awhile since I've popped in. I am scheduled to have another surgery on my left shoulder on Jan. 30th. The shoulder has "frozen". It has been a long year since my work injury on March 3rd, 2005. I've had lots of pain, lots and lots of physical therapy, and way too much of being on "light duty", (which means standing at the door and greeting customers) Ten more days of light duty! After this corrective surgery and recovery time, I will look for another job.
I received a SanDisk MP3 player for Christmas and am trying to figure out how to transfer my CD Potter books to the 512MB SD disks. My son was down from Alaska and added some new programs to my computer that might help. If anyone has any advice, I'd appreciate the help. Thanks, Poppy


Essidji - Jan 13, 2006 4:33 am (#39 of 2983)


No, I am not forgetting you, I just got the feeling days are getting shorter and shorter at this time...


The giant squid - Jan 13, 2006 4:39 am (#40 of 2983)

What are twinkies?—azi

Go to www.twinkies.com for the full explanation. Basically, they're an angel food-like cake with a cream filling. They are greasy, sugary, totally devoid of any nutrition whatsoever, and scrumptiously good. Twinkies are also supposed to half extremely long shelf-lives, to the point where some joke that they have actually a "half-life" Strangely, Chocodiles are not listed on the website though Hostess' many other products are.



Shamrock - Jan 13, 2006 5:15 am (#41 of 2983)

Morning all. Sorry to hear about everyone’s car trouble/ bad days. I don’t know how to drive yet hence I don’t own a car to have the trouble. But I’m glad to say my 2006 new years resolution was to get some lessons (mind you it was also the 2005 and 2004 resolution but this year is going to be the year. My day is going pretty well, got all the little jobs out of the way before 11:30am (not so bad at all). And it’s half over too - woohoo.

Just to keep with yesterday’s discussion - Never heard of chick-o-sticks before and I tried twinkie once when I was holidaying in Florida (yuck yuck yuck)

Well I’m going to try and catch up on some the threads (it’s going to take me ages to read them all) so have a good one everyone (hopefully you'll have a car trouble free Friday the 13th)


Lina - Jan 13, 2006 6:05 am (#42 of 2983)

Finn BV: LOL – Madam Pince, you told us the Irene/June story before!
That would show that you are becoming quite an old member, but not old enough to enjoy listening to the same story over and over again...

I think that the subject of Twinkies has also been brought up on this thread some time ago, but, as you see, it seems to be necessary to discuss it more. There are always new members who haven't been on the site yet...

Haymony, I hope your period of the bad luck is over. And my sympathy to all the members with car problems. Sending some "Reparo" charms hoping that the things will be settled soon. Unfortunately, I haven't heard of the "Consider the bills payed" charm yet. I have a semiclever semiautomatic car. I have to turn it on, and it turns off at the time it finds appropriate. Sometimes it happens when the parking is done, that is the time when the car is clever. (this I probably mentioned before too...)

Hello, Madam Poppy, nice to see you around! Some healing charms your way, hoping that the things will get much better after the surgery. And a very good luck in finding the new job!

I spent all this week feeling (read: hoping) that it is Friday. But finally, it is Friday today!


Marie E. - Jan 13, 2006 6:38 am (#43 of 2983)

Best wishes on a quick recovery, Madam Poppy! We've missed you.

My husband LOVES Chick-o-Sticks. They are very hard to find this far west. When we're driving to Virginia we usually start to see them regularly around Indiana or Kentucky. The taste reminds me of a Butterfinger candy bar without the chocolate.

I am having a kindergarten information meeting for the preschool parents next week. There are several families who have been asking me about our program. I have the feeling I should appreciate my small class (seven students) while I have it. It seems so early to be thinking about next school year. I heard the school district just to the north of us changed their kindergarten cut-off date to October 1. That seems so late to me, especially since school starts in the middle of August around here. I personally think it should be changed to September 1, and not just because that the starting date for Hogwarts. Chat & Greetings 2006 464751818


mike miller - Jan 13, 2006 6:58 am (#44 of 2983)

Betty - Neither of my wands seem to work either, I've tried them at work and at home to no avail. I'm not sure if there is an issue with the wand or the user. After all I'm not a fully qualified wizard and since Ollivander has gone into hiding there no real way to have the wand checked. LOL ;-)

Squid Mike - I grew up on Twinkies! My lunch box always had one twinkie inside. The "Crocodile" version is new; but, I've heard of the old standby deep fried twinkie and it's cousin deep fried Snicker bar (usually found at county and state fairs).

Madame Pince - I'm so hooked on Lost, it's the only network show I watch aside from sports. They almost "lost" me last season because they were going too slow. I'll have to tape next week’s episode so I can use the "slo mo" option if we see it again.

Madam Poppy - Good to hear from you again and I hope your surgery goes well. Having had my knee rebuilt, I can relate to PT. It only took me about 2 visits to realize that you take your pain medication about 30 minutes before PT.


Denise P. - Jan 13, 2006 7:06 am (#45 of 2983)

I will put a link in my profile to a Lost website that has screen captures of the monster. I have my small moment of fame since I am the "SWLS user sent in this translation and note" Just scroll down a bit to see the screen captures and translation of a scene.


Springtime - Jan 13, 2006 7:39 am (#46 of 2983)

good morning everyone! Wow alot of posts to read this morning. I am not new . . . mind you some of you may think so. I am just an old member coming back. I have not been posting regular since the summer. I have been busy with other stuff. But I do see alot of new names and I would like to welcome any one who has joined since Aug. I hope to get to know of the new people just like I know boop, snuffles and a few others.

BTW Snuffles D Kitty says hi, and hopes to meet up with you in chat room soon. Kitty is my daughter who is also a member of this site but has been busy with school.

Happy Birthday Olivia

Hey Friday the 13th!!! Have a great day


haymoni - Jan 13, 2006 7:59 am (#47 of 2983)

Marie - some of the schools around me changed their cut-off dates to August 1. Your child must be 5 before August 1 in order to go to kindergarten.

They say kindergarten isn't what it used to be and children aren't prepared - especially those who haven't been to some sort of pre-school class. I believe those that changed also had all day kindergarten.

Parents can appeal, as every child is different, but there were a few surprised parents this year who thought their little ones were set.


Solitaire - Jan 13, 2006 8:02 am (#48 of 2983)

Marie, the next time I go to the Dollar Store, if see Chick-o-sticks, I will grab some for you! LOL

Well, we are on a three-hour fog delay, just like last Friday. I do not mind, especially ... but I hate to have to stay late on Friday. Last week, the drive home on Friday night was so scary! I should have left immediately after the buses pulled out, but I tried to get some grading and lesson planning done. Within about 20 minutes, I could not see my car 50 feet away in the parking lot!

I quickly threw everything into my cart, raced to my car, and headed home. I could only see about one divider line in front of my car. Visibility was about 10 feet--which, for driving, might as well be zero. It reminded me of what it would be like to walk with a paper bag over my head, so I could only see about one step in front of me. It took me at least an hour to get home, as opposed to the 15 minutes it usually takes in the evenings.

Hm ... perhaps I'd better work on lesson plans instead of posting on the forum! Chat & Greetings 2006 1003735042



azi - Jan 13, 2006 8:42 am (#49 of 2983)

Ahhh, Friday 13th. It is also my Grandma's birthday! I think she's 86 this year.

Hope everyone's car troubles will disappear like magic!

Thanks for the info. on twinkies Mike!

I went shopping today. Bought a calandar (alas, no LOTR ones left) and some pencils made out of recycled plastic cups (got very excited with those...)

Horrible weather, cold and gloomy along with starting to go dark around 2pm. Not nice.

Hope everyone has a lovely Friday!


haymoni - Jan 13, 2006 9:15 am (#50 of 2983)

I meant to say this earlier, but I looked at the scans of JKR in the Tatler article.

She looks beautiful!!

I mean, she was always attractive, but I wanna be airbrushed like that!!!
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Ydnam96 - Jan 13, 2006 10:53 am (#51 of 2983)

Thanks Denise for posting that link, I'm gonna check that out. I taped Lost but when I try to pause and look at the smoke slowly it just gets fuzzy. I don't have cable or anything, just broadcast tv and an antenna so the quality of my tv isn't so great.

Oh, pencils made out of recycled cups? That's kind of cool. Are they green? (Don't know why they would be but that is the mental picture I have).


azi - Jan 13, 2006 11:03 am (#52 of 2983)

The pencils come in all sorts of colours, including green, but the only ones in the shop today were pink and blue.

Argh, I can't stop hiccoughing!


haymoni - Jan 13, 2006 11:06 am (#53 of 2983)


Did that work???


azi - Jan 13, 2006 11:08 am (#54 of 2983)

Unfortunately not, but thanks for trying!


Madam Pince - Jan 13, 2006 11:24 am (#55 of 2983)

LOL – Madam Pince, you told us the Irene/June story before!

See? I told you I was losing my mind! That's at least the second story that I've told you guys more than once. Well, they say one of the benefits of losing your memory is that you're constantly meeting new friends, and you can now re-read your old Agatha Christie books.

Another benefit is always meeting new friends!

Boop, my Hermione wand is very cool, but unfortunately it doesn't work either.

***Is very sorry about not recording Lost because I didn't see anything hidden in the monster!!! Arrrgh!!! Heading over to Denise's profile right now....***

Thanks for the heads up about Lost, Madam Poppy! And I hope your shoulder gets better soon -- I used to work in a PT clinic, and I know frozen shoulder is not fun - painful and often slow recovery. (I've probably said this before but the therapist told me a shoulder injury is the worst one you can get, which makes sense when you think about it because the shoulder joint moves in many more different ways that any of your other joints.) Anyway, hope you get better soon, and as Mike said -- there's better living through chemistry!

***Off to send Aunt Irene a card, and wishes to azi's grandma for good measure...***


Marè - Jan 13, 2006 12:00 pm (#56 of 2983)

And you can now re-read your old Agatha Christie books.[

Didn't we discuss that already too? It's okay, you can't discuss Agatha Christie's enough! My money is on the old Indian veteran colonel as the baddie!

Welcome back Essidji and Madam Poppy!


Madam Pince - Jan 13, 2006 12:51 pm (#57 of 2983)

OK, I checked out the Lost site, Denise (and thanks so much - now I'm addicted to that site and have that much more to clog my brain! Ha!) and I seriously cannot believe that I missed all that stuff in the monster! Wow! That was amazing! And it is so way cool that Denise can translate Arabic -- especially muttered whispered Arabic!

***Joins Shamrock in thinking that Twinkies are yuck-yuck-yuck***

There was something else I was going to say, but I forgot what it was...


Tazzygirl - Jan 13, 2006 12:51 pm (#58 of 2983)

Madame Poppy- Never heard of chick-o-sticks before and I tried twinkie once when I was holidaying in Florida (yuck yuck yuck).

What?? You don't like Twinkies??? How could you say that? They are the most addictingly nastiest stuff ever made!

Thanks for the Lost information! I can't wait to watch it! I think I will watch it tonight. I'll check Denise's website afterwards!!

Thanks for the car charms Lina! And the little dancing smiley for Friday is exactly how I feel!!!

Have a good day/ night everyone!!



Denise P. - Jan 13, 2006 3:23 pm (#59 of 2983)

Hee Denise can't translate it but Mr. Denise can thanks to the miracle of Tivo.


boop - Jan 13, 2006 3:27 pm (#60 of 2983)

Nice to see you Essidji and Poppy.

Mike and Madam Pince I guess we need to find a way to get to Hogwarts. That way we can learn how to use our wands. Surprised)

Have a nice weekend everyone.

hugs always



The giant squid - Jan 13, 2006 4:48 pm (#61 of 2983)

Aha...sounds like Mr. Denise got home just in time. Since i wasn't taping the episode I'm glad you had that link. Very cool, and very interesting...


((hugs boop))


haymoni - Jan 13, 2006 7:23 pm (#62 of 2983)

boop - you sound (read???) great. All is going well???


dizzy lizzy - Jan 13, 2006 7:35 pm (#63 of 2983)

Hi all!

The second season of Lost hasn't started here yet. I've only just managed to get the first season of Lost on DVD. So far all the advertising is pointing to a late February start of both Lost and Desperate Housewives .

I've been away this week, average temperature=40 deg cel (104 deg farenheit) and the air-conditioning at the motel broke down twice so I changed rooms twice in 4 days. I also suffered a mild case of heat stress and dehydration. I was trying so hard to drink enough liquids and stay cool. I obviously didn't do enough . And at that temperature there really isn't all that much you can do. At least after February it starts cooling down slightly.

I got a work car the week before Christmas and the Air-con in it was fantastic, at one stage I drove for about 30mins aimslessly around town just to stay in the nice cool car. It just wasn't my week at all!

Here's something funny for you. The town I do my remote area workload in relies on artesian water. The water comes out of the ground hot (approx 35-40 deg cel). So in summer the managers of the motel turn the hot water heaters off and allow the atersian water to cool off in the hot water tanks. As a result a "cold shower" can be obtained from the hot water tap (and even then it is on the hot side of lukwarm!).

There! now I can go read through some threads and do some washing!



Finn BV - Jan 13, 2006 7:37 pm (#64 of 2983)

Hope everyone has a great weekend! We have Martin Luther King, Jr. Day off Monday, so extra-long for me! Yippee!


haymoni - Jan 13, 2006 7:45 pm (#65 of 2983)

Me too, Finn! Lazy government worker that I am!

Of course the kids will be home so it's not EXACTLY a day off...


Tazzygirl - Jan 13, 2006 7:59 pm (#66 of 2983)

I get Monday off too, but since I don't have school anyways on Mondays, and I don't really have job, I pretty much have every Monday off. It kind of takes the whole holiday feeling away...

Wow Lizzy- 104 degrees huh? I thought it was miserable here! It is currently raining, temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity at about 95% (feels like it!). Not fun. It is sticky and yucky and all you want to really do is sleep.



Finn BV - Jan 13, 2006 8:12 pm (#67 of 2983)

Come on Tazzy, you have to plan classes for Monday, since every single holiday in the entire world falls on a Monday! That way you can really get a day off!


Stephanie M. - Jan 13, 2006 9:00 pm (#68 of 2983)

Have a good 3-day weekend to all who have one! And have a happy weekend to everyone who has to work in Monday!

(My mom doesn't get off, but she took today off and Monday off, so she has a mini vacation. She didn't take off during the Holidays because her office was too busy with some people leaving to go away.)


Amilia Smith - Jan 13, 2006 9:56 pm (#69 of 2983)

Yeah, it is raining here. Makes it fun to ride the bike home loaded up with groceries. Fortunately, thanks to this lovely forum, I can tell myself that at least it is not 104 degrees. And I haven't got a car to break down.

I have Monday off too. And the professor who teaches both my Tuesday and Wednesday classes is going to the American Library Association's midwinter conference, so I don't have class again till Thursday. :-)

I went to my Books and Media for Young Adults class for the first time last night. Guess what our assigned reading for Feb 16 is? And guess who I chose to do my Author Talk on? Couldn't believe she was still available by the time it was my turn to pick.



Madam Pince - Jan 13, 2006 10:12 pm (#70 of 2983)

I can tell myself that at least it is not 104 degrees. And I haven't got a car to break down. --Mills

Good for you, Mills! Now that is what I call "positive thinking!" You are bound to have good health all of your life due to low stress levels! ***High-fives on getting great assignments in Books and Media for Young Adults!!***

A little coffeeshop near here opened up recently, and our paper just did a feature article on it. Apparently they plan to have kiddie readings on Tuesdays and Thursdays just after lunch, for the kidlets to enjoy a story while Mom/Dad enjoys a cup of coffee, which just sounds so excellent. And further, they also plan to start an evening session one day a week of reading and discussing our favorite author and topic! Woo-hoo! How cool is that? Hope I can get away for some sessions!

Hope everyone has a great weekend, whether holiday-long or normal-sized! And here's some Temperate Weather Charms! ***///''''***/// (Betcha didn't know that's what a charm looked like...)


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 13, 2006 10:50 pm (#71 of 2983)

Oh, what a Friday 13th this was! My seven year old daughter informed my husband first thing this morning,

"you and mommy are the tooth fairy, I put my tooth under my pillow without telling you and she didn't take it)!!

waa. Before my son got dressed, he checked his fish from long-ago-Christmas, it was dead. What - - - -was that 2 weeks? My friend 's mother's funeral was scheduled for today which was sad enough. This little lady (4'11") was just so full of life. Happily, it was a nice celebration of her life.

Finn, you say yipee, I say waa waa. I was thinking of taking the kids to Westchester for a visit, maybe I'll drop my kids on you for a short visit. he he he

Welcome Essidji and Poppy. Ohhh surgery.. good luck.

Is it the rainy season in Hawaii already? It's pouring here and supposed to keep up all day tomorrow, this following a day when we had thick dense fog all day.


Madam Pince - Jan 13, 2006 10:54 pm (#72 of 2983)

So sorry you had such a bad day, Mrs. Sirius! Waaaaa indeed. At least you can console yourself that your daughter is a very clever little girl!

I am wondering about this thick dense fog... it seemed to be almost everywhere in Forum-Land today/yesterday, no matter where in the world you were! (We had it here too.) I'm hoping no Dementors are breeding!


Tazzygirl - Jan 14, 2006 2:34 am (#73 of 2983)

Mrs. Sirius- Winter is always rainy season in Hawaii. January through about March is the worst time to come because of all the rain. Cools things off though!

Oooooh! I just finished watching Lost and it was very interesting... I think I will check out Denise's website now... Next week's episode sounds exciting!!

Good night/ day!



Lina - Jan 14, 2006 2:39 am (#74 of 2983)

Congratulations Mills on the reading assignment! That's great!

Congratulations Madam Pince on the coffee shop, that's great too!

Sorry about the fish and any other inconvenience, Mrs. Sirius. But it is nice to know you have a clever girl there!

Shamrock! (I came here before Azi )


Tazzygirl - Jan 14, 2006 2:55 am (#75 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Shamrock!



CatherineHermiona - Jan 14, 2006 5:39 am (#76 of 2983)

Happy birthday, Shamrock! And welcome!



Springtime - Jan 14, 2006 6:49 am (#77 of 2983)

have a great day everyone


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 14, 2006 7:10 am (#78 of 2983)

Yes M Pince, it did have the air of -dementors- yesterday.

That human scale coffee shop is what we need more of, reduce our mega sizing.

Even in rainy season, Tazzy, oh  to be in Hawaii!

Happy birthday Shamrock.


Good Evans - Jan 14, 2006 7:49 am (#79 of 2983)

Happy birthday Shamrock and welcome to the forum. Haymoni I hope friday the 13th was better than thursday the 12th

Pleased to report that missing bag turned up on thursday evening, so it probably only went to Manchester or Birmingham, they were the only two other international flights that evening.  We have all our gifts and my cooking spices (1.5 kg of various spices bought for extremely good price - very pleased with haggleing technique).

Denise - thanks for that "Lost site" - having missed the last two episodes I am a bit floundering and hope to catch a rerun on Sunday

have a lovely weekend everyone, I will get on the chat room soon, promise!


Ydnam96 - Jan 14, 2006 10:18 am (#80 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Shamrock!

Tazzy, I can't tell you how jealous of that picture I am Smile It would be amazing to be able to visit where they tape. And the whole story about them looking at your house is amazing as well. Question: Was anybody able to see those pictures in the smoke on their tv? I realize it would have to be in slow motion or paused but I was just wondering...sometimes you know people can play such tricks with their computers and I hesitate to take things at face value on the internet unless they can be confirmed by someone I trust. Not that this is a big life altering thing, but still

I'm a big Alias fan as well and I went in to Downtown LA a few months ago and I kept going "oh, they taped here for this or that scene in Alias! How cool". Wouldn't be amazing to be around when they happened to be shooting? Wow.

Well the Dementor Mist has made it to Azusa. It's super foggy out today. But that's okay it has been really dry outside lately so this will bring the humidity level up.

It's nice to hear from you Dizzy Lizzy!


Puck - Jan 14, 2006 10:52 am (#81 of 2983)


I bit of trouble with my WX status had me on "read only" status this week!

Problem solved. Thanks, Kip!

I had been thinking of Finn, as "Will and Grace" was a "Sound of Music" episode. I found it amusing though Mr. Puck who has never seen the movie -shame and horror - missed most of the jokes.

Thanks for the Lost Link, Denise! We had already deleted the episode when I read Poppy's post, so it was helpful. I didn't realize how many little details I've been missing!

Healing charms, happy birthdays, and welcomes all around!

Kathy smiling for being so happy to be here again!


boop - Jan 14, 2006 11:17 am (#82 of 2983)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHAMROCK!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

haymoni, I am feeling fine. My meds are lowered and my moods have been great.

It is sheeting, and snowing here.

Good to see you can post again Kathy.

hugs always



azi - Jan 14, 2006 12:07 pm (#83 of 2983)

Happy birthday Shamrock!!!

In my defence, I was house hunting since 10.30am and only just got back now (19.05pm) so I couldn't get online to say the birthday wishes first! Am absolutely shattered as we walked everywhere.

Am brain dead so can't think of what else to say...


Tazzygirl - Jan 14, 2006 12:46 pm (#84 of 2983)

Ydnam96- posting in white so others who have not seen the second season of Lost yet don't get any spoilers- I did see the images in the smoke. I replayed it about ten times trying to figure out who the people were and the building and stuff. There were alot of images!! What do you think Michael read in the last line of the discussion with 'Walt' on the computer? Right before Jack walked in to talk to him. Either I missed it, or they kind of gave you a hint of what the next episode was on. hmmmmm...

I am so proud of myself. I recruited my best friend and her family to watch Lost, and they are all now addicted to it!

Thanks, Denise, for the website!

Hope everyone has a good day/ night!



Catherine - Jan 14, 2006 12:54 pm (#85 of 2983)

I'm feeling lost and dumb.

I checked out Qwyzzle (it seems to come so highly recommended) but I can't get the game to load. I've searched the forums, but no one else seems to have this problem. I've tried different browsers, but still no success.

Sigh. Perhaps it's just as well. It's not like I need another obsession right now.

Hope everyone is well. We may be getting some snow tonight, although it's been too warm for it to accumulate (it was 70+ degrees yesterday).

Hope the US folks who get Monday off enjoy their holiday.


Marie E. - Jan 14, 2006 2:12 pm (#86 of 2983)

I just got back from Sonic. I am addicted to their strawberry shakes. Mmmmmm.

It's ridiculously warm here, nearly 70, but overcast. My Colorado Moms group had a playgroup at a playground. One of the other mom's kept commenting on how pretty I looked today. It makes me wonder what I usually look like at our coffee meetups. Chat & Greetings 2006 1242194059  the meetups are usually after work, so pretty bad probably.

Glad to hear you're feeling good, Betty. You're often in my thoughts.

We're having our company holiday party tonight. Better late than never I guess.


Puck - Jan 14, 2006 2:35 pm (#87 of 2983)

Marie, I remember going to work at the preschool in a dress one day when I had a dinner to go to straight after. One of the kids commented "Wow! You look nice today." I wondered how bad I must usually look for a 4 year old boy to notice!

Did you find any good houses, Azi?



Ydnam96 - Jan 14, 2006 3:00 pm (#88 of 2983)

Tazzy, Thanks I'm glad someone could see them on the tv. Can you imagine how long it takes the writers to write one episode of the show? There's so much in them. The following is in white for those of you who do not want to be spoiled: I think it was going to say that Walt wants Michael to come get him. However, I don't think it's really Walt. I think it's a trick...


azi - Jan 14, 2006 3:02 pm (#89 of 2983)

Unfortunately not. One was terrible so we struck that off the list straight off (dirty, cramped, door looked about to fall off etc.). We were stood outside saying we didn't even want to go in! One had lovely large rooms and was really light, but the kitchen and lounge were not so nice (cooker looked as though it was about to fall apart and half the cupboards didn't open!). The third was the best, but it was way too small for 5 people - just two in the kitchen make a traffic jam! Plus the rooms were less than half the size than what I'm used to so I felt very claustrophobic.

Of course, I realise concessions have to be made when living in a student house. I'm just hoping something much better comes along.


Tazzygirl - Jan 14, 2006 3:42 pm (#90 of 2983)

Ydnam96: continued Lost discussion- I think the "Walt" is a trick too. If you watch the commercial for next week's episode, Michael looks like he is going a little crazy. Maybe he might turn into one of the others? I had recorded the episode on my DVR thing, so I was able to do the slow motion back and forth to really check out what the images were. Pretty neat!

Wow, it is almost 1 in the afternoon here, and it is only 78 degrees Farhenheit! Definitely a cool day today!



Denise P. - Jan 14, 2006 4:54 pm (#91 of 2983)

I am a confirmed Lost fan. Regarding something from the last ep...

Begin highlight here to see a potential spoiler--->I don't think it is Walt either. Before Jack came around, you could see the screen say "You need to co-" <--- end highlight here


Madam Pince - Jan 14, 2006 5:09 pm (#92 of 2983)

I thought you could see "You need to com-", but it was probably my brain filling in what I thought the next letter would be. I don't have Tivo nor did I record it (what was I thinking???) so couldn't swear by it.

Happy Birthday, Shamrock! Or what's left of it.... Hope you had a great day!

That is such a cool picture Tazzy! You can definitely recognize the beach!

Hope you have fun at your holiday party tonight, Marie! Hey, a party is a party, no matter when! I had to laugh about the "You look pretty today" (so what's wrong with me normally???) because I always do that too! Isn't it funny?

Little Pince asked me this afternoon "Mommy, what's a soul?" So I had a little bit of a hard time with that, and I used the word "spirit" in part of the definition, and so naturally the next question is "What's a spirit?" and then we went on to "What's a personality?" He does this to me all the time. I am so bad at abstract concepts! It's like playing the board game "Taboo" -- you can't use another abstract concept to explain the first abstract concept! Ha!

Very windy here today! It sounds like the roof is going to take off. It rained earlier, so basically a blah day. I think we'll finish it off by making sugar cookies and playing Harry Potter Quidditch until bedtime!


Tazzygirl - Jan 14, 2006 5:28 pm (#93 of 2983)

Denise and Madame Pince- In Lost: I saw the same thing. 'You need to co...' HEY! What if Michael is just imagining it? Because when Jack came around, the screen was blank. or could the Others be watching them, and when Jack came in, erased what they were writing? hmmm...

My two year old cousin is going through the "Why?" stage... Chat & Greetings 2006 1242194059  It gets so advanced that you end up cutting across everything and saying "Because I said so." Then she shakes her head and says "oh. Ok!" and walks off. I can't wait for her to get out of it! lol



haymoni - Jan 14, 2006 7:42 pm (#94 of 2983)

boop - glad to hear it!

Madam P - I always answered those questions with "It's the thing that makes you you." May not be religiously or politically correct, but it did the trick!

It is cold again in Ohio. Pooh! I rather liked the 50 degree January weather.

I just watched both versions of "The Parent Trap" on Hallmark. I just love that movie - both versions. Of course, the bottle of Asti left over from New Year's helped quite a bit.

Hubby took the kids to his mom's - she was having a plumbing situation and tomorrow Ungrateful Son has wrestling which is actually closer to her house than ours, so I am free to be completely, totally irresponsible - as long as I stay in the house!

I ate fake Chinese, drank my Asti and watched Haley and Lindsay.

Quite a good evening!


Puck - Jan 14, 2006 9:19 pm (#95 of 2983)

Fake Chinese? What, did you eat plastic food for dinner?

Tazzy, enjoy the "Why" stage! My sweet, bubbly 2 year old is now a 3 year old Diva. Getting dressed is a daily battle. She thinks any clothes that actually touch her body are "tight" and complains she can't breathe. If anyone has a spell that will make her clothes magically hover around her please pass it along!

Too bad about the houses, Azi. Unless you have an unlimited budget (wouldn't THAT be nice), there is always some compromise.

I agree with above thoughts about "Lost".

Well, I should off to bed! Babe will likely wake up soon, want to get some sleep before then.



Mrs. Sirius - Jan 14, 2006 10:44 pm (#96 of 2983)

I had the most extraordinary thing happen today. I got a phone call from some I met 25 YEARS ago in London.  Chat & Greetings 2006 793915934   I sent out Christmas cards to just about everyone in my address book. His parents are still at this address in Denmark and forwarded it. He looked us up in the Internet. Wow!

azi, good luck apartment hunting. Hey boop, I hope you stay well.


Lina - Jan 15, 2006 1:09 am (#97 of 2983)

Tazzy, I like your avatar too.

I use to do the thing "Because I said so." with my kids often. Now, few days ago, Mihaela (6 yr) came saying "Mum, you will have to do this and grandma is going to do that!" We asked her "Why?" and she said "Because I said so." Chat & Greetings 2006 1003735042  My advice: just be careful with the explanations!


haymoni - Jan 15, 2006 7:09 am (#98 of 2983)

Puck - it may have well been plastic - it was a can of that LaChoy stuff. Definitely fake Chinese!

It is 9:00 am - this is major "sleeping in" to me - with the pets and the kids, I rarely make it past 6:30, even on the weekends.

What to do? What to do? A whole Sunday is before me.

I should vacuum the bedrooms, do some laundry, go grocery shopping and defrost something for dinner when the troops come home, but...


Madam Pince - Jan 15, 2006 9:06 am (#99 of 2983)

Thanks for the tip, haymoni! That's a great suggestion! I can never think of these things when I need them!

Your "fake Chinese" story brings back memories -- when I was growing up, we lived way out in the sticks and there was no such thing as a Chinese restaurant, so any we ever had was LaChoy out of a can. When I went away to college, I couldn't understand why my dorm-mates were so excited to go out and get Chinese food. I just thought "Yuck! That stuff is awful! Who wants that?"

My mother used to always tell me "Because I said so," and I absolutely hated that answer! I wanted a WHY answer. So I swore to myself that if I ever had kids, I would never use "Because I said so." So far I haven't, but I have really had to bite my tongue and have often regretted my vow! I'm sure it will only get worse. Ha!

Puck, mine doesn't mind the fit of his clothes, but I get constant complaints that "This tag itches!" He never noticed them until his Dad said something like "Doesn't that tag itch you?" because HE is always complaining about HIS tags, so now of course I have to clip out of little clothes as well as big ones. Which is aggravating because of re-selling kiddy clothes, etc. Oh well!

So terribly windy here again today! We decided to have a little "camp out" last night and sleep downstairs, just in case, because of all the huge tall trees around our house and the recent rain which might have loosened the roots. We saw lots of homes on the news which had trees through their roofs, and we didn't want to take the chance of being upstairs. The power went out briefly, too, which I always find kind of exciting (what a great excuse to get out the mini-book-light and just read!) but it came back on pretty fast.

Boop, hope your Steelers do well today! ***fingers crossed*** Can't believe the Patriots took the beating they did last night! My Redskins are out too -- I didn't expect them to go far anyway, so it's all good.

***Waves to all new Forum members*** Hey, Kip will be so pleased he's not the only elder statesman anymore, David! We have a couple other horse enthusiasts here, too, so hope you will feel right at home!


Puck - Jan 15, 2006 9:56 am (#100 of 2983)

The one phrase that is coming back to haunt me is "Do things your own special way." As s toddler my son was always getting frustrated if he couldn't set up his toys to look exactly like the picture on the box. Wanting to encourage creativity and imagination, I continually suggested he do things his own way. Now, if someone tries to correct on math, letters, etc... he claims he's going to do it his "own special way." He doesn't seem to understand that somethings only work if we all use the same method! This came up at a meeting with his teacher. Well, at least he IS more creative with his building toys nowadays.

Never had "LaChoy" from a can. But now I'm thinking of sending hubby out to get Chinese food for dinner tonight.

Would love to sleep until 9am! Actually, I tend to opt to get up extra early just to have some quiet time to myself. It's makes such a nice start to the day. Hope to get back to this once baby is sleeping through the night.

Waiting to hear what Haymoni decided to do with her "free" day.

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Denise P. - Jan 15, 2006 10:12 am (#101 of 2983)

Color me the scum mom because when my older kids ask "Why?" after I have answered a question, I usually just smile and say I am the mom and as such, I am not required to justify my answer to them. This is normally employed with Rockhead Son who will conveniently forget he just clocked his brother on the head 2 seconds before he asks if he can go on the computer and then will deny it ever happened if I point that out as the reason for my answer.


Puck - Jan 15, 2006 10:54 am (#102 of 2983)

I often end conversations with, "I've given my answer and I'm done talking about it." I can only listen to so much begging and haggling.


VeronikaG - Jan 15, 2006 11:04 am (#103 of 2983)

Good luck with you surgery, madame Poppy! Healing charm: ~*~*~*~*~*~GetBetter~*~*~*~*~*~

Thanks for the link, Denise. Now I have something to explore tomorrow at school, where pictures don't take half an hour to load. I hate dial up...

Our TV has died!! Now we can finally get a wide screen one! It has had a long sick bed, and we've been waiting for it to refuse to turn on. Oh... there it turned on.. oh well.

About LOST; count me as a fan. I really believe that they are all on the island as a part of some experiment. There are too many coincidences there for them to really be coincidences, methinks. They were meant to survive the initial crash, but then meant having to fight for their survival. I think the monster is another experiment, some sort of genetic modification gone wrong. Off course I believed that this was my own theory... but then somebody else have also come up with the same.


haymoni - Jan 15, 2006 11:15 am (#104 of 2983)

Puck - I wish I had something exciting to tell you, but I stuck to my list and I've done everything except go to the grocery store.

I did watch Ralph Fiennes on Bravo this morning. I think he said about 2 words on playing Voldy. And the clip they showed stopped right before he actually touched Harry "I...can...touch...you...now!"

Madam P - Hubby has complained about tags in his shirts for years. He always said they should make tagless shirts. When he heard the commercial for Hanes tagless shirts, he whipped his head around and said, "Hey!!! They got that from me!!!!"


Ydnam96 - Jan 15, 2006 11:25 am (#105 of 2983)

Denise, I don't think that's a bad thing, I think that your answer sounds perfect. I also like the "I'm the mother. I'm not talking about this anymore" answer. It probably works until the children are teens. Then I think it doesn't matter what you say

mmmm...Double Stuffed Oreos for breakfast. Can't beat that!

Off to do absolutely nothing all day long! (I hope)


Loopy Lupin - Jan 15, 2006 11:52 am (#106 of 2983)

Thanks Denise for me Simpsons calendar!!! Come to think of it, someone usually gives me a Simpsons calendar over Christmas, but not this year so I was definitely in need. Yay!


Chemyst - Jan 15, 2006 12:02 pm (#107 of 2983)

I have never pulled the "Because I said so!" because it sounds like I'm squabbling with them. But I think the "Because I'm the Mommy," explanation is necessary for survival whenever the munchkin interrogator is not interested in acquisition of information but is actually employing a stalling technique.

Thanks for the SW Lost link Denise. I'm not an avid fan, but I was able to pass that link along and come off like a hero to some others – not that kind of others – who are.

...and going way back- Finn, I did see Ty on a couple minutes of Beauty and the Geek while I was waiting for Crumbs to start; and what a disappointment that was! Geek was funnier.


Good Evans - Jan 15, 2006 1:14 pm (#108 of 2983)

I managed to catch up with "Lost" tonight, we are at the end of the first series here in the UK and have to wait to the spring for the next series. In the meantime we have desperate housewives back for series two from next week, so I guess I will survive.

have a great Sunday evening everyone

Julie X


azi - Jan 15, 2006 1:39 pm (#109 of 2983)

This is the point at which I wish I had a TV at uni - I can't watch Desperate Housewives!

Getting up at 9am is way too early - 12 noon is more appropriate!

Am stuck on evil maths homework. Even 2 A-level maths students can't solve 2 of the equations. The way we think it's supposed to be solved we can't do and we tried with an automatic calculator on the web...which produced random numbers of no use, instead of whole numbers which in theory should exist...argh!


Madam Pince - Jan 15, 2006 2:29 pm (#110 of 2983)

***Administers CPR to Boop who is undoubtedly passed out on her living room floor***

Wow! What an exciting game just ended, boop! Congrats to your Steelers! They really deserved it, but Indianapolis sure did make it interesting there at the last, didn't they? I don't know who I feel sorrier for, Jerome Bettis or the kicker from the Colts... I guess the kicker, because Bettis got redeemed...

Denise and Puck, your "Why?" answers are both superb! That's the reason you've got your "Advanced Mommy" licenses, I would guess! Thanks for the tips, I will utilize them both!


boop - Jan 15, 2006 2:37 pm (#111 of 2983)

Madam Pince, thanks for the added luck with the Steelers. I am so so excited for the Steeler's. It was a really good football game, but Steeler's played a little better for the WIN!!!!!!!!!!! 1 game down 2 more to go!!!!


Eponine - Jan 15, 2006 2:41 pm (#112 of 2983)

Mr. Eponine is a huge Steelers fan, so he was quite excited by the game. Now we're watching the Carolina Panthers. I'm almost footballed out for the day.


Tazzygirl - Jan 15, 2006 4:41 pm (#113 of 2983)

**Does happy dance** I have my apartment and the entire upstairs house completely to myself for a week!!!! No kids running around. I can finally focus on school, and recooperate from lifting the kids too much (doctor's orders from the surgery- no lifting for another three weeks, and this last week was the first of those three.). So my plans for this week is school, and being lazy. My aunt and uncle took the kids to Disneyland in California for a week, so I am happy! Bummer side is that I know that this week will go by super fast, no matter what I do... .

Azi- I like your avatar! Very neat!

Very interesting ways to curb the "Why?" stage. Unfortunately, I cannot pull the Mommy role, but I could change it around to "Because I am Auntie Rae, that's why!" or something along those lines.

Note- 'Auntie' and 'Uncle' in Hawaii are forms of respect to elders. Even though I am cousins with the two year old and nine month old, they call me "Auntie Rae". Rae is my middle name, and since my aunt and uncle use my middle name as a nickname, the kids picked it up. Now, if you ask them where 'Auntie Kristina' is, they would have no idea who that was!

I just know you all wanted to learn that interesting tidbit, so now I will go! lol...

Hope everyone is having a good day/ night!



boop - Jan 15, 2006 4:56 pm (#114 of 2983)

Mr. Eponine is watching the same football game as me. Glad to hear he is a Steeler's fan as well. When football is over I will be lost.

Kristina, Glad to hear you are going to have peace and quiet for a week. Just listen to what the doctor told you. Hey thanks for sharing that tidbit about your cousins, that was cute.

hugs always



Catherine - Jan 15, 2006 5:32 pm (#115 of 2983)

I will admit to looking down my nose and raising an eyebrow (or two) when "stalling" techniques (excellent description, Chemyst) are employed by "munchkin interrogators" (another good one, thanks again, Chemyst).

My question that I ask will probably get me in the Bad Mommy Hall of Fame, but I tend to ask, "What part confuses you?"

For some reason, I am reminded of the "Rumpole of the Bailey" show. "She who must be obeyed" wouldn't be such a bad moniker, would it?  Chat & Greetings 2006 2752390508


Denise P. - Jan 15, 2006 5:36 pm (#116 of 2983)

Heh Catherine, I personally use "What part of “no” didn't you understand?"


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 15, 2006 7:19 pm (#117 of 2983)

Once, perhaps twice, the words, "I'm not like the other mommies...when I say 'No' I mean it," passed through my lips. Actually, I believe I said that once to each child, in the early years, and I've never had to repeat it or much else, since.


Finn BV - Jan 15, 2006 7:50 pm (#118 of 2983)

Mills, how many books, or which HP, is due? Good luck, I'm sure you have some grasp of the basic plot.

Betcha didn't know that's what a charm looked like... --Madam Pince

I feel enlightened, Madam P...

Finn, you say yipee, I say waa waa. I was thinking of taking the kids to Westchester for a visit, maybe I'll drop my kids on you for a short visit. he he he --Mrs. Sirius

That would be interesting. "Mom, Dad, this is… Mrs. Sirius." Well, I'll be home all day! Also, if it's not too late (probably is since it's two days after but oh well), tell you daughter that you yourself have to inform the tooth fairy by secret methods of communication that she's lost her tooth, otherwise she won't come… LOL, I didn't find out until I was 10, which was sad.

Happy Birthday, Shamrock! (A bit late I suppose… )

Welcome back Kathy! I had been thinking of Finn, as "Will and Grace" was a "Sound of Music" episode. I found it amusing though Mr. Puck who has never seen the movie -shame and horror - missed most of the jokes. Ooh, ooh, ooh, what were the jokes, or is there a link to them somewhere out there?? And tell Mr. Puck that he needs to go hide in a corner for a week. **cross**

azi, your avatar does look a lot like Diagon Alley! Good luck finding a house!

Catherine, if it makes you feel any better, I just Googled Qwyzzle and couldn't get it to load, using the Mac browser Safari.

Finn, I did see Ty on a couple minutes of Beauty and the Geek while I was waiting for Crumbs to start; and what a disappointment that was! Geek was funnier. –Chemyst

Yay! I thought he was by far the best, and his partner actually knew something, compared to the rest of the people, who didn't know the person who ran against George Bush in the last presidential election (even with his photo) or that there were different types of screwdrivers…

My question that I ask will probably get me in the Bad Mommy Hall of Fame, but I tend to ask, "What part confuses you?" --Catherine

Hehehe. Got to remember that one for a couple of years down the road…

Today was really windy, even though Friday I could have gone in shorts! What is up with this strange weather?

Oh, and the Golden Globes are on tomorrow, which is annoying. Why couldn't they hold them tonight, then I could stay up late and not worry about being tired for school tomorrow (holiday). Instead they're on Monday night () and I guess I'll just stay up and be tired for school… Yes, I stay for the whole thing. I'm into these things!


Viola Intonada - Jan 15, 2006 8:21 pm (#119 of 2983)

I have been heard to say, on many occasions, "What part of NO did you not understand?" Since my kids love to beg and haggle, I give them three "no's" then they are out. If I say "no" three times in a row, I'm not going to change my mind. My youngest is the worst at asking again and again. She was also the one that accepted nothing less than a Ph.D. dissertation to the answer of her "why?" questions.

I have to report that in Cleveland we have not had any fog (that I have noticed). Friday the 13th was quiet the interesting day. We took the Preschool on a field trip to see a play. Our seats were in the front row of the balcony. I about had a heart attack. I spent the 20 minutes before the play started telling kids to sit in their seats and to not look over the balcony. They enjoyed the play, though.

Saturday was even more interesting. I woke up (at about 9am) to two fire trucks parked next to our backyard (we live on a corner). The telephone pole in our neighbor's backyard was on fire. (top part, above the transformer) The firemen watched it for about 30 minutes, then left. They hadn't brought along anything to fight an electrical fire.  Chat & Greetings 2006 1242194059  The electric company sent a man out who watched it burn for a while, then roped off the area under the pole. We had to leave for a girl scout outing. When we got back 3 hours later, the pole had burned through, fell off (two wires were attached to the top) and we had lost our electricity. It was the coldest day we have had in a while (It had snowed during the night and there was a lot of ice). We had a nice relaxing day in front of the fire reading and what-not, sent out for pizza. Around 6pm the electric company came back with two trucks. They sat there for a couple of hours, ended up they only brought along electric drills (!)  and they had to send someone out to get battery powered ones. At 9pm we finally got our power back. What a day.

Today has been fairly calm and uneventful.

I hope everyone has a great Monday!!


Puck - Jan 15, 2006 8:51 pm (#120 of 2983)

Viola, you did have an interesting day!

Finn, I figure Mr. Puck is destined to sit through many musicals, as our 3 year old is destined for the stage! The jokes were a concession stand guy named Ralph who turned them in to security, etc...

I occasionally throw out the phrase "What are you, new?" This is for a child who thinks they can eat cookies for breakfast or other such nonsense.

Tazzy, I also have a cousin who thinks of me more like an aunt. There's over 30 years between us, and she's younger than 2 of my kids, so she just feels more like a niece.

Haymoni, I was thinking of bubble bath, tea, and a good book. Alas, I probably would have opted for housework with no one underfoot as well.... (Last time I was left alone -like a year ago- I washed floors.)

Well, at least someone around here has a football team who's winning...

Happy Monday!



Amilia Smith - Jan 15, 2006 11:19 pm (#121 of 2983)

Wow! That really was quite the day, Viola. Very funny how nobody knew what to do about the situation, and just watched the pole burn. Glad you and your neighbors are OK.

mmmm...Double Stuffed Oreos for breakfast. Can't beat that!
This is for a child who thinks they can eat cookies for breakfast or other such nonsense.

OK, I admit it. I frequently eat cookies and milk for breakfast. Every time I do, I hear the jingle for a breakfast cereal that was popular when I was a kid play in my head. You can't have cookies for breakfast, but you can have Cookie Crisp! [To clarify: the jingle was popular when I was younger. Apparently the cereal is still around and doing well.]

Mills, how many books, or which HP, is due?

Finn, the assignment for that week is to read HBP and write a 2-3 pg essay on why it "fits the criteria for an example of young adult literature." I also give my Author talk on the same day. A "15 minute presentation which includes information on the author's life and style and three of his/her books." Themes the author goes back to over and over again, that sort of thing. Shouldn't be a problem! :-)

Tazzy, that bit about Aunties and Uncles is one of the things I really like about Hawaii. It is very cool when your storytelling prof refers to herself as Auntie Nyla.



Snuffles - Jan 16, 2006 1:55 am (#122 of 2983)

Hello everyone!

I just love all this talk about Lost. I have to read all the 'invisible text'! as Julie (Good Evans) has said, the first series has just finished here. I have taped the last episode as I was unable to watch but I can't wait for the next. I love reading what you have all written, I can tease my work collegue that I know more than she does!!

Tazzy, I love your avatar, sooooooo cool!

Azi, are you studying in York? I love the Shambles area.

Olivia's birthday on Saturday was great, she managed 40 minutes on the ice before getting bored, which was longer than I thought and by the end I had let go of her (although she had no idea!!) and she shuffled around by herself. There is a kiddies session on Wednesday afternoons so I have promised her I will take her again.

On the 'Why and No' topic, I have to admit using 'because I said so' on a few occasions. I have started to say that because she is 3, she is now a big girl and that big girls do as they are told!! 72 hours down the line and all is well so far............

Hope everyone has a great Monday.



Tazzygirl - Jan 16, 2006 2:17 am (#123 of 2983)

Thanks for all the comments on the avatar!

Mills- that is interesting that your teacher wants to be called Auntie. All mine say "Call me Professor so-and-so" or "Call me by my first name." I think it would be weird to call a teacher "Auntie". I like the whole respect behind being called Auntie though!

I am twenty years older than my cousin, so it does kind of seem logical.

Good night/ day everyone!



The giant squid - Jan 16, 2006 2:17 am (#124 of 2983)

I believe my mother's final response to the "Why?" question was, "Because I'm your mother and I said so!" Kind of a combination of the two, though it still left me unsatisfied most of the time.

I'm so happy for those of you just reaching the end of season (series) one of Lost--you have so much good stuff ahead of you!

The Squid household was very happy at the end of the Steelers game as well (Mrs. Squid is a fan), though there was a LOT of yelling at the screen when Polomalu's interception was overturned... I hope they can go all the way, since my Vikings managed to choke once again...



Amilia Smith - Jan 16, 2006 2:31 am (#125 of 2983)

Tazzy: Well, it helped that Auntie Nyla is a retired children's librarian and a professional storyteller. I can't see myself calling any of my other profs Auntie . . .



Shamrock - Jan 16, 2006 4:25 am (#126 of 2983)

Hi everyone

Its Monday again and the start of another busy week!!

Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes. Have to say I had a lovely day. Started with a nice lie on in the morning till after 11am (which for a mother of a 2 year old is very rare) Was woken up to a yummy full irish breakfast and prezzies and cards. I was told by the other half to put my feet up for the day and wasn’t allowed do a thing around the house. Mind you I had to finish off the washing (laundry) and do all the ironing yesterday but still it was only a fraction of the house work. Sunday was spent entertaining the family which was nice.

The second series of Lost hasn’t started over here yet so I haven’t highlighted the spoilers (I’m been very good). Desperate House Wifes started 2 weeks ago - is hoping it will get better!!

The "Why" questions haven’t started yet for me either but I’m keeping the tips for when there needed

Well best get back to work, have a good one!!


azi - Jan 16, 2006 6:53 am (#127 of 2983)

Glad to hear you had a nice birthday Shamrock!

Thank you for the compliments on my avatar! Snuffles, I am studying in York and absolutely love the city, especially the Shambles and the city walls.

I can't remember what my mother said to me when I was younger. I remember her getting so fed up of me and my brother (when I was about 13 )that she locked us out the house for a couple of hours. We knocked on the door until we infuriated her so much she let us back in.

All my lecturers say to call them by their first name. It's a friendly department I must say!

Cookie Crisp cereal...I tried it in cereal bar form (which is what I eat in the mornings) and it wasn't so nice. I thought they would actually be real mini cookies, not rice cookies with chocolate in.

Have a great day everybody!


Marie E. - Jan 16, 2006 7:36 am (#128 of 2983)

It's great that the Steelers won this weekend. Too bad they're going lose next weekend, though. *evil laughter from the Broncos fan*

My holiday party was a lot of fun. About 40 people showed up from the five centers we have here in town. The 18 year old boy I work with in the afternoons brought a gun that shoots suction-cup darts. He and I spent about half an hour running around the room shooting each other. There's a reason why I teach kindergarten, apparently.

I try very hard not to use "because I said so" but it's hard. I think both of my girls have their suspicions about the Tooth Fairy, as she is often a day or so late on payments.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 16, 2006 7:41 am (#129 of 2983)

though there was a LOT of yelling at the screen when Polomalu's interception was overturned... Mike

There was a lot of yelling around here, also. I though instant replay was supposed to correct bad calls. The Steelers should have no problem with Denver, IMO.


Eponine - Jan 16, 2006 7:46 am (#130 of 2983)

though there was a LOT of yelling at the screen when Polomalu's interception was overturned...Mike[

Yes, Mr. Eponine was most decidedly not happy about that call. There was much yelling and cursing of the refs. But it was okay in the end.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


kaykay1970 - Jan 16, 2006 8:47 am (#131 of 2983)

My husband did the sweetest thing yesterday. My parents took 8mm. movie reels of us when we were growing up. Dad had them transferred to VHS years ago. My husband took the VHS and burned a DVD from it. Somehow it feels as though technology took a huge step backward "silent movies on DVD." For some reason I can't get the thing to play on my DVD player although it works fine in the Playstation 2.


Chemyst - Jan 16, 2006 8:50 am (#132 of 2983)

I believe my mother's final response to the "Why?" question was, "Because I'm your mother and I said so!" Kind of a combination of the two, though it still left me unsatisfied most of the time. – Mike

I think you are big enough now that I can safely tell you this little secret without damaging your ego: Your satisfaction wasn't the point. It wasn't about you. It is that moms sometimes need to remind themselves that they are the authority figure.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 16, 2006 9:20 am (#133 of 2983)

Happy MLK Day everyone!!

I agree with Finn. I'm not a big Golden Globes guy, but Monday's stink for airing them. Awards shows are such a Sunday night kinda deal.

Denise and all you Lost-philes. Is there any hope, whatsoever, that I could start watching this show now and not be, well, hopelessly lost?

I don't have kids, but I've caught myself saying, many times, "because I said so" to nieces and nephews. It is kinda neat to wield absolute power from time to time.


Ydnam96 - Jan 16, 2006 9:39 am (#134 of 2983)

Loopy, I think it is possible. But I would recommend that you check out ABC's website and read through the show summaries from last season or rent the DVDs of last season. You could jump right in and catch on, but as the show is so full of little clues and bits it would probably be good for you to be aware of who everyone is and all that. I mean, if you watch last season it's only 22 hours Just take one weekend and you can watch them all! I did that to catch up on Alias (only I had to watch three seasons because I was a real late-comer). JMO

Do we have any members in Finland? I would love to hear their opinion on the Conan O'Brien/Election stuff that is going on (for those of you who do not know what I mean, go to Entertainment at CNN.com). It sounds very interesting.

So, today I'm taking a friend hiking. She has never been able to accomplish hiking this particular trail (It's a mile and a half with a thousand foot elevation gain). I'm not gonna lie. I've made it 3 of the 4 times I've gone but it's a killer and I want to die by the time I'm a third of the way up. So we will be going very very slowly. It's so beautiful at the top though. Maybe we'll get Subway when we are done, or Quiznos. Mmmmmmmm.

I must join the no Golden Globes on Monday group. It's silly. Just goes to show you that these Hollywood types don't have "real" jobs

Okay off to catch a few more minutes of sleep before going hiking.


Madam Pince - Jan 16, 2006 9:56 am (#135 of 2983)

***Pats Squid Mike on the shoulder consolingly re: the Vikings.***

Yeah, Mr. Pince was pretty bummed out about that one too. Oh well. Although neither of "our" teams were in that Steelers-Colts game yesterday, I still did plenty of yelling at the screen! What was up with that interception call?! Methinks some referee may be out of a job as of this morning. I just love a good sporting contest - no matter what it is! (Reminds me of an old B. Kliban cartoon -- "Go, go, go, Saskatchewan, or Ontario, or whoever the *&!# you are!!!!")

Snuffles, I just have to say it again -- Olivia is an adorable little child! Hope she had a great birthday! My, she is really growing up, isn't she?

Viola, what a funny story about your electrical pole! I can't believe everyone just stood around and watched it burn!

Loopy, what a shame you just missed one of the "catch-up" episodes of Lost! I think it aired last week right before the new episode. They showed an hour-long "clip" show that briefly introduced all the characters and plotlines, although of course a lot of the fun clues had to be left out due to time constraints. (Hmmmm.... sounds like a HP movie....) I don't know if you could find it somewhere on someone's Tivo or something maybe? I think it was called "Lost-Revelations" or something like that? But Mandy is right -- ABC's website has remarkably detailed summaries of each episode, so you can get caught up that way with an investment of a couple hours probably. It really is worth the watch, IMO.

Shamrock, I hate to tell you, but Desperate Housewives isn't improving much as it goes along (just my humble opinion.) I think the first season was fantastic, but the second season just doesn't have as much oomph to it. And Susan is just annoying. But let's keep our fingers crossed!

kaykay, that sounds like such a sweet gift! Mr. Pince's family did a similar thing last year and it is so cool to be able to see all the grandparents and great-grandparents that I never had a chance to meet! Unfortunately my side of the family never had an 8mm so we don't have any video at all. I do have one cassette tape of a Thanksgiving dinner with my Dad's voice on it that I wouldn't take a million dollars for. Those kinds of things are just so precious!

Marie, have you ever played with one of those wooden guns that shoots rubber bands? Of course, you could probably put your eye out with one of them, but man, they're fun! (I think I'm getting "points" on my Mommy license even as I type....)


Loopy Lupin - Jan 16, 2006 10:19 am (#136 of 2983)

Shamrock, I hate to tell you, but Desperate Housewives isn't improving much as it goes along (just my humble opinion.) -- Madam Pince

I have to say I agree with this as much as I hate say it. Once I get interested in a plot line, it gets completely dropped for quite a while. (I mean, there was a dead body found in the neighborhood relatively recently and everyone seems to have forgotten.) By the time they get picked back up, I'm less interested.

Thanks for the suggestions for Lost. Maybe I'll just read a summary or something although the DVD's are just sitting there in Hollywood Video staring at me.


Denise P. - Jan 16, 2006 10:45 am (#137 of 2983)

See, if you had asked LAST week, I could have sent you the clip show since I had it on Tivo. It has been deleted though.

Yes, you can still catch up. For all that we have been watching it for a season and a half, only 49 days have passed since the crash took place. The ABC site is good. If you would rather read a more entertaining summary, I highly recommend Television Without Pity. I love the snark and sarcasm in their recaps. Psst....don't delete the email I am about to send you.

Wozer Loopy, the mail was speedy if you got it on Saturday. I mailed it on Wednesday or Thursday. I am so glad you can use it, I could not. Hmmm...does this fall under YKYRTHPLFTMW....you just immediately think of a Forum member who would appreciate something you can't use?


Catherine - Jan 16, 2006 12:21 pm (#138 of 2983)

Darn it. This discussion on Lost is sucking me in...

I've spent this weekend getting "my" office at work in order. It was filthy, and has a wall that is painted the most awful teal color with blue poster stickems all over it, which looks and feels like chewing gum.

I share this office with instructors who teach at night, and during the last week, no one else seemed to care about the state of the room, so I took over. I couldn't imagine actually having students visit me in that room in its former state.

I spent two hours scrubbing (saying "Filth" to myself like Mad-Eye Moody) yesterday. The filing cabinet actually changed color, as did my desk and the telephone. Even scrubbing the room down didn't change the odor in the room (imagine moldy leaves, rust, stale popcorn, and dust). Normally, I'm very sensitive to fragrances, but I invested in some air fresheners after Hayley walked into the office yesterday and said, "You're right, Mommy. This place does really stink."

The big excitement was getting the antique bookplates I bought in Charlottesville **waves to Loopy Lupin and Madame Pince ** back from the framer and hanging them in my office. Hopefully, the nighttime inhabitants won't mind that I rearranged the office. I thought about asking them first, but then I remembered my dad's saying: "Better to beg forgiveness than ask permission."


Madam Poppy - Jan 16, 2006 12:23 pm (#139 of 2983) Reply
Edited by Jan 16, 2006 11:24 am

KayKay, your DVD player has to be able to play copies. Some machines will only play originals. We bought a GoVideo machine that has a VHS and a DVD player in it. I have most of our VHS tapes transferred to DVD now. I have taken our old VHS tapes to Hollywood video and gotten credit to rent new releases.
My grandaughter Lily had her first tooth pop through yesterday. Isn't 6 months a little early? She's also starting to crawl.


Tazzygirl - Jan 16, 2006 12:30 pm (#140 of 2983)

For those of you who missed last week's Lost, this Wednesday coming up, ABC is showing last Wednesday's at 7 pm Hawaiian time (so check local listings!) and then right after it is the newest episode!

In white- So whoever missed the smoke images can check it out! and for those who have, can see it again!!

Mills- that explains the Auntie! I was wondering what that was all about!

Catherine- it is not so bad getting sucked into Lost! You have to have some other obsession other than Harry Potter! It balances things out!!

Have a good day/ night everyone!



Catherine - Jan 16, 2006 12:41 pm (#141 of 2983)

My grandaughter Lily had her first tooth pop through yesterday. Isn't 6 months a little early? She's also starting to crawl. --Madame Poppy

I believe six months is the average age for a first tooth to erupt. Of course, my children were always really early or late with teething. Claire cut a tooth at 4 months, and Hayley didn't get her first tooth until 11 months. Congratulations to Miss Lily on her mobility. That will keep everyone busy.

