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Tazzygirl - Jul 20, 2006 3:01 pm (#2701 of 2979)

Loopy: Did you see that Lost will run 6 episodes starting in October and then go away until 2007. Of course, then it will go for 13 episodes straight.

The reason why they are doing that is so in 2007, they will be able to show 13 all new episodes without any recap/rerun shows inbetween (like it is normally). I believe the six episodes starting in October will be interlaced with the recap/rerun shows. I forgot I had read about it a couple weeks ago, and didn't post about it, so my information might be slighty off. I personally think that would be awesome, as I can only watch the old shows so many times.



haymoni - Jul 20, 2006 3:16 pm (#2702 of 2979)


The local movie critic LOVED "Lady" - recommends that EVERYONE go out to see it!

One of the news anchors said, "Really???"

I knew I always liked her!


virginiaelizabeth - Jul 20, 2006 3:24 pm (#2703 of 2979)

Soli, I thought about bananas but I'm not really much of a fan of them, they're kinda mushy, so I didn't mention it!

Kristina, to defrag, go to "Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmentor" All of the other things for cleaning up your computer are there as well.

I got shoes!! They are New Balance and pretty boring, just grey and pink, but they make my foot look really small so I like them!! The best part was that they were only $40, which is about half of what I kept seeing online.

It is raining and thundering really hard here...I'm scared :scared:

*walks away praying that Shamalamadingdong loses intrest in HP*


geauxtigers - Jul 20, 2006 3:46 pm (#2704 of 2979)

I got some shoes too, they were also half the price I keep finding online! And they white and grey and the basics criss-cross thingy is yellow, but they almost look green... oh well I like them, but they are rubbing my heel I'm going to hang onto them and walk around the house and seen if its because they are new. If they keep bothering me I'm going to take them back I won't have blisters for a year!

Oh gosh the lights just blinked...I better go I hope the power doesn't go off that would be very annoying!

Yes Thora, my desk looks like Jo's desk, my floor is covered in gum wrappers as is the inside of my booksack and pencil bag. I really think I'm addicted to gum! Its pathetic, but its good stress relief!

Shama-lama better loose all interest in HP! **walks off muttering that you agree with Loopy, but 2700 doesn't seem high enough**


Puck - Jul 20, 2006 4:59 pm (#2705 of 2979)

As I was reading the commercial came on for Sham's movie. It was called "pure magic" and he referred to as "a master storyteller."


Eponine - Jul 20, 2006 5:02 pm (#2706 of 2979)

geuxtigers, there are free spyware programs you can download. We use Spybot and Adaware. They're both available for free online, and between the two of them they catch everything on my computer.

I'm looking forward to our beach trip this weekend! Even if we are sharing a house with the in-laws, it will be nice to get away.


Finn BV - Jul 20, 2006 5:50 pm (#2707 of 2979)

Tori's computer randomly informed her that she has a severe virus and may lose all of her data, if she doesn't download some sort of spyware/anti-virus. –Ginny

Tsk. A Mac wouldn't tell you that. **shameless plug for Apple** Oh, darn, I see Mike has beaten me to this plug. Except… tsk, Mike, who cares about games?? I outgrew computer games when I turned 8. And all the good programs (AHEM) already come for Macs.

Julie, calming and cooling charms to you! And some healing charms to the hubby!

Christmas is half a year away, almost exactly! Wow!

I don't really know why, other than the fact that I've always liked the sound of the accent. --Squid Mike

I completely agree.

Happy Birthday Sinister Kittens!

I'm rather relived to know Jo's desk is a bit like mine. --Thora

**glances over at own desk, which has about a foot and a half high pile of books, candy, DVDs, pens, random pieces of paper which I didn't want to throw away, and a page-a-day calendar, and suddenly realizes I should clean it up**

Enjoy the RotD!


virginiaelizabeth - Jul 20, 2006 6:13 pm (#2708 of 2979)

LOL Finn about your desk, mines got a bunch of dirty dishes, some stickers, gum wrappers, pens, books, and trash! There's also lots of thing that I've made out of glue, as I think it's fun...don't ask! :*looks innocent*

I know Mac's are better, that's what I've always heard, but we won't be getting a new computer anytime soon, because my mom wants to wait and get us a laptop for college, at which point I think I'll go with a Mac. My computer was ordered through school because my mom works there and they get a discount by ordering them in bulk. It's a Dell, and I like it a lot, Tori's is a Compaq and it's older and it really sucks it worked for about 2 months before it started doing weird things like shutting down randomly and such.

I love Australian and British accents. We had a new kid a few years back that was from England and he had the most amazing British accent! Need I say more??


Stephanie M. - Jul 20, 2006 6:30 pm (#2709 of 2979)

I'm glad your grandma is doing better, Finn!! She's one tough cookie! (Has your grandmother ever said that? My grandma sometimes does. LOL)

Happy Birthday Sinister Kittens!

Healing charms to Mr. Julie!

Kaykay, I hope your son's knee heals nicely!

I must clean my room!! I have to clean my floor, my desk, my plastic drawers and throw out old things that I don't need anymore (I keep all of my old school workbooks in it, and random school papers, so they don't get dusty or discolored), and my amour.

Cleaning my room usually doesn't take too long. I need about a week for it to be spotless (or nearly spotless).

I keep my cell phone on silent during school hours (where it doesn't even vibrate), but this past school year, I turned it off before math because I didn't trust my phone actually being on silent, and I was afraid of what my math teacher would do to me. (She is one of my favorite teachers though. I absolutely adore her. )

This has been the slowest week of the summer so far! My office has been so busy and I've been working crazy hours!

I hope everyone's week has been great so far! It's almost friday!

Have a great rest of the day!


Solitaire - Jul 20, 2006 6:35 pm (#2710 of 2979)

lots of thing that I've made out of glue, as I think it's fun

Be careful. Some night when you fall asleep at the computer, we may learn you have glued your head to the keyboard ... or desk! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2281877974

Finn, you don't strike me as the type to have a messy desk. You're such an organized, logical thinker. Oh, well ... I suppose the chaos must come out somewhere.

Yikes!! I thought we were being bombed, but I realize now that it is thunder. Skies to the east are looking mighty grey. I guess I'd better shut down for a while. Hm ... If we're going to have a storm, I hope we get some rain with it. We could use a little cooling off here. Temps have been over 100 degrees for days now. Bye now!



geauxtigers - Jul 20, 2006 6:58 pm (#2711 of 2979)

Okay, I'm fixing to go have another go at my computer. Ginny is very annoyed with me because I keep trying to sneak in here to get on the forum. She is taking pictures of me and saying 'ha ha ha blackmail!' I told her the longer she did that the longer I'd be in here, it seemed to work because now she is on her bed taking pictures of herself and laughing....hmmmm I really should call St Mungos....

My desk has always been the messy spot. I can't keep it clean, gum wrappers, papers that I should chuck but won't, dishes ect. I l;ike to describe my room as an organized mess. Its messy, but I know where everything is! My booksack and notebooks are like that too. I can find anything! LOL I should be neater.

Well Ginny has blown I better get out of here before I get smacked!


Tazzygirl - Jul 20, 2006 7:13 pm (#2712 of 2979)

As my desk doubles as my kitchen table, the majority of it looks like a desk, and then when I eat, I just push it all aside.

Thanks, Ginny, for the info on Defraging. My friend has a Mac, and she is forever telling me that Macs are better than PCs. She does complain quite alot as all the messengers (AOL and Yahoo) don't have the same options as regular PCs. I had to use a Mac for a computer class a year ago. It wasn't fun.

When I worked at a hobby shop back in California, we had a customer come in from Australia. He got a little scared when I asked for his I.D and got super excited at seeing a drivers license from Australia.



Finn BV - Jul 20, 2006 7:37 pm (#2713 of 2979)

Steph, LOL, no she doesn't say that to me. But she is quite the rebounder!

Finn, you don't strike me as the type to have a messy desk. –Soli

Well, for the most part I'm a neat guy. I'm rather into keeping things the way they should be, even if it's way more work (i.e. I take the time to get something exactly right, even if, with less time, it could be off unnoticeably and/or unimportantly), but, but I don't have OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). However, when you're constantly busy like I am, and take to throwing things on your desk because you have no room in your bedroom, the result is my desk. However, when I go at cleaning my room, I really go at it: I usually don't sleep in it for about three nights because I pile everything up on my bed that needs a home. Then we finally store it away and again I can sleep! But yes – I have to do that. My desk has been like this since April.

I had to use a Mac for a computer class a year ago. It wasn't fun. –Tazzy

Of course it was fun! It's just because you weren't used to how it operates. Listen, I've known people who have used a PC their whole life, switched to a Mac and tried it to get used to it, and say they'd never switch back. I've known people who have switched from using a Mac their whole life to using a PC, and, after getting to know it for a while, switched back to a Mac. I know countless people who use or are forced to use both -- e.g. in a home/work environment. Near to nobody says they'd prefer their PC, and usually they just have to use it because their business requires they use PC-only software. However, you'll notice now a lot more software that do the same thing for Mac, but made by different companies, are popping up. You just have to try it!

EDIT: Question for some true vocabulary whizzes. If the possessive of 'who' is 'whose,' what is the possessive of 'which?' For example, I could say: "This is Finn, whose current avatar is of Barcelona." What would fill the blank here: "I am a member of the Lexicon Forum, ____ staff of hosts is unsurpassed." (I want to say "which's" but it's quite blatantly wrong… )


virginiaelizabeth - Jul 20, 2006 7:39 pm (#2714 of 2979)

LOL Soli, but my desk is sorta "L' shaped and all the glue is on the far end, so my head would naturally fall that direction if I'm at the computer. *thinking about taking a oicture of my lovely desk for above and comparing it with Jo's*

You know Tori, I might just add that lovely picture of you to my profile.


Regan of Gong - Jul 20, 2006 8:56 pm (#2715 of 2979)

Finn- "In which the"? I don't know the possessive of which, is there one?


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 20, 2006 10:08 pm (#2716 of 2979)

(I am sorry I had to skip almost 400 posts, lose a day or two and it gets totally out of control.)

ctgrestsky99, I am on the Valley-Shore, a tiny town called Chester. Just a couple of miles from the Connecticut River. Where are you?

I am a member of the Lexicon Forum, ____ staff of hosts is unsurpassed." (I want to say "which's" but it's quite blatantly wrong…

Don't ask me for the rule but I believe the blank would default back to whose-"whose staff..."


Tazzygirl - Jul 20, 2006 10:34 pm (#2717 of 2979)

LOL, Finn. You sound like my friend. The thing I have with Macs is this- if I was going into graphic designing and stuff like that, then I would change to a Mac in a heartbeat. My friend has some awesome programs on her Mac for that (she's graphic design major). Since I am going into the field of teaching, many of the programs given to teachers are better on PCs. I admit, in the class I took last semester, there were some cool programs. I just don't like the way the desktop layout of the Mac is (PCs are easier to organize, IMO). I like that it's lighter than a PC laptop too. By the way- I pictured your desk piled with books!

Off to Potty Five Words...



Solitaire - Jul 21, 2006 12:00 am (#2718 of 2979)

My first experience with a computer was an IBM clone--the kind that used DOS and the big 5 1/2 inch diskettes. I used WordPerfect and Lotus programs. I had a go at Macs when I worked at Taco Bell corporate headquarters, as the entire place was on a Mac main-frame, or something like that.

I liked them so much that my first computer was a Macintosh LCII, which I bought through a teacher program in 1992. It cost $2000. Although I no longer use it, I still have it. I hate to just dump it, because it still works just fine, although the programs are a bit old. I'd happily donate it to any organization that can use it. I tried to give it to my niece for her little boys, but they have a big PC, so they don't need it.

I switched to a PC in 1996 or '97 because that is what our school bought and put into the classrooms and computer lab. I wanted a computer that would work with the Net, and my Mac just could not handle it. I also needed to be able to work on projects here and at school, in the same platform. So ... I gave in.

If you have only used Windows on a PC, you would probably get along fine with a Mac. They are very similar. I may try a Mac again someday. I'm just waiting to see what happens with our computer lab. I know they are due to replace all of the computers, and I've heard our tech mention Mac more than once ...



The giant squid - Jul 21, 2006 2:55 am (#2719 of 2979)

The main advantage of PCs over Macs is that more programs are available for PCs. (Kind of like the MS Word argument a few hundred posts back). Yes, Macs are safer, more stable and have more computing power. They're also more expensive and when they do break down, they go down hard.

Finn, I don't think you're old enough to truly understand the effect an Aussie accent has on me...but you will soon.

I just got home from the theater, where I didn't screen Lady in the Water (sorry Loopy, but you'll have to decide on your own not to see it). Instead I convinced our sister theater to let me screen Clerks II. I will just say this about it: it has the same tone as the original, and pushes just as many boundaries. Do not bring your children! Adults, however, should enjoy it. It's an emotional roller coaster, but I definitely enjoyed the ride.



Regan of Gong - Jul 21, 2006 5:30 am (#2720 of 2979)

Note to all people on Forum other than Aussie's: Don't believe what you hear in theaters, TV shows, radio etc. about Aussie actors. They're pretty terrible, we're not all yobbo's like you probably hear.


Loopy Lupin - Jul 21, 2006 5:46 am (#2721 of 2979)

The local movie critic LOVED "Lady" - recommends that EVERYONE go out to see it! – haymoni

There is a reason why she's local.

Finn, how could you have outgrown computer games at the age of 8? Being 50 and all, there were no computer games when you were 8. I might suggest to you that, even in just the last 5 years, there've been some advances in computer games that might interest you. Or not.

I would say the following on your grammar query: "I am a member of the Lexicon Forum, the staff of which is unsurpassed."

Catherine will know if, in this context, it would be ok to say "whose." I think it is, but I prefer my sentences to sound as pretentious as they can be, so I would write the sentence as I have above.


Catherine - Jul 21, 2006 6:22 am (#2722 of 2979)

I would say the following on your grammar query: "I am a member of the Lexicon Forum, the staff of which is unsurpassed."

Catherine will know if, in this context, it would be ok to say "whose." I think it is, but I prefer my sentences to sound as pretentious as they can be, so I would write the sentence as I have above.--Loopy Lupin

Pretentious maybe, but you are correct.

I don't have my grammar book with me (in storage presently), but I seem to remember that the word "whose" may be used to refer to both singular and plural nouns. It is also correct, as Loopy showed, to employ a prepositional phrase to convey the same meaning. It might be a bit more cumbersome, but something's got to hold all the pretension.

Loopy Lupin, whose reviews of the film The Village continue to influence readers of the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum, will no doubt need a cold compress when he realizes that the latest issue of Time features M. Night Shyamalan most prominently.

*waves to everyone*


Denise P. - Jul 21, 2006 6:50 am (#2723 of 2979)

I thought of Loopy this morning as I snorted while reading the following on my local paper "M.Night Shamalamadingdong (okay, it really said Shyamalan) fable about a water nymph is a brilliant movie with brilliant acting, especially from Paul Giamatti" The paper went on to give it 4 stars!!! As I was chuckling to myself on my way to my morning run, the radio station also reviewed it, slammed it (but still said Paul Giamatti was good) and gave it 1 star.


Puck - Jul 21, 2006 7:11 am (#2724 of 2979)

Denise, nice picture! You've been changing your avatar more than Azi and Finn lately. I can't keep up.

I outgrew computer games when I turned 8. Wish my hubby felt the same way. He's more obsessed with "World of Warcraft" than I am with HP.

Mr. Puck works for Intel. We will never have a Mac.

Tori and Ginny, your desks may be messy, but the important thing is -are your pillow cases ironed?

Happy RotD!



Chemyst - Jul 21, 2006 7:26 am (#2725 of 2979)

If we get to vote on it, I'll risk the pretentiousness and go with Loopy's "the staff of which" choice. Even though "whose" may refer to both singular and plural, using it for a 'thing' rather than a 'person' just smacks of anthropomorphism, i.e. attributing human qualities to entities which are not human.

On the other hand (otoh in netspeak), since anthropomorphism is most commonly used in the context of gods or goddesses with human characteristics, I suppose that if one considers the Lexicon to be god-like, "whose" would work.


Catherine - Jul 21, 2006 7:27 am (#2726 of 2979)

He's more obsessed with "World of Warcraft" than I am with HP. –Puck

I see a new support group on the way...."Hubbies who are addicted to WoW."

Mr. Catherine was spending a ridiculous amount of time on that game--hours and hours more than I do on the computer. He finally cancelled his account last week. He is reading more, I've noticed. He keeps saying, "Why didn't you tell me this book was so good?" My reply was, "I did, but you never read it because you were playing on the computer."

Games can be very addictive. Mr. Catherine agreed to limit his playing of a certain car jacking X-box game to the hours that the children were asleep after a particularly horrid incident last summer. We were shopping as a family, and Hayley said loudly, "Daddy, I can't remember the name of your girlfriend" (from the game--the character had a "girlfriend").

Now he needs a new addiction, and he's renting the old episodes of Lost. Perhaps this will prove easier for me to bear.

EDIT: Even though "whose" may refer to both singular and plural, using it for a 'thing' rather than a 'person' just smacks of anthropomorphism, i.e. attributing human qualities to entities which are not human. –Chemyst

I see what you mean, although "whose" is allowed for both animate and inanimate objects.

On the other hand (otoh in netspeak), since anthropomorphism is most commonly used in the context of gods or goddesses with human characteristics, I suppose that if one considers the Lexicon to be god-like, "whose" would work.—Chemyst

For a moment there, I thought you were going to suggest that Loopy Lupin is god-like.

Also, Denise, I love the avatar with all the kiddies.


Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 21, 2006 7:40 am (#2727 of 2979)

I remember my first computer when I was young every summer when my father was teaching business computer applications and computer math in the early 1980's my father would bring home from school an old Commodore 64 and being taught how to use BASIC and an old word processsing program called Framework. I was also the first student in my elementary school to use both a typewriter and a computer because of my disabilities.

I remember that the school district initially refused to allow me to use either a typewriter or computer because they said it would constitute an unfair advantage.


B]Solitaire[/B] - Jul 21, 2006 7:55 am (#2728 of 2979)

Paul Giamatti ... isn't he the guy From Duets who sang that incredible karaoke duet with Andre Braugher? I don't remember having seen him in anything else, but he did seem to convey a nice sort of weird, maniacal desperation in that movie. I hope he never gets a job as a driving teacher, though.



John Bumbledore - Jul 21, 2006 9:01 am (#2729 of 2979)

"In the early 1980's my father would bring home from school an old Commodore 64." -- Nathan Zimmermann

Wow, I never thought I would see a Commodore 64 mentioned on a Harry Potter thread, but then again it does seem just the right "muggle artifact" that Arthur Weasley would have in his collection. I could see him having bewitched it to work and Ron and Ginny using it to play some of the classic games that were available on it.

Well, I believe Commodore Computers, Ltd. was a British company, so it wouldn't be a stretch for it to be mentions or in the background of a movie scene.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


haymoni - Jul 21, 2006 9:05 am (#2730 of 2979)

Paul Giamatti was the guy who tried to teach Howard Stern how to say the station's call letters in "Private Parts".

He was the guy who turned blue in "Big Fat Liar".

He was in "Sideways".

He probably is the best thing about "Lady".

Finn - I think if an inanimate object is able to possess anything, you should be able to use "whose". I am sure that many of us feel possessed by The Forum.


azi - Jul 21, 2006 9:07 am (#2731 of 2979)

I would say 'whose' rather than 'the' for whatever Finn was questioning about (I forgot the technical terms already).

Hmm, I think I'm due for an avatar change soon.

Another warm day, and I'm feeling skint because I just spent a lot of money on birthday presents. No socialising for a few weeks.

Nice days to all!


Holly T. - Jul 21, 2006 9:10 am (#2732 of 2979)

Kathy, the new Macs have Intel chips in them. **joins Finn with a shameless plug for Apple**

I think it is hilarious that the computer labs at my kids' school have Macs when I would say a good third of the parents of the kids at the school work at Dell. Of course, since all we have at home are Macs, I don't mind. I used Apple IIE's in high school and have been using Macs pretty much ever since except for when we had a (pre-Windows) PC that my husband's friend built for us that **shudder** was awful.

News flash--apparently Loopy Lupin writes movie reviews for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

   But "Lady in the Water" isn't just another disappointment. It's a jaw-dropping catastrophe -- a picture so wrong-headedly intoxicated with itself you view it through an embarrassed haze. . . . This mortifying excuse for a fantasy film began as a bedtime story for Shyamalan's two young daughters. One imagines it was intended to put them to sleep. Unfortunately, with its slow pace and pretentiously convoluted storyline, it has somewhat of the same effect on an audience.


Solitaire - Jul 21, 2006 10:01 am (#2733 of 2979)

Haymoni, I haven't seen any of those movies. I'll watch for them on cable, however, if Paul G. is in them. I remember liking him in Duets.



Catherine - Jul 21, 2006 10:12 am (#2734 of 2979)

Holly, do you live in Texas? *wonders because of the Dell reference*


haymoni - Jul 21, 2006 10:14 am (#2735 of 2979)

I haven't seen "Sideways" - I think it's about people who meet in wine country someplace - but it was nominated for a bunch of awards and he was supposed to be pretty good in it.


Holly T. - Jul 21, 2006 10:17 am (#2736 of 2979)

Catherine--I do live in Texas--between Dell and Samsung, LOL.


Catherine - Jul 21, 2006 10:28 am (#2737 of 2979)

Oh, I wondered.

We lived in Austin from 1995-1998 in the Arboretum area. Some of the moms in our play group either worked for Dell, or the spouse did.


Holly T. - Jul 21, 2006 10:41 am (#2738 of 2979)

How funny--my daughter's playgroup used to meet by the cows at the Arboretum occasionally between 1995 and 1997. Maybe we saw each other and didn't know it.

Pretty much every time a house goes up for sale in our neighborhood it's because someone has been laid off from Dell.

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B]Loopy Lupin[/B] - Jul 21, 2006 10:55 am (#2739 of 2979)

For a moment there, I thought you were going to suggest that Loopy Lupin is god-like. – Catherine

I think everything would go more smoothly on this Forum if people would just make that suggestion more often.

No, I am not the Atlanta reviewer, but I love his/her style. Ebert is still in the hospital, but his temporary replacement gave it 1 1/2 stars. The Washington Post reviewer (not Stephen Hunter who usually reviews films) just loved it though. Idiot.


Marè - Jul 21, 2006 11:20 am (#2740 of 2979)

Hello hello. I'm back from vacation and worked my way through a lot of posts! Thank you for all the birthday wishes and I'm sending icecube charms to every-one who is suffering from the heatwaves.
I'm impressed with all the people who can still do things during the day. I bought myself a ventilator and rescheduled my running time to after sunset.

Now I have to wait impatiently till I get home were my Accio CD is waiting for me (finally!).
On the subject of movies, I keep seeing trailers for the Lakehouse on TV right now. Can some-one explain to me how people can live two years apart? Or is it just such a weird movie? Too bad, I liked Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in Speed.

And Finn, if you can't sleep in your bed when you are cleaning your desk... where do you sleep?


Thora - Jul 21, 2006 11:26 am (#2741 of 2979)

Mare! Welcome home!

From what I gathered about The Lakehouse they rent the same vacation property but on separate years. Haven't yet figured out how they know about each other, but I guess that's what get's people through the door. I'm guessing some sort of magical properites of the house or an item within it.


boop - Jul 21, 2006 1:16 pm (#2742 of 2979)

Denise, Nice avatar, the kids look great.

Happy Birthday to Doris Crockford!!! Have a great day.

I leave tomorrow morning finally for vacation in Ohio!! I am so so excited.

Have a great rest of the day!!

hugs always



Lina - Jul 21, 2006 1:24 pm (#2743 of 2979)

Happy birthday Doris Crockford! :hpb:


Finn BV - Jul 21, 2006 1:55 pm (#2744 of 2979)

Wow, Soli, that computer you bought in 1992 will be (or probably already is) worth some big bucks some day!

Finn, I don't think you're old enough to truly understand the effect an Aussie accent has on me...but you will soon. --Squid Mike

What a cryptic comment.

Thanks for the response on the grammar question! I knew somebody would answer it!

if one considers the Lexicon to be god-like –Cheymst

And who doesn't?? Anthropomorphism… now there's a word to slip into a conversation! Incidentally, as I learned on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? the other day, "pathetic fallacy" is (I believe) the literary device of the same term. Thank you, thank you. For $50,000.

I am sure that many of us feel possessed by The Forum. --haymoni …

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**high-fives Holly for Apple plug**

Soli – Sideways was a big hit last year. Low-budget, indie hit. Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor and Actress, and Screenplay… I think it won for Screenplay. See About.com.

Mare, welcome back! I sleep in one of the guest bedrooms when my bed is full. And I think The Lake House is just that weird a movie. Not really sure though.

Happy Birthday Doris Crockford!

Local newspaper gave Lady in the Water two stars… calling it "Shyamalan's worst yet." But that it had its moments. *waves to Loopy*


The giant squid - Jul 21, 2006 2:02 pm (#2745 of 2979)

And I think The Lake House is just that weird a movie.--Finn BV

That pretty much sums it up, and is the best review I've seen yet. I can't top it.




Finn BV - Jul 21, 2006 2:08 pm (#2746 of 2979)

**bows** And, I didn't have to go waste any time seeing it!


Solitaire - Jul 21, 2006 2:22 pm (#2747 of 2979)

Happy Birthday, Doris Crockford!


Doris Crockford - Jul 21, 2006 3:02 pm (#2748 of 2979)

Awww, thanks everyone! I am having a pretty good birthday. My boss at work didn't come in, and didn't leave enough work for me, so I got to go home at lunch! My friends took me out last night (since a lot are working tonight), and we had a lot of fun. Now I'm getting blisters from wearing fairly new sandals. But if my friend hadn't gotten lost, we wouldn't have had to walk so far. I haven't opened any presents yet- tomorrow I'm getting together with my cousins, since my uncle's birthday is also today and my dad's was Monday, and my girl cousin's is in August. But I bought myself a CD today, which is my present to myself.

I saw Sideways, and thought it was pretty good. So I can see Paul Giamatti being one of the decent parts of Lady in the Water, since the trailers looked kinda stupid. I also thought the Lake House looked stupid, since I couldn't get over the fact that they are falling in love without meeting each other. And didn't just have the guy in the past meet the one in the future at the house in two years time.

My desk (especially at home- I've tried to keep my desk at school usable, since that's where my computer is and where I do all of my homework) is really just a place to dump anything I don't feel like putting away. I've kinda given up cleaning it, but I did a fairly good job of getting rid of stuff I don't need at the beginning of the summer. I'm normally a huge pack rat, but I surprised myself (and my parents!) and actually managed to dump some stuff.

My family is a huge Dell family (mostly due to my grandfather, who buys computers as presents, and loves Dell). But I have a few friends who swear by their Macs. I'd like to try one for awhile, but I'm too lazy. Plus, I just got my computer last year, so there's no point in getting another one.

Finn, I was glad to read that your grandmother is doing better! That's great news!


timrew - Jul 21, 2006 4:26 pm (#2749 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Doris Crockford!

I'm like you, Finn. A bit fed up with computer games. The last one I played was Sim City 2000, where I named my town 'My Bum', just so I could see the headlines in the paper which appeared now and then................"Pollution round the centre of My Bum".................that sort of thing............

Simple things amusing simple minds.


Solitaire - Jul 21, 2006 5:24 pm (#2750 of 2979)

Whew! Is there anyplace in the US that isn't sweltering? I just heard the local meteorologist, and he told us that we hit 112-115 degrees F (about 44-45 Celsius) today. Even at 5:15 p.m. it is still 108 F. out here where I live. . I believe it, too. I just went outside to put the soaker hoses on a low drip, and I felt as if I were stepping into an oven.

Alas, he says the weekend will be even worse! At least our heat is dry here. I can't begin to imagine how miserable it must be to have those temps with 50% or more humidity. The heat is not due to break until next Friday, when we should drop down into the high 90s F.

Is there anywhere in North America where it is cool? Just wondering ...

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Amilia Smith - Jul 21, 2006 7:00 pm (#2751 of 2979)

Just for the record, I really liked The Lake House. So did Uncle Orson.* I'll put a link to his review in my profile in case anyone wants to read it. Yeah, the premise is a bit weird . . . two people living exactly 2 years apart, falling in love though letters they exchange through a magic mailbox. But once you get over that--and if you read fantasy and SciFi, it's not that big of a stretch--it is a beautiful movie. Definitely a chic flick, though.


*Orson Scott Card, another of my favorite authors, writes a weekly review column, Uncle Orson Reviews Everything.


Denise P. - Jul 21, 2006 7:18 pm (#2752 of 2979)

**raises hand** I admit it, I liked The Lake House Yeah, it was one of those movies that you can't look at too hard or the paradoxes with drive you nuts but I liked it. I warned Mr. Denise before we went that it was a chick flick but he came along anyway and didn't complain too much.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 21, 2006 7:27 pm (#2753 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Doris Crockford!


geauxtigers - Jul 21, 2006 7:40 pm (#2754 of 2979)

I usually don't sleep in it for about three nights because I pile everything up on my bed that needs a home – Finn

That’s what I do! I know that I can't sleep with all that on my bed, so I basically force myself to clear it off. And if I'm going to take it off, I might as well put it away right! That’s so weird, I've never heard of anyone who does that before! It drives Ginny mad!

I out grew computer games when I was like 8 or so too. I still play things like pool on yahoo games, or snood, (which I've been addicted to since it came out in 99'), but its usually when I have nothing better to do.

I'd like to go to a Mac also, but I have memories of my friend getting her first Mac. She only wanted it because it was pink, it used to talk to her and told me constantly that she was looking for a reason to chuck it out her window! But that was 7 years ago, times have changed and all I hear are good things about Macs!

We got all this college stuff in the mail today, kinda freaked out about that as I've only just realized that I have 2 years left of high school. We have been given access through some web site through my school and its got all kinds of things on there that are supposed to help you pick your college. I just want to go to LSU, as long as I don't suddenly become dumb or fail the SAT, I can get in on tops so, its free and its close to home! And I could never cheer against my favorite team! And I have the SAT and ACT to look forward to this year, which is bad as my too worst subjects are math and english, the only two things they test you on! Give me a French test or a Science test and I'm good, but gosh I was just looking at my PSAT scores from last year and now I'm kinda worried... oh well That’s not til January, no need to fret yet! I've got time!

Well I'm off to check five words as I haven't in the past few days and Ginny is losing patience with me being in her room!

Birthday and charms as needed to everyone!

Oh yeah I almost forgot....TGIF! Happy Friday yall!

Edit: Soli, we are in a major heat wave here too. I've never been in dry heat like that, but I hear its miserable too. The high today was 96F 35C with very high humidity and lots of thunder storms, which give a heat break thankfully. But before it rains when its 96 with the 90% humidity, breathing becomes challenging! I almost wish we were back in that drought, we had very little humidity at least!


Solitaire - Jul 21, 2006 8:35 pm (#2755 of 2979)

Geauxtigers, if you are in Tennessee, what you are feeling is ten times as bad as it is here. When I was in Nashville in 2002, it was 99 or 100 F. a couple of days, and I think it felt just as hot as it does here when it is 105 or more. The humidity was so high, my hair was always wet and my clothes were always stuck to my body. I always felt as though I'd gotten out of a shower and just dressed without bothering to dry off!

One day it even poured--POURED!--for about three hours. After that, it did cool off a bit ... thank heavens! Still, I feel for you. I hope you have a/c.



virginiaelizabeth - Jul 21, 2006 8:38 pm (#2756 of 2979)

Tori and Ginny, your desks may be messy, but the important thing is -are your pillow cases ironed? Puck

Ohh pleassee don't tell me you iron your pillow cases! What's the point, they're just going to get messed up when you sleep on them!!, I use this reasoning to solve a lot of problems...like not making your bed as you will just mess it up when you go back to sleep later that night.

Some of my guy friends were telling me about World of Warcraft (or whatever it is!) and it sounds pretty complicated to me, and I can't understand how it would be fun. I used to be severely addicted to the Sims. There was nothing better than building the houses and decorating them, that was the best part, the taking care of them thing just didn't work out for me.

I was also severely addicted to Snood at one time too, I think I still am... it's just so well, addicting.

Happy Birthday Doris Crockford!

Finn, you room cleaning habits sound identical to Tori's! She drives me absolutely crazy with the bed thing. I've seen her put her huge, enormously heavy computer chair on top of all the junk before. I think if she could lift her dresser she'd put it on top too. It's not logically to me at all, why not just put where it goes the first go round when you pick it up from the floor? This is why it takes her 24 hours to clean her room, whereas I can do mine in 30 min.

I'm sure I forgot a million things...

Have a great RotN everyone!

Edit: Soli,

The humidity here after it rains, is the equivilant of what it feels like after you get out of the shower. It's steamy and muggy...the grossest feeling in the world! It's hard to breath at times. But don't worry the last time a house down here was built without A/C was before it was invented! It amazes me that houses in some northern states don't have A/C, I never knew that existed until I found out my grandma, who lives in Seattle, didn't have it.


Solitaire - Jul 21, 2006 8:49 pm (#2757 of 2979)

Ironed pillowcases? Hm ... I always thought you were young, Puck. Now I see you must be of my mother's generation. She has one of those big electric ironers (we call it a "mangle"), and she has always ironed sheets and pillowcases.

I'm not sure where she got me. I even avoid buying clothing that has to be ironed. I prefer knits and things made out of crinkly cloth--the kind that is not supposed to be ironed. LOL



Denise P. - Jul 21, 2006 9:03 pm (#2758 of 2979)

Solitaire, I live outside of Nashville and you describe a Tennessee summer pretty well. It actually cooled off today since we had severe thunderstorms come through. The other day when I went running, the temperature climbed 4 degrees and the humidity went up as well. Good thing I wear my hair back or the humidity would have puffed it way up and I would have looked at home in a 80's hair band.

I have an iron but you know, a few minutes in a dryer does wonders for wrinkles.


geauxtigers - Jul 21, 2006 9:04 pm (#2759 of 2979)

ha ha Soli, me too, but I confess, I do iron the hems of my pillow cases and the top hem of my sheet, and uhhh the shams... well okay i'm really not an ironing type of person, but they come out the dryer and the edges are literally so wrinkled that its annoying! But it could be because I'm OCD, like Finn, maybe That’s why we both pile junk on our beds to clean our rooms! Speaking of sheets I need to wash mine I think, but I might not iron them tonight! lol!

Yeah we are in Louisiana and its just the same as Tennessee heat wise as is basically what is geographically known as the south or deep south. I think really the only difference in being further south is in the winter. I could be wrong, as I don't live there, but I'm guessing snow isn't a completely insane thought like it is here. we are just too close to water. I think I'll go live with my grandma in Seattle!


Solitaire - Jul 21, 2006 9:24 pm (#2760 of 2979)

Denise, are you anywhere near Murfreesboro? That is where my friends live and where we were based during our stay. I have to say that if it were not for the humidity, I would love to live in the Nashville area. Not only were the surroundings absolutely beautiful--green and lush--but I found the people gracious and friendly. Perhaps it was because I was on holiday, but the pace of everything and everyone around me just seemed less frenetic and more graceful than here in California, where so many people always seem to be in a big, noisy, rude hurry. JM2K, of course ...



Denise P. - Jul 21, 2006 9:45 pm (#2761 of 2979)

Murfreesboro is about 80 miles southeast of me. I am up on the KY/TN border. Nashville is about the halfway point between here and Murfreesboro (I went by there yesterday on the way to Chattanooga) I grew up in the wine country of California so was used to the brown hills and little or no humidity. I have been here long enough that I got homesick for the green when we drove out that way. I was thrilled to see green again after the dry northern California hills for a few weeks.


Solitaire - Jul 21, 2006 9:56 pm (#2762 of 2979)

If I get back to TN again, I want to visit the Hermitage and some of the historical sites. I did not have the opportunity last time, but I will make it next time.


The giant squid - Jul 22, 2006 1:08 am (#2763 of 2979)

Some of my guy friends were telling me about World of Warcraft (or whatever it is!) and it sounds pretty complicated to me, and I can't understand how it would be fun. I used to be severely addicted to the Sims.—virginiaelizabeth

Ginny, you answered your own quandary. WoW really isn't any more complicated than The Sims (which I still don't really understand). If you want to "get it", you will.

Whew! Is there anyplace in the US that isn't sweltering?—Solitaire

It's all Al Gore's fault. (I say this only because he's currently on Conan O'Brien talking about his film on global warming An Inconvenient Truth.)

Happy Birthday, Doris!



azi - Jul 22, 2006 5:29 am (#2764 of 2979)

Happy birthday Doris!

I, personally, am addicted to Civilisation 4. Great game. I hated the Sims. Never got the point of it.

We had thunderstorms here today. It was nice, but disappointingly mild.

My mum irons everything, but at university I don't iron at all. As Densie P said, a few minutes in the dryer works wonders. I can't stand an unmade bed though. If it isn't neat and tidy, it feels like you never got up.

Well, better go! Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!


virginiaelizabeth - Jul 22, 2006 9:59 am (#2765 of 2979)

Wow! I'm shocked, there were only 2 post on here since last night. I guess everyone is out enjoying their Saturday!

LOL Squid Mike, the people that were attempting to explain it to me were both talking at once while we were riding the Metro in France, where we had to stand up, so we were all trying to to fall over. It took them about an 30 min to give me an over view, and I still don't remember what it is exactly. Guess it's one of those things you just have to play to understand it!


Lilly P - Jul 22, 2006 10:17 am (#2766 of 2979)

I NEVER iron anything! My husband is in the military, so if I don’t iron something just right it drives him nuts! All I have to do is give him whatever I want ironed and he'll do it just so that he doesn't have to re-do it for me later! This is when he is actually home in the U.S. though!


Solitaire - Jul 22, 2006 10:22 am (#2767 of 2979)

LOL Lilly! It might be worth scorching or ruining a few things initially, just to convince him that you are not the proper person in the family to handle the ironing.



geauxtigers - Jul 22, 2006 11:13 am (#2768 of 2979)

Ha Ha my dad irons things for my mom because he does a much better job than anyone else. But he won't iron anything unless you tell him. He is really not the fashion expert! He has shown up at school to pick me up in faded navy shorts and a navy t-shirt. He thinks it’s hilarious that me and Ginny go pick out his clothes for because he will do the navy blue on mavy blue thing.

I try not to iron things too, unless they are terribly wrinkled at which point I find something else to wear as I don't feel like listening to my mom tell me to iron it!

Well its already 95F here and its not even the hottest time of day...and I need to pile my room on my bed, vaccum, wash my sheets and iron the hems! LOL!

I liked the Sims, I want to play it now! But I have to go to our old computer that I'm surprised can still be turned on! Or might not because I don't feel like fighting it!

Have a great Saturday everyone!


Finn BV - Jul 22, 2006 11:15 am (#2769 of 2979)

Wait a sec, Christopher Plummer is in The Lake House? Hmm… that might make go see it. (Sound of Music star, ahem.)

I must admit, I would play Civilization if I had the right computer. My friend's dad created it, and they always give me free computer games (he works for Atari) even though I can never play them… they do make good gifts though… Oh, what looked really good was Monopoly Tycoon, where the monopoly board becomes the setting and you live in it! Looks pretty cool but I've never gotten to play it…

We've had an odd week weatherwise. Monday and Tuesday it went up to nearly 100° and there were heat warnings. Tuesday night we had a thunderstorm that broke our windshield. Wednesday and Thursday were cooler; it drizzled on Thursday. Friday poured in the morning, was sunny until 2:30 when it started to grow dark, and all of a sudden the rain hit (it was fun because we were playing tennis in this weird lighting). Today, it poured. I don't get it.

Last night we went in to visit my cousin, who's back in the hospital. You may remember, he was thought to have cancer last July. A quick scan and a thorough surgery says that everything's all right, but he still needs some minor operations. What an amazing 6-year-old though… he takes everything as it comes. Plus, he's used to the hospital now, and since he got off clean last year, he's okay with being there now.

Enjoy the RotD!


DJ Evans - Jul 22, 2006 11:22 am (#2770 of 2979)

There is hope everyone! We went from 104+ degrees (F) the last 3 or 4 days to 84 degrees today. It is 1:10 p.m. & there is even a very nice cool breeze blowing right now. I'm hoping everyone will get to experience this "cold" front (well that is what they are calling it ) that came through today.

About the only game I really enjoy playing on my computer is Mah Jongg. I can play that for hours -- it's one of those games that I kinda zone out on when playing & it just relaxes/destresses me. I keep saying I'd like to get some other type of computer game but I've never figured out which one I'd really like to try.

Happy B-day Doris! And wishes Betty a great time on her vacation. Tell Jim we all said "Hi" & that we miss him on here!

We bought a new home the other day! Yep, so it will be moving time for us in about another 3 or 4 weeks. I haven't done much packing, since what little I have packed is taking up what spare room we had. And I "think" I'll be able to get a DSL connection to the Internet in our new location, so I am quite excited about that. No more dial-up.....yeeeeee

Have a great weekend & may cooler temperatures be heading your way soon.

Later, Deb


Solitaire - Jul 22, 2006 11:25 am (#2771 of 2979)

Christopher Plummer was also in Must Love Dogs, which I watched recently. I liked his character, as well as those played by John Cusack and Diane Lane. It is fun to watch her in A Little Romance--which was made when she was just a kid--and then follow up with one of her more recent flicks.

everything's all right, but he still needs some minor operations

I've always thought that hospitals must seem kind of scary to little kids. It sounds like he is up for it, though. **sending good vibes and lots of healing charms**



Solitaire - Jul 22, 2006 11:39 am (#2772 of 2979)

What did I tell you? Don't they look alike?

Edit: Rats! I can't get Tazzy's picture to post for me. Bummer!


Finn BV - Jul 22, 2006 11:40 am (#2773 of 2979)

Deb, congrats on the new home! Good luck moving in.

Thanks for the charms Soli.

Can anybody access the FFF?


geauxtigers - Jul 22, 2006 11:45 am (#2774 of 2979)

**healing charms to Finn's cousin** Sounds like one tough kid! Glad its nothing serious.

I'm watching a marathon of the Brady Bunch! They are counting down the top 50 (I think) Brady bunch episodes! I just love that show I've seen them all so far! Right now it’s the episode where Peter saves a little girl in the toy store. It’s reminding me of Ron after his quidditch match where he saved everything and was the hero of the game! **Walks off singing theme song....here’s a story...of man named Brady..**

Wow, the high in Seattle yesterday was 90! It's normally like 75! Gosh heat is really everywhere if its that hot in Seattle!

Congrats on the new home Doris!

Off to do laundry...

Finn, I can't get to FFF either


Solitaire - Jul 22, 2006 11:52 am (#2775 of 2979)

I wish they would do a M*A*S*H marathon. I've seen every single episode and even have a favorite: Dear Sigmund, the one in which Sydney Freedman, depressed after losing a patient to suicide, comes to the 4077th for a "holiday." During his "visit," he writes a letter to Sigmund Freud in which he calls the 4077th "a kind of spa." While he is "vacationing," a practical joker is on the loose. This is the best episode! LOL I loved M*A*S*H!



Puck - Jul 22, 2006 12:52 pm (#2776 of 2979)

Ahh, internet problems *crosses fingers** are solved. Our router(?) died. Hubby replaced today. It is nice having a computer geek in the house for these things.

Yup, Holly, Mr. Puck informed me that Macs do have Intel inside. He also says the reason Macs don't normally get viruses is because people don't waste time making them for Macs, as there are too few to bother. If more people start using Macs, then more viruses are likely to pop up.

Catherine, if you find that support group, let me know when the meetings are.

ROTL, Tim. Tears streaming down my cheeks, even.

I do not iron pillowcases. Just to be clear. I remember Tori mentioning doing so once in the chat room. We usually are quite wrinkled. I can now reclaim "slacker mom" status.

There was a movie some years ago about a man and woman living about 100 years apart exchanging love letters through a desk. Lakehouse seems like a take off of that idea.

Happy whatever-I-missed to everyone. Healing charms to cousin o'Finn!



virginiaelizabeth - Jul 22, 2006 1:28 pm (#2777 of 2979)

LOL Puck! Glad you don't iron your pillow cases! It's ok for me to pretend I don't know Tori.

I haven't heard anything about the Lakehouse, but it sounds a bit weird.

Finn, glad to hear your cousin is ok, but healing and good luck charms to him any way!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 22, 2006 2:10 pm (#2778 of 2979)

I've only been skimming this past week but I have to comment on Solitaire's mangle. I saw one of these for the first time a while back in Martha Stewart Living magazine. (Keep the snarky remarks to yourself Loopy ) I thought it was brilliant. My mother, who uses only a phone more than her iron, would be apoplectic should she be provided with one.

I see everyone has been chiming in on Lady in the Water. Y'all certainly do have your panties in a twist over the idea of M. Night Shyamalan directing a Harry Potter movie. *:waves to Loopy*: Maybe my age is showing, but nothing looks worse than the upcoming Miami Vice. This despite my weakness for Colin Farrell. How could they leave in the stubble and leave out the theme music?

Happy to hear Finn, that your cousin is doing so well.

We're off to Bar Harbor, ME for the week. *:waves to Chemyst*: I can't believe I'm admitting this, dog person that I am, but...I'll miss the cat.

*: . .wonders if Catherine will be teaching by the time I get back*:


Solitaire - Jul 22, 2006 2:11 pm (#2779 of 2979)

Puck, the movie to which I think you are referring was based on The Love Letter a nostalgic time-travel piece by Jack Finney, who wrote Invasion of the Body-Snatchers. It was a short story in our previous 7th grade anthology and one of my students' favorites each year.

A young man, Jake, buys a small writing desk--the kind that must be fastened to the wall--at a second-hand store. Later that night, when he cannot sleep, he begins exploring the desk. He pulls out one of the drawers and examines its workmanship. He then, for some reason, sticks his hand into the space where the drawer goes. Suddenly, he realizes it is much shallower than the pigeonholes above it. He reaches to the back of the opening and discovers a secret drawer behind where the regular drawer goes. In it, he finds an old pen, a bottle of ink that is still good, a sheaf of writing paper, and envelopes. While examining them, he realizes one of the envelopes is sealed and contains a letter. It turns out to be a letter written by a young woman, Helen, back in the 1880s.

As he reads the letter, something in it touches Jake. Even though he knows it is crazy--because she must have died ages ago--he writes to Helen using the pen, ink, paper. He even finds an old stamp from the proper time to use on the envelope. He seeks out a postal sub-station which actually existed in Brooklyn at the time the letter was written and mails the letter. The old post office and the desk act as "portals" through which the man and woman correspond across the time-space continuum.

The Love Letter is really a romantic, bittersweet story. I was quite surprised that the boys in class seemed to like it as well as the girls. If what I've read about the movie is correct (I have not seen it), it has not only changed the names of the characters; it seems also to have added things that were not in the short story and changed things that were in it. Hm ... now, where has that happened before?


BTW, Lupin ... I've always wondered if the reason it is called a mangle is because one's hands can really get mangled if one is not careful! LOL I'm afraid of the mangle!


Finn BV - Jul 22, 2006 2:17 pm (#2780 of 2979)

Hehe… Miami Vice… it does look bad, but not the worst (when it's sized up against Little Man, for example). The funny thing is that my aunt's dad, Anthony Yerkovich, is the creator of the original show. It's all right – he's died about five years ago.

EDIT: They just showed the World Soapbox Derby on ESPN. I thought of us all getting up on our soapboxes.


haymoni - Jul 22, 2006 2:38 pm (#2781 of 2979)

My mother taught me to iron by letting me do the pillow cases and my father's handkerchiefs. I always used too much starch. Once my father pulled out his handkerchief and banged it on a table to show the guys in his office how his daughter helps around the house.

I avoid ironing like the plague.

How's this for a Slacker Mom Confession? I have been known to use my curling iron to smooth out a hem or iron out a sash. I'm just too darn lazy to pull out the iron - the curling iron is heated up every morning and is ready to go!

It is raining here in NE Ohio - not cats & dogs, but enough to postpone Ungrateful Son's game until tomorrow. Hubby took the kids to his mom's so I have the whole evening to myself. Whoo Hoo!

I'm going to watch the rerun of "The Contender" on ESPN tonight and maybe after that, I'll watch Johnny Depp in "Don Juan DeMarco".

How's that for a combo???


Catherine - Jul 22, 2006 3:04 pm (#2782 of 2979)

LOL, Kim, I thought of Martha Stewart when I saw the mangle, too!

I hope you have a good vacation. I will be working at school several hours a day this week (the girls will be at day camp at the school, so it makes sense to get some work done) and then I will probably "vacate" myself. We promise Claire that we'd take her to Water Country in Williamsburg, VA for her birthday. I'd rather go to Busch Gardens and NOT have to appear publicly in a swimsuit, but hey, it's her birthday.

Happy birthday to those who celebrate that today, and I hope everyone is well.

EDIT: How's this for a Slacker Mom Confession? I have been known to use my curling iron to smooth out a hem or iron out a sash. I'm just too darn lazy to pull out the iron - the curling iron is heated up every morning and is ready to go! –Haymoni

That's not Slack. That's brilliant.


Denise P. - Jul 22, 2006 3:24 pm (#2783 of 2979)

For those interested, I did a search and found The Love Letter online, link behind my avatar.

*:waves at Kim as she does a drive by post*:


geauxtigers - Jul 22, 2006 4:20 pm (#2784 of 2979)

Well, I've never seen Lakehouse, I remember previews That’s it. I refuse to see the little man as I don't think its worth a 7 dollar ticket, or even free for that matter...

Its thundering here, and I think its supposed to pour today, but its been bright all day until now... And Ginny and me are both cleaning out our closets...I have every paper I've ever received or done in school since 8th grade. Is that bad? I don't want to throw it out, what if I need it later? I know dumb but I can't help it I just feel like one day 3 years’ worth of history notes will come in handy... I'm also finding tons of stuff I didn't even know I had, and I'm hoping that maybe I will run across QA and fantastic Beasts as my mom bought them for us when they came out, but I didn't pay much attention to them then. Now I want them and can't find them anywhere! Its been driving me mad for almost a year now and I have yet to run across them in a book store...I will find them when I'm not looking for them!

Well I have to go iron the hems of my sheets before they get too wrinkled. I also need to finish my closet and my room so I can sleep tonight!


haymoni - Jul 22, 2006 4:27 pm (#2785 of 2979)

Use your curling iron!!!


Solitaire - Jul 22, 2006 4:36 pm (#2786 of 2979)

I have been known to use my curling iron to smooth out a hem or iron out a sash.

Slacker Mom? No way! I'm not even a mom, and I've been doing that for years. Well, not anymore, as I no longer use a curling iron ... but I've used it many times to "iron" ribbons, collars, trouser creases, etc. That isn't slacking ... it's using your noggin and saving electricity!

BTW, great story, isn't it, Denise? Or did you read it?



Tazzygirl - Jul 22, 2006 5:02 pm (#2787 of 2979)

I loved The Lake House. Christopher Plummer plays the dad of Keanu Reeves.

SPEW, Soli! My avatar does look like E.T.!!

I have spent the last two days looking at new apartments. Sorry to say, but Honolulu is a very dirty, yucky city. The only parts that look nice are the touristy areas. It's soooo expensive here too! I found one apartment that is pretty nice, and down the street from my current apartment, so I am hoping to get that one. The other one is up in the boonies (at the end of a street at the base of a mountain), kind of dark inside, and in a somewhat yucky neighborhood, also a longer drive to the university, and there is traffic every day. Since I have the possibility of renting with a couple friends, they want that one. Don't know why... Oh well. We shall see.

Happy Birthday Doris!!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



Solitaire - Jul 22, 2006 5:10 pm (#2788 of 2979)

Good luck on the apartment, Tazzy. I suppose there are no big homes with separate maid's quarters or guest homes that you can rent? I had many friends who snagged great little places down in Balboa, Newport Beach, etc. Those were always plum apartments, too. Often they got great rent deals in exchange for keeping an eye on the big houses, because the owners traveled a lot. Here's wishing you a great set-up!



Denise P. - Jul 22, 2006 5:15 pm (#2789 of 2979)

Yep, I read it. Had to be sure it was forum friendly before I posted the link It was a nice story.


Mediwitch - Jul 22, 2006 5:15 pm (#2790 of 2979)

*waves to Kim as we just left Maine today*

Wow, lots of posts to skim through, but a few quick comments:

Eponine: We use Spybot and Adaware

So do we, but anyone looking for Adaware needs to be aware! There is a spyware program that goes by "Adware" - note the missing letter "a" after the "d"!

Timrew - I am so glad I had actually finished swallowing my popcorn BEFORE I read your post.

And I have three words for non-ironers: Downy Wrinkle Release!


Tazzygirl - Jul 22, 2006 5:45 pm (#2791 of 2979)

Thanks, Soli!

Oh- Finn- I can't get onto the FFF either. **good luck charms to your cousin!**



geauxtigers - Jul 22, 2006 5:59 pm (#2792 of 2979)

I forgot to say earlier that I have been using my straightning iron to iron ribbons and the edges of my shirt ect, for years, its much quicker and easier!

Its pouring here and we have discovered a leak in our roof...my dad went up in the attic to see if he could figure it and between getting yelled at by my mom for not using common sense by going up in the attic during a thunderstorm, he discovered a split rafter that he thinks is the cause. Either that or a damaged shingle we won't know until we can get a good look and the rain isn't letting up anytime soon. I tell ya just our luck!

Okay so I haven't even gone back into my room since my last post, the forum is just too tempting when you are trying clean....

Good luck with the apartment Kristina!


Finn BV - Jul 22, 2006 6:56 pm (#2793 of 2979)

Good luck with the apartment search, Kristina!

We watched the first half of the Harry Potter-David Copperfield tonight. I named it so because the movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Zoë Wanamaker (Madam Hooch), Imelda Staunton, Paul Whitehouse (Sir Cadogan), and Dawn French (Fat Lady).


timrew - Jul 22, 2006 7:46 pm (#2794 of 2979)

I thought I bought my wife the ideal present - the first three years of M.A.S.H. on DVD.

I was going to buy her, "The Good Life", but then I thought, "That's always on TV. What's never on TV in the UK? I know - M.A.S.H. I'll get her that....................

I didn't know she liked it that much, she bought the rest of the series on DVD - it cost her a fortune! It was on for 11 years. Longer than the Korean War!

I'll have to think long and hard about her next present, that's for sure.............


virginiaelizabeth - Jul 22, 2006 8:53 pm (#2795 of 2979)

LOL Tim!

*Good luck charms to Kristina*

Me and Tori just made crepes complete with nutella and powdered sugar! They were quite delish!

Ahh well, I must go back to cleaning my closet out, just thought I'd pop in and say hey.


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 22, 2006 11:15 pm (#2796 of 2979)

How's this for a Slacker Mom Confession? I have been known to use my curling iron to smooth out a hem or iron out a sash. I'm just too darn lazy to pull out the iron - the curling iron is heated up every morning and is ready to go!

Slacker Mom? I don't know Haymoni, does that beat using that spray stuff? or using the iron while wearing the item (careful it gets hot). Now I have my 7 1/2 year olds iron their own clothes in the morning.

My two knuts on the computer, I just bought a new one this week. It is much faster, smarter, and smaller than the old one but I don't actually like it that much. Perhaps we just haven't bonded. When first started using the computer seriously, I used Wordperfect 5.1, and yes it was brilliant.

I did the best charts and graphs for work, I could even calculate complicated formulas on charts, math beyond my normal ability. I loved the reveal codes and could create secret files and knew how to clean up my hard drive....Then I went on maternity leave and when I returned to work, we'd switched to Windows. I never quite got the hang of it, though I have been using it for the past 9 years! I am just hostile and don't like it.


The giant squid - Jul 23, 2006 2:31 am (#2797 of 2979)

azi: I'm a Civilization fan too, but I'm still stuck on CivII (Test of Time, to be precise). I just haven't gotten around to getting III or IV. Finn, just to be clear, the "friend's dad" you referred to is Sid Meier, right?

Tim: One of the reasons given for ending M*A*S*H was that it had run so long. It was still on or near the top of the ratings, but it had been on for 11 years and the Korean war itself only ran for 3. That, and Alan Alda was getting tired of being Hawkeye (which is why he didn't sign on for the spin-off, AfterM*A*S*H). Maybe they'll put that out on DVD in time for her next gifting...



Detail Seeker - Jul 23, 2006 2:45 am (#2798 of 2979)

Mrs. Sirius, Word Perfect 5.1 for DOS was a really good program, the best writing program, you could get at that time. I still like WP more than any other program of its kind, though for graphs, I changed to Visual Xsel, a mighty, but widely unknown german spreadsheet, surpassed only by Origin. The american PlotIt was quite close to that, but not really the same class.

Beware of Adaware ! A german computer testing magazine (CHIP) tested several anti-spyware programms and found n o n e worth its money, but Adaware was last, finding few of the real dangers and not being able to delete those properly. Mc Affee won, but still with the remark, that it offers low help.


Marè - Jul 23, 2006 3:27 am (#2799 of 2979)

Thanks for the link Denise. That was a lovely little story, I'm glad I could read it.

On the weather front, we had a few drops of rain yesterday, except in the south where my parents are. (My mother wants the temperature to drop so very badly)
Still waiting for a thunderstorm though...

And all these stories about curling irons amuse me, I don't even have one. I once used a curling comb and got it completed tangled in my hair. So I stay away from everything that sounds remotely like "curling". (I make an exception for the forums Olympic Team) But I don't iron my pillowcases so maybe I don't need one.

Of to the swimming pool! Enjoy the Rest Of The Day!


Good Evans - Jul 23, 2006 3:58 am (#2800 of 2979)

Gosh lots to catch up again!!

happy belated birthday Doris,

Pillow cases, yes -  I iron them, but not sheets, can't be bothered, no one sees them!!

The Lake House, I am looking forward to seeing it, I dont see why this forum has difficulty understanding that time turners work in order to let you send your mail without breaking the golden rule that you must not be seen!!!!!

yay to Tazzy and Deb on their good news items.

I have a heated curling brush which is a godsend now that my hair is shorter. I have had it about 20 years, So I thoroughly recommend BRAUN, they obviously are made to last!!!

We had fabulous thunder storms here on Friday night and during Saturday, it has really cooled the air fabulously. And Luna didn't bat an eyelid, what a good doggie!!

Hubby still in hospital - hopes to be out on Monday or Tuesday (they have taken him off his blood pressure pills and will want to give him 24 hours when he goes back on them I expect, so I think Tuesday!!)

Youngest stepson turned 15 yesterday, he was bought an electric razor and a hairdryer (well what else!!).

Off to make some lunch and a belated birthday cake. Have a great day everyone. I expect to be here a bit today as I have a pile of work that I must get done as I haven't been in the office !! And of course If I am working on PC, I just need to check threads from time to time

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Puck - Jul 23, 2006 5:36 am (#2801 of 2979)

Solitaire, thanks for supplying the name for that story! I think it was a Hallmark TV movie.

I can't get to FFF either. I'm starting to twitch again.

I went out to see The Devil Wears Prada yesterday. Friends were either busy or out of town, so I went by myself. It was glorious! Between the drive and the movie it was 2 1/2 hours of blissful peace. The movie itself was good. I had finished the book the night before, and Meryl S. was an excellent Miranda. (Though I agree with Tazzy that some of the little details they changed -like the name of the dog- seemed odd. Why?)

More healing charms to Mr. Good Evans.

Happy RotD



VeronikaG - Jul 23, 2006 6:30 am (#2802 of 2979)

*waves to Steffi* Nice chatting with you again!

Tazzy, you new avatar is beyond scary! (To me at least.)

Hi Finn, hi Kathy. Smile

OK funny little story about when Veronika got spooked at Livejournal: Yesterday I received a comment from a person I had never met before. From the user name I understood that it was a boy. He asked me for help with a translation. I wrote a mail to the provided address and said "I'll add you on MSN, but you better not be creepy!" I was in fact a bit creeped out be the user name, it reminded me of a horror movie. The journal was friends locked so I could not find out much about the person except that he seemed to be from Finland. From browsing the friend list I gathered he was a computer geek. But OK; if he was indeed awful I would just ban him from my dysfunctional MSN and lock my LJ.

Today I received an answer to my mail. Scary Finnish guy is an Estonian girl named after a poem. Smile And she's quite nice. I'm helping her translate a tricky document about building policies right now

Happy RotD


Denise P. - Jul 23, 2006 6:56 am (#2803 of 2979)

Puck, it was a Hallmark made for TV movie in 1998 starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Campbell Scott. It currently is not out on DVD (according to Netflix)

My kids are finally sharing! Unfortunately, it is pink eye they are sharing so I am having to medicate several eyes a few times a day. Only two of them have it but it is still goopy looping.


Mediwitch - Jul 23, 2006 7:07 am (#2804 of 2979)

Detail Seeker, I think a combination of tools works the best. We use McAfee, Adaware, SpywareBlaster and Spybot. We had a beta version of Microsoft AntiSpyware, but it has expired and we did not check with Microsoft for a renewal. The combination seems to work pretty well for us; what one misses, another picks up. We are lucky to have a resident "geek" in the family. My step-son is almost finished with his Master's degree in computer science.


Gina R Snape - Jul 23, 2006 7:30 am (#2805 of 2979)
Edited Jul 23, 2006 8:49 am

I consider wrinkles a fashion statement.

I don't iron anything. In fact, I don't even do my own laundry. The people at the laundromat are so much better at it than I, that I just drop it off and pick it up a few days later. It is one of the few bourgoise luxuries afforded me as a city girl, since I haven't got my own washer and dryer.

btw, Mrs. Sirius, I never thanked you for the photos. Thank you! I am having computer problems or I'd post it up on my LJ.

Speaking of which...I will be getting a new Mac. My father is lending me money towards it.

geauxtigers, new Macs now have the capability of running OSX and Windows XP on them, if that's of any interest.


Doris Crockford - Jul 23, 2006 8:26 am (#2806 of 2979)

I'm also a fan of not ironing stuff. It doesn't help that I'm horrible at it anyway. My parents asked me to iron our new tablecloth, then commented that, while it did look a bit better, it was almost as wrinkled as before I had touched it.

It's actually a lot cooler here. I wore pants and a tank top on Thursday, and was comfortable. And yesterday, I was cold for awhile in shorts and a t-shirt.

Veronika, it's much better that you were cautious beforehand, as opposed to wondering how to get rid of some creepy guy. But sounds like she's nice, which is much better than creepy!

Denise, that sounds pretty gross. I just hope that it doesn't put your kids off from sharing anything else!

I just got some unhappy news. I got an email from my neighbour in residence (and one of my best friends), saying she wouldn't be coming back next year! I'm going to miss her so much!

I'm off to have a snack before heading off to a friend's birthday party. Have an awesome day, everyone!


azi - Jul 23, 2006 10:09 am (#2807 of 2979)

Squid Mike - I was very apprehensive about playing Civ IV because I liked Civ II so much and hated Civ III. Turns out it was good! I do prefer Civ II in that you can subvert cities using spies, unlike in Civ IV, but it's only a little thing.

Healing charms to Denise's kids!

Shame about your friend, Doris!

Good luck house-hunting Tazzy!

Congratulations on your new house, Deb!

A mixture of anti-spyware/virus programmes is definitely the best! I have McAfee, Spybot, Adaware and Microsoft Antispyware. In all honesty, the McAfee spyware never picks anything up. The other programs are fine, although the Privacy Service is plain annoying. I also couldn't get in contact with anyone to find out how to enable automatic downloads when using a proxy. I ended up downloading every update manually (and there are a lot of updates!).

The weather is much cooler here in the UK, now! As Good Evans mentioned we had some lovely thunderstorms recently and, forgetting about the slight flooding on the roads around Sheffield (now gone), everything is just about perfect.

Hope everyone has a great day!


Thora - Jul 23, 2006 10:12 am (#2808 of 2979)

Denise, Thanks for the link, loved it. Sorry about the pinkeye, no fun.

I hate to iron, it doesn't help that I'm rotten at it. I have the most difficult time getting my husband's work pants to crease the same way twice, so I'm afraid he often goes to work with the old creases still showing or pants ironed flat because I'd given up on creases that day.

Does anyone else think the movie release date of 7/13/07 doesn't bode well for a 7/7/07 book release date?


geauxtigers - Jul 23, 2006 10:31 am (#2809 of 2979)

well I downloaded Spybot and just like all the others I've tried, the "free" scan will allow you to download and scan for free, but it won't take anything off unless you pay for it. I was so frustraated as was my mom, that she told me to just pay 40 bucks and pray it worked. So far, it keeps freezing before we can get it to delete. I am so aggravated that I paid 40 bucks for this and its not working. Looks like Geek Squad will be visiting my house or my computer will be visiting geek squad soon hopefully.

I really think I want a Mac and That’s cool that you can get them with XP as That’s what we use at school and what I'm used too. Only problem is that while my computer is 3 years old (still not that old, it shouldn't be acting up yet) Ginny's is less than a year old and we aren't going to be buying a computer any time soon. My mom wants to hold out til college then get us each a lap top. I think I'll go to Mac then. Plus we use windows at school and its too hard to transfer things from Mac to Windows as they don't have the same programs. I know several people who have shown up with completed papers, projects ect to find it cannot be opened...

Well I woke up to rain and thunder, its thundering right now and its only 74F but the humiduty is 100% so its only a little better!

well I hope everyone has a great Sunday! **walks off trying to forget tomorrow is Monday**


Solitaire - Jul 23, 2006 10:59 am (#2810 of 2979)

Does anyone else think the movie release date of 7/13/07 doesn't bode well for a 7/7/07 book release date?

I'm afraid I agree ... it buys her more time, because presumably the movie will keep us "placated" for another several months. (I know ... that's what they think!)

Sorry about your kiddies, Denise. I've had some serious difficulties with my eyes in the past, so I am a bit paranoid about any kind of eye infection. I hate when we have a conjunctivitis epidemic in our school. It seems to spread like wildfire. Healing charms to all pink-eyed kids!

Tigers, here is a site with lots of goodies for free. Be sure to read the yellow box (hit PageDown once), as it has something to say about programs that direct you to sites that makes you pay.



virginiaelizabeth - Jul 23, 2006 11:37 am (#2811 of 2979)

Beware of Adaware ! A german computer testing magazine (CHIP) tested several anti-spyware programms and found n o n e worth its money, but Adaware was last, finding few of the real dangers and not being able to delete those properly. Mc Affee won, but still with the remark, that it offers low help. - Detail Seeker

That makes me glad I have Mc Affee!

Its about 76F here right now at 1:30! but it's been raining pretty hard since yesterday afternoon, so that helps.

Time to check threads! Have a great day everyone!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 23, 2006 1:04 pm (#2812 of 2979)

Will everyone please just stop typing for a little while so I can catch up on the 300+ posts.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1437562208


PS It's nice to be back.


Tazzygirl - Jul 23, 2006 1:13 pm (#2813 of 2979)

Thanks for all the good lucks, everyone!

I'm taking a break today and lounging around the house- it's been hotter than usual lately, and I'm over it.

Veronika- How could you say my avatar is scary? He's so cute! (Although I couldn't touch him, as he is poisonous!)

I don't mind ironing, but I don't iron that much. I hang most of my clothes up, so by the time I need to wear them, the wrinkles are mostly out! I do have a pair of extremely stubborn pants that no matter how much you iron, the wrinkles do not come out.

**waves to Maria**

Off to the chat room I think!

Have a fabulous RotD/N!!



Marè - Jul 23, 2006 1:22 pm (#2814 of 2979)

*waves to Veronika* I liked the chat too!

*waves to Maria*: Welcome back.

And on the topic of ironing, I usually save my laundry till I'm out of underwear and really need to start folding, clearing the pile on the couch and ironing. By that time it's such a big pile that I drag the ironing board in front of the tv or computer, start a movie and the ventilator (it's a slightly defunctioning steam ironing thingy so I get a free sauna everytime I use it) and do it all in a few hours.
And I once had pants with creases, I tried to iron it once and then decided that I didn't need the creases anyway.

And has any of the people going to Jo's reading thought about the simple question about what a boggart looks like when it sees no-one? Always thought that would be a question she could answer without much problem.

And Tazzy, your avatar looks like it could have swum (swom, swam?) out of a pixar movie, it is even smiling! Is that a picture you took?


Tazzygirl - Jul 23, 2006 1:31 pm (#2815 of 2979)

Mare- And Tazzy, your avatar looks like it could have swum (swom, swam?) out of a pixar movie, it is even smiling! Is that a picture you took?

Sadly no. I received it in an email a couple days ago, and couldn't resist making it my avatar. I thought it looked like it was smiling too! (All pufferfish like this one look like they are smiling. )

Puck- I meant to say I'm starting to twitch from lack of Potty Five Words too!

**healing charms to Denise's kids!**



Solitaire - Jul 23, 2006 1:50 pm (#2816 of 2979)

I love your little puffer. They are fish that actually have faces, even if they do look like E.T.


Tazzygirl - Jul 23, 2006 1:56 pm (#2817 of 2979)

**chuckling to self** So true, Soli!!



Puck - Jul 23, 2006 2:09 pm (#2818 of 2979)

So, how do all the E.T. haters feel about the puffer fish?

Welcome home, Maria! (& Olivia.)

I think Jo would say no one has ever seen a boggart in such a situation, so nobody knows.

Well, time to make dinner. **twitch twitch**

Kathy **twitch**


azi - Jul 23, 2006 2:16 pm (#2819 of 2979)

I think Jo would say no one has ever seen a boggart in such a situation, so nobody knows.

I was wondering about that. Surely when Mad-Eye Moody checked out the boggart in 12 Grimmauld Place (using his magical eye), the boggart wouldn't know he was looking so Moody would see it's real form?

But anyway, this isn't a HP thread! Today I got a teddy bear from The Bear Factory, and bought the purple wizards hat and clothes to dress him in. He's called George, and is also known as Edward (because I keep accidently calling him that). I did consider 'Albus' but decided such a name would be lacking subtlety.

Welcome back Maria!

**Looks forward to return of Potty Five Words (whenever that'll be)**


geauxtigers - Jul 23, 2006 2:19 pm (#2820 of 2979)

**twitch twitch** *Spazzes out suddenly*

I'm suffering from lack of computer time in general and not having 5 words isn't helping....

Thanks for the link, Soli, was it Soli? I can't remember who...

I like the pufferfish it does look like it could be from a pixar movie, is it a real picture or a computerized one?

Its nice and steamy now that the rain has cleared for the most part.

I finished the Metamorphisis earlier and I have to say I thought it was pretty weird. It didn't have anything to it so I guess I've missed something. Time to review spark notes to see if it clues me in any.... i didn't really like it though.

Well I've been intruding on ginny long enough...or not as she is still cleaning her closet from last night and its 4 pm the next day...lol!


Lilly P - Jul 23, 2006 2:28 pm (#2821 of 2979)

OK, before my killer squirrel story . . . . . . healing charms to Finn's cousin and by the way Finn Monopoly Tycoon is GREAT! Sympathy charms to Denise! and healing charms to the kids!

OK now for the attack squirrel!   I went to take the trash out yesterday and there was a squirrel trapped inside the can, when I opened the can, it jumped out straight at me and went over my shoulder! I screamed so loud that the neighbor came running out of his house! My knees were shaky and I think my heart stopped for a few seconds! From now on, I'm going to kick the can before I open it to make sure nothing moves. I now have my Sammy the Squirrel to rival Blossom the Opposum!


Solitaire - Jul 23, 2006 2:37 pm (#2822 of 2979)

LOL Lilly! I had a 'possum story about ten days ago that sounded sort of like your squirrel story. I'm glad you weren't bitten. That would have been tough.



virginiaelizabeth - Jul 23, 2006 2:57 pm (#2823 of 2979)

LOL about the squirrel Lilly!

I like the pufferfish! He's really cute!

Welcome back Maria!

**Joins Kathy with a few good twitches...**


HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 23, 2006 3:30 pm (#2824 of 2979)

HI! **waves back!** (EDIT: Thank you for the "welcomes".) We had a great time, but it is nice to be back! (Did I mention that already?)

We went kayaking, water trampoline-ing, to the beach, the boardwalk, shopping - it was lots of fun for all! Best of all, no sunburns!

Welcome back to you, too, Mare.

kaykay, I was almost in tears when I read about your little guy! I hope he is well past the 'hurting' and 'fear of tearing it open' stages. Healing and cheering charms to him. I told Olivia (she sends healing charms, too) - was it Nitromonkey who called for you?

Deb, congrats on the new home - how exciting! Can you tell us about it?

Finn, prayers to your little cousin for a long and healthy life! Hope all of his checkups go well.

Denise, hope the kiddies are better soon! Healing charms sent their way. BTW, love the pic!

GEJulie, healing charms and prayers for a quick recovery to Mr. GE. (While on vacation, I found some of the weight you lost - let me know if you want it back!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1242194059)

LOL at the pic, Solitaire! and LOL, Timrew at the SIMS comment!

Many interruptions since I started this post (at 5:10 pm EST) - I will surely remember what I've forgotten as soon as I post this. (Feeling like Neville.)


Oh yeah, azi, you're dating a guy who went out of his way to pick you up because he was concerned for your safety/welfare - DON'T LET HIM GO!

Hi Kathy!! **waves**


Finn BV - Jul 23, 2006 6:01 pm (#2825 of 2979)

Hi Veronika!

Denise, best of luck with the pink eye again!

Thora, two things of Harry Potter within a week is just fine for me!

Welcome back Maria!

LOL azi about the bear's names!

**twitches** This will affect the statistics!! **goes off to mutter about statistics**

Lilly, thanks – I really want to play it!! And LOL about the squirell!

Good news about the cousin, seems like he'll be out in a few days. Yippee! Our members are real Healers…


geauxtigers - Jul 23, 2006 6:06 pm (#2826 of 2979)

Ha ha about the squirrel story Lilly! We have a funny one in our family. I will save Ginny the online embarrassment, but it basically involves a very tricky/convincing Biology teacher, and her having a very blonde moment by thinking that lard (if you aren't familiar with it as I'd never heard of it until then, its fat that comes from pigs, I think, we had to bring it in for an experiment, thus the question of what it was came up) comes from squirrels. I'll stop there before I get into a fight with her for posting this... LOL!

Well I better go try to read the first couple of pages of Pride and Prejudice which so far isn't going well. I'm 3 pages in and totally lost...

That’s great about your cousin Finn!


Tazzygirl - Jul 23, 2006 6:06 pm (#2827 of 2979)
Edited Jul 23, 2006 7:19 pm

Finn- **twitches** This will affect the statistics!! **goes off to mutter about statistics**

I'm right there with you!

And we can't even get to St. Mungo's!!

Ginny (or Tori, sorry, I can't remember who asked)- the fish in my avatar is an actual picture taken by somebody. Don't know who. I originally received the email from my grandmother, and so I thought my grandfather had taken the photo (he's a really good photographer). A few days later I received the same email from a friend of mine... so now I have no idea who took the picture.

Just finished defragging and cleaning disc space on my computer! Managed to clear up three percent of space. LOL.


EDIT: **waves to Tori** first couple of pages of Pride and Prejudice which so far isn't going well. I'm 3 pages in and totally lost... Go to the movie rental store and rent Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth (BBC made it a miniseries, and then turned it into a 2 disc DVD movie.). It's long, but it echoes the book really well. If you miss parts in the book, watch the movie. It gets everything in. (It's also my absolute favorite!!!)


Mediwitch - Jul 23, 2006 6:12 pm (#2828 of 2979)

Well, one teensy part of me isn't too upset that the FFF is down - I've been afraid to look at how many posts I missed there last week on Five Words. At least it didn't continue to grow while I caught up on threads here on the main forum! *casts Shield Charm to duck dungbombs from Finn, Tazzy, and Puck*

EDIT: Stick with it Tori! I just read Pride and Prejudice this summer, and it was excellent! Three pages in isn't really far enough to give it up yet.


Solitaire - Jul 23, 2006 6:22 pm (#2829 of 2979)

Tigers, P&P is my all-time favorite novel. I've read it at least ten times (probably more ... I've lost count). Do you have to read it for a class or something?

Edit: Tazzy is correct about the Colin Firth version of P&P. It is the best of the bunch. I ought to know ... I have the Laurence Olivier-Greer Garson version, the Elizabeth Garvie version, and the Colin Firth version.



virginiaelizabeth - Jul 23, 2006 6:32 pm (#2830 of 2979)

Soli, we are reading it for summer reading and there is 3 weeks for us to both get through it and a 3rd book. I doubt it's going to happen as we both read extremely slow even without babysitting and such. I'm glad there is a good movie about it though! We'll probably end up at Blockbuster!

Tori you couldn't possibly have been more obvious about what the squirrel story is about...

I think I'm going to defrag and clean up my computer as well..it probably needs it.

**twitch, twitch**

I finished cleaning my room and closet@! I can now see my desk! It's amazing!!


Have a great RotN! **twitch**


HungarianHorntail13 - Jul 23, 2006 7:10 pm (#2831 of 2979)

Thanks for the welcomes!

Tazzy, that Pufferfish is so cute!

Finn, we're glad to hear about your grandma! Good to hear about your cousin, hope he stays well.

GE, hope your husband gets well soon.

Solitaire, that ET picture is so funny!

Lol about all the oppossum stories!

Poor baby kaykay! I hate stitches.

I had to hit the magic button because ther were over 600 posts....

We went to the boardwalk while down the shore, and I won a cute little Beta fish. I named him bloop. He's yellow and has some black scales in the shape of a triangle pointing down.



haymoni - Jul 23, 2006 7:29 pm (#2832 of 2979)

Well.....it's over.

Ungrateful Son's team lost today. The score was 8-3, so it wasn't a total blow out. They had a pitcher who could throw that ball so hard & so fast!! It really makes me wonder if that kid's arm is going to last through high school!

I'm very tired. I really should go to bed, but there are so many threads, so little time.

I still can't get to the Fan Fiction Forum. I hope all is well in Potty 5 Word Land.


Puck - Jul 23, 2006 8:20 pm (#2833 of 2979)

Sorry to hear about Ungrateful son's team. Perhaps next year...

None of us can get there, Haymoni. It's a deserted wasteland, I'm afraid. Bound to be lots of cobwebs to clean once the forum is running again. **quiverquivershake** Symptoms progressing.

Miss Universe just ended. I saw bits while doing the dishes and such. I was hoping for Trinidad to win. She was stunning! Is it just me, or does USA always make the top 5, or at least 10? Is that fixed? And what -other than having eyes- qualifies Emmet Smith and Tom Greene as judges? What do they know about pageants?

Maria, what's a water trampoline? Never heard of it. (Oh, haven't tried any of the new recipes yet, but I did toss replace 1/4 of flour with wheat germ in the pancakes this morning. They were yummy. No one noticed.)

Olivia, Mr. Puck showed me how to turn the sound on for my laptop, so I can now hear the "Bloop". Now, I just have to make it to the chat room once in awhile...

Have a great RotD!



geauxtigers - Jul 23, 2006 8:27 pm (#2834 of 2979)

I have heard lots of good things about Pride and Prejudice, I'm going to stick with it because its too late to back out. It seems like one of those books that I'm going to be thinking of a hundred other things while I'm reading it. Like today when I was reading the Metamorphasis i started thinking about France... I ended up having to reread a few paragraphs... i hope this isn't like that I hate when I zone out.

Sorry about Ungrateful son and team, but it sounds like they did well anyway!

Healing charms to Julie's husband and Finn's grandma and cousin, and Denise's family.

**twitch twitch figet figet**

Night everyone!


Solitaire - Jul 23, 2006 9:08 pm (#2835 of 2979)

Metamorphosis? Is that the one about the guy who wakes up one morning to find he has turned into a giant cockroach? I seem to vaguely remember that one. I don't really like Kafka. Jane Austen, however, is probably my favorite author. If you have any questions about P&P, feel free to ask. I read it every year or so, just for fun!



Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 23, 2006 9:19 pm (#2836 of 2979)

Solitaire, wasn't Metamorphosis also the name of a text written by the philosopher Ovid?


Solitaire - Jul 23, 2006 9:26 pm (#2837 of 2979)

Yes, Nathan ... although it is spelled Metamorphoses. I suppose that may have been the one to which she was referring, but the Kafka story was what popped immediately into my brain. I think it is considerably shorter than Ovid's book. Now that I think of it, I've read both ... although my version of Ovid was just an excerpt.



