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Snuffles - Feb 14, 2006 2:12 am (#851 of 2983)

Hey everyone

Hmm, eating squirrels, not sure I could go that!!!

Good Evans, glad your hubby and dog are getting better, hope you have an enyoyable few hours at home today.

Happy valentines to everyone.xx



Anamaria-Ginny - Feb 14, 2006 4:00 am (#852 of 2983)

Hi!Happy valentines to you to.


Elanor - Feb 14, 2006 4:27 am (#853 of 2983)

Just popping in (I'm at school, it is lunchtime here) to wish you all a wonderful Valentine's day!

**and cheering charms to Julie hoping her hubby will feel better soon**


CatherineHermiona - Feb 14, 2006 4:44 am (#854 of 2983)

Guess what? Our school was 2nd on this weekend's school shooting competition! For the first time! And I shot 159... I was so close to make best result, it really seemed like it's going to be around 170. Oh, well...

Have a nice day, everyone. Kate


kaykay1970 - Feb 14, 2006 5:48 am (#855 of 2983)

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Congratulations Kate, great shooting!


mike miller - Feb 14, 2006 5:58 am (#856 of 2983)

Great job Kate!!! I feel a personal best is in your near future.

Happy Valentine's Day to all!! Thanks to the Super Bowl pre-game show (and the commercials) I was able to try a new gift for Valentine's Day, pajamagram.com. They had many to choose from and they were a big hit; and, they'll last a lot longer than flowers!

Hey Timrew - don't take this lying down, it's was small mouse click thing, nothing wrong with the old melon!


haymoni - Feb 14, 2006 6:59 am (#857 of 2983)

Happy Hearts Day, all!!!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 14, 2006 7:03 am (#858 of 2983)

I won't say too much for those of you who haven't seen the results yet, but I'm still not quite sure how the silver medalists got that place. I'm not heartless, I swear it, and I applaud their courage, but...

Yes, courage is nice, but........... ????


Denise P. - Feb 14, 2006 8:11 am (#859 of 2983)

Happy Valentines Day

Mr. Denise found a heart shaped rice crispy treat in his boot this morning (it was wrapped!). I have brownies cooling to make each of the kids a frosted brownie heart. Mr. Denise is also going to be surprised when he discovers I made him (and the kids)a Chocolate Toffee Trifle. Foodnetwork is baaaaaddd!

I don't know how the silver meadlists placed that high either....


Catherine - Feb 14, 2006 8:30 am (#860 of 2983)

Mr. Denise is also going to be surprised when he discovers I made him (and the kids)a Chocolate Toffee Trifle. Foodnetwork is baaaaaddd! –Denise

Oh, but it sounds so gooooodddd!

Valentine's Day is full of temptations this year. Do I watch men's figure skating, or the rest of the Westminster Dog Show?

Decisions, decisions....


Loopy Lupin - Feb 14, 2006 9:17 am (#861 of 2983)

Valentine's Day is full of temptations this year. Do I watch men's figure skating, or the rest of the Westminster Dog Show? – Catherine

Goodness, what a dilemma!


Soul Mate for Sirius - Feb 14, 2006 11:22 am (#862 of 2983)

Hey everyone!! I have been so busy recently that I haven't even had time to breathe it seems. I didn't have time to read through the 1000 posts I'm behind on just on this thread alone, so I'll just say charms to everyone in need and Happy Birthday to those I may have missed.

The restaurant has been super busy recently so I've been working 7 days a week. I was home sick yesterday and again today so I've finally got some time to get on-line to check my e-mail and the forum!!

Anyway, I'm off to attempt to catch up on the threads. Something tells me the "Mark as Read" botton my come in handy!!



Tazzygirl - Feb 14, 2006 11:30 am (#863 of 2983)

Welcome back Jenn!!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!!

Great Job, Kate!

Hugs to everyone! (Good luck charms and Feel better charms to those who need them too!)

Off to school...



azi - Feb 14, 2006 12:01 pm (#864 of 2983)

Welcome back Jenn! Hopefully your workload will lessen soon! I hope you get well soon too!

Congratulations Kate!

I'm visiting Edinburgh on Saturday! Very excited, especially as I get a seat on the train!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

Edit - I apologise for all the exclamation marks!


Anamaria-Ginny - Feb 14, 2006 12:10 pm (#865 of 2983)



Madam Pince - Feb 14, 2006 12:19 pm (#866 of 2983)

Hi Jenn! Good to see you back - we've missed you! It's a shame you have to be sick in order to get time to play on the computer, though - feel better soon! Hope Aaron is doing well!

***Giggling at Kip's post as well as Tim's...***

Good Evans, it's good to hear that your household is doing better health-wise -- Hooray! We're still thinking of you and hoping it continues.

Snuffles, your avatar is so neat! Is that really Pierce Brosnan's double, or are you just complimenting your husband?

Denise, all those treats sound so good! Congrats on your training for the 5K run you're doing - that is fantastic. It must be hard to run in the freezing cold, with all that incoming air freezing your lungs from the inside!

I haven't been watching the Olympics, but I read of all the scary accidents yesterday in downhill skiing and the luge (was it luge?) Wow, frightening spectacular crashes, it sounded like. I hope those involved weren't injured badly.

Mr. Pince made me breakfast today for Valentine's Day -- it's our 8th anniversary, too. Since he will be at work tonight, we are going to celebrate next Monday when he has a holiday. He also got me a very neat book about Laura Ingalls Wilder which I have wanted for ages.

We had a nice surprise this morning in the mail. Before she passed away in the 1970's, Mr. Pince's grandmother used to crochet these elaborate and beautiful bedroom sets -- coverlets, doilies, etc. She had given a set to her best friend, who moved with her daughter to Colorado in the '80's. Apparently that friend passed away recently, and the daughter was going through her things and found the crocheted set and recognized it. She was sweet enough to think that we would like to have it, and she boxed it up and sent it to us with a lovely note about how she knew that Nana would've wanted us to have it. It is just beautiful, and we were so surprised to get it today! Not everyone would be so thoughtful as that daughter was! It really gave us a warm cozy feeling.

Welcome and "hello!" to all new members! Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!


Diagon Nilly - Feb 14, 2006 2:24 pm (#867 of 2983)

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Snuffles - Feb 14, 2006 2:32 pm (#868 of 2983)

Thanks for that Diagon Nilly, you just made me choke on my last Malteser!!!

Hi Jenn, good to see you here again, how is Aaron?

Hope you have a good trip to Edinburgh Azi, is it with Uni or for fun?

Thanks Madam Pince, but no it isn't my hubby, that really is Pierce Brosnan's body/stunt double. I went to a Valentine ball on Friday and it was a 007 theme. They had the man I am with, he has been in most of the Bond films with Pierce and he does all the jumping out of planes and scuba diving etc. They also had Jaws' body/stunt double. I didn't get my picture taken with him though, he scared me too much!!


Stephanie M. - Feb 14, 2006 3:03 pm (#869 of 2983)

Welcome back Jenn!!

Great shooting, Kate!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!

My sister turned 18 today, so I will be gone all of tonight, and I have so much homework to do!!

I also didn't understand how the silver place team placed so high! Team skating is very confusing.

Have a good Valentine's Day!


Madam Pince - Feb 14, 2006 3:24 pm (#870 of 2983)

LOL, Snuffles! My first thought at your post was "Well yeah! I'd be scared to stand next to a shark, too!"

Great Valentine, Diagon Nilly!

We're having what I call a Miami Vice sunset right now -- the colors are all turquoise/aqua and peach. It's beautiful!


Tazzygirl - Feb 14, 2006 3:59 pm (#871 of 2983)

Welcome to all the new members!!

Happy 8th anniversary Madam and Mr. Pince! (Sounds like a beautiful sunset too!)

Your avatar is awesome, Snuffles!

Have a great RotD everyone!



dizzy lizzy - Feb 14, 2006 4:23 pm (#872 of 2983)


Hello everbody! I'm back again! Happy Valentine's day to those who are still the 14th.

My workload was soo bad I don't even want to think about it , but my training was great. I still reckon I learn more from chatting and socialising with the other workmates in the course, than I do from the actual course!!!

Today is looking like a busy day too. First of all I need to hang some washing out on the line, pick up a few things from the supermarket, pick up my mail and then pick up my puppies .

Then I can come home and just collapse and rest for a while. I still have some outstanding elements of my workload to complete this afternoon/evening, so hopefully I can put my pay claim in tonight and get paid (at last!).

Welcome back Jenn, it is good to see you are OK.




timrew - Feb 14, 2006 4:42 pm (#873 of 2983)

Apologies to Kip and to Choices for posting a Chat and Greetings message on the wrong thread!

I can only put it down to advanced senility, or severe drunkenness. Only, I can't remember which it was! It might have been both........

I can only put it down to advanced senility, or severe drunkenness. Only, I can't remember which it was! It might have been both........


Snuffles - Feb 14, 2006 4:46 pm (#874 of 2983)

Tee hee Tim


Tazzygirl - Feb 14, 2006 4:54 pm (#875 of 2983)

rofl, Tim!!!

**waves to Dizzy Lizzy** Welcome back!



boop - Feb 14, 2006 5:53 pm (#876 of 2983)

LOL Tim!!!!

WElcome back Lizzy!!!

Congrats to you Kate.

Have a great rest of the day!!!

hugs always



Ydnam96 - Feb 14, 2006 6:09 pm (#877 of 2983)

Happy Valentine's Day all who celebrate. I for one will be watching my new set of Grey's Anatomy DVDs I got at Target for $17.99. No lie. A whole season for such a low price.

Jenn, it's good to see you back, I know some of us were wondering what had happened to you!



Finn BV - Feb 14, 2006 7:19 pm (#878 of 2983)

New scoring system explanation!: Kabloink, I have family who are skating people (teachers, students, etc.), so I actually mildly understand it. It rewards people who don't do as well in the short program. Apparently, it also rewards people who crash into the sides in a throw jump (highlight so those who haven't seen are spoiled). The reason is because you will only get maximum 3 points taken away for a bad jump/spin/whatever, as opposed to the old system where you judged on the overall aspect of the technical side. Each individual thing that is done gets its own score, which is added up. Points are also based on difficulty; e.g. if the jump they were attempting was really hard (which it was), then it would get around a 6.5 difficulty rating, maybe 6 or 5.5. This rating is determined by a different judge from those who actually "grade" the skating, or maybe even by the IOC. Not sure. The "basic score," for a mediocre, decent execution of the jump, would get a 6.5. A slightly better than good jump gets 7.5, a two notches better than good jump get an 8.5, and the best gets a 9.5. This works similarly for bad jumps. So the worst they could have received for that jump was a 3.5, and if the rest of their program was excellent or even okay they could easily soar into second.

Sorry for the long-winded explanation.

Hehe, I love curling! My grandfather and aunt were alternates or something for the 2002 Winter Olympics. I just learned how it works this winter and I'm so happy! Yes, it certainly is a level down on the extreme side from Ski Jumping…

Nice shooting, Kate!

Hi Jenn! Feel better and come back and just say "hi" occasionally, even if you don't read through the posts! Hope all is well.

Hi anamaria! Welcome to the forum.

Happy anniversary Madam Pince and Mr. Pince (do you call your husband Argus? )! Valentine's day! What a romantic wedding!

Very funny Diagon Nilly. But don't let Gina catch her husband handing out Valentine's cards to anyone but her…

Welcome back Lizzy!

LOL Tim. But not good enough for a spew… you'll have to do better next time.

Happy Valentine's Day everybody!


Tazzygirl - Feb 14, 2006 8:05 pm (#879 of 2983)

Ydnam96- I for one will be watching my new set of Grey's Anatomy DVDs I got at Target for $17.99. No lie. A whole season for such a low price.

Really?? **On my way to Target right now to buy the DVDs** Oh, wait. Nevermind. They don't have a Target here... bummer. Think it will still be that price in a month?



Finn BV - Feb 14, 2006 8:42 pm (#880 of 2983)

There's more than a square mile in the world that Target hasn't taken over yet??


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 14, 2006 8:43 pm (#881 of 2983)

I love curling! My grandfather and aunt were alternates or something for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Finn

Y-o-u-r grandparents? Oh, you are young! Thanks for that help on the scoring, young man.

azi, you got up to Edinburgh? I'm so jealous. Over the past several months I been looking at air fares for there, they are all way out of reach when you have 4 kids.

I have been watching the Olympics but this is the first time since I was 12 years old that I haven't been glued to my set. Either I getting old or they are just lackluster this time around. Happy Valentines Day everybody.

Tim, but, but I do repeat, peat, myself.


Tazzygirl - Feb 14, 2006 9:02 pm (#882 of 2983)

Finn--There's more than a square mile in the world that Target hasn't taken over yet???

LOL! I guess so! (Although I think the reason why there is no Target here is because Starbucks has taken over pretty much all the empty spots! There is one spot in Downtown Honolulu that has a Starbucks on each corner (4!), their front doors face each other. Go figure.) We just managed to get two Best Buys (huge electronics store) here a couple months ago! We do have a Kmart though!


Denise P. - Feb 14, 2006 9:04 pm (#883 of 2983)

Woo hoo! I am very pleased with the winner of Westminster. We were watching it and even though "our" breed was in the BIS, I told Mr. Denise that I really liked the winner. I was right too, since he won! Notice how I did that without revealing any breed, preventing anyone who may not know yet?


Good Evans - Feb 15, 2006 1:15 am (#884 of 2983)

well done on your Trelawney moment Denise, in picking the winner!!!

Madam Pince - hope you had a lovely anniversary - what a beautiful day to get married, and your husband can never forget your anniversary - well done you!!!

Diagon Nilly love the card - made me laugh

wow Finn - "almost olympian" grandparents good for them, and thanks for the "skating scoring system" (try saying that five times really fast!)

Jenn - so pleased to see you are ok, hope you feel better soon, try to post occasionally ok? stop us worrying about you

I received a beautiful bouquet of red and yellow (post-it note yellow ala my wedding bouquet) roses yesterday, 12 red and three (one for each year of marriage) yellow ones.

Hubby came home for dinner - we had apple juice in wine glasses as the anti biotics won’t allow wine! and a chinese. Unfortunately the hospital were late with his meds so he didn’t get home til about 7.15 and I had to have him back there by 9. But all the same it was lovely to have an hour or so on our own in our house!

have a great Wednesday everyone

Julie x


The giant squid - Feb 15, 2006 1:30 am (#885 of 2983)

Madam Pince - hope you had a lovely anniversary - what a beautiful day to get married, and your husband can never forget your anniversary - well done you!!!--Good Evans

I'll second that! My wife (Mrs. Squid?) and I did something similar, though we chose a less obvious holiday--our anniversary is March 17th. Our Irish heritage won over the cutesiness of a V-Day wedding.

Hubby came home for dinner - we had apple juice in wine glasses as the anti biotics won’t allow wine! and a chinese.--Good Evans again

And a chinese? That's an interesting diet they've got him on at that hospital... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 464751818

Welcome back, Jenn & Lizzy. And Tim, for that matter, as you seem to have taken an unscheduled trip your own self.



Anamaria-Ginny - Feb 15, 2006 1:34 am (#886 of 2983)

Hi! I´m beck.


Tazzygirl - Feb 15, 2006 2:14 am (#887 of 2983)

Julie- That is wonderful hubby got to come home for Valentine's Day! I hope he comes home for good really soon! Your roses sound beautiful!

Have a good night/ day everyone!



azi - Feb 15, 2006 5:46 am (#888 of 2983)

Mrs Sirius - I'm going to Edinburgh on Saturday! The get there and back by train it's £27.70, which in US currency is apparently around $48 (hmm seems so much more expensive there!). That's about 40 Euros, for our continental friends.

Welcome back to Tim and Lizzy! A few people do seem to have been away recently!

Nice to hear you had a lovely Valentines Julie!

Diagon Nilly - I loved the Snape thing. My non-HP friend didn't get it though.

I'm getting annoyed with my Internet as it keeps not working and is generally slow. Therefore, I'm going to Starbucks to get a hot chocolate and read some tutorial work. (As a side-note, we have 5 Starbucks where I am, yet none in my home town. Therefore, I didn't really get the whole thing about Starbucks taking over until university!)

Have a great day everybody!


Steve Newton - Feb 15, 2006 7:10 am (#889 of 2983)

Pitchers and catchers report!

Life begins anew.


Loopy Lupin - Feb 15, 2006 7:22 am (#890 of 2983)

There's more than a square mile in the world that Target hasn't taken over yet?? – Finn

Yes, this would be the space occupied by WalMart.

Thanks for the scoring explanation Finn. Now, I'm only mildly confused in contrast to being clueless. I'm also not sure how much I like this deal. I thought the whole point was to do a bunch of stuff on the ice without falling down.


Madam Pince - Feb 15, 2006 7:31 am (#891 of 2983)

Tazzy, your Starbucks arrangements on that one corner must make it very confusing if you're meeting someone "at the Starbucks on the corner of A and B" --

Tim, you are too funny!

Good Evans, how great that your husband got to come home for Valentine's Day for a little while! Sounds very romantic, and the flowers sound lovely!

Squid Mike, you were very smart to choose St. Patrick's Day. At the time, Valentine's Day seemed like such a great idea, and it really was very romantic. However, for future anniversary planning, it really stinks because roses are twice as expensive and dinner or B&B reservations are almost impossible to get.

Thanks for the scoring explanation, Finn! Makes sense, although I agree with Loopy that not falling down seems like it should count for more!

Spring training time already, Steve? I guess it is! My daffodils and tulips that were "peeking" got all covered up by the snow this weekend, and I thought they had just been confused by the unusually warm weather we'd had prior -- but I guess it must really be spring!

Have a good RotD!


haymoni - Feb 15, 2006 7:37 am (#892 of 2983)

Can you buy the DVDs off Target's website???

I used to really enjoy the ice skating, but the stuff that happens off the ice has really ruined it for me.

I was incredibly impressed that the Chinese skater was able to pull off the rest of her program after falling like that. I thought they did an excellent job. The Russians looked like they were just trying not to make a mistake - it didn't inspire that "they are doing all that on just one blade!" kind of awe that I usually have for their mastery of this sport.

What I really want to know is how those female skaters' legs stay so skinny when they need so much power to get off the ice? Even ballerinas have giant calf muscles when the rest of them is anorexic skinny.


Netherlandic - Feb 15, 2006 8:49 am (#893 of 2983)

Squid Mike, may I suggest "Lady Squid". I rather like the sound of that.

Target?? Is that a store?


Loopy Lupin - Feb 15, 2006 9:44 am (#894 of 2983)

Target?? Is that a store?—Netherlandic

Goodness, is it ever! Seriously, yes Target (insert trademark thingy here) is a retail outlet with all manner of diverse items for sale. Check it out here: http://www.target.com

You should know, however, that many of us pronounce it "tar-zhay."


Netherlandic - Feb 15, 2006 10:01 am (#895 of 2983)

Yes, I see what you mean. Thanks for the information, Loopy Lupin.


Puck - Feb 15, 2006 10:19 am (#896 of 2983)

Hello! Hope you all had a happy Valentine's day! Did you get the boxes of Honeydukes I sent out? (Apologies to Mike Miller for the cockroache clusters, as we recently learned he does not eat insects. Feel free to feed them to the owl.)

The new scoring system is supposed to make things less subjective. Though the team from China may have still won a metal in the old system. The year Nancy Kerrigan. won the silver, the girl who got the gold fell in one program and had multiple 2 foot landings. Nancy had been technically flawless in both programs. Go figure. (skate)

As someone who has at times put the milk in the cabinet and the cereal in the refrigerator, I say Tim should be given a full pardon!

Jenn, so glad to hear from you! Feel better, but find time for the forum, too!

Cheers, Kathy


Netherlandic - Feb 15, 2006 10:34 am (#897 of 2983)

Puck, you are right about Nancy Kerrigan and the Russian girl. And four years ago, at the previous Olympics, the jury gave Michelle Kwan the highest score, while Slutskaya was best at the short programme, but the jury was supposedly protecting Kwan and not giving Slutskaya enough points. And then, even though Slutskaya was second best in the long programme and best overall, she didn't receive the gold metal. Poor girl. There really is something unfair about figure skating, but it is so nice to watch so I watch it anyway.

And thanks for the box from Honeydukes!


Amilia Smith - Feb 15, 2006 11:03 am (#898 of 2983)

There's more than a square mile in the world that Target hasn't taken over yet?? -- Finn

Yes, this would be the space occupied by WalMart. – Loopy

We do have a WalMart.



Loopy Lupin - Feb 15, 2006 11:14 am (#899 of 2983)

Mmm. The "Russian girl" was Oksana Baiul who is actually from Ukraine. My boss is Ukrainian and trust me when I tell you that there is a big difference. I did watch the '94 Olympics along with the rest of the country, and I don't remember Baiul falling. I do remember that her "short program" was actually intensely mesmerizing. Anyway, Wikipedia mentions Baiul making mistakes, but not falling. I could certainly be wrong here.



haymoni - Feb 15, 2006 11:48 am (#900 of 2983)

I just remember Ice Princess Nancy rolling her eyes at Oksana as they waited to get their medals. Oksana had been through so much and was completely overwhelmed with winning - she was crying her eyes out.
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Netherlandic - Feb 15, 2006 11:57 am (#901 of 2983)

Oops, I meant Ukranian. Apologies to Loopy Lupins boss.

Esther Rose - Feb 15, 2006 11:58 am (#902 of 2983)

I remember too Haymoni. That was the year two skaters turned an enjoyable sport into a dramafest. Sigh.


haymoni - Feb 15, 2006 12:18 pm (#903 of 2983)

I do feel bad for Michelle Kwan though.

She's like the Susan Lucci of ice skating.

(Although "Erica" did finally win her Emmy.)


Netherlandic - Feb 15, 2006 12:35 pm (#904 of 2983)

Haymoni, I have no idea who Susan Lucci is but I am too sorry that Michelle won't compete this year. She has always been very talented and a good skater.


haymoni - Feb 15, 2006 12:55 pm (#905 of 2983)

Netherlandic - there is a soap opera called "All My Children". Susan Lucci is an actress that plays "Erica Kane". She's been on the show almost her entire life. She was nominated for a "Best Actress" Daytime Emmy award year after year - I think it was around 20 times or something like that - before she ever won.


Netherlandic - Feb 15, 2006 12:59 pm (#906 of 2983)

Aha, thanks Haymoni. There is so much I learn from this forum.


Catherine - Feb 15, 2006 1:40 pm (#907 of 2983)

You should know, however, that many of us pronounce it "tar-zhay." --Loopy Lupin

That's only when we're being extra classy.

So, this chat about figure skating (something the Hogwarts Students do not seem to engage in, I've noticed; perhaps the Giant Squid keeps the water too stirred up) causes some recollections.

Miss Bauil skated to music from "Swan Lake" and wore what I thought (and still do think) is a ridiculous feathered costume. Fortunately, her skating artistry outweighed her fashion mistake.

Can we expect a gold medal from another "Swan" costumed skater, Mr. Weir? I admit I was skeptical when I saw his single orange glove (as the swan's beak, I suppose) but he skated beautifully and while he was on the ice, I did not have flashbacks to Michael Jackson's "single glove" style.

All of this leads me to the conclusion that, given all of the "swan fashions" available, perhaps I was too harsh on Bjork (excuse me). ** waves to Finn, who knows how to score ice skating **

One last comment to Denise--I was rooting for "your breed" to win!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 15, 2006 2:05 pm (#908 of 2983)

Miss Bauil skated to music from "Swan Lake" and wore what I thought (and still do think) is a ridiculous feathered costume. Fortunately, her skating artistry outweighed her fashion mistake.—Catherine

No! It was all perfect.


Madam Pince - Feb 15, 2006 2:13 pm (#909 of 2983)

There really is something unfair about figure skating, but it is so nice to watch so I watch it anyway. –Netherlandic

See, this is why I can't watch the Olympics -- all the subjectivity gives me hives. (Well, I could watch the hockey, I suppose, if I was able to follow the puck with my poor old eyes...) I love to watch ice skaters and just say "Oh, how beautiful and graceful!" but to rank one over another is beyond me.

Give me a sport where you either have to put some sort of ball in some sort of goal, or cross some sort of line first or more times than anyone else, and I'm good. That scoring I can handle!


Catherine - Feb 15, 2006 3:51 pm (#910 of 2983)

See, this is why I can't watch the Olympics -- all the subjectivity gives me hives.--Madame Pince

It seems like the subjectivity can be an issue at the dog shows also. Just ask the breeders/handlers who don't win.

One thing I hate about teaching English is putting a numerical grade on an essay. Let's be honest--I can break the elements down, make up as objective a rubric as I can manage, and it still comes down to my opinions, and the number it represents.

Off to scratch my subjective hives.


Tazzygirl - Feb 15, 2006 4:16 pm (#911 of 2983)

I don't understand the scoring or exactly what the ice skaters have to do, but I love watching them perform. Something about me not being able to do any of the 'elements' (I know one technical term! ) makes me transfixed.

How were the girls on the Luge?? It looked like it hurt, a lot! I am glad no one got seriously injured!

Hope you all have a great RotD!



dizzy lizzy - Feb 15, 2006 4:41 pm (#912 of 2983)

It's wet!!!

We got some rain (50mm) last night and my backyard is now a slushy wet mess. The puppies are sulking in the laundry as the rain is starting to come into the garage, which is usually the only dry spot in the yard. And it is still raining! So there goes my plans to do some washing (I don't own a dryer) and some more lawn mowing.

So today's job is to do some shopping for some food for the week. Next Thursday I am driving to Sydney to attend two weddings one on the Saturday and one on the Sunday. At least I get it all over and done with. The Saturday wedding is my maternal cousin and the Sunday wedding is my step-sister on my father's side.

It's spooky how much alike these two young women are, despite the fact they have never met! Same age (26), grooms are almost same ages (36 & 40), same colour scheme and shape for the invites, same style of wedding (15min ceremony in gardens and reception inside function centre immediately after), almost the same time (4pm vs 5pm) and only my brother and I are attending both weddings as we are the only ones who are related to them in common.

So I thought I'd wear the same style clothes to both weddings . Ice Blue and Mulberry silk shirts in mandarin style with long sleeves. The Ice Blue goes with the Turqouise 8 panel skirt; and the Mulberry goes with an Aqua coloured thai silk 3 panel skirt. All made for me by one of my friends. All I have to do is make the self-covering buttons and get the hems checked for straightness prior to sewing.

I haven't seen any of the Winter Olympic action, wrong time zones for starters...

Catherine, I think you've hit the nail on the head! All dogs are the most beautiful gorgeous pets their owners will ever have - a very subjective perception of beauty.

Anyway I've rattled on enough...

Cheers Lizzy


The giant squid - Feb 15, 2006 5:07 pm (#913 of 2983)

That was the year two skaters turned an enjoyable sport into a dramafest.—haymoni

Yes, as opposed to...well, every other year since.


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 15, 2006 5:28 pm (#914 of 2983)

I would say that since 1964 the most dramatic and poignant events in the winter the following:

  1. The 1994 women's figure skating competition, when Oksana Baiul won the gold medal because, she was overshadowed by the drama within the American Team.

  2. The presence of a Jamaican bobsled team in 1988.

  3. The miracle win of the Americans in the gold medal match of the 1980 Olympics.

  4. Peggy Fleming's amazing win during the 1964 Olympics after the tragic deaths of the majority of U.S. figure skating team in 1961.


Tazzygirl - Feb 15, 2006 6:07 pm (#915 of 2983)

Nathan Zimmermann--Peggy Fleming's amazing win during the 1964 Olympics after the tragic deaths of the majority of U.S. figure skating team in 1961.

Ok, to show how young I am- WHAT?? I know who Peggy Fleming is, but what happened to the other skaters??

Question for the ski followers: What is the purpose and rules of the Slolom (I think that is what it is called. Where you ski down a hill and hit poles.)


EDIT- Wait. Nevermind. I googled the 1964 Olympics. That is really sad!!


The giant squid - Feb 16, 2006 12:25 am (#916 of 2983)

Well, the goal of slalom is actually to skate around the poles, but also to get as close as possible...hence the hitting. That's about all I know--you want to get from the top to the bottom as fast as possible, while weaving between the flags as closely as possible. Any nuance in scoring & whatnot is lost on me.



Tazzygirl - Feb 16, 2006 12:59 am (#917 of 2983)

LOL! Thanks Squid Mike. Makes sense now! But you can't run over the poles, right? (Like Bode Miller did and got disqualified.)



Denise P. - Feb 16, 2006 7:03 am (#918 of 2983)

He didn't run it over, he went between the two gates with one ski, it is called double gating. (I guess it pays to listen to the commentary and watch the instant replay slo mo sometimes)


kabloink! - Feb 16, 2006 8:42 am (#919 of 2983)

Wow! SO much to talk about!

I have been gone the past two days for my anniversary (which was Vday also). My parents treated my husband and I to dinner in Mt Pleasant and a hotel room, as well as $100 to gamble with at the casino there. We just broke even for the two days we went. The first night my hubby was winning, the next day, I was doing fairly well.

Because of all this, I missed the men's short program, but will definitely watch the long program tonight. I don't know what I think of this new scoring system. The commentators were commenting (go figure, eh?) that in the long programs now all they are doing is a list of tricks to get their points and a lot of the artistry that used to go into the programs is lacking now, and to a point, I agree. The Chinese pair that skated to Phantom of the Opera were awesome, though. I think that they managed to incorporate a decent number of tricks and artistry with the music, as well. I think they got the bronze. I almost wonder if the new system is really more fair than the old, though. Oh well, I guess we'll be able to decide better after watching the singles skaters and how they come out.

I noticed that the Chinese girls' legs were really skinny, too. It is really quite odd, as figure skaters usually have rather large thighs (not, I suppose in comparison to normal people as much, but in comparison to the rest of their bodies)in order to power themselves into jumps, etc. All the other girls I saw were normal in this aspect, but the Chinese girls' legs were really thin.


Anamaria-Ginny - Feb 16, 2006 10:21 am (#920 of 2983)

Hi i´m back


mike miller - Feb 16, 2006 11:15 am (#921 of 2983)

Congrats Madame and Mister Pince!

I would like to interject into this discussion of women's figure skating that I will be pulling for young Kimmie Meissner. She is the youngest member of the US Winter Olympic Team and from the town in which I currently live.

She was not expected to make the team, a strong prospect for Vancover in 2010, but she did exceptionally well in the US qualifying match. I'm a bit surprised that with all of the focus on figure skating I have not seen a piece on our youngest Olympian.

Happy RotD!


haymoni - Feb 16, 2006 11:20 am (#922 of 2983)

Sometimes the one who is not expected to win comes out on top.

Wasn't that the Sarah Hughes story???


Tazzygirl - Feb 16, 2006 11:28 am (#923 of 2983)

Denise P.-- He didn't run it over, he went between the two gates with one ski, it is called double gating. (I guess it pays to listen to the commentary and watch the instant replay slo mo sometimes)

Oops! That is what I meant! I did the rewind and watch again (and the commentary!), but I still didn't really get why Bode was disqualified. I think that if Bode hit the pole, no matter which way, then it should count. Oh well!

Off to school!

Hope you all have a great RotD!!



Denise P. - Feb 16, 2006 11:43 am (#924 of 2983)

Tazzy, hope you didn't think I was chiding *you* for not watching the slo mo and listening to the commentary! I put that there as the only reason I knew what double gating is LOL It was pure chance I was even paying attention while this went on.


Puck - Feb 16, 2006 12:15 pm (#925 of 2983)

I think the people who don't have the pressure of being expected to win often are more relaxed and really enjoying being there, which helps them to shine. The guy who got the gold in the combined skiing event had been ranked #32 before the race. I always love it when someone comes out of nowhere like that!

Kabloink, how are you feeling? Doing well enough to enjoy dinner and a night out, that's good. (This time last year I would not have been able to say the same.)

We went on a field trip to the dairy farm this morning. Diva was so excited! The weather was lovely, so it was the perfect day for it. They got to feed the cows and see the milking machines, then went for milk and cookies. The kids laughed at me asking if the strawberry milk came from pink cows.

Enjoy the RotD



kabloink! - Feb 16, 2006 12:31 pm (#926 of 2983)

I'm doing alright. The hardest thing for me is to remember to eat smaller meals more often, so that there isn't too much in my stomach at any given time, but also not to let my blood sugar get too low. Then again, when I first wake up and get moving, none of that matters.


Madam Pince - Feb 16, 2006 12:37 pm (#927 of 2983)

Awwwww... poor kabloink! Hope that passes soon. When I was at the end of Month 8 with Little Pince, Mr. Pince and I went away to a really nice B&B which is famous for the fantastic food in their restaurant, and although I had been fine for the entire pregnancy, I chose that particular weekend to feel miserable and not able to eat hardly at all. I was very sad. I'm glad you guys had such a great anniversary getaway -- it sounds so fun! ***high-fives another 2/14 veteran***

dizzylizzy, your outfits for the upcoming weddings sound beautiful! Have a great time. It is eerie how similar those two weddings are going to be!

***Giggling at Puck's strawberry cows*** I bet your farm trip was a blast. People look at me funny sometimes when I say one of my favorite smells is hay and/or the smell of cattle feed (grain, corn, molasses) -- it reminds me of my Dad's truck because he raised cattle. I can still remember riding beside him in the truck when I was little, or even (gasp!) getting to "drive" (actually, steer without touching the gas pedal) through the pasture while he stood on the back of the truck tossing out the hay to the cows. So exciting for a little girl!

Welcome to the Forum, anamaria! Any friend of Kate's is a friend of ours! Hope you have lots of fun exploring all our crazy theories and fun ideas about Harry Potter's world! (And don't worry about your English -- it looks great to me! We have lots of members who don't speak English as their first language -- you'll be fine!) Welcome!


Netherlandic - Feb 16, 2006 1:19 pm (#928 of 2983)

Puck, you make me yearn for hot chocolate milk!

And perhaps some for Kabloink as well?


haymoni - Feb 16, 2006 1:21 pm (#929 of 2983)

kabloink - make sure you don't eat & drink at the same time.

If you eat something, try to wait 15-20 minutes before drinking anything.

Drinks will fill up your stomach too quickly.


boop - Feb 16, 2006 3:22 pm (#930 of 2983)


Have a great rest of the day!!!

hugs always



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 16, 2006 3:36 pm (#931 of 2983)

I'm a little late with this but I wanted to mention...

For anyone who saw A Civil Action, the town in which that movie takes place, Woburn, is next door to mine. After they cleaned up the toxic waste they built a retail store over it. A Target.

I just remember Ice Princess Nancy rolling her eyes at Oksana as they waited to get their medals.---haymoni

Although this puts me in danger of dropping too many geographical references , I also grew up next to the town in which Nancy Kerrigan grew up. While I didn't care for Nancy's skating, I think she got a bum deal as far as image was concerned. She comes from a working class family in a working class town and when her path turned Olympic, her agent should have retained a teacher from a finishing school to give her lessons in Public Speaking and Deportment. As for what she said about Oksana, I believe it was Dorothy Hamill who expressed no surprise about it. She said that figure skaters were very tough, especially at that level, and they say a lot worse than what Kerrigan said. Mind you, I'm not condoning it but nobody's a princess out there. ***she said, feeling the need to defend the nearly-hometown girl***

And has enough time passed to post spoilers? I missed the Westminster. Can someone say who won now?


timrew - Feb 16, 2006 3:38 pm (#932 of 2983)

Yeah, I recall my first time in a ski slalom, skiing for Britain.

I remember all these poles were in my way, spoiling my descent, so I skiied round them. And then they went and disqualified me! For what, I ask you? Showing some ingenuity!?

I vowed, there and then, never to represent my country at anything anymore; so I opted out of the Olympic Marathon, in England, 1948..........


Netherlandic - Feb 16, 2006 3:42 pm (#933 of 2983)

Timrew, you could always try Nordic Walking. It is very fashionable at the moment; and not an Olympic sport so you needn't worry...lol


Finn BV - Feb 16, 2006 4:07 pm (#934 of 2983)

Y-o-u-r grandparents? Oh, you are young! Thanks for that help on the scoring young man. --Mrs. Sirius Well, my aunt is in her forties, but my grandpa is turning 80 this summer, and still curls twice (maybe three times) a week! No problem on the scoring system. I think I get it.

Anamaria, welcome to the forum, I guess you are Kate's friend Amy, or so says your bio. Hope you have a fun time here!

Yes, this would be the space occupied by WalMart. –Loopy


insert trademark thingy here --Loopy again
I suppose we'll now have our learn-HTML period. That would be ® which gets you ®️, and option+2 (alt, I think, on a PC) gets you ™️. (Hope that shows up – there's no HTML standard as of yet for trademark (TM).

** waves to Catherine, who knows how to make a Björk fan feel good, and who apparently also knows how to wave ** I was thinking of you guys and what you'd think of Johnny Weir(d) and his outfit.

Ok, to show how young I am- WHAT?? –Tazzy

Considering that I knew about the '61 incident, does that make me old again? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 2281877974

Mike Miller, I too am impressed with Kimmie Meissner, and I don't care who wins figure skating as long as it's not the Russians (apologies to any who may be rooting for them ).

Happy Birthday Knight and Ozymandias! Have a great day!

LOL Tim. Stupid officials!!

The weekend is one day closer!! Enjoy the RotD everyone!


Catherine - Feb 16, 2006 4:12 pm (#935 of 2983)

And has enough time passed to post spoilers? I missed the Westminster. Can someone say who won now? Lupin is Lupin

A handsome bull terrier named Rufus.

Skaters are an interesting lot. I imagine that it must be a lot of pressure for them--having to be beautiful and athletic and having the camera on them so closely with commentary on their every move. So many things about their performance are analyzed--the costumes, the hair, the makeup, drops, bobbles, music choice.

I know that I worry about what I wear to work, and only 100 college students see me for 50 minute intervals. I can't imagine the scrutiny that some of these skaters endure (or enjoy, depending upon their personality).

I was thinking of you guys and what you'd think of Johnny Weir(d) and his outfit. –Finn

Well, I think naming your glove "Camille" is a teensy bit strange, but if he continues to skate as he has done, I guess he will have earned the right to be as eccentric as he likes.


azi - Feb 16, 2006 4:34 pm (#936 of 2983)

Wow, this thread is busy today!

Happy birthday to Knight and Ozymandias! Although, I haven't seen either of them around for a while...anyone know where they are?

I got one of my two exam results back today. I got 67.25%, which sounds bad but was actually the second highest in my year (the highest being 70%). I'm not particularly pleased, but glad I didn't fail.

I don't know anything about sport or the Olympic things. Maybe I should take a greater interest in exercise . . . . nah!

Rufus is a lovely name!

Tim - you should start your own backwards Olympics. I'm sure they'd be a great success!

Have a lovely day everyone!


Chemyst - Feb 16, 2006 4:54 pm (#937 of 2983)

from post #934 — Well, my aunt is in her forties, but my grandpa is turning 80 this summer, and still curls twice (maybe three times) a week!

from post #878 — I love curling! My grandfather and aunt were alternates or something for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

....so Finn comes from a gene pool where he could still be an Olympian alternate in the 2066 games. Sometimes my mind gets boggled....


Catherine - Feb 16, 2006 5:12 pm (#938 of 2983)

....so Finn come from a gene pool where he could still be an Olympian alternate in the 2066 games. Sometimes my mind gets boggled.... Chemyst

There, there. ** passes the cold compress **


Finn BV - Feb 16, 2006 5:15 pm (#939 of 2983)

Or, as some people believe, I could still be an Olympian in 2030. But 2066 is much more reassuring.

Edit: Think about it, though, curling is not an exhilarating sport, for those of you who have seen it. It does not require a lot of energy, just more accuracy and aim.


Tazzygirl - Feb 16, 2006 5:28 pm (#940 of 2983)

Finn- No, it doesn't make you an old man! It just shows you are more into the news and such! I have only been following the Olympics since 2002, so anything before that, I have no idea what went on!

Denise P.- No, not at all!

Tim- Next time you decide to try the Slolom, let us know. We would love to watch! LOL

Have a good RotD everyone!



kabloink! - Feb 16, 2006 5:30 pm (#941 of 2983)

Pushing those brooms doesn't take energy?

Happy Birthday to everyone who is celebrating.

I must say when it comes to dogs, I'm not much of a show dog kind of girl. Most of the show dogs I've seen I don't find very attractive. I do find shih-tsus adorable, along with Poms, collies, labs (all varietals), cocker spaniels, well, I like lots of dogs, but I don't like a lot, too. Did that make any sense? Oh well, I guess what I'm saying is I didn't find the winner very . . . attractive.


B]Stephanie M.[/B] - Feb 16, 2006 5:32 pm (#942 of 2983)

Welcome, Anamaria!

Happy birthday everyone!!!!

I hope that everyone had a great Valentine's Day! It sounds like everyone had a pretty good day!

Well, when Finn qualifies for the Olympics in curling, in 2066, I'll qualify in glacier volleyball, except I probably won’t be in a bikini because I'll be almost 74 years old!

I can't wait for ice skating tonight! Except I have a mountain of homework to do!


Denise P. - Feb 16, 2006 7:07 pm (#943 of 2983)

The colored bull terrier, Rufus, won BIS. First time a Bull Terrier has won. The other group winners were: Working- Rottweiler (first time a Rottie has won group at Westminster), Non-Sporting - Dalmation, Sporting - Golden Retriever, Hound - Scottish Deerhound, Toy - Pug, Herding - Old English Sheepdog


Finn BV - Feb 16, 2006 9:16 pm (#944 of 2983)

Pushing those brooms doesn't take energy? –kabloink

Well, not as much energy as, let's say, skiing.

What a disappointing Johnny Weir! Although I must say, Plushenko's and Weir's program components scores (artistic) should have been switched. Weir was much better than Plushenko when it came to his elegance and style. I'm holding out for Lysacek, he's been my fave since the Nationals.

Good night everyone! The weekend is but a day away!


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 16, 2006 11:24 pm (#945 of 2983)

I would say that since 1964 the most dramatic and poignant events in the winter the following . . . . .

Nathan Zimmermann - Don't forget the triumphs of the British skier Eddie the Eagle. He was one of my favorite Olympians (followed by the the Ethiopian cross county skier, what was his name?)

Happy birthday Ozy and other's I may have missed.


The giant squid - Feb 17, 2006 5:47 am (#946 of 2983)

Happy birthday to Ozy & Knight, and welcome to anamaria and Caius Iulius! As was said before--don't worry about not speaking English as a first language. Most of us "native" English speakers get it wrong often enough as it is (even grammar gods like Loopy Lupin ). I have nothing but respect for anyone with the self-discipline to learn a second language, having never made it past basic conversational Spanish ("Hola Juan. Como estas?" "Asi asi. Y tu?" "Yo tambien.") Yes, I know I got the punctuation wrong--I'm too tired to search out the commands to add them in.

Tim, those officials were clearly biased. I blame Churchill (He was still around in '48, right?).

Well, when Finn qualifies for the Olympics in curling, in 2066, I'll qualify in glacier volleyball, except I probably won’t be in a bikini because I'll be almost 74 years old!--Stephanie M.

Seeing as I'll be pushing 94 (heck, I'll be dragging it behind me) I'll be right there cheering both of you on, bikini or no.



Marie E. - Feb 17, 2006 6:31 am (#947 of 2983)

I watched the Olympics last night while I was sorting through Girl Scout cookies. Johnny Weir's outfit was bit...floaty, wasn't it? I couldn't believe all the falling that was going on.

I've been incredibly busy lately and I hate being that busy. We are in full Girl Scout cookie mode, with cookie booths everyone weekend until March 5th. I also have to present a training session at our professional development training on Monday. I was thrown into at the last minute so I may have to read from the training guide, which is always professional looking.

We had a meeting yesterday to discuss Lexie possibly having some attention problems. So far she doesn't have any academic or social issues, just a lack of focus in class and trouble getting assignments done. We see her doctor next Thursday for her opinion. I wanted to get started on Lexie before it got as bad as Shayla's did.

Shayla is soooo over her cast now. She says it itches, smells, and she can't wear her favorite clothes over it. When I told her it doesn't come off until March 13th, she cried.

We've had that awful Artic air hanging around here for the last two days. Yesterday our high for the day was 16. We had about 3-4 inches of snow the night before and it looks like a few more fell last night. Where is Spring?


Loopy Lupin - Feb 17, 2006 7:55 am (#948 of 2983)

I was thinking of you guys and what you'd think of Johnny Weir(d) and his outfit. --Finn

Johnny Weir's outfit was bit...floaty, wasn't it?-- Marie E.

Now, now. Perhaps we band of brothers and sisters who find ourselves joined together through our fanatical obsession with a boy wizard shouldn't cast stones? I'm sure Johnny Weir has no idea that Evanna Lynch was recently cast as Luna Lovegood in the upcoming OoP movie, but I'm equally sure that this is not news to many reading this post. I'm even more equally (if that is even possible) sure that many not reading this post would be astounded that I know the casting status of the next Harry Potter flick.

Oh, and the Westminster Dog Show raised a question in my mind about non-Harry Potter related spoilers. Is there a Rule of Thumb about that? I mean if a live sporting event, for example, occurs on a Tuesday night, are we supposed to wait a couple of days to discuss it and refrain from talking about it on Wednesday?


Steve Newton - Feb 17, 2006 8:16 am (#949 of 2983)

Weir is a real live Delawarean. My son took skating lessons at his home rink about 6 or so years ago. The rink benefits by being in the same town as the University of Delaware which has a large skating program and several other Olympians.


Anamaria-Ginny - Feb 17, 2006 10:01 am (#950 of 2983)

Go to chat to talk. PLEASE!!
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Denise P. - Feb 17, 2006 10:09 am (#951 of 2983)

Loopy, we have spoiler rules set up for Harry Potter books and to a lesser extent, the movies but really, everything else is just a courtesy to others who may not want to know. This is an off topic thread so anything else that falls within Forum guidelines is fair game. Now, having said that, it would be rude to give away the ending of a currently showing movie although if it is anything like The Village, please do! **:waves to Catherine and Lupin is Lupin**:


Steve Newton - Feb 17, 2006 10:13 am (#952 of 2983)

anamaria 7019, I'd love to go to chat, but, being at work and all I really can't. I can only check in here on lunch and break time.


Puck - Feb 17, 2006 10:14 am (#953 of 2983)

Finn, I agree that the gold medalist had artistic scores that were WAY too high. It's like the judge's expect him to win, so as long as he doesn't land on his backside, he gets good marks. But really, the program was really choppy, and it was more of a squat spin than a sit spin. The one who should have had super-high artistic scores was Matt Savoie. (He also executed his jumps wonderfully.) I enjoyed watching him the most. There was a Canadian who skated in Matt's group that also skated beautifully.

Madame Pince, they explained to us that the smell from the farm was that of their food, and not something else that people generally think it is! Just wish it was past the holiday season, as they have the most amazing eggnog at Christmas time.

Kabloink, glad you're feeling okay.

Marie, so sorry for Shayla. The novelty has worn off, and yet the cast remains...

School vacation starts in 2 1/2 hours. Bracing myself for a week of sibling rivalry.

Enjoy RotD



Denise P. - Feb 17, 2006 10:51 am (#954 of 2983)

Marie, I feel for Shayla. The idea of having a cast is pretty cool until you actually have one that you can't take off. It will go faster than you think! I can also relate to cookies. We have our booth sale coming up and I have all those cookies in my garage still. Our girls didn't sell like they did last year but still did okay. Are your girls doing anything for Thinking Day? Kaitlyn goes to Thinking Day tomorrow, her troop is doing Korea.

Weather is calling for 1-3" of snow after midnight, I have an 8 am run scheduled. Eeek...snow on top of the cold wind off the river.


Loopy Lupin - Feb 17, 2006 12:32 pm (#955 of 2983)

Now, having said that, it would be rude to give away the ending of a currently showing movie although if it is anything like The Village, please do! **:waves to Catherine and Lupin is Lupin**: -- Denise

Hehehe! Denise, if you weren't already married there'd be a proposal coming your way. I would like to note that I have never given away The Village's secret in any of my tirades, but if I did, there would be stampede of people trying to give the secret back to me.

Sorry anamaria, the chatroom used to be pretty lively, but it's a cold, desolate, empty place now, sort of like M. Night Shyamalan's imagination.


haymoni - Feb 17, 2006 12:49 pm (#956 of 2983)

We respond pretty quickly on this thread.

It's almost like chatting, but you don't have to sit there and wait.


Catherine - Feb 17, 2006 1:32 pm (#957 of 2983)

It's almost like chatting, but you don't have to sit there and wait. –Haymoni

Quite true. Also, the chat thread gives some people time to think of one-liners to zing The Village. Loopy Lupin has practically turned this activity into an Olympic sport

**gives Loopy a "10" for his latest effort, although one of the judges (Lupin is Lupin) may be less sympathetic**

Anyway, welcome, Anamaria!


haymoni - Feb 17, 2006 1:48 pm (#958 of 2983)

I haven't seen "The Village" and I'm almost tempted to watch it just so I know what you all are trashing.

I can hear the screams of warning already - don't worry.

I barely have time to do laundry, let alone watch movies.


Catherine - Feb 17, 2006 2:03 pm (#959 of 2983)

Actually, Haymoni, I had enormous fun watching The Village with Mr. Catherine simply because Loopy Lupin hated it so much. It added a whole new level of entertainment.

I may watch one of the HP movies with the kids tonight. I feel like relaxing, not doing the laundry, and NOT grading the bazillion essays that are sitting on my desk. Fortunately, the weather is so nice here that I will get Mr. Catherine to grill outdoors, which will add to my need to be Slack today.

Slacker Mom...activate.


kabloink! - Feb 17, 2006 2:13 pm (#960 of 2983)

Catherine, I am so jealous. It is soo cold here. Yesterday it made it up to the 50's, and today it is down in the 20's, if that high. I was supposed to walk over and get the car from my hubby's store today (it is only about 5 blocks), but on top of the cold, I had a rough morning. It would be so much easier if I could just take normal medication! Oh well, he can come home, marvel over the cleaning I got done and then he can drive me back to his store for the other car.

I agree with the lack of artistry on the part of Plushenko. I really enjoyed that Evan guy...still can't remember his last name, but he is from the US. He was really good, and I'm sorry that he didn't get the bronze. He did, however, lose the bronze to a Canadian whom I also really enjoyed. I have a firm belief that if the US is going to lose a medal in winter sports, I like to see it go to our northern neighbors. No offense to anyone from any other countries, but I grew up about 10 min from Sarnia, Ontario, so I have Canadian leanings, as well.

Arg, I think I need to head over to St Mungo's, I can't speak straight lately.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I just checked, its 22*F now, is supposed to go to 5*F tonight, and our high for tomorrow is 12*F. Spring...please??


Denise P. - Feb 17, 2006 2:15 pm (#961 of 2983)

Oh, what I would give to read a Harry Potter/The Village cross over parody fiction written by Loopy! hee hee hee

haymoni, you can rent The Village put it on closed captioning, fast forward and whip through it in short order. That is what I did since I knew from Loopy and others that I would be really angry at wasting 108 minutes otherwise. Doing it that way, I only wasted about 20 minutes but still got the full stupidity of the movie.

Oh, I was just on IMDB (to get the run time) and read this interesting bit of trivia: Sigourney Weaver suffered nightmares for two weeks after reading the script.

Am I alone in thinking it was because she couldn't get out of making the film?


Loopy Lupin - Feb 17, 2006 2:22 pm (#962 of 2983)

Oh, what I would give to read a Harry Potter/The Villiage cross over fiction written by Loopy! hee hee hee – Denise

Oooh. The possibilities! I think it would be a "who-done-it" type mystery. It would start off with the discovery of a hack director's lifeless body. Voldemort will be revealed to be the murderer (duh!), but it won't be a big deal because said hack director will be revealed to have been dead all along anyway. Oooh. This is good stuff!

Edit-- Am I alone in thinking it was because she couldn't get out of making the film? – Denise

OMG that was a 10!


haymoni - Feb 17, 2006 2:22 pm (#963 of 2983)

Catherine - I was just thinking the same thing. If we watch anything it will be POA - Hubby doesn't like Chamber and The Beautifulest One gets scared of Quirrelmort.

I really need the GOF DVD - only 18 days left - not too much longer!


Finn BV - Feb 17, 2006 3:18 pm (#964 of 2983)

Yes, I know I got the punctuation wrong--I'm too tired to search out the commands to add them in. –Mike

I wonder if perhaps one of the reasons for this unusual occurence of feeling tired is because you posted at 4:47 am? Just a possibility. I was already on my way to school when you posted. That's not very satisfying. This will never end, Giant Squid.

Marie, that's only 24 days until Shayla's cast comes off, I have never had to deal with one, but I would be pretty happy that it's so soon! Sing her the Spamalot song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" and maybe that'll change things…

Loopy, our family calls him Johnny Weird because of his unusual tendencies to speak out his mind ("Evan Lysacek [his US teammate] is not my idea of an interesting skater," for one). I actually enjoyed his outfit, but I know that we have some serious fashion critics around here. As for the rest of your post, I have no idea what that has to do with him! Do you mean the analogy HPLF members:Harry Potter**Weir:clothing?

Sorry anamaria, the chatroom used to be pretty lively, but it's a cold, desolate, empty place now –Loopy

Kate has kept it quite active and, although Kate and Amy (anamaria) can talk any time, I know of a few other forumers who visit it on a regular basis. This is the "chat and greeting thread," and it leaves your thoughts imprinted permanently, rather than an instant 1-on-1 conversation.

Also, the chat thread gives some people time to think of one-liners to zing The Village. –Catherine

I'm still thinking! Not that I've seen it, but I have heard some pretty bad reviews. A number have been here. And I agree, watching something that you wouldn't normally watch just because of an unusual connection enhances the experience (however poor it may be). As I've said , I don't watch TV, but seeing my math teacher's friend on a reality show of all things (I know, extreme link there) made it really fun.

kabloink, Evan Lysacek is the guy you're thinking of. I think he's great. He's a true skater.

I'll be out tomorrow, all – skiing for Presidents' Day weekend.


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 17, 2006 4:19 pm (#965 of 2983)

I didn't understand the films Unbreakable, The Village or Signs. I also don't understand how along with the Sixth Sense these films make a quartet.


Holly T. - Feb 17, 2006 4:32 pm (#966 of 2983)

Hello, everyone, I just introduced myself on the "introduce yourself" thread. I read back on this thread a bit and it looks like I'll fit in--my son just had a cast taken off his arm, my house is overrun with Girl Scout cookies, we enjoyed watching Evan skate last night, and I've never seen The Village. And, of course, we are all Harry Potter fans. My son even tells people that he has a scar on his head "just like Harry Potter. Only I got mine when I was a baby and ran into a chair instead of being cursed by an evil wizard."


Netherlandic - Feb 17, 2006 4:58 pm (#967 of 2983)

Welcome to this tread, Holly.

I very much missed Alexei Yagudin this Olympics. For me, his short programme "winter" is the best figure skating I have ever seen.


The giant squid - Feb 17, 2006 5:33 pm (#968 of 2983)

We are in full Girl Scout cookie mode, with cookie booths everyone weekend until March 5th. I also have to present a training at our professional development training on Monday. I was thrown into at the last minute--Marie E.

What was I saying about native English speakers making mistakes...?

Now, having said that, it would be rude to give away the ending of a currently showing movie although if it is anything like The Village, please do!--Denise P.

In Final Destination 3 a lot of people die. Actually, I'd have to say that The Village was a little better than FD3, only because it had the pretense of a plot. It failed to deliver on said plot, but at least it had one.

Welcome aboard, Holly T. We're glad you saw something here you could jump right in with (GS cookies & kids in casts), but even if you hadn't you can be sure the topic will turn soon enough. Eventually we'll hit something for everyone. When all else fails we can always hit the old standbys--"kids today have bad fashion choices", "You can be a slacker & still be a good parent" and "The Village really sucked."



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 17, 2006 5:34 pm (#969 of 2983)

Fortunately, the weather is so nice here that I will get Mr. Catherine to grill outdoors, which will add to my need to be Slack today.---Catherine

On Fridays, we have a standing date with Pizza World. With a name like that you know it's delicious.

Y'all are showing a lamentable lack of imagination with your Village comments. As for you Denise, shouldn't you be off running? In the snow? And in the cold? Off you go now.


Denise P. - Feb 17, 2006 5:57 pm (#970 of 2983)

I had a date with the cute trainer named Dave at the gym tonight, not running Of course, I am also scheduled for a run tomorrow morning at 8 am....in the snow, wind, and cold (unless roads are so icy that it is not a good idea to try driving them)

The running trainer said the local paper wants to do a story on our group so if that is done, I will put a link in my profile so everyone can see it.

**refrains from asking how others who run are doing**

Welcome Holly!


boop - Feb 17, 2006 6:04 pm (#971 of 2983)

Welcome all new forum members!!

Have a nice weekend everybody!!

hugs always



Tazzygirl - Feb 17, 2006 7:03 pm (#972 of 2983)

Welcome Holly!



Puck - Feb 17, 2006 7:40 pm (#973 of 2983)

Welcome to Holly!

Have fun skiing, Finn! (Is this yet another alter-ego? Should we be watch for you in Torino?)

We had a weird weather day. Cloudy, then a major rain storm (it sounded like a monsoon). It cleared up suddenly and became bright and sunny, then we had these nasty winds. Now it's turned bitter cold. Ahhh, New England.

Kabloink, the inability to think clearly is from the blood leaving your brain to go to your belly. Thus, your brain is deprived of oxygen. True story!

The other night I was looking through the DVD's as hubby allows me free choice on Valentine's Day. (The only time I can get him to watch something without explosions or aliens.) I chose "Finding Neverland", but notice that once upon a time he must have purchased "The Village" because it is sitting in our collection. Yikes! We actually paid for it, so I guess we'll have to watch it. Someday.

Enjoy the RotD Kathy


Madam Pince - Feb 17, 2006 7:50 pm (#974 of 2983)

Welcome Holly! You will fit right in here, that's for sure! And what a cute comment your son has about his scar! Too funny....

Happy Birthday, Ozy and Knight! Hope you have/had great days! ***waves at boop for reminding us!***

Marie, I'm so sorry Shayla is bumming about her cast! Hope the next few weeks go by quickly for her. Maybe some special outing or something at the end of it all? Or, as Finn suggested, a little song might help...

Doesn't M. Night Shama-lama-ding-dong have some other movie coming out soon? I can't recall the name, but I saw a preview when we went out to see Narnia last week, and I almost got excited and said "Hey, that looks pretty good!" until the dread words flashed up on the screen -- "Directed by...." and I immediately knew that I could save my money. I think his greatest skill lies in making a few movie scenes that, when spliced together to make a preview, actually appear to be passably interesting. It's when you see the whole thing that it falls apart.

We also saw the preview for Eight Below, and I was sniffling at just the preview. Of course, I'm a total sucker for animal movies like that anyway, but it did look good -- from the perspective of someone who still loves Old Yeller. Squid Mike, have you seen it or heard anything? Oddly enough, I'd trust your judgement!

We took Little Pince to his very first "Real-Movie-Theatre-Movie" today and saw Curious George. I had wanted to take him to Narnia but am glad I didn't because it was wayyy too long and too dark. George was perfect. Little Pince had a great time, but he didn't like when Curious George's balloons popped, because he had a traumatic experience as a two-year-old when a balloon popped, and he's hated that ever since.

It added a whole new level of entertainment. -Catherine LOL! I know just what you mean - you gotta take your entertainment where you can get it! The other night I was enormously entertained for about 10 minutes listening to a telephone caller with very poor speaking skills and a heavy heavy Asian accent, telling me how I had qualified for a totally free government grant of "Tweeelve tousand fivehunnet dallas" that I would never ever have to re-pay, ever! He kept repeating that numerical figure over and over and over during the call. (We're on the "Do Not Call" list but a couple still get through occasionally, which I normally hang up on, but this guy was so entertaining I kept leading him on for a while.) It was when he told me that the only way I'd qualified for this grant was because I fell into one of three categories: disabled veteran, senior citizen, or taxpayer. When I told him I didn't know what he was referring to, he said in this shocked voice "You mean you don't pay your taxes???" I had to hang up then because I was laughing so hard.


Chemyst - Feb 17, 2006 8:11 pm (#975 of 2983)

Thank-you for ending with such a LOL story Madam Pince! For a moment there I thought I might have "Ooo-ee-Ooo-ah-ah-ting-tang-Shama-lama-ding-dong" going through my head all night, but the "You mean you don't pay your taxes???" drove it away!

I too, had that initial 'Hey, that looks pretty good,' thought at the previews before Narnia, but then a little before the 'directed by' came up, I started having a déjà vu moment. So I asked my son, "Who's that Night Village guy?" Which, of course, makes very little sense and he had no idea what I meant, but...  oh, well.


haymoni - Feb 17, 2006 8:23 pm (#976 of 2983)

Mike - when I went to see Narnia there was a trailer for a movie that showed a guy who was some sort of maintenance person at a hotel. They show him going to his little house off to the side of the pool all alone - quite sad and almost a little scary. He puts on some opera and starts to write in his journal when he hears a splash in the pool.

What's the movie and what's in the pool???


Puck - Feb 17, 2006 8:24 pm (#977 of 2983)

LOL, Madame Pince!

I was thinking of taking the kids to see "Curious George" over vacation week. Worth going, then?

I would love to get a peek at Boop’s calendar! It's amazing how she keeps track of all those birthdays! My nephew turns one next week, but I have no idea which day, and Mr. Puck and I have to stop and think which of our daughters is on the 15th, and which is the 17th. Hugs to Boop for keeping track of it all!



kaykay1970 - Feb 17, 2006 8:54 pm (#978 of 2983)

Welcome to the forum Holly!

Thanks Madame P. I needed a good laugh tonight!


Madam Pince - Feb 17, 2006 8:56 pm (#979 of 2983)

That's the one, haymoni! And you describing the scene reminded me of the name of the movie -- I think it's called Lady In The Water maybe?

Or... were you being sarcastic? The title does seem to kind of give it away, but then again, given the director...

Puck, I guess I'd say Curious George was just a very safe movie to go to for a first-timer. It reminded me a bit of one of Noggin's offerings or something -- cute and all, but not overly entertaining for the grown-up crowd like those in the class of Nemo or similar, which seem to appeal to everyone. We are really looking forward to Ice Age 2 this summer because our whole family loved the first one.


Tazzygirl - Feb 17, 2006 11:50 pm (#980 of 2983)

It is called Lady in the Water and the opera song is called Mi Mancherai (Il Postino) (and this particular version) is sung by Josh Groban (Sigh!!) . He has an awesome voice. Another **swooning** moment for me! . I might see the movie just because of that song.

I liked Sixth Sense, because the ending just really got me. The Village on the other hand... goes without words!!

Have a great night/day everyone!!



Lina - Feb 18, 2006 5:40 am (#981 of 2983)

Hello all!

Happy belated birthdays and anniversaries to all who celebrated! Healing, cheering and comforting charms to all who need them!

Welcome to all the new members! Holly, I read your post in the introduction thread and it reminded me so much of myself that I'm looking forward to exchange the thoughts with you on the threads, or even in the chat room. As Finn mentioned, I wouldn't agree with Loopy that the chat room became a cold, desolate, empty place now. I know some people who hardly let the day go without spending some time in the chat room. It must have something to do with the time zones... I discovered that 1, 11, 12 or 23 hours of difference are increasing the probability to meet someone, although other differences shouldn't be discarded... If you find the chat room empty around 11 a. m. Forum time, then something is wrong with your computer...

I wish you a good time at the weddings, Lizzy and I think that your choice of the outfit is perfect! Although, your mentioning of the weddings, and in Australia, makes me think of Daioma. I hope everything is great there. Are you sure that one of the weddings is not her?

I watched curling yesterday and came to the conclusion that it can be quite an exciting sport.

Mike, the Squid: Welcome aboard, Holly T. We're glad you saw something here you could jump right in with (GS cookies & kids in casts), but even if you hadn't you can be sure the topic will turn soon enough. Eventually we'll hit something for everyone. When all else fails we can always hit the old standbys--"kids today have bad fashion choices", "You can be a slacker & still be a good parent" and "The Village really sucked."
Mike, I think you forgot about the weather forecast all around the world, some recipes, peeps, Procrastinators Anonymous... Oh, well, I probably forgot many topics too. A reason more to come to them again...

Madam Pince: When I told him I didn't know what he was referring to, ...
ROFL - Very quick thinking, Madam Pince, congratulations!

Have a good time, everyone!


Ydnam96 - Feb 18, 2006 7:15 am (#982 of 2983)

And Lost, don't forget Lost!

Happy Birthdays to those I missed and welcome to our new family members! Hope you like it here.

It's been raining here! For the first time in months. It's such a good thing. It's not even fire season yet and we've had a bunch already. This should help a bit.

Men's curling is on live at the moment I believe, but it's on a cable channel so I can't watch it :sad:

Well, Happy President's Day weekend to all in the States.



Kip Carter - Feb 18, 2006 7:53 am (#983 of 2983)

Lina and others who enjoy the Chat Room, it is my fault that the Chat Room is not used as it was when our Forum first began. The Chat Room then was where the "action was" and many great thread ideas were started because of conversations there.

When we returned to World Crossing (WX) back in the early fall of 2003, the Chat Room was not functioning on most of WX's servers. This really caused a problem because we were then, and still are, a very close-knit family who enjoyed "talking" with each other. Quickly some of the discussion threads started moving off course with members trying to chat on the actual threads. This was causing lots of problems.

As you can read on the initial post of this thread and each of its eight predecessors, I started the Chat Thread to keep the chat off the discussion threads. This thread quickly became the most popular thread on our Forum. Members were able to say what they wanted and it would still be there for those later to enjoy and/or comment; however the instant reaction that the Chat Room provides was lost.

The Chat Room has a number of advantages that this Chat Thread will never obtain. The first is being able to quickly know each other and being able to chat in a very relaxed atmosphere. The rules that apply to posts on the Forum are somewhat relaxed in the Chat Room if the ones present are knowledgeable of who each of their associates are. If a minor, an observer, or some not known was present, the conversation had to meet the standards set forth in the Philosophy completely. Also ideas were constantly being presented that really showed the expertise and knowledge of our members. It was a real exciting place to be. Many would stay up way past their bedtime to talk with others around the world who were just getting up. I would often just be in the Chat Room (keeping up with the conversation, but adding little to the mix) while I did administrative work on the Forum or edited threads and posts. Friendships were established there, which bonded many to this day. I could really evaluate an individual there as to whether they were possible Host material because you could quickly see how fast and intelligently a member could react to a situation that stretched the limits of our guidelines. There were many Private Chats going on while the main Chat Room was opened. Yes, it was enjoyable, challenging, and exciting. I hope that we will be able to reestablish that Chat Room, in some form or another, again.

I apologize for being so wordy, but I felt that this was necessary to be said. Considering that my time limitations have really been stretched to the limit over the last few weeks, a post this long by me, took a lot of thought on my part being that I am running so far behind on things that I need to do both on this Forum and adding some new "wrinkles" to the Forum's make-up. No, I will not discuss that any further than what I said right now or possibly in the immediate future. I need to get everything in place before I say more.


Catherine - Feb 18, 2006 9:03 am (#984 of 2983)

Welcome to the Chat thread, Holly and other new members.

You can probably look forward to reading about wildlife in the home. Denise P. regularly experiences skunk problems, and I've had oppossum issues. Most of us have the springtime infestation of ants to contend with as well.

It's a treat to see you post on the Chat thread, Kip!


Denise P. - Feb 18, 2006 9:08 am (#985 of 2983)

Yep, every year we are graced with the wonderful skunks who seem to like our yard.

We had nasty weather blow in overnight. For my run this morning, it started out as 23°F with windchill bringing it down to 4°F (we run along a river). It was icy, blowing snow and ice at us but 5 dedicated (or stupid!) group members braved this to go 2.177 miles. It was down to 18°F when we finished and still blowing snow and ice but at least we had the wind at our back for the run back.

Thinking Day for the Girl Scouts was cancelled because of icy roads. Don't know when it will be rescheduled.

I am off to bundle up and deliver cookies. See you all later!


boop - Feb 18, 2006 9:15 am (#986 of 2983)

* ****waves to Kip*****


Madam Pince thanks for the laugh.

I know I have gone to the chat room on Sat. and Sun and found a good number of people in there.

If there are anyone out there that wishes for me to add their birthday to my book let me know. I enjoy putting birthdays up and I know there are lots I don't have.

Have a great rest of the day!!!!

hugs always



Madam Pince - Feb 18, 2006 9:34 am (#987 of 2983)

****Does the "We're Not Worthy!" bow down to Denise for going out and running in freezing, icy, snowy weather!!!*** Not to be trite, but... You Go, Girl!!! :insert applauding smiley-thingy here:

Your weather cold front has hit us here, too, Denise, but not quite as bad as where you are. It dropped from "no-coat" weather yesterday morning to right around freezing in a couple of hours. Right now I see a few brave little tiny snowflakes trying to make an appearance, but I don't think they will amount to much.

Happy Birthday, Barb! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Wow, Kip, I think that's the longest post I've ever read from you! Looking forward to seeing you on Chat sometime!

Yep, definitely add Peeps and wildlife infestations to the mix of regular discussions! My, we are a predictable bunch, aren't we? ***looks at calendar to see when we might expect the Easter Peeps discussion to start this spring***

Tazzy, I liked Sixth Sense too. The surprise ending just didn't seem quite as cheesy to me as some of his other stuff. I loved the scene where the boy and his Mom were sitting in the car and he was telling her about his special abilities.

Mr. Pince found out yesterday that he has to work overtime again this weekend, so that'll be three weekends in a row. Bleah.

We were so sad to hear about the tragic mudslide in the Phillipines yesterday -- our thoughts go out to anyone with family there. It's hard to imagine an entire town covered with 30 feet of mud with the loss of almost every inhabitant. Dementors at work indeed.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable RotD, and a nice holiday weekend if you're in the U.S. and happen to have Monday off!


Kip Carter - Feb 18, 2006 9:34 am (#988 of 2983)

Catherine, thank you for the kind words! I read this thread on a regular basis (I read this thread because I enjoy the banner and the friendliness that each of you adds to the mix!) and use it to keep a handle on the pulse of this community. You each and the combination of that mix of friends are what makes this Forum so special. I applaud the maturity and openness that each of you display ... a true family atmosphere!

Knowing how each of you look forward to keeping up with what's happening around the world with our members, last month when this Forum was down, I temporarily set up a Chat Thread on the FanFiction Forum and changed the Forum page on the Lexicon to reflect this. The thread has since been mulched; however you can view the Lexicon page by clicking here. I keep this page in reserve being that I may have to use it again being that I have use it a few times before.

boop, I waved back!

Madam Pince, thanks for kind words. I do not post often because normally one of my posts seems to stop the discussion.

Now back to the salt mines!


Madam Pince - Feb 18, 2006 9:41 am (#989 of 2983)

****Sound of crickets chirping in honor of Kip's post***


Chemyst - Feb 18, 2006 9:53 am (#990 of 2983)

(pauses briefly as well)  


Holly T. - Feb 18, 2006 10:56 am (#991 of 2983)

Thanks for the kind welcome!

   "You can be a slacker & still be a good parent"

Ha, am I being a slacker by checking my boards while making them clean their rooms? And do I make up for it by telling my daughter the latest HP news?

We watched curling on the Olympics this morning. I don't get it.

Hey, I really am going to fit in if you talk about Peeps. Last year I bought Peeps and chocolate on clearance after Easter and my Girl Scouts used them to make s'mores. There is nothing like roasting a purple bunny Peep over a campfire!


Madam Pince - Feb 18, 2006 11:09 am (#992 of 2983)

Peep torture! Burnings at the stake!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 793915934

LOL! Holly, you need to find that website we were looking at last year -- it had lots of cruel and unusual "Peep experiments." I bet if you did a search on last spring's chat thread around Eastertime you'd find it.


kaykay1970 - Feb 18, 2006 11:32 am (#993 of 2983)

We had to get out on the sleet and snow covered roads as well this morning. We passed some kids that were in the act of hooking their sled up to the back of a four-wheeler but then Dad came out and stopped them, thank goodness.

Madame Pince bringing up Old Yeller makes me think of one of our elementary school teachers. She reads Where the Red Fern Grows every year to her class and every time she sobs so badly that she has to have someone else read certain parts.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 18, 2006 11:55 am (#994 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Barb! Hope you have a wonderful day!


Lina - Feb 18, 2006 11:58 am (#995 of 2983)

Kip: I apologize for being so wordy...
I admit I'm not used to it, but it was a very pleasant surprise... And I don't see why anybody would take the blame for the room being empty from time to time. Honestly, I'm not sure that I could follow the conversation with more than 8 people in the room at once, but I'm really glad that I discovered it.

Madam Librarian!


Good Evans - Feb 18, 2006 12:36 pm (#996 of 2983)

Happy birthday Barb, hope you have a good one!

laptop is up and running so I hope to pop in to chat later. You have no idea how much I have missed the forum in the evenings. I have been forced to watch TV, weird!!! when I get back from visiting hubby and have eaten.

Being decadent tonight - glass of wine and biscuit tin - but it is just for tonight promise - just one of those things!!!!!

have a great RotD folks


edit - being as my premium membership has run out and I can’t renew until the PC is back up - I don’t trust the wireless connection on the lap top. I am editing rather than reposting.

Just wanted to say welcome to the new members, it is lovely that between books and movies we are picking up new members as frequently as we are. I hope you all feel at home here!

also - nice to see you posting Kip, would be very happy to run across you in the chat room one day


Puck - Feb 18, 2006 1:50 pm (#997 of 2983)

Happy birthday, Barb!

LOL, Holly! I always have left-over Peeps, and never know what to do with them... (and we are officially back into a conversation about Peeps...)

For those already anxious for spring, I just signed my boy up for T-ball. Baseball sign-ups are a sure sign of warmer weather approaching!

Go, Denise! I don't even like to go out to the mailbox when it's that cold. Bbbbbbrrrrrrr.

Madame Pince, my Diva is the same age as Little Pince, but my Boy is closing in on 6. Would "Curious George" be too young for him? I was debating between that and "Hood-winked".

Enjoy the RotD!



Tazzygirl - Feb 18, 2006 2:04 pm (#998 of 2983)

Wow, we've been chatty lately!!

I was only watching the Olympics on NBC, and was starting to realize that they did not show curling on that channel. Beginning to panic, I realized they show curling on the USA channel... I sat through about a half hour of curling and realized I hadn't missed anything. I can now just focus on NBC. LOL!

I woke up this morning with part of my jaw and cheek hurting. It really hurts when I swallow... Don't know what I did...

* *Healing charms, Good luck charms, and Warm weather charms being sent to those who need it!!**

Happy Birthday, Madam Librarian!!!! Hope you have a fabulous day!

Have a great RotD, everyone!!



dizzy lizzy - Feb 18, 2006 4:52 pm (#999 of 2983)

Hi all! Not much has been happening. I do, however, have to do some sewing if I want the skirts I'm wearing to the weddings to fit! I spent most of January fighting off a bad case of gastroentritis (I would normally write "gastro" and be done with it, but I need to remember other people may not know what I mean ) and with the extreme heat we were getting, it took me ages to get better.

The result is that the two skirts that fitted me whilst being made early in Jan, now need to be taken in... *rolls eyes*. Fortunately they are fitted skirts, so I can just take the side seams in a little bit until it fits. I know I have the skills to do it, it's finding the patience to do the sewing that is the problem and I have 3 days to do it!

Hi Kip! It's good to see you posting. In honour of when Tazzy and I posted way too many posts on the hangman thread one night, we devised a way of playing hangman in the chat room. Which reminds me...I owe Tazzy a game!

Have a lovely weekend all!



Madam Pince - Feb 18, 2006 5:03 pm (#1000 of 2983)

I'm not real sure, Puck, because Little Pince is my only one and therefore I only have experience up to the almost-four-year-old level! I would guess that an almost-six would still enjoy it, though. It wasn't totally juvenile, but just not what I'd call sophisticated. But hey, I still enjoy playing Blue's Clues sometimes, so what would I know?! (I can always get them after the second clue, but sometimes it's a real challenge to guess them after just the first clue!)

Edit: I got post #1000! I got post #1000! (See how mature we are here, Holly?)

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Tazzygirl - Feb 18, 2006 5:16 pm (#1001 of 2983)

Lizzy--Hi Kip! It's good to see you posting. In honour of when Tazzy and I posted way too many posts on the hangman thread one night, we devised a way of playing hangman in the chat room. Which reminds me...I owe Tazzy a game!

Yes you do!! I'll be holding you to it! LOL!!! Hope you have fun at the weddings! The Chat Room version of hangman is really fun, and surprisingly easy to understand!!

YEAY Madam Pince!! Post 1000!! Yippee!!!



kaykay1970 - Feb 18, 2006 6:24 pm (#1002 of 2983)

Of course we are mature Madame Pince. It says so in the philosophy of the forum (Harry Potter Lexicon is for mature people of all ages), which I just re-read with my 12 year old son. 12 year old will hence forth be referred to as nitromonkey as that will be his user i.d. once he receives his e-mail confirmation. He enjoyed a conversation with Kate and HungarianHorntail11's daughter in the chat room that led to his wanting his own user name. I am almost as excited as I would be if I'd gotten post 1000. heehee


haymoni - Feb 18, 2006 7:07 pm (#1003 of 2983)

So is the lady in the water a mermaid or just a pool crasher???