You have to have some other obsession other than Harry Potter! It balances things out!!—Tazzygirl

That makes sense in an addictive sort of way.

EDIT: W00T! My dishwasher (broken before Christmas and incompletely fixed last week is finally getting fixed today. I've missed it so much.


mike miller - Jan 16, 2006 2:43 pm (#142 of 2983)

Catherine - I can relate to the dishwasher problem. Ours seemed to wash fine but there was water in the bottom after every cycle. It took the repair guy about 2 minutes to fix it. There was a clog in air line the under that cap thing on top of the sink. I've been using those Cascade "Action Pacs" with Dawn inside and the clog was the undissovled outer packet. The guy told me that most dishwashers don't heat the water like the old ones (also we pick "energy saver" switches) because they now have plastic linings. The trick now is to run the hot water in the sink just before starting the dishwasher, that way it fills with hotter water instead of the cold water from inside the pipes. He said that it also affects how well the soap works since most are designed to work best in water above 120 degrees F.


Denise P. - Jan 16, 2006 2:49 pm (#143 of 2983)

Regarding DVD copies...it depends on your machine. Some machines will only play DVD+R/DVD+RW or DVD-R/DVD-RW while some machines play both. Most of our DVD players in our house play the - version, the one in the bedroom will play only + ones. Of course, all of them will play commercially made DVDs.

6 months is about average for teeth to pop through. Mr. Rhys is 5 months old and his first tooth could be felt yesterday. It is just the ridges of his tooth but he has a tooth and is not afraid to use it! I can't see the tooth on the right side, not even under his gum. I could see the left one for a few days before it popped through.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 16, 2006 2:57 pm (#144 of 2983)

Denise and all you Lost-philes. Is there any hope, whatsoever, that I could start watching this show now and not be, well, hopelessly lost?---Denise P.

Loopy, I think a very wise person told you to invest in Netflix over the winter months. I did, and my husband and I spent this weekend getting through the first half of Season 1 of Lost. I hope to finish the season next weekend and start catching reruns of Season 2 in the Spring.

I got my car back from the auto body shop today. Yippee! Three weeks is entirely too long to be without a car. I am so happy. And, to top it all off, it looks BEEE-YUUUUUU-Ti-Ful.

My daughter is selling Girl Scout cookies for the first time this year. Her troop gets $0.60 for every $4.00 box they sell. Is it just me, or does this feel like a scam?


Denise P. - Jan 16, 2006 3:05 pm (#145 of 2983)

That is about right. Ready for the wonderful breakdown? This is what our Council gave out as the how the cookie crumbles this year.

.55 per box goes to Troop
.05 goes to Troop if money and paperwork is turned in on time
.05 to Troop if 90% of registered girls participate and sell a minimum of 140 boxes each
.03 of shop credit if minimum of 150 boxes for 90% of registered girls
.01 to Service Unit
.84 Bakery costs
.16 patches and awards
1.81 Girl Scout Programs

So when all is said and done, Kaitlyn's Troop will get .60 per box. We have a few girls who really work hard to sell cookies and some that just sell 5 boxes. Even with booth sales, we won't come close to 140 boxes per girl but we had 100% participate.


kaykay1970 - Jan 16, 2006 3:11 pm (#146 of 2983)

I really didn't want this to go any further than the chat room but.... I solved my DVD playback problems. I took Colorblind Son's word for it that my DVD player would not play my DVD. Apparently he had connected the AV cables improperly (yellow to white,white to yellow.) Problem solved!!


Lina - Jan 16, 2006 3:56 pm (#147 of 2983)

Happy MLK day!

I'm glad you had a nice birthday, Shamrock!

Viola, your day sounds like a good screenplay! It could be fun it wasn't happening for real and in the neighborhood...

Well, of course, the "Because I said so" phrase is important only when kids have to be obedient, not when they ask for explanations. My grandmother had a habit, when I would ask something that she didn't know how to explain, she would tell me that I am too young to make such questions. That is something that I decided never to tell my kids.

Cool avatar indeed, Azi.

Tazzy, we have that Aunt and Uncle expressions for elder people here too. Actually, students mostly call me aunt Lina, I prefer it much better than Mrs. Paula. We use here the plural of you to show respect, so it is OK to call people by their first name if you use the plural. But I actually don't like the first name practice that would be the same as using singular here, I always speak in plural with the students even if it annoys them.

Madam Poppy, my daughters got their first teeth in a range from 4 and a half months to 9 months, so I guess it is not too early...


Finn BV - Jan 16, 2006 4:00 pm (#148 of 2983)

Yippee! The Red Carpet is starting! Later everybody! Hope we all had a good holiday, for those who had it.


Tazzygirl - Jan 16, 2006 6:09 pm (#149 of 2983)

My nine month old cousin has 7 teeth, all of which came in during my three week stay with my parents. The good thing too is that he is not one of those fussy babies that cry and run fevers during the teething process. I think he has another one coming in right now too...



Stephanie M. - Jan 16, 2006 7:03 pm (#150 of 2983)

I just read through 37 posts, so I wish everyone the best in everything! And good luck to all!

Happy MLK Day!

**Back to watching the Golden Globes!**
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Puck - Jan 16, 2006 7:39 pm (#151 of 2983)

My oldest got his first tooth at 6 months, the next was 5 months. My baby turned 4 months yesterday and just today I can see white under her gums. (She's been chewing on her fist and drooling like mad!)

I think 6 months is young for crawling. Thinking that my little could be mobile in a couple more months is scary! She hasn't managed to roll over yet, so hopefully she won't crawl too soon.

Went to visit my Mom today. Since she lives 1 1/2 hours away and works weekends, we only get to visit on school holidays. My kids have tomorrow off as well, since it's a staff day for the teachers. It was a nice visit and I'm excited because we're trying to planning a trip to Disney with my brother’s family for the fall. (So, we would then have 6 kids between us, ages 8, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 1).

Okay, time to do my Yoga and go to bed. I have decided I need to lay off the cookies and start exercising to get rid of the last of my baby weight before spring arrives so I can fit into my warm weather clothes!



Marie E. - Jan 16, 2006 7:43 pm (#152 of 2983)

Shayla was early on crawling/walking and late on teeth and Lexie was just the opposite. Shayla crawled at six months, walked at 11 months, but didn't get her first tooth until 11 1/2 months. Lexie got her first tooth at six months but didn't even roll over until 7 months. She walked just before she was 14 months.

I had to work late so I missed the red carpet. I am also an awards show junkie so I better head over to the TV.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 16, 2006 7:58 pm (#153 of 2983)

Dude, what's with Gwyneth Paltrow and the accent?


Puck - Jan 16, 2006 8:08 pm (#154 of 2983)

Didn't notice the accent, but was wondering if she's expecting? If not, she should have picked a different dress.

(Still haven't started my exercise for the evening.)

How amazing is Anthony Hopkins?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 16, 2006 8:09 pm (#155 of 2983)

Yes, she's expecting.


Chemyst - Jan 16, 2006 8:27 pm (#156 of 2983)

140 boxes of GS cookies!  Chat & Greetings 2006 793915934

How many freezerfuls is that? Does anyone really have THAT many gullible relatives who will buy that much?
Using numbers from the girl scout website, if you are talking boxes of thin mints, that is 179,200 calories...
Now, 3500 calories make about one pound of weight. That means each box has the potential to add over a third of a pound and any girl who sells her quota will be responsible for creating 51.2 pounds of flesh upon consumption.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 16, 2006 8:31 pm (#157 of 2983)

Damn, there goes my pie crust.


Denise P. - Jan 16, 2006 8:35 pm (#158 of 2983)

You forget, I live in a military town that has the men deployed. Wives are snapping them up to ship to Iraq. We just finished pre-orders. Two girls had initial orders over 150 boxes.


haymoni - Jan 16, 2006 8:38 pm (#159 of 2983)

That's why you take the order sheets to work! Loads of gullible people there.

I actually ordered some cookies from a girl in a wheelchair that came to my door with her mom and a friend. I haven't paid anything but I wonder where my cookies are. Mmmm...Samoas....

You all are a chatty bunch this weekend!

Being from Cleveland, I hate that the Steelers won. Worse yet will be when they lose to the Broncos. We'll have to see.

Back to work tomorrow. Ugh.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 16, 2006 8:39 pm (#160 of 2983)

I have not seen Brokeback Mountain, but I do think that directing Hulk should eliminate you from contention for any award for the rest of your life.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 16, 2006 10:49 pm (#161 of 2983)

My granddaughter Lily had her first tooth pop through yesterday. Isn't 6 months a little early? She's also starting to crawl.

Poppy so nice to see you again, I saw someone mention you earlier and scrolled back several pages but just couldn't find your post. Nice to see you. Congratz and your prodigy grandchild.

My kids were late with the teeth and walking, but boy, did they talk!

You forget, I live in a military town that has the men deployed. Wives are snapping them up to ship to Iraq.

ohhhhh, Thin Mints in Iraq. I had such a hard time finding things to send to my friend in Iraq. Once you are looking at the ingredients label everything seem full of highly perishable meltable ingredients.

Edit: I have lost my avatar. Does that mean my membership is up? The 16th seems to be my anniversay date with everything Lex, I officially joined 4 years ago on that date, now it seems to be my avatar anniversay too. (It's my mother's birthday, so I remeber)


Tazzygirl - Jan 16, 2006 11:19 pm (#162 of 2983)

**sits back and reflects on how many girl scout cookies I sold in my youth...and consumed...**

I haven't seen any girls selling cookies here!! I absolutely love the thin mints!

I am also a huge fan of watching the awards shows- but I have not started to watch the Golden Globes yet. It started here at 7, but I decided to record it, so then I can fast forward through the commercials and awards I don't really care about. So- three hours cut down to an hour. heeheehee Isn't technology fabulous?

:does happy dance: My car is FINALLY fixed of all problems!! I just got it back from the mechanic today, and all is well... :crosses fingers: Now if I can just get my $225 dollars back from the court for the parking tickets the previous owner raked up, I will be an extremely happy camper!

Off to do some homework now... Good night/ day everyone!!



The giant squid - Jan 17, 2006 2:51 am (#163 of 2983)

Well, everyone already helped kaykay with her DVD issue (and it turned out to not be an issue after all), but I want the record to show that I was willing to offer a suggestion...

My grandmother had a habit, when I would ask something that she didn't know how to explain, she would tell me that I am too young to make such questions.—Lina

That reminds me of another favorite "answer" of my mother's: "I'll tell you when you're 18." The trick was that by the time we turned 18 we'd already learned the answers to most of the questions (and forgotten the others).

Marie: oh, you poor deluded thing...thinking the Broncos could actually win. Silly girl. Go play with your suction cups and leave the big kids to their games.

Loopy, you could start watching Lost now and not be too far behind. When they bring up something we saw earlier they usually refer to it pretty well, you just wouldn't be pointing at the TV going "Ooh! Ooh! That's the !" before they actually reveal it. To get the full effect I'd recommend watching at least season 1, though. It'd be like watching GoF without having read the book--you get the idea, but there are little things you're missing out on.

I have not seen Brokeback Mountain, but I do think that directing Hulk should eliminate you from contention for any award for the rest of your life.--I Am Used Vlad




Loopy Lupin - Jan 17, 2006 6:44 am (#164 of 2983)

Yippee! The Red Carpet is starting! Later everybody! Hope we all had a good holiday, for those who had it. – Finn

Well, everyone knows the Red Carpet is the best part!

I have not seen Brokeback Mountain, but I do think that directing Hulk should eliminate you from contention for any award for the rest of your life.--I Am Used Vlad

Now, now, it is not as though Ang Lee directed The Village or something. *** raises hands in triumph at ability to disparage The Village in all circumstances***


haymoni - Jan 17, 2006 6:54 am (#165 of 2983)

Change in plans - both kids were up all night coughing, so I'm home today.

Why is it that my children are always sick after a visit to my mother-in-law's????


Catherine - Jan 17, 2006 7:10 am (#166 of 2983)

Why is it that my children are always sick after a visit to my mother-in-law's???? –Haymoni

**clamps lips together to avoid saying incriminating statements**

Now, now, it is not as though Ang Lee directed The Village or something. *** raises hands in triumph at ability to disparage The Village in all circumstances*** --Loopy Lupin

**makes effort to suppress laughter**

Loopy Lupin has a gift for polite disparagement.

That means each box has the potential to add over a third of a pound and any girl who sells her quota will be responsible for creating 51.2 pounds of flesh upon consumption. –Chemyst

EEK! It's almost enough to make me swear off the thin mints and the coconut delites.

What I want to know about Girl Scout cookies is this--am I just being nostalgic, or did there used to be more cookies in a box? The boxes seem smaller, too.


azi - Jan 17, 2006 8:26 am (#167 of 2983)

We don't have cookie selling where I live. At Scouts/Explorers (which I attended as Guides was the most horrible girly torture I've ever experienced...'Eeew, we can't play Rounders, we might get our brand new £80 trainers dirty...'). Generally we have Gala Day in June, Bonfire Night in November, odd jumble days and Christmas bag packing to raise our money. All are great fun.

I'm not really into award things. They seem kind of pointless.

Still feeling sick after eating too much pineapple yesterday. Stomach doesn't like me eating. No idea how the pineaple made me ill, I'm just assuming causation as the eating of it correlated with my feeling ill.

Have a lovely day everyone!


Ydnam96 - Jan 17, 2006 8:42 am (#168 of 2983)

Azi, pinapple is a very acidic fruit. That is probably the cause. **This statement is made without any medical or fruit training what-so-ever and should not be taken as a diagnosis of any real medical or fruit related complaints**

I watched part of the red carpet and the first award and decided I had seen enough decolletage (Why even wear a dress, really? It is getting quite ridiculous.) for the evening and changed the tv to 7th Heaven.

Ooooooffff...time to go to work.


azi - Jan 17, 2006 8:46 am (#169 of 2983)

Ydnam, I had no idea that pineapple was acidic! Ah well. It never seems particularly acidic, like oranges or lemons do, you know. Thanks for telling me!


Stephanie M. - Jan 17, 2006 9:51 am (#170 of 2983)

Tazzy, I'm glad all of your cars problems are fixed!!

I am allergic to pineapple. I don't mind the taste, but I can't eat it.

I saw the Red Carpet too (I don't remember if I posted that I was watching it or not). Everyone looked pretty good.

I'm home sick today, I have been fighting a cold since Friday night, but it kept getting worse so I decided that it would be best if I stayed home. Plus, I only got 3 hours for sleep from coughing and blowing my nose.


Tazzygirl - Jan 17, 2006 11:34 am (#171 of 2983)

I am still watching the golden globes. I fell asleep while watching Anthony(?) get the Cecil B. Demille award. But what I can say right now is that- 1. What was Drew Barrymore wearing?!?!?! It looked awful! and 2. Sounded like Gwynith Paltrow was trying to get an Irish accent or something along those lines, and I didn't know she was expecting! Congratulations to her.

Colin Firth got to announce something- made my day! I love Colin. I wish I could meet him. His role in Pride and Prejudice was wonderful. :swoon:

oh- and Jonathan Rhys Meyers has the coolest accent ever...

Ok, now its off to school I go!

Thanks Stephanie!



Loopy Lupin - Jan 17, 2006 12:54 pm (#172 of 2983)

Ydnam, I had no idea that pineapple was acidic! Ah well. It never seems particularly acidic, like oranges or lemons do, you know. Thanks for telling me! – azi

???????? What kind of pineapples have you been eating?


azi - Jan 17, 2006 1:23 pm (#173 of 2983)

Erm, pineapples from a tin? Hey, all I know is that it made me ill, not anything else!

I am so excited! I finally got a railcard, which means I get 1/3 off most train journeys! Am planning to go to Edinburgh this term, and hopefully lots of other places too! Plus, today, I walked over 5 miles (into town and back again, continuing with my bus boycott...) and my muscles haven't collapsed yet! S'all good!


Chemyst - Jan 17, 2006 2:07 pm (#174 of 2983)

Pineapple from a tin– hmm... usually the good/bad (depending upon perspective) part of fresh pineapple is destroyed when it is canned. Fresh pineapple has enzymes that dissolve proteins. Fresh pineapple juice can be used as a meat tenderizer. It is also one of the "natural herbal" ways to treat bruises. (But I've never tried it.) And there is a cool science experiment for kids where you put a chunk of fresh pineapple on gelatin and watch it start to liquify/digest the jello.

Another cool thing is to squeeze the volatile oils in orange rinds into a candle flame. There is a Chinese restaurant near us that always serves orange slices at the end of the meal. In the evenings they have candles on the tables. Miss Manners would not have been amused.


Viola Intonada - Jan 17, 2006 2:51 pm (#175 of 2983)

I love the things I learn on the Lexicon!!!!

Ahh, Girl Scout cookies! I managed to trick, I mean pass along the honor to someone else to be the cookie Mom this year. $4.00 a box!!! Wow, we are still at $3.00 a box. And yes, the boxes are smaller and have fewer cookies than they did many, many years ago. We average selling about 120 boxes in our household. Unfortunately for my children, there are two of them and we have to split the sales.

Today, my mother-in-law sent me several brochures for the Purdue Women's Basketball Camp. My daughter attended last summer and is in one of the pictures in the brochure! She is very excited.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 17, 2006 3:39 pm (#176 of 2983)

Another cool thing is to squeeze the volatile oils in orange rinds into a candle flame.---Chemyst

Hmmm, this sounds like all kinds of dangerous, illegal fun. ***hears my mother saying, "It's only fun till someone loses an eye!"*** I'd like to try this but there have been two 3-alarm fires in two days in my smallish town and if my house goes up in flames I think I'll end up as a 'person of interest'.


Puck - Jan 17, 2006 3:45 pm (#177 of 2983)

I ordered a few boxes of cookies from a neighbor. Waiting for others to come to my door. The first year I was here there Mom didn't let them sell to me, as they had hit me up for a variety of school fundraisers already. I complained about how I was waiting for cookies, so now they come to me right away. (Choosing not to think about the calories.)

I love fresh pineapple. We were told to drink pineapple juice before getting wisedom teeth removed, as it helps your blood to clot, thus reducing bleeding.

Feel better, Stephanie!

Glad to hear that the car problems are getting better!

Oh, so I went back to teaching my prescool dance class, and there is this adorable little boy and his name is Finn! Fun how the littlest things can remind you of the forum...



Madam Pince - Jan 17, 2006 4:38 pm (#178 of 2983)

I thought one of the best things about visiting Hawaii was all the fresh pineapple that you got to eat. It was soooo much better than pineapple in a can, and I think pineapple in a can is pretty good! But I never knew it could do all those cool things! Viola is right -- the things you can learn here on the Forum are endless.

Woo-hoo, Catherine, on getting your office all cleaned and decorated and the dishwasher fixed! (Thanks for the dishwasher tips, too, Mike Miller ***see above about learning cool things on the Forum!***) And Woo-hoo to Tazzy on getting your car fixed!

I can't remember when Little Pince got his first tooth -- I think I've blocked it out. I hardly ever get all emotional about stuff, and I am never hormonal, but the day his first tooth came in, I cried and cried and cried. Mr. Pince was totally at a loss as to what he should do for me. I was wailing "But his little toothless baby-grin was just so cute!" Somehow I think it must've been hormones.

Today I recalled another saying of Mom's that I heard way too often when I was growing up -- who else remembers: "As long as you're living in my house, we do it this way. When you get your own house, you can do as you please." Oooooo, that used to make me so !!!! But today when Little Pince was questioning why I was doing something, I told him that it was because this is my house, and my Mommy had told me that I could do whatever I wanted in my own house. (The fact that my Mom was sitting right there laughing at me just added to the fun...)

Squid Mike, I have a question -- and you're the only person I know who's sort of in the movie industry. Why would a fairly big-name actor be uncredited in a movie role? I've never understood why that would happen. I know that Thurl Ravenscroft didn't get credit for doing the song in "The Grinch" but I think I've read that that was a mistake. Things like Bruce Willis in a fairly large role in Paul Newman's Nobody's Fool, though? And Henry Winkler in Scream? Why do actors do that? Is it a SAG / union thing or something?


haymoni - Jan 17, 2006 4:43 pm (#179 of 2983)

I always figured it was a ego thing.

You should KNOW who Bruce Willis is - you should KNOW Fonzie when you see him.


boop - Jan 17, 2006 5:47 pm (#180 of 2983)

Good Evening everyone. I hope everyone had a great day.

Speaking of the Steeler's game. At least the NFL admitted that they made an error on Troy Polamalu. I wonder if that referee is going to be fined for it?. At least it didn't cost the Steeler's the game. I believe the Steelers will win their game on Sunday.

I totally agree fresh pineapple is the best. Yummy . . . . can taste it now.

hugs always



dizzy lizzy - Jan 17, 2006 6:34 pm (#181 of 2983)

I decided to clean up my house this morning, did a vaccumm and dusted. A clean house certainly lifted my spirits. I woke up this morning feeling sick of all this heat and generally being Miss Grumpy.

It is amazing the things you can learn on this forum! I'm not a huge fan of fresh fruit, but canned fruit, especially pears and pineapple are a favourite with me.

I'm currently sitting here awash in red $ signs, and exhausted from all the work to turn them back into black $ signs. I have got a few extra workloads in Feb. and March this year and that will be great. I tried to get some casual work, and I can't get any as my main job is so erratic, I can't even guarantee any free time to do extra work in.

I can't remember if my Mum had any of those pithy sayings while my siblings and I were younger. I do know she would tell us that it was her house and therefore she made the rules. As long as we lived in her house we were to follow them and in turn she would respect our rules etc, when she came to visit our houses. Fair enough.

I didn't pay much attention to the awards, except for the fact no Aussies won individual awards this year (for the first time since 2000).

Off to get some lunch and a nice cup of tea...



Eponine - Jan 17, 2006 6:37 pm (#182 of 2983)

You're all making me crave fresh pineapple now. Yummmm...

When I was little, we had a den/study in our basement that had a pipe running across the ceiling. She didn't want us hanging on it, so she told me that if I touched it the house would explode. I was at least 13 before I realized she was lying to me.

I hope you're all having a great day!

ETA: According to Ryan Seacrest (sp?) I'm not a self-respecting American because I didn't audition for American Idol when it was extremely near my home town. But I did give a guy at the library the waiver form from the internet.


Finn BV - Jan 17, 2006 7:43 pm (#183 of 2983)

I have not seen Brokeback Mountain, but I do think that directing Hulk should eliminate you from contention for any award for the rest of your life. –Vlad

LOL! Come on Vlad, did you see Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon? He also did Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility! Obviously Hulk was a mistake, though I haven't and don't plan on seeing it!

Best wishes for your car (and you), Tazzy!

Well, everyone knows the Red Carpet is the best part! –Loopy

Piffle, this year. There were a few things that were going on that I wouldn't quite want to repeat on this forum! Isaac… and the woman next to Ryan Seacrest's comments… okay then, moving right along…

Drew had a serious case of bad wardrobe picker thingy… yeah. That was weird. Didn't notice Gwyneth's accent, though I can't say I would have had any grounds to compare it to.

I don't like pineapples. Sorry.

Oh, so I went back to teaching my preschool dance class, and there is this adorable little boy and his name is Finn! –Kathy

Well, you see now, I can be aged 50, 13, and 4 all at one time! And you'll all believe me!

Madam P – I would guess that they weren't famous when the movie came out? Though I don't know the films in question, so I can't say.

Have a great week! Tomorrow's Wednesday, which is great, because I thought today was Monday! Whoever invented the days of the week was smart, but the true genius was the person who invented mixing up the days of the week!


Tazzygirl - Jan 17, 2006 7:52 pm (#184 of 2983)

My parents said "This is our house, so you will abide by our rules." bit all the way up until I moved out at 19. The sad thing is that even though I have not lived at home for a little over two years, I still go by their rules and I don't stay out late at night. I could technically pull the whole "Well, I am 21 now, so what rules you have, I don't have to listen to anymore!" But I keep my mouth shut as they are funding my college life!

Eponine--When I was little, we had a den/study in our basement that had a pipe running across the ceiling. She didn't want us hanging on it, so she told me that if I touched it the house would explode. I was at least 13 before I realized she was lying to me.  

If my mom told that to me, I would have insisted that we move out of the house! Hey, at least it worked! LOL!!

Sad to say- I haven't had fresh pineapple here yet. At all. I only get the canned stuff, because it lasts longer.

Fun Fact- Did you know there are about 50 different types of Pineapple? There is one type that comes from Australia and it is red. (I learned this courtesy of Dole Pineapple Plantation.) Weird, yeah?



Puck - Jan 17, 2006 8:31 pm (#185 of 2983)

Ooooh, a pineapple tasting party! I actually pulled out a can and put some on my pizza, Azi had me thinking about it so much. Fresh doesn't stick around here when I do get it. My daughter and I can polish one off pretty quickly!

Well, Finn, if that was you in class today, I must say I figured you better at following directions.

Now I must really do my exercises. I attempted to last night, but it was the strangest thing. I put in the DVD, and the picture on my TV flipped upside down. Kid you not! After that, even the regular stations were flipped. I know it's Yoga, but I still can't manage to do the whole thing standing on my head!




Madam Pince - Jan 17, 2006 8:59 pm (#186 of 2983)

Yummmmm.... Hawaiian pizza! Ham and pineapple! I would never have thought to try it myself, but I was with someone who did once, and now it's my favorite! Yummy!

Finn, in both those examples they were famous before they did the pictures. But that was a good thought!

I'm just now watching Love Actually again for the umpteenth time. It occurs to me that Daniel Radcliffe could take "sad emotion" acting lessons from both Liam Neeson and/or Emma Thompson. At the beginning, when the music starts to play at his wife's funeral, Liam's shattered facial expression is absolutely gut-wrenching. And then Emma when she's standing there alone in her bedroom after opening the CD Christmas present from icky old Alan Rickman... well, it's just heartbreaking. And neither of them said a word, they said it all with their faces. Great movie, that one -- great cast, too.

(Edit before Gina can hex me: Of course Alan Rickman is not icky. It's just that his character in that particular movie made some rather, ah, unfortunate choices... weak, weak, weak, weak..... and that Jezebel might make a fine Bellatrix, now that I think of it...)

Edit again: ***waves to Deb*** and giggles at her Mom's sayings. Those all sound familiar, too! Also reminded me of: "I want such-and-such...." Reply: "Well, you're old enough that your wants won't hurt you!"


DJ Evans - Jan 17, 2006 9:07 pm (#187 of 2983)

Evening/Day all -- hope it is a good one for everyone! I know it's been quite a while since I last posted on this thread. Sorry about that. But I have tried to keep up with things.

Hmmm, I'd have to say that my Mom had two favorite sayings that I heard so many times they are forever engraved into my brain now. Both of them were related to whenever I had the "I wants" -- which was quite often for me it appears. One was "Every Tom, Dick & Harry wants out of jail too" and the other "People in ***insert a certain HOT location here*** want ice water too". Luckily I have refrain from uttering them to any of my nieces/nephews. Oh & every so often, when I would throw in "Well, Tommy is doing it!" or "But Tommy's Mom is letting him", good ol' Mom would come back with "If Tommy jumped off of the Empire State Building would you have to too?" or "I'm not Tommy's Mom, I'm your Mom & I say NO".

Red Carpet: I have to admit I was kinda shock at some of the questions that was coming out of that guy Isaac's mouth too. What was he on or is he always that "out there"? I did see some very pretty dresses though. I'm glad to see some of the designers are leaning more toward the classy style of formals instead of those clown outfits that they were producing a couple of years ago. Like the swan dress? Does anyone remember that one?

Love Girl Scout cookies. Sad to say though we don't have a local chapter out here in the sticks. So no cookies for us since we've moved up here. The chocolate mints, the peanut butter & the carmel/chocolate/coconut ones (can't remember what they are called now) are our favorites. I can almost taste them now. ummmmm, yummy

Goodnight all, Deb

****waves to everybody****


Tazzygirl - Jan 17, 2006 9:51 pm (#188 of 2983)

Hi DJ Evans! Like the swan dress? Does anyone remember that one? I try not to think about it!!!

Madam Pince- I love “Love Actually!” All of the characters did a wonderful job. I think I like Colin Firth's story the best (and not just because he is my favorite actor!)- the whole language barrier/conversation was so cute! And when Emma and Liam have their moments of breakdown- I have to admit I never manage to get through those scenes with dry eyes. For those of you who have not seen Love Actually-it is NOT a kid movie!



Lina - Jan 17, 2006 11:51 pm (#189 of 2983)

***waving to DJ Evans***

You just reminded me: when I or my sister would want something, my mum usually answered - I want to go to Mars. I didn't understand that until I had my own kids and now I use the same expression...


Amilia Smith - Jan 18, 2006 12:04 am (#190 of 2983)

Kristina: Have you read Bridget Jones's Diary? I haven't seen the movies, but the books are hilarious. Bridget and her friends are all obsessed with Colin Firth. Whenever one of them is having a bad day, they all get together and watch that part in Pride and Prejudice where Mr. Darcy jumps in the lake over and over again.

On a related note: how big are smoothies in England? Because Bridget goes through a phase where that is all she will eat. And she is going through like 30 a day. Which means that either she is exaggerating in her diary, or smoothies are a good deal smaller in the UK than they are in the US. I honestly cannot see anyone going through more than 3, maybe 4 in a day. And that is if they eat nothing else.

Oh, yes, pineapples. Love fresh pineapples. I am not usually much of a fruit person; given the choice between a green salad and a fruit salad (or a fruit anything and a veggie anything) I will always go with the veggies. But fresh pineapple is the exception to the rule.

Speaking of which: what are you thinking, Kristina???!!! Fresh pineapple is one of the very few things that is actually cheaper here than on the mainland. Take advantage of it! ;-)

Stephanie, I hope your cold is feeling better. I've had a bit of a cough and scratchy throat myself. ***read: Mills has been popping Halls and downing water like there is no tomorrow***



The giant squid - Jan 18, 2006 12:59 am (#191 of 2983)

I watched part of the red carpet and the first award and decided I had seen enough decolletage--Ydnam96

Jay Leno just had a hilarious joke on the Tonight Show: "Did you see Mariah Carey's dress? She's still got the Golden Globes, but she's about 5 years away from the SAG Awards."

Tazzy, how can you live in Hawaii & not eat fresh pineapple?? Isn't that against the law or something?

Squid Mike, I have a question(...)--Madame Pince[

The only thing I can come up with is that it's a personal favor sort of thing, like they're working for free or an extremely reduced fee, and if they're properly credited then they have to be paid their full asking price. Sort of a SAG/Agent thing. Of course I could be way off, but that's the most likely thing I can come up with.



Shamrock - Jan 18, 2006 3:42 am (#192 of 2983)

I’m feeling really stupid right now - canned fruit of course!! I got a smoothie maker for christmas off the future In-laws (which I loved by the way - have been wanting one since we bought the house) and am using it quite often but only making the same kind over and over because of the fact the fresh fruit season aint here at the moment. But I never thought of using canned fruit (makes mental shopping list note) Although the smoothie maker is getting great use for making alcholic drinkies too - oh yummy yummy!!! Oh and just to answer your smoothie question Mills over here in Ireland there big - well if a 500ml drink is big to you - (I deffo couldn’t go through 30 a day)

I love the film "Love Actually" I remember when it came out in the cinemas the other half refused point blank to bring me (a chick flick is a no no for him) but when I rented it out he loved it ( 1 point to me ha ha) I love the wedding scene

I didn’t stay up to watch the Golden Globes the other night and unfortunately the repeat was on during Desperate House Wives last night (which is very boring this season for those of you that don’t have it yet). And I also didn’t know Gwennie was pregnant either. OMG have you seen Angelina lately her bump is huge (will in todays paper it is)

My mother always answered the "I wants" with "Wanting and Getting are 2 completely different things" or "you can want all you like". She also used the "if so and so jumped off a building would you" but she usually used "put their hand in a fire" (what do I look stupid!!)- oh the joys of childhood.

Anyways hope you all have a good one today Jo


Stephanie M. - Jan 18, 2006 5:12 am (#193 of 2983)

Whoever invented the days of the week was smart, but the true genius was the person who invented mixing up the days of the week!—Finn

Can I quote you for all eternity?

I have more to say, except I just looked at the time and if I don't get ready for school, I'll miss my bus!


azi - Jan 18, 2006 5:50 am (#194 of 2983)

I love most fresh fruit and vegetables, although my green vegetable consumption is not high (cabbage, sprouts, broccoli...bleugh!). Fresh pineapple is good, if only you can be bothered with cutting the fruit up!

Hmm, Smoothies in the UK...I personally love them and they've grown in popularity over the last couple of years. I generally buy them in a 250ml bottle as a treat because they are expensive, but I think it's now possible to get them in 1 litre sizes.

Once I was against all chick flicks. Now they are actually quite fun! I love the Bridget Jones films, but Love Actually I didn't like so much. I completely got lost in the plot with no idea what was going on. If I was concentrating maybe I would have understood it. Seem to remember some good acting though.

Have a great day everyone!


Julie Aronson - Jan 18, 2006 6:40 am (#195 of 2983)

Love Actually is a wonderful movie--it gets better every time I watch it! I always fall apart at the airport scene in the end where all the random people are so happy to see each other.

I also have the capability to eat astonishing quantities of fresh pineapple. I've become a big fan of the organic Costa Rican golden ones. YUMMMMMY!!!!!



Madam Pince - Jan 18, 2006 8:26 am (#196 of 2983)

Azi, your avatar does look quite like Diagon Alley! Well spotted!

Thanks for the help, Squid Mike, about my movie-credit question. That makes perfect sense. (Speaking of good movies, the Nobody's Fool in question is also excellent. I think there's another movie by the same name which I cannot speak for, but the Paul Newman one is very good. The older you are, the more you will appreciate it, though, I would think, since it's sort of about not realizing your life's dreams, etc.)

***Is giggling at Jay Leno / Mariah Carey joke*** I've never been much for the awards shows, although I do admit to peeking to see the fashion highs and lows the next day. (I love a good ballgown.) But the sheer number of awards shows just seems to diminish the whole impact for me or something. It just feels like a Mutual Admiration Society. I'm waiting for them to have a big glamorous awards evening for "Teachers of the Year" or "Firefighters of the Year" or something like that. Why can't ordinary people who do a fantastic job with their career get an awards show? And the whole "gift bag" thing seems kind of pointless -- do celebrities who make millions of dollars really need a free gift certificate for $1000 worth of cosmetic surgery? Seems like they could be put to better use being donated to patients at a Burn Center or something, especially since those same celebrities are often touted as supporting humanitarian aid, etc. But I am digressing into a rant, so.... Don't get me wrong. I love movies, and actors deserve to be paid and receive recognition just like the next guy. And what do I know -- maybe the people DO donate their gift bags the next day and it just doesn't get publicized.

Mills, I read the first Bridget Jones book but haven't read any others. You really ought to see the movies, too, because it's cute that they use Colin Firth to play Mark Darcy. I just saw the second movie for the first time a couple weeks ago, and it is pretty funny, too.

Rainy and blah here today. Would be an excellent day to put away all the Christmas stuff back in the closet under the stairs. (Yes, we have a closet under the stairs! Not big enough for a bed for Harry, though, certainly.) I took the decorations down weeks ago, but they've been in a pile beside the closet for a while because, frankly, it's a pain in the tuckus to pull all the boxes and everything out and re-pack and try to put them in order of upcoming holiday so that the box you need next will be most accessible, etc. Yuck. But, it must be done....Sigh....

Yesterday I made spinach dip and a pecan pie -- I'm fulfilling the cravings I get at holiday time, which I did not get to do at the proper time because of everyone being sick. Incidentally, that spinach dip is a good way to get in some green veggies that are so hard to eat, azi!

Hope everyone has a great day!


Madam Pince - Jan 18, 2006 9:05 am (#197 of 2983)

Sorry for the double-post, but my edit time ran out, and I thought this would be nice for a blah rainy day (if it happens to be blah and rainy where you are too.) ***Now wants both the DVD and soundtrack -- excellent songs!***

Random memorable Love Actually scenes to brighten the day of those who've seen it:

There's more than one lobster in the Nativity Scene? "Yeah. Duhhhh!! "

You'll love Harriet. She's the *sexy* one.

The "awwwwww...." flashcards scene with Keira Knightly and the adorable guy who worships her (whose name I don't know.) Doesn't it make you just melt?

Ummmm....would we call her chubby?

Watch out for the eels.

The deep-voiced carol-singing security guard.

Could we be quite quick? "You said you wanted it gift-wrapped -- 'tis but the work of a moment..."


azi - Jan 18, 2006 10:20 am (#198 of 2983)

Thank you for the compliment on my avatar Madam Pince!

I actually love spinach. It's just the other green vegetables that are evil! Mmmm spinach lasagne...lovely!

***making mental note to watch Love Actually properly***

I may be about to sort my house for next year. The third we saw that I didn't particularly like last time I saw again today and it looked much nicer! Which just goes to show that second viewings are a must! Plus, the landlords said we could have a dryer if we wanted and we can paint rooms so long as they aren't terrible colours like black. I'll be painting the bathroom if we get the house, there's no doubt about that! We're agreed that we're going to try for it. Is it bad that I already have plans as to how everything will look? I've got a whole garden patio in my head!


mike miller - Jan 18, 2006 10:52 am (#199 of 2983)

Since we seem to be talking about food (one of my most favorite subjects), I'll have to chime in. I love pineapple along with most fruits, I even eat the skins of Kiwi fruit. The grocery store where I go for lunch because of their salad bar, usually has a good assortment of fruit as well. Oranges, pineapple, strawberries, peaches and watermelon are my staples (3 or 4 times a week) and lately they've had blueberries too! We always have an assortment of "fruit cups" on hand as snacks for my daughter (I'm partial to the mandarin oranges). Veggies are good too, except everything in the squash family, and do we consider mushrooms a veggie or is FUNGUS( it's own food group?)

I hope to play some volleyball later tonight. The local rec center has "drop in" intermediate to advanced volleyball on Wednesday nights. I haven't played in almost 2 years due to problems with my shoulder so I really hope everything holds together. I miss playing. I'm rapidly approaching the age where I can play in the senior division (starts at age 50) and I'm looking forward to that alot. One of the guys I used to play with went to the world senior Olympics 3 times; and, received a 2 week all-expense paid trip to Europe to play exhibition matches with other seniors. He told me the only draw back was some of the other players were really good because they had played in the regular Olympics when they were younger!!

Off to check a couple of threads... have a great afternoon!


Puck - Jan 18, 2006 11:13 am (#200 of 2983)

Just got a good soaking leaving the grocery store. It was cloudy when I went in, but pouring on the way out. One of the managers caught me on the way out and tossed a raincoat over the baby carrier, so she stayed dry, at least. I had already changed on kid, because our boy slipped on some ice on the way to the bus and fell in a puddle. Missed the bus, so Dad drove him.

I'm pathetic at volleyball! I have fun so long as I can play with people who are not the least bit competetive.

Yuck! I bought what I thought was chocolate milk at the store. It tasted weird, and when I looked closely at the label it says "drink" instead of milk, and the first ingredient is water! Basically I bought a gallon of YooHoo. Eeeewwww!

BTW, I sometimes buy smoothie drinks in the yogurt section. They're only about 6 or 8 oz., thought I still don't think I could manage 30 of them.


*makes note to watch “Love Actually" *
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Eponine - Jan 18, 2006 11:15 am (#201 of 2983)

The "awwwwww...." flashcards scene with Keira Knightly and the adorable guy who worships her (whose name I don't know.) Doesn't it make you just melt? - Madam Pince

That was one of the only parts I remembered from the trailer, and when I finally got around to watching the movie a few months ago, I was very confused when the movie opened with *spoiler?*Keira Knightly getting married to some other guy.

Did any of you watch American Idol last night? It shouldn't surprise me by now, but some of the people who think they can sing still shock me.

Have a great day!


Amilia Smith - Jan 18, 2006 11:53 am (#202 of 2983)

Thanks, Shamrock and Azi for answering my question. Hmmm . . . according to Google Converter, 500 ml ~ 16 oz; 250 ml ~ 8 oz. This makes Bridget's smoothie count slightly more believable. Here, at Jamba Juice, 16 oz is the small . . . which I never buy. If I am going to spend that much on a smoothie, it is going to be at least 22 oz (~650 ml)!

You really ought to see the movies, too, because it's cute that they use Colin Firth to play Mark Darcy.

Oh, that is too funny. OK, you're right. I need to see that movie.

Stupid computer question: Is there any way to retrieve an IM chat I had with my brother last night? I was going to save it, but forgot. :-(



kaykay1970 - Jan 18, 2006 12:00 pm (#203 of 2983)

Well, my crew has been to the doctor this morning and we have the flu. Just when we finally got to see some snow too. Of course it really wasn't a good snow anyway and has already melted.


Good Evans - Jan 18, 2006 12:43 pm (#204 of 2983)

Oh you must see Bridget Jones the movies Mills, they are brilliant - but I prefer the books which are classic.

And as for Love Actually, my fave is the bit when Martine McCutcheon is introduced to Hugh Grant (cant repeat - this is a family website) but it is delivered soo funnily.

I also love the Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightly "carol singers" scene.

Desperate Housewives is back tonight - hooray - seen some trailers and really looking forward to the Bree and Mother in law scenes.

have a great night everyone

Julie X

Edit : cross posted with kaykay, sorry to hear you all have the flu, cheering and healing charms to you and yours


dizzy lizzy - Jan 18, 2006 2:02 pm (#205 of 2983)

Hello on this lovely cool rainy morning!!!!!

Going on yesterdays housework spree, I also cleaned up my desk in the afternoon and cleaned up a 2ft high pile of paperwork, bills etc. I'm embarrassed to say I found a bill that I had not yet paid for - 2 months old - so I promptly rang them and cried poor. They were happy to wait a month to be paid (surprise!). I also cleaned the computer up, the rest of my study and started on my kitchen. It is such a dreary day outside, I think I'll clean out my filing cabinet today .

I've not seen Love, Actually, but I have seen it at Woollies (supermarket) and have thought about buying it.

We had a lovely stormy evening last night. I got 22mm of rain and a wet squishy backyard. That has put a stop to my plans to mow the lawn today. Instead I shall have to go and by another pre-paid internet card before the current one runs out.

Cheering charms and Get-well-soon charms to all those who need them.

I'm going to stay right away from the smoothie chat as it is obvious what I think a smoothie is; is nowhere near what you are all talking about.

Mills- For saving IM chats there is generally a preference that allows you to archive chats automatically. I only use Yahoo, but I'm sure the other IM clients would also have this function. I don't use this function, so I can't tell you if it works. I also don't know of any way to retrieve the chat after you've closed out.

Mike - That is also what I heard/read about relatively famous actors not being credited in movies. It avoids problems with their union.

Azi-Good luck on the house hunting. I hope you get the house.

Have a wonderful day everyone!



Stephanie M. - Jan 18, 2006 2:34 pm (#206 of 2983)

Azi, good luck on the search for a house!

I'm also not the biggest green vegetable person, but I love broccoli... and lettuce, but would you consider that a green vegetable? It is a vegetable... and it's green.

Dizzy lizzy, sounds like you had a pretty productive cleaning day! Which reminds me, I have to clean my room.

It's so windy here! We had no power in school today, so it was pretty interesting. It was also raining off and on.

I saw Love Actually with my sister and my grandparents. It was pretty interesting. I didn't really like the movie, and neither did my sister, but now I really want to see it again.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 18, 2006 2:40 pm (#207 of 2983)

The first time I saw Love Actually it was still playing in the theaters. I never thought I was an exceptionally fast reader, but I guess I was reading faster than anyone else that night because during the subtitled portions I started to laugh a couple of beats ahead of everyone else. Over and over and over again. Ooops.


Tazzygirl - Jan 18, 2006 2:51 pm (#208 of 2983)

Mills- Kristina: Have you read Bridget Jones's Diary? I haven't seen the movies, but the books are hilarious. Bridget and her friends are all obsessed with Colin Firth. Whenever one of them is having a bad day, they all get together and watch that part in Pride and Prejudice where Mr. Darcy jumps in the lake over and over again.

I worship Bridget Jones’ Diary (the movie). I haven't read the books yet- usually when I watch a movie, I don't read the book after. But if I read the book first, then I will watch the movie. It's weird. Anyways- Bridget Jones and Pride and Prejudice are in my top five favorite movie list. You really should watch it! I didn't really like the second Bridget Jones movie. It seemed kind of pointless...

Mills- Speaking of which: what are you thinking, Kristina???!!! Fresh pineapple is one of the very few things that is actually cheaper here than on the mainland. Take advantage of it! ;-)

Squid Mike- Tazzy, how can you live in Hawaii & not eat fresh pineapple?? Isn't that against the law or something?

I know... I know... Shame on me!! I think it is because it is readily available here all the time, I just don't think about it. I love pineapple (with Cottage Cheese YUM!!), so I buy the canned stuff to make it last longer. Plus, cutting a pineapple up is a little bit of a pain!! (Looks around for the pineapple police.)

Madam Pince- All the scenes you listed for Love Actually are funny! I didn't like the whole Colin guy (not Firth) coming to the U.S. to find a girl though. My second favorite is the "Watch out for the eels." scene with Colin Firth and Arelia (?). It was just sooo cute!



Finn BV - Jan 18, 2006 3:47 pm (#209 of 2983)

Well, Finn, if that was you in class today, I must say I figured you better at following directions. –Kathy

I grew into directions after I turned 6.

Hi DJ Evans! What was he on or is he always that "out there"? Isaac Mizrahi is gay (I hope that's acceptable to say here -- if it's true I would guess it's right), or, according to the annoying woman next to Ryan Seacrest, "happy." She bugged me so much. I know, Björk's swan dress was a mistake, but her music is really good! Listen to it!

Did you see Mariah Carey's dress? She's still got the Golden Globes, but she's about 5 years away from the SAG Awards. --Squid Mike

*trying not to laugh because it's inappropriate*

Chick flicks… hehe, obviously not for me, but can I say that I actually enjoyed the Legally Blondes? Weren't we talking about this in October or something? Okay, I won't venture back, but I like Reese Witherspoon a lot, and she and my Spanish teacher last year are long-lost twins. (They have to be. They look exactly alike.)

Is there anyway to retrieve an IM chat I had with my brother last night? –Mills

As far as I know, no. Sorry!

Feel better, kaykay!

Yeah, so we had no power in school today (there was a generator for one of the buildings, the science one, but the rest of the Middle School just had to hope that the natural light would be enough – which was hard, since it was dark too), and it was windy and rainy, but really warm!


The giant squid - Jan 18, 2006 3:52 pm (#210 of 2983) Reply

Love Actually is probably my favorite British export of the last few years (HP notwithstanding). Every clip mentioned over the last few posts made me chuckle. I want to add the not-family-friendly scenes with Martin Freeman as the stand-in. I'll reserve my opinions of Reese Witherspoon & the Legally Blonde in deference to Finn's youth and impressionable state.

dizzy lizzy, I've found bills that way, too. In my case, I just paid it late fee & all--I figure it's my own darn fault for not keeping things in order (I'm usually very meticulous about bills). of course, when you receive the bill on the 12th and the "late fee" takes effect on the 15th, a few phone calls are in order...



boop - Jan 18, 2006 3:53 pm (#211 of 2983)

Eponine, I watched American Idol last night. It is amazing the people who think they can sing. I thought Simon was pretty mean to some of the kids.

Kaykay, Sorry to hear your family is dealing with the flu. Sending get well charms your way.

hugs always



azi - Jan 18, 2006 4:13 pm (#212 of 2983)

Hope you and your family get better soon Kaykay!

Legally Blonde was funny up to the point the joke wore thin. Even I can't laugh at blondes for that long, especially with a silly plot line.

Ack bills. That is something I'm not looking forward to having to pay!

You know, Stephanie and Finn, if my old school didn't have power we'd get a day off! Why didn't you?

I agree with Tazzy, cutting pineapple is a pain! Tinned is soo much easier. Anyone like pineapple-upside-down pudding?


Amilia Smith - Jan 18, 2006 4:23 pm (#213 of 2983)

Thanks all for the IM info. That's kind of what I figured, that there was no way to retrieve it. I'm just kicking myself today. I have to do an informal survey about library usage, and was getting my brother's answers last night, intending to copy-paste his answers into WordPerfect. But then we got to chatting about other things, and I ended up just turning off the computer and going to bed, totally spacing the survey. Ah, well.

I also enjoyed the first Legally Blonde, but not so much the sequel. Love Actually is still on my Need to Watch list.



dizzy lizzy - Jan 18, 2006 4:23 pm (#214 of 2983)

Anyone like pineapple-upside-down pudding? – azi

Oooh azi, now you've got me! I love it! I don't make it too often, it is too much for one person! Add to that and make a list; Mars bar slice, Chocolate Coconut slice, Caramel slice, Chocolate pudding and so on...



Tazzygirl - Jan 18, 2006 4:33 pm (#215 of 2983)

I love pineapple upside down pudding! I haven't made it in forever... mentally thinking of ingredients

Hope you and your family feel better soon, Kaykay!

Eponine- I watched American Idol too. Wow. I feel bad for the kids whose parents thought they were fantastic singers and in actuality were the worst. ex. The kid whose mom and grandma were so excited and the mom said he makes her cry everytime he sings. I thought, after he sang, that she cried because it was that bad. WOW. Oh, and the girl that had a horrible suntan and makeup. **shudder** I only watch American Idol through the try outs. I think that is more entertaining than the actual competition.



Madam Pince - Jan 18, 2006 4:43 pm (#216 of 2983)

Kaykay, I'm sorry about your family having the flu! That is soooo not fun. Hope everyone feels better soon!

I didn't realize so many people hadn't seen Love Actually! Hope I didn't spoil it for anyone with the random scenes but rather whetted an appetite to see it! (Good Evans, the intro scene with Hugh Grant was great, too! As you say, not real "family friendly," but so funny!) There are several scenes that aren't really intended for younger viewers, so proceed with caution... (Speaking of which, I'd love to have been in the theatre with Stephanie and her grandparents to see Grandma and Grandpa's faces during the movie-filming scenes! **giggle**)

Is pineapple upside-down pudding the same thing as pineapple upside-down cake? (I'm thinking about "pudding" being a British term for generic desserts, rather than the specific creamy-type dessert it is here in the U.S.? Or is that totally off?) Either way, sounds good.

I meant to say this earlier about canned fruit -- it does have its uses. Say... at the end of a long day of daiquiri-making when all the fresh fruit in the house is gone (including apples.) Did you know you could make a canned fruit cocktail daiquiri? Now granted, this was at the end of the party, as I said....

Mike Miller, have fun playing volleyball! Just be careful and stretch out good first! Picking up a tennis racquet and trying to impress me with his blazing serve when he hadn't done one in years was how Mr. Pince ended up in rotator cuff surgery...

***Hopes that the next time Dizzy Lizzy cleans house that she finds cash money lying around instead of bills!*** I found $20 when I did laundry the other day and it feels like you won the lottery!


Catherine - Jan 18, 2006 5:53 pm (#217 of 2983)

I know, Björk's swan dress was a mistake, but her music is really good! Listen to it!—Finn

I confess that I had to GOOGLE Björk's dress because I couldn't remember it. Finn, I'm amazed at your capacity to remember bad celebrity fashion! Your post refreshed my memory, though, and it looks like I need to ask Loopy Lupin for the cold compress. That dress is an OUCH.

Madame Pince, I think you lucked out when you cleaned, finding the $20. I heard a horrible story about a middle schooler's mom who pulled her son's jeans out of the laundry and realized that she had washed and dried his new iPod. Double ouch!

Chemyst, your science experiments sound like fun. I especially like the Miss Manners unapproved orange slices/candle suggestion. Teaching in middle school has made me realize how much fun fire can be.


mike miller - Jan 18, 2006 5:56 pm (#218 of 2983)

Madame Pince - Thanks for the reminder about stretching, although I'm usually pretty good about stretching. I have to spend extra time on my shoulder if I don't want to end up back in PT (physical torture, I mean physical therapy). Unfortunately, I'm fighting a nasty headache I picked up work (go figure) so I think I'll shoot for next week.


Finn BV - Jan 18, 2006 6:17 pm (#219 of 2983)

You know, Stephanie and Finn, if my old school didn't have power we'd get a day off! Why didn't you? –azi

Well, first off all, it didn't go off until about 8:10 or so, which is after people have basically arrived. Also, there are generators, natural light, and too much stuff going on (such as a group of eighth graders leaving for a week school trip... called Dorr, might as well explain it soon since I'm going Feb 1 and Steph's going March... 6? I think) for them to just "cancel" like that. Our school is amazing, they can fix anything, get anything to work... it's mind-boggling.

Oh, Catherine. Really. I have all of Björk's albums, and I am not a pop music or pop culture person – she is alternative, anyway – but we think her music is really great, original, sometimes easy-listening, other times jumpy. If you like Radiohead, you'll like her.


Springtime - Jan 18, 2006 7:31 pm (#220 of 2983)

Well there was no school today for my kids (icy roads from freezing rain)

Anyways have a great day Very Happy


Puck - Jan 18, 2006 8:08 pm (#221 of 2983)

I, too, will have to Google that dress. I have no clue.

Feel better, Kaykay!

Mike M., sorry you had to miss volleyball. You seemed to really ne looking forward to it.

I occasionally find money in pockets of jackets I hadn't wore since the previous season. In the laundry I've had a variety of puzzle pieces, Barbie shoes, etc... The worst is tissues, as they shred and get on everything!

I thought they had to let students go home with no electricity, since that means no heat. Bbbbrrrr. Well, I guess the temps in the northeast were mild today.

Lizzy, feel free to come clean my house when you finish with yours! I'd love to start sewing again, but have to clean the pile of stuff piled on my sewing table before I begin any projects.



dizzy lizzy - Jan 18, 2006 10:59 pm (#222 of 2983)

Well I'm 3/4 finished with the filing cabinet. I realised I really didn't need the electricity bills from 3 years ago! I have 2 filing cabinets, one is for work and one is mine. You can actually see the tops of both of them and I have filled half a 240litre capacity recycling bin full of paper I don't need.

I figured since I am on an enforced break, my next workload not being until 6th February, I decided now would be a good time to give everything a good clean out. Besides the work keeps me busy and sane...

Just before Christmas I gave away two garbage bags full of old clothes to the Salvos. So I'm starting to feel much happier about my unorganised house. I've just been busy and dis-organised and plain out apathetic for the past 2 years. It's amazing what a visit to celebrate my birthday next week by my Dad does in activating the cleaning bug!!!!!

Easiest way to start is one room (or draw or box) at a time and make 3 piles; one of things to keep, one of things to look at again in 6 months, and one of things to discard (rubbish, recycling or charity or garage sale). The catch is that the pile you want to look at in 6 months time needs to be looked at at the 6 month mark and then these items can only go in one of the other two piles.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day/evening!



Shamrock - Jan 19, 2006 2:43 am (#223 of 2983)

I love getting them cleaning buzzes. You feel so "cleansed" after them. I’m the exact same, lizzy, with the "look at in 6 months pile" except my trick is to put the clothes in a bag and if I have not touched it for 6 months it goes straight to the charity shop with out another look. The one thing I find so hard to get rid of is my shoes though. I did a "I haven’t worn them in so long so I’m getting rid of them" charity bag and OMG did I regret it - in fact I still am after 12 months. Oh and keeping with the money theme, during last years "spring clean" I found my good "going out" winters coat which had been hanging in the wardrobe for about 6 months and there was 53 euros left in the pocket. I obviously had had a great night.

Anyways, best get back to work Have a good one and chat to you soon



The giant squid - Jan 19, 2006 3:32 am (#224 of 2983)

Say what you will about Bjork's music, I have trouble listening to anyone whose name sounds like the result of gastric distress.

Hugh Grant's intro scene in Love Actually may not be "family friendly", but it's not as bad as the first fifteen minutes of Four Weddings and a Funeral--only one word, spoken repeatedly, that most definitely is not to be used in mixed company. One of my favorite scenes in a movie (and directed by Mike Newell, come to think of it).



azi - Jan 19, 2006 4:27 am (#225 of 2983)

Pineapple-upside-down pudding is pineapple and cherry at the bottom of a dish with a normal victoria sponge on top of it. If I'm remembering rightly...I can see the picture of it in the recipe book!

Mmmm, currently eating caramel shortcake!

Oooo, 53 Euros. I could buy so many things with that!

I should really go do some work!

Have a lovely day!


boop - Jan 19, 2006 4:50 am (#226 of 2983)

Everyone have a great Thursday!!!


Finn BV - Jan 19, 2006 6:02 am (#227 of 2983)

Say what you will about Bjork's music, I have trouble listening to anyone whose name sounds like the result of gastric distress. –Mike

You are so intolerable. Give it a chance. It's really great.

Have a great day to everyone except Squid Mike.


mike miller - Jan 19, 2006 6:12 am (#228 of 2983)

Hey Shamrock - what a great find! Did you go searching through other items looking for "lost treasure"?

Does anyone else who watched “Lost” last night wonder why nobody said; who are you people? I have my theories. I really enjoy the show but sometimes they really draw things out. It seems like the writers didn't expect to have a hit on their hands and now they're trying to "milk it" for as many seasons as possible. One last thing, Jack is going about things in all of the wrong ways, JM2KW.


haymoni - Jan 19, 2006 6:16 am (#229 of 2983)

How did you miss The Swan Dress????

It's trotted out as the prime example of bad fashion.

But considering that Bjork who wore it, why is everyone surprised?

Happy Thursday all! The end is in sight!


Puck - Jan 19, 2006 6:34 am (#230 of 2983)

Now I remember that dress! Guess I had blocked the image from my mind! (I just did the google thing.)

Lizzy, do have that show "Clean Sweep" in Australia?

Occasionally I get a cleaning buzz, but it competes with crying baby and the older two destroying the rooms I'm not cleaning. End of the day one spot is clean, the rest is a disaster!

Time to bring my girl to school!



Marie E. - Jan 19, 2006 6:42 am (#231 of 2983)

Arrrrgh! I keep forgetting to TiVo Lost! I watched it last year, but have gotten behind recently. I may have to read those summaries on the website.

I am also a fan of Love Actually. I am always wishing there was a PG version so I could watch it with Shayla. I have let her watch it from Hugh Grant knocking on doors to find Natalie onward. I'm considering taking her to see Pride and Prejudice, mostly because I'd like to see it again myself.