The giant squid - Jul 23, 2006 11:52 pm (#2838 of 2979)

My kids are finally sharing! Unfortunately, it is pink eye they are sharing--Denise P.

Well, it's a start...

Azi, thanks for the tip on CivIV; I was turned off by what I saw of CivIII as well. Maybe I'll give IV a chance after all--assuming I can find the time!

Healing charms to all of you suffering from the galloping twitches...



Snuffles - Jul 24, 2006 12:40 am (#2839 of 2979)

Good luck with finding a new place Kristina

Welcome back Maria and Olivia, hope you had a great time.

Well, I bought 2 goldfish just over a week ago for Olivia as she kept saying she wanted a pet, and I thought this would be the easiest to start off with.

On Saturday while she was out with my niece, I looked at them and found out that the White one was doing the upside down swim! I frantically rushed to the pet shop to replace him and hoped she wouldn't notice! Then this morning when she went to feed them, we found that the replaced fish had also decided to travel onto the next great adventure! I'm beginning to think I should re-name the existing fish Lord V as he seems to be eliminating his companions!

Needless to say I had a very upset little girl this morning before she went to Grandma and Grandads. I have promised to replace the fish again (although she doesn't know it will be again!).

I think I will have to have a word with the pet shop and find out if there is anything I am doing wrong!

Hope everyone has a good Monday


Edit: Joins in with the twitching as FFF is still down!


Tazzygirl - Jul 24, 2006 1:20 am (#2840 of 2979)

Snuffles- I lost many a fish when I first started out. Do you just have a fish bowl or an actual tank? I know with tanks, it takes a while for the water to stabilize all the nutrients and such. As soon as it stabilizes, your fish will last a looong time. I haven't killed a fish in almost a year! (So proud of myself! ) Also, when you bring a new fish home, set the bag with the fish inside into the tank for a couple hours, so the water in the bag with the fish becomes the same temperature as the water in the tank/bowl. If you are using a bowl, then the fish might not be getting enough oxygen in the water. You'd have to get a pump.

Thanks for the good luck! *twitchwhimperwailtwitch*



TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 24, 2006 1:29 am (#2841 of 2979)

Twitchy little ferrets, arn't ye?  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042

Back to my painting and installing new flooring. Have a great day all!

...toddles off mumbling, can't believe its 3:30 AM!...


Marè - Jul 24, 2006 1:51 am (#2842 of 2979)

Pride and prejudice!! *snuggles topic* I recently reread Emma and P&P again. I keep rereading them on yearly basis too.
I must say that I saw the series before reading the book too, it helps with the mental pictures. Also a big plus: aside from having Mr Firth the series has a great Elizabeth!

Good luck to Tazzy and happy (?) painting to TBE (the result should make you happy, right?)


azi - Jul 24, 2006 3:18 am (#2843 of 2979)

Shame about the fish Snuffles. Tazzy's advice might help! Never had a pet myself so I'm no use.

Mare - Where was your picture taken? I like it!

Good luck in finding time, Mike!

3.30am? That's late...or is it early?

Hope everyone has a cheery Monday! It's sunny here, so everything is fine!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 24, 2006 3:24 am (#2844 of 2979)

Since I went to bed at 11:30 PM I guess its early. Thanks for the luck Mare, I'll be happy when its finished!


Loopy Lupin - Jul 24, 2006 5:40 am (#2845 of 2979)

I hope everyone had a good weekend. Everyone, that is, except M. Night Sham. Lady in the Water stumbled out of the gate with $18.2M at the box office this weekend. This is about 3 times what I had hoped for, but it is still sufficiently bad considering that his last film-which-shall-not-be-named opened at $50M. I hope word-of-mouth is strong enough to keep people away in more droves over the coming weeks. It may be too much to ask, but if the film fails to gross more than $60-70M in the US (the reported cost of the fim), then it will be an undeniable failure. More than my own personal feelings, this should be enough to make Warner Bros. wake up and stop thinking about letting him get his hands on HBP or Book 7.

Box Office Mojo sums up my thoughts precisely:



HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 24, 2006 6:06 am (#2846 of 2979)

Happy Monday, everyone!

Goldfish are tough, Snuffles - esp. if your child is sensitive. Sometimes you get one and it lives forever and sometimes they're, well, like the two you had. LOL at the name you're considering for the survivor.

Sounds like nice weather, azi. It is to be sunny and 88 deg. F here.

The two children from my Sunday School class are here today (they're the two whose mom died back in May). All seems well, but I know the younger one (boy) has had some problems with some of the places he's stayed in. Luckily, there is a lot to do here. I figure their dad will be here around 5:30 for them. I am making meatballs in the crock pot so he has dinner to take home with him when he comes to pick them up.

Hooray for new flooring (haven't we been through this with someone else) and fresh paint, TBE!

Waiting for that new avatar, azi. . .

And to the Little werewolves, hope you're recovering all right from the bronchitis.

EDIT: Question I'm considering for JKR on 8/1 to console Loopy: Would you please promise your fans that M. Night Sham. will not be allowed anywhere near Warner Bros. when considering filming and actually filming any of the remaining HP movies?


haymoni - Jul 24, 2006 6:34 am (#2847 of 2979)

HH11 - great question!

And how nice are you, preparing dinner for that family!


Puck - Jul 24, 2006 7:06 am (#2848 of 2979)

Maria, you are a wonderful friend.

Twitchy little ferrets, arn't ye? –TBE

LOL! Perhaps we should have a support group meet in the chat room tonight?

Remodeling at 3:30am?! Okay, you need to revoke any slacker status you may have held previously. Were you ever in the military? I'm thinking of that line about "We do more before 7am than most people do all day."

Happy RotD,



Snuffles - Jul 24, 2006 7:11 am (#2849 of 2979)


I have just a smallish rectangular fish tank with a lid. (air holes of course. I chose this type to stop any unwanted food being fed to the fish!!)

The place I bought them from said as the tank was only small I wouldn't need a pump, so long as I had 2 fish for the oxygen thingy!

I have to take in a sample of fish water tonight so they can check it, but as Max the original goldfish seems to be ok they don't think anything can be wrong. They did say it could just be a case of bullying I think I will definitely have to change his name to Lord V !

On another note, I was wondering if anyone can tell me something. The book I am reading at the moment has said something about 'bangs'. This is in relation to hairstyles. Can anyone tell me what is a 'bang'? Thanks



Loopy Lupin - Jul 24, 2006 7:26 am (#2850 of 2979)

Ooooh. Good question HH11!!! I hope you submit it and that it gets asked.
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Holly T. - Jul 24, 2006 7:31 am (#2851 of 2979)

Julie--I think "bangs" are also known as "fringe."

Ginny and Tori--I highly recommend the audiobook of Pride and Prejudice. My daughter and I listened to it this spring after we saw the new movie version and we really enjoyed it. (My son hated it, but too bad for him.) We are in the car a lot and audiobooks are great for that.

Over the weekend I cleaned out the closet where the kids dumped all of their school stuff in May. Since school starts in 3 weeks I figured it was time to finally go through it all. I also set up my new computer (an iMac with Intel inside) and set up the router and networked the upstairs and downstairs computer (and only had to call EarthLink tech support, who are much more helpful than SBC Yahoo/AT&T tech support, once).

For anyone who thinks kids today would rather stay inside and play video games, my son and his buddy spent most of yesterday afternoon outside making almost $20 at a lemonade stand (they paid back his friend's parents for the supplies and split the profits so my son cam home from his playdate with about $Cool. Of course, since I figured they would just be staying indoors and building things with Legos or playing video games, I didn't have him put on sunscreen before he went to his friend's house. So he is sunburned.

My daughter's report on the effects of the heat at Girl Scout camp: "The Brownies were dropping like flies."


Gina R Snape - Jul 24, 2006 10:23 am (#2852 of 2979)

Ack! What happened? Was WX down for a bit?


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 24, 2006 10:46 am (#2853 of 2979)

You and your avatar are just too much Gina!

And yes WX left us stranded again.

...toddles off, twitch, toddle, twitch...


Solitaire - Jul 24, 2006 10:47 am (#2854 of 2979)

Bangs and fringe are definitely the same thing, if we are talking about the hair that hangs down over one's forehead. Why the change, I have absolutely no idea! Fringe really does describe it much better!

Sorry to hear about the fishies ... better luck with the new ones.

Regarding P&P, Mare ... I thought Jennifer Ehle was a great Lizzy, too. Susannah Harker played the character of Jane well and did have her more statuesque physique; but I confess, I did not think her the breathtaking beauty that Jane is supposed to be. I loved Mr. Collins! Wasn't he just the biggest sycophantic toady you ever saw? LOL (Tigers--Tori?--it is worth reading P&P just to get to Mr. Collins!)

I would like to see a better Kitty and Lydia. For some reason, they always use actresses too old for the roles (15 & 17). Mr. Bingley's sisters were perfectly obnoxious ... as they were supposed to be. Words fail me for Mrs. Bennet. The actress who played her certainly succeeded in making her one of the most irritating characters on television. I think I need to reread P&P ... my mental picture of Mrs. Bennet is different from any portrayal I've ever seen. Alas ... earwax!

BTW, Tori, when you read Mansfield Park, you will find out how Filch's cat, Mrs. Norris, came by her name and why she behaves as she does! Actually, I the cat is nicer than the person!



Puck - Jul 24, 2006 10:50 am (#2855 of 2979)

Gina, I haven't had any WX general problems, but the FFF seems to be down at the moment.

Bangs refers to hair cut short so it covers the forehead. "Lunatic fringe" I remember it being called in a Laura Ingalls Wilder book.

Julie, it may seem harsh, but fish are a good opportunity to introduce children to the concept of death. Better for them to have a first experience with it being a fish, hamster or bird than a close relative. Let me know if you're having trouble. I was the teacher called upon to talk to the kids when a class pet died. (My boss thought I was good at this. Yup. The kids liked to see me coming. )



Mediwitch - Jul 24, 2006 11:17 am (#2856 of 2979)

Ack! I am having WX problems...I don't even know if this post will go through. WX is VERRRRYY slow to respond; I opened another window and went to The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet and they open lickety-split! I suppose someone is trying to tell me to get back downstairs to the partially cleaned basement project that I started several weeks ago and attempted to resume today...

EDIT: This time the post went through really quickly!

EDIT 2: Thanks, Solitaire! It seems to be working fine now, anyway. Well, back to the dungeon basement!


Solitaire - Jul 24, 2006 11:28 am (#2857 of 2979)

I've had a couple of incidents in the last few days where I could not get into the Forum. I also had a couple of incidents where I wrote posts, hit "post message," and then got the "page not found" sign in front of me. The problems didn't last long, and I had other things to keep me occupied, so ... Anyway, Mediwitch, it isn't just you.



Gina R Snape - Jul 24, 2006 12:18 pm (#2858 of 2979)

Good to know. I was starting to feel a little twitchy.

Thanks, TBE. I was in Whole Foods on Sunday and saw a bag of "Snapea Crisps" which immediately caught my eye. A friend of mine took off that pesky extra "a" at the end and voila! New avatar.


azi - Jul 24, 2006 12:33 pm (#2859 of 2979)

The forum is not very happy today! Slow to load! I also just had another very random problem that I'm going to post on the Hosts thread. Basically, I was suddenly logged in under someone else’s username. Random it was!

I am changing my avatar soon, Maria! As soon as I get something to shrink to the right size.


Solitaire - Jul 24, 2006 12:38 pm (#2860 of 2979)

Gina, whenever I see those in Trader Joe's (which I will a couple of times a week), I'll think of you!

BTW, Azi, you can use PowerPoint to shrink photos and add things to them. Just save them as gifs or jpgs. You are correct about the forum being slow. I do not see much action here today. People do not seem to be posting too much. Well, maybe they are out playing.



Denise P. - Jul 24, 2006 12:39 pm (#2861 of 2979)

Azi, it is not anything the Hosts can fix. The problem seems to be on the World Crossing side and all we can do is wait until it is fixed.


azi - Jul 24, 2006 12:43 pm (#2862 of 2979)

Ok, Denise! I couldn't post on the Hosts thread anyway, as I apparently reverted back to the other users name. I was me when writing the post...but not when I tried to post it.

Solitare - I have lots of photo programs! It's just I can never get it to compress properly. It will work soon!


Tazzygirl - Jul 24, 2006 12:45 pm (#2863 of 2979)

I haven't had any problems with the main Forum today, FFF is still giving me twitches though.

Snuffles, I hope everything with the fish work out! I had two goldfish together, and they seemed fine. They lived together for a year, and then the older of the two decided it was time to leave.

I thought Jennifer Ehle made an awesome Lizzy- the actor who portrayed Jane was ok. The actor who played the mother definitely did a fantastic job! There was an interview in the bonus features of how she came up with the character. So glad my mom isn't like that! And Mr. Collins... Definitely a character worth reading! LOL

There was something else I was going to say/reply to, but I forgot.

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



Gina R Snape - Jul 24, 2006 12:49 pm (#2864 of 2979)

Thanks, Solitaire. Come to think of it, I think I snapped this picture in Trader Joe's and not Whole Foods.

Have you tried them? I probably should have bought a bag and had a taste, eh?


Good Evans - Jul 24, 2006 12:58 pm (#2865 of 2979)

Gina - love that Avatar!!!!!!!

Denise - sorry about the kids and their pink eye - what is pink eye anyway????


house is now a tip - how do they do that????????

thanks for all the healing charms - you all worked your magic well.

Thanks for telling me what "bangs " referred to - you know I didn't have a clue and thought it was sideburns or something!!! HA HA HA

have a lovely rest of day - is the FFF still off line???



haymoni - Jul 24, 2006 1:08 pm (#2866 of 2979)

Pink eye is conjunctivitis - you know, that thing dragons get.

Lunatic Fringe - isn't that a song? Red Rider, I believe. Oh, I am so old.


Chemyst - Jul 25, 2006 10:58 am (#2867 of 2979)

During the time the last couple dozen posts were being made, I was getting a "Server has exceeded their memory" message. There ought to be a charm for that, don't you think?


Solitaire - Jul 25, 2006 11:50 am (#2868 of 2979)

Chemyst, I got that most of the afternoon yesterday, and I was still getting it when I knocked off for the night. Eventually, I was getting the same thing on the temporary thread.

Today, I am having problems with my high-speed cable connection (excellent signal, no connectivity, whatever that means), so I am using the dinosaur. Actually, this computer is nice--a Dell Dimension 8100 with a Pentium 4 1.8 ghz processor. It's the connection that's the dinosaur--48.0 kbps (yes, that is correct). I'm connected to the County Superintendent of Schools office isp, and it started out pretty cheap. Alas, it is now both slow and $20/month, so I think I can do better.

As soon as my high-speed decides to work again, I think I will download PeoplePC to a CD or something and then load it onto this computer--or maybe I'll just order it and have them send it via snailmail. It isn't high-speed, but it is considerably faster and cheaper than what I currently have.

Gina, are those crisps dried soybeans? If so, I cannot have them. Long story.

That frown is also for the weather. It is not yet noon and already 105 F. We are expecting 110 F. today. Thank heavens it will be cool at the beach. My sister and I leave Friday at noon for the weekend at my cousin's beach house in Morro Bay ... right on the beach. The temps are supposed to be mid-60s to low 70s. One can only hope they stay as projected.



Tazzygirl - Jul 25, 2006 11:56 am (#2869 of 2979)

It's back!! **hugs forum** EDIT: but the FFF is not... At least I got in there last night! LOL

**healing charms to your internet connection, Soli!**

Off to the waterpark!

Have a lovely RotD/N everyone!!



Loopy Lupin - Jul 25, 2006 11:59 am (#2870 of 2979)

Denise - sorry about the kids and their pink eye - what is pink eye anyway???? -- Good Evans

Here's the wikipedia take on pink eye:


I've been frustrated by WC. I've not had a forum, as it were, to express my pleasure at Lady in the Water's poor performance. Here's an article that's right on point:



The giant squid - Jul 25, 2006 12:27 pm (#2871 of 2979)

I'm rather pleased by the weekend Box Office numbers. Lady in the Water didn't do as well as expected but Clerks II did. It looks like the moviegoing are finally saying, "We're tired of overblown drama with twist endings. We want a donkey show!"

Or something like that.

I kept getting the "out of memory" message all last night, hence the two-day gap between my posts. Luckily for me y'all were having the same problem, so I didn't have too many posts to catch up on.



Kip Carter - Jul 25, 2006 12:34 pm (#2872 of 2979)

Welcome back to each of you! I do not have any answer at present as to why the servers have been experiencing so many problems of late, especially those during the last sixteen plus hours.

Thank you each for having patience with the system. I am sure that World Crossing was working as hard as possible to correct the problems. Enough said for the present!


virginiaelizabeth - Jul 25, 2006 1:17 pm (#2873 of 2979)

AHHHHHHH! Finally it's back!! **Joins Kristina and hugs forum**

Soli, We read Kafka's version of the Metamorphosis. It was 52 pages long, which scared me a bit as it seemed to short, but I've been to several sites that have confirmed it's shortness. IMO, Kafka was crazy. I can't even see the meaning or purpose of that book. Every book I've ever read for school, regardless of liking it or not, I have seen the themes and meanings of it. I don't see it with this one!

I think I might go get P&P on tape Holly, thanks for the suggestion. We generally listen to books on tape during long road trips. Good idea!

Me and my friend used to do lemonade stands allllll the time. We were planning on building a club house with our total earnings of about $44! yeah that did work out for us!!

Healing Charms to your kids Denise. Pink eye is a bummer!

It has been raining all week so the temperature is way down. We went to get uniforms today, and of course it's pouring, well there was an umbrella at the back door. I threw it in the car then turned to lock the back door, when Tori screamed. There was a huge frog that had jumped inside the umbrella and got in our car. We ended up getting it out with 2 fishing nets and one of those orange plastic cone thingys that we found in the storage room! It was scarry!

Off to chat up on threads! Have a great RotD everyone!!

**hugs forum again**


 HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 25, 2006 1:20 pm (#2874 of 2979)

Yay, I got on! Chemyst, I was receiving that same error. I have had it before and figure that either WX is having difficulties, or they are doing some sort of update, so I just keep trying.

Unfortunately, my computer problem was not so easy to fix - it has a Trojan Horse virus and it has taken me all day to try and rid it of the darn thing. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 3906177977 It shows that there are no viruses, but I am still going at it, as I was having trouble viewing my files under "registry editor". I am sure Symantec had a tool to fix that but I cannot find it on their site. (I'm on Olivia's computer now.)

Kathy, I will try to download a pic of the water trampolines. They are fun - even Trevor enjoyed them!

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

A good tip, though: If you have a young one, like Trevor, it is best to go late (5pm-ish, so there are fewer people and he can have a trampoline to himself. That way he doesn't get bounced around too much and will not be frightened.)

Thanks, Kip for confirming our suspicions.

Lina, are you going to be on Chat anytime soon?

Enjoy the RotD/N everyone.



Gina R Snape - Jul 25, 2006 1:47 pm (#2875 of 2979)

Solitaire, am I to assume you have a soy allergy or a snape allergy?  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 858139975

Actually, I've no idea what the snack consists of. I'll have to buy a bag next time I'm in Trader Joe's.

ETA: Just googled them. They are made of peas. http://www.snacksalad.com/products.html


Viola Intonada - Jul 25, 2006 1:53 pm (#2876 of 2979)

I love "Pride and Prejudice". I just finished reading it last night (second read through). First time I read it I had troubles keeping track of which "Miss Bennett" was speaking, but watching one of the movies helped clear some of that up.

As I get older, I find it much more difficult to remember the stories I've read. When I was a teenager, I hated rereading books because I remembered too much. Now I find that I can barely remember the main plot let alone any details. Does anyone else have this problem?

Summer is going way too fast! The kids go back to school in one month!

Stay cool everyone!


Solitaire - Jul 25, 2006 1:56 pm (#2877 of 2979)

LOL Gina! Perhaps a Snape allergy ... we shall have to see! Actually, I am in the process of being diagnosed--I've had doc appointments galore all summer--for "thyroid issues" and (this was a shock) possible type 2 diabetes. I also have an enlarged thyroid, and soy is apparently one of the no-nos for that. I am disappointed, as I have "gone soy" on a lot of things: hotdogs, Tofutti, hamburger substitutes, soy-fortified cereals, to name a few. The diabetes business is the scariest, but since this is the first time my blood sugar has been other than perfect, they are holding off on that diagnosis and checking me again in sixty days, to see if my adjusted medications and laying off simple sugars have stabilized things. It hasn't been a particularly pleasant summer for me.

Ginny and Tori, if you have any questions about P&P, feel free to ask. I love that book, and if you give it a fair chance, I think you will, too. I know you will love Mr. Collins ... he really is comical.



Solitaire - Jul 25, 2006 2:12 pm (#2878 of 2979)

Does anyone else have this problem?

For me, it is just "selective memory," I think. I choose not to remember, so that I can savor what is happening as I read it. It could also be that, now you are older, you have read so many books that it takes longer to search through your brain's "hard drive" for details. You have a lot more information stored there now than you did as a teenager. Therefore, there are a lot more chances to mix up things.

Viola, have you ever read Presumption by Julia Barrett? It is a "sequel" to P&P written by a fan. It focuses on many of the same characters, with Georgiana Darcy being the central figure this time. Lady Catherine gets a new "headache" by the end of the book, too. hehe It's no P&P, but I didn't totally hate it. I guess I'm going to have to check out some of the other sequels ... they sound interesting, too.



Finn BV - Jul 25, 2006 2:33 pm (#2879 of 2979)

Yay!! This forum and the FFF are back!!! **hugs forum and does happy dance***

I was sad to see that My Super Ex-Girlfriend didn't do so well at the box office, speaking of movies this weekend. It looks stupid but rather entertaining. I'm hoping to go see it this weekend, though Woody Allen's Scoop would take precedence over this.

Didn't really read through the 50 posts, though I saw Gina's avatar and giggled. I see those in Trader Joe's too!


Lina - Jul 25, 2006 2:41 pm (#2880 of 2979)

Woo hoo, survivors! How are you feeling?
The WX has decided to give me the servers down as a birthday present which I didn't really appreciate.

Ginny, I think that the meaning of the Metamorphosis is the meaninglessness. At the time that I was reading it, I enjoyed the stories without the meaning, I enjoyed even to do things without the meaning... I enjoyed Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett too although I started to read it twice and never managed to come to the end. I still wonder how it ends? But I liked Kafka's Process indeed. That seemed like a totally realistic thing to me, especially more than 20 years ago, just as Orwell's 1984.

We had those fire fighting airplanes (are they called Canadian airplanes around the world too?) flying over the roof of our building last three days in a row. And just at the time that I decided to ask for the Forum charms for those fires to stop, the Forum was down. But the charms worked anyway because it finally rained today and they are not flying any more. We were not really endangered, but I just hate that feeling that someone is struggling somewhere and those planes reminding you of the struggle every few minutes...

I'm actually a little worried because it was such a real summer this month, I honestly hope that the autumn will not start next week when my vacation starts.

Maria, I'm in the chat room right now. The guests gone and the kids in bed.


Solitaire - Jul 25, 2006 2:52 pm (#2881 of 2979)

At least you have a real autumn, Lina. Here, we get about 2 weeks, if we're lucky ... at the end of November. Really, it is HOT until Halloween. That is generally the first night when it is actually cool enough for a sweater. After that, it cools down to about 80 F. for a week or so. Then the leaves start to turn, and by Thanksgiving, they are gone. That's it for our autumn.



Marè - Jul 25, 2006 3:11 pm (#2882 of 2979)

Wooohoo forums back!

Happy birthday Lina!

P&P (new abbreviation? ) the series, I loved so many of the actors, yes mr Collins was unbelievable, and the actor did a very good job being just as annoying. Just as Lizzie I couldn't believe Miss Lucas in accepting his proposal. He would have suited Mary better, they were both pompous.
But I liked Susannah Harker as Jane, she is a very classic beauty, I think. The girl who played the younger sister in "Last of the mohicans" has the same kind of look.
And how old was the actress playing Lydia? :looks at IMDB: O dear 27, that's a bit old to be playing a 15 year old. And she was in AbFab (Absolutely Fabulous) too, I hadn't even recognised her.

I'm still waiting to find a nice offer on the DVD's, I did buy season 1 of "the House of Elliot" lately. (Also a lovely BBC serie) And as for the books, I never read any of the sequels, I'm too afraid they will spoil that "world" for me. But now I am curious as to who gives Lady Catherine a new headache? Is it Georgiana? Please Solitaire, I need some spoilers now!

And I'm crossing my fingers for a good result on your diagnosis.

And Azi, the city in my picture is Regensburg, in the South of Germany. It was the last place we visited on this vacation. It's a lovely old city with a very lovely brand new shopping mall! (teehee)


Winky Woo - Jul 25, 2006 3:30 pm (#2883 of 2979)

Happy Birthday

****************** Lina! *****************

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geauxtigers - Jul 25, 2006 3:46 pm (#2884 of 2979)

**Hugs Forum** now I can stop twitching!

I am going to keep up with P&P I have a feeling I'll like it just because it doesn't get such great reviews for nothing, its just the language that tends to confuse me, how its worded and I don't do well with that...

Its been raining here all day and hasn't stopped, not hard, but a steady rain. Its making me sleepy... We went to get uniforms today and the skirts we tried on were so starched that they stood up by themselves! It was funny...then we went to Target and got some Rain-X and the stuff for eggs benedict for dinner tonight! Got a Starbucks too it was rainy, 72F and very Seattle-like so we thought it was fitting!

healing charms to the pink-eye kiddos!

Happy Birthday Lina!!!

geek Squad is coming Thursday to have a look at the computer! WOO!

Have a good Tuesday!


Julie Aronson - Jul 25, 2006 3:51 pm (#2885 of 2979)

Happy birthday, Lina!


Chemyst - Jul 25, 2006 3:56 pm (#2886 of 2979)

If you can't see the meaning or purpose of Metamorphosis then that is a good thing because it shows you are sane and haven't had your reasoning corrupted! That was one of the stories I checked out on Spark Notes because it was on a suggested list and I wanted to see if it was worth assigning to my kids. Spark says,

   To attempt to wade through the secondary literature is more than likely to drown in it. The interpretations seem endless, and endlessly possible (if variously plausible). The psychoanalysts, the Marxists, the Symbolists, the New Critics, the biographers--all have thrown their well-worn hats into the ring. The ability of the story to support so many divergent formulations of its "meaning" is clearly one of The Metamorphosis's most salient features.

In the end I decided there is so much better stuff available that is actually edifying and not mired in relativism that we skipped it. Why should I search for a meaningful purpose from an author who was mentally ill?

They [Snape Crisps] are made of peas. — Ohh, (lightbulb moment!) it's snap peas!

Happy Birthday Lina!   …and may your cake never see the inside of Hagrid's coat pocket.


Catherine - Jul 25, 2006 4:02 pm (#2887 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Lina! …and may your cake never see the inside of Hagrid's coat pocket.—Chemyst

Oooh. Eek!

LOL, Claire requested a Sponge Bob Square Pants cake this year. The young lady who bakes these cakes (OK--you guys KNOW I'm domestically inept) seemed inspired.

I'm glad to see WX back on a more even keel. I kept checking the Lex's "Forum" page in case I would see an update, which Kip so thoughtfully provided.

Hope everyone is well.


virginiaelizabeth - Jul 25, 2006 4:23 pm (#2888 of 2979)

LOL Chemyst! It's definitely not worth it! I read it in an hour and a half. That's pretty much why I read it-it was short! I was planning on checking out Spark notes before having to write the report on the 1st day of school. There are just so many books out there that have a much stronger and better themes and such so I don't get why they even out that book on our list! It was pointless!

Happy Birthday Lina!!! (Winky that much have taken you an hour to write!)

Catherine I saw the cutest Spongebob cake at Target today! It was made out of cupcakes and it was in the shape of a pineapple with those little plastic characters on it! It was sooo cute!


Catherine - Jul 25, 2006 4:32 pm (#2889 of 2979)

Catherine I saw the cutest Spongebob cake at Target today! It was made out of cupcakes and it was in the shape of a pineapple with those little plastic characters on it! It was sooo cute!

That does sound cute. Our Target, alas earwax, is minus a bakery. Our Walmart, which was very nice in my hometown, is really icky here. Our "good mall" had a gang shooting on the 4th of July, so all of us Moms pretty much adore "Tar-jhay."

I have a love affair with Target. Mr. Catherine knows that I can "pop in" to buy something and end up spending way too much money. Cute flip-flops; the toy your child wants for her birthday; the new movie on DVD; shampoo guaranteed to make you look like a Breck girl; a beach chair with polka-dots in a color combo you can't resist...You all get the picture.


Lavandula - Jul 25, 2006 5:13 pm (#2890 of 2979) Reply
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Wooohoo forums back! –Mare

My sentiments exactly.

So I am spending my quiet (the-kids-are-still-in-bed-and-Mr. L-has-left-for-work-so-I-get-the-computer-to-myself) time this morning and to my horror I find that terrible message!AAARRRRRRGGGGGG! What is a teacher on summer vacation who is trying really hard to live up to "Slacker Mom" Status supposed to do?

No Lexicon to wake up to???????????????

Well, I did the only logical thing I could do: bake oatmeal-raisin cookies, wash the foyer floor, change the sheets on the bed, etc.

I am so happy now!!!!!!

Denise- Healing Charms for the pink eye. I'm dealing with impetigo which my daughter brought home from her trip to Europe. YUCK to ITCHY, CONTAGIOUS STUFF!!!

Good day everyone,



Viola Intonada - Jul 25, 2006 5:18 pm (#2891 of 2979)

Target is a great place to shop. We didn't have one near us until 5 years ago. (It was awful not having a Target) I always buy way more than I went in for.

I've never read (nor even knew about) sequels to P&P, Solitare. I will have to find that one. I'm always looking for new reading material. (Though at the rate my memory has been declining, I probably could reread 3/4 of my library!)

Happy Birthday, Lina!


Lavandula - Jul 25, 2006 5:59 pm (#2892 of 2979)

This is Mr. L and I'm the proud husband of a true "summer" slacker mom. It was a treat today to come home to homemade oatmeal cookies and a clean house! Now if I could just get her to stop making her favorite for dinner...RESERVATIONS!!!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 464751818


Puck - Jul 25, 2006 6:07 pm (#2893 of 2979)

Happy belayed birthday, Lina!

Target is the place you always spotted all the other moms after dropping our kids off at preschool. Best prices around for baby food, and the toys selection may be more limited than the big chain toy store, but the prices are better. I find it much cleaner than Walmart.

Kristina, five words is back!

Thanks for the trampoline pictures, Maria!

Okay, I'm off to bed. I hadn't even noticed the regular forum was down, as I was too tired to get online. I've been ill. Just started the antibiotics, so I should hopefully start to notice an improvement soon.

Happy RotD,



Solitaire - Jul 25, 2006 6:30 pm (#2894 of 2979)

Mare, I LOVED House of Elliot! I'd forgotten about that series, it was such a long time ago.

On P&P ... I agree, Mary Bennet would have been a much better match for Mr. Collins. She is as pompous as he is ... although I honestly believe he thinks he is a pretty special guy. I never cease to marvel at how stupid Mrs. Bennet can be. She should have suggested Mary to Mr. Collins in the first place. That she suggested Lizzy at all shows how little she knew or cared for her daughter. Lest you balk at my characterization, remember that in Chapter 18, we see this sentiment of Mrs. Bennet's: Elizabeth was the least dear to her of all her children; and though the man and the match were quite good enough for her, the worth of each was eclipsed by Mr. Bingley and Netherfield.

Mare, Kitty is Lady Catherine's new headache in Presumption. hehe Is your brain reeling at how those two could ever possibly come into contact? You will have to read the book to find out ... or you could check out The Republic of Pemberley, a Jane Austen site. I'm betting they have all the dirt there. Here is a link to the Sequels page. Some are actual books that you can buy, and I think some are just fanfic books that you can read online. It has been years since I checked that site, and I am surprised at how many additional sequels there are for P&P. I think it is a testament to how beloved the book really is.

One thing we do learn in Presumption is that Lady Catherine's daughter, Anne knew about the Wickham-Georgiana thing. She confronts Georgiana in a very snotty way. But Anne and Lady Catherine do learn lots of interesting lessons in this book.

Happy Birthday, Lina!



Thora - Jul 25, 2006 6:43 pm (#2895 of 2979)

Presumption? I must have missed something here, is that an actual Austen that I've never heard about, or a "non-author written sequel"?

Hello all, I guess I missed a big break down while I was off for a bit, hope the cold compress had restored all to a normal state. I spent a good deal of my time listening to the books on cd, and the pleasant effect was that I've had vaguely HP dreams all night the last few nights while my poor husband awakes after 8 hours of fixing machines in his dreams and heads out the door to fix more. I'm so blessed.


Eponine - Jul 25, 2006 6:47 pm (#2896 of 2979)

Loopy, I've seen several rather blunt reviews of Lady in the Water, but since they all used not-so-family-friendly language, I won't link to them. I haven't seen anyone who was impressed by the movie at all.

I adore Pride and Prejudice. It's one of my favorite books. I received the 95 miniseries on DVD last Christmas, and I'm pretty sure I've watched it about once a month since then. I did watch the most recent incarnation with Keira Knightley, and I didn't hate it.

There are actually more sequels to P&P. We have several at the library, but the only title I can remember at the moment is Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife. That one, I believe, is a more *ahem* racy sequel. There's also a series that has Lizzy and Darcy solving mysteries after they get married. I've never read any of the sequels, but a quick search at Amazon revealed a lot more than I knew existed.

We had a good time at the beach this weekend. I missed a couple spots with sunscreen, so I only got a tiny sunburn. I spent two days doing absolutely nothing but sitting under the beach tent thing reading Wodehouse and Sayers. It was a lovely trip.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Solitaire - Jul 25, 2006 7:00 pm (#2897 of 2979)

Thora, Presumption is a published fanfic sequel to P&P written by Julia Barrett. If you look at the link I posted, you will see that it is by no means the only one. I happened upon it accidentally, when I was a member of QPBC, and ordered it immediately.

Eponine, I just bought the Keira Knightley (sounds like she should be in Emma!) version of P&P. I've been saving it to watch on my cousin's big screen home theatre this weekend, when we go to the beach. I will be taking all four HPs, as well! **humming Hedwig's theme**

BTW, which Sayers did you read?



Mediwitch - Jul 25, 2006 7:14 pm (#2898 of 2979)

Hooray for getting the forum back! I missed my daily dose.

Pride and Prejudice was one of those books I always meant to read but never seemed to get to until this summer. Now I wish I had read it sooner as I liked it so much! I'm just about to start Emma now.

Kathy, hope you are starting to feel better.

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) we do not have a Target anywhere near us. But I love to go to Target whenever we visit relatives! We keep hoping we will get one some day.


Finn BV - Jul 25, 2006 7:17 pm (#2899 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Lina!

Tonight was this summer's Festival Night at my music camp, meaning the one year anniversary of the infamous crash cymbal incident. Apparently, my percussion teacher and the Wind Ensemble conductor seem to have forgotten this, because I play crash cymbals on every piece tonight! And, I did perfectly! Woohoo! This included a medley of Pirates music, and the Bacchanale from "Samson and Delilah." During rehearsals I have been commended for leading the percussion section, and for "always coming in at the right time." (I quote the conductor on that one!) So, something improved.


Mediwitch - Jul 25, 2006 7:18 pm (#2900 of 2979)

Congrats, Finn! Sounds like it was a “smashing” success!
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Eponine - Jul 25, 2006 7:25 pm (#2901 of 2979)

BTW, which Sayers did you read? – Solitaire

This time? I've just started Five Red Herrings but I've been reading a lot of her lately. I've read about 6 of her books this year already. I just love Lord Peter.


Holly T. - Jul 25, 2006 7:39 pm (#2902 of 2979)

Woohoo the forums are back!

I saw another new sequel to P&P the other day--Mr. Darcy's Daughters wherein the five daughters of Darcy and Elizabeth are now looking for husbands.

Where did I see this book? Target. :-) I bought groceries (I love Super Target), school supplies, school clothes, etc.

I've even made up a song (be glad you can't hear me singing over the Internet) about how much I love Target.

Finn, I thought of you the other day when my daughter picked The Sound of Music as one of the DVDs to take with her to watch in the car (my parents took her to Colorado for the week). She also took GoF and I don't know what else.

She keeps calling (on her new cell phone) to gloat about how much cooler it is in Colorado than it is here.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1242194059


Tazzygirl - Jul 25, 2006 7:41 pm (#2903 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Lina!! Hope your day was fantastic!

**healing charms to Denise's kids!**

Just got back from the waterpark. It was perfect- not too hot. No rain. I think Wednesday until Sunday we are supposed to be getting massive amounts of rain, as hurricane turned tropical storm Daniel is heading this way. The Big Island is going to get the most of it, as it is traveling directly over the island, and then veers off. We'll see how it goes!

Congrats Finn, on a successful concert night!

Off to Five Words!! w00t!!!!


EDIT: took me forever to write all this... cooking dinner too. Anyways, Mr. Darcy's Daughters is really good. I bought and read it a couple months ago. There are also I believe two more books in the series focusing on the two oldest daughters. It is written in the same dialogue as the original P&P. Highly recommend it!

EDIT: *waves to Finn* See you there!!


Finn BV - Jul 25, 2006 7:42 pm (#2904 of 2979)

Awww, Holly, I'm touched. I feel so out of it – I haven't watched TSOM in ages! Glad she enjoyed Colorado.

Kristina, I'll see you there!!


DJ Evans - Jul 25, 2006 7:49 pm (#2905 of 2979)

Hey Everyone! Healing charms to those who are in need. Happy Birthday Lina! Hope it was a great one & there are many more to follow.

Congrats Finn! YAY Wish we could all have been there to have heard you play.

Thanks everyone on the nice comments on the new house. Hopefully we'll start moving in about 3 weeks.

My back went out on me this past weekend, so I've been nursing it. Today it's eased up quite a bit, so I think the worst is over with.

Oh & I got another monitor -- my niece loan me one till I can get a new one. This one is 17" & boy is it nice to have that extra 2".

I love Target! We don't have one here either but I used to shop there quite a bit when I could. Hmmm, will have to check if the town we are moving to has a Target.

Have a good evening/day one & all.

Later, Deb


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 25, 2006 7:51 pm (#2906 of 2979)

Mr L, reservations are my dinner favorite too!

Happy Birthday Lina!


Solitaire - Jul 25, 2006 8:00 pm (#2907 of 2979)

Eponine, I have several Peter Wimsey novels as well as a book of short stories about him and Harriet Vane. Busman's Honeymoon and The Nine Tailors are among my favorite of her novels. I also liked The Five Red Herrings. Have you ever read any of the Campion mysteries by Margery Allingham? I love them, as well.



geauxtigers - Jul 25, 2006 8:01 pm (#2908 of 2979)

“Tar-jhay.” Glad to know that we aren't the only ones who call it that! LOL!

I love Target, I consider it a step up from Wal-mart, but with the same prices. Its also much cleaner too than wal-mart. I just love it! The clothes, the furniture, its all so cute and you'd never guess its as cheap as it is! I just love it! I got my school supplies there too! Gosh lock me in there and I'm good for a while! We only recently got one here about 5 or 6 years ago. The next closest one was in Hammond or New Orleans, about an hour or so away, so when we got one here it was great! We actually have 2 now...ooooo ahhhhh!

Congrats Finn!

And safety charms to Kristina, Tropical storms are no fun! So far no trouble in the tropics for us **knocks on wood** *several times* **one more time for good measure**

And the Astros just lost again....what is up with that? Oh well there’s still time I guess...

I can't remember what else I was going to say...oh well!

Night everyone!


boop - Jul 25, 2006 8:04 pm (#2909 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Lina!!

Deb, I am sending healing charms your way.

Julie, glad to hear hubby came home.

hugs always



HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 25, 2006 8:39 pm (#2910 of 2979)

Kathy, hope you're feeling better soon! Olivia is just getting over what we all had about 1 1/2 weeks ago. (I was wondering how she escaped it!)

Deb, hope your back feels better!

I just saw the date and realized that the Harry, Carrie & Garp night is one week from today!

Where has this summer gone? Everyone is talking about school supplies, etc. I am not ready to get back to the grind.

Happy Birthday Lina!! (Priscilla and Olivia also asked that I wish you a happy birthday from them!)



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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 25, 2006 9:34 pm (#2912 of 2979)

I've even made up a song (be glad you can't hear me singing over the Internet) about how much I love Target. Holly

Mind sharing? It sounds like something I would do!

*safety charms to Kristina as well*

I was attempting to draw the crest for Ravenclaw earlier, since it's my house, but it proved a whole lot more difficult than I thought...oh well...


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 25, 2006 10:11 pm (#2913 of 2979)

Oh Denise, so sorry about the pink eye. My kids have been "sharing" a stomach bug for the past week. Not to be too graphic, no chance of them gaining any weight this week.  :closed:

We are going to visit my cousin in the Atlanta area at the end of the week, it will be the children's first time on an airplane, they are thrilled. I on the other hand will be flying with four children by myself.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 793915934

Oh the luxury of living in the city, Gina... Thanks for the post card, my kids and husband got a real kick out Mrs. Snape's post card.

Snape peas, ha ha ha love that!

Happy Birthday Lina.


Solitaire - Jul 25, 2006 10:15 pm (#2914 of 2979)

Hello, Kneazle. I do not remember seeing your name before. Are you new, or are the early stages of memory loss setting in? If you are new, welcome! If not, I apologize profusely for forgetting your name.

Deb, my back has been kind of sore today, as well. It has the "charlie horse" feeling ... on the right side, back by the kidney area. I'd love to put a heat pad on it, but it is so hot here that I'm afraid I'd melt! I'm hoping the slow stretching I've done throughout the day and a good night's sleep will help. *fingers crossed*

Okay, anymore good sequels to P&P? Someone said Mr. Darcy's Daughters is good, I believe ...? Are some of the old familiar characters in it, as well?



Kneazle - Jul 25, 2006 10:31 pm (#2915 of 2979)

Solitare, not really new. Had a bit of a vacation from the forum due to computer problems. When I came back I had to rejoin. So I'm back and thank you for the welcome!!! SmileyCentral.com


Tazzygirl - Jul 25, 2006 11:31 pm (#2916 of 2979)

Soli- Okay, anymore good sequels to P&P? Someone said Mr. Darcy's Daughters is good, I believe ...? Are some of the old familiar characters in it, as well?

Yup, it's good! Caroline Bingley, the Gardiners, and Lydia are in the book. I don't remember Mr. Collins making an appearance though. I think Jane and Mr. Bingley come into play for a little itty bitty bit. Colonel Fitzwilliam (Darcy's cousin, I believe)is also in it. I need to re-read it. Oh, and this book is written by Elizabeth Aston. (For some reason I thought that was so cool- Austen/ Aston... anyways. ) The sequels to this book are The Exploits and Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, and The True Darcy Spirit. Read them in that order. I think there is another author out there who wrote about another daughter, Camilla, but I am not sure.

**healing charms to those who need it!**



azi - Jul 26, 2006 2:21 am (#2917 of 2979)

Happy (belated?) birthday Lina! **apologises for not saying this on the correct day**

Hope you get better soon Puck!

Apologies for missing anyone!


kaykay1970 - Jul 26, 2006 2:40 am (#2918 of 2979)

Awww! Azi your avatar is so cute!

Happy belated birthday, Lina. I hope you had a wonderful day!

Get well soon, Kathy!


Eponine - Jul 26, 2006 4:32 am (#2919 of 2979)

Solitaire, I've not read Margery Allingham. A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with a library patron about Dorothy Sayers, and she recommended that I try Allingham. Unfortunately, we only have one of her books at the library, and the patron told me it wasn't a typical book of hers. I did find a Campion DVD at work that I'm going to watch very soon. I'm definitely going to keep my eyes open for books of hers.

I've never read the P&P sequels, but I do have a book called Flirting With Pride and Prejudice: The Original Chick-Lit Masterpiece. It's a book of essays about P&P by modern women writers, and there's actually a bit of fanfiction in the back of the book.

Today is our three-year anniversary. Sometimes it seems we've been married longer, and sometimes it seems shorter.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Lina - Jul 26, 2006 4:35 am (#2920 of 2979)

Thank you all for the Happy birthday wishes! Now that I think back, it was indeed a wonderful day... Azi, no need to apologize, how could have you wished it in time while the forum was down?

Anyway, healing charms everywhere where needed. Deb, I hope you get better for the moving and that your back doesn't get worse in the process.

Congratulations, Finn, on your perfect performance! I had no doubts.

I got a mail today from T Brightwater and she sends you all her best! She is quite busy lately.

Yesterday there was a very strange situation in the town not far from ours. People were on the beach enjoying sun. Some of them hid on the bench in a shade of a tall tree. And all of the sudden, a thunder stroke that tree and the people on the bench got quite a shake. They are all right now, but that was a real thunder from the clear sky. Those thunders seem to be causing those fires all around...

The autumns here are quite rainy, Soli, and as much as I'm aware that the rain is needed, I just like it dry. I hope it'll stay dry next week and manage not to get fiery.

Happy anniversary to Eponines!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 26, 2006 4:36 am (#2921 of 2979)

Oh my God, how cute, Azi!! You were the same age my Trevor is now. (*Running off to take some pics of my little guy*)

kaykay, speaking of little guys, how is yours?? It has been just over a week, right?

Like your smiley, Kneazle and Hi!

Congrats, Finn, on your performance.

EDIT: Lina, do you mean lightning struck the tree? (I am envisioning Joshua-type thundering sounds.) That is quite alarming to appear out of the blue like that.

Happy Anniversary, Eponine and Mr. Eponine! Many happy returns.


Chemyst - Jul 26, 2006 5:33 am (#2922 of 2979)

I love Target, I consider it a step up from Wal-mart, but with the same prices. Its also much cleaner too than wal-mart.

I guess cleanliness depends on the local managers… I live between two cities. One has a Super Target and a regular Walmart. The other has a Super-Center Walmart and a regular Target. While the clothes prices are about the same, Target's clothes are usually a bit cuter. But in other departments, especially food, sporting goods, and cleaning supplies; Walmart costs less so they are usually busier. If Target feels a bit more like it's "a step up," I think it is because of the lighting. Both of the Walmarts have – not exactly skylights, but translucent panels in the ceiling which admit natural light during the day, and a lot of high fluorescent lighting which really accents the vents and ductwork on the ceiling. Target has lower hanging mercury vapor lamps so the ceiling is only dimly lit and the effect is to hide dirt better.

(Oh, my goodness. I just spent time writing about lighting fixtures! How boring! I need to go throw myself into a summer project. The bathroom… yes, it is the final room to repaint since we moved here 11 years ago.... Now, that would be a Walmart trip to buy paint.)  Oh, Deb, such fun awaits you with a new house!


John Bumbledore - Jul 26, 2006 6:17 am (#2923 of 2979)

:hbd:Happy Birthday Lina! A Smile with a flashing banner which reads 'Happy Birthday' Birthday party, many smiles in party hats, opens a present, a birthday wish: Happy Birthday Even if it is belated... A smile with a quill, writing, then stuck, finally jumping on quill and parchment. Humph!

And may you have many more!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Puck - Jul 26, 2006 6:58 am (#2924 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary Eponine and Mr. Eponine!

Healing charms to Deb! (Though I suggest you milk it a bit longer to avoid carrying heavy boxes/furniture. )

I on the other hand will be flying with four children by myself. -Mrs. Sirius

All I can say is !! Sending good behavior charms!

Way to put the past behind you, Finn!

Thanks for the well wishes. At least I know the kids won't catch it. (It's mastitis )

Everyone stay safe from lightening, fires, and high winds!



boop - Jul 26, 2006 7:00 am (#2925 of 2979)

Kneazle, welcome back, hope your computer problems are fixed.

Mrs. Sirius, Have a fun safe trip.

Kathy, get well soon.

Eponine, Happy Anniversary!!

I am enjoying my vacation. Mischafan and I are going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame today. Should be a fun time.

Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always



The giant squid - Jul 26, 2006 8:54 am (#2926 of 2979)

Happy belated birthday, Lina!

Congrats on your mishap-free performance, Finn.

Chemyst, I'm with you on the Target/Wal-Mart thing--it depends on the area & the management. I used to work for Wal-Mart and both stores I worked for were always clean, bright and better stocked than the nearby Target or K-Mart. When I moved to southern California, I was surprised to find out that my wife-to-be hated Wal-Mart...until I saw her local store. Dirty floors, rude employees (sorry, "associates"), empty shelves...I was tempted to contact the home office & tell them how crappy the place was. When we moved to Vegas our local Wal-Mart Supercenter was great (and I was able to get the wife to actually shop there) but it's gone downhill in the last year or so as well. It seems like their standards have dropped since Sam Walton died & the kids took over...

Hugs for boop & Jim.



Kneazle - Jul 26, 2006 8:56 am (#2927 of 2979) Reply
Edited by Jul 26, 2006 9:01 am

Hi EVERYONE!! Anyone else have a rug rat climbing under their desk? Any charms to, oh say, make them nap on time?

SmileyCentral.com <---!Kneazle! "Mmmmm.....Wormtail!"


HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 26, 2006 9:14 am (#2928 of 2979)

Kathy, I can't count how many times I suffered with that! Hope you are feeling up to par soon.

Kneazle, there is no charm strong enough to overtake an alert rr.

EDIT: Solitaire, have you considered a cable connection? Olivia's laptop works off a wireless router I connected to the cable modem. It has served us well (knock on wood).


Solitaire - Jul 26, 2006 9:16 am (#2929 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary, Eponine!

I first "met" Campion through the PBS Mystery! series. After you watch it, I will be interested to know what you think of Lug, his manservant--not exactly as suave as Lord Peter's Bunter! I had to read the books if only to know what Lug was saying! LOL

Chemyst, I have a Walmart and Target both within about 3/4 of a mile. Both are in a new and really nice shopping center called The Promenade. Target does seem cleaner and more well-kept, but you are correct that lighting may have something to do with it. Of course, so does the floorplan. Target aisles are wider, and that makes a HUGE difference. Walmart also has free-standing displays in the middle of the main aisles, which makes it difficult to maneuver the carts. Most of their product aisles are either too small or only just wide enough for 2 carts to pass without major bumping. Also, the products are on shelves 8-10 feet high, and they are really just jammed in. In Target, the shelves are only about six feet in height (I know, because I can usually reach things on the top shelf, and I'm short) and things are neatly arranged or displayed.

Depending on the products, Walmart does have slightly better prices ... but fighting for a parking place, searching for a clerk to help, and standing in line forever to pay can sometimes outweigh the price difference. If I want to shop at Walmart during the school year, I make sure to be there when the doors open on Saturday. Of course, so does everyone else in town!

Well, my cox.net high-speed connection is still not working. I have no idea why it won't work, as it was working fine Monday night when I closed down. The customer service has been zero help. I think it is time to check out AT&T (my phone service, which is finally starting to serve this area for highspeed), hook up the desktop, set a wireless connection for the laptop, and get rid of Cox. I would get earthlink or sbcglobal, but I hate to change phone service again. Does anyone out there have any suggestions one way or the other?



virginiaelizabeth - Jul 26, 2006 10:38 am (#2930 of 2979)

LOL Soli, DONT GET BELL SOUTH!! We had a Cox high speed cable modem for about 3 or 4 years and it was the best thing we ever did, now we've switched to bellsouth because my mother thought it would be a brilliant idea. It wasn't and she signed the contract for 1year, so we have to stick with this terrible service for a year. Cox was great though, we rarely had any down time and when it was down it never lasted more than a few hours.

Happy Anniversary to the Eponine's!!

Azi, your avatar is soo cute!!

I definitely think that Target is cleaner, and I must agree with Soli on the isle and pricing. Wal-Mart here is well I won't say as it might not be forum friendly , but Target it much better, cleaner, and the stuff in it doesn't look as "cheap" as the stuff in Wal-Mart, even though they are basically the same price.

Ok Off to check threads! have a great RotD everyone!


Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 26, 2006 10:43 am (#2931 of 2979)

Solitaire, I remember watching Campion on Mystery as a child and my favorite character was Maggersfontein Lugg. I always thought it hilarious that his flat was right above a police station.


Solitaire - Jul 26, 2006 10:44 am (#2932 of 2979)

Tell me, Nathan ... could you understand Lug? He always sounded as though he had a mouthful of rocks or something! BTW ... you watched "as a child"? Boy, do I feel old! **reaching for my cane**



Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 26, 2006 10:51 am (#2933 of 2979)

Solitaire, I was ten years old when Campion debuted on Mystery.

I had no trouble understanding Lugg. I have several cousins that speak in a similar manner which, in and of itself is hilarious. I often picture them dressed as Lugg with his bowler.

On another subject, I also have cousins that sound like the television representations of the mafiosi from the 1950's who always remind me of The Untouchables with Robert Stack. They always make for interesting family reunions.


Kneazle - Jul 26, 2006 11:18 am (#2934 of 2979) Reply
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When the computer is working Cox.net works wonders! I've had all sorts of dial-up, sold high speed DSL/Cable internet. And it is by far the best yet. ( Is cox listening? FREE service?hum hmm, selling here! LOL) But seriously between all of the online services I've had Cox has been the best.

Surely there HAS to be some charm for a rug rat. {wanders off mumbleing, " potion? no then I'd end up calling poison control. But what about........."}

SmileyCentral.com <--- !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"


John Bumbledore - Jul 26, 2006 11:24 am (#2935 of 2979)

.Finn! I forgot to mention it in my last post but I too played the cymbals in school. But I'm confused by your stories, I thought you were a Mac person... but "Crash" Cymbals sounds more like a Microsoft product! Might explain why you had a bit of difficulty during your first usage period last year.

Yes, they do get quite heavy after a time. I credit my time in marching band (with crash cymbals) for developing my arm strength. Well, that and tossing old fashioned hay bails up into the barn. As I remember, the marching cymbals were about 24 inches across, brass, and about 15 pounds each... at least that is how I remember them.

Glad to hear you were able to redeem yourself in this year's performance.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


geauxtigers - Jul 26, 2006 11:29 am (#2936 of 2979)

lol Kneazle! I agree, Cox is the best, I think its the cable modem part about it. The phone line seems to have more glitches...but maybe I'm biased about it because I hate this new "service" we are getting from Bell South...

Maybe it just depends on the Wal-mart you go too, because the wal-Marts here are like Soli said, there will sometimes be a large pole in the middle of an isle? I mean whats with that? It might be the lighting, but its just messy and no amount of lighting can cover that up. Crammed shelves, stuff on the floor, its just not as appealing, That’s why I like target! Its much more put together ,and I remember when wal-Mart used to be like that, it has just gone down the drain the past few years...

Happy Anniversary to the Eponines!

No rain yet for us, so that means its 92F and rising! WooHooo! not! oh well we needed to dry out a bit just because its been raining the past week...

Healing and safety charms to all!


Solitaire - Jul 26, 2006 12:12 pm (#2937 of 2979)

It could also be the computer. I have the school laptop as the one using Cox, since I cannot get cable hooked to this one without running cables under carpets, along baseboards, etc. I do not want to do that.

I probably should spring for my own personal laptop. I have put it off, because I wanted one of the Qosmios, which are close to $3000. But maybe a less expensive laptop would be fine for me ... possibly a SONY VAIO, so that I can use my camera's memory stick directly into the computer. I can probably get a decent enough one for about $1500 from the guy who handles our computers at school. That way, if something goes wrong I have a place to take it.

Once upon a time, I regularly maintained my personal webpage and all of its subpages, created avatars for chatters, etc. I was a major technomaniac. Now, about all I do is maintain my class webpages each week, prepare the occasional PowerPoint presentation to use in class, type up tests, chat, and post on HP. I probably do not need a Qosmio to do that. *sigh*

WEll, out into the heat of the day. I am headed to ... TARGET and Trader Joe's. I'll see you all later ... much later, after I am worn out! LOL



Tazzygirl - Jul 26, 2006 12:34 pm (#2938 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary to the Eponines'!

Thanks for the good weather charms. So far no rain.

We have Walmart and Kmart here. The Walmart is pretty nice, as it was just built a year or so ago. The Kmart closest to my house is gross. Doesn't have much in it, and it smells. Normally all the Walmarts I go into have the nasty stale popcorn and sticky old other food smell . So far the new Walmart hasn't received that smell yet. *phew* I love Target, and wish they would bring one here!!

Off to the doctor for a pre-school checkup! (*more healing charms to everyone who needs it!!*)

Have a fantastic RotD/N!!



Lavandula - Jul 26, 2006 2:45 pm (#2939 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Eponine!!!!!

Azi- Your new Avatar is adorable! Please tell me that this is a very old photo and not just from a few years ago.

Kneazle- Hi and welcome back. I too had to rejoin the forum because of a long absence (not computer related, just too busy with school and being a parent).

Boop- I knew you were in Ohio this week, but had no idea you would be in Canton. I just drove past the Hall of Fame today. I'm only 30 minutes away. You sure had a great day to visit. So sorry for all the construction-someday it will all be completed and wonderful. Enjoy the rest of your stay in the Buckeye State!!!!!

Puck- Hang in there with your illness. I've been through it as well. Sending loads of healing charms your way. Smile

Thunderstorms are coming again, but it is not quite so hot-only 87 degrees Fahrenheit (not sure of the Celsius).

Have a great evening everyone! Cathy


azi - Jul 26, 2006 3:04 pm (#2940 of 2979)

Thankyou for the compliments on the avatar!

Lavandula - don't worry, I'm 19 now! So about 15 years added on.

**Sends more healing charms to Puck**

Happy Anniversary to the Eponines

We have Asda, which is owned by Walmart. It's expensive for the things I buy, despite being one of the cheaper supermarkets. The one near me is horrible because everyone in it pushes, shoves and is generally rude. We only shop there when we have no other choice.


DJ Evans - Jul 26, 2006 5:46 pm (#2941 of 2979)

Solitaire: Hope your back gets better soon -- having back trouble is so not fun. I hurt mine the other day. Mom has had another stroke, so for the past month I've been having to do some lifting that I normally wouldn't have to do. But my back is feeling much better today. Thanks everyone for the well wishes -- I know that is what helped me the most.

Mrs. Sirius: Good traveling charms being sent your way. Hope the kids enjoy the experience!

Eponine: Happy Anniversary to your & Mr. Eponine!

Mike: Being from the home state of Wal-Mart & hearing about Sam Walton all these years, I think he would be very disappointed in how things are run nowadays.

I get quite upset with them all of the time. What irritates me BIG time is how they charge different prices in different Wal-Mart stores. That's just not right. Our Wal-Mart here might charge $21 for a DVD but if I traveled an hour's distance I can get it for $15 at the Wal-Mart there. :mad: Go Target!

***waves to Boop & Jim*** Sounds like you are having a good time!

azi: What a cute avatar!

Get Well charms & wishes to Puck, Denise's family & everybody else who might need them!

Later, Deb


Solitaire - Jul 26, 2006 5:55 pm (#2942 of 2979)

Glad you are feeling better, Deb. My back issues are probably not serious, as they do not really bother me when I am standing or working out. In fact, I went to Curves a while ago and I feel better. I did double the stretching at the end, so perhaps it helped.

Actually, everything could be connected to my neck. My bite is out of occlusion at the moment, and that causes jaw pain and tightness. It is the result of neck stiffness (I had a whiplash injury about 30 years ago ... it pays vists now and then). I have a massage scheduled for tomorrow, so perhaps everything will be wonderful very soon! A shower later will also help. Even tepid water is healing.

BTW, it is hard to stay too mad at Walmart when I see things like I did on Dr. Phil this afternoon. I do not always like their actions, but they sure did give a lot of help to some people who needed it.



haymoni - Jul 26, 2006 6:08 pm (#2943 of 2979)

The Walmart by me makes me claustrophobic. They stack things so high in the aisles - I think it is all going to fall down on me.

I shop at K-mart because I don't have to drive all the way into town and it is closer to my house.

But now we have a Target.

Where do my loyalties lie????


Puck - Jul 26, 2006 6:15 pm (#2944 of 2979)

Healing charms to Solitaire. Enjoy the massage. *she said wistfully*

Boop, glad you're having a good trip!

I'm feeling better. The antibiotics are doing their job. Of course, I'm not exactly "resting", as I'm trying to pack for vacation, do the laundry, run errands, care for 3 kids....

I had to run to Target as I forgot to get a birthday gift for my son's friend when we were there this weekend. (Plus, a sale on diapers!) I stopped at the library for books on tape for the road trip. Tried to talk son into CoS, but he chose "Robin Hood".

Okay, I need to sleep soon. I'm worn out.

Happy RotD!



Finn BV - Jul 26, 2006 6:18 pm (#2945 of 2979)

Healing charms, Deb, Puck and Soli!

Lina, glad you heard from T Brightwater and that she's doing well.

Mrs. Sirius, have a good vacation and good luck travelling!

Happy anniversary, Eponines!

**hugs for Boop** Glad you're enjoying your time with Mischafan!

Kneazle, what a cute smiley!

but "Crash" Cymbals sounds more like a Microsoft product! --Bumbledore

Oh, well said!! **is not worthy and thus bows**

haymoni, I think you need to sort out your priorities!

It's really weird, within the general Westchester county area there are few Targets or Walmarts. We shop there once in a blue moon, usually when we're visiting relatives. For food we go to Trader Joe's, the Food Emporium, or Fairway, and for clothes we go to places like Gap, Old Navy, etc.

Enjoy the RotD!


virginiaelizabeth - Jul 26, 2006 7:06 pm (#2946 of 2979)

We went out to eat tonight and tried a new steak place called, "Texas Roadhouse" Creative name I got the dish labeled "road kill" it was basically a hamburger pattie with cheese, mushrooms, and onions. It was reallly good. Then we dropped my parents at home and went to Blockbuster to rent Pride and Prejudice. It's the one starring Keira Knightly, so I'm hoping it's somewhat close to the book. I think we'll end up at Cracker Barrell to rent the book on tape anyway, but I'm hoping the movie will be good.

*healing charms to those who need it*


Eponine - Jul 26, 2006 7:21 pm (#2947 of 2979)

NO, GINNY! Don't get that P&P!

Seriously, it's like the Cliff's Notes version. I did not think very highly of that adaptation because it left so much out, and IMO it seemed to change the characters' personalities as well. It glosses over a lot of the storyline in just a few minutes. If your Blockbuster doesn't have the 95 miniseries with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (or the BBC one from the 80's) check your local library. Also, your library probably has the book on tape too. (for free!)

We've had a very quiet anniversary. We'll probably go out for dinner this weekend. Thanks so much for all the well wishes!


timrew - Jul 26, 2006 7:26 pm (#2948 of 2979)

Happy belated birthday, Lina!

Love your avatar, Gina, although I'm afraid I would never try the crisps..............What is Snape flavour?

Greasy, unwashed, grey-boxers flavoured? Nope, doesn't appeal at all!


Steve Newton - Jul 26, 2006 7:39 pm (#2949 of 2979)

virginiaelizabeth, you can probably get the book on tape, unabridged, free at your library.


geauxtigers - Jul 26, 2006 8:17 pm (#2950 of 2979)

LOL That’s the only one they had! I never thought of the Library having it on tape... I need to look into that! I don't think we have a tape player in our car, maybe they will have it on CD?! Oh well I'm not sure I want to watch it as its over 2 hours and I don't feel like it... maybe after I read it or listen to it I'll watch the movie...

The Astro's finally won tonight! YAY!!! Well I'm off to see if I can get through anymore of P&P, but my head is killing me...

Doctor's appt tomorrow to have my wrist looked at because it hasn't been right since I hurt it in gym several months back and we are just now getting around to having it checked out. Its not supposed to make weird cracking noises and something I'm guessing a tendon is poping out its socket...we shall hopefully solve this mystery tomorrow...then I get to babysit for a few hours but the kiddos will be asleep most of the time so That’s good! And computer guys should be coming tomorrow, wow busy day ahead of me!

healing charms to Puck, Soli and who was it...I can't remember now...

Azi your avatar is so cute!!

Night everyone!

Edit: But I liked watching the movie first. It is kind of the Cliff's Notes version but at least you get a sense of the general plot and characters without having to wind through the language and who's speaking now and which Miss Bennett are they talking about and whose aunt is this, etc.-Holly, I was thinking along those lines with the movie. I'm having trouble with 2 things, the language is a bit confusing, and as a result I'm confused on who is who and what they are after. Its making my head spin and I start thinking of other things like how I should do laundry or school starts in 3 weeks then I realize that I read it but I wasn't really so I end up back tracking. This gets me no where fun!
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Holly T. - Jul 26, 2006 8:19 pm (#2951 of 2979)

Ginny, my daughter and I went to see that version of P&P when it was at the theaters and we enjoyed it. Mind you, it has been years since I read the book and my daughter hasn't read it. As an editor, I find it interesting to see what parts of books get streamlined when those books are made into movies (this has been especially interesting with HP movies). And, like I said before, we like audiobooks. So we got the one of P&P at the library, Steve, and listened to it and it was nice to hear "the rest of the story." But I liked watching the movie first. It is kind of the Cliff's Notes version but at least you get a sense of the general plot and characters without having to wind through the language and who's speaking now and which Miss Bennett are they talking about and whose aunt is this, etc. It made much more sense listening to the book after we'd seen the movie. I'd like to watch the Colin Firth one since everyone loves it but I think my daughter and I are going to have to wait and get that one some weekend when the boys are off at Cub Scout camp or something as my husband cannot stand Jane Austen. I should add that he was an English major and he took a class in 19th-century British novels while in college and has actually read Jane Austen, the Brontes, etc., so when he declares that he cannot stand Jane Austen's books at least he's read them (not sure which ones, I know he read several). Not his thing. He likes Faulkner, which makes my head hurt.

I have been trying to get my new computer to recognize my old printer. They are not getting along. I think I am going to have to call customer support. I guess I should call the printer support people? I hope I haven't messed up my new computer trying to load the stupid printer drivers onto it. I have a new printer too but figured I would hook up the old one first. Yes, I need to have them both hooked up--the old one is a black and white laser printer and the new one is a color photo printer. But right now it is driving me crazy and I am going to bed.

Editing to add anniversary wishes to Epinone and healing charms for Puck! BTDT, not fun.

Editing again to say we got the audiobook on CD from our library as my car doesn't have a tape player. Sometimes I pick audiobooks based on what they have on CD, although I don't recommend that method.


Solitaire - Jul 26, 2006 8:40 pm (#2952 of 2979)

Thanks to all for the healing charms. My back feels better since working out, so perhaps it is on the mend.

Holly, your husband probably read Northanger Abbey, my least favorite of Austen's novels. Actually, it is one I think teens and pre-teens might like. The heroine has read too many romance and gothic novels and loves to let her imagination run wild, conjuring up the strangest things! She also knows what it is to be used by someone pretending to be her friend just to get something. A lot of kids can relate to that.

As for P&P, I cannot cry down the Keira Knightley version, as I have not yet watched it (maybe tonight). I can only say that a novel as long and complex as P&P cannot be accurately crammed into a 2.5 hour movie. Important things are bound to be excluded (think about the HP movies) and character development is going to suffer. If you must watch rather than read, please watch the miniseries. It took three nights to air, so it is probably about 4-5 hours long. If that is too long to sit, watch the first CD one day and the other one the next. Personally, I love to savor the printed page, but a book on tape or CD is the next best thing. Don't shortchange yourself.



Finn BV - Jul 26, 2006 9:28 pm (#2953 of 2979)

I have never read P&P, but my Dad is quite the Jane Austen expert. I liked the movie version, but just as a movie – I understand that the ending of the movie in the States had a kiss while in the UK it was just Elizabeth and Darcy looking dreamily at one another. (How was it in other countries?)

My Dad overall said it wasn't really true to the book (gosh, the Jane Austen Society or whatever boycotted the film!), but one scene which he particularly liked was Keira Knightley sitting on a twisting swing, with the camera following her POV. He said it was just like Jane Austen, though it wasn't in the book.


Kneazle - Jul 26, 2006 9:41 pm (#2954 of 2979) Reply
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Solitaire - Jul 26, 2006 10:07 pm (#2955 of 2979)

Yippee!! My highspeed is working again! I don't know for how long ... but at least it is working now.

Finn, your dad must be a smart guy, if he likes Jane Austen. I didn't realize the Austen society boycotted the film ... but that doesn't say a lot for it. I guess we Austen lovers of the world are just as passionate about Jane's books as we Harry fans are about this series--and they have been for a few hundred years longer!

For those of you who do not like to read "old books," I can only say this: Austen's books are obviously pertinent to our lives today, or Hollywood would not be spending millions of dollars to remake them every few years. Think about it.



kaykay1970 - Jul 26, 2006 10:31 pm (#2956 of 2979)

The Little Guy is feeling much better, Maria. He gets his stitches out on Friday. Now that it's starting to heal I am not fretting over him while doing his somersaulting.


virginiaelizabeth - Jul 26, 2006 11:26 pm (#2957 of 2979)

*waves to Kneazle* I'm from Louisiana! geauxtigers is my twin sister and we are 16. My result for that quiz was Lupin. Funnily enough, I took a personality quiz for school that was based on the same scoring system and I got the same result for both quizzes(INFP) just goes to show you that not all of those quizzes out there are bogus!

Glad your son is better kaykay!


Tazzygirl - Jul 26, 2006 11:43 pm (#2958 of 2979)

I think the FFF is having problems again... *twitch* I think the symptoms are coming back...

Welcome back, Kneazle! (I keep forgetting to write that in my posts! Sorry! ) I am from Hawaii.

Off to do dishes!



Amilia Smith - Jul 27, 2006 12:03 am (#2959 of 2979)

I'd like to watch the Colin Firth one since everyone loves it but I think my daughter and I are going to have to wait and get that one some weekend when the boys are off at Cub Scout camp or something as my husband cannot stand Jane Austen.

We have actually had family reunions specifically to watch that movie. Well, other Austen movies too, but P&P is the centerpeice. And if we only watch one movie, it is that one. The rest are optional. Generally speaking, the uncles go off and play golf or sit around in the kitchen talking politics. When they walk through the family room where all us women folk are gathered, they make snide comments about the language or the singing or whatever. We send them back into the kitchen. One uncle, however, had a change of heart when he actually watched the movie. I forget why he watched it in the first place . . . . But anyway, once he saw how wonderful a movie it actually is, he went out and bought all of his sisters copies for Christmas--and this was before DVDs were big; the VHS version of P&P runs around $60. After that, he joined us in the family room for the movie.

And yes, it is a time commitment. But once you are watching it, it does not feel like 6 hours. You think to yourself, "I don't have time to watch the whole thing today. I will just watch one one-hour block." And suddenly your whole day is gone.

My personal favorite Austen is Persuasion. Which, incidentally, is also Sandra Bullock's favorite Austen in The Lake House. There is a beautiful movie version of that book as well. [Edit: I'm back on about Persuasion now, not Lake House] However, it was theatrically released and only 107 min. long. So you have to know what is going on in order to know what is going on. At the "Jane Austen" family reunions I was talking about, before we watch this movie, one of my aunts gives a synopsis of what happens for all those who have not read the book and don't remember from last time.



Lina - Jul 27, 2006 3:18 am (#2960 of 2979)

Kneazle, you should know that Finn's age is something that is often discussed on this thread.

I'm in Croatia and I give your house 50 points if you find it on the map.


Solitaire - Jul 27, 2006 3:55 am (#2961 of 2979)

Mills, I love Persuasion. I have both the movie (with Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds in the leads) and a 1971 BBC miniseries. I loved the novel, but I do not think either the movie or the mini does the book justice.

You should also know that I didn't like Emma Thompson's version of Sense & Sensibility at all. I love all the actors, but all of them were wrong for their roles, IMO. With the exception of Greg Wise, who played Willoughby, they were all much too old for the roles. The screenplay also took far too many liberties with the plot. The 1981 mini with Irene Richards as Elinor was much better, IMO.

The truth is that there is probably no way to make a version of any of the Austen books that truly satisfies a devoted fan ... just as the Harry Potter movies--terrific though they may be--never truly satisfy any of us here. We know the books too well, and we each envision them in our own ways.



Marè - Jul 27, 2006 5:00 am (#2962 of 2979)

I didn't dislike the latest movie, the one with Keira Knightley. I thought I would, that's why I refused to go and see it. (Pride and prejudice in two hours, honestly). But on a boring sunday, my friends decided to go and I joined them (the choice was being bored alone, or join them see a movie...). And I thought that for a very shortened version, it was actually very nice.

I also liked the swing scene, in the books it isn't mentioned were exactly the money comes from. Possibly because the dealings with the grounds and animals wasn't of the ladies (? apologies if there are any missing apostrophes or something) business. So to see it in the movie was actually a nice addition.

And I googled for Kitty in presumption, although before I could find it I was guessing for colonel Fitzwilliam (the other nephew) I didn't think about a new character. Still not tempted to read any sequels yet. But there are many, wow!

On a none Jane Austen topic (although I am getting tempted to delve deeper into "Emma") I wish you could all here what I am hearing right now. My Slovakian housemate is singing and playing the guitar with it. And I'm sorry to say that I begin to understand why he wanted lessons. There is some room for improvement. Add to that the fact that he is in his room and I can only hear the louder parts, and it makes a very weird performance.

Today is clouded, please let it rain! Everything is dry and yellowish, we need some rain.


Lavandula - Jul 27, 2006 5:12 am (#2963 of 2979)

Good Day Everyone!

After reading your discussions for the past several days/weeks, I went to the library yesterday and checked out Pride and Prejudice. Somehow I never managed to read anything by Jane Austen. (Or perhaps,I just don't remember.)

Lina- I can find Croatia on a map!!! 50 Points for Griffindor!!!!

Kneazle- I love your avatar. It reminds me of our two black/white barn cats.

Have a Great RotD!!



Eponine - Jul 27, 2006 5:30 am (#2964 of 2979)

Has anyone ever seen the movie adaptation of Northanger Abbey? That's one of her books I haven't got around to reading yet, but last summer my best friend and I watched movie versions of every one of her books in two days (including the 95 P&P). It's got the strangest soundtrack, and even though it's set in the proper time period, it's very dated. The version of Emma with Kate Beckinsale is very nice, though.

And I just want to echo the library as a great place to find books on tape/CD and movies. We've got a lot of obscure movies at work that I'd never be able to find at Blockbuster, and I get to watch them for free too!

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Loopy Lupin - Jul 27, 2006 6:20 am (#2965 of 2979)

Kneazle, you should know that Finn's age is something that is often discussed on this thread. – Lina

Indeed. Some of us suspect Finn is really a 50 year-old Harvard professor who is just having a bit of fun with us. Speaking of which, aren't you due for a birthday Finn? Aren't you ever going to be "14" already?


Marie E. - Jul 27, 2006 6:53 am (#2966 of 2979)

Ah! I come back from vacation and you all are discussing Jane Austen. I knew there was a reason I loved you guys. My two knuts: I prefer the Colin Firth P&P but also like the lastest version. My favorite Jane Austen adaption is the Kate Beckinsale Emma.

We had a great time on the trip. We spent a day with my sister in Missouri. We took my girls to a mall in Independence and got them little girl makeovers. Very cute. We spent five days in northern VA in a hotel because my in-laws new house wasn't ready yet. The hotel had a pool so my girls were thrilled. We then spent another five days at their lake house. We swam a lot and the girls each caught a bunch of fish. Shayla caught two catfish and three bluegill. We have left the girls in VA for a longer visit with their grandparents. We won't get them back until August 14th! On the way home we spent an extra day with my sister. Her baby is really getting chubby! He's four months old and weighs 17 lbs 10oz. Oh, and he's a red head!

That's enough for now, have a wonderful day!


Sconie Girl - Jul 27, 2006 9:14 am (#2967 of 2979)

I have to jump in and agree that the many of the Austen movies are only "ok". I loved Emma and was pretty disappointed w/ the Gwenith Paltrow (sp) version.

I thought Clueless was better and that about as far away from the original as you can get...Well I did hear from husband that Leo Di Caprio's Romeo and Juliet was terrible, but I'll have to take his word. (I managed to make it through High School and College w/out ever reading/seeing any Shakespeare!)


Finn BV - Jul 27, 2006 9:50 am (#2968 of 2979)

Kneazle, thank you.

Kaykay, happy to hear about your son!

Oh, no, the FFF is down again!

Aren't you ever going to be "14" already? –Loopy

It's coming, it's coming. August 7. But sadly, I'll be aware from internet for much of the month of August, including my birthday! So we'll have to celebrate my 51st 14th birthday the day before. BTW, you are rather anxious about me having a birthday. You asked me back in April, too.

Sconie Girl, Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo + Juliet was interesting -- it was original, but not, at the same time. It uses only lines from the play, but it was updated to modern times, so every mention of "sword" in the dialogue becomes a gun whose make/model is "Sword," etc. I think they did a good job of making it a movie, but as I recall it wasn't exceptionally perfect to Shakespeare devotees.


azi - Jul 27, 2006 10:14 am (#2969 of 2979)

Baz Lutherman's (aka, Leo Decapitated's) Romeo and Juliet was the best adaptation of the story I've ever seen. The worst things about it were Leo and whoever played Juliet - bad acting methinks. The ideas behind it were great. Then again, I think Baz Lutherman is an ace director anyway. I don't really care about the plot, admittedly...

I went shopping today. Got some amazing bargins, including a pair of jeans for £3 (c. US$5) reduced from a *lot* more. A couple of other things were also bought for about the same price, all with substantial reductions. I am very pleased.

Kneazle - I am in Yorkshire, England. My result for the quiz was also Dumbledore.

Never read or watched Austen, nor felt inclined to.

Welcome back from your vacation Marie! Enjoy time without your kids!

Shame FFF is down. Maybe healing charms will work!

Hope everyone has a relaxing day.


Solitaire - Jul 27, 2006 10:15 am (#2970 of 2979)

Marie, I am glad someone else liked the Kate Beckinsale version of Emma. IMO, Kate, Samantha, and Olivia gave far better performances as Emma, Harriet, and Jane, respectively. I think I preferred that Frank Churchill, as well. I have never liked any of the Mrs. Eltons, although the one in the ancient miniseries was probably the nastiest. hehe

Eponine, I have seen (and used to have on tape) Northanger Abbey.

Now I have a question for other Austen fans: Has anyone seen the Mansfield Park movie with Frances O'Connor? I was horrified at the portrayal of Sir Thomas! Could it have deviated any farther from the book? I didn't like anything about the movie and never bothered to watch it more than once. I liked the old 1983 mini with Anna Massey as Mrs. Norris. She was born for that role! LOL

Some of us suspect Finn is really a 50 year-old Harvard professor who is just having a bit of fun with us

I thought I was the only one who believed that! Now, though--seeing that link Finn has added (The other night he was able to pull up something I'd said a year ago)--I'm wondering if he isn't really a retired professor with a photographic memory who works as an archivist for the Forum! Sorry to blow your cover, old man!



Sconie Girl - Jul 27, 2006 10:28 am (#2971 of 2979)

So we'll have to celebrate my 51st 14th birthday the day before. Finn BV

Oh Finn....You'll get to celebrate your "51st" birthday on mine!!! Wow...you're ALOT OLDER than me!


Thora - Jul 27, 2006 10:28 am (#2972 of 2979)

Wooohooo! Marie and Mikes Nephew is a red head! (sorry had to cheer for my own kind there)

I liked Northanger Abbey, the girl had such a fun imagination. I think I need to brush up on my Austen though because the details are a bit fuzzy. What's the name of the one where the girl favored the guy but turned him down because her famliy objected. Then he gets established in his career in shipping and then they don't object to him. The father gets married to a much younger woman too, I think. It was much more involved than that, but I think the other plot details I recall might be mixed up with other stories.

I've spent most of the last few days in doctor's offices. We are awaiting the results of test to find out if my 2 year old is fighitng a virus, a minor infection, or a major infection. She is getting shots of antibiotics until the culprit is identified, and the 103 (degree F thingy here) fever is being kept down by regular doses of Motrin and Tylenol. She's napping at the moment, with the pain of all the needle pricks I wish she'd stay that way for a while, that way she doesn't whine so much with every movement.

It's so hard when a kid is sick but so young they can't tell you what's wrong.


HungarianHorntail13 - Jul 27, 2006 10:30 am (#2973 of 2979)
Edited Jul 27, 2006 11:35 am

Sorry to hear about the fishies Snuffles!