Tazzygirl - Feb 18, 2006 7:43 pm (#1004 of 2983)

Definitely a pool crasher...



Puck - Feb 18, 2006 8:26 pm (#1005 of 2983)

Congratualtions Madame Pince! (on post 1000 and on figuring out Blue's Clues)

Kristina, just remember it's not fair to use multiple's of yourself when playing chatroom hangman.

When I hear "Lady in the Water" I keep thinking of Nicole Kidman at the end of "To Die For".



Tazzygirl - Feb 19, 2006 12:19 am (#1006 of 2983)

Kathy- You found my secret! Shhhhhhh... Don't tell anyone!! LOL!!



The giant squid - Feb 19, 2006 1:00 am (#1007 of 2983)

Alas, I'm too far behind the conversation to answer the question posed to me...so I'll just confirm instead. Yes, the new M. Night Shamalamadingdong movie is called Lady in the Water, the trailer for which features Paul Giamatti being a schlumpy janitor for 2 minutes then seeing a splash and acting all eerie for the last 30 seconds... I'm underwhelmed (the opposite of overwhelmed, naturally).

It's good to "hear" from you, Kip, though you always seem to end your posts with ominous statements lately. I admit I haven't spent much time in the chat room, having burnt out that impulse early in my internet experience. That, and my usual posting time (somewhere between 11PM and 4AM Pacific time) seems to be when most folks are either sleeping or (in Europe) just getting up and preparing for work/school.

**hugs boop**



Good Evans - Feb 19, 2006 2:36 am (#1008 of 2983)

big hellos and apologies to everyone in the chat room last night (UK time about 10 pm) my laptop died and wouldn't resuscitate (I think it over heated and needed a break). So sorry that I didn’t say goodbye, I couldn't get back to you to do so.

hope you all have a great Sunday



Anamaria-Ginny - Feb 19, 2006 4:47 am (#1009 of 2983)

Hi people!!!!! Haw are you today?  Come to chat PLEASE


azi - Feb 19, 2006 8:52 am (#1010 of 2983)

Don't worry, Good Evans, we decided your laptop must have been misbehaving! ***Sends repairing charms to laptop!***

Ooo, hopefully I'll get post 1010, which *may* mean something in binomial language!

I had a great time is Edinburgh yesterday! It was freezing cold but I walked (read - climbed up very steep slopes) to the top of the extinct volcano to Arthur's Seat (I think that's it's name), and practically slid all the way down because my trainers have no grip! I saw many things from afar, but alas had no time to visit them! I also saw the sea, which made the day all the more better!

Hope everyone has a great day!


boop - Feb 19, 2006 10:08 am (#1011 of 2983)

I missed a birthday yesterday. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO DJ EVANS!!! I hope you had a wonderful day.

Have a great Sunday everyone!!

hugs always



Lina - Feb 19, 2006 12:10 pm (#1012 of 2983)

DJ Evans! Hope you had a great one!


Catherine - Feb 19, 2006 1:28 pm (#1013 of 2983)

Brrrrr! It's gotten quite chilly here.

We've gone from shirt-sleeve weather (mid 70s) to freezing weather in two days. No fair!

I know I said I wanted just a little bit of snow, but that was before all the trees and flowers got tricked into blooming early. Now we're supposed to get sleet tonight, which sounds decidedly unfun. I should probably cut the daffodils and just bring them inside to enjoy.

Ah, phooey.


Tazzygirl - Feb 19, 2006 1:28 pm (#1014 of 2983)

Happy Birthday DJ Evans!!

Hope everyone has a great RotD!



Finn BV - Feb 19, 2006 3:09 pm (#1015 of 2983)

Welcome Holly! Enjoy your time here!

Should we be watch for you in Torino? --Kathy (Puck)

Yes, you be watch for me in Torino.

We actually paid for it, so I guess we'll have to watch it. Someday. --also Kathy

Erm, I wouldn't make that a principle to live by. If you actually paid for something as bad as The Village (from what I hear… LOL) you should go hide in a cave with a paper bag over your head.

LOL, Madam Pince. Don't let the IRS anywhere near this thread!

Ok, so I went to look up M. Night Whoever to see what movie this is that you're talking about, and I guess you mean Lady in the Water (is that the one with Paul Giamatti as the janitor? -- I see it is as per later posts). So I clicked on M. Night's name and he's also writing the screenplay for Stuart Little and Life of Pi (directed by Alfonso Cuarón!), which will make a terrible movie considering the main storyline basically takes place on one set after the exciting beginning is over. Wow. That was quite the revelation.

Hi Kip! Nice of you to take some time out of your personal and professional duties for a little history lesson! Thanks!

Happy Bday Barb and DJ Evans (belated)!

Hey! Kristina! You're missing a lot in curling! I'm upset NBC's not showing it, they deserve to be fair to all teams and sports. It is really quite interesting when you get into it -- I can tell you I wasn't dying to go learn how to this Christmas when my grandpa took me out to show me but I got hooked as the time passed.

Lina and Kate and Amy, I thought of you Croatians as Kostelic won the downhill skiing! In the end, we weren't sure if it was going to be her or the Austrian, and my dad asked who of the two I was rooting for, and you better have a good idea what my answer was!

We had a great time skiing, even though it was freezing and there was basically no god-made snow. So, the snow machines were out, and I don't know how many of you have ever had to ski through fake snow coming from a snow machine, but it hurts!! Ouch! We ended up doing the harder trails with no snowmakers to avoid being pelleted.

Happy Presidents' Day Weekend, especially to Steph and me, because we have tomorrow and Tuesday off! Yes, not the whole week, but we'll get two weeks in March which is just fine with me – I prefer warm weather breaks over cold weather breaks!

Have a nice RotD everyone!


Catherine - Feb 19, 2006 3:25 pm (#1016 of 2983)

So I clicked on M. Night's name and he's also writing the screenplay for Stuart Little and Life of Pi (directed by Alfonso Cuarón!), --Finn

Thanks for the update. I really enjoyed the novel Life of Pi, but I'm a little conflicted about how well it will translate into film (the revelation of the big "secret" notwithstanding). So much of the novel is "interior" that I hope we aren't wondering who put the "sham" in shamalamadingdong.


Finn BV - Feb 19, 2006 3:42 pm (#1017 of 2983)

I hope we aren't wondering who put the "sham" in shamalamadingdong –Catherine

Haven't we figured that out already?? Yes, the movie I would imagine will either be a lot of voiceovers or flashbacks. The beginning will be interesting, with all the animals, the (highlight for mild spoilers) *shipwreck will be Titanic-devastating, the "island" will take up a lot more time than it did in the book, and the finale will have to find a good way to end (as in transition to credits).*


Tazzygirl - Feb 19, 2006 4:09 pm (#1018 of 2983)

Finn- Hey! Kristina! You're missing a lot in curling!

I'll take a stab at it again... I think I am still on the rush you get from watching the Ski Jumping and Downhill. It is amazing to me how fast these athletes go... Curling seems so much milder...

I was checking the movie theater lists today, and GoF is still playing at the dollar theater here... I am debating if I should go see it or do my homework. 17 days (or so) for the DVD!!! Yippee!



Stephanie M. - Feb 19, 2006 5:38 pm (#1019 of 2983)

Happy Birthday everyone!!

Welcome, Holly!

I have always enjoyed watching curling...luckily I get USA, so I can watch it! Ice skating is still my favorite sport to watch, but I was watching some skiing last night and I had a pretty good time watching it. (I personally like the Summer Olympics more, but the winter is also pretty good. I just love watching people swim.... and pole vault!)

Have a good RoTD!!


Finn BV - Feb 19, 2006 7:35 pm (#1020 of 2983)

Kristina, I know, it's certainly not what one would call an "extreme sport." Obviously you don't run the risk of loss of limb. It's much better live. I was watching some this evening and it was pretty boring -- the local aspect brings something to it, I guess, when I watched it in person. And Turin's not quite "local" to Hawaii, is it?


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 19, 2006 7:41 pm (#1021 of 2983)

In the Summer Olympics I like watching soccer, volleyball and fencing.


Viola Intonada - Feb 19, 2006 7:52 pm (#1022 of 2983)

Since my children and I have a four day weekend, we have traveled to see family (both hubby's and mine). Both families are baffled by the popularity of Curling in this year’s Olympics. My explanation is that curling is that only sport that the average person can aspire to competing in. All the other sports almost require you to be under 30 years of age, to devote all of your time and all of the family fortune towards it. I have to admit that I will look for Curling before looking for other events to watch.

Tomorrow is my youngest' birthday. She is taller than her older sister now, which irritates older sister to no end. She has cleaned up in the gift department from both grandparents this weekend. Next weekend will be her "friends" birthday party.

My condolences to those of you having to deliver cookies in the cold. I'm thankful that our cookie sales are done for the year.

Happy RotD to everyone!


Puck - Feb 19, 2006 8:28 pm (#1023 of 2983)

My kids have this entire coming week out of school. I'm hoping to retain what is left of my sanity.

It was quite cold here, got down to 6 degrees Farenheit. Had my favorite veggie chili for dinner. Finally got everyone to bed. Now I'm trying to psych myself up to do my exercise before bed.

Finn, hey, I type and feed the baby at the same time, so you'll have to forgive me for mixing up my tenses and not typing the "ing"!

Baby crying.

Cheers, Kathy


Tazzygirl - Feb 19, 2006 8:53 pm (#1024 of 2983)

Finn- And Turin's not quite "local" to Hawaii, is it?

Yes, it is quite the opposite!! I think another reason why I had little patience in watching curling this week is because I have a lot of stuff going on. All the other sports in the Olympics I can just listen to while doing homework and such, but since I know so little about Curling, it is just one of those games I would have to sit down and focus on. (I haven't offended you have I? If I have, I am sorry! Didn't mean too! )



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 19, 2006 9:46 pm (#1025 of 2983)

I've never watched it for more than a few seconds, but isn't Curling basically 'Shuffleboard on Ice'?


John Bumbledore - Feb 20, 2006 12:11 am (#1026 of 2983)

Isn't Curling basically 'Shuffleboard on Ice'? LLN

Ah! Curling is to shuffleboard as quidditch is to football (US: soccer). I mean, both curling and quidditch use brooms!

It is just that you don't see the wands because they are used outside of the camera angle. How else could they get those stones to curve so perfectly?

Curling is clearly a wizards game.



Tazzygirl - Feb 20, 2006 12:54 am (#1027 of 2983)

John Bumbledore- I like your 'Dumbledore' face! Very cool!



Snuffles - Feb 20, 2006 1:35 am (#1028 of 2983)

Hey everyone.

Hope you all had a good weekend.

Happy belated birthdays to Madame Librarian and DJ Evans

Went to see Final Destination 3 on Saturday, not much to say but that was an hour and a half of my life I will never get back! Hubby persuaded me to go. I'm sure they cannot make another movie though, surely there aren't any other ways to die!

Welcome to all our new Forum members.

Lina, hope to see you and anyone else in chat tonight!.

Happy Monday to all



The giant squid - Feb 20, 2006 2:23 am (#1029 of 2983)

Ooo, hopefully I'll get post 1010, which *may* mean something in binomial language!—azi

Well, "1010" in binary is the same as "10" in decimal (what the non-math geeks use). It's also "12" in Octal and "0a" in hexidecimal and tridecimal. The preceding is courtesy of Kip's highly useful spreadsheet from a while back. I knew saving that thing would come in handy!

I'm sure they cannot make another movie though, surely there aren't any other ways to die!—Snuffles

That's what I said after the first one...and the second one... Trust me, if they think they can make money with it, there'll be a Final Destination 4. Luckily for the sanity of humanity at large, this one's kinda tanking in the box office. :whew:



Catherine - Feb 20, 2006 5:25 am (#1030 of 2983)

I've never watched it for more than a few seconds, but isn't Curling basically 'Shuffleboard on Ice'? Lupin is Lupin

I wondered this, also. When I see curling, I have an urge to hum the theme song from "Love Boat."

I watched some ice dancing last night. Some of the costumes--EEK! Where are the sarcastic fashion editors when you need them? One young lady wore an enormous bustle of feathers on her rear end--I was trying to decide if she was a feather duster or an ostrich. It was amusing at the end because the feathers shook loose and it looked to me as though her dancing partner had to spit feathers out of his mouth in the finale.

Happy Monday to everyone.


Catherine - Feb 20, 2006 5:25 am (#1030 of 2983)
I've never watched it for more than a few seconds, but isn't Curling basically 'Shuffleboard on Ice'?Lupin is Lupin

I wondered this, also. When I see curling, I have an urge to hum the theme song from "Love Boat."

I watched some ice dancing last night. Some of the costumes--EEK! Where are the sarcastic fashion editors when you need them? One young lady wore an enormous bustle of feathers on her rear end--I was trying to decide if she was a feather duster or an ostrich. It was amusing at the end because the feathers shook loose and it looked to me as though her dancing partner had to spit feathers out of his mouth in the finale.

Happy Monday to everyone.


Anamaria-Ginny - Feb 20, 2006 5:46 am (#1031 of 2983)

Worst nightmare Rijeka won in football I can belie that. But what I can do.


Lina - Feb 20, 2006 6:24 am (#1032 of 2983)

Welcome to  Nitromonkey! I'm sure he will have a good time here.

Lol, Finn, you can't really lose if you root for Janica... She was sick and felt really bad and she didn't expect herself to win. Now, I'm just wondering what would happen if she were healthy...? But the part that I'd like to know would be your dad's reaction. (Croatia... what?)

Stephanie M.: I personally like the Summer Olympics more, ...
Yes, just the look at all that snow and ice... I feel freezing immediately...

to Viola's youngest.

Exactly, John Bumbledore ****waving****, that's another thing that makes the curling exciting - I keep waiting for those players to fly on their brooms, at least when they score... Oh, I think that to be a good curling player, you need to understand at least the fourth and fifth dimension. Since I still have problems with understanding the fourth, I doubt I could play it, but it is amazing to see the players using them (the dimensions) in apparently two-dimensional field. I thought that it is like some local (Mediteranean) game on sand played with bowls, called balote (I have no idea what would be the name in English), on ice, but after taking the Internet tour on Shuffleboard, I'm quite sure it is much closer.

Sorry, Amy, better luck next time!


azi - Feb 20, 2006 6:42 am (#1033 of 2983)

I hadn't heard of Shuffleboard either, but a quick Internet search told me I'm not missing anything!

We have Bowls in England. Generally played by the older generations, but I have a friend my age who plays for his village team with his dad and grandad. We play it on grass though, two different types of court I think - one flat, one with a slight bulge in the middle. Apparently though, lawn bowls was the precursor to curling!

You can tell I'm slightly bored by the fact I looked up bowls on the Internet!

Probably should go and plan my next essay!

Have a lovely day everyone!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 20, 2006 6:54 am (#1034 of 2983)

As for the rest of your post, I have no idea what that has to do with him!—Finn

Well, the fact that the rest of the post had little to do with Mr. Weir was precisely the point. Some, believe it or not, might find it a little weir(d) that anyone would keep so abreast of the smallest minutia of Harry Potter detail. Hard to fathom, I know, but true.

I've never watched it for more than a few seconds, but isn't Curling basically 'Shuffleboard on Ice'? Lupin is Lupin

Ditto to this question along with Catherine. And, what's up with the sweeping?


CatherineHermiona - Feb 20, 2006 8:01 am (#1035 of 2983)

Well, Amy remember how did Maths professor say about the future: "And the meeting of 3rd league, Hajduk against... (some totally unknown club, I don't remember)."

Well, I had a competition this Sunday. I shot 162, pretty solid, but could have been better... I had one target center and 9, and one 9 and 9! But also one 7 and 6, 7 and 7 and 6 and 8... Oh, well... I ended up 13th and I'm fighting against 8th of boys, he is shooting 178, 178. Oh, well, coacher said that anything is possible, that even poor Andrea that shoots 130-140 can beat up a guy that shot badly that day, only 191... Oh, well...

Oh, well... Have a nice day everyone!



Puck - Feb 20, 2006 10:48 am (#1036 of 2983)

Kate, hope you're having a better day!

Welcome back John! I was wondering where you went!

Is lawn bowls anything like Bacchi Ball? (sorry, I have no idea how it's spelled. I believe the game started in Italy.)

USA women just won the bronze in hockey!

Julie, you should drag your hubby to at least 3 chic flicks to make up for him subjecting you to such torture.



Anamaria-Ginny - Feb 20, 2006 11:08 am (#1037 of 2983)

hy!!!! Haw are you people go to chat, there are no people please go.


haymoni - Feb 20, 2006 11:12 am (#1038 of 2983)

Puck - "bocce ball"

Happy Presidents Day!

I really don't know the proper way to celebrate this holiday, other than to go shopping.

I suppose I should eat some cherry pie and play with some Lincoln Logs.


Loopy Lupin - Feb 20, 2006 11:30 am (#1039 of 2983)

I really don't know the proper way to celebrate this holiday, other than to go shopping.—haymoni

Works for me!


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 20, 2006 11:35 am (#1040 of 2983)

Azi, I play Boccioni which is similar to bowls. I find quite entertaining.

I am spending the day canceling credit and debit cards somebody stole my attache case from the office where it was taken after I accidently left in class.


Catherine - Feb 20, 2006 11:47 am (#1041 of 2983)

Julie, you should drag your hubby to at least 3 chic flicks to make up for him subjecting you to such torture. –Puck

Works for me!

Our "You owe me big time for that one" movie was Face Off. We actually wasted babysitter time/money on seeing that.

Nathan, good luck in replacing everything.


DJ Evans - Feb 20, 2006 12:22 pm (#1042 of 2983)

Thanks everyone for the warm birthday wishes! And here I thought I might be able to skip in having to admit getting another year older! ***waves to Boop***

And Happy Birthday to Barb & anyone else I've been slacking in wishing them a Happy Birthday here lately. Along with a big welcome to all of the new members! ((((sheesh, I so need to start being more aware))))

With everyone talking about the "curling" event in the Olympics lately, I just had to watch some of it this morning. hmmmm -- well it's different for sure.

Was that John's little DD's face I saw earlier? Welcome back John. Glad to see you posting again. ***waves to John***

Has anyone heard how the figure ice skater in pairs is that took a bad fall last night? She came right down on her hip. Ouch, poor thing -- hope she is OK & will be able to perform tonight. I haven't really watched much of the Olympics this year (just couldn't get into it for some reason) but I did turn in last night & that was the first event I watched.

YAY, all of the ice that we got this past weekend is starting to really melt now. Luckily we didn't get as much as they were calling for, 2-4 inches, thank goodness.

Everybody go out & have a great RotD!!!

Later, Deb


Tazzygirl - Feb 20, 2006 1:03 pm (#1043 of 2983)

I love Bocce Ball!

Nathan- sorry about your credit cards being stolen. Hope they catch the person!

Welcome to the forum, Nitromonkey! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!

Have a great RotD everyone!



Puck - Feb 20, 2006 1:31 pm (#1044 of 2983)

Thanks for the spelling correction, Haymoni. Love your ideas for celebrating the holiday. Lots of cars on sale, usually.

Mr. Puck tried to take the kids to the movies, but it was sold out. Diva was in tears. I gave them popcorn and tossed in a DVD. I may have to take them myself tomorrow. (Pity, as it was supposed to be a fun thing for hubby to do with them on his day off. Guess we should have gone bowling.)

Nathan, good luck getting the credit card situation solved. Sadly, this is not the first time that subject has come up here.

Happy RotD Kathy


Finn BV - Feb 20, 2006 3:10 pm (#1045 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to Viola's youngest child! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1609556105. No offense taken at all, Kristina! I understand it's not a generally televised sport, thus it doesn't gain a lot of attention in the US.

Lupin is Lupin, from what I can tell, it's pretty similar to shuffleboard, except (now directed to Loopy) that the speed of the stone (the thing they're trying to get in the target) can be adjusted by sweeping. If the ice is swept, the stone will go faster, and if it is swept to one side, the stone will "curl" (hence the name of the game) to that side.

Catherine, LOL, I saw that feather duster too, and felt sorry for all the people who had to skate after her.

Okey dokey, Loopy. Do you have a liking for Harry Potter? I would have never guessed.

Kate, sounds pretty good to me. From what I remember about your scoring explanation, 162 isn't that bad!

Sorry about your theft, Nathan. My mom went through that twice in the '04-'05 Christmas season.

Steph and I and some other friends went to see Narnia today. It was my second time, her first, and we loved it! I'm now officially obsessed with the soundtrack (**waves to Kristina**) and the entire movie!! I'm reading the books in the order in which Lewis wrote them as per the helpful guide from Chemyst. (Thanks! ) I'm in the middle of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, but have had to temporarily put it aside due to schoolwork now! When I was little I listened on tape to the final book, but thank goodness I don't remember what happens or that woulud spoil my reading!

Have a good RotD everyone! What a nice President's Day!


boop - Feb 20, 2006 3:13 pm (#1046 of 2983)


Kate, keep up the good job shooting.

Nathan sorry to hear you lost your wallet or id. Good luck on getting everything replaced.

John, good to see you posting again. You were missed!!

Michelle, tell your daughter happy birthday for us.

Have a great day everyone!!

hugs always



Tazzygirl - Feb 20, 2006 3:16 pm (#1047 of 2983)

**Waves to Finn** That soundtrack is awesome, isn't it?

Happy Birthday to Viola's youngest!

Really am not making a lot of progress on my admissions essay (due no later than March 1st) and another paper due Friday.

The admissions essay is part of an application to University of Hawaii's Educational program. Hopefully I get in... **crossing fingers**


EDIT: Happy Birthday Madam Pince and Ladybug!!! Hope your days are fantastic!!


Catherine - Feb 20, 2006 3:20 pm (#1048 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Ladybug and Madame Pince! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1609556105

I haven't Ladybug around lately, but I hope her cats got her a nice present.

Madame Pince, I hope Mr. Pince and Little Pince treated you to a nice day.

Finn, thank you for your support about the feather duster costume. One's outfit should not cause one's dance partner to choke.


Tazzygirl - Feb 20, 2006 3:24 pm (#1049 of 2983)

I still need to finish watching the Ice Dancing. I did hear that a lot of couples fell... hmmmmmm...


(Can you tell I am procrastinating, just a little?)


Finn BV - Feb 20, 2006 3:38 pm (#1050 of 2983)

Any day, Catherine.

Kristina, when I listen to the soundtrack, I try to imagine what's going on in the movie at this point, and today I was able to confirm my questions! Yay!! Good luck on your essay and admissions

Happy birthday Madam Pince and Ladybug! Have a superb day!

And happy RotD to the rest of you…
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Tazzygirl - Feb 20, 2006 3:50 pm (#1051 of 2983)

Me too, Finn!! I do that with GoF too- I am so far pretty close!



Lina - Feb 20, 2006 3:56 pm (#1052 of 2983)

Madam Pince and Ladybug! Have a wonderful day!

(so many birthdays lately...)

Nathan, I hope you recover soon and nothing worse happen. Cheering charms your way!


Holly T. - Feb 20, 2006 4:28 pm (#1053 of 2983)

Happy birthdays!

We haven't finished watching the ice dancing from last night--I made my daughter go to bed but promised we could watch it tonight before I make her go to bed. She has standardized tests tomorrow at school--I must be a responsible parent and make sure she gets enough sleep and eats a good breakfast. Good thing the school sends us notes reminding us slacker parents to do these things.

My son had The Last Battle from the library and I re-read parts of it. I don't like the Narnia books. I didn't like them when I was young and I still think they're kind of weird. I liked the movie, though, go figure.

Sorry about the credit cards!


Finn BV - Feb 20, 2006 4:41 pm (#1054 of 2983)

Oh, I forgot the best part about the whole movie! The trailer! So Steph and I were sitting next to each other, and of course Lady in the Water comes up, and the whole time we were laughing about what "sham" this movie is and who put the sham in Shamalamadingdong? Hehe, I think everybody else was thinking about how tense the music was, while we were giggling.

*has an HPLF moment*

Holly, I agree, the books are bit strange in their narration, but that's one of the things I enjoy, a break from the usual. It's very laid back.


timrew - Feb 20, 2006 4:56 pm (#1055 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Madam Pince and Ladybug!

I must admit, not seen too much Winter Olympics. I mean, they had to go out and find a Union Jack to run up the flagpole when we won a silver in the 'sliding down the icy thing on a tea-tray' event.

The only other time I saw a Brit doing well was in the downhill slalom (as opposed to the uphill slalom - a very tiring event). He was in the silver medal position, and I thought, 'He's doing well!'

Then I heard that only two skiers had completed the slalom - this explained why the Brit was doing so well. I believe he ended up about 14th - slightly out of the medals!...............


Holly T. - Feb 20, 2006 5:02 pm (#1056 of 2983)

Uphill slalom, LOL.

My husband and I were trying to figure out which is more dangerous--skeleton (I think that would be the tea tray event) or ski jumping. Obviously curling was not considered. I also offered up the theory that people start doing skeleton because they don't think luge is dangerous enough. My son thinks speed skating would be cool and has decided to practice by sliding across the tile floor in his socks. I reminded him that the orthopedist said he never wanted to see him again.


kaykay1970 - Feb 20, 2006 5:02 pm (#1057 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Madame Pince and Ladybug!


Chemyst - Feb 20, 2006 5:16 pm (#1058 of 2983)

The admissions essay is part of an application to University of Hawaii's Educational program. ~Kristina
 **wonders which University of Hawaii programs are not educational.  ** Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1242326132

Happy Birthday Madam Pince!
Happy Birthday Ladybug!

'Sorry to hear about your stolen attache case, Nathan.
For a forum member who posts as frequently and and intelligently as you do, you still remain a bit of an enigma. Does the fact that you had an attache case in class mean you teach?


Finn BV - Feb 20, 2006 5:27 pm (#1059 of 2983)

SPEW!! -- "as opposed to the uphill slalom - a very tiring event" -- perfect wording, as always Tim!!

Holly, I would have to put in a vote for skeleton as being much more dangerous than ski jump. People don't seem to injure themselves as often in the jump.

Edit: Chemyst, Kristina is applying to be a teacher, so I would guess that's where the "Educational" comes in.


kabloink! - Feb 20, 2006 6:07 pm (#1060 of 2983)

TIm! I am soo sorry! My husband took my computer to finish paperwork for our taxes, and then I got distracted by Jeopardy! Wow, so much has happened, and all I did was go to my parents' and two hockey games this weekend. The first one was my anniversary gift to my husband. Fourth row seats right behind the net for the Michigan State University v. Miami Ohio game on Saturday (which we won-GO STATE!), and my sister-in-law's fiance's game on SUnday. Her fiance is the athletic trainerfor the Port Huron UHL team, but they got killed.

I've never really cared for ice-dancing much, I love the jumps and spins, etc of figure skating, and I feel that because ice dancing is always trying so hard to NOT be figure skating, they lose some of the flair. Ok off to read OoP. Tootaloo!


Tazzygirl - Feb 20, 2006 6:15 pm (#1061 of 2983)

Finn is correct, Chemyst! The Educational program I am applying for is the College of Education at UH.



Puck - Feb 20, 2006 9:08 pm (#1062 of 2983)

Kristina, for someone who has left several times to do her work, you've been doing alot of posting. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 464751818

Tim, as someone who has had to cross country ski up hill to get to a friend's cabin (with my 30-pound pack on my back, I may add), I agree that uphill slalom would be very tiring! (I am also glad I had not been drinking my tea while reading your post.!)

My 5 year old has a scrape on his head. I asked how he got it, and he didn't know. Later he asked me if it made him look like Harry Potter! Of course, I said he did.

Ice dancing on. The Italian team doing better than I thought. She had been acting quite snippy after yesterday’s fall, I thought for sure it would throw them off. They were not speaking or even looking at each other before the program.

Have a great RotD! And happy belated birthday to Madame Pince and Ladybug.



DJ Evans - Feb 20, 2006 10:13 pm (#1063 of 2983)

...she had been acting quite snippy after yesterday’s fall.: Kathy

LOL!  You are being much nicer than what I would have said how she was acting. To me it appeared he would have liked to have made up but as you said, she wouldn't have a thing to do with him. I thought they skated beautifully tonight myself. I was glad to see though that the one who took such a bad fall last night was only bruised & she hadn't broken her hip.

Happy Birthday to Madam Pince & Ladybug -- may all of your wishes come true when you blow out the candles on the cake.

Later, Deb


Tazzygirl - Feb 20, 2006 10:30 pm (#1064 of 2983)

Kathy- Kristina, for someone who has left several times to do her work, you've been doing alot of posting. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 464751818

hehehe- Procrastinator is my other name! I did do some work!! Just not as much as I wanted to... The Forum is much more fun!

I was a little shocked at the Italian Ice Dancing team. The lady should not have taken it so personally, it happens to everyone at one point in their careers. I felt bad for her partner...



Mrs. Sirius - Feb 20, 2006 11:22 pm (#1065 of 2983)

Then I heard that only two skiers had completed the slalom - this explained why the Brit was doing so well. I believe he ended up about 14th - slightly out of the medals!........Tim

Tim, Brits have forever immortalized their position on skis. Whether it's slalom or ski jumping I'm always hoping to find the next Eddie the Eagle.

Big Happy Birthdays Madame Pince and Ladybug and congratulations to all deserving such.


The giant squid - Feb 20, 2006 11:48 pm (#1066 of 2983)

We have Bowls in England.—azi

That's the thing I love about this forum... Just this weekend Lady Squid & I watched a movie titled National Lampoon's Blackball. It's about an upstart punk type who ends up winning the national Bowls championship (he's a prodigy), goes totally sports sellout, then has to team up with the stuffy old guy he beat in the first place to play against the Australian team. It's moderately funny--a "good once" movie. Then I log on here & azi's talking about Bowls. A week ago I'd have had no idea what she was talking about, now I can say "It's all about the bias" with sincerity.

Happy birthday to Ladybug & Madame P!



Snuffles - Feb 21, 2006 1:19 am (#1067 of 2983)

Now if there was an Olympic Tea drinking competition, us Brits would win hands down! Nothing like a good cuppa!

Happy birthday Madam Pince and Ladybug, hope you both had a good day.

Have a good Tuesday everyone



Chemyst - Feb 21, 2006 5:43 am (#1068 of 2983)

Finn is correct, Chemyst! ~ Kristina

Of course he is. It is just that his _n_ year-old self (select a number) hasn't yet learned to identify my feeble attempts at tongue-in-cheek humor. I'd actually posted a reply right after he said that, but deleted it about five minutes later, because I felt I was being too defensive & snarky, and decided to just let it ride. Anyway, water over the dam...
...Best of luck on your application to University of Hawaii's College of Education.


Good Evans - Feb 21, 2006 5:54 am (#1069 of 2983)

I'm with you there Julie (Snuffles). being born of stock that manages to drink gallons of tea in one sitting I just know I am olympian material!!!!

happy birthday Madam Pince and ladybug, hope you have a lovely day

have a great day everyone

Julie (Good Evans) too many Julies!


Julie Aronson - Feb 21, 2006 6:00 am (#1070 of 2983)

No, no, Good Evans, NEVER ENOUGH Julies!!!!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 21, 2006 6:27 am (#1071 of 2983)

Of course he is. It is just that his _n_ year-old self (select a number) hasn't yet learned to identify my feeble attempts at tongue-in-cheek humor.---Chemyst

I wouldn't take it personally Chemyst. This seems to be a sticking point for him. I'm sure he'll get it eventually.


kaykay1970 - Feb 21, 2006 6:44 am (#1072 of 2983)

The little guy woke before the children left for school, which is never good. "Don't go, it's cold outside." Poor guy. I think we'll snuggle on the couch together and read Clifford books a while. I can't say I share his displeasure at the children returning to school. Our 3 day weekend involved a fight between boys that led to my having to put a lens back into a pair of glasses. Poor Kate actually got to "witness" this as she was chatting with boy in glasses at the time.

Ok I think the little guy is ready for his Mommy time. He just entered the room with a lamp shade on his head!


John Bumbledore - Feb 21, 2006 6:51 am (#1073 of 2983)

SPEW! "He just entered the room with a lamp shade on his head!" Kay Kay

Taken out of context, I thought it was a bit early to be hitting the "bottle" so hard, but I guess it all depends on what is in the bottle.

<)B^D= John Bumbledore.

P.S. Time to change my second line. Now that my avatar no longer displays, referring to a shuttle landing as a goose loses meaning. Alas!


Finn BV - Feb 21, 2006 7:06 am (#1074 of 2983)

hasn't yet learned to identify my feeble attempts at tongue-in-cheek humor. –Chemyst

I know!! And it's not just you, I ruin a ton of people's jokes by not understanding the humor! That is one thing I am really bad at! But to tell you the truth, if I didn't know Kristina was studying to be a teacher, I would have asked the same question!


azi - Feb 21, 2006 7:23 am (#1075 of 2983)

Happy birthday's to Madam Pince and Ladybug!

Don't worry Finn, I don't always get the humour either! I guess it's just aimed at people older than ourselves!

'He just entered the room with a lamp shade on his head!' – Kaykay

I have to say, that sounds adorable!

I don't drink tea...I'd win hot chocolate drinking Olympics though! My mum might win the tea competition, she needs a cup at least every couple of hours.

The more I think of it, the more I decide that Bowls is actually a very cool game. I think I know what I'm going to spend my retirement doing!

Ok, I have very little food to eat and also am being forced to eat fruit cocktail out of a cup. Yes, I've been putting off going shopping in the rain and washing my pots!

Have a lovely day everyone!


Finn BV - Feb 21, 2006 7:30 am (#1076 of 2983)

I guess it's just aimed at people older than ourselves! –azi

Yay! Somebody believes I'm not a dying old man. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 2281877974


Puck - Feb 21, 2006 7:30 am (#1077 of 2983)

Does the fact that I get all the jokes mean I'm old?!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 793915934

Kaykay, that is too funny! Mine are still all home. Luckily the grocery store has a free-of-charge playroom, so I can drop pf the older two. (No school). I, like Azi, am down to canned fruit and have yet to wash my pots!

Happy ROTD



azi - Feb 21, 2006 7:42 am (#1078 of 2983)

Puck - nice to know I'm not the only one! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 2752390508  But seriously, grocery stores have kiddie play areas these days? Time moves on!

Grr, it started raining again! Just as I was thinking of going to the supermarket! Firefox claims that I have clouds with sunny intervals at the moment. Very, very wrong!

Finn - I would say that, at most, you are middle aged.

Edit - It's hailing!!!


Catherine - Feb 21, 2006 8:18 am (#1079 of 2983)

Well, the Chat thread has certainly covered a variety of topics this morning: birthdays, ice dancing, cute kid behavior, M. Night Shamalamadingdong, Finn's actual age, Chemyst's humor...

I noted on TLC that today is Alan Rickman's birthday **waves to Gina** and I also saw the information about the Black Family Tapestry. I enjoyed the Lex's updates--good work!


John Bumbledore - Feb 21, 2006 9:32 am (#1080 of 2983)

I thought the auctioning (or was it a prize award) of the Black Family Tree was old news; like "so five minutes ago" as they say on the net. **actually, I'm sure they have a cryptic abbreviation for that phrase, but I will likely never learn such.** Catherine, did they have an update or a follow up to the January article?
I also enjoyed the Lex's updates about the same topic. I have not been able to view any image on the TLC about the Black family tree. Was it just broken links, copyright issue, or browser malfunction... never mind. The Lex came to my rescue and in a wonderfully, well drawn way.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

P. S. Hurray! I found my old signature smilie! And thank you to all those who have expressed their fondness of my smilie.


Finn BV - Feb 21, 2006 9:36 am (#1081 of 2983)

I was wondering -- is it okay if I use http://mail.horacemann.org/~finn_vigeland/blackfamily/ for my own personal use, and if I credit the Lexicon with the sources at the bottom of every page?


Loopy Lupin - Feb 21, 2006 9:47 am (#1082 of 2983)

I know!! And it's not just you, I ruin a ton of people's jokes by not understanding the humor! That is one thing I am really bad at! – Finn

Perhaps "not understanding the humor" is another way of saying that it isn't really funny? That's the attitude I'd take, Finn.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 21, 2006 10:52 am (#1083 of 2983)

That's the attitude I'd take, Finn.---Loopy Lupin

On my first read-through, I understood that to be "that's the attitude I take." I think it works either way.


Good Evans - Feb 21, 2006 10:57 am (#1084 of 2983)

chuckle Julie Aronson, in reflection I think you are right - never enough!!!!!

I haven’t been over to TLC yet, is there any info on the whole tapestry?

off to check out threads and I'll be in chat a bit later too.




kaykay1970 - Feb 21, 2006 10:57 am (#1085 of 2983)

I take back what I said earlier. I cannot wait for the children to get home. I have learned today that at my age you are not being kind to your back by sitting in the floor for a little doll house fun with the 2 year old. Pulling out the Dora the Explorer sofa to sit on in front of the doll house is not much better either!


Kip Carter - Feb 21, 2006 10:59 am (#1086 of 2983)

Finn, I have no objection to your using your pages on the school's website to handle your Black family breakdown. I may change that approval in the near future and offer you another option then.

Hi to everyone else.


Tazzygirl - Feb 21, 2006 11:09 am (#1087 of 2983)

**Waves to Kip**

LOL Chemyst!! Thanks for the luck!

Finn- Don't worry too much about not getting (and ruining) many of the jokes here- I don't get that many of them either (and I ruin many of them too)! I fell for Chemyst's joke too! hehehe!!!

Now I am off to school!!

Everyone have a great RotD!!



Loopy Lupin - Feb 21, 2006 11:10 am (#1088 of 2983)

On my first read-through, I understood that to be "that's the attitude I take." I think it works either way. -- Lupin is Lupin

Of course it does. I'm just trying to give the boy some advice from my vast wealth of experience.

Hi yourself Kip!


Finn BV - Feb 21, 2006 11:14 am (#1089 of 2983)

Okey dokey then. **waves to Kip and thanks him for the temporary approval **


Madam Pince - Feb 21, 2006 12:55 pm (#1090 of 2983)

Thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone! ((((hugs to Boop for being so sweet))))

And belated Happy Birthday to DJ Evans and Ladybug 220 and Viola's youngest! Hope everyone had fun!

Had a quiet day -- Little Pince was shocked and appalled that I had said it didn't matter whether I had a birthday cake or not, so he and my Mom made a lemon poppyseed one for me. It was fun to sit in the other room and listen to the mayhem as they "cooked" together! Then Mr. Pince took me out for a nice fancy dinner. It was hard to leave Little P behind -- he was standing there with his shoes in his hand and his bottom lip stuck out and saying, "But....I want to go, toooooo!" Sigh. He waited very patiently though until we got home to do the candles on the cake, which made it up for him (he had been asking all afternoon - "Is the cake cool enough to eat yet?") For gifts I got a DVD of March of the Penguins and a cookbook from a local restaurant which has lots of local history in it as well as good recipes. I have been promised "GoF" when it comes out next month, too! A good day, all in all!

****Is laughing very hard at Tim's description of sliding downhill on a tea-tray***


Finn BV - Feb 21, 2006 1:23 pm (#1091 of 2983)

Glad you had a nice birthday Madam P. I can just picture Little Pince, even though I have no clue what he looks like, standing in the doorframe! LOL


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 21, 2006 2:39 pm (#1092 of 2983)

The security staff at my school found my attache case and my wallet intact.


Viola Intonada - Feb 21, 2006 2:51 pm (#1093 of 2983)

Good news, Nathan!

Happy belated birthday, Madame P, DJ and Ladybug!

Hubby's birthday is tomorrow. It is the birthday celebration week in our household!


Finn BV - Feb 21, 2006 2:51 pm (#1094 of 2983)

Happy to hear that Nathan. Now you just have to go through memorizing new credit card numbers!! Have fun!

EDIT: Happy Birthday Mr. Viola sometime this week!


Holly T. - Feb 21, 2006 3:09 pm (#1095 of 2983)

Great news Nathan!

Happy birthdays all around. My mom, my mother-in-law, my sister, and my sister-in-law have all had birthdays within the past three weeks. Plus my parents' anniversary. The only month with more events for our family is June.


Lina - Feb 21, 2006 3:32 pm (#1096 of 2983)

Great news, Nathan! You see? Charms from this Forum definitely help!

And happy birthday to Mr. Viola or Mr. Intonada (?)!


Finn BV - Feb 21, 2006 3:34 pm (#1097 of 2983)

If anybody can access my Black Family Tree online http://mail.horacemann.org/~finn_vigeland/blackfamily/ could you please tell me if you see 'Potter' or 'Meliflua' in the Surname list? Because I updated it, and it's that way in the right folder, it's just not appearing for me.

If you do see those names, then it's my web browser, but if you don't, it's the home page folder. Gracias mucho!


Caius Iulius - Feb 21, 2006 3:38 pm (#1098 of 2983)

Finn, I can't see them.


Finn BV - Feb 21, 2006 3:43 pm (#1099 of 2983)

Thanks Caius. That means it's not my computer! Yay! Off to find some techie help…


Caius Iulius - Feb 21, 2006 3:52 pm (#1100 of 2983)

you're welcome, Finn.

But I am off to sleep now, so I can't check for you until tomorrow evening. Good luck with the technicians.
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Tazzygirl - Feb 21, 2006 4:26 pm (#1101 of 2983)

Finn, I just looked too, and the names aren't there!



timrew - Feb 21, 2006 5:25 pm (#1102 of 2983)

ohmygosh! I can't believe it..........we're in with another chance of winning another medal in The Winter Olympics, in the 'hurling a piece of granite across the ice, and seeing if it goes nearer to a bullseye thingy than your opponents'.

Have you noticed, btw, when a team looks like winning they're Brits (the hurling a piece of granite across the ice team are Scottish). And when we English actually win a medal (okay, it's not very often), then it's 'Another Medal To England!'

And why is the Skipper of 'the hurling a piece of granite across the ice team', known as 'The Skip'? Is this just to be 'cool', or do they call their Skipper 'The Skip' in Scotland?


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 21, 2006 7:01 pm (#1103 of 2983)

Finn, I looked through your website amd I noticed that Ted Tonks and Nymphadora were also missing.


Puck - Feb 21, 2006 7:41 pm (#1104 of 2983)

Nathan, glad you got your stuff back.

Glad you had a nice birthday, Madame Pince. My kids would also rebel at the thought of no cake! When you saw Curious George was there a promo for an ant cartoon? We saw one, and it was set up like they were doing auditions for the movie. One of the ants came in wearing glasses and yelled "Expectro Patronum" as he waved his wand. :sillygrin**

My son was insisting I call him Harry Potter this afternoon, due to that scratch on his forehead.

Mike Miller, your hometown Olympic girl is adorable! I will be cheering for her as well.

Yes, Azi, one of my local grocery stores has a playroom where you can drop kids who are 3 or older. It's a wonderful thing!

Off to watch the skating!



Finn BV - Feb 21, 2006 8:31 pm (#1105 of 2983)

Tim, no idea why they call it the 'skip,' but it is an official name, not just some loony Scottish invention.

Nathan, yes, I put them in the newer draft which is unfortunately still not appearing. You can go to mail.horacemann.org/~finn_vigeland/blackfam/ to access the newer version. I know it's not the same URL btu it will show up as a newer version, I believe. I'll speak to the Comp. Dept. at my school tomorrow.

Mike Miller, I too thought of you when I was cheering for Kimmie. I enjoyed her a lot, though I do believe Emily Hughes skated better. Off to bed now – and I'm too lazy to go find out what the results are. Hope that the US of A's got a firm hold on things!

Have a nice RotD/N!


Tazzygirl - Feb 21, 2006 9:53 pm (#1106 of 2983)

Nathan- I am glad you got your stuff back!

Kathy- Little Puck sounds cute!

I think I am going to try to bring my cousin to watch Curious George. Was it good?

Have a good day/ night everyone!



Madam Pince - Feb 21, 2006 10:11 pm (#1107 of 2983)

Nathan, glad you got all your things back! That's really good news.

Puck, we didn't see that promo ant thing, but it sounds really cute! Little Pince would've loved it since he's always waving his homemade wand around and yelling "Expecto Patronum," too.

When Tim posted about sliding on a tea-tray, I started wondering if that thought occurred to him because he used to try that himself as a youngster, and I pictured his Mum yelling out the door for little Timrew to gerroff that tray! Then I started wondering how many of these Olympic sports originally started with somebody's Mother yelling something similar --

Thag Junior! You come right back in this cave this instant! Don't you ever try to slide downhill on those flat pieces of bark again! What if you slid in front of a herd of rampaging mastodons???!!! You have the brains of a Cro-Magnon or something!


Tazzygirl - Feb 21, 2006 10:20 pm (#1108 of 2983)

Madam P.-"Thag Junior! You come right back in this cave this instant! Don't you ever try to slide downhill on those flat pieces of bark again! What if you slid in front of a herd of rampaging mastodons???!!! You have the brains of a Cro-Magnon or something!"



Ydnam96 - Feb 21, 2006 10:31 pm (#1109 of 2983)

Hey all!

I hope that everyone is doing well. I have to admit that I've read through a ton of posts and I know several people had birthdays so Happy Birthday to you all!

Things have been crazy frustrating at work in the past week (thanks Lizzy for the encouragement). But hopefully things will turn around and the week will end well!! I have faith.

I'm glad they found your bag Nathan, that would drive me crazy. I hate loosing things and it's even worse when someone takes it!

Speaking of sliding down hills on tea trays...in college the students would "borrow" the trays from the cafeteria and use them as sleds. But, I'm not much of a sledder...some students at the school I worked at several years ago had some VERY misfortunate accidents while sledding. They did not make sure that the area that they were sledding in was clear of sticks. One student ended up in the hospital in Intensive Care for weeks. I haven't gone sledding since.

Well, off to watch women's figure skating.



azi - Feb 22, 2006 3:59 am (#1110 of 2983)

Sledging on tea trays is so amateur! My father once sledged down a hill in a bath tub! Naturally he crashed into the wall at the bottom of the hill...some people are just stupid.

Tim, I'm not even sure how the Olympic system works for Britain. Are all the teams British or do they represent their home country? I'm rooting for Scotland at any rate!

Ydnam - Hope your week gets better!

Have a great day everybody!


Marie E. - Feb 22, 2006 6:42 am (#1111 of 2983)

I haven't been able to post since Friday, so I feel unbelievable behind.

Denise, we did a Thinking Day service unit event right before cookies started. Our troop represented Ireland. I was at two cookie booths on Saturday in -6 wind chills. That's either dedication or stupidity. And Squid Mike is not allowed to answer that question!

Everyone says I did fine at my presentation Monday, but I only remember the mistakes. I ended it with two games of "Hollywood Squares". It was fun saying things like "X gets the square" and "Lisa for the block".

We took the girls in for haircuts last night and they put glitter in both of their hair. What is it about glitter that turns little girls into preening peacocks?


Puck - Feb 22, 2006 6:50 am (#1112 of 2983)

Azi, did you just call your Dad Stupid?

Actually, there were two hills we used to slide down in college. One ended with a fence, the other a brick wall. We, too, were incredibly bright. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1242194059

Finn, you missed Sasha? What a pity! She was something.

Thanks for the chuckle, Madame Pince!

Tazzy, Curious George was cute, perfect for the 6 and under set. Both "Harry Potter" (almost 6) and the 3 year old Diva enjoyed it. We're going to the library today to look for some of the books.

Happy RotD Kathy


azi - Feb 22, 2006 7:42 am (#1113 of 2983)

Puck - Why, yes...yes I did! My sledging hill at home ends in a ditch, very fun avoiding that!

**shudder** It is freezing here! Hoping for snow...


John Bumbledore - Feb 22, 2006 8:22 am (#1114 of 2983)

Paintball or Star Wars Rebels? Paintball, Did someone say Harry Potter? <= **Pardon me for jumping in** I wanted to try out my fake avatar (but image is real John Bumbledore.) (at right) You can see one of the Dementors from my office. You may notice his location, behind my right shoulder where he can keep track of what I'm doing. LOL

(at left) That is my eldest son, Joshua, in the middle, notice the resemblance? LOL

These were taken at a "team building" activity with my co-workers. It was a bit of fun, until you get hit with the paintballs. Ouch! Even while wearing heavy clothes. ** It was taken around 29 October with mild temperatures for North Carolina.**

Hello to everyone. Now I must return to work. **Note: these images are served from my personal home page, also linked in my profile. Since I control the "horizontal and the vertical" of what is there, I thought it would be okay to post the thumbnails and links to the full size images (about 640 by 480 resolution).

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

P.S. Edited for clarity and proper (I hope) phrasing. Also opens image in new window so you can keep an eye on the forum.


Tazzygirl - Feb 22, 2006 1:56 pm (#1115 of 2983)

Oh- The pilot (first episode from the first season) for LOST is showing tonight on ABC, for those of you who are interested!

Puck- thanks for the info!

Have a good RotD everyone!



The giant squid - Feb 22, 2006 1:57 pm (#1116 of 2983)

And Squid Mike is not allowed to answer that question!--Marie E.

 ( Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 2775603007                          )

azi, I think all the British Olympians are one group. I've never heard anything about "the Scottish team..." for instance. I'm sure over there a lot more distinction is made as to whether the fella is Welsh, Scottish, Cornish or what have you, but to the IOC they're all "British".

John: Welcome back! Cool pics, especially of the overseeing dementor.



timrew - Feb 22, 2006 4:22 pm (#1117 of 2983)

Talking of sliding down hills on tea-trays, do you remember National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, when Chevy Chase greases the bottom of the metal sled, and sets off like a rocket?

It still cracks me up when I see that!


Chemyst - Feb 22, 2006 5:01 pm (#1118 of 2983)

And Squid Mike is not allowed to answer that question! — Marie E.
 — Sq. Mike.

You know, the way Mike's reply shows up on my screen leaves an abnormally large empty space after his smilie. So I just had to highlight to see if he was trying to sneak anything past you Marie, but you're safe!   Really, you are!

Welcome back <)B^D =

'Glad you got your stuff back, Nathan.


Finn BV - Feb 22, 2006 5:40 pm (#1119 of 2983)

Has anybody been to TLC? I would strongly suggest you read the editorial and the article linked within. At the moment I'm a bit distressed and I'm composing a letter to the author.

Nathan and others, I spoke to tech help at school today and they're baffled, but they're working on it. So for now the extension ../blackfam/ will get you to the right one (EDIT: Oops, the blackfam one is still missing Charlus Potter, but you get the idea! ), but if nothing pops up then that means they've temporarily deleted it from the folder to fix things.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Feb 22, 2006 6:20 pm (#1120 of 2983)

It would be a dull world without satire. Maybe a budding Twain?


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 22, 2006 6:24 pm (#1121 of 2983)

Finn, that's good I hope you get things resolved soon. I must say that I find your project impressive.


Viola Intonada - Feb 22, 2006 9:09 pm (#1122 of 2983)

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes to my family. Youngest was thrilled to see so many wishes to her! I've been stressing about getting the house cleaned and all of the preparations for the slumber part done before Friday. It doesn't help that "things" keep getting added to my schedule.

I admit to borrowing trays for sledding a few times. (I think we still have a couple in our garage) But I found to fast thing to sled with is an old ironing board, without the padding of course. Someone had bent the narrow end up a bit. It would go an amazing distance!

I finally got to see the first episode of "Lost". Well, I missed the first 5 minutes trying to get the kids to bed, but I think I have the gist of it now.

Happy RotD everyone!


Madam Pince - Feb 22, 2006 10:02 pm (#1123 of 2983)

Yeah. That guy's Twain like I'm Shakespeare. All in one's personal viewpoint, I suppose, but I find it very sad the things that some people consider funny these days. Or socially acceptable. Just because one can say it, doesn't mean one should. (I'm not referring to anyone here, naturally, I meant the TLC guy.)

***Thinks that Viola is incredibly brave to sled on an ironing board!!!***

We used to sled down a fairly steep hill that had a fence at the bottom. You learned pretty quickly the exact point on the hill where you had to start pulling hard right on the old Red! I can't imagine going sledding on these plastic things without any steering, but I guess that's because I always picture sledding on "my" hill, where steering was a definite necessity!

Enjoy the RotD, everyone!


Tazzygirl - Feb 22, 2006 11:50 pm (#1124 of 2983)

I am just a little upset right now, so I am going to vent... (sorry... )

I love to scrapbook (creating photo albums), and am quite overprotective of the completed albums I have done. A while ago (about three months ago!), my sister had asked me if she could borrow a couple pages I had done with photos of her in them. She wouldn't tell me why she needed them. After expressing to her several times that I would be very upset with her if the pages came back to me with so much as a microscopic piece of dirt, let alone missing pictures, I gave them to her. I was expecting them back a couple days later. She moved back to the mainland a month ago, and had left the pages with her boss. (She had told me two months ago that she might have accidentally put the pages in a box and shipped them back to California). Tonight I finally got them back. There wasn't a speck of dirt on them, but there were several photos missing off the pages. Not only were these photos gone, but the scrapbook paper had tear marks on them, and they are in spots of the page where you can't cover them up. I know this is a little pathetic, but these pages were part of an album that I had so painstakingly put together, and I feel like my sister just ripped a piece of my heart along with the photos. She could have photocopied the pages and then cut out the copied pictures! I tried calling her just now to ask her why she did it, but she's not picking up her phone. (That's why I am writing this to you all. ) I am sooooooo sad! I mean, I know part of it is my fault for letting her borrow the pages, but she could have at least listened to me... I literally cried when I saw the pages... I have no idea what happened to the photos that she took off the pages.

Ok, I have rambled long enough...

Off to finish homework! Have a good night/day everyone!



dizzy lizzy - Feb 23, 2006 1:29 am (#1125 of 2983)

((Hugs)) (plus a cheering charm...or two)

Tazzy it sounds like it was not your day! I'm sorry I didn't get into chat earlier!



Tazzygirl - Feb 23, 2006 1:40 am (#1126 of 2983)

Thanks Lizzy! (I could also be just a little too attached to the scrapbooks. ) I was only in the chat earlier for about 15 minutes, I have a project due Friday, and I needed to work a little bit more on it! I should be back in the chat tomorrow night around 10 pm forum time for several hours, so maybe I'll see you there!



Catherine - Feb 23, 2006 5:49 am (#1127 of 2983)

** Cold compresses all around **

My, what does pass for journalism these days, she said after reading the article Finn alluded to in his last post.

**waving to Chemyst in white font to see if she'll notice**

On an unrelated note, we recently found out that our neighborhood was redistricted for middle school attendance, so I am off in a few moments to tour the "new" school and meet with the principal. We're going as a neighborhood bloc for a tour; hopefully, we will be pleased with what we encounter this morning.


Chemyst - Feb 23, 2006 6:20 am (#1128 of 2983)

 Oh, yes.   ** Waves Vigorously to Catherine & to any I can't see who may be with her **

Poor Tazzy, I too have a sister where I learned the hard way that if she wants to "borrow" something it is best to say, "I'll get you a copy."


Denise P. - Feb 23, 2006 7:25 am (#1129 of 2983)

Catherine, we get rezoned here about every 4-5 years. Right now, we swap between two elementary schools. Nicholas started at one school, we got rezoned to a different one. Never mind we can walk to the first one and can hear the PA announcements from our house. We are back at the first one but a new school is opening next year so we could be rezoned there. My guess is when the new middle school is opened, we will be rezoned there. It causes no end of upset when the rezonings happen because people buy houses in specific neighborhoods for the schools. I always say the Board uses the dartboard method to rezone because it rarely makes sense.


azi - Feb 23, 2006 7:34 am (#1130 of 2983)

Denise, that's a very complicated system! School catchment areas have never changed where I live as far as I know, although some kids do have to go to other schools than the ones in their village because they are too full.

Count me in on the angry crowd! I am very *very* annoyed today. Everything was fine until this one *little* thing which really hit a nerve. Shaking with anger...

**hugs** to Tazzy - I can currently sympathise with how you're feeling! I hope you feel much better soon! Hopefully you'll find the photos safe and sound!

Hope everyone has a nice day.


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 23, 2006 8:23 am (#1131 of 2983)

Denise, I wish we could say that residents of the school district I am in people get rezoned every five years. Unfortunately, the district changes school boundaries about every two years. We have 44 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, and 8 high schools with a ninth in the planning stages.


kaykay1970 - Feb 23, 2006 8:58 am (#1132 of 2983)

Our school used to be a bi-county school. One of the two counties took over full control. We are under a 5 year phase out during which time children from the other county(my kids) can still attend. This school year marks the end of the phase out, so who knows where they will end up next year. Hopefully we will find a home in the other county before that time.


Puck - Feb 23, 2006 9:23 am (#1133 of 2983)

I take it that means you didn't buy the funeral house, Kay?

We have one large school. Starts in preschool on one end, and high school at the other.

Hugs to Tazzy! If anyone mistreated one of my quilts I'd be devastated, so I know why you're upset.

Waves to Chemyst and Catherine! (I'm too lazy to look up how to do white, sorry.)

Happy RotD


kaykay1970 - Feb 23, 2006 9:40 am (#1134 of 2983)

Hubby decided he didn't like the funeral house.

We had a K-12 school, too. Until the one county took over fully and built a much needed high school. It opened just in time for the sixteen year old to attend freshman year there.


Madam Pince - Feb 23, 2006 10:07 am (#1135 of 2983)

Poor Tazzy! I am so sorry to hear about the scrapbook pages! That must be so frustrating, after you've put in so much time and creative effort.

Hugs to azi too, for whatever has aggravated you. Boo-hiss to dementors aggravating our Forum members today!!!

Catherine, thank you for the cold compress. I was about to ask for one in my last post, but I was so distraught I forgot! (Hey! That almost rhymes! Maybe I am a poet after all! Tee-hee!)


Tazzygirl - Feb 23, 2006 11:33 am (#1136 of 2983)

Thanks for all the hugs! I feel much better this morning.

Hugs to you, too, Azi- I hope you have a better day too!

Kay- your avatar is cute! My cousin (who is into the Princess thing currently) is going to be so excited to see the picture.

Off to school...

Hope you all have a good RotD!!



kaykay1970 - Feb 23, 2006 12:23 pm (#1137 of 2983)

Thanks Tazzy! Now picture "Belle" with hands on her hips this morning mad that I made her carry her backback to school. "Hello, field trip day!" I could only respond, "Hello, back to school before noon."


Tazzygirl - Feb 23, 2006 12:34 pm (#1138 of 2983)

LOL Kay! What an evil mom you are- making 'Belle' carry her backpack!



haymoni - Feb 23, 2006 12:43 pm (#1139 of 2983)

Yeah - couldn't that candlestick guy carry it???? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1003735042


Holly T. - Feb 23, 2006 12:46 pm (#1140 of 2983)

Tazzy, I'm sorry about your scrapbook. Never trust your siblings!

I've been feeling kind of bummed out lately too---hmm, maybe that fog we had earlier was dementors?


Finn BV - Feb 23, 2006 2:08 pm (#1141 of 2983)

Hugs to Tazzy and Azi!! Sorry about your problems, whatever they may be!

Nathan, thank you. I think it just takes 24 hours for the cache to clear on the school's email program, that's what the computer department said. So, mail.horacemann.org/~finn_vigeland/blackfamily/ works now, with Meliflua present (I figured Araminta had to be daughter of the scorched-out Marius Black, being the only possibility as per canon), Charlus Potter, and the Tonkses. I'm thinking I might expand to include the Dursleys and the Weasleys! That would be cool! By the way, the software I use to make this genealogy stuff is called Reunion, and if you like this stuff you should definitely look into it – it's addicting!

Have a good RotD everybody!


Netherlandic - Feb 23, 2006 3:35 pm (#1142 of 2983) Reply
Edited by Catherine Feb 23, 2006 2:59 pm

Highlight the following if you are interested in the Women's Figure Skating Results: Poor Irina Slutskaya. at least this time she ruined it herself; not that stupid jury. :sad: Poor Sasha Cohen too. Both didn't deserve this....

Madam Pince; thanks for the boo-hiss against the dementors aggravating us. I needed that. Stupid dementor doubting a murderers guilt and making a lot of fuss about it in the media without proper arguments, making it difficult for us servants of her lady of justice.

Finn, good luck with your computer and/or technical stuff.

Hugs for Tazzy and Azi from me as well.

I edited this to put the figure skating results in white font because the skating has not aired in many areas—Catherine


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 23, 2006 4:53 pm (#1143 of 2983)

A question on the Summer Olympics of 2012, why were softball and baseball removed from the program and not badminton and trampoline? Is the definition of what constitutes a sport worthy of inclusion in the Olympics subjective?


Finn BV - Feb 23, 2006 5:15 pm (#1144 of 2983)

Softball and baseball were removed??

This is completely random, but look at the movie I stumbled across on IMdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367111/. It looks like Million Dollar Baby with the Donald. Oh dear.


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 23, 2006 5:21 pm (#1145 of 2983)

Finn, about two weeks ago the International Olympic Committee voted not to include either baseball or softball in the Olympics. That vote marked first time an entire discipline of sports had been removed from the Olympics since 1936 when polo was discontinued.


Finn BV - Feb 23, 2006 5:26 pm (#1146 of 2983)

Very strange! Thanks for the info Nathan.

Right now my computer is having a really hard time with certain keys on the right-hand side of the keyboard. The 'p,' the braces [ ] and Return, worst of all. I've had to do a little copying and pasting just to get these letters, and I thought of Mills of a little while ago! **waves** It's so annoying, especially when you're trying to right support and it comes out “suort”, appearance and it shows up “aearance”, and [p. 92] and it shows up . 92. Ahhhh! **burst into tears**


Tazzygirl - Feb 23, 2006 5:44 pm (#1147 of 2983)

Finn--It looks like Million Dollar Baby with the Donald. Oh dear.

Oh dear, indeed! It looks like another Glittering attempt! Did it come to theaters yet? If not, I think I will be busy that weekend watching The Village with Shamalamadingdong. Hope your computer starts working normally again soon!

Thanks again for all the hugs! Incidentally, my sister told me the missing pictures are in one of the boxes she shipped to the mainland. Now that leaves me wondering what made her put them in the box in the first place...



Loopy Lupin - Feb 23, 2006 8:16 pm (#1148 of 2983)

It would appear that production of "The Sweet Science" was abandoned to the point that they didn't bother to remove or update their imdb posting.



Finn BV - Feb 23, 2006 8:57 pm (#1149 of 2983)

Taking off from Kristina's joke, they probably had to halt production because the studio had to give money to the creation of The Village movie.

Ok, moving right along, I did a Weasley family chart which is accessible at http://mail.horacemann.org/~finn_vigeland/weasleyfamily/


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 23, 2006 10:00 pm (#1150 of 2983)

Finn here are some additions you might like to add to your project on the Weasley Family

  1. According to J.K. Rowling's website Arthur Weasley has two unnamed brothers.
  2. Molly had two brother Gideon and Fabian Prewett who were both killed during the First War with Voldemort.
  3. Fred, George, and Ginny were also members of the D.A.
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Mrs. Sirius - Feb 23, 2006 10:37 pm (#1151 of 2983)

Hey Finn, I love what you have done on your site, but I can't get back to your home page where you have all the wizarding surnames from the Weasley page. Can you do a link from that page?


Amilia Smith - Feb 24, 2006 2:21 am (#1152 of 2983)

***waves back to Finn*** I so feel for you. That is incredibly annoying and incredibly frustrating! Is this your laptop? Can you replace the keyboard on a laptop? At any rate, I am sending your computer healing charms. ~~~~~~~~

Kristina: Did you see what the Campus Center movie is next week? :-)

I forgot to post and tell you all how my JKR presentation went last week. Very well, thank you! What I enjoyed most were my classmates' comments. Many of them had not read any HP previously, and were quite delighted with HBP. They almost all said that they were able to read and understand this book with no problems. (A few had to go and watch SSm to get the feel of Harry's world, or ask their children to explain things.) This is a great accomplishment for Jo, in my humble opinion. That she was able to give enough backstory that complete newbies could follow the plot, but not so much that the rest of us would be drowning in exposition.

We had done booktalks in class the week previous. One girl did A Single Shard, and hated it. When we were discussing HBP, she said that part of the reason she had a poor opinion of Single Shard was that she had just finished HBP, which was so good that Single Shard rather paled in comparison.

In my presentation, I spoke briefly on how the HP books have a very formulaic structure. There are certain things that always happen. Harry has a miserable summer. He leaves the Dursleys in a dramatic fashion. Snape is always suspected, but always vindicated. There is a twist ending. When everything is all over, Dumbledore explains all and fills in any gaps. Now, what shocked me most about HBP was the break down of our formula. It wasn't so much that DD died, it was that Snape killed him. And then we didn't get our DD tells all scene. Afterword, one of the guys in the class (who was a fan before being assigned HBP) said, "You know, Books 6 and 7 are parts of a whole. This episode is not over yet. Snape could still be vindicated." This has actually comforted me more than all the other theories roaming around.



Tazzygirl - Feb 24, 2006 2:45 am (#1153 of 2983)

Mills--Kristina: Did you see what the Campus Center movie is next week? :-)

No- I didn't even know they showed movies on campus! I am assuming it is something good though! Which movie is it, when are they showing it, and do you wanna go (if both our schedules allow!)? Call or email me. I am glad to hear your JKR presentation went so well!! I wish I could use HP in my classes...



Marè - Feb 24, 2006 5:44 am (#1154 of 2983)

Hello, I decided to pop in and wish everybody a good weekend in advance!

Also, check out this link:

It's from a pavepainting artist who can make 3D drawings on the street. I find them rather spectacular. Specially the Batman and Robin one.


Finn BV - Feb 24, 2006 6:02 am (#1155 of 2983)

Thanks Nathan, I'll make those additions.

Mrs. Sirius, do you mean the Black family page? That's at mail.horacemann.org/~finn_vigeland/blackfamily/ while the Weasleys are just ../weasleyfamily/. I hope that's what you're looking for.

Thanks Mills, I think it worked because last night when I went to bed the Ps weren't working, and now they are! Yay! Glad your Harry presentation went so well, but I never doubted it for a minute!

Marè, I've seen those paintings before, they're astounding! Thanks for the link.

Have a good RotD everyone!


Catherine - Feb 24, 2006 6:11 am (#1156 of 2983)

Mare, those 3D paintings boggle the mind.

Now, if we could only get them to do HP-themed paintings.

Loopy, I checked out The Sweet Science information at IMDb. Perhaps they are just too embarrassed to look at the web page describing this project in order to update it.

Off to work. I'm so pleased it's Friday.


boop - Feb 24, 2006 6:36 am (#1157 of 2983)


I am off to Ohio today for the weekend. Everyone have a great weekend!!!

Mare, those paintings a beautiful, thanks for sharing them with us.

hugs always



haymoni - Feb 24, 2006 7:07 am (#1158 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, John!

It is Friday and Pay Day here, so I am a happy camper!!

Hope all of you have a great weekend!


The giant squid - Feb 24, 2006 7:22 am (#1159 of 2983)

Aha, so that's why John Bumbledore suddenly resurfaced--he was trolling for birthday wishes! Well, far be it for me to let a man down. Happy Birthday, John!



Holly T. - Feb 24, 2006 8:07 am (#1160 of 2983)

Happy Birthday John!

Finn, I once went for about two months with a keyboard with an inoperable colon/semicolon key. It drove me insane. My boss didn't understand why I needed a new keyboard if only one key wasn't working.

My daughter sold all of her Girl Scout cookies! 1200 boxes! Whew.


haymoni - Feb 24, 2006 8:34 am (#1161 of 2983)

1200 boxes!!!! Good grief!!!!

Way to go!!!


azi - Feb 24, 2006 8:37 am (#1162 of 2983)

Happy birthday John!

Wow, 1200 boxes of cookies! That's an insane amount! But congratulations to your daughter Holly T!

Thanks for the hugs everybody - I feel much better! It's a long story about what happened really, and I think most people would see my anger as pointless!

Glad to hear the photo's turned up Tazzy! I thought Amilia was suggesting that HP was showing at the cinema, but I may be wrong!

On that note, nice to hear your presentation went great, Amilia!

I agree, the paintings are amazing!

Still deciding whether to go home for the weekend. Not sure.

Have a great day everybody!


John Bumbledore - Feb 24, 2006 9:59 am (#1163 of 2983)

Paintball or Star Wars Rebels? "Aha, so that's why John Bumbledore suddenly resurfaced--he was trolling for birthday wishes!" –Mike

Thank you all for the birthday wishes. Despite some "fishy" suggestion to the contrary, it was not the reason I returned. I have missed visiting and sharing thought provoking discussions with you, my friends.

Mike, did you ever consider how hard it would be to get out of that white tomb? Hagrid certainly sealed the lid very tightly, and he neglected to place my wand inside.

I also was amazed by the 3D pavement paintings. That's Incredible, and that Coke bottle looks to real to be a painting. It probably has a week’s worth of Calories!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

P.S. Edit, no, a reposting: I missed the edit window, drat! And I wasn't happy with leaving that one comment unanswered. So I went back and deleted my previous post in favor of this rewritten version.


Finn BV - Feb 24, 2006 10:24 am (#1164 of 2983)

Happy Bday John Dumbledore! Have a great day!

1200 boxes? That's crazy! Nice job Holly's daughter!

Off to class!


Chemyst - Feb 24, 2006 10:31 am (#1165 of 2983)

Mills--Kristina: Did you see what the Campus Center movie is next week? :-)

No- I didn't even know they showed movies on campus! I am assuming it is something good though! Which movie is it? [...] Call or email me. ~ Kristina

No. No. No. You may email her if you want, Mills, but this is now an open conversation and you have to tell us what the movie is too. It has to be either Goblet of Fire or The Village, right?

Happy Birthday John

...and another note of interest to some – "Daioma Dumbledore" had her baby, a boy named Sebastian James, last November 20. She said she tried to get onto the Lex the other week but couldn't remember her password; but to tell you all she says 'hi' and hopes to be back soon.


Tazzygirl - Feb 24, 2006 11:32 am (#1166 of 2983)

Azi--I thought Amilia was suggesting that HP was showing at the cinema, but I may be wrong!

LOL! I knew she was talking about HP- I was wondering which of the four HP movies they are showing. (I can see where people think I didn't know!)

Chemyst--No. No. No. You may email her if you want, Mills, but this is now an open conversation and you have to tell us what the movie is too. It has to be either Goblet of Fire or The Village, right?

LOL!!! I don't know yet the name, but it has a higher chance of being The Village - GoF hasn't been released to video yet... which reminds me is in about a week and a half!!! But, hey, they could also be showing Bridget Jone's Diary or any other movie mentioned here!! hehehe!

John!!!! Hope you have a fantastic day!

Off to finish a project that is due at 1!

Have a good RotD everyone!



Madam Pince - Feb 24, 2006 12:01 pm (#1167 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, John Bumbledore! Hope the dementors get you a birthday cake, at the very least! Have a great day!

Holly, I can't even imagine 1200 boxes of cookies! Heavens. Woo-hoo to your daughter for her great job!

Congratulations to Daioma on her new little one, too! Sebastian James sounds like a very "JKR-ish" name to me, for some reason -- very pretty!

Mills, glad to hear your JKR presentation went well. Your group sounds like a lot of fun.

Tazzy, you are a girl after my own heart -- doing a project mere hours before it is due. Just think of all the time you've saved now that you don't have to waste it on edits and re-writes!

Off to go grocery shopping -- I've put it off until there's no milk left whatsoever, so no more procrastinating. We're expecting very cold weather this weekend, so I suppose I should bring in some firewood too. Isn't it spring yet???

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Lina - Feb 24, 2006 12:31 pm (#1168 of 2983)

John! I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful day and a weekend.

(((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))) to all who needed them these days or still need them. Boy, this really helps!

Amilia, I like the formulas you noticed about the HP books. I must say that I noticed the references to the previous books in all the books except in the HBP. I'm glad they are there and so invisible...

Congratulations to Holly's daughter!

We had a masked ball at the day care today and had a good time. Kate went after her own business, I guess she is glad she didn't join us...

Lol, Chemyst, about the movies. I bet you are right. And thanks for the info on Daioma.

Tazzy, I'm sure you'll do great!


Amilia Smith - Feb 24, 2006 1:29 pm (#1169 of 2983)

LOL. It's GoF! Every Friday, the Campus Center plays a second run movie. The movie is free, popcorn is $.10, subs and drinks are $.25. I have yet to go to one, but they look like a lot of fun . . . I think I'm going to break down and go to this one. March 3, 7:30.

Good to hear from Diaoma. :-)



John Bumbledore - Feb 24, 2006 1:29 pm (#1170 of 2983)

Paintball or Star Wars Rebels?  Thank you Lina. **shake, shake, shake, Pop! ** Hey! butter beer sprays like bubbly wine!

**Offers an unopened butter beer to Lina!**

**there is more for anyone else in the "room."**

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Tazzygirl - Feb 24, 2006 1:38 pm (#1171 of 2983)

Madam Pince- Tazzy, you are a girl after my own heart -- doing a project mere hours before it is due. Just think of all the time you've saved now that you don't have to waste it on edits and re-writes!

Why do you think I wait until the last minute? LOL!!! I have 1 hour and 45 minutes until I leave for class, and still not finished! I can tell it is going to be a masterpiece- my best work is done in a rush! hehehehe...

Is it really GoF, Mills? Awesome! I think I am going to break my streak of being anti-social (hehehe!) at UH and go! .10 cent popcorn? .25 cent drinks? Yup. I'm going!



boop - Feb 24, 2006 1:55 pm (#1172 of 2983)

Wow, that is alot of boxes of cookies to sale. Congrats to your daughter, Holly

Congrats to Daioma on her new baby.

I made it safe and sound to ohio.

hugs always



haymoni - Feb 24, 2006 1:58 pm (#1173 of 2983)

Boop - there was a recent entry on the Introduce Yourself thread where a Forum member listed their birthday. As our official tracker of such things, I thought you might want to know.


Finn BV - Feb 24, 2006 2:05 pm (#1174 of 2983)

Kristina and Mills, I think I might just fly to Hawaii to watch GoF and those prices!


haymoni - Feb 24, 2006 2:08 pm (#1175 of 2983)

Finn - Get thee to the Potty HQ thread!!!

You've left us hanging on the Hangman!!!


Madam Pince - Feb 24, 2006 2:09 pm (#1176 of 2983)

Boop, have a nice weekend in Ohio! Hello to any former Forum members who might be there also -- come back and post again!


Tazzygirl - Feb 24, 2006 3:09 pm (#1177 of 2983)

Finn-Kristina and Mills, I think I might just fly to Hawaii to watch GoF and those prices!

Meet you at the airport! (although, it would just be cheaper to go to your local theater- plane tickets here are at least $300, and that is just coming from California! LOL) And I am seconding Haymoni's request: Get thee to Potty HQ!!!!

My presentation is done!! Now I just have to go make 27 copies! hehehe.. 45 minutes until my class starts!



boop - Feb 24, 2006 3:40 pm (#1178 of 2983)

Haymoni, thanks for the information, just wrote it in my book.

Madam Pince, thanks I will have a great time. I haven't seen Jim (mischafan) since August.

Kristina, glad you got your presentation done. Good luck!!!

hugs always



Madam Pince - Feb 24, 2006 3:54 pm (#1179 of 2983)

***Crosses fingers that the copier is working when Tazzy goes to do her copies***

See, that's the only place where the procrastination thing falls short -- the Fairness Gods always strike down in their wrath and mess up mundane things like copier functions or traffic or something similar and screw up our plans....


The giant squid - Feb 24, 2006 3:55 pm (#1180 of 2983)

Sebastian James does sound like a good name--very "yellable". Chemyst, pass my congrats on to Daioma as well.


Tazzy/Mills--$0.10 popcorn?? Wow. It's amazing how the price comes down when it's not the sole source of revenue for the venue. The second-run theater here in town has GoF playing as well, but I just don't have the time to get out and see it again. That, and I've gotten so spoiled that I can hardly stand to watch second-run prints anymore...all I see are the scratches, dirt & damage (even though most folks don't see any of it). It's like an English teacher trying to read your average message board.



Madam Pince - Feb 24, 2006 3:58 pm (#1181 of 2983)

Or a Lexicon Forumer trying to read some other site's Forum.... gackkkk....


Catherine - Feb 24, 2006 4:01 pm (#1182 of 2983)

Ok. Squid Mike--huge ROFL.

sole source of revenue for the venue.

That's so catchy. I almost want to sing it with Nathan Lane.

It's like an English teacher trying to read your average message board.

Fortunately for us all, the Forum is far above average.


Madam Pince - Feb 24, 2006 4:55 pm (#1183 of 2983)


***Sends heartfelt thanks to Steve, Kip, Denise, and all mods***


dizzy lizzy - Feb 24, 2006 5:10 pm (#1184 of 2983)

Happy Birthday John! ...Wait up! I told you Happy Birthday in Chat last night! Oh well...two sets of birthday wishes can't hurt!

Congratulations Diaoma! Hope to see you on here really soon! Congrats to Holly T's daughter as well! I hope I didn't miss anyone else!

... I've gotten so spoiled that I can hardly stand to watch second-run prints anymore...all I see are the scratches, dirt & damage (even though most folks don't see any of it). It's like an English teacher trying to read your average message board.