Shayla got her report card for second quarter yesterday and I was absolutely floored. All A's except for one B in Social Studies! After last year's horrible reports, this one almost made me cry. I told her we'd go out to dinner on Friday and she could pick the place. Where does she choose? Chik-Fil-A.  Chat & Greetings 2006 1242194059 Lexie should be bringing home her report card today or tomorrow.


katrira - Jan 19, 2006 7:16 am (#232 of 2983)

I don't know if anybody her is into collecting dolls, but the Robert Tonner Doll Company now has a Harry Potter Collection. At this point they have Harry in both his school robe & his Yule Ball robes. Hedwig is designed but not available yet. Hermione & Ron in both school & Yule Ball robes will be available some time this year. The dolls are designed after Daniel, Emma & Rupert and go from good to okay (IMO) in capturing the actors and Hermione at the Yule Ball is very well done. I couldn't find any mention of the dolls on the Forum, but if this is old news, I apologize. I'd love to get them, but I think my husband would have a heart attack. "Books are one thing but dolls?!" Have a great day & happy reading!


Shamrock - Jan 19, 2006 8:09 am (#233 of 2983)

I did see the dolls (it was only a matter of time before they out) I haven’t seen the yule ball ones though. IMO I think Rupert’s hair looks so funny. Sorry if that sounds bad.

My day has been a very long one and I’m getting a really bad cold - prays its nothing more than that. Only one hour left in work and then home time though.

Lost hasn’t started over here yet but is it true there’s some thing about another plane crashing (I’ve been really good and not read any of the spoilers) I just hope my question isn’t one though. I haven’t figured out how to do the invisible type yet.

That pineapple upsidedown cake thingy sounds yummy - must get the other half to make one.

Well done to Shayla on the report card


Puck - Jan 19, 2006 8:25 am (#234 of 2983)

Hooray for Shayla!


Snuffles - Jan 19, 2006 8:42 am (#235 of 2983)

Gosh, it's hard work keeping up with this thread!!

Mmmmm, pineapple! though I have to agree with Azi, i prefer to eat the tinned as I cannot be doing with hacking my hands to pieces on the fresh!!! I may attempt upside down cake at the weekend, you have all got me thinking about it!

Congrats to Shayla on the report card.

On the HP dolls front, I daren't mention those. After going to see GoF at cinema, I said to my niece that I may ask for one of the HP cardboard cut out things they have. She laughed as she thought I was joking! Anyway, they wouldn't let me have one and when i mentioned it to hubby he looked at me as though I needed to be put in a strait jacket right away!

Hope everyone has a good day/night.



Loopy Lupin - Jan 19, 2006 9:36 am (#236 of 2983)

How did you miss The Swan Dress???? -- haymoni

I think it's kind of cool. What's even more cool is the video of Bjork (excuse me) punching out the photographer.


Finn BV - Jan 19, 2006 10:30 am (#237 of 2983)

Loopy, I'm not sure how to interpret that comment.

I was looking in your profile and took that grammar thingy. I am proud to say I join you as position of grammar god.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 19, 2006 10:56 am (#238 of 2983)

Oh my! I took the test also and came out as a GRAMMER GOD! Who'd have thunk it?


Springtime - Jan 19, 2006 11:13 am (#239 of 2983)

I agree, snuffles, it is very hard to keep up. I check on it after 24 hours and there were over 100 posts Sad

Anyways have a great day everyone


Loopy Lupin - Jan 19, 2006 11:30 am (#240 of 2983)

Loopy, I'm not sure how to interpret that comment. – Finn

I just meant the video is a cool bit of celebritizilla on her part. There, that should be more clear.

I was looking in your profile ..... Finn

Hey!! No peeking!!!!


haymoni - Jan 19, 2006 11:40 am (#241 of 2983)

I peeked too!!


Esther Rose - Jan 19, 2006 12:00 pm (#242 of 2983)

Alas, I do not possess the Grammar Goddessness Gene. I'm only a Master. But I got to look at Ralph Macchio in Karate Kid, so I'll take it!


Julie Aronson - Jan 19, 2006 1:51 pm (#243 of 2983)

WooHoo!!! I'm a Grammar God, too!

Hugh Grant seems to be in many of my favorite movies. I'd like to see him in a Harry Potter movie. Maybe as Ludo Bagman? Hugh is great at those dissipated, pathetic, wasted types!

Another memorable Love Actually scene: near the end, when Bill Nighy (the rock star) shows up at his manager's house and is accused of being "*** as a meatball" after spending a few minutes with Elton John. That cracks me right up, no matter how many times I see it!



dizzy lizzy - Jan 19, 2006 2:11 pm (#244 of 2983)

Hey all!

I'm not even game enough to take the grammar test! As Finn and others will tell you...I couldn't even spell grammer (oops grammar right!)

Lizzy, do have that show "Clean Sweep" in Australia?   No but they did have a lame little show on called something like "How clean is your house?" It was hosted by 2 British ladies and they went and cleaned up messy houses in the US. I watched it once and found it so lame in its execution I ignored the rest of the episodes.

Congratulations Shayla on your report card!

Thanks for showing me that swan dress on your avatar Loopy...Now I don't have to google for it.

Still cleaning, but now in the middle of defrosting the dogs breakfast (it's 8am here) as I forgot to take it out of the freezer. It is just a rice and oatmeal mix with pureed veggies, so it has been fairly easy to defrost.



Denise P. - Jan 19, 2006 2:29 pm (#245 of 2983)

I got a new cell phone today. I have spent entirely too much time in downloading my graphics and ring tones again. My phone is now correctly ringing Hedwig's Theme, I have the Imperial March (Star Wars) back for the school and still have to get Secret Agent Man as my Mr. Denise ring tone. Here is my wallpaper.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 19, 2006 2:41 pm (#246 of 2983)

Query Denise. Do Nicholas, Ryan, Kaitlyn, and Devin go to the same school at the same time by any chance? And will it be the case that those four are unleashed upon a highschool--- I mean, "attending" a highschool together? And, how many teenagers will you have, at most, at any one time? Finally, do you need my cold compress?


Denise P. - Jan 19, 2006 3:16 pm (#247 of 2983)

Nicholas and Ryan go to middle school (6th and 7th grade) while Devin, Kaity and Iain are at the elementary school still. Nicholas will have graduated (knock on wood) before Devin and Kaitlyn get up into high school. Ryan, Devin and Kaitlyn will be in High School at the same time. 12th grade for Ryan, 9th grade for Devin and Kaitlyn.

The only time all 4 of them were in the same school in elementary school. K, 1, 3 and 4. Devin was held back after being hospitalized for a good portion of the year so now he and Kaitlyn are in the same grade. I have ALL schools on the Imperial March LOL There will be a time when I will have kids in elementary, middle and high school at the same time. Thank goodness they stagger open house nights now.

Now, as for ages and teens....When Kaitlyn turns 13, Devin will be 14, Ryan will be almost 16, Nicholas almost 17. I already worry for Kaity when she begins to date because
A)  over protective brothers
B)   brothers’ friends who may suddenly find her cute much to the dismay of said brothers
C)  boys afraid to even speak to her because of the large amount of testosterone in the house (poor girls have 5 brothers living in the house!)

I don't need a cold compress, I need something much stronger but not forum friendly


Catherine - Jan 19, 2006 3:56 pm (#248 of 2983)

LOL, Denise.

Poor Kaitlyn may need a cold compress in a few years, if she doesn't already. I almost need a cold compress just thinking about it.

You should host your own "Dear Denise" advice column for boys. By the time Rhys graduates, you'll have the equivalent of several Ph.ds in male child psychology.

EDIT: I'm trying to figure out exactly why my post in is "Denise purple." LOL, I just noticed that.


Madam Pince - Jan 19, 2006 5:29 pm (#249 of 2983)

Too funny, Denise! "The Imperial March" ominous music for the schools calling! I guess that's because the school hardly ever calls just to say "Hey! Just wanted to tell you everything's going great!", right?

I've been meaning to tell you, too, that your avatar is so adorable! They are all just precious! Mr. Rhys looks like a barrel of laughs!

Mike Miller, I think I "caught" your headache. I woke up this morning with a splitting migraine, one of the worst I've had in years. Took a Zomig and hours later it was better, but I've felt wonky all day. Ugh.

Lost last night was pretty cool, but I have to agree with you -- why didn't anybody say "And just who the heck ARE you?"!!! At least (spoiler?)Locke asked "How do you know our names?" No answer, though, was there? I agree about Jack, too, he's getting a bit "out there," and I was so annoyed at Kate for not listening and going out on her own and causing them to lose half their arsenal. I continue to think Locke is the only one with any sense. And I love that Hurley is crushing! Tee hee! I did tape it because Mr. Pince couldn't watch, so I'll get to watch it again. "USA Today" said they were re-airing last week's episode right before this new one, but in our area they didn't, unfortunately, so no chance to re-check the smoke.

I remembered the Bjork swan dress. It always put me in mind of those awful fur stole/cape things that were popular back in the 30's and 40's, the ones that still have the little critters' heads and feet attached. My elderly aunt had one of those that she very proudly kept promising me would someday be mine, and I'm sure she thought that I was counting the days. I tried to be polite, but I was thinking "Are you kidding me!!!"


Chemyst - Jan 19, 2006 5:47 pm (#250 of 2983)

Thanks for showing me that swan dress on your avatar Loopy...Now I don't have to google for it. – Lizzy
Aw, but don't you want the full effect? And it needed some web-toed stilettos.

Congratulations on setting your graphics and ring tones, Denise. I've been procrastinating on that since October.

Sorry, but the soapbox is luring me— Going back to when we were discussing kids and questions...   I don't remember anyone giving a serious "how to" answer. In the home educators seminars, they teach that kids ought to be given only a partial answer that will leave them curious and lead them to ask yet another question. (I KNOW! That sounds rather self-defeating, doesn't it?) Or, you can answer their question with another leading question that helps them reason out the answer for themselves. In either case, the objective is to foster a child's love of learning and discovery so that they do their own thinking rather than having answers spoon-fed to them.
...so now you know. It is not a very practical course of action when you are running late, but when time permits, it is a goal to aim for. alights from soapbox...
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Tazzygirl - Jan 19, 2006 6:05 pm (#251 of 2983)

Mike Miller-Does anyone else who watched Lost last night wonder why nobody said; who are you people?  I have my theories. I really enjoy the show but sometimes they really draw things out. It seems like the writers didn't expect to have a hit on their hands and now they're trying to "milk it" for as many seasons as possible. One last thing, Jack is going about things in all of the wrong ways, JM2KW.

I'll respond in white (there might be spoilers!!) First, I do think they are now trying to make the series last. For awhile there, the show was going suuuuupppper slooooooow. I am glad it is kind of starting to pick up! When Jack, Sawyer and Locke run into the Others, I immediately had fifty questions come to my mind! Then I got annoyed when NONE of the group members asked who they (the Others) were, why they were there, why they took Walt... The list goes on! Here is something for you (or any other person who reads this and wants to discuss)- if the Others claim the island as theirs, then why don't they just set up a meeting with the survivors to state boundaries (if they must), or at least come to the realization that the survivors aren't there by choice, but that they are waiting to be saved. It just doesn't make sense!! I guess if they did that, there wouldn't be a series... hmmmm... OH! and by the way- the house that Jack and his wife were in, that should have been my house (remember I told you all that the show was thinking about filming here at my house?)!! grrrrr... I can't wait for next week's episode!

What is all this about a Grammar God? If it is a test, I wanna take it!!!



Catherine - Jan 19, 2006 6:30 pm (#252 of 2983)

Sorry, but the soapbox is luring me— Going back to when we were discussing kids and questions... I don't remember anyone giving a serious "how to" answer. In the home educators seminars, they teach that kids ought to be given only a partial answer that will leave them curious and lead them to ask yet another question.—Chemyst

That's a great soapbox answer, which, curiously, leads me to some questions. I think you'd be such an amazing educator, and I wonder if you'd consider teaching science below the college level.

I realize that you won't be moving to Eastern NC, but I would so love for you to be my child's science teacher.

Claire loves science, and her teacher really does not know how to talk to her about her interests. Fortunately, Mr. Catherine is a chemist and loves to talk about science at any and all opportunities, but I believe that they are getting "short shrift" at their school. No experiments, no physical science, no class pets, no biological science.

Claire has explored the French and Indian War in some detail, but for her, that does not have the same "oomph" as science experiments.

I'm a "humanities" vs. "science" gal myself, but even I can see that this is not going so well. Mr. Catherine's offers to do special labs or special demos have been rebuffed. We are already looking to the middle school and hoping for more.


Finn BV - Jan 19, 2006 7:56 pm (#253 of 2983)

Congrats to Shayla on her grades, and good luck to Lexie!

Off to bed, but Chemyst, take a peek at the FFF. You won the writing contest.


Puck - Jan 19, 2006 9:05 pm (#254 of 2983)

Congrats Chemyst!

Tazzy, click on Loopy's name and find the link to take the test. I, too, only made master. In my defense, grammar classes were a long time ago, and I spend much of my time using phrases such as "Gee gee" or "ah-goo".

If Denise is passing out advice, any tips on getting my 3 year old to put on clothing without a fight? I let her pick her own outfits, no matter how much they clash, but it's still a battle each morning. Incidentally, she would probably be thrilled to wear a Swan dress!

Catherine, I can't believe the school turned away a Dad volunteering to do science with the kids!

I agree with previous comments on Lost, especially Mike's about Jack. And I loved Locke calling Sawyer "James". Did anyone else notice how all these survivors had miserable lives before the accident?


Tazzygirl - Jan 19, 2006 9:30 pm (#255 of 2983)

Thanks Puck!

I took the test and I am a "Student of the English Language". Ooooook...??? I could have sworn I answered the questions correctly!! hmmmmm... I guess it is technically true, as I am a student!

Did anyone catch the Ellen Degeneres show yesterday (Wednesday)? I just watched it now (recorded, as usual!), and it had Matthew Fox on it. It was pretty good! Turns out Ellen found out who the black smoke thing is- It's Diane Keaton!!! LOL. She took clips of all the cast members of Lost and then took 'key' words out of their conversations, ending with Diane Keaton...Go figure.



Madam Pince - Jan 19, 2006 9:41 pm (#256 of 2983)

Chemyst, that is really great advice! I'm glad to know that I'm kind of doing the right thing without even knowing it -- a lot of the time when he asks me a question, I will respond with "What do you think?" before we go on with it. (It's probably the psychology major in me ) Sometimes it turns out that the question he's really asking is not exactly what I thought he meant, so it helps to draw the question out more. I just stepped in over my head and was sinking fast on the "Mommy, what's a soul?" question.... I should've just told him "It's a floating glowing Tic-Tac" and been done with it. Ha!

I also do a lot of "hands on" whenever possible. A couple months ago, he saw a picture of Oscar the Grouch eating something out of a can -- What's that? -- It's sardines. -- What are sardines? I like sardines! Can we have sardines? -- () Absolutely! I will get a can on the next trip to the store! So we ended up with a can of sardines, which we decided that we didn't really like so much, but it led into a biology lesson about bones and blood and all kinds of interesting yucky stuff.

Puck, have you tried making the "getting dressed" into a race? Little Pince loves anything that turns into "who can get done first" so that works sometimes for us. He's actually pretty good about getting dressed -- it's going to bed that causes a fight.

Your post reminded me of another great quote from Lost last night: Sawyer: "Are you sure about that, Mr. Clean?" Locke: "Where'd you get that name?" Sawyer: "Whaddya mean? All you need is an earring and a mop!" Tee-hee!


Tazzygirl - Jan 19, 2006 9:49 pm (#257 of 2983)

Madam Pince- That was my favorite quote!!!! I laughed so hard! and Locke was such a good sport about it too!



Ydnam96 - Jan 19, 2006 9:51 pm (#258 of 2983)

Kristina, don't feel bad, I got student too. Go figure.

It's freezing here in LA. Well, at least those of us who have no heat (or for those of us whom have no heat?).

Lost...wow...I agree (highlight here--> I would have asked them a bunch of questions...I can't believe they didn't...oh well

Thank goodness it's almost the weekend. Despite being a shortened work week this week has been super long for me. I'm ready for it to be over.


Tazzygirl - Jan 19, 2006 9:56 pm (#259 of 2983)

Ydnam96- When I was back in California for Christmas, my parents' house has a heater. The only thing was that they only turned it on once. I froze almost the entire time I was there!!!



Madam Pince - Jan 19, 2006 9:56 pm (#260 of 2983)

Yep, Tazzy, Locke's little grin made me like him even more!


Lina - Jan 19, 2006 11:45 pm (#261 of 2983)

Kathy, you remind me the dressing situations with my kids... Kate was around 3 when she went to the daycare. All of the sudden she started to dress alone. Then I discovered that she was practicing so that she wouldn't be any worse than the other kids and she was younger than most of them. Once that she "mastered" the dressing, she returned to expecting her parents to put her clothes on her again. Veronika was almost 6 when she decided that she won't dress alone in the daycare. The (new) teacher was quite surprised and asked her who is putting the clothes on her at home. She answered: "I dress alone at home because I don't have to. Here I have to dress by myself, so I don't want to do it." A little bribe (chocolate eggs with the surprise) helped sort it out. With Mihaela we never had any problems, we would start to dress her and then she would continue to do it by herself. I don't think that she is aware of that. When she most desperately wants us to dress her, she ends up doing it herself... That showing that all kids are different...

Healing charms to everyone who needs them and congratulations to all who deserve.


The giant squid - Jan 20, 2006 2:10 am (#262 of 2983)

Have a great day to everyone except Squid Mike.--Finn BV

Chat & Greetings 2006 2775603007

Marie, give Shayla a hug of congratulations from me. At least now you have some fairly conclusive proof that the meds are working. Give Lexie a pre-emptive hug as well, as I'm sure her grades will be good, too.

Apparently I, too, am a grammar god. I had always thought so, but it's nice to see it validated. Seems to be quite a few of us here; why am I not surprised?

I liked last night's Lost (I used ancient VCR technology to record it, but it seemed to work better than Marie's TiVo... ), but it's clearly a "set up" episode--the warm up leading into February sweeps & into the end of the season. I'm fairly sure at this point though that we won't see Walt until the finale. I was itching for Jack to finally ask some questions, too, and I loved the names Locke & Sawyer used for each other (trying hard to avoid spoilers here).



VeronikaG - Jan 20, 2006 4:11 am (#263 of 2983)

Oooh, Locke is awesome! I love his character. Although I think he is hiding something. Or rather I know he is.

Congrats to Shayla on her grades, and Good Luck to Lexie. Luck charm: *¨*¨*¨*¨*¨*GoodLuck*¨*¨*¨*¨*¨*

Mom dressed me (by force) until I was 7, else I'd not have put on enough clothes. I was the kind of kid who would play outside in the snowy 80s' winters without mittens, hat, socks and a jacket if not. Being under dressed was a sign of being cool. (Literally!)

On a sad note; the HP Revelation is dead. Closing down tomorrow. I guess with all the smallish forums that are out there it's survival of the fittest, and Rev was no longer what it had once been. Lex is still very fit, right?


haymoni - Jan 20, 2006 6:09 am (#264 of 2983)

I don't know what HP Revelationn is, but invite 'em over here!

It is Friday - finally!

I left the cell phone at home on the charger. Now I'll be a nervous wreck that the school or someone will try to call. They have my number at work, but it's not the same.

I think I want Chinese for lunch - not the LaChoy stuff! I'll see if I can talk anyone else into it!

Have a great Friday all!


Marè - Jan 20, 2006 7:11 am (#265 of 2983)

Allthough the chat thread seems to be going strong as ever (interesting mix of swan dresses and grammar queens) the rest of the threads seem to be going a little bit slower, which might actually tempt me to go and read some and see if I can get into the forum vibe again.

I'm completely behind on Lost and Desperate Housewives, I am almost up to date on CSI though (even though they haven't been technically, you know, broadcasted over here)

Tazzygirl, I saw you watched McLeod's Daughters too! I love that show! Unfortunately they broadcast it every day, just before dinertime. So, if you miss a few days you missed a few weeks in the show. I'm having a hard time keeping up with all the changes but I think I caught most of the seasons 1 & 2. I think they start the last season in the beginning of next week allready.

#12. Suzie is much taller __________.
The worst part is: I would probably answer this one wrong (wrongly? ) in every language.
Anyway, I am an English student, You do manage to speak better than most Americans, but then again, that's not really saying too much.
For your sake, I hope not!


Puck - Jan 20, 2006 7:19 am (#266 of 2983)

Veronika, you remind me of a friend I had during my '80's teen years. She had this hot pink jacket she decided was cool. She wore it year round, even though New England winters were much to cold.

My young Diva can dress herself, and prefers to do things herself. It's just that she complains that the clothes "hurt". If I try to dress her she kicks and pulls things off again. It's not just tags, but waist bands, sleeves, any part that touches her skin. She complains things are tight and she can't breathe. Truth is, she's thin so all her clothes are plenty roomy. Perhaps we should move to Hawaii. I'm sure she'd be happier in sundresses and sandals!

Have great day! We're going to make chocolate chips cookies.


*bows to all the Grammar gods as she exits*

Edit; just went to Denise's link. Did you notice on Lost that the beared guy asked Alex -Danille's taken son- to bring in Kate?


Marie E. - Jan 20, 2006 8:03 am (#267 of 2983)

Not only do my children dress themselves now, but they also try to change their outfits right as we're leaving for school. Shayla played this game yesterday and made us late for the first time this year. I was in the office signing them in and the prinicipal told me the kids aren't actually tardy until she begins the announcements. I turned around and yelled, "Run, girls! Run!"

Lexie got her report card and she did well, too. Most of her grades stayed about the same (PP, which means Approaching Proficiency) and her reading grade went up to a P (Proficient). She is still performing below average in Physical Eduation so I'll need to talk to her gym teacher about that. I was trying to figure out why someone so hyper would score low in participation when my friend said it was because they didn't have "twirls and hits the wall" as part of her curriculum. If they did, she'd get "exceeds expectations" for sure!

We got about six inches of snow yesterday, right at rush hour time. I was hoping for a snow day, but it's just a two-hour delay. Bah!

Happy Friday!


Denise P. - Jan 20, 2006 8:06 am (#268 of 2983)

My soon to be 3 year old loves to dress herself. She, unfortunately, adores a little purple cheerleader outfit that is most certainly a summer dress. Iain, the almost 5 year old, would dress himself as Steve (from Blues Clues) every day since we have 2 shirts in the green stripes...left over from when Devin and Kaitlyn were each about 4.

Off to go visit a brand new baby boy who is tiny...only 5 lbs. My Rhys is gonna look like a moose next to Peyton and really, Rhys is not a big guy.


azi - Jan 20, 2006 9:47 am (#269 of 2983)

I don't remember when I started dressing myself. I was at oldest 5, because I remember being frustrated when I was ill that I couldn't do it.

Actually had time to do laundry today, but lost a sock in the process. It's also one of my favourite socks I checked both the washer and dryer and the floor before I left and didn't see anything.

Woohoo, it's Friday!

Hope everyone has a great day!


haymoni - Jan 20, 2006 11:06 am (#270 of 2983)

Puck - I remember reading something somewhere about kids who say their clothes hurt. They really did hurt them. I don't recall where I read it but their claims were legitimate.

I can't remember if the kids had sensitive skin or what, but one of the suggestions was always taking the child along when buying the clothes and allowing her to tell you what feels good and what doesn't BEFORE you buy them.

Or just tell her to quit whining and put the darn thing on!


VeronikaG - Jan 20, 2006 11:59 am (#271 of 2983)

Eyyy! When I said to Mom that my sweaters were itching, they were.


Good Evans - Jan 20, 2006 12:37 pm (#272 of 2983)

oh Denise - I have Hedwig’s theme on my mobile phone too! I love to when it goes off.

I haven’t done the grammar test yet as the laptop crashed when I tried to do so last night - still I will get round to it.

Having had the day "off" I cleaned and the house is now pristine, I also went to visit a friend who is off sick from work with a nasty infected wisdom tooth, she is feeling a bit better now and hopefully will continue to improve as her birthday is Monday.

anyhow - off to the threads, have a lovely Friday everyone - I hope to go and see Narnia tomorrow as I have done all the chores - yay me!!!


Tazzygirl - Jan 20, 2006 1:39 pm (#273 of 2983)

Mare- Tazzygirl, I saw you watched mcLeod's Daughters too! I love that show! Unfortunately they broadcast it every day, just before dinertime. So, if you miss a few days you missed a few weeks in the show. I'm having a hard time keeping up with all the changes but I think I caught most of the seasons 1 & 2. I think they start the last season in the beginning of next week already.

YEAY!! Another person who loves McLeod's daughters!! The only thing is- here they show one episode once a week on Saturday nights. and I missed the first two seasons. I am (I think) in the middle of the third season. I went to their website, and was checking off the episodes I'd already seen. I want to rent or buy all the available seasons, but they are not available in stores here or video rental stores. If I ordered it online, they are just a tad bit expensive! So sad...

Puck- Perhaps we should move to Hawaii. I'm sure she'd be happier in sundresses and sandals!

LOL!! I think she'll feel right at home! My two year old cousin has been fighting us on getting dressed. Sometimes it is an all out battle, sometimes she'll get dressed if it is just her doing it. Then we found out that she loves all the Disney Princesses, so now for school, she is always in a Princess shirt and a skirt. We now only have minor battles! Shoes are a different matter...

On Lost- I still need to go to Denise's website. I haven't had a chance!

Azi- don't you just hate it when a sock loses its other half in the wash? I don't know how that happens, but it drives me nuts too!

Off to school... Hope everyone has a good day/ night!



azi - Jan 20, 2006 2:43 pm (#274 of 2983)

The good news, Tazzy, is that I managed to find the sock! It managed to crawl it's way (after it was washed) into a box where I didn't see it!

Just saw the Wallace and Grommit movie at the student cinema. I don't think I've laughed that hard in a long time! Excellent de-stresser!

I'm not daring to take the Grammar test. I know I'll fail miserably!


Madam Pince - Jan 20, 2006 3:04 pm (#275 of 2983)

Great catch, Puck, on the name in the Lost episode! I completely missed that! I thought they just said "Bring her in." Wow is that cool!

***High-fives Loopy Lupin on the great week the Cavs have had -- beating both Virginia Tech and North Carolina in one week!!??!!!*** I may swoon.


Tazzygirl - Jan 20, 2006 7:37 pm (#276 of 2983)

Azi- The good news, Tazzy, is that I managed to find the sock! It managed to crawl it's way (after it was washed) into a box where I didn't see it!

I believe this is one of those few times a sock is caught!!



Puck - Jan 20, 2006 8:57 pm (#277 of 2983)

I usually only find the socks after I have given up and thrown out the other one!

Haymoni, yes, some kids have what they call "sensory integration" issues, which can cause them to claim clothing "hurts". Things is, she's such a Diva drama queen, I'm not sure if how to tell if it's real or her just giving me a hard time. And what clothing she's happy with changes daily.

Madame pince, alas, I can't take credit for catching that Lost thing. I read it on the website Denise so sweetie provided a link to.

How big is Rhys now? My little one just passed 13 lbs. Mr. Puck came home today and commented on her getting chubbier. Her little face has rounded out, as have her thighs. Sooo cute!

Have a great night/morning!



Denise P. - Jan 20, 2006 9:14 pm (#278 of 2983)

Rhys was just over 13 lbs at his 4 month check about a month ago. He may be up to 14 lbs now but he is not a huge guy. We went to visit a newborn today, Payton was 5 lbs 2 oz at birth so Rhys looks like a MOOSE next to him. Moose

I have this week's Lost on Tivo...maybe tomorrow night. I have Cub Scout Leaders Pow Wow all day tomorrow and I am trying to get through the back eps of Battlestar Gallactica to get caught up.


haymoni - Jan 20, 2006 10:06 pm (#279 of 2983)

Drama Queens - isn't every little girl?

If I've told this story, bear with me - it's nearly Saturday!

Daughter told me right before Halloween that she thought she was the "beautifulest" one in her kindergarten class.

“The beautifulest one, huh?”

“Yes. I think so.” (She wasn't bragging. In her mind, she was stating a fact.)

Knowing full well that she would never understand me, I told her, "Honey, with the right doctor, ANYONE can be beautiful.

But you have to be beautiful on the INSIDE. Any girl can be pretty, but if she's mean and nasty, nobody will want to be friends with her. Do you understand?”

“Yes...but I still think that I am the beautifulest one.”

What can I say to that?

However, when she sees someone being mean on TV or when she's telling me something that happened at school, she'll say, "I don't think she's being very pretty on the inside."

So I guess something stuck with her!


Lina - Jan 21, 2006 12:50 am (#280 of 2983)

That's so sweet, Haymoni! And don't let her change her mind!

I used to tell my kids that they will turn ugly if they don't behave well...


The giant squid - Jan 21, 2006 1:00 am (#281 of 2983)

See? I knew Lexie would do well. I had to laugh about the "twirls and hits the wall" bit, though.



boop - Jan 21, 2006 8:08 am (#282 of 2983)

Haymoni, that is such a cute little story. I hope your daughter always thinks that way about herself.

Marie, you must be so proud of your daughter. They deserve to go out for dinner.

Lina, never thought to use that line before. Did it work? hehe

Have a great weekend everybody!!!

hugs always



Madam Pince - Jan 21, 2006 8:56 am (#283 of 2983)

Little Pince is under the impression that "bad little boys will turn into donkeys", since he saw Pinocchio. I didn't tell him this was true, but I also didn't disabuse him of the notion. Is that evil? I have considered pretending to check his ears for growth when he starts acting up sometimes, but I haven't actually done it yet.

haymoni, that is such a cute story!

Woo-hoo! I have a date tonight! We're going to see Narnia finally!


Puck - Jan 21, 2006 11:04 am (#284 of 2983)

Have fun at the movie, Madame P.!

I'll try asking my girl to be pretty on the inside, see if that helps her mood.

Denise, I never thought I'd say this, but I'm hooked on Galactica as well. Hubby got me into it. It started soon after we had watched all his Babylon 5 DVD's. I still haven't gotten him to watch "Little House on the Prairie", however.

TBE, do you know of a good place on line to get horse statues, etc...? Mr. Puck's Dad has a collection inherited from his dad, and we'd like to add to it.

Time to make lunch!



Finn BV - Jan 21, 2006 2:03 pm (#285 of 2983)

Rhys looks like a MOOSE next to him. –Denise

LOL. I don't know why, but that's very funny.

Yesterday we went to a family friends' 70th birthday so I was out all day, missed the threads, sorry!

I don't really watch TV, so I can't say I'm following this Lost discussion very intently.

Thankfully I don't do laundry yet (haha my mom just asked me if I have any dirty clothes) though I know how to do it. I suppose I'll do it on a rare occasion, but it's not one of my chores.

Happy Weekend!


Ydnam96 - Jan 21, 2006 3:34 pm (#286 of 2983)

Oh, man...I wish I had a washing machine and dryer. I hate hate hate having to go do laundry elsewhere. It would be amazing to be able to just throw a load in the wash once or twice a week when needed instead of waiting until I have more than I can carry and have enough quarters. I either have to risk doing my laundry in the student's laundry room and thus run the risk of having my clothes either stolen, taken out of the machine and left on a the nasty floor or counter, or having the machines not work or be full or I have to sit in an unairconditioned laundry-mat with a bunch of strangers. I'm jealous of those of you who can just do your laundry.

Well, today has been productive. I re-arranged my spare room because I was given a full set of boxspring/mattress with a frame the other day from someone at work. I had to go get a new vacum cleaner because I killed my previous one somehow; it was spitting out black plastic bits and smelled like it was burning. I worked out. And now have showered twice.

I'm ready for a nap Smile

Denise, I'm sure Rhys does not look like a moose

My father has tivo-ed and put onto dvd battle star galatica for me but I haven't watched any of them (it's very nice of him I just haven't sat down to put them in order and watch them, plus I know I don't have them all because he records them as they come on the SciFi channel). I love Stargate SG1 and he's sent me a great deal of those and some of the Stargate Atlantis (which I haven't started watching either. I don't have all of the first season and I don't want to start it and not be able to go all the way through). Maybe I should get on that...

Okay off for some lunch and a nap. Happy weekend to everyone. Enjoy it!


Loopy Lupin - Jan 21, 2006 5:47 pm (#287 of 2983)

High Fives back to you Madam Pince!!! Go Hoos!!!


azi - Jan 21, 2006 6:00 pm (#288 of 2983)

Ydnam - I also have to use students laundry facilities and will be very glad when I don't have to! There is the risk of things being chucked out during drying or after washing has finished but it hasn't happened yet! ***crosses fingers*** The plus side is that they are easier to use than most normal household washers with only 3 settings!

Talking about student life - I will be extremely glad when I get to live in a house next year with quiet people! I've been kept up almost every night this week by drunk people shouting and screaming! Tonight is no exception. One of my friends who is staying over is ill as well due to excessive alcohol consumption. Doesn't appear drunk, but in fact keeps being sick (not knowing that I can hear him doing so). Tis going to be a looong night! ...Oh wait...I think he's fallen asleep! Yes, that is snoring!

I suppose I should try sleep too...

Have a nice day/night everyone!


Puck - Jan 21, 2006 6:01 pm (#289 of 2983)

Mandy, fair warning, the "Atlantis" enemy Aliens totally creep me out...even more than inferi!

It was almost 60 degrees F here today! I know you California and Hawaii types think that's cold, but for New England it's very warm for January. It was nice to be baby to take the baby for a walk, and my boy was out for hours playing with the neighbor kids. Plus, the kids were all happy as I brought out the cookies my daughter and I made yesterday. (she chose to stay inside, as going out would have meant getting dressed. )

Oh, and baby had her 1st taste of solid food today. she definitely took to it fast. The other two took a while to get the hang of eating from a spoon, but she got it from the first bite.

Mr. Puck is coming to watch Galatica with me... Kathy


Stephanie M. - Jan 21, 2006 8:25 pm (#290 of 2983)

I hope everyone enjoys their movies! Or TV shows!

I don't watch Lost so I also haven't been really following the Lost discussion, but I'm very glad that all you love it so much!

Happy 70th Birthday to whoever' party Finn went to! 70 is a big birthday!!!

Congratulations to Marie for raising children who are getting good grades, and to everyone else who is getting good grades!

All of these children stories are so cute! I used to think tags were itchy. I don't really mind any more. Just as long as I look decent in the clothes. A lot of the bands of clothes I get don't have tags. Like the store Express doesn't have tags in the shirts. Or the shirts that do have tags, they are soft tags and not tags with rough edges. Wow clothes are so much nicer now than when I was little. I also hated frilly things because they made me itch.

My sister used to take dance lessons when she was little (maybe around 8 years old) and she had to wear a leotard, and I remember going with my mom and my sister to pick one out for her, and I saw this leotard that was all pink and it had lace and rhine stones. And I made my mom buy it for me, so she said that I could have it if I promised to wear it. (I stayed and watched my sister's dance lessons yet I never took part in them.) So I said that I would wear it when my sister was wearing hers but it was soo itchy and I hated it so much that I wore it once and never wore it again. My mom wasn't very happy, but I don't think it was expensive.

I was such a girly girl!

Have a good night everyone!


Tazzygirl - Jan 21, 2006 9:37 pm (#291 of 2983)

Wow, it feels like I haven't posted here in ages... just looked back and it was only yesterday that I last posted. Woah.

Haymoni- that was definitely a cute story to remember! I love it when kids say something in a very serious way and in fact it is really funny.

Madam Pince- Pinocchio always terrified me. I can see where Little Pince is coming from with the Donkeys!

I am pretty lucky- I only have to share the washer and dryer with my aunt and uncle, so no conflict there. In a couple months they are doing an add-on to the house, creating two more bedrooms (for the kids), a bathroom, and another laundry room. Which means I will soon have my very own laundry room!

Assorted good charms going out to any one who needs one!



haymoni - Jan 21, 2006 10:18 pm (#292 of 2983)

Well, I took The Beautifulest One to a birthday party today. It was a swim party at Kent State University's Wellness Center - quite the facility, I must say. But I digress...

Call me crazy, but isn't it a bit, well, STUPID to drop your 5-year-old off at a birthday party that requires them to change clothes twice - shed clothing to reveal bathing suit underneath and then change out of the wet bathing suit into dry clothing - and to keep track of said clothing???

There must have been about 10 little girls at this party and only 4 moms stayed. These girls couldn't get their clothes off, couldn't put their clothes in a bag, couldn't keep track of their towels, couldn't get their wet suits off, couldn't put the wet suits in the bag. It was just sad.

The poor mother of the birthday girl must have undressed & dressed 6 girls herself. I had my daughter's things, another little girl's things and the glasses of yet another girl.

And then the other moms show up at the end talking about how they had to hurry home because they had to be here or there this evening.

And I'm the Slacker Mom???

Idiots! And how sad that they've reproduced!!!

(And yes, I must say that my daughter was both pretty on the inside AND the Beautifulest One.)


The giant squid - Jan 22, 2006 1:37 am (#293 of 2983)

Okay, so we were wrong...Finn's actually 70, not 50.

haymoni, I see those sort of parents all the time at the theater--we actually had one mom yelling at one of our managers because her 13-year-old son ditched his 11-year-old sister. Apparently she thought we were the Regal Babysitting Service. You may be a Slacker Mom, but for you the emphasis is on the second word not the first.

I still think tags are itchy.



Tazzygirl - Jan 22, 2006 3:22 am (#294 of 2983)

Haymoni and Squid Mike- Don't get me started on slacker moms!! I work for the queen in slacker moms. I see my cousins more than their mom does, and she gives me the whole "well, why didn't you do that? I would have done this" conversation... Makes me so mad. Why have kids if you aren't going to be around? Ok, off to another topic!

Tomorrow (or rather today), I think I will go to the beach. Enjoy the nice warm day... and think of all my HP friends in colder climates!! LOL



CatherineHermiona - Jan 22, 2006 6:07 am (#295 of 2983)

I just came back from the shooting competition. I think I shot about 150, I didn't stay to see. I hope other girls in our school team will shoot well too, I didn't stay to see them. I know that Tena will shoot great, that's for sure. I just hope Ivana will as well. I don't expect much from her as she is practicing for only few months. About 130 - 135...

One guy took GoF to read until it is his turn to shoot. And whole discussion about HP came. One girl said: "How can you read that big book?!?!" One girl said that she has all parts, from 1st to 6th at home, but she never read them. I asked her why does she have them then. She said: "Well, my mother reads it!" I found it funny. I know that on this forum there are way more mums than us, "kids".

I don't watch Lost, as it is on Friday here and Friday is show day, and there is no room for any other shows but those we follow already, "Bitange i princeze" and "Vecernja skola (evening school)". I don't watch a lot non-Croatian shows, only one some French TV show and "Sisters". I also like The Nanny a lot, but I don't watch it as it is already 4th or 5th repeating of same episodes.

The way people from other countries pronounce our names is funny. There are a lot of Teas here and you pronounce their name as in word tea which is highly incorrect. And our name with other accents, even if they are pronounced correctly, sound very funny.



boop - Jan 22, 2006 7:36 am (#296 of 2983)

Haymoni, sounds like you had a busy evening. I almost feel sorry for the birthday girls mom. I bet she learned something from having the party there.

Tazzy, enjoy your day at the beach. Please think of us in the cold. I want spring to come!!!!

Kate glad you shot good. I hope your team won.

Today at 3pm my team the Steeler's play. I am keeping my fingers,toes, and eyes crossed for the win. I am sending the Steeler's good luck charms.

have a nice day everybody!

hugs always



Puck - Jan 22, 2006 8:41 am (#297 of 2983)

Boop, I'm ready for spring as well! Winter is fun for about a month, then I just get tired of hats, mittens, snowpants, boots,etc...

Okay, I have been planning to have my boy's 6th birthday at the community center pool. Now you have me worried. Although I worked with preschool groups that we took for swimming lessons, so I'm used to getting lots of kids changed and organized. However, even with a lifeguard I'd feel safer if parents were there to watch their kids swim. I dropped my son off at a movie theater birthday, but never would leave a young child near the water. (Mike, I was not slacking, I just thought my girls would be disruptive to those watching.)

A salesman came to my door the other afternoon. When I answered he asked if my mother was home! I haven't quite decided if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

I definitelyy do not miss my days of using the college washing machines. Don't be too jealous of those with machines, as the trade off is I now have to do laundry for 5!



Good Evans - Jan 22, 2006 9:10 am (#298 of 2983)

oh I sympathise with those that are looking forwards to spring, me too. anyhow has been a nice weekend - the four of us went golfing (9 holes) this morning and I shot a 40 which is one off my best so I was pleased, but no pars - 2 fours though on par threes .

but it was cold at 9.30 on the course this morning!

I had some "me" time yesterday and went to the movies, finally saw the chronicles of narnia and thoroughly enjoyed it - I thought of you all as Edmund asked for Turkish Delight (yuck)!

anyhow - have a lovely day everyone



Catherine - Jan 22, 2006 9:15 am (#299 of 2983)

I still think tags are itchy.--Squid Mike

Ditto. Hate them. One of my pet peeves, though, is the horrible big anti-theft clips on clothing that chafe, poke, and bind when one tries garments on.

I was once in a well-known retail establishment that sold "underthings" and could not tell if the item actually fit, due to the placement of the security device. I begged the sales clerk to take it off just for a moment so that I could try it on without being tortured. She refused, and I ended up feeling so miffed that I walked away without purchasing anything.

Haymoni, your story about "The Beautifulest One" put a big smile on my face. My youngest child often reminds me that she is "The Bestest One" in her kindergarten class; she has concluded this because she has made more trips to the "Treasure Box" than anyone else. I just hope she doesn't act like an insufferable know-it-all about it!

We enjoyed a nice weekend with my parents. They brought their rescued shih-tzu "Belle" with them, and so I had THREE shih-tzus in my house. Mr. Catherine claims that this is equivalent to a dozen other dogs.

Off to plan lectures for the coming week. Assuming that everyone turns in their assignments, I will have 100 research proposals to read tomorrow night! EEEEEK!


Good Evans - Jan 22, 2006 9:25 am (#300 of 2983)

best of luck with that Catherine - I still have examiners comments to do for the December exams - I'll get round to them - like to keep my procrastinator award dull (not shiny as that would involve polishing)!!

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Finn BV - Jan 22, 2006 9:28 am (#301 of 2983)

Okay, so we were wrong...Finn's actually 70, not 50. –Mike

And 13, and 4. Please. Aliases aren't that hard to keep up with. Then I've got to play as my 20-year-old self in that Steelers game today… Good luck to your team, Betty, even though I'm completely clueless in football!

Congrats on the good shoot, Kate!

Good luck with the lectures/assignment grading, Catherine!

Have a good Sunday, all. I'm playing piano at a nursing home today for about 20 mintues, through my music conservatory. That should be interesting. Later!


Denise P. - Jan 22, 2006 9:34 am (#302 of 2983)

My soon to be 13 year old is quite disgusted that I am not willing to: a) take him to the mall, drop him off and allow him to wander parent/adult less for several hours
b)  drop him and his friends at the movie theater by themselves and return several hours later
c)  allow him to wander around strip malls with no supervision
d)  get him his own personal cell phone/PSP/Nintentdo DS (or all three)

Do you see a trend here?

There is no way I would leave my 5 yr old at a swim party without me just because he can't swim and I can't be sure that in the event of a near drowning that another mom would even remember he was there in the confusion and rush to get her own child out.


VeronikaG - Jan 22, 2006 9:59 am (#303 of 2983)

I think my Mom is with you there, Denise. She didn't let me go to town with friends before I was 12. And we live in this really small town in a very safe country. (Maybe a little safer then than now. Maybe not.)

Tags! I hate them! They get cut out of all my garments as soon as I bring them home. The only time I have refused to remove a tag was to prove to my friends that my jeans were indeed a size 38 (European size, not American, He he). I was young...

Snow... Winter... Let me present a little excerpt from my Live Journal:

Our neighbour stinks! We have gotten more snow in the last few days then in the past few years added up since Thursday. We've been out shoveling for hours every day. And this terrible neigbour we have uses our garden to dump his snow into. *Plop* down on our shrubs so they break. And our guest parking lot. "You don't have a car, you don't need it!" he must be thinking. Let it be added that this neighbour is not quite mentally right. He snoops around the neigbourhood and sticks his nose literally into everything the neighbours are doing on their lots. When the family across the road was building an extension, he was observed crawling up the hill and poking his head in through various holes in their hedge. One day Mom saw him sneak into our garden and stand staring at our house, almost without blinking, for several minutes. But by the time she got down to chase him off he had gone. He also told us to trim our hedge because it looked messy, and he had to look at it when he walked past. Grr.

The snow troubles started Thursday. It was a complete chaos. Getting from HiA to Arendal, which normally takes an hour and a half, took five hours. A lot of cars had slipped of the road, and as soon as one had been pulled up, another one slipped into the same ditch. At one of the places we stopped because of the queue we stood still for two hours.

Then we arrived in Arendal at a quarter to nine. The hour where there is no bus for the island. So I had to wait in town for an hour. I decided to do some shopping for my parents, so they wouldn't have to go to town the next day. But the store was closing and I was kicked out. Then I went into a kiosk and hung around there browsing through their DVD rack. Then the power went out all over town, and it got really dark and scary. I hung out near the taxies until the bus arrived. It was the only place with a bit of light.


See you around.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 22, 2006 11:22 am (#304 of 2983)

I'm finally caught up with Season 1 of Lost. I'm very tempted to read all the ghost-texted spoilers on the Chat thread, but I'll try to hold firm. Now I just have to wait for reruns of Season 2.

I got my son the POA game for his new Gamcube. His younger sister came running up from the playroom in fear of the dementors. My son called up to me to suggest that I should come down and keep her company since she finds them so scary. I, who was busy reading the Forum , replied I was a bit too busy to be doing that. That's when the whole truth came out..."Well, I find them a little scary too." Gee, wait till he sees the movie.

Catherine, what's wrong with your daughter being an insufferable know-it-all? Perhaps she comes by it naturally.

It's been so warm here, the ice rinks behind my house have thawed. They're now filled with ducks. My cat is spending endless hours on his perch keeping a carnivorous eye on them.


Catherine - Jan 22, 2006 1:36 pm (#305 of 2983)

He snoops around the neigbourhood and sticks his nose literally into everything the neighbours are doing on their lots. –Veronika

He sounds like a male version of Aunt Petunia!

Although Dumbledore said that "curiosity is not a sin" it seems as though your neighbor is taking things too far.

I had to laugh about your neighbor telling you to trim your hedges. We drove our very sweet, elderly neighbor absolutely crazy for over a year. We were renovating our home, and there was a "Port-a-Potty" in our front yard next to her driveway. She would come over and fuss about it, and I felt bad that her sensibilities were offended, but there was no other place to put it.

So maybe your neighbor should be glad that you do not have a latrine in your front yard!


Tazzygirl - Jan 22, 2006 3:37 pm (#306 of 2983)

Veronika- I hope you have a better day! Sounds like your neighbor needs a talking too, or something. Hmmmmmmmm...

Kate- Glad to hear your competition went well! I hope you feel better soon.



Finn BV - Jan 22, 2006 4:10 pm (#307 of 2983)

Sorry about your neighbor, Veronika. Is he a new neighbor?

Denise, if it makes your son feel any better, I don't have the privilege to hang out at malls… I can't say I have the interest, but I certainly wouldn't be allowed to if I wanted to. If I go anywhere, it's with my parents or friends and their parents. I also never see movies alone… we have a movie theater within walking distance from my home, but I would definitely have to be going with an adult. I do have a cell phone, but that's because of a couple of incidents where I was stuck with no communication either at school or after my piano lesson.


boop - Jan 22, 2006 4:17 pm (#308 of 2983)

Hey everyone The STEELER'S WON They are going to the SUPER BOWL!!!! If can't tell I am very excited for my team. They played so hard for this win.

Have a great evening everybody!!!!!!

hugs always



Marie E. - Jan 22, 2006 6:08 pm (#309 of 2983)

Aw, Betty, did you have to rub it in so soon? *sniff, sniff* I'm just kidding, congratulations to the Steelers.

I dropped off Shayla today for a swimming party, but this was for third graders. I did notice the dad, who was going to be swimming, asked all the parents of our child's swimming abilities so he knew who to watch out for. The funniest thing was when Shayla was packing her bag to go and asked if she needed to bring sunscreen. I reminded her that it is an indoor pool, then went into the other room to giggle.


Finn BV - Jan 22, 2006 6:08 pm (#310 of 2983)

Congrats to your Steelers, Betty. I must say I did a mighty fine job this afternoon. Not that I watched it… I was playing piano for the old folks. (Ha! I have a Time Turner! And many Aging Potions! You guessed it now!)

Unfortunately, I will be away for the Super Bowl. Our school has a retreat in Washington, Connecticut called the John Dorr Nature Laboratory, or simply, Dorr. Every year starting in second grade, you visit Dorr to do fun activities – hiking, caving, games ("initiatives"), learn to cook your own meal. Starting in third grade, you stay overnight. In fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, it's three days, two nights. In third and seventh grades, it's two days, one night (seventh is shorter since it's actually done just for a science lab). But in eighth grade, you go for eight days, seven nights. It's so much that you miss gym for the entire following week to do "Dorr Make-Up," which is learning what you missed while you were gone.

So, I will be gone Feb 1-8, and Steph will be gone the 6th of March, I think, to the 13th. Not entirely sure.

Have a good week, everybody!


boop - Jan 22, 2006 6:50 pm (#311 of 2983)

LOL Marie, I couldn't wait to post it. Just so excited!!!! At least there was a parent there to get into the water with the kids. hehehe about the sun screen. I hope she had a great time at the party.

Finn, thanks so much. I sure the old folks enjoyed you playing for them. The retreat sounds like fun. When I was in sixth grade we went on a retreat too for a week, I remember how much fun it was. Sounds like you will be doing a lot of fun things.

have a good night everyone!!

hugs always



Stephanie M. - Jan 22, 2006 6:55 pm (#312 of 2983)

Yep, that is when I am going. March 6th-March 13th

Kate, I hope your team won, and if they didn't then I hope they came very close.

I don't really follow football, but YAY for the Steelers!

Hmm, nosey neighbors don't sound very fun. I hope they stop being... well, nosey, or less nosey.

Well, I have to go study now... I have been procrastinating for way too long!


Viola Intonada - Jan 22, 2006 9:00 pm (#313 of 2983)

Wow, it feels like I haven't posted here in ages... just looked back and it was only yesterday that I last posted. Woah. – Tazzy

Maybe you have been using your time turner a bit too much lately, Tazzy. Chat & Greetings 2006 464751818

Hubby and I plan is to keep our kids so active that they won't even have time to ask us if they can go to the mall with their friends and no adults. (More Hubby's plan than mine) This weekend we manned a cookie booth for 3 hours, went bowling then to oldest daughter's basketball game. Next morning we attended oldest daughter's soccer game at 7:00am then she had another basketball game at 4pm. I took several naps today.

Alas, the good old days. I remember times when I was a kid, especially in the summer, when I didn't leave the house for a week. We would go out to eat and shopping on Friday night and church on Sunday, that would be it.

Congrats on your team's win, Betty. Hubby would love to be able to cheer on one of his teams on in the Super Bowl, but alas earwax.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 22, 2006 10:54 pm (#314 of 2983)

Hey Finn, I know I proposed that my four kids and I drop in on you, but now you are coming into my neck of the woods. You and your class mates can drop in on us!! (well it turns out that Washington CT is on the NY/CT border about 2 hours from here)

I live in small town and everyone here knows each other. When we first moved here and my son was invited to parties at age 5, was often the only mother who would not leave. Most of the parties were for just 5-7 kids but I would never leave him even for parties in the back yard. When it was his turn for a birthday party I invited the parents and any siblings to insure that some parents would stay to help with their own kids.

One of the girls was invited to a sleep over last night. I let her go to the party but she could not stay the night. She was so upset, I let her and her sisters sleep in sleeping bags in their room.


Lina - Jan 23, 2006 12:10 am (#315 of 2983)

Kathy, maybe you should really do some checks with your daughter. If she prefers staying at home than getting dressed, maybe the poor baby is really in pain. And congratulations on the solid food for Natalie! That is a treasure, having a kid that enjoys eating... I have only one that is doing so...

Congratulation, Boop, for the Steelers!

Viola Intonada: Maybe you have been using your time turner a bit too much lately, Tazzy.
Well, Viola, that explains a lot, thank you! I'm not sure that you are aware how close to the truth you are, but the fact is that some of us have been wondering about Tazzy's multiplying in the chat room. This sounds like an answer that solves several puzzles.

Ooooh, people, off to Monday... Have a good week!


Tazzygirl - Jan 23, 2006 12:30 am (#316 of 2983)

Viola Intonada-- Maybe you have been using your time turner a bit too much lately, Tazzy.

Lina-- Well, Viola, that explains a lot, thank you! I'm not sure that you are aware how close to the truth you are, but the fact is that some of us have been wondering about Tazzy's multiplying in the chat room. This sounds like an answer that solves several puzzles.

And here I was thinking it was Peeves! I'll lay off the Time- Turner... sheesh! I tried to make my 'other selves' stop interrupting the discussions, but they insist on coming in to check things out! Tonight they behaved themselves- only two of me showed up! LOL



The giant squid - Jan 23, 2006 12:44 am (#317 of 2983)


I told you the Broncos would lose. And, as much as I'm rooting for the Steelers in the Superbowl, I must admit I'm impressed that the Seahawks will be there for the first time in the team's history.

((hugs Betty))

Don't worry about not following football, Finn...I didn't much care about it when I was 13 either. Nowdays, it gives me something to do on Sundays to avoid the dreaded "honey-do" list. Chat & Greetings 2006 464751818

Denise, I've said it before but I'll say it again: I wish there were more moms like you. The more parents take responsibility for their children, the more the kids will grow up responsible.



dizzy lizzy - Jan 23, 2006 2:00 am (#318 of 2983)

Yep, well the teams who made it to the Superbowl made it to a news item on my evening news. All I know that one is Pittsburgh and one is Seattle. I've no idea which team is the steelers etc, the news report didn't get that detailed .



azi - Jan 23, 2006 5:06 am (#319 of 2983)

Count me as 'don't know anything about Superbowl.' To be honest, I don't even know what the sport is!

My mother was pretty relaxed about me going to parties when I was younger, but I think that might have something to do with her parents making her go home before 10.30pm at the age of 18 and the loud arguments if she came home after midnight when she was in her early 30s. I don't think she wants me to suffer like that.

My brother is 16 and has only just been allowed to go into the local town with his friends, whereas I was allowed at the age of 10 with friends. Apparently this is because young boys are more likely to be mugged or attacked by gangs rather than girls. My brother is allowed to go walking in the local area on his own, while my mum doesn't like me to do so. In fact, she hates me going anywhere on my own. I don't get lifts to parties or meeting friends unless there's no bus available. Which is most of the time.

Veronika - wow, that sounds like a lot of snow! Alas, no snow here, but it's 2 degrees celcius outside! Hopefully it will fall further and encourage snow! The windchill is -3.5, which I discovered to my cost when I went outside with a t-shirt on. I hate nosey neighbours, which unfortunately I have...

Hmm, should really get some food!

Have a great day everyone!


Madam Pince - Jan 23, 2006 8:20 am (#320 of 2983)

Count me as 'don't know anything about Superbowl.' To be honest, I don't even know what the sport is!

“What it is, is football. And see, there's some fellers wearing one color shirt, and some fellers wearing another color shirt. And they run around in this purty green hayfield chasing this punkin. And there's a bunch of convicts running around in striped shirts, and they blow on whistles. And when the guys with one color shirt have the punkin, one side of the crowd just stands up and hollers and carries on. And then when the other guys have the punkin, then the other side of the crowd stands up and hollers.”  (OK, so nobody under the age of 40 will have any idea what I'm talking about, but I couldn't resist, and maybe someone out there might remember this vintage Andy Griffith bit....)

Azi, the Superbowl is the annual championship game of American professional football. This year it will be the Pittsburgh Steelers (yay, Boop! Woo-hoo!) against the Seattle Seahawks, since the Denver Broncos (wah, sorry Marie!) and the Carolina Panthers lost yesterday in the last round of the playoffs. Football itself is maybe sort of a little bit like European football (soccer), except the ball is elongated rather than round, and they carry it and throw it instead of kicking it, (well, they kick it occasionally, too) and the players can tackle each other. Maybe more like rugby instead? I've never watched rugby so I'm not sure. Anyway, it's a lot of fun and even people who don't watch the game much usually like to watch the Superbowl, if for no other reason than to see the TV commercials which come out new and especially for the occasion -- they're usually pretty funny. Now, that's all just as clear as mud, right?

Mandy, I know what you mean about washing machines -- when I moved into my first "real" apartment, my main requirement was that they have washers/dryers actually in each apartment. It was heaven! I despised going out to the communal one. Plus people were always taking your clothes out of the dryer before they were dry just so they could use it instead! Arrgh!

Veronika, your neighbor would give me the creeps! Ick! I wish we could take some of your snow, though. We haven't had much at all this year. It's been so warm lately. If we don't have some cold weather before spring, I fear the mosquitoes are going to be just awful next summer!

Kate, good job on your shooting! Congratulations! ****Fondly remembers watching Sisters and liking it a lot***

A couple years ago, Mr. Pince's aunt was in the mall and came across his nephew there, who was about 14 or 15. She stopped to say hi, and asked where his Mom and Dad were. He said "Oh, they went to a party and dropped us off here for a couple hours." She asked who he meant by "us," and was horrified when he replied vaguely that his two sisters, ages about 7 and 9, were "somewhere around - I think they're in that store back there." Our poor aunt was so upset and has never forgotten that, and I must say I agree with her. I can't imagine leaving kids that young alone in a crowded mall, and especially when the older one wasn't even paying attention to them. Somebody could've walked right out with the girls and he wouldn't have even known. ***admits to being overprotective mom*** Haymoni, so sorry your girl's party turned out that way, and I agree with your take on it. I'm with Denise, too, I would've been worried about safety issues as well.

Little Pince has only been to one "big" birthday party, and we both stayed there with him. (Of course, he was not quite 3.) We're debating what to do for his upcoming 4th birthday. Since we've taken him out of school, I'm afraid that if we invited kids from school, that a lot of them wouldn't come because he's sort of "out of the loop." And that would really stink, to plan a party and get him all excited and then have nobody show up. I'm almost thinking we'll just invite one friend and go to the aquarium or Medieval Times or something -- he loves both fish and knights.

Oh, meant to tell you guys, I found another use for pineapple! While showering the other day, I read that my Yardley Body Wash contains "exfoliating pineapple enzymes." What a useful little fruit!


mike miller - Jan 23, 2006 8:57 am (#321 of 2983)

WOW - Miss a couple of days and you have +50 posts to catch up on!

I remember those college days and the laundry mat. My first roommate and I would hit the laundry on Sunday mornings and then the mexican buffet for lunch. The laundromat would be empty and you could use several machines at once and get done quicker.