I had two little fishies once, and they seemed to live forever even though I never fed them. (LoL, poor little guys.)They never died, so we gave them back to the store eventually.

Happy Belated Birthday Lina!

Has anyone ever seen the Potter Puppet Pals? What about that Alivan's site? It's so funny, I'm showing my sister all the 'magic wands' and she seems to want one now.

Trev's going to be Harry Potter for Halloween, but he changes his mind about 5 times every year.


PS- Bother!

Edit: Oops, I cross-posted with Thora. I hope the baby feels better soon!


Solitaire - Jul 27, 2006 10:48 am (#2974 of 2979)

Thora, that is Anne Elliot from Persuasion. She has always been in love with Captain Wentworth--a naval officer who distinguished himself and earned a fortune in his career--but she turned him down on the advice of Lady Russell, who has been a surrogate mother figure for her since her own mother died.

Anne's father did seem in danger of falling prey to Mrs. Clay, the fortune-hunting, flattering, conniving daughter of his solicitor and the best friend of his oldest daughter, the beautiful but vain Elizabeth (who seemed blind to the whole situation). Alas, I believe she ran off with young Mr. Elliot, who had been paying court to Anne but was passed over in favor of Captain Wentworth, who revealed that he was still in love with Anne after all these years. I tried to check for movie contamination, but I cannot find my novel. It must be somewhere with P&P ... both are missing. I do think this is an accurate depiction of the outcome of the novel, though.



geauxtigers - Jul 27, 2006 11:02 am (#2975 of 2979)

OOO, OOO **waving hand in air frantically** Pick me Lina, I can find Croatia on a map!

Thora sorry about you daughter, That’s got to be tough on her being so little. Lots of healing charms.

I'm fixing to go to the library to get P&P on tape/cd and start listening!

Then I have to babysit tonight....woo hoo don't I sound exited!

And I have tendonidis (spelling?) in my wrist and the doc is making me go to physical therapy and have it 'stretched' 3 times a week...fun and I have to have an MRI to make sure there are no torn tendions tomorrow...double fun...

The computer guy came today, announced that my computer was pretty messed up and he took it away to do all kinds of stuff to it and wipe it clean. I get it back Tuesday...

Well have a great day everyone, tomorrow is Friday!!


Solitaire - Jul 27, 2006 11:10 am (#2976 of 2979)

Tori, if you have tendonitis in your wrist (I have it in both), your doc will probably tell you to cut out the mousing around! When my wrists start to hurt--usually during any RA flare-ups--I must lay off chatting/posting/typing for a few days, until they stop hurting. Mousing actually aggravates the area more than typing, though. I've even considered getting a trackball. Before I spend the money, however, I need to find out from other sufferers if it is really less stressful on the wrist than a regular mouse. Any testimonials?



HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 27, 2006 11:25 am (#2977 of 2979)
Edited Jul 27, 2006 12:34 pm

Thora, I am so sorry to hear what that poor little one is going through. I hope they figure it out soon! Prayers and healing charms to her. What will you do about your trip?

kaykay, I am glad the stitches will be out soon!

Hi Olivia! I hope you're working on the Lex tags for Tuesday.

Kneazle, HHs are in N. Jersey.

EDIT: Lina, I love your new look!

EDIT 2: Tori, I hope you are feeling better soon and I sure do hope going online doesn't exacerbate your condition!


geauxtigers - Jul 27, 2006 11:46 am (#2978 of 2979)

Soli, he didn't mention anything about computers which surprised me, i thought he would tell me to lay off it. It doesn't really hurt when I'm on the computer, I'm always on and its not like a recent thing...but we are making sure its nothing worse than tendonitis with the MRI tomorrow. we shall see, I had a feeling it would be something like this... That knobby bone that sticks out on my wrist pops in and out of its socket while the other doesn't he didn't say much about that, but I dunno...its just not right whatever it is.

If a trackball is the mouse that has a large marble looking ball that you roll around, then I don't know much about them except I hate them. I find them hard to control, but That’s me, might be easier on the wrists though. I'd think it make it worse because its so loose rolling, but then again I'm not a healer so I wouldn't know!


Kip Carter - Jul 27, 2006 5:13 pm (#2979 of 2979)

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.

The new thread is # Chat and Greeting Thread for Members.

I would appreciate if you would read the three new paragraphs in my opening for the new thread.

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-- Chat and Greeting Thread (27 Jul 06 to 6 Oct 06)
Kip Carter - Jul 27, 2006 11:51 am Reply
Edited Oct 14, 2006 4:36 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.

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Being that we have new members coming on board on a regular basis, modifications of some of our guidelines are necessary. Remember we have a worldwide membership from many different cultures and backgrounds, many of whom English (whether it is American, the Queen's, or other variants from around the world) is not their primary, or even secondary, language. Often in our friendly chats, words or abbreviations are used that many have no idea of their meanings. Some of us enjoy being a sleuth and searching to figure out what is the true definitions of what is posted; however many are turned off and skip the post or even quit reading the thread altogether.

I am sure that many of you know what I am relating. Recently a thread was begun (# Controversy Originating from "Tell About Yourself" Posts), which later opened up a discussion on abbreviations with the fourth part of Vulture's Jul 15, 2006 9:02 am message. I strongly suggest that you read and understand what is produced in this thread.

I am in the process of possibly modifying the thread, ** Commonly Used Abbreviations for the Lexicon Forums, and I suggest you read it as well. Check back often to see how the updates affect you. I do not want any guidelines to destroy the family atmosphere; however I also do not want the use of unknowns to keep those away from enjoying our comradery. Our Hosts can only do so much and we leave the rest up to you as Participants. Always remember you can use the thirty minutes following your post to edit the content. Try to consider how your posts appears to others.

This is the eleventh 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. The ninth -- Chat and Greeting Thread (12 Jan 06 to 12 May 06) had 2983 when closed down May 12, 2006. The tenth -- Chat and Greeting Thread (12 May 06 to 27 Jul 06) had 2979 when closed down July 27, 2006. Eventually the tenth thread will join the first nine threads in the = Archived Discussion Between Members Group Folder!


Steve Newton - Jul 27, 2006 11:56 am (#1 of 2976)

Wow! I think I'm first!


Tazzygirl - Jul 27, 2006 11:56 am (#2 of 2976)

The FFF is still down? Finn- this is really messing up the statistics!

**healing charms to Thora's little one**

I loved the Persuasion movie with Cirian (sp?) Hinds! (He ranks up there with Colin Firth, IMO). I forgot who the main actress was, but I think they did an awesome job of transforming her from homely to beautiful. I haven't read that book yet, but have the book on tape. Just need to sit down and focus!

The charms you sent for the tropical storm seemed to have worked- Tropical Storm Daniel was downgraded to a nothing yesterday. Whoo-hoo! So thanks for the charms!

Welcome back Marie- glad you had a wonderful trip!

Hope you all have a wonderful RotD/N!


EDIT: Had to copy and paste from the old thread (I think I tried posting it right when Kip closed the thread down! LOL), and I was going to say Whoo-HOO I'm first on this thread! But then Steve came in, and we double posted so... WHOO-HOO! We got the first double post!!! **High Fives to Steve**

EDIT again: WHoo-hoo! The FFF is back up!!


azi - Jul 27, 2006 11:58 am (#3 of 2976)

Tazzy, I was on there not long ago (5 mins, literally!)!

I forgot to send healing charms to Thora's 2 year old earlier. **many healing charms**


Holly T. - Jul 27, 2006 12:08 pm (#4 of 2976)

Healing charms to your little one. Thora!

Welcome back Marie!

I love my trackball! I can hardly even use a regular mouse any more what with using a trackball at work and my laptop touch screen at home. But my new home computer has a regular mouse and it is driving me crazy. Maybe I can convince my husband to get me a trackball for my birthday? I do find it easier on the wrists than using a mouse, and much more precise.

For the tendinitis--did you get a wrist splint? Very helpful. I put mine back on last week because I was coming home from work with sore arms and decided to try and nip it in the bud this time before my whole arm swells up and I end up in the emergency room again. That happened two years ago--from tendinitis in my hands and wrist. I thought I was having an allergic reaction to something. Wrong. I had microscopic tears in the tendons of my fingers and my arm swelled up. So I ended up with steroids, physical therapy, and a few months in a splint. I'd had tendinitis in my wrists before and ended up in physical therapy, but this was worse because it affected my whole hand and not just my wrist. Occupational hazard, I guess. At least it's better than carpal tunnel. Half the editors I know have scars on their wrists from carpal tunnel surgery. The only lasting effect is that my handwriting got worse as I lost some of my ability to grip and I have to use really fat pens (the worst tear was in my index finger--I couldn't bend it at all for a long time without pain).


Kneazle  - Jul 27, 2006 12:28 pm (#5 of 2976)
Edited by Jul 27, 2006 12:35 pm

Lina~ the map I'm looking at has it between Slovenia , Magyarorszag, Serbia and Montenegro, and Bosnia /Herzegovina. Coastline of the Adriatic Sea.

50 pts. to.......... Want to Get Sorted?
I'm a Gryffindor!


Steve Newton - Jul 27, 2006 12:28 pm (#6 of 2976)

FFF=Fan Fiction Forum?


Good Evans  - Jul 27, 2006 12:34 pm (#7 of 2976)

yes Steve!!

Lina - I am late, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

have a great day folks, nothing to say as I am really tired tonight. went to see "Wah Wah" last night - HMMMNNNNNNNNN not really sure what else to say, beautifully acted, nicely produced but a tad self-indulgent I thought. Still now I know why Richard E Grant has made all of those argos adverts, I suspect it was to finance this "project"

anyone else seen it???


geauxtigers  - Jul 27, 2006 12:36 pm (#8 of 2976)

I have been wearing a splint, but the doctor said that 'immoblizing it was the worst thing I could do for it" So thats out! I got onto Fan Fic Earlier today I think when Azi was on...

Well Ginny says I've been hogging the computer today, I think she's right, so I'll get off now!


DJ Evans  - Jul 27, 2006 12:45 pm (#9 of 2976)

Healing charms for all that may need them -- Solitaire, Puck, Thora's little one, Denise's family, Tori & anyone else I forgot...gosh our list is getting quite long on "who's under the weather"! Thankfully my back is doing much better today.

Marie E: Welcome back -- sounds like you had a great time. What are you going to do without your girls?

I'm going to have to Google & see what a trackball is? Awwww, so that is a trackball. Hmmmm, interesting....wouldn't mind trying one sometime myself.

I had in my mind several things I was going to address, then the phone rang & now I've forgotten it all. Oh well.....I'm sure I'll remember it after I've posted this...figures. lol

Later, Deb


Kneazle  - Jul 27, 2006 12:45 pm (#10 of 2976)
Edited by Jul 27, 2006 12:51 pm

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Thanks to those who like my little kneazle. I'm too cheap to pop for a full membership(four boys to raise!),so he's kind of my mascot!

Honestly, I was wondering the same about Finn. My intelligence is not exactly below par but he makes me feel about as smart as a flobberworm!SmileyCentral.com

I was contributing it to being sequestered with four children under the age of 10 all summer long. Not only am I going bald, I feel like my brain has turned to goo.  Lack of adult company and conversation tends to do that I am told.


The giant squid  - Jul 27, 2006 1:00 pm (#11 of 2976)

Healing charms to all who need them.

Welcome back, Marie. Enjoy your two kid-free weeks.

I haven't got much else to contribute, as the main topic of conversation lately has been Jane Austen and I've never read any of her books nor have I seen any of the movies based on them (not even Clueless). I'm sure you can find it in your hearts to forgive me.



Kneazle  - Jul 27, 2006 1:10 pm (#12 of 2976)
Edited by Jul 27, 2006 1:19 pm

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

I just found out I married a Slytherin! The horror! I feel faint! LOL (I just had him go to the sorting hat.) My kneazle sense must have been failing me!

I've never read, that I can remember anyway, Jane Austen either. Always willing to try something new though. I think a trip to the library is in order. It'll give me a nice break before I go back and do another re-read. Anyone have any suggestions as to which I should start with?

EDIT** Whew!! Just checked, our 9 year old is a Gryffindor!! LOL


Nathan Zimmermann  - Jul 27, 2006 1:46 pm (#13 of 2976)

Kneazle, of you wold like a good mystery to read I would suggest the Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout. I find them lighter than Agatha Christie or Dorothy L. Sayers.


Denise P.  - Jul 27, 2006 1:48 pm (#14 of 2976)

Thanks for all the healing charms, they worked! The two boys with pink eye, it got nipped in the bud quickly by applying antibiotics.

While out for my evening run on Sunday, I found a kitten that had been dumped along the running path. When I called a rescue place in the morning, her litter mates had been found a few days prior at the same place. We kept her for a few days while finding her a home. The kitty went to her new home today and Mr. Denise is relieved to not be adding another animal to our zoo.

I had one year pictures taken of my little guy, Rhys. There is one behind my avatar is you want to take a look at a gorgeous guy...not that I am biased or anything Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2752390508


Tazzygirl - Jul 27, 2006 2:01 pm (#15 of 2976)

Rhys is getting so big, Denise! Those pictures are so cute! Glad you found the kitty a home!

It's nice weather here today, scattered rain, but that is usual!



virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 27, 2006 2:27 pm (#16 of 2976)

**healing charms to everyone**

I'm Ravenclaw 100% I've never been anything else in all the 100's of quizzes I've taken!

BLAHHH I can't remember anything I was going to say!! I'm hoping someone will post in before me so that I don't get post #13!

Yay! I had to wait an hour but I didn't have to be the 13th post! Yeah I know it's dumb but I can't help it, I'm wayyyy superstious about 13!

Cute pictures Denise!

EDIT: Kneazle, there is a thread dedicated to those of us who have admitted ourselves into St. Mungo's over on the Fan Fic Forum!

A torrential down pour just started in about 3 seconds time! I can barely see across the street! That's LA for ya!! Also to do a picture, you have to upload it into a site,(I use photobucket.com) and then: <*img src=[insert the address of the pic here]*>, but take out the *! Just remember to resize it in photo bucket before you put it in your profile, or it will be mammoth size! Hope that helps, Lina is probably better at explaining it than I am though, so if you hae any questions, check out the “how do you…” thread!


Kneazle  - Jul 27, 2006 2:43 pm (#17 of 2976)
Edited by Jul 27, 2006 2:44 pm

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

My head is swimming! I think I now know why I haven't endeavored to read Jane Austen! I'm on chapter six, now trust me when I say I can read a large novel (e.g.: Gone With the Wind) in a day or little more, and I am on the verge of a migraine! LOL

Denise P~ Am I counting correctly? Do you have 7 little ones? Maybe you're the one I need to question about keeping your sanity. I have 4 boys and I am on the brink of St. Mungos almost (almost? hah,who am I kidding?) every day. Little guy's adorable!

Once I figure out how to post a picture of my hellions I will.


Denise P.  - Jul 27, 2006 2:56 pm (#18 of 2976)

Kneazle, you are close. I have two more that are not in the picture Smile One more girl and one more boy than is pictured.

I tried Pride & Predjudice since Prefect Marcus was a big fan. Even with the Cliff Notes, I could not plow through it. I have tried numerous times. I guess I should attempt the BBC series and maybe I could read it then.


Kneazle  - Jul 27, 2006 3:03 pm (#19 of 2976)
Edited by Jul 27, 2006 3:06 pm

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Okay, if anyone is interested just click on my name to see the cause of insanity! LOL ( really I love them. I just really need a break!)


Thora  - Jul 27, 2006 3:19 pm (#20 of 2976)

Thanks for the charms for my little girl. As HH11 asked, my plans for my trip have had to change. I was going to drive my husband and kids up to the Charlotte area and drop him at the airport and the older two at their grandmother's for the week. Now grandma and grandpa will be coming here tomorrow to pick up my husband and the older kids and I will stay close to the doctors with the sick one. The older two will be getting swimming lessons, and my husband is visiting friends in Arizona. Hopefully the fever subsides and the cultures come back clean so I can spend a few days in Wilmington before getting my kids from grandma and heading to Florida to see my sister.

The little one seems to be feeling better though, she's back to taking off her clothes and begging for cookies. (For those who have never had a 2 year old, this is very normal behavior.) The Motrin should be wearing off soon though, and we will see if her fever returns (crossing fingers toes and eyes that it doesn't and I can avoid a visit from my mother in law, that involves so much cleaning.)

Oh and I think Denise is forgetting to include Mr. Denise in her kid count. If he's anything like Mr. Thora he needs counting...


Solitaire  - Jul 27, 2006 3:41 pm (#21 of 2976)

Finn ... makes me feel about as smart as a flobberworm!

Join the club, Kneazle ... and I'm a teacher! LOL Actually, I teach kids Finn's age, and I wish he were one of my students. I love having kids in class who are really intelligent (when they are not also arrogant brats), because they push me to explore my own creativity and take more risks as a teacher.

I'm curious ... which Austen book are you reading? I can't think of any that were "headache material." BTW, I read Gone With the Wind in a day or so ... before I saw the movie. What a mistake. Half the book was missing! I felt leaving out Scarlett's other kids was a very stupid decision. I mean, they didn't leave out the marriages, did they? I wish someone would make a long (like Roots) miniseries including the half of the book that was ignored ... it was really quite interesting.

Regarding Ginny's image directions ... <*img src="insert the address of the pic here"*> ... instead of brackets, I think you have to use quotation marks. And do remember to remove the asterisks (*).

Thank you for the healing charms. I am feeling MUCH better after my massage this afternoon. My masseuse worked a lot on my neck, back, and hands/wrists. She has said that she can detect changes in my hands and wrists over the last 6 years, from my RA. There is less flexibility and range of movement. Even my signature has been affected, which is disturbing.

Thora, I'm sending more healing charms to your daughter.



Mediwitch  - Jul 27, 2006 3:47 pm (#22 of 2976)

*Healing Charms* all around!

Kneazle, I am in Northwest Connecticut, and I checked your pics - I only saw the one of Jakob - what a cutie! The other pics weren't there.

And speaking of cuties, Denise, Rhys is a doll.

On the topic of track balls, I am not a fan. I had carpal tunnel surgery 7 years ago on both wrists (I played flute for 20 years at that time; not so much any more!) and find that a regular mouse (preferably with a gel pad wrist rest) works better for me. And mousing is definitely harder on my wrists than typing. I am also fairly ambidexterous, so I can also swap to using the mouse with my left hand if needed. I had the surgery after therapy, steroid injections, etc. only gave me temporary relief. It was a big success for me - but I was hypervigilant about exercises after the surgery. There seems to be a better outcome for people who exercise and use their hands as opposed to those who baby their hands after surgery. I occasionally have to revert back to splints for a day or two, but usually only after I've abused my hands with a lot of heavy gardening or something. Tori, a lot of the doctors don't like the over-the-counter splints because the hand is not actually held in the "proper" position. It's usually flexed too far.

And Holly, I agree with you about fat pens. They're the best, but gel pens work pretty well even though they are skinny because they flow so smoothly.


Kneazle  - Jul 27, 2006 4:11 pm (#23 of 2976)
Edited by Jul 27, 2006 4:12 pm

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Pride & Prejudice. I just seem to be running in circles with it. it may just be I'm trying to read and chase a nearly one year old, mediate peace talks between the 6 and 2 year olds and explain why a 9 year old is not old enough to run the neighborhood alone. On top of that my 32 year old is crying for dinner!


Solitaire  - Jul 27, 2006 4:13 pm (#24 of 2976)

I used to play the flute, Mediwitch. I loaned mine to someone for many years after I stopped playing--a decision I've never ceased to regret--and it was returned in sad condition. I'd like to have it reconditioned, but the cost is more than the flute was new. Someday I'll find a decent second-hand flute, I hope, and begin playing again for my own personal enjoyment. I was pretty good once upon a time ... I've had to give up my guitar. My hands are just not strong enough anymore.



Marè  - Jul 27, 2006 4:15 pm (#25 of 2976)

Baz Lutherman's (aka, Leo Decapitated's) Romeo and Juliet was the best adaptation of the story I've ever seen. The worst things about it were Leo and whoever played Juliet - bad acting methinks. The ideas behind it were great.

I loved that movie too, it was so over the top kitsch, it was great! Just like Moulin Rouge (also HUGE fan of that). I think those two are part of a threesome of movies, something with curtains at the beginning and end. But I have no clue what the third movie was.

It must be somewhere with P&P ... both are missing
Oh be ashamed! You don't have multiple copies of P&P?

I haven't got much else to contribute, as the main topic of conversation lately has been Jane Austen and I've never read any of her books nor have I seen any of the movies based on them (not even Clueless). I'm sure you can find it in your hearts to forgive me
I can, if you help me out with said movie mystery above ^. But we have quite taken over the thread . Jane Austen and the Wallmart. Funny combination of topics

I tried Pride & Predjudice since Prefect Marcus was a big fan. Even with the Cliff Notes, I could not plow through it. I have tried numerous times. I guess I should attempt the BBC series and maybe I could read it then.

I did it in that order too, worked wonders. Just like Lord of the Rings where seeing the movies helped me imagine the persons and places, because the books alone had such difficult language at some times that I couldn't picture anything in my head on my own. And now I've even reread LotR with pleasure several times. (Although not quite as much as Pride & Prejudice and Harry Potter yet)

Healing charms for your little girl Thora, hope it's something minor!! Healing charms


Solitaire  - Jul 27, 2006 4:15 pm (#26 of 2976)

LOL Kneazle. No wonder you can't get into the book. Perhaps later you can find one or two uninterrupted hours ... Shall I cast some "good behavior" charms? Also, does the 32-year-old cook or wash dishes? Perhaps he could buy you some time. **knows this is probably a fantasy**



Mediwitch  - Jul 27, 2006 4:16 pm (#27 of 2976)

Me too, Solitaire. I also played guitar but rarely do any more. Of course, now I've just replaced one repetitive motion activity with another but I used to play for hours a day, and now I'm only on the computer in fits and starts.

EDIT: I know what you mean, Solitaire. I always worry about kids who are in highly intense programs for music, because I was only 29 when I had the CTS surgery, and I was not the most dedicated music major in the world by far!


Solitaire  - Jul 27, 2006 4:18 pm (#28 of 2976)

Arthritis, carpal tunnel ... no fun, is it? I worry about kids who are already having this trouble. I was in my thirties before I began to suffer.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 27, 2006 4:42 pm (#29 of 2976)

Oh, how cute Rhys is! You guys are bringing on that ache - first azi's 4-yr. old pic, now Rhys, gosh, I love babies! I have one friend who always tells me I need to have another one and then there is another friend of mine who tells me, "You know - no matter how many you have, they all grow up eventually!" I'm afraid the HHs shall remain a family of five. *sigh*

Kristina, there was a special on the Travel channel about Hawaii. The whole time, I'm thinking - I wonder if she's done these things. . .I wonder if I'll see her in the background. . .I wonder if I'd recognize her (of course not!). . .I wonder if she's seen all of these famous people who supposedly flock to its beaches???

Don't feel too bad, Kneazle, Olivia came up as Severus Snape - repeatedly, I might add. I suppose she'll get along great with Gina on Tuesday.

Marie, welcome back! I think I'd go into a tizzy if my children were gone that long.


Eponine  - Jul 27, 2006 5:36 pm (#30 of 2976)

I think those two are part of a threesome of movies, something with curtains at the beginning and end. But I have no clue what the third movie was.

I believe the third film was Strictly Ballroom, and the three movies together are called The Red Curtain Trilogy.

During our marathon Jane Austen movie extravaganza last year, we did watch the Mansfield Park adaptation someone (Solitaire?) was talking about. My best friend had just finished the book, and she was entirely annoyed at the way they portrayed some of the things. We also watched Persuasion, two versions of Emma, Sense and Sensibility (w/ Emma Thompson), Northanger Abbey and the 95 P&P. We also included Bride and Prejudice since we'd seen it a few weeks before and thought it was way too fun to be allowed.

There's a modern version of Pride and Prejudice that came out a few years ago. I believe it was produced by the Mormon church. The acting wasn't that impressive, but it was an interesting take on the story.

I use a track-ball mouse because when we got married, that's what Mr. Eponine used. I got used to it, and when I got my own computer I found that a regular mouse annoyed me. It's nice not having to chase my mouse across the desk.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Finn BV  - Jul 27, 2006 6:00 pm (#31 of 2976)

Solitaire, I only saw that post because I was reading the beginning of the thread and noticed those similiarities!

Healing charms to Thora's daughter!

Tori, good luck getting over the tendinitis!

Forgot to welcome back Marie before in my skim of the posts!

Denise, glad to hear our healing charms worked! And Rhys is adorable!!

Kneazle, those pictures aren't showing up for me.

Soli, glad to hear the massage went well!

I think I might have to get a baby pic of me up…


Solitaire  - Jul 27, 2006 6:29 pm (#32 of 2976)

Is this the version of P&P you were talking about, Eponine?

Just teasing, Finn ... I believe you. Actually, it reminded me of something about myself. If Mom and Dad, or even my aunt and grandma (I spent lots of time there as a little kid), were having a discussion about an event or experience in which I was involved--and they disagreed on or couldn't remember something that had happened--I would chime in with the missing detail ... and they would always agree that I was right!

Eventually my parents, my aunt, and my grandma all began to call me "The Elephant" ... because, well, an elephant never forgets. Every time someone couldn't remember a detail in a discussion of the past, he or she would just say, "Go ask The Elephant. She remembers everything!" Even today, my Mom will say something like "your aunt said to ask The Elephant about ...." I guess I am the family historian.



Kneazle  - Jul 27, 2006 6:31 pm (#33 of 2976)
Edited by Jul 27, 2006 6:33 pm

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Are they still not working!?!?! How about this?
Joshua & Jakob
Nathaniel & Benjamin
Maybe this will work.


Eponine  - Jul 27, 2006 6:46 pm (#34 of 2976)

That's the one, Solitaire. After a while, the acting wasn't so annoying, but it definitely wasn't Oscar material.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 27, 2006 6:49 pm (#35 of 2976)

Kneazle, they are soo cute - I especially love the sleeping pic!

I had carpal tunnel when I was pregnant with Olivia. (What didn't I suffer with during my pregnancies would be a much shorter list.) I was told that if it did not clear up afterward, that I would have to have surgery. Luckily, it did clear up. It helped that I ended up staying home and leaving my job.

I have been trying to scan a pic of my three since the beginning of the month. My printer is acting strangely. I will have to try when I have a good block of time to devote to it. Hopefully they won't be in their 20s by then.



Puck  - Jul 27, 2006 7:20 pm (#36 of 2976)

Hello! I seemed to have jumped to this thread without reading the end of the other, so sorry if I miss anything!

Great pictures, Denise! (Kneazle, couldn't seem to get yours. )

Claire Danes was Juliet to Leonardo's modern day Romeo.

Maria, is your printer a stubborn cheddar as well?

Healing charms to all around!

I'm feeling much better, though tired. (seriously, they tell a Mom she needs to rest. Like that's going to happen. )

If I don't get back here, everyone have a great time in NYC! I will not be the least bit jealous of you all meeting each other and seeing JKR. Really. Not a bit.



Nathan Zimmermann  - Jul 27, 2006 8:10 pm (#37 of 2976)

Solitaire, I agree if I had seen more students like Finn and the other youths here on the forum, while serving as a substitute teacher I would have been more inclined to pursue teaching as my vocation.

Solitaire  - Jul 27, 2006 9:41 pm (#38 of 2976)

I can appreciate that, Nathan. I would not mind having Finn, Ginny, Tori, Kate, Olivia, and some of the others I've met here.

Gina! I saw SNAPEA CRISPS today at TJ's! I thought of you.



Tazzygirl - Jul 27, 2006 10:12 pm (#39 of 2976)

That is too funny, Maria! I missed that show though, so I can't tell you if I am in it or not. hehehe. Probably not. Hint to all Forumers who are LOST fanatics- the best place to hang out here on the island to get a glimpse and even a conversation from the actors is over in Kailua/Lanikai, which is on the other side of the mountains from me. Haven't gone over there yet...

Kneazle, I can't see any of the pictures- they all have small boxes with red x's in them. I did see one picture in your profile of the youngest though- too cute!

Just spent some time at the beach with the kiddies. Didn't last too long, as they had the jellyfish warning signs out (box jellies... ow!) and the surf was really big. Sydney had a blast though!

**more healing charms to those who need it!**



virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 27, 2006 10:36 pm (#40 of 2976)

Maria, my mom is always saying that she wants another baby, so when you said that it made me think of her! She says that she "needs a baby" at this point  - -- me and Tori shout "no you don't!!",  then she looks at my dad and we leave the room. No more babies for her...we just let her treat the dog like one!

One thing I've always wanted to do was learn to play guitar. Unfortunately I'm not only musically challenged, but I have no time for it.

Finn, if you put up a baby pic of yourself )or any pic for that matter) I'll put up a really embarrassing one of me and Tori when we were about 2. We look like little Shirley Temple's gone wrong! In fact, I'd love to see any pics of anyone here so that I can erase my odd, mental pictures of people! I looked at Kristina's MySpace and was surprised to find she has blonde hair and fair skin! I thought she was Hawaiian, literately! hehe **walks away feeling dumb for that assumption, and waves to Kristina**

Ok so I’m off to check threads! **healing charms to those in need**


Tazzygirl - Jul 27, 2006 11:00 pm (#41 of 2976)

SPEW, Ginny! **waves back** You really thought that about me? (Wonders if everyone else thought I was Hawaiian too... ) Nope, I've only lived here two and a half years. I've got the Irish and Czech blood in me.


EDIT: LOL, Tori! I actually pictured you and your sister with blonde curly hair- I think I am right?


geauxtigers  - Jul 27, 2006 11:09 pm (#42 of 2976)

I am also guilty of that too Kristina! I read in your profile that you lived in Hawaii, and BOOM! mental picture that took a while to get rid of lol!

I am also fairly ambidexterous, so I can also swap to using the mouse with my left hand if needed I do that sometimes, it annoys Ginny that I can switch hands in class when taking notes etc. when my right one is about to fall off! Comes in handy I must say!

I have always wanted to play guitar, just that takes time, and I have enough to do as it is...one day I will, one of the things I want to do at some point! But not musically talented at all. My mom played the flute and I've tried to "play" hers and it wasn't pretty. I used to know how to play "Mary had a little Lamb" on the piano, but that’s slipped my mind as well.

I'm about to go to sleep as it is 1 am and after 3 hours of pillow fighting with the kids I babysat, I'm beat. I'll check the threads first though...

I can't see your pictures either, Kneazle.

Healing charms to those who need it!

Night everyone, just think, its Friday!!!


virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 27, 2006 11:29 pm (#43 of 2976)
Edited Jul 28, 2006 12:17 am

LOL Kristina I was the same as Tori, I read that you were from Hawaii and that is instantly what flew into my mind! It was a bit stupid of me to instantly think that but well I tend to do things like that! When we were little we had extremely curly dirty blonde hair that was exactly like Shirley Temple's! Now our hair is more brown than blonde, but it's still curly...but with added frizz that little kids never seem to have. If I cut my hair really short, I have no doubts that it would kink up to Shirley Temple Status! I already have some pics up of us at the bottom of my profile, but our hair is straightened in all of them. Tori thinks she looks stupid in the last one and she does but it's a relatively good picture of me so I put it there anyway!

Ok time for bed! night!!

EDIT: LOL Kristina! It's weird when you have a mental picture of someone you've never met before and then you see a picture of them...it's like WOA!! I was waayy off! One of the reasons I want to see Finn....how about a current pic Finn!?!!

I think I remember you mentioning that you were a twin at some point! I'm the youngest by 3 mins!


Tazzygirl - Jul 28, 2006 12:00 am (#44 of 2976)

Tori and Ginny- Nope, you two definitely don't look like how I pictured the both of you! Pointing out the obvious- you can definitely tell you two are twins. (Did I tell you that I am also a twin? I have a twin brother, who obviously doesn't look like me... LOL. I'm the only one of my siblings with blonde hair and freckles. A lot of people think my younger sister and my brother are the twins. I'm the oldest though- beat my brother by half and hour! )... Now that I think about it, I think I did tell you all that in the Chat Room... Oh well!



Lina  - Jul 28, 2006 2:10 am (#45 of 2976)

The strangest thing has happened to me last night. All of the sudden, I couldn't get to any site on the net, but one. But if I tried to go to the net from another computer that is on the same home network, I couldn't get to that one site, but could get to another one and only one. I don't think I could ever understand how and why it happened, but unfortunately, HPL Forum wasn't the chosen one at any of the computers. This morning everything was back in order.

So, here are the points for all who found Croatia on the map: . Since there is slightly more people who claim to be Griffindor, the Griffindor "points bowl" is slightly bigger.

Congratulations, Kneazle, on working on uniting the houses!

Thora, I hope that your little one gets better in no time and that Jo never finds out about the change in your plans for vacation.

It is the last working day for me before the vacations. Yay!

Tori and Ginny, I must say that the way you look is just very close to what I imagined. (Quite proud of myself )

Kneazle, if you want to share your pictures with more of us, then www.photobucket.com seems to be much more willing to share them than the Yahoo.


Amilia Smith - Jul 28, 2006 3:53 am (#46 of 2976)

Yeah, I had the same problem when trying to share a photo of my niece. If you want to read about my saga . . . I was able to see your pictures when you first put them up, Kneazle, but can only see red Xs now. They are adorable children!

Very odd that your internet would do something like that, Lina. I wonder why. . . . Hooray for vacations, though.

I still need to see the "Mollywood" version of Pride and Prejudice. I will say that if you are going to modernize P&P, that Utah's frantic dating scene is the perfect place for it. That is the one thing about going back home that I am really not looking forward to: being an old maid again.



Puck  - Jul 28, 2006 5:33 am (#47 of 2976)

Great photos, Ginny! Not quite how I pictured you, though.

Lina, I found Croatia months ago! I'm a Ravenclaw (also married to a slytherin.)

I'm wondering if I send in pictures I take with my phone, I won't have to worry about sizing them for my avatar. Currently every time I try I'm told my pictures are too big.

Happy RotD!



Lavandula - Jul 28, 2006 5:38 am (#48 of 2976)
Edited by Jul 28, 2006 5:40 am

"I already have some pics up of us at the bottom of my profile, but our hair is straightened in all of them. Tori thinks she looks stupid in the last one and she does but it's a relatively good picture of me so I put it there anyway!" –Ginny

I think the pictures are great!! So do you girls normally have curly or wavy hair?

It sure is interesting to put faces with the people here on the forum. Movies are the same; you have a mental picture of Hogwarts and all the characters and then you see the movie and most of what you do is think "I hadn't imagined that at all", or "You're just as I had pictured".

If I could only figure out how to post a picture under my profile... I'm not the most computer literate person around. Any help out there?

The only problem is when you are the one with the camera, you seem to get a multitude of pictures of everyone else except yourself.

Kneazle-I can't get your pictures either. The only thing I get is red X's. The ones posted above are adorable! No wonder you can't get any real reading accomplished.

By the way Kneazle, I started P&P last night and was only able to finish the first three chapters, but it wasn't bad. I was just too tired from a day of shopping with my teenage daughter to concentrate much longer. I will say however, that the introduction written by Peter Conrad in my copy is rather wordy. As it was I just skimmed it. I may need my dictionary to completly read the whole thing.

Welcome back from vacations everyone! Safe travel to all in their upcoming plans.

Healing Charms to everyone who needs them. They sure seem to work from the feedback we recieve.!!!!

Have a Great Day Everyone! Smile



Amilia Smith - Jul 28, 2006 6:06 am (#49 of 2976)

If I could only figure out how to post a picture under my profile... I'm not the most computer literate person around. Any help out there?

Lina gave wonderful directions over on the "How do you . . ." thread. Then she and Kip talked me through all of the problems I had figuring out how to do it.



Lavandula - Jul 28, 2006 6:13 am (#50 of 2976)

Thanks Amilia!! I will give it a try.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 28, 2006 7:44 am (#51 of 2976)

Kathy, enjoy your vacation! (Do I have it straight - you are going on vacation, right?)

Thora, how is little one - glad to hear she's regained her "bounce". (I'd give her anything she asks for - I can be a softie during such times.)

Ginny & Tori, love your pics - you are both beautiful and your friends look like nice people. I did envision you in a similar way but with long, curly hair.

Since we are going to New York City on Tuesday, I posted a pic of the girls (with Trevor) in my profile. (For some reason, it is HUGE and I could not scale it down via Photobucket. )

Solitaire, what a nice thing to say - thanks for the compliment to Olivia.

Kristina, I pictured you with long, dark hair but it was because you once had a pic (as your avatar, maybe?) with a girl with long dark hair and I thought you mentioned it was you with a friend, or something like that - obviously I got confused (not too difficult to accomplish).

The Office was on last night and there was a scene where Dwight was following the other office workers into the warehouse for the first time to meet the warehouse staff. He kept giving sideways glances to the cameraman as he descended the stairs and finally said, "Remember in Lost, when they met the Others?"

Well, I don't watch Lost, but thought I'd share it with all of you Lost lovers. The way he said it was very funny.

Enjoy the RotD/N, everyone!



Tazzygirl - Jul 28, 2006 7:54 am (#52 of 2976)

Had a really bad dream, so I am up at 4:48 am to check the threads so I can get the dream out of my head... Will be going back to bed shortly I think...

(Mills, you were up really late!)

Happy vacation time, Puck! We'll miss you over at Five Words!

Maria- I did have long hair (almost to the middle of my back) for a while. The picture that you saw was of me and Sydney (my three year old cousin) last year at Thanksgiving. The lighting in the picture was really bad, so it looked like we had dark hair. We are both blondes! In December I took about 5 inches of hair off. Was looking for a new summer hair style that eliminated babies pulling it. After several trims my hair is now about shoulder length. Oh, and the picture you said that you posted in your profile is not there.

Okay, off to try and go back to sleep!



azi - Jul 28, 2006 8:09 am (#53 of 2976)

I can't see the picture Maria...have you tried putting 'width=300' (without the quotation marks) after the picture URL and before the closing '>'? I love your starfish story, by the way!

However, I did discover that I'm a Grammar God and most like Hermione.

**Further healing charms to Thora's little one (one can never have enough) and more to Puck so she gets better!**

Lovely pics Tori and Ginny! You do look identical! **Wouldn't be able to tell them apart**

I hope you don't have another nightmare, Tazzy! Horrible things...


HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 28, 2006 8:33 am (#54 of 2976)
Edited Jul 28, 2006 10:01 am

Yikes, my children are not badgers! LOL! Not sure why it shows up for me but is not showing up for anyone else. Thanks for the suggestion, azi. It helped a bit. I put in the width you mentioned - hopefully in the right place. Now Olivia says it comes up as a dark rectangle. What am I doing wrong?

Glad you liked my starfish story, azi.

Was looking for a new summer hair style that eliminated babies pulling it. LOL, I interpret that as eyebrow-length hair.

EDIT: I reloaded the pic to Photobucket and it seems to be working on Olivia's computer, as well as mine. It is really large, though. Not sure how to change that. But at least it shows up now.

Tazzy, hope you don't have any more nightmares. It's awful when they stay with you throughout the day. I had one last week about Trevor getting hurt. I awoke with a start and could not fall back asleep afterward.

EDIT: Thanks, kaykay! I feel that way, too. (I am allowed to say that because I'm biased - right??) I hope your little guy breezes through the visit for stitch removal.

Off to ride my bike. Yesterday I went 10 1/2 miles in about an hour (it was near 100 deg. Fahrenheit, by the way). A bit of a leisurely pace, I think, but I tend to get lost in my thoughts and forget that I'm supposed to be "exercising".

Another Edit: Okay, NOT going bike riding. Mr. HH just informed me that the entrance sign (to our development) is due to be delivered today and I have to wait and give a final payment check from the fund. He spearheaded a fund drive to replace the 20+ year-old sign at the entrance. Apparently, it is due to be installed today (it was supposed to have been done first thing in the morning - it is now 12:41p.m. I guess my time runs differently from theirs). The girls would like to go to the mall and have lunch at Cheesecake Factory, but I guess we're stuck. Oh well, at least people will find us again.


kaykay1970  - Jul 28, 2006 8:58 am (#55 of 2976)

I really enjoyed seeing everyone's pictures. The HH children are gorgeous. Tori and Ginny are beautiful and Rhys is adorable with his golden blonde hair. I have the same problem as Lavandula, as I'm always behind the camera.

Sending more healing charms to Thora's child...

My Little Guy gets his stitches out in 2 and a half hours. Woo Hoo! I hope he is as good getting them out as he was having them put in. I think he rather wants to keep them.


Solitaire  - Jul 28, 2006 9:44 am (#56 of 2976)

Lina, my laptop was messing around like that this week. It was very annoying! I finally got it back up and online, but this connection and modem are extremely temperamental.

Maria, I have really enjoyed talking with Olivia when I've met her in the chatroom. It has been fun to exchange ideas with a lot of the kids and get to know them better this year ... especially this summer. My apologies if I've left out any of the other young people I've "met" and enjoyed here.

I think the cross-generational and cross-cultural exchanges on this Forum are part of what makes it so valuable. In "real life," we often save any meaningful conversations and ideas for our peers ... or at least those in our immediate circles. Here on the Forum, friendships have been forged and valuable ideas exchanged among pre-teens and great-grandpas, teenagers and doctors, athletes and couch-potatoes, Croatians and Californians--all kinds of unlikely combinations who might never bother to sit down and have an important or even a fun exchange of ideas and opinions. I only wish everyone was lucky enough to be part of such a group. If they were, the "generation gap" might not be so wide.

Nice photos, everyone! I do not have any children, but I have two beautiful nieces who are married. One has a 4-year-old son and a brand new daughter. As soon as I get their pics uploaded to my webpage, I'll post them. Smile

BTW, I watched the Keira Knightly P&P last night. I must say it was a beautiful production to watch, and the score was good. I prefer Brenda Blethyn's Mrs. Bennet to any I've seen so far. She did a great job of capturing the fussiness of the character without making her seem mean-spirited, as some have. Overall, however, I was disappointed. So much was cut from the plot and character development that foreshadowing for any critical events was completely removed. While I did think the Darcy actor did a nice job, I felt his leap from indifference to love was not given a proper foundation. Also, nearly everything that led up to and contributed to Lydia's elopement was completely thrown away, so that it made little sense in the context of the movie.

The actresses who played the Bennet girls were finally about the right ages, and Mr. Collins wasn't totally awful. Lady Catherine was suitably rude and imposing, but Georgiana was far too animated. In the book, she is so shy she can barely speak.

Finn, I wouldn't boycott the movie, but I do not endorse it as a faithful adaptation of the book. Anyone who believes watching this movie can compensate for reading the book ... you are cheating yourself. If the movie helps you imagine the characters as you read, great. But do read the book. It is a million times more fun than the movie. JM2K ...



Kneazle  - Jul 28, 2006 9:49 am (#57 of 2976)
Edited by Jul 28, 2006 10:34 am

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Working on the problem of the pics as we speak! It's not that important of a thing but it's just one of those things that irk me. I'm the type if something isn't working, well I'm going to darn well figure out why! Nosey? Curious? Perfectionist? Don't know just always been that way. LOL

EDIT: Thanks to John Bumbledore I do believe I have the kinks worked out of my picture problem. Anyone who is interested Just click my name.


Marè  - Jul 28, 2006 10:17 am (#58 of 2976)

HH11 in photobucket there is right above the thumbnail of your photo an "edit" button, if you click that you get a few options like "Resize Image", you can there directly resize your image to 25, 50 and 75 % of the original. After that the photo in your profile should be automatically resized as well.
Maybe that helps


Lavandula - Jul 28, 2006 10:51 am (#59 of 2976)

Kneazle- Yeah! I can finally see all the pictures. The boys are so charming. Jakob has really grown in those pictures.

HH11- I can see your children just fine; large, but just fine. Is Olivia HH13 that Solitare was referring to?

I'm off the check the Zuccinni bread in the oven and work on reading P&P.

Gardening, cooking, laundrey, forum, etc. So much to do.

**runs off muddling some Mary Poppins tune**



HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 28, 2006 11:57 am (#60 of 2976)

Mare, when I tried to resize it, I think that may be what got me into trouble in the first place. I ended up deleting and reloading the pic. I may try to resize it again - I am working on something else right now, though.

large, but just fine LOL Cathy! Mmmmm, zucchini bread! Yes, Olivia/HH13 are one in the same. She is the blonde one in the top center of the picture. Percy is my 9 year old.

BTW, I am still waiting for the "sign guys" to show up.

EDIT: (I think I am the queen of editing. ) It worked, Kneazle! Thanks so much to you and Bumbledore! I copied and pasted the link. Just wondering - in Photobucket, I use the center link labeled "Tag". Is that wrong??

Thank you thank you thank you for your help!


Kneazle  - Jul 28, 2006 12:00 pm (#61 of 2976)
Edited by Jul 28, 2006 1:28 pm

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

HH~ this is what John Bumbledore(again SmileyCentral.com ) showed me: <*img src=https://2img.net/h/i76.photobucket.com/albums/j32/mjwolf/triojune06.jpg height=160>Just remove the asterisk

By the way, ADORABLE!

EDIT: The way Bumbledore explained it Photobucket uses the "wrong" format for our forum so you need to remove the [IMG] tags and use the <*img src=> tag instead, other than that use the rest of the tag. And you're welcome!

EDIT:Removed embedded picture.


virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 28, 2006 12:40 pm (#62 of 2976)

Cute pictures everyone! Maria, yours is the right size on my computer!

I think the pictures are great!! So do you girls normally have curly or wavy hair?

Yes!! Extremely curly hair, the top one of me is a little closer to the truth as my hair isn't straightened, but blow-dryed. If I let it air dry, it just goes crazy and curls into ringlets and such, but it's not very pretty as it is soooo incredibly frizzy that it looks like I 've stuck my finger in an electric socket! So I generally blow dry it.

**waits for Finn to put up some pics**

Have a great RotD everyone and another round of healing charms!


Tazzygirl - Jul 28, 2006 12:55 pm (#63 of 2976)

I still can't see any photos, Maria. I just get a square that is two different shades of grey.

Your kids are too cute, Kneazle!

Thanks Azi and Maria- the dream I had involved Syd and 'Thaniel, and it wasn't pretty... (LOL, on the eyebrow length hair, Maria! I cut my hair about an inch above my shoulders. Put it in a ponytail, and wala! Instant protection against hair pullers! )

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!!



Kneazle  - Jul 28, 2006 1:06 pm (#64 of 2976)
Edited by Jul 28, 2006 1:06 pm

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"
Yes, Finn! Post a pic! Surely you have one from your 13th/50th birthday! LOL

Denise P.  - Jul 28, 2006 1:21 pm (#65 of 2976)

Please be considerate of others when posting images in a reply. Some people are on dial up and have to wait for the images to load. If their connection speed is not fast, that is a long time they have to wait. If you want to share pictures, it is generally a better idea to put them in your profile or put a link to an online photo album in your profile.

I think I mentioned that Kaitlyn was baptised a few weeks ago. About a month before it, I called and ordered her a set of scriptures with her name on it. I was told it would be 3 weeks. It is long past 3 weeks so I called. The set we ordered is on backorder! Well, that certainly would have been nice to know at the time. She runs in each day to see if they are here and now we have to tell her we have no clue when they will get here **:sigh**:

It is pouring rain here, tomorrow we are due to go to baseball game. There is a 40% right now of rain during the game. Now, I like to think I am a hardy soul but I am not hardy enough to brave a game with seven kids in tow while raining This is Nashville's minor league team and should be a good time barring rain.


geauxtigers  - Jul 28, 2006 1:42 pm (#66 of 2976)

I can see your pictures now Kneazle! Too cute!

Maria, thats a great picture!

Sorry about your dream, Kristina, thats never fun. I had a dream that rocks were falling on me one night, I got up walked around layed back down, closed my eyes and they started falling agian. It was weird, it freaked me out because it wouldn't stop...Ginny had the same dream on the same night, that really freaked me out...Bad dreams are so hard to shake...

My booksack is supposed to be here today, but I have my doubts, the mail was late too normally its here by noon or one, but its 3:30... i hope this isn't a bad sign. I know there was a Fed Ex plane crash in Memphis today... I hope no one was seriously hurt in that.

My MRI was well not fun. 5 minutes into it, my arm was asleep up to my shoulder...I couldn't even move it by itself when I got out 30 mintues later. I had to pick it up with my left hand to move it! But its better now.

We went to Sonic and got a hot fudge brownie blast, it was OK, I don't need to have another or anything...

I can't remember much else, sorry if I forgot anything.

Oh have fun on Vacation Kathy! and Healing Charms to little Thora! And to Kaykays son!

Off to babysit tonight, so I'll be back late, but I'm fixing to leave as we have no gas in our car...

Have a great FRIDAY!!!!


kaykay1970  - Jul 28, 2006 2:03 pm (#67 of 2976)

The Little Guy got out the stitches. The nurse practitioner said everything was healing nicely. Then she warned me that the area will be more prone to injury and sunburn for about six months. He left with M&Ms, Smarties and stickers.


Lina  - Jul 28, 2006 2:17 pm (#68 of 2976)

Beautiful photos ladies!


Finn BV  - Jul 28, 2006 2:18 pm (#69 of 2976)

Well, I knew Kristina didn't look Hawaiian because a) she claims to "go home" to California during her holidays, and b) her avatar was once a pic of herself. I should probably put up some photos of me on our trip since so many of you asked……

Tori and Ginny – I had come across your pictures about a week and a half ago, so I've forgotten what I previously imagined you to look like!

Lina, that internet issue has happened to me a number of times. It's usually because the internet is down, but your browser's cache stores quite strongly the source of your home page, so if the one page you could get to was your home page (or some other page which you visit extremely frequently), then that would be why. And, pfft, I have some relatives with Croatian blood, that's double points for me!

Hehe – a follow-up about Anthony Yerkovich, creator of Miami Vice. (I thought of it because these are the Croatian relatives.) I was confused how he could be producing it if he died about five years ago – then I found out his son is also Anthony Yerkovich, and he was the creator of the show, not his father.

Maria, cute picture of the kiddies!

Yes, I'm also always taking the photos, not in front of them.

Congrats to kaykay's son on getting the stitches out!

Kneazle, I can see the photos! They're great! And LOL – my avatar used to be a goldfish, as Pepperidge Farm trademarked my name. Then Chemyst added braces to it when I got mine on in the beginning of May.

Denise, don't know if I congratulated her before, but congrats to Kaitlyn!

Music camp's over! Tonight I think we're going to go see Scoop.


Lina  - Jul 28, 2006 2:30 pm (#70 of 2976)

Oh, yes, Finn, I was planning to ask you if that Yerkovich (Jerkovic) cousin of yours has some Croatian roots, but when it was time to post, I'd forgot.

And, no, definitely, it was not the whole Internet down because I was watching some pages there for the first time, and even Flash chatting, so that was just the only address that was working. My hubby thinks that the Internet was supposed to be down, because the provider was working on raising the connection speed, but it seems that that one channel just stayed connected. Sort of a bug I guess.


HungarianHorntail13  - Jul 28, 2006 2:52 pm (#71 of 2976)

We had a lot of fun today. We were supposed to go to the mall before, and we all got in the car. There was this horrible stench coming from a gloppy, sticky, brown, THING. We're pretty sure that it was a pear and not an apple, but that doesn't matter. It had white/yellow/orange things crawling in it. The whole blob moved. Mom had to clean up the mess by throwing away everything near it and then cutting off the net on the back of the car seat. (Where it was.) After, she sprayed the footmat with bleach and put it outside. It still smells really really bad.

I'm glad to hear that your son's getting better kaykay!

Sorry if I forgot anything else.



Stephanie M.  - Jul 28, 2006 3:16 pm (#72 of 2976)

Happy Belated Birthdays to everyone that I missed!

I'm glad that your son is getting better, kaykay!

A moving blob with "things" crawling in it... sounds very appetizing! LOL Well, at least it's gone now!

(From the last Chat Thread) I thought that the Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet was a very good modern version, but I agree with Finn. I don't think that the Shakespeare society would have enjoyed it. I also love Leonardo DiCaprio.

The weather today has been very strange! I went outside and it wasn't raining, so I walked across the street and it started to rain, but by the time I got to the corner it was pouring. I walked about 5 more blocks, and I was soaking wet so I contemplated going home when I saw a huge chair from Jennifer Leather fly across the avenue! I decided that it wasn't safe to be outside, so I walked back home and by the time I got home, I was soaked through and through. (I was also using an umbrella). Now it is a little sunny outside, but it's still very windy.

Have a great Friday everyone!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 28, 2006 3:40 pm (#73 of 2976)

FUN. Hmm. That is not exactly the word I would use to describe it, Olivia, but then again, you had a far different perspective. One of my children left an unfinished 'piece of fruit' in the storage netting in my car - unbeknownst to me. For days, I have been wondering what that vinegar-like odor was. Well, today I found out. It was like some excerpt from a Steven King movie and I was in the throes of it. No way was I going to try and salvage the netting - I just cut the whole darn thing off with a razor and made a dash for the plastic garbage bag. I proceeded to spray everything down with bleach and then I showered for the second time today. My skin is still crawling.

I wouldn't mind, but I have my car washed every month and do not allow junk to accumulate on the seats or floors (didn't think to check the storage netting ). Last week I was cleaning the bolts that secure the seat to the floors with Lysol wipes, for goodness' sake. What a treat that would have been if I'd looked up to see the "larvae-infested amoeba" within two inches of my face!! again. No more eating in my car.

Oh yeah, and I have this large, clear bottle of aloe gel. This morning I was applying some to my face because I think I burned a bit while outside yesterday. I could not figure out why it was lathering up. . .it turns out, I was using the Softsoap. Yep, the Softsoap refill is similar to the aloe bottle, except that it is about 1 inch shorter. LOL, never a dull moment.

EDIT: Stephanie, we also got the monsoon-like downpour here in NJ.

Okay, we are going to make another attempt at getting to the mall. This time, Mr. HH is also coming. I sure hope there isn't a 3-hour wait at the Cheesecake Factory.



Stephanie M.  - Jul 28, 2006 4:02 pm (#74 of 2976)

Have fun at the Cheesecake Factory, Maria! Whenever I go there, there is always a 3 hour wait! Maybe you can grab a Wetzel Pretzel (I hope this is the mall that I am thinking about... there are a few of them pretty close together, and since I'm not constantly in NJ, they all seem to blend together) to tide you over until the plastic thing they give you starts to flash red lights, signaling that they have a table ready for you.

I think it's going to rain again soon. It seems brighter outside, but I see a very large black cloud coming towards us.


The giant squid  - Jul 28, 2006 4:13 pm (#75 of 2976)

Chatty chatty chatty...geez, you guys!

I've already forgotten most of what was said since I started reading, but here's what I can muster:

Mare, I didn't know the third "Red Curtain" movie, so I'm glad someone else did.

I'm dreading the time when Marie gets around to posting pics of me at age 5...

I screened Miami Vice last night. It was better than I expected. It's rated R but most of the movie was PG-13 at best. I was starting to wonder why it got the rating. Then we got to the final shootout scene... Yikes! Not one for the kiddies, but decent. There's almost no throwback/reference to the TV show, though (no pastel suits or crocodiles on houseboats) but Colin Farrel does have a pretty good "Don Johnson" vibe.



kaykay1970  - Jul 28, 2006 4:18 pm (#76 of 2976)

HH, your fruit story reminds me of one of my children. He wanted to be sure nobody else ate his Easter eggs...so he hid them....then forgot about them completely. I was not very happy when I found them later.


Tazzygirl - Jul 28, 2006 5:15 pm (#77 of 2976)
Edited Jul 28, 2006 5:56 pm

My sympathies to you, Maria! I would have done the same thing if I found a crawling fruit...

So glad the little guy's stitches are out, Kay!

Miami Vice sounds okay... my opinion of Colin Farrel is pretty low- I've seen a few two many of his movies where you leave disappointed half way through (Alexander and A New World). I don't really understand why people like him, actually. He's not that cute, and his acting is pretty bad... (Just my opinion! )

I just finished an attempt at making Anzac biscuits (Aussie cookies), and ummmmm... they won't come off my baking sheets... Anyone have any suggestions on how to get them off? The batter is really good, and the cookie itself is awesome- I've had them before. This is my first attempt at actually making them though. Huh. I even dowsed the entire baking sheet with cooking spray.


EDIT: Maria- I think I am the only one, but I can't see the photo you put up!


Marie E.  - Jul 28, 2006 5:41 pm (#78 of 2976)

Hmm, my scanner's not hooked up right now but I could always put up the old Christmas pictures, eh Mike? Actually a five year old picture of Mike would deceiving as he was a chubby towhead back then. These days he is neither blonde nor chubby.

Everyone has such cute pictures! Maria, your girls are so beautiful! And I'm really glad I wasn't eating anything before reading Olivia's description of the "fruit".

I thought I was going to enjoy my first kid-free weekend but I found out today that I have to take a Universal Precautions class (sort of a first aid class). It's a hour and a half long and deadly boring since I've taken the same class at least twice before. Blarg!


Mediwitch  - Jul 28, 2006 7:23 pm (#79 of 2976)

Great pics, everyone!

Kristina - you can try sticking them back in the oven for a couple of minutes to get off the ones that got stuck. Sometimes if cookies cool on the cookie sheet too long they will stick. Parchment paper (usually found in the baking aisle or near the foil/plastic wrap/etc.) helps if cookies tend to really get stuck. You just line the cookie sheet with it and drop the dough onto it - it's pretty cool.

Marie: I thought I was going to enjoy my first kid-free weekend but I found out today that I have to take a Universal Precautions class You have my sympathies - I have to take Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens every year for the ambulance squad, then each school I work in (last year there were 3) tries to get me to take it again. Usually I just have them give me the test and I take it without sitting through the video or the class.


Finn BV  - Jul 28, 2006 7:48 pm (#80 of 2976)

Croatia it is, Lina! And weird about your internet, then…

Eek, I had to skip the rotten fruit story once I got to the part about if moving.

Yeah, the rain was weird! Interrupted our tennis again.

Went to see Scoop tonight. I really enjoyed it! It got mostly negative reviews, but the New York Times liked it, and so did I. First of all, I'm a murder mystery type, plus the premise was quite cool. I was hoping for a bit more dealing with tarot cards, but overall, it was really entertaining. Plus, I got to watch a little bit of Pirates before we entered the theater.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 28, 2006 9:13 pm (#81 of 2976)

as he was a chubby towhead back then Marie, I have to ask - what is a towhead?? LOL Hope the class doesn't take up too much of your child-free weekend!

Oh, kaykay - that egg story sounds as bad as the moving fruit.

Finn, the part about it moving was the worst part. (Skin still crawling - and I wore gloves to clean it!)

Well, my night went much better than my morning and day. The wait at the Cheesecake Factory was only 25 min. and we went in to Ann Taylor afterward because I had a gift certificate.

They were having a big sale with clothes marked down 70%! I got a pair of capris, one pair of pants, a little black skirt and a top. I was thinking about azi's shopping trip the other day and how happy she felt when she was posting about it. I hadn't gone clothing shopping for myself in ages. As a matter of fact, I felt kind of lost for the first ten minutes or so but then eased right in to the "shopping mode" .

Have a great day/night everyone!


EDIT: Ugh, poor kaykay - or should I say, poor baby's bum!! LOL!


kaykay1970  - Jul 28, 2006 9:22 pm (#82 of 2976)

Oh yeah, and I have this large, clear bottle of aloe gel. This morning I was applying some to my face because I think I burned a bit while outside yesterday. I could not figure out why it was lathering up. . .it turns out, I was using the Softsoap. Yep, the Softsoap refill is similar to the aloe bottle, except that it is about 1 inch shorter. LOL, never a dull moment. --Hungarian Horntail

Desitin diaper rash ointment used to come in a tube similar to Crest toothpaste. Don't ask how I discovered that!


dizzy lizzy  - Jul 28, 2006 9:27 pm (#83 of 2976)

Tazzy: I've always thought the raw ANZAC biscuit dough was way nicer than when it was cooked. A hint...Take the biscuits off the baking tray about 3 minutes after you get them out of the oven, they are meant to be very soft and pliable and harden as they cool down.

Work has been hectic with two jobs and not quite knowing when you are on the next waitressing shift. I have been called in about 4 times so far on my nights off. But hey...I'm not complaining, the money is good and the job is simple to do and not too many problems.

The weather has been quite kind to us lately. Very warm winter days and the cold wind from the south just isn't turning up!!!

The puppy dogs are all well and seem to have adapted to my erratic work hours. It helps I do not start work before 10am, so the morning routine is pretty much the same.

Hope everyone is well and Happy birthdays to all those I have missed .



Solitaire  - Jul 28, 2006 9:46 pm (#84 of 2976)

Is it just me, or are the photos around here looking much larger than usual?

My sis and I arrived at the beach this afternoon to overcast weather. It was wonderful ... not cold but comfortable. Then it started misting on us. LOL

We stopped at a roadside stand and bought some strawberries. They are so sweet and luscious. They were $3.25 for one basket or $4 for 3 baskets. Guess which one I chose? hehe Now our only problem is whether we will get through them all.

For dinner we ate at a great place called the Flying Dutchman, which overlooks the bay. We each ordered a cup of clam chowder and split a fish and chips dinner. Mmmmmmmm ... It was yummy!

After dinner we walked around the embarcadero and I found a shop with a big display of earrings! It was great, as they are my favorite brand--Holly Yashi. I bought a pair of greenish niobium dragonflies and some pretty antique-looking drops with garnets. (I bet you didn't know my earring habit is as bad as my shoe habit!) Still, it's been a few years since I had any new ones, so I deserved them.

My sister is having a lot of fun inspecting the snack cupboard. There is a coat closet that has been fitted with shelves, and it is literally bursting with of all kinds of junk food--cookies, ding-dongs, popcorn, chips of various types, candy, nuts ... you name it, it's here! There are about 8 different kinds of ice cream in the freezer. Honestly, we will have to stay away from the house tomorrow, or it could get scary.

Well, I am off to check the threads! See you all later.



dizzy lizzy  - Jul 28, 2006 9:54 pm (#85 of 2976)

The photos are looking bigger than usual. I've not touched mine at all and this week, and I got a rather nasty shock finding out how big my avatar is!!!. I'm too scared to modify it as it was perfect before and perhaps it is related to the work worldcrossing has been doing on the system???



Madam Pince  - Jul 28, 2006 10:18 pm (#86 of 2976)

Whoo-hoo!!! ***does happy dance*** Just finished reading all 700+ Chat posts since I was gone for two weeks! It took me all of this week to get caught up, what with WX problems too and all. Anyway, very happy!

I have a whole dinner napkin full of notes I've taken to comment on various things, but most will have to wait -- I'm worn out tonight! We had our last day of soccer camp today, and it was supposed to be "World Cup" so we colored Little P's hair blue and painted his face with a soccer ball and blue stars and red & white stripes. I feared with the heat that he would sweat and end up looking like a Smurf but we were fortunate. The bathroom, however, is covered with this weird blue powdery glittery stuff. I suspect it will be like Easter grass and I will be finding it for months to come....

We took lots of pictures which I hope to someday figure out how to re-size and post similar to what everyone's been doing -- the recent Forum photos are all so adorable, by the way! Rhys is an angel, (as are the others but those one-year pics are to die for!) Kneazle, yours are all so beautiful but the sleeping pic of Josh and Jakob is so wonderful; it could be a Hallmark card! It's so nice to see Ginny and Tori, but I wasn't expecting the straight hair, though! HungarianHorntail, I love that artistically done black-and-white; they look like such sweethearts! Those are all the ones I've seen lately I think -- hope I didn't miss anyone. I have the same problem as some others have mentioned -- my mom says "You'd never know that child has a mother!" because I'm forever behind the camera or the video.

Edit: Oh, can't forget Good Evans' new "baby!" Luna is gorgeous!

Nighty-night everyone! Off to dreamland...zzzzzzzz.....


Amilia Smith - Jul 28, 2006 11:26 pm (#87 of 2976)

Wow! I am impressed that you read through all of the posts on this thread, Mdm. Pince! Welcome back. The World Cup sounds fun.

Good to hear from you, Lizzy. I'm glad your new job is going well.

About the avatars, I think we decided that this new incarnation of WX has decided not to read the line in your preferences where you limit "maximum height of member portraits." Which means that to all those of us who did have a limit are suddenly seeing giant avatars. Those who never had limits are seeing everything the same size as it has always been.



Tazzygirl - Jul 28, 2006 11:28 pm (#88 of 2976)

Thanks, Lizzy and Mediwitch for the tips. Will try both.

My uncle scared the absolute living daylights out of me tonight. I was putting Sydney to bed, aunt saying earlier that neither her nor my uncle would be back until late. Sydney has two doors leading into her room. I had closed the farthest one. We managed to get through two books, when all of a sudden the handle to the closed door started to move. There was some knocking, but I was more focused on the doorknob. The door and doorknob are ooold- 1914, I think it's dated at, so you have to wiggle it just so to open it. The dog started to growl, which really freaked me out. I whispered to the dog her attack command, and next thing I know, my uncle pokes his head in to see if he could read Syd her last book. I thought I was going to die. (Doesn't help considering the nightmare from last night...) After I kind of stopped shaking like a leaf, I was doing the "Good dog!" praising. Sydney of course thought it was hilarious.

I still can't see the photo, Maria! I wonder if it is my computer or not... everyone else seems to have no problem. I just get a rectange that is half dark grey and half light grey...

Welcome back, Madam P.!!



Amilia Smith - Jul 28, 2006 11:36 pm (#89 of 2976)

I couldn't see it either, Kristina. But over in another thread, azi mentioned that she couldn't see it in Firefox, but could when she switched to Internet Explorer. So I tried that, and bingo! So maybe try another browser . . . Hope that helps.

It is a lovely photo.



geauxtigers  - Jul 29, 2006 12:01 am (#90 of 2976)

Back from babysitting...the little girl decided to tell us she "didn't feel good"... uh oh, I was worried, her mom told us to give her some kids tylenol...what happened when we did that? She became the most hyper kid I've ever met in my entire life! She was bouncing off the walls for the next 2 hours. when it was finally time to go to bed, she was up and down saying she couldn't sleep until nearly midnight! Her mom got home and we decided that she just wanted to take this chewable pepto bismal because it looked like pink sweet-tarts... She better not do that again, I don't do the whole being sick thing, I'm too much of a germ freak...

I guess I need to find a picture of me without my hair straightened... it just when there’s a camera around I tend to know it in advance and my hair is usually straight...I'll dig one up, but be warned, its not pretty!

We had a sudden torrential downpour here too, but we rain-x the windows of our car and it was no problemo!

The rotten fruit....no comment! something is currently smelling up our fridge, and we can't find the cause, but its making the ice and water taste funny....

I ate destin once when I was about 1 or 2 I can't remember. Me and Ginny pulled the dresser draws out like steps, climbed to the top of the dresser and had a feast. My friend put mayo on her baked potato once at school (they were in unlabeled containers) and thinking it was sour cream, at it, or I should say got it to her mouth then spit it out! yuck!

When I was in 4th grade, we invented this game with my friend where you mix different foods together, then get a blindfolded person and they have to taste it...the worst one was I think was coco puffs in water with tabasco and marshmallows. Thats gross and who was the taster? Me. This is the same friend who put tabasco sauce in my coke once and I almost swallowed it, nasty!!!

Okay I'm starting to remeber the days of being 9 years old and completly willing to do things like that, and think it was fun!

well I'm off to bed I'm beat. Hope I haven't forgotten anything...healing, safety charms as needed!



Tazzygirl - Jul 29, 2006 12:35 am (#91 of 2976)

Thanks, Mills. Off to try the suggestion... I only have internet explorer, so not sure if that makes a difference... sigh. It's not working. Oh well.

Tori- I have been extremely fortunate in my 10 years of babysitting to only have had one night of babysitting with hyper kids. Three boys had taken in too much candy at a boy scout meeting... (Rain-X is awesome by the way!! )



virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 29, 2006 12:39 am (#92 of 2976)

LOL Kristina that would have scared me too!!

All the avatars are bigger now than they used to be before the forum went down. dizzy lizzy, yours is the biggest, and Mills is pretty close behind. Everyone else's is about the same size, just a bit bigger.

Yes, the "gross food" game! We tasted it all! My worst had something to so with pickles, peanutbutter, and choclate syrup. I can't believe we ever thought that was fun! Grosss!!

It's late so night everyone!


Chemyst - Jul 29, 2006 6:27 am (#93 of 2976)

Just finished reading all 700+ Chat posts since I was gone for two weeks! – Madame Pince
**curtseys to your madness faithfulness & devotion**

Isn't Lexicon Steve scheduled to give some sort of speech this weekend at Lumos? **happy speaking charms**


Detail Seeker  - Jul 29, 2006 6:46 am (#94 of 2976)

He is.


Marè  - Jul 29, 2006 6:54 am (#95 of 2976)

Are there any Lexiconmembers going to Lumos? Where is Lumos anyway?


Finn BV  - Jul 29, 2006 7:26 am (#96 of 2976)

LOL Mare, funny avatar! Lumos is in Las Vegas. At its conclusion, most notable members of the fandom (Steve, Melissa and others from TLC, Emerson and others from MuggleNet) will then fly to New York for JKR's reading.

Poor Kristina!

Good to hear from you Lizzy!

Madam P, welcome back, and congrats on that feat! I expect a detailed summary of the past two weeks of each of our lives in your next post.


Marie E.  - Jul 29, 2006 7:53 am (#97 of 2976)

Welcome back, Madam P! I admit to reading about half the posts when I got back and then using the magic button on the rest. I fear you are way more dedicated than me.

Maria, I used towhead to mean that really white blonde color that you usually only see on small children. My dictionary says "a head of hair resembling tow especially in being flaxen or tousled" so it looks like I may have used the word incorrectly. I always thought towhead meant blonde, but according to my dictionary it means sort of tousled, messy hair. Sorry about the confusion.

Edit: Flaxen can mean "a pale soft strawy color" so I was sort of right.


Denise P.  - Jul 29, 2006 8:06 am (#98 of 2976)

If you click on my avatar, you can see pictures of Rhys - who is a towhead. The coloring is off on the pictures because they are proofs but he is a classic towhead with the white blonde hair. Dictionary.com says A head of white-blond hair resembling tow.  “Tow,”  as I have since found out, is coarse broken flax.

Most kids who are considered towheads don't keep that color hair. I have had 4 towheads and only Rhys still has it but he is not quite a year old. I was a towhead as a small wee girl as well. We expect Rhys to darken by the time he is about 5 or so, just like my others did.

Welcome back Madam P!


Marie E.  - Jul 29, 2006 8:13 am (#99 of 2976)

Thanks, Denise. My dictionary, admittedly old, didn't have a helpful description of tow. Lexie was a towhead until she was about three or so. You can see now it's more of a strawberry blonde. Shayla's was blonde but never that white-blonde. My dear brother kept his blonde hair until he was at least in first grade, if I remember correctly.


virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 29, 2006 9:43 am (#100 of 2976)

3 of my cousins were like that, the youngest still is and he's going to 3rd grade. But the oldest now has dirty blonde hair.

It looks like it's time to go clean...blahhh

have a great RotD!
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Amilia Smith - Jul 29, 2006 11:53 am (#101 of 2976)

All six of my siblings and I were towheads. However, only one of my sisters and I darkened to dishwater golden blonde. We were the oldest, and we kept waiting for everyone else to lose that beautiful platinum blonde, but they never really did. They did darken a little . . . but not enough to assuage our jealousy. You can kind of see what I mean with the picture of my 15 year old baby sister under my avatar. And she's darkened more than any of the others.



Tazzygirl - Jul 29, 2006 12:43 pm (#102 of 2976)

I managed to have the golden blonde hair my entire life. My brother's and sister's hair grew out to be brown, like my parents. My 7 year old cousin is a definite towhead- it even sticks up in various spots.

Off to get a manicure and a pedicure! *dreamy smile*

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!!



Mediwitch  - Jul 29, 2006 3:07 pm (#103 of 2976)

Ooh, Kristina, enjoy your manicure and pedicure! I keep thinking I am going to get a pedicure before we go back to school, but I'm not sure it's going to happen!

The never-ending basement cleaning is almost done! Once Mr. Mediwitch puts together three more shelves, I can load 'em up and it will be done! Hooray!


Finn BV  - Jul 29, 2006 8:01 pm (#104 of 2976)

Well, I have blond hair, but it's more yellow-blond than white-blond. I finally put a photo of me up (see my profile), but it's rather dirty in that pic, so you can't really tell.


Nathan Zimmermann  - Jul 29, 2006 8:05 pm (#105 of 2976)

I was a blonde haired as a child with a white streak running through my hair. My hair has darkened to dirty blonde but, the streak in my hair has remained white as I have aged. My mom calls it the beacon.


Finn BV  - Jul 29, 2006 8:19 pm (#106 of 2976)

Nathan, wow, an avatar!

**cringes because the FFF isn't responding**


Nathan Zimmermann  - Jul 29, 2006 8:27 pm (#107 of 2976)

Finn, I am debating which picture to use, the one as I look now or the one from when I was three with blonde hair that was almost white.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 29, 2006 8:41 pm (#108 of 2976)

Wow, it's a picture frenzy! Nathan, did you just change your avatar, or are my eyes playing tricks on me? I could have sworn there was a cute little boy sitting amidst a big mess of scattered pots & pans.

I love all of the pictures - it is fun to compare my mental pics of you all with your actual pics. I won't be showing a pic of myself, as I don't know if I could come up with any (usually behind the camera) and if there are, I don't like them. Whoever is going Tuesday can recognize me as I will be the one attached to the two girls in my profile.

Kristina, sorry you can't see the one in my profile - I will try one more thing and if it doesn't work, I give up. Kneazle managed to get it into a post then removed it because of the downloading issue.

LOL about the towhead! I wasn't nitpicking - honestly, I've never heard that expression before. It is cute! Mr. HH would have qualified as a towhead when he was little. Now he is a dirty blonde but his beard is ginger. Olivia has always been a golden blond. The rest of us are brunettes. Poor Trevor got stuck with my brown eyes.

So many blondies on this thread! Feeling a bit outnumbered.


Mediwitch  - Jul 29, 2006 8:51 pm (#109 of 2976)

Maria, don't worry! I'm a brunette all the way. When I was younger I used to have light brown hair, but now it's quite dark. As I'm allergic to having my picture taken, I don't know if I will post a more recent one, but maybe I will scrounge around for a decent one.


geauxtigers  - Jul 29, 2006 8:54 pm (#110 of 2976)

Wow! Finn, you so didn't match my mental picture! LOL! It is fun to compare metal and reality! So many people here definitely didn't match my mental pictures! Nathan is that you in your avatar? If it is you win the contest for being as far off the mark as possible I pictured you with dark hair and tanned skin! LOL

My dad was blonde as a kid, but the older he got, the darker his hair got until it was jet black, now its going back to lighter as its all grey now. But his eyebrows are still blonde and you can't even see they are there... I was blonder when I was little, as you can see, its brownish now, but there is some blonde, but its usually hidden because its so light.

Me and Ginny just made a sign that says "geaux tigers" can you tell football season can't come soon enough! We were bored and we had paint and piece of cardboard so thats what you get! Its pretty sweet I must say, now we just have to attempt to get tickets to the BAMA game! **crosses fingers we can find some**

My mom made this cake tonight called a moca layer cake, it was a coffee cake with coffee icing. We weren't too sure about it, but it turned out really good!

**twitching again** Come on Fan Fic, you can do it!

Have a great Saturday!


Kneazle  - Jul 29, 2006 9:03 pm (#111 of 2976)
Edited by Jul 29, 2006 9:08 pm

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

HH~ <*img src=https://2img.net/h/i76.photobucket.com/albums/j32/mjwolf/triojune06.jpg height=160>

Just copy and paste it to your profile (remove the * 0f course)

Well today was rather eventful, First my husband’s cat ran off about three weeks ago. We had all but given her up for dead but around 7:30a.m. the two older boys ran in with her yowling. So now we have to nurse this skinny, pathetic creature back to health. I told her if she hadn't ran off in the first place....yeah I know, I talk to animals. But I swear my dog understands me!
Second thing, my sons bike, which he got for his 7th birthday, was stolen over a month ago. We'd been looking for it all over town. Anytime we went anywhere we'd have to make a circle around town to see if we could find it. Well Nate went out to the van for some reason around dinner time, he came in crying saying some girl was riding his bike IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE! So we went out and looked, thinking here we go again, he's thought he'd found it before. He was right. They'd stripped it and painted it flat black but we could tell it was his. Anyway call police, they find the kids, bring them and the bike for us to identify. The kid they claimed they got it from is in jail for bike theft, but I just didn't believe the big kid in the group. I think he knew more about how it came into their hands. But I really don't want to start anything that Nate might have to finish in school.(i.e.: bullies)


virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 29, 2006 9:30 pm (#112 of 2976)

Ahhh Finnn! You were definitely the most off the mark for me!! I pictured you with jet black hair and a bowl cut!! Hehe I'm glad to know you don't really look like that!! I've decided that you remind me strongly of someone, but I can't really put my finger on who it is. Nathan I feel like I've seen a picture of you before...you look really fimiliar.

I consider myself a brunette but I'm blonde at heart I won't say why!

Well Finn has put up a picture of himself so I guess I have to go hunt down that picture of us when we were 2...

I've been working on drawing all of the house crest, and I plan on hanging them on my wall all together. The Slytherin one looks really good, but I couldn't exactly draw the bird for Ravenclaw so it's a bit distorted but oh well, it's going to look super cool!

That's a crazy story Kneazle!


Nathan Zimmermann  - Jul 29, 2006 9:40 pm (#113 of 2976)

HH11, I did change the picture because I can't decide which to use. The other was how I looked at two years of age.

Geauxtigers, that is me in my avatar. The picture was taken the day of my grandmother's funeral.

Virginiaelizabeth, did you ever visit Tolkein Online.com or utilize yahoo games engine because, those are the only other sites I ever frequented. Although it has been about a year since I visited Tolkien Online and about three months since I have visited games.yahoo.com


Finn BV  - Jul 29, 2006 9:44 pm (#114 of 2976)

Wow, me with jet black hair? **goes off pondering this incredible thought** I suppose you two were likely one of few with this image, as I used to have myself in my avatar for a long time.

Kneazle, what an exciting day! Congrats on finding the cat and the bike!

Good night, and good luck… to the FFF!


kaykay1970  - Jul 29, 2006 9:49 pm (#115 of 2976)

I finally got Kneazle's pictures to open. Very adorable. The one with the sleeping children does make you want to say "Aaawwww!" Finn does not look the way I pictured him either but what a cute dimple!

I'm glad you found the kitty and the bike, Kneazle.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 29, 2006 10:25 pm (#116 of 2976)

Kneazle, thank you for the (idiot-proof) cut & paste. I needed it, though I am quite certain that is the exact link I had - I changed the "smg" part as per your and John's suggestions but I copied and pasted the above link again anyway. I love your pictures, Kneazle, by the way. (I just want to hug and kiss the two in the sleeping pic!)

Sooo, can you see it now, Kristina?

Kneazle, what an odd turn of events! I hope you ran right out and bought a lottery ticket, or two!

LOL, Nathan - they both look great - and what a sweet mom for running for the camera instead of yelling about the mess! (Sorry about your grandmother.)


timrew - Jul 29, 2006 11:19 pm (#117 of 2976)

I've decided it was about time I changed my pic. That's me, on the left, with my band (and, no. I'm not the leader). I'm the one wearing sunglasses.

This is not how I normally dress - it was a joke for my son's 21st birthday party.


The giant squid  - Jul 30, 2006 12:51 am (#118 of 2976)

My dear brother kept his blonde hair until he was at least in first grade, if I remember correctly.--Marie E.

I think it was first or second grade, yes. After that it started to darken to the brown color I have now.

All right, fine...here's a link to a picture of me on Photobucket. https://2img.net/h/i18.photobucket.com/albums/b132/Brutuscub/LDB.jpg I'm the skinny guy on the right; the fella in the middle is a comic book artist I got to know over the 'net and the one on the left is a fellow fan. I need to keep looking to find a picture of just myself. The last one I have that's been digitized is from my wedding two years ago.

Finn, I remember your old portrait/avatar, but I like the new pic. Your hair is a bit more disheveled than I'd expected; I'd pictured you as a bit more straight-laced and buttoned-down.

