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Snuffles - Sep 18, 2006 7:37 am (#2201 of 2976)

Thanks for that Steve, I have been wondering where I was going to find a site to learn the lingo!

I have just spent the last 30 minutes trawling through ebay trying to find Snow White, Belle and any other dressing up outfits for Olivia!. I now have a headache



Sconie Girl - Sep 18, 2006 7:51 am (#2202 of 2976)

Hello to all...

I can't believe the number of margarine eaters on the forum. My aunt and uncle and a stick they brought camping a few years ago. It stayed in their trailer all summer and they forgot it when they closed up over the winter. When they came back the next spring it was still ok. I couldn't eat it any more after that!

On another note, I know I can count of the forumers to help. My adult book club is reading Harry Potter and SS for October. I've looked all over for a decent list of discussion questions and am coming up w/ nothing. (I've already been to Scholastic website) Can anyone send me any good options?


HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 18, 2006 10:37 am (#2203 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Nathan!

Do something wonderful for yourself. – LPO

Just love that sentiment, LPO. Would you mind if I "ditto" it to Nathan?

Yes, Herm oh ninny and painting sheila, lots of Zelda and Link fans here, though I'll leave Olivia to elaborate.

Mike, at least your Vikings won. Imagine waiting to see the score only to learn they lost? It's going to be a loooong season for us HHs.

Painting sheila, try a bit of vitamin E for the rash, just make sure it is pure and not mixed with any other junk.

Mediwitch, comforting ((hugs)) and strengthening charms and prayers to the kids.

Healing charms to boop, Solitaire and the others with this yucky cold. Solitaire, sounds as though you are teetering on the brink of bronchitis. Pay special attention to that.

Olivia is home with said cold today.

Good going on the washing machine, legolas!

Arrr! - Catherine

Why am I slightly afraid to check this thread tomorrow?????

EDIT: Sconie Girl . . .how to narrow it down. . .hmmm. Just check the threads, there are so many - Snape is usually a good place to start.


Eponine - Sep 18, 2006 10:40 am (#2204 of 2976)

I'm done! The nice thing about taking the test on the computer is that you get your scores immediately. I scored fairly well. My math scores were higher than my verbal scores, and I think I babbled a bit on my first essay, but I'm pleased with how I did. I just have to wait a few weeks for my writing scores.

Mr. Eponine was a wonderful husband and bought me Godiva chocolate while I was taking the test. Yum!

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


haymoni - Sep 18, 2006 10:48 am (#2205 of 2976)

Sconie Girl - how about the fact that so many people think SS is the "lightest" of the books but JKR finds it very dark?


Loopy Lupin - Sep 18, 2006 10:53 am (#2206 of 2976)

*** notices Loopy's favorite video games match those of my teenage son – wonders if there is a connection – decides probably not *** -- Chemyst

LOL. ****thinks Chemyst's son is obviously destined for a life of brilliance tempered only by sincere humility*****  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 2281877974


HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 18, 2006 11:09 am (#2207 of 2976)

ndeed. Ocarina of Time is my #2 all-time game. It was #1 until Resident Evil 4 . - Loopy Lupin

Thanks for that. Olivia has now embarked on a 10-minute explanation as to how well Resident Evil 4 did on the ratings scale and why. Something tells me we'll be making another trip to EB Games. **sigh**

*** notices Loopy's favorite video games match those of my teenage son – wonders if there is a connection – decides probably not *** -- Chemyst

LOL. ****thinks Chemyst's son is obviously destined for a life of brilliance tempered only by sincere humility***** Loopy

Well, I suppose that takes the mystery out of where Olivia is headed.



legolas returns - Sep 18, 2006 11:49 am (#2208 of 2976)

Happy birthday Nathan


Puck - Sep 18, 2006 11:49 am (#2209 of 2976)

I'm watching the Rex Sox game at the moment...come on SOX! Anytime the Yankees loose is a good day for me! **waves to puck and Finn** EDIT: SOX WON! YAY!

I knew I liked you!

LOL! When Mike congratulated Denise on hitting double digits I thought for a moment that I had missed an announcement of another impending arrival! (Denise, I'm already biting my tongue. )

Shelia, glad today is so much better.

Julie, I was going to make Diva a witch costume, but she found Ariel in Target yesterday.

Steve, thanks for the link! I want to send in a print out of a few phrases to son's teacher tomorrow. Arrrgh.

Happy RotD, Kathy


Madam Pince - Sep 18, 2006 12:17 pm (#2210 of 2976)

Sadly, I had to wait through (what felt like) 16 hours of scrolls on the bottom of ESPN to get that info. It seemed they cut to commercial just before they'd get to the one score I was looking for... --Squid Mike

Oh, don't you just hate that?!?! Soooo frustrating! Mr. Pince was working and missed the game, too, and he was looking for the re-play of the trick play the Vikings ran (fake field goal, I think?) but just missed it, so he was bumming hard. But he was happy about the win! We won't even talk about the Deadskins... but at least Terrell Owens broke his finger, so that's one bright spot! ***bad Madam Pince... must go iron hands...***

Loopy, do you smell that stench in the air? I think it's the 'Hoos' quarterbacks...

Snuffles, I have a Buzz Lightyear costume I could let you have, but somehow I don't think it would have the same effect...


HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 18, 2006 1:14 pm (#2211 of 2976)

LOL, Madam Pince! I missed those 3rd brick posts before. (Why does my computer skip posts?)

Mediwitch, I love real maple syrup! I warm it and pour it over fruit on top of pancakes (whole grain, in case anyone is wondering ). I even bake with it. How cool that Mr. Mediwitch taps his own trees!

Talk about a weekend doing absolutely nothing! – Tazzy

Do so while you still can!

Congrats Eponine and Good luck charms for your writing section.



Lina - Sep 18, 2006 1:17 pm (#2212 of 2976)


Belated happy birthday to Holly, Natalie and everyone I missed!

and fortunately, I'm in time to wish

Happy birthday Nathan!

Healing, strengthening and comforting charms everywhere where needed, just a little bit more to Sheila's extended family.

Soli, I'm glad that Quinn is doing better. My sister's dog is 11 and last winter it became obvious that she started to have problems with her legs, she couldn't jump as high as she used to and she would easily slip going downstairs. So my sister read somewhere that swimming in the sea is a great physical therapy for the dog, and I can tell you that she looks at least a year younger after all the swimming this summer. Well, it is a good thing that she has always liked to swim and my sister usually has problems to keep her out from the water in winter. At the same time, my dog kept trying to figure out what the other dog finds attractive in the sea, she would step into the sea and run promptly out, still not understanding... If she will ever need that kind of physical therapy, it won't be simple.
That same dog liked to chew the lino when she was a puppy. My folks decided to wait until the permanent teeth came out (sometime around the 7th or 8th month) to change the flooring. That worked. They also had a budgerigar that liked to chew the wallpapers. Somehow, they didn't wait for it's permanent teeth to grow up, so they just removed the wallpapers and painted the plain wall.

Congratulations on the great niece, Kay, and on the GRE, Eponine!

Why am I slightly afraid to check this thread tomorrow????? - HH11
How about Ditto?

Since grits is one of those periodical themes on this thread, I imagined them something like fried polenta, but after some people mentioned fried grits, I decided to Google for the images. And all I can say that it can look like polenta or different. But on one site I found a good recipe too: There is no wrong way to fix grits.

Most of the food that was described recently here, I just can't imagine. Maybe I should travel more...

If I may just add, I've been told that butter (from the real cows) is a very interesting kind of food - very healthy for kids and very unhealthy for grown ups.


Loopy Lupin - Sep 18, 2006 2:00 pm (#2213 of 2976)

Loopy, do you smell that stench in the air? I think it's the 'Hoos' quarterbacks... -- Madame Pince

I didn't know UVa was playing football this year. I've seen nothing to indicate anything to the contrary.


Catherine - Sep 18, 2006 2:07 pm (#2214 of 2976)

I didn't know UVa was playing football this year. I've seen nothing to indicate anything to the contrary. --Loopy Lupin

I quite agree.

Lupin is Lupin should be pleased to know that I showed me students me new pirate bandana. They are daring me to teach in it tomorrow! Thanks again!


Stephanie M. - Sep 18, 2006 2:33 pm (#2215 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Nathan!!

20 hours of Grey's Anatomy sounds like a great weekend!!

Healing charms to everyone who needs them!

I have to run (not literally), and go do my homework since I have a lot of it!

Have a great reast of the day!


Regan of Gong - Sep 18, 2006 2:46 pm (#2216 of 2976)

Arrrrr, it's TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! Blow me down, it's gonna be a cracker o' a day. Now to convince me matey's that is truly is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Bunch o' Land Lubbers!


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 18, 2006 2:55 pm (#2217 of 2976)


managed to watch all 20 hours of Grey's Anatomy season 2 this weekend That's what I was planning to do this weekend but time ran away from me and I didn't actually buy it till yesterday. I can't wait to watch it! Me and Tori were freaking out in the car because we were so excited about watching it! Season 3 starts Thursday!!!!! YAY **does happy dance**

Marie, I can hardly believe that somewhere in this country it is already getting down to 37 degrees. My weatherbug says 85 right now and there hasn't been a lick of sunshine all day! We're all excited because the low for tomorrow night is supposed to be 59!

It's been raining today so when we got home we had to give the dog a bath as she was all muddy. Now she's rolling her wet self all over my bed....greatttt! What is it about dogs that they feel the need to roll in something after they've had a bath??

There was a lot more I was going to comment on but as usual I can't remember and I have to hurry up and go do homework!

Have a great rest o' th' day! I'm loaded to the gunwales, matey!

**note I translated this in a pirate talk translator, and no I have no idea what a "gunwale" is, I'm also not that clever, nor that weird to come up with something like that!LOL**


boop - Sep 18, 2006 3:02 pm (#2218 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Nathan, Have a wonderful day!

Sheila, I hope you have a better week!

Thanks for the healing charms, can't wait til they start working.

Go Steelers!!!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

hugs always



HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 18, 2006 3:27 pm (#2219 of 2976)

Arrrrr, it's TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! Blow me down, it's gonna be a cracker o' a day.

And so, it starts. . .


geauxtigers  - Sep 18, 2006 3:37 pm (#2220 of 2976)

but at least Terrell Owens broke his finger, so that's one bright spot! ***bad Madam Pince... must go iron hands...***

umm well all I have to say is that you weren't the only one thinking that...**irons hands as well**

I hate waiting for the scores to roll through! Its aggravating!

Go Steelers!!!!

**Cough, go Seahawks! Cough cough** **mumbles about unfair referees, and not refereing to LSU-Auburn...just a little something with and XL at the end**

Go Seahawks...Wait guess what!?!?!?! The Saints have won 2 straight games, I think it might be a record, a 2 game win streak! On the road. To bad I'm not a fan, but whats happening to the world, Green Bay lost (one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game) to New Orleans (the worst team to ever be a team in the history of the NFL), won! Whats wrong with this picture?!

I'm hungry..can't wait for dinner.

Can't remember much else, oh glad the GRE went well, Eponine!

I've decided that I'm going to reward myself with an episode of Grey's Anatomy if I get all my homework done!

Well I need t' go do me homework now!

Have a great rest o' t' day, mateys!


The giant squid - Sep 18, 2006 4:30 pm (#2221 of 2976)

I can tell it's going to be one of "those" seasons.--Marie E.

Try being a Vikings fan...it's always one of those seasons. Sure, we're 2-0 right now, but that just means they'll choke at the end of the season instead of the "lose early then rally at the end of the season" plan...

When Mike congratulated Denise on hitting double digits I thought for a moment that I had missed an announcement of another impending arrival!—Puck

Sorry for the confusion...especially since it's not such an incredible leap of logic.

There's still 8 hours until Tuesday on this side of the Pacific, but I'll drop in a pre-emptive "Arrr!" to tide things over 'til then.



Madam Pince - Sep 18, 2006 6:13 pm (#2222 of 2976)

LOL, Loopy! Too true, too true, sad to say...

Are you guys watching Wife Swap by any chance? I don't think I've ever watched it before, but I heard something about pirates so I started watching (it's on right now) -- it's got the wife of the guy who invented "Talk Like A Pirate Day" who is trading places with an ultra-organized wife. Too funny! And quite timely, I might add...

We went to the library today. None of the recently suggested kids' books were available, but I did get two titles with pirate themes. Gotta get in the spirit, even if I can't speak it very well! The librarian knew what I was talking about at least. (Good ol' librarians! )


Puck - Sep 18, 2006 6:16 pm (#2223 of 2976)

Baby Puck was practicing her Pirate "Arrrgh" this evening. I have a bunch of bandana's I use for teaching dance class. Perhaps the kids and I should wear them tomorrow. Anyone have any "pirate-y" dinner ideas?

Reagan, glad you're feeling the true spirit of the day!

Tori (or was it Ginny?) I forgot to mention that I had a good chuckle picturing you wearing a cotton ball wig!

Eponine, so glad your test went well.

Happy RotD!


edit, thanks Madame Pince, just turned it on! Which family is it? Oh, did you get "How I became a Pirate"? I'll have to dig it out for bedtime tomorrow!


Holly T. - Sep 18, 2006 6:41 pm (#2224 of 2976)

Piratey dinner ideas--cut a pizza into 8 slices--pizzas of eight. Sliced carrots could be gold doubloons. Rum cake (not kid-friendly, though). You could make a treasure map on a plate with a mountain or mashed potatoes, some broccoli trees, and an X to mark the spot out of pretzel sticks. You can make the treasure chest cake from Family Fun for dessert (search their web site). They also have a pattern for a pirate face cake. When my daughter had a Survivor-themed birthday party I made an island cake with a beach covered with a mixture of cinnamon sugar and graham cracker crumbs, some rock candy, some plastic palm trees, and the surrounding part of the cake I colored the frosting blue for water. You could put an X on part of the island and bury some treasure like in a king's cake. Ok, not healthy, but fun.

Yes, I have other things I am supposed to be doing, LOL. Like printing out my daughter's homework--the upstairs computer isn't connected to the printer and the downstairs computer is currently not connected to the internet--I have managed to avoid calling EarthLink customer service for well over a month now--coming up with pirate food ideas is more fun, what can I say?


Denise P. - Sep 18, 2006 7:14 pm (#2225 of 2976)

I watched Wife Swap I have to say, I found the non-pirate family pretty spooky...not in a good way. Of course, I think the pirate family needed some help too.

Okay, so, I don't have a parrot for tomorrow but I do have a cockatiel (Equinox) so she is going to have to do. I have a budgie too (Errol doesn't waterski though) but he is just not tough enough looking.

Nifty ideas Holly....pizzas of eight Bwahahahaha


timrew - Sep 18, 2006 7:15 pm (#2226 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Nathan, Old Son..........

Let us hope 'Talk Like A Pirate Day', progresses smoothly, Ooh arghhh!

I'll try not to make the mistake of last year - LOL!


painting sheila - Sep 18, 2006 7:32 pm (#2227 of 2976)

I love the pieces of eight idea!~

I was watching the Wife Swap show for about 15 minutes and decided that I felt to sorry for the organized woman that went to the pirate house. Those people are nuts!

So, we flipped the channel and watched Deal or No Deal! I love that show! It's the only game show I could maybe win on. I know all the trivia when I am sitting in my house - but just try ad get me to answer it under pressure and I cave! The guy on tonight had $3,000,000 in his case and he sold it for $675,000. Still a sweet deal - but $3,000,000!

The sweetie and I surprised the kids tonight. We bought them Lion KIng tickets and taped them to the bottom of their dinner plates. My daughter was the first to finish. When she went to clear her plate I said look at the bottom before you put it in the sink. She stood there looking at her ticket for about a full minute before the other three caught on! They are all very excited. They are on the side balcony and sold as Obstructed View - but I think they will be okay. I can't wait to hear how they like it!!

We had a guy in our house today that is a ref for the ACC basketball - he said he refs Duke often. We paid him good money to throw a tech at Coach K! . . . . Just Kidding!!!! (He was a very nice man and would not do such a thing even if we did pay him)

Talk like a pirate day - here we come! I am sending my 5 yar old to pre-school with his sword and eye patch. "te Land lubbers better keep a good eye on 'im!


geauxtigers  - Sep 18, 2006 7:44 pm (#2228 of 2976)

Tori (or was it Ginny?) I forgot to mention that I had a good chuckle picturing you wearing a cotton ball wig!

Hmmmm....maybe a picture is in order...I'm very proud of my homemade wig thank you very much!

Me and Ginny just watched 5 episodes of Grey's Anatomy! And I got all my homework done during those 5 episodes! I'm so happy, we fixing to start disc 2! And I'm going to start tomorrow's homework! Wow this is one and a million, maybe I should watch Grey's Anat every night, I'm getting my work done! What can I say! I'm a multitasker, I'm too A.D.D. to just sit and do all my work!

Back later probably!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 18, 2006 7:44 pm (#2229 of 2976)

Mr. Eponine is a real Gentleman! Keep a hold of him Eponine.

Thanks for the website Steve. It is very useful.

Solitaire I hope you are feeling better.

Catherine and Denise great Avatars. Denise congratulation on double digits. LPO


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 18, 2006 7:45 pm (#2230 of 2976)

OK so I've now watched 5 episodes of Grey's Anatomy! And I'm fixin to start number 6! YAY!

Can't wait for talk like a pirate day, love the sound of that cake Holly!

I really want ot see The Lion King! That is still my all time favorite Disney animated movie!


Finn BV - Sep 18, 2006 7:52 pm (#2231 of 2976)

Catherine, you stole my avatar idea!!

Ooh, my dad gets so mad when they cut to a commercial right before the scores he's looking for. Then I remind him, because he's usually on his computer, that he can just look it up online…

Yarr, mateys, the Pirate's Day be a-comin'. And so, the picture that be to the left of my name is appropriately donned in a festive costume!

EDIT: I just realized I don't think I wished Nathan a good one. Happy Birthday!! #30!

By the way, for those on Facebook, there is a new event: "International Talk Like a Pirate Day." Go join.


Mediwitch - Sep 18, 2006 7:56 pm (#2232 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Nathan! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1609556105

Hooray, Eponine! You deserve that chocolate! (Godiva, too, what a good man!)

Thanks for the good wishes, all. The kids are holding up OK.

Happy Pirating, mateys!SmileyCentral.com


Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 18, 2006 8:06 pm (#2233 of 2976)

Ginny we have a big orange cat named Mufasa. We liked that name and of course the voice better than Simba.

Great pirate Finn!

Nathan how did you celebrate? LPO


painting sheila - Sep 18, 2006 8:15 pm (#2234 of 2976)

If you live near a chocolate factory does that mean you can never have dementors come for a visit? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042


Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 18, 2006 8:38 pm (#2235 of 2976)

Well this morning I went out to a new tea shop that opened in the mall to sample their Earl Grey and Darjeeling blends and then went and had a nice lunch at a Starbuck's because, the one near my house serves yummy sandwiches and bought a pound of their Arabian blend.

Most of day I spent playing with my new puppy, Bella an Australian Cattle Dog and Anatolian Shepherd mix.

After my parents came home from work we went out to dinner for Texan-Mexican food.

When returned from dinner I was able to open my gifts which included the Cadfael Collection, The third set of Midsomer Murders DVDs, and film called in Strangers in Good Company or In the Company of Strangers., as well as copy of The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien and a CD by Slim Dusty.


painting sheila - Sep 18, 2006 8:40 pm (#2236 of 2976)

Sounds like a good time was had by all! Happy Birthday and may you have many many more!


Ydnam96 - Sep 18, 2006 11:37 pm (#2237 of 2976)

So for a while the forum was not working well for me...but now it seems (hopefully) to be working! I skipped ahead of the many many posts; I am sorry for that. I hope everyone has had a good couple of weeks.

I went to Disneyland on Friday and saw Fantasmic for the first time (even though I have had a pass for about a year and a half). It was amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone who visits Disneyland. They project clips of movies and such onto a "canvas" of water! It's amazing!

Well TTFN. It's my bedtime.


HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 19, 2006 4:19 am (#2238 of 2976)

Arrrr, Fantasmic has lots of fire power! Just the way I likes it! A good rest o' the day t'yer scoundrels!


Marie E. - Sep 19, 2006 5:08 am (#2239 of 2976)


(that's all I have time for right now )


kaykay1970 - Sep 19, 2006 5:24 am (#2240 of 2976)

So I had an interesting day yesterday. The school nurse called to tell me that my 15 year old had a piece of metal, or something stuck in his eye. I took him to the eye doctor and turns out a tiny seed tick had embedded itself right on my child's eyeball. The doctor said it wasn't that unusual. He has dealt with this before! So he numbs the eye and pulls it out with a pair of blunt tweezers. His eye looks much better today! Yay! Maybe I should have requested an eye patch just for today...Arrrr!


Finn BV - Sep 19, 2006 5:32 am (#2241 of 2976)

ARRRRRRRRRRR! (echoing comments of Marie)

kaykay, nice tie in to TLAP day! Recovering charms to your son!


Loopy Lupin - Sep 19, 2006 5:39 am (#2242 of 2976)

Avast! Off to slay the Board of Zoning Appeals beastie! It'll be the yarinest hearing in me memory!



Puck - Sep 19, 2006 5:45 am (#2243 of 2976)

Ahoy, ya bilge rats!

Can pirates say "Eeewwww!"

Arrr! Sent me boy off to school with his bandana. Me Beauty decided she'd be wearing one as well, but would rather Talk Like A Princess. Mine was worn to the bus stop. Deciding if I'm hearty enough to wearing it running my errands.

Nathan, glad you gad a good day, Matey! Tell me, did you name your dog after the Bella in HP? I never thought of you as Slytherin.

We may be a bit Slytherin in our house. A family of snakes has taken up residence in the bush next to the front door. They sit near the top and sun themselves in the afternoon. Me Beauty is afraid to go out the front door.

Arrr, must got get the car inspected or hubby will have me walk the plank.



Denise P. - Sep 19, 2006 5:54 am (#2244 of 2976)

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day! I tookst off last high tide' so I be havin' a 4 mile run planned. I also need t' do some clistin' an' run some errands.

I be havin' me sea dog bandana on an' be ready t' educate th' world on what its significance be today.

And for those poor bilge rats who don't speak Pirate (the horror! the horror!), here is a translation: Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day! I took off yesterday so I have a 4 mile run planned. I also need to do some cleaning and run some errands.

I have my pirate bandana on and am ready to educate the world on what its significance is today.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 19, 2006 5:59 am (#2245 of 2976)

I have my pirate bandana on and am ready to educate the world on what its significance is today.---Denise P.

Arrrrr! Glad I am ter hear it, arrrr! **wonders what the Board of Zoning Appeals, the scoundrels!, will think of Loopy in his bandana, arrrrr!!**

**waving me hook at Catherine and her students, arrrrr!!!!**


Steve Newton - Sep 19, 2006 6:12 am (#2246 of 2976)

Avast, ye mateys! No sight of any scurvy sea dogs afloat.


Holly T. - Sep 19, 2006 7:03 am (#2247 of 2976)

Ahoy mateys!

My son thinks they should get the day off from school for Talk Like a Pirate Day.

My co-workers, the scurvy dogs, be not aware of the significance of the day. If they were more fun, I would tell them, but I don't want to walk the plank. I do have a Happy Meal pirate on my desk, though. :-)



Denise P. - Sep 19, 2006 8:07 am (#2248 of 2976)

Aw, Mr. Denise gave me a present for Talk Like a Pirate Day, it is behind my avatar. I got a new keyboard!!


kaykay1970 - Sep 19, 2006 8:33 am (#2249 of 2976)

LOL Denise!


Loopy Lupin - Sep 19, 2006 8:37 am (#2250 of 2976)

Ahoy!!! I defeated the evil, barnacle-covered Zoning Administrator!! Me scurvy client'll be keepin' his pool tables at th' Inn! Free grog for all!


(LOL Denise)
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painting sheila - Sep 19, 2006 8:53 am (#2251 of 2976)

Ye scoundrels make me wee 'art proud! Fly th' banner 'igh today lads!

Sad to say but we had to make one of our fair lasses 'ere at 'ome walk da plank 'tis morn. Woke up on the prickly side if ye askn' me! One down - we've tree more to go!

(how cool are you people!)


azi - Sep 19, 2006 9:00 am (#2252 of 2976)


Ah, me shipmates are runnin' round wi' sea-sickness today. And they call themselves Pirates! (Translation, father is being sick, mother has a virus, brother has 'tonsillitis'...it's possibly the same illness ).

Tha' be a good lookin' Pirate instrument, Denise!

Arrr, must got get the car inspected or hubby will have me walk the plank.



Ydnam96 - Sep 19, 2006 9:01 am (#2253 of 2976)

Arrrrrrrrrrrrr! Denise that be one shiny new trinket ya got thar! Don't go leavin that lyin about.


Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 19, 2006 9:27 am (#2254 of 2976)

Ar my puppy as I call her is two years old. I call her a puppy simply for the fact that she does not realize she is an adult dog requires the amount of attention normally given to puppies.

She had the name Bella when I adopted her from the Humane Society. Although I will admit she as a bit of Bellatrix in her because she has eaten her way through a leash and three harnesses.


Viola Intonada - Sep 19, 2006 9:38 am (#2255 of 2976)

Arrr! Denise, that be a might right fine bit o' treasure ye hubby has plundered for ya!

*Laughing to self imagining Loopy talking like a pirate in the courtroom*

Azi, Yer family sounds like they be cursed. Hope ye can reverse the curse soon.

Me be celebratin' the day by playin' "Pirates" on X-box and o' course checkin' de threads.


Puck - Sep 19, 2006 10:39 am (#2256 of 2976)

Arrr, I think Muppet Treasure Island may grace me screen later this 'noon!

My vessel has been declared ship shape by the port inspector.

My pirate bandana has been seen around town as I went a plundering, with an occasionally pillage. (I do feel like I pillaged at CVS, as diapers were By One Get One, and I cleared them out of size 3's!)

Arrr, I must go swab the decks!

B'ware of lubbers and scalywags!



juliebug - Sep 19, 2006 11:16 am (#2257 of 2976)

Ahoy there ye Kathy. Say ye that diapers be on sale. Once me young swab be getting up from her nap we'll be setting sail to our local CVS to see if similar deal can be made for size 4. Thanks for the tip Smile


kabloink!  - Sep 19, 2006 11:47 am (#2258 of 2976)

Hmm Diapers buy one get one at CVS? Think it might be a national sale? I'll send my mom to check it out!

Anyway, forgive me for foregoing pirate-speak for the moment:
  Ian Lorne Harvey was born last Tuesday, September 12 at 5:49am. He was 6lbs 13oz, and 20 in long!!

As I'm cheap and do not have an avatar, if you want to see pics, I have 2 posted on my myspace (www.myspace.com/kimskastle). Ok that's all for now-I'm off to do the dishes!


Holly T. - Sep 19, 2006 11:59 am (#2259 of 2976)

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Ahoy kabloink! Congrats on the new cabin boy! Arrrrr, it be a fine birthday he has indeed, seeing as he shares it with me (and the kids of two of my friends).

I can't wait to threaten to keelhaul my kids this afternoon if they don't help me swab the decks. A mangy crew is expected at my quarters this eve.


juliebug - Sep 19, 2006 12:09 pm (#2260 of 2976)

congrats kabloink. he be a real treasure


legolas returns - Sep 19, 2006 12:21 pm (#2261 of 2976)

Ahar mi harties-swab the deck.

Happy talk like a pirate day.

Sorry my recipe is taking so long in coming. My place looks like Harrys room before he gets picked up by the order.


kaykay1970 - Sep 19, 2006 12:22 pm (#2262 of 2976)

Ah Kabloink, cause to be celebrating indeed. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

Ok so I'm not so good at this pirate thing, but I'm trying...


The giant squid - Sep 19, 2006 12:25 pm (#2263 of 2976)

Zounds, kabloink! Hearty congratulations to you 'n yours. May the little lubber stay healthy and not get scurvy!

'Tis truly a fine gift that Mr. P. did gift. What more does a pirate need to say?

I'm still gettin' images o' Loopy the Pirate Lawyer: "Me clients want these pool tables, and by Davy Jones himself, they'll have 'em! Arrr!"

Methinks I'll dip into the wife's rum stash to truly celebrate the day. What? It's not "Drink Like A Pirate Day?" Oh, well, a couple bottles of rum'll make sure I get the right inflection on that "Aarrrr!"



Loopy Lupin - Sep 19, 2006 12:37 pm (#2264 of 2976)

I'm still gettin' images o' Loopy the Pirate Lawyer: "Me clients want these pool tables, and by Davy Jones himself, they'll have 'em! Arrr!"

Arrr!! The scurvy dogs at th' Zoning Office said "Ye can only have three tables in ye Inn, else ye be clearly runnin' a billiard hall." The blessed souls on ye ol' Board of Zoning Appeals said "Iron walls do not a prison make nor 6 tables a billiard hall!"

Arrr!!! Th' Squid is into th' rum. Methinks the picture will be crooked at ye ol' movie hall.



legolas returns - Sep 19, 2006 12:41 pm (#2265 of 2976)

You ho ho and a bottle of rum-Savvy? (A la Jack Sparrow)


Lina - Sep 19, 2006 1:14 pm (#2266 of 2976)

Congratulations Kabloink!

And I discovered that I forgot to send Josephine some healing charms and wishes for speedy recovery.


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 19, 2006 1:15 pm (#2267 of 2976)

OH man! I just skipped most of the post because I'm having a bit of trouble understanding pirate language! LOL oops!

Dance tonight...yay! Skipped swimming because I have my first physics test tomorrow..uggg.

I'm in need of an opinion....I really am not enjoying swimming this year at all. I really want to quit, but I also don't want to be a quitter. NO idea what to do. It's just not fun for me anymore and I'm not really sure how much more I can take...yet I don't want to just quit because it's hard (which has a lot to do with why I don't like it). It's gone from fun to torture wayy to fast. ugg I hate decisions!

And of course I translated it:!

The pirate speaks,"OH man! I just skipped most o' t' post because I'm havin' a bit o' trouble understandin' pirate language! LOL oops! Dance tonight...yay! Skipped swimmin' because I have me first physics test tomorrow..uggg. "


geauxtigers  - Sep 19, 2006 1:18 pm (#2268 of 2976)

ROFL!! This be almost too much for me! I'm so confused! Congrats t' Kablionk! Very exctin'! I wasn't havin' a very good day until I came here and read all these posts! I've been laughin' through it all! Well I skipped swimmin' because I have dance tonight and me first Physics test ever, so I'm freakin' out! Must go study! Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!"

And in Enlgish:!

ROFL!! This is almost too much for me! I'm so confused!

Congrats to Kablionk! Very excting!

Well I skipped swimming because I have dance tonight and my first Physics test ever, so I'm freaking out! Must go study!

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

EDIT: I'm also debating the same thing as Ginny, I really don't want to quit because I don't want to be a quitter, I don't want it to look like I'm quitting because its challenging and hard, but I'm really not enjoying it anymore. And I don't just want to quit in the middle of the season, especallt after we all ordered gear and what not. I would just feel pretty guilty for lack of a better word...


Denise P. - Sep 19, 2006 1:45 pm (#2269 of 2976)

Congrats on your little cabin boy, kabloink! Looks like he has a head of hair. I like his name, very nice!

Loopy, do you think you would have been taken seriously had you actually worn your pirate bandana, swaggered and spoken that way? Wait...maybe he did!


Madam Pince - Sep 19, 2006 1:59 pm (#2270 of 2976)

Avast, me hearties! Methinks there's an abundance o' jolly good fun bein' had here this foine day!

Arrrrrr, First Matey Denise, them scurvy dogs in th' pirate family went a bit too far havin' them wee critters a-creepin' on theirselves -- made me insides feel like I'd been a'drinkin' bilge-water. Methinks they shoulda made th' dog walk th' plank into a tub o' soapy sea-water, arrrrrr... But lest we forget them other scurvy dogs in th' non-pirate family -- arrrgh, they put me in mind o' the crew o' th' H.M.S. Stepford --- Arrrrr.... an' a foul bunch o' pirates we know they be!

Th' cap'ns o' th' school o' me cabin boy were an ignorant bunch o' scurvy dogs today -- had no ken about Talk Like A Pirate Day! We'll shiver our timbers by readin' Pirate Mom at th' next low tide, I reckon! Arrrrr....

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle o' rum to th' Squid, and to th' Loopy as well, for scavengin' th' ship H.M.S. Zoning Office! Yer fortunes'll overflow with gold doubloons, they will, if yer keep this up... arrrrrr...

Yo-ho-ho and just a plain bottle to kabloink! on th' new arrival! Backslaps and handshakes all around!

Ahoy! Me soup be burnin'....


Puck - Sep 19, 2006 2:46 pm (#2271 of 2976)

Ahoy, Kabloink! Shiver me timbers, that tis grand news! Chers, matey!

Holly, arrr, a right good pirate you be! Me beauties will have pieces of eight (quesidilla style) as they view their pirate movie!

I be the first pirate ballet instructor my new students have seen! (Thinkin' I'm a bit touched in the head, they was.)



timrew - Sep 19, 2006 3:38 pm (#2272 of 2976)

Good news, Kabloink!

Ahaaar, to the rest of yez!

It be a foin day! Shiver me timbers! Oi think I'm gonna walk the plank! it seems a noice day fer it! Ooooooaaargh!


Chemyst - Sep 19, 2006 3:41 pm (#2273 of 2976)

Arrr! Ian Lorne, sure's a treasure; that he be.


Catherine - Sep 19, 2006 3:48 pm (#2274 of 2976)

Avast ye!

A fine morn had we.

My students really gave me a laugh. Some of them came to school with eyepatches and one student had a hook, which he gamely tried to use to type his notes on his computer.

I allowed them five minutes in Social Studies to go on the internet and find their pirate name. They were pleased with my generosity--no mutinies yet!

I also told them that they'd be swingin' from the mizzen if I got any mess from the headmaster for allowing this leeway. Arrr! Kate's a black-hearted lass, and she'll make a grown man cry, she will!

By the way, Kim, all the students were fighting for the privilege to wear me bandana, but given that there has been an epidemic of cooties at school, I merely growled at them.


Puck - Sep 19, 2006 6:21 pm (#2275 of 2976)

Arrr, my pirate name is "Mad Mary Kidd".

Going to finish me grog. The babe is now weaned **sniffsniff**, so me be indulging. Pirate Mike, pass the rum!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 19, 2006 7:16 pm (#2276 of 2976)

Aaaarg Happy talk like a pirate day!

Nathan I love Cadfael. Sounds like you had a wonderful day.

Congratulations Kabloink! LPO


Tazzygirl - Sep 19, 2006 7:21 pm (#2277 of 2976)

Congratulations, Kabloink! He's such a cutie too!

As my brain is still fried from homework overload, all I can muster for pirate speak at the moment is Arrrrrrr!

And as I am sitting in a cafe, it has been extremely hard to keep a straight face and not laugh out loud at these posts!

Have a great rest o' the day, me mateys! (spelled wrong probably... )


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B]Finn BV[/B] - Sep 19, 2006 8:43 pm (#2278 of 2976)

Laughing Aloud, Denise, at this modern spectacle that ye call a "keyboard."

Ahoy, kabloink, that be one strapping young lad ye got there. Perhaps one day he'll swab the decks like a real man!

Tori and Ginny, swimming is a fine sport especially when you're aboard a ship as big as this one. (Anyway, speak to your coach, tell him/her you're not really enjoying it… don't be afraid! Hopefully he'll be mature enough to handle it the right way and, if the coach says things will continue as they are, tell him you're just not interested anymore; otherwise, hope for the best!)

Me name be "Chocolate" Bill Bellamy.

We had a real coincidink today, we did. In the class of Spanish, me teacher decided we'd write about typical life on a pirate ship -- with't th' knowledge that today was the day! Yo ho ho, I had a jolly good time telling about my life…

**tries to do impression of the weird Islands lady who gave Jack Sparrow advice in Pirates 2… but fails** You know, the one who says, "You must journey to the end of the Earth."

Yay, Happy Pirates day! Woohoo! ARRRRRRRR!


Madam Pince - Sep 19, 2006 8:52 pm (#2279 of 2976)

Be that what she said, truly now?!? For all I could hear o' 'er words, th' lass had barnacles in 'er mouth -- else I had 'em in me ears!

Make Tori an' Ginny walk the plank...arrrrr! THEN they'd be a-likin' swimmin' methinks!


painting sheila - Sep 19, 2006 9:00 pm (#2280 of 2976)
Edited Sep 19, 2006 10:10 pm

U muss journey to de ents of de eart'

(we heard that line for DAYS after Pirates 2)

Congrats on such a successful Talk LIke a Pirate Day. (It is after midnight so I do not feel the need to stain my brain to come up with pirate-ease.)

ARRGGHH!! I tried to get a pirate name and it's blocked - JEEZ!!


geauxtigers  - Sep 19, 2006 9:29 pm (#2281 of 2976)

My head is swimming with physics stuff that I really don't know how to do and its basically 11:30, so I'm off to bed.

Thanks for the advice, Finn, I think for now I'll just see how things play out, I might have a word with her though...she is just not an excuse taker... LOL at Madame P! Does walking the plank get me out of my physics test tomorrow? If so I'll glad walk it right here right now!

Glad pirate day was fun for everyone, my Pirate name is, oh its great....Cap'n Jessie Mowhawk. Mowhawk? I'm so not shaving my head! LOL

okay night night everyone. I wish I had a time turner so I can go back to earlier and study more...but unfortuatly they've all been smashed...


kaykay1970 - Sep 19, 2006 9:45 pm (#2282 of 2976)

Me pirate name be Mad Mary Rackham. Arrrr! Time to lower the sails and put to shore, methinks.


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 19, 2006 9:47 pm (#2283 of 2976)

ARRRRRR 'is me got to say about physics, math,swimmin, an' school in general. ARRRRRRRRR

Thanks for the advice Finn, I just don't want to look like a quitter, because it drives me crazy when people give up at something... yet at the same time, I don't want to do something that I think is torture either. ARRRRR

only 14 minutes left of talk like a pirate day! Arrrr.......

G'night mateys!Arrrr!lol

EDIT: me pirate name: Cap'n Hayley Knifenose LOL gotta love this country!


Lina - Sep 19, 2006 11:15 pm (#2284 of 2976)

Tori and Ginny, I think your first step should be to talk to your parents about your feelings. The coach might not understand you. I have the feeling that she wants you to be successful at the meetings and enjoy the feeling of winning the race. If your aim is not to win, but to have fun, maybe it is not about quitting but about realizing that you are on the wrong place. I think I've told you the story about Kate quitting the swimming and the result is that she is perfectly happy practicing shooting now. When you love something, than you don't mind making sacrifices for it. Yet, maybe it is just that crisis point, like in running, when you have the feeling that you can't continue, but if you endure that point, then you have the feeling that you can run forever. When Veronika wanted to quit shooting, the coach (the man that I really admire) told her to continue practicing one more month and then to make a decision. Maybe that's what you should do. Give swimming one more chance and if your feelings don't change, then maybe that's really not what you should do in your life. That's why there is a wide variety of sports and occupations, so that everybody could find what is right for them.


Tazzygirl - Sep 19, 2006 11:22 pm (#2285 of 2976)

Managed to track down my pirate name. I am known as.... Pirate Eve the Rum-Swiller!



jose043 - Sep 20, 2006 3:24 am (#2286 of 2976)


Thank you for the healing charms for mum's operation. Mum's arm has to be in a sling for 2 months, and she has only been out of hospital 3 days and she is already bored. But I am keeping her in line, making sure that she doesn't use her arm.

Happy Pirate's day to you all.

Anne and Josephine

Little Werewolves of London, The moon made me do it.


Julie Aronson - Sep 20, 2006 3:38 am (#2287 of 2976)

Congrats, Kabloink!

I completely missed Talk Like a Pirate Day. SmileyCentral.com

Oh well. Time to plow through more literary theory. I'm up to Post Modernism. Yippee.


azi - Sep 20, 2006 4:09 am (#2288 of 2976)

Fun posts yesterday! My favourite pirate name had 'Aurora' in, but I can't remember the rest!

Congratulations Kabloink!

Hope school work goes well for you, Julie A and Tazzy!

Healing charms to your mum, Anne and Josephine!

I got my travel insurance and currency sorted. A week 'til I go away! **dances**

My revision went well yesterday - I got loads done! However, today, next-door are having their guttering done so there's too much banging for me to concentrate.

Hope everyone has a lovely day (and our Irish and Scottish people stay out of the way of that tail end of a hurricane!).


Regan of Gong - Sep 20, 2006 5:05 am (#2289 of 2976)

Pirate Hannibal the Off-white here, and I am dissapointed to say that talk like a Pirate Day failed miserably at my school. Most girls thought I was mad (You do that then! **smile and nod**) which isn't that different to normal but yeah. Most of the guys thought I was making it up and told me to shut up. I did go to the Wikipedia article on my phone, and tried to show that to a few people, but they were happy to marinate in their own blissful ignorance while using it as a excuse to make sarcastic comments to em (Sure it's talk like a pirate day).

Anyway, Ginny and Tori, if you're not enjoying it, quit. Simple- the purpose of sport at our age is to enjoy it, and if that's not happening, don't do it. You're not quitting really...more...resigning. Hope it goes well for you.

Tired now- sleepy time...



Starling - Sep 20, 2006 5:10 am (#2290 of 2976)

I'm afraid my talk like a pirate day didn't really work for me either. I put it on my forum calender, but people didn't seem to notice! I got as far as putting a "arrrr" and "hoist the mainsail" in the Leaky comments ... I didn't dare mention it at the school gates, I think most mums think I'm nuts anyway.



Marie E. - Sep 20, 2006 5:16 am (#2291 of 2976)

I meant to log on yesterday afternoon and enjoy Talk Like a Pirate Day, but we had some minor problems with the wee lassies. My pirate name was Anita the Infected, by the way.

My wonderful problem: My daughters asked if they could walk home with a friend, "Amy". Once a few weeks ago, the girls were supposed to go to Amy's, but walked to my house instead. My house is locked so they got in through a unlocked garage door and were home alone for an hour and a half. This time, when I was giving permission while sitting in my daycare bus at their school, Amy said something about going to my house and I said, very clearly, "No, no one's home at my house and it's locked." Nonetheless, she convinced my girls to go to our house and attempted to break in by ripping a screen off the bathroom window in the basement and beating on our front doorknob with a chunk of cement. After giving up, they went to our next-door neighbor's house and called Amy's mom. Amy's mom and grandma were frantic because now they were an hour late getting home and were about to hop in the car to look for them. Amy's mom told me she's done this sort of thing before with another friend, not the breaking and entering though. Amy's grounded for a month. Shayla's grounded for two weeks and Lexie for two days (she didn't participate in any of the destruction and tried to tell them to go to Amy's house). I ended the day just frazzled.


kaykay1970 - Sep 20, 2006 5:30 am (#2292 of 2976)

Welcome to the forum Starling! You'll fit in fine here. We are all a little nuts too sometimes!


Denise P. - Sep 20, 2006 5:45 am (#2293 of 2976)

Last night, we had Cub Scout Round Up. We signed up 21 new boys! Woo hoo! We may be getting several more on Monday when we have our pack meeting. The Tigers are so cute, little and excited, I love them!


Chemyst - Sep 20, 2006 6:09 am (#2294 of 2976)

Ginny & Tori, I ditto Lina's advice. Talk to your parents and they'll help you clarify what's the purpose in swimming. And although it is hard to imagine from the similarity of yur posts, each of you might get a different "right" answer.

(( hugs to Marie ))


Steve Newton - Sep 20, 2006 6:11 am (#2295 of 2976)

Thanks to everyone for a magnificent Talk Like a Pirate Day! I went home last night and fell asleep a little after 7 and so could not contribute as much as I would have liked.

Its race week in Dover again. I never could have imagined that so many people owned campers. There are already thousands of them and he races aren't until Saturday. I guess that there is a lot of partying to be done.


painting sheila - Sep 20, 2006 8:39 am (#2296 of 2976)

Marie E! - What are friends for if not to teach you how to break and enter!! LOL! Is Amy's mom going to pay for a new door knob? At least you know that your home is "child proof!"

I never did get me pirate name. I am bummed.

Ginny and Tori - Here is advice from my "mom perspective" - If you signed on for a certain amount of time, you should stay on the team for that amount of time. You could be on the cusp of improving your time. Are you keeping track of your personal times - or just going by the heats you are in? Both of my kids swam until 14. At 14, I let them make the choice. But I tried to get them to focus on their own personal best and not which heat - which lane, etc. I like the idea of giving it one more month.

Here is my advice not as a mom - Sweetie, if you are not having fun and have really given it your best the last few weeks, then talk to your parents about stopping. It isn't "quitting' if you have given it your best shot. Maybe you will shine brighter as a . . . . tight rope walker, or . . . . track star, or . . . . .as just being relaxed and happy you!


Madam Pince - Sep 20, 2006 8:48 am (#2297 of 2976)

Steve, thanks for reminding me about Dover this weekend! I was toying with the idea of going out of town, and now I think you just made my decision easy for me! I'm outta here! Traffic, sayonara! We do have to stay until after Little Pince's 10:00 soccer game Saturday morning, though, so maybe by that time the worst will be over already...

Oh, Marie, that's just a shame! What a bummer about your door and screen and all. That must've been a fun conversation to have with Amy's mom...

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


haymoni - Sep 20, 2006 8:50 am (#2298 of 2976)

Stayed up too late watching "Contender". I wish they showed it earlier than 10:00 pm - I'm just dragging.

It's cold and rainy. The cement for my porch still hasn't been poured. I'm hoping it will be done by Halloween!!!

Someone is building a house on our street - I think this whole house will be built before I can use my front door again!


Tazzygirl - Sep 20, 2006 9:14 am (#2299 of 2976)

((HUGS)) to Marie! Wow. Was the doorknob broken? My sister and cousin actually did that at my parents house. But they struggled through a tiny downstairs bathroom window. My sister, I guess, forgot that she had a spare key.

Off to school! Have a great RotD/N everyone!



Holly T. - Sep 20, 2006 9:41 am (#2300 of 2976)

Yikes, Marie! I showed my daughter how to get into the house with the garage door code and now she has a key too. My son wants to know why I won't give him a key or the code or let him walk home by himself or with his buddies. The he gets mad because I say his sister is older and more responsible than him, etc. Then he usually hits her with something, and then gets even more mad when I tell him he is only proving my point.

I missed the Crocodile Hunter's memorial service last night! I forgot when it was going to be on and when my husband got home from the PTO meeting he put on the TV and we watched the very end, and I was on the phone part of that time. They reran it, but in the middle of the night and I didn't know that until I got up this morning. I hope they show it again. Another reason we need to finally get a DVR!

We had a going-away party yesterday afternoon for another co-worker. I was only sort of joking at the party when I said I wished I had the immunity necklace. I feel like we're on some kind of reality TV series and don't know it. Although I doubt that the last one here will get a million dollars, LOL.

Have a great RotD!
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Puck - Sep 20, 2006 9:52 am (#2301 of 2976)

Immunity charms to Holly!

Sanity charms to Marie! (How old is this Amy?. Seems like perhaps her mom should meet her at school to be sure she goes home, if this has happened several times.

Baby is napping. The big ones are at school. Need to do some dishes then I'm free to go quilt!


Tazzygirl - Sep 20, 2006 10:36 am (#2302 of 2976)

Holly: I missed the Crocodile Hunter's memorial service last night! I forgot when it was going to be on and when my husband got home from the PTO meeting he put on the TV and we watched the very end, and I was on the phone part of that time. They reran it, but in the middle of the night and I didn't know that until I got up this morning. I hope they show it again.

I'm still mad! I knew it was supposed to be showing here in the States sometime yesterday, but scrolling through the TV guide gave me no help. I thought ABC was going to be showing it. Anyways, while I was watching a recorded Crocodile Hunter show (from Animal Planet's tribute on Sunday) they had a commercial saying they would be showing the Memorial on Tuesday at 9 o'clock pm. I looked to see what time it was, and it was 10:15 pm. I had just missed it!! and Not only did I miss that one, but I missed the one that showed at 6 pm. I scanned to see if the Memorial would be shown again sometime this week, but it wasn't in the Guide. I really really really hope they show it again!

On the other hand, I was able to see a couple video clips online of Bindi giving a speech, and also one of Steve Irwin's best friends giving another speech.



Starling - Sep 20, 2006 10:49 am (#2303 of 2976)

You can still watch it. It's online on the Courier Mail homepage.


Tazzygirl - Sep 20, 2006 11:08 am (#2304 of 2976)

Thanks, Starling!! (Welcome to the Forum, by the way!!)

Probably should pay attention class now... (least favorite class of the week...)



The giant squid - Sep 20, 2006 11:08 am (#2305 of 2976)

Marie: Yikes! I guess it's never too early to fall in with the "bad crowd." First it's sneaking into your own house, next it's knocking over liquor stores. It's a good thing you've nipped this in the bud before it could get out of hand!

Ginny & Tori, if you quit swimming because it's too hard & you're too lazy, then you're a "quitter". If you quit because you're not enjoying it (sports are supposed to be fun) and it's not what you want to do, then you're being prudent. Find another extra-curricular activity that interests you and swap to that; that way you won't be a quitter, you'll have "redirected your energies to a more fulfilling purpose." Translation: "Yeah, we used to be in swimming, but this is much cooler!"

Arrr!!! Th' Squid is into th' rum. Methinks the picture will be crooked at ye ol' movie hall.--Loopy Lupin

Luckily (for them) I had the evening off.



haymoni - Sep 20, 2006 12:24 pm (#2306 of 2976)

The next time I have to do an announcement about someone "pursuing other interests", I think I will steal Mike's comment.

The sun is really trying to break through. Ungrateful Son has a football game in an hour. I hope the rain is gone.

Swimming is a very involved sport - takes up loads of time. If you don't love it, get out now.

Spend more time on the Forum!!!


legolas returns - Sep 20, 2006 12:50 pm (#2307 of 2976)

Hi all. Hope everyone had fun yesterday with talk like a pirate day.

If you don’t enjoy something anymore its a good time to change.

I have promised many of you that I would get a recipe for scones. I am going to post it in the recipe section. I could not find the recipe so had to call my mum to find out. Happy baking everyone.

Edit- the recipe section is closed. I am going to stick the recipe in my details so that I don’t mess up the forum with randomly placed stuff. Just click on my name.


Denise P. - Sep 20, 2006 1:30 pm (#2308 of 2976)

I dunno, looks like a biscuit recipe for me. I always thoughts scones were a bit sweeter than a biscuit.


legolas returns - Sep 20, 2006 1:34 pm (#2309 of 2976)

Biscuits are what British people call scones .


painting sheila - Sep 20, 2006 1:42 pm (#2310 of 2976)

Legplas - SO you bake them - not fry them? I always thought you fried them. But then again, I am from the south - I think everything should be fried! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042 Thanks for the recipe-


juliebug - Sep 20, 2006 1:44 pm (#2311 of 2976)

Legolas, would you type scones out phonetically for me or give me another clue as to how you say it? I have always thought that the o was long as in "cone." A former co-worker of mine, a woman from England, said the o is not long and that it sounds like the o in con.


legolas returns - Sep 20, 2006 1:45 pm (#2312 of 2976)

Is that fried in Lard, Painting Sheila ? *Gagging noise*

Your English co-worker was correct Juliebug. The o is not long in the item of food. The place name is pronounced differently if I remember correctly.


Starling - Sep 20, 2006 1:46 pm (#2313 of 2976)

The difference between scones and biscuits is that a) you don't fry scones and b) you don't have sugar in biscuits

Warning about Steve Irwin's memorial service: hankies at the ready.


Madam Pince - Sep 20, 2006 1:50 pm (#2314 of 2976)

Oh, I'm sorry now that I didn't come on here to post last night about Steve Irwin's memorial! I thought about it, but then I was sure everyone would probably know about it already, plus everything was hectic here for awhile. I actually ended up taping the "late" version of it, because I ended up only getting to watch bits and pieces. I thought it was nicely done, because it was quite upbeat and celebrated his life, rather than mourned his death. His friend Wes' eulogy was tough to listen to, though... His father had the best quote -- he said "Don't grieve for Steve -- he's at peace now. Grieve for the animals who have lost the best friend they ever had, as have I."

***Tip to procrastinators like me: channels like A&E, The History Channel, Animal Planet, Outdoor Life, etc., almost always re-show their prime-time lineup again later the same night -- usually three hours later. For example, here the Steve Irwin Memorial was on at 9:00pm, and then re-played again at midnight. The show they had on at 8:00 was on again at 11:00, and so on...*** You have no idea how often I utilize this feature! Also, if you go onto the individual channel's website and look on their schedule, you can sometimes find when a show will be re-broadcast. I would bet the farm that the Steve Irwin Memorial will be aired again sometime this week.

Giant Squid, you give wise enough advice to be a dad! Even if you have been into the rum stores!

Marie, when I was about 8 or 10, my cousin and I inadvertently got locked out of my house. (Now, we lived out in the boonies and hardly ever locked our door, and we had no rules about whether I could be home alone or not that I can recall. I guess my parents trusted me. There was usually always someone home anyway.) Anyhow, though the door was locked, the old-fashioned un-lockable windows were right there on the porch. So we climbed through my bedroom window. And let go of the window once we were through. Which crashed down. Which caused the glass to break and a large chunk of glass fell out. Oopsie! Fortunately, we didn't get in too much trouble.

Never heard of frying American biscuits! And I appreciate the pronunciation lesson, because I've been calling them "scones" with a long-o all this time! So it's really supposed to sound like the light fixture? (sconce?) Wow, the things you learn here...


painting sheila - Sep 20, 2006 2:00 pm (#2315 of 2976)

HAHA! No - the "scones" I have made were fried in canola oil. oops! -I guess that might constitute a "lard" of sorts.) They were rolled out about the size of a small dinner plate and then fried in about an 1/2 inch of oil. Not "deep fried". As they fry they puffed up a little. When they were done, you could dip them in powdered sugar and drizzle chocolate/strawberry/honey/any thing you like. My husband would also skip the powdered sugar part and use them to make a taco salad of sorts.

The "biscuits" I make are round - and yes I use a drinking glass to cut them out. They are baked and come out light a fluffy. Then we add butter and homemade peach preserves! YUM!!

I also make butterhorns - which are a yeast bread. They are shaped like croissants but not as flaky.

We don't eat these everyday - just for special occasions and most Sundays.

Can any one tell me what Clotted Cream is? I have had it in a local tea room - but didn't know how to use it.


legolas returns - Sep 20, 2006 2:07 pm (#2316 of 2976)

Painting sheila-Input Devon Clotted Cream into your browser. You should see a website called Devon Calling. It gives you a recipe on how to make it and what you can use it for.

Lard-Animal fats.

The South is not the only place in the world that goes in for fried food. A west coast of Scotland speciality is deep friend Haggis and Deep fried Mars Bars. Yuk-oh. Why you would want to fry something nice like Haggis-the only reason you would do it is if it was really poor quality Haggis in the first place


Starling - Sep 20, 2006 2:08 pm (#2317 of 2976)

Clotted cream:

Take some cream. Whizz it, until you think "ewww, it's turned to butter!"

That's clotted cream. At least, in my opinion.

Prounouncing scones: it's a fight even in the UK! My ex insists on calling them scoanes, I call them sconns. My partner just rolls her eyes and tells me English is weird (she's German).


azi - Sep 20, 2006 2:43 pm (#2318 of 2976)

Who said scones was pronounced with a short O??? This is a source of many, many arguments between people I know. It's got 'cone' in the middle! Only posh people say it like 'con'.

Loads of places have deep fried Mars Bars now. Funnily enough, I don't want to try them...


legolas returns - Sep 20, 2006 2:48 pm (#2319 of 2976)

I don’t fancy them at all.

I don’t think it makes me posh. Pronouncing it with a cone is the posh way :pbrt:


azi - Sep 20, 2006 2:52 pm (#2320 of 2976)

Hehe! Not when you lengthen it like I do. Can't think how to write it phonetically. Sco-on? Scourn? No, that sounds Scottish in my mind. Just say it with an extra long 'O'.


legolas returns - Sep 20, 2006 2:54 pm (#2321 of 2976)

He he - -“Scone” rhymes with “gone” - - at least where I am from.


Starling - Sep 20, 2006 3:00 pm (#2322 of 2976)

Ah, our Leggie is posh too.

Phonetic spellings: scoun or sc?n (no idea if that character will work, it's a back-to-front "a").


legolas returns - Sep 20, 2006 3:07 pm (#2323 of 2976)

Whatever! Hee hee.

tea and buttered scones


azi - Sep 20, 2006 3:13 pm (#2324 of 2976)

I suppose either could be classed as posh. But there is a difference between the 'posh' and 'normal' version of 'cone'. I suppose there's a tiny inflection in the voice if it's posh, but I can't transfer that over the Net, lol!


legolas returns - Sep 20, 2006 3:14 pm (#2325 of 2976)

According to the Cambridge dictionary to o sounds like the o in sock. Nah nah nah na nah.


boop - Sep 20, 2006 3:15 pm (#2326 of 2976)

HI Everyone!

Congratulations Kabloink!!

Marie, sounds like you could use a hug. ((((HUG))))

Starling, Welcome to the forum. Make yourself at home here.

Juliebug, Welcome to the forum too. Have fun!

The healing charms are working my cold is going away.

Have a great rest of the day!

hugs always



juliebug - Sep 20, 2006 3:16 pm (#2327 of 2976)

Thanks to all for your responses. I had no idea of the can of worms this question was opening. It does however, clear up the pronounciation disparity for me.

The person I heard about scones from was my friend Jill, a teacher I worked with about 4 years ago. I can't recall what part of England she's from and I can't ask her because she has moved away and we didn't manage to keep in touch. She used the rhymes with gone version, and although she's a big sweetheart, the last thing I'd ever call her is posh. Jill's a sweet, down-to-earth type who lives in plain looking, practical clothes like denim dresses.

Thanks again for answering my question!


juliebug - Sep 20, 2006 3:17 pm (#2328 of 2976)

Thanks for the welcome Boop. Hope to see you around sometime.


azi - Sep 20, 2006 3:20 pm (#2329 of 2976)

Juliebug, don't that the posh thing to heart, it's just how we get at people. I dunno, British humour or summat.

I didn't realise there was a place called Scone! It's pronounced 'Scoon' or 'Scohn'. Maybe that's where the other pronounciation originates from?

Healing charms Betty!


legolas returns - Sep 20, 2006 3:22 pm (#2330 of 2976)

Scone Palace is in Perthshire and is the original resting place of the Stone of Destiny.

That type of Scone is said differently.


azi - Sep 20, 2006 3:25 pm (#2331 of 2976)

Ack, I can't read what dictionary's say prnounciations are! It's interesting how a village could be such an important place but never grow in size (kings used to be crowned there).


Denise P. - Sep 20, 2006 3:25 pm (#2332 of 2976)

I have never fried biscuits either. I always thought it was with a long “o” (OH)  not scawwns.

I missed the memorial as well! Argh!


legolas returns - Sep 20, 2006 3:27 pm (#2333 of 2976)

Scottish kings were crowned there until the end of the 13th century when it was taken to Westminster Abbey. Settlement sizes were not that big then I guess.


azi - Sep 20, 2006 3:31 pm (#2334 of 2976)

Probably, and if the Black Death had anything to do with it, they definitely wouldn't be.

Densise, cut the 'scawwn' to 'scon'. I think...


Chemyst - Sep 20, 2006 3:52 pm (#2335 of 2976)

I just Googled "Stone of Destiny" and got this:

   Now safely ensconced in Edinburgh Castle...

 I should probably quit while I'm ahead.


legolas returns - Sep 20, 2006 3:58 pm (#2336 of 2976)

If you Google Scone-Scone Palace comes up. Check out the pictures of the rooms-nice pad! They mention the history of the stone and the place.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 20, 2006 4:01 pm (#2337 of 2976)

Next week in the US is Banned Books week. The 25th anniversary. The American Library Association has set up a poll to vote for your favorite banned book or series. Of course our favorite series is on the list. The URL is behind my name. Take a minute and vote! LPO


kaykay1970 - Sep 20, 2006 4:15 pm (#2338 of 2976)

Granny used lard whenever she fried anything. It did look pretty nasty! Anyway, to her credit, she did make the best biscuits (baked, no fried biscuits here either!) She always had chocolate gravy to top them with. Chocolate for breakfast! We never got that at home. I guess that is what grannies are for...


Ydnam96 - Sep 20, 2006 5:08 pm (#2339 of 2976)

Hugs to Marie...can't believe that really. I'm not sure a month is quite long enough for our friend "Amy".

Scones. MMMMMMM.... Now I'm craving one. I pronounce them like "cone".

I came home sick today from work. My sinuses and allergies are really acting up. It's kinda nice to have a break as well. Plus, I didn't get much sleep last night. So I just slept for about 5 hours!

To throw my two knuts in on the swimming issue. I agree that if it's not something you love and are prepared to sacrifice for then you should get out of it early. Swimming takes a lot of sacrifice. I know a bunch of people who did it all the way through college, they loved it and thought it was worth it. I also know people whose parents forced them to do it and they basically hated their parents for it and I'm not sure that any sport is worth that.

Off to get some more sleep. TTFN


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 20, 2006 6:06 pm (#2340 of 2976)

I always pronounced it like cones. I'm not sure if I've ever had one though....we do eat a lot of biscuits as well, but never had em fried before! We do fry lots of things though-in fact, we had fried cabbage for dinner tonight! YUM!

LOL Marie, sounds like Amy is a very "well-behaved" child! (((HUGS)))

Thanks for everyone's input on swimming. I've always really enjoyed it, but this year we got a new coach and she's a little too hard core for my liking! We swam 3 500 today with a minutes rest in between each one. That's 60 laps in less than 30 mins. I'm wayy super sore now. Our old coach was really great, we worked hard but he didn't kill us! I think I'm just going to stick it out.....it might get better. We're already half way through the season so I think it's a bit too late to quit. She loves to make us swim endless amounts of freestyle and backstroke.....not a backstroker! I am going to talk to her though because I really want to swim breaststroke yet she seems to think I'm more suited for endless free in the meets...she's never even seen be swim it before despite the fact that I've told her already...

On the bright side! We woke up this morning to a lovely temperature of 57 degrees! It was an absolutely gorgeously perfect day, that really shouldn't have been spent sitting inside in a class room. Also had the first physics test of the year this afternoon.....uhhh yeah.... I'll be extremely pleased if I manage to get a 50% on it that's how hard it was...nearly started crying half way through out of frustration. But it was a wonderfully magnificently beautiful day and I went to the mall after school so it was a pretty good day. I hope it's like this on Saturday.....I'm going tailgating with a friend! YAY!!!

Have a great ROTD!!!


geauxtigers  - Sep 20, 2006 6:38 pm (#2341 of 2976)

Thanks for everyone's advice, I'll save the trouble and space and just ditto what Ginny said. I'm gonna stick it out, I think.

I'm pretty sure I failed the Physics test too, oh well, I can't change it, so I guess I shouldn't worry just yet. Whats done is done.

Well lots to do...I have a Bible test tomorrow...I think I need to make some coffee to keep me up long enough to study for it. I can't help it, its just not interesting...then some math, but thats it. I love and hate how teachers give tests within a day of each other. You get really stressed out because you have so much to do, then when its over you have nothing to do because we had a test and are starting something new. Well tomorrow I shouldn't have much, everyone gave us tests either today or tomorrow!

Grey's Anatomy tomorrow!!!! AHH I can't wait! I've managed to watch the first 2 DVDs, 10 episodes! I can't wait!! Can you tell I'm excited?

Okay night everyone!


Mediwitch - Sep 20, 2006 6:43 pm (#2342 of 2976)

Oh, kabloink, congrats on the new little one! SmileyCentral.com

juliebug and Starling, welcome to the forum.

I'm sorry I missed Talk Like a Pirate Day yesterday...looks like you all had fun!


juliebug - Sep 20, 2006 7:35 pm (#2343 of 2976)

I LOVE Grey's Anatomy! How were the DVD's? Any good bonus features? I am a big bonus features fan?

Hello to you Mediwitch. Thanks for the greeting.


geauxtigers  - Sep 20, 2006 8:28 pm (#2344 of 2976)

Juliebug, there are 4 extended episodes and several interviews in the bonus features I believe. I haven't had a chance to watch them yet, I've been too busy with the episodes! There are 27 spread over 6 DVDs. We are on DVD # 3! Speaking of I need to get back to it and finsh up my Bible study guide!


Ydnam96 - Sep 20, 2006 8:59 pm (#2345 of 2976)

The Season Two DVDs are great! Can't wait till tomorrow night!


painting sheila - Sep 20, 2006 9:03 pm (#2346 of 2976)

My favorite quote of the day:

“My second favorite chore is ironing. The first being - hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I pass out. “ Erma Bombeck.

So clotted cream is like unsalted butter. It didn’t have much of a taste if I remember correctly.

I ate a deep fried Snickers bar at the State Fair once. It was wonderful! HAHAHA! They dipped a frozen Snickers on a stick into a big vat of batter then deep fried it for a couple of minutes maybe. Then they would roll it in powdered sugar if you wanted and drizzle it with chocolate sauce. They were deep fried Twinkies, too. My husband and I split the Snickers so I didn't feel toooooooooooo guilty about it.

Juliebug and Starling - Welcome Welcome! and welcome to the newest baby on the block, Kabloink! I love the smell of new born babies (sigh)


Tazzygirl - Sep 20, 2006 11:33 pm (#2347 of 2976)

Juliebug- the Grey's Anatomy season 2 is great. I haven't had a chance to watch the bonus features yet, but I think I'll do that before I watch the season 3 premier tomorrow night. Watching the episodes straight through also helped me to see what clues I had missed before.

(Do I get the award for sitting straight through the 20 hours of the 27 episodes in one weekend? )

Ginny and Tori- only 10 hours more to go before you finish the series!! Get moving, girls!

Back to the homework...


(I also pronounced scone like cone... )


Regan of Gong - Sep 21, 2006 1:57 am (#2348 of 2976)

Richard Hammond! Crashed at 300mph while filming for Top Gear! He's in a serious but stable condition. I don't want to lose another personality like that...


azi - Sep 21, 2006 2:10 am (#2349 of 2976)

Scone Palace is beautiful! The library doesn't have many books though...

I forgot to welcome juliebug and Starling earlier. I guess you just merged in with us straight away. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 2752390508

It is a shame about the crash with Richard Hammond. Hopefully he will get better though! Apparently he could tell doctors where he was in pain after the crash so that's got to be good news. **healing charms**

Healing charms Mandy!

Marie, can't remember if I mentioned Amy earlier, but she sounds like trouble!

Painting Shelia - Love the quote!


Starling - Sep 21, 2006 2:28 am (#2350 of 2976)

Thanks, azi, I do have a habit of elbowing myself into places and making myself at home!

Richard Hammond: I don't know. I never watch TV. I don't have a TV! And when I still had one I never watched Top Gear.

Phonetics: spot the linguist. Part of my job is to judge new brand names, and I have to write down all the words phonetically to show them how I would pronounce it. Mostly not much fun, except when you get unfortunate brand names such as "Body Moments". Heehee!

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Snuffles - Sep 21, 2006 2:51 am (#2351 of 2976)

I echo azi's comments. Welcome juliebug and Starling. What part of the UK do you live in Starling?

Eek Marie . Amy sounds lovely.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1242194059  Thank goodness you found out early before she got your girls into any more trouble.

We were watching the weather on Sky news last night when the 'breaking news' came up about Richard 'hamster' Hammond. I really hope he is ok. He is definitely my favourite presenter on Top Gear, he is also fab on Brainiac. He crashed at 280mph but they think that he did break the land speed record of 300mph on one of his earlier attempts.

on the scones comments, I pronounce it with the long 'o'.

We have the plasterer coming tomorrow. My house is going to be white dust for days to come



Tazzygirl - Sep 21, 2006 3:14 am (#2352 of 2976)

I hope Richard Hammond is okay!! I love Top Gear- although I can't seem to find it on Discovery anymore, so I think they stopped showing it here a couple months back.

September definitely needs to move into October. Too many accidents and sad stuff going on!

Off to bed. After midnight, and I need to get up in about 4 and a half hours.

**Quick Fix charms to Snuffles' house**



Marie E. - Sep 21, 2006 5:24 am (#2353 of 2976)

It's raining and 39 here. Brrrrrrr! Guess Fall's arrived with a bang!

I had a long talk with Shayla last night. I got the impression that she's not strong enough to stand up to her friends just yet. When I told her that when her friend is doing something that she knows is wrong she should say something Shayla replied, "But I'm not that kind of girl, Mom." This does not bode well for the teen years. Yesterday at school "Amy" told Lexie that "she's never speaking to Shayla again, never!" Whatever! I told Shayla that's she's just mad because she's grounded and has to pay for the new screen. We haven't worked out who exactly pounded on the doorknob with the cement chunk, but it still works for now. It's harder to unlock and has all these scrapes on it.

On top of it all, I found out on Monday that the director of our daycare is leaving next Friday for new job. At first they didn't even have a replacement but yesterday they found one. The new director is already a director at one of our other centers, so I already know her. Transitions like this are always so stressful. I hope it goes smoothly. By the way, the new director just had a baby girl a month ago and named her Shayla!


Starling - Sep 21, 2006 5:34 am (#2354 of 2976)

Well, I'd say "good riddance", Marie!

Mind you, my boy is just as bad at "talking back". His dad isn't helping, he's a bit of a doormat too. It doesn't bode well for the teenager years, indeed.


painting sheila - Sep 21, 2006 5:50 am (#2355 of 2976)

Marie - I can't give any advice on this one. My son is a bit of a follower and one of my daughters is just the opposite. She speaks her opinion and tells everyone just what she thinks to her detriment. The other daughter is just right, kind and thoughtful and gently leads people to the right choices - sounds like the Three Bears doesn't it!

I am sure not being "that kind of girl" means she doesn't want to be mean. She has a tender heart and doesn't want to have arguments around her.

One of my friends just had to stop all of the neighborhood kids from coming over - period! They were being mean to one of her boys and the other one was picking up language he shouldn't even be hearing much less saying. Anyway, she feels like a pariah on her block now, but says it is worth it to get the riff raff away.

Don't you jut love being the parent sometimes! (HUGS!!)


juliebug - Sep 21, 2006 5:59 am (#2356 of 2976)

Thanks to all for the warm greetings. They feel especially nice on this unusually cool morning.

Good luck to Marie and her dilemma. I wish I had some sage advice to offer, but all I know how to do hope for the best for you.


haymoni - Sep 21, 2006 6:34 am (#2357 of 2976)

My biscuit recipe is on the back of the Bisquick box or in one of these Pillsbury tubes in the refrigerated section. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042

Slacker Moms Unite!!!

I do a lot of role playing with my kids - I'm the mean kid and they have to respond to what I'm saying. My daughter never wants to say mean things, so her versions usually end with her telling the mean kid "I don't want to do that." and turning her back and walking away.

I've never had to ban a kid from my house, but I have stood there and watched every move they made. My son is now 13 and he doesn't like it - he'll tell me that I am making judgements about his friends. Yes - I am!!


painting sheila - Sep 21, 2006 6:38 am (#2358 of 2976)

You go, haymoni!

I tell my kids that all teenagers are guilty until proven innocent. I assume they are up to no good and am usually happily and pleasantly surprised.

We had to have the reminder about "guilt by association" talk before school started his year. I think it is great when they see a kid who is struggling and want to help them - but they have to be careful how they do it. They want to make sure they are lifting up and not getting dragged down.

edit: I am being a HUGE Slacker mom today! I am still in my pj's and plan on going back to bed for a little nap while Doodle Bug is at pre-school. I love my bed! Ilove my pj's!

edit again: Slacker Mom's Unite - SMU. We need t-shirts. (wrinkled t-shirts with stains on them)


juliebug - Sep 21, 2006 6:48 am (#2359 of 2976)

I agree, Slacker Moms unite. I too am still in PJ's. Unless we are going somewhere in the morning, I often wait until my two year old is napping to get cleaned up and dressed for the day. PJ's rule!


Denise P. - Sep 21, 2006 6:51 am (#2360 of 2976)

We have banned one kid from the house and from all contact with our kids. This little hooligan lives behind us. He does nice things like shake baby birds out of nests and then stomps on them, our neighbor had a fish pond and this kid took sticks and stabbed each fish through and pinned them against the bottom of the pond...that kind of thing. These were really big koi, not cheap fish. We had reservations about him from the start and strongly encouraged our kids to NOT go to his house. As soon as we started seeing very troubling things, we cut contact. He was only about 7 at the time, he is 13 now. That has been the only time we have actually said "No, Boy is not welcome here and you are not allowed to go to his house."

My biscuits also come from Bisquick and Pillsbury. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 2752390508


Starling - Sep 21, 2006 7:36 am (#2361 of 2976)

The neighbouring kid is odd. He bullies my son at school, but he's always really disappointed when he knocks on my door and realises my son isn't in. He's fine with him at my place.

One thing REALLY annoys me, though, and that's the fact that he will not tidy up. I've tried threats (and carried them out, I always do) and all sorts, but he will NOT do it. I've never met a kid who wouldn't eventually do what he was told.


Snuffles - Sep 21, 2006 7:46 am (#2362 of 2976)

I remember my niece going through that stage. In the end, if her room or whatever needed tidying up wasn't done, then she wasn't allowed out with her friends. If it meant she didn't go out for 2 weeks then so be it. She eventually got fed up of her own company and did as she was asked. I don't know who suffered more, my niece or her mum!!


HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 21, 2006 8:58 am (#2363 of 2976)

Welcome juliebug (another Julie ) and Starling!

Denise, that neighbor boy sounds like Sid from Toy Story. What is up with the parents? How did they handle the fish and other torturing incidents? Heads up because he has all the earmarks of a mass murderer/serial killer.

Marie E., Priscilla has had those, "I'm not going to be your friend any more/I'm not talking to you anymore" situations. My response to her is, "Who is missing out???" Lexie can be confident in knowing that it is Amy's loss because Shayla sounds like a kind girl.

Strengthening and healing charms to Hammond.

Kabloink, congratulations on baby Ian!

Baby napping. The big ones at school. Need to do some dishes then I'm free to go quilt! - Puck What is this freedom you speak of?


EDIT: Yikes! I see I need to make a slight update on my avatar! Arrrr!


Starling - Sep 21, 2006 9:13 am (#2364 of 2976)

Your avatarrr be scarrrry, arrrr!

There's an easy solution to the "I'm not talking to you anymore" situation: only play with boys.

Or do the Voodoo thing Lilo does in Lilo in Stitch. "My friends need to be punished". Has me in, um, stitches every time.



Denise P. - Sep 21, 2006 9:21 am (#2365 of 2976)

The parents of the kid are there in body and not much else...they pretty well ignore everything.

I went shopping today and was moaning to Mr. Denise about the lack of treacle in the store but that it carried golden syrup. A lady walking by hear me, turned out she was English. She said that there was no difference and she always uses golden syrup when a recipe calls for treacle. Now, I could have sworn treacle was darker and has a different taste. Can anyone clear this up?

I will have to go post this on the YKYAHPFW thread....as I passed the bakery, they had blueberry scones! Of course I got them and will see how they compare to biscuits. For my fellow Americans, I will tell you they look similar to a biscuit, not as smooth and look to be similar in shape to a drop biscuit (rather than rolled. Guess what I am having with lunch?

Obviously, my store has a lot of international items since we have a large population of other nationalities around us from the military.


HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 21, 2006 9:32 am (#2366 of 2976)

There's an easy solution to the "I'm not talking to you anymore" situation: only play with boys – Starling

That works until middle school when the boys' voices start to change.


D.W. - Sep 21, 2006 9:43 am (#2367 of 2976)


Treacle is definitely different to golden syrup. Darker and thicker. However many Brits do substitute golden syrup for treacle in recepies and over the years I think golden syrup is now used more often than treacle & therefor maybe somepeople think it's the same thing.


painting sheila - Sep 21, 2006 9:48 am (#2368 of 2976)
Edited Sep 21, 2006 10:50 am

The Koi Boy is scary! Do the authorities not do anything about him? What are his parents like - please don't tell me they are the "boys will be boys" type.

edit - I remember reading some thing about young children that hurt/ torture animals have a tendancy to move onto peole when they are older. Poor kid needs some help. But who do you go to?

edit again: off of the subject but very gross! I bought something called Urine Out to take care of the dog accident on the carpet. The kit came with a black light to help you find the "stain" on the carpet so you can get rid of every little bit. Of course my 5 year old is fascinated by the black light and took it into the bathroom and turned off the lights to see the white towels light up. GROSS!! White towels weren't the only thing that lit up! Let me just say that having the teenage kids clean the bathroom is not a good idea. I will be grabbing the bleach bottle and black lighting every corner of our bathrooms! eeewwww!! . . .maybe I Should show them what turns up under the black light first . . . .


Starling - Sep 21, 2006 10:02 am (#2369 of 2976)

Golden syrup is much sweeter and has a very different taste from treacle. If you substitute, you end up with something tasting completely different. I like Dutch "stroop", not as sweet as golden syrup, not as strong as treacle.


juliebug - Sep 21, 2006 10:07 am (#2370 of 2976)

Hi Hungarian Horntail. I think your avatar is awesome. It cracks me up everytime I see it. Yes, I am another Julie. I (as I'm sure all the other Julies here are) very used to being another Julie. It's a common name, but we wear it with pride Smile


Puck - Sep 21, 2006 10:33 am (#2371 of 2976)

Scone Palace is in Perthshire and is the original resting place of the Stone of Destiny. So, would it be pronounced "stoan" or "stawn"?

LOL, about ironing Sheila!

Freedom is those moments when any children at home are sleeping and I decided to ignore my messy house.

Seriously, Denise's neighbor needs some help. Hurting animals is a serious sign of trouble.

Diva is about to perform her "show".. Need to go take my seat!



Denise P. - Sep 21, 2006 10:47 am (#2372 of 2976)

My take on the blueberry scones I got: they taste like a drop biscuit that had blueberries put in LOL They were also better once I heated it up a bit and probably would have been good with some butter. Rhys liked them.


Starling - Sep 21, 2006 11:16 am (#2373 of 2976)

Scones are only really nice when they're really fresh and the outside is still slightly crunchy. I'm lucky there are a couple of shops in Lancaster that sell them freshly baked! The prepacked ones you buy in the shop aren't very nice, really.


Winky Woo - Sep 21, 2006 12:48 pm (#2374 of 2976)

I am definitely in the s-con camp! I am not posh at all, having grown up in Liverpool, but there was never any debate in my mind, and I believe the Queen says s-con too!

After all the old christmas cracker joke " What is the fastest cake in the world? 'scone!" (It's gone!) wouldn't work if it rhymed with cone!

Had a wonderful day yesterday, reading for hours, then shopping for a new sofa (Wedding present from my Mum!) Had some great Tapas with a glass of wine, and finally got my engagement ring!

We've known we we're getting married since last year, he did the big "proper" Paris proposal in February, we actually got around to setting the date mid-August but we have only got the ring now, 9 weeks before the Wedding! Slackers United! It was my fault as he wanted me to choose it and I was too indecisive, I mean they are all so gorgeous how can you chose just one? So we've taken several trips since last year, but I kept putting it off... Anyway I am now the proud owner of a "brilliant cut" diamond solitaire. I keep staring at it so much...and grinning...

Off to polish my "bling"

love Winky x x x


juliebug - Sep 21, 2006 12:51 pm (#2375 of 2976)

Congrats Winky! I think August weddings are great, mine was Aug 5. I wish you much happiness!


Viola Intonada - Sep 21, 2006 1:19 pm (#2376 of 2976)

Denise, treacle is the same as molasses.

Edit: Alright, I did a tad bit more research on treacle vs. molasses. Molasses is a byproduct of refining raw sugar and treacle is a syrup made from sugar. Just realized this still didn't clear up much in my mind, back to more research...


haymoni - Sep 21, 2006 1:37 pm (#2377 of 2976)

Winky - I remember the first time I went to church after getting my engagement ring. The light came through the stained glass windows and my ring just lit up! I tilted my hand to the left and to the right, watching the light patterns dance on the bald head of the gentleman in front of me. My mother was shooting me nasty looks, but I really didn't care. Best Wishes to you!


Viola Intonada - Sep 21, 2006 1:50 pm (#2378 of 2976)

No luck on defining the difference between molasses and treacle. Some sources said they were the same, some didn't with no real clear difference in the process. But they can be used to substitute for each other in recipes.

When I first received my engagement ring, oh so many years ago, I was living with a family for my last summer of college. All the "Moms" were gathered around looking at my ring, then took a look at theirs and promptly went home to clean their rings. Now that I look at my ring, I think it is long overdue for a cleaning....


painting sheila - Sep 21, 2006 2:03 pm (#2379 of 2976)

weddings - yeah!! Flash that bling! Soon enough it will have baby powder and diaper rash cream in it. (that's fun too though! . . .the babies - not the diaper rash.)


The giant squid - Sep 21, 2006 2:31 pm (#2380 of 2976)

On a completely unrelated note (I don't eat scones, don't have an engagement ring & don't have kids--unruly or otherwise), I've finally completed my Robert Heinlein collection. Yesterday Amazon dropped off the (finally) reprinted Time For The Stars and Robert Heinlein's Variable Star by Spider Robinson. The latter was written by Robinson (my second-favorite author) from a detailed outline & notes found among Heinlein's estate. I'm about 1/3 of the way into it & it's really good.

Okay, technically, I don't have a complete collection... There are two of his non-fiction works, Tramp Royale and Letters to Ginny, that I haven't been able to track down. I've got all the non-fiction, though.