Azi - You are living through one of several "rites of passage". No matter how many times people see others drink too much, it doesn't have the same impact unless it's you. Hopefully you can learn from the exploits of others and avoid the misery yourself.

Finn - Take note of some of these conversations. There are 3 things I'm glad my mom made sure I knew; how to do laundry, basic sewing/repair skills and how to cook. The first 2 will help you always "look good" and the cooking can really impress the opposite sex (later when that becomes important).

I totally agree with all of the comments regarding some parents and birthday parties and "dumping" kids at the mall. We need more parents like Super Denise! Denise - could you please screen potential parents and provide remedial training for those who have forgotten their responsibilities?

Kate - Forgive me but I've been away for a while, what kind of shooting? I'm and avid sportsman (as is Mr. Pince) who enjoys many types of shooting sports. We will have the opportunity to see biathalon (cross country skiing and shooting combined) at the Olympics soon.

Betty - Congrats on the Steelers! You know how hard that is for a Ravens fan.

Now remembering that I grew up in Seattle GO SEAHAWKS!!!! Maybe after demolishing the Redskins and destroying the Panthers they will get the respect they deserve!! I won 2 cans of peanuts (double or nothing from last week) from my brother-in-law who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. It's an inside joke, but Aunt Ruby's are the best peanuts in the world (www.auntrubyspeanuts.com), honest!

I'm working from home today as schools are closed today and tomorrow for a Teacher's Party (I mean workshop). No offense to the teachers out there, they do a thankless job for the most part; but, there sure seems to be a lot of teacher days on the calendar. Well, back to work. (I think this is my longest post ever on the chat thread)


azi - Jan 23, 2006 9:20 am (#322 of 2983)

Hmm, Madam Pince, it does sound like rugby! I don't follow rugby, but it's popular in my local area.

Mike Miller - I hate seeing people drunk! I have never been drunk myself, and don't intend to be. I'm still quite annoyed at the guy for drinking so much as he's usually the sort of person who doesn't do that stuff. He woke up fine the next morning, which is I suppose the most important thing. As I said to a friend once, 'The moment I see someone drunk I lose all respect for them.' Maybe a bit over the top, but there you go!

I'm annoyed at my timetable for this term. I basically have about 5 hours of lessons per week. Not good value for money this university malarky, is it? 5 hours...tsk!


CatherineHermiona - Jan 23, 2006 9:37 am (#323 of 2983)

Mike, it's shooting with air rifle. It is an olympic sport, but on summer olympic games, not winter ones. I shoot on target that is slightly smaller than 10cmX10cm. On 10 meters distance.

Well, most of boys here are crazy about football. But football, not American football. Football in which David Beckham is playing. To be correct, football is what you call soccer. Because that is foot-ball. I don't see connection between foot and ball in "your" football...

Azi, I was looking what will my schedule look like when I'll be in high school and I saw I will have at least 6 hours per day. At least, as some days I'll have even 7 hours per day... And you complain about 5 hours per week?!?! Even now I'm happy when I have only 5 hours per day!



azi - Jan 23, 2006 9:43 am (#324 of 2983)

Kate - 6 hours a day is more than you'd get in high school in the UK! 5 hours a day at most here. At college it can't be more than 5 hours either because the timetable doesn't allow it. I want more lessons than 5 hours of lessons per week. I have nothing to do otherwise! I know I won't get any work done because there's no point getting up and I'll spend a lot of money in the city just to have something to do!

Hmm, a fire engine is outside my window. Wonder where the fire is? I can't hear any alarms.


Ydnam96 - Jan 23, 2006 10:14 am (#325 of 2983)

Kate, I agree Football is a silly name for our sport here in America seeing most of the action is in throwing and running. But I guess "Throwball" or "Carryball" or "Tackleball" aren't as exciting a name.

I called in sick today. The wind has been blowing at over 30 miles an hour since Sunday afternoon, non-stop. It's crazy. It sounded as if someone was standing outside my bedroom window screaming all night because of the wind. So I didn't get much sleep at all and my sinus/allergies are not liking the wind too much either. I'm here watching the tree just outside my window praying it stays outside. I heard a big crash which sounded like part of the tree ended up on the roof at some point this morning. I've never seen this much wind not related to a tropical storm. It's crazy.

I'm with everyone here about the children and parent chaperone thing. I hate it when parents leave their children in the mall, park, movies, really anywhere with no supervision. Especially in today's society. You really don't know what can happen. I really really hate it when children are left to their own devices at amusement parks. One because their behavior without a parent is definitely lacking and two because seriously someplace like Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm is a place where a child could be taken in a blink and no one would notice. Oh, I have to stop now or I could rant all day.

Suffice it to say that I am glad there are responsible parents out there...maybe there is hope for the world.

I'm gonna go sleep or something.


Denise P. - Jan 23, 2006 10:46 am (#326 of 2983)

I have to say, I was stunned at the amount of kids, under 16, who were solo at Disney and Universal while we were there. We say if we ever win the lottery (which would be hard since we don't play) that we would hire a college student for each kid so that they could go to what rides they wanted without everyone tagging along but you notice, they still have an adult with them. I trust my own kids...to a point (they will act like kids, of course) but I don't trust others.

Mr. Denise and I went to the gym this morning. I have jelly legs after doing a workout on the elleptical. It looks so fun and easy and then WHAM!! It wipes you out in no time flat.


DJ Evans - Jan 23, 2006 12:16 pm (#327 of 2983)

Madam Pince....."What it is, is football........ (OK, so nobody under the age of 40 will have any idea what I'm talking about, but I couldn't resist, and maybe someone out there might remember this vintage Andy Griffith bit....)

****stands up proudly & admits she is one who is old enough (((cough turns 49 next month cough))) to remember this delightful & witty vintage Andy Griffith**** Will go so far even as to admit that she once owned the original 45 RPM record that it came out on. Oh it was hilarious. wonder what happen to it? Thanks Madam Pince for the chuckle!!!

Congrats to all Steelers & Seahawks fans out there. I'm not really a football fan myself -- I'm one of those who picks her teams by how cool their helmets look -- but I will watch the Superbowl for the commercials. My family & I are into stock car racing (NASCAR) ourselves -- which their seasons will start next month. YAY

Have a great day/night all. Later, Deb


VeronikaG - Jan 23, 2006 12:49 pm (#328 of 2983)

Thank you for the better day-wishes and neighbour sympathies Lexers. He sounds like a male version of Aunt Petunia! - Catherine.  Guess what; he has a wife too, and she's no joke either. And no, he's not a new neighbour he has been there longer than I. I think he has been plaguing the hood for 30 years. Once he went down to a guy who was building a new house and told him; "I don't want your house the way your architect has drawn it. It's going to block my view of the sea. I've made new drawings, and I want you to build your house like that!" He also came very drunk up to our house once, and told Dad that our garage was so ugly it made him lose his appetite. He had to look at it from his kitchen window. On top of this he has scared a lot of people who don't know him by lurking around in the forest near our houses and waving a machete around while staring at them like hypnotized. (He was picking raspberries, and the staring is a bad habit of his.)

You want snow, Madam Pince? How many tons? We have enough to go around. :-)

I think "Clobberball" would be a nice name for American Football.

Have a nice Monday.


haymoni - Jan 23, 2006 2:20 pm (#329 of 2983)

Goodness, Veronika! Have the authorities been called about this neighbor? He sounds like an accident waiting to happen.

Well, my heart was definitely torn on Sunday. As a longtime Browns fan, I was rather torn about the Broncos/Steelers game. I hate both teams, so I really didn't care who won. "None of the above" would have been my choice!

Go Seahawks!!!


Lina - Jan 23, 2006 2:22 pm (#330 of 2983)

I have to say, when my kids want to buy a birthday present for some of their friends, I prefer giving them money and letting them take the bus and go downtown to buy it. Veronika did it when she was 11 and I was quite satisfied. I hate when I see parents helping their children to enroll to the college, coming to the faculty to ask what did their kids do wrong on their exams and so on. I think that at some point the kids have to become independent... I told my kids several times (just because I saw too many parents even choosing the college for their kids) - If you expect your mummy to enroll you to the college, than you just won't go to the college. I went to the college to another town and walked through that town in any time of day and night, I felt it as a wonderful experience that I don't want to take away from my kids. Although, I remember playing in the middle of the street when I was 5 or 6 without any supervision, because there were almost no cars at that time. That is something I took away from Mihaela...

Kaykay, I hope the healing charms are starting to work and the flu is about to fly away..

I think it might be a good time to say Lizzy!


The giant squid - Jan 23, 2006 2:29 pm (#331 of 2983)

azi, American football is a lot more like rugby than "your" football. The ball itself is actually the same shape as a rugby ball (not sure if it's exactly the same size) and the goal posts are the same setup as well, though in American football we try to kick over them instead of under. Our footballers also wear a lot of protective padding, which makes most rugby players call them "wusses" or other unrepeatable names.

I don't see connection between foot and ball in "your" football...—CatherineHermiona

With the exception of punting & field goals, you're right. Still, someone called it that years ago & we're too stubborn to change it.

Madame Pince, I got the Andy Griffith reference as well. I'm under 40, but my mom isn't & she has the record (kids: once upon a time music came on vinyl disks called "record albums"...). "The goal is to get from one end of the pasture to the other end of the pasture without gettin' knocked down or steppin' in something."

And another for Marie, because I can.



Tazzygirl - Jan 23, 2006 2:31 pm (#332 of 2983)

Yup! Happy Birthday Dizzy Lizzy! (I think I posted that on several other threads... But you can never have to many Happy Birthdays!!)

I don't keep up with football, really. The only time I actually had team spirit was in High School. Here in Hawaii we don't have a state team, just the UH Warriors. The only time I watch football is when the Superbowl comes, so I'll be tuning into that! I don't really care who wins- I usually just root for the winning team. So I most likely will be saying "GO Steelers!" and then "GO Seahawks!" multiple times!

Hope everyone has a good week!



haymoni - Jan 23, 2006 2:44 pm (#333 of 2983)

Unfortunately, I am usually more concerned about what's on the menu during the SuperBowl!!!

We are doing one of those betting things where you pick a space on a chart and the numbers you get = the score at each quarter.

That's my kind of gambling - no skill required, simply the luck of the draw!


Chemyst - Jan 23, 2006 2:56 pm (#334 of 2983)

The thing I like best about the superbowl is that it is a great time to go to public places that are usually too crowded to enjoy otherwise.

Any parent who would allow their kid to roam freely at the mall is clueless. I used to work at a mall where the mall management required store managers to attend monthly meetings where safety issues were discussed. I was amazed by the stories she'd come back and tell, since everything looked so good on the surface. Car theft was a big problem in those days, but the reporting was hushed up because the city didn't want to scare off shoppers; they wanted the sales-tax revenue. (Video cameras in the parking lots cut back on that a little.) The big problems aren't child snatching. Usually the worst was "stuff" going on in the restrooms. The most common are related to illegal drug sales. Sometimes it's the kids who are the strangers that approach people. My older son, at 19, was once approached by kids he guessed were about 12 who offered him money to get them cigarettes. (One must be 18 to purchase them here. He didn't buy them, BTW)


Lina - Jan 23, 2006 3:07 pm (#335 of 2983)

Well, yes, that's what I assumed when I said that I don't let Mihaela play in the middle of the street as I did - that going to the mall in America is not the same as going to the mall here. For your information, if you hear that tomorrow is the end of the world, just move over here, here you will still have 50 years left. There are some good aspects on being behind...


Loopy Lupin - Jan 23, 2006 3:10 pm (#336 of 2983)

Our footballers also wear a lot of protective padding, which makes most rugby players call them "wusses" or other unrepeatable names. – Mike

But it must be remembered that many of "our" footballers are carrying around more weight than the human body (or heart) was meant to withstand. This means that the tackling and whatnot also involve forces which the human body doesn't like much. It is hard to perceive the size of these guys (much like it is hard to perceive the height of basketball players) on television because they are all surrounded by other behemoths.

Check out Pittsburgh's team (waves to Betty!) here: http://www.nfl.com/teams/rosters/PIT

Those numbers for weight are in pounds. (Sorry you'll have to convert that to kg's yourself. ) Note that the "smallest" guy is 5'11" and 183 pounds. But, his position-- wide receiver-- involves him running down the field as fast as he can (most people in the wide receiver position in the NFL can at least run 40 yards or so in under 5 seconds; for example: http://news6.steelers.com/article/51334/ )and catching the ball after it has been thrown to him. The guys who are over 300 lbs. hold positions that involve them being very mean.


Ydnam96 - Jan 23, 2006 3:17 pm (#337 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Lizzy!


boop - Jan 23, 2006 3:52 pm (#338 of 2983)


Thanks for the congrats for my team.

Madam Pince, LOL on the story you told about football.

waves back to Loopy, thanks for the information on the Steelers.

have a good evening everybody.

hugs always



mike miller - Jan 23, 2006 5:27 pm (#339 of 2983)

Kate - I hope you enjoy shooting sports as much as I do. I did watch the summer Olympics as I financially help to support the US Shooting Team. It takes much more skill than most people are aware of to shoot competitively. I work with a guy who has shot the Creedmore here in the US where they shoot high powered rifles at targets as far as 1,000 meters away.

DJ Evans - I too got Madame Pince's Andy Griffith reference and proud of it. I received a funny email the other day about growing older and here's the shortened version. A younger man and an older man got into an argument with the younger man saying, "You just don't understand how it is for young people today. You didn't have computers, high speed internet, cable TV and space flight when you were growing up!" The older man replied, "You're right we didn't have those things; so, we invented them! What are you going to leave the next generation?".

Happy Birthday Lizzy!!! I think I got it in under the wire.

Yes Haymoni - GO SEAHAWKS!!!! We're already underdogs by the odds makers. No respect, all they did was have the best record in the NFC and destroy and dismantle 2 quality football teams. GO SEAHAWKS!!!


azi - Jan 23, 2006 5:36 pm (#340 of 2983)

Hope you had a great birthday Lizzy! It's probably past it now as it's past midnight in the UK but still...

Thanks for the information on American Football! I thought you guys in the US called real football soccer? I tend to support the team most likely to lose in any game I follow. It's a rare time when I watch a game, and I like to see big-headed people lose.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 23, 2006 6:39 pm (#341 of 2983)

azi, we do call real football soccer.

A rugby ball is bigger than a football. My niece's now husband played in college, and although I never got to see a game, I have thrown the ball around. He probably used to call football players "wusses," but he's still not completely recovered from knee surgery he had two years ago, so his opinion may have changed.

Go Steelers!


Finn BV - Jan 23, 2006 6:41 pm (#342 of 2983)

Hey Finn, I know I proposed that my four kids and I drop in on you, but now you are coming into my neck of the woods. You and your class mates can drop in on us!! --Mrs. Sirius

Hehe. "And now, class, we shall take a field trip to visit… Mrs. Sirius."

LOL, Azi, I'll join you in sitting out on American Football. I like how you said "real" football soccer, because we hate how you call soccer "football." LOL, same in Spanish: "fútbal Americano."

Happy Birthday Lizzy, although also from another thread.

Mike Miller, thanks for the tips. "later when that [impressing the opposite sex] becomes important." LOL I can do basic sewing, but can't cook for my life, though my dad is an excellent chef – he cooks for us every night. I will say I'm mediocre on the laundry, as I previously said. I could do it to save my life, but thank goodness my life doesn't depend on doing laundry every day!

Now remembering that I grew up in Seattle GO SEAHAWKS! --Mike M.

A nice way to show some hometown spirit.

Veronika, it's a real pain if he's the longtime resident of the street! Either new or old people, the middle ones we don't care about. This is completely random, but I just realized our family has been living the longest on our street, compared to the rest of our neighbors!! Yay us!!

The thing I like best about the superbowl is that it is a great time to go to public places that are usually too crowded to enjoy otherwise. –Chemyst

A true fan.   Chat & Greetings 2006 1003735042

Have a good night/evening/day/afternoon/whatever, everyone! We need to come up with a collective term for any time of day. If there isn't already one, that is.


DJ Evans - Jan 23, 2006 7:52 pm (#343 of 2983)

Mike Miller -- Love the story! Cute & funny..... Thanks

After reading these two bits of funfest, I was reminded of a WAV file that someone sent me about a year ago that is hilarious. It is a guy's eyewitness account of a car accident & probably some of you have heard it already, but I still giggle every time I listen to it. I know most think it is all staged, I'm thinking it is too, but even if it is - it is still good. For anyone who would like to check it out I've put a link to the WAV file (suitable for all listeners) on my forum into page -- just click on my name here. Enjoy!

Later, Deb


Puck - Jan 23, 2006 8:08 pm (#344 of 2983)

Since the Patriots did not make it this year , I'll be mostly enjoying the commercials! (Oh, and the snacks as well. )

Snow day today. I woke after 7am, and was about to rush my boy out of bed when I looked out the window. A quick check of the news to be sure school was cancelled and back to bed. All kids slept until after 9am, so yeah for snow!

Lizzy, hope you had a great birthday.

Okay, time for a quick thread check before Yoga and then a few hours sleep before the babe's night feeding.



Madam Pince - Jan 23, 2006 8:26 pm (#345 of 2983)

How about "Happy Remains of the Day"? We could call it RD for short. It would fit whether morning or evening, and it has the added bonus of recalling Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, which is always a plus.

***Is waiting to see who's the first to ask DJ Evans what a 45 RPM is...***

Glad to brighten the day of anyone who remembered the Andy Griffith bit! I have it on a CD I got not too long ago, called “What It Is, Is Andy Griffith” which I purchased expressly for the purpose of that routine. I bet that 45 would be worth a fair bit on eBay, Deb!

DJ Evans: "I'm one of those who picks her teams by how cool their helmets look..." Yep! Well, Mr. Pince has been a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan because he fell in love with their cool mascot and purple uniforms when he was about ten years old! Tee-hee!

Loopy, who died? (By the way, I saw a doorstopper like your avatar in a catalog recently, and I seriously considered buying it although I have no need whatsoever for a doorstopper -- I just thought it was hysterical.)

Happy Birthday, Lizzie! Hope you had a terrific day!

Glad to see Denise is working on a New Year's resolution with the elliptical...heh-heh! You are a far better woman than I be! I did tell Mr. Pince that I want a bicycle for my birthday, because we're getting Little Pince one for his birthday, and the county is in the process of building a bike path which is conveniently located across the street from us, so I suppose I won't have much excuse. I won't like it, but I won't have any excuse....

Tazzy, I remember a little-known school in Hawaii called the Chaminade Silverswords.... It was my first year in college, and the UVA Cavaliers basketball team were ranked #1 in the country and fully expected by everyone to go undefeated that year and win the NCAA Championship. I was at home for Christmas break, and woke up to hear my radio blaring the unbelievable news that UVA had been beaten by this little dinky no-name team in Hawaii when they were over there playing in a Christmas tournament that was supposed to be a walk. We were all "Chaminade? WHO???? What's that???" Sigh..... it still hurts......

Lina, I know what you mean about wanting the kids to be independent -- that's a big goal for me, too. But it's just that over here we have to be so cautious, as Denise and Puck said, about others. You are lucky to live in an area where that is not as much of a concern! It is one of the reasons Mr. P and I are anxious to move back to my hometown as soon as possible -- it's small-town Mayberry (to beat Andy Griffith to death, as it were!)

Since we didn't have our New Year's Eve party because we were all sick, I think we are going to have a Superbowl party instead. I need to think of fun foods to make...

Clobberball.......I like it!


Stephanie M. - Jan 23, 2006 8:34 pm (#346 of 2983)

I'm pretty good at doing laundry. I can really cook. I love cooking. I have no idea how to sew... If my life depended on it, that would be REALLY BAD. I'm also really good at cleaning things. My aunt and cousins asked me to come over last summer to help them clean their house because they knew that I did a really good job cleaning my cousin's room. (Yes, this is how I spend my summers.) I can really clean bathrooms, and I'm really good at pushing everything into one place so it looks neat, so you can do a quick clean up with out really cleaning anything at all.

I'm also really good at getting stains out of carpeting. My sister once spilled quick drying glue all over the living room carpet, and I cleaned it all up, and you can't even notice that there was anything ever on the floor.

Well, that's about it. I really should be studying for my science test.

Night everyone!


Tazzygirl - Jan 23, 2006 10:11 pm (#347 of 2983)

Madam Pince: Tazzy, I remember a little-known school in Hawaii called the Chaminade Silverswords.... It was my first year in college, and the UVA Cavaliers basketball team were ranked #1 in the country and fully expected by everyone to go undefeated that year and win the NCAA Championship. I was at home for Christmas break, and woke up to hear my radio blaring the unbelievable news that UVA had been beaten by this little dinky no-name team in Hawaii when they were over there playing in a Christmas tournament that was supposed to be a walk. We were all "Chaminade? WHO???? What's that???" Sigh..... it still hurts......

I forgot about Chaminade! They are definitely a little-dinky no-name team! LOL! Sorry about your team! I am pretty sure the Chaminade team is still saying "We beat them!" That would be a big deal here. Although, our state won the Little League Nationals (I believe), it was on the news nonstop for several weeks a few months back or so.

I have a huge migraine. Never had one before. Now I know how other people who get them all the time feel- so if any of you are sufferers of constant migraines, I feel your pain. And you have my sympathies. I took a super long nap to see if that would help, but upon waking up, I have yet to turn the lights on in my apartment. It hurts that much. Maybe I will go back to bed...



Mrs. Sirius - Jan 23, 2006 11:46 pm (#348 of 2983)

I totally agree with all of the comments regarding some parents and birthday parties and "dumping" kids at the mall. We need more parents like Super Denise! Denise - could you please screen potential parents and provide remedial training for those who have forgotten their responsibilities? Mike Miller

Ohhh, yes yes Mike. I have been saying this for years, no one should be permitted to be parents until they've been properly schooled. I think it should start when they are teenagers and should include spending some time with a large family. I have proposed either having high school kids come to my house and spending a few hours moaaaaahhhh! or just have my kids drop-in on a class of kids for a few hours.

My kids, when out in public are model children and everyone thinks they are wonderful, "no that is not the real them"!!!!!

On the continuing saga of the tooth fairy, Anastasia after informing her father that he and I were the tooth fairy, a friend offered us a picture of the tooth fairy her had constructed for a theatre production. I offered her the picture as proof of the existence of said fairy. When she lost her next tooth she told dad, there is no tooth fairy, Rick is a good artist he drew that picture of the fairy.

But all innocence is not lost, she did put the tooth under her pillow again and when stupidly dad and I forgot again to pay up, she again said there is no tooth fairy she didn't come. My husband said "well of course she didn't come, not after all those things you said about her. She ran and wrote a note of apology and left it under her pillow. Finally dad and I got it right!

Marie congratulations on Shayla, we too have seen remarkable change here.


The giant squid - Jan 24, 2006 12:27 am (#349 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Lizzy!

Loopy, the few rugby players I've known tended to look poorly on anyone who didn't play rugby. Basically, they thought if you don't play rugby you don't play "real" sports. I've often said that NFL players are the ones I have the least problem with the million-dollar paydays, as I know they'll be spending a lot of it in their retirement years on medical treatment. You can't get knocked down 15 times a week for 5-10 (or more) years and not have some lasting damage.

I can cook and do laundry, but I cook "guy" food (burgers, pasta) and do "guy" laundry (one load for whites, one load for jeans, one load for everything else). I learned how to hand sew, but I haven't done it in a very long time, and I doubt anything I tried to sew would hold or look good. On the other hand, I can kill spiders. It's a trade off...



Amilia Smith - Jan 24, 2006 1:17 am (#350 of 2983)

We will have the opportunity to see biathalon (cross country skiing and shooting combined) at the Olympics soon.

Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! That's the one and only Olympic sport I got to see live! It was very cool. But not temperature wise. I thought it was going to be really cold, so I bundled up heavily . . . and then ended up having to strip off layers as I was too hot. Great day, though.

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Stephanie M. - Jan 24, 2006 5:06 am (#351 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Lizzy!


kaykay1970 - Jan 24, 2006 5:57 am (#352 of 2983)

Thanks,Lina. We are feeling much better. The children are all back in school. I just can't seem to get over this cough.


Catherine - Jan 24, 2006 7:17 am (#353 of 2983)

Kristina, I hope you feel better. Migraines are horrible, horrible, horrible.

I would like to rant add to the comments on parental responsibility/child independence. Last night, we went to Fuddrucker's (Hayley's choice) to celebrate Hayley's sixth birthday.

Now, Fuddrucker's is a “video game-playing, paper towels on a roll, come on up to the counter and get it” establishment. It's quite kid friendly. Nonetheless, there were some middle-school children who had been left there with no supervision. I say this because this restaurant is on a busy four lane highway and there are no houses within walking distance, nor are there buses for that stretch of town. So some parents left them there to wreak havoc and disrupt everyone else.

And that is saying something, that kids could be disruptive at Fuddruckers! One child slapped his seat constantly--the noise was obvious, even there. The seats vibrated. They threw handfuls of straws up into the air and allowed them to fall on the floor for the waitress to pick up. Two of the boys played choo-choo by weaving among all of the tables. The seat-slapping boy kicked the base of his table whenever he was sitting.

It was obvious to me how the children had learned to have no consideration for others. Clearly, their parents had no problem inflicting their manner-free youngsters on other people.

As Argus Filch said in the film, "I want to see some punishment!"


haymoni - Jan 24, 2006 8:48 am (#354 of 2983)

Management should have thrown them out!

Mmmm...I wonder if they were the manager's children????


Madam Pince - Jan 24, 2006 8:59 am (#355 of 2983)

Ohhhhh, Tazzygirl, I am so sorry about your migraine! Mr. Pince and I both get them occasionally, so we have great sympathy for anyone who suffers - they are truly awful. If this is your first / only one, here's hoping you'll be lucky and never have another. If you find you're getting them more often, do go see a doctor. I suffered with them for years and years when I first started getting them, because I just thought they were regular old headaches which everyone got. One of my co-workers finally told me "Hey, that's not normal" and opined that perhaps I had a brain tumor, which sent me scurrying to the doctor. No brain tumor, but I did get prescription meds which make life bearable during one of them, and I so wish I had gotten them sooner (the meds, not the headaches.) I find that lack of sleep and increased stress seem to bring them on more, so college is not the best time... Hope you feel better soon!

(Oh, by the way, I meant to post this the other morning after we chatted -- I think it was you and Elanor and Hawick Girl and maybe Nicholas? Anyway, it wasn't at 4 a.m., but at 2:40 a.m. when I suddenly remembered "PLANARIA!!!" I refrained from sitting up in bed and yelling it out, however!)

Mr. and Mrs. Sirius, great job on the clever "save" for the tooth fairy!

Belated Happy Birthday, Hayley!

Squid Mike, I have a book about the Washington Redskins which shows some of the "old-time" players back in the 1950's and '60's. There was a chapter that had pictures of their various injuries, and it was truly cringe-worthy. Those guys got seriously beat up! I remember reading that that era of players were particularly rough, because they were comprised of guys who had just come back from the second World War, and they were used to having people shoot at them, so getting hit/injured in a football game was nothing to them. They'd just yank their dislocated fingers or shoulders back into place and keep playing. Bleah... I agree, though, getting hit by a 250+ pound guy and slamming into frozen turf cannot be good for your bone structure, even if you do wear pads. Think how much one of us hurts just from falling down, and not even having the 250 pounds on top of us!


Loopy Lupin - Jan 24, 2006 9:08 am (#356 of 2983)

And that is saying something, that kids could be disruptive at Fuddruckers! – Catherine

Well, as long as they are taught NOT to blow their noses in public, at the restaurant table, I'd consider it a victory. I hate that.


haymoni - Jan 24, 2006 9:36 am (#357 of 2983)

The movie "North Dallas Forty" was on last night. It was all about the injuries that football players went through in the late 1960s/early 1970s. I think things are a bit more sophisticated now, but yes, it isn't a game for sissies.


azi - Jan 24, 2006 9:38 am (#358 of 2983)

Hope you get better from your migraine soon Tazzy! My aunt suffers from them constantly and is on medication to try and stop them.

Grrr, I *hate* badly behaved kids in restaurants and pubs! They completely ruin your meal. A lot of pubs in the UK only allow kids in for a meal if they're well behaved (except the family ones of course, but I was never allowed there!). I agree the kids should have been thrown out.

Carrying on with my 'must do exercise' programme I walked the two miles into town and back again today. Am very pleased with myself!

Hope everyone has a brilliant day!


Catherine - Jan 24, 2006 10:36 am (#359 of 2983)

Well, as long as they are taught NOT to blow their noses in public, at the restaurant table, I'd consider it a victory. I hate that. --Loopy Lupin

Ewww. Me, too.

I just read an article in our local paper that was from The Washington Post on Janurary 10. It is a very spoiler-ish bit about questions raised by HBP. I just had to mention that I put on my "quote queen" tiara for a teensy bit because the author misquoted Dumbledore in SS. I read the article, and said, "That can't be quite right" and went to SS and looked up the quote. Hah! Insufferable know-it-allness has its uses, even if the misquote was very minor.

Mr. Catherine rolled his eyes.


Puck - Jan 24, 2006 11:28 am (#360 of 2983)

Healing charms to Kristina, and banishing charms to Kaykay's cough!

Denise, how are the legs today? The first time I went to pilates class I thought it was simple. It was the first day of a beginner class, so she went slowly, mostly teaching us about breathing and posture. I hardly felt it. Until the next day, when my abdominal muscles were so sore!

Stephanie, you are welcome anytime! My rugs need some serious help! I love to sew, but don't have time. You can come to the cooking and cleaning, and I'll make you a quilt!

My girl is now removing her pull-up diaper at night, as this is apparently also unacceptable clothing. I want her to be comfortable, but she still needs a diaper overnight. So, drastic measures. A friend once has a similar problem and discovered if you cut feet off the pajamas you can put them on backwards and zip them up the back so the child can't remove them. At this point I can't see any other option. I think I'll have a backwards dinner (dessert first, eat under the table), then we'll all put on backwards pj's. Wish me luck!

Happy RotD!



Tazzygirl - Jan 24, 2006 11:29 am (#361 of 2983)

Thanks for all the migraine 'support!' I feel much better today!

Madam Pince-- (Oh, by the way, I meant to post this the other morning after we chatted -- I think it was you and Elanor and Hawick Girl and maybe Nicholas? Anyway, it wasn't at 4 a.m., but at 2:40 a.m. when I suddenly remembered "PLANARIA!!!" I refrained from sitting up in bed and yelling it out, however!)

ROTFL!! I was there. I knew the answer would come eventually!! I'm so glad you weren't up until 4 a.m.!

Catherine- I would have thought the management would have tossed the kids out! I worked at a retail store, and a bunch of 11th and 12th grade kids came in, two seconds later I threw them out. They were chasing each other throughout the store and knocking things off the shelves. I would expect this from 10th grade or lower, but 11th and 12th graders??? You gotta be kidding me!

Off to school!


Edit: I cross posted with Puck, so here is my response: Kathy- my cousin went through the same thing with removing the pullup at night (and during naps). We stopped her doing that by putting bloomers (the things that you put over a diaper when they are wearing a dress) over the pull up. She left it alone after that. We have also tried the backwards clothing. She hated that. :evil grin: By the time she could figure out how to take all that off, she had no interest in taking the pullup off! But as your little girl doesn't like clothes now, I don't know if any of this helps! Good Luck!


Elanor - Jan 24, 2006 12:18 pm (#362 of 2983)

Happy birthday Lizzie!!!

LOL Madam Pince! I knew you would find the answer!

I hope everyone is going well (good to see you're starting feeling better Tazzy!).

Have a great day/evening everybody!


Good Evans - Jan 24, 2006 12:27 pm (#363 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Lizzie

healing charms to Tazzy, to keep that nasty migraine away - glad to hear you are much better, same charm for kaykay, hope the whole family is well soon.

Well done Boop on your team making it to the final (har har - very English of me). I am afraid Mike that I will be supporting Pittsburgh and not Seattle as I remember the Steelers winning back in crumbs 1976/77 ? (great I am acknowledging a thirty year memory!) and it was the first I really knew about this "funny version" of football.

Kudos to the Seahawks (as prompted by Mike) for overcoming the might of my beloved Redskins - hmmph hmmph - when will we ever get back to the superbowl? I remember very fondly the great glory days of Joe Theisman et all. Oh well, theres always next year!

For those interested Hubby came out of hospital today and is ok. very stiff in the leg and in a great deal of discomfort - but he will get better. I missed him terribly last night and though I haven't told him I slept on his side of the bed - oh what a soppy I am .... will be in the chat room later

have a great day/ night everyone ........


VeronikaG - Jan 24, 2006 12:36 pm (#364 of 2983)

For Lizzie: ,';. ,';.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',.;,'.;,'
 Happy Birthday  ,';. ,';.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',.;,'.;,'

For Kristina & GoodEvans' hubby: ~*~*~*~*GetBetter~*~*~*~*


Finn BV - Jan 24, 2006 2:22 pm (#365 of 2983)

Glad all your family's better, kaykay, and healing charms to Kristina and Mr. Good Evans!


Stephanie M. - Jan 24, 2006 2:44 pm (#366 of 2983)

I'll be happy to come over and clean your rugs, Kathy! I really don't mind cleaning. Actually going through all of my clutter I don't like.

Feel better everyone! I only get headaches if I am sick.


Chemyst - Jan 24, 2006 3:23 pm (#367 of 2983)

For anyone wanting to see if you can find the misquote in the article Catherine mentioned in post #359, I just put a link on my profile. I'll leave it for a few days.
 ...and Catherine, this is not the first time you've sent me googling.  need :grr: smilie

Veronika, Wow! you are channeling abbyfetti– in technicolor! Well, it is worth repeating;

For Lizzie: ,';. ,';.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',.;,'.;,'
 Happy Birthday  ,';. ,';.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',.;,'.;,'

For Kristina & GoodEvans' hubby: ~*~*~*~*


dizzy lizzy - Jan 24, 2006 5:03 pm (#368 of 2983)

Thank you for the birthday wishes everyone! My Dad came over about mid morning and we got all the yard jobs that needed doing out of the way - very exhausting. We caught up with all the goings on in the extended family and the drama of my step-sister's wedding that is being held in late Feb. Wedding seem to bring out the worst in family politics for some reason .

Then we went out and had Thai for tea (delicious and very filling), went to the supermarket and bought the local paper and a packet of iceblocks for dessert and came home and collapsed. I think today will be a quiet day for me . I think I'll imitate my avatar and have a nice quiet lie down this afternoon!

My dogs behaved themselves beautifully around my Dad. He likes dogs (and has 3 dogs at home), but has no patience with them, when they are jumpy and yappy. So my two older ones pretty well much ignored him and My Lucy really thought he was something wonderful!

Hope you are feeling better soon Tazzy! and for your husband GoodEvans.



Tazzygirl - Jan 24, 2006 5:08 pm (#369 of 2983)

Thanks for all the feel better charms, again! But I am sad to say the migraine is back and in full swing. Good thing I am seeing a doctor in about an hour and a half... sigh.

Healing charms to Kaykay and her family (I keep forgetting to say that! Sorry! ) and to Mr. Good Evans! And to anyone else I missed, Hope you feel better soon, too!



Finn BV - Jan 24, 2006 7:39 pm (#370 of 2983)

Thanks for the link, Chemyst. I was thinking of googling but I decided to leave the pain for another member. I see you weren't as lazy.


Madam Pince - Jan 24, 2006 9:11 pm (#371 of 2983)

Get-Well Charms to kaykay, Tazzy, and Mr. Good Evans! Hope everyone's soon feeling fit! (Julie, that's so sweet you slept on hubby's side of the bed! Awwwww....)

When I was in the hospital after having Little Pince, I sweetly suggested to Mr. P that he spend the night on the little couch-type thing that they had in my room -- after all, many first-time dads do so. He looked at me like I was crazy and said "That thing doesn't seem very comfortable, and I might not sleep very well." I gave him "That Look" but he went home and slept comfortably anyway.  Chat & Greetings 2006 1242194059

***Giggles at picturing Lizzy napping like her avatar***

Happy RotD!


Tazzygirl - Jan 24, 2006 9:36 pm (#372 of 2983)

When my aunt went in to have my youngest cousin, my uncle dutifully slept on the little couch thing in her hospital room- for TWO days! I saw him at the hospital on the third day, he looked a little haggard... Things you do for loved ones... **Shaking head**

Went and saw the Doctor, he told me the migraine is an after-effect from the antibiotics I am taking for an infection I got a week ago. He then felt the need to prescribe another 10 days’ worth of that same antibiotic...  (sigh)



haymoni - Jan 24, 2006 10:17 pm (#373 of 2983)

I can't remember if I have put this on the Forum before or not - if I have - sorry.

There is a doctor here in Cleveland who thinks he has found a cure for migraines. He is a plastic surgeon who does a lot of face lifts. One comment that he hears over & over from his patients is that since they've had the face lift, their migraines went away. He started to research this and apparently there is a connection.

When they do the face lift procedure, they have to cut a nerve that is somewhere in the vicinity of the middle of the forehead. When they cut that nerve, it seems to short-circuit the migraine.

Not that I think anyone here on the Forum needs a face lift...


The giant squid - Jan 25, 2006 1:04 am (#374 of 2983)

They threw handfuls of straws up into the air and allowed them to fall on the floor for the waitress to pick up.—Catherine

For this and this alone they should have been forced to clean out the dumpsters out back...with their tongues. Sadly, we'll have to settle for the alternative--the sure assumption that said children will be forced to wait tables for punks just like them someday. Karma's a bitch...

I can also relate to your know-it-all-ness. We have a white board at work that the projectionists put their favorite movie quotes on (it's currently 2/3 filled with lines from Grandma's Boy...a very quoteable movie) and I have been known to go behind the others and "correct" their quotes. It irritates me when someone says it's their favorite line from a movie...but they get it wrong.

Not that I think anyone here on the Forum needs a face lift...—haymoni

*I won't make fun of my sister...I won't make fun of my sister...I won't make fun of my sister...*



Ydnam96 - Jan 25, 2006 1:10 am (#375 of 2983)

Mike, is that a family friendly word???

Haymoni, you know I think I've heard something about that as well! Hey, if it helps!

My favorite movie quote: "You're everything I never knew I always wanted." A Butterbeer to anyone who knows what movie that's from

Hope you feel better Tazzy.


Good Evans - Jan 25, 2006 1:36 am (#376 of 2983)

Thanks for the good wishes folks - I will pass on to Hubby later and he will be mortified that I have once again been discussing him on this board! (still as some of you know - when I am in the chat room he seldom manages not to instruct me to say something on his behalf - perhaps he should register himself!)

Sorry to hear the charm didn’t work Tazzy, having checked my incantation I find I did a fredandgeorge and didn’t do a "healing" charm but a "harming" charm (kind of like eating the wrong skiving snackbox - ask katie Bell, she knows all about that) - so sorry, have now reversed the effect and your migraine should be lifting any minute - well I do hope so anyway - take care

Catherine - I love your Avatar by the way

Lizzy - you stretch out and relax......

have a nice wednesday all Julie


Tazzygirl - Jan 25, 2006 2:06 am (#377 of 2983)

Ydnam96--My favorite movie quote: "You're everything I never knew I always wanted."  Sounds like a girlie movie to me!! :swoon: Have no idea what movie it is from though... Hope you feel better Tazzy. Thanks!

Good Evans--Sorry to hear the charm didn’t work Tazzy, having checked my incantation I find I did a fredandgeorge and didn’t do a "healing" charm but a "harming" charm (kind of like eating the wrong skiving snackbox - ask katie Bell, she knows all about that) - so sorry, have now reversed the effect and your migraine should be lifting any minute - well I do hope so anyway - take care

LOL! Totally all right! The reversed effect seems to have worked, because it is now a dull headache! Tomorrow it should be gone!! Yippee!

Lina- I sent you the email. Hope your back gets better!



Shamrock - Jan 25, 2006 4:58 am (#378 of 2983)

Ydnam96--My favorite movie quote: "You're everything I never knew I always wanted."

Is it How to lose a guy in 10 days. It does sound familiar all right.

Hi-de-hi to everyone. Work is mental at the moment but today thankfully is going much better. Took me ages to catch up on al the posts here (hasnt been online for a few days) and I’ve forgotten all the topics already.

I totally agree with kids who mess around in restaurants should be kicked out. I’m Irish so I don’t have any views really on American Football or any sport for that matter (although I am known to sit down and watch the rugby but maybe not for the actual game - rrooaarr, i leave it there) Anyway good luck to the teams who are playing and may the best team win lol.


Stephanie M. - Jan 25, 2006 5:29 am (#379 of 2983)

Mandy, isn't it from some movie that has Fools in the title? I can't remember the full name.

Tazzy, I hope those 10 extra days are head ache free!

Well, I'm off to school.


haymoni - Jan 25, 2006 6:26 am (#380 of 2983)

I'm with Shamrock - that was the first movie that popped into my head.

Hey, SquidMike! - Guys can get face lifts, too!


Marie E. - Jan 25, 2006 6:38 am (#381 of 2983)

Thanks, haymoni!


Puck - Jan 25, 2006 7:52 am (#382 of 2983)

Tazzy, hope you continue to get better! Healing charms to Mr. Good Evans!

Mandy, I swear I recently heard that line, but no idea what movie I was watching. I did catch the end of "French Kiss" last night. Love that movie.

Mr. Puck stayed in the hospital 4 nights when our first was born. The first night he even got up to sit with me during feedings. He went home after 1 night with the other children.

Oh, and the plan didn't work. Kids loved backwards night, but Houdini managed to wiggle out of that pull-up. I give up, as I'm pretty sure I can't staple it on without getting into some trouble with social services. So, time to try training her over-night, a task I really wanted to put off a while longer.

Off to the library and grocery store!


* wonders if lots of hollywood types will start complaining about migraines*


haymoni - Jan 25, 2006 8:01 am (#383 of 2983)

I think you'll be OK with Social Services as long as you don't staple it directly on to her!


Essidji - Jan 25, 2006 8:43 am (#384 of 2983)

Hello everybody!

It's funny how addictive it is to come and say hello, even from time to time.

A friend of mine sent me an e-mail with this inside (just wanted to share) :

Major Technological Breakthrough

Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade named: BOOK

BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use, even a child can operate it.

Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere -- even sitting in an armchair by the fire -- yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc. Here's how it works:

BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder, which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence.

Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs.

Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for now, BOOKs with more information simply use more pages.

Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.

BOOK may be taken up at any time and used merely by opening it. Unlike other display devices, BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting, and it can even be dropped on the floor or stepped on without damage. However, it can become unusable if immersed in water for a significant period of time. The browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet and move forward or backward as you wish.

Many come with an "index" feature, which pinpoints the exact location of selected information for instant retrieval.

An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session -- even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous BOOKmarkers can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.

You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus (PENCILS).

Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor of a new entertainment wave. Also, BOOK's appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are reportedly flocking. Look for a flood of new titles soon."


Good Evans - Jan 25, 2006 8:49 am (#385 of 2983)


when are these new phenomenons to be available? “Coming soon” just isn't good enough, I want to throw away my PC, MP3,CD etc and replace with a whole case of these BOOKs, maybe it could be a bookcase?  Chat & Greetings 2006 2281877974

seriously, lots of fun thanks for sharing


Madam Pince - Jan 25, 2006 9:01 am (#386 of 2983)

LOL, Essidji! That is too funny!

I think Stephanie has got the movie quote right -- is it Fools Rush In and Matthew Perry says it to Salma Hayek? I thought the quote sounded very familiar, but I would've never gotten the title without Steph's little clue! (Love that movie, by the way -- total fluff but I still like it!)

I agree with Puck about French Kiss, too -- Kevin Kline is one of my favorites.

Oops! I'm sorry, Squid Mike! I know probably all those "quotes" from Love Actually I did the other day weren't exact quotes -- I was just getting the memory and general idea across! Oh well, maybe you had fun and a few minutes diversion marking them up with a red pen!

Haymoni, I am loving what you read about the migraine/facelift thing! Wonder if that could qualify me for insurance coverage? Although I always thought vanity surgery was just that -- vanity -- I have in recent years done some self-critical mirror analysis and decided that Lasik, teeth-straightening /whitening, and a few tucks and stretches would not be amiss.

Happy RotD!


haymoni - Jan 25, 2006 10:30 am (#387 of 2983)

I think that's why he trying to get his findings published.

Doctors could go in, make an incision on your forehead and WHOOSH - no more migraines.

Of course the makers of Imitrex and all the other migraine drugs might be a bit miffed...

I give him a lot of credit. He noticed a pattern and started researching it. It wasn't just 1 or 2 people that told him this, it was an overwhelming amount. He's really stumbled on to something and I think it could really help loads of people.

Here is his name, if anyone wants to research this further: Dr. Bahman Guyuron


Ydnam96 - Jan 25, 2006 10:38 am (#388 of 2983)

Essidji: that's hilarious. I love it! Smile

Yes, the quote is from Fools Rush In! Butterbeers to Stephanie and Madame Pince. I must admit to also loving French Kiss. Yes, very girly, but loveable.


Catherine - Jan 25, 2006 12:25 pm (#389 of 2983)

and Catherine, this is not the first time you've sent me googling. need :grr: smilie –Chemyst

Sorry. **chagrined** I meant to put the link up in my profile, but I was focused on distraction.

The four lectures on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday along with reading the accompanying essays is proving a bit of a grind. I even forgot where I parked yesterday, and had to wander around the parking lot.

I need some chocolate.


Tazzygirl - Jan 25, 2006 1:40 pm (#390 of 2983)

Right when I read Stephanie's hint, I immediately knew she was right! The pathetic side to me not guessing- I just saw Fools Rush In for the hundredth time, and didn't even realize it! Good Job Stephanie and Madam Pince! It is definitely a "fluffy movie", but one of my favorites!

I woke up this morning headache free!! Now let’s just hope it stays that way!!

Hope everyone has a lovely day/ night!



Finn BV - Jan 25, 2006 2:02 pm (#391 of 2983)

LOL, Essidji. Maybe they should recommend that pulling too hard on the sheet of paper could cause destruction of the BOOK.

My mom bought me the Narnia soundtrack as a for-no-special-reason-except-that-she-was-at-a-store present. It's really good.


mike miller - Nov 11, 2006 6:07 pm (#392 of 2983)

Has anyone heard the official release date for Goblet on DVD? My source for HP autographs mentioned that it's March 7th.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 25, 2006 3:55 pm (#393 of 2983)

March 7th? Wow, that seems soon. It's still playing in the theaters here.

Word of warning to the weak, , I was in CVS today and they've already starting selling the Cadbury Mini Eggs. Shouldn't there be some sort of notice? Those things are irresistible. Crunch, crunch, crunch.


Detail Seeker - Jan 25, 2006 3:56 pm (#394 of 2983)

Release date 7. of March: That´s what I heard, too.


dizzy lizzy - Jan 25, 2006 4:59 pm (#395 of 2983)

Finn, I ordered the Narnia soundtrack through my local record store (sruprise! surprise! they didn't have it in stock!) 4 weeks ago, and I still haven't got it.

Today, 26th Jan, is a Public Holiday due to Australia Day celebrations, so I'm going to ring tomorrow and find out where the CD is, now that you have reminded me.

I had a very quiet day yesterday, found it hard to relax and wind down though, but I feel much better today.



Tazzygirl - Jan 25, 2006 5:42 pm (#396 of 2983)

Finn- my sister bought the Narnia soundtrack for me for Christmas. I love it! My favorite songs are Evacuating London, Lucy meets Mr. Tumnus, and Narnia Lullaby.

March 7 as the release date?? That does sound really soon... Not that I would complain!

Happy Australia Day, Lizzy!!



Puck - Jan 25, 2006 7:48 pm (#397 of 2983)

kristina, glad to hear our charms worked!

Lupin is Lupin, thanks for the heads up! Will avoid CVS until the weekend. (New Year's resolution to limit junk food to the weekends and holidays, and mini eggs are one of my favorites!)

Happy Australia day. Hmmmm....since it's a holiday in Australia, perhaps I can have one of those doughnuts my Diva-licious daughter convinced me to buy?

I did a search on Sensory Integration. Turns out that kids with these problems not only have clothing issues, but may also be sensitive to height and motion. Diva has trouble with both. (Seriously, I have to limit her to 5 minutes of swing time or she gets sick.) She has a preschool assessment tomorrow, so I'll mention it to the occupational therapist.

Fools Rush In -it's saved on my TiVo, but still haven't watched it.

Okay, onto the other part of my resolution...Yoga for Abs...

Happy RotD



Finn BV - Jan 25, 2006 8:36 pm (#398 of 2983)

Tazzy, so far, though I haven't had a chance to dive in thoroughly, I like "Evacuating London" also, "From Western Woods…", and "The Battle" (gotta love those fake random vocals!! ). I also like "Wunderkind," by Alanis Morisette, and felt it should have won the Golden Globe.

I'm confused. What's RotD?


Good Evans - Jan 26, 2006 12:26 am (#399 of 2983)

Happy Australia Day Lizzy and all other aussies on the forum.

Lupin etc, I know exactly what you mean about the cadbury mini eggs, I might even still have a packet I hid last year - I might have to go and search!!!

and Mike - wow thanks for that release date (and others who confirmed), that’s just over a month before my birthday - can I resist and ask for it as a present? probably not!!!! LOL

Finn - lucky you, I was in the chat room last night and I was debating about rebuying the chronicles as I haven’t read them in so long - maybe listening to the soundtrack would be good too


The giant squid - Jan 26, 2006 12:58 am (#400 of 2983)

My favorite movie quote: "You're everything I never knew I always wanted." A Butterbeer to anyone who knows what movie that's from--Ydnam96

Wow...I almost made a misquote! I was going to say it was from Hitch, but the line from that movie (which was probably lifted from Fools Rush In--I only saw that one once) is "Tell her she's everything you never knew you always wanted." It's where Hitch is explaining the perfect way to get the perfect woman. It's not as simple as "You complete me," but it's pretty darn good.

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Shamrock - Jan 26, 2006 2:54 am (#401 of 2983)

Essidji - LOL that was a great read. Puck - I also tried the back wards PJ thingy last night on the little fella. For a 2 year old he’s great at opening buttons but 30 mins later he was as usual half naked in his bed. Might try a straight jacket next.

Finn - RotD means Rest of the Day!!

Most you are probs in dream land at the moment. My working day has started well. Thanksfully its Thursday meaning only one day left in the week - woohooo! Congrats to those who guessed "Fools Rush In" Ive never seen that one so no wonder I was wrong.

Well best get back to work

Happy RotD to all


haymoni - Jan 26, 2006 6:20 am (#402 of 2983)

We all piled into our bed last night and watched POA.

We put on the subtitles and each took turns being a character in the opening scene with Large Marge. (3 guesses who was Large Marge!) It was a riot! My husband was Uncle Vernon and he kept missing his lines. My daughter was Harry and she says everything with her Hermione voice. She told Ungrateful Son that he had to be Ripper!!

Apparently nobody wanted to be Pet.

We were laughing so hard we couldn't even watch the movie, so we had to stop.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 26, 2006 7:12 am (#403 of 2983)

March 7th? Wow, that seems soon. It's still playing in the theaters here.-- Lupin is Lupin

Oh goody! There's enough time left for you to actually run out and see the movie. You can sneak those mini-eggs into the theater but don't tell Mike. Better yet, maybe the theater near you actually sells them. I'm sure it would only be something like $8.50 per egg.


CatherineHermiona - Jan 26, 2006 7:59 am (#404 of 2983)

Well, I am going to Kangaroo without bounds this year again (that is some kind of maths competition). Also, it is most likely, as professor said, that I'm going to be the one that goes at Geography competition. Because I'm the only one that actually knows something, that is what she said.

Well, I found out the results of competition. And to ask one thing, when did I say 150 is good? I shot 149, Tena shot 177 and Andrea shot 131. We were 3rd, as usual. And what would be good for me is 155 or more.

Happy belated birthday, Lizzy!



kaykay1970 - Jan 26, 2006 9:29 am (#405 of 2983)

Good luck on your competitions, Kate. My 15 year old son just competed in Technology Bowl. His team won second place in 2 events and 4th in another.

Puck, I wonder if this sensitivity thing is something a child can simply grow out of. My 8 year old used to be the same way about her clothing. She used to have terrible car sickness as well. Well she still actually does occasionally but not nearly as often.

I spoke too soon on the "I have all my children back at school" thing. The school called me right after posting that to say that 8 year old had sick stomach. I sent her back (again) today. I am keeping my fingers crossed that she doesn't catch mono. There were 6 cases in her class alone.


haymoni - Jan 26, 2006 9:41 am (#406 of 2983)

We received the "lice notice" this week.  Chat & Greetings 2006 3276373137

Apparently nobody in The Beautifulest's class has it, but Hubby was ready to buy some RID and wash her down anyway.

One more thing for me to worry about...


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 26, 2006 9:58 am (#407 of 2983)

I just spent the last hour traversing the medical insurance maze. Shouldn't there be a name for the condition that arises (skyrocketing blood pressure, cold sweat, increased heart beat, agitation, etc.) when navigating the rules, regulations and let's not forget, the automated phone system ("please listen, as our menu has recently changed"--really, who do they think they're fooling?) of the medical insurance companies?!


haymoni - Jan 26, 2006 10:08 am (#408 of 2983)

It really is terrible.

When I have to call for one of my employees, it is so aggravating.

If you ever get a voice-activated one, just keep saying "Customer Service" - no matter what they ask you, the answer is "Customer Service". You'll usually get a live body.


Good Evans - Jan 26, 2006 10:14 am (#409 of 2983)

Best of luck in those competitions kate - and Haymoni I sympathise!!


Lina - Jan 26, 2006 12:30 pm (#410 of 2983)

Protego charm for your kids, Kaykay!


Catherine - Jan 26, 2006 12:45 pm (#411 of 2983)

I am keeping my fingers crossed that she doesn't catch mono. There were 6 cases in her class alone. –kaykay

EEK! That's awful. Stay well.

Haymoni, I hope the Beautifullest One and her family stay lice-free. The only "nit-picking" you want to do is here on the Forum!

Kim--good luck. Insurance companies are hideous entities full of treachery and nightmares.


Puck - Jan 26, 2006 2:12 pm (#412 of 2983)

Haymoni, I dread such a notice. I worked at a summer camp and then a classroom that had it going around. Yikes! Though it was kind of fun to tell the mom who commented about how only "dirty" children got lice that her daughter had it.

Kaykay, my girl may outgrow this, but as it's been getting worse and I'm at my wits end from her tantrums over clothing, I'll take whatever help I can get! The O.T. gave me a checklist to send back, and they'll decide what to do from there.

Time for swim class.



Finn BV - Jan 26, 2006 4:07 pm (#413 of 2983)

Ooh, likewise, Protego charms to your kids, kaykay!

Finn - RotD means Rest of the Day!! --Shamrock

Thanks! I was really confused, though I guessed D=Day. LOL

Good job, Kate. When's your next competition?

Catherine, I thought of you because my sixth grade history teacher's door is covered with all of (or at least a lot of) Calvin and Hobbes' snowmen strips.

Happy RotD!


Catherine - Jan 26, 2006 4:43 pm (#414 of 2983)

Catherine, I thought of you because my sixth grade history teacher's door is covered with all of (or at least a lot of) Calvin and Hobbes' snowmen strips.—Finn

Thanks, Finn.

Calvin and Hobbes continues to provide me with laughter and reflection, even so many years after the final run.

I remember this strip fondly, as I do Bloom County and The Far Side. In fact, the Far Side was as much a part of my high school day as breakfast and the bus.

Perhaps my local paper just doesn't carry them, but I do wonder where the "funnies" have gone.


Madam Pince - Jan 26, 2006 5:35 pm (#415 of 2983)

Have a good night/evening/day/afternoon/whatever, everyone! We need to come up with a collective term for any time of day. If there isn't already one, that is. --Finn

How about "Happy Remains of the Day"? We could call it RD for short. It would fit whether morning or evening, and it has the added bonus of recalling Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, which is always a plus. --"yours truly"

See, Finn? It was your idea, even! I know, I know, your memory is probably starting to go since you're such an old man.... Chat & Greetings 2006 464751818


Puck - Jan 26, 2006 7:47 pm (#416 of 2983)

Catherine, my local paper has been running "vintage" Calvin and Hobbes strips over the last month or so. Reminds me, got to find todays paper...

Think I may just retire early and save my exercise for tomorrow morning. Thursday is always such a busy day. The poor baby is in her car seat most of the day. Tomorrow I'll just take the girls for a swim and make some Rice Krispy treats.

Happy RotD


Finn BV - Jan 26, 2006 8:13 pm (#417 of 2983)

Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry Madam P -- I don't think I connected my post and yours!! It's that old age kicking in. **takes “osteoporosis and other illnesses associated with the elderly” medicine** Ahh, better. I think the fact that it didn't catch on right away, as in, it took a couple of posts for people to do it, made me think it was some sort of holiday that people were celebrating!! LOL

By saying "Happy" it had me confused like it was a happy holiday, but RotD was its name!! LOL. **smacks self on forehead** Have a good RotD, or Enjoy the RotD, would be better! That way no one would get confused.

Yes, our paper has been running classic C&Hs for about four-five months. By the way, if anybody gets the New York Daily News, page 2 has a full page spread about a senior at our school!

Happy Enjoy the RotD!


kaykay1970 - Jan 26, 2006 8:16 pm (#418 of 2983)

We went to a book fair at the school tonight. I bought the little guy a new Clifford book. As soon as I finish reading it to him he says "Again, again!" Now I can't say I'm a huge fan of the Teletubbies, but it is terribly cute when he says it.


Madam Pince - Jan 26, 2006 8:58 pm (#419 of 2983)

Good point, Finn! Enjoy the RotD, it is!

Sigh....I really miss Calvin and Hobbes. Have to get an occasional fix from the book collections. I asked Santa Claus for the new super-deluxe elegantly-bound all-inclusive C&H collection that just came out recently, but alas he seems to have forgotten it. There's always birthday time, I suppose... I wish our newspaper would do re-runs!


The giant squid - Jan 27, 2006 6:06 am (#420 of 2983)

Better yet, maybe the theater near you actually sells them. I'm sure it would only be something like $8.50 per egg.--Loopy Lupin

Nah, we'd sell them as a 6- or 8-pack for $9.25. Chat & Greetings 2006 464751818

If you ever get a voice-activated one, just keep saying "Customer Service" - no matter what they ask you, the answer is "Customer Service". You'll usually get a live body.—haymoni

And if you're stuck listening to a recording, keep hitting 0; on most systems that'll dump you to a live person. Just make sure your problem couldn't be answered by one of their automated things or they'll be rather cross. It just always seems that the one thing I'm calling for isn't on their list of options, or almost qualifies for option 1 but could also be option 3, or...