Tim, it's about time you paddled yourself off that lake...



Snuffles  - Jul 30, 2006 1:39 am (#119 of 2976)

Wow! so many pictures of people to nosy look at. and most people are not how I imagined them

I have never head the word Towhead before, but it definitely describes my nephew. His hair is white blonde. He takes after my brother who used to get called 'curd' as in Lemon Curd!! My hair used to be dirty blonde but since having Livvy it has gone brown!!

Kneazle, your pictures are adorable, especially the sleeping one. I'm glad you got your cat and bike back.

I too, imagined Finn's hair to be less tousled!

I can't believe we have finally got a picture of the 'squid'! Just one thing, where are the rest of your tentacles!!! Apart from thinking you were about 6 foot tall, you are pretty much how I imagined.

Well, I think I have finally solved the fish problem. I went for a different type of fish! This one has lasted nearly a week, so maybe it will be ok!!

Hope your hands and feet are feeling all pampered Kristina!

Have a good Sunday everyone


# twitch twitch* FFF is still down


Tazzygirl - Jul 30, 2006 2:42 am (#120 of 2976)

All these pictures to look at! I knew what Finn looked like from his avatar of loooong ago. Nathan- you definitely look different from what I had pictured you! (My friend's little brother was born with a white streak of hair and a white eyebrow. He still has it at 7 years old. I think it's cool looking!) Squid Mike- from the various discriptions you have left in some posts, I was able to pick you out of the crowd instantly!

Maria- I still can't see the photo. *sigh* oh well. I give up, and take your word that Olivia is blonde, and you and the others are brunette.

That is awesome you found the bike and kitty, Kneazle!

My hands and feet are definitely feeling pampered! Got nice little daisy flowers on my toes.

Should I post an avatar of me, or does my MySpace homepage picture work?

Off to bed, as FFF is still down... *sob* (The twitching is definitely settling in again... :goofy)



Marè  - Jul 30, 2006 6:05 am (#121 of 2976)

Whew, lots of pictures! :Points to avatar: That is me and my brothers tent after my friend decided all the sticks were equal of size. As you can see they are clearly not!
And I went and updated my old accio group picture in my profile to a more glamourish group picture, since we seem to be busy showing of anyway .

As for towheads, my brother used to have shiny white hairs when he was younger, but now I'm not sure I would still call him a blond.
I have always been a brunette, the only picture of me as a natural blond is when I was a five, I think, and spent an entire summer playing and swimming outside and let the chloride(?) and the sun bleach my hair.

I consider myself a brunette but I'm blonde at heart I won't say why!
You know, I always have other people say that of me!

:runs of to check more profiles: This is fun!

And Tazzy, how about you find a new picture of you for your avatar surprise us!


Chemyst - Jul 30, 2006 6:23 am (#122 of 2976)

All the pictures have been delightful fun! I had passed off Finn's tousled look as being his 'tourist-hair.' So now I have to ask, do you trim it up during the school year or is that your regular look? I found most all of the pictures surprisingly close to being what I'd imagined, with Tazzy's pic being just what I imagined a California-girl education major would look like. But Nathan's was a surprise. I'd imagined someone who looked very intense, but instead he makes even a suit look way-cool. ...sorry I missed the pots & pans.


Finn BV  - Jul 30, 2006 6:54 am (#123 of 2976)

As I said on another thread when I saw Tim's avatar change: I thought you were eternally perched up atop the Wimbledon courts with a fish in your hand…

Mike, I would agree, that's not much of a surprise to me, though I didn't see the moustache.

Kristina, I knew what you look like, but in your other avatar, your hair was pulled quite back a lot, so it was different to see it out on the sides in that pic.

Mare, I had seen Accio photos before, and that was before I started making mental images of anybody!

Chemyst, I would have to say that's my normal hair… most of the time. However, my hair grows quite quickly. Prior to May 2005, I had really long hair for the most part, and I kept it growing until I snipped it off for charity. I was happy to do so, because, while I liked long hair, it really got in your way, especially for sports. So, I've kept it short since, but, as you can see in the picture in my profile, it's getting a little long there. When my hair ir short, it is rather neat, but I really love having messy hair (and messing it up!) when it grows out a bit.


Mediwitch  - Jul 30, 2006 8:43 am (#124 of 2976)

I have really been enjoying the pictures of everyone, so I found a picture of me to post in my profile (plus I learned how to put pics in my profile, so I learned something new!).

Yeah, Finn's tousled hair threw me off, but I agree with you Finn, messy is great - it's very easy to maintain (see my pic!) I had a pretty close image of Nathan, but without the mustache. I was close on Tori and Ginny, but I had thought your hair was lighter.


Finn BV  - Jul 30, 2006 8:59 am (#125 of 2976)

Wow, Mediwitch, I pictured you with darker hair and glasses, for some reason. So, are you really a paramedic (I think that's the right word)? I never related your user name to a real-life profession!


Mediwitch  - Jul 30, 2006 9:15 am (#126 of 2976)

Hi Finn! Actually I do wear glasses (or contacts). I am a volunteer firefighter/emergency medical technician-basic. Paramedics have a higher level of training than EMT-Bs. Basically, I have more training than someone with first aid and less than a paramedic. My real-life profession is actually Speech-Language Pathology, and I work in a public school district (and per diem at a hospital during school vacations).


geauxtigers  - Jul 30, 2006 9:54 am (#127 of 2976)

WoW! Squid Mike is definitely not how I pictured you! I pictured you blonde and much taller for whatever reason!

I pictured Finn with straight hair, not so curly!

I consider myself a brunette but I'm blonde at heart I won't say why! I can do that for ya! She is 100% blonde at heart, I usually have to knock her upside the head then she realizes that what she just said is very dumb... My cousin is even worse, she is as brunette as possible, but shes out does Ginny for the title of most uncontrolable blonde in the family!

Mediwitch I didn't picture you like that either! I thought you wore glasses too and I didn't realise you were a paramedic! I think I get you confused with my mental picture of Madame Pince....why I have no clue! LOL!

Well I have lots to do today, one of them is mentally preparing myself for devil child tomorrow. I keep telling myself its the last time for the summer....the other is laundry...ahhhh Sundays!

Have a great one everyone!


azi - Jul 30, 2006 10:05 am (#128 of 2976)

Squid Mike looks exactly as I thought he would. Finn also, but I already knew what he looked like anyway! Nathan looked like expected, although I think I envisaged darker hair. Everyone else looks pretty different!

Tazzy, you look lovely in your myspace photo (very teachery, if you don't mind me saying!).

Mare, your avatar looks really fun!

As my many past avatars show, I've always been blonde. Darker now, but definitely blonde.

It's nice to find out what everyone looks like!

Good days to all!


Good Evans  - Jul 30, 2006 10:40 am (#129 of 2976)

Wow, what great photos. Finn, no I had you much more "chubby cheeked and round faced!!!!". Squid Mike, exactly waht I pictured! I ahve used me as avatars in the past so no need to post new piccies of me, maybe when I get to goal weight for comparison!!

Had a lovely weekend as we had some friends come down yesterday and after the 8 am communion service we went shopping today, then came back and had a nice roast beef (with all the trimmings) dinner. We have been to the garden centre and then sat in the garden for a few hours, lovely!

Friends have now left, I'm finsihing up the wine - nice!

note to John Bumbledore - The temperature has been a beautiful 82 degrees all day and we have cooling breeze, its been wonderful!


geauxtigers  - Jul 30, 2006 12:01 pm (#130 of 2976)

I am trying to order Harry in French, I can't find the one I want on well any site! I found them on the Gallimard site, but I can't figure out how to order them! There are two edtions, one says, "folio junior" 'Folio is not in my French dictionary, but it looks like it might be a younger kids edtion or something! I just want the other and I feel like I've never had a lick of French in my life trying to navigate this site! Any Frenchies out there that can help me out here? Anyone know where I can order them? Preferable in English just so I can make sure I'm buying what I think I'm buying! LOL

Okay now that I've avoided doing laundry for the past 2 hours....I think I'll go attempt to before I get in trouble!

**walks off mumble about laundry and french**


Elanor  - Jul 30, 2006 12:15 pm (#131 of 2976)

Someone asked for a "frenchie out there"?

I think the easiest for you may be to order them on Amazon.fr, here is the link to "HP à l'école des sorciers" (PS/SS; paperback edition, the cheapest one): http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/2070518426/402-1050744-4429713?v=glance&n=301061 . And I can dig up the links for the other books for you if you wish! Hope it helps!



azi - Jul 30, 2006 12:18 pm (#132 of 2976)

Geauxtigers, I found them instantly on the amazon.co.uk site. Are they not available on the .com site? Anyway, they are at this URL - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/2070518426/202-6909924-3529426?v=glance&n=266239&v=glance

Edit - why didn't I think of the French version site? Ah well.

Have fun drinking the wine Good Evans! I agree, it's been lovely, cool weather that past 2 days! Bit of rain as well! Excellent.


Tazzygirl- Jul 30, 2006 1:05 pm (#133 of 2976)

So here's another picture of me! It's the most recent, I had a tough time trying to find a picture to post, as I am also usually behind the camera. (LOL, Azi and Chemyst, on your description of me- I actually get that a lot, and for some reason, the teacher aspect hasn't really hit me yet! Maybe when I start teaching... )

That's too funny about the tent, Mare!

Mediwitch- you looked different in my head too! I keep picturing everybody here with blonde hair...

My friend got an email yesterday telling her which schools she's being placed at for student teaching. I haven't received my notification yet.

Off to clean and organize...

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!!



kaykay1970  - Jul 30, 2006 1:10 pm (#134 of 2976)

I changed my avatar for Nitromonkey. You really can't see what he looks like. Maybe you can get some insight into his crazy personality. Afterall he is pretending that he is being hit by a train that hasn't moved in 50+ years...

Tazzy does have that "teacher" look.


virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 30, 2006 1:10 pm (#135 of 2976)

They did have it on regular Amazon, but they all say "folio junior" Is that regular one or a different one? On the publisher's site it doesn't say that, so we just wanted to make sure it was the right one.

So far no one has matched my mental picture! Mediwitch was pretty close, Squid Mike was wayy of the mark!

I'm enjoying the pictures!


azi - Jul 30, 2006 1:24 pm (#136 of 2976)

I would *guess*, Geauxtigers, that 'folio junior' means the kids cover rather than the adult version. Like I said, I'm only guessing. Could be wrong!


Elanor  - Jul 30, 2006 1:32 pm (#137 of 2976)

You are guessing perfectly well Azi!

I have checked both the .uk and .com sites and, though they do have the books, they are a lot more expensive than on the .fr site and, depending on the shipping cost (that I didn't check but I guess you can make a simulation on the site), it may still be cheaper to order them on the French site. Hope it helps!


geauxtigers  - Jul 30, 2006 1:40 pm (#138 of 2976)

LOL Azi, yeah I think thats what it is, but in the 3 french dictionaries in my house all translate folio=folio and junoir=junoir?! I just wanted to make sure it wasn't so edition that I wasn't sure, you know what I mean? The right one....I think I'll go on and order it anyways. I want to read them in French becasue I think its a good first step since I practically have them memorized in english in the first place...! I know sad, but yall know what I mean about the memorization thing!

Someone asked for a "frenchie out there"? LOL sorry that comes from my exchange trip. We found out they called us their "correspondents" They asked what we called them and we said the French people, we didn't really have a name for our exchange partners, thus "Frenchies" came up!

Gosh I've only gotten through about a fourth of Pride and Prejudice movie...I'm having toruble following it! I keep loosing them half way through conversations. They just talk so fast! and its old English and gosh Its no different than the book!

Oh well I have to go do laundry now this is the third post that I've said this I know, but I still haven't done it...

EDIT: Audrey, I think its more on the US site because of shipping, so I think once they found out where its being shipped to, it will be close to the same. Also, I found out when I was there that the exchange rate is worse for us than I orginally thought...! I think I'll order it anyways!


Kneazle  - Jul 30, 2006 2:29 pm (#139 of 2976)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

For those interested I've posted a pic of myself in my profile. I'm still wading through everyone else's.


Nathan Zimmermann  - Jul 30, 2006 2:31 pm (#140 of 2976)

I am glad everyone liked my avatar. The problem with posting my pictures is I often get told I look familiar.

I had an interesting experience I was in a Sears-Roebuck store last year and this elderly lady aged 81 came up to me and asked me, if my grandfather was named Ralph Edwards because, I reminded her of him and she was curious because, they had been sweethearts in junior high school in 1938.


Tazzygirl - Jul 30, 2006 2:55 pm (#141 of 2976)

Wow, Nathan! That's interesting!

Kneazle- your baby picture is cute!


EDIT: Thanks, Mare!


Marè  - Jul 30, 2006 2:59 pm (#142 of 2976)

Geauxtigers I have the folio junior edition. I'm pretty sure it isn't edited, it still has 304 pages. And I rather like the cover art.
Good luck reading it, I made it to the third page, gave up and started illustrating the chapters.

Edit: lovely pictures Tazzy and Kneazle!


Kneazle  - Jul 30, 2006 3:15 pm (#143 of 2976)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Baby picture!? That was taken Last week! LOL


virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 30, 2006 3:24 pm (#144 of 2976)

Thanks for everyone's help! I think we will just go for the folio junior edition as it seems to be fine!

off to answer trivia!


Catherine  - Jul 30, 2006 4:33 pm (#145 of 2976)

I tried to check out everyone's pictures, and I hope I didn't miss any. Thanks, that was quite enjoyable!

The weirdest for me was seeing Squid Mike's photo--I mean, come on! He only has two legs in that photo. Actually, I thought you had a slender Orlando Bloom thingy going on there--I'm sure Mrs. Squid is pleased.

I must admit to skimming lately...I've been quite busy,, but welcome back to Madame Pince, and a wave to Elanor for showing up!

To Finn, and anyone else with an "edu" email address: Facebook finally allows global groups. I have added a D.I.G.S. group, and feel free to ask to join! I'd love to just dominate Facebook with that group!


virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 30, 2006 4:57 pm (#146 of 2976)
Edited Jul 30, 2006 6:04 pm

Catherine, is there a way to join facebook, without having to enter your school's name? It's against the rules at my school, but I'd like to join DIGS!

EDIT: Ok Catherine that's okay!


Catherine  - Jul 30, 2006 5:08 pm (#147 of 2976)

I'm not a techni-guru, but I'm thinking "No."

I would never advocate subverting your school rules against Facebook, seeing as I teach middle school. I'm grateful that my students don't see how crazy/dumb/scary a small percentage of my former college students are. So, I don't see Facebook as particularly awful, compared to the WEB at large. But rules are rules.

To all those forbidden or too young..."D.I.G.S." will wait. :waves:


Finn BV  - Jul 30, 2006 7:02 pm (#148 of 2976)

Kneazle -- is that you in the bath tub??

LOL, Nathan, that's weird!

Yeah -- Facebook is quite safe compared to something like MySpace (**waves to Kristina and hopes she sees the subtle message to get off MySpace and join Facebook**). There are lots of incidents of children meeting up illegally with stranger through MySpace acquaintences, but to join Facebook, or to read profiles, etc., you need a school email. If you're requesting to join a college, you need a school's address with .edu at the end, and if you're requsting to join a high school, you need the school email address, pre-approved by Facebook. If the school doesn't give school email addresses, but has a Facebook, then you must be invited by somebody already at the school.


Kneazle  - Jul 30, 2006 7:07 pm (#149 of 2976)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Finn~ Yeah, my polyjuice potion went awry. LOL {Check the Things that struck you as odd thread to understand.}


Solitaire  - Jul 30, 2006 7:12 pm (#150 of 2976)

Hi, everyone! I'm baaaaaack ... from my weekend at the coast with Sis. It's the first time we have spent any time together without the rest of the family in about 25 years, so I wasn't sure how it would be. We had a great time, although I gained a couple of pounds! I don't usually seek out junk food, but I haven't the fortitude to resist certain things when they are brought into the house and waved in front of my nose. So ... lots of veggies and salads for a few days, to counteract my indiscretions!

BTW ... what's Facebook?

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Tazzygirl - Jul 30, 2006 7:30 pm (#151 of 2976)
Edited Jul 30, 2006 8:11 pm

Finn- (**waves to Kristina and hopes she sees the subtle message to get off MySpace and join Facebook**).

hehe. I actually looked into Facebook a couple months ago, but my school isn't there. It was telling me I needed to enter my school's address and since I don't know it, I let it be. I do have a email with the .edu thingy... Does that help with anything?

I actually really can't stand MySpace. The only reason why I am there is to keep in contact with some friends in California. There is a security setting available that allows you to make it where the only people who can view your MySpace page is if they are on your buddy list...

Welcome back, Soli! Glad you had a fantastic time!


EDIT: OOHH! I went back to the Facebook website, and I am now a member! So how do I find you, Finn, and Catherine?

EDIT: I tried looking for D.I.G.S, Catherine, but I couldn't find it...


virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 30, 2006 7:45 pm (#152 of 2976)

Ahhh I figured that it worked something like that! We had a huge 2 month ordeal at my school with Facebook and MySpace. Apparently it's against our "AUP" (Acceptable Use Policy) for computers, to include the schools name in any type of webpage and what not. Practically half the school had to delete their MySpace, including me, because it was created using their school e-mail address. Everyone tried frantically to delete theirs, but it didn't work for anyone and the school finally realized that they had our e-mail system set up to block all e-mails from non-approved sources, so the deletion confirmation couldn't be sent. They unblocked it for a week so that we could delete them, or change the e-mail address. It's ok to have MySpace as long as you don't include the school's name in it. Facebook requires that so it's totally out of the question.

Ahh oh well, I want to see what facebook looks like, I don't understand some of my school's policies. I wish there was a way around it, just thinking of some of the things we can get away with on the computers... Maybe a computer nerd has figured a way around it...I just have heard of it yet.


Lavandula - Jul 30, 2006 7:47 pm (#153 of 2976)

Great pictures everyone!!! I am most excited to see Timrew has decided to do something other than fish.

I'm so tired that I can't even type properly. I've been painting the inside of our garage.

I'll catch up on more thread reading tommorow-Harry Potter's Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Neville!

Good night to all,



Finn BV  - Jul 30, 2006 8:02 pm (#154 of 2976)
Edited Jul 30, 2006 8:38 pm

Soli, see Wikipedia on Facebook. It is a "social networking" site, which basically means it gives you a "profile" and lets you "be friends with" your real-life friends, and write them messages, etc. But as I explained in my previous post, it's much safer than some other sites, such as MySpace. Welcome back, BTW!

Kristina, I friended you!

Ginny, that's too bad about your school. Facebook and MySpace were big topics this year but the school would never ban them.

Cathy, we're doing some painting too. Tedious work!


Tazzygirl - Jul 30, 2006 8:13 pm (#155 of 2976)
Edited Jul 30, 2006 9:03 pm

Yeay! I'm all set up in Facebook.

That's too bad, Ginny and Tori! BTW- I entered my school email account address in the initial set up, and then switched it to my normal email afterwards. No problem there!


EDIT: Changed the message!


geauxtigers  - Jul 30, 2006 8:53 pm (#156 of 2976)

Ahh tomorrow is Monday and a future day of doom....devil child tomorrow...I need to go to sleep and mentally prepare myself for tomorrow...Good news is its the last day I have to get up at o'dark thirty! Teusday is the last day for this summer we are going there and we don't have to be there til 10! YAY! I just keep telling myself that!

I'd like a Facebook and if I can worm my way around it I might just do that! That sounds like a good idea Kristina, I know a lot of my friends have them and they just put a random school that doesn't exist. That way when the head of school searches the schools name...he gets nothing! LOL yes our education is paying off! lol I might play with it tomorrow or something but right now I'm about to drop!

I hope everyone has a better Monday than I'm sure I'm doomed to have. Now I must go get the coffee pot set up!

Thanks too for all the tips about the French HP books! I'm going to order the first one and go from there. Who knows if I'll be able to understand it or not...We shall see, but a good first step I think!



virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 30, 2006 9:21 pm (#157 of 2976)

That's too bad, Ginny and Tori! BTW- I entered my school email account address in the initial set up, and then switched it to my normal email afterwards. No problem there! -Kristina

Does it send you an e-mail in order to change the address?? If it does then it still won't work as the school blocks those. If I can find a way around it I will!


Stephanie M.  - Jul 30, 2006 9:21 pm (#158 of 2976)

Everyone's pictures are great! I actually imagined you guys pretty close to what you actually look like. I haven't checked out Squid Mike's yet though...

I have redish, brownish, blondish hair. Literally. It's closer to red, and I would be considered a red head above all, but it's naturally pretty dark except I do have natural blonde highlights. So, I really have redish, brownish, blondish hair (in that order too). My hair is natually straight, I have green eyes, except when I am wearing a lot of blue, since my eyes turn colors depending on what color I'm wearing (they don't change too much, just more green or more blue). I'm really short, and I have very pale skin with lots of freckles. I'll try to find a good picture of me, and put it in my profile. I also have a Facebook, so if you have Facebook, you can "friend" me (and just say that you are from the Forum, and I'll accept you) and see tons of pictures of me.

Good luck with the day of doom!

I saw the first Pirates yesterday for the first time! I thought that it was great and that Johnny Depp was incredibly funny!

Happy Birthday Harry!

And Happy Belated Birthday to Neville!

Have a great night/morning everyone!

Edit: I just saw Squid Mike, and I didn't picture you like that at all! I pictured you with more of a tan and a little lighter hair.


Tazzygirl - Jul 30, 2006 9:39 pm (#159 of 2976)

Virginiaelizabeth: Does it send you an e-mail in order to change the address?? If it does then it still won't work as the school blocks those. If I can find a way around it I will!

Oooh, I don't think you'd be able to do it then. It asks for your school email address, and then before you can set up your profile, you have to confirm the email address (Facebook sends you an email). Then once it is confirmed, you go into your profile and list a different primary email account. Sorry!



Solitaire  - Jul 30, 2006 9:54 pm (#160 of 2976)

Thanks, Finn. I must have missed the discussion, since I've never heard of Facebook before. I've read and heard a lot about myspace.com from my students and a few teacher publications. Most of my information has not been too good, unfortunately.

BTW ... Ginny and Tori, how are you doing on P&P? Yes, I'm checking up on you!



Marie E.  - Jul 30, 2006 10:11 pm (#161 of 2976)

Catherine, I've noticed a little of the "Orlando" thing going on with squidboy, too. Obviously growing up with him changes my perspective a bit, but all in all he's not hideous. My sister has been told she looks remarkably like Reese Witherspoon. It's the chin, I think.


dizzy lizzy  - Jul 30, 2006 11:05 pm (#162 of 2976)

Well I couldn't resist, I now have succumbed and replaced Lucy with a picture of me.

It has been fun trying to see if everyone matches up to my mental image! So far Squid Mike is the only one who comes close!



Marè  - Jul 31, 2006 7:09 am (#163 of 2976)
Edited Jul 31, 2006 3:54 pm

Wow Lizzy, you look nothing like I would imagine. I thought you were very blonde (maybe because Lucy who is always your avatar is so white...
My mind has been known to make weirder connections before) and with hair long enough to pull it in a small ponytail. (No idea where that came from)
But I love the picture! :Adjusts mental image:

And happy birthday to Veronika!


Finn BV  - Jul 31, 2006 7:34 am (#164 of 2976)

Lizzy, do you have short hair, or is that just the angle of the photo?

Happy Birthday Veronika, and Harry and Jo!!


Eponine  - Jul 31, 2006 8:04 am (#165 of 2976)

All right. I jumped on the bandwagon and put my picture in my profile. The wedding picture is 3 years old, and the other one (where I look extremely pale) was about a month ago. You can't see it, but I'm wearing my Harry and the Potters t-shirt in that picture. It says 'This guitar is a horcrux' with an illustration of a person imbuing the guitar with their soul.

It's interesting to see what everyone looks like. I almost never get an accurate mental picture of people, so it's fun to see how wrong I am.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Jul 31, 2006 8:15 am (#166 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Harry!

Finn and anyone who is on Facebook or Myspace. Do you encounter Cyber Bullying? I heard a keynote speaker this summer who has done a lot of research on Cyber Bullying. Some of the act ivies that occur in school are continued and enhanced online. Teachers have even less of a chance to stop the bullying online. LPO


Finn BV  - Jul 31, 2006 8:28 am (#167 of 2976)

Eponine, I was way off on you!

LPO, no, I don't. For one, I'm on Facebook, which, as I will stress again, is much safer. Also, bullying at my school is rather low, so there's not a lot to worry about. However, the computer department is great so they can patrol Facebook and/or MySpace if they need. Thanks for the concerns though!


Stephanie M.  - Jul 31, 2006 10:41 am (#168 of 2976)

I was pretty close for Eponine!

The big difference from Facebook and MySpace is that on MySpace, you can check out a person's profile if you are not friends with them, unless they have their profile set on personal. Facebook on the other hand, will not allow people to check out someone's profile if you are not friends with them, unless they go to your school. You have to accept the person's friend request for them to be able to check out your profile, and if you reject them, they will not be able to friend request you for a certain amount of time afterwards.

I really want to put this one picture up of me, but I can't seem to shrink it down enough... I may just have to pick another shot of me.


Good Evans  - Jul 31, 2006 11:17 am (#169 of 2976)

Lizzy, you know I had you with a pony tail too - how weird!!!

Eponine - your wedding picture is beautiful

Happy Birthday Veronika, Harry and Jo!!!!!

For those of you off the the readings and question session tonight, have a brilliant time, I am so jealous!!!!

Have a great rest of the day folks

edit: just realised its tomorrow not today for the readings - well I am still jealous, and must be over excited on your behalf too!!!!


Holly T. - Jul 31, 2006 11:19 am (#170 of 2976)

I love looking at everyone's pictures!

We were busy all weekend--I worked on the computers--they both now have Microsoft Office--but didn't get either printer hooked up. My son and I made a berry tart, which was tasty. My daughter is finally home! My parents brought her back from Colorado, where she had a lovely time.

Have a great RotD!

Editing to say that I added a picture of me and my kids to my profile--it's from my graduation two years ago. If you click on it you can see it bigger. I have hardly any pictures of me! My son used to be quite a towhead but his hair is getting darker. My daughter has lovely blonde hair, which she wants to cut.


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Jul 31, 2006 11:59 am (#171 of 2976)

Thanks Finn and Stephanie. LPO


Detail Seeker  - Jul 31, 2006 1:01 pm (#172 of 2976)

It was really interesting to see pictures of you all and I must admit, that I had very different images of some of you. E.g., I had Squid Mike in my mind with a Hagrid-like full beard.

Finn, the checkered trouser design, you wear in your photo would be considered to be the stereotypical US-american trouser design besides blue jeans here.

As I have pictures of myself as avatars since starting this(and a bettter one can be found in Maré´s profile within the Accio group), you all know my looks. I just can add to the discussion, that my hair was a rich red, when I was a new born, changed to a light brownish tone later except for my moustache, that is still rather reddish. Now, everything gets dusted with grey, alas.

As I will not be around tomorrow before you New York and surrounding fellow Forumers go to the reading, I wish you an interesting evening with many new ideas to discuss here afterwards. And I hope, that you, Finn,can arrange being allowed to the meeting just on the spot. With so many nice Forumers around, your mother cannot do anything else but melt - if you do not insist yourself. What did snape say so nicely in the GoF movie: "...let things evolve".


Julie Aronson - Jul 31, 2006 1:33 pm (#173 of 2976)

Well, I don't have any pictures of myself to show right now, but I'll work on it. It really is cool to put faces with names, though! I was pretty far off on you, too, Lizzy! I was mostly in the ballpark with you others...

Have a great ROTD!


VeronikaG  - Jul 31, 2006 1:40 pm (#174 of 2976)

*Hugs Steffie, Finn and Good Evans for remembering my b-day.*

Happy Birthday Jo and Harry.

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Finn BV  - Jul 31, 2006 2:46 pm (#175 of 2976)

Good Evans, I sure wish it were tonight!!

Holly, what a great pic of you with your kids.

Detail Seeker, those are some of my favorite shorts. I'm glad they're popular in Germany.

Veronika, that's a really sweet photo of you when you were little (and now, of course, too ).

Enjoy the RotD!


boop  - Jul 31, 2006 3:27 pm (#176 of 2976)

Veronika, Happy Birthday, glad you are having a great day!

Great pictures of everyone. I have enjoyed looking at them all.

I am back home. I had a great time. Went to see alot of movies. The zoo was great. The Football Hall of Fame was also great. I have this week off work then start back to work monday. I am planning on visiting with my sister. She is coming into town wednesday.

Have a great day everyone.

hugs always



Solitaire  - Jul 31, 2006 3:39 pm (#177 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Veronika!


Catherine  - Jul 31, 2006 4:04 pm (#178 of 2976)

Happy Birthday to Veronika!

Glad tidings to all who have joined D.I.G.S. global so far.

Even for those who can't join, we need input. We need officer titles and job descriptions.

I'm thinking that someone has to be the "faux Loopy Lupin" as the Miss Manners guru on the site, but that's just me. **Unless Loopy can get an alumni email address to access Facebook directly, hint, hint**

Anyway, it's already been loads of fun. I'm off to nap from a huge dinner.

Cheers, all.


Tazzygirl - Jul 31, 2006 4:32 pm (#179 of 2976)

It feels wonderful to have faces to all of the posts!

Hope all of you going to the event tomorrow and Wednesday have fun!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Veronika! Hope your day is going well!

Hope you all are having a great RotD/N!



virginiaelizabeth  - Jul 31, 2006 4:38 pm (#180 of 2976)

Wow! Lizzy I pictured you with long, blonde hair!! Totally different!

Ahh so many new pictures, everyone looks relatively close so far for me.

Back from the devil child. T'was an extremely long day and we topped it off by listening to "You had a Bad Day" and "I hate everything about you" repeatedly in the car on the way home. It made me feel sooooo much better!

Time for a nap I think.

Happy Birthday's to everyone!


Tazzygirl - Jul 31, 2006 4:54 pm (#181 of 2976)

Whoo-HOOO! The FFF is back! But, ummmmm, it looks like it deleted a whole bunch of posts in the threads... Maybe it's still on shaky ground. (Potty Five Words doesn't have completed story 28 up anymore, which I had posted several days ago... huh.)

And my avatar is all stretched out over there too...

(Just thought I'd share this, . Pretty sure everything will be going back to normal soon! )



geauxtigers  - Jul 31, 2006 5:08 pm (#182 of 2976)

Happy Birthday to Harry and Veronika and Jo!

FFF is back?! **runs towards the light**

Dizzy Lizzy I pictured you with longer hair too and very blonde! Its weird seeing pictures because so far everyone but Eponine has been wayyyyy off! I have mental pictures of people before I have any description of what they could look like!

We have been hounded about online bullying at my school too, LPO, but we really don't have any bullying at my school. What we have is a psyco guidance counselor, I seriously think she’s mad. I can't remember bullying being much of a problem, but there are cases of it and as for online I have no idea. If someone annoys me I just block them, its not hard, just the click of the mouse. But I don't tend to take things to personally esspecailly online because you never know who you are talking to...and they could be joking, but that’s besides the point... I know it is a big issue in most places.

As Ginny said, we are back from "Damien's" house and I'm going to find something to eat for dinner and take a nap!

I can't wait to hear about the reading tomorrow! I'm so excited!

Have a great day everyone...tomorrow is August 1! No NOT August, thats when school starts! Oh P&P is going alright. I'm getting more into it and its becoming easier to understand the more I read, but I felt like I had read a lot today and looked up to find it had only been about 5 pages...

EDIT: I'll stay away Kristina! Sounds like its rocky anyways! **twitch twitch**


Tazzygirl - Jul 31, 2006 5:13 pm (#183 of 2976)

Tori- I don't think we should start posting on the FFF until it settles down. It might mess up the number of posts or even worse () put the Five Words thread waaaay off. *cringes at the thought*



Julie Aronson - Jul 31, 2006 5:56 pm (#184 of 2976)

I've been really scared to go back there, anyway...(FFF, I mean)



DJ Evans  - Jul 31, 2006 6:06 pm (#185 of 2976)

Love seeing everyone's pics. Usually I don't have a pic already in my mind -- strange I know -- but I did have a pretty good idea on what Mike/Giant Squid would look like. And what I had fixed in my mind is really close to the real Mike. The only thing I missed on him was the goatee.

Nathan reminds me a lot of one of my nephews. Dizzy Lizzy I had pictured with blonde hair too for some reason -- maybe it was Lucy's influence? Maybe one of these days I can get a current picture & post. Right now the only one I have of myself is over 2 years old -- back when my hair was much longer.

Mike: Who was the comic artist that you met? Which comic does he draw?

Happy Birthday Veronika! May it be the best one yet, with many MANY more to follow.

Glad that you had such a good time Betty! And may your visit with your sister be just as great too!

Later, Deb


Finn BV  - Jul 31, 2006 6:12 pm (#186 of 2976)

boop, welcome back, glad your trip was enjoyable!

Catherine – I'm thinking!

Ahhh!! Our story is lost! But good thing we have back-up!! The only thing is… Kristina, had you taken statistics yet on the latest story??

I put in a query at the Support forum…


haymoni  - Jul 31, 2006 6:15 pm (#187 of 2976)

Yes! A boop sighting!!!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2752390508  *waves*

I noticed 5 Words was off as well.

We actually had a pretty good ending to that story.

I hope they can save it.


Tazzygirl - Jul 31, 2006 6:27 pm (#188 of 2976)

Finn- I hadn't! I went out for the day, and when I came back to start statistics, the FFF was down! I take it you don't have them either? So I guess maybe when FFF is back to normal, we'll post story 28 again and then start off from scratch on Story 29. (I, too, am glad we have backup for story 28!!)



Finn BV  - Jul 31, 2006 6:38 pm (#189 of 2976)

Well, I have a little bit of story 29; I don't think we had gotten very far. I have, "Cornelius Fudge was sat in the corner of the Hogs Head, mulling over the tragic accident the other day. He had witnessed it with his very own eyes, and had seen Hagrid get hit with a Cleansweep 7 before he slowly fell over into a fast-moving river. Onlookers had" and my document was last saved 7/29 at 1:34 PM Forum time.


Tazzygirl - Jul 31, 2006 6:40 pm (#190 of 2976)

Well, at least we have something! LOL Anyone remember who posted what?



Mediwitch  - Jul 31, 2006 6:57 pm (#191 of 2976)

I'm another one who thought Dizzy Lizzy was blonde...oops!

Happy Birthday Veronika - great pics, too. You are one of those people who are recognizable from your baby pictures. I know some people who look completely different!

Mr. Mediwitch has Lyme Disease. Fortunately, he really is not too sick; the rash seems to be his only symptom, so he is very lucky. But now he's on killer doses of doxycycline, which makes one very sensitive to the sun.


Solitaire  - Jul 31, 2006 7:06 pm (#192 of 2976)

Tazzy, you remind me a little of Christina Ricci, if she were blonde. Very cute pic!


Stephanie M.  - Jul 31, 2006 7:18 pm (#193 of 2976)

Boop, glad that you have a pretty good trip!

Too bad about the FFF, and all of the statistics!

I have to find a new pic of me because I originally wanted this one pic of me, but it was just to large that when I tried to size it down, it looked weird. So I will try and do it tonight, and if not, I will put a picture up of me soon.


Solitaire  - Jul 31, 2006 8:16 pm (#194 of 2976)

Stephanie, have you tried PowerPoint? I use it to resize and crop pics, since I don't have a better one that works.



Tazzygirl - Jul 31, 2006 8:25 pm (#195 of 2976)

**healing charms to Mr. Mediwitch**

Really, Soli? I've never been told that before. Someone told me once I looked a little like Julianne Moore- I think it was because of all the freckles (I am soooo freckled!!), because I didn't think I did!

**off to check the status of FFF**


EDIT: Soli- I'm not offended!


Solitaire  - Jul 31, 2006 8:35 pm (#196 of 2976)

Tazzy, there is just something in your expression that reminds me of how she looked in some of her teen roles. Don't be offended. I think she is pretty. When I get back to school, I'll put up some photos of me ... maybe.

Welcome back, Boop! I'm savoring my last few vacation days, too. I hope you enjoy yours!



geauxtigers  - Jul 31, 2006 8:45 pm (#197 of 2976)

Ahhh **twitch** I added a picture of my cat in my profile, when I get a premium membership, this would be my avatar! There is also a picture of me and Ginny (my hair is down and curly) in Seattle, so my hair was curly without the friz! Its from 2 years ago!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 31, 2006 9:12 pm (#198 of 2976)

Wow, so many posts and it hasn't even been that long! I love all of the pics - what a good looking group! I think I was close with some and off with others. Finn, I envisioned you with straight hair. (Did I mention that already?) Mike, despite your posts, I still envisioned you to be older (a bit of gray) and well, heavier, 'particularly 'round the middle'. Kristina, I was having difficulty picturing you with blonde hair - not anymore - how cute you are! Detail seeker, I checked Mare's profile - which one are you?? (Sorry, I just had to. Terrible sense of humor, I know. ) dizzy lizzy, I, too envisioned you with blonde hair and curly. Well, nice to see a few brunettes in the mix **looks in Mediwitch's direction, too**. So many others I enjoyed seeing but can't comment on, as I should try to get to bed early tonight. Looking forward to 8/1 at Radio City.

Oh, and healing charms to Mr. Mediwitch. That's a tough one to overcome.

Enjoy the RotN, everyone!

EDIT: Happy Birthday, Veronika!


Viola Intonada - Jul 31, 2006 9:12 pm (#199 of 2976)

Happy Birthday to Veronika and JKR!

Glad to hear you had a great vacation Boop!

I haven't been making it to the forum as much as I would like to this summer. We are on vacation in Montana right now. It has taken us three and a half days to get here. Yesterday we drove through South Dakota. Our thermometer on the car read 110 degrees! Glad the air conditioning was working perfectly!

As for a picture of me, well. I'm doing well to know how to post on the forum. Maybe someday I will have hubby help me post a picture on the web. Denise has a few pictures of me from the forum gathering a couple of years ago.

To anyone going to JKR's talk tomorrow: Have a great time and tell us all about it!
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Tazzygirl - Aug 1, 2006 12:00 am (#200 of 2976)

Tori- Gizmo is so cute!

Welcome back, Boop! (I kept forgetting to say that! *goes off to iron hands*)

Thanks, Maria!

**is really wishing she had money to fly out to NY tonight and meet up with everyone tomorrow night (or today for everyone on the Mainland, as it is only 9 pm for me... )**



Good Evans  - Aug 1, 2006 12:57 am (#201 of 2976)

I am of course hard at work today writing my strategy assignment for college on Thursday, gosh how interesting the detail in all of the threads is!!! *whistle*

have a good day **pinches forum hard** (pinch, punch, first of the month - no returns!)


Snuffles  - Aug 1, 2006 1:25 am (#202 of 2976)

Holly, that is a lovely picture of you with your children

Happy belated birthday Veronika.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who pictured Lizzy as a blonde. I think it's the dizzy bit!!

I was quite close on Eponine.

I usually stick to just Olivia pictures, she is more photogenic than me!

Hubby wants a new helmet for when he is mountain biking, and I have had the task of finding the right brand and model that he wants. I have come across one called the Ippogrifo. Wonder if I should order him that one instead!

Hope everyone who is off the see JKR tonight has a great time and don't forget to let us all know how it went!

Happy Tuesday everyone



Amilia Smith - Aug 1, 2006 1:49 am (#203 of 2976)

I'm glad I'm not the only one who pictured Lizzy as a blonde. I think it's the dizzy bit!!

Ditto. Also, I seem to remember Lizzy having an avatar at one point that showed her as a little girl. If I am remembering correctly, she was blonde there.

So I'm joining the party. There is a pic of me under my avatar. Standing in front of some great scenery. :-)



The giant squid  - Aug 1, 2006 2:54 am (#204 of 2976)

Well, count me in as another one who was way off in my mental image of Lizzy. But I guess I managed to confuse Tori, Ginny & Steph so it all evens out.

It is good to have faces to put to the names & personalities we've come to know. Aside from the few like Detail Seeker and azi it's usually all guesswork...

Mike: Who was the comic artist that you met? Which comic does he draw?--Julie Aronson

His name is Dale Eaglesham. At the time he was drawing "Sigil" for CrossGen Comics. He now works exclusively for DC Comics. He drew the "Villains United" miniseries earlier this year and starting in December he's on the new "Justice Society of America" book. He's also a really cool guy, very down-to-earth. He's also a Canadian, but I don't hold that against him. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042



Jewel  - Aug 1, 2006 4:56 am (#205 of 2976)

Happy birthday to all whom I have missed.

Great pictures of everyone, I am a very camera- shy person, so I have hundreds of pics of my whole family, but none of me. I'm usually on the other end of the camera.

I have been up since 5:15 am EST when my mom called me to the hospital. My aunt, who lives with my mom, fell off of the front steps this morning and broke her leg in seven places! She is enroute to the trauma center in Charlotte, NC as we speak for major surgery. Add to this that she is diabetic, and she is worried to death that infection may set in and she will lose her leg. Please keep her and our family in your thoughts and prayers, and any healing charms would be greatly appreciated!


Good Evans  - Aug 1, 2006 5:06 am (#206 of 2976)

major healing charms to Jewels aunt - broken in 7 places "ooohhhh". We will of course keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Mills - what lovely hair you have - that "blowin' in the wind picture is lovely.

**still working hard on assignment** hem hem, off to check the thread!!!


TwinklingBlueEyes  - Aug 1, 2006 5:08 am (#207 of 2976)

Tons of healing charms enroute to Charlotte, NC Jewel. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers in the meantime!


kaykay1970  - Aug 1, 2006 5:48 am (#208 of 2976)

Sending healing charms to Jewel's aunt. You and your family are in our prayers as well.

I am registering kids for school today. The first full day is Friday.


haymoni  - Aug 1, 2006 5:56 am (#209 of 2976)

Goodness! Is it time already????

I don't think we start until 8/24.

At least I HOPE we don't start until 8/24!!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 793915934

I guess I actually have to start looking at all those advertisements for school supplies!!!



azi - Aug 1, 2006 6:00 am (#210 of 2976)

Healing Charms to your aunt, Jewel!

Kaykay, I don't think I told you before, but I love your avatar. Your kid looks like he'd be a lot of fun!

Julie (GE), what's your assignment about? Good luck with it!

Aside from the few like Detail Seeker and azi it's usually all guesswork ... Hehe, very true!

Amilia - I always imagined you as looking similar to your avatar! It's a great view in your picture.

Do you need a cold compress, haymoni?


haymoni  - Aug 1, 2006 6:12 am (#211 of 2976)

Naw - I'm a Slacker Mom.

They can go to school with last year's bookbags and borrow pencils from the other kids.

Just kidding!!!

Sort of. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 464751818


Finn BV  - Aug 1, 2006 6:51 am (#212 of 2976)

Healing charms to Mr. Mediwitch (Mediwizard? LOL).

Tori, you and your sister look much different with curly hair!

Mills, great pictures! Your avatars always have darker hair, so I had envisioned you like your avatars a bit… LOL, I see azi thought the same!

Jewel, how awful! Healing charms and prayers with your aunt!

I could never imagine going to school before my birthday, the 7th, but kaykay, do your kids really go back Friday?? Wow!

Less than 12 hours till Radio City!


Marie E.  - Aug 1, 2006 7:21 am (#213 of 2976)

I'm going to have to add some pictures of myself. I have that problem that I'm always the one taking the pictures. Holly, in your picture you look a lot like my friend Nikki. She's very cool and a HP fan, so it's a compliment.

Welcome back, boop. When do you have to go face the hordes of students again?

They've done some rearranging and remodeling of classrooms at my daycare so that now the kindergarten has it's own room. We've been sharing a classroom with the schoolagers. My new room used to a two year old classroom so we're still moving toys and book out. And...I have a desk now! I'm positively twitterpated about the desk.


boop  - Aug 1, 2006 8:22 am (#214 of 2976)

Thanks for the welcome back. The students come back Aug 24 they start coming in.

Sending healing charms to Jewel's aunt. I hope she heals fast.

hugs always



kaykay1970  - Aug 1, 2006 8:32 am (#215 of 2976)

Thanks azi. Yes, that child is always having fun!

My children really do go back to school Friday! They have been out since May 25th so they are ready to return. The 9 year old especially, she misses her buddies!

Congratulations on getting a desk Marie!


Ydnam96  - Aug 1, 2006 8:46 am (#216 of 2976)


I have emerged from my underground bunker (known as my office) for a moment. I'm getting ready for all my students to arrive on Friday and then we are off for our 2 week intense backpacking trip to the High Sierras on Monday.

But I hope to dive back into the forum once things settle down in September (after opening weekend here at the University). I miss the forum!!

Happy Birthday to Harry (it must still be the 31st somewhere in the world).



Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 1, 2006 9:01 am (#217 of 2976)

Geauxtigers thanks for your input on the bullying.

Healing charms to Mr. Mediwitch and Jewel's Aunt. I hope they get well quickly.

Ydnam96 have a great trip in the High Sierras!

Marie have fun with your desk.

School starts on August 21 for the teachers, which happens to be my 40th birthday! I'm ready though. I miss my buddies also. LPO


Solitaire  - Aug 1, 2006 9:21 am (#218 of 2976)

Jewel, thoughts, prayers, and lots of healing charms going out for your aunt. Please keep us posted on her progress.

Sorry to hear Mr. Mediwitch is feeling poorly. Doxycycline ... sounds like an antidote one might need for a Doxy bite, doesn't it? I bet it would come in handy for some of Fred & George's inventions! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042

Haymoni, I was in Target last week and saw the whole section of back-to-school supplies. It made my stomach flip ... I'm not ready to return just yet. We start back for a week of meetings on the 14th and the kids come on the 21st.

I know this fall is going to be demanding for me, as I must give up my Friday nights and Saturdays in September, October, and part of November to become CLAD certified. It probably doesn't sound so tough to you youngsters, but this old lady is a bit worried. I use my weekends to grade and decompress ... I'll have to do without that now, and I'll probably have to give up the Forum for a few months.

Well, I need to run a few errands, so I'd better get out of my comfy chair and get busy ... just as soon as I finish watching Desk Set.



Julie Aronson - Aug 1, 2006 9:22 am (#219 of 2976)

Mandy, I'd love to add you as a Facebook friend, but you seem to be blocked. If you want, search for me (my name should be obvious) and add me. If not, I guess I won't take it too personally...

Get well wishes wherever they're needed!

Off to mow the field (I mean the lawn!)


VeronikaG  - Aug 1, 2006 9:32 am (#220 of 2976)

Healing charm to Jewel's aunt and Mr Mediwizard: ~*~*~*~*~*~*~GetBetter~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Thank you for all the birthday greetings.

Welcome back Betty!


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 1, 2006 9:50 am (#221 of 2976)

Jewel, that is awful about your aunt. Keeping her in my prayers and sending lots of healing charms her way. Please keep us updated.

After all he is pretending that he is being hit by a train that hasn't moved in 50+ years...

He looks a bit Harry-ish in that pic, kaykay. Cheering charms to Nitromonkey and the others who are to return this Friday. (I can't even get myself to think about school supplies yet - I could not imagine having them actually return this week!)

Welcome back, boop!

Hope you find plenty of time to stick with the forum, Solitaire and Ydnam.

Loved your pics too, Holly, Veronica & Mills!

Enjoy the RotD/N, everyone!


kaykay1970  - Aug 1, 2006 10:42 am (#222 of 2976)
Edited Aug 1, 2006 11:26 am

HH, you just made his day! I have begged for him to let me cut his "Harryish" hair before school starts, but he seems to prefer it that way!

Edited to add that his hair would probably just grow back over night anyway! LOL


Tazzygirl - Aug 1, 2006 11:56 am (#223 of 2976)

**Healing charms to Jewel's Aunt**

**More healing charms to Mr. Mediwitch**

I too, start school on August 21- well, that is the official start of classes, but I don't have class until the 23. Mondays and Tuesdays are days when I am student teaching. w00t! Wednesdays and Thursdays are full class at the uni days, and Fridays I have off. All of the grade schools and high schools started back to school a week ago!

Hope those going all have a fun time at Radio City!!

Have a great RotD/N!



The giant squid  - Aug 1, 2006 1:15 pm (#224 of 2976)

Healing charms to Jewel's aunt...sometimes 7 isn't such a good number.

I'm positively twitterpated about the desk.--Marie E.

I can totally picture that, Marie. You, running around the house & telling Mr. E. "I have a desk now! A desk!" and squealing with glee. Mr. E., meanwhile, just shakes his head & goes back to whatever electronic device he's currently destroying fixing.

It's times like these that I'm glad I'm not in school anymore. Although I should hit a couple of stores for clothes--for some reason "short and skinny" pants are considered "school sizes", so they're only available in limited quantities for brief periods (i.e. "Back To School"). It's either that or pay upwards of $80 per pair the rest of the year, and I just can't justify that for work clothes.

So all you people whining about how you with you were skinny--be careful what you wish for. There are Big And Tall Mens' stores all over the place, but there are no Short And Skinny Guys' stores...



Lina  - Aug 1, 2006 2:16 pm (#225 of 2976)

I thought many things while I was reading the posts. I just hope I'll remember the most important of them.

That would most definitely be the healing charms for Mr. Medwitch and Jewel's aunt.

Happy belated birthday to Veronika!

Mike, I imagined you with much more beard, because you kept saying that you were skinny with a pony tail and I have a cousin that is skinny and bearded. So I imagined him with a pony tail. And Mills, you definitely don't look like your avatars. I guess that Kate was quite disappointed when she discovered that Septentrion doesn't have long greasy black hair.

Was it Tori with a cool picture of the cat? And I agree with Maria that Nitromonkey looks like Harry in that picture.

I hope you guys will have a great time with Jo! We are having it here too, although missing Jo.

I'm sure I forgot something.


Stephanie M.  - Aug 1, 2006 5:14 pm (#226 of 2976)

Healing charms to Mr. Mediwitch and to Jewel's aunt! I hope everything turns out alright.

I have to try Powerpoint. I was shrinking this one picture, but I shrunk it so much that I looked distorted. i was trying to load this other pic onto my profile, but it was going too slowly so I thought that something was wrong, so I'll try again. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I was putting it onto my profile like I would try to put it on other things. Hmm. I'll keep trying.

I hope all of the people seeing Jo are having fun! I briefly saw Finn, and I also saw some people from MuggleNet.


Julie Aronson - Aug 1, 2006 6:22 pm (#227 of 2976)

Stephanie, do you have Picture-it Publishing? It's a program that sometimes comes with Windows Home Edition. That's what I use to resize my images and it's really easy.


Stephanie M.  - Aug 1, 2006 6:53 pm (#228 of 2976)

No, I don't have picture-It Publishing, but it sounds really cool!

I didn't think that my picture was that large, but I kept getting this message that said that I had to shrink my picture, and it makes sense because it was taking a while to load. Then I checked iPhoto, and I realized that iPhoto automatically changed the pictures to be a certain size, but the actual size was huge! I think I must be loading it incorrectly because I know that I've loaded bigger pictures onto other websites or programs before. Maybe I'll check out the How Do You...? thread to see if anyone has had any problems in the past.

Thanks for the advice though, Julie!


geauxtigers  - Aug 1, 2006 7:18 pm (#229 of 2976)

I'm FREE!!!! I got my computer back today and I don't have to go back to devil childs house for a long time! It was like the first day of summer all over again! Except I go back in 13 days. Suddenly I'm wondering where the summer went....we just got out I mean come on! Target has really cute school supplies!

And to top that off, I'm beyond jealous about all the people at Radio City tonight! I hope she tells us the title of book 7!

Finn, we do look very different with our hair not straightened, but we were also 2 years younger then!

Mills, this is going to sound crazy, but I pictured you more like the "people" in your avatar! **walks off mumbling about assumptions**

We went and ate dinner and now I've forgotten everything I was going to post here....

**Healing charms and prayers to Jewel's aunt**

I can't wait to hear back from the Radio City crew! Get back soon!!! Its 10:15 in New York yall must be wrapping things up right?!

I'll edit when I remember what I was going to say!

have a great Tuesday!

EDIT: I remembered something! I forgot to send Mr Medowitch healing charms, so consider them sent!


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 1, 2006 7:31 pm (#230 of 2976)

Oh wow! Lot's of posts!! Well I'll start by saying how glad I am that Tori got her computer back as I now have my room back! And no more devil child! **does happy dance**

**healing charms to Mr.Mediwitch and Jewel's aunt**

I tend to picture people based off their avatars. I quite literately thought Mills would have her hair in a bun and a big poofy dress on...hehe, I pictured most of yall in this sense, just as I thought Kristina was Hawaiian, Lizzy was blonde, and Squid Mike as a big guy with a pointy head. Yeah I know it's a bit stupid but I have trouble overiding mental images. It's the same with HP, I don't picture the actors when I read the books, I picture my original characters.

Waiting on the Radio City group sure is hard!!


Lavandula - Aug 1, 2006 7:47 pm (#231 of 2976)

Virgianelizabeth-"I tend to picture people based off their avatars."

And then there are those of us with none, so people have to just leave it up to their complete imagination and clues from their posts. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2752390508

Geautigers- I am working on P&P as well. I am finding it a vocabulary enrichment class for the summer, but it is good for someone whose vocabulary needs enriching (teaching 3-4 graders tends to deplete ones word choices). I keep doing a little bit each day.

But now the beans need picked and canned and my garage painting project needs finished. (School is coming soon)

Waiting for news from the New York group.



Solitaire  - Aug 1, 2006 8:09 pm (#232 of 2976)

I tend to picture people based off their avatars

LOL Now I'm curious ... how do you picture me?


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 1, 2006 8:28 pm (#233 of 2976)

LOL Now I'm curious ... how do you picture me?

hmm your hair is really short and the same color as the cat in your avatar, and really "stylish" glasses! Bit hard to describe, but if I saw a pic of you, then I could say how close I pictured you! (don't Worry, I don't picture you with 4 legs or anything!!)


Finn BV  - Aug 1, 2006 9:02 pm (#234 of 2976)

Good to hear from you, Mandy!

Soli – I love Desk Set!

You can read my take on the night here. It was REALLY entertaining, but the questions were disappointing. I had a fun time, despite not being able to really see any forumers. But Gina and Maria and Olivia and Priscilla can confirm to you that I'm really 13!


Kneazle  - Aug 1, 2006 9:07 pm (#235 of 2976)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

I just read the transcript from the press confrence this morning and in it she said: Radio City Music Hall Press Conference Transcript J.K. Rowling. Stephen King, John Irving August 1, 2006, New York City

"Are there any surprises about book seven? JKR: Surprises about book seven [thinks]. Anything I feel like sharing? I’m well into it, I’m well into the writing of it now. [Smiles] There’s so much I could say. To an extent, the pressure’s off, I suppose, because it’s the last book, so I feel liberated. I can just resolve the story now, and it’s fun. It’s fun in a way that it hasn’t been before, because finally I’m doing my resolution. I think some people will loathe it, some will love it, but that’s the way it should be."

So? so? Am I just so starved for an update or is this close to one?


timrew - Aug 1, 2006 9:10 pm (#236 of 2976)

Best wishes to Mr. Mediwitch and Jewel's Aunt. Here's hoping they get well quickly.

Congrats to all those that got to see JKR. I'm ever so jealous! I've just read Finn's account of the meeting at Radio City and it sounds fascinating.................

Anyway, I hope you all had a great time..............


Finn BV  - Aug 1, 2006 9:13 pm (#237 of 2976)

Wow, tim, are you up really late or really early? Isn't it 5:15 am there?

I was disappointed with the lack of Book 7 info, so I sure hope there's something web site related! Eek, we've waited long enough!

EDIT: Chemyst: in response to your post on Potty Five Words – that's okay, I did the same myself in posting my message. It seems that there is no record of the missing posts, because we lost way more than 10 posts, and your post which is numbered 1097 on the page is 1109 or so in the URL, which means that a total of 12 posts have been deleted. This is rather frustrating…

I don't remember anything about all "new" buttons appearing, though. By the way, you are of course welcome to Five Words when it "returns"!


Stephanie M.  - Aug 1, 2006 9:18 pm (#238 of 2976)

LOL I read your account of the night, Finn! I hope she gives out more tomorrow! (And I hope that a question from a Forumer is asked!!)

I put a link to a picture of me in one of my Facebook albums. I haven't actually checked to see if the link worked though...

Edit: Oh, that could be a problem. I would put the entire album up (I know that I've sent a link to an entire album to a person who wasn't a member of Facebook), but I don't want to put up an entire album. It was also spring break, but I only went to Arizona with my family. Plus, some pictures might be very boring. So, I'll see what I can do about that.


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 1, 2006 9:21 pm (#239 of 2976)

Stephanie, I can't get to your picture because you have to log in to facebook to see it. I wish I could be more helpful with it, but I pretty much guessed on doing mine and it took me about a week to figure it out and get my pictures up. I just had to play with it a bit.


timrew - Aug 1, 2006 9:23 pm (#240 of 2976)

Yes, Finn, I'm up at 5.15. I couldn't sleep, it's so hot!


Solitaire  - Aug 1, 2006 9:28 pm (#241 of 2976)

Finn, I am a great fan of older movies. I love anything with Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Kate Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck ... and I think B&W movies are great! BTW, if you have not seen it, you might like Gentleman's Agreement. I think you have the maturity to enjoy it.

Ginny, this pic is 2 years old, but it still looks like me (I'm in the white sweater). My hair is shorter and spiked a bit (like Madam Hooch in the PS/SS movie), with caramel-to-dark-blond highlights to help disguise the beginnings of silver strands. I hate having my photo snapped, so this is probably the only one you will ever see.


Edited to add: LOL Tazzy! That could have been a precaution of your computer, saving the screen from breaking!


Tazzygirl - Aug 1, 2006 9:31 pm (#242 of 2976)

Soli- your picture didn't show up when I clicked on the link...

People are back from Radio City! Whoo-hoo! **off to read that thread**



Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 1, 2006 9:42 pm (#243 of 2976)

Finn, I would also add to Solitaire's recommendations Tweleve Angry Men, Becket and The Lion in Winter


Finn BV  - Aug 1, 2006 9:47 pm (#244 of 2976)

Good luck, Steph!

Tim, it is rather hot here too!!

Soli and Nathan, thanks for the suggestions -- I have seen none of them, so I will be sure to check them out! I have heard of them all, though.

Soli, I can't see the pic either. It just says "Image Hosted by Tripod."


dizzy lizzy  - Aug 1, 2006 9:48 pm (#245 of 2976)

Well it was a surprise to see so many had pictured me as blonde!

Mills is correct in that I posted a very cute photo of me about a year ago. My hair was a very, very light brown and has slowly darkened with age.

My hair is much shorter than this photo as I have had it cut since. I have very fine hair (and greasy as Snape's) so my hairdresser and I experimented and found a haircut that suits me much better . Unlike Snape, I appear to take much better care with my hair. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042

Healing charms to Jewel's Aunt and Mr Mediwitch!

HI!!!! to Ydnam96 glad to see you are OK!!!!

And Finn (and other New Yorkers) you made the national news this morning in Australia with your heatwave . **sends cooling charms**



Solitaire  - Aug 1, 2006 9:50 pm (#246 of 2976)

Oh, yes! All of those are wonderful, Nathan. I much prefer the Henry Fonda version of 12 Angry Men to the new one. It has been years since I've seen Becket, but I watched both the new and old versions of The Lion in Winter recently. The Hepburn version features Anthony Hopkins in a very early role in his career.

There is a great old movie on Turner Classic Movies tonight--The World of Henry Orient. I'm going to watch it in a couple of hours.


Edited: Come to think of it, I'm not sure Tripod will let me post only an image. I must put it in the context of a page. I guess I'm out of luck for now. One thing I do know is that my webpage is horribly out of date. I guess I'd better update it ... and soon!


Ydnam96  - Aug 1, 2006 10:12 pm (#247 of 2976)

Wow, seems like I've missed a bunch...where are these pictures everyone is talking about? I want to see them

Julie, I added you as a friend on Facebook. I don't know why people have a hard time finding me. It's strange.

Finn, I read your synopsis. Sounds like it was amazing. I didn't even know it was going on. I'm so out of touch with the whole HP world right now.

Oh well. Off to bed for me.


Good Evans  - Aug 1, 2006 10:22 pm (#248 of 2976)

it is 6.19 here in UK - I got up and turned on PC (partly because of pup) but mostly to read the Radio City review!! Thanks Finn, Gina, et al. I'm glad you all had a good time, Finn I understand your Mom not letting you wander off to strangers!!! (and lets face it some of the people on this forum are strange Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 464751818 ) No offence meant to the HH's who of course couldn't be more normal!!!! (well as normal as a fire breathing dragon family can be) I'd better stop digging!

catching up on posts....


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 1, 2006 10:53 pm (#249 of 2976)

LOL, GE, I was about to post this when I got to your post:

I tend to picture people based off their avatars. That is interesting because I look very much like my avatar - just ask my girls!

I am glad you posted a pic, Solitaire! Now I can match a face to the words when we chat. For some reason, I pictured you with reddish//blondish hair. (I'm starting to sound like Stephanie!)

Sorry I didn't get to meet you, Stephanie. We looked really hard for someone in white jeans (just kidding - I know they were blue). I am pretty sure we arrived much earlier than most, as we were one of the first ones seated in our row. There was no line at the entrance, either, so we walked right in.

THAT'S why I couldn't get my own image of Mike (GS) out of my head, despite what he'd mentioned in his posts. Lina, you're right - if you know someone with a similar trait, it carries over! A heavy-set and graying acquaintance wore a pony tail and for some reason, I could not get that out of my head until I saw your pic, Mike.


EDIT 1: LOL kaykay, then I suppose the cheering charm worked?? Funny how it works in such an unpredictable manner.

EDIT 2: So glad to hear you're having fun, Lina and that you had a chance to check in on the forum.

Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 1, 2006 11:04 pm (#250 of 2976)

Solitaire, I agree Twelve Angry Men with Henry Fonda is definitely the version to watch. Not only does it star Henry Fonda, it also has E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb as well. The movie definitely has what I would term an all-star cast.

I agree also that of the versions of The Lion in Winter, I would recommend the version with Katherine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole and Anthony Hopkins.
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Solitaire  - Aug 2, 2006 12:17 am (#251 of 2976)

Nathan, have you ever seen A Man for All Seasons? What an incredible story of bravery and personal integrity. Paul Scofield (he played Charles van Doren's dad in Quiz Show) plays Sir Thomas More, and his performance is absolutely stunning. Decades later, it can still stack up against any Oscar performance I've seen in the past few years. If you look carefully, you can also see a young John Hurt (Ollivander). Now that I think of it, Paul Scofield would have made an amazing Dumbledore!



Amilia Smith - Aug 2, 2006 12:21 am (#252 of 2976)

...where are these pictures everyone is talking about? I want to see them

Most of them are posted in the profiles. It has been great fun to see what everyone looks like in real life! Very good to see you posting again, Mandy. :-)

I quite literately thought Mills would have her hair in a bun and a big poofy dress on...

The funny thing is, I actually do have a couple of outfits that were designed to look like what Flora MacDonald is wearing in her portraits. Not this particular portrait though. I had never seen it before I started looking for a new avatar pic, and fell in love with it. My next Halloween costume may be influenced. :-)

I third the recommendations for The Lion in Winter and 12 Angry Men. I've only seen the older versions of either. Are the new ones worth watching? I don't expect them to be as good, :-) but it might be fun to compare and contrast.

Going back a ways . . . I finally saw the new Pride and Prejudice. I was a bit worried as I loved the Colin Firth version so much. Very pleasantly surprised. That was one beautiful movie. I especially liked the contrast between the classes (it was believable that Darcy and Bingley were "marrying down" and that some of their relatives would be upset) and that it was possible to have your hair and clothes get mussed if you are just going about your every day life.



Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 2, 2006 12:28 am (#253 of 2976)

Solitaire, A Man for All Seasons was required viewing for my senior English class in high school and for my world history class that I took as a sophomore in high school. It is Ironic that you should mention Thomas More because, I just finished my yearly read through of Utopia by Thomas More and In Praise of Folly by Erasmus.


Laura W  - Aug 2, 2006 1:55 am (#254 of 2976)

the giant squid wrote, "He's also a Canadian, but I don't hold that against him."

You are *so* generous, Mike! (chortle, chortle)

Nathan Zimmerman wrote, "Finn, I would also add to Solitaire's recommendations Tweleve Angry Men Becket and The Lion in Winter"

Nathan, if pressed I would have to say that The Lion In Winter is my most favourite movie of all.



The giant squid  - Aug 2, 2006 2:43 am (#255 of 2976)

Mike, I imagined you with much more beard—Lina

Well, I'm not a big fan of shaving, so I have been known to cross over that fine line between "stubble" and "beard", but it rarely gets very long. The wife prefers me to be clean-shaven, you see...



Chemyst - Aug 2, 2006 4:27 am (#256 of 2976)

I was able to get to Solitaire's picture by right-clicking on the tripod logo, going to the bottom of that menu and clicking on 'properties,' and using that address.
You say that picture was only 2 years ago? You look much younger than I'd imagined. ... I thought 20 years in a classroom aged people more than that! – just kidding!  (Your recent talk of sensible shoes had given me a mental image of what that girl from your old playing-card avatar might look like thirty-five years later.)


Lavandula - Aug 2, 2006 5:18 am (#257 of 2976)

I just read the posts about JKR-Thanks Finn and HH11!!!! I tried to stay up waiting for your posts, but no chance.

Chemyst- ROFL about your comment in regard to Solitaire:"... I thought 20 years in a classroom aged people more than that! – just kidding!"

I am going on 20 years in the classroom as well, so perhaps my attempts to post a picture of myself may go out the window. LOL Smile

Off to paint and drive to pick up my daughter from her Grandfather.



Finn BV  - Aug 2, 2006 6:05 am (#258 of 2976)

Hmm, it completely slipped my mind before to say how great it was to hear that Lina, Kate and septentrion are having a good time in Croatia!

Well, I could barely sleep last night -- not because I had just seen Jo but because it was so hot. I fell asleep probably around 1:30 and got up at 7:30. I took a nice cold shower in the morning and that got me awake. I'm seriously thinking of not going to tennis today, we're supposed to get record-breaking temperatures out here in Westchester of around 102° — hotter than the city!


HungarianHorntail13  - Aug 2, 2006 7:54 am (#259 of 2976)
Edited Aug 2, 2006 8:48 am

There are so many pictures! It took me an hour to read through all the posts I've missed.

The JKR thing was pretty cool.

I had a lot of fun meeting all the forumers too.

Finn, we had a notepad with us, so we drew a picture of a fish that said 'HI FINN'. We were going to hold it up if you looked over, but you didn't.

Yes, mom looks just like a Horntail. Lol I'll try to put a picture of her in my profile.

I hope I didn't forget anything!

EDIT: Never mind, I can't find any pics of her.


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 2, 2006 8:11 am (#260 of 2976)

Lion in Winter is one of my favorites. I love Katherine Hepburn.

Thanks for all the postings about Jo! LPO


geauxtigers  - Aug 2, 2006 9:05 am (#261 of 2976)

Okay now I get to fret today about tonight and if JKR is going to tell the title of book !!!

But I get to pass the time today by running errands for my darling mother...

So I'll be back much later!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!


Solitaire  - Aug 2, 2006 10:18 am (#262 of 2976)

LOL, Chemyst! Thanks for the compliment ... I think! If you thought I was 20 years older than I am, I must sound like an old fuddy-duddy on the Forum! Actually, I am 2-3 years younger than the blonde lady in the pic and about 9 years older than the lady in blue. Also, comfortable shoes (which are also cute) have been a real cause with me since I was 30 ... and was hit almost overnight with a form of RA which has seriously affected my feet, knees, left ankle, and right hip.

HH, I've never had red hair in my life! LOL I try to stick pretty close to my natural color, although I have the top and front highlighted to help disguise the strands of grey that are starting to appear around my face. Luckily, I must take after Dad in that area. He didn't grey until later in his 60s. Mom has had natural silver highlighting since her mid-20s.

Finn, thanks for your account of the Radio City event. I am disappointed that we didn't learn some of the things which torment the Forum-ers, such as info about Hermione's jinx and Marietta's pimples, the title of Book 7, what changed Lily's mind about James--you know, important stuff! Did I read that this is a 2-nighter? Perhaps we will learn more. Are any Forum-ers going tonight?

For those who couldn't see the image, here is the URL: http://imsoli.tripod.com/cali/syl-cher-sol.jpg If we ever get to see my niece's wedding pics, I will see if there is a decent image of me and place it on my profile. Don't hold your breath ...


Madam Pince  - Aug 2, 2006 12:03 pm (#263 of 2976)

Bummer, Soli -- I just see a blank white screen with a little "Image Hosted by Tripod" icon in the upper left corner. Sigh.....


Solitaire  - Aug 2, 2006 12:12 pm (#264 of 2976)

Madam Pince, I really don't think you are missing much by not seeing my face ... but if you block and copy the url above (the teeny, tiny one), paste it into your browser address window, and hit "enter," you can see the picture.



Loopy Lupin - Aug 2, 2006 1:16 pm (#265 of 2976)

Hello everyone!!! Whew! It's been quite a week and it is only Wednesday. Last Friday I interviewed for a position at another firm and was offered the job. It was a no-brainer to accept the offer. When I told my current firm that I was leaving, they countered in a way that made it, all of a sudden, not such a no-brainer to leave. Who would have thought people would cough up money to keep me when I'm sure that there are people, at least on this forum, who would pay to see me go? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2281877974


Tazzygirl - Aug 2, 2006 1:16 pm (#266 of 2976)

I saw the picture, Soli! and you look like how I pictured you! (I thought your hair was slightly longer though!)

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



Solitaire  - Aug 2, 2006 1:25 pm (#267 of 2976)

Actually, Tazzy, it is shorter than in the pic ... although even that pic makes it look longer than it was at the time.


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 2, 2006 4:49 pm (#268 of 2976)

Congratulations Loopy! Counter offers are a good thing. I hope they keep coming.

Good luck to those going to see Jo. I'm really looking forward to the reports. LPO


Catherine  - Aug 2, 2006 5:09 pm (#269 of 2976)

Who would have thought people would cough up money to keep me when I'm sure that there are people, at least on this forum, who would pay to see me go?--Loopy Lupin

Now, now. I would counter any offer to pay you to go.

I'm checking in on vacation, and don't expect to be using this computer long, so I'll just wave to everyone, including Lupin is Lupin!

Cheers, all.


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 2, 2006 5:10 pm (#270 of 2976)

I couldn't get back in time to wish everyone a great night in NYC. Enjoy, Gina, Steph and whoever else is going! I hope they reveal more, since it is the last night.

Loopy, congrats to you! It sounds as though they recognize and appreciate you.

I liked your picture, Solitaire. I'll bet the kids in school are happy when they learn they have you for a teacher.

Enjoy the RotD/N everyone.


Solitaire  - Aug 2, 2006 5:32 pm (#271 of 2976)

LOL HH! Sometimes I'm not sure. One student this year said he hated my class because "you always refer to Harry Potter whenever you want to explain something." I don't always do it, but I do it when I think it is a fast way to make a point. I explained to him that, since most kids have either read the books or seen the movies, HP is an instant source of examples to help kids understand new literary devices and concepts quickly. He grudgingly admitted this is true and apologized.

Initially, this all bothered me, until I was reminded that he also hates the PE teacher, the math teachers, the science teachers, the social studies teachers ... Apparently, we're all "stupid and generic," whatever that is supposed to mean. I thought perhaps he meant "geriatric," but the PE teacher is young!

Anyway, I think some kids like my classes and others hate them ... just like every other teacher.


LOL It's funny about others' perception of my hair. Right now, it is a lot like Madam Hooch's (movie)--kind of spikey (I use gluey TextureTwist) but shorter than hers and not grey.


Finn BV  - Aug 2, 2006 5:51 pm (#272 of 2976)

Finn, we had a notepad with us, so we drew a picture of a fish that said 'HI FINN'. –Olivia

LOL! I'm sorry, I tried to avoid looking over just in case my mom suspected anything. That's funny though. BTW, I wasn't too off on my guess for your mom.

Soli, I see your picture! Weird, clicking on the link doesn't take you there but copying and pasting it, it does. Hmm… HTML to ponder… I wasn't too off on my mental image of you. I had you with longer, straighter brown hair, though.

Loopy, glad you've found a new job. Was your old one bugging you, or were you just looking for newer/different things?

I think JKR is coming out right around now! Or she may be reading already…


timrew - Aug 2, 2006 7:18 pm (#273 of 2976)

Madam Pince:- Bummer, Soli -- I just see a blank white screen with a little "Image Hosted by Tripod" icon in the upper left corner. Sigh.....

Me, too!...................


DJ Evans  - Aug 2, 2006 8:13 pm (#274 of 2976)

I get the "Image Hosted by...." thingy too Soli. I tried IE, Firefox & Netscape and no luck. Even did the copy/paste thing -- still no pic. Since you said your hair is like Madam Hooch's, I will now have that mental pic of her for you.

Thanks Finn, Gina & everybody else on the reports back on last night -- I felt like I was almost there. Not quite but closer than what I would have been if it wasn't for you all. Sounds like everyone had a great time.

Congrats Loopy Lupin either on the new job or the old job with better pay?

Healing Charms to Mr. Mediwitch & Jewel's Aunt.

Wonders if Dizzy Lizzy will now change hair color to blonde since quite a few of us pictured it blonde anyway? hmmmm?

Isn't it fall YET? Anybody know a good weather changer spell/charm? Mine sure don't appear to be working very well.....

Later, Deb


Mediwitch  - Aug 2, 2006 8:39 pm (#275 of 2976)

Thanks for the healing charms, everyone. I think they are working as he is still feeling pretty well. Now if I can just keep him out of the sun. Solitaire, LOL about the doxycycline - that's exactly what I thought! I hope your certification class goes well; we will miss you if you get too busy to visit! I hope you can pop in from time to time.

And many healing charms to Jewel's aunt. I hope she is recovering well.

I have really enjoyed the pictures, too. It's great to connect faces to the names!


Jewel  - Aug 2, 2006 8:54 pm (#276 of 2976)

Hello all!

Thank you so much for all the thoughts, prayers, and healing charms for my aunt.

They waited until this morning to do surgery. Everything went fine as far as the surgery. She now has two rods, six pins, and four screws in her leg. I was teasing her about going anywhere near airport security, and she seemed amused, so I think she's feeling as well as can be expected right now.

The doctor said that she will have to remain in the hospital for at least 7-10 days, then when she comes home she will start physical therapy. Right now the main concern is avoiding any kind of infection because of her diabetes, so she's not in the clear yet, but with all the prayers, I'm sure she'll be fine. I told her about my friends here who were thinking about her and she wanted me to tell everyone that she can't thank you herself because she has never even used a computer, but to make sure to tell each and everyone of you thank you from the bottom of her heart, but to keep the prayers coming for the long road ahead in her recovery.

As for the start of school subject, my children went back to school on July 12. They go to one of the few schools here that have a year-round schedule. They will go for 9 weeks then have 3 weeks with no school, go 9, out 3, and so on. They only get four weeks for summer vacation, which kind of inhibits our vacation planning, but they love their school and their teachers, so it's not so bad.


The giant squid  - Aug 2, 2006 8:58 pm (#277 of 2976)

Loopy, congrats on the counter-offer. Looks like you wound up in a win-win situation.

Of course, with all this talk about pictures, for some reason I keep picturing you as Groundskeeper Willie. I don't know why...



Tazzygirl - Aug 2, 2006 9:10 pm (#278 of 2976)

Congrats Loopy!

Glad to hear your aunt is doing well, Jewel!

I got my placement for my student teaching this semester (or rather the first half of the semester)!! I am at a private school (I didn't even know you could student teach at private schools...) and helping in a second grade special education classroom. w00t!!!



Mediwitch  - Aug 2, 2006 9:11 pm (#279 of 2976)

Congrats to Loopy and to Kristina! I always think second graders are such a hoot.

And Jewel, I'm glad to hear your aunt is doing well; we will keep the healing charms coming!


Solitaire  - Aug 2, 2006 9:19 pm (#280 of 2976)

Continued prayers for your aunt, Jewel. That's a lot of hardware to haul around.

Congratulations, Loopy and Tazzy! Good luck on your student teaching, Tazzy. Sped is demanding, but friends of mine who work in that area of education just love it. I hope you have a great experience.



Stephanie M.  - Aug 2, 2006 9:26 pm (#281 of 2976)

Wow! I'm so tired! If you want to check out my recap of Jo at Radio City, go to the Meeting Up After Radio City thread.

Congrats, Loopy and Kristina!!


Solitaire  - Aug 2, 2006 9:29 pm (#282 of 2976)

LOL Stephanie! I left you a little message over there!


Good Evans  - Aug 2, 2006 9:55 pm (#283 of 2976)

Congrtulations to Loopy and Tazzy - excellent - both of you.

Jewell - strengthening charms to your aunt that she keeps up the good recovery.


Madam Pince  - Aug 2, 2006 10:21 pm (#284 of 2976)

Finally got to see the picture of Solitaire, after trying many various ways! You fit my "mental image" quite closely, but I still picture Madam Hooch somewhat!

I was among the group who pictured Dizzy Lizzy with a blonde ponytail. I think it must've had something to do with a previous avatar or something? Squid Mike looks almost exactly as I had pictured, except I wasn't expecting the facial hair. I like it though -- very dashing! Ginny and Tori look as I had pictured, too. Tazzy, I was thinking your hair was a bit darker since the lighting in a previous avatar was maybe a sunset or something -- I agree that you look a bit like Christina Ricci in Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp!

I can't do pictures. Viola Intonada (****waves, by the way!****) and Denise and I are in one that is in the group of pictures from the Forum Gathering at Betty's two years ago, if anyone is crazy enough cares to dig in the archives that far.

Betty, glad you had a nice vacation! Hope mischafan is doing well.

Healing charms to Mr. Mediwitch and to Jewel's aunt (ouch!) and hopes that they are both on the way to recovery. That Lyme's Disease is a nasty business! Yuck!

Congratulations to Loopy! How wonderful to have people fighting over you! We are all a-twitter to hear how it turns out.

Congrats to Tazzy also on the choice teaching assignment! Glad it is what you wanted and hope it will be a fantastic year.

Tonight I was making dinner, Chicken Stroganoff, one of my favorites. I was almost through when I got to the part about "add salt and pepper to taste." So I did the salt and was smugly congratulating myself that I could just guesstimate the proper amounts without using measuring spoons or any of that nonsense. Took the coarse-ground pepper bottle and shook it with just a light tap over the pan. The entire lid came off, and almost the whole (brand-new) bottleful of pepper went pouring all over my stroganoff. The screams could've woken Grandpa Riddle. I was so upset! Ended up sieving it out and taking the chicken and mushrooms out and rinsing them under the tap. The onions were pretty much a loss, though. Fortunately, it was before the "add sour cream" stage, so I was able to re-do a lot of the simmering I had done previously and didn't quite lose all the flavors, but the final result was still quite a bit more peppery that it ought to have been! At least it was edible, which I was afraid it wasn't going to be! Arrrgh.

Could've been worse. Could've been entertaining guests. Sigh....


Tazzygirl - Aug 2, 2006 10:30 pm (#285 of 2976)

Thanks, everyone! I'm ecstatic over the entire thing!!

Aw, Madam P.!! I'm sorry about the pepper, but glad you were able to eat it! I love Stoganoff too!



Lavandula - Aug 3, 2006 4:58 am (#286 of 2976)
Edited by Aug 3, 2006 5:01 am

Once again, I tried to stay up last night to hear about Radio City and JKR...but here I am this morning getting caught up. And on top of that it took me a half hour to get my computer going-AARRRGGHHH! Norton Anti-virus captured some worm thing.

Great recap Stephanie! Thanks.

Jewel- I think I forgot to send loads of Healing Charms to your aunt. I'm sure more will continued to be needed as well as a few prayers.

Loopy- Boy, I wish there were people fighting over me with money!! Good luck making your decision.

Tazzy- Second graders are so cool. I live with one (going into 3rd)!! My first few years in teaching were with second graders, and they were awesome. You will certainly learn a lot with the Spec. Ed as Soli mentioned. BTW, what is "wOOt"?