And in a weird bit of serendipity, while I was reading Variable Star last night (okay, this morning--about 3AM), I had the TV on in the background. They cut into the late-night repeat of Conan O'Brian to show the space shuttle landing. Here I am, reading a book from two of the biggest proponents of the space program watching an honest-to-God spaceship landing. It was a real sci-fi geek moment.



virginiaelizabeth - Sep 21, 2006 2:56 pm (#2381 of 2976)

(Do I get the award for sitting straight through the 20 hours of the 27 episodes in one weekend? )

Ginny and Tori- only 10 hours more to go before you finish the series!! Get moving, girls!

LOL I think you do deserve an award! **hands over a giant autographed picture of Patrick Dempsey** I'm workin on finishing it up! Half way through disk 3! SEASON PREMIERE TONIGHT!!!!!! I've been so excited all day!!!

Sheila, I know what you mean about the black lights! I have a pen that writes invisible and then you shine it with a black light to read it. I was writing in dark one night, and I think that was the point when I started to really want wood floors in my room! It was sooooo Gross! No idea there were that many stains on the carpet that aren't visible to the naked eye!

Have a great ROTD!!

oh yeah...



legolas returns - Sep 21, 2006 2:58 pm (#2382 of 2976)

I really don’t know why but anyone would think that you were excited about the evenings TV. Its just a hunch Virginiaelizabeth


kaykay1970 - Sep 21, 2006 3:09 pm (#2383 of 2976)

Here I am, reading a book from two of the biggest proponents of the space program watching an honest-to-God spaceship landing. It was a real sci-fi geek moment. -The Giant Squid

I had a similar book experience. But it was creepy instead of cool! I was reading Stephen King's The Regulators. All of a sudden I heard horses running down the street in front of my house. When I peeked out there were 2 vans following the horses trying to round them up! The Regulators being a book where a small suburb starts looking more like a wild west picture show with people in vans shooting at folks at random, I was a bit surprised!

Edit: It just occurred to me that Stephen King used the name Richard Bachman when he wrote the Regulators. So I guess that should have been Richard Bachman's the Regulators...


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 21, 2006 3:11 pm (#2384 of 2976)

LOL legolas! Just a little! Won't be that big of a deal if I missed it! I'm sure Kristina is feeling the same way!


geauxtigers  - Sep 21, 2006 3:39 pm (#2385 of 2976)

AHHH!!!! I'm so excited about Grey's Anatomy!!!

Marie, Amy does sound like a trouble maker. I don't think we've banned anyone from our house. There are people that I probably wouldn't want to come to my house, but then I'm not really friends with them anyway so they probably never would. I was the kid who never wanted to stand up to my friends. I didn't want to be mean. I remember my mom telling that my best friend was walking all over me. When I finally learned that I couldn't let her do that to me, things got much better. This was about 4th grade-ish. She is still my best friend today. We've been really tight since about 2nd grade. I have a quote that I just love. "Hold on to your best friend, because I bet that in your entire life, you won't find anyone else like them." Its very true, my advice, stick with her true friends, because you should be able to trust them and vise-versa. Amy doesn't sound like the kind of friend to trust...

Okay so I just ate Vegetable soup, burnt my tongue, and decided that ice cream was in order to cool my tongue down.

Today was a cool, gray day. I dunno what the temperature was, but I don't think it was more than about 82F 27C. It was pleasant, but the pool was freezing! You take for granted that the sun hadn't been out all day to warm it up!

Ahhh well I'm waiting for Ginny to get out the shower so we can watch more Grey's Anatomy before the season premiere!

Have a great day everyone!


boop - Sep 21, 2006 3:41 pm (#2386 of 2976)

Mandy, I am sending healing charms your way.

Thank you for all the healing charms they are working.

Everyone have a great weekend.

Have great rest of the day.

hugs always



Tazzygirl - Sep 21, 2006 4:00 pm (#2387 of 2976)

Ginny: **hands over a giant autographed picture of Patrick Dempsey**

**places giant autographed picture of Dr. McDreamy (aka Patrick Dempsey) on wall**


To those of you who don't know, Dr. McDreamy is the nickname of Dempsey's character, Dr. Shepard, in the show. I did not create it, although it fits perfectly!


Madam Pince - Sep 21, 2006 4:03 pm (#2388 of 2976)

It was a real sci-fi geek moment. --Squid Mike

You are truly dedicated. Should you ever wish to borrow my Star Trek Communicator Badge pin, just let me know. (Although it might look kind of weird on a guy, not to mention a squid, but then again we geeks don't really care if we look weird, right?)

Denise, did you have to have a talk with the parents of Koi Boy in order to keep him away, or did you just talk with your own kids? That is one thought that makes me cringe -- having to talk to other parents if their kid is being horrible. Or having other parents talk to me if my kid is being horrible. Guess I have a lot to look forward to, and it's fast approaching! I am already somewhat worried because Little Pince seems to be the only kid on his soccer team who does not yet understand that you simply cannot push somebody out of the way when they are trying to take the ball away from you!

Psssst.... hate to rain on everybody's parade, but Dr. McDreamy is a "cheater-cheater-pumpkin-eater!" Can't like that man... Oh well, enjoy the evening if you're so inclined! One good point, I thought, was that I read an interview with the actress who plays Meredith Grey, and she said that she heartily disapproves of marital cheating (refreshing to hear that from Hollywood!) and so she said it was difficult for her to play the part sometimes, and she hopes that Meredith will end up with some guy who's actually available...

Edit: Julie, I had high hopes for the bomb-squad guy... sigh... oh well. He just went all to pieces...

Edit2: You guys are going to watch Grey's instead of C.S.I. to see what Grissom and Sara are/were up to??? Now that was an interesting cliffhanger! And they're both available! And don't forget ER -- fifty knuts says Jerry steps through the veil....


juliebug - Sep 21, 2006 4:13 pm (#2389 of 2976)

I hope she does too Madame Pince. I am a HUGE fan of the show and of Patrick Dempsy (boy did he turn hot!) but would rather not have all this infidelity. Then again, healthy, happy relationships don't generally make for good TV do they. What a shame!


Madam Pince - Sep 21, 2006 4:17 pm (#2390 of 2976)

I guess it's easy for me to criticize because Patrick Dempsey has never done anything for me. I don't get the whole excitement about the hair -- it just looks like regular hair to me. So anyway, I will happily hand over any photo clippings of him to the Forum fanclub!

Captain Picard would never cheat on his wife, and he saves a lot of money on shampoo...


Ydnam96 - Sep 21, 2006 5:05 pm (#2391 of 2976)

Thanks for the healing charms. I think that the Santa Ana winds (Not sure how they got their name or whatever) have kicked up allergies I didn't know I had. My eyes, throat, and nose are all not feeling so good. But it's okay. I got to sleep for about 15 hours today Smile

I will be watching Grey's Anatomy tonight (I mean, since there's no Alias what am I supposed to do?). I agree about the extra-marital relationships. I wish that they would put a nix on those. But at least the show has shown that affairs are not all rosey and happy- but that they cause problems. None-the-less I do enjoy the show.


Mediwitch - Sep 21, 2006 5:56 pm (#2392 of 2976)

Hi Starling! I'm a speech-language pathologist, so I do phonetic transcriptions too, especially when the kids I work with have poor articulation. (When I'm bored in a meeting or workshop, I practice phonetic transcriptions on whatever the speaker is saying. )

Tori: Okay so I just ate Vegetable soup, burnt my tongue, and decided that ice cream was in order to cool my tongue down.

You know, Tori, I think Mr. Mediwitch would really get along well with you...between the two of you, I think you've got more reasons to eat ice cream than Breyer's could come up with! (It's also very good if your sinuses are congested...kind of like an ice pack for your palate! )

Kristina, Dr. McDreamy LOL! One of the paraprofessionals I work with is a big Grey's Anatomy fan, and she is also a big fan of the trooper who does the D.A.R.E. program in our school...she calls him Officer McDreamy! (He is also the father of three of the students.)


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 21, 2006 7:08 pm (#2393 of 2976)


Greeaaattt season premeir! Very sad and emotional. The flashback of Derick and Addison was particularly hard to watch. Really liked it though. I was a bit freaked by the whole plague thing, and I'm a little dissapointed in it because I generally trust that the show doesn't do the whole creepy disease thing, but they seriously made up for it in the end and didn't take it to the "ER Level" (where half the hospital dies and such) Veryy good.hehehe Derick and Meridith forever!!!! If she chooses to go for him... I've heard that Izzie isn't coming back for a couple of episodes because she's filming a movie. Has anyone else heard this or is it just a rumor?


Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 21, 2006 7:11 pm (#2394 of 2976)

Captain Picard would never cheat on his wife, and he saves a lot of money on shampoo... Madame Pince

I adore Captain Picard. Mr. Ludicrous and I watched every Next Gen episode in order. Netflix is wonderful.

I got my Alan Rickman READ poster today. ***Does the happy dance***LPO


geauxtigers  - Sep 21, 2006 7:12 pm (#2395 of 2976)

Psssst.... hate to rain on everybody's parade, but Dr. McDreamy is a "cheater-cheater-pumpkin-eater!"

That may be true, but he’s torn between who he loves....and he is definitely McDreamy! LOL Typed some stuff in white, I don't know if everyone has seen it yet. SPOILER ALERT! But things are looking better, he just told Meredith that he loved her!! Oh and I'm glad George and McDreamy don't have the plague! How scary! And I just loved Denny, gosh poor Izzy! I wonder if she will get her job back? Dr. Bailey seems to be almost as affected as Izzy with Denny's death and all. I hope she gets better! Okay thats all I can say thats forum friendly! That was an odd episode, but it was soo good!! AHH okay back tracking to season 2. Must finish up!

**healing charms to Mandy**

Night everyone!


Puck - Sep 21, 2006 7:14 pm (#2396 of 2976)

**waves to everyone**


kaykay1970 - Sep 21, 2006 7:19 pm (#2397 of 2976)

Healing charms for Mandy. I hope you feel better soon!


Tazzygirl - Sep 21, 2006 7:23 pm (#2398 of 2976)

I also wish they would cut the cheating spouses out of shows. However, in the defense of McDreamy, his wife did cheat first. While I wish what happened in the Season 2 finale didn't happen that way, I am totally hoping McDreamy and Meredith are finally able to work on their relationship without the extra people inbetween. **is now steering conversation away from topic, as it might not be all too Forum friendly**

Ginny- AHHH! For some reason I thought you were talking about the Finale of season 2 (ignored the 'premier' word... ), and read the in white bit of your post. Didn't hit me that it was tonight's episode. Good thing it made absolutely no sense to me, and I am now refusing to look at it again. But to answer your question about Izzie- In white... Izzie is going to be in the first half of season 3 at least. Not sure exactly what is going to happen with her, as she did quit, but she also was the one that started the whole thing with Denny (which I think is what helped cause his new heart to fail). Not sure if she will be getting in huge trouble from the hospital or not. We shall see! I have to wait another couple hours until the premier tonight!! Ahhhh!

**healing charms to Mandy**



HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 21, 2006 7:48 pm (#2399 of 2976)

**waves to Puck and all around**

Mr. HH hooked up a cart to the tractor after mowing the lawn and Olivia drove her siblings around the yard in it for a while. It was so cute - they love when she does that! (And it's a great way to learn driving skills!)

EDIT: LOL Mediwitch!


Mediwitch - Sep 21, 2006 7:53 pm (#2400 of 2976)

**Waves to Maria** Go Olivia!
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virginiaelizabeth - Sep 21, 2006 8:29 pm (#2401 of 2976)

I will second the whole cheating spouses thing. It's one of the reason's that I don't like to watch MTV..too much of that stuff. Yet somehow it works with Grey's Anantomy. I'm not sure why. I certainly don't agree with most of the major themes in the show, but I will admit that it's wayy fun to watch! Maybe I just like seeing other people's problems and laughing at how stupid they must have been to have done that! It could also be that you sorta get attacted to the characters and see thier point of view...I dunno. The best part of the whole episode is the very last scene. It was quite a strange one, but was really goood! **waits up to see what Kristina's opinion of it was and what she thinks is going to happen** (if you see it before 10PM forum time)


painting sheila - Sep 21, 2006 9:23 pm (#2402 of 2976)

Dang! I forgot to have my husband TVO Grey's!!

I want details!! PLEASE!

My son came home today and said he was sent to one of the Vice Principals offices. (They have 3 or 4). He supposedly was in trouble for skipping detention which he didn't know he had from a teacher he doesn't have any classes with. Go figure. The VP apologized and gave him a Jolly Rancher sucker, so all is well. There was another kid there waiting to see the same VP. She told my son that she was in so much trouble from the VP. My son said he wasn't worried about the VP but that his mom was going to kill him when he got home if he had detention! I laughed out loud when he told me that. (sigh) Glad to know all those threats sunk in.


Winky Woo - Sep 21, 2006 10:47 pm (#2403 of 2976)

Good Morning everyone

Thanks for all the good wishes... I had a good laugh about the ring shinning at the bald mans head in church... I can't wait until its full of baby powder etc but lets not put the cart before the horse as my Mum always used to say! Oh and welcome to the forum Juliebug, I am getting married on the 25th of November- we actually only set the date in August! Yep just 3 months before, well you know us procrastinators leave everything until the last minute!

What a great title for a follow up book after HP7 "Letters from Ginny? I did a quick search and I found this for you Mike, Link

Quite often I find Amazon cheaper though.

Right I should take the dogs for a walk before work

Love Winky x x x


Starling - Sep 22, 2006 2:13 am (#2404 of 2976)

Hmm. Treacle tastes more licorishy, molasses more burnt. I think.

Engagement rings: I've still got mine. It looks like a forget-me-not in blue topaz. I think I'll sell it on E-Bay.

Patrick Stewart: Yes please! I adore his voice. Saw him at the "Voyager - the Return" convention in Blackpool a few years ago, he was a surprise guest. That was one great con, they had all the major Voyager actors there, and they were all really entertaining.

Patrick Dempsey ... sounds familiar, but I can't place him.

Wow, I've not had a TV for so long that I seem to have missed every series that's on at the moment! Except for Dr Who, that is, I borrow those from my ex, who records them.

General: Had a nice night out with the Dutch ladies last night. There's an awful lot of them where I live, including another one called Martje.



Puck - Sep 22, 2006 3:48 am (#2405 of 2976)

Maria, my hubby would love one of those tractors to mow the lawn. I say our yard isn't that big, and he needs the exercise. It amazes me how many people around here sit and ride to mow the lawn. (Some have pools, extra parking spots, and treed areas taking up much of the yard, so they really only need to make a few passes with the lawn mower.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1242194059)

I think I should go clean my engagement ring.



Good Evans - Sep 22, 2006 4:57 am (#2406 of 2976)

HI !!!!

I hit the "magic" button so I only have a vague idea what has been going on on this thread!

Winky - your ring sounds lovely - I recall how I would just look at my ring for ages - it has solid shoulders (so kind of looks like the next generation insginia thingy - to link with other conversations on here!). I think it is in need of a clean actually!

Mandy - strengthening charms to you

love and hugs to everyone


The giant squid - Sep 22, 2006 4:58 am (#2407 of 2976)

Should you ever wish to borrow my Star Trek Communicator Badge pin, just let me know. (Although it might look kind of weird on a guy, not to mention a squid, but then again we geeks don't really care if we look weird, right?)--Madame Pince

Hey, I've worn weirder stuff. I wore a jedi outfit to work on the opening night of Episode III.

I did a quick search and I found this for you Mike--Winky Woo

Thanks, Winkster! I'll have to check the finances & see how much I can afford to bid (sure, it's only $3 now, but wait until 5 minutes before the auction ends...), but you may have brought me one step closer to a complete complete collection.


EDIT: Well, my greed got the better of me; I've placed a bid. I'll know in 4 days, 15 minutes whether or not I own a copy of "Tramp Royale".


juliebug - Sep 22, 2006 5:25 am (#2408 of 2976)

I think fall weddings are beautiful too Winky and am sure yours will be great, even though you only set the date in August. I've seen great weddings come together on even less time. Happy people makes a beautiful wedding, so I wish you all the happiness in the world.

Can't remember who asked earlier, but Patrick Dempsy was a pretty well known movie star in the 80's. He was tall and very skinny. His best known movie are Can't Buy Me Love where he plays the geek that gets the girl, and Loverboy where he plays a broke pizza delivery guy who romances lonely housewives for money. Both are comedies. After the 80's he didn't get a lot of work. Before Grey's, the only part I can remember him playing is the police detective in Scream 3.


geauxtigers  - Sep 22, 2006 5:38 am (#2409 of 2976)

I would give a recap for you, Sheila, but I have to go to school! Uhh I know, don't you hate that. Try looking on ABC. com and finding the show. They always give a recap!

Off to school, have a great day! Its pouring rain here....


Denise P. - Sep 22, 2006 7:16 am (#2410 of 2976)

Squid Mike, what is the housing market like in the Las Vegas area? Mr. Denise is considering applying for a job that would send us there. Before he does, I would like to know the housing market to see if the salary would be enough to get us a decent house and quality of life.

A great recap, albeit snarky, is Television without Pity. Do a google search..


haymoni - Sep 22, 2006 7:30 am (#2411 of 2976)

I have loved Patrick Dempsey since "Can't Buy Me Love" - I believe he was in that movie about Harvard with Joe Pesci - he was also in that gangster movie with Christian Slater - I think he played a young JFK also. Then he seemed to fall off the planet. He was in "Sweet Home Alabama". I think he is adorable. Definitely McDreamy.

Is Patrick Stewart married?


Starling - Sep 22, 2006 9:08 am (#2412 of 2976)

Off the top of my head, I think Patrick Stewart was married to Wendy Neuss, but they've split up. Before that he was married for 25 years to Sheila, er, can't remember her surname.

Denise: I have a friend who's just moved to Vegas, I can ask her too, if you like.


Holly T. - Sep 22, 2006 9:32 am (#2413 of 2976)

Patrick Dempsey is on the list of celebrities who are dyslexic, which I looked up for my son, who has no idea who Patrick Dempsey is. But he does know who Jamie Oliver from the Food Network is (also dyslexic).

My son busted his knee the other night at Tae Kwon Do and while he can walk on it, it still hurts when he bends it or when it is touched. I am thinking about waiting to see if it's still bothering him on Monday and will give him some ice and anti-inflammatories, etc. over the weekend but then the paranoid mom voice in the back of my head keeps saying "he could be really hurt, take him to the doctor now."

Good news for my daughter--she auditioned for the Nutcracker last weekend and they posted the cast list yesterday--she's going to be a Bon Bon and is very excited about that. Bad news for me, though, as now I have to put all the rehearsals, costume fittings, performances, etc. on the calendar. I am not a good stage mom.


juliebug - Sep 22, 2006 9:43 am (#2414 of 2976)

Your right Haymoni, I forgot about With Honors (Harvard movie starring Brendan Fraser) and Sweet Home Alabama. I don't remember the ganster, or JFK movies, but I'm sure your right about those too and I just didn't see them.


haymoni - Sep 22, 2006 9:49 am (#2415 of 2976)

I think the JFK movie was a made-for-TV thing. The gangster movie was about Lucky Luciano (Slater).

Ah...it's lunch time. What to have, what to have. We shall see.


painting sheila - Sep 22, 2006 9:56 am (#2416 of 2976)

I love "Can't Buy Me Love"! Patrick Dempsey riding the lawn mower with the cowboy hat on in the last scene is great!

Just sent an email to the young-lady-who-is-living-with-us-who-we-would-like-to-have-custody-of's mother to ask her permission to take her on a day trip to New York to see Wicked. I am so nervous she is going to say no - or say yes and at the last minute tell us she can't go after we have bought the show tickets and the plane tickets! Why do people have to be petty and difficult? (sigh)

I am getting ready to make a carrot cake for the cast tonight. We were all dragging a little bit last night. I hope this helps. (When all else fails - apply food)

Have a great day -


edit: It's the last day of summer. I feel a litle sad but am sure I will perk up as soon as I carve my first pumpkin. Do you carve pumkins in England?


haymoni - Sep 22, 2006 10:26 am (#2417 of 2976)

I am guessing that this is a "crossing the state line" sort of thing.

I know there are rules to be followed, but she gave up her right to say no, as far as I'm concerned!


Madam Pince - Sep 22, 2006 11:42 am (#2418 of 2976)

Good luck on your bidding, Squid Mike! (And just who is this rjpj person who is running up the price?!? Obviously a Ferengi... Hmph!)

Denise, we had some relatives who re-located to Las Vegas last year because they found it much more affordable than the Sacramento, CA area where they were. They also enjoyed the church presence there. But they ended up falling out with their next-door neighbor and so are moving again already. From what I heard from them, the housing market and living expenses can be good, but just be sure you find the right neighborhood. (Earth-shatteringly helpful and eye-opening advice, I know...)

Good luck with the Wicked show, Sheila! And throw a piece of that carrot cake this way, will ya? I like your credo...

Speaking of pumpkins, I heard an ad on the radio today for some local Punkin' Chunkin' festival. Apparently they have every sort of home-made device imaginable to man that is designed to throw/launch a pumpkin as far as possible. They have food and games and all other sorts of stuff, too. It reminded me of the episode of Northern Exposure where Chris flung the piano...

I owe somebody fifty knuts, I guess, because Jerry is still kicking on ER as of last night! Figures... I never get anything right. If it turns out that Snape was really at Godric's Hollow, I'll fall over in a dead faint.

We're heading down to C'ville tomorrow to visit friends. Loopy, I plan to take a clothes-pin for my nose to avoid the stench... again... 24-7???? Blechhhh!


juliebug - Sep 22, 2006 11:53 am (#2419 of 2976)

Sheila, and anyone else who missed Grey's anatomy last night, it looks like you may have a second chance. According to tvguide.com, and my TV's interactive menu, the season 3 premiere will air again tonight at 8:00 (in Indianapolis, please check your local listings.)


painting sheila - Sep 22, 2006 12:16 pm (#2420 of 2976)

juliebug! You are my new best friend!!!

I have the TVO set already.

The dad gave us permission and since he has joint custody, he said that is all we need. I went ahead and bought the Wicked ticket. We are mid - mezzanine left of center seats 106-109 and seat 25. (We bought 4 of them a while ago before we had this young lady move in with us that is why we are separated) I hope, I hope all of this works out.

Denise, my son wants to take his "graduation trip" to Las Vegas. Of all the places in the world (or let's say in the US) he could go, he wants to go to Vegas. Ha! He is only 14, so his thoughts may change. He and his friend want to do a big road trip and drive there. I told him that sounded like fun and I didn't mind taking a turn driving. He just looked at me as if he couldn't tell if I was serious or not and walked away. (My poor kids)

The cake is out of the oven and smells great! I am making orange cream cheese frosting. You have a stick of cream cheese, a stick of butter, and little orange juice and a little orange zest - plus tons of powdered sugar. ( I need a glass of milk just typing about it) a

I broke down and bought some Crocs today. Are they popular anywhere but here? Everyone at work swears by them and even a lot of my nurse friends wear them. I just don't see how they can feel that good. At this point I am willing to give anything a try.


Tazzygirl - Sep 22, 2006 12:18 pm (#2421 of 2976)

**waits up to see what Kristina's opinion of it was and what she thinks is going to happen** (if you see it before 10PM forum time)

hehehe- Grey's Anatomy comes on at 11 pm Forum time here. And I did love the show though! I've had to wait, what, 3 months to see what happened at the season 2 finale??? In white: I don't understand why Dr. Bailey was acting that way! Did the death of Denny and how Izzie feels cause that much hurt in her? I also thought that the hospital seemed in a dream-like state, plague? And did I miss something- when did they first mention/explain plague? At the beginning of the show it was flu diagnoses... I might have to watch it again, I think I missed something. I did like the flashbacks though. And I have a strong feeling that Meredith and McDreamy are going to be together, and Addison is going to go back to New York.

The one thing about Patrick Dempsey that kind of grosses me out is that he was married to his best friend's mom for a couple years in the 80's... They got a divorce a couple years later though, and now he is married to a model, I believe...

I guess I should go get ready, have to meet with a music teacher to go over a lesson I can teach on Tuesday.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



Puck - Sep 22, 2006 12:25 pm (#2422 of 2976)

Ugg! Crocs!

I used to tease my Colorado relatives about them, and now they've made their way to New England. (For those who haven't had the pleasure, Crocs are less-than-attractive plastic shoes. Fashion police will catch you if caught outside of your garden with them.) I'm sure Diva will soon be begging for a pair. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1242194059

Congratulations on Holly's daughter! I love The Nutcracker. Good luck squeezing it all into the schedule. (Healing charms to hubby's knee as well. If he's like mine, come Monday you'll have to drag him into the doctor's office.)

Mike, good luck with the auction!

Baby's awake. Got to go fetch her.



juliebug - Sep 22, 2006 12:44 pm (#2423 of 2976)

Just glad I could help Sheila.


Denise P. - Sep 22, 2006 1:26 pm (#2424 of 2976)

I love my Crocs! I have a pair of tan ones and my three little ones gave me a pair of sage ones for Mother's Day. I am so not a shoe person but I have two pairs of Crocs. Kierynn has a little pair of Wal-Mart knock off Crocs. They are not the most attractive shoe in the land but they win hands down in the comfortable department. I want to get a pair of royal blue ones next. In the schools, girls go buy a pair in school colors and then swap so they have a left foot in yellow, a right foot in blue. My boys sneered when I asked if they wanted a pair for the summer. After they went to camp, they asked if they could get a pair for next year.

Canadian viewers got to see the second episode of Grey's last night by mistake rather than the opener.


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 22, 2006 2:22 pm (#2425 of 2976)

I love my Crocs as well. They are absolutly the most hideous shoes I've ever seen, but once you put them on they make up for being ugly!

Kristina: I think we are going to find something out about Bailey, maybe an accident or not watching the interns , that affected Denny's transplant or recovery. She was definitely no Nazi last night... No one really was, even Christina, when she climbed up in Burke's lap and just started crying. That was a bit strange. You can still get the Black Plague today if you are bitten by a flea that's been around wild animals, but it's not fatal and can be cured with antibiotics. I definitely thought that everyone was in an odd dream-like state. I think it was the flashbacks that made it seem so odd, yet I'm glad we got to see some of that stuff we've heard about but never seen. What did you think about Meredith's flashback? Think she knows about Dr.Webber and her mom? I still think it was a great episode. Can't wait till next week!! And I think Meredith will pick McDreamy, not McVet ( I really liked his speech and how it paralleled the one Meredith said to him in season 2 "so pick me. love me..." I kept waiting for him to say "so pick me...." but he never did! but Addison is most likely going to stay in Seattle, just a hunch, but I don't think the show would work that well if she was in NY. She's either staying or going to NY and is off the show.

It's FRIDAY!!! Time to finish season 2!!


geauxtigers  - Sep 22, 2006 2:32 pm (#2426 of 2976)

I broke down and bought some Crocs today. For a long time, I was very against them. Why would someone buy shoes that are so ugly? They probably rub blisters anyway...well all I can say is that I got over that really fast! I'm wearing mine right now, they are good when your feet are wet, like after swimming. You pretty much can't ruin them, they don't rub at all even when they are wet. They are much lighter than the look and just all around comfy! They are good if you are on your feet all day, I think thats why a lot of Doctors and nurses wear them.

Kristina/ Grey's Anat people-> I don't understand why Dr. Bailey was acting that way! Did the death of Denny and how Izzie feels cause that much hurt in her? I was wondering that too. Addison was acting very odd too. Neither was their usually sarcastic, emotion-less selves. The plague freaked me too, it was weird I think I missed it being mentioned too. I think Bailey said something like-the plague?! Then everyone else was freaking out. I turned to my dad and was like what plague? He said the black plague...then it dawned on me that thats what they were decribing when they told the sypmtoms. Anyway, I don't like to talk about that! Its freaky and gross! At least its not deadly, they can shoot you up with antibiotics and stuff today. But still. I'm hoping that Meredith and Derek will get back together, but I like Finn too! (Thats one for YKYHP/LF thread!). I want Addison to go back to NY.

I'll definitely be watching the re-run of it tonight!

Hope everyone had/has a great day!


legolas returns - Sep 22, 2006 2:41 pm (#2427 of 2976)

Oops-I skimmed the last few posts about crocs and was wondering why so many people kept reptiles? Did not realise that we were talking shoes. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042


The giant squid - Sep 22, 2006 3:31 pm (#2428 of 2976)

Squid Mike, what is the housing market like in the Las Vegas area?--Denise P.

Well, the good news is they're building oodles of new houses all the time. The bad news is that the prices have skyrocketed to the point where a new house costs almost as much as they do in L.A. (still less than Sacramento or San Francisco, but that's about it). We live in a fairly average-priced neighborhood, and a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath 2-story runs around $300,000. North Las Vegas and the area around Nellis AFB are cheaper, but it helps if you know how to dodge bullets...

Basically, a house big enough to fit a baseball team of a family will probably run at least $500,000 unless you're willing to do lots of repairs/upkeep in a not-so-friendly neighborhood.

Hmm...it appears I'm still high bidder. Unless this guy decides he can afford more than $15... :fingers crossed:



Tazzygirl - Sep 22, 2006 3:38 pm (#2429 of 2976)

I have not managed to break and buy Croc shoes yet. Can't get passed the ugliness! I have tried on some, just to see what all the fuss about them are, and they are super comfortable! Everyone here has them too. Plus, none of my outfits would match them!

Ginny and Tori- in white... Maybe Bailey is just upset because everything is happening to her interns, and not anyone else's? I don't know. Just a thought! Plague does sound creepy. I think Addison is acting like that, because she did find a certain something, and knew what McDreamy did. Although, I think she would almost expect something like that, as McDreamy did say in an episode last season that he does not love her anymore. (Why would someone want to stay in a relationship like that???)I really like McVet. And he is just sweet. But, did you guys catch this, last season when Doc (the dog) was diagnosed with cancer and had to be put to sleep, McVet hugged Meredith, saying that he was sorry and that he knew she loved him (the dog). She replied 'yes'. Very strong feeling that it was not Doc that she was talking about.... While I feel sorry for McVet, I am still 100% for Meredith and McDreamy. And McDreamy's little speech to Meredith was definitely along the lines of "Pick me, love me..."! Kind of thought it was rude of him to say she had a decision to make. He was the one who had the decision to make throughout last season! grrrr.



legolas returns - Sep 22, 2006 3:49 pm (#2430 of 2976)

I don’t know anyone with Croc shoes. I must have missed out somewhere because I haven’t seen many in the shops. They don’t sound the most attractive of things- not pretty at all. You could always pretend they are Dragon skin-like the twins coats in OOP.


Denise P. - Aug 26, 2006 9:48 pm (#2431 of 2976)
Edited Sep 22, 2006 4:33 pm

Regarding Baily ---> Denny has been a longtime patient of hers. When you treat someone for a long period of time, you care more than you would like. Beyond the fact that he was a patient, he also was someone that she considered a friend and a good guy. It looked so hopeful when he got a heart, even under the circumstances, and then it all went away. Of course she is upset. You add in there the fact that she is a new mother, hormones are still not at a normal level, a husband who had a serious injury AND the fact that even though she had no hand in the situation with Izzie, the LVAT wire or that whole mess, she is still ultimately responsible for not supervising her interns. For all that she acts hard, I am sure she is also hurting for Izzie...not for Dr. Stevens but for Izzie, who had her fiance die. It is enough to make even the toughest nut crack. I am not at all surprised that she is reacting this way. <--- Yes, I am a longtime Grey's watcher

Mike, thanks for the info. Mr. Denise only seems to get offered jobs in areas where it is unreal the cost of housing. Yeah, he would get a decent salary on top but I would much prefer to stay here, pay THIS house off before moving somewhere else.


Finn BV - Sep 22, 2006 4:07 pm (#2432 of 2976)
Edited Sep 22, 2006 4:43 pm

My cousins have crocs, and a few of my friends, but they're not too popular down here in NY.

U muss journey to de ents of de eart –Sheila

Ooh, that's perfect, and I didn't even hear your voice! EDIT: I found the clip online! Go here, and it's about 40 seconds in!! Yay!

Skipped the last 153 posts, because I had a tremendously busy week… at least three and a half hours of homework a night, I'd say, plus with cross-country I was up until at the earliest 11:30…

Anyway, I also had to write two articles for our school newspaper, one of which was front page, my first front page article ever! It was even above the "fold" (the crease of the newspaper), so I am quite elated!

I also had my first cross-country meet on Wednesday, and placed second, of 35. Missed narrowly in the last stretch. (For those who were not around last year, I was undefeated in my eighth grade year.) Perhaps I'll put some pics up of me soon…

Happy to be at the weekend at last!


Mediwitch - Sep 22, 2006 5:04 pm (#2433 of 2976)

I LOVE my Crocs!!!! I have 2 pair (light blue and butter yellow), and they are the most comfortable shoes I own. My mother kept telling me how ugly they were, until she watched my wash the mud off them with the garden hose. Now she wants a pair. Mr. Mediwitch also mocked me, until one night when he was teasing me about them and he put them on. Then he decided they are really comfortable. (We actually have the same size in Crocs because I am the smallest size in the range and he is the largest.) Now he owns a dark blue pair (which he only wears to go out to the garden, feed the rabbits or run out to his truck to get something he left there). I wear mine all the time - even to school.


geauxtigers  - Sep 22, 2006 5:22 pm (#2434 of 2976)

Skipped the last 153 posts, because I had a tremendously busy week… at least three and a half hours of homework a night, I'd say, plus with cross-country I was up until at the earliest 11:30…

Ahh, Finn, hits you in the face like a hot frying pan doesn't it! One minute, you have nothing, the next *bang* you're swamped! 11:30 is a really 'early' night for me, its usually past midnight...I never understood why people drink coffee until about 8th grade. Now I know why! LOL!

Maybe Crocs are good for warmer climates, maybe thats why not so many people in New England have them?! LOL, I dunno, I see them at the beach a lot, they are very easy to just rinse the sand off ect. They are worth their ungliness! LOL

Okay G.A. ----> She replied 'yes'. Very strong feeling that it was not Doc that she was talking about.... While I feel sorry for McVet, I am still 100% for Meredith and McDreamy. I caught that too! I also agree with you! Denise, You are right when it comes to Dr. Bailey, she has been through a lot, and I can see where she is coming from, its just weird to see her so not-your-typical Bailey. Anyways I'm going to watch more of season 2. We just watched the "bomb" episode! Its one of my favorite episodes, poor Meredith.

Okay, weird story, I had this 'bracelet' thing that was really a ribbon that had perfume on it. I got in France, it was the free samples at Sephora and they tied them to you wrist as you walked in. Well I had it on forever, mostly because I can't stand having nothing on my wrist. Anyway about 3 weeks ago, I looked up and it was gone, so I figured I'd lost it in the pool. Well today, while doing my pull out under water, I noticed this string thing on the bottom...passed it a couple of times them realized that it was that stupid bracelet! How weird, one and a million, it didn't get sucked up or anything! Now if I'd been looking for it, I wouldn't have found it!


timrew - Sep 22, 2006 5:41 pm (#2435 of 2976)

Regarding Croc shoes - I can't say I've noticed crocs wearing them - plus, I've noticed that they didn't go in for wearing these ugly shoes, anyway.

I mean, how do you find them in your size? They must shoot thousands of crocs before they find one wearing your size shoes...............

It must be me...................I must admit................I would never step into a dead croc's shoes, anyway..................


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 22, 2006 6:27 pm (#2436 of 2976)

I don't watch Grey's Anatomy (we're Nip/Tuck people)and have no idea what everyone is talking about but you seemed to be having so much with the invisible type I thought I'd give it a try.

My kids took their belt test today in Karate and have now moved up to Blue Belt. They looked adorably serious taking their test and the fact that they never use Karate outside the dojo makes it all the more enjoyable.

We are reading White Fang for our Family Read at night and the kids are crazy over it. The grey cub went out exploring today and got into all sorts of trouble.

I think Lost premieres Wednesday. Since I'm now caught up with all of Season 2, I intend to watch Season 3 from the beginning.

**waves to hard-working Loopy and Catherine and looks sheepishly Chemyst's way (I owe you an email )**

That was fun.


Puck - Sep 22, 2006 6:41 pm (#2437 of 2976)

Congrats to Kim's Young Martial Artists!

ROTL at Tim's post, as usual.

I don't have crocs, as I'm afraid I would start wearing them in public. (ever since I got a mini-van I have been living in fear of frumpiness.)

Our first Pack meeting was tonight. We're now selling popcorn.

Finn, congrats on both the meet and the article.

Actually, Vegas isn't as expensive as I thought it would be. (I saw an episode of Moving Up on TLC with a tiny 2 bedroom house without much of a yard for about $400,000. Think it was in a NYC suburb.)

Happy RotD!



Holly T. - Sep 22, 2006 6:57 pm (#2438 of 2976)

Kathy, it's my son with the messed-up knee (although the way he was running down the hall at my office and hurdling trash cans made me think it is probably going to be all right, not to mention thankful that all of the stick-in-the-mud higher-ups had already gone home for the day) not my husband (wondering how he could hurt his knee at a meeting in Dallas about oh-so-exciting school construction contracts and policies).

I used to be really tired of the Nutcracker and could have gone years without ever seeing it again. Then my daughter started getting parts in it. Now I have a whole new appreciation for the Nutcracker. Evan my son likes it--he especially liked it last year when his sister was a mouse and she got carried around on stage by an evil giant rat (or an ROUS, if you are a fan of the Princess Bride, as my son is).

Congrats to your karate kids, Kim!

I don't watch Grey's Anatomy or have any Crocs. I feel so left out. I did see a girl today on campus wearing leggings, a tunic, a wide belt, and jellies shoes. I was having a flashback to what I wore in high school. All she needed was the armful of plastic Madonna bracelets.

Congrats to Finn!

LOL, Tim!

I've seen a few LSU stickers on cars lately and it made me think of Tori and Ginny!

I'm teaching Girl Scout leader training tomorrow and then going to our old church's 50th anniversary celebration. At least I don't have to go on the Cub Scout field trip tomorrow evening (open house at the police department).

Have a great RotD/N.


Denise P. - Sep 22, 2006 6:59 pm (#2439 of 2976)

Congrats to your little blue belts, Kim.

Puck we can't start taking orders for popcorn until Monday. Now, I *know* there are packs doing it already but since I am the district popcorn chair, I have to set a good example. We did sell most of the popcorn we pre-ordered for show and sell though. After Round Up, we more than doubled our boys so we hope we more than double our sales from last year.


Puck - Sep 22, 2006 7:12 pm (#2440 of 2976)

Oops! Holly, healing charms to sons knee. (Yes, '80's style is coming back in style. I'm hoping to avoid it, as a I have spent the last years ridding myself of unflattering tapered pants. )


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 22, 2006 7:21 pm (#2441 of 2976)

I don't have crocs, as I'm afraid I would start wearing them in public. (ever since I got a mini-van I have been living in fear of frumpiness.)

LOL I don't wear mine in public either as mum got them for me and decided that I'd want them in my favorite color. So I don't wear my flouresent magentay-hot pink Crocs anywhere but around the house. So on top of being ugly, they glow in the sunlight, drawing evcen more attention to them!

LOL Finn, all I have to say is...Welcome to High School! I always went to bed around 10 during middle school. Now I consider it a good night if I'm in bed by midnight! And congrats by the way! I admire runners, as I can't see how they do it! When I was little and very in shape, we had to run a mile for P.E. and I nearly passed out before I was half way done!

I'm trying to put a picture of a Croc for those people who've never seen them!

YAY! It worked! Soo ugly!


geauxtigers  - Sep 22, 2006 7:21 pm (#2442 of 2976)

LOL at Tim and Kim!

I've seen a few LSU stickers on cars lately and it made me think of Tori and Ginny!

I'm headed out tomorrow actually, going tailgating with my friend, and there is a concert on the parade grounds apparently. Some country group, I think I'll pass...Hopefully someone will be selling tickets outside the stadium, there are always lots of people. So hopefully I can get tickets. We are playing Tulane, so I have a feeling it won't be difficult, but it is homecoming, so then again it might be! Skip Bertman, the Athletics director at LSU (former baseball coach, we won 5 national titles under him ) apparently sent a **Nice** letter to the SEC about the refereeing at the last game. He obviously wasn't happy! Geaux Tigers!

I did see a girl today on campus wearing leggings, a tunic, a wide belt, and jellies shoes. I was having a flashback to what I wore in high school. You wore this in high school...that there says it all! hmmm no offense, but that is still not in style in my opinion! Leggings and tunics, I just don't like it! Someone at my school showed up in something similar the other day...I was wondering if she was headed to a "costume" party or something. Maybe my style is just too conservative. Jeans and a polo/t-shirt and I'm all set!


Denise P. - Sep 22, 2006 7:46 pm (#2443 of 2976)

I admit it! I wear Crocs in public, I wear Birkenstocks with socks (only if it is snowing or close to freezing)! I will probably wear my Crocs with socks this winter.

Yuck, leggings were ugly in the 80's, they are not any better looking now.


kaykay1970 - Sep 22, 2006 8:06 pm (#2444 of 2976)
Edited Sep 22, 2006 8:47 pm

I wasn't sure what Crocs were. Thanks for the visual! My niece wears those all the time. I am always teasing her about her shoes. Especially when she wore them with socks in the snow...I was seriously afraid she would get pneumonia! Maybe I'll lighten up on her now. Still don't think I'll be buying them myself though.


Tazzygirl - Sep 22, 2006 8:15 pm (#2445 of 2976)

LOL, Kim! Congrats to your kiddies and their new belt colors!

Count me in the group that don't think the leggings and tunics look good together. Very not fashionable.



painting sheila - Sep 22, 2006 9:10 pm (#2446 of 2976)

At work tonight I started noticing everyone with their Crocs, There were three of us on Stage Right alone. Then I looked in the People magazine and there was Terry Hatcher with Crocs in lime green 0 just like mine! My feet feel great tonight. I will see how my hip feels when I lay down and if I can stand in the morning. I wore socks with them (is that a no-no?) Lavendar socks with big orange carrots with lime green tops with my lime green crocs . . hmmmm . . maybe it is a no-no!

Got a really mean nasty email from the mother of Sweet One (The girl that is living with us). She is not giving us permission to take her to see Wicked. (heavy sigh) We are just going to let it lie for awhile and re-visit it maybe in January. Plus, in January the Sweet One will be 17 and may not need her permission. We did get the permission from her dad. He is so nice - just not able to be a steady father right now. I just don't understand mean people!

I LOVE LOST!!! I can not wait for the first episode!!Have you heard any clues as to what is going to happen this year? When we were extra's on One Tree there was a guy there that looked just like Sawyer! When I get around to it, I will put the picture on my profile (can I do that?)

Leggings -HA!! with a Tunic!! HAHA! - with Candies!!! I saw a girl with a jumpsuit on the other day that had the low arm pits - It looked like her sleeves came out of her big wide belt! I so remember that look - and the Flock of Seagulls hair-do! (we can't go back there!! We just can't!)


painting sheila - Sep 22, 2006 9:19 pm (#2447 of 2976)

Puck _ I saw a postcard the other day with at work by Mary Englebrite(sp?). It was this little girl with a lopsided crown sitting on a throne that said "princess of Quite a Lot!" I thought of you.


Chemyst - Sep 22, 2006 9:30 pm (#2448 of 2976)

Lavendar socks with big orange carrots with lime green tops with my lime green crocs. ~ painting Sheila

Are you related to Luna Lovegood by any chance? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 2752390508


Tazzygirl - Sep 22, 2006 9:33 pm (#2449 of 2976)

I thought Lost wasn't starting until the first week of October?


By the way, the bonus features for Grey's Anatomy are pretty good!


Chemyst - Sep 22, 2006 9:43 pm (#2450 of 2976)

Tazzy, the September 28th episode is a "new" packaging of Highlights of the series' first two seasons, told in linear fashion; character backstories; and a look at the island and its mysteries. So the real season opener of brand new story is the second show of the new season on October 5th. 'Muddy enough for you?
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Madam Pince - Sep 22, 2006 9:57 pm (#2451 of 2976)

TV Guide says this: Lost Season Three starts October 4, and will be divided into two "chapters." They will run six new episodes each Wednesday starting Oct. 4th, then Lost will take a break and ABC will introduce a new series in that time slot called Day Break which sounds a lot like the movie Groundhog Day except the main character is a detective. Then Lost will start up showing new episodes again sometime in February, in time for the sweeps period, and will air 16 consecutive new episodes then.

The reason for this, apparently, is that fans griped last season about having to watch re-runs interspersed throughout the season rather than getting new episodes every week. Personally, I liked the re-runs because it gave you a second chance in case you missed something, but hey... This solution reminds me of what you do to a little kid who complains about something -- you take it away totally rather than give in to the complaint. They did say that there will be a big cliff-hanger at the end of the first "chapter" in November which will leave viewers hungry for February.

Someone asked for Lost tidbits -- according to my TV Guide magazine: (whited out just in case)

1. The writers will tone down the mythology and up the action-adventure.
2. The premiere will focus on Jack, Kate, and Sawyer, who are being held separately in varying degrees of (dis)comfort.
3. Desmond, Locke, and Eko initially "are not together", and Desmond's re-appearance is "a real eye-opener." (I personally think this is a reference to how they sometimes open a flashback scene with a close-up shot of an eye opening, but who knows...)
4. Kate will finally choose between Jack and Sawyer, and it will happen within the first six episodes.
5. There are three new cast members / characters, and the producers say they plan to deal with "who the Others are and what they're up to." The Henry Gale character will become a series regular. Michael and Walt are gone -- for now. Producers say "How and when they return is shrouded in mystery."
6. They say to expect a "major bombshell that promises to change Lost as we know it."

There! All the dirt.

It's funny you guys should be talking about Crocs. I had never heard of them, but on the news today they did a story about how Crocs manufacturers are going to start selling them with a prominent warning label attached, because apparently they can get caught very easily in escalators, causing severe injury. So just be sure to be extra-careful when wearing your Crocs while riding escalators!

Time for beddie-bye -- soccer game tomorrow morning and then a trip to C'ville. Catherine, I will wave in the general direction of your (brother? was it?) to say hi...


HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 22, 2006 10:38 pm (#2452 of 2976)

Congrats to the karate kids, Kim!

Anyone go for the crocs buttons? I don't have any, but I did own a pair of Candies with the fur inside, at one time.

Mainly lurking, not much time for anything else. Good night, all.



Tazzygirl - Sep 22, 2006 10:50 pm (#2453 of 2976)

Thanks for the info Chemyst and Madam P.!! I thought it was starting October 4th, but who knows. I know Gilmore Girls is supposed to be starting up really soon, but I haven't seen any commercials for it. Isn't the WB and another channel combining together to make CW? Huh. Anyways.

Scary about Crocs and escalators, Madam P.! Maria- my teacher has buttons on her crocs- an apple and the other one I can't remember. It's teacher related though!



virginiaelizabeth - Sep 22, 2006 11:03 pm (#2454 of 2976)

Anyone go for the crocs buttons? I don't have any, but I did own a pair of Candies with the fur inside, at one time. Personally I think they're ugly enough without adding the little buttons! I've only seen little kiddies with them here.

**walks away wondering how a Croc could possibly get stuck in an escalator** seriously! laces on tennis shoes would seem to be a much bigger threat to me!


legolas returns - Sep 23, 2006 1:26 am (#2455 of 2976)

I was having visions of crocodile skinned shoes prior to the picture-ick. Rubber shoes look so wrong in my opinion-that is what they are made of? I have only seen about 1 person in the last 6 months wearing them. There whole get up was ridiculous that the shoes actually made the outfit better . A thing of beauty they are not-even in a pretty pink colour! I am a great believer in comfy feet make happy feet but i don’t think I will be rushing out to buy a pair.

I have never seen Greys Anatomy or the other show people are describing on tv. I get a slight hunch though that people think its not bad .


The giant squid - Sep 23, 2006 2:21 am (#2456 of 2976)

You're welcome, Denise. Just remember that that was off the top of my head--prices may be quite different depending on where he'll end up working & the neighborhood(s) nearby.

madame P., thanks for the Lost info. I'm gonna have to bust out the season 2 DVDs to get ready!


P.S. Finn, you say 11:30 like it's late or something...


Good Evans - Sep 23, 2006 3:51 am (#2457 of 2976)

Well Luna went to Puppy class last night (she is starting the good canine citizen award). Matthew went with me as he is so non-assertive with her that he needs to learn how to handle her well. now picture this...... a 15 year old self-conscious type with long hair and deep voice, "Luna ..... luna ...... luna come...... come here luna..... come on........" and luna is still weaving around the trainers ankles. She was very sweet and has told him he needs to sound a lot more "fun" with regards encouraging the dog to respond to him, she also advised finding his "inner doggy voice" preferable several octaves higher than in the base of his boots where it currently is!

I nearly died it was just so funny. Matt took it in but said after classes he just can’t speak in a high squeaky voice. I said to him just work on the enthusiasm, that will help a lot!

Luna is behaving brilliantly at home to "Come" and "watch" this morning and has definitely associated the command with reward. Matt is coming over later, we will see how he does!!

Also going to let her off the lead later and see how she does, I am a bit apprehensive but also keen to do so.

wish me luck!


Loopy Lupin - Sep 23, 2006 5:23 am (#2458 of 2976)

Howdy all. We'll I'm visiting the folks and going to the family reunion today. I've made macaroni salad although I'm a little concerned about it. My hand slipped and two glops of Duke's Mayo went into it instead of the one gloop the recipe calls for. Alas. I'm also grilling some pork loin. w00t!!

Hiya Kim and Catherine! ***waves to Madam Pince**** I cannot wait for Lost to crank up again.


Chemyst - Sep 23, 2006 5:47 am (#2459 of 2976)

Well, now that it's morning, I finally looked at a calendar and the dates for Lost on my earlier post are Thursdays... so that can't be right ...or can it? The Atlanta TV Guide listing (as of this moment, at least) is showing a "New" Lost re-cap on Thursday morning at 2:05 AM and this page— http://www.tvguide.com/detail/tv-show.aspx?tvobjectid=100272 —has the new "A Tale of Two Cities" episode where "Jack, Kate and Sawyer begin to discover what they are up against as prisoners of the Others" is listed on two different dates! I think they are preempting with local stuff in the regular Wednesday time-slot for the 27th and airing it on delay, and they are just wrong about the 5th. (The news anchors on that station must have sweet contracts because they are frequently tossing network programming to feature them in specials.)
Gilmore Girls is moving to UPN, and since we don't have cable, I guess I'll be watchig House if I watch anything at all.

Don't worry Loopy, 2 glops = 1 gloop. It will just taste more like a "family restaurant" version of macaroni salad.


HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 23, 2006 6:20 am (#2460 of 2976)

Someone who owns a computer but not a television. (Starling)

A male lawyer who cooks. (Loopy)

A person whose hours are worse than my 1a.m. - 6a.m. hours. (Mike)

This thread never ceases to amaze me.



Winky Woo - Sep 23, 2006 8:29 am (#2461 of 2976)

Just popped on to say hi!

I have skipped out of work early as we are off to an autumn ball! I can't wait until Mr Winky is in his Tuxedo later... there really is something fun about getting all dressed up glamourous! so I better go and have a soak in the bath, and try and turn this sows ear into silk purse.

Love Winky x x x


Puck - Sep 23, 2006 8:37 am (#2462 of 2976)

**snort** "Inner Doggie Voice"

Have fun at the ball Winky!

Puck _ I saw a postcard the other day with at work by Mary Englebrite(sp?). It was this little girl with a lopsided crown sitting on a throne that said "princess of Quite a Lot!" I thought of you.

LOL, Sheila! That was my former title. I was going to pass it doing to my eldest daughter, by she has dubbed her "Princess of the Tree of Terror". (It's from Pooh's Hefflelump Halloween)

Rainy Saturday. Very unmotivated to do any real work. Soccer game in a few hours.

Happy Weekend!



Lina - Sep 23, 2006 8:59 am (#2463 of 2976)

Sheila, I like your idea about SMU T-shirt very much! Strengthening charms to you about the young lady you take care of.

Ginny, Tori and Finn, your amount of homework just reminds me my youngest. She is going to the first grade now and is not supposed to read or write yet. They are just practicing drawing different lines. Some day, last week, she came to me: "Mum, I have so much homework to do, it'll take me more than half an hour!" Ha, ha, poor thing, just make sure that your sisters don't hear you, they'd be happy to have a homework that would be done in half an hour. When I was in high school, it was easier for me to go to sleep around 10 p. m. and to get up at 4 a. m. to study. I'm so sorry that I didn't keep that habit.

Those Crocs shoes, they just look so plastic...


geauxtigers  - Sep 23, 2006 9:40 am (#2464 of 2976)

AHH I love weekends! I just got up about 11, now I'm sitting at the computer eating oatmeal and reading the forum...

LOL Lina about the homework! I can remember being upset at having to do an hours worth of work...oh how I'd kill to have that back!

Crocs...I'm not sure what material they are. Its not completely rubber and its not completely plastic...I'll have to look it up at some point! They are a weird material....

Going tailgating today, but I have to wait for my mom to get home...fun, so I'm going to watch the rest of Grey's anat. !


juliebug - Sep 23, 2006 10:56 am (#2465 of 2976)

After all this crocs talk, I've decided I simply must get a pair. I hope I can find them in purple.

Now that I'm sure everyone who's interested in Grey's Anatomy has watched it, any thoughts on the handling of the premie and the teenagers. A blood type test probably would not have ruled out who the mother was. Only type AB cannot produce a type 0 baby. Someone with type A or B can still be a carrier for type 0 and have a 25 or 50 percent chance of having an 0 baby, depending on the other parent's blood type. Wouldn't a pregnancy test have given the answer. That soon after giving birth, pregnancy hormones would still be in the mother's blood. This of course would takr out all the lovely drama with Mrs. Dr. McDreamy and the touching moment when she comforts the young mother.


boop - Sep 23, 2006 11:45 am (#2466 of 2976)

HI Everyone, Have a great weekend!

Julie(GE), Good luck with the puppy classes. Luna sounds like alot of fun.

Hugs always



Starling - Sep 23, 2006 12:39 pm (#2467 of 2976)

*googles Crocs*

Oh my, those are ugly. I think I'll stick to my extremely comfy Clark's shoes instead (also clog-like, but with leather uppers with flower appliqué and soft rubber soles). I'm afraid I'm just not the fashion victim type!

*runs away from all the angry Croc fans*


haymoni - Sep 23, 2006 1:13 pm (#2468 of 2976)

painting sheila - I think you should email that "mother" back and tell her "sorry about your luck" - Dad already said yes. Let her try to take you to court for enriching her daughter's life.

(I am not an attorney. Nor do I play one on TV, but this is just wrong!)


legolas returns - Sep 23, 2006 1:34 pm (#2469 of 2976)

I am with you Starling-I just googled them. I am very traumatised. A nice pair of quality Clarks shoes never goes wrong.


painting sheila - Sep 23, 2006 2:36 pm (#2470 of 2976)

Hey everyone. Just popping in between shows. I was able to sleep last night without my hip hurting and . . . My feet didn't hurt at all this morning!! I am buying crocs in every color! They may be ugly - but boy to they feel good.

I don't understand the escalator thing though - hmmmmm will keep my attention focused when I ride one.

Today's crazy socks are pink and wit striped. I do think I may have a little Luna in me!!

I know I heard something about Lost this week on TV. I even backed it up to make sure I heard it right. Maybe it is the last episode from last year - or maybe I am delusional! (Considering my sock and shoe choices of late - that may be the case.)

Have a great day every one - I wish I were going to a Fall Ball!!

PS The crazy mother is just crazy. I would like to see her try and put this nice girl in Juvie Hall. I am taking her to NY and lets see her try and do something about it (GGGRRRR!!)


Regan of Gong - Sep 23, 2006 3:32 pm (#2471 of 2976)

Are they any good for the beach? If I was going to get some they'd need to be bright red...

Going to go play golf with Dad this morning for a Fathers Day present. It happened a few weeks ago, but it's been difficult to organise with work and stuff. Shpould be good, except it's tipped to get over 30 degrees C (86F) and it's only the first month of Spring here. Anyway, should be good.

I recently switched browsers to Mozilla Firefox and a funny thing's happened with the * people put in front of actions. From Puck's post with "**Snort** inner doggie voice" the first asterisk is a bullet point, nothing new, but now everyone's posts down to Starling's are in line with the bullet point.

You people in America seem to get a lot of homework. It's been fairly cruisy this year, but now with our School Certificate coming up it's starting to pile up a bit, with Assessment Tasks and assignments and things. I jst read in the paper that the amount American kids spend on their homework has doubled since 1981.

Off to golf



Loopy Lupin - Sep 23, 2006 4:04 pm (#2472 of 2976)

One of the kids at the Family Reunion today had on Crocs. They look pretty comfortable I suppose, but I can't imagine boys asking for them. Must be the trendy thing.

Anyway, not to abruptly change the subject, but I thought everyone might like to know that as of this week, Lady in the Water has failed to recapture its production budget, even taking into account worldwide box office numbers. My personal glee aside, this is relevant to us because it would appear that, at least at this point, M. Night Sham won't likely get his overrated, hack paws on either of the remaining HP movies. (I say "either" because, as if this crowd doesn't already know, OoP is already in production.)



Puck - Sep 23, 2006 5:22 pm (#2473 of 2976)

**hands Loopy a beverage with which to celebrate**

Sheila, way to go! Any true "mom" would want her child to have the experience. You are a wonderful person to take in a teenager that needs you.

I love my Clarks, as well.

Tazzy, I heard that Gilmore Girls is starting on Tuesday at 8pm Eastern Standard Time on the new CW channel.

One of the candidates that was running for the new govenor of my state wanted longer school days and more homework. As students are already over-burdened in my opinion, I was happy he did not win the primary election -and proud that I did my part to prevent it.

My son's team actually scored a couple of goals in today's soccer game.

Off to check 5 words as I put off folding the basket of laundry sitting next to me.



timrew - Sep 23, 2006 5:31 pm (#2474 of 2976)

Thanks, virginiaelizabeth, for showing me what 'Croc' shoes look like.

All those holes puzzled me for a moment - but then I realised, the crocodiles need all those holes, to let the water run out.


Mediwitch - Sep 23, 2006 5:52 pm (#2475 of 2976)

You go, painting sheila! Stand your ground for your girl! Parents like that make me SOOO !

I wore my crocs to the Big E today (we didn't get to go last weekend with all the other chaos)...I have very flat feet, so being on my feet all day usually causes me a lot of ankle, knee, and hip pain, but everything feels GREAT! It was also no problem that it rained a bit this morning...the shoes just dry right off. (I do usually wear Dansko clogs to work, especially if I have a meeting, but I will wear my Crocs on a "regular" day.) Regan, they DO have red - I almost got the red ones but I already have a lot of red stuff, so I branched out a bit. The middle and high school boys around here are wearing them!

On your Firefox problem, Regan, I used to use Firefox a lot (I switched back to Explorer because the scroll wheel on my laptop does not seem to like Firefox for some bizarre reason) and I never had that problem.

Julie (Good Evans) you made me think about my neighbor with the voice pitch and the dog story. My neighbor is a state trooper, and he has a trained German shepard (they also have one that is a family pet, but one is a regular police dog). Mr. Mediwitch and I love to listen to him out in the yard with the dogs, especially when he praises them with "good dog" - the word "good" is almost higher that I can reach, and "dog" is very low...it sounds so funny!

Hooray to your son's team, Kathy! I am having trouble getting into the FanFiction thread to get to Five Words...are you?


Solitaire - Sep 23, 2006 7:27 pm (#2476 of 2976)

Don't you people have jobs or homework? I have not yet read the 315 messages posted since my last peek! My personal life has been limited to eating and sleeping this week--no computer time that wasn't work-related--so I am completely out-of-touch. I miss everyone, but I hope you are all safe and well.

Happy belated birthday to everyone I missed this week, and healing charms to all who need them.

Update: My student who was in the accident has come home and will be starting back to school half-days in a few weeks. What a miracle he is! Thanks to everyone who has supported him in thought and prayer. I thought you'd like to know how well he is doing.



haymoni - Sep 23, 2006 7:42 pm (#2477 of 2976)

That is great news, Solitare.

Of course it goes without saying that you need to sort out your priorities!


HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 23, 2006 8:12 pm (#2478 of 2976)

How wonderful to hear of your little miracle student, Solitaire!

Reagan, nooooooooo! Don't do it!!! Don't take the Croc plunge! Just kidding. . .or am I?

Just love that blue smile, Mediwitch. (For some reason, all I can think of is a wet, warm washcloth.)


painting sheila - Sep 23, 2006 8:52 pm (#2479 of 2976)

(dun da . . . dun da. . dun da. . dundadundadunda (think Jaws music here) dun da DUN!) Crocs have invaded The Lion King! One of the touring hair and make up person bought some and wore them today, and one of the stage managers asked to try mine on and said she was going to get some. mwahhahahah - The evil ugly Croc will rule the world . .

Yes. I am a little tired - can you tell.

As far as the politician goes that thinks kids need more homework and longer school days - the public obviously has spoken. I may be in the minority, but I actually like having my kids home. I love having a long summer to get to know them again, reprogram them to our family standards and give them a chance to be bored. I think that is where true creativity is born - in boredom. You need time to let your mind wander and wonder. The school system here in our county is teetering on going Year Round. I don't think I would like my kids only having 3 weeks off at a time. PLus - what about the kids that are picked on in school. Is 3 weeks enough for the hurt and embarrassment to go away? If a child has a longer summer, they maybe can come to grips with why they are being picked on and by the time school starts up again, the bullies may decide not to pick on them again. . .( step, step - that was me getting off of my soap box)

Just ate some of my carrot cake. It is ugly but it is good! May decide to share it after all.

No more nasty emails from the crazy mother. I am hoping she spewed enough for a couple of weeks.

How did the Fall Ball go?

PS I tried to check spelling on this post but it keeps saying access denied. Sorry fot the typos - spelling is not my strong suit. (I guess I needed to go to school year round!)


geauxtigers  - Sep 23, 2006 8:54 pm (#2480 of 2976)

Juliebug --> Wouldn't a pregnancy test have given the answer.,

I think it was more about the girl confessing than anything. We all said the same thing about the blood type, that was the first thing my dad said. I think that Addison just wanted to girl to confess, it was going to get out anyway, if not through test, guilt. It worked.

Crocs are great for the beach, Regan! Yes we have lots of homework, Hermione would love to go to my school thats for sure! She'd get about 4 hours of homework a night, she'd love it! LOL, we always say at my school, that if you think you're going to have a social life, think again. Socializing is for the weekends and holidays!

Tigers won, beat Tulane 49-7 I think, yeah I know I'm a bad fan, I watched most of it, but nothing was happening except a slaughter, so I ended up re-watching the first 4 episodes of season 2 with my cousin who hasn't seen it yet. I know, I now have 3 obsessions, HP, LSU, and Grey's Anatomy. I'm pathetic! LOL Ahh but time you enjoy wasting was never wasted!

Great news about your student, Soli! I'm glad he is better!

Have a great night everyone! I'm going to watch the last 2 episodes of Grey's Anatomy because I have no life!


painting sheila - Sep 23, 2006 9:28 pm (#2481 of 2976)

Okay. No more Chat and Greets.

I guess I am the only one on the forum awake at this time of the night. (12:27am EST)

I will just take my keyboard and go home. I can handle rejection . . . .(sniff, sniff)


Mrs. Sirius - Sep 23, 2006 10:23 pm (#2482 of 2976)

hey boop!

Oh so many birthdays I have missed. Happy birthday....

Like Solitaire I too need to sort out my priorities, I have been severely limited to my time here.

My daughter has just finished reading HBP. Since May, she has read all six books, she will turn 8 years old next month.

On the homework thing our school, (in New England we are undergoing a revolution) all teachers are pulling way back on the amount of homework given. Whereas it took 3 hours for my son to finish homework in first and second grade, now in fifth we can squeeze his homework between all his other activities. At open house, one of my girls teachers just about flat out said she doesn't believe there is any benefit to homework.

Since there have been so many posts it is hard to keep up, I do limit my posts. Happy birthday, anniversary, congratulations.....


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 23, 2006 11:38 pm (#2483 of 2976)

I guess I am the only one on the forum awake at this time of the night. (12:27am EST)

I definitely have you beat! It's 1:32am here CST.

Question...Anyone know how to watch the extended episodes of Grey's Anatomy? I can't seem to find them on any of the disks, yet it says on the box that they are there. We watched the bonus features and such, but can't seem to find out how to watch the 4 extended episodes that they claim are somewhere amongst the disks. Maybe it's just because it's 1:32 AM...



Solitaire - Sep 24, 2006 1:42 am (#2484 of 2976)

I'm still awake, Ginny! It's 1:32 a.m. here.

one of my girls teachers just about flat out said she doesn't believe there is any benefit to homework.

I give very little homework, Mrs. Sirius. I do believe it has a place in education, but there are a few caveats: First, there must be a buy-in on the part of the students (and their parents). They must take the work seriously and give it more than cursory attention, if it is to have any value. The kids who are willing to sit down and devote 10-20 minutes to the homework I give (when I give it) usually are a bit more "plugged in" to what we are doing in class. Those kids who do their homework on the bus to or from school (or in front of the TV) don't usually pay much attention to what they are doing, so it is usually messy and has little value to them (there are exceptions, of course). Then there are the kids who just copy the work of other kids, so they have no idea why they have done what they have done.

Homework also has to be fair and not punitive. I may give a worksheet for additional practice of a new concept we have learned in class. On the other hand, I sometimes scratch homework if the kids have nailed the concept easily ... so they know I'm not just giving it to give it. Sometimes a schedule interruption does not allow us to complete classwork--like finishing their story or their vocabulary sentences--so it must be done at home, if we are going to stay on track. I hate assigning reading, though, because a lot of kids either cannot or will not do it on their own ... so I can't depend on it getting done.

My students have work on weekends only if they have not finished their work during the week, if they have requested work ahead of time because they will be gone, or in the very rare event of a test on Monday ... and then their only homework (from me) is to study. I hate working weekends, and I don't see why my kids would be any different.



Tazzygirl - Sep 24, 2006 1:49 am (#2485 of 2976)

Busy busy day!! Went to my friend's house to pick her up. We were going to go to this Thai restaurant before going to see a children's play that is required by our performing arts teacher. Very warped version of Snow White... One actor played the hunter and the seven dwarves. There was no Prince. The audience was the magic mirror... Also, Snow White was not her usual poor charming self. She was a little stuck up and mean. Very, Very strange version. Anyways, when we got to the Thai place, it was closed. So we decided to go to a pub down the street. That too was closed. Then we got back in the car and drove down to a little shopping area, but of course there was no parking. We gave up temporarily in finding a place to eat, and drove to where the play was being held. Parked the car, and then decided to walk around that area to see if there was any place that had food. We get to a strip mall courtyard thingy, and all of the restaurants were closed, except McDonalds and Taco Bell/Pizza Hut. Had breadsticks from Pizza Hut and then walked back to the theater. The play was only an hour long. Which was good. I don't think I could have taken any more of it. Got back to my house, were we proceeded to work on two group projects this week. It took us from 4 to 9 pm to get one project done, and the other one worked on a bit. Very slow. Oh well. I have tomorrow to do more!

Puck: Tazzy, I heard that Gilmore Girls is starting on Tuesday at 8pm Eastern Standard Time on the new CW channel.

Thanks! That is what I thought, but I can't find it anywhere! Is the CW taking over the WB channel, or moving to it's own space?

Ginny- You can access the extended episodes on the last disc, bonus features. They don't include the whole episode, just the scene that they cut out. I hope that answered your question!

Glad to hear the student is doing wonderfully, Soli!!

I'm forgetting stuff... I know it. Please forgive me. My head is sooooo full at the moment!

Off to bed. So tired... Have a great RotD/N everyone!



The giant squid - Sep 24, 2006 1:50 am (#2486 of 2976)

as of this week, Lady in the Water has failed to recapture its production budget--Loopy Lupin

I'll try to contain my disappointment. Wait, that's not right...

I guess I am the only one on the forum awake at this time of the night. (12:27am EST)--painting Sheila

Hmm...at the tone the time will be: 1:50AM PST. TONE!

Actually, that's early for me. I'm usually posting between 2 & 4AM, much to Finn's consternation.




Good Evans - Sep 24, 2006 1:53 am (#2487 of 2976)

Oh dear kristina - that sounds like torture - well done on your willpower of not giving in to McD's or Pizzahut!!! Although according to your handy nutrition site - the ceasar or side salad at mcD's are "ok".

the play sounds a bit odd to say the least, ah well one of life's experiences!

I am off to church in 5 mins - then I've got a PC day with college and stuff so I may be back later.

have a lovely sunday all....


Solitaire - Sep 24, 2006 2:00 am (#2488 of 2976)
Edited Sep 24, 2006 2:33 am

Why is Finn "consternated"? (You know, I don't believe I have ever used that verb form before! I even had to check the dictionary to make sure it was a real word.)

Tazzy, your play reminds me of some books I have at school. On one side of the book, there is the traditional version of a particular story (Peter Pan, Snow White, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin ...). Flip the book over and you see the "untold story" version of the tale, usually related by a character traditionally seen as the "bad guy." Kids often use the "untold story" versions as monologues in the Oral Language Festivals, and they are usually hilarious.



Regan of Gong - Sep 24, 2006 4:06 am (#2489 of 2976)

Yeah, I was reading the paper this morning and saw this article, which got me thinking. I can see the point in doing maths, because you need to consolidate new concepts, and i can see I do better when I do, but lots of other subjects it's just work that teachers can't fit into class. I reckon that we could have done the whole science course in about half the time with a different teacher, but he takes ages to explain things and still gives us homework. This is the main reason I'm dropping all science next year.

Made a mad present for this girl in our class' birthday yesterday. I bought 4 blocks of chocolate, white and milk, and broke it into the individual squares. Then I cemented them together into a pyramid using royal icing. Then I put all these flowers on it (awww) and dusted it with icing sugar and cashous (little silver balls, made of sugar). It looked really good. Then I remembered her dad's a dentist...

Going to bed now



Good Evans - Sep 24, 2006 4:26 am (#2490 of 2976)

LOL Regan - what a lovely gift though - you can do that for me anytime!!!!!!!!!!

I am sure she appreciated it anyway, Dentist or no Dentist! Just think of Hermione, she was disappointed at the small chocolate easter egg !!


Chemyst - Sep 24, 2006 5:59 am (#2491 of 2976)

That is what I thought, but I can't find it anywhere! Is the CW taking over the WB channel, or moving to it's own space? ~ Tazzy

CW is taking over some but not all, WB and some but not all UPN stations. In larger markets that had both, only one will go to CW. Some WB's are joining a "my" network and some are going independent; a few may go out of business. You'll have to check locally.


haymoni - Sep 24, 2006 8:06 am (#2492 of 2976)

4th grade is supposed to be pretty tough - standardized tests and lots of homework. However when my son was in 4th grade, he hardly brought anything home.

I asked about it at the parent/teacher conference and his teacher said that she had given up. The kids did not bring the homework back, there was no cooperation from their parents - she spent more time writing notes home than planning something creative that would actually make the concepts stick, so she stopped. He brought the occasional worksheet home, but that was it and had a terrific year and really knew his stuff.


Starling - Sep 24, 2006 8:17 am (#2493 of 2976)

You know, I just realised, I should have said "crikey, those aren't exactly bewdies!" in my last message.

Hmmm, Clark's. I'll wear anything that won't hurt my feet or my hips, and it's quite a chore to find shoes, really. Even the Clark's ones aren't guaranteed to not make me limp (or worse: shuffle like a little old lady at 12 o'clock).

Oh, Haymoni, you've just reminded me, I've got to boot out the neighour's kid and get my son to do his homework!


azi - Sep 24, 2006 8:41 am (#2494 of 2976)

I've seen Crocs shoes in a few places, but always wondered why anyone would wear them! Clarks were good when I was younger (I think my first shoes are from there), but they aren't my style now. My mum loves Scholl shoes, but alas, expensive.

Visited my uni house yesterday - it's lovely! We discovered we have an annoying doorbell as well, plus enough teaspoons to last us a lifetime! My room has been re-decorated with Ikea furniture! **dances**

I think kids have too much homework now. I point blank refused to do any before middle school (ooo rebellious me ). Whatever happened to being a kid and socialising with friends? Here, they want schools to stay open until 6.30pm and open earlier. High school and above you get what homework you're given, but until that age you should be able to enjoy yourself a bit!

Soli - I like your homework system. I would have been perfectly happy to do that in school!

I looked up Grey's Anatomy online. To be honest, I don't see what's so good! Scrubs seems to be a much funnier alternative.

Regan - you're giving up science? **Can't comprehend ** Don't let boring teachers put you off. I had one like that in school - he'd ramble for 40 mins and then we'd have 20 mins to do all the work required. Lots of homework from that class. Then again, your choice. That cake sounds lovely though!

Lovely days for all - another sunny day here!


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 24, 2006 10:34 am (#2495 of 2976)

I hate assigning reading, though, because a lot of kids either cannot or will not do it on their own ... so I can't depend on it getting done.

I feel the same way. I can't read a book that I'm not interested in while I'm at home and have so many things around to distract me. I never get it done, and then I end up failing every reading quiz because I didn't manage to read the 50+ pages of a book that I have no intrest in what so ever. It sucks big time.

The only classes that I think homework is really needed, is math and science, because it helps to reinforce the material. Even if we didn't have any homework for math and such, I'd probably do some anyway because the only way to understand it is to do a ton of it. But there is no reason why we can't read those 50+pages of reading for english, in class. Instead we go over what we read the previous night, which includes basically reading it all over again, so what's the point of making us read it the night before? To give us a quiz on it to make sure that we did read it?

The problem also lies in the fact that each teacher give around an hour of homework (if you do it correctly) a night and when you add that in with the 6 classes, then that's around 6 hours a night, then throw in the fact that most people are involved in some sort of extra-curricular activity or sports. It's just to much!

Thanks, Kristina, I did watch those, I just thought that they played the entire episode with the extra scence. I wish they would have, as I couldn't figure out which scenes were cut from which episode.

Azi, it really does have a great balance of humor and serious. People come in with odd surgical needs, that are actually quite funny (one guy swallowed barbie doll heads, and another ate his novel, some are twice as strange and odd, but are not very forum friendly ect..) BTW, I like your avatar! Very cool!

off to do some homework!! YAY!!!

Have a great RotD!


geauxtigers  - Sep 24, 2006 10:42 am (#2496 of 2976)

LOL Regan, thats so sweet of you to make the chocolate pyramid thing!

Homework, when I was in 4th grade, there were 3 4th grade teachers, they all gave a different amount of homework. I got the teacher who gave very little. We did most of our stuff in class, it was a great year for me, she read us SS that year! But I learned a lot and did really well. I think at that age, homework is not cruical to learning the material, this is 9 and 10 year olds we are talking about, they're still kids! 5th grade is really when it kicked into high gear. Haven't looked back since. Still young, but I guess we had to be prepared for middle school, but still 5th grade, thats young.

I dunno I can see having homework, and how it helps especially now, in math for example, I need all the practice I can get, and plus 5 point homework assignments just for doing them really help your grade. I've survived math by doing all my homework, even though I'm usually in the C range when it comes to tests/quizzes. For me its a life saver, motivation to do it beacuse I know that in the end, if you add it all up thats 50+ points added to my grade. However, last year, my chemistry teacher would give us homework, but never checked it. That drove me mad, so I stopped doing it, got lazy about it and then suddenly I was realizing that by the time the test cam around, I had no idea what I was doing, having done nothing for homework. Thats when I don't agree with giving work, at least give us credit for it, or I'm not wasting my time.

But when it comes down too it, each teacher acts like they are the only teacher you have, forgetting that you have 6 teachers, so they load you up with an hours worth...well you get it 6 teachers giving hours worth = 6 hours. You have to draw the line somewhere.

Azi, I love your avatar! I'd definitely name my imaginary boat "Magic" LOL or maybe Gryffnidor or something! Very cool. They should bring Grey's anatomy to the UK! It really is hilarious! I love it! And I don't watch a lot of tv, I bet if you watched it from season 1, you'd fall in love! **Virtually ships season one to Azi**

Okay, need to go clean my room and wash my sheets and do my homework with I know awaits me....But its overcasts out and it just makes me want to stay in bed and read, or sit here and drink my starbucks at the computer...

Have a good Sunday everyone!


azi - Sep 24, 2006 10:58 am (#2497 of 2976)

Thanks Tori! You can imagine a wizard owning that boat...or at the very least a HP fan! You can watch Grey's Anatomy on Sky, but I don't have that. It may have been on terrestrial TV, but I'm not sure! I'll look it up. Edit- it's on channel 5, which explains why I never bothered to look it up (rubbish programme channel).

...in the end, if you add it all up thats 50+ points added to my grade.

I haven't come across anything like that in this country, but it's an incentive! We do have coursework, but that's generally done in lessons.


Detail Seeker - Sep 24, 2006 11:52 am (#2498 of 2976)

Regan , I just can´t help assisting azi in your science class issue. Science is the key to understand our surroundings. knowing enough about science (physics, chemistry, biology) allows us t really assess, what we are being told by media, politicians etc. and to distinguish open rubbish from things worth at least a second glance. E.g. I remember a friend with a certain weight problem becoming victim of some expensive diet programms, that could never work, because he had no idea about the processes behind nutrition.

So, even if you do not want to take up a scientific job after school, take whatever you can during school.


HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 24, 2006 12:59 pm (#2499 of 2976)

Detail Seeker, I will add to it if I may! Regan, please, please, puhleeze don't drop the sciences. Okay, perhaps I'm a bit biased because I was a bio major, but after having had Organic Chem., I seriously considered switching my major again - to chemistry. It is just what Detail Seeker said which is the key to understanding our surroundings. It touches on everything from your health to how things work. It is like one giant puzzle - don't limit yourself.

Solitaire, I love your view on homework and teaching. One of the many things I like about you!

azi, I think Scrubs is great! My favorite show is The Office and I also like the British version we spun it off.

I was kidding about the crocs and to prove it, we were in a $5 Below store today and I bought a pseudo-croc for $5 in pale pink (though I think I would have been happy to see a pair in the blue you have, Mediwitch).

After our first Sunday School class today, the girls and I went to Starbuck's. Olivia and Priscilla pulled out their phones, proceeded to pelt me with spit balls and then snap pics of my reactions. (Sweet, aren't they?  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1242194059  Yet another group of people who think the HHs are nuts.) Actually, we did laugh a lot looking at the pics. Then Olivia emailed a load of them to my computer. I don't think Mr. HH will appreciate the mobile phone bill this month. By the way, we did not leave a mess.

I'm going to try and pop into the chat room later for a bit before I go out, **looks in kaykay and Lina's direction** - of course that is if you haven't given up on me!!

Enjoy the RotD/N, all!



Starling - Sep 24, 2006 1:01 pm (#2500 of 2976)

My boy did his homework, with the "help" of the kid next door, who is a grade higher than he is and got every single answer wrong. He said "blimey, year threes have to work hard nowadays!"

As for just giving science and maths homework: what about spelling? Just LOOK at the illiterate little so and sos nowadays! And look at my boy's spelling too (granted, he's only just turned 7).

However, I am annoyed that primary schools have to give kids homework. They should be able to do it at school! We taught my son to read, not the school. They said he was fine, even though he was 2 years behind. It took 6 months of very intensive reading to catch up. And now they've put him in a class with 35 screaming kids. Siiiigh.
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legolas returns - Sep 24, 2006 1:24 pm (#2501 of 2976)

Regan I did a biological degree at university. Science is very important subject for understanding the world around you. It’s also the questioning of the results, the problem solving and formation of argument that you do not always get in other subjects. Please do not be put off by a single teacher. There are many good teachers out there.


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 24, 2006 1:31 pm (#2502 of 2976)

I lovee Biology! My favorite subject! My dad has a master's in marine biology...maybe that's where I get it from.

azi, you should give GA a shot, even if it is on a rubbish channel, I promise you that it's far from rubbish! You'll be absolutely 100% hooked on it after a few episodes! I promise!


Tazzygirl - Sep 24, 2006 1:34 pm (#2503 of 2976)

Soli- the play wasn't the type that had the 'untold version'. I love those books though! This version of play was a little 'localized', I guess the word would be. It was interesting to see the one guy act the parts of all the 7 dwarves though. Very good at changing voices.

On the homework front, when I was in high school, I remember I wasn't bombarded every night with homework. It was an okay amount. Grade school I don't remember. Don't think it was too much either. Can't complain really about the uni classes though, as it is uni level. And it is expected. My brother was the one of the students that had a couple teachers that didn't believe in homework. I think in my classroom, I would be one of those teachers who only assigns homework if the student didn't finish the assignment in class.

I love science, but I have an extremely hard time following and understanding it. I struggled all throughout high school with biology and chemistry, etc. I had plenty of tutoring help, but nothing clicked. Formulas and such just don't make sense. If it did, I'd probably be going to school to become a zoologist.

Off to finish off a lesson plan and send it in to my teacher!



boop - Sep 24, 2006 2:20 pm (#2504 of 2976)

Hello Everyone!

Happy Birthday Tim, have a wonderful day!

Solitaire, Thanks for the update. Its great to hear your student has returned home.

Regan, LOL, sounds like a sweet gift.

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. The weather has been wonderful here.

Have a great rest of the day!

hugs always boop


Tazzygirl - Sep 24, 2006 2:44 pm (#2505 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Tim! Have a wonderful day!



legolas returns - Sep 24, 2006 2:49 pm (#2506 of 2976)

Happy birthday Tim.