CatherineHermiona - Jan 27, 2006 6:13 am (#421 of 2983)

I don't know when is my next competition. Probably in February. And next Sunday, on 5th February, we are going to Rovinj where each person competes for herself/himself and not for school or any kind of team.

Well, I hope you'll have a wonderful day. It is afternoon here already, school is finished and weekend begun.

And I have shooting training tomorrow at 5 PM. Oh, well...



Loopy Lupin - Jan 27, 2006 6:17 am (#422 of 2983)

Just make sure your problem couldn't be answered by one of their automated things or they'll be rather cross. – Mike

You know, I don't particularly care if they would be cross or not. At the risk of boasting, I have a considerable vocabulary, if I do say so myself, but I completely lack the words to say how much I truly hate automated "help lines." (At least in a Forum friendly way.) If I have taken the trouble to call, I expect there to be a person who can talk to me. I must say that I've notice lately that the "punch zero" option is, more and more, not being "recognized" as a valid option with the idea of forcing me back to the auto thingy. What it forces me to do is hang up and take my business elsewhere.

Anyway, Happy Birthday Amadeus!


Marie E. - Jan 27, 2006 6:38 am (#423 of 2983)

In regards to current ailments making their rounds, at our school we have strep throat and RSV. We have had six schoolage/kindergarten children come down with strep since the holidays and one of them even got the scarlet fever rash. Two of our babies have RSV and one of my kindergarteners caught it from his baby sister. Poor thing, he was also one of the strep kids. I am currently wearing a surgical mask to work and wearing latex gloves at all times.

One of the parents at my school got her car stolen outside our school last night. She left it running while she ran in to get her son, which I am always wary of doing, but even so our neighborhood is supposedly a good one. She also had her purse inside with over $200 in cash, a full tank of gas, and groceries. Her husband is currently working out of state, poor thing, so it's just her and her son. I hope I hear today that they at least recovered the vehicle.

I have noticed a few of those automated systems still have the option "or stay on the line for a customer service representative".


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 27, 2006 7:13 am (#424 of 2983)

Ohh, Marie, healing charms to you and everyone in your school. A tip:  A combination of Airborn, Coldeze, and Zicam have worked like a Shield Charm in our muggle household this winter (knocking on wood.)

That poor woman how did she get home?


haymoni - Jan 27, 2006 7:27 am (#425 of 2983)

I have often said that if you want to steal a car, go to a daycare center.

It amazes me how people just leave their cars running while they go in to get their children.

And I have yet to leave a daycare center without spending at least 5 minutes inside. Even if it is summer and the kids don't have coats, boots, hats, etc., they aways want to show you where they played, what pictures are hanging on the wall or which new friend they made that day.

5 minutes is plenty of time to steal a car, and really, the other parents are busy with their own kids. They aren't watching to see who is getting in your car. The daycare staff is responsible for watching your CHILDREN, not your vehicle.

Lock that puppy up!!!


mike miller - Jan 27, 2006 7:28 am (#426 of 2983)

Kate - Good luck in your next competition! I think a 149 is respectable, but it's your own standards that are the most important.

On the cartoon front, my younger brother went to college with Gary Larsen, creator of the Far Side cartoon. My brother said Gary wasn't a very good student, always doodling in class and not taking very good lecture notes. Who knew at the time he was building a cartoon empire that would pay him more than any "regular" job his college education would produce.

Has anyone else discovered the "Cash Cab" television show on the Discovery channel? (6pm Eastern) As the show's intro states, there are 38,000 cabs in New York city but only one with a game show inside. People get in this cab, tell the driver where they want to go and then the lights in the ceiling go off. The driver explains they're on a game show with general knowledge questions and the chance to win serious cash (a couple won $1,450 bucks the other night). If you get 3 questions wrong, he pulls over and kicks you out of the cab. If you make it to your destination you either take the money you've won so far OR go "double or nothing" on one last question based on a video clip they show. Well know that the explanation is out of they, last night they asked the following question; "Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger are friends with what popular literary hero?".

Enjoy the RotD!!!!


Steve Newton - Jan 27, 2006 7:38 am (#427 of 2983)

I came across Cash Cab one night within the last week. For such a silly premise they asked reasonable questions. No gimmes. I'll try to find it again.


Shamrock - Jan 27, 2006 7:50 am (#428 of 2983)

Hello Peeps

Was out food shopping last night and omg all the chocolate eggs are in stock (mars, galaxy caramel, cadburys creme egg, cadburys caramel, truffels, you name it) I was so tempted to stock up but I settled for the mars one yummy yummy yummy. There goes the healthy eating resolution.

Thankfully it Friday and I was told this morning I have to take my 2 remaining annual leave days before the start of February meaning I get an extra long weekend. I’m off Monday and Tuesday woohoo to me.

Well hope you all enjoy the RotD (Finn Itake it that you didn’t cheat in the Grammer God test LOL It does sound alot better) and have a good weekend.



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 27, 2006 7:54 am (#429 of 2983)

I must say that I've notice lately that the "punch zero" option is, more and more, not being "recognized" as a valid option with the idea of forcing me back to the auto thingy.---Loopy Lupin

Or, more horribly, it responds with a not-regretful-enough automated "Goodbye" and I'm disconnected. What's up with that?!

My mother turned me on to Cash Cab. It's a riot. We once saw an episode with a family of four, the children were two girls, about 3 and 6. They had reached the end of their ride and had won about $700. They were being offered the double or nothing option. The girls were screaming to try for it. The mother turned to the oldest daughter and said, "Are you sure you want to risk it? Thirty-five dollars buys you a new head for your American Girl doll." Well, they went for it and won. Yippee!!! The girls were ecstatic (and the parents were pretty happy themselves). What I want to know is, do they ever offer the cab driver a tip?

Hey Loopy, Amadeus looks pretty good for 250, the wig not withstanding.


kaykay1970 - Jan 27, 2006 8:00 am (#430 of 2983)

Marie I can relate all too well with the RSV thing. My youngest had RSV pneumonia in both lungs last February. He and I were stuck in the house for 2 months as his immunities were completely depleted. I hope the children have a swift recovery!


Loopy Lupin - Jan 27, 2006 9:12 am (#431 of 2983)

Hey Loopy, Amadeus looks pretty good for 250, the wig not withstanding. -- Lupin is Lupin

Well, that's Tom Hulce from Amadeus as I'm sure everyone already knew. I wanted my avatar to be an "action shot" and those are hard to come by of 18th century musicians.

I am reminded, however, of that Falco song "Amadeus" the words to which I thought, at first, were: "Hot potatoes, hot potatoes."


Esther Rose - Jan 27, 2006 9:15 am (#432 of 2983)

Hot Potatoes! Madam Pomfrey!!!

I am sorry. I had to say it. =D


mike miller - Jan 27, 2006 10:52 am (#433 of 2983)

Steve - It's on Discovery Channel, usually with back to back episodes between 6pm and 7pm.


Steve Newton - Jan 27, 2006 11:49 am (#434 of 2983)

Thanks. I'll keep my eyes open. Of course, that puts it up against 'That 70s Show' on a local channel. Tough decision.


Catherine - Jan 27, 2006 4:43 pm (#435 of 2983)

I am reminded, however, of that Falco song "Amadeus" the words to which I thought, at first, were: "Hot potatoes, hot potatoes." --Loopy Lupin

Loopy's timely avatar and reminder of Mozart's (Wolfie's) birthday enabled me to appear well-informed among my colleagues this morning. When the birthday was mentioned, I knew exactly which one, and I was able to add, truthfully, that I have visited Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg.

I admit, however, that I pulled a "Bridget Jones" move (excusing myself to the bathroom) when one person started raving about Don Giovanni and opera in general. I didn't have anything concrete to offer, and visiting the loo is always good to do before class.

The Don Giovanni-loving professor had not seen the film Amadeus, I don't think, as my quote "I absolve you" meant nothing to him (Salieri says this, just so Googling is not necessary). I've found that some of the English profs are not the "quote queens" that we are on the Forum, something that surprised me.

Perhaps I'll rent Hot Potatoes Amadeus this weekend; it's been an age since I've seen it. There are some new film offerings in town this weekend, so maybe I'll shelve Hot Potatoes Amadeus until next week.


Finn BV - Jan 27, 2006 5:53 pm (#436 of 2983)

Happy 250th, Wolf! Our grade dean is obsessed with opera and classical music (while I have a strong liking for them, and can't stand rap or hip-hop, etc., his obsession is just strange), so there were lots of signs and commemorative posters. We also listened to some of his music at our grade meeting on Monday.

Have a good RotD and weekend!!


Tazzygirl - Jan 27, 2006 7:53 pm (#437 of 2983)

There was a guy on Oprah a couple months ago who had managed to find a majority of the codes that you can use to get in touch with a live body when you are in the middle of a automated customer service phone call. (wow, that was a long sentence!! ) I'll see if I can find it somewhere, it might be on the internet... Ok, just looked. I didn't find him, but I did find a report by CNN. http://money.cnn.com/2003/10/30/pf/smart_assets/ It doesn't have as much as the guy did, but some codes for many companies. Very interesting that people actually figured this out!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekends!!



haymoni - Jan 27, 2006 8:59 pm (#438 of 2983)

Ungrateful Son was Student of the Month. We went to a breakfast today at school and his teachers read his nominations from his classmates.

12 is such a strange age. I could tell that he was pretty proud of himself, but he wanted to look cool and unaffected, like this happens to him every day.

Of course, he couldn't stand the spotlight for very long and got us out of there as quickly as he could. I'd never want to be 12 again!


Tazzygirl - Jan 27, 2006 9:22 pm (#439 of 2983)

Congratulations to Ungrateful Son!!


The giant squid - Jan 28, 2006 1:47 am (#440 of 2983)

I'd offer my congrats to Ungrateful Son, but I doubt he'd be grateful. Chat & Greetings 2006 464751818

Loopy, you're right that the folks on the other end of the line should be nicer; sadly most of the time it's a major effort just to get them to be civil. What I meant was "try not to give them any excuse to chuck you back into the call queue".

BTW, thanks to you I will always hear "Hot Potatoes" when that song comes on. I suppose it's payback for my ruining the song "Linger" for Marie way back when in a similar way...

I can't believe that in this day and age anyone would leave their car running when they go into a building. I get paranoid when I jump out of my car to drop off a video at Blockbuster, and the drop box is only 5 feet from the curb! Is it a good thing that we need to constantly watch our property? No. Is it the smart thing? Yes. That said, I hope they find the vehicle soon. If it isn't a high-ticket item (luxury car, etc.) they'll probably get it back but the purse is pretty much a lost cause.



Amilia Smith - Jan 28, 2006 2:26 am (#441 of 2983)

My brother's car got stolen a couple months back. It was parked and locked in his parking lot at the time, and didn't have any valuables in it, so this isn't really a relevant story. But he did get it back a week later, so there is hope. He was rather miffed that the thieves took the ratty old sheet he kept in there to cover the windshield at night so he doesn't have to scrape it every morning, but they left Grandma's fake Christmas tree that was supposed to be given to the thrift store.

Squid Mike, I was riding past the Varsity Theater today, noticed they were playing The Squid and the Whale, and thought of you. Then, at work, I was checking in DVDs, and I checked in Born into Brothels, which made me think of Finn and Stephanie. [Edit: On rereading that last sentence, I realized that if taken out of context, it sounds really bad!!!]

I settled for the mars one yummy yummy yummy. There goes the healthy eating resolution.

Oh, come now, Shamrock. Chocolate is made from beans. And milk. And soy. And sugar, which is made from cane--or beets. Either way, it is still vegetables. Chocolate totally counts as eating healthy. Chat & Greetings 2006 2752390508

I went shopping today, and found a couple of really lovely dresses. One is a red flapper dress, and the other is forest green and reminds me of the 1940s. They are both Very Beautiful and Very Slimming (as you may have noted above, my strategy runs more towards exercise and clothes than diets).

Enjoy the RotD.



haymoni - Jan 28, 2006 8:22 am (#442 of 2983)

Hey all!

Get thee to The Leaky Cauldron.

They have a blurb about a certain piece of paper that Jo is auctioning off.

It has notes about the Black Family Tree. It shows the Longbottom connection, the Crouch connection as well as the names of Grandma & Grandpa Potter. There is also a certain Black whose name begins with "A".

I'm guessing this could become canon if it is actually the real thing.


Finn BV - Jan 28, 2006 8:47 am (#443 of 2983)

Congrats to Ungrateful Son. I'm sure he's quite grateful to receive this honor.

On rereading that last sentence, I realized that if taken out of context, it sounds really bad!!! –Mills

I know what you think of us, Mills. If that's the way you feel, then fine.

*off to TLC*


Puck - Jan 28, 2006 11:41 am (#444 of 2983)

Those of who have young children know that "Hot Potato" is a very popular song by the Wiggles!

Marie, hope the babies are well soon. RSV can be very serious for infants.

Okay, I may not always lock my car at the preschool, but I do turn off the engine and take the keys with me. I would never leave it running, and we're talking church parking lot across from the police station. I hope her insurance covers it, they may not if she left the keys inside like that. At the very least her premiums will shoot through the roof.

When calling a line that uses voice prompts, I find it's fun to speak gibberish. The system gets frustrated from not understanding your responses, and connects you to an actual human. Chat & Greetings 2006 1003735042

Love the idea that chocolate counts as a vegetable! It is loaded with antioxidants.

Congrats to the Ungrateful Son!

Enjoy the RotD! (sorry about the confusion, Finn. After reading your post and M. Pince's, I just went ahead and typed RotD.)


NYC members, find one of those cabs! (what happened to that first head on the child's doll?)


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 28, 2006 11:48 am (#445 of 2983)

I'm hoping I never hear Falco's song again. I haven't heard it years, fortunately.

I left my Jeep running when I stopped for coffee this morning so it would get warm. I was worried that it would get stolen during the thirty seconds that I couldn't see it.

Congrats to Ungrateful son.


Chemyst - Jan 28, 2006 12:44 pm (#446 of 2983)

When calling a line that uses voice prompts, I find it's fun to speak gibberish. The system gets frustrated from not understanding your responses, and connects you to an actual human.

Puck, that sounds potentially brilliant. I almost wish I had an opportunity to field test it— almost.


Tazzygirl - Jan 28, 2006 3:02 pm (#447 of 2983)

Puck--Those of who have young children know that "Hot Potato" is a very popular song by the Wiggles!

That is immediately what I thought of! It is now playing in my head... I love the Wiggles, I always try to get my 2 year old cousin to watch them!!

As for leaving the car running while picking up kids at school or daycare... I am guilty of leaving my car running when going to pick 2 year old cousin up from her school (which is in a neighborhood, and the parking lot is pretty much hidden). I did it once, and it was very nerve-racking. Now I take my keys with me, but leave it unlocked. I don't know why I do that, as my car brand is the number one stolen car in Hawaii... Maybe I am just wishing someone would take it away!!

Have a good RotD!!



Stephanie M. - Jan 28, 2006 8:28 pm (#448 of 2983)

I watched the Wiggles with my old neighbors (at the time one of their kids was 3 and the other was 1). They were pretty good for kid songs, except they got so annoying! As soon as it gets stuck in your head, it will never, ever get out. I remember most of the songs, and I was about 9 or 10 the last time that I listened to them.

I have been so busy this weekend, and I have no time to do my history essay with charts that is due do by Tuesday. Today was the only day that I had to do it because I have community service tomorrow and then I'm seeing Rent on Broadway right after that, and I have made absolutely no progress in my essay. I also didn't have time Friday night to do my project because I saw The Pajama Game with my grandparents and my cousins. The essay will be very easy to do, but I need to fill out these government system charts which will take a very long time to do. So I think I should stop procrastinating and really get started on all of my work and studying.

Have a good RotD everyone!


Puck - Jan 28, 2006 8:29 pm (#449 of 2983)

Kristina, if they take your car, then they can pay those parking tickets!

Chemyst, I learned that bit after many dealings with a phone company. I happily haven't had to use it for a while.

I'm off to sleep!



Tazzygirl - Jan 28, 2006 10:15 pm (#450 of 2983)

Kathy--Kristina, if they take your car, then they can pay those parking tickets!

rotfl! I never thought of that! **Strategically places car in bad part of town, with the keys in the ignition.**

Although, once, my aunt (who lives in Colorado) attempted to get rid of her car that way. It was even a bigger piece of junk than my car. She and her husband left it in a parking lot with the windows rolled down and the keys inside. It sat there for two weeks and no one attempted to take it! They ended up taking it back to their house...

Good Luck with your essay, Stephanie!

Happy RotD!

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azi - Jan 29, 2006 7:42 am (#451 of 2983)

Wow, what a busy weekend! I had a friend over and two of us dragged him to the National Railway Museum. I got very excited by all the trains, but even more so when I saw a platform 9 3/4 sign!!!! Anyway, we then had a nice meal at an Italian place and played Monopoly for a few hours. Very fun. Unfortunately, the early hours of the morning dealing with another friend were not so fun and I didn't get to sleep until about 4am. I need chocolate!

I'd better stop procrastinating and do some work too.

Have a great day everybody!


T Brightwater - Jan 29, 2006 8:08 am (#452 of 2983)

Just dropping in briefly - my mother had a stroke a few weeks ago. (Honestly, if she was that worried about the cataract surgery, she could have just _told_ me...) She's doing pretty well at the moment - that is, she's starting to get her native West Virginia stubbornness back - but she's a little unclear about reality sometimes. I've been going to see her every day, playing the lute for her, and reading _Sorceror's Stone_ to her when she's awake enough.

She'd been transferred to a nursing home for rehab, but the next day she had some sort of episode - low blood pressure, cold and clammy - and they sent her back to the hospital. Evidently she spent close to an hour arguing with the ambulance drivers, claiming she didn't want to go, and by the time the paramedics got there, she was back to approximately normal, but they took her in anyway to run some tests. So far, so good, but it's getting to the point where I flinch whenever the phone rings.

TIA for prayers and good wishes; I'll check in again if and when things calm down.


Netherlandic - Jan 29, 2006 8:20 am (#453 of 2983)

I am sorry for your mother, T Brightwater. But if she is getting her stubbornness back it probably means she is feeling a little better. I am ill myself and in bed right now, though luckily with a nasty cold and nothing worse.


azi - Jan 29, 2006 9:50 am (#454 of 2983)

I hope your mother gets better T. Brightwater!

I hope you recover quickly as well Netherlandic!


Good Evans - Jan 29, 2006 10:31 am (#455 of 2983)

cheering charms and healing charms to all who need them (and I promise I have cast the spells properly this time!!!)

Congratulations to ungrateful son - that is fabulous news

hope everyone has had a great weekend, I've had a sick dog and laid up husband, I am somewhat exhausted and looking forward to work tomorrow for a rest!!!!

Parents arrived for a two week visit yesterday which meant I got a round of golf with Dad today - just the two of us, no kids muscleing in - great!!

Be in the chat room in a bit!


boop - Jan 29, 2006 11:51 am (#456 of 2983)

TBrightwater, sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she recovers soon.

Netherlandic, hope you are feeling better soon.

Good Evans. hope hubby and the dog feel better soon.

Have a great Sunday everyone!!!

hugs always



Ydnam96 - Jan 29, 2006 12:46 pm (#457 of 2983)

TBrightwater, I hope that your mother starts doing better. I can't imagine how stressful and scary that must be.

Netherlandic, I hate colds. If one is going to be sick I think we should all just get the flu and be done with it. None of this cold stuff. None-the-less I know that colds are not fun. I hope you get better soon.

Not too much to add to all the conversations lately. I've been reading them to keep up on everyone though. I've just been busy with work and trying to get as much sleep as possible as I've been feeling exhausted lately.

Hope everyone is enjoying what is left of the weekend.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 29, 2006 12:55 pm (#458 of 2983)

12 is such a strange age.—haymoni

Not to worry haymoni. In a short while, he'll be thirteen and then you can rest easy that the strangeness will stop. (Just kidding, Finn!)


Madam Pince - Jan 29, 2006 1:22 pm (#459 of 2983)

T Brightwater, I'm sorry to hear about your mom -- hope she is doing better soon! You be sure and take care of yourself, too -- I know how stressful situations like that can be. I had a difficult situation once with an aunt and uncle over paramedics needing to take him to the hospital and the two of them adamantly opposed to it, and I know it's not fun. Hope everything works out well!

Congratulations to Ungrateful Son!

Poor azi! You are having a rough time with friends in the middle of the night lately, aren't you? You're on the right track, though, chocolate will make the day seem brighter!


azi - Jan 29, 2006 1:27 pm (#460 of 2983)

Hmm, Madam Pince, I do think I am! The chocolate worked though! Plus, it was only 25p for 100 grams! Extra happiness!


Tazzygirl - Jan 29, 2006 2:32 pm (#461 of 2983)

Healing charms to those that need it!

I have so much homework! I have to read about 250 pages by Friday, plus organize a presentation, study for a quiz, and do a couple more writing assignments.... **sigh** I guess I should make an attempt at getting through the readings...

Chocolate definitely makes the day brighter!!

Have a good RotD!



Catherine - Jan 29, 2006 3:45 pm (#462 of 2983)

Not to worry haymoni. In a short while, he'll be thirteen and then you can rest easy that the strangeness will stop. (Just kidding, Finn!) --Loopy Lupin

Uh oh.

I will have to disagree with a well-known Forum expert.

My theory is that American males begin to exhibit sanity around the age of 26. American females may have their own issues, but seem to be fairly sane around the age of 18, and only get better with age. At least, this is my experience.

Sanity being a relative term, naturally.

Hopefully, my conclusions are not too prejudicially drawn. Forgive me in advance if this is true. Finn and Stephanie and CatherineHermiona are excused from any conclusions drawn thus far and forgive me for any other regular Forumer who may have been left out.


Puck - Jan 29, 2006 3:47 pm (#463 of 2983)

T. Brightwater, sorry about your Mom. Take care!

Must eat chocolate regularly to ward off those dementors!

We went to a birthday party at a bowling alley today. My kids had never been before and were excited to try it. On her 3rd turn my 3 year old got a strike! (Definitelyy doesn't take after her mom in this regard.) Plus, she put on the shoes without any struggle!

Enjoy the RotD!


...wanders off wondering where to buy kids' bowling shoes


dizzy lizzy - Jan 29, 2006 3:49 pm (#464 of 2983)

Mmmmm...chocolate certainly makes the day seem a lot brighter!

Now for some healing and cheering charms to those who need it. And a charm to help Tazzy with the pile of reading.

I've not been doing much, just reading and re-organising my bookcases. I'm starting to get bored, it might be time to pull out the Sudoku book and the cross-stitch this week. I'm getting to the point where I am pleased that I have a workload next week.

We've been having a run of nice mild weather for the past week. It has been nice to sit outside in the evening with the puppy dogs, a cup of earl grey tea and a good book.




Tazzygirl - Jan 29, 2006 5:22 pm (#465 of 2983)

Catherine-- My theory is that American males begin to exhibit sanity around the age of 26. American females may have their own issues, but seem to be fairly sane around the age of 18, and only get better with age. At least, this is my experience.  I am right there with you! (I also exclude forum members!)

Back to reading... (Thanks Lizzy!) I think I will take a walk to the beach with my homework. Someone in one of my classes said it is easier reading there than in the house...



The giant squid - Jan 29, 2006 8:14 pm (#466 of 2983)

My theory is that American males begin to exhibit sanity around the age of 26.—Catherine

Well, looks like I'm about 8 years past due, then...



Netherlandic - Jan 29, 2006 8:51 pm (#467 of 2983)

Thanks, everyone.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 29, 2006 9:19 pm (#468 of 2983)

12 is such a strange age.—haymoni

Oh, haymoni, just you wait, the teen years are just ahead. You may look fondly back on the strangeness of 12, yeah you can deal with 12 when it's hormonal 15!.

T. Bright luck to you and your mother.


dizzy lizzy - Jan 30, 2006 3:27 am (#469 of 2983)

Tazzy, Kate and I were in the chat area just now and as a result of one particular topic; I have posted a recipe in my user profile for anyone who wishes to acquire a recipe for a very sweet caramel slice that is very easy to make! You will need to convert from metric to imperial measurements.




Netherlandic - Jan 30, 2006 4:45 am (#470 of 2983)

Dizzy Lizzy, that sounds delicious. But the chat room doesn't work for my (can't get in) so I can't read your recipe. Unfortunately.


Snuffles - Jan 30, 2006 4:55 am (#471 of 2983)

Lizzy, that recipe sounds delicious, I will try to make it very soon.

Second thoughts, I had better wait a couple of weeks or I won't fit into my ball dress

TBrightwater, I hope your mum gets better very soon, and healing charms to all who need them.

Congrats to ungrateful son.

Hope everyone has a good Monday



kaykay1970 - Jan 30, 2006 5:06 am (#472 of 2983)

I'm wishing your mom a speedy recovery, TBrightwater!

Netherlandic, simply click on dizzy lizzy name to get to her profile and her delicious recipe! Maybe someone else can help with your chat room problem.


Netherlandic - Jan 30, 2006 5:38 am (#473 of 2983)

Aha! Have done it, Kaykay. Thanks for the advise.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 30, 2006 6:50 am (#474 of 2983)

Sanity being a relative term, naturally. – Catherine

I dunno. My relatives are quite insane.


haymoni - Jan 30, 2006 7:19 am (#475 of 2983)

Happy Monday all!

My big news of the weekend is that The Beautifulest One is actually sitting still long enough for me to read SS to her!!!!

She is so funny. She points out all of the differences between the book & the movie - bizarre things that I didn't even notice. "In the movie, Uncle Vernon gets hit under the nose with the letter, not in the back of the head!!!"

I think I have a nit-picky Forum Member in the making!!!


Snuffles - Jan 30, 2006 7:23 am (#476 of 2983)

You should be very proud haymoni!



Chemyst - Jan 30, 2006 8:08 am (#477 of 2983)

Wishing a speedy recovery for Mother Brightwater.

Woo Hoo, Beautifulest One!

Lizzy, your recipe sent me down memory lane. We used to make that in college, with two exceptions: 1. we used graham cracker crumbs instead of sweet biscuit, and 2. there was no way they'd last a week in the refrigerator.


Madam Pince - Jan 30, 2006 9:25 am (#478 of 2983)

Wow, Lizzy, that recipe makes my teeth hurt just to read it! Sounds deliciously sweet!

A cousin of ours brought over some homemade candy that his wife made this weekend. She really does a great job and it looks very professional. This year she tried a new thing which I haven't tasted yet but Mr. Pince says is divine. She puts large marshmallows on a stick, then dips them in hot melted chocolate. The heat quick-cooks a "crust" on the outside of the marshmallow, and then the chocolate solidifies. It's 11:30am now, so I suppose I should eat one now so the sugar-high will disappear by the time I'm ready to go to bed tonight.


Finn BV - Jan 30, 2006 10:30 am (#479 of 2983)

Best to your mom, T Brightwater, you, Netherlandic, and Good Evans' dog and husband!

(Just kidding, Finn!) –Loopy

Of course you are.

I dunno. My relatives are quite insane. --also Loopy

ROFL!! Haha all my friends just looked at me and stared. I tried to explain, but it was no use. They must think I'm insane.

Yay to Beautifulest One! You've got an interesting way of naming kids, haymoni.

Steph and I did some Community Service yesterday, pretty fun, helping out some old people at a nursing home. One of them kept saying I was cute. LOL I guess I do double as an old person. Off to lunch…


Netherlandic - Jan 30, 2006 10:47 am (#480 of 2983)

thanks Finn, I stayed at home today and hope that helps.

I too think you are cute, the way you write! (I haven't got a clue how you look like). Hehe.


mike miller - Jan 30, 2006 11:03 am (#481 of 2983)

T Brightwater - I hope your Mom is back to herself very soon, sounds like she's on the way.

Netherlandic - Try some chicken soup; there's more to the old wives tales than meets the eye. My grandfather has an apple every day between dinner and bed and he just turned 96 and still lives on his own! My folks live with him most of the year except when they take the travel trailer fo their winter and summer excursions (currently in Arizona - Mom doesn't like snow).

My other grandfather (only 93 years old) announced the other day that he and his "lady friend" Mary (also 93) will be having a "commitment ceremony" on Feb 25th. It's not an official wedding because that messes up pensions and alike; but, it is held in a chapel. So I asked my Mom the "million dollar question", will they be co-habitating? The answer is yes and everyone was told by Mary that the twin beds would have to go!

Enjoy the RotD!!


haymoni - Jan 30, 2006 11:06 am (#482 of 2983)

I had an aunt and uncle who slept in separate twin beds (same room) until he died last year at 89.

They seemed just fine!


Loopy Lupin - Jan 30, 2006 11:10 am (#483 of 2983)

ROFL!! Haha all my friends just looked at me and stared. I tried to explain, but it was no use. They must think I'm insane.—Finn

Ha! Ha! Made 'em look. Now, if you'd been drinking something at that moment and sprayed it on the screen, it would've been a classic SPEW! For the more recent members, "SPEW" is the Forum's term for jokes and comments that cause the unsuspecting reader to spit out her Diet Coke onto the monitor.


Finn BV - Jan 30, 2006 11:15 am (#484 of 2983)

LOL, Netherlandic.

Loopy, I actually did a SPEW yesterday, but it wasn't reading the forum. Where's Tim anyway? Haven't seen him in ages…


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 30, 2006 11:30 am (#485 of 2983)

Mike, that's hysterical. Good for Mary! When I get to be that age, I want to be able to say the same thing.


Puck - Jan 30, 2006 11:43 am (#486 of 2983)

Lizzy, can I assume that sweet biscuits are sugar cookies and a slice pan is a bread pan? Sounds yummy!

Finn, have you not learned never to consume beverages while net surfing? Oh, and if I remember correctly, "Beautifulest One" gave herself that title.

Julie, are you going to a ball? How fun!

Diva-licious is all sparkly, as she has been playing make-up and is now covered in glitter. (Grandparents who live 1000 miles away are great at giving messy gifts.)

I've been reading "Narnia" with my son, though with only a chapter here and there it is going a bit slow. I may have to read ahead on my own.

Mike, congrats to Grandpa and Mary! My grandmother used to travel with her "companion", and eventually moved in with him. We all used to joke with her about "shacking up" without a ring. (Nana was not exactly meek and mild. If a young child used a bit of "colorful" language, one could bet said child had spent some time visiting Nana. )

Enjoy the RotD



haymoni - Jan 30, 2006 11:57 am (#487 of 2983)

Yes, Beautifulest One named herself. Ungrateful Son had no choice.

Netherlandic - Jan 30, 2006 1:03 pm (#488 of 2983)

Thanks for the advice, Mike. How lovely that your grandfather is in love again at his age. It is the same for my great uncle, although he is in his 80s.

Haymoni, I am becoming curious about your childrens real names. Are they unusual too?


Tazzygirl - Jan 30, 2006 1:25 pm (#489 of 2983)

Mike- That is so sweet that your grandfather is doing that! Congratulations to the both of them!

Well, I managed to read all but 3 chapters (out of eight) of my homework last night. Very boring book, might I add... Almost done!!

Have a good RotD!



haymoni - Jan 30, 2006 2:19 pm (#490 of 2983)

Netherlandic - I've always been a bit hesitant to reveal their names - my own as well!

Ungrateful Son = Camden Gregory "Camden" comes from a race horse my husband used to train called "Cam's Dignity". My husband selected this name 2 years before we were even pregnant. "Gregory" is after the church where we got married - St. Gregory the Great.

Beautifulest One = Spencer Rose My mother passed away in 1998 and her maiden name was Spensiero. Girl or boy, this child was going to be named "Spencer" after her. My husband is an AC/DC fan so "Rose" comes from the AC/DC song "Whole Lotta Rosie" which is about a fan from Tazmania. I liked "Rose" because it is girlie enough that folks won't think she is a little boy!

And "Spencer Rose!!!" sounds really good when you have to yell it!


Denise P. - Jan 30, 2006 2:31 pm (#491 of 2983)

Devin has a friend named Camden.

Lizzy, your recipe sounds similar to Magic Cookie bars. The Magic bars have sweetened condensed milk, butter, graham cracker, chocolate chips, coconut, nuts and anything else you want to toss on there. When I sent them to Mr. Denise in Iraq, I put on M&M's, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. You need to see a dentist just while making them. I see in our grocery stores, you can buy a ready made kit to make them now too.

I just signed up with a running club to train for an upcoming 5K run. It will be fun to train with a group rather than on my own. It is an 8 week course.

Friday I survived the first Pack Meeting since I became Cubmaster. February we do a dinner, March we are doing a movie, April and May will be at camp outs so I am set! Just because I drive a bus, Saturday I was on of the drivers 9 of the 14 girls in Kaitlyn's Brownie troop down to an old Nashville plantation,Travelers Rest (link in profile if you are interested in looking). We toured the house and the girls then made a hanky doll, clothespin doll, pillow doll and hand puppet. 9 girls chattering nonstop for more than an hour+ radio = headache.


Finn BV - Jan 30, 2006 3:04 pm (#492 of 2983)

LOL, Mike. Somehow I missed your post as I was going through the 4 or 5 new ones. (?) Don't know how that happened, but very funny story! 93, eh?

I've been reading "Narnia" with my son, though with only a chapter here and there it is going a bit slow. I may have to read ahead on my own. --Puck

I've taken to reading it again too. Are you reading it books 1 thru 7, in that order, or the order in which he wrote them? I'm doing the latter, starting with TLTWTW. I finished Prince Caspian on Saturday and am now on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Have fun running, Denise!


Netherlandic - Jan 30, 2006 3:17 pm (#493 of 2983)

Thanks for the trust, Haymoni. You are inventive. My name is Breg, which is Germanic (not German! but the language of the Germanic people/tribes that used to live in parts of the Netherlands and other European countries) and means shining/glittering/radiating.


Lina - Jan 30, 2006 4:02 pm (#494 of 2983)

T Brightwater, I hope your mum is better soon. Sending some healing and strengthening charms! Although, I agree that she could have found few better ways to avoid the cataract surgery... This reminds me my great-aunt who celebrated her 97th birthday recently. She regrets now for not taking that surgery when she was 90...

Healing charms to everyone else who needs them, too.

Congratulations to your grandfather, Mike Miller! That is so nice!

Haymony, I've never related the name Spencer to Spensiero, but did you know that that would mean worry-less? What a nice name for a child, may her life be like her name!

I've had a really good day with Veronika today. She finally managed to organize her time today, so she did her homework, she studied and she had the time to play! We were so happy about that! Maybe the on line Pokemon game helped a little... I wish she would just continue this way...

Everybody, have a good time!


boop - Jan 30, 2006 4:03 pm (#495 of 2983)

Mike, That is a wonderful story about your grandfather and Mary. Best of Luck to them both.

Denise, good luck with your training!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MOANING MYRTIE(EMILY)i hope you are having a wonderful day.



Finn BV - Jan 30, 2006 4:06 pm (#496 of 2983)

Happy birthday tomorrow, Squid Mike.


dizzy lizzy - Jan 30, 2006 5:19 pm (#497 of 2983)

Lizzy, can I assume that sweet biscuits are sugar cookies and a slice pan is a bread pan? Sounds yummy! – Puck

Puck, you need biscuits that are relatively plain. I use Arnotts Morning Coffee (remember that this is an Australian brand). If you make this kind of base in cooking slices, then use your normal variety of biscuit. Perhaps another cook on the forum can help me out here.

A slice pan is a rectangular pan about 7 by 12 inches.

Happy Birthday Squid Mike! It is the 31st here! so I'll give you an early birthday wish!!!



azi - Jan 30, 2006 5:33 pm (#498 of 2983)

Happy birthdays to Emily and Squid Mike (it is technically the 31st here in the UK, so belated to Emily!)

As usual I planned my time all wrong today by forgetting my ability to avoid work at all costs. I also partly blame my friends who were avoiding work as well and sat distracting me for 4 hours. So...past midnight and still working, have to get up early tomorrow to go on fieldtrip...great! All my fault I know...one day I may learn.

Heard from a friend who I had thought lost off the face of the Earth today. Turns out he's spent his entire student loan for the year (no idea how this works, as it's given in stages) and his father isn't paying the maintenance he should. Therefore, he's had to get 4 jobs to be able to stay in university. A situation of bad money management here methinks. Still feel sorry for him though.

Wow, there seem to be a lot of people in their nineties around. Impressive!

It is difficult to know whether to trust people with your real name on the Internet. Generally I don't, but here I don't mind. My real name is so common that you'd have difficulty finding me anyway. (For the record, my first name is Laura, lovely name, if I say so myself!)


Julie Aronson - Jan 30, 2006 5:35 pm (#499 of 2983)

Greetings and well-wishes wherever they belong!


You could probably use graham cracker crumbs with no detriment. I bet you could probably crumble up some Lorna Doones or something, too. I THINK they'd approximate a plain biscuit... I'm still thinking about the slice pan, though.


Do you think a 9x12 pan would work OK?

Cross-posted with Azi--my name is out there for all to see. When I signed up, I thought I was just filling info out on the form, but no...



timrew - Jan 30, 2006 5:41 pm (#500 of 2983)

Finn BV: Thanks for your enquiry about me.

My Computer has been down for about two weeks - needed a new power unit. Reckon I could do with one of those myself!

Anyway, I'm back now, and when I've waded through the several thousand posts I've missed, I'll soon be up-to-date - about 2012, or thereabouts...........
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Tazzygirl - Jan 30, 2006 6:01 pm (#501 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Emily and Squid Mike!!


dizzy lizzy - Jan 30, 2006 6:14 pm (#502 of 2983)


I'm sure a 9x12 pan would work, you might need to take more care on the cooking time, having a slightly thinner slice and the high sugar content, you would need to watch that the slice doesn't over-caramelise.


WHOOPS! I forgot Emily! Happy Birthday!!


Finn BV - Jan 30, 2006 6:14 pm (#503 of 2983)

LOL. Glad to see you back Tim.


Madam Pince - Jan 30, 2006 7:41 pm (#504 of 2983)

Hi Tim! ***waves*** I've been trying to live up to my New Year's promise to read Lord of the Rings, and I had to laugh at myself yesterday -- when I pulled it off the shelf in the headboard of my bed, the bookmarker wasn't even out of the "Prologue" of the first book yet. I'll keep trying!

Denise, you used to have a "word of the day" for what you call the big pile of books that accumulates on or around one's bed -- what was that word, do you remember? I thought it was so cool to actually have a term for that! (My list is pretty... ummm...varied -- among others I have Fellowship of the Ring; Emma; The Book of Mormon; the Bible; HP & Sorceror's Stone; Seabiscuit; Green Eggs and Ham; The 9/11 Commission Report; The Velveteen Rabbit; How to Grow Roses; Cold Mountain; and (just to show how long it's been since I've cleaned off that shelf) From Conception To Childbirth.

Haymoni, your kids' names are so beautiful!

Denise, congrats on making it through the Scouts meeting and field trip! Sounds like a fun day! Well....sorta....

Mike Miller, I think that story about your grandfather and his girlfriend Mary is fantastic! Good for them! Please do give them our hearty congratulations!

Happy Birthday, Moaning Myrtle/Emily! I haven't "seen" you in a long while, but if you're reading this, hope you had a fantastic birthday!

And Happy Birthday, Giant Squid Mike! Enjoy a great day!


Denise P. - Jan 30, 2006 9:07 pm (#505 of 2983)

librocubicularist - one who reads in bed


Puck - Jan 30, 2006 9:48 pm (#506 of 2983)

Denise -she knows the fancy words, takes care of her large brood while hubby is overseas, does the scouting thing for both genders, AND is now training for a 5K! I think I just discovered Superwoman's alter ego.

Finn, after asking around on the forum I am reading the books in order. Still plowing through TLTWATW. I like to read at bedtime, but as I am often with the baby then, Mr. Puck puts them to bed. (He reads picture books, leaving the chapter books to me.) So, somedays we don't get it in at all. I am, however, determined.

Happy Birthday Mike! Well, it will be in about 15 minutes.

Thanks for the cooking clarifications! That may be my weekend baking project. I'm sure the kiddies would love it. I'm always nervous to bake something when I've never seen or tasted it before, as I'm not quite sure how it's supposed to turn out.

Off to get some sleep!



Madam Pince - Jan 30, 2006 10:41 pm (#507 of 2983)

Thanks, Denise! Excellent word. I was thinking there was a term for the actual pile of books, but my brain is mush...

Puck, I just came across this quote and it made me think of you (and lots of other Forum mums...) I can't credit it because I don't know who it was from...

You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. But richer than I you'll never be - For I had a Mother who read to me.


The giant squid - Jan 31, 2006 12:44 am (#508 of 2983)

Well, thanks for all the early well-wishes (and a big hug for boop!). It'll officially be the 31st in my time zone in about 20 minutes, but I won't technically be 34 until 11:35PM tomorrow. I like to say I was born at "twenty-five minutes to February."

Welcome back, Tim. You never realize how much time you really spend on the computer until you can't anymore.

And "Spencer Rose!!!" sounds really good when you have to yell it!—haymoni

Yes, a key element to naming a child is hearing how it sounds when you yell it across the neighborhood. "Spencer Rose! Get in here and eat your dinner!"



dizzy lizzy - Jan 31, 2006 1:06 am (#509 of 2983)

I solved the problem of too many books on my bedside tables...I discarded the bedside tables and bought 2 tall skinny bookcases instead. All my highly valued (sentimental not monetary) books are on these bookcases including HP.



Snuffles - Jan 31, 2006 1:35 am (#510 of 2983)

Happy birthday Squid Mike, and belated wishes to Emily

I'm glad there are lots of people around in their 90's, I just hope I will be one of them!!!

Haymoni, those are great names for your children.

Finn, I'm also wading my way through the Narnia collection, I have just started the Silver chair (at least I think it's called that )

Hi Lina, sorry I had to dash during our chat last night. Once Olivia had woken up I couldn't get her settled for ages. She suffers from something called night terrors! If she is going to have one it is at the same time each night. It can last minutes or up to half an hour. She will wake up shouting me. I go to her and she is looking and talking to me but she isn't awake. I can take her to the toilet and put her straight to bed on the good nights, but others she can shout, scream and throw things. All I am allowed to do is sit and let her get on with it. I mustn't wake her (a bit like sleep walkers!) and after a bit she calms down and climbs back into bed. She doesn't remember anything about it the next day. It can be a bit frightening for anyone who doesn't understand it. Oh well she is supposed to grow out of it by the time she is five!!

Have a good Tuesday everyone



Tazzygirl - Jan 31, 2006 2:57 am (#511 of 2983)

Squid Mike--Yes, a key element to naming a child is hearing how it sounds when you yell it across the neighborhood. "Spencer Rose! Get in here and eat your dinner!"

Yeah- try yelling "Sydney Mahealani!! Come get your dinner!" or "Nathaniel Namakaokalani!!! Come here now!!" (Those are my cousins' names!) LOL

Snuffles--Once Olivia had woken up I couldn't get her settled for ages. She suffers from something called night terrors!

My brother went through that until he was five! Scared the living daylights out of my parents until the doctor could identify it as "night terrors". He would let out blood-curdling screams and thrash around, and then wouldn't remember in the mornings. He always did it at the same time every night though- at about 10 pm. Poor Olivia!



Stephanie M. - Jan 31, 2006 5:27 am (#512 of 2983)

Wow! I just read through about 60 posts!

Happy belated Birthday to Emily, and Happy Birthday to Squid Mike!! I wish both of you many more happy and healthy years!!

Healing charms to everyone!

I honestly have no idea how old Finn really is. I usually see him as a 13 year old, but there are times where I truly wonder about him. I wouldn't be too surprised if he was really a 50 year old man.

Off to catch my bus which I am a couple mins late for!


mike miller - Jan 31, 2006 5:36 am (#513 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Squid Mike - 25 minutes to February LOL! I guess you can't officially celebrate until nearly tomorrow.

Timrew - Good to have you back, I can relate to computer difficulties and trying to catch up with the Forum.

Azi - I can understand about using real names on the internet. When I signed up for this forum I didn't realize I could use a pseudonym, so mines right out there. Not that it would help much since they are about a billion Mike Miller's. In fact, I live right next door to one. We didn't know until after we had put the offer in on the house. Stangely enough, the postman rarely get the mail mixed up!

Finn - Just think of all you have in front of you if you can make it into your 90's. I sometimes think about how much change my grandfather's have witnessed in their days and then try to imagine what I might see in another 40 years. Very exciting if you ask me!!

Snuffles - Me too! Thankfully, I have the genetics that should help, but I cannot say I've always made the healthiest choices. I did quit smoking (again) about 6 months ago; and, with volleyball and softball I hope to drop those pesky extra pounds.

Have a great day everyone!!!


Good Evans - Jan 31, 2006 5:37 am (#514 of 2983)

Happy birthday Giant Squid, and a belated to Moaning Myrtle!

Mike Miller - what a smile that story brought to my face, congratulations and all good wishes for a lovely ceremony and a long(ish) life together for the both of them, that is wonderful.

Haymoni - I think Spencer Rose works very well for a girl, I've only known Spencers to be boys, but it doesn’t mean they can’t! And yes, I have always liked the way Benjamin Christopher reverberates around the walls when I yell it so yes, the yell factor is important in choosing a name for your young 'uns!

have a great day everyone - Tuesday already, didn’t sleep well as woke up to dog pacing at 3, let her out and encountered dad on the stairs saying he would have let her out, but he couldn’t find his glasses to see, and he still couldn’t find them. So 30 minutes of banging and moving things around before he finally let me get back to sleep, then at 5am hubby prodded me and said doggie wanted to go out again - she didn’t but I made her go downstairs anyway being as I was awake again - and then I got up at 6 - not good! especially as I not gotten in from work until 8 pm due to a late meeting at work last night.

oh well - who needs sleep - its highly over rated!!


Chemyst - Jan 31, 2006 5:38 am (#515 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to Mike, the giant squid.


haymoni - Jan 31, 2006 6:19 am (#516 of 2983)

Happy, happy birthday to Mike! "25 minutes to February" - that's good!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!


Puck - Jan 31, 2006 6:28 am (#517 of 2983)

Good Evans, don't you love it when hubby wakes YOU to take care of pets/kids? Like they are completely incapable of getting out of bed and doing it themselves...Chat & Greetings 2006 3906177977

Wow! I was just thinking the those 90 year old grandparents remember life without television, computers, garage door openers, modern refridgerators, etc.... And here we are, people from around the globe, conversing on the internet!

The morning news announced the passing of Coretta Scott KIng. What a sad day.

Time to get the girls out the door!



azi - Jan 31, 2006 6:32 am (#518 of 2983)

Good afternoon everybody!

I had less than 5 hours sleep last night but actually feel great!

The fieldtrip was amazing! It was a little childhood dream of mine to go to this laboratory to see what they did there and stuff, and it just came true! Extremely exciting!

Better go do something constructive.

Have a great day everybody!


haymoni - Jan 31, 2006 6:33 am (#519 of 2983)

I just read that too, Puck!

I also read a cute story about someone who won a cell phone film contest. He shot footage of his grandparents on his cell phone. Apparently they play a game where his grandfather reads a headline to his grandmother and she has to guess if it is real or not. If she catches him, she gets a kiss. At the end of the short film, the grandfather confesses that sometimes he cheats so he can get the kiss!

Too cute!


Marie E. - Jan 31, 2006 6:44 am (#520 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, dear brother! Your card is in the mail, honest!

We had a Girl Scout lock-in at a nearby high school this Saturday. The girls were very well behaved, but I still came home exhausted. Mostly it's because I'm very much a "sleep in my own bed" kind of person. Lexie fell asleep around 5pm Sunday and didn't wake up until 6:30am Monday morning!

The lady at my daycare hasn't had her truck recovered yet. Her son told me that mom has a "'surance" car. Lol. She said that her homeowners insurance is covering part of her loss, which included her $5,000 wedding ring. I didn't ask why it was in the truck.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 31, 2006 7:11 am (#521 of 2983)

Anyway, I'm back now, and when I've waded through the several thousand posts I've missed, I'll soon be up-to-date - about 2012, or thereabouts........... – tim

Welcome back tim. (Psst. If you hit the "mark as read" button, I won't tell.)

Happy B-day Mike!

By the way Mike, I've been wanting to get your opinion on something. Was I missing nuance or something or was MatchPoint indeed the long, boring snorefest I thought it was?


Catherine - Jan 31, 2006 7:47 am (#522 of 2983)


Good to see Tim posting!

The recipes are making my teeth ache in advance. I may have to break out the old "Magic Cookie Bar" recipe soon, but if I do that, I will have to start running like Denise.

I laughed when read about Denise and Marie's enforced "together" time with scouting young 'uns. That experience would make my teeth ache, too.

Did anyone else catch that Denise can drive a bus? Add that to her accomplishments. I must say that I have an image of her driving a purple bus that defies laws of physical motion. Not to mention the little shrunken head hanging from the mirror...Psss...mate...be good...that's what happened to the last kid who acted up on Denise's bus....

Happy Tuesday to everyone.


T Brightwater - Jan 31, 2006 9:20 am (#523 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Squid Mike, and many happy returns!

Thank you all very much for the good wishes. Mom's perked up a lot; I just wish it hadn't taken a stroke to get her on an antidepressant medication! She's still a little disoriented, but getting better all the time. She not only stayed awake for a WHOLE chapter of Sorceror's Stone last night, she asked for another! And stayed awake for that, too! She may be a little vague about what day it is or who's been to see her lately, but she's got Draco Malfoy's number - one of her first coherent comments was "He always was a pain."


Catherine - Jan 31, 2006 9:44 am (#524 of 2983)

She may be a little vague about what day it is or who's been to see her lately, but she's got Draco Malfoy's number - one of her first coherent comments was "He always was a pain." T Brightwater

She has certainly sorted her priorities. I'm so happy for you that she is improving!


Madam Pince - Jan 31, 2006 9:57 am (#525 of 2983)

LOL, T Brightwater, about your Mom and Draco Malfoy! That's great that she's doing better!


Elanor - Jan 31, 2006 10:17 am (#526 of 2983)

Happy twenty-fourteenth birthday Squid Mike!

T Brightwater, I'm glad things are going better for you and your mother! Harry is indeed better than any doctor: he is a healer.

I do agree about the kids' names... Actually, I'd swear that some kids don't recognize their own name if it is not yelled at them!

Have a great day / evening everybody!


timrew - Jan 31, 2006 12:37 pm (#527 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Mike!

And thanks for all the goodwill messages. It's true; you don't realise how much time you spend on the computer until you don't have one anymore!


Puck - Jan 31, 2006 12:42 pm (#528 of 2983)

Hooray for T.Brightwater's mum!

We get into the Scouting thing next year. My son is aching to join, and I can't wait to see him in that uniform!

I have left my wedding ring in the car a few times. The pool chlorine can loosen the settings, so if I forget to take it off at home I hide it in the car as opposed to a locker.

Love the cell phone story!

Enjoy RotD



DJ Evans - Jan 31, 2006 1:28 pm (#529 of 2983)

Hey all! ***waves to everyone****

Happy Birthday to The Giant Squid himself, Mike. Hope it is a great one for you with many many happy returns.

TBrightwater -- Sorry to hear about your Mom's stroke but I'm glad to hear she is doing better. My own mom had one about 6 years ago & she is doing great now. May your Mom do as good, or better, in her recovery as mine did.

It was reported on our local weather this morning this January will go down in the record books as being the 5th warmest January in history -- for our state that is. Hmmm, that is fine by me, keeps the heating bills down. But what I would like to know is what were the summers like in the 4 other years that had the warmest Januarys? Were they hotter than average? I'm dreading the hot/humid summer already & spring isn't even here yet. sigh

Good to see Mike Miller & Tim back -- "Hey guys!"

Have a good RotD everyone.....

Later, Deb


Viola Intonada - Jan 31, 2006 2:33 pm (#530 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Squid Mike!!!!!!!

Lol, Marie. I am so bad at not sending cards on time. It is to the point now that I tell my family, as they advance in age, that I send them late on purpose. I wouldn't want to give them a heart attack from receiving a card from me on time. As a matter of fact, my dad's birthday card is sitting next to me right now. His birthday was last Thursday. Some day.....

So, you are getting ready to run a 5K Denise? I can't imagine you just running. Does it involve changing diapers, shuttling kids to activities, doing house work while monitoring 1000 post on a forum while running?


Finn BV - Jan 31, 2006 2:45 pm (#531 of 2983)

Not that it would help much since they are about a billion Mike Miller's. In fact, I live right next door to one. --mike miller[

Yeah, same. My block is just loaded with Finns… Well, actually, there are, what, are we up to, five? There are five Finns in my house…

Glad your mom's doing better, TB. I wish my mom were that good about getting into CoS… right now we finished "The Worst Birthday" but can't quite make it into "Dobby's Warning."

Waded through the posts loosely. Just a reminder I'm leaving tomorrow afternoon for a week… so don't make that many posts… or I'll have to hit the magic button…


Lina - Jan 31, 2006 3:44 pm (#532 of 2983)

Mike and Emily! Many more happy birthdays!

Don't worry, Snuffles! I understand problems with kids. I just hope that Olivia gets to sleep peacefully as soon as possible. You could just try to pop in again at the same time, usually the room is much more crowded at that time of the day...

When I was a little girl, a friend of mine and I used to invent the names for the kids (BTW, one of her daughters is Lina ) and we would ALWAYS yell each of the names that we thought of. There was a boy in the neighborhood that had the same name as the president of the country, and we didn't have elections for the president at that time, so he was the only president for many of us at that time, and the parents used to call him home with some swearing added...

Well, Mike Miller, just think of the countries that my great-aunt changed living always at the same address... Even I have changed a few, but my kids,... not yet

Finn, did you try to read HP to your mum?

Veronika has just explained me today that the fact that she is able to read her reading assignments by herself lately, doesn't mean that I don't have to read them too...

Have a good time everybody!


Finn BV - Jan 31, 2006 5:19 pm (#533 of 2983)

Finn, did you try to read HP to your mum? –Lina

LOL, no, but I sat there right next to her. She "got tired" really soon.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 31, 2006 5:57 pm (#534 of 2983)

Happy birthday Mike and Emily.


Puck - Jan 31, 2006 9:14 pm (#535 of 2983)

Deb, I have noticed that in my area hot humid summers follow cold, snowy winters. Last winter, for example, we had record snow fall. This summer was brutal. We had the air conditioning on for a month straight. Now, mild winters such as this often proceed one of those summers with lots of cool, rainy days. Of course, now that I said it, it probably won't hold true,Chat & Greetings 2006 1242194059   but it's a pattern I've noted over the past years.

Have a good trip, Finn! Maybe your Mom will get through CoS while you’re gone.

Rough day for my baby, so she was a bit grumpy this evening. Poor thing had her shots this morning, and then had to stay with the baby sitter while I taught my class. (She hates it when I leave her. She has this heartbreaking little pout and cry.) Hopefully she'll have a better day tomorrow.

Enjoy the RotD

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The giant squid - Feb 1, 2006 12:14 am (#536 of 2983)

Was I missing nuance or something or was MatchPoint indeed the long, boring snorefest I thought it was?--Loopy Lupin

While I haven't had the pleasure(?) of screening that one myself, from what I've been told you're pretty much on the mark. The one thing they seem to leave out of all the "critical acclaim" is that it's a Woody Allen film--and ol' Woody's never been known for edge-of-your-seat thrillers.

When I was a little girl, a friend of mine and I used to invent the names for the kids—Lina

My mother used to do that as well. There are many times I've been called "Michael Aloysius Peabody Snotbox". I worry about my mom sometimes...

As for Marie (whom I also worry about sometimes...it's in our genes, you know) not sending out my card in time, I'm used to it. We have an aunt who is notorious for sending out cards very late (much like Viola Intonada). Since she got a computer, though, she's much better--just today I got an e-mail that said "Since the card didn't go out in time, consider this your birthday greeting."

I think it's telling that Stephanie, Finn's own classmate, has doubts as to his true age...



CatherineHermiona - Feb 1, 2006 2:48 am (#537 of 2983)

Happy Birthday (belated) Mike!

You know, I usually don't meet people that know something about shooting... Anyways, I shot 160 yesterday on a practice. My best result is 165 and yesterday was my 3rd time shooting 160 or over. No Rovinj for me. I don't have shooting practice at Friday as I have a school trip. And I am not going in Rovinj then. Oh, well. Next school competition is next Sunday, 12th February.

Rumors were true. Romano is back. Romano is a new/old student in our class. He first came in second half of 3rd grade, then he left on the end of 4th grade, and now he's back. He came back yesterday. All the girls used to have a crush on him. He didn't change at all. Ana disagrees, she says he changed his glasses. Typically.

I don't think I mentioned here. My grades in 13 subjects in first half of this year were 11 As and 2 Bs. Just wanted to mention.

Oh, well, have a nice day, everyone. Or night. Or whatever.



Good Evans - Feb 1, 2006 5:38 am (#538 of 2983)

well done Kate on those shooting scores. and well done again on your school marks - keep it up!!!

pleased to say I actually got some sleep last night - and saw GOF again a good night allround!

hope everyone has a good day (afternoon here in UK!)


Loopy Lupin - Feb 1, 2006 7:31 am (#539 of 2983)

ol' Woody's never been known for edge-of-your-seat thrillers.-- Mike the Squid

Well, had I sat on the edge of my seat, I would have slid off and starting napping on the sticky floor. Ewww!

Never fear though, never fear. My disappointment in MatchPoint does nothing to displace The Village as the head of moviedom's pantheon of crap. ***deserves points for use of the word "pantheon"***


Madam Pince - Feb 1, 2006 8:01 am (#540 of 2983)

Yep -- never been one for Woody Allen movies, myself. I fell asleep in Hannah and Her Sisters and the bad part was that I was on a blind date, too. Oops. Oh well. He was kinda like a human Woody Allen movie himself, anyway.

We went to the playground day before yesterday. I think I committed a major faux pas, but I almost think I was justified. There was a mom there with a baby in a car-seat carrier. While it was warmer than normal for January, it was still cold enough for coats. She left the baby alone on the ground while she stood about 30 yards away (all the way across the playground) chatting with another mom. At first I thought the carrier was empty until I walked by it and saw the little one. Anyway, she came over to put a hat on him and give him a pacifier and we chatted briefly and she said the baby was 3 weeks old, and that she'd forgotten to bring a blanket for him so she just put her scarf over him. I thought that seemed odd, but oh well. Then she walked away again. She wasn't close enough to hear him, and she wasn't really paying attention. I was sitting on a bench right beside him, so I noticed when he started fussing and when I peeked in, he had wriggled so that his little hat was all pulled down over his eyes and onto his nose, his scarf was sliding off, and his pacifier had fallen out and he was clearly searching for it. So I kept looking over at her, but I thought it would be rude to say "Hey, your baby needs you!" I know we've talked here on the Forum before about how rude it is for strangers to come up and want to touch your baby, too, which normally I agree with. But this lady was totally ignoring this 3-week-old, who needed just a bit of assistance. So I decided it'd be quicker and OK to go ahead and help. I adjusted his hat and scarf, and gave his pacifier back. He was happy and went back to sleep. About 10 minutes later we re-did the whole scenario, and 10 minutes later did it again, with the mom still chatting happily away and not even noticing. Finally on the 4th time, she came over and said a bit crossly "He'll be all right!" So I felt somewhat abashed, but then again, I wanted to say "Well, if you'd been here to do it then someone else wouldn't have had to!" Sigh.... at least my hands were clean.