Oh Mike! I am sooo glad I wasn't drinking my morning cuppa while reading your post! Unfortunately I did SPEW! over a funny remark Nick made in chat last night. 2 lots of SPEWS in two days and I'd need a new keyboard!

Hope your presentation goes well Tazzy!

I hope everyone has a good weekend! Saturday is looking mighty pleasant in this part of the world!



kaykay1970 - Feb 24, 2006 6:19 pm (#1185 of 2983)

Oooh! Madame Pince, if the copier doesn't work Tazzy is sooo going to pull an Office Space on it!


Tazzygirl - Feb 24, 2006 7:33 pm (#1186 of 2983)

I have noticed printers don't work on procrastination projects... But it didn't happen this time! There was a loooooong line at the local Kinko's, so I did end up really late to class. (There was also a traffic problem! ) BUT my teacher hadn't started the presentations yet, and about a half hour after I got there, she started them. Guess who went first? Does this mean I am I accepted into the Procrastination Club?

Thanks for all the good luck and well wishes!! I got a 19.5 out of 20 points!!! I guess I did a pretty good job. Just needed to work on making my voice louder. Can't complain! My presentation was on Central Auditory Processing Disorder, and since my teacher had never heard of it before, I got bonus points.

**Making mental note to watch Office Space** I know the story line, but I don't believe I have seen the entire movie...



DJ Evans - Feb 24, 2006 7:54 pm (#1187 of 2983)

Happy Birthday John & anyone else who I might have missed. May it be the best one yet.

Boop -- tell Jim we all say "hey" And y'all try to stay out of trouble -- have fun though.

1200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies? Great saleswomen you've got in the making there! Congrat's to Holly's daughter. ***wonders how many calories that totals up to? lol***

Welcome to the newest HP member -- Daioma's little one. Congrats & hope to see you back soon with us.

Have a great RotD & a wonderful weekend all.


Edit: Crossed posted with Kristina.....Congrats on the greatjob & good grade.


Mediwitch - Feb 24, 2006 8:30 pm (#1188 of 2983)

Hey Tazzygirl, what class are you taking that you did a project on CAPD? I'm a speech-language pathologist, and I work with a handful of kids with the (C)APD diagnosis.


Finn BV - Feb 24, 2006 8:45 pm (#1189 of 2983)

Thanks Haymoni and Kristina. I have made it over there! **phew**

Or a Lexicon Forumer trying to read some other site's Forum.... gackkkk.... --Madam P

I feel your pain, as I'm sure we all do. Seventh graders approach me in the halls telling me a theory, and I'm like, uh-huh, great, but we've debunked that about 80 million times on the Forum. Or like the time when my friend emailed me in September… "I have a guess to whom RAB is… Regulus Black!" and I sort of fall off my chair… **plop**

My presentation was on Central Auditory Processing Disorder, and since my teacher had never heard of it before, I got bonus points. –Kristina

Congrats on the grade! I'm sure you could have made up your paper considering they didn't know what it is… speaking of which, what is it??

So it's the end of the trimester as of today, which means we're 8/9 done with Middle School, 2/3 done with the year!! YAYYY! So I had six tests that I took as trimester cumulatives, and I averaged a 94.9 on the six, which is great! I am in PTHS, or Post-Test Happiness Syndrome!! Have a GREAT weekend everybody!

EDIT: Whoa, Puck, I think I pressed "Post" about half a second before you. When I saw my new post, yours was there too! Weird…


Puck - Feb 24, 2006 8:45 pm (#1190 of 2983)

Okay, chatty people, I just read through 54 posts!

Happy birthday, John!

Congrats to Kristina for her fantastic marks on a well-procrastinated project!

Welcome newest HP mini-fan!

My news of the week, **drumroll** Baby Puck has her first two teeth and has found her toes!

Off to get some sleep, now that I don't have to stay up to watch figure skating.

Cheers! Kathy


Stephanie M. - Feb 24, 2006 10:35 pm (#1191 of 2983)

Wow! I just read through a billion posts! I had to get post-it notes to write down everything that I had to comment about! I just hope that I don't forget anything! If I do forget about something that happened, I'm terribly sorry!

First off...

Tazzy, I'm so sorry about the scrapbook! But I'm very glad that you finished your project on time, AND you did very well on it!!

Finn, I hope your keyboard stops acting up!!

Happy Birthday, John Bumbledore!! I wish you many, many more!!

Holly, congratulations to your daughter for selling 1200 boxes of cookies! That's crazy!!

Congratulations to Daioma for the baby!!

I want $0.10 popcorn!!

And Congrats to Baby Puck for the 2 teeth, and finding her toes! How cute!!

I have been extremely busy this week with swim meets, and trimester tests! I had 2 trimester tests this week (I had a few last week too). I had a few quizzes this week, and today, I had a trimester test, math quiz, and a Theater Tech. pop quiz, 3 periods in a row.

I'm soo exhausted, that when I had a medium mocha swirl iced latte with whip cream from Donkin' Doughnuts, it did absolutely nothing.

Well, I'm off to bed! Have a great night/morning everyone!


Tazzygirl - Feb 25, 2006 2:23 am (#1192 of 2983)

Mediwitch- The class I am taking is Education in American Society. My teacher let us pick any topic that interested us, and present it to the class. The reason why I chose to speak on CAPD is because I have it, and not many people know about it (like my teacher!).

Finn--… speaking of which, what is it?? Ok, here is the short version! Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is when a person can hear normally, but experience difficulty analyzing or making sense of what they hear. Their ears and brain are missing a 'link' that make them coordinated. People who have CAPD have difficulties following verbal conversations, get distracted if they are in a noisy environment, difficulty in remembering information, and difficulty in distinguishing between sounds (such as 'Ch' and 'SH'). They also have a hard time comprehending math and riddles (reason why I don't play the riddles on Potty HQ, and understand some of the jokes said here in the chat thread!). So far, specialists have found that head trauma, lead poisoning, and chronic ear infections cause this disorder. In my case, it was head trauma when I was born. There is a little bit more to it, but I think I covered the basics!

Puck--Baby Puck has her first two teeth and has found her toes! YEAY for Baby Puck!!!

Ok. I am off to bed! Taking the kids to the zoo in the morning. It's been raining here for the last two weeks, so I am hoping that it isn't in the morning... I can't take another day in the house!!!

Have a good night/day everyone!



boop - Feb 25, 2006 5:54 am (#1193 of 2983)

Kritina, Great job!!! Have fun at the zoo.

Puck, how cute that is two teeth and toes.

Have a great day everyone!!

hugs always



Marè - Feb 25, 2006 7:29 am (#1194 of 2983)

Or like the time when my friend emailed me in September… "I have a guess to whom RAB is… Regulus Black!" and I sort of fall off my chair… **plop**

My friends and family have learned better than to do that, in fact the first thing my brother did when he finished the book was msn me and ask me if "we" (as in the die hard community) believed DD was really dead, if Snape did it and who RAZ (RAB) was. So I updated him on all the major theories.

Their ears and brain are missing a 'link' that make them coordinated.
I always believe that my brain and my mouth miss a connection at some times. But I'm afraid there is no logical explanation for that
Your disorder sounds like it could be quite inconvenient at times Kristina. Lucky thing the forum isn't a noisy environment! And congats on the succesfull presentation. PS I love your avatar! I wish I could go to a place with sea turtles. Or beaches like that...

On an older topic note, TV is showing a Brainiac epi in which they test household articles against actual sleighs on a snowy slope.
Unfortunately actual tea trays aren't doing well. Neither are suitcases, ironing boards and isolation material. Inner tubes from trucks are doing great though.


Finn BV - Feb 25, 2006 7:58 am (#1195 of 2983)

Yay for little Puck! I understand the finding the teeth part, but how do you find one's toes?? Like the toenails? LOL

Thanks Kristina. That doesn't sound like one easy project, factoring in the procrastinating too!

Marè, you have some smart friends and family!

Have a great RotD everybody! It's the WEEKEND!


CatherineHermiona - Feb 25, 2006 8:41 am (#1196 of 2983)

I had a shooting practice yesterday. I shot my best result! 169! Now my best result is the same as Kristina's. One target, third one, was 7, 8, 10, 10 and... 7 again... And of course that wouldn't be my set of targets if there wasn't one bullet out of black circle... And I could have over 170... This what I shot is also great, but wouldn't it sound much better if that was 170? Oh, well... I put that set of targets as my avatar now.



Puck - Feb 25, 2006 8:59 am (#1197 of 2983)

Good job, Kate! Yes, that one point can be annoying, but you'll get it next time!

Finn, Baby discovered that she has toes. She's been looking at them with great fascination. She's been doing the same with fingers for some weeks now. For babies, everything is new and requires exploration. It's great fun to see things through their eyes.

Mare, I must admit, I thought I was so clever for thinking of Regulas, then came to post all excited about my RAB theory. Of course, there were about 100 posts ahead of me with the same theory. LOL

Stephnie, you have been busy! You having fun swimming?

Happy RotD Kathy


Finn BV - Feb 25, 2006 9:04 am (#1198 of 2983)

Haha, I get it Puck. She did discover her toes. LOL.

Great job on your target practice, Kate! Keep up the good work!


Marè - Feb 25, 2006 9:23 am (#1199 of 2983)

Mare, I must admit, I thought I was so clever for thinking of Regulas, then came to post all excited about my RAB theory. Of course, there were about 100 posts ahead of me with the same theory. LOL

Me too! I had the exact same thing, but I'm still proud of the fact that I figured it out on my own, belated or not, that doen't happen very often!


kaykay1970 - Feb 25, 2006 9:56 am (#1200 of 2983)

Soccer season officially begins next week. We had to take the 16 year old to the doctor this morning to get her medically released from her knee injury of last season. I am happy for her that she gets to play although I can't help worrying about that knee.

All we have left to do now is soccer shopping for the 15 year old who is starting his first year(socks, shin guards and cleats.)

Great job on the shooting Kate!!
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Madam Pince - Feb 25, 2006 10:21 am (#1201 of 2983)

Wow, Kate, that is some hot shootin'! Very good job! That target doesn't look like any I ever shoot! (Of course, mine are usually plastic milk jugs, but still....) ***Applause for Kate***

Puck, that is so cute about discovering her toes! You're right, it is so fun to watch the "discoveries." I spent an entire afternoon once watching Little Pince when he first noticed the fascinating way the sunlight came through the mini-blinds in his nursery, making stripes of light and dark. The awe-struck expression was so funny!

Mare, your avatar / info line is classic, too! JKR can really have a dry sense of humor sometimes, can't she?

Hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday!


Tazzygirl - Feb 25, 2006 10:53 am (#1202 of 2983)

Thanks Mare! The sea turtle was one of about fifty that came up to shore to eat the algae. It was super neat to watch! We even saved one turtle that got caught between the rocks- he was literally standing up, but couldn't get his flippers to grip. I'll put that picture up soon, I think!

About the disorder- it is actually worse when you are little. As you get older, some of the characteristics are lessened. For example- I couldn't talk until I was four, but now I can carry a conversation like any 'normal' person, but sometimes I'll miss a sentence or two from the person I am talking to. I get many jokes, there are just some I don't. Math is the one thing that I struggle in. Once you are diagnosed, you work with the speech specialist for several years. I admit, sometimes it is frustrating, but 99 per cent of the time I am perfectly fine! CAPD is also very similar to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but there are enough differences to be a separate disorder.

Finn-That doesn't sound like one easy project, factoring in the procrastinating too!

It was surprisingly easy! I just had to research (I did that last week!) and then put the information into outline form (my case it was a powerpoint), and that was it!! What I wrote about CAPD in my last post, was the main points of my presentation. (The presentation was only five minutes long.)

Kay- my friend got a knee injury playing soccer when she was 15- she was told she could never play again. Not the happiest time for her! I am glad your daughter got the go- ahead!

Good job Kate!! I know you'll get better and better at shooting!

Ok, now I am off to the zoo!!

Have a good RotD everyone!



Madam Pince - Feb 25, 2006 11:14 am (#1203 of 2983)

Aha! That is why there are frequently multiple Tazzys in the Chat Room -- if one of them misses what is being "said", then the others can pick it up and tell her what it was! (((Tazzy)))

Have fun at the zoo! That is a cool avatar, and congrats on saving the one turtle! Woo-hoo! Dude, you totally rock! ***said in the voice of Crush from "Nemo"***


Tazzygirl - Feb 25, 2006 4:28 pm (#1204 of 2983)

Madam Pince- LOL! I wondered if those other Tazzys have a purpose! Finding Nemo is also one of my all time favorite movies- and the scenes with 'Dude' Crush and his son Squirt... priceless. ("Give me some fin... noggin'... duuuuude" LOVE it!) I love Squirt's little sqeaky kid voice.

The zoo was awesome! The sun was out, a slight breeze to cool things off... sigh. And I was outside with the kids. Just perfect.

Have a good RotD everyone!!



Stephanie M. - Feb 25, 2006 4:36 pm (#1205 of 2983)

Great job shooting, Kate!

Well, swimming ended yesterday (my coach wasn't in school, so we didn't have practice), but this season has been great! So many people improved their times, and we were much better than last year! Last year we had the whole coed team (7th and 8th grade) swim at meets, but this year, we split up between 7th and 8th grade, and most of our meets were boys against boys and girls against girls. I'm very happy that swimming is over, but it's also very sad because I'll never be in Middle School swimming again. Next year's swim practice will be so much harder because I'll be on Varsity, and I'll have all of these people who are much faster than me.

I hope you had fun at the zoo, Tazzy! I love the avatar!


Puck - Feb 25, 2006 7:52 pm (#1206 of 2983)

Glad you had fun at the zoo, Kristina! It's always good to get the kids out!

Ah, Stephanie, the end of an era. Glad you had a good year.

Watching "Guys and Dolls" Got the DVD for Christmas. So many memories! It was the first musical I was in back in high school. What fun we had!

Happy RotD Kathy


Mediwitch - Feb 25, 2006 8:46 pm (#1207 of 2983)

Hey Tazzygirl -

I hope the students I work with can explain APD as well as you can...you did a great job!


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 25, 2006 8:52 pm (#1208 of 2983)

Puck, I was involved in a production of Guys and Dolls while in college that was quite memorable because, ten of the crew including me had a bout with the flu. Although, the production was quite funny to me because, one of my college professors portrayed Harry the Horse. I think my favorite from the production were songs Luck Be a Lady and Don't Rock the Boat.


Tazzygirl - Feb 25, 2006 9:17 pm (#1209 of 2983)

Thanks Mediwitch!



Madam Pince - Feb 25, 2006 10:14 pm (#1210 of 2983)

OK, trivia question:

What did Barney Fife give to his mother and father for an anniversary present? (Hint: It was "practical.")

Egads, I loved that man! He will be missed.


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 25, 2006 10:22 pm (#1211 of 2983)

I cannot recall although, I do remember Andy Griffith's response as being something along the lines of “You're a good son, Barn.”


Madam Pince - Feb 25, 2006 10:32 pm (#1212 of 2983)

***Giggles at Nathan***

You're right, that's what he said!

You know, I may be muddled a bit -- it may have been a birthday gift for his mother -- but anyway, same idea...


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 25, 2006 10:47 pm (#1213 of 2983)

The only reason I know that is because up the time I was about thirteen my parents were somewhat strict about what could and could not watch on television and film The Andy Griffith Show was one of the television shows I was encouraged to watch.


The giant squid - Feb 26, 2006 1:40 am (#1214 of 2983)

I averaged a 94.9 on the six [tests]--Finn BV

I'm assuming that's out of 100. If so, great job! Congrats also to Kate on her shooting score. Yes, a 170 would look cooler, but 169 is pretty good on its own.

Yay for Baby Puck & her toes!

I don't know the answer to the trivia question, but I do know I'll miss ol' Mr. Ferley. Without that goggle-eyed look of consternation the world is just a bit smaller...



Lina - Feb 26, 2006 1:46 am (#1215 of 2983)

I'm glad you had a perfect day at the ZOO, Kristina! And congrats about the presentation! (I'd still like to ask - what did I say?) I envy the students that will have you as a teacher.

Stephanie, I'm looking forward to root for you at the Olympics some day...


Tazzygirl - Feb 26, 2006 2:17 am (#1216 of 2983)

Thank you Lina! (I'm speechless...)

Have a good night/ day everyone!



Anamaria-Ginny - Feb 26, 2006 4:58 am (#1217 of 2983)

today is carnival in over town. I will be a cat. See you


kaykay1970 - Feb 26, 2006 9:24 am (#1218 of 2983)

I personally loved all those old films that paired Don Knotts with Tim Conway. Those two are funny enough alone but put them together and your definitely in for a fun time! Yes, he will be missed.


Puck - Feb 26, 2006 10:13 am (#1219 of 2983)

Don Knotts passed away? How sad! Remember the movie where he turned into a cartoon fish? I think it was "The Incredible Mr. Limpet".

The movie version of Guys and Dolls was a bit disappointing, as it replaced "Bushel and a Peck" with some cat song, and skipped "Marry the Man" altogether. But, it was good to watch mindlessly while folding laundry.

Baby Puck thanks everyone for their congratulations on her latest discovery!

Cheers! kathy


Denise P. - Feb 26, 2006 10:42 am (#1220 of 2983)

Not a week to be well known, Darren McGavin died as well. I will always remember him as the dad from “A Christmas Story.”

Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian!

Uh, I think that says FRAGILE, dear.

I love that movie!


DJ Evans - Feb 26, 2006 10:55 am (#1221 of 2983)

Ooooo, oooo ****raises hand waving like an idiot**** I know the answer to this one. Barney got his Mother, &/or parents, a ((((Septic Tank)))). I put it in white for those who would still like to guess.

One of my favorite episode of The Andy Griffith Show was the one with the escaped convicts from the women's prison. I love that one. I could name quite a few others but I think that one has to top the list.

Don not only had a knack for comedy but his timing was out of this world. He knew just when to come in with a liner. As it's been said, he will be missed for a long time but not forgotten.

Rest in Peace Don & thanks for all of the many laughs you passed on for us to enjoy for all enterity.


P.S. Oh I hadn't heard that on Darren McGavin. Sad I can remember when The Christmas Story first came out in the theaters. My boyfriend & I went to see it. I don't know what the deal was, but both of us couldn't stand it. Thought it was the most boring/stupid thing we had ever seen. Matter of fact, if I remember right, we both fell asleep during the movie. I saw it again a couple of years later & fell in love with it. A classic for sure!! And I still giggle everytime I think about the "Fragile" scene or the Christmas dinner with the hounds running around in the kitchen.


kaykay1970 - Feb 26, 2006 11:35 am (#1222 of 2983)

My children have Open House at the elementary school today. We have been "in construction" on parts of the building for 2 years so I'm looking forward to seeing the improvements. I only hope they are worth the pain my child went through last year when a loose pole fell on his head (if anyone is going to be standing in the right spot to be beaned it is this kid, so unlucky!). He had a portion of hair shaved during his 8th grade graduation. Fortunately he didn't require stitches, they only glued the wound shut. I am looking forward to seeing the new Science Lab. I remember when they tore down the "old section" where I took Biology and Home Ec. in high school. It was sad to see it go, but the "new lab" promises to be asbestos and lead paint free. Woo Hoo!


kabloink! - Feb 26, 2006 12:30 pm (#1223 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to everyone I've missed over the last week! Congrats to everyone whom it applies, and get well, good luck charms to everyone else.

I'm so excited, we bought a couch yesterday! We had a really, really nice one for the first 3 years we lived together, but then our old cat marked it a few times. Then our new cat (who we still have) decided to follow suit, over and over and over again. It got to the point that we couldn't clean it, and thus she would just continue the behavior, so we just threw it away. That was almost a year ago, and we are so excited to finally be getting a new sofa. Two Lazy Boys just don't cut it. Anywho, a furniture store in Lansing is going out of business, and we got this couch for $200 under cost. Yay!

Kaykay, ouch! That must have hurt, poor guy!

I was sad that the US didn't get the gold in women's figure skating, but the winner definitely deserved it. I was very happy for Japan. I had hoped, however, to see Kimmie Meissner push for her triple axel in the long program. I wonder if she might have medaled in spite of her two-two footed landings if she had.

Hmmm, what else. Oh yeah, girl scout cookies. I'm really bummed, I ordered five boxes from a teacher (or rather, her daughter) at a school that I sub at regularly, but have yet to hear from her about them. Must...have...thin...mints...

I was sad to hear about Don Knotts. I always loved watching Barney and Andy with my grandmother. She never could quite figure out why Andy left Mayberry to become a lawyer (Matlock). I must say, however, that I do not like The Christmas Story at all, never have. My husband doesn't, either. He seems to have an aversion to most Christmas movies, however. I guess he was forced to watch all the good ones, i.e. Miracle on 34th St, White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, etc, at his grandma's house all day, every year. Oh well, one day, he will watch then all with me...he will. *laughs sinisterly*

Okay, enough of my babbling, off to make dinner! Have a great day/night everyone!


Madam Pince - Feb 26, 2006 12:34 pm (#1224 of 2983)

You got it, Deb! Woo-hoo! Congratulations! (Truly, the ultimate practical gift, no?) I liked the episode with the escaped women convicts, too! But I think I liked best the one that supposedly was Don Knotts' favorite -- the one about Aunt Bee's pickles. Too funny! Nathan, your parents had good taste, because that show is definitely one that should be viewed by kids everywhere!

Yes, I was so sad to hear about Darren McGavin, too -- I was going to do an "avatar tribute" to him tomorrow. He was just the classic long-suffering Dad in A Christmas Story. It is one of our family favorites - Mr. Pince says it reminds him almost exactly of his neighborhood when he was growing up, plus the big "Michelin-Man" snowsuit and the magic decoder and all that -- classic 40's and 50's childhood. (Anytime Mr. Pince and I are frustrated by someone's behavior, we shake our fists in the air and yell "Bumpasses!!!")

kaykay, the new school renovations sound great!


DJ Evans - Feb 26, 2006 2:07 pm (#1225 of 2983)

Thank you Madam Pince. And yes, lol, though it is the ultimate practical gift, it does make one wonder just what the card he attached must have said? The "Pickles" episode is an all-time classic! Another favorite of my is "Call the Man", when Aunt Bea buys the side of beef at a killer price & tries to use the broken down old freezer. I think my 2nd favorite "Barney" episode has to be the one where he gets a fortune telling kit with the tarot cards? Barney brings back ol' Count "something or another" -- there is no way I could ever begin to correctly spell the Count's name.

kaykay -- I agree......ouch Poor little guy for sure. Glad he wasn't more seriously hurt than what he was though.

kabloinki -- No Thin Mints yet? I think I would have to make a call to find out just where my cookies were. That's not right to be denied your Thin Mints.

Later, Deb


Holly T. - Feb 26, 2006 2:10 pm (#1226 of 2983)

Thanks for the congrats for my daughter--she was actually miffed that we were out of cookies Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1242194059 and wanted me to get more and I said no. Although now she is enjoying being off at the museum with her aunt and not out selling cookies. She's had people offer her jobs while she's out selling cookies, which she turned down very politely as she's not old enough, she explains to real estate people and the guy at Lowe's who wanted her to come in and sell appliances. "Actually, I'm thinking of going into politics," she says.

I was sad to see the news about Don Knotts. I love it when my kids are laughing hysterically at an episode of the Andy Griffith show--it just stays funny.

Congrats on the new furniture kabloink! Thanks to our stupid cat who confuses carpet with his litter box, we're getting new flooring in our game room. This is after we replaced the carpet in the dining room and living room last year. Eventually we will have no carpet left for him to go on (we're replacing it with laminate). I keep threatening to introduce said cat to the coyotes that live by the creek but for some reason the children object.


kaykay1970 - Feb 26, 2006 2:27 pm (#1227 of 2983)

The renovations were amazing. Not only do we have a new Science lab but also a new computer lab that was awesome. We also have a new library and therapy room which I had already seen on previous visits. The one new feature that actually brought tears to my eyes was the addition a wheel chair lift. My niece will no longer have to go outside no matter what the weather is to reach the school gym.


Tazzygirl - Feb 26, 2006 2:53 pm (#1228 of 2983)

I love the A Christmas Story!! The bunny suit... rofl! Darren McGavin was wonderful as the dad. (The lamp. hehehe...) I watch that movie every year several times before and after Christmas. The funny thing was, when I was in high school, ALL of my teachers showed us the movie, and usually all on the same day, every year.

I'll miss Barney too... I remember watching The Andy Griffith show with my dad.

Ouch, Kaykay! Poor kid! Glad it was nothing more serious! My brother had something similar happen to him, and I believe he needed stitches (it happened in 2nd grade). The renovations to the school sound wonderful! And the wheelchair lift- that is just awesome!

Have a good RotD everyone!



Madam Pince - Feb 26, 2006 3:42 pm (#1229 of 2983)

I think it was our second Christmas together that I got Mr. Pince "the leg lamp" for his Christmas gift. ("It's a major award!!!") I got him the smaller version, though, not the life-sized one, and he keeps it in his office rather than in our front window.


Viola Intonada - Feb 26, 2006 8:25 pm (#1230 of 2983)

I loved Don Knotts and Darren McGavin. My mom loved the movie "Private Eyes". It starred Don Knotts and Tim Conway. I also love "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken".

A Christmas Story is definitely a favorite in our household. This Christmas was the first Christmas that the girls really got into the movie. There are so many quotable lines in the movie.

We had a slumber party at our house Friday night. Eight screaming girls that refused to fall asleep. I had to bring out the Biochemistry book again this year. I only had to read half a chapter this time.

I'm watching the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. That giant fan was too cool. That would be so much fun.

To our forumers in the UK: It looks like I might go to a conference with Hubby in September to New Castle. Anyone familiar with New Castle that could direct me to things to do while he is at the conference?

Happy RotD to everyone.


Puck - Feb 26, 2006 8:26 pm (#1231 of 2983)

Madame Pince, where did you get that lamp? I wonder if I still can? Mr. Puck and I watch that movie every year, and he always jokes about wanting one for the front window!

Holly, we need more women in politics!

Kay, glad to hear the school is so nice. So happy that your niece will be able to get around more easily!

Can I just say "Happy-Happy-Joy-Joy!" School vacation week is over! I survived! He-Who-Whines-Too-Much is returning to school! :silly grin:
*waves to Kim who gets to send her kids back tomorrow as well*

Off to practice my happy dance!



Finn BV - Feb 26, 2006 8:49 pm (#1232 of 2983)

*loves Squirt's squeaky voice*

Ouch, kaykay! Glad the new lab proved worthwhile!

I had to bring out the Biochemistry book again this year. I only had to read half a chapter this time. –Viola

LOL! That's really funny. At the nature place in Connecticut I went to for a week I am convinced the stories they read to us at night to make us fall asleep are intended to be the worst stories every so that you'll want to fall asleep!

I'm much more pleased with the Closing Ceremony than the Opening. A bit too tired for highlights, but the people floating in the air by the 125mph winds?? That was really cool. I really want to do that. And the mayor of Vancouver – incredible story. And did they milk that black WW2 veteran's story enough?? I liked it a lot, but 45 minutes or so?

Good night or RotW (rest of the whatever) to everybody!


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 26, 2006 10:56 pm (#1233 of 2983)

Shizuka Arakawa the gold medal women's skating champion, represents Japan. However, she lives and trains right here in Avon, CT, USA! :-) We will probably be seeing more of her. Yes Finn that flying bit was really cool. Unfortunately that was the only bit of the closing ceremonies that I got to see. I was so disappointed, I have misses most of these games. I am a particular sap for things like the open and closing ceremony and missed both this time.

It seems all the icons, the people who contributed to the great 20th century, all those personalities, have stayed to deliver us to the 21st and are now dropping out. Good-bye to Don Knotts and Davin McGavin.


Madam Pince - Feb 27, 2006 1:01 am (#1234 of 2983)

Puck, I got it from a catalog that I think is called "What On Earth?!" It was either that one, or another called "Things You Never Knew Existed." They both have websites. At the time, I think the smaller version leg lamp was about $50, and the full-size version was something like $150.

I love both of those catalogs -- they have such funny and neat items! I really want the door-stopper that is the Wicked Witch's striped legs wearing the ruby slippers -- when you slide it under your door, it looks like your house fell on top of the Wicked Witch. I have absolutely no practical use for a door stopper, but I just think it looks hysterical!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Feb 27, 2006 5:07 am (#1235 of 2983)

***waves back to Kathy and wonders if she heard the news about The Palace in Saugus closing its doors (the 80's really are over ) ***

***waves to Loopy Lupin and Catherine for no reason in particular***


Stephanie M. - Feb 27, 2006 5:25 am (#1236 of 2983)

I also thought that the Closing Ceremony was much better than the Opening Ceremony. I loved the wind machine! I actually was going to do something like that with my sister in Las Vegas once, but we ran out of time.

Yay for surviving the week with kids home!

Have a good Monday everyone!


Good Evans - Feb 27, 2006 6:01 am (#1237 of 2983)

Hey, what happened to the weekend? How can it be Monday already?????

Oh well - 4 day week for me this week - so I guess its actually tuesday??????

good news, hubby to be released tomorrow if all goes well - thank heavens for that! Still he is not allowed to go back to work for another month due to the site of the infection. I don’t care, at least I won’t have to keep going up and down to the hospital - and I'll have someone to keep my feet warm in bed - oh my poor toes for this past month!!

Happy Birthday (belated) John Bumbledore and hugs and butterbeers to all who deserve or need. (Kate, Holly T, Kristina, Azi oh and everyone !!!)

have a great day everyone - hope to be in chat room tonight

I loved the wind tunnel too in the closing ceremony, seriously worth watching just for that. I am really keen to give that a try, anyone else want to try Flying?

Julie x


kaykay1970 - Feb 27, 2006 6:14 am (#1238 of 2983)

I'm happy to hear your great news, Julie!


Good Evans - Feb 27, 2006 6:19 am (#1239 of 2983)

Thanks, Kay ****waves to you****


B]kabloink![/B] - Feb 27, 2006 7:17 am (#1240 of 2983)

Well, I have an interview today. I'm not EXACTLY sure what the job entails, but I found it on Monster.com. It says it’s for entry level marketing, etc. According to the listing, it pays very, very well. WIsh me luck everyone!!


Snuffles - Feb 27, 2006 7:19 am (#1241 of 2983)

Wow, so many posts to go through today!!

If I missed anyone’s birthday etc, apologies I hope you had a great day!

Well done on the shooting Kate.

Kaykay, I'm glad the school tour went ok and that things will be much easier for your niece.

Julie, congrats on finally getting hubby home, I'm pleased for you

Happy Monday everyone



Netherlandic - Feb 27, 2006 7:24 am (#1242 of 2983)

Good Evans, I am so glad for you and your cold toes. I remember coming out of hospital (after 10 days) myself and how glad I was get back to a more normal day regime. Best wishes to your husband.

By the way, I have got a bed warming sort of blanket (don't know what it is called in English) on which you can sleep. It also has a special feet only section, and it keeps my toes warm. I got one from my parents back in the days that I lived in a house without central heating.


kaykay1970 - Feb 27, 2006 7:25 am (#1243 of 2983)

Sorry, I meant to say thanks to all! A wheel chair lift may not seem a big deal to some but to me it was a wonderful sight to behold. There used to be a ramp there, but it was demolished years ago, like I said due to lead paint and all that.


Puck - Feb 27, 2006 8:22 am (#1244 of 2983)

*skips in humming a happy tune*

I love school!

Finn, Kate, Chris, Stephanie, and other students living at home; I'm sure your parents miss you very much when you go off to school, and do not sing and dance around the kitchen.

The Palace is closing! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 793915934 Many a fun evening was spent there during my college days. Drive past the Dinosaur and you're almost there!

Julie so glad your hubby will be home! Yeah!

Only 8 more days until GoF on DVD!



Snuffles - Feb 27, 2006 8:43 am (#1245 of 2983)

Hey all

Can anyone tell me if there is a Warner Bros shop in Florida?

My brother will be going in April and I'm trying to persuade him to get me a HP t-shirt.

I’ve gone online and it costs more to ship to the UK than it costs for the shirt



kaykay1970 - Feb 27, 2006 9:24 am (#1246 of 2983)

Snuffles I went to the Warner Brothers on-line shop and it says that all of their Studio stores have closed. They have also discontinued their printed catalog. But maybe he can find Harry Potter products at another retailer. I would suggest looking for a Hot Topics in the area. They mostly carry anime merchandise. But they usually have a small selection of Harry Potter and other items.

I edited after remembering seeing HP stuff at Hot Topics.


Snuffles - Feb 27, 2006 9:29 am (#1247 of 2983)

Have they?

Thanks for the information kaykay.

I'll tell him which t-shirt it is anyway and hopefully he may find it somewhere else.



azi - Feb 27, 2006 10:26 am (#1248 of 2983)

Viola - Which Newcastle are you visiting? There are about 9 (probably mostly villages). I would assume you meant the Newcastle in Tyne and Wear, Northern England? If so, there is the Metro Centre which is one of the biggest shopping centres in the country. Apart from that, I don't know what there is!

Well done on your shooting Kate!

Snow is forecast! I think it's going to miss me though...again! I missed the snow at home by about 12 hours, apparently it took 50 mins for what is usually a 20 minute journey, and after two miles there was actually no snow anyway. So close!

Have a great day everybody!


John Bumbledore - Feb 27, 2006 11:26 am (#1249 of 2983)

Paintball or Star Wars Rebels? Having started, I can remember absolutely nothing to say in this post, other than wanting to say hello to all my friends here.

Well, I do wish to congratulate Kate on her shooting score. For a person like me who deals with numbers all the time, I just didn't understand what the number 169 meant. When I saw the picture of the targets, then I knew what that number meant! It meant, "Wow!"

**Starts humming theme from the musical, "Annie Get your Gun," and then disapparates.** Crack!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Tazzygirl - Feb 27, 2006 1:13 pm (#1250 of 2983)

Good Luck Kabloink! Hope the interview goes well!

I am so glad to hear that Mr. Good Evans is coming home!!

Nothing much going on here today...

Hope you all have a good RotD!!

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Madam Pince - Feb 27, 2006 2:37 pm (#1251 of 2983)

Yay, Mr. Good Evans! Julie, it's so good to hear your news! Hope hubby is fast on the road to a full recovery!

Ahhhhhh.... electric blankets.... mmmmmmmmmm......


Finn BV - Feb 27, 2006 2:55 pm (#1252 of 2983)

Happy to hear the good news about Mr. Good Evans!

Good luck kabloink! We'll be thinking of you!

Surprisingly, I managed to come out of today with no homework. This is really weird. So now I have nothing to do, except browse the threads maybe. When I try to think back to 3rd grade or something, when we got nothing as homework assignments (those things are pitiful!! ), I can't imagine what I must have done every day after homework. Parents with kids around 3rd or 4th grade, what do kids do, besides watch TV maybe. I dropped TV in 1st grade, thank goodness, or I'd be up until 1 doing HW every night!


haymoni - Feb 27, 2006 2:56 pm (#1253 of 2983)

You read Harry Potter, Finn!!! What else????


kabloink! - Feb 27, 2006 3:47 pm (#1254 of 2983)

HI again all. Thanks for the good luck wishes. Haven't heard anything yet, he said he'd call me by the end of the day (which I think is 8pm EST) to let me know if I should come back for a 2nd interview on Wednesday. No word yet...

But if nothing else, I have tomorrow to look forward to. I have my 2nd doctor’s appointment, and we should be able to hear the baby's heartbeat! We're so excited! Okay off to finish my take-out dinner...Mmmmm Beltline Bar....best Tex-Mex in Michigan...mmm


Catherine - Feb 27, 2006 4:20 pm (#1255 of 2983)

Parents with kids around 3rd or 4th grade, what do kids do, besides watch TV maybe. –Finn

Claire (my 10 year-old) has had nightly homework ever since first grade. These days, in fifth grade, she has homework in every subject every single night. I would say that on an easy day, she "only" has 1.5 hours of homework, in addition to after-school tutoring twice a week. Her time away from school work involves chores, playing with neighbors, fighting with her sister, and dance classes. There's no time for TV!


Holly T. - Feb 27, 2006 4:35 pm (#1256 of 2983)

My daughter is 10 and hardly ever has homework--she finishes it all at school. I am hoping sixth grade next year will finally be the year that she gets homework. Other than the occasional project, she has hardly ever had homework in grades K-5. What does she do? Ballet class three times a week, goes to Girl Scout meetings, softball practice and games (that season is just starting), choir at church, reads Harry Potter books and everything else she can get her hands on, watches TV, sells Girl Scout cookies (which has, thankfully, ended), annoys her brother, etc. My son is in second grade and the only homework he has is reading (which I don't really consider homework as we do it anyway) and spelling (which as my son is slightly dyslexic is quite an ordeal for him--he thinks he should get partial credit for having all of the right letters even if they aren't in the right order). But he also has tae kwon do three times a week.

Good news about your husband Good Evans!

Good luck with the job interview kabloink!


Finn BV - Feb 27, 2006 5:25 pm (#1257 of 2983)

Thanks for the info, guys. I recall now... I had chorus in NYC twice a week for an hour and a half, which was a lot. And piano and tennis... it's all coming back to me.


Puck - Feb 27, 2006 8:22 pm (#1258 of 2983)

Good old fashioned playing! Toys, sandbox, swings, bikes, puzzles, paper and markers, etc....

Actually, my son has about 5-10 minutes each night for Kindergarten. Still, by the time be gets home he only has an hour or so to play before homework, dinner, clean-up, bathing, and bedtime. Perhaps that is why is took us a month to read TLTWATW! (which we finally finished today!)

Oh, and for those who weren't on chat, the big news of the day is that baby Puck rolled over this afternoon! Yeah! She's on the later end for this particular milestone, so it was good to see her do it. (And I did witness it, unlike the other children who chose the moment my back was turned.)

Happy RotD Kathy


Viola Intonada - Feb 27, 2006 8:52 pm (#1259 of 2983)

Yeah Baby Puck!!!

Good luck with the job interview Kabloink.

Puck, there were a few stores at Christmas that had small versions of the leg lamp. I even saw a leg lamp night light.

I have a 9 year old and a 10 year old. The oldest has her homework done before she comes home. Youngest usually does 15 minutes’ worth of homework in about 2 hours. It drives me nuts!!!! My kids rarely get to watch TV. They have soccer, basketball, tennis, girl scouts, choir, band, and a few other things that I know I drive them to baut can't think of right now. It is rare that we have a free evening.

Good news, Julie!

Happy RotD, Everyone!


John Bumbledore - Feb 27, 2006 9:08 pm (#1260 of 2983)

Paintball or Star Wars Rebels?

I had a cool surprise when I checked my email.

I had received a birthday email from Bloomsbury.com that was "signed by" J. K. Rowling. The link is to an e-card with a picture of Hedwick, a birthday message, and an image of J. K. Rowling's autograph.

I was so tickled I had to share it:

Dear John
Happy Birthday!

You have a birthday owl at [removed a personalized link to bdayowl.asp at www.bloomsbury.com]
(click on the link to view your card)

All best wishes
J. K. Rowling

It was before HBP was out that I registered for Harry Potter news at the Bloomsbury Site, so I didn't remember anything about birthday emails. I just thought it was so cool that I had to share with my friends.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 27, 2006 9:32 pm (#1261 of 2983)

How cool Bumbledore! Happy Birthday.

When I try to think back to 3rd grade or something, when we got nothing as homework assignments (those things are pitiful!! )

Well, Finn, my 9 year has gotten homework ever since kindergarten. Because he has that inattention disorder, the 15 minutes of kindergarten and 20 of 1st grade homework has never taken less than 3 hours. Now that we finally have that under control his 4th grade homework takes about 1 hour and the rest of his time is taken up with "Oddyssy of the Mind" and soccer.

His sisters, in 2nd grade can get their work done relatively quickly but, 3- second grade reading contracts nightly with an addition homework sheet and special animal research projects and dance classes pretty much leave no time for the telly.

And of course they all read Harry Potter. My son is reading SS to me, I have read all 6 books to him. Two of the girls are on GOF. The middle girl, perhaps to show her independence, dropped out of HP after COS. She absolutely will not even listen to reading GOF.

When I was in 2nd 3rd grade, I don't remember that we got any homework. I assume my kids are going to turn out industrious and super-smart.


Tazzygirl - Feb 27, 2006 10:18 pm (#1262 of 2983)

Yeay for Baby Puck!!

I remember getting homework everyday all throughout my school career... When I didn't have homework, I either was in dance class, and then in high school I took Tae Kwon Do. And I babysat. I didn't watch a lot of T.V. until I moved to Hawaii. Go figure.

Have a great night/ day everyone!



Marie E. - Feb 28, 2006 6:36 am (#1263 of 2983)

I am in awe of Holly's daughter and her 1200 boxes of cookies. Both of my girls will probably top out around 100 or so after booth sales are done. There is a girl in our service unit who sold over 2700 last year. The top seller in Colorado Springs beat her by six boxes. The agony!

After last week’s frigid temps, we are currently enjoying record highs. It will be 72 today. Gosh, I wonder why Lexie and Shayla are getting sick suddenly?

Gof is at our discount theater also. I may have to drag Mr. E to see it. Have to, ya know.


haymoni - Feb 28, 2006 6:45 am (#1264 of 2983)

GOF will be mine in 1 week!

Happy Mardi Gras to all!

Still don't know what I am doing for Lent. I gave up carbs last year and that almost killed me. Maybe if I just give up cookies...


Ydnam96 - Feb 28, 2006 8:40 am (#1265 of 2983)

Hey Everybody!

Lots has been going on! Research papers, shooting competitions, babies rolling over and finding their toes, thousands of cookies (which by the way I have not seen anyone selling here in southern California or I would have bought some Samoas by now!), birthdays, snow days, husbands home from the hospital...I can't keep up. Glad to see things are mostly going well for everyone.

It's pouring rain here in Los Angeles county. Which is both good and bad. We need the rain desperately but because of the fires and previous lack of rain we have lots of flooding. But, I'm loving listening to it. Now all we need is some thunder!

I haven't decided what to give up for Lent. I was actually thinking that instead of giving something up I would pick up a new "habit" like reading a Bible passage everyday or something along those lines. I need to make up my mind soon I guess.

Well, I gotta go start my day.



haymoni - Feb 28, 2006 10:25 am (#1266 of 2983)

Hi all - I posted a question on the Recommended Reading thread for you "Sense & Sensibility" fans - or anyone who has actually read the book - you don't necessarily have to be a fan.

Help me out if you can!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 28, 2006 11:43 am (#1267 of 2983)

Hi everyone. Hope your week is going well thus far.

I was noticing that it is Oscar time again and I thought I'd be interested in everyone's picks. I'll start.

Best Picture:

Will Win: "Crash"

Should Win: "Crash"

Best Actor:

Will Win: Philip Seymour Hoffman-- "Capote"

Should Win: Terrence Howard-- "Hustle and Flow"

Best Actress:

Will Win: Reese Witherspoon-- "Walk the Line"

Should Win: Felicity Huffman-- "Transamerica"

Supporting Actor:

Will Win: George Clooney-- "Syriana"

Should Win: Paul Giamatti-- "Cinderella Man"

Supporting Actress:

Will Win: Amy Adams-- "Junebug"

Should Win: Michelle Williams-- "Brokeback Mountain"


Will Win: Ang Lee-- "Brokeback Mountain"

Should Win: Ang Lee-- "Brokeback Mountain"

Animated Film:

Will Win: "Wallace & Grommit"

Should Win: "Wallace & Grommit"


Will Win: "Brokeback Mountain"

Should Win: "Brokeback Mountain"


Will Win: "March of the Penguins"

Should Win: "Grizzly Man," but it wasn't nominated(!).

Best Song:

Will Win: Probably the song from "Crash."

Should Win: "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from "Hustle and Flow." I'm dying to see this song performed on Oscar night. Tee hee.

Best Screenplay:

Will Win and Should Win: "Crash" (If Woody Allen sneaks in with "Match Point," the only thing stopping me from doing myself an injury would be to watch the movie again; I'll be asleep in no time and thus safe and sound.)

King Kong should win for visual effects because KONG RULES! **waves to Kim and beats chest***

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Will Win and Should Win: "Brokeback Mountain"

That's all the ones that I'm interested in, but feel free to add your picks for costumes and sound editing if you really have an opinion.


Catherine - Feb 28, 2006 12:00 pm (#1268 of 2983)

Loopy, I like your Oscar analysis and your Oscar avatar.

Oh dear. The phrase above reminds me of an amusing, but "potty humor" type jest that occurred in my college composition class last week. I was answering last-minute questions on the annotated bibliography. I was speaking fast, and I said, "Your analysis..." which, unfortunately, came out sounding like "urinalysis."

I stopped short, and said, "Did that sound like what I think it sounded like?" My nursing-major students nearly fell out of their desks laughing.

At least someone is paying attention.


azi - Feb 28, 2006 12:16 pm (#1269 of 2983)

I don't know much about Oscars, and haven't heard of most things mentioned...sorry Loopy Lupin!

Not much going on at my end of the woods.

Have a great day everyone!


Holly T. - Feb 28, 2006 12:26 pm (#1270 of 2983)

Ok, the last three movies I've seen were "Pride and Prejudice," "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," and "Goblet of Fire." So I am at a loss when it comes to predicting who will win the Oscars. I'm even worse when it comes to the Grammies!

Movies my kids keep watching on DVD: "Sky High" (about the third time I watched it with them I realized it was an homage to the John Hughes era of 80s teen movies) and "Singing in the Rain." Plus my son has to watch "The Princess Bride" every few weeks or so. Note: he is not left handed.

Way to go Baby Puck! My daughter rolled over way earlier than she was supposed to. As she was my first, I kept checking the books to see if that meant something was wrong.


Madam Pince - Feb 28, 2006 1:04 pm (#1271 of 2983)

Catherine, your post reminded me of a really funny birthday card I saw recently -- it was a cartoon of a medical office, with all the doctors, nurses, and other assorted medical staff in the background rolling around laughing while the secretary answered the phone: "Hello, Urology Department, can you hold?"

I haven't seen any of the Oscar-nominated movies, either. I did receive a DVD of March of the Penguins for my birthday, but I haven't watched it yet. Was Grizzly Man about that naturalist who lived in the wild practically all his life - like the original Mountain Man or something? I read an article about him in one of Mr. Pince's hunting magazines -- the guy sounded incredible. Interesting ending to his story, though.

Viola, I saw the "Leg Lamp" night light too -- it was in one of those catalogs I think. It was pretty reasonable price-wise, too.

kabloink!-- Good luck on the job interview! And how exciting to hopefully get to hear the baby's heartbeat! That is such a fantastic feeling! And kudos to you for eating Tex-Mex food in early pregnancy!

Yay Baby Puck on rolling over! What a momentous week! I'm glad you got to see it, Puck -- I missed ours. I had left him on the floor one way and stepped outside quickly to talk to the landscaper guy, and then when I came back in I was all "Hmmmmm... didn't I lay you down the other way?"

Here's a question for more experienced Moms than me: Any suggestions on how to stop a little one from licking his lips and keeping them chapped all the time? I am about at the end of my rope. It's not really his lips so much as the skin around his mouth -- he's one of those kids that sticks his tongue out when he's concentrating on drawing or doing a puzzle or something (apparently his Dad used to do that too), and his poor little mouth is just always so red and chapped! I put Aquafor on it all the time, but it's not helping much. Any suggestions would be most welcome!
* ***Edit to kaykay -- Yes, I quickly found out that cherry-flavored Chap-Stick was most definitely counter-productive! ****

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


kaykay1970 - Feb 28, 2006 1:18 pm (#1272 of 2983)

Madam Pince, I have had some experience with this. The child eventually grew out of the behavior after my constantly reminding her not to lick her lips. It always seemed to me that applying medications and chap sticks added to the problem because she tended to want to lick them off her lips. I think your best bet to protect his skin would be a relatively "flavorless" chap stick. Sorry I could not be more helpful. Maybe Denise knows what to do?


Denise P. - Feb 28, 2006 1:53 pm (#1273 of 2983)

Blistex or a similar lip protection applied liberally and often is my best advice. We have the same problem in the winter.

Grizzly Man All I can say after watching it is what an incredible flake! Sorry, I just don't find his methods interesting or awesome, just incredibly dangerous and foolish. It was shot beautifully but the story....gah!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 28, 2006 2:05 pm (#1274 of 2983)

Was Grizzly Man about that naturalist who lived in the wild practically all his life - like the original Mountain Man or something?—Finn[

Grizzly Man was about a guy named Timothy Treadwell. He was, as Denise has said, pretty flaky. After sobering up one day, he decided to devote his life to the "protection" of the Grizzly bear. So, he proceeded to travel to a 4.7 million acre federal park in Alaska every summer to commune with the bears there. (Wikipedia tells me that the bears he "lived with" were, technically, Kodiak bears as Grizzlies live farther inland.) He did this over 13 summers and filmed hours upon hours of bears and other fauna . (It being a park, there was plenty of flora too, but that wasn't the focus.) He got close enough to the bears to touch them, gave them names, and achieved a little bit of fame and a little bit of infamy because of his tactics. Then, in 2003, one of the bears ate him. The documentary, edited for television, has been running on Discovery lately. This reminds me that "Murderball"-- a nominated documentary about wheelchair-bound athletes playing a viscious brand of rugby/football called "Murderball"-- is playing on A & E tonight. "Murderball" was Ebert's "should win" choice, but everyone assumes that penguins are going to march away with the trophy.


Loopy Lupin - Feb 28, 2006 3:22 pm (#1275 of 2983)

Oops. Sorry. The question in the above post was from Madam Pince and not Finn.


Catherine - Feb 28, 2006 3:26 pm (#1276 of 2983)

Blistex or a similar lip protection applied liberally and often is my best advice. We have the same problem in the winter. –Denise

Same here. I have also found that we benefit from using a humidifier in winter. My kids hate it, but when their lips and surrounding skin get severely chapped like that, I usually slather on the petroleum jelly before they go to sleep.

About Grizzly Man---ewwww!


Madam Pince - Feb 28, 2006 3:53 pm (#1277 of 2983)

Thanks, Denise, kaykay, and Catherine, for the lip advice!

OK, so... not the same guy that I read about in the magazine. (I found the article I'd read -- this guy was named Bart Schleyer and was more of a hunter than a protector -- he liked to just go out and live in the "wild" amongst the bears and rely on his own survival skills and all that.) But interestingly enough, the same ending for each of them!

The part that was sort of sad (well, depending on if you're seeing it from the viewpoint of the bears or not) is that this guy would go out for months at a time in very inaccessible areas, so nobody missed him until he was long gone. The only way they found out what happened to him was that they found some small bits of human remains in some bear ... stuff... that was found near his campsite. What a way to end up, eh?

Anyway, I've seen Grizzly Man on the program grid lately, so I'll try to catch part of it. Thanks for the info, Loopy!


Marè - Feb 28, 2006 4:32 pm (#1278 of 2983)

I read a story about "bear men", it was an interview with a Flemish man who had the same obsession and lived near the bears most of the year.
He talked about a japanese photographer who got killed because his not so into nature companions in a cottage left food lying around outside where he was sleeping in a tent. He also told about the man from the documentary, apparently he got flashy and decided that the bears knew him so well that he didn't need to follow the same rules as other people would (he went camping in the middle of their "pathways", he insisted on touching the bears when the bear makes it obvious it isn't appreciated, and such) guess it didn't work out for him in the end.
The man from the interview is still alive though and plans to go back camping between the bears again... :$


Eponine - Feb 28, 2006 6:13 pm (#1279 of 2983)

It wasn't just Timothy Treadwell who was killed by the bears. His girlfriend was killed as well. My best friend lives in Alaska, and I remember her telling me about this back when it happened. According to her, there were a lot of people up there who thought his practice of communing with the bears was destined to end badly.

As far as chapped lips go, I have to slather stuff on every chance I get during the winter. Thankfully, I've learned how to deal with the extra static in my hair this time of year (heavier conditioner), but I've yet to learn to stop licking my lips.

Finn, the other day I was reading the news on IMDB, and one of the news items was about the Olympics. So right next to the blurb was a picture of your Olympic avatar, and for half a second I wondered how you had managed to post on the news page of IMDB.

I've not seen any of the films up for best Oscar. In fact, one of the only films I've seen that's nominated in any of the major (acting/directing/best picture) categories is Pride and Prejudice, and the only thing I have to say about that one is that I didn't hate it.

Oh, is there anyone in the vicinity of Raleigh, NC who would be interested in meeting up to see Harry and the Potters on March 7?

Have a great RotD!


Finn BV - Feb 28, 2006 6:49 pm (#1280 of 2983)

Yay for Baby Puck!

Loopy, I run an Oscars pool family and friends (and a Golden Globes) so I fill out the whole thing. My choices are visible at http://mail.horacemann.org/~finn_vigeland/oscars2006/ourchoices/finn.htm. The page will be fancier once I actually get around to making our Oscars template . I just turned it into HTML from Word since I'm lazy right now.

*waves to Eponine* LOL, I may be changing it pretty soon considering that they're over now…


kabloink! - Feb 28, 2006 7:12 pm (#1281 of 2983)

Thanks for the good luck everyone! I guess it worked, because I have a second interview (almost like a shadow day) tomorrow, from 11:15am-8pm or so. I'm very excited, as this could be a very good opportunity for us financially.

So we went into the doctor's today to hear the heartbeat, but the nurse couldn't find it. So...she set us up with the ultrasound tech. Thus, we have pictures of baby! I'm on my hubby's computer right now, but when I get back on mine I will set up the pic as my portrait (even though you can't see it without going to my profile or maybe I'll splurge on a membership). You can't see much as I'm only about 11 weeks, but it is still very cool!

I am really bummed, though. We splurged and bought Civilization IV today, but our laptops don't have the video capacity to handle the game. Argh! Any suggestions from anyone on that??


Finn BV - Feb 28, 2006 7:15 pm (#1282 of 2983)

Great news, kabloink -- job and the ultrasound! Sorry about Civilization, though… As much as I know about computers I'm not a computer game expert…


Puck - Feb 28, 2006 7:53 pm (#1283 of 2983)

I guess Ranger Smith was right..."Don't feed the bears!"

John, cool birthday card!

The only of the nominated films I saw was "March of the Penguins." I did like it. (Though much like the bear story, some get eaten.)

Yeah on the Baby pictures! It is such a wonderful sight. Good luck on the interview, as well.

Madame Pince, that is how my others rolled, the moment I turned my back. Why I was so excited to witness this one!

I gave up all junk food for Lent two years ago. It was sooo hard. No soda, chips, refined sugar, or white flour. In the end I was a bit lighter, so it was worth it. Not sure about this year.

Thanks for the info about the leg lamps. Will go on a search!

Happy RotD Kathy


Madam Pince - Feb 28, 2006 8:50 pm (#1284 of 2983)

(Though much like the bear story, some get eaten.)

Ohhhhhhh.... fiddlesticks! See, I was afraid of that. That's one reason I haven't watched Penguins yet. I am such a sucker for animal movies, and I hate it when the animals don't make it! I am still to this day wearing my rosy glasses, sticking my fingers in my ears and chanting "La-la-la-la-la," and swearing that the wolf howling on the top of the mountain at the end of Dances With Wolves is actually Two-Socks.


Denise P. - Feb 28, 2006 9:20 pm (#1285 of 2983)

But...but...why would you think otherwise? What are you trying to say about Two Socks?! **paddling furiously down de Nile river**

I got hit today. A SUV in front of me stopped...30 feet before the stop sign. I stopped. His back up lights came on and he backed up very quickly. I tried to get in reverse to move, blew my horn and he slammed into me. He freely admitted it was his fault and he didn't see me. Hmmm...I drive a van that is almost 20 feet long, over 7 feet tall and well over 6 feet wide but he failed to see me sitting there in both his side and rear view mirror. I think my front bumper is going to have to be replaced but that was the only damage. I was the only one in my van and no one got hurt beyond a box of girl scout cookies that flew from the front seat to the floorboards.


The giant squid - Feb 28, 2006 9:24 pm (#1286 of 2983)

Despite my profession, I'm actually rather disenchanted with the Oscars. Is it me, or are 90% of the nominated movies things you've never seen/heard of? Heck, I work for a movie theater and I haven't heard of half of 'em! None of the movies I like ever win (with rare exceptions--RotK, Good Will Hunting) and since they've cut back on the production numbers it's a lot easier to just wait until it's over & check IMDb for the winners' list.

kabloink, you might be out of luck. Most laptops aren't upgradeable; the hardware is set up in such a way to make it fit in that teeny case that it's too difficult to break it open, replace a card and close it back up again. How old are your laptops? According to the Civ 4 website it requires a 64Mb GeForce 2/Radeon 7500 or better card, neither of which are top of the line (though they recommend 128Mb). I know it seems silly to buy a new system just for the video, but if your laptops are more than 2 or 3 years old you could get something better than you have now for pretty cheap. Besides, if you upgrade now, you might have enough storage for all the baby pictures.

Denise, it's amazing how blind some people can be when they're at fault. If you were on a tiny Vespa scooter or something, I could understand, but anyone who can't take the effort to turn their head just a little bit to see if there's someone behind them should be slapped. In the head. With a hammer.



dizzy lizzy - Feb 28, 2006 9:30 pm (#1287 of 2983)

I'm glad the girl scout cookies were the only casualties Denise!

I find it hard to believe he couldn't have seen your van (which sounds suspiciously like a Mini-bus - in Aussie terms!).

I haven't seen any of the Oscar contenders.

The only Oscar trivia I can remember (with any certainty) was that Marlee Matlin won the Best Actress award for Children of a Lesser God in 1986. I was in hospital in traction after major spinal surgery and couldn't sleep, so the nurses bought the TV back in next to my bed, and set it up so I could watch the Oscars through the mirrors and I cried when she got it. Funnily enough I slept like a baby every night thereafter !

Lizzy - Still ing!


Tazzygirl - Feb 28, 2006 9:39 pm (#1288 of 2983)

I am glad you weren't hurt, Denise! Poor cookies... Amazing how blind people can be when driving.

Good luck with your second interview, Kabloink! and enjoy the pictures of the little one!

I have only heard of a couple movies that have been nominated for Oscars. I love watching the show though!

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kabloink! - Mar 1, 2006 5:58 am (#1289 of 2983)

Grrrr. Well the thing is, my husband’s laptop is only just over a year old, and mine is only a year and-a-half old, but they were not top of the line when bought. We were not complaining, however, as they were free (gifts from my parents). Unfortunately, we gave them back our desk tops...Perhaps we should get a desktop for our office when we buy our house, simply for these more complicated games. I bought my husband a LoTR game for his PC last July, and he ran into the same problem (and this was an older game), so it might be necessary. Thanks, though.


Marie E. - Mar 1, 2006 6:31 am (#1290 of 2983)

I'm glad you're okay, Denise. I also wonder how in the world he didn't see you. Didn't look is probably more like it.

Five minutes after I dropped Lexie off at school yesterday the school called to say she had coughed so hard that she threw up. She has the same, croupy cough she had last fall, which makes me strongly suspect that it's allergy related. I picked her up from school and got a doctor appointment for her, even though I was sure nothing was really wrong. I did get some prescription cough syrup with codeine in it to help her sleep, which is good. They had a PA student examine Lexie first and I felt so sorry for him. She was the poster child for ADHD: talking fast, wiggly, distracted.

Yesterday we beat Las Vegas for our high temperature of the day, 74, and tied with Miami. I don't think that's ever happened in February before. The downside to our high temps is that the fire danger is way up. I hope we get some rain or snow soon. I'd hate to have a repeat of the summer of 2002. That's when the Hayman fire burned more than 300,000 acres and came within 10 miles of my house.

I also missed seeing Shayla roll over for the first time. She was four weeks old and I had put her on her tummy. I was folding clothes, looked up, and there she was on her back. By five months she was rolling across the room to get from place to place. I don't know how she did it without getting dizzy.

Have a great Wednesday!


haymoni - Mar 1, 2006 7:08 am (#1291 of 2983)

Denise - did you ever decide on a license plate for that van??? I remember you asking for suggestions but I didn't know if you made your decision public.

I used to watch every award show religiously - Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, Golden Globes, American Music Awards, MTV awards - all of them. I can still remember getting all goose-pimply when Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond sang "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" during the Grammys or maybe it was the American Music Awards. How old am I????

Anyway, I haven't watched too many lately. I think all the red carpet stuff and then the awards following just takes too much time.


Loopy Lupin - Mar 1, 2006 9:37 am (#1292 of 2983)

Despite my profession, I'm actually rather disenchanted with the Oscars. Is it me, or are 90% of the nominated movies things you've never seen/heard of? – Mike

I don't think it is you necessarily. Even living in the DC area, there are a few films that would have flown in way under my radar if it weren't for the "art house" theater close by to my work and if it weren't for the fact that I tend to notice even minor "buzz" about obscure films. Even so, it is not uncommon for the more obscure films to come and go in only a week at this theater; I've been an audience of one on a couple of occasions. (And STILL I cut off my cell phone and didn't talk during the movie! ) It is interesting this year that no one has seen the nominated movies though. Perhaps that fact is somewhat related to the overall box office "slump."


kaykay1970 - Mar 1, 2006 10:41 am (#1293 of 2983)

I was about to make iced tea for myself and asked the Little Guy if he wanted me to make him some cool-aid. Then I realized that I was out of sugar. I said "Sorry, fella I can't make cool-aid because I need sugar for it." He starts frantically blowing kisses to me. I guess he was trying to provide the "sugar". HaHa!


Madam Pince - Mar 1, 2006 10:47 am (#1294 of 2983)

Oh, kaykay, that is soooo cute! What a sweet little guy! (Hey, I made a pun-ny!)

Denise, I am so sorry that happened to your new van! What a bummer. Hope you can get it fixed without too much trouble.

Marie, here's some Healing Charms for Lexie!


Puck - Mar 1, 2006 11:23 am (#1295 of 2983)

Too funny, Kay!

Talk to yourself often, Loopy? I ask because it seems we should be impressed at your ability not to talk while sitting alone in a movie theater.

Denise, how awful! Glad you weren't hurt. That happened to my mom once. A big truck decided to back up and she was behind it. Apparently, some people learn to drive in a land where no one else is on the road.

Shayla rolled over at 4 weeks! WOW! Baby Puck is on her way to being an early talker, but later at moving around, which is just fine by me!

Cheers! Kathy


Catherine - Mar 1, 2006 12:14 pm (#1296 of 2983)

Denise, what a "maroon" that driver was to back up into your van. I am sending my most contemptuous look his way. I'm very glad that the only casualty was a box of cookies and your fender.

Stoopid drivers!


Anamaria-Ginny - Mar 1, 2006 12:15 pm (#1297 of 2983)

hi!!!!!!!!!Ho to the chat.


Tazzygirl - Mar 1, 2006 1:08 pm (#1298 of 2983)

I just got the news today that my brother is being deployed to South Korea for a year. He's in the Air Force. I'm excited for him, but on the other hand a little nervous! He doesn't leave until August, so I think that is enough time to get used to it. Hopefully I'll get to see him before he leaves...

Off to turn my application for the College of Education in (it's due by 4 pm!)...

Have a good RotD, everyone!



Finn BV - Mar 1, 2006 2:45 pm (#1299 of 2983)

Denise, glad you and your passenger are okay!

Kristina, good luck to your brother!

All of you people who say you're not interested in the Oscars and haven't seen many films – don't forget that GoF is nominated for Best Art Direction! I do hope you saw that one! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 2775603007

We had tennis tryouts today, they'll probably last a week… I was cut last year, but am nowhere up to the level I am now. I beat my opponent today, convincingly I hope, so I've got fingers crossed!

Have a good RotD everyone!


Tazzygirl - Mar 1, 2006 2:58 pm (#1300 of 2983)

Thanks Finn! My brother is pretty excited about it.

Good luck with your tennis tryouts!


Lina - Mar 1, 2006 4:22 pm (#1301 of 2983)

Well, Kabloink, what can I say... It is hard to upgrade a laptop. My hubby tried to upgrade a PC when we bought the first HP game, it was going slow, but he decided to do it by himself... Then some white smoke came out and the result was buying a new computer...
When you start working on the new job?

It is definitely a good thing that you were in the van, Denise, but someone should force that guy to see the eye doctor...

Good luck Finn!

Kristina, good luck with the application (although I know it will be great) and some super complicated charms that should help you to meet your brother before he leaves!


boop - Mar 1, 2006 4:30 pm (#1302 of 2983)

Denise, maybe he was driving with his eyes closed. Just glad nobody got hurt.

Marie, Sorry to hear Lexie is coughing again. I hope the cough meds do the job for her.

Kristina, Tell your brother good luck.

Finn- * crosses eyes, arms, legs, fingers, and toes* good luck!!!!

Have great rest of the day everybody!!

hugs always



Mediwitch - Mar 1, 2006 5:29 pm (#1303 of 2983)

Denise - I just want you to know you are in good company. I am a volunteer EMT/firefighter, and you would not believe the ridiculous things people do behind the wheel of a car! Many people don't seem to realize that you can actually turn your head or use a mirror while you are driving! I am glad you are OK.


Diagon Nilly - Mar 1, 2006 5:46 pm (#1304 of 2983)

Oh... HAD to share this:

Go to http://www.cheekysquirrel.net/squirrelname/

From this day forward I will also be known as: Private Crazypaws

and just for good measure...

Severus Snape from this day forward is also known as: Commander Nuttykins

Lucius Malfoy from this day forward will also be known as: Fluffy Bushkisser (and Narcissa IS happy, I am sure...)

speaking of...

Narcissa Malfoy from this day forward will also be known as: General Out of Their Tree

Bellatrix Lestrange from this day forward will also be known as: Fluffy Bignuts

Draco Malfoy from this day forward you also be known as: Fluffy McNutt

Harry Potter from this day forward will also be known as: Corporal McNutty

Hermione Granger from this day forward will also be known as: Twitchy Wobblebottom

Ron Weasley from this day forward you will also be known as: Doctor McBushy (he should be making good money then... as a doctor)

Tom Riddle from this day forward you will also be known as: Commander Scruff

and... last but certainly not least:

Albus Dumbledore from this day forward you will also be known as: Twitchy Crazy Whiskers *falls out of chair laughing*


Finn BV - Mar 1, 2006 5:56 pm (#1305 of 2983)

Twitchy Crazy Whiskers

LOL! And Lord Voldemort from this day forward you will also be known as: Professor Bushytail. I had to look it up!!

Thanks for all the good lucks guys, I'll need them!


kabloink! - Mar 1, 2006 6:14 pm (#1306 of 2983)

Denise, I'm glad that you are okay.

SO, I went to this interview today (which is in Grand Rapids, an hour away), only to end up stranded in Zeeland (another extra half hour) without my car when I discovered that the job was door-to-door sales, getting paid on straight commission. Not just to businesses, either. They expect you to go door-to-door in residential neighboorhoods, too. Not my kind of thing, sorry. Anyway, my husband had to drive an hour and a half to come get me. If he hadn't I probably would still be in the car with the sales team on the way back to the office.

My apologies to anyone who does make their living this way, but it is not for me, and I was very put-off by the way it was presented to me.

Today was not a complete waste, however, as my husband and I decided to FINALLY make the detour to Ionia on the way home to pick up his stuff that has been in storage for about 4-4 1/2 years (since before we moved in together). So now hubby is trying on all of his old hockey gear, checking out his blades on his hockey skates. I'm going through all of his kitchen stuff like it was Christmas all over again. I must say, he has the ugliest pots and pans that I have ever seen. The set is just hideous. I think either they'll end up in the garage sale, or on a shelf in the basement for...erm...emergencies when I don't feel like doing dishes.

Okay, have a great day everyone. Good luck to everyone to whom it applies.


Madam Pince - Mar 1, 2006 7:04 pm (#1307 of 2983)

kabloink, I feel your pain. One of the very first job interviews I went on after graduation was a newspaper ad for a "management trainee for a major firm." When I went for the "interview," it turned out to be a roomful of about 30 people all answering the same ad. We sat there for three hours listening to a very convincing salesperson, wearing very nice clothes and lots of gold jewelry, basically doing a cheerleader routine for what a great job this was and how much money we'd make. Oddly, though, she never mentioned what the job actually was. Finally she said "OK, here's Joe to tell you more about our company and our products." When the guy walked in pulling a vacuum cleaner behind him, I thought I would die.

The funny thing was the number of people who actually fell for it. I stayed for the free lunch after the morning session (hey, I didn't want to have wasted those four hours for nothing!) and when we were in the lunch room, I was absolutely floored by the number of people who were gushing and so excited about how "rich" they were going to be after they started this job of selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. I'll give the sales presenter credit -- she was very, very good at what she did. She was "selling" the job to us using the same techniques she was just describing to us to use to sell their "product." I bet she probably did make a fortune selling vacuums. Anyway, I didn't stay for the afternoon session! I agree, it just feels a bit dishonest the way they present these "job interviews." Bleah...


Puck - Mar 1, 2006 8:08 pm (#1308 of 2983)

Sorry about the interview Kabloink. But, at least you and huuby got to have fun with his old stuff. (Mine gets upset when I try to get rid of ugly old dishes, he gets all sentimental. I tend to clear out things when he goes away on business.)

Good luck Finn!

Good Evans, "Bloop!"

Happy RotD Kathy


Marie E. - Mar 1, 2006 9:09 pm (#1309 of 2983)

My husband gets sentimental about clothes. I have to "weed" them out when he's not looking.

Yes, Shayla rolled over at 4 weeks, but Lexie didn't roll over until 4 months. Then she didn't do it again until 7 months. She didn't crawl until 9 1/2 months and didn't walk until 13 1/2 months. You couldn't tell now, of course.

Kabloink, my husband has always been a sucker for those sorts of schemes. He must be very gullible or something. He even signed up to sell Amway for awhile. I admit to liking most of their products, but he didn't try to sell any of them. Kind of the point of their operation, ya know.

I had a girl turn in her cookie money and she had too much money. Never had that one happen before. Usually I end up short, and don't notice until they're gone. I counted it all in front of her dad to be sure. Very weird.


Lina - Mar 2, 2006 12:34 am (#1310 of 2983)

My kid was reading my previous post and had to make a comment: "You went to sleep after midnight, again!" I think I have controlled her so much that she feels she needs to control me too...

Kabloink, in your post #1240 you wrote: I'm not EXACTLY sure what the job entails... I think that was the key sentence. Beware the jobs that you are not sure what they entail...

While talking about the vacuum cleaners, we have a company in our town that keeps calling around on the phone saying: "You won the lottery (that you didn't play) and the prize is a deep cleaning either of your carpet either of your couch." Well, I thought, what's the harm? I don't plan to buy the new vacuum cleaner, but if someone wants to clean my carpet, is welcome. I can tell you one thing: there is no way they would clean the whole carpet! If they clean a quarter of it, you are lucky. And they just keep talking and talking... Only one salesman said: "Oh, this is the vacuum cleaner you have? Well, I don't feel I can compete with it." and he took his things and went away. Actually, that's the guy that I would believe if he told me that something is really good.

Mihaela started to walk when she was 14 months old and she started to crawl only after that. She had a very strange way of crawling before she learned how to walk, on her back.

Healing and cheering charms all around!


The giant squid - Mar 2, 2006 12:45 am (#1311 of 2983)

It is interesting this year that no one has seen the nominated movies though.--Loopy Lupin

Well, I have seen Crash, and my theater actually carried all 5 of the movies nominated for Best Picture, but Brokeback Mountain is the only one that did (is doing) any business. The rest were there & gone in a couple of weeks.

I must say, he has the ugliest pots and pans that I have ever seen.--kabloink!

That's because single men do two things with pots & pans: buy whatever's cheapest/handiest/there and cook anything and everything in it (spaghetti, potatoes, carburetors), cleaning only occasionally. Women buy dishes to match the kitchen; men buy dishes to hold food.

Marie: I wondered what happened with that Amway thing... I should have known that would go the way of his home-based computer design business--he ended up with a lot of computer components littering the basement. Mom's still waiting for him to build a computer for her.



Good Evans - Mar 2, 2006 1:18 am (#1312 of 2983)

Private Crazypaws, (Diagon Nilly) we appear to be related, I am henceforth known as General Crazypaws, so look sharp there young nut gatherer!!!!


Lina - I did think that you had been having some late nights, when I went at 10.45 the other night you were still there and that means it was 11.45 for you!! anyhow charms to you for a stay awake day and restful sleep when you ge there!

best of luck Finn and Kabloink - hope all goes your way

have a great Thursday all, hope to get PC fixed today so will be back on line properly at night, no more dementor attacks on the laptop!


Snuffles - Mar 2, 2006 1:31 am (#1313 of 2983)

Hey all, Furry O'Squirrely here!!!

Denise, bad luck on the van I hope you get it fixed soon.

Kristina, good luck to your brother, hope you get to see him before he leaves.

Finn, I hope you do well in tennis.

I remember Livvy rolled over about 4 months, started walking at 13 months but was talking very early, there is no way to keep her quiet now!

Hope hubby is doing ok at home Julie, and he is managing to keep your toes warm!!

Have a good Thursday everyone



Tazzygirl - Mar 2, 2006 2:19 am (#1314 of 2983)

I am known as... Professor O'Nutty. I think it rather fits, as I am going to school and eventually will be getting my Educational Doctorate! hehehehe...

My favorite name though, was the one for my 1 year old cousin- Doctor Acorn Short of An Oaktree!!! Who wants him as their doctor?? I laughed so hard when I read it. (I'm easily entertained...)

Have a good night/ morning everyone!



Marè - Mar 2, 2006 4:55 am (#1315 of 2983)

Admiral Nibbles his Nuts...

I'm a she!!!
Anyway, just a general warning, if people ever call you to tell you that you won the lottery, or like in a recent scam, a Jamaican cruise, never ever! push a number on your telephone if they ask you to. If you do that, you give the other person permission for some shady transactions and telephone calls that ends with a big bill for you. And you would be surprised how many people fall for it...
Off course getting people to clean your carpet is a bit of a different level (quite smart actually).

It is snowy here, it is beautiful but going to the rowing club this morning (at the unfit hour of 7:30) was a kamikaze mission. All the roads were icy, but the bicycle roads were worse: all the tracks were frozen making it impossible to go far without slipping. All that and we couldn't even row! the slopes were to slippery so it was deemed unresponsible to bring our boats down to the river. Positive side: I had a bright and early morning!


azi - Mar 2, 2006 7:26 am (#1316 of 2983)

Scratchy Crazypaws is me!

It's beautiful sunshine here. Feels really warm as well. The snow once again avoided me! We had about 7 snowflakes fall yesterday and that was it.

Getting up at 7.30...*shudder*

I hate door to door salespeople. I never buy anything in that way. It's a bit weird when they say it's a job interview when it isn't though. I would have thought they could get in trouble for something... I was very surprised when I was at a friend's house once and the guy was actually invited in for tea and biscuits! They didn't buy anything in the end, but still, at home you tell them you don't buy things at the door and send them on their way (cursing under their breath mostly).

Having no idea about babies, all I can add to that conversation is that I was slow to begin both crawling and talking according to my mother. My brother was the opposite.

Have a great day everybody!


Jack.Bumbledore - Mar 2, 2006 9:39 am (#1317 of 2983)

Hello, I was wondering about the funny names. After a bit of paging through I saw a post Diagon Nilly, "#1304, 1 Mar 2006 4:46 pm, I found a link to


but I got something different for Professor Dumbledore.

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore from this day forward you will also be known as:
Commander O'Squirrely

Maybe it is different because I put all his names in there?

But I liked mine and I appear related to Professor Dumbledore!

Jack Potter from this day forward you will also be known as:
Scampy O'Squirrely

Jack Potter


azi - Mar 2, 2006 10:08 am (#1318 of 2983)

Jack - I ain't seen you around for a while, so welcome back!

Congratulations on your apparent familial relation to Dumbledore!


Madam Pince - Mar 2, 2006 10:57 am (#1319 of 2983)

Ooooo, so the name "Potter" and "Dumbledore" both translate to "O'Squirrely"? That should be worthy of a Theory thread, eh? I just knew Dumbledore and Harry were related somehow!

Azi, it was a job interview, sort of (at least mine was, anyway) -- they were trying to hire people to become door-to-door vacuum cleaner salespeople. But it was mis-representation, in my opinion. I guess they wouldn't get many people to come in to hear their spiel if they advertised "Sell vacuums door-to-door!" instead of "Management trainee position."

So funny ... shortly after I posted that story, I got a phone call from my local Electrolux dealer! (I got an Electrolux vacuum about 8 years ago.) Anyway, he informed me that it was time for my free annual "inspection" of my vacuum. Hmmmmm... they've never offered me a free inspection before.... But, I have pretty tough "sales hide" so I told him to come right on and inspect all he wants as long as it's free! (I'm sure he will be also trying to sell me an upgrade or more vacuum bags or a different filter or some such nonsense, but I shall hold firm!)

I once earned two airline tickets for wasting an entire afternoon listening to the pitch of a timeshare salesperson (who got quite irritated and nasty with me when I was honest with him and told him I had no intention of buying but was only taking them up on their free ticket offer!) I felt it was their own fault for not putting some sort of qualification in the fine print. I did tell him right at the start so he wouldn't have to waste his time if he didn't want to, but he insisted. ***Shrug***

A quick Amazing Race observation: If those frosted-haired Alabama women don't either stop with the squealing and curse words, or else lose out on the next leg, I am outta there! Ack! Man, were they hard to take!