Back to the painting again today. Maybe this weekend I can get back to reading those 200 alchemy threads I am behind in checking.

We are expecting storms and a cool down into the 80's today. Yeah!!

Have a beautiful day everyone,



Chemyst - Aug 3, 2006 5:28 am (#287 of 2976)
Edited Aug 3, 2006 6:21 am

what is "wOOt"?

Synonyms are: hurray huzzah woohoo yay yippee   You could look it up at wikipedia here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W00t but they are not up to the usual standards on that entry.
Basically, early Internet gaming geeks invented the word. The middle is not a set of letter O but two zeros. For another description, go back to this archived chat thread from September 12, 2004 and several posts following.

Anyway, it is most appropriate now to return a big w00t to Tazzy! I'm so happy for you; it sounds like a great assignment.

   – And best wishes for the new school year to all!

Loopy - w00t to you too. If you are still having trouble deciding, my 2 knuts say go with the one that most respects your Grammar God qualities.


Snuffles  - Aug 3, 2006 6:04 am (#288 of 2976)

Congrats Tazzy

Woo hoo to Loopy too! Good luck in making your decision.

Jewel, Glad your aunt is feeling a little better.

I'm feeling a bit down at the moment. Mum has been for blood tests and gets the results on Monday. The doctor thinks she may have Leukemia. I'm hoping they have it wrong but she has a few of the symptoms. Only time will tell...



Steve Newton - Aug 3, 2006 6:06 am (#289 of 2976)

Last week our router went belly up so our only internet connection is with our old computer. Now our connection is spotty. Between not seeing any box scores or any update from New York and no postings on the Forum it was a long evening. Sigh.


Finn BV  - Aug 3, 2006 6:23 am (#290 of 2976)

Jewel, I'm so glad your aunt is keeping her sense of humor, and again we wish her the best!

Kristina, great news about the job!

Madam P, I remember looking through some photos of the Forum Gathering ages ago, and I still have a vague mental image of you.

Steve, healing charms to your router.

I'm afraid I have some sad news to report. Early this morning, my grandmother passed away. She had just turned 87 on Sunday. As I've mentioned, it seems that it was slowly coming to her. She had lost interest in anything that she used to love -- the newspaper, cards, crossword puzzles… My dad was with her for her birthday and that was her best day in about 8 weeks: they were able to get way out of the house and down to the harbor in Portland, Maine, where she lived with my aunt. There they had drinks and a small party with all three of her children. I'm feeling all right. I cried at first but I think it's going to be okay. Just, with this, my trip from Monday through Friday next week, to the acres of land my school owns in Connecticut (that I visited for a week in February), and a ten-day trip to Canada like always, I probably won't be around as much this month.


Loopy Lupin - Aug 3, 2006 7:02 am (#291 of 2976)

Of course, with all this talk about pictures, for some reason I keep picturing you as Groundskeeper Willie. I don't know why... – Mike

Me either.

I've decided to stay at this job and to agree to allow them to give me more money. In the end, it was the best decision for me.

Thanks for all the well-wishes guys!!


geauxtigers  - Aug 3, 2006 7:22 am (#292 of 2976)

AWW Finn, I'm sorry about your grandma. We will be thinking about you and your family.

And Ginny and I have to go to the doctor to get physicals for school, thats nothing to w00t about. Get to sit in the waiting room for an hour and then have her tell us that nothing has changed in the past year which will take all of 10 minutes. I'm also dreading filling out that intimidating form where the only changed on it is my age...oh well

Then we might go to lunch...Have a great Thursday everyone!


boop  - Aug 3, 2006 7:23 am (#293 of 2976)

Jewel, Healing charms for your aunt. Glad to hear her recovery is going good.

Loopy, Glad you feel you made the right decision. Glad you got more money.

Julie, I will keep your mum in my prayers. Lets hope the doctors are wrong. (((HUGS)))

Madam Pince, Jim is doing just fine. He hasn't changed, lots of fun to be with.

Have a great day everyone!! Stay Cool too!

hugs always


Edit: Finn, (((BIG HUGS))), sorry to hear about your grandma. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.


haymoni  - Aug 3, 2006 7:28 am (#294 of 2976)

Finn - so sorry about your grandmother. I am glad that you were able to know her. So many kids these days don't even get to see their grandparents, let alone know that they like cards and crossword puzzles. My children have not had that privilege, as my mother passed away at 58. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now, but she'll always be right there with you.

Better Groundskeeper Willie than Boxcar Willie!


Madam Pince  - Aug 3, 2006 7:50 am (#295 of 2976)

I actually saw Boxcar Willie in his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville when we were on our way to Disneyland. Very scruffy-looking man, as I recall.

Sympathies to you and your family, Finn, on the loss of your grandmother. I know you will miss her, but as haymoni said it is so great that you have wonderful memories of her. We will be thinking of you.

As for your memories of that Gathering picture, "vague" is about right -- a good description of me.

Snuffles, I hope the doctors are wrong about your mom -- we will be keeping you and her in our thoughts as well.

Way to go Loopy, on the decision! How did you ever decide so quickly? Sounds like an excellent choice, and how great that it's behind you now. I would've probably agonized for days. Bonus -- now that they know you're such a valuable commodity, you might even get more little perks along the way -- woo-hoo! (Ask for a bigger office and a new desk chair.)


Solitaire  - Aug 3, 2006 8:33 am (#296 of 2976)

Finn, I am so sorry to hear about your grandma. I was very close to my mom's mom--she left us in '89--and it was quite literally a year or more before I stopped reaching for the phone to call her every time I was happy, sad, scared, or excited. I spent huge chunks of my early childhood living with her and my aunt and cousin. Growing up, I used to talk to her 2-3 times a week, right up to the last couple of weeks. I lost my own dad last summer, and I still frequently refer to him in the present, as though he were still here with us. It's never easy ... You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Snuffles, your mom is also in my prayers.



Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 3, 2006 8:37 am (#297 of 2976)

Finn, I am truly sorry to hear about your grandmother. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.


Julie Aronson - Aug 3, 2006 9:16 am (#298 of 2976)

You have my sympathies, Finn...

Congrats, Loopy! Isn't it great to feel appreciated?

Good thoughts wherever else they're needed!


Finn BV  - Aug 3, 2006 10:07 am (#299 of 2976)

Thanks, all.

Snuffles, my best to your mother.

Loopy, glad they suddenly felt the need for you.

Happy RotD.


Holly T. - Aug 3, 2006 10:09 am (#300 of 2976)

Finn, I'm so sorry about your grandmother.

Healing charms to Jewel's aunt and Mediwitch's husband (and anyone else who needs them).

Congrats to Loopy Lupin!

Congrats to Tazzy for her teaching assignment.

I am not ready for school to start--my kids go back on the 15th--my daughter is ready--having not been home all summer, she is anxious to see her friends. My son could care less if he ever goes to school again, LOL.
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Good Evans  - Aug 3, 2006 10:19 am (#301 of 2976)

Julie (Snuffles) - My best wishes for your mum, lets keep our fingers crossed that they are wrong. And if they are right, well positive attitude and you never know where that will take you!

Finn - I am so sorry for your loss. You will have some wonderful memories that you will share with all of your family in weeks, months and years to come. Treasure them.

I went to college today, and managed to get HP in to the marketing discussion we were having. We were talking about markets and demand, why do people buy hardbacked books. I mentioned the "must have factor" The lecturer asked me to explain and the whole room cracked up as I explained I would be there at 00.01 on release day picking up my final installment of HP. My lecturer’s face was classic, however he recovered himself to explain what I good example that was!

I then completely fell apart during the afternoon presentation as I was in a group that had been discussing differentiation in market prices and products, I was having to explain about booze cruisers not wanting any frills, and heaven knows what came over me but I just started to giggle and couldn't stop. It was a few minutes before I collected myself enough to continue.... I don’t know what was in the coffee today!!!

have a great rest of day everyone. Hugs to all who need them (or just want one!)



Loopy Lupin - Aug 3, 2006 10:36 am (#302 of 2976)

Way to go Loopy, on the decision! How did you ever decide so quickly? Sounds like an excellent choice, and how great that it's behind you now. I would've probably agonized for days.-- Madam Pince

Two days was all the agony I could stand.

Sorry about your Grandmum, Finn.


Prefect Marcus  - Aug 3, 2006 10:43 am (#303 of 2976)



Denise P.  - Aug 3, 2006 10:44 am (#304 of 2976)

Howdy Marcus, long time, no see! How are things going with you?

Loopy...woo hoo!! Of course they pay more to keep you around. Every place needs comic relief.

Finn, sorry to hear about your grandma.


Madam Pince  - Aug 3, 2006 10:57 am (#305 of 2976)

Don't you just hate it when Marcus comes in and totally dominates the conversation? Just talk-talk-talk.... Tee-hee! ****waves at Prefect Marcus**** How've you been? We've missed you!

Nathan Zimmerman, I meant to mention your picture too -- not at all as I imagined you, (probably the moustache), but I am still cracking up at the idea of you getting "hit on / flirted with" by somebody as old as my mother! Too funny!


azi - Aug 3, 2006 10:59 am (#306 of 2976)

Prefect Marcus is back? **waves** 👏

Finn, I am sorry to hear about your grandma! I hope you'll be ok! *hugs*

Snuffles, sending you charms hoping the test results come back negative.

Julie (GE), sounds like you're having fun at 'school'!

Hope you have fun at the teaching placement, Tazzy!

Apologies to anyone I missed.


geauxtigers  - Aug 3, 2006 11:22 am (#307 of 2976)

Back from the doc and it actually went by fast, so we had lunch with my grannie after. I have a hair cut for 2, so I'm home only briefly. My hair just needs a trim...fun stuff. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1242194059

Snuffles Julie, healing charms and prayers to your family as well. Hopefully the results will come back negative. **Hugs to Finn and Julie**

Its blazing hot here now...I think I need to get some ice and put it in the dog's bowl, its just so hot, poor thing has to be outside when we are gone. I feel so bad, she is curled up on my bed giving me puppy eyes...I guess I need to go give her some attention!

Ginny's internet isn't working and we have no clue why. I'm so tired of this internet that I can hardly see straight.

Oh and welcome back Prefect Marcus!

Tomorrow is Friday!


Prefect Marcus  - Aug 3, 2006 11:32 am (#308 of 2976)

Please excuse me for a while. I am having difficulty with World Crossing.

They keep insisting that I am a fully-paid premium provisional member and that I need to pay to become a fully-paid premium provisional member.

If my avatar suddenly appears, you will know that they've worked out the kinks. In the meantime, I suspect I need to respect the 10-post rule.



kaykay1970  - Aug 3, 2006 11:39 am (#309 of 2976)

Sorry to hear about your loss Finn. ((hugs))

Sending healing charms to Snuffles mom.


Loopy Lupin - Aug 3, 2006 11:45 am (#310 of 2976)

Well, as I live and breathe!!! Howdy Marcus! Long time no see.


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 3, 2006 11:46 am (#311 of 2976)

(((Hugs to Finn))

Healing charms to all in need.


Prefect Marcus  - Aug 3, 2006 11:57 am (#312 of 2976)

Hi, Loopy, Madame Pince, Denise, et al. I just wanted to pop in to say 'hi', and it is turning into a major production with World Crossing.

My account got deleted while I was gone so I had to re-register. Thankfully nobody poached it.

Anyway, I paid for Premium Membership but World Crossing keeps insisting that I am a provisional member. So I get the star but not the avatar. Also, I suspect I'm limited to ten posts, as well.

So what has happened to me since I last was here. I got my third grand-child, so I've caught up with Boop; or at least where she was a year ago. I will be traveling to Arizona on the 20th to see the baby blessed.

I got the part of Capt. Cococran in a local production of HMS Pinafore. We start rehearsals in two weeks. It should be fun.


Kip Carter - Aug 3, 2006 12:17 pm (#313 of 2976)

Marcus, welcome back. The reason that World Crossing (WX) probably has you as a provisional member is that you have not followed the procedures for verifying your email address. Having a Premium membership is completely separate from the provisional status. You can check in Change password or preferences to see how long your Premium membership is valid.

Going back to your provisional member issue, I believe that the WX system automatically places a member in provisional until the system is update via your email and that a few months ago when WX started experiencing email problems, Sysop Judy started changing by hand those who contacted her from provisional to regular. Maybe you should ask her to change your status to regular. Check the threads on the World Crossing Support Forum while it is working. Best of luck on getting results.

Now let's see if age and being away from our sharp minds has ruined yours! Are you sure that you are not an unregistered Animagus as a bear and you have been hibernating? Then again, even bears don't hibernate that long!


Detail Seeker  - Aug 3, 2006 12:21 pm (#314 of 2976)

Marcus, fine to see you back aboard. Congrats to the strengthened next generation. To delete a paying member..... What is it they are doing ?

Condolences, Finn ! Thanks for the recap of JKR´s readings. Somehow, alas, I did get the feeling, that you actively spoilt any chance of being allowed to talk other Forumers. But as I do not know your mother, I may be very wrong.

Thanks for your recap, too, Stephanie M.

Best strengthening charms to all those, who need them right now.

Loopy, this game can only be played once in one firm, next time you have to change.


Tazzygirl - Aug 3, 2006 12:35 pm (#315 of 2976)

**healing charms and strengthening charms to Snuffles' mom and family**

(((((((HUGS)))))) to Finn and his family.

Welcome back, Prefect Marcus!

I've got a pounding headache, and I am off to the zoo with the kiddies. yeay.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1242194059

**sending cooling charms to those who need it!**

Thanks again for all the well-wishes!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



Prefect Marcus  - Aug 3, 2006 1:23 pm (#316 of 2976)


Actually I have followed the check email -> click link -> login -> still provisional until you check email -> check email -> click link -> login -> still provisional until you check email -> check email -> click link ->... infinite loop about ten to twelve times. (What was that definition of insanity again?)

I have posted on the support forum AND sent an email to the support address. Hopefully they will get a clue soon.



Finn BV  - Aug 3, 2006 2:06 pm (#317 of 2976)

Thanks again, everybody. As Dumbledore said, "To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." (This is my absolute favorite line from the series.) So, we're doing okay. A little low, but we're all right. She died at the side of my dad's brother and sister, and her caretaker who we employed about two and a half years ago when she was confined to a wheelchair or walker. She has been incredible.

Prefect Marcus, welcome back, and congrats on your grandchild!

Somehow, alas, I did get the feeling, that you actively spoilt any chance of being allowed to talk other Forumers. But as I do not know your mother, I may be very wrong. --Detail Seeker

I'm sorry, Immo, but I don't entirely understand what you mean. By trying to make up a story that it could possibly be a Forumer I lost it? And, alas, I completely understand my mother's decision. My parents and I always get along, so there are no hard feelings anyway.


Stephanie M.  - Aug 3, 2006 2:10 pm (#318 of 2976)

No problem on giving the detailed recap. I probably would have done it the second I got home anyway.

Sorry to hear about your grandma, Finn. I'm glad that she had a great 87th birthday party with her family! *hugs*

I hope you receive only good news, Snuffles!

**healing charms to everyone, and everything that needs it**

**tons of rain charms to those who need to cool down, and get water**

Welcome Back Marcus!

Hope your headache gets better... and not worse, Kristina.


The giant squid  - Aug 3, 2006 2:28 pm (#319 of 2976)

Finn, my condolences to you and your family. As you mentioned, though, your grandmother had been losing interest in her usual favorite activities for some time, so she was clearly preparing herself for that next great adventure. While the sense of loss is still there, knowing that she was prepared (or at least wasn't taken suddenly) lessens the sting somewhat.

Actually I have followed the check email -> click link -> login -> still provisional until you check email -> check email -> click link -> login -> still provisional until you check email -> check email -> click link ->... infinite loop about ten to twelve times.--Prefect Marcus

Welcome back, Marcus. It sounds like your time turner's stuck in the "on" position. Hopefully you & WX can get this straightened out soon and you can get back to being your usual chatty self.



boop  - Aug 3, 2006 4:11 pm (#320 of 2976)

Prefect Marcus, Welcome Back!!! We missed you. Congrats to your grandchildren. I have 4 and one on the way due in Nov...

Tazzy, I hope your headache goes away soon.

Hugs Always



Chemyst - Aug 3, 2006 4:14 pm (#321 of 2976)

Condolences on the passing of your grandmother, Finn. It was nice she had her family around her.

Thanks for the Evening with H, C, & G reading update Stephanie. Well done!

Marcus who?   **has foggy memory of a Pansy/Harry 'shipper**


Prefect Marcus  - Aug 3, 2006 4:26 pm (#322 of 2976)

Putting your open bottles of HCl and NH4OH next to each other again, eh Chemyst?


timrew - Aug 3, 2006 4:29 pm (#323 of 2976)

Finn. Sorry about your grandmother. Grief is universal. Oh, God, I don't know what to say..................if you need me, Finn, or anyone else on this kooky site, we're all rooting for you.............

Welcome back, Marcus. Long time, no hear...................!


dizzy lizzy  - Aug 3, 2006 4:37 pm (#324 of 2976)

Just a quick note before I dash off to work !!!

I'm pleased to hear jewel's aunt has stabilised.

Finn: here is a ((HUG)) from me. I'm sorry to hear of your sad news.

Prefect Marcus: I believe we haven't "met" yet! Welcome back!

Waves to everyone else as she dashes out the door!!!!



Catherine  - Aug 3, 2006 5:09 pm (#325 of 2976)


Tons o'news.

Loopy, congrats on deciding to be well paid and stayed put. Enjoy....and don't get too uppity now that you know I'd put in a counter-offer for ya.

Marcus, I know you are just going to enjoy this, but...welcome back. I've gotten flabby and lazy without my usual sparring partner.

Everyone else--I send you good luck and good times. I'm sunburned and sore from spending the entire day at Water Country in Williamsburg, VA.

Condolences to Finn--I'm sorry to hear that such a great lady has passed, and I send your family the best.


Jewel  - Aug 3, 2006 5:19 pm (#326 of 2976)

Sorry about your grandmother Finn, ((HUGS)) to you and your family.


Kneazle  - Aug 3, 2006 5:34 pm (#327 of 2976)
Edited by Aug 3, 2006 5:35 pm

Finn~ I lost my grandmother two years ago, we knew it was coming also. It still didn't lessen the pain. She was my hero, and the only thing that was good about knowing that her time was at an end, was being able to let her know that she was. One grandchild to another,SmileyCentral.com


Prefect Marcus  - Aug 3, 2006 6:06 pm (#328 of 2976)

Please to make your acquaintance, Lizzy.

I thank thee for thy fair words, Catherine. (BTW, I saw the 1976 Richard Burton/Elizabeth Taylor version last Saturday. It made me think of you.) I've missed our sparring, as well. I see Weeny Owl and Chemyst are still posting. How about Tolme?



HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 3, 2006 10:26 pm (#329 of 2976)

Condolences and (((HUGS))) from the HHs to you, Finn. It sounds as though she was a great lady.

Snuffles, prayers and healing charms for your mom and a favorable result.

Congratulations, Prefect, on your third grandchild!

**waves to kaykay**



geauxtigers  - Aug 3, 2006 11:12 pm (#330 of 2976)

Its back!! Yay! woo hoo! Well I was just checking before I went to bed, so now I'm off to bed!

Night all!


azi - Aug 4, 2006 3:40 am (#331 of 2976)

Prefect Marcus- I haven't seen Tolme around for a while. Unless they changed their name.

Continuing the hugs of condolence and happy thoughts to everyone in need.

I tend to find that people become more philosphical about death as they get older. My grandma was telling us where all her bank accounts were for when she died and my mum started crying. Her reply - 'It's no use you crying, I'm the one who's going to die!' Last week she discovered she'd had cataracts for four years. She decided that since she's had them so long and been fine, her eyes would probably last her out without her having to have an operation. That sort of view make me love my grandma more.

But anyway, I'm stuck at home waiting for a parcel from Amazon. I'm fed up of waiting.

**sits impatiently**


Chemyst - Aug 4, 2006 5:09 am (#332 of 2976)

I haven't seen Tolme around for a while. Unless they changed their name. – azi

 — Well, considering that her name used to be Tomoé...   No, she hasn't posted regularly in any of 2006.

It's good to see you are still at the top of your game, Marcus. I'll put a stopper in those bottles and send you a hearty 'Welcome back and congratulations Grandpa!'


kaykay1970  - Aug 4, 2006 5:16 am (#333 of 2976)

The Little Guy is still sleeping and everyone else has gone to school. I'm going to take a moment to enjoy the peace and quiet. Ahhhh!

**waves back to Maria**


Lavandula - Aug 4, 2006 5:54 am (#334 of 2976)

Good morning everyone. I couldn't get the Internet to work last night, so I am just now catching up.

Finn- My condolences to you and your family. Enjoy the memories of your grandmother. I lost my grandmother when I was about 14 (many years ago), and I can still clearly recall her face, her voice, and many hours together. They never really leave you. What was that line DD once said... Something about I will never truly be gone while there are those here who are loyal to me? Sorry can't quite recall the exact words.

Hi Marcus!

Chemyst-Thanks for the explanation of "w00t". I need a little cybertalk help.

Snuffles-I am sending prayers for your mother that all will go well.

The painting project in the garage is almost complete. I just need to clean the bugs and one year of dirt off the windows then tackle the steps to the basement with waterproofing paint. I can't wait for those 'lovely' fumes.

It's cooler today!!!

Have an awesome and beautiful day everyone (or night to the Eastern Hemisphere)!



jose043  - Aug 4, 2006 6:16 am (#335 of 2976)

Hi Finn

Our sympathy to you & your family on the loss of your Grandmother.


Josephine & Anne


Marie E.  - Aug 4, 2006 7:18 am (#336 of 2976)

Welcome back, Marcus! There was a "Is Lupin Wickham or Willoughby" discussion not too long ago that made me think of you. I think it's on the Lupin thread.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Finn.

We finally got ahold of my mother-in-law and my children Wednesday night. The trick was to leave the house and go out to dinner. Naturally they called twice while we were gone. They decided the easiest way to bring the girls back is for Mr. E to fly out there and fly back with them. He wanted to fly back the night before school starts. I asked him, "Have you met your daughters?" Shayla might be okay with coming home after being gone for a month and then starting school right away, but Lexie would definitely freak out. I convinced him to fly home on Tuesday, the 15th instead. Even then, they only get one day home before school starts.

Happy RoTD!


Madam Pince  - Aug 4, 2006 9:24 am (#337 of 2976)

LOL, Marie! Wow, that seems like an awfully early start to the school year! Still too hot to be sitting in class!

I miss Tomoe. Her posts were so insightful! Maybe as the summer winds down we will get more returnees a la Marcus.

Gina, is that photo you posted on another thread of you at Disney World? Somehow I can't quite picture you and Severus vacationing at the Happiest Place On Earth.... I would think he might "crucio" anyone bouncing past in a fairy princess costume or mouse suit.... and I can't begin to imagine his reaction to the Country Bear Jamboree.... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042


azi - Aug 4, 2006 9:28 am (#338 of 2976)

The question is, where do I recognise the name Tolmoe from? **thinks** But yes, I remember Tomoe.

Hope you have a nice time without the kids, Marie!


haymoni  - Aug 4, 2006 10:31 am (#339 of 2976)

As more info about Book 7 is released, I think we'll see more folks return to "the flock".

Hubby is home painting our new shutters. Our windows looked really bare without them - they seemed to be eyes that were missing their eyelashes!

Ungrateful Son & The Beautifulest One have been invited to the same party - my son is mortified that his 5-year-old sister will be there. Apparently the child hosting the party has a younger sibling that is in my daughter's class and wants her to come along. This should be interesting!

Hope everyone has a great Friday.


Madam Pince  - Aug 4, 2006 11:18 am (#340 of 2976)

Just got finished booking reservations for a camping trip with Mr. Pince's relatives in October. It was like herding cats. Whew! Glad we finally got everyone to agree on something and now it's set.

Mr. Pince went outside this morning to retrieve a parcel left at our door by the UPS man, and found a lovely little garter snake curled around the box. I'm glad he was the one getting the box and not me! Harmless snake, but still. I remember that there was one out there a couple years ago when Little Pince was just starting to take wobbly steps -- I snatched him up quickly just as soon as I saw it that time! Makes me wonder about poor little baby Harry getting left on a doorstep -- eeeewwwww! Could've been all sorts of nasties.

Woo-hoo on the new shutters! I love shutters. I've been trying to get my Mom to put them on her house -- I agree about the "lashless" look. But she says they'd just be one more hassle of something to have to paint and maintain.

Enjoy the RotD! They promised us cooler weather today, but so far haven't seen it. Not a drop of rain yet.


DJ Evans  - Aug 4, 2006 11:48 am (#341 of 2976)

Happy Friday everyone! Sure wish it was a wet & rainy Friday but alas earwax it's not -- just hot & humid. ***sign***

Fin: I am so sorry to hear of your Grandmother's passing. ((((hugs)))) May it bring you comfort in knowing that there are so many of us with you & your family in our hearts & prayers. Just remember, she will always be there in your heart & your memories. Her spirit will forever live within you & never be far away.

Sending healing charms to all those who are in need.

Welcome back Marcus! Long time no see.....good to have you back!

Hopes the package azi is "impatiently" waiting for is something good -- then it will be worth the waiting.....right?

Cathy: The painting project in the garage is almost complete. I just need to clean the bugs and one year of dirt off the windows then tackle the steps to the basement with waterproofing paint. I can't wait for those 'lovely' fumes. Handy Hint -- try putting some Vanilla Extract in the paint. I've heard it helps with the "lovely" fumes!

Ooo, I agree windows without shutters just look, well bare. They really dress up a house I think.

I see the movie Barnyard starts today. I just might have to go see that one, sure looks like it will be good. The concept reminds me so much of the old Gary Larson cartoon The Far Side -- which I still miss, by the way.

Later, Deb


azi - Aug 4, 2006 11:54 am (#342 of 2976)

Deb - the good news is the package has arrived! It was a book about Copenhagen, a German Phrasebook and an Environmental Chemistry book. Looking at the phrasebook, I already know a lot of it (although I may forget in time of need) and the Chemistry book was sending me to sleep just flicking through it! I'm enjoying walking around the house speaking German though.

Sending rain charms!

Madam Pince - you shouldn't worry about snakes in England. I've never **quickly touches wood repeatedly** seen one in the wild. Spiders and bugs are another matter...


Good Evans  - Aug 4, 2006 11:54 am (#343 of 2976)

OOOHHHH we are back up - hooray!

have a great day everyone - I shall sidle in to the chat room in a bit - hope someone is around for a friday night chat!


Loopy Lupin - Aug 4, 2006 1:16 pm (#344 of 2976)

Loopy, this game can only be played once in one firm, next time you have to change. -- Detail Seeker

Wise words. But, I have said and will say again, I know that game and wasn't trying to play it. I told the current boss I was leaving and expected to leave; I just didn't expect to be wooed back so forcefully. If another opportunity comes along, I will expect that current boss will say "good luck to you" which will be fine because I wouldn't mention it unless I was ready to take it. Just not me style.


The giant squid  - Aug 4, 2006 1:51 pm (#345 of 2976)

You have my sympathies with the wait, azi. I recently ordered something by way of UPS and found out their delivery "window" is 9AM to 7PM--they guarantee you'll get your package sometime that day. That is, of course, unless they drop it at the house at the opposite end of the block... The numbers aren't even similar (we're at 880, they delivered it to 982).

Still, that's better than FedEx. Last summer I shipped a large number of boxes from North Dakota to my home here in Nevada. Since we expected the boxes to get here before we did, we listed my mother-in-law's address for delivery (she lives a couple blocks away). Half of them arrived, the other half didn't. The next day, my M-I-L goes to our house to water plants & finds the rest of the boxes, dumped on the ground just inside our gate. It's a good thing she did, too, as about 20 minutes after she got there a huge downpour started up. Those boxes and their contents (the bulk of my comic book collection--very vulnerable to water) would have been destroyed.

Now, here's where the fun comes in. She called FedEx immediately, and they said that if the boxes were delivered incorrectly we were entitled to a refund. Great. What followed was almost three months of visiting FedEx facilities here in town ("Oh, we don't deal with that. You want the FedEx Ground facility." "Oh, we can't deal with that here. You need to call our corporate office.") and phone calls & e-mails to their corporate office(s) before the claim was finally dealt with. I've vowed never to deal with them again--the mistake I could live with, they happen, it's the shoddy, chaotic, mismanaged way they handled it that turned me off to them.

Whew, sorry for the year-old rant. I guess there's still some pent-up anger there. Umm...enjoy your Friday!



Madam Pince  - Aug 4, 2006 1:59 pm (#346 of 2976)

***hands Squid Mike a Butterbeer***

***toddles off to take my Geritol***


azi - Aug 4, 2006 2:18 pm (#347 of 2976)

That doesn't sound nice, Squid Mike! My order was to be delivered in 'between 2 - 5 days'. So, three days of waiting. The worst company we have had dealings with tries to deliver goods once, with a certain day specification, and if you happen to miss them they won't try again - you have to drive 20 miles to their depot and collect it from them.

It's good to rant.


geauxtigers  - Aug 4, 2006 2:24 pm (#348 of 2976)

Just checking in real quick, I'm going out of town this weekend as a last minute thing so I'll be back Sunday. Have a great Weekend everyone!

Happy Friday!


John Bumbledore  - Aug 4, 2006 2:53 pm (#349 of 2976)

Sticker of Dumbledore thinking.*Crack!* (as I apparate in to the chat thread).

Wanted to wish everyone a good weekend ( even those who have already started their's )

Sympathies to Finn and anyone else who has had a loss.

Did I miss any birthdays or other happy announcements? Congratulations if there are any.... Oh! I remember! Loopy got a counter offer! I think it's good to be appreciated.

So much going on, I can't keep up. Pardon my brevity as I disapparate to go home. Sorry I can't stay and chat. I just wanted to pop let you all know I'm still around. Ta ta!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore
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Edit: The above list (just point and see the name) of smiles came from the post form on the web crossing neighbors site, so I found one good thing from that research..

** Okay, so I am somewhat obsessive about making smiles available for everyone. Maybe no-one will notice? **


Mediwitch  - Aug 4, 2006 5:59 pm (#350 of 2976)

Julie, I hope your mother is OK. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ((((HUGS))))

Oh, Finn, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. (((((HUGS)))) Where in CT are you going?

Prefect Marcus, when you were last here I was on "lurker" status: welcome back.

We've had very exciting news - we are buying land to build a house on one of our very favorite roads in town!!! w00t!!! *jumping up and down* Of course, I've spent the last few days with the phone permanently attached to my ear talking to the owners, the bank and the lawyers, but it's well worth it!

EDIT: Thanks, Kristina! You'll have a blast with the Kindergarten. I love the fresh perspective the really little kiddoes bring. They are so open. I used to work in Birth-to-Three, but I've been away from that for a while. This summer I've been working with a little guy who just turned three in June, so he now gets services through the school district, and I'm having loads of fun with him!
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Tazzygirl - Aug 4, 2006 6:08 pm (#351 of 2976)

That's exciting, Mediwitch!!! Yeay!

I have spent most of today getting ready for the school semester and covering the student teaching requirements. Oh! I received a new email from my mentor teachers- each semester of this program I am in is divided up into two sections for student teaching. A couple days ago I told you all that I would be student teaching second graders for the first half (8 weeks) of the semester. Today I got notice that the last 8 weeks of the semester I will be student teaching kindergartners (the little ones). As I have never taught/ had experience with any grades under 5th grade, this is going to be an interesting semester... w00t!!

Hope you all are having a fabulous RotD/N (and a great weekend!)



Madam Pince  - Aug 4, 2006 6:35 pm (#352 of 2976)

Congrats on the new land, Mediwitch! How exciting to be able to begin to start plans on a new home! I looooove planning houses! Looking at houseplan books is such a great time! Have fun!

Tazzy, that's great news, too! I hope I will be able to rely on your expertise that you will pick up teaching kindergarten -- tips, we need tips over here!

Everyone enjoy the RotD/N!


Finn BV  - Aug 4, 2006 7:01 pm (#353 of 2976)

Once again, thanks to all of you for your kind words and prayers. It's a bit daunting to think about, but everything will be fine. Thank you.

Squid Mike, my dad about had it with FedEx when his piano teacher and close friend died, and he tried to send a number of his teacher's pieces of music across the country to his only remaining relative, his cousin. They lost everything and did not get it back.

Mediwitch, I'll be in Washington/Washington Depot. My school owns about 165 acres up there. (See my measley description from the old chat thread.) And congrats on the new land purchase!!

Went to see My Super Ex-Girlfriend tonight. Not for little ones. It was rather amusing. My dad hated it, I thought it was okay, better for the more romantic comedy-obsessed crowd. Uma Thurman was good and Luke Wilson was alright. I liked the co-worker Hannah, but I don't know who played her. Anybody else seen it?


Mediwitch  - Aug 4, 2006 7:09 pm (#354 of 2976)

Finn! You will only be about 45 minutes away from me!! I'll wave down that way to you. One of our close friends was born and raised in Washington.


Holly T. - Aug 4, 2006 8:04 pm (#355 of 2976)

Congrats on the land Mediwitch!

I don't remember if it was FedEx or UPS but I do remember our mail clerk at work coming in to tell me he was having trouble shipping the package I had asked him to ship to Hong Kong as the confused employee of whichever shipping company he was dealing with was insisting that Hong Kong was in Japan.

Once over a particularly harrowing Christmas break I had a printer in Canada calling me at home asking where the project I had had shipped before I left for break was and I learned that if you call FedEx enough times and keep asking to speak to someone else eventually they will find you someone who will track a package for you even if you don't have the tracking number--they were finally able to find it since I knew where it had been shipped from, where it had been (allegedly) shipped to, when it had been shipped, etc. They found it, whew.

We also had a truck bringing books from a printer in North Carolina that wrecked and caught on fire, so when paranoid authors ask me "what else can go wrong" I'm like "you have no idea."

Actually on topic! We were told by one of the printers we use that if we missed our deadline for a book they wouldn't be able to get to our project for another six weeks as their presses were going to be busy--printing OotP!

Note: none of the books I work on are anywhere near as interesting as the Harry Potter books. All non-fiction.


Elanor  - Aug 4, 2006 11:07 pm (#356 of 2976)

Finn, so sorry to hear about your grandmother as well! (((((((HUG)))))))

Congrats Tazzy! I hope you'll have lots of fun! I have worked a bit with very young kids when I was a student teacher: it can be very interesting and funny sometimes, but I prefer teaching kids a bit older: things were going a bit too slowly for my taste with kids that age.

I was re-reading PS/SS and I was wondering about some details so I thought I would ask the British forumers about them here! The questions are a bit weird but when talking of symbolism and HP...
First, when it comes to gardening, is the product used against slugs and snails more commonly called "slug pellet" or "snail pellet"?

I was also wondering about mint humbugs sweets' color: are they green or red? (Now, that's a good question, isn't it? )


Have a great night / start of weekend everybody!



Snuffles  - Aug 5, 2006 12:18 am (#357 of 2976)

Finn, I am sorry to hear about your grandmother ((hugs))

Kristina, I have a friend who teaches kindergarten, she absolutely adores it. She says, how she teaches them now will set the ground on how much they will want to learn later.

azi, glad your parcel finally arrived!

Elanor, it is known as a slug pellet, but it gets rid of snails too! The mint humbugs, I think are black and white striped. I may be wrong on that one though!

Mediwitch, congrats on your land purchase, I hope everything goes smoothly.

**waves to John Bumbledore**

Oh well, I can't put it off any longer, I am going to go and get ready. Hubby is taking us mountain biking. I'm sure my legs will pay later!

Have a good weekend



Good Evans  - Aug 5, 2006 12:22 am (#358 of 2976)


Slug pellets,
umm and mint humbugs are usually dark brown with a white / cream stripe (I dont know why!!)

Hey Squid Mike - you just come down off that fence and tell us what you think about Fedex!!!!!!!! - using one of Johns smilies!!

have a great day all - good news from Tazzy and Mediwitch I think it was. Hurrah's to you both!

Enjoy the bike ride Julie!


TwinklingBlueEyes  - Aug 5, 2006 1:03 am (#359 of 2976)

John, I noticed, with glasses and nose touching screen. Great way to do the smilies!

10 points to your house!


The giant squid  - Aug 5, 2006 1:55 am (#360 of 2976)

I liked the co-worker Hannah, but I don't know who played her.--Finn BV

That was Anna Faris, best known for playing Cindy (the lead) in the Scary Movie movies. She was also the spoiled rock star in Just Friends and the best friend in The Hot Chick.

C'mon, you knew I'd know.



Finn BV  - Aug 5, 2006 5:45 am (#361 of 2976)

Mike, I decided not to be lazy and I went to look it up. Thanks though.

We're going out to Long Island, where my grandparents are flying in to see my new cousin, and we'll have a partial celebration of my birthday. Won't be back until tomorrow! I hope there aren't any JKR Site updates that I miss!


Tazzygirl - Aug 5, 2006 10:42 am (#362 of 2976)

Thanks everybody! Madam P.- I'll keep you posted on what I learn. Kindergarten and second grade are kind of daunting to me, as I really wanted to focus on teaching sixth through eighth grade Special Education- ages 10-13. I am thinking that this program allows you to teach at the different grade levels each semester. We shall see!

Hope you have a great time in Long Island, Finn!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



Good Evans  - Aug 5, 2006 10:48 am (#363 of 2976)

I recall that it is coming up Finn, is it Monday? Well happy birthday for whenever it is this week and I hope you have a nice "early" party with the family.


I Am Used Vlad  - Aug 5, 2006 11:04 am (#364 of 2976)

Finn's birthday is Monday. As you may recall, he used to be fbv807.

Sorry about your Grandmother, Finn.

Hi, everyone else.

Welcome back, Marcus.


Kneazle  - Aug 5, 2006 2:02 pm (#365 of 2976)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

For all who are interested, the new trivia list is up Here. Sorry if it's not up to snuff.


Madam Pince  - Aug 5, 2006 3:01 pm (#366 of 2976)

****waves at Vlad**** Where have you been??????

Little Pince just came in a little while ago and said "Whew! It's daggone hot out there!" And so it is. Bleahhhhh....

Off to make Three-Bean-Salad for a family picnic tomorrow. Probably nobody will eat any, which is fine with me. More for us. Enjoy the RotD!


Denise P.  - Aug 5, 2006 3:18 pm (#367 of 2976)

Howdy Sam! I was just thinking of you the other day and wondering where you were.


boop  - Aug 5, 2006 5:49 pm (#368 of 2976)

HI Sam, good to see you back. You have been missed. Hope to see more of you.

hugs always



Lilly P  - Aug 5, 2006 6:01 pm (#369 of 2976)

Hi to all!!! I'm here in Boise on my vacation and am having a blast! My parents do not have Internet so I'm sorry that I haven't been around. I'm afraid that I had to use the magic button and skip like 400+ post, so appropriate charms to all who need them and happy birthdays and anniversaries and such to everyone as well. I LOVE visiting home and have been house hunting for when we move here in December. We have been camping and going to new restaurants and next weekend I'm going to see my FAVORITE band "Reckless Kelly" do a reunion show! I'm so excited! (for anyone interested in rock/country/with a little bit of blues check out this band on their website!) Anyway, I have so much to catch up on, I hope this post finds you all well and enjoying the end of summer. -Lilly


boop  - Aug 5, 2006 6:19 pm (#370 of 2976)

Lilly welcome back, sounds like you had a nice vacation.

I Want to Welcome all new members to the forum. This is a great forum, very friendly so come on and join in.

hugs always



Marie E.  - Aug 5, 2006 9:01 pm (#371 of 2976)

Hi Sam!

Seems like we've made it through one whole day without rain. I've probably just jinxed it, though, because it's only 10pm.


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 5, 2006 9:10 pm (#372 of 2976)

I know this is quite late, but congratulations on your teaching placement, Kristina! I think the Kindergarteners will be adorable!

Welcome back, I Am Used Vlad. It's funny about the fvb807 but I had completely forgotten about that! (Boy, it stinks getting old )

Glad to hear your vacation is going well, Lilly.

John, at first glance, I thought you were having an emotional day!

Congratulations on the exciting news, Mediwitch! I hope all goes smoothly for you!

I am sure I've forgotten something but it is late and my brain is nearing sleep mode.

Enjoy the RotD/N everyone.


EDIT: Awww, just love the picture of Lexi, Marie P.


dizzy lizzy  - Aug 6, 2006 1:15 am (#373 of 2976)

Hey it is good to see you all!!

Welcome back sam...

Well I'm tired after walking around all weekend delivering census forms. In Australia we are having our Census of Population and Housing on the 8th August and all the forms have to be delivered to households. I've nearly finished my collection district as I have delivered 200 out of 230 forms. The rest can wait until tomorrow. Right now I'm going to drink a nice cup of Earl Grey Tea and go to bed early.

Lovely picture Marie

Talk to you all later



Elanor  - Aug 6, 2006 1:28 am (#374 of 2976)

Thank you so much for the information Snuffles and Julie!

Have a great weekend everybody!



Good Evans  - Aug 6, 2006 1:32 am (#375 of 2976)

marie - what a lovely picture!!

Nice to see you Vlad, I didnt know your name was Sam, you'll always be "vlad" to me!! And duh!! I remembered Finns old user name, but you know I never really thought about the numbers at the end!!

I shall fly out of here at lunch time today and I'll not be back til monday night, so I am happy to leave my birthday wishes early for him!

Have a lovely sunday all!!


Loopy Lupin - Aug 6, 2006 9:40 am (#376 of 2976)

LOL Dizzy Lizzy, you just jarred a memory of mine. I worked for the Census Bureau a couple of summers here in the U.S. back around 1990. One summer I went out verifying addresses and then another summer I went out to addresses from which no completed Census form had been received. It was pretty smooth sailing except when one old coot told me to "Git!" which, in the American South, is a word which means "kindly remove yourself from my property, sir." Luckily for me back then, Silence of the Lambs had not yet been released. Or maybe that was unlucky since I didn't know to be wary of anyone offering me a nice Chiante while fava beans simmered on the stove.


Tazzygirl - Aug 6, 2006 12:24 pm (#377 of 2976)

Hi Vlad!

Delivering census forms sounds interesting, Lizzy!

Thanks, Maria! I'm sure I'll have tons of cute stories to share of the students!

That's a cute picture of Lexi, Marie.

Have a wonderful trip, Good Evans! (Not sure if it is for pleasure or business, but there you go! )

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!


OOH!! We can start posting on Potty Five Words again!!! w00t!


azi - Aug 6, 2006 1:13 pm (#378 of 2976)

Ooo, census forms. Sounds fun to me (although not Loopy Lupin's experience...)!

Hope you waved at me from the plane, Good Evans!

Vlad - long time no read! Hope to see more posting soon!

I hope you don't suffer too much from Internet withdrawal, Lilly P!

A friend of mine is back from the USA. She brought me a huge yellow lollipop in the shape of a flower and a really nice card which is apparently made from plant fibre rather than trees...or something.

I am also in a good mood because the house I'm living in next year is now going to have a new bathroom, be completely repainted and have new furniture! We knew we were having a new kitchen, but this has taken us completely by surprise! To top it off, our landlord has decided that she's going to pay our electricity bill over the summer because of all the work that's happening!

**waits patiently at Potty 5 Words**


Solitaire  - Aug 6, 2006 1:34 pm (#379 of 2976)

Okay, I have to ask ... what is Potty 5 Words?

azi - Aug 6, 2006 1:36 pm (#380 of 2976)

Soli, it's a thread on the Fanfiction Forum, where each post contributes 5 words to a Harry Potter story. The number of times a person posts 5 words is added up and the person who posts the most starts the next story after one is completed.


Detail Seeker  - Aug 6, 2006 1:38 pm (#381 of 2976)

A thread on the Fan Fiction Forum. A story is told by everyone participting in this adding exactly five words at a time in random sequence. So the start of a sentence will never know, how it ends, unless it is finished within these five words.


Solitaire  - Aug 6, 2006 1:40 pm (#382 of 2976)

Oh, heavens! I never read FanFic. I guess I'll have to peek at this one, though ... it sounds fun.


Chemyst - Aug 6, 2006 1:51 pm (#383 of 2976)

**weeps uncontrollably because Soli has never read my fan fiction.**   NOT!
**what shameless promotion** Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 464751818


Solitaire  - Aug 6, 2006 1:55 pm (#384 of 2976)

LOL Chemyst! I had no idea you'd ever written any. But I may peek in and see, since I will need something to keep me busy while I am waiting for book 7.



Finn BV  - Aug 6, 2006 2:14 pm (#385 of 2976)

Hi Vlad, good to see you around! Thanks for remembering my birthday!

Lilly, glad to hear you're enjoying your vacation. Have fun at the concert!

Soli, you have to check it out! Right now we're sort of in a down time because the FanFiction Forum was doing some crazy things… so we're just finishing the end of a story that had to have two endings! But come lurk for a few days, and you'll get the hang of it!

PS: Chemyst, you'll see that we're going to end up using your "test" post anyway. Come over and see what we decided on.


Solitaire  - Aug 6, 2006 2:21 pm (#386 of 2976)

Finn, I will probably only lurk. I am not a creative writer.


geauxtigers  - Aug 6, 2006 3:16 pm (#387 of 2976)

Well we are back and I realized that being gone from the forum for 2 days wasn't as dreadful as I'd imagined! You'd think I'd be used to it by now....

Any way we got some huge shrimp and were going to boil a few on the stove. Well we walked into the grocery store and the pot on the stove became the big crawfish pot on the burner outside with lots of veggies! So we are having an awesome dinner tonight!

It rained all weekend here so on top of hot, its an outdoor suana now! YAY!

I skimmed most of the posts, so bear with me here, Congrats on the land Mediwith, welcome Back Vlad (not sure I was here last time you were here), glad you had a good vacation Lilly P, and congrats to Kristina!

I know there is more I missed, sorry!

Ugghh I go back to school a week from tomorrow...still have to read 2 books....

Oh and is 5 words still acting up?

Have a good day everyone!


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 6, 2006 3:34 pm (#388 of 2976)

Grand Isle was a blast! We stayed in one of those dinky motels, that sits about 20 feet off the ground so it doesn't flood. We called it the "Hilton from 1892" It was really old with green lineoleum (sorry about the spelling!) tile floors, but it was really clean, so we could handle it! We roasted marshmallows with my aunt lighter and made s'mores! They were really yummy! Then we all sat around with the portable DVD player and watched Shrek. We did lots of fishing and crabbing, but ended up coming home with shrimp, as all the fish were too small and we only caught 6 crabs because the surf was really rough. All in all it was a fun trip!

I didn't read any of the 69 post that awaited me so I guess this is all for now!

Have a great RotD everyone!


Finn BV  - Aug 6, 2006 4:01 pm (#389 of 2976)

Soli, come on, it's only five words at a time! I also always thought you were an English teacher. What subject do you teach then?

Tori and Ginny, welcome back! Tori, I owe you one – I knew that "Tigers Stadium sch." in the crossword puzzle was LSU thanks to your username. Glad you enjoyed your mini-vacation!

Just a reminder I'll be out all this week and will return late on Friday.


azi - Aug 6, 2006 4:04 pm (#390 of 2976)

Well, it's past midnight in the UK so... Happy Birthday Finn!
Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1609556105


Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 6, 2006 4:07 pm (#391 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Finn.


DJ Evans  - Aug 6, 2006 4:24 pm (#392 of 2976)

Just wanted to wish Finn a Happy Birthday for tomorrow before he leaves us for a week. Sure going to miss you around here.....

Congrats Mediwitch on the purchase! Now the fun begins....

Tazzy I bet you end up learning more from your "new" students than what you teach them. Kids at that age amaze me every time with what they can come up with in their brilliant little minds! lol

Welcome back Sam! Good to see you posting again.

Ginny & Tori -- sounds like you had a fabulous time. Ummmm, shrimp dinner -- Yummy! Come again? I didn't catch it ----- what time should we all be there?

azi -- Getting not only a new kitchen but a refurbished bathroom AND your electric bill paid too. Doesn't get much better than that!

Marie -- Lexie is such a cutie. Love the pose she has in that pic!

Later, Deb


geauxtigers  - Aug 6, 2006 4:25 pm (#393 of 2976)

I'll go on and say Happy Birthday to Finn in case you don't get to check the forum tomorrow! So Happy Birthday! and thats cool about the crossword puzzle, glad I helped! LOL!

Well I'm stuffed with shrimp now and mouth is on fire and my nose is running, so that means they were seasoned to perfection!

Well I need to press the magic button now, its overwhelming me!

Off to clean my room and find a lemon so my hands stop smelling like shrimp, ugg!

EDIT: Ginny & Tori -- sounds like you had a fabulous time. Ummmm, shrimp dinner -- Yummy! Come again? I didn't catch it ----- what time should we all be there? :phbt: LOL sorry ya missed it! There’s still some on the table though...they might be cold by the time you get here though! ha ha **sends shrimp to forum friends via the internet**


Marie E.  - Aug 6, 2006 4:42 pm (#394 of 2976)

Funny story about Lexie's picture. She has a hard time smiling naturally and her smiles all look very cheesy. The poor photographer was having the hardest time getting a good smile out of her. I was the one who suggested a closed mouth smile. It looks cute on her.

You all just made me hungry for shrimp!


boop  - Aug 6, 2006 4:42 pm (#395 of 2976)

Happy Early Birthday to Finn. Have a wonderful day tomorrow.

Welcome Back Ginny and Tori, sounds like you had fun.

Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always



Puck  - Aug 6, 2006 6:05 pm (#396 of 2976)

Ahh, we're home! Actually, all the hotels were booked, so we just drove straight through and got back at 6am. I got a brief nap, but that's all. Running on about 3 hours of sleep in over 36 hours.

We had a nice time with the Illinois relatives and I was completely spoiled for my birthday (which was Friday). Mr. Puck took me shopping for clothes. Then, when we got back to his folks' house, there were more presents. I got Harry's wand, a baseball hat that says "seeker" (in Gryffindor colors, of course), and a limited edition HP print! He wanted to get me the Time Turner necklace, but there weren't any available. Got to love it when the family supports your obsession.

Mr. Puck finally got to enjoy his birthday present. He spent Tuesday at the track learning to drive a race car.

Finn, happy birthday. Sorry to hear you lost your grandmother.

I was so thinking of everyone in NYC this week. Is there a thread set up telling about how everything went? Can't wait to find out all about it!

Well wishes all around. Happy special occasions missed, congratulations where they apply, and healing charms where necessary.


ps- Extreme Make-Over: Home Edition is a real tear jerker tonight! **sniff sniff**


Solitaire  - Aug 6, 2006 6:06 pm (#397 of 2976)

Welcome back, Ginny and Tori! It sounds like you had a great time. BTW, did you ever finish reading P&P?

Happy Birthday, Finn!
Actually, I didn't say I couldn't write. I just said I am not good at creative writing. My specialties are expository and personal narrative writing. I do better with the truth than I do with fantasy.



virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 6, 2006 6:20 pm (#398 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Finn!!!

I thought you deserved some hot pink on your birthday!

Soli, nope school starts in a week and I still haven't finished my second book, and Tori is nowhere near done with P&P! **panics and runs around frantically doing a spaz out dance** We do this every year, the last week of vacation we spend sitting down attempting to finish summer reading, and it has always worked. I don't think it's going to work this year. **vows not to put everything off until the last minute this year** pfff yeah right, who am I kidding??!


geauxtigers  - Aug 6, 2006 6:50 pm (#399 of 2976)

Yeah my terrible habit of putting things off has finally gotten the best of me! I'm starting to panic as I have 8 days, 3 hours and 15 minutes until I have to face these reports and I still haven't read but 52 pages of PandP and I still have to read Jeeves! **joins Ginny in panic dance** Unfortunately for me, when I get stressed I tend to avoid what needs to be done like right now, I should be reading, but what am I doing? Reading the forum...gosh high school ruined my work ethic! I never did this in middle school!

**Promises to not wait until the last possible second to do homework and summer reading for this school year** **walks off knowing this won't work**

I'm glad you had a great vacation, Kathy! and Happy Birthday to you as well!

Okay so Ginny and Soli have done large font, I guess I need to add to it in order to keep up! so Happy Birthday Finn! and Happy Birthday Kathy!


Kneazle  - Aug 6, 2006 6:57 pm (#400 of 2976)

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Happy Birthday, Finn!
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Eponine  - Aug 6, 2006 7:03 pm (#401 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Finn! (Yours is a day before mine!) How old are you now, 51? 52?

For some reason, 28 doesn't feel that much older than 27. Although, last year I'd felt like I'd gotten a whole lot older in one day.

Mr. Eponine and I were kitten-sitting for the weekend. My in-laws had a feral cat give birth near their house. My mother-in-law had been feeding the mother cat and the only surviving kitten. She'd really been hoping to catch them so she could at least get the mother cat fixed so there'd be no more kittens. Well, both cats were caught and fixed, but my mother-in-law decided to keep the kitten inside with the hopes of domesticating her. She'd been doing really well, but then the mother cat showed back up and sat at the back door yowling constantly. So, we had the kitten for the weekend. She's a very sweet cat, and Mr. Eponine really wanted to keep her, but I am unfortunately allergic. My father-in-law found a family from their church who were planning on getting a kitten this week, so they took it. I'm sure she'll be much happier with a family with children than with just me and my husband. (She's the kitten I'm holding in the picture in my profile.)

Today, I had to go to the store to pick up a few things, and on my way out of the parking lot I saw a wig lying in the road. I had to wonder what kind of circumstances lead to a wig in the road. Maybe the owner lost it in a freak windstorm, and now he's wandering the streets of small town North Carolina trying to find his hairpiece.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great RotD!


TwinklingBlueEyes  - Aug 6, 2006 7:16 pm (#402 of 2976)

"Grand Isle was a blast!"

As you went to Grand Isle, you passed within a mile of my house.

Happy Birthday Cathy and Finn!


Finn BV  - Aug 6, 2006 7:33 pm (#403 of 2976)

**falls over at enormity of 'Happy Birthday' signs** Wow, thanks!

Kathy, happy belated birthday to you and happy early birthday to Eponine. I remembered both of yours were right around mine…

Kathy, welcome back. You made out like a bandit with those presents!

Come on, Ginny and Tori, you guys can do it! If you can, pick up an Agatha Christie. I would think they should be on the reading list, plus they're easy and entertaining, and you want to get to the end. I would personally suggest either Murder on the Orient Express (also published as Murder on the Calais Coach) or And Then There Were None (also published as Ten Little Indians). My two favorites. **waves to Madam P who he remembers is an AC fan too** I'm currently reading 4.50 from Paddington and received as a birthday gift At Bertram's Hotel.

Eponine, LOL about the wig!

Enjoy the week everybody!


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 6, 2006 7:44 pm (#404 of 2976)
Edited Aug 6, 2006 8:21 pm

Welcome back, Kathy!! And Happy Belated Birthday! Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

The "Meeting Up After JKR. . ." thread has some good run-downs of the two nights in Radio City.

Running on about 3 hours of sleep in over 36 hours. And you still managed to get on the Forum and post - at least you have your priorities straight!

Finn, Happy Birthday!! (I think this is the first time I am early with something!)

LOL Eponine!


EDIT: BTW, Chemyst - I really enjoyed your shameless promotion. I should make a point to get on there more often.


Mediwitch  - Aug 6, 2006 7:54 pm (#405 of 2976)

Solitaire, if I can do Potty Five Words, so can you!

Finn, I know you're away, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! SmileyCentral.com

Welcome back to everyone who was on vacation or away for a while. (Ginny and Tori, Kathy, Sam, did I miss anyone?)


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 6, 2006 7:54 pm (#406 of 2976)

As you went to Grand Isle, you passed within a mile of my house. TBE

I didn't know you were from Louisiana too!! **waves to another cool Louisianian**

Happy birthday to Kathy and Eponine!!

Finn, I don't think there were any on there, the list only had about 15 books on it, so there wasn't much to choose from.

Back to cleaning my room, which is taking a surprisingly long time as I keep finding random stuff and looking at it trying to figure out what it is.


kaykay1970  - Aug 6, 2006 8:31 pm (#407 of 2976)
Edited Aug 6, 2006 10:01 pm

Happy birthday Finn, Eponine and Kathy!

We attended a birthday party for Mr.1970's grandmother today. Her birthday is actually the 8th and she'll be 91. We all had a great time. I probably gained 5 pounds though...

I was standing on Granny's front porch, too close to the hummingbird feeder obviously. One of the little birds zoomed through and flew into my face. Luckily my glasses kept it from colliding with my eye. It flew off so I guess it wasn't injured very badly.


Solitaire  - Aug 6, 2006 8:44 pm (#408 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Kathy and Eponine!

Finn, I love all of your suggestions for Agatha Christie. I ordered Murder on the Orient Express for my 7th graders, but we didn't get to it last year, alas. Well, I did, but the kids didn't. I love all of the Miss Marple stories, but my favorites are Murder at the Vicarage, Sleeping Murder, and Nemesis. I got turned onto her by watching a Mystery! version of The 4.50 from Paddington and ordered some novels, which are all great. For Christmas this year, I am requesting all of the PBS Miss Marple episodes on DVD ... the ones starring Joan Hickson, who I think is THE BEST Miss Marple ever! (BTW, Bertram's is good, too!)

You know, I would love to see David Suchet do a remake of Orient Express. Albert Finney's portrayal is just too "big" for my idea of Poirot. Suchet is Poirot, if you ask me!

Another favorite of mine is on Mystery! tonight ... Morse! It's a rerun, of course, since Dexter killed off Morse in The Remorseful Day. **sigh**



Marie E.  - Aug 6, 2006 10:10 pm (#409 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Finn, Kathy, and Eponine!!!

After some help from our dear Denise, I have a recent family picture in my profile. It was taken just a few weeks ago at my sister's house. Lexie's hair is not really pink. She's wearing a clip with a hair piece thingy on it. And I am notorious for blinking in pictures so you can see I am either about to blink or have just blinked.


Ponine  - Aug 6, 2006 10:35 pm (#410 of 2976)

Wow! I am so glad I took the time to read this thread (400 posts and a slight headache later)

Happy Birthday to Finn and Eponine (loved the wig story)!

Have to go to bed now, but I just wanted to share my sudden wave of warm and fuzzy that swept over me. This is truly an awesome place. Oh, And Catherine, I really can't find the Facebook DIGS for the life of me -- help!! (please ) (emotional expressions thanks to John! )


jose043  - Aug 7, 2006 12:18 am (#411 of 2976)

Happy birthday to Finn, Kathy & Eponine


Josephine & Anne


The giant squid  - Aug 7, 2006 12:25 am (#412 of 2976)

Happy birthday to Finn, Kathy & Eponine!! Yesterday was Marie's and my sister's birthday (She Who Has Not Read The Books) as well...there's a lotta Leos running around here.

Speaking of Marie, that is a cute picture of your own personal "Lex" (if she becomes a felon she'll be a Lexi-con Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2281877974  ). Sadly, I didn't even think of the blinking thing in your family photo--I guess I'm just used to pictures of you looking like you've tied a few on.


EDIT: sorry for the confusion, Snuffles--it was just our sister's birthday. I used a few too many contractions, it seems.


Snuffles  - Aug 7, 2006 12:29 am (#413 of 2976)

Happy birthday Finn

Happy belated birthday Kathy

Happy birthday for tomorrow Eponine

Happy belated birthday to Marie and she who has not read the books!

Wow, azi. What a nice landlord you have. I wouldn't think many would pay your eckeltricity for you, though I noticed you did say she!!

Marie, that is a lovely picture of Lexie.

Well I was right. My legs are hurting after mountain biking on Saturday. We went to Dalby forest which is about an hours drive away. My lovely hubby sits on a bike and immediately turns into some sort of Army drill instructer!! 2 hours up and down hills! We have a trail a bike for Olivia so she sits behind hubby and sort of pedals but doesn't have to worry too much. Weather wasn't too hot which was a blessing.

Then yesterday we all went swimming. We are trying to teach Olivia the basics as she is too young for lessons. So all in all it was a busy weekend. Glad to be back at work for a rest!

Hope everyone has a good Monday



Tazzygirl - Aug 7, 2006 1:40 am (#414 of 2976)

Wow, 36 new posts on a Sunday... that's not normal! hehehe...

*takes a deep breath* HAPPY BIRTHDAY FINN, PUCK, EPONINE, MARIE (and sister!) Hope you all had/ have a great day!!

Welcome back Puck, Ginny, and Tori!

Lobster sounds yummy! I spent the day over at a friend's house- I was recruiting her to the Grey's Anatomy world. She made a extremely yummy lasagna. I need to start cooking more. Anyways...

There was more stuff I was going to reply to/ say, but I don't remember any of it now. School starts for me in two weeks!! yeay!!



azi - Aug 7, 2006 3:34 am (#415 of 2976)

Yes, Snuffles, a she landlord! Would that make her a landlady though? Ah well. I was surprised, but very pleased! **Is still happy**

Happy belated birthday Kathy! Hope you've recovered from the lack of sleep!

Happy birthday Eponine!

Well, I'm meeting a friend for lunch, so I'd better go get ready!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Catherine  - Aug 7, 2006 5:17 am (#416 of 2976)

Maybe the owner lost it in a freak windstorm, and now he's wandering the streets of small town North Carolina trying to find his hairpiece. –Eponine

Hey! I want that back!

Happy belated birthday to Puck. Happy birthday to Finn. Happy birthday tomorrow to Eponine!

Have a good week, everyone.


Puck  - Aug 7, 2006 6:04 am (#417 of 2976)

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Maria, of course I checked the Forum! I was too tired to start things like laundry or unpacking, but found the strength to check a few threads!

Back to cleaning my room, which is taking a surprisingly long time as I keep finding random stuff and looking at it trying to figure out what it is. –Ginny

As I recall, you had started cleaning your room at least a week before I left on vacation . . .  scratch

Happy birthday to She-Who-Has-Not-Read-the-Books.

Eponine, perhaps there was a convertible involved?

It's so good to be back. However, I really should go tackle that massive pile of laundry. *sigh*

Happy RotD!



haymoni  - Aug 7, 2006 6:46 am (#418 of 2976)

Happy Birthday to all my fellow Leos!

I've started Weight Watchers.

To say that I am crabby about this whole points thing is a great understatement.  :mad:

Stay away from me for awhile!!


Chemyst - Aug 7, 2006 7:22 am (#419 of 2976)

Happy birthday Eponine & Finn, and time-turned wishes for Kathy!

How exciting about your land purchase, Mediwitch! And how thrilling to get to build a home. My dream house would have an atrium for natural lighting, a mud room with a dog-washing sink, and radiant heat in the bathroom floor so my toes stay warm on frosty mornings.

The Weight Watchers firewall is in place here, Haymoni. Good luck.


Marie E.  - Aug 7, 2006 7:46 am (#420 of 2976)

Sorry about the confusion about birthdays. *sends a scathing glance at her little brother* Yesterday was our little sister's birthday, she of the odd-named offspring. BTW, have you called your baby sister lately, Squidboy? When I was in MO she mentioned it had been awhile since you two talked.

Good Luck, haymoni. I know if I had just a little more self-discipline I would probably lose some weight. We will bear it all in mind if you ever get a little "edgy".


Snuffles  - Aug 7, 2006 7:49 am (#421 of 2976)

haymoni, you should have a chat to Julie (Good Evans). She has been on weight watchers and is doing very well. She may have tips on how to beat the hunger or cravings, mood swings etc.

Good luck on your diet. I'm like Marie. If I had more self-discipline.....



Sconie Girl  - Aug 7, 2006 8:04 am (#422 of 2976)

Happy Birthday to my fellow Leos!!!

To say that I am crabby about this whole points thing is a great understatement.—haymoni

My hubby agreed to do points program with me. It only took him 2 days to start complaining about points!


Loopy Lupin - Aug 7, 2006 8:50 am (#423 of 2976)

For some reason, 28 doesn't feel that much older than 27. Although, last year I'd felt like I'd gotten a whole lot older in one day. – Eponine

I think that is because, once there is a "7" at the end of your age, you are in the "late" part of your age. Thus, 27 begins the "late" twenties and 37 begins the "late" thirties, and so on.

Happy Birthday to All!!!


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 7, 2006 9:07 am (#424 of 2976)
Edited Aug 7, 2006 10:11 am

Happy birthday to She-Who-Has-Not-Read-the-Books.  I second that - belated, of course. I have to admit it took me several re-reads to figure that one out (thanks, Mike)!

Snuffles, it sounds as though you've had a busy few days. I hope you remember to be patient with Olivia (regarding the swimming - especially if she doesn't have access to a pool daily). My girls all learned to go under by around age 6-7. I know it is probably on the late side but I wasn't about to push them, taking into consideration that my father taught me how to swim by throwing me into the deep end and saying, "swim"! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 793915934  :mad:

Oh, kaykay, how cool! You got to see a hummingbird up close!

azi, how exciting to know you are going to have a nice, freshened up place to live in!

haymoni, I certainly don't envy you - but somehow I think you'll manage just fine!

Okay, Loopy, now tell us about the "0" at the end.

EDIT: Audrey, I am a winter baby (finding great company in Snape and Big V. ) so not all are Leos! **nods respectfully in their direction**


Elanor  - Aug 7, 2006 9:28 am (#425 of 2976)

Happy Birthday to all Leos celebrating their birthday! Joyeux Anniversaire!

And good day/evening to everyone! After all, there are also a few forumers who are not Leos (though not that much it seems, LOL!)...



Solitaire  - Aug 7, 2006 10:25 am (#426 of 2976)

LOL Mike! My sister is also a “She Who Has Not Read The Books.” She won't even watch the movies, for Pete's sake! Last weekend I took them with us to my cousin's beach home (equipped with widescreen TV and surround sound) and thought I'd give her a "crash course" in HP. I might as well have been asking her to loan me a million dollars. She could not have been less cooperative. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed.

Merci, Elanor. As you know, I am a Cancer!

Haymoni, please email me. I'll open up my email address for a while in my preferences. Ugh! I now realize I need to update my profile. LOL If it's not one thing, it's another!


Happy Birthday to anyone I missed!


haymoni  - Aug 7, 2006 10:39 am (#427 of 2976)

I just emailed you, Solitare.

Too bad about your sister. She's going to be one of those that waits for the whole thing to be out before she lets herself get sucked in.

I have a sister-in-law who is very interested in HP. My father was going over to their home on 8/3, right after the Radio City bit, and was just pulling into their driveway when I called him on his cell phone.

The conversation went something like this.

"Dad, tell Sue that Dumbledore REALLY is dead."


"Dumbledore! You know, the guy with the long white beard in the Harry Potter movies."

He enters their home and says, "The actor that plays Dumbledore is dead."

AAAAHHH!!! I scream, "No, Dad! Not the actor!!"

In the background I hear my brother say, "The second guy is dead??"

"Nooo!!!" I'm trying to get my dad's attention. "Dad! Dad! Not the actor."

"Oh. She says the role of Dumbledore is dead."

"No, Dad. The character in the book is dead."

"I thought he died already."

"He did, Dad, but there were lots of theories that he really wasn't dead. But now J.K. Rowling has said that he really is dead."

"So Dumbledore is dead."

I hear my brother, the non-reader, say, "We already knew that."

"Dad! Just give the phone to Sue!!"

I give up.


Tazzygirl - Aug 7, 2006 10:40 am (#428 of 2976)

Count me in the Weight Watchers group! I started last Saturday. The points aren't sooo bad! (What about the Core Plan? That sounds pretty good...) **Is thinking maybe online HP support system would be handy**

That's exciting news, Azi! (I gave up searching for another apartment. The selection here is oh so pathetic... )

I am off to a seminar on Down Syndrome and Autism, should be very interesting!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!!


EDIT: LOL, Haymoni! I am glad to report that my brother, sister, and mom all are HP fans (not as obsessed as me though) and my Dad even went to see PS/SS with us. He's not so into the books.

HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 7, 2006 10:48 am (#429 of 2976)

LOL haymoni! See, you have plenty of other things to keep your mind off the points!


Solitaire  - Aug 7, 2006 10:50 am (#430 of 2976)

ROTFL Haymoni! They just don't get it, do they? **shaking head**

My sister will never read HP. She is not one who reads for enjoyment, and she never has been. I am the only one in the family who has ever found enjoyment, escape, or relaxation in reading. My mom was a reader as a child, but I've never seen her pick up a novel for fun ... not in my entire life! My sister told me that the only books she has read as an adult were the Left Behind series.

Well, I need to get to Curves before they close for lunch break. I'll be back later!

(Still no email, Haymoni! I guess it's slow today. Maybe when I get back ...)


Madam Pince  - Aug 7, 2006 10:56 am (#431 of 2976)

***is laughing hysterically at haymoni's phone conversation*** Good luck with the Weight Watchers thing (to Tazzy, too!)

Belated Happy Birthday to Puck, and welcome home! Glad you had a nice vacation. Sympathies on the laundry...

Happy Birthday to Finn! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful day and get lots of great presents! Don't forget to update your age on your profile! Oh, thanks for remembering my Agatha fetish! (Fetish? Just because I have an entire bookcase filled with her entire works, all published in the same set so they all look exactly alike and line up perfectly and arranged alphabetically as Poirot would so enthusiastically endorse? ) I liked Orient Express too and often dream of the HP series ending that way -- it would be a great way for everyone to "get" the bad guy without Harry having to bear the only burden... Favorite of her books is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd though. You will like 4:50 From Paddington, and I think At Bertram's Hotel is somewhat forgettable, as I have forgotten it. (Goody! One I can read again!) I agree that Joan Hickson and David Suchet are the perfect Miss Marple and Poirot. I covet the DVDs of all those shows, but the prices make me blanch! Albert Finney was just awful as Poirot, in my opinion, as was Peter Ustinov. Well, I guess they were OK until you'd seen David Suchet, then you know what he was really supposed to be like!

Early Happy Birthday (I think?) to Eponine! Loved your sweet story about the kitties, and I'm glad they found a good home for the cute little black one!

Happy Birthday to one or the other of Squid Mike's sisters... Loved your picture, Marie! You look very much like I had pictured!

Oh, and I think I forgot this earlier, but Holly's picture was very nice too and looked like I had imagined -- just an older version of your daughter in your regular avatar!

We watched Sleepy Hollow last night starring the Tazzy-version of Cristina Ricci. It was almost an HP-fest, too, because Rita Skeeter, Uncle Vernon, and new-Dumbledore were in it, also! Funny how I never noticed that before...

***Wonders what Catherine looks like without her wig...***


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 7, 2006 11:44 am (#432 of 2976)

Oh my, how did I forget to mention that! I loved the picture of you and your family, Marie!


geauxtigers  - Aug 7, 2006 11:52 am (#433 of 2976)

I was recruiting her to the Grey's Anatomy world.  Kristina, I am proud to say I have successfully recruited my cousin to Grey's Anatomy! Its just so good!

Good luck with the weight watchers everyone!

We went to Target earlier and I got a super cute pair of LSU sweat pants, they are gray and have a small loge on them and look great with my pink sparkly LSU slippers!

I tried watching P&P again, but I ended up watching SS/PS with the family. Me, Ginny and my dad are annoying my mom because we keep saying all the lines along with it on top of saying, thats not how it happened in the book, and giving the correct way...I was getting the evil stare from mom, so I thought I'd come here and give her a break. I swear my dad is almost as bad as me, if I could just get him on the forum....

Happy birthday to all I missed!


Marè  - Aug 7, 2006 12:01 pm (#434 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Finn and other Leo's! (Any specific Leo we are talking about?)

And Then There Were None
Eep, I love Agatha Christie, but that one gave me the shivers. I love Miss Marple and the Tuppences best. The best thing about Agatha Christies though, is that I always forget weather the butler or the veteran colonel was the evil doer, so I can reread the books easily.
Right now I'm tempted to reread Murder at the Orient express because I have no clue anymore how it ends.

Good luck to all the Weight Watcher followers. I once tried one of these shake diets with some housemates of mine, but in the end the rest of the people living with us banned us from ever doing that again on grounds of being too grumpy. Now I just try to sport a lot.
This weekend I added one possible sport to my list I did a weekend course windsurfing! It was great fun, but unfortunately I can't lift my arms today... That's the price I pay for insisting I should try to surf with the big sail at least once....


kaykay1970  - Aug 7, 2006 12:06 pm (#435 of 2976)

Ooooh! My Hubby hates that when the children point out the book differences while he's watching Harry Potter movies.

I have three sisters that have never picked up a Harry Potter book. The other sister did the unthinkable, read the first three, convinced me how wonderful the books are then never has read the next three books!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 793915934  How can she not be at least a bit interested in the rest of the story???? I have a feeling that her eldest child has kept her informed on what is happening at Hogwarts.


azi - Aug 7, 2006 12:17 pm (#436 of 2976)

My brother is like your sister Kay! He read the first 5 books, but has no interest in the 6th. Today he told me he knew what a Horcrux was, but further questioning told me he only knew the word. He thought it was a magical pact (I think that's the Unbreakable Vow) or a spell to remove the evil from someone.

Mare - That sounds really fun!

I had a lovely time out with my friend. We had a picnic at a local castle, then played on a childrens playground. I met a friend of hers from Liverpool, and she was amazing. Made me laugh a lot. It was nice to hear a change of accent, but my accent always changes to be more Scouse when I'm in Liverpool so I had to try stop that happening!


Solitaire  - Aug 7, 2006 12:22 pm (#437 of 2976)

Mare, I like Tommy and Tuppence, too. I've only seen (not read) them, of course ... and Miss Marple was "worked into" their story. I understand she was not actually a character in By the Pricking of My Thumbs.

Haymoni, I still have not received your email. I wonder what's going on ... (edit: Did you send it to hotmail? I'll check there.)

Azi, what is Scouse?



azi - Aug 7, 2006 12:24 pm (#438 of 2976)

Scouse is the accent of people from Liverpool, just like I have a Yorkshire accent, or Hagrid has West Country!


Stephanie M.  - Aug 7, 2006 12:26 pm (#439 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Finn!!!

Happy belated Birthday, Kathy and She-Who-Has-Not-Read-The-Books!!!

Happy early birthday, Eponine!!!

My sister read the 1st book right when it first came out. She had no idea what happened and decided that she would never read any HP book again. So last summer, I got her to read Books 3, 4, 5, 6 then 2. She hasn't finished reading book 2 and she has to reread book 1. But she's an extreme fan of the movies.

I really like UPS, and I don't really care for FedEx. I've had no problems with any shipping, so I can't really decide if FedEx is as good. Sometimes FedEx is amazing, but other times it takes forever for you to get your package.

We went shopping all weekend for back to school clothes and stuff for my sister's dorm room. We bought so much stuff! All of us went through all of our clothes and donated all of the stuff that didn't fit us or clothes that we would never wear to a charity. But all of us got rid of so much, that we had no clothes left, so we basically bought a ton of new things. Everything was so cheap too! I bought a ton of shirts that were 50% off the price tag price. So I think that we are all set for a very long time, except for various items my sister needs for college.

I also got my schedule for school, and I have no classes with Finn. But I'm sure I'll see him around school a lot. So far I know that I have 2 friends in one class of mine, and 1 friend in another class of mine. I'll have to ask people when they get back from camp and vacations.

have a great Monday, everyone! It's about to start to rain here! YAY!


I Am Used Vlad  - Aug 7, 2006 12:33 pm (#440 of 2976)

Happy birthday, Finn. I've always liked you for some reason. Well, I do think we were persecuted for our HBP beliefs, which does tend to engender a feeling of solidarity. May Julie Andrews jump out of your cake.

Happy belated birthdays to those I have missed.

Happy early birthday to Eponine.

Thanks, again, for welcoming me back. I think I'll be around a bit more now.


Snuffles  - Aug 7, 2006 1:20 pm (#441 of 2976)

Lol Maria. I would never throw Olivia in the deep end and shout for her to swim! We have a sports centre within walking distance and have decided to start taking her there every Sunday morning. She loves the water and isn't afraid of it, so that is a good sign. She will learn at her own pace, there is plenty of time.

We got the test results for my mum this afternoon. She had a bone marrow biopsy 2 weeks ago and we have had it confirmed that she has Chronic Myeloid Leukemia It is a slow acting form of Leukemia and they have caught it very early. She has been having blood taken every month for a couple of years for something else and they noticed in June that the white blood cells seemed higher than normal. They have given her some new wonder drug that should control the first phase from anywhere from 5 years to even 10 years. So that is at least something to be thankful for. They said they cannot get rid of it but at least if they can keep it at bay for a long time she will be able to lead a normal life. Also, she won't lose her hair or anything. She may gain weight, but hey who cares?

Thanks for all your thoughts, I told mum and she says thanks too.



Denise P.  - Aug 7, 2006 1:26 pm (#442 of 2976)

Julie, so sorry to hear about your mom. Any leukemia is not good but CML is much better for an adult than Acute ML. Devin has AML. I hope she responds well to treatment and can lead as normal a life as possible.


Mediwitch  - Aug 7, 2006 1:32 pm (#443 of 2976)

Kristina, hope you enjoyed your seminar on Down Syndrome and Autism. Did you hear anything interesting?

Off to make dinner!

EDIT: Oh Julie, I'm sorry about your mum. The new drug sounds promising. I hope it's everything they say it will be.


Solitaire  - Aug 7, 2006 1:50 pm (#444 of 2976)

Julie, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I know it must be so scary. I'll be praying for her and for her doctors, because I do believe in miracles! My cousin's wife was diagnosed in early 1994 with a rare type of Leukemia, but she received an aggressive new treatment and has been doing great for the last 11 years. I'm not sure what her disease is called, but I'll see if I can find out. She is about 56, btw.

Hang in there ... both of you. **((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))) and healing & cheering charms**


Haymoni, I have still not received your email.


Detail Seeker  - Aug 7, 2006 2:00 pm (#445 of 2976)

Strengthening charms to your mother, Julie. I am sure, she will cope with the disease.

Congratulations and vivant sequentes to Finn, Eponie and belated Kathy plus all those who have/had birthdays and did not tell anybody here!


kaykay1970  - Aug 7, 2006 2:40 pm (#446 of 2976)

Hugs ((Julie and family))

My Dad survived lymphoma far more years than the doctors predicted. His advice to newly discovered cancer patients was this: Get up every single day and accomplish something. Even if it is only the smallest of tasks. I firmly believe that was what kept him going for so many years. I felt I needed to pass his advice along.


Catherine  - Aug 7, 2006 2:53 pm (#447 of 2976)

***Wonders what Catherine looks like without her wig...*** --Madam Pince


This reminds me--I saw a Loopy Lupin look-alike at the grocery store today! I did a double-take, and was realized that Loopy would probably not be driving a huge white mini-van in North Carolina.

Julie, I hope your Mum continues to improve. At our school, we found out last fall that a beloved kindergarten teacher has AML. Her kindergarten class held a blood drive in her honor in March, hoping that a marrow donor could be located for her. Unfortunately, her daughter was not a match, and because Ms. W. is an ethnic minority, she was having a difficult time locating a suitable donor. Last I heard, she is now in remission.

I also got the sobering news at school today that one of my 7th graders who was diagnosed in late spring with a rare bone cancer is still receiving treatment at Duke Univeristy and may not be coming to school this fall. The reason I'm mentioning this is that I was seeking suggestions for our 7th grade class philanthropy. The first graders already support our local Ronald McDonald House. Does anyone know of worthy programs that benefit children with cancer? I know I can "Google," but sometimes personal testimony helps one wade through the information. I'd appreciate any emails on the topic!

I'm going to take a long, cool shower and collapse on the sofa. Mr. Catherine downloaded episodes from this season's Lost for me to watch on my iPod (which, in honor of our shih-tzus, we call the "iPaws"). I have that, and the new season of Project Runway to provide stress relief through this heat wave.


boop  - Aug 7, 2006 3:04 pm (#448 of 2976)

Happy Belated Birthday Kathy!!

Happy Early Birthday Eponine!! Have a wonderful day.

Happy Birthday Finn!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Julie, Sorry to hear about your mum. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I hope the treatment plan work for your mum. (((HUGS))))

I went back to work today, yuck is how I felt. heehee I have to work this sat. (overtime) because the summer students are moving out.