Winky Woo - Sep 24, 2006 2:49 pm (#2507 of 2976)

Hi folks!

I had a wonderful evening at the ball. It was very swanky, and lots of fun things going on, such as an amazing close up magician wandering around from table to table ( I kept thinking about George an Fred with the girl from the village!) as were mingling with a pre-meal drink Mr W had his caricature done- we didn't even notice the chap sketching away until he presented it to him, it really caught him well. During the meal, there was a band with a "roving" saxophone player. After some fantastic food, decent wine and champagne there was a comedian who was really funny but not really forum friendly and a great disco with lots of cheesy music. The end of the night is a little fuzzy... but I do recall dancing to Dirty Dancing songs and Bob Marley bare foot on the dance floor with some of my colleagues!

It was great fun although I am paying for it today. To save money on a taxi yesterday I drove to work and left my car there thinking I would just pop on the train to Manchester today to pick it up. Imagine how fed up I was when I found at the train station that there was a replacement bus service, just one each hour, which I had just missed! So the trek began. I took a bus to the nearby town of Stockport, walked for a while, then a train and finally a tram! I would have left it until tomorrow but I had to visit my sister in Liverpool to look at some wedding stuff. So the I drove another 35 miles- all with a hangover! (Yes I know it's self inflicted!)

I can't stop yawning! This is the reason why I don't really drink unless its a special occasion, I hate feeling like I have wasted a whole day I mean if I choose not to do anything all day, thats fine (and I quite often do so!) but since I hit 30 a couple of years ago I am wiped out the following day and incapable of moving from the sofa and have no choice in the matter.

I am going to get a creamy hot chocolate and hit the sack.

Love Winky X X X



Happy Birthday Tim!

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Dr Filibuster - Sep 24, 2006 3:43 pm (#2508 of 2976)
Edited Sep 24, 2006 4:23 pm

Happy birthday Tim.

If anyone is in the UK or has access to ITV1 tv channel, they are half way through a South Bank Show on Robbie Coltrane.

JKR and Emma Thompson have popped up to say how great he is.

It's actually the 2nd time JKR has apparated onto my tv this evening. I was flicking channels and saw her on Panorama with the Chancellor of the Excheqor.

Lucy from the "Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe" movie surprised me by being a young Jane Eyre in a new tv series tonight too.

Hmmm, just proves I'm watching too much telly. Anyway, must dash back to Hagrid, the adverts must be over by now.

EDIT: programme's over now. it mainly focused on "Cracker" and it is a serious adult interview rather than a kid's show (it's gone midnight here). But if I'm allowed to mention it, it's going to be available as a podcast tomorrow at itv.com/southbank

Right at the end, JKR spends a couple of minutes discussing Hagrid's character. I'm sure it's stuff she said many times before, but let's see if I can remember;

To Harry, Ron and Hermione, Hagrid is a benign figure: to others he is a threatening presence. He has to have an element of menace. He is The Green Man who lives on the edge of the forest. He is a father figure for Harry.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 24, 2006 3:49 pm (#2509 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Tim! I skipped a bunch of posts. Sorry I if I missed anything. I do want to say I love Crocs, the uglier the better! LPO


timrew - Sep 24, 2006 4:21 pm (#2510 of 2976)

Thanks to all who remembered my birthday.........

Although, being 57, I'd rather forget it!


Solitaire - Sep 24, 2006 4:22 pm (#2511 of 2976)

Well, I had just typed out a big post about homework, and it disappeared as I was moving among screens looking for a smilie face ... so I guess I was not meant to post it. I'll have to settle for saying LOL to LPO about her ugly shoes!

Oh, yeah ... Happy Birthday, Tim!

Aw, come on, Tim! Fifty-seven is practically a kid! Just remember ... growing old may be mandatory, but growing up is optional!



HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 24, 2006 5:42 pm (#2512 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Tim! (and many more)


Puck - Sep 24, 2006 6:17 pm (#2513 of 2976)

Happy Belated Birthday, Tim!!

You share a day with my niece. They had pony rides and face painting at her party today. What about you?

time you enjoy wasting was never wasted! I like it!

Regan, I will not lecture about the important of science. I will say it sounds like someone has a bit of a crush.

Happy RotD!



Solitaire - Sep 24, 2006 6:31 pm (#2514 of 2976)

**trying to conjure a mental picture of Timrew with a painted face, riding on a pony**


Pigwidgeon - Sep 24, 2006 7:17 pm (#2515 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Tim

Soli, I agree, too, with your homework philosophy. I can't remember who said this (not me), but kids can spot worthless busy-work from a mile away. Homework, at times, is necessary, but nowadays, your kids are either a. also involved in a million other things, and/or b. have parents who cannot or will not be able to help.

A homework story: I remember taking Spanish, and frequent "assignments" (graded, by the way) were doing crosswords and word searches. To this day, I detest crossword puzzles, and I don't think I've done one since middle school. Same with word searches. That had to have been the most worthless and frustrating series of assignments.

Speaking of school, I have some papers to attend to.

Have a great week, all!


Mediwitch - Sep 24, 2006 7:35 pm (#2516 of 2976)

Maria, I love the blue face too. It makes me smile every time I see it. My nephew and niece, my step-brother, his girlfriend and my mom and step-dad were here today to celebrate four family birthdays. The kids are just so cute! The nephew was a little neater with his frosting today, but it was (mostly) white!

Soli, I'm so glad your student is doing so well! That's fantastic news!

There is a lot of discussion about homework here (I'm in New England, too, Mrs. Sirius). In fact, last week I got two articles on the lack of evidence supporting homework in my mailbox at one school. Some of the teachers have started cutting back on it more and more, but others, well, not so much. I give speech/language homework, but it's something that can be incorporated into their life - "Spend 10 minutes (for example, during dinner) talking to one person in your family with a good "S" sound." or for language homework, "Tell one person at your home about something that happened in school today - use the past tense verbs you've been practicing!"

Happy Birthday, Tim! SmileyCentral.com


TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 24, 2006 7:45 pm (#2517 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Tim!

...toddles off waving to everyone else, too busy to stop...


painting sheila - Sep 24, 2006 8:05 pm (#2518 of 2976)

Happy Happy Birthday Tim!! Yeah!! Cake and Ice Cream!

Regan of Gong - I love your pyramid and if the young lady in question didn't appreciate it, you may send it to me!

Homework - Please don't get me started. Our school system here is in a big mess. Too many kids, not enough room, and the school board took too long trying to decide how to handle the growth. 5 of them are coming up for re-election this November, and I doubt they will be re-elected. They need to get a bunch of moms in the room from all over our county and let us hash it all out.

Two of my kids went to a charter middle school. It is a state school instead of a county school. They only had four subjects a day - language arts, science, math, and social studies. The teachers were very creative about including art, and music , etc in their lessons, plus the school offered after school arts if they were interested - drama, drawing/sculpting, music, lego club . . . There was very little homework and both of my kids flourished when they got to high school. They were so well prepared and knew HOW to learn, not just repeat what was said to them. I am hoping my 5 year old will be able to attend when he is old enough. It is all a lottery to get in. Either they pull your name out of a hat - or they don't.

Not much else is happening here. I like it that way - boring is nice every now and again.

On the science front - I wish everyone could have an exciting science teacher that would light the fire under the students. It can be amazing when you see how intertwined the universe is.

Edit: Okay. If all of you were on late last night - where was I?


Viola Intonada - Sep 24, 2006 8:06 pm (#2519 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Tim!!!

When we went out to Montana for the family reunion this summer, all the westerners had "Crocs". I had never seen them before. For the last two months, I have seen them everywhere in Cleveland. Kind of baffles me. I guess everyone was too busy wearing flip-flops this summer and now it is cooling off a bit they are going for the closed toed shoes. Makes me wonder what they'll be wearing next. Hmmmmm.....


Finn BV - Sep 24, 2006 8:09 pm (#2520 of 2976)

P.S. Finn, you say 11:30 like it's late or something... --Squid Mike

Ohh, pssh, Mike, you late-night movie theater operator.

When I was in high school, it was easier for me to go to sleep around 10 p. m. and to get up at 4 a. m. to study. I'm so sorry that I didn't keep that habit. –Lina

Ooh!! That's an interesting idea! Except I think what would happen would be I'd just sleep through my alarm clock… Still, something to try out!

Loopy, it's just too bad about M. Night…

Soli, congrats to your student!! I am "consternated" about Mike posting so early because when I first arrived at this thread I was amazed to see somebody posting all through the night… and sometimes still awake before he had slept while I was at school the next morning, after that night's sleep (ie 8 am NY time, 5 am Las Vegas time). Then I found out he was a movie theater operator and thus had different hours of "operation" than most of us, but it still always peeves me just the littlest bit whenever I see a time as extraordinary as "4 a.m." or something.

Gosh, I keep ending up in Squid Mike's posts…

Happy Birthday Tim!

Winky, glad the ball went well!

Sue, thanks for telling me Georgie Henley's Jane Austen thing is now on TV. I want to see that!

Enjoy the RotD! I'm so busy, it's hard to keep up past Potty Games and Trivia!


Solitaire - Sep 24, 2006 8:20 pm (#2521 of 2976)

Pigwidgeon, it's pretty easy for a parent or our principal to check exactly what I am doing, because I pass out a detailed syllabus each Monday in both my language arts and social studies classes. Both are also posted on our class pages, which I update each Monday. They give each day's planned lesson for the week, list any homework assignments, and remind kids of any quizzes or tests coming up. Parents love them, and "I was absent and didn't know we had ..." has practically been eliminated as a valid excuse for anything in my classes.

I probably give less homework than any other junior high teacher at our school, and sometimes I feel guilty about it. As a teacher, though, I often feel kids are growing up too fast. When I was the age of kids I now teach, my friends and I met after school and rode our bikes around the neighborhood, played ball in the field across the road, shot hoops ... Yet I still managed the second highest grade average in my 8th grade (I was a klutz in PE, or I'd have had an A there, too!) and was named Outstanding Musician (flute) when I graduated.

My point is that kids can learn without being buried in homework. Once in high school, most will have more than enough homework, and many will hold down part-time jobs as soon as they are old enough. They need to be kids while they can. Okay, I'm getting off my soapbox now.

What Jane Austen thing, Finn? Remember I skipped 315 posts this week ...



painting sheila - Sep 24, 2006 8:25 pm (#2522 of 2976)

Solitaire - I love and soap box and ask that you stand tall on it and spread the news that kids need to be kids!

Winky - I am so jealous of your good time at the ball.

My only complaint about GoF movie was that I wanted to see more dancing. I loved the way the Durmstrang cloaks twirled with their brilliant red color. I looked so pretty in the over head shot.


geauxtigers  - Sep 24, 2006 9:12 pm (#2523 of 2976)

Ooh!! That's an interesting idea! Except I think what would happen would be I'd just sleep through my alarm clock…

Still, something to try out! I have friends who do that, but me, once my head hits that pillow, its a lost cause, I'm out for the night! It takes my mom turning on the light and telling me to get up in the morning. I tried the whole alarm clock thing...it didn't work, and since my mom has to leave a few minutes after I get up, she wakes me up now.

Midnight on a school night doesn't even bother me anymore. I'm a night owl and 7 hours or less of sleep plus coffee in the morning is good. I get 8 hours, I'm twice as tired, its either 7 or like 10. 10 hours is not an option, so I've learned to get by with 7!

Speaking of, I have to go study for a vocab quiz then put all the clothes away that are on my nicely *ironed sheets* bed! **avoids Puck's glare**

Happy Birthday Tim!

Well tomorrow is Monday, uggg, I think we should just skip Mondays all together and go straight to tuesday...then again, we should just skip everything and go straight to Friday afternoon, don't ya think?!

Have a nice week everyone!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 24, 2006 9:12 pm (#2524 of 2976)

We started an Honors program at our school. Some of our parents think kids should have a couple hours of homework each night. I agree with Solitaire, kids need to be kids and have fun. I wouldn't want to come home to 2 hours or more of work each night. There are many things to learn, not all of them are in school.

Winky the ball sounded wonderful.

I agree Sheila, not enough dancing in GoF. I loved the change in Neville's character though. LPO


Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 24, 2006 9:15 pm (#2525 of 2976)

I remember when I was doing my undergraduate coursework, my papers averaged fifteen pages and my senior thesis was eighty-five pages and took me two and and half semesters to write.

The first paper I wrote as a freshman at university was a twenty-seven page paper for a homework assignment in a political philosophy class.

I was relating this fact to a young cousin of mine who complaining bitterly about writing a paper for a high school class I told him that he should take courses I am taking for my paralegal studies certification and the amount of paperwork and research needed for that before, bemoaning the fact that he has such a short paper to write.


painting sheila - Sep 24, 2006 9:17 pm (#2526 of 2976)

I LOVE Neville - dancing around with those shoes thrown over his shoulder! Yeah for Ginnie - got the best dancer of the night!

The twirling capes were just beautiful (sigh) I want my husband to have a swirling red cape . . . (Like THAT'S going to happen)

I would love to learn those dance steps. Does anyone know if they can be found anywhere?


Meoshimo - Sep 24, 2006 9:17 pm (#2527 of 2976)

I think that most of what people need to learn has nothing to do with school Razz


painting sheila - Sep 24, 2006 9:22 pm (#2528 of 2976)

A LOT of what's important they don't learn in school. . .

(stop it!! stop it!! stopitstopit - must iron hands . . .. ) This is me trying so very hard not to get on yet another soap box. I am really a nice person and not so very opinionated as it may first appear. I am just passionate about children - mine especially!

Edit: I am all out of posts for the day. That's my clue to go to bed. Have a great day everyone!



virginiaelizabeth - Sep 24, 2006 9:28 pm (#2529 of 2976)

Parents love them, and "I was absent and didn't know we had ..." has practically been eliminated as a valid excuse for anything in my classes.

They started that stuff at my school right around 8th/9th grade. I like that my homework is online, and that it's easy to look up, but it leaves very little wiggle room for excuses! Gosh, you can't even be absent anymore!! The lastest thing is posting grades online. Nice for me as I have 24/7 acess to my grades, but not so nice that may mom and dad do! My mom will look on the site and see that I got a 3/5 on a quiz , which technically is an F, and the stupid program writes it as an F, and then she yells at me and I can't seem to explain enough that it's only a five point quiz and won't significantly affect my grade in the class.

You couldn't get me out of bed at 4AM to study if you paid me! Most of the time, I don't wake up when my mom comes in and turns my light on and tells me to get up. Tori generally has to come and knock me upside the head. I've had my mom tell me before that I generally look up at her and say "ok I'm getting up" but I sware that 90% of the time, I have no recollection of it at all. I think I need help. School shouldn't start till at least 10, 8 is just to early for my liking!

Ok time to fold the last load of laundry and go to bed! Night everyone!


Solitaire - Sep 24, 2006 10:18 pm (#2530 of 2976)

Nathan, I burned the midnight oil plenty during college. I was an English major, and that meant a ton of reading and writing ... but I accepted it as part of the deal. I am talking about kids who are in 8th grade and younger. I think some homework is fine, because it teaches accountability, if nothing else. But two hours or more every night of the week and on weekends is excessive, IMO.

Ginny, I put grades online, too. Parents also love that.



Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 24, 2006 10:32 pm (#2531 of 2976)

I agree two hours a night for eighth grade and younger is excessive but, I think that for high school students it’s different matter altogether. I think that in high school especially students should learn to write longer papers to be better prepared for university. I have been out of university a long time now and there is part of me that looking back on it, I wish I had more preparation in high school for the rigors of junior college and university because, readily admit I will ill prepared for the rigors and they took their toll on me. In the words of my academic advisor:

I was the most gifted bum he had taught in thirty-years of teaching and he remarked that the only thing I lacked which prevented me from preforming to my full potential was the physical stamina and good health necessary.

Truth be told my one desire is to go back to University and under his guidance achieve my masters and demonstrate that I am capable of performing to the standards that he believes I can and which during my undergraduate work I sometimes reached during the periods when my health was stable.


Starling - Sep 25, 2006 2:02 am (#2532 of 2976)

Happy birthday, Tim! A young one at 57, you're 10 years younger than my dad, and he's still running around all over the place! Come to think of it, so is my partner's great-aunty, and she's 91.

Talking about my partner: Winky: you must live fairly close to her, she's near Stockport too. And don't you HATE it when they put on buses (again!)? Also fun when they get rid of a train in the schedule and neither trainline.com nor bahn.de tells you so, so you end up having to wait 45 minutes for the next one. Or suitcases in the bike compartment on the Manchester Airport train ... Or missing your connection and then getting onto the next one, which turns out to be broken and has to turn back to the previous station.

I adore the British railway system, can you tell?  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1242194059



The giant squid - Sep 25, 2006 2:07 am (#2533 of 2976)

**trying to conjure a mental picture of Timrew with a painted face, riding on a pony**--Solitaire

Happy birthday Tim! Just remember, in wizarding years you're just a pup.

Regan, it looks like you picked the wrong group to sound off against science to. Granted, I've gone into a technical field, but I find myself using math & science a lot more than history & English (though I'm still the most grammatically proficient manager at our theater...). I'm not saying you should take nothing but science classes, but don't give it up completely.

I get 8 hours, I'm twice as tired, its either 7 or like 10.—geauxtigers

I'm the same way. For some reason my body clock seems to run in three-hour increments. I'm fine with 6, 9 or (rarely) 12 hours, but if I only get 8 hours I'm groggy for 2 or 3 hours after I get up.

Hi, Finn! (Had to get you in here somehow. )



Starling - Sep 25, 2006 3:03 am (#2534 of 2976)

I used to like biology, until we got to genetics and I got totally confused by all the little diagrams of fruit flies. I gave up on physics because I couldn't figure out the maths. I'm hopeless at maths. Correction: I'm hopeless at more advanced maths. I helped a guy with his basic differentation (logarithms and suchlike) once and got him an A+.

I'm afraid I'm an "alfaklantje" as they call them in Holland. When you do grammar school there, you (used to?) have an Alpha/A direction and a Beta/B direction. Alpha is arts, B is science. You go either one way or the other, but you can, if you wish, pick subjects from the other "stream". Because you get the odd homo universalis.


Catherine - Sep 25, 2006 3:39 am (#2535 of 2976)

A homework story: I remember taking Spanish, and frequent "assignments" (graded, by the way) were doing crosswords and word searches. To this day, I detest crossword puzzles, and I don't think I've done one since middle school. Same with word searches. That had to have been the most worthless and frustrating series of assignments. –Pigwidgeon

**waves** As a student, I loathed "busy-work" and I refuse to assign it just to say that I assigned homework.

That said, the school in which I teach believes that 7th graders should have 2.5 hours of homework nightly. My humanities block meets 2-3 times daily, so my class accounts for at least half of that amount. Sigh. The good news is that we have study hall, so students have a 50 minute block of time several times a week to get cracking on their work under a teacher's supervision. It's amazing what they can get done without the distraction of siblings, TV, sports, etc. I tend not to assign work over the weekend with the understanding that they should be working on longer-term assignments.

Most of my English homework has been reading the novel. I don't think reading 10-20 pages of a young adult novel every night should be a huge burden, especially as I do not assign the "read for 20 minutes" as part of my homework. Most of the students are very proud that we completed a 300 page novel in less than a month of classes, and the parents have been impressed, also. I made sure that our longest selection is an engaging novel that appeals to reluctant male readers. Our "literature" selections will be more difficult, but lots shorter.

I've spent some planning time scanning the African myths you sent me last year into PDF files, Kim. They are set to go! I can't wait.


Regan of Gong - Sep 25, 2006 3:54 am (#2536 of 2976)

Eek, wrong crowd indeed. I'm really only interested in Physics, but seeing as it's on during the same periods as Business Studies, and I'm way more interested in that. My subject selections are very much geared toward academic subjects rather than arts. Business Studies, Extension 1 Maths, Extension 1 English, Modern History and Industrial Technology Multimedia. Extension 1 is the highest level available in Year 11, so I'm not bludging or anything.

Puck, I can assure you I do not have a "crush" on this girl. I enjoy making presents for people, for instance, you buy lots of M&M's, separate the colours, and fill up a big glass bottle in coloured layers. Now I shall turn the tables and ask: Why do mothers always assume that friends of the opposite sex automatically carry a romantic interest?

Goodnight to all



Snuffles - Sep 25, 2006 4:23 am (#2537 of 2976)

Had to press the magic button so I have missed 150 posts. Happy birthday to anyone I have missed and healing and/or good luck charms to all those in need

Just looked back to find out what pressie Regan has made for his non crush girl . Yum that sounds lovely Regan, you can send me one of those choccy pyramids anytime

I just clicked on 'your forums' to go to potty 5 words and got the message 'one or more of the four right wing wackos politics forum servers did not respond'. I wasn't aware I was a member of any of those forums

Have a good Monday everyone



Starling - Sep 25, 2006 4:46 am (#2538 of 2976)

That's a bit worrying, Julie, maybe they're desperate for members and adding them at random?


Marie E. - Sep 25, 2006 5:11 am (#2539 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Tim!

Quick note on homework: Shayla usually has a Math take-home task sheet, a spelling take-home task sheet or a language assignment out of the book, and read and respond (read for 20 minutes and write about it briefly) each night. If she works efficiently at it, it only takes her about an hour total for all three. Lexie occasionally has the math and spelling take-home tasks and has a weekly spelling assignment. Lexie loves homework and finishes hers within a half hour. I myself assign one piece of homework to my kindergartners a week and that is to practice writing the letter we will studying the next week.

We had a little bit of snow mixed with rain on Friday night, but it didn't stick. The mountains, however, got feet of snow. Pikes Peak is completely covered. It's supposed to be in the 60's and 70's today, very fallish.


Good Evans - Sep 25, 2006 5:42 am (#2540 of 2976)

Belated Happy Birthday to Tim for yesterday.

You are 20 years older than me (well not to the day!) and as I stopped aging at 19 - I guess that makes you 39 - is that better?

happy mondays ....


Jewel  - Sep 25, 2006 5:42 am (#2541 of 2976)

Happy belated Birthday to Tim!

As for the homework thing, my oldest daughter is in the third grade. It amazes me how much homework they give her! She has math, spelling, and reading every night, and science and social studies on alternating nights during the week. (none on weekends thank goodness!) It usually takes her about an hour and a half to finish it. By the time she finishes, it is around 4:30-5:00pm, time for dinner, bath, and bed. She hardly has any time for play!


azi - Sep 25, 2006 5:45 am (#2542 of 2976)

Happy belated birthday Tim!!!

Snuffles - I get that name coming up a lot. I think it's just the way WX works!

Starling - I feel the same way about the British transport system. The worst thing is, I'll be going by train the Manchester Airport on Thursday. I'm *not* looking forward to it!

Regan - I'd count Maths as a science subject, personally. So you're not giving it up completely! My mum is bad with assuming I fancy all my male friends, and my brother fancying all the girls he talks to. It's the way mum's are.

Winky - Hangover Cure Charms! At least you had fun.

Ooo, people have snow? No sign of snow here.

I don't believe I ranted about the journey to my boyfriend's last week. The main train there was fine. I had to catch another train which takes literally 5 minutes to where he was picking me up. I got to the platform to find the train was cancelled. There were signalling problems and a broken down train somewhere down the line. Fortunately, a train running late turned up. I said to the conductor, 'Does this train go through -?' He said, 'Yes!'. We travelled for a minute, stopped for 5+ minutes outside a sewage works (it stank). Travelled for another minute (slowly), stopped again. Then the conductor comes on...'We are sorry to announce that the train will no longer be travelling through (where I was going), but instead will go straight to (the next station).' The 5 minute train journey was half an hour, in the end. I ended up somewhere I'd never heard of in my life, and boyfriend drove to rescue me (lol!).

Hope everyone has a great day!


haymoni - Sep 25, 2006 6:05 am (#2543 of 2976)

We "mums" are just hopeful, that's all.

When you see someone of the opposite sex that knows how to be a good friend and actually cares about someone enough to make them ANYTHING, it's hard not to be pushy!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend.

Mine was fine until - well, let's just say it's gonna be a really long football season for us Browns fans - again!


Julie Aronson - Sep 25, 2006 6:06 am (#2544 of 2976)

Happy belated birthday, Tim! Let's just extend the celebrations, eh?

Hope everyone has a great day...now back to the grind!


Steve Newton - Sep 25, 2006 6:07 am (#2545 of 2976)

Driving to work this morning down Delaware rte. 1 I counted only 309 campers heading north. The exit from the Dover Downs NASCAR race will continue for a couple more days seeing as how there are thousands of campers remaining. (Last year I counted 384 so either they are sleeping later or I'm not counting so good.) I forgot to count in the spring.

Happy birthday Tim.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 25, 2006 6:44 am (#2546 of 2976)

I've spent some planning time scanning the African myths you sent me last year into PDF files, Kim. They are set to go! I can't wait.---Catherine

I can't wait to hear what they think of them.

Driving to work this morning down Delaware rte. 1 I counted only 309 campers heading north.---Steve Newton

#1 I can only be thankful I don't live in Delaware. NASCAR races make me nauseated.

#2 Every year when the motorcycle weekend is held in Laconia, NH, motorcyclists drive by my house again, and again, and again. While I doubt as many as 300 drive by, it certainly sounds like it. Then of course, there's the return trip.

EDIT: And a very happy birthday to Tim.


Madam Pince - Sep 25, 2006 7:21 am (#2547 of 2976)

Belated Happy Birthday, timrew! I hope you had a wonderful day!

Snuffles, awhile ago I noticed that suddenly I was a "member" of a lot of forums I didn't recall ever visiting. Then I thought I figured it out -- back when they were having the WorldCrossing "controversy" where we were all a-flutter that they might be closing our forums or switching to something else or whatever, it was suggested to us to read WorldCrossing's postings on their "Rumors" thread or whatever it was. I did that. The thing is, so did many other users of WorldCrossing's other forums -- some of which are political in nature. If you have the button checked on your preferences that says "Make me a member of every forum I ever visit" (or whatever it says -- it's something similar), then I think you'll automatically be a member of the forums of people's posts that you read.... or something like that.... Anyway, it's a theory! And you know I love theories! (You may want to check your "preferences" page and see what forums you're a member of if you were reading that WX thread, too -- you can delete any that pop-up that you don't want to belong to, I think....)

I have to agree with people that the Crocs shoes are something I'd never wear. My feet are big to start with, so the last thing I need is big clunky plastic shoes! Give me my tennis shoes any day! (Random gripe here -- on the TV show What Not To Wear, they always insist that the ladies wear "stylish" pointy-toed shoes with high heels, and make fun of any other type of shoes. Well, newsflash, but pointy-toed high-heeled shoes HURT! And are very impractical on a soccer field, as well! I know, because I tried to wear a pair Saturday since we were leaving directly from there to go on our trip, where I was meeting friends I hadn't seen in awhile and I wanted to appear that I was at least somewhat up on the latest fashion trends...) I must admit that I do own a pair of Sketchers slide-on thingys that are very clunky and very comfortable, but I only wear them to run out and get the mail because they're easy-on/easy-off. (I would've never bought them myself, but a friend I was helping to move had them brand-new and didn't want them, so she gave them to me.)

We had a nice weekend -- got to visit a lot of friends I hadn't seen in ages, plus one gorgeous brand-new baby! Unfortunately Little Pince managed to break an hourglass knick-knack at the friends' house where we stayed , so they are getting a nice Amazon.com gift certificate from us today... It was a beautiful drive, too -- yesterday we visited my friend whose family owns an apple orchard on top of Carter Mountain which is right next to Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello -- the view from up there is breathtaking! It is the first mountain starting the foothills of the Blue Ridge, so on one side you can see for miles and miles of flatter land, and on the other side you can see the city and more mountains. We got some apples and some cider and a huge pumpkin, so it truly feels like autumn has arrived!

I was a very bad girl at the re-enactment -- I found a second-hand dress for sale that was made by a lady who is THE premier dressmaker for Civil War-era clothing -- her stuff is really top-drawer -- best quality material, lots of hand-stitching, everything 100% authentic. I have coveted one of her dresses for years, and I have some fabric on hand just waiting for an extra $600 or so to fall into my lap so I could have her to custom-fit me for one. Well, that hasn't happened yet, and I heard through the grapevine that she has closed her store in Gettysburg and sold all her in-stock dresses, and everyone is unsure as to whether she is going to do any more custom work or not. Anyhow, so I found this second-hand dress, and amazingly enough it fit me like it was made for me. Not exactly my best color, but for the fit, and the quality, and the second-hand price (which was still plenty high, unfortunately), I decided to go ahead and get it. Hey, I'm entitled to a little splurge, aren't I? I haven't had a new re-enacting dress in seven or eight years! I am sure Mr. Pince will love it... when he sees it... if he sees it... in a month or two...

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 25, 2006 7:55 am (#2548 of 2976)
Edited Sep 25, 2006 8:29 am

yesterday we visited my friend whose family owns an apple orchard on top of Carter Mountain which is right next to Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello -- the view from up there is breathtaking! It is the first mountain starting the foothills of the Blue Ridge. . .Madam Pince

IamnotjealousIamnotjealousIamnotjealousIamnotjealous. . .Oh, what the heck! I sure wish I could have been there! Sounds like a great day, Madam P.

Why do mothers always assume that friends of the opposite sex automatically carry a romantic interest?

That is not an assumption on my part - it is a fear (or perhaps a dread). I am afraid, very afraid when a boy is too nice to Olivia. LOL

I bought the pseudo-crocs because I thought they'd make a great pair of gardening/beach shoes. Not quite sure if I have it in me to wear them "out" somewhere. (They're very, well, pink.)

Enjoy the RotD/N, all!



painting sheila - Sep 25, 2006 8:15 am (#2549 of 2976)

Regan - maybe it is just hope on the part of the moms. There are so many druffen-heads that your sweet perfect girls could end up with. When a nice one that makes presents out of chocolate shows up - ding ding ding! - he wins the prize!

Roscoe the Dog ate my couch cushion. There is an ad in the paper for a Free Dog starting tomorrow. Any takers?


Snuffles - Sep 25, 2006 8:30 am (#2550 of 2976)

Put him on ebay painting shiela, there is a chance I may buy him. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 2281877974  I seem to be buying everything else on there at the moment! So far, in the last 7 days I have bought a Sleeping beauty dress, a Snow White dress, a Belle dress and a Pinocchio dvd. Help me somebody, I think I'm getting addicted. Goodness knows what hubby will say when he gets his next credit card bill

Thanks Madame P. I checked my other forums again and the ones I had mentioned before weren't on there, I think it just must have been a glitch.

p.s. Just in case anybody thought I was serious about putting a dog on ebay, I wasn't.

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Starling - Sep 25, 2006 8:35 am (#2551 of 2976)

Well, newsflash, but pointy-toed high-heeled shoes HURT!


What's so attractive about a woman in high-heeled pointy shoes who is obviously in quite some discomfort and can't walk properly? It's great fun watching them "strolling" by while sitting outside on Canal Street, I tells ya.

G'aaaaaaah, big bluebottle in my room.

Martje, off to fetch the fly swatter


Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 25, 2006 9:21 am (#2552 of 2976)

Madam P., it must be interesting being a civil war reenactor. I could never be one because, I could never decide on a side to be on because, the Civil War divided my ancestors half served in Confederate Army, while other half were Unionists from Texas who fled either to California or Nevada or madse their way north to join the Union army.


Madam Pince - Sep 25, 2006 9:30 am (#2553 of 2976)

You could be like Mr. Pince and just be both! He has ancestors on both sides, too. Some events he's on one side, some events on the other. In some of the TV documentaries he's filmed, we have to hope that people aren't looking too closely because often the same guys will be on opposite sides in the same scene, because they cut-and-paste the scenes together after they've filmed.

The other benefit to this arrangement, to him anyway, is that he gets to buy full uniforms/accoutrements/weaponry in both the Federal and the Confederate versions. Which is why I'm not too fussed about my new dress -- I will never even remotely begin to approach the amount of gear he has!

It is very interesting to do. The research is fascinating if you are a history buff. Have you researched your family history, Nathan? It sounds like you have. Isn't it fun?! I love it.


Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 25, 2006 9:45 am (#2554 of 2976)

Madam P., I have done a fair amount of genealogical research into my family's origins several of the families that make up my mother's extended family have been in Texas since 1718, and fought in American Revolution, and later in the Texas Revolution while other portions of her family migrated to Texas as late as 1905. My father's family is up of Alsatian, and Scottish immigrants who migrated to Texas in the period between 1840 and 1910.


Starling - Sep 25, 2006 10:40 am (#2555 of 2976)

He has ancestors on both sides, too.

You know, when you haven't read the rest of the thread, this is quite an odd statement.

My ancestors on my dad's side are from Hamburg (17th century) and Friesland (don't know how far back, they're an elite family called Halbertsma, but I think the elite thing is quite a new thing).


Madam Pince - Sep 25, 2006 10:59 am (#2556 of 2976)

LOL, Starling!

Wow, Nathan, you could do lots of re-enactments! American Revolution is big, too (that's one Mr. Pince wants to get into next... more uniforms and weaponry, you see..  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1242194059 .) and I believe they do quite a few living history things. Plus you could do cowboy action shoots with the 19th-century Texas connection. Never-ending play-acting opportunities for grown-ups...

Mr. Pince just walked in with a newly-obtained reproduction Henry rifle. I am soooooo not worried about the dress anymore....


Julie Aronson - Sep 25, 2006 11:50 am (#2557 of 2976)

Oooh Starling! Did you know that Frisian is probably the parent language of English? The History Channel is rerunning one of my favorite series, The Adventure of English and they start the first episode in Friesland.

OK. nerd alert...


painting sheila - Sep 25, 2006 12:03 pm (#2558 of 2976)

My husband's great-great uncles (I am not sure how many greats) were twins. One was the Sheriff of Dodge City, Kansas and one was a Marshal in Dodge City, Kansas. We laugh and say his relatives hung my relatives for horse thieving!


Good Evans - Sep 25, 2006 12:11 pm (#2559 of 2976)

Well, newsflash, but pointy-toed high-heeled shoes HURT! And are very impractical on a soccer field, as well!

LOL ROFL - I second that emotion!!!!


CatherineHermiona  - Sep 25, 2006 12:13 pm (#2560 of 2976)

I skipped a bunch of posts, I just want to say Happy belated birthday, Tim!

And just to say that I don't like a lot of homework, but one thing I adore - Maths homework! The harder assignments are, more fun it is. I love those exercises that take whole page just for one assignment. And chemical equations! I love to solve any problems that involve Maths! You might think I'm weird...



legolas returns - Sep 25, 2006 12:18 pm (#2561 of 2976)

Pointy high heal shoes are designed for what one might call "car to bar only". No walking/dancing allowed. Pointy high heal boots are wrong for the same reason-not practical. They put your full weight onto the front of your foot-it isnt comfortable.


haymoni - Sep 25, 2006 12:18 pm (#2562 of 2976)

Yep - I think you're weird!

Just kidding, Kate.

I'm just envious, that's all!


legolas returns - Sep 25, 2006 12:28 pm (#2563 of 2976)
Edited Sep 25, 2006 1:24 pm

Nothing wrong with liking chemistry and maths Kate.

He hee-I have found the only way to stay completely sane is to judge myself as normal not weird and then scale everyone else relative to what I am.

So the fact that I go to the cinema and watch the same film over and over and read the same books again and again particularly Harry Potter/LOTR is normal.

Edit-Also very geeky about Dr Who.


Denise P. - Sep 25, 2006 1:01 pm (#2564 of 2976)

Pointy toe shoes make your feet look like a slice of pizza. I will pass.

Madam P, are you going to post a picture of your gorgeous new dress?


Starling - Sep 25, 2006 1:11 pm (#2565 of 2976)

Oooh Starling! Did you know that Frisian is probably the parent language of English?

Indeed. Their common ancestor is Old English, in fact.

Ohthere sæde his hlaforde, Ælfrede cyninge, þæt he ealra Norðmonna norþmest bude. He cwæþ þæt he bude on þæm ... etc. ad infinitum.

Edit: oh, alright then, I'll give a translation: Othere said to his lord, King Alfred, that he, of all Northmen, lived furtherst north. He said that he lived in the etc.

And yes, I'm afraid I typed all that by heart.

Martje, also nerd


Winky Woo - Sep 25, 2006 1:41 pm (#2566 of 2976)

Madam Pince it certainly sounds like you can justify your dress by the amount of stuff that Mr Pince has! Doesn't it feel good to get something you've always wanted? I am a little old fashioned and hate having to get things on credit, so I'd rather save, and people think that that is peculiar! In todays society we all want instant gratification, when the anticipation can be half the fun so when you finally get it... Wow! Perhaps thats one of the reasons I love HP so much!

Martje, Do you live in Manchester? I work in the centre. It was the canal street reference that made me smile... you certainly get some colourful sights there. Where about in the Nederlands are you from? Mr Winky is from Utrecht, so we are going to be invaded by Dutch people for the wedding.

Azi, The trains seem to be going from bad to worse! What time are you going to Manchester Airport? You will probably fly over my house as I live about 15 mile east on the edge of the Peaks!

As for high heel shoes don't get me started... I love the fact they make my legs look slimmer and my posture better but I hate the fact that they are so impractical. Consequently I have about 80 pairs in the wardrobe all worn once then abandoned!

Has anyone any suggestions on a reading for the ceremony? It can't be religious because its a civil ceremony, but I'd perhaps like something a bit different than the standard ones.

Love Winky X X X


legolas returns - Sep 25, 2006 1:44 pm (#2567 of 2976)

Read from Harry Potter -something meaningful that Dumbledore says.


haymoni - Sep 25, 2006 1:47 pm (#2568 of 2976)

Not too much in the way of love poetry in HP.

Unless of course you count the Celestina Warbeck song!!


legolas returns - Sep 25, 2006 1:50 pm (#2569 of 2976)

Yes but there is all the stuff about love being the greatest magic of all.


azi - Sep 25, 2006 1:54 pm (#2570 of 2976)

Winky - I'll be on the train at about 6.50am, arriving about 8am. Latest check-in is 9.25 (half an hour before flight?!), but I'm not taking any chances. Chances are, I'll fly over my house coming back as well! I'm on t'other side of the Pennines under a flight path. I'll randomly wave from the plane at you!

Never having been to wedding, I can't suggest any readings!

Starling, I couldn't read that at all! I thought 'Ohthere' meant 'other'!

Congratulations on the new dress, Madam P!


Detail Seeker - Sep 25, 2006 2:31 pm (#2571 of 2976)

On the Frisian- English relationship: Both languages have a common ancestor.  The old Frisian and the old Saxon - as spoken by the Angles, too, seem to originate from one common root. So, in England, the Saxon language was confronted with celtic and latin parts and became English, while the Frisian languages developed with mainly Latin and other germanic additions to divide into Vlaams, Dutch (both = West Frisian), East Frisian, North Frisian at the North Sea coast and Plattdeutsch in other parts of northern Germany. So English, Dutch and Plattdeutsch share a lot of their grammar, words and linguistical figures.

This just as a short and not too precise summary of language relationships. It is always amazing to uncover these.

Even, if belated: Happy birthday,Tim !


Lina - Sep 25, 2006 2:48 pm (#2572 of 2976)

Belated happy birthday, Tim!

My little bit on the homeworks: please, what is Math without a homework? The kids here have school only half of the day. It used to be one week in the morning and one week in the afternoon. They are making many changes in the school system recently and one of the results is that all my kids have school in the morning now. And they come home around noon (Mihaela) or 1 or 2 p. m. (the other two). After that they have plenty of time for other activities, homework and leisure or playing, whatever they wish. Now, if they'd stay at school until 4 or 5 p. m. I guess I'd expect them to have their "homework" done at school. The bad side of not getting homework would be that they don't even think about the subject that they didn't get the homework to do. Like my Veronika and English, they rarely get an English homework and the result is that she touches the English book only when she puts it in her bag or takes it out. And she is not fond of the Forum, neither she has the time to spend in the chat room like her sister. The other problem is with Mihaela (the youngest one) because once that her homework is done, she expects me to invent more assignments for her. I'd just prefer the teacher to be the one who invents the assignments...

And, Azi, that avatar of yours is a real piece of art, magnificent picture!


The giant squid - Sep 25, 2006 2:55 pm (#2573 of 2976)

All this talk about homework had me thinking about when I was in school (back in the dark ages...). I don't remember having assigned homework. We had assignments, but were given time at the end of class to work on them. If we didn't finish before the end of class, we took it home to finish it. Apparently I was good at assignments, because I don't remember having to do a lot of homework...

High heels are uncomfortable devices to make you look "better"--in this case, to accentuate your calves & buttocks. Unfortunately, if the woman in question is stumbling and grimacing in pain, it kinda ruins the effect. I have no idea what forcing your toes into a point is supposed to accomplish...

No worries, Regan. We just want to make sure you don't let one or two bad experiences turn you off to the subject of science. It's too bad the one class you're interested in conflicts with your business class. I'd have to admit Business Studies will have a more immediate impact on your post-school life.



virginiaelizabeth - Sep 25, 2006 3:03 pm (#2574 of 2976)

WOW I just skimmed the last 38 posts...

I just clicked on 'your forums' to go to potty 5 words and got the message 'one or more of the four right wing wackos politics forum servers did not respond'. I wasn't aware I was a member of any of those forums. –Snuffles

I've never seen mine say "The Harry Potter Lexicon Forum" I've had "The Seattle Seahawks Forum"(which is weird as I'm a major Seahawks fan) and anything from '70, 80, and 90 Disco music' To how to fry chicken! It's crazy, and it only happens when I'm on fanfic!

We had a little bit of snow mixed with rain on Friday night, but it didn't stick.-Marie

You've-got-to-be-kidding-me. Seriously! Snow? It's September for crying out loud!

on the TV show What Not To Wear, they always insist that the ladies wear "stylish" pointy-toed shoes with high heels, and make fun of any other type of shoes. Well, newsflash, but pointy-toed high-heeled shoes HURT! MP

I have a wonderful pair with a 1 inch heel that are really comfy. I've had some that hurt before, but they are just so pretty. Yeah I know I'm weird, but I love shoes and I'm a serious girly girl!

but one thing I adore - Maths homework! The harder assignments are, more fun it is- Kate

Hmmm.... can we switch brains for a few weeks? I'm guessing you’re one of those people who has never cried from frustration when doing math homework-me however, well I lost count quite a while back!

Speaking of, I have a math test tomorrow! Gotta go!

Happy B-Day Tim!


geauxtigers  - Sep 25, 2006 3:06 pm (#2575 of 2976)

I adore - Maths homework! The harder assignments are, more fun it is. I love those exercises that take whole page just for one assignment. And chemical equations! I love to solve any problems that involve Maths! You might think I'm weird...

ROFL Kate! Those kinds of problems drive me crazy! LOL

Personally, I loved science my whole life until **dun dun dunnnn** chemistry. **avoids Chemysts' stares** I think it was the teacher, but I'm not sure I'll ever enjoy it. I thought we were going to be doing fun things, mini-explosions etc. 90% of it was math work that I didn't understand, 5% was boring to death (the little stuff that wasn't math problems), and the remaining 5% was time we wasted doing experiments that made no sense and were a huge waste of my time and everyone else's.

I love, love, love Biology though, I just find it so interesting and cool! Genetics, everything, its just cool! I had a great teacher, I learned a tone and I still remember it. It was a hard class, but I loved it, I wish I could go back and trade physics for Biology, but I can't. I can take AP Bio next year, I think I will...we'll see though...

As for pumps, well I don't typically wear them, only when I have too. They aren't that uncomfortable (at least the ones I have). But they are so pretty! What I don't get is when people where them to school on free dress days....its school...you are walking up and down stairs and all over, so what possesed you to wear heels? I wear flats, I'm tall enough as it is, I don't need 2 inches added to me!

SNOW?!?!?!?!?! Seriously! Seriously! I had a conversation about snow at lunch today with the exchange student from Germany. She laughed when I told her last year it was warm enough on Christmas morning to get buy with shorts and a sweatshirt, then on New Years, 5 days later, we had "snow" you know the kind that collect one the cars and under the eves. Its more like muddy ice than anything. We had us a muddy ice ball fight! That was the 2nd time it snowed in my life...the first time it stuck, I have the picture on my bulleton board, my dad made us a snowman about a foot tall! We had made one the night before that was about 10 inches tall! We were so proud!

Okay, best be off to do my homework...


Holly T. - Sep 25, 2006 3:24 pm (#2576 of 2976)

Congrats on the new dress Madam Pince!

Nathan--my husband's family came to Texas as part of Austin's Little Colony and mine came as part of DeWitt's Colony--people who don't know anything about Texas history will have no idea what that means, LOL. We each have ancestors who were at San Jacinto.

Chemistry--well, let me just say that I think I got extra credit for my creative writing in the lab reports. "Liquid was supposed to turn blue and bubble. Ours turned a lovely shade of pink. No bubbling." or "Percentage of error is approximately 512%, which may be part of the problem." Way too much math involved for me.

However, I did great in biology (as well I should have, given that my dad--now retired--was a biology teacher, not at my school, though).

My guidance counselor got annoyed with me my senior year because, while I agreed to take advanced biology for my science credit, I refused to take another year of math (I had enough math credits already) and refused to take physics or advanced chemistry (as if!). I ended up taking first-year Spanish (having already taken all of the available French classes) and study hall. The counselor was aghast, as I was the only person in the top 10 (top 10, not top 10 percent) of my class who wasn't frantically trying to pad my gpa with as many advanced classes as I could. I pointed out to the counselor that, as a liberal arts major in college I would only have to take one math class and three science classes (and ended up taking only two, as I tested out of biology for liberal arts majors).

Ha, I am perhaps sending the wrong message to the high schoolers here. Note: I double majored in college, graduated with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, etc., and have two graduate degrees. Just not in math or science.


Catherine - Sep 25, 2006 3:45 pm (#2577 of 2976)

Ha, I am perhaps sending the wrong message to the high schoolers here. Note: I double majored in college, graduated with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, etc., and have two graduate degrees. Just not in math or science. –Holly

I'm now Holly's biggest fan.

I did not take advanced biology my senior year because I was 1 of only 2 people who qualified, and they eliminated the course. As for math, well,......I just was thrilled not to take calculus. So I took an extra language class **waves to Holly** and AP History instead. As I got a "5" (best score then), it turned out to be a really good choice. The only 'downside' was that the history teacher and I hated one another ala Snape and Harry, otherwise I would have already taken AP History.

So, it turned out well after all.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 25, 2006 3:45 pm (#2578 of 2976)

Random gripe here -- on the TV show What Not To Wear, they always insist that the ladies wear "stylish" pointy-toed shoes with high heels, and make fun of any other type of shoes. Well, newsflash, but pointy-toed high-heeled shoes HURT!---Madam Pince

I believe, and this could just be me, the implication is that if you spend enough money on the shoes (read: oodles and oodles) they are better made and therefore comfy. However, I have yet to see a pair of Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blahniks on Sex and the City that didn't scream 'extreme pain inducing'. They sure are pretty though.

EDIT: Cross-posted with Catherine. **waves**


legolas returns - Sep 25, 2006 3:50 pm (#2579 of 2976)

I just bought myself some lovely inserts that you put in your shoes to realign your heel and ankle. Happy knees, heels and back are promised.


Madam Pince - Sep 25, 2006 4:19 pm (#2580 of 2976)

I have no idea what forcing your toes into a point is supposed to accomplish... --Squid Mike

According to the very insistent lady on What Not To Wear, it "lengthens the leg." Ummmm... yeah. OK. Whatever.

I used to run around in high heels all day long with no problem. All around Washington D.C., too -- seriously running -- through airports and museums and stuff. I think something happened, though, like perhaps old age. (Do your feet age faster than the rest of you? Hmmmm...)

Now, Denise, you know I don't have a digital camera, LOL! So no pictures of the dress. (Is this a subtle hint for me to get with the 21st century and buy a new camera? I would, except I just spent all my money on a 19th-century dress...) Anyway, I did find this picture online which is very similar to mine -- important feature being the yoked bodice which is "to die for" if you're a re-enactor -- very chic. My dress has much tinier and therefore many more pleats/gathers, however, and it is a tiny dark brown print on a beige ground. You wear a white collar and cuffs or undersleeves with it. It's not a fancy ballgown or anything, just a basic day dress, and so probably nobody but a hardcore re-enactor would get excited over it, but thanks to everyone who is excited for me!

So I can wear a corset but I can't wear pointy-toed shoes.... hmmmm... don't know what to think about that. Except that if your corset fits right, it really isn't uncomfortable. Which may be the same for the shoes -- I don't know...

Didn't like math. Didn't like science (except science fiction.) Didn't like homework. I can appreciate the value of all three, however...


Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 25, 2006 4:33 pm (#2581 of 2976)

newsflash, but pointy-toed high-heeled shoes HURT

I've always compared heels to the west's version of foot binding. I do realize some people can dance backwards in them but for the most part they limit a person's nobility greatly.

It is a beautiful day. Fall is here. I love fall. The Southwest Colorado mountains already got 3 foot of snow. LPO

EDIT: oops I mean mobility Thanks Madame P!


Madam Pince - Sep 25, 2006 4:36 pm (#2582 of 2976)

...they limit a person's nobility greatly. I agree 100%!!! And not to mention your mobility, too!

(I'm not picking on you -- I just think it's perfect! It works either way! LOL! Who can look noble whilst falling all over the place?)

Edit: Yes, but Ginny, your feet are only 16 years old! LOL!


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 25, 2006 4:43 pm (#2583 of 2976)

I have a really nice pair of pointy-toed shoes. They are made out of black leather, and were a bit on the pricey side, but I think they were worth it because I've had them for a few years now and they go with most of my dresses and such. Now that I've broken them in, they are really comfy. Maybe not tennis shoe or top-sider or Crocs comfy, but they don't rub or squeeze my feet so I consider that pretty good! A really good pair is definitely worth the extra money, they'll last forever!

Ok now that I've spent 10 mins. looking at shoes..... better go!

Oh and right now on fanfic, I had 'The Sugar Shack'...weird.


painting sheila - Sep 25, 2006 7:07 pm (#2584 of 2976)

Madame Pince - Your dress is to die for!! I love it!! I worked as costume mistress this summer for an outdoor drama and since this was the first year, I had lots of fun with designing and making the period pieces. We saved on the men - but the ladies we went all out - especially the Minuet dancers! The fabric alone was close to $200.00 and I don't even want to think about how much labor went into them. Enjoy wearing your dress! (the tiny little pleats are the best!!)

I have lots of high heeled pointey toed shoes in my closet, but they just don't function that well when you are trying to chase down a 5 year old in a grocery store.

A friend is coming over for sewing lessons tomorrow. I have no idea how much to charge her. She's a friend! YOu don't charge friends - but she says she will not come unless I charge her. She has a great new machine and I am itching to sew on it!

Chemistry in high school. Our teacher was a bit on the strange side - and I am being nice. After we had graduated, we found out he had been doing things with chemistry he shouldn't have. That explained alot!

Not much else going on here - OH!! I bought my first bag of candy corn of the season today - Fall is here!


Mediwitch - Sep 25, 2006 7:54 pm (#2585 of 2976)

Wow - lots of chatty people!

Madam Pince, LOVE the dress. If I still lived in VA I'd probably be into the re-enactments. In New England, that's weirder than hanging out on a Harry Potter Forum wearing Crocs! (I'm just kidding; there are a handful of re-enactment groups up here, but it's definitely not at the same level as in the South.)

I think that the man who invented pointy-toed, high-heeled shoes should be made to wear them! While I have plenty of shoes, you will not find one pair with high heels or pointy toes in my closet!!

**waves to Holly and Catherine** I took Latin 1 my senior year of high school, because the humanities English course I took conflicted with French 4. (It was the first humanities course offered in my high school, and I was one of 12 students asked to take it; how could I say "no"? My French teacher was appalled, though! )


Tazzygirl - Sep 25, 2006 8:08 pm (#2586 of 2976)

I just read through 60 posts. Chatty, huh??

Madam P.- your dress sounds gorgeous! Love the picture dress too! In 8th grade, my history teacher held a Blue and Grey Ball. All the 8th graders were invited, and we had to dress up either for the South or for the North. I found a beautiful old style silk hoop skirt dress that I absolutely loved. Too bad I had to rent it. It was awesome! I also find the Civil War up to World War II very interesting.

Taught my first lesson today! It went pretty well, kids listened and understood what we were doing. Went off my lesson plan a little bit, but that happens!

I have big, wide feet, so pointy shoes do not look good on me. And they are extremely uncomfortable. Clark and Born shoes for me, thanks!

Regan- I hope the girl liked the prezzy! It sounds yummy! (something I've been forgetting to say for a couple days now. Sheesh.)

Mom just called, so now I don't remember what else I was going to respond to or say. I guess I'll go lie down for a bit and read. Hectic last couple of days.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



Finn BV - Sep 25, 2006 8:19 pm (#2587 of 2976)

My, we were chatty today! 65 posts!

Soli, my mistake. Said Jane Austen, but meant Jane Eyre. Georgie Henley of Narnia fame is starring in a Jane Eyre miniseries as Young Jane. BTW, one of my teachers put grades online, but you had to have the password… which was decided by the student and not distributed to the parents. It was more of a check-up-on-yourself deal.

Ooh gosh, I hate homework just to give homework. I have even had teachers say to the class, "Well, I'm not giving you any other homework tonight, so why don't we make this the homework?" We have a project in BioChem which has us research a substance, its place in society, its history and its possible future. Mine is "wine." Do you honestly care how (this is quoted from the guidelines sheet) "wine affected the history of mankind"?? It doesn't even relate to what we're doing in class! (Other than that, I do love BioChem right now.)

one or more of the four right wing wackos politics forum servers did not respond –Snuffles

Julie, that's a glitch in the wc1 set of servers. It changes periodically to a bunch or random different names, which I assume are names of other forums on that server.

Madam P, we love Monticello! We were there a couple of years ago, it's gorgeous! I must have missed it in my skimming of posts, why were you are the reenactment? And congrats on the dress!! Sure you can splurge!

Kate, I love those exact types of problems too! We're not weird!

I think you're either a Bio person or a Chem person. I'd opt for Chem.

Squid Mike, why am I not in your post 2573???

Kristina, congrats on the first lesson!!

Enjoy the RotD!


Chemyst - Sep 25, 2006 8:53 pm (#2588 of 2976)

I'm happy you got a wonderful dress, Madam Pince. A soldier's wife ought to look at least as good as his gun.

I think you're either a Bio person or a Chem person. ~ Finn
So biochemists suffer from dissociative identity disorder? scratch

Does anyone really care what someone who has home schooled her kids all the way through really thinks about homework? Mildly curious? I'll put it in my personal introduction for awhile.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 25, 2006 8:59 pm (#2589 of 2976)

Does anyone really care what someone who has home schooled her kids all the way through really thinks about homework? Mildly curious? I'll put it in my personal introduction for awhile.---Chemyst

**rabidly curious, she rushed off to Chemyst's intro...**


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 25, 2006 9:13 pm (#2590 of 2976)

Ahhhhhh!!!!! The world is coming to an end!!! The Saints won tonight, which makes them 3-0 and the head coach is now down in the record books for being the first coach in Saints history to have a 2-0 record, and now it's 3-0. WOW! I'm in shock.

Do you honestly care how (this is quoted from the guidelines sheet) "wine affected the history of mankind"??

I try to apply this philosophy to math. When am I ever going to need to find the exact measurement of an angle in Degrees, minutes, and seconds??? Last time I checked no one cared or ever needed to know how to do it in the real world unless they became a teacher or some sort of branica enigneer person. Really, who came up with this stuff?!?? Does anyone out there (besides Finn and Kate, who are simply weird that way) care about learning anything more advanced than basic algebra?? Maybe this is why I'm so horrible at math, I don't really care about it. I can remember hating math back in first grade. I hated subtraction and I still do. Is that weird?? I know for sure that I will never major in anything math-like. ok

I really don't want to go to physics tomorrow. We should be getting our test back. I'm petrified to see what I got. Some one may need to have some mandrakes ready to give me at around 1 tomorrow. ahhh **isnotfreakingout-isnotfreakingout-isnotfreakingout**


geauxtigers  - Sep 25, 2006 9:31 pm (#2591 of 2976)

Yes the Saints are 3-0, and Shawn Alexander (Seahawks running back, 30 TDs last season, league MVP) has apparently broken his left foot... I heard then say that and my jaw dropped! My heart might've even stopped for a split second then I wasted no time getting my dad on the phone at work. I started babbling about his broken foot to find I wasn't talking to my dad...the guy I was talking to goes, "wait, I'm sorry I thought you were my kid!" my response was "I thought you were my dad!" Oops...anyway he is out for at least 4 games...great. Icing on the cake.

I'm a bio person for sure, but I can't help but wonder if having a different chem teacher would have made it more enjoyable.

Math -  ugg!   Yeah yall know what I think about math, I know, "its good to learn these things because if gives you a better understanding of the world etc." Don't think I haven't heard that a million times over! LOL, but since I have no choice, I must suffer through it and soon it will be my past and I won't have to deal with it!

Do you honestly care how (this is quoted from the guidelines sheet) "wine affected the history of mankind"??

ROFL Finn!! **thinking many inappropriate sarcastic comments that can't be posted here**That’s really funny, but wine? That’s random, you could probably make something random up, its such a broad thing! Its not like you can look back and say, wine greatly impacted society from the beginning of time...LOL

I'm really trying to be less pessimistic (I know I spelled that wrong!)but math uggg! On the flip side, I love French, Science, History, and English is okay!

Okay night everyone!


Madam Pince - Sep 25, 2006 9:42 pm (#2592 of 2976)

Now see, that's good homework -- I could have a lot of fun with an essay on how wine has affected the history of mankind...

Finn, I wasn't participating at the event this past weekend, just visiting friends. And shopping.

Tazzy, how did you get along wearing the hoop skirt? It's interesting, to say the least, for your first time anyway, isn't it? It was funny when my wedding planner offered to give me "instructions" on how to walk and sit while wearing a crinoline under my wedding dress -- I just told her thanks, but I'd had lots of experience! For awhile I think she thought I'd been married several times or something...

Sheila, maybe you could work out an in-kind trade with your friend -- you give her sewing lessons, in exchange for "time" on her new sewing machine? I wish I had you around to help me do some alterations on some old CW dresses...

Chemyst, those were beautiful thoughts you posted! Excellent point about homework being the ideal opportunity for parents and children to work and bond together. As you might tell from my hobbies, I do better with more "hands-on" learning (actually watching history being re-created before me) rather than abstract stuff like math. (And I plan to use your quote about guns and dresses... LOL!)

Way to go, Saints!


Solitaire - Sep 25, 2006 9:52 pm (#2593 of 2976)

Random gripe here -- on the TV show What Not To Wear, they always insist that the ladies wear "stylish" pointy-toed shoes with high heels, and make fun of any other type of shoes.

I often wonder, Madam Pince, if the fashion mavens on those shows realize that some people wear comfortable, well-constructed shoes because they are directed to do so by their doctors. If someone handed me a pair of pointy-toed, high-heeled stilettos, I'd throw them at him! Such shoes are responsible for many leg, foot, and back woes. No, thanks!

BTW, does anyone besides me think that some of the outfits those fashion mavens wear look awful? Finola Hughes on How Do I Look? is supposed to be helping fashion victims get their act together sartorially. I'll admit she is beautiful, but some of her get-ups make the hoochie-mama stuff I see on kids look stylish! Who ever told some of these people that they were stylish?

What's so attractive about a woman in high-heeled pointy shoes who is obviously in quite some discomfort and can't walk properly?

Hehe Starling! I agree! Besides, they are impractical for many more scenarios than a soccer field. Legolas is correct: They are for "car to bar only."

I have about 80 pairs in the wardrobe all worn once then abandoned!

Winky, are you really Sarah Jessica Parker in disguise? About the reading for the wedding ... Why not read the poem Cameron Diaz read for her sister's wedding in In Her Shoes? (BTW, what an appropriate movie to reference for this conversation!) The poem is i carry your heart with me by e.e. cummings.

I often wonder if women who wear those pointy, high-heeled shoes would ever have consented to have their feet bound. That was considered torture. Ah! I see LPO just brought up the same point. BTW, they may limit one's nobility, as well, if one falls on one's patootie while dancing backwards! LOL

Actually, Finn ... I think it would be interesting to know how wine affected the history of mankind.

Okay ... 60+ posts! Whew! I'm glad to know I am not the only one who hates high heels.


Winky, I just emailed you a link to a page with the poem on it.


Tazzygirl - Sep 25, 2006 9:58 pm (#2594 of 2976)

Madam P.- Tazzy, how did you get along wearing the hoop skirt?

It was really easy to move around in, didn't like the whole sitting moment though. I actually had a harder time of people not stepping on the hem of the dress, which dragged a bit on the ground. My mom took pictures of all of us in the outfits. If I find one, I might put it as my avatar for a bit... maybe...

Soli: ...the e.e. cummings poem Cameron Diaz read in In Her Shoes?

I love that poem. I read it in high school, I think 11th grade. My English teacher didn't go over it, I just found it in the textbook and wrote it down. Thought it was cool when I heard Cameron Diaz say it in the movie.


EDIT: For those of you interested, Barbara Walters interviewed Terri Irwin, and will be aired tomorrow (Tuesday) evening on 20/20.


timrew - Sep 25, 2006 10:23 pm (#2595 of 2976)

Thank you to all that wished me a Happy Birthday - belated or otherwise! When you get to my age, birthdays cease to have the meaning they once had, except on here! Thank you........


The giant squid - Sep 25, 2006 11:35 pm (#2596 of 2976)

You don't charge friends - but she says she will not come unless I charge her.--painting Sheila

Make her buy lunch. That should satisfy the criteria.

Does anyone out there (besides Finn and Kate, who are simply weird that way) care about learning anything more advanced than basic algebra??—virginiaelizabeth

I do. I'm one of those weird people who took adv. chemistry, adv. physocs & pre-calculus in high school for fun. Meanwhile it was an effort to stay awake in U.S. History & government classes...

Squid Mike, why am I not in your post 2573???--Finn BV

It's all in the subtext.



Winky Woo - Sep 25, 2006 11:48 pm (#2597 of 2976)

Thanks Solitaire!

That is a wonderful idea. You reminded me of when I was 17 studying my NEWTS, and I had a part time job in Argos (A catalogue shop) and although I had a steady boyfriend, one of the guys who was much too old for me (25) decided to try to "woo" me away. One such attempt was to say that I had inspired him to write a poem. Can you imagine his embarrassment when I pointed out that e.e. cummings had actually written it It was "somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond", which is an incredibly beautiful poem and just happens to one of my favourites!

Martje, thanks for the email, I know it seems a bit random how many posts you can make per day, but its based on the forum clock not UK time, so you can get caught by that.

Have a great rest of the day/night everyone!(ROTD/N did we agree that that abbreviation was acceptable?)

Love Winky x x x


essie125 - Sep 26, 2006 2:53 am (#2598 of 2976)

Hi Detail Seeker,

actually Flemish and Dutch do not derive from Old Frisian, But from old Low Franconian, which was spoken by the franks. Both High and Low german come from another language. So they do also not stem from Old Frisian. All these languages are in the germanic language tree. So they are related, but Old Frisian and Old Low Franconian are more like sisters, which makes Dutch a niece from old Frisian and not a daughter.


Starling - Sep 26, 2006 3:45 am (#2599 of 2976)

Let's face it, nothing that forces you to walk on tip-toe, shoves your toes into a cramped space, and gives you 1/2 square inch to balance on is comfy. Some high-heeled shoes might be more comfortable than other high-heeled shoes, but they'll never actually be comfortable.

I used to wear low heels, I love really old fashioned "granny boots", but I can't even wear those anymore, I cracked a bone in my foot by dropping a shampoo bottle on it (go on, laugh).

And you're right about Dutch and Old Frisian, essie, they don't come straight from the same common ancestor.

(Winky Woo, I sent you a mail about Manchester et al, I ran out of messages!)



Detail Seeker - Sep 26, 2006 4:44 am (#2600 of 2976)

essie, you are right, I should have researched further before writing.
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Julie Aronson - Sep 26, 2006 4:51 am (#2601 of 2976)

But it's all really interesting anyway!


essie125 - Sep 26, 2006 5:54 am (#2602 of 2976)

Yes it is isn't it. I'm doing a course about it at uni now and i had a discussion with a flemish girl about the relationship between Flemish and dutch, and we decided that they are sister languages, even though a lot of dutch people would like to call it a daughter language. But that is wrong, Afrikaans is a daughter language of dutch.


Starling - Sep 26, 2006 6:11 am (#2603 of 2976)

Flemish is officially the same as Dutch, not a sister language. At a push, I suppose you could call it a Dutch dialect. It's not a separate language, it's the same language, with a slighly different pronunciation and certain different words (although I'm sure a Flemish person would understand "auto" just as well as "voituurke", en "toetsenbord" as well as "klavier").

But yes, Afrikaans is a daughter language of Dutch. It's very different, but rooted in Dutch.


Eponine - Sep 26, 2006 7:17 am (#2604 of 2976)

I have tiny feet, and I cannot wear heels higher than a couple of inches or my toes go numb. Thankfully, I can buy boots in the kids' department; they're usually low-heeled. My feet are difficult to fit, so buying shoes is quite a hassle for me which is why I'm so addicted to flip flops. They just slide on, and you don't have to worry about anything else. I have some heels for certain outfits and dressing up, but I mostly wear low-heeled shoes.

I always liked math in school, and when I got to college I even thought about majoring in it, but my love of books won out. I majored in English instead.

My application for grad school was sent off yesterday. I have no idea how long it will take to hear back from them, but there shouldn't be any reason for me not to get in. So, hopefully, I'll be starting library school in the spring.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


haymoni - Sep 26, 2006 7:22 am (#2605 of 2976)

I wear a size 8 shoe and I'm only 5'1".

Adding another inch in "pointyness" to my feet is not something I want.

We always called shoes like that "cockroach killers", so maybe that makes me a bit biased.


Loopy Lupin - Sep 26, 2006 7:34 am (#2606 of 2976)

Do you honestly care how (this is quoted from the guidelines sheet) "wine affected the history of mankind"?? It doesn't even relate to what we're doing in class! (Other than that, I do love BioChem right now.)—Finn

Well, I guess I do care in the general sense that I care about history and enjoy approaching it from unique perspectives. One of my favorite Discovery/History channel pieces is about frozen food and refrigeration. These inventions had wide implications for the health of the public as well as social and economic implications.

I couldn't even begin to imagine the wealth of history behind wine.


haymoni - Sep 26, 2006 8:18 am (#2607 of 2976)

Maybe you'll see the relevancy when you are actually old enough to drink it, Finn. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 464751818


azi - Sep 26, 2006 8:35 am (#2608 of 2976)

Thank you for the comment on my avatar Lina!

Count me in for never wearing high heels. I never wear shoes anyway.

I felt a need to look up the history of wine, since Finn mentioned it. I found an interesting quote by Blaise Pascal - "Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same." It made me chuckle.

There is plenty of history there Finn! How does it link with Biochem though? Do you have to produce formulas for fermentation or something?


HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 26, 2006 10:40 am (#2609 of 2976)

When you get to my age, birthdays cease to have the meaning they once had. . .Timrew

Well, you can't expect a shiny new bike every year. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 464751818

I keep forgetting to mention the cool new avatars, azi, legolas and others but Lina's post reminded me. **waves**!

I have been coordinating a class trip to a nearby historical site for the 4th graders. All was 'go' until a parent of an "allergy child" said she can't make it. Now, 70+ children, the teachers, other parents and principal are disappointed. We are trying vehemently to get another date where the parent is available, though the site is booked. It ties in beautifully with their curriculum, as they start learning about the American Revolution and NJ.

The nurse did say they have cancelled class trips due to such circumstances.

Off to Trader Joe's.



Starling - Sep 26, 2006 11:41 am (#2610 of 2976)

My partner and I have decided to make birthdays more of an event. People often say "we've got nothing to look forward to anymore, we've had the weddings, kids, graduations, etc." So have decided to create something to look forward to. We're getting married at 80.

I hope the class trip works out, Maria!



virginiaelizabeth - Sep 26, 2006 1:10 pm (#2611 of 2976)

but I can't even wear those anymore, I cracked a bone in my foot by dropping a shampoo bottle on it (go on, laugh).

ROFL! Don't worry I bent my leg once and tied a string around it, then started hopping on one foot around the house, and of course, I lost my balance and not being able to extend my leg to catch myself, fell and broke my toe. It was pretty painful, but now I just laugh at my own stupidity. I think dropping a shampoo bottle on your foot is right up there on the stupid injuries list!

LOL haymoni, cockroach killers! that's what we call my dad!

It's such a pretty day outside! It was relatively cool out too! It's only 81F right now! Math test was a killer. My mom made a deal with me that she will buy me a pink "Sliver" cell phone if I manage to get an A for the quarter in either math or physics. I think she actually agreed to it because she knows it's not going to happen...I generally get C+/B- in both so it's a major stretch for me. Anyways, I do not beleive I've gotten any closer to it after taking the test.

Ahhh well, I think I may have some homework to do.

Have a great RotD everyone!!


legolas returns - Sep 26, 2006 1:12 pm (#2612 of 2976)

I had this strange prophesy/premonition thing were I imagined getting my foot caught in a wire fence. I still don’t know how I did it-it kind of wrecked my holiday. I was only about 13.


Starling - Sep 26, 2006 1:13 pm (#2613 of 2976)

Don't worry, virginiaelizabeth, a C+/B- is a pass too, isn't it? Some people just don't have a head for maths, however hard they try.


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 26, 2006 1:22 pm (#2614 of 2976)

Well, a C is considered "average" and I do my best to get A's amd B's, but math is just not my thing! It never has been, and my mom knows that so C's are acceptable in math only. If I got a C in say English mommy would probably skin me alive!


geauxtigers  - Sep 26, 2006 1:29 pm (#2615 of 2976)

LOL cockroach killers!

Well I'm about 5'6 and I've worn a size 10 shoe since I was in 7th grade. I wore a size 10 even though I was barley 5 feet tall. Thankfully I grew into them But they are still really big even though I'm taller..

Okay well best get started on my homework, I have dance tonight so I need to get something done before I leave.

Its a georgous blue day, low temps. One of those say that would make anyone smile and be all happy!


Detail Seeker - Sep 26, 2006 1:54 pm (#2616 of 2976)

Finn, for the history of wine: Nietzsche once said, you should mistrust any thought, that you had, when your body was not feasting. While it is really debateable, if a certain quantum of wine really is a feast for the body, it is considered such by a lot of people. Some politicians from all periods of history were deciding under the influence of wine or took advice by people intoxicated (e.g. Oracle of Delphi). So, researching, in how far the influence of wine had an impact on the way, influential people of some time handleed issues under the auspices of the biochemical effects of wine. (one example in Geoffrey Regan´s Book "military Blunders" is the british General Gillespie in Nepal 1814).

This may not be important for American or World History, but things in that direction might be something to look for.

For all those with Maths problems: Try to get a clear idea of the aim of any mathematical operation ("What is it, you want/ have to know" ) before every step, you take and then follow the recipe given. Then understanding the use of maths should be manageable. Remember the practical definitions of the operations, but do not try to understand the mathematical proof procedures - these are for mathematicians only.


legolas returns - Sep 26, 2006 1:56 pm (#2617 of 2976)

When a politician is very drunk they are described in the UK media as being "tired and emotional". Hee hee-I think that is a lovely description.


painting sheila - Sep 26, 2006 2:30 pm (#2618 of 2976)

Just a quick email before work -I am steaming mad!! I need all of you to put your thinking caps on and give me your two cents on this.

My daughter (will be 17 in November) in in the 11th grade and was nominated for Governor's School. YEAH!! She found out today that she is not eligible because of a test she took in 1st grade when she was 6 years old!! I am trying to make an appointment with the guidance counselor at school to hear it from her own mouth. Can you believe they would base something that important on something that happened 10 year's ago!!!


Starling - Sep 26, 2006 2:41 pm (#2619 of 2976)

*fumes with painting sheila*


Yes, go to the guidance counselor, it's beyond belief! A child develops and learns so much in 10 years! It sounds like they'll only accept child prodigies and won't accept kids who have worked hard for their results.


legolas returns - Sep 26, 2006 2:44 pm (#2620 of 2976)

What is Governor's School? I take it is some kind of Bursary for University/College. I cant believe that they would go that far back to exclude your daughter. Its ridiculous-How can they use that to work out your daughters ability now. No wonder you are mad. Can you make an appeal?


Catherine - Sep 26, 2006 2:46 pm (#2621 of 2976)

Does anyone really care what someone who has home schooled her kids all the way through really thinks about homework? Mildly curious? I'll put it in my personal introduction for awhile.---Chemyst

**rabidly curious, she rushed off to Chemyst's intro...** --Kim

**morbidly curious, she rushed off to Chemyst's intro, and enjoyed reading Chemyst's opinions about homework.**


Starling - Sep 26, 2006 2:46 pm (#2622 of 2976)

It's a school for gifted kids, where they go beyond the usual curriculum. At least, I think it is, correct me if I'm wrong!


Jewel  - Sep 26, 2006 2:47 pm (#2623 of 2976)

You have got to be kidding me! That is so not fair! They are basing their decision on a first grade test? I don't see how they can do that.


Catherine - Sep 26, 2006 3:19 pm (#2624 of 2976)


You may wish to review the site for Governor's school in your state. Usually, gifted and talented programs take recent test scores versus old scores; that is how the Duke "TIP" program works, for example.

I have never heard of a child being eliminated due to a 10 year-old score. That is patently ridiculous, and you are within your rights to wage a mighty protest. Generally, if a child has EVER scored in an upper percentile on a nationally normed test, that is sufficient.

Good luck, and I posted this publicly because I hoped that other parents who have children who score 95% + on standardized testing realize that there could be some benefits "out there" that you may not even be aware of.


Holly T. - Sep 26, 2006 3:34 pm (#2625 of 2976)

Congrats to your daughter Sheila and good luck with the school district!

I am trying to get my son's school to realize that he didn't stop being gifted and talented when they identified him as dyslexic--he needs services for both. They currently have him visiting the reading teacher with a group of students who are repeating third grade because they failed the standardized test, which led my son to say "me and the other kids who failed reading," wherein I said wait a minute, you haven't "failed" anything and I don't want him to get set up to do so by identifying himself as a failure. He's actually reading above grade level (it was fun last year trying to convince them to test him for dyslexia when he was reading above grade level--it's not that he can't read, it's how he reads--they finally referred him for dysgraphia and, surprise, found out he was dyslexic, which I'd been suspecting since the end of first grade), and him being a GT student actually delayed his dyslexia diagnosis since he is able to guess things from context in what he can read. We have a conference with his teacher and the reading teacher later this week.

When I was in high school my mom got so mad when she got a letter from the superintendent complimenting my parents on what a great home environment they had provided since I was a National Merit Finalist--the week before the school district had sent her a letter saying my younger sister's problems in her special ed classes (she is retarded) weren't the school's fault and that she probably had a poor home environment that made it difficult for her to learn. I thought my mom was going to go to the district office with both letters and tell them "it's the SAME house!"


Eponine - Sep 26, 2006 3:35 pm (#2626 of 2976)

I know that Governor's school can also focus on music, because a friend of mine went one summer and studied music all summer long.

And this isn't the movie thread, but I'm linking it anyway. Check out the new Luna picture here. She looks fabulous.


timrew - Sep 26, 2006 3:38 pm (#2627 of 2976)

H.H.:- Well, you can't expect a shiny new bike every year.

Well, I shouldn't keep wondering where the bike for my 57th is, should I?.........


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 26, 2006 3:51 pm (#2628 of 2976)

Check out the new Luna picture here. She looks fabulous.---Eponine

This prompted me to IMDb Order of the Phoenix for the first time and I saw a few movie stills. It appears all the boys have received a haircut, especially the twins, for which I give a fervent "Amen".


painting sheila - Sep 26, 2006 8:42 pm (#2629 of 2976)

Governor's School is a summer program which last for 6 weeks. Kids from all over the state are nominated in different areas - music, political science, drama, art, etc. My daughter was nominated by her drama teacher.

She is taking AP (Advance Placement) courses and has been since middle school. She has been nominated for the National Honor Society, and has made the honor roll every semester since middle school. I just can't get over this idea of using a test from 1st grade!

A friend said to speak with the counselor, find out whose policy it is, get a copy of the policy, try to appeal it, and if that doesn't work use the media. I have several friends who are lawyers, but I don't think this is their area of expertise. My friend said the threat of the media might be enough - especially in an election year.

Thank you all for your support.



virginiaelizabeth - Sep 26, 2006 8:46 pm (#2630 of 2976)

Sheila I'll have to agree with you, that's just dumb! I person is not the same person they were at 7, as they are at 17. When you're seven, it's addition and subtraction. By the time you reach 17, it's pre-calculus. It's insane that they'd her entry by her scored when she was 7! Come one the most important thing on her mind then was which Barbie she was going to play with, not hard work for school!

It appears all the boys have received a haircut, especially the twins, for which I give a fervent "Amen".

I'll second that! Mullets are just not in style anymore!


painting sheila - Sep 26, 2006 8:53 pm (#2631 of 2976)

In the stills of OoP, who is the tall kid to the left - slightly away from everyone else?

I have had several people say they will write letters for us on this one (Gov's School). It doesn't even make sense to use something from 10 years ago to determine your future! So, if she had a bad day and didn't test well this one day, she can't advance in high school. The people are loooney if they think we will take this quietly and calmly. She has had a perfect school record, too. No detentions - not even late fees from the library!!


Kerfuffle - Sep 26, 2006 9:03 pm (#2632 of 2976)

Hello, jumping in to put in 2 knuts about Finn's assignment regarding how wine changed the history of the world. I always thought one of the most important reasons was because wine and other spirits (rum and ale) were easier and healthier to transport on ships. Water tended to go foul and cause disease, but spirits stayed more bacteria free. This allowed explorers and traders to live through the voyages and extended the boundries of the known world. Now back to your regularly scheduled comments.

Kerfuffle (frequent lurker, but not regular poster).


geauxtigers  - Sep 26, 2006 9:20 pm (#2633 of 2976)

Yeah, Sheila, that is riddiculus! First grade, really?! I mean come on! Learning one plus one is wayyyyyy eaiser than finding the cosine of angle theta....which is what I'm currently studying as I have a huge test on tomorrow. But speak up! They can't get away with things like this!

Okay so I dance has started back, so from now until May, I will have bruised knees and feet from rolling all over the nice hard squishy soft, floor! YAY! Anyone who has ever taken dance, you know when you feel your knee "crunch" on the ground, like you can hear it, but its not your bones, but blood vessels bursting? Yeah thats my knees right now

And now that I've read a page and a half of the Canterbury Tales...and done ZERO journals for it, I think I'll go. And I have english 1st block...

It appears all the boys have received a haircut, especially the twins, for which I give a fervent "Amen". I second that as well! I'm so glad Fred and George cut theirs! Rupert too, I like Dan's hair short better, but I think it needs to be longer for Harry, but unfortualty, only the real Harry can grow his hair back over-night! The guy off to the side? The one with the long hair...I have no idea who that is...I was wondering that myself. Neville's hair looked weird too, I dunno it was combed weird or something.

Okay I have to leave now! No more forum, no more! For tonight at least!

Night everyone!


Tazzygirl - Sep 26, 2006 10:35 pm (#2634 of 2976)
Edited Sep 26, 2006 11:46 pm

Good luck with the Graduate application, Eponine!

Painting Sheila- that is just awful to hear. I hope you win the argument and your daughter can go to what sounds like a wonderful summer program! **battle charms** to you!

Had to skim through the last 30 posts, have a huge project due tomorrow, and have to type up the handouts. Looking forward to next week, as I have nothing due.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!


EDIT: Okay, need to vent for just a second. I have been waiting impatiently for Gilmore Girls to start up again. Tonight was it. Low and behold, Hawaii does not get the channel it airs on. The new 'CW' channel is I guess still underway here. Who knows. All I know is that it is not in the TV Guide, and the internet says 'local listing' with nothing lined up. It hasn't even been assigned a channel number yet. I missed the premier!! *sniff* I am sooooo glad Grey's Anatomy and LOST are on a different channel!



The giant squid - Sep 27, 2006 12:10 am (#2635 of 2976)

painting sheila, I guess all that stuff about things "going into your permanent record" is true. I'd say it depends on what the 1st grade failed test was for, but I really don't see how that could affect things 11 years later. Obviously she's gifted enough now to qualify...

Holly, I'm sure it was frustrating as all heck at the time, but that's actually kind of amusing about your son--they couldn't diagnose his "learning disability" because he's too smart. Remind him of that the next time he starts identifying with the "failures".

I have to say a big THANK YOU to Winky Woo--I won that E-bay auction! I ended up paying $26 plus shipping, which is pretty much what I'd pay for a new hardcover. Since this is a hardcover of a long-out-of-print book, that's a good thing. Just one more Heinlein book to go & I can finally focus all my obsession attention to HP.



S.E. Jones - Sep 27, 2006 12:35 am (#2636 of 2976)

Holly, schools can be very bad about getting kids the help they need. My little brother had a combination of hearing, vision, mental, and speech problems, but no one (aside from my family) realized it for years. Finally, my mom decided to have him tested on her own and found out that he was blind as a bat and nearly deaf and possibly had/has ADD (although he's learning to handle this problem really well). The school refused to get him any help and said it was from my mother mollycoddling him (what a thing to say to a woman's face, and in this day and age too!). As it turns out, schools somehow end up getting more money out of not having any truly learning disabled kids. My mom nearly killed the grade-school principle over it. The people who the school finally got to look him over said, "well, he's just going to be a D student, get used to it and don't expect too much". Well, he's now a B student and talking about college, so shows what the so-called experts know..... Anyway, just wanted to rant a little as I know where you're coming from.