***Goes back to mourning the complete and utter tail-kicking the 'Hoos suffered last night at the hands of the blasted Tar-Heels... How humiliating!!! But quite typical (sadly) for UVA as the season winds down....***


Puck - Mar 2, 2006 11:22 am (#1320 of 2983)

I'm Nutty O'Squirrely, so I guess that makes me related to Jack, Julie, and possibly DD!

I would NEVER invite a stranger into my house! The only people I buy things from are the school children. Cookies, nuts, wrapping paper, magazines, raffle tickets.... I have supported many a troop and sports team since living here!

I remember once this cute boy (about 5 I would guess) came selling candy for some team. He was with a sister a few years older than he was. Anyway, they told me the bars were $2, which is twice the normal price. As I was purchasing my expensive candy, I was informed by the kids that originally the price had been $1, but as sales were going so well they decided to try for $2 a bar! Well, I insisted on the original price, but bought a few extra. Then I went into the house and laughed! Capitalism at it's best!

Happy RotD



Finn BV - Mar 2, 2006 11:22 am (#1321 of 2983)

Hi everybody! It was snowing so hard this morning that we had an early dismissal! I finished classes at about 12:10 (9:10 forum time), and, after settling everything with the folks and getting my bags at school, I walked down the hill to the subway, which is barely one or two blocks away. My dad drives me every day, so I don't take a bus, and I would have had to wait until 3:30 for him to come get me, which is a long time considering that all your friends would be long gone by then! So for the first time in my life I rode the subway by myself, and I arrived at my dad's work just about 10 minutes ago, and here I am in his school's library!! *waves*

I'm going to go get some work done… after a quick threads check. Bye!


haymoni - Mar 2, 2006 11:54 am (#1322 of 2983)

Here I go - dating myself again...

Jimmy from H.R. Pufnstuf passed away. Jack Wild, who was also in "Oliver", died at age 53.

I used to watch that show religiously when I was a kid. My dad has home movies (8 mm) of me singing the theme song in front of the TV. No sound was available at the time, thank goodness!


Nathan Zimmermann - Mar 2, 2006 2:19 pm (#1323 of 2983)

Hi, all I just go back from my interview an hour ago or so I think it went well. I should learn the results in about 3 to 6 weeks time.


Stephanie M. - Mar 2, 2006 2:25 pm (#1324 of 2983)

Congratulations to everyone, for various things that they have done, such as rolling over and coming home from the hospital!!

Good luck to everyone who needs it!

I finished my classes at 11 AM (8 am Forum time), and I got home from school around 2 PM (Eastern time). I still have a lot of work to do since I will be gone for 8 days (I'm gone from March 6th to the 13th), and I need to get ahead with my work, so I won't have to rush to do it all when I get back. Once my work load lightens up a bit, I will be on the Forum more often! Well, I'm off to do some homework!

Have a good rest of the day!


Mediwitch - Mar 2, 2006 2:31 pm (#1325 of 2983)

Hmm...I'm President McBushy, so I must be related to Ron - Doctor McBushy!


The giant squid - Mar 2, 2006 3:43 pm (#1326 of 2983)

Hmm...as The Giant Squid my squirrel name is Deputy McNutt. By my given name I'm Doctor Curlyarse. I'm not sure which is worse...

Finn, congrats on riding the subway safely. Between that & getting out of school early you're having a pretty good day!

I have a fairly low opinion of door-to-door salesmen. If I need an item (especially something as expensive as a vacuum cleaner) I'll go to the store, compare models & prices and pick the one best suited to me, not take what the man in the bad suit assures me is "the perfect thing!" That, and according to friends who've been forced to do it, you really don't make that much money at it--definitely not enough to compensate for getting doors slammed in your face & insults hurled at you. It's even worse than doing telemarketing; at least then they can't see who you are.



Tazzygirl - Mar 2, 2006 4:03 pm (#1327 of 2983)

I am known to lose my patience with telemarketers. Especially when the same company keeps calling at 7 in the morning or 9 at night. I haven't received a call in a couple months now, so maybe they spread the word not to call my number. **evil grin**

~Kristina (aka Professor O'Nutty)


Finn BV - Mar 2, 2006 4:16 pm (#1328 of 2983)

Oh, I'm always nice to telemarketers and kindly tell them that I'm (we're) not interested, until they won't hang up. Then I get a little frustrated.

Squid Mike, the only problem with my day is that I have a math take-home test due tomorrow and I have NO clue on one of the questions.


azi - Mar 2, 2006 4:49 pm (#1329 of 2983)

Ack, telemarketing I also hate! I'm always polite, but when you're ex-directory and your phone line provider is supposed to block those calls it's so annoying that you keep getting them! The worst are those silent calls - very unnerving late at night when you're home alone!

Good luck on the Maths, Finn! I'm sure you can do it better than me!


dizzy lizzy - Mar 2, 2006 5:03 pm (#1330 of 2983)

I have what is known as a silent number. It means the only way I get a telemarketing call is to have my number randomly dialled. I'm always polite as my three step-siblings work for a "major bank" call-centre and I recognise people are just doing their job. It's when they don't take no for an answer I get a little irate (or as an aussie would say...stroppy!)!

Finn, congrats on the subway ride! And since I have a great deal of trouble with maths, I'm positive you will do better than me on your maths test!

It's looking like a good Friday here, so I hope everyone has a good day too when it rolls around!



Stephanie M. - Mar 2, 2006 5:49 pm (#1331 of 2983)

Good luck on your Math take home test, Finn!

When telemarketers call my dad, he loves to lead them on and say that he is very interested, but soon after, he says, that it's not what he's looking for and hangs up. Other times he just yells at them for calling really early in the morning on Saturdays.

It's sort of snowing/raining in the city, but it's gotten a lot colder, so it's very icy. It was hailing when I was walking home from my bus stop, and let me just say... Hail really hurts!


Eponine - Mar 2, 2006 7:15 pm (#1332 of 2983)

Bleah. I hate telemarketers, and we have our number on the do not call list, but we still get calls from our credit card companies trying to sign us up for payment protection or some other oh so helpful program. I do understand that they're just doing their job. I even sympathize because I worked doing telephone surveys for a short time in college. I always let them get through the initial spiel, and then I tell them I'm not interested and hang up before they can get a second wind.

The weather down here has been unseasonably warm, and the library's heating/cooling system is still set for cold weather. So it's been almost unbearably hot inside the library. On the plus side, the loiterers aren't around as much. But it's so uncomfortable inside that I want to wear a tank top and shorts.

I hope everyone's having a great day!


Finn BV - Mar 2, 2006 7:36 pm (#1333 of 2983)

Stroppy! Cool word.

Argh. 3 hours later, I have gotten nowhere on this problem. I suppose none of you know about the Spieker point. I'm not supposed to ask anybody anyway, so it wouldn't be ethical if you answered, anyway. But this is SO annoying! Ahhhh!

I'm going to try and sleep on it. Have a good Friday, all.


Puck - Mar 2, 2006 8:40 pm (#1334 of 2983)

Sorry Finn, it's been a long time since I've been in math class!

Haymoni, I loved that show, as well! That's the 4th classic TV/movie character in a week. Spooky.

I was glad I listened to the weather and had the kids wear boots. It was clear at 4:30 when we went in to swim lessons. An hour and 15 minutes later we came out to an inch of snow on the car. I park in the garage at home, so the kids thought it was a great novelty to sit inside while I cleaned off the van. Yeah. Fabulous fun.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1242194059

Riding the subway alone is a true rite of passage. Just remember, always offer your seat to an elderly person, small child, or pregnant lady. (It really bugs me to see young healthy people sitting there when a poor old lady with a cane is standing!)

Enjoy Friday! I'm going to try to talk Mr. Puck into staying up until midnight so I can go to bed. (I was late giving baby Puck her evening meds, so now someone has to stay up to give her the next dose.)



Viola Intonada - Mar 2, 2006 8:42 pm (#1335 of 2983)

I'm Lieutenant Crazy Whiskers, using my real name. From my forum name I am Corporal Dances with Chipmunks.

Good luck, Finn. I have taken a fair amount of math in my day and Hubby has taken tons more. There are times that we sit and stare at our children's math homework while scratching our heads. We won't have a clue as to how our children are supposed to do it. It is even more aggravating when we don't agree with the math book and don't think that it is age appropriate, but what can you do. The way they teach kids today to add large numbers together is wwwaaayyy different than the way I learned.

I'm very "subway and bus schedule reading" challenged. Congrats on getting to your dad's office safely!

Happy RotD to everyone!


kabloink! - Mar 2, 2006 8:49 pm (#1336 of 2983)

Hey everyone! I came up as Countess Crazypaws with my given name, with kabloink I was Nibbles something...if I remember correctly. I did it earlier today, and then got distracted before I could respond. Oh well.

I don't know about all of this "new math" stuff. I'm an "in-the-box" kind of person. I enjoy logical, step-by-step processes. Maybe that's why I loved algebra, but never quite understood calculus...You'd think, given my love of logic, when I took philosophy 101 in college it would have been a logic-based class, right? Nope, ethics...I hated it.

We had ice rain all last night, and most of the area schools were closed today, so I didn't feel guilty about taking today off. I was planning on it anyway, as before the ice storm, we had expected my in-laws to drop off their dogs at about 2am, then 5am. They actually ended up dropping them off about 8-ish. Hooray for Michigan weather! So, for the weekend we are dog-sitting for an old Cocker Spaniel, whom I absolutely adore, but is going deaf, and a year-old Pomeranian who is dumb as a rock. Joy oh Joy.

Knight knight everyone!


Ydnam96 - Mar 2, 2006 11:45 pm (#1337 of 2983)

Hello all! With my real name I got Admiral McNutt,  with my Ydnam96 I got Pope Drunkenpaws. :crazygrin:

I hate riding the subway by myself. It seems unnatural to me...but then again I'm in LA, the land where the earth frequently decides to move all on it's own. It doesn't make sense to me that you would put a mass-transit system under the ground in an earthquake prone area. But, glad you got a chance to experience that for yourself Finn. (PS, I hated the Metro in Washington DC too. But mostly because it is sketchy)

We had beautiful weather here today. Amazing really. Reminds me why I love Southern California so much. It's the perfect amount of chilly right now at night, enough to use your blankets but not get hot. Love it!


Madam Pince - Mar 2, 2006 11:51 pm (#1338 of 2983)

Geez, Finn, even when I was in a math class, I'm pretty sure I'd never heard of a Spieker point....

Puck, that is sound subway advice; it is one of my major pet peeves when people don't give up their seat for an elderly person. One of my Mom's neighbors passed away unexpectedly this weekend, and my aunt was telling me over the phone about the funeral, and she said the funeral was so crowded, that there was this lady in our community who is 92 years old (!) who had to stand up through the whole 45-minute service. I was appalled that nobody would give her their seat!

Wish me luck tomorrow with the free vacuum inspection! (Puck, don't worry about it being a stranger -- I checked the caller ID first and he definitely is an Electrolux rep, plus Mr. Pince will still be here when the guy comes, so no worries...)

Edit: Ooooo, I love the DC Metro system! What didn't you like about it, Mandy? I find it really easy and remarkably clean. We are planning to ride it into town Saturday to take Little Pince to the Natural History Museum -- he has been talking non-stop about dinosaur bones, so....


The giant squid - Mar 3, 2006 3:01 am (#1339 of 2983)

I suppose none of you know about the Spieker point.--Finn BV

Apparently that's something that's been discovered in the last 15 years, because I'm sure I never heard of it through junior high, high school & three semesters of calculus in college. I was just going to say that the answer was 12, or x/3 if you're doing algebra.

Okay, I just cheated & looked it up online. I won't give Finn the answer, but I will say it looks awfully advanced for a 13-year-old to be dealing with (a 50-year-old, on the other hand... ). I could barely follow the definition myself, though after looking at it a bit it made more sense--just not the way they described it. I'm sure Troels would have no problem at all with it, though.

--Deputy McNutt


Amilia Smith - Mar 3, 2006 3:04 am (#1340 of 2983)

Good luck on the vacuum inspection, Mdm Pince! :-)

I used to be a telemarketer. Worst job of my life. I was calling people during the final episode of Seinfield. Let me tell you, people were Not Happy. Want to hear some tips I learned?
A). Don't put your phone number on your credit card application. It is not a required field, and guess where we got our phone list?
B). Telemarketers are not allowed to hang up until they get a "Firm No" from you. Or three "Soft No"s. A Firm No consists of "NO." Click. "No" by itself is not good enough. Neither is "I'm sorry, I'm not interested right now," or "No thank you, not today."
C).  After you do get them off the phone, they will still keep calling. The only way to stop this is to say, "Take me off your list." Variations, such as, "I've told you no five times in the last week! Will you quit calling me, the answer is not going to change," are not good enough.



Lina - Mar 3, 2006 4:15 am (#1341 of 2983)

Never heard of the Spieker point before, but after a little Google search, sounds like fun. Still, have no idea what's the use of it. Do you just have to draw it or solve some problem about it?

I always try to be kind to the telemarketers because I know they are just trying to earn their money and they do not do it for pleasure. The same thing is with those who make questionnaires on the phone. I always answer them because I know that their wages depend on the number of answered questionnaires. I used to try to explain that some questions are stupid, but then I gave up on that too because it's not them who invent them. They probably feel stupid just by asking them, so why complicate the life more?


azi - Mar 3, 2006 5:47 am (#1342 of 2983)

Never heard of Spieker Point either. I'd rather not look it up.

We could do with a vacuum inspection at home too. It's not working properly.

Am going to Manchester for the weekend, so won't be around Saturday and most of Sunday.

Have a great weekend everybody!


Marie E. - Mar 3, 2006 6:28 am (#1343 of 2983)

It looks like Shayla shares a birthday with Lina's Veronika, if I'm reading her second line of information right. Shayla is nine years old today. It's so hard to believe she's nine already. Seems likes she should still be six or so. I love that her sense of humor is maturing and we can have conversations that don't revolve around what she wants for Christmas. We're waiting until next weekend to have her party since most of her friends are busy this weekend with Girl Scout cookie booths. She's having five friends spend the night next Saturday. We're taking her out to dinner tonight, though she got "stroppy" because I said we were not going to McDonald's.

Happy Friday!


Caius Iulius - Mar 3, 2006 6:43 am (#1344 of 2983)

I am Colonel Scruff from now on. A friend of mine is Pope Wobblebottom. I love sqeeky squirrel.


Puck - Mar 3, 2006 7:50 am (#1345 of 2983)

Happy birthday to Shayla (and Veronika if it applies)!

I don't mind answering telephone questionnaires. I answered a poll about grocery stores, and next thing I knew vast improvements were made at a local chain.

Madame Pince, I am sure you are safe and selective about who you let into your house.

Diva is watching Barbie Fairytopia. I just noticed this scene where a merman offers up a kind of seaweed that allows you to breathe underwater. Must have been Gillyweed!

Check you later, Squirrels! Kathy


John Bumbledore - Mar 3, 2006 8:08 am (#1346 of 2983)

Paintball or Star Wars Rebels? Well, I am ashamed of myself. I thought I was good at mathematics, but the Speiker point stumped me. Like TGS Mike, Lina, and so many others, I do not remember anything about it. Even after reading two different methods to find it, I don't recall ever having to do so in class. Of the two methods I saw, erm, maybe I should wait until after school for any more details. I suppose Finn is at school now so it may not hurt, but I don't want to take the chance. I will say that this would have been a tenth grade subject in the college preparatory track at my high school. Unless I am mistaken about the category of math, I don't think it is Algebra

So, Finn, I take my hat of to you for your apparent academic achievement. And keep up the good work!

Lina, is that date to represent March 3rd or more likely the European pattern which would be the third of March. Ah, yes its is. I now see that both are correct. Happy Birthday to Veronika!

Marie E, I also send a happy birthday to Shayla!

<>< <>< Pisces Rock!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


azi - Mar 3, 2006 8:50 am (#1347 of 2983)

Ok, so I wasn't going to post again until Sunday but...it's finally snowing!!! It's starting to settle as well! Hehe, so happy!

Happy birthdays to Shayla and Veronika!

**Goes off to catch snowflakes**


kaykay1970 - Mar 3, 2006 8:53 am (#1348 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Veronika and Shayla!!


Lina - Mar 3, 2006 11:14 am (#1349 of 2983)

to Shayla!

Oh, Marie, I was watching some old photos recently, and I can't imagine any more that Kate or Veronika used to be little babies... Mihaela, that I can still understand.

And yes, John, I was quite aware that I don't have to worry about putting the day or the month first. But I found a cool fish for you: <°))))>< . I wanted to give it in the chat room but I am not sure that I will make there today since I'll have a full house of guests.

I didn't say that I don't remember about the Speikers point but that I've never heard of it. It must be, as Mike said, some new invention. As soon as the guests go home, I'll start inventing the Lina's point. There must be some combination of bisectors and crossing triangles that hasn't been invented yet...

Veronika thanks for the happy birthday wishes.

Yay for your snow, Azi! We had a bit of snow often these days, but nothing stayed, fortunately...

********Waving to everybody*******


Chemyst - Mar 3, 2006 12:04 pm (#1350 of 2983)

The Lina's Point, yes, I like it! Sounds like a great concept for science fiction: a triangle within a triangle all balanced on a vortex point leading to an undiscovered universe! Let me know when you have successfully bisected that space/time/mass thing.

Happy birthdays to the forum offspring.
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Good Evans - Mar 3, 2006 12:19 pm (#1351 of 2983)

HAPPY birthday to Shayla and Veronika. hope you have nice days. Lina I love the avatar - Veronika's cake???????

we had a couple of flurries today but nothing settled. I have had a new hairdo (hubby does not like) and my nails done today - so a lovely day for me.

Azi - have a great time in Manchester, I thought it was a great for shopping when I was there in October. have fun

have a great weekend all


Madam Pince - Mar 3, 2006 1:25 pm (#1352 of 2983)

Well, I'm happy to report that the vacuum-cleaner guy was very nice and respectful and not pushy at all. My vacuum passed with flying colors, and doesn't need anything new like filters or anything for at least another year. He did rather apologetically offer to show me a shampooer if I was interested, and I told him I'm not really in the market for a shampooer until we get new carpeting. He wasn't at all pushy, but he said I was his last appointment for the day and he wouldn't mind showing me, so because he was so nice I let him go ahead. He cleaned the one spot we had in the living room that I've been eyeing for about two weeks now but just haven't gotten around to scrubbing yet, so Yay! that's done. I thanked him for his time and told him not today, but perhaps I'd think about it at some other time, and he was totally cool about it. Altogether a very good experience!

I'm like Lina with telemarketers, I do try to be polite but firm. I did get a bit irritated last week with the "State Police Fundraisers" who called at least five times with the exact same message as if they'd never spoken to me before, and the last two times after I had specifically and clearly asked to be taken off their call list. I used to work for a company that used telemarketing (although thankfully I didn't have to do it), and I know that the technology exists for them to be able to "mark" your "call account log" with comments, so they could've known that they'd called me before at least. Urg.

Happy Birthday to Shayla and Veronika!

Yay for those getting snow who have wished for it!

Good Evans, I can tell from here that you just look lovely after your day of pampering!

Yeah Pisces rock!!!!

***Is not about to go Googling for a Spieker point -- my brain is full enough already.... But I hope you figured it out, Finn!***


Tazzygirl - Mar 3, 2006 1:43 pm (#1353 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Shayla and Veronika! Hope you have wonderful days!

I am soooooo tired, and am super excited that it is FINALLY Friday. Now I just need to get through my one and only class today, and I can officially relax (until I have to complete yet another huge pile of homework...) **BIG sigh.**

Three weeks until spring break... Three weeks until spring break...

Have a lovely RotD everyone!



boop - Mar 3, 2006 3:16 pm (#1354 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Shayla and Veronika!!!

Have a nice weekend everyone!!!!

The kids have their spring break next week.

hugs always



dizzy lizzy - Mar 3, 2006 4:21 pm (#1355 of 2983)

Happy birthday Shayla and Veronika!

We've had a damp overcast week this week. It has been nice after all the hot weather we've been having, but the grass is growing too long to quickly for me to keep up with it!

Off to read the threads and have some morning tea!


EDIT: Sqeeee's in delight at Amber's news!


Daioma Dumbledore - Mar 3, 2006 4:32 pm (#1356 of 2983)

Hi everyone! I've finally made it back after some trouble with my username and password!!

Well as Chemist has told you I had a beautiful little boy on the 20th of November, Sebastian James Nicolosi. For the ladies out there that like to know this stuff, he was 3450 gms (7lb 10.5) and 49cm (19")long, which is pretty big considering he was 3 weeks early!! I'm now glad I didn't have to give birth to him after he'd had 3 more weeks of growing! He is now over 6.5kilo, which mum tells me is around 14lb and 63cm long (around 25"). He has big blue eyes, we hoping they won't change, and lots of dark brown hair. And he rolled over for the 1st time on Monday night! We were very excited.

Chemist, thanks again for thinking of me and contacting me, I really was pleased to hear from you.

Thanks to everyone for their well wishes after chemist posted my news.

I'll pop on again shortly, hopefully by then I'll have scanned a pic for you all.

It's great to by back!

Amber & Sebastian!


Lina - Mar 3, 2006 4:39 pm (#1357 of 2983)

Woo Hoo Daioma! Congratulations on the big and beautiful guy! Enjoy every moment!

And Chemyst, thanks for the suggestion, I already started to consider it...

Off to sleep...


timrew - Mar 3, 2006 5:57 pm (#1358 of 2983)

I always say the same thing to Telemarketers, "You're product sounds wonderful! Can you please hang on a second, while I turn the hot-plate off?"

And, you know, when I come back to the phone half-an-hour later, they've always gone. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1003735042


The giant squid - Mar 3, 2006 6:40 pm (#1359 of 2983)

EEK! Is it March 3rd already?? *runs to make a phone call*

Drat, they must still be at dinner. I can't believe I forgot my niece's birthday. I'm gonna have to turn over my "World's Best Uncle" mug.

I guess I'll just have to get her something really cool to justify sending it late.



Puck - Mar 3, 2006 7:48 pm (#1360 of 2983)

Mike, birthdays at the start of the month are hard, as they sneak up on you. You see them when you turn over the page of the calendar, and it's already too late.

Amber, Congratulations! So excited for you. Your guy is advanced! My babe is 2 months older, but about the same size and also just rolled over for the first time.

Okay, I must go to sleep. I never folded the laundry, but everyone has clean sheets, so something has been accomplished!

Happy RotD Kathy


Viola Intonada - Mar 3, 2006 10:54 pm (#1361 of 2983)

Marie, please pass on a happy birthday to Shayla. I had forgotten that we had daughters that close in age. (Mine turned 9 on the 20th).

I try to avoid scheduling appointments for the 1st of a month because I am always slow about turning my calender to the next month. Totally missed a hair cut appointment once because of it.

Yeah! Squid Mike you are still in our Procrastinator's Anonymous club!


kabloink! - Mar 4, 2006 6:58 am (#1362 of 2983)

OKay, so anyone who wants to avoid a rant on dogs, please scroll down.

I am about to strangle my inlaws' Pomeranian. Some times he's adorable, but they never really potty-trained him, so he's peeing all over EVERYTHING! That's great at their house, where he has a room all to himself and their other Pom (they took her with them), and whenever he's out, my mother-in-law picks up after his excrement, but they never punish him for it. ARG! He peed on my Ug boots yesterday. Granted, they're not the real thing, and they're dirty to the point of being ruined anyway, but still-I live in those things. I don't think we'll offer to dog sit for the little one again, just Cody, whose worst problem is that he begs-all the time.

Okay. Rant over. Off to get ready for work. I hope everyone has a great day.


Puck - Mar 4, 2006 9:42 am (#1363 of 2983)

Poor Kabloink! (Perhaps I should wait to inform you that you will have similar problems when it's time to train your little one.)

Kristina, hope you’re having a relaxing Saturday after your busy week.

Started my spring session of my dance class this morning. Sadly, no Finn this time.

Have a great RotD Kathy


Tazzygirl - Mar 4, 2006 3:24 pm (#1364 of 2983)

I believe today is Hermionefan(#1)'s Birthday! (I read it in the YKYAHP/LF thread) so.....

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hermionefan(#1)!!!   Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1609556105

I am sorry Kabloink about the dog problem! My brother is having the same problem with his roommate's dog.

Thanks Puck! So far, my Saturday has been perfect... I woke up at noon feeling so refreshed and **sigh** relaxed!

Have a good RotD everyone!



Catherine - Mar 4, 2006 3:44 pm (#1365 of 2983)

I am sorry Kabloink about the dog problem! My brother is having the same problem with his roommate's dog. –Tazzygirl

There are many helpful internet links about crate-training of dogs, and perhaps they could be helpful to the owners of these pets. In addition, there are several good products designed to remove the smell of pet "accidents" or "marking" and these can be useful as well.

Of course, perhaps someone should just use a water bottle and spritz these pet owners in the face for failing to complete the house-breaking process.


Finn BV - Mar 4, 2006 3:53 pm (#1366 of 2983)

Well, I finally got the math. :phew: It's not that we needed to know the Spieker point, I googled the information I was given and from there I was told that the particular point I was dealing with had a name, Spieker. In fact, this site where I found the name Spieker sounded scarily like it could be somebody working at my school! Not only the question's setup but also the fact the place where they were working (I suppose I never said I'm a year ahead in math). Lina, we had to prove that the point called S (if you saw that in your googling) was the "incenter" (the intersection of the angle bisectors) of the "medial triangle" (the triangle connected by the midpoints). Not that I suppose that helped.

Thankfully for the subway, there were at most 15 people on at once, so I didn't have to stand or anything. I wouldn't want to travel a crowded subway with my school books AND my computer (hehe... didn't mention I brought that one along!).

Wow, Mills! Telemarketiqutte! You learn something new every day...

Happy belated bday to Shayla and Veronika!

Congrats Daioma! That is such wonderful news!

Sorry about the in-laws' dog, kabloink. Hope you can resolve the problems.

Yeah, sorry, Kathy, couldn't quite make the dancing this time...

Happy Birthday Hermionefan#1!

Well, my keyboard and computer are still acting up, but things have been getting better. Have a good weekend everybody!


boop - Mar 4, 2006 4:55 pm (#1367 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Hermionefan#1, have a real nice day!

hugs always



haymoni - Mar 4, 2006 9:40 pm (#1368 of 2983)

kabloink - I think your shoe should have mysteriously flown through the air towards the general direction of the Pomeranian's bum.

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

Ungrateful Son is having a friend sleep over this evening, which means pancakes will be expected tomorrow morning.

The Beautifulest One is very excited about the GOF DVD coming out on Tuesday. I told her I would let her watch it, but that I would skip over all the parts I didn't want her to see.


Loopy Lupin - Mar 4, 2006 10:53 pm (#1369 of 2983)

Lina, we had to prove that the point called S (if you saw that in your googling) was the "incenter" (the intersection of the angle bisectors) of the "medial triangle" (the triangle connected by the midpoints). Not that I suppose that helped. – Finn

No, that explanation is a great help. It all makes sense now.


dizzy lizzy - Mar 5, 2006 12:11 am (#1370 of 2983)

It just goes to show how bad I am at maths, for me to read Finn's explanation and think "what??"..."ooh my head is getting dizzy" .

Happy birthday Hermionefan#1!!! I know it is a little late, but I'm sure I didn't say anything in any of the other threads.

I enjoyed my Sunday today! Sunny with a light breeze after four days of cloud and drizzle!

Hope everyone else has a wonderful day as well!



Finn BV - Mar 5, 2006 7:50 am (#1371 of 2983)

If anybody's interested for a further explanation, here's a picture I made to explain it.

I have to go do my homework so I can watch the oscars tonight! Have a good RotD everybody!

Puck - Mar 5, 2006 8:48 am (#1372 of 2983)

Thanks, Finn! I actually understand with that diagram. It's Geometry! Of course, I have absolutely no idea how to go about solving it.

I think I'm going to skip the oscars and do a HP movie marathon this week.

Glad Lizzy enjoyed a sunny Sunday, and Tazzy got ti relax a bit. Question, where do you go for spring break if you already live in Hawaii?

Happy RotD Kathy


kabloink! - Mar 5, 2006 9:05 am (#1373 of 2983)

Haymoni, believe it or not, the shoe did mysteriously fly through the air at the pomeranian, compliments of my husband. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 2752390508


Gina R Snape - Mar 5, 2006 9:38 am (#1374 of 2983)

*pops in briefly*

Hey, everyone. Does anyone know what happened to TLC? It won't come up for a couple of days now on my computer.


Mrs. Sirius - Mar 5, 2006 10:22 am (#1375 of 2983)

Gina, TLC is fine I was just in it. Haven't had any problems with it at all.

Finn, you and your Spieker point are giving me nightmares from my 9th grade days. ughhh!

Happy Birthday Shayla and Veronica.


Nathan Zimmermann - Mar 5, 2006 10:31 am (#1376 of 2983)

Finn, I hope you are finding the topic of Spieker Point easier to understand than I did as a student?

History, geography, civics, and theatre were the subjects in which I received good marks.


Gina R Snape - Mar 5, 2006 10:36 am (#1377 of 2983)

Thanks, Maritza. Well it came up on IE. So it must be a Safari browser issue. *grumble, grumble*

Not that I have time for such things, what with the MOUNTAIN of homework staring at me...

Can't wait for the DVD to come out in two days!

Anyway, hope everyone is well.


Denise P. - Mar 5, 2006 11:14 am (#1378 of 2983)

Heh, I have to share this. I told you all I am training to run a 5K race. I normally wear a HP related shirt to run in so one of the trainers calls me Hermione while we run. You know like "Hey, Hermione, how are you doing?" At other times he calls me Denise so he does know my name. He was taking roll the other day and could not find my name. He finally looked up at me and gave a small, embarrassed smile "I was looking for Hermione, not Denise" LOL I thought it was funny!

I am undecided on watching the Oscars or not. A friend of a friend has been nominated in various categories so I may watch to cheer him on even though I have not seen the films in question.


Tazzygirl - Mar 5, 2006 12:47 pm (#1379 of 2983)

Kathy--Question, where do you go for spring break if you already live in Hawaii?

LOL! I fly to another semi-warm climate called California or just stick it out here (I know, its torture to be here!).

I only got up to Algebra 1 in high school and college. I would have gone on further, but my degree only requires elementary level math. I was very happy to find that out!

LOL Denise! That was too funny!

Now I am off to the chat for a little bit, and then on to the more tedious stuff like homework and cleaning.

Have a good RotD everyone!



Finn BV - Mar 5, 2006 1:41 pm (#1380 of 2983)

Gina, TLC works fine in Safari too.

Happy Birthday Kierynn!

Have a good RotD everybody! Sorry that I am the source of nightmares.


dizzy lizzy - Mar 5, 2006 3:08 pm (#1381 of 2983)

Happy birthday Kierynn! You look such a sweetie in your picture!

I am still undecided whether I'll check on the web how the Oscars are going...

My workload starts today...I suppose I'd better get moving...



boop - Mar 5, 2006 5:24 pm (#1382 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Kierynn!! Hope you had a really fun day!!

I hope everyone is having a nice Sunday.

***waves to Gina***

hugs always



Puck - Mar 5, 2006 6:49 pm (#1383 of 2983)

Gina, I was just coming on to ask if anyone had heard from you! (Perhaps I should have checked the Snape thread.) Hope school is going well!

Kristina, Hawaii is considered SEMI-warm?

Denise, is the friend of a friend George Clooney?! I imagine he would make a wonderful dinner party guest.

I saw some of the red carpet. Keira Knightly was beautiful. Love the necklace! I also liked all the '40's inspired hairstyles.

Watching SS at the moment. GoF this week!

Cheers! Kathy


Tazzygirl - Mar 5, 2006 7:26 pm (#1384 of 2983)

Kathy--Kristina, Hawaii is considered SEMI-warm?

ROFL!! I might be exaggerating just a little, mind you, just a little bit! Right now it is a cool 77 degrees Fahrenheit with low humidity, so my Semi-warm definition does fit!

A break in my nice relaxing weekend- someone just called to see if I could babysit their child tonight, they had a babysitter all lined up, but she cancelled last minute. Oh well.

Have a great night/ day everybody!!



Puck - Mar 5, 2006 7:35 pm (#1385 of 2983)

Kristina, forgot to mention earlier, I saw something in today's paper I thought would interest you. It mentions a book by Louise Borden called "the Journey that Saved Curious George". It is about the flight of "George's" authors during WWII to escape the Gestapo. (They were Jewish.) Apparently the manuscript was partially finished and they went to a bit of trouble to keep it safe during their travels.

The article also mentions that George was orginally named Fifi! LOL



Finn BV - Mar 5, 2006 8:21 pm (#1386 of 2983)

OMG! M. Night Shyamalan in an American Express commercial, and The Village was mentioned! And guess what I thought of…

So far, the "epic" montage has been my favorite. They had The Sound of music, Mary Poppins, the music from The Lord of the Rings which I can play on the piano, and, last, but not least, GoF! They had the Priori scene from some fleeting seconds as part of the theme "epic." That was really cool!

So right now I'm listening to the presentation of "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" …

I really liked Jon Stewart's opening presentation. Very funny.


Madam Pince - Mar 5, 2006 10:37 pm (#1387 of 2983)

Belated Happy Birthdays to Keirynn and HermioneFan#1! Hope you both had great days!

We had an enjoyable TV weekend because the channel "TV Land" was running a marathon tribute to Don Knotts, so anytime the TV was on in the background we were enjoying Deputy Barney Fife's antics. I was reminded again why I loved that show so much! I saw many favorites I had forgotten about, including the one with the goat who ate the dynamite, the one with the haunted house, the one where Barney was a real estate agent and trying to get everyone to switch houses... ahhhh, it was fun! (Was it Puck or haymoni who liked the one with the three female escaped convicts? Saw that one too! I had forgotten how funny Floyd the barber was in that one!)

Finn, despite dread misgivings, I clicked on your link explaining about the Spieker point, and it did make a bit of sense! Good job explaining it. It did bring up bad Geometry memories, though! I remember my first day in high school Geometry, the teacher gave us this problem "Prove that angle ABC is equal to angle DEF" and we all felt that this was just ridiculous. "What do you mean, prove it? Any fool can just look at it and see that they're equal. Why do we have to prove it?" The whole class argued with her for probably half an hour before we finally "got" it that the whole point of Geometry was the proving bit. I think she maybe started out the class on the wrong foot.

Daioma, congratulations again on your (big) little bundle of joy! He sounds so adorable! I know you are all so excited and happy!

So sorry to hear about the peeing Pomeranians, kabloink! That must have been murder! Yuckkkkk..... I think Catherine's suggestion of a squirt bottle is a good one!

Oh, almost forgot about the fun day we had Saturday! Went to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and got along quite well even though we had an 82-year-old and an almost-4-year-old in tow! I wanted to stay late and see GoF in IMAX (they're showing it on Friday and Saturday nights,) but everyone else was ready to go home. Little Pince had a blast -- he was quite enthralled with the dinosaur bones and the massive elephant in the main lobby! Bummer, though, that the gigantic blue whale is gone -- they removed it when they re-did that section of the museum into a new mammal exhibit. I remember when I was little that I was afraid to stand under the big whale for fear it would fall on me -- I was curious to see what Little Pince's reaction to it would've been, but alas...

Enjoy the RotD, everyone!


Mrs. Sirius - Mar 5, 2006 10:53 pm (#1388 of 2983)

Once again it is time for our yearly spring visit of the country mouse. Sitting at my computer, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. Unfortunately I turned to see what it was, it was very small and furry and very quiet. I think I scared it and maybe blew it's hearing. I also discovered the muscles in my thighs are not as out of shape as I suspected. They pulled my legs high into the air real quick.

My husband has set out the trap (no, not the humanitarian ones we bought for the squirrel) and placed it right next to my computer seat. It is odd, this the tiniest mouse I have ever seen but boy does it move fast, it's probably no bigger that the wood spider we found in here the first time we ever heard of wood spiders.

Finn, yes I watched the same commercial and told hubby what has been written here about his movies, I ran to this thread and searched for the reviews he's received here.


Tazzygirl - Mar 6, 2006 12:44 am (#1389 of 2983)

Kathy- very interesting! I'll have to look up "The Journey that Saved Curious George" and the news article! Thanks for telling me about it.

Mrs. Sirius- Wood Spiders? Never heard of them! For your mouse problem- there is a handy dandy mouse 'thingy' available at Sharper Image. It doesn't kill the mice, but sends out a signal that keeps them out of your house. I bought one to try it out (I had a couple mice that kept coming to visit. ) and I haven't seen any traces of them since. Two months and running. The 'thingy' cost about 50 dollars though. It is called: Mouse Mover. I think it is great! Found the website if you wanted to look and get more info on it:


Have a good night/ day everyone!



Tazzygirl - Mar 6, 2006 4:38 am (#1390 of 2983)

I just have to say-

I missed who won Best Actress!!! I had recorded it, and it cut out right after Jamie Fox finished announcing the nominees. I know who won (I looked it up on Yahoo.), but I like listening to the speeches! I am so sad... Oh well. Next year!

Ok, now I really need to go to bed...



azi - Mar 6, 2006 5:27 am (#1391 of 2983)

Ack, mice! Not nice, although they are cute in the pet shops. Prefer hamsters personally. Except I'm allergic to fur, so really I need to keep away from them.

Once again, no interest in Oscars. Don't even know who Jamie Fox is!

Manchester was nice. Missed the train we were aiming for to get there because roads became gridlocked due to the measly 2 inches of snow that had fallen. We walked it as no bus was going to get through, but therefore missed the train because walking 2 1/2 miles in snow is difficult in trainers with no grip! Went into Harvey Nichols (department store) and bought my mum's Mothers’ Day present (oooo, expensive!). Naturally, me and my friend were astonished by the size of the place (I'm from a village, she from a small city). Was glad to get out of the inner city though and back to relatively crime free university. I was surprised that it isn't possible to be inside your house with the door unlocked!

Anyway, I have food shopping to do so should go do it. It's a beautiful sunny day outside (most snow gone!).

Have a lovely day everyone!


Julie Aronson - Mar 6, 2006 7:18 am (#1392 of 2983)


I remember hearing about Harvey Nichols on Absolutely Fabulous. Any Pasty or Edina types running around in there?


Snuffles - Mar 6, 2006 7:26 am (#1393 of 2983)


I haven't been to Harvey Nichols for quite a while ,but last time I was there, there was some definite 'mutton dressed as lamb' types

Hope everyone has a good Monday.



Denise P. - Mar 6, 2006 7:26 am (#1394 of 2983)

Woo hoo! The friend of the friend won in one category! I have not talked to her today since she is in CA and still sleeping but I bet she is thrilled for him. I watched the whole broadcast to make sure I didn't miss if he won.

Got a teething crabby baby today. Rhys is working on his two front teeth and quite unhappy. He just wants to gnaw, drool, cry and sleep. Thank goodness for a kangaroo pouch or nothing would get done.

Out the door to run errands and get ready for Cub Scouts this evening.


Julie Aronson - Mar 6, 2006 7:39 am (#1395 of 2983)


“Mutton dressed as lamb.” Hee hee. I think I might have to use that one!

Have a great day!



azi - Mar 6, 2006 9:14 am (#1396 of 2983)

I personally feel that most clothes in Harvey Nichols are for the 'mutton dressed as lamb' types! I did see a nice dress there, but it was also £165. Not much according to Eddy and Pasty's tastes, way to much for me!

Ab Fab is one of my favourite TV programmes! Shame there aren't any new series around...

Congratulations to your friend of a friend Denise! I hope Rhys is happier soon!


Puck - Mar 6, 2006 11:53 am (#1397 of 2983)

Denise, I am now convinced that it MUST be George Clooney, as he won one of his categories!

I understand the teething thing. Mine's less cranky now that 1st 2 are through, but still gnawing and drooling to beat the band.

What's a "mutton dressed as a lamb"?

Any moms out there have a copy of Wooden Soldier Children's Catalogue? Mine is MIA and I want to order Easter dresses. I can't find it anywhere on line. (Seriously, what's up with that?) Anyway, I just want the phone number so I can ask them to send me a new one. Thanks!

Happy RotD



Holly T. - Mar 6, 2006 11:59 am (#1398 of 2983)

Hello all, I had to hit "mark as read" as I've been off at a convention for work and therefore not near a computer.

So basically I have only read Kathy's post just above. For whatever reason the Wooden Soldier is not online (gasp!). I may still have a catalog at home but it might have already made it to the recycling bin. I found a lovely Easter dress for my daughter at Target--pink satin top, tulle skirt with flowers on it, sage green ribbon sash--for $22.99 that she and I agreed looked a lot like some of the ones in the catalog. When my poor son saw the dress he looked at me, worried, and said "does this mean I have to wear a pink shirt?" (I like for them to match on Easter.) I let him worry for a while, then bought him a sage green polo shirt that has one thin pink stripe across the chest. He is more concerned with the fact that it has the dreaded buttons on it. And a collar. He's not much for dressing up, that one.


Finn BV - Mar 6, 2006 2:21 pm (#1399 of 2983)

LOL Madam Pince. I don't think we "knew" what an angle was on the first day.

Mrs. Sirius, hope you can work out your mice problem. It sounds like you've had it in the past… what have you done then?

Azi, glad you had a good time in Manchester.

Denise, glad for the friend of a friend… I don't suppose any hints are coming our way that soon… You've got me excited, and I really want to know!

Holly, welcome back from your conference!

Stephanie left for the nature retreat today, so she'll be out for a week! I just realized today that exactly a month ago we were packing to go on the hike that we took! I miss it so much...

Have a good RotD everybody!


Snuffles - Mar 6, 2006 2:33 pm (#1400 of 2983)

Kathy, "mutton dressed as lamb" is a saying for a woman who wears clothes that are far too young for her!!

There are  still plenty of them about!
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Denise P. - Mar 6, 2006 3:04 pm (#1401 of 2983)

It is not a secret, it was George. Nope, never met him since I don't live out there. She does PR work.

Mutton dressed as lamb is cute! I guess in the US we don't hear that much since mutton is not eaten nearly as much as lamb. Heck, I don't think I know any store that actually sells mutton.


Catherine - Mar 6, 2006 3:10 pm (#1402 of 2983)

Kathy, "mutton dressed as lamb" is a saying for a woman who wears clothes that are far too young for her!!

Woo hoo! Does that mean I get to rant about fashions again?

I confess to having missed the Oscars. I went to bed at 9:00 last night because we're all sick here.

Right now I'm just counting down the days until Spring Break here at the university. Even though I'll be grading the research essays, it will be nice to have a break from the classroom.

Heck, I don't think I know any store that actually sells mutton. –Denise

I think that's a good thing.


Finn BV - Mar 6, 2006 3:11 pm (#1403 of 2983)

Well, that's a nice hint! You've got a pretty famous friend of a friend!

EDIT. Feel better to all of your family, Catherine!


Tazzygirl - Mar 6, 2006 3:39 pm (#1404 of 2983)

Hope you and your family feel better soon, Catherine!

Have a good RotD everyone!



Lina - Mar 6, 2006 4:05 pm (#1405 of 2983)

Happy belated birthdays Hermionefan(#1) and Kierynn!

Healing charms to Catherine's home!

I don't know what is all this talk about spring breaks, it sounds much more like a second winter break to me... Or the spring forgot to come...


Finn BV - Mar 6, 2006 4:28 pm (#1406 of 2983)

So I heard an excellent pun today… and I think it's the basis of my new avatar:

Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him… a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

I cracked up.


Tazzygirl - Mar 6, 2006 4:39 pm (#1407 of 2983)

Love it Finn! Definitely a crack up moment!



Mediwitch - Mar 6, 2006 5:45 pm (#1408 of 2983)

Oh Finn - that's hilarious!


kabloink! - Mar 6, 2006 6:20 pm (#1409 of 2983)

Finn, that's awesome. Totally brightened my day, I'll be laughing about it for a week.


Puck - Mar 6, 2006 6:40 pm (#1410 of 2983)

George Clooney! *sigh* Denise, if you ever do have a dinner party, can I come too?? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 266347159

Healing Charms to Catherine and family!

Finn, I got that e-mail once. Thanks for the reminder. LOL

Watching CoS tonight. My build up to the DVD release of GoF.

Happy RotD Kathy


The giant squid - Mar 6, 2006 8:02 pm (#1411 of 2983)

I'm just curious, Finn--where did you hear that? I read a few years ago in one of my favorite author's books (Spider Robinson). If you like puns, he's the man to read. Some of the subject matter is "adult" (not quite R-rated, but a hard PG-13), but as you've been passing for 50 here for a while, I think you could handle it.



jose043 - Mar 7, 2006 4:57 am (#1412 of 2983)

Hi one & all,

We are not getting the DVD of Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire till 29th March in Perth Western Australia.



Puck - Mar 7, 2006 5:45 am (#1413 of 2983)

Hang in there, Josephine! Just a few more weeks!

By the way, thanks for the explanation, Julie. Seen a few of those myself! For example, a woman old enough to be my grandmother (caked on make up did nothing to hide this fact) in a tight mini, spiked heels, and BIG hair. I saw her and thought that she was too old for that look when is was in fashion.

Off to drag 3 kids into the city to see the doctor. Since it's too far to bring them back for school, we're going on an outing to either th Science museum or Aquarium after our appointment.

Happy RotD Kathy


kaykay1970 - Mar 7, 2006 6:23 am (#1414 of 2983)

We had a great time this weekend at soccer Jamboree. Then last night we had a scrimmage. A little girl on the sidelines got really excited when the coach put my daughter into the game. She says, "I love watching her play, she is so tough!" Then her Mom tells her, "Well, she is tough for a girl but she is not a boy." It didn't bother me so much that she was putting down my daughter because I know she is more aggressive at mid-field defense than half the boys on the team. I did feel bad for her daughter who seemed to think that girls could do anything a boy could do right up until her Mom informed her that we can't.


haymoni - Mar 7, 2006 6:49 am (#1415 of 2983)

See, this is the problem.

It's one thing when a man makes a comment like that, but when women make these comments it is 10x worse.

We are our own worst enemy!

I'm buying the DVD over lunch today. I actually received an email from a co-worker that he will make the DVD an Easter Basket Stuffer.

I couldn't possibly wait that long. Mine will be a "Surviving the First Week of Lent" Present.


kabloink! - Mar 7, 2006 8:37 am (#1416 of 2983)

You know, there is something to be said for the differences in physical ability, yadda yadda. Kaykay, I'm sorry I don't remember how old your daughter is, but when kids are still young, the differences aren't nearly as pronounced, if they are really there at all, beyond personality. I firmly believe that girls can be just as good as boys, if not better. Just once our bodies change, we have to learn to adjust and do things our way-not the guys way.


Holly T. - Mar 7, 2006 9:47 am (#1417 of 2983)

My daughter started playing Little League baseball when she was in kindergarten, on a team of boys and girls. The next year, even though she was still in a boy-girl division, the coach set up a team of all girls since the next year (second grade) the girls moved into softball. They played teams of all boys and a few girls who weren't on the all-girl team. Usually it was the second inning before the other team realized that the team they were playing was all girls (out in the field with their uniforms and hats on it is hard to tell which one is your own kid, much less is one a boy or a girl). And not only was her team all girls, they were beating the other team. They didn't lose a game all year. Now she's been in softball since second grade and has a T-shirt that says "throw like a girl--if you can." It's been great for her. We also though it was hilarious that our son wasn't interested in playing baseball when he was first old enough to play because he saw it as something girls do, considering he's been watching his sister play since he was 2.


kaykay1970 - Mar 7, 2006 9:58 am (#1418 of 2983)

My daughter is 16 so yes the physical differences are very apparent. However, more than one boy has made the mistake of trying to run the ball down her side of the field to find that he had made a huge mistake. By the way our best forward (leader in scoring goals for our team last year) is also a female.


Madam Pince - Mar 7, 2006 12:22 pm (#1419 of 2983)

See, this is one reason I'm not really looking forward to being a "parent-in-the-stands" someday. I'm afraid I'm going to have to take strapping tape to put across my mouth at every game. Not that I would be one of those obnoxious parents who yell at the refs and other players, etc., but I would be very hard-pressed to keep from asking that mother "And your point in making that comment is...?????" and thus starting a big ol' argument or something. Sheesh! It's hard to believe that a mom would shoot down her own daughter like that. Kaykay, you have my admiration for managing to keep quiet!

Holly, love your daughter's T-shirt!

Little Pince has discovered how to cross his eyes. He finds it quite fascinating, apparently. Sigh....


Loopy Lupin - Mar 7, 2006 3:16 pm (#1420 of 2983)

Then her Mom tells her, "Well, she is tough for a girl but she is not a boy." -- kaykay1970

At which point Miss Manners would have allowed you--- since it was your daughter being spoken of-- to chime in with "Which means that she has a much higher threshold for pain" or something to that effect. Or something to any effect that would have let the Mom know she was commenting on your daughter and followed by a cool, silent aloof attitude from you. I doubt embarrassment really has any effect on playground parents, but, alas, etiquette only has a few weapons.

I've been sick the past couple of days. I pretty much slept through most of the Oscars and definitely slept through the M. Night commercial Finn was talking about. I'm glad I didn't see it. It might have sent my little chest cold into full blown pneumonia.


Catherine - Mar 7, 2006 3:42 pm (#1421 of 2983)

It might have sent my little chest cold into full blown pneumonia. --Loopy Lupin

Well, c'mon down to North Carolina! We're all wheezing, coughing, and downright miserable in the Catherine household these past few days.

I gave my students Friday off this week, as long as their research papers are turned into me by 2:00 p.m. Despite my nerdy bumbling, I was suddenly hailed as "the coolest prof ever." What the heck, I want Spring Break to be here as much as they do.

I would also like to say that now that I have an email address that ends in ".edu," and per my students' request, I signed up for the new "Facebook" phenomenon. I did not post a personal picture of myself, though; instead, I used a picture of my doggies sleeping with my HP books.

I'm waiting for them to notice the HP books.


Tazzygirl - Mar 7, 2006 4:18 pm (#1422 of 2983)

ummmmm... For those of you who bought GoF today, did your DVD come with SPECIAL FEATURES??? The reason why I ask this is because mine did not, and I am a little put out. Should I return the DVD?

Sending Healthy charms to Loopy and Catherine!

Have a good RotD everyone!



Catherine - Mar 7, 2006 4:19 pm (#1423 of 2983)

Sending Healthy charms to Loopy and Catherine!


Is it Spring Break yet???


Eponine - Mar 7, 2006 4:47 pm (#1424 of 2983)

Tazzygirl, there's two DVDs released today. One, I believe is just the movie. The 2-disc special edition has all the bells and whistles (though not nearly enough deleted scenes for my taste). If you want the special features, you'll probably have to take it back and get the 2-disc special edition.


Tazzygirl - Mar 7, 2006 5:39 pm (#1425 of 2983)

Thanks, Eponine! I did see another (not the two disc special edition) that was just the movie and it came with a bonus DVD for the Scene It? HP version game. It wasn't the complete game, just a sample. I think I will go take another look for the special edition.

Why would they sell the movie only version???? Most people who buy DVDs anyways are for the Bonus Features... grrrrr. :mad:



Finn BV - Mar 7, 2006 5:43 pm (#1426 of 2983)

Mike, I got it in an email. If you like, I can forward it to you.

Catherine, I added you as my Facebook friend. Hope that's okay. It's becoming a big deal at my school…

I'm hoping to buy the DVD through Leaky or MuggleNet to support them. But I haven't ordered it yet. How many deleted scenes are there?


Ydnam96 - Mar 7, 2006 6:11 pm (#1427 of 2983)

Wow, lots been going on lately. I watched the Oscars, well most of it...not too bad this year.

It's been rainy here in California which is great. We need it. Plus, I like the slightly chilly weather.

Finn and Catherine, I'm on Facebook. I'd love to have you add me. I'm sure by now everybody knows I'm Mandy and my last name is in my email, so I'm sure you can figure it out and find me on Facebook. I'd love to have more "friends".

Catherine, you would be the kind of Prof I would like too! Nothings better than a little break after you have worked hard on a research paper.

There's not update from my Godfather, which is good news. Things are going as predicted. Still doing Chemo but he's able to eat at the moment which is good.

I'm applying for a new position here at the school...in the same department. I'm super nervous because I'm "competing" against my co-workers and that's just wierd.

Speaking of weird, it is weird that they would sell the two versions at the same time...

Anyway TTFN


DJ Evans - Mar 7, 2006 6:23 pm (#1428 of 2983)

****wonders what a Facebook is?****

Hey all....Good Health Charms to those who are a bit under the weather, Happy Birthday to those who have added another year to their age here lately, Good Luck for any who might need it and, last but not least, Congrats to everyone who deserves it. I think I've covered it all there.

Not much going on, just wanted to get on & say "hey" to everyone. ****waving at ya'****

Later, Deb


boop - Mar 7, 2006 6:55 pm (#1429 of 2983)


Hope everyone is having a good week so far.

The weather is getting better everyday here. Talking about getting into the 60's this weekend.

hugs always



Gina R Snape - Mar 7, 2006 6:58 pm (#1430 of 2983)

I plan to buy the DVD later this week and it completely defies logic why they would release a version without the special additions. It's pretty standard now for films to be released with some extras. I bet a lot of unknowing people will be popping in the disk and say "Huh?" and try to return them to the shops.


Finn BV - Mar 7, 2006 7:20 pm (#1431 of 2983)

Good luck getting the new job, Mandy! BTW, what school are you at, there a bunch of people with your name or "Amanda."

DJ Evans, this is the Wikipedia entry for Facebook, the website.

Happy Birthday Loopy! Have a fantastic day!


Ydnam96 - Mar 7, 2006 7:46 pm (#1432 of 2983)

I'm at Azuza Pacific University


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Tazzygirl - Mar 7, 2006 11:51 pm (#1434 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Loopy Lupin!!

I went back to the store I had gone to the first time to see if they had the Special Edition GoF, and they were sold out. I then went to another store (that never fails me in having movies that I want) and THEY were sold out. grrrrr... Ok. I can live without the special features for a couple days... :crying face: At least I have the movie part...

Off to do a very big paper that is due tomorrow! hehehe...

Have a good night/day everyone!



Lina - Mar 8, 2006 12:00 am (#1435 of 2983)

Loopy Lupin!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1609556105


kabloink! - Mar 8, 2006 5:09 am (#1436 of 2983)

Anyone not interested in a rant, please skip this post. Sorry, but I need somewhere to vent and my hubby is tired of hearing it.

How do women with full time jobs do it? I don't have to work everyday, but I swear the past week or so, I haven't worked at all. Everyday I wake up and end up with my head in the toilet for at least 10 minutes, which, of course, makes me late for school. I just don't understand how to function. If this were anything else, I'd be told in no uncertain terms to stay home, but because its morning sickness, I'm supposed to just work through it like tis nothing....grr. Sorry. I'm very frustrated, because I can't afford to skip any more days, but I feel like poo, and have the whole week.


Chemyst - Mar 8, 2006 5:54 am (#1437 of 2983)

Aw, kabloink! I'd hug you except for that head in the toilet thing. Maybe later, OK? In the meantime, go to the March of Dimes website. They have great tips on what to do for nausea and a check list on how to tell if your symptoms are severe enough to need to call your doctor.
Warning - if you are a hypochondriac, don't read the "complications" section if you don't have a need. March of Dimes is one of the most comprehensive spots for solid information on pregnancy.


Good Evans - Mar 8, 2006 6:51 am (#1438 of 2983)

sympathy and anti morning sickness charms to kabloink , I hope it stops soon.

happy birthday Loopy Lupin, hope it’s a great one for you

Not much else going on so big "hellos" and "waves" to all - hope to be on chat tonight - PC has finally been returned fixed - hoorah!!

V jealous of those of you with the GOF DVD, I have to wait til my birthday next month! hmmph!!


Loopy Lupin - Mar 8, 2006 6:59 am (#1439 of 2983)

Thanks for all the birthday wishes everyone, especially Betty for keeping track of everyone's birthday.

I'm so disappointed that Catherine isn't posting her face in the facebook. ****waves to Catherine***

I bought GOF on DVD! w00t! Happy Birthday to me!


Denise P. - Mar 8, 2006 7:20 am (#1440 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Loopy!!

Kabloink, have you tried Sea Bands? They are little bands that are used for seasickness, they look like sweat bands with a little button on them. You position the button on the underside of your wrist. They worked wonderfully for me and allowed me to function. Normally, I am utterly miserable the first 4 months and wearing these, I actually could leave the house without having to worry that I was going to make a scene in a store. Check your local drug store, I found mine at Wal-Mart. Some people it doesn't work for though.  Peppermint hard candy, lemon hard candy can also help with nausea. There are Preggie Pops that can help as well.

If it is bad enough, talk to your doctor because it is possible to be over nauseated and they can put you on medication for it.

Off to the gym, the bank and various errands!


kabloink! - Mar 8, 2006 7:28 am (#1441 of 2983)

I suppose the sad thing is, I feel like I'm whining. I know I'm not doing nearly as badly as I could be. The hanging over the toilet is usually precautionary, but I am still miserably nauseous. I know in the long run, I am very lucky. I will try those bands, though. I was just thinking of something very similar last night. One of my other favorite book series, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, when they sail to the Americas with Jamie, who gets terribly seasick, Mr. Willoughby does acupuncture on his wrists to help. I was wondering if something along those lines would help me. I have actually found peppermint gum, aside from being horrible for my already bad teeth, lasts longer and has a better effect than hard mints. I will have to try lemon candy – it’s one of my favorites, anyway.


Mrs. Sirius - Mar 8, 2006 8:39 am (#1442 of 2983)

Oooh Kim, you have all my sympathy. For first few months are the worst. The March of Dimes website does have good advice. The trick that worked best for me was getting started slowly in the morning, having crackers right by the bed. Nibbling almonds was just the best. Either the whole almonds or the sliced almonds work great. I kept them in a small container like a zip lock bag and put a few in my mouth every now and then. Also never let yourself get hungry or thirsty. I carried a bottle of water wherever I went. I bought those seaband wrist band but they didn't do much for me.

How do women with full time jobs do it?   LOL rofl, Just you wait until the baby gets here. Not meant as discouragement or negative but wait until you have to get yourself read and the baby ready go to work do the shopping , do the laundry, clean the house, have fun with the baby. That’s no picnic The only thing harder than being a parent and working full time is being a full time parent home with the children all day! Around here we call the parents (not mom because of all the stay at home dads) who go to work all the “going for the 8 hour vacation”. You just need a sense of humor and the Lexicon, you’ll get through it.

Happy Birthday Loopy


Julie Aronson - Mar 8, 2006 9:08 am (#1443 of 2983)

Happy birthday Loopy (and anyone else I missed!)


kaykay1970 - Mar 8, 2006 10:27 am (#1444 of 2983)

Happy birthday Loopy Lupin!

All of my morning sickness advice has already been given here (the saltines next to the bed being #1 on my list). I never tried the Sea Bands. If only I'd heard of them when pregnant with my first two!


Ydnam96 - Mar 8, 2006 10:48 am (#1445 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Loopy Lupin!!!

Kabloink, I just heard a few weeks ago from a friend who is just entering her second trimester that her doctor told her sour candies will help with the nausea as well, like sucking on one of those sour skittles or something similar. I'm not sure why. But it's worth a try. Smile Good luck with that. Being nauseas is horrible.


Anamaria-Ginny - Mar 8, 2006 11:40 am (#1446 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Loopy Lupin!! I wish you lots of fun and happiness


Puck - Mar 8, 2006 11:44 am (#1447 of 2983)

Happy birthday, Loopy!

Kabloink, hope you feel better, soon. No advice to give except that seafood is awful on the way back.

I went to buy GoF and my car was hit on the way out. Ggrrrr! My front wheels had barely cleared the space when someone came up on my right and attempted to make a left hand turn in front of my car. She was mad that I wanted to exchange information. Perhaps because she knew it was her fault. (She was supposed to drive in the lanes, not cut across the parking spaces.) Her car has scratches, but I have a hole in my bumper. Luckily I was only going about 3 mph, so the girls were not hurt. And to top it off, it turn out that I also got the movie only copy of GoF, and need to go exchange it! (I made sure to get widescreen, but now I don't have deleted scenes. I was looking forward to watching it tonight.

Hope the rest of you are having better luck!



Tazzygirl - Mar 8, 2006 11:55 am (#1448 of 2983)

Kabloink- hope you stop feeling nauseous soon! My aunt was miserable for the first three months, and it was not a fun thing to see! I also heard about those preggie pops. My aunt sucked on Jolly Ranchers during her pregnancy, and that helped curb the morning sickness.

Kathy- sorry to hear about your car! I hope everything gets resolved soon, and I am glad no one got hurt! I can sympathize with getting the GoF movie only DVD... but at least you didn't open yours!!

Hope everyone has a great RotD!!



Catherine - Mar 8, 2006 3:24 pm (#1449 of 2983)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOOPY! Way to be 18 for the nth time!

So, responding to other members...

Catherine, I added you as my Facebook friend. Hope that's okay. It's becoming a big deal at my school…--Finn

No problem. You were my first official "friend" request, and I actually told my students that my first Facebook friend came from a fellow Potty. Forgive me if I didn't mention that you are almost 50 years old. Mandy, I'll look you up.

Speaking of friendships...it takes a real friend to find beautiful colors and mail the paint chips to you. **waves to Lupin is Lupin: The color persimmon is da bomb. I love it. I have the paint chip next to my computer as I type.

I have funny stories from Freshman Composition that I would love to share, but, alas earwax, are not forum-friendly, so I will go collapse on the couch, eat leftover pizza, and await the finale of Project Runway later this evening. It's good that this series is ending, as I have become WAY too addicted. Hopefully, Spring Break will ease the withdrawal pangs.


boop - Mar 8, 2006 5:36 pm (#1450 of 2983)

Kablonink, sorry to hear your still dealing with morning sickness. Sending (((HUGS))) your way. I hope you start feeling better.

Kathy, Sorry to hear about your car.

I hope everyone is having a great day!!

hugs always

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Finn BV - Mar 8, 2006 5:45 pm (#1451 of 2983)

Kabloink, I hope you feel better. Cheering charms to you!

Kathy, so sorry about your car and your DVD! At least everybody's okay.

I have an article for my school newspaper due tonight, which I'm only halfway done with, and I also haven't started any homework because I've been working on this!! Off to work!


Eponine - Mar 8, 2006 7:49 pm (#1452 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Loopy! I hope you had a fabulous day.

Catherine, who are you rooting for in Project Runway? I kind of hope Daniel V wins, but I'm surprised by how much I like Santino's collection. I'm TiVo-ing it tonight, and after I get online to see who won, I'll watch it. I'm horrible about things like that. I have to have spoilers. (Except for HBP - I remained mostly spoiler free except for a few general things)

Well, I went to see Harry and the Potters last night. The show was a lot of fun, but I felt much older than most of the crowd. I got some decent pictures, and I managed to capture some video with my digital camera. They're definitely not the most talented group I've ever seen perform, but they have a lot of energy!

I hope everyone has a good RotD!

ETA: And I bought a t-shirt that has a guitar on it and says, 'This guitar is a horcrux'


Puck - Mar 8, 2006 7:50 pm (#1453 of 2983)

Mr. Puck comes home from his trip tomorrow and I can't wait! The baby is sick, house is disaster, car is damaged, and I didn't get to watch GoF. *sigh* It's been a long week. Wait, is it only Wednesday? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 793915934

Lina, I decided to look at things your way. Had I taken the time to find the proper GoF DVD, then I would have left the store a minute later, and that lady would have hit me instead of my car. (I had walked around that spot shortly before to buckle Diva's seatbelt) So, that Movie only version may have saved my life! Alas, I have decided to take it back to get the better one. Almost opened it up to watch it, just to make the trip worth while.

Good luck getting your work done, Finn!

Cold pizza, spring break, and bad T.V.? Catherine, you may be turning into a college student! (I thought you were the teacher?)

Thanks to all for the sympathy/well wishes! Without hubby here I really needed that!

Happy RotD Kathy


TwinklingBlueEyes - Mar 8, 2006 8:10 pm (#1454 of 2983)

Happy birthday Loopy Lupin! Waves to everyone else!

...toddles off to watch GoF...


timrew - Mar 8, 2006 10:12 pm (#1455 of 2983)

Hey, Happy Birthday, Wayne! And lots more of 'em. Which shouldn't be hard for a young whipper-snapper like yourself!

I envy all you people who have got GOF, the movie, already. Happy watching!...................


The giant squid - Mar 9, 2006 1:06 am (#1456 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Wayne (and hugs for Betty!). Are you ready for another year of petty arguments, unbelievable theories and outrageous statements? Oh, yeah, and the HP Forum, too.

For those of you who ended up with the movie-only DVD, be aware: the 2-disk Special Edition is in Widescreen format only. At least it was at the store I went to. Look at it this way--at least this one justifies the "special Edition" label.

Finn: now I just need to find out which came first: Spider or the e-mail... Okay, need is a harsh word; I wonder which came first.

Catherine/Eponine: what did you guys think of the Project: Runway result? I was kinda surprised, actually. I would have picked the #2 person myself. (See? I can be un-spoilery if I have to. )



Snuffles - Mar 9, 2006 1:36 am (#1457 of 2983)

Happy belated birthday to Loopy

Kathy, I'm sorry to hear about your car, at least no one was hurt. I hope baby Puck also feels better soon.

As for the morning sickness I found ginger biscuits helped alot and so did nibbling on a banana!!

Sorry to all those who only got the GOF movie and not the extras. At least you got some sort of copy, only 11 more days to go till its released here

Hope everyone has a good Thursday



azi - Mar 9, 2006 6:31 am (#1458 of 2983)

Happy belated birthday Loopy Lupin!

You know, most of those things that help curb morning sickness are the kind of things I avoid when I feel sick! Weird.

Puck - I'm glad to hear you and your kids weren't hurt! I hope everything works out fine for the car!

Hope the morning sickness gets better kabloink!

Went to see the film Syriana last night. Got a bit confused about what actually happened in the end. I don't understand how some of the characters got where they were and why they did what they did.

Have not been around much this week as have been inexplicably exhausted like most of my classmates. There's no real reason for this, we just can't sleep. I think we're ready for the end of term! (Woohoo, 6 education days left, then 5 weeks holiday!)

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Loopy Lupin - Mar 9, 2006 6:54 am (#1459 of 2983)

Belated thanks for all the belated birthday wishes.

Yes, Mike, I am ready for another year of petty arguments and outrageous theories. I am still licensed to practice law after all. Ba-dum-bump. Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all the week.

Catherine. Persimmon, eh? Is that anything like brown?


haymoni - Mar 9, 2006 7:13 am (#1460 of 2983)

Just received an email about "Harry Potter, The Musical" - does anyone know anything about this?

Someone heard on the radio that the show is coming to Toronto.

Does such a thing exist?

I know there are lots of parodies out on the internet, but is there really such a show???


kaykay1970 - Mar 9, 2006 7:40 am (#1461 of 2983)

Hmm...I always thought maybe the color persimmon would match the persimmon fruit which is an orange color. Of course I could be totally wrong.


Catherine - Mar 9, 2006 7:52 am (#1462 of 2983)

The person I had been rooting for in Project Runway did win.

The collections shown at fashion week did surprise me somewhat. Daniel V's look didn't seem as cohesive as usual; Santino seemed to have tamed his inner beast; and where did those huge puffy sleeves come from in Chloe's line? All in all, I was most entertained this season by the show.

Loopy, very funny about the brown.

I always thought maybe the color persimmon would match the persimmon fruit which is an orange color. Kaykay

Yes, you are correct. Loopy is just trying to discourage me from painting my dining room a rich brown because he thinks it would be erm, unappetizing.


Marè - Mar 9, 2006 8:07 am (#1463 of 2983)

General announcement: new easter eggs on Jo's site!


kaykay1970 - Mar 9, 2006 8:25 am (#1464 of 2983)

Yes, you are correct. Loopy is just trying to discourage me from painting my dining room a rich brown because he thinks it would be erm, unappetizing. Catherine-

Aha! I see... HeeHee!


kaykay1970 - Mar 9, 2006 11:01 am (#1465 of 2983)

I just witnessed the finest example of "redneck ingenuity" possible. I should iron my hands for not running inside to grab the camera! The little guy and I were playing outside when a back hoe approached. The scoop thingy on the front was turned upward and was balancing a car on it! The funniest part is that when it got close enough to the house for me to recognize the driver turns out this guy was best man at my wedding!


]Loopy Lupin - Mar 9, 2006 11:03 am (#1466 of 2983)

Yes, you are correct. Loopy is just trying to discourage me from painting my dining room a rich brown because he thinks it would be erm, unappetizing. – Catherine[

This is true enough, but I was also commenting on the vast array of names given to the various "shades" that pass for full blown "colors" these days.


Tazzygirl - Mar 9, 2006 11:19 am (#1467 of 2983)

Azi--Have not been around much this week as have been inexplicably exhausted like most of my classmates. There's no real reason for this, we just can't sleep. I think we're ready for the end of term! (Woohoo, 6 education days left, then 5 weeks holiday!)

I feel the exact same way! No energy for anything. But it is caused from too much homework and very little sleep. Extremely jealous that you have 6 educational days left! I still have about 6 weeks!!!

Off to class... sigh.

Hope you all have a great RotD!!!



Catherine - Mar 9, 2006 11:31 am (#1468 of 2983)

This is true enough, but I was also commenting on the vast array of names given to the various "shades" that pass for full blown "colors" these days.--Loopy Lupin

Oh. Well, just so you know, I was also interested in the colors "Firefly," "Lip Service" "Tortoise," "Tangerine," and "Chocolate Therapy."

However is one to decide?


Esther Rose - Mar 9, 2006 11:39 am (#1469 of 2983)

I always wondered what colors "migraine" or "toothache" would take. I don't know what either looks like yet. (I don't think the world has decided what color they would be either.)


Holly T. - Mar 9, 2006 11:49 am (#1470 of 2983)

Migraine would be a vivid, deep, pulsating purple with flashes of electric green.

Off I go to the school to sign forms so they can run my boy through another set of tests to see if he officially has dyslexia or dysgraphia. His theory is that he can't read or spell properly because he was abducted by aliens and they did experiments on his brain. Have decided not to inform the school about his theory lest they decide they need to do more tests of a different nature.

I want to paint the entire downstairs of my house a rich brown. I think it is called "truffle."


azi - Mar 9, 2006 11:51 am (#1471 of 2983)

Migraine would be a horrible violent shade of red that would give you a migraine if you looked at it. Toothache I'm not sure on...maybe a decaying brown/yellowy colour?

Brown walls...I find them depressing. The painted wall as home, underneath the wallpaper, is brown and it really gets you down when you're redecorating. Makes the whole place seems darker and colder than it is. Tiny bits of brown with cream might look ok.

Now I want that fruit flavoured wallpaper that was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, except redesgined to taste like different types of chocolate! In that case, brown would most certainly be ok!

I hope your workload decreases very soon Tazzy! Admittedly I haven't had much work this term (and now, apparently, the lecturers are on strike from setting and marking papers) so I don't have that excuse.


Chemyst - Mar 9, 2006 12:55 pm (#1472 of 2983)

...the color 'Lip Service?'
. . . . .** is still trying to imagine any sort of wall where "lip service" could be appropriate**


haymoni - Mar 9, 2006 1:34 pm (#1473 of 2983)

My hallway is painted "Bagel" - it's a "toasty" light brown color.

I can't remember the names of the colors we used in our bedroom, but Hubby started calling them "Peanut Butter & Butter".


Viola Intonada - Mar 9, 2006 1:50 pm (#1474 of 2983)

Happy belated birthday Loopy!

I bought a special edition version of GoF today. Don't know when I will get to watch it, but at least I have it. When DVD's first came into popularity, I thought that one of the advantages was supposed to be that you could change the format on them from wide screen to full screen at will. What happened?

Happy RotD everyone!


Good Evans - Mar 9, 2006 1:52 pm (#1475 of 2983)

hooray - PC finally working again, so have had time to come in and renew premium membership - I missed not having a picture in my posts.

have a great RotD everyone - off to chat room now


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 9, 2006 1:58 pm (#1476 of 2983)

...the color 'Lip Service?' . . . . .** is still trying to imagine any sort of wall where "lip service" could be appropriate**---Chemyst

That wall would belong in the room adjacent to the hallway painted in "Vixen".

PS. Chemyst, sorry I missed the deadline. It's been kind of crazy around here. (I've just finished having the halls painted in 'Grey Mirage' a sort of pale sage, and the bathroom painted "Atmosphere Blue." It feels very spa-like.)

PPS. Catherine, should you like any other shades let me know, I find myself in that neck of the woods quite often.


Finn BV - Mar 9, 2006 3:09 pm (#1477 of 2983)

Azi, five weeks of break?? When you go back to school how long until summer break? I've got six more days and then two weeks off, then (**pulls out handy calendar**) 8 weeks of school, finals end on June 7th, 8th grade graduation dinner the 8th, and we're off to Europe on the 9th.

So I have some happy news to report… I made the tennis team, which is a huge relief! I'm really excited because I wasn't on it last year, and it really makes a difference this year, it will be the cause for a huge step up in my game!

Off to do some homework… I hope maybe my parents will go buy me GOF (or maybe I will accompany them so we don't get stuck with the movie only) as a celebration treat this weekend!!


Catherine - Mar 9, 2006 3:33 pm (#1478 of 2983)

..the color 'Lip Service?' . . . . .** is still trying to imagine any sort of wall where "lip service" could be appropriate**---Chemyst

Well, I don't suppose that I should mention that I am also considering the colors "Red Stiletto" and "Bonanza." The color chips are lined up on my dining room wall. I smile every time I look at them.

**off to check Lupin is Lupin's new colors**

Congratulations on making the tennis team, Finn.

Kabloink, I hope you are feeling better.


azi - Mar 9, 2006 3:37 pm (#1479 of 2983)

I have 10 weeks of term time before summer holidays after I go back on April 24th, so I finish on the 30th June! I am then free until the beginning of October.

Congratulations on making the tennis team as well, Finn!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 9, 2006 3:40 pm (#1480 of 2983)

**off to check Lupin is Lupin's new colors**---Catherine

FYI, 'Atmosphere Blue' is a Restoration Hardware color and we just had Benjamin Moore copy it. It seems Benjamin Moore has the formulas for all these chi-chi colors and they can just make copies. Who knew?


Tazzygirl - Mar 9, 2006 3:58 pm (#1481 of 2983)

Two weeks until my one week of Spring Break, and then I have about 4 weeks until summer break. My last day this semester ends around the first week of May. Then the Fall semester starts at the end of August.

Congratulations, Finn, on getting on the tennis team!

Julie- Cute avatar! Is it one of your dogs?

It is cold and rainy here today. Perfect for staying in and watching GoF (without the special features. )! I ended up ordering the special edition from the Leaky, should be here in a couple days. Can't wait!!



boop - Mar 9, 2006 5:45 pm (#1482 of 2983)

Congratulations Finn!!!! Good Luck with the home work.

Penn States spring break is over Sunday. We went today to see Altoona campus. It is small but really nice.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AIMEE!!! Have a great day!!!!

hugs always



Tazzygirl - Mar 9, 2006 6:05 pm (#1483 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Aimee! Hope you have a great day!



Finn BV - Mar 9, 2006 6:28 pm (#1484 of 2983)

Thanks, everybody.

Happy Birthday Aimee! Have a fantastic day!


dizzy lizzy - Mar 9, 2006 11:01 pm (#1485 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Loopy Lupin and Aimee!

I'm back from driving around the countryside for the last 3 days. I have about another 2 hours’ worth of work to do tonight and then my next workload starts on the 27th March with 3 days training in Sydney (yay!).

So I'm off to read the threads and check up on things and I'll be back tomorrow!



The giant squid - Mar 10, 2006 12:55 am (#1486 of 2983)

When DVD's first came into popularity, I thought that one of the advantages was supposed to be that you could change the format on them from wide screen to full screen at will. What happened?--Viola Intonada

Well, when they first came out, all that was on the disk was the movie, so they had room for two versions (widescreen & full frame). Then everyone started clamoring for extras like deleted scenes, commentary tracks & language tracks, so there wasn't as much "free" room. Plus, the studios realized they could make more money from the completists if they sold them seperately (I have the Star Wars prequels in Full Frame, and plan on getting the inevitable three-pack in widescreen). Nowadays, with the special stuff on a separate disk anyway, they could probably go back to multiple versions per disk if they really wanted to...instead it's reserved for the "low end" disks that you find in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart.

Holly T., I like your son's explanation better, myself. I've often suspected something (aliens, gov't agents, etc.) had messed with my head at some point in my life. I couldn't possibly be this weird on my own.



Julie Aronson - Mar 10, 2006 5:47 am (#1487 of 2983)

So, I tried to add Catherine and Finn to my Facebook. I found two Catherines and no Finn. Hmm. While reviewing my account, I also discovered that I forgot to upload a picture. Now if I could only find one...

Have a great day, all!



azi - Mar 10, 2006 5:51 am (#1488 of 2983)

Happy birthday to Aimee!

Aliens, that is such a cute theory!