Have a great rest of the day everyone!!

hugs always



virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 7, 2006 3:26 pm (#449 of 2976)

((((((Hugs to Julie)))))) and Healing charms to your mom. One of the counselors at my school was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, at age 29, and it was pretty advanced. She went through chemo and surgery and is doing really well now. The amazing thing about her, is that she was at work every single day with a smile on her face. It just amazed me that she could pull herself together like that. She probably only missed a few days total over 4 months. I think that really helped her, attitude has a lot to do with it.

My internet is finally back up! YAY!!

Off to catch up on threads! Have a great RotD everyone!!


Denise P.  - Aug 7, 2006 3:42 pm (#450 of 2976)

Catherine, Make A Wish (or similar programs), Ronald MacDonald House, local children's hospital, hospice, see if there are any camp programs that provide summer camps for children with life threatening illness....American Cancer Society...

All of them are great places to look at.
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Holly T. - Aug 7, 2006 4:25 pm (#451 of 2976)

Julie, strengthening charms for your mom.

Happy birthdays all around!

Count me in on those who are trying Weight Watchers--again. I can stick with it long enough to lose 12 pounds, which I have done twice. Problem is, I need to lose 30-something. Hmm. I start again whenever I gain back the 12 pounds.


The giant squid  - Aug 7, 2006 4:50 pm (#452 of 2976)

Julie, sorry to hear about your mom. It sounds like they caught it early, though, so hopefully she'll be able to keep going. They've made a lot of advances over the years, as I'm sure Denise can tell us.

BTW, have you called your baby sister lately, Squidboy?--Marie E.

I'll have you know I spoke to her yesterday to wish her a happy thirty-oneth birthday.

Speaking of which, I apologize again for mangling the English language. It just goes to show that even those of us who speak the language natively can still mess up occasionally. It's all about emphasis, which I still haven't quite figured out how to convey online...

Good luck with Weight Watchers, haymoni. I may be skinny, but I can still offer moral support!



haymoni  - Aug 7, 2006 5:29 pm (#453 of 2976)

Mike - your moral support is much appreciated. You understand what I'm going through - you just have the opposite problem!!

I was good today. Kept well within my limits. It is obvious from my Italian upbringing that I have no concept of portion size.

My grocery bill was HUGE this week. I had to buy all this extra healthy stuff - low fat yogurt, low fat dressing. Hubby, who of course has no weight problem at all, can taste the difference between low fat Ranch and the regular kind, so I have to buy both. I bought double my usual amounts of salad, carrots and celery, plus extra bags of the frozen veggies.

I bought an angel food cake mix, as 1 slice is only 2 points. Perhaps if I slather it with no-fat, no-sugar chocolate (?) pudding, it might be edible.

I could stand to lose about 30 pounds. All the working out and the walking has helped firm things up, but I don't think eating HoHos after you walk is very effective.

Shudders to think what the point value of a package of HoHos is....


Julie Aronson - Aug 7, 2006 5:40 pm (#454 of 2976)

Julie, good luck to your mom--some of these new treatments are amazing!

Haymoni, congrats on even signing up for Weight Watchers! (she says after some SERIOUSLY good fish and chips from Mitchell's at Eton Collection and ice cream from Coldstone...)

...I just keep getting fatter...SmileyCentral.com


boop  - Aug 7, 2006 5:45 pm (#455 of 2976)

Haymoni, good luck with the weight watchers. I did weight watchers on my own and lost weight but need to go back on it and lose again. I walk almost everyday, but have slowed down since it was so hot out. I know you will lose what you want too. Weight watchers works good.



haymoni  - Aug 7, 2006 5:49 pm (#456 of 2976)

Julie - I actually signed up for Weight Watchers because they needed one more person. I'm in Human Resources - I take care of our employee health benefits, so it helps our plan if everyone takes care of themselves.

They needed 1 more sucker - I mean, person - to join, so I dutifully wrote out the check for $144.00 so that the rest of my employees could continue the program.

If I ever need motivation, all I have to do is think about that stupid check!!


Tazzygirl - Aug 7, 2006 6:14 pm (#457 of 2976)

I am back from the Seminar! It was pretty interesting, but overall it was just an in-depth review of several of my classes from last semester. Which is always good!

**healing and strengthening charms** to Snuffles' Mom and family! ((((HUGS)))) too!

I tried Weight Watchers several years ago, but didn't really become motivated. I then went on a cruise several months later, and what little motivation I had then was completely gone. (Cruises and diets DON'T mix!!) Now, my parents and I have made a deal about getting to our goal weights with some sort of prize at the end (for instance, as I have been trying to get my dad to come out and visit me here for ages, if I get to my target weight first, he and my mom will come out.) I am also excited, as the place where my meetings are is down the street- which means I can walk! whoo-hoo!



virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 7, 2006 7:17 pm (#458 of 2976)

I then went on a cruise several months later, and what little motivation I had then was completely gone. (Cruises and diets DON'T mix!!) Kristina

I know what you mean!! I think I gained about 10lbs on our 5 day cruise a few summers ago. The food is just soooo good and the 24 hour soft serve ice cream didn't help either! **walks away dreaming of that ice cream** But if you want to lose weight, I suggest going to France! I'm serious I lost about 11lbs in two weeks, but I think that was from the 4000000 miles we walked everyday! Still, I had to tighten my belts so my pants wouldn't fall off! It was the same for everyone, no one's clothes fit after that trip! (Maria and Kathy close your eyes!!) I know it's hard to do as I've tried several times to diet for the simple purpose that I have terrible eating habits (lots of fatty, sugary, food at random times of the day) I really need to eat less chips and things like that, but it's just soooo hard, but I have no self-control when it comes to food so **sending encouragement and motivation charms to y'all** Good Luck!!


Marie E.  - Aug 7, 2006 7:59 pm (#459 of 2976)

Solitaire, it's even worse with our sister. Not only has she never read the books-she falls asleep during the movies!!! It's practically blasphemy. Her husband has read the first three books and has seen all four movies. He had some plot questions for me about GoF since he hadn't read the book (confirming all our rants about the plot holes).

I felt kinda guilty reading the Weight Watcher posts while eating a bowl of strawberry ice cream. It was just a small bowl, and it almost counts as a fruit, right?


Lavandula - Aug 7, 2006 8:00 pm (#460 of 2976)

Finally!!! I just got caught up on the last 105 posts!!

The garage painting project is finally done, but I just finished yesterday. It took me a week in the heat and 4 extra trips to the hardware store for more/different paint. WoooooHooooo!

So much to say to everyone, where do I start?

Happy birthday greetings to Finn, Puck, Eponine, Marie, and anyone else I missed.Wink

Solitaire- I too am a Cancer! Not everyone is a Leo like our illustrious author and hero.

HH11- I remember learning how to swim by being thrown off my grandfather's dock at his lake in Michigan and hearing him holler to my hysterical grandmother that "she will learn to swim or else". Must have been the alternative to paying all those swim lesson bills at the YMCA!!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1242194059

Julie- Prayers for your mother. I am glad to hear advances in medicine are helping people with conditions like Leukemia. Support research everyone.

Catherine- Our school has supported St. Jude's Research Hospital with Math-a-thon for 6-8 years now. The program gives children the background knowledge they need in raising money for cancer research for children.

I hope I didn't miss anything else important. I'm too tired now to read any other threads, so I'll just say "Good night".



Madam Pince  - Aug 7, 2006 8:02 pm (#461 of 2976)

Julie, so sorry to hear about your Mom's diagnosis, but I'm glad that it is the "better" kind if it has to be any kind at all, and here's hoping that she responds well to the treatment and is able to keep on as usual. We will be thinking of her and of you also!

Poor Betty! Going back to work after vacation stinks, doesn't it? Cheering charms to you!

I cannot imagine anyone reading one HP book and then not wanting to read the rest!!! Or reading five and then not interested in the sixth??? Heavens to Betsy! Blasphemy, as Marie says!

Mr. Pince apparently learned to swim with the "Toss-In-The-Water" method. I'm not a fan of it, though. We're doing the more traditional lessons! Little Pince is almost too confident now that he wears a facemask -- he loves looking around underwater.

"Funder...wightning...stoam cwowds..." (50 points to anyone who can tell me where that quote comes from...) Anyway, we're having a monster thunderstorm now -- dog is going berserk -- kid is yelling at dog to be quiet -- power is blinking on and off.... sigh.....

***is laughing very hard imagining Julie Andrews jumping out of Finn's birthday cake...***


Solitaire  - Aug 7, 2006 8:31 pm (#462 of 2976)

Julie, Julie ... fish & chips AND Coldstone? tsk! tsk! You must be skinny!

Marie, my favorite strawberry ice cream really ISN'T really ice cream at all. I put some slightly-thawed strawberries, a few drops of vanilla, a packet or so of Splenda, and fat free half-and-half into my little Mini-Cuisinart and let 'er rip! I keep adding the half-and-half a few teaspoons at a time, until it is the right consistency ... and it is great! It is also yummy with frozen peaches, bananas, blueberries, or whatever you like.

Haymoni, I paid for an entire year of Curves. I knew that was the best motivation to keep me going ... I hate to waste money! So far, I've gone 3x a week for four months--my best working-out record to date.



Denise P.  - Aug 7, 2006 8:37 pm (#463 of 2976)

Solitaire, that is why I join running training groups. I can find similar programs online but paying makes me accountable. It will motivate me out the door to meet the group for a run.


Puck  - Aug 7, 2006 8:42 pm (#464 of 2976)

**waves hand in Hermione fashion**

Is it from Young Frankenstein?

Julie, healing charms to your Mum, and strengthening ones to the family!

Catherine, I was thinking of St. Jude, as well. My daughter's school did a bike-a-thon. When commercials came on tv, I was able to show her the children she helped.

My brother read the first 2 books to his daughter. She was only 6 or so, so I suggested he read the following books first for content before reading to her. He just stopped reading. They've seen all the movies, but I never understood how he could have the next 2 books in his pocession (I lent them to him) and never pick them up. Azi, sometimes resistance isn't futile. (Though I don't understand it in this case.)

Julie, they don't have swimming classes for 3 year olds near you? My community center starts with Mommy and Me lessons as young as 6 months. At 3 they can go in without a parent. By 5 we grown-ups are subjected to watching from the stifling hot balcony over-looking the pool.

My friend's hubby lost 40 pounds on weight watchers. Hubby and another friend claim that he looks older, but really that's them making excuses for not losing the weight themselves. (Actually, the reason he didn't look great is because he didn't seize the excuse to go buy new clothes, and so is swimming in shirts much too big. I would think that shopping would be the reward for losing weight. )

The points -I believe- are designed to teach you how to eat properly and control portions. The problem with going "on" a diet is that people eventually go "off" them. The best plans teach you good habits. **climbs off soap box and pushes it Maria's general direction, just in case she needs it.**

Well, I suppose I should be off to bed!



geauxtigers  - Aug 7, 2006 8:53 pm (#465 of 2976)

4 extra trips to the hardware store for more/different paint.  We always say that its not a good project if you don't make at least 3 or 4 trips to the hardware store !

Sorry to hear about your mom Julie, **healing charms and prayers to Julie's mom** We have a "St. Jude Dream Home giveaway every year here. They build this beautiful home and sell tickets for $100 and all proceed go to St. Jude I believe. Its really a wonderful thing I think.

Cruises definitely aren't good for diets! They have a 24 hour pizza counter, 24 hour soft server ice cream, cokes every 10 feet and gosh food everywhere. Its some of the best food I've ever had and I'm sure I gained way too much weight then! But like Ginny, I have a terrible eating habit, I basically eat when I'm hungry. Terrible and I try to eat fruit, I love it, but it doesn't fill me up! Wow putting this in words is making me realize my terrible eating pattern...I know it will catch up to me one day I need to try harder I think...**walks off devising a healthy eating plan that she knows won't work**

So good luck to all you weight watchers!

"Funder...wightning...stoam cwowds..." OOOOO OOO I know **hand shoots up in a Hermione-ish way** Was it Little Pince? LOL It thundered here and sprinkled a little, but nothing big. We washed the car today so when it thundered 5 minutes into it, we had to hurry and finish to find no rain on its way...oh well nice and shiney now!

Soli, we were members of a health club for a while and we even went some of the time, my dad especially, and he lost a lot of weight and most of his pot belly, but time becomes an issue for us girls being very busy and what not. My mom is famous for her excuses not to go. Ginny and I, still in school do sports and what not so it wasn't much of an issue for us..anyways, we canceled our membership...

I hope I haven't forgotten anything. I wonder when FFF will stop acting up on us...oh I got PoA and GoF for the Playstation today for 19.99 each and incase you didn't know, they are normally 40 or so so it was a great deal. I'm testing them now instead of reading...I need to iron my hands, this is bad...I need to accept reality and realize IT starts in 6 days...

have a great night everyone!


Madam Pince  - Aug 7, 2006 8:59 pm (#466 of 2976)

Nope and nope. Excellent guesses, though, from the two Hermiones down in the front.

***waits patiently for Squid Mike, who I feel is sure to get it...***

***sternly shakes finger in Tori's general direction and scolds her to get busy reading P & P!***


dizzy lizzy  - Aug 7, 2006 10:04 pm (#467 of 2976)

Madam Pince: I thought of your son saying the words when I read your post. But if it is from a movie then I will never guess it right!!!



Solitaire  - Aug 7, 2006 10:22 pm (#468 of 2976)

Tori, Curves is really close to me--only about half a mile from my house. That is but one factor in my faithfulness in this. Another factor is that it is something I can do. I suffer from a rather harsh form of Rheumatoid Arthritis, and there are days when walking is tough and lifting is just not possible. Even when I am really hurting, though, I can still manage a 45-minute Curves workout. There are no free weights to drop or injure my joints, and I just move a bit more slowly and gently. It works for me.



The giant squid  - Aug 7, 2006 10:58 pm (#469 of 2976)

***waits patiently for Squid Mike, who I feel is sure to get it...***--Madame Pince

Sorry to disappoint, but you've got me stumped. It sounds familiar, but I think I'm at the point where I've seen too many movies--I can't narrow it down.

It was just a small bowl, and it almost counts as a fruit, right?--Marie E.

Sure it does, Ree...sure it does. **pats on head**



HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 7, 2006 11:01 pm (#470 of 2976)

Julie, (((HUGS)))) to you and your family. Prayers and strengthening charms for your mom coming your way, too. I am glad it is not the acute type and that she seems to have good prospects with regard to treatment.

It's all about emphasis, which I still haven't quite figured out how to convey online... – Mike

**climbs off soap box and pushes it Maria's general direction, just in case she needs it.**

Okay, okay, since you insist. Now, where to start - okay:

My grocery bill was HUGE this week. I had to buy all this extra healthy stuff   Haymoni, think of all the money you'll save on health bills if you take good care of yourself by eating right. (Just try not to step in front of any buses. )

I try to eat fruit, I love it, but it doesn't fill me up!   Then eat until it does fill you up. That is the great thing about healthy foods, you can eat until it fills you up.

Your body is designed to set its own limits. It is thrown off kilter when you add things such as pound cake, gummy bears, Twinkies, etc., into the mix. Not to mention that I am a firm believer that there are certain foods that they put additives into that make you want to eat more. (Oh, now I'm starting to sound like Trudeau.) **stumbles off soapbox** I never said I was graceful.

Better wish Eponine a Happy Birthday and slink out of here before the dungbombs come a-hurtling my way.

Happy Birthday, Eponine!

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Snuffles  - Aug 8, 2006 12:39 am (#471 of 2976)

Thanks for all the well wishes guys. It does help.

Denise, How is Devin? is he still having treatment?

Madame P. I am probably wrong but it sounds like something Elmer Fudd would say

Hope everyone has a good Tuesday



Julie Aronson - Aug 8, 2006 2:39 am (#472 of 2976)

I'm with Julie Snuffles on the quote--she beat me to it!

Maria, are you referring to high fructose corn syrup? It's proven to be just awful, healthwise, and it's in everything!!!


azi - Aug 8, 2006 4:46 am (#473 of 2976)

Snuffles - Many *hugs*! Also sending healing charms.

I find buying fruit and veg cheaper than the disgusting ready-meal alternatives. I practically live on vegetables, but do eat a lot of crisps and chocolate (other fatty foods not so much). I like eating healthily as you feel good! I don't exercise though...hate it.

Good luck to everyone trying to lost weight!


Puck  - Aug 8, 2006 5:44 am (#474 of 2976)

Azi, playing on the playground with your friends is exercise! It doesn't have to be formal, so long as you're moving!

Julie, lovely new avatar.

Lizzy, who is that in your picture?

I definitely spend a bit more eating healthier choices. The things I buy just don't seem to have many coupons. Coupons are the company's way of enticing you to buy their product. Those who read all the labels to find the bread with the most fiber and fewest chemicals will choose the best option without the benefit of a coupon, thus no need for the extra incentive. They do go on sale once in a while, so then I stock up.

Happy RotD!



azi - Aug 8, 2006 5:48 am (#475 of 2976)

...playing on the playground with your friends is exercise!

Ooo, finally an excuse!

Everything is breaking in our house. First, the microwave and back door broke. Now, the main television has gone! Fortunately, the back door can now be coerced into closing and locking again!


Puck  - Aug 8, 2006 5:55 am (#476 of 2976)

Healing charms to Azi's house!


azi - Aug 8, 2006 6:01 am (#477 of 2976)

Thanks, Puck!


Snuffles  - Aug 8, 2006 6:24 am (#478 of 2976)

**Reparo** to azi's microwave and back door!

We love vegetables in our house. I always have to buy extra carrots as Livvy will eat them as I am slicing. In fact she is the only child I know that adores sprouts!

On a side note, if anyone is in London from today, you can pop into Harrods as they have their Christmas shop open, complete with Santa!!! I mean HELLO it's August!



Good Evans  - Aug 8, 2006 6:34 am (#479 of 2976)
Edited Aug 8, 2006 7:18 am

Hi Folks, back from Scotland (it was very pleasurable business Azi - and yes I did wave!!!! - you mean you didnt see me ????).

happy birthdays to Eponine, Puck, Marie and Marie's naughty (she - with - no - reading - stamina) sister!!!! () - I had already wished Finn early felicitations.

Haymoni and Tazzy - I think a HP Weight loss suuport group is a great idea! I've lost 40 lbs but sometimes the spirit is weak ( I was munching chocolate as I read your posts !!!! LOL)

I stink of car air freshener, someone managed to knock it off the air vent and I found it on the floor upside down with the oily gloop dripping everywhere, so of course I picked it up - It absolutely reeks no matter how much I wash my hands, I also dropped some on my skirt. I do hope it doesn't stain!!

gosh there was loads of posts and I have forgotten most of it. Suffice to say - Happy Tuesday and hugs to all.....




HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 8, 2006 6:49 am (#480 of 2976)

Lizzy, who is that in your picture?   LOL, Kathy. You are just now going through what we went through during your absence. We all thought she was a blonde. Go figure.

I find buying fruit and veg cheaper than the disgusting ready-meal alternatives.

We love vegetables in our house. . .In fact she is the only child I know that adores sprouts!

Those who read all the labels to find the bread with the most fiber and fewest chemicals will choose the best option. . .

Thanks everyone! Y'all have made my day *relieved sigh*.

Julie A., don't even get me started on corn products, especially the genetically modified stuff. *cringe*

Reparo to Julie's house!


azi - Aug 8, 2006 7:00 am (#481 of 2976)

Sorry Good Evans, so many planes pass over me it is difficult to tell which one you would be in! **waves in retrospect** Wow, 40 lbs is loads of weight to lose! Keep it up!

No problem making your day, Maria!

Question to Firefox users - does anyone ever get the problem that when they press the key with @ on (without pressing shift) they get a find function appear so they cannot use the key? If so, how on earth do you get rid of it - it is driving me insane! Not least because I cannot type with abbrieviations. Or copy and paste and use the arrow keys to correct a word spelling - I have to delete the entire word and start again.


Denise P.  - Aug 8, 2006 7:43 am (#482 of 2976)

Boring technical stuff about Devin's leukemia treatment to follow, feel free to skip.

Snuffles, Devin was initially diagnosed with AML in Feb 2001. He underwent several rounds of chemo and then had a bone marrow transplant from his brother in June 2001. He relapsed in March 2003. He had another few rounds of chemo, a week of full body radiation and another bone marrow transplant from the same brother in June 2003. He is currently in remission, just over 3 years, and off all medication. He sees his oncologist every two months but in all other respects is a normal kid. During the course of treatment, he lost his hair (its back), gained a huge amount of weight, developed cataracts (still has them), high blood pressure (gone now), hair color change, lactose intolerance (gone), heart murmur (gone now), and a myriad of little things that are mainly gone.

Devin is the one in the orange and black shirt in my avatar. Ryan, the donor, is the head down in the corner. Devin was 5 for his first transplant, 7 for his second. Ryan was 7 and almost 9 when he donated.

Treatment has come a long way. Mr. Denise has a cousin with CML who has been doing wonderfully for several years now with minimal effects.

Healing charms to your mom, I hope she continues to do well.


haymoni  - Aug 8, 2006 8:25 am (#483 of 2976)

HH11 - I was already buying all of those veggie-type things - I just now have to buy MORE of them - on top of all the other stuff that I have to buy because everyone else in the house is able to eat whatever they want and not gain a pound.

Ungrateful Son is actually a bit UNDERweight, but the doctor sees so many OVERweight kids that he's absolutely thrilled with whatever it is we are doing. Pretty simple, actually - "Get outside and PLAY!!!"

The Beautifulest One is right on target and Hubby trains horses, so he is doing heavy-duty physical labor all day. He burns everything up.

And then there's me.

Alas, earwax.

mmm...how many points are in a Bertie Bott's bean???


geauxtigers  - Aug 8, 2006 8:35 am (#484 of 2976)

Wow Denise, what a trooper! I'm glad all is well with him! More healing charms to Snuffles/Julie's mom!

**reparo Azi's house** Ginny once put her hand through the glass in our back door by beating on it. We ended up having to replace the whole door...my mom wasn't too happy about that...

We are looking at this cool thing called "Re-Bath". Its where they come and basically cover your existing bath tub and wall with new material and leave the old in place. It sounds really cool and we are considering as me and Ginny bathroom is old and has this very ugly marble for the shower walls and counter tops. Anyone had expirence with this?

Okay on the Veggies and Fruit front, I am a BIG fruit eater, I just eat it with other food. Veggies are a little different, I have HATED green beans since I was 2. They make me shudder from head to foot and I won't eat anything that has them in it. *shudders* I am the only one in my family who doesn't like them. I love broccoli even though I can't spell it. I like most veggies, but its more limited than fruits. I love most Veggies raw, cooked carrots are yucky, but raw ones! Heaven! I try, but that roll of cookie dough is calling...lol just kidding!

Okay now that I've babbled about what vegetables I like, I think I'll go read. I plan on spending the whole day reading...we'll see how that works out...

Have a good Tuesday and sorry if I missed anyone!


Denise P.  - Aug 8, 2006 8:35 am (#485 of 2976)

Each bean is 4 calories so it would be 0.1 points. From the JellyBelly site: There are 4 calories per bean, or about 100 calories per single serving (25 beans). They have approximately 1 gram of carbohydrate per bean and zero fat. They are also certified Kosher.


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 8, 2006 8:36 am (#486 of 2976)

I love veggies, but don't eat them a lot, so there really is no excuse on that front, it's my snacking that is terrible. I justlooove junk food, but there are plenty of times when I crave veggies or fruit. I like weird veggies like asparagus, I'm not a picky eater at all, but during the summer I wake up around 11:30 or 12 and have breakfast, then lunch around 4, so when dinner comes around, I'm not that hungry and don't eat much so that I can come back at midnight and snack again. It's a vicious cycle! But I do much better during the school year, as long as I don't have to skip lunch to finish a project.

Denise, glad to hear that Devin is doing well, sending good luck charms for the future, your way!

**healing charms to azi's house**

I think that's good for now, have a great RotD everyone!!


kaykay1970  - Aug 8, 2006 8:47 am (#487 of 2976)

mmm...how many points are in a Bertie Bott's bean??? –Haymoni

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haymoni  - Aug 8, 2006 8:50 am (#488 of 2976)

I wonder if the grass-flavored beans are lower in calories???

Just kidding!

I think the "Re-bath" thing works great, as long as everything underneath it is solid. If you have had a bunch of leaks or other plumbing problems, covering the tub up might make it look better, but you still have to worry about proper support and mold - even worse!

We don't want any dementors growing out of your bathroom!!


geauxtigers  - Aug 8, 2006 8:56 am (#489 of 2976)

OO I got some yesterday, the 4 worst are earthworm, bacon, rotten egg and vomit! I've never eaten an earthworm before, but after that bean, you couldn't pay me! Bacon really taste like bacon, so its instantly labeled gross as its, oh just trust me its not good! Rotten egg and vomit, I won't even go there! If you want to know you can taste it for yourself!

LOL thanks Haymoni! I don't think there is anything too messed up in there, but then again I've never looked so...


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 8, 2006 8:57 am (#490 of 2976)

WOW! I just had a severe case of the "dissapearing posts" I posted mine and it showed that I posted right after Denise's post about Devin. So I was totally confused about the Bertie Botts post. I went back to look, and Saw that I was missing a bunch of stuff.

I'm eating Bertie Botss right now actually, the grass one taste like the smell of grass, and I think they used soap to flavor that one! I refuse to eat a vomit one, as I did that unknowingly once...never again! bacon is pretty realistic, but in a gross way, more like dog treats! I ate an earwax earlier just so I could say "alas, earwax" before spitting it out!


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 8, 2006 9:16 am (#491 of 2976)

I used to work for a company that made food products. They had a lab where they would schedule volunteers to taste test and fill out questionnaires following each test. (I do have a point.)

As I am reading about the Bertie Botts, I am imagining several cups full off beans labeled A, B, C, D. Each containing a slightly different rendition of "vomit flavoring".

Denise, so much for such young ones to have gone through! I will keep all who need it in my thoughts and prayers.

EDIT: As I desperately try to cut out 15 sets of each template for tonight's project, I see on TV that there is an infiltration of gang allegiance in the army. The strongest one, Folk Nation, along with others, claim their allegiance first to their gang, second to the army. I would never have guessed such a thing could/would take place. Sometimes I feel as though I walk around with my head in the sand. Anyone else familiar with such a thing?


haymoni  - Aug 8, 2006 9:47 am (#492 of 2976)

I remember seeing reports about gang graffiti showing up in Iraq.

One comedian suggested that they take everyone out of prison and put THEM in the army to kill our enemies - "They're the ones with all the experience!"

At the time I thought it was pretty funny, but not now.


Sconie Girl  - Aug 8, 2006 10:18 am (#493 of 2976)

From the JellyBelly site: There are 4 calories per bean, or about 100 calories per single serving (25 beans).

2 Points....I think I'll stick w/ my glass of Silk instead.


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 8, 2006 10:42 am (#494 of 2976)

Olivia hates fruit. The only fruit she tolerates are apples. So, naturally, I feel compelled to chase her around the house with a banana or some strawberries from time to time.

Priscilla set OotP aside and is now reading CoS in the interim. She wants to get through it before school starts and then will only have HBP to read once she finished OotP. She started this morning and is now on the fourth chapter in the Bloomsbury edition. It is cute to see her so excited as she points out all of the differences. My in-laws are in England right now. It only occurred to me today that they could have brought back the Bloomsbury versions when they went back in January. **smacks forehead with palm**


Marè  - Aug 8, 2006 10:59 am (#495 of 2976)

So, naturally, I feel compelled to chase her around the house with a banana or some strawberries from time to time

Snort! That's funny! Pictures a huge dragon chasing a little girl around with strawberries...


Kneazle  - Aug 8, 2006 11:44 am (#496 of 2976)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

All~ Some of you may or may not know that our landlords have seen fit to put our home on the market, leaving us high and dry as to where to call home come Christmas time. Ho Ho Ho. We nearly didn't find a place to live in the first place. My husband was staying with his Aunt and Uncle, the kids and I with my parents. We'd been searching for seven months when we found this one. With four boys no one wanted to rent to us. We had someone actually tell us to get rid of one of the kids and they'd rent to us. Now three months later we find ourselves yet again on the blunt end of an axe. So the prospect of yet again having to find a place to live has sent me down a spiralling vortex of depression. The point to my telling you this is to thank all of you for helping to occupy my mind for a brief time. Being, as we'll be tightening our belts I’ll be more than likely unable to lurk in the corners or post here any longer. Not to mention that at this point in time, I feel rather less than friendly. I just wanted to let you all know that I appreciated your hospitality while I was here. Thank you.


Tazzygirl - Aug 8, 2006 11:46 am (#497 of 2976)

**healing charms to Azi's house** And congrats on the new house! (Not sure if I said that or not. I've been kind of out of it lately... )

As my aunt and uncle are supposed to be getting a couple rooms added onto the upstairs, (when we all move out temporarily is beyond me...) they are going to replace my carpet, air conditioner, and ceiling (the water stains from when I had the massive leaks from the upstairs overflowing fishtank have gotten bigger. The fishtank overflowed again while I was in California, and nobody thought to come check and see if my place was all right.)

Last night I went through and threw out all food that is high in points, as I tend to munch on those during the day. Today I am going to go through and figure out how many points on everything else and write them on the bags/containers/etc. So I am hoping that will kick me into gear! I love fruit and veggies, I just don't eat them enough.
Good Evans, maybe once a week or something we could meet in the chat for support- anyone who is trying to lose weight or is in Weight Watchers should try to come too. Or we could email back and forth... I don't know. Any suggestions?

LOL, Maria!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!


EDIT: I am so sorry Kneazle! (((HUGS))) (How RUDE of that person to say that about your boys!! ) I hope you find a better place soon! **strengthening charms**


Good Evans  - Aug 8, 2006 11:54 am (#498 of 2976)

***strengthening charms to kneazle***

I do hope that everything works out for you and that you are able to return to us really soon. You know you are always welcome here. And if you need a ranting station or just someone to talk to, we are all here for you.

Very best of luck and do try to keep your spirits up, something will turn up for you.


Kristina - absolutely we slimmers should get together and motivate in the chat room once a week minimum,. if we are on here - we aren't eating !! thats my philosophy!

edit: well how about now Kristina?


haymoni  - Aug 8, 2006 11:54 am (#499 of 2976)

Oh, Kneazle- please - come here and vent!

Where do you live?

Maybe someone knows someone who would be willing to rent to an obviously intelligent HP fan like yourself!


Solitaire  - Aug 8, 2006 12:13 pm (#500 of 2976)

We had someone actually tell us to get rid of one of the kids and they'd rent to us.

Um ... isn't it illegal to discriminate against renters because they have children?

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Tazzygirl - Aug 8, 2006 12:14 pm (#501 of 2976)

Good Evans: Kristina - absolutely we slimmers should get together and motivate in the chat room once a week minimum,. if we are on here - we aren't eating !! thats my philosophy!

That sounds good to me! So what is a good time for everyone? I need all the support I can get!



Marè  - Aug 8, 2006 12:19 pm (#502 of 2976)

Kristina - absolutely we slimmers should get together and motivate in the chat room once a week minimum,. if we are on here - we aren't eating !! thats my philosophy!

Count me in, I have no points, but would be so happy to lose 3 kg. I have been stuck on the same weight for awhile but I would like it to go down a bit more!

*Wonders if we are chasing the men away from the thread already*

Kneazle, I really hope things will look up for you. You can always come here for cheering, ranting or a virtual hug.
Buying a house is not an option?


azi - Aug 8, 2006 12:20 pm (#503 of 2976)

Oh, Kneazle, that sounds horrible! I hope you can continue posting! If not, you will always be welcome back here at any time! Good luck with finding another house!


Solitaire  - Aug 8, 2006 12:24 pm (#504 of 2976)

I love the idea of "slimmers" (sounds so much better than "dieters") encouraging each other. Count me in!


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 8, 2006 12:25 pm (#505 of 2976)

Keazle, that is terrible news and worse yet that you all had to be split in such a way. And what a callous being to suggest 'ridding yourselves' of one. I fully understand why you are in low spirits but please try to hang in there - something is bound to come up. HHs will keep you in our prayers. Strengthening charms to you all, and perhaps some Felix Felicis, too.

I agree with haymoni- surely there must be someone who knows of something in your area?

Kristina, the reason most people don't eat more fruits and veggies is because they are usually a lot of work to prepare what with all of that scrubbing and slicing involved. I started providing trays of fruit, cheese and veggies at my children's class parties from Olivia's first class in Grade K. The trays were right in among all of the cupcakes and the other goodies. Guess what - they always ate them!

How about starting a thread for those who need the support?


Tazzygirl - Aug 8, 2006 12:40 pm (#506 of 2976)

Maria, I don't think we would be able to start a thread, as it isn't really HP related...

But... yeay! This will be great!



Madam Pince  - Aug 8, 2006 12:44 pm (#507 of 2976)

Oh Kneazle, I am so sorry to hear about your housing woes! Sending more strengthening and cheering charms, and hopes that you will soon find something that will suit. (I'm with Solitaire, by the way, I think you might want to consider talking to some sort of rental agent and just asking point-blank about the discriminating against people with kids -- I'm pretty sure that's a no-no, but then again it may be a state-by-state thing, and who knows how they enforce it...) We will miss you here -- hope you can soon stop by again. You don't have to be friendly all the time to post here, just look at... oh, well, never mind.... I'm kidding, of course!

Healing charms to azi's house and Tazzy's apartment...

Excellent job by Julie Snuffles and Julie Aronson! ***ding! ding! ding! Fifty Points Each!*** It was indeed Elmer Fudd! In the Bugs Bunny episode which I think was entitled "What's Opera, Doc?" where Fudd was some sort of Viking with a big horned helmet, calling down the wrath of the heavens onto poor wittle Bugs during their take on opera... My college roommate and I used to use that phrase to each other all the time whenever it was storming outside. One of those "inside-joke" things that nobody else gets...


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 8, 2006 12:50 pm (#508 of 2976)

((((((((Big hugs to Kneazle))))))))) Hang in there! It'll all work out in the end. Or you could just sue that awful person who wouldn't sell, and told you to lose a kid. then turn around with the money and buy a house!! **strenghtening charms to you and your family**

I'm eating a banana right now!! Hey, no one needs to know I ate chips earlier! Also, if you aren't a big fruit eater, try putting peanutbutter on things like apples, and bananas! It's really yummy!! DOn't put it on citrus fruits though!


Solitaire  - Aug 8, 2006 1:09 pm (#509 of 2976)

The Fair Housing Act says the following:

The Fair Housing Act, with some exceptions, prohibits discrimination in housing against families with children under 18. In addition to prohibiting an outright denial of housing to families with children, the Act also prevents housing providers from imposing any special requirements or conditions on tenants with custody of children. For example, landlords may not locate families with children in any single portion of a complex, place an unreasonable restriction on the total number of persons who may reside in a dwelling, or limit their access to recreational services provided to other tenants.

If I were you, I would check on this!



Lina  - Aug 8, 2006 1:25 pm (#510 of 2976)

What is better than spending time on the Forum? Spending time with an actual Forum member!

Finn, I'm sorry about your loss. As much as we can be expecting it, it is always painful. Hugs to you and your family.

Belated happy birthdays to Finn and Kathy!
Happy birthday Eponine!
just to follow the fashion from many posts ago.

Ginny, I remember you had one Agatha Cristie on your list!

Julie (Snuffles), hugs to you and your Mum. It is a good thing they can keep the disease under control for years, and maybe find a cure meanwhile! Healing and strengthening charms!

Protecting charms to Azi's house, so that nothing else would break.

On the healthy food front, I would say just one thing - even the healthiest food becomes dangerous in too big amounts. The healthiest way is - a bit from everything. Well, it doesn't mean that I'm doing it so. Count me in the Weight loss support group.

Home finding charms for Kneazle and her family!

This subject was discussed a while ago, but I wasn't able to post at that time and...

This is something I need to say. Somehow, alas, I did get the feeling, that you actively spoilt any chance of being allowed to talk other Forumers. But as I do not know your mother, I may be very wrong. --Detail Seeker

I'm sorry, Immo, but I don't entirely understand what you mean. By trying to make up a story that it could possibly be a Forumer I lost it? And, alas, I completely understand my mother's decision. My parents and I always get along, so there are no hard feelings anyway. –Finn

I've seen other members saying things like this to my daughter in the chat room, and I am thankful to them for that, and now I need to repeat it to all the younger members. Your parents love you and what they want for you is the best. We, elder Forum members, can see that they are quite succeeding in their job, but it is a parent's job to always question and check the development of the process. If you lie to them, or do things that they don't allow you, you will make them doubt that they are on the right track. The more you are sincere with them and you obey their decisions, you show them that you are responsible young people and easier you will get their trust and freedom. So, if your parents don't let you post your pictures, don't. I agree that it is nice to imagine a real person behind a name, but if your parents don't want unknown people to approach you in the street and greet you, I'm certain that all other Forum members can understand that. Just be patient. The life is quite ahead of you and you are so young! There will be other opportunities. Meanwhile, all you have to do is show your parents that they can trust you. Look at me: I met someone from the Internet, only when I was 42! (OK, I did meet some total strangers in the train and continued to be in contact with them, but that was when I was off age.)

I did ask my hubby how did he like the friendship that I made on the Internet and he was quite delighted, he almost went to the Internet to meet more people as nice as the Septentrions. But the fact is that I am an adult, responsible just to myself, able to make my own decisions and bear the consequences. With a little patience and a little help of your parents, you will become adults too.

Now I can concentrate on the photos...


Snuffles  - Aug 8, 2006 1:41 pm (#511 of 2976)

Denise, what amazing and brave children you have. When you see a child going through all that pain it must break your heart. I am so pleased that Ryan was able to help Devin and I am so pleased he has been in remission for so long.

Kneazle, how horrible for you. I hope you manage to find somewhere soon. As people have said, if you ever need a place to rant.... I would agreen also with what Solitaire said. I'm sure they aren't allowed to discriminate because you have children.

Madame P. I think I remember that episode. Did it have Bugs wearing a Viking helmet with long blonde plaits singing to Elmer?



Loopy Lupin - Aug 8, 2006 1:43 pm (#512 of 2976)

In the Bugs Bunny episode which I think was entitled "What's Opera, Doc?" where Fudd was some sort of Viking with a big horned helmet, calling down the wrath of the heavens onto poor wittle Bugs during their take on opera...-- Madame Pince

That is the title and that is my favorite Bugs cartoon.


Holly T. - Aug 8, 2006 2:12 pm (#513 of 2976)

My husband insisted that I order one of the Looney Tunes classic cartoon collections for the kids last Christmas as his opinion of current cartoons is well, not very Forum-friendly. We'd checked out some Roadrunner cartoons from the library before and my kids love them. They think they are hysterical. Yet they still insist on watching SpongeBob.

((Kneazle)) Hang in there!

Count me in for a slimmers support group! I don't like the format of the Weight Watchers boards (plus some of those people are mean).


Mediwitch  - Aug 8, 2006 2:43 pm (#514 of 2976)

Kneazle, (((((BIG HUGS))))) and *house-hunting charms* to you and your family. I really hope something comes up for you.

I'd join a slimmers support group! I almost joined Weight Watchers a few months ago with some co-workers, but I was stuck in meetings every week on the meeting day. Maybe once the new school year starts (sooner than it seems possible )! I get lazy by myself, and Mr. Mediwitch is no help. His idea of a bowl of ice cream is enough to feed a family of four for a week!

EDIT: I love that Bugs episode! ...with my sword and magic helmet...


geauxtigers  - Aug 8, 2006 2:43 pm (#515 of 2976)

Sorry about the house problems Kneazle! Charms being sent your way!

Lina, we did have The Murder at Vicarage or something like that, but as school starts Monday, its kinda late to back out now! LOL! I liked what you have said too. My parents trust me as far as I know. They know I'm not out here giving away my address or last name etc.It is one of the blessings about this forum that I can come here and it be a safe environment. There are of course risks, but once again, my parents trust that I'm not getting too personal. I would of course never be allowed to meet up with someone via the internet while I'm under their roof, but thats fine with me! Anyways what I'm saying is that I agree with you!

I love bugs bunny! He's my favorite! Its been a while since I watched bugs though! I also love the Road Runner! Today all the kids I babysit are watching these save the world type of deals and all this odd stuff. I asked Ginny one night as we were sitting through the evil spirit taking over world ect, what ever happened to bugs bunny, Tom and Jerry and the Road Runner? Those are the good ones!

I will admit that I am a Spongebob fan! I was about 9 when it started and I confess that I still watch it! LOL **walks off singing F is for friends that do stuff together, U is for you and me! N is for aNything, under the deep blue see** Okay I'll stop now!

I think I'll go watch cartoon network now! LOL! No I better not I need to read


The giant squid  - Aug 8, 2006 3:14 pm (#516 of 2976)

It was indeed Elmer Fudd! In the Bugs Bunny episode which I think was entitled "What's Opera, Doc?"--Madame Pince

Egad! And that's the one Looney Tunes episode that I always mark as my favorite... "Kill the waaabit, kill the waaaabit..."

Kneazle, don't get too discouraged. I've been on the bad side of a house hunt myself, albeit without the 4 boys. The rest of the gang is right, though, that landlords aren't able to restrict the number of sons you have. Unfortunately, I doubt you have enough spare change to start a lawsuit against him, but at least you know he's wrong & you're right. Keep looking--everyone keeps telling me the housing market is booming, so there's got to be a house for you somewhere...

I don't want to take up more room with a quote, so I'll just point to Lina's post about parents & say, "What she said!" It's so amazing to be on a forum with members literally from 16 to 60 (+/-5). You get the kids' perspective, the parents' perspective, the grandparents who chuckle at the parents dealing with the kids...it's a whole societal microcosm.

I just said that so I could use "societal" and "microcosm" in a sentence. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2752390508



Tazzygirl - Aug 8, 2006 3:39 pm (#517 of 2976)

Okay! Solution for Slimmers Support Group!

I was bored several weeks ago, so I decided to create a Forum. I originally created it so I could keep in touch with some friends in California, but then I didn't want to do that anymore. It doesn't get much action, as I have not advertised it at all (I have three members on the list). So, I was thinking I'd start a thread called Slimmers Support. All of you are welcome to go check the Forum out. Let me know if it works for you, or we can just start a new Forum up. If it really works out, we can add threads for healthy recipes, exercise tips, etc.

I'll post the link here. I also have it linked in my profile under Homepage.



virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 8, 2006 3:46 pm (#518 of 2976)

I totally agree with your post Lina. Trust is the hardest thing to keep with your parents, and the easiest thing to lose. I want to be able to go places and do things, and if my parents don't trust me, it's not likely that I could. It's one of the reasons that I chose this forum-there isn't a bunch of hooligans popping in and out of here. Everyone here is really respectful to each other and it just makes it seem much safer than some of the other HP forums, that are open to everyone.

I loooooveee those classic cartoons like Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, The Jetson's, Porky Pig, Road Runner, etc.That's what I grew up on, but now they are all thses weird things that com from China and Japan, and it's all that save the world mumbo jumbo. What happen to all the happy cartoons, with very little violence and death? Cartoons are supposed to be funny! Not suspenseful! They aren't supposed to make a lick of sense either. Wiley Cyote(SP?) will never catch the Road Runner, nor will Tom ever catch Jerry, you get the point. I miss those! They never come on anymore. I am a Spongebob fan though! It's different than all the rest! **ok rant over**

Squid Mike, I think I need to go look up the meanings to "societal" and "microcosm"!


Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 8, 2006 5:14 pm (#519 of 2976)

Knezale, I am sorry to hear about your family's troubles. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

I also love Looney Tunes, and Merrie Melodies I would recommend “Bugs Bunny gets the Boid” from 1942 and “Bugsy and Mugsy” from 1957.


Tazzygirl - Aug 8, 2006 5:28 pm (#520 of 2976)

I modified my Forum so that it is going to be solely used for the support group. (Can you tell I am really into this? )

I hope this works out!

I watched Cartoons when I was little, and I haven't watched them in years. I do remember that Roadrunner and Coyote were my favorite.



Stephanie M.  - Aug 8, 2006 5:51 pm (#521 of 2976)

Julie, I'm glad that they caught it pretty early, and that there is treatment that will work for that long! And in 10 years, I'm sure there will be a lot more medical advancements! *hugs* to you and your family.

Kneazle, I'm so sorry to hear about your housing issues! I hope everything goes well for you and your family, and I hope to see you back here soon!!

Azi, I hope everything gets fixed, and that your house doesn't continue to fall apart!

I was not the biggest fan of cartoons, but I loved the Abominable snow man, and that Yeti (that sasquatch guy with the hair). I also loved Loony Toons and Tiny Toons.

Have a great RotD!


boop  - Aug 8, 2006 6:53 pm (#522 of 2976)

Kneazle, Sorry to hear of your housing problem. I hope you find a new home soon. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I hope you can come back here soon. You will be missed.

Tazzy, thanks for the link, just might help me want to start back on my diet again.

I like cartoons, Sponge Bob is my favorite. I miss watching Loony Toons.

Have a great rest of the day everyone.

hugs always



Solitaire  - Aug 8, 2006 7:39 pm (#523 of 2976)

I'm a Rocky & Bullwinkle girl myself, although I do like The Flintstones and The Jetsons!



Puck  - Aug 8, 2006 7:51 pm (#524 of 2976)

Kneazle, thoughts are with you! Hope you find a place soon. Come back anytime!

Denise, you have a truly amazing family. Odd, though, I thought people lost weight on chemo... He looks wonderful now.

Great old cartoons can be found on Boomerang network. My boy loves it.

So, was everyone posting pictures of themselves while I was away? I would, but have no idea how to size one down. Must get hubby to show me one of these days.

We went to the water slides this afternoon. What fun! I have never been to this place before. It has three 300 foot slides and a "beach" area for swimming. After 3:00 it's much less crowded and the rates to get in are great. The big park is a two hour drive away, and $25 a head to get in. Last time we went the kids hated it and cried half the time. This place was close to home, and they had a blast. Diva was afraid at first, but decided to give it a shot, and loved it. I invited my mothers helper along. She got to enjoy the park, and I had extra hands and eyes.

Okay, I've rambled for awhile. Happy RotD!



Denise P.  - Aug 8, 2006 7:54 pm (#525 of 2976)

They do lose weight on chemo but then they usually are put on medications that cause water weight gain and steriods, which cause them to eat like there is no end. He went from 45 lbs to 68 lbs in less than a week. It all came off as soon as he was off the drugs though.

School starts tomorrow! Woo hoo! It is only half a day and then they off on Thursday but it is a start. We have one in 8th grade, one in 7th grade, two in 4th grade and one in Kindergarten.


The giant squid  - Aug 9, 2006 1:52 am (#526 of 2976)

Squid Mike, I think I need to go look up the meanings to "societal" and "microcosm"!—virginiaelizabeth

My own sneaky way of teaching vocabulary...  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 464751818

As for cartoons, they've all gone downhill since The Snorks went off the air.



Winky Woo  - Aug 9, 2006 3:19 am (#527 of 2976)
Edited Aug 9, 2006 4:06 am

Belated Happy Birthday to Eponine, Puck, & Finn!

Strengthening charms to Snuffles/Julie, Kneazle and all those who need them.

OK News alert .... I am getting married! We set the date for 25th November... this year!

It may come as a surprise as I always refer to my other half as Mr Winky but we have been living over the brush (or should that be broom) for 4 years!

We talked about slipping off to Sri Lanka and just having a big party when we came back, but my Dad kept dropping not so subtle hints, like “I've always dreamed of walking my eldest daughter down the aisle since she was born!” followed by a platitude, such as “but its your choice and you must do what you want, and if it makes you happy... “(see Mike you're not the only one who can slip words of more than one syllable in!)

Getting married is not a shock as we've talked about it for over a year, and in February, Mr Winky told me we were going to the theatre after work, so to leave a little bit earlier. He then proceeded to whisk me off to Paris for the weekend to propose properly! (HUGE brownie points for that I can tell you!)

However, getting married in 3 months’ time is a bit of a shock and nerve racking! The venue we wanted only had availability on that date, or wait until late 2007. We found that out on our second viewing on Sunday, and just looked at each other and said lets go for it!

So much to do, especially as Mr W is Dutch, so having to co-ordinate it across the two countries should be interesting! We are having very brief speeches from the English, and Sketches from the Dutch guests!

For any one who is interested its at Langdale Chase, Windermere in The lake District.

Finally, I too joined a weight loss group, called Slimming World last Thursday.

So all in all a busy old week!

Love Winky XXX

PS Sorry about the long post but I had to share!


Tazzygirl - Aug 9, 2006 3:50 am (#528 of 2976)

CONGRATULATIONS, Winky Woo! I'm sooo excited for you both!



Marè  - Aug 9, 2006 4:23 am (#529 of 2976)

I now have the tune to the Snorks stuck in my head!!!

And congrats Winky! I hope you enjoyed Paris.
And oh, the sketches  *rolls eyes*  I really hope they do not involve tutu's of any kind, or long stories of childhood intestine problems.
But they can be nice too...


kaykay1970  - Aug 9, 2006 4:50 am (#530 of 2976)

Kneazle, I hope you find a house soon.

Congratulations Winky Woo!


Winky Woo  - Aug 9, 2006 5:14 am (#531 of 2976)

Thanks guys!

Mare, I think the English guests are in for a bit of a surprise, as they won't have a clue about what is going to happen! Having been a guest at a couple of Dutch weddings, at least I am prepared! The butt of the jokes will be Wilm, as it is his friends and family, so I should get off lightly!(Fingers crossed)

Love Winky X


Puck  - Aug 9, 2006 6:27 am (#532 of 2976)

Congratulations Winky Woo!

A Paris proposal sound amazing! Have fun planning the wedding!

I've been slowly plowing through the NYC thread. Just FYI, the Stephen King reading about the pie eating contest is in the movie Stand By Me That's probably why he chose it. I believe the story it was based on was titled The Body.

Happy RotD!



Ginerva Potter - Aug 9, 2006 6:55 am (#533 of 2976)

Congratulations, Winky! The pictures are spectacular!! What a beautiful place! I can see why you would take the date they had available. How exciting!



Solitaire  - Aug 9, 2006 7:37 am (#534 of 2976)

Congratulations, Winky!


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 9, 2006 7:51 am (#535 of 2976)

Congratulations, Winky Woo! What a romantic way to propose, and Langdale Chase looks like a place out of a fairy tale! Hope all goes smoothly with the plans!


Holly T. - Aug 9, 2006 7:55 am (#536 of 2976)

Congrats Winky!

I have to say I'd rather watch SpongeBob than many of the other cartoons, especially those dark, save the world weird ones (which I won't let my kids watch), but SpongeBob is no Bugs Bunny.


Julie Aronson - Aug 9, 2006 8:54 am (#537 of 2976)

Congrats and good luck, Winky!


haymoni  - Aug 9, 2006 9:01 am (#538 of 2976)

Whoo Hoo Winky Woo!!!

Best Wishes to you both!!!

Tazzy - I'll hop on your Forum when I get home.


azi - Aug 9, 2006 9:34 am (#539 of 2976)

Congratulations Winky! I love the place where you're getting married! Wish I could afford to actually live somewhere like that...  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042    I'm sure you'll have a great day! Good luck with the diet as well!

I think Spongebob is one of those cartoons which you either love or hate. I personally love it - it's mind-numbing for the tired mind.

We were told today that our TV can't be repaired because it's over 15 years old and parts aren't made for it anymore. We got a lot of use out of it! We'll be getting a lovely new one sometime (hopefully). The problem is getting one that'll function properly when we switch over to a digital signal only, in a couple of years. Manufacturers either haven't got organised or are aiming to profit hugely from these switchovers. Quite a few TV's on sale won't work then (e.g. the ones which don't have digital receivers in them and no scart sockets to fit one in).

Hoping everyone has a lovely day!


Good Evans  - Aug 9, 2006 10:24 am (#540 of 2976)

Winky - what fabulous news - Congratulations!!!!

Azi - I know that feeling - we are holding on to our old set in the bedroom, but it really is on its last legs, I hope it will see us to the digital threshold!!!

My potty friend (who doesn't post here) told me of her dream the other night - we were queued up on release night for book 7 - and after loads of waiting we finally bought it and it was only pamphlet sized! I said to her - yes but how did it end and she told me that in her indignation over the size of it - she woke up!!!!!! LOL we did laugh!

have a super day all


Lina  - Aug 9, 2006 11:23 am (#541 of 2976)

Wow, Winky Woo, great news! Congratulations!

Good luck charms in TV hunting for Azi!

And warm welcome to all new members - something that I wanted to post before, but forgot.


Tazzygirl - Aug 9, 2006 12:02 pm (#542 of 2976)

Good luck with finding the new tv, Azi!

Welcome to all new members!

Nothing much going on here today. Planning on walking around the park with 'Thaniel.

Lina- I saw your pictures- you look like someone I have met a couple years ago!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



Solitaire  - Aug 9, 2006 12:08 pm (#543 of 2976)

My 20+ years old Toshiba TV (which I'd moved to the bedroom) gave up the ghost a little over a year ago. The picture got smaller and smaller until it was only a line about 1/4 inch wide across the screen! I moved the slightly newer (ca. 1991) Toshiba in there when I bought my new SONY.

My cable went digital a few years ago, and even my old dinosaurs have worked fine with it. Hopefully, you will be okay. As far as planning ahead ... I buy all DVDs in widescreen format, too, because I am hoping someday to get a widescreen TV.



haymoni  - Aug 9, 2006 12:34 pm (#544 of 2976)

Hi legolas returns!!!

Welcome back!!!


Winky Woo  - Aug 9, 2006 12:43 pm (#545 of 2976)

Thanks Everyone! ****still floating 10 feet above the ground without a hover charm****

Lina, what wonderful pictures, it looks fabulous, Is that near where you live?

Solitaire, what's actually happening in the UK is that they are turning off all the analogue transmissions in the near(ish) future, which means you wont be able to get TV through your old aerial unless you fork out for a digital TV box, cable or satellite. Unfortunately some older TV's don't have scart sockets which enable you to plug into these devices and receive what are currently the free/terrestrial channels. Most of new ones come already set up to decode digital signals, without the need for extra contraptions. But I agree with Azi that its seems that the stores have a hidden agenda, sell you a TV for the short term, and the either sell you a new one or the add on extras in 18 months or so. Its the elderly I worry about.

3 posts in a day must be a record for me on this thread. Can you tell its my day off work today?


Winky x. x x


legolas returns  - Aug 9, 2006 12:43 pm (#546 of 2976)

Thanks. Glad to be here. *bouncy bouncy in chair*


Solitaire  - Aug 9, 2006 12:47 pm (#547 of 2976)

That is a bummer, Winky and Azi. My digital cable box worked fine with my old, dead TV and is working well enough with the older TV I have now. The same kind of cords and hookup things are used on the digital box as were used on the other box. It sounds like your cable companies are planning to change things dramatically. It's too bad ...



Detail Seeker  - Aug 9, 2006 12:59 pm (#548 of 2976)

Now, that is a nice surprise, Haggis returns... Legolas irn Bru ...

Welcome back in the active posting league here. You were missed !


legolas returns  - Aug 9, 2006 1:03 pm (#549 of 2976)

Warm glow. I feel all special now


Catherine  - Aug 9, 2006 1:55 pm (#550 of 2976)

Hi Legolas, welcome back.

I just had the funniest conversation with Hayley. She was petting Daisy and asked, "Mommy, who invented dogs?" I explained that dogs used to be wolves, but changed over many years.

She looked at our two sleeping shih-tzus with a VERY skeptical look. It is funny to think about.

I'm very tired from working at school. I think I'm going to get a glass of iced tea and read a magazine with my feet up for a while. Can I just say that my classroom is still not ready, and that none of my textbooks have arrived??
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Denise P.  - Aug 9, 2006 2:03 pm (#551 of 2976)

Catherine, sip your iced tea and think it could be worse.

Kaitlyn was listed as being in "New Teacher's" class. We went to back to school night last night and found "New Teacher" had a name finally. In speaking to her, she found out at 8 am that she had been hired and had to get her class ready for parents and students by 5 pm THAT DAY. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 793915934 Today was the first day of school so she is still working to get things up and going.


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 9, 2006 3:28 pm (#552 of 2976)

Congratulations Winky! What a beautiful place to begin married life. I think planning a wedding should be allowed on a resumé. Lots of work!

I went into school today. Every year it amazes me what happens the few weeks before school starts. Everything is a mess but when the students arrive it is ready to go. Catherine I hope you are enjoying your tea and magazine. Hope your textbooks arrive on time.

Denise I think it is funny how moms look forward to school starting and the teachers start groaning!

Mr. Ludicrous just ordered a computer based entertainment system. We will be able to watch DVDs, Surf the net on our TV, listen to CDs and a variety of wonderful things that I'll probably never understand. LPO


legolas returns  - Aug 9, 2006 3:50 pm (#553 of 2976)

I like your Avatar LPO. Is it Edinburgh Castle?


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 9, 2006 3:53 pm (#554 of 2976)

My own sneaky way of teaching vocabulary...   LOL Mike, you might have to help me out here as I didn't really understand the definitions! It was like the act of socialismic ideas or something like that!

Congrats Winky Woo!! How romantic, he proposed to you in Paris!! Your wedding place is amazing as well! We don't have a single hill down south, nor do we have such a cool place! Good Luck with the planning!

I hate our cable. We had an extremely severe thunderstorm this afternoon, and we couldn't watch the news to see about it, because the clouds were blocking the signal! It's ridikulus!! Don't get satellite dishes! It's like that Cox commercial where a man is watching TV and the signal is going on and off over and over again. Then they bring you outside and there is a kid jumping on a trampoline, and whenever he jumps up, his body interfere's with the satellite dish. Never thought that was true, but it really is!

Babysat today. The kid threw a tantrum. Going back again tomorrow and Friday. Not looking forward to it.

Have a great RotD everyone! **healing charms and such to eveyone in need of them**

Chemyst - Aug 9, 2006 4:04 pm (#555 of 2976)

I think it is funny how moms look forward to school starting and the teachers start groaning!   - LPO

` . ` . ` . . . yet, there are exceptions.

Best wishes Winky Woo. The pictures are charming.
But after seeing the staircase, the practical side of me hopes you find some trip-proof shoes.


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 9, 2006 4:05 pm (#556 of 2976)

Yes it is Legolas. I took the picture in 04. I love that castle! LPO


legolas returns  - Aug 9, 2006 4:09 pm (#557 of 2976)

So do I LPO. I was born and grew up in Edinburgh but moved away once I graduated.

You can take the girl out of Scotland But you can’t take Scotland out of the girl.

Never a truer word was said.


boop  - Aug 9, 2006 4:15 pm (#558 of 2976)

Congratulations to Winky Woo!!!

Ginerva Potter, welcome to the forum.

Legolas, welcome back, you were missed!

Have a great rest of the day everyone!

hugs always



Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 9, 2006 4:21 pm (#559 of 2976)
Edited Aug 9, 2006 4:55 pm

I believe it Legolas. Scotland is a very special place. The people are wonderful. Mr. Ludicrous and I are planning another trip in 08. This time we are headed to the Orkneys. LPO

Edit: Right you are Chemyst!


geauxtigers  - Aug 9, 2006 4:31 pm (#560 of 2976)

Wow I hate thunder. And yes I'm advising that no one get direct TV. It goes out literally everytime it rains. It doesn't even need to rain, just have some clouds over head. Good news is that our very old, older than me, tv in the office is still connected to cable. THey haven't turned it off, **knocks on wood**, so everytime it goes out the whole family just squeezes in there.

Well my Grannie had hail at her house, and her TV seems to have been struck by lightning so she is coming to spend the night. And it is starting to really thunder again, I guess I should go now...

Congrats to Winky Woo, thats soo romantic!

Speaking of Paris, my French copy of PS! YAY! I've read the first few pages and so far there’s a lot I don't know. I just know what it means because I've read it so many times before! LOL

Sorry if I forgot anyone or anything!


Catherine  - Aug 9, 2006 5:00 pm (#561 of 2976)

In speaking to her, she found out at 8 am that she had been hired and had to get her class ready for parents and students by 5 pm THAT DAY. Today was the first day of school so she is still working to get things up and going. --Denise P.

Bless her heart.

As I sip my iced tea, I reflect that this teacher will need some support. I wish for her students that their teacher had more time to prepare. I send all possible education charms that way. She's gonna need them. So will her students and their parents.

I can't really complain. I'm in my room early, and the maintenance staff is now headed by a woman whose child I taught last year. So far, every time I've even mentioned that things needed doing in my class, it's happened before I can even turn around again. I feel rather pampered, and VERY appreciative, and I think the staff is amused that I'm so grateful.

I spent two hours today doing "substitute teacher" plans and "worse case scenario" plans, in case my first novel and social studies textbooks aren't in place come next week, even though I will be in tears if my novel is not here. I may have mentioned this before, but for folks interested in adolescent lit, I'm teaching Tangerine by Edward Bloor as the first novel. I think it is good "get to know you" fare, and has a fairly decent mystery air about it to boot. It also delineates culture very well, and as our Social Studies in 7th grade is about non-Western culture, it can get us thinking about that issue--what is our culture, what other cultures are around us--and then maybe we can deal with totally "other" cultures, even though 7th graders are notoriously "us" centric.


Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 9, 2006 5:28 pm (#562 of 2976)
Edited Aug 9, 2006 6:01 pm

Catherine, I studied international relations while at university. I took a course called Intercultural Issues and in the course we used a book by an author named Edward T. Hall called Beyond Culture. It is a must read volume.


Stephanie M.  - Aug 9, 2006 5:29 pm (#563 of 2976)

Congratulations Winky Woo!!

"New Teacher" got ready for a class in 9 hours! That's crazy!

Azi, I'm sorry that your TV couldn't get fixed! 15 years is a pretty long time for the life of a TV though!

Tomorrow is my last day of work! I'm glad that I actually have some summer left, but it's going to be sad to leave everybody!

Have a great rest of the day!


Catherine  - Aug 9, 2006 5:46 pm (#564 of 2976)

I took a course called Intercultural Issues and in the course we used a book by an author named Edward T. Hall called Beyond Culture./i> It is a must read volume. --Nathan Zimmerman

I always appreciate a good recommendation, so thank you.


Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 9, 2006 6:06 pm (#565 of 2976)

Catherine, you are also most welcome. There also was interesting article several years ago published by Dr. Ricardo Hausmann entitled Prisoners of Geography, its primary focus was on Central and South America.


Puck  - Aug 9, 2006 6:56 pm (#566 of 2976)

Tori, glad you are enjoying Harry Potter in French, but have you finished your required reading?

School has started down south? My kids don't go back for another 26 days. (Not that I'm counting.)

We went to get my son's Cub Scout uniform today. Oh, it's so adorable – and so is he. (He'd complain if he heard me call him that, but he is.) I've been looking through the book, and I can't wait to start. Mr. Puck has already predicted I'll become a den mother.

Happy RotD!



Denise P.  - Aug 9, 2006 7:10 pm (#567 of 2976)

You can't be a Den Mother...Cub Scouts did away with them ages ago. (I just looked...1978) You can be a Den Leader or Assistant Den Leader though. I started as a Den Leader and now am the Cubmaster. We are getting ready for our Round Up to bring in new boys. Whee!

While out running this evening, nearly got hit by a car. I was with a group of 5, we were crossing the entrance to a MacDonald's when a car decided to turn in. We were already half way across so he stopped for us. When he did, a car behind him plowed into him, the car behind that one rammed the second one and the first car jumped forward and missed Chuck, the lead runner by less than a foot. The rest of us let out some colorful words, jumped out of the way but kept running. My heart was really going well going up the hill!


Mediwitch  - Aug 9, 2006 7:13 pm (#568 of 2976)

Wow, Winky Woo, congratulations! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2942856553

I haven't counted the days left in summer vacation yet, but the end is coming up quickly! The teachers go back to school here on August 29, but the kids don't come back until the Tuesday after Labor Day. I'm looking forward to going back, but I feel like I'm running out of time to do everything I wanted to get done this summer. Oh well, it's the same every year! (At least I got a lot of pleasure reading done! )


Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 9, 2006 7:17 pm (#569 of 2976)

I tried Cub Scouts when I was young but, my father was more enthused about them than I was at that age. I have always tended to be more bookish. I used to be in debate clubs, chess clubs and Model United Nations when I was in junior high and high school.


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 9, 2006 7:23 pm (#570 of 2976)

Puck we start on Tuesday, Monday is orientation picture and set up your e-mail account day. It generally takes less than an hour as I'm not a new student so there is no orientation for me. Most Public schools started yesterday. I haven't finished my summer reading, but don't worry, I always do! I look at reading HP in French as "reading for the fun of it!" hehe

I did Girl Scouts in 4th grade. I didn't really like it much, as we had to wear those awful uniforms to school! Those green pleated shorts and the white blouse with ruffles and "Junoir Girl Scouts" written all over it in green, along with those vest with the patches. It didn't help that my mom bought mine about 5 sizes to big so that I would "grow in to them". I just remember that our leader was really odd and I didn't like her or her daughter, so it wasn't a pleasant experience for me. I also got really homesick at all the camp outs. I still get homesick somewhat.

Ginerva Potter - Aug 9, 2006 7:25 pm (#571 of 2976)

Thanks, boop! I mostly lurk, but when I saw the pictures, I couldn't help myself!



Solitaire  - Aug 9, 2006 7:44 pm (#572 of 2976)

Tori, have you finished P&P yet? **giving Tori the "teacher look"**

I think it is funny how moms look forward to school starting and the teachers start groaning!

My mom told me she can't understand why parents look forward to their kids going back to school. She always loved having me home! What can I say?

My principal called today and told me I would be teaching a brand new prep--7th grade social studies--in addition to three sections of 7th language arts. That shot my blood pressure up a few points!

I needn't have worried, though, because he called back a few hours later to say I could have 6th grade social studies, which I've taught before. Whew! The only hitch: I have to teach a Generation Y technology elective (which is a ton of prep and grading). This kind of puts a kink in my plans to go back for my CLAD certification this fall, as it will require several hours a week more prep and grading than my usual electives. Grrrrrrrrrr!! I am now seeking a different path of getting that CLAD certification.



kaykay1970  - Aug 9, 2006 8:48 pm (#573 of 2976)

I thought of Ginny and Tori today. My 17 year old's first reading assignment is, you guessed it Pride and Prejudice. She's read three chapters and so far she loves it!


Ginerva Potter - Aug 9, 2006 8:57 pm (#574 of 2976)

Solitare - What is CLAD certification?


Solitaire  - Aug 9, 2006 9:07 pm (#575 of 2976)

CLAD = Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development. There is a good explanation of it on this California Commission on Teacher Credentialing page. Hope it helps.



geauxtigers  - Aug 9, 2006 9:12 pm (#576 of 2976)

**giving Tori the "teacher look"**  LOL! ummm the teacher look...I think I'll go read now...LOL **walks away from computer with scared look on face**

Thats great Kaykay! It took me longer than 3 chapters to get into it! I'm fixing to go read now I'm about chapter 18, still a longggg way to go, but I'm finding its not as slow a read as I thought it'd be so thats good.

Wow its still raining here, at least the lightning is gone for the most part. My grannie ended up going home as the flash flood warnings appeared and her sun room tends to lead and flood. Gosh me and Ginny just missed the storm leaving babysitting. We weren't home 5 minutes before the lady called us making sure we were home as nickel sized hail was falling at her house! I hate storms... And we have what appears to be the makings for a tropical depression in the Atlantic...August is here thats for sure!

Denise, you are so lucky that no one was harmed in that crash! I had a friend in France who, was supposed to come down and visit this summer with me and Ginny's exchange partners, but she was hit by a bus in late may. She is fine now, but not anywhere near ready to come this July. So I didn't get to see my 'frenchies' It really was terrible we were so worried but now it seems she will make a slow but good recovery. Its weird I've been hearing about things like that lately. Its stuff most people take for granted, crossing the street you know...

My mom used to be ready for us to go back to school, we used to do some stuff when we were little I tell ya! Us and my friend/neighbor used to make 'potions' yes I know, and we basically made a mess all summer. I used to wonder why my mom liked school, now I know! LOL

Night everyone!


Solitaire  - Aug 9, 2006 10:18 pm (#577 of 2976)

**Glad Tori knows the "teacher look" and is properly scared.**

Tori, I'll be preparing a quiz for you to take when you are finished ... just so I can be sure you've really read the story!



Tazzygirl - Aug 9, 2006 11:24 pm (#578 of 2976)

I am glad you and your running buddies weren't hurt, Denise!

Still have a week and a half before school starts. Yippee!

I was in Girl Scouts for a while. When we moved to Mississippi, I had advanced higher than my level, but was too young to move up to the Cadets (next one up from Juniors), so I ended up being a helper to my sister's brownie class. I remember I had loads of fun at Girl Scout camp! When we moved to California, we couldn't find a troop in our area. So that ended that!

I never had to read Pride and Prejudice in school.



Snuffles  - Aug 10, 2006 4:33 am (#579 of 2976)

Denise, I'm glad no one was hurt while you were out running.

Winky Woo, congratulations. How romantic your future hubby sounds. Your wedding venue looks fabulous, I hope all your planning goes smoothly

Just watching the news, I am so glad I have no plans to fly anywhere at the moment. Hope that anybody that has any holidays booked in the UK, manages to go without too much disruption.

I'm just so pleased that this terror plot has been foiled. The outcome would have been catastrophic.

Hope everyone has a good Thursday



HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 10, 2006 4:38 am (#580 of 2976)
Edited Aug 10, 2006 5:14 am

Denise, frightening how quickly something tragic can occur. Glad to see no one was hurt!

Julie, what happened in the news? My in-laws are there and due to return.

**waves to Lina** Welcome back! Glad you had fun!

Welcome back, legolas returns!

EDIT: kaykay, who is the little cutie in your pic? How has everyone adjusted to back-to-school?

I can't even think about that, yet. Still in the throes of VBS - it's a lot of work, but the kids are really enjoying it and they're all so cute!

A friend of mine goes in for surgery Monday. She has a heart condition and is very nervous. I felt terribly helpless on the phone - she was really upset. I am planning a tour-guided visit to the Met. Museum of Art for November to give her something to look forward to after she recovers. She loves things like that.

I am watching the two siblings who lost their mom one day next week. That is a tough day, as the boy seems to target Trevor (Trevor is by far the youngest, so he finds himself on the receiving end quite often). I spend most of the day trying to keep his attention off Trevor. haymoni, didn't you say you have a brother with Asperger's? Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated. His mom was working with him and was getting him the help he needed - providing great outlets. Unfortunately, father has always been in denial about it. He's a bright kid and at an age where he's very responsive.

The following week my aunt and uncle are coming for a visit. I can hardly wait - she is an awesome woman. I love my uncle, too (my father's brother) but he is austere to the letter and used to intimidate me when I was young. Heh heh.

EDIT 2: Thanks for the information, Julie. I'd better call my husband and see if he's heard anything. I am quite sure they're due to leave from Heathrow.

Just spoke to him. They're not due to leave (yes, from Heathrow) for two more days. My husband's attitude was very calm "Well, they caught them." Something tells me his parents' attitude was not very far off this, either. It is most likely that they won't even be affected.


Snuffles  - Aug 10, 2006 4:53 am (#581 of 2976)

Maria, There was a foiled terror plot to blow up about 10 planes heading out from the UK to the US. I think most flights out of UK have been cancelled except those already in the air.

Where are you in-laws flying from? Heathrow has come to a standstill and most other airports are experiencing severe delays.



Good Evans  - Aug 10, 2006 5:22 am (#582 of 2976)

Hope the relatives get back alright Maria, I suspect there will be delays with the stepped up security and no hand baggage rule. I doubt that will be relaxed for some time! There is of course a great plus to not taking hand baggage on the flight = the getting on and off should be so much quicker and hopefully less hazardous as someone swings a briefcase at your head from the o/h locker!!! The only down side is that if they lose your baggage, thats all your personal stuff (mob phone / IPAQ / make up etc) gone!!! I recall a flight a few years ago where three ladies (three generations of the same family I think ) all carried vanity cases aboard as hand luggage. This resulted in some hilarity as when the pilot announced that we had started our descent they all got their cases on their laps and proceeded to touch up the full slap! Goodness only knows how they will survive without their make up!! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1242194059

anyway - to any forummers and families flying around the Uk today (I am so glad it was Sun/ Mon that I went), I hope that you are able to get to your destination without too much disruption. Thoughts are with you.

PS - Denise - awful about those cars, I thought that running was a risk free exercise!!!!


Loopy Lupin - Aug 10, 2006 5:32 am (#583 of 2976)

She looked at our two sleeping shih-tzus with a VERY skeptical look. It is funny to think about. – Catherine

Hmmm. Well, with Kim not around at the moment I have to jump in for her and express even more skepticism that wolves have ended up as shih-tzus. I thought evolution typically improved a species. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2775603007


kaykay1970  - Aug 10, 2006 5:37 am (#584 of 2976)

I had no idea what was going on until I read Julies post! I guess I need to turn on more than cartoons sometimes. Good luck to your in-laws for a safe flight home, Maria.

Healing/recovery charms for your friend Maria.

That is my Little Guy in the avatar. The kids are adjusting fine to school. The eldest is thrilled to be voted Reporter in her Journalism class. Writing is her passion. Nitro is a bit upset that he has very few classes with his buddies. Maybe he will be talking in class less this year.

Glad that you and your running pals were not injured Denise. How scary!


Winky Woo  - Aug 10, 2006 5:59 am (#585 of 2976)

Denise glad to hear that you are all ok. That kind of thing can really shake you up, you feel so helpless.

Good luck to your in-laws for a safe flight home, Maria.

Its funny to hear how romantic Mr W is. He hates stuff that is commercialised e.g. Valentines day, anniversaries, etc.  but does the most incredibly romantic gestures off the cuff- He booked Paris on the Monday before we travelled!

Because he knows how terrible I am in the morning, he gets up, walks the dogs, perks the coffee, makes my breakfast (Freshly squeezed OJ) puts the shower on, then wakes me! Now that is true love. He still does that after 4 years of living together. So I can't complain if he has forgotten our anniversary (Which unless heavily prompted he would never remember and has forgotten in the past)

Actually the most romantic thing for me was that he had packed not just pretty under-garments, but some really practical long thermal underwear- and boy, in February did I need it!

I guess you can see why I am marrying the guy!

My thoughts are with everyone who is stuck in the chaos caused by the terrorist threats, I hope you all get to where you need to be soon.


Winky X

Actually GE you are right about the loosing of luggage. And its more likely to happen with all the pandemonium thats happening right now. they lost my luggage on Christmas Eve an left me stranded in the clothes I had on until Boxing Night! They delivered the case to the restaurant that we were dining at. I was so tempted to change there and then! Luckily I managed to buy new underwear before the shops closed, and people could wait for the christmas gifts. But I would have cried without my handbag! No lipstick, phone or comb *shudders*


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 10, 2006 6:56 am (#586 of 2976)

OMG, Winky - he packed for you!!   (I'm sorry, that's all I have to say about that for now.)

Thanks everyone.


Winky Woo  - Aug 10, 2006 9:24 am (#587 of 2976)

Yep HH11, it was such a surprise, I didn't even know I was going to Paris until we got to the Air France Check in desk. He even packed a fancy black halterneck dress that I'd bought for a friends 50th Birthday Party that we were going to, but also brought 4 pairs of shoes as he didn't know which to bring to go with it! ( Although he figured training shoes were not quite right!) I mean he's actually quite macho and doesnt notice things like that, but he knew it would be important to me not to be dressed like a tramp whilst in Paris...

Gotta love him


Winky X


Tazzygirl - Aug 10, 2006 10:35 am (#588 of 2976)

**safety and good luck charms to those traveling to and from US and Britain. ** Glad the people involved were caught!(Since I just woke up, I should probably watch the morning news and see what's been given as information here...)

Winky Woo- your guy sounds wonderful! Again, congratulations!

I am training myself to get up early every day, as my school schedule this semester sends me out the door at 6:30 am or so. I haven't purposely woken up that early in a year... :yawn:

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



legolas returns  - Aug 10, 2006 10:59 am (#589 of 2976)

Healing charms to your friend HH.

Winky-Where did you manage to find such a perfect man? Well done in bagging a good one.

LPO-When you go to Orkney be sure to taste some Puffin Poo. Its a really tasty sweetie made from white Belgium chocolate. Yum.

Hope everyone flies safely home. Apart from the airport disruption there were a lot of train delays with people leaving a package unattended. You cant be over careful. Security guards are a bit more visable at the moment. They had a sniffer dog at the rail station this morning-not having watched the news in the morning I thought they were looking for drugs.

Got to go and get some dinner before I go out with some mates for a Butterbeer tonight.

Have a good evening everyone.


azi - Aug 10, 2006 11:14 am (#590 of 2976)

**Is astounded at how good Winky's guy sounds**

Don't I know the trains were running late today! There were no delays for my train mentioned online, but I got to the train station to find it's running 45 minutes late! I caught a train to a more major station so I could change to another, but it ends up the train I was catching was running 50 mins late so that was absolutely packed (and they couldn't get the doors open - that never helps matters). Coming back, the train was once again late so I missed my bus home and had to wait 55 mins. I also had to stand because it, too, was packed. Naturally, I'm ever so slightly miffed with public transport right now. < /rant >

Enjoy your butterbeer, legolas returns!


Good Evans  - Aug 10, 2006 11:19 am (#591 of 2976)

sympathy Azi - I bet it was Doncaster hurrrumph!!!!!!!

Just joking!!!!

have a nice evening out before you return legolas!!


azi - Aug 10, 2006 11:29 am (#592 of 2976)

Hehe, Julie! Doncaster could be slightly to blame...then again London trains never run on time. Actually part of it was due to electrical faults - the conductor said that someone had stolen/put wire from/on the line (I didn't catch the exact words). Other than that I have no idea.


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 10, 2006 11:54 am (#593 of 2976)

HH1 Sorry to hear about your friend. I hope all goes well.

Denise I'm glad no one was hurt!

Puffin Poo? Sounds . . . . . .interesting.  If it is chocolate I'll try it (I confess I haven't had the courage to try Haggis yet).

Thanks to the hard working British security. They have really done an outstanding job. LPO


The giant squid  - Aug 10, 2006 12:58 pm (#594 of 2976)

LOL Mike, you might have to help me out here as I didn't really understand the definitions!—virginiaelizabeth

Ginny, societal means "of or relating to society" and microcosm is "a small system used as a representative of a larger one". I was trying to say that here on the Forum you can find an example of pretty much every facet of society (well, except those without internet access).

he knew it would be important to me not to be dressed like a tramp whilst in Paris...--Winky Woo

Sometimes we men pick up on these things... Congratulations, Winky! And kudos to soon-to-be-Mr. Winky for having the forethought to take you to Paris for the proposal. Ladies, a random poll*: if your man took you to Paris to propose, is there any way you could have said "no"?

(Paris residents excluded--you're already there, after all. No big whoop.)



Regan of Gong  - Aug 10, 2006 2:58 pm (#595 of 2976)

Add to list of greatest achievements ever:

21. Cut my tongue while using an electric razor

I was trying to do the Mr Bean thing...

Haven't seen the news yet, it's my brother's birthday. Sounds like quite a plan. The highest rating show over here at the moment is "Border Security", where they show all our customs officials "winning the war" against terrorism and smuggling etc.


legolas returns  - Aug 10, 2006 3:24 pm (#596 of 2976)

Raises a butterbeer to everyone on the lexicon.

Trains in the West Midlands are not known for the ability to run on time. There was a bomb scare at Coventry at one point-well that was the excuse that they used for being late.

If I had a man that took me abroad to a romantic city (like soon to be Mr Winky) I would find it impossible to say no.


geauxtigers  - Aug 10, 2006 5:40 pm (#597 of 2976)

if your man took you to Paris to propose, is there any way you could have said "no"?  I could never say no to that! LOL That is like something from every girl's dream! Winky you are so lucky to have such a wonderful guy!

I'm glad they were able to stop the attacks can you even imagine? That would be terrible. Props to the London security, I'm so glad they caught this. **safety charms to all flying overseas**

Well, today this kid we babysat, jammed a straw in her mouth and cut a nice circular hunk out of her mouth, near her throat. Wow, we got it to stop bleeding fairly quickly thankfully. But man is she going to have trouble eating the next few days. Maybe she will listen to me now as I told her to put the straw in the trash about 50 times...

Regan, you cut your tongue with an electric razor? I don't want to know how you did that! LOL bet that hurts!