Regan of Gong - Sep 27, 2006 1:07 am (#2637 of 2976)

Remember Nizlopi and the JCB song? I was reading the inspiration for that song, and it's written by a guy who was bullied at school because of his dyslexia. Really nice song...he says it's funny though, giving kids who can't spell a name no-one can spell. Here's the official site for anyone's who interested in reading more.


Marie E. - Sep 27, 2006 5:05 am (#2638 of 2976)

While I was student-teaching I helped identify a boy who was dyslexic. I was impressed that despite his "disability" he was still a B student. What tipped it off for me was when I would write the spelling words on the board and he would copy them with letters reversed ex: exit was eixt.

Lovely, lovely fall weather here, sigh. It's hard to enjoy it while all the doomsayers are predicting a horrible winter, but I'm trying.

Mr E suspects that our girl bunny may be pregnant again. She's very irritable and was seen tearing fur off poor Pickles last night. He warned me not to let the girls get to them first this morning just in case she delivered prematurely like last time.


haymoni - Sep 27, 2006 7:15 am (#2639 of 2976)

They actually poured the cement for my porch yesterday. Yes - my porch. You remember - the one that they started about a month ago?

Hubby's friends were working on it in their spare time and then we had a bunch of rain, so it has taken longer than we thought.

I really didn't care, as long as it was done for Halloween when the Trick-or-Treaters come!

I fell asleep watching The Contender Finale last night. I woke up in time to see the end. They had a trailer for "Rocky Balboa". It looks awful!


Chemyst - Sep 27, 2006 8:39 am (#2640 of 2976)

schools somehow end up getting more money out of not having any truly learning disabled kids

That is not technically true. It may be that the extra funding they receive is not enough to cover their local costs, but schools do get more money. It may also be that your district is not bad enough or impoverished enough to quality for the full amount the school thinks it would need to help him. If you are a masochist, you can check the US Dept. of Education website if you wish, but wading through the NCLB, IDEA, and LEA acronyms... well, it's enough to make the Ginny & Tori's physics homework look fun & exciting. Oh, and maybe we should send condolences to Denise's school district now that Mr. P retired. School districts also receive funding if a child has a parent on active duty in the uniformed services.

Holly, I am hearing of more & more cases like yours. It really takes a parent who is willing to go to bat for their child. S. E. Jones, I have also been on the receiving end of the "well, he's just going to be a D student, get used to it and don't expect too much". For us, the correct response was on that! It hasn't been a cakewalk, but my son is doing far more than the experts had predicted.

Yea Haymoni! I'm glad you got your porch in before you had to worry about freezing temperatures.


painting sheila - Sep 27, 2006 9:04 am (#2641 of 2976)

I talked to the counselor today and found out that it wasn't a test from 1st grade but one from 3rd. (Like that made me feel any better). It was an aptitude test that she was given before she was diagnosed with a learning disorder. I asked about taking an aptitude test now - but she said not to expect much because these "types" of things don't change over the course of years. I find that very hard to believe.

Anyway, I am going to the Governor's School website to see what I can find about this policy and then talking to my daughter to see how much of a fight she wants us to do. I am willing to do whatever but it has to be her call.

Thank you all for your support. You are the best!

PS Regan of Gong - "places to go, people to be . . " Loved it - Funny!


Catherine - Sep 27, 2006 10:06 am (#2642 of 2976)

I asked about taking an aptitude test now - but she said not to expect much because these "types" of things don't change over the course of years. –Sheila

The counselor is an idiot, plain and simple. Many students who are severely affected by ADD or ADHD have achievement scores that shoot up once they are medicated, for example, or take the test is a separate room from other children.

My daughter had severe fluctuations in scores when she started having seizures, for example, and when she stopped having seizures.

I've also seen students who have dyslexia do quite well if they have extra time.

If one test is enough to qualify folks for programs, it's hard to think that one ten year-old test could disqualify someone.

EDIT: Sheila, the eligibility requirements for NC's governor's school are on the web. Here's a link to the requirement: http://www.ncgovschool.org/docs/nomination/2007nominationpacket.pdf . Notice that the test must be "recent."


Madam Pince - Sep 27, 2006 10:20 am (#2643 of 2976)

LOL haymoni, cockroach killers! that's what we call my dad! –Ginny

Your Dad is a pointy-toed shoe?!? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042

My mom made a deal with me that she will buy me a pink "Sliver" cell phone if I manage to get an A for the quarter in either math or physics. I think she actually agreed to it because she knows it's not going to happen...

Yeah, Moms are clever that way...

If one test is enough to qualify folks for programs, it's hard to think that one ten year-old test could disqualify someone. –Catherine

An excellent point! Worthy of legal standing, in my opinion! Seriously, Sheila, I cannot believe that objection they're pitching you -- it is ridiculous. For what it's worth, I think you should continue to try to push for it -- I went to Governor's School the summer between my junior and senior years, and it was a fantastic experience. It really broadened my horizons from my little ol' podunk school and allowed me a greater awareness of what other options were out there for college classes. (It's also where I found the enormous cockroach in my bathroom medicine cabinet that I'm sure I told you guys about, but hey, that's beside the point... I just wanted to see if I could get in the word "cockroach" twice in one post via two separate references...) Governor's School is a wonderful "prep" for the college experience, and I'm sure your daughter would benefit tremendously from it, (plus it looks great on college applications and resumes! ) Congratulations to her on the nomination! Good luck on your efforts!

Congratulations on winning your auction, Squid Mike!

Holly, that was a great story about the two letters from school with the opposite viewpoints about the same home! LOL! Just goes to show -- form letters are never a good idea! Neither is judging a book by the cover -- nor a kid by one test score!

Woo-hooo! for Haymoni's new porch cement! It should move really fast now that the concrete is poured -- it seems like that's always what slows down most construction projects.

Bunny-maternity-commiserations to Marie E.... Sigh...

Maria, I can't believe that a field trip that was all set for 70+ people is being derailed because of one parent???!!! How sad for everyone else! Seems like surely something else could be arranged for that one kid, or else the parent could graciously agree to keep the kid home that day, or something.... Hope something is worked out!

Good luck on the admissions application, Eponine! I'm sure you're in!

Edit: Woo-hoo, Denise, and congratulations to your son! That's fantastic!


Denise P. - Sep 27, 2006 10:24 am (#2644 of 2976)

I just got a call from my 7th grader’s counselor at school. His test scores have brought him to the attention of some program at Duke University. Even though he is only 12, they want him to take the SAT or ACT and then they monitor him for the next several years. She also is moving him up in math and english (outside of his grade) based on his test scores and grades. He is all a twitter..thinking if it continues he could graduate with his older brother.


Catherine - Sep 27, 2006 10:49 am (#2645 of 2976)

Denise, is the program the Duke TIP program? It's very well respected. Many of the gifted juniors and seniors I taught in Durham, NC years ago participated in TIP and really enjoyed it. The summer programs there are wonderful, although I remember that my fellow graduate students and I were a bit taken aback to see middle-schoolers taking summer classes at college!

I'm currently teaching some 7th graders who are nervous about taking the SAT and have been coming to me for coaching. As some of them are taking 10th grade math, I've assured them that the math section should be easy for them.

Congratulations on having such a smart 7th grader. I'm sure he gets it from his mum.


Starling - Sep 27, 2006 11:12 am (#2646 of 2976)

Wow, you've all got such clever kids! Mine isn't half bad, but his school is terrible, so he's under-achieving.


Kip Carter - Sep 27, 2006 11:38 am (#2647 of 2976)

Denise, the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) has an excellent reputation and I strongly support the concept. Our daughter was identified early as gifted and thoroughly enjoyed TIP. Being identified will start the inquires from colleges very quickly. I remember when Lu received her initial letters from college guidance counselors.

I congratulate your son and tell him to enjoy being a kid (a real smart one, at that) for a long as he can because you can not ever regain your lost childhood. Tell him to let his brother graduate alone, instead of sharing the spotlight with him at that time. Then he can enjoy his graduation with kids his own age and not have to share that event with his brother. I suggest that he take more advance courses like some of the students that Catherine refers.

Taking the SAT or ACT early should be no problem for your son. I would suggest that he find out what the SAT and ACT are and how the tests are conducted. Tell him to just do the best he can and definitely not worry about the results. The test will tie up a Saturday morning.

Yes, I agree with Catherine and am sure he gets it from his mother, even though I am sure that Mr. Denise feels that he is an equal part of the equation.


painting sheila - Sep 27, 2006 11:48 am (#2648 of 2976)

Kids get everything positive from their mothers - why else would we blame all the bad stuff on fathers? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 2281877974

Denise P. - Yeah! Congrats on the Duke TIP Program. Both of my kids were asked to attend the program - there they go again - over achieving when they have no aptitude!

I have heard the more opportunities and child has to take the SAT or ACT the better it is for them. They know what to expect and can relax a little when it really " counts".

There was someone on TV today talking about Social IQ. Has anyone heard about that or happen to catch the program?

Off to vacuum out the car - FUN?


azi - Sep 27, 2006 11:50 am (#2649 of 2976)

Congrats Denise P!

I hope you get your problem sorted, Shelia! Never heard of a social IQ...

I got on holiday tomorrow! I'm excited, but hopefully I should sleep tonight!


legolas returns - Sep 27, 2006 12:03 pm (#2650 of 2976)

I think that the social IQ that you talk about is the "Empathy Quotient". Its all about knowing the correct way to deal with people and saying/doing the correct thing.
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CatherineHermiona  - Sep 27, 2006 12:17 pm (#2651 of 2976)

OK, just a quick word. I'm not a Bio or Chem person, I love Chemystry, but I blame the teacher for it being one of my worst subjects. I don't like Biology, I blame the teacher again. I had an A in Biology, but that's something else. I had a B in Chemystry (but I started this year good, I already have two As in Chemystry). I'm totally Maths person. I love Maths. Maybe it has something to do with the teacher as well. And I'm not the only one (well, I am in my grade, as far as I know...).

Coach called me today! Practices are starting! I can't wait!

That would be it.



Tazzygirl - Sep 27, 2006 12:20 pm (#2652 of 2976)

Have fun on your trip tomorrow, Azi!

Wow, Denise! Congrats to your son!

I went through school not taking the SAT or the ACT. Growing up, my mom was a huge believer that a child should not be judged solely on test scores. The one and only SAT test I took was my junior year of high school, the PSAT, for a chance at a scholarship. In California, if you go from high school to a community college and then to a university, you normally don't have to take the SAT. So I managed to get out of that one too. The year after I graduated from high school, they started up the high school exit exam. I feel that this test is pointless, as some kids just don't do well testing no matter how many hours they spend studying and preparing (i.g. kids with learning disabilities). If a kid is doing really well in his/her classes, but bombs the exit exam, they cannot graduate. At least, that is the rule at my high school. I think now, several years later, the parents have protested enough that the school district lessened the consequences.

Okay, back to class!

Have a great RotD/N!



HungarianHorntail11 - Sep 27, 2006 1:27 pm (#2653 of 2976) Reply
Edited by Catherine Sep 27, 2006 2:30 pm

Madam Pince, I spoke with the nurse and asked her if it was common to cancel a whole class trip due to one person and she said they've done it before. It appears as though they would be subject to legal ramifications of sorts. I am certainly not advocating any sort of disregard toward children with allergies - I know some of them can be life-threatening - but surely there has to be a happy medium with regard to how such a situation is handled. I contacted the historical site and they were willing to hold the 4th and since have found out that the parent can make it. Subsequently, we sent around another notice with the change in date. Some of the parents are now confused and are not sure as to whether they should send a bag lunch or not, as we are eating at the picnic site. I am hoping no child ends up without a lunch.

Thanks for your concerns, Martje & Madam P.

Congrats to all of the brainy offspring! Hope everything works out for your daughter, Sheila.


I edited this post to remove a link to cnn.com about a school hostage situation. Hungarian Horntail didn't start this, but let's not hash out national tragedies on our Chat thread! Let's also not post minute-by-minute updates of news stories unrelated to Harry Potter or our chats here.-Catherine


geauxtigers  - Sep 27, 2006 3:11 pm (#2654 of 2976)

Okay, lots to says, I took notes!

Ginny went shopping with our friend, I'm going to meet them for dinner later. I didn't feel like going and listening to them decide what to try on, try it on, to turn around and change their mind 100 + times. I like shopping when I know what I want, not when you just go to look and mingle amoungst the clothes after being at school all day! I'm tired!

exit was eixt. This reminds me of an e-mail my mom sent me a few years ago, this is what it said, I was surprised to find that I had no trouble reading this. Ok here goes: I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs isbcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt Isn't that cool!

well, it's enough to make the Ginny & Tori's physics homework look fun & exciting. Wow that must be bad! LOL

I just got a call from my 7th graders counselor at school. His test scores have brought him to the attention of some program at Duke University. Good for him, Denise! I also took that in 7th grade. I don't remember how I did, I think average, it wasn't high enough for what ever they were looking for out of it. But then again, I don't think I studied at all for it, I looked at it and was like, ummmm yeah, sure! I know what that means! LOL

some kids just don't do well testing no matter how many hours they spend studying and preparing That me! 3rd through 6th grade, we took something called an ERB, I have no clue what it stands for, but it was a standardized test. 7th I took SAT, 10th I took the PSAT and I'm fixing to have to take that again. Then I think the SAT is in January or something. Anyway, my standardized tests scores have never reflected my GPA or anything. If people saw just my PSAT scores and such they'd think I was dumb as a rock. I hate that you have to do well on these to get into college. It makes me nervous because I know I've never tested well. Oh well, all you can do is try. I've got 4 shots between now and when I graduate to take it so!

Okay I'm off to take a nap and do some work.


legolas returns - Sep 27, 2006 3:16 pm (#2655 of 2976)

I am going home for a long weekend to my parents. I was supposed to spend my time this evening doing my packing and tidying up. I have only managed to find my photo ID and do tonight dishes. There is always something better to do-I am so easily distracted . Will wave to people north of Birmingham why I fly tomorrow afternoon.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 27, 2006 4:36 pm (#2656 of 2976)

Holly, I am hearing of more & more cases like yours. It really takes a parent who is willing to go to bat for their child. Chemyst

Here here! Parents are always the best advocates for their children. Teachers cannot possibly know the needs of each child. I wish parents would be more active partners in their children's education.

Legolas, home to Edinburgh? LPO


Catherine - Sep 27, 2006 4:41 pm (#2657 of 2976)

If anyone needs a laugh, (and boy, do I!!) you may smile at the following: Catherine is accompanying her 7th and 8th grade students on their big field trip to "Camp Cheerio." Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 793915934

We will all be traveling, eating, sleeping, and enjoying camp together in the mountains of North Carolina from October 9-13. Our activities range from mountain hikes to caving to canoeing.

I had the unpleasant task today of educating 7th grade girls that there are only two plugs in the bathroom, so it would be fairly ridiculous for everyone to bring a blow-dryer or flat-iron for hair care. The good new is--I didn't have to tell the 8th grade girls, who are much prissier in general!

Ultimately, I was impressed with my ladies. They got together in a pack, doled out snack duty, appliance duty, and entertainment duty. They amazed me. I pity the boys. They don't have a clue!

I feel certain that at least one of my female students will be an important elected official some day.


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 27, 2006 6:21 pm (#2658 of 2976)

Ahh Catherine, we went to a camp in 8th grade that sounds very similar to "Camp Cheerio" (LOL at the name!) It was called "Mo Ranch" Well, our class in general has said to have a horrible curse over it...I could go into detail about our terrible luck, but I'll save time and get on with my story. So we spent 11+ hours on a bus heading to the middle of nowhere. We left on Sunday, and by Tuesday morning, the teachers had to send a busload of people home as around 20 people came down with the flu. I spent the entire week thanking my mother for forcing me to get my flu shot, that I really didn't want to get because I hate shots! But anyways, it was a really fun trip with lots of high ropes courses and other really fun activities! I love that kind of stuff, but it was a shame that around 40 people got sick throughout the trip, even some of the teachers. My advice...get a flu shot! We joke about it now calling it "the Mo Ranch Plague" , but it was not a fun experience to be in a confined space with people who had 103 F fevers. Hope y'all have fun! **walks away imagining Catherine sitting by a campfire eating s'mores and singing kuum-by-ya**

I had fun shopping today. Didn't get anything but my friend did. We ended up lost trying to get home, which was pretty funny trying to figure out where we had gone wrong.

Madame P, he's not a point-toed shoe, just the person you wake up at 2 AM when you see a roach in your room! LOL

Ok well better go do some homework...uggg.

Have a great RotD!


boop - Sep 27, 2006 6:26 pm (#2659 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Wishes for Viola(Michelle)Sept 28th. I hope you have a wonderful day!!

I hope everyone is having a good week.

Denise, congrats to your son.

Catherine, I hope you have a good time on your field trip.

Sheila, I hope your daughter can go this summer to that school.

Have a great rest of the day!!




Madam Pince - Sep 27, 2006 6:40 pm (#2660 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Viola Intonada! Have a fantastic day! Eat lots of cake!

Maria, glad it sounds like the field trip's been saved. I just can't imagine trying to organize 70 people to be able to all be available for something at once -- we can't even get a family of 10 to all agree on a camping weekend date! (Well, I guess it's not really 70 is it -- just however many parents need to go along? But still...) In order for our camping trip to work, somebody is giving up a soccer game, somebody is missing one day of the trip in order to be able to go to a Homecoming dance, and somebody is getting to attend because we re-scheduled from the weekend prior when he had a bicycle race -- so there was no way for everybody to be happy. Sigh...

***waves at Kate and Boop!***


Finn BV - Sep 27, 2006 8:17 pm (#2661 of 2976)

So biochemists suffer from dissociative identity disorder? --Chemyst, coincidentally

LOL, I meant that the two are quite different and people usually fall for one and hate the other. But some elect for both. I am taking BioChem at school now, because I think I'd rather enjoy both better than taking Bio this year and Chem next. BTW, you have a very unique idea on homework, which I appreciate wholly.

Ohh, Ginny and Tori, I think math is quite useful. But it's a superb teacher who can show you that connection to the real world. PS, Tori, I considered writing some of those "inappropriate sarcastic" things in my report, too…

Actually, Finn ... I think it would be interesting to know how wine affected the history of mankind. –Soli

Soli, I understand from another perspective this could be a very interesting topic to research. However, as a project in BioChem, where one has to research a substance's history, etc., it doesn't make any sense, considering that we are learning nothing about wine (or any of the other substances people have – e.g. salt, rubber, rice, rum). It seems like one of those old "don't have any other work to give so I'll give them this" projects. We've only done the Bio part of BioChem so far, but in an AP Chem class I could see how this would be an appropriate topic.

On the other hand… Immo, thank you for your information. I'll look into that tonight and tomorrow.

Maria, good luck charms with the field trip!

Sheila, we'll all sign a petition. How awful! And besides… what could you take a test on in first grade that had to do with drama?

Holly, there are plenty of dyslexic kids at my school, and others with different learning disabilities. It was a big issue last year concerning "special" learning, but I wasn't following it too closely and can't tell you the resolution, sorry… However, kids don't have a lesser chance of getting into the school based on their level of learning.

Kerfuffle, thank you! I have a variant of that already, but didn't expand on it all the way.

If you are a masochist, you can check the US Dept. of Education website if you wish –Chemyst

SPEW! That was rather amusing… I think I'll go check it out just because.

Denise, congratulations to your son! Which is this, Ryan? That's great news -- have him keep it up!

Kate, are you starting up archery again or some other sport? PS – Sorry I haven't been in the chat room, I do want to "see" you again now that you're better!

Catherine, sounds mildly like the "Dorr" program at my school where I was for a week in February, and twice in the past two months. Have fun! (This was written before I scrolled down to see Ginny's post… )

Happy Birthday Viola!!

We had another Cross-Country Meet today, I got around 7th. Eek, I need to keep up my reputation from last year! I'm going to do some more mental training this week.

Enjoy the RotD!


Mediwitch - Sep 27, 2006 8:34 pm (#2662 of 2976)

Just an FYI on the special education comments - school districts actually get penalized by the federal and state governments if they identify "too many" children as having a disability. (Of course, special education (SpEd) is already yet another program that does not receive all the funding the governments promise. I know I am not alone when I spend serious amounts of my own money on classroom supplies and materials, and HOURS making more materials, because we can't get money to buy what we need.)

By the way, at least in Connecticut, having a diagnosed disability doesn't automatically qualify a student for SpEd services. There has to be documentation of the impact of the disability on the education of the child. So as a really clear example, a child with a physical disability which limits mobility might not need SpEd, because he is able to access his education and learn without special help. He might need physical therapy (PT), but if he doesn't need PT to LEARN, he won't get it in school. (Obviously, it gets into much more "gray" areas than that example.) Schools don't provide the same kind of services hospitals or clinics provide, because the goal is slightly different, even when the disability is in learning.

Every state is different in their criteria, and every school district interprets those criteria slightly differently. Are there children who need services who don't get them? Sadly, that sometimes happens. But sometimes there are other reasons which may not be apparent to people outside the school system. I'm all for parent involvement - school is so much more successful for everyone when parents are involved. But please don't beat up the teachers that have to work within the system. I know lots of special educators, and I can tell you, it's not a job for just anybody.

Chemyst: If you are a masochist, you can check the US Dept. of Education website if you wish. Chemyst is right; just a little light reading there.Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1242194059   Special educators are supposed to know everything from neurology to behavior modification, be familiar with all the legal alphabet soup from IDEA, ADA, NCLB...oh yeah, and somewhere in there we've got to teach the children, too, the same material from the regular classroom, but in a different way, so that the kids understand it.

I hope this doesn't come off too hard; it's a subject that's a little close to home for me. We've recently taken some undeserved bashing from some parents whose kids we've worked really hard with. I leave for work at 7:30 am, and today, for example, I left school at 6:00 pm. That's not unusual, for me, or the other special educators I work with.

Wow, Denise and painting sheila! Congrats to your kids!

Happy Birthday, Viola Intonada! SmileyCentral.com


Mrs. Sirius - Sep 27, 2006 9:15 pm (#2663 of 2976)

Mediwitch, I live in Connecticut too. I am surprised at HOW many kids are labeled as special needs. Possibly more than a quarter of the kids in my children's classes have special classification and accommodations, including Talented and Gifted. Many of these are multiple labels.

I think our teachers do an incredible job with the kids. In the classrooms there is a seemingly endless stream of special needs paraprofessional, student teacher and parents. In a one hour period in the classroom, I have seem as many 4 special professionals come in to provide services or pull the kids out for specials. this is not to mentions parents falling over each other to be in the classrooms.

Chemyst thanks for the link to the site, it was enlightening.

Denise wooa, congratulations!

Good luck painting sheila.

Tim, HAPPY Birthday.


S.E. Jones - Sep 27, 2006 9:19 pm (#2664 of 2976)

Mediwitch, thanks for the inside info. Unfortunately, not all people in schools are as concerned with the kids' education as the teachers are. Some of my mom's best friends are teachers, but it's the principal that always gave her a problem when it came to trying to get help for my little brother, and my little sister when she was in that school. Of course, this lady was the same one who thought the best way to get me to work faster in class was to threaten to send me to detention if I didn't... .... The lady's main way of helping kids was to simply hold them back a grade at a time until they read on the same level as everyone else. You should hear the teachers at that school talk about what goes on there with funding and stuff.... It'd make you want to scream.....

Speaking of teachers, one of my mom's friends happens to be the teacher I had in third grade. As I said the principal, as well as my second grade teacher (she was apparently the one who started the whole thing) would routinely drag me down to the office to threaten me with detention or whatnot because I didn't work at the same pace as everyone else in my year and because she thought my parents did my homework for me (because she apparently thought someone who worked so slow must be that slow mentally). My 2nd grade teacher went as far as to drag my mom in and chew her out for doing my homework and wrote a note to my 3rd grade teacher "warning" her about me. That teacher (3rd grade), who I will always remember, took me aside the first day of class, showed me the "warning" letter, and told me what she thought, that I was just someone who worked at my own pace, like her, that I shouldn't try to make my brain work differently just to suite someone else, and that I should focus more on the quality of what I write instead of the speed with which I write it. It doesn't seem like much now, but to a 9/10-year-old, it meant quite a lot. She was the first teacher I'd had in a couple years (at that point) that told me I was fine just the way I was. It's really amazing when you think just how influential a teacher can be, for the better or for the worse.


painting sheila - Sep 27, 2006 9:24 pm (#2665 of 2976)

Happy B-Day Viola Intonada! I hope you have many many more!

Finn - you run cross country? That seems so grueling. How did you decide that was the sport for you? I can't imagine the pain my body would be in even if I were wearing Crocs!

Catherine _ It sounds like fun. How can you have a bad time at a camp named Camp Cheerio"? It just SOUNDS fun!

There was a big article in the paper today about Homework and how it has been proven to actually be detrimental to the childs learning if it is given to often or too much at one time. I haven't read the whole thing, but will let you know if anything interesting appears in it.

I came home to an empty downstairs. It looks like Roscoe the dog found a home. YEAH!! Send loving charms his way that the people who took him will love him forever and not bring him back!! He really is a sweet dog -

I am up doing laundry. The sound of the washing machine is going to put me too sleep before long . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


The giant squid - Sep 27, 2006 9:28 pm (#2666 of 2976)

How can you have a bad time at a camp named Camp Cheerio"? It just SOUNDS fun!--painting Sheila

For some reason, it makes me hungry... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 27, 2006 9:30 pm (#2667 of 2976)

For some reason, it makes me hungry...

LOL Mike, I was thinking the same thing, while picturing a big metal arch going across the dirve with a sign saying "Wlecome to Camp Cheerio" with a huge Cheerio on it!


painting sheila - Sep 27, 2006 9:44 pm (#2668 of 2976)

They will make Cheerio necklaces and bracelets and eat them all day long!

I like my Cheerios with a banana - not on a necklace - but in a bowl.


geauxtigers  - Sep 27, 2006 9:59 pm (#2669 of 2976)

I like my cheerios with milk, in a bowl ! It does sound like a fun camp! I actually picture a big cheerio that you drive through, with camp cheerio written in the arc! LOL

I don't like to think that teachers should judge someone by the pace that they work at. Whats important is that you understand what you are doing and you are learning from it. Some people have whats called extended time testing at my school, so they basically get double the time to take the test. Some people just take a little more effort to do well in school. Just because it doesn't come easy to you, doesn't mean you are incapable of handling it. I make decent grades, but I have to work extremely hard and study a lot, school has never come 100% naturally to me. I'm no Hermione, more of a Harry! LOL I can't even imagine threatening an eight year old detention for not working quickly enough! Thats horrible!

We had a grammar review today, I felt really dumb when the German exchange student knew what a "gerand" (how ever you spell it) was and I couldn't remember!

Okay, I finished all my homework! YAY me! Its only 11:55! I think I'll go to sleep now!

Happy Birthday Viola Intonda!

I have a swim meet tomorrow afternoon...fun...its supposed to be cool tomorrow, I'm gonna freeze!

Friday its supposed to be 78 F for the HIGH! I'll believe it when it happens, this is weird, we are having unusally cold weather here. Usually we don't start getting this until mid to late October. We usually say Halloween is the first taste of fall...Thanksgiving is the first taste of winter! Looks like it's coming early!

Night everyone, have a good day tomorrow, just think, its almost Friday. Almost.


Tazzygirl - Sep 27, 2006 11:46 pm (#2670 of 2976)

Happy Birthday, Viola! Have a fantastic day!

Had to skim posts, as I have about 5 big papers and a project due tomorrow, and I have nothing done. Had to watch the kiddies tonight. Anyways... there was something else I was going to add, but I don't remember. sigh.



Winky Woo - Sep 28, 2006 12:13 am (#2671 of 2976)

Morning/Evening all!

Congrats to Mike on getting his book!

Happy Birthday Viola!

I am off to work, So I will catch you all later!

Love Winky X X X

(P.S. Yes I know I over use exclamation marks!)


Regan of Gong - Sep 28, 2006 1:58 am (#2672 of 2976)

Thanks Painting Sheila...something of my own invention

2nd last day of term today, and tommorrow'll be a bludge. We've got an inter-campus "Sports Challenge". It was going to be Juniour and Senior Rugby League and netball. I was in the league team, but we only ended up with 9 players (You need 13 on the field, plus up to 4 reserves). I think everyone was scared. We were going to get drilled anyway, because they train twice a week, whereas we've only had 1 training session. So it's been changed to soccer. All the kids from the other campus are going to give us heaps...

Went to the shops and bought some white pinstripe shorts and black denim shorts for summer. Mum paid for them as well, as they're the first clothes they've bought for me since I started working back in November.

I wish I could have a banana with anything. A recent cyclone wiped most of them out, and they've gone from 79c a kilo to $12.98 a kilo. That, coupled with fuel prices, was a serious reason for why interest rates went up 0.25%.

Got to go get washing in and finish drawing. I'm doing a carciture of our whole class for the Year 10 t-shirt. I'm half way through inking everything in.



Julie Aronson - Sep 28, 2006 3:48 am (#2673 of 2976)

Happy birthday to Michelle and anyone else I missed!

Congrats and well wishes where appropriate!

Back to the grind...:sigh:



Marie E. - Sep 28, 2006 4:59 am (#2674 of 2976)

Happy birthday, Viola!

No bunnies, yet. We're watching Pixie closely and she seemed to be building a "nest" out of wood shavings last night.

We had open house last night at our daycare and I only had one student's family show up. I almost don't count that one because the student's mother works at the daycare, but the grandparents came, too. The Pre-K class had an almost 100% turnout. Next year I'll have to push it more, I guess.

I'm so tired today. I'm looking forward to the weekend!


kaykay1970 - Sep 28, 2006 5:46 am (#2675 of 2976)

Congratulations to our Genius Jr. Forum Members!

Camp Cheerio sounds like fun! My Advanced Biology class did a field trip to Land Between the Lakes. That was one of my favorite high school trips. We went canoeing and walked through a swamp. yuck! We went on a nature walk. We didn't see much wildlife because we sounded like a herd of hippogriff! Then at night we studied Astrology. They have a small herd of beefalo there, which was interesting to see.


haymoni - Sep 28, 2006 6:23 am (#2676 of 2976)

Happy B-day, Viola!

Another rainy day here in NE Ohio.

Ungrateful Son's football team won 62-0 yesterday. It was 56-0 at half-time. The coach really wasn't trying to embarrass the other team - the DEFENSE kept scoring!

I can't believe the end of September is here already. Time is flying.

Obviously I'm old.


Loopy Lupin - Sep 28, 2006 7:33 am (#2677 of 2976)

We will all be traveling, eating, sleeping, and enjoying camp together in the mountains of North Carolina from October 9-13. Our activities range from mountain hikes to caving to canoeing. – Catherine

Enjoying? Ha!

Congrats to Ryan Denise! (You were talking about Ryan, no?)


Viola Intonada - Sep 28, 2006 8:21 am (#2678 of 2976)

Thank you for the birthday wishes. I've had a great b-day so far. All on her own initiative, my oldest brought me breakfast in bed.

Unless I can pull this off today, I'm going down in the books as the worlds worst slacker mom. I never arranged for my daughter to receive her letter from Hogwarts!!!!! I have to go out and buy some parchment today and make sure I have green calligraphy ink on had (which I should) I thought I had parchment on hand, but discovered that I had thrown it out since I hadn't used it in more than 10 years. And I wonder why I have pack rat tendencies....

Tori, I did horrible on my PSAT test. I did a lot better on my SAT. My cousin did horribly on the PSAT and had near perfect scores on the SAT. Your scores will most likely go up every time you take it. My 2nd SAT's were 50 points over the first and my GRE's were 100 points over that.

Sheila, can you use the argument that your daughter was showing her drama skills early and her third grade test was her acting as a student who performs under her normal ability? That is ridiculus that they would go back that far into her records!

Congrats on your son Denise!

Sorry to hear about the postponed field trip over one parent. I guess society took "Star Trek" a little too close to heart: "Sometimes the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many". I wonder how the poor kid is doing during recess. Kids can be cruel to each other.

I read in the paper yesterday that Emma Watson doesn't want to come back for the last two movies, because she scored so high on her exams. Is she not the perfect Hermione or what?

As for homework, I always wonder at how home schooled children can spend two hours a day on school work, yet kids that attend school for more than 6 hours still come home with two hours of homework. I know I don't have the discipline to home school my children, but I wonder about it sometimes. I feel bad for teachers because the State has placed so many regulations on what has to be taught and for how long. Many times I feel like the State of Ohio wants to push kids through the school system like a production line and the system gets very irritated when a child doesn't fit in their molds. *steps down off soap box*

Have a great RotD, Everyone!


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 28, 2006 8:58 am (#2679 of 2976)

Went to the shops and bought some white pinstripe shorts and black denim shorts for summer.

LOL! Regan is fixinng to start him summer vacation! Man I should move to Aussie-land!

Happy Birthday Viola!!!

I really hope t hat's not true bout Emma Watson! SHe can't leave now, that would ruin the whole movie!

Well I'm supposed to be in class right now so I'll post later on tonight!


Denise P. - Sep 28, 2006 10:01 am (#2680 of 2976)

Yes indeedy, it is my rockhead, Ryan, who was moved out of his normal English and Math up a grade and the one that we got information on the Duke program. Funny enough, this week we also got a letter from the elementary school wanting to test Kaitlyn for the gifted and talented program. It is funny how different Ryan and Kaity are. Ryan is the kid who can walk into a class and it looks like he is totally ignoring everything but can still get 100 on a test. Kaity is also effortless but she has to be in the mood. Basically, she puts effort into things when the fancy strikes her.

I have spent the morning trying to get den leader packets put together for all the new boys in our cub scout pack. Then I found out that our insurance, who said we could stay with our current doctor, switched half of us to a different doctor. Now I have to drag two kids along tomorrow to try and get it all fixed so we all are going to the same, correct doctor. I only found this out by accident too...I sure never got any notification about it!


CatherineHermiona  - Sep 28, 2006 12:30 pm (#2681 of 2976)

Happy birthday, Viola!

Today was a busy day. first I came home from school at 3. We have Maths test tomorrow, so two girls came and asked to explain them Maths, that was 2 and a half hours, from 4 to 6:30, and then I went to Amy to explain her Maths. I was done by 7:30 and then went out. I didn't believe I will make it all in one day, luckily we didn't get any homework.

C class is going on a field trip next week, 3 days. We were offered to go with them, but their one was expensive, and of 3 days they are on a field trip, one whole day they travel there (to Dubrovnik), one whole day they are coming back. The only good side is C class. We are going to go to our field trip in May, and we are looking at the offers now. That is the most important, final, 8th grade field trip.

In 7th grade I was very happy that I got Chemystry. I thought that it's good they put Chemystry and Biology separated, so that I can have an A at least in Chemystry (I always had a B in Science). And because I thought we will do experiments. I ended up having a B in Chemystry and an A in Biology, and without experiments...

Well, Finn, you know when I'm usually in the chat room. That doesn't change.

I know there is something else I wanted to say... but I don't remember.



The giant squid - Sep 28, 2006 12:53 pm (#2682 of 2976)

Tori, I remember what a gerund is (a verb form ending with -ing, such as running, jumping, posting :pbpt) but only because it was such an odd-sounding word that it stuck with me.

Many times I feel like the State of Ohio wants to push kids through the school system like a production line and the system gets very irritated when a child doesn't fit in their molds.--Viola Intonada

First of all, a belated Happy Birthday! Secondly, that sounds a lot like Nevada these days. Administrators seem more interested in quantity of graduates than quality.



Lina - Sep 28, 2006 2:38 pm (#2683 of 2976)

Happy birthday, Viola!

I'm very obsessed with school, school system and kids with learning disabilities, maybe because I have one of them and have experienced different approaches. I could talk about it endlessly, but I'll try to make it short.

I envied Americans because they seem to know all about learning disabilities, taking care of all the kids who have them, knowing how to treat all of them, having even a law or something like that called No Child Left Behind. I know that because I found much more informations on how to help my child on American sites than on Croatian sites or by Croatian experts. On the other side, ever since I went to school, there have been some school reforms in my country, trying to make something that would be the best for the kids, but the only result is that we all feel and seem to be becoming guinea pigs. Actually, I find the latest reform, that started this year, quite promising.

But, at the end, it all comes down to the teacher. If the teacher is concerned in the kid's welfare, they will help them in the best possible way. If the teacher doesn't care, no law or reform will help them work better. If the kid is smart, quick, talented and self aware, there is no teacher that can ruin them. But for the children that lack any of those qualities, it seems that it is a matter of luck if the school is going to be supporting and help get the best from them, or the parents have to be well informed.

Being well informed is something that I have underestimated when I chose the school for my kids. So, at some point, I decided to change the school for my kid and give as many informations on the two schools to all the parents that I meet. But - there is a rumor that the school to which I moved my kid is harder than the other one. And it is a fact, her grades haven't improved (yet) at the new school. But her knowledge has. With this knowledge, she would most certainly have better grades in the previous school, but the problem is - she would never gain this knowledge there. Unfortunately, some parents prefer better grades over better knowledge. Probably they don't like the job they have and are raising irresponsible children. To those kids, not even the best teacher can help. Sorry, I really tried not to get involved, but couldn't resist.

Some strengthening charms to Tazzy, just to survive the busy schedule.

I'm glad that Finn didn't just skim all the posts about wine. Who cares if it seemingly has nothing to do with Chemistry? The fact is that Chemistry influenced the History.


geauxtigers  - Sep 28, 2006 4:26 pm (#2684 of 2976)

Lina, I agree with what you said about knowledge versus grades. You could go to the easiest school in the world, make straight A's, but what have you gained from that? You have acquired, probably, the same knowledge that you have at any other school, but the difference is what do you think is better in the long run. Easy school, A's; hard school, B's? Just my opinion, but its seems you'd gain more knowledge in the harder school. You'd probably be more prepared to college and life after school. See what I mean? I think it should be the goal of schools to create such an environment. Yes the grades may be lower, but its worth it if the knowledge gained is greater. Anyway, thats how I see it. **steps off soap box**

Just got back from a swim meet. It was pretty good, I've managed to get rid of the cold I'd had for the past 2 weeks, so I actually was able to swim today without feeling like I would drown. I shaved 4 seconds off my 100 free, but like I said, last time I swam it I was sick, so its not really an improvement!

I remembered what a "gerund" was the second I was told! LOL Mike, it is a weird word...Speaking of....I need to go do my homework now!

Have a nice day everyone! Grey's Anantomy tonight!!!!!! YAY! Tomorrow is Friday!


Denise P. - Sep 28, 2006 4:34 pm (#2685 of 2976)

What is going on? I just got back from parent-teacher conference. My underachiever, who fails pretests on purpose so he doesn't have to do the harder work, is being moved up to the challenge reading group. HA! His secret was uncovered....


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 28, 2006 4:46 pm (#2686 of 2976)

LOL Denise.

I also agree Lina, education is not just memorizing facts and relaying them on the test. There's so much more to it than what kind of grades you make or whether or not you did your homework. It's more about understanding the material and putting it in to use in the real world.

Time to do homework! YAY...

I'm soooo excited about Grey's Anatomy tonight...McDreamy or McVet?? The 'Lost and Found' item and what about Izzie?? Hmm we shall see!


Chemyst - Sep 28, 2006 5:25 pm (#2687 of 2976)

As for homework, I always wonder at how home schooled children can spend two hours a day on school work, yet kids that attend school for more than 6 hours still come home with two hours of homework. ~ Viola #2678

Me Too! At least about the first part! That two-hour home school myth is — a myth. A lot of folks have the misconception that home schooling is school at home. It is not, but a lot of newbies will try to start out that way. Eventually though, they'll either change their approach or burn out. Home schooling is not so much an educational choice as it is a lifestyle choice. As such, learning is taking place in some form nearly 24/7. So two hours of formal workbook time is plenty for K-2nd grade; but rhyming games are played on the way to the grocery store, then math is practiced to see which brand soup is the best value, boiling points and evaporation are talked about while the soup is cooking, and current events may be discussed during dinner conversation, etc. Usually the kids don't count that time as "school" even though a lot of learning is taking place.

Once a child is reading well, the dynamics start changing. Ideally, the line between reading & computer time for learning and reading & computer time for pleasure stays pretty blurred; so only the hardest subjects feel like work. Another difference is that we just keep working until the subject is mastered at the A-/B+ level before going on, oftentimes that is shorter, but sometimes it takes longer, so daily grades are pretty meaningless. Home education is a lot more efficient in that we don't have to take attendance, collect papers, hang out at lockers, and such. Even so, by the upper grade levels, my kids would spend a little over four hours a day on schoolwork plus read two books a month in their "whenever time" and had at least one outside activity/lesson each week.

I did not intend to run on so long, but I did want to play 'MythBusters' for that two-hour claim. And Happy Birthday.


juliebug - Sep 28, 2006 5:55 pm (#2688 of 2976)

Yea for Grey's! My Tivo's all set. Does anyone think she'll end up with Derek yet? Would it be jumping the shark to have that happen now? I guess we'll find out soon.


Catherine - Sep 28, 2006 7:06 pm (#2689 of 2976)

I did not intend to run on so long, but I did want to play 'MythBusters' for that two-hour claim. –Chemyst

Well, Mythbusters almost has ruined our marriage. Hubby is even more addicted to that than I am to "Project Runway."

I did use "Mythbusters" as a "popular" source while teaching research methods last semester to my freshman. We contrasted that info to published journal sources, and to awful internet sources.

My freshman college males quite enjoyed discussing their "mythbuster" knowledge.


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 28, 2006 7:17 pm (#2690 of 2976)

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! that's all I have to say about Grey's Anatomy tonight. I'll let you decide if it's a good AHH or a bad AHH! Julie, it was a great episode tonight! Have you watched it yet?? After tonight's episode, I really can't decide on who she'll pick... I really need to talk about it so it's in white: KRISTINA DO NOT READ THIS BECAUSE IT WILL SPOIL IT FOR YOU!!

I'm such a Mer/Der shipper but what about Finn? I like him too, and I want him to be happy, but I guess just not with Meredith. I also felt really bad for Addison she looked a mess, not at all up to her usual standards. BUt then she was back with Mark?? THat's just crazy!! I thought he left, and is she going to go back to NY with him?? OMG this is just tooo much to think about! And Izzie and her muffins! I hope she gets her job back, which I think she will, though I don't see how. I feel so bad for her and Bailey. They seem to be going through this together, Bailey appears to be just as upset as Izzie, but handling it differently. Izzie has turned much quieter and Bailey, a bit meaner. Hopefully they'll pull through. Poor Christina...caught in the act! And as usual, George cracked me up! And Callie and Dr. Webber! That was a pretty funny scene! Ok I'm done now, I swear! I just needed to dish and hear some opinions! I think I'm heading down the road to obsession, but y'all can understand that right??

Ok so back to homework I guess, nothing new here!


Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 28, 2006 8:14 pm (#2691 of 2976)

Denise, I was an underachiever largely by choice in junior high school and high school. By the time college came round that had largely disappeared.

Lina, I am inclined to agree I always did poorly on exams in high school because of the lack of adequate accomodations in terms of the testing environment but, even though I did poorly on my exams the students I tutored through science, history, geography and government always passed with A's or B's, and on the whole had higher marks than I did.


Viola Intonada - Sep 28, 2006 8:30 pm (#2692 of 2976)

Thanks for clearing up my myth Chemyst, and yes, it was a mom who was homeschooling elementary children that told me that.

I had a lovely birthday, but it has brought on another rant. TV's in restaurants. We went to a restaurant that we had never been to before, there were TV's everywhere. I spent my meal watching my family watch TV. (We have a TV in our kitchen, but I do not allow it to be on during meal time for just that reason). Once they abolish smoking in all restaurants are we going to have TV and nonTV sections? Wishful thinking I know. Well I've learned my lesson, next time I choose the restaurant, check for the absence of TV's first.

I have to say that September 28 always has the most beautiful skies (to me). Today there were big dark fluffy clouds (if Hubby was awake he would tell me all the cloud names) along with lighter clouds. The sun would peek out periodically which really lights up the changing colors in the leaves along with the edges of all the dark clouds. I think it makes a quite stunning display of the scenery. I love the Fall!

Tomorrow's eldest one's B-day. I almost have her Hogwarts letter done. Oh, I wish I had an owl feather that I could put with it. Oh well.



virginiaelizabeth - Sep 28, 2006 8:48 pm (#2693 of 2976)

I agree, TV's in restaurants is just a bit annoying. I think TV'd should be limited to bars, where people go to drink, smoke and watch the game. I also think that smoking in restaurants should be illegal. Seriously, if people can't go 2 hours without lighting up, then they need to excuse themselves and go outside. Even if you're in the non-smoking section, the smoke still seems to drift over the little 3 foot wall, and ruin your meal. There are some people who will do it several times throughout the meal. I just think that everyone should be able to go out to a restaurant and be comfortable and be able to enjoy themselves in a smoke-free environment. Smoking is a personal choice, and it shouldn't affect other's enjoyment. Ok

Well Viola, we had a gorgeous day here as well, so I guess I can now say that September 28, is a pretty day! It's supposed to get down to 55 tonight, and the high for tomorrow is set at 78!! It's getting cold, in September! Amazing! It's just like magic!

Getting close to my bedtime! Night everyone!


Mediwitch - Sep 28, 2006 9:01 pm (#2694 of 2976)

Hi Michelle! Your eldest shares a birthday with our eldest. We are meeting him between here and Worcester for a birthday dinner tomorrow as he wants to stay on campus this weekend. Hmmm...wonder why? **pretends to be puzzled**

Hey Ginny - I agree with you, but we are very lucky in Connecticut. All restaurants are non-smoking! As an asthmatic, it was wonderful when they passed that law.


geauxtigers  - Sep 28, 2006 9:23 pm (#2695 of 2976)

I think they passed a law in this state for a ban on smoking in restaurants. I think it will be in affect starting in January...but myabe I'm wrong, I don't have time to look it up. I think its a good thing. TVs leave them to sports bars and sports bar restaurant type deals.

September 28th, hmm I'll mark it as a good day! Its really un-nerving, no tropical disturbances set for land, *knock on wood*, cooler weather than normal....78 tomorrow?! thats about 10 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year! *knock on wood*

In case yall didn't know, I am superstitious when it comes to things like this, therefore, I knock on wood a lot...

Grey's Anatomy was soo good! McDreamy or McVet...I like McDreamy, but hey, McVet is pretty great as well...I felt bad for Addison until the end...I can't wait til next thursday!

Must go read the Canterbury Tales now....oh joy.

Night everyone!


painting sheila - Sep 28, 2006 9:33 pm (#2696 of 2976)

HI all. Glad to hear everyone's skies were pretty today. I opened the windows and doors and let fresh air in - I love the smell of sheets that have hung on the line to dry -mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Opening the windows in the bedroom is as close as I get any more to that.

Roscoe the Dog found a home. YEAH! A mother and her son came and got him yesterday. We had put an ad in the paper and he called. Hubby was telling her all about his history and the lady asked his name. Hubby said, "Roscoe." She was flabbergasted and said "You have got to be kidding!" Hubby apologized and said she could change it to what ever they wanted if they took the dog. She laughed and told him that she and her son had been talking three of four days ago about getting another dog (theirs had passed away a few weeks ago) and they had decided that if they got another dog they would name him Roscoe! How cool is that!? They came and played fetch with him and it seemed to be love at first sight for both of them. YEAH!! Happy endings - I love happy endings!!

On the Governor's School front, I spoke with the doctors that originally diagnosed my daughter with a learning disability and they said that absolutely she would test higher now. Now to just convince the school to do something about it!  I have written a letter and plan on sending it to everyone connected with Governor's School to see if we can retest her and have them consider those scores. I am not even asking them to pay for the testing - just to let us have her tested and submit those scores for consideration. If they deny us - I have another letter to send to the media. I am hoping it doesn't get to that, but I feel strongly that she needs this experience. Keep your fingers crossed for me!! ( I wonder how they would respond to a howler? . . . . hhhmmmmmmm)

I agree 100% on the smoking front. I have asthma, too, and it is very frustrating to try and not breathe while you eat. I grew up in a smokers home so I understand how addictive it is for those who smoke. I don't think that have any idea how bothersome it is to those of us who don't smoke.

Not much else going on. . . . I really should go to bed. I am baby sitting a friends kids in the morning and need to be on my toes. . . .


Good Evans - Sep 29, 2006 1:07 am (#2697 of 2976)

happy belated birthday to Viola!

banning smoking in restaurants – what a fabulous idea, why didn’t anyone think of that before.... "I'd like soup of the day" "Would you like someone’s exhaled nicotine smoke cloud with that??" ... yick! sorry to smokers, but I just wish you would keep it to yourself!!!!!!

I have a nasty old cold so I am feeling crabby today anyway!!! going to try to sweat it off at the gym if the shopping ever comes, I could have been round Tesco by now and already got my shopping and been home again grumble grumble grumble aaatttccchhooo


Tazzygirl - Sep 29, 2006 1:28 am (#2698 of 2976)

Thanks for the bold letters, Ginny! LOL Just finished watching Grey's now... and wow!! It's going to be an interesting season...

In white- I like how Meredith is having McVet and McDreamy go back to just dating, nothing too serious. It'll be interesting to see what the two guys come up with! I still am rooting for McDreamy though! I am really glad that McDreamy and Addison have called it quits- it wasn't very fun watching them try to work through it when only one of them was truly putting forth an effort, you know? I thought Christina and Burke's moment was hilarious- I think having Burke's parents there will help Christina with the relationship. (Have to wonder though- did Burke start liking Christina because she came up to him in the flashback on the party for the interns, and admitted to him that he was her idol? I don't know. Just a thought!) I do like their relationship though, so I hope they last. I feel sorry for Izzie up to a point. She did cross the line, and even though Denny's death is punishment enough, I think she has a little bit more to do. I'm glad Bailey went to talk to her though. They both needed it. And I have to share that Dr. Karev (sp?) is becoming more and more my least favorite character on the show... grrrr.

Can't wait for next week's episode!! Ginny and Tori- feel free to email me if you want to discuss Grey's more indepth! Email is in my profile.

One week until LOST!! Soooooo excited!!

**healing charms to GE**



Starling - Sep 29, 2006 3:02 am (#2699 of 2976)

There's a kid in my son's class who is gifted, and the only thing they do about it is tell him off when he is disruptive (again!). His sister is gifted too, and she's been expelled. They're bored! Seriously, that school drives me nuts in so many ways.

Sigh. I don't have any work this week. I've been working non-stop for months now, and suddenly *poof* no more work. No work, no income. And even though I worked my socks off in the past few months, I still didn't really earn enough.

Oh well, now I have some time to come up with a riddle for the games thread! I've found an answer, now I just need to come up with the riddle. *snort*

Edit: I've never watched Grey's Anatomy, House or Lost. Shocking, isn't it.



azi - Sep 29, 2006 3:17 am (#2700 of 2976)

Hope you get work soon, Starling!

Happy belated birthday Viola! **Insert birthday smiley here**

I've met two Harry Potter fans here in Copenhagen! My HP hating friend is not impressed. I found the books in a kids bookshop, not sure how much they are yet though. Architecture is beautiful here! The Little Mermaid is, erm, little. Seriously, there are much more spectacular fountains.

Oh yeah, I adore the public transport system. Never had to wait more than 2 minutes for the transport I'm taking. You buy a ticket for so many zones (e.g. 2) and then can catch as many trains/buses/boats/metro trains in 1 1/2 hours as you need (or want) within the zones.

Hope everyone has a great day!
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The giant squid - Sep 29, 2006 3:24 am (#2701 of 2976)

Must go read the Canterbury Tales now....oh joy.—geauxtigers

Maybe they'll let you get away with watching A Knight's Tale.

There's a kid in my son's class who is gifted [...]They're bored!—Starling

That was me in first grade. I had some "emotional issues" (pause for Marie to laugh & roll her eyes ) until they found something to keep me occupied. It's just really hard to pay attention to kids learning "See Spot Run" when you've been reading for two years already, so I had to amuse myself somehow...

I agree completely with the smoking ban in restaurants. Honestly, no one under the age of 40 has any excuse--you knew they were bad for you when you started! Don't blame us for making you stand outside to powder your lungs.



Starling - Sep 29, 2006 3:37 am (#2702 of 2976)

Don't blame us for making you stand outside to powder your lungs.

Hear hear!

The Little Mermaid is, erm, little.

Isn't it just? I was sorely disappointed when I was there as a kid! I still want to go there again, though, I think I can appreciate Kopenhagen more now I'm older.

So many places to visit, so little time! I want to do Kopenhagen, Brussels, the Niagara falls (to meet up with a whole bunch of HP friends I met on Leaky), the Provence (last time wasn't fun, I was on the verge of a divorce), Indonesia (again! although I've got to persuade my partner, the spiders are too big), the Mammoth Cave, New Zealand ...

Where on earth am I going to get the time or the money to visit all those places?



azi - Sep 29, 2006 3:46 am (#2703 of 2976)

Where on earth am I going to get the time or the money to visit all those places?

Win the lottery without ever buying a ticket? That's what I'm holding out for. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042


Marie E. - Sep 29, 2006 5:22 am (#2704 of 2976)

I will agree with Squidboy that he was a bit disruptive (picking fights on the playground, etc) in school until they realized that he was six years old and reading on a fourth grade level. This made me mad as I was in third grade at the time and considered "reading at grade level".

No bunnies, but Pixie was doing some serious nesting last night.


Madam Pince - Sep 29, 2006 5:43 am (#2705 of 2976)

S.E. Jones, your third-grade teacher sounds like a jewel. How great to have an experience like that!

Wow, haymoni, that was quite a football score! Congratulations!

We had a bad day yesterday. Mr. Pince was out in the shed, etc., and mowed the grass, then came in and took a shower. Just then he noticed this huge, bruised-looking swelling on the inside of his arm just at the elbow. Since he didn't hit it on anything, I told him I thought it looked like a serious bite of some sort, and told him to go to the doctor (I was rushing out the door to take Little Pince to pre-school, or I'd have taken him myself.) Amazingly enough, he did actually go to the doctor, who told him it looks like a brown recluse spider bite! We are now worried sick, because that is one of the worst poisonous bites you can get -- not usually lethal to someone of his age, but the toxin causes tissue death, which is totally gross and can take months to heal. Plus the concern that those spiders maybe live around our house, and the bites can be lethal to someone of Little Pince's age. So we've bug-bombed the shed and the basement, and an exterminator is coming later to spray everywhere else. The bite is now about tennis-ball-sized, and hurts quite a lot, and you can see two distinct fang-marks under magnification. No tell-tale blister yet, though, although it can take days to develop although usually it's quicker than that. Everyone please keep your fingers crossed that it's something other than a brown recluse bite! After scanning the Internet last night before bedtime, I had nightmares about BRS wounds...

Hope everyone has a good RotD!


kaykay1970 - Sep 29, 2006 6:10 am (#2706 of 2976)

Healing charms to Mr. Pince!


painting sheila - Sep 29, 2006 6:15 am (#2707 of 2976)

I second the healing charms to Mr. Pince!

I had a friend that was bitten by a Brown Recluse. She waited a little late to get it looked at, but they were able to treat it with medicine for the infection and just remove the damaged tissue. I am so glad he went to the doctor right away!

I haven't heard anything from the guidance counselor since I requested a re-test. (gulp) I hate the waiting!

Starling - hang in there! I am sure work is right around the corner. When you least expect it - expect it!

Have a great day everyone~~


Good Evans - Sep 29, 2006 6:50 am (#2708 of 2976)

oh poor Mr Pince - yuck I hate spiders and that would be one of my worst nightmares, the bigger they are the yuckier I find them! ick

I really hope it is ok and heals soon.


jose043 - Sep 29, 2006 7:14 am (#2709 of 2976)

Hi All

Happy Birthday to all We Have missed.

To those about smoking in restaurants or pubs as they are no longer allowed to do it in Perth West Aussie (Yipppieeeeee as both Anne & I are Asmhatics so we agree)

Hope Mr Pince gets over his spider bite.

My arm is slowly getting better 6 more weeks in a sling. Have to go to the Physiotherapist on Saturday.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London.

ps doing this with one hand takes awhile to do J.


Loopy Lupin - Sep 29, 2006 8:11 am (#2710 of 2976)

I just think that everyone should be able to go out to a restaurant and be comfortable and be able to enjoy themselves in a smoke-free environment. -geauxtigers (or whoever)

Everyone is more than able to enjoy a smoke-free environment. Don't go to a restaurant where smoking is allowed. There are very few places where it still is allowed, so this shouldn't be hard. Just as some smokers may avoid a restaurant where they can't light up, non-smokers can make their feelings known by taking their business elsewhere. The same principle would be applied to televisions. If you don't want to see a tv while you eat, choose a restaurant that has no television. As much as you may not like smoking or tv's, you might be surprised to learn that some people might enjoy going to Outback, for example, seating themselves in the bar (smoking) section, and watching the game while they eat their bloomin' onion.


Denise P. - Sep 29, 2006 8:43 am (#2711 of 2976)

There are very few places where it still is allowed, so this shouldn't be hard.

Spoken like someone who does NOT live in the south. I live in the heart of tobacco growing country and the only non smoking "restaurant" around here is Waffle House. Since they are just a step above a coachroach motel, I don't frequent them. My state recently tried to pass something to make eating establishments smoke free but it failed. I wish there were smoke free places but down here, that dawg just don't hunt. Even fast food places have smoking areas...ewwww


Loopy Lupin - Sep 29, 2006 9:06 am (#2712 of 2976)

Well, Virginia is below the Mason/Dixon line, but Northern Virginia is not really the South, to be honest. Sooner or later, though, even the Southern states will follow through on the going trend. In the meantime, Denise, I'd suggest making your orders to go and having picnics.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 29, 2006 9:24 am (#2713 of 2976)

In the meantime, Denise, I'd suggest making your orders to go and having picnics.---Loopy Lupin

But what if they're smoking in the kitchen? Ewwwww.


painting sheila - Sep 29, 2006 9:49 am (#2714 of 2976)

I didn't take the Wombat last time. How do you receive your scores?

edit - oops! wrong thread - but if anyone can help?


Loopy Lupin - Sep 29, 2006 10:54 am (#2715 of 2976)

But what if they're smoking in the kitchen? Ewwwww. – Kim

Simple, just ask them for a "chicken caesar salad, hold the Marlboro Lights." That should do it.


Tazzygirl - Sep 29, 2006 11:02 am (#2716 of 2976)

I'm agreeing with you all on the smoking bans in restaurants. California has the rule were you can't smoke within so many feet of the entrance to buildings. My college campus there had designated smoking areas. I've never seen anyone smoke in a restaurant here, so not sure if the same law applies.

Denise- I agree too that the Waffle House is one step up from a roach motel...

Off to work out, then I am watching the kiddies pretty much from the time I get back from working out to Sunday evening.

Lots of **healing charms** to Mr. Pince!!!

Have a great day everyone!



Laura W - Sep 29, 2006 11:07 am (#2717 of 2976)

On July 1, 2005 a law took effect which made it illegal to smoke restaurants, bars, cafes, casinos, bingo halls, places of business, hospitals, churches, pool halls, nightclubs, etc. in Edmonton, Canada. From that day forward, anyone who wants to smoke has had to go outside - even in -30 degree celcius, or colder, conditions -, smoke in their car or, of course, in their own homes.



Lina - Sep 29, 2006 11:31 am (#2718 of 2976)

Healing charms and fingers crossed for Mr. Pince.

Strengthening charms to keep you persistent and good luck with the Governor's school for Sheila.

Good luck and Job fining charms for Starling.

Continued healing charms for Josephine. I'm glad that you are handling so well the situation and able to post even if with only one hand.

Enjoy your time in Copenhagen, Azi!


Holly T. - Sep 29, 2006 12:00 pm (#2719 of 2976)

Healing charms for Mr. Pince! My mom was bitten by a brown recluse on the hand and it took a long time to heal. You should offer to make him a poultice.

Healing charms for Josephine too.

Marie, good for you for helping that student. Not being able to copy, much less spell, his spelling words is what ended up getting my son referred for testing.

The teacher conference yesterday went well. I think we--meaning me, my husband, the classroom teacher, and the reading teacher--are all on the same page, at least for now. The classroom teacher had had the kids write their own report cards (they got real report cards too--he did good, 2 B's and the rest A's) and give themselves grades in each subject. My son ranked himself as "dredfal" in spelling and gave himself a T. My daughter, on the other hand (can you say 'Hermione"?) got all 99's and 100's except in band, where she made a B (yikes, her first B, ever). Perhaps because she doesn't practice her clarinet as much as she should.

Congrats to your son Denise! I did the TIP program when I was in seventh grade and took the SAT. It was a lot less stressful then than when I took it "for real."

As an asthmatic, I cannot stand smoking, but luckily we live in an area where smoking is banned in all restaurants (and we are in the "South" too).

I skimmed a lot. Good wishes to all, happy birthdays as appropriate, etc.


The giant squid - Sep 29, 2006 12:16 pm (#2720 of 2976)

As much as you may not like smoking or tv's, you might be surprised to learn that some people might enjoy going to Outback, for example, seating themselves in the bar (smoking) section, and watching the game while they eat their bloomin' onion.--Loopy Lupin

To me, Outback Steakhouse is one of the worst, since their "smoking section" is the bar--which is right in the middle of the restaurant. The only separation is a low wall, and the ceiling fans do a very good job of pushing the smoke around until it's all over the place.

Sadly, they also make the best filet mignon the wife & I have found (within our price range), so we still go there occasionally. Just not when there's a game on.

Madame P., my brother-in-law got bitten by a Brown Recluse last year. The reaction was very similar to what you described. Since he got it checked out and treated quickly, he should be fine, though the area will look nasty for a while. There will be some "tissue necrosis" though, which I won't go into detail about...



Tazzygirl - Sep 29, 2006 12:21 pm (#2721 of 2976)

Squid Mike- The Outback Steakhouses here have the no smoking rule. It's one of my favorite restaurants!

Lina- I meant to say earlier thank you for the charms!

Off to get the kiddies!



juliebug - Sep 29, 2006 12:38 pm (#2722 of 2976)

I took the WOMBAT and feel almost positive that the big T is coming my way soon. Oh well, it's still fun

I watched Grey's last night and...

oh my gosh!!! I am SO excited to see how this dating business will work out. I think I said earlier that it seems to soon in the show to really get Der and Mer together, but I guess we'll see. I am really anxious to see if there's going to be any fall-out from the final scene from last night's show. Will McDreamy slug it out with Mark over his wife for once? Will Addison go back to New York? Personally, I'd like to see McSteamy transfer to Seattle Grace. I think he could bring something great to the show. I have also grown a soft spot for Addison. I'd miss her if she left. Anyone else have thoughts?


Julie Aronson - Sep 29, 2006 1:21 pm (#2723 of 2976)

Good luck with the spider bite to Mr. Pince!!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 793915934

I'm also developing some affection for Addison. We'll just have to wait and see, I guess.

I'm with Loopy on the whole smoking matter. It's pretty apparent that most people fall firmly on one side or the other on this very polarizing issue. I've had to gain a great deal of perspective because my boyfriend is a smoker. It's appalling when people make snotty comments and throw him nasty looks while he(we) is(are) sitting in the smoking section.

Because of the risk of making this a much more political commentary, I'll stop now.



Laura W - Sep 29, 2006 1:46 pm (#2724 of 2976)

I just realized I wrote, "On July 1, 2005 a law took effect which made it illegal to smoke restaurants ..."

Hee, hee.

Of course, I meant "to smoke IN restaurants ...," but it's probably illegal to smoke a restaurant too. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 2752390508


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 29, 2006 7:34 pm (#2725 of 2976)

Don't go to a restaurant where smoking is allowed. There are very few places where it still is allowed, so this shouldn't be hard.

I'll second Denise, I think the only non-smoking restaurants are Micky D's or the "cockroach motel"! LOL There just aren't that many around that don't allow it. I think there has been work on trying to pass a bill that will ban smoking in all public places and if you go outside, you must be a certain distance from the entrance of the building.

Kristina and Julie, to answer your question: I think that McSteamy should move to Seattle and work at the hospital too, I think it would really make for an interesting show....I also like Addison. She did screw up first, but everyone screws up at some point, and she should be able to move on with her life, instead of dwelling on the past, which I think is what she was doing with Derick. She just didn't want to believe that she'd messed up so badly and she wanted to move on and forget that it happened so things could go back to normal for her. But that just doesn't happen like that, as Derick said, he didn't forgive her (and probably never will)but he was trying. It didn't work, there was just too much tension, and it would never be the same again. I'm still routing for Derick and Mere, Finn, is great, but Derick is well, McDreamy! I'm also glad that Bailey and Izzie talked. I think Izzie really looks up to Bailey and it meant a lot to her. I don't really think that you can blame Denny's death on her, Denny could have gotten the heart anyway, and still have had a stroke. Izzie cutting his LVAT wire didn't kill him, a post surgery stroke did. And Kristina, yeah what is Alex's problem??? I can't believe he went with that lady! She was a.)wayyy to old for him and b.) he did that just to do it! EKK I've never like him as a character. He's just awful. He's an ***! Plain and simple! Can't wait for next week. I'm interested to see how Mere handles dating...has she ever done it, she seems to ba more of a 'one night stand' kinda girl!?? Ohh look this song up in iTunes, and listen to the words really closely, it's the perfect song for the show! "Everybody" by the Benjy Davis Project. I think it should be the new theme song!

Well I took the WOMBAT!! It was hard!

It's Friday, which makes me happy, and I'm going to the LSU game tomorrow!

Have a great RotN!!


geauxtigers  - Sep 29, 2006 7:55 pm (#2726 of 2976)

Currently, smoking is allowed in all restaurants that I know of, but they are banning it, so some are already taking away the smoking sections. I agree, Mike about Outback! The bar is right in the middle surrounded by a 4 foot wall and ceiling fans! But that bloomin' Onion, man I love those! But they got rid of Walk About Soup! Did they do that everywhere! We would go just for the soup! They do have a good steak too! I used to think that smoking in restaurants here was bad- until I went to France. All the small cafes and 10 people smoking within every few feet. I also found it strange that there is no age limit on smoking there. The kids are just not allowed to smoke at school! I was shocked, I guess those are things you never think about. Teachers would lock the bathrooms so they couldn't smoke between classes! It was just a big shocker for me, like I wasn't expecting that! You'd get at the very least suspended here for having possession of them underage!

Grey's --> I have also developed a soft spot for Addison, I dunno shes really grown on me, but her and Derek?! Nope, Mere and Der, thats what I'm going for! But Finn, ahhh he's so sweet to her, I don't want him hurt either! The end of the episode was so funny! I'm glad that Bailey went and talked to Izzie, I think thats the first step that needs to be made. Hey they gotta start somewhere. I tell ya, it cracked me up when addison reached out and grabbed a muffin that was in a basket on the table at Joe's. It was just funny!

I just took the W.O.M.B.A.T. too! It was fun, I liked how the questions were vague and such! I think I got a D or a T, it was hard!

AHHH healing charms to Mr. Pince! That is not fun!

Happy Friday!


Mediwitch - Sep 29, 2006 7:55 pm (#2727 of 2976)

Oooh, ***HEALING CHARMS*** to Mr. Pince and ***Arachnid-Repelling Charms*** to the Pince Household!


Viola Intonada - Sep 29, 2006 8:07 pm (#2728 of 2976)

Healing charms to Mr. Pince. Owww. I hate spiders. *shivers* I think I will stay firmly planted right here in the midwest. Not much can withstand Cleveland.

Happy Birthday to your eldest, Mediwitch.

Well, I made up a Hogwarts letter for my 11 year old. I put it at her place at the table with two chocolate owls that I bought at the "real" Hogwarts. At first, I didn't think it meant much to her, but it was the first thing she showed her friends when the came over tonight. I'm even more thrilled that JKR updated her site today!!!

I was very bummed to find the Forum down this evening. I was having difficulty getting to the WOMBAT. I tried everything, then went to the Lexicon and it still didn't work. I ended up having to clear my cache, it worked like a charm. That WOMBAT was tough. Definitely think I will receive a T. Oh well......


Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 29, 2006 8:16 pm (#2729 of 2976)

I wonder how I did on the W.O.M.B.A.T. test.

I went to a graduate schools fair and I picked up applications for Harvard, Princeton, Syracuse University George Washington University, Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, the University of Denver, and Tufts University.

Happy birthday to all those whom I have missed.

Healing charms to Mr. Pince.


painting sheila - Sep 29, 2006 8:59 pm (#2730 of 2976)

Good News on the Governor's School front - they are going to allow her to take the aptitude test this Tuesday. Be thinking good thoughts that day for us!!!

I had to send some firm emails to a few hot spots to get it done - but it is all good! Now, if she can just be relaxed enough to do her best.

I think I am going to make cinnamon rolls for the guidance counselor. We do not want any hard feelings and want to make sure she knows we appreciate all she did for us.

I am wiped out and going to bed. Good night all and talk to you tomorrow -

PS Josephine - feel better.

Mr. Pince - take care of that bite

Congrats on getting the Hogwarts letter done in time-

any way to go for the rest of you on your WOMBATS. I am sure we all did better than we think -

Later- she


Lina - Sep 29, 2006 11:08 pm (#2731 of 2976)

Wonderful about your daughter, Sheila! Sending her some self confidence charms.


Solitaire - Sep 29, 2006 11:15 pm (#2732 of 2976)

At the risk of sounding stupid ... what are WOMBATS?


Lina - Sep 29, 2006 11:35 pm (#2733 of 2976)

Soli, take a look at the JK Rowling Official Site or search the Lexicon for the W.O.M.B.A.T. or just go to the jkrowling.com.


The giant squid - Sep 30, 2006 1:40 am (#2734 of 2976)

Squid Mike- The Outback Steakhouses here have the no smoking rule.—Tazzygirl

Ah, but this is Vegas... Smoking is just one more vice we offer. Tori, I don't remember seeing Walkabout Soup the last time we went, but then I don't usually get soup at all, so I wouldn't know for sure.

And Regan (and other Aussies): I am well aware that Outback Steakhouse is about as Australian as Foster's Beer--which is to say, almost not at all.


EDIT: I took my WOMBAT level 2...check out the JK Rowling Official Website thread for my full thoughts on it, but let's just say I don't have high hopes for qualifying for level 3.


Good Evans - Sep 30, 2006 4:50 am (#2735 of 2976)

LOL Squid Mike - I am with you there, I think I have done appallingly as in almost every case I was flipping a coin between two answers (and who says either of the two was right!)

On smoking in public, my parents are both smokers, I am a non smoker. I have no problem with anyone doing anything they want to, however I do not feel that other people should be inflicted with that persons "habit". In UK we have no smoking bans yet (they are on their way and I believe that Ireland has already implemented it - not sure about Scotland but certainly England and Wales have not yet. But it is not permitted to smoke on the train for example. I have less problem with someone smoking on a train than I do smoking in a restaurant. I just don’t think that smoking and food mix for non smokers. Whereas many smokers I know feel a meal is not complete without one. I like the idea of smoking and non smoking being optional to the restaurant, as then you know what it is when you choose to eat there, but non smoking areas simply don’t work and of course as Denise and others have said - a variety of choice on restaurants helps too!!!!!

anyway enough of that - if you wish to smoke, go ahead, just don’t burst in to flames ... alright? oh and I would appreciate it if you don’t blow it in my direction.... thanks


haymoni - Sep 30, 2006 5:17 am (#2736 of 2976)

I took the kids to dinner last night at a Perkins. They have a smoking section that is blocked off with a glass partition, but the doorways are wide open and the smoke leaks out.

Anyway, there was a couple in the smoking section with a teen-ager and what looked like a 9 or 10-year-old. Dad was smoking. This is the scenario that just about sends me over the edge. It is one thing for 2 adult smokers or even a couple where 1 is a smoker to make the decision to sit in the smoking section. These kids had no choice.

It just seems strange to me that a parent would choose smoking over spending 1 meal with his family in the non-smoking section.

OK - rant over.


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 30, 2006 6:27 am (#2737 of 2976)

I agree haymoni, I certainly can't see it from their point of view, but really, I feel like it should be common courtesy to not smoke in from of a non-smoker. Second-hand smoke can be just as harmful, so when someone is smoking in a confined space, it has no where to go but into other people's lungs. Which is actually a bit disgusting. They can go 2 hours without a smoke, but most people can't hold their breath for 2 hours. Anyway, I feel very strongly about not smoking, so I'll just stop there as I don't really want to offend anyone.

I'm fixin to leave for the LSU game!! WOOOHOOO!! be back on much later this afternoon!


Denise P. - Sep 30, 2006 6:40 am (#2738 of 2976)

**looks at the title bar to see if I was on the Smoking Vs Not Smoking Debate Board** Nope, still the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum, where we discourage hot topic issues that can cause problems from being discussed in depth. The smoking discussion is to the point where it needs to back off before it becomes an issue please

I had two surly boys this morning. They are required to take part in a conservation project for one of their Boy Scout merit badges. This morning, there was a group spreading mulch from chipped up Christmas trees along some trails at a state park. They knew this was taking place and that they were going. One tried to hide his scout shirt but it was found in amazing time when he was told to wear his uniform instead. Both fiddled around in bed so didn't get to eat before their ride was here....well, one did grab a frozen pancake to choke down. Just to prove to me how awful I am, one wore shorts...never mind it was in the mid 50's. When their ride got here, the other mom and I swapped stories and her son did similar things. I guess she gets to deal with 3 surly boys until I go get them in a few hours. Character building!


Jackdaw - Sep 30, 2006 6:55 am (#2739 of 2976)

Hi people! I'm new!

Don't have much else to say, just thought I'd drop in a post to say hello! x


Good Evans - Sep 30, 2006 7:27 am (#2740 of 2976)

Hello Jackdaw, how nice to meet you. If you haven't done so already how about an entry on the introductions thread, then we can get to know a bit about you, if you have already done this then ignore me!!!

Hope you enjoy your time here, we do chat about all things potter and a few others, but I agree with Denise I think the smoking conversation has had its six monthly outing and we need to move on.

so what shall we talk about now...........

edit : Jackie - I have just read your greeting on the "new" thread. I am in the SE of the UK, you will find there are lots of nationalities that post here, you will find it a lot of fun and very educational at times!


juliebug - Sep 30, 2006 7:44 am (#2741 of 2976)

Hi Jackdaw,

I read your other post and just want to say that you are in good company here. As I live in Indianapolis, Indiana (midwestern US) your meetings would be a little too far away for me to attend. Please do consider me there in spirit. I look forward to seeing you around. Welcome aboard!


Jackdaw - Sep 30, 2006 7:52 am (#2742 of 2976)

Thank you! Glad to find some kindred spirits! Looking forward to getting to know everyone!!!


The giant squid - Sep 30, 2006 1:18 pm (#2743 of 2976)

Welcome aboard, Jackdaw! I'm sure you'll find we're a fun, if sometimes spirited bunch (sorry, Denise). Don't be afraid to ask questions if you're unsure of something, we're quite friendly to the new folk.

Denise, I can't imagine why your boys wouldn't want to go tramping around in the wilderness in 50 degree weather (that's 10 Celcius for you European types )...I've always enjoyed shivering while I work. Just tell 'em what my mother always told me: it's good for you; it'll put hair on your chest.



Tazzygirl - Sep 30, 2006 2:23 pm (#2744 of 2976)

Welcome to the Forum, Jackdaw! Hope you enjoy it here as much as we do!

Congrats on the renewal of your star, Lina!

I was supposed to spend the weekend watching the kiddies, or rather help my uncle watch them while my aunt went on a weekend trip to Maui. He told me last night that he can handle both kids by himself... I told him if he gets overwhelmed or both are too much to handle, call me and I'll come help. He took the kids to the beach house 45 minutes away... Nice relaxing weekend, here I come!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!



Madam Pince - Sep 30, 2006 3:14 pm (#2745 of 2976)

Welcome, Jackdaw!

Thanks, everyone, for the healing charms and good wishes for Mr. Pince. Everything seems to be in a holding pattern so far -- we're still not exactly sure what it is/was (shame we didn't see/catch the spider!) Right now the swelling has gone down some and it's not as painful, but the bruised-looking place has expanded quite a bit. It actually really looks like an impact-type of injury to me, just a bruise, if it weren't for those two little things that look remarkably like fang-marks. But he swears he couldn't possibly have hit it that hard on anything or he'd have noticed. (Now, me? I have bruises all the time, and no idea how I got most of them...) Yesterday was a miserable day, though, because he woke up with a splitting headache which made him sick to his stomach, so we spent hours going back and forth on the phone with the doctor trying to decide if those were bite-related symptoms, or just his regular garden-variety migraines that he gets from stress and over-tiredness sometimes. The doctor felt it was a migraine, and since it did finally respond to his migraine meds, that's probably (hopefully) correct. (Frustrating moment of the day -- when the doctor had told us to check back in by calling his office and having him paged, so when I did that, the ding-dong who answered the phone told me "We don't have his pager number here." Now I ask you, what doctor's office doesn't have the man's pager number, for crying out loud??!? Why else would he even have a pager? She very helpfully told me he was gone for the weekend and would be back Monday. )

A lot of you guys said things like "...it's a good thing he saw a doctor" or "Hope he gets treatment right away..." .... but the thing is, there really is nothing to be done in the case of a brown recluse spider bite (at least, so we are told by two doctors and the Maryland Poison Control Center, and lots of websites.) There is no antivenin available for the poison, and no way to draw it out. Any treatment just basically consists of managing secondary infection if/when the really gross part starts... that's what's so frustrating. We're just sitting here doing nothing except icing it down and staring at it like it's going to suddenly pop out an Alien or something. Ah well, everyone is doing a wonderful job typing with their fingers crossed, so I hope you can continue to do so! LOL! Thanks again for all the good wishes. Let's hope it's something else other than a BRS bite...

I was gone from the Forum for a day and a half, so naturally the JKR door opened and the WOMBATS came back... Fine. I'll hop over there and see if I can still get in! ***fingers crossed again***


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 30, 2006 3:37 pm (#2746 of 2976)

**extra-strength healing charms to Mr. Pince**

The game today was pretty dull, as it was a complete slaughter. We won 48-17!! But we had really awesome seats, even though they were in the upper decks. It was really hot and sunny and I got seriously sunburn (why we didn't think of bringing sunscreen I don't know) but after half time, we left because there was major lightening ans we were a bit to high to still be safe. It rained on us walking back to the car so that cooled us off quite a bit! It was fun!! and we won!

Welcome Jackie! You'll like it here, we're really super cool people!

I went to Target earlier, and they didn't have a decent witch costume, much less a Hermione or Harry one! I was really upset. Just have to try somewhere else I guess...

Have a great RotD everyone!!


Starling - Sep 30, 2006 4:12 pm (#2747 of 2976)

I'm looking forward to the smoking ban. Virtually all pubs are smoking, and my favourite restaurant in Manchester is also smoking. It's one of the few restaurants that serves (excellent) food until midnight!

Hope Mr Pince recovers soon. I would stomp on the spider for him, but I'm afraid I'd create a horcrux (don't ask).



boop - Sep 30, 2006 4:36 pm (#2748 of 2976)

Michelle, Tell your daughter Happy Birthday.

Mediwitch,Happy Birthday to your eldest one.

Sheila, I will keep my fingers crossed. I hope it all works out for your daughter.

Julie(GE), Sorry you’re not feeling well. Sending healing charms your way.

Starling, Hope you get more work soon.

Madam Pince, sending healing charms to Mr. Pince.

Jose043, Sending healing charms your way.

Jackdaw, Welcome to the forum. Have a great time.

Penn State won their game today,YAY!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

hugs always



kabloink!  - Sep 30, 2006 8:20 pm (#2749 of 2976)

Arg, I tried. I really did, but after awhile, the 300+ posts got too daunting. New motherhood is exhausting, and I haven't made it on here in awhile. To go back though, I love my mom's crocs. Hers are actually to small for me (or they were in May-my feet were somewhat swollen, though), but I put them on while I was cooking in her kitchen one day, and they were awesome. I kept meaning to buy some during my pregnancy, thinking they'd be great. That didn't happen, unfortunately-I never could justify the $30 for them, really and the knock-offs just aren't worth it, so I've been told.

Ok, off to bed.

PS-Best wishes to Mr Pince, sounds like a pretty scary situation, and I hope everything turns out ok.


kaykay1970 - Sep 30, 2006 8:35 pm (#2750 of 2976)

Welcome to the forum Jackdaw!

My kids school just starting offering Band this year. My 12 year old just got his new trombone today. He sat on the front porch watching for the Fed-Ex guy. I'm so glad it came today so he could come back inside. LOL! He is super excited! He has been practicing a bit. He and his dog Sadie have done a lovely duet! Every time he plays a note she starts howling. I guess we'll have to put her out when he plays.


Solitaire - Sep 30, 2006 8:55 pm (#2751 of 2976)

Nice to meet you, Jackdaw. Welcome to the forum!

Well, I have some worrisome news to report about my little student who was in the boating accident. He has been readmitted to the hospital with an infection from his surgery. Doctors have placed him on IVs to keep the infection from getting to the brain. Also, since returning home, he has been having trouble with coughing and breathing. He appears to have developed "asthma issues" along with some allergies that surfaced.

Apparently, too, the doc who will be removing the blood behind the retina was not as optimistic as other doctors about my student's vision. He believes there will be some optic nerve damage. This is kind of a blow, as the previous doc told them there would be no permanent damage. Some hearing difficulties have also surfaced, and apparently there has been some loss of hearing, although the doctors suspect this is due to a build-up of fluid. I hope they are right.