I wish I had full screen DVDs. Unfortunately I only have widescreen. Maybe one day I will have a widescreen TV to match!

My only work over the weekend is to read a 30 page booklet in around size 8 font size. I suppose I can go sit in a cafe somewhere and do it.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Anamaria-Ginny - Mar 10, 2006 6:35 am (#1489 of 2983)

Happy birthday Aimee!!!!! I wish you plenty joy in your life.


Catherine - Mar 10, 2006 7:51 am (#1490 of 2983)

Julie, make the request to the other Catherine. I can't log onto the won you requested, for some reason!


Puck - Mar 10, 2006 9:05 am (#1491 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Aimee!

LOL to Holly's son! That is a very cool theory!

Congrats to Finn! So, you're in advanced math, musically talented, and now an athlete. How very well rounded!

Baby now has a low-grade fever. She's having a hard time sleeping being so congested, so we're all a bit tired today.

Julie, love the new tag-line. Does it refer to you or the dog?

Happy RotD



Good Evans - Mar 10, 2006 12:36 pm (#1492 of 2983)

Happy birthday Aimee

congrats on making the team Finn - I am sure you will be "ace"

Kathy - I do hope that the baby feels better soon

as for my tag line - always been there - comes from a very old joke about having been called Mary Poppins due to a hat I wore to work once (and that I make my own bread!!)

the picture is adorable but not my dog (although very similar), I have to work out how to shrink one of my piccies to put one of my girl up - I intend to suss that out this weekend - so watch for a miraculous growth of the dog to adult size over night!


Holly T. - Mar 10, 2006 1:24 pm (#1493 of 2983)

Happy birthday!

Congrats to Finn for making the tennis team.

Hope all who are sick get to feeling better.

Clearly my son's brain works in mysterious ways. Perhaps he's on to something with his alien theory. He was talking about the tiny scar on his head again the other day (he's reading SS): "At least Harry's scar was caused by an evil wizard and that is interesting. It is very boring to have your mind possessed by a chair" (his scar was caused by tripping over a chair when he was 18 months old).


Lina - Mar 10, 2006 1:40 pm (#1494 of 2983)

Happy birthday, Aimee!

Congratulations Finn!


kabloink! - Mar 10, 2006 2:58 pm (#1495 of 2983)

You know, I forgot to mention it before, but my husband has a scar on his forehead, too. RIght in the center. He tripped and fell into a cast iron stove when hes was 1 or 2, and the two or three stitches he received healed in such a way that it kinda says "Hi", just on a funny angle.


Daioma Dumbledore - Mar 10, 2006 3:06 pm (#1496 of 2983)

Hi again everyone!

Puck, sorry to hear that baby puck is not feeling too well, hopefully she will be feeling better again shortly. In regards to your message about bubs being advanced, I think he's growing way too fast for my liking!! By the look of things he's also going to be getting a tooth in the not too distant future, I had a feel around the other day and could definitely feel something in there!

To all aussie members, do you know when GoF is coming out on DVD here?


dizzy lizzy - Mar 10, 2006 3:10 pm (#1497 of 2983)

Hi Diaoma!

Good to hear Bub is OK!

I'm thinking GoF will be out on the 29th March. I'm looking forward to seeing it, but I'll have to wait another 3 days to finish training in Sydney to do so!



The giant squid - Mar 10, 2006 6:25 pm (#1498 of 2983)

I wish I had full screen DVDs. Unfortunately I only have widescreen.--azi

Go to the GoF movie thread & scroll back a week or so to see my rant on why you shouldn't get full screen DVDs. Widescreen's the way to go, even if you don't have a widescren TV (I don't).

Holly, your son sounds more & more like the kind of kid I'd get along with. That bit about being possessed by a chair definitely sounds like something I'd've said in the past.



Finn BV - Mar 10, 2006 8:54 pm (#1499 of 2983)

Thanks again everybody!

LOL, Holly, "mind possessed by a chair." That's very cute.

My dad, a pianist and composer, performed for the first time publicly tonight in about 4 years, and he was great. It was really nice to hear him play, the last time I heard him in a concert was longer than 4 years – probably about 7! The evening concluded, after his 6 pieces, with a bit of "Swedish comedy" – a good friend of ours, a conductor, presented a comedic routine that had the whole house laughing. It was really fun, but now I'm so exhausted!! Good RotD everybody!

EDIT. Whoa, Mike, did you post at ... 5:25 pm???

EDIT 2: Yeah, I was in short sleeves and () shorts too… and… erm… sandals. I never get cold, but it was 73° today!! (That's about 23° to you Celsius folks.)


Puck - Mar 10, 2006 9:11 pm (#1500 of 2983)

I got the special edition! Took the other DVD back. BTW, even with a widescreen TV you still get the back bars on the top and bottom, as the movie is formatted to a movie screen, which has a different ratio than a widescreen TV. (Not all movies do this, some edit before DVD's)

Beautiful spring-like day here. I was out in short sleeves!

Off to bed! Hopefully baby stays asleep. I gave her some tylenol, it seems to have helped her, the poor thing. Still, it didn't stop her from learning to stick out her tongue!

Happy whatever! Kathy
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Loopy Lupin - Mar 10, 2006 9:48 pm (#1501 of 2983)

Hmmmm. Something tells me there is a "special edition" of GoF lurking out there for purchase? I was wondering why my DVD only had one disk.


Tazzygirl - Mar 10, 2006 10:14 pm (#1502 of 2983)

Hope Baby Puck feels better soon!

IT'S FRIDAY!!!!! (or night, really. I know I am a little late! Most of you are already on Saturday! ) lol

Congratulations to your Dad, Finn!

Yes, Loopy. There is a special edition of GoF out. I found out the hard way. Oh well. My special edition should be showing up any day now!!

Sorry if I missed anyone- Happy Birthdays and get wells and good lucks to all who need them! (I've been kind of out of it all week, so I have no idea what or when my last posts were. )

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



Madam Pince - Mar 10, 2006 10:20 pm (#1503 of 2983)

Belated Happy Birthday, Loopy Lupin! Hope you had a great day!

So, aside from the single-disk / two-disk fiascos, are all the U.S. Forumers enjoying a big ol' Harry-fest? I myself found some random reason to make the otherwise unnecessary trip into town so that I would be able to swing by K-Mart and pick up the GoF DVD -- I almost grabbed the one with the cheaper price, but fortunately I stopped for a second look and got the "Special Edition" one instead. Whew! Then I settled in with my pint of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey. Fun, fun, fun!

Viola, I'm with you -- I long for the good old days when they had both Widescreen and Fullscreen options on one disk! It seems like it's mostly on the cartoon DVDs we have, though, like Monsters, Inc. and such. Of course, that's mostly the kinds of DVDs we have in our house, soooo..... (My GoF DVD was the widescreen one, obviously, and it still looked funny to me -- I wasn't able to find the TV adjustment that someone had told me about. Oh well, I found out that you can get used to it.) I was really glad I saw the dragon scene in a big theatre, because I remember it as being way cooler on the big screen! Wish I could see it in an IMAX!!!

Puck, so sorry to hear about your car! I'm glad that nobody was hurt though -- sounds like you just missed being hurt by a few minutes! Who would've thunk a DVD could save someone's life?

kabloink, I'm sending sincere condolences and get-well wishes for your morning sickness -- that must be just miserable! Hope you are feeling better!

***Giggling at Eponine's "guitar horcrux" t-shirt*** I want one!

Holly, your son is full of priceless observations! I love the aliens idea! And it's actually pretty exciting to think of having your mind possessed by a chair -- it's not boring at all!

Those discussions about paint colors remind me of the names of colors on Opi nail polish, too. I almost never get manicures, but I look at the stacks of bottles on the manicurist's table while I'm waiting for a haircut, and seriously, what are those names all about? "Suzy Sells Seashells By The Seashore"? "Hoodoo Voodoo"? "Nomad's Dream"? "Your Villa Or Mine"? "I'm Not Really A Waitress"? These are colors????

Mr. Pince is a painter, and so he can match almost any color by eye and using the paint mixer machine at work. It's pretty cool, actually. The problem arises in whether or not he actually wants to mix the color that I want. That's the only major obstacle. There's this one sage-greenish color that I wish I could like because our bedroom would coordinate soooo well in it, but for the life of me I can't put out of my head the thought that it looks like the walls of the clinic where my Mom used to work, so it just makes me think of a clinic. Not what you want your bedroom to be....

Finn, big congratulations on making the tennis team! Woo-Hoo!!! Butterbeers all around.... (We need some Abby-fetti....where is Abby???)


Anamaria-Ginny - Mar 11, 2006 6:30 am (#1504 of 2983)

Finn i go on tennis too. Today i win 21-14


Viola Intonada - Mar 11, 2006 6:36 am (#1505 of 2983)

Thanks, Mike, I knew you would have an answer for me!

Happy RotW(eekend) everyone! I'm going scrapbooking for the weekend! Yeah!!


Julie Aronson - Mar 11, 2006 6:45 am (#1506 of 2983)

Thanks, Catherine and Finn--now my Facebook is Potty! Mandy, I'm searching you out, next...



kaykay1970 - Mar 11, 2006 7:12 am (#1507 of 2983)

I could actually enjoy my GoF DVD more if I had not tried to watch it with eldest daughter. She is very verbal during the Harry-Cho scenes. She has never liked Cho's character and for the life of me I don't understand why. She thinks that Ginny is much better suited to be Harry's girlfriend.


Finn BV - Mar 11, 2006 7:28 am (#1508 of 2983)

Amy, that's great. How often do you play?

LOL, kaykay, for the longest time I was a Harry/Cho 'shipper, even after OoP, I still felt it had a chance. Unfortunately, I endured a harsh beating come July 16 of last year...

Have a great (and LONG!) RotW!


kabloink! - Mar 11, 2006 7:42 am (#1509 of 2983)

Hehe. "I'm not Really a Waitress" is one of my favorite colors to get, when I get my nails done. ITs not the often anymore, though-I had acrylics for about 3 months, but I just couldn't keep them nice with my non-working dishwasher and working at McDonalds.

My parents have a widescreen TV, and they don't have the black bars. I think you have to do something in the setup, but you shouldn't have them if you have the widescreen TV.


Anamaria-Ginny - Mar 11, 2006 8:39 am (#1510 of 2983)

On saturday and sunday.


Chemyst - Mar 11, 2006 9:55 am (#1511 of 2983)

Kim, your comments about "Atmosphere Blue" making your bathroom feel "spa-like" sounded so lovely that I had to go to Restoration Hardware to look it up. Methinks someone might be re-labeling and reselling military surplus, because it looks suspiciously like "battleship grey." (The "spa" image shifted from tropical spa to urban spa.) I'm not really one to talk though; some people think my bedroom paint should be called "cat poo."

WooHoo! It is a Windows Wide Open day!   ...not that this is in any way related to any aforementioned cat stuff.


boop - Mar 11, 2006 10:18 am (#1512 of 2983)

Finn, Tell your dad congrats for us. I bet he played beautifully and enjoyed himself.

Kathy, sorry to hear your baby is not feeling well. Could she be teething? Hope she starts to feel better real soon.

Everyone enjoy the weekend!!!

hugs always



Catherine - Mar 11, 2006 10:53 am (#1513 of 2983)

I'm not really one to talk though; some people think my bedroom paint should be called "cat poo." –Chemyst

I think you and Loopy Lupin are channeling one another. He thought that one of the brown colors I admired should be called "baby doody."

Although I should not be one to talk either, because the reason that I am looking at paint chips is that my dining room is the WORST shade of red, and the finish on the paint itself shows every flaw in the plaster wall.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 11, 2006 10:55 am (#1514 of 2983)

Methinks someone might be re-labeling and reselling military surplus, because it looks suspiciously like "battleship grey."---Chemyst

I think not. Go to the website again and try the 'colorizer'. 'Atmostphere Blue' reads much lighter on the site than in my bathroom. In my bathroom it reads more like 'Shore' in the colorizer.

***goes off mumbling about people with 'cat poo' bathrooms criticizing anyone's choice in paint***

EDIT: Cross-posted with Catherine. ***waves to Catherine*** "Is your MSN broken?", she asked innocently.


Good Evans - Mar 11, 2006 12:28 pm (#1515 of 2983)

Well I have been on this forum for about two years and have just worked out how to load a picture - having downsized it correctly - I am now going to have a go at links – it’s marvelous what you can learn on this site!!!

Anyhow - the new picture is indeed my little girl (Nova), 5 years old and full of as much unconditional love as you could want. all together now - AHHHH - or perhaps pass the bucket!!!!  (note:  since there is no longer a picture, Nova is a dog.)


Good Evans - Mar 11, 2006 1:01 pm (#1516 of 2983)

Oh phooey - too late to edit last post - just wanted to say a big hello to all the new forummers, and a special hello to Victoria (Geauxtigers) as we share a birthday, although I will state that I am not 16 on my next birthday, wish I was!!!



Tazzygirl - Mar 11, 2006 1:09 pm (#1517 of 2983)

Nova is beautiful, Julie!! I had a Golden Retriever growing up. Those dogs are so faithful to their families! My golden's name was Coda- my dad named her after a motorcycle.

My walls in my apartment are a nice muted yellow. Brightens up the room, you know?

I have a busy weekend/ week ahead of me. Today and tomorrow I am volunteering at a disabilities conference. I am volunteering because I want to attend the conference, but it costs about $200, but if you volunteer 8 hours, you get to attend it for free. I think that is a very fair exchange. But now I am thinking I can't go to the conference (Monday through Wednesday), because Monday I have Jury Duty (!), Tuesday school, Wednesday a Dr. appointment and school, and lots of homework in between!

Have a great weekend everyone!



Anamaria-Ginny - Mar 11, 2006 1:37 pm (#1518 of 2983)

Finn you can go on my forum http://wc5.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1de02fd7


azi - Mar 11, 2006 1:44 pm (#1519 of 2983)

Julie - your dog is so cute! Reminds me of my childminder’s dog, Bonnie, from when I was younger. We were the same age in human years and so grew up together!

I went to the GoF movie thread, got scared, and ran away again. I do personally look forward to a widescreen TV. For some reason, I get confused when changing settings on the DVDs! Probably because I have no idea what kind of TV I have now.

Good luck with that work Tazzy!

My uni room walls are boring depressing yellow/cream and the curtains a depressing patterned brown. My door and wardrobe edges, however, are purple. I prefer the purple.

Have a lovely day everybody!


Loopy Lupin - Mar 11, 2006 2:02 pm (#1520 of 2983)

I think you and Loopy Lupin are channeling one another. He thought that one of the brown colors I admired should be called "baby doody." – Catherine

Hmmmm. I don't remember that being my exact choice of words. ****wonders if Catherine's msn is broken too***

I'm with azi. There's entirely too little purple used today.


Puck - Mar 11, 2006 3:03 pm (#1521 of 2983)

Hello! We are having another beautiful fake-spring day! Sure sign of the changing seasons, the neighbor kids had a lemonade stand, and their older siblings were washing cars.

Baby is still stuffy and has a cough, but got lots of sleep, so her mood is better. I suspect her cold may be developing into Croupe, so keepoing a close eye on her. Thanks for all the concern.

Loopy, another member of the "I got the wrong DVD" club. I switched mine, but now need an evening to watch it.

Happy RotD! Hope everyone is having fun search for Jo's new Easter Eggs!



Finn BV - Mar 11, 2006 3:23 pm (#1522 of 2983)

Wellness Charms for Young Puck!

We got the DVD today, and I must confess myself disappointed with the deleted scenes! I was hoping we could at least get an explanation of priori, if we can't get it in the actual film. Oh well.

Tazzygirl - Mar 11, 2006 7:40 pm (#1523 of 2983)

I am back from the volunteering thing! Just finished stuffing 1000 goody-bags for all the people attending. I get a really cool neon yellow polo shirt out of it! LOL One good thing from today is that we got done a majority of the stuff that would have been done tomorrow, so I might not have to go tomorrow. It was actually a lot of fun- even with all the papercuts I recieved!

Thanks, Azi!

Now I am going to put my sore feet up and watch GoF...



Good Evans - Mar 12, 2006 2:19 am (#1524 of 2983)

Oh Finn- that was what I was hoping for too. Boo !!

Kathy - I do hope baby starts to feel better soon

well done Kristina - volunteering is such a worthwhile activity, glad you were able to get to the conference too!!

have a lovely ROTD folks



The giant squid - Mar 12, 2006 2:33 am (#1525 of 2983)

Whoa, Mike, did you post at ... 5:25 pm???--Finn BV

It's a crazy, mixed-up week, my friend...

As for the black-bars-on-the-widescreen-TV thing, the phrase you want to look for is "16:9 Anamorphic". If your DVD has this listed, it'll fit your big-screen. If not, it'll have the bars. My boss (the real technophile) refuses to buy a DVD unless it's 16:9 optimized.



Anamaria-Ginny - Mar 12, 2006 3:57 am (#1526 of 2983)

Please go to chat.I´m alone.


Puck - Mar 12, 2006 5:39 am (#1527 of 2983)

Mike, is that known as "aspect ratio"? I believe Mr. Puck has used that term to explain it to me. The bars don't bother me in the dark, anyway. I'd rather see the whole picture than have the stuff at the sides cropped out to have it "fit" better.

So my 5 year old -who hasn't seen the movie or read the book- decides he's going to inform me of something that happens in GoF. Now here I think he's going to talk about fighting dragons, but instead he tells me ..."Harry and Hermione get married." He was told this on the great authority of one of his kindergarten friends, so it must be true. I didn't have the heart to tell me that 'ship won't float.

Happy RotD Kathy


Madam Pince - Mar 12, 2006 7:58 am (#1528 of 2983)

We came across a photograph of a persimmon in one of Little Pince's nature books while reading last night -- it reminded me very much of Azi's lovely hair color in her current avatar! I'm so terrible with colors, though -- the one I have in mind for our living room should be a sort of taupe-y color, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if my choice would turn out looking like cat poo, or baby doody, or some combination. I will trust Mr. Pince's eye to hopefully avoid that.

It's "Peeps" time at our house again. I just looked in the pantry and I can tell Mr. Pince has been shopping -- there's a package of purple Peeps with the corner of the cellophane pulled back to maximize the dry-out factor.

Puck, how funny that your son is a H/H 'shipper! Has he seen GoF and knows about the dragon scene, too, or did he just pick that up somewhere? I was surprised by Little Pince -- we let him watch the beginning of GoF because he's so enthralled by dragons right now, and he loved it and wasn't scared of any part of it (we did turn it off before the maze / Voldemort part, though.) Funny, kid gets all worked up that Curious George's balloon popped, but dragons and grindylows and merpeople with spears are no problem.

****waves furiously at irish flutterby, who I'm sure came back just now so as to be certain not to miss the annual Peeps discussion****

Welcome to all new Forum members, too! Hope you have fun!

Urg...couldn't sleep at all last night, so I'm very hollow-eyed this morning. (Thanks Kate and Amy for keeping me company on Chat while I was trying to get sleepy!) What finally worked -- Chapter One of "HBP"!


kabloink! - Mar 12, 2006 8:02 am (#1529 of 2983)

Dried out Peeps...yummm!


azi - Mar 12, 2006 8:47 am (#1530 of 2983)

I still don't know what peeps are...but I *know* we've had this conversation before!

Thank you for complimenting my hair, Madam Pince! Unfortunately I'm now just about back to my boring natural blonde!

Welcome back to irish flutterby! It doesn't seem a year since you were last here, so obviously time has flown by!

Harry and Hermione getting married? Kids say the funniest things!

We have snow!!! It's more float upwards than float downwards snow, but maybe if we have enough it will settle.

Have a nice day everyone!


Steve Newton - Mar 12, 2006 8:53 am (#1531 of 2983)

Purple Peeps? Obviously not a purist. Yellow or nothing.


Finn BV - Mar 12, 2006 9:27 am (#1532 of 2983)

Azi, normally I would say lucky you for getting the snow, but I'm done with snow season! It's raining here, after shorts weather for the past two days, but it's better than knowing you'll have to trudge out in boots tomorrow.

Welcome back irish flutterby, I think you must mean last year because a quick search tells me you last posted irish flutterby, "+ Things which struck you as "odd"" #1345, 10 Nov 2005 4:07 pm. Anyway, good to see you again, and welcome to all new members!

Have a great RotWE (or W, for those of you who are already on Monday!! ).


Catherine - Mar 12, 2006 10:02 am (#1533 of 2983)

I still don't know what peeps are...but I *know* we've had this conversation before![

The chat thread has a circle of life thingy going.

**ducks back down under mound of freshman research papers but waves to Loopy Lupin and Lupin is Lupin**


azi - Mar 12, 2006 10:17 am (#1534 of 2983)

The chat thread has a circle of life thingy going

So, technically, it should be possible to completely disappear and then come back to find the thread on exactly the same topic it was on when you left? Interesting...

I looked up Peeps. Are they just shaped marshmallows? I thought they must be something more exciting than that!

Does anyone know if there is such a thing as hard sugar candy covered marshmallow sweet? They'd be yummy!

The snow already stopped. It was short and sweet.


Good Evans - Mar 12, 2006 10:21 am (#1535 of 2983)

Azi - we have had no snow - but it has been bitter cold - expecting ice to start to morning tomorrow - great!


Catherine - Mar 12, 2006 10:23 am (#1536 of 2983)

So, technically, it should be possible to completely disappear and then come back to find the thread on exactly the same topic it was on when you left? Interesting...

But in a good way.


Chemyst - Mar 12, 2006 11:26 am (#1537 of 2983)

Yes, in a good way. I even have a special section on my "favorites" that is dedicated to quirky chat thread items. It has links to the Pop vs. Soda page, names of animal groupings, the twinkies project, etc., but the peeps experiments page isn't there, so we must have recycled this topic so often that it dates back to even earlier.


Madam Pince - Mar 12, 2006 12:05 pm (#1538 of 2983)

Azi, they're shaped marshmallows that are covered with a colored granulated sugar-type coating. Personally, I don't see what all the hoo-ha is about because I've never been big on marshmallows, but their devotees are pretty much fanatics! Mr. Pince never has to worry about me snitching his Peeps, so I guess that's a good thing.

We had a really super lovely day yesterday -- very warm and sunny. We got out to enjoy a nice walk. Today is a bit less warm and more cloudy, so I bet we are in for some rain perhaps. None yet, though.

I found a scrap of paper here on my desk with my "squirrel" names from that website someone posted a couple weeks ago. My real name translates to "Sergeant Nutkins", while Madam Pince translates to "Baroness Smallnuts." Little Pince's name translates to "Furry Acorn Short of an Oaktree", and the dog's name translates to "Professor Scruff." My mom is "Countess Fluffycheeks." The best, though, is Mr. Pince -- who translates to "Dr. McTwitch" and "Captain Fluffyfart." OK, I guess now I can throw away that scrap of paper!

Hope everyone has an enjoyable RotD!


Tazzygirl - Mar 12, 2006 12:52 pm (#1539 of 2983)

I am not a big fan of peeps either. My sister is a huge fan though.

I am finally caught up on sleep!! Yippee! I fell asleep at 10:30 last night (earliest since I don't know when) and woke up at 9 this morning. First time in a looooooong time I didn't feel like a train ran over me.

Have a great RotD everyone!



Puck - Mar 12, 2006 1:02 pm (#1540 of 2983)

Darn it! I missed it again! I had JKR's page open in the corner so I could catch peeves going by to get my final egg, but got distracted by a post and missed it! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 3906177977

My boy hasn't seen GoF, but has seen commercials. I just assumed dragons would be the part of the movie any 5 year old boy would remember. 'Shipping was not on my short list.

Spending a quiet day snuggling baby and not doing housework.

Off to re-open Jo's site in an attempt to bag that poltergeist!

Happy week! Kathy


Madam Pince - Mar 12, 2006 1:39 pm (#1541 of 2983)

Hope Baby Puck is feeling better, Kathy! Good luck with the JKR site and finding Peeves!

***Peels self off the floor following exciting ending to the ACC Tournament Championship!*** Wow! What a great basketball game! You know, I never thought I'd be cheering for J.J. Redick, but I just can't help this anti-Boston thing.... Apologies to any Boston Forumers, but ever since I had a horrible, horrible, horrible experience years ago with a Boston client, I have had a violent and totally illogical aversion to anything or anyone with the word "Boston" emblazoned across their chest! So, I'm quite glad that Duke beat Boston College!


Eponine - Mar 12, 2006 3:07 pm (#1542 of 2983)

Madame Pince, my in-laws are die-hard Carolina fans, so we had to cheer for Boston (even though they beat us yesterday) just because they were playing Duke.

I seem to recall last year during the NCAA championship in which UNC won, there were several people on the forum who said they cheered for ABC (Anybody But Carolina). In the Eponine In-Laws' household, it's ABD (Anybody But Duke). Mr. Eponine and I did get to go to the UNC/Boston College game yesterday, but we sold the tickets for today. I feel kind of bad because the guy who bought them was a big Carolina fan, and it turned out he didn't get to see them play after all.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


Madam Pince - Mar 12, 2006 3:14 pm (#1543 of 2983)

Tee-hee, Eponine! Yes, we're definitely an ABC household here. Thus I feel no sympathy for the poor lout who bought your title-game tickets! (Is that very, very wrong of me???)

I'm glad I was busy yesterday and didn't even know Boston College was playing UNC -- I would've probably short-circuited from wishing it would go on into a never-ending tie... How cool that you got to go to the games, though! There's nothing like attending an ACC Tournament, if you're a basketball junkie (or even if you're not, really...)


Finn BV - Mar 12, 2006 3:14 pm (#1544 of 2983)

The chat thread has a circle of life thingy going.

It's the ciiiiiiiiiircle of liiiiiiiiiife! (Copied from both the Lion King and the Stick Figures Comics.)

LOL, Chemyst, that's not a bad idea to keep track of our discussions on the Chat thread. I'm sure we'd get quite a list going.


Eponine - Mar 12, 2006 3:25 pm (#1545 of 2983)

How cool that you got to go to the games, though! There's nothing like attending an ACC Tournament, if you're a basketball junkie (or even if you're not, really...)

It was fun. The food was horribly over-priced and the seats were so tight I felt like I should buy the girl next to me a drink or something, but I still had fun. *whispers* Even though I don't really care about ACC basketball.

My husband keeps reminding me, I'm soo lucky to be able to go to Carolina basketball (In-laws have season tickets), and while I accept that. I'm going to be perfectly honest - it doesn't matter a bit to me. I enjoy going when I do, and I like watching the games but I'd just as soon stay home and read a book. It annoys Mr. Eponine that I feel that way, but I was like that in high school and college when I was a cheerleader for the basketball team. I've always been rather ambivalent about sports.

We do seem to get back to the same subjects on the chat thread quite a bit.

Speaking of which, has anyone tried the flavored Peeps? The strawberry ones are really good! I'm just hoping the chocolate ones will actually show up in my area of the country this Halloween.


Tazzygirl - Mar 12, 2006 3:30 pm (#1546 of 2983)

There are CHOCOLATE flavored Peeps? I'll have to keep an eye out for them! I think those might be the exception!



Mediwitch - Mar 12, 2006 4:14 pm (#1547 of 2983)

I can walk by any Peeps except the Vanilla Creme...yum!


Tazzygirl - Mar 12, 2006 4:20 pm (#1548 of 2983)

...and Vanilla Creme? ok... I think my opinion on Peeps might be changing. I think I will head to the store to see what options they give... hehehe...



Puck - Mar 12, 2006 5:18 pm (#1549 of 2983)

Flavored PeepS!

Picturing Cheerleader Eponine "Go, Team, Go! Or Don't. Whatever. I just want to finish this chapter..."

Wondering how many shirts, hats and other items with the word "Boston" on them I have in my house. (at least 5 involving the Red Sox, one BU, etc...) Must hide them from Madame Pince!

Happy RotD Kathy


Viola Intonada - Mar 12, 2006 5:53 pm (#1550 of 2983)

I am not a big fan of Peeps either, but hubby and the kids are. I only like marshmallows when melted chocolate and marshmallows or rice krispies involved. I have to admit though that I would love to have a Peep fight in the microwave.

I went on a scrapbooking retreat this weekend. I had a great time and got lots done. No fighting screaming children and no house work. I received a bonus when I got home. The kids kept fighting while I was gone, so hubby made them clean the entire house. Whoot!!!

Hubby found this on the NASAwatch.com website a while ago. I finally got around to checking it out on Friday, so thought I would share it with you. It is a parody of a NASA manager who is leaving Ames (NASA is still under heavy budget cuts). http://images.spaceref.com/news/2006/Hubbard.m.jpg

Happy RotD to everyone!
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Madam Pince - Mar 12, 2006 6:37 pm (#1551 of 2983)

****Giggling at Puck's parody of Eponine the Cheerleader****

I shall avert my eyes from all of your B_____ belongings, Kathy!

Eponine, I remember back when I first started working -- I was accustomed to being able to attend games for free, as a student/manager. Then after graduation when I actually had to pay to attend a game and I was just a poor entry-level peon, it was really hard on me to watch the people who got to attend the Tournament or other games just because they happened to have corporate tickets or whatever, and they couldn't care less about the games themselves. In particular was this one lady who only went to "be seen" from a social aspect, and to show off her newest wardrobe acquisition. It just killed me, because she couldn't tell a walk from a jump ball, and here I was dying to get into a game! Then there was my boss' daughter who was occupying a Tournament seat and reading a book! During the game! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 793915934 They actually showed her on TV! I was so mortified.... But, thankfully I've mellowed with age. Some. I'm really glad you got to help out your in-laws cheering section yesterday!


Catherine - Mar 12, 2006 6:57 pm (#1552 of 2983)


I really know better than to engage in a basketball duel between Duke and Carolina, and between a Boston team (waves to Kim) and anyone else (even if Kim is not a basketball fan). For the record, I quite like ACC basketball as long as I do not have to say the word "Maryland." Ewwww!

*whispers* Even though I don't really care about ACC basketball. –Eponine

Perish the thought! *Looking up the toll-free number for St. Mungo's....*


Eponine - Mar 12, 2006 7:30 pm (#1553 of 2983)

I know it's bad. Especially considering we live less than half an hour from Duke AND Carolina.

The tickets we got for the tournament were actually bought from a disappointed NC State fan who didn't want to go to the games if his team wasn't playing. I felt bad for the people who'd driven all the way down for the games, booked hotels and then watched their team lose on the first day. I mean, a lot of them stayed to watch the games anyway, but it can't be as exciting if it's not the team they're rooting for.

Madame Pince, I can't believe she read a book during the game! When I was in high school, I would do homework during the games we weren't cheering for, but those aren't televised.

Basketball is the one sport that I have the most understanding of. I should, watching from the sidelines for 13 years.

Despite the animosity that exists in this region over college basketball, there is one thing that unites us. Carolina Hurricanes Hockey! I do like going to the hockey games, because as chaotic as they are, they're a lot of fun! And they sell really good cotton candy too. Mmmm....Cotton candy.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


The giant squid - Mar 13, 2006 1:14 am (#1554 of 2983)

Mike, is that known as "aspect ratio"?—Puck

Yes, pretty much. There's a special formatting for big screen TVs, but it's all related to the aspect ratio. Quick-n-dirty definition: aspect ratio is the width of the image divided by the height of the image. A standard TV is 4:3, or 1.66:1, meaning that if the TV screen is 16 inches wide it'll be 12 inches tall. I could go on, but I have a feeling I'll rapidly lose most of you--once I start the tech-talk I have trouble stopping.

I've never had much interest in basketball, college or pro. That probably stems from coming from an area that had a rather crappy college b-ball team. I watch football because it's on on the weekends; basketball games are televised in primetime and I've got sitcoms to watch!



Elanor - Mar 13, 2006 1:21 am (#1555 of 2983)

Hello all!

Just a quick post to tell you that I arrived well in the UK. Cambridge looks like it is a beautiful town, cold too at the moment, LOL!

Have a great night/day everybody!


Good Evans - Mar 13, 2006 5:35 am (#1556 of 2983)

have loads of fun in Cambridge Elanor - and if you can persuade someone to take you out for a punt on the Cam - it is well worth it - enjoy!!!


Snuffles - Mar 13, 2006 5:40 am (#1557 of 2983)

Phew, over a hundred posts to catch up on, you guys have been chatty over the weekend! still, mustn't moan about reading a hundred posts, eh Finn!

Well done on the tennis team by the way.

Peeps, Hmm, they sound nice, pity I will probably never get to try one!

Hope you have a good stay in the UK Elanor. Apart from the cold weather and snow forecast, you should have a good time!

Well this weekend, we bought hubby his own car. He is a lorry driver and is away half of the week and used a motorbike to travel to and from work. He was sick of being cold and wet so he decided enough was enough! So we had to buy a very small car, one that could be kept in the yard where he works and not be in the way of any lorries or forklift trucks! So we bought a Smart car! It is so tiny it is almost unreal, but does it shift!!! It is also a left hand drive so that is very weird for me to drive. I keep climbing into the passanger seat before realising!!

Happy Monday everyone



Finn BV - Mar 13, 2006 6:17 am (#1558 of 2983)

Sorry, like Squid Mike, can't say I take an interest in basketball, except for cheering on my school team, so I'm not "ignoring" half the posts here, just -- not interested in the content.

Have a great time in the UK, Audrey!

*coughs loudly at Julie (Snuffles) and wonders what a Smart car is *


Marie E. - Mar 13, 2006 6:24 am (#1559 of 2983)

Hello everyone!

I spent most of the weekend with my Girl Scout troop. Saturday we went to a Junior Bridging event, getting the girls ready for Junior Scouts next year. Sunday we went to Girl Scout day at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park. The girls had a lot of fun up there, but we cut the visit short when it began snowing.

Shayla's birthday party was Saturday night. We had five girls spending the night and my plan was to take them to The Bear Factory after cake and ice cream. I had heard that The Bear Factory was closing soon since Build-A-Bear is opening a store in the same mall. Well, we got to the mall to discover that neither bear store was open. I had a mild panic moment, trying to figure out what to with all the girls. It hit me that there is a theater in the mall, so we all raced to see what was playing. The Shaggy Dog had just started so I bought nine tickets, nine drinks, and two large popcorn and it still ended up as the same price as buying teddy bears for seven girls (five guests plus my two).

Shayla gets her cast off today and is thrilled to pieces. I've been trying to prepare her for what her arm might look like underneath.

I still haven't watched all of my GoF DVD and now I've gone and loaned it to a friend. Silly me.

Happy Monday.


Snuffles - Mar 13, 2006 7:22 am (#1560 of 2983)

Finn, a Smart car is made by Daimler/Chrysler. It is very small, cheap to run and most importantly can squeeze into tiny spaces!!! It is about 1/2 the size of the usual car!

If you want a giggle at it go to: smarttogo.co.uk

Hope I'm ok to put that webpage on here!



Loopy Lupin - Mar 13, 2006 7:35 am (#1561 of 2983)

I watch football because it's on on the weekends; basketball games are televised in primetime and I've got sitcoms to watch! – Mike

Sitcoms? How long has it been since you actually watched tv, Mike?

Basketball is the only sport that I really care a lot about and it comes directly from having grown up in the South watching ACC games. As a matter of fact, I chose my alma mater, UVa, in 8th grade solely on the basis of their basketball team at the time. (This was the Ralph Sampson era; google it if you don't know who that is as it is too painful for me to recount for you.) Imagine if I had been an N.C. State fan, or worse, Maryland! Horrors!


Lina - Mar 13, 2006 7:41 am (#1562 of 2983)

Woo hoo, Audrey! Thanks for letting us know that you are OK! Have a good time in Cambridge, yet not so good to forget us!

Woo hoo Julie (Snuffles) for the Smart! That's a wonderful car, I was just looking one yesterday and trying to explain my hubby that that would be a good investment... Somehow, he doesn't like the prize. I doubt that our American friends have really ever felt the need for such a car... At least, whenever I watch American films, they always drive some huge cars that would take 3 parking places in front of my house, but for those interested I think I managed to find a picture of one: While I was looking for a picture, I found out that there are several variations of the car, even one for four people, but this is the one that I like the most.

Nice avatars, Julies, Azi and Tazzy!

I desperately need some Spring charms.

Have a good time everybody!


Snuffles - Mar 13, 2006 7:48 am (#1563 of 2983)

That's the car Lina. The Fortwo model!!

Hubby has informed me he will use it Monday through to Wednesday (when he leaves the house at 2am monday morning and doesn't get home till Wednesday night!!) then I can have it Thursday and Friday while he takes the 'family' car!! Olivia has started to call it daddy's pedal car!!!



Puck - Mar 13, 2006 7:50 am (#1564 of 2983)

So, I was watching disk 2 from GoF last night. Dan Radcliffe mentioned that Harry had lost his parents at "something like" a year old, and he "thinks" the dance lesson scene and Snape pushing their heads were not in the book. Made me wonder; Has he even READ the books?! I was horrified to think that the young man chosen to be "Harry Potter" wouldn't bother to read the series!

Julie, enjoy the new car. Just be sure you don't get confused about which side of the road to drive on.

Have a good time, Audrey!

Cheers! Kathy


Catherine - Mar 13, 2006 8:03 am (#1565 of 2983)

(This was the Ralph Sampson era; google it if you don't know who that is as it is too painful for me to recount for you.)--Loopy Lupin

Oh, dear. That was very painful. Our entire household needed to enter group therapy after that game.

**tosses Loopy some chocolate to offset sad basketball memories**


haymoni - Mar 13, 2006 8:03 am (#1566 of 2983)

Puck - if you watch the interviews where some lucky winners were able to ask questions, one boy asks what book or books did the 3 actors read when they were younger.

Dan does say that he read Harry Potter. I seem to recall the kids saying earlier that they do not get advanced copies of the books, but that they have read them and think how lucky they will be to get to do this scene or that scene.

I think these kids spend so much time working on the movies that the last thing they want to do is read the books over and over again in their spare time.


Finn BV - Mar 13, 2006 8:15 am (#1567 of 2983)

Yeah, Kathy – I would guess that after working on a movie for 8 months you get so used to it being in canon that you would just naturally assume it's right. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to go read the 700 page book after that!

Off to class...


kabloink! - Mar 13, 2006 8:15 am (#1568 of 2983)

It is easy to forget just after watching the movies a lot which scenes were in the book and which weren't. I have a hard time reconciling them until I read the books again-imagine how it would be if you're acting out these scenes. My guess would be that while most of the cast (not all though, I do wonder about some actors' interpretation of their characters...) have read the books, they have not necessarily done so recently.

As far as college sports go, Big Ten all the way baby. Unless, of course, it is Ohio State. I'm a Michigan State fan, as I should be what with my degree from them and all. I honestly am not interested in following basketball unless we get into the Elite EIght. Which, I know, we've failed miserably this year in every sport so far. Or did we win in hockey yesterday? I'll have to check.

EDIT: Just checked! We won! On to the CCHA finals at the Joe! Yay. (The Joe is Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, where the Red Wings play, for those of you non-midwesterners).

Have a good day everyone!


kaykay1970 - Mar 13, 2006 11:02 am (#1569 of 2983)

The smart car reminds me of a tiny little white two person convertible that my dad used to own. Now, my dad was a great big man as was his brother. I used to get so tickled at them both driving off to work together. It always reminded me of a clown car at the circus.

My child pointed out something on the GoF DVD that we had not yet noticed. Ginny points out something to Hermoine at the Quidditch World Cup. We had to pause the scene to be sure because it is so quick. But there are two house elves riding llamas. He is so excited about discovering them.


Viola Intonada - Mar 13, 2006 12:52 pm (#1570 of 2983)

Ooo, now I'll have to watch for that when we watch the DVD, Kaykay.

Basketball. I grew up in Indiana (basketball is huge in Indiana). I think we actually played basketball in P.E. class once, but we did do a lot of practicing different shots (I guess the teacher assumed we played enough basketball on our own). Of course, we had a basketball hoop on our garage. So, I can shoot a basketball, but I have very little understanding of the game. I even had to sit through 4 years of basketball because of band. I never could understand all the little rules and what was against the rules and what wasn't. Well, my daughter has played basketball for two years now. I joke with the parents telling them that we didn't leave Indiana because of Hubby's job, we were forced to leave because I never learned the game.


Madam Pince - Mar 13, 2006 1:01 pm (#1571 of 2983)

The Smart Car is so cute! But one thing I've never understood about the smaller European cars -- where do you put all your luggage and so forth when you go on a family trip? Or does everyone travel by train for longer distances? Here we don't have trains that go everywhere, so we have to rely on car transportation for trips to Grandma's house or whatever.

***Giggles imagining Denise's family in a Smart Car*** By the way, Denise, when I saw your current avatar, I couldn't believe how much Ryan looks like you! Uncanny!

Ahhhh... the Ralph Sampson years.... In some ways, so very fun because we won so much, and in other ways so horribly disappointing because we didn't win enough! His last year there was my first year at UVA, and I was lucky enough to get tickets for every home game through the lottery system. I got to see his final home game at U-Hall, which was a big deal at the time. He is one tall dude. But I also saw Manute Bol at Dulles Airport one time, and that man put Ralph to shame! Tall, tall, stick of a man. I really wanted to follow him to his car to see what kind of vehicle could accommodate that height, but I didn't want to intrude on his privacy.

I'm not a fan of Maryland, either, which makes it rough around here sometimes because Mr. Pince is. Or rather, he claims to be -- personally I think he does it just to irritate me. He doesn't really like basketball at all, he's just from Maryland and so jumps on the bandwagon when they are winning or something.

Off to the park! It's a lovely day here today -- almost like summer. Hope everyone enjoys a nice RotD!


haymoni - Mar 13, 2006 1:02 pm (#1572 of 2983)

That's funny, Viola!

I never understand the free-throw shots.

Sometimes you get to take 1, sometimes you get 2, sometimes it is if you make the first, you get another.

I'm having a deja vu moment here - I think I've typed this before!

Other than that, I think basketball is fun to watch and college hoops are way better than the pros. The kids are actually trying!!!

Edit - But I wonder how college basketball players make it through the school year??? They play 2 games a week, sometimes on the road - how do they get their class work done??? Do I want to know the answer???


Eponine - Mar 13, 2006 1:12 pm (#1573 of 2983)

haymoni, from what I gather, college basketball players at the big schools are not usually held to quite as high a standard as other students. Heck, even at my tiny, wildly insignificant school, the athletes were not held to as high a standard as other students. I did learn that there is a class offered at Duke which, as I understand it, is often taken by ball players entitled The History of ACC Basketball.


Catherine - Mar 13, 2006 1:14 pm (#1574 of 2983)

I did learn that there is a class offered at Duke which, as I understand it, is often taken by ball players entitled The History of ACC Basketball. –Eponine

Oh, dear.

Someone pass me a cold compress.


Madam Pince - Mar 13, 2006 1:26 pm (#1575 of 2983)

Haymoni, the answer to your question is one of the reasons that I got a "D" in computer programming the semester that we went to the Final Four....

Actually, most of the professors were very cool and understanding about giving team members (or managers or cheerleaders) some extra time to turn in assignments when we were playing in tournaments and stuff. And you could always get class notes from somebody. But lots of times there were things missed in class that you just couldn't get from notes, so it was hard. When I was there, though, I truly wasn't aware of any athletes getting a "free pass," scoff though you might! Naturally there are some classes that are easier than others, and there were a lot of jokes about "Basketweaving 101," but I truly didn't see it.

Road games -- we usually flew to our games in the Carolinas or further south, and it was only an hour flight, so we'd leave in the early afternoon for a 7:00 or 9:00 game, and arrive home at midnight or later. When we played Maryland we took a bus because it was closer, but it actually ended up taking us longer to get there. A lot of homework got done on the plane or bus. The tough time, though, was Tournament time, because those games are Thursday/Saturday or Friday/Sunday. Usually you're playing somewhere pretty far away, and there's more media stuff that the players and coaches have to do, so you leave no later than Tuesday so you can get all that in plus practice time, etc. It got worse the further you advanced in the Tourney.

Quick free throw tutorial: If you're fouled in the act of shooting, and you miss the shot, you are given two free throws (the idea being you get a chance to make the same number of points you would've made if you'd been able to shoot unmolested). If you were shooting from the three-point range and are fouled, then you get three free-throws. If you are fouled while you are shooting and you still make the basket, you get the points for the scored basket, plus you get one chance for a free throw. If you get fouled when you aren't shooting, all that happens is you get possession of the ball again, and the scorers keep track of fouls. A team is allowed to commit a certain number of non-shooting fouls per half (is it 5? or 6? I think they changed it at some point...) and after the team has passed that number, then you enter what's called "one-and-one", meaning that non-shooting fouls result in the person getting to shoot one free throw, and then if they make it, they get to shoot a second one. If they don't make it, then they don't get a second one.

Wow, that wasn't quick at all, was it?


Holly T. - Mar 13, 2006 1:55 pm (#1576 of 2983)

Happy Monday all!

College basketball, hmm, well, when I was in grad school one of the university's top basketball stars was in the class I was a TA for. This was the spring semester, so basketball season. He never came to class and after basketball season he withdrew from the class. I am not sure if he ever graduated but he did enter the NBA draft. And I have no idea what happened to him.

Peeps--put them on a stick and roast them on a campfire! Unfortunately with drought, burn bans, etc. our Girl Scout campout this spring will not feature a campfire and therefore no roasted Peeps.

We painted our game room over the weekend--"New Chestnut." I caved and went ahead and bought the GOF DVD for the kids so we could paint upstairs in peace while they watched the movie. I haven't seen the DVD yet but the kids have seen it twice so far.


haymoni - Mar 13, 2006 2:02 pm (#1577 of 2983)

Yay, Holly!!

Or I guess yay for Holly's daughter!!!

Thanks for the free-throw lesson. I know why they get the # of free-throws - I guess I just don't pay enough attention to know when they reach the 5 or 6 foul thingy.


Marè - Mar 13, 2006 2:44 pm (#1578 of 2983)

The Smart Car is so cute! But one thing I've never understood about the smaller European cars -- where do you put all your luggage and so forth when you go on a family trip? Or does everyone travel by train for longer distances? Here we don't have trains that go everywhere, so we have to rely on car transportation for trips to Grandma's house or whatever.

Madam Pince, the smart car is a typical city car. Easy to park, easy to maneuver. It's not really a family car. As for the family trip thing; all the countries are smaller than yours, and I think in general families live nearer to each other. When we got to my grandmother we took comics for the 15 minute ride. No need to pack loads of stuff.
As for vacations, I think you plan your vacation according to what you have. If you have a car and tent or caravan, take it. If you don't, go by plane or by train.

And as for dream cars: Mini Cooper! if I ever own a car, it will be one of those. (major pluspoint of small cars: parking spaces are relatively larger!!!)


Loopy Lupin - Mar 13, 2006 3:16 pm (#1579 of 2983)

Actually, most of the professors were very cool and understanding about giving team members (or managers or cheerleaders) some extra time to turn in assignments when we were playing in tournaments and stuff.- Madame Pince

Well, when I was a TA teaching public speaking at UVa during grad school, it wasn't really a matter of being cool or understanding. I seem to recall that we would receive letters from a Dean that informed us that the athlete would be absent and that the absence was excused. I suppose there are professors who become indignant, but as a lowly TA, I was pretty much indifferent.

A team is allowed to commit a certain number of non-shooting fouls per half (is it 5? or 6? I think they changed it at some point...) -- Madame Pince

Warning! Warning! Insufferable know-it-all alert!  A team is "allowed" to commit 6 "team fouls" per half. (I say "allowed" because technically, you aren't supposed to foul at all, but 6 is allowed before there is a penalty.) Upon the seventh foul, the other team (who is now "in the bonus") is now allowed to shoot a "one-and-one." Basically, you get a chance to shoot two free throws, but you must make the first to get a chance at the second. The term "team fouls" includes all kinds of fouls: shooting (i.e. you fouled someone while she was trying to shoot), non-shooting (e.g. you tripped a person who didn't have the ball), flagrant (e.g. you tried to jab a player in the eyes with your fingers, Three Stooges-style), and technical (e.g. you used non-Forum friendly language in your discussion with the referee). Upon the 10th team foul, the other team now gets to shoot two free throws for all fouls; they don't have to make the first one. However, when the foul is committed by a player on the team who has the ball (i. e. an "offensive" foul), this does not result in free throws. And, a flagrant foul always results in two free throws, plus the ball back, and the players ejection from the game if he was really mean. A technical foul may result in one or two free throws plus the ball back and, possibly, the ejection of a player or coach; it depends on whether the coach or player was being mean to the referee and how mean they were being.

Whew! You know, this is pretty simple stuff in application, but quite wordy to explain.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 13, 2006 3:19 pm (#1580 of 2983)

Goodness, I feel sleepy.


Catherine - Mar 13, 2006 3:39 pm (#1581 of 2983)

I suppose there are professors who become indignant, but as a lowly TA, I was pretty much indifferent. --Loopy Lupin

I don't teach any basketball players this semester, but I can say that my athletes are among my most dedicated class-attenders. They are, quite literally, forbidden from missing class. I tried to bribe one of my female soccer players into going home because her constant hacking and feverish looks were distracting from my otherwise engaging lecture.

I said, "I promise that none of us will tell if you go home." She declined this kind offer. I was impressed with the soccer coach's hold over the athletes, although I really wished she would stop coughing, or leave.

Joking aside, the track and field athletes have come to all my office hours and have slogged through multiple drafts of their papers before the due date to ensure a good grade.

Goodness, I feel sleepy.--Lupin is Lupin



Finn BV - Mar 13, 2006 6:53 pm (#1582 of 2983)

Thanks for the pic and explanation of the SmartCar. Off to some beddy-bye!


Tazzygirl - Mar 13, 2006 7:04 pm (#1583 of 2983)

Well, I just got done with my looooong day of jury duty. I was one of the lucky people picked for the trial. Kind of excited, never sat on a case before. Kind of sad, I'll be missing three classes this week because of it. Wednesday I'll be able to get to class, no trial held that day. At least my waiting paid off and I didn't wait around for nothing!

The Smart Car is so cute! I want one! It would be perfect for Hawaii. Little spaces everywhere.

I received two packages in the mail today! One was my GoF SPECIAL EDITION DVD! Now I can relax and whatch the special features!! YIPPEEEEE!!! and the other package- my grandfather sent me five boxes of girl scout cookies. He felt bad that my mom had bought some for my brother and not me, so he decided he would send me some. Thin mints... sigh.

I think my night is planned out- GoF and Girl Scout cookies... Oh, wait. Nevermind. Still have homework that I should really finish!

Hope everyone has a great RotD/N (Day/Night!)



haymoni - Mar 13, 2006 7:20 pm (#1584 of 2983)

Loopy Lupin - my husband tells my son all the time - "Fouls are there for a reason!!! Use 'em!!!"

He also claims to play 6'2" when he is only 5'10".


Viola Intonada - Mar 13, 2006 8:16 pm (#1585 of 2983)

Wow!! Now if someone could just explain picks and moving picks, I might be allowed to move back to Indiana. Thank you so much for your explanations, I actually understand now! Of course I had to tell Hubby. He replied, "That is exactly what I have been telling you, why didn't you understand when I explained it?" ..Because he didn't explain it to me in such a nice, clear and concise manner (plus reading things sets it in my mind better than hearing someone tell me something).

Good luck with the jury duty, Tazzy. I have been called to jury duty twice. The first time I called from the hospital to let them know that there was no way that I could appear. I had just had my second child the day before. Six months later I received another letter. I replied to them that unless they were willing to provide babysitting for a two year old and a six month old, I could not do it. They let me off again. I have never received a letter again.

Happy RotD Everyone!


Puck - Mar 13, 2006 8:49 pm (#1586 of 2983)

I must confess I am, like Kim, rather sleepy, and so skipped through the basketball posts.

I apologize for jumping to conclusions about Young Mr. Radcliffe. I can accept that reading scripts has jumbled things in his mind, I would just hate to think those kids hadn't actually read Jo's wonderful work!

Off to bed, wondering if Kristina did or homework or opted to polish off the cookies while watching GoF extras.



The giant squid - Mar 14, 2006 12:07 am (#1587 of 2983)

Sitcoms? How long has it been since you actually watched tv, Mike?--Loopy Lupin

How I Met Your Mother, Two And A Half Men, Courting Alex, Scrubs, My Name Is Earl... Heck, the only non-comedy I watch regularly is Lost. I have enough drama in my life; I watch TV to be entertained.

Marie: quick thinking at the mall. How was Shaggy Dog? It went to our sister theater & I haven't heard any reviews of it yet.

I've seen pictures of the SmartCar before. I prefer compact cars myself, but I still couldn't stop giggling. It just looks so silly. Of course, my wife's dream car is a Mini Cooper so I may have to get used to chuckling every time I walk into the garage...



Elanor - Mar 14, 2006 12:18 am (#1588 of 2983)

Hello everybody! Thanks for the wishes!

Everything is okay. The course will only really start this morning since yesterday was used only for tests to "sort" us in groups depending on our level in English: too bad they didn't use a Sorting Hat!

The weather is really, really cold for now which means that I will wait a bit for going "punting": just to think of being on a boat freezes me. But I hope spring will come soon!

Have a good night/day everybody!


azi - Mar 14, 2006 2:42 am (#1589 of 2983)

Nice to hear everything's fine Elanor! It's currently -4.6 degree celcius windchill where I am (with snow!!!). It's worse at my real home - they're being told not to travel because the gritters can't cope!

Smartcars...they are incredibly small. I always find it difficult to understand how you fit in them. Now Mini's I love. My brother is determined that his first car with be a red old-style Mini, preferably with a union jack on top.

We always go on holiday in the car at home. We used to fit all four of us and our luggage for a week's self-catering holiday (therefore including food) in a Peugeot 205 (probably will find one if you Google it). It's not difficult to fit in...just a bit of a squash...

I have never **fingers crossed** been called for jury duty before. I think it's quite difficult to get out of it here. Both my parents have done it, in my memory.

Hope you got your work done Tazzy!

I caught a chill last night walking from a friends house in hail. It was the hail that's really painful if it hits you. Hot chocolate drinking all day methinks. I've been wide awake since 8am - unusual!

Have a lovely day everybody!


Amilia Smith - Mar 14, 2006 3:30 am (#1590 of 2983)

Yes, you sound like you deserve hot chocolate, Azi!

I can't really join in the basketball conversation, but I did go to the volleyball game Saturday. We played UCLA, who was, I think, second seat. And we mopped the floor with them! :-) 3-0. The only game that was even close was the third one. Also, we had the wave going round and round the entire stadium. Great fun.



Stephanie M. - Mar 14, 2006 5:23 am (#1591 of 2983)

Hi everyone! I'm back!

I looked at the Forum page, and it said that there were 259 new posts next to this thread, so I decided to just press the magic button.

I hope everyone is doing well! Good luck to everyone! Healing charms for those who need them! And Happy Birthday to those who I have missed!

I can't believe I was gone when Goblet of Fire came out!! But luckily when I came home, I looked at the pillion on my bed, and I saw Goblet of Fire waiting for me! I was soo excited!!

I am going to read through those 259 posts a little bit later, whenever I have the chance, so I can catch up on all of the happenings!

Have a great day everyone!


Good Evans - Mar 14, 2006 5:24 am (#1592 of 2983)

Wow Azi - four plus luggage for a week! in a 205 - that is impressive.

We "cram" the two long legged boys and dog and me and hubby in Picasso with luggage for a weekend to go to My Mum and Dads, and that pretty much fills the car solid. If we go away for a week - we leave the kids behind – couldn’t possibly fit them in too!!! LOL

My first car was a mini (bought for my 21st birthday by my parents) - blue with a white roof, it was about 15 years old when I got it and always breaking down - loads of fun!

have a great day everyone


Snuffles - Mar 14, 2006 5:46 am (#1593 of 2983)

Lol Julie, my first car was a mini too!!

I remember the breaking down thing all too well. My dad had to put a rubber glove over the spark plugs because everytime I went through a puddle the engine cut out!!!!

I would love a new style mini, unfortunately, they are a tad more expensive than the old style.

Have a good Tuesday everyone



kabloink! - Mar 14, 2006 5:48 am (#1594 of 2983)

WOw, here's how clueless I am when it comes to basketball. I thought MSU was out all together! Nope, they just lost out of the Big Ten Tournament, but are in the brackets for the NCAA Tournament. Oh well, I'm lost. At least we're in the semi finals for CCHA hockey. Oh wait, I already said that once.


Marie E. - Mar 14, 2006 6:23 am (#1595 of 2983)

I heard that the Air Force Academy is going to be in the NCAA championships for the first time ever. Maybe I'll be able to join in all the basketball talk.

The Shaggy Dog was pretty good. Most importantly, it held the attention of seven little girls.

As they were cutting Shayla's cast off, Lexie screamed out, "Oh my God, they're cutting off Shayla's arm!" Her wrist has a bump, the doctor called it a bow, but it's supposed to disappear after awhile. She's relieved it's off and thrilled to have a "no PE for a week" note. They're doing volleyball in her PE class.


Finn BV - Mar 14, 2006 6:25 am (#1596 of 2983)

I think I'll join Kim and Kathy.

I forgot to say – I got my best report card of middle school! I'm so excited, lowest grade was an A–, average was an A, and if the grades are excellent the head of the division signs it with a note, which she did. So I'm very excited. AND, only 4 more days of school!

Can't say more, off to class –

EDIT. Glad Shayla's cast is off! That's great news, not to mention the excuse out of gym!


haymoni - Mar 14, 2006 6:46 am (#1597 of 2983)

Well, Finn, at 50 years old, I would hope that you would get all A's in middle school!!! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 464751818


Mike - I love "2 and a Half Men" - seems like I always miss it though!


kaykay1970 - Mar 14, 2006 7:01 am (#1598 of 2983)

You would probably all get a good laugh at my vehicle as well (not because it is small of course). With 5 children I bought the Dodge Grand Caravan because it has plenty of room. The thing I really hate about it is the color. It is listed as blue but it is definitely more of a purple. It looks like a giant eggplant on wheels.

Glad to hear Shayla is cast free!


Puck - Mar 14, 2006 8:20 am (#1599 of 2983)

I, too, am a mini van mom. When you have 3 car seats to fit, there's not much choice. (and as the law now states kids need a booster until they hit 80 pounds, my kids will need them until high school.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1242194059  In the past 3 years my boy has grown almost a foot but gained less than 10 pounds.)

Hooray for Shayla! No cast, no volleyball, good news all around! (So long as Lexie isn't suffering from post traumatic stress after witnessing her sisters arm being cut off. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 464751818)

Really Finn, all "A"'s is now considered excellent? Gee, what has happened to educational standards!

So, how old are you when you know enough to get in out of the rain? It was a bit misty when my boy left this morning, but just as he got to the bus stop the sky opened up and it started to pour! I yelled to him to get on the neighbor's porch (next to the bus stop, and covered), but he said he didn't mind getting wet. I insisted. The bus came just before he reached shelter. The funny thing is that the other boy's dad was out with them, and apparently he didn't know enough to get the kids or himself out of the down pour either!

Off to find a new way to procrastinate housework!

Happy RotD Kathy


Loopy Lupin - Mar 14, 2006 8:33 am (#1600 of 2983)

I tried to bribe one of my female soccer players into going home because her constant hacking and feverish looks were distracting from my otherwise engaging lecture. – Catherine

You sure she was sick? Perhaps she was feeling sleepy.

Viola, the term "pick" refers to an offensive play in which an offensive player without the ball plants himself in the path of the defensive player who is guarding the person with the ball. Since the defensive player is not allowed to knock the offensive player down, this usually results in the person with the ball being freed up to take a shot. The key, however, is that the person without the ball "plant" himself. It is illegal to get between the ball handler and the defender and move around, screening the ball handler from the defender. A "moving pick" is more commonly called a "moving screen."

Oh, and Kim, guess who's back on the street as of about 10:30 a.m. this morning.
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kabloink! - Mar 14, 2006 8:38 am (#1601 of 2983)

Here in MI, the rule is a booster seat til 4'9". I know adults who aren't that tall. I don't know. I never had a booster seat in the car. I can't remember ever sitting in a car seat of any sort, and I was quite the tiny little thing. I understand the safety, I suppose, I just sometimes wonder if the law goes a little far, like I said before, I know adults who should technically still be in a booster seat-where does one draw the line?


Mrs. Sirius - Mar 14, 2006 9:00 am (#1602 of 2983)

Finn, a Smart car is made by Daimler/Chrysler. It is very small, cheap to run and most importantly can squeeze into tiny spaces!!! It is about 1/2 the size of the usual car!

The Smart Car is so cute! But one thing I've never understood about the smaller European cars -- where do you put all your luggage and so forth when you go on a family trip?

He he he, yes we Americans do have a lot of stuff. We carry bigger purses and travel with our well coordinated matching luggage sets. I don’t know how it is that the Europeans manage to travel so light.

Another thing is that we Americans are large, larger than our European (or other) cousins. Many years ago In NYC we ordered new trains for the subway system, these trains were made in Japan and had the preshaped seats. It was hysterical because, where as the previous trains had the flat bench seats and could accommodate about 13 people, the new trains could never seat that many. There was always one seat left that non but a very small person or child could sit in. I could squeeze into them but then would end up with half of someone’s backside on my lap.

Before I ever had a car, I always said I would drive a small fuel efficient put-put. I fell in love with the Mini when I was in England. Alas, once you have kids, including triplets, that goes right out the window. However I do buy the most fuel efficient mini-van I could get.

Many post ago someone asked what is a wood spider, it a large, (Ronald Weasley scaring size) brown/gray spider that lives in wood piles and sheds. Occasionally they move indoors seeking warmth. They are supposed to be innocuous, however disconcerting their appearance.

Well done, Finn!


Ydnam96 - Mar 14, 2006 9:15 am (#1603 of 2983)

Hello all! I looked up the SmartCar and it is kinda cute. I looked at the USA page but it's all just "hey, look at this new thing" and not real information (like how much it costs or it's MPG). I did sign up for their newsletter though. I will be interested to see what happens when they hit the US market. I too want a Mini. It would be quite a change from my Saturn VUE (which I love but seeing as gas is $2.50 a gallon it's not very wallet-friendly at the moment).

I'm feeling quite gross today. The weather here has been bizzare. Over the weekend it rained, sleeted, and hailed on Los Angeles. Yesterday I woke up to find that my shampoo had frozen in the shower (I don't have heat in my apartment, just a small space heater). But during the day it's getting up to the mid-60s. My body doesn't like it. I might take a half day off this afternoon and sleep.

Glad to hear that the cast came off without too much difficulty. I remember getting a cast off once; but it was simply to change the cast because my leg wasn't healed yet. The doctor moved my leg during the process and it hurt so bad I kicked with my other leg and it hit my crutches and they fell over on the doctor. :evilgrin:

I'm not too much in to basketball...but the team here at Azusa Pacific won the conference title and is headed to the NAIA championships this week in Kansas City. I don't watch the NCAA tournament. It's too confusing and too drawn out for me.

Well, I should be off. Happy Tuesday to all.



Marè - Mar 14, 2006 9:41 am (#1604 of 2983)

Another thing is that we Americans are large, larger than our European (or other) cousins

Actually, you were, but specially the northern countries have outsized you quite a while ago.

One other thing that makes a difference in car size, is the fact that fuel is more expensive here, and the environmental rules are getting more strict. Cars, I think, are also a status symbol to less people than on your side of the pond. (Not that all Americans need to have big cars for showing off, but I think you get the meaning if I say "MTV vibe")

And I am still learning how to travel light, I always end up with more things than I have space for in my backpack. So I decided that next time I go somewhere for a long time. I take one bag with nessecities and one empty bag to fill with souvenirs, presents and stuff to bring back! We'll see how that goes...

And congrats to Finn for getting such good grades and to Shayla for getting her "arm" off. Heh

Edit: frozen shampoo... that sounds scarily cold...


Madam Pince - Mar 14, 2006 9:45 am (#1605 of 2983)

Welcome back, Stephanie! Hope you had fun!

Congrats on the good grades, Finn!

Tazzy, you lucky gal! Multiple boxes of cookies and and GoF DVD! Your grandfather is so sweet to have thought of you like that. Hope the jury duty thing goes well.

Elanor, it sounds like you're getting settled in -- I hope your trip is very enjoyable and successful!

Glad to hear that Shayla has her cast off and still gets a few days off from PE. Yes, I would think that someone with a recently broken arm/wrist would not want to be playing volleyball right away! Too cute about Lexie thinking the doctor was doing an amputation! I've never had a cast, but I'm sure I'd be a little bit leery of someone approaching me with a miniature chain-saw, too!

Loopy, as usual, brilliant explanation of free throws (I forgot about technicals and offensive fouls!) and picks! I really didn't know that about 10 team fouls resulting in two free throws rather than one-and-one. I wonder if they instituted that after my time, or if I'm just having a senior moment? That's interesting to know that the Dean sent a memo excusing athletes participating in their sport, too - I'm pretty sure nobody ever told my professors anything, although it's not surprising because the managers were like Rodney Daingerfield, we never got any respect, although we put in the same hours as the athletes.

I guess enough basketball talk, since we're putting everyone to sleep! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 464751818

I can't decide where I come down on the "athlete/education" controversy. I almost feel that there really should be a "sports major" offered for students who are headed towards becoming professional athletes -- it could incorporate some business / economics classes, some medical / health-related classes, some public speaking, etc. After all, these students do have a particular talent just like anyone else, and some of them will be earning a living based on that talent. You wouldn't ask a "computer-geek" to sign up for a bunch of classes on Medieval poetry, for example, or vice-versa, so why should a future pro athlete be looked down upon for not being able to decipher Beowulf or something? And a good sports team does generate revenue that benefits the university as a whole. On the other hand, I don't think standards of admission or graduation should be lowered to allow functioning illiterates to take up a spot in college that could've gone to someone really wanting to further their education. It is a thorny problem, indeed.

So you were a TA in public speaking, Loopy? Did you ever work with the rhetoric professor who was married to Alexandra Ripley (the author of "Scarlett")? Chain-smoker with white hair and very no-nonsense? I can't remember his name. He was the prof who told us on the first day: "I smoke. In class. If you don't like it, drop the class."


haymoni - Mar 14, 2006 9:58 am (#1606 of 2983)

Madam Pince - I have always thought that there should be some sort of major along those lines - "The Business of Athletes" or something like that.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 14, 2006 11:01 am (#1607 of 2983)

Oh, and Kim, guess who's back on the street as of about 10:30 a.m. this morning.---Loopy Lupin

There should be a law.

Today at the Crate and Barrel outlet, a woman perhaps 10 years older than me, handed me my purchase with the comment, "Here you go, Little One." Little One? Now, I'm 5'7" and have never even approached petite and on my last birthday I turned 40, so who, exactly, was she talking to? And for the record, I don't mind Sweetie, Honey, Dear...but I don't even call my 6-year-old 'Little One'.


Loopy Lupin - Mar 14, 2006 11:02 am (#1608 of 2983)

Did you ever work with the rhetoric professor who was married to Alexandra Ripley (the author of "Scarlett")? Chain-smoker with white hair and very no-nonsense? I can't remember his name. He was the prof who told us on the first day: "I smoke. In class. If you don't like it, drop the class." -- Madam Pince

I sure did! Well, I didn't "work with" him in particular, but I sure knew who he was. He wasn't hard to find; just follow the cigarette butts. I think his name was John Graham, unless I'm having a senior moment myself. He was my absolute hero as this time (circa 1993) was the very beginning of the anti-smoker crusade. (That is, the "anti-smoker" in contradistinction to the "anti-smoking" crusade that was already well underway.) He would not be bowed. I seem to remember I took a grad level class with him when I was still in undergrad. It was held in that building that is pretty much across the street from Mincers, near the Rotunda. (The one with the architecture that is completely out of place; it looks more like some Gothic thing you'd seek on Duke's campus instead of the neo-classical buildings right next to it.) Anyhoo, the building was all creaky wood inside and I got the impression that it wouldn't take much for it to go up in flames, but Mr. Graham smoked nevertheless.

Thinking of him reminds me that there was an English film out recently where an old codger was smoking in a cab. The taxi driver pointed, pointedly, at the "Thank you for not smoking" sign and said "Ahem, don't you see the sign?" The gentleman replied: "Yes, it says 'Thank you for not smoking'-- however, as I am smoking, there will be no need to thank me." I love that line.

Edit-- Awww, I just missed Kim. I know she wanted to congratulate me on my success in Court today.

Double Edit-- Oh dear, it looks like Alexandra Ripley passed away in 2004, but I gather from the obit that Mr. Graham-- that was indeed his name-- smokes on.


Triple Edit-- Kim, I sleep like a baby at night.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 14, 2006 11:14 am (#1609 of 2983)

Did I forget to do that? It's probably for the best. You must be racked with guilt.


Madam Pince - Mar 14, 2006 11:41 am (#1610 of 2983)

That's him, Loopy! John Graham. I spent what was probably the most uncomfortable 10 minutes of my life in his class. My team had the assignment to conduct a 45-minute round-table discussion. We had talked the topic completely to death in 35 minutes, and our leader told Mr. Graham "Uh... that's all we have." He just gave us a level stare and said "You still owe me 10 minutes." When the leader said "Uh....I think we're done," Mr. Graham just sat there, smoking and saying nothing, for 10 minutes. Total silence. Boy, that was fun.

I always wondered what took place in that building across from Mincer's! It does look out of place, although it's kind of pretty. I've never been inside.

Thanks for the link to Alexandra Ripley bio! (She once worked as an underwear buyer???) I must admit that I purchased a copy of "Scarlett" when it came out. Biggest problem I had with it was Scarlett's move to Ireland; I thought it was completely out-of-character for her to leave Tara to go live in Europe, even for her family roots. Sometimes a sequel is just not such a hot idea, from a literary standpoint, anyway.


Catherine - Mar 14, 2006 12:09 pm (#1611 of 2983)

Mr. Graham just sat there, smoking and saying nothing, for 10 minutes. Total silence. Boy, that was fun.--Madam Pince

You have to love that, unless, of course, it was you on the hook for ten minutes.

It's the quirky ones that you remember. At my college, we had a prof who demanded that everyone wear a tie in his class. When the college finally admitted women, this same prof demanded that we wear ties also, in the interest of fairness.

I also had a Greek history prof who had had a LOT of good times in the '60s, and he did nothing in class but show us pictures of Greek pottery. It was always a shock, then, at the final exam to have a single question like, "Using modern dialogue and imagery from Greek epic poetry, pretend that you have entered the presence of Alexander the Great and must explain the past 1000 years."

So far, I don't think I've added anything important to the "quirky prof" bit, sadly.


Nathan Zimmermann - Mar 14, 2006 1:27 pm (#1612 of 2983)

When I was in I had a couple of quirky professors. My third semester in college I ended up in a civics class that was taught by a professor who for the first three weeks of the semester focused on trivia and his students earned extra credit for answering questions correctly.

I still remember the last question he asked because, I was the first student he had in 26 years of teaching to answer the question correctly.

The question was Who was the first President of the Congress under the Articles of Confederation? The answer is John Hanson. I had another professor who for the duration of any of his classes I was enrolled into, I was only allowed to ask five and answer questions a week.

A third, very controversial professor I had was required by the school administration to print warnings about the content of his classes, distribute them to students, and the students had to sign the bottom of the warning in order to enter class much in the same way a person signs a contract or user agreement.


Holly T. - Mar 14, 2006 2:02 pm (#1613 of 2983)

I think the Smart Cars are cute. Of course, I could probably fit one in the back of my minivan.

I don't remember what the booster seat rules are here. I took my kids out of their booster seats when my son was in kindergarten and my daughter was in third grade.

Congrats on the report card Finn!

Congrats to Shayla for getting her cast off! Did she keep the cast? My son kept his, and it is nasty. He thinks it is cool, though.

Quirky profs--I had one Pulitzer Prize-winning history professor in graduate school who had recently been forced on doctor's orders to quit smoking. He was grumpy and in withdrawal, and frequently would put a piece of chalk in his mouth as if it were a cigarette. This was a night class, 7-10, and he frequently kept us in class until almost 11 (a great time to walk back across campus to your car). I was taking a night class because I was working full time. Needless to say I didn't get much out of this class. Now--many years later--I frequently see this professor as part of my job. He clearly does not remember me. He was the thesis adviser for one of my co-workers and he doesn't appear to remember said co-worker either. Co-worker and I agree that is probably for the best.

Then there was the journalism professor I had as an undergrad who would throw erasers at people when they gave the wrong answers. Never at me, though, he liked me. He said I was good with commas, which he meant as highest praise. He would also give out grades such as D++ on assignments and if you dared ask how that was different from a C-- there would probably be an eraser aimed at your head.


Kip Carter - Mar 14, 2006 2:30 pm (#1614 of 2983)

Nathan, I do not know if I fully agree with the answer that either you or your professor consider correct if the question was as you stated it: "Who was the first President under the Articles of Confederation?"

I could write a lengthy piece on why I disagree but I do not have the time right now. For time sake, I suggest that you read a fairly good take on the controversy at Wikimedia.org. Below are two links there, which I think address this:
 President of the Continental Congress
  He may have been the first to serve a full term; however that does not mean he was the first.
 John Hanson
  Look at the Hanson as first President section for more details.

Hanson was good at projecting himself as the first President; however that does not make him the first President and a large group of historians do not agree.

Yes, I am somewhat of a history buff myself.


Madam Pince - Mar 14, 2006 2:32 pm (#1615 of 2983)

Yep, Catherine, now that I have some distance on it, I can really appreciate Prof. Graham's stance! At the time, though, it was quite squirm-inducing! He was definitely a tough old bird!

Eraser tossing? Now that is one I've not heard of before!

***Is dying to know what Nathan's professor taught that required a user agreement before taking the class....*** But if it's not Forum-friendly, never mind!

I had a Statistics TA who was somewhat....ummmm... memorable. It seemed she had some sort of aversion to bathing. She also only owned one outfit, apparently, because she wore the same thing to every class: a swishy skirt and a black spandex top with a very low-cut neckline and a necklace made out of a softball-sized, bright-turquoise-colored scallop shell strung on a piece of leather. (I know a TA's salary isn't much, but really I would've thought she could've gotten one more outfit at least...) Weird Nora, we called her. Not a very popular class, as you might imagine.

Edit: Well, you learn something new every day! Mr. Pince drives the John Hanson Highway every day to work! I never knew who that was named for. ****Thinks that Kip would've been a memorable professor, but not for wearing blue scallops or anything like that...***


Finn BV - Mar 14, 2006 2:37 pm (#1616 of 2983)

***waves to Kip and his rare non-administrative post***

Thanks, guys!

I think you all know about my science teacher this year... so I will move right along.

Not much else to say, I guess. If I had this chain-smoker guy as a teacher I would probably walk right up to him[ and tell him to drop the class, that would make me so angry! Or I would go to some school official and tell. And they talk about kids' attitudes!


Madam Pince - Mar 14, 2006 2:44 pm (#1617 of 2983)

Well, Finn, to be fair, at the time there were no real anti-smoking regulations in place like there are today. I'm sure he looked at it as "I am within my rights to do this, and I'm in charge, so don't come crying to me if you don't like it -- just take someone else's class." He didn't say it nastily or aggressively, he just made a flat-out statement. I don't think he saw himself as the last bastion for smokers everywhere or anything, just being matter-of-fact.


Denise P. - Mar 14, 2006 2:51 pm (#1618 of 2983)

I know I am not the only member of the Forum who remembers the pre-anti smoking days. There was no such thing as nonsmoking areas. It was fair game everywhere....restaurants, movie theaters, grocery stores. If you were traveling and asked for a nonsmoking room, you would either be laughed at or told that if you didn't smoke in there, it would be nonsmoking. Ugh, I am much happier with things the way they are now (and I would have dropped the class unless it was one of those that are only offered once a year and had a waiting list to get in)


Nathan Zimmermann - Mar 14, 2006 2:54 pm (#1619 of 2983)

Madam P. The professor taught philosophy, ethics and logic. His manner, the opinions he expressed in class, and the choices he made in his youth, were such that they offended the sensibilities of the community I grew up in. The agreement was one of the longest I had read up to that point it had fourteen separate provisions.

Holly, I have only known one professor to toss erasers at students and he taught at the University of Saint Thomas.

Kip, In light of the evidence you so ably presented. I concede the point.


boop - Mar 14, 2006 4:04 pm (#1620 of 2983)

Finn, Wow Congrats on the great grades!!! You must be so proud of yourself.

Marie, Glad to hear Shayla got her cast off.

Tazzy, good luck with jury duty.

Mandy, I hope you start feeling better.

Denise, Rhy is getting so big!!

The weather is going crazy, first we had 75 degree weather yesterday. Today it is only 32 degrees. No wonder everyone is getting sick with the crazy weather.

I am going to be a grammy again! I am not sure of when probably won't be until Nov or Dec. First Doctor appointment is March 28th. Betty Ann will be busy with a 11 month old right now, and a new one in about 8 months.

Everyone have a great rest of the day!!!

****Waves to Kip****

hugs always



Madam Pince - Mar 14, 2006 4:15 pm (#1621 of 2983)

I grew up with a Dad who was a smoker, so I sort of got used to it although I still don't really care for it. Most of the time I don't notice hotel rooms, but I well recall the Leaky Cauldron when we went to the Forum Gathering a couple years ago! We were about the last people to check in and all the no-smoking rooms were gone (thanks a lot, Denise! ) and our room was pretty darn smoke-infested! But hey, it all worked out!