Soli, you can quiz me! It just might be quite a while til I finish! I've got it all worked out, Monday is picture day, no classes, Monday we go to all our classes for a shorter time. Well I don't have english until Thursday is what I'm saying!

I can't remember what else I was going to say!

Have a great day everyone!


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 10, 2006 5:42 pm (#598 of 2976)

Add to list of greatest achievements ever:

21. Cut my tongue while using an electric razor . . .

**walks away thinking that Regan may have serious problems, or that he just has a hairy tounge! gross!**

All this terrorism stuff freaks me a bit. I'm glad they caught the plan before it happened though, that would have been possibly more disaterous that 9/11, and the sheer number of people and they'd be over the ocean. It'd take ages to figure out what happened, as there'd be no witnesses. There are times when I wonder what's wrong with the world. Why can't we just all be friends??

Oh gosh, I had an eventful day. The little girl we babysat today decided she was going to "relieve herself" in the back yard. We caught her before she got her pants down though, as she went inside to get some toilet paper. Honestly! She was going to use the bathroom outside, but she had to make sure she had toilet paper first! She's such a mix between tomboy and girly girl! This was after she ran around with a straw in her mouth and stabbed herself with it, even after we repeatedly told her to go throw it away. The joys of being 5 years old!

Thanks for the info Mike!

**healing and safety charms all around**

Have a great RotD!

EDIT: I would probably faint if a guy took me to Paris and proposed to me! I'd definitely say yes!

Also Regan, I noticed that the razor incident is numbered at 21. Does that mean there are 20 other things that you have done that are stupid?


Marie E.  - Aug 10, 2006 6:03 pm (#599 of 2976)

I had a kindergartener stab himself in the back of the throat with a pencil. Then, to top it off, he was demonstrating the incident for his mom and stabbed himself again!

I almost got to talk to my kids yesterday. I may have mentioned that it's difficult talking to them as my in-laws are in a temporary apartment with no phone and there's very little cell phone coverage around the lake they're living by.  Mr. E tried calling them last night on his mother's On-Star phone in her car. I guess the girls had just got done fighting and both were crying. When they heard Mr. E's voice they began crying louder. Mr. E was so kind as to put them on speaker phone so I could hear, too. (Like I've never heard them be hysterical before.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1242194059 ) Shayla was crying things like, "I couldn't make it five days at Girl Scout Camp without be homesick! I want to come home right now!" Lexie was more like, "Mommy! Daddy!"

The girls quieted down as Mr. E and his parents talked about the progress on the new house (roof and sheetrocking done, etc) so Mr E's mom asked the girls if they wanted to talk. Nothing. I said hello. Nothing. So, jokingly, I said, "Hey, I'm not feeling the love here." Mass hysteria. Both of them bawling at the top of their lungs. My mother-in-law hissed "thanks a lot, Marie!" I kept apologizing. Then I heard Lexie say "Oh,no. Oh,no. Oh, no!" Then she threw up. (For those who are new, Lexie throws up very easily, had reflux as a baby, all kinds of fun stuff) So all in all, the call was a disaster. And I'm probably getting coal for Christmas from my in-laws.


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 10, 2006 6:03 pm (#600 of 2976)

Mike, mark me down for a “yes.”  Even though I'm already married!

Mr. Ludicrous is putting together our new multimedia system. He named the PC box Hogwarts. I'm so proud.

Regan what is the Mr. Bean thing?

Legolas, one would think Conventry has been bombed enough.

Geauxtigers, I hope your young charge learned her lesson!

Virginiaelizabeth, sounds like you have had an eventful day. At least she knows to use toilet paper! LPO
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Catherine  - Aug 10, 2006 6:17 pm (#601 of 2976)

Then she threw up. (For those who are new, Lexie throws up very easily, had reflux as a baby, all kinds of fun stuff) So all in all, the call was a disaster. And I'm probably getting coal for Christmas from my in-laws.--Marie E.

LOL, though I feel badly about laughing.

I always get coal from my in-laws. Perhaps we should combine forces for any incoming energy crisis.

My in-laws, normally very non-committal, have agreed nearly a year in advance to mind our children so that we can go to Europe. We will be in London for our 15th anniversary in late June of 2007. Woo hoo! I've never been to England at all--I AM SO THRILLED! So perhaps I should never complain about coal again!


Solitaire  - Aug 10, 2006 6:18 pm (#602 of 2976)

Also Regan, I noticed that the razor incident is numbered at 21. Does that mean there are 20 other things that you have done that are stupid?

Now I am wondering two things: One, is there a website or blog on which you document these things? Two, where did I get the idea Regan was a girl?

I got some exciting (for me) news from my principal today. He told me my 7th graders did very well on our STAR/CAT tests. He doesn't have the number of points the class gained over their previous year's language arts scores, but the class apparently exceeded the growth goal. So ... today was a "good news" day!


Edit: Catherine, we cross-posted. My niece just had a baby on June 4, and that poor baby cries day and night. My niece goes back to school next week, as I do, and she is terribly upset about leaving Leah when she is so miserable. How do you differentiate between a bad case of colic and reflux disease? She and I think it may be a reflux problem. What did you do for your daughter? How long did the problem last? Any words of wisdom? Oops! I see that was Marie who posted about the reflux ... but the questions are the same.


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 10, 2006 6:30 pm (#603 of 2976)

Two, where did I get the idea Regan was a girl?   Don't worry Soli, I thought he was a girl until I saw a picture of him! I think it's because I know a girl named Regan, so that was my first instinct! Now that I know, when reading his post, I think how dumb I was to think that as he doesn't sound like a girl at all in his post, but alas, earwax!

Marie, that story is a bit funny! I will admit that I laughed. My best friend's brother has that throw-up problem as well. The stories I could tell about him! And they always seem to happen in the car, though I've never witnessed it, thankfully! We babysat this little girl once who wailed bloody murder when her parents left. They called quickly as they were leaving that she sometimes throws up when she cries a lot. Our luck being what it was, she threw up. And on top of that she refused to do it in the toilet, and tried to catch it in her hands...... If there's one thing I can't handle, its throw up!  **shudders violently** We screen their calls on caller ID now!


Catherine  - Aug 10, 2006 6:49 pm (#604 of 2976)

How do you differentiate between a bad case of colic and reflux disease? She and I think it may be a reflux problem. What did you do for your daughter? How long did the problem last? Any words of wisdom? Oops! I see that was Marie who posted about the reflux ... but the questions are the same.—Solitaire

Well, I'm no MD. And I only have two kiddies, so I don't even qualify in the experience realm.

But in OUR family, colic was screaming non-stop, especially early on after birth; drawing knees up to abdomen; and symptoms easing at a set time of day or after simethicone drops. Claire seemed "colicky," and whatever "it" was, it eased at 6 weeks of age. Before that, she screamed, on schedule from 9 pm until 2 am every day. No matter what. We figured she liked the "screamy schedule."

Reflux was Hayley "urping" whenever her tummy was unhappy, or after a full feeding on someone's shoulder, or doing the full force projectile stuff at other times. Pretty much, our entire house/family/dog/clothes/car smelled like baby barf for about 9 months. Not a lovely thought, I know. It got to the point that I changed shirts several times a day.

For me, the difference would be the baby's mood/activity at the time. Hayley could be perfectly calm/ happy--and then "urp" for no reason. I would investigate any baby who seems agitated at feeding times.--it could signal an allergy, or other issues.

In general, my advice to moms is what I "wished" was given to me--if you think something is not right--by all means PURSUE IT! You are the mum, you know your child, so find answers and a caretaker who listens. I only wished I had done this earlier on.


Chemyst - Aug 10, 2006 6:53 pm (#605 of 2976)

Solitaire,  This may be a stupid question but...
On the page you linked to to explain CLAD, it says, "CLAD Examinations are being phased out and replaced by the California Teacher of English Learners (CTEL) Examination." So, what is the advantage of getting a CLAD certificate if it's being phased out?

Catherine, w00t on the trip! ...and such a fitting destination for an English Lit aficionado.

I saw the msn video of Harry, Carrie & Garp. – Marie's Lexie seems to be in great company as both King and Irving are making money from the retch & hurl thing.


Mediwitch  - Aug 10, 2006 7:35 pm (#606 of 2976)

Denise, how scary! (I was reading everyone's posts, and I had to go back and look at your last post before mine. I had completely missed it.) I'm glad everyone was OK.

Maria, I would start by setting up very clear, explicit rules (and consequences) for your little friend with Asperger. He'll likely have trouble reading social cues, even though he is quite bright, so you'll have to explain things you would assume he would otherwise understand. The social language piece is the biggest problem for people with Asperger Syndrome. Let me know if you want some more info; I've put my email in my profile. And healing charms to your friend, too!

Regan, I agree with Tori - I don't think I want to know how you cut your tongue with an electric razor, either!


Puck  - Aug 10, 2006 7:36 pm (#607 of 2976)

You know your baby has reflux when you switch from burp cloths to beach towels. Been there, done that.

*a random poll*: if your man took you to Paris to propose, is there any way you could have said "no"?    If you did, the rest of the trip would be a real downer!

Do most students get tested on summer reading? I was in the library one town over, and junior high students were coming in to take tests on the computers based on the books from the reading list. Plus, the state is trying to increase the school day by 2 hours and give more homework. Umm, exactly when are they supposed to just enjoy being kids?

Regan, I must say you are truly talented, indeed. Oh, and I always figured you for male.

Denise, glad the only injuries were to a few bumpers. It's scary! When I was 12 or so I was crossing behind the school, at the crosswalk, with a crossguard. A car came flying down the street. When it stopped the bumper was touching my leg. I was shocked into silence for a while afterwards.

It's going to be a quiet day tomorrow. We were going to go back to school shopping with my Mom, but she cancelled. She wanted to take my son home with her for the weekend, but he and Mr. Puck are going to a baseball game with the boy scouts. Apparently, if she can't keep one, it's not worth the 90 minute drive to see us. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1242194059 (Yet, she always complains that she never sees her grandchildren.) Sorry. That's been bugging me for hours. She hasn't seen us in a month, and it was my birthday last week. *rant over*

wOOt for my boy! He went across the monkey bars! I thought he'd do one or two at a friend's house, but surprised me by going all the way across!

Well, Happy RotD to all!



timrew - Aug 10, 2006 7:38 pm (#608 of 2976)

Belated Happy Birthday to Eponine, Puck, & Finn! And congratulations, Winky Woo!

Sorry to be so late; but I just got back from four days in Rome. Two whole ones, and it's just not enough time to see that place!

I'll have to go back!

It was truly wonderful..............I really have to go back there. It was a remarkable experience.............


Puck  - Aug 10, 2006 7:45 pm (#609 of 2976)

It is a wonderful city from what I recall. Glad you had a good trip, Tim.


geauxtigers  - Aug 10, 2006 7:49 pm (#610 of 2976)

Umm, exactly when are they supposed to just enjoy being kids?

Umm that would be first grade! As far as I can remember, we have been tested on three books every year since second, maybe 3rd grade. We used to have to take "Accelerated Reader" tests on the computer, one for each book. 6th grade was the first year that we had to write 'journals'. Oh how I hate summer reading! It only gets worse. This year, we can leave at 2:30 instead of 3:30. I'm very excited about this!

Ahh Tim I want to go to Rome too! Really I want to go everywhere! I want to visit so many places, though I know most of it is not going to happen. I feel so lucky to have gone to France, and its sparked my interest and now I want to go everywhere! LOL!

I also always thought Regan was a guy!

Congrat to your son Kathy! I remember the monkey bars used to be a big deal for us too!


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 10, 2006 7:53 pm (#611 of 2976)

We had to take "Accelerated Reader" tests in lower school, but once we got to middle school, they made us write reports on each book. They've changed it recently and now we have to do an in class writing assignment on our books on the first day of class. I usually make them up as it's on;y worth 30 points and if I do badly on it, it doesn't really matter because I can still manage an A or B in the class by the end of the quarter. That's the "slacker student" in me! **tries to avoid Solitaire's teacher look**


Solitaire  - Aug 10, 2006 8:33 pm (#612 of 2976)

what is the advantage of getting a CLAD certificate if it's being phased out?

The advantage, Chemyst, is that once I have it, I am set. SDAIE was also phased out, but this does not mean that teachers need to take CLAD if they have the required SDAIE cert. As inconvenient as the CLAD is for me right now, whatever the State comes up with next could be a lot more difficult and time-consuming.


Edit: Thanks for the colic/reflux info, folks. Even though I'm not a mom, I've told my niece to please be aggressive and ask the doc to consider it rather than wait for 6 months or so for it to clear up. If infantile GERDs is as bad as the adult version, a lot of damage could have occurred by then. Oh, did I mention that this kid seems to respond positively to "swaddling"? That is almost the only thing that (sometimes) works.


Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 10, 2006 8:36 pm (#613 of 2976)

I am almost finished with my paralegal certification program, and then it is onto the Masters Program for me in either history, political science or library science.


Madam Pince  - Aug 10, 2006 10:28 pm (#614 of 2976)

Congratulations, Winky Woo, on your wedding plans! The location is lovely, and your betrothed sounds like a wonderful man! Packing your long underwear for you?!!! I would be in heaven! What a guy! ***goes off grumbling about husbands who like the a/c down to 68***

I agree that not accepting a proposal given on a romantic trip would be a big downer on the rest of the trip! Mr. Pince proposed to me right before we were leaving for Memphis, TN to see the museum exhibit of the Titanic artifacts, and I asked him later whether he would still have gone if I'd said no. Come to think of it, I don't think he ever answered me... Hmmmmm....

Denise, glad that everyone is safe after your close call while running -- how scary!

Marie, your story about the phone call and about Lexie throwing up was about as funny as a story about someone throwing up could be! Hope they enjoy the rest of their trip...

Can't believe everyone's schools are starting so early! Ours never started until right before Labor Day, and then they closed for the county fair. I never understood why they didn't just wait until after the fair to begin with.

That is the title and that is my favorite Bugs cartoon. --Loopy Lupin.  Maybe it's a UVA thing, then? Really, that cartoon is one of the classics. Bugs rules!

Welcome to all the new and returning members! (Didn't I see a post from kage, too?) Lots of returnees!

Congrats on finishing your program, Nathan!

Little Pince will be participating in the greased pig contest at our local county fair this Saturday -- should be loads of fun! I am afraid that he is under the mistaken impression that he gets to keep the pig if he catches it, though, so we could be in for some problems there...


legolas returns  - Aug 10, 2006 11:23 pm (#615 of 2976)

Oh dear. Everyone seems to be having children problems. You all have my sympathy.

Happy Friday all.


Regan of Gong  - Aug 10, 2006 11:46 pm (#616 of 2976)

Ok then, here's the story. I only shave now and then you know, once a fortnight or so, just to get rid of the moustache. This happened to be this morning, when...

Bathroom, REGAN getting rid of unwanted mo', BRADEN enter stage left

BRADEN: Hey, it looks like that razor's inside your mouth

REGAN: No it's not, but let's try it anyway...

Places electric razor on arched tongue, a la Rowan Acktinson's MR BEAN when he was shaving. Jumps back with a yell of pain

BRADEN: Is it bleeding?

REGAN: (Contracting tongue, blood appears) Yes, looks like it.


That's my cool story. For anyone interested, I'm sure I can make up the rest of the list for you. Number 20 happened only a few days ago. Evidently, I cannot ride round corners while drinking a can of Pepsi...

Mr Bean is from an English comedy about an eccentric man and his exploits, although a better explanation can be found

Heard the news reports this morning about the British Airways things. Very scary, although it is good that we're getting reports about stopping terrorism.

Tori, I am curious as to where you saw a photo of me? I have chatted on MSN, but my picture wasn't there either as far as I can remember. It's alright, to all those who thought I was of the female species. I've heard of girls named Regan as well, even though it means "little king."


The giant squid  - Aug 10, 2006 11:53 pm (#617 of 2976)

Marie, that was indeed a cute story about the girls, even if they were hysterical at the time. Look at the bright side--a daughter that throws up when she gets excited will be a lot easier to control when she gets older. Think Stan from South Park...

Regan, it's truly amazing the ways one can injure oneself if one tries hard enough... The only surprising part of your tale is that it didn't begin, "So I'd been drinking..."

Tori & Ginny: Every time you deal with one of those kids being outrageous, go home & hug your mother. Because I guarantee that you did something equally crazy when you were that age.



legolas returns  - Aug 10, 2006 11:57 pm (#618 of 2976)

When I was very young I took the support pins out from under a shelf that held all the glassware in the house. I must have expected gravity to keep the shelf up.


Lina  - Aug 11, 2006 12:33 am (#619 of 2976)

LOL Legolas!

Marie, my Veronika has this throwing up problem. It used to be very severe at the age of 3 while now it became quite rare. The doctors came to the conclusion that it is a strictly emotional thing. We went to the psychiatrist recently because her underweight might be indicating the child depression and the psychiatrist asked me when was the last time she threw up. Well, it was when she was visiting my in-laws.

In English, it is rather difficult to guess a gender of the person that writes unless they tell it explicitly. I have already had few wrong guesses on this Forum. In Croatian, it takes a real mastery to hide the gender, especially if you are using the Past tense.

We could use some drying charms. We are just leaving home to go to a wedding (near the Hungarian border - waving to Maria and HHs) and the forecast is heavy rain for the weekend. The wedding being planned for the summer, most of the events are going to happen in the open...

After the wedding we finally go to some real sea.


Laura W  - Aug 11, 2006 2:10 am (#620 of 2976)

"Two, where did I get the idea Regan was a girl?"

I thought he was a girl too, Solitaire. I have no idea why.


Chemyst - Aug 11, 2006 2:26 am (#621 of 2976)

I knew Regan was a guy, since he introduced himself on the Tell Us About Yourself thread when he first began posting. The thing I found surprising was his age. (Depending upon your mode of reckoning, he is nearly 35 years younger than Finn.) And now, not so much surprised after that story.
I think it must be the Pink Hoodie avatar that caused the girl/guy confusion.

And thanks for the explanation, Solitaire. That made sense in a bureaucratic reasoning kind of way.


Tazzygirl - Aug 11, 2006 3:02 am (#622 of 2976)

Wow, this was an entertaining thread today!

Hope your girls have a better time, Marie!

Tori and Ginny- I had an easy time at babysitting than you two! And I've been babysitting for 10 years!

I knew Regan was a guy, the name strikes me as masculine...

Spent the day getting my background check done for my student teaching. Then went shopping and bought a super cute laptop bag. Couldn't resist! Then my friend decided she wanted to buy an Elliptical Machine. Took us several hours to assemble it... the sales lady said it would take maybe an hour, that most of it was already put together. I don't know what her version of 'already put together' meant, but it definitely looked like itty bitty lots of pieces to me... No labeling of the different screws and bolts either.

As I am one of those hopeless romantics, being whisked away to Paris to get proposed to sounds absolutely wonderful... **dreamy look on face**

Sorry if I missed anything! Bit tired...

Happy Friday!! (whoo-hoo!!)



kaykay1970  - Aug 11, 2006 6:00 am (#623 of 2976)
Edited Aug 11, 2006 6:57 am

Madam Pince, I tried to talk my Hubby into going to see the Titanic exhibit. Anyway we didn't make it, even though it is only a two hour drive. Oh well, I haven't visited Graceland yet either. Folks around here think that not visiting Graceland is some kind of horrible crime. Obviously Hubby did NOT whisk me off to Paris to propose...

Edit: Sounds familiar Kathy. Only it was Christmas Day in MY folks back yard. Plus it was my sister who followed and she had no camera. She was spying on us... We could hear her giggling, the little brat!


Puck  - Aug 11, 2006 6:47 am (#624 of 2976)

My hubby proposed to me in his folks backyard, just as the snow started to fall. He had his brother follow with a camera, so I have photos of the moment. Of course, if I had said "no", I would have had to endure the 1000-mile drive home with him in awkward silence.

Regan, you'd get along with some boys in my neighborhood. They have taken to going down the street "luge" style on their skateboards. (No helmets, of course.) The worst part is the road turns a corner. With them so low to the ground, a car would never see them -or they it- until it was too late. Put two boys together and they really come up with some insane ideas.


Marie E.  - Aug 11, 2006 7:03 am (#625 of 2976)

Don't feel bad about laughing at the "throw-up" story. I was laughing the whole time it was happening, quietly of course. Solitaire, I'm sorry I wasn't here to answer your questions about reflux and colic, but it looks like everyone else did a wonderful job. Lexie had both and it's a wonder I didn't trade her in. The colic improved when we gave her a hypo-allergenic formula called Nutramigen by Enfamil. She was only on it until she was six months old. The reflux was so bad we had to have our couch professionally cleaned. I won't go into any gory details. I agree that Lexie's throwing up now is probably an emotional issue rather than a medical one. Just like Lina's daughter, as she got older it got better. I remember two years ago she went to a playdate at a friend's house and the mom called me saying Lexie had thrown up. She thought it was odd that I asked if she was crying before she got sick.

Mr. E flies out tomorrow morning for North Carolina and is grumbling about the latest restrictions. I told him that it could have worse, they could have banned all carry-ons. Flying with Shayla when she has no distractions is dangerous.


Eponine  - Aug 11, 2006 7:10 am (#626 of 2976)

I have to say a belated thanks for all the birthday wishes! I'm 28 now, but yesterday I was carded buying a lottery ticket. You have to be 18 to buy one, and I asked the lady if she thought I wasn't old enough. She thought I was under 18. I've always been mistaken for younger than I am, but it's been a while since someone thought I was a teenager.

Solitaire, I've been watching the Campion DVDs, and I'm having a hard time understanding Lugg. On occasion, I can tell what he's saying, but it's not easy. I must say that I prefer Bunter and Jeeves to Lugg, though.

If Mr. Eponine had whisked me off to Paris for a proposal I would have melted into uncontrollable happiness on the spot. As it was, he proposed at a restaurant during one of my visits to NC. I was extremely sick that weekend, but it was still a nice visit.

Catherine, I've recently decided that we are going to England for our 5th anniversary/my 30th birthday. It's two years from now, but I've always wanted to visit the U.K. and it's best to go before we have kids. I've already started looking into places to visit while we're there.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Solitaire  - Aug 11, 2006 8:25 am (#627 of 2976)

Perhaps Regan's avatar (Hermione's pink Hoodie?) contributed to my thinking he was a girl. I am now wondering how he can be 35 years younger than Finn and thinking it may take a trip to St. Mungo's for me to work this out ...

Chemyst, it is unfortunate that teachers must now think like bureaucrats just to survive. **depressed sigh** I suppose it comes down to trying to "think like the enemy."

LOL Eponine! I think I said before that Lugg speaks rather like he has a mouthful of marbles ... but perhaps you will come up with a better description. It has been years since I've watched the series. I do remember that I always had to tape the episodes, so I could replay his speeches until I could "get" what he was saying.



Solitaire  - Aug 11, 2006 9:09 am (#628 of 2976)

Finn! I remember you said that you loved Desk Set. Today is Katherine Hepburn day on Turner Classic Movies. I think you need to watch Bringing Up Baby, Philadelphia Story, and Adam's Rib this afternoon! All three are hilarious!



Chemyst - Aug 11, 2006 9:43 am (#629 of 2976)

I am now wondering how he can be 35 years younger than Finn and thinking it may take a trip to St. Mungo's for me to work this out ...

We all knew Finn was 50, and recently had a birthday. 50+1=51 Thirty-five years younger brings it down to 51-35=16. I don't know exactly how old Regan is now, but he was 14 in (and I had to go search for this post date now,) January of 2005. So he is either 16 or will be on his next birthday. I just remember Regan's early posts as sounding more mature than the average 14 year-old.

Regan, please forgive me for speaking about you in third person!


Viola Intonada - Aug 11, 2006 10:04 am (#630 of 2976)

LOL, Solitaire! I'm watching "Bringing Up Baby" right now, another of my favorite movies.

We are back from Montana. Two and a half days in the car was a bit much, but we had a great trip. We took the kids backpacking over night in Grizzly Bear country. After the sun went down it was absolutely dead quiet. I couldn't fall asleep until the sun rose and the birds started to sing. I don't remember ever being in such silence (especially after the kids were born. )

Good Luck to Mr. E flying with Shayla! I hope they lift some of the restrictions soon. I'm going to England with Hubby in three weeks for a conference. We are both mortified that we might actually have to talk to each other the entire flight. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042

I hope everyone is doing well getting ready for school. I have to admit that I haven't lifted a finger towards school shopping yet. I'm on the road to being a full fledged slacker mom!

Happy RotD Everyone!


Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 11, 2006 10:23 am (#631 of 2976)

Solitaire, I would also add The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. I found that to be an enjoyable movie as well.


legolas returns  - Aug 11, 2006 11:24 am (#632 of 2976)

I would feel extremely flattered if anyone thought I was 10 years younger than I truly was.


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 11, 2006 12:22 pm (#633 of 2976)

Congratulations Nathan. I highly recommend Library Science. Lots of different directions to go.

Viola surely a paperback book is allowed. Then you don't have to talk. LPO


Marie E.  - Aug 11, 2006 12:46 pm (#634 of 2976)

They are still allowing carry-on luggage, so surely a book is allowed.


legolas returns  - Aug 11, 2006 12:51 pm (#635 of 2976)

Books are not on the list of allowed things - kids aren’t even allowed toys or comfort blankets. I would not like to be traveling at the moment. So I guess it will mean lots of bored and restless people on flights. There is always the in-flight magazine.How many times can you read that on a flight.? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1242194059


Tazzygirl - Aug 11, 2006 12:59 pm (#636 of 2976)

I thought it was just stuff in bottles or containers, iPods, laptops, anything basically that can turn on or off are not allowed on planes (as those can trigger bad things to happen. ). They were saying that baby formula is allowed on board- children stuff in general is allowed on, just not anything with batteries or fluid. I could have heard it wrong though.

Was supposed to go visit 'Iolani (Ee-oh-lawn-ee) Palace today (Hawaiian monarchs lived in the palace up until the overthrow of the government, and it is still kept in the same condition as it was in in 1890. Have to wear booties over your shoes. It's also the first place on the island that received electricity. /history lesson over ), but that was cancelled. Oh well. Hopefully next week.

Hope you all are having a wonderful RotD/N!



legolas returns  - Aug 11, 2006 1:08 pm (#637 of 2976)

I know that normally we should not put in links to other web sites but this is an official one from the people that run many of the british airports advising people what they can bring onto a plane.


Edit-I have edited this so that you can’t directly go from this site to the web site but you still have the address.


Holly T. - Aug 11, 2006 1:11 pm (#638 of 2976)

Nathan, I should recommend history but you will probably have a better chance of future employment if you go with library science (says the person with three history degrees).

I don't understand why books are considered a threat.

I had to explain what baby formula was to my son. He was completely mind-boggled--he thinks all babies are breastfed!


Marie E.  - Aug 11, 2006 1:12 pm (#639 of 2976)

I got my info from CNN last night which said on US flights so far they are only banning liquids. They also did a story from our local airport which supplied the same information. I would imagine that the airports in Britain would be using stricter guidelines since the would-be attackers had planned to fly out of Heathrow.

EDIT: Thanks, legolas! I guess poor Viola is stuck talking to her husband after all. Well, they always have movies on those overseas flights.

legolas returns  - Aug 11, 2006 1:13 pm (#640 of 2976)

The instructions are only for people leaving uk or transferring to another flight in the uk.


Madam Pince  - Aug 11, 2006 1:18 pm (#641 of 2976)

My mom and I went to Iolani Palace when we were in Hawaii! It was very neat. I love old buildings, and so the historical things on Hawaii really appealed to me! Hope you get to see it next week, Tazzy!

Just reading the news headlines, they only mentioned that liquid things like drinks, hair gels, perfume, etc. were being banned on flights. But then I read a comment by a traveller and he said he was so bored because he had an 8-hour flight and no book to read -- I wondered at the time why the ban on a book? But who knows; I guess they're just being extra-careful right now until they get everything all sorted out and the screeners properly re-trained and scanning equipment updated and such like.... Surely they will eventually allow books? I can understand no electrical devices, and I can understand no chemicals/liquids/powders, but I would think that clothing and books would be OK. Kids' toys may be a problem -- the kids will really "need" them for long flights, but I can see where bad things could possibly be hidden inside them by bad people. Wonder what about the teeny amount of contact lens solution you carry in the little lens case, in case you need to remove your contacts in-flight? Hmmm. That could be difficult. One plus about this whole thing is that it may force the airlines to be better about providing more stuff in-flight, like drinks as soon as you board, or overnight "emergency kits" with toothpaste etc, if they lose your bag or whatever. Or maybe it'll force them to get even better about not losing bags to begin with, since nobody will be allowed carry-ons anymore! Well, nah, probably not...

Had computer problems today -- apparently my firewall got automatically updated and decided not to let me on the internet at all anymore. So I was trying to contact Trend-Micro to get them to help me, and of course the only way they give you to contact them is to "access our website at www.blah blah blah" which of course I could not do. I finally called our local computer repair shop who originally sold me the Trend-Micro, and they gave me a phone number, and the nice lady had me all fixed up post-haste. I really like Trend-Micro's product, but their documentation leaves a bit to be desired. It took major searching to figure out how to temporarily disable the firewall, and even more major effort to actually do it. We also have Spy-bot and Ad-Aware which came highly recommended by the computer repair shop, and I've been very pleased with their screening services, and they show nothing "bad" has gotten in, so I don't know what caused the glitch this afternoon. Oh well, it's fixed now!


Marè  - Aug 11, 2006 1:21 pm (#642 of 2976)

Yes Britain is banning everything: like people said, everything with fluid and battery's, but also teddybears and other stuff. Handluggage (your wallet) is only allowed to go in a plastic bag.
Only problem is that in the chaos some luggage seems to get lost, which is a bit of a problem if your telephone and keys (you know the carkeys that can automatically open your car with a click? They aren't allowed either) and computer is in your suitcase and it gets lost...

Edited: No, there was a piece in the paper about a little girl who didn't want her winnie the Pooh suffocated in the cargo area, but he wasn't allowed in the plane with her. They are, understandably, very strict right now. (But that's not in the USA, just Britain)
And a tiny bottle of lens fluid (with slightly altered contents) is what set of the first fluid bomb in an airplane. So I'm guessing that will be very restricted...

I'm going to find Agatha Christies Orient express now!


Tazzygirl - Aug 11, 2006 1:42 pm (#643 of 2976)

I always wondered why if you were having internet problems the company always sends you to the website for help... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1242194059

What are people doing with their laptops if they brought them with them to Heathrow? Do they have someone come pick them up, or does the airlines just stick them in a container and people can pick them up when they reach their destination? And what happens if you are on a business trip and need to bring your laptop with you?



legolas returns  - Aug 11, 2006 1:48 pm (#644 of 2976)

Everything goes into the hold.

Its very illogical if you can’t get on the internet in the first place to tell you to go onto the internet.


Denise P.  - Aug 11, 2006 1:50 pm (#645 of 2976)

We watched the news last night that showed bins of cameras, mp3 players, water, liquids, gameboys and similar stuff that had been taken by security. Since most people had been waiting better than 3 hours at that point, they had to weigh their options. I understand the need for greater security but boy, that would be totally frustrating.

As for what happens to the stuff....I don't believe they get them back. I don't imagine that there is anything in place for mass mailings to reunite belongings so I suspect that it will be auctioned off.


legolas returns  - Aug 11, 2006 2:17 pm (#646 of 2976)

I have got NEWS 24 on and apparently once you have passed through security you can buy books/games in the take off lounge. Thank goodness. I am going on holiday in less than 2 weeks and was a bit worried about going on a flight without books.


Holly T. - Aug 11, 2006 3:23 pm (#647 of 2976)

Why isn't someone setting up a station where people can mail things? I would rather miss my flight than just abandon my iPod, which cost almost as much as a plane ticket.

Editing: I understand why they aren't allowing thing like iPods anymore; I'm just saying that there has to be a better option than people just abandoning valuable things. Because those things aren't just going to be thrown in the trash, I can tell you that.


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 11, 2006 3:41 pm (#648 of 2976)

Hopefully people won't bring their valuables. I would think since it is public knowledge you would be out of luck to get your items back. I hope something will be put in place for the people who were already in the airport when these changes were instituted. Works well for the airport stores if you can buy things there.

Holly I have two History degrees. It is a great background for Library Science! LPO


Finn BV  - Aug 11, 2006 7:36 pm (#649 of 2976)

Wow, I'm back, and I really didn't read the 245 posts in five days! You all were busy.

For those who don't know, I was in wilderness Connecticut, on property owned by my school. It is meant to be a complete getaway, meaning no TV, no computers, basically no connection to the outside world. The only connection we had was when we stopped for gas.

Students from China were visiting New York and so our school toured them last week, and this week we went up to this place in CT and did outdoorsy stuff. It was a lot of fun -- I really had a great time with all the kids. Their level of English, for most of them, was really high. They were all so cooperative and polite, outgoing and fun. I don't have a lot else to say, except that I hope they get home safely. It was only this morning I found out what was going on. It's really incredible to think that I lived about two days not knowing anything was going on. I suppose that's what caused approximately 49 posts a day on this thread. I send my best to people stuck in airports, losing their belongings, and whatnot, and I hope we can resolve this soon.

It's good to be back. Now to push the magic button…


Lavandula - Aug 11, 2006 7:39 pm (#650 of 2976)
Edited by Aug 11, 2006 7:46 pm

I haven't posted for a couple of days because I have been busy working at school to get ready. We start back Aug. 23. I have been trying to do something in the afternoons with the kids and only work in the mornings if at all possible so that their summer is not cut short while I need to be at school.

I have a husband and daughter with reflux, as well as a son who was colicky for three months before they finally decided he had lactose intolerance and also had to switch from breast milk to the hyperallergenic formula that was mentioned earlier by... can't remember who... sorry!!!! If I hadn't been persistent that there was not one more day I could continue on with this screaming child, I think the doctor would have just allowed him to scream until he was weaned. I still have stains on some of my furniture that never came out and clothes that were quickly thrown away from all the throw up. So sorry for anyone who has to endure these things.

Marie- I laughed hysterically at your story. I'm so relieved that you did too. How much longer till they come home? I know you mentioned it back a while ago.

Tori- Another 'teacher look' is coming your way in order to get you to finish P&P. I'm currently at chapter 17 myself. I'm enjoying the story now much better than at the beginning. I think knowing the characters has helped. Can you imagine today having to loose everything you own just because there are no sons to inherit it?

That's all for now!

Good day/night to everyone and well wishes for travelers and their families as well.


Edit: It was Marie who used the same formula by Enfamil.

I forgot to mention to Tazzy that my son, the colicky one, who is now eight, just walked in a few minutes ago while I was reading and saw your avatar and just loved it. "Ooh, cute little fishy!"
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Mediwitch  - Aug 11, 2006 7:59 pm (#651 of 2976)

Congrats, Nathan! I'm sure you will do well in whichever Master's program you choose. I don't know about your area, but in CT, Library Science is a "shortage area" in education (more jobs than librarians in public schools, in case that was as murky as it looks).

Holly, your daughter's haircut is adorable! I have a friend whose daughter donated to Locks once; now she is growing her hair again and convinced her mother to do it with her so my friend is struggling with long hair again! (It's a great cause, though.)

I'm with Holly, I'd rather miss my flight than lose my PDA, iPod, cell phone, or laptop! I can't bear to be without my PDA; I'm completely lost. One time I spilled a cup of coffee in a bag on my PDA and my cell phone, and I was nearly hysterical; of course, I hadn't backed the PDA up to the computer in about two weeks so I lost quite a few appointments.

EDIT: I agree with Lavandula, having finally read P&P earlier in the summer myself - the further into the book I got, the more I enjoyed it. Just finished Emma the other day, too.


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 11, 2006 9:39 pm (#652 of 2976)

Congratulations, Nathan! Good luck in whatever area you choose.

Thank you, Mediwitch. I will reread your post and think upon it a bit more. I do set rules when we have new visitors but I see I will need to revise them a bit. Just off the VBS this week and will spend tomorrow 'taking my house back'. After that, I will catch up on computer work and the threads.

Holly, her hair looks great! How does she like her new look? What a great cause - a lot of girls around here do that. I think it is commendable!

Olivia was a projectile vomiter. She was not on formula.

though I know most of it is not going to happen. – Tori

Don't ever think that way. Anything can happen. . .just ask Regan. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2775603007

Regan, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one whose curiosity gets the best of him/her.

(BTW, I knew he was a male, but the pink hoodie made me check to see if I'd been wrong all along. I've been referred to as 'he' on the threads in the past.)

Lina, have a great time near/in Magyarorszag!! I wish I could be there, even in the rain, but of course, I hope you have plenty of sunshine. We'll be thinking about you - have fun shopping!

We went swimming after we arrived home from VBS (9:30p.m.) and everyone is in bed. I can't sleep now. It's a good thing I got my bike ride in this morning because I think I'd be climbing the walls. Hopefully, fatigue will kick in anytime. . .

Kathy, what a frightening experience to have a car come so close to hitting you. Sounds like something out of a suspense movie.

Marie, I felt so sorry, hearing the story. A true bleeding heart, I am. Can't stand to see anyone in distress - I just can't.



geauxtigers  - Aug 11, 2006 10:42 pm (#653 of 2976)

Regan, in your forum profile there is a 'homepage' link, there is a guy there who I was assuming is you.

Had a long day, and I've already forgotten what I was going to say, I'm so tired and I need to sleep now. Welcome back Finn!

**trying to enjoy last weekend of summer** I don't want to go back to school, I'm totally dreading it, like you can't even imagine. uhhh summer is way too short.

Night everyone!


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 11, 2006 10:51 pm (#654 of 2976)

Ahh well I wish I could add to the discussion a bit, but my brain is telling me to go to sleep. So, I'm just popping in to say hello! And good night!


Solitaire  - Aug 11, 2006 10:55 pm (#655 of 2976)

Viola, don't you feel sorry for poor Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby? Katherine Hepburn's character is just a maniac, especially in the golf, car, and dinner scenes. Don't you just want to put your hand over her mouth? LOL

Nathan, Queen was on this afternoon, too. I missed everything, though ... I was working in my classroom.

No books allowed on flights? That seems odd. How difficult is it to flip through a book and make sure nothing is in it? It will also be difficult to fly without one's toiletries. That means buying EVERYTHING when you get to your destination and then having to dump it before you fly back. I'm glad I don't have to go anywhere right now.

I always wondered why if you were having internet problems the company always sends you to the website for help...

LOL Tazzy! That should go on one of those "stupid" websites. I think you should nominate it!

Lavendula, I will show your information to my niece. She and her new daughter are the ones who are suffering ... well, the baby is. But my niece is suffering from lack of sleep ... and school starts soon! She teaches English at the high school level, and she is afraid of starting back to school completely exhausted and upset all the time.

Tori, how far did you get in P&P today? **flashing teacher look, also known as "stinkeye" by some of my friends**

Finn, I guess you missed all of the great Kate Hepburn films that were playing today (I recommended them this morning). Too bad ... but welcome back!



Tazzygirl - Aug 11, 2006 11:33 pm (#656 of 2976)

I think I got a bug or something. I woke up fine this morning, and by noon I was super sick and couldn't keep anything down. Took a short nap, felt a little better, but now it's all coming back. Trying to think what I ate out of the ordinary... Hope tomorrow is better.

My friend decided to tell me today that she has never heard of Audrey Hepburn. Had no clue to any of her movies either (My Fair Lady... Sabrina... Breakfast at Tiffany's... she had no idea...) I'm still in shock.

Tehe, Soli! I could, huh?

I can understand why the Airlines are taking so many precautions, but then again, you would think that they would be able to give back the expensive stuff. (Mediwitch- if I lost my PDA or had it taken away from me, I'd go crazy too...) I am flying back to California in a couple weeks for my dad's birthday (it's a surprise!) and am hoping that everything calms down a little bit more.

All right, I think I need to go lie down and go to sleep. Probably isn't good to stare at the computer screen.

Have a great weekend all!



legolas returns  - Aug 12, 2006 12:27 am (#657 of 2976)

Healing charms to you Kristina. Get better soon


Solitaire  - Aug 12, 2006 12:54 am (#658 of 2976)

Tazzy, I had a bug like that early in the new year, and I was out of commission for about 4 days (and felt horrible for another two weeks). If you can't keep anything down--even clear liquids and dry toast--you should call the doc tomorrow. I waited way too long, and I paid for it. Hopefully, yours is a 24 hour thing ... but please, take care of yourself. Hope you are feeling better soon.



azi - Aug 12, 2006 2:51 am (#659 of 2976)

Healing charms to Tazzy! The bug doesn't sound nice at all!

Glad to hear you had a nice time in Rome, timrew!

My Internet wasn't working yesterday. I wasn't pleased at all. There was no reason for it - just every so often we seem to get randomly cut off.

The thing I'd miss most on a plane is my mobile. Not that I'd be using it on the plane, but when you're waiting at either airport for someone it's nice to know you can have contact with them if they're going to be late or something, instead of not knowing. You also feel 'safer' because you're not completely alone in a strange place.

Apologies for missing anyone. The last 66 posts went over my head.


The giant squid  - Aug 12, 2006 4:23 am (#660 of 2976)

Tori, to counteract the huge number of "teacher looks" you've gotten over the last couple of days, let me offer you the Procrastinator's "shrug and relax." The good thing about books--even if you walk away from them for a while, when you come back they're waiting for you, right at the same spot you left off.

Speaking of books, I just don't get the reasoning behind banning books on flights. Throw the thing through the X-ray, hit it with the explosive residue swab and move along. Electronics I can understand, but forcing people to just dump them completely is overly harsh. If I were to show up with a laptop & they told me I had to "voluntarily discard" it, I'd turn around and leave, after demanding a refund on my plane ticket. There's a fine line between security & paranoia, and it sounds like they've crossed it.



Regan of Gong  - Aug 12, 2006 5:05 am (#661 of 2976)

"The good thing about books--even if you walk away from them for a while, when you come back they're waiting for you, right at the same spot you left off."

Unlike the forum, which you never seem to catch up on.

Someone, might have been the police commissioner, was talking about a liquid/gel explosive used on a Phillipines flight to blow up a seat and the person occupying it.

Learnt the value of mobiles today when I was out mountain biking with my mates. I sometimes don't take it riding, but today my mate came off and broke his collarbone, so we called his parents and stuff, and they had an ambulance come up for him, who needed to get national parks to come and unlock the gate to the fire road. The trail we were riding was off the fire road, and luckily he was able to walk up with assistance from the ambo's. Then the rest of us needed to bolt down the track to avoid the $500 from the National Parks rangers.

With the plane thing, are you serious that you'll never get it back?


Good Evans  - Aug 12, 2006 6:15 am (#662 of 2976)

healing charms to Tazzy, hope you feel better Kristina

kaykay1970  - Aug 12, 2006 6:32 am (#663 of 2976)

Healing charms Tazzy. I hope you are feeling better soon.

Welcome back Finn! Sounds like you had a great time.

My Little guy's boo boo has healed very nicely. I am afraid he is going to keep an ugly purple scar for quite awhile. Hopefully it will lighten as he grows some, since he so young. Right now people see it and go "Eek, what did he do to his leg!" Not fun retelling the story over and over...


Denise P.  - Aug 12, 2006 6:34 am (#664 of 2976)

I have two unhappy boys today. They were supposed to go on a canoe trip this morning. We have had a few days of heavy rain, the river is up and the trip was cancelled.

One of them is just canoe cursed. Last time there was a canoe trip planned, he woke up with a virus and was unable to go.

Sometime back, Lupin is Lupin was talking about the show The 4400 so I have been watching it on DVDs. We are currently in the middle of the second season. Very interesting show.


Good Evans  - Aug 12, 2006 6:40 am (#665 of 2976)

Kaykay - maybe it will resemble a map of the London Underground?

Denise - Oh poor them, I can sympathise!  Rain, rain, rain, and more rain here today in SE England!!


Marie E.  - Aug 12, 2006 7:11 am (#666 of 2976)

Lavendula, my girls get back Tuesday night. Mr. E flew out early this morning. I spoke to Shayla on the phone last night and she was very funny and non-screaming. Lexie didn't want to talk because it would make her sad, but told Shayla to tell me she loves me. Awwww!

Our neighbors have to move in with the wife's mother temporarily while they search for a new place. As a result of the sudden move, we have acquired their rabbits. I didn't tell the girls so it will be a big surprise, especially for Lexie. I know absolutely nothing about caring for rabbits. Mr. E says if we outfit their hutch properly they can stay outside all year round. I thought it would be too cold here in the winter but a co-worker of mine told me the same information. I'm going to read up on rabbit care before the girls get back.


Finn BV  - Aug 12, 2006 8:25 am (#667 of 2976)

Tazzy, feel better!

If I were to show up with a laptop & they told me I had to "voluntarily discard" it, I'd turn around and leave, after demanding a refund on my plane ticket. --Squid Mike

I entirely agree. I think airlines should inform their passengers before they pass through the security checkpoint that they are allowed to refund their ticket if they want to keep their belongings. The poor Chinese people I've just spent the last week with – they're going on a nonstop flight back to China tomorrow from JFK, with nothing to entertain them!

Hehe, good luck with the rabbits Marie!


geauxtigers  - Aug 12, 2006 10:24 am (#668 of 2976)

Procrastinator's "shrug and relax." Thats me exactly! I can't get anything done unless I wait til the last minute because I start stressing. I work much better under stress and the outcome is always better. I once wrote a page and a half english paper 20 minutes before class and got 2 points off. Then the one I took like 3 weeks to write and edit ect, I got a B-. I got your e-mail, Soli! lol! I guess I ought to go read now or do this 'summer math spiral' for my evil wonderful math teacher. **walks off looking behind back and avoiding piercing teacher stares from Soli**

Kristina I hope you feel better, thats no fun! Healing charms to you.

My Grannie is going out of town Monday and she is freaking slightly about not having anything to do on the flight. I know I would turn around and walk out if they asked me to give up my iPod or anything of that matter. When I was coming back from France, my check bag was 2 kilos over weight, so they made me take all this stuff, including my pillow and shampoo and uhh it was a lot and carry it on. I was beyond frustrated as I could hardly hold all of it and when time came to run from one end of the airport to the other in Houston so we wouldn't miss our flight home. You can just imagine. The thing that got me was, its all on the plane, just different places, so what difference does it make? Everyone else was the lucky and didn't have to empty half their belongings into their arms even though theirs were overweight. Finally one of the guys stepped up and carried one of my bags for me. okay airport rant over.

Ginny and I have to go pick up our uniform skirts today...not looking forward to it...

Okay well I must go try to re-learn geometry for this math packet and stress about reading again!

Have a great Saturday everyone!


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 12, 2006 10:37 am (#669 of 2976)

**healing charms to Kristina**

Marie, we used to have rabbits, but one was attacked by a dog and the other just sorta died, so I'm not sure you want to take any advice from me! As we don't have cold winters, we never hat that problem, but we used to freeze water in 2 liter coke bottles and put it out in their cages to keep them cool in the summer.

I'm really sore today, and I think it's from playing baseball slip and slide in the hall with the kid we babysat yesterday! It was really fun! He tought us how to slide into base and still be safe. He asked me what my mom would say if she saw me doing that. I just smiled and told him that me and Tori do that stuff all the time!

Me and my friend have decided to read both Spark Notes and Cliff Notes for P&P as neither of us have even gotten to it yet. That surpirsed me as she is a really fast reader and generally has all of her summer reading finished by July.

I once forgot about a paper for school, and literately wrote it in about 30 mins before class started. A few days later, we got them back but I didn't get mine back. My teacher still had it because apparently I was the only one who did it right, and she wanted to show the class. I didn't even have grammar mistakes. I never told her that I didn't even proof read it. That's my best procrastination story! Or maybe this years summer reading is.......

Off to check threads! HAve a great RotD everyone!


Tazzygirl - Aug 12, 2006 11:13 am (#670 of 2976)

Thanks for all the healing charms, everyone! I am feeling better- maybe it was a lack of sleep the last couple days? Hopefully today is a lot better!

Marie- my mom had rabbits in her classroom for several years. She loved them, but last year had to give them to another family as she couldn't keep up with the food demands (rabbits are bottomless pits, and mom also had a group of guinea pigs and two hamsters). Other than that, rabbits are pretty easy to take care of!

Off to a meeting, sorry if I forgot anything!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



Solitaire  - Aug 12, 2006 11:32 am (#671 of 2976)

Unlike the forum, which you never seem to catch up on.

So true, Regan! I am already falling behind just in the last day or so ... since I've begun dealing with school things and planning lessons. There aren't enough hours in the day, so I guess my forum time will go down drastically, as it did last year.

Ginny, I'm really disappointed that you are going the Sparknotes route. The story is so great that you and Tori really need to read the actual book. I hope you will take the time, eventually.



Holly T. - Aug 12, 2006 1:57 pm (#672 of 2976)

Glad you're feeling better Kristina!

Thanks for the comments on my daughter's haircut. She is still happy with it, so far. I predict at some point she will end up wailing about it but that is more of just a girls and hair thing and not necessarily the haircut.

Those of you with rain--we could use some here!

True procrastinating story: I did my 10th grade science fair project overnight. I won the school fair and advanced to the district fair. Somehow I managed to win the district fair and advanced to the regional fair. So there I was at the regional fair at the Astrohall in Houston, standing next to complete science geeks who had been working on their projects all year and were asking me things like "how many hours did you work on your project?" and "have you started next year's project yet?" Fortunately I did not win at that level but I certainly never worked too hard on my science fair project after that.

Boy Scout popcorn sales started today. My front room is full of popcorn as my husband is in charge of it for his pack. Which means he and my son are out selling popcorn and I am home handing it out to other people so they can go sell it. After all of the work he has done with Girl Scout cookies I cannot complain. But I do need to go to the grocery store and every time I get ready to leave he calls and tells me someone else is on their way over to get popcorn.


The giant squid  - Aug 12, 2006 2:42 pm (#673 of 2976)

The thing that got me was, its all on the plane, just different places, so what difference does it make?—geauxtigers

You know, that is bizarre... I can see them saying that a carry-on is too big to fit in the overhead compartment & making you check it, but I've never heard of anyone having to "lighten the load" on a checked bag. Usually if it's over weight they just charge you extra, supposedly for the additional fuel necessary to carry that extra 5 pounds of stuff



Loopy Lupin - Aug 12, 2006 3:31 pm (#674 of 2976)

My only question in all this plane business is whether you can still carry snakes on a plane? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2281877974  ****waves to Mike****


kaykay1970  - Aug 12, 2006 3:44 pm (#675 of 2976)

Actually, Julie If I had to say the scar looks like anything it would be a centipede. The stitches scars make up the legs of the centipede. The Little Guy thinks it looks like train tracks. Something one might see in the London Underground...


Marè  - Aug 12, 2006 3:51 pm (#676 of 2976)

Now I want to know what your science fair project was Holly?


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 12, 2006 4:00 pm (#677 of 2976)

I love boy scout popcorn! Mr. Ludicrous usually buys some at work and it never manages to make it home.

Welcome back Finn. Tazzy glad you are feeling better. Ginny and Tori the book is well worth the time. Alas for you too many teachers around!

I have a friend who has two rabbits, they are nine years old. Their solid by-products make wonderful compost for gardens. LPO


Finn BV  - Aug 12, 2006 4:02 pm (#678 of 2976)

My only question in all this plane business is whether you can still carry snakes on a plane? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2281877974  ****waves to Mike****

***does not wave to Loopy***

See, the other problem about this movie is that it's going to be released right in the middle of a whole plane-terror thing. Coming from New York, that is quite difficult to deal with.


Denise P.  - Aug 12, 2006 4:13 pm (#679 of 2976)

We don't start popcorn sales for another month. Somehow...I managed to get roped into being the District Popcorn Co-Chair. Monday, I am giving the sales pitch and rah rah talk to all the leaders in our district.


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 12, 2006 4:23 pm (#680 of 2976)

Ginny, I'm really disappointed that you are going the Sparknotes route. The story is so great that you and Tori really need to read the actual book. I hope you will take the time, eventually. Soli

I am going to read it, I'm having to read Sparknotes so that I don't fail the report I have to write on it on Tuesday! There is no way I will have finished it by then, because I waited till the last minute to do it-again. It's not a particularly fast read and I'm a slow reader to begin with, so thinking I'd have it done by Tuesday is simply out of the question. But I promise, I am going to read it, though it's very likely that it will take me until Christmas!


timrew - Aug 12, 2006 4:24 pm (#681 of 2976)

Loopy Lupin:- My only question in all this plane business is whether you can still carry snakes on a plane?

I think you're all right there, Wayne, as long as they're not exploding snakes. I think they're up there with exploding armadillos on the banned list...........

Thank you, azi, for asking if I had a nice time in Rome............I did, as it happens! I'll just have to go back to see all the things I didn't see on my first visit!


geauxtigers  - Aug 12, 2006 4:39 pm (#682 of 2976)

Usually if it's over weight they just charge you extra . . .

Yes I know and it was like 25 euros or something! I was either really misunderstanding this lady's english or it was 25 Euros, thats like 30 U.S. dollars! I took my stuff away fuming! And you are allowed 2 check bags, I mean come on! It was beyond frustrating on top of looking like a total fool stuffing all that stuff around me and then running through the Houston airport. My carry-on ended up braking! Its funny now, but I was nearly in tears that day and sore for the next week. Never again will I not have a booksack as my carry-on. Gosh now I'm thinking about that mean lady who kept making me take stuff out. 2 kilos! I mean really!

I'm starting to think that I might have to read sparknotes too. I'm going to continue the book, but I need to be able to at least pass the writing assignment...

We went to the mall today to buy a new vacuum as the wheels on our current one fell off about 3 years ago and its basically falling apart. I got a cute shirt and a mini LSU basketball goal that is hanging on my closet door! LOL another distraction woo hoo!

Glad your feeling better Kristina!

Boyscout popcorn is yummy if I remember correctly. I love tagalongs, the girl scout cookies, (peanut butter and chocolate ones!)!

Wow I just realized that its nearly 7 pm! I need to go and see whats for dinner, I'm hungry! have a great day!


Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 12, 2006 4:47 pm (#683 of 2976)

What a busy day! This morning I went to the funeral of one of my college professors from the University of Saint Thomas. In the afternoon I went to my sister's house to help her continue unpacking after her move.


Loopy Lupin - Aug 12, 2006 6:10 pm (#684 of 2976)

See, the other problem about this movie is that it's going to be released right in the middle of a whole plane-terror thing.—Finn

Well, we can't go changing movie release dates or, like, the terrorists win! ***waves to Finn even though he won't wave back****


Mediwitch  - Aug 12, 2006 6:58 pm (#685 of 2976)

Kristina, glad you're feeling better!

kaykay, try Vitamin E (both orally and/or in a cream) for your little guy's scar. It works REALLY well if you apply the cream a couple of times a day, and if your boy can take it orally, that helps too. If you can't find the cream, my grandmother takes the gelcaps, pricks them open with a pin and rubs the gel on. I used it after carpal tunnel surgery, and you can't see the scars on my hands unless I stretch the skin a bit. It also helped the internal scarring - my surgeon was impressed!

Marie, we have two dwarf Dutch rabbits that live outside in CT all year 'round - lots of hay in the hutch helps in the winter, and you need to have two water bottles for each rabbit if you get cold enough weather for the water to freeze. And I second LPO's :Their solid by-products make wonderful compost for gardens.:

We had a busy day today too. Spent the day at a fundraiser for the fire department. We cooked about 400 hamburgers, 160 hotdogs, and 20 pounds of sausage and peppers (for grinders). I won't get rid of the onion-and-pepper smell for a week, probably! But we made quite a bit of money for one day's work!


kaykay1970  - Aug 12, 2006 8:35 pm (#686 of 2976)

Thanks for the tip Mediwitch!


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 12, 2006 8:56 pm (#687 of 2976)

Regan, you all need to calm down a bit. Put down the razors, grab a helmet or two and stick to the smooth roads and perhaps a depilatory. Seriously, you should never go anywhere without your phone (I try to emphasize that to my girls) because, as you have learned, you never know when you'll need it. How is your friend doing, BTW?

Nathan, sorry to hear about your professor. Were you close or was it more of a 'pay your respects' situation? You're a good brother.

kaykay, your little guy is such a cutie! I wish Trevor was a year younger.

This is my last year with Trevor. Sept. of '07 will be the first time I am home without a child in 14 years. Can anyone say, 'hysteria'? I love having my 3 babies home. *sniff*

Glad to see you're better, Tazzy.


Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 12, 2006 9:20 pm (#688 of 2976)

I never had the professor as a student. The professor I went to pay my respects to helped me through a really tough period. For a period of time while I was in college I was seriously ill. This professor and his associates helped me through this period by encouraging me and not giving up on me at a time when I basically despaired of finishing college. With their help I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts. I owe them a great debt of one that could never even begin to repay because, without them I never would have finished college.


Solitaire  - Aug 12, 2006 11:26 pm (#689 of 2976)

I finally saw that Snakes on A Plane trailer today. I have to ask: Where do people get these ideas? Are they just totally twisted? I must say, it finished me for flying or any other kind of transportation where I am not in total control of what goes on board. Actually, Finn, I can't think of any good time to release such a movie. I will never see it.



The giant squid  - Aug 13, 2006 1:46 am (#690 of 2976)

I finally saw that Snakes on A Plane trailer today. I have to ask: Where do people get these ideas?—Solitaire

Hey, at least it's not a remake/sequel/adaptation of a TV show.

Loopy/Finn: You're right that the timing is interesting (the arrests happened right when the World Trade Center movie opened, too). I don't think Snakes'll get pushed back, though, since the culprits got caught (i.e. no planes actually got damaged). It's not like the movie Big Trouble, which got pushed back three months in 2001. It was slated to come out the weekend after 9/11, but since part of the final act included three idiots getting a nuclear bomb through security...



Good Evans  - Aug 13, 2006 2:52 am (#691 of 2976)

Holly - why do you need to go to the grocery store with all of that popcorn in the house? Shame on you for not doing your bit...for breakfast, lunch and Dinner for the next month!! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042

Happy Sunday everyone, I have to drive up to Shropshire this afternoon. Unfortunately it is raining again so not looking forward to it! I may take the PS on Cd to listen to in the car on the way!

Soli I remembered you this morning, hope all goes well tomorrow.

Glad you are feeling better Tazzy!!!

Tim - Rome, sigh, I keep planning a trip but we dont ever seem to make it!! I was thinking I could squeeze in a long weeknd but do you think I might need a week?????????? Glad you enjoyed yourself anyway.


timrew - Aug 13, 2006 6:51 am (#692 of 2976)

To see everything, Good Evans, you'll need a week. Heck, you'll need a week just to appreciate The Vatican Museum! I must have walked a couple of miles of endless corridors packed with works of art, before I got to four rooms of Raphael frescoes and then the Sistine Chapel. It was pretty exhausting.......but good!

What I didn't get to see were, amongst other things, The Trevi Fountain, Trajan's Column, The Pantheon, inside the Coliseum etc. etc.............I really have to go back..........


azi - Aug 13, 2006 7:15 am (#693 of 2976)

The Trevi Fountain, Trajan's Column, The Pantheon, inside the Coliseum etc. etc.

They'd be the first things I'd see!

Have a lovely time in Shropshire, Julie! Unfortunately, the place is synonymous with Geography fieldtrips involving horrible food and weather for me!

Mmm, popcorn! **wonders where to get some on a Sunday**

Happy days to all!


Marie E.  - Aug 13, 2006 8:53 am (#694 of 2976)

Thanks for rabbit comments. I hadn't thought of the byproducts being useful. I did notice that they do indeed eat a lot. Holy cow!

I spoke to the girls this morning. Mr. E is there so things were much more relaxed. I told Shay that yesterday I bought her a name brand pair of tennis shoes and she said that she actually wanted a pair she saw at Target. Heck, I take back the $40 pair if she wants a $20 pair! Lexie likes whatever I buy her. I need to enjoy that while it lasts.


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 13, 2006 9:14 am (#695 of 2976)

Mediwitch I hope you have recovered from your fundraiser! That is a lot of burgers.

HH1 I wish all children were loved and cherished like yours. The world would be a much better place.

Drive careful Good Evens!

Timrew I spent only one day in Rome and found very frightening. We only did the bus tour. I would love to spend a week in the Vatican Museum.

It is a beautiful day here! LPO


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 13, 2006 9:23 am (#696 of 2976)

Nathan, this may sound strange, but it sounds like a nice story - i.e., it is nice that you had support during your times of need. I am sure he knew how much you appreciated it. I know from experience that it helps when a loved one is remembered in such a way.

since the culprits got caught . . .   - Actually, Mike, my in-laws just got back and told me they were still searching for 5 individuals as they boarded the plane.

For any who are wondering, it is true that you may buy books in the book stores at the airport stores once through the grueling security check.

My in-laws were only delayed 15 hours which is lucky because many flights were outright cancelled. My father-in-law said he felt sorry for the children who were travelling. He also said he had never been treated so poorly as an American. My response was, "But you clearly have a British accent!" and he said, no - they can tell. One example he gave me was where a waitress in a pub completely ignored them to the point where his sister-in-law felt compelled to speak with the manager. It is depressing to hear things like that, especially because I believe most people are kind.

timrew, sounds like a lovely trip! Maybe you can share some pics?

Enjoy your outing, GE!

Yes, Marie, enjoy it while it lasts. Olivia will not settle for anything other than Shokz (sp?) - she says the others are not comfortable.

Off to find the Snakes trailer. . .

Enjoy the RotD/N everyone!

EDIT: Awww, LPO, what a nice thing to say! Thank you!


Kneazle  - Aug 13, 2006 9:38 am (#697 of 2976)
Edited by Aug 13, 2006 9:39 am

Before everything else in my life fell apart, I was hoping to either go to New York or London for a vacation next summer. Now ( if everything settles down) I'm leaning towards New York as I can DRIVE myself. I've always had terrible nightmares about flying since I was a child, even though I've never flown. I was considering mastering my fear as I would REALLY love to see the U.K. But with all this "stuff" going on, unless there is a way to get across the pond without flight I doubt I'll ever get to go. Any suggestions?


legolas returns  - Aug 13, 2006 9:41 am (#698 of 2976)

Boat. Though it might take ages.


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 13, 2006 10:16 am (#699 of 2976)

Kneazle, flying is actually quite fun. On those huge trans-Atlantic flights, the planes are so big, that you don't even notice you’re on a plane. This is coming from someone who is extremely clostorophobic, and it's really not bad. They generally fly much higher than most planes so there is very little turbulence. Now, if you aren't near an international airport, and you have to take one of those tiny planes to one, like I did, it's a different story. I couldn't even stand up straight in them. I don't do small inclosed spaces! Or like legolas returns said, you could always take a boat! But that would be over a week versus 10hours!


Kneazle  - Aug 13, 2006 10:21 am (#700 of 2976)

Virginiaelizabeth~ Yes, but the threat of falling 30,000 ft would be greatly lessened! Do they even still have ships that carry passengers across the Atlantic? (Can you tell the farthest I've travelled is maybe California?)
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virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 13, 2006 10:25 am (#701 of 2976)

I think they may do cruises, but I'm not really sure.


Solitaire  - Aug 13, 2006 10:32 am (#702 of 2976)

Thanks, Julie! I'll let you know how things go.


geauxtigers  - Aug 13, 2006 10:33 am (#703 of 2976)

Kneazle, I read somewhere that it is actually much safer to fly on a plane than it is to drive a car. Stop and think about it, I know there aren't as many planes as cars, but how many times a year do you hear about planes crashing or falling etc. Its a lot less compared to car accidents that you hear of every single day. But you can always take a cruise there or something, but flying is a lot of fun, at least thats what I think. They also have lots of things to distract you on these flights, there are TVs in the headrest of the seat in front of you. You can watch movies, tv shows, play games and listen to music. Its loads of fun!

Hope everyone has a great day. I'm going to try to enjoy the last taste of summer I will have for an entire year! NOOOOOOOOOO!


legolas returns  - Aug 13, 2006 10:39 am (#704 of 2976)

I know it is not much comfort but flying is actually a reasonably "safe" way to travel in comparison to other transport methods. Think how many flights there have been over the years and the proportion that have crashed (because of mechanical error/human error). That proportion has been incredibly small. I can only think of a few instances where there has been terrorist attrocities. 9/11 and the Lockerbie disaster. That is such a tiny/tiny proportion. I know it is only natural for people to be affraid but that is what terrorists want. With the heightend security you are probably much safer at the moment as the airlines are taking such a lot of care.

Take a transatlantic flight and watch lots of movies or ask for something to help you sleep on the plane. We would love to welcome you to the UK.


Chemyst - Aug 13, 2006 11:37 am (#705 of 2976)

Do they even still have ships that carry passengers across the Atlantic?
I'm sure they do. I know the Queen Mary II sometimes sails from Ft. Lauderdale to some port in England because I saw her on a news story recently. I had a college friend who returned from a school-year of study in France by ship. She thought the week at sea helped with lessening the culture shock of suddenly being back in her boring life at home!   ...ah, now I'm half-way tempted to type "transatlantic cruise" into Google.

All the talk of book reports earlier reminded me of an incident I haven't thought of in years. My brother was once assigned to write a report on "any book of your choice." He made up the entire story: title, plot synopsis, characterizations, theme, everything right down to the author's bio and style. He got his highest grade of the year for that report. We laughed so hard at the teacher's comment about how the report sounded like he enjoyed reading the book.


Eponine  - Aug 13, 2006 11:57 am (#706 of 2976)

My uncle traveled by boat across the Atlantic at the beginning of the summer. He took a cargo ship across the ocean. Apparently, those boats that take all the shipping containers can carry a limited amount of passengers as well. Although, it wasn't much cheaper than flying, and it took a lot longer too.


legolas returns  - Aug 13, 2006 12:09 pm (#707 of 2976)

I doubt it would be as comfortable either.


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 13, 2006 12:51 pm (#708 of 2976)

" He made up the entire story: -Chemyst

LOL That is soo funny!! That's one of the things I like so much about english, you can make most of it up. There is no right or wrong answer, to most of the essays and such that we have to right. I tend to do my best work at the last minute because I tend to overthink everything. If I have no pressure to get it done, I won't. At my school it is known as "the art of B.S.-ing"!


geauxtigers  - Aug 13, 2006 1:11 pm (#709 of 2976)

such that we have to right . . .

Maybe it is the “write” time to go back to school...


Tazzygirl - Aug 13, 2006 1:43 pm (#710 of 2976)

LOL Chemyst! Sadly, I never got the chance to make up my own book for a book report. My imagination doesn't go that far!

Maria- sorry to hear about your in-law's experience! For me, it is kind of hard for me to imagine too...

Nice to hear from you, Kneazle! I too, am severely afraid of flying. I frequently think of falling the 30,000 feet, and since there is nothing to land on from Hawaii to the mainland, the thought of falling the 30,000 feet into the ocean is not very comforting. I kind of had to get over it though, as the only way for me to get off this island is to fly. So I provide entertainment for the people sitting around me on the plane by hyperventilating and gripping my seat until my knuckles are white when taking off or landing. I also sit in the middle aisle of the plane. Keeps me from looking out the window and imagining the plane going down. (I flew with a friend once, and she said I was embarrassing her. Some friend, eh? ) lol.

Hope Lina and Kate are having a fun time on vacation! (I think I remember reading that they were going on a trip, and I kept forgetting to mention it.)

Have a safe trip, Good Evans!

One more week until school! w00t!!

Have a great RotD/N all!



Detail Seeker  - Aug 13, 2006 2:12 pm (#711 of 2976)

Maria - bad for your in-law to get such reactions.

On the other hand, whenever you pass US immigration on a larger airport (I experienced Chicago and Pittburgh) as a non - US citizen, you are shown quite clearly, that you are not welcome at least to the officials. But, admittedly, this changes, as soon you have left the secure parts of the airport.


Solitaire  - Aug 13, 2006 2:38 pm (#712 of 2976)

Tazzy, I am a white-knuckle flyer, as well. I do not hyperventilate, but I, too, need to sit on the aisle. I can't stand being crammed in against the wall. I am more relaxed on less crowded flights. Too bad I can't afford first class flying ...



Kneazle  - Aug 13, 2006 2:38 pm (#713 of 2976)
Edited by Aug 13, 2006 2:39 pm

I think if I do manage to go it will be by plane and under heavy sedation. LOL I did Google it. See below:

1. How much will it cost me to cross the Atlantic ? Firstly, you shouldn't think of sea travel as a way to beat an air fare - it isn't. Unlike flying, it can be a richly rewarding experience. You should expect to pay a minimum of $1,250 to $1,500 per person each way, depending on the route and the cabin. Sea travel is only cheaper than flying when you consider the many days you will spend on board (compared to a hotel stay ashore) with three full meals a day and a private cabin. And drinks on board cargo ships are not only tax and duty free, but also profit free (what we call bonded stock).

4. How quickly can I sail across the Atlantic? Relax. You won't get there in just 5 days. Most Trans-Atlantic freighter voyages take 10 to 14 days and even Queen Mary 2 takes 6 days. The fastest Trans-Atlantic freighter passage is 7 days with Hapag-Lloyd/CP Ships from Montreal to Liverpool or 8 days on CMA CGM The French Line from Lisbon to New York. Source: TransAtlantic Cruise/Voyage


boop  - Aug 13, 2006 2:49 pm (#714 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Haymoni, I hope you are having a wonderful day!!

Have a great rest of the day!!

hugs always



Regan of Gong  - Aug 13, 2006 2:58 pm (#715 of 2976)

Dan's going starkers for Equus!!!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 793915934 I thought there were laws against that...

New Avatar!

Now off to school...


Kneazle  - Aug 13, 2006 3:15 pm (#716 of 2976)
Edited by Aug 13, 2006 3:17 pm

LOL, Regan!! Thank YOU! I needed a laugh!!SmileyCentral.com
Don't know what Dame Maggie Smith would say, but OMG!!


Madam Pince  - Aug 13, 2006 3:16 pm (#717 of 2976)

Ooooo, Happy Birthday to Haymoni! Have a great day!

I forgot to mention your Rome trip on my last post, Tim, but it sounds fantastic! That is one of the vacation spots on my lifetime "to-do" list. Glad you had a good time, and hopefully next trip you will be able to spend more time.

We had a great time at the county fair. I sampled the fried candy bars which somebody had mentioned before, and I must say I was a bit disappointed. I guess it's because I'm not such a big fan of funnel-cake dough to begin with. Mr. Pince was inordinately proud that the "Guess-Your-Age" guy had him pegged at a mere 47, when he's actually 51, and we now have a lovely stuffed parrot to mark the triumph. Little Pince had a great time chasing the greased pig, and had several opportunities to grab it, but he chose to just stop and look at it with his hands at his sides. Afterwards, when we asked why he hadn't grabbed it, he looked at us like we were insane and said "I didn't want to get my hands all greasy." He is his mama's child! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042

I googled the TSA to see about things that are permitted / prohibited for air travel within the US. (Why, I don't know, as I'm not flying anywhere soon. Just curiosity with all the recent posts I guess.) Anyway, it said you could purchase things like toothpaste, gels, drinks, etc. at the shops after going through a security checkpoint, but then you'd have to discard them before boarding the plane. Now, does that make any sense at all? Wouldn't you think they would then have to have a second security checkpoint at each boarding gate?

The most curious thing on the TSA site was a big colorful warning that reminded readers "NEVER leave your infant inside the infant carrier while it is being sent through the baggage x-ray machine!" They had to post a reminder for this???? That must mean somebody did it once. For pity's sake.... Here's your sign...


timrew - Aug 13, 2006 3:18 pm (#718 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, haymoni, and many of them!


The giant squid  - Aug 13, 2006 3:18 pm (#719 of 2976)

the thought of falling the 30,000 feet into the ocean is not very comforting—Tazzygirl

Well, you could always luck out and land on an island owned by the Hanso Corporation...

As you discovered, Kneazle, boat travel is not nearly as efficient as air travel, especially on trans-oceanic trips. And that's not to mention the fact that you're stuck for two weeks in an enclosed space with a few hundred (or thousand on the big ships) people & their various diseases. A friend of mine used to work for a cruise line and he said those things are a hotbed of illness...a floating petri dish, if you will.

Planes really are safer statistically, it's just that when one goes down there's a lot more carnage in one spot at one time. The likelihood of your plane crashing is a lot lower than some yahoo crashing into the passenger side of your car, though.

Marie--quick, get her the cheapos while you can! You know in just a couple of years it'll have to be designer everything.

Regan, that new avatar is delightfully wrong.



timrew - Aug 13, 2006 3:22 pm (#720 of 2976)

Tazzygirl:- the thought of falling the 30,000 feet into the ocean is not very comforting.

No, it's not the fear of heights, Tazzygirl. It's the fall and splat that bothers me...................


Kneazle  - Aug 13, 2006 3:24 pm (#721 of 2976)

Tazzy and I should fly out together. We'd end up either getting the plane to ourselves because of our hysterics or intentionally dropped from 30,000 feet because of it! Either way, no it's not the fall that bothers me. It's the sudden stop!


Eponine  - Aug 13, 2006 4:30 pm (#722 of 2976)

the thought of falling the 30,000 feet into the ocean is not very comforting.

I've fallen from a height of 15,000 feet before. Of course, I had a man with a parachute on strapped to my back. And I stopped falling and started floating at about 5,000 feet. It was fantastic!


Tazzygirl - Aug 13, 2006 5:00 pm (#723 of 2976)
Edited Aug 13, 2006 5:49 pm

Squid Mike- Well, you could always luck out and land on an island owned by the Hanso Corporation...

That definitely wouldn't be good... Although technically I already live on the island owned by Hanso Corporation.

Timrew- No, it's not the fear of heights, Tazzygirl. It's the fall and splat that bothers me...................

My thoughts exactly! Well, I do have a problem with heights, but I am more concerned with the fall and splat. LOL (Glad you had a wonderful time in Rome!)

Kneazle- LOL! **imagining being tossed off the plane** Just make sure we have parachutes. Although I'd probably pass out before it was time to get the 'chute open. Heights don't do well for me. (For example, a staircase that does not have a railing and a step is missing, I'll become shaky and have to crawl over it to get to the second story. The ground is not even that far down. You could technically jump down to the ground level. Higher than the second step of a ladder freaks me out too.) Having a plane to myself would be awesome though!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAYMONI! Have a wonderful day!

Interesting, Madam P.! TSA actually had to post a note about not putting your child through the X Ray machine?! Glad you had a great time at the Fair! (I wouldn't have wanted to get my hands all greasy either... )



Solitaire  - Aug 13, 2006 5:38 pm (#724 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Haymoni! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1609556105



kaykay1970  - Aug 13, 2006 5:55 pm (#725 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Haymoni!

Little Pince must have been very cute chasing the pig. Sounds fun!


Mediwitch  - Aug 13, 2006 5:57 pm (#726 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Haymoni! SmileyCentral.com


Finn BV  - Aug 13, 2006 6:16 pm (#727 of 2976)

Well, we can't go changing movie release dates or, like, the terrorists win! –Loopy

Well, that's true. But… eh… **half-waves**

Nathan, so sorry for your professor. Sounds like he was a good man.

Actually, Finn, I can't think of any good time to release such a movie. I will never see it. –Soli

I'm with you on that one -- but as the movie won't be pulled entirely (unlike some films, Wikipedia not surprisingly has something on this), I was just expressing my distaste for this time. Not that they knew, of course.

Tim – what a great trip! I miss Rome…

Kneazle, some airpline advertising campaign is that flying is still the safest way to travel.

LOL Chemyst about your brother making up the book! He should have gone and written it then, under a pen name! His teacher would have liked it, at least…

Happy Birthday haymoni!!

ROFL @ Regan's avatar…

Madam P, that's too cute about Little Pince.

Question for the Brits: Do you spell it 'enrolling' or 'enroling'?


Chemyst - Aug 13, 2006 6:56 pm (#728 of 2976)

**imagining being tossed off the plane** Just make sure we have parachutes.

Thanks to Tazzy, I now have fragments of the theme song from Hoodwinked playing in my head
"use the hood"

Happy Birthday Haymoni


Solitaire  - Aug 13, 2006 6:57 pm (#729 of 2976)

Thanks for the link, Finn. Very interesting. As for Snakes, ... I wouldn't like it under any circumstances. If someone hasn't already thought of this creepy scenario, I don't like giving anyone the idea!

Well, meetings about the “S word” start tomorrow at 8 a.m.  :sad:  Farewell, summer vacation ...



Mediwitch  - Aug 13, 2006 7:01 pm (#730 of 2976)

Good luck, Solitaire! Hope it's a good day. I'm counting down the last two weeks left, although I have a meeting at one school on Wednesday, and I got a new cabinet at my other school, so I have to go in and re-arrange. Since I work with kids 1:1 or in small groups (or in the regular classroom), I only have a small room in each school to get ready. Whew!

EDIT: I used to be pretty nervous about heights, but I got over that in fire school - climbing up a 75' ladder truck and 3-story extension ladders to get onto roofs cured that! (It was really scary at first, though!)


geauxtigers  - Aug 13, 2006 7:05 pm (#731 of 2976)

some yahoo crashing into the passenger side . ..  Ahh SquidMike! I know what a yahoo is!! **is feeling like vocabulary might just be worth it in the real world**

I'm really hyper right now because I have to go to school tomorrow. Me and Ginny are trying do this math work sheet, so I pulled out my notebook from last year to find that every single problem in this packet is right there in my notes complete with answers and everything! Between me and Ginny, we have 90% of them! I'm super excited now that I don't have to spend hours on end trying to re-learn this stuff!

Happy Birthday Haymoni!

The pig catching sounds like fun, but I'm not sure I'd want to get all greasy either. Was Snape anywhere around? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042

What I want to know is how could security let someone get away with putting their baby through the x-ray machine! Sounds like a couple of airheads working the machine and an even larger airhead parent!

I'm pretty comfortable with flying, I dunno I have a huge fear of heights, I was freaking out climbing the Effiel Tower as you could see through the stairs. I get all shaky and nervous that if I make one wrong move I'll fall. But Flying doesn't bother me I think its so cool how this huge heavy hunk of metal can float in the sky and go so fast.

Love the avatar Regan! Thats great!

Okay I have to put clothes away, I think my mom is mad at me...best not annoy her...


Kneazle  - Aug 13, 2006 7:06 pm (#732 of 2976)

I wonder if they'd find you suspicious if you brought your own parachute as carry on? Has a parachute been on any of the no-no lists yet?


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 13, 2006 7:25 pm (#733 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Haymoni.

Regan interesting Avatar....

Just think Madame P. Little Pince could move up to mutton busting next year!

Solitaire I have my first meeting tomorrow too. Evan though official start in Monday the 21.

Way to go Tori and Ginny! ***beaming teacher look***

Good question Kneazle. LPO


Ginerva Potter - Aug 13, 2006 7:27 pm (#734 of 2976)

Finn & Solitaire  -  I can't believe they would make a movie like the World Trade Center. It bothers me that people would cash in on such a terrible event. But that is just me... I won't be seeing it either.

The only example that I can think of for a positive is learning about the attack on Pearl Harbor. We all know what a terrible occurrence that was, but until I actually saw the recreation of it during the movie Pearl Harbor, I didn't have the emotional wow factor. So, I guess I could see movie producers wanting to make a movie about the World Trade Center in 50 years so people remember what happened, but I think it is bad taste to create this movie so soon after it happened. ***stepping down from the soap box***

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great day/night!



Puck  - Aug 13, 2006 7:31 pm (#735 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Haymoni!!!

I've fallen from a height of 15,000 feet before. Of course, I had a man with a parachute on strapped to my back. And I stopped falling and started floating at about 5,000 feet. It was fantastic! -Eponine.

Me too! It feels like you're flying, not falling. Heights don't scare me. They fascinate me. (Perhaps skydiving helps keep you young? You got carded, and I had a salesman at the door ask if my mother was home. )

Boy Scouts sell popcorn!? Can't wait for that one. Yum!

Busy weekend. Friday night I slept out in the backyard with my two "big" kids. Three of us in a four foot by four foot tent. We made smores, looked at the stars, and told ghost stories. (Diva's story was "Once upon a time there was a Princess and she loved her Mommy ver, very much." ) Last night, Mr. Puck took our boy to his first professional baseball game. It was scout night. It was the first time in his uniform. I had to bring him out and take pictures before they left.