Please send all the prayers and healing charms you can spare. I know my student and his family are feeling rather deflated right now, after such high expectations.

Actually, I am betting some of his breathing problems are related to the fact that the almond growers are "shaking the trees" all around the county. For the last week, a "fog" of dust has hung in the air around our school; we are surrounded by almond orchards in every direction, so it has been pretty bad. A fire also continues to burn in the Ojai area (southwest of us), and winds keep bringing the smoke and ash this way. Add to that the fact that local cotton farmers will begin defoliating soon ...

It looks like breathing problems will be in high gear for anyone who suffers from them. This is a bad time of year for anyone around here who has any kind of pulmonary difficulties, and the fires are just making things about a million times worse. I heard on TV that some schools actually cancelled football and track practice a couple of times during the week due to poor air quality, so you KNOW it must be serious. NOTHING ever interferes with football!



Mediwitch - Sep 30, 2006 8:57 pm (#2752 of 2976)
Edited Sep 30, 2006 9:40 pm

Welcome, Jackdaw!

**Sleeping Charms to kabloink!**

kaykay, when I was in high school, I started playing alto sax (after 7 years of flute). We had a dog that did the same thing. I always said she was trying to sing, because she didn't exactly howl, just this funny sort of moan/howl combination!

EDIT: ***HEALING CHARMS*** to your student, Soli, and **Strengthening Charms** to his family


painting sheila - Sep 30, 2006 9:28 pm (#2753 of 2976)

Jackjaw - Welcome!!

I am up late making cinnamon buns for the people at work. It's so hard to go right to sleep when I get home. I end up staying up for an hour or two and then my 5 year old gets me up bright and early just like he is supposed to.

I am making rolling out the buns and going to let them rise in the morning.****YAWN*** if I can stay awake that long. . .

Catherine Hermionia - Congrats on your medal!! I Just saw it as your avatar! WOOHOO!

read an article on McDreamy today. He was on the cover of Entertainment magazine - not sure what month. He was in a white tee shirts and blue jeans and leaning against a baby blue convertible and squinting into the sun.  ***sigh*** very dreamy


Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 30, 2006 9:29 pm (#2754 of 2976)

I have a question. I am going to start preparing to take the L.S.A.T. (Law School Admission Test), and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions or advice on how to best prepare for the examination?


geauxtigers  - Sep 30, 2006 9:34 pm (#2755 of 2976)

Ahhh, Soli, thats scary!**tons of healing charms to him**

Thats terrible about the Almond trees, what do you do if you are allergic to nuts? Wouldn't that be dangerous?

Well Tigers won, wasn't much of a game though, it did start raining on us, but up until then, it was hot. Mostly because the sun we directly overhead, I got burned on my left side...oh well, not bad.

USC beat Washington State...they almost beat them! Almost! Like how awesome would that have been?! My dad (Wazzu alum) was really bummed. I was just mad because I hate USC. Anyway, they played that game to the last 3 second, Cougs gave them a serious run for their money. Did I mention I hate USC? Sorry to any USC fans, I'm just highly competive. Probably too competive for my own good...

We had eggs benedict for dinner, then we went to Blockbuster and rented Monty Python and the Holy Grail and got some popcorn. We watched it after the Coug's game. It made me feel better. Its such a funny movie! John Cleese is in it, that made me happy, I just never realized it was him, hes so much younger then...

Welcome Jackie!

read an article on McDreamy today. He was on the cover of Entertainment magazine - not sure what month. He was in a white tee shirts and blue jeans and leaning against a baby blue convertible and squinting into the sun.***sigh*** very dreamy **Is thinking she needs to find this magazine and put an enlargement charm on it, then hang it next to her GOblet of Fire movie poster**

Appropriate charms to all!

I'm going to bed! Night


painting sheila - Sep 30, 2006 10:03 pm (#2756 of 2976)

Geauxtigers - We love Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It is a challenge for us to sit together as a family and get through any meal without quoting it at least once.

Our favorites are "I'm not dead yet", "Run away! Run away!", What cha' gonna do? Bite me legs off?"

I'll stop now instead of running the risk of alienating all of you!

I will check tomorrow and see what issue it is. They have lots of pictures of McDreamy inside also. It is the fall preview one - so I am guessing it is in September sometime. It was just laying around work - so I don;t know how the issues run. Will find out for you!


timrew - Sep 30, 2006 11:29 pm (#2757 of 2976)

I've got a box set of DVDs, Monty Python's Holy Grail, Life Of Brian, and Meaning Of Life. I love Monty Python!
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The giant squid - Oct 1, 2006 1:43 am (#2759 of 2976)

I love Monty Python!—Timrew

Really, Tim? You? I never would have guessed.

Tori, not only is John Cleese in Holy Grail (and now I feel old, since I always think of Cleese as a member of Monty Python...), hes about sixteen different characters. Okay, not that many, but they all played multiple parts. Some of the fun is figuring out who's who under the costume.

Soli, that's too bad about your student. Hopefully it's just a minor bump on his road to recovery.

Betty, I think that's the longest post you've made in ages. Mucho hugs for you! Don't be such a stranger.



Tazzygirl - Oct 1, 2006 3:23 am (#2760 of 2976)

Painting Sheila- read an article on McDreamy today. He was on the cover of Entertainment magazine - not sure what month. He was in a white tee shirts and blue jeans and leaning against a baby blue convertible and squinting into the sun.

I bought that magazine the moment it hit newstands. Not too old- I bought it on my trip back from California at the end of August/ beginning of September. A definite sigh moment!

Went shopping with my friend today- spent a little too much money. But it was for a good cause... I bought children's books for a couple of projects, and to add to my future classroom's library.

**LOTS of healing and good luck charms** to your student and family, Soli! and also **Aguamenti charms** for the fire. My parents have been finding it hard to breath outside too- as they are on the other side of Ojai...ooooh! and **hurry up** charms to the almond growers, so the dust settles down from the almond shaking.

Off to bed!



azi - Oct 1, 2006 3:30 am (#2761 of 2976)

Healing charms to your student Soli! That's terrible news to hear - if there was going to be damage the other doctors shouldn't have told them otherwise.

I'm glad I'm not in the dust/fire area at the moment - that would be bad for me! **water charms**

Hope Mr P is ok, Madam P!

Kay, if the trombone noise gets too much, I'll be happy to magic you some earplugs. Has your son played the instument for a while, or has he just started?

Monty Python is ace.

Congratulations on your new premium membership, Lina!

Update from Denmark - I've got sunburn. Did not expect that.


Madam Pince - Oct 1, 2006 5:52 am (#2762 of 2976)

Kabloink, hope you can get some rest and that your routine gets better soon. The early months can be really rough!

Solitaire, I was so sorry to hear about your student's setbacks. Let's hope that he is able to overcome them soon, or that perhaps the doctors are mistaken. Poor little guy, it's so unfair. We'll be thinking of him!

Betty, Mr. Pince thanks you (and everyone else, too, but he knows Betty! ) Hope all is going well with you. How are your students this year?

I've been doing more home-made cooking over the last few days than I've done for years -- I'm pampering Mr. Pince by making a lot of his favorite comfort foods while he's got sick days from work. So my 'fridge is stuffed with great leftovers that are not great for your weight, like BBQ ribs, lasagne, corn pudding, sirloin steak, potato casserole, cheesecake, etc. Who wants to come help clean them up?

We got a new water heater yesterday. The old one seemed to still be fine, but it was 20+ years old, and we didn't want it going bad while we were away for the weekend or something and having a flood. What a boring appliance to have to shop for, though! Bleah. It just feels like money down the drain even though of course I know it isn't. No fun at all!

Hope everyone enjoys the RotD!


Eponine - Oct 1, 2006 6:18 am (#2763 of 2976)

Nathan, if your local library has a subscription to www.learningexpresslibrary.com you can sign up to take some practice LSAT tests online. I did several GRE practice tests on their website. You'll have to sign up for an account at your library or another institution that has a subscription, but once you sign up, you can access it from home. There are a lot of online resources for test prep. Your library should also have a review book if you don't want to buy one. Good Luck!

Madame Pince, I'll help with the cheesecake!

Mr. Eponine's 30th birthday is this week, and we're having a party for him next weekend. I've got a ton of stuff to do this week for it, and my sister and her kids are coming to visit next week. Being the procrastinator that I am, I'll probably put everything off until Friday.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


kaykay1970 - Oct 1, 2006 6:24 am (#2764 of 2976)
Edited Oct 1, 2006 7:26 am

Azi, he has never played an instrument in his life. I just hope he sticks with it. We could have rented to own a used trombone from a company that has contracts with the school system. If we had gone that route we would have the option of sending it back for 3 months. We also would have ended up paying over $700 more than we did for the brand new E-bay one that we bought. I love E-bay!

More healing charms for Mr. P, Soli's student and any one else who needs them !


geauxtigers  - Oct 1, 2006 9:33 am (#2765 of 2976)

he’s about sixteen different characters  Yes I know! He is like 5 or 6 I think. I love him! He's awesome in A Fish Called Wanda, another really stupid movie that you can't help but laugh in! But there are a few one liners that are completely not forum friendly We almost got Life with Brian too because my dad keeps saying one liners with that one too, but it was rated R so we couldn't rent it...

**accio cheesecake from Madame Pince's fridge!**

Okay well not much happening, homework and cleaning my room. How fun!

Have a nice Sunday everyone!


Solitaire - Oct 1, 2006 9:53 am (#2766 of 2976)

Thanks, everyone, for the healing charms for my student. I am still watching his page, but there is no update so far this morning. I'll post when I find out how he is doing. I'm hoping that "no news is good news," in this case.



virginiaelizabeth - Oct 1, 2006 10:01 am (#2767 of 2976)

My favorite part of Monty Python and the Holy Grail is "the knights who say 'Ni'" LOL "You must bring us a shrubbery! Then they come back with the shrubbery and "we are no longer the knights who say 'Ni'. We are now the knights who say 'icky icky icky whoozaahh wowowow blingg.....' That makes me laugh so hard every time!

**more healing charms to Mr. Pince and Soli's student**

I've spent about 20 minutes this morning trying to dry my keyboard and the rest of my computer off. I tried to pick all of the cups on my desk up at once so I'd only have to make one trip to the kitchen. Of course, me being the genius that I am, spilt an entire glass of water on my desk and then paid the price of being stupid. I think my computer will live, but I still need to be more careful...or less lazy. One or the other.

Anyone know when we can get the results of the WOMBAT??

Have a great RotD to everyone!


kabloink!  - Oct 1, 2006 10:59 am (#2768 of 2976)

Hehe. Whenever I get frustrated at work, I start saying "ni." When I was working at my parents' store (an optical store)with my sister, I was very frustrated, as she kept trying to copy me (she's 10 years older, mind you), yet has never seen Holy Grail. Therefore, she just didn't get it. The eye doctor did, though. I love our Doc, she is very educated and just gets some of the more geeky things that no one aside from my hubby in my circle of friends gets. 'Course at the McD's I worked at in Lansing, no one knew Monty Python-sheltered youngin's.

Edit: Rant warning, feel free to skip. This is sooo frustrating. The baby is always happy and sleepy when hubby is home, but whenever its just us, he never wants to sleep, always wants to eat, or cries for absolutely no reason that I can figure out. I can't lay him down, otherwise he'll scream. Arg. Sorry just needed to vent. Oh yeah-and hubby yells at me for getting frustrated at our 3rd or 4th feeding of the night when I'm in pain and he's slept through the baby's fussing all night up to this point. Because I'm nursing and this baby is a bottomless pit (I can't seem to keep up), I never have any bottles for daddy to get up with him, not to mention that daddy works 10-12 hours a day, so I really can't ask him to get up when I don't do anything but take care of the baby during the day....grrrrr.


boop - Oct 1, 2006 11:46 am (#2769 of 2976)

Kabloink, Sending you sleeping charms.

Solitaire, Sending more healing charms and prayers.

Kate, congrats to the medal.

Mardam Pince, Everything is going good for me. The grandkids are growing. I find it hard to believe the new little baby girl will be born next month. AS for the students at work. I have all freshmen this year. The student are really nice and friendly and have respect for me. I haven't had any real messes to clean up after......Sounds like you have been busy in the kitchen.

Mike, I am on the forum every day, just don't post all the time. Hey is there any good movies out worth seeing right now? Big hugs to you.

Eponine, Happy Birthday to your hubby.


Solitaire - Oct 1, 2006 2:50 pm (#2770 of 2976)

Thanks for the prayers and healing charms. There is still no update on my student's CarePage ... I keep looking.

Healing charms to Mr. Pince, too!

Kabloink, my niece's new baby has been a real howler, too, since she was born in June. Apparently she has calmed down a bit, now that she has cut two teeth! Yes, two teeth before she was 3 months old! I've never had kids, but isn't that kind of early for teeth? I guess that's why she was crying all the time ... maybe? She has apparently become quite "gurgly" and happy since the teeth came through. My niece was so frustrated and upset for a while, though, because the baby cried all night and refused to be comforted ... and she had to get up and be in town at her teaching job by 7 a.m. Anyway, I hope things calm down for you soon.



Jackdaw - Oct 1, 2006 3:03 pm (#2771 of 2976)

Hey all!

All the baby talk is making me very frightened! I don't have any children of my own, but always assumed one day I would. But after reading your posts I am becoming a little scared at the prospect!!!

Should be a while before I'm changing nappies though!

Best wishes to Mr Pince. I hate spiders! x


Catherine - Oct 1, 2006 3:05 pm (#2772 of 2976)

I never have any bottles for daddy to get up with him, not to mention that daddy works 10-12 hours a day, so I really can't ask him to get up when I don't do anything but take care of the baby during the day....grrrrr. –Kabloink

You CAN ask, and I think you should. Your job seems to be 24/7 at the moment, and it needs to be shared. My husband later admitted that he bonded with our daughter during her 10 p.m.-1 a.m. screaming marathons, and that he took it less "personally" than I did. My husband used to watch MTV and just jiggle her around and sing to her. Other times, he'd get in the car and drive her around so I could sleep for a bit.

Please take care of yourself so that you can take care of the baby!


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 1, 2006 3:45 pm (#2773 of 2976)

Mr. HH and I always joked that Olivia should be an only child. She did NOT sleep. She also had stranger anxiety from birth, pretty much up until she was nearly two - if another person even looked at her, let alone spoke to her, she would burst into tears. Nonbelievers would visit and stay for hours and Olivia would just hang out, napless (I did everything with my right hand) and gaze about - they left as believers. As soon as I tried to put her down or pass her to someone, she screamed murder.

Well, we made it through, though and that is my point, Kabloink. Yes, talk to hubby and ask if he'd mind taking one of those shifts - even if you are nursing and he changes the baby before/after doing so, it is one less thing you have to do. I had the same attitude as you, as my husband works with glass and I feared that he would go to work fatigued and get cut as a result - some of those long nights practically drove me to tears. Looking back - I probably should have asked for help. When all else fails, remember: this, too, shall pass. It does get easier with each passing month.

Healing charms and prayers to Solitaire's student and Mr. Pince.

Waves all around

Love the cool avatar, Lina! Hurray for the bright star!


EDIT: Hiya Jackdaw!

Oh yeah, took the WOMBAT - what fun! I liked it much better than the first! (Watch me get a Troll )

Well, Olivia did choose Holy Grail for her movie night, so that should be a clue as to the HHs opinion. The other is that any of us (including Trevor) can quote and/or recite the lines as the movie plays!


timrew - Oct 1, 2006 3:52 pm (#2774 of 2976)

geauxtigers:- but it was rated R so we couldn't rent it...

You know, I racked my brains thinking why the heck "The Life Of Brian" was rated 'R'; and then it hit me.

There are a couple of nude scenes in it. Of the male and female variety.


Catherine - Oct 1, 2006 5:32 pm (#2775 of 2976)

There are a couple of nude scenes in it. Of the male and female variety. –Timrew

Indeed, Tim, indeed.

Of the male and female variety.--LOL.

Does this make things better, or worse? Thanks for the huge giggle! My humor tends to revert to junior high level these days, so I'm in your debt!

I found my water shoes for camp. I also checked Mr. Catherine's sleeping bag (naturally, I do NOT own one) for soundness. Now I just need to decide which clothes are sacrificed to caving in the mud. I have it on authority that I will not encounter any more guano than is normal in teaching.

I also bought a head-band so that I can model the "hey, I don't do my hair" thingy for camp.

I'll just bet that I'm giving Denise a bit of heartburn (and Kim and Wayne a laugh) just about now....


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 1, 2006 5:36 pm (#2776 of 2976)

There are a couple of nude scenes in it. Of the male and female variety. –Timrew

Ahhh well, I never understood how we were able to view pictures of 'human anatomy' in our sex ed classes, yet it's against the law for you to rent a comedy with a nudity scene if you are under 18. Yet another thing that I have yet to understand about or government! I shall see it one day!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 1, 2006 6:54 pm (#2777 of 2976)

I have it on authority that I will not encounter any more guano than is normal in teaching.---Catherine (poor thing)

Are you going caving? Remember, stalactites hold on tight-ly to the ceiling. Stalagmites, sit on Mother Earth.

Have a great time!!!


Madam Pince - Oct 1, 2006 7:13 pm (#2778 of 2976)

I really can't ask him to get up when I don't do anything but take care of the baby during the day...—kabloink

Really? Is that all you do? You lazy-bumpkins, you! All you do is care for a tiny, helpless human being who requires you for every single little thing, 24-hours a day? Sheesh! (LOL, you hear the irony across the keyboards, don't you?)

I'm guilty of the same thing, though -- sounds like a lot of other caregivers here are, too. It just feels like a job we ought to be able to handle, right? We should be able to pull this off, right? We're smart, mature people, and it's just one tiny little baby -- how hard can it be? It's particularly trying when the significant other comes home and the little one is a perfect "angel," so it appears like there must be something wrong with you if you're having difficulty with this. If you think of it as replacing your "old job," it will feel this way -- but the reality is that your old job was not 24/7, and was nowhere near this important. This new job you have does not equate, although our logic tells us it should.

Anyway, I second Catherine. You're not the only person who's felt that way, or done that. I still do it. But when I see it baldly in writing from someone else, it's easier to say: "Silly girl, ask for help!" A half-hour (or even an hour) less sleep a night for awhile probably won't kill him, but it may save your sanity, and that's no joke!

You're right, though. You shouldn't ask him to get up. You should just lay there with your fingers in your ears until he wakes up on his own.

(((hugs))) and "hang-in-there"s and ***sleeping charms***!!! And good wishes to Mr. Kabloink, who may be getting a rude awakening soon!

(Mr. Pince put Little Pince to bed for me tonight, which was an enormous help since I had to re-do my computer which somehow got all screwed up today. The downside is that he will undoubtedly feel like he has done something deserving of a Nobel Prize... )


Finn BV - Oct 1, 2006 7:21 pm (#2779 of 2976)

Sorry all, been quite busy these last few days and I didn't really tool through the 120 posts…

Just a few things…

Sheila, I've played tennis my whole life, but was never fit and thus not a runner. One summer my coach had me running and training a lot, and suddenly I discovered I was a natural. In eighth grade, I had an undefeated season.

Wait a sec, is there both a Finn and a Burke in Grey's Anatomy? That is just too weird… (Burke=my middle name)

azi, glad you're enjoying yourself in Denmark!

Oh, Madam Pince, yuck about Mr. Pince!! Healing charms and prayers!

Josephine, continued healing charms to you!

Sheila, glad your daughter can take the test!

WOMBAT 2 was tough!

Remember, stalactites hold on tight-ly to the ceiling. Stalagmites, sit on Mother Earth. –Kim

Ohh, that's the tough way to remember it! Stalactites: c is for ceiling. Stalagmites: g is for ground.

Enjoy the RotD! I feel so out of it, my participation has been really limited with a ton of start-of-school tests!


Catherine - Oct 1, 2006 7:27 pm (#2780 of 2976)

Are you going caving? --Lupin is Lupin

Indeed I am.

We're going to wear the helmet thingies with lights on them, bless our hearts.


geauxtigers  - Oct 1, 2006 7:39 pm (#2781 of 2976)

Wait a sec, is there both a Finn and a Burke in Grey's Anatomy? That is just too weird… (Burke=my middle name)

LOL Finn, I definitely think you need to watch it now But yes, Preston Burke and Finn (I can't spell his last name, so I won't try) are 2 really awesome characters!

I seriously think I'm addicted to Grey's Anatomy...but not as addicted as I am to HP, but its pretty close!

Seahawks are loosing-by a lot. Oh well, but still! Theres always next week.

Well I will just have to bring my dad next time I go to blockbuster so that I can get Life with Brian! I really wanna see it now! Lets face it, just because its rated R doesn't mean I haven't heard it all 100s of times before.

Its October now! We got some pumpkins too! I can't wait for it to start cooling down some and the leaves to start changing! I love fall/winter! I can't wait til Thanksgiving and Christmas! I love the holidays! They are so festive

Well I still haven't cleaned my room, and I have a government test tomorrow. I tell ya, politics sure are boring...

Have a great week everyone!


Holly T. - Oct 1, 2006 7:45 pm (#2782 of 2976)

Healing charms for your student Soiltaire! Yikes, the idea of all that pollen and dust and other allergens in the air is almost enough to give me an asthma attack. Sometimes when there are wildfires in Mexico we get the smoke here and they have to issue air quality warnings etc.

More healing charms to Mr. Pince!

Hugs to kabloink! My husband used to get up and walk up and down the hall with our daughter in the middle of the night but we quickly gave up on the having him get up to change her when I was up anyway to nurse her when he almost dropped her. Our son never wanted to be walked. He just wanted to eat (and eat and eat). So he always wanted his mama. Have you tried co-sleeping? It can help with the waking up as you don't have to get out of bed. Also, remember your little guy will not be attached to you 24/7 forever. He will slow down as he starts being able to keep more milk in his tummy at a time (and then he will have a growth spurt). Anyway, hang in there!

Football news--Baylor won this weekend and A&M lost. Life is good. :-)


Finn BV - Oct 1, 2006 8:00 pm (#2783 of 2976)

Catherine, since there seems to be a lot of sarcasm lurking about, I will tell you quite straightforwardly that I am very jealous. Caving is part of what we do at my school's place in Connecticut, one of my favorite places in the entire world!

PS: Happy Birthday Julie Andrews!!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 1, 2006 8:11 pm (#2784 of 2976)

Ohh, that's the tough way to remember it! Stalactites: c is for ceiling. Stalagmites: g is for ground.---Finn

I've got to remember there's a 'C' in stalactite? I'll take my way.


Holly T. - Oct 1, 2006 8:20 pm (#2785 of 2976)

Or you can remember a stalagmite's tight (in the ground) and a stalactite might (fall from the ceiling). I learned that from Shaggy on Scooby Doo years (and years) ago and honestly that is how I remember it. Weird, I know. Whatever works.


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 1, 2006 8:36 pm (#2786 of 2976)

Eponine, many thanks for the advice on the local library. I will definitely put a call into the library to inquire about such programs.

For much last night I was looking at the study guide for the exam and wondering, if admission tests are this ponderous how do people actually sit for these entrance exams without being overcome with a sense of terror? I felt as though i had been sentenced to a detention with Professor Snape.


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 1, 2006 8:52 pm (#2787 of 2976)

Or you can remember a stalagmite's tight (in the ground) and a stalactite might (fall from the ceiling).

Well whenever I find out what the heck stalamites and stalacites are, I'll just come here for memorizing ideas! LOL

Well nothing new here, I did finish my homework before 9:00 though and I haven't really had much to do...I could do my b-day homework, but I don't really feel like it...Don't wanna be thrown out of the PC do I??


geauxtigers  - Oct 1, 2006 9:20 pm (#2788 of 2976)

Or you can remember a stalagmite's tight (in the ground) and a stalactite might (fall from the ceiling).

Seems like it should be the opposite to me. StalagMITE might fall, StalacTITE is tight. Then again, I've never been taught what these things are to my knowledge, however, I do know what they are! I'm sure I learned it at some point in life, I just don't remember!

I finished cleaning my room, I think I'll go lie in bed and study some more. I haven't even started my physics yet, but I have lunch tomorrow to do it so, I'm not stressed yet.

Good luck with the testing, Nathan! You'll do great!

Speaking of testing, I think the PSAT is coming up soon, might need to get a move these practice tests they sent out...oh well right now, I'm going to bed!

Night everyone!


Mrs. Sirius - Oct 1, 2006 9:26 pm (#2789 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Lexicon! I always remember this because the next day, October 2 is my triplets birthday. They are 8 today.

Well whenever I find out what the heck stalamites and stalacites are, I'll just come here for memorizing ideas! LOL Just remember that Harry asked Hagrid that same question when they were at Gringotts in PS/SS.

Tim it is funny, Monty Python had just started on PBS when I pulled up your post!

Madame Pince healing charms. And yes, they always deserve the Nobel prize when they do something to help no matter how ineffective the result.

Kim, sleep whenever you can. Babies are very reasonable, they never ask for too much. They only ask for 100%of your time and attention.


Marie E. - Oct 1, 2006 9:28 pm (#2790 of 2976)

I always learned that you might trip over a stalagmite.

Well, I was holding Pixie today and I swear I felt a baby bunny kick at my hand. Besides being terrified at how many bunnies there might be, I was in awe and sat there awhile feeling the little fetal kicks. I have one friend who says she will take one.

We think our house is possessed and ruining our tv's. About four months ago or so our tv downstairs went all black so we got a new/used one. A month ago this tv started going dark and darker(making it very hard to watch CSI) and today it went all black, too. Mr E says maybe it's something to do with the stereo we have the cable running into. He was on craigslist tonight looking for another tv, but he kept getting distracted by $500 six foot projection tv's.

Happy birthday, Forum! When this forum began, my daughters were five and three years old and I was...four years younger!


Elanor - Oct 1, 2006 9:32 pm (#2791 of 2976)

StalagMiTES MonTEnt (go up) and StalagTiTES tombent (fall), you can't say this doesn't help, can you?

Waving to everybody!


geauxtigers  - Oct 1, 2006 9:42 pm (#2792 of 2976)

**waves back to Audrey** I like your way! I can remember that!

I always learned that you might trip over a stalagmite . . . . That rings a bell, I think I might've learned that one before...

Thats cool about the bunnies! LOL we had a cat once that lived outside, she had 3 litters. By the time we could actually catch her and get her scheduled for a "Fixing" she'd gone off several times. We finally captured her though and got her in before she could have any more fun.

Okay I'm really going to bed now, I promise!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 1, 2006 10:14 pm (#2793 of 2976)

I'll just bet that I'm giving Denise a bit of heartburn (and Kim and Wayne a laugh) just about now.... ("and, and..."?)

...toddles off muttering, if they sharp, solid, and can fall on your head, who cares what you call them or how you spell it?...


The giant squid - Oct 1, 2006 11:41 pm (#2794 of 2976)

First off: Marie, tell Mr. E not to buy a projection TV. They're great as long as you're sitting directly in front of them at least 6-8 feet away. any angle/distance other than that, and you might as well be watching your black TV... Tell him I gave him permission to get a decent plasma.

Hey is there any good movies out worth seeing right now?—boop

I kinda dread this question, as my idea of a "good" movie rarely coincides with everyone else's. That and I've actually been so busy I haven't had the chance to watch anything. The best thing I've seen recently is probably Little Miss Sunshine.

Kaykay, I forgot to mention: good luck on the youngster's trombone lessons. I played the trombone from 5th grade through high school (and yet, somehow still had friends). It was really interesting learning to play when my arms were too short to reach 7th position...



Tazzygirl - Oct 1, 2006 11:43 pm (#2795 of 2976)

Happy Birthday to the Lexicon!

LOL on the cave topic- I can't even pronounce the two words. I agree with TBE: If they are sharp, solid, and can fall on your head, who cares what you call them or how you spell it? Hope you have a fun trip, Catherine!

Finn- Just for you: Happy Birthday Julie Andrews!

Okay, off to do some laundry and then go to bed. Hectic time schedule starts again at 5:30 am. sigh.

Have a great week everybody!



Good Evans - Oct 2, 2006 3:32 am (#2796 of 2976)


My mother always taught me that the way to remember the difference between stalagmites and stalagtites was that "tights come down". This was always a little risque in our house, but it has stuck! (the word that is not the tights!!!).

Finn - I apologise in advance if this is offensive- I don’t mean to be - but I had to wonder why your parents gave the the middle name "Burke" (you're not kidding are you?) a burk(e) in england is a somewhat derogatory reference to someone, a bit like a twit or similar. Sorry to be the bearer of such tidings.... go on someone tell me that Julie is latvian slang for "woman with two heads" and we'll be even!!!

Day off today and it is raining like nothing on earth. I've been up to the Gym with hubby (its his birthday, which is why we are off today) and off to the garden centre later with the doggie for a mooch about.

have a lovely day and stay dry!!!

Coming out of the gym it was absolutely chucking it down - so I said to hubby stay here and I'll get the car (well it was his birthday). Ran out in to the rain was drenched in about three strides (heavy heavy denim skirt now feeling like a dead weight). Good job I didnt bother drying my hair!!!



HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 2, 2006 4:55 am (#2797 of 2976)

LOL, these posts are so amusing!

Well, I never had a problem discerning between stalactites/mites, but after having read all of these posts, I'm feeling a bit confunded. Tell me again - which his which???

Happy Birthday, Lexicon!!! (Hooray for the Lexicon and all of the marvelous people who help it to run smoothly! )

No school today, so we're headed into the city. (***waves to Finn, Gina & Stephanie***). We will definitely head for the Nintendo store, American Girl and then (hopefully) the Disney store (my favorite). Wondering where we'll eat. Probably in the square, but I'm up for something new if anyone has any suggestions.

Oh, and the field trip is definitely ON for this Wednesday(yay!). Hubby is taking the day off to watch little guy.

Awoke to a breezy 50 degrees Farenheit. I love the autumn but I don't like starting out my bike ride in the freezing position. It will surely take me a mile or more before I begin to warm up.

Sending more healing charms - hope they're working!



kaykay1970 - Oct 2, 2006 5:16 am (#2798 of 2976)

Thanks Mike!

Tazzy, I can't imagine someone that can pronounce humahumanukanukaapua having any problem with stalactite/stalagmite... LOL


azi - Oct 2, 2006 5:35 am (#2799 of 2976)

Happy belated birthday Forum!

I'm back home! I hated the flight home - there was lots of air turbulence. Got up at 5.30am, but only reached home at 1pm. Had to wait 40 mins for a train from the airport, then 45 mins for a bus. I wish we had Copenhagen's transport system here... *sighs*

Happy birthday to your triplets, Mrs Sirius!

Kabloink - things will get better! I was a screamy child, but my mum survived. She never had any help from my father, but I agree with everyone else that you should ask for help.

Have fun on your shopping trip, Maria!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Steve Newton - Oct 2, 2006 6:09 am (#2800 of 2976)

The second saddest day of the year (after my birthday). The end of the baseball season. sigh
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Madam Pince - Oct 2, 2006 6:21 am (#2801 of 2976)

So Tazzy, I take it you didn't attend the Waikiki Beach showing of the season premiere of Lost? Just think of all the money you could've earned selling early spoilers to trashy magazines!

Good Evans, I don't think "burk" is a term that translates over here on this side of the Atlantic -- at least I've never heard it used that way. Burke is a fairly common given name, kind of stylish! (At least I think it is...)

Hope the HHs have a fun shopping day! It sounds divine!

Welcome home azi! Hope you'll soon get rested up from the travails of travelling!

Happy Birthday Lexicon, and to the Sirius twins, and to Mr. Good Evans, and to Julie Andrews! (And consoling pats on the head to Steve Newton...)


Loopy Lupin - Oct 2, 2006 6:39 am (#2802 of 2976)

The smoking discussion is to the point where it needs to back off before it becomes an issue please – Denise

Aw, booooooooo!!!!! Just when I was getting all fired up!!

Happy Monday everyone.

I still haven't seen Little Miss Sunshine but I did see Keeping Mum with Professor McGonnagal. I liked it ok, but it wasn't quite as funny as I had hoped it would be.


Denise P. - Oct 2, 2006 6:48 am (#2803 of 2976)

I know what I was doing 4 years ago today....Lexicon Steve opened the Lexicon Forum to postings so.....

Denise P. - Oct 2, 2002 10:26 am
Thanks for setting this up Steve, I think it will be much easier to follow than the Bravenet board.

We started out as a smaller group and look at us now! I know there are still many folks who were there in the beginning that are still with us. Ugh, the Bravenet board stunk. I am soooo glad for World Crossing

{{Big squishy hugs to all}} SmileyCentral.com

Ugh, just had to call Mr. Denise at work to find out where his truck is parked. When I went on a long run over the weekend, I took his truck. I put my stuff in the center consolet so now my wallet, money and cell phone are still in his truck and I need to go run errands. Kinda hard to do without money, ID and a cell phone. Luckily he called me back and he didn't drive to where he is actually working today, it is parked about 7 miles from the house (and right by where I need to go run errands)


Finn BV - Oct 2, 2006 7:18 am (#2804 of 2976)

Ooh, I can't believe it's been four years, and a year since our Happy Birthday Forum thread!! Wow! Happy Birthday, Lexicon Forum!! And to the Sirius twins, and Mr. GE!

I played the trombone from 5th grade through high school (and yet, somehow still had friends). --Squid Mike

Tsk. The trombone is a noble instrument. Kaykay, good luck with the lessons!

o on someone tell me that Julie is latvian slang for "woman with two heads" and we'll be even!!! –Julie

Hehe. "Burke" is my mom's maiden name. As far as I can tell, it also means, "murder without leaving a trace on the body."

I can't believe I forgot -- yesterday morning I did a bike ride for MS (multiple sclerosis, which JK's mom died of)! It was a ton of fun -- pouring rain, but still worth it! It was actually probably the coldest day of the year (since March, at least…), and the rain came down in buckets I have never seen before , but I really enjoyed myself, and I raised $125 so yay me! We got to ride across the Tappan Zee bridge, what an experience! If you ever have the chance to participate in these walks/bike tours, etc., for charity, go do them!

Enjoy the RotD!


Lilly P - Oct 2, 2006 7:48 am (#2805 of 2976)

Hey all! I'm back and I missed you! Mr. P has had to go back to work from his leave after coming home from Iraq. It's been wonderful to have him home! I don't even mind the extra laundry and dishes! I'm afraid I had to hit the magic button and skip the last 400 or so posts, but appropriate wishes and charms to all that need them and Happy Birthday to the forum! I look forward to hearing about what you have all been up to!


haymoni - Oct 2, 2006 7:55 am (#2806 of 2976)

Well, my Brownies aren't total losers - I was really worried there for a bit - but the rest of the season doesn't look good.

Happy birthday to the Forum! It is really great to have some place to unload ideas and to get new ones. Even ones that hurt my head.

Happy Monday, all!!!


Madam Pince - Oct 2, 2006 8:41 am (#2807 of 2976)

Lilly P, he didn't have to go back to Iraq again already, did he? Or is it just work on base or something? Glad you were too busy to come onto the Forum! (You know I mean that in the best possible way!)


Starling - Oct 2, 2006 8:57 am (#2808 of 2976)

A trombone is a noble instrument? I'd call it someting else beginning with "no". *evil grin* (kidding, one of my best mates played the trombone. And the sousaphone, now that is noisy).

Baby: yes, hubby should at least take baby for a walkabout after having been fed at night. He wanted the baby too, so he should pitch in. Also try spacing the feeds out by 2 hours (I know they say you shouldn't "ration" in this day and age, but every 20 minutes or whatever is insane, you know?) Co-sleeping isn't recommended, because of SIDS. We swaddled our little boy sometimes (wrapped a towel around him), it really settled him. I think it made him feel less hungry, and more secure.


Tazzygirl - Oct 2, 2006 9:20 am (#2809 of 2976)

Kay: Tazzy, I can't imagine someone that can pronounce humahumanukanukaapua having any problem with stalactite/stalagmite... LOL

LOL. You got it super close! It's humuhumunukunukuapuaa! You think I would be able to say stalactite/stalagmite, but alas, earwax! hehehe!

Madam P.: So Tazzy, I take it you didn't attend the Waikiki Beach showing of the season premiere of Lost? Just think of all the money you could've earned selling early spoilers to trashy magazines!

Darn! I missed the premiere of LOST on Waikiki again?! I wish they would do a bit more advertising, I would have gone. How did you find out about it? (I missed the chance to see Matthew Fox and everyone from the cast again! grrr.)

I have been meaning to say for the last couple weeks that I am super jealous of all of you who are getting the fall/winter weather. Still the same old hot humid here... Anyone know a really great cooling charm?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mr. Good Evans, and the Sirius Twins!

Enjoy your day in the city, Maria!

Off to school! Have a great RotD/N everyone!



haymoni - Oct 2, 2006 9:21 am (#2810 of 2976)

The distribution of baby chores is a difficult thing.

You are probably fantastic at everything, so your hubby doesn't even think that you need him. He may also be afraid of doing it wrong, so he just doesn't volunteer.

He also may be under the mistaken impression that when baby naps, you are napping - I know my husband did - he didn't realize that baby's nap time was the only time I could get anything done.

You may have to admit to him that you think you might be a Slacker Mom at heart and that you could really use a break - at least on the weekends!

What's the difference between a tuba and a sousaphone? Is there a difference? Or is sousaphone just the politically correct name given to tubas these days?


Denise P. - Oct 2, 2006 9:23 am (#2811 of 2976)

Fussy babies sometimes like being carried in a pouch. I used a pouch with many of mine. Rhys still likes being put into the pouch. I got my pouch from Kangaroo Korner (do a web search) Slings are also good but I really liked my pouch. Once baby has head control, you can try a backpack. Rhys loves it because he is with me but he is also up where he can look around. I spent a week out at Cub Scout Day Camp and Rhys spent that week in the backpack a lot. Swings are good, bouncy seats are helpful too.

Kierynn was swaddled until she was almost 2, it was the only way she could fall asleep. I still swaddle Rhys at times and he is over a year. We call them little baby burritos.

Nursing babies are famous for using "mom the human pacifier" If you can learn to nurse while laying down, it makes it much easier and you can get some more sleep. I agree, the first few months, it seems like you just are constantly feeding the baby. If he is not starting to eat, he just finished eating.

Hang in there, this all takes time to learn and it is okay to ask Daddy to take the little fuss pot so you can take a break as well. Dads can wear a pouch or a backpack as well.


Starling - Oct 2, 2006 10:04 am (#2812 of 2976)

Ditto on everything Denise said.

Ignore people saying "you're giving the baby too much attention, you're spoiling him." You can't spoil little babies. You can only make them more confident that mummy will be there. After a few months, baby will be confident that mummy is there even when she's not holding him.


Jackdaw - Oct 2, 2006 10:08 am (#2813 of 2976)

Hey guys,

Still talking about babies???

When I was a baby my mum used to dip my dummy in brandy then put it in my mouth so I'd fall asleep!!

Is that wrong????? Could be a reason I like the substance so much now!!!!!

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CatherineHermiona  - Oct 2, 2006 10:54 am (#2814 of 2976)


Shooting started! Didn't have a practice yet. There will be quite a crowd first month or so, but by the end of October or so it should become a bit cleaner. Because now PE teachers are bringing 5th graders to try shooting once, and then if they like it they can continue practice. A lot of them are going to come and train for a week or two, and then give up. Some will stay. Today our teacher brought our 5th graders, and tomorrow next group from our school will come. Me and few other (ex) students from our school came to show kids how to shoot. as it started at 2 PM, I had no time to come home after school, so I was out from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Tomorrow again. And I am not in "Locomotive" anymore. There is a club that has no shooters so they borrow ours. 3 girls are the team, and the rest are replacements. I was moved to that other team because one girl from their team is now main replacement to "Locomotive" team. Now I'm part of the team! In the "Locomotive" I could never be in the team, there are too many better girls than me. And this is my last year as a cadet, and I'm junior next year...

Oh, well, sorry for so long talk.



Madam Pince - Oct 2, 2006 11:18 am (#2815 of 2976)

Haymoni, you are very wise. Those are all very good observations!

I'd bet Denise's baby-soothing advice is sound -- she's had more practice than anybody here! I honestly don't remember much about our first few months -- I think I blocked it out, or else I was half-asleep the whole time, or else I'm beginning to have old-timer's disease, any of which is totally possible. I do know that I gave up on the pouch-thingy real early -- mine was too much of a pain to try to get him into it securely. It looked like a good concept, though; I think ours was just not very practical. He did like the swing, though. Be sure to get a battery one and not a wind-up one -- same for mobiles. Wind-ups stink.

Typing the word "thingy" reminds me that I meant to wish Catherine "Happy Caving!" with her lighted helmet thingys.

Good luck with shooting practice, Kate!

Tazzy, I saw the Lost blurb on the news page that I have as my Internet home page -- whenever I log onto my computer, I get the day's top news, sports scores, weather, etc. (The news is divided into "real" news and entertainment news, lest anyone should think that a Lost block party is the biggest thing we have to talk about at the moment in our country... ) I am getting excited, though! Two more days!

I missed the season premier of Meerkat Manor, though! I was sure they'd re-play it sometime this week, but I don't see it on the schedule. Do we know Shakespeare's fate yet?


Viola Intonada - Oct 2, 2006 11:19 am (#2816 of 2976)

Happy "belated" Birthday to the Forum!

I would just like to take this moment to thank everyone who works to give us this forum. A huge THANK YOU to Steve, Kip, Denise and all of the moderators. I have visited other forums and am so impressed with the family friendlyness of this one. Now I just wish I would have taken the time to learn how to do a clapping smilie.


Lina - Oct 2, 2006 11:56 am (#2817 of 2976)

Happy birthday HPL forum!

Happy birthday Sirius triplets and all other children and husbands and wives who are or were celebrating these days.

Well whenever I find out what the heck stalamites and stalacites are, I'll just come here for memorizing ideas! LOL -- Ginny
Just remember that Harry asked Hagrid that same question when they were at Gringotts in PS/SS -- Mrs. Sirius

And Hagrid replayed that the stalagmites have m. I think that's the crucial information.

Jackdaw, don't be frightened! There is no easy way in life. You can only make a choice between two difficult paths - a life with children or without them.

I don't think my hubby would ever forgive me if I didn't let him be a part of taking care of the kids. And I must say that very often he would hear a baby or a kid crying during the night before I would. There would be some much more loud sounds that he wouldn't hear, but baby's cry always. So, thinking about it, yay for my hubby! the other thing, Kabloink, is that the baby senses your frustration and it is only normal that you feel frustrated when you feel tightened to the baby. So it would be a great relief, not only for you, but for the baby too, if someone else would carry him once in a while and you would be more able to enjoy the other moments with him.

This year, all my kids have school in the morning. And every day, when they leave for school, I look at my home, how peaceful it is, and think how sad it is that I can't enjoy the peace but have to go to work... Well, today, I stayed home, was so happy. But actually, didn't manage to have done half of my plans on the Internet before the kids started to come home.


painting sheila - Oct 2, 2006 11:57 am (#2818 of 2976)

Happy Birthday Forum!! WOOHOO!! What would we do without you?

Baby issues - The key is to get enough sleep. The housework can wait. If the baby is asleep, you should be asleep, too. I KNOW this is a hard concept. You always think - "I'll just clean up the kitchen", or "I'll just fold a little bit of laundry". RESIST! RESIST the urge to pick up and straighten up. You can do this when the baby is awake. Sleep deprivation can cause most of the mood swings - and we won't even get into the hormone issue just yet. Just lease please please try and get sleep. (can you tell I am a big fan of sleep?)

Latest on the testing - All of the kids that were denied the chance to apply for Governor's School are all going to be tested tomorrow. Yeah! and I received an email from the assistant to the director of Governor's School that said it was up to the individual schools whether or not to retest kids that had been submitted! The whole time the school had made it seem like it was out of their hands. GGGRRRR!Send good thoughts their way tomorrow please.

Finn - Way to go on being a natural at running. I have a friend hat just sort of fell into it as an adult. She loves it now and has run lots of marathons all over the east coast. My son keeps wanting to try out for cross country. He is doing the dive team now though. We'll have to see how things look in the spring.

I didn't log on yesterday and there were 60 posts! We have lots of good things flying around on the forum! Glad to hear about baby bunnies, spider bites not getting any worse, hubbies being home from Iraq - it all makes me happy. Thanks for sharing -



Chemyst - Oct 2, 2006 12:54 pm (#2819 of 2976)
Edited Oct 2, 2006 1:25 pm

Catherine, Spelunking is a lot of fun. I found the best clothes were mechanic's cover-alls, and maybe some light well-fitting knee pads. The heavy-duty knee pads restrict movement too much to suit me.

Well, I never had a problem discerning between stalactites/mites, but after having read all of these posts, I'm feeling a bit confunded. ~ HH11[
   For me, I never had a problem discerning between longitude and latitude until my 5th grade teacher tried to make it "easy" for us, by telling us longitude measures the long way around. Well, either she or I must have been a bit dyslexic on this point because my brain interprets lines running the "long" way around as measuring north & south.

Aw, booooooooo!!!!! Just when I was getting all fired up!! ~ loopy
 ...fired up or lighting up?  I had 2 knuts too...   Ah, well you guys missed it!

The downside is that he will undoubtedly feel like he has done something deserving of a Nobel Prize ~ Madame Pince
 Yours too, huh?

Kabloink, if the baby is fussy when your husband is at work, take some deep breaths and relax. A lot of babies seem to get mad at their moms for being tense– (either mad or scared; I've never known a baby that was good at articulating the difference.) Sometimes bath-time fun helps to relax them too.

Fussy babies sometimes like being carried in a pouch. ~ Denise
 I loved using a snugli front-carrier; but after they could sit, the backpacks were even better. Most of the time I'd skip bringing the stroller entirely. We had the cheapest umbrella stroller they sold and it lasted through three kids, so you know it did not get much use.

Latest on the testing - All of the kids that were denied the chance to apply for Governor's School are all going to be tested.
 w00t! Your pestering did some good then!


Good Evans - Oct 2, 2006 1:48 pm (#2820 of 2976)

well done on raising that money for Ms and in the pouring rain Finn- Sterling work!!!!

** waves to everyone else** oh and thanks for the birthday wishes to hubby, he was most touched!


geauxtigers  - Oct 2, 2006 3:04 pm (#2821 of 2976)

When I was a baby my mum used to dip my dummy in brandy then put it in my mouth so I'd fall asleep!!

ROFL! Actually weird coincidence. My great-aunt, I think...its my Grandaddy's sister, anyway she was born premature, this was in the early 1910s or so, I think, maybe the 20s, anyway she was very little and doctors weren't really able to do much, so my great grandaddy put her in the "oven" obviously not very hot and fed her whiskey! She is still alive today, over 85 she is nearing 90 I believe, and she is this little spit fire of an old lady! People did strange things way back when, but hey I guess you could say it worked huh?!

Happy Birthday Forum!

I've never heard Burke used as slang before either, LOL! When we were in France, lots of english words meant really umm "dirty" words in French. Unfortunaltely none of them are appropriate for this But we sure learned some things there and vise versa!

COngrats on the Bike Race, Finn!

I can't really remember much else, its been a long Monday and I need to get started on my homework now.

Happy Monday!


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 2, 2006 3:09 pm (#2822 of 2976)

For me, I never had a problem discerning between longitude and latitude until my 5th grade teacher tried to make it "easy" for us, by telling us longitude measures the long way around.

I have that same problem. I have to see it or I get them confused. My teacher taught me the same trick, and all it did was confuse me because I couldn't remember if th long was was N-S or W-E! LOL

I've never heard that Burke meant that before Julie, so it must be a British thing! It's not uncommon over here, especially for a last name. I think I have you beat on name meanings though! But in Latin, one meaning of "Virginia" is 'innocense' so I usually go with that one! It just sounds better!

Ok well I can't remember half of what I was going to say...Anyways, Happy Monday! My dad came in to wake me up this morning and I kept trying to figure out why he was waking me up so early on a Saturday. I get a bit delusional in the wee hours of the morning!

Off to do some homework! Hvae a great RotD!

Oh and (((((((((birthday hugs and wishes to the HPL Forum))))))))))) what would we do without you!?


boop - Oct 2, 2006 4:19 pm (#2823 of 2976)

Happy Birthday to Julie Andrews,Mrs. Sirius triplets, Lexicon Forum, and Mr G. E.

Mike, I went to see Little Miss Sunshine this summer before it came out. Had free tickets to see it. It is a great fun movie.

Lilly, welcome back, you were missed.

hugs always



juliebug - Oct 2, 2006 4:34 pm (#2824 of 2976)

Is today Julie Andrews' birthday? How cool! Thanks for the info Boop.


Regan of Gong - Oct 2, 2006 5:07 pm (#2825 of 2976)

Hello, back again. I've recently been addicted to this flash game. It's such a great idea, you draw a line, and the guy on a sled goes down it. I can do backflips

2nd day of the holidays. Unfortunately the first was spent working. But 8 hours at double time and a half for the public holiday's pretty good.

I've got a few rides coming up- the 50km Sydney Spring Ride in 3 weeks and the 90km Sydney to Gong ride in 5 weeks.

I just listened to the new Jet album, it's awesome. Some great tracks, bit different to their first, but still rocking.



painting sheila - Oct 2, 2006 5:53 pm (#2826 of 2976)

Regan - I was introduced to a group called Scissor Sisters this weekend. I don't know much about them but one song was really fun - I Don't Want to Dance (I think was the title). My little guy thinks your ferret is "cute" (it is really sweet if you say cute in your five year old voice and add aahhhhhh to the end)

Longitude - It's a LONG way around my waist!!! Too many cinnamon rolls!!

A friend of my daughter’s was talking about going to Hogwarts today. He said he had to go to the ladder station and go to platform 9 1/2. He is 16 and should know better!! I was driving and laughed so hard I had to pull over. I had this mental picture of him sliding down a pole in the fire station with a big bird cage in one hand! (Okay. I guess it was a location joke - you had to be there.)

Not much else is going on - How is the spider bite looking?

Oh! My sister in law is heading to Tuscon tomorrow for her first oncology appoinment. Send healing charms her way please.


kabloink!  - Oct 2, 2006 6:03 pm (#2827 of 2976)

Thanks to everyone for all of the advice. I'm working on it. We actually have two different pouches, the problem is that the one that is small enough for him, my hubby put together. I'm not quite sure how to put it together for me, and the only time I think about it is when Ian and I are both very, VERY frustrated.

Happy Birthday to the FOrum! I think my first posts were back in November of that first year-maybe December, but I remember searching the web on a school computer in Kirkoff at Grand Valley my first year there, and coming across this really cool forum, with all kinds of great Harry Potter discussions. This was very shortly after I got hubby to read the books for the first time (Course, that was before he was hubby, too). Ahh, memories.


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 2, 2006 6:04 pm (#2828 of 2976)

Hello, back again. I've recently been addicted to this flash game. It's such a great idea, you draw a line, and the guy on a sled goes down it. I can do backflips

Arrgg!! How are you doing backflips?? My guy just falls and skids all over the place!! Maybe I need more practice..


Mediwitch - Oct 2, 2006 6:12 pm (#2829 of 2976)

Happy Birthday to the Lexicon, Mrs. Sirius's triplets, and Mr. Good Evans! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1609556105

Wow, Finn, riding across the Tappan Zee must have been a bit of a rush! What a good cause...we've a close friend who has MS, so go you!


Finn BV - Oct 2, 2006 6:27 pm (#2830 of 2976)

a very hot librarian, I might add -- nothing whatever like Eileen Pince --from the Chat and Greeting thread, Sandylee

First of all, welcome!! Second of all, have you already become infected with the "Eileen-Prince-is-Madam-Pince" theory? (Or was it just a slip of the finger… happens to all of us? ) I'm hoping for the former!

Welcome back Lilly!

Is today Julie Andrews' birthday? How cool! Thanks for the info Boop. –juliebug

Well, it was actually yesterday, as I first posted last night. Julie Andrews = my lifetime idol, up there with favorite people ever (Jo of course is in that list too ).

LOL Regan, that game is addicting! My guy just crashed… he flew off his sled… oops.

Healing charms to Sheila's sister!

Thanks, Mediwitch. I wish I personally knew somebody with MS. Wish your friend good luck from me!!

Enjoy the RotD!

EDIT: Regan, is there a way to permanently store the sledder on my computer?? I have a really cool one.


Regan of Gong - Oct 2, 2006 7:00 pm (#2831 of 2976)

Perhaps Chemyst could be kind enough to post the instructions I just emailed her.

Finn, I tried right click "Save target as" but I just get a big bunch of code. The side buttons are quite obscured. You can save your tracks with the disk icon with the tools at the top. Wait, I just read the creator's comments, you can download a version here as a stand alone (?).

Try checking out youtube for some cool tracks people have made. They must have a lot of spare time.

Also, the creator's working on an undo or eraser tool- should be good.

Have fun



virginiaelizabeth - Oct 2, 2006 7:02 pm (#2832 of 2976)

Finn, I think if you hit the save button it will save it. I think I;m addicted to it now! But I can't figure out how to make him backflip!!! It's driving me mad! I've been trying it by making a slope that loops at the end to turn him upside down, but I can't get the right angle. He almost gets completely around before he hits the ground. How are you doing it Regan??

I forgot to say in my last post Happy birthday to the triplets and Mr.Good Evans.

**sending more healing charms in Mr. Pince's direction and in Soli's student's direction**

I still have to finish reading....ugg it's not long, but I'm tired and have already fallen asleep once while reading it. Now I'm playing that stupid game which is only distracting me! ARRRGG! Thanks Regan!

EDIT: Thanks for the info Regan! WOW some of those people have absolutely no life! Those were insane!!


Chemyst - Oct 2, 2006 7:21 pm (#2833 of 2976)
Edited Oct 2, 2006 7:58 pm

Perhaps Chemyst could be kind enough to post the instructions I just emailed her. – Regan of Gong

Sheesh... Do I have to do everything?    OK.

Regan says:
Start off by trying loops, you need to make it really smooth. Then, try starting with the ground sloping the other way, so he slides backwards off the start. He should do a quick backflip, then you need a long, steep downramp to catch him. Now try making a jump almost 90 degrees at the top. Add a tiny piece that goes just over 90 degree at the top. If it's too big, he'll go back the way he came, but if it's really small, it should kick the back end out, and send him into a high backflip.

I can get the sled to flip, but the little guy can't hang on yet.

EDIT: Finally! Success!


Finn BV - Oct 2, 2006 8:10 pm (#2834 of 2976)

I have one where my guy, after doing a bunch of hills, falls off his sled, then does a backward flip and lands in a split position… ouch.


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 2, 2006 8:25 pm (#2835 of 2976)

I just can't get my guy to land!! This is beyond frustrating!!


Lilly P - Oct 2, 2006 8:26 pm (#2836 of 2976)

Thanks for the welcome back Finn and Boop and Madame Pince and others!!! Starling and Denise, I totaly agree with you on the swaddeling issue, my daughter was a premie and LOVED being swaddeled untill after a year old, it was very comforting to her. Tazzy, cooling charms to you!!! Finn, congrats on the fund-raising! you are very brave, the Tappen Zee bridge scares the heck out of me (but then again, all bridges do!) off to catch up on a few threads and to bed. Have a great rest of the night!



geauxtigers  - Oct 2, 2006 9:07 pm (#2837 of 2976)

Okay so I've been playing that stupid thing since Regan decided to show it to me yesterday. I can get him to back flip off the start, but I can't get the angle right on the landing so he just crashes... oh well I'm stopping and going to bed! Thank you Regan! Now I'm addicted to it...ha ha bunch of potties are addicted to this dumb little game. It really doesn't take much does it?! Easily amused, thats me, and apparently I'm not the only one Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042

Glad to see you back, Jamie! I know you are happy to have your husband back home too!

I feel very accomplished, I just wrote 6 journals for english. I was behind and I thought I needed to catch up. On the flip side I didn't do my math yet. Thats okay, me and my fellow procrastinators at school will be having a pow wow in the library at lunch to do it

Healing charms and all other charms across the board.

Night everyone!

EDIT: Feel better, Kristina! **healing charms**


Tazzygirl - Oct 2, 2006 9:08 pm (#2838 of 2976)

Had to skim posts... happy birthdays, good luck charms, and get well charms handed out to whoever needs them.

I currently have been hit with a very bad case of flu. Woke up fine this morning feeling fine. By lunch time, I started to ache. An hour later my teacher sent me home. I am now currently in bed and feverish. whoo-hoo. Hope it only lasts today- can't afford to miss school this week! EDIT: Thanks, Tori! (By the way, Theraflu lemon flavored hot drink is positively vile...)

Guess I should get back in bed. Just thought I'd stop in really quick... even when you are sick, you still have the urge to come to the Forum!



The giant squid - Oct 3, 2006 1:11 am (#2839 of 2976)

Tsk. The trombone is a noble instrument.--Finn BV

Not when you have to use your foot to reach 7th position... That, and it's hard to think of an instrument that started out being called the "sackbutt" as noble.

What's the difference between a tuba and a sousaphone? Is there a difference?—haymoni

The sound is essentially the same, but they look very different. Basically, a Sousaphone is a tuba that's been stretched out a bit & wrapped in a circle so that it can be carried/worn in a marching band. Trying to march with a regular tuba is about a easy as marching with a tympani ("kettle") drum.

For me, I never had a problem discerning between longitude and latitude until my 5th grade teacher tried to make it "easy" for us, by telling us longitude measures the long way around.—Chemyst

The way it was taught to me is that longitude is a "long" line (up & down) and latitude is "flat". This works best with a Mercator map (the one that turns the globe into a rectangle & makes Greenland really really wide). The Greenwich Mean line is 0 degrees longitude.



Chemyst - Oct 3, 2006 4:29 am (#2840 of 2976)

longitude is a "long" line (up & down)

That would have been better –and is more the way my brain would naturally process it. I'd always liked looking at maps & globes, and had already learned it correctly on my own before she "untaught" it to me. What I still find amazing decades later is how just ONE sentence from a teacher was like a confundus spell that took a good two years to wear off/overcome. Fortunately, that kind of stuff didn't happen too often! Just a couple helpful spelling mnemonics were the only other instances. (...that I'm aware of).


Starling - Oct 3, 2006 4:55 am (#2841 of 2976)

I always forgot, but now you mention the Mercator map, Mike, it makes sense. In Dutch it's "lengtegraad" (length) and "breedtegraad" (width). And since width/breedte is usually shorter than length/lengte, it makes sense on a Mercator map, since it's longer than it is tall (wide).

I hope that made sense


kaykay1970 - Oct 3, 2006 5:22 am (#2842 of 2976)

I think my boy will be sticking with his trombone lessons a while. He has band practice Mon. Wed. and Fri. Yesterday he claims to have been swarmed by girls wanting to see his big ole' horn. It would be much more impressive if he could play it. Right?

***Healing charms to Tazzy! I hope you are feeling better soon!


haymoni - Oct 3, 2006 7:14 am (#2843 of 2976)

Mike - thanks for the definition.

I recall watching an Ohio State game one time & someone said "Hey, it's time for the tuba player to come out & dot the I." Someone else said, "It's a sousaphone.", which for some reason sent us all into peals of laughter.

I'm sure the beverages that were consumed had something to do with that, but ever since then we have argued teasingly about whether it's a tuba or a sousaphone.

So basically, if it's in an orchestra, it's a tuba and if it's in a marching band, it's a sousaphone, yes?


juliebug - Oct 3, 2006 7:32 am (#2844 of 2976)

I thought the distinction between a tuba and a sousaphone was the material it's made with. Tubas are all metal and very heavy. Sousaphones are partly made with plastic and a bit lighter. This makes them a better choices for marching bands. Or at least that's what I believe a marching band friend told me many years ago.


Lilly P - Oct 3, 2006 7:34 am (#2845 of 2976)

I asked Mr. P. the band know-it-all and his explanation is that a sousaphone is the large horn that wraps all the way around your body and a Tube is carried under one arm, he described a tuba as a trumpet on steroids, I don't know if that helps clear anything up, but when it comes to band stuff, Mr. P is pretty knowledgeable. (Dang, it's good to have him home to ask odd questions like that! )


haymoni - Oct 3, 2006 7:50 am (#2846 of 2976)

Yeah! Thaaat's why you're glad to have him home!!!

Interim report cards came home and my first grader has a problem with talking too much.

Imagine that! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1242194059


kabloink!  - Oct 3, 2006 8:28 am (#2847 of 2976)

Hehe, I was reading these posts aloud to my hubby, who marched baritone in the Spartan Marching Band (which, despite the failings of the football team, is easily the best in the Big Ten), and he said a Tuba is more of a Baritone on steroids, rather than a trumpet, simply for considering the way you hold the instrument-holding a tuba straight out in front of you would be a bit difficult, as they are so large and heavy. A sousaphone is a plastic tuba that wraps around your body, making it so that you can march with it. All of my friends in high schools were low-brass peeps. I, however, played flute and piccolo. While I have attempted to play hubby's trumpet, and many friends' trombones, I have never attempted to play a tuba.

We currently have 3 trumpets, a trombone, a baritone, a flute, a piccolo, a keyboard, a 12-string guitar, and various bamboo flutes and penny whistles, etc. in our house. All we need now is a drum set, right? Our children will never lack for music or musical instruments in our home.

Ian loves to be swaddled, except I have to leave his arms out. He gets very upset if he can't play with his hands...


Starling - Oct 3, 2006 9:22 am (#2848 of 2976)

The sousaphone a friend of mine had was made of metal, not plastic. He accidentally drove over it with his car and used it as a rubbish bin.


Viola Intonada - Oct 3, 2006 9:43 am (#2849 of 2976)

*Wonders how someone can 'accidentally' run over a sousaphone* Your friend must have had a really big four wheel drive in order to do that! Did he have a Monster Truck?

To add in my two knuts worth of knowledge, a sousaphone is in the tuba family. Mr. Sousa was wanting a tuba that could march in a parade and project sound at a level that is pleasing to the ear with the rest of the band. The instrument company was so pleased with his suggestions that they named it the sousaphone.

In our household we have two violas, a violin, flute, fife, clarinet, keyboard, a couple of recorders and a few harmonicas. We are seriously lacking the brass section.


Lina - Oct 3, 2006 10:35 am (#2850 of 2976)

Arrgg!! How are you doing backflips?? My guy just falls and skids all over the place!! Maybe I need more practice.. – Ginny
Oh, I was really looking forward to this moment! Maybe it has something to do with the stupid angles or with Physics? Or maybe this game should be used to teach Physics? By the name, the author seems to be Slovenian.

Oh, Kabloink, now I really don't understand where is the problem? Whenever the baby is fussy, you should just make your hubby play something to him. And while the hubby is home, you should practice some of the instruments so that you can use them when you are alone.

This thread is really, really educational. Now I can go to the Millionaire show and if I get a question about the sousaphone I'll know the answer. Which reminds me of some Jeopardy show... Any news?

((((Kristina)))) and some healing charms!
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Good Evans - Oct 3, 2006 11:51 am (#2851 of 2976)

OK I am two days late but GO REDSKINS!!!!!!!!!!!! what a great game!

I caught it last night on sky!!!!

happy tuesday to everyone - got some really good news today and have had an all round great day!!!! hope yours went well too...

**** waves to Lina**** hope to catch up with you in the chat room soon!


painting sheila - Oct 3, 2006 11:53 am (#2852 of 2976)

I am here to admit to a guilty pleasure - I watched the Bachelor in Rome last night!

Did anyone else or am I the Lone Stranger?

Good Evans - Congrats on your good news what ever it may be!!WOOHOO!!


Good Evans - Oct 3, 2006 11:54 am (#2853 of 2976)

Thanks Sheila - I can't share yet, will do soon I promise!


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 3, 2006 12:54 pm (#2854 of 2976)

Oh, I was really looking forward to this moment! Maybe it has something to do with the stupid angles or with Physics? Or maybe this game should be used to teach Physics? Oh NO!! Tori has already said that! I told her to shut up because we don't want to associate physics with fun!

WE have ZERO musical instruments in my house. I still get confused trying to play 'Marry had a Little Lamb' on the piano. Needless to say, I'm musically challenged. So is the whole family...there are 18 on my mom's side and we are all musically challenged. So I just listen and admire those who are blessed with the talent!

**healing charms to Kristina**

Dance tonight, so I need to start my homework! Hopefully I won't be distracted by that stupid game!!


geauxtigers  - Oct 3, 2006 12:58 pm (#2855 of 2976)

Well if it makes anyone feel better, I've never even heard of a sousaphone before! My mom played the flute in high school. No one else in my family is musically talented in any way. This extends to aunts uncles and cousins too. No singing talent and no instruments. I think its genetic! However, I do love music, and I do wish I could play something. I want to learn to play the guitar, so when I get some spare time, I might try to learn...or maybe I'll stick to listening!

Sheila, I watched it some last night! He is not bad looking, but he isn't the greatest looking one they've had!

Maybe it has something to do with the stupid angles or with Physics? LOL I think it does...**groans**

Have a great day everyone!


Starling - Oct 3, 2006 1:43 pm (#2856 of 2976)

Apparently a Volvo Estate can do quite a lot of damage to a sousaphone. I remember that night. It was someone's birthday. We used the sousaphone as a bin for his wrapping paper, and we put a packet of crisps/chips in his bed.

My partner plays the tenor, bass in F, alto, and soprano recorders in an orchestra (not all at once ). She wants to learn to play the clarinet, but she's got to finish her thesis first. My son is taking recorder and keyboard lessons (they don't do proper piano lessons at school, and the piano teacher at the music school is fully booked). I play piano (badly) and recorder (even worse). Son and partner both sing in choirs too. I'd love to sing in a choir, but I can't hear properly when I'm with too many people, and I can't sing from notes.


kabloink!  - Oct 3, 2006 4:40 pm (#2857 of 2976)

Does anyone have any suggestion for ridding a house of box elders? We have a serious infestation at this house, and they gross us out pretty bad. I've read that they don't really cause any harm, but they are obnoxious. ANy ideas?


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 3, 2006 5:12 pm (#2858 of 2976)

Kabloink, are they anything like Doxies? Never heard of a box elder. . .

Get well charms, Kristina!

**Waves to Lina, kaykay, GE** A chat room hook up sounds great!

Thanks for the shopping wishes! Gosh, they worked! We had a beautiful day and lots of fun - as always. (But we did run out of time, hence, never made it to the Disney Store. Oh well, saved us some $$.)



Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 3, 2006 7:12 pm (#2859 of 2976)

Julie Andrews = my lifetime idol, up there with favorite people ever Finn

I love Julie Andrews.

Madame P. I hope Mr. P is doing better. Healing charms to all who need it.

Last weekend was peak color on the Western Slope of Colorado. I took a six hour hike with a friend. It was in a very rural canyon near the San Juan mountains. Stunningly beautiful and we saw no other humans. We saw and smelled a lot of bear sign though. That made things a little uncomfortable. LPO


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 3, 2006 7:28 pm (#2860 of 2976)
Edited Oct 3, 2006 8:16 pm

We saw and smelled a lot of bear sign though. That made things a little uncomfortable. LPO

Ooooh, yes - especially when it squishes up between your toes. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042

Well, my Brownies aren't total losers – haymoni

That is the good part about being a Raider fan. No matter how seemingly lousy the opposing team is, you know you'll have brightened someone else's day by the game's end.


Mediwitch - don't feed it, whatever you do. Remember Yogi & Boo Boo?


Mediwitch - Oct 3, 2006 8:04 pm (#2861 of 2976)

Bears, hmmm, we've seen evidence of bears in our backyard here, and at the new property as well. I've only actually seen the bear once, but the neighbors have seen it quite a bit in the last few years.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 3, 2006 8:05 pm (#2862 of 2976)

especially when it squishes up between your toes HH11

Luckily I saw it before that unhappy event could take place. Yes the rumors you hear about bears are true! LPO


kaykay1970 - Oct 3, 2006 8:54 pm (#2863 of 2976)

I had a truly horrible day! I was preparing Hubby's birthday supper when I got a call from Mom. My 3rd cousin passed away. She was only 16. She was in the hospital in St. Louis waiting for a heart and lung transplant. Her Dad is Mom's cousin, but he feels more like my own 1st cousin because he is only a few years older than me.


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 3, 2006 9:26 pm (#2864 of 2976)

I'm so sorry to hear that kaykay. (((((Big hugs to you and your family)))))

Does anyone know who had the riddle last on the games thread?? Nick seems to think it was Startling, but I haven't checked it out for myself. We seem to be at a standstill as Phelim has gone missing from the hangman and everyone has forgotten about the riddle. If you think you may have had it recently, go double check that thread, so we can get things moving again!

Bears....hm I've never seen one outside of the zoo! If they live down here, I've never heard about it! Isn't it dangerous to have them in your backyard?? I'd be a bit scared if that was me!

I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow!!! **does happy dance** I'm excited because I'm a bit tired of the whole 'straight across the bottom' look. Should be fun!

OK I'm turning in early for the night )it's only 11:25) Ohhhh ahhh! Y'all should be proud of me, it's before midnight! Night everyone!


juliebug - Oct 3, 2006 9:36 pm (#2865 of 2976)

I'm so very sorry for your loss, Kaykay. How awful for such a young person to have to have such a tragic end. Best of luck to you and your family. I hope your poor birthday boy's spirits stay up too.


painting sheila - Oct 3, 2006 9:37 pm (#2866 of 2976)

kaykay - I am so sorry to hear that. Best wishes to your family.


painting sheila - Oct 3, 2006 10:05 pm (#2867 of 2976)

geauxtigers - I agree. He wasn't as cute as the guy last year, but he seemed really sweet. Did you see the previews for next week? He was upset because some of the girls were getting their feelings hurt and he was sitting there crying. He got my vote right there! I have to admit I was a little shocked at some of the girls he chose to move forward - but I am going to give it a chance. Their in Rome! If for nothing else, it will be fun to see all of the scenery.

I thought box elders were bushes you used for a hedge.

Virginiaelixabeth - We were talking about hair styles at work. Two of them got mohawks this weekend - one is a girl and one is a guy. THat got me thinking of a hair style that used to be around and I think still maybe - a tail/ or a rat's tail? I had long hair - past my shoulders and them right in the back from underneath a piece that was about 3 or 4 inchews longer. I would curl all of my hair and that piece too. I thought it looked so cool ( and maybe it did in the early 1980's) I had lots of comments about how the hair dresser missed a piece. I finally got so tired of explaining it, I cut it off. (sigh - I gave into peer pressure!)

We have no bears around here - I don't think. Lots of deer and possums and squirrels. My dad has fox and cougars where he is. Pretty cool to look at their tracks.

We were talking about Sasquatch today. Is there an e xplanation in HP for him? I was waiting for the converstaion to turn to the Loch Ness monster so I could throw grindylows out there - but we didn't make it that far!

Have a good day everyone!



Good Evans - Oct 3, 2006 10:19 pm (#2868 of 2976)

Kay, I am so sorry to hear of you loss.

I will also send birthday wishes to your husband, but I am sure that the news robbed the day of the cheer and festivity it would normally have had. hugs to you and yours.

Julie X


Lina - Oct 3, 2006 10:36 pm (#2869 of 2976)



Starling - Oct 4, 2006 12:20 am (#2870 of 2976)

Nick seems to think it was Startling, but I haven't checked it out for myself.

It is me, indeed. *looks ashamed* Promise I'll do it today (if somebody hasn't taken over already).

My condolances, Kay, I'm so sorry to hear that.

Box elder: I'm afraid only vacuuming them up kind of helps. When you squash them you get stains and they smell. Insecticides just make your house all sticky and smell of insecticide.


The giant squid - Oct 4, 2006 12:28 am (#2871 of 2976)

Yesterday he claims to have been swarmed by girls wanting to see his big ole' horn.--kaykay1970


**sprains a brain muscle remaining nice**

kaykay, sorry to hear about your cousin. It's always sad to lose someone so young.

I still get confused trying to play 'Marry had a Little Lamb' on the piano.—virginiaelizabeth

You're getting confused because you have too many "r"s in "Mary". Don't feel bad--I played trombone for 8 years & have played guitar on & off for over a decade and still haven't mastered that song.



Winky Woo - Oct 4, 2006 3:00 am (#2872 of 2976)

Kaykay (((((hugs))))


azi - Oct 4, 2006 3:07 am (#2873 of 2976)

**hugs** Kaykay. That's a terrible shame.

Musical instruments...we have a keyboard, piano (actually it's a Pianola), recorder and tin whistle in our house. Three belong to me. I played keyboard for 7 years until I was 14 and got bored. Recorder is the norm to learn in first school - everyone does it. Tin whistle is just like recorder.


Starling - Oct 4, 2006 4:21 am (#2874 of 2976)

Doesn't a tin whistle have one hole more/less? One of the guys at the music school has a whole collection of them.

I got bored with piano lessons at 14 too. The stuff the woman made me play was mindnumbingly dull.

Mary Had a Little Lamb should be banned. It's the most annoying tune ever. Oh no, now it's stuck in my head. *sings to self* *Just keep swimming, just keep swimming ... *


I know, I know, I found that sticking my head under the cold tap helped.



jose043 - Oct 4, 2006 4:27 am (#2875 of 2976)

Hi all

Happy birthday to all that we have missed.

Kaykay our deepest sympathy to you & your family on such a tragic loss of your 3rd cousin.

Have had my 3 grandkids, Anne's Niece, & 2 nephews for 3 days we caught the train to Midland on Tuesday & all got wet as it rained. Had Sizzele's dinner on Wednesday, & having shopping day Thursday before their Dad came to pick them up in the afternoon.

My Shoulder is still sore but getting their. Thank you to all the healing charms 5 weeks to go with arm in a sling.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


azi - Oct 4, 2006 4:35 am (#2876 of 2976)

Doesn't a tin whistle have one hole more/less?

My tin whistle doesn't have a hole in the back. I suppose that's the missing hole. The notes are similar when you play, except on my whistle C and C# are different holes. I don't think I can play a proper F either...F# is different too (can you tell I'm playing them now?).

Continued shoulder healing charms, Josephine!


kaykay1970 - Oct 4, 2006 5:07 am (#2877 of 2976)

Thanks everyone.

Must...remain...Forum...friendly... --the Giant Squid

You know, it's amazing that a person can type something innocent and not realize how it looks until someone else points it out to her...Oops! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1437562208


Marie E. - Oct 4, 2006 5:15 am (#2878 of 2976)

I haven't seen a boxelder bug since I left North Dakota. I don't remember ever seeing them inside the house, just crawling around trees.

Pixie had her babies yesterday!! She had two, one is black and one is pink with black spots. We're guessing the pink one will be white and black like Pickles. Shayla is majorly bummed that we are not planning on keeping the babies. Mr E is worried because we didn't see any evidence that Pixie had tried to nurse them yet. She was, however, eating like a horse when I got home from work last night. Lexie said she looked like the ticket-eating machine at Chuck E Cheese's. I'll check on them this morning and see how they're doing.

LPO was right, Colorado is in peak "pretty-tree" season. I'm driving up to Woodland Park to visit friends on Saturday and expect to see some gorgeous scenery. When I lived on the Air Force Academy, we regularly had bears, coyotes, and deer in our yards at night. We had to get bear-proof dumpsters. The Academy housing is right in the foothills, quite rustic.

Sorry for your loss, Kay.


geauxtigers  - Oct 4, 2006 5:46 am (#2879 of 2976)

Kaykay, I'm so sorry for your loss. (((hugs)))


Eponine - Oct 4, 2006 5:56 am (#2880 of 2976)

Kaykay, you have my condolences. *hugs*


Lilly P - Oct 4, 2006 6:27 am (#2881 of 2976)

(((hugs))) for Kay!

box elders a true pest! try spraying around the outside base of your house, it's dosn't kill them, but stops them from getting inside the house and they just live outside, it's the best we could ever manage them.


juliebug - Oct 4, 2006 7:43 am (#2882 of 2976)

Anyone out there super psyched about the Lost premiere tonight?


painting sheila - Oct 4, 2006 7:45 am (#2883 of 2976)

YES!! Juliebug!! I am so excited. My family is TVOing it for since I have to work. I will be watching it at 11:30 EST.

Have you seen anything about it on talk shows or anywhere? It seems to be very hush hush about the opener. They had Cahrlie on something yesterday, but all he did was show a part of the cliffhanger from last year. The countdown is on. . . . .


Holly T. - Oct 4, 2006 7:58 am (#2884 of 2976)

(((Kaykay))) I'm so sorry. My sympathies to your family.

Did you see the news story about a lady in Georgia who is trying to get her kids' school district to ban Harry Potter? Sheesh, you'd think we would be past that by now.

Congrats on the baby bunnies, Marie!

When my daughter went to band tryouts last year they asked her if she wanted to try the trombone and she told them "it's bigger than me!" Which is why she plays the clarinet. Actually my father-in-law, a former high school band director, pegged her as a clarinet player several years ago when she was first learning to play the recorder. Not to mention that, thanks to him, she has a really good clarinet (he was a clarinet player). My husband, brother, and dad were all trombone players.

I'm behind at work and can barely keep up here.


juliebug - Oct 4, 2006 8:05 am (#2885 of 2976)

Sheila, did you see any of the internet stuff they did? I didn't look at all of it, but the stuff I did see was so weird. There is a Hanso website and they apparently make the Apollo chocolate bars. I just couldn't follow it. If you want to check it out, I think abc.com will direct you to the proper websites.

Entertainment Weekly recently did a neat little magazine within the magazine feature on Lost. Mainly it just summed up what already happened and made predictions for the future, but I liked it.

Can't wait to hear from you after you watch the show. I just KNOW I'll want to talk about it later


haymoni - Oct 4, 2006 8:23 am (#2886 of 2976)

Holly - I saw that news bit. I wonder how old her kids are? She's a bit late getting on the bandwagon, don't ya think???

I liked the response from their legal department - they'd have to get rid of Macbeth & Cinderella & that there is a ton of evidence that Harry Potter has been great for kids. So there!

Ah, it's Wednesday. Big meeting tomorrow, so this is the calm before the storm. Heavy rain is expected here later on this afternoon, so I guess this really is the calm before the storm!

Hey! Am I Ron???


Loopy Lupin - Oct 4, 2006 8:45 am (#2887 of 2976)

Anyone out there super psyched about the Lost premiere tonight? – juliebug

Hello, have we met? I am all a dither and can't wait for work to be over already!!! I think Kim, Denise, Madam Pince and others are anxious as well. w00t!!


juliebug - Oct 4, 2006 9:02 am (#2888 of 2976)

Yea! Lots of Losties to swap conspiracy theories with! Can't wait to hear from everyone!


Denise P. - Oct 4, 2006 9:07 am (#2889 of 2976)

For the last three weeks, each Wednesday I hear "Is Lost on tonight?!" from my kids. Three will be at Scouts/Achievement Girl stuff tonight but we TIVO everything anyway. Mainly because you can't hear half the stuff because it is almost a given that one of the kids is going to yell in the middle of it. It will be interesting to see how things pan out this season.

I am also all a dither(thanks Loopy!) about The Nine. It comes on right after Lost and looks to be interesting.

Of course, I still have Prison Break from this week to watch, I had a meeting so only saw the last 15 minutes of it.

For the Artemis Fowl fans, I saw a new book out! I need to start up my list of upcoming books again so I can be sure to not miss an installment of various series I read. Now, if Robert Jordan can remain healthy and able to finish the darn WOT series....


Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 4, 2006 9:31 am (#2890 of 2976)

Hey everyone. It's been quite awhile since I've been on the forum and I just wanted to stop in and say hello. I've missed everyone, and am happy to have more time now that I'm back at school to be on. I apologize for not being up-to-date on what's happening with everyone, but I had 3000 posts on this thread alone to catch up on, and well, not enough time to do it. So, (((hugs))), charms, spells, and birthday wishes to all I've missed. I'm just glad to be back!!



CatherineHermiona  - Oct 4, 2006 10:13 am (#2891 of 2976)


That's all I have to say...



Tazzygirl - Oct 4, 2006 10:24 am (#2892 of 2976)

(((HUGS))) to you and your family, Kay. I am so sorry!

Thanks for all the get well charms. Still not feeling the greatest. Turns out I don't have the flu, but Larengitis (sp?). That is according to the dr. who called me and diagnosed me over the phone... I really wanted to go in and actually have a dr. look at me. He prescribed Amoxiccillin which I now have to take for 10 days. fun. As I haven't lost my voice yet- my throat is super sore, and I still have a small fever, I don't know why he calls it Larengitis.

Welcome back, Jenn!

Congrats on the new baby bunnies, Marie!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



Good Evans - Oct 4, 2006 10:26 am (#2893 of 2976)

Jenn - lovely to hear from you, I hope all is going well!

baby bunnies - marie - how cute!!

have a nice day everyone, I am off to dance class in a bit...


haymoni - Oct 4, 2006 10:28 am (#2894 of 2976)

Hi Jenn! Glad to see you.

Sorry you aren't feeling well, Tazzy.


kabloink!  - Oct 4, 2006 10:37 am (#2895 of 2976)

Kaykay, my condolences. It is always hard to lose someone so young. We recently lost a member of our "family" (drama club from high school-we keep in touch) to a 35 month battle with brain and liver cancer. She was only 25.

Tazzy-hope you feel better soon. Whatever you have, though, AMoxicillin will most likely wipe it out. I've been perscribed said drug from everything from an absessed tooth to strep. It is a panacea these days.

COngrats on the baby bunnies!


Tazzygirl - Oct 4, 2006 11:47 am (#2896 of 2976)

Thanks, Haymoni and Kabloink!

I meant to say in my last post... Count me in the LOST fanaticts group! If I was feeling better, I'd be jumping for joy!