Everyone have a great RotD!


Finn BV - Feb 1, 2006 10:37 am (#541 of 2983)

LOL Madam Pince. The sense of some people.

Maybe your Mom will get through CoS while you’re gone. –Puck

Ha. Ha.

Good job on your shooting, Kate, that sounds pretty high from what you've been telling us.

Okay guys, see you in a week!

Edit: Whoa, I like the new look on Leaky! Go check it out!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 1, 2006 11:47 am (#542 of 2983)

I fell asleep in Hannah and Her Sisters and the bad part was that I was on a blind date, too.—Pince

Funny you should say that because Hannah depicts a horrific blind date (I think it was a "blind date") between Woody and Diane Weist, one of Hannah's sisters. In contrast to you, Ms. Weist's character wasn't in any danger of falling asleep anytime in the next several days.


Julie Aronson - Feb 1, 2006 1:20 pm (#543 of 2983)

Hehe, Loopy. Nice way to couch a non-Forum-friendly reference!

Madam Pince,

Sometimes you just have to wonder...I mean, really, a 3-week-old baby is pretty self-contained and easy to carry around. Why couldn't she bring him along for her conversation?

Hmmm--I feel a little hyphen-crazy today!



DJ Evans - Feb 1, 2006 1:21 pm (#544 of 2983)

Kathy (Puck), oh I hope you are right in your observation & we will have a mild summer, but I'm not going to hold my breath quite yet. lol Heck, I can't even remember the last mild summer that we've had. Oh I'm sure we've had one, it just seems the older I get the less tolerance I have for the heat. And I just heard we might get snow this Saturday. Yeah, that is going to be something, 60+ degree weather for all this time and now --wham-- snow....go figure. lol

Hope Little Puck is over getting those miserable shots & is having a much nicer day today. (((hugs to Little Puck)))

Madam Pince: You definitely did the right thing. Poor little baby -- it just makes my skin crawl thinking what else it might have to go through when nobody else is around to witness. I don't know if I wouldn't have looked up a policeman to report her or something. Wonder if she was the baby's mother or just a baby-sitter / nanny like person? Anyway, 10 points to Madam Pince's house for being the compassionate person that she is!

Have a great time Finn -- see you when you get back.

Later, Deb


Catherine - Feb 1, 2006 1:39 pm (#545 of 2983)

Madame Pince, I think you were in difficult situation, caught between the taboo of "interfering" with someone else's child and the taboo of allowing a baby to experience discomfort and neglect. That "mummy" doesn't sound as though she's wrapped too tightly, if you know what I mean.

I just got back from the bathroom and realized that my middle button on my blouse was unbuttoned. I am praying that it was not undone during either of my afternoon classes today. The scary thing is that NO ONE told me. I can only hope that it just happened and wasn't an issue while I was teaching.

There oughta be a law that people tell you when you have spinach in your teeth, or your pants are unzipped, or there is toilet paper on your shoe. Or you shirt isn't buttoned correctly!

**off to hide in the corner**


azi - Feb 1, 2006 2:10 pm (#546 of 2983)

She left a little baby in a car all by itself??? That's terrible! She should have kept it with her! I also think you did the right thing Madam Pince. **moral support**

Ack, Catherine, that must be embarrassing! It's like the fly of your trousers falling down and you not noticing, mortification is a must.

Hope you have a great time Finn!

I'm ill today. Feels like a chest infection as painfully dry cough and can't breathe due to bad asthma. Keep having cold and hot sweats as well. Slept on my floor next to the radiator for 4 hours this afternoon as I couldn't stop shivering and was exhausted. Feeling slightly better now.

On the plus side, I didn't have the energy to go spend money in town this afternoon!

Hope everyone has a nice cough free day!


Viola Intonada - Feb 1, 2006 2:23 pm (#547 of 2983)

Azi, I hope you feel better soon!

I know what you mean, Catherine. Many people think that it is rude to point out people's, um, wardrobe malfunctions. I read once in a manner's column that it is only rude to point out flaws in someone's appearance that cannot be easily fixed (such as a run in the pantyhose), but it is considerate to let someone know in as polite a manner as possible if the flaw is easily fixed (such as spinach in one's teeth, toilet paper on one's shoe, etc.).


Stephanie M. - Feb 1, 2006 2:56 pm (#548 of 2983)

Azi, I hope you feel better!

Kate, great job shooting, and congratulations on those incredible grades!!

Madam P, you did the right thing! I hope that that woman wasn't her mother! I can't believe people would do such a thing! Only 3 weeks old too!


Tazzygirl - Feb 1, 2006 3:38 pm (#549 of 2983)

Healing charms to Azi!! Hope you feel better soon!

Kate, good job with the scores in shooting, and your grades in school! That is awesome!!

Madam Pince- I would have done the same thing as you, especially since it was a three week old. Poor baby...

Catherine- if I had seen you, I would have told you! Totally with you on the Law of being told if you have spinach in your teeth or wardrobe malfunction!

Hope everyone has a great RofD!!



boop - Feb 1, 2006 5:11 pm (#550 of 2983)

Azi, I hope you feel better soon.

Kate, congrats to the great shooting score.

Madam Pince, if it was I, I would have done the same thing. Why would you walk away from your baby in the first place . . .  :mad:

I am tired couldn't sleep much last night, finally got up at 3am. I decided to read HBP. I just hope I get some sleep tonight.

Everyone have a great RotD!!!

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Marè - Feb 1, 2006 6:01 pm (#551 of 2983)

Catherine, if I would have been there I wouldn't have said a thing, because that would draw attention to it. I would however attempted to make you aware of it by means of winks, nudges, nods and various handsignals (all very delicate of course)

I have a lot of those signals with my friends, just in case you have things on your teeth, your mascara is hanging on your cheeks, your white pants are see through and showing your shabby underpants or the tag is hanging out of the sweater. But I'm not sure if I would feel comfortable saying all of that to a stranger.

And now I have to congratulate Kate with her marks and her shooting, Mike and Emily with their (belated Embarassed) birthdays and wish Finn a good trip!
Did I catch up now?


Netherlandic - Feb 2, 2006 1:08 am (#552 of 2983)
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Chemyst - Feb 1, 2006 6:19 pm (#553 of 2983)

Netherlandic, I'm not sure about rappers, but "emcee" is a real word.

It means master (or mistress) of ceremonies: a person in charge of the proceedings at an event or entertainment.
It can also be used as a verb; to act as a master or mistress of ceremonies for an event.
It was first coined in 1930s as a phonetic representation of "MC" which are the initials for Master of Ceremonies. I just looked that last part up.


Netherlandic - Feb 1, 2006 6:31 pm (#554 of 2983)

I see, thanks Chemyst.


kaykay1970 - Feb 1, 2006 9:09 pm (#555 of 2983)

Get well soon, azi!


Madam Pince - Feb 1, 2006 9:27 pm (#556 of 2983)

Am I the only person who read Netherlandic's post and immediately thought of some type of McDonald's product (McChicken, etc.) rather than "emcee"? I think that is probably a sad commentary that this is the direction my mind runs....

Thanks for all the "moral support", guys! I hope I did the right thing! (Azi, the mom hadn't left the baby in the car -- he was in one of those portable carseats that doubles as a baby carrier. It was sitting on the ground in the park. Hope you feel better soon, by the way!)

Loopy, thanks for cluing me in on some of the plot of Hannah. I would have no way of knowing otherwise! ****zzzzzzzzzz....****

Catherine, too funny about your blouse today! Did you notice any unusual giggles throughout the day? If not, you're probably safe. I once spent about an hour aimlessly strolling around though the lobby of a very fancy, very famous hotel in Washington D.C., killing time waiting for one of my tour groups to arrive. There were probably a thousand people milling around, all in power suits just like mine. None of theirs, however, was completely unzipped in the back of the skirt, as mine was. I was mortified when I got back to my room and discovered it, but then I consoled myself by thinking that hey, they're all strangers and I'll never see any of those people ever again in my life anyway....

Everyone have a great RotD!


Puck - Feb 1, 2006 9:54 pm (#557 of 2983)

Hmmmm, isn't this the second conversation we've had about Catherine flashing strangers?

Even if I'm inside Diva's classroom dropping her off, I never leave the baby more than a few feet away! And no blanket? And not even a 2 minute conversation, but over half an hour without coming to check on the baby? There is a reason those seats are portable.

Deb, Baby Puck had a much better day and thanks you for the virtual hug!

Feel better, Azi.

Kate, great job. Isn't 13 subjects alot? I don't recall ever having more than 7 or 8 at one time.

Finished baking my peanut butter cookies rather late, as Baby was a bit of a night owl this evening and didn't go to bed until almost 10pm, so I baked until 11:30. Mr. Puck and his co-workers take turns bringing in cookies on Fridays for their weekly "Cookie Time."

Time to get to bed. Thursdays are always a long day around here.



Snuffles - Feb 2, 2006 1:35 am (#558 of 2983)

Well done on the shooting scores Kate.

Hope you soon feel better Azi, I would recommend wrapping up today they have forecast very cold weather for us!!!

Madam P, I am totally with you on the baby in the car seat. As much as I wouldn't want to interfere I don't think I could have helped myself. A child of that age shouldn't be left like that.

May your clothes behave themselves today Catherine!

Nearly weekend! Hope everyone has a good Thursday



The giant squid - Feb 2, 2006 4:39 am (#559 of 2983)

Kate, thanks for the birthday wishes, and congratulations on your grades & shooting scores. Too bad you're not going to Rovinj, but that gives you more time to practice for the meet on the 12th, right?

***deserves points for use of the word "pantheon"***--Loopy Lupin

Since it was used in the process of insulting The Village, I'll allow it.

I'll add to the "moral support" Madame Pince. Actually, I'd've been hard pressed not to tell the woman, "Well, someone should be paying attention to your child." She's just lucky you're not a child-snatcher, or that kid would never be seen again...

Sir squid, is it ok if a feed you some nasty lawyers?—Netherlandic

No thanks, they give me indigestion. We could introduce them to Loopy, though, in hopes that seeing what a good lawyer is like might rub off on them.



Good Evans - Feb 2, 2006 5:55 am (#560 of 2983)

lots of Dementors floating around this week, I have had an awful week, feeling very useless, completely frustrated with other peoples lack of thought and unappreciated!!! I shan’t go in to it, let’s just say other peoples communication isn't the best sometimes, and can lead to somewhat embarrassing situations.

Madam Pince, I would have adjusted the baby, and pointedly gone and told the "mother" that I had done so on the first occasion, so you were much nicer than I would have been, but then perhaps that’s just because I am so peeved today. Poor baby though only three weeks old, goodness knows how long she will leave him when he is two!

Azi Hope you feel better today! Healing charms to you

Catherine, I have every sympathy, mind you if class wasn’t giggling you can probably take solace in your button not having been open at those times. Hope so anyway!!

weekend for me after today - thank heavens for that this week needs to be OVER!!


dizzy lizzy - Feb 2, 2006 6:35 am (#561 of 2983)

It's late (12.23pm my time), It's hot (34 deg cel. @midnight according to the weather bureau site) and I've got a mozzie who insists on buzzing around me. No wonder I can't sleep!

Madam Pince, I don't understand how a mother could leave such a young child like that. For what it is worth I think you did the right *swats mozzie* thing.

I've not been busy this week. Pretty quiet actually. I have a workload next week, so that will *swats another mozzie* liven things up a bit for me.



EDIT: Lizzy Vs Mozzies= 7-Nil


haymoni - Feb 2, 2006 6:42 am (#562 of 2983)

If a parent gets upset when you point out the obvious, it is usually because they are mad at themselves for being such an idiot, so they take it out on you.

Makes you really happy that such a person passed their genes on to the next generation!


Chemyst - Feb 2, 2006 6:43 am (#563 of 2983)

I take it "mozzie" is Australian for mosquito? Keep the good count!

I would not even have put a 3 week-old's kid seat on the ground! –because of the aforementioned mozzies and spiders and things. I kept my kids in a front carrier until they could hold their heads up well, and then I put them in a back-pack style carrier. I think it built up my back muscles.

Healing charms for azi.


azi - Feb 2, 2006 6:45 am (#564 of 2983)

Thank you for the healing charms everybody! I'm feeling slightly better now, but I spent the night alternating between cold and hot sweats, not getting much sleep. Am forcing myself to go buy some medicine today. Honestly, the clammyness meant I felt like I was in the vincinity of a dementor!

Hope your weekend is much better than the week Good Evans! You just confused me into wondering if it was Friday though, with your weekend comment!

Hmm, Snuffles, I think it's just under 2 degrees celcius here. Quite nippy!

Madam Pince, even though the baby wasn't in the car, the mother still shouldn't have left it and not checked on it. **continues moral support**

Have a lovely day everybody!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 2, 2006 11:24 am (#565 of 2983)

No thanks, they give me indigestion. We could introduce them to Loopy, though, in hopes that seeing what a good lawyer is like might rub off on them. – Mike

What makes you think I'd know a good lawyer? Chat & Greetings 2006 2281877974

Happy birthdays to all who are having them and get well soon to all who are sickly.

Julie-- Thanks for the compliment about couching a non-Forum friendly reference in Forum friendly terms. I have discovered that it is my one true talent.

I'd like to take this opportunity to *** wave to Kim for no reason in particular****


Catherine - Feb 2, 2006 12:06 pm (#566 of 2983)

I have discovered that it is my one true talent. --Loopy Lupin

Now, now, don't overwhelm us with modesty. We might need a cold compress.

I appreciate the moral support for my wardrobe malfunction. I am absolutely dreading tomorrow's class.

On a positive note, Hayley got the "Terrific Kid" award for her kindergarten class. Maybe she earned it for not being "focused on distraction."

Happy Thursday to all.


haymoni - Feb 2, 2006 12:09 pm (#567 of 2983)

Catherine - wear a sweater. If that's the worst thing that ever happens to you in front of a classroom, you'll be lucky!


Madam Pince - Feb 2, 2006 1:59 pm (#568 of 2983)

You could try wearing a cardigan sweater over a blouse, and then unbutton a few of the cardigan buttons in the same place as yesterday. Then if anyone giggles, you'll know for sure...

Better keep the cold compresses handy, just in case.


Lina - Feb 2, 2006 2:59 pm (#569 of 2983)

Madam Pince, I'm just wondering if that mother was hoping that the kid would be kidnapped? Why on Earth was she staying so far from the baby?

Azi, that's OK that you start using some medicine, but please, don't leave home for any other reason! Just wait to start feeling better! And take care!

Expecto Patronum! for Good Evans. But I'm sure that the long weekend will heal the wounds from the week.

This wasn't the best of weeks for me neither, and it isn't over yet. Have some job that has to be finished on Saturday... So some other jobs are waiting for the next week... I just hope that I will get home Saturday more than few hours before midnight... Don't ask me about my name right now, because I'm not sure that I would answer correctly.

Once upon a time, I wouldn't tell the person if I saw a "wardrobe malfunction" (I like the term). But at some point in my life, one of my classmates did point to the teacher that she had such a problem. Although she did it quite discreetly, it wasn't unnoticed. And that is the moment that I discovered that it is much better and polite to tell it. She was much less embarrassed than if she wasn't told. Although... I wouldn't have noticed that if she didn't tell her. But anyway.

Have a good time everybody!


boop - Feb 2, 2006 4:01 pm (#570 of 2983)

Good Evans, (((HUGS))) Sorry you having such a bad work week. Enjoy the weekend.

Catherine, Congrats to Hayley!!!

Azi, Glad you are starting to feel better. Sending more healing charms your way.

Lina, Hope you have a better Friday &Saturday and don't have to work late.

Everyone have good RotD!!!!


timrew - Feb 2, 2006 4:48 pm (#571 of 2983)

All this talk of Woody Allen films has me thinking of my best line................

Woody's character, trying to chat up a girl in the art gallery (in Manhattan, I think). "What are you doing Saturday night?"

“I'm killing myself!”

Woody: "What are you doing Friday night?"

Sorry about that. Also, in the good ole UK, we have a contest for the leader of The Liberal Democrats (a political party that hasn't held power since before The Second World War).

One of the contestants is called, Menzies-Campbell, and the 'Menzies' is pronounced 'Mingus'.

That got me thinking. Should the great jazz musician's name, Charlie Mingus, be pronounced Charlie Menzies? I think we should be told..........


Catherine - Feb 2, 2006 4:48 pm (#572 of 2983)

Catherine - wear a sweater. If that's the worst thing that ever happens to you in front of a classroom, you'll be lucky!—Haymoni

How funny--I had already decided that "sweaters are safer."

Perhaps I should be grateful that I don't have even more to be embarrassed/ashamed about.

Like I have said before, embarrassment (thus far) has not proved fatal. Human beings are tough that way, and floors have always proved to be solid, never allowing the embarrassed victim to actually sink through the floor.

Betty, thanks for Hayley's congrats--it made us so proud that she won the award for her kindness toward others, and how she does her best work every day. Mr. Catherine noticed that Hayley was directing the children's movement's before the assembly and said, "Oh, she's bossy here, too."

May I just say that I may have a budding Hermione?


Denise P. - Feb 2, 2006 5:09 pm (#573 of 2983)

Catherine, years ago while I was student teaching I had something happen that still will make me cringe. I wear glasses but the main part I need is the bifocal part. Rather than keep taking them on and off, the majority of the lens is just clear. While driving to school, I put my glasses in the pocket on my dress. When I got to class, I put them on and went about my day. About half way through the morning, I was leaning over something and heard a clunk from my pocket. I reached in and found one of my lens! It was apparently cold enough the one lens popped out. I never noticed putting on the glasses since I was doing mainly stuff that was not up close. Not a single one of my 4th grade students ever told me I only had one lens in my glasses either.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 2, 2006 6:19 pm (#574 of 2983)

****waves back to Loopy and ignores the derogatory comments aimed at The Village****

Catherine, just make sure the sweater isn't a cardigan.

Denise, I never pictured you with glasses. ***readjusts mental image***

Despite almost 15 years of marriage, I just had one of those "oh-you-really-are-a-separate-person-and-I-don't-know-everything-about-you" moments with my husband. For some reason the song A Horse with No Name came up in conversation and my husband didn't know who performed it way back when. I (being the repository for all 70's pop, and may I stress, bad pop music) instantly piped up "America!" Mr. Lupin is Lupin, who was weaned on The Clash, The Jam and others, asked, "Did they have any other hits?" I then had to introduce him to all of their cloyingly sweet music. I think he was torn between horror that I knew all the words and shock that these guys weren't thoroughly whomped for singing the stuff in the first place.


Denise P. - Feb 2, 2006 7:45 pm (#575 of 2983)

What?!? No Bread or Air Supply CD's in his car?


Puck - Feb 2, 2006 8:52 pm (#576 of 2983)

Ooooh, I loved Air Supply! And Journey, don't forget Journey!

I can't believe I'm the first to mention it, but I hope evryone had a great Groundhog Day! (For those who don't know, every February 2 a poor groundhog is dragged from his hole in Pennsylvania. If he sees his shadow, it means 6 more weeks of winter.)

Was there a new Lost this week? TiVo didn't tape one.

Is "The Village" really that bad? Worse than "Cyborg"? (One of those set-in-the-future-and-the-world-is-a-desolate-place movies that came out early in 1989. Worst movie I have ever seen.)

Oh, you know it's time to lay off the shopping when you walk into a local clothing store and the clerks greet you warmly and comment that it must be Thursday.

Off to sleep!



Tazzygirl - Feb 2, 2006 10:08 pm (#577 of 2983)

I looooove Journey!!!

Lost was a rerun, Kathy... Hopefully next week!!

Off to do a last minute homework assignment...sigh...

Have a good RotD everyone!!



Mrs. Sirius - Feb 2, 2006 10:56 pm (#578 of 2983)

Today was Groundhog Day. And it seems that Paxatawney Phil, Essex Ed and Manchester -whatever his name is- all saw there shadow, so six more week of winter. It’s not so horrible this year as we have hardly had winter compared to recent years.

being the repository for all 70's pop, and may I stress, bad pop music) Lupin is Lupin. Natch[

It’s funny because growing up in the late 60‘s and ‘70 I loved America and other “male song writers”. Then in the mid-70’s it was all the whiney men with high pitched voices whiney about some lost love or other. (Shannon, Lonely Boy, etc…) I hated them. The other night there was an infomercial selling these songs and I got all nostalgic, oh but for the good old days when people sang and songs had lyrics!

Hey Tim, just when I begin to wonder where you’ve gone you return. Nice to see you back.

Healing charms to any sickies out there. Again I have found zinc tablets, drops or sprays, and Airborn and the breathing of hot dry air (think hair dryer) to be a G d send this year.

Happy Belated birthday Mike.


Madam Pince - Feb 3, 2006 12:50 am (#579 of 2983)

***Starts singing..."Oh Mandy...well you came and you gave without taking, but I sent you away, oh, Mandy...well you kissed me and stopped me from shaking...and I neeeeeeeeeeedddd you....!!!!"***

No Air Supply, but I do have Bread and Journey -- on vinyl, though, no CDs....



Shamrock - Feb 3, 2006 4:36 am (#580 of 2983)

woohoo to madame pince - I love that song but only because Westlife released it For those who dont know Westlife - the biggest "boyband" to come out of Ireland. I envasize Boyband so there not mixed up with the great U2. Anyway

Hasn’t been around cause I’m so busy with work and now I’ve like 200+ posts to catch up on which I don’t really have time to do today - Roll on the weekend!! Congrats to Evanna for getting the Luna part woohoo to the Irish!!

Okies gonna make a start on the posts Talk to you later



The giant squid - Feb 3, 2006 5:47 am (#581 of 2983)

Is "The Village" really that bad? Worse than "Cyborg"?--Puck

The difference is that Cyborg knew from the outset that it was a B movie. The Village is a B movie that thinks it's A quality, simply because the writer/director wrote The Sixth Sense. Seriously, the man wouldn't get any work if it hadn't been for Haley Joel Osment's delivery of the line "I see dead people". Cyborg is silly but it knows it's silly, and is therefore watchable. Cyborg II, on the other hand, is complete crap.

Kim, what you are to the 70's I am to the 80's. I just spent a couple hours identifying the samples in "current" songs playing over a video system at the casino our theater is attached to. The fact that I was a whole 6th-grader older than the people I was hanging out with is beside the point... And before Marie starts making fun of me, I'd like to point out that I'm not the one with hours and hours of 80's videos on VHS...


EDIT: We'll miss you, Troels, but sometimes Real Life rears its ugly head. Give our best to your boy, and we'll see you when book 7 comes out!

Kim: I don;t know much about Air Supply (traumatic amnesia), but the rest I can probably help with. I'm especially knowledgeable about the late 80's "hair bands", to my chagrin.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 3, 2006 5:48 am (#582 of 2983)

What?!? No Bread or Air Supply CD's in his car?---Denise P.

For the record, Air Supply was an 80s band which is another type of bad pop music entirely. However, I fondly remember when David Gates sang on an episode of The Hardy Boys with Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson. Oh, dear, perhaps I shouldn't have admitted that.

EDIT: Cross-posted with Mike. Now I know who to go to if I have any questions about Air Supply or God forbid, Dexy's Midnight Runners.


Troels Forchhammer - Feb 3, 2006 5:50 am (#583 of 2983)

So long, and thanks for all the fish . . .
I am sorry to be announcing that due to increasing demands on my time elsewhere, combined with a marked decrease in my interest and enthusiasm for Potter-related discussions, I will be leaving all the Potter fora, of which I am a member, for an extended break.

I do hope and plan to look in again once I've read book 7.

If I had thought that I would be able to keep it at that, I would have loved to stay on and only hang out in the Potty HQ thread, which has, for some time now, been the only light spot for me in the on-line Potter community, but I know myself well enough to be sure that I would not be able to contain myself to that, and I do desperately need the time (among other things I have a boy who needs some support with school).

I wish to stress that I have no grievances against anyone or any other problems with anyone else here: my decision is purely based on my own situation in life, and I will (I know) sorely miss everybody here.

For those who are still here in a year and a half (with a little luck, that is): be seeing you

My e-mail will remain open, and I'll probably even be able to find time to answer mails more quickly . . .. The address is .



haymoni - Feb 3, 2006 6:20 am (#584 of 2983)

Pop in every once in awhile just to say hi, Troels - especially if you receive that Snape Trial transcript!!!

Take care - I wish you all the best!


Marie E. - Feb 3, 2006 6:27 am (#585 of 2983)

We understand about life rearing it's ugly head, Troels.

I have no idea what 80's videos SquidMike is talking about. Ok, maybe once VH1 did a top 100 80's countdown and maybe I taped a few of them. **hums to "Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode**

The lady at my daycare got her truck back. It was involved in a high speed chase and is a bit torn up, but at least they arrested the men involved. I feel a bit safer at work knowing the thieves are off the streets. She's going to get the truck repaired then sell it. I don't think I'd want to keep it either.

This weekend is going to be much calmer than last weekend. I may even get time to catch up on the Forum. *snerk*


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 3, 2006 7:08 am (#586 of 2983)

Good luck Troels. That is a difficult and mature decision to make. If I were more mature I would have made this decision long ago too. (As I sit here ignoring the sink full of dishes and bag of toys to sort) However, not the day goes by that I don't at least check in to see how many posts were added if not actually read them.

In NYC it was Air Supply=Hair Supply and they were more 80's.


Shamrock - Feb 3, 2006 7:45 am (#587 of 2983)

Well I did it - I caught up on all the posts Happy very belated birthdays to those who had them (can’t believe I forgot the names already - mike and ??? I'll get back to you) I’m Jo short for Johanna by the way.

OMG I’m in shock after reading your post Madame Pince about the 3 week old child. There are some people in this world who really do not deserve the ability of motherhood - maybe that a bit harsh but how on earth can you leave a newborn baby on the ground in a park in this day and age. When I had my little fella I couldn’t put him down. I’m 100 percent behind you of what you did. I’d have done the exact same thing and probably would have had no problem telling her off for what she had done. I’m getting of the "soap box" now.

Azi Hope you feeling better soon and healing charms been sent out to everyone else too.

Congrats Kate on the shooting and the school grades.

Have a great trip Finn

Good Luck Troels and see you around soon

I’m probably missing out on half of the responses but that’s all I can remember from the last 200 posts or so - see what happens when I work too hard

Well it’s the weekend thankfully. I’m so looking forward to having a bottle of wine with the hubby tonight and putting me feet up and watching a movie. Then a weekend of housekeeping Oh the joys.

Well have a good one everyone and I'll catch you all soon


Loopy Lupin - Feb 3, 2006 8:45 am (#588 of 2983)

However, I fondly remember when David Gates sang on an episode of The Hardy Boys with Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson.-- Lupin is Lupin

Who is David Gates?

Thanks to Squid Mike for answering the query about Cyborg v. The Village . That lightened my work load considerably.

I have discovered that it is my one true talent. --Loopy Lupin

Now, now, don't overwhelm us with modesty. – Catherine

I'm not that talented.

Good luck in your future endeavors Troels and see you in 2007 when Book 7 is supposed to come out. (I hope).

Well, I'm off to Court to get thoroughly trounced on a dead loser case. Alas. Hope everyone has a good weekend and enjoy the Superbowl!


Puck - Feb 3, 2006 9:30 am (#589 of 2983)

Wait, the Superbowl is here already? I guess it is February. Hmmm, no mention from friends of the annual party. I guess without the Patriots we weren't paying much attention. Actually, I just like the chance to hang out, watch the commercials and eat junk food.

When I was a kid I had a bit of a crush on Shaun Cassidy.

Thanks for the answer re "Cyborg vs. The Village". B movie? I'd say below that, as it doesn't even deserve a trip to "Mystery Science Theater."

Good Luck Troels!

Mrs. Sirius, you don't have to worry about dishes until they creep from the sink and start to crawl across the counter.

Baby Puck learned how to pull the blanket off my head to find me playing "Peek-a-boo". Her grin was so cute, and her whole face lit up with the disocvery. :proud:

Enjoy the RotD


*wanders off singing "Her name was Lola, she was a show girl...."  *


Catherine - Feb 3, 2006 9:38 am (#590 of 2983)

Well, I'm off to Court to get thoroughly trounced on a dead loser case. Alas. Hope everyone has a good weekend and enjoy the Superbowl! --Loopy Lupin

Sorry about the trouncing. Just make sure you check your wardrobe afterward.

Denise, I can't believe that fourth graders wouldn't have pointed our your lens issue! I would have thought they'd be the first ones to say something.

Kim, I don't know who David Gates is, although I do remember Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson. Hopefully I'm not missing anything. I will confess that I was nostalgic for '80s music while watching the movie 13 going on 30. I remembered that I had a poster of Rick Springfield in my room when I was thirteen.

Troels, enjoy your time away from the Forum. Perhaps we'll see you after Book 7.


Good Evans - Feb 3, 2006 9:39 am (#591 of 2983)

*hem hem* - in as much an Umbridge style as possbile

can I just say that I adore Barry Manilow and Air Supply, and David Gates/Bread and Chicago and then loads of heavy rock and metal stuff too of the 70's and 80's (so I am clearly disturbed!!! and have a very wide music taste). Did you know for example that Johnny Mathis is the third biggest selling solo artist (and I really adore his voice)

Sorry shamrock hated Westlifes mutilation of Mandy - but so be it.

Can I also say I never missed a single Hardy boys episode, was I in love with Parker Stevensons beautiful Blue Eyes!!! and I remember David Gates and the Eagles featuring in episodes. I loved Shaun Cassidy too and my brother had his albums (being a little older than me!!) oh nostalgia, love it...

Bye Troels, see you around, will miss your riddles!!

have a good rest of Friday folks


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 3, 2006 10:15 am (#592 of 2983)

Catherine, David Gates was the singer/songwriter for the group Bread. And while I had all of Shaun Cassidy's albums, I was more of a Parker Stevenson girl myself. ***gives Good Evans a wave of solidarity***

Does anyone remember the cellphone commercial where 40-something mothers were at the carnival with their daughters and when they asked if they were in line for the Ferris Wheel they were told it was the line for the Rick Springfield concert? Next thing you know the mothers are rocking out in the audience, the daughters are rolling their eyes and then the mothers call their high school friend, yell into the phone, "Guess where we are?" and hold the phone up so the friend can hear Rick Springfield sing out, "How I wish that I had Jesse's girl!"

Reminds me of the time my husband caught Joan Jett performing wayyyyyyyy past her prime while he was in college.


Ydnam96 - Feb 3, 2006 10:17 am (#593 of 2983)

Hey Everybody,

I hope everyone's week has gone well. I have skimmed the posts all week but haven't had time to actually pop in and say something. Happy Birthdays- Belated to all those who had them (Mike I know).

My Godfather was diagnosed with a very aggressive and rare form of cancer over the weekend and we have been dealing with that all week. It is in his leg and he may lose it; but that would be better than the alternatives. So that has kept me busy/a little numb for a while. (He's actually the uncle of the little boy I told you about with cancer, who seems to be reacting well enough to the treatments, Thank God!).

I went last night and got my hair cut just to relax. I also got it colored for the first time. The woman told me I seemed exhausted. I guess most people don't enjoy the time they spend under the hair dryer/heat hat thingy. I spent way too much money on it, but I needed a break.

On to lighter topics...Being a child of the 80s this may come as a surprise but I hate 80s music. I particularly have quite a distaste for all "music" classified as "hair band". Oh, the damage that did to my generation...

Well...off to work.


Good Evans - Feb 3, 2006 10:21 am (#594 of 2983)

Mandy - cheering charms to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers for you and your Godfather and his recovering nephew.

Lupin is Lupin Natch : keeping it real!!!


haymoni - Feb 3, 2006 10:59 am (#595 of 2983)

I didn't like the Hardy Boys at all, but I prefer Parker over Shaun any day!

Actually I prefer David Cassidy, but that's a whole other issue I have - Oh, Keith!!!

I am a Pat Benatar fan and I miss the cheezy videos of the '80s.

I'm sure half the reason CDs cost so much now is because artists have to pay so much money for their Oscar-winning videos.


DJ Evans - Feb 3, 2006 11:25 am (#596 of 2983)

Mandy, sorry to hear about your godfather -- wishing the best of outcome for him. We'll keep all of you in our prayers & thoughts.

A couple of days ago it came up again how bad the movie The Village was & now everyone is on the songs from the 70 & 80 eras that they liked. So it got me to thinking of the worst song from back then & what came to my mind? Do any of you remember the song Feelings by Gemini? No offense to anyone who likes it, but it makes me cringe every time I heard it. Being the git that I am, now I've got that song stuck in my head! Feelings, Wo-o-o-o feelings......ackkkkkkkkk

azi -- hope you are feeling better today? ****sends healing charms your way****

Kathy -- Peek-a-Boo!!!! Enjoy these moments to the max -- that's what those memories are made of in our later years & makes getting old fun!!!

Have a fantastic RotD all....

Later, Deb


Madam Pince - Feb 3, 2006 12:32 pm (#597 of 2983)

Deb, wasn't that song the one Carol Burnett did in a skit on The Carol Burnett Show when she was Eunice performing on "The Gong Show"? Truly terrible -- but hysterical! I've never heard of Gemini, but I do know that song, and I always picture Eunice singing it!

Troels, we will miss you! Hope your boy does great in school, as I'm sure he will, and we'll see you back here when Book 7 comes out! Now that you won't be around, whatever will I do for a "word-of-the-day" fix? Your vocabulary was such a great teacher!

Mandy, so sorry to hear the news of your godfather -- hope his doctors soon get things all to rights. That was a good plan of yours about going to the salon -- I used to do that all the time when I was stressed with work or whatever. Those expensive places are usually decorated in calming colors with plants and candles and aromatherapy and other soothing elements, and plus having someone massage your head and then put you under heatlamps, well, that is just a recipe to relax and go to sleep! Sounds like it helped!

Puck, how fun that now you can play Peek-a-Boo with your littlest one! Way to go, Baby Puck! ***Has unreasonable urge to have another baby*** Well, I guess I could always just run up to the park and pick one up!

Marie, glad to hear the car thieves have been apprehended. Yuck -- I wouldn't want that truck again either. ***Wishing that I had a copy of your '80's videos -- they were the best! Huey Lewis - ah I miss that man!***

Well, I'm off to Court to get thoroughly trounced on a dead loser case. -Loopy "That's the spirit, dear!"

We were watching Prisoner of Azkaban the other day, and Little Pince asked me "Did Sirius Black kill Harry's Mommy and Daddy?" After I told him no, that had been just a mistake, he gave me this knowing smile and said "I know who did it! It was Peer Pennyknew!"


Catherine - Feb 3, 2006 1:09 pm (#598 of 2983)

Do any of you remember the song Feelings by Gemini? –DJEvans

Unfortunately, yes! The song that really sticks in my head is "Up Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension. When I would drive from Richmond to Lexington in my college days, there was a stretch of time in which the only radio station I could get played that song incessantly. It was so bad that my roommates would, upon seeing me pack up for a weekend at home, croon, "Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?"

Worst. Song. Ever.

(Mandy, best to your godfather and to you. I hope things improve soon.)


Tazzygirl - Feb 3, 2006 1:31 pm (#599 of 2983)

We'll miss you Troels! (The riddles too!)

Kaykay- hope everything turns out ok with your Godfather!

Off to do yet more homework...   Chat & Greetings 2006 1242194059

Have a good RotD!!



haymoni - Feb 3, 2006 2:00 pm (#600 of 2983)

Peer Pennyknew - too cute!

I remember an episode of The Gong Show where ALL the contestants sang "Feelings".

I thought Kiki Dee was going to walk off the set!!
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Denise P. - Feb 3, 2006 2:44 pm (#601 of 2983)

Haymoni, I remember that episode too! Did you get the $1.98 Beauty Pageant too? The "flowers" the winner got was a big batch of carrots, radishes and such...with greens.

Hot Air BalloonCatherine **:giggle**: Now that you told that, you know certain members **:whistles innocently**** are going to start using balloons all the time around you.

Hey, how about I nominate Muskrat Love as the worst. song. ever. Enjoy the tender courtship of Muskrat Suzie and Muskrat Sam.... Hearts


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 3, 2006 3:00 pm (#602 of 2983)

Did you know that both America and The Captain and Tenneille scored a hit with that song? ***walks away singing “did the jitterbug out in muskrat land”***

Oh! Oh! Isn't muskrat another name for an opossum? ***looks around for Catherine for no particular reason***


boop - Feb 3, 2006 3:48 pm (#603 of 2983)

Troels, good luck, you will be missed.

Mandy, sorry to hear about your godfather. We will keep you in our prayers. Sending healing charms your way.

Everyone have a real nice weekend.

hugs always



Madam Pince - Feb 3, 2006 5:32 pm (#604 of 2983)

Boop, are you doing anything exciting for the Super Bowl game? We're sending lots of good luck wishes to your Steelers! (and hugs to you!)


Stephanie M. - Feb 3, 2006 5:39 pm (#605 of 2983)

I wish you all the best, Troels! See you when book 7 comes out!!

Mandy, I wish your godfather all the best! And I hope everything goes well for you and him!

I can't really add to much on the 70's music conversation, but my sister is obsessed with 80's music. She really is an 80's music guru.

Go Steelers!

Have a good RotD!


kaykay1970 - Feb 3, 2006 6:28 pm (#606 of 2983)

Mandy, I'll be keeping you and your godfather in my prayers. I'm glad to hear the little guy is responding well to his treatments.


DJ Evans - Feb 3, 2006 7:57 pm (#607 of 2983)

Madam Pince: Oh I had completely forgotten the skit that Carol Burnett did, I think it was on Mama's Family wasn't it? Anyhoo, it was, as we say around here, a "keeper" -- one of those shows you would like to have recorded to play over again. Pssst, I have to admit I didn't remember Gemini either. lol It's just when I Googled the song, it listed Gemini as the performer. ***wonders if the reason why neither of us remembers Gemini is because they slowly slid away with embarrassment from having put out such a horrible song?*** (Peer Pennyknew.....hee hee -- little Pince would be titled with "keeper" too, if you ask me )

And Muskrat Love along with Up, Up & Away would definitely have to make the list. They wouldn't have been so bad if the DJ's didn't have to play them at least twice within an hour every hour. Or it seemed like they played them that often, if not more.....

Do most of you know who I'm talking about when I say Bill Engvall? For those who don't, he is a southern comedian who's tag line is “Here's Your Sign.” He tells funny stories on those who just do not have a clue about life etc... He would have loved to get a hold of this story: In our paper today there was a young man in another state who was growing a certain plant that he shouldn't have been growing. It appears that he just wasn't having a good day when he discovered someone had stolen his crop. So what does he do? Call his local police station & report the robbery. Yep, and being the smart crime fighting force they were, they told him they thought they had already recovered it -- could he come down to identify it? Here's Your Sign.... (I just had to cracked up over that bit of news)

Have a good one all...

Later, Deb

Note: I edited the news story a bit to make it more forum/family friendly, but you should be able to get the gist of it.


Amilia Smith - Feb 3, 2006 8:18 pm (#608 of 2983)

Where do you live, Deb? Cause I just read a similar story that happened near my home town . . . Link is in my profile.

Edit: On rereading your post, I realized that you said it happened in another state. Oh, well . . .



Madam Pince - Feb 3, 2006 9:03 pm (#609 of 2983)

***Is cracking up at Deb's & Mills' news story***

Check your Forum e-mail, Deb....

Edit: Just heard on the news -- they were talking about alternatives to watching the Super Bowl this Sunday. If anyone lives in the Washington, D.C. area, apparently the Smithsonian is going to be showing "Goblet of Fire" in IMAX Sunday night! I am so bummed, because we are already hosting a party... wah! I would so much rather see GoF in IMAX! I think they said it was going to be at the Museum of American History? (But I didn't think there was an IMAX theatre there, I thought it was in Air & Space only, but what do I know...)


Puck - Feb 3, 2006 9:13 pm (#610 of 2983)

*sings a few lines of Muskrat Love*

Okay, now I'll be humming it in my sleep. well, I guess that's not too bad. I woke in the middle of one night and found myself humming the "Cows" song from one of the kids' CDs. I changed the one in the van the next day.

Okay, all you children of the 80's, will any admit to having had a hairstyle known as a "mullet"? *hides face in shame and slowly raises hand*

So, I pick up the paper and there is an article about how Patrick Cassidy -brother of Shaun and David- is coming on tour with "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat." Funny, as we had been talking of the brothers, and I hadn't thought of the Cassidy boys in years.

Deb, that story is too funny! Can't wait to tell the hubby! (Obviously the man had a bit too much experience with the plant in question.)

Mandy, so sorry to hear your news. Thoughts are with you!

Enjoy the weekend!


BTW, I got an email asking if I wanted to preorder GoF, as it comes out on DVD March 7, and Narnia is arriving in April.


dizzy lizzy - Feb 3, 2006 9:22 pm (#611 of 2983)

***Is cracking up at Deb's & Mills' news story***

I'll join you Madam Pince

Apparently one of our TV stations (SBS), is broadcasting live the Superbowl starting 10am Monday 6th February, Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDST).

Not much has been happening here. It has been hot/very hot here ove the last 2 days and the doggies and I are just spending the days snoozing (dogs) and reading/snoozing/internet/computer games (me). Its just way too hot to do much else. I looked up our weekly waether forcast and there is no cool change expected unitl later on next week. **melts**

Oops - just remembered chemyst's question...Mozzies are indeed Mosquito's.

Sorry to hear that you're leaving us (albeit temporarily) Troels. I'm actually starting to wonder myself if we, as a fandom, have reached a plateau of sorts and we are just marking time until either Bk 7 comes out or Jo gives us a whole pile of tasty tidbits to mull over. Personally I think the book will be first .




Madam Pince - Feb 3, 2006 9:23 pm (#612 of 2983)

That seems really fast for Narnia to be out, but I saw that too, Puck! It's still in our theatres, and we still haven't gotten around to seeing it yet. (The date Mr. P and I had a couple weekends ago didn't happen... and don't even ask...)

Did you know that Shaun Cassidy is the creator/producer/some sort of head honcho of the TV show Invasion that started this fall? It comes on after Lost, which is how I got started watching it. It started out really strong, then got boring, and now is picking up slightly again. It's your basic "aliens-invade-by-taking-over-people's-bodies" tale.

Lizzy, Little Pince saw your avatar the other day and wanted to know if your dog was dead. I told him nope, just snoozing in the hot summer sun! Wish we could send you some of our cooler weather! I had a cousin who spent several years in Australia, and she told me something about some saying about having "mozzies in your cozzie" and apparently a cozzie is short for "costume" as in swimming costume or swimsuit. That's the only way I knew what a mozzie was!

Edit to Marie: I'd so love to come! Wish I was closer!


Marie E. - Feb 3, 2006 9:24 pm (#613 of 2983)

I think the hairstyle I had in eighth grade can be considered a mullet. But it was 1984 and we didn't know any better!

Narnia is coming out in April? Already? I heard that they will do book 4 next as a movie.

I posted a message on my old Colorado Gathering thread. If anyone was interested in attending, please respond over there. And I hope this doesn't sound like begging.


DJ Evans - Feb 3, 2006 9:30 pm (#614 of 2983)

Thanks Madam Pince -- Check your e-mail too, if you please.

Mills -- I'm in Arkansas. We have those types of stories all of the time here. What caught my eye on this particular story was the guy's last name is the same as my uncle's -- no relation though.

Later, Deb

Edit: Posted the same time as Kathy: (Obviously the man had a bit too much experience with the plant in question.) Yes, I guess that is the "dangers" of the trade? brwhahahah

***sends a cool crisp breeze Lizzy's way****


Denise P. - Feb 3, 2006 10:27 pm (#615 of 2983)

I just had an attack. I opened up the garage door to go out to get my cell phone out of my van. Since it was raining, I waited for the door to open before venturing out. As I was about to step into the rain, a darn skunk ran across the driveway, from right under my bedroom window to the neighbor’s yard! No wonder it stinks so badly right now. I gave the girly shriek and flew back to the kitchen door, where Mr. Manly Denise wanted to know if he should get a weapon to shoot it. (insert Chat & Greetings 2006 1242194059 here)  Since he was holding Rhys, I know it was noise but honestly, I think the neighbors would have objected to shooting.


Madam Pince - Feb 3, 2006 10:46 pm (#616 of 2983)

Denise, what is it with the skunks near your house???!!! You guys sure seem to have a lot of them! Hope he stays away -- he doesn't know how lucky he was to escape Capt. York there...


Denise P. - Feb 3, 2006 10:57 pm (#617 of 2983)

It is not just us, it is the entire area. We have wooded areas near us and across the street from us. It is mating season and they are everywhere. I think I passed 5 dead ones along a 3 mile strip of road. We are investing in some skunk repellant tomorrow since I am getting really tired of this. Thank goodness for potpourri!


The giant squid - Feb 3, 2006 10:59 pm (#618 of 2983)

I know who did it! It was Peer Pennyknew!--Madame Pince

Too cute!

Okay, all you children of the 80's, will any admit to having had a hairstyle known as a "mullet"?—Puck

:raises hand: I too had a mullet, a couple years after Marie did. Although in fairness we did grow up in North Dakota so "hockey hair" was quite common. The important thing to note is that we grew out of it (and grew it out).

Loopy: I'd wish you good luck on your case, but it sounds like you don;t think it would help. How about "better luck next time"?



timrew - Feb 4, 2006 12:31 am (#619 of 2983)

Marie E:- Narnia is coming out in April? Already? I heard that they will do book 4 next as a movie.

Is that Prince Caspian, Marie? Makes sense, I suppose. Then they can use the same kids.

The wonderful thing about the Narnia books is that they can film them 'just as' the book. They are all that short. No big cuts as in Harry Potter!

Mandy, I'm sorry to hear your bad news. I hope everything turns out all right.


Tazzygirl - Feb 4, 2006 2:27 am (#620 of 2983)

Kate, Lizzy and I were in the chat room just a moment ago, and Jenn's (aka Soul Mate for Sirius) name came up. We realized she has been MIA (Missing in Action) for a long time! So we thought we would come here and ask if anyone has heard from her.

I am proud to say I never had a mullet, but I did have the big '80's bangs and fluffed up hair... I thought I was very stylish, might I add...

Skunks... No fun!! Hopefully they clear off soon, Denise!

Ok off to bed...

Have a good night/day everyone!



CatherineHermiona - Feb 4, 2006 7:06 am (#621 of 2983)

Hi, everyone!

I had a school trip yesterday and it was fun. We had to change plans two days before trip. Instead in Begovo, we went to Platak. We were sliding and some were skiing. We had a great time. It was hot. I never thought I will, with that much snow, actually go to restaurant to ask for a glass of cold water. And all that dragging of our sledges up. Why don't they have something that will drag us up with sledges, as for those who ski. Nobody is harmed, unlike last year.

I've got premium membership! I'll use this opportunity to say "Thank you, Kristina!" again. I'm actually very happy because I post a lot more than 10 messages most of the time. I mean, I would, and now I can!

I'm sorry to hear that you are leaving us, Troels. I hope to "see" you in a year and a half, or whenever book 7 comes out.



Catherine - Feb 4, 2006 8:29 am (#622 of 2983)

As I was about to step into the rain, a darn skunk ran across the driveway, from right under my bedroom window to the neighbors yard! No wonder it stinks so badly right now. –Denise

It looks like muskrat love. It's almost enough to want to go up, up, and away in my beautiful balloon. **waves to Kim and Denise**

I hope you can keep the Rotties away from the skunks this time around, Denise.

On Tuesday of this week, I heard a noise coming from the basement, and even though I am very sure that we finally figured out how Blossom the Oppossum was getting into the basement, I am not taking any chances. Nuh-uh. No way. Of course, it could be a whole different critter. The other night driving home we saw a raccoon in our front yard.

Or maybe the water heater was just making a noise. That's what I prefer to think.

Have a good weekend, everyone.


boop - Feb 4, 2006 8:55 am (#623 of 2983)

Deb, That story was funny. Thanks for the laugh.

Madam Pince, My plans for the Super Bowl are to be glued to the tv. I will be home alone, which is fine.

Lizzy, Send some of that heat over to Pennsylvania. I am ready for spring!!

Denise, Glad you weren't sprayed that would been awful. Hope you can keep the skunks away.

Have a great RotD.

hugs always


Tim, Totally agree about the Narnia movies. Glad to see you around Tim, you were missed.

Kate, Sounds like you had a great time. Glad to hear nobody got hurt. Congrats on the premium membership.


Madam Pince - Feb 4, 2006 11:01 am (#624 of 2983)

Yeah, water heater. Riiiight! That's the ticket!


haymoni - Feb 4, 2006 11:26 am (#625 of 2983)

Tazzy - I was wondering about Jenn, too. Actually I was wondering about the Aaron situation - did the video ever get made, was Mom OK with it and will Aaron get a clue???


Stephanie M. - Feb 4, 2006 12:44 pm (#626 of 2983)

I'm sorry to hear about the skunk, Denise! It would have been horrible if you were sprayed!

And let's just hope about the noise is just the water heater! Raccoons are pretty scary if they are in or near your house. When my cousins first bought their country house, they realized that the old owners left a window in the attic completely open, and they had r5acoons living in there... along with other unpleasant creatures.

Little Pince is just too cute!

I don't have very big Super Bowl plans, except for going to my grandparents’ house to watch the game and spend time with my family. I do have a lot of homework to do so I might bring things to study, since I probably won't be watching most of the game.

Today I am renting Troy for my history project. (We are studying Ancient Greece, and this project you have to write a review about the movie, or the other cultural options, and tell if it holds true to history.)


Puck - Feb 4, 2006 1:40 pm (#627 of 2983)

Skunks?! Ahh, summer camp memories...Denise, should I send an owl with a bottle of tomato juice, just in case?

Kate, can you tell us about that lovely avatar?

went and got my hair colored and cut this morning. It was great to get out sans children, but I'm still deciding if I like the new "do". (My usual hair stylist doesn't work Saturdays anymore, so I tried a new girl.)

Boop, enjoy the Superbowl, and may your team win!



CatherineHermiona - Feb 4, 2006 1:52 pm (#628 of 2983)

Of course I can, Kathy. First, I didn't take a picture myself as I was never on Plitvice Lakes at winter. Few years ago, I was doing a project about Plitvice Lakes and I was searching the net and found a lot of lovely pictures. And this is one of them. Soon I'll put my dad's winter pictures.



Puck - Feb 4, 2006 2:03 pm (#629 of 2983)

So, is it snow on the trees, icicles, or a frozen waterfall? I've never seen anything like it! Absolutely beautiful.



Tazzygirl - Feb 4, 2006 2:07 pm (#630 of 2983)

Kate's avatar kind of reminds me of the waterfall scene in TLTWTW. Very Pretty!!

So I hope everything with Jenn is going ok! Maybe she'll pop in to say hi soon...

Hope everyone has a good RotD!!



Stephanie M. - Feb 4, 2006 2:14 pm (#631 of 2983)

Congratulations on getting a Premium membership, Kate!

I also hope everything with Jenn is well. I hope Aaron is doing well!


timrew - Feb 4, 2006 3:21 pm (#632 of 2983)

Tazzygirl:- Kate's avatar kind of reminds me of the waterfall scene in TLTWTW. Very Pretty!!

Tazzygirl, I thought it actually was from TLTWTW!


Tazzygirl - Feb 4, 2006 4:21 pm (#633 of 2983)

Tim- I knew I couldn't have been the only one who thought that about Kate's avatar!

Sydney (my cousin) has a cold and a fever today . Was up at four in the morning with the fever. While her mom and brother are out, she and I are having a very lazy day watching Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty... She is currently in the phase of everything Disney Princesses. Chat & Greetings 2006 1242194059   Counting down the year or so before I can get her into HP!!



Puck - Feb 4, 2006 7:30 pm (#634 of 2983)

Tazzy, Diva-licious is into the Disney Princess thing (as well as Barbie), so I can relate. Hope Sydney feels better!

enjoy the RotD



DJ Evans - Feb 4, 2006 7:53 pm (#635 of 2983)

Kate's avatar is awesome looking.

Betty -- Good luck tomorrow with your team! ***waves "Hi" to Boop****

Not much going on around here. But after hearing about Denise's skunk problem & Catherine's strange noises? -- I'm kinda glad nothing is going on...... lol

Later, Deb


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 4, 2006 11:09 pm (#636 of 2983)

Marie E I heard that they will do book 4 next as a movie. Is that Prince Caspian, Marie? Makes sense, I suppose. Then they can use the same kids.

Tim, Prince Caspian is next in the series as they were written, if not the chronological order.

Oh, Denise I don’t envy you your location! Lucky you weren't sprayed. One of my girls has -skunk- as her second grade animal report, (three such reports altoghter ugh). Tomorrow we will be spending the day making diorama and clay skunk! As part of the report she informed me that one of the things that skunks like is eating fruit out of peoples garbage cans.


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 5, 2006 12:14 am (#637 of 2983)

Marie E., The Chronicles of Narina were published between 1950 and 1956.

The order as they were orginally written was as follows:

  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  2. Prince Caspian
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  4. The Silver Chair
  5. The Horse and His Boy
  6. The Magician's Nephew
  7. The Last Battle

After C.S. Lewis died in November 1963 the order of the books was revised, because the Magician's Nephew told the story of the origins of Narnia. On the advice of Douglas Gresham, the stepson of C.S. Lewis, and with the permission of the Estate of C.S. Lewis, the publishers authorized a change in the numbering of the books. The future editions after the change was implemented place The Magician's Nephew as the first book in the series despite being the sixth written.


CatherineHermiona - Feb 5, 2006 12:30 am (#638 of 2983)

Tazzy, Puck and Timrew, it IS a frozen waterfall on my avatar. Only it isn't from TLTWTW. It is, as it says, from National Park Plitvice Lakes. They have 16 lakes there (as far as I remember) and lots of waterfalls. It's beautiful there. I was there once, but in Spring, so I didn't see waterfalls like this one.

I'm glad to hear you like my avatar.



Madam Pince - Feb 5, 2006 8:17 am (#639 of 2983)

So then if they want to use the same kid actors in the Narnia movies, then they should film them in the order they were written, right? Definitely do Prince Caspian next. The Magician's Nephew doesn't really matter (cast-wise) if it's out of order because nobody in that book turns up again until The Last Battle, and they're adults then anyway, right? (Well, with the one exception of the character in TLTWATW, but again the adult thing comes in handy...)

After what Star Wars did with skipping all over the place over a span of, what, 20 years? then it ought to work out OK story-wise even if The Magician's Nephew is done later. Then again, I never have seen the "recent" Star Wars movies because it makes my head hurt to think about it...

I always had a soft place in my heart for The Horse and His Boy, because at the time I read it, I was in what (for me) could pass for the aforementioned "Princess Phase," and I thought that the depictions of palace life were just cool as all-get-out. I remember that I drew out a blueprint of how I wanted to re-decorate my playroom in "Arabian-Nights-style", to include lots of beaded doorways and filmy veils and even a working fountain (!) in the center of the room (little issues like plumbing were not within my range at the time.) Needless to say, my great ideas never got implemented.


Good Evans - Feb 5, 2006 10:13 am (#640 of 2983)

Madam Pince - sounds lovely - and why shouldn't you dream of a princess bedroom!!!

Puck (kathy) can i just say that I never knew that David and Shaun Cassidy were brothers - see you learn somrthing new every day

Thanks for all the good wishes for Hubby, unfortunately he has got an infection in the wound and is back in hospital while they pump him full of antibiotics. Left here last night at 5pm to go to the local on call GP and got home from hospital after he had been settles in at 10.45pm!!! I was very hungry I can tell you, they fed Colin as soon as they got him on the ward, but I was beyond wanting food by then, was exhausted when got home. Hopefully he will be out in the next couple of days.

Go Steelers, wishes for you and you team tonight Boop!!!

have a great rest of Sunday folks, I'll be back up the hospital shortly!!



Tazzygirl - Feb 5, 2006 2:22 pm (#641 of 2983)

Madam Pince- Childhood dreams... What would you do without them? I've had some wild ideas for my room too... Never happened!

Julie- hope your hubby gets better really soon!

We had two power outages last night, woke me up both times...

Hope everyone has a good RotD!!



Steve Newton - Feb 5, 2006 3:01 pm (#642 of 2983)

What do you think Boop has planned for this evening? Watching football, perhaps?


timrew - Feb 5, 2006 3:24 pm (#643 of 2983)

'The Horse and His Boy', has some chapters involving the kids from TLTWTW, but grown-up, as they were at the end of the book (and the movie!)

Like you say, Madam Pince, a good book; but then again, they all are! And I can see how they can keep the Christian theme out of them all, except for, 'The Last Battle'. If it was being made in the UK, I don't see that one being filmed. Thankfully, it's Disney!


Amilia Smith - Feb 5, 2006 5:07 pm (#644 of 2983)

The Horse and His Boy is my favorite too. But I must say that I am very, very, very grateful that the movie people have enough sense to do the movies in the correct order, as opposed to the book people. Much as I love Shadowlands, Douglas Gresham has made it into my bad books over the idiotic renumbering of the Chronicles of Narnia. Which I am sure upsets him to no end, being in my bad books. :-P

Hope your hubby gets feeling better quickly, Julie.



Denise P. - Feb 5, 2006 5:29 pm (#645 of 2983)

The Horse and His Boy was the first Narnia book I read, being the horse nut that I was in 4th grade.

We saw Narnia last night. I was pleased overall with how it came out. Mr. Denise has never read Narnia (gasp) so he went in cold with no idea what to expect.

I got my hair cut today! I had almost 17" taken off.


Catherine - Feb 5, 2006 5:38 pm (#646 of 2983)

I got my hair cut today! I had almost 17" taken off. –Denise

Whew! I did a double-take when I read your post. Hope you love the new 'do.

I'm a fan of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader meself.

Hope everyone has a good evening.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 5, 2006 5:44 pm (#647 of 2983)

I got my hair cut today! I had almost 17" taken off.---Denise P.

And the picture would be.....where?