Maria, enjoy this year with Trevor home. I'm so glad my little one was born in September. She misses the cut-off date for starting school by a couple of weeks, so I get to keep her home with me a whole extra year. She won't start until 2011! (Oh, and sorry about the s'mores. Had to do it. We were "camping". )

I will be fun when I get on a plane this fall. I set off the metal detectors (due to the pacemaker/ICD) and can't have them use that wand on me because the magnetic field it creates messes with the pacer. Plus, baby's heart meds are in liquid form, and I refuse to check them, since she needs it every six hours and I can't chance it getting lost.

Well, Happy RotD!



virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 13, 2006 7:32 pm (#736 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Haymoni!

Heights is one of my biggest fears, right of there with small enclosed spaces. I freak out on balconies and such. I'm also siriusly afraid of elevators, because I got stuck in one once, for quite some time, not to mention it was a tiny little box with a bunch of people in it. **shudders**

I can't believe that they would have to warn you about leaving your baby in the carseat! There are stupid people in this world though!

We got in trouble earlier for teasing the dog, who is afraid of wrapping paper tubes. We were calling her through one and she started shaking and such. My mom got mad at us and said she was taking our car away for a week. She has now withdrawn that and is making us put clothes away. I don't mind, she was going to make us do it anyway.

Time to go finish reading and math! YAY!! The stress begins now! At least I don't have to worry about my hair, as I did it this morning, but still wayyy to much to do.


Chemyst - Aug 13, 2006 7:45 pm (#737 of 2976)

The WTC movie was reviewed by Police Officer Michael P. Barry #1810, of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Police Department (George Washington Bridge Command) Here is a quote from his review:

   World Trade Center is a powerful film that reminded me of why I became a cop in the first place, but also how deadly serious this job can be. [...] I felt that the film was very well done in terms of maintaining the accuracy of what actually happened that day. Stone captured the essence of the moment down to filming with the actual guns and radios in use at the time... World Trade Center is a very powerful movie that does justice to those fine men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on the first day of our war against terrorism.

If he finds it to be in good taste, then...


Eponine  - Aug 13, 2006 7:49 pm (#738 of 2976)

Kathy, it's an amazing feeling, isn't it? Other than that first split second of your stomach dropping as you exit the plane, it's like floating.

I'm not really scared of heights. When I was a cheerleader, I was tossed in the air and stuff like that. However, a few weeks ago, one of the smoke detectors in our house started beeping at 2 AM. I could sleep through it, but Mr. Eponine definitely would have been kept up all night. The problem was, it was the smoke detector at the peak of our 13 foot ceiling in our living room. There's a ledge right underneath it, and since we didn't have a ladder in the house, Mr. Eponine boosted me up to the bookshelf, and I climbed up on the ledge to detach the smoke detector. Heights don't usually bother me, but climbing down from the ledge was very tricky because the bookcase was just out of reach from my foot. It seemed very high as I was feeling my way down. Hopefully, we won't have to touch that smoke detector for another couple years!

Happy Birthday, Haymoni!

Have a great RotD!


TwinklingBlueEyes  - Aug 13, 2006 8:39 pm (#739 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Haymoni!


Madam Pince  - Aug 13, 2006 8:55 pm (#740 of 2976)

Sounds like the school year is starting just in time for Ginny and Tori's mom.... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 464751818

Awwwww... Diva's story was so cute, Puck! We "camped out" last night, too -- we went to Bass Pro Shop and (as always) came out with a bunch of stuff we had no business buying, such as a kid's tent. (I suspect it was more Mr. Pince's purchase than anything else -- he kept saying "Man, if I'd have had a tent like this when I was a little kid, I'd have slept in it every night!" and he couldn't wait to put it up -- inside our house -- the minute we got home.) So Little Pince has been "camping" both last night and tonight. Too funny. By the time we get ready to really go camping in October, he'll probably be bored with it and won't get excited or anything! Maybe the s'mores will do the trick...

Nathan, I forgot earlier -- sympathies on the passing of your professor friend. Sounds like you had some wonderful people helping you out when you needed them, and it's great that you could be there today. It was probably very meaningful for the family.


kaykay1970  - Aug 13, 2006 9:03 pm (#741 of 2976)

Awww, Kathy! Diva's story was so sweet.

I have two more years before sending Little Guy off to school, but my eldest is graduating next May. **sniff**


Solitaire  - Aug 13, 2006 9:27 pm (#742 of 2976)

Ginerva, I think it probably is a bit too early for WTC. That is a wound that can't possibly be healed yet. There are so many who lost loved ones that I should think making a movie this soon is a bit disrespectful to both survivors and victims. I suppose it is possible that the material was handled tastefully and serves as a tribute to those who lost their lives and those who sacrificed them to save others ... but I'm not counting on it. Like you, I think Hollywood is "cashing in" on the pain of others.

I will admit that the review posted by Chemyst carries more weight than one by a regular movie critic. I can't help thinking, however, that some of those involved in the events of that terrible day might not be so ready to see them on the big screen. Even if they opt out of seeing the movie just yet, they will be bombarded by commentaries and trailers ... and maybe it's just too soon. I guess time will tell ...

As for Snakes, I just don't like giving psychopaths and terrorists any new ideas. They already have too many ideas as far as I am concerned.

LPO, our kids come on the 21st, as well. This week we have all those lovely and exciting meetings! We do have a change of superintendent, however, so maybe we will not be subjected to the hours of endless jokes (which I've received so many times in email that I can instantly recognize them) and the plans to update our school which never come to anything.

Height is one of my biggest fears, too, Ginny. Fortunately, I am not very tall, so it isn't a problem. (Sorry! I couldn't resist! Okay, it's late.)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday! Buona notte!



Nathan Zimmermann  - Aug 13, 2006 9:30 pm (#743 of 2976)

Many thanks for all the kind words and sympathy. I will share a story with you about him. This professor taught French for many years. One day during my second year the university, this one Monday I went to him and asked "Sir I am looking to read the Three Musketeers and the works of Victor Hugo?" He said to me "Let me think and come back at the end of the week." So Friday afternoon I trotted back to his office and he said to me. "The works of Dumas and Hugo are not meant to be read in English, you must read them in French." I said, Sir, I cannot read or speak French how am I to do this?" He said "Do not worry I will teach you." Much to my chagrin I never had opportunity to pursue his offer.


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 13, 2006 10:17 pm (#744 of 2976)

Sounds like the school year is starting just in time for Ginny and Tori's mom.... - Madame Pince

LOL that's probably half of it! i mean really she was going to take our car away for "scaring" the dog?? I think we're starting to get on each others’ nerves!

I love camping, as long as there are no bugs, and a clean bathroom nearby! We used to make tents out of sheets and blankets in our room when we were little. They were really cool! We used dresser drawers and ponytail holders and odd mixtures of hair clips and clothes pins to secure them. I wish I could still do it and not be thought of as a loser!

Kathy, Diva's story is soo cute! and a s'more every now and then can't hurt! Where did you ever get the idea that graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows are bad for you?? LOL I want one now! It makes me think of The Sand Lot : "You wanna s'more?" "how can I have more if I haven't had anything yet?" great movie!

Ok I'm going to bed now i promise!!! I won't burden anyone with my crazy late night s'more craving, don't want to go back to school hyperness! GOOD NIGHT!


geauxtigers  - Aug 13, 2006 10:32 pm (#745 of 2976)

Yeah I know my mom is getting on my nerves, so I must be getting on hers too...I get along much better with my dad. His laid back like me, my mom is a worry wart and it drives me mad sometimes.

I love s'mores! I want one now too! Cute camping stories! We used to do that a lot. Santa brought us camping stuff when I was in 1st grade and we went camping the day after Christmas. It was 18 degrees and we nearly froze to death. Not sure the celcius, but 18 F is 4 below, so you can imagine, it was cold! And yes this was in Louisiana, can you believe it? I think we broke a record that day! My grannie and aunt tried to tell us they were cold in the camper, I still don't think they could have been as cold as we were.

Okay I'm going to go read HP french, **waves to Audrey**. I'm really enjoying it, I'm starting to understand more and more so thats good! I have to go to bed though, its past midnight! AHHH! NOOOOO I don't wanna go back to the S word! NOOOO you can't make me!!!!!!!

Night everyone!


Tazzygirl - Aug 13, 2006 10:54 pm (#746 of 2976)

Have a great first day back at school, Ginny and Tori! **evil grin** hehehe... BTW- one of my dogs loves paper towel cardboard. She will chase it, and then after losing interest in the chasing, will chew it up and leave it at your feet. She'll bark like crazy too when you talk/call to her.

Ginny- I love camping, as long as there are no bugs, and a clean bathroom nearby!

Then that's not camping! Who has heard of a campground with clean bathrooms? If so, please share! I personally LOVE to camp. Went to Yosemite last summer, and had a blast. Before we all moved out of the house, my parents would take us kids camping at least twice a summer. Northern California was the best (Patrick's Point). Can't wait to have my own family to take camping.

Kathy- Diva is too cute!

Nathan- sorry to hear about the loss of your professor! He sounded like a wonderful person!



Solitaire  - Aug 13, 2006 11:04 pm (#747 of 2976)

I love camping ... in the Marriott or the Holiday Inn! hehe I camped all around northern Europe for six weeks in 1978, in a small, 2-man tent. It rained nearly every day, and my clothing was always slightly damp. If I never have to camp out again, it will be fine with me ... and those Scandinavian campgrounds were NICE!

I love trailer homes and RVs, but that isn't really camping. After all, they have TVs, showers, refrigerator/freezers, and all kinds of luxuries. I admit it ... I'm a sissy. I like a nice, comfy bed, my own clean bathroom that I don't have to share with strangers, and no bugs.



The giant squid  - Aug 13, 2006 11:51 pm (#748 of 2976)

If someone hasn't already thought of this creepy scenario, I don't like giving anyone the idea!—Solitaire

Well, I'm pretty sure they'll have to go through some cinematic "magic" to get the snakes on the plane...that's not the kind of thing one can sneak through security.

As for the WTC movie being "too soon"...it's been 5 years (well, 4 years, 22 weeks). I find it interesting that the people that are "offended" by these movies usually weren't directly affected by the events of 9/11; those that were (NYPD/FDNY, families of the passengers of United 93) generally seem to be OK with it, as in the quote above.

Ahh SquidMike! I know what a yahoo is!!—geauxtigers

Okay, now that we know where we're starting from we can proceed...

Happy birthday, haymoni (forgot to mention that in my last post)!



Snuffles  - Aug 14, 2006 12:33 am (#749 of 2976)

Happy belated birthday Haymoni, hope you had a great day

Lol at the new avatar Regan.

Finn, we spell it “enrolling.”

Hubby is trying to get me to go camping. So far he has taken me to lots of camping shops and I have seen inside lots of tents. I still haven't seen one that has eckeltricity and a flushing toilet, so until then......

Hope everyone had a good weekend



azi - Aug 14, 2006 4:02 am (#750 of 2976)

Happy belated birthday, Haymoni!

I agree with Snuffles, 'enrolling' it is.

Lol, Snuffles! Seriously, the little portaloos aren't that bad! I grew up using those on the family holidays at steam rally's in our living van (Steam rallys are gatherings of traction engines, rollers and lots of other things). The only thing you worry about is if a member of the public decides to use your toilet while you're in it (fortunately never happened). I hate camping though...never saw the joys of freezing.

I won't be seeing the WTC movie. I never liked films involving real disasters. I can't actually remember the last time I saw a movie.

Great avatar, Regan!

On the other hand, whenever you pass US immigration on a larger airport (I experienced Chicago and Pittsburgh) as a non - US citizen, you are shown quite clearly, that you are not welcome at least to the officials. But, admittedly, this changes, as soon you have left the secure parts of the aiport. - Detail Seeker

My friend (aforementioned on this thread), has dual US/UK citizenship and takes her US passport with her to the USA and her British one everywhere else. She finds she gets much less trouble from people that way. It's a shame it's like that.

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Catherine  - Aug 14, 2006 4:21 am (#751 of 2976)

Heights don't usually bother me, but climbing down from the ledge was very tricky because the bookcase was just out of reach from my foot. It seemed very high as I was feeling my way down. Hopefully, we won't have to touch that smoke detector for another couple years! –Eponine

Get thee to your nearest hardware store and buy a ladder! The mom in me got the collywobbles imagining this scenario.

Ladders are awfully handy. We invested in a tall one after Mr. Catherine got stuck on the roof at our old house, and we possessed no ladder. The story is hilarious to everyone except Mr. Catherine. We had sold our house, but there was a broken shingle on the roof. Mr. Catherine decided to crawl out of the window to fix it. The only problem was that he could not then crawl back inside.

After about forty-five minutes, I realized that my darling hubby was missing, and I detected the curiously open window. I went outside, assuming that he was chatting with a neighbor, but I could not find him. Then I heard, "Psssst!" I looked up, and there was Mr. Catherine hiding behind a dormer on the roof. He was embarrassed to call for help because everyone in the neighborhood was taking evening walks and bike rides.

I called all our neighbors to borrow a ladder, and no one was home. So finally, I just gave up, and called the fire department. In the meantime, while waiting for their arrival, I could not help myself. I took pictures of Mr. Catherine on the roof, and serenaded him with the song "Up on the Roof" by the Drifters.

The fire department came out with the big truck, but mercifully, they did not use the siren. They acted in a very professional manner, but it was easy to tell that they just wanted to burst out laughing.

The next day, Mr. Catherine bought our lovely ladder.


Eponine  - Aug 14, 2006 5:33 am (#752 of 2976)

Oh, Catherine. That story is priceless!


haymoni  - Aug 14, 2006 6:05 am (#753 of 2976)

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, everyone!

I had a crazy Saturday and pretty much crashed on Sunday, so it was a nice, relaxing birthday.

I watched "Robin Hood" last night - Alan Rickman - too funny!


Snuffles  - Aug 14, 2006 6:06 am (#754 of 2976)

Heh heh Catherine. Will any pictures be appearing in your profile any time soon?


Loopy Lupin - Aug 14, 2006 6:38 am (#755 of 2976)

So finally, I just gave up, and called the fire department.—Catherine

You couldn't finally give up and go to Home Depot?

***pssst*** Catherine have you solved your MSN problems? I'm quite lonely out here.


Puck  - Aug 14, 2006 6:39 am (#756 of 2976)

ROTFL! That's a great story! Give the firefighters a change from the cat in the tree senario!

Julie, give camping a chance! I suggest fall. Less buggy. A good sleeping bag will keep you plenty warm.

WTC movie was third at the box office this weekend. I wouldn't mind seeing it. Then again, everyone I knew managed to escape tragedy. (Two in NYC were late getting to the building. Hubby's co worker was on the earlier non stop from Boston to CA.) It would be different if I had lost anyone.

Happy RotD,



Marie E.  - Aug 14, 2006 7:21 am (#757 of 2976)

Catherine, that sounds like something Mr. E would do. We didn't own a ladder until last year when he began replacing all our windows.

Happy belated birthday, haymoni!!

I got to talk to Shayla twice yesterday. They called in the morning and I spoke to both girls (no vomiting) and then out of the blue Shayla called me at 4pm on Mr E's cell phone just to say she misses me. Awwww!


Finn BV  - Aug 14, 2006 9:22 am (#758 of 2976)

Finn & Solitaire  -  I can't believe they would make a movie like the World Trade Center. It bothers me that people would cash in on such a terrible event. But that is just me... I won't be seeing it either. --Ginerva Potter

Well, actually, Soli and I were discussing our boycott of the movie Snakes on a Plane. I don't think I'm going to see World Trade Center anyway, just because it might be a bit too powerful, but to me it seems that the film is doing justice to the event, and not making hype out of it. You never know, it might be raining one day.

Thanks Snuffles and azi on 'enrolling', there was some question on that over at Wikipedia.

And speaking of Wikipedia, welcome to our newest member, who is a convert from there!

LOL Catherine!

I've been cleaning my room this weekend! How addicting it is! Eek! The only thing is… you get to a point where you just don't know what to do next!

Happy back to school to those back, and yay for us who still have three and a half weeks! **sigh**


haymoni  - Aug 14, 2006 10:04 am (#759 of 2976)

I don't think I'll see WTC either - it's just too raw yet.

I might rent it and view it in the safety of my own home.

I like that it is actually based on someone's real experiences though - not some made-up story like "Titanic".

I remember watching that documentary that the 2 French brothers made about a particular firehouse - that really hit home.


geauxtigers  - Aug 14, 2006 11:02 am (#760 of 2976)

Get thee to your nearest hardware store and buy a ladder! The mom in me got the collywobbles imagining this scenario.

But climbing on a book shelf is much more fun! LOL!

Thats a great story about getting stuck on the roof!

About the WTC movie, I don't know if I'll go see it or not. I didn't have anyone involved, but it might be a little much for me. I can see how making this movie can be a good thing, but also a bad one as well. I was only 11 when it happened, I remember it, but then again I was 11 so I can't really go by that. I dunno, I guess that if you think you're ready to see, it good for you, if not then don't go see it. Its been 5 years, maybe 10 years after would be a better release time, not 5.

I managed to get my picture taken before my hair frizzed. we shall see how bad it is later. I saw my math teacher and I promise she can perform ligilimancy. She asked if I had done my spiral yet and I kinda sorta gave an innocent grin and she knew right there that I haven't finished it...ha ha.

Me and Ginny had to sell combination locks today for my mom. You'd be surprised with the questions people ask. One lady asked if the combination was included with the lock. I wanted to say "no we are selling it to you, but you have to guess the code" I mean really! That was the worst of it besides asking us if we were selling locks when obviously they missed the huge bright blue poster board that said "LOCKS" and the boxes of locks on the table. I tell ya!

Alrighty well I have to go do that math thing and mentally prepare for classes tomorrow....ugggh

Have a great day everyone!


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 14, 2006 11:06 am (#761 of 2976)

Who has heard of a campground with clean bathrooms? Tazzy

OK so maybe not clean, but it's better than behind a tree or a bush! That makes me think of the Charmin commercials with the bears!

Catherine, that story is so funny! Sounds like something I'd do! I got stuck on a diving board once. I got up there and it was much higher than I'd expected. I freaked out and the lifeguard came up and threated to throw me off if I didn't jump. About 30 min later she gave in and let me go back down the stairs. Apparently this wasn't safe. She was mean, and I was absolutely hysterical about it all, I was shaking and crying, and she was going to throw me off! I was only 9 for crying out loud!

Got my picture taken today. WOO-HOO, they always turn out terrible. Classes start tomorrow.

This morning around 4, I woke up to my lovely cat coughing up a hairball in the middle of my carpet. GROSSS. When my dad came in to kiss me goodbye before work, about an hour later, I told him and he cleaned it up for me. I said "thanks daddy" he goes "I love you too" hmmm I think he was trying not to laugh at me! But really do they feel it's necessary to cough them up in the middle of the night on the carpet??

Have a great RotD everyone!


Tazzygirl - Aug 14, 2006 11:58 am (#762 of 2976)

ROFL, Catherine!

On The World Trade Center movie- I think I will also wait until it comes to video. I still get emotional watching the 30 second commercials.

Oh for Snakes on a Plane I, too, have absolutely no intention of seeing it.

Ginny- I got stuck on a diving board once. I got up there and it was much higher than I'd expected. I freaked out and the lifeguard came up and threated to throw me off if I didn't jump. About 30 min later she gave in and let me go back down the stairs.

hehehe, I had that almost same episode. It was the highdive, and I was about 8. Although the lifeguard didn't come up and tell me to climb down the ladder, I was up there for half an hour. Even went through the 10 minute break they make everyone take every hour. By the time I jumped, everyone in the vicinity was lined up along the sides of the pool, yelling encouragement. I don't know what was worse, the attention from so many people or the actual free falling feeling. That was the last time I ever went on the highdive. **shudder**

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



Puck  - Aug 14, 2006 12:03 pm (#763 of 2976)

Well, I was reading here while eating my lunch earlier. Glad Ginny waited to post her story.

Son came in screaming from the backyard. Another bee sting. His screams woke the baby who had finally gone to sleep half an hour before. I was looking forward to her having a decent nap so I could finally get my closet/bedroom on the road to clean. Darned wasp hurt my boy and ruined my plans for the afternoon.


Holly T. - Aug 14, 2006 12:06 pm (#764 of 2976)

Catherine, that story is too funny.

My kids start school tomorrow. My husband is going out of town tomorrow so he is off today running last-minute errands and taking our son to meet his teacher.

Cub Scout popcorn sales went well this weekend. No one had a heatstroke at any of the booths (over 100 degrees every day) and they sold a lot of popcorn. My son's den sold $200 worth of popcorn between services at church.

Have a great RotD!


Madam Pince  - Aug 14, 2006 12:24 pm (#765 of 2976)

Such a cute story, Catherine! You can use that one at his 50th birthday party or something similar...

LOL at Tori's experience with selling locks (..."and you have to guess the code...") ***snort!*** Here's another sign...

I was very emotionally upset when the 9/11 events happened, because Mr. Pince works a block from the Capitol and it could've been very scary, but nobody we are close to was directly affected, although a few of his co-workers (that he isn't too close to) lost family members. I am particularly affected by the United 93 story, because I am convinced that the bravery of those passengers is what prevented a plane from heading for the Capitol, which might've spelled a very different outcome for me for that day. But I had no problem with the recently released United 93; although I haven't seen it yet, I really want to. I think it might still be in one theatre near us -- if not we'll definitely rent it.

From what I've heard, World Trade Center focuses not on the planes and the terrorist action and the many lives lost, but rather zeroes in on a very specific few survivors and their experience -- I believe it was a couple of rescuers and one or two office workers who were trapped together after the towers fell? Still very emotional, but more focused, I guess is what I'm trying to say. There have been many, many TV shows about the whole day -- they run on A & E and The History Channel, etc. usually starting about now and on through September every year. I watch them every year, and yes it does still make me cry. That day was one of the worst days of my life -- we had just had two funerals of family members following lengthy illnesses, and one other family member in the hospital with a heart attack, and I was just a few months along in my pregnancy with Little Pince, so I was exhausted and emotional anyway -- then watching that unfold on TV while I knew Mr. P was right in the middle of DC and no cell phones were working... well, it was a long day for sure! But I do still want to see the stories of those people -- to me it is a way to pay tribute to their courage and to remember them. So, just a little different perspective...

Ahhh... the days of cats and hairballs.... yes, what a lovely way to wake up, by stepping in one. I sure do miss my Indy kitty...

You haven't lived until you've tried camping out while wearing a corset and a hoop skirt. And tried to go in a port-a-potty while wearing said hoop skirt. Not the most fun.

I went off a high-dive once. I was about 15, and taking swimming lessons, and all the boys in the class started jumping off the high-dive. Well, naturally, I couldn't have that -- no representation from the female sex? Besides, it didn't look all that high. Until I got up there. Then, it suddenly was exponentially higher! But, having been a big-mouth and bragged that girls could do anything that boys could do, I wasn't about to back down. It was about the hardest thing I ever had to do, but by golly I jumped off that thing. And I will never, ever, do it again! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 793915934


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 14, 2006 12:35 pm (#766 of 2976)

I have only a minute.

Happy Belated Birthday, haymoni! Hope it was great and may you have many more! (BTW, I'm keeping count. You are about 4 mos. older than I am.)

Catherine, great story - I think calling the fire dept. was much more fun that running to Home Depot.

Kathy, you have to let them indulge occasionally! That is what makes it a treat! I love Diva's story! It is so funny you should bring camping up because just this morning the girls were asking if they could set up tents in the family room. (Must be the weather/time of year.) Mr. HH and I used to go camping to Roscoe NY every year. The last year we went was in '92 and I was very ill. I tried to ignore it and didn't mention it to Mr. HH until we were there and he and some friends noticed my green complexion. Turns out, Olivia was on her way! We always had our dog with us, so the next time we go, it will be kind of strange not to have her along, although it's been so long.

Detail Seeker, I am glad the treatment changes for the better outside the security areas, still there is no excuse for it within. It is so easy to smile. (And I have been put to the test, in case anyone's wondering.)

Madam P. you taught Little Guy well! LOL

Re: WTC, in our area, there were several children who lost parents. A neighbor's son was a student at NYU and had to make his way through the rubble (among other things).

Mr. HH knew a worker who was sent there on his first day on the job and never returned. Around here, pretty much, everyone knows someone who was there.

Lina, are you back yet?? How was the wedding? Did the weather hold out for you all??

My computer just crashed and I had to do a system restore to get it going again. I am quite sure it was the updated AOL that triggered it. The dialer kept appearing on the screen in a wicked loop. Even CTRL, ALT, DEL didn't stop it. It kept going, despite removing the entire program. Anyway, as you can tell, I'm back up again.

What a great dad, Ginny! I am wondering if Mr. HH would have placed a Lysol wipe over it and said, "Let's leave it for mommy" or if he would have pulled out the bleach and cleaned it.

For everyone returning to work/school today, I hope you ease into your routines smoothly and find it much more pleasant than you anticipated.

Enjoy the RotD/N, everyone! (Good thing I only had a minute, eh! )


Catherine  - Aug 14, 2006 12:55 pm (#767 of 2976)

Catherine, great story - I think calling the fire dept. was much more fun that running to Home Depot.

Thank you. It would have taken me about forty-five minutes to drive to and from Lowe's. Also, Mr. Catherine's legs were cramping up from squatting on the roof for so long. He was threatening to jump down, so I was afraid to leave him.

Loopy-I have redownloaded MSN AGAIN, but I don't have it on this computer. Our computer guy at work would have a hissy fit if I put MSN on the school computer. I'll see if you are around when I'm home.

I'm now laughing at the image of trying to squeeze into a port -o-potty while wearing a hoopskirt.


haymoni  - Aug 14, 2006 12:59 pm (#768 of 2976)

If any lifeguard ever threatened to throw one of my children off the high dive, they would need to have their life guarded.

HH11 - I was planning on staying 40 years old forever - or at least until someone raised an eyebrow. Of course I said the same thing at 30 and that didn't last very long. 41 is just fine with me!

Edit: Almost forgot! It's shooting star time again. Keep a look out!


Catherine  - Aug 14, 2006 1:09 pm (#769 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Haymoni!

I just realized that although I was thinking the words, I never actually typed them.


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 14, 2006 1:16 pm (#770 of 2976)

It was the high dive, and I was about 8. It was the high dive. 5m. Never again. I was with a friend who dives and it looked fun. It's not. My mom wasn't too happy when I told her that evil lady was going to throw me off. I think that was officially the first time I screamed and yelled and kicked an adult! She walked towards me and I just flung my legs out at her! Trust me she wasn't going to get me!! 5m is sooo much higher than it looks! It's giving me the collywobbles just thinking about it! I'm not sure I was alright for a couple of days after it.


Winky Woo  - Aug 14, 2006 1:18 pm (#771 of 2976)

Hi everyone!

I have just finished a couple hundred posts! We took my niece (Cool and nephew (4) camping for the weekend and had great fun as they had never been before so we got to show them all the cool stuff you can do like toasted marshmallows and baked bananas/mars bars on the camp fire. We hired a boat and took them rowing, the dogs came too but decided half way through that they really didn't like being in the middle of the lake! Lots of great hikes and picnics, in fact a good time was had by all. We listened COS on the journey there and back, and Mr W finally started to ask questions! (Whilst he has read the books he didn't like the last 2 and can't understand how I can spend hours analysing them )

Regan how is your friend doing?

Tim, did you see lots of HP references? I did everywhere. Statues of Minerva, Romulus and Remus etc Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042

Julie, I love Shropshire, particularly Shrewsbury, hope you had a good trip

***waves to Azi & Lina******just because she feels like it!

Kneazle & Kristina I am extremely scared of the take-off and landing on flights, I actually shake/tremor/cry! Its quite embarrassing for anyone who travels with me! But my fear of not seeing all the wonderful places in the world is greater, I have flown over a 100 times, (work and pleasure) and even flew on 3 consecutive planes to get to Northern Thailand, all by myself (I taught in English in an orphanage during a career break)

You really need to give yourself an ultimatum... for me its how much will I regret it if I don't go and how I would feel about missing out. I've tried everything from fear of flying courses ran by the airports to hypnotism, and even medications. I know its irrational, so I won't let it stop me having a life and exploring this fantastic world we live in.

Quick note on the valuables, you can check them into your hold baggage, just not take them on board, apparently the kind of “device” they suspected, would cause mayhem in a pressurised cabin, but the hold area is so much stronger.

Solitaire I hope your first day back has gone well, and also cheering charms to Ginny and Tori!

Happy Belated Birthday to Haymoni!

Sorry for the length of this post!

Love Winky x x x


azi - Aug 14, 2006 1:26 pm (#772 of 2976)

**wakes back to Winky** Glad you had a nice camping trip! Toasted marshmallows are yummy!

Waves to everyone else! **waving**


Loopy Lupin - Aug 14, 2006 2:36 pm (#773 of 2976)

I must confess that I'm puzzled why anyone would be surprised that there would be movies about 9/11. They were, in point of fact, making and releasing movies about World War II during World War II. They also charged admission to see them and tried to recoup the money it took to make the film. They even aimed to make a little more than their costs, that being how capitalism works and all. The only surprise here is that Hollywood has managed to wait this long before testing the public's nerve for 9/11 movies.

In the five years since 2001, there have been sparse few documentaries about the events (not counting various television recaps or remembrances) and now a grand total-- at least by my count--of 2 theatrical releases, "United 93" and Oliver Stone's new movie. I was sort of in agreement with the way that TV shows, such as Friends , rather ignored the whole thing. A steady stream of "very special" or "very important" episodes of this show or that show commemorating 9/11 would've been cheap and nauseating, I think. But, I also think that there are tales very much worth telling about 9/11. Once Stone's movie gets this business of whether the public is ready or not out of the way, there will be more and I look forward to seeing them.


haymoni  - Aug 14, 2006 2:45 pm (#774 of 2976)

I think the difference is that we've already seen this movie.

We watched it live on the morning talk shows and then we saw it replayed over & over again on CNN and other outlets.

I could be wrong, but I didn't think that there was a lot of video broadcast into people's homes during WWII, so the movies brought the war to us - at least in the US. I'm guessing things were a bit different for folks living in Europe.

I remember reading an article where the author wondered how the characters from "Seinfeld" would have handled 9-11. The show had ended before that. I'm glad because I really wouldn't want to see George knocking people over to get out or Elaine stopping to buy Jujyfruits while Jerry was in a hospital bed. It wouldn't have been funny at all.


Marè  - Aug 14, 2006 3:36 pm (#775 of 2976)

Madam Pince, I really like your diving story, go you for jumping anyway!
I quite like the high dive (but I can only jump, not dive), but the first time I tried one (9m!) I went up deciding I was going to do this and that I would probably enjoy it and once up there it was suddenly so very high! Took me awhile to find the courage to actually jump. Several hours to be more precise (but my friend climbed down!)
So although I was very proud of myself (naturally) I did have to sleep on my stomach and wear t-shirts while swimming for the remainder of the vacation.
Standing in the burning French sun in the hottest hours of the day is not good for your back and shoulders...

And Catherine, I had to laugh so hard at the story of your husband. Has he learned to laugh about it too, or has he simply tried to destroy all the photo's you took?


lily.phoenixfire  - Aug 14, 2006 3:49 pm (#776 of 2976)

I actually signed up for Weight Watchers because they needed one more person. I'm in Human Resources


This is really strange. I just started reading this thread and your post jumped out at me. I'm in weightwatchers and I'm also in Human Resources. I haven't purchased it for employees though. I've lost a bit more than 100 pounds and have kept almost all of it off for 4 years. I gained back 25 but only because I stopped working out and ate crap for months. I'm back on WW again and that extra 25 is coming off again. I've lost 5 pounds of it already. Weightwatchers works great for me but if there is one thing I've learned about losing weight it's that everybody has to find what works for them.

Good luck! Lily


Catherine  - Aug 14, 2006 3:49 pm (#777 of 2976)

Mare, he was such a good sport about the whole thing that he quite spoiled my fun. If I can find the digital photos, I will post one so that you all can see him smiling and waving while squatting on the roof.

He was NOT such a good sport when my college friends and I (after a few too many Champagne toasts at a wedding) decided to sing "Up on the Roof" to him.


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 14, 2006 3:50 pm (#778 of 2976)

I think the difference is that we've already seen this movie.

We watched it live on the morning talk shows and then we saw it replayed over & over again on CNN and other outlets. – haymoni

I agree. We watched the news in every class that day at school. I'll never forget watching them pull bodies out of the rubble or the towers collapsing. I think that this movie is more of a recap of what we saw on the news, but from a firefighter's point of view. I Don't think I'll be able to watch it. It was already hard enough to comprehend what happened at 11, I don't want to see it again. But that's just my opinion personally. I'm surprised as well that they waited this long to make a movie about it.


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 14, 2006 3:53 pm (#779 of 2976)

Catherine what a great story!

Solitaire hope the first day of meetings wasn't too nauseating. Good luck to all starting this week.

I love camping. This summer a friend and I went to Chaco Canyon in NM. It had nice rest rooms and a beautiful campsite. Fascinating place. My husband and I went on a short river rafting trip in Utah. We camped two nights. I am very disappointed that neither trip included smores! I should have planned better.

I think many of WWII movies were preceded by newsreels. True it did not have today's 24/7 coverage. I think I'll wait till Two Towers comes out on DVD. I only watched Schindler's List this last year. When Jaws came out I couldn't sleep for weeks. LPO


Chemyst - Aug 14, 2006 3:57 pm (#780 of 2976)

Catherine, at least Mr. Catherine got his timing right. Better for it to happen as he was moving out than when moving in! I'm looking forward to seeing him squatting among the shingles; at which time I shall quietly hum "Up on the Roof;" (but you needn't tell him that.)

And tried to go in a port-a-potty while wearing said hoop skirt.  Heehehe an excellent chuckle!

On camping–   camping might qualify as a sport; but it should never be confused with a vacation because there is too much cooking and clean-up involved.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.  - Aug 14, 2006 4:15 pm (#781 of 2976)

I think the difference is that we've already seen this movie.

We watched it live on the morning talk shows and then we saw it replayed over & over again on CNN and other outlets.---haymoni

But we didn't. The media very quickly decided that shots of the planes would be too graphic an image to air repeatedly and put an end to it. In the five years since it happened, I haven't seen footage of the event even during the anniversaries. Some people would argue it was a mistake to eradicate this video on tv these past years.

I could be wrong, but I didn't think that there was a lot of video broadcast into people's homes during WWII, so the movies brought the war to us - at least in the US. I'm guessing things were a bit different for folks living in Europe.---haymoni

I think many of WWII movies were preceded by newsreels.---LPO

And if televisions had been more widely available (and if tv broadcast transmission had not been banned from 1942-1945) people would have considered it their public duty to watch and be informed.

I'm lifting this from the website of The Museum of Broadcast Communications:
Ed Murrow's rich, full, and expressive voice first came to the attention of America's listening public in his many rooftop radio broadcasts during the Battle of Britain in 1939. In words evocative of America's original founding fathers, Murrow frequently used the airwaves to revivify and popularize many democratic ideals such as free speech, citizen participation, the pursuit of truth, and the sanctification of individual liberties and rights, that resulted from a broader liberal discourse in England, France, and the United States. Resurrecting these values and virtues for a mass audience of true believers during the London Blitz was high drama--the opposing threat of totalitarianism, made real by Nazi bombs, was ever present in the background. Ed Murrow's persona was thus established, embodying the political traditions of the Western democracies,....

I would draw your attention to the words "high drama" which is exactly what events like Pearl Harbor, WWII and 9/11 are, despite their obviously tragic nature. Simply because it is hard to hear or watch doesn't mean we shouldn't. ***steps off her soapbox***

EDIT: To add this I lifted from the University of San Diego History Department's website: More so than any time before, radio allowed the people of occupied Europe, the Americas, and the entire world to experience the Second World War in an immediate and personal way.


Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 14, 2006 4:24 pm (#782 of 2976)

Simply because it is hard to hear or watch doesn't mean we shouldn't

Lupin is Lupin, very true. LPO


Marè  - Aug 14, 2006 4:33 pm (#783 of 2976)

Hem hem.

Obviously the 9/11 events still have a very emotional impact on people. So please when you are discussing these movies remember that arguments and reason may have less value because you are dealing with people’s feelings.

So far the discussion has caused no problems but please remember above when it is time to agree to disagree.

(This goes to no "side" in particular BTW, just a general note.)


haymoni  - Aug 14, 2006 5:18 pm (#784 of 2976)

I obviously watched that French documentary too closely, because there are images burned in my mind that I will never forget - even after viewing them only once.

I just don't want to be in a movie theater munching on popcorn while I watch this.

But I only like action films and comedies. Scary stuff and sci-fi is not my cup of tea.

That's it - a cup of tea with this movie. Or maybe hot chocolate.

I fell waaaay off the Points Wagon this weekend. Hey, it was my birthday! I'll eat if I wanna!

It'll be salads all week though!


boop  - Aug 14, 2006 5:38 pm (#785 of 2976)
Edited Aug 14, 2006 6:26 pm

Hi Everyone!!

I went to see World Trade Center today after work. I felt it was done is good taste. It centered on a group of policemen, and what they went through. It was their story they told. I will probably buy it when it comes out on dvd.

Catherine,that story was funny.

Have a great rest of the day everyone!

hugs always



Chemyst - Aug 14, 2006 5:55 pm (#786 of 2976)

Go Kim!


Finn BV  - Aug 14, 2006 7:01 pm (#787 of 2976)

LOL @ Tori about selling the locks! That's pretty funny.

Aww, Puck, healing charms to your son!

Madam Pince, I share your emotional impact of 9/11. Perhaps I should tell my story (have I before?)… I was in fourth grade (don't forget, at a major private school in the Bronx), and after gym we were all called together, so about 10:15. We were the youngest kids in the school to learn of the news, that both towers had been hit, and that one had fallen. A kid made the remark, "So now it's just the twin tower?" I don't think anybody really realized the impact this would have. We continued school, but the PA system kept going as kids were called to the office. At around 10:45 I was called. I went to the office to find my mom crying -- something I had never seen (or remembered) at 9 years old -- but I couldn't entirely understand what was that bad. My mom, who works in mid-town, had miraculously found a taxi there, and took it up to my dad's work at 125th Street. She couldn't find him, but she found a colleague who was leaving, with a car, and who lives right near my school. He drove her up where I met her, but we still didn't know where my Dad was. As we were walking out of the building, not entirely sure what to do next, there was Dad, pulling in. We drove home. We are quite blessed that everything worked for us that day, but 9/11 will always hold a unique place especially to me.

My to-be aunt was actually in the South Tower, the one that was hit second. She said that, after the first tower was hit, security in the building announced over the speakers that "everything was fine" and that people should return to their normal activity. She was in the middle of an important meeting, which she left promptly, ignoring the announcement, and got straight out of there.

On a lighter note… welcome back, Winky!

Kim, completely with you.

boop – that's a convincing review.

Enjoy the RotD!


geauxtigers  - Aug 14, 2006 7:26 pm (#788 of 2976)

I remember 9-11 too. I was in my science class and my teacher was reading the e-mail out loud that the Twin Towers in the World Trade Center had been hit. All I remember thinking was "what are the twin towers and where are they?" I don't think at the time I realized what exactly that meant. My teacher didn't elaborate or anything I don't think she wanted to freak us out in case anyone had relatives or friends there. We continued with our class - - - a little talk about it started. They ended up calling us over the PA system too and we all gathered in a large room and they told us what all had happened. By the next class, all we did the rest of the day was watch the news, I think thats when it hit me what really happened. I realized what exactly that meant. Most of the teachers were pretty quiet and allowed us to watch the news as they wanted to also. Its definitely a day I'll never forget. I'm glad everything was okay with your dad and your aunt, Finn. That must've been scary for all those living in New York. I can't even imagine.

The sad thing about those locks, was that this lady wasn't the only one who asked if it came with a combination...there really are some people in this world with no common sense. This lady asked a number of questions, one of which included "Are these the new locks or the used ones?" Umm I've never heard of people selling their old locks...I was glad when she walked away 10 minutes later with all her ridikulus questions answered through me and Ginny working hard to keep a straight face...


Mediwitch  - Aug 14, 2006 7:37 pm (#789 of 2976)

Catherine, great ladder story! I can assure you that the minute the firefighters closed the doors on the truck, they burst out laughing hysterically. They'd probably love a picture!

Wow, Finn, that's a pretty powerful story. The fire departments and ambulances way up here in northwestern CT were put on stand-by for several days. It was really nerve-wracking, every time the phone rang, I was sure we were going. Then when we didn't, we all felt so frustrated that we just couldn't do anything. I think I will wait for the DVD too.


geauxtigers  - Aug 14, 2006 9:36 pm (#790 of 2976)

Okay so we just let the dog in and she reeked. She ended up with 2 separate baths and 3 different kinds of shampoo on her head. We are wondering what she rolled in, because it was terrible! I felt so bad as she was shaking horribly and is still not flower fresh smelling... alas earwax what ever will we do? They should make dog perfume.

Okay well I have to go make some last minute notes on my books. I'm still not done with P&P but I'm going to keep at it even if I don't finish in time. Don't worry Soli, I'm still ploughing my way through and don't plan on stopping til I'm done!

Night everyone!


Solitaire  - Aug 14, 2006 10:02 pm (#791 of 2976)

Thanks for the well-wishes, Winky & LPO. It was a rough day ... less nonsense and more serious work than usual. It was kind of a shock to the system after having the summer off. As I told Elanor, if today was any indicator, this is going to be one rough year. I have a feeling my forum time will go down significantly until I get my "school legs."

Lily.phoenixfire ... thanks for the encouraging words about WW. Congratulations, too, on a great loss ... You give us all hope!

Catherine, loved the story about Mr. Catherine. Too bad there were no videos. LOL @ singing Up on the Roof! Perfect! I salute you! **giggling uncontrollably**

Regarding Snakes on a Plane ... I think Gina had the best idea: Snapes on a Plane. Wouldn't it make a great comedy sketch for something like SNL? Can't you just see a plane full of Snapes? Imagine him ordering a drink ... sort of like Meg Ryan in French Kiss, directing every move ...

I'll have a Bloody Mary. Slowly pour the Vodka into the cauldron--no cauldron? Okay, pour it into a goblet. Swirling the goblet slowly, add the tomato juice in a slow stream. Then add the Tabasco sauce one drop at a time, dripping it over your left shoulder. Using a celery stick, stir 3 times clockwise, 1 time counterclockwise. Add the Worcestershire 2 drops at a time, as you wave your wand--What? You have no wand? Okay--as you wave a plastic cocktail stirrer clockwise over the goblet ..."

Okay, on that note, I think it's time for me to go to bed.


PS Hang in there, Tori!!


Mrs. Sirius  - Aug 14, 2006 10:30 pm (#792 of 2976)

Finn Happy 51st Birthday! I also missed you when you were in Connecticut! (by the way, I grew up in -dah Bronx-)

Happy Birthday to oh so many that I have missed.

We are finally winding down our summer. My son is in soccer camp and the girls are in day camp. Wahoo!, I will be visiting Goodwill and the town dump tomorrow (evil grin) and I start painting the girl’s room Wednesday.

I do not often get out to movies but I certainly will not see WTC. I have just been an emotional train wreck these past few weeks. Honestly, I was in the Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago viewing the old Coke commercials. I got all weepy and had to hide my face when the “I’d Like to Teach The World to Sing“…song started! So no, WTC would be too powerful for me.

My cousin whom I visited in Atlanta worked right across from the WTC and saw all the events unfolding but they did not permit anyone to leave the build and they had no phone service. His wife’s brother was visiting from Spain and was on his way to WTC when it happened. I was in Connecticut knowing all my cousins were all in NYC but I could not get hold of anyone that day, like everyone else.

Haymoni, 40? I tell my kids “I am 29”. Yes, one of the 7 ½ year old triplets is doing the math and challenging me on that, but I persist. She said that if I don’t change that number well be the same age soon! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042

Catherine I love that story, poor hubby.

Aren't hoop skirts and port-o-pottys from mixed eras, Madame Pince?


The giant squid  - Aug 14, 2006 11:44 pm (#793 of 2976)

But really do they feel it's necessary to cough them up in the middle of the night on the carpet??—virginiaelizabeth

Yes, it is. It's all part of their ongoing conspiracy to take over the world. I'm convinced that somewhere in those hairballs is the key to some miracle cure.

I am quite sure it was the updated AOL that triggered it.--HungarianHorntail11



Tazzygirl - Aug 15, 2006 12:44 am (#794 of 2976)

Squid Mike-

I'll add to that rant too!

I've never owned a cat, but I can vouch for a dog with an upset stomach in the middle of the night... Not so pleasant to wake up to in the morning...

When 9/11 hit, I had just woken up to get ready for school. Being half asleep, I did not fully realize what was going on until the moment I was walking out the door. My mom had been glued to the TV the entire time. Luckily, all of my teachers let us watch the news the entire day... A year later in my first semester of college my English teacher assigned us a report on the WTC. He wanted us to design new buildings (this was when they were having that competition in selecting the new layout from architects across the country...) and give an essay describing it. I ended mine with an actual drawing. I got an A on that assignment, and if I had been an architect, would have submitted it in a heartbeat.



Winky Woo  - Aug 15, 2006 1:26 am (#795 of 2976)

Well I don't know about cats and hairballs, but we've had a nasty experience with a doggie becoming re-acquainted with its dinner of very strong smelling herring over the weekend...on the back seat of the car!   :closed:  Yuck! I can't scrub the seat enough , it still smells like a fish market, so I have got to get the car valeted tomorrow on my day off....joy of joys! Any suggestions on how to neutralise the whiff?

Winky x x x


Regan of Gong  - Aug 15, 2006 1:38 am (#796 of 2976)

Yeah, Dane's going alright. He's off school until next Monday, just a bit sore and bored at the moment. Thanks for your thoughts.


Snuffles  - Aug 15, 2006 1:51 am (#797 of 2976)

Winky Woo, try Bicarbonate of soda. It's usually good at neutralising smells. (It works on hubby's trainers)



Puck  - Aug 15, 2006 4:52 am (#798 of 2976)

I had a friend who gave her cats Pepto on the vets advice. Worked wonders.

Anyone else notice a "baby boom" after 9/11? Diva entered the world 10 months after the event. I knew of several other women due around the same time. The day I delivered her the hospital was reporting double the number of births.

Regan, glad your friend is better.

Happy RotD!



haymoni  - Aug 15, 2006 6:00 am (#799 of 2976)

I was getting my hair done during 9/11 - how pathetic is that???

I turned on the "Today" show and saw the "hatchet mark" in the side of the first Tower. I took my daughter to the neighbor's and I told her something had happened (she had the PBS shows on already for the kids).

When I went to the salon, they didn't have a TV, so we listened to Howard Stern. He had great coverage. His stations in Boston and DC were sending him feeds on what was going on. It actually was quite emotional hearing Howard and Robin call out when the first Tower fell. They tried to articulate to non-New Yorkers just what these Towers mean - you step out of the subway, you look up and the Towers tell you where you are and in what direction you need to go.

I feel really silly when someone asks, "What were you doing on 9/11?"


Loopy Lupin - Aug 15, 2006 6:12 am (#800 of 2976)

I went to see World Trade Center today after work. I felt it was done is good taste. It centered on a group of policemen, and what they went through. It was their story they told. I will probably buy it when it comes out on dvd.—boop

Thanks boop. You sort of captured my point.

I can understand about people's emotions and the like. As a general matter, though, I don't think it wise to decide that any particular topic is or should be off limits.

Though I work within 20 miles or so of the Pentagon (which was, you'll recall, also hit by a plane), I don't have a real interesting 9/11 story. I was in court dealing with a very ungrateful client when someone mentioned that a plane had hit the WTC. After that, everything pretty much closed, including our office but much later in the day. It was pretty chaotic for a while around here. There were many reports that didn't turn out to be true, such as a car bomb outside of the Capitol building. In later newscasts, I saw footage of the evacuation of the White House. A security officer was telling people to exit calmly, single-file, orderly when another officer appears and says "No! Run!" Talk about high drama.

One of the things that has stuck with me for some reason was the news on that particular day. I was used to seeing all three broadcast networks carrying the same news event simultaneously from the days when there were only 3 networks. However, I had never before, since cable became the norm, seen ALL channels carrying some kind of news.

Edit: Funny you should mention Howard. My court case that day was in the next county over from the one I work in. I was listening to Howard on the drive over and I must have gotten out of the car minutes before the first plane hit. As it turned out, I had to be in federal court for the first 9/11 anniversary and, as I was driving, I heard the replay of Howard's show. It was an interesting kind of "before/after" experience.
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Puck  - Aug 15, 2006 8:06 am (#801 of 2976)

Haymoni, I also missed the news because my tv was tuned into Sesame Street. I found out from some playgroup moms. I rushed home, knowing only that terrorists had been in Boston -which was hubby was supposed to be going that day -and the towers had collapsed. I was relieved to catch him still at home. I informed him what was going on, and he sat glued to the news from that point on.


kaykay1970  - Aug 15, 2006 8:34 am (#802 of 2976)

My hubby was supposed to fly to Virginia that day. He had to go pick up a company cell phone before leaving for the Nashville airport. He got the news once he arrived at work.


HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 15, 2006 8:46 am (#803 of 2976)

Boop, thank you for a very helpful review of the movie. Since I don't get out to the movies too often (I have yet to see Pirates 2), I will probably catch it on Pay-Per-View, though I've seen enough renditions as someone mentioned, on History Channel, etc.

When I learned of the attack, I was in my daughter's school (I do a lot of volunteering work for the PTO) at the time. One of my friends was upset and told me what was going on. She had two good friends who made it out but it was not until much later that she learned they'd made it out. As soon as I left the school (or so it seems) every school in the town received bomb threats. It would not be until several hours later that we found out. I picked up Olivia immediately, but was one of the last to do so . I was not too happy that they never brought a bomb-sniffing dog in before allowing the children to reenter the school. When I spoke to the principal about it, it was as though he'd never thought of such a thing.

Okay, Mediwitch, I think I am going to try and email you, if you don't mind.

Kathy, how's your guy doing from the bee sting? No allergies, I hope. Regarding the baby boom, it could be coincidence. Trevor is an '02 baby but it may be attributed more largely to an "after Disney Cruise" boom. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2752390508

I must say, we had construction start exactly two weeks after the attack. I was so happy to see workers arrive with a back hoe and begin work - i.e. signs of life beginning again. It had been hauntingly quiet up until then.

I have yet to get used to your avatar, Regan. I am still looking for the pink hoodie and couldn't figure out how Puck learned that your friend was better. Anyway, glad to hear he's on the mend.

Enjoy the RotD/N everyone!


azi - Aug 15, 2006 9:13 am (#804 of 2976)

Hope your friend continues getting better Regan (I would send healing charms, but I don't think many teenage boys would appreciate them )!

Hope your kid is ok, Puck! Stings are horrible things...

Hmm, I was at after school activities until after 5pm on 9/11. I'd been home about an hour before my mum told me. Everything had already happened by then.

On the news today there was a warning for people in Hull (a city) to watch out for a 9ft Boa Constrictor which may be in the sewer system and slither up your toilet. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 793915934

We got a new TV today. It's widescreen, but not a plasma or LCD one as they are *way* too expensive (I did, however, find my dream TV should I ever manage to win the lottery without entering Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2281877974 ). It was difficult finding one with digital included, but we managed it. Very heavy to carry! Unfortunately, this coincides with our washing machine deciding it's not going to stop washing clothes when it runs. *sigh* Glad I'm not the appliance buyer!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Eponine  - Aug 15, 2006 9:17 am (#805 of 2976)

My father-in-law saw World Trade Center, and he liked it. I'm much more likely to see it than I was to see Flight 93. Because it's on a much more personal level, I think it would make it easier to watch.

Since we're all sharing, I was at work on September 11. I was working the front desk at a doctor's office, and when I got to work I always put the TV in the waiting room on Headline News. After the first tower was hit, several of us were standing in the waiting room watching the TV talking about how it couldn't have been an accident when the other plane hit the second tower. All day long, I kept going back out to the waiting room to watch for a bit, and I had the radio on listening to the news reports. I remember hearing a report that the State Department had been bombed and almost panicking because I didn't know where it was going to stop. I still have a hard time with the fact that the towers are just gone. I visited them when I was younger, and they were so big. I had a friend who was stationed in DC at the time, and he actually got called in to clean up the Pentagon. He told me later that the mask he had to wear was so scratched up he could barely see through it, and he was extremely grateful for that.

Loopy, it was very strange flipping through 70 or so cable channels and finding news on 50+ of them.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Puck  - Aug 15, 2006 9:53 am (#806 of 2976)

On the news today there was a warning for people in Hull (a city) to watch out for a 9ft Boa Constrictor which may be in the sewer system and slither up your toilet.  -This is one of my mom's great fears.

My boy is fine. I put on some insect bite stuff. That wasn't much help, apparently, as his screams continued. However, the moment a Spiderman bandaide was in place he matter of factly turn around and went back outside. The baby never went back to sleep. I'm hoping today's nap lasts a bit longer.

I've been called to visit the "museum" the children have been setting up. They are charging admission, so I need to go find some cash. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 2752390508



legolas returns  - Aug 15, 2006 11:46 am (#807 of 2976)

Having a very busy week at work and play - not much time for HP (there is something wrong there! ). Hope everyone is well. Healing charms to everyone and a generous draft (ocean size) of peace spread through the atmoshpere to everyone else.

I dont like the idea of a snake biting my bottom. *shiver* Sympathy for people in Hull.


Snuffles  - Aug 15, 2006 11:52 am (#808 of 2976)

Hee hee azi, that's where I live!!

It's ok though, the guy in question has found his snake. It hadn't escaped down the toilet like he thought but curled up quite snug in his airing cupboard!


Tazzygirl - Aug 15, 2006 11:52 am (#809 of 2976)

For some reason I find it funny about the news report on the boa constrictor coming up the toilet... ...not like I'd want it to happen to me or anything though... I'm actually more afraid of rats coming up in my toilet!

EDIT: Oooh! Snuffles, glad you didn't get the boa in your toilet!

Glad to hear your boy is better, Puck!

At 2:30 today I have a meeting with my mentor teacher! I'll get a tour of the school I'll be student teaching at too!

Glad to hear a review of WTC! Thanks, Boop!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



kaykay1970  - Aug 15, 2006 12:08 pm (#810 of 2976)

I've been called to visit the "museum" the children have been setting up. They are charging admission, so I need to go find some cash. –Puck

My sisters and I used to do things like that in a futile attempt to raise money to purchase our parents' gifts. We found something much more profitable though. My parents would throw all their loose change in a jar. We asked if we could divide the change between us. Over the next few days we would ask Mom and Dad to trade our change for paper money. We then started the process again (trading the very same change again and again for paper money). My Mom asked how we ever afforded such a lovely Mother's Day present and we had to fess up. My mom actually got a good laugh at how badly we had scammed her! After that incident we always ended up mowing lawns or baby sitting to raise funds...


Julie Aronson - Aug 15, 2006 1:12 pm (#811 of 2976)

OK--here's my 9/11 post:

I was sitting at home watching Northern Exposure on A & E. My grandmother had just died on 9/9, and I was supposed to be getting ready to head down to her house to sit shiva (Jewish mourning, lasts a week, etc.) My dad called to say my other grandmother was crying because of the plane crash in NYC, so I turned on the Today show in time to see the commentary about the first tower, and the second one get hit. Then I stayed home most of the day and listened to fighter jets fly over my house and sirens running up and down the street. I live in Akron, Ohio, so this is NOT normal.

Later on, I found out that my cousin, Abe, who worked at Medical Mutual (I think) got out, and then ran back in to help a wheelchair-bound coworker. Neither of them came back out.

Well, that's me...


Madam Pince  - Aug 15, 2006 1:15 pm (#812 of 2976)

I think the idea of pretty much anything coming up in one's toilet is a very bad thing...

Aren't hoop skirts and port-o-pottys from mixed eras, Madame Pince?--Mrs. Sirius.

Yup, most definitely. Unless you count johnny-houses, which are basically the same thing except permanent. Anyway, there's this pesky little thing called the Department of Health that makes the re-enactment coordinators have the port-a-potties in place at every event -- what a pain. It's actually pretty funny -- some events go way out of their way to try to "hide" the potties behind trees or stacks of wood or whatever, in an effort to increase the "authenticity" of the event surroundings. A word of advice -- should you ever find yourself at one of these events while wearing a hoopskirt, try for the handicap-access port-a-potty -- it's significantly wider and more user-friendly.

OK, quite a "potty" post so far today.... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1003735042

Glad I'm not the appliance buyer! Azi –  Oh, poor Azi, sorry to hear about the problems! Yes, be glad you're not a homeowner yet... spending good money on things like gutters and water heaters and boring stuff like that... ugh!

Edit: Oh, Julie Aronson, that is so eerie -- your 9/11 day is almost a replica of mine! My mother-in-law had died just a few days before, and I was also watching a Northern Exposure re-run on A&E! I would've had no idea what was going on, except that Mr. Pince called me from his cellphone on the way into work and told me to switch channels. At the time, we thought it was some accidental thing and that it was a small plane like a Piper Cub or something that had gotten turned around wrong -- we had no idea. When I started watching, the newscasters were speculating via background voiceovers as to what exactly had happened, and they were showing video of the burning hole in the building. Then, live right before my eyes, I saw the second plane hit the tower. It was so surreal, and actually my brain didn't process it properly for a second -- I thought to myself  "Are they re-playing a video of how it happened?" until I realized that I was seeing one building still burning while a plane hit another building. The odd thing was that it took several seconds for the newscasters in the background to catch on, also -- they did the same thing I did, and said "What video is that we're seeing? What was that? Was that another plane?" It gives me chills to this day to even think of that. I called Mr. Pince back right away and told him it looked like a way bigger plane than a Piper Cub, and that a second one had hit. Then shortly after that, the plane hit the Pentagon, and I totally fell apart, because it seemed that both New York and Washington were under attack. We started hearing the same (thankfully, incorrect) news that Loopy & Eponine mentioned -- that there were car bombs going off outside the Capitol, and that the State Department had been bombed. I was just in hysterics, because I knew Mr. Pince was only a block from the Capitol. I remember frantically paging through my DC maps trying to find out where the State Department was. Then I tried to call Mr. P and get him to come home, and I couldn't get through because all cell phone service was out. It was the worst day of my life. I remember just thinking "What kind of a world are we bringing this poor baby into?"

OK, on that note....

Sorry about the bad doggie smell, Ginny and Tori! I think I've got you beat, though -- I just discovered a very rotten potato in one of my cabinets. Not much smells worse than a rotten potato -- yuck!!!!


Kneazle  - Aug 15, 2006 1:25 pm (#813 of 2976)

If anyone on here is a realtor I apologize.... But I HATE the ones who keep showing up at my door! They are Supposed to give me a day’s warning before showing up with some grubby looking people. Last night they showed up right after dinner (5:30) the baby had his dinner all over himself and the floor, plus he was crying. We had to go to the older two's open house night for school at 7:00 and here they are, realtor lady," Yeah I'm going to show this house in a few minutes". They don't ask they BARGE!  ARRrrrgggggggg!! It's horrible, I keep hearing car doors shutting so I jump up to see who is in my driveway this time and no one is there. I'm becoming paranoid. If ANYONE can come up with an unplottable charm that REALLY works, geez I wish magic was real, LET ME KNOW!!!!!
Sorry, rant over. Now I bet you guys wished you hadn't encouraged such behavior!


haymoni  - Aug 15, 2006 1:26 pm (#814 of 2976)

Julie - I think I've heard that story - someone named "Abe" going back in. I'm pretty sure it was in a documentary.

I am near Kent. I remember taking my son to the bus stop the next morning (obviously I won the argument about keeping our son at home) and a lone fighter jet flew over us.

There were no other planes in the sky (we are right between Akron & Cleveland - there are always tons flying overhead). It was really creepy.


Julie Aronson - Aug 15, 2006 1:32 pm (#815 of 2976)

Yep. Then my cousin Rita, Abe's sister, joined an unusual pacifist group that estranged her from the rest of our family. I will refrain from any additional commentary about that on the forum because it gets VERY political.

It was a surreal time.


Steve Newton - Aug 15, 2006 1:37 pm (#816 of 2976)

My strongest memory of 9/11 actually happened a couple of weeks later. I attended the Federal Depository Library Conference in Arlington, VA. One of the transportation switching places was the metro stop at National Airport. I was walking to where the shuttle was supposed to be and I was the only person visible in the airport. Very strange.


Julie Aronson - Aug 15, 2006 1:40 pm (#817 of 2976)

Kind of like The Quiet Earth, eh?


Tazzygirl - Aug 15, 2006 1:58 pm (#818 of 2976)

Madam P.- I just discovered a very rotten potato in one of my cabinets. Not much smells worse than a rotten potato -- yuck!!!!

I found one like that a couple days ago. There was a smell, and I couldn't figure out what it was. There was also some black stuff dripping onto another package. At first I didn't think it was a potato, as I had just bought the bag a couple days before. Needless to say, the package and the pototoes were soon taken to the outside trash...

Steve, your post reminded me- I remember my brother was supposed to fly to Denver to meet up with my great aunt and uncle. Great Uncle had been a General (I think) in the Air Force, and was taking my brother around the Air Force Academy there. He was supposed to have left on 9/11, but ended up flying out a week later. It was a nightmare dropping him off and picking him up from LAX- no one was allowed within several miles of the airport. You had to take a shuttle in and out, and only if you had a ticket. Mom and I managed to get into LAX to try and pick him up- there was absolutely no one in the airport. Very creepy.



virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 15, 2006 2:25 pm (#819 of 2976)

My grannie was flying home from Seattle on 9/11, but was grounded in I think it was Arizona somewhere for several days. I remember my science teacher reading her e-mail out loud about it. She said it so casually, and I didn't know what the WTC was, so I didn't take it that seriously. I thought it was an accident. We found out later that it was much more than that. It was just awful, I can't possibly understand what would make someone do that. It just doesn't make sense to me in the slightest. What did those terrorist get out of the whole thing? Nothing, they died.

We then started the process again (trading the very same change again and again for paper money). Kaykay

LOL that's a good idea. I admit that I do that sometime. When my mom owes me money I usually tell her that she owes me $5 or $10 dollars more! :evil grin:

I just discovered a very rotten potato in one of my cabinets. Not much smells worse than a rotten potato -- yuck!!!! Madam Pince

My dad found a whole sack of rotten potatoes a few weeks ago. I think our pantry still smells like them!

Well this is sure going to be an interesting year! The good news is that I have 4 out of 6 classes with 2 of my best friends! I've decided that honors physics is going to kick my you know what. Pre-cal won't be much fun either. English, American Government and French won't be a problem though! Intro to the Bible is going to be a bit on the dull side I think.

The filter for our pool has broken so it's a lovely shade of green. Coach informed us that we will be doing workouts on land for the rest of the week, as the new pump, filter should be in by then, I can't wait to be out in the heat! funstuff! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1242194059


kaykay1970  - Aug 15, 2006 2:40 pm (#820 of 2976)

My sister has always thought that was one of her most brilliant schemes. I am sure that my Dad at least was becoming suspicious. If the money hadn't been spent on Mom before confession time I'm sure we would have been scrubbing potatoes for months (as Dad always put it when we were in big trouble!)


geauxtigers  - Aug 15, 2006 2:40 pm (#821 of 2976)

Ugggg school is becoming less fun by the second! I have the same math teacher, french teacher, english teacher and history teacher as last year. This is mostly a bad thing as by the end of last year I was very annoyed by them. So naturally even the summer didn't cure that...oh well at least I know what to expect.I'm just tired right now and not looking forward to the pointless first day of school homework they give us. They feel the need to give us something the fisrt day and its usually something dumb. I have to print out a map, why bother, can't they just give us one? All the teachers do it?! My Bible class is going to be dull...I hate saying things like that, but it is.

Yeah my dog got hold of a crawfish claw 2 years ago on Easter Sunday. There was so much seasoning in the pot that you can guess for yourself what that did to a small dog. I won't say much more than that, but she got really sick. It was not fun and we replaced the carpet in the front of the house with laminate floors shortly after. It was not fun. We keep her inside everytime we have a crawfish boil now...

My english teacher told us that her cat has a habit of coughing up hairballs. So the students turned in their 6 plus page research papers the day before a week long holiday. She brought them home and sat them on the table. Well when she woke up the next morning, guess what she found? A hairball right on top of the stack of research papers. She had to call about 4 or 5 students and tell them this and that they were to have a fresh copy ready to be handed in Monday morning for her...uhhhh I think she has plastic containers now.

Okay now that I've re-grossed myself out with those stories...I think I'll go print that map and do my pointless homework!

Have a great day!


Denise P.  - Aug 15, 2006 3:00 pm (#822 of 2976)

**:doing a happy dance here**: We just got out internet working after a storm came through last night. Almost 24 hours with no phone (we use Vonage) and computer. Of course, today was the day I had planned to order a bunch of Scout stuff from various web sites. Guess what I am doing tomorrow instead?

Now, I am off to cook dinner, get in my 3 miles and then I will read the almost 50 new messages here.


Madam Pince  - Aug 15, 2006 3:20 pm (#823 of 2976)

Happy Birthday to Rhys! What a cutie-pie!


Finn BV  - Aug 15, 2006 3:40 pm (#824 of 2976)

Regan, glad to hear your friend's doing okay.

azi, thank goodness I wasn't eating anything when I read about that boa!

Julie A., how terrible about your cousin…

Tori, our school tries to give you new teachers across every year of your education, unless the course is only taught by one or two teachers, or if you end up getting them with, say, two or three years' separation.

Happy Birthday Rhys! I echo Madam P's comments…

So I'll be away tomorrow thru the 27th, but I think I'll be stopping in some internet cafés… I will be in Canada, like last year.

Happy RotD!


Tazzygirl - Aug 15, 2006 3:58 pm (#825 of 2976)

Happy Birthday to Rhys! It's amazing how big they get!

It's nice to know that I just read the last couple posts while eating lunch.

Off to my meeting with the mentor teacher! whoo-hoo!

Have a safe and fun trip, Finn!



boop  - Aug 15, 2006 4:22 pm (#826 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Rhys! Have a fun filled day. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 6 1609556105

Finn, have a fun trip.

hugs always



Ludicrous Patents Office  - Aug 15, 2006 4:27 pm (#827 of 2976)

Julie I am sorry about your cousin.

I was at school. I was there before anything happened. A friend of mine came in and told us what was happening. She was crying. I set up a TV in the back room of the library so people could come in and out to watch as they wished. Several teachers had the news on in the classrooms. Our principal encouraged us not to do that. I remember several parents coming to get their children.

Kristina good luck! I hope everything goes well.

Have a great trip Finn.

Denise Rhys is adorable.

***Waves to Haymoni***** I turn the big 40 on Monday. Our first day back to school.... LPO


Julie Aronson - Aug 15, 2006 4:37 pm (#828 of 2976)


Boy, Rhys just keeps getting cuter with every pic!

Oh yeah, happy belated b-day, haymoni!


kaykay1970  - Aug 15, 2006 4:50 pm (#829 of 2976)

Sorry about the problems you’re having with the realtor, Kneazle. That would be so aggravating!

Happy Birthday Rhys!

Have a great time Finn!


Mediwitch  - Aug 15, 2006 7:54 pm (#830 of 2976)

Hi Maria! I just checked in and saw your email in my inbox; I've answered you!

Kneazle, I'm sorry you're having such a lousy time with the realtors.

Happy Birthday to Rhys! SmileyCentral.com I'm glad I get to share my birthday with such a cutie pie!

Tazzy, I hope your meeting went well. When does school start for you?


Tazzygirl - Aug 15, 2006 8:25 pm (#831 of 2976)

The meeting went really well! I'll be working with three of the special ed. teachers at the school, and will be sent all over campus to observe the different classrooms. Mediwitch- I start at Uni on August 23, but start student teaching officially on August 28. I will be going in next Tuesday as a volunteer.

Summer is almost over for me!! Yippee! (I never thought I'd be so excited to start school...)

Sorry to hear about your cousin, Julie!



HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 15, 2006 8:28 pm (#832 of 2976)

Kneazle, I can imagine that since you are not the owners they feel as though you do not have a say. I would certainly give the realtor some constraints, such as one hour's notice (or whatever suits you better) or they cannot come in. Any luck on the renting front? What about posting on a bulletin at the school or the public library? I know it sounds lame but you never know who knows someone looking to rent out a home.

Happy Birthday, Mediwitch and Rhys!!

Denise, he is so cute! Did the year go quickly for you?

Julie A. so sorry about your cousin.

Have fun, Finn. What do you do in Canada?

How did your mentor meeting go, Kristina??? EDIT: So glad it went well for you! If you are excited, it means you are enjoying what you are doing - it doesn't get much better than that!

Thanks, Mediwitch!


virginiaelizabeth  - Aug 15, 2006 8:44 pm (#833 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Mediwitch and Rhys!!

Glad everything went well for you Kristina! Have fun!

HAve fun in Canada Finn! That's some place I'd like to go. With my frequent visits to Seattle, I'm surprised I haven't gone yet. I want to visit Victoria!

**sending good luck charms to Kneazle**

I just did my first physics homework, and have decided that it is definitely going to be a looonnnnggg year! I had to get my dad to help me. He told me that if I need anymore help he'd be in the living room reading HP. I keep casually mentioning how I need to get him on the forum....not sure if he's heard me once though!


Kneazle  - Aug 15, 2006 8:47 pm (#834 of 2976)

Happy Birthday! Mediwitch & Rhys!!


Kneazle  - Aug 15, 2006 8:48 pm (#835 of 2976)

Thanks to everyone for their **cheering** & **Good Luck** Charms .


geauxtigers  - Aug 15, 2006 8:56 pm (#836 of 2976)

Happy Birthday to Rhys and Mediwitch!

Rhys is so cute!

I just successfully did my physics homework and got it right! With some help from my dad...we have to do this 'online' homework and its kinda cool, but I'm sure after a week of it I'll be ready to let it go...basically we answer a given question and have a certain amount of attempts to do it. Tonight it was 5 tries, but they change the numbers each go round so you can't look at the answer and just submit it without doing the work. Oh well I got it on the first try!

The high tomorrow is supposed to do be 97F and we have a green pool at school that is un-swimable if thats even a word. So we get to do dry land training...not fun...cool water, or hot sun? Take your pick... **hopes the new pump will get here soon**

**Sending lots of good luck charms to Kneazle, you could do with some calming and relaxation ones too**

Oh Finn I hope you have fun! I want to go there so badly! I hear its gorgeous! **waves to Laura W** What part are you going too?

Kristina I'm glad you are so excited about your student teaching!

Well the Astros are in the bottom of the 12th so I'm going to finish watching them **please win!** and finish up my reading and notes for Physics...this is going to be a wonderful year, I can feel it... :insert Sarcastic smilie here:

Night everyone!


Finn BV  - Aug 15, 2006 9:22 pm (#837 of 2976)

Eek, I"m still awake (it's 12:20 or so) and I have to be awake at 5:30. Fun…

Happy Birthday Mediwitch, and happy early birthday LPO since I won't make it in time!

Kristina, glad your meeting went well!

Maria, we'll be 13 miles from Niagara Falls where my mom's family has a house right on the Niagara River. Basically, it's a big family get-together, but not anything really planned. People frequent the house all summer, but we have a family golf tournament in August (this Friday), so… **waves to Ginny and Tori and others who are in school and do not have the luxury of sitting out in the sun any longer…**

Ginny, that's rather promising – your dad in the living room reading HP? I'm impressed! But – homework on the first day?? That basically means get your supplies for us. Or sign a syllabus, or read the course overview. Physics homework on back to school day is a major no-no.

Well, I hope to check in on my trip, but if I don't, appropriate charms and messages all around!


kaykay1970  - Aug 15, 2006 9:32 pm (#838 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Mediwitch!

The Little Guy came marching through the house slinging around a wet Barbie doll. He was slinging little drops of water all over my face and everywhere. I asked him how Sissy's doll got wet. I wish I hadn't. "She fall in the potty!"


Tazzygirl - Aug 15, 2006 9:34 pm (#839 of 2976)

SPEW!! Oooh, I was drinking fruit punch, Kay! *sobers up* That poor barbie doll! And thank goodness the Little Guy was there to fish her out!
I'm sorry, Kay! **disinfectant charms being sent your way** (Don't know why I thought it was funny... maybe because it was so unexpected? )

Reminded me of when I went to visit my grandmother, and at the time one of my cousins was about 4. He tried to flush one of my grandmother's shirts down the toilet. Made it overflow. Had to get the Roto-Rooter guy to come out and take the toilet apart...

Go to sleep Finn!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEDIWITCH!! Hope you have a wonderful day!



Mrs. Sirius  - Aug 15, 2006 9:37 pm (#840 of 2976)

Foiled, foiled! My diabolical plan for today was to fill the van with toys and books and clothes to take to Goodwill and the town dump. On the evening news last night the weather forecast assured us beautiful clear skies all week long, I was set! Woke up this morning, and it just poured. I could not in good conscience leave my son in soccer camp nor take the girls to camp. So I brought them home for the morning. Now my painting plans for the rest of my week is in danger.

Oh Kneazle you have my sympathy! That must truly be annoying.

Madame Pince, I am very familiar with what you call johhnyhouses. In the time and place where I was born latrinas are most commonly used. I never did care for them.

For some reason I find it funny about the news report on the boa constrictor coming up the toilet.  Tazzygirl

When using -latrinas- this threat is actually menacing, you can actually -look in- and see assorted wild life in there. As for bad smells Tazzy try, week old bad cooked beans! Yuuuuck

Happy Birthday Rhys and Mediwitch

To share in "Where were you when, 9-11", that Tuesday morning was to be the first day of a Music Together class my children were starting. As usual I had forgotten something in my room so I headed up the stairs to retrieve it. As I climbed the stairs I saw my husband flying out of the shower saying he heard on the news that something happened in New York. Although we live out in sticks of Connecticut we are still very New-York-centric.

As the pictures on the television unfurled, I started a rant about how "when I was a flight attendant we weren't even allowed to fly over lower Manhattan. How could they have been so stupid and what, that second guy became confused and...." Comprehension dawned slowly but I did slowly come to understand what I was seeing.

I turned on the spot walked out of my room down the stairs and told the kids lets go and proceeded to go to the van. I thought I was fine and not until the children asked "Mommy why are you crying" that I even realized that I had been crying. But I was just determined to go about my day as usual.

I drove to where the class should have been held, since the instructor not there, I went looking for her. Finding her at her house (I still thought I was holding it together, I was trying to reassure my kids that everything was going to be ok, Mommy was just a little sad.) I tried to ask her about the class, but her husband works a couple of days a week in NYC. She was petrified and we stood in her yard crying and hugging. When I left her house, I got to the main road to go home and at the stop sign they announced that the first tower had fallen. There and then just lost it and could not compose myself.

My son was in afternoon kindergarten and I still felt defiantly that I would continue my day. I drove my son to school but sat in the parking lot, I could not leave the school grounds leaving my soon alone.

(I hope some ambitious person on the Lexicon is collecting all of these stories)


kaykay1970  - Aug 15, 2006 10:02 pm (#841 of 2976)

It is quite alright Tazzy. I bet you didn't laugh nearly as loud as my Hubby and kids did! Come to think of it, at least it wasn't a boa constrictor...


The giant squid  - Aug 15, 2006 10:59 pm (#842 of 2976)

Careful, Finn, or soon you'll be staying up until 3-4AM like some degenerates we know.

Kneazle, I would recommend contacting those realtors' agencies. Even if there's no hard-and-fastrule about showing homes, there's a little thing called "manners." Sadly, they seem to have been left off of a lot of applications lately.

My mother in law was a Realtor (big R means a member of the National Association of Realtors) in California for over 20 years, and when we were looking for a house here in Vegas she was appalled by the attitude and lack of decorum by the real estate agents. She had an even worse time when looking for her own house...

Happy birthday, Mediwitch & Rhys!



Elanor  - Aug 15, 2006 11:52 pm (#843 of 2976)

Belated happy birthday wishes and congratulations to Winky Woo!

Cheering charms sent to everyone needing some too!

On 9/11, I was in another town (I was a student-teacher then) and at the railway station, waiting for a train to get back home since it was the afternoon here when it happened. I was waiting for the train in the newspaper/bookstore of the station and there was a radio playing there. The store was full with people getting back home after work and everyone was like frozen with shock. People were looking at each other, as if to be sure others were hearing the same thing they were. It just sounded so unreal, it was such an impossible thing to happen. When I arrived home and put the TV on, the images were on all channels here as well and I remember I spent the whole evening crying in front of my TV.

BTW, I've been flying to LAX in July **waving like mad to the forumers I met in California - and to the ones I almost met (Hi Tazzy! )** and I have to say that, in whatever airport you are (I flew from Lyon via Frankurt), the security/customs guys are just as "cheerful" everywhere! I thought then that they were a bit paranoiac (they were even feeling the hems of people's clothes in Frankfurt!) but I shudder to think what it must be now! But neither that nor any threat will ever prevent me from travelling though! As Hermione would say: honestly!!

Have a good day/night everybody!


jose043  - Aug 16, 2006 12:12 am (#844 of 2976)

Happy birthday to Rhys & Mediwitch also to any others that we have missed. Also happy anniversary to those we have missed.


Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Winky Woo  - Aug 16, 2006 1:49 am (#845 of 2976)

Happy Birthday! Mediwitch & Rhys!!

Denise, It seems like it was only a couple of months ago that you put up that Avatar with the scan picture and everyone realised that you were expecting! I still remember how clear those images were, completely amazing.

Glad that you had a good first day, Tazzy, your enthusiasm shines through and even gets me excited for you too!

Have a great trip Finn, I get the feeling that you will check in a couple of times

9/11 for me was a strange one. I was in work, and it was mid-afternoon, and my sister who worked at Cardiff Airport, who never rings me at work, rang to say that I shouldn't worry, but a small plane had crashed into one of the towers (I was due to fly to Thailand the next week on my own, (as I mentioned earlier I am petrified of flying). Even though I thought it was something on a small scale I got upset, so one of my colleagues suggested that we put on the radio and see if it had made the general news yet... of course the whole event unfolded as we started to listen, and I was left feeling really, really, selfish that I had become upset at what in the scheme of things that would have been a minor incident.

Mr W at the time worked for United Airlines as a Manager at their European HQ in Dublin. One of the agents came over and told him that a customer had said that a plane had crashed into the tower, he told them not to be silly and that they were probably confused and that it was a small glider or something. It was only when he tried to go on the Internet to see what had happened, and it kept crashing due to the sheer volume of people using it did he realise that something really was happening, and he had to start putting all the emergency procedures in place.

Something Positive came from it though. A month later Mr W took three months unpaid leave, as he was physically and emotionally drained as you can probably imagine, and went travelling... to Thailand. No we didn't meet then, but when we first met, a few months later, we had a lots to talk about! It seemed a strange coincidence that we should meet randomly in a pub in Liverpool. And so started a long distance romance, which eventually led to him moving to England.

Love Winky X X X


Laura W  - Aug 16, 2006 1:50 am (#846 of 2976)

*waves back to Victoria*


Tazzygirl - Aug 16, 2006 2:41 am (#847 of 2976)

**waves to Elanor**

Question for Josephine and Anne- Not sure if this was asked before, but what does the 'Little Werewolves of London' mean? I have been wondering that for the longest time!

Off to check Potty Five Words one more time before bed...



azi - Aug 16, 2006 3:19 am (#848 of 2976)

Happy (belated?) birthdays to Mediwitch and Rhys!

Realtor's would be estate agents in the UK, wouldn't they? I hope they get less annoying, Kneazle!

Good luck with the painting, Mrs Sirius!

Have fun on holiday Finn!

Eeek, Kaykay, I would *not* want to hear that!

Good days to all!


Julie Aronson - Aug 16, 2006 4:09 am (#849 of 2976)

Happy b-day to Mediwitch and Rhys!

I just don't know about some realtors. My parents are moving to Florida. My dad is already there because his job started and my mom is here, trying to sell the house. The realtors basically give her moments' notice to have everything clean and to leave for at least an hour. As she is also undergoing chemo, this is not easy for her.

I hope they sell the house quickly. Anyone looking in Bath, Ohio?

Have a great day, all!


Denise P.  - Aug 16, 2006 5:25 am (#850 of 2976)

Rhys thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. He is looking forward to smearing cake in his hair later today
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