Congrats on the new grandma expectations, Betty! Woo-hoo! Give your daughter a hug for me!

I just looked at our thermometer, and ugh! We've had a major temperature drop too -- it was in the 70's earlier this morning and now it's barely 50 -- check that, more like 45. I know what you mean about sickness, Betty, I've had a sore throat all day today so haven't done much except a couple loads of laundry and post on the Forum (obviously...) Sorry for overloading.....

Had some major excitement around here today. A big barge loaded with rocks was floating out in the Severn River near us (we actually saw it this weekend and commented on how full it was), and apparently the strong winds today somehow caused it to break loose and start floating around freely in the river. It ended up crashing into the pilings supporting the Severn River Bridge, which is one of the main ways to get from Annapolis to points west. They had to shut down traffic entirely for a couple hours to be sure there was no structural damage, causing Mr. Pince big-time anxiety because he had to get to work. Fortunately there was no major damage, because that would really mess up people's commutes if that bridge was out of commission!


Catherine - Mar 14, 2006 5:16 pm (#1622 of 2983)

I grew up with a Dad who was a smoker, so I sort of got used to it although I still don't really care for it. --Madam Pince

It's no secret to anyone who knows me in "real life" about my views toward smoking. Mostly, they just hunker down and cover their eyes with their hands while I give the basilisk stare to anyone who offends my airspace.

Daddy was forced to quit by Mom when at age four I reached five rounds of bronchitis in a year and was threatened with a tonsilectomy on top of that. Once he quit smoking in the house, I wasn't "really" sick for over ten years.

I did not have enough nerve to challenge my professors about their tobacco habits back then (I sat in the back, near an open window, even in the dead of winter, if they smoked), but I am sure I would enjoy the sparring now. And I might enjoy giving them my basilisk look, also.

But that's the more grown-up me, not the "then" me, if you know what I mean.


Eponine - Mar 14, 2006 5:29 pm (#1623 of 2983)

I had a professor in college who was legally blind. He would jump on chairs and compare exams to different kinds of pizza. He used to do play by play for the basketball games on the radio (he used binoculars), but he had stopped doing that several years before I had him. Sadly, he passed away mid-semester my junior year. He's the only really quirky professor I ever had.

Well, I did have a sociology professor who was former CIA, and he used to tell us that the weapons for World War 4 have already been developed. He also copied all of our chapter tests from the key, with the answers marked over. They were true/false and multiple choice. The problem was, he never fully marked over the answer, so it was very easy to tell what the answer was supposed to be. I don't think anyone ever told him about that.

Have a good RotD!


Finn BV - Mar 14, 2006 5:37 pm (#1624 of 2983)

Catherine, I cough loudly when passing a smoker on the street. The whole grade took a history field trip via subway to Brooklyn last year, on a sunny day in May, and I rounded up a group of friends to cough when we passed smokers, and there were a lot. Of course, since there were teachers nearby, we were safe.

Teachers used to smoke in class regularly? It wasn't just that one guy??

***faints at the thought***


Maré - Mar 14, 2006 6:15 pm (#1625 of 2983)

It's no secret to anyone who knows me in "real life" about my views toward smoking. Mostly, they just hunker down and cover their eyes with their hands while I give the basilisk stare to anyone who offends my airspace.

Last year, on a sunny day in May, I rounded up a group of friends to cough when we passed smokers

Can I borrow you for if I go out again? Unfortunately in my country the plans for making restaurants and bars and such smoke free, have stayed just that: plans.
I hate it, how it's smokey and the smell sticks in your coat and in your clothes and in your hair. And how you have to watch your back in crowded area's because you never know if drunken idiots are randomly waving their cigarettes around. Burnholes in your clothes on top of the smell... Blaargh, I wished they would just forbid it allready. Why still cater to the unhealthy masses?
Sorry about that, I always get worked up about that .


Puck - Mar 14, 2006 7:52 pm (#1626 of 2983)

History! We now know how to get Kip to join us. Let's all mis-state historical facts.

There was a city in the States that banned smoking in all bars and restaurants. Emergency room visits plummeted dramatically. However, they revoked the law as profits in bars and restaurants also dropped. A sad commentary on priorites.

When I honeymooned in Disney I was shocked that smoking was allowed in the parks. It was crowded, and people held their cigarettes low, right at child level. I was happy to see when we took our kids some years later they had changed it, so now smoking is only allowed in designated areas.

(((BOOP))) What wonderful news! Your daughter has her work ahead!

My son is sniffling and coughing now as well. *sigh* He's happy about it, hoping I'll let him take a day out of school.

Welcome back Stephanie! Glad you had fun!

almost time for the Amazing Race.

Happy RotD Kathy


Madam Pince - Mar 14, 2006 8:14 pm (#1627 of 2983)

Puck, you hit it head on. Basic economics is the reason!

Only 5 bouts of bronchitis a year, Catherine? Sheesh, you had it easy. I had bronchitis constantly for about three years -- I recently found my medical records from my childhood doctor. They kept changing my pillows and making me get rid of my cats and such. I really think that back then they didn't know any better. (I'm just kidding, Catherine -- I know bronchitis is awful. One bout or five bouts or more -- it's all bad!)

I wish people didn't smoke. If anyone ever asks me about it, I tell them how I wish they could've sat in my chair as I held my Dad's hand and watched him die of cancer -- if they could see how it took him in those last days, they'd never smoke another cigarette again. It made it so it was never even a question for me.

However, as long as it is still legal, and as long as they don't bother anyone else (crucial distinction there), it's really their decision. And as long as people who want to smoke also want to go into bars (a goodly percentage), and as long as most bars also function as restaurants, the market will gladly keep admitting them so as to get their money.

But I think we can be glad it is beginning to move the other way. Slowly but surely, negative reinforcement is creeping in and gaining a foothold! I used to just shake my head at those pitiful souls shivering and stamping their feet during the winter outside the offices where I worked, puffing away at their cigs, and I wondered exactly how long they would put up with being so miserable just in order to keep up the habit?


Denise P. - Mar 14, 2006 8:19 pm (#1628 of 2983)

I grew up with 2 smoking parents and also had bronchitis a lot as a child. I used to get a nasty bout yearly in the fall and after hearing me cough, I get asked "When did you stop smoking?" I have never smoked in my life! It has gotten better, I have not had a bronchitis attack in about 7 years though. Woo hoo!


Mediwitch - Mar 14, 2006 8:53 pm (#1629 of 2983)

Eraser throwing, now that brings back memories - my high school band teacher used to throw erasers across the band room, particularly at the percussion section. He used to call them "a bunch of *@#*^@ pachy-derms" (that's how he'd pronounce the word) - but we all loved him.


Kip Carter - Mar 14, 2006 9:04 pm (#1630 of 2983)

I still laugh inside when I think of the expression on a particular smoker's face when I handled him and he read my note: "I promise not to throw up on you if you promise to not exhale any more smoke from your cigarette!" I have often though of actually having a number of cards printed up stating that same thought but better written ... maybe one of these days.

Not trying to start a row between the smokers and non-smokers, but can other share their views without my having to close this thread down because of the opinions, which are as close to the deep feelings that both religion and politics bring forth in discussions as those two "banned" topics. Remember I am not against the discussion of politics or religion on this Forum as long as everyone can handle what is said in a dignified and respectful manner. However that has not been the case in the past and that is why those two subjects are taboo. I hope "smoking" will not become an additional "taboo"!

Well, I reckon that this post and my prior post are my limits for an undetermined period of time because I have to get back to the grindstone and finish some work that is pressing! Thanks for the comments that each of you provide. This thread with its various topics and thoughts always provides me insight as to how our Forum is functioning. I do enjoy the banner regardless of whether I post or not. And yes, I do read each of the posts on this thread regardless of my time restraints.


The giant squid - Mar 14, 2006 9:20 pm (#1631 of 2983)

Ah, Kip...you just had to get all Administrative on us, didn't you? Actually, I was thinking something like this would be coming along soon, as all the smoking comments seemed skewed to one side... I view it the same as Madame Pince--as long as they're not directly affecting me (i.e. deliberately exhaling in my face) a smoker can do whatever the heck he/she wants. I'm funny that way.

Marie, give Shayla a hug for me. I can totally see Lexie's face when she thought they were severing Shay's arm. Poor kid, as if she doesn't have enough reasons to be screwed up...

But that's the more grown-up me, not the "then" me, if you know what I mean.—Catherine

I know exactly what you mean. I am so much different than I was in school that every time I look back I want to smack myself and yell "Grow a pair!" Hindsight is a killer...

I don't have any "quirky professor" stories, probably because I wasn't in college that long. The best I've got is my Physics I TA, Gong Liu, who could barely speak English. He would get up in front of the lab group, say...something, then the rest of the group would turn to me--the only Physics major in the room, and ask what we were supposed to be doing. As if I were any more coherent at 7AM than they were! I'd just shrug, leaf through the workbook & make stuff up. The scary thing is I usually got it right.



Madam Pince - Mar 14, 2006 10:25 pm (#1632 of 2983)

LOL, Mike! We had an Economics TA who was constantly talking about "bones" and we had no idea what he meant for the longest time, until somebody figured out he was trying for "bonds."

But if it had been a 7am class, I'm sure none of us would've ever gotten it....


Tazzygirl - Mar 14, 2006 11:28 pm (#1633 of 2983)

Thanks for all the good luck! So far the trial thingy is going ok. Very interesting...

Sadly, I did not eat Girl Scout Cookies and watch the GoF extras (yet!). I thought I would wait until I could actually sit down and enjoy it, there is too much stuff going on! LOL

As for weird teachers, I had one last semester. I dropped out of his class- he really wasn't a fair grader. He didn't like anyone's opinion but his own, and would try to shut you up if you tried to assert yourself. When everyone bombed their first paper of the semester, he refused to let us redo them. 90% of the class dropped the course. I heard this semester that he is not allowed to teach that particular course anymore.

Sorry if I missed any one or anything!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!



dizzy lizzy - Mar 14, 2006 11:40 pm (#1634 of 2983)

I have been very busy!

On Monday (13th Mar.) I finally lost my patience with my employer and quit my job. I had many long running payroll issues that were just not clearing up. I finally decided last Saturday that it was enough and rang in on Monday and resigned. I am a remote worker on casual wages, so I didn't have to give any notice!!

By Monday night I had registered successfully for unemployment benefits and applied for three jobs. I had one of them ring me back just now, to get me to verbally summarise my resume over the phone!

It made a big difference to me having made the decision to quit. I knew this was coming, the timing was not the best, but hey! I'm going to have fun looking for my next challenge!

Off to check the threads and cook some tea!



Good Evans - Mar 15, 2006 5:49 am (#1635 of 2983)

Best of luck on the job hunting Lizzy - hope it all goes well for you

have a great day everyone else



jose043 - Mar 15, 2006 5:49 am (#1636 of 2983)

Hi all

To all those who have made a comment on smoking we agree with it, on what has been said. As there are two asthmatics in this household.

I have been known when out in the street to pass a comments to my daughter when we see parents smoking around their children.

My husband if he has been down at the local Totalise Agency Board (TAB) and he comes in he smells of cigarette smoke & he does not smoke it is from the people that do.

In most Cafe's, indoor stadiums, sporting grounds & hotels that serve meals there is no smoking. In hotels that serve food they have a 2 hours ban. They are trying to ban smoking even at Pub Bars & at the Casino.

Josepine & Anne

P.S The moon made me do it, little werewolf's of London


azi - Mar 15, 2006 6:16 am (#1637 of 2983)

Good luck with the job hunting Lizzy! I'm impressed you managed to get registered for benefits so quickly. My mum quit her job a couple of months ago and she only just started getting them!

I don't like smoking. If you want to smoke, fine, just keep away from me. Miles away, preferably.

I have quirky professors now and did have in both college and high school. In high school I had a history teacher for RE who was so annoyed that our generation were so ignorant of history he taught us history instead. He also liked to talk on his mobile phone in lessons and insult us to his friends. One day someone told him mobile phones weren't allowed to be used in class and the guy was sent out for the rest of the lesson. My current favourite professor at uni has me laughing every lecture. He likes to digress. I do believe I mentioned the story of him and rubidium some time ago! There is another story of him and a Phd student, and the time said student used some equipment wrongly and the professor realised just in time the stuff was about to get blown up.

I could go on about silly teachers forever. I have many stories.

Have a lovely day everyone!


haymoni - Mar 15, 2006 6:45 am (#1638 of 2983)

Ungrateful Son joined "Stand" last night - how timely! They had a presentation at his middle school and he was really gung ho about it. I don't know how long it will last, though!

He was appalled to learn that Hubby & I both smoked while in college.

It was the '80s - everyone did everything in the '80s!!!

I couldn't stand smoking in my dorm room or while I was eating. I only smoked when we were out at the bars. I guess I should have quit drinking!!!

Finn - I used to work for a company that had an inside sales department. There was a cloud of smoke that constantly hung in the air. We abolished smoking in work areas and it was amazing how attendance improved - less colds, less coughing and hacking - and then a lot of those smokers ended up quitting for good.

I know that it is hard to quit, but a lot of smoking is social smoking and ritual smoking - you have a cigarette with your coffee, you have a cigarette when you talk on the phone, etc. I had a friend who cut her smoking in half just by not smoking while she was on the phone.

Best of luck to everyone that is thinking about quitting. Just think of the money you'll save!! You'll be able to buy more HP stuff!

Now THAT's a hard habit to break!!


azi - Mar 15, 2006 6:57 am (#1639 of 2983)

Both my parents smoked too! I was also appalled. Definitely a social thing for my mum - on the bus to work, at work, at the pub at lunchtimes (along with about 5 shots of whiskey...). Apparently it's what you did.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Mar 15, 2006 7:18 am (#1640 of 2983)

One of the really nice things about the internet that is we smokers can still talk to forum members and keep our smoke MILES away from non-smoking members!

Have a great RoTD all!

...toddles off to find my cigs, all this talk reminded me I wanted one...


Loopy Lupin - Mar 15, 2006 7:27 am (#1641 of 2983)

If I had this chain-smoker guy as a teacher I would probably walk right up to him and tell him to drop the class, that would make me so angry! Or I would go to some school official and tell. And they talk about kids' attitudes! – Finn

I promise you that you would've done no such thing and that you especially wouldn't have done so near an open window. You might have found yourself re-enacting a scene from Braveheart.

To be sure, it is rude to smoke in any area in which smoking is prohibited or in any area where it is not otherwise allowed. It is equally rude, however, to decide for yourself that a person's personal habits are worse than your own. It is beyond rude to go out of one's way to seek out such persons, on sunny or rainy days in May, for the purpose of public ridicule. If you find yourself in a place where smoking is allowed and, horrors, smoking is going on, leave if you don't like it. Unfortunately for all of us, going out in public typically means that one has to deal with the public.


Finn BV - Mar 15, 2006 7:48 am (#1642 of 2983)

You might have found yourself re-enacting a scene from Braveheart. –Loopy

Erm... never seen Braveheart...

Betty, I forgot before – congrats on going-to-be-a-grandmother soon! THat's wonderful news!

Lizzy, good luck job hunting! That's a bold move you made.


Loopy Lupin - Mar 15, 2006 7:52 am (#1643 of 2983)

Erm... never seen Braveheart... – Finn

Well, there is a scene where the King throws the Prince's, um, "friend" out of an open window. Of course, in that castle, all the windows seemed to be open.


Finn BV - Mar 15, 2006 7:59 am (#1644 of 2983)

LOL. Okay then, rather not be that friend.


Ydnam96 - Mar 15, 2006 8:01 am (#1645 of 2983)

Yay for Lizzy! A fresh start! Hopefully you will find an employer who will pay you on time! And maybe one where you don't have to put the doggies in the kennel so much so they can be at home with you

I had a prof in college, American Renaissance Writers, who would suck in air (it's hard to describe without a demonstration) while he was talking. He did it so much that it was hard to pay attention; almost every sentence I think. He was known for it throughout the college (hopefully unbeknownst to him). He also happened to be a very poor teacher. We all did very horribly in his class despite studying and doing all of the reading. I finally went and talked to him and explained that in an upper level literature class with mostly English majors who took their studies seriously to have the entire class get a D or below on all of our tests and quizzes was an indication that it was how the class was constructed and not our lack of studying. He changed how he tested us and things went much better. I was very happy, because I was prepared to go to the Department Chair but I really didn't want to.

Congtats to Boop. That's wonderful news!

Haymoni, what is Stand?


haymoni - Mar 15, 2006 8:50 am (#1646 of 2983)

It is an organization that is encouraging young people to "take a stand" against smoking.

As Ungrateful Son is only 12 and we are a non-smoking family, I don't think he has come across anyone who would actually argue back.

I am glad that he does not want to smoke. I didn't either, but I ended up trying it anyway. Salem Slim Light 100's - Yes, I know. Those aren't even "real" cigarettes anyway. Probably were worse for me.

I would never go up to someone in a public place and tell them off or cough - they have every right to be there as I do. However, if I am in a clearly designated no-smoking area and someone lights up, I very politely direct the smoker to the area where they are free to smoke.

I truly feel sorry for the kids who are stuck in a car or in a home with a smoker. What child is going to tell their parent that they should stop smoking? They may try, but they'll get the "When you're old enough to pay the bills in this house, you can tell me when & where to smoke" Speech. Or maybe worse.

I don't know enough about "Stand" to know how it started. Did kids start it or did grown-ups start it for kids? I think the commercials on TV are a bit much, but they are thought provoking.

What gets me most though is watching the people putting out their cigarettes before coming up to the government administration building where I work to ask for food stamps or other help. If they've got money to buy those, they don't need our help!!


Puck - Mar 15, 2006 9:04 am (#1647 of 2983)

Way to be brave, Lizzy! Best of luck in your quest!

LOL to TBE for expressing a different opinion! (feel free to puff away while typing in the privacy of your home.)

No one in my house smoked, and yet I still got bronchitis every year as a kid.

Mike, a pair of what? Socks? (Family friendly!)

Darn! Kips gone back to work, and we still don't know how he feels about peeps!

Off to see if there is a new riddle to solve!

cheers! Kathy


Julie Aronson - Mar 15, 2006 9:12 am (#1648 of 2983)

Loopy stated my opinion at least as clearly as I could...

Although I don't do it, my boyfriend is a smoker. He has been for longer than I have been alive and is not likely to stop any time soon. He is respectful of areas marked as nonsmoking, and I can very easily see him taking the same stand as the Professor discussed above.

Our local politicians are trying to instigate a very uneven and unfair no-smoking law in bars and restaurants. It's very annoying when people argue that their asthmatic 4-year-olds can't breathe in the bars. Why are they taking young children into an adult environment in the first place?

It seems to me that another fair way around this difficult situation would be to allow the bar/restaurant owners to choose whether or not to allow smoking in their establishments and to clearly post their preference at the entrance Patrons may make the decisions to enter or not, knowing that they are ultimately taking responsibility for their surroundings.

I don't smoke. I like smoke-free classrooms. All this non-smoking regulation only affects the places I get to go on dates, since the boyfriend, who will visit smoke free establishments on occasion, is reluctant to spend much time there.

Lots more to say, but general rant over.



Kip Carter - Mar 15, 2006 9:33 am (#1649 of 2983)

Puck (Kathy), peeps are OK; however I would never buy them. I would rather have some treacle toffie or lemon drops or take the time to either bake a chocolate or lemon pound cake or lemon squares or prepare a couple of creamy dock chocolate fudge or fix a banana split or strawberry shortcake. And that's just a few of the many sweets that I prefer before peeps.

Yes, I am working but I do read this thread on a regular basis. I try not to post very often because some read more into my post than I originally intended. These expanded reactions seem to change the flow of the discussion and I prefer not to be the cause of that change unless it is necessary.

To all: Regardless of how this post is perceived by some, I hope that all will consider it as a comment by just another member like each of you as each of my previous two posts on this thread should have been received.

I do want to thank each of you for being so kind in your comments concerning my posts. It's nice to feel welcomed.

I apologize for the digression.


Ydnam96 - Mar 15, 2006 10:28 am (#1650 of 2983)

Do we ever digress on this thread? Hmm....

Mmmmmmmmmm strawberry shortcake, lemons squares, lemon pound cake. Those are some of my favorite desserts. The shortcake sounds amazing right now.
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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 15, 2006 10:32 am (#1651 of 2983)

It is equally rude, however, to decide for yourself that a person's personal habits are worse than your own.---Loopy Lupin

What?! Man, sometimes that's the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning.

It just occurred to me that I need to get some corned beef for Friday. Mr. Lupin is Lupin's birthday is on St. Patrick's Day and this is our traditional birthday meal. The kids hate the smell but boy, is it yummy.


Loopy Lupin - Mar 15, 2006 10:50 am (#1652 of 2983)

What?! Man, sometimes that's the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning. -- Lupin is Lupin

Well, just because something is rude does not mean that it cannot also be fun. Sadly, this is how many things in life tend to work out.


Esther Rose - Mar 15, 2006 11:16 am (#1653 of 2983)

Lemon squares, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Cheesecake. I bake cookies too. Ginger Lemon Crinkles are my current favorites. Cigarette smoke tends to aggravate my already aggravating hay fever. However, there are people that I love that smoke so I try to be respectful for those that do.


Choices - Mar 15, 2006 11:17 am (#1654 of 2983)

Esther Rose - those sound delicious!! Care to share the recipe?


Esther Rose - Mar 15, 2006 11:21 am (#1655 of 2983)

I don't have current access to my cookbook but I will remember to post it in the next couple of days. =)


haymoni - Mar 15, 2006 11:25 am (#1656 of 2983)

So Lemon Drops are the way to Kip's heart...(store away for future reference)

Somebody gave me a recipe for Chocolate Soup - it was indecent!!!

Didn't we have a recipe thread???


Tazzygirl - Mar 15, 2006 12:18 pm (#1657 of 2983)

Good morning (and afternoon!) to you all!!!

I have a somewhat of a break this morning, and then off for another non-stop day!

As for the smoking/non-smoking conversation, I am a non smoker. Always will be. The smell makes me sick (basically can't breathe), and I always think of the health risks involved, so I just tend to try and stay away from it. I usually don't do any of the coughing or tell someone to put their cigarette out- I tend to just move to the opposite side where the smoke doesn't go. It is their choice to smoke, and I don't know them, so I tend to leave them alone. It does make me a little upset when I see a pregnant woman smoking, or smoking at a playground around other kids. The only time I put my foot down was when my sister started smoking, and she kept it a secret. I found out on accident, and a couple days later confronted her and told her I was very disappointed. Growing up in a family that really was against smoking (our dad said when we were about 10 that if we started smoking later on in life, he would give us 10 cigars that we would have to smoke one after the other- made me think twice!), I was really shocked that she would disregard our parents' lessons. I think I made her feel really bad, because she then (supposedly) stopped. She doesn't live here anymore, so I don't know if she picked it up again. I am not sure about the laws here in Hawaii about smoking in restaurants and such, I think they started the 'can't light up within 10 feet of a door' rule. I know that is in effect in California.

I love cheesecake, and chocolate anything, and lemon anything! **starting to drool** If I had a bigger oven (I have, what I call, an Easy Bake Oven- in other words, a large Toaster Oven. I can make small dishes in it. ) I would be baking food like that all the time!

Hope you all have a great RotD!!



azi - Mar 15, 2006 12:55 pm (#1658 of 2983)

Mmmmm puddings. Lemon is a lovely thing in puddings, as is chocolate! Cheesecake is one of my favourite desserts, although I also love sponges and custard! As a very fussy eater, I am definitely not fussy when it comes to sugary stuff!

This thread is really busy at the moment. Keep it up people!

The recipe thread probably got eaten...**snigger**


Puck - Mar 15, 2006 1:45 pm (#1659 of 2983)

Thanks for telling us you're position on peeps and other sweets! *grinning that I got Kip to post again!*

Snickerdoodles are often baked by request around here. I, too, once lived in an apartment with an "easybake" oven, so I understand. It is possible to bake an apple pie in a toaster oven. I've managed it.

Tazzy, glad to see you! I was thinking of you this morning as I saw the news on homes on one of the islands washed away in the flood -families and all! Nice to know you are okay!

Have the dementors caught John Bumbledore? Hasn't been at chat that I've seen.

Off to sweep the dust from the chatroom!



Marè - Mar 15, 2006 1:45 pm (#1660 of 2983)

treacle toffie, lemon drop, chocolate or lemon pound cake,lemon squares, couple of creamy dock chocolate fudge or a banana split or strawberry shortcake.

I just had diner and now I'm hungry again.... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1242194059

**Pats TBE and all other, currently closet, smokers on the forum.** Don't worry, we love you anyway.

And the recipe thread can be found here:
Mare-, "-- Harry Potter themed recipes" #, 9 Oct 2003 5:18 am


The giant squid - Mar 15, 2006 2:03 pm (#1661 of 2983)

Unfortunately for all of us, going out in public typically means that one has to deal with the public.--Loopy Lupin

My sentiments exactly, Wayne! That reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Clerks (and one of the few that can be posted on this forum ): "You know, this job would be great if it wasn't for the customers." I've used that line many, many times at work...

While I find Peeps amusing to look at & torment, eating them is a little lower on my list. If I had to pick a sweet to eat (I prefer salty snacks) I'd go with Skittles or Twizzlers. I've never been much for cakes or pastries.

Hugs for Betty and for TBE & any other smokers who have quietly endured the abuse we've been hurling lately. :biggrin:


P.S. Look, Finn--I'm posting during daylight hours! Oh, the madness!!


Lina - Mar 15, 2006 2:15 pm (#1662 of 2983)

Congratulations, Betty! Hugs.

Good luck, Lizzy, I hope the next job will be more satisfying that the last one.

Strengthening charms to Tazzy.

Well, Kip, if you posted more often, maybe we would get used to it... It is always a pleasure to see your post, especially if it is not administrative...


John Bumbledore - Mar 15, 2006 2:36 pm (#1663 of 2983)

Paintball or Star Wars Rebels? Hello! **ducking away from dementors** No, Puck, I have just been busy.

I also am a member of the "my parent was a smoker" club. Never knew then that I stunk of smoke. My Dad quit just after I went off to university. Then I found out how having a smoking roommate affected the odor of all your clothes and towels.

Lady Bumbledore was a smoker, but very tidy about it. I couldn't smell it on her clothes. She smelled sweet... **A hem** She quit summer of the year we were married. She has been smoke free for 16 years this July. **must remember to get her a gift for that.**

Someone mentioned sweets, candy, cookies and such. The mention of Girl Scout cookies reminded me of something Lady Bumbledore told me. Did you know that they violate the "truth in advertising" laws?

Oatmeal cookies have oatmeal, sugar cookies have sugar, etc.. Well, my two daughter (one brownie, one junior) didn't think it was funny, either. LOL

Lady BD has quite a collection of saying that would fit in the Readers Digest section "toward more colorful speech." Such as this one she used on picture day at school, "it is easier to juggle live squirrels than to get all the children in her class to look in the direction of the camera at the same time." We all know that misbehaving children can drive us buggy or even nuts, but only the really pesky ones can drive you "bug-nuts!"

Was digression used in respect to a given post or this entire thread? If the latter, maybe that is why this chat thread sometimes reminds me of College Mathematics.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edit(s) a few here and there. I hope I'm done now.


Chemyst - Mar 15, 2006 4:18 pm (#1664 of 2983)

Please hold your breath while I smoke. Thank you. — Loopy Lupin

I can’t find that rule! According to my business etiquette book, the best way to deal with smoking is to say, "I have terrible allergies. Do you mind if we use the non-smoking area?" You have to love it though, because:  flip a few pages over and it says that medical conditions are one of the topics that should never be discussed when making polite small talk. I guess that is where common sense has to kick in to decide when speaking of one's allergy is an acceptable safety alert and when it becomes tacky.

I see the smoking issue as a subset of a lot of other rudeness that stems from the offender thinking their ways are better. One of the most offensive has to be the guy in the public service announcement who comes on with his uber-sanctimonious and judgmental voice and says, "Unless you've got a gavel, you shouldn't judge anyone." I just want to throw a gavel at him.

. . .

Congratulations Betty!


boop - Mar 15, 2006 5:06 pm (#1665 of 2983)

Thank you everyone, we are excited about the news.

Lizzy, Good luck finding a new job.

I used to smoke when I was in high school. I quit when I turned 18 and haven't smoked since. My 3 daughters all smoke, but nobody smokes in my house.

Sweets, sugar cookies, apple pie, cheese cake and many other kinds of sweets.

Have a good rest of the day!!!

hugs always



Madam Pince - Mar 15, 2006 5:10 pm (#1666 of 2983)

You might have found yourself re-enacting a scene from Braveheart.

Oh, I can totally see Prof. Graham doing that! "Intimidating" does not even begin to describe him. As I said before, he was very calm and straightforward and non-aggressive, but I wouldn't have crossed him for all the money in the world! He was one of those guys who is very quiet, but you just somehow know that if and when he takes action on something, it will be on a spectacular scale! (Kinda like that king in Braveheart, actually, now that you mention it, Loopy!) And the windows in Cabell Hall were definitely big enough to go out of...

TBE, excellent observation! This new-fangled technology is good for something, isn't it?

Funny coincidence -- today I read my weekly hometown newspaper and there was an article by the local attempt at Dave Barry, and he was talking about smoking issues. (The title was "You Can Smoke - Just Don't Exhale.") In his article he said that the state of Virginia has a law similar to what Julie Aronson mentioned -- it is up to the owner of the restaurant/bar/establishment to decide whether or not they choose to permit smoking, so then the patrons can decide whether or not they want to come in. Public places such as hospitals or public restrooms are smoke-free.

haymoni, it's possible that kids may have an influence on parents, if it follows the trend of car seatbelts. Apparently the use of seatbelts has gone way up, and a lot of people attribute it to kids urging their parents.

I never noticed a smoky smell on my clothes when my Dad smoked -- he was a pretty considerate smoker and didn't smoke all that much in the house. The times I do notice it is after being in a very enclosed space filled with lots of smokers, such as a bar. There used to be a place in Charlottesville called Sloan's which I used to frequent, and their smoke-filtering system was pretty bad. You never wanted to wear a suede coat or thick sweater there! But they had great fried cheese! (Which is probably worse for you health-wise than the smoke! )

Lizzy, congratulations on tossing out that old job and moving on to something better! Woo-hoo! Hope you find something that really suits!

Ummmmm.... lemon meringue pie! One of my favorites! The other day I had a craving for some of those No-Bake Cookies (when I was in elementary school they were staples) with oatmeal, coconut, peanut butter, and cocoa. I am ashamed to admit that I have eaten almost the entire batch practically by myself. Man, are they good!

Azi: the recipe thread got eaten....Snort!


dizzy lizzy - Mar 15, 2006 5:13 pm (#1667 of 2983)

Whoah!! busy thread!!

I actually had to go back to find what I'd written last night. I spent another hour down at social security this morning sorting out my unemployment allowance.

The simple guide to Aussie Welfare....In Australia, the unemployment allowance is, for want of a better word, universal. If you meet the criteria, and you are not working then you qualify (sometimes with conditions). However, if you have oustanding holiday leave and long service leave payments, you have to wait until they get used up before you get a benefit.

As I was a casual worker, I had no long service or holiday leave entitlements due to me, and as such I was eligible immediately. I have to look for 6 jobs a fortnight and document them. No documentation, no benefit!

Speaking of sweets, I bought myself a Chocolate Eclair for morning tea afterwards.


EDIT: Braveheart is a good movie! Makes note to rent it out one day and watch it with subtitles...


haymoni - Mar 15, 2006 5:16 pm (#1668 of 2983)

Finn - you should see "Braveheart". I thought it was a pretty good movie. I always need kleenex though.


Madam Pince - Mar 15, 2006 5:19 pm (#1669 of 2983)

Me, too. And I have to shut my eyes during the battles. Heavy sharp metal thingys flying through the air give me the heebie-jeebies. Great movie, though!

**Swoons at thought of Robert the Bruce.... weak, weak character but lovely to look at...***


Julie Aronson - Mar 15, 2006 5:30 pm (#1670 of 2983)

MMmmmm...Robert the Bruce...mmmmmm

Braveheart is good, but Rob Roy is better. Not so obvious, and it starts a bit slow, but truly excellent.

RE: desserts

I love them. I love to make them, buy them, eat them, and think about them. In fact, I've actually created some in my dreams.



irish flutterby - Mar 15, 2006 7:05 pm (#1671 of 2983)

Thanks for the welcome Flynn. It's great to be back. I missed this so much.


Puck - Mar 15, 2006 9:44 pm (#1672 of 2983)

Hello Irish Flutterby!

Madame Pince, do not feel bad about eating the batch of cookies. I made a chocolate cake when Mr. Puck was away last week (he doesn't like chocolate), and over the week consumed at least 2/3 of it myself.

Chemyst, I propose that it is fine to mention having allergies during small talk. It is not polite, however, to go into detail of what color fluids emit from which parts of your body.

Happy RotD to You! Kathy


Tazzygirl - Mar 16, 2006 1:43 am (#1673 of 2983)

Thanks for thinking of me, Puck! The flooding happened on Kauai. A dam had reached its maximum water level and collapsed. I believe there are several other dams getting ready to collapse as well, way to much rain! I am pretty safe where I live. I live on the 'dry' side of Oahu- I get a lot of rain, but not as much as the windward side (the rain hits one side of the mountains and stays there. We get the leftovers.). The weather was supposed to clear up by tomorrow, but I heard on the news tonight that there might be several more days of heavy rainfall. It is the time of year for it!

I am off to bed- another looooooong day tomorrow!

Have a great RotN/D everyone!!



azi - Mar 16, 2006 4:33 am (#1674 of 2983)

Woohoo, one more day and I'm going home for the holidays! I intend on doing a lot, but knowing me I'll get nothing done! Am extremely hyper today...not sure why...

Hope the rain clears up for you Tazzy (but not so much you don't have any water!).

Mmmm chocolate cookies. Wait - Puck, how can your husband not like chocolate???? What happens when dementors come to visit?

Even the fact I have a stats lesson in 45 minutes isn't pulling me down.

Have a great day everybody!


Good Evans - Mar 16, 2006 6:18 am (#1675 of 2983)

I've not seen Braveheart either, so I'm in the dark with you Finn **waves from a dark corner**

ooohhh all this chat about food, and I am dieting!!! you rotters, have to share though, I laughed all the way through yesterday’s motivational talk by diet class taker, as she was talking about the calories in egg yolks and how egg whites can be delicious, and I said all virtuously to my friend sat next to me, "you know she's right, I made a chocolate cake with egg whites rather than the yolks and it is delicious". She stared at me and said - you made a delicious chocolate cake..... we both descended to laughter (who was I trying to kid that a chocolate cake was low fat!!!) talk about speak before you think!!!!

ho ho - anyway another 1lb off yesterday - that is now 31lbs - so I am keeping going!!!!

Azi - I hope that going home for the holiday won’t keep you away from the lexicon!!!

belated hello to Boop and many congratulations on your news (I forgot earlier)

have a great day everyone



Loopy Lupin - Mar 16, 2006 6:29 am (#1676 of 2983)

Please hold your breath while I smoke. Thank you. — Loopy Lupin

Actually, Chemyst, I meant for that line to be perceived as coming from my avatar, the lovely Patty Bouvier.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 16, 2006 6:40 am (#1677 of 2983)

LOL Good Evans, that was funny. Nice progress on your diet. Good luck with the rest!

Loopy, I'll admit to not being up on Simpson symbology, but is the reason Patty's last name is Bouvier because Jackie O nee Bouvier was a chain smoker?


Madam Pince - Mar 16, 2006 7:37 am (#1678 of 2983)

Oh, Puck, what a shame that your husband doesn't like chocolate! So that means the burden of clearing away all the Easter candy, Halloween candy, Valentine's chocolates, etc., etc., etc., falls onto your shoulders? Poor dear....****Pats shoulder comfortingly***


Chemyst - Mar 16, 2006 8:25 am (#1679 of 2983)

Actually, Chemyst, I meant for that line to be perceived as coming from my avatar, the lovely Patty Bouvier. – Loopy Lupin

That's fine. You may blame it on a cartoon character if you feel the need.

** thinks that lawyers often mean for things to be perceived in ways that obfuscate the truth **  


Puck - Mar 16, 2006 8:59 am (#1680 of 2983)

Okay, "obfuscate" is now the word of the day! (Must get my dictionary.)

Mr. Puck does eat some chocolate, but it's not his favorite. Dark chocolate is safe, as only I will eat it. Unfortunately, he discovered that the marshmello trumps the chocolate in Phish Food ice cream, so I can no longer keep that safe.

The wait of finishing leftover holiday candy does not rest on my shoulders. It settles in places a bit south!

Off to see if anyone has solved Mrs. Brisbee's clever riddle!

Cheers! Kathy


Loopy Lupin - Mar 16, 2006 9:28 am (#1681 of 2983)

obfuscate: To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand-- Dictionary thingy online[

Did I do that?

** thinks that lawyers often mean for things to be perceived in ways that obfuscate the truth ** -- Chemyst

That's only because you can't handle the truth!!!! Hehe. I've always wanted to say that line.

Kim, I don't think that Bouvier was chosen as Marge's maiden name as a smoking reference in particular. (Recall that Patty is Marge's perpetually unmarried sister.) I think the joke is more that the "Springfield Bouviers" do not exactly socialize with the Bouviers of New York and East Hampton. Meaningless trivia: Marge's mother is named Jacqueleen.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 16, 2006 12:34 pm (#1682 of 2983)

Thank you, Wayne.

And I've seen Braveheart more times than I can count. You can have Robert the Bruce (honestly, what would he be without that nifty fur cape anyway?) I'll take Stephen the Irishman (played brilliantly by David O'Hara (a Scot!). "My Island" indeed.
Favorite line: "I didn't like him anyway. He wasn't right...in the head." Then again, perhaps, "Him? That can't be William Wallace. I'm prettier than this man. All right Father, I'll ask him."


haymoni - Mar 16, 2006 1:00 pm (#1683 of 2983)

My favorite is "Well, we didn't get dressed up for nothin'!"


Finn BV - Mar 16, 2006 1:35 pm (#1684 of 2983)

**waves back to Good Evans from another dark corner**

Congrats on your dieting, that is excellent work!

Well, yesterday I spent 7 straight hours, with a 20 minute break for dinner, writing my article and studying for a history test – that is ALL I did, with a few five-minute excursions to the Forum, I suppose… – and today I am happy to report that I have only a reading of a chapter from Dracula, so I am quite elated. In addition, I had a really easy history test from a very hard teacher.

Loopy, I'll be thinking of you tomorrow because during math, being the last day before two weeks of spring break, we'll be watching episodes of the The Simpsons that feature geometry. It should be quite exciting.

Have a fantastic RotD/N!


Tazzygirl - Mar 16, 2006 1:43 pm (#1685 of 2983)

I got to the trial this morning and after waiting a little over an hour to be brought in to the court room, we were all told that something came up and that the jury wasn't needed today. Oh well. I can use today to do homework. We have to go back again tomorrow morning, and hopefully the trial will end. **crossing fingers**

I think I am going to go to a bookstore to do homework. I find I get a lot more done when I am not at home...

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



Loopy Lupin - Mar 16, 2006 3:39 pm (#1686 of 2983)

Loopy, I'll be thinking of you tomorrow because during math, being the last day before two weeks of spring break, we'll be watching episodes of the The Simpsons that feature geometry.—Finn

Hmmmm. Simpsons episodes featuring geometry, eh? The only thing that comes to mind is when Marge takes an art class. There is a bit in there about drawing cartoon characters using geometric shapes. It might be the only time a prime time sitcom has ever used the word "rhombus."

Of course, after Googling, it appears that the Simpsons is full of math:


(Finn, maybe you should click on that link after your class in case it spoils some surprise your teacher has in store for you.)


azi - Mar 16, 2006 3:52 pm (#1687 of 2983)

Good Evans - being at home means I will be on the Lexicon forum more often (if that's possible) since I live quite far away from my friends and stay at home all the time. Well done on the dieting at well! That's almost a stone now isn't it?

Tazzy - being away from home is brilliant for work! Hope the jury duty ends tomorrow!

Never seen Braveheart. Room for me in a dark corner?

Mmm Phish Food ice cream...


Chemyst - Mar 16, 2006 4:42 pm (#1688 of 2983)

That's only because you can't handle the truth!!!! Hehe.
Ah, yes. It does tend to drip from my fingers.


HungarianHorntail13 - Mar 16, 2006 5:10 pm (#1689 of 2983)

HI Everyone on the Lexicon Forum, I'm HH11's daughter. I've been using her name to post for a while, so we decided to make myself an ID.

I've read and re-read all of the Harry Potter books.

Just saying hi to the people I have talked to on the chat thread before, and those who I've never met before.

*waves* HI!


boop - Mar 16, 2006 5:24 pm (#1690 of 2983)

Olivia, welcome to the chat thread. Glad to hear you got your own account now. Tell your mum hi for me.

Julie, Thank you, Congrats on the weight loss. That is so great.

Almost the weekend, just one more day!

Welcome all new members. Join in on the fun.

Hugs Always



Finn BV - Mar 16, 2006 6:16 pm (#1691 of 2983)
Thanks, Loopy. Remind me to check that link tomorrow – it will have severely drifted from my mind once the thought of no classes until April drifts in! No, seriously, I'll forget. I'm sure that Bart's much more than amateur when it comes to a little Pythagoras theorizing.

Welcome to the forum, Olivia! Congrats on your own ID!


Tazzygirl - Mar 16, 2006 7:06 pm (#1692 of 2983)

**cringing from the Pythagriam Theorim** Brings back awful memories of 7th grade... (Such good memories in fact, I don't even think I spelled it right!)

**waves to Olivia** Glad to finally see you with your own screenname!!

Thanks Azi, for all the good luck and such!



Puck - Mar 16, 2006 9:19 pm (#1693 of 2983)

Hello and "bloop!" to Olivia!

Ji to Lina, Julie, and Kay! Missed chat today. I was actually cleaning and hanging with the kids as I'm supposed to be doing. (Shocking, I know. )

Kristina, I imagine you get more done at the bookstore because you can't jump on the forum for a quick check of the threads!

Diva's fever -which had broken 2 days ago- came back with a vengence this evening. It was 104! She tends to get scary high fevers. She seems to be a bit cooler now, thankfully.

Thanks for giving the definition of "Obfuscate". I never did go look it up. Too many distractions in the form of tiny sick people.

Okay, of to check a thread or two, then the Diva.

Happy remains of the day!



kaykay1970 - Mar 16, 2006 9:30 pm (#1694 of 2983)

Oh, poor Diva! I hope she is feeling better soon! My children are getting better from their bout with strep throat. The youngest did break out in the rash last night, which is thankfully gone today and the 8 year old's glands are nearly back down to their normal size.


Tazzygirl - Mar 16, 2006 10:40 pm (#1695 of 2983)

Puck:  Kristina, I imagine you get more done at the bookstore because you can't jump on the forum for a quick check of the threads!

hehehe- I always bring my laptop to the bookstore because it has wireless internet. Therefore if I get the urge to check the threads, I can! But I do focus otherwise. There isn't a TV or anything else that distacts me like when I am home. Bad me though- I was getting all set to go to the bookstore today, and I ventured onto the chat to say a quick hello to anybody if anyone was there, and ended up staying for quite awhile! That chat room is so addicting...



Ydnam96 - Mar 16, 2006 11:15 pm (#1696 of 2983)

Oh my goodness. I just saw a commercial for American Express! It's all wierd and freaky and I can't figure out what it's about...then they reveal that it's the world as M. N. Shamalandingdong guy...

I instantly thought of the forum.


Tazzygirl - Mar 16, 2006 11:19 pm (#1697 of 2983)

I saw the same commercial, Ydname96, and thought the same exact thing! LOL



Kip Carter - Mar 17, 2006 3:58 am (#1698 of 2983)

I do not believe it! This thread has gone over four and one-half hours without a post. Some of you must have started celebrating Saint Patricks Day early with the Irish. I have often wonder if Madam Rosmerta serves green butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks for this occasion each year. Your thoughts and plans for today?

Puck, this post was not meant to shock you!

Before I sign off, be careful today and don't take any gold today from a leprechaun!

Note: For those parents looking for something to do with their kids today and want to tie it with St. Paddy Day, check out St. Patrick's Day Fun.


azi - Mar 17, 2006 4:16 am (#1699 of 2983)

Happy St Patrick's Day!!!

I celebrated St Partricks Day a little on Tuesday with some friends and had 'A little leprechauns pint' to celebrate! Twas very nice! Looked like Guiness but was actually Tia Maria, Baileys and green Aftershock.

I plan to pack all my stuff away to go home this evening! I also have a statistics and maths lesson to attend. I'm going to wear my shamrock earrings, and possibly dig out some all green clothes! I need a leprechaun hat...

Have a brilliant day everyone!


The giant squid - Mar 17, 2006 5:49 am (#1700 of 2983)

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all the Irish (and the Irish at heart)! Happy Anniversary to me, as well; we wanted to make sure I wouldn't forget it.

Ah, I long for the days when the Pythagorean Theorem was the hardest thing I had to deal with! Have fun with your Spring Break, Finn.

I just got back from screening V For Vendetta. It's a great movie, though it definitely earned its R rating. Finn, you can't see it, you're too young. Those of you old enough and daring enough to go I leave with a warning: it will make you think. If you're looking for mindless fight scenes & explosions, don't bother. On the other hand, if you want a 5-minte monologue utilizing every word in the English language that starts with the letter "V", by all means check it out.

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haymoni - Mar 17, 2006 6:37 am (#1701 of 2983)

I've got my corned beef cookin' in the crock pot! Should be tasty when I get home!

Happy St. Patty's Day all!


Loopy Lupin - Mar 17, 2006 6:53 am (#1702 of 2983)

If you're looking for mindless fight scenes & explosions, don't bother. On the other hand, if you want a 5-minte monologue utilizing every word in the English language that starts with the letter "V", by all means check it out. – Mike

Vow! Vat vounds vinteresting! Seriously, though, I'm quite interested in that movie. Your review does give me some pause. While I'm not looking only for mindless fight scenes and explosions, there are mindless fight scenes and explosions in the movie, no?


Denise P. - Mar 17, 2006 6:56 am (#1703 of 2983)

Everyone is Irish at heart on St Patrick's Day. I have my corned beef ready to toss into the crock pot as well. I do need to go get some cabbage though. Can't have corned beef without carrots, potatoes and cabbage, can we?

I am on tenderhooks right now. We made an offer on a Rainbow play system and now have to wait to see if the seller accepts it. Rainbow play systems, for those not familiar with them, are the ultimate in a backyard play set. They are very pricey so finding one used at a great price is a find. Of course, we would have to drive to it, disassemble it and then transport it back here to reassemble. Keeping my fingers crossed! If we do get it, I want to replace one of the rope ladders with a climbing rock wall.

I saw that American Express commercial a few weeks ago and immediately thought of Loopy!


Loopy Lupin - Mar 17, 2006 7:37 am (#1704 of 2983)

Hehe Denise.

Good luck on the Rainbow play system. From your avatar, it looks as though you should have plenty of help with the disassembly and reassembly.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 17, 2006 7:51 am (#1705 of 2983)

Denise, Loopy didn't want to come across as a big know-it-all (I know, I know, I'm in shock too) and it's killing him to restrain himself on this so I thought I'd ease his misery by pointing out the expression is "on tenterhooks" not "on tenderhooks".

Would you believe Leprechauns made it into the house last night? It must be all that green beer that turns the toilet bowls green.

I bought white Snapdragons and Bells of Ireland to mark the day. They looks lovely together. Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Denise P. - Mar 17, 2006 7:59 am (#1706 of 2983)

Well, you learn something new daily, I have always thought it was tender. Wikipedia is my friend and now I know what a tenterhook actually is and why the phrase means what it does.

Way to go on the restraint Loopy (ppssst...since when has Loopy been known for restrait? Bet he didn't know it either )

I am off to take Mr. Rhys to a well baby check where he will be shot in the leg a few times...time for immunizations. He has already been premedicated and is ready to go.

Finn BV - Mar 17, 2006 8:42 am (#1707 of 2983)

Mike, the movie sounds like it's got an interesting topic, but I'm not very interested. Vowever, Vi'd vlike va vopy vof vat vonologue. (Stolen from Loopy, couldn't resist!)

Happy St. Patty's day all! Me blood's half-Irish so I've got a wee bit to be proud of there!


Good Evans - Mar 17, 2006 8:53 am (#1708 of 2983)

Finn and the other Irish forummers or descendants - may I wish you a happy St's day. Not being the slightest bit Irish - I dont celebrate, still hope you all enjoy your day / night of revelry.

Had a bit of retail therapy today - bought a beautiful, new dress (hooray, a size smaller than before) for a gala dinner I am attending in April. also Shoes etc, had a great day at the sales in Debenhams - marvellous.


Puck - Mar 17, 2006 8:54 am (#1709 of 2983)

Happy St. Patrick's Day from an Irish Kathleen!

Unfortunately, as this virus has my children under seige, I have not been able to get to the grocery store for any supplies.

Kip, thanks for the link. It may help if the natives get restless! (Oh, and I did not pass out from shock.)

Diva's fever broke, now hoping it stays that way. She still has a bad cold. Poor thing may have to miss a friend's birthday tomorrow after missing school all week.

We removed and slip cover and pillows from the couch last night because we noticed the kids had spilled some juice on it. My son saw it and is convinced it was the Leprechauns!

Happy RotD Kathy


azi - Mar 17, 2006 9:09 am (#1710 of 2983)

Woohoo, I got my Guiness leprechaun hat! Other people paid for the amount of Guiness it required as well!

Had a really random day so far. Got texted by a friend and asked if I wanted to go see Tony Blair, so we went and stood for ages until he came out of the building he was in. I felt sorry for him because most of the few people that were there were heckling him and I find heckling to be a very rude thing to do! I may not agree with his policies and may also have a slight hatred of him, but I still don't agree with heckling!

Then we went to the pub where I required the hat! A merry time, although now I need to pack...


Elanor - Mar 17, 2006 9:25 am (#1711 of 2983)

Hello everybody! Thanks for your wishes!

Just a quick post to tell you all that everything is okay here, though the weather is still very cold, it was even snowing a bit this morning and the wind is quite strong. I think I'll try and buy some dragon skin gloves before the end of my stay here!

Happy St Patrick's day to you all too! I'm going to celebrate it with the other teachers that came here for that training course, and we're going to an Irish pub tonight of course.



Esther Rose - Mar 17, 2006 9:28 am (#1712 of 2983)

I'm wearing a Leprechaun pin that plays "When Irish Eyes are Smiling". =)


Good Evans - Mar 17, 2006 9:30 am (#1713 of 2983)

Azi - your turn of phrase is so funny, about not agreeing with his policies. I bet he wishes that all dissenters were as polite!

anyway - glad you had a good time in the pub - I suspect the guinness helped you to warm up - it has been another chilly one hasn't it?

Audrey - I suspect Cambridge will be really jumping this evening - have a great time.


azi - Mar 17, 2006 9:39 am (#1714 of 2983)

Hehe, I didn't drink any Guiness! I just got the hat! I am still freezing from standing outside so long - and the pub was scarily cold as well!

I think I'm going to ring my mum and beg her to pick me up early. Most of my friends have gone home and everywhere is deserted. It's depressing!


Esther Rose - Mar 17, 2006 9:46 am (#1715 of 2983)

Psst: For those wanting the recipe for my Ginger Lemon Crinkles look at my profile. =)

Edited to add... My new guilty pleasure. Putting Sugar Free Hot Chocolate mix in my coffee.

Sooooo much better than cream and sugar let me tell you. =)


Loopy Lupin - Mar 17, 2006 10:23 am (#1716 of 2983)

Way to go on the restraint Loopy (ppssst...since when has Loopy been known for restrait? Bet he didn't know it either ) -- Denise

Special considerations are due to people who are raising a budding baseball team and whose littlest one is due for shots today. I won't even mention that you didn't spell "restraint" correctly.


Tazzygirl - Mar 17, 2006 11:28 am (#1717 of 2983)

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!! Happy Anniversary Squid Mike and Lady Squid!!

I would celebrate St. Patty's day (my family is really Irish!!), but I have court to go to and then my grandparents arrive this evening for a 10 day stay!

Have a great RotD/N!!



Lina - Mar 17, 2006 2:58 pm (#1718 of 2983)

Kip Carter: Puck, this post was not meant to shock you!

I'm just wondering... did you miss one word in your sentence, Kip? Maybe you wanted to write "Puck, this post was not meant to shock only you."

Happy St. Patrick's day to all that feel Irish! (I do not need to change my font to green...) And I found the meaning of the word "shamrock" thanks to the St. Patrick's day! Yay for me!

And happy anniversary to the Squids!

Yay for the smaller size, Julie!

Wow for the avatar Azi!

Have a good time everybody!


Madam Pince - Mar 17, 2006 3:05 pm (#1719 of 2983)

Good luck on the Rainbow system, Denise! A good used one is truly a find -- I've looked at new ones and the price is outrageous, so we'll be going to the park for our fun!

I knew it was "tenterhooks," but for some reason I always thought they were the hooks you hang meat on rather than what Wikipedia says. Truly, you learn something every day. Today I learned that I am very glad we use Tide to clean our clothes rather than the way they did it in the Wikipedia entry. Bleah....

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


azi - Mar 17, 2006 4:05 pm (#1720 of 2983)

Why thank you Lina!

I'm all home! My room is nice and colourful, but somehow I've just about doubled everything I took to uni while it was there and now I can't fit it all in! I may have to start throwing out some books...**sob**

I gave my brother the St Patrick's Day hat. Apparently he's been feeling down recently (girl troubles) and so I thought I'd try to cheer him up. His comment...'It's a day late!' Brothers.


boop - Mar 17, 2006 5:04 pm (#1721 of 2983)

Kathy sorry to hear your kids are sick. Hope everyone gets well real soon.



Well here is State College, the bars opened at 8. Well there was a line of college kids waiting to get in. I saw lots of green from the students.

It’s the weekend YAY!!!! I think I am going to see that movie Mike. Mischafan went to see it too and thought it was good as well. I hope everyone has a nice weekend!!!

hugs always



Finn BV - Mar 17, 2006 7:04 pm (#1722 of 2983)

Happy Anniversary, Squids!

Loopy, we saw Marge at the art class. And wow, what a link! We saw a ton of stuff on that page. The best one was two girls playing patty cake and they said something like this: "[seven syllable random thingy], Cross my heart and hope to die. Here's the digits that make pie. 3 point 14159265358979… and then the camera pans out. We also saw Homer in 3D, which I heard took 4 months to design. There was also the equation 398712+436512=447212, shown for a fleeting second. But my math teacher paused a lot to show if the math was right or not. Apparently this denies Fermat's last theorem (don't ask), but on a calculator is is proved true. (Basically, there are too many 0s after the decimal point for it to be shown as a different number.)

So. If you followed anything there, congrats. It was really fun. My teacher said that The Simpsons have a lot of respect for mathematicians.

Yay, we're on break! Woohoo! 2 weeks to read all the 1000s of posts on the forum I haven't looked at before!!

EDIT: Loopy, I just emailed my teacher and he said he used that site to decide which clips to use! Thanks Google for making this a small world!


Puck - Mar 17, 2006 7:35 pm (#1723 of 2983)

Happy Anniversary to the Squids!

Julie, good for you! Hope you had fun shopping!

Loopy, is your avatar meant to be sinister and creepy? I know it's just a mask, but for some reason gives me the shivers!

Enjoy break for all who have one!

I hope someone had a Guniness for me! (I must abstain until wee one is weaned. )

Sorry to all if I seemed to disappear from chat today. Slow server combined with low battery. Forced apparition!

Happy Weekend!



timrew - Mar 17, 2006 7:51 pm (#1724 of 2983)

Happy belated St. Patrick's Day, everyone!

I just got in from playing with my band at a St. Patrick's night gig at a place called Bredbury Hall, near Stockport, UK.

It was billed as a St. Patrick's night singalong with The Quiet Man Folk group (us); but when we got there, there was a disco in full swing, and they were playing stuff like, "Club Tropicana", by Wham; and, after setting up, we weren't on for about four hours. I honestly thought, when we came on, we'd empty the room in two minutes flat!

When we finally got on, about 1.30am, to play for one hour, I couldn't have been more surprised. They loved us! Goes to show..............the more drunk the audience is, the more they appreciate us! Sometimes going on late works your way...............


Madam Pince - Mar 17, 2006 11:07 pm (#1725 of 2983)

Sounds like a fun evening, Tim! Wish we could've been there to hear your band! What do you play?

Happy Anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Squid Mike! (Oops, should've said that in an earlier post....) Ah, well, hope it was fun!

Spent the evening watching GoF again, with subtitles. Fred and George had a lot more lines that I had originally thought!


Mrs. Sirius - Mar 17, 2006 11:22 pm (#1726 of 2983)

Whew, what a St Patricks Day! My kids’ elementary school does an art auction as a fund raiser every few years. As a creative way to get art without asking the area artists for yet another donation (they have been very generous over the years) we are having the kids produce the art this year. On Friday mornings I volunteer in the girls' classes and I am also dog sitting for a friend who is out of town.

After I worked in one of the classes I took a break to buy our St. Paddy's dinner fixings this morning then went back to the school to do the art project. I took only about 30 minutes working with the kids. But by the time we "fixed" up the kids work took it down to the ceramic house for firing I didn't get home until 5:30 way to late to make corned beef. We ended up having left over pizza from last night when I didn't cook either.

Tomorrow is the state "Odyssey of the Mind" competition my son is involved with, they have worked so hard for so long. Unfortunately after all that hard work I will not be able to go see them compete1 urhghgh!

Congratulations to the Squids!

Denise, good luck on your bid for the Rainbow playset, I gave up on getting one of those, but I had never thought of getting a used one, hmmmm.....


The giant squid - Mar 18, 2006 1:00 am (#1727 of 2983)

Thanks all for the anniversary wishes.

Loopy, don't worry--since V For Vendetta was screenwritten & produced by the Wachowskis (the guys that brought us the Matrix movies) there are both fight scenes & explosions. They just aren't the be-all end-all of the story.

Puck, Loopy's avatar is the mask worn by V in V For Vendetta. That's all we see of Hugo Weaving in the whole movie. Luckily the man can act more with his voice than most people can with their whole face. "Sinister & creepy" pretty much sums the character up.

Tim, on a night like tonight playing last is probably a good thing--as long as you're playing something, someone will dance to it! I just wonder at the booknig agent who thought it'd be a great idea to follow a dance music group with folkies...



Good Evans - Mar 18, 2006 2:13 am (#1728 of 2983)

Good morning all - I can say that as it is 1.11 on lexicon time although 9.11 here in uk!!!!!

Hope you all had a great evening and that your weekend goes with it! Glad you are home safe Azi , there is nothing quite like your own bed is there!

going to "repotty" some indoor plants today, and bake a Dorst Apple Cake this morning - so best be off the weekly virus check starts in a few minutes!


azi - Mar 18, 2006 5:10 am (#1729 of 2983)

Sounds like a busy day, Good Evans! I was also up at 9am, but I decided my time would be most productive watching Spongebob Squarepants! I also plan on going for a walk to take pretty pictures and baking today, although I'll probably end up doing all that tomorrow!

Speaking of repotting plants, I got home last night to find my mum has repotted my cacti. Unfortunately she also managed to turn them red. She admits that she may have killed my favourite cacti, Spike.

Glad to hear your band's gig went good Tim! I like your band name!

Have a lovely day everyone!


Chemyst - Mar 18, 2006 5:25 am (#1730 of 2983)

I just wonder at the booking agent who thought it'd be a great idea to follow a dance music group with folkies... - Giant Squid
 ... Maybe Bredbury Hall's management thought it would be a way he/she/they could still get home at a normal hour (for a bar). Maybe they were surprised too.
A belated happy anniversary, by the way.

Congratulations, Tim, on a successful gig. I agree with Madame Pince– 'wish we could've been there to hear your band!


Puck - Mar 18, 2006 6:39 am (#1731 of 2983)

*observes a moment of silence for Azi's cactus*

Tim, good to hear from you! Play any songs I would know? Personally, I'm impressed you can stay up that late. I lost the stamina to party until 3am years ago!

I am looking at the world through blurry eyes this morning for a different reason. Diva had me up half the night. Just as I thought she seemed better, her ear hurts. (She's sleeping in the morning, but baby who slept quite well is awake and chipper! Mr. Puck who was in bed as I cared for Diva, is also sleeping in.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1242194059)

Must get ready to teach my dance class. Pity I'm not allowed caffeine!

Happy Weekend! Kathy


azi - Mar 18, 2006 6:49 am (#1732 of 2983)

Aww, thanks Puck! Have a nice dance class! Hopefully Diva will get better soon!


Good Evans - Mar 18, 2006 10:33 am (#1733 of 2983)

Azi - many sympathies over the cactus, I suggest staying with the Irish theme we hold a virtual wake for it in the chat room!!!

Puck - I do hope "Diva" feels better soon. This is quite a virus she has picked up!

have a great ROTD, I'm off out tonight so I will only be around for the next 1/2 hour or so.


Tazzygirl - Mar 18, 2006 1:20 pm (#1734 of 2983)

Happy Saturday everyone!! (or Sunday!)

I was out watching a kid last night until around 2 AM. A week ago, I could have easily stayed up until then, but last night, I was falling asleep at 11 PM. The kid stayed pretty much asleep from 10:30 on, so that was pretty good. He is one of the kids where you have to lay down with them until they go to sleep, which basically wipes me out. Weird. Anyways.

Hope Diva feels better soon, Puck! and I hope you get more sleep tonight!!!

I am sorry about your cacti, Azi!!

Congratulations, Tim, on having a successful night!!

Off to see my grandparents, who arrived last night when I was babysitting...

Have a great RotD/N everyone!!



Finn BV - Mar 18, 2006 3:25 pm (#1735 of 2983)

Congrats Tim! Sounds like the gig was a good one!

Chemyst, what marks the sign of spring – why so precise in hours and minutes?

She admits that she may have killed my favourite cacti, Spike. –azi

So sorry, azi! How many cacti do you have?

Have a great weekend!


azi - Mar 18, 2006 3:58 pm (#1736 of 2983)

I have about 15/16 cacti excluding, but they are the offspring of just one (named Lily). Only Lily and Spike are actually named!

I was just sick for the first time since the 17th of July 2003. I don't like the experience. I want to ring my mum to come home and look after me, because I'm home alone, but I don't think my father would be very impressed if he had to go home from the pub.


Tazzygirl - Mar 18, 2006 4:27 pm (#1737 of 2983)

Hope you feel better soon, Azi!!


Caius Iulius - Mar 18, 2006 4:37 pm (#1738 of 2983)

I don't want to sound stupid, but what is St. Patrick's day? Or what is celebrated?


dizzy lizzy - Mar 18, 2006 4:48 pm (#1739 of 2983)

Caius: I'm an Aussie and St Patrick's day is an excuse to dress up (usually in green), celebrate your Irish heritage (there's an awful lot of people with some Irish blood in them), and to have a good time.

On a serious note, it is supposed to celebrate either St Patrick's date of death or birth. In recent times it seems to have turned into a day of celebration for the reasons described above. Given that St Patrick is a Christian saint, it might be better if you googled for him rather than me putting a link for you on this post.

I had my Mum visit me yesterday on the way to spending the weekend with my sister. I got a grilling about my decision to chuck my job in, but I stayed calm and didn't let her wind me up. My Dad and Step-mum are coming over today to take me out to a picnic lunch! So I'm off to go get ready!



haymoni - Mar 18, 2006 4:52 pm (#1740 of 2983)

Caius - I think it has just become a reason to drink...and to watch parades...and to eat corned beef.


timrew - Mar 18, 2006 5:01 pm (#1741 of 2983)

Thanks to you all who commented on our gig! Azi, thank you for liking our name. We're named after the film, "The Quiet Man", starring John Wayne - we all love that film, even though it's getting on a bit now. Made in 1952, so it's nearly as old as me!

As for what music do we do, well we're a folk band, who normally do folk songs from all around the British Isles; but seeing as it was St. Patrick's Day, we stuck to an all-Irish repertoire; songs like Whisky In The Jar, The Holy Ground, The Irish Rover................


boop - Mar 18, 2006 5:02 pm (#1742 of 2983)

Tim, sounds like you had a great time. Wish I could have been there to hear you play.

Azi, sorry to hear you are sick. I hope you start feeling better soon. (((HUGs)))

Haymoni, I agree with you on drinking. The college's kids couldn't wait for the bars to open. I was glad not to have to clean up after them in the dorm today.

Everyone have great rest of the day.

hugs always



Caius Iulius - Mar 18, 2006 5:08 pm (#1743 of 2983)

I see. Thanks Haymoni and Dizzy Lizzy.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 18, 2006 5:10 pm (#1744 of 2983)

Tim, I like your lineup. Any chance you played my favorite, 'Rocky Road to Dublin'?

There was a local news article in which the bars said they switched from glass bottles to aluminum cans for the day. Dear me.


timrew - Mar 18, 2006 5:55 pm (#1745 of 2983)

That was the first song we did, Lupin Is Lupin........we always do Rocky Road To Dublin, even in our regular sets..........


Denise P. - Mar 18, 2006 6:32 pm (#1746 of 2983)

Tim, The Quiet Man is about the only John Wayne movie I like. I have a colorized version but want to get the original on DVD.

We won the Rainbow play system!! Now to go disassemble the monster. I put a picture of it in my profile, just think more weathered and not brand spanking new but still, that model.


Chemyst - Mar 18, 2006 6:44 pm (#1747 of 2983)

Finn asked, "what marks the sign of spring – why so precise in hours and minutes?"

It has to do with the position and motion of the earth in its orbit around the sun. "Official" spring = vernal equinox. If you want to know more, you can spend an hour getting lost on the USNO website; google the US Naval Observatory.
Three sentences from their homepage: The U.S. Naval Observatory is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the country. Established in 1830 as the "Depot of Charts and Instruments", its primary mission was to care for the U.S. Navy's chronometers, charts, and other navigational equipment. Today, the U.S. Naval Observatory is internationally recognized as the preeminent authority in the areas of Precise Time and Astrometry, and distributes Earth Orientation parameters and other Astronomical Data required for accurate navigation and fundamental astronomy.

They have a cool section where you can enter latitude, longitude, and date and it will tell you sunrise, sunset and moon phase. A few years ago, we had fun using that data to show problems with the timetable of Lupin's werewolf transformation at the end of PA.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Mar 18, 2006 6:44 pm (#1748 of 2983)

WOW!!! WTG Denise!


Puck - Mar 18, 2006 6:56 pm (#1749 of 2983)

Congrats on the playsystem! I'm sure the wee ones will enjoy it!

For others looking for one, if you have someone handy around you can get a kit at a home store such as Lowes. Our playset is similar to a Rainbow, yet less costly. Mr. Puck and his Dad put it together. The kit includes all the hardware, swings, etc..., plus instructions. You buy the wood separately. You'd probably need a long weekend to get it put together.

Diva didn't complain about her ear today, so hopefully it'll just clear up on it's on. I called the doctor's office, but am reluctant to put her on antibiotics if she doesn't really need it. We'll see how tonight goes. On the plus side, with Mr. Puck home, I finally made it to the grocery store, so there is food once again.

Azi, sorry you're sick. You remember the date of the last time? (Which -incidently- was the Diva's 1st birthday.)

Kristina, have fun with your grandparents!

Hope everyone enjoys what's left of the weekend! Kathy


Denise P. - Mar 18, 2006 7:25 pm (#1750 of 2983)

Heh, Mr. Denise is not as handy as he thinks he is. I would much rather get something preassembled then go through the agony that is sure to happen if he attempts to build a play set. We did look at kits but this was an incredible deal so we decided to go for it.
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Finn BV - Mar 18, 2006 7:35 pm (#1751 of 2983)

Thanks, Chemyst. **off to get lost**

Congrats to Denise and co for winning the Rainbow play system! At least you've won it… doesn't even matter if you can or can't put it together!


haymoni - Mar 18, 2006 8:16 pm (#1752 of 2983)

Anyone thinking of building one yourself, don't.

I mean don't do it ALL BY yourself - you definitely need a helper.

A big, burly helper that comes with his own well-worn tool belt.


Ydnam96 - Mar 18, 2006 8:52 pm (#1753 of 2983)

Congrats Denise. That's great. I wish I had something like that as a kid!

Azi sorry to hear about the cactus and about being ill, that's not fun at all.

I am glad to hear that Diva is doing better...I know how bad ear infections are. I had so many as a child that I had tubes put in my ears to help. My first "surgery" at the age of 3.

Lizzy, don't let you family make you feel bad. You had plenty of very good reasons to make a change in your career (by the way, I never knew what you did, just that you were away a lot...). I think (and I know that my opinion is sooo important ) that you made a good decision.

So today has been quite a lazy day for me. It's almost 8pm here and the only thing I've done is read some, talked on the phone some, and gone to the grocery store. I didn't even shower until 5:30pm. It was wonderful

Now I'm off to start painting and re-upholstering the new dining room chairs I bought for $20 from a yard sale! I'm excited. My first real 'home-improvement' project for my own home.



Stephanie M. - Mar 18, 2006 10:03 pm (#1754 of 2983)

Happy St. Patty's Day to everyone! I'm only 1/64 Irish... I look like I would be more Irish than that though...

Happy anniversary to the Squids!!

Congratulations Denise!!

On my Spanish test on Friday, there was a question that basically said, What genre is V for Vendetta? and I couldn't figure it out in English, so I really had no idea what genre it was in Spanish. Then on my way home from school, I saw that V for Vendetta was playing on the movie theater on my block! Well, at least the test was counted as a practice for me since I was away when we learned the material.

I always get sick the first week of Spring break.... and since Spring Break started after school yesterday, that's exactly when I got really sick. My head hurts, my throat hurts, my ears hurt, I have a cough, and my nose is stuffed up, but after I slept 14 hours, I was feeling a lot better. But I still am a tad bit sick.

Off to bed!


Madam Pince - Mar 18, 2006 10:22 pm (#1755 of 2983)

So, Mandy, it's 8 p.m. and you're just getting ready to start painting and re-upholstering some chairs? You're a girl after my own heart! Night Owls, unite!

Poor Azi! Sorry you're feeling so badly! Hope you're better soon! (Same wishes to Puck's little Diva, too -- no fair when little ones are ill!) And to Stephanie, and to anyone else feeling under-the-weather!

Denise, woo-hoo on the Rainbow System! That will be so great! Boy, won't you be the popular family in the neighborhood this summer -- a pool and now a playground, too! As if your own crew weren't enough, I bet you'll have every kid on the block in your yard! (P.S. Surely you liked The Cowboys??? Apparently Bruce Dern still gets hate mail to this day for his dastardly deed in that movie...)

Tim, one of Mr. Pince's favorite movies is The Quiet Man -- I had never seen it until I married him, and now I see it a lot! It is good. (I never knew what that scene in E.T. was about until I saw The Quiet Man.) I was guessing you played Irish folk tunes -- I was wondering what instrument do you play?

I also enjoy the John Wayne movie True Grit almost solely for the performance of Strother Martin in his scenes with Kim Darby. His line about hearing about a girl who had fallen down a well, and "...I thought perhaps it might've been you?" was too classic!

Boop, I had a dream about you! I dreamed that you had linked a bunch of pictures in one of your posts to show us something that had to do with mischafan -- for some reason I want to say it was pictures of his teddy bear collection??!! I have no idea where that came from, nor why I would think mischafan would have a teddy bear collection. Tee-hee! Maybe it's the antihistimines I've been taking or something.... (pollen season, doncha know. I've never had allergies before, but for some reason it's really getting me this year!)

Tomorrow (well, today, actually -- it's after midnight) is Little Pince's 4th birthday. We are taking him to Medieval Times, which is a sort-of dinner/show where the food is served "Middle Ages" style (no eating utensils) and in the arena the show is all about knights on horseback doing jousting and swordfighting and there is a king and queen and princesses and the whole bit. He should be ecstatic - the only thing missing will be the dragon, and I'm sure he'll be asking when it will turn up since he thinks the only point of knights is to fight dragons. He is also going to be "knighted" by the king at some point during the show. Hope he will be brave enough to go out there and participate in front of all those people! We've been practicing so he'll know how to kneel and all that.

Happy Birthday, Choices! (belated, I think? Oh well...)

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


The giant squid - Mar 19, 2006 12:05 am (#1756 of 2983)

azi: A cactus named Spike...are you perhaps a Peanuts fan? In the cartoon strip Spike is Snoopy's brother. He lives in the desert and is often shown with a cactus. if not, it's a heck of a coincidence.

Madame P., I hope Little Pince enjoys his Medieval Time out. Mrs. Squid used to work for the MT in Anaheim (Buena Park, actually) in the photo department. Note that the Excalibur hotel here in Vegas stole the idea (and most of its cast) from Medieval Times for their Tournament of Kings.

Tim, one question: Did you play the Irish Rovers' "The Unicorn"? Every year on St. Pat's my mom would dig out the Irish Rovers albums and torment regale us with Irish-themed folk tunes.




Nathan Zimmermann - Mar 19, 2006 12:46 am (#1757 of 2983)


Here my dad played Tommy Makem and The Clancy Brothers albums on St. Patrick's Day.


Tazzygirl - Mar 19, 2006 1:13 am (#1758 of 2983)

I absolutely LOVE the Quiet Man! I watch it all the time. My other favorites of John Wayne are True Grit and The Cowboys.

Tonight was the First Birthday Luau (pronounced loo-ow) for my youngest cousin, Nathaniel. First Birthdays are a big part of the Hawaiian culture, so it is this huge deal. I believe a little over a hundred people came to this party, of which, I am pretty sure, that my adorable little cousin will remember nothing of. Oh well! It was fun, and we have a ton of photos and video to show him when he is much older!! (The chocolate cake was very delicious, by the way! )

Congratulations, Denise, on such a wonderful playset!!!

Hope you feel better soon, Stephanie!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!!



TwinklingBlueEyes - Mar 19, 2006 4:49 am (#1759 of 2983)

Happy belated Birthday, Choices!

...toddles off wondering where I lost a day ...


Puck - Mar 19, 2006 6:30 am (#1760 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Little Pince! (or should we now call him "sir", as he is being knighted this evening?

Madame Pince, I had an odd dream myself. I was living at my childhood home and they had blocked off the main road to film a Star Wars movie over the back fence! I was all a-twtter over Harrison Ford being there!) My childhood home is in Lawrence, which is city, and very unStar wars like. (I'm sure Kim will be chuckling at the idea.)

Healing charms all around! Diva is doing better. Ear hurts a bit at night, but tylenol is keeping the pain in check. The doctor said swimming lessons are out, but she can go to school this week. (The contagious stage is over.)

Putting up a playground if definitely a 2 or 3 person job! Luckily Mr. Puck and his Dad do come with there own toolbelts! One of our first dates I drafted the future-hubby to come help put up the new playground at the preschool where I was teaching.

Mandy, sounds like you had a great day!

Happy RotD, Kathy


kaykay1970 - Mar 19, 2006 7:00 am (#1761 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Little Pince! It sounds like you have a great evening in store for him.

I feel the same way about John Wayne movies as Denise does. This is mainly due to the fact that as a child I saw them over and over again. Dad was a huge fan! He also watched Sam Elliot movies again and again, however I can't say that I ever tired of seeing those. I absolutely love The Sackett's and the Quick and the Dead. I keep meaning to start reading the Louis L'Amour books because Dad always said that they were much better than the films...

I love the play ground Denise. Congratulations!


boop - Mar 19, 2006 7:49 am (#1762 of 2983)

Congratulations to you Denise. It looks like lots of fun.

Stephanie, I hope you start feeling better soon.

Madam Pince, LOL I don't know about Teddy Bears, but I do know about a scrapbook of pictures of Mischa Barton. I have been collecting pictures and adding pages for him.




Everyone have a great day/night!!!!!

Hugs Always



azi - Mar 19, 2006 7:54 am (#1763 of 2983)

Thank you for the well wishes everyone! I ended up being sick in a bucket all night, but now just have aches and pains with drowsyness. I have never had sickness like that in all my life! My mum thinks it's either something I ate or a kidney infection. Puck - I remember the last time I was sick because it was within 24 hours of me being in Germany and the worst nut allergy I've ever had! Being sick is something I don't often do so things like this stick in my memory! It's nice to hear Diva is slowly getting better! Ear infections are a pain!

I've never heard of The Quiet Man before, Tim! However, my mum was born in 1952, so I'll ask her if she ever watched it!

Mike - it's a complete coincidence! I named him Spike because he had horrible prickly spikes (a very obvious name, come to think of it).

That play area looks fantastic Denise! I would *love* one of those!

Hope your cold goes away before the end of the holidays Stephanie!

Madam Pince - that medieval themed place sounds fun! Must be a special occasion for Little Pince!

Happy Birthday Nathaniel! **insert birthday smiley here!**

Apologies if I forgot anyone! Today I have an excuse!

Hope everyone has a nice, sickness free, day!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 19, 2006 8:13 am (#1764 of 2983)

(I'm sure Kim will be chuckling at the idea.)---Puck

Why ever would you think that? But I hear he'll be filming another Raiders movie, perhaps they can do some location shots in Lawrence?