Chemyst - Feb 5, 2006 6:03 pm (#648 of 2983)

Yes, I'd like a picture too, Denise.

Picking a favorite Narnia book... I really think my preferences change with the seasons. I like the sunny Voyage of the Dawn Treader for winter reading and the freezing trek with the Marsh-wiggle to the The Silver Chair in summer. Same with LotR; Lorien is best visited during a winter storm, and Moria is nicely perused from a shaded hammock on a summer afternoon..


Tazzygirl - Feb 5, 2006 6:14 pm (#649 of 2983)

Ok, couldn't resist- a moment in Superbowl commercial:

Singing:**Might as well face it your addicted to LOST...** A little cheesy, but hey! it's Lost!!

I like the Sprint phone commercial (Crime Deterrent!) too...

I want to see a picture too, Denise!

As the Steelers are currently in the lead-

The Rolling Stones don't seem as good as they usually are.... hmmmm...



Marè - Feb 5, 2006 7:09 pm (#650 of 2983)

Wishes to go back to Plitvic even more after looking at Kate's beautiful avatar.
Aaaaw looking at that picture I even wish for it to start freezing again. Last week some of the water near the river was frozen enough for people to go out and skate. But I had to miss it because my skates are still at my parents place!
I don't want much freeze, just enough for a weekend full of winter fun.

Tazzy: They started McLeod's daughters from the beginning, have been missing a lot of the episodes this week because I started my february resolutions and started sporting again, but I did saw the first episode! w00t!

And Julie, lots of healing charms are being sent your way, I hope your husband recovers soon!

And my favourite Narnia book is the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, it was the first I read and I loved the entire adventure of going on a beautiul sailingship and sailing into the sunset... sigh

I saw the movie awhile ago and I was surprised at how accurate it was. The trailer gave me the idea that it leaned heavily on the second half of the book.

I thought the kids that were cast were dead on, and specially Lucie and Edmund were very good in their roles!
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Tazzygirl - Feb 5, 2006 7:43 pm (#651 of 2983)

Mare--Tazzy: They started McLeod's daughters from the beginning, have been missing a lot of the episodes this week because I started my february resolutions and started sporting again, but I did saw the first episode! w00t!

I am extremely jealous of you!!! I still have yet to see seasons 1 and 2... Hoping they will start the series over again...

I loved TLTWTW movie (I don't know if I said this a month ago or so...)- Edmund really got on my nerves, which I am assuming he is supposed to do. The acting was awesome, and the Snow Queen was done really well (although her hair needed a wash!). I can't wait for it to come out on video!! Now I just need to sit down and try to read the books...



boop - Feb 5, 2006 8:12 pm (#652 of 2983)

THE STEELER'S WON THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!    I am so so so excited!!!

Have a great night everyone and great day tomorrow!!!!

hugs always



Madam Pince - Feb 5, 2006 8:27 pm (#653 of 2983)

Woo-hoo, boop!!! ***high-fives*** Glad your Steelers won! What a great trick play that Randle El touchdown toss was! I'm so happy for you -- I know you'll have a fantastic day tomorrow!

Denise, you had 17" of hair to spare??!!! That's amazing! I know the new cut will look great!

Good Evans, I hope your husband gets well soon -- those hospital stays are no fun at all! You be sure and take care of yourself too! (((hugs)))

Enjoy the RotD, everyone!


Puck - Feb 5, 2006 8:55 pm (#654 of 2983)

Boop, I was thinking of you as I watched! Congratulations! My boy will be upset, as he was cheering for the "blue" team, as it's his favorite color. Diva-licious prefers yellow, so she cheered for the Steelers. Of course, they only made it until half time, then off to bed.

Tazzy, you beat me to it! I, too, am "Addicted to Lost." And I always giggle at those "Don't judge too quickly" commercials. I also liked the new one from Dove's campaign for real beauty.

The sound crew did not do such a great job. The microphones didn't appear to be working very well during the half-time show or "Star-Spangled Banner."

Denise, did you donate the hair to Locks of Love? I didn't think about it when I chopped off all my long hair some years back.

Good Evans, healing charms to your hubby!

Enjoy RotD



Stephanie M. - Feb 5, 2006 9:28 pm (#655 of 2983)

17" is a lot of hair! I definitely would like to see a before and after!

Good Evans, I hope everything goes well with Mr. Evans! I hope you got to eat something really yummy!

I just have to say, Grey's Anatomy is my favorite show hands down. I really want to watch Lost, except I usually get too busy during the week to actually watch it.


The giant squid - Feb 6, 2006 2:44 am (#656 of 2983)

Go Steelers! Yay, Boop! My condolences to Mike Miller & the other Seahawks fans, but hey, at least they got there! If they make it again next year (and they aren't playing the Vikings or Steelers ) I promise to root for them with you.

I missed the "Addicted to Lost" commercial, as I had to go to work at halftime. Well, I had to be there at 5:30 (Pacific time) and the first half ended at 5:00, so there you go. Unfortunately I missed the Stones as well.

Wow, Denise...17" (that's 42.5cm for you metric types). I don't think I have that much to spare--definitely not that much that could be donated (split ends, alas...).



Marie E. - Feb 6, 2006 6:12 am (#657 of 2983)

Well, I didn't get to see many of the cool commercials or most of the football game because right at the end of the first quarter Shayla tripped while jumping off a trampoline and broke her right wrist. We spent three hours at the urgent care clinic and the pharmacy. Poor girl, I didn't believe she'd broken it at first since she's usually such a drama queen about injuries. She'd scream at a hangnail. I think Mr. E was the first one to consider she'd actually broken it. Then her thumb and two fingers turned blue and I thought, "Hey, that's not right." For those of you who know some medical terminology, she broke her radius just below the wrist. There's some slight displacement so she needs to see an orthopedic surgeon today. I felt a bit like a Slacker Mom when I'd dash into the waiting room to check the football scores.  Chat & Greetings 2006 1437562208

I think Lupin is Lupin is right, we need some post-haircut pictures, Denise!

Congratulations to the Steelers fans here!


Snuffles - Feb 6, 2006 7:18 am (#658 of 2983)

Congratulations Steelers!

What a lovely avatar Kate.

Put me down for a before and after picture of Denise!

**healing charms** to Shayla, hope her visit to the surgeon goes ok and she recovers soon.

Hope everyone else has an injury-free Monday!



kabloink! - Feb 6, 2006 7:40 am (#659 of 2983)

Hey all. I've returned from the abyss. Wherever that may be. I'm still living in Lansing, holding a Bachelor's of Arts with a history major, and substitute teaching for the local school districts. Also my husband and I are expecting our first baby sometime in September. We are sooooo excited, but a little nervous, too. I don't know-it could be nerves, but it could just be the nausea.


Loopy Lupin - Feb 6, 2006 7:48 am (#660 of 2983)

Singing:**Might as well face it your addicted to LOST...** A little cheesy, but hey! it's Lost!! – tazzygirl

Well, if you ask me, the word sounded more like "lust" than "lost." Sounds like they did some "sound magic" to the song by adding a "st" sound. How hard could it be to get Robert Palmer to re-record the thing?

Yay Steelers! w00t!

Have the Stones had a television appearance in the last 15 years where the didn't play Start Me Up as the only or first song? These guys have a whole channel dedicated to them on Sirius Radio, and, if you're in the mood for some Stones, you can listen to said channel for a looooong time before you hear a song played twice. You'd think they might dig a little deeper into the repertoire once in a while.

None of the commercials really stood out to me although I liked the one with the monkeys (well, chimps) and the donkeys.


haymoni - Feb 6, 2006 7:49 am (#661 of 2983)

Congrats, kabloink! Keep some crackers handy. McDonald's fries always helped me!

Congrats to the Steelers fans. (This is mighty gracious coming from me, being the Browns fan that I am!)

I liked the baby Clydesdale commercial, although the prehistoric Fed Ex one caught me off guard!

Hope Shayla gets a cool cast for all her friends to sign.

I have a new family room!!! Well, I have new family room walls anyway. Hubby & I painted all day Sunday before the game. We have a split-level and he intends for the "family room" to now become a "game room". I see a pool table in my future. We've moved the TV upstairs to the previously wasted space of the living room. Now I have to decide about allowing food/drinks in there.

Have a lovely Monday all!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 6, 2006 8:37 am (#662 of 2983)

How hard could it be to get Robert Palmer to re-record the thing?---Loopy Lupin

Very funny.


azi - Feb 6, 2006 8:41 am (#663 of 2983)

17 inches of hair lopped off??? I just measured my hair and it's about 21 inches long altogether! I could *not* cope with that - I would freak! Congratulations for being so brave Denise!

I went home at the weekend. Teased my brother for possibly having a girlfriend, watched lots of TV and films and generally lazed about. Feel fine overall, but cannot get rid of the cough! Obviously, the healing charms worked though, so thanks!

Bye bye Troels! ***Thinks she may have missed him*** Hope to see you very soon!

Congrats to Steelers fans!

Welcome back kabloink! Hope you enjoy the HP world once more!

I love your avatar as well, Kate!

Apologies if I missed anyone. I only skimmed through the posts.

Over the weekend, two of my friends had their rooms broken into and stuff stolen. It was forced entry so as long as they're covered by insurance they should be fine, but I felt really bad because I had to tell one of them over the net that it had happened. He took it surprisingly well, actually. My mother didn't take hearing it had happened very well at all (she thought my room might have been broken into as well). **is glad she lives on the 3rd floor and not the ground floor**

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Madam Pince - Feb 6, 2006 9:19 am (#664 of 2983)

Welcome back, kabloink! and hearty congratulations! What exciting news! Hope you sail through the whole experience feeling great!

Marie, I'm so sorry to hear about Shayla's wrist! What a bummer. But as haymoni said, hope she has a cool cast! I'm thinking trampolines are kinda scary; one of the sons of some friends of ours who came over for the game had fallen off their trampoline earlier in the day and hurt his back - not too seriously but enough that he was asking for ibuprofen. Of course, if you don't have a real trampoline, then usually the sofa or bed substitutes whenever Mom and Dad aren't looking, so it's probably a losing battle....

Woo-hoo haymoni on the new family room! ***Votes for air-hockey table over pool table*** Our rule on the food/drink thing is that it's OK as long as it's nowhere near the sofa. (The carpet is old anyway, but the sofa is fairly new and set us back a lot, so one way to get me to raise my voice is to bring a drink near it!)

Somehow I managed to miss a lot of the Super Bowl commercials, but I did see the one with the baby Clydesdale and thought it was real cute. Anyone know why Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana weren't there pre-game for the introduction of previous Super Bowl MVPs? They were both multiple winners, and I thought it was odd they weren't there.

Anyone want some leftover meatballs? My party guests weren't very hungry, and I always make too much food anyway, so we've got mountains of leftovers. I'm thinking I should host another party to use it all up!

The Stones show was pretty lukewarm, I thought. I saw some photo stills of them today and it was scary -- they look older than Nicholas Flamel. Every time I see them, I am reminded of a Bloom County strip from the very early years -- anyone remember when Milo was in charge of getting a band for the school dance, and he booked the Rolling Stones, having no clue who they were. Bobbi (the teacher) looked at the promo information and said something like "Oh my gosh, I can't believe it!!!" and he said "Yeah, I know! Those schmoes look almost 40 years old!"


Chemyst - Feb 6, 2006 9:53 am (#665 of 2983)

Anyone want some leftover meatballs?
Mmmm...   a meatball sub would sound good right now. We have a chilly rain going on, so warm & cheesy & toasty would be perfect. I even have the sub buns.


Tazzygirl - Feb 6, 2006 1:12 pm (#666 of 2983)

Kabloink- welcome back and congratulations!!!

Marie- sorry to hear about Shayla!! I broke that same bone in my wrist when I was 8- wasn't from a trampoline though! (I fell from the top bed in a Bunk Bed in the middle of the night! ) I know only too well what Shayla went through... I hope she gets the cool looking cast- they were out when I went in, so I had a plain old white one...

The baby Clydesdale commercial was super cute!! The parents pushing from behind... awwwwwwww!!

Loopy Lupin-Well, if you ask me, the word sounded more like "lust" than "lost." Sounds like they did some "sound magic" to the song by adding a "st" sound. How hard could it be to get Robert Palmer to re-record the thing?

It did have that sound, didn't it? Definitely a little cheesy!! LOL

Hope everyone has a good RotD!!



Madam Pince - Feb 6, 2006 1:27 pm (#667 of 2983)

Here, Chemyst! ***tosses a couple meatballs*** Oops! Errrrr... watch out for the sauce...

One other Super Bowl thing: Did anyone else besides me think that the pre-game Harrison Ford / Dr. Seuss thing was just... weird?


The giant squid - Feb 6, 2006 1:46 pm (#668 of 2983)

Yeah, I wondered how much they had to pay him for that... Maybe he's trying to attract younger moviegoers to Firewall next weekend?

Marie, give Shayla a big hug from me. I hope she's handling things all right. At least she got her broken bone out of the way at a young age; she'll heal up just fine.

Madame Pince, my wife was wondering where Bradshaw was as well. My only answer was that just because they were on the winning team(s) doesn't mean they were voted MVP.



Mrs. Sirius - Feb 6, 2006 1:57 pm (#669 of 2983)

Kim, welcome back! And congratulations. It's so funny to see life go on for the people we have known here for years, yet have never met.

On, poor Shayla!!! working out a little energy and look what happens.

I took my kids for a walk in a nature preserve yesterday to work out the energy and we got LOST! It was rather chilly, I was starving and the girls kept jumping into pool-sized poodles, the dogs were clueless.

I totally missed the super bowl, even the half-time and commercials, I hope I do better with the Olympics.


Puck - Feb 6, 2006 2:40 pm (#670 of 2983)

congrats to Kabloink! Hoping your pregnant summer is not as hot as mine was last year! Some maternity shops sell hard candy that help with the nausea, if the crackers don't do enough.

Healing charms to poor Shayla! Marie, you remind me of my neighbors. Shortly after moving in I heard the boy across the street yelling for his Mom. She came out slowly, obviously thinking he was over reacting. Eventually someone helped him up from the ground (They had all been just standing looking down at him). The next day I noticed the cast on his arm. Guess he really was hurt! Embarassed

Mrs. Sirius, glad you found your way back! Did you forget to leave a trail of bread crumbs? I understand. A friend and I took the wrong trail in such a place once, and wondered around for hours before finding a road, then having to go a couple more miles to get to the car.

Time to do some laundry and run a vacuum under my daughters trail of crumbs!



Catherine - Feb 6, 2006 3:15 pm (#671 of 2983)

Poor Shayla! Hope she heals up fast.

May I just engage in a mini-rant about students? How dumb (this is a rhetorical question, Loopy and Kim) do they think I am? They had a first draft of a paper due today, and I had multiple phone calls about "flat tires" and "doctor's appointments." I've never had so many people stagger in late before.

Methinks some people partook too much of whatever was in the Super Bowl.

EDIT: Welcome back, Kabloink, and congratulations on the future HP fan.


kabloink! - Feb 6, 2006 3:20 pm (#672 of 2983)

Yeah...I have been pretty nauseous. The wierdest thing about it is that I'm usually hungry at the same time...It's something to get used to for another month and a half or so (hopefully).

I absolutely ADORED the clydesdale commercial. Back at the beginning of January we went down to St Louis to visit my brother-in-law and his family and went to the Anheuser (sp?) Busch plant. Those horses are magnificent, and the little one was soo adorable.

Now that I'm not surrepticiously typing from a library computer in the library that I was subbing in, I'll give you a bit more of a catch-up. My husband is working for an owner-operator McDonald's now, here in Grand Ledge, running the restaurant. I work for the same company (different store) as a crew person (I stepped down from management) on weekends and days when the schools are out.

I'm feeling a bit frustrated professionally, but at this point if I can't find a good job in the next month or so, I don't think I have much luck of finding a better one before the baby is born. The more my pregnancy goes on (though its only 8 weeks) and the more I sub, the more I was remembering everyone and our conversations and advice. I realized that I really miss all of you, so I thought maybe I'd drop by more often.


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 6, 2006 3:39 pm (#673 of 2983)

Anyone know why Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana weren't there pre-game for the introduction of previous Super Bowl MVPs? They were both multiple winners, and I thought it was odd they weren't there. Madam Pince

I was wondering that myself. Montana was MVP three times, and I think Bradshaw won twice. It's a mystery.

I also thought that Ford/Seuss thing was weird.


Lina - Feb 6, 2006 3:47 pm (#674 of 2983)

When I was young, my dream was to live in Houston and work in NASA. Now, after the hurricanes, I'm glad that I gave up on that dream...

Yay for the haircut, Denise, I know the feeling, I'm glad for you!

Healing, cheering and strengthening charms everywhere where needed! Especially to Mandy, I hope it ends well. And to Good Evans, too. And to Shayla.

Well, I would need some finishing charms too... The job I mentioned before keeps extending the dead line. I'd really need some fingers crossed for it to be ended tomorrow. All my other jobs are just staying, waiting in line...

Congratulations to Betty! I'm glad for you. I saw the report on our TV and the most important question was if the Steelers won! My hubby's comment was: - I might even watch this sport if I could understand it...

Once, we watched the film "The Natural" with Robert Redford on TV. We missed the beginning, but we didn't know how much of it. At the end of the film, we assumed that it must have been the big part of the beginning because we didn't understand it. So we decided to watch the rerun next day, but again we missed the beginning. Then we borrowed the movie at the video and found out that we just didn't understand the film. But we watched Robert Redford  Chat & Greetings 2006 1003735042 . .... After that, my sister bought a book on baseball, hoping to understand more...

To stay still on the sports theme... Congratulations to the French members on the golden medal in European championship in handball! You deserved it.

Congratulations Kabloink! Great news! Just take care!

BTW, are there any news about Mollis?

I just ate some chocolate and thought of Ponine too...


boop - Feb 6, 2006 4:03 pm (#675 of 2983)

Marie, Sorry to hear Shayla broke her wrist. I hope everything works out with her wrist.

Kabloink, Welcome back, and congrats on having a little one on the way.

Haymoni, Congrats on a new family room. It sounds really nice.

Thanks for congrats on the Steeler's win.

Have a good RotD.

hugs always



Madam Pince - Feb 6, 2006 4:49 pm (#676 of 2983)

Terry Bradshaw was Super Bowl MVP for Super Bowls XIII and XIV (1979 & 1980) and Joe Montana was named for Super Bowls XVI (1982), XIX (1985), and XXIV (1990).

I would like to say that I know this off the top of my head, but I cannot tell a lie -- we had to look it up on the Internet yesterday before the game when we were debating on their whereabouts.

Good luck on the job front for all who are looking!


timrew - Feb 6, 2006 5:09 pm (#677 of 2983)

Wow, Denise! What was it? 17.5 inches off your hair? Your before and after pics must look like Catherine Zeta Jones and Sinead O'Connor! Only kidding, apart from the fact that they are both very attractive ladies.........

They showed The Superbowl on UK TV, which did me no favours - I don't know the rules, you see. Why do they keep stopping? And it seems they just have to cross the line to score, whereas in English rugby, you have to touch the ball down......

I think I'll stick to Tiddley-Winks..........


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 6, 2006 6:47 pm (#678 of 2983)

(this is a rhetorical question, Loopy and Kim)---Catherine

We'll see about that.

They had a first draft of a paper due today....Methinks some people partook too much of whatever was in the Super Bowl.---Catherine

You scheduled a first draft for the day after the Super Bowl????  Nevermind. Don't answer that. It's a rhetorical question.


Puck - Feb 6, 2006 9:00 pm (#679 of 2983)

Tim, football minutes are kind of like dog years; it takes 7 of our minutes to be one football minute. How else are they going to fit in so many commercials?   Chat & Greetings 2006 2281877974

enjoy the RotD



Viola Intonada - Feb 6, 2006 9:54 pm (#680 of 2983)

Too bad you gave up on your dream, Lina. NASA has centers in other places besides Houston. Hubby works for NASA here in Cleveland. I, personally, had no idea there was a NASA in Cleveland until he got a job here. (We did not grow up in Cleveland)

Congrats, Haymoni, on the new living room. I have spent the weekend buying drapes for our living room and recovering our kitchen chairs. Next time I go to buy drapes, I'm leaving Hubby at home. The typical conversation for the outing was "You get what you want dear, you're pickier than I am." "How about this one?" "No, I don't like that one, but you get what you want, I'm not picky." The saleswoman was laughing saying that her husband does the same thing. We did actually end up finding something that we agreed on.

Enjoy the RotD, everyone!


The giant squid - Feb 7, 2006 1:43 am (#681 of 2983)

My hubby's comment was: - I might even watch this sport if I could understand it...—Lina

Heck, don't let that stop you (or him)! I barely know the rules and I've been watching it for years. Half the fun is trying to figure out what their penalty signal means before they tell you. "Okay, he's moving his hand back and forth below his knee...Um, illegal skirt length? Oh, they said it's 'clipping'. I like mine better."

(((boop))) Big hug for Betty in celebration of the Steelers' win. And, y'know, because we like you.

How dumb (this is a rhetorical question, Loopy and Kim) do they think I am?—Catherine

Dumb enough to only censure Loopy & Kim... Personally, I've had to deal with callouts the day after a holiday/major sporting event/prom, and just once I'd like one of them to 'fess up. "Um, yeah, I'm running late because I'm really hung over." I'd let him get away with it (once) for the honesty. Besides, how many flat tires do you know of that cause light sensitivity, bloodshot eyes and nausea?

Oh, and give Shayla another hug, just because.



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 7, 2006 6:16 am (#682 of 2983)

We had a very funny pet moment this morning. Our children are down with a virus and at 4:15 this morning my husband and I were awoken by the ringing of a cowbell (I dreamed someone was tapping a spoon against a glass just before I woke up ). Our daughter, whose voice is hoarse - -hence the cowbell - -needed water. We got her settled and went back to bed. But now the cat was up and I could see her on the windowsill just above my husband's nightstand where Mr. Lupin is Lupin's own glass of water stood. She sat there for a while and then stepped down onto the nightstand. Next thing I know I heard the sound of water. Lapping. It went on for some time. I said to my husband, "I think Sally is drinking your water." A pause, and then he replied, "She sounds thirsty."

I got up a short time later brought the glass down to the kitchen.


Puck - Feb 7, 2006 6:30 am (#683 of 2983)

Viola, I've had similar experiences shopping for furniture. Hint; you can sneak small items such as shower curtains and pillows into the house and hide them for 30 days until it's too late to return them. That's how I got pink flowers in my bathroom.

My Mom once worked with someone who called in sick in order to go to the work holiday party. He showed up at the party, knowing all the bosses would be there. Kind of obvious he wasn't sick.

Enjoy RotD



Loopy Lupin - Feb 7, 2006 6:57 am (#684 of 2983)

How dumb (this is a rhetorical question, Loopy and Kim) do they think I am?—Catherine

Well, they might have heard from your other students that you haven't mastered the buttons on your blouse; so they might be thinking they could get away with quite a bit.

Tim, your comment about football is funny. I remember when the NFL played its first exhibitions in Europe years ago and people in the audience kept saying: "Why do they keep stopping?"

By the same token, we might ask why soccer never stops. How is one supposed to tear oneself away from a thrilling "0 to 0" battle and go get hotdogs and beer from the concession stand if there are no breaks in that heart-stopping action?


haymoni - Feb 7, 2006 7:02 am (#685 of 2983)

I don't think you need to know about baseball to watch "The Natural", but you do need to see the beginning.

Football isn't too bad. You have 4 tries (downs) to move the ball 10 yards. Each time you do this, you get another 4 tries until you've "broken the plane" of the goal line with the ball. Then you get 6 points - a "touchdown".

Then a little guy comes out and if he successfully kicks the ball through the uprights of the goal post, your team gets 1 more point - "the extra point".

If you have a lousy kicker or if you need more than just 1 point, you might want to "go for 2" points by doing what you did to get the 6 points - passing or carrying the ball into the end zone.

If you can't get close enough to score the touchdown in the first place, your little guy can come out and kick a "fieldgoal", which gives you 3 points instead of 6.

The thing I don't understand and hate most about football is "holding". I don't understand it and I don't think it is right. It is something about not being able to extend your arms while trying to block another player. It's just dumb. Too many great plays get called back because of holding calls.

And I don't think you should be allowed to kick a field goal after the 2 minute warning. It just galls me to watch that little guy trot out and mess everything up by kicking a field goal.


I am a Bitter Browns Fan.

I'm done now.


Lina - Feb 7, 2006 7:32 am (#686 of 2983)

****************doing the happy dance***************
It's over!
It's over!
I hate the footnotes and the tables of contents and I'm happy I'm not a scientist and I don't have to write the papers!!!

Thanks, Viola, for your kind words, but actually, there are several other reasons why I gave up that dream... Not just hurricanes...


kabloink! - Feb 7, 2006 8:31 am (#687 of 2983)

Huh. You guys are pretty lucky. My husband sits there and while watching ANY sporting event except for basketball, will do the penalty gestures while saying the penalty. Most of the time, I’m trying to read a book or do something else while he's doing this...it is really quite annoying. Baseball is the worst, though, when he's calling "safes", "outs", "Strikes", and "balls"....


mike miller - Feb 7, 2006 8:49 am (#688 of 2983)

Congrats Betty on the Steelers 5th NFL title. As it is still too painful, I will not comment on the game itself. (Squid Mike - We can pull for them next year unless they're playing the Ravens, sorry Haymoni)

On the pre-game, I'm with Madame Pince and Vlad on the Dr. Seuss thing. It seemed only half way there, not quite rhymmy enough. It's only a rumor but supposedly Joe wanted an appearance fee. Terry's contract with another network may have played a part in his absence.

As is often the case, I'm in agreement with Haymoni on the commercials. Baby Clydesdale, FedX and I'll throw in the streaker sheep ("I didn't need to see that") were my favorite commercials. So what was all the hype about GoDaddy.com? I guess they just caved in to the network. If it were me, I'd have told ABC to stuff they're $2.5 million per 30 seconds and bought 10 times the spots outside the Superbowl.

Have a Great RotD!!!!


Marie E. - Feb 7, 2006 8:52 am (#689 of 2983)

Welcome back, kabloink! It seems we were just hearing about your wedding. I also remember being nauseous and hungry at the same time. It's a frustrating feeling. Congratulations!

Shayla is doing fine. They said her break wasn't as bad as the urgent care doctor thought so she just got a short cast. The hard part was picking out the colors. She finally decided on baby blue. She wanted something that autographs would stand out on. She's still in a little pain, but I sent her off to school anyway. She's on Tylenol with Codeine so she's fine. Asleep on her desk, probably, but fine.


Madam Pince - Feb 7, 2006 8:53 am (#690 of 2983)

I agree with you, haymoni, about "holding." I can never tell when that penalty should be called. It looks to me like the whole line of scrimmage is "holding" on every play.

And Mike - I like your "clipping" definition better, too!

Have a good RotD!


B]Steve Newton[/B] - Feb 7, 2006 9:30 am (#691 of 2983)

haymoni, my best friend is a die hard Browns fan. Very sad.


haymoni - Feb 7, 2006 9:48 am (#692 of 2983)

We are a tough bunch.

We get our hearts broken every year, yet hope springs eternal with each new season.

Hubby is quite annoying with his knowledge of sports. He'll say something and 2 seconds later the announcers say the very same thing.

Sometimes it's sports cliches, like "He got a big paw on it." which you know will come anytime a lineman bats down a pass. But most of the time it is some obscure rule or somebody's stat. He always knows the trivia questions and seems shocked that I don't agree that "it's common knowledge!"

I think there is "Holding!" on every play. The zebras just choose to ignore it.

Except when the Browns have a big play, of course!


Puck - Feb 7, 2006 10:35 am (#693 of 2983)

Sorry, Haymoni, but as a New England girl I have to disagree about the whole field goal thing. Our Adam has pulled a Superbowl or two out of the bag with his mighty last minute kick!



Madam Pince - Feb 7, 2006 10:49 am (#694 of 2983)

I like the field goals, too. Of course, I was raised on the Washington Redskins' glory days of Art Monk catching a 7- or 8-yard pass, John Riggins grinding out the extra yard or two, and then if they happened to fall short of a first down, there was always ol' "Money In The Bank" Mark Moseley to kick the field goal. As long as they were somewhere over mid-field, Mark's field goals were just about guaranteed. That enabled them to take a lot of third-down risks that a team normally might not, which was nice, and made the game more exciting to watch.

Those field goal kickers can go from hero to goat in a big hurry, though... ask any Indianapolis Colts fan!

Mike Miller, I really hope that rumor about Joe Montana wanting a fee isn't true. That would be really sad, in my opinion. We thought about Bradshaw's contract with FOX network, too, and I surely hope that wasn't the reason, either. I mean, he would've just been walking out on the field, not broadcasting; it was part of the game itself which just happened to be televised -- it wouldn't be his fault it was appearing on another network. I would've thought that appearing with all those other MVPs from history would be a great honor -- something above such mundane obstacles as appearance fees and broadcaster contracts. But it probably isn't. Sigh...

What are we going to do until March Madness, now that football is over and no new Harry Potter to read???

Edit: I do know what you mean, haymoni. It can be frustrating. The only consolation is maybe that the little kicker guy wouldn't be in the position to save the game unless the other players' battles had put him in good field position in the first place. But you're right -- it must be so frustrating to those defensive players who have held the line and prevented a first down.

***Still likes Rhys Ifans' character in The Replacements as the best field-goal kicker ever!***


haymoni - Feb 7, 2006 10:59 am (#695 of 2983)

I guess that is part of my problem with it all.

The other players battle it out for 4 quarters and this little guy trots out and wins the game.

And there really isn't anything the defense can do about it, unless there is a mistake - a bad snap or something.


Esther Rose - Feb 7, 2006 11:04 am (#696 of 2983)

Sort of like Quidditch. Unless you are ahead by more than 150 points if the Seeker of the other team gets the snitch you lost the game no matter how hard you worked. One little guy makes all the difference. hehehe.


Madam Pince - Feb 7, 2006 11:07 am (#697 of 2983)

Very good point, Esther Rose! The more I think about the game of Quidditch, the more impressed I am with JKR. She really did a great job of incorporating facets of several major "muggle" sports into one really fun game!


Choices - Feb 7, 2006 11:20 am (#698 of 2983)

Does anyone know of a site that has really good Harry Potter related bumper stickers?


Tazzygirl - Feb 7, 2006 11:35 am (#699 of 2983)

Yeay, Lina!!! I am so glad your project is over with!

Went and saw Nanny McPhee last night. Not bad. You have to keep reminding yourself that it is a younger audience movie. Colin (*sigh*) Firth and Emma Thompson both did great acting jobs.

Off to school!

Hope everyone has a great RotD!!



Catherine - Feb 7, 2006 11:51 am (#700 of 2983)

What are we going to do until March Madness, now that football is over and no new Harry Potter to read??? --Madame Pince

Read freshman papers written the night of the Super Bowl.

I will mention, though, that Little Brother had an unfortunate conflict with job interviews and "had" to give away his NCAA Tournament tickets to his loving sister. W00T!

Until then, I will have to make do with a new TV obsession of mine--Project Runway. There's something about watching people trying to create fashions our of florist moss before their ego gets shredded that is strangely therapeutic.
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TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 7, 2006 12:06 pm (#701 of 2983)

You might try orderofmerlin.com or stickergiant.com Choices. I have ordered from both and been real happy with the products and services.


kabloink! - Feb 7, 2006 12:48 pm (#702 of 2983)

ON addicting TV shows: I have been addicted to "House, MD" for about a year now. Placing it right after American Idol was brilliant. I looked up Hugh Laurie, only to find that he's British. I love it. You'd never know from the show. I actually fast-forwarded through my copy of "Sense and Sensibility" just to find him. He's the slightly eccentric uncle of the very boisterous aunt that take the girls to London...just a tidbit of trivia.

Also, I like "Grey's Anatomy." I never watched it much, but the few time I did, I really enjoyed it. This last week though, that just ain't right!


Madam Pince - Feb 7, 2006 2:32 pm (#703 of 2983)

I will mention, though, that Little Brother had an unfortunate conflict with job interviews and "had" to give away his NCAA Tournament tickets to his loving sister. W00T!-Catherine

I need a cold compress. And I hate you.

Not really, of course! That is so COOL! Which bracket? Somewhere in North Carolina I presume?


Accio Sirius - Feb 7, 2006 3:06 pm (#704 of 2983)

Hello everyone. It's been a while!

Anybody else into Veronica Mars? I have to say I make a point to check it out. Kabloink, my sister recommends House, I'll have to give that try. I just started watching Grey's Anatomy and do enjoy that too. Not that I need more TV to watch. Chat & Greetings 2006 1242194059

Boop! Hooray for the Steelers. I've been kind of down because of all of the sour grapes over the game. But as a Steeler fan who watched some of the most horrific officiating in the post-season going against Pittsburgh, I can understand it--to a point. My brother keeps saying to the sorest of losers, "I can't hear you, I have a Lombardi trophy in my ear." Not exactly a good winner either, but kinda funny nonetheless. I think what the Seahawk players had to say showed real class. They know that they missed plenty of opportunities too and weren't backpeddling. There's a really good article in Salon about how football fans are losing confidence in the Refs and how it has become a real PR problem for the NFL. Made me think of the ref in GOF who was belly dancing for the Veelas in the middle of the World Cup! It's a problem everywhere!


dizzy lizzy - Feb 7, 2006 3:19 pm (#705 of 2983)

It's morning here and I'm supposed to be in a car driving to my job... Fortunately my job is arranged in the format of workloads with a set deadline, it means I have until 5pm Saturday to finish it. So being behind today won't make an awful lot of difference in the long run *crosses paws and hopes*

So that means I think I'll be getting a very late start today! Welcome back Kabloink and Accio Sirius! And I hope your nausea starts to abate soon Kabloink.

We got a lovely cool change at about 7.30pm last night and we had our first night in about 3 weeks where the temp was below 20 deg Cel. It is no surprise then to say I slept like a log??




azi - Feb 7, 2006 3:37 pm (#706 of 2983)

Good evening everybody!

I had no lectures today so I got out of bed sometime in the afternoon, drifted to the supermarket, drifted back and then dragged a friend to the now nicknamed 'Leaky Cauldron lookalike pub' (it's not big enough to be The Three Broomsticks and not grubby enough to be The Hogs Head, but it's about right for The Leaky Cauldron - there's even a bit at the back where it seems you could step into a yard).

Nice to hear the weather is cooler for you Lizzy! Hoping that you'll be able to catch up on your job! **crosses fingers and sends emergency time turner**

I have no idea on TV shows. Sometimes I think I should get a TV...then I remember there's rarely anything on and it's a distraction from more important things.

Which reminds me...can anyone tell me what Final Destination 3 is about? I've been invited to it and said yes, but then someone told me it was a horror movie and if it is I would hate to go (I get scared easy).

Congratulations on your tickets Catherine, but what is NCAA?

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 7, 2006 3:43 pm (#707 of 2983)

Azi, N.C.A.A., is the abbreviation for the National Collegiate Athletic Association -  the governing body for the majority of sports played in colleges and universities in the United States.


azi - Feb 7, 2006 3:56 pm (#708 of 2983)

Ooo, thanks Nathan! I got the 'National' part.


Tazzygirl - Feb 7, 2006 4:04 pm (#709 of 2983)

Azi- from what I hear, Final Destination 3 is a horror movie, and entails a roller coaster. I heard 'horror' and 'roller coaster' in the same sentence, and that did it for me. No thank you!!! Maybe there is someone out there who knows more about it...

I watched Grey's Anatomy for the first time on Sunday after the Superbowl- I am now addicted to it... Almost ranks up there with Lost... but not quite!

ummmmm...record cold temperature for Hawaii right now (IMO)- it is 1:00 pm and it is 65 degrees fahrenheit!!!! *goes into shock* It only gets that cold at, like, 2 in the morning! Nice...



Stephanie M. - Feb 7, 2006 4:47 pm (#710 of 2983)

Kabloink!, congratulations! I hope you feel less nauseous soon!

I hope Shayla feels alright!

I also love House! My favorite shows are probably House, Gilmore Girls, Grey's Anatomy, and ER most of the time.

I'm soo sleepy! I have been tired all day, and then I had a swim meet, and now I'm exhausted! It's a good thing that I did most of my homework in school, or I would be falling asleep at my desk!


T Brightwater - Feb 7, 2006 5:16 pm (#711 of 2983)

My mother continues to have a better idea of what's going on with HP than real life. I was reading the last chapter of SS to her last night, and at one point when I mentioned Dumbledore, she said "He'd fix me up. Why don't you get him in here?" I didn't have the heart to remind her that he's dead, but he wouldn't be the first deceased person she'd seen lately...

She had an interesting insight, as well. When Harry asked DD why Voldemort wanted to kill him, Mom said "He wanted to kill love."


Choices - Feb 7, 2006 6:44 pm (#712 of 2983)

TBE - "You might try orderofmerlin.com or stickergiant.com Choices"

Thanks so much, TBE - I'll sure give them a try. :-)


Denise P. - Feb 7, 2006 8:09 pm (#713 of 2983)

Congrats Kabloink! I hope you have a smooth, easy pregnancy with a sweet little one waiting at the end of it all.


kaykay1970 - Feb 7, 2006 10:39 pm (#714 of 2983)

We have been house hunting. Not an easy prospect when you want to stay in the same little bitty town that you are currently residing. There are so few houses on the market. We looked at a house that had great potential. It is a very pretty brick house. It definitely needs fresh paint and some carpeting on the inside. It has only two bedrooms but one of them is so huge that you could divide it into two good sized bedrooms. The attic has a half bath but other than that is a long open area that would make two very nice bedrooms and a den for the children on the end that the stairs enter up into it. The attic walls, floor and ceiling is all tongue and groove and has the appearance of hardwood flooring and the ceiling has a very cute shape. The house was advertised as having a partially finished basement but when we went down the stairs all we found was a root cellar! The good news is that I can get this house at a really great price. Did I mention that it used to be a funeral home? Which brings me to the bad news. 12 year old son says he would rather live in a tent in the front yard that step foot in there again!


Chemyst - Feb 8, 2006 5:30 am (#715 of 2983)

Kaykay, I believe that in this situation it is perfectly fine to tell your son that when he grows up and pays for it, he can choose the house he wants.  
(nods to Madame Pince)


The giant squid - Feb 8, 2006 9:00 am (#716 of 2983)

azi: Final Destination 3 is the third in a series (duh...) of horror/gore movies. The premise in each one is that there's a group of people who were supposed to die (plane crash, car wreck, roller coaster mishap) but for some reason or another aren't in the "right" place at the right time. Since they were supposed to die but didn't Death keeps following them (metaphorically--no dementor-looking guy with a scythe) and trying to kill them. Essentially, it's two (now three) movies about "what's the nastiest way we can kill someone in a movie?" Lots of blood, lots of gore, little plot.

I'll be screening Harrison Ford in Firewall this weekend instead.



Loopy Lupin - Feb 8, 2006 9:29 am (#717 of 2983)

I'll be screening Harrison Ford in Firewall this weekend instead. – Mike

Are you sure this is going to be an improvement?


azi - Feb 8, 2006 10:43 am (#718 of 2983)

Thanks for the info. Mike! I am tempted to give this film a miss...

Good luck in househunting Kaykay!

I went out with the intention of buying something with some money my grandma gave me, but there was nothing worth buying! At least I saved myself money...

Is it just me, or has the chat thread suddenly gone quiet?


kaykay1970 - Feb 8, 2006 11:21 am (#719 of 2983)

I am hoping some of you with toddlers know of a nice chain store that carries cloth training briefs for my little guy. I was not surprised that my little home town dollar store only had 2 pair in stock and none of the little plastic pants to pull over them at night. But I was very disappointed to find that Wal-Mart does not stock them because they already stock the disposable ones. I don't care what the commercial advertises those things look and feel just like a real diaper in my opinion.


Madam Pince - Feb 8, 2006 11:23 am (#720 of 2983)

T Brightwater, that is so neat that your Mom is into Harry Potter now! And you're right about the insights! Isn't it funny how little kids or sometimes elderly people who are supposedly "confused" often can strike clearly right at the heart of things? Hope she continues to do OK, and you too!

Azi, the NCAA tournament that Catherine is referring to is (at least I think it is) the annual collegiate-level men's basketball tournament that determines the national champion. It's a big deal over here. Other less popular sports such as soccer have them, too, and football uses a different (and may I say completely incomprehensible) system to pick a champion, but typically here in the U.S. when one says "NCAA Tournament" it is referring to men's basketball. There is also a women's basketball tournament which usually takes place at about the same time and gets some attention but not nearly that of the men's.

I saw a cartoon this weekend that showed two men labelled "NCAA Bowl-Selection Committee" (referring to football) reading a paper, and one of them said "Look at this! They take the best teams from each division and they play each other until there's only two left, and then the winner is the champion!" Then the other guy says "Who'd watch something like that?"

Loopy, I'm wondering a bit about Harrison Ford as an action hero, too, given his...errrrr... advancing age. Don't get me wrong -- I love his movies and he was so great in those roles, but he really is starting to show some years. Perhaps Ally McSkinny is really taking it out of him lately, I don't know. He was on David Letterman the other night and it was just a weird appearance -- he seemed very remote and "out of it." I know he's known for being somewhat withdrawn and reclusive and hates to appear on talk shows, etc., but the appearance felt very uncomfortable. He kept staring off into space and Letterman had a difficult time drawing any answers out of him. I hope that Firewall turns out OK, for Squid Mike's sake...

Kaykay, that house sounds very neat! What a shame about your son's feelings, though. I have seen lots of neat older homes that are serving as funeral homes. Maybe you should tell your son that at least you know the history of it -- lots of homes you might buy could have had all kinds of icky things happen in them that you'd never suspect... Well, on second thought, maybe you shouldn't tell him that... Chemyst's idea is better! *** back at Chemyst***

Kaykay, I'll send you an e-mail re: toddler undies to spare everyone else the discussion...


Puck - Feb 8, 2006 11:55 am (#721 of 2983)

Kaykay, I thought I saw some at Target or Khols. As a former toddler room teacher I must say I agree, children learn much faster when not using the disposable one.

Now watching yet another Barbie movie. Nana gave her a collection for Christmas, ad this is her 3rd in two days.

Good luck with the house, and your son.



kaykay1970 - Feb 8, 2006 12:02 pm (#722 of 2983)

Thanks Madame P. and Puck. Sorry, if it was a touchy question to ask on a public forum. But ya'll seem like family, so...Anyway I can find all of the stores mentioned in Jackson. It is just sad that someone would have to drive an hour to purchase underwear!


Madam Pince - Feb 8, 2006 12:14 pm (#723 of 2983)

No, no, not touchy at all! And I hope we continue to feel like family!


Puck - Feb 8, 2006 12:15 pm (#724 of 2983)

Kaykay, you could try to find it online and save yourself the drive! (Plus, I find I make fewer impulse purchases when shopping from home.)



haymoni - Feb 8, 2006 12:19 pm (#725 of 2983)

I bought my kids trainers at Kmart - the thick quilted kind. Those Pull-Ups are useless.


Loopy Lupin - Feb 8, 2006 12:50 pm (#726 of 2983)

He was on David Letterman the other night and it was just a weird appearance -- he seemed very remote and "out of it." -- Madam Pince

I think in the old days they used to call that "drunk."


Julie Aronson - Feb 8, 2006 12:57 pm (#727 of 2983)

SPEW, Loopy! That was the first good laugh I've had in days...



Denise P. - Feb 8, 2006 2:46 pm (#728 of 2983)

My Wal-Mart carries them. I had to search to find them but they had them, plastic pants too. They were located where a bunch of newborn stuff was, all Gerber. They had pink, blue and neutral colors.


Catherine - Feb 8, 2006 3:31 pm (#729 of 2983)

Ah, training pants.

I have to say that I do not miss those days of "toilet learning." I succumbed to the convenient lure of "Pull-Ups" and finally realized that my child was probably going to be using them her freshman year at college. I could just see the expenses: room, board, books, and Pull-Ups.

This topic reminds me that I haven't seen Comic Book Guy (he wears "prescription pants") as an avatar lately.

Maybe I should not ask what "prescription pants" are for, now that I reflect upon it.

I hope everyone is well **waves to Lupin is Lupin who I missed today because a freshman occupied all my so-called lunch break**.


Stephanie M. - Feb 8, 2006 6:22 pm (#730 of 2983)

I think that the Chat Thread has been a little slow lately. Oh well.

Yay! The Grammys are on! I thought that Madonna was excellent.

Have a good rest of the day!


DJ Evans - Feb 8, 2006 7:10 pm (#731 of 2983)

Madam Pince: He was on David Letterman the other night and it was just a weird appearance -- he seemed very remote and "out of it."

Funny that you should write/notice that because he was on The Regis & Kelly show yesterday morning, he was the same way on there too. Thought along those very lines too Madam Pince. lol

Lupin is Lupin: I think in the old days they used to call that "drunk."

lol I truly hope that wasn't the same reason for his umm? “conduct” on The Regis & Kelly Show, as it is taped early in the mornings. Or maybe it is as Madam Pince said in her post that Ally Mc is really taking it out of him? lol

I think I have to finally admit that I'm no longer in the "loop" of things any more. As there was nothing else on at the time, I turned on the "green" carpet (What? Did the red carpet wear out from all of the other award shows here lately?) pre-show for the Grammy Awards. I didn't recognize any of them on the green carpet except for maybe 5 of them. And out of that 5, two of them were known from another venue & not the music world. sigh I do feel a bit better now though -- I'm watching the awards themselves & I do see a lot more that I recognize. **whew** I guess the ones that I knew didn't care to walk on the yucky green carpet & came in the side door. lol

kaykay -- It sounds like a nice house to me. Sad that son doesn't think so. But from the way you described it, it sounds like the rooms would have been so big & spacious.

TBrightwater -- Still have your Mom & you in my thoughts & prayers. I'm glad to hear that she is enjoying listening to HP -- what a nice way for you & her to keep a connection there & can share your love of reading.

Well, after reading Squid/Mike's plot/story line of Final Destination 3, I can't wait to go out & get my ticket ..................... NOT. ewww, I love horror stories but not the blood & guts ones. Thanks for the heads up on that one Mike.

Later, Deb


Madam Pince - Feb 8, 2006 9:34 pm (#732 of 2983)

Maybe Harrison Ford taped the Regis show the morning after he taped Letterman and he just hadn't sobered up yet. I don't know what was up with him -- he didn't seem chemically altered, it was just more... rude almost. He seemed totally disinterested and couldn't wait to get up out of the chair to leave -- he barely waited for them to go to commercial. I guess it's probably part of the movie contract that you have to do all those "promo" appearances before the movie comes out, but honestly...if you're going to be that bad of a guest then you're probably not doing the movie any favors. I was really disappointed in him because I've always liked him before.

We finally went to see The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe tonight! Yay! I liked it, but it seemed like the whole first hour of the movie took place completely in the dark. I understand the whole theme of contrasting "before Aslan / after Aslan" for the dark vs. light, I suppose, but I found it really distracting. I wanted to see all those cool sets and CGI characters and stuff, and it was too dark! If I hadn't read the book I would've completely missed Edmund drawing the mustache on the stone lion in the Witch's courtyard.

Oh, and now Mr. Pince has a totally inappropriate crush on the White Witch. Apparently she's "hot."

One good thing we found out -- our movie theatre now lets you put your own butter on your popcorn! Woo-hoo! That's the smartest idea since sliced bread.

OK, off to make a hair appointment to get mine done up in blonde dreadlocks.... Anybody know where I can buy an ice-crystal tiara?


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 8, 2006 11:06 pm (#733 of 2983)

azi: Final Destination 3 is the third in a series (duh...) of horror/gore movies. Mike

Mike, it isn't necessarily a "duhh". Several years back there was a British film call "The Madness of George III". They changed the title of the film for the American market to the "Madness of King George" because they thought audiences here wouldn't come to see it thinking they had missed parts I and II.

Oh, and now Mr. Pince has a totally inappropriate crush on the White Witch. Apparently she's "hot” ( Madame P)

I haven't got a crush on her but I did just love that actress. Talk about your strong woman. Initially, I was afraid that she might be portrayed as shrill.


Good Evans - Feb 9, 2006 1:04 am (#734 of 2983)

Just a quickie as I am at work, Hubby still in hospital , dog having daily visits to the vets and PC has blown up (well making funny noise so turned off at wall) - just another week in my mad life. Good news, have now lost 2 stones in weight (thats 28 lbs or 12.7 kilos to you non imperial folk) - yay me!

Boop - well done for the Steelers!

healing and cheering to all who need them, happy birthday to anyone I have missed.

Will pop in as often as I can, but not likely to be on the chat room much at the moment. So big hellos' to Lina, Kate, Elanor, Azi, Tazzy and Nick my usual "chat" buddies.

take care all

Julie x


Amilia Smith - Feb 9, 2006 1:29 am (#735 of 2983)

Hope the second half of your week starts looking up, Julie. Way to go on the weight loss, though. That's quite an accomplishment.

2 stones in weight (thats 28 lbs or 12.7 kilos to you non imperial folk)

Ok, storytime. Bridget Jones's Diary. At the beginning of each entry, she lists her weight, how many cigarettes she smoked, how many calories she ate, etc. Well, when I got The Edge of Reason from the library, I was very surprised to see that Bridget had suddenly stopped weighing herself. And she had added a new statistic that made no sense at all. 9 st 3. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out what st stood for, and what she was measuring. I was halfway through the book before it dawned on me that the library, for some unknown reason, had the British version of The Edge of Reason. And Bridget was still weighing herself compulsively.



The giant squid - Feb 9, 2006 2:59 am (#736 of 2983)

I'll be screening Harrison Ford in Firewall this weekend instead. -- Me

Are you sure this is going to be an improvement? –Loopy

Good point...at least it can't be any worse. I hope. I did see a blurb on IMDb from Paul Bettany saying that he was quite humiliated when filming the fight scene with Harrison because the old man kept asking him to hit harder "so he could react". Paul finally just let loose with all he had and Harrison said, "Yes! That's what I want." Poor kid.

Mrs. Sirius, good point. I shudder to think of how many people skipped Fantastic Four because they hadn't seen the first three.

As skinny as I am, weighing myself in stone is just depressing. I mean really, who over the age of 15 wants to admit they weigh 7.5 stone?



Good Evans - Feb 9, 2006 6:09 am (#737 of 2983)

Thanks Mills, that’s sweet of you.

As for Bridget Jones, LOL, you see we Brits are quite quaint really, we don’t move from our old traditions very quickly, and I am delighted that your library was stocking a British edition, clearly some mad Brit let on the rampage with ordering responsibilities!!

Oh and Squid Mike - thanks for clearing that up, I'll go and rent fantastic four now!! ****chuckles off in to the distance .... ***

edit - waves to kaykay - another chat room buddy!


kaykay1970 - Feb 9, 2006 6:22 am (#738 of 2983)

Great job on the weight loss Good Evans! I hope your husband is well soon.


azi - Feb 9, 2006 7:58 am (#739 of 2983)

Wow, that's loads of weight to lose Julie! Keep going! Sending healing charms to your hubby and your dog!

I weigh 9st. Three months ago I weighed 8st 6. What happened to the starving at university thing? I don't believe Bridget Jones is only 9st 3, she lies! (or at least compared to the film Bridget!) I still look stick thin I suppose...

Hope everyone has a great day!


haymoni - Feb 9, 2006 8:06 am (#740 of 2983)

azi - I've never heard about starving at university.

In fact, I always heard it was the complete opposite.

We called it "The Freshman 10" - you were guaranteed to gain 10 pounds your first year in college. I think it had to do with all the macaroni & cheese they served. Not to mention all the beer that we drank.

I was so scared about gaining that 10 pounds that I ate nothing but salads for the first 2 weeks. Then they brought out that baked macaroni & cheese with the crusty top...I was hooked.

It turned out to be more like "Freshman 20".


Esther Rose - Feb 9, 2006 8:10 am (#741 of 2983)

I like to call it the Freshman "where the heck did these hips come from?".


azi - Feb 9, 2006 8:13 am (#742 of 2983)

Wow, weird! When I was younger it was always students were so skint they couldn't afford to live on anything but bread and baked beans so they were all really thin and starving. I think that has now changed - we have loans!

I live on salad and plain pasta. And chocolate, lots of chocolate!


haymoni - Feb 9, 2006 8:21 am (#743 of 2983)

I'm guessing if you live on your own it is that way, but I went to a college that required all students to live on campus in dormitories their first year - you could commute if you were within an hour's drive of the university, but you had to still be living with Mom & Dad.

We ate in a cafeteria that was like a giant buffet. I've had many a meal of Captain Crunch cereal when there was really nothing that appealed to me.

Mmmm... Captain Crunch...mmmmm


Shamrock - Feb 9, 2006 8:24 am (#744 of 2983)

Hey everyone Work has been so busy at the moment I’ve not had any time to doss. Just read threw 150 + posts. Hope everyone’s keeping well and get well soon wishes to those who aren’t. Congrats on the baby news Kabloink. Sorry to hear about Shayla, Marie. Hope she recovers quickly Congrats on the weight loss Good Evans.

Lost finally started on TV over here last Monday OMG how great was that episode. Ok I know Im like way behind compared to you lot but it was great. And no, I’m still not reading the spoilers. Now for the new series of CSI to start!!

Well hope you all have a great RotD Jo


Madam Pince - Feb 9, 2006 8:29 am (#745 of 2983)

Someone commented on the green carpet at the Grammys last night? I didn't watch it, but I read today that Heineken Beer was the main sponsor of the evening, so they're the ones who changed the carpet color to their signature color. Your trivia for the day...

Congrats on the weight loss, Good Evans! That's excellent!

I'm convinced the "Freshman 10" at our school was due to the Krispy-Kreme-like doughnuts they set out on the breakfast buffet. If you're running late to class, (as I always was), the natural breakfast solution is grab a coffee and doughnut and run out the door. Unfortunately, I don't know that the running helped to counteract the doughnut all that much.

Ummmmmm... doughnuts......


kabloink! - Feb 9, 2006 8:36 am (#746 of 2983)

Good Evans-congrats on losing that weight! That is very impressive.

KayKay-Jackson in which state? I know that there are several, but I live quite close to Jackson, Mi…

Oh! And about the women’s NCAA tournament, its actually quite big here in Mi, as the Lady Spartans are in the top 15 this year, so they get just about as much coverage as the men’s team, which last I knew was ranked in the top 5? I don’t actually follow these things, but hubby does, so I’m often forced to follow as well. Or at least catch things once in a while.

I only got about the freshman five or so, but since my sophomore year…well, let’s just say I doubled my size (in US women’s sizes)…It has been 4 years since then, though. My plan is to work really hard to lose the baby weight next fall and winter, and maybe a little more, too. I know, wishful thinking, but I can hope, right?


Shamrock - Feb 9, 2006 8:51 am (#747 of 2983)

A little bit of advice Kabloink. Don’t worry too much about gaining or losing the baby weight. My son is 2 years old now and it’s only in the last 6 months or so that I’ve gotten back down to the weight i was well before pregnancy. Enjoy being able to eat what you want - although like your self I suffered terrible morning sickness for the first 4 and a half months and lost 2 stone (28 pounds) But once I got over it I couldn’t get the ice-cream into me quick enough!!

I remember hearing that you should take as long to lose the baby weight as it took to go on (being 9 months minimum)


kaykay1970 - Feb 9, 2006 9:59 am (#748 of 2983)

My Jackson is quite a bit further south (Tennessee). I have to make a trip there today so I will do my shopping while I am there. The dentist office called yesterday to remind me that my children are scheduled for their cleaning and check-up today. I had forgotten to get my appointment cards out to add my new calendar at the start of the year. Maybe now I should officially join the Slacker Mom's Club or the Procrastinator's Anonymous.

Speaking of weight the Little guy hurt my feeling last night. He was flipping through the pages of Parents magazine and points to a picture woman who is probably in the very last weeks of pregnancy and he says "It's you Mommy." I felt a little better when he turned the next page and pointed at a little tiny woman and said the same thing.


Eponine - Feb 9, 2006 10:05 am (#749 of 2983)

I didn't gain weight when I started college. I started gaining when I got out of school, and I put on even more when I got married. The reason I gained after school was because I stopped working out. I was a cheerleader, and we were required to run and lift weights and stuff. Plus my husband loved to make me ice cream sundaes when we first got married, so that didn't really help with the weight. I'm trying to lose the weight now, but it's hard.

Speaking of Harrison Ford, going way way back to the tribute to George Lucas, Harrison looked mighty soused during that event. Mr. Eponine had TiVo'd it, and the first thing he commented on was Harrison's apparent inebriation. I do, however, think it's great that he was able to beat up Paul Bettany.

Oh. Yay, Steelers! Mr. Eponine is a huge Steelers fan, so he was very happy about the Super Bowl. He had his Terrible Towel out and everything.

I hope everyone has a good RotD!


Catherine - Feb 9, 2006 12:01 pm (#750 of 2983)

Speaking of weight the Little guy hurt my feeling last night. He was flipping through the pages of Parents magazine and points to a picture woman who is probably in the very last weeks of pregnancy and he says "It's you Mommy." Kaykay

Hayley once asked my father if he had a baby in his tummy, because it is so big.

Claire is my too-honest child, and has lamentably few inhibitions about commenting on the people around her. Lately, she has pronounced everything that I do "embarrassing."
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Mrs. Sirius - Feb 9, 2006 12:21 pm (#751 of 2983)

When I was younger it was always students were so skint they couldn't afford to live on anything but bread and baked beans so they were all really thin and starving. I think that has now changed - we have loans! azi

I did the freshman 5 in college too, but it wasn't until I went to went to London that I really packed the stones. I was so poor that for breakfast I had a roll with butter and tea, for lunch I had two rolls with butter and jam. Snack was a roll with tea or coffee. Only for dinner did I splurge. We went to Chelsea Pot and have an omelet and apple pie with custard sauce. yummm. ahh the good old days.

Good Evans, congratulation on your weight loss that's phenomenal.

Kim the good thing about pregnancy is that you don't have to feel guilty for eating. When you eat good food you are feeding the baby. The best part is that when you’re done you get a beautiful wonderful child AND when you breast feed you may have up to 500 additional calories a day to help produce milk! Bring on that ice cream!!!


Lina - Feb 9, 2006 2:10 pm (#752 of 2983)

Oh, Good Evans, your problems seem to be accumulating.... Healing, cheering, strengthening, repairing charms and ((((((((hugs))))))) sent your way! I hope it is just a bad moment in the year and soon you will enjoy health in family and a functioning computer as well as the lost weight. Oh, I must admit I envy you on the lost weight... When I was in college, I thought I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain any weight... There were no rumours about freshman kilos or pounds anyway. In the restaurants for students we could usually get the breadcrumbed bones... (at least, that's the name I gave to the food we could get) I remember exiting the student restaurant after the lunch and thinking about going to a pizza. When I came home, after the college, I kept thinking that I could eat whatever I wanted and I was proved wrong... Never been able to come back...