Holly T. - Oct 4, 2006 11:55 am (#2897 of 2976)

Kristina--hope you feel better! Sounds more like strep to me, but the antibiotics should take care of it.

Have any of you played the "Find Your Dead Celebrity Soulmate" game on Biography.com? It is too funny. I was matched with Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh, and Pancho Villa. I changed some of my answers and got P. T. Barnum instead of Pancho Villa, but the other two were the same. Now I'm wondering if I have a thing for depressing artistic types.

I just placed an order from Amazon and can't believe I forgot to toss the new Artemis Fowl book in my cart. I would go ahead and get the audiobook but the CD player in my car hasn't worked in several months--my husband said it is because I let the interior of my car get too dusty. To which I say--I can manage to dust my house on a fairly regular basis but I did not realize I was expected to dust my car.


CatherineHermiona  - Oct 4, 2006 12:12 pm (#2898 of 2976)

My condolences, Kaykay.



Madam Pince - Oct 4, 2006 12:26 pm (#2899 of 2976)

Sympathy to you and your family, kaykay. It is always difficult to lose a family member, but especially someone so young! You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

***Waves furiously at Jenn*** -- Glad to have you back!

Good Evans, I'm so glad to hear there's a Redskins fan even 'way over there across the Pond! Yay, 'Skins! (Finally -- it's about time!) And woo-hoo to the Cavaliers, too, while we're at it! May as well get in a Duke drubbing during football season while we can, 'cause it sure won't happen during basketball season...

Tazzy, hope you're feeling better soon! ***sends virtual chicken soup***

Congratulations (I think!) on the new baby bunnies, Marie! I bet they are adorable.

I saw an article about that lady wanting to ban the Harry Potter books -- sheesh. I am continually amazed. These people can't possibly have read the books! In the photo I saw, she was waving around a flyer/brochure from some summer camp that purports to teach witchcraft, and so she was using that to say something like "See? These evil books are encouraging things like this!" Some people...

Well, thanks to all for the good wishes -- I think Mr. Pince's arm is doing OK. We are past the 96-hour window, and no ugly nasty festering blisters or anything, although the bruise is huge. If it was in fact a spider bite, it must've been some "tamer" version of a spider. Whew! That was scary, I can tell you.

I've only seen one bear out in the wild -- it ran across the road in front of my car (far enough away that I could stop in plenty of time, thank goodness.) It took me a second to really believe my eyes -- it was like "Is that a.... BEAR??!?" It was really neat.

Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!! ***Does the Lostie dance*** Only 5 hours and 40 minutes to go! (But who's counting, right?)


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 4, 2006 1:42 pm (#2900 of 2976)

I need someone (Loopy?) to sell me on The Nine because I saw the previews last night and I thought it looked almost completely unpromising. Bank robbery. Nine survivors. What don't I know about this show?
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Jewel  - Oct 4, 2006 3:24 pm (#2901 of 2976)

Just popping in to say Happy Birthday to Professor Minerva McGonagall! One of my favorite professors of all!


boop - Oct 4, 2006 3:24 pm (#2902 of 2976)

Kay, Sorry for your loss. (((HUGS)))) to you and your family

Marie, Congrats to the new baby bunnies, I bet they are cute.

Jenn, Hi, welcome back, you have been missed.

Kristina, Get well charms sent your way. I hope the meds take hold soon so you start feeling better.

Madame Pince, Glad to hear Mr. Pince is doing better. Here are some more healing charms.

Have a great rest of the day!

hugs always



geauxtigers  - Oct 4, 2006 3:26 pm (#2903 of 2976)

He prescribed Amoxiccillin You know, when I was little, the liquid form of that was pink. We called it the "pink stuff" I love how it tastes! Is that weird? LOL

I have no idea what the symptoms of larengitis (bad speller, sorry)are, but it does sound a lot like strep to me too. Except I've never had a fever with strep...just a sore throat... anyway feel better!

My friend told me that I should watch Lost tonight even though I haven't seen the first 2 season. I think I'll watch it and see, but I might be, well, lost.

People banning Harry Potter, they are a little late aren't they. What kills me is that they clearly have never read the books. Its obvious, because if they had, they'd realize that it a FICTION children's book. But hey, they are the ones missing out, I just feel bad for the kids who won't get to read them. Its really sad, waste your time worrying about things in this world that truly are evil. But they have the 1st amendment right of free speech, so let them talk all they want, its not going to change anything. Then they'd have to ban just about the entire list of classic.

We are watching October Sky in Physics at the moment. I love that movie. I thought it was cool that the opening lines lines are something like, "Today, October 4th, 1957..." and today is October 4th! So thats how many years...49th anniversary of the launching of Sputnik. Very cool.

Okay, I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but I do need to go read The Canterbury Tales...fun fun.



Tazzygirl - Oct 4, 2006 5:26 pm (#2904 of 2976)

Thanks again for the charms. MMMM chicken soup. Might have to get some...

If you have strep throat, do you usually lose your voice? I haven't lost it yet... Really hope it isn't strep, as I might have infected half of my class- I went to school this morning, and they all looked at me like I was crazy and sent me home... Good thing is that Amoxicillin is supposed to wipe out a lot of different viruses. Except the flu.

Tori- if you want, go to abc.com, and they should have recap shows and such for LOST. Might get you caught up to where you aren't lost. (And the Amoxicillin I'm taking is in pill form. My cousin took it in liquid form... didn't seem to appetizing to me! LOL)

When I went to Yosemite a year ago, we saw a bear on the side of the road the first day there. A couple days later we saw a couple baby bears walking on one of the trails, the mama bear walking behind them. It was pretty cool looking. My parents and I stay wisely far away, and tried to take pictures. Everyone else that was standing there rushed to get as close as they possibly could. Glad mama bear didn't feel threatened...

Glad to hear Mr. Pince is healing well, Madam P.!!



virginiaelizabeth - Oct 4, 2006 5:28 pm (#2905 of 2976)

Arrgg I won't even go into those crazies that are trying to ban Harry! Like I said, they are crazy!!

I got my hair cut this afternoon!!! It's reallyy super cute and I like it a ton! I've never actually had a real cut, and I have bangs now! It's different but it looks awsome! I like it!

I think I'm gonna watch Lost tonight as well, even though I know I'll be really confused. Oh well! I may just have to rent it on DVD or borrow it from my friend!

Grey's Anatomy tomorrow night! YAY!! As I shall say every week until we get an answer....McDreamy or McVet???

Ok homework time! w00t!

**more healing charms to Kristina, and Mr. Pince** I also loovve how Amoxcillin taste! I always ask for it in liquid form instead of the pill partly because I like how it taste and partly because those are some of the biggest horse pills I've ever seen in my life! Their like Tylenol blow up to 5 times it's normal size!

Have a good night everyone!


If you have strep throat, do you usually lose your voice?  Speaking from someone who has had strep several times, I've never lost my voice, but I've always had a mild fever and a horrible can-hardly-stand-it sore throat. I've never had larengitis so I can't compare the two, but it sounds like you may have strep. But I've always had to take Amoxcillin when I get it so you should be okay!


Madam Pince - Oct 4, 2006 5:53 pm (#2906 of 2976)

Our doctor told us that with strep, Amoxycillin will make you feel better almost immediately -- literally. Little Pince had it once and we found that to be the case. So if you get better really quickly, Tazzy, it was probably strep!

Today was such a glorious day -- probably summer's last hurrah. Temperature was in the low 80's I think, so we took a bike ride and had a picnic at the park and played on the playground and got some library books. We saw a Mama Deer and a Baby Deer right beside the bike path when we were riding back to the car -- Little Pince was enthralled, and so were the deer apparently. They just froze stock-still and stood there about ten feet away looking at us, until Mama finally stamped her foot a couple times and then took off, waving her little white flag at us. It was so neat! Tomorrow the temperature is supposed to drop like 20 degrees and start a week of drizzly rain, so I'm glad we got out in the beautiful outdoors while we had a chance!

To whomever recommended the book "No, David" to us -- thanks! It is hysterical! I'm pretty sure I enjoyed it more than Little Pince, though -- the pages looked really ... ahh... familiar to me, but he was clueless, I think.

Ten minutes 'til Lost!!! Ten minutes 'til Lost!!!

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Tazzygirl - Oct 4, 2006 6:03 pm (#2907 of 2976)

Thanks, Ginny and Madam P. for the information. The Amoxycillin hasn't really done that much yet... Hopefully soon! (I now think that it is strep and not larengitis. Ginny- what you described when you get strep is exactly what I have/still felt.)

Lucky you! to all of you now enjoying LOST! I have to wait another 5 hours!! Bummer!



The giant squid - Oct 4, 2006 6:17 pm (#2908 of 2976)

I've still got 3 hours to wait myself, Tazzy, so I feel your pain. Of course, when I'm done watching it you'll still have an hour to wait, so

I'm really looking forward to Lost--the second season proved that they could take the "stranded on an island" concept and make it last. Now I have no idea what's coming next--and I love it!



Tazzygirl - Oct 4, 2006 6:36 pm (#2909 of 2976)

Squid Mike: Of course, when I'm done watching it you'll still have an hour to wait, so

I can feel that statement dripping with sympathy. I feel the same way about LOST too!

~Kristina **patiently waiting for LOST to start**


Mediwitch - Oct 4, 2006 6:58 pm (#2910 of 2976)

((((((BIG HUGS)))))) to kaykay.

Ginny, The black bears around here pretty much leave you alone if you leave them alone. You definitely don't leave garbage bins outside (raccoons would get into them too), and once the bears are out of hibernation, you take down your birdfeeders. Other than that, they're quite peaceable. We also have some bald eagles in the area, but I haven't seen one lately.

Kristina, I hope you're feeling better...watch out for that "First-Year-Teacher-Syndrome" - you'll probably get every bug that rolls through school. **Healing Charms** and lots of anti-bacterial hand gel to you! Laryngitis is inflammation (-itis) of the larynx - which is where your vocal folds are. That's why people often lose their voices with it, but you can still have it even if you don't lose your voice.

Welcome back, Jenn!


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 4, 2006 7:12 pm (#2911 of 2976)

Ok so I just watched Lost.....hmmm that's a pretty instrestingly weird show! I'm going to read the recaps for each episode on ABC.com and see if it makes anymore sense to me! I think I didn't really enjoy it much simply because I've missed about 50 episodes!

Mediwitch, that's pretty intresting about the bears! I'd think they'd try to attack people! Despite the whole 'they can eat you' thingy, I think bears are really cute!

The weather here is back to being hot again...the high today was 93! Argg I'm ready for it to get cold!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 4, 2006 7:12 pm (#2912 of 2976)

My condolences Kay.

Kristina hope you get well soon. One has to build up an immunity to all the bugs. I'm in a Middle School so every 3 or 4 year I have to get everything that goes around. Then I'm fine for awhile.

Denise I'm with ya on the new Artemis Fowl book. Those are great books. I recommend Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. New Moon, the sequel just came out. Great reads. A special edition of Eldest came out. It has a chapter of the third book. There is also a new Avi book out. A sequel to Crispin: Cross of lead.

Got to go first Avs game of the season! LPO


Mediwitch - Oct 4, 2006 7:25 pm (#2913 of 2976)

Hey Ginny! These are black bears; I don't think grizzlies are quite as calm! Fortunately, we don't have any of them around here!


geauxtigers  - Oct 4, 2006 8:27 pm (#2914 of 2976)

LOL Mediwitch, I dunno what kind of bears we have here. Not a wide variety or anything. I think its just not "bear country" for lack of better term. You never hear about people seeing bears unless its at the zoo or another state!

Lost was interesting, I'm very confused...

Grey's Anatomy tomorrow!

Uggg its still hot here. I can't even imagine that somewhere in the world people can actually put a sweatshirt on and not die of heat stroke. But its supposed to cool off to the mid 80s this weekend, so that should be nice!

Okay time to go attempt my math homework and do some enlgish journals...funnn.

The couple of times I've had strep, I don't think I even missed school unless you count the doctors appt. Amoxx works great! One dose and I'm already better. But I've had friends out for a few days at a time with strep...I guess I just caught it early or something. Feel better, Kristina!

Okay I must go now

Night everyone!


Stephanie M. - Oct 4, 2006 8:28 pm (#2915 of 2976)

I'm so sorry to hear the news, Kaykay! My condolences to you and your family!

Feel better Kristina!

Welcome Back Jenn!

Happy Birthday to everyone that I missed!!

I'm just popping in! I couldn't possibly read 613 posts on this thread alone, so I had to press the magic button!

I've been extremely busy with various things, but I did have time to take the new WOMBATS, but sadly, I lost my I.D. code, so I can't find out how I actually did.

Well, I have to go finish all of my work!

Have a great night/morning!


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 4, 2006 8:33 pm (#2916 of 2976)

kaykay, so sorry to hear about the heartbreaking loss of your young cousin. HHs condolences and prayers go out to you and your family. (((hugs))) A happy birthday to Mr. kaykay, despite the circumstances.

Amoxicillin is supposed to wipe out a lot of different viruses.   - Kristina I am quite sure it only kills bacteria. Viruses must run their course. Sometimes a bacterial infection results from having had a virus, in which case you could get a form of penicillin to wipe it out, otherwise, I don't think I've ever heard of a virus being treated with that. I agree with the others in that it sounds like strep, or a strep-like bacteria.

To whomever recommended the book "No, David" to us -- thanks! Madam Pince Meeee! Isn't it cute! LOL about the clueless part! Trevor always gets a kick out of that book. Shannon's latest is a dog one (I'll check the title tomorrow) and it is funny. There are some really fun books out there that I know Trevor enjoyed that Little P might also enjoy. Does he like bugs?

Yes, I like when Lost is on, too. It gives me a chance to catch up on the threads.

The trip to Dey Mansion was great. We had beautiful weather, the tour, demonstrations and scavenger hunt were really fun and we didn't lose any children - not one!



kabloink!  - Oct 4, 2006 8:50 pm (#2917 of 2976)

Hehe, I went to the biography.com thingy. My soulmates were Da Vinci, VanGogh, and Poe. Oh dear.

I can't wait for Grey's ANatomy tomorrow! I'm all for McDreamy, personally, but I'm much more interested to see what happens with Burke and Christina.

I've had strep several times, and most of them I've lost my voice. I, however, am notorious for losing my voice regardless of what illness I have. It could be strep or a cold, pretty much anything that however remotely affects my throat and Kimmi has no voice.

Ok, baby is asleep-time to do the same. Knight knight everyone!


Starling - Oct 5, 2006 2:18 am (#2918 of 2976)

Maria, you're right, antibiotics do nothing against viruses. They're over prescribed! They should work against strep, though, if that's what you've got.

Over here amoxillin for kids is banana flavoured gunk, my son hated it, and we didn't trust the doctor's diagnosis (he had a lump on his jawline, which turned out to be a cyst that had to be removed), so we threw it away after one spoonful.


Marie E. - Oct 5, 2006 5:14 am (#2919 of 2976)

Well, it's October so Lexie has her allergy-related croup again. I swear it creeps up out of nowhere. She's been refusing to take her cough medicine, but I heard her hacking in her sleep last night so I'll have to force some down her throat.

The bunnies are doing fine, wiggly and cute. Pixie had one more baby while we were at work yesterday, but she didn't make it. Mr. E let our girls look at the baby and then they all buried her in the backyard. Last time Pixie had a litter there was a baby born the next day too. Good thing humans don't do that! I already have two takers for the new bunnies thanks to Lexie announcing the birth at her Brownies meeting last night.

Off to wake up the girls!


painting sheila - Oct 5, 2006 6:28 am (#2920 of 2976)

LOST! Yeah!! What did everyone think? I am so excited for next weeks episode. I don't know how to write in white, so I won't say anything here - but WOW! Jack - not sure how I feel about him now.

Baby bunnies - how cute! Do they have their little eyes opened yet?

Speaking of sore throats - I am going back to bed. Everyone is where they need to be and I have the house to myself. I feel some thing coming on and want to nip it in the bud.

My kids used to have strep ALL the time. My daughter finally had her tonsils out and we haven't had it since. It appears she was the carrier for our family.

Hope everyone feels better -



haymoni - Oct 5, 2006 7:18 am (#2921 of 2976)

I liked "Lost" and I liked "The Nine" also! I kept flipping over to "Project Runway" too!

The Nine looks really good - I'm so curious now to know what happened during those 52 hours!!

Lost has just confused me even more. Hate Ben!


Holly T. - Oct 5, 2006 7:19 am (#2922 of 2976)

Kristina--I've lost my voice with strep before (which my kids thought was hilarious). Strep is an evil horrible germ that can cause everything from a stomachache to a sore throat to making your eye swell shut when the germs get into the soft tissue behind your eye. A lot of people think it's not strep if you don't have a sore throat--not true! But if you have a sore throat you may have tonsilitis instead of strep, but the amoxicilin should work on that too. I call 2003 "the year I had strep" thanks to four run-ins with it (twice in my throat, twice in my eye). I'm allergic to penicillin so I can't take it.

Kabloink, how are you doing?

Healing charms to all who need them!


Madam Pince - Oct 5, 2006 11:17 am (#2923 of 2976)

Well, about Lost, I never cared much for Jack to start with, so last night's episode sure didn't endear him to me any more! And haymoni, you're so right -- Ben is Creeepy with a capital C! Yuck! And I'm not too fond of the Elizabeth Mitchell character either, for that matter. Still love Sawyer, though! (Oh, us girls and our bad boys...) I loved it when he called the kid "Chachi"! Who IS that kid, anyway?

Ginny and Tori, it's no wonder you'd be confused -- last night's episode tells you absolutely nothing if you haven't seen the first two seasons. But it's definitely worth reviewing them if you can!

I did like The Nine also. Question: Any guesses as to why at least two of the hostages seemed to be concerned for the one bank robber's welfare? I thought Kim Raver's character (or somebody's -- it was confusing) yelled "Don't hurt him!" during the siege break-in... or am I crazy?

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


haymoni - Oct 5, 2006 12:58 pm (#2924 of 2976)

Madam P - I heard her say that also. My guess is something happened to change the tide during that 52 hours.

When's it on next????

Isn't the actress that played "Juliet" the same one who was in "Gia" with Angela Jolie?


Tazzygirl - Oct 5, 2006 12:59 pm (#2925 of 2976)

I am feeling a ton better, thanks everyone for the charms and information. Managed to sleep a decent amount of sleep last night, now I feel a little bit more refreshed. Throat is still really hurting, but I can tell it's going away. Decided I would stay home from school again today, just to be on the safe side (don't want whatever it was coming back full force again!). Holly- I had no idea strep could get into your eyes! Maria- I feel that how the dr. just prescribed me the Amoxycillin without even actually having me come into the dr. office was a bit weird. I am not a big fan of a dr. calling the house and asking you to describe what you feel. Especially when they ask if your throat glands are swollen and how red is the back of your throat? Ummm... hello! Can barely get out of bed and they ask you to look into your own throat... sheesh.

Didn't watch LOST last night. Did record it though, so I think I will watch it now... fast forward through the commercials, yippee!

Wow, Marie, lots of little baby bunnies!

**healing charms to Painting Sheila and Lexie!**

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



juliebug - Oct 5, 2006 1:48 pm (#2926 of 2976)

I just watched my recording of Lost.

Didn't see that coming. The whole peaceful little surburbia village of the Others. Creepy. Ben/the Artist formerly known as Henry Gale. Very creepy. And what's with the two Bens. The cranky guy who didn't like Juliet's book was also a Ben. Weird. I am very much looking forward to seeing more of the regular cast next week.


Tazzygirl - Oct 5, 2006 4:17 pm (#2927 of 2976)

Okay, so just finished watching LOST. WOW.

In white: Ben/Henry Gale is definitely very CREEPY... Not sure about Juliet, Jack's caregiver. For a brief moment at the beginning of the show when they had a normal housing development, I immediately thought it was a twisted way of repeating The Village (sorry Loopy!). But that completely went out the window with how Sawyer, Kate, and Jack were being treated. Thought it was kind of funny how Sawyer was being 'trained' to get the food in the cage. I wonder what they were doing to Kate? Jack seemed like the only one who wasn't being tortured, so to speak. Can't wait for next week!



virginiaelizabeth - Oct 5, 2006 5:03 pm (#2928 of 2976)

Sooo I don't really have much to say. It was another very boring day today and the high got up to 94 again, so it was HOT. Other than that, nothing new at all.

Glad to hear you're feeling better Kristina! **more healing charms anyways!**

Oh yeah in case you didn't already know, or forgot..........

Grey's Anatomy Tonight!!!!

McDreamy or McVet??! LOL!


geauxtigers  - Oct 5, 2006 5:49 pm (#2929 of 2976)

Yes another normal boring day. Ever get to a point where you feel like you've lost communication with the real world? You are so swamped with stuff to do that you have no idea whats going on in the real world. Thats me right now...I've been so busy that I feel like I've lost touch with the real world! GRRR! Its all the same, wake up go to school, sit in class go to swimming, come home, take a shower, dive into homework until you finally crash only to wake up and do it all over again!

I also think I'm A.D.D. I can't sit still, I'm such a fidgety person! I feel like I can't sit still! An hour and a half in class I'm like AHHHHH I need to move! I think its a combination of lack of sleep and too much coffee! Oh well, I'm really hyper right now...couldn't be because I've been eating some very healthy Halloween candy that now litters the stores! Oh and candy canes are already out!

The first grading quarter is almost over for us....uh-oh that kinda snuck up on me! I'm really worried about physics because I did horrible on the one and only test that we had...so that 90% thats all homework grades is going to drop signifigantly. I'm kinda freaking out! Oh well can't change the past, can I?

Okay now that I've rambled....glad you are feeling better, Kristina!

Grey's Anatomy in 15 minutes! WOO HOOO!

Have a nice night everyone, tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!! YAY! Okay too much sugar for me....


Madam Pince - Oct 5, 2006 6:21 pm (#2930 of 2976)

One more Lost thing and I swear I'll stop -- Tazzy, Sawyer's cage was so funny to me! As a psychology major, I recognized the "rat cage" right away! I couldn't stop laughing! Juliebug, look at your tape again (I thought the same thing until I watched it a second time) -- I think the guy who was in the book club who didn't like Juliet's book was named Adam -- he said that Ben wouldn't like it (as if they are all there to please Ben or something) and then Juliet replied sarcastically about "Oh, well, then if BEN wouldn't like it..." or whatever. Anyway, I think the first guy's name is Adam. I'm starting to wonder if they are alphabetical -- We have Adam, Ben, Ethan, Goodwin, Juliet (obviously missing a few there, but none from the end of the alphabet, right?) Heirarchy or something? Except Ben is clearly in charge, so... I don't know. It's probably nothing. Theories again...


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 5, 2006 7:13 pm (#2931 of 2976)

AHHHHHHHHHHH! Such a good episode! DON"T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED GA YET! **Besure to stick around to watch the previews for next week at the end of the episode, trust me thier worth seeing!**

OMGG!!!!! The preveiws for next week are going to drive me mad the entire week! I once again, felt bad for Addison when Meredith found her in the closet crying. So sad. And Izzie broke my heart too. I love the dating game that's going on here! Very funny! I'm also wondering about Callie and George. Their relationship seems to be falling apart. The scene at the end with George leaving spit on the ice cream spoon was pretty funny. Funny episode, but those previews for next week....Mere can't be pregnant! That's just crazyy!! Could be one of three people...Derick, Finn, or **gulp** George...eeekkk! I sure hope that doesn't happen! And Mark working at SGH!? I was kinda hoping that would happen! Should be intresting! I'm freaking out about next week!!! Ok well I guess I'd better go back to my homework!


geauxtigers  - Oct 5, 2006 7:19 pm (#2932 of 2976)

Dude, Grey's Anatomy was sooo good! All I can say is I agree with Ginny on most of it....---> Whats with the note from Denny? Was that his dad? AHHH! Meredith umm baby? I dunno, thats weird! I feel really bad for Addison, like really bad. Her crying in the closet really got to me. Alex what less of his usual jerk self tonight, I was surprised at how he handled the "superhero" kid thing. Okay thats all for now!

AHHHH I don't think I can make it til next Thursday!

Back to my homework!


Tazzygirl - Oct 5, 2006 7:20 pm (#2933 of 2976)

Tori- Oh and candy canes are already out!

I got that beat! One of the touristy stores here, Hilo Hattie's, has got their complete Christmas dispays up. My jaw dropped when I saw it. And I just have to point out that there was nothing being displayed for Halloween...

Madam P.- Maybe Ben is the new assumed head of Dharma or something? And maybe you are on to something about alphabetical order... I also thought it was funny that they hold book clubs. Juliet was holding up a Stephen King novel... Anyone know what the title was? Do you think that might have something to do with the whole plot of LOST?

Grey's in 4 hours for me! (Thanks for the extra healing charms, Ginny and Tori! )



Mediwitch - Oct 5, 2006 7:41 pm (#2934 of 2976)

Uh, Ginny, you might not want to know this but it's 44 degrees right now (10:40 pm, EST). We MIGHT have reached 70 today. It's fall in New England! (And the leaf peepers are out too. I have to cross a covered bridge to go to one of my schools, and the tourists are there almost daily now taking pictures. Don't they know some of us have to go to work? )


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 5, 2006 7:50 pm (#2935 of 2976)

Man! It's 74 right now at 10 P.M. Supposed to have a 'cool front' move in over the weekend and the high will only be in th eupper 80's! I just sat there and stared at the weatherman! You've got to be kidding me! Since when has 'upper 80's' been a cool front???


geauxtigers  - Oct 5, 2006 8:09 pm (#2936 of 2976)

Since when has 'upper 80's' been a cool front??? Ever since October was having highs of 95. Thats like 10 degrees cooler! Bring it on!


Madam Pince - Oct 5, 2006 8:25 pm (#2937 of 2976)

Tee-hee! I have a shirt from Hilo Hattie's! I am having a hard time picturing their stores with Christmas displays, though... (I was wondering what the title of that book was, too, Tazzy! I couldn't quite see it... )

Our local K-Mart has a whole Christmas section up already, too. Not the complete thing -- the ornaments section isn't there yet -- but all the artificial trees, and the inflatable Santa Clauses, and the wicker lighted reindeer moving in slow-motion, and the big round plastic snow-globe with the life-sized waving snowmen inside accompanied by blowing "snow" -- yup, those are there! (The Halloween decorations and costumes are on the other end of the store.) No Thanksgiving decorations sighted yet...

Our promised cold front did come through today -- you could actually see it approach with the clouds and everything, and the temperature dropped quite noticeably right at around 3:00pm. Feels quite fall-ish now...


juliebug - Oct 5, 2006 9:02 pm (#2938 of 2976)

Just watched Grey's Oh my gosh! I knew watching Meredith dating was going to be fun! McDreamy and McVet getting all competitive, Christina and Alex placing bets-this is good stuff. I also felt so bad for Addison. She's really grown on me. I want her to be happy. Does it look to anyone else like McSteamy is here to stay? Oh that would make me so very happy! I'm not so sure about what I think about the teaser for next week. I guess we'll all have to just wait and see.

Thanks Madame Pince for clearing me up about Lost. I wondered if I'd just heard wrong or something. Love your ABC theory too. So looking forward to Wednesday!

Before getting my TV fix this evening, I had a lovely dinner date with a girlfriend and my 2 year old . We dined at Chuck E Cheese. It was fun! I can't believe my sweet little girl is such a dare devil. She has no fear. She will climb anything. Any words of wisdom from the more experienced moms out there?


painting sheila - Oct 5, 2006 9:10 pm (#2939 of 2976) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Oct 6, 2006 5:06 am

There is a bank down the street that has a Christmas tree in the corner already. I guess we aren't doing Halloween or Thanksgiving this year - just right into Christmas! Jeez!!

Strep - My daughter had it in her hip one time. She was limping around. We thought she had strained it playing soccer. Did all the usual remedies to no avail. The doctor did a blood test I believe and it came back as strep. It can settle any where in your body - even your heart. It is not a virus to take lightly. It's a mean little bugger!

Lost: Skip this is you don't want spoilers!! Sorry ! I don't know how to do the white writing! - - Did any of you notice that Sawyer didn't get innoculated like Jack and Freckles? And did you wonder why a plane that hadn't hit the island yet caused and earthquake kind of reaction? And did you notice the warpy image the plane made like it was going through some sort of shield as it crashed? Do you think the pilot of the plane was in on it? When Ben told Freckles it was going to be a tough two weeks, that made me think that the season is going to be about those two weeks. What happened to Hurley last year? Did Ben give him a boat to go back to the rest of their camp? I can't remember. <-----

WHew! I am glad I got all of that out!

Good night everyone! Have a good day tomorrow -



Tazzygirl - Oct 5, 2006 9:35 pm (#2940 of 2976)

Painting Sheila- to write in white, type your text here. Just for future reference!

In white: I think the earthquake was when Desmond hadn't pushed the button, therefore creating the huge magnetic force and bringing the plane with everyone on it down. OOOOH What did happen to Hurley?! I forgot!

Still waiting for Grey's Anatomy... sigh.


EDIT: OOOOH Crossposted with Madam P! **Waves** EDIT again: hehehe, I personally like "Big mean guy".


Madam Pince - Oct 5, 2006 9:35 pm (#2941 of 2976)

Sheila: The earthquake and the wavey stuff was from the electromagnetic field shut-down that occurred when Desmond killed the big mean guy and then didn't get back to the hatch in time to re-set the 108 clock -- that was what messed up the plane's controls and caused the crash. The plane just happened to be unlucky enough to be flying overhead at the moment that Desmond didn't re-set the thingy. (Or so we are led to believe that it was simply unlucky, I guess...) I don't think Ben gave Hurley a boat, I think he was expected to walk back. I thought that Sawyer had a band-aid on his arm too but I may be wrong -- now I'll have to go back and watch it a third time! LOL!

Cross-posted with Tazzy -- I am laughing at myself upon re-reading my oh-so-technical explanations.... "thingy".... honestly...


Tazzygirl - Oct 6, 2006 1:02 am (#2942 of 2976)

Okay, so I finally was able to watch Grey's Anatomy, and here's my two knuts...

I too think it is hilarious the way McVet and McDreamy are attempting to date Meredith. Can't wait to see how it goes throughout the season! (No comment on next week's episode. I shall wait until then! ) I am glad Izzie is taking the steps to go back to the hospital... very sad when she made the comment about her wedding dress. Addison- okay, I feel only slightly sorry for her. What goes on in my mind when I see her is that she was the one who cheated first, and was taking waaaay to much for granted to have her marriage go back to being normal. McDreamy told her right off the bat that he did not love her, and that he is trying. I kind of hope McSteamy stays, as it will kind of liven up the season, and help Addison get over everything that has happened. Not a big fan of Callie- so not sure what way I want her and George's relationship to go... I love George though. He is just so... I don't know. Just one of those characters you have to love. I am soooo glad Christina is pushing Burke to overcome his injury!! Okay, that does it for me! Now we just have to wait another looooong week for the next show! (I am thinking we might have to start a forum dealing solely with Grey's Anatomy... and maybe LOST. )



Starling - Oct 6, 2006 3:28 am (#2943 of 2976)

Woohoo! I'm an Outstanding smartarse!

So, Lost and Grey's Anatomy any good then? I wouldn't know, I still haven't got a telly! I just can't afford 130 quid in license fees ... and apparently they're going to go up to 160. Ouchie.


The giant squid - Oct 6, 2006 4:50 am (#2944 of 2976)

Something very weird happened in Vegas today: it rained. All day. Well, off & on throughout the day, but that's still unusual; usually it just dumps rain for a couple hours tops then moves on. The one weather report I saw had this long line of clouds moving up from the south, so that may be it--the clouds dumped & moved on but there was another cloud ready to take its place.

Lost was great--an excellent start to the season. They've given enough hints & teases to make you have to tune in next week just to see what's next. Tricky little fellas... I don't have anything else to add, since the others (no pun intended) have gotten to it all first.



Madam Pince - Oct 6, 2006 4:59 am (#2945 of 2976)

Whassamatter, squids can't sleep in the rain? What are you still doing up? This is late even for your standards, isn't it? I'm already "awake" for the day! (Oh the horror...)

Raining here too, and it's supposed to rain all day and all night and through tomorrow morning. Naturally, since we have soccer pictures scheduled for tomorrow morning. Methinks they will be re-scheduled. Me hopes, actually, because we're planning to go out of town and we could leave earlier.

I got an Outstanding, too! There must be a wicked curve to the grading system or something... I definitely didn't spend as much time on this one as the last, and I only got an E last time. Guess it's better to "go with your gut instinct."


Denise P. - Oct 6, 2006 5:10 am (#2946 of 2976)

I got E and was expecting an A or even a P...


Julie Aronson - Oct 6, 2006 5:17 am (#2947 of 2976)

I am a straight E student. sigh. My inner Hermione is bumming hard right now.


juliebug - Oct 6, 2006 6:02 am (#2948 of 2976)

I got an E. My inner Ron is jumping for joy and getting patted on the back by my inner Molly.


kaykay1970 - Oct 6, 2006 7:07 am (#2949 of 2976)

Thanks for all the hugs! I really appreciate them all.

I got an A again. I really thought I did better on this one.


Starling - Oct 6, 2006 7:16 am (#2950 of 2976)

I've only seen one person with a P so far, a few As, and mostly EEs.

It'll be interesting to compare people's answers when they've done the test several times and got different grades. Roonwit did it 6 (I think) times and got all the grades, apart from a Troll. A friend changed from EE to O by changing two answers. Funny thing is, I answered with her two "EE" answers, and got an O ...


* looks outside*


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juliebug - Oct 6, 2006 7:18 am (#2951 of 2976)

Attention McSteamy fans. I just read on MSN.com that Eric Dane (the actor playing Dr. Mark Sloan) has been made a permanent cast member. This is getting good.


painting sheila - Oct 6, 2006 7:28 am (#2952 of 2976)

It's raining here today too - BAD NEWS!! because there was a chemical explosion at a plant nearby that has something to do with chlorine. There is a huge yellow chlorine gas cloud floating this way. Rain is bad news because water reacts with chlorine and makes an even worse gas. They have evacuated all the schools on one area and mandatory evacuation of homes and businesses. THe gas can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Gotta go watch the news!


PS THanks for he info on how to write in white. I will practice on the proper thread later -


PSS I got an Exceeds Expectations!! WOOHOO!!! Who'd a thunk it! I was sure I had a Troll.


Eponine - Oct 6, 2006 7:44 am (#2953 of 2976)

I took it twice. With my first group of answers, I got an A, and the second time I took it I got an E.

Painting Sheila, I saw about that on the news. I hope you'll be okay!


juliebug - Oct 6, 2006 7:47 am (#2954 of 2976)

Oh Shelia. I hope you all will be OK. Please keep us posted.


Holly T. - Oct 6, 2006 7:49 am (#2955 of 2976)

Hmm, I don't watch Lost or Grey's, and didn't get to take the WOMBAT since I didn't want to do it at work and wasn't home long enough to do it here. I feel left out!

Yikes, Sheila, that can't be good.

Kids are out of school today and my husband is out of town. So I took the day off. The kids and I slept in and I think we're going out to lunch later.


Starling - Oct 6, 2006 8:24 am (#2956 of 2976)

Good for you, Holly, hope you have a nice lunch together!


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 6, 2006 8:55 am (#2957 of 2976)

Man! I haven't looked a at my score yet because I'm in class right now and my Id is stored in a word d document at home! Ahhh frustrating!

I'm glad to hear that Mcsteamy isi staying! I realize that Addison was sthe first one to messs up, but I caaan't help but feel sorry for her. McSsteamy should really make t hings intresting!! i serioussly don't think I can waait for next week!! Maybe we sshould make a GA thread/forum!

Ohh that doesn't sound good sSheila...**protection and safetl charms***

Ok well, i'd better go! Lot's to work on! I loveee French!

EDIT: sorry about all the maajor crazy typos! I'm on a lap top that was made in like 2000, so it'ss a bit messed up and I can't seem to figure out how to get things right on it!


geauxtigers  - Oct 6, 2006 8:59 am (#2958 of 2976)

Ahhh! I can't get my results because I'm in school! In French right now! I should've emailed my ID to myself! Grr! thats scary about the gas, Sheila! hope everything goes alright.

Uhh I'm bored, but I got to go now!

Have a greeat day!


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 6, 2006 11:03 am (#2959 of 2976)
Edited Oct 6, 2006 12:09 pm

I have discovered my dog likes her steaks medium-well. Last night my family had steak for dinner and we left two steaks out on the counter one for my mother and and another for cousin both of whom were going to extremely late to dinner. Both them had told my grandmother to proceed with dinner in spite of their lateness. So my grandmother, my father and I had dinner accordingly. When we returned to the kitchen to dispose of the remains of our dinner and clean up. We discovered that my dog Bella had made off with the two steaks and devoured them.


Tazzygirl - Oct 6, 2006 11:56 am (#2960 of 2976)

I got an A! Which is actually what I thought I would be getting. Last WOMBAT I received an E, so I am slightly down on my game. Oh well!

**Safety charms to Sheila and anyone else in the Chlorine area**

LOL, Nathan. We had a Golden Retriever once who licked an entire lemon merengue pie clean- leaving just the crust. My parents had set it on the coffee table and had gone back into the kitchen to get a serving spoon. When they got back to the pie, the dog was back on her pillow as if nothing had ever happened.

Off to do some laundry! (I am feeling 100% better, w00t!)

Have a fantastic day everyone!



Snuffles - Oct 6, 2006 12:01 pm (#2961 of 2976)

I'm gutted.

I haven't been able to get onto the forum for a week and I have missed the 2nd Wombat test! I can't believe it.

I tried to skim through the posts but there were nearly 300 of them.

Kaykay, ((((hugs)))), I am so sorry about your cousin. My thoughts are with you.

Kristina, I'm glad you are feeling better.

I am now going to try and plow through the rest of the posts



virginiaelizabeth - Oct 6, 2006 12:49 pm (#2962 of 2976)

We discovered that my dog Bella had made off with the two steaks and devoured them.[ LOL My cat loves to do that with bread. We can't leave it out. Fortunatley, my dog is really small and it would be hard for her to get stufff on the counter! **walks away chuckling**

OK so I just checked my score and....drum roll please.....

I got an Outstanding!!!!! Woohooo! I always have been skilled in the field of guessing! LOL **does happy dance**

It's Friday!!!! Wooooooooo I love Fridays!


kaykay1970 - Oct 6, 2006 12:59 pm (#2963 of 2976)

That is so scary Sheila! ***more safety charms***


geauxtigers  - Oct 6, 2006 1:00 pm (#2964 of 2976)

I got an Exceeds Expectations! WOO! Right on par if you ask me! However I did take it twice, the second time because I wanted to write down my anwsers. I tried to anwser the same as before, but I guess I didn't because I got and Outstanding on it! LOL! So I guess I got an Outstanding Exceeds Expectations! LOL

I'm glad you are better, Kristina!

ROFL Nathan! Don't you just love your dog!

And I'm so glad its Friday! WOOO!

So in celebration, I'm going to go take a nap!

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!


Madam Pince - Oct 6, 2006 1:04 pm (#2965 of 2976)

You just can't trust anybody named Bella, can you? Glad you weren't the one late to dinner, Nathan!

***Umbrella-shield charms*** to Sheila!

Glad you're feeling better, Tazzy!

Poor Holly! Don't feel left out -- we all love Harry Potter!

Still raining here. All soccer games and the pictures for tomorrow are re-scheduled for next Saturday (ours will be at 1:00) -- which I originally thought would be good, but I had forgotten that we're going camping next Friday through Sunday. It will be a very long drive to come all the way back in the exact middle of the trip just to take a picture, but I don't see any other solution. Missing the team picture for his very first team sport ever doesn't seem like much of an option. And we can't skip the camping trip because the whole extended family is going and we were the ones who coordinated it, and the fees are not refundable. Sigh... Welcome to the world of kids' sports, I guess. I swear I don't know how you parents with multiple kids manage to plan anything in advance!


Lina - Oct 6, 2006 3:15 pm (#2966 of 2976)

I'm glad that the healing charms worked, Kristina. I doubt Amoxiciline would be able to do anything without our healing charms.

Protego charms to all the members in danger of the chlorine!

Nathan, if that could comfort you, my sister's dog was just a puppy when my mum left the ham on the table and left to do more shopping. She was sure that the puppy couldn't jump high enough to take the ham from the table. And when she came back from the shop, she found just a little piece of ham on the floor. Then before the next Christmas, she put the codfish in the water on the balcony, the dog went to the balcony too and next day she found no fish in the bucket. But now the food can be left on the table, she is big enough that her head can reach anything on the table, but she just sits there and whines. Not my dog, though. She is much smaller but we have to be careful to put the food on something higher than the table.

Congratulations on the Outstanding, Ginny and everybody who got it!


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 6, 2006 3:20 pm (#2967 of 2976)

I am not overly concerned by my dog eating the steak, I found the incident quite amusing especially in light of the fact that my dog has done this before with eight chicken fillets about a month ago and yet my grandmother forgot after saying she never would forget


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 6, 2006 3:28 pm (#2968 of 2976)

I have a friend whose mother once left out, on the counter to defrost, enough ground beef to feed a family of 6 (3 of them teenage boys). They had a big old tom cat who, among other things, liked to defecate in the father's tool box and hang on the screen of the porch door (as a signal that he wanted to come in). During the time my friend's mother was at work, that cat managed to eat the entire bowl of beef. My friend put out more to defrost but at 3 o'clock it didn't stand much chance of thawing (this was before the time of microwaves). Her mother was perplexed when she came home and found the beef hadn't defrosted. To this day, I don't think she knows what happened.


Lina - Oct 6, 2006 3:30 pm (#2969 of 2976)

Lol, Nathan, chicken fillets remind me my first dog. Mum put them on the table. And while she was preparing the vegetables for the lunch, I was feeding my younger daughter, and Kate was around 2. She took the fillets and gave them one by one to the dog. Dog was happy, Kate was happy and by the time we became suspicious of the silence, all the fillets were gone. We could only see the dog waving with his tail and had to go to buy new fillets. The sales lady asked if we were getting some sudden guests? I always like to say that the most dangerous are six legged beasts - a dog in combination with a kid.


Denise P. - Oct 6, 2006 3:34 pm (#2970 of 2976)

When I met Mr. Denise, his family had a mixed breed dog named Misty. Misty was maybe 15 lbs and had the incredibly annoying habit of leaning against your knee at the dinner table and yelping/howling to be fed. I grew up in a house where dogs were banished from the room we ate in so this was a huge annoyance. This same dog once leapt up as my mother in law carried a ham to the table, managed to grab and run off with the ham. Alas, this was not an isolated incident. Same dog unwrapped a box of chocolate covered cherries from under the Christmas tree. She ate the chocolate and spit the cherries out. Amazingly enough, the family kept this dog and continued to allow her free access to everything. Needless to say, when we were married and got a dog, the dogs were banished from the room we ate in.


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 6, 2006 3:49 pm (#2971 of 2976)

When my mom grew up, they had a little rat terrier (same dog that we have now) and she lived 18 years and NEVER ate a lick of dog food. My grandaddy believed that she should eat tha same thing as they did because, there was no point in wasting all that money of dog food. So if they went to Mc Donalds for lunch, they would get her a hamburger just like everyone one elses. I think she ate meals in the laundry room not at the table with everyone else. Pretty cool dog, so now my mom thinks that our dog Pepper, should get people food as well. She mostly eats dog food but she loves to beg at dinner time. It drives me nuts!! I don't want to have her in my face while I'm trying to eat! And of course she's like that becasue my mom caves to her begging. Ack! super annoying! But I'm more of a cat person to begin with. Dogs are just sooo hyper!


LOl Regan! No I really can, but these are dinosaur laptops that they keep in the library, and they are hardly ever used, and if you manage to get one where all the keys still work, they usually stick, thus you get multiple letters! The nice laptops are for class use, and you have to rent them for a certain block of time. These are just checked out of the library so they are horrible. The screens can barely stand up by themselves!


Regan of Gong - Oct 6, 2006 3:58 pm (#2972 of 2976)

Our dog used to be banished from the house. Is it because of the colder weather you all keep yours inside?

Regan has acheived:

Going for a big ride today up and down the escarpmentw ith friends. It should be good, but there's lots of moto's on the tracks and trails we take.

I went and saw an amateur production of Jesus Christ Superstar last night. I don't really know whether it was good or not, because I've never really been to the theatre, and the only musical I ever saw was "The Producers"

I'm glad t o hear thaat Mcsteamay isi staying! I realize that Addison was sthe first one to messs up, but I caaan't help but feel sorry for her. McSsteamy should really make t hings intresting!! i serioussly don't think I can waait for next week!! Maybe we sshould make a GA thread/forum!

Before I read the bottom part, the first thing I thought was "Ginny can't use a laptop"


geauxtigers  - Oct 6, 2006 4:13 pm (#2973 of 2976)

Before I read the bottom part, the first thing I thought was "Ginny can't use a laptop"

LOL regan, the lap tops that we were using and always use in French are terrible. The keys are awful! I kept typing things and sometimes the shirt key wouldn't work, and I'd have to go back 10 times to make it work, then it was the backspace key. THey are aggravating!

LOL at all the dog stories. When I was little, we had a dog. Chirstmas Eve, while we went to church, we left her inside because it was cold. Now we open our presents on Christmas eve, so all the gifts were unwrapped and in the living room. She got into a bag of gummy worms-ate the whole thing! Not to be cheesy, but she was sick as a dog. It was terrible!

My cat once went into the attic. We couldn't get her out, she'd gone into a part that we couldn't get to her. We tried everything, food, treats, you name. You know how we got that cat down? Got a fishing pole, put some bread on it and slung it out there. Sure enough, she can running and we "reeled" her in!

I just woke up from a 2 and a half hour nap! Wooo!


Mediwitch - Oct 6, 2006 5:28 pm (#2974 of 2976)

painting sheila, I heard about that explosion and fire...please take care, and ****SHIELD CHARMS**** to you !

WooHoo! I got an Outstanding! (Dunno how, though! ). First time I got Exceeds Expectations. I would've thought my scores would have been the other way around!

Nathan, that is really funny about your dog, although I'm sure your other family members (the ones missing dinner) may not think so! When I was a kid, we had a dog that ate butter and margarine, wrapper and all. If my mom left a stick on the counter to soften for baking, it was gone, and only a few scraps of the wrapper would be left!

So Tori, do you go catfishing often? Every once in a while, our fire department gets the proverbial cat-in-a-tree call. We always send someone (NOT in a fire truck) to go check it out, but back at the firehouse, we always say we've never seen a skeleton of a cat in a tree yet, so it'll come down when it gets hungry! (By the way, I am a cat lover - we have three!)


geauxtigers  - Oct 6, 2006 6:12 pm (#2975 of 2976)

So Tori, do you go catfishing often?  LOL thankfully no! We lock her in a room when we are up in the attic for long spans of time. We don't want her falling between the walls! She is the reason we can't keep bread on the counter. When she was a kitten, we had the mom cat and 3 kittens. My dad bought some hot dog buns and sat them on the table. We went off and watched tv ect. My dad goes back in the kitchen a little while later and Momma cat and her kiddies were on the floor with the buns chomping away! You would not believe how fast and how much of that they ate!

I just watched last night's Grey's Anatomy again! Now I'm headed to the chat room! Feel free to join me!

EDITI got that last post! I feel special! I didn't even realize we were so close! **is hoping she won't get Kippendo'ed for saying this**


Kip Carter - Oct 6, 2006 6:16 pm (#2976 of 2976)

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 #12 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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12th  Chat and Greeting Thread (6 Oct 06 to 3 Jan 07)
Kip Carter - Oct 6, 2006 6:13 pm  

Edited Jan 6, 2007 3:29 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.

Please Read the Following Four Paragraphs

The four paragraphs below were initially part of the initial post to start the thread that began July 27, 2006 and has just ended; however I have also included them at the beginning of this new chat thread for those who visit this thread for the first time or for those who failed to read this when it was initially posted. - Kip

A lot has changed since this series of threads began. This thread has cemented numerous friendships and has fostered my belief that we are a true, loving, and interesting Forum Family. I read every post on this thread because I feel it conveys really what is happening in our Harry Potter World and it provides priceless information as to where we are heading and what is really important to our Forum Family.

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 post appears to others.

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 6, 2006 6:22 pm (#1 of 2989)        

We always send someone (NOT in a fire truck) to go check it out, but back at the firehouse, we always say we've never seen a skeleton of a cat in a tree yet, so it'll come down when it gets hungry! (By the way, I am a cat lover - we have three!)

LOL I would love to see a firetruck up in a tree trying to save a cat! But you never see that! One of my cats was treed once, but she ended up coming down eventually! No cat skeletons there! I lovee cats soo much! A lot of my friends think that cats are boring, but I don't think so...does that mean I'm boring? Maybe..!

**heads off to the chat room to patiently await Kristina and anyone else who'd like to come**

Oh yeah....Sorry Kip I just have to do this.....FIRST POST!!!!!! OHHH YEAHHH!!! You know we just can't help but brag! Plus I went to reply to this on the last thread, but I got there a tad bit too late!


Tazzygirl - Oct 6, 2006 7:15 pm (#2 of 2989)        

I got the second post!

Went and taught a music lesson at my school today- it was loads of fun! The kids really got into it, and I walked away feeling like it was successful! I taught 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes', and instead of keeping it the same old song, we took out a word one at a time. Kind of like B.I.N.G.O.. Not sure if that makes sense, but there you go.

My brother is leaving on Sunday for Korea- I think I mentioned something about six months ago or so, but now he is officially going! He is super excited. Can't believe he'll be gone for a year. I probably won't get to see him for almost 2 years. I'm excited for him though!

Off to get my nails done!



HungarianHorntail13 - Oct 6, 2006 7:19 pm (#3 of 2989)        

HI everyone!

I'm sorry, I'm too lazy to read the past 700+ posts, but I did read the last page....

I dunno if I said this back in August, but Percy, Trevor, and I caught a 4.5 inch (about 10 cm I think....) crawfish in the brook by our house, and 3 baby newts!

I gave 2 of the newts to my friend, and kept the tiniest, and let Trev name it. He named it Mr. Newt. Of course, we released the crawdaddy back to the brook. I also saw a big tadpole, but couldn't catch it....

Speaking of kitties, there's a stray litter with a mommy running around our neighborhood. We've seen the mommy before, and she's skinny and black. One of my neighbors caught one and gave it shots and a home. He said he named it Peek a Boo, because it would hide in the bushes then run out to him. We think the rest of the litter lives under our neighbor's deck, because that's where everything lives.

I bought Kingdom Hearts, and it's AWESOME! I love RPG's.

I'll be in the chat room for a little while.

Maybe I'll go read more posts....


Edit: I waited to see if I crossposted with anyone else before saying 'I'm #2!', and that was a good choice I suppose.

YAY, #3


Regan of Gong - Oct 6, 2006 9:33 pm (#4 of 2989)        

As tempting as it is to mention I'm number 4, I will not.

That is all.


The giant squid - Oct 7, 2006 2:52 am (#5 of 2989)        

I admire your restraint, Regan. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 464751818

Hmm, twelve Chat & Greeting threads, twelve uses for dragon's blood. Coincidence?

Yeah, probably.



HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 7, 2006 4:57 am (#6 of 2989)        

Hi! Sorry I missed you all on the chats last night. It was well past midnight when I finally got settled so I thought I'd call it an early night. I ended up not able to fall asleep.

I woke up before six and thought I could get some work done on the computer - Trevor woke up shortly after, followed by Olivia and Priscilla. Why is it that they don't need alarms on Saturday???

Mike, if it's not a bother, any opinions on Open Season? I am planning to take them today.

Sheila, hope all is well - that is terrible news! Sending bubble-head charm your way!

Well, it happened. I was outside the other day, asked Mr. HH to take my cell into the house since he was going in. . .he re-delegated it to Olivia and I haven't seen my new-ish very small cell phone since. Oh, and I shut it off before handing it to him.

WOMBAT score was EE. I could not get on via my computer so Olivia was kind enough to print mine out. (Thanks honey! )

Sorry I left out a lot, but I need to feed the hungry kiddies.

**waves all around**


EDIT: LOL, Lina on the 6-legged beasts.

Congrats, Mediwitch on the O! How very Hermoine-ish!!


Regan of Gong - Oct 7, 2006 5:31 am (#7 of 2989)        

I've always thought it would be a good idea to attach something to your keys and stuff which you could ring from a mobile or landline. I quickly googled it, and there's all those ones where you press a button, but nothing where you could call your keys. I reckon that'd be cool.

Squid Mike, in the words of a forgotten movie I'm sure you'll remember, coincidences don't exist.


Madam Pince - Oct 7, 2006 5:38 am (#8 of 2989)        

There ought to be one of those things for TV remote controls, too.

Regan of Gong - Oct 7, 2006 6:00 am (#9 of 2989)        _____________________________________    

Yeah, anything you want really.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 7, 2006 6:12 am (#10 of 2989)        

Remote controls, don't even get me started. Too late! Four TV's (remote x 4), three DVD players (x 3), 3 VCR's (x 3), 2 universal remotes(x2), plus two air conditioners (x 2), total new, 14. Total able to find at any given time, good question!

Have a great day all!


Denise P. - Oct 7, 2006 6:20 am (#11 of 2989)        

They do make clappers and similar things to put on your phone and remotes. After I set my keys on top of my van and then Mr. Denise drove off with them there, I cultivated the habit of always putting my keys in the same place. Once I am home, they go right up on a hook that hangs on a cabinet. Same with the remotes. The last thing I do at night is put the remotes in a central spot.


Catherine - Oct 7, 2006 6:23 am (#12 of 2989)        

I have a friend whose mother once left out, on the counter to defrost, enough ground beef to feed a family of 6 (3 of them teenage boys). They had a big old tom cat who, among other things, liked to defecate in the father's tool box and hang on the screen of the porch door (as a signal that he wanted to come in). During the time my friend's mother was at work, that cat managed to eat the entire bowl of beef. My friend put out more to defrost but at 3 o'clock it didn't stand much chance of thawing (this was before the time of microwaves). Her mother was perplexed when she came home and found the beef hadn't defrosted. To this day, I don't think she knows what happened. --Lupin is Lupin


This is a story for the ages. What a great laugh for Saturday morning.

We had a small terrier mutt who is still legendary in my family. One day, my six year old brother left his lunch plate on a cushion on our screened-in porch, where we were enjoying our lunch (Mum was famous for kicking us out of the house in the summer, and now that I'm a mum, I understand why!!) I wasn't even in the room, but the next thing I know, my brother was bawling to my mother that I had eaten his entire sandwich and his goldfish crackers, too! I protested my innocence, and put my plate down in the kitchen table while we went to investigate the crime scene.

I had to swear up and down that I hadn't eaten my brother's lunch, and then my mum and I returned to the kitchen to retrieve my lunch. Darn if my sandwich and potato chips weren't missing from the plate.

The thief was sitting calmly in her bed with her head on her paws.


Puck - Oct 7, 2006 6:53 am (#13 of 2989)        

**runs in waving madly**

Hello everyone!

I keep meaning to pop in, then get distracted. I'm around, just been busy. I had to drive into the city twice this week to see my doctor. The first was for a regular check. The second because they pushed the wrong button and mis-set my pace maker. (Can't be too mad. He's my "Dr. McDreamy". ) It's over an hour drive each way. Plus, cooking, cleaning, errands, shlepping kids to soccer, dance, Kung Fu and scouts, and preschool. Using the bit of free time I find to work on a quilt and slowly plow through Eragon. I think I'm going to have to go away for a weekend by myself when book 7 comes out, as I'm having a hard time find time to sit and read.

I'll be adding another project to my list. I ordered my son the costume he wanted at Target.com. After a couple of weeks it hadn't arrived, so I tracked the package. It was set to ship on October 31st and arrive in November. Being it was a Halloween costume I ordered in September, I was annoyed that I was told it was on back order. We cancelled, and I'm off to buy fabric and start sewing.

Hope you are all doing well. Happy whatever I missed!


ps- Regan, I'm late saying this, but sorry if I seemed pushy. Just the voice of experience that if a guy goes out of his way like that, it's rarely for friendship.

**wanders off hoping it's not too late to take the Wombat**


Good Evans - Oct 7, 2006 7:53 am (#14 of 2989)        

I fear Puck that you may indeed be too late. I was staggered but oh so pleased with my WOMBAT (an O!). It is printed and displayed proudly on the wall!

went to lunch today with mum and dad for their 40th wedding anniversary (it was back in May but we haven't seen them). We went to Ockenden Manor and it was fabulous. Its a 15th century house that is now a hotel and restaurant. The food and service was excellent and we had a lovely time. WE went off on a bottle of champagne as an aperitif, so that was even better

I am off to my institutes national conference tomorrow so I have to sober up and pack shortly but am looking forward to it. Strengthening and luck charms for Wednesday please folks when I give my address to the conference!

not wishing to boast - but it is a round of posh dinners and receptions this week so need to try hard not to put on too much weight!!!! I shall let you know my "good news" next weekend unless I can get to PC during the week - but it is unlikely - so have a brilliant week everyone and I shall speak to you all again when I return from the metropole at Brighton!

Julie XXXX


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 7, 2006 8:10 am (#15 of 2989)        

After I set my keys on top of my van and then Mr. Denise drove off with them there, I cultivated the habit of always putting my keys in the same place.—Denise

LOL! that makes me think of the time when my best friend set our phone on the back of my dad's car, and then he left for work and we never saw that phone again!

Not much new here! I'm chatting with some of my friends in France right now so I'm trying to follow a few strange conversations, with my trusty French dictionary!

Ok that's all for now! Happy Saturday to everyone!


Chemyst - Oct 7, 2006 8:10 am (#16 of 2989)        

I ran across this as part of my regular muggle life, but something Holly posted a few weeks ago about her son reading along with audio books made me think maybe some of the folks who post here might be interested too. Most of you have probably heard of Project Gutenberg where thousands of out-of-copyright books are free online; well, the concept has expanded to audio books too.
http://literalsystems.org/abooks/index.php — to download, and
http://librivox.org/ — to volunteer to do some of the reading.


Finn BV - Oct 7, 2006 9:57 am (#17 of 2989)        

Hi everybody! I didn't read the last 140 posts on the old chat thread, because I've had a dreadfully busy week. I had a BioChem test on Thursday, and an in-class history essay, math test, and latin quiz right in a row yesterday! I had to restrain myself from really posting too much on the forum because I had so much to study.

But now, I have a day off on Monday (yay Columbus!), and I'm going to try and get all my homework done today so I have tomorrow and our holiday to do whatever I want!

Additionally, we had our "Mayor's Cup" meet today (special because it's Saturday), and I medaled, but placed 23… First time out of the top 5 since seventh grade. Ah, well, there were way more schools than we ever race against, so if you only count the schools that we do run against, I got 2nd, so hooray! It was a lot of fun, there were at least 1000 people either running or spectating. There was an announcer too, so my name/school was called as I ran past the finish line.

Happy RotD!


Puck - Oct 7, 2006 11:15 am (#18 of 2989)        

Darn-and-double-darn! I missed the open door!

See what happens when I stay away from the forum to be responsible? Must sort my priorities!

**Goes off sulking that Jo opened the door during the only time in months that I take an holiday from the internet.**


Tazzygirl - Oct 7, 2006 11:31 am (#19 of 2989)        

**Waves madly to Puck** I was just thinking yesterday that you've disappeared from the Forum again!

Catherine- that is too funny! Animals are amazing, aren't they?

Maria- I hope your phone appears soon!

Nothing much going on for me today. Run a couple errands, get to the pile of homework that accumulated while I was sick. Sounds like a plan to me!

Oh! For all of you Grey's Anatomy watchers- virginiaelizabeth, geauxtigers, and I created a Forum devoted to Grey's. We figured since we kind of almost take over many posts each week on it, we might as well start a Forum. Plus, we felt we were veeeeery close to not following Rules of the HP Forum. Which is not good. The link is at the bottom of my profile, if anyone is interested in taking a look!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



geauxtigers - Oct 7, 2006 12:40 pm (#20 of 2989)        

AUBURN LOST!!!!!!!!! They lost to Arkansas! I'm freaking out! If yall remember my previous rant about the Auburn referees calling a 100% biased game when they played LSU causing us to loose! Well I'm just happy that the # 2 team in the country won't be there for long!

Well I got to go, LSU vs. Florida is about to start! **cracks knuckles and gets game face on** LSU=# 1 defense in the country, yall should watch some gators get made into gumbo! (They really do that here! They use alligator meat instead of the normal chicken ect) We are going to pound them to PULP!!!!

Okay, gotta go cheer for my tigers!

Oh and the Grey's forum is pretty sweet! Check it out!

Welcome Back Puck! I was wondering where you'd gone!

Have a great Saturday, its a brillant blue sky and wonderful temperatures! And Arkansas beat Auburn. Its a good day!


Madam Pince - Oct 7, 2006 1:04 pm (#21 of 2989)        

Congratulations on your track win, Finn! (hey, a rhyme!)

Also congratulations to Tazzy, Ginny, and Tori on your new Forum -- somehow, I could smell that one coming a mile away! LOL!

I want Good Evans' job. Doesn't it seem like she's always going off to posh dinners and receptions? Have fun and enjoy yourself, Julie!

Denise, I try to do the "put things back in the same place all the time" too, but somehow, somebody always re-locates them, or else puts something on top of them. This sort of thing never happened when it was just me and the cat. . . Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1242194059


The giant squid - Oct 7, 2006 1:41 pm (#22 of 2989)        

Maria: I can't offer any opinions on Open Season, as our theater didn't get it. From what I've heard, though, it's not that good. Very young children will like it, older kids will be bored & parents will be annoyed. I guess we've all been spoiled by the likes of Ice Age and Over The Hedge.

I'm very conscious about where I put my keys as well. We have a "neighborhood" mailbox, so I have to walk half a block and open a lock to get my mail every day. One day I apparently left the key in the lock. Unfortunately, that ring also had my house key and car key on it (thankfully I'd just put my work keys on a separate ring a couple days prior). Of course by the time I realized this & went to check, the keys were gone. The good news is that the house numbers aren't posted on the boxes, but we changed the lock on our front door anyway just in case.

After that I always make sure my keys are in my pocket. It's to the point now where I feel funny if we valet park our car because they have the keys & I don't. I need to get a spare car key for just such an occasion...



Lina - Oct 7, 2006 2:01 pm (#23 of 2989)        

Maria, TBE, what is the problem with finding the cellular or the remote? Why don't you just use Accio? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042

***Sending Kathy a timeturner***

***Sending Julie (GE) strengthening charms and few spoons of Felix Felicis***


legolas returns - Oct 7, 2006 3:10 pm (#24 of 2989)        

Hi all I have been away staying at my parents in Edinburgh for 5 days. I went up for my friends 30 birthday party . Her Dad was being host for the evening and he seemed to be offended by any empty glasses-hee hee. His idea of a drink was 90% alcohol and 10% mix-ok thats probably a slight exageration maybe 50%/50%. Just a little bit on the strong side . Had to take it a little easy on the day after the party . I seemed to have spent most nights in the pub.

Did the usual family stuff as well. Mum and Dad were glad to have their wee girl home! Did not get a chance to check the forum while I was away because I was doing lots of stuff in the day. Missed the Wombats :grr:. I cooked dinner a couple of nights. I must be doing something wrong-ha ha. The concentration of Arsenic cant be quite correct because everyone wants me to cook for them . I guess people build up a resistance over time . Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042

The flight home from Edinburgh was a total nightmare. At the airport they had decided to amalgamate a number of flights together-I have not flown with them for a long time and probably wont fly with them again. We had to wait for the other passengers. This delayed us. They then told us about 30 minutes after we were due to have taken off that there was too many bags on the plane. The ground staff tried to sort out the baggage but they couldnt. We had to get off the plane in the pouring rain and identify our baggage. They flung the bags back on the plane. They damaged my bag in the process. When finally took off and by the time we had landed all public transport had ceased as it was almost the witching hour (midnight). I had to take a taxi home it cost £23. I have written to complain and ask if they will pay for my taxi/bag because I don’t  see why I should have to pay because they were too stupid to get the bags correct and too tight fisted that they could not run smaller planes if they knew that they were not going to be full. Its all very well offering cheap flights but if they mess up like that its better to pay more and arrive on time

Hee hee back at work for a holiday . My liver needs one as well. I have not been too I have been out in the pub a couple of times since I got back. I am trying to be more sensible having a glass of water between drinks. Believe it or not I don’t  really drink that much except when I go home to Edinburgh. Sometimes I don’t  drink for weeks.

I am just going to have to hit the magic button because there are far too many posts to catch up with.

If you have been ill-healing charms to you. Cheering charms to those that need it. To all .


Tazzygirl - Oct 7, 2006 3:23 pm (#25 of 2989)        

LOL, Madam P! Don't know what gave you that idea!

Sydney and Nathaniel have formed the bad habit of putting everything into bags and buckets and boxes... I have lost my watch that way, and then it reappears several days later. That also happened to my keys. I don't know how they got ahold of the watch or keys, but there you go! LOL Sharper Image has that thing where you can attach a beeper thingy to your keys and if you lose them, beep the receiver and you'll find your keys again.

Glad to hear you had a fun trip, Legolas! Sorry to hear about your trip back and about your luggage. (((hugs))) to you!

I am in the process of trying to write a lesson plan up for a lesson I have to teach on Tuesday. Soooooo not fun. Oh well!



Regan of Gong - Oct 7, 2006 4:01 pm (#26 of 2989)        

Yeah, I looked at those ones, but you're just as likely to lose the beeper.

Watched "The Benchwarmers" last night. I know it was terrible, but I haven't laughed so much for ages, nor have I liked Rob Schneider that much.

It's alright Puck, I just like to put in some effort rather than chuck $20 in a card. Created gifts are more personal than money and stuff. Oh yeah, and it keeps the options open.


boop - Oct 7, 2006 5:04 pm (#27 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 7, 2006 6:10 pm

Kathy, sounds like you have been busy. Good to see you around.

Julie(GE), I am sending you strengthening charms. We look forward to hearing your good news.

Legolas returns, welcome back. Sounds like you had a nice visit.

Have a great weekend everyone.

hugs always


Edit: Welcome all New Forum Members!!


Puck - Oct 7, 2006 5:16 pm (#28 of 2989)        

I want Good Evans' job. Doesn't it seem like she's always going off to posh dinners and receptions? Have fun and enjoy yourself, Julie!

Madame Pince, just try to think of it as "une fois avec fromage". (If my high school French class serves me well, this is a grilled cheese sandwhich.) The correct presentation and anything can be "haut cuisine".

Legolas, I'm also sulking about missing the W.O.M.B.A.T.. Is there a place where we can at least take a peek at the questions?

(Notice I'm here alot today, in fear of missing anything else.)

Thanks for the time turner, Lina. Unfortunately, it's broken. Alas, earwax.



Mediwitch - Oct 7, 2006 5:21 pm (#29 of 2989)        

Lina: Maria, TBE, what is the problem with finding the cellular or the remote? Why don't you just use Accio?

Ah, you beat me to it!

**Joins in waving to Kathy**

Good luck on your lesson plan, Kristina! I'm glad you had fun in your music class.

It was a beautiful fall day today, so Mr. Mediwitch and I went for a walk in the state forest behind our new land. We had a wonderful afternoon, and we might take another one tomorrow! There are loads of trails and fire roads through the forest, so we'll have lots of options.


geauxtigers - Oct 7, 2006 6:13 pm (#30 of 2989)        

GRRRR! Tigers lost, that was embarrassing... every time they got something going, they threw an interception. Ah well at least its over.

Glad you had fun leglaos!

"une fois avec fromage".

LOL I was thinking it meant "One time with cheese"....But thats a literal translation. So grilled cheese sounds about right! **looks in Audrey's direction**


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 7, 2006 6:20 pm (#31 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 7, 2006 7:38 pm

I think we have an inventor in our midst. ***looks in Regan's direction*** Come on, sit down and draft something up - I bet it would be interesting.

Whenever I enter my house, I put my phone on the baker's rack just inside the door. I specifically asked Mr. HH to do so for me. I know, I know - I should have simply held onto it, (hindsight is 20/20) but I didn't have pockets, as I'd been biking and I was concerned I might drop it accidentally (I am known to have clumsy moments). Usually, if Mr. HH and I are separated in a store and he hears a crash, he automatically assumes it's me. Most of the time, he's right.

Chemyst, thanks for the links - they're great. And I keep forgetting to mention that I liked your homework perspective.

From what I've heard, though, it's not that good. Very young children will like it, older kids will be bored & parents will be annoyed. Mike, you pretty much nailed it. See, that's why we bug you! Thanks!

LOL Lina and Mediwitch!

Kathy, pass me the timeturner when you're finished with it, will you please?

Finn, Olivia is in her first year of Latin. She said the professor reminds her of Professor Binns. Is this your first year?

Have fun, GE, while we wait it out for your news.



Mediwitch - Oct 7, 2006 6:31 pm (#32 of 2989)        

HH11: Usually, if Mr. HH and I are separated in a store and he hears a crash, he automatically assumes it's me. Most of the time, he's right.

I knew I liked you! I'm pretty clumsy myself sometimes - I'm forever banging off of doorjambs and into furniture. Maybe we're related to Tonks!


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 7, 2006 7:12 pm (#33 of 2989)        

I'm forever banging off of doorjambs and into furniture. LOL! I generally have a constant bruise on both shins from running into things like coffee tables, and other low set things. I've broken fingers before by clipping corners in the house while running at full speed. I'm such a graceful person!

It's a Saturday night and I have nothing to do. I'm bored. Well as any true Potty would do, I'm reading GoF, but I have that ansy feeling like I need to move so I've basically messed up the covers on my bed! Oh well.

Happy Saturday night!


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 7, 2006 7:48 pm (#34 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 7, 2006 8:22 pm

LOL! I have bruised hips from rounding corners, bumps on my head from hitting the same overhead fan that has been in my kitchen for 15 years, so, yeah, kind of clumsy, I am, I am. The odd part is that no one asks if I'm okay, they just kind of roll their eyes - and move their breakables. Hmm, I wonder if there's a connection between that and my poor memory. . .

Broken fingers by clipping corners – OUCH! Ooh, Giny, that sounds awful! I once dropped a vacuum cleaner handle on my big toe and broke it. I wouldn't take anything for the pain because I was expecting Priscilla. I remember the pain, though - I thought I was going to be sick for around three days - in addition to the pregnancy nausea. Was it Starling who did something similar? Notice I never laughed. . .

EDIT: You reminded me, Mediwitch, that Priscilla walked right into a doorjamb head first last week. She was reading and walking and was quite surprised at the end result. She had this strange vertical red line right down the center of her forehead for 3 days. I broke the bad news to her that it seems as though she has some of my genes in there after all. (They all look like their dad.)

Tigers lost, that was embarrassing. . .  Sounds like my Raiders.


geauxtigers - Oct 7, 2006 8:18 pm (#35 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 7, 2006 9:03 pm

I'm always brusing my hips. Doorknobs, countertops, they are all perfectly lined up with my hip bones. They stay bruised. I'm pretty clumsy too, I tend to trip over my own feet a lot, but the plus side to that is that I've done it so much, I'm really good at catching myself before I fall. I'm the person that everyone sticks their foot out when I'm walking because they know they can trip me up. You'd think I'd figured it out by now, but nooooo!

I've never broken a bone, maybe a toe a few times, but I don't think it was actually broken. I have a friend who all in one year got pneumonia twice, mono once, broke her toe a week before our dance recital, then had her costume fall down during the recital (she somehow managed to catch it with her chin), then broke her arm in 2 places when she fell off a folding chair, (I was right behind her, but I jumped off before she fell). She spent the whole summer in a cast. This was roughly December through May. That was not her best year! So everytime I think I'm being clumsy, I remember back to our 5th grade year! LOL

Guess what!???? The Yankees are OUT of the play-offs! **does happy dance** And Tennesee just beat Georgia 51-33-at home! Wow! And Arkansas beat Auburn...Everything about this day was good until me Tigers lost...ahhh well when the gators come to our house next year, we will skin them and make some alligator boots and some gumbo...we will-I promise!

Ahhhh Saturday night, I'm bored, there’s nothing to do! I really want to read, but I can't sit still! I'm all antsy and there’s nothing to do! AHHH! You know when you're bored, but everything you can do, you don't want to?

Hope everyone has a nice evening!

EDIT: I thought they only did that on The Waterboy. LOL well 90% of the water boy isn't true! No one drives air boats or talk like Bobby Bouche! LOL! People do cook alligator when tailgating everytime we play Florida. I think most of its chicken though..lol! It does not taste like chicken like everyone thinks! I for one have never seen an alligator except in the zoo! The Waterboy is one of my favorite movies even though is pokes fun in everyway imaginable at the people here! What can I say! All states have rednecks and wackos! Right?!


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 7, 2006 8:24 pm (#36 of 2989)        

well when the gators come to our house next year, we will skin them and make some alligator boots and some gumbo

I thought they only did that on The Waterboy.


Holly T. - Oct 7, 2006 8:49 pm (#37 of 2989)        

Welcome back Kathy!

I was online checking the sports scores and saw that LSU lost and wanted to come send my sympathies to Ginny and Tori.

We took advantage of practically everyone in Austin being either in Dallas for the Texas-Oklahoma game or out somewhere watching the game and went to the new art museum. My son went there with summer camp and I hadn't been there yet so he gave me the grand tour--he likes "the multicolored blobs that make you dizzy when you look at them" and not "the boring pictures of people." We also went to the grocery store while the game was still going on, but it was still pretty crowded, not as crowded as it will be tomorrow afternoon, though.

I forgot what else I wanted to say! I guess I need to go to bed now. :-)


painting sheila - Oct 7, 2006 9:51 pm (#38 of 2989)        

hey everyone. I missed so much in just one day!

The gas cloud is gone - yeah! It has rained since yesterday morning so the rain "scrubbed" the chlorine out of the air. I am worried about the water runoff and what it will do to the wildlife and vegetation. The Environmental Protection Agency says they will monitor everything for a while. Thanks to all of you for your concern and charms. They all worked!!

I love all of your pet stories!! (I know I am going back several posts - sorry!) We had a cat once that had babies. My husband was sitting on the couch petting the mom - the babies were in their little nest - and he made this squeaky sound with his mouth. The momma cat thought he had one of her babies in his mouth! She pounced on his chest and when he opened his mouth to laugh she stuck her head all the way in to find her baby! She wouldn't calm down until we took her to her babies and had her count and smell them all!

I am always losing stuff - Like today - I went through the drive through at Wendy's to get a salad for my dinner between shows tonight. I knew I wouldn't have time to run and get something and I really wanted to just sit and relax instead of hustle and choke down food. Anyway, I ordered and paid for it. Thank the young lady very nicely and drove off without my food! I didn't realize it until I was at work and went to put it in the 'frig to keep it cold! I am almost too embarrassed to go back and explain what happened - I am sure they are still laughing at me!

Monday is the start of Spirit Week at school. The first day is "Dress Like a Super Hero Day". My two daughters and their friend all have names that start with "K" so they are going as K Cubed. At this very moment my kitchen is being torn apart while feathers, foam shapes, sharpies, rhinestones, and glitter are being glued to capes, shirts and crowns. I am not looking forward the Throw Back Thursday.

It is late and I am tired. I am going to bed and leaving the gluers to themselves - if I find them all glued together in the morning - well, we will go from there.

Welcome to all of the new members!!!

Have a great day -



Madam Pince - Oct 7, 2006 10:04 pm (#39 of 2989)        

Welcome back, Sheila! Glad everything seems to be OK after the fire and all -- sounded quite scary! (LOL about the mama cat and the Wendy's salad -- I have done the same thing at the grocery store that you did at Wendy's. )

Maria, I plan to don my fancy duds and glittery shoes the next time I make grilled cheese fromage!

You guys talking about bumping into things and such -- I once broke my toe just getting up off the couch to answer the phone. I was barefoot and it sort of "caught" on the carpet and bent back the wrong way. So graceful. My main talent, though, is burning myself when getting things out of the oven... sigh...

Condolences to the girls on the LSU loss. Your Cajun stories reminded me of once when I was in New Orleans -- we went over to Houma to do a bayou tour with a Cajun tour guide and we saw tons of alligators (not real big ones, more like 5-6 feet or less.) Then when we got back to the camp for our gumbo feast, the one guide said "Come over here and let me show you something" and opened the lid to one of those big huge Coleman coolers. It had a freshly severed alligator head in it, and just the head was about four feet long! I jumped back so fast -- it scared the stuffing out of me! The guy just laughed and said "That's what we call a Cajun divorce!" (I have yet to this day to figure out what he meant by that exactly, but I don't think I want to know...) He had been commissioned to kill that particular 'gator because it was eating livestock and stuff, and he said it was 17 feet long! ***shudders*** Don't know if he was exaggerating or not -- that seems awfully big, but that head was monstrous, and the teeth were huge! I am not fond of alligators or crocodiles -- they are too prehistoric and evil-looking for me!

We were supposed to go to my Mom's this weekend, but Little Pince developed a cold yesterday afternoon, so he and I are staying home, while Mr. Pince went on by himself to get some work done at the cabin. No doubt I will pick up the cold just in time for our camping trip next weekend... Oh, and it stopped raining here -- immediately after the soccer league made the decision to re-schedule picture day. Typical.

Hope everyone has a great weekend -- enjoy the Monday off if you get to celebrate Columbus Day! Oh, and yes indeedy welcome to all the new members!

virginiaelizabeth - Oct 7, 2006 10:32 pm (#40 of 2989)        

The guy just laughed and said "That's what we call a Cajun divorce!" (I have yet to this day to figure out what he meant by that exactly, but I don't think I want to know...

LoL Well if it makes you feel any better, I have no clue what he meant by that either! Did you get to hold a baby alligator on the tour? We have a place close by, where they rubber band the mouth closed and let people hold them! It's pretty cool! Interesting fact about alligators: You could literately hold their mouth closed using only 2 fingers, because the muscles used to open their mouth's is extremely weak. It's when they close their mouth's that they are dangerous! As for Crocs...not so sure the same goes for them! I've only eaten gator once, and it wasn't really anything special to me. It was good, but not really something that I'd ever get worked up over. I think most people feel that way about it. How did you like the gumbo?

**more sheild charms to Sheila and everyone in that area**

**healing charms to little Pince!** Has he asked for a pepper up potion yet?!

I'm going to sleep! Night everyone!

EDIT: Post 40! how cool!


Madam Pince - Oct 7, 2006 10:53 pm (#41 of 2989)        

The gumbo was delicious, not too hot & spicy. We were told that only "touristy" places make the red-hot-as-fire spicy stuff -- real Cajun food is spiced, but not so you can't even eat it. We had great gumbo, and several bushels of freshly-caught shrimp, too. And no, I did not touch a baby alligator -- wasn't offered the opportunity, and wouldn't have done it if they had! Yuck!

I don't think Little Pince knows about pepper-up potion -- LOL! He did ask for chicken soup, though. "Mom, I think I'm getting sick. Would you make me some chicken soup?" Sad to say, I didn't believe him at first, because he has never before let me know ahead of time if he feels sick -- I thought he was just play-acting a book we'd just read called Get Well, Good Knight where the knight has to get soup for the sick dragons. But alas, he was actually really sick.

Oh and that reminds me -- thanks a lot also to whomever recommended the book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. I used up three tissues and had the devil of a time explaining why I was boo-hooing over a kid's bedtime story!


Tazzygirl - Oct 7, 2006 11:37 pm (#42 of 2989)        

Madam P.: thanks a lot also to whomever recommended the book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

I love that book! My mom used to read that to us all the time, and in my Senior yearbook, in the back, my parents put in a baby picture of my brother and me and put the saying from the book under it. **sniff** (it's that section of the yearbook reserved for parents to write encouragement and congratulation notes) It's such a good book!!



Solitaire - Oct 8, 2006 12:40 am (#43 of 2989)        

LOL Tazzy! Please don't hate me, but I am SO SICK of Love You Forever! I suppose my dislike comes from hearing it recited in a sing-songy voice about a million times over the past 16 years in local and regional Oral Language Festivals. Ugh! Every year it haunts my nightmares for several nights after the younger kids' competition. If I never, EVER hear it again, I won't be sad!

On that note ... it has been a wild week! I've been so swamped with lesson planning, grading, cluster-testing my language arts classes (preparing, administering, and grading them), and reading/preparing assignments for the class I am taking ... that the other night I fell asleep with the back door open--just the screen was latched--and didn't wake up until 5:15 a.m.! I'd put the dogs out after they ate, around 9 p.m. It's a good thing I live in a safe neighborhood.

Today I sat in class from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. We got off a half hour early, because we all brought our lunches and just ate right there and continued to work. We only have two more Saturdays to go, but I am really concerned about that final exam. It is supposed to take about 4 hours, which is scary enough! I'm glad we will have an extra month or so to get our portfolios together ... although I think most of those at our school site are going to hand them in on the day of the final. I just don't think I will be done yet.

My hat is off in humble admiration of those who must teach, go to school for still more classes, and raise their families at the same time ... for a period of several years. I am managing only because I know this weekend class will be over at the end of the month. My preparation load alone is twice as heavy this year as it was last year without the weekend class, and my grading load has increased about 50%. It will be nice to return to my "normal" schedule of just grading papers all weekend! Not really ... it won't be nice at all!

I miss the forum! Congratulations and best wishes to all who have celebrated important milestones and events over the past few weeks. Healing charms to all who need them. I hope to be back on the threads before too long.



Tazzygirl - Oct 8, 2006 1:02 am (#44 of 2989)        

**strengthening charms** to you, Soli! You sound definitely busy! Good luck with the class and the exams! LOL about the book! I haven't heard it in about 5 years, so I haven't managed to get sick of it yet!