Chemyst, I think your coat of arms should feature a font of information.

Heh, Mr. Denise is not as handy as he thinks he is.---Denise

Hmmm, thinks Denise should be careful what she says about a man with enough free time on his hands to attempt to prove her wrong.

Azi, sorry to hear about the bucket. That's no fun.


Good Evans - Mar 19, 2006 9:05 am (#1765 of 2983)

hope you are feeling better Azi, sounds like you first weekend home hasn't been much fun at all!!!

kathy - pleased Diva is feeling a bit better.

Happy birthday (and belated) to all those appropriate

I am feeling a bit rash, I have entered the "Race for life" again this year, always seems like a good idea, but now I've got to train......, well that should help the weight loss!!! this year I want to try to do it in around 25 mins, I think last year was 28, so I want to improve. its 5 k so I need a lot of practice as I haven't run since last year’s race, still I have 'til 2nd July to practice for it and build up some stamina!

For those that don't know Race for life is a womens race that takes place all over the country during the summer months, and is in aid of cancer reearch, a very worthwhile charity.

Anyone else doing it? we can compare training plans (ROFL!!!) well. at least offer moral support!

have a great ROTD folks


Finn BV - Mar 19, 2006 10:02 am (#1766 of 2983)

Wellness Charms all around!

Happy Birthday to Sir Pince and Nathaniel!

Good luck training, Julie! Glad all your weight loss plans can be taken into action.

Off for a little lunch…


Loopy Lupin - Mar 19, 2006 10:54 am (#1767 of 2983)

So. If you followed anything there, congrats. It was really fun. My teacher said that The Simpsons have a lot of respect for mathematicians.—Finn

Indeed they do. I can't speak for the writing crew today, but for many years, The Simpsons writers were mostly comprised of Harvard alums. Conan O'Brien was on the staff at some point. There have been tons of references to some rather academic and intellectual themes. I hope you were able to resist looking at the link until after your class.

Puck, the mask is, as Mike says, the mask worn in V for Vendetta. Most Brits, however, will also recognize it as Guy Fawkes, who plotted to blow up Parliament about 400 years ago. He didn't succeed and was hanged, drawn and quartered. (Eww.)


Ydnam96 - Mar 19, 2006 12:41 pm (#1768 of 2983)

You know, I now have no desire to see V for Vendetta. Mostly, cause the mask freaks me out.

So, last night I only got through sanding three of the chairs. So now that I'm back from church I'm gonna go finish the project. While watching the LA marathon, I have several friends (who are crazy IMO) who are running.



dizzy lizzy - Mar 19, 2006 2:40 pm (#1769 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to Choices, Master Pince and Tazzy's Nathaniel!

I had a lovely picnic lunch with my Dad and Step-mum, they bought over some lovely sandwiches with home-made bread and home grown cherry tomatoes as well. And they gave me a dozen home grown chook (chicken) eggs. So that means now I can cook a chocolate slice to stave off my cravings for sweet things and make my favourite lunch - Potato Pancakes.

Mandy: Sounds like you are having fun with the sanding . I need to do some sanding and painting on my wardrobes now I have plenty of time to do these sorts of projects.

Excellent playset Denise!

Hope Diva and Azi both get well soon!


EDIT: Tazz...It does sounds like a hot chocolate day, after all the hard work on Nathanial's party. Enjoy! **waves** to Tazzy!


Tazzygirl - Mar 19, 2006 2:40 pm (#1770 of 2983)

Thanks for all the birthday wishes for 'Thaniel.

Happy (late) Birthday to Choices and Sir Pince!!!

Get Completely Well charms sent to Azi, Diva, and any other person I missed!!

It is currently thundering and pouring rain. I love the sound! I woke up about a half hour ago (11 am my time!), thinking it was 7 am- it is that dark outside! I believe it is a hot chocolate and GoF day! And I can actually sit down and enjoy it!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!!


EDIT: Crossposted with Lizzy! **Waves to Lizzy!**


The giant squid - Mar 19, 2006 2:44 pm (#1771 of 2983)

azi, look on the bright side--at last you had the bucket handy!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Mar 19, 2006 2:45 pm (#1772 of 2983)

I hope our Australian friends are out of the way of that cyclone. It looks to be a bad one. Our thoughts are with you.


dizzy lizzy - Mar 19, 2006 2:50 pm (#1773 of 2983)

TBE: My brother is just south of that Cyclone (Cyclone Larry). He's a little nervous. I can't say that I blame him either...



Catherine - Mar 19, 2006 2:53 pm (#1774 of 2983)

Hi, everyone.

I'm back from the NCAA Basketball tournament. Lots o'basketball this weekend. Mr. Catherine did not enjoy seeing Duke win two games this weekend only for Carolina to fall to George Mason today. **waves to George Mason alums**

I won't bore anyone with commentary from the games, but I will say that it was exciting for the two bottom seeds (Winthrop and Southern) to nearly defeat their top-ranked opponents. Southern was a great team to watch, and their band was awesome.

Woo-hoo to Denise on the playset! I'm excited for you. Belated birthday wishes to Mr. Lupin is Lupin and belated St. Patrick's Day wishes to everyone else.

Spring Break is done, alas earwax. Back to work.


Tazzygirl - Mar 19, 2006 3:07 pm (#1775 of 2983)

Wow! I just looked up the Cyclone to see what was going on- I hope your brother stays safe, Lizzy!



Lina - Mar 19, 2006 3:13 pm (#1776 of 2983)

Tim, I'm glad you had a good performance. Did you wear Kilts?

Denise, the Rainbow play system you purchased looks great!

Healing charms to everyone that needs them!

Happy belated birthday Choices and Nathaniel and happy birthday Little Pince!

And safety charms to those in the way of the cyclone.


Finn BV - Mar 19, 2006 3:43 pm (#1777 of 2983)

Wait, now I'm confused. First of all, is Sir Pince in any way related to Madam Pince? Second, how is Nathaniel related to Tazzy??

Safety charms to those in Australia, including Lizzy's brother! Glad you had a nice picnic, Lizzy!

I was thinking of you, Catherine, as my dad watched with intensity Caroline lose to George Mason.

Have a great RotD!


boop - Mar 19, 2006 4:30 pm (#1778 of 2983)

Catherine, sounds like you have had a fun weekend. Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself.

I just got back from going to the movies. I went by myself to see V for Vendetta. I enjoyed the whole movie. I was glad that I made the choice to get out and see a movie.

hugs always



Tazzygirl - Mar 19, 2006 5:02 pm (#1779 of 2983)

Finn-Second, how is Nathaniel related to Tazzy??

Nathaniel is my cousin.



timrew - Mar 19, 2006 5:02 pm (#1780 of 2983)

I (or any of the rest of the group) don't wear kilts, Lina. We've all got legs that are too short, fat and hairy for that!

Denise, congratulations on your Rainbow Play System. I hope your kids enjoy it.

Azi, I hope you're off the bucket at last!


Marie E. - Mar 19, 2006 7:00 pm (#1781 of 2983)

Since we had the name discussion a few months ago, I thought I'd let you all know that my nephew was born last Thursday morning. And, yes, his name is Cobain Dean. He was born 12 days early and is doing fine. He was 6 lbs 8 oz and 19 inches. I'm so excited to be an Auntie!!! And the Squid is an uncle, again.

We had a snowstorm with thunder this evening. Very odd. We're supposed to have a winter storm tonight, about 8 inches of snow. We'll see.


kaykay1970 - Mar 19, 2006 7:16 pm (#1782 of 2983)

Congratulations Auntie Marie and Uncle Squid!

Stay safe, Lizzy's brother!


Tazzygirl - Mar 19, 2006 7:17 pm (#1783 of 2983)

Congratulations Marie E. and Squid Mike on the birth of your nephew!

On the note of kids- Nathaniel took his first steps by himself today!! It was funny to watch because he was laughing so hard he could barely focus!



boop - Mar 19, 2006 7:36 pm (#1784 of 2983)

Congrats to Marie and Mike for the new nephew!!!

Kristina, My granddaughter will be one next month and Maya just started to walk. She does the same thing.

Today was my youngest grandson Dustin's 2nd birthday.


Puck - Mar 19, 2006 8:27 pm (#1785 of 2983)

Happy birthday to Dustin!

Go Young Nathaniel for those first steps! (Note to Finn, this is a different Nathaniel from the one here on the forum.)

Congrats to Mike and Marie for their new nephew! (May you someday get used to his name.)

Isn't there a Guy Fawkes Day? I remember people mentioning it when I was an exchange student. Now I wonder why you would celebrate someone who tried to blow up buildings. And I get hanged and quartered, but not sure what drawn is.

Finn, Little Pince was to be knighted at his birthday celebration, thus the "Sir".

Boop, glad you got to get out and have some time for yourself.

Welcome back Catherine!

Safe thoughts to those near the cyclone.

Happy RotD Kathy


timrew - Mar 19, 2006 8:28 pm (#1786 of 2983)

I just got an e-mail from Amazon. My copy of Goblet Of Fire is on its way. It'll soon be in my grasping little mitt at last!.................


Madam Pince - Mar 19, 2006 8:49 pm (#1787 of 2983)

Woo-hoo, Tim! Congrats and high-fives all around...

Azi, did you just use the ordinary, run-of-the-mill bucket, or did Hagrid bring you the "specialist equipment"? I'm sorry, I don't mean to laugh at your illness... I truly hope you feel better soon! That must be miserable...

Congrats to Marie E. and Squid Mike on becoming an aunt and uncle! Have you decided yet what you're going to call him?

Happy Birthday to Dustin and to Nathaniel, and congrats on the first steps for Nathaniel! I know what you mean about the laughing bit, Tazzy. Little Pince could barely keep from drowning last summer during his swimming lessons, because he was laughing so much with glee at just being in the water! Too cute when they are giggling like that!

Kaykay, I have no problem watching Sam Elliott movies, either! If you want to borrow any Louis L'Amour books, just let me know -- I have the entire set, I think! They really are very good. Not what you'd call "deep reading," but enjoyable! My Dad used to like Zane Grey, and he started reading these, and then I borrowed them, and it went from there....

High-fives to Good Evans too -- woo-hoo on your upcoming race plans! You go, girl! You have my deepest admiration!

***Hopes that Dizzy Lizzy's brother will be out of the storm's way***

George Mason beat Carolina today???!!! Wow, what an upset! I'm really glad to hear, though (even aside from the general merriment resulting from a Tar Heel loss,) because the GMU head coach used to be an assistant coach at UVA when I was there, so I'm glad to see him doing well! Bet you had a fun day, Catherine! Are you all "basketballed-out" though?

Sir Little Pince had a really big day today -- thanks for all the birthday wishes! Medieval Times was a great show! (Cool that Mrs. Squid used to work there, Mike! --and by the way, the Red Knight looked exactly like I picture you looking, although I really have no idea, so I sort-of cheered for him even though we were in the Black-And-White Knight's section! ) TBE, I thought of you when the horses were doing their "dance steps" -- they were so beautiful and beautifully trained! All white or dapple gray Andalusians, with one or two blacks, I think. Really lovely. And it was an exciting show, and great food, and Little Pince did so well with his knighting ceremony! There was a falcon, too, winging his way around the arena, which was super-cool. No dragon, though, which was the only disappointment for Little Pince.

Then when we got home we had a The Incredibles-themed party, with an "Incredibles" cake and presents with the aunts and uncles and cousins and such. Mr. Pince and I gave him his first bicycle, so he is itching for good weather tomorrow to try it out.

***Joins those who think that the V For Vendetta mask is creepy looking...***


Finn BV - Mar 19, 2006 8:49 pm (#1788 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Dustin!

Okay! I get it! I didn't connect Little Pince's knighting to make it "Sir" Pince. Aha! I guess I'm just really tired…

Congrats to Marie and Mike on your new nephew!

Have a great RotD everybody!

EDIT: Glad the party went well, Madam P -- now that I know who we're talking about!!


Tazzygirl - Mar 20, 2006 1:06 am (#1789 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Dustin!!

Off to bed!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!



The giant squid - Mar 20, 2006 1:23 am (#1790 of 2983)

Isn't there a Guy Fawkes Day?—Puck

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November... Yes, Virginia, there is a Guy Fawkes Day. That's the first line of a poem all about Guy Fawkes & his actions leading up to him getting his own day. If you Google Guy Fawkes I'd bet you could get the whole thing; I know it's in the "trivia" section of the IMDb page for the film (I'm sure the British nationals can give a more detailed description).

Yes, I'm an uncle again. The little fella showed up about a week & a half early. Coincidentally, the package of baby goodies we sent today weighed in at 6 lb. 14.5 oz (just 6.5 oz heavier than the boy himself). We still refuse to call him Cobain, but Mrs. Squid & I have decided to refer to him as C.D. Since both his parents are music fans I think that'll go over better than Cobey.



Caius Iulius - Mar 20, 2006 1:43 am (#1791 of 2983)

Is the little fellow named after Kurt Cobain?


Snuffles - Mar 20, 2006 1:43 am (#1792 of 2983)

Happy belated birthdays to Sir little Pince, Choices, Nathanial and Dustin. Phew!

Azi, I hope you are feeling better and are bucket free!!

Congratulations to Marie E. and Squid Mike on your new little nephew.

At last the weather seems to be a bit milder, maybe spring has sprung!!!

GOF came out here today. Woo hoo! I set off to work 15 minutes earlier so I could go to Asda and pick up my 2 disk copy. I was going to ask my mum and dad to get it when they went out, but decided they may come back with the 1 disk and my dad saying "Look we saved you some money, this one was cheaper!!"

Can't wait to go watch it tonight!

Have a good Monday everyone



Catherine - Mar 20, 2006 5:24 am (#1793 of 2983)

Madame Pince, yes, I am definitely b-balled out. Last Thursday was four games in one day, and one of the games went into overtime.

I thought my body would permanently take the shape of the seats in the Greensboro Coliseum. What's funny is that I did not describe the truly awful hotel room that we called home for three days.

The bed was so lumpy and misshapen that you could look at it and tell it sloped into the middle. Only one of the three lamps worked, and we happened to be across the hall from the ice machine. That might have been ok, except that it was like a possessed Muggle object and spewed ice by itself for no reason all night long, despite our repeated pleas to the front desk. We tried to unplug it, but couldn't get to the plug.

In the morning, there was a mound of ice four feet tall and four feet wide in that room. The hotel staff did clean it up, but neglected to account for the accompanying mildew that followed.

We checked out of the hotel a day early and came home. Thank goodness.


Loopy Lupin - Mar 20, 2006 6:03 am (#1794 of 2983)

I (or any of the rest of the group) don't wear kilts, Lina. We've all got legs that are too short, fat and hairy for that! – tim

Do they make floor-length kilts for formal occasions?

Congrats Betty on the grandkid birthdays! I'm glad you got out to the movies too. Personally, I kind of prefer going to the movies solo myself. Less talk, more movie. Congrats and belated congrats to all other birthdays I missed.

Puck, here is the wikipedia discussion of being drawn and quartered. I'd warn that the actual description is pretty gruesome. I elected to post the link because, gross or not, it is pretty educational.


Hiya Catherine! Is your MSN broken?


Marie E. - Mar 20, 2006 6:40 am (#1795 of 2983)

Caius, yes, my nephew is named after Kurt Cobain. My sister refuses to let us call him Coby. I've threatened to call him Bain.

We got that snowstorm they were blathering on about. It's not so much about the snowfall as it is about high winds, below zero wind chills, and blowing snow. For only the second time this school year....SNOW DAY! I, however, still have to go to work, but at least my kids can sleep in. As I was bundled in a blanket watching the snow blow by I thought "Ahhhh...welcome Spring!".


Puck - Mar 20, 2006 6:46 am (#1796 of 2983)

Eeewww and Thanks to Loopy! The drawn part wasn't so bad, but the rest pretty gruesome.

I forgot yesterday to say "Go, Julie!"

Catherine, soory about the hotel room. Too bad you didn't have a blender for frozen margarhitas! (Use the ice and make the room seem nicer!

Happy RotD, Kathy


Julie Aronson - Mar 20, 2006 6:51 am (#1797 of 2983)

Yippee! Spring break is next week and I'll be in the Rock Hill, SC area. Any forumers there?

Congrats and happy birthdays to all concerned!

Nine more classes and I'll be free for a week!!! (OK, so I'll be outlining and writing an appellate brief, but not at school...)

Have a great day!



Denise P. - Mar 20, 2006 7:13 am (#1798 of 2983)

Congrats to Mike and Marie on the new nephew. What does Bashful Bob think of the name?

We have rain here, yuck. Mr. Denise is off turning in the van to get repaired and getting a rental van. There was a brief glitch when the insurance company only authorized a mid sized car for a replacement. I told Mr. Denise we should take everyone out of school to go down there and ask how we are supposed to fit into a mid sized car. @@ A call to the insurance agent got things taken care of and Mr. Denise is supposed to pick up a 12 passenger van.

Betty - woo hoo on another grandbaby!


Madam Pince - Mar 20, 2006 7:15 am (#1799 of 2983)

Oh phooey, Marie! Welcome, spring, indeed! Below zero wind-chills??? That's just not right....

C.D. sounds like an admirable choice for the new nephew!

Sympathies on the hotel room, Catherine. It's not as if you could've slept well in that bed anyway, but ice noise all night too? For cryin' out loud!!! I hope you at least got a discount off the room or something....

I forgot one other thing -- yesterday at Medieval Times we were of course bombarded by lots of serfs and wenches (their names, not mine) walking around before the show selling the obligatory "glow-in-the-dark" toy thingys that every venue taking place in the dark offers -- stuff like neon roses for the ladies, swords, crystal balls, etc. I convinced Mr. Pince to spring for a glowing-neon-green wand (rather than the blue or purple) because I figured hey, if you're going to have a wand, you might as well have one that does "Avada Kedavra," right?

Edit: Denise, isn't that van almost new? Fiddlesticks on needing repairs!!! Or hopefully it's just maintenance? (Puck, did you get your car fixed yet?)

Edit again: Oh, yes, that's right -- I had forgotten about that guy hitting you. Bummer.... (P.S. Love the static electricity in the hair in your avatar! Tee-hee!) (P.P.S. -- our Knight threw a flower to my 82-year-old Mom, too. We all accused her of shamelessly flirting with him.)


Denise P. - Mar 20, 2006 7:20 am (#1800 of 2983)

Yep, it is fairly new. A guy down the street slammed into me a few weeks back. He said he didn't see my mammoth van behind him before he decided to back up in the middle of the street. I did try to get it in reverse when I saw him not stopping but I wasn't quick enough. His insurance is covering everything since he was at fault.

Happy belated birthday to Sir Pince. We went to MT when we were in Florida a few years back on the Make a Wish trip. Our Knight, the Red Knight, threw a flower to Kaitlyn and her ratty brother Ryan snatched from the air instead. He refused to give it to her so we stopped on the way out and got her a tiara with ribbons all over it. Brothers can be so creepy.
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kaykay1970 - Mar 20, 2006 7:37 am (#1801 of 2983)

At least, judging by your avatar Denise, the children got to try out the new playground before the rain started. We are getting the same yucky weather here, in fact I now have a pond where my front yard used to be...

I'm so glad Sir Pince had a good time on his birthday!!


azi - Mar 20, 2006 7:54 am (#1802 of 2983)

I'm glad at least some people can laugh at my illness! No more bucket, but one's stomach still doesn't like me eating. Yesterdays consumption was an apple and 2 slice of toast - not very much! Which might explain why I don't have the energy to move...Anyway, I'm getting better, which means the charms are working!

Good luck with the training Good Evans! I'm sure you'll do great!

Ack, Catherine, that hotel sounds terrible!

Erm Tim, aren't most people who wear kilts rather short with hairy legs?

I don't really find that Guy Fawkes mask scary. Maybe I'm just so used to the face of Guy Fawkes I'm immune to its freakiness?

Have a lovely day everyone!


Caius Iulius - Mar 20, 2006 11:37 am (#1803 of 2983)

Marie E, (Lady Squid?Sister Squid?) I can imagine your reluctance about the boy's name.


Viola Intonada - Mar 20, 2006 1:05 pm (#1804 of 2983)

Congrats to Marie and Mike on the nephew! And congrats to your kids on their snow day Marie. I love snow days.

Happy birthday Sir Pince!

Happy Spring Everyone!

It was a soccer weekend in our household. Both girls played in an indoor soccer tournament (six games between the two on Saturday). Eldest daughter's team won all their games on Saturday, so got to play again on Sunday (which they won!) One parent brought along HBP to read, but only read one chapter while there. After the games on Saturday, one of the players came over to our house. They watched GoF, the girls acted out the entrance of the other schools into the great hall. It was hilarious.


Puck - Mar 20, 2006 1:48 pm (#1805 of 2983)

Viola, sounds like a fun weekend! Congrats on a winning team!

Denise, love the avatar!

I went today to make an appointment to get my car fixed. The guy told me I could get a rental and the othger lady's insurance has to cover it, as she was at fault. If I don't get a rental, he'll arrange for me to have a ride home. Mr. Puck is out of town, so I may opt for the latter and drive his car around for a few days.

Azi, glad to hear you're on the mend!

Spring has sprung with freezing temperatures and blustery winds. I try to explain to kids that the weather and the calendar don't always agree!

Happy RotD, Kathy


dizzy lizzy - Mar 20, 2006 2:40 pm (#1806 of 2983)

Congratulations Marie and Mike on the birth of your nephew!

I'm glad you are feeling better now Azi!

My brother missed the worst of Cyclone Larry, but is now on standby to be sent in to assist the cleanup etc.

Its looking like a lovely day outside...perhaps I'd better go enjoy it!



timrew - Mar 20, 2006 4:32 pm (#1807 of 2983)

To Loopy Lupin and Azi.......our legs are so short that they only just reach the floor - picture the dwarves in, 'The Hobbit'. Long kilts would be no good; we'd only end up looking like coffee-tables!

BTW, I read tonight in the paper about the cyclone in Cairns, Australia. The epicentre was at a place called Innisfail. I have a friend in Innisfail!

Anyway, I phoned him tonight. He said he got off lightly. His roof lifted, but settled back again. His car-port collapsed on his car, and he has no power and water; but he's okay. All part of Life's Rich Tapestry.............


The giant squid - Mar 20, 2006 8:01 pm (#1808 of 2983)

Caius, we tried to explain the downside of Coby's name (i.e. the way he died, rather than the way he lived) but our sister would have none of it. I still maintain it would have worked better as Dean Cobain--at least then he didn't have to acknowledge the wierd name if he didn't want to. I've always maintained that when naming a child you should keep in mind how schoolmates will react to it.

Tim: four coffee tables with dust ruffles playing Irish folk tunes...how could one resist?  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1003735042



haymoni - Mar 20, 2006 8:12 pm (#1809 of 2983)

Maybe you could call him "CD" instead.

Who knows - by the time the little chap is old enough, Nirvana will be one of those "influence" bands - Cobain's friends may think his name is quite cool.


Madam Pince - Mar 20, 2006 8:25 pm (#1810 of 2983)

Marie's idea of "Bain" is interesting too -- it could either call to mind a centaur, (if you're a Potty), or something like "...the bane of my existance" which isn't so hot but is sometimes strangely appropriate when certain behaviors rear their ugly heads during toddlerhood...

Glad to hear that Lizzy's brother and Tim's friend are both OK after the storms! Tim, your description of what happened to your friend's house gave me a vivid mental picture of a pot boiling so hard that the steam lifts the lid off a little bit! Whew! Not exactly something you'd want to have happen to your roof!!!

I'd buy a ticket to see a coffee table with dust ruffles playing an Irish tune....


Finn BV - Mar 20, 2006 8:42 pm (#1811 of 2983)

Hehe – I thought of the centaur.

We went into to MoMA (Museum of Modern Art today) to see the Munch show and the architecture shows. Lots of fun.

We also walked across the set of a new TV show – while they were filming! It was really cool. We were walking down Park Avenue and saw those big lights they use in the middle of the street. (For those who don't know, Park has a walkway down the center to separate the cars going opposite directions, so the lights weren't obstructing any traffic.) So we walked across the street, to the Waldorf-Astoria, and there they were shooting a new TV pilot program, called "Traveler." They told us to keep moving unless we were extras, but as we walked right in front of the hotel doors, the director shouted "1, 2, 3, Action" and they filmed the doorman come out and open a taxi door as a man emerged. Pretty exciting. When the show comes out in September, likely, I'm going to be watching nitpickedly! (Is that word? LOL)

Have a great RotD everybody!


Tazzygirl - Mar 20, 2006 8:55 pm (#1812 of 2983)

The trial is FINALLY done!!! We declared a miss-trial after two days of deliberating. There was a major lack of evidence, and several people refused to budge on what they felt. I am so relieved to get it over with. It was a great learning experience, but I hope I will never have to do a trial like that again. **insert frantically shaking 'No!' smiley head here**

Now I can focus back on school!!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!!



Puck - Mar 20, 2006 9:06 pm (#1813 of 2983)

Glad all are safe!

I'm sleepy. Off to bed.



azi - Mar 21, 2006 6:17 am (#1814 of 2983)

Woohoo, congratulations Tazzy! I hope you never have to do that again! Good luck with the school work!

Ooo, sounds fun Finn! I hope you're on the show, even if it's just briefly!

I'm better!!!! I could jump about today and not fall over! I'm not allowed to do anything too energetic though so I can bring my energy levels back up. Thanks for healing charms once more!

Great to know that people are ok after the cyclone!

I think Bain is a good name for a child...especially with the HP reference!

Have a lovely day everyone. I'm going to try and cut down the number of exclamation marks I use on this thread. There's enthusiastic and *way* too over-enthusiastic!


Marie E. - Mar 21, 2006 6:24 am (#1815 of 2983)

Sister Squid sounds like a cool name for a musical group. Heh.

We're supposed to get another storm system tonight, lasting through tomorrow. By Friday the temperatures are supposed to be back to "normal" for this time of year.

Shayla decided she wants to go to Girl Scout camp this summer. I'm very surprised because she was reluctant to go without a friend she knows or a mommy. She had to write down her top four camp choices and number 2, naturally, was "Harry Potter". Number 1 camp choice is called Summer Sampler and she thought that was a good one for someone who's never been to camp. They offer a little bit of everything.

I called my sister last night to check on Cobain. He's got a touch of jaundice, which is pretty normal, and she complained that he's "sleeping too much". Just wait, sister dear...


Good Evans - Mar 21, 2006 6:47 am (#1816 of 2983)

the image I have about coffee tables (timrew) is quite disturbing!! shadowed only by the fact that I wouldn't be at all surprised for a long queue of people queueing to see such a thing and paying good money!!!!

I am sure that you all look nothing like coffee tables, maybe a nice ottoman or comfy pouffe (a la trelawney's classroom) instead!

anyway - have a great day everyone, pleased the little one is ok Marie (and congrats to you and the squid on you nephew), maybe the slight jaundicing is due to his own reaction to his name ?? I am sure not

I agree that when he is a teen - it will be either so cool, or no one will know who Cobain was (ok - well not everyone was into Nirvana) and so it will be just another unusual name.

glad you're feeling better Azi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (just for you)


Finn BV - Mar 21, 2006 6:58 am (#1817 of 2983)

Now I can focus back on school!! –Tazzy

You mean, now you can focus on being on the Forum when you should be doing schoolwork! Welcome back.

Have a great RotD everybody.


Puck - Mar 21, 2006 8:33 am (#1818 of 2983)

LOL, Marie! Sleeping too much will soon be a memory!

They have HP Girl Scout Camp? I want to go! When I was a kid there was summer stock, boating, crafts, etc...

Glad you’re better, Azi. Don't do too much too soon. I'd send an owl with chicken soup, but afraid it would spill.

*Shudders at the thought of a Trelawney style chair sporting hairy legs and a beard and covered in plaid!*

Happy RotD, Kathy


Stephanie M. - Mar 21, 2006 9:45 am (#1819 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to all that I have missed!

Congratulations to Mike and Marie on their new nephew!

I am definitely b-balled out. Last Thursday was four games in one day, and one of the games went into overtime.—Catherine

I'm not b-balled out yet! LOL. My family does a March Madness pool every year, and since my dad is in charge of it, I know the standings of how everyone is doing.... and let's just say, I'm doing very well. Right now, I'm in 5th place, but I am the "favorite" because I have all #1 seeds in my final 4. Plus, I have locked out a lot of people.

Well, at least you have a mini basketball break, until tomorrow!

I'm feeling a lot better.... but it just won't fully go away! But I am determined to be 100% better by Friday morning. I'm probably about 95% better, but I have been about 95% better for the past 2 days, and I just sort of stopped there.

I hope everyone is feeling better, and I hope those who aren't sick, stay sick-free!

Finn, that sounds so exciting! I will be looking out for you, when September rolls around.

Have a good Tuesday, everyone!


Caius Iulius - Mar 21, 2006 10:59 am (#1820 of 2983)

Marie E, Squid Mike, you can always settle for "Cob". LOL.

I am glad Azi and Stephanie are feeling better.


Tazzygirl - Mar 21, 2006 11:28 am (#1821 of 2983)

Finn- You mean, now you can focus on being on the Forum when you should be doing schoolwork! Welcome back.

Heeheehee! Thanks!

Thanks Azi!! Glad to hear you are feeling better!

I went to girl scout camp twice, a looooong time ago. It was great!

It is currently pouring rain, again. Cozy weather for hot chocolate. Sadly I can't pull another GoF morning, as I have to leave for school in less than an hour...

Hope you all have a wonderful RotD\N!!



Denise P. - Mar 21, 2006 11:35 am (#1822 of 2983)

Kaitlyn wants to go to horse camp but at the prices around here...no way! @@ She is going to go to a week long Twilight Camp a few hours each evening and then home with Girl Scouts though.

Devin is going to 4 days of Webelos Cub Scout camp, a week long Twilight Camp and he also gets a week long sleep over cancer camp.

Nicholas and Ryan get 5 days of Boy Scout Camp. Nicholas, Ryan, Kaitlyn and Iain get a week long cancer sibling sleep over camp. Iain is excited because this is the first year he can go and he barely makes the cut off. He turns 5 in May, the camp is at the end of June.

Too bad we can't coordinate these so that I have several gone all summer long

I get the fun **ahem** of riding herd on 14 boys at the Webelos camp, working a week long Day Camp and working the Cub Scout Twilight Camp. Thank goodness I will have at least 5 other adults with me during Webelos camp to help herd them.

Who watched Prison Break??!!


John Bumbledore - Mar 21, 2006 11:47 am (#1823 of 2983)

On the subject of names...

I have friends with a teenager named Eric. Last year he was recognized in our church with the other graduates, so his full name was posted with his picture as were the others. I saw his middle name was Thered; an uncommon name to be sure but I immediately saw his parents humor. He has always sported bright, curly red hair.

So is not Bain, Cob, or even Cobain less unusual?

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Hint: For those who didn't catch it, his first two names are Eric The•red


Finn BV - Mar 21, 2006 11:59 am (#1824 of 2983)

LOL, John.

Silly me – I didn't even know there were boy/girl scout camps. I thought they just met during the year.


Puck - Mar 21, 2006 12:46 pm (#1825 of 2983)

My kids will go to half day soccer camp this summer. Diva turns of age a week before, just making the cut-off. Unfortunately, it's the same week as vacation bible school, so I only can get one week of quiet mornings. If they had wanted to do baseball, then they could have gone to VBS as well, as they are different weeks. (at $10 for the whole week, VBS is also dirt cheap!) Alas -earwax.


Snuffles - Mar 21, 2006 1:10 pm (#1826 of 2983)

Hey everyone

Glad your jury service is over Tazzy, whether good or bad at least you experienced it.

If you ever play in East Yorkshire Tim, let me know, I'd love to see you and your band.

Glad you are better azi, though I think you passed the bug to our house. Olivia started being sick at 7am this morning and was still being sick 1/2 an hour ago, and it is now just past 8pm!! I rang the doctors and he said to bring her in. She has been checked over but they couldn’t find anything else wrong so I’m just hoping it is one of those 24hour things.

The only good thing was I took a day off work and managed to watch GOF with Olivia. Well, she watched about 20 minutes before falling asleep.

Have a good day/night everyone.



azi - Mar 21, 2006 1:24 pm (#1827 of 2983)

Oh no Julie, I hope Olivia will be ok! **sends many, many healing charms!**

Hmm I think seeing Tim's band would be fun too!

I hate camping. The best camps I've ever been to were the pioneering ones with Scouts, and they weren't that good. I just don't like sleeping in such close contact with grass in the hayfever season, surrounded by people (can't sleep with people around me) and in generally cold rainy weather! I remember, when I was collecting my Chief Scout's Award, we had to put up pioneering to impress the Chief Scout in terrible torrential rain! When I got round to seeing him, my face was all red and sore from the rain, my hair was everywhere and I looked a terrible mess! I'd rather not have the photo's in my possession...


haymoni - Mar 21, 2006 2:25 pm (#1828 of 2983)

Puck - my mother-in-law was very involved in her church's Vacation Bible School. You are right about Bible School being cheap.

Apparently, a number of the children she taught went to Bible School ALL SUMMER LONG at various churches around the area.

It was cheaper than daycare!!!


Lina - Mar 21, 2006 2:53 pm (#1829 of 2983)

Happy belated birthdays to all that celebrated!

Congratulations on the nephew, Marie and Mike! As Mandy would say, I know that my opinion is sooo important, but I like the idea of calling the boy C.D.

I have bought all chocolate thingies needed for the Easter and some that are not for the Easter, so I have literally several kilos of chocolate at home and I feel so safe. I can survive any Dementors' attack.

Kristina, beautiful avatar!

Healing charms to everyone that need them and I'm glad for all you people who have already benefited from those charms. Hope that Olivia will feel better soon.


Holly T. - Mar 21, 2006 4:03 pm (#1830 of 2983)

Happy belated birthdays to those I missed and healing charms/get well wishes for those who have been sick!

Congrats on the new nephew Mike and Marie! My sister-in-law keeps saying if she ever has a baby boy she wants to name him Max. I don't have a problem with the name itself but I think it's kind of weird that she would name a child the same name as the cat she has had since she was in junior high.

I took part of Spring Break off with the kids and then my daughter and I went to Space Center Houston with our Girl Scout troop to spend the night, which was very fun, if tiring for those of us who had to drive there and back and not sleep in the car (after not sleeping there). My husband and son went to a Cub Scout campout while we were gone. I'm in the process of working on the summer camp schedule. My daughter sold enough Girl Scout cookies to pay for two weeks at overnight camp--she's going in June for kayaking and then in July for horses and more kayaking. She loves Girl Scout camp and aspires to eventually be a counselor there.

My husband managed to get both of our chiming clocks to chime at the same time (usually one is a little off) so now they are very loudly letting me know it's time to take someone to tae kwon do.


kaykay1970 - Mar 21, 2006 4:40 pm (#1831 of 2983)

Is this clock anything like Molly's? I am picturing the hand literally pointed at "time for tae kwon do."


Tazzygirl - Mar 21, 2006 5:29 pm (#1832 of 2983)

Thanks, Lina!

Snuffles- I loved being part of a trial and such, I just really didn't like the circumstances of the trial, and our outcome. I am still kind of feeling depressed about the whole thing.

Next week is spring break for me (FINALLY!!), and I fly to California on Monday to have a relaxing week at my parents' house... I can't wait!

Off to have some sushi! (yum!!)



Finn BV - Mar 21, 2006 7:01 pm (#1833 of 2983)

Healing charms for Olivia (Snuffles' daughter!).

LOL, kaykay.

Have a great RotD, everybody!


Holly T. - Mar 21, 2006 7:46 pm (#1834 of 2983)

LOL Kaykay! I wish I had a clock like Molly's. We have two clocks that chime (loudly), and in the four years he's been taking tae kwon do my son has been conditioned to come downstairs and put on his uniform when the clock strikes 5 (he has class at 5:30 three days a week, but the days he doesn't have class my daughter has ballet so we're in the car at 5 so he doesn't hear the clock). One time he looked at the digital clock and freaked that he was late for class--it said 5:03 (he thought it said 5:30).


The giant squid - Mar 21, 2006 8:25 pm (#1835 of 2983)

I mentioned referring to him as Bain, even citing the "'Bain' of your existence" bit, but little sister wasn't too thrilled about that either. I'm leaning toward CD myself.

Marie E, Squid Mike, you can always settle for "Cob".--Caius Iulius

I'd be tempted to call him "salad boy" though...

John B, I laughed out loud when I saw that middle name. Then again, I come from a wierd family. My cousin has come up with names like Ivan Awfulitch and Mustapha ben Abubu. He has a lot of free time...

Glad you're feeling better, azi! Now we just need to get Olivia fixed up.



Ydnam96 - Mar 21, 2006 10:25 pm (#1836 of 2983)

Wow, it's been a long day. I was off running at 8:30 am and just now got done for the day (9:00 pm). I did have a 45 minute break in there...but it's been a long day. Tomorrow will be the same, 9:00 am-9:00pm. But it was a good day today, so hopefully tomorrow will be as well.

I read through almost 30 posts so I know I'm missing a lot. I'm glad the trail is done for you Tazzy. I'm sad for those who are sick, may you/they all get better soon. I'm glad that those in Austrailia made it through okay!

Ah, how I remember summer camp. Both amazing and horrifying. My church camps were amazing. My Girl Scout camps were not. I was the 'nerd' and got picked on a lot in my troupe. Not many good memories there.

Squid Mike and Marie E. What is Cobain's middle name? I know several people who just go by their middle name. That's alwasy an option for him when he gets older and can decide for himself. I have a family friend who had a baby about a year ago and named her Morgana. I'm not a fan. I feel bad for the child (no offense to people who may be/or know a Morgana I'm just not a fan).

Well, I'm off to read myself to sleep.

I hope everyone is having a great week!


CatherineHermiona - Mar 21, 2006 11:25 pm (#1837 of 2983)

Well, Ivan is totally usual name here. I know 3 Ivans in my school, one in each class. Well, I only have time to say that now, so that I don't forget it afterwards, as now I need to go to school.

And Happy Birthdays to all those who I missed! And lots of healing charms all around!



Tazzygirl - Mar 21, 2006 11:41 pm (#1838 of 2983)

I did mention that my sister's middle name is Deedlebop, right?

Have a great RotD/N everyone!!



CatherineHermiona - Mar 22, 2006 6:09 am (#1839 of 2983)

Okay, now a longer post. I know it's been ages since I wrote something here last time. But I'm just too lazy... I've been in chat room everyday though... Lots of things happened. Of course, only good things.

Firstly, congratulations to Mike and Marie on their nephew! I think CD is the best nickname.

First, Gardaland. Our maths professor is taking us to Gardaland! On 13th of May! I can't wait! He is taking us and his class (7th C class) and few 8th grades too. This time I'm going to be with Amy, so I will go on almost everything. I can't wait!

Now shooting. I'm going on Regional Competition on 1st of April and if I shoot over 160 there, I'm going to Country Competition on 22nd of April in Duga Resa. I've heard from Kristina and others that they have beautiful place for shooting there. Furthest I've been for shooting is in Rovinj and Malinska. And so far the most beautiful shooting place I was in was Volosko. There they have a park outside, shooting place is in fact underground and I think it's so cool, right below playground. Shooting place is underground because it used to be shelter.

That would be it from me. Kate


Marie E. - Mar 22, 2006 6:26 am (#1840 of 2983)

Most of Shayla's camp is paid for with her cookie sales, mostly due to the fact that Lexie refuses to go to camp and I can pool family cookie sales. She listed three five night camps and one three night camp as her choices. We find out on April 17th which one she gets. I'm not exactly sure how they do the camp selection, but I do know that the top sellers get first pick.

I ran into my old boss last night and she *adores* Cobain's name. I just looked at her like "really?". We were at the roller skating rink for a fundraiser. There's a little 11 month old baby girl who used attend one of our other daycares in town who had a rare form of cancer called Rabdoid. The family neighbors put together the fundraiser to help the family. If I can figure out how do it, I'll post the link from our local newspaper about her.

More snow last night, but warm weather is supposed to be back tomorrow!


azi - Mar 22, 2006 8:57 am (#1841 of 2983)

Wow, Kate, you're competing in Duga Resa on my birthday! That must mean extra good luck!

The weather here is gloriously clear and sunny. I'm trying to persuade my brother to go on a walk so I can take photos, but so far no luck!

All this CD talk reminds me of how we used to call one of our friends 'DC' when we were in middle school. It stood for Demented Chicken.

Have a lovely day everyone!


Stephanie M. - Mar 22, 2006 9:45 am (#1842 of 2983)

I hope Olivia is doing better today!

Wow, Kate all of those places sound so exciting! Good luck on your shooting!

I'm leaving for Arizona to spend time with family, and relax by the pools on Friday. I actually don't have any family members living in Arizona, but my cousins, who live in New York, love Arizona so they went with their parents this past Saturday. And my cousins from California wanted to go somewhere close by since they have a 4 month old and a 7 year old. So my parents and I decided to go and see everyone, while my sister goes on her "Senior Trip" to Hawaii with 8 of her friends. So I'll me coming back by next Wednesday.

Have a great day everyone!


Puck - Mar 22, 2006 10:01 am (#1843 of 2983)

Healing charms to little Olivia!

Haymoni, we can't do VBS all summer, as the local churches get together for the last week in July. (The only week for soccer camp as well.)

Kate, it's not Ivan itself that is a funny name, but paired with the middle name Mike mentioned it sounds like "I have an Aweful Itch".

Funny Mandy, as Girl Scouts was the one place where I wasn't picked on for being the "nerd". In junior high it was my one safe haven.

Kristina, you are kidding, aren't you? Is that really your sister's name?

Madame Pince, are you as anxious for Lake to be out of the Amazing Race as I am? The way he talks to his wife!

Happy RotD, Kathy


Lina - Mar 22, 2006 10:46 am (#1844 of 2983)

I guess that Ivan Awfulitch comes from Ivan Grozni (John the Awful) that was the Russian emperor in the 16th century (I was just learning about him with Veronika recently). It is common for Slavic family names to end with -itch (like mine, for example ). I wouldn't know where Mustafa ben Abubu comes from, though.

Stephanie, have a good time on a family trip! And everybody else, have a good time on the spring holidays! At least as good as Holy had in Houston. I wish I could have come with you...

Marie, healing charms to the little baby you mentioned, and all the luck in the world that the procedure goes well.

I have decided to change my eating habits and hoping for a result until summer...


Denise P. - Mar 22, 2006 10:49 am (#1845 of 2983)

Kathy, I agree about Lake. Originally he was okay but he has gotten more and more obnoxious. I know Mr. Denise would never talk to me that way. My older boys watched TAR and I pointed to Lake for an example of how NOT to treat any lady, even more so his wife.


Stephanie M. - Mar 22, 2006 11:24 am (#1846 of 2983)

Healing charms to the baby! I hope everything goes smoothly!

*Off to eat lunch*


Chemyst - Mar 22, 2006 11:26 am (#1847 of 2983)

 **waves to Lina**   <><><> Mustafa ben Abubu = Must have been a boo-boo; boo-boo being slang for a 'mistake' in this case.

Happy birthdays and healing charms. I've been writing so many letters in the last day or so that when I got to the forum I was all typed out, so I mostly just read and didn't post.

That's great news all 'round, Kate. I'd noticed a drop off on your posts and had wondered what you were up to.


Madam Pince - Mar 22, 2006 11:55 am (#1848 of 2983)

Hope all the sick little ones get better soon!

Have fun on vacation, Stephanie! We have some friends and family in Arizona, but have never been there. They have sent us lots of pictures of weird desert-dwelling creatures like scorpions and horned toads and things that look like Blast-Ended Skrewts, so be careful!

Good luck in your regionals shooting, Kate -- I'll try to remember to post "good luck" again right before your April 1st competition!

Puck, so far this season I've only watched the very first Amazing Race episode, so I don't know much about Lake except I read somewhere that he's the one everybody loves to hate this season! They moved it to 10:00 and somehow I've missed it every time so far. Actually last night I watched Boston Legal instead (difficult for me, 'cause there's "that name" again....) and it was hilarious! Mr. Pince had told me it was good but I'd never seen it. The draw last night was that Tom Selleck was on it... I have never been much of a James Spader fan, but he and William Shatner are just perfectly stereotypical in their roles! (Not that all lawyers are like that, certainly,....ahem...)


Loopy Lupin - Mar 22, 2006 12:05 pm (#1849 of 2983)

New episode of Lost tonight! w00t!

(Not that all lawyers are like that, certainly,....ahem...) -- Madame Pince

Your faith in the legal profession is admirable... and unfounded.


Holly T. - Mar 22, 2006 12:08 pm (#1850 of 2983)

Did anyone else watch the show on the History Channel (I think, maybe it was Discovery) called "How William Shatner Changed the World"? My husband watched it and said it was hilarious. My daughter saw a commercial for it and said "who's William Shatner?" At least she knew who Captain Kirk was when I told her. Mind you, this is the child who when playing an angel in the church Christmas play (an angel who everyone thought was an alien), ad-libbed holding up her hand Vulcan-style and telling the shepherds to "live long and prosper" at the end of her speech, which I thought was going to send one of the elders of the church into convulsions he was laughing so hard.
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Tazzygirl - Mar 22, 2006 1:02 pm (#1851 of 2983)

Puck: Kristina, you are kidding, aren't you? Is that really your sister's name?

I am not kidding! When my sister was born, my brother was going through a stage where everything was a 'doodle' or 'deedle' (we were two). My parents gave my sister her first name, and my brother kept calling her 'Deedlebop'. My parents put it on her birth certificate- when she graduated from high school, the principal announced her full name, including Deedlebop. My dad was trying to change her name by then, because he thought she would want a more professional name now that she is an adult, but she keeps refusing. It is her name. Her nicknames are 'Deeds' and 'Bop'. My brother also called our neighbor 'Doodledoo', we now know it is not her real name, but we still call her that to this day.

Good luck, Kate on your shooting competitions!!

That is too funny, Holly! Did you get your daughter on video?

YEAY!!! LOST is coming on tonight!!!! It's about time!!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!



haymoni - Mar 22, 2006 1:55 pm (#1852 of 2983)

Puck - I saw some of that show. I thought it was really good. Hubby is the big Star Trek fan, not quite a Trekkie but can tell me most of the details of each episodes just by hearing the title. I'm going to see when it is on again. I'd like to watch the whole thing.


boop - Mar 22, 2006 4:00 pm (#1853 of 2983)

Kate good luck with the shooting competition.

Stephanie, enjoy your family vacation.

Healing Charms to all that need them.


have a great rest of the day!

hugs always



Finn BV - Mar 22, 2006 4:01 pm (#1854 of 2983)

LOL, Kristina!

Good luck in advance to Kate! Wondering where you were on this thread.

Went to see Sophie Scholl today – well done, really depressing. I closed my eyes for the last dramatic scene – has anybody seen it, and if so, what did they show?

Have a great RotD everybody!

EDIT. Happy Bday Albus Silente!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 22, 2006 4:24 pm (#1855 of 2983)

Does anyone know of a good 'learn to type' program for kids? I'm looking for either computer software or a website. This would be for the 8+ crowd.

The William Shatner discussion reminded me that on South Park the other night they did a bit with a pop culture reference to one of the early Star Treks...the one with Capt. Christopher Pike in his motorized wheelchair. My husband, who pretty much runs screaming from all things sci-fi didn't blink an eye but I almost fell on the floor. Oh, those bald-headed aliens and their powerful telepathy!


Finn BV - Mar 22, 2006 5:53 pm (#1856 of 2983)

Kim, I used Mavis Beacon in fourth grade and ever since then I've been able to touch-type. I would recommend that – doing it over and over again for a longer period of time!

Is anybody else getting a white background for the forum as oppose to its usual beige and creamish?


Tazzygirl - Mar 22, 2006 6:10 pm (#1857 of 2983)

I used Mavis Beacon when I was in 6th grade. I think it is a great typing program.

I just spent the last two hours or so sitting on the beach and watching a scene for LOST being filmed. I went to lunch and they were filming at a restaurant next door to the one I was at. It wasn't any of the main characters, just the African American lady (in the show her name is Rose) and her husband (for the show, forgot his name) in a restaurant. It is a flashback scene, where he proposes to her at a restaurant with Niagara Falls as the backdrop. So, when all you LOST fans see an episode where it focuses on that particular couple, and you see Niagara Falls, I was standing where Niagara Falls is. (They will put in a blue screen when it goes into the Special Effects room). I took some pictures, they aren't very good, but at least I got some! I'll try to post them on my WX page...

I am getting a white background for the forum, Finn! It looks a little weird...



Mrs. Sirius - Mar 22, 2006 11:04 pm (#1858 of 2983)

This is really odd, on Mozilla I have the normal heathergray/tan background. On IE it is clear white.

Birthdays and healing charms, it's a busy month.

Marie, I hope start getting more spring like weather. It has been below freezing everyday for the last week and now we in a drought and having forest fires to boot!


Chemyst - Mar 22, 2006 11:18 pm (#1859 of 2983)

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is also the front-runner typing program on my home educators’ message boards. It is not rated for any particular age, and while it does include some games for practice that would appeal to the ages you are looking for, it is a serious typing program.

Not to discourage you, but as a caution, teaching keyboarding too early may have a downside. Once kids can type faster than they write longhand, there is not much motivation to improve their handwriting. More people are now recommending that legible cursive handwriting be learned and practiced first. For most kids, that means typing should be delayed until the middle school years.  **is sure that Kim’s daughters write beautifully**

There are several different versions of Mavis Beacon, and most of the online classes require that one be using a school computer that has purchased the program. But the home version CDs are readily available. (Walmart has the basic one for just under $10)
— And since I’ve already told you more than you wanted to know, I’ll add this as well: The character of Mavis Beacon, like Betty Crocker, is not a real person. The model on the cover was chosen because she is supposed to look like a composite of all the races.


Nicholas Schouten - Mar 22, 2006 11:34 pm (#1860 of 2983)


I can't resist: Got milk? (Hoping you watched "Lost" tonight)

Hehehe and bwaaaah bwaaahhh!

- Nick


Madam Pince - Mar 23, 2006 12:03 am (#1861 of 2983)

Your faith in the legal profession is admirable... and unfounded. –Loopy

Don't worry, I was just being polite....

I saw part of the "How William Shatner Changed The World" show, but just a very little bit. I think Mr. Pince watched it. We're both fans of how Shatner just hams up the fact that he's a ham. It's great that he can laugh at himself (and laugh all the way to the bank) and not actually be taking himself so seriously. Unless, (and I greatly fear that this might be the case), he really did take himself that seriously, until someone pulled him aside and said "Dude, you'd better pretend like you've been faking it all this time, or you're gonna look soooooo stuuuuupid.... 'cause the rest of the world has already caught on!" and he recognized the truth in that!

Tazzy, so cool that you saw them filming Lost again! Great show tonight -- Nicholas, that line of Uncle Henry's went right over my head until you just now wrote it out. Tee-hee! And isn't he quite the enigma!

Never heard of Sophie Scholl, nor of Mavis Beacon either, I'm afraid. When I learned keyboarding, back in the Stone Ages when it was called typing, the teacher just walked up and down the aisles chanting "a-s-d-f-j-k-l-semicolon" as we typed....

****Still giggling at Holly's daughter blessing the shepherds with "Live long and prosper..."****


The giant squid - Mar 23, 2006 1:03 am (#1862 of 2983)

Squid Mike and Marie E. What is Cobain's middle name?--Ydnam96

His middle name is Dean, which judging by his first name I'm assuming is for James Dean--another "tortured genius who died too young." She won't let us use that as his name either, hence all the nicknames.

Lina, Kate & anyone else who didn't get the joke in my silly names. I had intended to come back by last night & give the "answer key" but got waylaid. I had to get up at 6AM today so I was unable to stay up until 3AM as usual. Puck & Chemyst filled in and explained quite as well as I could have.



Tazzygirl - Mar 23, 2006 1:23 am (#1863 of 2983)

LOL, Nick!! Tonight's episode was pretty good- next week's sounds even better!!

I have to resize the photos I took of the filming (for LOST)... As soon as that happens, I'll get them posted!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



Snuffles - Mar 23, 2006 1:33 am (#1864 of 2983)

Thanks for all the healing charms. Olivia was sick all Tuesday and had 'the runs!!' all day Wednesday but today, all seems well!! The bug has being going around for a while, I suppose it was only a matter of time before it finally caught up with her!!

Tazzy, I am soooo jealous! Don't know when the new series will start here, I hope it is soon!

Stephanie, I hope you enjoy your holiday.

Kate, good luck with your shooting competition.

I have got the white background too! I refreshed my page 3 times thinking it wasn't working properly, then I read Finn's post

Have a good Thursday everyone



Puck - Mar 23, 2006 5:14 am (#1865 of 2983)

Just to add to Chemyst and her comment about typing too young, a child in my class years ago was having trouble learning to write his name. It was difficult getting him to practice, as he didn't understand WHY he had to learn to write if he could already type it on the computer. (Incidentally, I also taught religious education to a group of 7th graders who didn't know the difference between "our" and "are", and didn't thinked they needed to learn as their computers had grammar check. I won't discuss their spelling.)

Glad Olivia is feeling better!

Hubby comes home tonight, late. Lost will have to wait until Friday night. *sigh*

Okay, must get people off to school!

Happy RotD, Kathy


kaykay1970 - Mar 23, 2006 6:26 am (#1866 of 2983)

I'm glad to hear that Olivia is better!!

Good luck with your competition Kate!


Loopy Lupin - Mar 23, 2006 7:03 am (#1867 of 2983)

Incidentally, I also taught religious education to a group of 7th graders who didn't know the difference between "our" and "are", and didn't thinked they needed to learn as their computers had grammar check. I won't discuss their spelling—Puck

I'm giggling because this reminds me of a couple of long past Forum members. ***realizes he's been on this Forum for over two years*** I'm also giggling because the very idea that learning to type would hamper Kim's children's longhand skills is pretty funny. How else are they going to write their Thank You notes?


Puck - Mar 23, 2006 10:34 am (#1868 of 2983)

Did I type "thinked"? LOL, as I was complaining about poor grammar. Well, at least I know it was wrong, but tend to be distracted in the early morning.

Oh, I suppose the kids could e-mail thank-you notes.

*slinks away and hides head in shame*


John Bumbledore - Mar 23, 2006 11:08 am (#1869 of 2983)

My cousin has come up with names like Ivan Awfulitch and Mustapha ben Abubu. He has a lot of free time... - Mike, TGS.

Eric Thered is a real name and was not made up. It is on his birth certificate.

Kristina, I LOL when I read about your sister, Deedlebop.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Loopy Lupin - Mar 23, 2006 12:17 pm (#1870 of 2983)

Oh, I suppose the kids could e-mail thank-you notes. –Puck

LOL. I suppose they could too......over Kim's dead body.


Catherine - Mar 23, 2006 2:11 pm (#1871 of 2983)

Oh, I suppose the kids could e-mail thank-you notes. –Puck

LOL. I suppose they could too......over Kim's dead body.--Loopy Lupin

Eek. Pass the cold compress this way. Miss Manners feels that a migraine is imminent.

Oh, those bald-headed aliens and their powerful telepathy! --Lupin is Lupin

This is probably the most amusing thing I've read today.


Lina - Mar 23, 2006 2:12 pm (#1872 of 2983) Reply

Well, I accept your jokes and that is OK, but I just need to say for the record that Ivan the Awful was a historical person.

And I think I missed Albus Silente's birthday. So, happy belated birthday, Albus!

And have a good time, everybody!


Loopy Lupin - Mar 23, 2006 2:59 pm (#1873 of 2983) Reply

Pass the cold compress this way. Miss Manners feels that a migraine is imminent.—Catherine

Indeed! The very idea!


The giant squid - Mar 23, 2006 4:02 pm (#1874 of 2983) Reply

Lina, if we're thinking of the same Ivan, he's usually referred to as Ivan the Terrible over here. I guess "terrible" just sounds more awful than "awful".

Loopy: what makes you think that kids these days send thank-you notes anyway? Anyone who's willing to let their computer do their thinking for them (spell & grammar check) doesn't have the energy to be polite.

double checks to make sure I used the correct form of "their"



Catherine - Mar 23, 2006 4:41 pm (#1875 of 2983)

Loopy: what makes you think that kids these days send thank-you notes anyway? Anyone who's willing to let their computer do their thinking for them (spell & grammar check) doesn't have the energy to be polite. --Squid Mike

Oh, I SO wish I could share what "spell-check" did to one of my college student's documents. This gave rise to much hilarity in my lecture classes, and even to the student in question.

Hint: the word was part of the phrase "Attention Deficit Disorder." The wrongly spelled/chosen word in question was "deficit." Think about what word Fred and George's fireworks spelled out in OotP, and go from there.


Finn BV - Mar 23, 2006 7:05 pm (#1876 of 2983)

I think these days most people send an email for an informal thank-you, but follow it up with a hand-written card or a person-to-person thank-you.

Have a great RotD everybody.


Viola Intonada - Mar 23, 2006 7:33 pm (#1877 of 2983)

I still attempt to make my children write Thank you notes. I'm not sure if Miss Manners would always agree to the time frame of which they are sent out, being the procrastinator that I am.....

Oh what a day! I woke up this morning to an unpleasant odor in the house. Our dog had left us with a not so nice present in our family room. I had to get out the steam vac. Of course, once you do one small area, you have to do the rest of it. Otherwise the very clean spot really stands out. I was late for work this morning, we are doing Kindergarten screening. Most of the kids were coughing and sneezing on us.

Just as the last child was finishing the testing, my cell phone rang. It was the school nurse calling to see if I could come pick up my youngest to go get stitches. She had collided with another girl at recess. The other girl chipped a tooth and my daughter had a gash in her lip. I took her to the ER. It was decided that it would be best to have a plastic surgeon repair it. The plastic surgeon couldn't come in until 6:00pm, so they let us go home for a few hours. The plastic surgeon did a terrific job. I'm so proud of my youngest and how patient she was. The doctor said he wished all of his patients were as cooperative as she was. Topic of conversation between me and the doctor during stitches: Harry Potter and whether Dumbledore is really dead.

Poor girl is traumatized about going to school tomorrow with a fat lip. To top everything off, we are leaving for Spring Break Saturday morning.

Happy RotD to everyone!


Denise P. - Mar 23, 2006 7:40 pm (#1878 of 2983)

I have mine write thank yous. Kaitlyn just had a birthday party where we went to a pottery place and painted ceramic pieces. I had to pick them up after they were fired. We wrapped them up in tissue paper to give to each party guest and the thank you note was included. It was just a simple note, handwritten by her. "Thank you for the unicorn paint set you gave me. I have had a lot of fun with it. I hope you had a good time at my party, I enjoyed having you there. Your friend, Kaitlyn" Of course, the wording was changed around a bit to personalize for each guest.

I hope your girl is feeling better, Viola! What was the doctor's conclusion after your conversation?


Puck - Mar 23, 2006 8:03 pm (#1879 of 2983)

Catherine, ROFL! How did you hold it together to finish correcting that paper!

Viola, what a yucky day! Whenever I see the school on caller ID I have a panic moment. Hope the little one heals quickly! Also hope the dog finds its way outside! (Which has me giggle once again at Catherines post.)

I once got a "form letter" Thank-you. Really, I would have preferred not to get one at all. It didn't even have my name on it. Which reminds me, I still haven't done some from the baby gifts!

Hubby should be home in a couple of hours! This week went better than the last time he was away. Plus, I had my 10 year old neighbor come over as a "mother's helper" for a couple of hours so I could get some housework done. It was wonderful!

Happy RotD, Kathy


Finn BV - Mar 23, 2006 8:17 pm (#1880 of 2983)

Oh dear, sorry about your day Viola! Emotional healing charms to your girl!

Kathy, LOL, I hate seeing those cards in stores that say "Dear _______, Thank you for the ______. I'm enjoying it a lot. Thanks for coming to my party! Sincerely, _______." Those annoy me so much, where all you have to do is write in 3 words!!


Tazzygirl - Mar 23, 2006 8:18 pm (#1881 of 2983)

I hope your daughter feels better soon, Viola! (Ouch!!) That is funny that the conversation you had with the doctor was HP related!

I had a weird day today too. I drove out to a waterpark to get my year pass validated, and I had a feeling that my 45 minute drive would be a bit 'scary'. First, on the way up, there was a kitchen sink in the middle of my lane, the fast lane. Every car was swerving to miss it- I almost collided with the car ahead of me because they slammed on their breaks and then couldn't decide which way to go around. It wasn't a normal sized sink either- it was one of those industrial size ones. Go figure. After spending five minutes at the waterpark, I got my pass and started the 45 minute drive home. Two police men had pulled over a car, to give them a ticket, and the guy ahead of me (we were in the middle lane) decided to SLAM on his brakes to do a major amount of rubbernecking. I was not a happy camper. Then a few minutes later a very large semi-truck blew a tire, so there was smoke coming from the tail end of his truck, causing everyone to swerve around. Another person ran a red light. I think today was the day where no one was able to drive normal... I tell you what, I am soooooo glad I made it home in one piece! **insert "Phew!!" smiley here!**

Have a great RotD/N everyone!!



Puck - Mar 23, 2006 8:32 pm (#1882 of 2983)

Yikes, tazzy, sounds like you had a rough ride! All the "crazies" were out, as my mom would say. Glad you made it home in one piece! (And hope you have lots of fun at the waterpark this year to make it all worth it.)



Viola Intonada - Mar 23, 2006 8:57 pm (#1883 of 2983)

Thank you for all of the well wishes for youngest. She will be having a lot of milk shakes for a while. Oh, and the conclusion of the conversation was that Dumbledore's not dead.

Tazzy, I didn't realize there were more than 45 minutes worth of roads on Oahu. You weren't driving on the cursed highway were you? Glad you made it home safely. Did you feel like you were in a "Final Destination" movie? *shudders*

Finn, Those 'insert the word in the blank' cards are great for 4 and 5 year olds who can't handle copying much more than that. I don't let my kids get those anymore.


Finn BV - Jan 18, 2006 12:04 am (#1884 of 2983)

Tazzy, glad you made it through all right! What a horrible day! The day no forum member could make it through all right...

Viola, I understand they're great for 4 and 5 year olds, but it shows there's no real thanks in it. I used to type up my thank-yous instead of that, and today I would rather received a personal typed thanks than a store-bought one.


Chemyst - Mar 23, 2006 9:52 pm (#1885 of 2983)

LOL Finn. When my kids were 4, they just drew pictures of themselves using the item, and I’d print whatever sentence they’d dictate wherever there was room.   …of course, they’ve never been mistaken for being 50 either, so there you go.

Viola, I know this doesn’t help any, but I felt so much sympathy for your daughter that I had to clamp my hand over my mouth just to read through your post. It’s nice to have a doctor who can converse in potterverse — as long as he didn’t suggest a nice lightning bolt scar.

Tazzy, glad you’re safe. Trelawny would probably scold you for not listening to your inner eye though. Is it even possible to ‘listen’ to an ‘eye?’


Madam Pince - Mar 23, 2006 11:45 pm (#1886 of 2983)

Finn, you typed your thank-you notes when you were 4 or 5???? Good grief...... And here I was feeling proud of Little Pince for tracing his hand onto a piece of computer paper and drawing some little squiggly lines which he said was "writing" and putting those into his 4-year-birthday thank yous that I wrote! Sigh.... I guess we've got a lot of work to do!!!

Got the paperwork the other day to fill in for him to possibly go to pre-kindergarten this coming fall. I'm not sure if I want him to do that, or start back at the day-care/preschool place that I took him out of for the winter "colds" season, or just keep him at home and work with him myself. Decisions, decisions....

Wow, some exciting basketball games were on tonight! Methinks there are two Gonzaga players who are still trying to pull their heads out of their..., er,.... the wall of the locker room where I'm sure they banged them after practically handing the game away to UCLA in the final seconds. Why on earth they didn't tuck the ball away once they'd inbounded it with a one-point lead...???? Ah, well, that's why they call it March Madness!

Speaking of which, Tazzy, it sounds like there was way too much madness on the highways of Oahu today! Glad you got through it OK.

And Viola, you had a rough day as well -- bleah! Hope the little one's lip gets better soon; that's no fun - can't laugh right, can't eat right, yucky... Cheering and healing charms!

OK, after way too much thinking I believe I finally worked out Catherine's student's spell-checker error... I'm such a dunce. Took me forever, and I even had to pull out OotP because I thought it must be some other three-letter word other than the one I was thinking because I couldn't see what she was getting at, but now I see....


Amilia Smith - Mar 23, 2006 11:57 pm (#1887 of 2983)

Lina: I guess that Ivan Awfulitch comes from Ivan Grozni (John the Awful) that was the Russian emperor in the 16th century.

Squid Mike: Lina, if we're thinking of the same Ivan, he's usually referred to as Ivan the Terrible over here. I guess "terrible" just sounds more awful than "awful".

Yep. Ivan Grozni is known as Ivan the Terrible here. Incidentally, the Russians do not see him as quite the villain we Americans make him out to be. If I remember correctly from my Russian class, "Grozni" translates better to "the Thunderer" than to "the Terrible." (Sidenote: Speaking of thunder, you should hear some of the stuff that is going off right now!) Lina's translation of "the Awful" works too, if you are using the word to mean "awe inspiring and a little bit scary." Here is a little mini bio from a .ru site (don't worry, it's in English). Note that the only negative bit of information is in the very last line.

And Spring Break is here for me!!! W00t!!! Now if we can just get the rain to lay off for a bit . . .



Tazzygirl - Mar 24, 2006 12:17 am (#1888 of 2983)

Thanks for all the thoughts! I feel much better now!

LOL, Viola!!

I like getting thank you cards from little kids with squiggles everywhere. I think it's cute!

Mills- I'm jealous that you don't have class tomorrow! I still have one more class! I also have my interview for the College of Education...

Wow. We have massive thunder, lightning, and rain going on right now... Thunder and lightning is not normal to the islands!



Stephanie M. - Mar 24, 2006 4:48 am (#1889 of 2983)

Wow, Viola! I hope you have a better day today! **healing charms to your daughter and her lip** And I hope you don't get sick from the coughing, and sneezing kids!

Tazzy, what a strange and scary drive! I'm glad you made it out in one piece!!

I don't have too much to add to the Thank You card discussion because I have always made my own cards... My parents made me. There was one time that I had a Birthday party, and I didn't want to send out Thank You cards, so my dad sat me down and made me write. Now I send a pre-Thank You e-mail, to my friends, but then I send out a Thank You card to everyone soon after.

Have a good Spring Break for those who have off! And have a great couple of days to everyone else!!


Catherine - Mar 24, 2006 4:55 am (#1890 of 2983)

Viola, what a yucky day! Whenever I see the school on caller ID I have a panic moment.—Puck

Oh, me, too.


Marie E. - Mar 24, 2006 6:31 am (#1891 of 2983)

Shayla still had her cast after her birthday party, so we used those "fill in the blanks" thank you notes. Even though her cast came off last week, she gets to use a scribe for her standardized testing. They get a break from tests until the middle of April so I imagine they'll make her write then.

We're going to see Disney on Ice tonight. The show's theme is Classic Princesses. I told my husband I don't have to see the show, I live with it. It's Girl Scout night so the arena will be filled with lots and lots of little girls. Last year we lost Lexie after the show so today I'm considering borrowing my friend's kid leash that she uses on her two year old.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 24, 2006 7:05 am (#1892 of 2983)

Gee, all I did was ask for some suggestions for typing programs and all of a sudden you're talking about the finer points of thank you notes.
Chemyst, thank you for the information/concern...we have specific reasons why we need to teach our son typing at this stage.

Viola, I'm sorry about the split lip. We've 'been there/done that' but I have to say our daughter was much more vocal.

I heard on the news that Duke lost last night. (As much as I try to escape it, basketball seems to be everywhere.) My condolences to Catherine.

***waves to Wayne*** Poor Chef.


Loopy Lupin - Mar 24, 2006 7:18 am (#1893 of 2983)

Loopy: what makes you think that kids these days send thank-you notes anyway? Anyone who's willing to let their computer do their thinking for them (spell & grammar check) doesn't have the energy to be polite.—Mike

Well, just great! You've killed Miss Manners. Happy now?

LOL Catherine. I can't think of anything Forum-friendly to say about your student's paper, so I'll just giggle. Sorry about Duke. (sort of)

Poor Chef indeed, Kim.

Speaking of basketball, the big buzz around here is that George Mason is in the Sweet 16 (i.e. they are one of the last 16 teams left in the tournament) and play tonight in Washington D.C. Many didn't think that George Mason actually belonged in the tourney at all, but look at them now. It's also quite a topic of conversation here because George Mason, while a large school of 30,000, gets a rap for not being a "real University." Not many student live on campus and most commute from in and around Northern Virginia.


Catherine - Mar 24, 2006 8:55 am (#1894 of 2983)

I heard on the news that Duke lost last night. (As much as I try to escape it, basketball seems to be everywhere.) My condolences to Catherine--Lupin is Lupin

Thank you. My mother called late last night and announced that she is visiting us this weekend. She doesn't wish to spend the weekend watching my father mourn Duke's loss. So Duke's loss turns out to be my gain--we love it when "Annae" visits us!

I'm sure that George Mason is a "real" university; some slick Northern Va lawyers attended that law school, did they not?


Loopy Lupin - Mar 24, 2006 9:11 am (#1895 of 2983)

Oh quite a few slick Northern Virginia lawyers attended Mason's law school.

It is the undergraduate experience that isn't quite typical since the vast majority of people commute to the school. When I briefly taught public speaking there 12 years ago, about 900 students lived on campus. They're now able to house about 4K with plans for more on campus accommodations, but its still a "commuter school."


Puck - Mar 24, 2006 9:46 am (#1896 of 2983)

Marie, we saw that Disney on Ice show at Christmas time. Even the baby loved it! Have fun!

Madame Pince, my kids have never done more than sign notes I write either. I had to pull teeth to get that! At 6 this year, I expect my son will write "Thank you for the..." So, you're not behind, Finn's just ahead. Incidentally, what type of kindergarten does your town have? Ours is 5 full days, which is why I sent my son to pre-K. I wanted him to be used to going at least part time before jumping into such a long day.

I don't mind kids using fill-in-the-blank notes. For little ones who have to work hard on each word it's appropriate for them to do just that much. The one I got was from a grown up who had typed something to the effect of "Thanks for your gift. I'm sure it'll get lots of use." Then she printed out a bunch of copies and sent them out. No mention of what the gift was, or even my name. Completely impersonal. (I no longer felt bad that I had bought a gift instead of taking the time to make a quilt.)

Everyone enjoy the weekend -especially those who are now on spring break!



kaykay1970 - Mar 24, 2006 9:54 am (#1897 of 2983)

The Little Guy is 3 today. We are going to Chuckie Cheese today and then tomorrow we are taking him to Casey Jones Village to see the "choo choos."


Finn BV - Mar 24, 2006 10:45 am (#1898 of 2983)

Chemyst, my art skills at 4 would probably leave you wondering the difference between an elephant and a rock. They're both gray, after all.

Madam P and Kathy, I didn't get a computer until I was 6 ( Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1437562208). Before then, I typed a “Dear Whoever, Thank you so much for the (whatever), I really enjoy the (something special about it), Thanks for coming to the party, Your friend/Love/Sincerely, Finn.” At least it was more work than filling in 3 blank spaces!! When I was 4 I think my mom wrote the card and I signed it, since everyone can write their name very well.

Even though her cast came off last week, she gets to use a scribe for her standardized testing. –Marie

You mean, she can tell some third party the answer, and they’ll fill in the bubble for her? That’s cool.

Incidentally, what type of kindergarten does your town have? –Kathy

Was that directed towards me or Madam Pince?

Happy Birthday to Kaykay's son! That's a really cute picture!!

Have a great RotD everybody!


Ydnam96 - Mar 24, 2006 11:13 am (#1899 of 2983)

Well, just read some 50+ posts. Thank you notes, Lost, names...my head is spinning

I'm so glad it's Friday. One of my co-workers is driving me insane. Unfortunately we have to work all day tomorrow as well...I guess I'm learning a lot about patience.

Tazzy, I just have to state for the record that I am so jealous that you get to see scenes taped for LOST that is really cool. You would think that living in the LA area I would get to see some shows here and there but they always tape them in the Lots at the studios or Downtown (which I try to avoid).

Anyway. I should get to work. I hope everyone enjoys their Friday and their weekend!


Tazzygirl - Mar 24, 2006 12:46 pm (#1900 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to the Little Guy, Kaykay!!!

Ydname96-You would think that living in the LA area I would get to see some shows here and there but they always tape them in the Lots at the studios or Downtown (which I try to avoid).

When I lived outside L.A. I tried to avoid Downtown as much as possible, too. I did go down there twice to see filming going on- my friend and I went and watched a taping of The Drew Carey Show- that was a neat experience! We didn't get home until about 4 AM. The other time I was about 14. My aunt came to visit from Colorado, and had a friend in the movie industry. She drove us down one day and we got to see the set for Arnold Schwartzenegger's (I can never spell his last name correctly!) End of Days. Even got a picture with him- and he is SHORT.

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!

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Good Evans - Mar 24, 2006 1:49 pm (#1901 of 2983)

Happy birthday to Kaykays son , I hope you have an excellent day at the Casey Jones village, wasn't he the chap who averted a rail disaster?? good for him anyway!!!!

Kristina - cheering charms to you, I am glad you got home safe and I sympathise with naff drivers!!

Viola - commiserations on an awful day !! hope the little one is soon recovered

on thank you notes, can I just say that I was so organised after my wedding that I actually managed to send two to my new brother-in -law. oh well, better two than none!!!!

our kids have never sent letters, but they always made telephone calls and I am pleased to say they still do!!!

got to tell you all where I've been today..

Luncheon at Claridges, the Gordon Ramsey restaurant - it was very nice indeed, I left home at 10 this morning, and got home at 7.15, a great lunch - wine flowed and the food was fab. white onion soup - lamb (which was melt in the mouth). didn’t like the pastry in the tart that followed but the orange filling was superb. It is well worth a visit if you are ever able to do so. afternoon tea at 3.30 was held in the foyer while we were there which looked excellent too, but I recommend the restaurant. Gordon wasn't in today but I did see Jean Baptiste, he is the maitre d and was there when we arrived, a fab day and worth it for the experience, but having said that glad I wasn’t footing the bill!!!

I've been invited to a dinner at the house of lords on thursday but I'm not sure if I can make it - any takers?? lol, sorry not mine to give away!!!!

have a great day/ night everyone



Puck - Mar 24, 2006 2:34 pm (#1902 of 2983)

Happy birthday to Kaykay's youngest!

Julie, sounds like a wonderful day!

Finn, the kindergarten question was for M. Pince. FYI, being able to type that much before (or even at) the age of 6 is advanced. My son was almost 5 before I got him to write his name. He could now write out a note or 2, but wouldn't have the patience to do a dozen. Being extra-bright, you can't always hold the rest of us to your standards.

Did anyone else see Emma Watson on MSN as a fashion faux-pas?

Off to see if there is a new riddle!



Finn BV - Mar 24, 2006 3:09 pm (#1903 of 2983)

**smiles modestly at Kathy and suddenly realizes he hasn't written the riddle yet**


Holly T. - Mar 24, 2006 3:48 pm (#1904 of 2983)

Happy birthday to Kaykay's son!

Hugs and healing charms to Viola's daughter.

Julie, that luncheon sound fabulous.

Have fun at Disney on Ice, Marie! As for getting their top choices for Girl Scout camp, the way our council does it is to prioritize them based on if the girls are paying with their cookie credits, then if their mom is a leader or other G.S. volunteer. As my daughter sold a ton of cookies and has a big cookie credit and I am not only a troop leader but on the service unit team and do some work with the council I suspect she'll get her tops picks for camp (which is not why I do this other work, LOL).

As my son has some form of dysgraphia, he does well with the fill-in-the-blank thank-you notes. The fewer words he has to try and write the better! We've been working with helping him type out his spelling word sentences since it is so hard for him to write them. My sister has a student in her fourth-grade class who got to type the essay portion of his standardized test. My son is only in second grade and they don't take the essay part of the test until fourth grade but chances are he will need some kind of modification. As for typing, my fifth-grade daughter does some kind of online typing drills through a website where she logs on with her school's name. Of course they don't call it typing either, it is keyboarding.


boop - Mar 24, 2006 3:49 pm (#1905 of 2983)

Michelle, Sorry to hear your daughter got hurt. Enjoy your spring break.

Kristina, Wow you really did have a bad day. Glad to hear you are at least safe. I hope today has gone better.

Mills, Enjoy your spring break!!

Marie, Enjoy Disney on Ice. Wish I was going with you, sound like lots of fun.

Catherine, Enjoy the visit with your mom.

KayKay, Happy Birthday to the 3 year old.

Mandy, I hope you have a better day tomorrow with your co-worker.

Julie, Sounds like a really nice day.

Everyone have a great weekend!!

hugs always



azi - Mar 24, 2006 3:59 pm (#1906 of 2983)

Happy birthday to Kaykay's son!

Ooo, Julie, that sounds like a really posh day out! Glad you had fun! (I wouldn't like to foot the bill either...)