Finn BV - Feb 9, 2006 3:46 pm (#753 of 2983)

Hi everybody! I'm back! Didja miss me? I actually was back yesterday, but was too tired from my retreat to venture to this chat thread.

With a week's worth of schoolwork to catch up on, I'm afraid I didn't read through the 202+ posts here, so cheering charms, birthday wishes, etc. all around!

I'll be off to do that homework, but I just had to come in and say hi. Some big OoP casting news that I went without for a WEEK! How did I manage? Bye for now…

PS I'm afraid pressed the magic button… shhhh…


Tazzygirl - Feb 9, 2006 3:53 pm (#754 of 2983)

I am guilty of the Freshman 10- but technically nothing started to happen until my 4th (this year) year in college... When I had my surgery done in December, I ended up losing the 15 pounds I put on, but am now slowly gaining it all back...

Good Evans- I hope everything gets better for you soon (Extra healing charms to hubby and dog!)! And congratulations on losing weight!!

Have a great RotD!!


EDIT: HI FINN!!! **waving**


kaykay1970 - Feb 9, 2006 5:14 pm (#755 of 2983)

The dentist appointment went great. We are cavity free. YAY! The little guy got lots of new big boy stuff. We bought Thomas the Tank underoos that were supposed to wait until "graduation" but unfortunately you can't sneak anything past that kid! He is now showing off yelling "Toot Toot" while pointing to his little rear. LOL


Catherine - Feb 9, 2006 5:53 pm (#756 of 2983)

He is now showing off yelling "Toot Toot" while pointing to his little rear. LOL –Kaykay[

Oh, dear. That is too funny.


Denise P. - Feb 9, 2006 6:34 pm (#757 of 2983)

I am whipped. Today was the Great Cookie Pick Up Day. I had to go down and pick up 105 cases of cookies. The delivery truck was late but did anyone call to tell us all that? Nooooo. So, almost 3 hours after my allotted time, I finally got my cookies loaded. The ladies in front of me didn't bring a large enough vehicle, decided to load it case by case and then by cookie type. Oh for crying out loud, toss them in there and sort at home, you have to anyway! I got it home, got it all sorted and about half my girls have picked up their cookies.

I have entered the tech age...I can get pictures from my high speed cell phone (RAZR) to my computer! Be afraid, be very afraid! I really didn't want a camera phone but Mr. Denise was set on a RAZR and you can't get it without it.


Puck - Feb 9, 2006 8:02 pm (#758 of 2983)

Denise, the camera phone can be handy. I sent out pictures to far off relatives of the baby just after she was born. Can you send pictures to Mr. Denise overseas when he's deployed?

We called it the Freshman 15, but I was fortunate enough to be put in a room with an aerobics instructor, so with her influence I managed to avoid it.

Kabloink, if you exercise now the weight will be easier to get off later. Check with your doctor about what's appropriate for you. I highly recommend prenatal Yoga, as it did wonders for my back.

Good Evan, healing charms for hubby and your computer. Congrats on the weight loss. Just hope your healthy, and not losing due to the fact you haven't stopped to eat. Take care of yourself.

Finn, yes we missed you!

Ahh, my cookies will soon be at the door. Good to know. I remember helping my Mom pick them up and sort them when I was a kid.

Enjoy the RotD



Viola Intonada - Feb 9, 2006 9:04 pm (#759 of 2983)

My heart goes out to you, Denise. Our cookie sales are over. Money has been turned in and we are done!!!!

I was guilty of the freshman 20. What did me in was the ready access to candy. I lost 35 pounds my sophomore year.

Have a happy RotD!


Tazzygirl - Feb 9, 2006 10:43 pm (#760 of 2983)

Denise-I have entered the tech age...I can get pictures from my high speed cell phone (RAZR) to my computer! Be afraid, be very afraid! I really didn't want a camera phone but Mr. Denise was set on a RAZR and you can't get it without it.

I have a RAZR too! Absolutely love it... I like the camera (and video) feature because you could be out and about around town, see something that you think is the strangest thing in the world, pretend you are making a call and instead take a photo to send to someone who would appreciate it (for me, it is my mom). I have managed to get some really crazy pictures... hehehe...

Oh! I was on my way to school today and I passed by a tattoo parlor called... 'Queen of Pain Tattoo Parlor'. Thought that was hilarious... (I am easily entertained... )



Madam Pince - Feb 9, 2006 10:57 pm (#761 of 2983)

Hmmmmm... really makes you want to go in there and get inked, doesn't it, Tazzy?

Poor Denise -- that sounds like an icky job. Glad the worst part is behind you at least!

Kaykay, that is so cute about the "Toot! Toot!" Glad he loves his Thomas pants! That should make things easier -- good luck!

Welcome back, Finn! We've missed you! Hope you had fun!

Catherine, I've been meaning to say how much I like your avatar! Calvin and Hobbes are still my favorites. I went to Barnes & Noble the other day when I was at the mall just to see if they had a "store copy" of the big, fat The Complete Calvin & Hobbes, and they thought they did, but when they couldn't find it on the shelf and then couldn't find it in the back, the desk guy confided to me that he thought probably an employee had "borrowed" it -- he said it was a three-volume set, and they came up missing a volume at a time. He said it was really good, though! ***crosses fingers for next big gift time***


MichaelmasGal - Feb 9, 2006 11:28 pm (#762 of 2983)

Dear Writers,

I am looking for a few fanfics with certain storylines, or if they don't exist then I am challenging you to write them lol.

1: the books from the POV of another character, but not Ron or Hermione. Kind of like Ender's Shadow (if anyone has read that)

2. Neville as The Boy Who Lived

3. Harry being raised by a wizarding family

4. Harry's Aunt and Uncle actually being good replacement parents

5. Harry's Mum and Dad being like Neville's, alive but out of it totally

6. Draco put in Gryfindor


The giant squid - Feb 10, 2006 3:23 am (#763 of 2983)

Freshman 10/15/20, huh? Gee, I could have used that... I guess I never gained much because the stuff they served in the dorm cafeteria was only slightly tastier than wet cardboard. I ate enough to survive, and that's it.

Welcome back, Finn! I think I actually noticed you were gone. (that's high praise, usually someone will stop posting for 6 months or so before I realize I haven't seen their avatar in a while...)

I still refuse to get a cell phone. I figure if no one calls me at home, why should I pay extra for a mobile phone that no one will call me on?



Shamrock - Feb 10, 2006 3:28 am (#764 of 2983)

Hi everyone. I’m all happy today - got my tickets for the Snow Patrol concert in Dublin Castle. WooHoo

I’m loving the Tatoo Parlors name Tazzy Girl. Welcome back Finn Hope you had a good time. How cute is the "Toot, Toot" Kay Kay

My 2 year old obviously learned about the moon yesterday in creche because when we came out of the supermarket last night he was staring up at the sky and said mammy, daddy, look the moon. he then started shouting "hello luna" It was soooo cute!!! When we got home he spent the rest of the evening looking out the window at it and first thing this morning all I got was "mammy I want look the moon" Don’t yea just love kiddies!!!



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 10, 2006 4:30 am (#765 of 2983)

I really didn't want a camera phone but Mr. Denise was set on a RAZR and you can't get it without it.---Denise P.

Well, how do you expect him to live up to his theme song without it?


boop - Feb 10, 2006 4:52 am (#766 of 2983)

Have a great Friday everyone, and a wonderful weekend.

hugs always



Marè - Feb 10, 2006 6:02 am (#767 of 2983)

MichaelmasGal, you can find a lot of fanfiction by our forum members at the fanfiction forum.

Click here:


mike miller - Feb 10, 2006 6:59 am (#768 of 2983)

Good Evans - Congrats on the weight loss! I guess I must weigh about 16 stone. One of the ladies I work with has lost 46 pounds over the past 6 months; however, she's always hungry and eats salad all the time because it has "no points" if you don't put salad dressing on it, yum. ;-(

I dodged the Freshman 10/15/20 since that was my first year not playing sports, so the weight training and carbo loading stopped. I was on the 20 meals a week plan at the cafeteria (which wasn't bad as I remember)so you were on your own for the weekends. Also, I walked everywhere for the first 2 years. We always hit the same bar for Friday happy hour (cheers Haymoni!) because we had already used up our meal ticket for the week and they would bring out huge sub sandwiches cut into 4" sections. I ended up working as the DJ in the place for a while, so the free food (and beer) got even better! (waxes nostalgic at the college memories)

If you want to gain some weight quickly, try a cruise. They feed you like royalty and there's a mid-night buffet if you need even more food. They say it's not uncommon to gain 5 to 10 pounds on a week long cruise.

Squid Mike - I've had a cell phone for several years, but only recently can I remember what my own number is. The phone is for me to make calls, not you to call me! I don't give out the number but there are some people out there that store the numbers of the calls they receive, and they can call you back!

Denise and Tazzy - They have a new phone out that's even thinner than the RAZR (still made by Motorola) but I can't remember what they call it.

We're supposed to get 6" to 12" inches of snow tomorrow, so the stores will be a mob scene today. By noon you won't be able to find milk or toilet paper anywhere! LOL

Have a great RotD!!!!


Catherine - Feb 10, 2006 7:12 am (#769 of 2983)

Denise, I can imagine your frustration with Ms. Slow Loader. I think you were very restrained in not picking up the cookies and hurling them into her vehicle.

I have this image of the cookie boxes taking over your house in the manner of the storage area at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Do you ever have to "threaten" your gang not to eat the cookies before they are picked up? Mr. Catherine can down a box of thin mints in a few minutes flat.

I also envy your phone. My cell phone is so huge that college girls giggle at it. My babsitter has the same kind of phone that you have, and she is always showing me the pictures she puts on it.

Madame Pince, as you can probably tell, I adore Calvin and Hobbes. I also wanted the new collection, but the $150 price tag made me wince, and apparently, it made Santa wince too, as it did not appear under the Christmas tree.

Perhaps I'll be able to catch up on the Forum today in between student conferences.


kaykay1970 - Feb 10, 2006 7:23 am (#770 of 2983)

I finally have my HBP book reunited with it's jacket! It was so naked without it. Now this girl wants to borrow Eldest by Christopher Paolini....um, sorry, no way!

My kids brought home a soccer game schedule yesterday. I was hoping we would play somewhere in Denise's area. No such luck.

We are expected to get 3" to 5" inches of snow today. I will believe it when I see it.


Puck - Feb 10, 2006 8:18 am (#771 of 2983)

We expect another foot of snow this weekend. And I so enjoyed pretend spring last week!

Tazzy, great name for the tattoo place. I once considered getting a sunshine tattoo, but figured as the years passed the sun would set!

I like having a cell phone so the school can get in touch with me in case there is an emergency. Also handy when lost or running late.

Off to take the girls for a swim.

Jo, love the moon story. When my Diva was that age she used to jump in the air to catch the "ball". *sigh* I miss that. Kathy


mike miller - Feb 10, 2006 8:42 am (#772 of 2983)

Catherine - my vision of the cookie boxes taking over Denise's home is more like the original Star Trek series, episode "Trouble with Tribbles".

Denise - with that many boxes, are you sure they're not multiplying in the back room?

Speaking of Tazzy's tattoo parlor, does anyone else watch Miami Ink on The Learning Channel? The work that they do is amazing! The one woman artist, Kat Von D, does the most incredible black and grey portraits. They look like a black and white photo just on (or more correctly "in") the skin.


kaykay1970 - Feb 10, 2006 10:06 am (#773 of 2983)

We are now under a winter storm warning for all of West TN. The school is turning out at 1:15. It took me 20 minutes to get through to the high school to leave a message for my son to come home instead of riding the bus to his friend's house for a sleepover. Ok he is going to be rather upset with me, but when things get ugly outside I like to have all my eggs in one nest!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 10, 2006 11:02 am (#774 of 2983)

It's supposed to snow here too on Saturday, about 10 inches. So, I'm off to buy toilet paper, bread and milk.

Ooh, I'm in the middle of the first season of "Lost" on DVD. Cool! I didn't know what I was missing.

Have a great weekend everyone.


DJ Evans - Feb 10, 2006 11:27 am (#775 of 2983)

Hey All....

We kept hearing all day yesterday about how we were to get "something" today -- they just weren't quite sure if it would be in the form of snow, sleet or snow/sleet, but there was a good chance it would be all 3. Yep, it's nice to know just want to expect. Anyway, it started out as rain, then about an hour ago it turned to snow. BIG SNOW -- some of the flakes were the size of a silver dollar. It's slacked off right now. The ground is pretty warm so there's not much sticking.

Hope everyone is doing good today. For those under the weather (pardon the pun there ), hope you get to feeling better.

Welcome back Finn! And yes, you were missed -- glad you had a good time.

Later, Deb


CatherineHermiona - Feb 10, 2006 11:46 am (#776 of 2983)

I found out something great today! We are probably going to Gardaland with our Maths professor in 5th month! That professor is the best professor! I can't wait! We will have so much fun! Oh, and I'll finally go to Blue Tornado, and all the other dangerous rides my aunt and sister didn't want to go to with me...

We did miss you, Finn!

Have a nice day everyone!

I'm still in the chat room. Kate


Catherine - Feb 10, 2006 11:57 am (#777 of 2983)

It's supposed to snow here too on Saturday, about 10 inches. So, I'm off to buy toilet paper, bread and milk. -Loopy Lupin

Your southern roots are showing.


DJ Evans - Feb 10, 2006 12:13 pm (#778 of 2983)

Oooops, edit to my post #775 above -- that should read flakes were the size of a silver half dollar! Sheeeesh, didn't want you to think we had some abnormally huge flakes or anything.

Later, Deb


Loopy Lupin - Feb 10, 2006 1:29 pm (#779 of 2983)

Your southern roots are showing.—Catherine

LOL. Well, I live in Northern Virginia now, so I should be more precise. I'm off to by toilet paper made from recycled paper (other than toilet paper, I hope), organic bread, and soy milk. So there!


Marè - Feb 10, 2006 1:30 pm (#780 of 2983)

I think the swan dress just got beat by the most fabulous dresses the Italian country-name-plate-carrying-ladies just wore.

The Italian one even had lights in her little houses! Brilliant!


Tazzygirl - Feb 10, 2006 1:35 pm (#781 of 2983)

Mike Miller--If you want to gain some weight quickly, try a cruise. They feed you like royalty and there's a mid-night buffet if you need even more food. They say it's not uncommon to gain 5 to 10 pounds on a week long cruise.

I can vouch for that too! I thought I would be able to watch what I would eat, but that really didn't happen... Midnight chocolate buffet.... mmmmmmmm yummmmm.

Denise and Tazzy - They have a new phone out that's even thinner than the RAZR (still made by Motorola) but I can't remember what they call it. I believe it is called the SLVR or something along those lines... It looks awesome!

I am glad you get to go to Gardaland again Kate! Hope you have fun!

Olympics start today!! YIPPEEEEE!!!

Hope you all have a great RotD!!!



Madam Pince - Feb 10, 2006 2:02 pm (#782 of 2983)

I wish I could get into the Olympics. For some reason I just never have been able to, back from when I was a kid. Little Pince has apparently been absorbing some of the advertising on TV, because today he was playing something he called "Ski Hockey" where the objective seems to be to scatter all the toys in the house into all four corners, using a big orange plastic bat in a dangerous waving motion.

Yeah, I think that new phone is called the SLVR. (Those clever ad guys...) I saw it advertised yesterday. Mine is like Catherine's -- big enough that people probably would laugh. But nobody sees it because I hardly ever use it, so who cares, right?

We're forecast to get some snow tomorrow too -- yay! -- although it may cause us to miss going to an annual oyster dinner that we usually attend, which is about an hour's drive away and is scheduled to start the same time the snow is supposed to arrive. Don't know if we want to be out and about in the middle of a storm. We're borderline between snow and rain, though, so if we stay home and it only rains I'm going to be peeved. Our milk and TP supply is good, we have lots of firewood in the house, and I've just filled up all the birdfeeders, so we're all set I think!

Catherine, our Santa also winced at the $150 Calvin & Hobbes price tag. (Actually, it was more like a yell... something along the lines of "For a book of cartoons??!!") I muttered something about art and imagination, but it really was hard for me to argue the point since we really need a new garden shed and a new light fixture in the bedroom and other mundane but important things. Sigh... It doesn't help that I also crave the $130 Complete Far Side which is similarly lovely -- Barnes & Noble did have a store copy of that one and I spent a good 15 minutes just marveling at it. It's two huge hard-covered books inside a case, and the panels are laid out like a scrapbook or an old-timey photo album.

We had essence of murtlap (aka "squirrel gravy") for breakfast today! ***Winks at Finn*** I must say it's pretty good, but I firmly pushed all mental images aside while eating. It's a good thing my Mom is here to make it -- I'd never do it.

(This is too funny -- while I was typing this, Little Pince looked out the sliding glass door and observed "There's a nice little squirrel out on the deck, Mama. Can we eat him up for breakfast tomorrow morning?" While I was braying laughter, he got a concerned look on his face and said "We do eat squirrels, right?") Shamrock, you're so right -- what would we do without kids to make us laugh!


Finn BV - Feb 10, 2006 3:59 pm (#783 of 2983)

***winks back at Madam P and miserably fails to find that avatar on his computer even though it's right here***

Welcome back, Finn! I think I actually noticed you were gone. (that's high praise, usually someone will stop posting for 6 months or so before I realize I haven't seen their avatar in a while...) --Squid Mike

Or, you could have read my message saying I was going to be away. Chat & Greetings 2006 464751818

We're also expecting about 1 foot of snow tomorrow at 4PM. I thought winter was over! BTW, did the groundhog see his shadow? I was away for that and never heard anything about it.

Just happened to be tooling back in this thread a week and saw that Troels has left us for a while – if you read this, I hope we'll see you soon! Maybe you can lend us your software for searching the books!

Olympics! Yay! Too bad it's not live… Speaking of Olympics, at the last one (Athens summer) Björk (swan dress failure, music success) sang at the opening ceremony with a dress that "slowly unravelled" over all the athletes, and a map of the world was projected on it. Is that not wisdom or what? Which leads me to… Marè, what dresses take over #1 worst dress all time? If you could point me in that direction, that would be great! EDIT: Aha, never mind. While looking at the outline for this year's Olympics ceremony (which hasn't been broadcast yet), I see the dresses you are talking about.

I'm looking forward to glacier volleyball. In bikinis, of course.


Catherine - Feb 10, 2006 4:05 pm (#784 of 2983)

I'm looking forward to glacier volleyball. In bikinis, of course.—Finn

Oh, my goodness. You did it. I'm off to Google, to see if you made that up. With Olympic sports, one never really knows.


Good one, Finn.


Finn BV - Feb 10, 2006 4:06 pm (#785 of 2983)

Hehe. I suppose it's always possible as a last minute retreat.


Puck - Feb 10, 2006 7:44 pm (#786 of 2983)

Still Laughing at Little Pince's squirrel comment! Here I was thinking how sweet Madame Pince was to remember the birds while preparing for the storm, and then I find out she's eating backyard critters. Well, I suppose if you feed them that beer it makes them pretty easy to catch!

Watching opening ceremony. Waiting to see the dresses. So far the choreography is cool, but I'd be a nervous wreck skate around with flames on my back. (Incidentally, if I was on skates those around me would be wise to be nervous as well.)


Edit: Here come the dresses. I still think the Swan dress wins. These, after all, are supposed to be costumes, designed to represent the Alps. (What's up with the 70's disco music in the background?)

The whole ceremony was very Cirque de Soleil.


Tazzygirl - Feb 10, 2006 7:58 pm (#787 of 2983)

Madam Pince--We had essence of murtlap (aka "squirrel gravy") for breakfast today!

As I have never heard of 'Squirrel Gravy', is it really made out of squirrels?????? Little Pince is too cute!!

Yeay!! It's Friday!!!!



Puck - Feb 10, 2006 8:43 pm (#788 of 2983)

Hey, they just referred to one of Switzerland's ski jumpers as the "Harry Potter Look-a-like". I guess he was a star back in Salt Lake.

Note to self; "Watch ski jumping!"


MichaelmasGal - Feb 10, 2006 8:49 pm (#789 of 2983)

Thank you, I know. But I'm looking for specific fics/storylines. Does anyone have any idea if fanfics about these specific ideas exist??


Viola Intonada - Feb 10, 2006 9:00 pm (#790 of 2983)

LOL, Mare. Hubby wondered what I was laughing about. I can't believe that I actually had to explain the Swan dress to him, he had never heard of it.


Madam Pince - Feb 10, 2006 10:33 pm (#791 of 2983)

Michaelmas Gal, I wish I could help you, but I don't read very much fanfic. I get confused enough with theories just reading the canon stuff -- if I had more up there in my head I'm sure it would burst! I am looking forward to reading some fanfic after JKR has finished the series, though. It will be sort of like sequels or something! I hope you can find the kind of writing you're looking for!

Tazzy, yes, it is gravy made from when you fry up a squirrel. (As Catherine would say, my Southern roots are showing...) I grew up in a rural part of the country where hunting is a way of life, and it's very common to fill your freezer with wild game such as deer, turkeys, rabbits, or squirrels. I never much got into the rabbit and squirrel meat itself, but I do like the gravy my Mom makes. Mr. Pince and his Dad went hunting a couple weeks ago at our cabin and got a couple squirrels. (I think, on the "yuck" scale, it's along the same lines as eating sushi -- some would like it and some wouldn't. Admittedly, sushi is probably more "PC" because I have seen several sushi restaurants and have yet to run across a squirrel restaurant. But personally, I'd go there before I'd go to a sushi restaurant!)

LOL, Puck -- yes, I do try to be nice to the birdies when the weather is cold and nasty! Actually the "backyard squirrels" get their fair share, too! We wouldn't eat our backyard buddies, though -- the ones we ate were definitely from "in the wild." The backyard squirrels are reserved as exercise partners for the dog -- she chases, and they run up a tree and laugh at her.

****Still doesn't know what glacier volleyball is, and I Googled and everything! ***


The giant squid - Feb 11, 2006 2:23 am (#792 of 2983)

Ooh, I'm in the middle of the first season of "Lost" on DVD. Cool! I didn't know what I was missing.--Loopy Lupin

Told ya!

Madame Pince, I think the glacier volleyball thing is a joke on all the hype beach volleyball got during the Summer Olympics a couple years ago. The fact that he specified bikinis lends more credence to the idea that Finn actually is 13.

Not that I wouldn't watch, mind you...

Overall, I was kinda disappointed by the opening ceremonies. The only time I got excited was when Yoko Ono came out, and that was the bad kind of excitement (there was a mad scramble for the remote to switch channels before she could start yowling...). I kept hoping that there'd be some explosions somewhere to liven things up, but when the fireworks finally started going off, the director kept doing quick cuts & reaction shots of the US athletes (apparently no one else was watching ). What little we were allowed to see looked pretty cool, though.



Detail Seeker - Feb 11, 2006 3:09 am (#793 of 2983)

Just a quick "Hello, I am back" after nearly two Forum free weeks (no private internet access at the moment and the firm blocks the pages). I will be rare here for the next three to four weeks, due to the same problems. Now I know ,what a missing net connection is about.

Phelim, I will have a look and answer soon.


kaykay1970 - Feb 11, 2006 6:21 am (#794 of 2983)

I've got to help Madame P. out a little here. My husband grew up hunting. He did stop squirrel hunting when we married and discovered that I refuse to cook a squirrel. However I have had squirrel dumplings at my mother-in-laws and must admit that it taste the same as chicken-n-dumplings. He and my children do go deer hunting. Being that my grandfather had a farm I find it rather easier to enjoy venison than bacon courtesy of Arnold the pig!

We got our snow yesterday! There is supposed to be more on the way. The kids want to play out for a while. But basically we have right now a slushy messing yard that would not be much fun for a snowball fight.


Catherine - Feb 11, 2006 7:24 am (#795 of 2983)

Hi, Detail Seeker. See you when you get your connections back.

How rude that your company blocks our pages. Perhaps they deserve a Howler.

I missed the opening ceremony of the Olympics, but Mike's recap filled in the blanks for me.

We have lots of cold, nasty rain, but no snow. Phooey.


mike miller - Feb 11, 2006 8:18 am (#796 of 2983)

Madam Pince - You well know my feelings on the "joys of game" but I've never had squirrel. For me, there is a size minimum due to the difficulty in properly preparing the game. Pheasant, duck and rabbit are about the smallest. On the question of sushi, I have a basic eating rule "No bugs and no bait". I know it would be difficult for some to give up shrimp (water bug) and squid (Mike - I fully support the ban on eating calamari), but for me it's easy.

Thanks for the SLVR info. I knew it was in the same line as RAZR but couldn't remember.

Finn - Save me a seat at the volleyball venue!

The snow is supposed to start soon and carry into tomorrow morning; totalling 6 to 10 inches here. Should be a good test for the new car we picked up last night, 2006 Chevy Equinox. It's a 4 door SUV that's a little smaller than the Trailblazer. The dealer was able to find one in the color my wife wanted, Black Amethyst.

Looking forward to seeing some Olympics, although a little surprised that they are not showing more live action on the weekend. They are showing Hockey on MSNBC, just not into hockey.

Do you think they check the ski jumpers skis? If Hagrid could get a bit of wand in his umbrella seems a bit of broomstick could find it's way into a pair of ski! just a thought...

Have a Great RotD


Madam Pince - Feb 11, 2006 10:02 am (#797 of 2983)

Congrats on the new vehicle, Mike Miller! I saw a Chevy Equinox on the road the other day and it looked nice enough to make me crane my neck to read on the back what kind of car it was. Pretty car! Hope it does well in the snow.

Giant Squid Mike, thanks for the info about glacier volleyball! ***expresses the non-PC opinion that probably most males would be about 13 years of age wherever bikini volleyball is concerned***

Well, I have just about decided to retract my earlier benevolent feelings towards our backyard squirrels. Those little so-and-sos chewed the openings in my plastic birdfeeders even bigger than they already had, and one feeder was completely emptied out this morning! I know it wasn't birds. Plus they dug in my planter and spilled dirt all over the deck. Hmph. Obviously they have never had a look inside my freezer yet, or they'd be too scared to commit such crimes.

We are supposed to get 10-15 inches of snow in the next day or so. I think we are going to go ahead and go to the oyster dinner anyway, though, because the snow isn't supposed to really start to accumulate until after dark when the temperature drops, and we plan to be home before then. We were supposed to have cake and ice cream after at my in-laws house to celebrate their daughter's eleventh birthday, but I think we may skip that in order to beat the snow.

Welcome back, Detail Seeker! Bummer about your computer at work....

Catherine, your avatars have tempted me into pulling out my old Calvin & Hobbes collections and start reading through them. What better way to spend a snowy evening? Plus, it's a lot easier on the brain than Lord of the Rings.... I know -- I swear I am still trying, timrew! I got out of the Prologue finally!

Everyone have a great RotD!


Puck - Feb 11, 2006 11:22 am (#798 of 2983)

Madame Pince, if the squirrels eat all the bird seed at least they'll be nice and plump.

One of the USA woman hockey team is Jenny Potter. The flag bearer for one of the European teams was named Fleur.

I enjoyed the opening ceremony. As a female, the lack of explosions was not disappointing. The choreography and acrobatics were very cool.

GOAL! Sorry, USA hockey team just scored, now up 2 to 0.

Wondering whether red squirrels are spicier than the gray.....

Enjoy the RotD



Finn BV - Feb 11, 2006 12:24 pm (#799 of 2983)

Madame Pince, I think the glacier volleyball thing is a joke on all the hype beach volleyball got during the Summer Olympics a couple years ago. The fact that he specified bikinis lends more credence to the idea that Finn actually is 13. --Squid Mike

Hey! I was simply poking fun at the idea, and no more! I feel so stereotypical-teen now! LOL, sorry you fell for it Madam P, and Catherine. Mike Miller, I'll see you in the stands!

I heard the Harry Potter-look-a-like thing but they didn't close up on the person! Oh well. And I saw Fleur. But I had to leave at 11 ET, I was falling asleep in front of the screen.

Welcome back, Detail Seeker!

MichaelmasGal, I know people have told you to look on the FanFiction Forum, and the primary reason for that is because they'll know better than us. There is a new thread at the very top of the Forum called -- Questions to the Members of our FanFiction Forum. You would be best off putting your inquiries there, so that the people who know FanFiction well will be able to answer your questions.

No snow yet. I don't expect it either.


Chemyst - Feb 11, 2006 1:45 pm (#800 of 2983)

For me, there is a size minimum due to the difficulty in properly preparing the game. – Mike Miller

I have heard that squirrel is a perfect size for a crock pot...

And Madame Pince, when you are enjoying those oysters, please check first for little shoes and baby bonnets—just remember:

'But wait a bit,' the Oyster cried,
 'Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
 And all of us are fat!'
'No hurry!' said the Carpenter.
 They thanked him much for that.

'O Oysters,' said the Carpenter,
 'You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
 But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
 They'd eaten every one.'
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Tazzygirl - Feb 11, 2006 2:45 pm (#801 of 2983)

Madam Pince-- Well, I have just about decided to retract my earlier benevolent feelings towards our backyard squirrels. Those little so-and-sos chewed the openings in my plastic birdfeeders even bigger than they already had, and one feeder was completely emptied out this morning! I know it wasn't birds. Plus they dug in my planter and spilled dirt all over the deck. Hmph. Obviously they have never had a look inside my freezer yet, or they'd be too scared to commit such crimes.

ROFL!! I bet they were doing that because they just know that you ate one of their relatives!

Have a good RotD!



Madam Pince - Feb 11, 2006 5:13 pm (#802 of 2983)

Could be, Tazzy, could be! Revenge is sweet, they say...

I don't think the red ones are any spicier than the gray ones...

Phooey! Our 10-15 inches of snow has been downgraded to 5-8 inches. It's been mostly rain all day, sorta slushy, but no accumulation yet because it's not cold enough to stick on the ground. I really hope it amounts to something, because we bought a sled for Little Pince and he is sooooo excited for it to be SNOW tomorrow morning when he wakes up!

The oyster dinner was good -- I'm glad we decided to go ahead and go. No talking oysters, though, thankfully. We had my niece's mini-birthday-party right there at the oyster dinner (which was held in a volunteer fire hall) because they didn't have the crowds they usually do and they didn't mind us taking up a table for a bit longer. Normally it's "eat-and-run" because it's jam-packed, but the weather kept people away today.

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Catherine - Feb 11, 2006 5:41 pm (#803 of 2983)

Revenge is sweet, they say... --Madame Pince

Also, I understand that it is best served cold. Like ice cream, beer, and vichyoisse.

**waves to Loopy Lupin and Lupin is Lupin for no particular reason**


Marie E. - Feb 11, 2006 6:32 pm (#804 of 2983)

Hello, hello! I feel as though I've been gone for ages, though it's probably only been two days.

We had snow on Friday (yesterday, right?) and freezing temperatures. It got up to 25 today, brrrr!

I was telling Mr. E about the current squirrel discussion and he remarked that he's actually eaten squirrel. And that squirrel gravy is pretty good. I'm rethinking a lot of things right now.


Puck - Feb 11, 2006 9:22 pm (#805 of 2983)

Catherine, what is the caption in your avatar? They're always too small for me to read.

Just watching the Olympics. I may give up soon and go to bed. It's so annoying how they broadcast things so late, keeping us East Coast folks up until midnight.

I hope to get more done tomorrow than today. Baby was fussy and just wanted to be held all day. (She was fine so long as I didn't put her down to do anything. Oh well, I'd rather hold the baby than do housework anyway!)

Gold metal to a guy who just started speed skating 3 years ago. Think if I start training now I can metal next Olympics?



kabloink! - Feb 11, 2006 9:25 pm (#806 of 2983)

Hmmm, our weather situation here in Michigan has been rather mild this year. We had crazy snow starting right after Thanksgiving, and we had about a foot on the ground until 3 days before Christmas...at which point it started to rain. We had a white Christmas, but barely. SInce then, it has felt like Spring off and on. Kind of a week by week thing. THe past two weeks, however, it has been cold, and we've had snow on the ground for the past few days, but nothing to really talk about. Nice winters make me nervous. THey make me think that spring will hold off longer than usual, and usual is late April to mid May...

I've never had squirrel, but have heard good things. Anybody ever try black squirrel? THey're unique to a few regions of Michigan, mostly along the Great Lakes. I always wondered why my relatives from New York thought that black squirrels were so odd when they would visit us in Port Huron. Then I went away to college in Ann Arbor and thought that the fat brownish-red ones that take over the campus were weird. I would be willing to try just about any food once...or twice...well, I guess it was the third time that I decided I LOVE sushi. Alas, I cannot have true sushi for another 8 months. *pout*

OK, enough blather. Good night, afternoon, and morning to everyone, depending on where you are!!


The giant squid - Feb 11, 2006 9:42 pm (#807 of 2983)

Catherine, what is the caption in your avatar? They're always too small for me to read.—Puck

If you click on the pic, it'll take you to her profile page, where the picture is larger & more readable. It says: "Your bangs do a good job of covering up the lobotomy stitches." Ah, precocious youngsters...

Marie: what do you expect from a boy raised in the backwoods of West Virginia? I'd be surprised if he hadn't had squirrel at some point.



Ydnam96 - Feb 11, 2006 10:47 pm (#808 of 2983)

Well hi everyone. Hope all is well. Happy birthday to all I've missed. I've missed out on a lot of conversations lately. I've been reading, just not posting.

To update on my Godfather, they are waiting to do surgery until they can shrink the cancer because it is too large to remove. He will probably lose the leg. But as long as he lives I don't care! I guess we're just waiting now to see how the chemo goes. Thanks for the prayers!

Today here in LA it got up to 87 degrees! I talked to a friend back home in VA where it was snowing. It's so strange to me still and I've been out here for over a year and a half. I've tried to find some shorts, but I can't find any. There are lots of bathing suits already but no shorts...so wierd.

Question: what does an albino squirrel taste like?

I think I've had squirrel, I'm not sure though. I lived in VA as a kid and I think we did eat some once, my dad was a hunter for a while. I'd rather eat venison though. mmmmmm venison stew

Kate: the pictures in your new avatars (congratulations by the way) are beautiful. I had no idea that Croatia was so beautiful. I should visit sometime.

Well, off to watch some more olympics.



TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 12, 2006 6:40 am (#809 of 2983)

Question: what does an albino squirrel taste like?

EXCELLENT! Esp. with white gravy over hot, homemade biscuits!


Puck - Feb 12, 2006 7:37 am (#810 of 2983)

Thanks for the tip, Mike!

So the babe was in the high chair while the kids were eating pancakes. I left to help Diva get cleaned up, and when I came back my boy was trying to clean food off the baby. I ran over, asking if he had tried to feed her pancakes. He told me "no". How did she get food on her? Well, apparently he was eating when she made a face and made him laugh. Yes, he SPEWed the baby!

Yeah, still not the least bit tempted to try squirrel. Pretty much avoid ingesting anything in the "rodent" category.

TTFN back to you Mandy! We'll keep your Godfather in our thoughts!



azi - Feb 12, 2006 8:27 am (#811 of 2983)

All this talk about squirrels reminds me of that guy who just wrote a book on how to cook roadkill...just remember - squirrels are rats with bushy tails!

I still think squirrels are sweet, and much more preferable to the ducks and geese that rule our campus. Those geese are violent. If you kill a duck you get expelled though.

Hope things go well for your godfather Mandy!

Interesting SPEW moment Puck!

Hope you get your Internet connection back soon Detail Seeker! It's a shame people can block the forum pages isn't it?

MichaelmasGal - if you can't find help on the fanfiction forum I suggest you try the search function on Fictionalley. They let you search different themes and time periods for stories on their site. I don't know if the ones you wanted exist however.

Have a great day everybody!


Detail Seeker - Feb 12, 2006 8:58 am (#812 of 2983)

Welcome back, kabloink! You were missed!


Finn BV - Feb 12, 2006 10:37 am (#813 of 2983)

Best wishes for your godfather, Mandy!

Ahh! Eating squirrels is not my idea of a pleasant topic! Considering this member's a vegetarian…

Gold metal to a guy who just started speed skating 3 years ago. Think if I start training now I can metal next Olympics? –Kathy

LOL. I was actually thinking about what an experience it would be to win an Olympic medal, but of course it would basically mean giving up your life. So, as of this moment, it's out of the question right here.

We're having the biggest storm since 1947! It's well past 2 feet right now! Holy moly! I doubt there will be school tomorrow…

Welcome back, kabloink!

Have a good RoB (rest of blizzard )!

Edit: Oh, yes, there's a family trip in the works right now for this summer, because our school trip to Spain may be cancelled. (See my Spain desires here.) In any event, if I don't go to Spain with my school, my parents would like to take me to Europe again since I've been saving up a lot of money for the trip. So, we were thinking of primarily a Spain-to-Italy drive along the Mediterranean, but also of touching England! I may be in charge of doing the 3-day, 2-night England segment, as I really persuaded that, any tips from our British friends? We'll basically have to be in London the whole time.


Netherlandic - Feb 12, 2006 10:50 am (#814 of 2983)

Puck, a Dutchwoman is just about to win the 3000 meters in speed skating. Hoera!

My mother is a huge speed skating fan, and she would love to write down your winning Olympic time, Puck.

Silver medal on the ladies 3000 meter for my country as well!

Finn, I hope you have a day off. Do you live in town or in the bush bush? Only a very little bit of snow here.

Welcome back, Kabloink.


Catherine - Feb 12, 2006 11:03 am (#815 of 2983)

Ahh! Eating squirrels is not my idea of a pleasant topic! Considering this member's a vegetarian—Finn

Righto. Although in the interest of good taste, I will not mention rutabagas. I've never understood my mother-in-law's insistence upon serving these "vegetables" at holiday dinners.

Well, I've officially given up hope for snow, although I don't envy the huge amounts that the Northeast is receiving.

I should go do lecture notes for the week.


Puck - Feb 12, 2006 11:19 am (#816 of 2983)

Finn, you're getting the snow jackpot! We'll get a foot or so, and there may be a delay tomorrow, but I expect school will be a go. We're hanging out watching cartoons and baking Valentine cookies for the kidergarten party.

Netherlandic, your country does have some amazing skaters. That's why I was so surprised this guy from Texas should come in and win. Thanks for the support. I'll have to do a short distance sprint, because as I watch all I can think of is "Don't their backs hurt bending like that for the whole race?"

Perhaps I should just start training my kids and live vicariously. Either that or we could petition for some kind of Harry Potter Trivia event? (Wait, are they the Greek Games or the Geek games? )

RotD Kathy


Marè - Feb 12, 2006 11:24 am (#817 of 2983)

Spain-to-Italy drive along the Mediterranean in the summer

Nr. 1: Airco: isss hottt!
Nr. 2: Barcelona!!

Other than that, it is a verry touristic area so prepare for that!
And I don't live in London but I can give you the tourist view: http://london.walks.com < Is fun.
Also London dungeon, Cutty Sark Clipper in Greenwhich, You could climb the monument (311 steps, I still have to do that) or fly the london eye (but you stand in line a long time, tis pretty though), erm... museum? Science museum or national maritime museum (also in Greenwhich).
There is also a park where you can feed the squirrels but I'm not going to tell you which one because apparently you Americans eat squirrels :S Wink
And there are some specific maps that take you to some movie spots (you're into movies right?) Matchpoint, closer, Bridget Jones;the edge of reason, Love Actually and thunderbirds (haven't seen half of them, they don't sound terribly interesting.)
For simply beautiful london view do the southbank walk!
Also I love covent garden, but it's more a little shop area. It usually has a market and lots of street artists too.

And have I mentioned Barcelona yet?


Netherlandic - Feb 12, 2006 11:35 am (#818 of 2983)

Lol, Puck, I think at the end of a race there isn't a muscle left that doesn't hurt.

Barcelona sounds inviting, Marè.


Marè - Feb 12, 2006 11:44 am (#819 of 2983)

I still have to go, I know it's great (lot's of friends have been there, seen the pictures, NEED to go!).
It's one of the most popular citytrip destinations here in Europe, but I always have the feeling non Europeans only know Paris...

Lol, Puck, I think at the end of a race there isn't a muscle left that doesn't hurt
If I wasn't so small I would've dreamed about trying for the national rowing team. But even without that I know how that feels!


azi - Feb 12, 2006 11:54 am (#820 of 2983)

Some people I know have visited Barcelona and loved it as well. I assume it must be good.

Wishing I had the snow! Two feet...wow! I have rain, but refreshing rain.

I would also recommend The London Dungeons. I have the York Dungeons where I live and they look amazing (haven't had the courage to visit yet though...). The Science Museum has a good reputation as well (I love the gadgets you can get there). I suppose you could visit the art galleries, but I don't really know anything about them. In fact, having never visited London, I'm not a very good source of information at all!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 12, 2006 11:57 am (#821 of 2983)

I should go do lecture notes for the week.---Catherine

Yes, you should. However, rumor has it you've been chatting on MSN for hours.

For those of you who participated in this topic before, I thought I'd draw your attention to the Target flier in today's paper. There are two models wearing the latest fashion (according to Target, that is) with the caption, "Gotta Get Gauchos!".

I feel like that girl in Poltergeist. "They're back."


Finn BV - Feb 12, 2006 1:17 pm (#822 of 2983)

Finn, I hope you have a day off. Do you live in town or in the bush bush? Only a very little bit of snow here. –Netherlandic

Not entirely sure of what bush bush means , Finn answers the suburbs outside of a city where the school is located.

Although in the interest of good taste, I will not mention rutabagas. --Catherine (emphasis mine)

Pun intended?

LOL Kathy. Geek games. You can't be referring to us!

Marè, thanks for the advice! We were in Barcelona, Girona, Rome, Umbria (almost typed Umbridge! ), Florence, Assisi, and Venice last time we took that trip, so I'll agree with the revisiting of Barcelona! We also have friends there.

I'm doing homework even though I don't think I'll have to hand it in tomorrow.


Madam Pince - Feb 12, 2006 2:24 pm (#823 of 2983)

Finn, I think you need a brush-up on the meaning of "snow day" -- see, you're not supposed to get caught up! You're supposed to assume in the most carefree of manners that school will most probably never start back up again ever, and then you can be highly indignant and panicked when you do have to go back and can say "What, you expected me to work when there was SNOW outside????!!!" (By the way, if you're doing your work ahead of time, the balance is again tipping back over towards you actually being a 50-year-old, rather than a 13-year-old beach volleyball fan.)

Well, our snow is OK but not as spectacular as I'd hoped -- it's about 8 inches. We lost one of the cedar trees in our front yard (it was a double-trunk which split right at the base from the weight of the snow), but it's no big deal as we didn't like that tree much anyway. The exciting thing was that our electricity went out at 3:15 this morning (I know this because the heat kept clicking on-and-off as the power was struggling to stay on, which woke us up) and stayed off until about noon. It made for a bit of an adventure -- getting the woodstove going to make coffee and heat the house up, etc. Then Little Pince and I went out to build 1/2 a snowman (attention spans being what they are ) and I pulled him around in his sled for a couple passes. Then I shoveled the rest of the driveway. You know, those "ergonomic" back-saver snow shovels are pretty good, but if you keep up a repetitive motion that you're not used to doing for any length of time, your back is still going to hurt. Owwww. So I'm pretty wiped out, because I didn't even go to bed until about 1:00, then woke at 3:15 and didn't get much good sleep until the alarm for Mr. P went off at 6:15. Bleah.... But, we've got it easy compared to the New Yorkers with two feet of snow! ***waves to Gina and Finn and Stephanie and others with more snow than anyone outside of a ski resort should have...***

I was swatting at the branches of the other cedar trees trying to shake the snow off to prevent any further breaks, and Little Pince looked up at the topmost limb that was hanging ominously and said "Nope, Mama, you'd have to be a giant to reach that one! I wish we had Hagrid here -- I bet he could do it!"

Mandy, still sending out good wishes for your godfather's speedy return to health! About shorts in stores -- I saw some in our local K-Mart the other day. Guess I should be wearing them while out shoveling snow!

Marie E., toldja s____l was good! (edited for Finn) ***beckons Marie over to the Dark Side...***

We have one black squirrel in our neighborhood -- a couple years ago we had several, then for a long time none at all, and now just the one. This one is absolutely coal black and so pretty -- the earlier ones were a sort of very very very dark gray. I read an article once that explained how they got here on the Eastern Shore, but I can't remember how it was. I know they really aren't supposed to be here, yet there they are.

People being surprised at seeing black squirrels reminds me of how I felt when I went to Hawaii. They have mongooses (mongeese? No, that can't be right...) over there just like we have squirrels over here. I personally had never seen a mongoose before, and I was fascinated. In fact, a Hawaiian mongoose remains the only animal I have ever struck with my car and killed -- I was devastated! But he ran in front of me and there was nothing I could do. That still seems an odd statistic to me, given that I grew up in the boonies where wild animals leap in front of your car at any given moment...

Is it just me or does this AP headline from MyWay News belong on Jay Leno's show: Cheney Should Be Probed in Leak. That sounds painful!


Catherine - Feb 12, 2006 3:44 pm (#824 of 2983)

Although in the interest of good taste, I will not mention rutabagas. --Catherine (emphasis mine)

Pun intended?—Finn

You betcha.


Finn BV - Feb 12, 2006 3:44 pm (#825 of 2983)

But think about it, Madam P – I also have to make up all the schoolwork I missed while I was away for the week! And tomorrow's work! And the work I blew off on Thursday night for being so tired!

**completely ignores last paragraph, and goes outside to jump in the snow** Hehe. Don't kid yourself, of course I went outside.

Edit: Yay! I never pick up on those things, Catherine. **happy dance**


kabloink! - Feb 12, 2006 4:22 pm (#826 of 2983)

Wow. I have to say, this is so bizarre that the east coast is getting tons of snow and here in Michigan we have about an inch or two. We don't even have any falling. I'm jealous. Normally we at least get a hint of storms like that on their way through. OR we get lovely Alberta clippers...


Tazzygirl - Feb 12, 2006 4:44 pm (#827 of 2983)

Madam Pince--They have mongooses (mongeese? No, that can't be right...) over there just like we have squirrels over here. I personally had never seen a mongoose before, and I was fascinated. In fact, a Hawaiian mongoose remains the only animal I have ever struck with my car and killed -- I was devastated! But he ran in front of me and there was nothing I could do. That still seems an odd statistic to me, given that I grew up in the boonies where wild animals leap in front of your car at any given moment...

ROFL!! I thought the birds here were the stupid ones! I lost count of how many of the introduced birds have flown directly into my car. They lay in the roads and then don't move when a car approaches... something definitely wrong! I think you could have gotten an award for killing off the mongoose- they are contributing to the endangerment of all the native birds here. (They like to eat bird eggs). They were originally introduced to help control the rat problem, but it ended up making things worse.

Here is a mongoose moment for you: When I first moved here, I kept seeing these 'funny looking squirrels' everywhere at my school. After almost five months here, I was arriving at school and saw the little critters running around. I was talking to my friend on my phone, and mentioned in passing "I need to take a picture of this funny looking squirrel and send it to you. I have never seen a squirrel like this before!" I had gone through the ENTIRE semester thinking these critters were funny looking squirrels, and after saying that to my friend, my Oceanography teacher showed us a picture of a mongoose. It was the 'funny looking squirrel'.

I did see an albino squirrel once, when I took a trip to Washington D.C. It was beautiful!

Hope everyone is having a good RotD!



Catherine - Feb 12, 2006 4:56 pm (#828 of 2983)

I had gone through the ENTIRE semester thinking these critters were funny looking squirrels, and after saying that to my friend, my Oceanography teacher showed us a picture of a mongoose. It was the 'funny looking squirrel'.—Tazzy

You know, I'd rank a mongoose with an oppossum on the "critter attractiveness scale."

Your story reminds me of how Hayley, as a young toddler, looked out of the window one day and saw a squirrel. This was an unusual occurrence at our old house, as we had very few trees. She kept pointing at the window and saying, "Puppy! C'mere, puppy!"

I guess the fluffy, curly tail of the squirrel reminded her of a shih-tzu, her image of a "puppy."

**waits for the inevitable wisecrack about shih-tzus**


Denise P. - Feb 12, 2006 5:37 pm (#829 of 2983)

What?!? You are a Rikki-Tikki-Tavi hater??

I had my first run with a trainer today for a 5K race in April. Never mind it was blowing snow and freezing. I felt pretty darn good. Even though this was just a practice and we didn't go far, I still was up with the front runners. There are about 25 in the group and we started with alternating running/walking. We did almost 2 miles today. What I think is really great is that they are getting permission to take us on the 5K course at least once before the race so we know what to expect, as far as hills and such go.


Puck - Feb 12, 2006 7:37 pm (#830 of 2983)

Denise, I, too, was thinking of Ricki-ticki-tavi as I read.

I seem to remember a hedge maze a short distance outside of London. I didn't get to go through it, as it was night and they were closed. Not sure if it's still there (I was there in 1992), but if it is it could be fun. (Just watch out for Blast ended Skrewts!)

Never heard of black squirrels.

We got about 20 inches of snow I think. I didn't let the kids out, as the temperature was so cold and the winds were high.

Finn, I think the "bush bush" is what we refer to as the "sticks"

Us, Geeks! Who said that? *looks around*

Okay, time to fold the laundry, do the dishes, finish those cookies...


Finn BV - Feb 12, 2006 7:47 pm (#831 of 2983)

Never heard of black squirrels? We have a ton of squirrels, gray and black (no funny looking ones, though… ), in our backyard. Well, at least in the springtime.

**embarrasedly looks around, too ashamed to admit he had to go to urbandictionary.com to look up the colloquial "informal derogatory" definition of 'sticks' ** LOL, no I'm not in the middle of nowhere, but I'm not smack in the heart of the city.


Stephanie M. - Feb 12, 2006 9:15 pm (#832 of 2983)

Wow! I just read through 70 something posts! So happy everything to everybody! I wish everyone the best of luck in whatever you may be doing!

I'm going to catch up on school work on my snowday tomorrow... **hangs head in shame**

I think playing volleyball on a glacier would be very dangerous... not to mention extremely painful if you dive for the ball.

hmm eating squirrels... sounds....interesting.

Princeton, New Jersey has a lot of black squirrels.

Have a good night/morning everyone!


Madam Pince - Feb 12, 2006 9:39 pm (#833 of 2983)

Oops! Almost forgot to high-five Loopy Lupin on UVA beating Va. Tech today... AGAIN!

***strolls away humming The Good Old Song***


The giant squid - Feb 13, 2006 2:26 am (#834 of 2983)

Stephanie, if you think about it, glacier volleyball could be less painful than beach volleyball. After all, if you skin your knee on the beach, you get sand & stuff in there and it gets all nasty and stingy. Skin it on the glacier, and it's already iced!

embarrasedly looks around, too ashamed to admit he had to go to urbandictionary.com to look up the colloquial "informal derogatory" definition of 'sticks'--Finn BV

Further proof he's really a kid. A 50-year-old professor would know what "the sticks" are.



Good Evans - Feb 13, 2006 7:03 am (#835 of 2983)

ok I read a few and then hit the "magic" button so for the 60 odd posts I have just missed I do apologise to those who wrote them.

a very quick "hello" to all - very envious of your snow, but pleased to say we had 24 hours of rain yesterday and boy do we need it - I actually found myself saying to my mum yesterday (they have been visiting) - "you know, I don’t mind if it rains all week" - what was I thinking!!!

no rain today but dull and overcast - I wish the heavens would open and give us more of that wonderful water - otherwise water rationing here we come this summer.

Anyhow life still hectic - dog a bit better - she actually ate some real dog food yesterday - not recovery food or chicken and rice - so halleluah for that. Hubby still in hospital but was allowed to come home between meds yesterday for five hours - it was great. He is coming home tomorrow for a quiet valentines take away - well what else can we do?????

have a great day everyone (PC still bust - no time to look at it) so it will just be quick 1/2 hours at lunch time this week.

Julie X


Loopy Lupin - Feb 13, 2006 7:36 am (#836 of 2983)

Also, I understand that it is best served cold. Like ice cream, beer, and vichyoisse. -- Catherine

**waves to Loopy Lupin and Lupin is Lupin for no particular reason** -- Catherine

Could the reason you're waving to me be that you know I'll point out that you have spelled vichyssoise incorrectly?

embarrasedly looks around, too ashamed to admit he had to go to urbandictionary.com to look up the colloquial "informal derogatory" definition of 'sticks'--Finn BV

Further proof he's really a kid. A 50-year-old professor would know what "the sticks" are. – Mike

Perhaps, but only a Harry Potter fan would use the adverb "embarrasedly" without any sense of embarrassment.

I finished the first season of "Lost." Cool! ***waves to Mike*** It was touch-and-go whether I would get to see the last disc this weekend as it was always rented at the video store. I made a last ditch effort on Saturday and low-and-behold it was there, one single copy. However, the little magnetic thing that keeps the DVD case closed before being rented would not dislodge. Before the teenage clerk could suggest that I get another copy I piped up with: "There is no other copy on the shelf, so we are going to open this one." Ultimately, he had to break the DVD case and make a new one for me. My apologies to anyone who might have been among the twenty-odd people behind me at the video store (people were stocking up for the snow), but I was not going to be denied. Now, my dilemma is that I've seen the first season but the second one is well underway. I'm debating just jumping in this Wednesday because I can't wait for Season 2 on DVD.

Oh, and boooooooo! to all the Rikki haters! Rikki rules!


kaykay1970 - Feb 13, 2006 8:30 am (#837 of 2983)

Funnily enough people that actually live in the "sticks" or as we refer to it here the "boonies" do not find the term derogatory at all. We live right in town at present but I would love nothing better than to find a place way out in the country with plenty of fresh air and room for the children to run and play.

Edit: The 8 year old is making good use of her snow day. She has down my DVD's for a HP movie marathon.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 13, 2006 8:39 am (#838 of 2983)

Oh, and boooooooo! to all the Rikki haters! Rikki rules!---Loopy Lupin

I agree. Rikki is the best. Especially since he provides us with axioms like "a big meal makes a slow mongoose".


Puck - Feb 13, 2006 8:40 am (#839 of 2983)

We had a 2 hour delay of school, so my boy didn't leave until after 9:30. It was nice not to have to rush him to get ready. Plus, I got to stay in bed until 7:30, which was nice.

Mom coming to visit. She called this morning and asked if she could bring the kids’ Valentines. Hopefully I have time to vacuum before she comes. I usually like 24-hours-notice of visitors.

I decided against speed skating. Curling is definitely more my speed. Seriously, it seems the one sport in these olympics where participants are not in danger of grave injury.

Julie, glad to hear your loved ones are on the mend. Take care of yourself, too!




Catherine - Feb 13, 2006 9:03 am (#840 of 2983)

For those of you who participated in this topic before, I thought I'd draw your attention to the Target flier in today's paper. There are two models wearing the latest fashion (according to Target, that is) with the caption, "Gotta Get Gauchos!".


Should I point out that the first five letters of "gauchos" nearly spells the word gauche? Or that the word sounds so similar to "ouch" and "grouch?"



Chemyst - Feb 13, 2006 9:44 am (#841 of 2983)

...but only a Harry Potter fan would use the adverb "embarrasedly" without any sense of embarrassment. – Loopy Lupin

** embarrassed that she uncontrollably chuckled aloud upon reading that **


haymoni - Feb 13, 2006 10:19 am (#842 of 2983)

I saw that Target ad - I almost fell over.

Hideous, hideous, hideous.


Netherlandic - Feb 13, 2006 11:59 am (#843 of 2983)

Sorry Finn, I meant: do you live in the countryside. I thought you might have been "snown in" (Don't think that is proper English); and unable to reach your school. But I clicked on your name and found out that you live in the city. Sorry, I should have looked before. (that happens when you post while watching the Olympics)..


Finn BV - Feb 13, 2006 12:59 pm (#844 of 2983)

Not to worry Netherlandic, and I actually don't live right in the city – a little outside, in the suburbs. By the way, we do say "snowed in."


Netherlandic - Feb 13, 2006 1:10 pm (#845 of 2983)



kabloink! - Feb 13, 2006 3:54 pm (#846 of 2983)

Huh, I was always under the impression that black squirrels were unique to the Great Lakes. Oh well.

I LOVE Rikki-tikki-tavi!

Wow. When I was at Target on Saturday, I was actually looking at a pair of maternity gauchos. Not for their fashion-sense of course, but the whole all-knit with lots of stretch room for baby, and possibly cool in summer kind advantages...


boop - Feb 13, 2006 5:46 pm (#847 of 2983)

HI Everyone, I hope everyone had a nice weekend.

Kathy, enjoy all that snow.

Denise, good luck with your training.

Julie, glad to hear your hubby and dog are both feeling better.

We have a couple Black squirrels. They are so pretty. We also have lots of grey ones too.

Have a good rest of the day!!

hugs always



kabloink! - Feb 13, 2006 9:33 pm (#848 of 2983)

Okay...for anyone who was following the pairs skating tonight in the olympics-is anyone confused on the new scoring system? I won't say too much for those of you who haven't seen the results yet, but I'm still not quite sure how the silver medalists got that place. I'm not heartless, I swear it, and I applaud their courage, but...

Anyone else a bit confused here?


The giant squid - Feb 14, 2006 12:49 am (#849 of 2983)

Yeah, one thing's for sure...they sure are shaking things up with the new scoring system. I don't mind, though...at least it's not always between the Russian & the Chinese pairs. There's actually a chance someone else might get in there

I'll probably change my tune when the US singles don't make it into the top 10, though.

After seeing Tim's post in the Tell About Yourself thread, I'm torn between chuckling that he made a mistake, and waiting for the punchline. Knowing him it's just the beginning of the setup for a very elaborate pun...



Good Evans - Feb 14, 2006 1:39 am (#850 of 2983)

morning all

Thanks for the good wishes Puck and Boop - hugs back to you both

LOL about the dangerous sports - yes curling does seem a mite more sedate and hopefully one sport where you are guaranteed not to lose limbs - Go Brits!!!! (a bit of partisan support there)

I too am somewhat confused by the new skating scoring system but c'est la vie! I did feel for that Chinese girl and full points for carrying on when she must have been in pain (again I shall say no more)

Happy Valentines to everyone and a great bit kiss to each and everyone of you on this most romantic of days. I'd sent you all a singing cupidogram if the home PC were working but a snatched two minutes at work is not long enough - hope to pop by at lunchtime (in about four hours from now)

love always

Julie x
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