I think I am going to call it an early night and go to bed. Actually, it's not really early for me, 10 pm.



The giant squid - Oct 8, 2006 3:25 am (#45 of 2989)        

All states have rednecks and wackos! Right?!—geauxtigers

Well, some more than others, but yes. As Jeff Foxworthy puts it, a redneck is someone with "A glorious lack of sophistication." I'm pretty sure my entire family has fallen into that category at one time or another.

As for the clumsiness topic...I'm not that bad (hush, Marie!) but I have a coworker who has a plethora of scars from work. It's a running joke that any time she gets behind the concession counter she'll end up hurting something. Sure enough, she was back there tonight & ended up getting burned on the popper twice. The second time was because a hot unpopped kernel jumped out of the popper & went down the front of her shirt! Sadly, I missed the dance that must have followed... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042



legolas returns - Oct 8, 2006 3:32 am (#46 of 2989)        

Mike-Shouldn’t she be banned from going behind the concession counter for her own safety? Otherwise she should wear a fire proof suit.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 8, 2006 5:10 am (#47 of 2989)        

LOL Tazzy! Please don't hate me, but I am SO SICK of Love You Forever!---Solitaire

You're not alone, Solitaire. Although, unlike you, I couldn't stand that book from the moment I first read it. I understand people love it--different strokes and all that but 'weird' is the most conservative word I could use to describe it.


Catherine - Oct 8, 2006 6:10 am (#48 of 2989)        

LOL Tazzy! Please don't hate me, but I am SO SICK of Love You Forever!---Solitaire

You're not alone, Solitaire. Although, unlike you, I couldn't stand that book from the moment I first read it. I understand people love it--different strokes and all that but 'weird' is the most conservative word I could use to describe it. --Lupin is Lupin

Count Mr. Catherine and me in the "I hated the book from the get go" club. Unfortunately, Claire adored that book, and I can't count the number of times we had to read it. The uncle who gifted her with the book is expecting his first child in January, and there is a baby shower next week for the happy couple. Perhaps I should return the favor and give them that book? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042

I have to finish my packing for camp today by buying new work gloves and some knee pads. Fortunately, Mr. Catherine is a "camping" kind of guy, and he has most of what I need for the school trip.

We had a school fair Friday night, and there was a dunking booth. I had a fabulous time dunking the administrator who issued the decree that I must go to camp with my students. The 10th grader running the attraction allowed me to stand three feet in front of the booth before throwing the ball. It was most satisfying. I also dunked the upper school English teacher, much to the delight of all her students!

Finally, I must admit that I slipped in my WOMBAT performance. I only Exceeded Expectations this time around instead of getting an O. **pouts**

**waves to everyone**


Puck - Oct 8, 2006 6:41 am (#49 of 2989)        

Guess what!???? The Yankees are OUT of the play-offs!

Thanks for the good news!

Clumsy? Me? Nope, not at all. Who told you that? (Perhaps the friends who laughed at me for breaking a toe falling UP the stairs in college. I knew it hurt, but it took me several days to realize it was actually broken. In the meantime I had been to dance class as well as aerobics.) When I first started teaching preschool my knees were always bruised, as that's how high the tables were.

Mike, you should show more sympathy for your co-workers.

Taking the kiddies on a hike today. Got to go get ready.

Happy RotD!



Pigwidgeon - Oct 8, 2006 7:24 am (#50 of 2989)        

*coming out of lurkdom/forced hiatus due to school*

Don't know if anyone's posted this yet, but... for those in the Cleveland area, the Great Lakes Science Center is showing GOF on their OMNIMAX screen October 13 through November 19. They also have three special "Harry Potter" themed days (probably remembering what happened the last time they did this, with PoA, where tickets sold like World Series Quidditch passes) on Oct. 21, 27 and 28. Alas, earwax, I highly doubt I'll be able to make it due to school and other comittments, but thought some Buckeyes might have fun.
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Madam Pince - Oct 8, 2006 8:36 am (#51 of 2989)        

Awwww... you guys have no sentimentality at all! Of course, it was the first time I'd ever read the book, so maybe that was part of it, and plus I'm older and have an older Mom, so that enters into it too, I'm sure. (The same general reason that I still cry every time I hear a song about a father "giving away" his daughter at a wedding, because my Dad had already passed away when I was married, so I didn't get to experience that... I actually had to leave a wedding reception once when they got to the father-daughter dance part... ) There's some country song about a mother comforting her child when they have to move to a new neighborhood, and then it goes on through the stages of life (something about "everything changes, nothing stays the same,") kind of like this book, and I'm always a wreck by the end of it...

I did think it was kind of strange when the very elderly Mom climbed up the ladder to sneak into her grown son's room to rock him to sleep, but hey... I just let it slide and called it artistic license to finish out the story neatly... Wish I could fit the words to an actual tune so I could really sing it instead of just do the little sing-songy voice like Solitaire was talking about!

Mike, thanks for the laugh and the mental picture of your co-worker! Poor unlucky girl! Ouch!

Don't trip over any boulders on your hike today, Puck!

***waves to Pigwidgeon*** Hope school is going well!

***Strengthening Charms*** to Solitaire and her workload!

Loopy, the AP article called the Cavaliers "offensively challenged" in the story about the East Carolina game. I thought that was being pretty nice of them, actually... there are lots of other terms I was thinking of...


Winky Woo - Oct 8, 2006 9:17 am (#52 of 2989)        

Hi Guys

I am having the Birthday from hell.

Sitting here feeling miserable and sorry for myself. Am I the only one who hates Birthdays?



Starling - Oct 8, 2006 9:22 am (#53 of 2989)        

Are you having the birthday from hell because it's your birthday? Or is someone else causing it to be the birthday from hell?

If it's the first, chin up, it's a great excuse for a knees up! No use being miserable, you're still going to be a year older, whether you mope or not. You can just as well make the best of it. *donates vat of butterbeer to the cause*.

*hangs big banner across thread*



Solitaire - Oct 8, 2006 9:30 am (#54 of 2989)        

Awwww, cheer up, Winky!
Happy Birthday!



HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 8, 2006 9:48 am (#55 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday, Winky Woo!!

Come now, Winky Woo! You have so much to look forward to! And remember, having another birthday is better than the alternative! I can't imagine Mr. Winky-to-be doesn't have something planned?? (Yikes, why did Ace Ventura just cross my mind?)

Any story that serves as a reminder of how quickly they grow sends me straight for the tissues. I agree with Madam Pince - LOL about the artistic license. I thought the same. Have the book, don't read the story to them - it is too depressing. I'll stick with Sam's Sandwich and No, David!, etc.

Kristina, how is your lesson plan coming along?


PS No phone yet.


Finn BV - Oct 8, 2006 10:06 am (#56 of 2989)        

Legolas, glad you enjoyed (most of) your trip. Good luck with the complaint letters!

Puck, visit the Lexicon's WOMBAT page!

Finn, Olivia is in her first year of Latin. She said the professor reminds her of Professor Binns. Is this your first year? –Maria

No, my fourth. And my first year teacher was the absolute opposite of Binns!! He was British, and an Oxford scholar… but one of the best teachers I have ever had! He is funny and cynical, and pretends he doesn't like his job, but everybody pays attention and still learns a lot. Sorry our professors don't match up…

Wow, Sheila, I skipped a bunch of posts so -- glad everything is okay in the aftermath of the fire!

Healing charms to Little Pince!

Guess what!???? The Yankees are OUT of the play-offs!

That's something bright to start my day.

**has never heard of Love You Forever**

Hope to see you back full-time soon, Pigwidgeon!

Come on Winky, birthdays are the best!! Go do something exciting: throw down the work and enjoy the gorgeous day (at least it's nice on this side of the pond, dunno where you are). Go out to dinner, go see a movie, go to a museum, have fun!!

Enjoy the RotD!


Puck - Oct 8, 2006 10:08 am (#57 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 8, 2006 10:46 am


I'm fine with birthdays, as they usually come with cake.

My mom gave me the book The Christmas Shoes a couple of years back. I haven't been able to bring myself to read it. I can't even get through the song on the radio. For those who aren't familiar, it's about a little boy counting out coins to buy his mom shoes. He wants her to have something nice to wear, as she'll be traveling to Heaven. (Okay, eyes are welling up just typing this.)

Don't worry Madame Pince, I'll be on the easy trail with my girls. Mr. Puck is taking my son down the chasm with all the big rocks.


edit: Thanks Finn!


Chemyst - Oct 8, 2006 10:34 am (#58 of 2989)        

Shelia – great story about your squeaking husband. Please thank him for helping start my day with a laugh.

Awwww... you guys have no sentimentality at all! ... it goes on through the stages of life
Are you all talking about the book with the cover where the kid is sitting on the bathroom floor playing with toilet paper? That picture was so depressing; I didn't want to deal with any messes so I judged it by its cover and never read it.   ...and Finn, if that is the book I'm thinking of, you are probably both too young (not yet parenthood) and too old (way past babyhood) to have heard of it.

Have a Cheerful Day, Winky


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 8, 2006 10:40 am (#59 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday Winky!!!!!

Come on! Birthday's are the best excuse in the world to eat cake, ice cream, and make people do stuff for you! Relax and enjoy it! It only happens once a year!

I've never heard of Love you Forever either... but I have heard of The Christmas Shoes song on the radio...realllyyy super sad and a major tear-jerker.

It's been a gorgeous weekend here.  Cloudless skies and the temps have been low. My mom wants me and Tori to carve pumpkins today. I think they'll rot by the time we reach Halloween though, it hasn't officially cooled off to where we can be sure of that!

Mommy made cabbage rolls this morning and they are now in the oven, so we are forced to smell them all day and fantasize about eating them! My cousins are coming over to eat later tonight so that should be funn. It means that I have to clean my room and get my homework done early though....

Have a great Sunday everyone!


geauxtigers - Oct 8, 2006 10:41 am (#60 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday Winky!

I have never heard of that book...

Nice boring Sunday here...nothing to do!

Lots of homework....

Have a great day everyone!


kaykay1970 - Oct 8, 2006 10:42 am (#61 of 2989)        



Julie Aronson - Oct 8, 2006 11:01 am (#62 of 2989)        

Happy birthday, Winky!!! There's nothing so bad you can't vent to the forum about. If you're concerned that it's not forum-friendly and want to get it off your chest, my e-mail is in my profile and I'll promise a sympathetic ear...



Finn BV - Oct 8, 2006 11:13 am (#63 of 2989)        

Thanks, Chemyst. I'll wait another 10-15 years and when I've found it I'll think of this thread.


juliebug - Oct 8, 2006 11:42 am (#64 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday Winky!

And cheer up. With the wedding just around the corner, you're bound to have some very happy days coming soon.


Lina - Oct 8, 2006 12:41 pm (#65 of 2989)        

Happy birthday, Winky! Come on, it is your last birthday without the wedding ring, you have to enjoy it! At least by going through the plans for the wedding.

That was a cute story about the mama cat looking for her kitten. I hope your hubby wasn't hurt, Sheila. And some Reparo charms to the ground in your area.


legolas returns - Oct 8, 2006 12:45 pm (#66 of 2989)        

Happy birthday winky. Big hug better. Hope your day gets better.


Tazzygirl - Oct 8, 2006 1:00 pm (#67 of 2989)        

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WINKY WOO!! I hope your day brightens up!

Finished the lesson plan at 9 last night. Feel bad, as my teacher was expecting it much earlier. Oh well.

My brother is currently boarding a plane to Korea! Won't hear from him for about 2 weeks- his computer is still enroute, and arrives 2 weeks after him. Talked to him on the phone just a moment ago, and he sounded very excited!

Have a fantastic day everyone!



Julie Aronson - Oct 8, 2006 1:31 pm (#68 of 2989)        


Here's wishing your brother a safe and enjoyable trip!



boop - Oct 8, 2006 1:51 pm (#69 of 2989)        

Solitaire, Good to see you around. Sounds like you have been super busy.

Catherine, Good luck with your camping trip.

April, Good to see you around. I hope your classes are all going well for you.

Winky, Happy Birthday, (((BIG HUGS))) to you, have a wonderful day.

Have a great Sunny everyone!

hugs always



Lilly P - Oct 8, 2006 2:13 pm (#70 of 2989)        

Happy birthday Winky! we are visiting friends at Fort Bragg for the weekend, we were going to go to the Ashboro zoo, but it has rained us out so we watched the Giant's game and now are watching NASCAR, not a fan, but hubby is so it's a compromise for going out to sushi tonight! it's all about compromise after all! have a great rest of the weekend everyone!


Finn BV - Oct 8, 2006 2:28 pm (#71 of 2989)        

Kristina, best of luck to your brother in Korea! What's he doing there?

Lilly, we love Fort Bragg, we stayed there summer of 2005. Have fun there!


Denise P. - Oct 8, 2006 2:30 pm (#72 of 2989)        

Love You Forever was okay but not the read over again and sob through it book that a lot of people I know do. I also didn't think The Secret Life of Bees was that fantastic of a book (I got it after a friend said it was the best book she ever read. Note to self: Ask how many books people read when they recommend a book Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1242194059)

My toes are blistered. I ran 12 miles this morning, a lot was down hills so my toes are not happy with me.


geauxtigers - Oct 8, 2006 2:51 pm (#73 of 2989)        

I also didn't think The Secret Life of Bees was that fantastic of a book It was recommended to me also for summer reading. I never could finish it, I think Ginny read the whole thing, I picked something else. I didn't think it was very good either.

Okay, so I was sorting laundry and I pulled a towel out of the hamper and there was a roach-like looking bug in the hamper!!! I froze and started screaming, I had no idea what to do! My dad is at work....just us girls in the house! Me and Ginny brought it out to the drive way and dumped it out. Naturally, no bug to be seen, so Ginny started pulling it apart and it went running! I grabbed a fence board (my dad is replacing some of the boards) as it was the only available thing, and I dropped it on top of it! I nailed it too! Squash! This must have looked very amusing to the neighbors

Well I need to go to some homework and such, have a great rest of the day everyone!


Catherine - Oct 8, 2006 2:55 pm (#74 of 2989)        

Loopy, the AP article called the Cavaliers "offensively challenged" in the story about the East Carolina game. I thought that was being pretty nice of them, actually... there are lots of other terms I was thinking of... --Madam Pince

Mostly, they were just offensive. We had folks with UVA logos tailgating in our neighborhood and they left beer bottles in an elderly lady's yard. I was returning from Tar-zhay yesterday and folks stood in the middle of my street drinking and chatting. I actually rolled down my window and told them to hurry up and move because they showed no signs of doing so. Finally, I satisfied my inner witch and laid on my horn nonstop until they moved. I was delighted to see that they could move quickly after all.

So, I am ready for spelunking. My oldest swimsuit still sort of fits, so I'm ready for the waterfall rockslide. I found my water shoes, so I'm ready for canoeing. I got my hair cut three inches and look like a poodle gone bad, so I don't need to pack hair products.

Yes, I'm ready for camp.


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 8, 2006 2:58 pm (#75 of 2989)        

I was not really a fan of The Secret Life of Bees either. I can't even remember what it was about, which shows right there that I didn't enjoy it. I don't read nearly as much as I should, so I generally remember good books. But I had heard it was good so that's why I read it. But nope didn't like it!

Ick! That was a creepy roach. Of course, I had to be the one picking through the dirty laundry until the little sucker ran out, while Tori stood a good 20 feet away.

Have fun at camp Catherine! SOunds like you're ready!


Tazzygirl - Oct 8, 2006 3:00 pm (#76 of 2989)        

My mom said Secret Life of Bees was really good. I have yet to try it out, as the name isn't very interesting to me.

Have a great time camping, Catherine and Madam P!

Have fun hiking, Puck!

Lilly- hope you and your family has a fun time in Fort Bragg!

Thanks for the thoughts on my brother. Finn- my brother is in the military, so he is being stationed in Korea for a year.

Off to do more homework. sigh.



Regan of Gong - Oct 8, 2006 3:13 pm (#77 of 2989)        

Finn- Go out to dinner, go see a movie, go to a museum, have fun!!

...I'll never understand that kid. But I am doing modern History next year...


Finn BV - Oct 8, 2006 3:30 pm (#78 of 2989)        

LOL Regan. It was, after all, specifically geared to an adult, but I would go to a museum in my spare time. New York, as you may know, has quite a few.

Trying to get all my homework done so I can roam the city tomorrow on my day off!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 8, 2006 4:19 pm (#79 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday Winky. Hope it turns out all right.

We are expecting snow here. Should be snowing for the Broncos game Monday night. LPO


Tazzygirl - Oct 8, 2006 4:27 pm (#80 of 2989)        

LPO: We are expecting snow here

I wish it would get that cold here!



Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 8, 2006 5:02 pm (#81 of 2989)        

Hi all, how is everyone?

Finn, I love NYC when I was there.  I spent so much time hanging around the theatres that I eventually got free tickets for Les Miserables. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 2752390508

Winky Woo, many happy returns of the day.

I am in the process of collecting some of my essays together to send to a publisher.


Mediwitch - Oct 8, 2006 5:19 pm (#82 of 2989)        

Hi Soli! Good to see you! I was thinking about you and your extra class on top of your regular school load. I am taking a Saturday/Sunday course next weekend (CPR Instructor - alas, I was certified before but I let it lapse when I was in my Master's program, so now I have to do it again. )

Happy Birthday, Winky Woo!!! SmileyCentral.com

Catherine, have fun at camp!

How was the hike, Puck? Hope you had a good time.

Kristina, my brother was stationed at Camp Greaves (I think) in Korea for a year about 15 years ago.


Solitaire - Oct 8, 2006 5:59 pm (#83 of 2989)        

Mediwitch, I should be grading, I suppose, but I did not bring home anything else to do this weekend. I decided I needed a day to have lunch with Mom and my "adopted sis," do grocery shopping, laundry, a bit of housekeeping, and some poking around the forum.

I did have a lot of photos to send to fellow classmates, and that took a while. In my Saturday class, we do a lot of "jigsawing" which results in a lot of big poster-sized sheets of stuff to copy. My hands and wrists are pretty achy these days (rheumatoid arthritis), and all that copying is slow and painful work for me.

During the last class, I was scrambling to get all of the content copied from several sheets, when I remembered my digital camera in my purse. I grabbed it and started snapping! It has really relieved me of some of the pressure of so much writing. I have increased my email activity, however, as many people want copies of things. Most of my classmates don't like writing any better than I do!



Mediwitch - Oct 8, 2006 6:20 pm (#84 of 2989)        

Nice thinking, Soli! Bonus points to your house for use of technology!


Finn BV - Oct 8, 2006 6:53 pm (#85 of 2989)        

LPO, where are you located? It's gotten a bit nippy, but not to the point of 32° F…

Nathan, that's pretty cool you got free tickets. What a nice box office person! And good luck getting your essays published.

I'm going to make a little plug for Five Words on this thread, because tomorrow we turn one year old! For those of you who don't know, it's a storytelling game on the Lexicon FanFiction Forum where you add Five Words in each of your posts to advance the story. Our last story has only just begun (meaning you have less than 60 posts to tool through – but since there are only five words in each, you have to read 300 words – it's a synch!). I'd like to urge you to read what's going on and contribute, because in about 5 hours, in honor of our "birthday", you can post ten words in each of your posts! Hopefully, that will also grip you for the entire year to come! Anyway, it's a lot of fun and I hope you can join us tomorrow – whenever forum time reads October 9, you can post double the usual maximum.


Holly T. - Oct 8, 2006 8:04 pm (#86 of 2989)        

Happy birthday Winky!

Good, I'm glad other people can't stand I Love Your Forever. I never liked it because my MIL gave it to me when I was pregnant with my daughter and well, my MIL is the type who would sneak over here in the middle of the night she raised my husband so spoiled. Although I have to admit I teared up when my son's second grade class took turns reading from it at the Mother's Day tea last spring, but that was more because my son was up in front of the class reading and not so much from the book. I much prefer Guess How Much I Love You.

I have used my digital camera before to take a picture of an interrupted chess game to make sure no one cheated before they could finish playing. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042

My husband and kids are off tomorrow. I'm not. At least there shouldn't be a lot of traffic. But I have to get up early and everyone else gets to sleep in. :-(


Madam Pince - Oct 8, 2006 9:29 pm (#87 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday wishes to you, Winky, and hope your day is better tomorrow! (((hugs)))

Yes, Chemyst, that is the book (with the cover you described.) It describes a kid growing up through all the stages and how his Mom loves him through them all, and the cover picture is his two-year-old-getting-into-everything stage. I liked it, but I wouldn't subject myself to reading it every day, plus it would likely lose the emotional impact a bit I think if you read it too much. I did sort of think that it was written more for the adult than for the kid you're supposedly reading it to -- same for Munsch's other book The Paper-Bag Princess. It was really cute, but munchkins like Little Pince don't "get" the ending so much -- he doesn't yet understand what it means to be "stuck up." He liked the dragon, though!

Yes, The Christmas Shoes falls right in there in that category of parent/child heart-tugging songs. Also George Strait's one about the father's love being a love without end, amen. I hardly ever cry in "real life" situations -- I'm always the one who keeps calm -- but I'm a total sap when it comes to songs like those, or books like Old Yeller or whatever.

Nathan, good luck with your essays -- hope you can get them published!

Good luck to your brother on his trip to Korea, Tazzy! Don't forget to send him tapes of all the shows! LOL!

I am cracking up laughing with the mental picture of the twins chasing a cockroach all over the yard...

Catherine, I apologize on behalf of polite Cavaliers everywhere for the rude tailgaters. There's just no excuse for that. Tailgating is fine, but for pete's sake pick up your trash when you're done! We tailgated prior to a Jimmy Buffet concert in Williamsburg once; we were so delighted to find a nice, grassy, green, tree-covered spot with lots of parking. In the middle of the festivities, we discovered why we were the only ones there -- we were partying right behind the police station -- actually on their grounds! The officers were really nice though; I think it amused them that we were so clueless, and obviously harmless. Plus we offered them a few crabs from our crab boil...

It seems keeping Little Pince indoors to try to recuperate is backfiring on me. When I thought he was in our bed watching a video, turns out he was in my closet and got into the Christmas presents I've bought early but not wrapped yet. So much for that. See, I knew it wasn't a good idea to shop early -- procrastinators never have to worry about this sort of thing. Should've stuck with what works...


Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 8, 2006 9:59 pm (#88 of 2989)        

Good thinking Solitaire!

Finn I'm in Longmont Colorado, 40 mile north of Denver.

Clever Little Pince! So much for surprises. LPO


Eponine - Oct 8, 2006 10:13 pm (#89 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday, Winky Woo! I hope your day got better.

Count me in the group that cannot stand Love You Forever (It's creepy!) and Christmas Shoes. Anything that seems designed to solely tug on the heart strings gets put firmly in my UGH! category.

My sister and her two kids are here for the week, so I'm falling behind on my forum reading! I'm glad they're here to visit, though. I don't get to see them as much as I like.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Catherine - Oct 9, 2006 3:27 am (#90 of 2989)        

No worries about the overly "cavalier" Cavaliers, Madam Pince. I really enjoyed honking my horn at them. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042

Have a great visit, Eponine!  **waves to Dobby's Tea Cosy and the cute blonde children**


haymoni - Oct 9, 2006 4:43 am (#91 of 2989)        

The porch is finished!! If I ever get time to get the pictures off my digital camera, maybe I'll post them. I can actually go out my front door!

I am a lazy government worker, so I have today off for Columbus Day. I will be home ALL ALONE until about 2:30!!!! Whatever will I do????

Have a great day all!

And yes...my Brownies still stink!

Thanks for the info on the Great Lakes Science Center, Pig!


Marie E. - Oct 9, 2006 5:14 am (#92 of 2989)        

When it comes to clumsiness stories, I still think that me tripping through my screen door last summer is a good one.

One of the baby bunnies passed away on Saturday morning. The girls were pretty heartbroken about it, especially Shayla. Our remaining baby is a little black one. It's very feisty and keeps taking naps right in the path of it's big oafish daddy. Pickles has stepped/hopped on that poor thing so many times!

It was 78 on Saturday and 46 yesterday. Brrrrr! It rained all day yesterday and is supposed to rain all day today, with it turning to snow tonight.

Our daycare is closed today for our professional development workshop. Thankfully I don't have to teach any of the seminars this time. They are combining 10 daycares for workshop. It's being held in this gigantic church here in town, the type with large screens and stadium seating supposedly.

Kristina, Mr E was in Korea stationed at Camp Red Cloud in Oct 93-Oct 94. That's when the giantsquid came to stay with me in Georgia, to keep me company. Mr E learned a little Korean while he was there and got me some books and puzzles with English and Korean on them. I use them in the classroom sometimes. He also got me a $40 Dooney and Burke purse, though I suppose it probably wasn't real.


kaykay1970 - Oct 9, 2006 5:19 am (#93 of 2989)        

I think I told ya'll months ago about my sister buying my grandmother's house. They have finally finished all the renovations. The place looks great! She just got moved in yesterday. I guess I really have to stop myself calling it "Nanny's house" from now on.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 9, 2006 5:34 am (#94 of 2989)        

Loopy, the AP article called the Cavaliers "offensively challenged" in the story about the East Carolina game. I thought that was being pretty nice of them, actually... there are lots of other terms I was thinking of... -- Madame Pince

Well, no need for political correctness here. The words "retarded" or "crippled" will do just fine. ***giggles at the thought of Catherine tooting****


Puck - Oct 9, 2006 6:11 am (#95 of 2989)        

Thought of many of you when during an episode of Queer Eye they said that the guy was starting to be "Dr. McDreamy." They also said his sons' outfit was "Harry Potter-esque".

Yeah to Haymoni for the completed porch! Now, how did you manage a day alone? My kids are out of school, but hubby has to work, so I have them all to myself. (Sadly, I'm actually looking forward to the day at the dentist to put a crown on tomorrow. At least I won't be "Mom-ed" every two minutes.

If you enjoyed the Paper Bag Princess, try The Princess Knight. (Can't remember the author and am too lazy to go find it.) I love anything where the female saves the day and puts the guys in their place. Mulan is a Disney favorite.

The hike was fun. Mr. Puck decided to carry the baby in the back carrier, thus I got to go down the rocky trail with my son. (Hubby tried to come with us, but Diva was scared, and I was nervous about the baby, so I told him to go the other way. The trails meet up, so we walked the second half together. It was lovely. (I was a bit nervous for all the "brave" teenage boys who were scaling rocks and climbing off the trail. Not exactly smart to be on a ledge 70 or 80 feet above a rocky chasm without any safety ropes.)

OOOOO! I get to go post ten words!

Happy RotD!


**goes off making mental note not to let son go to chasm once he hits puberty**


Mediwitch - Oct 9, 2006 7:55 am (#96 of 2989)        

haymoni: I am a lazy government worker, so I have today off for Columbus Day.

LOL, my step-father (who works for the state he lives in) says he's not a government worker as that's an oxymoron. He's a government employee! :cheesygrin:


haymoni - Oct 9, 2006 9:26 am (#97 of 2989)        

The phrase that sets me over the edge is "Close enough for government work" - AAAARRGGGHHHH!!

My boss says it all the time and it makes me crazy! I think he knows it, so he makes sure to say it in front of me. As I am also a tax payer in the County that I work for, your work better be better than "close"!

I have off today, but the kids have off on Friday. I am assuming that Columbus Day is what one calls a "teachable moment", but it sure would be nice for us all to be off at the same time.

Did I just say that???


Puck - Oct 9, 2006 10:11 am (#98 of 2989)        

My kids actually have tomorrow of as well, as it's a teacher development day.

Ha! I just put the baby down for a nap and kicked the rest outside. Now, to check a couple of threads then quickly clean...


Denise P. - Oct 9, 2006 10:23 am (#99 of 2989)        

My kids have the entire week off. There are a lot of very unhappy parents in the school district...I don't think they needed the whole week off.


Puck - Oct 9, 2006 10:33 am (#100 of 2989)        

Umm, didn't school just start?

Perhaps it's a throw-back to the days when kids needed to help bring in the harvest?

Forgot to wish Nathan good luck with his essays! What are they about?
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Starling - Oct 9, 2006 10:53 am (#101 of 2989)        

Our half-term isn't until the 23rd, they only started at the beginning of September! How come some kids have time off already?


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 9, 2006 10:57 am (#102 of 2989)        

Puck, right now I have three essays near completion.

The first one is an essay on the importance of international relations and cooperation using Harry Potter and Tolkien to support my point.

The second is an essay on the four aspects of love recognized by ancient Greek philosophers and lost love utilizing Harry Potter, Tolkein, C.S. Lewis and my own personal experiences.

The third is on the symbolic use within the Harry Potter series of mythologies, classical, and medieval philosophies and lore. The essay also discusses the symbolism of numbers, the concept of sacred geometry and elemental symbolism as seen from a Celtic amd Graeco-Roman perspective as well as imagery from tarot cards and how J.K. Rowling adapts and incorporates elements from these areas into the series.


Starling - Oct 9, 2006 10:59 am (#103 of 2989)        

I really hated the way they changed "Greek bloke" to "Irish bloke" in PS. It totally destroyed the Cerberus comparison ...


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 9, 2006 11:09 am (#104 of 2989)        

Starling, I quite agree, although I doubt many would have understood the original any better than the change because, mythology is not an area of literature that is often discussed nowadays.


Holly T. - Oct 9, 2006 11:29 am (#105 of 2989)        

Mythology--depends on who you talk to! My son came home from summer day camp aghast after a field trip to a museum where there had been some mention of Greek gods or goddesses--"Mom, none of the other kids at camp had ever heard of the Odyssey!" He spent much of first grade building scenes from the Odyssey (we read the Mary Pope Osbourne version) out of Legos. I asked him one time what he liked about it--"Heroes, battles, monsters that eat people--all the good things for a story!" (which, of course, also applies to certain other books he is a fan of). ;-)

Tazzygirl - Oct 9, 2006 12:12 pm (#106 of 2989)        

I have no idea where my brother is being stationed in South Korea... He has told me a couple times, but it hasn't stuck in my head yet.

Marie: He also got me a $40 Dooney and Burke purse, though I suppose it probably wasn't real.

My brother has strict instructions to bring me back a Prada bag... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042

I also don't have school today- Teacher instructional in-service day.

Off to post 10 Words!!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



Puck - Oct 9, 2006 12:36 pm (#107 of 2989)        

My Dad was stationed in Korea back in the sixties. He and my Mom were engaged at the time. He brought her back 12 complete place settings of Noritake china plus various serving dishes for a grand total of $25! Mom has passed it along to me, as she no longer wants to host such gatherings. (Plus, I have something from my Dad, who passed away when I was a baby.)



The giant squid - Oct 9, 2006 1:47 pm (#108 of 2989)        

I'm a day late, but Happy Birthday, Winky Woo! I hope your day improved after your post. Just in case it didn't, here's a beg ten-tentacled hug from me! (((Winky)))

And a hug for boop, just because. ((boop))

Mike, you should show more sympathy for your co-workers—Puck

Hey, the first time she got hurt, I was sympathetic. After the 500th or so, it's just funny. Actually she's usually the first one to laugh about it. Anytime someone else says anything about getting hurt at work she starts comparing scars like that scene in Jaws (or Chasing Amy).

My kids have the entire week off.--Denise P.

Wow...when I was in school we didn't get any time off for Columbus Day. All we got was yet another class session about Columbus discovering America (which, as it turns out, he didn't really do after all...). I've actually noticed a trend over the years of kids getting more & more time off during the school year. I've also noticed that the U.S. keeps falling behind in educational standings. Coincidence? I think not.



kaykay1970 - Oct 9, 2006 2:07 pm (#109 of 2989)        

My kids are out all week for Fall Break too. But then again they started back to school Aug. 4.


Tazzygirl - Oct 9, 2006 2:11 pm (#110 of 2989)        

The public schools here had last week off. The private schools only get today off. I believe the public schools started Fall term at the end of July though.



Mediwitch - Oct 9, 2006 4:20 pm (#111 of 2989)        

We (staff and students) only had today off. We used to have 2 professional development days attached to Columbus Day weekend, but they moved those to the week before school started this year.

Nathan, I bet your essays are fabulous. I really enjoy your insights, particularly in mythology.


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 9, 2006 4:38 pm (#112 of 2989)        

Mediwitch, thank you for the vote of confidence although, I think my essay on mythology is the one that needs the most work. The other two were easier to construct because, it easier to construct an essay on the topic of love because, love in its various forms is one of the cornerstones of the series.

I doubt though that they are equal to the ones included on the Lexicon I do not find that I articulate my points well.

As an aside you might find my recent posts in the Literary Symbolism thread in HBP of interest.


Chemyst - Oct 9, 2006 4:46 pm (#113 of 2989)        

We took Columbus Day off this year because the weather was just too good for school. (We usually have a floating Fall Holiday for days that are just too nice; so today was 'it.') Many of the public schools around here schedule teacher workshop days for Election Day (the Tuesday on or after November 2nd.) They say it is for "traffic concerns" since most of the school buildings double as polling places. But since the posters and hallway bulletin boards usually look as though they were freshly posted for public viewing at those times, it does give one pause as to what they just removed...
Of course, last year the media center did have their Scholastic HP poster up, so at least we know they aren't trying to cover up witchcraft! (Yes, I was being facetious. They often have Scholastic's advertising in the school library. )

***wonders if reading the topics of Nathan's essays made anyone else feel there is too much interesting stuff to learn and too little time***


Mediwitch - Oct 9, 2006 4:48 pm (#114 of 2989)        

Chemyst: ***wonders if reading the topics of Nathan's essays made anyone else feel there is too much interesting stuff to learn and too little time***

ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!! (Most of this Forum makes me feel that way! )


juliebug - Oct 9, 2006 4:51 pm (#115 of 2989)        

I hope everyone had a very happy Columbus Day, whether they celebrated the explorer or the film maker who first brought Harry to the screen, I hope fun was had by all

geauxtigers - Oct 9, 2006 6:33 pm (#116 of 2989)        

Uggg its Monday....and we did not get Columbus day off! We started school August 14....our first break is Thanksgiving, not counting labor day, and one teacher in-service at the end of the quarter. The longest stretch of school is definitely Easter break to the end of the year.

Well my friend and I remembered, thankfully, that we had a government project due tomorrow. I'm so glad we remembered. Anyway, its done now so all is well in my house!

I seem to have a cold again. I think its just allergies, but still its annoying.

Watching Monday night Football...no snow yet! And we are freaking out down here because Thursday its supposed to be a high of 72 F ! **gasp** I know, scary stuff!

Well off to do my homework and post 10 words!

Have a good Monday!


Finn BV - Oct 9, 2006 7:26 pm (#117 of 2989)        

Marie, condolences on the loss of the bunny…

kaykay, congrats to your sister for moving in!

My kids have the entire week off. There are a lot of very unhappy parents in the school district...I don't think they needed the whole week off. –Denise

Gosh, I was joking that I would have liked that after my busy last week, but I didn't think it was actually recognized for the whole week. Is the rationale really Columbus? I suppose it may also be because you go back earlier…

I believe the public schools started Fall term at the end of July though. –Kristina

**falls over in a dead faint** What time do they finish, February???

Wow, we had today off (as well as last Monday for Yom Kippur). But we get a ton of holidays in my parents' opinion. Oooh, went to the new 24/7 Apple Store on Fifth Avenue (the "Apple Cube," so named because it is shaped like a glass cube), and I got my computer all fixed!!! Yayy!

Enjoy the RotD!


Denise P. - Oct 9, 2006 7:38 pm (#118 of 2989)        

My kids started August 8, they will be out for the year on May 17th.


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 9, 2006 8:00 pm (#119 of 2989)        

We only get the usual holidays off, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter/Spring Break, and Mardi Gras, with a few random Mondays here and there. I wish we had more, but then again, I'd rather a longer summer. Normal for us is starting around the 14-16th of August and getting out at the end of May, but last year it was June 1.

Ahh I jus have too much to do! But of course I had to pop in and say hey to everyone and get a couple of 10-Word posts in!

Happy Monday!


Puck - Oct 9, 2006 8:08 pm (#120 of 2989)        

Tori, so is 72 degrees supposed to be cold?


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 9, 2006 8:18 pm (#121 of 2989)        

Only time I have ever truly been cold, was the time I lost my footing on my friend's boat and went overboard I landed in Boston Harbor. Fortunately my friend circled around quite quickly and fished me out.


geauxtigers - Oct 9, 2006 8:21 pm (#122 of 2989)        

Tori, so is 72 degrees supposed to be cold?  

I might have to break out my gloves! LOL, yes thats like almost 60 degrees, which is cold! You should see us when it sleets or we get "snow flurries" So yeah we are all pumped up for the prospect of near 60 degrees for the high! The leaves might even change by November! Last year we still had green leaves on 80% of the trees by Thanksgiving! Come to think of it, we didn't really have a winter last year...they claim this winter will be a "cold" one for us! I hope so, I love cold weather!

Off to 5 words! I like posting 10, its a nice change!

Only time I have ever truly been cold, was the time I lost my footing on my friend's boat and went overboard I landed in Boston Harbor. Fortunately my friend circled around quite quickly and fished me out. ROFL! I bet that was cold!

We went camping one year the day after Christmas when I was seven. Windy and 18 degrees! My grannie and aunt still claim that we could not have been as cold as they were in the camper...umm well we were in a tent. I will never forget that!

The coldest I've ever been was when I was in France last February, we went to Auvers and toured where Van Gough did a lot of his work. To this day, I still think I had frostbite on my toes. I had 3 pairs of socks on and moccasin-like shoes. When they said a tour, I thought it would be like oh I dunno, on a bus! And we were in dress clothes for that morning at school. My toes felt bruised the rest of the week.

But I should do my homework...


Tazzygirl - Oct 9, 2006 8:24 pm (#123 of 2989)        

I have absolutely no idea when the public/private schools get out for the summer. They might be on one of those year-round schedules. Not sure. (LOL, Finn!)

Okay, just got back from the worst movie currently in theaters. The Village seems like an Acadamy Award winning movie compared to this one. The Black Dahlia. I believe the best part was my friend and I (sitting at the top-most row of the theater) were acting along with the actors during a murder scene (waving our arms in the air like we were falling, whispering "nooooooooooo!!" and "ahhhhhhhhhhhh!" ). We almost died laughing. The acting was positively vile. The plot was horrendous. I think I would have stayed away from the movie if I had noticed that Alfonso Cueron (sp?) had anything to do with it. Most disturbing part of the movie? The actress who plays Aunt Petunia had a somewhat minor/major role. She played a psycho. Couldn't even really understand what she was saying half the time. Anyways, I strongly suggest no one go see The Black Dahlia. It is a huge waste of money! (It's also not a family/forum friendly movie...)

It is currently raining, with humidity (at what feels like) 100%. **wishing for snow. Or at least cold weather**

Off to check Five Words!!



Puck - Oct 9, 2006 8:28 pm (#124 of 2989)        

Tazzy, I wouldn't get my hopes up for snow if I were you. New England won't have any for another month to six weeks, and Hawaii is much less likely to see the white stuff.


Finn BV - Oct 9, 2006 8:32 pm (#125 of 2989)        

LOL, Tazzy, your review makes me want to go see it! Except, regardless, it's not my type of film… And Alfonso Cuarón's involved? What'd he do? And about Fiona Shaw.


Tazzygirl - Oct 9, 2006 8:35 pm (#126 of 2989)        

Puck- Oh well. Hopeful wishing!

LOL, Finn! The movie isn't even my type! I was just interested in the history aspect. Of which there was none. I thought Alfonso Cuaron had directed it, but another guy did. All I know is that his name was in the credits, and a huge flash of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" flitted across the screen...



Madam Pince - Oct 9, 2006 8:40 pm (#127 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 9, 2006 9:47 pm

LOL, Nathan! Funnily enough, one of the top three "coldest-I've-ever-been"s was in the Boston area, too -- we took a bunch of clients out to a New England Patriots - Miami Dolphins game. It was freezing cold, nobody had raincoats and umbrellas were prohibited, and it rained buckets the entire game, so much so that at halftime they actually got out the snowplows to push the water off the field, and the tunnels back in the concession area were about shin-deep in water. And because we were there with a bunch of clients, (all of us on a bus which wasn't returning to get us until the end of the game) we had to sit there with smiles on our faces and pretend like we were having fun! Wet through-and-through and freezing -- it was just about the most miserable I've ever been in my life. At least the game didn't go into overtime. And you wonder why I don't care for Boston....

August 8 or August 14 seems waaayyy too early to be in school to me. But I guess it's all relative -- you have June and July for your vacation time instead of July and August as we used to have when I was a kid. Actually, we had about three weeks of June, too. Ahhh, the good old days... back before they invented calendars...


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 9, 2006 8:43 pm (#128 of 2989)        

Yes, it was quite cold cause, the incident happened in the middle of February. Actually, my time in Boston was not all bad.

Indeed had I not gone to Boston, I never would have met the single greatest individual I have ever known. Her knowledge far exceeded my own. I remember reading an essay she wrote on the importance of history, mythology, and other several subjects.

The closing lines I will always remember because, the consisted of a quotation of Cicero, and an African Proverb.

A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero. As such it is duty of all people to fill the minds of the youth because, it takes efforts of many to instruct the youth as the African Proverb runs It takes a village to teach a child. And without this instruction the children will be lost.


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 9, 2006 9:00 pm (#129 of 2989)        

ROFL Nathan! I can't even imagine that! Reminds me of the time when my dad and grandpa went canoing on Alligator Bayou, and my grandpa pulled out his brand new video camera and proceeded to break the cardinal rule of canoes...DON'T STAND UP IN THEM! he ruined the camera and he and my dad both came home dripping wet. I don't think it was cold though, but your story reminded me of it!

It's 63 right now! That's sweatshirt and jeans weather!

The giant squid - Oct 9, 2006 11:44 pm (#130 of 2989)        

Tazzy, are you sure you didn't see the trailer for Children of Men before The Black Dahlia? CoM is directed by Cuaron and the trailer has a blurb that says "from the director of Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban." I think it's the "attached" trailer, which means it came connected to the beginning of the feature and would usually be played right before the movie started. I double-checked IMDb and Cuaron's not listed anywhere on The Black Dahlia.

Of course, the movie still sucks, but it's not Cuaron's fault.



Tazzygirl - Oct 10, 2006 12:20 am (#131 of 2989)        

Squid Mike- That could have been it... I couldn't remember how they would manage to get PoA in the main credits, so of course a trailer would be logical. Children of Men doesn't sound that great either... Either way, The Black Dahlia was a brain cell reducer.



Laura W - Oct 10, 2006 12:23 am (#132 of 2989)        

Mike and Finn: You guys seem to be up on many things Canadian (Canada Day, Tim Horton's). I'm surprised you didn't wish me a happy Thanksgiving on either Sunday or Monday. Oh well, I've always thought Canadian Thanksgiving is kind of stupid anyway; seeming to come out of nowhere without either the history or tradition of American Thanksgiving.



Puck - Oct 10, 2006 4:35 am (#133 of 2989)        

Happy belated Thanksgiving, Laura!

And you wonder why I don't care for Boston.... Technically, if you were at a Patriots came, it's Foxboro you don't care for.

The Harbor in February? OH MY!

At 63 degrees I might not wear shorts.

Happy RotD!



Marie E. - Oct 10, 2006 5:23 am (#134 of 2989)        

Broncos!!!!!! There, I had to get that out of my system.

Well, right now, at 6:15am, it's only 28 degrees and I'm not happy about it. I am so not ready for winter. It's supposed to get back to fallish weather this weekend, but that still means a whole week of cold, rainy blah.

The development day training wasn't too bad, only slightly boring. The best part was some very good gossip I heard at the end of the day. We've been out of the loop gossip-wise for some time, so it was fun to catch up. I promised I wouldn't tell, so I won't even tell you all even though you could all probably care less. I can tell you after the end of this month.

We have to start planning our Fall Carnival. I like hosting the carnival. I know some teacher at our center think it's a drag. I guess it's just watching the kids come in all dressed up and see them get excited about winning prizes. There was a nasty rumor yesterday that we weren't allowed to do haunted houses anymore, which has always been my thing. I hope I don't have to come up with another carnival game idea.


Madam Pince - Oct 10, 2006 8:49 am (#135 of 2989)        

Great... now we have to be on pins and needles waiting for both Septentrion's and Marie's news...

Technically, if you were at a Patriots came, it's Foxboro you don't care for... I knew somebody would point that out -- I changed the first part of my post from "Boston" to "the Boston area" but I missed the second part....

I just read an article in our local paper that reminded me of the homework discussion we had recently. Apparently here they have started a program called "ZAP" -- for Zeros Aren't Permitted, I think. Anyway, the kids had figured out that getting a zero on a few homework assignments wouldn't hurt their overall grades as long as they did well on the tests, so they just weren't doing their homework. (No word on whether it was just "busy work" or not...) So the schools finally got tired of this, so now the Zap program means that after three homework zeros, the kid gets "zapped" -- called down to the office and has to sit there with the guidance counselor and telephone his/her parents and inform them that the homework hasn't been getting done. Apparently it's a rather uncomfortable phone call, and the percentage of incomplete homework assignments has gone waaaayyy down...


Tazzygirl - Oct 10, 2006 9:18 am (#136 of 2989)        

I got a surprise phone call from my brother yesterday. Wasn't expecting to hear from him for two weeks, so it was a nice surprise! He says he hasn't had a chance to look around, and has only seen the airport and part of whatever base he is stationed at. He's only been gone two days, and I can tell he's already homesick! I think as soon as he starts working, he'll be better.

Hope you can do the Haunted House, Marie! I kind of had a laugh yesterday. I was talking to my sister (who lives in Colorado Springs), and she was out buying cold weather clothes. I told her I was in shorts and a tank top. She wanted to come back to Hawaii.

Madam P.- That Zap program sounds great!! Hope they reinforce it at other schools!

Speaking of that, I guess I should go get ready. I am being observed by my U of Hawaii supervisor this afternoon. I'm teaching a revising/editing lesson to a group of fourth graders. Hopefully it goes well!

Have a fabulous RotD/N!



T Brightwater - Oct 10, 2006 9:21 am (#137 of 2989)        

Hi all! It's been a while since I posted - work's been crazy, my mother is even more crazy (I've told her she must be a witch, since she can see things and people mere Muggles can't) and the group I play with is giving a concert in Milan on October 26. I'm just afraid the fashion police won't let any of us into the city!

I've been reading Nancy Atherton's "Aunt Dimity" mysteries to my mother, since we've run out of HP. They're fluff, but really good fluff, if you know what I mean.

The good news is, I got "Outstanding" on my level 2 W.O.M.B.A.T.!

Thanks for the warning on "The Black Dahlia" - it didn't sound like my kind of movie anyway, but now I'll be sure to avoid it.

My best to everybody - maybe starting next month I can hang out here more.


Lina - Oct 10, 2006 9:35 am (#138 of 2989)        

Great... now we have to be on pins and needles waiting for both Septentrion's and Marie's news... --Madam Pince
I'd add Julie (GE)...

I'd add something else that I forgot to mention earlier...
Protego charms for Kristina's brother!
Strengthening and healing charms for Solitaire!

Welcome to all the new members and those who have been absent for a while.

***Waving madly to Brightwater***


painting sheila - Oct 10, 2006 11:37 am (#139 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 10, 2006 12:18 pm

Hey everybody!

Not much happening here today. I am trying to make a mammoth costume and a dinosaur costume for my high school kids school play. I think I can safely say that SOMEBODY in our house will be either a mammoth or a dinosaur this year for Halloween!

Regan - Was it you that introduced us all to the bob sled guy? There is an article in the paper today about it - how addicting it is. I thought of you and laughed. You were so ahead of the crowd!

My little one went to pre-school today with the snack bucket in tow. (They all take turns bringing snack). Miss Jan, the preschool teacher, told Dallin that he was the best boy snack bringer for the whole day. (There is only one snack bringer per day - so no ones feelings were hurt by this comment). He looked at her and said, "Miss Jan, I am not a boy." "Well, Dallin, we know you aren't a girl, so what are you?" He lowers his voice and says, "I'm a man Miss Jan." She cracked up and called me on my cell before I even got home! The kid has too much personality!

I bought some gummy body parts candy today. I am sure it taste gross but it looks cool in my candy jar!

Kristina - We will be sending good thoughts to your brother in light of the global news yesterday.

Hope everyone is having a good day - the weather here is glorious and I am having a hard time getting anything done!



The giant squid - Oct 10, 2006 1:42 pm (#140 of 2989)        

Sorry I missed wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, Laura. My Canadian friends that usually keep me abreast of these things let it slip by; I guess they have as high of an opinion of the holiday as you do.



virginiaelizabeth - Oct 10, 2006 1:56 pm (#141 of 2989)        

Happy belated Thanksgiving to Laura and all the Canadians out there!

I've had a pretty good day today. I fell asleep in pre-calculus when she gave us 45 minutes to do our homework, so I was well rested to eat food in French. The other group did their food presentation today! They have Bretange so the entire meal consisted of crepes! My favorite being spinach and artichoke! YUMMY! Physics was of course a drag.

Weather was a bit cloudy all day, but now it's looking like it's fixing to rain, which is good because we need it pretty badly!

I can't remember what else I was going to say... Happy Tuesday! (it's one day closer to Thursday!!)


Mediwitch - Oct 10, 2006 2:26 pm (#142 of 2989)        

Ginny: It's 63 right now! That's sweatshirt and jeans weather!

Hmmm...our high tomorrow is supposed to be 61 degrees F. I'll probably wear chino capris to school.

Welcome back, T Brightwater!


Puck - Oct 10, 2006 2:34 pm (#143 of 2989)        

It was in the 60's here today. I wore a tank top.

The good news is I had some down time at the dentist's office, plus got to my dance class 45 minutes early, so there was plenty of time to read Eragon without anyone calling "Mom". (Never happens in the middle of the day.) Bad news is the dentist decided I need a root canal.

Lina, love the avatar! Quite an artist you have there.

LOL at Shelia's little "man".

Hello, Brightwater!

Kip, completely confused about the whole "Between the @@" thing on the 5 words thread. Assuming I'm not effected by it.



Meoshimo - Oct 10, 2006 5:15 pm (#144 of 2989)        

Speaking of holidays, I find it interesting/stupid that we Americans still celebrate Columbus Day.


geauxtigers - Oct 10, 2006 7:37 pm (#145 of 2989)        

It was in the 60's here today. I wore a tank top.

I'm impressed! That takes some nerve! When its in the 60s here, its usually with high humidity, so its like its cold and wet... **is trying to justify wearing jeans and a sweatshirt**

I just made a grilled cheese sandwich, yum!

Ahhh well, must get back to the grid iron...lets see its only like 40 some days til Thanksgiving break! I need to find a calendar somewhere...

Well happy Tuesday everyone!


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 10, 2006 7:48 pm (#146 of 2989)        

We have a countdown in my English class...only like 76 days until Christmas!! WOO HOOO! I love Christmas!

I don't have any homework tonight. At least nothing that's due tomorrow! I do have homework for Thursday that I should probably start on, but I don't really feel like it!

***makes a wish for cooler weather down here***


Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 10, 2006 8:30 pm (#147 of 2989)        

Marie--What a game!!

We are using Accelerated Reader at our school this year. 20 students have taken the Goblet of Fire quiz. Only 6 have passed. I'm thinking a little movie contamination! The first four Harry Potter books are in the top 5 of most quizes taken.

I'm bummed, no snow. Just rain. LPO


painting sheila - Oct 10, 2006 8:42 pm (#148 of 2989)        

Most embarrassing moment (lately) - Went through the drive through at Wendy's to get a Taco Salad for dinner in between shows. Ordered and paid the nice lady at the first window. Thanked her nicely and drove off - without my Taco Salad. Made it all the way to work. Reached to get the bag with the salad so I could put it in the refrigerator until break, and realized I hadn't picked it up at the second window! I paid and just drove off!! I have lost my mind!!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1437562208

Hope you all had a good day!



juliebug - Oct 10, 2006 8:49 pm (#149 of 2989)        

That's happened to me too Shelia. What a bummer!

Have you checked out the Grey's Anatomy thread that Tazzy, Tori and Ginny started. It's pretty fun and I remember what a fan you are. I don't know how to post the link myself, but if you track down Tazzy Girl and click on her name, it should come up. Hope to see you (and any other GA fans) there!


painting sheila - Oct 10, 2006 8:53 pm (#150 of 2989)        

OH! Thanks for the heads up on Grey's! I will see you there-

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Regan of Gong - Oct 10, 2006 8:57 pm (#151 of 2989)        

13 more days til I can operate a motor vehicle legally. I've passed one practise test with full marks, and the others I've failed by 3 or 4. Should be all right though, with a bit more practice.

Off to try out the World Poker Tour online game I downloaded



Tazzygirl - Oct 10, 2006 9:03 pm (#152 of 2989)        

It was in the 60's here today. I wore a tank top...  Not sure who said this- I think Mediwitch? Sorry!

It was pouring down rain today. And there was no wind, so it became hot, muggy, humid, foggy... nasty weather. I was just standing outside and was drenched in sweat. Yuck. It says it's 79 degrees outside...

Thank you for the thoughts on my brother!

Puck- glad you got to read for a little bit! I am wanting to read Eragon, but haven't managed to find the time.

My lesson went down the drain today. The kids got confused on what I was trying to teach them (revising and editing). They've done it countless times before, but for some reason I was confusing them. Luckily, it finally clicked and the kids were very into the lesson by the end. I wanted to melt on the spot! Both of my teachers that were watching me gave me reassurance and encouragement- which was great!

Welcome back, Brightwater!

Off to post the final 5 Words story...

And for those of you looking, here is the Grey's Anatomy link! Hope to see you there!



Mediwitch - Oct 10, 2006 9:10 pm (#153 of 2989)        

Kristina: It was in the 60's here today. I wore a tank top... Not sure who said this- I think Mediwitch?

Nah, that was Kathy (Puck). It has been in the 60s here too, as I'm not too far from Kathy (relatively speaking). I'm still wearing capris, though!


Tazzygirl - Oct 10, 2006 10:19 pm (#154 of 2989)        

LOL, Mediwitch! Thanks for the correction!

I wish I could wear pants and a sweatshirt. If it were in the 60s, I'd be wearing my UGG boots, pants, long sleeve shirt, and a sweatshirt. (By the way, this little bit here was supposed to accompany my last post, hence the reason why I did the 60 degree weather quote. I got sidetracked. What can I say? )

OH! and Lina- Mihaela's drawing is too cute!


PS. For those of you Five Words fans, I had a problem with the statistics stuff, which is why it is not up yet. I promise by the time you wake up in the morning, it will be there!


Starling - Oct 11, 2006 1:57 am (#155 of 2989)        

WOO HOOO! I love Christmas!

I do too, usually, especially our choir concerts. But it's my parents' 40th wedding anniversary on the weekend that we have all our concerts, and my dad insists we turn up. This involves getting on a plane on Friday night, having a meal on Saturday, and then flying back on Sunday morning, because my son still has school! If my dad wasn't such a selfish so and so, we could have gone a week later and attached it to the holidays. We would have gone to my parents first, and then to my partner's parents for Christmas, but that's not possible anymore, so we'll have to split up for Christmas.

I want to kick my dad.


Puck - Oct 11, 2006 9:01 am (#156 of 2989)        

Starling, it's fine to want to kick him, just so long as you don't act on this feeling. (I sometimes feel the same way about my mum.)

13 more days til I can operate a motor vehicle legally. I've passed one practise test with full marks, and the others I've failed by 3 or 4. Should be all right though, with a bit more practice.

Suddenly glad I live on the other side of the world. (How old do people in other places have to be to drive? My state is raising the age to 17, I believe.)

Mediwitch, I thought of you as I chose capris pants this morning. (Actually, I'm quite close to your state.)

Tazzy, everyone has lessons like that when student teaching. (And it occasionally occurs to those those already certified, as well. ) The important thing is when to know when the lesson itself is not working, and when the children just aren't focusing. (Friday afternoon after birthday cupcakes is a horrid time for a math lesson, no matter how great it is.)

Happy RotD!



virginiaelizabeth - Oct 11, 2006 2:52 pm (#157 of 2989)        

In Louisiana, you get your permit at 15, and at 16, you get your license, but aren't allowed to carry passengers unless they are a sibling or another licensed driver (of course no one actually follows it!), then at 17, you get your full license.

Not much new here, just another boring day only to be followed up by a boring evening!

Have a good RotN!


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 11, 2006 4:05 pm (#158 of 2989)        

Condolences to Cory Lidle fans and family.

Nathan, I wish you the very best of luck with regard to your essays.

Lina, love your avatar - seems as though you have quite the little artist!

Regan - good luck with the *ahem* practice. I will safely agree with Puck and sidle away.

It seems as though I just barely get through the posts and I'm out of time. Tonight I have just a bit more.

Too bad it wasn't sooner - I tried to catch up with you, kaykay and Lina in the chats but just didn't get there on time.

Congrats, kaykay on your sister's new home!

I'm sure I've left out much - sorry but I did mean well as I read them.



Tazzygirl - Oct 11, 2006 4:40 pm (#159 of 2989)        

License rules for California are about the same as Louisiana. Once you it 18 though, you can just take the driving test and get your full license. I received my license when I was 17.

Thanks, Puck! I actually feel a lot better today about the lesson. The kids did get it (eventually), and that is really the point right? My friend is student teaching at a different school. Comparing my lesson to her's, mine was not so bad. She was only given 15 minutes to teach a math lesson. Her Mentor teacher (while my friend was trying to teach) went around the room and was asking the kids for their homework and such. THEN the teacher picked up one child's homework and tore it up in the student's face, telling him that he had done it all wrong and that he needs to do it again and asking if he was stupid or something. The teacher was yelling at the kids pretty much throughout my friend's lesson, telling them to answer louder, sit up straight, etc. My friend's class is a Special Education 2nd grade class! This teacher has been like this all year long... My friend is so glad that we are all switching placements in a week!

It is still hot, muggy, foggy, humid, rainy here.

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 11, 2006 4:49 pm (#160 of 2989)        

Kristina what an awful story. That poor child. Your friend is lucky, she gets to leave.

Regan good luck! LPO


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 11, 2006 4:56 pm (#161 of 2989)        

Kristina, the parents of those children (especially the one whose homework was torn up) should certainly be notified of the treatment they are subjected to. Please urge your friend to send a letter to both the PTO and the principal in charge. I would be crushed if that was happening to one of my children without my knowledge. (Not to mention breathing fire.)


Holly T. - Oct 11, 2006 5:28 pm (#162 of 2989)        

I saw a super cool news story on the Apple web site about special ed kids using iPods to help them take tests. They were able to read the questions on the screen and hear the question read out loud at the same time. By using earphones, they were able to take their tests in the regular classroom and not have to be pulled out. As my son's school is currently experimenting with what accommodations are going to work best for him, I thought this was very interesting.

Good luck Regan! When we were looking at new cars I mentioned to my husband that we'd be able to give the car we are thinking about buying to our daughter in 5 years. I thought my husband was going to have to go lie down when he realized she'll be 16 in 5 years. The idea of my son driving, though, makes me break out in a cold sweat. He doesn't know how to go slow.

Madam Pince, maybe you'll appreciate this--when my son was watching "Civil War Journal" on the History Channel the other day (the only TV viewing allowed before school) they were talking about the battle of Fredericksburg. We went to that battlefield while we were on vacation. So my son turned to me very seriously and asked "with all of those battlefields we went to, why didn't we see any redcaps?"


Tazzygirl - Oct 11, 2006 5:57 pm (#163 of 2989)        

Sadly, we student teachers are caught in the middle. We would LOVE to report the teacher. The students are all Autistic and severe learning disabled, so it's almost as if the parents are completely clueless on what their kids are experiencing. The school is also in the setting where a lot of the parents are not even involved in their students' lives. As we are only student teachers, we are under strict rules and guidelines of our program at UH. Our supervisor at UH has seen this teacher act this way, but we literally can't say anything. The only thing we can do is for our Program to pull out of that school and not use it anymore. I think my Supervisor is trying to come up with some way of reporting the teacher without breaking the rules. (It's all kind of complicated, and I am not even sure how to really explain it.) It's almost as if we somehow need to videotape or record this teacher and anonymously leave it at the principal's office door.

Holly- that iPod technique sounds great! Wish they would do that here...



Puck - Oct 11, 2006 6:03 pm (#164 of 2989)        

Still feeling shocked and horrified by Kristina's story. I agree with Maria. Encourage your friend to report this mistreatment of children. (Teachers are mandated reporters, remember.)

Redcaps, LOL.

My son will be a scary driver. My neighbors' have one of those battery powered cars for their kids. (I am opposed to getting one, as I feel kids should move about of their own accord when outdoors.) Anyway, my son was driving it, and crashed into their daughter on her bike. She was stopped directly infront of him, dressed in hot pink, and his excuse was "I didn't see her."

Okay, I really need to get to those dishes.


cross-posted with Tazzy: I had a friend in a similar situation. It was hard, as people tended to side with the teacher. That said, laws and rules should be in place to protect the children, not those who abuse them.


Madam Pince - Oct 11, 2006 6:41 pm (#165 of 2989)        

Wow -- and some people think Snape is bad! That is just horrible, Tazzy!

Now what did I miss about Good Evans and some upcoming news??? Or, I didn't get her confused with Septentrion, did I? I do that sometimes....

Holly -- LOL about the "redcaps"! Reminds me of Kingsley Shacklebolt and his "firelegs."

Can I just say -- Lost is sending me straight up a wall right now!!!!! Aaarrrghhhh!


Mediwitch - Oct 11, 2006 7:18 pm (#166 of 2989)        

Yikes, Kristina! I'm so sorry to hear your friend's student teaching experience has been so awful! I hope the next one will be better. There must be some way to handle the issue...it doesn't sound like a good placement for student teachers (or students, for that matter!) . She should definitely have a serious conversation with your university advisor.

Holly, that's cool about the iPods! I use mine (with a digital voice recorder attachment) to record language samples and to give standardized tests which come on CD (I transfer the CDs to my iPod via iTunes) - the iPod is so much "cooler" to the kids. I was going to play around with using podcasts to work with middle and high school students, but alas, my caseload changed enough this year that my oldest student is in 4th grade (and none of them are really into the whole iPod/music thing yet).

You may be worried about your son driving, Holly, but he clearly has his priorities in the right place...redcaps at Fredericksburg! Tell him they're mostly at Antietam.


Tazzygirl - Oct 11, 2006 7:26 pm (#167 of 2989)        

My friend has been keeping our Supervisor informed on all the stuff this teacher has been doing. I just got off the phone with my friend now, and we were discussing the possibility of writing a letter to the principal and the school board about this teacher. If she gets the backing from UH, then she would immediately act. This is the first time UH has used this teacher as a mentor, so we aren't sure if this has been going on for a while or just recent. If I was in my friend's position, I would have reported the teacher long ago. I'll keep working on it!

**sits and patiently waits for LOST to start**



Holly T. - Oct 11, 2006 7:54 pm (#168 of 2989)        

I told my son that we couldn't see the redcaps because we were there to honor the memory of the soldiers who died and that the redcaps probably only appear to people who don't appreciate the sacrifice that the soldiers made and behave in disrespectful ways at the battlefields. As this does not contradict anything in Fantastic Beasts he was ok with it.

Mediwitch, you should e-mail Apple and tell them how you used iPods with your students---they would probably be interested to hear.

Kristina, my sympathies. Hang in there.

I am trying to sort all of this Girl Scout paperwork out. I am the troop organizer for our service unit so I have to convince people to be leaders and then help them get their troops started. I have been doing this for two months now and would like to deal with my own troop for a change.

Edited to close my italics! Oops.


geauxtigers - Oct 11, 2006 10:02 pm (#169 of 2989)        

AHHHHHHHHH! I'm officially in freak out mode!!!! The quarter ends in 2 days yes, Friday, the 13th, it really is freaky. So we had to go to this college thing at school tonight. It lasted from 7 until 8:30! It was super boring and I don't think I heard anything new. I spent my time trying to correct my awful physics test. Well the only problem with that is that I didn't know how to do it the first time, waiting 2 weeks doesn't change that! And its not like I can just look the answers up, its all math problems with tons of room for error. So finally we get home, mom ran and got dinner, while I chopped up veggies for our French project.

We got all the food cooked, the chicken stuff we made was anything special, it was lacking severely in the spices, we tried adding some other things to jazz it up. Not much luck, oh well. So I spent 1 and a half hours in the kitchen with my mom and sister trying to cook this stuff and get everything set for tomorrow.

I've only just finished my Bible homework, which we had to e-mail to him by midnight tonight. I finished at approximately 11:48 pm. How’s that for procrastinating?

Now I have to go pack my swim bad because we have a meet tomorrow outside, in the freezing cold. Yes this is our 72F day, which is freezing when you are wet. And tomorrow we all get to wear pink and make a donation for breast cancer research.

I'm ready for this quarter to be over, I need have my grades wiped clean and start over.

Okay sorry for missing anything, I'm tired, don't feel like saying much else because I can't remember anything else and I really need to go to sleep, I just had to come here and vent some frustration.

So have a great Thursday tomorrow! Night!


haymoni - Oct 12, 2006 6:15 am (#170 of 2989)        

Tazzy - Sorry, but maybe I'm just not understanding the problem here. Your friend witnessed a teacher berate a student and call them stupid. The child has no way to protect his/herself and the advisor is concerned about her program????

That teacher was willing to act like an animal with someone else in the room. What is the teacher like with no witnesses???

That principal needs to be told and pronto! I'm flabbergasted that a professional would put their program before the well-being of students.

But then I've never had to try and set up such a program or deal with the red tape of education - I just get to deal with government!


juliebug - Oct 12, 2006 6:34 am (#171 of 2989)        

I can believe it Tazzy. I hate it, but it doesn't surprise me. This kind of thing is exactly why I almost didn't get my teaching license. I am a special ed teacher myself. In Indiana, we used to be able to get a K-12 license. Shortly after I graduated, licensing changed so that you pick elementary or secondary. I did 8 weeks of student teaching with a middle school teacher and 8 weeks with an elementary teacher. The first experience was so bad, I didn't obtain my license or even set foot in a classroom for a whole year after I graduated. The sad truth is, that the job can make some people so jaded, they become the very people they set out to protect our students from. Stay strong Tazzy! You'll get through it soon and I know you'll do great!


Eponine - Oct 12, 2006 6:45 am (#172 of 2989)        

Juliebug, that's about how my student teaching experience went. After I finished, I never wanted to step foot in a classroom again. I had a difficult supervising teacher, and she made teaching very unappealing to me. About two years ago, my cousin-in-law needed a substitute to cover her maternity leave, and I decided to give it one more shot. It wasn't horrible, but I did determine once and for all that teaching was not for me! (That's why I'm starting library school in the spring!)

Tazzy, I hope that your advisor is able to come up with some way to report that teacher.


juliebug - Oct 12, 2006 7:02 am (#173 of 2989)        

I'm sorry to hear about your bad experiences Eponine. I'm glad you're on track to do something you'll be happy doing. Unfortunately, bad student teaching experiences seem to be frighteningly common. I used to joke with my colleagues (before I left professional teaching to be a stay home mom) that we should start a support group for scarred student teachers. I hate to say it, but we could probably franchize this thing out internationally


Denise P. - Oct 12, 2006 7:22 am (#174 of 2989)        

Wow, I had the opposite. My supervising teacher, my overall mentor, my principal...everyone I dealt with was fantastic. My teacher watched me for a few days and then left the class for the rest of my time there. She organized her filing cabinets. Of course, she did go over my lesson plans, would pop in to see how things were going and was always available to help if I needed it. My final week, she took back the teaching and let me copy all kinds of stuff she had, make wall decorations for MY class etc. She was wonderful.

I never did make it into my own classroom though, I ended up with Nicholas...then Ryan...then...

I don't think I would actually want to teach now. I know I would have to take some more classes to bring my certification up to date as well.


Steve Newton - Oct 12, 2006 8:01 am (#175 of 2989)        

Eponine, welcome to the exciting world of librarianship! I think that you'll enjoy it.


azi - Oct 12, 2006 9:15 am (#176 of 2989)        

Eeek Tazzy! That is not a nice teacher! :shocked:

Welcome back all old members!

Good luck with library school, Eponine!

I do believe I owe Winky a HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! I hope your day got better!

My absence has been purely because of BT (British Telecom, phone people) messing us around with Internet. Only got it up yesterday. I missed the forum so much - work does not get done as quickly without the Internet! I just spend all my time pining for it, instead of working.

My exam yesterday wasn't the best as I ran out of time. Timetable this year seems to be pretty full - but I need to work it out before I can confirm that! Very confusing!

**waves to everyone** Hope you are all ok!


Puck - Oct 12, 2006 10:07 am (#177 of 2989)        

**waves to Azi!**

Isn't Mills also studying library science? (Tazzy, have you seen/heard from her?)

Plenty of Teachers and Librarians, here. Well, those who love books...

Diva had dance class this morning. (They are such cute little ballerinas.) The drive was so lovely. The leaves are reaching peak around here, and the windy tree lined roads are quite picturesque. I love New England in the fall.

Off to see what Baby Puck is destroying now. Yesterday's game involved tossing freshly folded laundry out of the baskets and onto the floor. (Of course, you can't get upset about this, as they are just too cute about the whole thing.)



HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 12, 2006 10:16 am (#178 of 2989)        

***waves back to azi*** Sending good luck charms your way for your test, azi. Sometimes it is not as bad as you initially thought.

Timetable this year seems to be pretty full – azi

It seems as though this happens when September rolls around (well, for me, anyway). I almost had my house back to an organized state in August. The bottom fell out within a month - well, actually, within a week of school commencing.

Kristina, glad to know you have some form of action in the works. Most parents, I find - even uninvolved parents - will take action if they learn that their child is being mistreated.

Regan, my comments were all in jest - seriously, good luck with the testing as I am sure you are counting the minutes. . .


EDIT: **waves to Puck** (Aww, cutie-pie Baby Puck!)


Denise P. - Oct 12, 2006 10:19 am (#179 of 2989)        

Puck, that is one of the things Rhys loves to do the best. He waits until there is a stack of folded towels ready to be taken to the closet...then he strikes. Gleefully throwing them all over. He just recently learned to give a high five and is very pleased with himself about it. He has been attempting a spoon. So far, he holds the spoon in his left hand and shoves food in his mouth with his right hand.


Puck - Oct 12, 2006 10:30 am (#180 of 2989)        

Natalie thinks a spoon full of yogurt makes a good hat.

**waves back to Maria**


Tazzygirl - Oct 12, 2006 10:33 am (#181 of 2989)        

Thank you all for your comments! As this particular teacher is not even following the guidelines for our program (meeting up for a final evaluation with supervisor and my friend), I am sure that will play a role in getting the principal and such involved. **crossing fingers**

Good luck with school, Azi! **waves back**

Puck: Isn't Mills also studying library science? (Tazzy, have you seen/heard from her?)

I think she is, but not sure. It has something to do with the Library. I haven't talked/heard from her in a long time though.

Denise- Thaniel likes to hold the spoon but use his other hand to feed himself. If you forget to give him a spoon, he points to the cabinet and says 'peez' (please) over and over again. It's too cute!

LOST was very interesting last night...

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



juliebug - Oct 12, 2006 10:42 am (#182 of 2989)        

I also found Lost interesting. I hope Saywer, Kate and Jack escape the Others soon. They just get creepier by the minute. At the very least, I hope Saywer and Kate get off the chain gang soon. Maybe Alex will help them. That would be nice. I hope Sun, Jin and Sayid make it back to camp OK. I wonder how Desmond was able to keep his boat a secret. I wonder if the Others even know about Desmond. Those freaks seem to know everything. I'm really excited to find out about the aftermath of the hatch's explosion. Would love to hear comments and theories from other Losties, just not Other Losties


Puck - Oct 12, 2006 10:46 am (#183 of 2989)        

If Tazzy and Azi are both on the forum, how come no one is posting on 5 words?

Juliebug, as you can tell, I'm also avoiding work while baby is napping.


juliebug - Oct 12, 2006 10:53 am (#184 of 2989)        

Slacker Moms unite!


Viola Intonada - Oct 12, 2006 11:06 am (#185 of 2989)        

*Waves to fellow Slacker Moms* I've been trying to get motivated to clean my bathrooms all day. I hate house cleaning day.


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 12, 2006 11:10 am (#186 of 2989)        

I found it - Regan, a little game for you to polish up your skills with: http://www.107.peugeot.co.uk/peugeot.swf

Time to head out and pick up the girls. Yay!



Tazzygirl - Oct 12, 2006 11:14 am (#187 of 2989)        

Puck: If Tazzy and Azi are both on the forum, how come no one is posting on 5 words?

hehehe- I went over there but I couldn't figure out what to say next!



haymoni - Oct 12, 2006 11:22 am (#188 of 2989)        

That Juliet on Lost is one tough cookie!!!


juliebug - Oct 12, 2006 11:29 am (#189 of 2989)        

Yes, Haymoni, it appears she is indeed. Also I read in Entertainment Weekly (possible spoiler)that she is probably going to be a love interest for Jack. Don't know how I feel about that.


Marie E. - Oct 12, 2006 1:00 pm (#190 of 2989)        

Toddler Lexi's favorite game was pulling all the videotapes off the shelf and watching Mommy pick them up. My copy of Sense and Sensibility came up missing and I'm convinced she threw it away.

It was a dreary foggy day here today. The sun is just now starting to peek out of the clouds. The weather has made me sleepy all day.

My student teaching experience was alright, not spectacular. My supervising teacher was in her 22nd year of teaching and you could tell she was getting a little tired of it all. She had some good advice, though. My best friend in college, Emerson, had a horrible supervising teacher. He has dyslexia and she kept making him do these lessons that involved writing and reading things off the board. He survived and went on to teach kindergarten in a little town in Georgia, but I bet he could've used that support group!


Puck - Oct 12, 2006 2:08 pm (#191 of 2989)        

Marie, the DVD's turned out to be Baby Puck's "project" of the day. I think her older sister helped a bit, though.


boop - Oct 12, 2006 3:32 pm (#192 of 2989)        

Hi Everyone!

Kristina, That would have been awful for that student. That teacher shouldn't be allowed to teach. What a blow to a student’s self-esteem.

It is getting cold outside and windy. They say we could have some snow showers Saturday night.Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 793915934   I want summer back.

Have a great rest of the day!

hugs always



Mediwitch - Oct 12, 2006 4:51 pm (#193 of 2989)        

Maria: It seems as though this happens when September rolls around (well, for me, anyway). I almost had my house back to an organized state in August. The bottom fell out within a month - well, actually, within a week of school commencing.

I'm SOOOOO glad I'm not the only one!


Regan of Gong - Oct 12, 2006 5:04 pm (#194 of 2989)        


...can't parallel park a Peugeot...


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 12, 2006 5:55 pm (#195 of 2989)        

OK, I've got 11 minutes to write this post before Grey's Anatomy comes on....

Regan, good luck on your driving test! Mine was really easy, all I had to do was drive through a neighborhood at 25 mi/h, but I'm not sure how they do it in Aussieland!

We had yet another swim meet today...Coach had to put people in different events because there was a limit to the number of people for each one as the other teams were soo big. I got stuck in 100 backstroke, and I've never swam backstroke before in a meet. I now know why! One of the other team's coach was trying to give me tips while I was swimming. You know you must suck when the other team tries to help! NOT fun! I refuse to ever swim it again! I nearly drowned!

Ummm....I can't remember what else I was going to comment on! But I'm down to about 5 minutes now so I'd better go!

Happy Thursday!!!!!


Puck - Oct 12, 2006 7:14 pm (#196 of 2989)        

LOL, Ginny! Perhaps this person just likes to coach everyone? In his blood perhaps? (I'm suddenly reminded of a swimmer in the Olympics a couple of years back. He was from a poor African country where swim teams were un-heard of. So, they rounded up a bunch of guys, and the ones able to make it across the pool went to the Olympics. This guy struggles throughout the swim. The crowd began to cheer wildly in support. They were so excited when he completed the swim, for a moment he thought he had won a medal.)

Maria: It seems as though this happens when September rolls around (well, for me, anyway). I almost had my house back to an organized state in August. The bottom fell out within a month - well, actually, within a week of school commencing.

Mediwitch: I'm SOOOOO glad I'm not the only one!

Count me in on that club! I had my Mother's Helper come extra hours before school started. I finally got on top of things. Everything I had accomplished fell apart quite quickly. Then I go to pick up my Diva at a friends house, and the mom apoligizes for the "mess". The two 4-year-olds had left a Princess Dress and a couple of pairs of fancy shoes on the floor. My mental note :If she thinks this is a mess, I must never allow her to enter my house.

Well, I think I'm going to ignore the toys scattered across the family room and go read. (Really, they'll just pull them out again in the morning, right?)



geauxtigers - Oct 12, 2006 7:56 pm (#197 of 2989)        

Puck, I remember that year. He was in a heat with 2 other guys and they both false started and got DQ'ed so this guy had to swim it by himself. I was glad everyone cheered for him! It was so sweet, I bet he was just glad to be there more than anything.

Ha ha Ginny was pretty funny doing backstroke, it was more like scooting backwards down the pool! ha ha, I got to swim 100 breaststroke, finally. I surprised myself by having a time 7 seconds better than my previous time from 2 years ago! LOL but I was shocked to realize that I'm only about 5 seconds off state qualifying time. Thats time I could shave off with better turns and such, but I don't think I'll get to swim it again. This was kinda a one time deal.

Anyways I just watched Grey's Anatomy! It was really good, go check out the forum that me, Kristina and Ginny set up. I'll try linking it to my profile.

Not much is going on here, I've hit the down part of the week. The quarter ends tomorrow, so basically no more grades. I'm glad its almost over, this week has not been fun.

I'm baking cookies and trying not to eat the raw dough, but hey what can I say, its good! You only live once right, so why not eat a chunk of cookie dough! LOL

We are going to go the haunted house this weekend and tell all the people in costume trying to scare us that they aren't scary. Should be fun, something to do anyway. Its so cheesy, and not scary! I love it! Halloween is awesome!

EDIT: Well this meet was limited entry meet, thats why I got to swim it. My 100 breaststroke time is faster than my 100 free. Breastroke is a slower stroke than free. You'd think she'd let me swim it, but I don't think she will. There are other people faster than me and she wants to win so.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 12, 2006 8:14 pm (#198 of 2989)        

Plenty of Teachers and Librarians, here.  Puck

In Colorado we are officially Teacher Librarians. We used to be Media Specialist. It's the best job in the world.

It is interesting to me how many of the best teachers I know never had a student teacher or maybe had one in the course of 25-30 years. Several teachers who shouldn't even be in teaching liked to have student teachers.

Ginny LOL! I'm sure the coach was only trying to be helpful.

Good job Tori! If you do so well in that event why doesn't your coach let you swim it all the time? LPO


Herm oh ninny - Oct 12, 2006 8:26 pm (#199 of 2989)        

Hi all!

Kristina, that sounds awful! As a fellow student teacher, I feel soo sorry for your friend. My University runs our program differently. At our student teaching orientation meeting the director of the program told us that if we had any problems with our cooperating teachers we should report it to them immediately. We would then be moved to another placement and, if necessary, the teacher would be reported to his/her school director. I can't tell you how good it felt to hear that!

I am going to be observed for the first time this Monday. I have to teach the circle-time lesson. The only problem is that the school follows the exact same routine every day, and I'm not allowed to vary from it. I did circle-time yesterday as a practice, and my teacher stopped me in the middle to tell me that I was pointing at the numbers on the calendar the wrong way!! Silly old me, I was using my pointer finger instead of this weird little fake hand thing that they normally use Oh well, at least my supervisor is very nice and I know that he won't be sitting there waiting for me to mess up.

Now let's see if I can read some threads before I start falling asleep!

EDIT: Ludicrous, that's because these horrible teachers are all very eager to have someone come in and do all the work for them while they sit back and criticize! (and still get paid)


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 12, 2006 8:43 pm (#200 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 12, 2006 9:31 pm

Ok, Regan, if you were not kidding, here is the way I learned to parallel park:

Pull your car alongside of the car just in front of the empty space as straight as you can (i.e., bumper should line up with bumper, don't angle in toward the car or away from it - you must be parallel with it - think of your math definition).

Cut your wheels all the way so the front of the tires point toward the curb.

Start backing up slowly. When the space between your front and back doors (about the mid point of your car) is even with the rear bumper of the car next to you, partially cut your wheels the other way by turning your steering wheel once (very important to only turn them back one full turn).

Continue to back up slowly. When the front bumper of your car is even with the rear bumper of the car next to you, begin to cut your wheel in again (same direction as the last time) and continue to back up.

Note: if you are on a curved road, allow for it by not cutting your wheels so sharply.

You will get in every time.

EDIT: Now, go try it on the Peugeot.

LOL Mediwitch and Puck! I have friends like that - same mental notes made, too!

Looong day tomorrow, so I'd better try to get some sleep. Good night/rotd, all!

LOL sheila!
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painting sheila - Oct 12, 2006 9:29 pm (#201 of 2989)        

So many entries - so little time!!

I hope all is well with everyone.

I am trying to be good and not stay up late after shows. It is making me a nicer person during the mornings - but I miss talking with all of you - plus I am SO far behind on the threads - no time!!

Tazzygirls - PLEASE, PLEASE say something to someone about that person (I will refrain from calling her a "teacher". In my opinion she does not deserve the title!) From experience with my own child - one person - just ONE person - making comments like that can take years to undo. I am not sure they can ever be completely undone. I am sure there will be a way to let the proper people know what is going on in the classroom. Anonymous notes to the parents?