Scary day Tazzy (that would be yesterday now, wouldn't it?)! Today my mother tried to drive through a barrier without putting the token in (she was following another car and forgot the token existed) and the barrier came crashing down on the windscreen, but fortunately nothing broke!

Have a lovely day everybody!


timrew - Mar 24, 2006 5:09 pm (#1907 of 2983)

Finn BV: Madam P and Kathy, I didn't get a computer until I was 6

Computers weren't invented when I was six. We had to make do with an Abacus...................

Back then, a floppy disc was a bad back; a bit was coinage in the USA, and Wysiwyg was a real cool hairpiece................


kaykay1970 - Mar 24, 2006 5:54 pm (#1908 of 2983)

The Little Guy thanks everyone for the birthday wishes, however I will do the typing for him. He had a great time playing games at Chuck E Cheese's. It's amazing what a paper crown does to a child's ego. He walked around saying "I'm the king!"

My eldest child learned to read and write before kindergarten. By the age of 5 she had read every Little Golden Book in the house so she would get bored and read the encyclopedia. I guess she could have typed at that age but it would probably have been some "hunt and peck" method. I only remember by age 10 she could type fairly well as that is when she started writing her book. As for my other children they were only writing their names at age 5. Plus I had one child that didn't speak until age 3 but when she finally did get started it was with full sentences. Kids are all unique and that is perfectly alright!


Finn BV - Mar 24, 2006 6:18 pm (#1909 of 2983)

LOL Tim! That's why I put the sheepish smiley afterwords because I knew somebody would say something about it!


Viola Intonada - Mar 24, 2006 9:23 pm (#1910 of 2983)

Thanks for all of the well wishes for my daughter. (((Waves to Boop)))) She is ready for her stitches to come out. Poor thing is starving, her lip is too sore to eat much. It was something today trying to get an out-of-state appointment iin order to get her stitches removed next week. I was ready to go back to the surgeon and ask him to show me how to remove them myself, but I refrained. She was quite the celebrity at school today, so she had a good day today.

Happy Birthday to the Little Guy, KayKay! I'm glad he had a great time.

Wow, Julie, what a lunch!

I was going to say something about Finn and computers, but Tim beat me to it, alas.

Have a great RotD everyone!

Packing for vacations always makes me wish I could be in a wizarding world where a flick of the wrist can pack everything for you (and clean-up everything else)


Pigwidgeon - Mar 24, 2006 9:54 pm (#1911 of 2983)

Glad your daughter is doing better,Viola!

Had to share this: I received an early birthday gift from my li'l sis: a time turner from Noble Collections. She told me that with my schedule coming up, I could use one Wow, that just about made me go teary -- it was so sweet! I've had a great day!


Tazzygirl - Mar 25, 2006 12:19 am (#1912 of 2983)

Azi-Today my mother tried to drive through a barrier without putting the token in (she was following another car and forgot the token existed) and the barrier came crashing down on the windscreen, but fortunately nothing broke!

I always wondered what would happen if you didn't pay the toll... Glad nothing broke, Azi!!!

I had a so-so day today. (Better than yesterday though!) I had my admissions interview for the College of Education at 5 this afternoon. I don't think it went as well as it should have. I really messed up on one question and then the essay... I'll find out if I got into the College hopefully by the end of April...

After the interview I went to an Author talk. Anyone heard of Alexander McCall Smith? He wrote The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. I have to say he is a very funny man. I got him to autograph one of his books for my mom, whose birthday was today. I'll give it to her when I fly home to visit on Monday. Both she and I love his books! Speaking of Monday...

I am FINALLY on Spring Break!!!! Yippeeeeeee!!! But my teachers decided it was the perfect opportunity to load us up with more homework than normal. Oh well. I have a 5 hour flight to and from California where I can do some major studying.

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!!



The giant squid - Mar 25, 2006 1:38 am (#1913 of 2983)

Catherine, I think I've had that form of ADD before...

Tim, admit it: you were there when they invented the abacus, and wrote it off as a fad idea that'd never catch on...

Happy Birthday and healing wishes to the appropriate youngsters, and some strengthening charms to Marie--an entire ice stadium full of Girl Scouts? You're made of sterner stuff than I.




Ydnam96 - Mar 25, 2006 2:52 am (#1914 of 2983)

Glad the stiches came out okay! That must not be fun at all.

Tazzy, I'm sure you did better than you thought on the interview. Most everybody thinks they did worse than they actually did.

Pigwideon, kinda jealous of your early b-day gift.

I'm supposed to be sleeping. I went to bed about 10:30 last night because I'm supposed to be up early to go to a conference in the morning. But my cat has been sick (again). He has gotten sick about 8 times in the last two days. I gave him medicine but it doesn't seem to be helping. I've taken away his food, given him extra water, but he's still getting sick and/or dry heaving. Poor guy. And now I can't go back to sleep. (I already take a sleeping pill at night to go to sleep so I can't take anyhing else, I tried the warm milk for the tryptophan so I'm hoping that will work...) Anyway, healing charms and prayers for my kitty would be appreciated. You know how people can be about their pets.


Puck - Mar 25, 2006 6:37 am (#1915 of 2983)

LOL, Mike!

Healing charms to wee ones! How long until the stiches can come out?

Mandy, charms for kitty as well. Have you tried pepto? It worked for my friend's cat. Hope you manage to get some sleep. I suffer from insomnia at times, so know how hard it can be.

Have a great break, Kristina! I'm sure you were fabulous!

Happy RotD! Kathy


Chemyst - Mar 25, 2006 7:01 am (#1916 of 2983)

Chemyst, my art skills at 4 would probably leave you wondering the difference between an elephant and a rock. – Finn
 …at which point I’d have graciously asked you, “How does it get clean?” and if you said, ”He uses his trunk to take a shower,” then I’d have known it was an elephant. Mothers tend to get adept at these things.

Which makes a pretty good segue to dysgraphia (difficulty in handwriting). My youngest son had that problem too, Holly. I think this is one of those areas where informed parents will beat the experts. The experts have a checklist, but the mother knows her child.

[Just a bit of explanation: dysgraphia is more of a manifestation than it is a clinical condition. There are dozens of reasons a kid might have trouble handwriting, and consequently, there is no one-stop treatment or cure. Sometimes, doing the Hokey-Pokey can help– Really! …if the cause was that the child didn’t have a ‘feel’ for 'leftness' and 'rightness.' But immaturity, difficulty in fine motors skills, visual perception or processing, attention-related disorders, or a host of other culprits might be part of the mix.]

Anyway, as kaykay said, "Kids are all unique and that is perfectly alright!" So teaching keyboarding with its spell-check feature can be a wonderful coping strategy that helps some kids keep up or go on, while for other children it becomes a crutch that holds them back later on. Parents are the best experts for knowing which situation applies for their child.

(See, Kim? That was the big long explanation I was trying to avoid before. Some days I just can't help myself!)


Marie E. - Mar 25, 2006 8:19 am (#1917 of 2983)

I survived Disney on Ice, but ended up buying the $10 snowcones and cotton candy that I swore I wouldn't buy. The show started at 7:30pm and didn't let out until almost 10:00pm. Lexie is usually in bed by 8:00 so she had a spectacular meltdown in the parking lot which ended with her throwing up in the parking lot then falling asleep after three minutes in car. Her tantrum was all about her sister taking a drink from the wrong water bottle.

When I started high school we still had typing class. Five years later when my sister was a freshman it was called computer keyboarding. I know Shayla uses a typing program at school during her computer lab time.

Shayla needed a scribe for her test because it was a writing test, with paragraphs and story summaries. The Math test is in three weeks and I think they're making her write that one on her own.

Have a lovely Saturday!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 25, 2006 8:21 am (#1918 of 2983)

(See, Kim? That was the big long explanation I was trying to avoid before. Some days I just can't help myself!)---Chemyst

I don't see why you even bother. I always find your explanations perfectly delightful.


Finn BV - Mar 25, 2006 9:10 am (#1919 of 2983)

and if you said, ”He uses his trunk to take a shower,” then I’d have known it was an elephant. –Chemyst[

I suppose that would give it away, huh?

Azi, I, too, have always wondered what would happen if you didn't pay the toll. I'm always scared that it's going to come down on you even if you do pay it!! Glad everything's okay.

Marie, at least you came out alive from Disney on Ice. Hope Lexie's okay.

Healing charms to Mandy's cat!

Have a great weekend all! It's my aunt's 40th birthday and we're celebrating tonight!


Lina - Mar 25, 2006 9:18 am (#1920 of 2983)

Belated happy birthday to Kaykay's youngest! Wow, does the time fly? Only recently, he was still two...

My simpathy to Viola and Kristina for a really bad day. If there were a competition on the worst day, at least you could be hoping for some award... I hope you will be free from such stress for a while.

I'm glad your day was not at all that bad, Julie!

Just a little bit more on "funny names" - it shows about some non-English speakers that even if we can write quite well most of the time, it doesn't mean that our pronunciation sounds that well too.

Pigwidgeon, your family really knows how to make presents!

Your timeturner reminds me of something that happened recently. Since I take care of the web page of the faculty I work at, one teacher sent me a notification for the students, that I had to publish on the web, saying that they have to bring in some papers until April 16th if they wanted to attend the exam scheduled for April the 11th. So I sent her a warning that such thing was not possible without using a timeturner, and admitting of using the timeturner so publicly could cost her her magic wand... So she sent me promptly a different notification.

Fingers crossed for the college, Kristina!

Healing charms to Mandy's kitty!


Good Evans - Mar 25, 2006 12:06 pm (#1921 of 2983)

Hope everyone has had a nice Saturday - it was a nice springlike start to the day and we mended a broken fence panel (read that to mean we replaced it with a non broken one!!) and I did the housework

I got drenched walking the dog and the rain hasn't stopped since. We are due to have rain most of the week apparently, this is because I am going to the Dentist on Tuesday and the weather wishes to sympathise (shudders at thought of the Dentist).

I am volunteering tomorrow afternoon at the Bluebell railway, Mothering Sunday so should be a bit of a laugh really, I dont know if I will get here tomorrow as a result.

anyway - have a great rest of day all whether it is rainy or dry!!


Tazzygirl - Mar 25, 2006 12:47 pm (#1922 of 2983)

Thanks for all the positive thoughts!! My fingers are now permanently crossed until I find out if I get into the program.

Marie- glad the Disney on Ice was fun!

I am off to a birthday party- another little boy is turning 1.

Finn- My uncle just turned 40 a couple days ago.

It is definitely a month of birthdays!!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!



azi - Mar 25, 2006 1:23 pm (#1923 of 2983)

Ack, it's raining here too Julie! Non-stop since about 4pm! Nice warm wind though... Good luck with visiting the dentist next week! Ooo, and have fun at the railway tomorrow (do you get to ride on the footplate of the train??? I've always wanted to do that!)

It is definitely a month of birthdays! Good luck with the admissions thing, Tazzy!

Hehe, Lina, so which ministry did your colleague (sp?) aquire the time turner from?

Well, I'm tired, no reason why...

Have a lovely day everyone!


timrew - Mar 25, 2006 4:09 pm (#1924 of 2983)

The Giant Squid: Tim, admit it: you were there when they invented the abacus, and wrote it off as a fad idea that'd never catch on...

Okay, Mike, I admit to being there when it was invented. I remember saying to myself, "They'll never get me up in one of those!"


Madam Pince - Mar 25, 2006 11:35 pm (#1925 of 2983)

...we got to see the set for Arnold Schwartzenegger's (I can never spell his last name correctly!) End of Days. Even got a picture with him- and he is SHORT. –Tazzy

Too true! I was working with a group attending the 1988 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, and while I was in the hotel lobby, I saw this guy standing there waiting for the elevator. I thought "Wow, that guy looks a little bit like Arnold Schwartzenegger, except he's way too short and his hair's too reddish." Imagine my surprise when Maria Shriver (no mistaking her) came out of the elevator and took his arm and they went out together. Oops! My bad! Granted I wouldn't expect the man to be standing in a hotel lobby in his weightlifting attire and all greased up with Crisco or whatever, but he really didn't look all that impressive in a regular business suit. I was underwhelmed. It was funny because when I saw them later, everyone was making a big fuss about "Look! It's Arnold!" and taking pictures and stuff, and then Maria came out of her car and seemed miffed because nobody even looked at her twice. She kept looking around like she was expecting someone to notice her, and nobody even glanced her way. Poor dear!

Another "shorty" that you might not expect is Sylvester Stallone -- my friend got a picture with him on a beach in Hawaii years ago.

Belated Happy Birthday to kaykay's little one! Sounds like a great birthday!

I can sooooo get a mental picture of Marie in the parking lot of Disney On Ice with an overtired tantrum-er who then starts throwing up! I don't mean to laugh, but you paint such a funny mental picture! It's like a sitcom or something! Hope everyone gets rested up the rest of the weekend!

Puck, I think our kindergarten is a full day 5-days-a-week. That is one of my projects for next week -- to try to confirm that.

Mandy, I hope your kitty is feeling better soon! I can definitely sympathize! It's as hard on the owner as it is for the kitty -- same for moms and little tiny ones -- because you feel so awful for them and they can't tell you what's wrong.

Good Evans, your afternoon at Claridges' sounded divine!

***Waves furiously at Pigwidgeon*** Woo-hoo on the time-turner necklace! Fabulous gift for a directionally-challenged owl -- if you get lost, at least you won't be late!

Madame Pomfrey, I read on another thread that your mom is ill -- so sorry to hear and hope that she will be doing better soon.

Viola, I have an idea to fill up your daughter's starving tummy -- I know if I had a busted lip, I'd be taking full advantage of the situation by requesting hourly chocolate milkshakes!

Welcome back from your mission, Nate Davis! Has it been two years already???? My, time flies! Glad to have you back!

I got Post #1925 -- my Dad's birth year! (Timrew got Mom's...)


Tazzygirl - Mar 26, 2006 12:34 am (#1926 of 2983)

So, I am having problems loading pictures onto my WX page. **frustrated** I thought I would put the first picture from LOST that I took as my avatar until I get the whole picture loading moment correct. (I am really excited to share them with you all!!)

The person (that you can barely see) sitting to the left, turned away is Rose (forgot her real name), and the person sitting across from her is Bernard (forgot his real name too).

I'll post the picture of the actual set in a week or two!

Hope everyone has a great RotN/D!!!



Puck - Mar 26, 2006 6:19 am (#1927 of 2983)

Hello all!

Sorry to hear of your post-Disney troubles, Marie! I, too, got talked into expensive snowcone when we went. It is hard when they get over-tired like that.

Yeah to Madame Pince's mom for marrying a younger man!

Viola, have you tried that Pediasure drink?

Happy RotD Kathy


kaykay1970 - Mar 26, 2006 10:59 am (#1928 of 2983)

We had a great time at Casey Jones yesterday! The Little Guy was so excited about the train. Of course this kid is very easily amused anyway. The other day he sat in the window for two hours because the electric company was cutting limbs away from power lines. Every time they fed the branches into the chipper thingy he squealed and laughed.

I took some great group photos of the children. I am having trouble with re-sizing them for an avatar. Once they are the right size they become so blurry you can't make them out. Maybe someone changed some computer settings because this one I made of just the youngest isn't exactly clear either.


Ydnam96 - Mar 26, 2006 11:12 am (#1929 of 2983)

Haha, well I made it to my conference after my night of not sleeping. However, I set my alarm clock for 5:45pm instead of am. Doooof. So by the grace of God I woke up at 6:35 which was ten minutes until I had to be at the school for the bus! I mean, ten minutes. WOW. I was running around like a crazy woman. Thankfully I had put out my skirt and top and all that the night before. And I had already packed up my bag for the day with my breakfast and all that so I was able to grab and go. But I did forget my wallet and drivers liscence. Opps.

I was so exhausted at the end of the day.

Now I'm going to climb a mountain. We have a hike planned next week for our future RAs and I want to make sure I'm in some sort of shape to make it to the top. This is the trail, it's killer: (I tried to make sure this is a forum friendly link, if the hosts don't think so I will not be offended if they take it down)http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/garcia.html

It did rain all night so I hope the trail is okay.

Well, off to hike.



Finn BV - Mar 26, 2006 5:34 pm (#1930 of 2983)

Hey everybody, feeling a little sick right here. Scratchy throat and a bit of exhaustion. We did just have a lot of family here, and more next weekend…

So, I didn't really have the energy to wade through the posts on this thread, hope that's okay! Healing charms, cheering charms, etc., all around!


Puck - Mar 26, 2006 8:01 pm (#1931 of 2983)

Kay, glad to hear you all had fun!

Mandy, made it by the skin of your teeth! I hate it when I mix up the am/pm on the alarm clock!

Finn, feel better!

So, my son was watching Power Rangers today. The red ranger, trying to master his magic, calls on the power of the Phoenix! It just proves that everything comes back to Harry Potter!

Happy RotD, Kathy


The giant squid - Mar 26, 2006 11:15 pm (#1932 of 2983)

Hmm...Lexie gets a $10 snowcone, then throws a tantrum & throws up in the parking lot. And this surprises you how? Honestly, the only shocking thing about that story is that Shayla didn't hit her with something during it all.

Tim: Abacus...isn't that a Genesis album?

Finn, Happy Birthday to your aunt. Too bad you're feeling poorly, but I still think it's odd for a 13 year old to use the phrase "a bit of exhaustion". the correct phrase would be "I'm really tired all the time." Get it right, old man. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 464751818



Snuffles - Mar 27, 2006 12:45 am (#1933 of 2983)

Hey all!

Kaykay, belated birthday to your little one, I'm glad he had a good day.

Kristina, I'm glad you managed to stay safe on your nightmare journey, hope you have a great Spring break!

Julie, lucky you on your meal at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant, sounds wonderful.

Viola, glad your daughter is feeling a bit better

azi, oops! glad everyone was ok after your run in with the barrier

Finn, hope your throat is a bit better, I hate that feeling.

My weekend was ok. Hubby decided to feel sick and off colour yesterday, so I my lie in and breakfast in bed for mothers day has been postponed till next sunday Oh well!!

Have a good Monday



Loopy Lupin - Mar 27, 2006 7:13 am (#1934 of 2983)

Back then, a floppy disc was a bad back; a bit was coinage in the USA, and Wysiwyg was a real cool hairpiece................—tim

Spew! I think when I was six, floppy discs were called "punch cards." By the time I was Finn's age, there were 5 1/4" floppies, but they did, in fact, flop. I never saw a 3.5" disc until college.

Well, the buzz around here is that George Mason is going to the Final Four. Quite amazing. To try and put it into perspective for some of the Forumers, imagine that the U.S. is in the semifinals of the World Cup. (I mean to refer to soccer, but I guess the U.S. in the semifinals of the Quidditch World Cup would be just as amazing.)

Happy Birthdays all around!


Finn BV - Mar 27, 2006 8:24 am (#1935 of 2983)

I still think it's odd for a 13 year old to use the phrase "a bit of exhaustion". the correct phrase would be "I'm really tired all the time." –Mike[

The thing is, I'm not tired, I'm exhausted. I find a difference. "Tired" implies a need for sleep -- although that would be great, right now I'm "exhausted" -- drained of energy and strength, and thus not really up for doing anything action-packed. Does that make sense? I just checked my dictionary and it's got something about "the right word":

Tired is what you are after you've cleaned the house, spent two hours reading a dull report, or trained for a marathon; it means that your strength and energy are diminished, without giving any indication of degree.

Exhausted means that you are totally drained of strength and energy, a condition that may even be irreversible (: exhausted by battling a terminal disease).

Oh well.

Thanks for all the well-wishes everybody, I think I am getting better anyway. But I have to go see an oral surgeon today for consultation about some orthodontics I may be undergoing -- braces. It's inevitable, I suppose. (Sorry to the non-English speakers, that paragraph will send you to your dictionary! )

Healing charms to Mr. Snuffles!

Not having the slightest interest in basketball, I'll root for George Mason because it seems to be an upset and Loopy is rooting for them.



azi - Mar 27, 2006 8:31 am (#1936 of 2983)

Healing charms to Finn and Mr Snuffles!

Wow, this thread is quiet today!

I received an unexpected letter from one of my friends today. He knew I was quite bored, so he sent a picture of me from when I visited his house a few weeks ago. Apparently his mum thought I looked cute and 'Harry Potterish' and wanted my mum to see it! The friend thinks not as there's a subtle difference he can't work out. I was really chuffed he sent the letter though - cheered me up muchly! Definitely a sweet thing to do.

Have a lovely day everyone.

Edit - Finn, having braces ain't so bad! I became rather attached to mine, and I got straight teeth at the end of the day. Less like a rabbit, more happy smiley.


Finn BV - Mar 27, 2006 8:39 am (#1937 of 2983)

Thanks azi, just that I've always had what I thought were perfect teeth, so… I just didn't see it coming.

Cool smiley about opening the mailbox!


azi - Mar 27, 2006 8:43 am (#1938 of 2983)

Why thank you Finn! I'd forgotten I had it until a few minutes ago, truth be told!


Loopy Lupin - Mar 27, 2006 9:20 am (#1939 of 2983)

Finn, Happy Birthday to your aunt. Too bad you're feeling poorly, but I still think it's odd for a 13 year old to use the phrase "a bit of exhaustion". the correct phrase would be "I'm really tired all the time." Get it right, old man. – Mike

No, Mike, the correct phrasing for someone 13 would be: "I'm, like, sleepy and stuff." The inclusion of "like" is mandatory, but the "and stuff" is optional.

Finn, your resorting to the dictionary to distinguish between "tired" and "exhaustion" gives me grave concern for the instinct it demonstrates. Please, please, avoid all temptation to go to law school. There are enough lawyers in the world and far too few piano-playing, playwrites.


Finn BV - Mar 27, 2006 9:24 am (#1940 of 2983)

LOL Loopy. I'm, like, a piano-playing playwrite and stuff. Sweeeeet.

I think I need to change my avatar. Anyone have any suggestions? No real holiday or big event coming up soon…


azi - Mar 27, 2006 9:27 am (#1941 of 2983)

How about some HP fanart Finn? I need to change my avatar too, but can't get any pictures small enough!


Finn BV - Mar 27, 2006 9:40 am (#1942 of 2983)

I just tried looking around, everything is too big! I really like this animated McGonagall version from her Lex page, but it's 108KB! I can't size it down at all without losing its animation.


Loopy Lupin - Mar 27, 2006 9:48 am (#1943 of 2983)

I just tried looking around, everything is too big! – Finn

Oh, you could try to find a picture of Lisa Simpson from the episode when she had to get braces. Hehehehehe.


Finn BV - Mar 27, 2006 10:25 am (#1944 of 2983)

I see both Loopy and I have changed our avatars…

Forum's awfully quiet this morning, eh?


Puck - Mar 27, 2006 11:52 am (#1945 of 2983)

The forum was quiet, but Azi and Finn have been busy chatting and playing hangman.

Had to take kitty to the vet this morning. She's 12 years old, and had developed some bad habits of late. We were concerned about kidney trouble, but turns out she has arthritis in her hip and was having trouble getting downstairs to her litter box. Poor thing.

Diva did great at her swim lesson, and as it's a beautiful spring day, had some time at the playground as well.

We've already been told our son will likely need braces. He has a large gap between his front teeth.

Bought my new running sneakers last night. As the baby is sleeping through the night, and morning temperatures have crawled up into the 30's (I'm not as tough as Denise!), I no longer have any excuses. So, I got up early and went for a jog. My body is so not used to it any more. I thought I was going to be sick when I got home.

Have a great day, everyone! Kathy


Finn BV - Mar 27, 2006 11:54 am (#1946 of 2983)

LOL Kathy… Hangman's the only way to live your spring break…

Healing charms to your cat!


Tazzygirl - Mar 27, 2006 1:20 pm (#1947 of 2983)

Healing charms to those who need them!!

I had braces- they weren't too bad! I definitely have a better smile than before!

All right- I guess I should check the threads quickly- my plane to California leaves in about 2 hours! Yippee!! I'm going home!!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!



Denise P. - Mar 27, 2006 3:08 pm (#1948 of 2983)

Kathy, I am not that tough but since I paid for the pleasure of being in the running group, I may as well take advantage of it.

Race day is coming up too quickly. We have been able to get on the 5K course several times to run it. So far, my best 5K time was just about 38 minutes. Since I live in Tennessee, you can bet there are hills on this course. The first one is the worst hill and it is at the half mile mark.


Finn BV - Mar 27, 2006 3:14 pm (#1949 of 2983)

Denise, if I may offer some advice coming from a cross-country runner, take advantage of the ascent of the hills. Most runners will think, "Everybody's going to go slowly on the hills since they're harder, so I have nothing to lose if I also go slowly." So, don't let down going up.

**bows and goes back to unfortunate spring break homework**


timrew - Mar 27, 2006 3:24 pm (#1950 of 2983)

That 'climbing thing' on your pic looks wonderful for kids, Denise! I know my son would have liked it if he were younger - he's 26 now and married. Heck, he'd still love it!
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boop - Mar 27, 2006 4:29 pm (#1951 of 2983)

Healing Charms to anyone that needs them.

Anyone who is on spring break enjoy yourself!!


Everyone have a nice rest of the day!!!

hugs always



Marè - Mar 27, 2006 4:53 pm (#1952 of 2983)

Oh, good luck with the race Denise. I never had to run a race, but I had to do a lot of running as part of the rowing trainings.
As a tip: run your own race, many people feel like they need to keep up with runners far better then themselves and as a result start too fast. Which usually gets them in trouble pretty soon.

Waves all around. Seems like spring is finally here, that is, if it would stop with the pooring rain...


kaykay1970 - Mar 27, 2006 5:30 pm (#1953 of 2983)

My children won their soccer game today. It is actually a history making moment. They had won a couple of scrimmages and a game at the Jamboree. But this is the first regular season game that our school has ever won. The problem is not so much lack of talent but lack of experience. We only just started playing soccer here my daughters Freshman year so this is the beginning of our third season of soccer. Plus considering that we have yet to form an elementary team many children don't get a chance to play until they are in high school.

I'll have to make a point to speak to John Bumbledore in the chat room on game days so that he can wish them good luck again. Maybe he was brewing a little Felix Felicis....


Finn BV - Mar 27, 2006 6:40 pm (#1954 of 2983)

Congrats to kaykay's kids! That's wonderful!

Happy birthday Neldoreth!

I went to the oral surgeon today, and I will be getting four teeth pulled to make way for braces on April 12th…

Have a great RotD everybody! **waves to Boop**


kabloink! - Mar 27, 2006 6:50 pm (#1955 of 2983)

OKay, I have been out of it for awhile, and I kept trying to catch up, and got further and further behind. So, I have some vague responses from about 300 posts ago. I hope the smoking topic wasn't taboo-ed, as I wanted to voice my opinion.

Before I was pregnant, I would occasionally smoke a cigarette or cigar while drinking. My mother-in-law is a smoker as are several siblings and friends. My request is that smoking does not take place in my house or one of my cars-the other used it be my mother-in-law's, so it doesn't bother me there. Otherwise, if you smoke it is your prerogative to do so in your own home, car, or any designated public places.

As for desserts, I love to make a lemon pound cake-it was the first cake I ever made from scratch. I haven't made it in awhile, but I just recently got the recipe back from my mom, so I will soon. I did just recently make this chocolate-raspberry layered torte. It involved lots of ganache and mousse with a oreo-cookie crust slathered with raspberry preserves. IT came out quite good, but as there are just the two of us, Kevin's day crew at McDonalds really loved my for a few days.

Happy Birthday to anyone I've missed, Good Luck, Get Well, Congrats to everyone it applies to!


Puck - Mar 27, 2006 7:51 pm (#1956 of 2983)

Kay, yeah to winning the soccer game! Your son mentioned in the chat room once that they don't have teams until high school. My town is soccer happy. Kids can start as young as 4!

Kristina, safe travels to the mainland!

I may not be in chat this week, as the afternoon weather may call me outside -supposed to be a beautiful week! So, "Ji" to all my chat buddies!

Finn, good luck with the teeth. Just think about the amazing smile you'll have!

Happy RotD, Kathy


Madam Pince - Mar 27, 2006 8:36 pm (#1957 of 2983)

Kaykay, what a sweet picture of your little guy! I bet they had fun! What is it about little boys and trains -- they really love them, don't they? (...she said, looking ruefully at her living room floor covered with an intricate interweaving of train track for Thomas and Friends...) And woo-hoo on winning the soccer games! Congratulations!

And Snuffles, I swear Olivia is getting lovelier every day! What beautiful blonde hair!

Cool avatar, Tazzy! Enjoy your spring break at home!

Finn, I'm sure your braces will turn out fine. I may even join you in getting them done -- here I am 42 years old, but I am seriously considering getting my teeth straightened. Guess I should do it before they fall out, if I'm going to do it! When I was a kid, we couldn't afford braces, because my teeth weren't crooked enough for it to be a problem other than cosmetically. Then while I was working I just never seemed to have time to do it. Now might just be the time, who knows? Although I've actually gotten kind of attached to that gap in the front....

Woo-hoo to George Mason University for earning a trip to the Final Four! ***insert wildly applauding smiley here*** I am so happy for those guys -- they are in for the most amazing couple of weeks. It's such a great thing for Coach Larranaga too. I can't help thinking that the last time he rode a bus to an arena to play in a Final Four, I was lucky enough to be sitting behind him on the same bus! The whole "Cinderella Team" thing is so much like when UVA went in 1984, it has really brought back memories. I even had a dream about it the other night! Really close games with 1-point or 2-point wins -- it's just so exciting. There is truly something to be said for the team being "loose" because hey, if you weren't really supposed to even be in the tourney in the first place, then you aren't so stressed out -- you have nothing to lose and can just have fun, and therefore play better. I was glad to hear Coach L say that in an interview -- that he hopes the team can just have fun, and win along the way. I know it was truly the best time I ever had in my life, and I wasn't even a player. Those young men are really in for a treat; I hope they win it all! They are a great team and certainly deserve it!

I was so disappointed that I didn't get to see their win Sunday, though. We had promised an elderly friend of ours that we would take her out to lunch and to Arlington Cemetery to visit some relatives' gravesites, so we weren't able to watch the game and silly me forgot to set the VCR. Oh well.....

Lovely spring day today! But no cherry blossoms yet in bloom at the Cemetery yesterday.... wahhhhhh. My daffodils are going gangbusters, though.

Hope everyone has a great RotD!


Madam Pince - Mar 27, 2006 9:18 pm (#1958 of 2983)

Arrrgh... too late to edit...

I meant to give condolences to Stephanie on her NCAA tournament pool draws-- really, dear, you have the worst luck in the world! You had all four #1 seeds, and none of them makes it to the Final Four??!!! That just never happens. Hugs, condolences, and pats on the back... Um, better not go to Vegas or Atlantic City or try your luck at anything for awhile....

Finn, I know you don't like basketball, but you're a tennis fan, right? Remember Yannick Noah from several years ago? (Tennis star in the 80's, French celebrity, reggae singer, etc.) OK, so it seems that his son Joakim is one of the big stars of the Florida team, who is also going to the Final Four and (naturally) will be playing against George Mason. Just to give you something to fret about, in case you decide to pick teams....


dizzy lizzy - Mar 27, 2006 9:29 pm (#1959 of 2983)

Hi all! I've been a little busy and frazzled today. I managed to snare a job interview |(at 11am tomorrow,wed 29th March, Sydney Time).

So I had to race around this morning working out what to wear to the interview!! Let's just say at one stage I should have started tearing my hair out. This was because I realised I actually know 2 out tof the 3 people on the interview panel. As a result I spent a little time and money on the outfit, so I would only have to worry about the interview, not how I looked or felt.

And for all that fuss, the job is only a temporary 3 month contract, but one never knows when an opportunity arises these days and I'll take all the opportunities to broaden my world and work skills when I'm offered the chance to do so.

Healing charms and birthday charms to all who need them. Good luck with the teeth Finn.



The giant squid - Mar 27, 2006 11:04 pm (#1960 of 2983)

Don't worry about the braces, Finn. they'll be uncomfortable for a while, but before long you'll get used to them. You'll also be amazed at how many sticky things you normally eat that you can't anymore. But when it's all said & done, you'll have beautiful, straight teeth! As for having teeth pulled, just remember not to eat any nachos the day they pull them (speaking from experience...I blame the novocaine).

Now the retainer, on the other hand, is just horrible...

Oh, and I always thought it was spelled "playwright."



Tazzygirl - Mar 28, 2006 12:30 am (#1961 of 2983)

The flight was awesome! I have never enjoyed the five hour flight to the mainland more than I have today. Guess which movie they played? hehehehe!!! Made the time go by really fast!

Thanks Puck and Madam P.!

Yeay for Kaykay's kids!

Good luck with your interview, Lizzy! **fingers crossed**

Squid Mike-You'll also be amazed at how many sticky things you normally eat that you can't anymore.

LOL- I have to say, I never watched what sticky things I ate when I had braces... I had caramel all the time and gum. I never broke a bracket or anything. (My friends weren't so lucky!)

Finn- another thing to avoid eating the day you get the braces on- Corn on the Cob. It was not a pretty sight in my case!! What really helped me when I went in to get the braces, and each time after when they needed to tighten the bands, I took Advil or Tylenol a half hour or so before hand. Definitely helps take away the pain!!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!



Snuffles - Mar 28, 2006 12:37 am (#1962 of 2983)

Kaykay, woo hoo on the soccer game, glad your team won!

Good luck on the job interview Lizzy, I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed for you!

Finn, don't worry about braces. I had them when I was about 13. I had the fixed ones on the top and bottom set of teeth. It will be worth it in the end. Like Mike said, there are a few things you won't be able to eat, but who likes toffees etc anyway!!!!!!!!

Thankyou Madam Pince

Edit again!! Glad you made it home safely Kristina, and what a good choice of movie!!

Have a good Tuesday



Good Evans - Mar 28, 2006 1:34 am (#1963 of 2983)

Morning all, would you believe I took the day off work to go to the Dentist (as per previous post) and the surgery has just called to say Dentist has tonsilitis, so appointment cancelled - boo!! I need to go and now it will be another week or so (I need to check work diary) and I have used a day of leave, BOOOO!!!

Lizzy best of luck for the interview

Kaykay - I am glad the footie result went your way, and I think your avatar is lovely by the way.

Finn - hope you are feeling better now and that the worries of the brace all turn in to nothing. I never had one but I am sure it is a means worth the end result.

have a great day everyone, as I have nothing else to do and yes it is still raining, I wonder if England could sink??? I suspect I will be around here catching up on the threads and in the chat room.




azi - Mar 28, 2006 6:18 am (#1964 of 2983)

We've had torrential rain and gales almost constantly since Sunday afternoon, Julie! I went food shopping with my mum this morning and just a mile or so away from my house there was no rain and bright sunshine (still windy)! Came back from shopping and a mile from my house it started raining again! Good luck with getting the dentist appointment sorted!

Congratulations to Kaykay's kids!

I broke my brace twice (same bracket). I *think* it broke on a polo the first time, the second it just wasn't glued properly. Also swallowed some metal once when eating a gummy bear. The elastics were also a favourite to accidentely swallow! Don't worry about getting the teeth pulled out Finn - I actually enjoyed it!

Hope you have a nice holiday Tazzy (if being at home is a holiday...?)!

I'm sending lots of good luck charms your way Lizzy!

Have a lovely day everyone!


kaykay1970 - Mar 28, 2006 6:45 am (#1965 of 2983)

Tazzy enjoy your time at home with your family!

Good luck to Lizzy on the job interview. Maybe John could spare a little more Felix Felicis...

Thanks for the compliments on my avatar. As if the Little Guy doesn't already have a big enough head! I told him last night how cute and sweet he is and he says "I know."


Tazzygirl - Mar 28, 2006 7:50 am (#1966 of 2983)

Azi- it is indeed a holiday to be home! I am definitely going to enjoy myself! (Minus the doctor, dentist, and eye doctor appointments!) :sillyrin:

Good Evans- I hope you get the dentist all sorted out! My dentist appointment is today too!

I think it is raining the world over. Hawaii is almost all under water now, and it is raining here in California too. I love rain and all, but some sun would be nice! It's super cold here too!

My mom woke me up to go to school with her today- her students are so excited to see me. As it is 4:52 AM Hawaii time, not sure if I'll be my usual bubbly self!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!



Finn BV - Mar 28, 2006 8:20 am (#1967 of 2983)

Thanks for all the uplifting thoughts about the braces. I wouldn't have minded them so much a couple of years ago, since a ton of people in our school got them in fifth or sixth grade, but then we went to the dentist and learned I had "perfect teeth." Now, in eighth grade, my side teeth fit together perfectly, but I have overbite (the top teeth stick out over the bottom). It's just that I would have rather had them earlier.

I suppose I shouldn't be complaining about "earlier" when Madam P may be getting them at 42… Good luck! Hehe about Yannick Noah's son… now I'll be torn… but at least I'll be happy with either team winning!

Lizzy, sending lots of luck for the job interview!

Now the retainer, on the other hand, is just horrible... --Squid Mike

Well, that just really lifts my spirits. From what I heard, it will be about 2 years for the braces (according to the orthodontist)/1.5 years (according to the oral surgeon) and only 6 months for the retainer, so I actually think I won't mind that compared to the length of time for the braces. Oh well. Enough about that.

Oh, and I always thought it was spelled "playwright."

Yeah, it is, I thought something looked funny about Loopy's spelling. I was just following his lead…

Kristina, your airline has really good taste… I have a friend who went to Australia for spring break (**waves to Lizzy**) and she watched GoF five times!

Julie, I'm sure this is just a much needed day of away-from-work!

Have a great RotD everybody! I have only 6 more days of break!


Madame Pomfrey - Mar 28, 2006 8:43 am (#1968 of 2983)

Madame Pince, Finn, and all my other Lexicon buddies, thank you so much for the healing charms sent to my mom. I had mentioned on another thread that she has recently been diagnosed with terminal( bile duct) cancer. I wanted to mention this in hopes that someone is familiar with this type of cancer.

She was initially diagnosed with pancreatitis secondary to a bad gallbladder  which they removed. The surgeon at the time mentioned that her pancreatic head was inflamed and that the bile duct was narrowed, her liver enzymes were normal at this time. We were home a week when she started having the same pain so we went back to the hospital where she was diagnosed with acute hepatitis accompanied by jaundice secondary to her narrow bile duct. They put in 2 stents in her bile duct to keep it patent and did 2 biopsies that came back negative. They have diagnosed her with this type cancer because a cancer marker called CA 19-9 was 14,000 and is specific for this type cancer. As of now we are at home and she is asymptomatic (no jaundice, pain, nausea or further weight loss) so far. She is on hospice and even the nurse is having a hard time believing that she is ill. Is this the calm before the storm? I'm hoping one of our readers have had similar experiences or is familiar with this type cancer. Again, Thank you all so much for the healing charms  - Mom was touched by it.


haymoni - Mar 28, 2006 8:57 am (#1969 of 2983)

Madame Pomprey - I just typed "bile duct cancer" in Yahoo and I'm a bit confused.

Now let me preface this by saying that I only looked at the first site that came up and I have no medical background whatsoever.

It looks like there is some sort of bypass surgery that can be done, but without knowing more about your mom - her age, has the cancer spread, etc. - it may be hard to know if this would work or not.

My mother passed away from a very rare thyroid cancer. It was very aggressive and moved through her quite quickly.

It looks like bile duct cancer is pretty rare also - maybe there is someone who specializes in this specific type of cancer?


Tazzygirl - Mar 28, 2006 9:05 am (#1970 of 2983)

Finn-It's just that I would have rather had them earlier.

hahaha! I had my braces from 10-12 grade!!



Finn BV - Mar 28, 2006 10:59 am (#1971 of 2983)

Madame Pomfrey, it's too bad there's not even a wizarding cure for cancer! Once again, best wishes to your family. 'Fraid I don't know much about any sort of cancer, so I'd be no assistance in determining these symptoms.


Madame Pomfrey - Mar 28, 2006 12:34 pm (#1972 of 2983)

Thank you Haymoni, my mother is 64 and for some reason that type of surgery was not an option. I think maybe they suspect metastasis. We go to the DR. tomorrow so hopefully we will find out more. Thank you, Finn.


Nathan Zimmermann - Mar 28, 2006 1:00 pm (#1973 of 2983)

Madame Pomfrey, I will your family in my thoughts and I hope that all goes well at the Dr. tomorrow.


Puck - Mar 28, 2006 1:02 pm (#1974 of 2983)

Madame Pomfrey, my grandmother had liver cancer, but it had traveled from her breast. The original site makes a difference. (Liver cancer in liver is easier to treat than other types that have moved there.) My aunt had some kind of cancer trough that part of her body, though it was inconclusive as to origin. Watch her calcium intake! My Nana wasn't told that calcium toxicity was a common problem. She thought drinking plenty of milk would be good for her, but the calcium overload became a problem. Be sure to ask your Mom's doctors about this. Healing charms and warm thoughts!

Best of luck, Lizzy!

A great movie on the plane? Must have been The Village!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 2775603007

Happy RotD, Kathy


Esther Rose - Mar 28, 2006 1:13 pm (#1975 of 2983)

Ohhh.. The Village that was the most absolutely perfect movie... to fall asleep to.


Loopy Lupin - Mar 28, 2006 1:32 pm (#1976 of 2983)

A great movie on the plane? Must have been The Village! – Puck

Ahem!! I'm standing right here!


Lina - Mar 28, 2006 2:00 pm (#1977 of 2983)

Happy birthday Kaykay!

Good luck on the job interview, Lizzy!

Healing, strengthening charms and hugs to Madame Pomfrey and her mum!


The giant squid - Mar 28, 2006 4:11 pm (#1978 of 2983)

Finn, the worst thing about the retainer is simply that it is so easy to lose. I'd bet real money that everyone who's had one has a "digging through the trash can" story. That and if it isn't fitted just right it can flop around in your mouth a bit (kind of like someone with loose dentures). Two years total isn't bad at all. I had braces for an overbite for 2 years & retainer for another 2. That's after having had braces on the top only a year or so earlier to correct an underbite--worked a little too well.

Madame P, my best to your mom & family. Others have offered better support & suggestions than I can, so I'll just add my hug to the list.



boop - Mar 28, 2006 4:21 pm (#1979 of 2983)

KayKay, Happy Birthday!!! and Congrats to your children for winning their soccer game.

Finn, Good luck with getting teeth pulled and braces.

Lizzy, Good luck with your job interview.

Kristina, enjoy your spring break!!

Madame Pomfrey, Sorry to hear about your mom, BIG HUGS to you and your family. If you need us we are here for you.


kaykay1970 - Mar 28, 2006 4:30 pm (#1980 of 2983)

Thanks for the happy birthdays! Hubby is grilling our supper tonight. I don't think he even knows how the oven/stove works.

Good luck with the braces Finn.

More((hugs)) for Madame Pomfrey.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 28, 2006 4:52 pm (#1981 of 2983)

Finn, I wish you luck with the braces. I know what you mean about not minding if they had gone on a bit earlier rather than now. And I won't scare you off with any horror stories, but for the record, I can beat any orthodontic experience out there. By a mile.

Madame Pomfrey, my thoughts are with you and your family.

***waves to Catherine and Wayne*** Will be thinking of you at 8!


Tazzygirl - Mar 28, 2006 5:07 pm (#1982 of 2983)

Puck- A great movie on the plane? Must have been The Village!

Almost, but not quite!!

The rain followed me from Hawaii. It has not stopped raining here (California) since I got off the plane... I am debating which type of weather I would like more- cold rain or humid rain...


Big (((((((HUG))))))) to Madame Pomfrey and her family!



dizzy lizzy - Mar 28, 2006 6:22 pm (#1983 of 2983)

Right! I'm back from the interview. I'll hear back next Thursday as the interviewers are away at a work course for the first three days of next week.

I was supposed to have 3 people in the interview panel as it is a State Government job. But because it is a temporary job, they only had two people in the end. And it was the two people I knew (lucky )! I had fun answering the questions and generally enjoyed myself.

Now to reward myself, the GoF DVD was released in Oz today, so I bought it!!!!

Off to watch the movie!!



Tazzygirl - Mar 28, 2006 6:25 pm (#1984 of 2983)

Enjoy the movie, Lizzy!! Glad the interview went well!!



Catherine - Mar 28, 2006 7:03 pm (#1985 of 2983)

***waves to Catherine and Wayne*** Will be thinking of you at 8! –Kim

**waves back**


Finn BV - Mar 28, 2006 8:23 pm (#1986 of 2983)

I can beat any orthodontic experience out there. By a mile. –Kim

I'll request those stories after I've gotten the braces off, thanks.

Happy Birthday, kaykay! Have a great day

Lizzy, glad the interview went well!

Catherine, is there some special occasion on Jeopardy! to justify your putting Alex Trebek as your avatar?

Have a great RotD everybody!


Puck - Mar 28, 2006 9:34 pm (#1987 of 2983)

Glad it went well, Lizzy!

Kim, I'm picturing some serious head-gear!

Sorry, Loopy, didn't see you standing there.

Time to go to bed, so I can get up and use my running sneakers in the morning. My legs were quite sore today after yesterday's jog, which made it extra fun teaching ballet. Even better, I lost a contact lens during class, so got to drive a bit seeing-impaired.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1242194059


Ydnam96 - Mar 28, 2006 10:20 pm (#1988 of 2983)

As Tazzy said it has been pouring here in LA, which isn't all bad. I like the rain in general. But it's seriously flooding. And all the darkness is slightly depressing...but then so is watching The Patriot over and over again (which I have been doing). It's such an amazing film. But sad.

Finn, I hope the braces go well. I probably should have had them but did not. I'm not complaining. I have panic attacks at the dentist.

Way to go Lizzy on the first interview!

Puck (and Denise), I admire the determination you have! I hate running.


Catherine - Mar 29, 2006 4:45 am (#1989 of 2983)

Catherine, is there some special occasion on Jeopardy! to justify your putting Alex Trebek as your avatar?

Yes. There were online tryouts last night at 8 p.m. The test was difficult; I know I missed too many to qualify.

Of course, it might have helped if I'd taken the time to read the category. I'm still kicking myself for missing the "six-letter French dance" question. I hurriedly typed in "waltz," which does NOT start with the letter "M" and has only five letters.

Where were the Harry Potter questions when you need them?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Mar 29, 2006 6:30 am (#1990 of 2983)

Kim, I'm picturing some serious head-gear!---Puck[

That would be too easy.

Even better, I lost a contact lens during class, so got to drive a bit seeing-impaired.---Puck (again)

You'll let me know if you get on 128, won't you?

I missed more questions than Catherine. Talk about choking, I couldn't recall Emily Dickinson's last name. I wonder if I'll get partial credit for typing in 'Emily'.


Loopy Lupin - Mar 29, 2006 7:46 am (#1991 of 2983)

Playwright/playwrite.....Ooopsie!! Stupid, archaic language manifestations.


And just to show I'm riding the double-duh bus today, I just sent Catherine an email (today the 29th) telling her that I don't think I'll be up for trying out for Jeopardy tonight. Had I read her email closely, I'd've realized I was a day late. Probably good I didn't try out at all.

Talk about choking, I couldn't recall Emily Dickinson's last name. – Kim

Her last name is Dickinson.


Finn BV - Mar 29, 2006 8:29 am (#1992 of 2983)

Well I'm so glad everybody's on top of things here! Quick, what color was George Washington's white horse?

Darn, I wish I knew that there were tryouts! We've been trying to get my dad on for ages, he does so well every time we watch the show. We think the only thing that would get him would be the buzzer… and then he'd get really mad at it, and then at Alex and the other contestants…

Yay! I was born in 1992! That's the number of this post!

Have a great RotD everybody!


Puck - Mar 29, 2006 8:54 am (#1993 of 2983)

Born in 1992? That gives me 1993, the year I graduated from college. Makes me just a wee bit older than Finn!

Don't worry, Kim. I work only 6 miles from home, all back roads. You're safe!

My van is off being repaired, so I am sans vehicle for a few days. Luckily the weather is lovely, so we can go play outside.

I give credit to anyone who even tries to be on Jeopardy!

Happy RotD! Kathy


kaykay1970 - Mar 29, 2006 9:19 am (#1994 of 2983)

Ah 1994, the year my eldest child started Kindergarten....


Holly T. - Mar 29, 2006 9:43 am (#1995 of 2983)

1995! The year my daughter was born.


azi - Mar 29, 2006 10:03 am (#1996 of 2983)

Happy birthday Kaykay! Was that yesterday or today???

I rode a bike for the first time in a few years today. Twas fun! Also went to a windfarm a few miles from me and took pretty pictures of the turbines. Plus, I practised my poi, managing to hit myself on the head! The rain has finally stopped!

Erm 1996...the year of nothing significant in my life...I turned 9...

Have a lovely day everyone!


Loopy Lupin - Mar 29, 2006 1:42 pm (#1997 of 2983)

1997-- Loopy graduates from law school, takes the Bar Exam, passes the Bar Exam, and gets sworn in as an attorney. After that, Loopy went to a whole different kind of bar.


Catherine - Mar 29, 2006 2:53 pm (#1998 of 2983)

After that, Loopy went to a whole different kind of bar. --Loopy Lupin

Hmmm...I was expecting you to say that you help people avoid being behind bars....


Loopy Lupin - Mar 29, 2006 4:40 pm (#1999 of 2983)

Hmmm...I was expecting you to say that you help people avoid being behind bars.... –Catherine

Sometimes I do, but frankly, if I keep myself out from behind bars, I consider my job to be half done.

Edit-- Ooooh. 1999. I turned 30 and they played that Prince song all year long.


Chemyst - Mar 29, 2006 5:50 pm (#2000 of 2983)

 **checks to see if bar/barre is on Paul Brians' Common Errors in English website**

Loopy, giving that link was like dangling chocolate in front of me...
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Finn BV - Mar 29, 2006 6:16 pm (#2001 of 2983)

Hehe, yes that was a very good link Loopy.

2001 – I end 3rd grade start 4th grade, 9-11 occurs not very far from where I live…


Tazzygirl - Mar 29, 2006 6:21 pm (#2002 of 2983)

1994 I turned 10... 1996 I moved to California. Not really impressive... LOL

Loopy-Ooooh. 1999. I turned 30 and they played that Prince song all year long. I had a neighbor across the street from me who sang that song one night at the top of his lungs a week or so before New Years- it was hilarious. (I was at home, watching TV. He was in his backyard!)

LOST has a fresh episode tonight! Yippee!!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!



Ydnam96 - Mar 29, 2006 10:12 pm (#2003 of 2983)

hmmm...2003 I was in my third year of graduate school...

Yay for a new LOST.

Tomorrow I have to go to my first funeral ever. It's in San Diego at two pm. Which means that on the way back to LA it's going to be like the worst traffic ever.


Snuffles - Mar 30, 2006 12:33 am (#2004 of 2983)

{{{{hugs}}}} to Madame pomfrey.

Happy belated birthday Kaykay. Hope you had a great one. Apologies for cutting short our chat the other day. Olivia woke up and I couldn't get her back to sleep for ages!

2004!! Erm, erm, well something must have happened!! Edit: I turned 29!!!!

Have a good Thursday



Tazzygirl - Mar 30, 2006 12:51 am (#2005 of 2983)

LOST was awesome tonight!!! Rest is in white (for spoilers) I think Locke is going to be the one who dies (they were saying another character dies this season!). He has had such a horrible life, I feel really bad for him! Even though he is a little weird, Locke is my favorite character. Also, I firmly believe that Henry (Got Milk?) is one of the Others, and really knows what is going on in the Hatch. I just KNEW he wasn't telling the truth about the parachute and his wife dying! And now Locke has to protect him...

Ydname96- I am sorry you have to go to a funeral! (sorry about the traffic too!) Cheering charms to you!

Off to bed!



kaykay1970 - Mar 30, 2006 6:37 am (#2006 of 2983)

Sending condolences to Ydname96!

Snuffles- No problem. I have a 3 year old so I completely understand!

2006...Hmm...Spending many evenings in the chat room! I hope the next poster has his/her crystal ball ready...


azi - Mar 30, 2006 7:24 am (#2007 of 2983)

2007...hasn't happened yet, but hopefully it'll be a great year for everyone! **crystal ball says yes**

Ydnam, I'm impressed you haven't had to go to a funeral before! I hope you will be ok!

I also send my hugs to Madam Pomfrey.

Once again we have rain and strong winds. Four miles away it is bright sunshine. I wanted to ride my bike, but can't, so went shopping instead!

Have a happy day everybody!


Puck - Mar 30, 2006 7:48 am (#2008 of 2983)

2007 will be a great year, as we hope to have book 7!

2008 we will all be searching for new hobbies!

Azi, when you wanted snow it stayed dry. You finally got some precipitation, but it is so warm now you get only rain.

I finally caught the illness the kids passed around, so a new excuse not to jog.

Ji to Lina! Sorry I ran out of chat so quickly, but I couldn't pass up the lovely afternoon.

* waves to Kipp, as we all know he's watching! *

Cheers! Kathy


Madam Pince - Mar 30, 2006 9:09 am (#2009 of 2983)

Had to share this....

I was just reading an online news article about George Clooney donating his Oscar gift-bag to charity, and there were two different photographs of the same pose in the article. Little Pince walked by and looked at the screen and said "Look, Mama! Twins!" Now that would make millions of women happy worldwide, wouldn't it?!

Another one -- a front-page headline in yesterday's paper said Women Hate Trying On Swimsuits -- Really? No kidding? And this is breaking news to whom, exactly?


Finn BV - Mar 30, 2006 12:10 pm (#2010 of 2983)

LOL, Madam P.

Best wishes to Mandy on whoever she lost...

2010! I graduate high school! Olé!


Esther Rose - Mar 30, 2006 12:21 pm (#2011 of 2983)

2005 I ran my first Half Marathon.


kaykay1970 - Mar 30, 2006 5:22 pm (#2012 of 2983)

My kids had another soccer game tonight. No, they didn't win. But my 15 year old, who has just started playing this year, scored his first goal. He is on top of the world!

I hope you feel better soon, Puck!


Puck - Mar 30, 2006 7:46 pm (#2013 of 2983)

Thanks, Kay. I'm doing okay. Just stuffy with a cough, and tiring easily. Of course, Mr. Puck had to work late, so after taking the kids out to play, feeding and bathing them, and putting them to bed, I'm beat! (Funny, because when my husband is sick he just has to lie around and rest. )

Congrats to your son on his soccer goal!

Madame Pince, what, you'd rather have dinner with twin George Clooney's than shop for swim suits? Shocking!

Off to check threads before getting some much needed rest!

A jolly RotD to all! Kathy


Viola Intonada - Mar 30, 2006 8:29 pm (#2014 of 2983)

Madame Pomphrey, well wishes to your mother.

Puck, hope you get your energy back soon. My kid's Pediatrician always tells me, "Mom's don't get sick, it's not allowed."

Thank you, everyone, for your well wishes for my youngest. Her main set of stitches were removed today. She still has stitches in her gum that will be removed on Monday. It was a bit painful for her to get them removed because the doctor had to remove the scab first. Poor girl had an easier time getting the stitches than she did having them removed. Her lip is healing quite nicely though it looks like she will definitely have a scar within the lip, though due to the shape of the cut, we knew that would be the case.

We are still on Spring Break. Tomorrow we are going to try and frantically see the rest of Washington, DC, that we haven't gotten to see yet. We haven't done the best job of being frugal with our sightseeing time. Oh well, but we have had fun. It is really frustrating to see all of the IMAX theaters here advertising GoF showings, but they are only on Saturdays and Sundays, we will be leaving before then. Though if I work on Hubby enough, just maybe.....

Have a great RotD everyone.


Madam Pince - Mar 30, 2006 9:21 pm (#2015 of 2983)

Viola -- how did I miss that you are sightseeing in Washington!!!??? Shoot! I would've tried to come into town and meet up with you! We were just at the Natural History Museum a few weeks ago and saw those same ads for GoF IMAX... Oh well..... Sorry I missed knowing you were here -- I need to pay more attention! ***kicks self sharply***

Hope you're having fun! Everyone have a great RotD!


The giant squid - Mar 30, 2006 10:42 pm (#2016 of 2983)

Catherine, I wanted to do that online Jeopardy tryout. Unfortunately, for my area it was tonight and I was supposed to be working (my opener swapped shifts with me at the last minute) so I didn't bother registering. I'm one of those people who always knows the answers on the couch. I've always wondered how well I'd do under the lights & cameras...

2016...um...I'll be only 18 years away from owning my home outright? Oh, and my nephew will be turning 10, which I'm sure will be a very big deal.



TwinklingBlueEyes - Mar 30, 2006 11:21 pm (#2017 of 2983)

Quick, what color was George Washington's white horse? Finn  Traveler was gray. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 464751818

Sometimes I do, but frankly, if I keep myself out from behind bars, I consider my job to be half done.  OMG! A half honest and half smart lawyer? What is this world coming to? Ok, promise, no lawyer jokes...the word itself is already one!

Condolences to Ydname96

2016? Let's see...I'll be 10 years older, if I make it?

...toddles off muttering... just wanted to check in... run into all these major speculations...grrrr...


Puck - Mar 31, 2006 6:49 am (#2018 of 2983)

Viola, hope the little one is feeling better, and the last stitches are easier to remove.

Madame Pince, have been thing of you in the mornings. Yesterday the news talked about Cherry Blossom Festival, and today it was the Final Four. They also had the opening act of the circus (a married couple who get shot out of a cannon together), which is currently in D.C..

Feeling a bit better today. Only a 5 pound weight on lungs as opposed to the 10 pounds it felt like yesterday.

Cheers! Kathy

2018 my oldest will -hopefully- graduate high school and the nest will begin to empty...


Marie E. - Mar 31, 2006 8:38 am (#2019 of 2983)

It's the last day of Spring Break, thank goodness! Since I work at a daycare center I didn't get any time off. The first two days of the week the kids were giddy and out of control. It's gotten better. Yesterday we took them on a field trip to the roller skating rink. The kids had a blast and came back tired and happy. We have a strain of strep throat going around so Mr E is going to watch the girls for me (it's his day off anyway). My girls haven't had strep in over a year and I'd like to keep it that way.

I talked to my sister and Nephew's jaundice is gone and he's gained almost a pound in a week! My girls were little babies who barely gained weight. Heck, they're still like that.

We have gorgeous Spring weather predicted for this weekend. It's about time!


Loopy Lupin - Mar 31, 2006 9:16 am (#2020 of 2983)

Loopy, giving that link was like dangling chocolate in front of me... –Chemyst

Oh, have I never linked to that site before? I love that site.


Thora - Mar 31, 2006 9:39 am (#2021 of 2983)

Thought I'd pop in and say howdy.

For those who remember me, I've moved to South Carolina. I worked for a bit and between the kids, job, and my mother in law, let's just say I've been busy.

Hope all is well and I'll try to keep up, now that I'm back. That is unless this tread is still at 70 posts a day. Man that was tough.



Ydnam96 - Mar 31, 2006 9:39 am (#2022 of 2983)

Thanks everyone for you thoughts. The funeral went well...although I left early after about an hour and 15 mins when they opened up the floor to anyone who wanted to speak. The drive was not fun, two hours there and then traffic on the way home wasn't so fun. But it was very interesting to see people I haven't seen in 20 years. (and I'm only 27 so that says a lot).

Puck, I'm glad you are feeling a little better. Hopefully you are feeling 100% soon.

Squid Mike and Marie E. I'm glad to hear that the Nephew (is that what we are officially calling him?) is doing better! That's great.

Well, off to work...


Edit: Hey Thora, I've missed your avatar Smile


Tazzygirl - Mar 31, 2006 9:45 am (#2023 of 2983)

I was looking up news stuff last night, and found a heading which made me think of you all... "Woman displays Peeps for a Protest". I didn't really understand the whole protest, but it had Peeps in it!

Took a trip to the dentist again this morning, had to get a couple fillings... grrrrr... I cannot feel my nose, lips, cheeks, or tongue.

I am glad the stitches are almost out on your daughter, Viola! Hopefully the next set to be removed is way easier than the first set!

Glad to hear you are feeling a little better Puck! More healing charms to you!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!



Good Evans - Mar 31, 2006 10:42 am (#2024 of 2983)

Hi Everyone

Well, had a lovely dinner last night - decided to spoil myself and travel 1st class on the train - had a glass of wine too (what a rip off!!) and then taxi'd to the house of lords.

Dinner was lovely - silver service and the nice thing was that the Lord who was hosting actually stayed for the dinner - they don’t always stay for the event.

My car was waiting for me to drive me home, it took an hour and half and I had this lovely guy driving me - he was chatty and we talked all about his kids and what I did - it was a nice way the end the evening. Again -(second week running) I am glad I wasn't having to foot the bill.

made it up to hubby for leaving him at home by buying him a silver pill box with the portcullis embossed on it (the portcullis is the HOL symbol). He is pleased with it - phew! cos he wasnt happy about being left at home.

Anyhow - I seem to have been spoiled with fancy meals out lately it has been great, will land back to earth with huge bump shortly I suspect .

Tonight we are off for the celebrating success night, hubbys work do. He isn't nominated this year so we are going to support a few of his staff who have been - so that will be nice. Anyhow - another late night - luckily it is dress down tonight Trousers and top rather than cocktail dress so that is definitely a plus!!!!

Have a great night everyone, cinders carriage has turned back in to a pumpkin and back to reality...  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 2 1003735042

Cheering and healing to all who need them, and if anyone wants a swig from my felix bottle - just ask!

ouch about the dentist Tazzy and Puck glad to hear you are feeling better

Julie X


Finn BV - Mar 31, 2006 2:48 pm (#2025 of 2983)

LOL, TBE. Somebody's on top of things!

Hi Thora! Welcome back!

Healing charms to Kristina's teeth.

Some week of luxury you're leading Julie! Enjoy it!

Off to do some last-minute schoolwork b/c the family's coming in from out of town this weekend…


The giant squid - Mar 31, 2006 7:51 pm (#2026 of 2983)

the Nephew (is that what we are officially calling him?)--Ydnam96

Well, I suppose it's better than He Who Must Not Be Named Cobain...

Welcome Back, Thora! I hope the world hasn't been too mean to you while you've been away.



Viola Intonada - Mar 31, 2006 8:07 pm (#2027 of 2983)

Healing charms to Puck and Tazzy. I'm all too familiar with the "numb mouth from fillings" feeling.

Madame P, I always think of you as living in Virginia, so I must apologize for not hooking up with you. We are staying near Fredrick, but we are heading back to Ohio tomorrow. We had a great day of sightseeing. I took over the lead today so we were able to visit the National Archives, the Botanical Gardens, the Native American Museum and the Air and Space Museum. The kids should sleep really well tonight. It was very tempting to try and stay for GoF at the Natural History, but didn't want to be out that late. Oh well.

Mike and Marie, have you thought about calling him "Denephew"?

Happy RotD and weekend to everyone!


Madam Pince - Mar 31, 2006 11:54 pm (#2028 of 2983)

Oh, well, maybe next time, Viola! (I'm glad you think of me as being in Virginia, because that's where my heart is! ) It's great that you had a fun and busy week!

Yes, our area has been having a big news week, what with George Mason's "Cinderella Story" (which I hope continues tomorrow), and also the Cherry Blossoms. I did read about the Ringling Bros. Circus being in town and we considered taking Little Pince, but then I read a bunch of online articles about how badly circus elephants and other animals are treated, and I had a big guilt trip and decided not to go. It's a shame, really, because I have such fond memories of the circus from when I was a little kid -- it really was magical to me and I'm sure Little Pince would love it. But if even a quarter of those animal horror stories are true (and I suspect they are), then I wouldn't be able to live with myself. Sooooo, we're going to see the elephant ancestors in Ice Age 2 instead.

Good Evans, I'm so jealous of your fancy outings! I can't recall the last occasion I had to wear a cocktail dress! It all sounds lovely.

Finished figuring our taxes today -- yay me! (Wanted to finish before midnight because the price goes up for TurboTax software starting April 1st. I finished at about 11:45 -- plenty of time for a procrastinator!)

I think "The Nephew" is a lovely name. (Or Denephew; either one.... *Snort!*)

Howdy! to Thora ***waves furiously***

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Good Evans - Apr 1, 2006 8:33 am (#2029 of 2983)

wow - no one has posted on here today so I will say - Happy April fools day, or Poisson d'Avril to Elanor, and the other French forumers.

I hope no one plays any really poor practical jokes, and that you all have a good day. Its 16.30 here in UK (so technically april fool is over anyway), so I will be off soon to create in the kitchen (read: make dinner)!!

Madam P - De nephew - love it!!!!

and I remember Ringling Brothers circusses when I was a kid too, I loved them (except the clowns, never like clowns), but I must say that I would think twice nowadays, Animal Cruelty and circusses are notorius, but whats the point of a circus without animals? I completely understand your decision.

hopefully I'll be in the chat room later

Julie x


Finn BV - Apr 1, 2006 9:05 am (#2030 of 2983)

Its 16.30 here in UK (so technically april fool is over anyway) --Good Evans

Really? It doesn't last the whole day? When's it end?

ETA So I really have to go do some work considering I have only two days left of break!! Ahhhhh!!!


azi - Apr 1, 2006 10:01 am (#2031 of 2983)

Finn, April Fools ends at midday. If you play a joke after that, you are the Fool yourself.

Wind and rain, a joyous combination of weather.

I don't like watching tamed animals perform tricks. I never thought there was anything wrong with it until I saw it for real life and got randomly upset for no reason. I suppose I just don't see it as natural behaviour. I was surprised at my own reaction to seeing it! 🤷

Have a lovely (hopefully non-windy/rainy day) everyone!


Tazzygirl - Apr 1, 2006 10:02 am (#2032 of 2983)

Thanks for all the healing charms! My mouth came back to normal about six hours after the dentist trip (I think they used more novicane than they were supposed to...)

Happy April Fool's Day everyone! Yesterday at my mom's school, she and one of the students played a joke on the teachers. It was awesome! The boy came to school with a letter he created, intending to make copies to send out to all his classmates. Mom thought it would be even better if she took it, put it on the letterhead for the school, signed it the superintendent, and put it in all the teachers’ boxes. The principal (headmaster?) was in on it. The letter stated that the school district has decided to extend each school day, no time off, and school on Saturdays. For summer break- they recieved one Friday off in June, and returned the following Monday. All the teachers FLIPPED out. They were all parading into the Principal's office demanding to know what the school district was thinking. None of them had read the 'Happy April Fool's Day' at the bottom of the paper. Afterwards they all laughed. It was great!

I have never been to a circus, my parents always knew about the cruelty to animals and so we never went. I don't think I will ever go... I am a huge animal person, and just even thinking of an elephant or other animal getting hurt, doesn't float my boat.

Julie- glad to hear of all your pampering the last couple days! Everyone needs it every once in a while! Glad you enjoyed it! (I also have never liked clowns, or anything where I can't see the person's actual face... What is that phobia called?)

Finn- I too am starting to get anxious about getting homework done! I have about 16 things due just for one class the week I get back.... I'll join you in saying Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Anyways- I am off to get my hair done, and go shopping!

Hope you all have a wonderful RotD/N (with no serious jokes played!)



Finn BV - Apr 1, 2006 11:03 am (#2033 of 2983)

Huh. I never knew that about April Fools' Day. LOL

It's now been a month since those 7 keys on my keyboard don't work. I've managed to get by it though. Sometimes they work perfectly, which is great, but other times -- like RIGHT NOW -- they don't. Rrrrrr.

Kristina, great joke on your mom's school! Too bad our school isn't in session for something like that to happen...

We've just had the BEST morning of the year -- really war

Edit – Coulrophobia is fear of clowns.

Also, just for Chemyst, Loopy, and other word-lovers... http://phrontistery.info/index.html.


Good Evans - Apr 1, 2006 11:16 am (#2034 of 2983)


I loved the Joke , excellent - and also that they all laughed about it afterwards!!

Finn, as Azi says in UK at least you must play your joke before noon and if you have played a joke must own up to it at noon (ie not allow it run and run). Don’t you do similarly in the States?

Anyhow - have a great day doing all of your homework both of you.

have a good ROTD everyone else


Madam Pince - Apr 1, 2006 11:35 am (#2035 of 2983)

Happy April Fool's Day! We tried the old stand-by of my Dad's on Little Pince this morning -- you attach a piece of clear fishing line to a coin, then put the coin on the floor near where you're sitting and wait for your victim to try to pick it up. Then you jerk the fishing line and pull it just out of reach. With a little guy, you can sometimes get two or three pulls on the line before they catch on!

I've never heard of the deal of having to play your joke before noon, but who knows? It may be regional or something...


Finn BV - Apr 1, 2006 12:20 pm (#2036 of 2983)

LOL Madam P – I do that with a wallet! Bigger stakes!

Are we getting a thread like last year's Norbert is hot thread -- which makes me laugh every time I read it, even though I wasn't on the forum quite yet?


Denise P. - Apr 1, 2006 5:51 pm (#2037 of 2983)

Just thought I would check in really quick. **:doing a happy dance**: I got to meet Lupin is Lupin! We met for lunch and spent several hours chatting, some of it with either of us holding a fussy baby. It was great. I will be back home tomorrow evening and will catch up then! See ya!

**:waves to Loopy and Catherine****


haymoni - Apr 1, 2006 7:02 pm (#2038 of 2983)

Hi all!

It's Saturday - we are watching "The Parent Trap" for the second time tonight - It's on the Family Channel - The Beautifulest One is actually interested in seeing the original so we'll have to rent it.

Jack Black is hosting the Slime-Fest on Nickleodeon so we keep flipping back to that.

Ungrateful Son has asked to join the Forum. I told him the only way he was allowed to join was if he registered as "Ungrateful Son". The rest of you wouldn't know him with any other name!!

I hope you all had a wonderful April Fool's Day. I escaped unharmed! Happy Birthday Gred & Forge!!!


Ydnam96 - Apr 1, 2006 8:20 pm (#2039 of 2983)

Denise, is that you? Finally a face for the wonder woman!

I made it through (so far) April Fool's Day with nothing...yay.

We were supposed to hike for work today, but it was pouring. Thank goodness, I still have blisters from last week. Smile

The stuff on JK's page is fun if you haven't been there

Have a great weekend everyone!


Puck - Apr 1, 2006 8:56 pm (#2040 of 2983)

Thanks Mandy! I was just thinking I should check JKR's site!

Denise, were you up here? Bummer if you were, because my wee one and I could have met you and your little guy! Glad you and Kim had a nice lunch!

My kids are too young to get much into the joke thing yet, though there was a rousing game of "repeat everything Mom says" during dinner. My brother was the April Fool when I was growing up. My poor grandmother went through a half dozen leaky paper cups before realizing he had poked a pin through the stack of them. And mom was none too happy with salt instead of sugar in her tea.

I forgot about "Norbert is Hot"! LOL!

Happy RotD! Kathy


Finn BV - Apr 1, 2006 9:55 pm (#2041 of 2983)

Yeah, Denise, is that you or Kim or who?? It seems an odd question to ask considering you may look absolutely nothing like that! Glad you and Kim got to meet.

YES! I FINALLY GOT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE NORBERT IS HOT THREAD!! See, I joined the forum in mid-April of last year, so I was two weeks late! And I've died laughing every time I read the archived thread, so I was so happy to finally participate! I hope some more people do... it's so much fun!! Ahh! LOL

Only one more day of break...


Tazzygirl - Apr 1, 2006 10:23 pm (#2042 of 2983)

Julie-Anyhow - have a great day doing all of your homework both of you. Thanks! You are toooo kind!

I spent a lovely day with my mom- we went and got our hair done, and then drove an hour up to Santa Barbara to do some shopping, and went to a very nice seafood restaurant. The weather was perfect to!

Just saw on the news- Honolulu is now flooded. They closed down the mall I normally go to because the water was coming into the stores...

I was wondering what the Norbert is Hottttt thread was all about! Very funny!!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!



Madam Pince - Apr 1, 2006 10:40 pm (#2043 of 2983)

Oh, I wish I'd known about the pin through the paper cups thing! I sooooo would've gotten Mr. Pince with that! Thanks for the idea, Puck, I'll save it for next year!

I'm so bummed out -- George Mason University lost today (college basketball national semi-finals, for you non-basketballers out there...) The three-point shots and offensive rebounds that Florida got just killed them, and they missed too many easy lay-ups, although they did play very well in the first half, I thought. (I am so ticked at the announcer, Billy Packer, for saying in such a condescending way "Well, sometimes you just meet the better man." Hmph! I would hardly go so far as to say Florida's players are "better men," they just happened to play a bit better on this particular day. But oh well -- I guess Billy was trying to pat himself on the back for saying early on that GMU shouldn't have even been in the tournament at all -- he's caught a lot of grief over the past few weeks for that statement!) They had a good run and acquitted themselves and their school very well. I wasn't happy that LSU lost to UCLA either, although I'm not really a fan. It's just that the state of Louisiana has had an extremely rough year, and it would've been nice for them to have something to cheer about. Wah...

Well, everyone have a nice week! I'm off tomorrow to take my Mom back to her house for the spring and summer (she usually just spends from Thanksgiving to March at our house), so I won't have a computer until I get back next weekend. Enjoy the RotW!


Amilia Smith - Apr 1, 2006 10:53 pm (#2044 of 2983)

Condolences, Mdm Pince. Enjoy your week with your Mom, though.

Just saw on the news- Honolulu is now flooded. They closed down the mall I normally go to because the water was coming into the stores...

Yeah, it was kind of exciting yesterday. I was at work at the Manoa Public Library. The rain started really picking up. I don't think I have ever seen it rain that hard for that long. And this is coming after almost two months of straight rain. Anyway, the Manoa stream overflowed its banks and came crashing down along Woodlawn, the street the library is on. Desert rat that I am, I had never seen anything like it outside of television. (I don't really remember the Great Flood of 1983.) Very impressive. I was really wishing I had brought my camera with me. I took pictures with my phone, but they don't really capture it. Nothing came into the library, but we closed three hours early. We were afraid that if it started raining again, the street would flood again, and we would be stuck all night.



Tazzygirl - Apr 1, 2006 11:40 pm (#2045 of 2983)

Glad you didn't get hurt, Mills! **Crossing fingers that the rain stops soon!** (I'm tired of going to class with my shoes and pants soaking wet up to my knees.. How about you?)



Amilia Smith - Apr 2, 2006 12:07 am (#2046 of 2983)

No kidding! I wear a rain-poncho instead of taking an umbrella so that I can still ride my bike, but some days it doesn't seem to do any good and I'm wet from the waist down. Plus arms and face, of course. Today was nice though. **crosses fingers that it will stay that way**

However, one of the best things about living here, rain notwithstanding, is that . . .  (drumroll, please) . . . . I don't have to do daylight savings with the rest of you suckers!!! :-p



Tazzygirl - Apr 2, 2006 12:40 am (#2047 of 2983)

ROFL, Mills!



The giant squid - Apr 2, 2006 2:38 am (#2048 of 2983)

Well, the good news is no one played any April Fools pranks on me today (okay, yesterday). The bad news is the real stuff was much nastier.

My day at work started out fine until I started doing some of my cleaning duties. On Saturday nights in my projection booth we clean the splicers (the machine that allows us to connect all the film reels together...I'd explain more but it'd take a long time ). Part of the splicer is a very sharp blade (used to cut the tape). Can you see where this is going? I now have a nice long gash on my right thumb--and yes, I'm right-handed. It's not very deep but it did bleed nicely for about 10-15 minutes, long enough to thoroughly gross out my coworker. Everyone else was freaking out--"Are you okay? Do we need to call someone? Do you need medical attention??"--I'm just sitting there looking at my thumb thinking, "Well, this sucks." After that the night didn't seem so cheery. The final insult was trying to take out my contact lenses with the wrong" hand without waking up my wife (I got home at 1:30 in the morning).

Could have been worse, though. At least everything's still attached. And hey, I can still type!



Lina - Apr 2, 2006 2:51 am (#2049 of 2983)

Denise, wow! Great hairstyle!

Haymony, yay for the Ungrateful son! It's nice to have so many members' children on the Forum!

Drying charms to Hawaii!

Healing charms to mike!

Who cares about the exclamation points!


CatherineHermiona - Apr 2, 2006 4:33 am (#2050 of 2983)

Well, I had a shooting competition whole afternoon yesterday, from 2:30 PM to 9:30 PM, and believe me, I was glad to be home before ten. And we had to be in our club at 2:30 PM, but first girls' group started shooting at about 5:30. We were watching boys' finale, but no-one of boys from our team made it to the finale. But we do have only 4 boys in our team (and about 30-40 girls...). That's why when they saw bunch of girls coming to shooting place, they said: "It seems to me "Locomotive" is coming!" Maša said: "It seems to me morons are leaving!" (Locomotive is name of our club, as we have club right next to train station)

My school was giving away free tickets for football games again. And I couldn't go! And I so wanted to go! Of course, not for the game too much, but that doesn't matter... Ironic thing was I had shooting competition 2 meters away from the stadium!

Good news: I shot 168 and I am going to Duga Resa! But I could have had over 170, as my first serie was 90 (what is average of 9), but other was 78 (what is less than average of 8!). Oh well, at least I have over 160 and I'm going to Duga Resa. I can't wait!

Well, no-one played a prank on me yesterday. Although my friends thought Friday is 1st of April and they wanted to play a prank on me, and when I said 1st of April is Saturday, they gave up and told me all about that prank they wanted to do. Silly girls...

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