Haunted Houses - Scare me to death! My husband took me to one when we were just starting to date - why I married him after this, I do not know! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042   Anyway, it was a haunted house put on by the mental institution where we were living at the time. The residents would earn points all year long and if they earned enough points they got to help with the haunted house. It was actually even done on the hospital property in an old building that isn't used for anything any more - lots of creepy rooms and hall ways. My friend had been there the night before and had gotten hurt when the "mad chain saw man" back her into a corner and accidently hit her in the knee with the chain saw. There was no blade on it, but the weight of the machine hitting her knee did something to it. I didn't want to go, but since I thought he was the cutest thing walking allowed myself to be talked into it. We were almost through the whole thing - I could see the exit door about 50 feet in front of me and it appeared there was nothing "scary" left to see. I was so excited I had made it and turned around to tell my sweetie that it wasn't as bad as I thought. I turned around and found my self nose-to-nose - literally - with the mummy. I screamed - he growled - I ran - he chased - all the way into the parking lot!!!! I was running in between cars to get away!! Of course everyone thought it was very funny but I was not amused at the time!! I have not been - nor will I ever go to - another haunted house. I figure I lost about 20 years due to fright that time.

Hungarian Horntail - Thanks for the tips on parking. I always end up taking too long when I try. I end up and will walk for blocks to avoid it!!

I am off to bed . I have to get up early and finish the wooly mammoth costume.

Good night - she


Tazzygirl - Oct 12, 2006 9:39 pm (#202 of 2989)        

Link to Grey's Anatomy Forum... I still have 2 1/2 hours to go before it starts here! ahhh!

herm oh ninny: At our student teaching orientation meeting the director of the program told us that if we had any problems with our cooperating teachers we should report it to them immediately. We would then be moved to another placement...

We received the same speech at our orientation. My friend has been telling our supervisor about the teacher from day one. Our supervisor decided that since it would only be 8 weeks in this particular placement, that they would leave my friend in her class. If she was in the placement for the entire semester, then they would have taken the steps to remove her from that class and place my friend somewhere else. After this semester, our program will not use this particular school again. I am a bit annoyed with my program, as I feel we should report it. At least notify the principal so he can take the necessary steps. For some reason, my program feels that it should not report it, as we are having a hard enough time finding special education placements. In my program's view, if it is known that we report horrible teachers, no one will come forward to volunteer to be mentor teachers. I personally feel that if we don't come forward, and then the teacher is finally under fire, my program will be viewed as a program that does not step forward when it needs too. Especially when we see kids being mistreated. I am not sure if this all makes sense... Anyways, it is very frustrating and I hope when Monday comes something happens. **frustrated smiley** While I would LOVE to report this teacher, I can't. I have not physically seen this teacher do this. I have no idea what the teacher looks like. I am going off of what my friend and supervisor are telling me. It's my friend and my supervisor who should talk to the principal... hence why I am frustrated. I'd have done it a month ago.

**raises hand** I cannot parallel park even if my life depended on it! I thankfully did not have to do that when taking my driving test. Good luck with that, Regan!


EDIT: Painting Sheila- I don't like going into Haunted Houses either. I went into one put on by my school when I was in third grade. I got soooo scared, they actually had to come and walk me out not even half way through. I have not been in one sense. I think if I had been in your situation, I would have definitely done the same thing! I was also chased by Tigger at Disneyland once... freaked the living daylights out of me. I don't do so well with people in costumes...


Regan of Gong - Oct 12, 2006 10:55 pm (#203 of 2989)        

I meant the Peugeot on the game, but thanks anyway. There was a guide in a Car magazine I was reading this morning. The last step was search the White pages for an alloy rim reconditioner.

Here in Aus, you sit a 45 question test on general knowledge, driving risks and behaviour etc. I don't know how it works out, but as a general rule, if you stuff up more than 2, you fail. If you pass, they snap a license photo and off you go! You need to do a practical test for your provisional license. L's you must have an unrestricted licensee in the car at all times, P's you can go by yourself.

Eeek...it's hot. Just into spring and it's 34 degrees (93F). Now I need to go train for cricket in it.

Afternoon to all



Laura W - Oct 12, 2006 11:43 pm (#204 of 2989)        

   "I am off to bed. I have to get up early and finish the wooly mammoth costume."

Now, THERE'S something you don't hear every day! (hee, hee)



S.E. Jones - Oct 13, 2006 12:22 am (#205 of 2989)        

--Now, THERE'S something you don't hear every day! (hee, hee)—

Speak for yourself, Laura, speak for yourself.... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042


The giant squid - Oct 13, 2006 5:08 am (#206 of 2989)        

Only 34, Regan? That's downright chilly. Of course, I wouldn't be playing cricket in that weather, I'd find someplace with a well-maintained air conditioner & watch some telly while sipping a cool drink. I've found that I prefer leisure to sweating.

Parallel parking seems to be the bane of most driving students, and a lot of the time once they master it enough to pass the test will never do it again. Myself, I cheat--I only drive small cars. I'd be lost trying to parallel park an SUV.

Tazzy, if your program isn't going to use that school/teacher anymore anyway, I don't see why they won't report her. I'd rather be known as the program that upholds good standards of teaching than the one that'll take whoever volunteers. It's just a bummer that the pool is so thin that they have to do so.



Regan of Gong - Oct 13, 2006 5:15 am (#207 of 2989)        

I don't reckon you'd be playing cricket any day, Mike


Marie E. - Oct 13, 2006 5:57 am (#208 of 2989)        

I once had to parallel park my daycare bus. I was sweating buckets but finally made it. I have some problems with depth perception so I often hit things while backing up. We used to have this old wooden tub thing in our front yard and I completely flattened it last spring. It jump-started Mr E to get our landscaping started, though.


Chemyst - Oct 13, 2006 6:05 am (#209 of 2989)        

Tazzy, based on your posts, your supervisor appears to be spineless. A way back on this thread, HH11 suggested reporting it to the PTO/PTA. That remains an excellent idea because the PTO is just far enough outside the official channels that the University could be left out of it. The important part isn't getting either school's personnel in trouble; the important part is letting the parents know what is happening so they can decide what they want to do about their children. Keep encouraging your friend to "be a Gryffindor," overcome his/her cowardice, and report what goes on to the parents' organization. Angry parents will be more effective at correcting this than any student teacher could.

once they master it enough to pass the test will never do it again. - The Squid
Actually, it's pretty cool to be able to impress your learning-to-drive teenagers with such skill. Of course, you've said you're skipping that, but maybe you can use it on your nieces someday!


Winky Woo - Oct 13, 2006 6:30 am (#210 of 2989)        

Hi folks -

Thanks for all the Birthday wishes, just a quick note to let you all know that Mr Winky is now the ex-Mr Winky, having called it all off on my Birthday which is why it was the Birthday from hell!

I have moved in with my sister for the short-term, and she doesn't have internet at home, and needless to say I have taken some emergency holidays this week so I haven't had access to the forum.

I am still in a state of shock, and trying to cope with it all, but I will pop on soon as I am able.

Love Winky x x x


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 13, 2006 6:41 am (#211 of 2989)        

Oh, Winky, that sounds awful. It is certainly the last thing I would have guessed. The best thing I can tell you is that there is a reason for everything and you have to trust in that. I am glad you have loved ones to help you through this. Strengthening charms and prayers go out to you today.


haymoni - Oct 13, 2006 6:55 am (#212 of 2989)        

Oh Winky! I am so sorry!

I say "ditto" to everything HH11 said. I am convinced that things happen for a reason, but sometimes the reason isn't immediately clear.

Hang in there and know that there are people all over the world that are thinking about you right now.



Madam Pince - Oct 13, 2006 7:33 am (#213 of 2989)        

(((hugs))) to Winky -- I am so sorry! What a miserable thing to do to you, on your birthday of all days. As others have said above, there has got to be something positive out of this although it is horrible right now, so I hope you can weather through the storm and get the love and support you need from your family and friends. Your friends here will definitely be thinking of you and wishing you well, that's for sure! Strengthening and Cheering Charms!

Tazzy, that position your administrators have taken about "Oh, well, it's just for a short stint, so we'll let it slide because they'll be gone soon" has me very concerned about the next teaching assignment that person has! If they behave like this now, with others observing, how will they behave later, emboldened by "success" and perhaps with nobody observing? That's just scary.

We are leaving later today for a camping trip with Mr. Pince's family. His brother (and wife) are currently in a minor disagreement with his sister, and also our niece (the brother's kid) has just been punished for something she did and she is not allowed to go to her Homecoming dance Saturday night, so she should be in a lovely mood, too. I am sooooo looking forward to our get-together!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1242194059

We plan to just huddle in the corner at the campfire with our blinders on and our marshmallows on a stick and just stay out of everything! And of course I still have to do my mid-weekend run back home to do the soccer pictures thing -- that's a two-hour drive in each direction just to take a 15-minute picture. Sigh.... At least it is not supposed to rain -- although highs are only projected for low 60's and at night it's going to drop to mid-30's -- we have a frost warning for tomorrow night. Mr. Pince packed the tent heater, and I'm packing my long johns!

One positive about going camping is that I managed to clean out and re-organize the big pantry and the closet under the stairs, as well as switch over my winter/summer closets -- this unwonted burst of industriousness occurred because of searching for various pieces of camping gear that were lurking all over the house. So hey, that's something, right?

About Lost, The thing that I thought was so interesting was Sun and Jin's backstory! Bad, bad, Sun -- but still, when Sun blasted that wicked witch on the boat, I was jumping up and down and yelling "You go, girl!" I mean really, "We're not the enemy..." Puh-leeeze!!! We just kidnap your people and shoot Sawyer and all, but nooo, we're not the enemy! (Sawyer is just toooo cute, by the way! "Shortcake" -- ***snort!***) I agree with haymoni that that Juliet person is definitely someone to watch! And how out-of-character was it for Sayid to forget to guard/watch the boat -- hello? Wouldn't that be the first place The Others would head for? Oh, and I think the Others must've known about Desmond -- the videocameras and all -- plus they knew somebody must've been punching the 108 button all that time. But they obviously didn't know about the boat. I was loving the previews for next week -- Hurley cracks me up!

Anyone else think this is the most boring Survivor season since Thailand? I have nothing but apathy for every cast member. How disappointing.

OK, well, wish me luck camping that we don't get frostbitten or in-law-bitten. See you Sunday night!


azi - Oct 13, 2006 7:55 am (#214 of 2989)        

**hugs** Winky!

Congratultions on the cleaning, Madam P.


Holly T. - Oct 13, 2006 8:00 am (#215 of 2989)        

Hugs to Winky!!

Madam Pince, I keep waiting for the Survivors to get interesting too.

I need to clean my house. Problem: you have to actually be home to do so.


Eponine - Oct 13, 2006 8:11 am (#216 of 2989)        

Sending hugs and strengthening charms to Winky.


Good Evans - Oct 13, 2006 8:22 am (#217 of 2989)        

HI Folks I am back.

first off - Winky - I was going to send you belated birthday greetings (which indeed I do) but also with a huge (((HUG))) and tremendous sympathies. I can empathise a bit, many years ago I called a wedding off three months before the "big" day. I know it was the right decision (actually he wanted to postpone (he just wasn't ready) and I said no - if not now then never) I know it was the right decision, and agree with what has been said about things happening for a reason (no matter how hard they may seem at the time). My love I send to you

haymoni- delighted to hear about the completed porch - about time toooo!!!!!!!!!

I want Good Evans' job. Doesn't it seem like she's always going off to posh dinners and receptions? - Madam Pince

LOL - well it was a fabulous dinner last night the performance awards - we had the singing waiters who were fabulous and Sir Trevor McDonanld to present the awards. Posh frocks and a nice meal - it was good fun and finally went to bed around 1.30 this morning (up by 9 for the conference to finish off this morning though!)

We have had a great week, yes there were some posh dinners but we also had a night on Brighton Pier where the rides were all free (and the bar) this was great fun - we laughed all the way though the "ghost train" dodgems and even the carousel, a great night out. (all of this is sponsored so we were pleased to be there and made sure that of course we had a good time!). My paper on wednesday went OK and I chaired lots of sessions which were also good, so it has been an excellent conference

oh one slight HP moment : went to a stand who was trying to convince me that they had based one of their advertising campaigns on wizards due to HP and they wanted to draw a link - but the wizard looked nothing like him at all!! - very funny moment and I just nodded sagely and said "oh yes?" LOL

and then on to my news........... at midnight last night our President handed over to the next president and I became the new Junior Vice President. It means that in two years time (unless I do something really daft) I should become the president of my professional institute. I am so looking forward to this, what a wonderful honour. I found out the week before conference but was sworn to secrecy (and of course as this is a public domain I could not reveal it here). I was elected by the other Council members so I am really chuffed.

I have also taken the chairmanship of one of our standing committees. so that will be a lot of hard work too in the meantime.

anyhow that was my week and my news. :big grin on face smilie here!!!!: :cheer:

missed you all and hope that your week was also good I have skipped through 197 posts!


haymoni - Oct 13, 2006 8:28 am (#218 of 2989)        

Congrats, Good Evans!


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 13, 2006 9:30 am (#219 of 2989)        

I was wondering about you and then your post appeared. (As if by magic!) Congratulations, GE! That is exciting news! It sounds as though the conference went REALLY well!

Regan, I meant the Peugot game, as well. I just wasn't sure if you had trouble parallel parking in real life. I have to parallel park at a curved curb side every day. I suppose I'd better know how!

Repelling charms for Madam Pince. Don't forget to practice your bat-bogey hex before you arrive.

More (((hugs))) to Winky Woo.



John Bumbledore - Oct 13, 2006 9:50 am (#220 of 2989)        

"I have to parallel park at a curved curb side every day." – Maria

Oh! that does explain a lot! No! I mean for me, not you.

About a month ago, I had to park my wife's "mini" van and had a mortifying time of it. I managed it (barely) after the third attempt, but I haven't understood why I had so much trouble until now.

The last place I had to parallel park the van with frequency was along a curved curb at my children's school. I now believe I was expecting the curve when the curb was straight this last time and thus I couldn't get parked within the 12 inch limit until the third try! Well, that is the story I'm sticking with from now on, anyway.

Winky, I also send my sympathies. I'll send some chocolate by owl, to stave off the Dementor effects. Hot cocoa, family, and good friends, are about as effective for a heart as Episkey is for a broken nose.

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Lina - Oct 13, 2006 12:13 pm (#221 of 2989)        

((((Winky)))) I just can't find any better words.

Oh, Kristina, that is a really terrible situation. I can understand the reasoning of the program too. If people start talking that the program caused problems to a teacher, they don't ask what was that teacher like, they think - why would I let them cause problems to me too? I can see teachers here obsessed with what they may and what they may not do, wondering about everything if the parents are going to complain (and we all know that parents are not always right), so that they forget the main aim of their job - the welfare of the students. The principle has the very important role in the process, if he/she puts the children on the first place, than the teachers will do so as well, they'll all know how to stand up against parents who want an easier and not a better way for their kids. That's why I have certain doubts that complaining to the principal would help. Unless she is a very new teacher, they probably know already how she works (yet, I would still give the principal a chance to do what is right). There is a teacher, something like several Snapes at once, the whole town know about her, you can imagine that all the teachers in the school know how she works. Her students scored best scores on the state tests, but none of them had A in her class. Honestly, I think that she should be fired, but nobody dares to leave her without her paycheck and her kids hungry. So she keeps working and the parents keep complaining and nothing happens.
I don't think you should give up because so many other people failed, I'm just saying that there are battles you can loose even if you are on the right side. The most important is never to forget the reason why you became a teacher.

Sending some cooling charms to Regan. I can't send you any of our weather because it has been quite sunny lately.

Congratulations, Julie on the advancement! That's great! I hope that the other news we are expecting are just as great. hint

***waving to John***


Lilly P - Oct 13, 2006 12:23 pm (#222 of 2989)        

BIG ((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))) for Winky.


juliebug - Oct 13, 2006 12:27 pm (#223 of 2989)        

What a day! My two year old (Little Bug) and I just got home from her first apple picking excursion. I got together with an old bud from high school and her two little ones. The weather was cold and the wind was fierce, but it was still a good time. I hadn't been to a you-pick orchard in many years (not since my mother took me as a very little girl) and was so excited to share this first trip back with my own little girl. Talk to you all later.


Julie Aronson - Oct 13, 2006 1:13 pm (#224 of 2989)        

Boy Winky, that's stinks. SmileyCentral.com Allow me to send some of the best electronic chocolate...

Congrats, Julie! I think I'd like your job, too...

juliebug, we had great apple-picking weather here, too. Unfortunately, I spend most of the day balancing my checkbook and reading Hamlet . I did manage to get in some yardwork, but it might have been a bad idea. Before, my house had a romantic, neglected thing going on, and now it just looks neglected. SmileyCentral.com


Puck - Oct 13, 2006 1:28 pm (#225 of 2989)        

Uggg! Tried to post earlier, and lost my connection after typing the message. Copied it, but my computer logged me off for some reason, and I lost it..

((((Winky)))) Strengthening Charms your way.

Congratulations to Julie!

Madame Pince, I'd eat the marshmallows cold to limit the access fellow campers have to sticks. (or, use soccer as an excuse to bail.)

Of to soccer, then Scouts. At some point I need to figure out when to feed my children dinner.



azi - Oct 13, 2006 1:45 pm (#226 of 2989)        

Congrats Julie! That's great news!

I tried the Peugeot game, and failed on the first level (no, I don't drive ). The parallel parking part was impossible! I think the pass rate for driving tests in my area is about 33%. Most people have to take the test twice. I know someone who had to take the test 7 times (and then drove while drunk a week later! I was *not* impressed!).

I've got a horrible sore throat coming on. No idea where from...

**Continued hugs to Winky**


Tazzygirl - Oct 13, 2006 3:14 pm (#227 of 2989)        

((((((HUGS))))))) to Winky! I am soooo sorry!

**healing charms to Azi**

**strengthening charms** for your camping trip, Madam P!

CONGRATULATIONS, JulieGE!! That's fantastic!

Went and bought baby pumpkins with Nathaniel today. He was too cute, kept saying 'pumpin' over and over again.

Squid Mike: Tazzy, if your program isn't going to use that school/teacher anymore anyway, I don't see why they won't report her. I'd rather be known as the program that upholds good standards of teaching than the one that'll take whoever volunteers. It's just a bummer that the pool is so thin that they have to do so.

My feelings exactly. Thanks to all who have been giving their opinions and such. When my friend and I last talked to our supervisor, the supervisor sounded like they were going to notify someone. By the way, this horrible teacher has been teaching for 23 years. (I might have said 13 before...) She originally had taught second grade, and this is her first year teaching special education. If she had been 'teaching' like this for 23 years, then I am hoping at least one of the parents came forward. If her attitude just suddenly appeared this year, I think she could be overwhelmed and scared, which is making her act like this. Which is absolutely NO excuse. Monday our supervisor is going to the school for the end of the placement evaluation. I am thinking by then, our supervisor has come up with something. **pulling hair out smiley**

Off to clean out Sydney's closet (again!) Am hoping this time that the clothes I pull out stay out. (Aunt has the bad habit of going through the too small clothes and putting them back, saying Syd can still wear them... ).

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



The giant squid - Oct 13, 2006 3:14 pm (#228 of 2989)        

Winky, I agree that that would definitely qualify as the Birthday From Hell. Stay strong, keep your chin up and remember that your friends (cyber or otherwise) are here for you.

GE, congrats on the promotion. "Junior Vice-President" sounds like one of those ideal jobs--you have authority & influence, but you're not really in charge. If something goes wrong, it's not your fault.

You're right, Regan...I'm unlikely to be pitching at a wicket anytime soon.



virginiaelizabeth - Oct 13, 2006 3:31 pm (#229 of 2989)        

(((((HUGS))))) to Winky. That's so awful, and on your birthday too! ***strengthening charms***

Ahh It's Friday the 13th! I've been superstious all day! Just as long as we don't have a full moon tonight! **knocks on wood**

CONGRATS Julie! What wonderful news!

ok time for my afternoon nap. I have a sore throat....again, me thinks the pool at school is responsible...nearly half the team has the same thing! Is that actually possible?

Happy Friday to everyone!


Herm oh ninny - Oct 13, 2006 3:56 pm (#230 of 2989)        

Hi All!

Winky- All I can say is that it's definitely his loss! Here's another big (((((HUGG)))))from me!

Good Evans- Congrats on the promotion!

Tazzy- My school actually kept its word. A fellow classmate of mine was placed in a kindergarten class where there was no play time allowed. The teacher also screamed at the little five year olds all day long and even called them "little brats". My friend went and talked to our program director and they moved her to a new school. They also called the first school and spoke to its principal about the offending teacher.

I had an interesting day today. I was pulled out of my regular classroom(where I work as a one on one aide to a little boy who is learning disabled and ADD) and asked to take over another room who's teacher was absent(I have a sub certificate). Anyway, I walked into the classroom and a little 10 year old girl ran right up to me and said "Hi Kelly!". She then reached over, grabbed my chest, and said "breast" Now this girl is classified as low functioning autistic, and she was really just identifying a body part and nothing more...;but still, it shocked the heck out of me!!


kaykay1970 - Oct 13, 2006 4:45 pm (#231 of 2989)        


Congratulations Julie!

My kids are excited. Tomorrow we are visiting the zoo. It should be a fun trip. The zoo has grown much larger since our last visit. I haven't been since the 3 year old was 2 months old so it will be all new to him.


boop - Oct 13, 2006 6:34 pm (#232 of 2989)        

Winky, (((((BIG HUGS)))),your in my thoughts.

Julie, Congrats to you!! What great new to share with us.

Azi, I am sending healing charms your way.

Kay,, have a great time at the zoo.

Have a great weekend everyone!

hugs always



Puck - Oct 13, 2006 7:17 pm (#233 of 2989)        

Herm oh ninny, a for you. I've had kids in preschool and first grade classes ask me some very personal -and perhaps not forum friendly- questions. It always takes you off guard. (I used to think of one child's older brother as the root of all evil, as every time I asked where someone heard a particular word/song, J.F. was always the answer. I went to babysit for them once, and he was surprisingly polite and well behaved. )

Our Tiger Scout leader is nice, but completely disorganized. I feel a Moms' Munity approaching. Perhaps I should just offer myself up as assistant leader and put some of my teacher skills to use.

Have fun at the zoo, Kay!

I'm going to have to dig out the mittens and hats. It was 37 degrees at the bus stop this morning, and cool and damp at soccer practice. I pulled on my wool socks and a fleece blanket as soon as I came home to get rid of the chill. Bbbbrrrrr



geauxtigers - Oct 13, 2006 7:56 pm (#234 of 2989)        

Awww Winky, thats horrible! ((hugs)) It'll be okay! Cheering charms to you!

LOL Herm-o-ninny! One 5 year old I babysit tells me things sometimes that I wonder where she heard it. She's five, but she acts like she 15. Its kinda funny, but when she wants to act like a 5 year old trust me, she does. But man does she say some *hem hem* interesting things to me sometimes! It cracks me up because she just so cute when she days it, but still!

Had a great day today! It was absolutely awesome. In english, we were supposed to go to the computer lab and work on our papers. I looked at my teacher and said straight out. "You know darn well that we aren't going to work on our papers! Its Friday, the last day of the quarter, our brains are fried, so if we go down there I can guarentee that no one is going to do anything on their papers." She gave me a smirk and said, "I know you aren't!" So we didn't go, we found the game "Battle of the Sexes" in her room and divided between the girls and guys in my class. We played it for the last hour of class. It was awesome. For those who don't know, you divide girls and guys, girls have a stack of cards with "girl" questions and the same for the guys. Girls ask the guys, guys ask the girls. Its really fun with a large group of people! They tried to trick us too! One of the questions was "How many points did Kobe Bryant score to get the record for most points in an NBA game. I said 80 instantly, but nooooo it was 81, then I caught them! That game was last year, way after the board game was made! They had made up a question! Ahhh it was still fun and we got credit for the anwser!

Then we watched a movie in Bible because my teacher was out and then for lunch, we had a "Grill club" which consists of 4 seniors who thought it'd be fun to grill hamburgers and sell tickets to raise money for cancer research. So I got a yummy burger and sat outside on a chilly day! It was great! And they raised over 600 dollars last time they did it, no word yet how much they raised this time, but I'll bet its more than last time.

Parallel parking seems to be the bane of most driving students

I've never even attempted to parallel park. We never had to do it, then again there are very few places here where you even need to know how to park like that. In a city I guess you are more likely to have to PP, but I don't really live in a big city, so its not really an issue! But that stupid car parking game is addicting!

Okay I can't remember much else! I'm going to the LSU game tomorrow! Woo!

Happy Friday!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 13, 2006 8:00 pm (#235 of 2989)        

Winky Woo, (((((BIG HUGS)))),hang in there.

Julie, Congrats to you, wishing you continued success!

...toddles off waving to everyone else...


Regan of Gong - Oct 13, 2006 8:12 pm (#236 of 2989)        

Oh yeah...champion in the making...finished the Peugeot game Parallel parking- no problems...

Sympathies to Winky...it'll be alright.

Not much going on here. I just got back from cricket where I didn't bat, but I bowled 1 over and took 3 wickets for 2 runs if you're into the game. I would've bowled more, but I finished the game for us.

School goes back tuesday...I don't think I'm ready yet. We've got our yearly school exams week 2, and then the external School Certificate in week 4. Should be alright- I really only study the week before and I go alright.



Mediwitch - Oct 13, 2006 8:12 pm (#237 of 2989)        

Oh, Winky! ((((HUGS)))). I really do know how you feel; just know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Wow! Congrats, Julie (Good Evans)!!! How exciting!

Lina: I don't think you should give up because so many other people failed, I'm just saying that there are battles you can loose even if you are on the right side. The most important is never to forget the reason why you became a teacher.

You know, Lina, that was very timely advice. We have been having a series of related and very difficult situations at one of my schools, and your comments really rang true for me.

**Healing Charms** to azi, and **Strengthening Charms** to Madam Pince for the camping trip.

LOL, herm oh ninny! You gotta love kids.

The thermometer in my car said 32 degrees F at 6:45 am when I left for school. Tonight we're supposed to get even colder! SmileyCentral.com

EDIT: Tori, Battle of the Sexes is a great game!


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 13, 2006 9:31 pm (#238 of 2989)        

Well, Friday the 13th has been pretty lucky for me so far **knocks on wood** I got to my government class this morning and my teacher decided to cancel the test and move it to next week. Then we watched a movie in my Bible class, so I had a lovely nap, then a yummy lunch and after that I got to play Battle of the Sexes in English as well. Then to top it all off, our football team is now 7-0, having won again tonight with a score of 38-16. And LSU plays a night game in Tiger Stadium tomorrow! W00t! And it's cold out side! 54F right now! And it's supposed to get to the upper 40's! Great day! **knocks on wood again for good measure**

LOL Herm oh ninny! that had to have been awkward!

night everyone!


kabloink! - Oct 13, 2006 9:35 pm (#239 of 2989)        

Wow. I tried to get through the 200+ posts on the new thread, but I only made it to about 40 or so. Yeah, I've given up on the Spartans this year...its been shameful, especially when you blow a 16 point lead in the last 5 minutes of a game. I, too, am elated that the Yankees are out of the playoffs-mostly because it was my team that beat them! GO TIGERS! Detroit fans have had to wait a long, long time to see this-if only the national anouncers would give our team a little credit. Yes, we lost our lead in the last game of the season, but we were in first since April! Oh well. We're going to show them all, I tell ya! I fonly the Lions could keep up with thte rest of the Detroit teams...

I was going to make another comment or two, but I forgot what they were about. Oh well=talk to everyone later!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 13, 2006 10:00 pm (#240 of 2989)        

Winky Woo, (((((BIG HUGS)))),hang in there.

Julie, Congrats to you, wishing you continued success!

...toddles off waving to everyone else...
archivist’s note: This is a duplicate of post 235, although with a different time stamp.  The thread was like this when archived.


The giant squid - Oct 14, 2006 2:27 am (#241 of 2989)        

Further proof that I'm just not hooked up right... For the last few days one of our projectors has been acting up, not reading the electronic cues to adjust the light levels (down to dim when the feature starts, up to half when the credits roll, etc.). Nothing I tried worked. Then tonight, Friday the 13th, I wiggle a couple wires & it starts working again. Should I be worried that good things happen on today of all days?

I just got back from cricket where I didn't bat, but I bowled 1 over and took 3 wickets for 2 runs if you're into the game.--Regan of Gong

"He's trying to communicate with me, I just know it!" To me, bats & runs are baseball, bowling involves pins and Wicket was an Ewok.

"Out of the mouths of babes", eh, Herm-oh-ninny? Or in your case, grabby little hands...



Laura W - Oct 14, 2006 2:32 am (#242 of 2989)        

Winky Woo:

Please accept my heartfelt condolences in this, your time of pain and distress.



azi - Oct 14, 2006 3:04 am (#243 of 2989)        

Eeek, Herm oh ninny! I would have been mortified.

There's lots of parallel (Grrr, difficult word to remember to spell!) parking in the centre (ish) of York because of the rows of terrace houses and general lack of space. My boyfriend has only done it right once when I've been in the car (i.e. without hitting the kerb). He's fine at everything else though.

To me, bats & runs are baseball, bowling involves pins and Wicket was an Ewok. - Squid Mike

What on earth is an 'Ewok'? Luckily all those Cricket things make complete sense to me.

**waves to Kabloink** It's difficult to keep up, isn't it?

A cheery Saturday to everyone!


jose043 - Oct 14, 2006 5:09 am (#244 of 2989)        

Hi Winky Woo what a horrible birthday present for you hope everything works out for you in the long run.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London.

ps left arm is slowly getting their having Physiotherapist every week on a Friday afternoon to get the movement back into my arm.J


Regan of Gong - Oct 14, 2006 5:44 am (#245 of 2989)        

Mike, you've got no idea...but you've got the right spirit...which is the most important thing.

LOL bout the Ewok. (the furry blokes from Star Wars...live in trees...make funny noises...C3PO is their leader)


Puck - Oct 14, 2006 6:41 am (#246 of 2989)        

Our grass is a lovely shade of white. Ahh, the first frost. No more bugs or allergens floating through the air. (Perhaps we should turn the heat on sometime soon.)

Mike, try walking under ladders and petting black cats and see if that works for you as well.



azi - Oct 14, 2006 6:45 am (#247 of 2989)        

Having seen two Star Wars films once, many years ago, and finding them boring, I don't remember said Ewoks. Maybe if I saw them...

We have had frost too, Puck! It looks pretty.


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 14, 2006 7:15 am (#248 of 2989)        

We, too, had our first frost! We notice it on the rooftops first. The birds in the area are going crazy for the berries on our crabapple tree. I suppose they're fattening up for their long trip.

Mike, try walking under ladders and petting black cats and see if that works for you as well. Puck **spew!**

Mediwitch, I agree about the advice Lina gave and can apply it to my own situation (even though I don't teach school - unless you count Sunday School). It was a great bit of advice, Lina.

azi, capsacin for your throat.

Continued speedy and full recovery charms to Josephine.

My friend and I are setting up a date in Nov. for our next NYC excursion. We can't decide what to do. Any ideas? **glances in Gina and Finn's direction**



kabloink! - Oct 14, 2006 7:30 am (#249 of 2989)        

Hehe, the heck with frost-we had blizzard-like snow off and on all day Thursday here. Some actually stuck overnight on our deck! Because of the cold weather, they had to move up last night's baseball game for the ALCS. We won anyway though. Sweep, sweep, sweep. SOrry, I have become a baseball fan all over again this year. I had given up for years and years, what with the Tigers not being worth watching for so long.

***waves to Azi*** It is, especially with Mr. Ian being so fussy whenever I decide not to hold him...

Have a great RoTD everyone!


Snuffles - Oct 14, 2006 7:46 am (#250 of 2989)        

Winky (((((hugs)))))

Congrats Julie (GE), what wonderful news. Well done you

Hope you have a great time at the zoo, Kay.

Have you had frost azi? we haven't had it here (yet!). It has been very mild here for the past couple of days. I have been able to go out in just jeans and a thinish long sleeved top and no coat

Parallel parking. Nope, sorry, just not going to happen here. I would rather park a long way away and walk. Mr Snuffles likes the shape of our car just the way it is!

Went to the fair last night. It always comes for a week in October and its the biggest travelling fair in Europe. Livvy decided she wanted a helium ballon in the shape of a 101 Dalmation doggy. I had to fan Mr Snuffles and persuade him to hand over the £5!! She went on lots of rides and came home very happy.

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Good Evans - Oct 14, 2006 8:32 am (#251 of 2989)        

what a carnival everyone is having this weekend - trips to the fair and the zoo!!!! hope everyone has a great time. I resisted buying a pumpkin when out today (too early) but I did pick up the Christmas turkey ordering leaflet!

Marks are having a sale and I bought a nice skirt and a suit on the internet !!

Many thanks for the congratulations everyone, you know good news is even better when shared on here as everyone takes an interest and like to know, so a big group hug to all of you!!!!

Julie XX


Catherine - Oct 14, 2006 8:34 am (#252 of 2989)        

I'm back from Camp.

It feels great to have slept in my own bed, and showered in a bathroom that isn't infested with smelly fungi. My legs and torso are covered with a colorful assortment of scrapes and bruises from our various canoeing and spelunking adventures. I also managed to bring home a stomach virus from camp, courtesy of one of my seventh grade boys, so I'm not feeling quite the thing.

Did I mention that I love my own clean bathroom?

Overall, though, it was fun, and I could tell that my students made some important memories during our trip.

I skimmed through the various posts made since my departure, and I wanted to send sympathies to Winky. I also wanted to say that I had an awesome mentor teacher during my teaching internship, and after reading Tazzy's posts, I am even more grateful for her.

Hope everyone enjoys a good weekend. **waves madly**

Did I mention that I love being at home with my own clean bathroom?  cheers


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 14, 2006 8:57 am (#253 of 2989)        

"Out of the mouths of babes", eh, Herm-oh-ninny? Or in your case, grabby little hands... –Mike


Did I mention that I love being at home with my own clean bathroom?

Once, or twice, everyday...since you got home! LOL

It's a gorgeous day here, but obviously no frost! It's football weather! w00t!

not much happening around here! My cat woke me up rudely this morning, so I'm thinking about going to lie down again. I seem to be in the process of losing my voice...not good!

Anyways...happy Saturday to you all!


geauxtigers - Oct 14, 2006 10:00 am (#254 of 2989)          

Mike, try walking under ladders and petting black cats and see if that works for you as well And you could always take a hammer to a mirror I accidentally broke a dry erase board that was a mirror, on Thursday...ah I guess 7 years of bad luck it to follow.

Maybe that’s why I can't find a homecoming dress! I'm headed out now! I have to have one for next week.

Later when I have more time!


azi - Oct 14, 2006 10:25 am (#255 of 2989)        

Congrats on surviving to come back to your lovely, clean bathroom, Catherine!

Snuffles - it was on Thursday morning, the frost. But it has been warm enough for t-shirts recently! Glad you enjoyed the fair - I never did when we were dragged to it because we weren't allowed on any of the rides, except the Gallopers, because my brother had a fear of fairground rides. What was the point in going, lol? (£5 for a balloon?  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 793915934   I'd need a cold compress! )

Kabloink, I'm sure your baby will feel like running away from you soon enough.


Puck - Oct 14, 2006 10:36 am (#256 of 2989)        

Kabloink, last fall/winter I used to surf the forum while feeding the baby. She would fall asleep on my lap and I would head to the chat room. I find now that she is on the move and grabs at the keyboard when I do hold her, forum time is a bit less.

Nothing as grand as a clean bathroom. (Quick healing for those bruises.)

My son got to play goalie at his game. He made several good saves. Our team actually scored a couple of goals as well. (We still haven't won any, but at least we're not getting creamed like we were in the beginning. I think today was 4-2.)

Oh, just remembered I was supposed to think of a riddle! Off to scan the books....



Tazzygirl - Oct 14, 2006 11:30 am (#257 of 2989)        

Does it count as frost when you have the morning dew on the windshield of your car? **looking hopeful** I'm so jealous of all of you with the frosty grass!

Ewoks- that was my favorite of the Star Wars movies. I thought they were soo cute!

Busy day today- going to a friend's house at 11 to work on a lesson we are teaching Monday, and then at 2 we are heading to the water park for a three years old's birthday party. Should be fun- pirate themed...

Have a great weekend everybody!!



Snapes’ Apprentice - Oct 14, 2006 12:31 pm (#258 of 2989)        

And now for something completely different.

In the last year I have gone from a retired electronics tech seeking adventure; restoring an old wooden schooner, to a house potato who cherishes the comfort of my apartment. In that context I have found the best beer since I left Germany (a very long time ago.) The best part is; it's a local brew; Carolina Blond. Painting Sheila, are you listening?

I started a computer model of Hogwarts but was baffled by a rapid drop in enthusiasm. I had to think about that one for a while but I understand it now. The magic of the WW is not derived from buildings. It's the rich human interaction JKR created. Now I'm casting about for a new 3d animation project. I'll probably finish Hogwarts but more as practice than a labor of love. For some reason my thoughts keep returning to a medieval joust scene. Probably because in the past, I have modeled a human figure and a horse. It would be a piece of cake to join the two and modify the horse mesh to one of those powerful steeds with the large hooves and big butts. Making armor would probably be fun as well.... We'll see.

Sorry for not checking on recent posts but best regards to the lot (WOW! since HP I find myself thinking 'British' more and more.)


Lina - Oct 14, 2006 1:44 pm (#259 of 2989)        

You know, Lina, that was very timely advice. – Mediwitch

Always glad to be of service. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 2752390508

We haven't had any frost here yet. The temperature started to go down only today, thanks to the wind. There are some flowers that use to bloom in September and October and no sign of them yet. My daughter and I are very fond of them because I read about them in a children's magazine several years ago and thought how those flowers must not be growing in our area because I've never seen them before. Then I continued reading the article and found out that they grow exactly in our area. Few days later, when I was walking with the mentioned daughter, I noticed the flowers for the first time. And we started to notice more and more of them every autumn since. But not this year. My hubby thinks that the flowers don't think it is autumn yet. I hope they will bloom soon. This month in Croatian is called the leaves falling month, but the leaves are mostly still green. As much as I like sunny weather, I'm starting to worry.

Good luck with the modelling, Snapes' Apprentice! Make sure to make few potions too and a nice cauldron!

I think that there are some members that could use the healing charms.


geauxtigers - Oct 14, 2006 1:56 pm (#260 of 2989)        

Well I found a homecoming dress! Now I just have to find shoes...you'd be surprised how hard it is to find a simple brown suede pump that isn't so high that I'd break my ankle if I fell. Apparently this is a very hard thing to find. Especially when you have huge feet. I hate shopping for shoes!

Glad you had fun camping! Glad you have your nice clean bathroom back too! LOL

I can't believe it! Frost! Really? Seriously?! Lucky! But its really a pretty day here. Perfect football weather, it'll be about 75F at kick off and in the upper 60's by the games end. I think I'll bring a sweatshirt just in case! Or wear a long sleeve shirt under my jersey...

Lina, the leaves here aren't changing yet, they usually hold off til at least November, unlike most places! Then again, its not as cold here, so it makes sense. Isn't it funny how you never notice things until someone points them out, then suddenly you start seeing them everywhere. Like with the flowers, they were probably always there, you just never paid them any attention. Suddenly, once you know about them, they are everywhere!

Anyway I hope everyone has a great Saturday!


Lina - Oct 14, 2006 2:23 pm (#261 of 2989)        

True, Tori, I think that's exactly the case. The same thing happened to me when I colored my hair red, suddenly, half of the women I met had red hair. Or when I was pregnant, it seemed as all women are pregnant.


The giant squid - Oct 14, 2006 2:26 pm (#262 of 2989)        

Mike, try walking under ladders and petting black cats and see if that works for you as well—Puck

Come to think of it, I do get along well with cats, and I don't seem to have any problems with ladders... (cue eerie music)

Ewoks- that was my favorite of the Star Wars movies.—Tazzygirl

That's a big difference between men & women--most male Star Wars fans will point to Return of the Jedi as the worst of the series (or at least the original trilogy). I don't think it was that bad, but the Ewok Adventures movies afterward were pretty lame.

So, Catherine...how do you like your bathroom? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042



Tazzygirl - Oct 14, 2006 3:51 pm (#263 of 2989)        

Squid Mike: ...but the Ewok Adventures movies afterward were pretty lame.

I would have to agree with that!

So the friend who was supposed to go with me to the three year old's birthday party at the waterpark is super sick. Not sure if I'll be going now. Bummer.



timrew - Oct 14, 2006 4:05 pm (#264 of 2989)        

Winky - the guy was a heel who did not deserve someone as kind and compassionate as you. Oh, and by the way, Happy Birthday!

My son is working at the Buxton Opera House, a job I know he loves. Today, while working, he fell off the stage and broke his leg. I look on the bright side, it could have been his back, his neck or his skull. He is in hospital until Tuesday - it was a complicated break of the lower leg, fracturing the two bones.

He goes in for an operation tomorrow, to have his leg pinned. Fortunately he's young, slim and fit, so he should recover. But the hospital says it'll be three months. So it goes.............


Tazzygirl - Oct 14, 2006 4:31 pm (#265 of 2989)        

Ouch! **Healing charms to Tim's son!!**



Puck - Oct 14, 2006 4:40 pm (#266 of 2989)        

Healing charms to Tim's son. (Didn't he know that "Break a leg" is just an expression of the theater, and was not meant to be taken literally? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 464751818)


boop - Oct 14, 2006 5:32 pm (#267 of 2989)        

Snapes Apprentice, welcome to the chat thread! Feel free to share anytime.

Tim, sending healing charms to your son. I hope he heals fast.

Kathy, lol

hugs always



Snapes’ Apprentice - Oct 14, 2006 6:44 pm (#268 of 2989)        

Good luck with the modelling, Snapes' Apprentice! Make sure to make few potions too and a nice cauldron! Lina

Great idea Lina. Actually there's a little magic I can share now. I recently put this animation up for an animation forum (Anim8or.com) as a tribute to the 'Disney magic'. I did all the modeling, animation and even wrote two programs to create the sparkles. However, it may take a little work to view it. Windows Media Player requires an 'MPEG4 codec' to display my animation. You can download one from here;


When you run it, a standard 'installer' comes up and installs the codec on your system. If you have previously installed DiVX (a commercial codec) you won't need this.

The Animation is on my ISP at;


On a 56k modem, it will take about 5 minutes to download. I hope some of you are able to see it.


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 14, 2006 6:45 pm (#269 of 2989)        

LOL, Puck!

Tim, reparo and healing charms to your son for a speedy recovery. Will keep him in our thoughts and prayers with regard to his operation. (Always a tough thing to do when it is your child - I've been through it with 2 out of 3.)

Going to Javits Center tomorrow with Olivia. She will be in digital gadget and gaming heaven.

Snape's Apprentice - I downloaded the program then tried your site but it did not work. Do not be alarmed. The face to the left is my normal state. Would love to see the model if I could, though.

one of those powerful steeds with the large hooves and big butts Are you referring to a Clydesdale?? Hmm, a beer tie-in. . .very clever.


kaykay1970 - Oct 14, 2006 7:48 pm (#270 of 2989)        

Healing charms to Tim's son!

We had a great time at the zoo. I was a little disappointed than the Little Guy wasn't that interested in the animals. He seemed to want to ride the train instead of look at critters. The last exhibit that we saw was the Creatures of the Night. The kid went absolutely "batty" over the bats! What a strange child. I always wanted to bring home a cute little monkey or an elephant when I was a kid...

My eldest didn't go with us today as she was already in Memphis. She had an overnight field trip with her Creative Writing class to the Southern Festival of Books. Every time I did a head count it just seemed my number was off! Anyway she had a great time too. She is super excited that she met Vivian Vande Velde and now owns an autographed copy of Companions of the Night.


Mediwitch - Oct 14, 2006 8:05 pm (#271 of 2989)        

Welcome back Catherine! So how's the bathroom?

Kathy: Healing charms to Tim's son. (Didn't he know that "Break a leg" is just an expression of the theater, and was not meant to be taken literally? )

You took the words right off of my keyboard!

We had frost the last two nights (very light the first night) and we've had a fire in the fireplace both nights now. We always try to hold out as long as we can before turning the heat on, although we've had to turn it on in my father-in-law's room...can't have a "Pop-sicle" now, can we? BA-DUM-DUM! (Can you tell I spent 7 hours cooped up inside in a training class today?)


geauxtigers - Oct 14, 2006 8:47 pm (#272 of 2989)        

So LSU won 49-0. We left at half-time, it was kinda boring because it was so lopsided. Our seats were really high and we couldn't even read the numbers on the jerseys or hear the band. But the weather was nice, I had to put my jacket on!

**healing charms to Tim's son**

I think I'm gonna go to sleep now, I'm really tired for some reason...plus the cold weather makes my want to snuggle up under the covers with a HP book! So I think I will!

Hope everyone has a great evening!


Snapes’ Apprentice - Oct 14, 2006 9:16 pm (#273 of 2989)        

Snape's Apprentice - I downloaded the program then tried your site but it did not work. Do not be alarmed. The face to the left is my normal state. Would love to see the model if I could, though.HungarianHorntail11

After downloading the 'codec' you have to run it once to install it. Then, when you click the animation link, Windows Media Player should automatically start up and play the animation.

Sorry I can't simplify this a little. I tried to make the animation in a version that will play on any WMP but it was too large to store on my little ISP storage site. The newer MPEG4 system compressed the file from 6.6Megs to 1.7Megs with no real loss of image quality. I only have 5megs of storage.


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 14, 2006 9:46 pm (#274 of 2989)        

Snape's Apprentice: I keep getting an error message saying my QT file needs a file that is not available to download. It loads the play bar all right, but no animation. Do these things only happen to me??

kaykay, someone needs a haircut! Glad you had fun at the zoo! Don't feel too badly - Trevor would enjoy the "fluffy spiders". (aka, tarantulas )

Mediwitch - ouch on that last joke, LOL!

Off to try and get some sleep before a busy day.


Puck - Oct 14, 2006 10:26 pm (#275 of 2989)        

Just finished Eragon. It's almost 1:30am, but I came back online to check the hangman, silly me.

We had to turn on the heat. Baby isn't great about keeping blankets on, and she felt a bit chilly this morning when I got her up.

Off to bed.



Snapes’ Apprentice - Oct 14, 2006 10:32 pm (#276 of 2989)        


QT is an Apple 'Mac' movie player. I know there are also versions for Windows and installing one can 'take over' as the default movie player. If you are using a 'Mac', I'm not sure how you would play this (I've never used a Mac.) If you have a Windows system, you can save the animation. Then, right button click on it. You will get a menu of options. Select the 'Open With' option. Windows should now show a list of the programs that can display this animation. Select 'Windows Media Player'.


Elanor - Oct 14, 2006 10:39 pm (#277 of 2989)        

Just popping in to send (((((hugs)))) to Winky, congratulations to Julie and healing charms to all of you who need some!!

Have a great weekend!

**waving to everybody**


Edit: Oh and Mike: "That's a big difference between men & women--most male Star Wars fans will point to Return of the Jedi as the worst of the series (or at least the original trilogy). "
Not always true!! My favourite of the first trilogy has always been The Empire Strikes Back! So wish Irvin Kershner had made Return of the Jedi too!!! Oh, and the new trilogy as well, come to think of it!


Lina - Oct 15, 2006 12:39 am (#278 of 2989)        

Healing charms to Tim's son!

Snapes' Apprentice, just continue the good work!


The giant squid - Oct 15, 2006 2:12 am (#279 of 2989)        

I knew I'd get a response from Elanor about Star Wars. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042

Sorry to hear about your son's leg, Tim. Like you said, he's young & should heal fine, but three months can be a long time when you're flat on your back...



Winky Woo - Oct 15, 2006 3:53 am (#280 of 2989)        

Thanks everyone.

I am back in work at the moment, (yes I know its Sunday!)

Tim, I lived (until last Sunday) about 15 miles from Buxton, Now talking of frosts, that is a cold place! Healing charms to your Son.

You guys will never know how much all your good thoughts, prayers and charms have meant this week. I haven't much had access to the internet, but this has been one of the first places I have headed to. I know I have missed a lot of stuff so I will just send a huge Healing charm to those that need it, and send a liberal Good Luck to everyone -Hey even lucky squids can use more good luck, right Mike?

I had to do quarterly reviews for my staff, so I headed into the office today, Its hard as I will have say something to them, but I doubt that the sympathy would stretch to not getting their quarterly bonus next month because of my personal issues! Actually, I feel better being here. I'm sure Fruad/Jung would have something to say about the ferocity in which I cleared my desk and draws!

I'd better do some work

Love Winky X X X


Regan of Gong - Oct 15, 2006 4:28 am (#281 of 2989)        

Snapes Apprentice..you are ever so clever (Magical Trevor?). Nah, that's some cool stuff you've made. I had a look at Anim8or and Blender...maybe next holidays I can try them out.

Glad to hear it's going better Winky.

I think we should have a sign at work on every checkout. YOU CANNOT BUY SMOKES FROM ME. You can only purchase them from the service desk. I had about 3 people openly abuse me and the supermarket when I said I couldn't sell them, no I can't walk up and get them myself and, no, they can't throw them to me.

"Can't you walk up and get them?"

"No, I'm not allowed"

"Ah, this is up. What a load of. this. (Insert expletives where iambic pentameter permits)

Yeah, but anyway, it's been alright today. pretty tired, and I don't want the holidays to end, but yeah, what can you do?



azi - Oct 15, 2006 5:14 am (#282 of 2989)        

Healing charms to your soon, Timrew! Will he still be able to work with his broken leg?

Sounds horrible, Regan! Isn't it obvious you can't buy them at the checkout though?

**waves to Winky** Have fun at work (on a Sunday?...no way!)! Thanks for the good luck! There'll be something I need it for, somewhere!

So far today I've been on the forum, watched Pirates of the Caribbean and eaten my breakfast. Tis a lazy day.


kaykay1970 - Oct 15, 2006 5:20 am (#283 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 15, 2006 5:51 am

Good job Snape's Apprentice!

Maria, maybe the program didn't down load properly for you. I had no trouble running the animation. And I am totally hopeless when it comes to the computer. Lina can attest to that! lol

Regan, your story reminds me of way back when I worked in a video store. A lady came in and rented some Nintendo games for her son. Anyway one of the games required using the gun. Since she didn't own a gun for Nintendo she had to rent that little piece of equipment in order to play. Her argument was that if the game required the gun that it should come with the rental of the game. Anyway, I got the worst "cussin" in my life from that woman! Her poor son just stood there looking at the floor...


Puck - Oct 15, 2006 5:31 am (#284 of 2989)        

Right, and since you need a television and nintendo to play, the game should come with those as well...  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1242194059

Azi, enjoy such lazy days while you can. *sigh*

Winky, may I add that cleaning the bathroom with ex's toothbrush is also very therapeutic. (I speak from experience. No, I did not return the brush, though I thought of it.) Plus, you'll have a nice shiny bathroom in case Catherine decides to stop by for a visit.



Lilly P - Oct 15, 2006 7:24 am (#285 of 2989)        

Timrew, healing charms to your son! and soothing charms to you, I know it's tough when your child is sick/hurt!

Snape's Apprentice, where can I find this Carolina brew? I looked in the Class 6 store on Base, but couldn't find it. are you inland or coastal?

Julie, Congrats!

Regan, sympathy charms to you, I used to work in customer service and some people can be just sooooo rude!

for all of you with frost....KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!!! I need 2 more weeks to get all of my tomatoes and peppers large enough to harvest!!! Please send all appropriate warming/growing charms to North Carolina! Things are going well here since Mr. P's return from Iraq, we are all now back on a schedule (baby P didn't want to sleep for the first 2 weeks, thinking her daddy wouldn't be here when she got up) he is starting to interview for jobs in the Boise area for when we move in Dec/Jan, keep your fingers crossed for us! anyway, I'm going to be late for church if I don't get my fanny off the computer! great day charms to all!


juliebug - Oct 15, 2006 7:35 am (#286 of 2989)        

Gee, Lilly P., it must be hard to type that way! Just kidding Best of luck with your garden. I hope the tomatoes and peppers get used in very tasty ways.


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 15, 2006 9:20 am (#287 of 2989)        

Winky, may I add that cleaning the bathroom with ex's toothbrush is also very therapeutic. (I speak from experience. No, I did not return the brush, though I thought of it.) Plus, you'll have a nice shiny bathroom in case Catherine decides to stop by for a visit.—Kathy

SPEW!!! I'll also have to second Kathy here, hunt down the toothbrush! Also, throwing darts at a picture of him works quite well!

Well busy day today. My friend is coming to pick me up, and we're gonna do a bit of shopping, and grab some lunch. Then we are going to head out to another friend's house to work on decorations for homecoming. Should be fun!

LOL Regan! Don't you hate people like that??! Those darn muggles!

Happy RotD!


Puck - Oct 15, 2006 10:31 am (#288 of 2989)        

Gee, Lilly P., it must be hard to type that way!



Chemyst - Oct 15, 2006 11:38 am (#289 of 2989)        

Winky – Pick one: ((hug)) -or- a thumbed nose for Mr. ex.

Woo-Hoo to Good Evans

speedy arm & leg repair wishes for josephine & timrew jr.

crossing fingers (one at a time) for Lily's big Boise move

Greetings to Snape's Apprentice

"I feel more complete for doing so." – Regan, (on the Marietta thread, after having read valueflection's post)   I'm very happy for you.

Tazzy, (or Amilia if you’re out there,) do you need anti-earthquake charms?

Madame Pince, did you survive your weekend?

... um, I'm all out of news of my own now.


Snapes’ Apprentice - Oct 15, 2006 12:02 pm (#290 of 2989)        

Snapes Apprentice you are ever so clever (Magical Trevor?). Regan of Gong

And you are a poet and don't know it. I've never understood the mentality of people that think the clerk at the counter is running things.

one of those powerful steeds with the large hooves and big butts Are you referring to a Clydesdale?? Hmm, a beer tie-in. . very clever.HungarianHorntail11

On a visit to the Bush Brewery in St. Louis (no relation to 'the president who shall not be named') I learned that Clydesdales were once used by armored knights because of their great strength. And the cleverness is yours. Any relationship to a Miss Granger?

Snape's Apprentice, where can I find this Carolina brew? I looked in the Class 6 store on Base, but couldn't find it. are you inland or coastal?Lilly P

I see them occaisionaly in the Piggly Wiggly markets (don't you just love that name?) More often in the Food Lion stores. I suspect that demand is currently greater than supply. I live in Washington, a sleepy riverside town on the Pamlico river in eastern North Carolina. Natives of the region would probably capitalize 'eastern' because of a fierce sense of connection with ECU. I live here because I like it here, not because I was born here.

I love magic! That's why I went into electronics (charms and spells.) My other choice would have been chemistry (potions) or physics (the Philosopher's Stone.)


Loopy Lupin - Oct 15, 2006 12:25 pm (#291 of 2989)        

Hello all. Hope your weekends have been good. Thought I'd give a couple of quick reviews. Very quick because there's no real forum friendly way to discuss the details of either of these movies. Anyway The Departed was tha' bomb. ****waves to Kim and all other Boston people**** Indeed, it was a wicked-good movie. Jesus Camp is a very compelling documentary, for those of you who like documentaries.

Have a good Sunday evening all.


Denise P. - Oct 15, 2006 1:50 pm (#292 of 2989)        

Has Tazzy or any of the Hawaii members checked in to say they are okay? There was a major earthquake in Hawaii today.


kaykay1970 - Oct 15, 2006 2:19 pm (#293 of 2989)        

I just heard the news on the car radio! Safety charms to Tazzy,Mills and anyone else that needs them!


The giant squid - Oct 15, 2006 3:19 pm (#294 of 2989)        

Well, it seems my Friday the 13th luck has worn off... I just spent 3 hours trying and failing) to fix something that was supposedly fixed yesterday. In the process of thumbing its nose at me, the problem managed to spread so that our largest theater has no high-frequency sound in the main channels. Basically this means that everything is muffled and low, specially dialogue. Bleh.

And I get to go back in 2 hours to continue trying to fix it, while working my regular shift as well.

Regan, we have a phrase that you can use that might help with those customers: "Would you like to speak to my manager?" Let the boss explain to them where they can get their smokes & why.



Regan of Gong - Oct 15, 2006 3:30 pm (#295 of 2989)        

Search Magical Trevor in Google, first result that comes up-

" Everybody loves Magical Trevor

Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever

Look at him now

dissapearing a cow"

I LOVE flash toons!

It's not that offensive customers offend me emotionally, I just think it's very rude of them to 1) Hold up the queue up waiting customers and 2) are quite offensive to other customers. I don't like my job, but I'd prefer a line-up of happy consumers.

I've been planning to see "The Departed" and "Jesus Camp" had a very interesting trailer. That's all I'll say as well.

Last day of holidays



Puck - Oct 15, 2006 3:59 pm (#296 of 2989)        

Cheers to Loopy for proper use of the term "wicked awesome". We Boston-types are impressed.

So, now that I finally finished the book, when is Eragon supposed to come out? It was people here mentioning the up-coming movie that finally spurred me to read it.

You know, Tazzy hasn't been on line that I've noticed today. Finn, did she ever e-mail you?


Chemyst - Oct 15, 2006 4:06 pm (#297 of 2989)        

They are reporting power outage caused by this morning's earthquake was islandwide for O'ahu and spotty on the other islands.


timrew - Oct 15, 2006 4:29 pm (#298 of 2989)        

azi:- Will he still be able to work with his broken leg?

Thanks to all that wished my son well on the way to a speedy recovery. In answer to your question, azi, I don't know.

He is a stage hand/sound technician, so I suppose he still could be employed as a sound technician, as long as he sat in one place!


boop - Oct 15, 2006 4:42 pm (#299 of 2989)        

Winky, You have lots of support here. ((HUGS))

Lily, Glad to hear things are going good for you. I will keep my fingers crossed. I am sending warming charms your way.

Loopy, thanks for the movie reviews.

Sending safety charms to forum members who live in Hawaii.

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

hugs always



Loopy Lupin - Oct 15, 2006 4:46 pm (#300 of 2989)        

LOL. My law school roommate's wife is from Boston, so I had a wicked awesome education in Boston and New England slang. ***takes a swig of Moxie and shudders***

Charms to the Hawaii forumers.

Tim, sorry to hear about your son. Hope he recovers quickly.
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HungarianHorntail13 - Oct 15, 2006 5:32 pm (#301 of 2989)        

I have to go shower, but I don't have enough time to read the last 96 posts.

I went with my mom to some sort of electronics thing in NYC, and it was really cool! It was sort of like what I think an E3 would be.... I got to try Nintendo's new system, Wii (pronounced we) and enter a Super Smash Bros Tournament. I almost beat the champ, but he got lucky and picked up a bomb. Then he threw it at me when recovering from a hit.

~Fires off needed good luck and feel better charms where needed.~

The computer battery is about to die...


Regan of Gong - Oct 15, 2006 6:30 pm (#302 of 2989)        

You got the play the Wii!?! Insanely jealous...


Mediwitch - Oct 15, 2006 6:39 pm (#303 of 2989)        

Snapes’ Apprentice- very cool animation!

Sending some Felix Felicis to Tazzy and Mills, and the rest of Hawaii!!!

We (Mr. Mediwitch, me, and our son) played a pretty cool board game last night that Ryan brought home with him from college - it's called Carcassone. Has anyone ever played it before? Ryan would be insanely jealous about the Wii, also!

I finished my American Heart Association BLS Instructor Class, so I'm all set to teach CPR and First Aid again. I used to teach for the American Red Cross, but AHA has a closer training center now, so I've swapped over. It was a decent class, but I'm glad it's done as it took most of the weekend!


Finn BV - Oct 15, 2006 6:47 pm (#304 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 15, 2006 7:40 pm

Wow, it's been a couple days on this thread, school is keeping me so busy!!

Just a few things, hope I didn't miss anything too drastic!

Healing charms to Tim's son!

Congrats to Chemyst on her gold star and avatar!

My best to our Hawaii forumers, as well as to our Western NY forumers – there was a huge snowstorm which blew out power on Thursday night, causing my aunt, uncle and cousin, who I was eagerly anticipating to come down to NYC for a wedding, to have to tend to their home. Since all the leaves were still on the trees there are thousands of trees down too. Apparently, the snow has already melted by now, though, just leaving many, many people without power probably for about a week. The wedding was still fun though.

Hopefully I'll be able to check in during the week…

EDIT: For those interested, Five Words Story 37 has been posted, but please don't post on our new thread, Vol IV until Puck, the starter of this story posts her submission! Thanks!


boop - Oct 15, 2006 6:49 pm (#305 of 2989)        

Congrats to Mediwitch, now we know who to call on when needed.


painting sheila - Oct 15, 2006 8:02 pm (#306 of 2989)        

HAs anyone heard from Tazzy or others from the islands?

Winky - I am so sorry and send you a few darts to throw at a picture of the ex - -> -> -> -> I hope they land right on his nose! Time will make it better. ((((hugs))))

The mammoth turned out so cute - I just have to build a head piece for it. I am working on the dinosaur spines and little then off to bed.

Love to all - missed you the last few days - can't wait for things to slow down -



Puck - Oct 15, 2006 8:11 pm (#307 of 2989)        

I never did get any work done on my skeleton costume this weekend. I better get cracking. I only have 8 days to finish, and so far all I've done is cut out the pieces.

To any interested, the new 5 words thread is open for business.

I made both applesauce and brownies this afternoon. House still smells like a combination of chocolate and cinnamon. Mmmmmmmm.

Loopy, the only person I ever met who drank Moxie was my grandmother. Perhaps you'd like to try a Sam Adams beer?



Snapes’ Apprentice - Oct 15, 2006 8:24 pm (#308 of 2989)        

I went with my mom to some sort of electronics thing in NYC, and it was really cool!HungarianHorntail13

**Makes gurgling sounds while fighting down a fit of jealousy**

Thanks everyone who saw and liked my animation. That's what makes the three week effort worthwhile.

Hope everyone is ok in Hawaii. I went through three major quakes in Southern California and tons of little roller coaster quakes. It always took at least a day for phone service to go back to normal after a big one. That's because of the flood of calls coming in from relatives living elsewhere.


kabloink! - Oct 15, 2006 9:28 pm (#309 of 2989)        

We did it! World Series here we come!! I'm so excited-the Tigers are in the World Series for the first time since 1984, life in Motown is happy today!

Healing charms to your son, Timrew, and good luck to everyone in Hawaii and New York. We had that same snowstorm here in Michigan, but it sounds like it got worse as it headed east.

Tomorrow is the baby's one month checkup-I'm really excited to see what he weighs now. ALrighty-off to bed for me.


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 15, 2006 9:33 pm (#310 of 2989)        

**joins Regan in being insanely jealous that Olivia got to play the Wii** And I'm not much of a video game player, but that thing looks insanely cool!!!

**safety charms to everyone in Hawaii**

I had a busy day today. We spent about 4 and half hours making posters/banners for our homecoming decorations. They are really super cute! We even built the Mayflower! (our theme is holidays and Juniors have Thanksgiving) They're gonna be the BEST!! then a friend came over and we watched Major Payne Such a funny movie! I love Major Payne's version of The Little Engine That Could! Too funny! ANNNDD...No school tomorrow! Teacher in-service day! w00t!

Have a great RotN everyone!

**wanders off to 5 words**


Herm oh ninny - Oct 15, 2006 9:40 pm (#311 of 2989)        

Puck- Eragon is scheduled to release on Dec.15. If you go to Eragon.com you can watch the trailer. It looks pretty good(except that Galbatorix seems to play a huge part in the movie and Saphira is shown flying all over the battle breathing fire!!) But you know us book readers, picky picky.  By the way, if you are planning on buying Eldest, you can order the special edition (it has an excerpt from book 3 and other cool additions) from shurtugal.com and it will be signed by Chris Paolini for you!

My prayers go out to our Hawaii forumers. I hope to hear from you all soon.

Olivia- How was the WII? I can't wait to buy it, Twilight Princess is set to debut with it!

I went and saw Man of the Year Last night, and I'm not sure if I liked it or not Robin Williams was hilarious, but the story line didn't really grab me. Oh well, next Friday I'm going to see The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D

Well, off to visit Potty 5 Words.


geauxtigers - Oct 15, 2006 11:00 pm (#312 of 2989)        

Wow, I haven't been home all day, this is the first I heard about the earthquake! **safety charms to all those affected**

Also **safety charms to all affected by the snow**

I was rudely awakened by Ginny jumping on my bed this morning telling me my friend would be there in 30 minutes to pick us up. We went shopping then onto decorations for Homecoming. I must say, I helped paint a super cool turkey LOL it was fun. After me and my friend came home and we rented a movie from blockbuster and just kinda hung out for a while. I finally got my hands on a video game that is never there, always checked out, turns out the ding batty girl behind the counter gave me the wrong one, but who cares. They are essentially the same, but still.

**Is very jealous that Olivia got to play a Wii**

I want the Playstation 3 thats coming out in December, but if anyone has seen the price tag, lets just say my PS2 is just fine! I'll wait a year and it'll go down dramatically in price. My cousin told me a while back that he has saved all his money since it was announced to be coming out and he has enough set aside. Then again he a guy and me unlike him, I have no self control when I shop. "hey I made 40 bucks babysitting, and this shirt sure is cute!" Yeah, I'll go to his house, I think.

Okay I'm super tired, its been a long day and its one a.m. here.

Night everyone!


Tazzygirl - Oct 16, 2006 12:13 am (#313 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 16, 2006 1:10 am

I'm here! I'm here!

Thanks for all the thoughts everyone! Chemyst was right- Oahu (the island that I live on) lost all power at about 7:30 this morning, and it just now came back on (9 pm my time). The island is now currently being run solely on generators. Everything should be back to normal tomorrow.

The earthquake measured at about 6.5, about 15 miles of the Kona coast of the Big Island. Maui and the Big Island received some structural damage, but no one was killed or seriously hurt, thankfully! When the earthquake hit this morning, it woke me up- I thought for a second "Are we having an earthquake?" and then immediately headed up my stairs to my front door- it wouldn't have been fun if the 'quake got stronger, and knocked my aunt and uncle's house down on top of me (the house is almost 100 years old...). I then thought I'd go back to bed when it was over, but then a 5.6 after shock came through, so I decided I'd hang out upstairs with everyone else. I then came back down to say good morning to you all and then the power went out. LOL

The rest of the day was spent sitting and wishing the power would come back. We also had limited phone service. My cell didn't even work most of today. That was a little scary... I've been in a couple earthquakes in California, so it wasn't all completely new to me. Plus, as the Big Island has earthquakes all the time due to the still active volcanos, they weren't really panicky. Oahu, on the other hand, was slightly embarrassing... Everyone thought we wouldn't have power for several days. AND people were lining up at gas stations for gas. Where are they going to go? Nothing was open today besides a couple grocery stores selling water, and about three gas stations. Some restaurants were serving cold meals for free... Kind of funny to see people panicky over a power outage. It's not like we haven't had a power outage before... Oh well! Haven't heard from Mills, but I am sure she is all right.

Now I am off to see if any of the food in my fridge is still good. I know the freezer stuff is... After about 12 hours, should I toss the refrigerator stuff out?

**Charms to Northern New York!**

Herm oh ninny- I haven't seen 'Man of the Year' yet. Not sure about the plot, but Robin Williams is hilarious in the trailers for it. Thanks for the info!

Ginny and Tori- Hope you are having fun getting ready for Homecoming!

Talk to you all later...



Laura W - Oct 16, 2006 2:40 am (#314 of 2989)        

Kaykay wrote, "We had a great time at the zoo. I was a little disappointed than the Little Guy wasn't that interested in the animals. He seemed to want to ride the train instead of look at critters. The last exhibit that we saw was the Creatures of the Night. The kid went absolutely "batty" over the bats! What a strange child. I always wanted to bring home a cute little monkey or and elephant when I was a kid..."

For what it's worth, Kay, I think your son has fine taste. Although I love *all* animals, and have all my life - my formal education is in conservation although that is not what I actually do professionally -, I have a particular fondness for bats as well.



Regan of Gong - Oct 16, 2006 2:43 am (#315 of 2989)        

Just got back from The Departed. I thought it was excellent. I'd highly recommend it, although there's a lot of violence and language in it. It was pretty clever, it kept me guessing and I needed to be constantly thinking. Jack Nicholson was pretty good, as was Matt Damon and Leonardo Di Caprio. Thoughts from anyone else?

I had to use all my powers of self-restraint to stop me putting down a $50 deposit on the Wii this arvo at EB games. I might do it this weekend, as I should be able to pay it off by December 7. It's $399 here in Aus, packaged with Wii Sports. I understand it's around $250 over there? I can't wait to play golf, or use a sword!


The giant squid - Oct 16, 2006 3:12 am (#316 of 2989)        

I haven't seen 'Man of the Year' yet. Not sure about the plot, but Robin Williams is hilarious in the trailers for it.—Tazzygirl

First off, I'm glad you're okay (though being without power--and thus the internet--for 14 hours might have killed me).

As for Man of the Year, it's not the silly-fest the trailer makes it out to be. It's actually a pretty serious movie, which may be why a lot of critics are panning it. I actually liked it, but then I've been saying for years that the choices they give us on election day aren't worth the effort of voting...

I'm officially old...not only am I not eagerly looking forward to Wii, I hadn't even heard of it until I saw it mentioned here.

*toddles off to dig his Atari 2600 out of storage*



Julie Aronson - Oct 16, 2006 4:57 am (#317 of 2989)        

Speedy recovery to your son, Tim!

Kristina, good to hear from you! I was worried when I saw the news this morning. No, I didn't forget your Gilmore Girls email, I've just been more swamped with schoolwork than I expected.

Well, back to it, then!

Have a great day!!!!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 16, 2006 5:19 am (#318 of 2989)        

Cheers to Loopy for proper use of the term "wicked awesome". We Boston-types are impressed.---Puck

I have to admit I didn't even notice his use of the words. Either I'm too used to them or I skimmed.

Puck's got it right, Loopy. Moxie's an older person's drink. Speaking of drink, I made the mistake of asking my children's friend if her mother allowed her to drink 'tonic'. She said she didn't think so but "that could be because she really didn't know what 'tonic'" was. Her parents are from New York.

As for The Departed, I heard it stinks. Albeit, this was from my mother. She said the accents were awful, the storyline was ridiculous and the use of 'that word' is a poor reflection on Bostonians.

Loopy, my husband and I got Shaun of the Dead out of the library (who knew?) and it got me wondering if you've seen They Live yet. It's getting close to Halloween and I think now would be the perfect time for a cult classic.

We went to the circus on Friday (Ringling Bros.). Puck, did I mention here I was driving through Boston the day they unloaded the animals? I drove by as they were leading 10 elephants down Memorial Drive. You don't see that every day.


Good Evans - Oct 16, 2006 5:24 am (#319 of 2989)        

Glad you are ok Tazzy, I headed over here as soon as I could during lunchbreak to make sure that we had heard from you. I know we have other hawaii members, but I can't remember who they are at the moment, so whoever you are, I hope all is fine with you too.

Glad to hear from you too Winky!

have a lovely day everyone


Loopy Lupin - Oct 16, 2006 6:23 am (#320 of 2989)        

As for The Departed, I heard it stinks. Albeit, this was from my mother. She said the accents were awful, the storyline was ridiculous and the use of 'that word' is a poor reflection on Bostonians.—Kim

Hmmmm. Well, Matt Damon was born in Cambridge and grew up in Boston and Mark Wahlberg was born in Dorchester. So, that's at least two people who didn't need any training to do an accent. None of the others struck me as particularly strained or out-of-place. The storyline was complicated, but I didn't find it ridiculous. There are indeed a lot of "words" in the movie all of which I'm sure plenty of Bostonians have used before.

Now, I'll be stupid and ask what you mean by "tonic"? Do you mean like "tonic" as in the stuff you mix with gin? Ewwwww.


haymoni - Oct 16, 2006 6:37 am (#321 of 2989)        

Tazzy, glad you are OK.

I just sent an email off to one of our departments. An employee got married this weekend and was headed to Hawaii for their honeymoon.

I didn't know if they were going to the actual island of Hawaii or Oahu or what.

Guess it will be memorable though!

Have a great week, everyone.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 16, 2006 6:40 am (#322 of 2989)        

None of the others struck me as particularly strained or out-of-place.---Loopy Lupin

How would you know? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 2775603007

'Tonic' is equivalent to soda.


haymoni - Oct 16, 2006 7:01 am (#323 of 2989)        

For those who say "soda" instead of "pop", what goes with scotch?

When we order a scotch & soda, we get scotch and club soda.

If you order a scotch & soda, would you get scotch & Coke or do folks just know that you mean club soda?


Puck - Oct 16, 2006 7:11 am (#324 of 2989)        

**waves to Tazzy while jumping up and down**

The grandmother who drank Moxie once asked for a "tonic" while wintering in Florida. She was told, "This is a church-sponsored family function. We don't serve alcohol." Poor Nana. She just wanted a can of Pepsi.

Elephants on Mem. Drive! Now that would be a funny site!

My son wants a video game this Christmas. I'm sure Mr. Puck will find the one he wants to play.

Thanks for the info, Herm oh ninny! Unfortunately, I got both books as a set, so have no excuse to order the special edition. *sigh* (I've told myself I can't start the next one until I finish my sons Halloween costume. It should work to motivate me. I finished Diva's quilt before book 6 came out, as I promised myself I wouldn't read it unless the qulit was done.)

Time to accomplish stuff!


edited to add that we assume that club soda goes in mixed drinks


juliebug - Oct 16, 2006 7:14 am (#325 of 2989)        

Tazzy, I'm so glad to hear that you are safe and sound!

Winky, I'm so glad that you are hanging in there.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 16, 2006 7:59 am (#326 of 2989)        

How would you know? – Kim

Well, I've been listening to my friend's wife for 10 years, so there! Also, I've never been to Australia, but I can tell that Leo can't do an Aussie accent to save his life. (There was a trailer for Black Diamond before The Departed .) Never been to Ireland either, but I didn't need to go to cringe upon hearing Brad Pitt in The Devil's Own or Tom Cruise in Far and Away .

Actually, I'd be interested to know everyone's opinion on the Worst Accent Ever. I'll start by voting for Tom in Far and Away . Brad was probably worse, but as I hate Tom Cruise, I'll vote for him anyway.


geauxtigers - Oct 16, 2006 8:38 am (#327 of 2989)        

Glad you are okay, Kristina! I hadn't even heard about the quake til I got here last night! I've never been through an earthquake. I think the last recorded quake here was like a 2.something in like 1900! Na they are extremely rare here.

She said the accents were awful, the storyline was ridiculous and the use of 'that word' is a poor reflection on Bostonians.

Well we all know how Hollywood just loves to screw accents up to please their own likings! They love to do that to us southern folks way down here! LOL But there is some truth in it, there are people who talk like that down here, but not everyone! They are usually highly exaggerated!

"tonic" That sounds like alcohol to me too! And if anyone came down here and asked for a "soda" or "pop", you'd get some funny looks! Its "coke" Everything is "coke" LOL. Funny how everyone calls it something different.

Well its a rainy, rainy day. I might go back to sleep, might makes some coffee and lay in bed and read. I plan on having a lazy day today. I think I have some homework, but I'll wait to later to start it.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 16, 2006 8:52 am (#328 of 2989)        

I can't wait to play golf, or use a sword! –Regan

Go iron your hands! You don't want to play those games...I want to play Harry! That's the closet you'll ever get to using your wand for REAL!! How Cool!?

**waves to Kristina** So glad everything is all right!

We never ever ever say 'soda' or 'pop' down here! everything is coke, the only time it's not, is when you are ordering a specific type of coke, like Sprite or Dr.Pepper! If you refer to cokes in general, it's either 'Cokes' or 'Soft Drinks'. LOL soda pop!

grey rainy day here. Very peaceful. Happy MOnday to everyone!! Especailly those lucky people who have school! :evilgrin:


Chemyst - Oct 16, 2006 8:58 am (#329 of 2989)        

My, my! back to pop vs, soda again so soon?
I found this in my Recurring HP Chat Topics folder. I believe it was originally posted by John Bumbledore:   http://www.popvssoda.com/


Esther Rose - Oct 16, 2006 9:03 am (#330 of 2989)        

Hi All,

Just jumping in to say, Who ever thought of covering Gummy Bears with milk chocolate should be stopped. Same with fried macaroni and cheese, and fried twinkies. Too mach bad stuff at once, but it's so good!

Thank you.

My family says Pop. I say Soda. Which is fine, because when ordering beverages I get neither. (pop or soda) I prefer Ice Tea, or Sparkling Water. As a matter of fact one way to get major minus points from me if you own a restaurant is to serve Iced Tea that tastes like someone's sweaty gym sock. Other minus points would be not having lemon slices available or even worse giving me a lemon end.


Tazzygirl - Oct 16, 2006 9:07 am (#331 of 2989)        

Just a quick check before heading off to school!

**waves to Puck and Ginny**

Julie A.- hehe! I've been wondering where my Gilmore Girls synopsis is! Nah, just joking! I completely understand the whole 'busy with school' moment! Take your time. I'm in no rush! Eventually they'll get the channel here...

Haymoni- I hope your friends make it out here! Several airlines (except 2!) are currently messed up, as they had cancelled all of their flights incoming and outgoing yesterday. Will be interesting to see how the airports get back online. Thanks again everyone for the thoughts and charms!

Thanks for more information on Man of the Year, Squid Mike! And I don't think you are that old! I have never heard of Wii either! (I also don't play many video games, so that could be my reason! Give me the original Super Mario Brothers any day! )

Oh, I say soda. My dad says Soda Pop. Not sure what the rest of the family says...

okay, going to be late! Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!



haymoni - Oct 16, 2006 9:11 am (#332 of 2989)        

I thought Tom Cruise had a terrible accent in "The Outsiders". He played Steve - "Ain't nobody gonna call the cops in this neighborhood!"

Ugh!! I have no idea what he was going for, but it was awful.


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 16, 2006 9:32 am (#333 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 16, 2006 10:47 am

Tazzy, I saw it on the news late last night - my initial thoughts were to you and Mills. So glad you are all right!

Game Tournament info.: We took the ferry into NYC. It let us out about a block from the JJC. MLG Pro Circuit hosted the Smash Brothers playoffs. Olivia played and defeated two opponents. Her third and last battle was against the champ (he had nearly 50 straight wins the previous day) - his damage was up over 50% on hers and then he resorted to using an item (which turned out to be a bomb). The spectators were jeering. The majority of them play by outright battling. He was really nice, though and gave her a backpack on his winning tickets. She won a game case on her own for two defeats. Did I mention that these challengers were much older than she? They all thought Olivia was 10 because she was so much younger than all of them - LOL! It's too bad she hadn't played SSB since June.

I've been telling her for ages that she should enter tournaments. I think it was not until yesterday that she realized maybe I am right.

Wii was cool. I can't believe how small the unit and remote are. When the new SSB comes out, she'll be able to play others around the world via WiFi. (**looks in Ginny, Tori and Regan's direction**)

I'm officially old...not only am I not eagerly looking forward to Wii, I hadn't even heard of it until I saw it mentioned here. Mike

No, Mike - that doesn't qualify you as old. You are still young enough that you would have fit in. I might mention, though, that I was definitely the only 40-year-old on the Wii line. (Now, that qualifies as old. ) So, I didn't play it. I just stood by Olivia's side and watched.

We did have a great time, though.


Herm oh ninny - Do you have any updates regarding the Snicket book signings?

**waves to Herm oh ninny and all around**


Denise P. - Oct 16, 2006 9:38 am (#334 of 2989)        

Wow, if we are at the “soda vs pop vs tonic vs Coke” debate, the next one should be the “toilet paper hanging over or under” debate. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 8 1003735042

I have heard nothing but good about The Departed

Worst accent...so many to choose from, so many to choose from!


Holly T. - Oct 16, 2006 10:29 am (#335 of 2989)        

Kristina--glad you are ok!

Tom Cruise can win worst actor or worst accent any day as far as I am concerned but in the worst accent category let's not forget Kevin Costner in Robin Hood.

I have heard pop, soda, and (of course!) Coke, but never heard of tonic until reading this thread. My son gets very offended when places have Pepsi instead of Coke but that's because he hates Jeff Gordon. My son isn't allowed to drink caffeinated beverages--he's crazy enough without them. I have found out the hard way that some orange sodas and root beers have caffeine. My daughter went into a panic one time at Arby's because my son was trying to get himself a cup of Mountain Dew.


haymoni - Oct 16, 2006 10:47 am (#336 of 2989)        

See, I don't think Kevin Costner counts because he didn't even try. Christian Slater's wasn't all that great, but he's still adorable, so I'll let him slide!


Holly T. - Oct 16, 2006 11:04 am (#337 of 2989)        

I thought Kevin tried every now and then, which only made it worse.


Puck - Oct 16, 2006 11:06 am (#338 of 2989)        

Holly, we have to be careful about caffeine, as well, due to heart conditions. I also learned the hard way about it hiding in places you don't suspect. Watch for cream soda, as well. (A&W cream soda, Barq's rootbeer, and Sunkist orange as the ones I know off hand to watch for.)

Haymoni, I watched Outsiders many times as a young teen. Never paid attention to any accents, though.


Steve Newton - Oct 16, 2006 11:14 am (#339 of 2989)        

’the next one should be the “toilet paper hanging over or under” debate’

Oh, Lord, please no.


haymoni - Oct 16, 2006 11:27 am (#340 of 2989)        


Puck - I have been meaning to rent the anniversary vers